Author: Lagniappe

Lagniappe: June 29 – July 5, 2017

The new issue of Lagniappe explores the explosive growth of group homes for developmentally disabled adults after Searcy Hospital’s closure in 2011. While some are licensed, regulated and subject to inspection by the state, others may be opened after their owners attend an online class. In one case earlier this year, a patient left unattended in a hotel downtown was found naked wandering the streets. She had been sexually assaulted. In Bay Briefs, we have the latest from Fairhope, where Mayor Karin Wilson was unsuccessful in convincing the city council to spend $15,000 for her legal representation. Commentary hits...

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Don’t stop believin’

Band: Journey, Asia Date: Thursday, June 29, 7:30 p.m. Venue: The Amphitheater at The Wharf Tickets: $39.50-$100.50, available through Ticketmaster This beachside flashback is a must for fans of ‘80’s music. British prog rockers Asia will open the evening. With some of the most unique album art in rock history, Asia began its worldwide campaign with its self-titled debut. “Heat of the Moment” served as the band’s first hit and remains in steady rotation on mainstream radio. Asia nurtured a dedicated following that appreciates the epic grandeur of its unique style of rock. While the modern production is evident...

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Native heartbeat

Band: Kate Kelly Date: Thursday, July 6, 7 p.m. Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., www.callaghansirishsocialclub.com Tickets: Info unavailable Not too long ago, native Mobilian Kate Kelly was a local singer-songwriter strumming songs on her acoustic. Eventually, she decided to expand her career options by relocating to Nashville. Home was never far away, however. Pulling inspiration from her time on the Gulf Coast, she began penning songs for what would become her first release, “New Heartbeat.” According to her website, Kelly hopes listeners will experience “a familiar yet unchartered journey” as she weaves her narrative through jazz,...

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Music Listings: June 29 – July 5, 2017

THUR. JUNE 29 Alchemy— WBA After Hours Networking, 5p Bluegill— Brandon White Blues Tavern— Doobious Callaghan’s— The Smart Brothers Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Dority’s Bar and Grill— John Martin Davis Felix’s— Jimmy Lumpkin Duo Flora Bama— Bruce Smelley, 2p// Al and Cathy, 5p/// 100 Dollar Car, 6p//// Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Chris Newbury & Mel Knapp, 6p//// Brian Hill Duo, 10:15p//// Jared Ashley, 10:30p Hangout— Wavelength, 6p// Ryan Dyer, 10p Hard Rock (Center Bar) — Brandon Green, 8p IP Casino— Mojiles, 9p Listening Room— Wes Loper Lulu’s— Lefty Collins, 5p Manci’s— Ross Newell McSharry’s— Rock Bottom, 7:30p Old 27 Grill— Elise Taylor, 6:30p SanBar— Jim Andrews, 7p Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Hippy Jim, 6p Wind Creek Casino— Lacee, 8p FRI. JUNE 30 All Sports Bar & Billiards— DJ Markie Mark, 10p Beau Rivage— Lynyrd Skynyrd, 8p Bluegill— Shea White, 12p// Bust Duo, 6p Blues Tavern— Ric McNaughton Band Callaghan’s— Winston Ramble Cockeyed Charlie’s— 3HG, 10p Crooked Martini— Multi N Funk, 9p Dority’s Bar and Grill— Brandon Bailey Felix’s— Lefty Collins Flora Bama— Jay Hawkins Trio, 1p// LeaAnne Creswell Trio, 2p/// Dave Chastang, 4p//// Davis Nix & River Dan, 5p//// Jack Robertson Show, 5:30p//// Hung Jury, 6p//// Lucky Doggs, 6p//// Shawna P Duo, 9p//// Foxy Iguanas Trio, 10:15p//// Jared Ashley, 10:30p Hangout— Yeah Probabl, 6p// Ja’Rhythm, 10p Hard Rock (Center Bar) — Audio Time Machine, 9:30p IP Casino— Bush, 8p//...

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‘Brilliant’ novel imagines Lincoln in limbo after death

By W. Perry Hall/Contributing Writer Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel,” a brilliant literary achievement, is the ideal book for the Fourth of July as it profoundly reminding us of our union as citizens of the United States of America — this great nation created by our forefathers’ Declaration of Independence from the “absolute Despotism,” “long train of abuses and usurpations” and “invasions on the rights of the people” by the then “King of Great Britain,” our democracy founded upon principles of equality and each individual’s endowment “by [our] Creator with certain unalienable rights, [such as] Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The novel provides just as important a remembrance of how our country was nearly crushed, but ultimately was forged, by the crucible of a civil war that cost the lives of more than 620,000 young men (in perspective, a number that today would be roughly 6.5 million). More significant than these, through a fictional rendering of President Abraham Lincoln’s loss of his 11-year-old son, Willie, the novel elegantly recalls our connectedness, despite our many differences, through our shared human experience of love, family and the anguishing grief each of us suffers in losing those we love. In February 1862, close to a year after Lincoln’s inauguration and 10 months after the start of the Civil War, he lost Willie to typhoid fever. Author George Saunders, primarily known for his...

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