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Archive for February, 2007

Cover girls

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

america's next top model

A program reminder: Tune in tonight for the two-hour season premiere of “America’s Next Top Model.” Among the 13 finalists are the first two Alabamians in show history, Dionne (left) from Montgomery and Samantha from Pinson.

Wade on Birmingham will have all the drama in handy recap form following each episode.

The show airs at 7 tonight on CW 21, with a repeat at 7 p.m. Sunday.

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On the runway: more on “America’s Next Top Model.”

twenty-eight days later

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Short month still leaves too
much undone. Need petition
for new, longer day.

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Tuesday Night Lights: Hunting Bucs

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Guns! Intrigue! Drills (running, not power)! Snooze.

What if they started the state playoffs, and no one really cared? Apparently, the Hoover Bucs are going through the motions, but surely that would make for another exciting installment of “Two-a-Days”? Right?

Oh, shoot. The hunt for another trophy is on. (more…)

whoa whoa whoa

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

I’ve often wondered
about horses. But not in
a sexual way.

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galactic top

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Each twinkle in sky
orbits other twinkles in
cosmic whirligig.

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Wade’s 101: Haiku retrospective 5

Sunday, February 25th, 2007
  1. could be verse
    Real poems have lines
    like “somber remembrance” and
    “enchanted embrace.”
  2. breaking point
    Ultimate test of
    customer service: Can you
    give me change for 10?
  3. overheard while shoplifting
    If you think that’s bad,
    wait until you hear about
    my other gallstone.
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Heads and tales: Figures and words

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

city stages

If they had a million dollars …: We may be short on cash for school, public transportation, economic development, homelessness, etc., but not for the oft-praised, oft-maligned music festival. The Waldrep, Stewart & Kendrick City Stages Presented by Lanny Vines & Associates has raised $750,000 toward its goal of $1 million, to pay off old debt and secure a nest egg for the future. Also, the first major acts for this June’s edition will be Earth, Wind and Fire (again), Dr. John (again), Rickie Lee Jones, Poison and the Steve Miller Band. Ticket prices will go up (again).

Still unanswered questions linger: Who’s putting up the $666,000? How much, if any, did Catalyst raise? Is it realistic to expect $300,000 in taxpayer money from city, county and state officials? And can this festival actually make money as a festival, rather than as a begging machine?
• Music fest paying off its debts [Birmingham News]

Epithet debated: Today concludes the four-day “N” Surrection Conference at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa. The subject? The n-word. Should it be banned? Should blacks stop using it, even ironically? Does banning it really change anything or give the word more power? We’re guessing that those who use the word regularly won’t be hanging out on campus debating with scholars, activists and attendees.
• Alabama college hosts n-word conference [Associated Press]

‘Thick’ and theatrical: Updating an earlier story, the documentary “It’s a Thick Book” will screen for free at 3 p.m. March 4 at WorkPlay. This 49-minute documentary examines the most overweight lawmaker in Montgomery, otherwise known as the state constitution. Director Lewis Lehe will also be there. The premiere is the first in a series of screenings that week around Alabama. If you see only one documentary about a pile of 743 amendments, make it this one.
• World Premiere of “It’s a Thick Book” [Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform]

Also:

  • Mayoral race to feature diverse array of future losers
  • City schools move from Black History Month to Black Algebra Month
  • Uptown bar’s opening delayed by construction woes, crippling sobriety

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kidding kapers

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

An insulting jab
meant as a compliment shows
just how far we’ve come.

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Big screens, little people

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

oscars

The Oscars — or as they’re known in France, Les Oscars — take place Sunday night in Hollywood. You can grab your own piece of red carpet glory with not one but two viewing parties in Birmingham.

Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival will hold a fund-raiser party at 7 p.m. at WorkPlay [map]. Free food, free glass of champagne, music by Matt DeVine and prizes including restaurant gift certificates and swag bags. Tickets are $15 (plus $3 service charge if bought online).

Seven blocks north of there, and one hour earlier, Young Professionals of Birmingham kicks off its fete at Steel [map]. Free food and drinks, music by Just a Few Cats and prizes including a trip, a diamond necklace and more. Tickets are $25, $40 per couple (plus $3 to $4 service charge if bought online).

enroachment

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Horrid little bug
scampers across countertop
in once clean kitchen.

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Heads up: Latin loaners

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

compass bank

If it’s not bad enough that Hispanics are taking over all of the crummy chicken processing jobs and day laborer positions, then you’d better sit down. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria is buying Birmingham-based Compass Bank for a cool $9.6 billion. BBVA is the second largest bank in Spain.

We’re a little rusty on our high school Spanish. What’s Spanish for “layoffs”? Or “headquarters relocation”? After Wachovia’s takeover of Southtrust and the Regions-Amsouth merger, the Big Four of banking are no more. Says one Auburn University Montgomery economist, “The idea of Birmingham as a banking center is gone.” Heck, we just want our free toaster.
Birmingham News: Compass bought for $9.6 billion

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take his side

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The other me lies
on a beach, sipping cold drinks
and not wondering.

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Mission update

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Just a reminder: The first information meeting for the Magic City Mission is at 5:30 today. Although we’re planning to go April 8-15, dates are tentative as of today.

So if you’re interested in helping rebuild Biloxi and New Orleans, please come by today or Saturday to find out more about our trip.

hell hath no furry

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Catlike reflexes
are just no match for doglike
imbecility.

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Tuesday Night Lights: Won hundred

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

The Hoover Bucs: scary on the field? Sure. Scary in practice? Sometimes.

Scarily dramatic? Yawn. “Two-a-Days” without drama is just a bunch of kids sorta staying out of trouble and leading humdrum lives on camera. Halloween week brings few tricks and sad little treats, including Coach Propst chasing his 100th victory. Or his 100th burrito. We lose count. (more…)