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Arts, cuisine, music and more

Paul Thorn’s ‘Hammer & Nail’ revival

The Southern Rambler is getting ready for its next “Ramblin’ Night” event at The Steeple in downtown Mobile. These musical events are dedicated to giving back to the Azalea City, on a variety of levels. For this installment, The Southern Rambler will be raising funds...

‘Posing Beauty’ stirs internal journey

Questions of power and resolution will resound through the Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Drive) through Jan. 21. They stem from the “Posing Beauty in African-American Culture” exhibit, and their answers dwell in the observant. Initially curated by Deborah Willis,...

Apples to apples

There is a little corner of the grocery with my name on it right now. As you’ve guessed from the title of this piece, it’s the produce section, more specifically, the apples. Apple lovers will taste the difference over the next month or two as our northern states send...

Special news series and investigations

The slow rise and quick fall of GulfQuest

The $60 million GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico closed in November 2016, after just 13 months in operation. Although it reopened with limited hours several months later, Lagniappe's series of news stories, investigations, commentary and reviews raised questions about its feasibility before the doors even opened.

Wastewater treatment crisis

More than 23 million gallons of sewage has spilled in the Mobile-Baldwin county area this year, according to Mobile Baykeeper. In a special series of reports, Lagniappe is exploring why Mobile is struggling with an aging sewer and stormwater infrastructure and how Baldwin County is racing to keep up with explosive population growth.

Mobile Housing Board

Despite plans for multimillion-dollar redevelopment projects, the Mobile Housing Board of Commissioners has been beset by financial shortcomings and dilapidating infrastructure. From reprimands from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a lawsuit from former employees to the recent resignations of a longtime commissioner and executive director, the board has continued with plans to update its affordable housing stock.