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““I want to keep touring,” he said. “I love doing the shows and I love having a band. And if you want to have a band, you’ve got to tour. But then I’m looking ahead to recording more, not any time soon, but sooner than ‘On Purpose’ happened. I’m also working on some film and television projects."

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“If you associate a “detox” with a 7-day juice fast, it’s time to make over your notion of a cleanse. Detoxing doesn’t require you to make extreme diet choices, since our bodies are made to flush out toxins on their own.”

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“Sometime around my sophomore year in college, a good friend of mine urged me to come to his place to watch a show he couldn't stop raving about. Aside from a shared interest in Glee, our taste in television was never equally yoked. I'm not sure what sold me on his offer. Maybe it was boredom. Maybe it was curiosity. I'm “old”, so it doesn't really matter.”

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CLINT BLACK // AT THE BAMA THEATRE SEPT. 8TH

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o Clint Black, having his own distinctive sound has always been an overriding goal for his music. It’s one reason he doesn’t listen to much current country music, particularly when he is writing for a new album. “The target aside from all of the other obvious ones is to be original, so unless you want to listen to every ounce of everything that’s out there so you’ll know you’re not like anything else, you’re better off, I think, to stay away,” Black said in a recent phone interview. “I listen to enough of it to know where the boundaries have gotten to, and I don’t want to go as far as they’ve gone,” he said. Originality was also a big factor in Black, who will perform on Sept. 8 at Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa, starting to play electric guitar on his albums, beginning with the 1997 release “Nothin’ but the Taillights.” In making demos for that album, hepl ayed electric guitar on the songs. “James Stroud, who produced that album with me, came over to listen to demos,” Black said. “And James always used to joke with me and be in the studio and he’d say ‘Put that guitar down. Get away from it’…We had that kind of relationship like brothers, you know, we’d rib each other. So after we were listening to these demos, he said ‘You know, I think you need to play electric guitar on this album.’ And I just looked at him waiting for the punch line. And he goes, ‘You’re not going to set the world on fire with your guitar playing. That’s not what I’m talking about. But your record will be different.’ So I did it on all but three songs on the ‘Taillights’ album, and that sort of got me on my way.” And originality had a lot to do with why fans went 10 years before getting a new album from Black, who finally ended his record-making absence in fall 2015 with the release of his 10th studio album, “On Purpose.”

coming was he was trying to sort through offers from major Nashville labels – finding their plan was to have Black to record outside songs in hopes of having a hit single. As an artist who had written or co-written virtually every song on his albums, that was no small issue and went right to the core of perhaps the biggest ingredient in Black’s originality – his songwriting. And the labels were told to expect that Black would insist on creative control over his music. “I think what they wanted to do was listen to everything I’d been working on and be all kind and thoughtful in the process. Then ultimately they would say ‘If you will just let us find you a hit, we’ll go and work it,’” Black said. “Really what it comes down to is the way those companies work, and I thought maybe it would be different with me. But there are three people at the head of each of those record companies who decide what every artist records and what every artist’s records will sound like, and it’s working for them. But it wouldn’t work for me.” It wasn’t the first time by a long shot that Black had encountered pressure to record outside songs. In fact, it was pretty much a constant event with his first label, RCA Records. His 1989 debut album, “Killin’ Time,” became a landmark in country music. Commercially, it was a blockbuster, spawning five number one singles, with “Better Man” and the title song finishing one-two on the year-end country singles chart. By the time the album finished its run, Black was being hailed as a leader of country’s new traditionalist movement that was pushing country back toward its rustic traditional roots.

Black was not at all idle during the decade that followed the 2005 release of “Drinkin’ Songs and Other Logic.” He toured regularly and was also busy writing music film and television and doing some acting.

Despite having co-written or written every song on “Killin’ Time,” whenever it was time for a new album, RCA would pressure him to record outside songs – and Black would refuse. Finally, Black went to the head of RCA and asked why the label kept pushing him to record outside songs, despite the success of his own material.

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me because it was a crushing blow,” Black said. “He said ‘They just want a little taste.’ So all of that pressure to record outside songs had nothing to do with the quality of my songs. And all it had to do was some political relationships and bargaining, like they’re collecting delegates for award shows. I thought ‘That is absolutely the last thing I wanted to hear. I’m trying to be authentic here, and you’re asking me to throw away my life’s work so you can get me nominated for an award or something? Is that what this is about?’”

touch of pop and a bit more edge. There are a few easy-going rockers (“Still Call It News,” “Beer” and “Making You Smile”) and several ballads, including “Right On Time,” “Summertime Song” and “One Way to Live.” Songs like “Time for That” and “Better and Worse” find a middle ground, generating a relaxed energy and a nice mix between acoustic and electric instrumentation. There’s also a jaunty bluesy duet between Black and his wife of 25 years (as of October), actress Lisa Hartman Black in “You Still Get to Me.”

Black left RCA after “Nothin’ but the Taillights” and launched his own label, Equity Records. He made three albums on Equity – 1999’s “D’lectrified,” 2004’s “Spend My Time” and “Drinkin’ Songs and Other Logic” – before the label was closed in 2006. Then began the search for a new label deal, which didn’t end until Black rejected the three major labels and instead turned toward indie labels and signed with Thirty Tigers.

On his current tour, Black is playing songs from across his career.

With his deal in hand, Black went to work on finishing the album that became “On Purpose.” In reality, the project had been under way for some time, as Black had periodically recorded small groups of songs during the period when he was unsigned.

“I want to keep touring,” he said. “I love doing the shows and I love having a band. And if you want to have a band, you’ve got to tour. But then I’m looking ahead to recording more, not any time soon, but sooner than ‘On Purpose’ happened. I’m also working on some film and television projects.

The 14 songs he chose for “On Purpose” make up an album that sounds like prototypical Clint Black, rooted in classic country, but with a

“I’m doing a lot of hits,” he said. “I’m doing at least a few songs off of the new CD, and then a couple of songs that are album cuts. I’ve got a great band. Half the band has been with me for almost 30 years.” And Black has no plans to ease up any time soon with his career.

“I don’t intend to slow down,” he concluded.

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NEWS ADOPT-A-SCHOOL KICKOFF HOSTS RECORD CROWD August's Adopt-A-School Kickoff Luncheon welcomed a record crowd, with more than 360 attendees for the event, presented by the Smile Doctors of Tuscaloosa. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ed Nichols former superintendent of the Decatur City Schools and a consultant, speaker and facilitator with ERI Services. The following awards were presented: Thirty Year Award (1987) • Cadence Bank and Northington Elementary • Regions Bank and Collins-Riverside Middle • Southland International Trucks and Vance Elementary Twenty-Year Award (1997) • P.E. LaMoreaux & Associates and Rock Quarry Elementary • The Radiology Clinic • Junior League of Tuscaloosa and Holt Elementary  Decade of Excellence Award (2007) • The University of Alabama, College of Community Health Sciences • Spiller Furniture & Mattress and Crestmont Elementary Event Sponsors:

BRYANT BANK HOLDS AFTER HOURS AT BRYANT MUSEUM Bryant Bank sponsored the August Business After Hours, the Chamber's popular evening monthly networking event. Instead of hosting the event at one of the bank's branches, the bank chose the Bryant Museum as the host for the evening's festivities, which included cocktails, football-themed giveaways, and catered food from Robertson's Barbecue.

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On Wed., Aug. 2, representatives from West AlabamaWorks!, which is state, grant and privately funded, joined with members from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which is federally funded, to form one united WIOA board. The meeting took place at Phifer Incorporated.

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“West AlabamaWorks! is proud to be the first regional council to combine both the industry-led workforce council with the federally-funded WIOA board. Together, we are tearing down the silos to create a process for opportunity and growth for our citizens,” said Donny Jones, team leader for West AlabamaWorks! and chief operating officer of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. Jones added that he is excited to see what the leaders from the nine-county area—Lamar, Fayette, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Green, Hale, Bibb, Sumter and Marengo—can accomplish. Gary Nichols, chairman of West AlabamaWorks! and local workforce development board chair of WIOA, is also excited about the unification.

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“We have thousands of good-paying jobs in our region that need to be filled by 2019. It is important for every stakeholder and provider in workforce development to come together to guide the flow of dollars toward training, job seekers and those industries in desperate need of a qualified workforce,” said Nichols, chief operating officer of McAbee Construction. West AlabamaWorks! is one of seven regions created via AlabamaWorks! which was codified in 2016 by the legislature and formally launched in November 2016. It is an umbrella organization for business, industries, the Alabama Department of Labor, the Department of Commerce, the Alabama Department of Commerce, the Alabama State Board of Education, Alabama Community College System, the Alabama Technology Network, and the Alabama Industrial Development and

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SIXTEEN AND COUNTING

THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS OF ALABAMA FOOTBALL EDITED AND WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY KENNETH GADDY; FOREWORD BY BILL BATTLE ABOUT THE BOOK

Dramatic accounts of every University of Alabama National Championship football season recounted by noted sports writers, players, and Alabamians.

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f you associate a “detox” with a 7-day juice fast, it’s time to make over your notion of a cleanse. Detoxing doesn’t require you to make extreme diet choices, since our bodies are made to flush out toxins on their own.

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Cleansing can be as easy as eating foods that help filter gunk out of your gut and drinking enough H2O to keep digestion in check so it releases unwanted leftovers from your system. Here are six healthy habits that will help you detox your body naturally: no deprivation required.

EAT SMALLER PORTIONS — AND SLOWLY

EAT ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Whole foods packed with nutrients are your best bet when it comes to keeping your insides clean. Fiberrich fare like fruit, veggies, and beans, as well as nuts, seeds, whole grains, lean protein and probiotics can aid gut and liver function so any unwanted buildup gets out of your system. Try to cut out processed, fried and sugary foods along with red meat for even better results.

DRINK MORE OF THE RIGHT STUFF Sorry to say it, but alcohol is a detox no-no. Stick to sipping on water instead—hydrating will help your kidneys flush out toxins. Feel free to add lemon to your H2O for a hit of electrolytes. The citrus may signal the liver to produce more enzymes, which can keep digestion moving smoothly. Sick of plain water? Switch things up with tea. Green tea has been shown to protect against heart disease and cancer, while milk thistle may boost liver function. Drink up!

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Sweating actually helps you detox by boosting circulation throughout the body. What’s more, exercise is known to help you feel less stressed, happier and more energized.

Big meals bring on bloating, which forces the digestive system to work overtime. Opt for smaller, more frequent meals and eat slowly to stop yourself from gulping air while you wolf down food.

TREAT YOUR SKIN RIGHT Practice smart skincare by dry-brushing skin with a soft brush before your bath or shower. The gentle exfoliation boosts circulation and may promote new cell growth, too.

GET GOOD SLEEP Logging adequate snooze time is key for keeping your health on track. Create a sleep haven by keeping your bedroom cool, dark, quiet and free of screens. Stick to a standard bedtime that allows you to get at least seven hours of sleep nightly. Sufficient rest will help reduce stress and inflammation so your body can function its best. This article originally appeared on Health.com

Dating back to 1925, when Wallace Wade coached the Crimson Tide to an undefeated season and earned a spot in the Rose Bowl, the driving goal of every University of Alabama football season has been a national championship. A winning team surfaced that very next year, when Hoyt “Wu” Winslett’s squad sealed the national championship at the Rose Bowl for a second time. Winning seasons and bowl games culminating in the coveted crown followed again in 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015—more championships than any other college team in the nation. Sixteen and Counting features a chapter highlighting each of these championship seasons and collects the legendary stories of many of the outstanding coaches and players on the University of Alabama’s championship teams. College football legends such as Wallace Wade, Wu Winslett, Johnny Mack Brown, Pooley Herbert, Frank Thomas, Dixie Howell, Don Hutson, Jimmy Nelson, Holt Rast, Pat Trammel, Sam Bailey, Lee Roy Jordan, Harry Gilmer, Bill Lee, Ken Stabler, Joe Namath, Gary Rutledge, Randy Billingsley, Barry Krauss, Clem Gryska, Gene Stallings, Paul “Bear” Bryant, and, of course, Nick Saban all make prominent appearances. A seventeenth chapter is included that looks at the uncrowned teams commonly referred to as “the other five,” who were considered national champions by at least one national ranking service at the end of the season. Every glorious milestone and high point in Alabama football history is included here: “Mama called,” the wishbone formation, “The Goal Line

Stand,” the Million Dollar Band, the coaching tower, the Davis kicking dynasty, the Notre Dame box, Coach of the Year, Team of the Decade, and two Heisman trophy winners.

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Kenneth Gaddy is the director of the Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Bill Battle is a special assistant to the president of the University of Alabama and is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He served as the athletic director for the university from 2013 to 2017.

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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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INSECURE // ISSA RAE S

ometime around my sophomore year in college, a good friend of mine urged me to come to his place to watch a show he couldn't stop raving about. Aside from a shared interest in Glee, our taste in television was never equally yoked. I'm not sure what sold me on his offer. Maybe it was boredom. Maybe it was curiosity. I'm “old”, so it doesn't really matter. The show in question was a web series called The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. It was created by and starred this unknown actress named Issa Rae and followed her attempts at navigating relationships, racist co-workers and everyday life. It was like a melanated version of Seinfeld with a smaller budget, but just as good.

rative, but like all good things it came to an abrupt end.

I laughed, cried and quickly proclaimed my allegiance to actor Jay Ellis.Hashtag Team Lawrence.

I won't act like I wasn't surprised when HBO greenlit Rae’s work for an eight episode season. Awkward Black Girl ended its run in 2013, so I mentally shelved her Magnum opus alongside The old Shane Dawson and Fred videos. That isn't to say that I would never hear from Rae again.

Granted, Insecure is essentially a clone of its YouTube counterpart, but the essence is still there. Additionally, Rae’s character( still named Issa) is now joined by a bevy of new faces and personalities including Yvonne Oriji, Amanda Seales and Natasha Rothwell.

Lacking cable and friends with cable, I caught up with the series much later than I’d like to admit. I finally succumbed to getting a HBO Go trial and the rest is history.

Currently in its second season, Insecure still excels in maintaining the awkward narrative that originally put Rae on the map almost five years ago.

For starters, the show is brilliant. In eight episodes,

Ultimately, the show is just an homage to black people. But that's another story for another time.

Rae's character was unique in that she wasn't just the black lead, but she represented the social awkward population.I honestly think she is the only person that can pull off freestyle rapping in a bathroom mirror. Essentially, Rae is my spirit animal. Awkward and the true, the actress embodied the complexity of social anxiety and the black experience. As a black socially awkward man, I feel like we are underrepresented. Hollywood has the tendency to portray us as straight-up archetypes. It's always the same scenario: we are always the misunderstood loners that don’t fit in with other black people. I think this is why the YouTube series became such a cult success. The actress-screenwriter wasn't an outsider. She had friends and even was involved in a love triangle. It was her actions and reactions that sold the show. It opened a new door for a new nar-

CHAMBER NEWS, continued from page 5 Training. The goal is to provide resources to fill the 18,000+ jobs in Alabama not requiring a four-year degree. "The Alabama Department of Commerce congratulates the Region 3 Workforce Council and the West Alabama Chamber staff for convening the state's first Local Area Board meeting in Tuscaloosa!” says Ed Castile, Executive Director of AIDT. “As this is all new to our state and we are learning as we go, we applaud the Region for their desire to be the first in this historic reformation of the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). We are proud to work with these professionals as they continue developing a powerful regional approach to the workforce challenges we face. This new WIOA Local Area Board is another tool in their workforce resource toolbox. We look forward to many successes from Region 3!!!!" WIOA is a federally-funded program designed to improve our nation’s public workforce system and help Americans obtain high-quality jobs and careers. This program also helps youth and those with significant barriers to employment. In addition, WIOA assists employers in hiring and retaining skilled workers.                More meetings and unification activities are being planned. For additional information, visit www.westalabamaworks.com.

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BIG DADDY’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL & HOOKAH CAFE

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ver the past ten years, locals have been able to witness the expanding variety of eateries available in downtown Tuscaloosa. From burgers to sushi to the most exquisite fine dining, hungry Tuscaloosa residents have had anything imaginable to fulfill their palates. Nestled in the mix of downtown lies Big Daddy’s Mediterranean Grill & Hookah Café, serving patrons Mediterranean and American cuisine since 2009 and later expanding to a hookah café in 2010. Boasting itself as “the little place with the big taste,” Big Daddy’s packs a variety of options in its modest location right next to Chuck’s Fish. In close proximity to the courthouse and other government offices, one can expect to see a myriad of business men and women indulge in their Mediterranean cravings during the weekday lunch hour. With business hours extending into the late night of 2:30 a.m. Thursdays through Saturday, the patron profile includes a large following of college students and area hookah lovers. To cure my falafel cravings, I decided to enjoy Big Daddy’s on a quiet Tuesday evening with a girlfriend. Reviewing the variety of food on the menu, I started to question my falafel urge and opt for a fried green tomato BLT with chili cheese fries. After an extended look at the menu, I decided on a mixed plate entrée of falafel and chicken kabob accompanied by hummus,

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tabouli, and pita bread. The rainy weather that night voided any opportunity to sit in the outdoor seating area. Wanting to avoid the harsh fluorescent lighting of the midsection of the restaurant and the dark ambiance of the hookah café in the back, we found ourselves sitting at a small two person table at the front of the house. Though I didn’t plan on relaxing with a hookah pipe myself, I was curious to see the myriad of flavors that the hookah lounge had to offer. From the popular “red bull” flavor to more simple tones such as mango and grape, I was impressed with the number flavors to choose from. Taking a peek in the back, I witnessed groups of friends and couples having intimate conversation while enjoying their hookah and hummus. Our food was quickly brought to us, and I was immediately pleased by the warmth and texture of the pita bread with my plate. I found my falafel to have the perfect consistency while having a distinct taste of parsley and garlic. Though my chicken kabob was simple, the juiciness of the chicken was a great complement to the refreshing tabouli salad. I decided to end my meal by having a piece of Big Daddy’s famous baklava which I found to be wonderfully flaky, moist, and delicious. Overall I found Big Daddy’s to be the perfect place for dinner that night. Though seating can be limited for those not wanting to sit in the hookah section, the quality

of food that Big Daddy’s provides warrants a takeout order to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Big Daddy’s Mediterranean Grill is located at 514 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa and open daily at 11:00 a.m. Tweet us @ ThePlanetWeekly and let us know where you are eating!

Sheena Gregg, MS, RDN,LD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and local “Filipino foodie.” Follow her on Twitter @AFilipinoFoodie

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lavored beers can be fun and a change of pace for someone who is constantly drinking the same thing. There’s nothing wrong with a beer that has some sort of fruit flavoring added to it, but some people will argue that it’s too “feminine” or just not good, but I couldn’t disagree more. It’s extremely difficult to get a good flavor into a beer. So when I see one that’s a bit more interesting, I usually have to try it even if it misses the mark most of the time. Fortunately, Funky Buddha from Oakland Park, FL is well-versed in the extreme flavors department. They have beers that range from lemon icebox pie to maple bacon and coffee, so clearly they know what they’re doing. I recently saw that they had a Blueberry Cobbler Ale, a base wheat beer but then has blueberries, vanilla, and cinnamon added, and I knew I had to get my hands on it. It just so happened that I was in Florida a couple of weeks ago and stopped into a local bottle shop/ gas station to buy some beer. I looked in the cooler and there was a single bottle of the Blueberry Cobbler Ale and I knew it would be mine. I took it home and opened it and was blown away by the flavors and more so the idea of crafting something so mind boggling. Here are my thoughts: I didn’t pour this one into a bottle, but from what I’ve read and seen online the beer pours a nice purple to blue-ish hue, due to the use of real blueberries, with about a half inch of off-white head that sticks around for a while. The smell was amazing and more like cobbler than I was expecting, to be honest. I got hints of the cinnamon and vanilla, but not much of the blueberries until the beer warmed a bit. It’s pretty interesting and not something I had ever experienced before. The use of vanilla and cinnamon combine to make something that really does remind you of the crust or the crumble depending on if you always had pie or cobbler. Really quite nice and very much a sensory overload. Taste is where it lost me a little bit, but not something that really pushed me away. The flavor was mostly vanilla with hints of milky sweetness. You do pick up a little bit of the blueberries on the back end, but nothing too strong. I do wish there would have been a good bit more blueberry in the taste because, well, it’s in the name and I expected it to be almost like a

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hile this wine is a Zinfandel, it is also blended with both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. From the bottle: Carnivor Zinfandel is a captivating combination of full-bodied flavors and elegant spice. Bold notes of dark cherry and blackberry jam complement hints of mocha and toasted oak. I tasted the 2015 vintage of this wine.

mouthful of blueberries. With that being said, the beer is really easy to drink and nothing is too harsh so that you can’t enjoy it. I very much enjoyed the flavor, I just wish some things were a little different in a few places. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, which really drove home the flavor of the cobbler, but again the blueberries would have added a lot here. The carbonation level was light to medium, which did help the small amount of blueberry flavor. One thing I have noticed with any of Funky Buddha's wheat beers is that they're usually pretty heavy and I can only drink one or two before feeling like I have concrete in my stomach. Floridian, a German hefeweizen, is the same way and I really wish I could drink so much more of that beer at a time, because it's so refreshing. Overall, this is a decently done beer, but it just lacks in a few places where I wished it would shine. The blueberry flavor was light, but I've come to expect it from beers that use natural ingredients rather than artificial flavorings. I definitely applaud Funky Buddha on their continued use of real fruits and real spices in their beers, so I can always overlook a lighter fruit flavor in their products because I know it's coming from real fruit. I'm not sure of the price point on a 4 pack of this beer, but I'm not sure I would seek it out. Although, I would definitely drink one or two if I saw it on draft somewhere. Either way, if you see it drink it and continue to support breweries who try adventurous things and that are always experimenting. Cheers!

Appearance Carnivor Zinfandel is very dark ruby in color with a purple meniscus around the edges. I was unable to see any light get through this wine. A tip and spin heavily coated up the glass and the legs that fell were slow, thick and numerous. Aroma When I first gave this wine a sniff I said out loud, “Mocha mocha mocha!” That was easily the dominant aroma at first. Other notes included cherry, oak and clove. Also the tiniest bit of tar. Nice aromatic complexity! There was a slight and quick burn in the nose from the alcohol but it wasn’t long lasting or overpowering. Carnivor Zinfandel alcohol content 14.5% by volume, per the bottle. Not surprising given the wine’s thick and glass-coating legs. Taste More Mocha, Mocha Mocha! Was this wine infused with chocolate somehow? Again, the mocha dominated.

incredibly silky. Think heavy cream. I was hard pressed to sense any significant tannins with Carnivor. Maybe a little in the cheeks, but it took some good concentration to notice it. Update: As the wine had a chance to breathe, I did notice more significant tannins as time went on. Finish Carnivor Zinfandel is long finishing with a lingering mocha flavor that hangs out in your mouth for quite some time. Overall Opinion Overall, I enjoyed this wine quite a bit. It did what I expected it to do, given the varietal and the label, and that was to give me a rich tasting experience. I do have to say the mocha is very noticeable in both the aroma and flavor. It’s almost like chocolate wine! So, if you’re looking for a unique flavor bomb, then you’ll love this wine.

I also noticed anise and butterscotch, along with some jammy dark red fruits. Admittedly an odd combination but it worked. Very tasty and very smooth. However, if you’re looking for a traditional tasting wine, this isn’t one of those. Mouthfeel and Tannins This wine’s mouthfeel was

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If you’re a traditionalist, you might be overwhelmed by it. Carnivor Zinfandel price paid $11.99. Suggested Food Pairing Sip on its own or pair this wine with either a big juicy grilled steak or barbecued ribs. Either way you won’t go wrong!

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GROUND TURKEY RECIPES Our family has recently made the switch from ground beef to ground turkey. With ground beef more than $2 a pound, we had basically quit eating hamburger for quite some time. On a recent trip to the grocery store I noticed that ground turkey was HALF the price of ground beef, about $1 a pound. I decided to give it a try, and our family loved the ground turkey. Honestly, you can't even tell the difference in taste, and it is very low fat. There is almost no fat to remove from your pan. Here are some recipes our family adapted to our tastes: TURKEY CHILI 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced 1 lb. ground turkey 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1-2 tbsp. chili powder 1 28-oz. can of crushed tomatoes 1 15-oz. can of black beans, drained 1 tsp. dried oregano 1 can corn (optional)

BREAKFAST / LUNCH

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. 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 11:00am3:00am//www.cookout.com CountryPride Restaurant 3501 Buttermilk Rd // 554.0215 | www.ta.travelcenters.com Breakfast 24 hours. Lunch and Dinner buffet.

Holler & Dash 1130 University Blvd A-1, Tuscaloosa//752-3310 Sun-Thur 7am–2pm Fri-Sat 7am–9pm Sun 7am-2pm//www.holleranddash.com International House of Pancakes 724 Skyland Blvd // 366.1130 Jack's 1200 Hackberry Lane | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199 Mr. Bill's Family Restaurant 2715 McFarland Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 333.9312

TURKEY LASAGNA 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 lb. ground turkey 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 cup onions, chopped 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can tomatoes, chopped, reserve liquid 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste 2 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning 8 uncooked lasagna noodles 1 (12-oz.) carton cottage or Ricotta cheese 3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded In a large skillet, cook onion, garlic, and turkey in oil until turkey is cooked through. Add tomatoes with liquid, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook lasagna noodles according to directions on package. Lightly grease 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Spoon 1/3 sauce in the bottom of the baking dish. Top with 4 lasagna noodles. Spoon cottage or Ricotta cheese over noodles. Sprinkle 2 cups mozzarella cheese on top of cottage cheese. Spoon 1/3 sauce over cheese, top with remaining noodles, and then spoon remaining sauce over noodles. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Serves 8. TURKEY BURGERS 1 lb. fresh ground turkey 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs 1/2 cup onion finely chopped 1/4 cup ketchup 1/2 lemon, juice of 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp. soy sauce

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. Sweet Home Food Bar 2218 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 764-9346 Mon.-Fri. Mon-Sat 9am–9pm Sun- 10am-3pm 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 Sun10:30-8pm T-Town Café 500 14th Street, Tuscaloosa | 759-5559 |www.ttowncafe.com Mon - Fri 6am - 3pm; Sat - Closed; Sun 10:30am - 3pm The Waysider 1512 Greensboro Ave // 345.8239 Open for breakfast and lunch. Smoke free.

MEXICAN

Central Mesa 523-7738// 519 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa Mon-Thur 11am-10pm Friday-Sat 11am-11pm Sunday: 10am-3pm Chipotle Mexican Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0140 www.chipotle.com Chuy's 1320 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 349-4947 Sun-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm | www.chuys.com Don Tono's 2312 4th Street | Temerson Square // 345.9191

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 Pastor's Kitchen 2910 5th St, Northport//553-2320 Mon-Fri 10:30am-2pm, 4:30–9pm Sat 10:30am-8pm Closed Sun 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 Mon-Wed 11am–9pm Thur-Sat 11am–10pm Sun 11am–9pm www.tacomamaonline.com

FINE DINING

301 Bistro (Was L&N Train Station) 301 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa //764-1395 Casual Dining, Full Bar and Beer Garden Mon-Sat 4–11PM Sun 11am-9pm | www.301bistro.com 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. 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 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 Maki Fresh 759-2555//1530 Mcfarland Blvd N, Tuscaloosa//Mon-Sun 11am–9pm Asian chain serving maki, rice bowls, tempura, sliders & more. 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.

El Rincon (2 locations) 1225 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 366.0855 1726 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 330.1274

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

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

Rock 'n Roll Sushi 469-9060//2229 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa Mon-Thur 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm Sun 12-9pm

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

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

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

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3380 McFarland Blvd - Northport//330-0919//www.lostarascos.com

El Mariachi 3520 McFarland Blvd E |Tuscaloosa // 409-8585

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

Combine turkey, bread crumbs, and onion in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, stir together remaining ingredients. Using hands, work sauce into turkey mixture. Form into 6 patties and fry or grill. Serves 6.

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 4800 Doris Pate Dr | Exit 76 // 562.8282//www.crackerbarrel.com

In a large soup pan, cook onion, pepper, celery, and turkey in oil until turkey is cooked through. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, beans, and oregano, and stir well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer partially covered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add corn and simmer for 10 more minutes. Serves 6.

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LaGran Fiesta 9770 Hwy 69 S // 345.8871 La Fiesta Mexican Grill 6521 AL-69, Tuscaloosa// 345-8580 Mon-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm Sun 11am-9pm Los Calientes Mexican Grill 3429 McFarland Blvd E // 553.1558

ITALIAN

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 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

La Fiesta Mexican Grill 345-8580//6521 AL-69, Tuscaloosa Mon-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm Sun 11am-9pm

Animal Butter 710-5455// 2217 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa// Tue-Sat 11am–10pm Sun 11am–9pm Monday Closed | www.animalbutterinc.com

Los Tarascos (2 locations) 110 Skyland Blvd E - Tuscaloosa//553-8896 NEW LOCATION

Avenue Pub 405 23rd Avenue // Tuscaloosa

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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. Chicken Salad Chick The Shoppes at Midtown & Essex Square, Northport www.chickensaladchick.com Dat's Good 333-4663// 4300 AL-13, Northport Specializes in Catfish, Hot Wings,and BBQ Tue-Sat 10am-9pm Closed Sun & Mon www.facebook.com/DatsGoodBBQ

A wonderful selection of Greek foods SPORTS GRILL Baumhower's Wings of Tuscaloosa (2 Locations) 500 Harper Lee Drive | catering-Pick-up Tuscaloosa //556.5858 4251 Courtney Dr, Tuscaloosa // 556-5658 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 10:30am11:00pm | order.burgerfi.com/menu/tuscaloosa Billy's Sports Grill Historic Downtown Northport // 879.2238 Mon through Wed from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thurs through Sat from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sun from 10:30 a.m. till 9 p.m. (Sunday Brunch 10:30am-3pm).

Dave’s Dogs 1701 McFarland Blvd E | University Mall // 722.2800

Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd. East | Tuscaloosa // 523.0273 Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine, full bar

Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0575 www.fiveguys.com

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.

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

Hooter’s 5025 Oscar Baxter Dr | Next to Jameson Inn // 758.3035 www.hooters.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 MonThu: 11am - 10pm | Fri - Sat: 11am-10pm | Sun: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Innisfree Irish Pub 1925 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199 Mugshots Grill & Bar 511 Greensboro Ave // 391.0572//Great burgers. Full service bar. Open late. | www.mugshotsgrillandbar.com

Hooligan’s 1915 University Blvd // 759.2424 From hamburgers to hummus. Open daily 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Walton's 915 Patriot Pkwy, Tuscaloosa//752-1693 Wings and much more Mon-Sat 9am-10pm Closed Sun | waltonstuscaloosa.com

The Kitchen 2322 4th St, Tuscaloosa//331-4731 Tue-Fri 8am–3pm Sat-Sun 9am-9pm Closed Sunday

Wilhagan’s 2209 4th St | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 366.0913

Madear’s 1735 Culver Road // 343.7773 Mon–Fri 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. | 2nd & 3rd Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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

Mae's Southern Cafe 710-5488//4419 hwy 43 n suite 5, Northport Tue-Sat 11am–7pm Sun-10:30pm–12am Sun 11am-6pm Mon12AM–8PM

WingZone 1241 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 342.2473

Metro Diner 464-9428//1800 McFarland Blvd E #404 Tuscaloosa Sun-Thur 7am–8pm Fri-Sat 7am–9pm | www.metrodiner.com

Archibald & Woodrow's BBQ 4215 Greensboro Ave | Tuscaloosa // 331.4858 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Sun lunch

Miss Dots 1715 University Blvd, Tuscaloos Mon-Sun 11am-9pm | www.lovemissdots.com

Bama BBQ & Grill 3380 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.9816

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 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.m-9p.m., FridaySaturday 11a.m.-10p.m. Sunday Brunch 11a.m.-2p.m. 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 Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe 1800 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 344-6444 Mon-Sat 11am-9pm Sun 11am-8pm 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 Zoe’s Kitchen 312 Merchants Walk // 344.4450

BARBEQUE

CRAFT BEER | WINE | BARCADE | GROWLERS

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. Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q 469-2060//305 21st Ave, Tuscaloosa Sun-Thur 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 9am-10pm | www.facebook.com/ JNNTuscaloosa Hoo's Q 345-6400 101 15th St E, Tuscaloosa//Mon-Sun 10am-9pm | www.hoosbbq.com 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 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

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R. Davidson Chophouse 2330 4th St. /Downtown Tuscaloosa/ 205.614.8782 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

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 Catfish Heaven 2502 21st St, Tuscaloosa// 752-7222 Mon-Sat 11am-7:30pm Closed Sun Steamers on The Strip 1301 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa//750-0203 Mon-Sat 11am-8pm Sun 11am-5pm | www.steamersonthestrip.net 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

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

DELICATESSEN

Honeybaked Ham Company 421 15th St. E // 345.5508 //www.honeybaked.com Jason’s Deli 2300 McFarland Blvd // 752.6192 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 Express Cafe 205 University Blvd. East // 758.2455// www.newkscafe.com Sun–Wed 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. 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 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 Open daily. Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | www.surinofthailand.com

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

COFFEE SHOP Barnes & Noble 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 349.6366

New China Fun 4213 University Blvd E, Tuscaloosa//553-2435 Mon-Thur 11am–9:30pm Fri-Sat 11am–10:30pm Sun 12–9:30PM

Five Java Coffee, fresh juices, smoothies and treats from Mary's Cakes. Open Monday - Saturday at 7am; 9am on Sundays

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

Heritage House 700 Towncenter | Northport // 758.0042 Open Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

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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. Italian Beef Sandwiches, Chicago Rib Tips, and Chicago Style Pizza.

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 Dunkin' Donuts 2520 Stillman Blvd. |Tuscaloosa// 349.3400 McCorvey Dr. | Tuscaloosa // 348.4041 | www.dunkindonuts.com Frutta Bowls 752-3293//2531 University Blvd Suite 110 Mon-Sun 7am–9pm | www.fruttabowls.com

California Underground 13552 Highway 43, Northport | 339.8660

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.

Chuck E. Cheese's Midtown Village, 500, Tuscaloosa St//979-3420 Mon-Thur 11am-9pm Fri-11am-10pm Sat-9am-10pm

Smoothie King (2 locations) 415 15th Street | Tuscaloosa // 349.1721 1403 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 462.3664

Firehouse Subs 1130 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 248.0680

TCBY (2 Locations) 2304 Mcfarland Blbd | Meadowbrook Shopping Center // 349.4661 2 Mcfarland Blvd | Northport | Essex Shopping Center // 758.6855

Hungry Howie’s (4 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 Little Caesars Pizza 1414 10th Ave // 366.2220 | www.littlecaesars.com (Second location) 5980 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa// 331-8150

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Lee Palace 6521 Highway 69 S // 391.9990 / Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Pearl Garden 2719 Lurleen Wallace Blvd | Northport // 339.0880

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Yogurt In Love Patriot Center 7402 Highway 69 South//764.9173 Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-10 pm. 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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ay hi to little Rocky, a 4-year-old male Chihuahua/terrier mix. Rocky has a smooth reddish/brown and white coat and is small, weighing only 12 pounds. He is very lean and all legs right now, but could stand to gain a little weight. Rocky is such a sweet, friendly dog that really just wants to be with you and in your lap. He is not too hyper and will make a nice companion dog.

eet Simba! He is Simba is one exceptionally playful kitten. His birthday is 3/17/16 and he just "graduated" to the young adult room. Simba is an energetic, smart, and sweet guy. He loves to play & be petted. He gets along great with the other cats at the shelter. Simba would be a great cat for a single person wanting a companion or a family who would love an active and interactive cat to join their household. He's a big guy with a huge personality!

Rocky will need some exercising and would do fine in an apartment, but he does need lots of exercise. He must be an inside dog and should not be left outside any unattended, since he is so small. He tends to be the dominant dog with other dogs and is a little picky on who he plays with (that is the Chihuahua in him!). He should be okay with older children that are 15 and up, but not younger due to his small stature.

If you are interested in giving ROCKY or SIMBA the forever homes they want and deserve, visit the Humane Society of West Alabama at http://www.humanesocietyofwa.org or call us at (205)-554-0011.

Rocky was adopted out by HSWA for several months and was returned due to the health of the owner, but nothing to do with Rocky. He was a great companion for this person. Then he got adopted out again, but it seemed he was very stressed and anxious in this household. He may do better in one without children and where he has someone with him a lot in a calm environment. He is crate trained and walks well on a leash, and he is very used to being a lap dog! Rocky is up-to-date on his vet care, is neutered, is heartworm negative, and is microchipped. He is on heartworm and flea/tick prevention. Please call 205-554-0011 or visit humanesocietyofwa.org to request an appointment to meet our available animals.

The Humane Society of West Alabama is in need of volunteers for both the cat and dog facilities. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteerhswa@gmail.com or go ahead and download a volunteer application from www.humanesocietyofwa.org/formsinfo.html and send to the same email.

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nybody who knows anything about Old West heroes knows that the legendary ‘Will Bill’ Hickok bit the dust in Deadwood, South Dakota, in 1876, when a disgruntled poker player named Jack McCall cold-bloodedly came up behind him and shot him in the back of the head. Described as an appallingly inept gambler, McCall had grown despondent with his losing streak, and he surprised Wild Bill when the latter least expected it. When he died, Hickok clutched black aces and eights, now known as “The Dead Man’s Hand.” Later, McCall faced a jury, was convicted of murder, and sentenced to swing. “Traded” director Timothy Woodward, Jr’s predictable, but entertaining biography of the famous lawman’s life in “Hickok,” adds little of consequence to what is generally known about the title character’s notorious reputation. More specifically, Woodward confines himself to Hickok’s daring exploits during the American Civil War and his early years as a lawman in Abilene, Kansas, and his woes with glaucoma, before his tragic demise in Deadwood. Of course, Woodward and “Perfect Target” scenarist Michael Lanahan try to accommodate history so it least interferes with their bullet-riddled, law and order saga. Although he wore shoulder-length hair, with a mustache, the eponymous hero here is clean-shaven and closely trimmed. In his first starring role, Australian native Luke Hemsworth holds his own as ‘Wild Bill’ against veteran actors, such as Trace Adkins, Kris Kristofferson, and Bruce Dern. Hemsworth wears black well and looks sufficiently imposing. He handles his six-guns with skill, too. Hawaiian native Kaiwi Lyman rates an honorable mention for his performance of another real-life ruffian named John Wesley Hardin. Meanwhile, Adkins is appropriately cast as the primary villain, and his deep, grouchy voice accentuates his villainy. Kristofferson and Dern lurk on the fringes, with Kristofferson earning more screen time with a backstory that restores his youth. What distinguishes “Hickok” from many low-budget westerns is the attention to detail that Woodward has taken to the settings. Dozens of extras roam the streets of Abilene so it looks like the town is inhabited, and superior production values lend “Hickok” greater authenticity. Spanish lenser Pablo Diez’s widescreen cinematography

captures the majesty of the settings and the conflict of the moment with either wide-open long shots or atmospheric close-ups. “Hickok” unfolds during the American Civil War with a skirmish between Union and Confederate soldiers. Under heavy fire from Southern cannon and a multi-barreled Gatling Gun, an audacious Hickok (Luke Hemsworth of HBO’s “Westworld”) vaults astride a horse and charges the enemy, brandishing two cap and ball revolvers like Clint Eastwood in the classic western “Outlaw Josey Wales.” You’d think that the guys on the rapid-firing Gatling Gun could have shot Hickok to ribbons. Instead, they are such inept marksmen that he comes out without a scratch. Of course, they couldn’t kill our hero because that would stop the action dead in its tracks. After this brief, bloody opening gambit, “Hickok” picks up the life of the celebrated gunslinger seven years later. ‘Wild Bill’ is accurately portrayed in one instance as a vagrant who cannot afford a train ticket. Nevertheless, Hickok’s intervention in a poker game later where one player accuses the other of cheating brings him to the attention of Abilene Mayor George Knox (Kris Kristofferson of “Heaven’s Gate”), and he hires him as town marshal for $150 a month and board. Hickok tries to cut a bargain with villainous saloonowner Phil Poe (Trace Atkins of “The Lincoln Lawyer”) for quarter share of their profits, and they have a tetchy relationship, especially after Hickok bans all firearms from being worn in Abilene. Worse, Poe learns that his betrothed, Mattie (Cameron

Richardson of “Rise: Blood Hunter”), was once married to Hickok. Poe smashes up Mattie’s face, and his villainy gets out of hand. At this point, Poe wants ‘Wild Bill’ dead, and he is prepared to pay anybody whatever it takes to put Hickok in a six-foot hole. Initially, the first contender is none other than John Wesley Hardin (Kaiwi Lyman of “American Crime”), but the two gunslingers have too much admiration and respect for each other. Hickok convinces Hardin to pin on the badge of a deputy marshal to keep him on the right side of the law. These two have an interesting scene in Poe’s bar when they compete against each other with target practice on a bottle. Hickok shoots the cork out of it, but Hardin goes one better, shooting the cork out of the bottle while its spins!

For the record, as many as eighteen notable actors have portrayed the flamboyant, fast-draw, sharp-shooter on the big screen as well as the small screen. Luke Hemsworth joins the likes of such greats as William S. Hart, Gary Cooper, Roy Rogers, Forrest Tucker, Guy Madison, Charles Bronson, Jeff Bridges, and Josh Brolin who have all portrayed this colorful personality. Unfortunately, “Hickok” isn’t as exciting as earlier movies, among them “The Plainsman” (1936), “Will Bill Hickok Rides” (1942), the 1966 remake of “The Plainsman,” “Little Big Man” (1970), “The White Buffalo” (1977), and “Wild Bill” (1995). Woodward stages the shootouts without the acrobatic flair that characterized Spaghetti westerns in the 1960s and the 1970s. Most of the violence is impromptu, and the participants don’t stick around long after they have emptied their revolvers. The low-budget becomes somewhat obvious because most of the action takes place in Abilene instead of out on the plains. The grand finale in Poe’s saloon near fadeout with Hickok and Harden knocking down Poe’s paid pistoleros is the exception to the rule. During the moments leading up to it, Hickok and Poe are staring each other down, until Poe shouts that he will shell out $500 to the first man to kill ‘Wild Bill.’ Woodward doesn’t wear out his welcome with this slowlypaced, 88-minute oater that boasts an adequate amount of gunplay. Altogether, “Hickok” qualifies as a fair account of ‘Wild Bill’ shenanigans in the context of a formulaic ‘town taming’ western.

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>>> E V E N T S THURSDAY, AUG 24 Lookout Rooftop Bar Concert Presented by Black Warrior Brewing WHEN: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm COST: free WHERE: Hotel Indigo 111 Greensboro Avenue Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 469-1660 LINK: http://www. riverfrontvillagehotel.com/ DESCRIPTION: The The Lookout Rooftop Bar - Hotel Indigo Concert Series presented by Black Warrior Brewing Co.continues on Thursday, July 27th from 7 until 9p. Enjoy live music from Tim Higgins with special guest, Emily Dozier-Ezell a beer special from Black Warrior Brewing and of course, the amazing views from Tuscaloosa's premiere rooftop bar. FRIDAY, AUG 25 Moon Taxi to perform at Druid City Music Hall August 25 & 26 WHEN: 8:30pm -11:30pm COST: WHERE:Druid City Music Hall 1307 University Blvd Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 523-7833 LINK: http://druidcitymusichall.com/ DESCRIPTION: Moon Taxi will be performing two consecutive nights at Druid City Music Hall, Friday and Saturday August 25 & 26. Tickets for both concerts will go on sale Friday, May 19, at 9a.m. Shows will start at 8:30 p.m. Moon Taxi is an American indie-progressive rock band based in Nashville, Tennessee. The band was founded in 2006 by Trevor Terndrup, Tommy Putnam, Spencer Thomson, Tyler Ritter, and Wes Bailey while attending Belmont University. SATURDAY, AUG 26 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

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FRIDAY, AUG 25 Mojo Trio Band Live At Band Of Brothers Brewing Co. WHEN: 7:00pm -10:00am COST: WHERE:Band of Brothers Brewing Company 1605 23rd Avenue Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 PHONE: (205) 246-2569 LINK: https://www.facebook. com/brewingbrothers/? rf=528097770684009 DESCRIPTION: The Mojo Trio Band will be taking over the brewery. The Mojo Trio Band (The power of 3) are a Tuscaloosa band, that has been around for nearly a decade. Ricky Burch on drums, Micah Hill on bass and Mitch Hudson on guitar will be Playing some of your favorite Rock, country, blues, funk, southern rock, classic rock songs. This is one perfomcance you dont want to miss! Food Truck will also be on site! TUESDAY, SEP 5 Burgers & Brews! WHEN: 11:00pm -9:00am COST:free WHERE:Southern Ale House 1530 McFarland Blvd N Tuscaloosa , AL 35406 PHONE: (205) 248-7500 LINK: http://southernalehouse.com/ DESCRIPTION:Join us every Tuesday for mouth-watering weekly burger specials, perfectly paired with a local craft brew! THURSDAY, AUG 10 Soccer Match vs. Middle Tenn. St WHEN: 5:00pm -8:00pm COST: WHERE: Kentuck Art Center 503 Main Ave. Northport, AL 35476 PHONE: (205) 758-1257 LINK: http://www.kentuck.org/ DESCRIPTION: Yvonne Wells will have her work at Art Night at Kentuck Art Center on September 7th, 2017.

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 Saturday, Aug 26

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Zydeco//Perpetual Groove w/ Little Raine Band Iron city//The Cadillac Three

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Workplay Theatre//Surburban Love Junkies and Erath Old Zydeco//80’s vs 90’s Throwback Bash Oak Mountain Amphitheatre//R. Kelly Sozo Trading Co//Passport to Uganda Legacy Arena at the BJCC//Rick and Bubba Outdoors

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Ascend Amphitheater//Govt mule with Blackberry Smoke City Winery Nashville//Aberdeen Green City Winery Nashville//Rik Emmett

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Schermerhorn Symphony Center//Buddy Guy Ryman Auditorium//Sam’s Place City Winery Nashville//Natural Wonder

 Monday, Aug 28

City Winery Nashville//Amelia white & Sergio Webb 3rd and Lindsley Bar and Grill//The Time Jumpers

Uptown at the BJCC//School House Rock Live

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Margarita Grill//Taco Tailgate Party Zydeco//Afroman w/ Neutral Snap

The Alabama Theatre//Anthony Hamilton

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City winery Nashville//Chuck Mead The Bluebird Café//NSAI Performance Series

City Winery Nasshville//Keo Kottke Brigestone Arena//Kendrick Lamar, Yg, & Dram

Oak Mountain Amphitheatre//Lady Antebellum

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Rocketown//Metro Station

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Ryman Auditorium//The Cadillac Three

The Alabama Theatre//Bill Burr

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Wolf Creek Amphitheater//R. Kelly

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Wolf Creek Amphitheater//Patti Labelle Fabulous Fox Theatre//Stephanie Mills Live Infinite Energy Center//Ed Sheeran Mable House Amphitheatre//Eric Benet

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Lyric Theatre//Mary Chapin Carpenter

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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

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Across 1. Christens 5. Grind, as one's teeth 10. Responds to applause 14. "Time ___ My Side" (Rolling Stones hit) 15. Attend to loose laces 16. Make ____ stop 17. Big name in furniture 19. Narrow street 20. Goals to shoot for 21. TV's Dr. Keith 22. Actor DiCaprio 26. One parted from his money? 30. Sons, sometimes 34. Good Charlotte guitarist Madden 35. Revolve 36. Dock workers' org. 37. Smaller in amount 39. One-time CIA chief 42. Ending for all or quiet 43. Nagy of Hungary 47. "No prob!" 48. River mouths 51. "Hasta la ___!" 52. In direct competition 54. Quivered 57. Arab chieftan's jurisdiction 62. Chickens' home 63. Go signal 66. Seagulls' cry in the French version of "Finding Nemo"? 67. Phrase of agreement 68. Complain 69. Capital of Qatar 70. Modeling wood 71. Divine's "Hairspray" role

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>>> HOROSCOPES | W E E K L Y O V E R V I E W Whatever decisions you need to make could occur quite naturally this week as events unfold. Changes on the domestic front could leave you excited about the potential for a new beginning. This could relate to a move, buying or selling real estate, or redecorating or remodeling your home. The important point is to take the first step and everything else should fall into place. You’ll also be looking for leisure and pleasure options to relax and unwind, which can be a restorative. Collaborating with others on a dynamic idea could work out well for you over the coming weeks. With a solar eclipse in your sector of communication, there is the potential for a fresh start that evolves over time and leads to success. If it includes creative possibilities, so much the better. You might also find that relationships begin to lighten up over the weeks ahead as Saturn turns direct after many months in its retrograde phase. Interacting should become much easier from now on. The coming week could see a moneymaking idea taking off and becoming a money tree. With a powerful lunar phase underway, there’s the possibility of a new beginning that could enhance your income considerably. But if it’s to succeed, you’ll need to apply some elbow grease and plan your steps in some detail. This should become easier as the Sun moves into meticulous Virgo. Indeed, attention to detail and a desire to work harder could appeal to you greatly and lead to success. The weeks ahead could see you shaking off your old image and adopting a newer, more charismatic approach to life. With a solar eclipse in your sign acting like a turbocharged new moon, it could seem like anything is possible. All you need to do is set your plan in motion. In addition, with Saturn, the planet of limitation, now forging ahead after its retrograde phase, your confidence can begin to build, especially in self-expression and romance. A special dream could be realized soon! A new beginning may be possible due to a powerful influence in your spiritual sector. If you feel like learning to meditate or taking up some other spiritual practice, go for it. Doing so could change your life in a dynamic way, allowing you to bring your vision to life. And with the Sun moving into your sign on Tuesday, you’ll also feel more energized and vital over the coming weeks. Focusing on projects that have special meaning for you could be very rewarding. An encounter or social event could have a profound effect on your life and mark a turning point for you. Because of this, you may make a key choice or perhaps decide to follow a new path that could turn out to be especially fruitful. When the Sun moves into a more secluded and spiritual sector of your chart, you’ll be entering a phase in which it helps to take time out for yourself. Quiet reflection could be particularly rewarding over the coming four weeks. This week brings an opportunity that may not be repeated for some time. The dynamic solar eclipse in your sector of ambition suggests that any decisions made now could be crucial. Don’t feel you must make a choice on the spot, though. With a more practical influence showing up, the cosmos suggests getting advice from knowledgeable others. And with interactive Mercury now in its retrograde phase, it might best to take each day as it comes. You might need to factor change into your plans. An opportunity to explore new territory could be a turning point for you, one you may embrace with great enthusiasm. The coming weeks could lead to fresh options that you may never have considered before, and this could be very exciting. In addition, with the Sun moving into your sector of career and ambition, this might be an opportunity to take stock and consider whether you’re making the best use of your skills and abilities. If not, it might be time to showcase your talents. You might decide to make a radical change that could have a major effect on your life. While you may have been mulling this over for some while, events could act as a catalyst that pushes you to do something. At the same time, a focus on your sector of far horizons, travel, and study could encourage you to explore new opportunities for development and growth. Over the coming weeks, ideas could shape your thinking and lead you in a direction that proves enriching. A relationship could take a new turn, particularly if you’re eager for it to move to a new level of intimacy. A dynamic influence could encourage you to commit to a deeper connection with a loved one, business partner, or collaborator. But it’s equally possible that you might want to disengage from someone and go your own way. If your instincts tell you that a relationship has run its natural course, it might be wise to listen.

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A conversation or encounter could act as a catalyst that encourages you to get fit or deal with a health issue. Your mindset could change over the weeks ahead and become much more positive. If you have felt disheartened by your progress over recent weeks, this could now change. Relationships will also be in focus, encouraging you to take stock and consider how you might improve them. Being overly critical won’t help, whereas a more compassionate outlook certainly could. If you’ve doubted yourself, events this week could encourage you to have confidence and move forward with a can-do attitude. All you need to do is make the decision to do so. Once the Sun, the symbol of the self, moves into the practical sign of Virgo, you’ll find it easier to create a step-by-step plan that can help you reach your goal. Involving other people might work well for you, as you could achieve so much more with their help.

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33RD ANNUAL WEST ALABAMA JURIED SHOW WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BAMA THEATRE’S JUNIOR LEAGUE GALLERY The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will be sponsoring its 33rd Annual West Alabama Juried Show from Oct. 2 through Nov. 5, 2017 at the Bama Theatre’s Junior League Gallery. A closing reception honoring the winners will be held on Nov. 5 from 2-3 p.m. at the theatre with the public invited to attend.

Submittable. Beginning Sept. 1 and ending Sept. 8 at midnight, artists can submit their entries on the site. Artists should visit tuscarts.org/ competition-westaljuried for access to a direct link to the Submittable website and to view all entry guidelines. The link will not be active for submissions until Sept. 1.

One Best in Show award of $750, one cash award of $500 and three cash awards of $100 each will be presented. The awards will be sponsored in part by Buffalo Rock Pepsi.

All two-dimensional pieces accepted for the show must be ready for hanging and matted, framed and under glass if appropriate. No work should be submitted that has been executed in a class or workshop. Maximum size is 5 1/2 feet x 5 1/2 feet, and maximum weight is 50 pounds for all entries.

Visual artists residing in Bibb, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Perry, Shelby, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Walker Counties will be eligible. A $40 entry fee entitles participants to submit up to three works for judging. Only original two- and threedimensional works will be accepted. Entries must not have been shown in any previous West Alabama Juried Show or Double Exposure Exhibit. Works submitted for judging are accepted through a digital upload of images on the website submittable.com. This procedure also allows management of images in other competitions which utilize

FIRST FRIDAY PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF NEW WEBSITE The participants in downtown Tuscaloosa’s monthly First Friday arts and entertainment event are launching a new website that will focus on the upcoming schedule of events. The website www. firstfridaytuscaloosa.com launches Aug. 22, 2017 featuring the September First Friday event. The site, created by The Nine, is designed to make the First Friday art offerings accessible to the public with an Art Walk map displaying the location of all galleries. First Friday participants encourage patrons to visit other galleries and b usinesses within walking distance on the Art Walk. Galleries on the Art Walk include The Arts Council and The University of Alabama Galleries at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, The Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art, Harrison Galleries,

O’Connor Art Studios and Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy. Seasonal participants are listed along with additional arts offerings in the area including Art Night on the first Thursday of each month in downtown Northport. For more information and a personal look into the First Friday participants and their venues, an online Jubilation article has been posted on tuscarts.org/jubilation. First Friday takes place on the first Friday of the month in downtown Tuscaloosa. Local galleries, businesses and restaurants are open in the evening for the community to experience what downtown Tuscaloosa has to offer. First Friday occurs monthly with the exception of holidays. Event hours vary among the locations and are listed on the site.

For questions about the West Alabama Juried Show including the entry procedure, call 205-345-9801 or 205-758-5195, ext. 6. The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in Downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council, Bama Theatre or Cultural Arts Center, patrons should like the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

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SCRIMMAGE TWO RECAP // COACH SABAN ENCOURAGED

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he Crimson Tide held its second and the final scrimmage of August camp on Saturday afternoon at Bryant Denny Stadium. The scrimmage was closed to the media. Here are Nick Saban's post-scrimmage comments. OPENING COMMENTS "I was really kind of encouraged by the progress that we made. I think there's a lot of progress between scrimmage one and scrimmage two. A lot more guys were able to execute. I think there's a lot that we have to work on. The key to the drill is, can you ask yourself the question, 'Can I do my job on a consistent basis?' That means three things: can I play with the kind of effort, the kind of toughness and be responsible to know what to do, how to do it and why it's important to do it that way and do it over and over and over regardless of the circumstances in the game, regardless to the situation in the game. I think we had more guys that could do that today. But I also think we need to have more guys that can do that with confidence, that are young players that have a chance to contribute to this team that have to develop that confidence between now and then. There's a difference between having success and being successful. You can have success on one play. To be successful, you have to have success play after play after play over a long period of time, and that is what makes you a consistent performer and a successful player. That's what we need to be focused on. That's what we really need to do. Every player needs to look at, 'Can I do that? Can I do my job?' And then when they look at the film, they have to self-asses so they know what they have to work on so that when we go to practice next week everybody can go practice with a purpose in terms of what they need to improve so we put ourselves in the best position to be able to play our best that we can in the first game against a very good team. That's the key to the drill." OFFENSE MUST FINISH Continuing in his opening comments, Saban noted the Tide offense must finish drives. "One of the things was a little discouraging today was we moved the ball early in the scrimmage offensively (and then) stalled in the red area. Turned the ball over in the red area. Those are not the kind of things... we've got to be able to finish drives and score points." RAIN DELAY "We had a rain delay today. It was 22 minutes. We stayed out there in the rain and then we got some lightening and then we had to go in. I was saying, 'That's just like halftime. Let's see how we go out and play in the second half. I actually thought the energy was a little better than when we left. A lot of good things that were encouraging today." INJURIES "Bo (Scarbrough) has been ill. Pretty sick. I'm talking about ill enough to be in bed. We don't think it's serious illness or anything like. But it was something that we didn't think he should be in position where he's

not resting. Josh Jacobs is still day to day and did not scrimmage because of his injury (pulled hamstring)." GAME-LIKE SCRIMMAGE Saban was asked how the communication from the sideline to the field was during the scrimmage. "It was good. I had a headset on. Very decisive about what we were doing. I think we play better tempo-wise offensively when we play fast, which may be a good thing for us. The organization, the communication was good. We didn't have problems. We didn't have delay of the game, substitution penalties. We didn't have any of those issues." DABOLL ON THE SIDELINE Coach Saban confirmed that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll worked from the sideline during the scrimmage. "Coach Daboll was on the sidelines. We had press box organization today. Coaches that are going to be in the press box were in the press box. The ones that could be on the phones and talk, the ones that couldn't talk, the ones that do administrative work. The same ones are going to be on the sidelines. Worked the special teams substitution just like it as a game. It was much more game-like for the first 60 plays of the scrimmage, back and forth, which is close to 30 plays for each team. Then we did some situational stuff, good against good." KICKERS FARED BETTER After a poor performance in last Saturday's scrimmage, the placekicking this week was much better in practices. The progress continued on Saturday "We were much better. J.K. (Scott) made a 51-yard field goal. Joseph (Bulovas), I think, kicked two field goals. (He) made one, missed one. I think we made the rest. Andy (Pappanastos) was three for three. We kicked a couple of them when it was pouring down rain.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SCRIMMAGE Coach Saban was asked if it was his experience that the second (final) scrimmage has added importance. "I think every day as a coach you want to see the players execute well. That's the number one thing. The ability to execute on a consistent basis. That's really what makes you a good team. That gives the unit the best chance to be successful. But I think as a coach you look at, 'Where are we in all that?' Wherever we are, that's where we have to progress from. I think we made progress in this scrimmage. I'm pleased with the progress that we made. Are we where I'd love for us to be? The identity of this team, no matter where anybody ranks you or rates you, and we certainly appreciate the fact that people acknowledge the program here, but this team's identity is based on what they do moving forward in the games that they have in the future. That's what every player should be looking at relative to what they need to do to improve. And that's what every unit on our team should be looking at. And I hope that's what we're focused on." JALEN'S PROGRESS IN THE POCKET Saban was asked about Jalen Hurts' progress in the pocket -- when to stay and when to bail.

"I thought it was really a good situation (the rain) for us to have a plan. We've had some wet ball practices, because we've had quite a few rainy days. It certainly paid off."

"I think Jalen has developed more confidence as a passer. I think his ability to scramble is still a tremendous asset for him. I think he's learned how to use that a little bit better and be an effective passer. I think systemically we're better in that regard."

BACKUP QUARTERBACKS Coach Saban was asked about the progress made by backup freshmen quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones.

WHEN WILL THE FOCUS TURN TO FSU? Saban was asked when the attention would turn to preparing for the opener against Florida State.

"I think that Tua has really progressed nicely. He had a good day today. Probably had a few more opportunities. Made a couple of explosive plays. He's making very, very good progress. I think Mac is doing the same. But we have to sort of say, 'Ok, who are we going to get ready to play here?' We've got the first quarterback, Jalen. Then we've got a guy that we've got to have ready to play as a backup. Then we've got to bring Mac along the best we can. And he's made good progress and he got some opportunities today and didn't do a bad job."

"We kind of have a plan about when we want to have a plan of when to get going on Florida State. Philosophically, I've always been one that if you practice too long for somebody, that everybody gets stale by the time you play the game. I think we have work to do on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We'll sort of make an assessment of where we are and then decide where we go from there, whether we're ready to start preparation for the game and have a couple of extra practices for it or exactly when we'll do that."

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