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You Are The Leadership of Montgomery WORDS Brent Rosen
If you are reading this and you’re are under 35 years old, congratulations: you are one of Montgomery’s leaders. That’s not to say there are no leaders over 35 -- there are many. Just not enough. The limited number of leaders over 35 results from the fact that until a few years ago, there were few compelling reasons to stay in Montgomery after you turned 18. Think about all of the people you know who grew up in Montgomery that live in Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville, or New York, or California. They didn’t stick around because there weren’t many opportunities for entrepreneurial, creative, and engaged people to thrive in this town. Montgomery has a generational gap, because so much of the young population left Montgomery in the bad old days, choosing to live in places that were thriving. Now, Montgomery is in position to thrive. The Old Guard that made progress so frustratingly slow has, for the most part, exited the scene. Fortunately, they’ve left the city with a parting gift: opportunity. Many of this city’s oldest institutions are run by people of retirement age, and there is no one in their 40’s ready to take over. If you, under 35 year old, don’t think this is an incredible opportunity, you’ve never talked to someone trying to make a difference in a city like Birmingham or Atlanta. In those cities, unless you have a lot of money or a deep network of connections with city elites (which, in all honestly, means you have a lot of money), there is no hope for securing a position with a civic organization, or starting a
new city-wide event from scratch. There are too many incumbents using those organizations’ resources for their own pet projects. In those cities, you have to earn you way into a leadership position. Contrast that situation with Montgomery. This city is begging young people to take leadership roles. There is no organization in Montgomery that does not want to get younger. None. Ask, I promise. Not only that, but the decisions you make right now -- where you eat, where you shop, where you play -- will directly impact Montgomery’s future. No one will deny that in the past five years Montgomery has come a long way; there are more city-wide events, more bars and restaurants, more national touring acts playing, and more development of abandoned properties than ever before. However, Montgomery’s young people will decide whether Montgomery fulfills the potential it has shown over the last few years. If you decide to do what has always been done, then Montgomery will be the same place it has always been -- maybe a little bit better at the margins. If you decide to break with tradition, try new things and get behind the New Montgomery, you will not only help Montgomery continue to develop, but your actions will help shape the direction that development takes. That is what makes you one of Montomgery’s leaders. Don’t take your responsibility lightly.
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Q&A with JOSH MOATES Founder of INDIe FilM LAB
WORDS ANNA LOWDER
Indie Film Lab is one of the most respected film labs in the US and is resurrecting the new breed of the (almost) lost art of film. Based in Montgomery, meet the photographers and artists in demand by film professionals throughout the country as we celebrate the craftspeople right at our back door. What do you love about film? There are so many things: One is the type of cameras you can use that give the photographer different experiences, from twin lens reflex where you look down to rangefinders where you focus with two images. There are so many interesting ways to shoot film. The look of film is another aspect. There is so much more character with film: you have many varieties of black & white film - some with grain, others absolutely smooth. A company like Fuji makes a 400H film that is super soft and pastel, whereas Kodak is really warm and makes bolder film. It’s much broader than a digital camera with just a chip. The photographer has a level of control over the artistic experience through both the film and the process of developing film. With a chip it’s just a click and maybe Photoshop. With film it’s a medium actually in the camera, it’s tangible, that you as the photographer are controlling and creating. Where do you look for visual or intellectual inspiration? I love to capture people in their own element - stylized, artistic shots of subjects enjoying what they do. Professionally, I shoot mostly weddings and portraits - in a very simple style that comes across as truthful documentation. My real passion is a fine art approach to capturing my favorite subject: Home. In everything that can mean - what encapsulates home to me. So that can be where I lived, places that evoke a memory of riding my bike down the street as a child, a neighbor’s house I used to know. Basically my artistic work is a photo journal of where I have lived. Nothing deeper than that - places that I’ve known as home. When I was on tour for a few years in a band it sat heavy on me and I missed home. I love to shoot people that I have a personal connection with too. One of my favorite guys is an older farmer at Floyd’s Produce. Another guy who passed away last year at 90, his name was Buck. He played trumpet at Sous La Terre from 2-6am, then went to church straight after to play trumpet again. He had me beat by a mile. I had to shoot him in Sous La Terre. I was there every Saturday night for a period of my life and I got this one fantastic shot of him. His story still fascinates me. I’m super sentimental that way.
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What’s your go-to camera? The Hasselblad H-1 for weddings, but for convenience my Leica M6 is great because it’s small, light weight, and not intimidating to others. Paired with B&W 35mm film - it’s classic. What’s your first memory of shooting film? In high school, it was an art class. I would take pictures of people and paint from the images, but the paintings sucked and the photos were cool. The photos were just a tool - taking pictures of my peers in class but looking back on them after college, it hit me “Oh I can actually do this and make a living from it.” How did you grow from shooting to development? In 2011, I would shoot film for weddings and send them off to California and it would cost $100 a pop. So I thought, “Well, I could invest money into a serious scanner of my own, then I can afford to shoot more film and get a better outcome.” So when I started posting images of my scans on Facebook to a group called Film Shooters, people were asking “Who did these - who is your lab?” and I was able to say “I’m my own lab.” So that’s how Indie Film Lab came into being? Essentially yes. I began hiring people to help with the processing - development and scanning. How did the word get out about Indie regionally then nationally? It was through Film Shooters. I’d post some things on social media and people would comment and share, and the word of mouth just grew. In the film world today there are only three or four labs doing this in the US that care and take the time to put effort into film. People that shoot film now really care about what their images look like. Film forces you to slow down, to really take your time. It’s not like snap - snap - snap. It’s slow down everything, get the one right shot. All they do is photography - not multitasking ten different things. I relate to some of these photographers specifically. These are the artists we tend to work with over and over. My life is photography. That’s how I see the world now - everything’s composition and photography. So we have to be a serious lab, and that’s what our
customers respect about us. There are two well-known labs in California, and then there is Indie. That’s it really. So the costs of operating a business in Alabama work to our advantage in that we can be a little more competitive on price that someone in California, and turn out a great product for the photographer.
You’ve expanded into offering prints as well? Yes, we now offer matte paper prints. My favorite paper is Hahnemühle paper. They’ve been around for 400 years making paper. It’s a beautiful soft cotton photo rag paper, the ink is actually in the paper rather than on top. It’s stunning.
How did you find the talent locally to grow with demand? Talent - it’s very tough and we’ve been very lucky. Allen was our first employee - his background was at a lab. Nick, Luke, Matt, Jon - all are photographers that deal with color correction and scanning, which is really important to getting a quality end product. It’s worked to our advantage so far because we keep sucking people in who are interested in the art of photography. I’m finding out there are more people in this area that are into photography and film than I first thought. They are hidden out, and maybe not connected to each other at first, but I think Indie helps bring these people together. Creativity breeds creativity.
So we get the feeling you love Kodak. What is it that you love about Kodak film, beyond the fact that it’s been around since 1889? Kodak is my favorite. I’ve been shooting it for so long it’s just second nature to me now. I never could get Fuji to look right for me - the light is different in California, where it works well. The light here in Alabama has always worked for me with Kodak - the colors turn out exactly as I see things in my mind’s eye. Kodak has a B&W film called TRI-X, a classic film that’s been around for years and years. If I dressed someone up in 1940s attire and shot with this, we would not be able to tell when that photo was taken. It has a gorgeous authenticity to it. In 2010 Kodak invested in R&D for one new film stock based on their movie film technology, and mixed it into their professional photography film. I respect the time and investment that took to create a new, improved product. People are digging it. Its film division has seen a 20% profit.
Where do your clients come from today? Throughout the country, largely due to the internet, social media, and word of mouth. We’ve done no advertising. There is an online show coming out called “Film” (Season 2) on the Framed Network. Anyone into photography stays up on this show. So this season Indie Film Lab is the main lab sponsor which gives us great coverage to a broad network. When we were in Las Vegas this year we got to join in the wrap up party and hang out with everyone. Things like this show we’re part of the larger community and in it for the craft. What’s a day at Indie Film Lab look like? We’re a really tight knit group of buddies. It’s laid back in the way we interact with each other, but very serious when it comes to the work. The same anywhere else in an artistic field. We have a total of eight full time employees and four industry scanners. We’ve grown to a point that’s comfortable and I’m not stressed everyday about what is or isn’t happening.
Tell us about your Workshops with Ryan Muirhead or Artifact Uprising. Ryan is one of the most talented, creative people I’ve known. I respect him immensely. He and I were talking this Spring about what to do next (teaching, classes, shows) and I said “Look, we’ll pick you up in Vegas and on the drive back we’ll come up with something.” So what came out of it is The Missing Frame Workshop. It’s about the tangible. The companies that are on board with this are getting back into the handcrafted movement. So you’ve got companies making wood shutter release buttons, real cotton paper, new types of film, books, so on. It’s about getting real things into people’s hands. It’s a two day workshop hopefully in situ (maybe a unique house, outdoor spaces, etc) where we have time and space to focus on technique in Ryan’s stripped-down, slowed-down world.
“ To take a photograph is to align the head the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life.” Henri Cartier-Bresson
Indie Film Lab: Works & Such
01. The people behind Indie. Josh Moates pictured far right. 02, 03. Iconic images from Indie Film Lab. 04. 120 film, a photographer’s favorite due to large frame size. 05. Josh Moates, New Orleans. By Ryan Muirhead.
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Tell us of a photographer whose work you admire? Henri Cartier Bresson is one of the greatest influences on my work. He’s the founder of what many call the modern photojournalism. He was one of the first to use 35mm film, and his thoughts in “The Decisive Moment” are monumental. What he captured with light and shadow is beautiful. How do you see the rebirth of film and print progressing from this point? I feel there is a segment of people who are now focused on caring about process and the experiential. We’re coming to a crux where a large enough group understands faster is not always better. Just because a digital camera can take and store thousands of pictures, it’s not necessarily better. For me, and many like me, film is better. For photographers who insist on highlights, shadows, composition, color - film is the medium of choice and will continue to be. These may be the same people that will pick up a Garden & Gun, or a real newspaper. It may be that time is becoming the ultimate luxury, or the most important commodity. And things - whether it’s film, or growing food, or making crafts - that take time will become more appreciated by a specific type of person into the future.
Photographers - true photographers - will continue to come over to film. And since it’s serious, it may always be seen as more valuable. What we’re promoting is tangible, good products and experiences. I shoot film because I care and finally I can relate to others like me who take their art and work very seriously. I see Indie continuing to strengthen, and maybe we’ll be one of two labs left in the US. But we’re here in Montgomery and have no need or plan to change that. This is where I live. It’s my home. Follow Indie Film Lab on Facebook or at indiefilmlab.com Indie Film Lab is located in Montgomery at The A&P in Old Cloverdale. Ryan Muirhead’s The Missing Frame Workshop When: July 21-22, 2013 Where: Montgomery Details: www.themissingframeworkshop.com
Josh Moates Photographs 01. Lighthouse 02. Cows 03. Jackson Street 04. Butch Anthony
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Ryan Muirhead Photographs
01. 02, Camera: pentax 67ii, Film: kodak tri-x 03. Camera: leica mp, Film: kodak portra160nc 04. Camera: pentax 67ii, Film: kodak tri-x 05. Camera: contax 645, Film: kodak portra800
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The Bootleggers of Montgomery CO.
WORDS BRENT ROSEN John Applegate’s wife purchased him a beer making kit, and it gathered dust in his garage until his curiosity and chemistry background overcame him. He finds the planning, the sitting, and the conceptualizing relaxing, the same way an accomplished home chef enjoys thinking through a dinner menu and then preparing it, ingredient after ingredient combining to form a finished product. Applegate is now trying to rediscover the brewing techniques used by monks in 64 A.D. Brandon Brazil brought six-packs of highgravity beer back to Montgomery when he returned from trips to Georgia. At the time, high gravity beer was illegal in Alabama, so if your taste ran toward anything beyond standard American light beer, you were out of luck. Eventually Brazil realized his expenses were far higher than they would be if he just made high-gravity beer himself. Kevin Long discovered the joys of European beer on a trip to Austria. When he returned to Montgomery he found himself missing the full-bodied, dense flavor he had grown to love on his travels. Since no one in Alabama sold the beer he enjoyed, he decided to brew it himself. All of these men were bootleggers. Their hobby was illegal under Alabama law; their mere ownership of beer-making materials was a felony. On May 9, 2013, Governor Bentley signed HB 9, making home-brewing legal, and now these men can emerge from the shadows. Say “hello” to the last beer bootleggers in America. “Dear Mr. Harrison,” the letter began, ”I would like to remind you that HB9 has not passed in the Alabama Legislature during this session, and therefore what you possess for sale in the form of Beer and Wine Making kits remains illegal under Code of Laws 28-1-1 and penalties explained in 28-452.” This was the opening text of the cease and desist letter that Lee Harrison (pictured above left), owner of Fairview Homebrew in Cloverdale, found slipped under his door the day after the Montgomery Advertiser ran an article about the Southern Makers festival. The article included information about Harrison’s seminar on homemade beer brewing, and apparently, the ABC Board 08
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Photos Jon Kohn found the article too much eye-poking to ignore. In case Harrison did not receive the message, the ABC Board informed him that Tiffany Bell, the event planner for Southern Makers (and a MADE contributing editor) had removed his scheduled workshop from the Southern Makers event (for a scanned version of the letter, see our website). A few days after HB 9 passed the legislature, I visited Harrison. He proudly pointed to the ABC letter, which now hangs on the wall of his shop, believing he received one of the last prohibitionist letters in America. While he can now, after Alabama became the 49th of 50 states to legalize home-brewing (thanks Mississippi!), view the contents of the letter with a laugh, at the time it was enough to frighten. In fact, Tiffany Bell was told that if Harrison participated in Southern Makers, the workshop would be shut down by the ABC board. While it’s hard to imagine the enforcement division of the ABC Board shutting down part of a major art festival in downtown Montgomery over a seminar, apparently, the ABC Board was willing to carry out its threats. Amusingly, all of the home-brewers I spoke with followed the debate on HB 9 before the bill passed, and none of them could believe the bill’s opponents’ faulty logic and outright inanity when it came to home-brewing. Opponents claimed that cheap beer would flood the community, not realizing that it costs $50 dollars to make 5 gallons of beer (for those of you unfamiliar with weights and measures, that is approximately four 12-packs). Some were worried about the children, apparently not realizing it takes weeks to turn a combination of yeast, malt, hops and water into a drinkable beer. “Let’s get drunk in three weeks y’all,” is not something I’ve ever heard a teenager utter. Opponents also believed Alabamian’s were singularly irresponsible when it came to home-brewed beer, since there was no willingness to look across our borders at the examples of Georgia, Tennessee, or Florida, none of which experienced any of the homebrewing-related problems that were predicted to befall Alabama. So what was the problem? Entrenched interests of beer distributors? Reflexive dislike for anything that further liberalizes
alcohol? The ABC Board spreading misinformation to continue its stranglehold on the entire alcohol business in Alabama ? No one can say for sure. What can be said for sure is the cost to Alabama of this misguided rule. Not only did it criminalize the harmless activity of people who spend more time checking in on homebrewing Reddit threads than they do corrupting the youth with illegal hooch, but there were economic losses as well. All of the home-brewing supplies ordered online not subject to sales tax, all of those empty storefronts that could have viably sold beer and wine making supplies, all of the purveyors of malts, hops, and brew-making yeasts unable to service the Alabama market; this represents a significant economic impact. Worse still, homebrewers are an entrepreneurial sort, and as any beer maker will tell you: today’s homebrewers are tomorrow craft brewers. And craft beer is big business. Cade Miller is the brewmaster at Railyard Brewing Company, however he got his start just like everyone else that frequents Fairview Homebrew: making beer at home. Miller fell in love with Lowenbrau and other darker, German beers before there was anywhere in Montgomery to buy them. He began experimenting with craft beer in his home, and soon was able to clone Lowenbrau in five gallon batches. After serving our country in Iraq, Miller decided he wanted to brew beer professionally. He started out at Avondale Brewery in Birmingham, and then attended brewing school in Germany. After brewing school, he worked professionally at a few Alabama craft breweries before he was offered the brewmaster position at Railyard. When I asked Miller about the differences between being an amateur home brewer, and a restaurant brewmaster, his answer was simple: “making the beer is no different, and the ingredients are pretty much the same, I just have much cooler equipment.” Miller talked at length about the room for experimentation he has as a professional, combining different combinations of ingredients to create new kinds of beer, much the way a chef would tweak traditional recipes when conceptualizing a
new dish. Miller talked about his experiments with ancient brewing techniques; for instance, when we met at Fairview Homebrew he brought a batch of Mead. Mead is a honey wine, but the fermentation process is no different than one would use to make any sort of beer. I asked Cade where this spirit of experimentation came from, and he felt like everything circled back to his days brewing at home. While Miller may be the only pro that currently hangs out at Fairview Homebrew, some of the other home-brewers I met have already distinguished themselves as amateurs. Jonathan Sexton, a home-brewer who started marking beer after meeting likeminded people through Montgomery’s WAKA kickball league, just won the Silver Medal in the Stout category at a Golden Triangle beer competition in Mississippi. He brought a sample of the batch, and I can say with confidence that if Leroy sold that beer on draught it would pass most aficionado’s muster. Other home-brewers in Montgomery have entered Samuel Adams’ “Longshot American Homebrew Contest,” where the winner gets a small run of beer produced by Samuel Adams based on their homebrew recipe. These competitions are a showcase for home-brewers, forming a kind of AAA farm league for home-brewers who one day want to become pros. Now that Alabama home-brewers no longer have to tangle with the ABC Board, expect more beer making competitions, more home-brewers meeting out in the open to learn from -- and collaborate with -- each other, and more Alabama home-brewers turning their favorite recipes from home into your favorite beer at the bar. This brings a great benefit to Alabama’s economy: according to Miller, for each of the past three years, craft beer in Alabama has enjoyed triple digit growth, and craft beer continues to be a true driver for Alabama’s tourism and restaurant industries. With innovation-destroying laws no longer on the books, the only limit on Alabama’s homebrewers is their creativity -- well that, and the time their significant others will allow them to spend tasting, talking about, and tinkering with beer. Fairview Homebrew is located in Old Cloverdale and online at www.fairviewhomebrew.com
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photos lucy’s inspired Lucy Farmer creates her beautiful jewelry in a magic forest. No joke: off I-65, a little road leads you to a plush, bright green woodland, and tucked away right in the center is a unique, vintage home resembling that of Hansel and Gretel – sans the wicked witch. The millwork and history behind Lucy’s home is fascinating - Brothers Grimm could not write anything better. It is in this landscape that she designs her one-of-a-kind handmade pieces from utilitarian objects. Lucy manages to take items like vintage keyholes, hinges, washers and other historic household thing-a-ma-jigs into a new context of accessory: jewelry. Each of Lucy’s pieces feels “real” and solid with all sorts of juxtapositions that make her jewelry prompt conversations. They are both masculine and feminine, modern yet the pieces pay respect to repurposing, all the while winking at times gone by. What led you to jewelry design?
Lucy’s Inspired WORDS ANDREA JEAN
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I was given a particular keyhole that peaked my interest. It was beautiful. Not having a purpose for it, I made it into a necklace. That’s what started Lucy Lockets. I found myself wearing it every day with everything! It was simple and had a story to tell. That’s what everyone loves. There’s a certain romance to knowing it’s nearly 100 years old.
Your pieces have an amazing authentic, rustic feel to them. How do you create that feeling? I’ve always enjoyed repurposing or recreating found objects. I work as the Creative Director of Southern Accents Architectural Antiques and am constantly surrounded by one of kind vintage pieces. Some can be used in their original provenance, but most are just beautiful in their uniqueness, leaving them unworthy of their original purpose. I always see something and love it for the intricate detail or lines and want to create a way to use it in my modern, everyday life. What is the thought process or creative inspiration behind your jewelry? When I get into the studio to work on the lockets, I pull everything out. I just start with something I love. It may stand on its own or I will add and take away until it has the perfect symmetry. I add an old key to all of them. It gives them each an identifying “mark”. Tell me about the tools that you use… I’m always looking through boxes at junk stores and tag sales to find unique keys, keyholes, escutcheons and even costume jewelry. My needle nose pliers and jump rings are my best friends! For more info visit www.lucysinspired.com
MADE loves these dapper gents for their unique looks and effortless style. Top Left. David Mowery, son Matthew and daughter Mays David’s Style: Jacket, summer work shirt, seersucker. Keffiyeh put away ‘til Fall Top Right. Greg Tankersley, daughter Sullivan Greg’s Style: Vespa, stylish specs, and a sharp sense of humor
Bottom Left. Gary Tsai, son Austen Gary’s Style: Smart patterns and modern colors go from office to family afternoon walks Bottom Right. Edwin Marty, daughters Edie & Talulah Edwin’s Style: Baby sling, summer linen shirtk a bottled beer, and dog Rooster
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Words TIFFANY BELL
Garlan Gudger Southern Accents Architectural Antiques
left: lisa jones center: tiffany bell Right: michellemariephotography.com
Like many of you, we fell in love with Garlan Gudger’s Train Shed transformation using all repurposed pieces at Southern Makers last month. So much so, we took a trip to his Cullman warehouse, grabbed an old-school cola and stayed for hours hunting through endless rooms of salvaged finds. It’s well worth the (surprisingly short) trip for yourself – until then, take a peek inside with the force behind it all. MADE: Tell us a little about the Southern Accents story? GG: Southern Accents has been family owned and operated for 44 years by the Gudger family in Cullman, Ala. It started with a simple idea that the craftsmanship of antique building supplies carved fireplace mantels, bronze/crystal chandeliers, embossed doorknobs, intricately trim doors, stained and leaded glass - was just not being produced in the same quality as they were in the previous years. Dr. Garlan Gudger, Sr. decided to start one of the first architectural salvage stores in Southeast out of a garage. Garlan, Jr. says their annual vacation while growing up consisted of a leaving with a van filled with family and ended with a u-haul trailer full of antiques. That’s just what we did every year and I just thought it was normal going on vacation and exploring every antique store and junkyard that you came across. MADE: I’m picturing a young Garlan Gudger, Jr. ditching the Legos at an early age to get your hands dirty. What was the young Garlan Gudger, Jr. like? GG: It was common to get dirty digging through old wooden nail kegs of doorknobs and tool chests filled with amazing items. Every child needs a place to start a clubhouse and build a fort and roller skate – it just happened to be that my play area was my father’s salvage store filled with goodies that allowed my imagination to run wild. My earliest memory as a child was wearing a pair of adjustable plastic Superman roller skates around with a cape, while dad swept up the shop. Now my two boys, Tripp and Pierce, think its normal to throw and catch the baseball next to the 50 claw-foot bathtubs in our alley behind the store. I guess like father like son! MADE: Have you thought about moving your warehouse out of Cullman or opening locations in other markets? GG: Cullman will always be home base – but we are being approached from different investors in different markets that enjoy seeing the work that
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we do so we will see... MADE: It’s no secret you love what you do. What do you love most about restoring, creating & repurposing? GG: Our mission statement at Southern Accents is to rescue, restore, and protect pieces of architecture with historical significance. That’s what we DO, but I believe the question is WHY I do it. I think it may be best answered by a movie scene that I remember in Shawshank Redemption. The scene is where the mean jailor needs some tax work done because the IRS is after him and he will have to pay a lot money and Andy, the main character, being a CPA before being jailed, told the jailor that he would prepare the jailor’s taxes for a bucket of cold beer for his work crew during a hot summer day. The surprise and enjoyment of the work crew when the jailor told the work crew to take a break for a few minutes and enjoy some cold suds in the hot summer sun. They didn’t expect it and come to find out, Andy didn’t even drink! He did it because he could, and by his finished work, it allowed other people satisfaction that wasn’t expected. I love watching other people unexpectedly enjoy what I am passionate about. Sharing my passion excites me and I am blessed I have family, friends, and YOU to share it with! That’s why I do what I do. MADE: Any advice on spotting historic pieces and making them work in modern spaces? GG: Historic architectural pieces will work just about anywhere – I suggest placing at least one piece per room to give each area a focal point surrounded by the modern setting. By using the salvage item thoughtfully in your design, the texture, color, and character of the piece alone should stand as a work of rescued art. MADE: I’m sure you love all of your pieces, like children, equally. But if you HAD to choose, what is your favorite piece or project so far? GG: Project - Southern Makers last month in Montgomery because of my friends that were gathered from around the state: Natalie Chanin, Butch Anthony, Billy Reid, Sarah Trapp, Clift Holt with Little Savannah, Audwin Mcgee and Sandy Stevens from Florence – just to name a few. I love to be inspired by other creative people and after the work is done, go out with them and have a good time. If I was told to leave my store and take one Piece with me and not return it would be – my Door Knob Collection. It reminds me of my family.
MADE: What was it like working with Billy Reid to design his backdrops for NYC Fashion Week? Any collaboration plans for the future? GG: It was awesome! To really see the vision of where he wants to go and help gather material to fit that vision Billy has is the most fun because I have to see in my head his final look from just his pencil drawings on paper! It really is fun to have people that know what they want and ask for your help to bring it to life! I have been blessed to be able to work with Billy staging his events for NYC Fashion Week in 2010 and 2013. I enjoy incorporating Southern Accents Salvage in most of his retail stores, as well as Billy’s own personal house. He has such a dedicated team and talented staff. As to future collaborations, I was brought in on his NEW Southeastern location this past week and will start preparing material for it, but I believe that it is not up to me to disclose where it will be located - I will leave that to Billy! MADE: The Southern Accents sets at Southern Makers, from the entrance all the way to the music stage, transformed the Train Shed like we’ve never seen and has been the talk of Southern Makers since. What made you want to be a part of the making of Southern Makers? GG: There has been an artistic renaissance developing in Alabama for the past several years. Creative artisans in the fields of food, fashion, art, architecture, and music, all passionate about their individual industry, have been working independently to promote their wares. Having them all gather in one location for the first time was exciting to me. In recent years, Southern Accents has had the opportunity to incorporate architectural salvage into projects for many of the individual makers. There has never been an event like this designed to bring everyone together. We were thrilled to be able to bring our creative ideas to the table in designing and installing the arena for this momentous event. The chance to join forces and work side-by-side with a collective group of the most talented people from across the state is electrifying. Southern Accents responsibility was to use their architectural salvage to create an atmosphere for the show that inspires not only the makers but attendees as well. MADE: What did you think of the places and people you came across in Montgomery? GG: Everyone was so nice and the downtown is amazing! A lot of my Montgomery friends came out to say hello when I was at Southern Makers –
it was like a huge neighborhood party! The city’s growth is evident to me and everyone that flew in to attend the event! Keep it up Montgomery! MADE: Where in the world (or should we say “the South”) do your vignette ideas come from like the Dumpster Collage at Southern Makers? GG: We are always out searching for new and exciting ideas. I thoroughly enjoy repurposing items to be used for something totally different than its original function. So turning a door or a shutter sideways might sound weird, but that is just our way of producing art. That collage wall was something that I have thought about for a long time, but have never had the freedom to produce! So, I really got some unique items gathered together and with a great team (Brad Bell – Bell and Bragg in Auburn and Lucy Farmer of Southern Accents) it just seemed to free-flow together. The teamwork of my staff in Cullman that prepped the items, like sanding and cleaning the materials, was crucial and we met our timeline of finished product before the show began! I am still very proud of how great it turned out! MADE: So what’s next? You always seem to have a project or big event going on. Point us in the right direction... GG: For the past 5 months I have had 1, if not 2, large events per month. I am currently focusing on preparing my store and my staff for an expansion of our salvaged / recycled wood department. Dealing with barn-wood, colored bead-board, timbers from textile mills, antique flooring and log cabins is where we are devoted right now. But I am always listening for the next way I can promote the Southern Accents brand. MADE: Best advice you were given… GG: Given to me by Mr. X in Hawaii (at the time the largest homebuilder in the world): “Always do what you have passion for. If you do, you will always enjoy what you wake up for… and the money will follow. “
What: Southern Accents Warehouse & Showroom Open: Tuesdays-Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Downtown Cullman (308 Second Ave SE) How to Get in Touch: www.sa1969.com Where Else to Spot Garlan’s Work: Sets & stages across the country - from Southern Makers to NYC Fashion Week Number of Doorknobs in Garlan’s Collection: 4,586 (but who’s counting?)
WORDS Tiffany Bell All the Great Gatsby movie buzz peaked our interest in the Fitzgeralds themselves, not excluding the revelry and rumors surrounding the famed literary couple. Naturally we went straight to the source – Willie Thompson of the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum here in Montgomery – for our Fitzgerald Fix:
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“Despite numerous infidelities, one of the most explosive arguments Scott and Zelda ever had was when Zelda bought a $750 fur coat...made of squirrel pelts. The second was when Zelda called Scott a ‘fairy,’ because she thought he spent an inordinate amount of time with Hemingway.” (That sort of bullying doesn’t fly with us, Zelda. But we still love you.) Zelda’s birthday is July 24th - celebrate what would have been her 113th birthday at the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Annual Cocktail Party. (Flapper garb optional, but guaranteed to provide for a more Gatsby-esque get down.) If Zelda were around today, she would party…? “Wherever her feet happened to be located.” Well played, Mr. Thompson. Mr. Thompson and his encyclopedic knowledge and legendary wit can be found at the aforementioned Fitzgerald Museum, 919 Felder Avenue. Visit fitzgeraldmuseum.net for more info.
Thursdays & Fridays in June Summer Children’s Matinees Capri Theatre
WORDS Evans Bailey • Malick-y Boom Boom Down: Point For Terence Malick is one of my favorite directors. The long shots of wavy golden grain, the whispery voiceovers, the films about BIG IMPORTANT IDEAS. He speaks to me. This film is probably the most Malick-y of all his previous films, including 2011’s Tree of Life. Based more on sketches than an actual script, To the Wonder follows Olga Kurylenko’s Marina and Ben Affleck’s Neil as they fall in love and canoodle endlessly all over Marina’s native France (including the beautiful Mont Saint Michel off the coast of Normandy), and then return to Neil’s Oklahoma where the romance turns sour for nebulous and existential reasons only hinted at in Marina’s near-whispered (and mostly French) voiceover. Javier Bardem pops in and out to mirror Marina’s fish-out-of water tale. As a priest far from home in Oklahoma, his lonely struggle with a faith he fears is lost underscores the film’s overarching themes of capturing and then losing and then maybe capturing again love, faith, trust, and commitment. Rachel McAdams pops in too as a downtrodden rancher, but her rebound relationship with Neil quickly fizzles—but not before they can sit in a field with some too close for comfort buffaloes. Malick tells his story in quick scenes and vignettes intercut with those nature shots (now with sea turtles!). There is hardly any exposition or dialogue, but the actors and the voiceover reveal just enough to give you an idea of where the film is going and the story Malick (who also wrote) wants to tell. You get the feeling after watching that you are supposed to be left with lots of questions, not just about the characters and the plot, but about those BIG IMPORTANT IDEAS his movies are always poking and prodding. I know I left with more than a few. • This Film is Gorgeous This film is visually stunning. Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life and The New World) paint beautiful pictures that are haunting and fleeting all at once. Natural light, both inside and out, prevails. The dusk-y shots of the tide coming up on the beaches near Mont Saint Michel will make you start checking Orbitz for flights. • This is the Last Film Roger Ebert Ever Reviewed Tall order then to let some part time-schlub give a run at it, but Ebert’s last review (3.5 of 4 stars) is as thoughtful and informative as all his others. It is worth reading especially if you appreciate Ebert and his holistic approach to criticism.
• Malick-y Boom Boom Down: Point Against Saying that a Malick is his most Malick-y is a bit of damning praise. This movie is abstract art-house faire only. Do not go see this movie if you are looking for a plot / dialogue driven film. Malick takes the adage of showing and not telling to the outer limits here. He probably could have stripped away the dialogue and left the voiceovers to tell the exact same story. Do not go see this movie if you need to laugh once every two hours. Nothing in this film is funny. It is a very SERIOUS movie about BIG IMPORTANT IDEAS. • Where is All the Furniture? Watching this film I could not help but notice that none of the main characters has a properly furnished and arranged home. When Marina and Neil move into a new house and never put anything on the floors or on the walls, I just assumed that their mortgage sucked. After seeing the preacher’s similarly spartan digs, it became obvious that this was not just a coincidence. The pace and plot of the film is also empty and unorganized at times. The effect is disorienting, but it seems Malick wants you to be disoriented during this film because we are so often disoriented in life. So little in life follows the straight path of problem to resolution. There are distractions and failures and non sequiturs and red herrings and sea turtles (maybe!) along the way. If your films need to be tidily arranged and filled-in like your living room, do not go see To the Wonder.
For the 30th year in a row, the Capri Theatre presents the Children’s Summer Matinees. Nine weeks of entertainment to get you through the summer. June features include Madagascar, The Lorax, Puss in Boots and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Shows are every Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m Admission is $1.00 per child. For info call 334 262 4858 or visit capritheatre.org
June 11 Book Signing with Ace Atkins Capitol Book & News
4 to 5:30 p.m. Ace Atkins is back at Capitol Book & News with a new Quinn Colson and a new Spenser book, too. For info visit capitolbook.com or call 334 265 1473
June 15 Release Party & Book Signing The Tipping Point
7 to 10 p.m. Celebratory debut of “Captain Trouvier’s Chronicles of Forgotten Histories and Bewildering Events Book” by local author and artist Matt Johnson. For info visit www.artofmattjohnson.com/ book-signing.html
June 20-30 The Last Five Years
7:30 to 9 p.m. This exceptional work chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up… or from break-up to meeting, depending on whose version of events we hear. Written by Jason Robert Brown. Directed by Randy Foster. Starring Jesse Alston and Jonathan Conner. Winner of the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Best Music and Lyrics. Tickets and info visit cloverdaleplayhouse.org or call 334 262 1530
ClefWorks presents An Alabama Evening
The Tipping Point
5:30 to 8 p.m. An evening of all things Alabama: a farmfresh picnic box, local craft beer and the sweet sounds of some of our state’s upand-coming musicians. Proceeds benefit Clefworks’ outreach efforts to engage a younger audience in classical music. Tickets are $25 each and available at www. clefworks.org
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Edibly Driven: Food Truck Culture Comes to Montgomery WORDS Will Steineker The name of Nick Jernigan and Davena McRae’s new food truck may not be a settled issue just yet, but the truck’s license plate tells you all you really need to know about the Capital City’s first official mobile kitchen. Right there, stamped in block letters onto an impossibly colorful “Farming Feeds” tag, is a simple slogan: GDGRUB. The husband and wife team, winners of this city’s Edibly Driven food truck competition this Spring, aren’t new to Montgomery’s food scene. They’ve owned Super Suppers, a take away dinner business with a focus on Southern classics made with fresh ingredients, for the last six years. According to McRae, a Seattle native, they’ve learned a few important lessons during that time. Perhaps the most important of those lessons is the fact that “People in Montgomery love to eat. They’re really serious about food.” That kind of honesty coupled with a consistently great product has won the two of them a small army of loyal customers. Operating a successful business is enough to keep any two people busy, but Jernigan and McRae couldn’t resist the urge to shake things up. “We’re both high-energy people,” she says. “It’ll drive you crazy waiting for folks to come into your shop.” That feeling made the decision to get out of that shop and meet their customers on their own turf an easy one. They took their food on the road for the first time last spring, selling the pimento cheese their customers raved about in their Vaughn Road location at farmer’s markets in Montgomery and Birmingham. “It was really nice, being able to take our product to the people,” says McRae of the experience. It turns out that heading outside was the perfect change of pace for the couple’s business, too, as they now sell almost 350 pounds of pimento cheese at those markets every weekend. A food truck seemed like the next logical step in their quest to get out of the kitchen and into the streets, but that was easier said than done. It turned out there were no food truck-specific regulations in Montgomery until very recently. As a result, trucks were subject to the same restrictions and licensing requirements as standard restaurants. That’s a big problem for a business model that depends on flexibility and lean operation. “We’d thought about it before, but there was so much red tape,” says McRae when discussing the hurdles facing potential food truck operators looking to open up shop in Montgomery. All of that changed this Spring when the city announced an open competition to select Montgomery’s first licensed food truck. “When we heard about the competition we immediately decided that we were there.” After two months of analysis by City Hall, Jernigan and McRae’s entry was selected from a range of entries. Since then, they’ve been busy preparing their truck and working with the city to make sure everything is squared away for their launch later this summer. According to McRae, that process has been surprisingly easy. “What’s really amazing is how progressive the city’s been. It’s just marvelous. They want us to cover our bases, but otherwise go for it. They’ve been very supportive.” City Hall may have cleared the way when it comes to licensing and regulation, but the heart and soul of the truck will always be the menu. To that end, McRae explains her vision for the food she and Jernigan will serve. “We want to serve delicious food that’s full of flavor. We want to get away from the meat and three. Don’t get me wrong. I love Southern food. I’m from Seattle, though, and I don’t always love the way it makes me feel.” To her, that means a strong focus on fresh ingredients that showcase the bounty of Southern agriculture, incorporating those ingredients into the kinds of regional
American dishes that locals might not often encounter while also offering contemporary takes on traditional Southern favorites. Jernigan and McRae have high hopes for the concept, and their faith in their customers speaks volumes about their ability to deliver on those hopes. “I like the way Southerners talk about food,” says McRae. “That’s what we want. We want food that’s approachable. Fresh food. We want to create an experience.” Jernigan takes the idea of creating an experience a step farther, stating “We want people to love what we do so much that they can’t decide what they want to see on the menu each day.” The notion that they’ll be able to create such a broad array of favorites in a food truck is an awfully big idea that’s bound to be tested in such an awfully small space. They won’t be the first to give it a shot, though, and McRae knows it. “We aren’t the first folks to do this in Montgomery, just the first to do it officially. We really want to honor the trailblazers who made this possible. That’s important to us.” With the city’s blessing and truck full of good ideas, it seems sure that they’re up to the task.
The city’s Food Truck Competition awarded permission to park a food truck at 924 Madison Ave. near the Jackson Street intersection. The city is using the competition to test the viability of food trucks in the city, according to the Montgomery Development Department.
PB&J Bread Pudding
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For some this may come as a shock, but I never had a PB&J sandwich until college. My only explanation is... no wait, I have no explanation for how I grew up under a rock. I clearly remember eating peanut butter sandwiches and jelly sandwiches (separately) as a child. Needless to say, when I first discovered the marriage of peanut butter and fruit jam between two slices of bread, I was hooked. I practically lived off of PB&J’s during my undergrad years. So, it was an obvious choice when I was thinking of making a new type of bread pudding the other day. I’m not saying raisins and rum sauce aren’t great, but sometimes you just want something different... yet familiar. What I thought was a good idea turned out to be a great idea. serves 1 (for 4 servings, use 2 eggs and quadruple the other ingredients) ingredients: peanut butter • grape jelly • 2 slices of white bread • 1 egg yolk • ¼ cup cream • 1 tbsp milk • 2 tsp sugar • ½ tsp vanilla extract • coarse sugar, for decorating directions:
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1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 2. Spread peanut butter on one side of a slice of bread. Spread jelly on one side of the other slice of bread. Sandwich together and trim the edges using a serrated knife. Then cut the sandwich into ½” cubes. Place cubes into a ramekin. 3. Mix together the egg yolk, cream, milk, vanilla extract, and sugar. Pour over the bread cubes. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to allow the liquids to absorb into the bread. Sprinkle coarse sugar over the ramekin. 4. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the top starts to brown. Remove bread pudding from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm.
‘SHINE on WORDS ANNA LOWDER Alabama likes its whiskey. There’s no doubt about that. But distilling whiskey, or any liquor in Alabama for that matter, well... that’s another story. Maybe it’s the residue of blue laws still lingering in the air, or the Southern habit of publicly denouncing the sins of alcohol while privately enjoying cocktail hour. But all of that is set to change as Alabama’s first legal moonshine is just around the corner. Sound interesting? It did to us, so we got in touch with Jamie Ray, founder of High Ridge Spirits and soon to be Alabama’s “Moonshine Maker,” to talk ‘shine shop.
So what’s the best way to show off moonshine’s charm, you ask? “I think liquor connoisseurs will sip this the same way whiskey buffs taste their small batches on the rocks,” he says. “I see a larger market, who may not have any experience with moonshine, that will be drawn to an infused or flavored product. We’ll be making an ‘apple pie’ moonshine cut with juice and spices, and perhaps a peach version, both with lower alcohol content (around 40 proof). These will be more mainstream and easy to compose in cocktails.” He also plans to offer barrel-aged moonshine.
Jamie is opening the first legal distillery to operate in Alabama since Jack Daniels pulled out during Prohibition. The craft moonshine will be called “Stills Crossroads Shine.” According to Ray, the area known as Stills Crossroads in Bullock County (just outside Union Springs and famous for its water quality) is the ideal location for moonshine. “When it comes to distilling and brewing, water quality is incredibly important. This water is the best I’ve seen in Alabama: it’s extraordinary, steady, and clear.” Which may explain why this area just an hour southeast of Montgomery has been known for its underground moonshine trade for over a century.
Jamie speaks like both a chemist and craftsman: his background in brewing and his attention to detail and pride in production is evident in every conversation. We speak of his long stint at Back Forty Beer Co., where Jamie was the first employee. “It was just me and Jason (Wilson, Back Forty’s founder) in 2009 and we came up with the recipe for Naked Pig Pale Ale. Next came Truck Stop Honey, and all the rest that we’ve been producing in Gadsden since,” he recalls. Jamie and the Back Forty crew are still on great terms. “I think my new title is ‘Brewer At Large’ or something like that. They know this is a great opportunity for me, and for taking Alabama craft to another level that compliments and expands the work other craftspeople are doing.” Jamie plans to celebrate the Fourth of July distilling his first batches of moonshine, with bottles reaching shelves around August 1st. Stills Crossroads Shine will be sold through the state’s ABC Stores to consumers, restaurants and bars.
Now the stills are coming out of the woods and into the open. Federal and state licenses are expected this June and with these in hand, Jamie will start distilling. The traditional Stills Crossroads recipe calls for rye as the grain. Jamie malts it to activate the enzymes and convert the starch to sugars, then heats the mash, and leaves it to distill. Depending on the season, the process takes 3 days to a week - lightning speed compared to barrel-aged whiskeys. “Whiskey is having its moment right now, that’s for sure,” says Ray. “The problem is demand is outpacing supply. Brands such as Maker’s Mark and Buffalo Trace can’t keep up the volume, so many labels are now bringing out ‘white whiskey’.” Ray believes his Stills Crossroads Shine will be unique for its hand-crafted flavor and its notoriety as being Alabama-made. “I see this in places with bartenders making true cocktails, and restaurants where chefs integrate food and locality into the experience.”
“For me, this is all about bringing a handmade product, with a long history rooted in this area, to the people of Alabama,” says Ray. “This is an area and an economy that needs jobs, and we can supply those while creating a product that is unique and positive. We’re turning the old stereotype of moonshine on its head, and offering a product we can all be proud of,” Ray adds. “Every bottle will be hand-filled and labeled by hand. Everything will be touched by people that know this craft and are proud to be a part of it.” Let’s put our Mason jars away, grab a rocks glass, and celebrate this welcome addition to Alabama’s cocktail scene. Follow the High Ridge Spirits moonshine progress on Facebook.
Cocktail enthusiasts and generalists alike know a bit about the history of gin, especially its time throughout Prohibition. Back when the cocktail was born, mixers were added to hide the foul taste of “bathtub” gin, but thankfully in the 21st century we have the pleasure of knowing our spirit wasn’t brewed in our neighbor’s bathroom. We can now enjoy the taste of a spirit instead of trying to hide it. With its light and refreshing qualities, it’s easy to see how a classic like the Gin & Tonic has become a blank slate for experimentation.
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With the wide variety of gins available today, almost everything under the sun can be thrown into a gin cocktail to compliment it. Lime loyalists beware, there is a multitude of “out there” extras that will keep you refreshed and your cocktails exciting. Whether it’s fruit, vegetables, or fresh herbs, you can muddle, twist, juice, and create syrups with just about any of these ingredients. These aren’t revolutionary changes, just some alternatives to the usual lemon or lime. So give some of these a shot, get creative and give your own twist to the classic G&T.
June 6 Westbrook Brewing Co. Leroy, 8pm
Westbrook Brewing Co. pays a visit to the local watering hole straight from South Carolina. www.leroylounge.com 334.356.7127
June 11 2nd Tuesday Trivia Night Leroy 7pm
Start brushing up with your Trivial Pursuit or old-school Jeopardy games. These trivia nights are competitive. Watch out, cheaters, Shannon will confiscate your iPhones. www.leroylounge.com 334.356.7127
June 15 Beer Bash Derk’s Filet & Vine, 1-4pm
Five vendors pouring craft beer samples with raw oysters, shrimp, burgers, hot dogs, wings - the lot. Advance tickets $20. Door tickets $25. 334.262.8463
June 25 Avondale Tap Takeover The Tipping Point, From 5pm
Birmingham’s brewery takes the reigns, or the tap handles, for one night. Enjoy craft brews in the beer garden or the great indoors. www.tippingpointhampstead.com 334.260.9110
Instagram: MadePaper Post photos of your new-style Gin & Tonic recipes and tag MadePaper. The more outlandish the better! Will’s Picks: Fresh herbs like basil, mint, and parsley. Fruits include balck berries, blood orange, and watermelon. Vegetables from pickled okra to tomatoes will peek curiousity. Smash it, shake it, throw it down.
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Tucked into a warehouse space in Birmingham, Alabama, Plenty Design Co-op founders Andrew Thompson + Jared Fulton satisfy their hankering for a hands-on creative outlet by designing and handcrafting gorgeous modern furniture. Seating, lighting and geometric organizational trays account for the majority of their current offerings; each piece a graceful expression of their modern aesthetic leanings and thought-filled craftsmanship. Jared, an architect by trade, studied at Auburn University where he joined their Rural Studio and built the Antioch Baptist Church. He went on to earn a Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard. His work speaks the language of elegant simplicity and functionality like most iconic modern designers. Much in the same way that Apple technology feels intuitive, Jared’s pieces need very little in the way of explanation. Simple to assemble and exactly what you need to get the job done. No frills. Just brilliant and beautiful. Andrew studied Industrial Design at Auburn
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University and post graduation he worked as both an industrial designer and graphic designer in Birmingham. Andrew’s work reflects his penchant for process and production. When he walks through the evolution behind each piece it feels as if the language of creation and design is second nature to him, like breathing. The duo met during their time at Slaughter Group in Birmingham. They ended up collaborating on a handful of furniture projects including several custom pieces for a new local restaurant and a bed made from reclaimed Alabama wood for a friend of Andrew. Eventually, their collaborations evolved into what we are seeing come to life as Plenty Design Co-Op. Right now, Andrew and Jared comprise the Co-Op but it feels like they could inspire an entire movement of locally-based, hand-crafted artisans with forward thinking ideas. Plenty kicked things into gear earlier this year when they showed their work at a pop-up exhibition in downtown Birmingham. They were also
featured as one of Alabama’s “Makers” at the Southern Makers festival held here in Montgomery on May 4th.
lamp sits square to the desk corner and the cord has been hidden within the wood to create a clean, clutter free desktop.
They say they are proud to be utilizing local resources. Andrew says it’s special for him to be able to create modern designs and bring it to life with resources right in the city where they live. There seems to be a preconceived idea that all furniture coming out of the south is going to look rustic or has to come from reclaimed wood. Jared and Andrew’s aesthetic is anything but rustic, yet somehow their work maintains an organic quality that gives users a sense of connection to the natural materials and the work of the craftsmen.
A classic modern chair, this one works great around a table. The bent plywood is contrasted against the dark walnut frame, giving the seat a floating quality.
Two stand out pieces from Plenty’s catalog of work are Jared’s Tripod Desk Lamp and Andrew’s Bent Plywood Chair (see above)
SPACES Events ICAA Presents Michael Imber: Ranches, Houses & Villas Alys Beach
The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (Florida Chapter) is hosting a weekend at Alys Beach comprised of presentation, book signing, and private tour with author Michael Imber. Tickets at
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For more information about Plenty Design Co-op, Andrew, Jared or their catalog of products, contact them
The lamp design was inspired by Japanese joinery, meaning construction is completed sans glue or fasteners. This allows for easy disassembly for moving and storing. The oak used was scrap from a furniture project. The
Both of these pieces, and the rest of their current collection, will do you the great service of uplifting your dwelling or office in a quiet yet profound way that only thoughtful, beautiful design can manage. It is a feat most designers only hope to achieve - but a requirement with which Plenty seems to create all of their work.
at email@example.com. Keep up with their progress at www.plentydesigncoop.com and for behind the scenes information about Andrew & Jared’s design process visit their personal websites: www. thomsonforthewin.com & www.fultonmade.tumblr.com
RS20 Lakeview Social Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood Office 5 - 7 p.m.
Celebrating the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Rural Studio, this drinks social raises awareness of the original Rural Studio challenge to design and build eight 20K Houses, an ongoing research project addressing the need for decent and affordable housing in Hale County. Hosted by GMC &
Gilpin Givhan, 2660 EastChase Lane, Suite 200. For more info visit ruralstudio.org.
E.A.T. South encourages healthy lifestyles through education and sustainable food production in urban areas throughout the Southeast. www.eatsouth.org
The Skinny on Eating Local WORDS EDWIN MARTy It’s a rare day in Alabama - and maybe more so in Montgomery - that we can celebrate a positive report about our health. But a recent Gallup Healthways Wellbeing Index study was just released that shows (drumroll please) obesity rates in the River Region have decreased substantially in the last year. While we’re still looking at much higher rates for obesity than the national average, the rate for obesity has decreased by over 3% in just one year, and by 7% in the last 4 years. That means there are about 30,000 fewer obese people in our community and, no surprise, fewer cases of diabetes. There are many factors that contributed to this decline but perhaps the one that’s most compelling is the increase across the region in consumption of fresh produce. While everyone knows that eating the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables every day will improve your health, most people don’t realize it’s also one of the best ways to improve your local economy. For starters, buying fresh seasonal produce directly from a farmer (at a farmers market, farm stand or through a Community Supported Agriculture program) is the most affordable way to get your food. By volume, there’s just no better way to get your food and feed your family the most delicious, healthy food possible. In addition, buying food directly from your local farmers ensures that you are supporting a local business and keeping money circulating in our economy. The ‘multiplier effect’ means that every time you spend a dollar on locally produced food, the farmer ‘reinvests’ that dollar back into the economy by supporting other local businesses, like grocery stores, gas stations, and paying taxes. 48% of your dollar is recirculated when you support local farmers vs. only 13% when you buy from non-local sources. That’s a huge impact on your local community
– and you’re often getting the best possible price for the freshest possible food! Come on – can’t beat that with a broom! But we still have some serious work in front of us. 80% of people in Alabama don’t eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Not only does that mean most people aren’t eating health food, it also means they aren’t buying food that’s grown in Alabama. A recent study shows that Alabama only produces about 5% of its own food. Part of the challenge to increase that percentage is getting people to simply eat more food that can be grown in Alabama. EAT South is working on a number of fronts to address these challenges: • Please take the EAT South Pledge and challenge yourself and your friends to eat more local food. • We’ve just finished piloting our Good Food Day field trips in May. Starting this fall, EAT South will begin providing regular field trips for third and fourth grade students across Alabama. This program provides a fun interactive way for children to learn how to grow fruits and vegetables, how to prepare that food so it’s delicious and healthy, and how to get access to that food at home. If you’re interested in signing your child’s class up for a Good Food Day program, visit www.eatsouth.org and email us the program request form. We look forward to working with you and your community to make everyone healthier. • EAT South is also helping to start the River Region Food Policy Council to research ways we can increase access to healthy food for everyone. We’ve held a series of listening sessions across the region over the last six months and are now ready to start working on a number of projects, such as developing a local food guide to help you learn where to get the best locally-produced food. But we need your help! Visit www.riverregionfood.org for more information and get involved.
The More Bugs, The Better The only way to get more affordable fresher food than buying it directly from a local farmer is to grow it yourself! Here are some easy things you can do to ensure your work yields the most delicious bountiful food. Insect pests are part of life in every garden in Alabama. Before breaking out the pesticide spray to solve the problem, consider these facts first: • 98% of all insects are beneficial for your garden. Beneficial insects, like lady bugs and honey bees, do all sorts of great things. • Many popular food plants require dozens of visits from an insect to completely pollinate and produce fruit. Spraying synthetic pesticides will usually kill all the insects, not just the 2% that are harming your plants. Consider these options: • Healthy soil produces healthy plants. Healthy plants are naturally resistant to disease and insects. Focus on your soil health by using lots of compost and you’ll prevent some of the insect challenges in the future. • Attract beneficial insects by planting flowers. These insects eat the insects that are eating your fruits and vegetables. • Look for flowering plants that bloom throughout the season to ensure beneficial insects have food and a place to live in your garden (such as zinnias, cosmos, or calendula). That way, if (and when) the ‘predatory’ insects appear, you’ll have plenty of ‘beneficial’ insects in your garden to keep their population under control. • Check out the EAT South web site to find out more about our Organic Gardening Workshops and how you can get more involved.
Have a Good Food Day EAT South is challenging Montgomerians to improve their health and our community by eating more locally produced food and preparing that food in a healthy manner. We are doing this through our EAT South Pledge. At the end of 2013, EAT South will ask our participants to submit how you’ve achieved your pledge. We’ll select an award-winning individual, a school, and a corporation. Drop completed pledges off at the Downtown Farm or Hampstead Farm.
Please check one of the three categories for your pledge
Name: Email: Address: What’s your EAT South Pledge? Can we use your EAT South Pledge in our promotional materials? EATSouth will not share your email with any other group. We will use to contact you regarding the pledge and EATSouth updates.
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Sweet Soul Music:
St Paul and the Broken Bones
Words Robert Wool
On stage, Paul Janeway is as captivating a front man as anyone. In a full suit and bow tie, he gives off the vibes of a man proselytizing to a congregation. His body shakes, his fingers wag, and in particularly intense moments he places one hand over his eyes and with the other he positions a sweaty outstretched palm towards the crowd as if dispelling evil spirits in a gospel soul sermon. Playing with such fervor makes sense. Soul has its roots in Gospel and at one point in his young life Paul was on a path to becoming a man of the church. Thankfully he saw the light of soul music and Birmingham’s St. Paul and the Broken Bones may just be the next big thing to emerge from our great state and capture the attention of the nation. So far in 2013 the Broken Bones have enjoyed success playing shows around the Southeast and are building buzz on the web. They’ve opened for John Mayer, garnered popularity in talent and industry heavy Nashville, and played festivals such as South X Southwest, the Hang Out, and the Cut Bait festival in Columbus, Georgia.
Their songs are filled with retro rhythms, bass and booming horns that make you want to move and would sound at home in the background of Blues Brothers. In their popular “Broken Bones and Pocket Change,” Paul laments the pain and feeling of loss after a tough breakup. The song has all the attributes of a classic Soul jam and we can all relate to the feeling of hurt being, “all she left me with,” when a relationship ends. We’ll be looking forward to September for the full length album to offer more soulful consultation. The album, which is already fully mastered but yet to be titled, was recorded at the historic Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals. The one-time tobacco warehouse converted in the 1960s to lay down tracks by Soul greats such as Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and Clarence Carter seems an apt setting for St. Paul and the Broken Bones to record their first full length album. In the same building
photo SayBre Photography where Wilson Picket’s “Mustang Sally” was canned, Paul and his group of soul servants worked with Ben Tanner, keyboardist of the Alabama Shakes, to help with production. Paul let MADE in on a secret of their studio session. For the recording process the band did things a bit differently to contribute to their Soulful sound, “We did it kind of old school - we did it all by tape, the record sounds old.” Unlike most musical conglomerates of twenty something’s who prefer tracking with laptop computers, St. Paul and the Broken Bones (who are comprised of guitars, bass, drums and horns section) stepped back in time with the soul greats by recording analog. This month St. Paul and the Broken Bones will be embarking on a tour to share their old-school sound nationwide. With shows in New York City and Philadelphia, the band will look to mirror the meteoric rise to
fame felt recently by compatriots the Alabama Shakes. Although it’s worth mentioning the Athens, AL rockers when talking about the Broken Bones, Paul thinks we shouldn’t get carried away, “People say ‘Oh this is the next Alabama Shakes’ or whatever the hell they say, but they come to our show and see it’s not the same.” Although he has much respect for the Alabama Shakes, Paul thinks the comparison only works geographically but not musically. With songs being played on satellite radio and features of the band the doing the rounds on the blogosphere, the future looks promising. The success of this band would show other musically inclined Alabamians that our home is an acceptable launch pad for a career. Where others have felt the pull and gone on to more conventionally musical sites, the Broken Bones are staying put. “Some people are like, ‘Hey when are you guys moving?’ I don’t
want to move - Birmingham is home. Nashville is only three hours away and it’s good not to get engulfed in that culture and just do our own thing.” Good thing they’re sticking around. You can find them playing locally at shows in Birmingham and Mobile in mid-June. As a measure of success, today’s heavily marketed and image based groups look at album and ticket sales or the modern endorsement of fame today: Twitter followers. Not Paul. In the sentiment of a true Soul man he knows what’s really important. “I just try to take it one step at a time and enjoy it because this shit can turn on you and if we take more steps awesome - if not, it’s one good story to tell your grandkids one day and I guess that’s the whole point.”
For songs and tour dates visit www.stpaulandthebrokenbones. bandcamp.com
MUSIC Events June 20 Tom Jean presents: Hipster Curios, Record-Geek Obscurities & Songs You Groan To Love The Tipping Point, 7-10 pm
Words Tom Jean Trumpeter Charles Melvin “Cootie” Williams was born in Mobile in 1911. Showing a natural facility for trumpet as a very young boy, he received “proper” instruction in the fundamentals - but jazz, still considered an “illegitimate” music, was strictly forbidden as part of his studies. However, Mobile shared such a strong musical bond with neighboring jazz ground-zero New Orleans that it was impossible for young Cootie not to be influenced by this new, “hot” sound. Talent and word-of-mouth landed Williams in the orchestra of Fletcher Henderson (the band that laid the foundation for what Big Band jazz would become). But, dissatisfied with solo time, fate brought him the career-making opportunity in 1929 to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Henderson may have been respected, but Ellington was a visionary innovator with a knack for picking players that could make his harmonically sophisticated songs and 18
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arrangements come to life. Cootie’s fluid, articulate open-horn solos and his distinctive muted plunger “wah-wah” leads not only expanded the band’s tonal palette, but often defined its sound, and that of jazz in general, for the next decade. Cootie made hundreds of recordings on several labels during his eleven years with Duke (some of them even issued under the name “Cootie Williams and his Rug Cutters”), many of which are still available today. After leaving Ellington in 1940 and spending a year with the Benny Goodman Sextet (an excellent band in itself), the Duke encouraged him to form his own orchestra; which he did. The true legacy of Cootie Williams and his Orchestra may have been its leader’s ability to recognize and employ new talent; in addition to being the first band to record the music of maverick composer Thelonious Monk (“Epistrophy” and “‘Round Midnight,” for which Williams received credit as co-author), he was
the first to employ pianist and be-bop icon Bud Powell, as well as future R & B stars Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson and vocalist Pearl Bailey. In 1962 Cootie returned to the Duke Ellington Orchestra, where he remained well into the 1970s, adapting his classic sound to the always cutting-edge outfit. Cootie Williams died in 1985 in New York. Recommended Listening: Available for download at iTunes & Amazon: Cootie Williams - The Ellington Days (Jazz Archives) Duke Ellington and his Orchestra - Jubilee Stomp (RCA/Bluebird) The OKeh Ellington (Columbia) The Duke’s Men: Small Groups, Vols. 1 & 2 (Columbia) The Benny Goodman Sextet, Featuring Charlie Christian (Columbia) On CD: The Chronological Cootie Williams and his Orchestra, 1942-1949 (3 volumes) (Classics)
The singer / guitarist performs a sometimes bewildering blend of material from the underbelly of rock (songs by The Cowsills cheerfully coexist with those by Wreckless Eric, Game Theory, Let’s Active and others), plus a smattering of his self-penned classics adored by tens of people for years and years. Info www.tippingpointhampstead.com
June 28 Hail The Titans AlleyBar from 8pm
Catch this rock-and-roll band live for big, unashamed sound. Some would say avant-garde, others just awesome. See them here before they’re too big for us. You’ve been warned. Info online alleybarmontgomery.com
July 4 Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood of the Drive By Truckers Standard Deluxe, Waverly
Tickets online at www. brownpapertickets.com/event/366591
Insider’s Guide to The Beach (a.k.a. Highway 30-A) The renowned white sugar beaches of the Florida panhandle: stunning in photographs but the realities of second-degree sunburns, sand-filled bathing suits, and the occasional seaweed sludge aren’t so glamorous. If you’re like us, we love the atmosphere of the beach - all breezy, lazy days and cocktail strolls - but don’t love the trouble with all that sand. So, we’ve scouted out the best and brightest on offer to fill your summer - just three hours away.
Words Anna Lowder
These are restaurants, bars, and experiences that can hold their own against any in Nantucket (definitely), Miami (it’s a stretch), or Italy (well, maybe not). This is today’s Highway 30-A: a modern destination for travelers throughout the US and overseas. Known for its culinary hotspots, idyllic weather, and architectural offerings, its an encyclopedia of who’s who in regional design, food, and leisure.
The MADE Guide to How Not To Go To The Beach When At The Beach
SEASIDE Where To Go: Edwards This tiny gem offers fresh Gulf seafood and big flavors packed into a courtyard setting. Get there early: no reservations means tables fill from 5pm. Try a bar seat or chef’s kitchen view to learn from the friendly staff and feel like a local. Order: Grilled Gulf Catch and the Sautéed Clams Pizza Bar Authentic, wood-fired napoletana-style pizza made from scratch by the seaside (literally, at Seaside). The team trained in Italy to learn the secrets to truly great pizza: simple recipes, delicious ingredients. Tons of shaded outdoor seating, and great for take-out. Order: San Marzano Pizza and a Campari cocktail Amavida Coffee People don’t realize how vital espresso is at the beach. Start you morning recharge at this local coffee shop in Rosemary Beach or Seaside. Strong coffee, good pastries, magazines and New York Times. A coffee shop with wine is always appreciated. Order: Iced Latte & Breakfast Biscuit Charlie’s Donut Truck Two guys and a truck turn out hand-made donuts daily. You’ll find 12 varieties on hand and a line at the truck window from 6:30am til “Sold Out” each morning (usually by 9am) at Alys Beach. Chow down on the nearby picnic tables or deluxe Alys Amphitheatre lawn. Order: Sour Cream Donut Cowgirl Kitchen Sounds a bit country, but it’s the spot for straight up good snacks or an afternoon drink. Newly renovated interior features a longer bar and more space for killer Bloody Mary’s and craft beer. The sister Market across the street sells wine, provisions, and gifts. Order: Smoked Tuna Dip
ALYS BEACH Caliza Restaurant Hands down the most stunning restaurant experience in the area. The multi-million dollar Caliza Pool at Alys Beach is the backdrop for a dinner spot heavy on local seafood and posh guests. Start at cocktail hour lounging by the bar and pool areas (think Moroccan day beds, flowing drapes, artisan hammocks, and melodious flowing water). Insiders set up camp on the second floor terrace overlooking all of Alys Beach at sunset. Order: Glass of bubbly and Trio of Mezze Dips The Meltdown on 30-A Food trucks arrived en-masse at Seaside years back with the restored Airstreams, but Meltdown has upped the beach food truck game with the hottest, gooiest grilled cheeses you can wrap your hands around. Trust us, even in the Summer heat this grilled cheese can’t be beat. Order: Three Cheese Grilled Cheese Red Bar Nobody goes here for the food. Drinks (many), music (loud), and kitsch is what this place is all about. Late nights and early morning regret come part of the package deal. Order: Does it matter? Bud & Alley’s Roof Deck Bar From lunch to sunset, this is a visitor checklist spot for beautiful ocean views. After the bell rings at sunset, it’s probably time to head to the next stop. Order: Chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc Willow Style has finally caught up with the holiday crowd, much thanks to Willow’s of-the-moment pieces by Calypso St. Barth, Vince, and Theory. Think Boho Chic meets Noho, paired with sandals of course. Sundog Books A Seaside institution for decades, Sundog offers the usual bestsellers and new releases, plus beautifully curated sections on architecture, planning, design, food,
rosemary BEACH and children’s. The addition of Central Records brought some much needed alternative energy to the piazza with meticulously selected music and magazine offerings. Perfect for wasting time on vacation while feeling cultured. Bike Rental OK, we need some physical activity. Bikes it is - and luckily this is the easiest and cheapest way to get around 30-A. Go for bright sunshine yellow with the wide bars and fat cruising tires. Baskets are a must. Rent by the day or week. Seaside Rep Theatre The Rep stages free classics during the Summer in the outdoor amphitheatre - ideal for all ages and attention spans. This season includes James and The Giant Peach and Amazing Adventures of The Marvelous Monkey King. Also catch indoor ticketed performances of The Hound of The Baskervilles.
Where To Stay: Rentals at Alys Beach Insider’s Secret: limited homes and rooms are available to rent at Alys. To clarify: this gets you a place to stay in the most beautiful community, and access to the most beautiful pool ever. www.alysbeach.com Pensione Inn at Rosemary Only 11 rooms at this European style spot at the center of Rosemary’s town square. www.rosemarybeach.com The Pearl Slated to open this Summer in Rosemary, The Pearl is a 55 room, 4 story luxury hotel with restaurant, pool, rooftop lounge and spa. Once known as the infamous hotel that never opened, the new owners bought the distressed property and have nearly completed construction. New life for this gorgeous hotel. Check it out soon.
amphitheatre: steven brooke caliza pool at alys: Jack Gardner Photography all other photos: harvi Sahota JUNE 2013 • MADEPAPER.com
Published on Jun 7, 2013
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