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Archive for April, 2015

stenographers in progress

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The room was quiet,
save for the clickety-clack
of keys lightly tapped.

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the post-drizzle unveiling

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The crew swept away
the giant handkerchief to
reveal a dry field.

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green scene

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The fertilizer
nourished all. Even the weeds
grew thicker, lusher.

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Noah Galloway gets his strut on for Week 7 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess try a jazz routine
to “Super Bad” by James Brown.

Confidence can be a key factor in dancing, whether to impress your partner, your fans or your judges.

Noah Galloway went full pimp for his jazz number on Eras Night of “Dancing with the Stars” … and it paid off big.

He and trainer Sharna Burgess burst onto the dance floor for James Brown’s “Super Bad,” earning his first perfect 10 from judge Carrie Ann Inaba. They scored 36 out of 40 points, picking up a bonus 2 points in the cha cha dance-off with Robert Herjavec and trainer Kym Johnson.

The 38-point total landed the pair in second place, with Nastia Liukin and trainer Sasha Farber in first place.

Actress Willow Shields became the sixth contestant eliminated.

The standings for Week 7:

  • 1. 41: Nastia Liukin
  • 2. 38: Noah Galloway
  • 3. (tie) 37: Riker Lynch, Rumer Willis
  • 5. (tie) 31: Chris Soules, Robert Herjavec

The show returns next Monday with the next round of dancing, followed a double elimination on the May 5 results show.

Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess end their ’70s jazz number
in style.

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess compete in the
cha cha dance-off.

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The Birmingham channel: Blazer film festival

Monday, April 27th, 2015

A look at Birmingham in videos, featuring the latest short films from students in the UAB Media Studies program (Vimeo channel) …

“The March Quilts” by Jessica Chriesman and Kenzie Greer.

“Don’t Bully Me” by Joe Jablonsky and Morgan Walston.

“A Drop of Hope” by Ben Jones and Jacquie Pearlstein.

“Feral” by Matt Henton and Lane McCaig.

“Voice of the Unheard” by Anissa Latham-Brown and Madelyn Wong.

“100 Houses” by Ali Simpson and Melissa Thomas.

“4th Down” by Kourtney Cowart and Michael Shikany.

“Woodlawn Rising” by Sarah Buckelew and Beth Kitchin.

“10-4 Birmingham” by Piyush Borse and Karan Jani.

PSC 395, Human Trafficking in Birmingham.

“Seasick” by Scott Hodnett.

See the documentary, “The Great Invisible.”

See Noah Galloway’s partner and group dances
from “Dancing With the Stars.”

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a tragedy, as told in bruises

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Her arms marked where he
shook her; her neck, where he choked
her; her ribs, his jabs.

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#sundayread for April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26th, 2015
book table

Photo: brunifia (CC)

My picks for #sundayread for April 26, 2015:

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a new routine

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

He considered a
change to his morning habits
while he overslept.

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the clinking of glasses

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

A happy noise rings
out over and over with
bubbly drinks and smiles.

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two days’ grace

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Lie in meadows and
breathe in fragrant winds and bask
in joyous freedom.

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coswar

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Nerds in Spandex line
up for popcorn and trade tales
of comic legends.

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distracted guardians

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

The angel on his
shoulder was texting, while the
devil was sexting.

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‘The Great Invisible,’ 5 years after the BP oil spill

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Video: “The Great Invisible”

Monday marked the 5th anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 workers and dumping countless barrels of oil into the surrounding water. Tar balls from the disaster continued to wash ashore on Alabama beaches as late as 2013.

The PBS series “Independent Lens” aired the national premiere of “The Great Invisible,” a 2014 documentary by Mobile’s Margaret Brown on the biggest oil spill in American history. It won the South by Southwest festival award for documentary feature.

The film looks at life after the explosion and its impact on the Gulf Coast.

Reviewers have praised the doc:

  • Entertainment Weekly: “A sobering look at a part of coastal America that will never be the same again. A-.”
  • The Hollywood Reporter: “A powerful documentary that reminds those of us who’ve moved on to other worries that this one is far from finished.”
  • Variety: “A uniquely thought-provoking chronicle of an event that, in the absence of any real preventive action taken by oil companies or the U.S. government, calls out for further cinematic and journalistic attention.”

“The Great Invisible” streams online through May 21.

Latham Smith, The Great Invisible

Tugboat captain Latham Smith

Deepwater Horizon, The Great Invisible

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig

“The Great Invisible”

down in the data mines

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

They chipped away at
boulders looking for nuggets
of consumer trends.

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Noah Galloway, wet and wild on Week 6 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Noah Galloway and trainer Sharna Burgess dance the
rumba to “Waves” by Mr. Probz.

The judges loved his group dance but his spotlight number … not so much.

“Dancing with the Stars” went with a spring break theme, and Alabaster’s Noah Galloway and partner Sharna Burgess earned a near-perfect 39 out of 40 points in their group dance to “Wipeout.” The other group also earned 39 points.

In individual dances, the pair danced the rumba to “Waves,” with a slight pause near the end. The judges made note of it, giving Galloway 29 out of 40 points, for a total of 68 points. That combined score landed them in sixth place.

Singer Patti LaBelle became the fifth contestant eliminated.

The standings for Week 6:

  • 1. 76: Riker Lynch
  • 2. (tie) 73: Nastia Liukin, Willow Shields
  • 4. 71: Rumer Willis
  • 5. 70: Chris Soules
  • 6. 68: Noah Galloway
  • 7. 67: Robert Herjavec

The show returns next Monday with the next round of dancing, followed by the return of the results show on Tuesday.

Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess in their rumba routine

Noah Galloway’s group dances to “Wipeout.”

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