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Bama Art House Winter Film Series 2012

Posted by Bill On February - 7 - 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% [?]

Around Town, Movies


Posted by Bill On February - 7 - 2012

 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% [?]

Around Town, Movies

Events Calendar: 2/6 – 2/12

Posted by DSmithImages On February - 6 - 2012

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% [?]

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Events Calendar: 1/23 – 1/29

Posted by DSmithImages On January - 23 - 2012

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% [?]

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The Vault: The Alabama Shakes

Posted by nickrymer On January - 17 - 2012

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% [?]

Around Town, Live Music

The Wellthatscool.com Tuscaloosa Get Up Tornado Benefit

Posted by chinesedentist On January - 16 - 2012

 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% [?]

Around Town, Arts, Live Music, Music

Well Thats Cool Bowling League

Posted by chinesedentist On January - 16 - 2012

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% [?]

Around Town, Sports

Events Calendar: 1/16 – 1/22

Posted by DSmithImages On January - 15 - 2012

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% [?]

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Tallgrass Beer Party at Egans

Posted by chinesedentist On January - 12 - 2012

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% [?]

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National Championship Celebration: 1/09/12

Posted by DSmithImages On January - 10 - 2012

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% [?]

Around Town, Sports
  • Events Calendar: 2/6 – 2/12

    Around Town
    Posted by DSmithImages
  • Hugo

    Around Town, Movies
    Posted by Bill
  • Bama Art House Winter Film Series 2012

    Around Town, Movies
    Posted by Bill
  • Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires Live At Egans

    Around Town, Live Music, Music
    Posted by chinesedentist
  • Holly Puckett live in Studio

    Around Town, Live Music, Music
    Posted by chinesedentist
  • SantaCon 2010

    Around Town
    Posted by chinesedentist
  • Wilder Adkins Live at The Alcove

    Around Town, Live Music, Music
    Posted by chinesedentist
  • The Alabama Shakes: 11/03/11

    Live Music
    Posted by DSmithImages
  • Photo Gallery: Asses of Fire Chili Cook-Off: 2/19/11

    Around Town, Photos
    Posted by DSmithImages
  • Sweet Dog and Taylor Hollingsworth AKA SDX

    Around Town, Live Music, Music
    Posted by chinesedentist
  • Alabama Beer Week – Egan’s Celebration

    Around Town, Arts
    Posted by chinesedentist
  • Blaine Duncan and The Adams Live at Egans

    Around Town, Live Music, Music
    Posted by chinesedentist



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