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Bama Art House Winter Film Series 2012
Hot on the heels of my previous review, here are some quick, down-and-dirty reviews of the movies that the Bama’s been showing. Keep coming back for the full series as it happens.
Melancholia: Missed most of it, I was selling tickets to the movie (Well That’s Cooligans support our community). It seemed super depressing. Plus, who wants to have sex in a sand trap? Sounds… gritty.
Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene: A wonderful meditation on why postmodernism is ass-backwards and modernism is alienating.
*Bonus* The response from the Bama’s manager upon hearing that line: “Bill, you’re full of shit.”
Bellflower: Bad in a good way and good in a bad way.
The Other F Word: Punk rockers explain some of the best reasons to have a crumb-snatcher. It’s pretty heartfelt. Not a lot of reality show bull here. Just punk rockers as dads.
Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975: This film is impossible to sum up in one sentence. It was informative and showed many people from the Civil Rights Movement as persons and not just names in a text book. See this film.
To come: Carnage, A Dangerous Method.
Popularity: 4% [?]
Apologies for lateness. Color me lazy.
As I didn’t read the book, I went into Scorsese’s film quite blind. A combination of his daughter’s request for a movie she could watch and Scorsese’s own love of 3D film, Hugo tells of an orphan who is determined to repair an automaton his father started fixing.
This movie’s plot is one to watch instead of reading a summary in a review. The technical aspect of the plot is that it is two part, the setting and the stage. In all, I found it too fragmented. I plan to read the book and watch the film again.
The characters are fun and actor chemistry is fantastic. The story is dripping with a sense of adventure that accompanies childhood naivete. The movie also reminds younger viewers that those older than they were once as young and as idealistic as the young are now. This holds especially true when the movie diverts from Hugo’s story to a biographical one.
It’s a tough film to critique without having read the book. Therefore, I won’t numerically score this. Simply put, see it if you have read the book, or if your kid wants to see it, or if you want to see some of the first films ever made in 3D.
If you miss it in theatres, get the 3D Blu Ray. Scorsese made it 3D for a reason.
Bonus info: this movie got a ton of damn Oscar nods. Take that how you will.
Popularity: 2% [?]
Events Calendar: 2/6 – 2/12
Monday February 6th
Gaming for All at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy playing Video games and meeting people. Tuscaloosa Public Library Main Branch, on Jack Warner Parkway. Free admission. Call 345-5820
Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the Hobby Lobby in Northport – 9:00 A.M.
Endowed Chair in Musicology. 5:30 – 7:30pm. Moody Music Building, Concert Hall
Tuesday February 7th
BAH Presents: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. 7:30–9:30pm. Bama Theatre
Music Trivia Tuesdays. 9pm. Green Bar. Hosted by Sweet Dog
Wednesday February 8th
Jazz and More. 7:30–9:30pm. Moody School of Music, Concert Hall
Open Mic Night. Green Bar. 9pm. $2 pints
Thursday February 9th
Homeless Shelter Remodel. 2:30pm-5:30am. 346 Community Service Center Ferguson Student Center
Blue Party, The Underhill Family Orchestra. 10pm-1am. Green Bar
Friday February 10th
Coffee Hour. from 11:30am-1pm – 121 B.B. Comer
The Suex Effect, and Wheelers – 10 P.M. – Green Bar
Saturday February 11th
Habitat for Humanity Brush with Kindness. 8:30am-1pm. Ferguson Student Center
Museum Madness “Be My Valentine”. 10am – 4pm. Children’s Hands-On Museum.
Great Tuscaloosa Chili Cookoff. 11am-2pm. Bryant Conference Center
Sunday February 12th
Alabama All-State Orchestra Concert. 1pm. Moody Music Building Concert Hall
Popularity: 3% [?]
Events Calendar: 1/23 – 1/29
Monday January 23rd
Chamber Group Recital. 7:30pm. Concert Hall of Moody Music Building. Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
Tuesday January 24th
A “BikePalooza” event will be held at the UA Student Recreation Center from 11am-1 pm
Reading College Textbooks. 4-5pm. 230 Osband Hall
7:30pm. Bama Art House Presents: Bellflower
Campus Movie Fest is hosting their equipment checkout at 12:30 at the Ferguson Center
Wednesday January 25th
Bryan Adams from 8-10pm at the Bama Theatre
7-8:30pm. Morgan Auditorium ‘Something About Sam’
Thursday January 26th
The EveryWoman Book Club - They will meet at 12:00 at The University Club
Mock Audition Workshop Presented by Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre First Presbyterian 5:00-8:00 Free Admission 205-310-8010
Student Recital featuring Alex Taylor, tuba. 5:30pm. Moody Music Bldg., Recital Hall
Green Bar. A F R E E viewing of the seminal 90′s epic “Jurassic Park.” Yes. Dinosaurs and booze. Perfect. Movie will be followed by the gypsy-folk duo Meagan Jean & the KFB Movie starts 9. Show starts 11
Friday January 27th
7:30pm. Church Music Conference Organ Concert. Moody Music Concert Hall
Callooh! Callay! and The Sunshine Factory. 9:30pm. Green Bar.
Saturday January 28th
Jewelry-making with silver clay. Kentuck. Instructor: Debbie Cooper. It runs from 9:30am to 4pm
PBB’s 5th Season Opening Review Show @ Green Bar - Doors @ 7pm Show @ 8pm $10
Sunday January 29th
Annointed Brown Sisters. 5–7pm. Bama Theatre
Student Recital featuring Brian Logan, euphonium. 6pm. Moody Music Bldg
Popularity: 9% [?]
The Vault: The Alabama Shakes
In honor of our big announcement about the Tuscaloosa Get UP, we have opened up the Wellthatscool.com Vault (combination 21-0) and are giving you a never before seen Alabama Shakes video. We hope you enjoy another video of The Shakes playing at the Well That’s Cool World Wide HQ!
Also don’t forget about the late night TV debut of the Alabama Shakes, Feb. 7th. on Conan!
Popularity: 15% [?]
The Wellthatscool.com Tuscaloosa Get Up Tornado Benefit
A few days after the April 27th tornado, we called our friend Elliot McPherson of the Dexateens with the idea of trying to organize a benefit show to help in the recovery. It was decided that any sort of concert should be put on hold and the help the city needed most at that time was definitely more hands on. So with the one year anniversary approaching, we would like to announce the “Tuscaloosa Get UP”
The Tuscaloosa Get Up will take place at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa on Friday March 23rd at 8pm. The event is a partnership between us, the Tuscaloosa Arts Council and Tuscaloosa’s own Dexateens. It will showcase the music of the Alabama Shakes, The Dexateens and Lee III and the Glory Fires. The event is all ages and will be $15 for general admission with a limited amount of VIP tickets for $50. The VIP tickets will entitle attendees to early entry to a preparty at the Bama featuring light food, free local beer and limited edition poster and a short acoustic set from the some of the bands.
This event is a fundraiser for Tuscaloosa Habitat for Humanity. All proceeds from the event will go towards our goal of rebuilding a whole house for a family that lost theirs during the storm. We want to harness the power of music to help heal Tuscaloosa.
General admission and VIP tickets are available here
If you can’t make it but still want to help, you can make a tax deductible donation here.
Here is a little wellthatscool.com taste of what you have in store.
Popularity: 98% [?]
Well Thats Cool Bowling League
That’s right everyone it is time for a new league to start. The league will start this Wednesday Jan. 18th. This will be our…..12 to 15ish league. Its hard to really remember when the sport practically demands that you drink large amounts of beer. The league works like this;
- You and two friends come out to the AMF bowling ally on Wednesday nights at 8pm. Come a little early this first week to fill out paper work.
- If you don’t have two other people to help you form your very on three headed monster pure
bowling awesomeness come out anyway there are always a few people looking to join a team.
- You each bring $12, this covers the cost of the games, shoe rental and league scoring
- You get assigned a handicap to make it fair when bowling against better bowlers.
- How does this handicap work? Well I’m glad you asked, It is 100% of 200. I know you thought there would be no math but bear with us, all it means is that if you average 100 pins you’ll get 100 pins added to your score. So lets say you average 120 pins well you get 80 pins, 150 you 50 added and so on. So what ever you average under 200 will be added to your score.
- At the end of 12 weeks there are cash prizes as well as well as a big pot luck and free bowling. We also have it on good authority that there will be a special prize for each team this league. Hint it rhymes rolling fall.
We like to look at the league as sort of a midweek weekend. Something to help on Monday because
Hip socks encourged
shit it’s only two days till bowling and after bowing it’s almost the weekend. It’s also a great way to kick it with your friends and play one of the few sports that encourage drinking. If you have any questions please drop us a line at wellthatscool(at)gmail(dot)com. We hope to see you there.
Popularity: 12% [?]
Events Calendar: 1/16 – 1/22
Monday January 16th
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Tuesday January 17th
Norman Fischer – Meditation Session. 9:00am – 10:30am. Riverside Community Center – UA Campus. Reservations 348-7884
BAH Presents: Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene - 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Bama Theatre
Wednesday January 18th
Meditation and Discussion “Judaism, Catholicism, Buddhism – Intersections of Spirituality”. 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Bloom Hillel Center
Open Mic with Ham Bagby. 9:30 pm. Green Bar
Thursday January 19th
Meditation Session. 8:30 am – 10:00 am. Riverside Community Center
National Popcorn Day. 3:00pm – 4:30pm. Children’s Hands-On Museum
Pacifica String Quartet. 4pm. Moody Music Bldg
Friday January 20th
A Presentation of the Reggio Emilia Program. noon-1:30pm. 211 Carmichael Hall
Convocation. noon. Moody Music Bldg, Concert Hall
The Fab Four: The Ultimate Beatles Tribute. 7:30 – 10:30pm. Bama Theatre
The Woggles, Model Citizen. Midnight-3am. Green Bar
Saturday January 21st
January Art Fair at Kentuck. 10am-2pm. Clarke Building (previously Kentuck Annex)
Tuscaloosa County High School Beauty Walk. 7pm – 9pm. Bama Theatre
CBDB. 9:30pm-12:30am. Green Bar
Sunday January 22nd
Student Recital featuring Amanda Roberts, violin. 2pm. Moody Music Bldg, Concert Hall
Student Recital featuring Bruce Faske, trombone. 4pm. Moody Music Bldg, Concert Hall.
Student Recital featuring Arthur Bosarge, piano. 6. P.M
Gospel Show. 5pm – 7pm. Bama Theatre
Popularity: 14% [?]
Tallgrass Beer Party at Egans
Tall grass Brewing owner Jeff Gill will be dropping by Egans this afternoon and early evening to unveil their “Velvet Roster” Belgian Tripel. They describe the beer as
Smooth and carefully crafted like a fine velvet painting, but with an 8.5% ABV this bird has some spurs! The beer pours a golden straw color with brilliant clarity. Topped with a lofty pure white head the beer has a wonderful floral nose, with subtle fruit notes.
The taste is clean and crisp, with subtle fruit notes and a touch of candy like sweetness. The beer has a Champagne-like effervescent that provides a crisp offset to its sweet finish. While a pint glass is always nice, Velvet Rooster would also be at home in a tulip glass or Champagne flute.
Tallgrass is brewed in Manhattan, KS and you might have seen a few of their beers around town. We are kinda partial to their Buffalo Sweat stout. To make this Egans will be featuring $2.50 pints and tall boy cans of all Tallgrass products. Sounds like a hoot to us!
Popularity: 11% [?]
National Championship Celebration: 1/09/12
Keith Jackson used to say, “They’re dancing in Eastaboga!” when describing the celebration for a big win by The University of Alabama Crimson Tide. They very well could have been dancing in Eastaboga last night after Alabama’s dominating win over L.S.U., but I know for a fact they were dancing in the streets of Tuscaloosa as well. Fans quickly spilled onto University Boulevard between Egans and The Houndstooth after the clock struck zero, and the celebration of Alabama’s 14th National Championship began.
I was lucky enough to be out there during the celebration after the win against Texas, and I was lucky enough to be out there last night. What made the celebration last night a bit better is that it wasn’t 10 degrees outside like it was two years ago during the Texas celebration. I nearly went to New Orleans to be in there for the championship atmosphere, but when those plans fell through… I knew I didn’t want to be any other place than Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I really do love this city, and nights like this one make it extra special.
To check out the full gallery from last night, please visit www.dsmithimages.com/site/events/national-championship-celebration-1-9-12/1/
Enjoy and Roll Tide!
“Modern Photography for Modern Times”
Popularity: 13% [?]