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“I’ve been playing it (the “Sinner” album) a bunch, probably about half and half new stuff versus the stuff from the previous records,” Lewis said. “It certainly hasn’t slowed down on how country it is.”

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AARON LEWIS // THAT AIN'T COUNTRY

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aron Lewis encountered his share of naysayers when he first dipped his toes into country music with his 2011 EP, “Town Line.” As the lead singer of Staind, Lewis was a star on the metal scene, and plenty of people dismissed his foray into country as a vanity project. With the arrival in fall 2016 of Lewis’ second full-length album, “Sinner,” (as well as a recently released stand-alone single, "Folded Flag") Lewis said people are taking his intentions to have a solo career in country far more seriously. “I think that everyone is finally starting to figure out that I’m not going anywhere,” Lewis said in a recent phone interview. Indeed, Lewis has not gone away. Aside from a Staind tour in summer 2014, that band has been inactive. And since releasing his first full-length album, “The Road,” in 2012, Lewis has been one of the hardest touring artists in country music. He’s reached the point where he’s a reliable headlining draw for theaters and large clubs “I’m consistently selling out 2,500 to 3,000 seats with hard tickets,” Lewis said. Lewis figures to stay focused on country for at least the next several months or so and says Staind fans should not expect to see that band reunite any time soon. “I definitely see it staying on hold for awhile,” he said of Staind. “I’ve got to stay focused on this (country career). I’ve got to take this to where it needs to get to before I can start risking things with the good ol’ boy network reception and throwing in a handful of Staind shows in the summertime along with all of my country shows. But that’s down the road. I can’t even think about that right now.” Although appearances may have suggested otherwise, Lewis came to country music honestly. Growing up in Massachusetts, he was immersed in traditional country through his grandfather, a huge country music fan, who had classic country playing throughout the day. In his later teens, he began getting interested in heavy metal and hard rock, which is why when he emerged on the music scene, it was with Staind, which became one of hard rock’s most popular bands with a string of charttopping albums, 2001’s “Break the

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Cycle,” 2003’s “14 Shades of Grey” and 2005’s “Chapter V” and continued to enjoy significant success with later albums like “The Illusion of Progress” (2008) and “Staind” (2011). The group, though, experienced its share of internal turmoil as time went on and went on hiatus after the 2011 selftitled album. With the chance to step out as a solo artist, Lewis re-embraced the country music roots of his youth and released “Town Line” and “The Road,” earning praise for his earthy brand of traditional country music. He’s earned enough respect that “Sinner” features guest appearances from such major names in country as Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. Nelson adds his distinctive vocals to the latest album’s title track. “Willie is part of my soundtrack of my childhood,” Lewis said. “I really, I got lucky and just happened to be in the studio with Buddy Cannon, who has done all sorts of Willie records.” Cannon, a legendary songwriter and producer whose credits include projects with Nelson, Merle Haggard and Reba McEntire, stepped in to produce “Sinner” after Lewis had worked with James Stroud on “Town Line” and “The Road.” Stroud, who Lewis said has been gearing down on his production work, was able to get country icon George Jones to sing on the song “Country Boy” from the EP. “Just like James Stroud did back in the day, Buddy Cannon picked up his phone, hand dialed the number off of memory and called Willie,” Lewis said. “And Willie said ‘Sure, absolutely, just like George (Jones) did when James called him.” Now Lewis has gotten to know Nelson well enough that the outlaw country icon invited Lewis to open a string of shows for him last fall. The two got to know each other off stage during their run of shows. “It’s just been amazing experience to sit and talk with such an intelligent old man, such a wise old soul,” Lewis said of Nelson. As for Gill, Lewis got to know the accomplished singer/guitarist after meeting him at a show by Gill’s side

band, the Time Jumpers. Gill adds vocals to “That Ain’t Country,” the first single from “Sinner.” “I’m pretty sure I’m the first artist to have ever gotten him (Gill) to sing the word ‘s***,’” Lewis said, referencing that four-letter word, which is sung rather emphatically in the song. On “That’s Not Country” Lewis takes aim at current mainstream country music, saying what he hears on radio isn’t what he considers country – both musically and lyrically. The second verse sums up the message: “That ain’t country, that’s a natural fact/ It’s full of tales of good times and happy endings, my life ain’t like that/ So I’ll keep listenin’ to the old songs that my granddad used to play/Full of pain and heartache and desperation and the ones that got away.” Lewis’ ideas of how country music should sound were apparent on both “Town Line” and “The Road.” And now “Sinner” continues to take him down a musical path rooted in the classic country of Haggard, George Jones or other artists of the 1960s and ‘70s. The tunes generally fall into two general categories – sturdy ballads and kicking rockers. “Sunday Every Saturday Night,” “Whiskey and You” and “Mama” are acoustic based, rough-aroundthe-edges ballads that would suit the likes of Haggard or Waylon Jennings. “Sinner” gets shots of energy from “That’s Not Country,” a hard swinging, hard twanging rocker, and “Northern

Redneck” another frisky track with some punch and twang, as well as the hearty mid-tempo track, “Story of My Life.” There is one significant twist with “Sinner.” Where Lewis focused more on story songs on his earlier releases, several songs (“Lost and Lonely” and “Story of My Life”) on the new album are considerably darker and more personal – in other words, not that far afield from the kind of self-lacerating, purging lyrics Lewis brought to Staind. Lewis didn’t get specific about what inspired this shift in his lyrical focus. “Well, I was in a different place in my life, different things to express, different things stuck in my craw,” he said. “It’s just a different time, so different lyrics came. “I’m very self-destructive,” Lewis said. “Let’s leave it at that.” Lewis wrote the songs on “Sinner” during sound checks on tour over the past several years, and tested out most of them on audiences during concerts over that span. So his shows this winter and spring figure to feature a selection of songs new and old that will be similar to the set lists he played in 2016. “I’ve been playing it (the “Sinner” album) a bunch, probably about half and half new stuff versus the stuff from the previous records,” Lewis said. “It certainly hasn’t slowed down on how country it is.”

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NEWS SOLD-OUT STATE OF THE STATE FEATURES GOVERNOR IVEY Governor Kay Ivey addressed Chamber members at a sold-out Chamber in Session: State of the State, held May 15, at Embassy Suites in Downtown Tuscaloosa. Speaking about changes she has made while governor, Ivey addressed economic development, job creation and education initiatives such as Strong Start, Strong Finish. Chamber in Session: State of the State was presented by The University of Alabama System. Gold Sponsors were Embassy Suites of Downtown Tuscaloosa and TekLinks. Table Sponsors were Adams Beverages, Inc., Bryant Bank, Community Service Programs of West Alabama, Core Focus Personnel, LLC, Fitts Agency, Inc., FNB of Central Alabama, JamisonMoneyFarmer PC, McAbee Construction, Inc., Mercedes-Benz U.S International, Inc., Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc., Raymond James & Associates, Shelton State Community College, SmartBank, The Locker Room, The Nature Conservancy in Alabama, TTL, Inc., Tuscaloosa City Board of Education, Tuscaloosa Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and Tuscaloosa County Board of Education. Gov. Kay Ivey spoke of her successes as governor and plans for the future.   

The 2018 graduates of the Leadership Tuscaloosa program.

FORERUNNERS GRADUATE 48 FROM LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS HOLD GRADUATION CEREMONIES Community Leaders Graduate from Leadership Tuscaloosa Forty-one members of the 2017-18 class of Leadership Tuscaloosa, a ninemonth leadership development program, graduated at a ceremony held at Smith Hall’s Museum of Natural History May 17. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and the University of Alabama System, the program is designed to make each selected participant more aware of and sensitive to the wide range of needs and opportunities in the community through shared experiences with a cross section of highly capable fellow citizens. Mark Sullivan, President, Synovus Bank, and a graduate of the program, served as chair for this year’s Leadership Tuscaloosa class. The Keynote speaker was Representative Bill Poole. The David Reynolds Spirit of Leadership Award was presented to Jennifer Naves of BBVA Compass.

Scott Anders, Tuscaloosa County Commission; Charles Bailey IV, Pritchett Moore Inc.; Benjamin Bickerstaff, University of Alabama; NaTa’sha Black, Tuscaloosa News; Jon Blakeney, William Blakeney Building Co., Inc.; Tacy Bolling, University of Alabama System; Stephanie Buffaloe, Home Instead Senior Care; Brandon Chalmers, Tuscaloosa’s One Place; Elizabeth Cochrane, Cadence Bank; April Coleman, DCH Health System; Allyson Cooper, University Medical Center; Stephen Dethrage, The Tuscaloosa News; Nicole DuBose, Shelton State Community College; Amy Ford, DCH Health System; Scott Gaddy, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc.; Kenneth Gaddy, University of Alabama; Jerran Hill, University of Alabama; June Holmes, Capstone Bank; Gloria Horton, Mercedes-Benz U.S International; Dennis Horton, BFGoodrich/Michelin; Eric Hull, Black Warrior Brewing Co.; Katie King, The University of Alabama; Madolyn Kirby, Matrix, LLC ; Christopher Lanoux, Parker Towing, Inc.; Crystal Lovorn, Resasant Bank; Joseph McAbee, McAbee Construction Inc.; Case McNeill, College Station Properties; Donna Meester, The University of Alabama; Rebecca Minder, The University of Alabama; Jennifer Naves, BBVA Compass; Scott Nichols, McAbee Construction; Susan Poole, The Westervelt Company; Jasmine Rainey, Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports; Michael Scott, MercedesBenz U.S International; Edmund Sexton Jr., McAbee Construction Inc.; Jennifer Harris Sherman, Sickle Cell Disease Association; Jennifer Stripling, JamisonMoneyFarmer PC; Jennifer Taylor, City of Tuscaloosa; Zach Ward, Ward Scott Architecture; Jill White, Rosen Harwood, PA; Brian Wysock, TTL, Inc.

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

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GREEN ENERGY DRINK SMOOTHIE

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f you like the pick-me-up that coffee and energy drinks give but aren’t crazy about the sugar and other junk that often comes with them, the next time you need an energy boost you can make your own green energy drinks! They are super easy to make and are so much better for you than guzzling down a cup ]of coffee, soda, or RedBull. The secret to green drinks and smoothies is the process of blending fresh fruits and vegetables into a juice. This makes it easy for your body to quickly absorb all the vitamins and nutrients, which results in an instant energy boost that lasts much longer than caffeinated beverages and doesn’t come with a crash hours later. All you have to do is buy some of your favorite fruits, leafy greens and fresh organic juice. You can even mix it up and add nutritional content by adding in some nuts, seeds, or green supplements. You don’t need a fancy expensive juicer, just your basic blender will get the job done! Here is a recipe for a tasty green energy drink smoothie to get you going: Ingredients: 2 cups fresh, organic Orange Juice Handful of frozen blueberries 5 chunks frozen pineapple Handful of spinach One piece of kale 3-5 large ice cubes One tablespoon of green supplements Directions: Blend well, serve in a large glass and enjoy! As a tip, make sure to wash your blender and all its parts thoroughly after each smoothie. Don’t leave it in the sink for later as the pulp and fruit seeds will stick to the sides and make it much more difficult to clean.

If you plan on making this a daily habit, you can save a couple bucks on produce by buying in bulk at places like Costco. This works well for items like frozen berries, and you can even buy large bags of fresh baby spinach and toss them in the freezer for use in your smoothies. Green supplements are also often sold in a variety of sizes, so buying the largest canister available will help stretch your dollar. For example, you can pick up a big canister of All Day Energy Greens online for just $39.99 and it should last you at least a month. Try out this DIY green smoothie recipe the next time you need a little extra energy. Your body will thank you!

PERSONAL STORIES OF THE FREEDOM RIDERS B. J. HOLLARS ABOUT THE BOOK Revisits the inspiring and heroic stories of the Freedom Riders, through their own words. In May 1961, despite multiple Supreme Court rulings, segregation remained alive and well within the system of interstate travel. All across the American South, interstate buses as well as their travel facilities were divided racially. This blatant disregard for law and morality spurred the Congress of Racial Equality to send thirteen individuals—seven black, six white—on a harrowing bus trip throughout the South as a sign of protest. These original riders were met with disapproval, arrests and violence along the way, but that did not stop the movement. That summer, more than four hundred Freedom Riders continued their journey—many of them concluding their ride at Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Farm, where they endured further abuses and indignities. As a result of the riders sacrifice, by November of 1961, the Interstate Commerce Commission finally put an end to interstate commerce segregation, and in the process, elevated the riders to become a source of inspiration for other civil rights campaigns such as voter registration rights and school desegregation. While much has been written on the Freedom Rides, far less has been published about the individual riders. Join award-winning author B. J. Hollars as he sets out on his own journey to meet them, retracing the historic route and learning the stories of as many surviving riders as he could. The Road South: Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders offers an intimate look into the lives and legacies of the riders. Throughout the book these civil rights veterans’ poignant, personal stories offer timely insights into America’s racial past and hopeful future. Weaving the past with the present, Hollars aims to demystify the legendary journey, while also confronting more modern concerns related to race in America. The Road South is part memoir and part research-based journalism. It transcends the traditional

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textbook version of this historical journey to highlight the fascinating stories of the many riders—both black and white—who risked their lives to move the country forward. AUTHORS & EDITORS B. J. Hollars is an associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is the author of several books including Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence and the Last Lynching in America; Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa; Flock Together: A Love Affair With Extinct Birds; From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us about Life, Death, and Being Human, among others. REVIEWS “At various points personal quest, memoir, travelogue, and oral history, B. J. Hollars’ The Road South is a fine and important contribution to our understanding of the Freedom Riders, what motivated them, how their participation in the movement shaped them, and how they shaped America.” —Derek Charles Catsam, author of Freedom’s Main Line: The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides “From the opening interview with Jim Zwerg all the way to the end, I felt as if I were getting to know these historical figures better than I had in the past, and I have interviewed several of them myself.” —Frye Gaillard, author of Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement that Changed America and Alabama's Civil Rights Trail: An Illustrated Guide to the Cradle of Freedom

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SCREENINGS IN THE BAMA ART HOUSE FILM SERIES SUMMER 2018 BEGIN JUNE 12

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he Bama Art House Film Series Summer 2018 will feature five screenings with the first scheduled for June 12. A program of The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, this series will feature categories including biography, drama/thriller, animation and comedy. Screenings will take place at the Bama Theatre on Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. with the box office opening at 6:30 p.m. and doors/Bama Bar at 6:45 p.m. No film will be screened on July 3 due to the July 4 holiday on the following day. Single Tickets will be priced at $8 general, $7 seniors & students and $6 Arts Council Members and will be available at the box office. Discount Punch Card Tickets ($60) will also be available prior to screenings and will be good for any 10 Bama Art House films. Patrons can visit bamatheatre.org/bamaarthouse to view the list of films, details and accompanying trailers.

June 12: Victoria & Abdul-(2017) Biography, Drama, History June 19: Loving Vincent-(2017) Animation, Biography, Crime June 26: The Disaster Artist-(2017) Biography, Comedy, Drama July 3: BYE WEEK-No film due to July 4 holiday July 10: The Death of Stalin-(2017) Comedy July 17: The Insult-(2017) Drama, Thriller The mission of the Bama Art House series is to bring current and contemporary independent film to West Alabama, transforming the historic Bama Theatre into a cinematic art house. 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 bamatheatre.org for further information.

CHAMBER NEWS, continued from page 5 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. The 2018 Graduates of the Forerunners program.

YOUNG TUSCALOOSA OFFERS NETWORKING, PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Young Tuscaloosa is a newly-relaunched young professional organization for individuals between the ages of 21 and 40. Its mission is to connect and network

with other young professionals, engage with and serve the community, and develop leadership and professional skills in young professionals in West Alabama. Young Tuscaloosa was created for young adults to connect and network in Tuscaloosa through social and networking events and activities. Its goals include for young professionals in the community include: to engage with community leaders in Tuscaloosa and serve the Tuscaloosa community through community engagement, events and activities and to develop leadership and professional skills in young professionals through professional development events and activities. Young Tuscaloosa is partnering with AdoptA-School to adopt the Tuscaloosa Magnet School this fall. Throughout the month of April, Young Tuscaloosa has hosted multiple events and launched its membership drive the week of April 23. Members who join in 2018 are considered “Founding Members.” To join YT and take advantage of all the membership benefits, you can join at youngtuscaloosa.com. For 2018 Founding Members, YT is offering a membership rate of $75. Becoming a 2018 Founding Member has many benefits including monthly YT social events, networking and professional development opportunities, community engagement and service opportunities, informal opportunities to connect with young professionals, discounts to exclusive and special events in Tuscaloosa, a free YT t-shirt, and a full membership directory with contact information. – Gigi Starling

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RIVER // WATERFRONT DINING AT ITS BEST

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n Tuscaloosa, we love our restaurants. As a college town, sure we love our casual eats, but we’re also proud of our more elegant dining options which are essential for date night, wedding proposals, and taking out a new business client. One person who knows this well is Drew Henson. As the founder of Cypress Inn, Henson is no stranger to having successful business in Tuscaloosa. The restauranteur has quite the following among his customers as well as former employees that have joined his newest eatery, River. The waterfront dining establishment boasts a picturesque outdoor seating area and patio with stone fire pits and ample view of the River. Indoors the restaurant seats 155 to 160 diners in an elegant ambiance of rich wood tones and romantic lighting. After hearing the buzz about River, I knew I had to check things out for myself. I had the opportunity to visit the new bistro for a Wednesday night birthday celebration with my girlfriends. Walking up to the restaurant, I was already taken back by the beautiful

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entrance and view of the charming outdoor patio overlooking the water. Despite our large party size, the River staff was able to accommodate us with comfortable seating ideal for all of us to engage in conversation. I immediately noticed the hustle and bustle of the restaurant on what I expected to be a quite Wednesday evening. Couples sat in quiet conversation in the intimate booths made for two and groups of old friends giggled joyfully at the bar with glasses of wine. Our server started our group off with complimentary house-made garlic parmesan potato crisps. The perfect texture along with the savory balance of parmesan started our dinner off right. My group decided to also opt for the charred onion dip to enjoy with the potato creations. Reviewing the menu, I was impressed with the selections. From blue crab cucumber gazpacho to gulf amberjack, there was no question that this menu was seafood inspired. However, the summer ratatouille and River burger caught my eye. In the end, the red meat lover in me won out with a final selection of the River

burger featuring caramelized onions, white cheddar, house smoked bacon, arugula, and fries. It didn’t take long for our server to present our selections. I already knew

my meal was going to be good after noticing the ample size of bacon on my burger. The caramelized onions and sharpness of the white cheddar were a perfect marriage in my mouth. My beef was cooked to order and the seasoning was subtle and perfect. Our group knew the only way to end this perfect evening was with the perfect dessert. My curiosity peaked after hearing so many people talk about the peanut butter pie and peach cobbler. Both desserts did not disappoint. Rich in flavor and texture with the help of butter and sugar, both options would

be a fine selection for those with a sweet tooth. All in all, my visit to River was a great one. It has been a rare occasion to have a positive dining experience with

a large group of people. However, Drew Henson knows his business and has chosen the right employees to execute his vision. I’m looking forward to coming back and enjoying a nice romantic dinner with the hubs! River is located at 1650 Jack Warner Parkway and is opened Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. Tweet us @ThePlanetWeekly and let us know where you are eating! Sheena Gregg, MS, RDN,LD is a registered dietitian and local “Thrifty Dietitian.” Follow her on Twitter @TheThriftyRD

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ROBERT MONDAVI PINOT NOIR

MONDAY NIGHT BREWING AMERICAN IPA | LIMITED RELEASE GEORGIA | UNITED STATES Rodney A. Tillinghast Judges Rating: 91 Aroma: 23 / 24 Appearance: 5/6 Flavor: 37 / 40 Mouthfeel: 8 / 10 Overall Impression: 18 / 20

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ust Bunny by Monday Night Brewing is a juicy, hazy hoppy ball of fire and was judged as a Specialty IPA 21B (standard strength, hazy). It surprisingly poured out crystal clear in my glass, while I left a few ounces behind in the can.

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n this Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir review, you’ll get the price, alcohol content, taste and more of Mondavi’s Private Selection Pinot Noir. Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir is vinted and bottled by Robert Mondavi in Acampo, California, USA. The wine maker for this wine is Jason Dodge, who refers to himself as a minimalist. He believes in keeping things simple and letting the wine’s flavors come through as the star of the show. Spoiler Alert: That minimalist theme is true and it comes through in my review. Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir From the bottle: Robert Mondavi Private Selection was founded in 1994 by Robert Mondavi to capture the delicious flavors from California’s best coastal vineyards. For this review, I tasted the 2015 vintage of Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir.

When I finished the can, the hazy goodness swirled out of the bottom and the hoppy haze tasting began in earnest. Its aroma was a sublime blend of tropical fruits, lemon zest and honey, and it featured a tight, white head, sticking around until the last drops were savored.

Appearance In the glass, this wine poured dark cherry in color. A pretty good amount of light was able to shine through and leave red reflections on the table. It was also quite leggy, with several tightly-packed and very slow-falling tears sliding down the glass. Aroma

While the flavor offered a top-shelf juicy, tart experience, it was quite restrained in bitterness, however, the bitterness seemed sufficient to avoid the beer from being cloying. The body was very light, which enhanced its refreshing nature. Overall, it was sturdy New England-style IPA, with flavors supporting one another and was quite drinkable.

I didn’t notice much aroma upon opening the bottle. After pouring, I did have to get fairly close to the glass before there was a discernible aroma. Once I did, I first noted straightforward Pinot Noir aroma with hints of strawberry and currant. I wasn’t able to pick up roses (as suggested by the bottle’s tasting notes) but I did also pick up a bit of vanilla when I really stuck my nose in the glass. A strong sniff was not met with much alcohol burn in the nose, which was appreciated. Robert Mondavi Pinot

Noir alcohol content 13.5% by volume, per the bottle. Overall, a pleasant and non-complex aroma. Taste I went in expecting lighter flavors of cherry and red fruits and my expectations where precisely met. Specifically, cherry and raspberry, which exactly matched the bottle’s tasting notes. It’s not often the bottle’s flavor description is spot on, so kudos to Mondavi for getting that right. I enjoyed the flavors and was pleased with the overall taste of this Pinot Noir. Mouthfeel and Tannins Mouthfeel is juicy and tannins subtle and elegant. I also noticed there wasn’t any sort of bitter aftertaste from the tannins, which was great. I don’t like it when an elegant Pinot gets cut short with an aftertaste. Finish Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir finishes long and enjoyable. The flavors definitely over-ride the tannins in the finish which again makes me call this Pinot elegant. Overall Opinion Overall, while there isn’t a lot of complexity or uniqueness with this wine, it does what it’s supposed to do quite well. It’s a straightforward Pinot Noir that’s an elegant sipper on its own and given the under $10 price, a great value. Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir price $8.99. At least that’s what I paid for it. Don’t hesitate to pick this one up if you’re seeking a lovely Pinot Noir at a value-oriented price point! Suggested Food Pairing The bottle notes suggest pairing this wine with pot stickers or lamb burgers. The lamb burgers’ flavors might overwhelm the wine a bit, but I’m on board with the pot stickers.

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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.

Iguana Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village //

Ichiban Japanese Grill & Sushi 502 15th Street // 752.8844

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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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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 10:30am-11:00pm | 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). Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd. East | Tuscaloosa // 523.0273 Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine, full bar Champs Sports Grille 320 Paul Bryant Drive | inside Four Points Sheraton Hotel // 752.3200 Breakfast and lunch buffets. Sunday brunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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

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ALLIE // FRIENDLY & SOCIAL

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his gorgeous young lady is Thomasina, also known as Tommie.

ictures do not show how sweet and precious this dog is! Allie is an 11-month-old female pit bull terrier mix. She is smaller, weighing only 26 pounds and she won't get much bigger! She has a smooth reddish brown coat with some white on her chest.

She is a very unique female orange tabby, simply because most orange tabbies are male. She is low-key and quiet, but loves to be petted. She does well with other cats, and even better with humans! Thomasina's hobbies include curling up on soft pillows/blankets, being in high places (depending on her mood) and letting you know when it's time to pet her.

Allie will smile all day at you! She is very friendly and social. Allie has a calm and submissive demeanor, but she has her moments of energy. Allie seems to play well with other dogs and should be fine with children 8 and older.

Thomasina may be small, but she's got a big personality! Thomasina is negative for FIV and FeLK, current on vaccinations as well as spayed.

She would be fine living in an apartment, as long as she gets daily walks. She will require a fenced-in yard if in a house. She is not meant to be an outside dog only. Allie loves being with her people way too much. We have started her crate training. Allie is up to date on her vet care, will be spayed prior to adoption, heartworm negative and is microchipped. She 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.

Visit Thomasina and the other cats and kittens at the HSWA Cat Adoption Center on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Otherwise, 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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AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR // THE BEGINNING OF THE END

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isney’s latest Marvel Studios’ superhero blockbuster “Avengers: Infinity War” finally gives us a villain that we not only can love but also loath with equal passion because he considers himself the epitome of mercy. Few supervillains share Thanos’ warped point of view as well as his staggering supremacy. After several cameos in earlier Marvel epics, the long-awaited Thanos devastates everybody and everything in his path like an apocalypse. Just about every Marvel superhero shows up to hinder this doomsday juggernaut from looting the universe of those six ultra-powerful Infinity Stones that auger ill for the future. “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War” co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo with “Captain America” co-writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus have delivered a sequel that indisputably surpasses its predecessors, but it is debatable that Marvel can hoist the stakes much higher in later sequels for a villain as formidable as Thanos. Moreover, the greatest criticism many may raise is that their favorite Marvel superhero may have been short-changed in this epic owing to a shortage of time to accommodate everybody in this ambitious opus. Actually, most of the superheroes have more than enough time, while the peripheral entities, like Loki, perish in the first scene and those that ensue. Clocking in at a marathon two hours and 36 minutes, “Avengers: Infinity War” will challenge anybody’s bladder. Unless you’re a dialysis patient, you’ll have to schedule your departures, so you’ll miss neither the least amount of high-octane action nor expository dialogue. Back in the good ole days, Hollywood provided audiences with intermissions to purge their urges. Problem is the brothers Russo and their scenarists never squander a second in their narrative. Perhaps somebody will create an app that will enable us via Wi-Fi to watch on our smart phones what we would normally miss during flights to and from the lavatory. Meantime, the Russo Brothers maintain a straightforward, serious tone throughout this superhero mash-up, sprinkling the action with amusing quips, especially about Wakanda possibly getting a Starbucks Coffee Shop since Black Panther wants to open his homeland up to the world. No, “Avengers Infinity War” isn’t a parody like “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Despite its abundant length, the filmmakers take enough time to update certain characters, such as Thor, and give us glimpses into the past about how Thanos saved a young Gamora. What may dishearten some Marvel fans is Thanos doesn’t take a licking. Instead, he delivers the licking, taking down virtually every Marvel champion as irrevocably as a bowling ball smashing ten-pins during a strike. “Avengers’ Infinity War” picks up where “Thor: Ragnarok” left off. Thanos (Josh Brolin) boards the Asgardian spaceship with the Ragnarok survivors. Incidentally, he wears a helmet and uniform in a nod to Jim Starlin’s graphic novel “The Infinity Gauntlet” (1991). He wears a massive gauntlet on his left fist that he will array with six stones. Thanos sheds the helmet. He vanquishes both Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in brief but brutal combat. He tortures Thor for the whereabouts of the Tesseract, and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) reluctantly surrenders it. Not only does Thanos dispatch Loki but also Heimdall. Before Heimdall (Idris Elba) dies, he summons the Bifrost and transports Hulk back to Earth. Once he has the Space stone, Thanos destroys the ship. Meantime, Hulk plunges into New York City. He has reverted to his alter-ego Bruce Banner. Unhappily, he cannot conjure up the Hulk. Thanos’ cronies terrorize New York. They hover above the Big Apple in a colossal ring-shaped spacecraft. Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is riding in a school bus, driven by Marvel honcho Stan Lee in another inevitable cameo when this monstrosity appears over Manhattan. Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spider-man, and Iron

Man (Robert Downey Jr.) tangle with these sinister extraterrestrials that want Strange’s Time stone. Eventually, our superheroes stow away onboard the departing alien ship, and Spiderman discovers his new outfit helps him survive. More of Thanos’ toadies rampage into Scotland to bring back the Mind stone embedded in Vision’s forehead. Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) fights alongside Vision (Paul Bettany) to repulse these wicked adversaries. The Guardians of the Galaxy receive a distress call, like the crew of the Nostromo did in “Alien.” When they reach the scene of destruction, they can only save Thor. The Guardians divide themselves into two groups. Rocket Raccoon and Groot accompany Thor to the planet Nidavellir, where Eitri (Peter Dinklage) forges a replacement battle-axe christened Stormbreaker, so the son of Odin

can intervene in the life and death fracas back on Earth in Wakanda. Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) confront more of Thanos’ subhuman armies out to get ‘the Mind Stone.’ The creation of Thor’s new hammer is exhilarating. No matter what this army of superheroes tries, Thanos manages to conquer them at every turn. Eventually, once he has acquired all six stones, the Titan snaps his fingers, and half of the universe vanishes like dust in the wind. Barnes, Black Panther, Groot, Scarlet Witch, Mantis, Drax, Star Lord, Dr. Strange, and Spider-man dissolve into smoke. At one point, our heroes nearly relieve Thanos of the Infinity gauntlet, until Star Lord infuriates the purple giant. Ultimately, Iron Man, Thor, Banner, Rocket Raccoon, Captain America, and Black Widow survive this frightening Armageddon. Anybody familiar with Jim Starlin’s “The Infinity Gauntlet,” the film’s source material, knows the graphic novel and film share few similarities. For example, in Starlin’s “Gauntlet,” Thanos had acquired all six infinity gems from the start. Meantime, in the movie, Thanos embarks on a crystal scavenger hunt from the beginning. The film discards Thanos’ futile infatuation with Mistress Death. Comparatively, over thirty superheroes died, and Thanos pushed the Earth out of orbit. Nevertheless, every catastrophe that Thanos inflicted would later be undone. The biggest surprise about “Avengers: Infinity War” is the triumph of Thanos over our heroes. Presumably, the sequel will undo the evil Titan’s victory.

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WIGS BY EXODUS // FORMER DRAG QUEEN CREATES CUSTOM WIGS

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eorge Berry knows an amazing wig. He’s spent four years wearing them. A wig isn’t just a fortified tuff of hair. It’s a key aesthetic to visual storytelling. As with make-up or costuming, the wig breathes life into a character, film or theatrical production. Most importantly, it eliminates the hassle of excessive styling and hair product. “The great thing about a [synthetic] wig is that they hold their style with proper care,” Berry said in a phone interview. “And, when put on [ it can] change an entire look, regardless of your natural hair” The 24-year-old is the brilliant mind behind Wigs by Exodus, an up-and-coming wig boutique with a penchant for stylish, bouffant up-dos. The brand’s name pays homage to his past life as a female impersonator. It was during his tenure at the University of Alabama, that Berry sashayed across the small stage of Icon, Tuscaloosa’s only gay bar, as Exodus. The nightlife gig combined his love of dance with the “glitz” and glamour of live performance. With every lip synch and costume, there was a new wig. And, for the most part, they weren’t that good.

even make it for me, or had time to make it. So, I felt like there was a great market for someone who could make those wigs and more people needed to be styling them.” So, he did just that. Launched in 2016, Wigs by Exodus is an allinclusive line that caters to anyone looking to add a little flair to their hair. Per their social media account,it’s the “The Hair That Moves You!” The business, now in its second year, has created quality wigs for school productions, magazines, and, of course, fellow drag queens. The small business boasts a strong clientele from RuPaul’s Drag Race, including Trinity K. Bonet, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Trinity “The Tuck” Taylor, Alaska and season 10 standout Aquaria. Even with a star-studded roster in his arsenal, the dancerturned-entrepreneur hopes to get his pieces on the heads of future competing queens.

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Though Berry’s departure from drag isn’t permanent, the experience molded him to the person that he is today. Nevertheless, the young entrepreneur said he is using this time focus on different endeavors. Moving forward, the young entrepreneur hopes to release a line of ready-to wear wigs. With his recent relocation back to the Druid City, Berry said he wants to get involved with the community, working on local productions and partnering with charitable organizations.

Since graduation, Berry has turned in his heels for ballet slippers. Formally trained in dance, the UA alumnus has starred in productions of Don Quixote, Frozen, Peter Pan and the Nutcracker. His most recent feat, a coveted residency with the Roxey Ballet company in New Jersey. By day, he would pirouette. By night, he would create wigs.

“While I did drag, I just kind of wore off-the-rackwigs and I always felt like the hairlines were bad and I couldn’t really find what I wanted without spending a fortune,” Berry said. “I felt like I wanted a fortune-quality[wig], but I couldn’t find anybody to

“Basically, I customize wigs. I start with some sort of base wig and I add to it,” Berry explained. “I’m going to add hair to it. I’m going to adjust it and then I get ready to start styling. I like to call it frankensteining, especially for drag wigs when you want to do something big. You may not find what you want in one wig, so then you’re gonna start taking pieces of other wigs and putting it all together to make that finished look.”

The magic happens in “wig land”, a clever nickname for his 9 clear plastic bins, encased with un-styled wigs, brushes, hairsprays and various styling tools that have traveled with him through his treks to Georgia, New Jersey and, most recently, back to Alabama. From start to finish, the average wig can take a minimum of five hours. Depending on his schedule, Berry can work on up to two pieces at a time.

“Through drag, I learned a lot about myself and I enjoyed being that person and being someone different, but I also enjoyed being me,” Berry said. “I’m kind of going through a phase in my life where I want to be me a little more, but I will definitely miss going back to the glitz and the glam… And the big wigs.” Berry laughed, adding “That’s why I like to put them on all the time or see how they look on my head, so I will see how’ll it’ll look on someone else’s head. It’s always something in my brain. It helps me be a better drag stylist, because I know what I would want to look like. I think that it’s great for drag queens. Because we all want to look different. We don’t want to look like we do in the day. We want to look like this crazy wonderful person.”To learn more about Wigs by Exodus, you can visit their Instagram page @WigsByExodus or FaceBook.

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2018-2019 SEASON

WHAT'S NEXT? Marian Gallaway Theatre Separate and Equal Suddenly Last Summer Merry Wives of Windsor The Drowsy Chaperone Sense and Sensibility

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BAMA BELLE RIVERBOAT HOSTS TWO WATERKEEPERS’ JUNE 21 EVENT HURRICANE CREEKKEEPER CELEBRATES ITS 15TH

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n Thursday, June 21 from 6-9 P.M., Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Hurricane Creekkeeper will share a fundraiser on the Black Warrior River. The sunset cruise will feature live music, dinner and a local beer sampling on the Bama Belle Riverboat, which docks by the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk at 1 Greensboro Ave. The public event celebrates the 15th Anniversary of Hurricane Creekkeeper, the Friends of Hurricane Creek’s environmental enforcement program led by John Wathen. Hurricane Creek is a major tributary of the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa County. Proceeds will support both Waterkeeper Alliance organizations’ work to promote swimmable, fishable, and drinkable water. Admission includes dinner (with meat, seafood, and vegetarian options) catered by The Levee, and a complimentary sampling of local beers by Druid City Brewing. A talented band from Tuscaloosa called the NoJoes will perform throughout the cruise. The NoJoes consists of five friends embodying the best parts of blues and southern rock music, with a new twist. Boarding begins at 6 P.M. The boat will leave at 6:30 P.M. and will return at 9 P.M. The event is for ages 21 and up. Guests under 21 may attend with a parent or guardian but will need a ticket as space is limited. Tickets are on sale for $40 per person at bamabelle2018.eventbrite.com. “John Wathen is a world famous defender of water,” said Charles Scribner, Executive Director of Black Warrior Riverkeeper. “Alabama is blessed to have John as its Hurricane Creekkeeper, and Black Warrior Riverkeeper is grateful to have the Friends of Hurricane Creek as a partner.”

“It has been our honor and pleasure to be associated with such a powerful family of water advocates as Waterkeeper Alliance,” added John Wathen, Hurricane Creekkeeper. For a high-resolution photo of the Bama Belle by Nelson Brooke, Black Warrior Riverkeeper, click here. Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect and restore the Black Warrior River and its tributaries. The citizen-based nonprofit organization promotes clean water for improved public health, recreation and wildlife habitat throughout the Black Warrior River watershed.

The Friends of Hurricane Creek was founded to preserve, restore and protect the Hurricane Creek watershed. This year they celebrate the 15th anniversary of their Hurricane Creekkeeper program by collaborating with the group who inspired them to become Waterkeeper Alliance members, Black Warrior Riverkeeper. Contact: Charles Scribner, Executive Director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper: (205) 458-0095, info@ blackwarriorriver.org John Wathen, Hurricane Creekkeeper, Friends of Hurricane Creek: (205) 310-3739, hccreekkeeper@gmail.com

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>>> HOROSCOPES | W E E K L Y O V E R V I E W The last months have been very challenging - and there's a very good chance that you no longer feel up to meeting the challenges. If you've been yearning to modify something in your daily life, do it now, Taurus. The hour has come to make concrete changes. Regardless of whether the change you seek is at home or work, physical or emotional, don't be afraid to seriously upset your life. A change has occurred in our solar system, Gemini, a shift that will probably be imperceptible but nonetheless profound. You have seven months to understand how this change impacts you. It will dawn on you that you feel a strong need for liberation. Perhaps you need to release yourself from the bonds of a group. Innovation is in the air! You mustn't expect any enormous changes today, Cancer. However, the process you began three or four years ago will accelerate slightly. You're changing the moorings of your identity, the ideas that make you sure of who you are. Your family, background, and education no longer count as much as your spiritual foundations. Don't be afraid of this shift. Go with it. The day should be fairly positive, Leo, and you'll begin to feel the faintest hints of a major change beginning. This new phase will last seven months. As it progresses, you'll find greater freedom of expression. You can expect to shift into high gear in subjects you used to avoid. Some friction with siblings is likely to arise in the next few months. The solar system is shifting gears today, Virgo, and it's liable to trigger a great transformation that will last seven months. The change will center on the means you use to fulfill yourself in terms of both your career and love life. If you feel somewhat hemmed in by your training or upbringing, you can expect to seek liberation from these inhibitions in the months to come. You may feel hemmed in by the role models that society currently offers, Libra. As you struggle to find your own definition of the truly modern human being, the people around you sometimes criticize your liberated attitude. Just because their ideas aren't in sync with yours in no way invalidates them. If your ideas are a tad too radical, theirs are too conventional. There's room for both points of view. To understand the major shift that's taking place, Scorpio, you must look at events from a lofty perspective. A slowacting liberation is gathering momentum. In the next seven months, you'll be unable to resist the opportunity to rid yourself of some oppressive part of your past. You'll shed your old complexes and emerge renewed. Don't be alarmed if some family relations suffer as a result. The distress is only temporary. The gentle winds of change are blowing through your life at the moment, Sagittarius. You have a feeling of newness and an open attitude toward the world. Some outside events will be coming up in your life that give you the impression you're advancing in a concrete manner toward a new life. You can expect to have some pleasant surprises. The idea of a turning point in one's destiny often brings a smile to the faces of cynical people, but in your case, Capricorn, it definitely has some meaning. This turning point can take the form of a new person in your life or a key event that changes things forever. Sometimes things that we only hear about actually happen. Something like this may happen to you in the coming months. It may be that you've returned deeply changed from a long voyage, Aquarius. Of course, we're all changed to some extent by travel, but in your case, the change is truly profound. You're going to have some problems getting back into the life you had before you left. Your old life is likely to feel too limiting to you. So what are you waiting for? Change it!

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If you feel suffocated by your romantic relationships, if you feel they lack some spice or are too traditional, then why not liberate yourself? There is a feeling in the air that life is turning in a positive direction. This will help you set things up to turn even your craziest ideas into reality. Starting today, Pisces, you're going to be asked to be more concrete. During the last few months, Aries, it could be that you've met some strange people who have greatly influenced your attitude about marriage or partnership. They've been pushing you to get more freedom into your life. If this is indeed the case, you can feel quite sure that they've come under a cosmic influence. That's no reason for you to agree. Freedom or lack of freedom is completely subjective.

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MAKE DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID PART OF YOUR WORLD JUNE 1-4

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id you know that life under the sea is better than anywhere on land? That’s according to a small crustacean like Sebastian the crab in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Come see for yourself and experience that life under the sea as The Actor’s Charitable Theatre brings this musical to the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa, June 1-4. The musical, The Little Mermaid, is based on the 1989 classic Disney movie that tells the story of Ariel, the famous red-headed mermaid as she embarks on a journey to marry a prince that lives on land. Along the way, she is accompanied by Flounder the fish, Sebastian the crab, and Scuttle the seagull who help her restore life under the sea from Ursula, the evil sea witch. Starring as the leading mermaid is LeeAnna Sparks, student at the University of Alabama. Sparks says that she has always thought her and Ariel share similar personality traits since she was a little girl. “She is fun-loving, adventurous, and determined,” Sparks said. According to Sparks, determination is seen in Ariel’s journey during the show. “Ariel dreams of being a human and does everything in her power to make that dream come true even though it seems impossible,” Sparks added. Along her journey, Ariel is faced with many obstacles, one being an evil sea witch named Ursula, who will be played by Marissa Mena. Theatre teacher and ACT newcomer, Mena says Ursula is one of the most iconic villains of all time. “The audience will be expecting what they know from the movie so I want to keep the Disney essence of the character, but also make her my own,” Mena said. Mena says the set hasn’t been revealed to the cast yet but she is excited to see what it’s going to look like. “I feel like the ACT always has a few tricks up its sleeve that always leaves the audience talking about special effects and things like that, so I believe that will make this production different from others,” Mena added.

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Joey Lay, artistic director of the ACT, is both directing and costuming the show. “This production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid is going to be a visual feast for the audience with both the set and costumes,” Lay said. “We are constructing over 100 costumes from scratch,” he added. For this production, the ACT will be partnering with the charity, The Joy Like Anna Foundation. This charity is a legacy honoring the love, joy, faith and kindness of Anna Kamplain. The foundation's purpose is to provide families with spiritual and financial assistance as they care for their children with lifethreatening illnesses. Additionally, the foundation works with other charitable organizations with similar purposes to carry out the missions important to Anna. The foundation also provides scholarships and assistance for youth with interests in missions through their local churches and other mission oriented organizations. Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be performed on June 1 at 7:30pm, June 2 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, June 3 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and June 4 at 7:30pm with tickets ranging from $14 to $21. For more information or to order tickets go to www.theactonline.com or call 205.393.2800. SPECIAL MEDIA NIGHT: The ACT invites all media to a special Media Night on Tuesday, May 29th at 6:30pm at the Bama Theatre. The cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid will perform a small selection from the show and then will be available to media representatives for pictures and interviews. The Actor’s Charitable Theatre was founded in December of 2008 with a twofold mission: to create a community theatre that allows people of all ages and experience to be involved in high quality theatrical productions and to use theatre as a means of giving back to various other organizations. A portion of the profit from every show is donated to a local charity.

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he 2020 AdvoCare Classic will feature a rematch between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the University of Southern California Trojans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, September 5, 2020. Today's announcement will mark the ninth faceoff between these two powerhouses bringing great college football history to AT&T Stadium on Labor Day weekend. "This is another fantastic season-opening matchup that will give our team and our fans a bowl-like experience coming out of the gates," said Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne. "We've played in some incredible games at AT&T Stadium over the last few years, and we look forward to what will surely be another one in the 2020 AdvoCare Classic." The revived rivalry between Alabama and USC occurred in the 2016 AdvoCare Classic with the Trojans falling to the Crimson Tide 52-6. The 2016 game was the first meeting between the teams in more than three decades. The majority of the schools' football history dates back to the 1970s due to the friendship between head coaches John McKay (USC) and Paul "Bear" Bryant (Alabama) where each team won a game on their opponents' turf. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to open another season at the AdvoCare Classic in 2020," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "Our team and our fans have always enjoyed playing in North Texas and AT&T Stadium is a fantastic competitive environment. This event has always been a first class with the intensity of a bowl game. We are also pleased to have the chance to once again face USC, and we look forward to a great game."

ALABAMA AND TEXAS ANNOUNCE HOME AND HOME SERIES Alabama is scheduled to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 in Orlando, Fla., against Louisville. The Crimson Tide will then face Duke in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2019 and Miami (Fla.) in the 2021 game in Atlanta. Alabama and Texas announced a home-andhome series between the Crimson Tide and Longhorns for 2022 and 2023 on Wednesday. "We're thrilled to be able to add another incredible non-conference opponent with the University of Texas for a home-and-home series," said Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne. "It's been nearly 100 years since Alabama has visited Austin and over a century since the Longhorns have traveled to Tuscaloosa, so we're looking forward to it. This will certainly be a great opportunity for our program and our fans." The first meeting will take place in Austin, on Sept. 10, 2022, with Texas returning the trip to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 9, 2023.

The 2022 matchup will be the be the 10th meeting between two of college football's most storied programs and the first since the Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns, 37-21, in the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif., at the conclusion of the 2009 season. "We are pleased and happy to be able to add an opponent the caliber of the University of Texas to our non-conference schedule," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "The Crimson Tide and Longhorns have played a lot of memorable games over the years and the addition of this home-and-home series will be great for not only our fans, but fans of college football." Texas holds a 7-1-1 edge in the series with six meetings coming in bowl games. The teams first met in Tuscaloosa during the 1902 season followed by trips to Austin for the Crimson Tide in 1915 and 1922. The bowl game meetings including the 1948 Sugar Bowl, the 1960 Bluebonnet Bowl, the 1965 Orange Bowl and the 1973 and 1982 Cotton Bowls, along with the 2010 BCS National Championship Game. Alabama is scheduled to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 in Orlando, Fla., against Louisville. The Crimson Tide will then face Duke in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in 2019 and Miami (Fla.) in the 2021 game in Atlanta.

COACHING STAFF CONTRACTS FOR UA FOOTBALL Contracts for the new Alabama football assistant coaches and staff members are now official as the compensation committee recently approved terms for the group. Alabama coach Nick Saban will have a completely new staff as only offensive line coach Brent Key retained his role from last season. Mike Locksley was promoted to offensive coordinator with Brian Daboll leaving for the NFL. Tosh Lupoi was promoted to defensive coordinator after Jeremy Pruitt took the head coaching job at Tennessee. Craig Kuligowski (defensive line), Pete Golding (co-DC/inside linebackers), Karl Scott (defensive backs), Dan Enos (quarterbacks), Jeff Banks (special teams) and Josh Gattis (co-OC/wide receivers) are all new hires. Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne proposed the contracts. Here are the terms for the coaches contracts: Mike Locksley, Offensive Coordinator - 3-year contract set to expire on Feb. 28, 2021 with a salary of $1.2 million annually.

Tosh Lupoi, Defensive Coordinator (Outside linebackers) - 3-year contract set to expire Feb. 28, 2021 with a salary of $1.1 million annually. Craig Kuligowski, Associate Head Coach - 2-year contract until Feb. 29, 2020 with a salary of $750,000 annually. Kuligowski had a buyout of $53,000 from the University of Miami. Pete Golding, Co-Defensive Coordinator (Inside linebackers) - 3-year contract until Feb. 28, 2021 with a salary of $650,000 annually. Karl Scott, Assistant Coach (Defensive backs) 2-year contract until Feb. 29, 2020 with a salary of $350,000 annually. Scott had a $300,000 buyout from Louisiana-Lafayette. Dan Enos, Associate Head Coach (Quarterbacks) - 3-year contract until Feb. 28, 2021. Per Byrne, Enos will make $200,000 the first year, $250,000 in year two and $875,000 in the final year. Jeff Banks, Special Teams Coordinator - 3-year contract until Feb. 28, 2021. His salary in year one will $267,000. After Jan. 11, 2019, Banks receives a bump to $550,000. Banks had a buyout from Texas A&M. Byrne said they're still working on the buyout, but it shouldn't exceed $457,448. Josh Gattis, Co-Offensive Coordinator (Wide receivers) - 2-year contract until Feb. 29, 2020 at a salary of $525,000. Gattis has a $50,000 buyout from Penn State.

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