This Week’s Various, Part 4

The Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society is housed at the University of Alabama and you would think maybe this kind of thing never happened.

From March 7 – August 15, 2014, the Misissippi Museum of Art will show ‘This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement’:

Four years in the making, This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement is a paradigm-shifting exhibition that presents the Civil Rights Movement through the work and voices of nine activist photographers—men and women who chose to document the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race-based disenfranchisement from within the movement. The core of the exhibition is a selection of 157 black-and-white photographs, representing the work of photographers Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randall, Maria Varela, and Tamio Wakayama.

USA Today writes of Auburn’s Rural Studio today.

From TrueToUS:

Suddenly wondering how irritated Nelle Harper Lee’s lawyers get, and at what, these days.  There’s a ‘Boo Radley’s Deli‘ at the mall in Decatur, Alabama and another ‘Boo Radley’s’ sandwich shop in Muscle Shoals, and Radley’s Fountain Grille right in Monroeville (unsure if these have permission to use the name).  From a bar in Toronto to a bakery in Salt Lake, there are a few iterations of Boo (Boo = obviously taken as a multi-talented character) once or still in business.

Law360 from Lexis-Nexus reports that the Monroe County Heritage Museum, which Lee’s lawyers are suing on her behalf — Miss Nelle is not well and one wonders what and why this is all suddenly about — has asked a federal judge to dismiss the case:
…said Lee’s claims were barred by the doctrine of laches because she “slumbered” on her right to sue for at least 18 years after the museum began operating in 1992.

…Lee, who just wrapped up a separate lawsuit against her agent over royalties from the book, sued the museum last month, claiming it wrongfully uses her name and the title of the famed novel to advertise the museum, to sell souvenirs, and for the URL

In addition to merely waiting too long to bring those claims, the museum said Wednesday that Lee had visited the site on several occasions and had twice contacted the museum to object to certain products — meaning she was well-aware of the operation.

“The defendant and the plaintiff have had a friendly relationship in the past,” the suit said…

The museum also listed various other reasons for tossing the suit, like fair-use defense and the fact that Lee has no federal trademark registration for the name.

From The Atlantic: The Best City for the Next Generation of Artists Just Might be Jackson.  You know, Mississippi.

The subSIPPI trailer that’s mentioned in the Atlantic article above is here, and yes yes yeeeessssss:

Mike and Ed’s Barbecue in Columbus, Georgia had a fire costing an estimated $30k of damage.

Use here via CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 — thank you Wigwam Jones!

And *another* Heidelberg Project house (the record house this time) in Detroit fell to arson this week:
“No, we won’t give up or give in,” Whitfield said. “We will continue to positively impact our community through art. When I stop and reflect on what 2013 has brought with these series of fires, I am convinced that we are on to something very powerful. If this were not the case, negativity would not rear its ugly head. However, we were not stopped by bulldozers and we will not be stopped by acts of arson. Instead we WILL become smarter, stronger and even greater… We cannot do this alone and are reaching out to our supporters in Detroit and around the world to help us secure and strengthen the Heidelberg Project, a legacy in the making for sure.”

Greenbrier Restaurant, Madison AL
(above: still life at old Greenbrier, with the ever-present white sauce)

Eatocracy at CNN ran ‘5 Southern Dishes that Deserve a Comeback‘ — and while for many of us ambrosia, fried bologna, bread and butter anything, and benedictine never went out in the first place — the inclusion of ‘Alabama White Sauce’ as #5 is bewildering.  When did the author think white chicken sauce was on the wane, and why is he not aware of its steady gain in popularity?  Someone somewhere please do your doctoral thesis on the history and rise of the use of what many of us from north/central Alabama simply call ‘chicken sauce’ and why hushpuppies everywhere, especially those from old Greenbrier — were meant to take a little swim in it.  And to make matters worse, to not even mention Big Bob Gibson’s (Big Bob developed white sauce in the first place) in that paragraph is a shanda.

Business Insider did a little feature on the best sandwiches in America, and Alabama’s was the chicken sandwich with white sauce.  Mississippi = pig ear, Georgia = fried chicken sandwich, Louisiana = poboy, naturally.  People in Idaho eat potato salad sandwiches with toasted bread.

From Austin’s 90.5: Here’s What Austin’s Newest Housing for the Chronically Homeless Looks Like.

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