Weekend Roundup: 7-13 to 7-15

This is Weekend Roundup.  The local events that are happening in NE Alabama and NW Georgia.  And the bigger events that are happening in Atlanta and Birmingham.  As always if you have an event that needs to be featured on Weekend Roundup.  E-mail me at barcncpt44@aol.com

Weekend Weather:

Just your normal summer weather with scattered storms.

Local Best Bets:

28th annual Charity Pig Roast at Noccalula Falls July 14-15.  For more information go to:  http://www.charitypigroast.org/.

2 man scramble is happening at Harbor Cove Par 3 Golf Course on July 14th.  For more information go to: http://www.harborcovepar3.com.

Model City Music Festival at Zinn Park on July 14th at 6pm.  For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/ModelCityMusicFestival.

Native American Tools and Weapons on July 14th at Little River Canyon Center.  For more information go to: https://www.facebook.com/lirinps.

Here are my out of the area best bets for this weekend.  Go to http://www.accessatlanta.com/atlanta-events/ for Atlanta events or http://birminghamal.org/events-calendar/  for Birmingham events.

Atlanta Best Bet:

National Black Arts Festival at Cenntenial Olympic Park in Atlanta from July 12-15.  For more information go to: http://nbaf.org/

Birmingham Best Bet:

Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance at the Birmingham YWCA on July 14th at 7:30pm.  For more information go to: https://sites.google.com/site/bfootmad/

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Digital City at McWane Science Center

On Wednesday night I had a great time at the Digital City movie event which showed short ethnographic movies made by UAB students.  Eight ethnographic films were shown to a packed audience inside the IMAX in the McWane Science Center in downtown Birmingham.

These movies were made by students who were enrolled in the ethnographic film class inside the UAB Media Studies department.  Ethnography is a method used in social science in which community based research or fieldwork is conducted to learn about and represent a group of people or social phenomenon.  The students produced these films over a semester long research project.  The students had to investigate a social justice issue related to a local community or culture.

Before the show began; the music from Friends of Old Time Music & Dance was great.  They were featured in one of the movies!

The show featured eight ethnographic films ranging from hip-hop; seniors learning to use computers, graffiti artists, high school dropouts getting a second chance, people playing music, art programs at UAB, problems on Birmingham bus routes, and people who do storm spotting.

Ebony Hinton and Sierra Nicely produced “Awake: Hip-Hop Artistry in Birmingham.”

Nate Ennis produced “Never Too Late to Learn.”

Naithon Henning and Majaliwa Mzombwe produced “Abandoned Canvas: Painting on Birmingham’s Margins.”

Jessica Craig and Adrian Jones produced “We Came to Learn.”

Rachell Berry and Stephanie Cook produced “From Mountains to Metropolis: Old Time Music in Birmingham.”

Katelyn Armstrong and Ali Massoud produced “Physical Truths: Making Art at UAB.”

Melissa Crook and Daniel Twieg produced “Unfare System: Birmingham Public Transit.”

I was featured along with James Spann, John Brown, and T.D. Todd about storm spotting.  The film was titled “Riders on the Storm” and was produced by Kevin Franks and Tyler Malugani.  Yes I do look great up on a IMAX screen!

After all of the movies were shown; the audience gave a standing ovation to all of the filmmakers.

And the reception after the show was great as well!

Me with filmmakers Kevin Franks and Tyler Malugani.

It was a great night!  To learn more about UAB Media Studies visit http://www.uab.edu/mediastudies/

Check out past ethnographic films made by students at http://vimeo.com/channels/digitalcommunity.  I will let you know when this year’s films are put online!