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REGISTER NOW FOR STATE OF THE COMMUNITY State of the Community Registration Open This 12th annual event, sponsored this year by Walker Associates, Inc., will be Aug. 27 at noon at the Tuscaloosa River Market. Scheduled to participate are Probate Judge Hardy McCollum, Chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Commission; Mayor Walt Maddox of the City of Tuscaloosa; and Mayor Bobby Herndon of the City of Northport. Speakers will give a report on the progress of our area and status of our local governments. Cost is $25/person for members and $30/person for non-members. Reserve your spot by Aug. 22 by calling 391.0559 or emailing Stacey@tuscaloosachamber.com. Early Bird Registration Open for AAS Golf Tournament Early Bird registration forms for the annual Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa



Adopt-A-School Golf Tournament are now available at www.tuscaloosachamber.com. Register now to take advantage of the discount! The four-man scramble tournament, set for Sept. 11 at Ol' Colony Golf Complex, is the annual fundraising event benefitting the AAS program. All teams will begin play with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Early bird registration for $500/team is available now through Aug. 1. After that, the cost will be $600/team. Registration fees include greens fee, range balls, cart and lunch. Also, a variety of sponsorships are available and those forms are online. For more info, contact Loo Whitfield, loo@tuscaloosachamber.com or 391.0563. Teams Needed for Bama Brew & Que

Got the best BBQ around? Here's your chance to prove it! Register for the 2nd

Annual Bama Brew & Que in Tuscaloosa, a KCBS Sanctioned Event being held Sept. 12-13. There will be a Professional Division and a Backyard Division. Event is sponsored by Young Professionals of Tuscaloosa or YP(t). Click here for an entry form. For more info, email bamabrewandque@gmail. com or call 633-0236. Northport Citizen Award Nomination Forms Now Available For over 35 years, the Northport Citizen Awards Dinner has celebrated outstanding leadership in the city. This year, the dinner will be held on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. at Five Points Baptist Church. Now is your chance to nominate someone for one of the awards. You can honor an individual by nominating them for the Citizen Award or choose a leader in the field of education, business, religion, public safety or a Northport historian. Think of someone deserving of recognition and take the time to nominate them today! Please be sure to read the criteria for the different categories. Call 205-391-0559 or e-mail stacey@tuscaloosachamber.com to get a nomination form and more info. Forms are due by Sept. 3.

Join Us on Washington Fly-In As always, our schedule while in the nation's capital will allow time for interaction with our members of Congress as well as engagements with other elected officials. It's also an opportunity, unlike any other, to network with fellow Chamber members. This year, the agenda will include some fun time at a Washington Nationals baseball game. Make plans to join us Sept. 24-26! Email Stacey@tuscaloosachamber.com for details. Sponsors this year are Lewis, Smyth, Winter & Ford, Mercedes Benz, Merrill Lynch, and TTL. Registration Open for Start Up Weekend Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. A Tuscaloosa event will be held Sept. 26-28 at the South Engineering Research Complex on the UA Campus. Early bird registration is on now through Aug. 27. Visit www.tuscaloosa. startupweekend.org to register and learn more.

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7 BLUES CREW UP CLOSE // JUDAH MARTIN Hosted by Tuskaloosa Music Mafia

8 SUNNY BEACHES // JEROME ADAMS Recreation on a budget

14 FKA TWIGS // WILLIAM BARSHOP A glimpse of the R 'n' B enigma

20 SARAH PATTERSON'S LEGACY // STEPHEN SMITH Many thanks for a brilliant era in gymnastics


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Amos Paul Kennedy with fan

Okra Blossom

The 14th annual O kra Festival will be held in Burkville, Alabama, on August 30 this year. What started as a neighborhood party thrown by two friends in Lowndes County has blossomed into an annual festival drawing thousands of people to this small town located outside Montgomery. “Everybody in my little community grows the mighty okra, which we call ‘the peoples’ vegetable,’” says festival co-founder Barbara Evans. “It’s like us, strong, Southern, can withstand anything and keep going.” After the success of the first festival, Evans says townspeople wanted it to continue. “Local people cook all kinds of food, from pig ear sandwiches to gumbo. Okra is fried, steamed, stewed, boiled and used in art,” she



says. But that’s not all. Festival goers will also find okra casseroles, hors d’oeuvres, pie and pickled okra. Sunny Boy King, a local bluesman, has been performing from Evans’ front porch, located on the festival grounds, since the second year. Vendors sell art, preserves and crafts, and there is even the occasional yard sale. “One year we had pony rides, but it was just too hot for the ponies,” says Evans, pictured in the center on the left with author of “Bloody Lowndes” Hasaan Jeffries and “Welcome Home” author Estizer Smith. Camels have taken the place of ponies. There’s only one rule: Food can only be sold by citizens of Lowndes County as a way to help this low-income area of the state. “It’s a chance for people, groups and churches to make money,” Evans explains, as the festival does not charge admission. From the parking lot, attendees can see okra growing, proof that the fried, stewed or pickled version on their plate didn’t travel far. “From neighborhood get together to full-fledged festival, the Okra Festival has just bloomed,” says Evans. “Alabama’s Black Belt stretches across the state, and in late August about everything has burnt up save cotton and okra.” Annie Mae’s Okra Pie

gested, but any cheese will work) 1 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 1 tsp Emeril’s Essence seasoning 1 egg 1 thinly sliced onion 1 lb. okra, sliced Milk and additional cheese are optional Bake the frozen pie crust for 7 minutes at 375 degrees. When cool, layer in some of the tomatoes and bell peppers. Mix a cup of grated cheese with a cup of mayonnaise, 1/2 cup of sour cream and a teaspoon of Emeril’s Essence seasoning. Beat in the egg. Layer the mixture on top of the veggies, then add a layer of okra that has been sautéed with an onion and drained for just a minute. Keep layering the mixture with the okra and onions, ending with the mayo and sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with a little more cheese. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. Serve at room temperature. Note: If your mixture is too thick, you can add a little milk, and you might want to cover the rim of the crust with aluminum foil. Barbara Evans advises the use of “good tomatoes” in this recipe and also suggests adding shrimp, chicken or bacon. Special thanks to Deep South Magazine and writer Amanda Burleigh for permission to update and reprint this story. THUMBNAIL: Renowned Poster Artist Amos Paul Kennedy will be attending in person! Craftspeople and artists from all over including Storm Cloud Hills handmade, hand forged copper and brass jewelry

1 frozen pie crust Several thinly sliced tomatoes Several thinly sliced bell peppers 1 cup grated cheese (Parmesan is sug-


Incredible Food: Famous gumbo, fish, barbecue, pig ears, okra dishes, preserves, local produce and homemade ice cream, Annie Mae's famous pickled okra! Music: R&B......Slim and the Soulful Saints! Fun for Kids: face painting, art, crafts, games and more



Eutaw folk can make art out of most he asked his wife, Jane, to come along anything. Centered in Greene County, with him. A professional musician and Alabama, the town is alive with traditions devoted culture worker, Jane took it upon that are shared each year at the Black herself to immerse herself in the traditions Belt Folk Roots Festival. of the town. They can make a basket out of white And so she found out about the basket oak, or out of bulrush grass or out of the makers and she found out about the quilpine needles that grow all around them. ters. At nights she heard the blues playing They make quilts, too. There’s in the town's juke joints and, on a lady in town with 25 of Sundays, she heard the them hidden away in equally moving gosan armoire in her sounds that "…the whole festival tells pelcame bedroom. She from the the story of people and won’t sell them; church. It was she doesn’t like a dream. how they live or how they want to. She At that time remember having to live.” just makes more Dr. Carol Zipeach year. pert, known for her But that's what civil rights work and Eutaw folk have done for community involvement, years. Used to be that they would make worked as an instructor at the Eutaw such items strictly for practical purposes campus. When Jane began organizing but everybody got so good at it that outcommunity events to showcase all that siders started to notice. she had seen while getting to know the Years ago Miles College, a historicommunity Zippert took notice. The two cally black college based in Birmingham, women got to know each other and, one opened a branch in Eutaw and a man by way or another, the idea for a communitythe name of Hubert Satt was selected to wide festival was born. serve as director of the college. Naturally, Zippert, an avid fan of the folklore gathered by Anthropologist Zora Neale Hurtson, was more than happy to dedicate herself to the project. In the summer of 1975 they put together the first of what would become an annual festival. “We wanted to preserve that [culture] as much as we could, to document it and celebrate it,” Zippert said. "The people [of Eutaw] had all of these folk creations and we considered that they were the bearers of the culture."

Years after Miles-Eutaw closed down the festival remains a staple event for the town. As far as the activities go, not much has changed since that first festival decades ago. The festival weekend still starts on what always seems to be the hottest day of the year—the fourth Saturday in August, and it will be again this year. In fact, the only difference it seems is that the festival is now produced by a non-profit organization Zippert helped to organize called the Society of Folk Arts and Culture instead of by the now defunct college. The show always starts with music. As soon as it is heard, folks know to start making their way to the town's old courthouse square, where the festival has always taken place. The square is filled with vendors and booths offering traditional foods like fried skins, fried fish and most other things people like to eat in rural counties. Additionally, hand-made crafts and quilts abound. No one is allowed to bring anything store bought. The festival is a free event and the square is always packed. "After 37 years the festival has become a mainstay in the community," Zipert said. "People plan their vacations around it, they plan their class reunions around it and even their time to come home for a visit. It’s always hard to close it down each day because people don’t want to leave." And why would they? The festival is known just as well for its lively musical performances as it is for its folk art. "The blues tell a story," Zippert said. "They tell a story of the struggle.” Like the old folks who have returned to the festival every year since its beginning, so, too, do many of the festival’s most popular musicians return each year. “Most of these are musicians who perform haven’t made it in the big time necessarily, but they still get gigs and are known for their music,” Zippert explained. “Many of them have played in Europe and are sought-after musicians there.” On Sunday the festival opens once again, but this time they wait to open at 2 p.m. instead of in the morning. Eutaw folk like to go to church on Sunday. Once the show starts back, audiences can come listen to what many southerners fondly refer to as the “ole time gospel.” Before they know it, folks will have caught the spirit til’ they’ve rose up out of their seats to start shoutin’ like they were still in church. And while the ol' folks represent the festival’s core demographic, Zippert makes sure to keep passing the traditions down. To accomplish this, Zippert helped to set up a folk arts program that brings community members into

the town’s schools where they share their crafts and stories with the children. They learn to create things like baskets, hats and even serving platters. The outreach must be working because young talents, likely taught by the same relatives who have been attending the festival for years, are increasingly reaching out to Zippert to take part in the festival. Most Rrcently, a teenager from Eutaw called her. “How much does it cost to play at the festival?” he asked. Zippert was amused at this. She assured him that sharing his talent would be the only payment necessary. In fact she planned to reward him, if funds were available, with what she calls an honorarium, or a small stipend. “We always try to discover artists in the area and now we are now attracting young folks who are playing the blues and I’m so glad,” she said. After the festival ends each year, Zippert and the other nine members of the festival’s volunteer board spends much of the year fundraising for the next one. It can be a busy job, but luckily corporate sponsorships, foundation funds and contributions from the Alabama Arts Council help to keep the tradition going. “[The festival] is just something that we hope can keep up,” Zippert said. “In fact, the whole festival tells the story of people and how they live or how they remember having to live.”

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AUTUMN AT THE JUPITER // AN EXCITING LINEUP season for students to be excited about. Little surprise there, it is the most well-known bar venue in the city. This year, the line-up is a mix of blasts from the past and up-andcoming stars. It is sure to please the diverse interests of the University of Alabama student body. One of the biggest shows this season at the Jupiter comes to town in September. College rock hit the height of its mainstream popularity in the late 90’s, and one of the artists to get the most Fall at the J upiter : It’s still the radio play in the genre was Sister middle of summer, but if you’re conHazel. Their 1997 hit “All For You” fused we can’t blame you. The morngave the Gainesville, FL band a ings have been incredibly fall-like this no. 11 song on the Billboard Hot summer in terms of temperature. Still, 100. While they were never able to it won’t be long before the leaves reproduce the success of their first change color, the students return for records, the band has maintained a another semester, and the Crimson constant touring schedule that has Tide kicks off a new season. With garnered them a devoted fanbase. that, the venues in town are starting to On the 11th of September, they prepare their fall line-ups. And once will bring their unique style again, the Jupiter has put together a of southern college rock to Tuscaloosa. It will surely take audiences back to the late 90’s. On November 19th, one of the more unusual shows is booked for the season. Aaron Carter is famous as being the younger brother of Nick Carter, who visited Tuscaloosa last year with the Backstreet Boys. Aaron may not have Sister Hazel – Sep. 11 had the monstrous success his brother enjoyed with one of the biggest boy bands ever, but he did score an MTV hit with “Aaron’s Party” in 2000. He’s probably even more famous for dating Hillary Duff and Lindsay Lohan at the same time. The success of the Backstreet Boys show last year at the Amphitheatre shows that early 2000’s pop continues to be popular as a retro genre. It will make for an interesting night when he comes to Tuscaloosa. Country music will be represented well at the Jupiter this fall. The career of singer David Nail has been rising steadily since 2002, culminating in his first no. 1 song “Let It Rain” in 2012. He has been touring in support of his latest album I’m A Fire, which includes the songs “Whatever Aaron Carter – Nov. 19 She’s Got” and “Kiss You



David Nail – Oct. 16

Tonight”, the latter of which was cowritten by American Idol winner David Cook. He’ll be coming to Tuscaloosa October, 16th. Texas country will be on display when Josh Abbott and Casey


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Donahew come to town September 3rd. This is sure to be one of the biggest shows of the season as both bands are popular among the college country crowd. But if you can’t wait any longer to boogey to some country at the Jupiter, you can check out Drake White & the Big Fire on August 14th. White has made his name opening for groups like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Church and Luke Bryan. The remainder of the schedule for the Jupiter is worth noting as well. Local jamband CBDB will perform on August 15th. Following Umphrey’s McGee’s show at the Amphitheatre on August 28th, electronic group Archnemesis plays the venue as part of the official UM after party. And on September 26th, the Jupiter will play host to the college party series I’m Shmacked, which films events at major campuses across the nation. The Jupiter always put up solid line-ups for the fall season, and this year looks to be just as great as past installments. More shows are sure to be announced, so be sure to look out for future releases. Here’s to another fun fall of football and music at the Jupiter!



The Tuskaloosa Music Mafia will host the “Up Close with the Blues Crew” show at the Fireman’s Lodge near Highway 71 on August 22. At the show, Tuskaloosa Music Mafia’s founder Michael B Reddy will perform with his band, The Blues Crew. The Blues Crew was founded by Reddy in 2012 and is known for its unique sound, which they call “Southern Rock and Roll Blues”. The group is a part of the Tuskaloosa Music Mafia, an organization also started by Michael B Reddy along with his wife, Katrina, to aid local musicians attempting to enter the music industry. At “Up Close with the Blues Crew,” the band will open the show alone and Reddy will join them afterwards. The show will also feature a performance from Chris Simmons, front man for the southern rock and roll band Royal Blue. Reddy said that this show will be a little different from shows the music mafia has put together in the past. Most notably, the music will be performed in small, intimate space instead of in an auditorium. The event requires that attendants purchase table space for the performance. A full table of four seats will cost $150 and customers could also purchase a single chair at Michael B Reddy’s table for $37.50. The charge covers a barbeque dinner as well. Each audience member who purchases a ticket will have a reserved table at the event with their name marked on it. “If you bought a table and that means you own that table,” Reddy said. “So, say you leave for a while during the show. If you come back no one can take your table; you are guaranteed a seat. A lot of people don’t want t go out because they don’t know if they will be able t get a seat. [The Tuskaloosa Music Mafia] is trying to create an experience where you can have that type of entertainment. At the event, a sheriff will be hired

for security at the door. While the dining area will be smoke free, smoking areas are available outside the lodge. The Tuskaloosa Music Mafia plans to host similar shows in 2-month increments at the same venue. If desired, customers are allowed to reserve the same table they used at the previous event. Additionally, the Music Mafia asks that audience members bring their own beverages. “The thing about this is that you don't have to drink- you can bring tea or you can bring water,” he said. “ It’s good entertainment. It's in a safe environment where you can own a table and be guaranteed a seat. Tickets for the show can be purchased at www.tuskaloosamusicmafia.com. Doors will open at 6 p.m., entertainment begins at 7 p.m. and the show is expected to conclude at 11 p.m.

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Nine miles from Tuscaloosa /North cities is Lake Lurleen State Park, named after Alabama's only female governor, who was the wife of George Wallace, and instrumental in renovations of our state parks that were begun in 1939. 1,625 acres comprise the park with 250 acres forming Lake Lurleen. Camp sites with accommodations of water, electricity, and sewer are located around the lake for those camping. Day use for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and bike trails is offered from 7 am until dark. To get to this lovely park, where one may be closer to nature and enjoy the experience, from the Tuscaloosa area travel Highway 82 west toward Gordo. Look for signs to Lake Lurleen State Park shortly after leaving Northport city limit. Turn right on to Upper Columbus Road. port



After a short drive a sign will direct the traveler to turn right again onto Lake Lurleen Road. This scenic and short, two lane road will branch. Turn left to a small building that is the entrance facility where fees are collected for the particular use desired. Three dollars per adult is charged for day-use that includes picnicking, fishing, boat launching, hiking/bike trails and swimming at a wide, sandy beach. Children under 6 are free, 6-11 one dollar, and for those 62 or older the fee is also one dollar. Off season rates from December through February are somewhat different. Additionally, since Tuscaloosa is the site of the University of Alabama, football games at home affect rates and rules for camping. For more information online consult www. alapark.com/LakeLureen/Camping or call 339.1555.

For those wanting an outing for the day such as a picnic, many tables are around the lake. some are close to the lake and others a little more remote. Restroom facilities are numerous and easily located and accessed. The grounds and facilities are well maintained and cleaned. Slides, monkey bars, and other playground equipment offer entertainment for younger and older children. Open areas may be used for games such as kickball. Shade is plentiful with very scenic views of the lake. Several of the picnic tables are on platforms. Pavilions are available for rent for $50 offering inexpensive sites for gatherings such as receptions and other get-togethers. Paddle boats and canoes are available for rent. Lake Lurleen State Park offers much recreation and entertainment in a natural setting for a very small price. Additionally, a short drive is all that is required to get there. A trip to this lovely natural environmental park is educational, safe, well maintained and a very good use of our tax money. Explore Alabama with a trip to find out for yourself. Another beach that is certainly worth

can be found as well. On the third Saturday of September an annual public service event will be held called Coastal Cleanup. All along the coastline of the USA groups and individuals take part in an organized collection of beach litter left by users and washed in from boaters. Participants sign up at one of the locations such as Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion and pick up trash. Kinds and amounts are recorded on a chart and turned in at the end of the exercise which is noon. A light lunch is served to participants and each person gets a T shirt commemorating the event. This event offers a way of Exploring Alabama and performing a volunteer service as well as having the afternoon to have some great fun. Alabama offers beaches inland and on the shore for our use in relatively inexpensive ways, so consider one of the ways described. Gulf State Park information can be found online with the following: www.alapark.com/gulfstate or by calling 1.800.252.7275.

mentioning is the one about 250 miles south of Tuscaloosa. Though the size of the coastline on the Gulf of Mexico for Alabama is not impressive when compared with Florida, it is much closer and very beautiful. Many of us have been to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach etc. and dream of returning. The Gulf State Park is near, and is actually part of Gulf Shores. Best of all, it offers a much less expensive way to enjoy this scenic attribute of our state. A camper or tent stay is hundreds of dollars less expensive compared with a condo. From Gulf State Park one may access the beach in several ways. Where State Park Road (County Road 2) intersects with Highway 182 that parallels the Gulf of Mexico, a button can activate the traffic light allowing a pedestrian to cross in relative safety. A well-made board walk across the dunes takes one to a very wide stretch of beach. Other ways of accessing the beach

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WATERCOLORIST HANNAH BROWN // "CAUGHT IN A WEB" EXHIBIT The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa is exhibiting “Caught in a Web” at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center now through August 29. The exhibit, located in The Arts Council Gallery, will feature the abstract watercolor works of local artist Hannah Brown. Brown was born and brought up on a dairy farm in England before moving to Alabama in 1961. For the past 27 years, she and her husband Donald have lived in Tuscaloosa’s historic district. She began painting in 2011 on an ocean liner in the mid-Atlantic, and has continued since. Brown’s technique involves applying vibrant liquid watercolor to a non- absorbent surface. One of her paintings was accepted into the Watercolor Society of Alabama's National Exposition for 2014. Hannah Brown with granddaughter, Maggie Arrington, in Tuscany

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The M iss A merica’s O utstanding Teen Pageant was held in Orlando, Florida recently, and the winning states can celebrate the victories of their distinguished young ladies. Miss America’s Outstanding Teen is an award offered to encourage scholastic excellence and community

activism for young adults. The pageant has offered over $18 million in scholarships and cash to deserving teens, and partners with various non profits and charities, including The Children’s Miracle Network, and with those non profits it has raised over $100,000 to help children across the

country. Among the states that can celebrate is our own Alabama, as Miss Alabama winner Morgan Green placed second runner up in the standing, and was awarded a $7,500 scholarship. Her talent was vocal performance, and her platform was “Literacy: Pathway to Prosperity.” First runner up was Miss Tennessee Lexie Perry, who received a $10,000 scholarship, and her platform was “Hear Me Out”. The winner of the competition was Miss Georgia, Olivia McMillan. Olivia was the recipient of a $25,000 scholarship, and will spend the year traveling and talking about her platform, “The Sibling Support Project”. She will also be the official National Teen Goodwill Ambassador for The Children’s Miracle Hospital Network. Olivia is a 17 year old student at Northside High School. Other winners include Casey Shepherd, Morgan Holen, Cereyna Bougouneau, and Raghen Lucy. Cerenya and Raghen were chosen by the audience via an online competition where the viewers choose their favorite

competitors. Founded in 2005, the competition has awarded over $5,000,000 in cash and scholarships to teens. Interestingly enough, the website hosts a blog for the winner each year where she records her adventures and thoughts for the year. 2014’s winner, Leah Sykes, updates the blog now, and Olivia will start in 2015. Miss America’s Outstanding Teen also offers training camps, Teens in Training Camp and Princess Camp. Teens in Training allows girls a behind the scenes look at the pageant and how the girls train, and Princess Camp is offered to girls ages 5-12, where pageant contestants share their secrets with the children. Follow the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen blog at www.maoteen.org/blog, and find them on Facebook and Twitter. A pre-order DVD of the pageant is available on the website, along with more information on how to get involved. You can help support the pageant by clicking the donate link on their website, or by visiting the online store for merchandise and other items.

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TWO WINES // PINOT GRIGIO AND PINOT NOIR // TWO WINERIES // TWO OPINIONS Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio is a white wine from the Veneto region of Italy. It is produced by Masi Agricola. Masi calls this wine the estate’s white “Supervenetian,” a wine of great personality. This review is of the 2012 vintage. Masianco blends Pinot Grigio, cultivated in Friuli, with native Verduzzo, picked slightly over-ripe and mature. After being picked, the Verduzzo goes through the appassimento (grape drying) process and is laid out to dry on bamboo racks for about three weeks. After the fermentation process it is blended with the Pinot Grigio. Masi Agricola has been family owned and operated by the Boscaini family for over two hundred years. Today Masi is led by Sandro Boscaini and his son, Raffaele. Alcohol content 13.0% by volume, per the bottle. Suggested retail price for Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio is $14.99. In the glass, Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio is light golden in color. As you would expect, the wine was not leggy at all and appears as a light bodied white wine. On the nose, the Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio presents aromas of light honey and a hint of some sort of tropical fruit. Very pleasant and light aromas. The wine’s flavor was crisp and light with tastes of very light honey and a bit of tangerine. Mouthfeel was of silk and light tannins were felt in the back of the palate and inside upper lips. Finish of the Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio was medium with only a slight bitterness noted on the back of the tongue. The finish is dry with a slightly tart end to it. Overall, I really enjoyed this fresh tasting, light bodied white wine. It’s perfect for the summer months and would go great with light appetizers and a fish dish with a citrus sauce. Recommend! For this review of Erath Pinot Noir 2010 from the Willamette Valley area in Oregon, we had two tasters. Myself, and a friend with previous experience working at a nearby winery. She brought a great perspective to the tasting. At times our opinions were the same and at other times



they weren’t. Per the Erath Pinot Noir website, when they craft their Pinot Noir they “combine time-honored practices and new technologies to capture the unique character, or terroir, of the vineyards.” Alcohol content is 13.0% by volume. Looking at Erath Pinot Noir In the glass, it’s immediately evident that this is a light Pinot Noir. The color appeared garnet to brownish/red and a slight brownish ring was noticed on the edge. Light easily shines through the Erath Pinot Noir. Legs are long and slow to fall. As my friend stated, “they go on forever.” On the nose, we both agreed that the wine had a pronounced aroma of alcohol. However, our opinions diverged from there. She felt the aroma was also damp and woodsy with no fruit. I didn’t pick up on that, but did notice subtle notes of cherry or raspberry. On the palate, Erath Pinot Noir is a smooth wine with tastes of vanilla and delicate fruits. Most definitely a light body wine and softer than other Pinot Noirs you may find. Mouthfeel is cottony and a bit dry in texture. Mild tannins were noticed in the back of the throat, cheeks and both on and in front of the gums. My friend and I differed on our opinions of the finish. I thought the finish was short to medium. She thought the finish was long and round. We both agreed the alcohol was less overpowering at the finish than it was on the nose. Additionally, it should be noted that we let the Erath Pinot Noir breath for a good 15-20 minutes before our tasting. Overall, my friend thought this was an OK wine. My opinion was that I liked it a lot. Especially, the smoothness and softness. I would call this wine a great summer sipper and believe it stands best on its own. If paired with food, we both agreed it would not stand up to a spicy meal. However, it would go well with a light fish or pasta with a light cream or olive oil based sauce. This was an enjoyable wine to review. Give it a try! Price of Erath Pinot Noir about $19.99. For more reviews by Jon Rogers, go to www. honestwinereviews. com


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BREAKFAST / DINNER Brown Bag 9425 Jones Road | Northport // 333.0970 Its speciality, fried green tomatoes, joins barbecue plates and fish filets on an extended list of meats and vegetables. Tues 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Wed-Sat 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. City Cafe 408 Main Ave | Downtown Northport // 758.9171 Established in 1936. Big on food, low on price. Open for breakfast and lunch. Historic downtown Northport. Closed weekends. CountryPride Restaurant 3501 Buttermilk Rd // 554.0215 www.ta.travelcenters.com Breakfast 24 hours. Lunch and Dinner buffet. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 4800 Doris Pate Dr | Exit 76 // 562.8282 www.crackerbarrel.com International House of Pancakes 724 Skyland Blvd // 366.1130 Jack's 1200 Hackberry Lane | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199 Maggie's Diner 1307 Ty Rogers Jr. Ave | Tuscaloosa // 366.0302 Mr. Bill's Family Restaurant 2715 McFarland Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 333.9312 Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd *402 | Tuscaloosa // 366.8780 Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip | Tuscaloosa // 342.0022 Rama Jama’s 1000 Bryant Dr // 750.0901 Closest restaurant to Bryant-Denny Stadium. Tuscaloosa Burger & Poboys 1014 7th Ave. | Tusaloosa // 764.1976 Sports bar, breakfast, seafood, Cajun, and of course burgers Over 120 craft beers at the lowest prices in Tuscaloosa Closed Mondays, Tue. - Thu 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. fri - sat 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. sun 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kitchen is open all hours including full menu late night The Waysider 1512 Greensboro Ave // 345.8239 Open for breakfast and lunch. Smoke free.

MEXICAN Chipotle Mexican Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0140 www.chipotle.com Don Rafa's 2313 4th Street | Temerson Square // 345.9191 El Mariachi 3520 McFarland Blvd E |Tuscaloosa // 409-8585 El Rincon (2 locations) 1225 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 366.0855 1726 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 330.1274

Steaks, seafood and more with Southern flavor. Wine list, full bar. Specialities of the house include Shrimp Cypress Inn and Smoked Chicken with white barbecue sauce. Kid friendly. Closed Saturday lunch. Mike Spiller is featured the first Thursday of every month. Happy Hour- Mon-Fri from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. featuring 1/2 price appetizers. $2 Domestic Draft Beers and $3 Well cocktails. Epiphany Cafe 19 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 344.5583 “New American cuisine” with a strong emphasis on local produce, organic meats, and sustainable seafood. The menu is always changing and features include an extensive wine list, a large vibrant bar and martini lounge area, as well as patio seating. Reservations are available online at epiphanyfinedining.com or through open table. Hours: Mon–Sat 5 p.m. - until Evangeline’s 1653 McFarland Blvd. North // 752.0830 Located in the Tuscaloosa Galleria. 2004 West Alabama Tourism Award Winning Restaurant. American Eclectic Cuisine. Lunch: Mon–Fri 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Dinner: Tues–Sat 5 p.m. - until... Fall: Saturday Brunch. FIVE Bar 2324 6th Street. // 205.345.6089 A restaurant/bar based on simplicity. We offer 5 entrees, 5 red wines, 5 white wines, 5 import beers, 5 domestic, and 5 signature cocktails, to go along with our full liquor bar. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5-10; Friday and Saturday 5-12 Lunch: Friday and Saturday 11-3; Sunday Jazz Brunch: 10-3 five-bar.com; 205.345.6089 Kozy’s 3510 Loop Road E | near VA Medical Center // 556.4112 Eclectic menu, extensive wine list. Dinner at Kozy’s is a romantic experience complete with candlelight and a roaring fireplace. |killionrestaurants.com/kozys/ Twin 3700 6th St, Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa Country Club | 758-7528 | http://twinpowersactivate.com Certified USDA Prime Steaks; specialty Sushi and cocktails. Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 5 – 10 p.m.

JAPANESE Benkei Japanese Steak House 1223 McFarland Blvd // 759-5300 Hours: Mon–Thurs 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Fri–Sat 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Bento Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar 1306 University Blvd // 758.7426 Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant 607 15th Street Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ichiban Japanese Grill & Sushi 502 15th Street // 752.8844 Tokyo Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar 6521 Hwy 69 S | Hillcrest Center // 366.1177 Offers steak, seafood, tempura, teriyaki and sushi. Including cooking at your table, if you choose. Sun–Thurs 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fri & Sat 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Kobe Steak House 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 759-1400 Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sat & Sun 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Fernando's Mexican Grill 824 McFarland Blvd E | Northport // 205.331.4587


Iguana Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 752.5895

Avenue Pub 405 23rd Avenue

Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill 2001 New Watermelon Rd | Northport // 342.3378

Broadway Pizzeria 2880 Rice Mine Road Northeast Tuscaloosa, // 391.6969

LaGran Fiesta 9770 Hwy 69 S // 345.8871

DePalma’s Italian Cafe 2300 University Blvd, Downtown // 759.1879 Menu ranges from sanwiches to finer pasta dishes and pizza. Varied beer and wine selection. Hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. www.depalmascafe.com

Los Calientes Mexican Grill 3429 McFarland Blvd E // 553.1558 Los Tarascos (2 locations) 1759 Skyland Blvd // 553.8896 3380 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 330.0919 Margarita's Grill 1241 McFarland Blvd E // 343.0300 Moe’s Southwest Grill (2 locations) 2330 McFarland Blvd E // 342.1487 1130 University Blvd // 752.0234 moes.com

Little Italy 1130 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.345.4343 Mellow Mushroom 2230 University Blvd // 758.0112 Pizzas, calzones, hoagies and more. Open daily for lunch and dinner. www.mellowmushroom.com Mr. G’s 908 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 339-8505

Pepito’s (2 locations) 1203 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9028 1301 McFarland Blvd NE // 391.4861

Olive Garden 2100 McFarland Blvd E // 750-0321 Open daily from 11 a.m. www.olivegarden.com

Taco Mama 2104 A University Blvd, Tuscaloosa 409.8173


FINE DINING Chuck’s Fish 508 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 248.9370 Monday - Thursday 5-10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 5-11 p.m. Steak, seafood, & sushi specialities. Daily specials: Monday $20 Bottles of Wine; Tuesday - Ladies Night 1/2 off Domestic Beer and House Wine, Select $5 Martinis, $2 off Select Sushi Rolls for Everyone; Uptown Wednesday - $6 Uptown Shrimp; Featured Cocktails and $20 Bottles of Wine. Cypress Inn 501 Rice Mine Rd // 345.6963 Fax: 345.6997 | www.cypressinnrestaurant.com 2003 Restaurant of Distinction. Beautiful riverfront location.


Avenue Pub 405 23rd Avenue // Tuscaloosa The pub offers a different menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Feature foods include pineapple French toast, pork sliders, and a house burger which changes daily. The drink menu features specialty cocktails, local pints, bottled beer, and wine. Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday Noon – 11 p.m., Sunday Noon p.m. – 9 p.m. Big Daddy’s Cafe 514 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 759.9925 The Blue Plate Restaurant (Was Northport Diner) 450 McFarland Blvd, Northport // 462-3626 Brumfield's Restaurant


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4851 Rice Mine Road | Tuesday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Sunday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Buddy’s Ribs & Steaks 2701 Bridge Ave | Northport // 339.4885 Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd // 523.0273 Mon–Wed 11 a.m. - midnight | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Chicken Salad Chick The Shoppes at Midtown & Essex Square, Northport | Said to be the very best chicken salad that can be found anywhere. www.chickensaladchick.com Chili’s 1030 Skyland Blvd | Near McFarland Mall // 750.8881 Fax: 758.7715 // www.chilis.com Dave’s Dogs 1701 McFarland Blvd E | University Mall // 722.2800 Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0575 www.fiveguys.com Glory Bound Gyro Company 2325 University Blvd // 349-0505 Glory Bound Gyro Company is a unique restaurant that focuses on great food and service in a funky, fun-filled atmosphere. Open Mon-Thu: 11am - 10pm | Fri - Sat: 11am-10pm | Sun: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Hooligan’s 1915 University Blvd // 759.2424 From hamburgers to hummus. Open daily 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Horny's 508 Red Drew Ave | Tuscaloosa // 345.6869 Mon 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. | Tues-Thurs 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Fri 11 a.m. - 3 a.m. | Sat 4 p.m. - 2 a.m. New Orleans style atmosphere in the heart of Tuscaloosa on the strip. Horny's offerings include a full liquor bar, beer, and a variety of classic American food. Horny's Bar and Grill offers a limited late night menu from 1:30 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. Tacogi 500 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 342.3647 Logan's Roadhouse 1511 Skyland Blvd E // 349.3554 Madear’s 1735 Culver Road // 343.7773 Mon–Fri 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. | 2nd & 3rd Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mugshots Grill & Bar 511 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 391.0572 Great burgers & sandwiches. Unique setting, full service bar, veggie entrees, kid friendly, and open late www.mugshotsgrillandbar.com Newk’s Express Cafe 205 University Blvd. East // 758.2455 Fax: 758.2470 // www.newkscafe.com An express casual dining experience in a refreshing and stylish atmosphere. Serving fresh tossed salads, oven baked sandwiches, California style pizzas and homemade cakes from Newk’s open kitchen. Sun–Wed 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. O’Charley’s 3799 McFarland Blvd // 556.5143 Open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch www.ocharleys.com Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 366.8780 www.panerabread.com Piccadilly Cafeteria 1701 McFarland Blvd E | University Mall // 556.4960 www.piccadilly.com Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip // 342.0022 www.bamaquickgrill.com Ruby Tuesday (2 locations) 6421 Interstate Drive | Cottondale // 633.3939 Just off I-20/59 at exit 77. Near Hampton Inn and Microtel Inn 311 Merchants Walk | Northport // 345.4540 www.rubytuesdays.com Ryan’s 4373 Courtney Dr // 366.1114 Near Marriott Courtyard and Fairfield Inn Sitar Indian Cuisine 500 15th St // 345-1419 Southland Restaurant 5388 Skyland Blvd E // 556.3070 Steaks, chops and home-cooked vegetables Mon–Fri 10:45 a.m. - 9 p.m. The Southern Dining Room Grill (Behind Ryan's) 4251 Courtney Dr, Tuscaloosa 331-4043 T-Town Café 500 14th Street, Tuscaloosa | 759-5559 |www.ttowncafe.co Mon - Fri: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat: 5 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sun: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuscaloosa Burger & Poboys 1014 7th Ave. | Tusaloosa // 764.1976 Sports bar, breakfast, seafood, Cajun, and of course burgers Over 120 craft beers at the lowest prices in Tuscaloosa Closed Mondays, Tue. - Thu 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. fri - sat 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. sun 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kitchen is open all hours including full menu late night Zoe’s Kitchen 312 Merchants Walk // 344.4450 A wonderful selection of Greek foods

SPORTS GRILL Baumhower's Wings of Tuscaloosa 500 Harper Lee Drive | catering-Pick-up Tuscaloosa // 556.5858 | Always fresh and always fun. Owned by former UA/ Miami Dolphins great Bob Baumhower. Kid Friendly Buffalo Phil’s 1149 University Blvd | The Strip // 758.3318

Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine selection, full bar Billy's Sports Grill Historic Downtown Northport / 879.2238 Good food, beverages and family friendly Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. till 9 p.m. (Sunday Brunch 10:30am-3pm). Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd. East | Tuscaloosa // 523.0273 Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine selection, full bar Champs Sports Grille 320 Paul Bryant Drive | inside Four Points Sheraton Hotel // 752.3200 Breakfast and lunch buffets. Sunday brunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hooter’s 5025 Oscar Baxter Dr | Next to Jameson Inn // 758.3035 Wings, clams, shrimp and of course the Hooters Girls www.hooters.com Innisfree Irish Pub 1925 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199 Moe's BBQ 101 15th Street | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 752.3616 Mon-Sat 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Bar open until 2 a.m., 3 a.m. on Fridays Mugshots Grill & Bar 511 Greensboro Ave // 391.0572 Great burgers. Full service bar. Open late. www.mugshotsgrillandbar.com Tuscaloosa Burger & Poboys 1014 7th Ave. // 764.1976 Sports bar, breakfast, seafood, Cajun, and of course burgers Over 120 craft beers at the lowest prices in Tuscaloosa Closed Mondays, Tue. - Thu 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. fri - sat 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. sun 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kitchen is open all hours including full menu late night Wilhagan’s 2209 4th St | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 366.0913 Wings U 1800 McFarland Blvd East Suite 218 | Pick-up Tuscaloosa // 561.3984 Features the first coal-fired pizza oven in Alabama. Owned by former UA/Miami Dolphins great Bob Baumhower. Completely open concept! www.wingsu.com WingZone 1241 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 342.2473

BARBEQUE Archibald & Woodrow's BBQ 4215 Greensboro Ave | Tuscaloosa // 331.4858 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Sun lunch Bama BBQ & Grill 3380 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.9816 Dickey's BBQ 9770 Alabama 69; Midtown; and 13544 Hwy 43 North at Rose Blvd. in Northport. Great Texas Barbecue. | 344.6500 Dreamland (2 locations) 5535 15th Ave | Tuscaloosa // 758.8135 101 Bridge Ave | Northport // 343.6677 The legend. On game day, get there early if you want to make kickoff. Seating is limited. Hours: Mon–Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. | Sun 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Hick’s BBQ 4400 Fayette Hwy // 339.3678 // Tues–Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Moe's Original BBQ 2101 University Blvd.. // 752.3616 Serving up an award-winning, all things Southern BBQ and Live music experience. Come dine-in or sit on the patio and enjoy some great Que, beers, whiskey, and live music on Thursday-Saturday. Roll Tide! Mon–Sat 11am - 10pm | Bar service Mon-Sat 2am and Fri -3am | Kitchen closes at 10pm Pottery Grill (2 locations) Highway 11 | Cottondale // 554.1815 3420 Alabama 69 | Northport // 333.5848 Menu: thepotterygrill.com Awesome barbecue. The Pottery Grill serves up everything from pork, chicken, ribs and sausage to burgers, hot dogs and salads. Take-out and catering available. Tee’s Ribs and Thangs 1702 10th Avenue // 366.9974 |11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily

STEAKS Logan’s Roadhouse 1511 Skyland Blvd | next to Sams // 349.3554 Steaks, ribs and spirits Longhorn Steakhouse 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 345-8244 #412 Nick's In the Sticks 4018 Culver Rd | Tuscaloosa // 758.9316 A long-time Tuscaloosa tradition. Good steaks at a reasonable price Try a Nicodemus if you have a designated driver. Outback Steakhouse 5001 Oscar Baxter Dr // 759.9000 Twin Restaurant 3700 6th Street |Tuscaloosa | 758-7528 A full service restaurant specializing in Sushi, Prime Steaks, made fresh daily pasta, and whiskey oriented cocktails. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. // Former Tuscaloosa Country Club

>>> beer review | BRE T T REID


I was at a local gas station that I always go to just to buy beer. I only buy beer there because the gas is too expensive, but that’s beside the point. As I was browsing, I saw an end cap with a stack of beers in four packs with a handmade sign that read “special arrival.” With my interest piqued, I skipped over the pilsners and wheat beers and went straight for the IPAs. The label on the Timber Beast carrier is what immediately caught my eye; with the arrowhead-like frame and the lumberjack, I knew these were going to be my purchase. Okay, so let me start by saying this: I do not know why, but Lazy Magnolia is so hit-ormiss with me. I really like Southern Pecan, because it takes the nuttiness of a brown ale to another level by packing in the taste of roasted pecans that really enhances the taste. On the other hand, I really dislike the Jefferson Stout, because it says it’s supposed to be a sweet potato cream stout (which sounds awesome in theory) but it was just too bitter for my liking, and not to mention there aren’t really any noticeable sweet potato flavors. And then I come across Timber Beast; it’s not at all what I was expecting and I believe it was an instance of a label that was way cooler than the beer it was on top of. We’ll go over the basics before I get down to what I thought about it. The Timber Beast is the first beer in Lazy Magnolia’s Back Porch Series, which encourages enjoying these beers slowly and on your back porch, I guess, but I chose a couch because I make my own rules. The beer pours a deep amber color with a finger-width of frothy head that settles very slowly. The aromas were really pine forward, which continues to play on the lumberjack motif, but there are some rye aromas there, too, that really make the scent very bold. The flavors continue to drive in that pine flavor, but with some added grapefruit toward the front end that is followed quickly by a spicy rye note that then evolves into a bread-like undertone from the malt that really seems to help tie the beer together in the end. I wasn’t really a fan of the flavor, because, for an Imperial IPA, it wasn’t really hitting the right points for me.

There may have been too much of those rye notes that I’m not usually a fan of. That goes especially for when I’ve had a few beers and then I switch a rye forward brew; it just seems to taste really heavy on the rye. The beer finishes up dry with more of the peppery rye flavor and some lingering pine and grapefruit flavors in the aftertaste that made it a little more enjoyable. The mouthfeel was very smooth and not harsh, much like most would expect from an Imperial IPA. The carbonation level was just where I like it, with a classic creaminess from the rye that made this beer extra velvety. A medium body centered it and there is, what some people say, “a hidden alcohol content,” which I think is absolutely false, because I could taste it right off the bat. Though other reviewers give it high marks, I wasn’t exactly impressed by this beer, and don’t let that deter you from trying it, because I encourage everyone to try everything once. I really love the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale, and I guess that’s what I was expecting here. Overall, it was pretty good, but it definitely isn’t worth the twelve bucks I paid for it, especially since it only comes in a four pack.







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508 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 248.9370 Monday - Thursday 5-10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 5-11 p.m. Steak, seafood, & sushi specialities. Daily specials: Monday $20 Bottles of Wine; Tuesday - Ladies Night 1/2 off Domestic Beer and House Wine, Select $5 Martinis, $2 off Select Sushi Rolls for Everyone; Uptown Wednesday - $6 Uptown Shrimp; Featured Cocktails and $20 Bottles of Wine. Red Lobster 2620 McFarland Blvd // 553.8810 McFarland Plaza Shopping Center Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar 4851 Rice Mine Rd NE #460 // 462.3399 McFarland Plaza Shopping Center & Temerson Square

Barbecuing is not simply a cooking method, it is a sport. National cook-offs allow the best of the best to showcase their award winning barbecue. Experts agree, that good barbecue should satisfy in appearance, tenderness/texture, and taste. No, I am no barbecue expert. Nor do I pull out a grading rubric when I eat. I do, however, believe that the true appreciation for barbecuing is lost on today’s consumer. It has become all about the sauce with little rave about the meat. Drowning the meat in sauce takes away from some enjoyable barbecue flavors. The Pottery Grill of Cottondale and Northport has stuck with the old fashioned way for many years. “Food the way it’s supposed to be cooked,” has been the motto since 1991. On top of a hickory wood fire, their barbeque is slow cooked for up to 16 hours. And you can taste it in each bite. Immediately inside The Pottery Grill’s doors, the sweet aroma caused a mouthwatering effect. The front led right up to the counter where a friendly staff member waited to take orders. The menu board was displayed along the wall behind the counter. The options were what one would expect at a barbeque restaurant. It took a few minutes to glance over the menu. Meats are never the trouble, it’s the sides that take careful consideration. After a pretty heavy conversation about our options, we went with pulled pork, ribs, macaroni and cheese, and baked beans. We are such creatures of habit. But, it is hard to go wrong with baked beans and macaroni and cheese. Beverage cups were given to us after we placed the order and we were assured our meal would be prompt. The main dining area still resembled that of the restaurant before it, Willy T’s. Décor was limited to flat screen televisions hung from the walls. Hard seating booths provided seating for a party of two or four. Within ten minutes our food was served. Once again, the aroma overwhelmed my taste buds. The plates ap-

peared bland, however that didn’t stop my hunger cues from telling me to dig in. The pulled pork claimed most of the plate and shared the rest with the baked beans. The beans were more of a pork and bean base with a mild smoky flavor. I enjoyed them very much. A small bowl of white cheddar macaroni and cheese was served a la cart. The cheese stretched with the fork all the way to my mouth. It was deliciously gooey. Good ol’ sliced white bread accompanied each plate. Though my husband thinks the bread is a waste of space, I take great pleasure in eating bread that has been submerged in barbecue sauce. The pulled pork showed no signs of char or bark. Each bite was consistently tender and moist. The taste wasn’t masked by sauce. In fact, there was very little visible sauce. To even taste it we had to ask for a side cup. The sauce was complex. I could not decide if I enjoyed it or not. The sweet and tangy did not balance well for me, but I know of those who swear it's the best around. The ribs were a crowd pleaser as well. Firm, but tender meat provided a savory taste. A carry-out box was necessary. Our ticket totaled $22.30. This included a 1-meat plate with two sides, a 2-meat plate with two sides, and two beverages. Tuscaloosa is not shy of barbeque restaurants and each one brings something different to the palette. The Pottery Grill brings the barbecue basics, which I believe is the way it’s supposed to be. Tweet us @ThePlanetWeekly and let us know where you are eating in town. The Pottery Grill is located at 3420 Highway 69 N, Northport, Alabama and 13451 Highway 11 North, Cottondale, Alabama 35453. Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:30-4:00 p.m. The Cottendale location is closed on Mondays. Cindy Huggins RDN, LD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and local “foodie.” Tweet her @DietitianCindy


Honeybaked Ham Company 421 15th St. E // 345.5508 www.honeybaked.com Jason’s Deli 2300 McFarland Blvd // 752.6192 Fax: 752.6193 // www.jasonsdeli.com Located in the Meadowbrook Shopping Center.

Wintzell’s Oyster House 1 Bridge Ave | Northport // 247.7772 Casual riverfront dining Sun–Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Fri–Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.


Manna Grocery & Deli 2300 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 752.9955

Buffet City 1747 Skyland Blvd E // 553.3308 All you can eat buffet. Open 7 days a week.

McAlister’s Deli (2 locations) 101 15th St | Tuscaloosa // 758.0039 3021 Tyler Dr | Northport // 330.7940 Sandwiches, salads and spuds www.mcalistersdeli.com

Chang’s Chinese Restaurant 1825 McFarland Blvd N // 391.9131 China Fun 2600 University Blvd | Alberta City // 553.2435 China Garden Hwy 69 S | Hillcrest Center // 758.0148 Hot Wok Express 6751 Alabama 69, Tuscaloosa // 758.0148 Lee Palace 6521 Highway 69 S // 391.9990 Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mr. Chen's Authentic Chinese Cooking & Oriental Market 514 14th St. | In the Oz Music shopping center // 343.6889 // Open Sun - Thu 11am - 9pm, Fri & Sat 11am - 9:30pm Pearl Garden 2719 Lurleen Wallace Blvd | Northport // 339.0880 Peking Chinese Restaurant 1816 McFarland | Northport // 333.0361 Open 7 days a week. Super lunch and dinner buffet. Hours: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Swen Chinese Restaurant 1130 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9887 Trey Yuen 4200 McFarland Blvd E // 752.0088


Momma Goldberg’s Deli 409 23rd Ave // 345.5501 www.mommagoldbergs.com Newk's 205 University Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 758.2455 Schlotsky’s Deli 405 15th St. E // 759.1975 schlotskys.com Which Wich University Blvd.// Downtown Tuscaloosa // Mon – Sat 10:30 – 9 // Sunday 11 – 7 // Fun atmosphere,fresh ingredients, great sandwiches. 764.1673

COFFEE SHOP Barnes & Noble 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa 349.6366 Chloe's Cup 2117 University Blvd.| Tuscaloosa // 764.0218 Crimson Cafe International Coffee House & Gourmet Deli 1301 University Blvd | The Strip // 750.0203 Mon–Fri 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. | Sat & Sun 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. thecrimsoncafe.com Five Java Coffee, fresh juices, smoothies and treats from Mary's Cakes. Open Monday - Saturday at 7am; 9am on Sundays

Ruan Thai 1407 University Blvd // 391.9973 | ruanthaituscaloosa.com Exotic Thai cuisine. Offers vegetarian options, outdoor dining, and a full bar. Sushi on Thursdays. Lunch: Mon–Sat 11 a.m. -2 p.m. | Dinner: Mon–Thurs 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fri & Sat 5 p.m. -10pm | Sun 11 a.m. -3 p.m.

Heritage House 18 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 758.0042

Surin of Thailand 1402 University Blvd // 752.7970 Authentic Thai restaurant and sushi bar. Open daily. Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Dinner: 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. www.surinofthailand.com

Starbucks (2 locations) 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 343.2468 1901 13th Ave East | inside Super Target // 462.1064 starbucks.com

PIZZA AND SUBS A Taste Of Chicago 1700 Greensboro Avenue 205-342-DOGS Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 17th Street and Greensboro Avenue. Authentic Chicago style foods. Italian Beef Sandwiches, Chicago Rib Tips, and Chicago Style Pizza. California Underground 13552 Highway 43, Northport | 339.8660 Firehouse Subs 1130 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 248.0680 Hungry Howie’s (2 locations) 1105 Southview Ln | South Tuscaloosa // 345.6000 1844 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.2633 1211 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa | The Strip // 366.1500 4851 Rice Mine Rd | Northriver/Holt // 345.3737 Lenny’s Sub Shop 220 15th St // 752.7450 Fax: 752.7481 // www.lennys.com Little Caesars Pizza 1414 10th Ave // 366.2220 | 1www.littlecaesars.com Little Italy 1130 University Blvd. // 345.4354

Subs n' You 2427 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.758.0088 Roly Poly Sandwiches 2300 4th Street | Tuscaloosa // 366.1222 The Pita Pit 1207 University Blvd | The Strip // 345.9606 Hours: Mon–Sat 10:30 a.m. - 3 a.m. | Sun 11:30 a.m. - midnight


Tut’s Place 1306 University Blvd | The Strip // 759.1004

Jimmy John’s (3 locations) 1400 University Blvd | The Strip // 366.3699 1875 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 752.7714 815 Lurleen B. Wallace S | Tuscaloosa // 722.2268 Delivery 7 days a week. www.jimmyjohns.com

Mellow Mushroom 2230 University Blvd | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 758.0112


Pizza Palace Buffet 6521 Alabama 69 | 752.5444

Krispy Kreme Doughnut 1400 McFarland Blvd // 758.6913 www.krispykreme.com

DESSERTS Celebrations Bakery, Inc. 1832 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 339.3221 Fax: 349.1945 Cold Stone Creamery 1130 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa //343.1670 Specializes in customized ice cream Hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sun 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dunkin' Donuts 2520 Stillman Blvd. |Tuscaloosa// 349.3400 McCorvey Dr. | Tuscaloosa // 348.4041 www.dunkindonuts.com Mary's Cakes & Pastries 412 22nd Avenue | behind Opus | Northport // 345.8610 www.maryscakesandpastries.com Mon–Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Sat 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Smoothie King (2 locations) 415 15th Street | Tuscaloosa // 349.1721 Fax: 349.1945 1403 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 462.3664 Sweet CeCe's Frozen yogurt Treats 2217 University Blvd. | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 561.6458 A fun and friendly make your own creation, yogurt experience! TCBY (3 Locations) 2304 Mcfarland Blbd | Meadowbrook Shopping Center // 349.4661 // 2 Mcfarland Blvd | Northport | Essex Shopping Center // 758.6855 // 1130 Univ. Blvd. | The Strip // 345.0804 Yogurt In Love Patriot Center 7402 Highway 69 South Phone Number: 764.9173 Fax Number: 764.9228 Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-10 pm. Yogurt Lab 920 Paul W. Bryant Dr Ste 200 | Tuscaloosa // 347.9522

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Eighteenth century Irish author and satirist Jonathan Swift would have enjoyed writer & director James DeManaco’s violent, sanguine, urban crime thriller “The Purge: Anarchy” even more than its 2013 original home invasion predecessor. The premise that our government has allocated one day annually for citizens to relieve their violent urges by committing criminal acts without fear of prosecution is audacious. Moreover, since America has been purging for 6 years, the economy has improved drastically and crime has been cut to the bone. “The Purge: Anarchy” is comparable to Swift’s immortal essay “A Modest Proposal.” Written in 1729, “A Modest Proposal” urged destitute Irishmen to compensate for their economic plight by selling their children as fodder to feed the famished wealthy. In “The Purge: Anarchy,” a terminally-ill senior citizen, sells himself for $100-thousand to an affluent family so they can purge in the confines of their palatial mansion without risking their lives on the streets. Mind you, DeMonaco doesn’t advocate the idea of an annual government-sanctioned crime holiday any more than Swift expected his impoverished counterparts to cannibalize their children. Hollywood doesn’t often try to be as satirical as the “Purge” movies unless the story occurs in either a futuristic or post-apocalyptic society. Lately, “The Hunger Games” movies with their annual tournament of death is the closest that Tinsel town has come to incisive political satire for mainstream audiences. Unlike “The Hunger Games,” the “Purge” movies occur about a decade from now, but everything looks and sounds like contemporary America. The New Founding Fathers, who rule America, appear to be ultra-conservatives, and they place a high premium on religion, but the God that they worship bears little resemblance to a Christian God or any other popular religious deity. “The Purge: Anarchy” opens two hours and 26 minutes before the annual purge scheduled each March. Waitress Eva Sanchez

(Carmen Ejogo of “Absolute Beginners”) and another waitress Tanya (Justina Machado of “Torque”) are waiting on their boss to let them go home for the evening. Things tonight are drastically different because it is purge night. Essentially, you can do anything criminal during this twelve-hour period, but the authorities cannot prosecute you. Eva tries to persuade her boss to raise her salary since she is finding it difficult to pay for her father’s pricey medicine. Papa Rico (John Beasley of “The General’s Daughter”) hates this medicine and refuses to take it. Rico’s granddaughter, Cali (Zoë Soul of “Prisoners”), convinces him to take it. Rico warns Eva and Cali not to wake him up after he goes to sleep; all he wants to do is sleep through this terrifying holiday. Meanwhile, Eva informs Cali that her boss balked at her pay raise request. Later, these two women are shocked when they discover Papa Rico has sold himself to the highest bidder to be slaughtered. He has arranged matters so Eva and Cali will receive a small monetary fortune for his sacrificial act. Eva and Cali are sitting safely in their apartment when intruders in black combat gear with automatic weapons burst in and abduct them. In another part of the city, a man known only as Sergeant (Frank Grillo of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) is arming himself to the teeth for an evening of purging. He knows how to wield a variety of lethal firearms. Sergeant is one tough looking dude, and he drives an evil black sedan with a trunk crammed with an arsenal of firearms. Sergeant is set to purge until he spots the thugs-in-black

dragging Eva and Cali against their will from their apartment building. A menacing looking man in a baseball cap and a long butcher’s apron, Big Daddy (Jack Conley of “Payback”), who is standing in an 18-wheeler, wants the women. Against his better judgment, Sergeant intervenes. He riddles the thugs manhandling Eva and Cali, and one of his bullets gouges Big Daddy’s left cheek and knocks the villain off his feet momentarily. Sergeant escorts Eva and Cali back to his car, but he finds a surprise awaiting them. Two more innocent bystanders whose car broke down on them have taken refuge in his back seat, and he cannot force them to get out. Sergeant understands the old saying that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Big Daddy recovers in time to open fire with his machine gun that spews armor-piercing rounds. Our heroes escape his wrath, but Sergeant’s car conks out on him because Big Daddy’s bullets have blown out the engine. Sergeant and his quartet of refugees set out on foot through the city with Eva assuring him that he can get another car from her waitress friend Tonya at her apartment building. More surprises ensue for Sergeant and his new friends. Watching either “The Purge” or “The

Purge: Anarchy,” you might be tempted to reprimand DeMonaco for his implied advocacy of firearms and murder. In fact, however, DeMonaco deplores the overt use of gunplay. What makes “The Purge: Anarchy” even more relevant is the class warfare theme that DeMonaco has developed with even greater intensity than he did in “The Purge.” DeMonaco hammers home the theme of haves versus havenots emphatically throughout this superior, slam-bang sequel. Meantime, the only link between the sequel and the original is an African-American supporting character that you might have missed, even if you’ve seen the original. He was referred to simply as the Bloody Stranger in “The Purge.” In “The Purge: Anarchy,” he is designated strictly as the Stranger. If you avoided “The Purge,” you won’t appreciate the irony in actor Edwin Hodge’s encore performance. Whereas “The Purge” occurred in a gated, elite neighborhood, “The Purge: Anarchy” expands the playing field to the city at large with several creepy images. An obese woman prowls a bridge with a bull horn and a machine gun urging anybody to test her marksmanship. Busses set ablaze cruise through the night. DeMonaco makes maximum use of his sinewy, 103 minutes to forge a palatable atmosphere of paranoia.

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Everyone's first reaction to the art of FKA Twigs is the same: what-isshe? Guesses range from alien lifeform to shapeshifting nymph when it comes to the London singer, formally Tahliah Barnett, whose image is as striking in the background of Jessie J and Ed Sheeran videos as in her own, unnerving clips. But the question persists as one tries to decide exactly what kind of music Twigs is making. And those answers are even more scattered. Many listeners trying to pin her down call her a neo-Aaliyah, reacting to her



small portions, drawing back when we're dying to dive in. Throughout the album's 10 tracks Twigs braids the subjects of power, intimacy and image into one unbreakable cord that runs through her relationships. On 'Video Girl' we get a sense of how she submits herself as public property when she appears in high profile promotional videos. People recognize her as "the girl from the video" and she feels like a product being consumed. Whatever she is inviting someone to do with the 'Lights On' in the lyrics of the second track, she needs a degree of trust to hand over the power of viewership. Twigs details her love and lust in soundscapes that are incredibly lush without repeating the same notes of emotion. The echoing synths of 'Hours' sound like falling through a black hole of sleepy kisses and whispered affections. On the very next song, the rattling percussion of 'Pendulum' sounds like the contents of Twigs' head knocking around as someone shakes up her sense of self-worth. She plays out the same situations from wildly different angles, like a sonic Rashomon bringing her accounts full circle. The peak of Twigs' passion, as well as her most breathtaking performance, comes on 'Two Weeks.' The frigid, restrained melody betrays lines like "my thighs are apart for when you're ready to breathe in" and the tension is swept up by a hypnotic wave of bass. We hear every force at Twigs' command until she

lighter-than-air RnB vocals. Others will hear the Afro-futurism of Erykah Badu or the cutting edge beats of James Blake. Jumping from song to song you could detect Kid A era Radiohead just as easily as Enya or Brian Eno. A pair of shorter releases (EP1 in 2012, EP2 in 2013) drew us in with the aforementioned visuals, but finally on LP1 her weirdness seeps into every crack and crevice of the music. Rhythms are stretched and smashed together. Textures flash across the screen for mere moments. Energy is served in maddeningly


unleashes it all and promises "give me two weeks, you won't recognize her." The music is captivating and nondescript, vigorous and soothing. The combination is lethal. Of all the inventive touches on LP1, perhaps the most unexpected choice is the lack of any guest vocals or big-name beatmakers. In the current climate of clickbait and a hungry hype machine, it's equally impressive and refreshing that Twigs chose to maintain control over every note. In fact, she has become more self-sufficient than ever by learning to produce her own music, earning claim to a truly independent vision that even art pop auteurs like Kanye West can't boast. No one would have faulted Twigs for trying to reel in a few fans of Solange or Kendrick Lamar with a quick verse (but as a side note to Solange and Kendrick: what are you waiting for? Get this girl's number!) As a finished product it's clear that there is no room for another voice on LP1. Songs like "Kicks" that quietly lament "I tell myself it's cool/ For me to wait for you" are confessional in a way that must be performed alone. She can't be crowded by other minds when she is so focused on understanding her own. Study LP1 for a lesson in restraint and vivid textures, or let your mind go blank for an ethereal trip through one artist's psyche. If the answers to any mysteries are on this record, then that's exactly what FKA Twigs wanted you to find. LP1 is out August 12 via Young Turks.






NOTE: All events listed here have phone numbers in the 205 area code unless otherwise indicated.


“Caught in a Web” Exhibit WHEN: 9 a.m. COST: Free WHERE: The Arts Council Gallery PHONE: 758.5195 LINK: tuscarts.org DESCRIPTION: The exhibit features the abstract watercolor works of local artist Hannah Brown. Brown’s technique involves applying vibrant liquid watercolor to a non- absorbent surface. One of her paintings, "I Can Almost See the Sun," was accepted into the Watercolor Society of Alabama's National Exposition for 2014. The exhibit runs through Friday, Aug. 29. “Parallel Visions” WHEN: 7:30 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art PHONE: 345.3038 LINK: art.ua.edu DESCRIPTION: The gallery displays photography of two Alabama natives, William J. Anderson and Prentice H. Polk, encapsulating a wide array of Southern subject matter, with pictures ranging from the Great Depression to the Civil Rights Movement. Kentuck Art Night WHEN: 5 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: 503 Main Avenue PHONE: 758.1257 LINK: kentuck.org DESCRIPTION: Guests can enjoy surf rock by The Original Shake Charmers, cob oven pizza, a gelato bowl sale, open Artist Studios and an artist reception. Art Night is funded in part by the Support the Arts License Tag Fund.


Men Who Cook Fundraiser WHEN: 6 p.m. COST: $10 WHERE: Leroy McAbee, Sr. Activity Center PHONE: 758-3393 LINK: tcpara.org DESCRIPTION: The fundraiser will benefit programs at FOCUS on Senior Citizens. Cook teams will serve food. Votes will be cast and awards given to top cook teams. There will also be a live auction and entertainment. The fundraiser benefits the FGP and RSVP programs at FOCUS


Vendors Affair Expo WHEN: 10 a.m. COST: Free WHERE: Snow Hinton Park PHONE: 233.7000 LINK: http://eventful.com DESCRIPTION: The Vendor Affair Expo was designed to assist local business owners with promoting their business, marketing their products and tapping into unknown markets of consumers. Grow it! WHEN: 10 a.m.



COST: Non-members: $35, Members: $30 WHERE: Children’s Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa PHONE: 349.4235 LINK: chomonline.org DESCRIPTION: “Grow it! Plant Flower Seeds! Get down and dirty with WORMS! Grow a bean in a bag!” Genre Productions: “When it all Goes Wrong” WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. Sunday COST: $15 in advance, $20 at the door WHERE: Bama Theatre PHONE: 523.4708 LINK: genres4u.com DESCRIPTION: Synopsis of the play: “Tyra and Shelia are on the brink of expanding their business while balancing their personal life. Their family and friends play an important role in the success of their business but we all know that there are times when things do not go the way we planned.”


West Alabama Mountain Biking Association Weekly Beginner’s Ride WHEN: 5:45 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Monny Sokal Park PHONE: 562.3220 LINK: wambarides.org/ DESCRIPTION: Interested in mountain biking but don't know where to ride in Tuscaloosa? Come out to Sokal Park and join the beginners' group that ride out weekly on Monday evenings.


United Way 2014 Campaign Kickoff WHEN: 11:30 a.m. COST: To Be Announced WHERE: Bryant Conference Center (Sellers Auditorium) PHONE: 345.6640 LINK: uwwa.org DESCRIPTION: Join United Way of West Alabama for its 2014 campaign kickoff where you'll meet and hear from campaign volunteers and learn West Alabama's fundraising goal for the annual United Way campaign. ALSA Support Group WHEN: 6 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Hospice of West Alabama PHONE: 519.9030 LINK: alsalabama.org DESCRIPTION: The Alabama Chapter was founded in late 2004 to serve the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their caregivers. The ALS Association sponsors seven ALS Support Groups in Alabama for ALS patients (PALS), their families, caregivers, friends and anyone interested in supporting the ALS community. Auditions: "Hands on a Hard Body" WHEN: 6 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Bean Brown Theatre LINK: theatretusc.com/shows/hands-ona-hard-body/


AVERY // TALL, DARK & HANDSOME HARPER // SILLY & SASSY Meet Avery, a 3-year-old male Black Labrador retriever mix. He has a sleek black coat with some white on his chest and on a few paws. Avery is a good size dog, weighing 55 pounds and is full grown. Tall, dark, funny, and handsome best describes this man! Avery is a great dog. He is very social, friendly and fun! He is a mature lab, so he is over those “terrible twos!” Avery seems to do well with other dogs and would be great with children 10 and up. He will require a fenced in yard if left outside any. He has a good energy level so he will need some exercising. Avery is up to date on his vet care, neutered, heartworm negative, and is micro chipped. He is on heartworm and flea/tick prevention. Just a great all American dog, looking for that great home! If you are interested in giving Avery the forever home he wants and deserves, visit the West Alabama Humane Society at www.humanesocietyofwa.org or call us at 554.0011. This silly little girl is Harper, a female brown/gray tabby kitten with mitted white paws and a good bit of white on her chest and tummy. Harper is around 5 months old. She loves being held, but can be silly and sassy when she's playing! She's fun to watch. She'd do excellent if adopted with one of her brothers or another kitten playmate. Harper will be fine with kids ages 12 and older who can handle her gently. We do not recommend Harper around dogs over 15 lbs. Stop by our cat adoption center to meet Harper! She is negative for FIV and FeLK and is current on her vaccinations. If you are interested in giving Harper the forever home she wants and deserves, visit the West Alabama Humane Society at www.humanesocietyofwa.org or call us at 554.0011.

Join the Humane Society of West Alabama at the grand opening of the new Cat Adoption Center Sunday August 10, from 2-4 p.m. See the amazing cat tree, peek into the kitten room, sample the refreshments on the catio, and meet adoptable cats. Donations will be accepted. The new adoption center is located at 2430 36th Street Northport, and is now open Saturdays from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. for adoption information and to meet adoptable cats. You can come other times by appointment.

Join the Humane Society of West Alabama in front of Pet Supplies Plus Saturday August 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to meet some of our adoptable dogs, speak with our volunteers, and find out more about adopting a pet from the Humane Society. We hope to see you there!

Enjoy a wagging tail or a soft purr. Get the satisfaction of knowing you have helped an animal in need. BE A HUMANE SOCIETY VOLUNTEER!

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FALL INDEPENDENT FILM SERIES BEGINS AUGUST 19 Bama Art House brings current, contemporary independent film to Tuscaloosa, transforming the Bama Theatre into a cinematic Art House, one night a week. Screenings are Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. Instead of season passes for each series The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa now offers a punch card—pay $60 for any 10 films. You may purchase your punch card in the box office at any Bama Art House film. Here is the current schedule, with more films to come: August 19: Snowpiercer Sponsored by Left Hand Soap Company (2013) Action/SciFi/Thriller (Rated R)Director: Joonho Bong Writers: Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson Stars: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton Synopsis: Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges. August 26: Mood Indigo (2013) Comedy/ Drama/Fantasy (Rated R) Director: Michel Gondry Writers: Michel Gondry, Luc Bossi Stars: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh Synopsis: Wealthy, inventive bachelor Colin endeavors to find a cure for his lover Chloe after she's diagnosed with an unusual illness caused by a flower growing in her lungs. September 2: Ida Sponsored by Left Hand Soap Company (2013) Drama (Rated PG-13) Director: Pawel Pawlikowski Writers: Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Stars: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik Synopsis: Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. September 9: Venus In Fur (2013) Drama (Rated R) Director: Roman Polanski Writers: David Ives, Roman Polanski, Leopold von Sacher Masoch Stars: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric Synopsis: An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production. Seriously very funny, says the NY Times.

September 16 September 16: Life Itself (2014) Documentary/Biography (Rated R) Director: Steve James Stars: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel Synopsis: The life and career of the renowned film critic and social commentator, Roger Ebert. September 23, October 7 & October 14: To Be Announced Soon! There will be no film September 30 due to limiations with the theatre rental schedule.

Jimmy Welborn, "Mr. Piggly Wiggly"

>>> EVENTS CALENDAR | PHONE: 391.2277 DESCRIPTION: Theatre Tuscaloosa will begin auditions for their first show of the 2014-2015 season. Based on the book by Doug Wright, Hands on a Hard Body is a comedy about 10 hard-luck Texans fighting to keep at least one hand on a brandnew truck in order to win it. Auditions will also be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13.


Sundown Lecture Series WHEN: 5:45 p.m. COST: Preservation Society Members free. General public $5.00. WHERE: Jemison Van de Graaff Mansion PHONE: 758.2238 LINK: historicturcaloosa.org DESCRIPTION: Ken Gaddy, director for the Bryant Museum, will give a lecture on Johnny Mack Brown, legendary college football player and film star. Light refreshments will be served before the lecture at 5:15 p.m. Contact Lucy Murphy, event coordinator, at mlm9298@gmail.com. Sister Cities International Bowl WHEN: 7 p.m. COST: $5 presale, $10 at the door, kids under 8 Free WHERE: Central High School Football Stadium PHONE: 391.9200 LINK: eventbrite.com DESCRIPTION: The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission (TTSC) is collaborating with Sister Cities International to host the inaugural Sister Cities International Bowl between the Obic Seagulls from Narashino, Japan, and the Amateur to Professional Developmental Football League (APDFL) Blazers.


Hospice of West Alabama’s Cabaret Night WHEN: 6 p.m. COST: $75 WHERE: NorthRiver Yacht Club PHONE: 523.0101 LINK: hospiceofwestalabama.com DESCRIPTION: This year’s theme is “Blackjack & BBQ.” There will be Blackjack, Roulette, Texas Hold’em and Craps tables. Also, slot machines will be available. The event will be held August 15th from 6-9pm at NorthRiver Yacht Club. All proceeds help Hospice of West Alabama provide care to anyone in this area who has a terminal illness, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.



West Alabama Mountain Biking Association Weekly Beginner’s Ride WHEN: 5:45 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Monny Sokal Park PHONE: 562.3220 LINK: wambarides.org DESCRIPTION: Interested in mountain biking but don't know where to ride in Tuscaloosa? Come out to Sokal Park and join the beginners' group that ride out weekly on Monday evenings.


OLLI Open House WHEN: 4:30 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Bryant Conference Center PHONE: 348.6482 LINK: olli.ua.edu DESCRIPTION: Enroll in courses, attend fieldtrips, and enjoy socials. Topics include wine tasting, history, science, computer skills, and much more.


Acoustic Night Featuring the Mulligan Brothers WHEN: 7:30 p.m. COST: $10 WHERE: Bama Theatre PHONE: 758.5195 LINK: tuscarts.org DESCRIPTION: The Mulligan Brothers come from Mobile County, Alabama. Their band blends folk rock, Americana, roots and country. The Acoustic Night series features both solo and ensemble performances of a wide range of acoustic music throughout the calendar year.

Streaming Video Now Available From TPL

Watch videos from the Tuscaloosa Public Library anytime, anywhere! Streaming video is now available to enjoy from the library's website. This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for users with a TPL library card. Visit digitallibrary.tuscaloosa-library.org to browse for eBooks and digital audiobooks in addition to streaming video. The growing catalog of digital feature films, documentaries, educational, children's favorites and more can be viewed on most mobile and desktop devices. No late fees!


Talent Search 2014 WHEN: 6 p.m. COST: $18 WHERE: Bama Theatre PHONE: 553.0589 LINK: tuscarts.org DESCRIPTION: Kip Tyner Productions presents the 27th annual talent search where dancers, instrumentalists, bands, comics and non-traditional talents will compete for more than $3500 in front of professional talent scouts from MGM studios/Walt Disney world.



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AUGUST 8 & 9



Rodrigo y Gabriela, Chastain Park Amphitheatre

BIRMINGHAM Manchester Orchestra, Iron City Darow Chemical Company, Zydeco

NEW ORLEANS John Doe, House of Blues Fpoon, Howlin’ Wolf

HUNTSVILLE Bob Reuter’s Alley Ghost, Coppertop

NEW ORLEANS Holy Ghost Electric Show, Gasa Gasa


ATLANTA Keyshia Cole, Tabernacle

MONTGOMERY Tony Brook, Cigar and Fine Spirits Bar

NASHVILLE Jolie Holland, High Watt

ATLANTA 7 Seconds, The Masquerade Feed Me With Teeth, Center Stage

NEW ORLEANS Panorama Jazz Band, Gasa Gasa



BIRMINGHAM Jordan Rager, Zydeco Layzie Bone, Iron Horse Café Cardinal Sons, Sound & Page

BIRMINGHAM Blessthefall, Zydeco

HUNTSVILLE Main Street Music Festival, Downtown Albertville Chris Simmons, Crawmama’s Charlie Wilson, Von Braun Concert Hall Red Mouth, Coppertop MONTGOMERY Josh Buckley Band, Horseshoe Tavern Rollin’ In the Hay, 1048 Jazz and Blues

ATLANTA Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

ATLANTA David Gray, Chastain Park Amphitheatre NASHVILLE Sleeping Giant, Rocketown


HUNTSVILLE Main Street Music Festival, Downtown Albertville

NASHVILLE Lyle Lovett, Schermerhorn Symphony Center

BIRMINGHAM Boz Skaggs, Alys Stephens Center Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Bottletree Café

ATLANTA Brad Paisley, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood Slightly Stoopid and G. Love & Special Sauce, Tabernacle NASHVILLE Amanda Shires, Mercy Lounge/Cannery


NASHVILLE Boston, Mansion at Fontanel Futurebirds, Mercy Lounge/Cannery Ballroom Gabe Dixon, 3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill

BIRMINGHAM CBDB, Zydeco HUNTSVILLE Jennifer Daniels, Straight To Ale Brewery Stage

ATLANTA T-Pain, The Masquerade


saturday, AUGUST 9

MONTGOMERY Maxwell, Garrett Coliseum Jessie Lynn, Montgomery Motor Speedway Evan Barber and the Dead Gamblers, Loco’s Grill and Pub

NEW ORLEANS Mike Stud, House of Blues

ATLANTA Dave Koz, Chastain Park Ampitheatre

NEW ORLEANS Keyshia Cole, House of Blues Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, One Eyed Jacks Pocket Aces Brass Band, Howlin’ Wolf

NEW ORLEANS Miniature Tigers, One Eyed Jacks

ATLANTA Gipsy Kings, Chastain Park Amphitheatre


HUNTSVILLE Big SMO, Sammy T’s Music Hall

NASHVILLE Ray Wylie Hubbard, 3rd and Lindsley Bar & Grill Hank 3, Exit In


BIRMINGHAM Motley Crue, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre Festival Expressions, Zydeco HUNTSVILLE Terry McNeal, The Brick House Sports Café


NASHVILLE Jay Brannan, High Watt

MONTGOMERY Travis Tritt, Montgomery Performing Arts Center NEW ORLEANS Gipsy Kings, Saenger Theatre Three Dog Night, Delta Downs Event Center


BIRMINGHAM Crocodiles, Bottletree Café

ATLANTA Panic! at the Disco, Chastain Park Amphitheatre Queensryche, Center Stage NASHVILLE Those Darlins, 3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill


>>> R OA D T R I P D I R E C T O RY Travel the South's best venues. Visit their website for ticket info and more. Acoustic Café 2758 County Hwy 9 205.647.3237

Fox Theatre 660 Peachtree St NE 404.881.2100

Amphitheater at the Wharf 23101 Canal Rd 251.224.1020

The Hangout 251.948.3030 thehangout1.com

Bridgestone Arena 501 Broadway 615.770.2000

Marathon Music Works 1402 Clinton St 615.891.1781

Centennial Olympic Park 265 Park Ave W NW 404.223.4412

Minglewood Hall 1555 Madison Ave 901.312.6058




Ballroom Mikela Davis, High Watt

Montgomery Performing Arts Center 201 Tallapoosa St 334.481.5100 The Nick 2514 10th Ave S 205.252.3831 Sloss Furnaces 20 32nd St N 205.324.1911 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 2200 Encore Pkwy 404.733.5010


Von Braun Center 700 Monroe St SW 256.551.2345 WorkPlay 500 23rd St S 205.380.4082 Zydeco 2001 15th Ave S 205.933.1032

T-PAIN // NEW ORLEANS //AUGUST 19 BIRMINGHAM Regenerates, Bottletree Café ATLANTA X, Center Stage NEW ORLEANS Toto, House of Blues


NASHVILLE One Direction, LP Field

ATLANTA OneRepublic, Aaron’s Amphitheatre, Lakewood Tori Amos, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center NEW ORLEANS T-Pain, House of Blues


BIRMINGHAM MissUsed, Cajun Steamer

NASHVILLE Mark Chesnutt, James E. Ward Agricultural Center


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D raped in hounds tooth apparel, mixed emotions swirled in Tuscaloosa when Sarah Patterson announced her retirement from Alabama Gymnastics on July 16, 2014. Patterson’s legacy was simple, yet electric. Since 1979, Patterson stands as the lone coach that has tied Paul Bryant in national championships. She’s rarely mentioned in a lot of conversations, but Patterson built Alabama Gymnastics on passion, excellence and pride. Football is a dominant sport in this culture, but in 36 years Alabama Gymnastics has held its own. Supported by her husband David, Sarah Patterson achieved her first Southeastern Conference title and national title with Alabama in 1988. Patterson’s philosophy was to develop each person on the team. She said if you develop the whole person, not just the gymnast, the scores will take care of themselves. Under that idea, Alabama Gymnastics produced 71 athletes with 175 Scholastic All-American honors, including Diandra Milliner and Kim Jacob. Patterson coaches 62 athletes to 277 All-American honors. Alabama Gymnastics did more than win awards. Under Patterson, the program excelled in attracting an audience. Alabama holds the SEC’s single-meet attendance record (15,162) and single-season attendance average (13,786). The Crimson Tide brought in 106,643 fans in 2014. Like Bryant, Patterson finished her career posting 300+ (384) wins and an 81.0 win percentage. Alabama Gymnastics was one of three programs that brought life to Tuscaloosa in 2011. After the tornado, the Crimson Tide won a national title and repeated as champions in 2012. Like Pat Summitt, Patterson was a pioneer in women’s athletics. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said Sarah is not just a great coach, but also a



fabulous advocate for gymnastics and women’s athletics in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama Gymnastics was great collectively, but Patterson guided the Tide to 25 individual NCAA titles and Kim Jacob was presented with the 2014 Honda Cup. Patterson embodied the slogan “Built by Bama.” Along with gymnastics, Patterson supported football, basketball and softball. She was in attendance during the 2014 softball season and watched the Tide march to Women’s College World Series. Patterson’s daughter, Jordan, was a member of the 2011 national championship team. She steps down because of knee issues, but Patterson will be remembered as one of the greatest coaches and leaders in Alabama history. She and David Patterson are the only coaches with national titles in three different decades. Patterson was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. The athletic department built the Sarah Patterson’s Champions Plaza in celebration of her career and six national titles. The plaza is located in between Coleman Coliseum and Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Patterson was hired by a hounds tooth legend, so it’s only fitting that she retires as a hounds tooth legend herself. Here is a list of the accomplishments Sarah Patterson notched at Alabama: • 6x NCAA Champion: 1988, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2011, 2012 • 8x SEC Champion: 1988, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2014 • 29x NCAA Regional Champion: 198385, 1987-89, 1990-96, 1998-03, 2005-14 • 4x SEC Women’s Gymnastics Coach of the Year: 1985, 1995, 2000, 2010 • 4x SEC NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Coach of the Year: 1986, 1988, 1991, 2002

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BAMA OPENS FALL CAMP // SABAN MAKES IT CLEAR // "THE TIME IS NOW" perseverance in some tough times."

SCARBROUGH AND MCBRIDE Saban announced that two of the freshmen signees would not report this fall. It had been previously reported that offensive lineman Montel McBride would begin his career in a junior college. Saban also said that highly-regarded running back signee Bo Scarbrough had not qualified. "We have an appeal in place, because he was very close to qualifying. That will take some time," Saban said. "We have a plan here at his high school for him to do the things he needs to do to be able to qualify. Our goal is to get him here in January."

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In his opening comments following the first practice, Nick Saban made clear his objective for the team in fall camp. "I think it's important for the players to understand that the time is now," Saban. Said. "Everything you do all year long, the off-season program, spring practice, summer conditioning, is in preparation for the next four or five months. "I think for this team the challenge is to sort of resurrect our identity in terms of what we want Alabama football to be. I'm very confident in the players that we have, but I also think it's up to them to buy into what they need to do to be all they can be—their preparation, their performance, the mindset that they have to go through the process of what they need to do to be successful. I'm talking about giving effort, finishing plays, mental and physical toughness, things that I thought started to show up a little but that I thought were not beneficial to our success. "We want to be a team, and we want our identity to include "we," which

means all players are together, take care of each other, and take responsibility to represent the university, the program and their families in a first class way." NO DEPTH CHART As he does at the start of every camp, Saban issued a stern reminder that there is no depth chart. "I say this every year, but you never get it, because you guys can't operate unless you have something on a piece of paper that you can rank in some kind of order. We do not have a depth chart," Saban said. "Whatever we do out there is for administrative purposes. Everybody that we have on the field has an opportunity to compete. Some players have have had an opportunity in the past to show what they can do, so I think it's important that we look at some other guys to see what they can do. "I was really pleased with how our players came back relative to their conditioning tests to end the summer workout program. We just need to work on the mindset of finish, mental toughness,

EDDIE JACKSON UPDATE The biggest surprise on the first day of practice was that sophomore cornerback Eddie Jackson was participating in drills. Jackson suffered a knee injury that required surgery last spring. "Eddie's doing really, really well," Saban said. "He's had a really successful rehab over the summer. We'd like to not push the envelope too far. So we're going to keep him on a pitch count and gradually increase him until he gets back to onehundred percent. We're very encouraged with where he's at. We're making no predictions on when he'll be ready to play." QB CHEMISTRY Saban was asked about the chemistry between the quarterbacks—Blake Sims, Jacob Coker and Cooper Bateman—battling for the top spot. "I think all of the guys are working hard. All of them have the capabilities to develop. "I think it's going to come down to three things. It's going to come down to the guy who can have the best judgement, decision-making relative to what we need him to do. The guy who can be accurate in throwing the ball to the right place at the right time to give guys the opportunity to make plays, and their leadership to affect other people. Those are the three things at that position that are the most important to me, to see who can do that the best.

"It's going to take some time and giving guys some repetition to sort that out. We're not going to be in a hurry to make a prediction as to what is going to happen at that position. We can't make something happen before we get an opportunity to evaluate it fairly for everybody." SECONDARY SHOULD BE IMPROVED On Kirby Smart's moving back to coach the secondary, the position coached by Greg Brown last season. "I don't think the issues last year was coaching," Saban said. "I think that lack of experience last year created a lot of issues, lot of mistakes, lot of mental errors and an inability to play with consistency. But actually when you look out there this year, even though we lost a couple of guys, we seem to have more guys with more experience. I know those were some painful times that we all had to go through, but I think those guys are more confident and I think they can be more consistent. And I think we have the addition of a few young guys that are really talented that are going to be beneficial as well. Last year we had the most inexperience in the secondary that we have ever had in terms of playing their position." INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS Saban said that right guard Leon Brown, who has an injured foot, will be limited in practice for at least two more weeks. Linebacker Tim Williams and defensive linemen Jarran Reed and Brandon Ivory are suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules and policies. "Each guy can return to the team on completion of a requirement of what they have to do relative to their suspension," Saban said. "I have no date that I can give you that that's going to be completed. "We have a lot of good players, a lot of good people in our program, a lot of guys that do a lot of good things on and off the field. We're certainly focused on those guys that we have here to develop them to be the best players they can be, because they've demonstrated they're willing to do the things they need to do to have a chance to be successful."

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University Presbyterian Church Rising Road Celtic Ensemble in concert, Sunday, August 17, 2014. It's free and open to the general public. Rising Road is comprised of Jil Chambless, Kevin Nicholson, and Dan Vogt. These three friends have played together and separately in various ensembles for many years. This particular incarnation came together in 2010 somewhat by accident, but has continued to gain momentum ever since. The Trio now play regularly at venues and festivals in AL and MS and look forward to expanding their territory in the future.


Jil Chambless—vocals, flute/ whistles. Originally from Montgomery AL but now residing in Tuscaloosa, Jil has been a prominent figure on the Alabama Celtic music scene since the late 1980s. She still performs regularly with various Celtic music groups around the country and abroad, including Henri’s Notions, the Ed Miller Trio, Vulcan Eejits!, Scooter Muse, Don Penzien, and others. She has completed six recording projects with Henri’s Notions and two with guitarist Scooter Muse. In 2009 she released her first solo recording, "The Ladies Go Dancing", and has also appeared as a guest artist on other artists’ recording projects. Check out www.jilchambless.com. Kevin Nicholson — fiddle. This Birmingham native has also been prominent on the Alabama Celtic music scene for many years. Although he started performing bluegrass music on banjo as a child, the fiddle became his instrument of choice and Irish traditional music his preferred genre many years ago. He played in the 1990s Irish band Red Hill, of which Jil Chambless was also an early member. He currently plays in the Birmingham-based Irish pub band, Jasper Coal, as well as in

the touring Indy-rock band, Delicate Cutters. He has completed multiple recording projects with both Jasper Coal and Delicate Cutters. Dan Vogt — guitar, vocals. Not a native of Alabama, but living in Tuscaloosa since the early 1980s, Dan is relatively new to the performing of Celtic music. He is a long-time rocker, playing electric guitar in various Tuscaloosa-based rock bands, including The Peace Frogs (with Jil Chambless), Opus Dopus, and The DTs, and currently plays in rock bands The Hedtones and The Bonaires. Although he’s been listening to Celtic music and attending many Celtic music events for over 20 years, in 2010 he became interested in playing Celtic-style acoustic guitar in DADGAD tuning . Now he’s completely hooked! Quick Facts: What: Rising Road Celtic Ensemble, featuring Jil Chambless of Henri's Notions When: Sunday, 2 p.m. Where: University Presbyterian Church, 1127 8th Street, downtown Tuscaloosa Cost: Free More: 205-758-5422 or upc@uaupc.org

When someone thinks about watching a show about zombies, shows like "The Walking Dead" come to mind; bloody, flesh eating zombies. Would one, however, think about a show involving lucid, complex zombies with love stories and backgrounds? Didn’t think so. "In the Flesh", created by Dominic Mitchell, is a show airing on BBC Three about a race of zombies called PDS sufferers, or Partially Deceased Syndrome sufferers. For reasons unknown, people are coming back from the dead. While they start rabid, scientists have learned how to medicate the zombies and turn them into mostly-functioning beings. The medication replaces the cells in the brain that are lost, hence the zombies regain their functions of speech, thought and movement. “In The Flesh” follows Keiren Walker, one of the PDS sufferers who is being integrated back into his hometown of Roarton. Unfortunately, not everyone takes a liking to Keiren or his kind in Roarton. The HVF, or Human Volunteer Force, came about when zombies first rose and were killing people, and though most of the chapters have long since disbanded, the first chapter, the Roarton chapter, has stayed strong. Keiren and his friend Amy go through trials and segregation as PDS sufferers, but Keiren is as strong as he is soft spoken, and he survives. Not only is this show funny, it also touches on so many complex issues that make it appeal to anyone, even intellectuals who want something more than a stereotypical zombie show. Some of the main characters had terminal illnesses, depression, and other mental illnesses. "In the Flesh" also has something most shows don’t—canon queer characters whose plot lines don’t revolve around them being queer. It is refreshing to find such an in depth and complex show that also handles some of the serious topics with humor. This BAFTA award-winning show may have won a few awards, but the biggest thing it has to claim is the fan base. With fan-made art, writing, and merchandise, people who watch "In the Flesh" advocate for the series to continue. As of now, there has not been any word of a season three. If the fans have anything to say about it, series three will happen. There are even certain days of the month where fans use special hashtags to promote the series. With this much exposure and such an active fan base, one can see how this show has touched many people. The actors of the show are not that well known, but if the popularity of "In the Flesh" is any indication, they will be. Luke Newberry, who plays the protagonist Keiren, has also played in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two," Anna Karenina, and BBC’s "Sherlock." Emily Bevan, who plays Keiren’s best friend and fellow PDS sufferer Amy Dyer, is best known for her role in "St. Trinian’s," a campy English film about mischievous schoolgirls. Emmett Scanlan, who plays Simon Monroe, is currently starring in the new movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy," set to release later this year. Other actors include Harriet Cains as Jemima Walker, Keiren’s sister, Stephen Thompson, David Walmsley, and Wunmi Mosaku. All episodes are available for streaming on BBC Three’s website and Youtube. If you want to see more, visit www.bbc.co.uk and search for "In The Flesh."

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There may be a power struggle going on, so be careful what you say if you want to come out of it looking good. Words can sting, especially at this time when Mars in Scorpio can encourage heated disagreements. Yet with a little diplomacy you'll be able to talk through matters and soothe ruffled feathers. Over the weekend the Full Moon in Aquarius suggests you may be in the spotlight for one reason or another. You'll also get a chance to reflect upon your goals and priorities. There's a lively social undertone this week encouraging you to pursue contacts, friendships, and memberships. Yet you may need to work hard at communicating with a significant other, particularly if you're not seeing eye-to-eye. Stubbornness could be a major stumbling block if neither of you is willing to compromise. Perhaps you both want the same thing in the end, which you'll find out by keeping the conversation going. Meanwhile, there's a chance of romance over the weekend. Directing your energy into the right channels brings opportunities for success. In this case, brainstorming moneymaking ideas and coming up with creative outlets for your talents could substantially increase your income. When it comes to romance, though, a love interest could be irritable and hard to please. Persuading the person to join you for a social outing or date night could be an uphill struggle. But the weekend Full Moon could be your saving grace in this regard, encouraging positive interaction. You're vibrating to the social buzz of summer and eager to mix and mingle with pals and associates. And you're truly in your element with your astrological ruler, the Sun, in your sign. But you could be treading a fine line when it comes to home and family matters. Your upbeat mood could be offset by someone's darker and more manipulative energy. However, the Full Moon on Sunday may push you into saying things you've been holding back - to good effect. Though you may be busy this week, the current lineup hints that this is a good time to relax and recharge. With a focus on your spiritual sector, your inner world and inner life may seem more appealing and even more important than your day-to-day circumstances. Meditating and reflecting on your goals and dreams could be particularly rewarding, especially if you've been feeling uncertain about a course of action. Time out can bring valuable insights and clarity concerning decisions that need to be made With partnership activity stimulated, there may be a few kinks and disagreements to work through before you can make progress this week. At times you could hit up against communication problems that might not yield easily to discussion or compromise. However, with a fabulous social scene showing up, time spent with friends can help ease any heartache. The result will be that you'll begin to see things from a healthier and more relaxed perspective. However, aim for sensitivity when dealing with loved ones.

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A fortunate trend provides freedom of action and the chance to showcase your skills and abilities to good effect. With a sizzling focus on career, opportunities abound for enhancing work and business success. However, you may need to clear up unfinished business first in order to be ready for new and exciting projects. There could be a conflict of interest that you'll need to resolve before you can take advantage of the smorgasbord of favorable circumstances on offer. The Full Moon is excellent for partying over the weekend. The urge to get away is strong, which could mean getting lost in a daydream, fantasy, good book, or movie. Equally, you'll be eager to travel to new places and explore new horizons. Whether or not you can take a trip now, contemplating one for the future may give you something to look forward to. Watch out for the Full Moon on Sunday, as feelings could be intense. Try not to do or say anything that you might regret at a later date - but do have fun! An opulent lineup in your zone of shared resources hints at a windfall or increase in business and income. However, there could be a temptation to indulge. It could be all too easy to max out your credit card and come unstuck later. Budgeting may be a way to go in order to guard against this. In addition, your social life looks livelier than has been in some time. Use this opportunity to network with folks who pull the strings and make the decisions. While it won't all be clear sailing in your career, a more focused and incisive frame of mind can make solid headway possible. When talking to others, you might need to ignore their words and instead go with your gut feelings, particularly when sussing out deals or job opportunities. However, relationships of all kinds continue to flourish. Whether you're in a long-term partnership or looking for love, the week ahead brings all the ingredients together for you to have as much fun as possible.

Where your job and lifestyle are concerned, whether you feel a restless stirring within or circumstances beyond your control provide the motivation, it's to your advantage to embrace the notion of change. Passions are strong when it comes to expanding your horizons in general, giving you the courage to make a bold move. The presence of Mars in Scorpio can push you to explore new options. You may be looking for something that speaks to your need for intense experiences that can transform your life. Though there's a fun element to the week, you'll also be aware of a difficult issue that needs attention. For instance, the heady enjoyment of romance might contrast with problems around finances, which take the edge off of a date night or special occasion. Things might be made all the more difficult as your motivation could limp along on Thursday and Friday. You'll need to summon your energy and make a determined effort to face up to whatever is bothering you. It's party time over the weekend!







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old fabled book / I’m blinded and reminded This is a quality album. by the pain caused by some old man in the Sturgill Simpson stuffed his first record, last year’s “High Top Mountain,” full of brief, sky,” and that “Love’s the only thing that jaunty tunes sounding exactly like what you ever saved my life.” “The Promise” is a near-unrecognizable think of when you think of country music: cover of the 1988 original by New Wave greasy slide guitar, one-two bass strut and one-hit wonders When in Rome. Simpson’s lyrics delivered in a nasally growl. vocals and gently plucked guitar start the But despite the traditional instrumentatrack at a whisper, but the song gradually tion, he displayed a refreshing aversion to crescendos into a wash of lush Mellotron the testosterone-fueled bravado of conorchestration as Simpson’s octave leaps temporary Nashville convention, proudly transform dolorous oath into yelping plea. relating in “Life Ain’t Fair and the World is Simpson’s unrestrained coyote howls Mean” how he had recently “swapped the provide the perfect punctuation to the slowtruck out for a van” in which he might more burning first half of “It Ain’t All Flowers,” a safely and efficiently tote around his young swampy magma of fuzzed-out guitar and family and their dog. burbling bass. Then, at around the fourSimpson approaches new release Widespread Panic minute mark, the song plays through again “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” in its entirety, but this time backwards and from the same Joe the Singer perspective, sped up in a dizzyingly bizarre outro (remibut this time there’s a vibe of enhanced niscent once again of “Strawberry Fields”) ambition, a willingness to try things for the that shimmies through the track’s warp hell of it. The songs comprising this album and weft and contorts it like microwaved run longer than its predecessors’, and in several cases Simpson takes advantage of Play-Doh. Even on “Long White Line,” a take on the relative sprawl to trade twangy riffage well-established country staple The Road for symphonic texture (Most of the tracks Song, Simpson decides to take a fork prominently feature a Mellotron: a tape replay interface perhaps most notably used or two. The track kicks off in a swarm of trebly, Chet Atkins' “Yakety Axe” electric by the Beatles to replicate an orchestra’s guitar that later reappears in a brilliant kanoodling in the warped coda of “Strawdouble-tracked solo. And good luck resistberry Fields Forever".) ing the temptation to imitate the swooping, The songs on “Metamodern Sounds nasally baritone Simpson employs in the in Country Music” sound exactly like what chorus. Sturgill Simpson thinks of when he thinks It’s a voice Shooter Jennings has (and of anything. critics along with him have) deemed a preAnd I do mean anything. cise replica for that of his daddy Waylon. On album-opener “Turtles All the Way Simpson has repeatedly denied the comDown” Simpson describes “reptile aliens parison, but his congested inflection and made of light [that] cut you open and pull mellifluous delivery make the juxtaposition out all your pain” over the soothing plod tempting. Listen and decide for yourself. of an acoustic guitar’s gentle downward What’s really important, and what he has chord progression and the Mellotron’s Dispatch irrefutably proven with each and every expansive swirl. effort and experiment on “Metamodern In the same song, Simpson ponders Sounds,” is that Sturgill Simpson sounds road-weary rendezvous with the Buddha, exactly like Sturgill Simpson. And that’s Jesus, the Devil, psychedelic drugs and a quality deserving of some appreciation turtles before ultimately concluding, his and respect. Especially when sounding like Kentucky drawl drenched in echo effects, Sturgill Simpson sounds so good. that, “Every time I take a look / inside that

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The Pixies, 1986

It was 38 years ago that a band arrived on the scene and changed the trajectory of rock music forever. They were not the most talented musicians, nor were they a handsome lot but they could write a good song and they played with such fervor that it was hard not to get caught up in their latter-day punk sound. The Clash were about to become the biggest rock band on the planet. Formed in London in 1976 the four band members, Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Nicky Headon, possessed that rare element in the music field: cohesion. They were one with the moment and you believed every word and chord you heard. They took you to a place along with them—they weren’t singing at you, they were inviting you on a journey to somewhere foreign but instantly pleasing and this self-titled album let that be known. Although the 1979 effort, "London Calling," would gather most of the kudos from the critics and listeners across the pond, it was The Clash. The Clash that truly defined the band and hence a generation of rock listeners. It was 14 songs squeezed into an album whose 35 minute brevity may seem like a rip off but trust me, it surely isn’t. It is a half an hour of escapism, pure and simple, and to this day stands up as one of the best debut albums ever pressed to vinyl. It literally takes you away…takes you to a time when no one liked to live in London, or the entire of Great Britain for that matter. A time when the poor’s heads were being held down like nothing in recent memory and it felt like a police state had taken over the country. It is no wonder that out of these repressive days was hatched the punk movement as a way to finally fight back— to primal scream for the first time in what seemed like forever. The Clash is an album whose beauty lies in its simplicity and anger. It has no theme, little direction, but even at this early stage of the band's existence you can hear a sense of something special and truly original. Few punk songs, let alone albums, portray a sense of anger as

does The Clash. It is a yelp from Britain’s forgotten generation—a reminder that they would not go away easily or quietly— wouldn’t roll over and play nice. They would bite the hand that did little to feed them. Indeed, they would maul it for all of it’s worth. Rough around the edges…yes most certainly. Not clean and polished, definitely. The naïve sound of a freshman album—of course. An album that defined an era and a generation in so doing—absolutely. This was a band that would soon find its stride and conquer the world of rock and roll within a few short years with the release of "London Calling" but one would be extremely delinquent to brush off the album which started it all. The album managed to hit #42 on the UK charts in 1977, while a much deconstructed and rebuilt version was released two years later in the States and sputtered to #127 on Billboard. It seems that prior to that the band had been deemed, by the powersthat-be, as listener-unfriendly and the album was only available as an import. Boy, were they f**king wrong.

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The friendly extroverted chatting customer grabs his change from me and heads waving toward the door. “Thanks…I’ll be back!” he grins over his shoulder. Browsers like this jolt me into a reluctant good mood on a slow day, or they confirm what I sometimes suspect: every day is good if you approach it the right way. I am playing the role of successful, kindly shopkeeper. The customer is playing… well, is he playing or is this his true nature, this chipper, goodfellow façade? Am I faking it or is he? I file the thought away and go about my morning duties in the aisles of foundling books. When I leave the store for lunch, I wave to Marie, and she takes over. New York Times under my arm, I stroll toward the diner and prepare for twenty minutes of solitude—just me, my paper, my lunch plate, some really loud static-filled music, and other diners who leave me alone to my dome of solitude. I glance through the large street-view window, munching away as I turn the paper inside-out, and see, walking along 22nd Street, the jaunty customer who had been in the shop earlier. But he’s somehow different now. He is usually bright, has good eye-contact, has a ready smile, is joyful and friendly… but when I see him walking outside his environment unnoticed, there is something slightly obscure and unsure about him…his head is slightly cocked to the side, he looks down, he is serious, he is in a hurry as if he’s afraid someone might spot him. He’s not carrying his recent purchase. His dome of solitude transmogrifies him and makes him nearly unrecognizable. In the bookstore, he was one person, now he is another. He shapeshifts with his locale. What is he at home? Who is he at church on Sunday? What does he become in heavy suburban traffic? Is he a kindly father, a giving neighbor, an angry insurrectionist, a future Nobel laureate, a sentenced felon? I’ll never know, nor will he ever know who I am and when and where. To me, it’s enough to know a good customer. To him, perhaps it’s enough to be in the sanctuary of the bookshop for a few minutes before he bolsters his courage enough to brave the disguise he must don to re-enter the city byways. I return to my paper and my munching, leave my paltry tip on the table, wave to the cashier, and open the door to the street, where I become that other person, that pedestrian who would be unrecognizable to the customer who views me as ©2014 by Jim Reed | jim@jimreedbooks.com just the kindly old bookie





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HOMEGROWN ALABAMA // FARMERS' MARKET AUGUST 14 The Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market invites Tuscaloosa community members to the weekly market Thursday, August 14, from 3-6 pm on the lawn at Canterbury Episcopal Chapel at 812 5th Street. August 14th will be an EBT/SNAP $5.00 Match Day; any EBT/ SNAP Benefits transaction of a $5.00 value or more will receive an additional $5.00 in EBT/ SNAP tokens to be spent at the market. This incentive program is specifically designed to encourage local shopping and fresh produce purchases among EBT/SNAP users. Approximately 15 vendors attend the market throughout the season to sell peaches, tomatoes, blackberries, plums, peppers, baked goods, honey, eggs, beef, pork, chicken, okra, blueberries, cheese, teas, soap, ice cream, canned goods, and craft goods, potatoes, kale, squash, onions, zucchini, greens, radishes, carrots, and other produce varieties. Homegrown Alabama accepts cash, checks, debit cards, Bama Cash, and EBT/ SNAP benefits. All of forms of electronic payment may be exchanged for tokens at the info tent. Cash can be used at all vendor stalls! The farmers' market is held on the Canterbury Episcopal Chapel lawn, 812 5th Avenue in Tuscaloosa next to the University of Alabama campus, every Thursday from 3-6 pm, April through October. There will be entertainment by Johnny Bishop, a free kids craft table, and good for sale by local artists. Homegrown Alabama will continue the EBT/SNAP incentive program this year! On any given market day, $10 spent from your EBT/SNAP card will be matched with an additional $5 in tokens to be spent at the market. On specific market dates Homegrown will match dollar for dollar up to $25 for customers using SNAP/EBT at the market. These days are: August 7th, August 21st, September 4th, September 25th, October 16th, or as long as funds last. Regular EBT/SNAP usage rules and limitations do apply. Our market has also partnered with Canterbury Chapel’s Deacons Deli Food Pantry. Deacon’s Deli customers are eligible to receive vouchers to be spent at the market. To redeem Deacon’s Deli vouchers for tokens visit the information table.

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The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission (TTSC) hosted the Food Network’s Martie Duncan to promote the upcoming Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week. Ms. Duncan was in Tuscaloosa to experience Tuscaloosa's local cuisine and highlight participating restaurants. In addition to her television work, Ms. Duncan is the president of a party planning company, M Content Media LLC, and blogs about different recipes and party ideas on MyRecipes.com. She has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Marie Claire along with being featured at the Hangout Fest. While in Tuscaloosa, Ms. Duncan promoted the various restaurants that will be participating in the Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week on August 15-24. During Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week, the participating restaurants will offer a lunch or dinner meal at a fixed price, allowing visitors to experience new places and cuisines. Each meal will consist on various courses, allowing the audience to taste the best of what that location has to offer. Tuscaloosa Restaurant Week participants include: Sweet Home Food Bar, Another Broken Egg, Hoo's Q, Billy's Sports Grill, FIG, Cypress Inn, Glory Bound Gyro Co, Druid City Brewing Company, Black Warrior Brewing Company, Mugshots Grill & Bar, Chucks Fish, FIVE BAR, Carpe Vino, Epiphany Farm to Fork Cuisine, Henry's Burgers & Cream – Brookwood.






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