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Archive for January, 2007

payback’s a brunch

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Revenge is a dish
best served with a knowing smile
and unanswered glee.

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Heads up: The new reality

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

american idol

Birmingham dominates the tube tonight, on network and cable television. First, see how August’s first ever local auditions for “American Idol” turned out. Our guess: screechingly bad. An AP reporter shares her experience trying out for the singing reality competition. It airs at 7 tonight on Fox 6.

Then, at 9, flip over to MTV for the season premiere of “Two-a-Days,” with a shocking start to the reality drama about the Hoover High football squad. (Check out our review, complete with spoilers, free previews and advance airtimes.)
Associated Press: Reaching for the American (Idol) dream
New York Times: In High School Football, Crunch Time Can Be Literal

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the lost rumination

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Thoughts lost in maelstrom
of distraction set noggin
reeling without end.

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Tuesday Night Lights: Unmade in America

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Forget basketball. Who cares about hockey? On MTV, it’s football season … again.

“Two-a-Days” is back, with a semi-new crew of players, cheerleaders and a more sensitive(!) Coach Propst. Don’t believe us? Drop and give us 20, slacker. Um, pretty please?

We’ve got the inside scoop on Tuesday’s premiere — including how to watch it for free, how to get a leg up on your fellow Bucs fans, and the exciting (read: creepy) new cheerleading coach.

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artistry deity

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Act of creation
isn’t god complex but more
like feat of mortal.

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plebeian, heal thyself

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Should I worry more
about the things I eat or
the wanting of sleep?

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dial m for mirth

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Familiar voice greets
me from afar with touching
sentiment and wit.

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Magic City: The gatherings 2

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Your January fun continues tonight …

philip griffith

Instead of a photo finish, let’s have photos first. Our pal Philip exhibits his work at the first Artwalk Brewhaha of 2007. (Don’t bother with the official Artwalk Web site — it’s on sick leave.) See more samples on his Flickr page. 5-9 tonight at Starbucks in Five Points South. Free, plus complimentary refreshments. [map]

Walk on over to Zydeco for A Black Tie Dye Affair for performances by Ryan Kinder, Rick Carter and the Justin Johnson Band. The event by Young Professionals of Birmingham benefits Gateway, a nonprofit organization that assists at-risk families. 5:30-12:30 tonight. $25. [map]

And hop on over to Speakeasy 1920 to lend a hand to Kid One Transport, a nonprofit agency that provides free transportation for children to medical care. (Hat tip: Pretty Helmet.) $5. [map]

ode to friday

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Weekend seems like a
good idea after five
(or so) working days.

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through panoramic panes

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Great outdoors appears
warmer from safety of walled
indoors during winter.

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identity heft

Friday, January 26th, 2007

It’s not enough to
know who you are if no one
else knows who you are.

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Heads up: Manual transmission

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

black and white

And now, our annual plug for Black and White’s Annual Manual, a handy guide to Birmingham and all its offerings. Be sure to grab a copy in the next day or so (even if the online version stays up throughout the year) for those who still enjoy the tactile sensation of printed stuff.

Highlights include a lovely compendium of places to visit, quirky and otherwise; a terrific historic photo exhibit at Vulcan Park; and a long, if not completely unbiased, look at the exploding condo market.
Black and White: 2007 Annual Manual

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ever too late

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Catching up ain’t no
fun when the falling behind
is surging ahead.

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against the migraine

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Never mind what the
doctor, common sense says — it’s
all in your headache.

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morsels, more so

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Dining among friends
provides more than sustenance,
as luck would have it.

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