This Week’s Various

Pat Dye has a Japanese maple farm and will be selling his trees at the Art in the Garden fundraiser on Sunday at the Jule Collins Smith Museum in Auburn.

Vince Dooley is a big gardener too.  He wrote a book, and has had a hydrangea and rose named after him.

My sweet-sweet friend Cheryl Patton who has Simple Life Farm in Arley is teaching how to make kudzu baskets at the Alabama Folk School (with kudzu from her farm!).

Kickstarter of the week: Leonard, The Story of Salvation Mountain and Leonard Knight

The AJC reports that “the city of Atlanta has the highest number of arts-related businesses per capita among the 100 largest cities in the U.S., according to a recent report by Creative Industries, a national arts research project by Americans for the Arts. The report also ranks Atlanta as having the second-highest percentage of arts-related employees per capita in the country.”

In the NYT: In Texas Tradition, Museums that Enshrine the Quirky.

From the Natchez Democrat — love this:
Whether they knew it or not, high-heeled readers of Italian Vogue recently got a snapshot of life in Natchez as it hung from a woman’s hips.

Printed on a pleated poplin skirt around the waist of a regular woman in Milan pictured in the “Street Style” section of the fashion magazine’s blog, was an image taken by professional photographer and Natchez native Sarah Ball.

Some locals might recognize the image as a non-noteworthy fixture in their every day lives — a kudzu-wrapped telephone pole on Canal Street near the old tollbooth.

At Anthro here.

Alabama Food Show at Art Folk Gallery
We saw the ‘Reflections of Food in Alabama Art’ show at the Art Folk Gallery in B’ham this week.  Favorites: Dori DeCamillis, Tracie Noles-Ross, Byron Sonnier.

The new international terminal at the airport in Atlanta is opening soon, includes some — as is appropriate — large-scale art (and “Untitled” by Donald Lipski looks like a giant basketball net made of crystals).

This menu from Sissy’s in Dallas makes me hungry.

The owner of famous outsider artist James Castle’s home (purchased from his estate) found artwork of his in the attic.  Who’s the owner?  Seems a simple question to answer, but it’s in court right now.

The San Antonio paper writes, “A two-headed longhorn. A pair of 40-foot-tall cowboy boots. A panel van riddled with shotgun holes. An entire beer joint re-created in an art gallery.
The Texana-themed art of Bob “Daddy-O” Wade is neither an exaggeration of the Lone Star State’s reputation nor a view askew of the state’s sizable sense of self-worth.”

Thrilled that our waiter at Bottega this week brought us matzah when he realized the reason we were ordering so carefully because of Passover.  Thank you, Frank and Pardis!

We saw the ‘Beyond Barbecue and Baklava: The Impact of Greeks on Birmingham’s Culture and Cuisine’ at Vulcan this week; it was good seeing the old Pete’s sign again:
Pete's Famous Sign

Pete's Famous Sign
The exhibit is up through August 3.  More about the exhibit here.

The Metairie Ruth’s Chris is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a $125 four-course supper featuring some vintage menu items on April 22.

Sephira Shuttlesworth wrote the most beautiful piece for Birmingham Weekly, entitled The Key to the Preacher’s Heart.  She detailed the relationship she had with the late, legendary Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who became her husband after many years of courtship.  The April 13 supper with his favorites: Baked chicken /Oxtail Stew, The Reverend’s Favorite Rice and Gravy, Sephira’s Special Squash and Onions, Collard Greens with Hamhocks, Blackberry and Peach Cobblers.

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