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“Joy (real name James Keogh) loved writing songs, but viewed music as a hobby – until one of his early songs turned his world upside down. ”

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“If you are growing a garden this year, or you like to buy produce in season at your local farmer’s market, then you’ll love this easy roasted summer vegetable recipe. This recipe is very versatile. If you don’t have one of the ingredients, just leave it out or substitute another one.”

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VANCE JOY // NATION OF TWO

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ack in 2012 Vance Joy had no idea how different his life would become in just a couple of short years. A former player in Australian rules football – in 2008, he was named best first-year player in Australia’s Victorian Football League, a league that is one notch below professional level – Joy had gone on to Monash University, where he was preparing for his future by studying law. Joy (real name James Keogh) loved writing songs, but viewed music as a hobby – until one of his early songs turned his world upside down. The song was “Riptide,” and after Joy posted it to Soundcloud and his Facebook page, it connected online, creating enough of a reaction to get picked up by radio stations in Australia and start Joy on a two-year whirlwind. By the time “Riptide” finally finished its run, the song had topped “Billboard” magazine’s Alternative Songs chart and spent 43 weeks on the all-genre Billboard 100 singles chart in the United States. Meanwhile during that span, Joy landed a deal with Atlantic Records, which put the single on both his 2013 debut EP, “God Loves You When You’re Dancing,” and his 2014 full-length debut album, “Dream Your Life Away,” and he landed the coveted spot opening for Taylor Swift on her 1989 stadium and arena tour. That kind of fast success can go to a person’s head easily enough, but the 30-year-old native of Melbourne, Australia, didn’t get too caught up in his newfound fame and status as one of music’s most popular newcomers. “It was definitely a big change,” Joy said in a recent phoneinterview as he looked back on the “Riptide” phenomenon. “I think I was so green to the music industry, or even like that whole thing. For me, I guess what it meant was I was so busy, going from having a lot of time to just chill out and have fun, and my social life was a big part of my life, hanging out with friends and going out and going to see gigs and that kind of thing. Then it was like now this month is mainly just playing shows or traveling around and taking flights around the world and playing at all these different shows at radio

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stations and stuff. It was a shock to my system to learn how to prepare for that and be like, ‘OK, I’m going to be singing at 7 a.m. on a radio station, so maybe I should wake up at 6:30.’ I think that was a shock to my system, just the work load. I didn’t really have time to even, luckily, I couldn’t get too carried away or too distorted by feeling like I had some kind of social value or whatever, I think, because I feel like it was just so busy.” Joy, though, was aware enough of the workings of the music business to know what “Riptide” was doing was unusual and he needed to make the most of his situation. “You only probably get one chance to have a song that can open the door like that song. It was like a fluke,” he said “You get this kind of special opportunity, and I was aware that I had better go all in because it’s a rare opportunity.” Now it’s 2018, and Joy is releasing his second album, “Nation of Two,” and beginning a new touring cycle. He is coming off of not only “Riptide’s” blockbuster success, but a pair of successful follow-up singles from “Dream Your Life Away” in “Mess Is Mine” and “Fire and the Flood (both of which went top 10 on “Billboard’s” Alternative Songs and Rock Airplay charts). The new album continues down a similar musical path as “Dream Your Life Away.” Once again, Joy grounds his folk-pop songs in acoustic guitar and vocals, particularly on stripped back ballads such as “I’m With You,” “Call If You Need Me” and “Bonnie & Clyde.” The new album, though, gets a slightly more full sound, thanks to tunes like “We’re Going Home,” “Lay It One Me” and “One of These Days,” whose arrangements swell with horns, backing vocals and choruses that rise to near-anthemic heights. Joy said he was compiling musical and lyrical ideas for songs throughout the lengthy touring cycle behind “Dream your Life Away,” and his main plan for “Nation of Two” was to let the songs dictate how they wanted to be produced. “I just wanted to stay fairly consistent with, I guess, the general approach of the first album, in terms of like having

it mainly acoustic and the voice to be front and center,” Joy said. “And I worked very closely with Ed White, my drummer and co-producer, and so he was there, and he was a presence on the first album and the second album. So I think his tastes as well as mine, working together kind of helped navigate and make it, I guess, consistent, and different in some ways, but I think it has the same recognizable feel.” Having two albums of material is allowing Joy to pick and choose the songs he puts into his sets, and his show reflects the level of success he has achieved in just a few years. “It’s a bigger, we have a really professionally designed show that’s like scalable and is built for like venues to an amphitheater to an arena type of thing. That has been new. We haven’t had that,” he said, describing the stage set and production he’s bringing on tour. “There are like new lights and things that have been built specifically for the show to create like an atmosphere…We want to meet, I guess, that expectation for a professional look.” Joy’s band has also gotten bigger. “Our original setup is me on the guitar, and keyboards, bass and drums,” Joy said. “There are so many songs on this new album that have horns, but even before that it was always nice when we got to include some horn players for special

shows every now and then. They just added such a nice dimension to things. So we’ve added these two guys. Between them it’s saxophone and trumpet, and they can play trombone, guitar. So they’re really talented musicians and it fills out the sound. I think it’s good to have a more filled out sound when we’re trying to play the bigger stages.” Joy has also grown in his ability to connect with audiences as a performer, something he had to learn to when opening for Swift in front of huge crowds. “It definitely was a learning experience. I remember the first show we did opening for Taylor, I didn’t know what to expect, really,” Joy said. “We hadn’t really played to an arena or a stadium before. And it wasn’t like a cake walk at all. A lot of the fans, they knew one song, but it definitely demanded more of me as a performer in terms of just engaging with all of those people. I was more used to like looking down at my feet and getting through the set list. And then, actually now, it’s like smile and say hello and introduce myself, all those little things that I guess when I was playing smaller venues and it was more alternative (rock audiences), it wasn’t as much of a requirement. But you play those bigger venues, if you don’t smile and look out at the crowd and engage, it’s really hard for people watching to kind of even get a sense of what’s going on.”

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On the last full day of the trip members will enjoy a full day of leisure and fun as they explore Rome independently. The tour manager will be available to offer suggestions such as the Vatican City which includes an optional tour to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. The Vatican is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of art as well as the world famous Sistine Chapel. A guide will take the group on a three-hour tour through the vast collection of art and artifacts. Highlights include the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Sistine Chapel whose frescoes took Michelangelo four years to complete. His amazing Last Judgement rests on the altar wall which travelers will be able to admire. Members will also be given the option to indulge in Rome by Night which includes “Dine with the Tenors” at a popular Roman restaurant. The group will enjoy a lavish meal complete with wine while talented singers sing songs from famous operas. After dinner, travelers will embark on a Rome by Night tour where they will see famous Roman buildings such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Victor Emmanuel Monument and more illuminated by the night sky. Rome’s rich cultural history will be hard to pass up on this last day! The night will close with a farewell dinner and to toast the wonderful memories everyone made on the trip.

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ROASTED SUMMER VEGETABLES

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f you are growing a garden this year, or you like to buy produce in season at your local farmer’s market, then you’ll love this easy roasted summer vegetable recipe. This recipe is very versatile. If you don’t have one of the ingredients, just leave it out or substitute another one. Ingredients: Tomatoes Summer squash Zucchini Red potatoes Garlic Olive oil Fresh basil Mozzarella cheese, grated I have not included amounts for the ingredients, because you can easily adjust this recipe to make any amount. Just slice up what you think you will be able to eat. This dish doesn’t re-heat very well, so try to only make what you will eat for one meal. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the vegetables into uniform slices. You want them to be about the same size so they will line up nicely in the pan. Drizzle some olive oil in the bottom of your baking dish. Add a clove or two of chopped garlic. Next start lining the vegetables in the pan in rows, so that the slices are standing up and leaning against each other. When you get to the end of a row, start the next row. After all the vegetables are lined up in the pan, you can sprinkle some chopped fresh basil on top and then sprinkle some grated mozzarella cheese over the top of everything. You can use any kind of cheese you like. Place the dish in the oven and bake until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. It also depends on what vegetables you are using, red potatoes will take the longest to cook. I am not a huge fan of cooked vegetables, but this dish is really, really good. Give it a try, it’s a great way to use up some of your excess garden produce, and it’s healthy too.

FLORIDA DURING THE CIVIL WAR ERA EDITED BY SETH A. WEITZ AND JONATHAN C. SHEPPARD

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n examination of the understudied, yet significant role of Florida and its populace during the Civil War. In many respects Florida remains the forgotten state of the Confederacy. Journalist Horace Greeley once referred to Florida in the Civil War as the “smallest tadpole in the dirty pool of secession.” Although it was the third state to secede, Florida’s small population and meager industrial resources made the state of little strategic importance. Because it was the site of only one major battle, it has, with a few exceptions, been overlooked within the field of Civil War studies. During the Civil War, more than fifteen thousand Floridians served the Confederacy, a third of which were lost to combat and disease. The Union also drew the service of another twelve hundred white Floridians and more than a thousand free blacks and escaped slaves. Florida had more than eight thousand miles of coastline to defend, and eventually found itself with Confederates holding the interior and Federals occupying the coasts—a tenuous state of affairs for all. Florida’s substantial Hispanic and Catholic populations shaped wartime history in ways unique from many other states. Florida also served as a valuable supplier of cattle, salt, cotton, and other items to the blockaded South. A Forgotten Front: Florida during the Civil War Era provides a much-needed overview of the Civil War in Florida. Editors Seth A. Weitz and Jonathan C. Sheppard provide insight into a commonly neglected area of Civil War historiography. The essays in this volume examine the most significant military engagements and the guerrilla warfare necessitated by the occupied coastline. Contributors look at the politics of war, beginning with the decade prior to the outbreak of the war through secession and wartime leadership and examine the period through the lenses of race, slavery, women, religion, ethnicity, and historical memory. Seth A. Weitz is an associate professor of history at Dalton State College. He has published in The Historian, Tampa Bay Journal of History, and FCH Annals: Journal of the Florida Conference of

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Historians, among other publications. Jonathan C. Sheppard is the executive director at Mission San Luis: Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum. He is the author of By the Noble Daring of Her Sons: The Florida Brigade of the Army of Tennessee. "With fine essays covering a mixture of both well established and developing topics, A Forgotten Front offers readers a solid overview of Florida's Civil War as well as a promising roadmap for future research. Recommended." —Civil War Books and Authors “A Forgotten Front helps fill the historiographical void by covering both traditional political and military topics, as well as examining subjects that have become much more popular areas of scholarship in recent decades.” —David Coles, associate editor of the Encyclopedia of the American Civil War and coauthor of Sons of Garibaldi in Blue and Gray: Italians in the American Civil War "A fine collection of essays that serves as a much needed overview of the Civil War in Florida. At the same time, the individual essays shed light on various aspects of the Civil War, such as pre-war politics, secession, the role of women and Hispanics, Unionism, guerilla warfare, and race." —James Denham, professor of history and Director of the Lawton M. Chiles Jr. Center for Florida History at Florida Southern College

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he Bordelon family Sugar Cane Farm is about to get a taste of Alabama.

Dr. Rachel Raimist, a Journalism and Creative Media professor at the University of Alabama, has been tapped to direct an episode of the groundbreaking series “Queen Sugar.” The opportunity was extended personally by showrunner and lauded director Ava DeVurnay, a close acquaintance to Raimist. The UA faculty member will join the show’s lengthy ensemble of all-female directors, also placing her in the Director’s Guild of America, which boasts over 17,000 members. Helmed DuVernay (Selma, 13th, A Wrinkle in Time), “Queen Sugar”, now in its third season, follows the estranged Bordelon siblings (played by Kofi Siriboe, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Rutina Wesley) and their attempt at running an 800-acre sugar cane farm left by their deceased father. An Award-winning filmmaker in her own right, the tenured professor boasts an impressive resume of film and producer credits, including “The Art of Healing”, “Voices of Muslim Women in US South”, “ Aeolian” and her magnum Opus “ Nobody Knows My Name”, a film dedicated to the women of hip hop. Her work has been screened at film festival across the world, including SXSW, Women in the Director’s Chair and Sundance. DuVernay’s ties the Druid City date back to 2014, where she was invited to the Black Warrior Film Festival by the revered professor. Despite her

extensive catalogue of work, Raimist expressed her doubts of making in the television industry. “I have made independent films and documentaries, but for a long time I thought that breaking in to television might not be possible,” Raimist said in a press release from the Capstone. “DuVernay has been intentional about giving opportunities to first-time television directors from legendary independent film directors like Julie Dash, Cheryl Dunye and Patricia Cardoso to new directors with recent festival wins and folks like me who don’t fit into either of these categories.” Since the show’s inception in 2016, DuVernay’s award-winning series has featured all female directors, something very unheard in the film and television industry. Raimist’s episode titled “Your Passages Have Been Paid” was filmed on location in New Orleans and is expected to air in the Fall.

“Episodic television is a particularly difficult medium to ‘break in’ to as a woman of color director,” Raimist said. “To be called by Academy-Award winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and be invited to direct an episode of her show is a career defining moment for me.” Queen Sugar airs Wednesdays on the OWN network.

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HWY 55 BURGERS, SHAKES, & FRIES // 50’S STYLE DINING IN TTOWN

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ome of my favorite movies and sitcoms take place in the “diner that everyone” goes to, whether it’s The Peach Pit in 90210, The Max in Saved by the Bell, or even Luke’s Diner in Gilmore Girls. Though I’ve always wished something like that would come to Tuscaloosa, I never knew if it could actually be done or not. Enter, Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes, & Fries, a 50’s style eatery with several locations across the U.S. Debuting this past March, the Tuscaloosa location is preceded by the other Alabama locations in Homewood and Pell City. Though I didn’t have a poodle skirt on hand, I thought I’d give one of Tuscaloosa’s newest eateries a spin for lunch. Immediately upon entering I was greeted by two waitresses who opened the door and welcomed me to any open table in the restaurant. As I happily sat myself in a booth near an Elvis statue, I was impressed with how many folks were already in the restaurant for an early 11 a.m. lunch. I had been a little skeptical driving over to the McFarland Boulevard location, especially with how far away it was from campus and the positioning within the strip mall not giving the diner the exposure that it needs.

of an Andy’s cheeseburger with fries and soda which I opted for and then excitedly chose my free toppings. I quickly noticed that not only were the basic mustard, onions, tomatoes, and pickles an option, but fun toppings such as chili, jalapeno peppers, grilled mushrooms, onions, and green peppers were all at my disposal as well. To round out a complete diner experience, I asked my server to also serve up a vanilla ice cream, cookies n’ cream milk shake. While waiting on my order, I took in the ambiance of the place, including the decade specific tunes coming through the speakers. Tables and booths were filled with construction workers, families, and aging couples. As I continued to observe my surroundings, I noticed a patron at a table of four ask the server if his burger could be sent back. Judging on the manager’s inspection, a few waitresses, and 2 cooks, I imagine there was a discrepancy in how well

his burger was cooked. Despite the multi-person burger inspection, I was impressed with how quickly the server took care of the situation and had a new basket of food ready to go. My burger, fries, and shake were soon brought to me, and I was ready to eat. At first glance the crinklecut fries appeared a little on the skinny side but the lacking was soon made up in the texture, taste, and overall flavor of the fries. As with the burger, the presentation wasn’t anything to rave about, but the flavor was all there. Thinking back to any other great diner meal that I’ve had, presentation wasn’t always at the top of my list when taste made the basket a clear winner. I quickly transitioned to a few sips of my shake and was quickly in heaven. The quality of the vanilla frozen custard used to create my dessert concoction was obvious in every sip. With a swirl of whipped cream and cherry on top, it was quite the heavy but delicious lunch.

Overall, I considered my visit to Hwy 55 to be a great one. I was worried about my wait time compared to other reviews, but made it in and out in about 45 minutes. Having a quality cheeseburger, fries, and milkshake around ten bucks in such a cute atmosphere was quite the steal. Though I’m still disappointed in the eatery’s location, the proximity to the interstate may bode well for the restaurant after all. Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes, and Fries is located at 3615 McFarland Boulevard next to Dunkin Donuts and opened daily Monday through Sunday. Tweet us @ ThePlanetWeekly and let us know where you are eating! Sheena Gregg, MS, RDN,LD is a registered dietitian and local “Filipino foodie.” Follow her on Twitter @ AFilipinoFoodie

I quickly glanced through the menu and noticed a variety of options. Classic burgers and more of your non-traditional burgers dazzled the menu in addition to a variety of cheesesteaks, platters, salads, and a variety of frozen custard desserts. My server was quick to recommend the “Original” special

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JUDGE'S REVIEW: 87 RATING E GUIGAL CROZES JUCIFER BY GNARLY BARLEY HERMITAGE BLANC REVIEW BREWING CO. SPECIALTY IPA | YEAR-ROUND LOUISIANA | UNITED STATES Judges Rating: 87 Aroma: 20 / 24 Appearance: 6/6 Flavor: 34 / 40 Mouthfeel: 10 / 10 Overall Impression: 17 / 20

E Guigal Crozes Hermitage Blanc is a white wine from Northern Rhone, France. Its varietal composition is 95% Marsanne and 5% Roussanne that was aged primarily in stainless steel for 12 months. From the tasting notes: Crozes-Hermitage can be considered the gateway to the Northern Rhone Valley. The whites only make up a small percentage of production, but white wines are a little bit of a secret, especially at Guigal… completely unique, and yet not in the least bit esoteric.

Jucifer by Gnarley Barley Brewing Co. is a New England IPA and is being evaluated as an American IPA (category 21A in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines). American IPAs are hop-forward beers typically expressing American or new world hop characters. New England IPA is a relatively new style of American IPA (and is not yet a BJCP category) that typically showcases hops with tropical fruit flavors, a very cloudy appearance, and restrained bitterness. Jucifer is hopped with Cascade, Citra and Mosaic hop varieties.

For more information about the estate and vineyard, check out the E. Guigal website. And, to learn more about their Syrah take a look at my review of E Guigal Crozes Hermitage. E Guigal Crozes Hermitage Blanc Review I tasted the 2014 vintage of this wine. Sample received for review purposes. Appearance To the eye, this wine appears light golden yellow in color. Similar to a very light beer.

This beer pours light golden, very hazy with a small clingy white head. The aroma is prominently hops with aromas of tropical fruit, tangerines with lighter aromas of onion and dank. Abundant hop flavors continue into the flavor with tangerine, apricot, and tropical fruits with a lighter onion character. No malt comes through the flavor and the bitterness is restrained. Tangerine and tropical fruits linger long in an abundant hop finish. This is a very good New England IPA but the onion and dank hop flavors detract.

It’s somewhat leggy with well-spaced drips running down the sides of the glass. Aroma This wine’s aroma is very light and enjoyable. Though, I had to get up close to get a good whiff. Once I did, I noticed hints of sweet tangerine, a little citrus and a few floral notes. There’s little to no sting of alcohol in the nose. E Guigal Crozes Hermitage Blanc alcohol content 13% by volume, per the bottle.

Taste The wine’s aroma foreshadowed the taste, with flavors of citrus and muted tropical fruits being noted. I found the taste to be less sweet than the aroma and to have just a bit of bitterness. And finally, in agreement with the tasting notes I received, I noted considerable minerality. This was the first Marsanne I’d ever tasted, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I discovered was a taste that was enjoyable, clean and fresh. Mouthfeel and Tannins This wine’s mouthfeel is plenty silky and the tannins are round and subdued. Finish I found the finish to be medium in length and fully carried by its flavors. Overall Opinion Overall I’m pleased to have been introduced to both this varietal and this particular wine. I enjoyed the cleanliness of flavor and the minerality. If you get a chance to try this wine or varietal, don’t hesitate. E Guigal Crozes Hermitage Blanc price $19.99. Suggested Food Pairing I have to admit I struggled a bit with what to pair this with. Fortunately, E Guigal recommends pairing this wine with white meats and cheese. Sounds good here! I’d also say this one can stand as a sipper on its own. Cheers mon ami!

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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

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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He has a handsome black and white coat with beautiful yellow eyes. He is very energetic and demands your attention! He is a big guy and can play a little rough sometimes.

Owen is a sweet, loving dog. He is very friendly and just a lover! He may not have had a lot of socialization because he doesn't really know how to play with toys or other dogs, but he has been coming out of his shell at our dog facility. He tends to be submissive so a calmer environment might be better for him.

Tux enjoys rolling around on your feet (and shoes) and loves to have his head scratched. His favorite spot to be is our enclosed "catio" to watch the birds. Tux would do best as the only cat in a household.

Owen should be fine in an apartment as long as he gets daily exercise. He will require a fenced-in yard if left outside unattended. Owen should be OK with children 10 and up.

He is negative for FIV and FeLK, current on vaccinations and neutered.

We have started on his crate training. Owen is up to date on his vet care, neutered, heartworm negative and is microchipped. He is on heartworm and flea/tick prevention.

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glossy, polished, female revenge fantasy, crime caper, Gary Ross’s “Ocean’s Eight,” starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, and Rihanna, amounts to the gender flipside of Steven Soderbergh’s maleoriented heist trilogy “Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen.” Comparably, “Ocean’s Eight” follows on the high heels of 2016’s “Ghostbusters,” with Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones, that gave gals the starring roles in the remake of the 1984 Bill Murray classic. Predictably, “Ocean’s Eight” shares some similarities with Soderbergh’s extravagant, predictable, and often madcap epics. “Ocean’s Eight,” however, isn’t as hopelessly fanciful as Soderbergh’s “Oceans,” but it unfolds in the same land of imaginary Hollywood realism. As Danny Ocean’s younger sister Debbie, Sandra Bullock is fashionably appareled throughout this sumptuous PG-13 saga as are her comely conspirators. Like brother Danny, Debbie recruits top-flight talent. If you’re afraid the authorities may nab and pack them off to prison, banish that thought. The police are virtually invisible in this elaborate ‘mission impossible’ theft. Indeed, our heroine flies so low beneath her parole officer’s radar that we never see either him or her surprise our heroine with an unscheduled inspection. Make no mistake, “Hunger Games” helmer Gary Ross has made a palatable, attractive, and mildly suspenseful thriller that will probably hold your attention throughout its 11o-minute running time. The flaw in this sophisticated heist caper is our dames walk away without a hair out of place. Inevitably, they encounter some complications in “Ocean’s Eight,” but they never resort to physical violence. Furthermore, nobody either catches a bullet or dies. Like the “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001) remake, “Ocean’s Eight” opens with a contrite Debbie reassuring the authorities at Nichols Women’s Prison in New Jersey that she will avoid contact with all former criminal accomplices and family if she gets paroled. “If I were to be released,” she sighs, “I would just want the simple life. I just want to hold down a job, make some friends, you know, pay my bills.” No sooner has Debbie stepped out of stir than she steals everything in sight that she

needs to wallow in the lap of luxury at a swanky motel during her first night out of prison. If you remember “Ocean’s Eleven,” Danny told his jailors the exact same lies. Debbie’s brazen scam at the perfume counter later seems amateurish, but the movie makes it appear smoothly plausible. Meanwhile, she learns that her estranged brother, Danny Ocean, has died. For the record, George Clooney played Danny Ocean in Soderbergh’s “Oceans” trilogy. Specifics are never revealed about Danny’s demise. Nevertheless, Debbie visits the mausoleum where her older brother has been buried to pay her respects. She toasts Danny’s passage with a martini but doesn’t shed a tear. Conveniently, one of Danny’s closest associates, Reuben Tishkoff (Elliot Gould of “MASH”), shows up on behalf of the fellows but fails to persuade Debbie to cease and desist. Is Danny really dead or is he in hiding? Knowing Danny, Danny is probably holed up someplace. More importantly, this bombshell revelation means no “Oceans 14!” Reportedly, Soderbergh has said in public that he has no plans for another “Ocean’s” escapade. In “Ocean’s Eight,” Debbie has engineered the whole shebang down to the smallest detail. All of her accomplices will walk away with cool double-digit millions and never have to ever commit another crime. Debbie has no problem recruiting her former partner-in-crime, Lou (Cate Blanchett of “Thor: Ragnarok”), to join her and outlines her audacious plan to rob ‘the most exclusive party in America,’ the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Gala, in New York City. Like Danny, Debbie assembles an A-Team of experts from every

field to execute her fool-proof plan. Reluctantly, Lou accommodates Debbie. Together, they enlist an outof-fashion, fashion designer, Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter of “); an Indian jewelry-maker Amita (Mindy Kaling of “A Wrinkle in Time”), an African-American computer hacker, Nine Ball (Rihanna of “Battleship”); a white suburban housewife fence, Tammy (Sarah Paulson of “Serenity”); and an Asian-American pickpocket, Constance (Awkwafina of “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”), to pull off this crime of the century. When Amita asks Debbie how long the latter took to concoct her bold scheme, Debbie replies specifically “five years, eight months, and twelve days.” As it turns out, this is the length of time that Debbie spent in prison for a crime she didn’t commit, all owing to a treacherous art dealer, Claude Becker (Richard Armitage of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”), who doublecrossed and framed her. Not only

does Debbie savor the prospect of exacting vengeance on Becker, but she also tells her cohorts they are committing this grand crime for all those little girls aspiring to be career criminals. Principally, Debbie and her partners dupe an arrogant but glamorous movie starlet, Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway of “Love & Other Drugs”), into serving as their innocent accomplice. They hoodwink Kluger into hiring Rose Weil to dress her for the gala. Rose insists Daphne wear the legendary Toussaint, a world-renowned, six-pound, Cartier diamond necklace that has been locked up in an underground vault for the last fifty years. Initially, the Cartier people refuse to let the Toussaint, a bauble valued at $150 million, see the light of day. Reluctantly, they agree, and two seasoned security experts safeguard the necklace. Meanwhile, Tammy infiltrates the company coordinating the gala and works from within, acquiring all kinds of invaluable information. Nine Ball hacks into the security system to pinpoint the arrangement of all surveillance cameras. Inevitably, Debbie and company must separate Daphne from the Toussaint. This sequence with poor Daphne crouched over a toilet hurling her guts out is simply sidesplitting. Although he doesn’t drum up white-knuckled, nail-biting suspense designed to keep you teetering on the edge of your seat, director Gary Ross never lets the momentum lag for a moment with a charismatic cast and splendid cinematography. An ideal gals’ night out opus, “Ocean’s Eight” qualifies as above-average with its cornucopia of humor compensating for its conspicuous scarcity of suspense.

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HUMAN KINDNESS // A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY

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hen time seems to be flying by, each and everyday, I wake up and am thankful for each day I have. I say my prayers, have my coffee and my brain is overwhelmed with all the negative and corrupt media I continue to see. It’s a wonder anyone can stay in a positive mind set with all the crap (excuse me) that you read in all the outlets supplied to us these days. What happened to the good old days when we could read about how a person who took the time out of their day to help an elderly lady across the street or stop when a person is broke down on the side of the road. As opposed to my latest experience going through the bank line and the lady sitting in the window never to acknowledge me until I said, “Hello I hope you’re having a great day. Can you please help me.” Geezer, what has happen that we can’t even have human kindness in such a world of hate — yes I said hate. As I have survived death, I have continued praying that God would show me the purpose of my life and what it is I’m supposed to be doing with it. This has truly weighed heavy on my heart and has been the most frustrating question I have had to try and answer. When you die and

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God sends you back because it’s not your time you can imagine how confusing and emotionally draining that could be. Well, most of you probably don’t know what it’s like and lucky for you, but we all have a chance in this life of so much uncertainty and sadness to know that we all can have a voice and can make a difference while we are still here on this earth. Speak your voice, scream if you have to. Let people know that they are valued and loved. Fight back, and know that you matter in such a significant way. Don’t let the haters pull you down and instead let your little light shine bright. It’s your God given right to speak out and fight for what is right and wrong in this life and let your voice be heard.

Inspire others with your human kindness and believe that all of us can make a difference in making this world a better place. I have found my voice. I hope you will find yours. Would love to hear from you. Follow me on my blog at theplanetweekly.com. May you have love and peace in your heart’s.

As I continue my journey I will always know that whatever happens through these experiences I have had good or bad I will forever keep my convictions of what I believe is good and humane. Being let’s say 50 something…I have learned and experienced so much. I can’t wait to share my life’s journey with each of you in hopes that I can make a difference and share my truth because life is hard and none of us are perfect but deep in each of us we can care and be compassionate for our fellowman.

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ONCE UPON A MATTRESS AT THEATRE TUSCALOOSA

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his funny and irreverent musical is Broadway's retelling of "The Princess and the Pea." When Winnifred the Woebegone arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab's castle hoping to win his hand, his overbearing mother, Queen Agravain, invents a test that only a true princess can hope to pass. Filled with songs, laughter, and romance, this is the perfect summer musical for the whole family! Performance Dates Friday, July 13 - 7:30 pm Saturday, July 14 - 7:30 pm Sunday, July 15 - 2:00 pm Wednesday, July 18 - 2:00 pm Thursday, July 19 - 7:30 pm Friday, July 20 - 7:30 pm Saturday, July 21 - 2:00 pm Sunday, July 22 - 2:00 pm Did you know? Carol Burnett has been associated with Once Upon a Mattress since its original Broadway run. She her Broadway debut and originated the role of Princess Winifred in 1960. She went on to play the princess in two TV adaptations of the play in 1964 and 1972, and she later played Queen Aggravin in a 2005 TV adaptation. So, she has a 45-year history with Once Upon a Mattress! Credits Based on "The Princess and the Pea" by Hans Christian Anderson Music by Mary Rodgers Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, & Marshall Barer Lyircs by Marshall Barer Director - Steve Ray Musical Director - Alex Benford Choreographer - Lindsey Jones Scenic Designer - Steve Ray Costume Designer - Jeanette Waterman Lighting Designer - Erin Hisey Stage Manager - Ashlyn Lambert

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>>> HOROSCOPES | W E E K L Y O V E R V I E W You've been doing well, Taurus, but today you might be feeling more focused than ever. The path ahead seems clear and well defined. You're looking forward to the future with motivation and anticipation. You might be considering a long trip abroad or perhaps going back to school for an advanced degree. Today is a good day to start doing some research and finalizing your plans. Go to it. The astral energy indicates positive financial news. A settlement, grant, or bonus of some kind that you've anticipated for a long time may finally manifest. You might want to celebrate, Gemini. A chance to attend a large gathering might come your way. Have fun. Tonight, don't be surprised if you have vivid dreams - some great, some sad. Keep paper and pen handy so you can write them down. Today you'll put a lot of energy into business, personal, or romantic partnerships. They're likely to be especially beneficial now, Cancer. So even if you prefer to work alone, this is the time to explore the possibility of joining with those who share your ambitions. Romantic partnerships formed or advanced today are likely to prove stable and enduring. Don't let fear stand in your way. Move ahead. Too much work and the resulting pressure over the past few days could have you feeling too tired to do anything more, Leo, although your optimism and enthusiasm are still intact. Don't be too hard on yourself if you're dragging a little toward the end of the day. You'll be able to recharge your batteries before tomorrow. In the evening, relax at home with a good book. Romance blossoms for you tonight, Virgo, perhaps after a long period of standing still. A new sense of stability and security may settle on love relationships and close friendships. Children could also be a source of warmth and pleasure. You might want to channel some of this positive energy into creative activity of some kind, which will increase your sense of contentment and well-being. Tonight you might host a social event in your home, perhaps for business associates. You could be nervous at first, Libra, wondering if all will go as well as you hope, but your efforts should produce the results you want. You might be introduced to new contacts, leading to increased opportunities. Take a walk after everyone has gone. Your mind will be churning and you'll want to clear your head. Paperwork, perhaps contracts or other legal documents of some kind, might need attention so you can move ahead with some of your projects. These projects could involve writing or speaking. Your mind is in just the right space to participate in anything involving communication, Scorpio, and doors of opportunity may open up for you in this field. Gird your loins and get to it. You'll be glad you did. The financial picture continues to improve, Sagittarius. At some point during the day, you might have the feeling that you aren't working hard enough to keep the forward motion going, and you might feel panic rise. This could prove a good motivating factor, but you don't need to push yourself harder than you're going now. You're on a roll and it's likely to continue. Just pace yourself. Even though all continues to go well for you, Capricorn, your mood may go up and down today. In spite of all the great things in your life, you might find yourself feeling a little blue sometime during the day. Don't read too much into it. It's probably just the result of low biorhythms. Try to distract yourself with work. This evening get out with some friends and have a good time. Trying to get too much work done in the course of one day might prove self-defeating today, Aquarius. Your energy isn't what it usually is, and you're probably operating on nervous energy. Consider the situation and list your tasks in order of urgency. The world won't come to an end if you don't get them all done today. In the evening, rent a pile of videos, order a pizza, and relax.

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A depressed friend may need cheering up. Your ability to nurture and listen sympathetically will prove beneficial, Pisces. Take care not to absorb any of this person's dejection. Your own life should continue to go well, with business and career successes leading to new friendships and goals. Hang onto your own enthusiasm and optimism while extending a compassionate ear to others. Too many projects to complete might have you feeling just a little bit pressured, Aries. However, your innate determination is likely to drive you on to try to get it all done even if it seems impossible. Don't try to do it all yourself. Don't be afraid to ask for a little help. This might accomplish your ends without putting undue burdens on yourself.

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JULY 5TH ART NIGHT

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eer Gallery: Kentuck Art Center is proud to present the work of Col. Lee Busby (Ret). A native Tuscaloosan and University of Alabama graduate, Lee has had a distinguished career in the United States Marine Corps, was Vice Chief of Staff to General John F Kelly, and ran as a write-in candidate during Alabama's senate election in 2017. Lee is an accomplished sculptor and ceramicist, and says his most interesting work is a juncture between the two. "Col. Lee's interest in sculpting began to overlap with his military experience when he decided to look up Alabamians who'd been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. He decided to contact one of the families, hoping that the parents would be open to him creating a sculpture honoring their son's likeness. Col. Lee reached out to the father of Johnny "Mike" Spann, of north Alabama – a Marine Captain killed overseas while he was working for the CIA. Mike's father met several times with Col. Lee, and they finally got the likeness down. This was only the beginning for Col. Lee, who realized the impact of his gift. 'I'm no Michelangelo, but I know the world that these people operate in and I know what they went through. And, I do have some ability to sculpt. So, that's what I want to do.'' --Southern Living Museum Gallery: Missionary Mary Proctor's exhibitions in the Museum Gallery and Hotel Indigo are on display until the end of July. In 1994, three of Proctor's family members perished in a home fire while trying to find their way out. A year later, Mary received a spiritual message, "the door is the way." She followed directions, painted an old door, leaned it up against her chain link fence, and sold it to a passing collector. More doors were commissioned, and a show in New York convinced Proctor that art was her calling. Her work has been featured in the American Visionary Museum, Raw Vision Magazine, the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, and in Kentuck's Permanent Collection. In 2016, she was voted Folk Artist of the Year by the Folk Art Society of America. Proctor's work was recently part of a large gift (entitled "History Refused to Die") to the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Courtyard of Wonders: Enjoy live music from Jud & Lisa Cameron and pop-up shops from local vendors, free cob oven pizza with dough from Mary's Cakes and Pastries and fresh, locally grown produce from Snow's Bend Farms. Artists Studios: Kentuck's Studio Artists will have open studios for browsing, learning, observing, and buying. Gallery Shop: Open until 8 pm; members get a 10% discount. Fire Ant and Big Dog members are invited to sample champagne.

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ALABAMA FOOTBALL // NEWCOMERS MAKING EARLY IMPRESSIONS

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hile there is not a lot of buzz going around right now, we are hearing positive feedback on Alabama's incoming group of newcomers. Generally speaking, the group has made a strong first impression. One source Told Tider Insider's Rodney Orr that the newcomers are "the story" of early summer workouts. It is no surprise that most of the early buzz surrounds Jaylen Waddle. Waddle is turning heads daily with his hands, speed, acceleration, change of direction and overall athleticism. The BellaireEpiscopal, TX product has chance to make an early splash as a slot receiver/kick returner. One area where newcomers have a chance to make a major mark is in the secondary. Alabama signed four high school DBs and a junior college player in the 2018 class. We're hearing that all have been impressive in the voluntary workouts and seven-on-seven. "Very athletic and very phyiscal," is how one source described the group, which includes Partick Surtain, Joshua Jobe, Eddie Smith, Jalyn Armour-Davis and JUCO transfer Saivion Smith Saivion Smith went through spring drills, so we know more about him. He will almost surely start at right corner. He still has some learning to do, but he finished spring in strong fashion. When it comes to pure man cover skills, Joshua Jobe might be the best of the bunch. He has a lot to learn, but word is that he sticks like glue in man coverage. In our "Five Newcomers to Watch" update a few weeks ago, we listed Surtain #1. Part of the reason we had him atop the list was because of the need Alabama has in the secondary. Surtain is big, fast and physical. We hear that he has already shown a nasty streak. We are told that OLB signee Jordan Davis of Memphis is still trying to gain eligibility. Davis retook the ACT two weeks ago.

A former NFL player, who did not play at Alabama but who has had the opportunity to watch JUCO transfer DL Tevita Musika, tells TI that Musika should be a strong contributor on Bama's interior. He raves about Muiska's size (thick and solid looking) and says that he has good, quick feet. ALABAMA FOOTBALL Recruiting Notes Alabama landed a big 2019 commitment from Forest Park, GA defensive end Justin Eboigbe recently. The 6-4, 268-pounder is rated a fourstar and among the nation's top 125 prospects. Athletically, Eboigbe reminds us a bit of former Tide DL DaShawn Hand when Hand was the #1 player coming out of HS. The big difference is that Eboigbe seems to play with more intensity and desire (higher motor) than Hand did. WR JOHN METCHIE 2019 WR John Metchie is a player to keep a close eye on. He had a great official visit to Alabama a couple of weekends ago. We're told that the Tide feels very strongly about its position with the 6-0, 190-pounder.

SAFETY DAXTON HILL Tider Insider's Rodney Orr has been saying for a while that Tulsa-Washington, OK five-star safety Daxton Hill is truly an elite prospect. There simply aren't many safeties out there with the talent that Hill has. Hill keeps it close to the vest, but there is no doubt that Alabama is a serious threat to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, among others. In fact, some Oklahoma sources think that Bama is the favorite. QB TAULIA TAGOVAILOA In an attempt to alleviate concern about Taulia Tagovailoa's visits to Tennessee, sources tell us that Taulia has kept the Alabama staff abreast of every visit/planned visits in advance. Taulia remains fully committed to Alabama. That won't keep Tennessee, LSU and others from trying to sway the AlabasterThompson star. But, at this point, there is absolutely zero indication from Taulia that his commitment to Alabama is not solid.

DL DEMARVIN LEAL Texas A&M four-star DL commit Demarvin Leal also made an official visit to Alabama. Many think the 6-4, 280-pounder ranks up there with Bama DL commit Antonio Alfano as very elite DLs in the 2019 class. Under new coach Jimbo Fisher, the Aggies are unified for now. Pulling Leal out of ConverseJudson, TX might be very difficult. But Alabama certainly left a strong impression on Leal during his visit. LB NAKOBE DEAN The nation's top inside backer had a great visit to Bama. Dean has made some recent visits to Georgia that have those who follow the Bulldogs convinced they are the favorite. But the 6-0, 215-pound Dean does not plan to make a decision until December. So this one will play out over time. Based on what we hear, we feel very good about Alabama's position. >>> VISIT US ON THE WEB @ THEPLANETWEEKLY.COM

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USE CODE 0405

USE CODE 2405

LARGE DOUBLE TOPPER

EXCLUSIVE WEDNESDAY CARRYOUT OFFER

6

S L A E D MEALT FITS ANY BUDGET JUNE 28 + JULY 11

EACH

Medium 1-Topping Pizza Large Garden Salad Any Large Oven-Baked Sub Large Baked Pasta 5 Spicy Chicken Tenders with Dipping Sauce

Hungry Howie’s Flavored Crust® Pizza.

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$

2 LARGE 2-TOPPING PIZZAS & A REGULAR 3 CHEESER HOWIE BREAD® WITH DIPPING SAUCE

24

5

$ 99

CHOOSE ANY TWO

Carry-out only Hungry Howie’s Flavored Crust® Pizza.

FLAVOR THA

SRIRACHA

USE CODE 6405

$

$

FEATURED FLAVORED CRUST®

Lg. 2-Topping Pizza Hungry Howie’s Flavored Crust® Pizza.

5

$

99

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LARGE WACKY WEDNESDAY® EACH

Any Lg. Sub - Any Lg. Garden Salad or Any Lg. Baked Spaghetti with side of Howie Bread® Hungry Howie’s Flavored Crust® Pizza.

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North River / Holt 4851 Rice Mine Rd. NE (205) 345-3737

Hillcrest 1105 Southview Lane (205) 345-6000

Northport 1844 McFarland Blvd. (205) 333-2633

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