A&S in the News: February 24 – March 2, 2019

Saxophone Quartet

Bob Jones saxophone quartet entertains at bicentennial event: Madison County Record – Feb. 25

The Bob Jones High School Saxophone Quartet shared their musical talent at a milestone event for the State of Alabama’s bicentennial celebration …Grey Vandeberg formerly led the quartet and other saxophone ensembles. Vandeberg is now a freshman at The University of Alabama studying saxophone performance and bioinformatics.


Crazy-cool giant working kaleidoscope erected in Alabama park: Al.com – Feb. 25

What better way to recapture the wonder of childhood than peering through an over-sized kaleidoscope? … The 7-foot high kaleidoscope is whimsical and impressive in size. An article on The University of Alabama website explains, “The kaleidoscope looks northwest into the sky over Tuscaloosa and the mirrors inside the kaleidoscope reflect whatever the skies look like on that day.

“The Changeling”

Atlanta company brings ‘The Changeling” play to University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 25

William Shakespeare wasn’t the only playwright of his day, any more than the Beatles represented the entire British invasion. Considered by T.S. Eliot as second only to Shakespeare, Thomas Middleton collaborated with The Bard on “Timon of Athens,” and possibly on “All’s Well that Ends Well,” though scholars differ on the latter.


Amphibian microbiology is linked to climate: Eco (Brazil) – Feb. 25

It is read in the biology books that the diversity of animals and plants is always greater in the tropics, in the Amazon rainforest, in the African equatorial forest and in the jungles of Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Madagascar … The herpetologists Célio Haddad, from the Institute of Biosciences of the State University of São Paulo (Unesp) of Rio Claro, and from Guilherme Becker from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, participated in the study.

Black History

Beyond slavery and the civil rights movement: Teachers should be integrating black history into their lessons: NBC News – Feb. 26

This Black History Month has been packed with controversy, with scandals and headlines revolving around blackface dominating the national conversation … Hilary Green, associate professor of history and co-director of the African-American studies program at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, expressed similar sentiments about the costs of ignoring black history in K-12 classrooms.
Pan African News – Feb. 26

Old Cahawba

Old Cahawba restoration project underway: WAKA-CBS (Montgomery) – Feb. 26

Lindsey Gordon is an archeologist at The University of Alabama’ s Office of Archeological Research. She’s one of the experts working to clean and reconstruct some of the head stones at Old Cahawba.
WCOV-Fox (Montgomery) – Feb. 26
WCOV-Fox (Montgomery) – March 3

Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Art and music collaborate in lecture series: Crimson White – Feb. 27

Art and music sometimes exist on separate plains but on Wednesday, The University of Alabama hosted a lecture by Ben Vida, an artist specializing in both practices.

College Football History

How one night in Birmingham changed college football in the South: Daily Trojan (Troy) – Feb. 28

Sept. 12, 1970, was the first game of the season for USC and Alabama. At the time, the matchup was seen as a clash of two of the nation’s best collegiate football programs, and USC ended up routing Alabama 42-21 … “In some ways, slavery never ended,” said John Giggie, an African American history professor at The University of Alabama. “It just simply was transformed into a program of white supremacy.”

Ceramics Program

Church to hold ‘Empty Bowls’ fundraiser: Tuscaloosa News – Feb. 28

Grace Presbyterian Church on Friday will host Empty Bowls, the church’s 11th annual fundraiser for its Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. The goal of the event, which will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the church fellowship hall at 113 Hargrove Road, is to raise awareness about hunger … Each attendee will also be allowed to select a handcrafted bowl made by The University of Alabama’s ceramics program.

Michael Cohen

Alabama professor weighs in on Michael Cohen testimony: WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Feb. 28

Wednesday offered plenty of drama in Washington, D.C., as President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen testified in a public hearing on Capitol Hill. Cohen called Trump a racist,  a conman and a cheat, saying under oath that Trump personally knew about the money Cohen was instructed to give as hush money to former adult film actress Stormy Daniels. University of Alabama Political Science Professor Allen Linken said the testimony shows a partial divide between Republicans in Congress.

Astronomy Night

UA hosts public sky-viewing event in Moundville: Tuscaloosa News – March 1

The public is invited to view galaxies, star clusters, nebulae through a powerful telescope from 7-10 p.m. Friday at Moundville Archeological Park, Alabama Highway 69 South. The telescope  from The University of Alabama’s astronomy department will be set up on a pad in the field across the road from the park’s museum.

String Quartet

Group Sybarite 5 blends chamber music, rock ‘n’ roll: Tuscaloosa News – March 1

The Sybarite 5, a New York-based string quartet that blends chamber music with rock ‘n’ roll, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the recital hall at the Moody Music Building, 810 Second Ave., on The University of Alabama campus.