A&S in the News: July 8-14, 2018

Yonder Dance Company

Yonder Dance Company takes ‘IRL’ to the Edinburgh Fringe FestivalDance Informa – July 8

Born from professors and dancers at The University of Alabama (UA), Yonder Dance Company is a contemporary dance company from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, that tours locally, regionally and internationally on a biannual basis. Part of its mission is to encourage and seek out collaboration with artists, composers, creative thinkers and makers. Created by Artistic Director Sarah M. Barry and her husband, Creative Director Mark Barry, in 2016, Yonder Dance Company is composed of UA dance majors, and collaborates with UA students and professors of different expertise.  Yonder Dance Company’s most recent work, IRL, and its dancers are headed to Scotland to perform at the esteemed Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a week of performances in early August. Before the company heads to Scotland, it had the opportunity to tour the Southeast to showcase its piece, IRL.

Alabama Blues Week

Concert will wrap up Alabama Blues WeekTuscaloosa News – July 11

Alabama Blues Week will conclude with a concert Saturday night in the auditorium of the Moody Music Building. The concert, which costs $10 per person, will feature blues artists, University of Alabama faculty members and students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.alblues.com or by calling 348-3000. The Moody Music Building is at 810 Second Ave. on the UA campus.
Tuscaloosa News – July 14

“Once Upon a Mattress”

Musical’s laughs generated by role reversalTuscaloosa News – July 12

Winnifred, or Fred to her friends, is the central character in comedic musical “Once Upon a Mattress,” an off-Broadway hit in 1959 that later that year successfully transferred to Broadway. Fred surprises those around her, defying stereotypes of the dainty, shy princess who’s always doted on. Instead she comes from a marshland, swims a moat to meet Prince Dauntless, and continually refuses to fail at the challenges the queen gives her. Winnifred will rise again on the Bean-Brown stage, as Theatre Tuscaloosa opens its production of the show that launched Carol Burnett’s career, beginning Friday, with performances through July 22. “What’s interesting about this show is even though she (Winnifred) is a strong independent female, she wants to marry Dauntless,” said Autumn Fuller, a junior studying secondary education at The University of Alabama, and this production’s Princess Winnifred.


A ghostly particle detected in Antarctica has led astronomers to a super-massive spinning black hole called a ‘blazar’Tech Site – July 12

An illustration of a blazar, or spinning black hole that gobbles up matter and shoots out jets of high-energy radiation and particles. After the high-energy neutrino’s detection, IceCube alerted other astronomers, who aimed a suite of light-based observatories at the blazar. “This is the first evidence that we have of an active galaxy emitting neutrinos, which means we may soon start observing the universe using neutrinos to learn more about these objects in ways that would be impossible with light alone,” Marcos Santander, an astrophysicist at The University of Alabama, said in a press release.
Tuscaloosa News – July 12
CNN.com – July 12
Business Insider – July 12
The Verge – July 12
Wall Street Journal – July 12
Popular Science – July 12
Sci Tech Daily – July 16
Space Daily – July 13
Science Daily – July 12
My Science – July 12
Phys.org – July 12
Talk 99.5 (Birmingham) – July 13
My Fox8 (North Carolina) – July 15
CBS 58 (Milwaukee) – July 13
The Science Page – July 13
St. Louis Post-Dispatch – July 12
KTLA 5 (Los Angeles) – July 12
WTVA (Tupelo, Mississippi) – July 13
KIMT 3 (Rochester, Minnesota) – July 13
ABC 3 (Shreveport, Louisiana) – July 12
Fox 2 (St. Louis) – July 12
I4U News – July 15
Hot Springs Register (Arkansas) – July 15

Briana Whiteside

My relationship with God started when I cut my hairCBC Radio (Canada) – July 13

Briana Whiteside never thought cutting her hair would lead to a religious epiphany — but that’s exactly what happened. Whiteside, who’s a doctoral student at The University of Alabama and a writer for Huffington Post, had chemically-straightened, shoulder-length hair.

ACT Cards

ACT cards on Apple Watch and iPhonesWVUA (Tuscaloosa) – July 14

Good news for University of Alabama students coming this fall regarding their action cards. Beginning in September, UA students will be able to use their ACT cards on their apple watch and I-phone devices. Apple says that students will be able to access dorms, libraries and dinners as well as pay for snacks and laundry by simply raising their wrist.