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at first, i was afraid

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I was petrified.
It took all the strength I had
not to fall apart.

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the end of days

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

The time comes in a
relationship when all that’s
left is small goodbyes.

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Lilith Fair lineup for Birmingham: Brandi Carlile, Jill Scott, Norah Jones

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Lilith Fair, coming to Birmingham for the first time Aug. 12, has announced the lineup for the daylong show at the Verizon Wireless Music Center:

  • Ceci Bastida
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Court Yard Hounds (Emily Robison and Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks)
  • Caitlin Crosby
  • Norah Jones
  • Katzenjammer
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Jill Scott
  • Sia

See videos from the musical acts below.

Tickets, $41 to $282, are available through Ticketmaster.


Video: “The Story,” by Brandi Carlile

Video: The story behind the Court Yard Hounds

Video: “Cold, Cold Heart,” by Norah Jones

Video: “Loving You Is Easy,” by Sarah McLachlan

Video: “Put Your Records On,” by Corinne Bailey Rae

Video: “Hate on Me,” by Jill Scott

Video: “Breathe Me,” by Sia

spare the earth, spoil the parasites

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Nonstop assault on
Mother Earth: matricide or
just plain suicide?

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the puppy episode

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

A floppy-eared, four-
legged visitor heads your
way with slobber, barks.

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craft on demand

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Fast, good or cheap, pick
three. No, wait. Pick two. Or pick
one, cross your fingers.

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J.T. on ‘Survivor’: Double dealing

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

‘Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,’ episode 10 recap


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Survivor Heroes vs. Villains - James J.T. Thomas Jr.

I’m not sick, but I’m not well: J.T. clings to a challenge.

Wade on Birmingham - Survivor Heroes vs. VillainsFor weeks, the battle between Heroes and Villains has taken out five from each tribe. Tonight, the battle came home to the Heroes.

Would the Heroes be ready to take on their foes as one merged tribe? Are the Villains unstoppable with two hidden immunity idols just itching to be played?

It’s time for the big showdown on “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.”

Last time, Mobile’s James “J.T.” Thomas Jr. handed over the Heroes’ immunity idol to Russell Hantz of the Villains. Oops. To quote Dark Helmet, “Now you see that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.”

Find out, after the jump …


J.T. on ‘Survivor’: Five by five

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

‘Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,’ episode 10 preview


Video: Preview for tonight’s episode.
Five plus five equals frenzy!

Wade on Birmingham - Survivor Heroes vs. Villains

Somehow, the teams are both even with five members each on “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.” The perfect time for a merge.

Or is it? (dramatic cue)

Two of the Villains located on hidden immunity idol at camp. A third Villain had one handed to him at a challenge. By J.T. Who is not a Villain.

So far, James “J.T.” Thomas Jr. of Mobile has been in the driver’s seat, leading his tribe, playing off the two major factions with a deciding vote. But after sneaking off to find the hidden immunity idol, then getting caught, he convinced the Heroes to hand it over to the Villains to turn an enemy into an ally.

Oops. We’ll know soon enough whether five Heroes can match up to five Villains holding two aces.

Plus, a bonus video …

Video: Jerri Manthey can’t believe J.T. gave up the idol.

Episode 9 recaps:

“Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains ” airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays on CBS 42. Full recap tonight following the show.

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Back up for grabs … more “Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains” at survivor.wadeonbirmingham.com.

Meet the artists of the 2010 Magic City Art Connection

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The 27th annual Magic City Art Connection takes place Friday through Sunday in Linn Park downtown. We’re featuring 15 randomly selected Alabama artists out of the 200 or so expected to attend.

The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Update April 23: The event is canceled for Saturday because of inclement weather, but will resume Sunday.


Ron Lewis

  • City: Birmingham
  • Site: Ronald Lewis Art Gallery
  • Bio: Since graduating from the University of Montevallo, Ronald Lewis has won over 95 awards for his paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic.

“Night Rider,” Ron Lewis


Kelly Olshan

  • City: Birmingham
  • Site: Kelly Olshan Designs
  • Bio: Kelly Olshan is a visual arts student at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and makes jewelry on the side.

Bracelets, Kelly Olshan

Mixed media, 2D

Tracy McKay

  • City: Pleasant Grove
  • Site: Tracy McKay
  • Bio: A mutt, athlete, self taught artist and poet using roofing paper, found objects and whatever house paints and stains that are available. I have a loose idea of what I want to paint, I trust on an impulsive process layering paint and dragging my knife and fingers around the shapes.

“Land of the Midnight Sun,” Tracy McKay


Michael Mixon

  • City: Alabaster
  • Site: Hanging Around Hoover
  • Bio: Since opening Hanging Around Hoover. I must say that this business has been one of the most rewarding endeavors I’ve ever taken.

Photo, Michael Mixon


Jason Anderson

Red raku-fired vessel, Jason Anderson


Robert Taylor

  • City: Birmingham
  • Site: Southern Artistry
  • Bio: My first experience with metal working came in 1986 when I became a member of the Alabama Forge Council. The council meetings and conferences allowed me the opportunity to learn by working hands-on alongside domestic and international master smiths.

“Cahaba Lily,” Robert Taylor


Terry Martin

  • City: Birmingham

Scarves, Terry Martin


Jinx Bentley

  • City: Odenville
  • Site: Trash Dog Sculptures
  • Bio: Jinx likes to surprise people. A creative sculptor, she is an extremely passionate and self-motivated artist exploding with fresh new ideas.

“Benji,” Jinx Bentley


Jeff and Jaky Felix

Fish, Jeff and Jaky Felix


Carl Smith

  • City: Birmingham
  • Site: Nature’s Art by Carl
  • Bio: In 1979, I started with driftwood and discovered that there weren’t many places to find it in my area. In my quest to find driftwood, I began to notice pieces of decaying wood with strikingly odd shapes. I began to venture into wooded areas in search of a variety of woods, such as oak, walnut, cedar and wisteria vines.

“Miriam the Dancer,” Carl Smith

Mixed media, 3D

Frank Ledbetter

  • City: Theodore
    Site: Artistic Metal Creations
  • Bio: Metal artist Frank Ledbetter creates functional metal art using stainless steel, carbon steel and aluminum. Because his dad always had a metal shop in the back yard, he grew up around steel fabrication and welding.

Seahorse pedestal sink, Frank Ledbetter


Richard Russell

  • City: Birmingham
    Site: All Things Gallery
  • Bio: Having sold over 1,000 Russell original paintings, this artist got started in several upper end New York galleries.

“Temple Emanu-El,” Richard Russell


Rob Clifton

  • City: Hoover
  • Bio: Most of what I draw looks like something that you would see from a wild dream, and that is because many of my ideas come to me during sleep. In my drawings I try to depict stories, as well as ideas. My primary instruments are ink pens, and I use a variety of sizes.

Drawing, Rob Clifton

Computer generated

Binx Newton

“Birmingham Street Fountains,” Binx Newton


Ashley Lindsey

  • City: Birmingham
  • Site: Ashley Lindsey
  • Bio: Through printmaking, I have a connective methodology. My first artistic love is drawing, preferably with colored pencils, since color has multicultural meaning.

“Blue,” Ashley Lindsey


  • Corks and Chefs features 16 chefs on Saturday and Sunday. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

EXCLUSIVE: Alabama Symphony moves summer series to Alabama Theatre

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Video: “Eleanor Rigby,” by Classical Mystery Tour

It’s no longer pops in the park for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. In May and June, the concerts move indoors to downtown’s Alabama Theatre.

The symphony’s summer series had previously been in outdoor locations such as Southside’s Caldwell Park and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Symphony spokeswoman Marie Sutton said via e-mail, “Last year, weather was an issue for a couple of concerts. Indoors guarantees no weather issues.”

The Protective Life Corporation Summer Concert Series will continue to be a 4-week event, kicking off Memorial Day weekend.

  • May 28 | Classical Mystery Tour: Beatles tribute band who previously played with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Christopher Confessore conducts. $35-$50.
  • June 3 | Act of Congress, Three on a String: Two well-known Birmingham acoustic bands. $15-$30.
  • June 4 | Country’s Hit Makers: Behind The Hits: Top Nashville top singer-songwriters Brett James and Hillary Lindsey, who wrote “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Blessed.” $15-$30.
  • June 18 | The Music of Michael Jackson: Spans three decades of hits from “ABC” to “You Rock My World.” Brent Havens conducts. $35-$50.

All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online or by calling (205) 251-7727.

Also: Symphony’s annual fund-raiser, Decorators’ Showhouse, features 49-room former home of Richard Scrushy.

Video: “Sin Bound Train,” by Three on a String

Video: “Take on Me,” by Act of Congress

Video: “If God Is Love,” by Hillary Lindsey and Brett James

Video: “You Rock My World,” by Michael Jackson


Monday, April 19th, 2010

Your circle and my
circle intersect without
subtracting ourselves.

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a slight sizzle

Monday, April 19th, 2010

The tell-tale texture
of a perfectly prepared
lamb chop. A cook knows.

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a night on the town

Monday, April 19th, 2010

A quick wave, a long
conversation, a crushing
handshake, a deep nod.

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unqualified but unabated

Monday, April 19th, 2010

The advice is free,
even if the adviser
is making it up.

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J.T. on ‘Survivor’: Million dollar bye-bye

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

‘Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains,’ episode 9 recap


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Survivor Heroes vs. Villains - a note from James J.T. Thomas Jr.

From the desk of J.T.:
‘Destroy this right when you finish reading!’

Wade on Birmingham - Survivor Heroes vs. VillainsOh, hell no!

They did not just do that. They. Did. Not. Just. Do. That.

The Heroes aren’t losing to the Villains; they’re losing to their own worst instincts. And leading the way is Mobile’s James “J.T.” Thomas Jr.

Whether it’s “Survivor” history or “Survivor” infamy remains to be seen, but the Heroes embarked on a daring and likely foolhardy plan tonight.

Who found an idol? Who kept in their (under)pants? And who might have just handed over $1 million? Find out, after the jump …