A&S in the News: May 27-June 2, 2018

SummerTide Theatre

UA’s SummerTide has become a beachside traditionTuscaloosa News – May 27

SummerTide’s made itself at home in Gulf Shores’ George C. Meyer Performing Arts Theatre for 15 years now, and beach residents and visitors alike have come to anticipate The University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance’s five-week professional run. “There are definitely a lot of repeats,” said Miranda Therkelsen, who’s about to start her third summer there. “It’s a really small theater, but word has spread throughout the community. So if people come once, they tend to come every year.”
Tuscaloosa News – May 31
WALA-Fox (Mobile) – May 31

Blue Star Museums

Lend a Hand: UA offers free museum admission to militaryTuscaloosa News – May 27

Active-duty military members and their families can enter The University of Alabama Museums free of charge beginning Monday as part of the Blue Star Museums program. The Blue Star Museums program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program will begin its ninth year and will run from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Fulbright Scholarship

McGill-Toolen, Alabama graduate to teach in South Korea through Fulbright scholarshipAl.com – May 30

Taebryanna Sims is a culture fanatic. In high school at McGill-Toolen, she fell in love with the United Kingdom. She then became consumed by all things French. Besides it being “one of the coolest sounding languages in the world,” the diversity of the French people and their culture inspired Sims to obsession … When it came time to pick a college, she chose The University of Alabama over Duke, New York University and others because of its international studies program.

Local Artists

Local students engage in the artsThe Herald News (Joliet, Illinois) – May 31

Wheaton College student Samantha Solatka of Lockport performed with Women’s Chorale during their Spring Tour of Minnesota and Iowa … Lisa Meister of Manhattan exhibited in The University of Alabama’s “EXIT 2018” senior art show. The exhibit was in April and showcased graduating seniors’ work in ceramics, digital media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media.

Social Media

Social media’s role in democracy (Panel Discussion)C-SPAN (National) – May 31

Let me start with George Hawley, second from your right. George is an assistant professor of political science at The University of Alabama. He has written, “Making Sense of the Alt Right.”

Mainstream Radio

Top 40 radio has a rap problemRolling Stone – May 31

“If you’re an artist and you’re signed to a major label, you want to be on the radio, especially if you’re popular,” Kanye West told Power 105.1’s Charlamagne tha God in May … The modern system of radio formats dates back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, according to Eric Weisbard, an associate professor at The University of Alabama and the author of Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music.
Razzle Tazzle – May 31

Parkland Shooter

Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz who said ‘demons’ made him kill, shown on video plotting massacreChristian Post – May 31

Shortly before Nikolas Cruz carried out a massacre at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, the 19-year-old recorded himself laughing as he plotted to kill at least 20 of his former schoolmates “with an AR-15 and a couple tracer rounds.” … Adam Lankford, a criminal justice professor at The University of Alabama also told the publication that Cruz exhibited all three hallmarks of school shooters in the video — suicidal ideation, perceived victimization and a desire for attention or fame. “I was struck by the fact that he seemed so textbook,” Lankford noted.
Elite Daily – May 31
Good King News – May 31


Lessons from Hurricane Irma: When to evacuate and when to shelter in place91.3 WKMS (Murray, Kentucky) – June 1

Jason Senkbeil
Dr. Jason Senkbeil

With the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, residents in coastal areas throughout the Southeast are once again being urged to have a plan ready if they have to evacuate … Senkbeil, a meteorologist at The University of Alabama, studies how emergency managers communicate risk in hurricanes. During the Irma evacuation, he interviewed people at rest stops on Florida’s interstates. Many said, when they made the decision to evacuate, Irma was still a Category 4 or 5 hurricane.
NPR – June 1
KUNC (Greeley, Colorado) – June 1
WABE (Atlanta) – June 1
89.3 KPCC (Louisiana) – June 1
WLRH 89.3 (Huntsville) – June 1
High Plains Public Radio (Kansas) – June 1
Wyoming Public Media – June 1
South Carolina Public Radio – June 1
WFSU Public Media (Tallahassee, Florida) – June 1
Wisconsin Public Radio – June 1
Spokane Public Radio – June 1
Tulsa Public Radio – June 1
Oregon Public Broadcasting – June 1
KPBS (San Diego, California) – June 1
Idea Stations – June 1

Alabama Attorney General

Is the Alabama attorney general primary race heading toward runoff?Al.com – June 1

It’s been called the “under the radar” Alabama political race this year, but the run for state attorney general still drew six candidates, heated rhetoric and millions in contributions from powerful state interests. . . . “It seems like this has been a fairly under the radar kind of race,” University of Alabama Political Science Department Chairman Dr. Joseph Smith said this week. “To the extent the state races have gotten any publicity, it’s been the governor’s race. So, I would guess what’s going to be important, what’s going to influence voters is name recognition and incumbency.” “Marshall certainly wins on incumbency, and I think he’s got the most advertising going on,” Smith said. “You would think Troy King would have pretty good name recognition, since he was the former attorney general, but I don’t know if that has faded from people’s heads in the last few years.”

Saturday in the Park

Demonstration in Moundville to feature Choctaw craftsTuscaloosa News – June 1

A demonstration of Choctaw crafts kicks off this year’s Saturday in the Park series. Held at Moundville Archaeological Park, the series highlights aspects of Native American archaeology, natural history, sustainable gardening and more.