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“We’ll do ‘How He Loves,’ which is from the David Crowder Band era,” he said. “Everything else is from the two solo records. And then we do, I’m trying to think, we usually throw a cover in. I guess night to night we might have one, but sometimes I go off script.”

6 EAR INFECTIONS IN CHILDREN// RACHEL STEINER

“Middle ear infections are very common in infants and children, peaking at 7 to 9 months. Professionals recommend waiting it out to see if symptoms improve before diving into antibiotics, but you could try these natural remedies to help speed along the recovery time and give your child some relief.”

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“The Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama will welcome Connie Hill, CEO of Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, as the guest speaker for their Spring Luncheon Thursday, April 13 at 11:30 a.m.”

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ver the course of a career that includes 16 years fronting the David Crowder Band and now two albums as a solo artist (released under the name Crowder), David Crowder has gained a reputation as one of the more musically adventurous artists within the Christian music scene. Just don’t expect him to brag about being some sort of innovator. “I don’t know,” Crowder said in a recent phone interview. “I mean, I listen to music every day that sounds way more adventurous than anything I’d go for. I feel like what I’m doing is pretty down the pop line of things.” Perhaps in the context of the overall music scene, Crowder may not push the envelope as much as some artists. But he will allow that he might seem more bold and progressive within the Christian music scene because the realities of the genre don’t encourage musical risk taking. “People within our genre, since it’s a smaller, I guess it’s a smaller pool of consumers,” Crowder explained. “You don’t have the ability to be as adventurous because you’re trying to, I do feel like the intent of the labels that are servicing the (Christian) consumer, their intent is to legitimately serve the church at large. They want to provide something that is sustaining spiritually for them. So they’ve got to really narrow down what their consumer is.” That’s not the case in the overall music scene, Crowder said. It has room for artists that break stylistic ground and push various styles of music forward. He pointed to one artist that has been both innovative and hugely popular. “Kanye West makes really, really experimental music, and he has a few tunes that are approachable in a pop sense,” Crowder said. “But most of his records are incredibly artful. And he’s had the ability to have a lot of effect there. I think maybe what a lot of folks in our genre are doing, they’re possibly not using their ability (to experiment) for the rest of the record, knowing that there’s a thing that you need to do to give people handles. But then you can pull things further and push things further. And that is compelling.” If Crowder doesn’t feel he’s the Kanye West of Christian music, the 44-yearold singer/songwriter has mirrored

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West in his ability to make music that has proven accessible, while being multi-faceted. The David Crowder Band saw its final four albums top “Billboard” magazine’s Christian album chart (with the group’s last album, 2012’s “Give Us Rest,” also reaching No. 2 on “Billboard’s” all-genre Top 200 album chart). Now, both his 2014 solo debut, “Neon Steeple,” and his recently released solo album, “American Prodigal,” have topped the “Billboard” magazine’s Christian album chart and also debuted in the top 15 of the Top 200 album chart. Those two albums connected even though there’s more happening within Crowder’s solo work than may meet the eye of the typical music fan. During this interview, Crowder talked at length about the musical fusion he’s been attempting to create with his first two solo albums. In a nutshell, Crowder is seeking to bring together and blur the lines between what are commonly considered some white and black music forms, as well as traditional and modern sounds. “I wanted to put bluegrass and EDM in one place at the same time (on “Neon Steeple”), he said. “Then this one, I wanted to keep that lineage going.” He elaborated on the contrasts between the two albums. “I’ve twisted the very white bluegrass and EDM scene into a much more urban (context on “American Prodigal”),” Crowder said. “The lyric content, the way the lyrics were structured on ‘Neon Steeple’ was very Southern gospel. This (the “Prodigal American” album) is very slave/ spiritual/black gospel church. It’s just a

very slight twist of the dial. If you don’t pay attention, it’s almost the same. It’s all foot and hand music, so stomp, clap, but there’s a different tonality to this. It’s in the music. It’s a little more raw. It’s not electronic driven. The other one (“Neon Steeple”) was electronic driven…This one is samples. The beat stuff that you’re hearing (on “American Prodigal”) is all sampled stuff. It was organic. It’s more, that’s an urban nod to a hip-hop/R&B-type approach to music rather than the more electro side of things.” This collision of old and modern music is readily apparent on “American Prodigal.” And if some of the more subtle dimensions to his songs might go unnoticed, Crowder is creating a distinctive sound. Crowder uses banjo as a primary instrument on several “American Prodigal” songs (“Prove It,” “Keep Me” and “All You Burdens”), pitting that most acoustic of instruments against stomping beats and other modern instrumental textures. “Run Devil Run,” the hardest rocking tune on the album, achieves a similar mix of modern and vintage by employing both acoustic slide guitar and fuzzy electric guitar as key instruments. These uptempo songs sit alongside a healthy number of epic ballads like “My Victory,” “Forgiven” and “Back To The Garden” that aren’t quite so adventurous sonically, but give “American Prodigal” a nice balance. Crowder, who said he tends to think of creating a musical statement over more than one album, said his third solo album will continue and complete the musical arc of “Neon Steeple” and “American Prodigal.” He declined, though, to offer much detail on his concept for the next album.

That’s just as well, considering it will probably be at least a year before that third solo album gets recorded. For the next year, Crowder’s focus will be on touring. This winter, he’s headlining Winter Jam, Christian music’s leading package tour. The shows feature about a dozen acts, with a ticket price of just $10. “To see so many of the people that you’ve been listening to the music of all in one place at the same time for 10 bucks, it’s just crazy,” Crowder said. “I don’t know how they make it work.” Crowder has been on the bill for several previous Winter Jam tours and said the organizers create a great environment for the performers on the tour. “It feels like a family thing,” he said. “And they always put the best folks on the road together that it turns into a family like day one. That’s my favorite part about it.” Crowder’s Winter Jam sets figure to be a shorter version of his headlining shows, which generally run about 90 minutes. In either setting, he is focusing almost entirely on material from his two solo albums – although he’s leaving a little room to switch things up in his show. “We’ll do ‘How He Loves,’ which is from the David Crowder Band era,” he said. “Everything else is from the two solo records. And then we do, I’m trying to think, we usually throw a cover in. I guess night to night we might have one, but sometimes I go off script.”

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NEWS MEMBERS MEET WITH LEGISLATORS AT THE CAPITOL More than 90 members of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama traveled to the State Capitol February 21 and 22 for the Montgomery Drive-In, an annual event which allows a unique level of access to legislators and state officials.

Lynn spoke of exciting things to come for the community college system. “Workforce is the number one key issue in our state,” he said. “There is a lot of opportunity, but there is a lot of work to do. Existing companies will create about 85 percent of the jobs in the state.” Lynn said customized training programs will be available in a few months’ time. “It’s a new day at two-year colleges across the state. We’re working on some things we’ve never done before, and every workforce issue has a solution.” Representative Mac McCutcheon, Speaker of the House of Representatives, joined the group for a discussion on transportation, as well as Alabama Department of Transportation Director John Cooper and Billy Canary of the Business Council of Alabama. McCutcheon specifically brought up the proposed gas tax bill, a proposal he said he’d received some criticism over. “The facts are there,” he said. “We haven’t done anything since ’92. We can’t do anything. We can’t build roads. We can’t fix our infrastructure.” While McCutcheon acknowledged gaining support for increased taxes is difficult, he said he felt support had grown for a 6 cent gas tax because more people are now educated about the gas tax bill. Representative Kyle South and Representative Rich Wingo and Commissioner Julie Magee from the Department of Revenue addressed the group on tax reform, and held a question and answer session. South and Wingo, both on the Budget Task Force, spoke on needed efficiencies in how Alabama’s budget process works. South spoke to the earmarking issue, which creates difficulties during the process. “Ninety-two percent of Alabama’s budget is earmarked – that’s the highest in the country by a large margin,” he said. “It’s very frustrating.”

More than 90 Chamber members attended this year’s Montgomery Drive-In event. Day One began at the Alabama Department of Archives and History with a panel discussion on education featuring Representative Bill Poole, Chair of the House Ways and Means Education Committee; Representative Terri Collins, Chair of the House Education Policy Committee; and Department of Education Superintendent Michael Sentance.

At the close of the event, Billy Canary presented Rep. South with the BCA Business Champion Award for his work on HB 36, the Alabama Small Business and Agribusiness Jobs Act, which passed with no opposition. HB 36 authorizes a tax credit of $1,500 per employee for a small business that hires a new, full-time resident of Alabama in a job that pays at least $40,000 a year. The bill defines a

The panel discussed ways the Department of Education and the legislature planned to work together moving forward to improve student performance, particularly in lowscoring subjects such as math and science. The group then moved on to the Joint Briefing Room at the Alabama State House, where they were joined by Department of Mental Health Commissioner Jim Perdue and Representative Chris England, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, for a discussion on prison reform. England, when asked about proposed plans to build new prisons in the state, said he felt better solutions can be found in assisting those with mental health and substance abuse problems. Following the discussion, the group observed the legislature in session, and then attended a reception hosted by the Business Council of Alabama, where attendees met with legislators.

The Business Council of Alabama’s Billy Canary, right, honors Rep. Kyle South.

small business as having 75 or fewer employees, is qualified to do business in Alabama, and is headquartered in or has its principal place of business in the state. The bill also authorizes an additional $1,000 tax credit for hiring a recently deployed and unemployed veteran of the U.S. Armed Services.

Day Two of the event kicked off with a workforce development discussion with Ed Castille of the Department of Commerce and Jeff Lynn of the Alabama Community College System.

“Small businesses are the grass roots of the commercial world and those roots support many families and commerce in small towns and large cities,” says Jim Page, President and CEO of the Chamber.

Castille spoke highly of West Alabama, and of the efforts to improve workforce development in Region 3. “It’s a tough thing getting people ready to go into the workplace; it starts in Pre-K,” he said. “You can’t say enough good things about Region 3.”

Rep. Christopher England addresses the delegation on prison reform.

The two-day event closed with a luncheon at the Retirement Systems of Alabama Plaza Terrace, where Dr. David Bronner, CEO of RSA, spoke to the group. Sponsors for the 2017 Montgomery Drive-In were The University of Alabama; TTL, Inc.; Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; D.T. & Freight Co., Inc. and Southland Benefit Solutions.

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EAR INFECTIONS IN CHILDREN Did you know the most common reason parents take their children to the doctor is for middle ear infections? They account for 35% of all pediatrician visits and 3 out of 4 children will have an ear infection before they are 3 years old. The peak incidence is 7 to 9 months old. The most common ear infection is located in the middle of the ear between the external and inner ear. It extends from the oval to the round window. The ears have Eustachian tubes, which their main functions are to drain fluids from the middle ear. The tube connects the middle ear with the nasopharynx that is associated with the throat. Children and adults have very different Eustachian tubes, which is why children are so much more likely to have chronic ear infections. The shape and directional alignment of the canals vary greatly. The Eustachian tubes in a child is parallel while adults are at an angle. The shape of the canal and its relationship to the ear infections is significant due to its ability to drain bacteria build up. The child’s tube is more likely to have the fluid filled with bacteria to be sedentary verse the adults, which is optimal for fluid movement due to the angle. So what do you do if your child is fussy and having issues with one or both of their ears? There are things you can do besides medication to help them feel better and more the fluid out of the Eustachian tube. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that the best approach for an ear infection is to “watch and wait”. They do not even recommend routine antibiotics for this condition, and say that most heal at the same rate whether you take meds or simply wait it out. Here are some tips for preventing ear infections and helping with the pain if one is present.

Warm Olive Oil: Take a tablespoon and using steam over the stove, warm up some olive oil. Either using a medicine dropper or a cotton ball, drop the olive oil into the irritated area. This helps to soothe the ear and reduce swelling. Colloidal Silver: Putting colloidal silver in the ear will help to kill any bacteria congregating in the ear canal. Killing off these bacteria will help to reduce the swelling, which will help with the overall pain. Colloidal silver has been used a very long time to help with inflammation, speed healing, and boost cell recovery. Chiropractic Adjustments: If the bones in the top of your baby’s neck become restricted, the muscles around the area cannot contract and work properly. Lymph nodes need properly functioning muscles to contract in order to flush out the fluid and congestion that pools in that area. Gentle adjustments to the neck area help to reduce spasm and allow for normal motion of the neck, which offers tremendous relief. Reduce or eliminate dairy products: The association between cow milk consumption and recurrent ear infections in susceptible children has been documented for 50 years. The link is thought to be due to milk allergies that can cause a significant change in pressure in the ear and obstruction in the Eustachian tubes. In conclusion, middle ear infections are very common in infants and children, peaking at 7 to 9 months. Professionals recommend waiting it out to see if symptoms improve before diving into antibiotics, but you could try these natural remedies to help speed along the recovery time and give your child some relief.

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ALL OUT OF FAITH// SOUTHERN WOMEN ON SPIRITUALITY Edited by Wendy

Reed, Jennifer Horne H. L. Mencken first identified the South as the “Bible Belt” in the 1920s. To be sure, religion shapes and defines even those Southerners who don’t think of themselves as particularly religious. Practically no one who grows up Southern can escape being shaped, stimulated, harmed, or informed by religion and spirituality. All Out of Faith gives voice to southern women writers who represent a broad spectrum of faiths, Catholic to Baptist, Jewish to Buddhist, and points in between. These essays and stories reveal that southern culture has always reserved a special place for strong women of passion. Frances Mayes and Barbara Kingsolver investigate the importance of place. Dorothy Allison, among others, writes of the transformative power of art; in her case, of a painting of Jesus she loved as a child. Lee Smith is one of several women who write of religious fervor; she recalls the excitement of being saved, not once but many times, until her parents made her stop. Vicki Covington and Mab Segrest describe their conflicts between faith and sexuality. Pauli Murray, the first black female Episcopal priest, and Jessica Roskin, who became a Jewish cantor, tell of remaining within their original religious tradition while challenging their traditional roles. Contributors: Shirley Abbott, Dorothy Allison, Vicki Covington, Susan Ktchin, Sue Monk Kidd, Cassandra King, Barbara Kingsolver, Frances Mayes, Diane McWhorter, Pauli Murray, Sena Jeter Naslund, Sylvia Rhue, Jessica Roskin, Mab Segrest, Lee Smith, Jeanie Thompson, Jan Willis. Wendy Reed is Producer-Director at The University of Alabama Center for Public Television. Jennifer Horne is the editor of Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets and the poetry book-review editor for First Draft, the journal of the Alabama Writers Forum. “All Out of Faith is about going away from God and coming back again, birth and death, renewal. This is a wonderful collection of stories about faith and love. I thought that I could pick out my favorite, but I couldn’t put one before another.”— Barbara Robinette Moss, author of Fierce

and Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter "Accepting that 'every Southerner has been shaped by religion in some form or fashion,' Reed and Horne have assembled 16 reflections that allow very personal glimpses of the many types of spiritual 'shaping' women have embraced and/or endured. The first piece--'That Old-Time Religion,' by Arkansas memoirist Shirley Abbott-sets a high standard as it plunges the reader into a vivid and saucy vision of Abbott's youthful 'born again' Baptist experiences. Other contributors include a preacher's wife; a woman who, as a girl, witnessed Birmingham's 1960's anti-segregation movements; a BaptistBuddhist professor; the first black female Episcopalian priest; closeted and uncloseted lesbians; and a Jewish cantor. The range of experience is intriguing. Among the better-known contributors are Barbara Kingsolver, Lee Smith, Frances Mayes, and Dorothy Allison. The collection's ambiguous title recognizes the fact that the stories illustrate women becoming devoid of faith as well as women constructing meaningful lives because of faith. This accessible book will be especially useful for those interested in religious studies and women's studies. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers; all levels." —CHOICE

The University of Alabama Press is a proud member of the Association of American University Presses. The Press currently publishes 70-75 new titles a year and has over 1,800 titles in print. It is a founding member of the University Press Content Consortium and is at the cutting edge of digital publishing. The Press is the publishing arm of the University of Alabama.

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NEW CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS ALABAMA CHOIR SCHOOL MARCH 9 “A new community outreach program from Christ Episcopal Church continues with a choral concert on Thursday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m.,” announced Tyler Canonico, organist and assistant music director. “The Ambassador and Chamber Choirs of the Alabama Choir School will appear in Christ Church Randall Hall on the corner of 7th St. and Lurleen Wallace Blvd., and will be conducted by Doff Proctor, artistic director. These choirs consist of young people from the fifth through the twelfth grades.” The students at the Alabama Choir School, formed in 1985, learn music theory, vocal technique and music history by performing the finest repertory of diverse styles and cultures. The choir school teaches the young people to strive for excellence through hard work, good manners and team dynamics. Christ Episcopal Church has long had a tradition of bringing fine music to the Tuscaloosa community. From the Tuscaloosa Boychoir and the Karen Nicolosi Concert Series to the acclaimed Alabama Choir School, the community outreach of Christ Church has brought art and culture to hundreds of area residents. “This project, called Concerts & Culture at Christ Church, is designed to broaden the outreach and to bring quality arts performances including music, drama, dance and visual arts to the community,” said Canonico. “We began the series with an organ recital, continued with a voice recital, and now will offer a choral concert.” The Concerts & Culture at Christ Church programs are free and open to the public. Childcare will be provided at the church, 605 Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd, Tuscaloosa. For information call Tyler Canonico at 205-758-4252 ext. 123 or email tcanonico@christchurch1828.org.

CHAMBER NEWS, continued from page 5 WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP ALLIANCE TO WELCOME CONNIE HILL OF GIRLS INC. AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER The Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama will welcome Connie Hill, CEO of Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, as the guest speaker for their Spring Luncheon Thursday, April 13 at 11:30 a.m. Girls Inc. of Central Alabama is a United Way Agency that inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Hill will be speaking on the topic of “Why Mentors Matter.” Proceeds from the luncheon, which will be held at the Cypress Inn Pavilion, will provide assistance to local organizations that include the Tuscaloosa Public Library, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Arts ‘n Autism. Tickets for the event are $30 per person. Register for the luncheon by visiting bit. ly/2017WLAluncheon. The Presenting Sponsor for the event is Pass Family LLC. Gold Sponsors are Burnum-Hahn Exterminators, Inc. and Chick-fil-A.

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JASON’S DELI//STILL THE BEST SALAD BAR IN TOWN

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s a true fan of full disclosure, I have to remind my readers that I’m a dietitian. However, despite my nutrition expertise, I would still rate Jason’s Deli as having the best salad bar in town. As a lover of all foods, the perfect lunch spot for me offers a variety of things so that my cravings are never limited. Because let’s be honest, there are always those friends that we go to lunch with that never seem to be craving the same things that we are. Enter Jason’s Deli…the epitome of lunch variety in Tuscaloosa. Sure it’s a place with multiple locations across the country, but despite the lack of “mom and pop shop” appeal, there’s obviously something good about the place that continues to keep it busy after all these years in Tuscaloosa. Perusing the menu, one may notice that besides the awesome salad bar, Jason’s has a plethora of soup and sandwich options. Whether it’s a hearty cold sandwich like the California Club or a hot Panini or muffaletta monostrocity, Jason’s has you covered. Now if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, penne pasta with meatballs or chicken Alfredo might be calling your name. If you’re more of a potato lover, the pollo Mexicano potato boasts quite a large baked potato stuffed with grilled chicken, cheddar, sour cream, butter, pico de gallo, and Southwest spices. Jason’s was long ago a favorite lunch spot of my mine when first dating my husband. This week I realized that it had been quite a while since we visited our old lunch spot. Heading over to the Tuscaloosa Jason’s Deli, I was surprised at the amount of remodeling that had been done to the establishment. The place was still just as spacious as ever with an update of increased booth seating

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and gorgeous pictures of the menu items around every corner. One of the biggest things that caught my eye was the featured “Super Slaw Salmon Salad” developed with MD Anderson Cancer Center. Curiously scanning the description, I was pleasantly surprised that the salad included tri-colored organic quinoa mixed with a super slaw of kale, broccoli, cabbage, and carrots, tossed with a wasabi mustard-honey vinaigrette, along with a cranberry walnut mix and an ample portion of wild Alaska sockeye salmon filet. With all that said, we can definitely agree that it was a salad that only the healthiest of the healthy could have dreamed up.

Jason’s Deli is located as 2346 McFarland Boulevard East and open seven days a week. Tweet us @ThePlanetWeekly and let us know where you are eating! Sheena Gregg, MS, RDN,LD is a registered dietitian and local “Filipino foodie.” Follow her on Twitter @AFilipinoFoodie

Despite how amazing the Super Slaw Salmon Salad sounded, I knew my heart wanted Jason’s famous salad bar. There’s nowhere else in town that I’m able to get ample portions of spring mix, crunchy refreshing vegetables, and sides of hummus, potato salad, quinoa, pasta salad, nuts, and dried fruit. Even after enjoying the gorgeous salad bar, the grand finale for me is always the free soft serve ice cream. Though I don’t know what may be in your rotation of favorite lunch locations, I encourage you to have Jason’s Deli as part of your routine. There are few places in Tuscaloosa that offer such a variety of options while also having such an ample salad bar. Sure the location is a “chain” but the employees are anything but. What the restaurant may lack in small local establishment is made up in the friendly service of the staff and the amazing menu that the restaurant has to offer.

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ost breweries have a line of core offerings that are available to their fans all year-round, but more valuable to the craft beer drinker are the beers that are only available seasonally. These seasonal beers are usually more expensive to produce and a way for the brewer to offer something that’s a little more fun and exciting to the end consumer. Such is the case with Cigar City’s White Oak Jai Alai, a variation on their year-round Jai Alai India Pale Ale offering. This beer is only available twice during the year and when it’s released into the wild, it’s usually purchased rather quickly. Luckily, I was able to locate a four pack so I could enjoy the magic of this beer. Here are my thoughts: First of all, the can for this beer is probably my least favorite aspect, because, well, the Jai Alai can is just not appealing to me in the first place. So, adding a wood textured look to the can in black and white really makes me hate it, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts and luckily, the stuff on the inside is incredible. I poured this beer into a pint glass and immediately you notice the amber, orange color with a little bit of haze and about two finger widths of fluffy white foam resting on top. There’s a bit of light lacing on the glass as the beer settles. One thing that sets this beer apart to me is the fact that this beer smells very different than the original Jai Alai. There’s still a little

bit of those orange and pine aromas, but with this version, you get a nice dose of vanilla in the nose. This small change is what does it for me with this beer. That little bit of vanilla ties everything together and mellows out the nose. It’s almost like sherbet or something with the orange notes from the hops and the vanilla from the oak spirals. Just incredible. Taste is yet again another masterpiece from Cigar City. You get those great notes of orange and pine, but like the nose, you get a nice taste of vanilla that smoothes the flavor out. You get a nice taste of the oak as well and it makes this beer so easy to drink. Up front it’s all orange and pine, but as the sip continues, you start to pick up that vanilla and it carries you through the rest of the sip. I seriously love how this beer tastes. As far as mouthfeel, you would think that with it being oak-aged that it would be heavy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This beer is soft on the tongue with the carbonation and the hop bite at the end sticks to the back of your cheeks and gives you that twinge that a good, juicy IPA should. Overall, this beer is incredible and every time I see it, I freak out and buy it immediately. Like I said earlier, it’s a seasonal offering so you won’t be able to sip on this one all year long. Find it. Drink it. Repeat.

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his wine had the mouthfeel of Gerry Garcia’s hair. Yuck! Part of the Wines That Rock series, this wine was the Grateful Dead Wine red blend. Per the bottle, the alcohol content was 14.5% and the fruit came from Mendocino County, California. The Wines That Rock series has five different wines in the series, with the Grateful Dead wine being one of them. Having recently reviewed the Wines That Rock Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Red, I was surprised at the significant difference in enjoyability of the Grateful Dead wine. According to the wine’s website, the Grateful Dead wine was made “… from premium Mendocino County fruit, blending a one-of-a-kind wine with Rock ‘n Roll mythology.” Grateful Dead Wine Review Grateful Dead WineI tasted the 2010 vintage of this wine. Let’s start with the positives. The cork was in great shape and the wine exhibited a dark and deep plum color.

The legs were many and thick in the glass. The nose was aromatic with cherry and black raspberry notes. OK, on to the taste, mouthfeel and finish. The taste of this wine was bitter and of pepper and green melon skin. The pepper wasn’t so bad. In fact, the bottle advertised “peppered bacon” as a flavor to watch for. But, definitely no bacon. I would know, I love bacon. The mouthfeel was like yarn. Not pleasant. The finish was short, but even that was too long. Bitter tannins that reminded me of stems. Overall, I was very surprised at how much I did not enjoy this Grateful Dead wine. It’s possible I got a bad bottle, but I’m not going to give this one another try. If you try this series, skip the Grateful Dead wine and go for the Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon wine. It’s much much better. Speaking of reviews, check out my review of the Wall Street Journal Wine Club, which I joined. Includes price, Pros and Cons and pictures of what I received.

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BASIC QUICK MIX AND RECIPES With an easy basic quick mix, you can make a wide variety of inexpensive homemade biscuits, breads, and other baked goods. This mix is easy to make and store and great for any family on a tight budget. Basic Quick Mix Recipe

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Mon-Wed 11am–9pm Thur-Sat 11am–10pm Sun 11am–9pm www.tacomamaonline.com

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.

301 Bistro (Was L&N Train Station) 764-1395 Casual Dining, Full Bar and Beer Garden 301 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa Mon-Sat 4–11PM Sun 11am-9pm www.301bistro.com

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.

Cook Out 100 15th St E, Tuscaloosa Fast-food chain known for its drive-thru BBQ, burgers & more than 40 milkshake flavors. Thur-Fri 11:00am-4:00am Sat-Wed 11:00am-3:00am www.cookout.com

10 c. all-purpose flour 1 1/4 c. nonfat dry milk 1/3 c. baking powder 1 tbsp. salt 2 c. vegetable shortening (room temperature)

CountryPride Restaurant 3501 Buttermilk Rd // 554.0215 www.ta.travelcenters.com Breakfast 24 hours. Lunch and Dinner buffet.

Measure flour into a large bowl. Stir in baking powder, dry milk, and salt, mixing well. Use an electric mixer on medium speed to mix shortening into other ingredients until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.

Holler & Dash 1130 University Blvd A-1, Tuscaloosa//752-3310 Sun-Thur 7am–2pm Fri-Sat 7am–9pm Sun 7am-2pm www.holleranddash.com

Storing mix:

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

Store basic quick mix in a ziploc bag or container with a tight lid. This mix can be stored at room temperature about 2 weeks. Will keep a couple of months in refrigerator or freezer. Bring mix to room temperature before using.

Mr. Bill's Family Restaurant 2715 McFarland Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 333.9312 Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd *402 | Tuscaloosa // 366.8780

Using mix:

Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip | Tuscaloosa // 342.0022

Do not sift mix for recipes. Stir lightly before measuring mix. When measuring mix into a bowl, level off measuring cup with the straight edge of a knife.

Rama Jama’s 1000 Bryant Dr // 750.0901 Closest restaurant to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Basic Biscuits

Sweet Home Food Bar 2218 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 764-9346 Mon.-Fri. Mon-Sat 9am–9pm Sun- 10am-3pm

2 c. basic quick mix 1/2 c. water Stir together quick mix and water. Turn dough onto a lightly floured board, kneading lightly. Roll 1/2 inch thick. Cut with biscuit cutter and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Note: For drop biscuits, increase water to 2/3 cup. After mixing flour and water together, drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. 1/3 c. grated cheese can be added to dough before dropping onto cookie sheet. Basic Muffins

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

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

Basic Pancakes

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 2321 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa//409-8344 Mon-Thur 10am–10pm Fri-SAt 10am–12am Sun 10am-10pm | www.fuzzystacoshop.com

c. basic quick mix tsp. sugar egg, beaten c. water

Iguana Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 752.5895 Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill 2001 New Watermelon Rd | Northport // 342.3378

Stir sugar into quick mix. Add water and egg. Pour pancakes onto heated griddle, turning pancakes when bubbles appear on the pancake surface.

LaGran Fiesta 9770 Hwy 69 S // 345.8871 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

The Internet is a great source for more quick mix recipes. Just type "quick mix recipes" into your favorite search engine!

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

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T-Town Café 500 14th Street, Tuscaloosa | 759-5559 |www.ttowncafe.com Mon - Fri 6am - 3pm; Sat - Closed; Sun 10:30am - 3pm

Don Tono's 2312 4th Street | Temerson Square // 345.9191

Stir sugar into quick mix. Add water and egg. Fill greased muffin tins 2/3 c. full and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Variation: Add 1/2 c. of favorite chopped fruit.

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe 1800 McFarland Blvd E, | Tuscaloosa// 331-4070 Casual, health-conscious cafe featuring custom smoothies, sandwiches & wraps. Mon-Thur 6:30am–9:30pm Fri-7am-9pm Sun-10:30-8pm

Chuy's 1320 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 349-4947 Sun-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm www.chuys.com

2 c. basic quick mix 4 tsp. sugar 1 egg, beaten 2/3 c. water

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Pepito’s (2 locations) 1203 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9028 1301 McFarland Blvd NE // 391.4861 Taco Mama Tuscaloosa 2104 University Blvd A, Tuscaloosa

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. 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. 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/ The Side by Side Restaurant 2410 University Blvd. | Embassy Suites | 561-2500 thesidebysiderestaurant.com River 1650 Jack Warner Pkwy NE, Tuscaloosa//632-3801 Tue,Wed,Thur-11am–2pm, 5:30–9PM Fri-11am–2pm, 5–10pm Sat-10am–1pm, 5–10 Sun-10am–1pm Closed Monday www.rivertuscaloosa.com

JAPANESE

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. Pokirrito 68 (was Ezell's Southern Food Express) 220 15th St E, Tuscaloosa Sushi Bar

ITALIAN

Broadway Pizzeria 2880 Rice Mine Road Northeast Tuscaloosa, // 391.6969 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 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 Olive Garden 2100 McFarland Blvd E // 750-0321 Open daily from 11 a.m. | www.olivegarden.com

CASUAL DINING

Avenue Pub 405 23rd Avenue // Tuscaloosa Brunch, lunch, and dinner. Specialty cocktails, local pints, bottled beer, and wine. Mon - Fri. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sat. Noon – 11 p.m., Sun.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 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.

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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 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 Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers//764-9097 315 15th St, Tuscaloosa Fri-Sat 10:30am–11:00pm Sun-Thur 10:30am–10:00pm www.freddysusa.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. Heritage House 700 Towncenter | Northport // 758.0042 Open Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hooligan’s 1915 University Blvd // 759.2424 From hamburgers to hummus. Open daily 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. The Kitchen 2322 4th St, Tuscaloosa//331-4731 Tue-Fri 8am–3pm Sat-Sun 9am-9pm Closed Sunday 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 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. Nothing But Noodles 1320 McFarland Blvd E #530// 349-2900 www.nothingbutnoodles.com Pastas, Salads, Soups, Desserts Fri-Sat 10:30am–10:30pm Sun-Thur 10:30am-9:30pm O’Charley’s 3799 McFarland Blvd // 556.5143 Open daily lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch // www.ocharleys.com Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 366.8780 www.panerabread.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 Sitar Indian Cuisine 500 15th St // 345-1419 Southern Ale House 1530 McFarland Blvd N Monday-Thursday 11a-9p, Friday-Saturday 11a-10p Sunday Brunch 11a-2p A warm and inviting restaurant just north of the river with both classic and contemporary interpretations of Southern Cuisine. We boast a large variety of local craft beers on tap and other options in bottle for our beer loving constituents. Wine and Signature cocktails Southland Restaurant 5388 Skyland Blvd E // 556.3070 Steaks, chops and home-cooked vegetables Mon–Fri 10:45 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sweet Home Food Bar www.sweethomefoodbaral.com//764-9346 Mon-Sat 9am–9pm Sun- 10am-3pm

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, 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 Walton's 915 Patriot Pkwy, Tuscaloosa//752-1693 Wings and much more Mon-Sat 9am-10pm Closed Sun waltonstuscaloosa.com 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 (3 locations) 9770 Alabama 69; Midtown; and 13544 Hwy 43 North at Rose Blvd. in Northport. Texas Barbecue. | 344.6500 1800 McFarland Blvd, Midtown Village, Tuscaloosa. | 758-1133 13544 Hwy 43 North, Winn Dixie Shopping Center, Northport. | 330-1147 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. Full Moon BBQ 1434 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 366-3555 (sports Grill) Mon-Thur 10am–9pm Fri-Sat 10am–10pm Sun 11am-9pm 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 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

Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe 1800 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 344-6444 Mon-Sat 11am-9pm Sun 11am-8pm

Longhorn Steakhouse 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 345-8244 #412

Urban Cookhouse 1490 Northbank Parkway #110, Tuscaloosa// 561-6999 We use the freshest ingredients available with an emphasis on supporting the local farmer Mon-Sun 10am–9pm//www.urbancookhouse.com

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.

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 BurgerFi 1320 McFarland Blvd E #510, Tuscaloosa//759-2510 Stylish, eco-minded chain serving grass-fed beef burgers, plus hot dogs, craft beer & wine. Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:00pm Sun-Thur 10:30am-11:00pm order.burgerfi.com/menu/tuscaloosa

Outback Steakhouse 5001 Oscar Baxter Dr // 759.9000 R. Davidson Chophouse 2330 4th St. /Downtown Tuscaloosa/ 2056148782 We specialize in traditional American steakhouse fare including filets, New York strips, ribeyes, porterhouses, and more.The wine list and cocktail menus are exceptional and rotate with the seasons. Reservations are available online at rdchophouse.com or by phone. Hours - Tues–Fri. Lunch – 11:00am – 2:00pm; Cocktail Hour – 4:00pm; Dinner – 5:00pm - untill. Saturday: Lunch – 11:00am 4:00pm; Cocktail Hour – 4:00pm; Dinner – 5:00pm - until. Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - until Texas Roadhouse 1363 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 759-2596 Fri-Sat 11am–11pm Sun-11am-10pm Mon-Thur 3pm-10pm www.texasroadhouse.com 43 Prime Steakhouse 13620 Highway 43 N Northport// 331-5800 Monday-Thursday 4:30-9 Friday-Saturday 11-10 Closed Sunday

Billy's Sports Grill Historic Downtown Northport // 879.2238

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SEAFOOD

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. Red Lobster 2620 McFarland Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.553.8810 Sun-Thurs 11AM-10PM//Fri & Sat 11AM-11PM Reservations Accepted Take-Out Available Private Dining Area Available for Advanced Booking (Lunch Specials Available Mon-Fri 11AM-3PM) Shrimp Basket 3249 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa//469-9786 Mon-Fri 10:30am–9pm www.shrimpbasket.com The Levee Bar and Grill 1 Bridge Ave | Northport // 632.3136 Casual riverfront dining Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 AM-9 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-10 PM, Sun 10:30 AM-3 PM (Happy Hour Mon-Thurs 2 PM-6 PM) leveebarandgrill.com

CHINESE

Buffet City 1747 Skyland Blvd E // 553.3308 All you can eat buffet. Open 7 days a week. Chang’s Chinese Restaurant 1825 McFarland Blvd N // 391.9131 China Fun 2600 University Blvd | Alberta City // 553.2435 Chongwah Express 1425 McFarland Boulevard, Northport. 333-1088 Hot Wok Express 6571 Alabama 69, Tuscaloosa// 758-0148 Mon-Sat 10:30am–8pm 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 New China Fun 4213 University Blvd E, Tuscaloosa//553-2435 Mon-Thur 11am–9:30pm Fri-Sat 11am–10:30pm Sun 12–9:30PM Panda Express 636 15th St E// 343-6888 Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:00pm Sun-11:00am-9:00pm Mon-Thur 10:30am-9:30pm www.pandaexpress.com 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

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 Chuck E. Cheese's Midtown Village, 500, Tuscaloosa St//979-3420 Mon-Thur 11am-9pm Fri-11am-10pm Sat-9am-10pm 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 | www.littlecaesars.com (Second location) 5980 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa// 331-8150 Little Italy 1130 University Blvd. // 345.4354 Marco’s Pizza 1021 McFarland Blvd, Northport// 330-4555 Mon-Thur 11am–10pm Fri-Sat 11am–11pm Sun 3–10PM | http://www.marcos.com Mellow Mushroom 2230 University Blvd | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 758.0112 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

Pyros Fire Fresh Pizza 1320 McFarland Blvd E #270, Tuscaloosa//248-7343 Mon-Fri 10:30am-10pm www.pyrospizza.com Tut’s Place 1306 University Blvd | The Strip // 759.1004

DELICATESSEN

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. 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 Manna Grocery & Deli 2300 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 752.9955 McAlister’s Deli (2 locations) 101 15th St | Tuscaloosa // 758.0039 3021 Tyler Dr | Northport // 330.7940 Sandwiches, salads and spuds www.mcalistersdeli.com 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 // Fresh ingredients, great sandwiches. 764.1673

ASIAN CUISINE

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. 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

COFFEE SHOP

Barnes & Noble 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 349.6366 Five Java Coffee, fresh juices, smoothies and treats from Mary's Cakes. Open Monday - Saturday at 7am; 9am on Sundays Heritage House 700 Towncenter | Northport // 758.0042 Open Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Krispy Kreme Doughnut 1400 McFarland Blvd // 758.6913 //www.krispykreme.com Starbucks (2 locations) 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 343.2468 1901 13th Ave East | inside Super Target // 462.1064 starbucks.com

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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 Yogurt Mountain 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 342.1484 Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - midnight

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hen it was released in Germany back in 2014, director & co-writer Eran Creevy’s uninspired but bulletriddled crime thriller “Collide” went by the title “Autobahn” since segments of this saga careened around on those high-speed highways. Indeed, the most exciting scenes in “Collide” take place on the highway, when our resilient but reckless hero smashes and crashes several cars. “xXx: Return of Zander Cage” scenarist F. Scott Frazier collaborated on the script with Creevy, best known for an earlier thriller “Welcome to the Punch” (2013), co-starring James McAvoy, Mark Strong, and David Morrissey. Frazier and Creevy have assembled all the usual clichés in a story reminiscent of Quentin Tarantino’s script for Tony Scott’s classic 1993 movie “True Romance,” with Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. “Collide” interweaves a love story with vehicular mayhem. Naturally, collision qualifies as a recurring theme. Two twentysomething Americans living abroad run into each other during a rave and become romantically inseparable. Initially, she refuses to have anything to do with him unless he stops selling narcotics for a psychotic Turkish drug dealer. Eventually, he discovers that she needs a kidney transplant. Meantime, our troubled hero agrees to participate in a multimillion-dollar narcotics hijacking to pay for her transplant with his cut of the loot. Our hero is far from prepared for the consequences when things go sideways. British actor Nicholas Hoult and British actress Felicity Jones are adequately cast as two woebegone Americans who lock horns with an affluent German millionaire and his army of predatory gunmen. The millionaire wants them because our hero stole a truckload of cocaine from him. Scores of pistol-packing Germans scramble after him both in cars as well as on foot. Mind you, the adrenaline-laced, pedal-to-themetal chase scenes are gripping, but the hero and heroine qualify as thinly-etched characters, with little to distinguish them apart from their chemistry with each other. Oscar-winning actors Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley garner considerably less screen time as rival villains, but they deliver scene-stealing performances that should distract you from Hoult and Jones. “Collide” literally amounts

to a collision not only between the hero and heroine, but everybody else involved in this derivative, run-of-the-mill, PG-13 rated melodrama that inserts at least one surprise during its sinewy, 99-minute running time. Casey Stein (Nicholas Hoult of “Mad Max: Fury Road”) has fled from America because he jacked one too many vehicles. Now, he works as a henchman for Geran (Ben Kingsley of “Iron Man 3”) who operates a racetrack as well as a bordello. Meantime, when Casey isn’t running Geran’s errands, he samples the night life around Cologne, Germany. One evening, he encounters an attractive barkeep, Juliette Marne (Felicity Jones of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”), and they discuss the metaphysics of fate governing their lives. Predictably, the two hit it off and shack up, but not before Casey renounces all ties to Geran at Juliette’s insistence. Our two love-birds experience a momentary setback when Casey discovers that Juliette hasn’t been entirely honest about herself. After mysteriously collapsing, she winds up at a local hospital, must undergo dialysis, and learns that she needs a $200-thousand-dollar kidney transplant since she isn’t a German citizen. Afterward, we see our sympathetic heroine attached to a dialysis machine, as this far-fetched, B-movie thriller veers momentarily into reality. Frustrated with his grueling, junk yard job and unable to pay for Juliette’s transplant, Casey goes back to Geran. Geran, Casey, and Geran’s other henchman Matthias (Marwan Kenzari of the recent “Ben-Hur” remake) concoct a daring plan to steal a tractortrailer load of drugs that belong to a legitimate but larcenous businessman, Hagen Kahl

(Anthony Hopkins of “Silence of the Lambs”), who traffics in thousands of golf balls filled with cocaine. Naturally, Juliette knows nothing about Casey’s recidivism. Once he has gone back into business with Geran, Casey refuses to inform on to Kahl after his henchmen capture him. Casey’s love for Juliette is such that he refuses to give up despite the overwhelming odds against him. Meantime, Kahl and Geran have worked together in the past, but the ambitious Geran wants to be his partner rather than merely an accomplice. Geran demands more than Kahl is willing to concede, and Kahl’s reluctance prompts Geran to rob him, with Casey and Matthias performing the deed. “Collide” doesn’t look like a big screen movie despite its abundance of talent and action. Legendary action producer Joel Silver, who produced cinematic blockbusters for Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Mel Gibson back

in the halcyon 1990s, provided the financing for the careening, runaway auto chases that degenerate into dizzy demolition derbies. Nevertheless, despite its muscular $21 million budget, “Collide” resembles an average, low-octane, straight-to-video thriller release. Fortunately, Frazier and Creevy keep our hero jumping through one metaphorical flaming hoop after another without let-up so he is sufficiently challenged. Sadly, whatever momentum the film occasionally generates is undercut by the wholly predictable nature of the action. Not long after the villains capture Casey, they learn about his relationship with Juliette, and she becomes a traditional damsel-in-distress who cannot defend herself. According to his voice-over narration, Casey insists that his deep love for Juliette justifies one crime after another that he resorts to for her benefit. As a shrewd strategy to grab audiences, Creevy and Frazier kick-start “Collide” with a bracing car chase and crash on the autobahn and then plunge viewers into a flashback that continues until everything comes full circle. As well-intentioned as Casey Stein is as a hero, he isn’t a particularly admirable character, and he cannot drive worth a diddly squat. Not surprisingly, our hero and heroine live happily ever after, and the bad guys get their comeuppance, but little about “Collide” is groundbreaking. As a double-dyed villain, Anthony Hopkins enlivens every scene, and Ben Kingsley is just as entertaining as his antagonist. You won’t miss anything if you wait for this routine thriller to show up as a streaming Netflix rental.

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Alabama Women's Gymnastics vs. Iowa State University WHEN: 7:30pm-12:00am COST: $5-$10 WHERE: Coleman Coliseum 1201 Coliseum Circle Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 348-2262 LINK: http://www.rolltide.com/index. aspx?path=wgym DESCRIPTION: Come support the University of Alabama's Women's Gymnastics when they compete against Iowa State University. Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:30pm in the Coleman Coliseum.

SATURDAY, MAR 11

State Youth Open Bowling WHEN: 9:00am and 12:00am COST: WHERE: Leland Bowling Lanes 1125 26th Ave. E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 PHONE: (205) 553-3467 LINK: DESCRIPTION: State Youth Open Bowling at Leland Lanes

SATURDAY, MAR 11

Farmers Market WHEN: 7:00am and 12:00pm COST: Free WHERE: Tuscaloosa River Market 1900 Jack Warner Pkwy Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 248-5295 LINK: http://www. tuscaloosarivermarket.com/ DESCRIPTION: The River Market opened in May 2012. Vendors set up ripe red tomatoes and famous Chilton County peaches. Musicians sit propped up against the door, playing guitars as you walk in, and freshly brewed iced tea is for sale to help battle the heat. Additionally, local Food Trucks, bakers, artists, and craftsmen gather here to sell their gourmet grub, fresh-baked yeast rolls, homemade jams and jellies and hand-carved cutting boards. Popular summer foods include tomatoes, Chilton County peaches, squash, corn, and local honey. The Farmers Market at the River Market is open from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays ALL YEAR LONG and on Tuesdays (from Memorial Day through Thanksgiving). Now accepting: EBT/ SNAP/SFMNP/WIC, cash, credit, and debit. Come on y'all, eat local!

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WHERE: Rhythm & Brews 2308 4th S Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 248-7181 LINK: http://rhythmnbrews.com/ DESCRIPTION: Thursday, March 16th - Agro/Snow will take the stage, doors open at 5pm; Friday, March 17th - Smoke n Guns will take the stage, doors open at 5pm; Saturday, March 18th - Whiskey River will take the stage, doors open at 7pm Rhythm & Brews 2308 4th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

THURSDAY, MAR 16

Joe & Jana to Perform in Sandbar at Cypress Inn Thursday March 16 WHEN: 6:00pm-8:00pm COST: Free WHERE: Druid City Music Hall 1307 University Blvd Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 345-6963 LINK: cypressinnrestaurant.com DESCRIPTION: Joe & 'Jana, an acoustic duo playing original & covers, will be performing in the Sandbar Lounge at the Cypress Inn, Thursday, March 16. Joe & Jana are described as "blending their shared Americana, Country, & Gospel roots."

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Green Bar Presents: Burn the Harlot with Dusk Before Dawn WHEN: 3:00pm-6:00pm COST: $5 WHERE: Green Bar 2350 4th St Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 366-0913 LINK: http://greenbarttown.com/ DESCRIPTION: When: Saturday March 18th @ 10:30pm, doors open @ 8pm Where: Green Bar 2209 4th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 TUESDAY, Mar 21 Druid City Music Hall Presents: SunSquabi WHEN: 7:30pm-12:00am COST: $12-$15 WHERE: Druid City Music Hall 1307 University Blvd Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 523-7833 LINK: http://druidcitymusichall.com/ DESCRIPTION: FSunSquabi Tickets: $12 in Advance - $15 Day of Show. Doors: 7:30 PM Show: 8:30 PM This is an All Ages Event * Attendees Under 16 Must Be Accompanied By A Ticketed, Adult Guardian "ticketFast" Method of Delivery is suggested, print at home tickets can be physically printed out or displayed on your phone to be scanned at the door. No refunds or exchanges

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n Saturday, Mar 11 Saturn //Colony House Uptown at the BJCC//Balloonacy

n Saturday, Mar 11 Andrew Jackson Theater//The Worship Tour w/ Travis Greene

n Saturday, Mar 11 Fabulous Fox Theatre//Norah Jones The Buckhead Theatre//The Naked Magicians The Masquerade//Senses Fail

n Sunday, Mar 12 Tennessee Performing Arts Center//The final Days of Wolfe Tone Samford University//Harlem Globetrotters Iron City//Josh Turner Saturn//Neko Case Ryman Auditorium//Gordon Lightfoot n Tuesday, Mar 14 Iron City//Get The Led Out n Thursday, Mar 16 Iron City//Dwight Yoakam

n Friday, Mar 17 Lyric Theatre//Sam Bush The Crystal Lounge//Whitechapel Avondale Brewing Company//Zoso & Appetite For Destruction Saturn//Webb Wilder n Saturday, Mar 19 Ryman Auditorium//Norah Jones

n Monday Mar 20 Workplay Theatre//Randy and Mr. Lahey Ryman Auditorium//Regina Spektor n Tuesday, Mar 21 Workplay Theatre//Venessa Carlton Saturn//The Menzingers n Friday, Mar 22 The Nick//James McCartney

n Friday, Mar 24 Legacy Arena at the BJCC//Charlie Wislon, Fantasia, & Johnny Gill Oak Mountain Amphitheatre// Train, Natasha Bedingfield & O.A.R. Saturn//Big Freedia n Sunday, Mar 26 The Alabama Theatre//Home Free Vocal Band

n Sunday, Mar 12 Tennessee Performing Arts Center//The final days of Wolfe Tone Ryman Auditorium//Gordon Lightfoot

n Monday, Mar 13 3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill//The Time Jumpers

n Thursday, Mar 16 Exit In//TroyBoi Schermerhorn Symphony Center//Around the World with Nashville Symphony n Friday, Mar 17 Ryman Auditorium//Carol Burnett

n Saturday, Mar 18 Exit In//Secondhand Serenade 3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill//Wade Bowne and Kaitlyn Butts

n Sunday, Mar 19 Grand Ope Opry House//Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers Ryman Auditorium//Fisk Jubilee Singers n Monday, Mar 20 Ryman Auditorium//Regina Spektor Schermerhorn Symphony Center//Drumline Live Marathon music Works//William Singe – alex Aiono

n Tuesday, Mar 21 3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill//Celebration of the life of Tom Shinness

n Sunday, Marc 12 Cobb Energy Performing arts Center// Celtic Woman Fabulous Fox Theatre//Maluma World Tour Atlanta Symphony Hall//Peter and The Wolf & Friends n Thursday, Mar 16 Tabernacle//Regina Spektor

n Friday, Mar 17 The Masquerade//Sevendust Tabernacle//Phantogram The Masquerade//Nails/ Toxic Holocaust

n Saturday, Mar 18 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center//The Atlanta Ballet Presents Gennadi’s Choice

n Monday, Mar 20 Center Stage//Bridgit Mendler n Wedensday, Mar 22 Tabernacle//Jeezy

n Saturday, Mar 25 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre//The Atlanta Opera Tabernacle//Bring Me the Horizon

n Sunday, Mar 26 Schermerhorn Symphony Center// Peter Frampton Raw

n Monday, Mar 27 Variety Playhouse//The Magnetic Fields

n Wednesday, Mar 29 Nashville War Memorial Auditorium//The Flaming Lips Ryman Auditorium//Steve Miller Band n Friday, Mar 31 Nashville Muncipal Auditorium//Legends of Southern Hip Hop

Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers//Mar 19

n Sunday, Mar 19 Eddie’s Attic//Wade Bowen The Masquerade//LVL UP/ Palm Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre//The Atlanta Ballet Presents Gennadi’s

n Thursday, Mar 23 Mercy Lounge//Dinosaur Jr.

n Friday, Mar 24 Ryman Auditorium//Steve Miller Band / Marty Stuart

Norah Jones//Mar 19

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band// Mar 31

n Sunday, Mar 26 City Winery//Cracker

n Thursday, Mar 30 City Winery//Los Lobos

n Friday, Mar 31 Atlanta Symphony Hall//Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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Amphitheater at the Wharf 23101 Canal Rd 251.224.1020

The Hangout 251.948.3030 thehangout1.com

The Nick 2514 10th Ave S 205.252.3831

WorkPlay 500 23rd St S 205.380.4082

Bridgestone Arena 501 Broadway 615.770.2000

Marathon Music Works 1402 Clinton St 615.891.1781

Sloss Furnaces 20 32nd St N 205.324.1911

Zydeco 2001 15th Ave S 205.933.1032

Centennial Olympic Park 265 Park Ave W NW 404.223.4412

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>>> HOROSCOPES | W E E K L Y O V E R V I E W Your social life looks particularly upbeat this week, with a lively blend of energies encouraging plenty of interaction. It’s also possible that an old friend will call up with an offer to reconnect. If you do, this could be a very poignant meeting. You’ll be in your element as Mars powers into your sign midweek to give you the fortitude to press ahead with personal plans. There will be no stopping you from making your dreams a reality and showcasing your skills. Your thoughts could be very important this week, in the sense that what you focus on may have a greater tendency to materialize. It may help you to put your energy into ideas and visualizations that are in line with what you want. Try not to dwell on things that could go wrong, as this could result in a dip in confidence. Mars moves into a secluded sector of your chart, which could encourage a very insightful inner journey. Travel and adventure could be your focus this week and for some weeks to come, and toward that end you may be ready to make some travel plans. Nostalgia for a certain place might encourage you to return and sample the local culture once again. Socially, things are also picking up as Mars encourages you to be more proactive in this area. This might mean moving in new circles, joining groups, and reaching out to people who can refresh your spirits. Work commitments and responsibilities could seem to weigh heavily on you at this time, which might be the reason why getting away from it all seems so appealing. But a decision you make on impulse, such as telling off your boss or goofing off instead of getting back to work, could be something you come to regret later. You might need to be honest about what you want at this time. The Solar Eclipse on Sunday can help you with this. Lust versus romance could be a choice this week and the reason you feel confused when it comes to a budding relationship. On the one hand, a powerful physical attraction could be encouraging you to get up close and personal right away. On the other, a desire to get to know this person better over time as the romance builds also seems desirable. Only you can decide what's best for you. If you don't, your conscience will certainly let you know. A deeper pulse could be why you feel drawn to contemplate key situations and the reasons behind them. A focus on a more sensitive area of your chart hints that the coming weeks could be a time of change, one in which it can be important to let go of anything that no longer serves you. And this could be very helpful if you have an ambitious plan in mind, as the less emotional baggage you carry, the better for you. Leisure options are calling out to you, meaning that the week ahead may offer up some sterling opportunities for parties, celebrations, and generally enjoying life. An encounter could coincide with some in-depth conversation, though, and this might encourage you to make a pivotal decision. Mars moves into your sector of relating, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to clear the air, as well as rekindle the flame of passion. Exciting interactions could also be more conducive to getting things done. You may feel like taking a back seat this week, and this could be because the Sun is presently moving through your home and family sector. This brings an opportunity to recharge and indulge in a little self-care. Everyone needs this from time to time, so don’t begrudge yourself the chance to rest when you can. Also, you may be ready to put your focus on health and fitness matters, which will do you some good if your intentions have lapsed recently. Your curiosity may be aroused by snatches of conversation, things you read online, or perhaps a TV program that captures your imagination. The coming days could see you looking into certain subjects and being quite passionate to learn more. Whatever piques your interest could indicate a new trend developing in your life. Your leisure sector looks livelier, too, with romantic opportunities peaking for you right now. If you’re hoping to impress a certain person, appeal to the senses. With Mars entering the sensual sign of Taurus and your home and family sector this week, it might be time to slow down and enjoy some home cooking. If you can take a break in the coming weeks, try to do so. This could be a golden opportunity to recharge in a very deep way. Shopping could also appeal to you, with a great chance to get a special bargain. There could also be a temptation to splurge this weekend, so don’t overdo it.

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THE ANDREW DUHON TRIO WILL PERFORM ON MARCH 29TH ACOUSTIC NIGHT The Andrew Duhon Trio will be featured on Acoustic Night on March 29, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bama Theatre. Presented by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, Acoustic Night features both solo and ensemble performances of a wide range of music throughout the calendar year. This performance will take place in the theatre with both audience and band seated on the stage. Cover charge is $12 with a bar available. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Andrew Duhon is a songwriter from New Orleans, a teller of stories with an undeniable voice, weighted and soulful. Duhon has released three recordings, the latest of which, “The Moorings,” was nominated for a Grammy in 2014 for Best Engineered Album. He has toured solo for much of his career and that troubadour element is certainly present, an usher of modern day folklore. His latest group, The Andrew Duhon Trio, brings a new musicality to the tunes with upright bassist Myles Weeks and drummer Maxwell Zemanovic. Since recording “The Moorings” as their first group project, the Trio has been crossing the American landscape, touring and creating, with the thoughtful colors of the ensemble breathing a new musicality and direction into Duhon’s songwriting traditions. George Howard, former president of Rykodisc: “This record is genius. Not kidding. It is unbelievably great. This young man has it. The singing, the playing, the production…it’s all there. Strikingly good. The world needs to hear this record.” Trina Shoemaker, Grammy Award Winning producer and engineer: “With his cards to his chest and his heart on his sleeve, Andrew brings us his stories, in a voice as full as any I’ve heard, breathing life and truth into his songs.” John Snyder, ArtistHouseMusic.com: “Another world-class voice is heard from Louisiana, another soulful, mesmerizing singer who writes emotional songs with impact and heart. Andrew Duhon is a troubadour for the next generation, a story-teller for his generation. Measured in the blues with the gift of narrative, Andrew1s songs will not only make you think, they will make you sing along, days later. This is a young artist to watch, and to hear, as soon as you can find a way. ”

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Eric Orlando, owner of Carrollton Station: “Andrew gets it. He understands not only how to craft an appealing song, but how to sell it on stage well beyond his years. He brings to mind a young Dylan with both his melancholy and sincerity.” For more information about the artist, visit andrewduhon.com. The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Ave. in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council, CAC or Bama Theatre, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-7585195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

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HUNTSVILLE PROSPECT TALKS ABOUT JUNIOR DAY IN TUSCALOOSA

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huge priority in the Tide's 2018 class will be defensive linemen. A top in-state DL to keep an eye on is Huntsville-Lee standout Malik Langham. The 6-4, 260-pounder has over 20 offers, including ones from Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, among others. Langham was in Tuscaloosa recently for the Tide's Junior Day. "It went pretty good," Langham says. "I liked touring the indoor facility, the dorms and the academic center where the student-athletes study." Langham was impressed by Bama DL Coach Karl Dunbar. "He had all the defensive linemen together in one group speaking to us," Langham says. "He was basically telling us what it's like to be defensive lineman at Alabama. He talked about things they do scheme-wise and what they look for in defensive linemen. I thought that was good." For now, Langham is keeping his options open. "I really don't have favorites," he says. "I have several schools that I like -- Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Houston, and some others. "I like Alabama. They have one of the, if not the top program in the country. They play for championships and they develop their players. I like the way they play defense." Langham hopes to make a return visit to Tuscaloosa later. He might camp at UA this summer. Last season, Langham had 70 tackles including eight tackles for losses and six sacks. RYLAND GOEDE 2019 Georgia TE has early interest in the Tide It's a long time until the 2019 recruiting process heats up, but tight end Ryland Goede is already reeling in big-time offers. The rising junior at Kennesaw Mountain HS in Acworth, GA has offers in the bag from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee, among others. Kennesaw Mountain head coach Andy Scott says the 6-6, 235-pound Goede is the total package. "As talented as he is physically, probably the biggest thing about him is that he's an even better young man. He's an incredible person. He's the real deal from a character standpoint." He's the real deal on the football field, too. "The thing about him as a tight end is that he has the ability to put his hand on the ground

and block," Scott says. "You don't find many like that anymore. "He can spread out and run routes. He's got great hands. If the ball is within his catch radius, he's going to get it. He works extremely hard." Nick Saban is so impressed with Geode that earlier this year he stopped by the school in a helicopter. "Ryland really enjoys the recruiting process. When Nick Saban lands in a helicopter on your football field, you tend to enjoy it," Scott says. "It was a great experience. Our entire student body and our administration were all out there watching as he landed. It was a big deal around here." It's early, but Scott thinks Alabama will have a chance when the time comes. "He's been over to Alabama a few times for visits and loved it," Scott says. "What's not to love about Alabama? They have all the bells and whistles." PONDER NAMED DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS Alabama head coach Nick Saban recently announced the hiring of Ellis Ponder as director of football operations. Ponder, a native of Fairhope, Alabama, was elevated to the director's role after spending the past two seasons as the Crimson Tide's associate

director of football operations. In his role as director of football operations, Ponder will be tasked with overseeing the operational and organizational aspects of the Crimson Tide football program. "The University of Alabama has always been very special to me and I am looking forward to my expanded role," Ponder said. "Coach Saban is the best in the nation at running a football program and I truly appreciate the opportunity and his trust in me to serve as the director of football operations." Prior to arriving at Alabama, Ponder spent just over four years working for the Bruno Event Team in Birmingham, Alabama. He helped manage a wide array of sporting events during his time with the Bruno Event Team, including the Regions Tradition, which is a major on the PGA Champions Tour, the PGA Tour's BMW Championship, the SEC Baseball Tournament, the SEC Women's Golf Championship, the SEC and NCAA Gymnastics Championships, the NCAA College Cup, CrossFit Games, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the Magic City Classic and a wide range of Alabama High School Athletic Association events across the state. Ponder holds two degrees from The University of Alabama, finishing his undergraduate degree in business administration in 2010 before receiving a master's degree in marketing in 2011.

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