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. Unveiling of new MLK tribute in Birmingham. The state of Alabama commemorates the 50th anniversary of “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” with a new historical marker outside the Birmingham Police Department Detention Division, where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. penned the letter. His daughter Bernice A. King, who now runs the King Center in Atlanta, will be at the unveiling tomorrow, April 16.
2. James Farmer’s new book. Southern Living Contributing Editor James Farmer’s new book, A Time to Cook, is a recipe-driven follow-up to his gardening book A Time to Plant. You’ll find updated Southern classics such as peach-and-pecan chicken salad and muscadine-glazed ham, alongside James’s family staples such as apple pie and Uncle Gerry’s Baked Beans.
3. The Memphis Soul White House concert. Our TVs will be turned to PBS tomorrow night as the station broadcasts its latest “In Performance at the White House” special. The segment, a tribute to the “soul of the sixties,” the music that came out of Memphis in the mid-to-late sixties, features Justin Timberlake, Sam Moore, Al Green, and the Alabama Shakes performing.
4. National Record Store Day. Hey, hey music lovers, April 20 is your day. Proceed to your favorite record store and celebrate. On Saturday, artists such as the Black Keys and The Flaming Lips release special edition vinyls, music shops host dance parties with guest DJs and bands, and discounts abound. And since Jack White is this year’s event ambassador, we’d bet it’s a good day to stop by his Third Man Records if you’re in Nashville.
5. The Southern Food Tour’s Sunday Supper. If you love Southern food (and who doesn’t), then you have to know about The Southern Food Tour, a roving supper club that pairs our region’s best chefs and food artisans for spectacular dinner parties. On Sunday, SFT hosts its second dinner with chefs Steven Satterfield of the James Beard Foundation Award-nominated Miller Union and Ryan Smith from Empire State South at Dillwood Farms in Loganville, Georgia. It’s totally worth the $125 ticket for a farm-fresh meal prepared by these illustrious chefs, cocktails by their bar team, and a tour of Dillwood.
5 1/2. The Nashville Film Festival. The 44th annual film fest— a qualifying event for the Academy Awards—kicks off April 18 with a screening of Mud, a set-in-the-South flick about two boys helping a fugitive find his way back to his true love starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey. Any chance you’ll be in the audience Reese?