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“Steve Earle is a maverick. Anyone who has passing awareness of this Texas native, his music and career trajectory path is well aware of this fact. So it goes with “So You Wannabe An Outlaw,” his 16th solo studio outing.”

6 BLACKBERRY PIE BARS // RACHEL PAXTON

“I have been spending the past week picking wild blackberries. Lots and lots of blackberries. There are lots of things you can make from blackberries. Pies and blackberry syrup are two of my favorite. I recently stumbled across a recipe for these blackberry pie bars and I decided to give them a try. They're wonderful, you have to try them!”

7 MATTHEW ASHRAF // REGGIE ALLEN

“Matthew Ashraf had no idea that he would participate in 2018’s most talked about concert. He was just doing his job.”

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“Mike Inman can sum up Kevin Harris in one word. "Relentless," says the LoganvilleGrayson, GA DL coach. "Kevin Harris is relentless." Harris, rated among the nation's top outside linebackers in the 2019 class, committed to Alabama on Tuesday afternoon.”

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teve Earle is a maverick. Anyone who has passing awareness of this Texas native, his music and career trajectory path is well aware of this fact. So it goes with “So You Wannabe An Outlaw,” his 16th solo studio outing. Earle and his backup band, The Dukes, cut a dozen songs that return him to his country music roots for the first time since “The Mountain,” his 1999 bluegrassinspired collaboration with the Del McCoury Band. The seeds for this outing were planted when T-Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller, who were consecutive music directors for the musical drama, “Nashville,” reached out to Earle about tapping into his songwriting skills for a couple of songs. The results were “If Mama Could Have Seen Me,” which was used in season one and “Lookin’ For a Woman,” which was rejected by show producers for season two. With a pair of songs in his pocket and a schedule that found him putting the finishing touches on 2016's “Colvin & Earle,” his collaborative album with fellow singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin, Earle didn’t give those tunes too much thought. “Halfway through the Colvin & Earle tour, I realized that I had alimony to pay and I had to work and make another record. I dusted them both off and realized that there’s a thread that runs through both of them and it dawned on me what it was,” he recalled in a recent phone interview. “I always have a couple of Beatles, a couple of Stones, a couple of Waylon (Jennings) and a couple of Willie (Nelson) and a couple of Bob [Dylan] records that have been in rotation my whole life. “I was listening to “Honky Tonk Heroes” again, which Waylon made in 1972 and an album that I really love,” he said. “The two songs had that vibe and they’re both based on riffs, so I decided it was going to be a pretty electric record, so I concentrated on writing for electric guitar at that point. It’s a country

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record, but it’s a very electric country record. I couldn’t have made this record if I hadn’t have made all the records I made between “Guitar Town” (Earle’s 1987 debut album) and this one. I joked when somebody earlier asked me what this record was before I actually made it and I said it might have been the record I might have made if (label executive) Jimmy Bowen hadn’t pissed me off after “Guitar Town.” It was funny, but the deal is that all the stuff that I’ve done, I don’t have a single record that I’m not proud of or any musical wave that I’ve ever made that I regret. All my regrets have to do with my personal life and not my career.” With the wounds from his 2014 divorce from fellow singer-songwriter and seventh wife Allison Moorer still fresh, Earle used some of this pain for fodder in this collection of songs infused by a sense of love, loss and recovery. “This Is How It Ends,” is a mid-tempo duet with Miranda Lambert (who had her own breakup with Blake Shelton in 2015) that offers some degree of hope amid its self-explanatory title, while “So You Wannabe An Outlaw” (which guests fellow rebel Nelson) and the Texas two-step-flavored “Walkin’ In LA” grapple with not letting society define you and getting through a rough patch respectively. Fueled by an array of established artists including Jennings, Nelson, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser, the mid-1970s outlaw country movement was a reaction against the homogenized and slickly produced material getting churned out by Music Row. As someone who arrived in Nashville in 1975 from the Lone Star State, Earle missed out on the wave, but still had enough of a front-row seat to experience what was happening. Yet, a dozen years later, Earle would be part of another movement against the country music

mainstream alongside such fellow rebels Dwight Yoakam, k.d. Lang and Randy Travis. “I was really kind of the kid around the outlaw thing but the door just closed before I got a record deal. It’s funny—I think it was [critic Robert] Christgau that decided me, Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam were the same thing,” Earle explained. “Somebody said Christgau liked this record and that’s funny because he hasn’t liked a record of mine since “Guitar Town.” I don’t read reviews anymore. It’s just a recovery thing and it’s not that healthy.” Currently on a tour in which he is playing his landmark third album, “Copperhead Road,” in its entirety to mark the 30th anniversary of its release, Earle has multiple projects going. He was featured in a PBS segment in September that found close friend and respected filmmaker David Simon interviewing him. With the two having worked together on Simon shows like “The Wire” and “Treme,” the duo are in the talking stages about a musical based on the Sparrow’s Point section of Baltimore. And the number one priority for this 63-year-old single dad is taking care of John Henry, his seven-yearold son who is autistic and largely non-verbal that he had with ex-wife Moorer, with whom he split with in 2014. A Manhattan resident since

moving here in 2005, Earle finds the big city not only provides great resources that help with his child’s development, but gives him ready access to major league baseball (he is an avid New York Yankees fan) and plenty of opportunities to delve into musical theater. As someone who counts “Carousel” as his favorite all-time musical and recently composed music for and acted in the Richard Maxwell’s OffBroadway play “Samara,” Earle is unabashedly enamored with this art form -- so much so that he’s at work on a musical based on Washington Square Park and is also offering his services for hire. “I’ve hung up my shingle as a composer for musical theater. I’m available for hire to write lyrics, songs or to write a musical. To tell you the truth, for my own output, what I’m interested in are oldfashioned musicals, where the play holds up and each and every one of the songs holds up on their own, when you take them out of their environment,” Earle said with a grin. “It’s starting to happen again. “Dear Evan Hansen” is really good and that’s pretty inspiring. I loved “Hamilton,” which I saw three times, (it’s) everything that it’s cracked up to be. But it’s still an opera and not a book musical. I’m just fascinated with book musicals because it’s an American art form. We kind of invented it.”

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NEWS FORERUNNERS PROGRAM HOLDS GRADUATION CEREMONY Leadership program aids awareness of community concerns for local high school students The 2017-18 Forerunners class held a graduation ceremony May 2 at Embassy Suites. High school students from around Tuscaloosa County participate in the leadership program, which is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. The keynote address for the event was given by Dr. Cynthia Warrick, president of Stillman College, and graduates were recognized by Karen Thompson, the executive director of Temporary Emergency Services. Designed for eleventh grade students in the Tuscaloosa area, Forerunners provides an analysis of major areas of identified community concerns and trains the participants in specific leadership skills, while providing opportunities for decision-making and problem solving through group processes. Each participant must go through a stringent application process to be selected for the program. Students selected for the class of 2017-18 are Wat Adair, Northridge; Elle Allen, Hillcrest; Jack Ballard, American Christian; Hayden Barr, Holy Spirit; Lauren Beck, Hillcrest; Madelyn Blakley, American Christian; Abby Cobb, Tuscaloosa County; Mallory Cobb, Tuscaloosa County; Maryssa Craig, Holy Spirit; Callie Corley, Tuscaloosa Christian; Alyssa Ellis, Brookwood; Eva Farrish, Holy Spirit; Amber Fennimore, Northside; Walker Ferry, Northridge; Hannah Fishbaugh, Northside; Madison Formby, Northridge; Brady Gregory, Northside; William Hamiter, Tuscaloosa Academy; Luke Hydrick, American Christian; Austin Hyslop, Capitol School; Lilly Laubenthal, Holy Spirit; Andrew Maluda, Northside; Tyler McCreless, Brookwood; Ellie Miles, Tuscaloosa County; Sania Mitchell, American Christian; Drake Montgomery, American Christian; Amanda Noland, Tuscaloosa County; Trinity Odongo, Holy Spirit; Roni Peramsetty, Holy Spirit; Katelyn Perkins, Tuscaloosa County; Zee Perkins-Washington, Paul W. Bryant; LaBoris Perry, Central; Abby Ray, Hillcrest; Reagan Ray, Hillcrest; Michael Riches, Capitol School; J.P. Sanders, Tuscaloosa Academy; Marla Grace Sanford, Northside; Samantha Savage, Northridge; Hunter Sexton, Tuscaloosa County; Lizzie Shaw, Hillcrest; Symia Smith, Central; Ethan Sneckenberger, Northridge; Chris Thomas, Hillcrest; Kyla Thomas, Paul W. Bryant; Andrew Turner, North River Christian; Amelia Upton, Northridge; Emily Wallace, North River Christian; Garrett Welch, American Christian. Presenting Sponsor for the Forerunners program is Peco Foods. The Scholarship Sponsor is Bryant Bank.

LIN D. MOORE III TO BE NAMED 2018 TUSCALOOSA COUNTY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR Lin D. Moore will be honored as the 2018 Tuscaloosa County Citizen of the Year Wednesday, May 16, during the Tuscaloosa Civitan Club luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Embassy Suites, co-hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. Moore has served as Chairman of Pritchett-Moore, Inc. insurance agency since 2004. He has more than 20 years of industry experience, and has attained the Certified Insurance Counselor designation. He is a native of Tuscaloosa, and a graduate of the University of Alabama. When selecting Moore for the award, the Citizen of the Year committee, made up of members of the community, noted his priority toward community involvement and paying his “civic rent.” Moore’s outstanding character and leadership traits were taken into consideration. “Lin has risen to lead many different organizations based on his ability to calmly guide them to become stronger and more successful,” the committee noted. Moore has been involved in numerous charitable and civic activities, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Tuscaloosa Housing Authority for more than two decades. He serves as the current Chairman of the Board. Moore has also served on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, where he was Chairman of the Board, was presented the Member of the Year award in 2005, and given the Distinguished Service Award in 2010. Moore serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of West Alabama, and is a past Chairman. He has been a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society since 2008. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of West Alabama. He is a member of the Regions Bank Advisory Board; the Alabama Independent Insurance Association Board of Directors; the University of Alabama President’s Cabinet, Commerce Executive Society and Alumni Association; and was an officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Tuscaloosa Home Builders Association for several years. Moore is a lifelong member of Christ Episcopal Church, where he serves on the Family Foundation Board. He and his wife Sharon have a daughter, McLean.

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BLACKBERRY PIE BARS

RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S LEGACY OF DISSENT

I have been spending the past week picking wild blackberries. Lots and lots of blackberries. There are lots of things you can make from blackberries. Pies and blackberry syrup are two of my favorite. I recently stumbled across a recipe for these blackberry pie bars and I decided to give them a try. They're wonderful, you have to try them! Ingredients: 3 c. flour 1 1/2 c. sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt Juice of 1 lemon 1 cup cold butter 1 large egg 2 tsp. vanilla extract 4 c. fresh blackberries* 4 tsp. cornstarch *If you don't have fresh blackberries, you could substitute a can of blackberry pie filling. Just omit 1/2 c. sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Preheat the oven to 375°F. blackberry pie bars Stir together flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter, egg, and vanilla extract. If you don't have a pastry blender, you can also use a food processor to mix it together. Mix until dough is crumbly. Pat half of the dough into the bottom of a greased 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Save the rest of the dough for the topping.

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lifelong effort to reshape the language of American law has had profound consequences: she has shifted the rhetorical boundaries of jurisprudence on a wide range of fundamental issues from equal protection to reproductive rights. Beginning in the early 1970s, Ginsburg led a consequential attack on sexist law in the United States. By directly confronting the patriarchal voice of the law, she pointedly challenged an entrenched genre of legal language that silenced the voices and experiences of American women and undermined their status as equal citizens. On the United States Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg continues to challenge the traditional scripts of legal discourse to insist on a progressive vision of the Constitution and to demand a more inclusive and democratic body of law.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg stands as an incredibly important figure in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century feminism. While a growing number of admirers celebrate Justice Ginsburg’s voice of dissent today, Ginsburg’s rhetorical legacy reveals that she has long articulated a sharp and

Cool completely before cutting into squares. Bars will hold together best after completely cool. You can eat it while it's still warm, but it will be more like an apple crisp in consistency. It's good both ways!

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ABOUT THE BOOK A rhetorical analysis of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s feminist jurisprudence

This illuminating work examines Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s contributions in reshaping the rhetoric of the law (specifically through the lens of watershed cases in women’s rights) and describes her rhetorical contributions—beginning with her work in the 1970s as a lawyer and an advocate for the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project through her tenure as a Supreme Court justice. Katie L. Gibson examines Ginsburg’s rhetoric to argue that she has dramatically shifted the boundaries of legal language. Gibson draws from rhetorical theory, critical legal theory, and feminist theory to describe the law as a rhetorical genre, arguing that Ginsburg’s jurisprudence can appropriately be understood as a direct challenge to the traditional rhetoric of the law.

In a medium bowl, stir together the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. You can substitute 3 tbsp. bottled lemon juice for the fresh lemon. Gently stir in the blackberries. Gently spoon the blackberry mixture evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining dough over the blackberries.

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FEMINIST RHETORIC AND THE LAW KATIE L. GIBSON

strategic voice of judicial dissent. This study contributes to a more complete understanding of her feminist legacy by detailing the unique contributions of her legal rhetoric. AUTHORS/EDITORS Katie L. Gibson is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetorical studies. Her scholarship investigates the politics of representation in legal discourses, political communication, and popular culture. REVIEWS “A significant contribution to the rhetorical studies literature; the cultural and political value of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is considerable and there is a definite need for a careful, sustained analysis of her judicial rhetoric. Gibson provides just such an analysis, and her work is a powerful contribution to the ongoing conversations about the relationships between law, rhetoric and the broader political culture.” —Trevor Parry-Giles, author of The Character of Justice: Rhetoric, Law, and Politics in the Supreme Court Confirmation Process and coauthor of The Prime-Time Presidency: The West Wing and U.S. Nationalism

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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MATTHEW ASHRAF // FORMER HBCU STUDENT TALKS PERFORMING WITH BEYONCÉ, SCHOOL AND MAKING MUSIC.

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atthew Ashraf had no idea that he would participate in 2018’s most talked about concert. He was just doing his job.

Ashraf, 26, is a member of Drumline Live, an international touring company modeled after the aesthetic of Historically Black Colleges and University marching bands. At some point, the music director of a then anonymous singer approached CEO Don P Roberts, seeking performers for an undisclosed event. Accustomed to the hustle and bustle of things, Ashraf didn’t think anything of it. A job was a job. “It was kind of [a] ‘ Hey, you’re musicians, show up and take care of the gig like professionals like we always do’”, Ashraf explained. The mystery artist? Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. The undisclosed location? Indio, California. Last April, the 36-year-old made history as the first black woman to headline the Coachella Music Festival. Initially scheduled to perform the twoweekend hurrah in 2017, she dropped out after announcing that she was pregnant with twins. Days prior to the concert, close sources reported that the singer hired over 100 performers for her historic set, leaving fans to wonder what she had up her sleeve. The multi-Grammy winner didn’t disappoint, bringing out husband Jay Z, sister Solange and a brief reunion of Destiny’s Child. The first of the two performances were streamed on YouTube for those unable to afford the steep ticket and airfare to the Golden State. It’s one thing to watch it from the comfort of your couch. Heck, it’s even one thing to have been in the audience. But, how does it feel when you get perform onstage alongside Queen Bey? “It doesn’t hit you until see the artist playing the music,” said Ashraf. “It doesn’t really hit you there. Somebody can tell you that, but you don’t start feeling it until you [actually] see or meet the artist or start playing the music. Seeing the show come

together, that’s when it really hits you.” The two-hour performance, which fans cleverly dubbed Beychella, featured a full-blown homage to the rich culture of HBCUs. Backed by a marching band, the performance was filled with everything from an energetic dance line to an onstage neophyte presentation. For Ashraf, the historical set hit a soft spot.

ample free time to hone his craft making music. A jack-of-all-trades, Ashraf said he finds joy in not just creating music, but helping others. He hopes to one day open a studio for creatives to thrive. As an artist, he’s still making music with a few secret projects in the works. Like many, working with Queen Bey had an after effect on his work ethic. Despite the “reported” 11-hour rehearsals, Ashraf has nothing but respect for the “Crazy in Love” artist’s hustle. He

It brought back memories from his days at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, where he performed in the school’s Maroon and White marching band. But he wasn’t alone. The performance featured droves of students from Florida A&M, North Carolina A&T, Prairie View A&M and other prominent HBCUs. “A lot of the things that we’ve done before were part of the show and we even had some input on some things,” Ashraf said. “It was very authentic, because we are all from HBCUs. We all came together and collectively created the show.” Growing up in a religious household of singers, the Georgia native discovered his love of music through song. However, it was joining the school band that exposed him to some of his favorite genres of music, including jazz. “Being in the marching band was great,” Ashraf said of his time at the HBCU. “When I joined the marching band in high school, I wasn’t ever really planning on going to college in marching, so it was like going into a marching band with 200 plus people and constantly traveling weekly, getting to see the country and then as a younger kid. It was amazing experience.” Now a student at Georgia State, the multi-faceted artist isn’t in any rush to walk across the stage. Instead, Ashraf admitted that he’s enjoying the college experience in conjunction with his tenure with Drumline Live. Outside of touring, the 26-year-old works in Atlanta as singer, songwriter and producer under the moniker Mayday Muse. After leaving AAMU, he used the

even said that he could take a note or two from her level of hard work. “Her work ethic is amazing,” Ashraf explained. “I learned a lot from just being around her team. Her work ethic is amazing, it’s so involved and very, very inspiring to see how much detail goes into these productions. Just be very thorough with your work and it’ll show. This show to me, not because I was in or even if I wasn’t in it, was her best show and I think most of the world agrees, so it shows you just how hard her and her team actually works.” For the aspiring singer, he’s only looking up. The once-in-a-lifetime experience is just a cultivation of his work, and he’s hoping that there’s more to come. “It’s all levels and moving up upwards. It started with me singing as a kid to performing with Beyoncé.”

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will go ahead and admit that I am one of the many folks in Tuscaloosa in denial that another fall academic season is upon us. Sure that means football , barbecue, and all things pumpkin; however, I still long for the long summer days, trips to the beach, and fresh light flavors involved in sunny seasons. This transition to August has been rough for me, and it gets even rougher on rainy Mondays when I’m not ready for school to be in session and lunch field trips in town with friends become more difficult. Working on UA’s campus, a lunch trip to a restaurant that has no campus affiliation can often be a breath of fresh air. On this particular rainy Monday, I knew I was on a mission to have lunch at a “getaway” restaurant in Tuscaloosa. For me this often involves traveling over the bridge to the other side of Tuscaloosa and Northport to escape my lovely campus bubble. Racking my brain for something yummy, I decided to head to Urban Cookhouse to savor the last delicious flavors of summer.

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Though I had eaten at other Urban Cookhouse locations in Birmingham and Montgomery in the past, it wasn’t until earlier this summer that I learned how committed the restaurant is to supporting local farmers in Alabama. I also hadn’t realized that despite the original restaurant debuting in Homewood in 2007, Urban Cookhouse owners David and Andrea Snyder are both alums of UA with family in Cottondale and Holt. Checking out the menu at Urban Cookhouse for lunch, I was surprised once again at the level of variety that the restaurant has to offer. I was definitely in the mood for some fruits and veggies, but not completely sold on getting a salad as my main entrée. As a creature of habit typically getting the grilled chicken special, I had to take some extra time to evaluate my cravings. I got pumped once I noticed I could get the Berry Good salad as a wrap. Featuring seasonal berries, tomatoes, spiced pecans, lettuce, and grilled chicken, I knew this would be the perfect filling in a wheat wrap.

Taking a peek at the side items, I decided to venture away from the roasted veggies and try out the hot cheddar pasta I always watch my friends order. Filling up my beverage, I already had another “win” as I noticed that Urban Cookhouse had the nice pellet type ice ready for crunching without breaking a molar. Though the kitchen and catering staff appeared to be aggressively working on several catering orders, I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly my plate was placed in front of me. Quickly I noticed the large spiced pecan poking out of my wrap, along with the ample amount of cheese on my penne pasta. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to take my first bite of but eventually settled on wanting to taste my pasta while it was fresh and hot. Gooey and delicious, the hot cheddar pasta was all that I expected it to be. I immediately took in a mouthful of my Berry Good

wrap loving the contrast between the savory chicken and tart berries. Despite the summer coming to an end, I know that I’ll always have Urban Cookhouse as an escape to summer favorites. Once it cools down, I can’t wait to transition to my fall favorite lime-marinated steak and rice! Urban Cookhouse is located in the Village at Northbank and opened daily. 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 @ TheThriftyRD

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APOTHIC BREW

FLYING BISON BREWING SPECIALTY IPA | YEAR-ROUND NEW YORK | UNITED STATES Judges Rating: 84 Aroma: 17 / 24 Appearance: 6/6 Flavor: 35 / 40 Mouthfeel: 9 / 10 Overall Impression: 17 / 20

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pothic Brew is a new Apothic limited release red blend and cold brew coffee infused wine that was first released in April 2018. Apothic is based out of Modesto, California, USA. Apothic tends to cast the rules aside when they craft their wines. They like to try something out on everyone and see if it sticks. If it does, then they seem to take it off the “limited release” list and keep it out all year. They’re clearly doing the same with Apothic Brew.

Juice Caboose was judged as BJCP category 21B Specialty IPA: NEIPA Fresh pineapple and guava with a touch of resin and a dash of dank. Candy like sweet caramel impressions are enhanced by a noticeable alcohol presence. Sufficiently cloudy golden color with a fine creamy slightly off-white head. The resin and dank hops are more pronounced and dominant in the flavor. Pineapple appears midpalate. Sweet honey malts and alcohol are also noted but the bittering levels are high enough to hold the sweetness down. The bitterness may be a little too high for the style but it’s not harsh. A medium body with moderately high levels of carbonation add to the overall impression of bitterness and prickle the palate. While it is not astringent the carbonation and bitterness prevent the beer from being as creamy as anticipated. Very nice beer that held most of the qualities you would want in a NEIPA but just a little harsh. The hop profile leans a little to hard on the resin and dank over the tropical and “juicy” qualities the style is known for.

From the bottle: Blended with intrigue, Apothic Brew stirs your senses. Inspired by a passion for coffee, our winemaker has crafted an infusion like never before… Notes of red fruit and toasted oak combine with hints of cold brew for a well-balanced blend that captivates you from the first pour. The bottle did not have a year on it. Appearance

volume, per the bottle. After some “aggressive” spinning and sniffing I may have picked up a hint of black cherry. Or maybe just cherry or some other red fruits, too hard to tell. Taste The first thing I noticed about the taste was the good balance between coffee and red wine. The taste is mostly wine but with a noticeable coffee flavor. Especially with a fresh pour. The coffee flavor tasted like light and mildly sweetened coffee with coffee liquor mixed in. Like an after dinner coffee with Kahlua in it. The red wine flavor, though a bit difficult to descramble was the typical cherry / black cherry flavor you would find in a red wine blend. I was really expecting not to like the taste, but it wasn’t that bad considering. I found if I held the wine in my mouth for a bit, I really noticed the coffee flavor.

When I poured the wine into the glass, I expected to see a brownish tinge that you might get from mixing coffee and wine. However, the wine’s color did not let on to the coffee infusion. In the glass, the wine was deep plum in color. Legs were numerous and fell slowly. You definitely can’t see the coffee infusion by looking at the wine in the glass. It just looks like a glass of dark red wine.

Mouthfeel and Tannins

Aroma

Apothic Brew finished long. The finish was mostly carried by the flavors. However, as they settled back, the tannins did continue the finish trajectory. I discovered that if you go without a sip for awhile, a very mild coffee flavor is left on your palate.

When I pulled the cork out of the bottle, I immediately gave it a whiff. My first sense was an aroma of coffee liquor on the cork. After pouring, I noticed the coffee liquor aroma again, but from a foot away from the glass. The aroma kind of wafted about. Up close, the coffee liquor aroma was more powerful and completely dominated the wine’s nose. I really struggled to pick out any typical red wine aromas. I also didn’t notice much alcohol in the aroma either. Apothic Brew alcohol content 13.5% by

Apothic Brew’s mouthfeel was fairly silky. It definitely wasn’t juicy. Tannins were certainly present and noticeable, making this “blend” easily qualify as a dry wine. Which isn’t surprising given the tannic qualities of coffee beans. I noted the tannins all over my palate. Finish

Overall Opinion Overall, much like when I tasted Apothic Inferno, I kept pouring and tasting as if to say, “What are we dealing with here!” Get it before it’s gone!

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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. | WedSat 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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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.

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

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

Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill 2001 New Watermelon Rd | Northport // 342.3378 LaGran Fiesta 9770 Hwy 69 S // 345.8871

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

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

Los Tarascos (2 locations) 110 Skyland Blvd E - Tuscaloosa//553-8896 New LOCATION 3380 McFarland Blvd - Northport//330-0919//www.lostarascos.com

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

Margarita's Grill 1241 McFarland Blvd E // 343.0300

Holler & Dash 1130 University Blvd A-1, Tuscaloosa//752-3310 Sun-Thur 7am–2pm Fri-Sat 7am–9pm Sun 7am2pm//www.holleranddash.com International House of Pancakes 724 Skyland Blvd // 366.1130 Jack's 1200 Hackberry Lane | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199

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 10:30am8pm Closed Sun Pepito’s (2 locations) 1203 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9028 1301 McFarland Blvd NE // 391.4861

Mr. Bill's Family Restaurant 2715 McFarland Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 333.9312 Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd *402 | Tuscaloosa // 366.8780 Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip | Tuscaloosa // 342.0022 Rama Jama’s 1000 Bryant Dr // 750.0901//Closest restaurant to Bryant-Denny Stadium. 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 Sun-10:30-8pm 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

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

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 La Cocina Bar & Grill 561-6851 Mon-Thur 11am-9:30 Fri 11am-10pm Sat 9am-10pm Sun 9am-9pm lacocinatuscaloosa.com El Rincon (2 locations) 1225 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 366.0855 1726 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 330.1274

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

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

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.

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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 // 7591400//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 Rock 'n Roll Sushi 469-9060//2229 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa Mon-Thur 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm Sun 12-9pm 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 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 Animal Butter 710-5455// 2217 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa// TueSat 11am–10pm Sun 11am–9pm Monday Closed | www.animalbutterinc.com

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 Madear’s 1735 Culver Road // 343.7773 Mon–Fri 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. | 2nd & 3rd Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mae's Southern Cafe 710-5488//4419 hwy 43 n suite 5, Northport Tue-Sat 11am–7pm Sun-10:30pm–12am Sun 11am6pm Mon-12AM–8PM Metro Diner 464-9428//1800 McFarland Blvd E #404 Tuscaloosa Sun-Thur 7am–8pm Fri-Sat 7am–9pm www.metrodiner.com 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 Mr Bill's Family Dining 333-9312 2715 McFarland Blvd, Northport Mon-Fri 10am-8pm Closed Sat-Sun Nothing But Noodles 1320 McFarland Blvd E #530// 349-2900// www.nothingbutnoodles.com Pastas, Salads, Soups, Desserts Fri-Sat 10:30am–10:30pm SunThur 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

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.

PHO TOWN 248-7663 Vietnamese Noodle Soup & Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E #420, Tuscaloosa Mon-Sat 11am-9pm Sun-11am-8pm

Big Daddy’s Cafe 514 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 759.9925

Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip // 342.0022 www.bamaquickgrill.com

The Blue Plate Restaurant (Was Northport Diner) 450 McFarland Blvd, Northport // 462-3626

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

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 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.

Sitar Indian Cuisine 500 15th St // 345-1419 Southern Ale House 1530 McFarland Blvd N//Monday-Thursday 11a.m9p.m., Friday-Saturday 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// 5616999//We use the freshest ingredients available with an emphasis on supporting the local farmer Mon-Sun 10am–9pm//www.urbancookhouse.com Whataburger - 349-4506 820 Skyland Blvd, Tuscaloosa Open 24 hours - Inside & Drive-thru www.whataburger.com Zoe’s Kitchen 312 Merchants Walk // 344.4450 A wonderful selection of Greek foods

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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

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

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

Texas Roadhouse 1363 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 759-2596 // Fri-Sat 11am–11pm Sun-11am-10pm Mon-Thur 3pm-10pm www.texasroadhouse.com

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

43 Prime Steakhouse 13620 Highway 43 N Northport// 331-5800 Monday-Thursday 4:30-9 Friday-Saturday 11-10 Closed Sunday

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. 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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Schlotsky’s Deli 405 15th St. E // 759.1975 // schlotskys.com

Pearl Garden 2719 Lurleen Wallace Blvd | Northport // 339.0880

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

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

Hooter’s 5025 Oscar Baxter Dr | Next to Jameson Inn // 758.3035 www.hooters.com

Lee Palace 6521 Highway 69 S // 391.9990 / Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 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 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. 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-9am10pm Firehouse Subs 1130 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 248.0680 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 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 Subs n' You 2427 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.758.0088 Roly Poly Sandwiches 2300 4th Street | Tuscaloosa // 366.1222

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 COFFEE SHOPS OHenry's Coffee 650-4044 //2531 University Blvd #100 Mon-Thur 6am-9pm Fri 6-10pm Sat 7-10pm Sun 7-9pm Uperk 553-8505 // 405 20th Ave, Tuscaloosa Mon-Fri 6:30am-9pm Sat 8am-2pm Sun 2-9pmBarnes & 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. – 6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 4 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 DESSERTS 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

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

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.

Pyros Fire Fresh Pizza 1320 McFarland Blvd E #270, Tuscaloosa//248-7343 Mon-Fri 10:30am-10pm | www.pyrospizza.com

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

DELICATESSEN Honeybaked Ham Company 421 15th St. E // 345.5508 //www.honeybaked.com

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

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

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RAMPAGE // BIG MEETS BIGGER

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f you didn’t get your fill of colossal robots and chimerical lizards toppling Tokyo skyscrapers in “Pacific Rim Uprising,” you can find something similar in the predictable but winsome sci-fi, creature feature “Rampage” where a gargantuan gorilla, a 30-foot wolf, and a leviathan-shaped alligator flatten Chicago. Based loosely on Bally Midway’s 1986 video arcade game, this $120-million, Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema release qualifies as a big, dumb, demolition derby with sterling CGI galore. Outrageously outlandish in every respect, this far-fetched fable benefits from the charisma of lead actor Dewayne Johnson and supporting star Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Johnson’s commanding presence is literally ‘the Rock’ that allows us to treat “Rampage” as something more than just another paint-by-the-numbers extravaganza. Johnson plays a primatologist who uses sign language to converse with a rare albino gorilla. Morgan is cast as a good ole’ boy government trouble shooter. As arch-villainess Claire Wyden, Malin Akerman infuriates these two, and she shows no qualms about genetic editing in lifeforms. Owner of a billion-dollar biotech company, Wyden breaks the law without a qualm for her forbidden genetics experiments. No, Marvel Studios isn’t the only company that has exploited genetic mutation to pump up their plots. As this deafening, melodramatic, nonsense approaches its climax, the city of Chicago suffers another apocalypse like that in director Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of The Moon.” British actress Naomie Harris rounds out the cast as one of Claire’s disgraced researchers. “Rampage” opens in outer space on the Wyden space station Athena-1 where experiments have been performed on lab rats. As the action unfolds, alarms throughout the space station send one technician, Dr. Kerry Atkins (Marley Shelton of “Planet Terror”), scrambling desperately for an escape pod. A mutant rat that appears to be the size of a wild boar pursues her. Claire Wyden locks down the mechanism which enables Atkins to open the door to the escape pod hatch. While a succession of fireball explosions rocks Athena-1, Claire orders Atkins to retrieve several canisters holding a pathogen known as CRISPR. According to the film’s preface: CRISPR is “a breakthrough new technology” used by scientists to “treat incurable diseases through genetic editing.” If she refuses to obey Claire’s demands, Atkins will die aboard

the disintegrating platform. Although Atkins salvages enough canisters, the rat shatters the window in the escape pod door before it jettisons itself. The craft explodes along with the space station. Fortunately, for Claire, the canisters survive the deep-freeze temperatures of space, plunge through the atmosphere, and crash in different parts of the United States. At the San Diego Wildlife Preserve, an albino gorilla named George is the first animal to confront this pathogen. George has been raised from infancy by muscle-bound primate specialist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson of “Baywatch”), who rescued him from poachers that slaughtered his mom. Of course, Okoye is no ordinary primatologist. He has served in the U.S. Army Special Forces, knows how to wield weapons of any kind, and can fly a helicopter. George grows several times his normal size, demolishes his enclosure, and is poised to flee when a mysterious chopper hovers nearby. A swarm of tranquilizer darts knock him off his knuckles. No sooner has George collapsed than troops load him onto a military transport plane. Former Wyden genetic engineer Dr. Kate Caldwell (Naomie Harris of “Skyfall”), who had rushed to the wildlife preserve after learning about George, finds herself in the custody of OGA Agent Harvey Russell (Jeffrey Dean Morgan of “Watchmen”) along with Okoye. Russell reveals to Okoye that Claire Wyden fired Caldwell, and the former Wyden scientist served time in prison. Okoye and Caldwell warn Russell that none of his safeguards will prevent George from escaping from the transport plane.

While George, Davis, and Dr. Caldwell are in flight, two other beasts encounter CRISPR canisters. The second is a timber wolf that grows large enough to snag a helicopter in its jaws and destroy it. This savage animal chews up a squad of heavily-armed mercenaries dispatched by Claire to trap it. The last canister splashes down in the Everglades, and a random alligator crunches it. Eventually, the gator swells to the size of a “Jurassic Park” dinosaur. Shrewdly, Claire has devised a means to summon these genetic mutations to her laboratories in the company's Chicago, Illinois skyscraper. George awakens in flight, destroys the transport plane, but miraculously survives the crash. Like Tom Cruise and his leading lady in last summer’s horror adventure “The Mummy,” Davis and Caldwell seize parachutes and bail open, too. Now, George and the wolf are scrambling to Chicago as well as the mutated gator.

“Rampage” marks the third collaboration between director Brad Peyton and Johnson. Earlier, they made “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” (2012) and then “San Andreas” (2015). If you’ve seen any of the recent alien invasion epics or Godzilla sagas, you can figure out easily what follows next in this rambunctious tale. Naturally, the military responds with enough firepower to blast Chicago to kingdom come. The trouble is, nothing slows down this indestructible trio. Meantime, the FBI raid Claire’s offices, but she cooperates. Unbeknownst to Uncle Sam, Claire has cleverly concealed her top-secret files. She gets the surprise of her life when this monstrous trio wreaks havoc in the Windy City and scales her skyscraper to silence her homing beacon. Dr. Caldwell and Davis aren’t far behind Wyden, and Caldwell locates the antidote that will save George. Dewayne Johnson compensates for all the ersatz, ‘what-if’ science fiction nonsense with his affable personality. You’ll have more fun watching the Hawaiian hulk than the imposing monsters. You’ll appreciate Johnson’s compassionate friendship with George that director Brad Peyton amplifies with comedy before disaster strikes. Their friendship reminded me of the classic 1933 “King Kong” sequel “The Son of Kong.” Unlike the other two mutated monsters, George never seems as pitiless and predatory. The CGI effects are virtually flawless, so the mutated alligator and the Tex Avery timber wolf appear sufficiently menacing. “Rampage” ranks as rip-snorting enjoyment.

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ALABAMA PLAYWRIGHT SOPHOMORE PRODUCTION TO RUN IN NYC

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fter the success of her onewoman show The Rhythm/ Da Blues, playwright Erika E. Wade is taking another bite out of the Big Apple with The Mad Man Scientist Play, which runs May 24June 10th at The Gnome Haus in New York City. A newcomer in the business, Wade felt it important to jumpstart her theatrical career via a solo show before embarking on larger projects. With one production down, the upand-coming playwright is ready to play with the big boys. Shifting into a full-cast production, the Alabama native explores the subject of time travel through protagonist Ron, a black professor and theoretical physicist, looking to create the first humanoid time machine. The production is loosely inspired by Ronald Mallet, a respected African American professor at the University of Connecticut in pursuit of time dilation. Using him as a reference, Wade wanted to tackle the mental and social hardships of creating a device only possible in science fiction. “He’d been cut off from friends and colleagues because no one really considers time travel serious science,” Wade told the Planet Weekly. “So, I kind of wanted to know

far would someone go for something they believed in.” Wade made her playwright debut in 2017 with The Rhythm/ Da Blues, a one-woman show that chronicled the journey of Lena, a writer who finds her voice through the guidance of Miss B. Darling, her confident, business-savvy Aunt. The semiautobiographical show touched on a myriad themes, including the taboo topic of transsexuality. An alumna of both the University of Alabama and The Savannah College of Art and Design, Wade currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing a career in screenwriting. A lauded poet and spoken word artist, the 27-year-old has been featured in the Birmingham Arts Journal and Hanging Loose Magazine of New York. Wade is the author of Eyestodewhurld, fresh, edgy and bold collection of poetry. The sophomore production also marks the end of her year-long residency at the Gnome Haus, where she will transition into a permanent member of its literary and development staff. The Mad Man Scientist stars Michael D. Baldwin, Jacqueline Springfield, Jerome Brooks, Jr., Tom Watson, and Lev Harvey. The Gnome Haus is located 50 West 13th Street New York, New York 10011.

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DEL SHORES/ SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF PLAY

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el Shores is tackling a new feat: the one-man-show. The celebrated playwright will perform his newest production Six Characters in Search of a Play at Birmingham’s Terrific New Theatre from May 17-18. The Alabama stop is a promising one for the 60-year-old. Originally scheduled to do one performance, the show quickly sold-out. For Shores, it’s the fastest city on the tour to do so. Most might recognize Shores for his fourth stage play Sordid Lives, a semi-autobiographical production that follows a Texas family after the death of their matriarch. The play has since become a cult classic in the LBGTQ community, spawning two films and a short-lived television series on Logo TV. The winner of 14 Drama-Logue Theatre Awards, Sordid Lives made its Los Angeles debut in 1996. With seven award-winning productions to his name, you’d think that lauded playwright would be tired of being recognized for one body of work. For Shores, that’s far from the truth. “I don’t mind that ‘he’s the guy that wrote Sordid Lives’”, Shores joked in a phone interview. “It’s ok that’s the first thing that people will remember me by, but I’ve written a lot of other material but I’m happy when there’s something successful and a part of gay culture and the life and are quoted.” He teased incorporating bits from the infamous play into the 90-minuteproduction. So, why a one-man show? Despite his extensive catalogue of work, the one-man-show format is something foreign to the screenwriter whose writing credits include “Queer as Folk”, “Dharma & Greg”, and “Touched by an Angel”. Inspired by a unique encounter, Shores remembered telling a friend that he had to find a way to incorporate them into his big project. A play seemed befitting. A solo performance was a challenge.

the playwright.” However, the title might be a little misleading. Directed by Emmerson Collins, a mainstay of Shores, the production boasts 20 crazy personalities, each with their own unique quirks and mannerisms. The execution was far from effortless. “When your performing and it’s just you and you’re literally having a conversation,” Shores said. “You’re playing two people having a conversation with each other, it’s not the easiest thing. Placing them on stage and the direction…I know which cigarette hand they use.” Shores, who is openly gay, isn’t shy when it comes topics regarding sexuality and religion, especially since he uses the Bible belt as the backdrop to his plays. The son of a preacher, he joked that he often performs better in red states, rather the blue ones. Six Characters is no different. The show might rattle a few bones, but Shores knows how to make the crowd laugh. Characters range from “Aunt Bobby Sue”, the racist Republican, to “Yvonne”, the anti-vegetarian waitress from Dallas. It’s a crazy ensemble, but their stories are often untold. A critic once wrote that Shores’ work speaks on the “Forgotten people”, something that the playwright initially detested. However, in hindsight, that was exactly what he was doing. “There are so many people in the hinterlands, whether they be gay, straight, or whatever, you know,” Shores said. “They’re just living simple, beautiful lives that every now and then someone needs to shine a light on them. I feel like I get to do that.” Six Characters in Search of an Play will run at Terrific New Theatre, located 2821 2nd Ave S St A at 8 P.M. Tickets can be purchased at Sixcharactersinsearchofplay. bownpapertickets.com

“I thought instead of doing another stand-up tour, I would really love to return to the theatre and write and perform a one man play,” Shores explained “It sounded so easy at the time…it was a lot of work to memorize it because I’m just used to holding a mic and talking shit. I had to memorize. I had to honor

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nap’s disappointing earnings call on Tuesday is yet another sign that the redesign of its platform is a dud. The company reported a revenue of $230.7 million, falling short of the $244.9 million analysts expected, and a daily active users count of 191 million, far below analyst predictions of 194.3 million. To make matters worse, CFO Drew Vollero forecasted that Snap’s growth rate in the next quarter will “decelerate substantially” from Q1.

from Snapchat’s existing user base of junior millennials and Gen Z’ers, leading to an antiupdate change.org petition that currently has over 1.2 million signees and an exasperated tweet from one of the platform’s biggest

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The social media company’s executives framed the lamentable numbers as a temporary snag due to the redesign and as the result of a “seasonally tough quarter.” CEO Evan Spiegel said, “As we have mentioned on our past two earnings calls, a change this big to existing behavior comes with some disruption, especially given the high frequency of daily engagement of our community.” This explanation does not seem to have comforted investors. Snap shares fell by 20 percent on Wednesday.

to tank by 6.1 percent in February. Chrissy Teigen also voiced her displeasure: Recode reported last week that Snap is now testing a redesign of its redesign, which essentially rolls back one of its more controversial changes by placing Stories back alongside the brand and news content on the Discover page. Beyond the redesign, it will be worth keeping an eye on Snap’s performance issues with its app on Android phones, which Spiegel admitted was still a “weakness” during the call, along with the growing popularity of competitors like WhatsApp Status and Instagram Stories.

Snapchat began its initial rollout of major changes in November, partly with the aim of making the platform more intuitive for older users. The most significant component of the redesign was to move tools for personal interactions, namely chats and stories, to one half of the app, and news and brand content to the other. This shift incited outcry

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>>> HOROSCOPES | W E E K L Y O V E R V I E W Have a breakthrough on the May 15 new moon. Appreciate what is working right, and see who really is on your side. You might be surprised by how many people have your back. Also, Uranus enters Taurus that same day. You now have the gift of surprise that you can use to further your aims. The May 29 full moon lets you win the respect of someone who used to doubt you. You have insights now and can find solutions and options that are overlooked by people who consider themselves smart. There's no need to brag or show off. Just be you. Think long and deeply under the May 15 new moon. Have an insight that gives you a firmer foundation and greater happiness and self-confidence when you decide to more fully engage with the world. The sun enters Gemini on the twentieth. Entertain and be entertained, although you might attract more attention than you intended. Love and romance are golden under the full moon of May 29. Hear your partner express your fondest desires. If looking for love, you could attract the attention of someone just right. It might not last forever, but it could last plenty long enough. Mercury enters Gemini today, too. Clever you! Party on during the new moon on May 15. Be safe and sensible and still have a great time with the crowd. Time may be short, and you may not get to do everything, but you can try. Venus enters Cancer on the nineteenth. Be prepared for a burst of popularity. People will find you more attractive no matter how you feel. Around the May 29 full moon, spending time with others could turn out to be the best way to take care of yourself. Be self-reflective, but don't drop out of sight and isolate yourself. It's okay to not be hyperactive. Career and social standing are spotlighted during the May 15 new moon. Create an avenue for advancement that benefits everyone, including you. You have great family support even if it's unspoken. The sun enters Gemini on the twentieth. Indulge your inner child and curiosity a bit more. On the May 29 full moon, be willing to take a playful but calculated risk. You can learn a lot now no matter how things turn out. So long as you follow your passion and aren't reckless about safety or money, you should be fine. It could be quite a thrill, too. Mercury enters Taurus on May 13. Become more grounded and spend more time on practical, pleasant issues. Home and work life should get smoother. The world just gets more and more beautiful under the new moon on the fifteenth. No matter what is happening around you, you won't overlook or underestimate everything that’s going right. The full moon on May 29 shines into your family and home environment. Be welcoming and let someone suggest improvement or a way to expand a domestic interest. Try cooking a new cuisine or maybe add a new variety of vegetable or flower to your garden. Be smart about something fundamental or financial at the new moon on May 15. Without intending it or making elaborate plans, you stand to gain greatly in some material way. Venus opposes Saturn while the moon is in Libra on the twenty-fifth. Reconcile with an older friend or family member and maybe gain a new mentor. For the full moon on May 29, let your curiosity be your guide. Let your inner child come a little closer to the surface and be more amused by the world. It's okay if you aren’t focused or passionate about any one thing for very long. The sun-Pluto trine on May 11 energizes you and gives you opportunities to network and socialize in a loftier circle. Some people may be hesitant or tired, but not you. Be charming and smart about love with the new moon on the fifteenth. A special someone could think that you're the answer to all their prayers - or problems. You'll know who (and which) it is. 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MUSIC AND VISUAL ART THEATRE TUSCALOOSA TO PRESENT “SECOND SAMUEL” FEATURED DURING WESTWOOD ART MONTH AT THE BAMA

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heatre Tuscaloosa will present Pamela Parker’s Second Samuel May 18-27, 2018, in the Bean-Brown Theatre on the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College (9500 Old Greensboro Rd.). Second Samuel is set in the late 1940s in a sleepy, south Georgia town by the same name. In Second Samuel, it's hard to keep a secret, but everybody's got one. As the play starts, Miss Gertrude, the town’s beloved music teacher, has just passed away. While her friends and neighbors prepare for her funeral, her mysteries are unveiled, turning the entire town upside down. Ray Taylor is directing this production. Taylor is best known to audiences as a performer, having played many notable roles with Theatre Tuscaloosa, including the emcee in Cabaret, Roger DeBris in The Producers, and Reverend Oglethorpe in Smoke on the Mountain. “I am thrilled to step back into the role of director for Second Samuel,” said Taylor. “Ever since my sister played a role in the world premiere of this show in Wetumpka, Alabama, I have wanted to bring it to Tuscaloosa audiences. It’s filled with Southern charm and humor, but it also has a surprise twist that will leave audiences talking for days.” Taylor’s production team includes Wheeler Kincaid, scenic designer; John Hisey, lighting designer; Jeanette Waterman, costume designer; and Tyler Afflerbach, stage manager. The cast is made up of a variety of veteran performers and Theatre Tuscaloosa newcomers, including Colton Crowe, Carol DeVelice, Scott Frazier, Matthew Krell, Michael Norton, Jill Parsons,

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Charles Prosser, Lisa Waldrop Shattuck, Joel Stancer, George Thagard, and Kathy Wilson. “I am super excited to bring the character of B-Flat to life,” says Crowe. “B-Flat serves as both a narrator and the moral compass of the town. This show will definitely make people laugh while also encouraging them to be a little more open-minded. I hope that people who come and see this show will leave with a sense of hope and feeling renewed.” Theatre Tuscaloosa’s 2017-2018 season is supported by Shelton State Community College; the City of Tuscaloosa; the Alabama State Council on the Arts; Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.; WVUA23; and Tuscaloosa Radio. Second Samuel is sponsored by Grace Presbyterian Church and JamisonMoneyFarmer.

estwood Art Month at the Bama” will take place April 24-May 10, 2018 and will feature the fine arts programs of Westwood Elementary. The annual event will include an exhibit of the students’ visual art in the Bama Theatre’s Junior League Gallery and the 13th annual Musical Extravaganza in the theatre. The event is sponsored by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, Westwood's adopt-a-school partner. The Musical Extravaganza will take place on April 26 at 7 p.m. on stage at the Bama Theatre. The Westwood Singers II (Grades 1-3) will perform various musical selections, and the Westwood Singers (grades 4-5) will present “Pirates! The Musical.” Over 100 students in grades one through five will participate in this production, with Merry Livingston conducting the choral ensembles. Admission to the musical is $5 for adults and teens and $1 for children twelve and under who are not performing on stage. Art work created by students in grades K-5 will be displayed at the Bama’s Junior League Gallery April 24-May 10. All work is original and consists

of drawing and painting. Awards for Best of Show, first, second, third and honorable mention will be presented in grades K-2 and 3-5. Admission to the exhibit is free. Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m.noon and 1-4 p.m. and also during Bama Theatre events. Enter the gallery through The Arts Council offices, located on the second floor of the PARA Building, if visiting during office hours. The Arts Council is Westwood’s partner in the Tuscaloosa County Adopt-A-School program. For more information about the program, visit the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama at www.tuscaloosachamber. com/aas. The Bama Theatre is located at 600 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

Second Samuel will be presented May 18-27, 2018, in the Bean-Brown Theatre on the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays; Fridays; and Saturday, May 19. Matinee performances will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays; Wednesday, May 23; and Saturday, May 26. A pay-what-you-can final dress rehearsal will be presented on Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m., proceeds of which will benefit the Charlie Dennis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and members of the military, and $14 for students. Special rates are available in advance for groups of ten or more. Tickets and more information are available at www.theatretusc.com or at 205.391.2277.

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ike Inman can sum up Kevin Harris in one word. "Relentless," says the LoganvilleGrayson, GA DL coach. "Kevin Harris is relentless." Harris, rated among the nation's top outside linebackers in the 2019 class, committed to Alabama on Tuesday afternoon. "Kevin is real, real long," says Inman, a former Bama defensive lineman in the 70s under Bear Bryant. "He's probably a little over 6-4 and about 220 pounds. Just so long, and he has good speed. "He's a great kid on and off the field. He's so humble that he doesn't even realize how good he is. He's a very hard worker. He's always working to get better. He's always in the weightroom working hard. On the field, he goes all out on every play. Kevin never takes a play off. He hunts on every play. He's a war daddy. "I've coached some great ones here at Grayson who are now playing college ball at Georgia and Georgia Tech and at other places. Kevin has every tool to become one of the best to have ever come out of this school." WHY ALABAMA? The recruiting networks rate Harris a four-star. Other schools that offered include Auburn, Clemson, Florida, FSU, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Penn State and Texas, among others. "The opportunity to play for Coach Saban and to compete for national championships were important to him," Inman says. "It goes back to what I said about how hard he works. He wanted to work and compete with the best every day. He wants to do those things on the highest level. What better place to do that than at Alabama?"

IS THE COMMITMENT SOLID? "Oh yeah," Inman says. "He didn't just wake-up one day and decide on Alabama. He had a lot of schools coming after him hard. This was a wellthought out decision. I think Kevin chose Alabama for all the right reasons. And when all is said and done, I think by the end of next season everybody will be saying that Alabama got the number one player at his position in the country." MORE RECRUITING TIDBITS Alabama is Looking Good It's still only early May, but recruiting talk is heating up. While it is important to keep in mind that it is still a long time until the signing dates in December and February, here are some of the latest tidbits from the recruiting trail. OFFENSIVE LINE It was not a surprise that Alabaster-Thompson offensive tackle Amari Kight committed to Alabama on Sunday. But it was still a huge piece in the Tide's 2019 OL class. The recruiting networks rate the 6-6, 290-pound Kight a four-star prospect, but many coaches consider him a five-star talent. One high school coach told "Tider Insider" that Kight is potentially a 10-year NFL player. Kight joins five-star Hewitt-Trussville tackle/guard Pierce Quick and four-star Glasgow, KY guard/ tackle Tanner Bowles as Bama OL commits, and it looks like more top talent is on the way. As of now, we believe that Alabama is the strong leader for Oxford, AL five-star guard/center Clay Webb. We also think that Alabama is in a strong spot with five-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright of Huntington, WV. TOP TIGHT END VISITED The nation's number one tight end visited Tuscaloosa over the last few days. Hudson Henry (6-5, 228) of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, AR,

the younger brother of former Arkansas star TE Hunter Henry, was in town. Henry has deep ties to the Arkansas program, but he is also close to Tide QB coach Dan Enos, who was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas when Hunter Henry starred there. Hudson Henry spent time with Enos while in Tuscaloosa. He had an excellent visit. DEFENSIVE LINE UPDATE Some recent reports have Honolulu defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele as possibly favoring LSU over Alabama, Texas and USC. Again, it's early. But we continue to feel very good about Bama's chances with the nation's number two DT. He and his family had a great visit to Alabama earlier this spring. He is a cousin of the Tagovailoas. Taulia's recent commitment certainly doesn't hurt the Tide's chances. The buzz in Tuscaloosa remains strong. As for Amite, LA star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher, we said his visit to Tuscaloosa for A-Day got mixed reviews. Then Nick Saban spoke with Sopsher last Thursday night from the NFL Draft. That conversation went very well. Regardless, it will be a long battle with LSU, among others, for the nation's top defensive tackle. Saban also spoke with Georgia DL commit Bill Norton (6-6, 270) of Memphis-Christian Brothers from the NFL Draft. We still think Bama is in the mix here. Norton is expected visit/camp at Alabama in June. Clay-Chalkville defensive lineman D.J. Dale (6-2, 330) will likely make his decision soon. Alabama is the strong favorite to earn his commitment. Dale reminds some of former Alabama defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne who was selected in the first round of the recent NFL draft, number 13 overall by the Washington Redskins.

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