Amanda Burbank

Walk A Mile In My Shoes: Foster Care Awareness

Walk A Mile In My Shoes: Foster Care Awareness

By on 13 April, 2018 in Amanda Burbank with 0 Comments

I was babysitting six kids, busy helping with homework, when the phone rang. The mom, Jessica Bedient, was calling from court where three babies had officially been put into custody of Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) and assigned to their home for foster care. This was the second week in a row that she […]

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Ghosts and Goats: Spectre at Jackson Lake Island

Ghosts and Goats: Spectre at Jackson Lake Island

By on 9 March, 2018 in Amanda Burbank, Fun with 0 Comments

Strangely in my many years of enjoying local nature, I have, until now, neglected to visit a great treasure just a few minutes outside of Montgomery. I’ve enjoyed the great outdoors from simple playgrounds, to many of our local formal trails, to picking mulberries through a backyard that had hidden access to a spillway. I’ve […]

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Experience Underground Music at Barra Hookah

Experience Underground Music at Barra Hookah

By on 12 January, 2018 in Amanda Burbank, Bars, Fun with 0 Comments

Last Friday night we attended Gravity at Barra Hookah for the second time. The dance music party series is now to be a monthly feature at the hookah lounge. Three local DJs: Oz Entertainment, BG, and Chasing, started this event in November last year as a way to promote underground house and techno music, electronic […]

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Little Women at the Cloverdale Playhouse

Little Women at the Cloverdale Playhouse

By on 1 December, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Art, Fun with 0 Comments

The Cloverdale Playhouse’s production of Little Women is sweetly nostalgic. Its minimalist stage design is like a line drawing; it is like the edges of memories, giving bits of form to contrast the blank spaces which are just as rich. In the absence of specific details in the set, which consist simply of a trunk, […]

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And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None

By on 13 October, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Art, Fun with 0 Comments

“Whole thing’s like a detective story. Positively thrilling.” declared Bo Jinright as Anthony Marston in one of many startling scenes during the Cloverdale Playhouse’s production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. He was quite right. This production was thrilling, and as it was a mystery, I’m going to do my best to avoid […]

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Meandering Musical Day in Waverly

Meandering Musical Day in Waverly

By on 27 September, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Art, Fun with 0 Comments

There are No Haters allowed at the Fall Boogie in Waverly, Alabama. It’s on the flyer next to No Dogs and No Glass. It’s on a pretty poster for sale at the Standard Deluxe design and print shop store where you spend way too long deciding which t-shirt you want to buy (the one with […]

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Caribbean Cocktails Spice Up Cloverdale

Caribbean Cocktails Spice Up Cloverdale

By on 7 August, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Bars, Fun with 0 Comments

A classic Kids in the Hall sketch features a man making a cocktail in a blender in the supply closet at work. Once you have entered the world of exotic and complicated drinks, it seems like they become an obsession that changes your life. It was a single drink that turned Jeff Berry into a […]

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Peter Pan at the Cloverdale Playhouse

Peter Pan at the Cloverdale Playhouse

By on 21 July, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Fun with 0 Comments

Last night, Wendy put the Lost Boys to sleep at my feet by telling them a bedtime story about Mr. and Mrs. Darling and their three children and a boy named Peter Pan. This was a well chosen story, as apparently Peter’s favorite stories are ones about himself. The Playhouse Troupe at the Cloverdale Playhouse […]

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Urban Gardening

Urban Gardening

By on 12 June, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Farming, Food, Gardening, Outdoors with 0 Comments

My favorite place to be this time of year is sitting in the middle of my future vegetables. A cat usually wanders up and plops in my lap and I pull up some weeds that have emerged after the last big rain, but mostly I sit and stare at the wide leaves of the eggplant […]

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The Capitol Showcase Consumer Art Exhibition

The Capitol Showcase Consumer Art Exhibition

By on 19 May, 2017 in Amanda Burbank, Art with 0 Comments

As I scanned the room, lingering over cheerful landscapes and cubist faces, my eyes were drawn to the blue and yellow butterflies with a spiky black sea urchin floating around a shadowy self. Green and purple dripped down the grey human form like wild, alive colors that had to escape. I stared for a long […]

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