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Alabama on ‘Survivor’: Tastes like victory

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

‘Survivor: Tocantins,’ episode 3 recap

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On “Survivor,” is it better to be helpful or helpless? Samson native James Thomas Jr. may be the key to Jalapao’s seafood bounty, while Auburn’s Debra Beebe may wind up dragging Timbira down.

Who went on an idol hunt, and who wasn’t full of beans? Find out, after the jump …

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believe in grandma

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Memaw looks upon
her family through drooping
eyes, tending slowly.

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Alabama on ‘Survivor’: Probst’s favorite player

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

‘Survivor: Tocantins,’ episode 3 preview

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Wade on Birmingham - Survivor TocantinsA quickie preview of tonight’s “Survivor: Tocantins” above. Recap to follow the show. Will Debra Beebe of Auburn catch on to her tribesmates’ scheming? Will James Thomas Jr. of Mobile continue to bond with city slicker Stephen?

Catch up:

Plus, a bonus video: Who does Jeff call “country mouse”? And when he says “one of my all-time favorite ‘Survivor’ contestants,” to whom is he referring? You’ll be surprised, so check it out. We’ll see you back here tonight after the episode.

“Survivor: Tocantins – The Brazilian Highlands ” airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays on CBS 42.

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Back up for grabs … more “Survivor: Tocantins” at survivor.wadeonbirmingham.com.

a hint of winter

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

The car skin shimmers
with a thousand drops of dew
held by chilly breeze.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jason Mraz to perform at Schaeffer Crawfish Boil

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Jason Mraz (“The Remedy,” “I’m Yours”) will be part of the lineup of the 2009 Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil in May, as confirmed on the singer’s Web site. He performs May 1 downtown as part of the 24th annual music festival.

Organizers are expected to announce the lineup Friday. The festival, May 1-2, takes place next to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex [satellite view]. Tickets, $20 per day or $35 for both days, go on sale March 7 through Ticketmaster and Merrell at the Summit.

Heads up: Trace Adkins, Sara Evans, Gretchen Wilson set for Sticks

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Trace Adkins - Sticks Country Music Festival Yet another music festival will spring forth in Alabama, this one in Auburn. The Sticks Country Music Festival brings top acts to Auburn in April. Starting at $85, expect to see Trace Adkins (at left), Sara Evans, Gretchen Wilson, Diamond Rio and Rodney Atkins, among others.

The event takes place April 17-18 at Parker Hill, about 10 miles north of Auburn [map]. Like Bonnaroo and Enterprise’s Bamajam (which debuted in 2008), Sticks will encourage attendees to camp on site. Start planning your summer concerts now: It’s going to be a busy season.
Birmingham News: “Sticks festival set to build fan base in Auburn”

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the thoughts, they do not live

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Around and around
they go, clogging the brain with
no chance for escape.

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lights, camera, classroom

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The video feed
carries the instructor to
bored students elsewhere.

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statues of limitations

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Oscar cavalcade
trumpets unseen flicks to a
crowd of fanatics.

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the opposite

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

If the opposite
of me is you, are we a
pair or a problem?

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Marketing in a Tough Economy

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce - skyscrapers

Looking for ways to tout your business, your brand, your product, or yourself? Even in a down economy (a k a recession), you need to take advantage of every marketing tool and trick at your disposal.

The Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce can help with its special “Marketing in a Tough Economy” seminar.

Join me (Wade Kwon), along with noted area marketing experts Isaac Pigott (Positive Position Media Consulting) and André Natta (Urban Conversations) for a half-day session March 27 at The Club. We’ll share our secrets and our caveats about social media, how to make the most of online communities, and what you can do today to outflank the competition.

(My hourlong session, “Getting Started in Low-Cost, No-Cost Social Media,” is first come, first served. We’ll cover Twitter, Facebook, blogging and whatever else we can squeeze into 60 minutes.)

Spots are still available, but limited to 125 total. Tickets, which include breakfast, are $25 for Chamber members, $50 for non-members. For more information, or to register, visit the Chamber’s event page.

  • Marketing in a Tough Economy
  • 8 a.m.-noon, March 27, 2009
  • The Club, 1 Robert S. Smith Dr. [map]
  • $50 ($25 for non-members of the Chamber)
  • Register online in advance

I hope to see you there!

barking dogs

Friday, February 20th, 2009

The little hot dog
shop serves ’em up until it’s
time to return home.

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Alabama on ‘Survivor’: Work shall make you free

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

‘Survivor: Tocantins,’ episode 2 recap

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Two hours in, and we still can’t tell the pretty boys apart. Such is the hazard of watching “Survivor: Tocantins.”

One pretty boy, our man James Thomas Jr. of Samson, has seduced another. Meanwhile, Debra Beebe of Auburn stumbles upon the Hidden Immunity Idol. Sort of.

And hard work pays off for one contestant … with a torch snuffing. Who worked hard, and what hardly worked? Find out, after the jump …

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the modern cyrano

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

I like you, but I
don’t like you like you. I like
that I like like you.

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Alabama on ‘Survivor’: One shot changes everything

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

‘Survivor: Tocantins,’ episode 2 preview

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Wade on Birmingham - Survivor TocantinsA quickie preview of tonight’s “Survivor: Tocantins” above. Recap to follow the show. Can Alabamians Debra Beebe and James Thomas Jr. make it past week 2? Will Debbie even get any airtime?

Plus, last week’s recaps from us and host Jeff Probst.

“Survivor: Tocantins – The Brazilian Highlands ” airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays on CBS 42.

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