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Happy first home Bama game week, everyone! Get out and enjoy everything our area has to offer. These are just a few of them – if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town. And ROLL TIDE!

Screenings in the Bama Art House Film Series Fall 2016 will begin on Aug. 16 and will feature eight films, starting with the 2016 film “Love and Friendship” – based on Jane Austen’s novella “Lady Susan,” and starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny and Xavier Samuel.

This week offers plenty of great opportunities to get out and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. These are just a few of them – if you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town!

Feed to Read Health Literacy Enrichment Camp: July 18-22, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa. The Literacy Council of West Alabama and Stillman College have teamed up to offer this free camp to children ages 5-10. For more information, call Lauren McFarland at (205) 451-6145.  

Alabama Blues Project “Summer Blues Camp”: July 18-22, 1 to 5 p.m. Alberta School of Performing Arts, Tuscaloosa. This camp is for children ages 8-18. Participants will get to play instruments, learn songs and more. For more information, visit alabamablues.org.

Shelton State/Tuscaloosa City and County Schools Dual Enrollment Meeting: July 19, 6 p.m. Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy. Students in grades 10-12 interested in earning academic and technical credit are invited to attend. For more information, visit Sheltonstate.edu.

If you’re looking for a great way to beat the heat with the kids and enjoy some fun movie time, the City of Tuscaloosa’s Environmental Services Department has a solution. “The Green Scene” indoor summer movie series starts on Friday, July 1, at the Richard A. Curry Jr. Complex. Movies will be shown each Friday afternoon through July 22.

For those of you looking for something fun to do with the kiddos this summer, you’ve got plenty of options. Midtown Village’s free “Screen on the Green” summer movie series is one way to go. Each Saturday night (at dusk) through July 30, a fun, family-friendly film will be shown in the green space at Midtown. Things get underway this Saturday, June 25, with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Summer is always a great time to catch up on fun things and for me that usually means movies and concerts galore. One of my favorite local traditions is taking in films each week at the Bama Theatre downtown during the Summer Film Series. I wait anxiously for announcements about which films will be shown. Guess what? I have the lineup for you right here, and it’s stellar. Hats off to the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa for bringing these new and unique indie films to T-Town. I'm not saying I don't make time to catch the latest blockbuster elsewhere - just saying I LOVE INDIE and I need a fix...this is the best way to get that fix. And who doesn't love settling into those Bama Theatre seats to catch a movie, am I right?

Summer vacation is right around the corner, and while kids will be hitting the pool or the lake to keep cool in the Tuscaloosa heat, there are other options as well – including free movies. Settling into a dark, cool, comfortable movie theater and being swept away for a few hours can be equally as relaxing (and fun).

Cobb Theatres in Tuscaloosa is offering free, family-friendly summer movies through August. Shows at the Hollywood 16 start at 10 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (doors open at 9:30 a.m.). New movies will be shown each week, and they’re appropriate for all ages.

Screenings for the Bama Art House’s Mini-Series 2016 will begin tonight, April 22, and the series will feature a number of notable films, including the drama “45 Years” – which garnered an Academy Award nomination for one of its stars, Charlotte Rampling.

A program of The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, the movies represent the organization’s goals to bring new and unique film to the West Alabama area. Screenings will take place on Tuesday nights at 7:30 p.m. with the box office opening at 6:30 p.m. and doors (and the bar) opening at 6:45 p.m. 

By Liz Stephens

Okay fine. Not all of you said “yes” when you read the headline, but I bet a few of you did. I realize it’s a bit of a pipe dream of mine – but I would absolutely LOVE to have a drive-in movie theater here in our fair city. That feeling intensified while I watched “Grease Live”…it’s just so retro, and we all know retro is de rigueur at the moment.

The City of Leeds recently announced plans to open a new, four-screen drive-in movie theater (and restaurant!) near the Outlet Shops of Grand River, and I got jealous. Tuscaloosa getting one would just be so fun. Some screens could show kids’ movies (family-friendly), others could show indie films and two other screens could show mainstream flicks.

Am I off base here people? Would you go?

By Tori Linville

 

While it’s just a car drive away to visit the movie theater and watch the latest blockbuster, there are some serious downsides that have more people staying at home. Sites like Netflix have more and more people dodging the crazy concession prices and forgoing the buckets of popcorn for a more relaxed experience. If you’re one of these people, we’ve got some suggestions for you. Check out these movies that don’t disappoint and don’t come with the couple making out two rows under you (thankfully).

 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13)

 

Why start with a movie you’ve probably already seen? Because, it’s a classic. And you cannot go wrong with Ferris Bueller played by a young Matthew Broderick. Maybe this time you’ll be able to figure out just what Ferris does to get away with all his stunts. Maybe not.

 

Django Unchained (R)

 

This 2012 blockbuster was one that people just wouldn’t stop talking about. Freed from slavery, Django (Jamie Foxx) travels cross country in search of his wife. Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get an Oscar from this movie either, but he does play an evil plantation owner. Graphic but gripping stuff.

 

Jumanji (PG)

 

The title should be enough to grab a popcorn bowl, but we’ll elaborate. Two children discover a magic board game, Jumanji. They meet a crazy guy who has been trapped in the game for years. He’s played by Robin Williams. Now go, watch (again, probably)!

 

In A World… (R)

 

Carol Soloman (Lake Bell) is a vocal coach, but her dad’s already made a name for himself in the industry, and she’s just getting started. Overshadowed and unappreciated, Carol’s big gig finally comes and it’s everything she’s ever wanted. As an indie rom-com, this movie ain’t half bad.

 

Mr. Peabody and Sherman (PG)

 

This cute animated movie features a super smart dog, Mr. Peabody, and Sherman his human companion. The two time travel and find adventure along the way. Inspired by Rocky and Bullwinkle, there’s enough cuteness and happenings going on here for the whole family to enjoy.

 

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