This Week’s Various

Amistad Mural, Talladega College, Talladega AL
The AJC writes about the newly-restored Hale Woodruff murals from Talladega College; they’re going to be displayed at the High beginning June 9.

A company in Oklahoma is now selling bacon drippings.  As they say, “Before Granny’s Good Ol’ Fashion Bacon Drippings, the only way to get bacon grease was to buy bacon, fry it, strain it, store it and clean it up. Now you can simply buy it pre-packaged.”

What do you think of Zach Galifianakis playing Ignatius J. Reilly in the upcoming Confederacy of Dunces movie?

I mentioned before Jim Shahin’s article in the WP about ‘new’ barbecue — this week he mentioned that the comments in response were negative, and the best one mocked but sounds so familiar:  Funny little food made of smoked rodent cheek and rumor of carrot, breathlessly placed on baby leaf of daffodil and finished with a droplet of chanterelle and roasted bat ear barbecue sauce with dolphin milk Parmesan chip.

Wow at the Mississippi teams that won at Memphis in May. Yazoo’s Delta Q is from Hernando, Red Hot Smokers is from Olive Branch, Natural Born Grillers is from Southaven, and The Shed is from Ocean Springs.

Article about Sherryl Lutz (Sherry Lutz) and her pottery in the T-P this week.

There’s a Frank Fleming sculpture on eBay this week.

Give Me That Old Time Religion‘ exhibit at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia now through July 20. Among the pieces on exhibit are those of R.A. Miller, Lanier Meaders, Finster, and Mose T.

Sorry to hear that the Times-Pic, the H’ville Times, B’ham News, and Mobile P-R are going down to three printed editions each week.  There’s a Save the Picayune group on FB.  It’s a Newhouse thing.

Fundraiser Meals
The T-P has a sad piece about expenses for murder victims and mentions the practice of families selling plate suppers to pay bills.  The pic above is from one of these that Av and I supported in Montgomery a couple of months ago. “Faced with bringing more than $3,000 to the funeral home by Monday…They bought pound after pound of fish, beans, macaroni and green peppers, got a stack of Styrofoam to-go containers that reached the ceiling of their sister’s shotgun house and sold plate suppers from dawn to dusk on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”  I bring this up because if you ever know of a family doing this — either from their home or roadside under a tent, you are helping…

Inspired by Auburn’s Rural Studio’s goals, Woodbury University architecture students were tasked with taking a storage shed kit from Lowe’s, and with an additional $1500 and the directive to further experiment with paper, plastic or wood, asked to “provide light, ventilation, insulation and sleeping space for two” they came up with these.  More pics here.  I like the idea but some of these look more uncomfortable than necessary, especially the chaise lounge.  I’ll take this this this or…well, especially this.

Interview here with Jack Sanders who graduated from and used to each with the Rural Studio and his ‘Sandlot’ philosophy, plus the next Camp Design Build Adventure in June.

Happy to see that the Grand Prize winner of this year’s Mississippi Magazine recipe contest did not have a box of flavored cake mix as an ingredient as it has in the past.  Instead, the first ingredient — this time the winner was a savory dish — called for ‘6 Tyson’s mesquite or regular grilled halved chicken breasts, cut into finger-sized portions’ and last ingredient was a prepared packet of salad dressing.  Y’all, y’all, y’all.  And, well, the ‘Tangerine Pie’ that won the ‘Dessert-Pie’ category doesn’t have a single tangerine or other fresh fruit in it but does have Tang.  Y’all.

Well, at least it wasn’t the 2002 Southern Living winning recipe, which used an entire Mrs. Smith’s pecan pie as an ingredient (really.).

This is nothing against the sweet ladies who submitted these recipes and goodness knows that they must’ve undoubtedly tasted good in order to win (and we all sometimes take shortcuts in a big rush), but can we just start with fresh chicken in a chicken dish, and use real fruit in a tangerine pie?

Chihuly Garden and Glass opened this week in Seattle — it has what Reuters called the most comprehensive collection of his work ever.

MoMA is “accepting second-hand items from the public that will be sorted, displayed, and sold this fall in the museum’s atrium by artist Martha Rosler” and “The exhibition, running from November 17 to 30, will be Rosler’s largest garage sale to date. She staged her first sale at the University of California, San Diego, in 1973, and has since recreated it several times. (Over the years, Rosler has kept particularly special discoveries, like a cache of intimate family slides, for herself.) To participate, art lovers are invited to drop off unwanted belongings at MoMA and MoMA PS1, respectively, on June 2 and 3, as well as a on few to-be-determined dates in July” according to ArtInfo.

Nashville Scene has pics from preview of Creation Story: Gee’s Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial at the Frist; it opened today.

The Bill Traylor exhibit opens at the Frist today also.

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