Visit Central Mesa
Jul14

Visit Central Mesa

The people who brought you Avenue Pub in downtown Tuscaloosa have now expanded their culinary achievements to the world of Mexican food. The best part is, it’s only a block away from the original restaurant and the surrounding drinking hot spots. Central Mesa is officially open in Tuscaloosa (519 Greensboro Avenue) and it is making taste buds explode. It’s no surprise that the same folks who graced T-Town with Thai Nachos and a...

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Visit Chop House in Tuscaloosa
Jun28

Visit Chop House in Tuscaloosa

There isn’t much better than a perfectly good steak. In Tuscaloosa, good steak is something residents hold dear. Now, because of R. Davidson Chop House, a delicious variety of steaks are pleasing even the most critical of steak lovers. Not only is their steak delicious, the other dishes and the atmosphere are also fantastic. Davidson Chop House is now a fixture in downtown Tuscaloosa. It’s located 2330 4th Street in Temerson Square....

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River on the River
Jun16

River on the River

There’s more to the landscape of Tuscaloosa, Alabama than just a sea of crimson, white and turf-green on game days. That’s right; T-town is also home to the gorgeous Black Warrior River. The river itself has always provided stunning views and great fishing but over the past several years, Tuscaloosa has worked to make the Black Warrior River one of its most prized possessions. The river walk provides a place for people to enjoy a...

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Movie Night Project
Apr19

Movie Night Project

MOVIE NIGHT Q&A In writing movie reviews for the Leaf, a question occasionally pops up from a reader. Here a selection of those I thought were most interesting: Q: I was watching an Old Italian movie a few weeks ago, and it looked like everyone was speaking a different language! What was going on? A: Italian movies then were filmed without sound. This allowed them to film quickly and not worry about sound recording problems. The...

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Matt at the Movies – The Lego Batman Movie
Apr15

Matt at the Movies – The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie, much like the original Lego Movie, is a film of gratuitous joy, creativity and craft.  “Everything is awesome” continues to be the mission statement.  Right from the jaw dropping opening sequence, the viewer is pummeled with a Batman showdown with the Joker, as well as an exhaustive array of the caped crusader’s villains, including countless iterations in the franchise. We get vehicles, costumes, accents, plot...

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Book Review: One Man Guy
Apr08

Book Review: One Man Guy

Michael Barakiva’s debut novel, One Man Guy, is exactly the type of young adult book I yearned to read as a teenager. Alex Khederian just finished his freshman year of high school. His domineering, albeit well-meaning, parents (something this book reviewer can relate to all too well) decide he must attend summer school to boost his grades. When Alex meets Ethan, his summer and entire life is turned completely upside down. Alex gets...

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Shin Godzilla-Movie Night Project
Mar24

Shin Godzilla-Movie Night Project

On March 11th, 2011, Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake. The ensuing tsunami that followed struck the Fukushima nuclear reactors. The damage and flooding that occurred caused it to overheat, leading to a nuclear meltdown. 100,000+ people were evacuated from the area. The event was brought upon by the plant’s overseers, who ignored the safety concerns regarding tsunami damage and flooding. Shin Godzilla (“shin”...

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Historical Perspective
Mar20

Historical Perspective

The tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011 will not soon be forgotten. The tornado tracked from Greene County through Tuscaloosa County and into Jefferson County leaving a scar upon the land. This tornado killed 64 people and traveled more than 80 miles, according to the National Weather Service. The same supercell thunderstorm then regenerated a tornado in eastern Jefferson County that traveled another 97 miles, killing...

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