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Archive for August, 2007

Heads and tales: Looking at alternatives

Friday, August 31st, 2007

birmingham weekly

The 10: Congratulations to Birmingham Weekly on its 10th anniversary. The alt-weekly has survived financial turmoil, ownership changes, boycotts and redesigns (online and in print). Even its current staff members seems amazed and a little puzzled at its continued existence.

To wit, editor-in-chief Glenny Brock writes, “Now, the mayor’s office call us back. Now, the governor’s office calls us back. Now, I am regularly invited to my alma mater, Birmingham-Southern College, to speak to a class called Writing for the Print Media. It is worth noting that the only writing class I never took at BSC was Writing for the Print Media.” Oh, well, you made it further than the latest corpse in Hoover print, the Gazette.
• City News, Views & Entertainment [Birmingham Weekly]

Criminal minded: Black and White is taking an interesting approach to crime reporting for its third annual crime issue. Our pal Kerry, the editor, e-mailed a request …

“If you have been the victim of a crime in the Birmingham city limits during 2007, please e-mail an account of the incident to crime@readbw.com. Please tell us:

  • where and when the incident occurred;
  • whether the crime was reported to the police;
  • what, if any, interaction you had with law enforcement;
  • and whether there was any resolution to the crime in question.

“Any and all published accounts will maintain your anonymity, but we do request your name, address and telephone number for purposes of verification.” We’ll get them started: Try the Victims of Birmingham Crime MySpace page.
• Black & White needs your crime stories [via e-mail]

World beat: When the State Department has diplomats to entertain, where does it go? Crestwood. Yes, Crestwood.

The neighborhood holds several alley parties each year, and Sept. 17, an extra-special party will welcome 30 diplomats with covered dishes and ice-cold cooler beers. The fun begins at 6 p.m., which coincidentally is when the event starts.
• It’s time for an alley party [via e-mail]

Also:

  • Mayoral forums highlight differences among grandstanding, overpromising
  • Red Mountain Park to feature two roller coasters, princess castle
  • Coaches ask players to give 110 percent in 10 percent increments

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pigskin prudes

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Pity those elites
who don’t cotton to the smash
and crunch of football.

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get-together, gathering or party

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Welcoming strangers,
bohemian rhapsody
for incoming guests.

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back to school 3

Friday, August 31st, 2007

32. 15.
26? Damn. How do I
open my locker?

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back to school 2

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Metal detector
quells youthful exuberance
with beeps and alarms.

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back to school 1

Friday, August 31st, 2007

The mimeographs
still crank out pop quizzes in
purple-tinted prose.

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march of the sanguine

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

The trickle of ants
finds its way through unseen gaps
to the countertop.

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somewhere over the mountain

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Taillights disappear
into turnoffs and driveways
as evening subsides.

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putting off eating

Monday, August 27th, 2007

The skipped meal leaves a
gnawing sensation growing
in the stomach’s pit.

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parlors and parks

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Ice cream, baseball, beer
and hot dogs. Summer in one
hot night around town.

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more to read someday

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Bundle of books lands
with knowledgeable thud on
crowded sagging shelf.

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When inebriated in Rome …

Friday, August 24th, 2007

The problem: You’re going to Art on the Rocks tonight, but you don’t have a thing to wear.

The solution: Toga. Toga. Toga.

Sorry, we meant … To-ga! To-ga! To-GA!

The summerlong series continues tonight at the Birmingham Museum of Art with a costumed theme, Vulcanalia, in honor of the upcoming Pompeii (caution: sound) exhibit. Those in togas will be in a drawing for … a Vespa. Isn’t it worth reliving your “Animal House” days for a new Italian scooter?

In case you need help with your outfit, watch this 1-minute instructional video:

And a tribute to the movie (caution: sound) that started the craze nearly 30(!) years ago.

darkest before the

Friday, August 24th, 2007

The civic minded
find their way, even when times
seem hopeless and bleak.

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wrong all wrong

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Critical words don’t
often spring from critical
thinking, just big talk.

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the twit in twitter

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Yes, we can see your
“current status,” but what of
your will to progress?

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