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Archive for September, 2008

catalog of malnutrition

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Hot dog, hot dog, chips,
Coke, Coke, trail mix, cereal,
milk, nuts and dessert.

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friendly coaching advice

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

No matter how loud
I yell at the flat screen, the
QB doesn’t hear.

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First look: Leonardo da Vinci at the Birmingham Museum of Art

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

The Birmingham Museum of Art opens its top-tier exhibit, “Leonardo da Vinci: Drawings from the Biblioteca Reale in Turin,” today. These 11 drawings represent a master at work and will be the first time they’ve traveled as a group outside of Italy.

The museum held a media preview on Friday. Here’s a sneak peek …

Leonardo da Vinci at the Birmingham Museum of Art

Museum director Gail Andrews introduces us to the exhibit.

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Sidewalk 2008: Electric youth

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Movie review: ‘Adventures of Power’

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By Stacy Vance

Mine worker by day, air drummer by night, he’s a man-boy with a dream. In “Adventures of Power,” our hero Power must overcome all to fulfill his musical destiny.

Adventures of PowerAri Gold — the writer, director and lead actor — combines elements of “Rocky,” “Zoolander,” “Footloose,” “Rudy” and a heap of “Napoleon Dynamite,” not to mention most comedies and inspirational find-yourself movies.

I’m almost embarrassed to say that I enjoyed as much of this movie as I did. The plot’s not new, but it’s entertaining if you’re up for some silliness.

The movie opens the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival tonight.

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uncoded

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Faulty memory
becomes real identity
thief. What’s my PIN code?

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the movement

Friday, September 26th, 2008

They manned the ramparts,
ever watchful for the march
of hostile forces.

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Sidewalk 2008: Uncomfortable silence

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Movie review: ‘The Dhamma Brothers’

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I’m fascinated by prisons. But like most people, I don’t give them a lot of thought. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

The Dhamma BrothersAnd I certainly don’t pay much heed to meditation, yoga or Eastern alternative medicine. Give me a pill or a walk on the treadmill any day.

So what to make of “The Dhamma Brothers”? This remarkable documentary examines the first U.S. prison — just over in western Jefferson County near Bessemer — to use ancient vipassana meditation techniques with violent cons.

Vipassana comes from India, focusing on introspection for transformation, but it boils down to men sitting on cushions, utterly silent for 10 days. This potentially dull setup makes for an ultimately engaging story. I’m sure this movie will win an award or two at Sidewalk, and will likely be the best one you see all weekend.

It screens Sunday at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival.

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Sidewalk 2008: All politics is local

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Movie review: ‘Crawford’

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By Stacy Vance

George and Laura Bush moved into Crawford, Texas, population 700, during his bid for the presidency in 1999. Soon after they settled in at the Prairie Chapel Ranch, the panoramas of open fields, endless skies, horses and haystacks of Crawford began to emerge in the national media.

CrawfordWhen introduced to the people of “Crawford,” we learn about their lives before we learn about their politics, allowing us to view them as individuals first. The documentary isn’t without some bias, but it’s ultimately a story about everyday people thrown into extraordinary circumstances.

The film screens Saturday at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival.

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pigs and lipstick

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I prefer them pigs
without makeup, looking all
natural and what.

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but i’m willing to give it a try

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Please give me something,
because someday I might know
my heart. Know my heart.

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Sidewalk 2008: Big mania on campus

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Movie review: ‘ ‘Bama Girl’

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By Erin Shaw Street

“At the University of Alabama, every girl wants to be homecoming queen.”

Bama GirlEvery girl? Really?

Such is the assertion from documentary director Rachel Goslins, whose documentary “’Bama Girl” follows a black finalist for homecoming queen. Maybe not every student covets the crown, but the movie is sure to spark some interesting conversations.

The film closes the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival on Sunday.

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get on up

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The real test isn’t
measuring potential, but
what you do with it.

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Vote 2008: Vice President Cheney hits Huntsville

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Vice President Dick Cheney

The Vice President stopped by Alabama Thursday to help a couple of congressional candidates. Republicans Wayne Parker and Jay Love were supposed to play host to President Bush, but instead had to settle for Dick Cheney and the half-million dollars he helped raise.

The cost was $1,000 to attend, $10,000 to have a photo op with the veep. Bush canceled Wednesday, choosing to remain in Washington to work on the economic crisis.

Hey, a half mil in a couple of hours? Economic crisis solved!

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Complete Vote 2008 coverage.

talk to the casing

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Conversation in
this era: chatting with back
of phone or laptop.

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digital unity

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Convention abuzz
with ideas and intros
through the corridors.

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