Author: Lagniappe

Lagniappe: June 8 – June 14, 2017

Get topsy turvy with the new issue of Lagniappe, where we travel to Foley to learn about the massive retail and entertainment development OWA. With hotels, restaurants, a variety of retail, three roller coasters and other family attractions, OWA is part of a larger project that includes the adjacent Foley Sports Tourism Complex and nearby Graham Creek Nature Preserve in an attempt to draw “tourism of all kinds.” In Bay Briefs, we have details of the county’s deal with Amazon for a sortation center in Theodore. In Baldwin County, the teenagers at the center of a recent high school...

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Music Listings: June 8 – June 14

THUR. JUNE 8 Bluegill— Al and Cathy Callaghan’s— Ross Newell Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Blues Tavern— John Fleming Duo Dority’s Bar and Grill— Brittany Grimes, 6p Felix’s— Soulshine Trio Flora Bama— Dave McCormick, 2p// David Dunn, 5p/// Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Chris Newbury, 6p//// Winstoon Ramble, 6p//// Johnny and the Loveseats, 10p//// Four Unplugged, 10:15p//// Oliver’s Twist, 10:30p Hangout— The Perry Wall, 6p// Justin Wall, 10p Hard Rock (Center Bar) — Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces, 8p Live Bait— Brandon Styles, 8p Lulu’s— Adam Holt Duo, 5p Manci’s— Sean Carter McSharry’s— The String Slingers, 7:30p Old 27 Grill— Jim...

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Calendar of Events: June 8 – June 14, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST Coastal Seafood Craze The sixth annual Coastal Seafood Craze invites local restaurants to feature dishes made with locally caught seafood on Thursday, June 8. $25 ticket includes food, a beverage and admission to the BayBears game at Hank Aaron Stadium. Visit joinacf.org. Fairhope farmer’s market The city of Fairhope hosts an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2, behind the Fairhope Public Library downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466. Free family movie night Join Dauphin Island on the West End Beach for a free movie at dusk on Thursday and Friday. Thursday: “Sing”; Friday: “Ice Age.” Nonprofit summit University of South Alabama host a nonprofit summit for nonprofit leaders on Friday, June 9 at 9 a.m. in the Student Center, 307 N. University Blvd. Visit bit.do/2017SouthAlabmaSummit. Market in the Square Mobile’s downtown farmer’s market is now held in Cathedral Square on Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. until noon. Come enjoy, music, food, beverages and more. Teen reading program Area teens are invited to participate in “Build a Better World!” teen summer reading program, June 5-30. The official kickoff will be Monday, June 5, 10 a.m. at the Daphne Civic Center. Call 251-621-2818, ext. 203. Literacy Camp and Tutoring The camp is for first and rising fifth graders. The program will also employ university literacy faculty and teachers in training from USA College of Education. The camp runs...

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Allman’s ‘Cross to Bear’ a timely read

By W. Perry Hall, Contributing Writer “My Cross to Bear” Gregg Allman William Morrow, 2012 $8.79 paperback In a pivotal scene in Cameron Crowe’s movie “Almost Famous,” Lester Bangs, a famous rock critic played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, scolds 15-year-old William Miller for making friends with the rock band Stillwater. Miller is the fictional alter ego of Crowe, who toured with The Allman Brothers Band — which largely inspired the fictional Stillwater — as a teen in late 1973 to write an article for Rolling Stone magazine, when the band was at the top of the rock world. Teenaged Miller admits being friends with the band made him feel cool, to which Bangs replies: “I met you. You are not cool … while women will always be a problem for us, most of the great art in the world is about that very same problem. Good-looking people don’t have any spine. Their art never lasts. They get the girls, but we’re smarter.” Though Gregg Allman, who died May 27, got more than his share of “foxy ladies,” most rock fans would strongly disagree with anyone claiming Allman’s art won’t last. His “Midnight Rider” and “Whipping Post” are two of the most covered songs in rock music and staples for many club bands.  The live “At Fillmore East” version of “Whipping Post” (which Allman wrote in the middle of the night with burnt...

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Attention turns to Africatown

By Sharman Egan/contributing writer What a May it was in Mobile! Market in the Park became Market in the Square once again as the heat (on the powers that be) drove the farmer’s market back to Cathedral Square. Thank you from the bottom of my fresh veggie-loving stomach. The Food Channel blew through town, packing tables at LoDa Bier Garten and Von’s Bistro. And it was Halloween in May, as MobiCon filled downtown with sci fi-ers and gamers. Highlights included a cosplay parade and a steampunk ball. Those knuckleheads in Montgomery were busy, passing three bills that benefit Mobile....

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