A&S in the News: October 20-26, 2019

Opera Theatre

Tuscaloosa Symphony, UA team up for world premiere of new opera: Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 20

For Monday’s world premiere of Joseph Landers’ new opera “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” put aside what you know about the seminal Depression-era book, advises Paul Houghtaling. Though the sagas of impoverished tenant farmers do involve trials and tragedies, the overriding message is of hope, said Houghtaling, who directs the production. His University of Alabama Opera Theatre is collaborating with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, conducted by TSO music director Adam Flatt. Monday’s performance, at the Moody Concert Hall on the UA campus, will be filmed for Alabama Public Television.


Trash talk: Alabama cities, counties consider private garbage hauling: Al.com – Oct. 20

Solid waste is often the most likely service considered for outsourcing by city or county governments. The industry is dominated by some big dogs in private waste hauling including Houston-based Waste Management and Phoenix-based Republic Services. Combined, the two companies employ over 79,000 workers and generate over $24 billion in annual revenues. James Caillier, an associate professor of political science at The University of Alabama, said one of the downsides with outsourcing solid waste collections is that even when a private entity is hired, the complaints about service are still forwarded to City Hall.

Dark Matter

Controversial ‘Dark matter free galaxy’ passes its most difficult test: Forbes – Oct. 21

In theory, all galaxies should contain copious amounts of dark matter, with one exception. Galactic mergers, interactions, or gas stripping events can isolate large amounts of normal matter. These liberated clumps should gravitate and re-collapse, creating dark matter-free galaxies. Hanny’s Voorwerp, identified in 2011, was the first of some 20-odd objects now known to be a… [+] NASA, ESA, W. KEEL (UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA), AND THE GALAXY ZOO TEAM Detractors argued their absence proved dark matter’s non-existence.

Franklin Roosevelt

How FDR systematically destroyed business investments for 11 years: Townhall Finance – Oct. 21

The great Austrian economist Murray Rothbard elucidated, “Before the massive government interventions of the 1930s, all recessions were short-lived.” The deceptive narrative of collectivists about the “Roaring Twenties” and the New Deal… Franklin Roosevelt worked hard to derail the Great Experiment and had utter disdain for American exceptionalism.  He believed – and implemented through legislative and executive orders – that the federal government, and more specifically his federal government, was the best and wisest option for control and decisions for all Americans. University of Alabama historian, Dr. David Beito, reports in his research that “Not even during World War I had taxes ever taken such a large percentage of the national income.”
SMI Online (Russia) – Oct. 27

Miss Unique UA

Miss Unique UA crowns inaugural queen: Crimson White – Oct. 21

On a stage filled with twinkling crowns and sparkling gowns, what shone the brightest was the Miss Unique UA contestants themselves. Introduced individually by emcee and Miss University of Alabama 2020, Isabella Powell, each contestant took their shining moment to twirl, strut and smile across the stage. Miss Unique UA is a pageant spotlighting disabled women’s beauty and confidence. Katherine Beasley, the founder of the event, which made its debut this year, said she wants the pageant to help disabled women feel loved and supported at the University.

Homecoming Queen

Olivia Rush crowned UA Homecoming Queen: NBC (Montgomery) – Oct. 26

Check out this story from the University of Alabama. We shared this story on our social media pages. Olivia Rush a UA senior and a Montgomery native was named the school’s homecoming queen last night.
Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 22
Al.com – Oct. 22

Astronomy Group

 Sunny skies for the next few days: Nick 97.5 – Oct. 22

Also, I found an excellent resource for group events in Tuscaloosa. The Astronomy Group within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Alabama holds monthly Public Nights.

UA Arboretum

University of Alabama Arboretum to host Halloween event Sunday, October 27th: Nick 97.5 – Oct. 23

The University of Alabama Arboretum has a special event planned this weekend. Afternoon at the ArBOOretum will  be held from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. this Sunday, October 27th. This Halloween-themed event features biology-based activities for kids. The Arboretum trails will also have over 30 different trick-or-treat stops at which kids can receive Halloween candy. If you attend, you can park at the Pritchett Running Park and walk along the trick-or-treat trails to the Arboretum, or you can take a hayride to the pavilion.
Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 23
Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 26

Jazz Ensemble

University of Alabama Jazz Ensemble to perform Thursday: Tuscaloosa News – Oct. 23

The University of Alabama Jazz Ensemble will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at the Moody Music Building, 810 Second Ave. The ensemble’s repertoire includes musical styles from the 1940s to contemporary arrangements, including works written and arranged by students. The award-winning group, directed by associate professor Chris Kozak, has performed at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, the Mobile Jazz Festival and the Wichita Jazz Festival.

Munchausen By Proxy

Mom’s murder case raises questions about what doctors knew: Sentinel – Oct. 24

Olivia Gant’s mother brought her to the emergency room when she was 2, saying the girl was having trouble eating.  Kelly Turner, who had recently moved to Colorado from Texas with her three daughters, told the doctor she had problems nursing and other complications feeding Olivia since she was born. Pediatricians are taught to listen to what parents report about their children and address their concerns, not suspect them of wrongdoing, said Marc Feldman, clinical professor of psychiatry and adjunct professor of psychology at The University of Alabama.
Yahoo! Sports – Oct. 23
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Breitbart – Oct. 23
MSN – Oct. 23