It’s an odd number, and no wonder, because it means it has been a year and counting since a new company took over the Weekly to make it smarter and cut loose from the Weekly Card that confused everybody.
Not to say that they are still not confounded, but at least they get help from our Model Citizens. They have a Get Out! Section to give them direction, Green Pages to keep their noses clean in the bargain.
No more cutters and pasters around here to tell us what was in other papers, or social media specialists who never posted or tweeted. It’s a whole new scene. You don’t have any of the same people to kick around.
If you haven’t noticed, there’s an Instudio section that takes you inside the studios of artists—usually painters but sometimes dancers to include their dressing rooms and rehearsal spaces.
Well as long as we were losing our minds with inspiration, we started our own art gallery and filled it with prints and paintings from Cuba. Well there is no turning back now, as Fidel would say. And I hope you will remain equally loyal as the name.
Some of you came to receptions and dinners here, even Rev. Shuttlesworth’s 90th birthday dinner--and I had half a mind to think the Rev would appear. I am quite sure he heard the fantastic music if he couldn’t taste the food, which should be a controlled substance as all that soul food rice and gravy, baked chicken and oxtail, greens with hamhocks, squash and onions has been scientifically proven to be addictive. That’s why we are going to do it again.
I know you would rather hear about the photographic evidence concerning Bunny true identity, spotted first in Africa and once in Asia, now travelling back and forth between Homewood and Avondale on the trail of barbeque, and everyone wants to picket the country girl’s lawn. Wait till you get a load of Barbie. And if you are on the wrong side of the law you may have already been brutalized by Scarlet’s charms but otherwise tantalized.
You found out that Indian food came from Mongolia, Persia, and even North America and Portugal—disguised in the form of a tomato discovered by Cortez, along with guacamole. My how you’ve grown in the last year.
How could you help it bearing the knowledge of Cajun foods roots in French and Choctaw cuisine, you little bit of sassafras stuffing, as I say to all the sassy girls—which is all of them, but especially Scarlet.
And as long as you are going back in time for the source of gumbo file, you must have noticed our take on history. In this issue we tie comets and earthquakes all together to explain human behavior in Alabama. Try to beat that!
It can’t be done so far, as Yore + Lore has proven the most popular section around, though Scarlet is trying and gaining ground. And that is saying something considering we have had Mallory in underwear and monokinis. That’s thanks to high class and refined tastes of our readers, of course. Thanks for a year we won’t soon forget.
Here are the footnotes: Aw, just go to www.
bhamweekly and look it all up, Mughal Indian Cuisine, Dyron’s Low Country, El Barrio, Taco Mama, Dick Jemison, Frank Fleming, Derek Cracco, DeeDee Morrison, Vladimir de Leon, Ann Rose, etc. etc etc.