This Week’s Various

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The new Druid City Brewing Company in Tuscaloosa — their logo clearly inspired by…

Moon Winx Motel Sign, Alberta City AL

Bettye Kimbrell’s tent at Kentuck a few years ago:
Quilts by Bettye Kimbrell, Kentuck

The National Heritage Fellowship has been awarded each year since 1982 by the NEA. Among those featured at their Masters of Traditional Arts Educational Guide are Bettye Kimbrell (AL, quilt), Earl Barthe (LA, plaster — the NYT ran piece on him when he passed away), Mozell Benson (AL, quilt), Gladys LeBlanc Clark (LA, weaving fiber), Tootie Montana (LA, costume, MG Indian), Five Blind Boys (they designate as GA, but Five Blind Boys of Alabama).

Ben Windham wrote earlier this month in the Tuscaloosa News about Truman Capote, Eugene Walter, and manners.

There’s a historic preservation project going on for Bryce hospital in Tuscaloosa; one thing I found at the site was about the hospital’s newspaper started in 1872, called The Meteor.  It’s said that the paper was named that because meteors come as a surprise, appear at irregular intervals, and have brilliant though short, temporary careers. The paper was also meant “to glow with a kindly and generous sentiment to all mankind.” 

An outstanding observation comes from the very first issue where one patient compares Alabama’s hospital for the insane with its neighbor the state university by saying, “The inmates of the University come to acquire ideas. We to get rid of them.” 

The site also mentioned the architecture of the hospital, how it was inspired as a Kirkbride System building.

Jim ‘N Nick’s has their own beer now: Rev. Mudbone — and while I don’t have a lot of knowledge of tap handles, theirs has to be one of the best anywhere.

Creative Loafing writes about Zen Dixie, an art exhibit in a Cabbagetown home.  Lonnie Holley (Lonnie has been doing music) performing there on 6/22.

Thornton Dial
‘Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial’ is at the Mint Museum in Charlotte beginning June 30.  The Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs is undergoing a $700k expansion beginning July 6.

Al Head, exec director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, received the Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellowship award last week for being a traditional arts advocate.

Elvis' Home, Tupelo MS
According to the Hattiesburg American, ‘The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo is planning for an August completion of a $4.3 million expansion.

The expansion includes a 120-seat theater where fans can watch films and live performances…and an outdoor amphitheater with seating for 75.’

‘When it’s all done, the covered area of the birthplace will go from about 6,000 square feet to 16,000, Guyton said.

The goal of the expansion is to double the visitor count to the birthplace during the next five years. It had about 40,000 paying visitors last year, according to the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau.’

‘The gift shop will be bigger and will connect to the snack bar and theater.

“One of the things we decided early on is that we needed hot tea because the folks from Europe, especially England, love their hot tea,” Guyton said.’

The University of Mississippi Museum (Ole Miss) will have on exhibit paintings by Estelle Faulkner, many of which they say have not been seen by an audience.  The show is from July 3 – October 6.

NPR’s The Salt blog posted about how hot kosher food is, thanks to its perception as being more wholesome.

We used to keep kosher at home (with the copious amounts of china, silver, and pots/pans to go along) and stopped right around the time when the awful stories of the Postville, Iowa kosher slaughterhouse came about.  Not to go into the ethical component of how I currently define kosher for my family, but certainly, finding a hechsher (that little OU or Circle-K et al) doesn’t/won’t make any sort of guarantee into a food’s wholesomeness.  There are worlds of junk food out there that brandish a hechsher.  Little Debbies are Triangle K, after all.  And yes, Triangle K is in the middle of all this right now, too.  Whew.

I would have *loved* this in high school: the Margaret Mitchell home in Atlanta puts on a summer camp for young writers: create meaningful prose through a variety of techniques, like stream-of-consciousness writing, journaling, free verse poetry.

Pineapple/Cheese Salad, Tomato Aspic, Coleslaw at Walnut Hills, Vicksburg MS
Robert St. John writes in the C-L about ‘little old lady salads’.  On the contrary: Aspic forever!

NPR covers Garden & Gun.

The Daily News on Memphis’ artistic Metal Museum.  Love these metal quilts.

Chattanooga is, thanks in part to Kickstarter, the ‘first city in America with an exclusive, custom typeface‘ — called ‘Chatype’.  The first commercial use of Chatype is the new DeBarge Vineyards & Winery in Chattanooga, with their new…wait for it…Chardonooga.

Artist Earl Simmons’ home burned down (this is twice for him now, I think) and on July 1 at the Vicksburg Art Association Firehouse building, a benefit for him will be held from 2-4p.  There will be music and a silent art auction, with 100% of the proceeds going to Earl.  Interested artists willing to donate should please contact sweet Lesley Silver of the Attic Gallery in V’burg (and her gallery is amazing too).  Thank you!

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