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A Genesis Found holding casting call in Birmingham

A drawing of Moundville’s famous “Rattlesnake Disc”Wonder Mill Films has announced that they’re going to hold auditions for their new feature film, A Genesis Found, in Birmingham on February 9 at 1 p.m. Auditions will take place on UAB’s campus in their theatre department (700 13th Street South), with the Huntsville-based production looking for all ethnicities, men and women, ages 17 – 70.

The blog for the production provides more information about this narrative adventure/mystery which “…focuses on a young archeology student’s confrontation of his family’s legacy, responsibility, and faith.”  Filming will take place in northern and central Alabama.

J Records releases Studdard

Ruben Studdard head is reporting that American Idol Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard was released by J Records. According to the report, it’s all about the numbers – record sales numbers.

The Velvet Teddy Bear does seem to be cultivating a career in acting though, and he’ll be front and center with his former band, Just a Few Cats, on the WorkPlay soundstage this Saturday. If you don’t have tickets now though, you’re not getting in; tickets for the show are sold out.

Photo credit: Bob Farley/f8photo

Got plans this weekend? 12.7 – 12.9

This week I am relying on the kindness of strangers. Strangers that have e-mailed about theater. So . . .

You can see “Simple Gifts” by the Red Mountain Theatre Company at their own Red Mountain Cabaret in the basement of the old Kress building (301 19th St. North, downtown). Here’s what RMTC has to say about it

“Bringing you the best of RMTC’s original holiday productions, Simple Gifts pays tribute to past classics, highlights new performances and combines our greatest musical moments into one delightful treat! Enjoy your favorite holiday hits in this cheerful celebration that is sure to spread the humor and heart of the season. Join us an hour before each Friday and Saturday performance for pre-show music by the Youth Programs, a cash bar and yummy Cabaret snacks.”

Holiday bonus: Santa will make an appearance before the Saturday and Sunday shows to visit with young guests. Tickets are $30. You can catch the show through Dec. 16. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m./Sunday matinee, 2:00 p.m.

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Got plans this weekend? 11.2 – 11.4

If you’re like me, you’re ready to get on with the weekend. So this will be short and brief with lots of links.

Tonight, it’s all about the art, or at least art galleries. Bare Hands Gallery is celebrating its 5th Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival tonight. On their website, scroll down to see the festival lineup that includes children’s craft time and live music. The event is free but they’d like to see a donation of $10. You can find the gallery at 109 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South.

And we’ve heard from very reliable sources that there’s some impressive art hanging at Nordys Gallery. The opening reception for SCAD alum Megan Kimber is tonight from 6 – 9 p.m. Great thing about art is – if you’re just looking – it doesn’t cost anything to expand your mind. You can also learn some more about the plans that the gallery has in M. Blue Horn’s most recent review.

Celebrating nature, open spaces and eco-ideas through art and design” is the theme of the Moss Rock Festival. It’s two days of food, music, art and kid’s activities at that groovy new Hoover subdivision you’ve been curious about. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event at The Preserve in Hoover is free and even has a free shuttle from Regions Park (formerly the Hoover Met).

I know I don’t have everything listed, so if there’s something else, comment down below.

Blue’s Reviews: Bruce Holwerda

Ten shows spotlighting nine artists in ten weeks?

Nordys Gallery is taking up that challenge this fall, and art reviewer M. Blue Horn stopped by to check out the creations of one of the featured artists, painter Bruce Holwerda. What did she think of his work and the gallery? Find out in her latest podcast.

UPDATED: Sidewalk ’07: Winners list

Updated: 11:22 p.m., 9.30.2007

This is a current complete list of winners from the 2007 Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival. We will update the list throughout the course of the day tomorrow with links to those films with a web presence.

We are currently awaiting the start of the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival awards ceremony. We will update this list of winners throughout the awards ceremony this evening at WorkPlay Theatre.

Features Competition

Best Feature Film
Low and Behold

Filmmaker to watch
Jeremy Saulnier – Murder Party

Last Stop for Paul

Best 1st Feature
August the First

Best Director
Zack Godshall – Low and Behold

Documentaries competition

Best Documentary Film
Darius Goes West

Best Short Documentary
Salim Baba

Shorts Competition
Best Short Film ($1,000 cash prize)
Pop Foul

Best Animated Film ($500 cash prize)
Everything Will Be OK

Best Student Film
1st prize

Caress of the Creature

2nd prize

Kathyrn Tucker Windham Storytelling Award
Death in the Woods

Audience Choice Awards

Feature Film
American Fork

Documentary Film
Darius Goes West

Short Film

Alabama Film

Alabama Awards

Best Alabama Film
I’m Nostalgic

The Ace Awards (Alabama Citations of Excellence)

Excellence of Storytelling
Asclepius Fandango

Excellence in Imagery
Modern Plays: The Music Video

Excellence in Directing
Cup of Joe

Excellence in Originality
Lunch with Lincoln

Excellence in Comedy

Excellence in Comedy Writing
The Little Things

Excellence in Acting
Tallie Medel – I’m Nostalgic

Special Jury Awards

Brilliance in Animation
Bare Circumstances

The Archer House

Brilliance in Imaging
Help is Coming

Best Student Documentary
A Street Divided

Sidewrite Awards
Competition where 10 short screenplays are submitted and judged.

1st prize
Self Addressed – Jim Pihakis

2nd prize
Stuck – Susan C. McCain

Production Award
Julie Pritt – Face Value

Memorial service plans for Michael Prichard announced

The following information has been posted on personal Myspace profiles and sent out to Sidewalk’s email subscription network this morning:

PRICHARD, MICHAEL DOWLING, age 40, beloved daddy of Marley and Avery, died unexpectedly in an accident at home Friday, September 14, 2007. He was a caring father and a dedicated and loving husband to his wife Christine. Mr. Prichard was self-employed, working in the film and television production industry as well as doing residential construction. He loved gardening, music and the outdoors. He was passionate about traveling and had explored much of the world with Christine, his partner in life for 17 years. He was a great cook, and enjoyed preparing meals for his family daily as well as for get togethers with friends. He was open minded, out spoken, smart, honest and kind. He embraced life with fullness. He cherished his two young children and loved watching them discover the world. Mr. Prichard is survived by his wife, Christine; his daughter, Marley; his son, Avery; his parents, Dinny and Frank Bomberg of Las Cruces, NM, and Michael and Lyne Prichard of St. Paul, Minnesota; his b rother, Alex Prichard of Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as Alex’s wife, Angela, and their two daughters. He was preceded in death by his sister, Becky Prichard of Cuzco, Peru.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, September 17 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, 4300 Hampton Heights Drive. Prior to the service, a Buddhist-led meditation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Monday at Johns-Ridout’s Southside Chapel, 2116 University Boulevard, followed by visitation from 2-3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to:

The Redmont School
1220 50th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35222

or to:

The Becky Fund
1866 Coyote Ridge Drive
Las Cruces, NM 88011,

Day of the Dead T-shirt Designs sought

Bare Hands Gallery sent out a notice earlier today via their MySpace profile letting folks know that they’re looking for potential designs for t-shirts to sell at their annual El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival in November. After the jump readers will find some of the guidelines for the submissions.

They have asked that designs be dropped off at the gallery, submit it via e-mail on MySpace or to or sent in by regular mail. The designs are due Monday, August 20.

It will be the 5th annual festival, held this year on November 1 & 2.

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