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Preserve Jazz Festival: Announcing the winners

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Preserve Jazz Festival

We Jazz June contest

Our lucky pair who’ve won two free passes (a $70 value) each to Sunday’s Preserve Jazz Festival are …

  • Emily Beaumont, Homewood
  • Adrienne Stevens, Southside

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest.

Even if you didn’t win, you still have time to buy tickets for this terrific music event at Hoover’s Moss Rock Preserve. See details and video previews on our site.

gummy chick lit

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Can’t the heroine
do something other than non-
stop introspection?

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Heads up: Landmark events

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

A pair of weekend festivals at historic locales, with, yes, music …

beer tapsPour it on: Get sloshed at Sloss, or at least, go for a multi-beer buzz. The Magic City Brewfest has returned for a second outing, with dozens of varieties available for sampling. The music lineup includes Blue Moon, Highwater and HoneyBaked. Tickets are $7 (everything a la carte), or $22 and $32 in advance, $30 and $40 at the gate. 7-11 p.m. Saturday and 3-7 p.m. Sunday at Sloss Furnaces.

Way over the hill: The city’s original Iron Man turns 104, and you can celebrate at the Vulcan Birthday Bash. Sarah Green will perform, and artist Lonnie Holley will help you make your own sandstone sculpture. Tickets are $3 for age 5 and older and includes free ice cream and Cokes and elevator rides to the observation platform (if you haven’t been since the remodeling, you are missing out). 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Vulcan Park.

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coffeehouse, inc.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Everything smells like
dark Colombian roast and
capitalist grind.

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the grand lobby

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Sprinkled among the
plush settees, the hoi polloi
sip moody nightcaps.

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Heads up: The tell-tale heat

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Larry LangfordBirmingham mayor Larry Langford takes a few minutes to talk with WBHM’s Tanya Ott in an eye-opening interview about his SEC legal woes. The interview — 8 minutes, 27 seconds — is worth a listen [MP3], if only to document the city’s sad slide into oblivion. Anyone want to do a transcript?
WBHM (90.3 FM): Langford Speaks

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Win festival passes … last chance!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Enter now for your chance to win tickets to the Preserve Jazz Festival

Preserve Jazz FestivalBack on the job but not quite ready to work? Take a few minutes to enter our giveaway.

Enter our special We Jazz June contest. Two lucky winners will win two passes (a $70 value) each to the second annual Preserve Jazz Festival on Sunday in Hoover.

To enter, visit our special We Jazz June contest page.

Hurry! Entry deadline is noon CDT today!!

fumbling towards wrigley

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Fans jam the subway
cars and sidewalks to worship
in friendly confines.

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Memorial Day

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Memorial Day

To date, more than 4,000 U.S. soldiers have died in the Iraq War, including 68 from Alabama.

Have a peaceful Memorial Day.

the love of a travelin’ soldier

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Our love will never
end, waitin’ for the soldier
to come back again.

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terrestrial radio menu

Monday, May 26th, 2008

Soft rock, right-wing talk,
hit country, all hip-hop, Jack,
oldies, classic rock.

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when a nightmare is just a nightmare

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

Dark visions portend
nothing, except the restless
psyche of the damned.

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Heads up: Get ready

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

The TemptationsLike a little pops in the park? Orchestral maneuvers in the dark? More music in May with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, as it kicks off its four-week summer series tonight, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Head to Caldwell Park [map] for the 8 p.m. show featuring the Temptations, along with selections by George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and John Phillip Sousa. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

Upcoming shows will feature Harry Potter and Abba themes. But not all at once — that would be too much dark magic.
Official site

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pre-itinerary

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Apparently, the
great adventure begins just
after the packing.

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hazard at every corner

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

The black pickup scoots
through the intersection while
the light remains red.

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