Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. THE Football Game. The University of Alabama plays Notre Dame in Miami tonight for the Discover BCS National Championship Game, and we are counting down the minutes to kickoff. In between diligent bouts of work today, we are gearing up by brushing up on facts every Alabama fan should know, drooling over tailgate-inspired menus, and sending all our lucky friends who are getting to watch the game in Miami guides on where to watch if they don’t have tickets and what to do before and after the festivities in the Magic City.
2. Tuscaloosa’s Avant-Garde Exhibit. In the seventies and eighties, Tuscaloosa was home to the Raudelunas, a progressive art collective of painters, musicians, photographers, and writers who challenged the status quo at The University of Alabama. Known to only a limited number of die-hard music lovers, the group spawned world-renowned artists such as surrealist Craig Nutt, harpist Anne LeBaron, and guitarist Davey Williams. For the first time, UA is hosting a retrospective of the Raudeluna’s work curated by Birmingham music expert, Lee Shook. The exhibit opens today at the university’s Ferguson Center Art Gallery with original group paintings, manifestos, posters, and records kept from expos the Raudelunas hosted during its tenure.
3. Mississippi’s Southern Food & Wine Dinner. Table 100 in Flowood, Mississippi hosts its first dinner of the year on Wednesday. The menu is complete with oh-so-Southern dishes such as pimiento cheese fritters, Delta catfish lyonnnaise, and ginger pound cake expertly paired with Northwestern wines. Tickets are $49 for four courses.
Loretta Jane’s Spring Collection. The days of sundresses might feel far off with the chill this week, but we can’t wait to shimmy into New Orleans’ label Loretta Jane flirty new frocks and separates. Designer Kelli Cooper’s spring collection of chock-full of silky blouses, bright swingy dresses, and dressy shorts we’ll want to live in once the temps creep back above the 70s.
Birmingham’s Civil Rights Concert. The Birmingham Museum of Art kicks off its year of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in the city with a concert and poetry reading by blues musician Scott Ainslie and poet Glenis Redmond. The “Southern Voices: Black, White and Blues” event starts at 7pm on Friday. Admission is free. Follow Birmingham’s “50 Years Forward” on Facebook and on its site to keep up with Civil Rights events throughout the year.