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  • TWO REVIEWS // OLD ZIN VINES ZINFANDEL // MACMURRAY PINOT NOIR

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    TWO REVIEWS // OLD ZIN VINES ZINFANDEL // MACMURRAY PINOT NOIR OZV Zinfandel comes from the Oak Ridge Winery in Lodi, California. For this review I tasted the 2012 OZV (Old Zin Vines), which is actually a blend of 96% Zinfandel and 4% Petite Sirah. This wine’s grapes come from 50 – 100 year old […]

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  • MR. CHEN’S // MORE THAN A RESTAURANT

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    MR. CHEN’S // MORE THAN A RESTAURANT As someone with both Filipino and Chinese heritage, my parents always made it my mission to find the most authentic Asian restaurants and markets when available. Enter Mr. Chen’s Authentic Chinese Cooking & Oriental Market. Opened since 2012, the eatery has provided Tuscaloosans with the authentic flare of […]

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  • CHRISTMAS BEER // A GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO EGGNOG

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    CHRISTMAS BEER // A GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO EGGNOG Although it may not feel like it, we’re neck deep in the Christmas season. This time of year produces a lot of things I’m not really fond of: Christmas music, gatherings with relatives you rarely see, and egg nog. I’m sorry if you like that stuff, but […]

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  • HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 1 // LIKE WATCHING HALF OF A GOOD MOVIE

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    HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 1 // LIKE WATCHING HALF OF A GOOD MOVIE As much as “The Hunger Games” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” captivated me, I’m less than elated that Lionsgate has split the final novel of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy into two movies. Watching “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” is like […]

  • BANDING TOGETHER // RED BAND SOCIETY

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    BANDING TOGETHER // RED BAND SOCIETY Hospital dramas aren’t rare on television, from “ER” to “Grey’s Anatomy”. Usually, they’re about doctors and nurses dealing with their work life and personal lives intermingling through a sordid affair or unwanted visitors. Rarely do they focus on the patients, unless said patient helps push the doctor’s storyline. This […]

  • THE WATER IS WIDE // EASY TO LOSE YOURSELF IN

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    THE WATER IS WIDE // EASY TO LOSE YOURSELF IN A few years ago, I would have told you that the South Pat Conroy describes —the pitiable state of its education system, the political machinations, the injustices both slight and great—was a mercifully vanquished scourge, visible only in history books and dusty museums. Then I […]

  • REMEMBERING JACK BRUCE // HIS MUSIC WILL LIVE ON

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    REMEMBERING JACK BRUCE // HIS MUSIC WILL LIVE ON The legendary bass player for one of the most important rock bands of all time passed away on October 25th this year. Cream was only around from 1966 until 1968, but their recordings from that period have proven over time to be immensely influential to scores […]

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  • TOP 40 DEMOCRACY // DIFFERENT KINDS OF “NORMAL”

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    TOP 40 DEMOCRACY // DIFFERENT KINDS OF “NORMAL” Would you believe Dolly Parton was born in the same year as President Bill Clinton? They seem to have come from entirely different eras, but they were both born in the first year of the Baby Boomer generation, 1946. “Our immediate assumption is that a Baby Boomer […]

  • MUSIC STREAMING SITES // ARE THEY FAIR TO ARTISTS? // TAYLOR SWIFT SENDS SHOCKWAVES

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    MUSIC STREAMING SITES // ARE THEY FAIR TO ARTISTS? // TAYLOR SWIFT SENDS SHOCKWAVES Since the 1990’s, recording artists have seemingly had a love/hate relationship with the internet. On one hand, the medium allows gives exposure to artists on an unequaled scale. And self-publishing done over the web has allowed some musicians to bypass the […]

  • HOLIDAY ACOUSTIC NIGHT // A BENEFIT FOR THE DRUID CITY GARDEN PROJECT

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    HOLIDAY ACOUSTIC NIGHT // A BENEFIT FOR THE DRUID CITY GARDEN PROJECT The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will present a Holiday Acoustic Night on Dec. 17, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Bama Theatre’s Greensboro Room, and all proceeds will be donated to the Druid City Garden Project. Mark Hughes […]

  • THE MELODY GIRL // MUSIC RUNS IN HER FAMILY

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    THE MELODY GIRL // MUSIC RUNS IN HER FAMILY As the granddaughter of a country music legend, Raelyn Nelson certainly did not have to look far for inspiration in her journey to become a musician. When she was just a little girl, Nelson looked on shyly at the country music superstars who seemed to always […]