Author: Lagniappe

Lagniappe: March 16, – March 22, 2017

Grab the latest copy of Lagniappe and head to Fairhope this weekend for the 65th annual Arts & Crafts Festival, which is expected to draw tens of thousands of people to more than 260 vendors March 17-19. Painting, sculpting, pottery, furniture and photography will be featured along several city blocks and there is music, food and children’s entertainment too! In Bay Briefs, we explain what the Mobile Housing Board is doing to adopt some federal suggestions. Also meet Mobile’s first mayoral challenger, Gerald Patterson. We also have updates from a Chinese visa fraud case we’ve exclusively reported, and the...

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Comic Cowboys emanate malice aplenty

By Cynthia Tucker [email protected] Without malice? Hardly. There was malice aplenty emanating from some of those placards riding atop the Comic Cowboys’ float on Fat Tuesday. Racism aplenty, too. As locals know, the Comic Cowboys, a Mobile Mardi Gras krewe whose history dates back to 1884, claim that they are just lampooning the foibles of public figures, satirizing the shortcomings of the political process and adding a dose of edgy humor to the proceedings. They have long hidden behind a prosaic slogan, “Without Malice,” to try to fend off criticism of that so-called humor, which offers up sophomoric sexual innuendo, crude bathroom jokes and patently offensive racial stereotypes. Since I’m still a relatively new resident of Mobile — I moved here in June 2014 — I hadn’t seen a Comic Cowboys float until this year’s Fat Tuesday festivities. My husband and I ventured downtown with the 8-year-old, looking for cheap family fun. I figured we could protect her from the riskier elements of the celebration, including inebriated party-goers and lunging throngs excited by flung ramen noodles. I hadn’t figured on the noxious stereotypes beaming down at us courtesy of the Cowboys. There was, for example, a placard featuring a drawing of President Donald Trump throwing what appeared to be dollar bills. The script read: “Trump’s African-American outreach. Make America mo’ great again.” How original. For generations now, bigots have mocked...

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Music Listings: March 16 – March 22, 2017

THUR. MARCH 16 Big Beach Brewing— Henry and Invisibles, 6p Bluegill— Bust Duo Blues Tavern— McNab Trio, 8:30p Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Fairhope Brewing— Bluegrass Jam Felix’s— Grits N Pieces Flora Bama— Tony Ray Thompson, 1p// Dublin Down, 2p/// Craig Gerdes, 4p//// Mario Mena, 5p//// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p//// JoJo Prez, 6p//// Mark Sherrill, John Joiner, Chris Newbury and Mel Knapp, 6p//// Jay Williams Duo, 9p//// Whyte Caps, 10p//// Wes Loper Duo, 10:15p//// Bobby McClendon, 10:30p Lulu’s— Adam Holy, 5p Manci’s— Mitch Johnson, 7p McSharry’s— The Lite Travelers, 7:30p Old 27 Grill— Songwriter’s Night Saenger— The Price is Right Soul Kitchen—...

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Calendar of Events: March 16, 2017 – March 22, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST Spring Fling Virginia College will host a Spring Fling Thursday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3725 Airport Blvd., Suite 165. The event is free and open to the public with a cookout, giveaways, music and spring-themed activities for all ages. Call 251-343-7227. Community Foundation luncheon The Community Foundation of South Alabama’s annual luncheon will be Friday, March 17, at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring E.O. Wilson and writer Roy Hoffman as moderator. Visit communityfoundationsa.org. Plantasia! Mobile Botanical Gardens’ plant sale will be Friday and Saturday, March 17-18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5151 Museum Drive. Call 251-342-0555. Health fair On Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the USA chapter of the Student National Medical Association will host a health fair at UUFM Fellowship Hall, 6345 Old Shell Road. Call 251-656-4953. Science Café “Exploring Why Prescription Costs are So High,” presented by Dr. Sandra Stenson, USA professor of chemistry. Wednesday, March 22, 6-7 p.m. at Moe’s Original Bar B Que, 701 Springhill Ave. Call 251-460-6106. Azalea Bloom Out at Bellingrath It’s an early spring at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, where guests are enjoying the blooms of vibrant azaleas. Visit bellingrath.org or call 251-973-2217. Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks Boardwalk Talks are held the first...

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Straightforward

Dear Editor: Thanks for your straightforward reporting of the happenings in our area. It is most refreshing to obtain facts instead of opinions. Your article and letter to the editor concerning [Baldwin County] Commissioner [Chris] Elliott was certainly eye opening. Thoughts to consider: 1. Everyone makes mistakes. 2. Mature adults should be willing to admit mistakes and accept their repercussions. 3. Misuse of an automobile is a deadly weapon and should be considered a very dangerous act. 4. A request (not demand) for a retraction could have easily been made by phone. The use of a letter to the editor appears to infer that there was doubt that legal action could have been successful. 5. The method used was counterproductive because it simply prolonged the time the unfortunate matter remained in the news. Sincerely, Douglas C....

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