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Crawfish Boil uses Facebook for t-shirt contest

The Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil is turning to the power of Facebook to help them select their t-shirt design for this year’s event. For those of you not on Facebook yet, or not following the event’s page on the social networking site, here’s the 411:

Beginning today (and through April 10), people are encouraged to submit one submission (not already submitted to another contest) with the words “2009 Schaeffer Eye Center Crawfish Boil” somewhere in the design, to the event’s page on Facebook using its “add photos” function. the design must be in a vector format, meaning you’ll want to download this software. Apparently all of the designs will be eligible to be printed as “regular” t-shirts, but the winning design will be the one that receives the most **VOTE** comments.

 The winning designer will receive a pair of VIP passes ($300 value); a gift certificate to the Merrell Store at The Summit & 6-month supply of vitaminwater sync.

If you’re interested, and on Facebook, head on over!

Enter to win tickets to The Duke Spirit next Friday!

So while we’d like to be giving away tickets to this weekend’s 2nd anniversary show at The Bottletree, we can’t. But we can give away five (5) pairs of tickets to next weekend’s The Duke Spirit show at The Bottletree instead!

For those not familiar with the UK-based band, they’ve opened for REM and are currently on tour with the Eagles of Metal Death – but they’ll be headling on the 28th (Black Friday) with Eulogies and The Black Fortys opening for them at the popular music venue.

Special thanks to the folks at Shangri La Music for helping us out with this giveway. For a chance to win, use our trusty contest entry form below and then wait until Monday at 3 p.m., when we’ll pick the winners.

BTW, in case you are not able to win one of the pairs here, we’re not the only ones with free tickets to the show

Good luck!

Photo: courtesy of Shangri La Music

Don’t forget about Chip…

As we mentioned yesterday, Chip Simpson is already competing in the World Hamburger Eating Contest next weekend representing the Magic City. Joey Chestnut, considered the best eater in the world, is preparing to qualify this weekend in Tuscaloosa, so he was the one interviewed by The Birmingham News for today’s issue.

Check out this video to see the both of them in action. Chestnut and Simpson are both wearing gray shirts, with both of them standing near Eater X (the guy in the bra). Enjoy.

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Winner of 2ndHand/Artwalk short story competition announced

The 2NDHAND/ArtWalk short story competition winner has been announced. Nadria Tucker, a creative writing masters degree candidate at UAB, will have her winning piece, “318,” published in a special edition of the Chicago/Birmingham based literary broadsheet in August and have the opportunity to read the piece at an as of yet unnamed location during ArtWalk’s annual downtown festival on September 7.

“318,” a blend of southern Gothic and coming-of-age narrative, tells the tory of 16-year-old Ebony’s preparations for a beauty pageant she is sure to lose. Lessons learned, or lack thereof, along the way fill the ride with moments of beauty and sorrow.

Other people reading that evening include Chicago-based novelist and books editor at Time Out Chicago Jonathan Messinger, contest runner-up and Alabama School of Fine Arts instructor T.J. Beitelman, and THE2NDHAND editor Todd Dills.

And the winning haiku is…

Here’s the winning entry from the haiku contest held during the event. The winning entry was submitted by Becky Williams.

The entry was based on Lane Finch’s photograph Pastel Rose:

A pastel rose wilts
In the heat of summer
The photo lives on

Williams won $25 in Artwalk Donor Dollars to be used on art purchases at this year’s festival, to be held Sept. 7 & 8. Continue reading