This Week’s Various

Winfred Rembert, who grew up in Cuthbert GA and spent time in a prison chain gang, is today a well-respected memory artist with a solo show at the Adelson Gallery in NYC; look at him now All Me:

Architectural Record writes about Auburn’s Rural Studio Lions Park project in Greensboro.

The International Biscuit Festival is May 19 this year in Knoxville; winning recipes from the last two years’ bakeoffs are here.

Cast iron skillets in the shape of each state, made by a studio in Wisconsin. Texas is $2000, Louisiana is $350.

Selma Pilgrimage, this weekend, and not to be missed.  More at the M’ry Advertiser.

Of course Shopsin’s had interesting thing going on with his Frito Chili Pie: mac and chipotle, chorizo chili, curry potato and chickpea…the list goes on.

New from LSU Press: Louisiana Saturday Night: Looking for a Good Time in South Louisana’s Juke Joints… by Alex V. Cook; Alex tells me his next book, due out 2014-ish is going to be an “anecdotal guide to the authentic informal South Louisiana dining experience.”

Almost two minutes of Leonard Knight of Salvation Mountain talking about his belief in the Universal G-d.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that Demopolis native Jim Rogers, investment writer and commentator, gave a speech at Bama in which he “encouraged students…to travel and learn about other cultures to better understand the world and their own country.

When Zhang asked the last question during the question-and-answer period that followed, she prefaced her query by telling Rogers he was well-known in her native China.

Rogers commended her for studying at UA, saying her education went beyond the classroom and included experiencing such things as Tuscaloosa and Dreamland.

When Zhang told him she didn’t know what Dreamland was, Rogers reached for his wallet, called her to the stage and gave her $50 and directions to go eat at his favorite barbecue restaurant.

“I would take you there for lunch myself, but I have to leave for Birmingham,” said Rogers, who noted that after he completed his first trip around the world, he went to Dreamland before going home to Demopolis to see his mother.

Mary Plantation sold last weekend for $770k.

Tennessee Truffles

…and Georgia Olive Oil.

Voters picked Lafayette (yay!) to win Southern Living’s ‘The South’s Tastiest Town’ — it’ll be in the upcoming April issue, out March 23.

The Globe and Mail posits: Is Hugh Acheson the Jamie Oliver of Southern Cooking?.

The LA Times writes about the 50-year, $50 billion Louisiana master plan that “envisions sluices in the Mississippi River’s levees to allow sediment to flow into the delta again and restore land. It calls for the large-scale restoration of wetlands and erecting levees from Lake Charles in the west to New Orleans in the east.”

How Gerhard Richter paints:

Over a dozen regional Louisiana museums may be recommended to close, due to state budget concerns.

Biscuit Love food truck, debuting next month in Nashville.

The Southern Poverty Law Center released Teaching the Movement: The State Standards We Deserve and they find that “The 51-state report card told a disturbing story.  Across the country, state history standards—the expectations about what students learn and teachers teach—routinely ignored or over-simplified the struggle for African American civil rights that took place in the 1950s and 1960s. The farther away from the South—and the smaller the African-American population—the lower the expectations for significant coverage. 

Too often, we found, the movement, when it is given classroom time, is reduced to lessons about two heroic figures—Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks—and the four words, “I have a dream.”

The guidelines mention Alabama, Florida and New York standards as a starting point.

The Washington Post just ran an AP piece for Passover with recipes for matzo brei shepherd’s pie, and Passover sliders with caramelized onions.  I like the sound of this three-hour pre-Pesach walking tour in the “Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, including a stop at a shmura matzo factory, an Israeli sorbet shop, an Uzbek bakery, a Yemeni market and a kugel shop.” It’s a Noshwalk, and there are something like 35 different ones with all kinds of different cuisines.

The NYT has an article about the Civil Rights Institute in B’ham.

The Ai Weiwei exhibit at Hermann Park in Houston, now through June 3.

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