Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Dude Abides

This weekend we tried our hand at social philanthropy, and I think we can safely say, we damn well succeeded. Andy's efforts to bring the Coen Brothers' film "The Big Lebowski" to the Bama Theater (as an official DCDC event) were finally realized, and met with wild triumph amongst many of Tuscaloosa's residents. We met early to imbibe in White Russians, or "Caucasians" as they are so cleverly called in the film, and listen to Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, Townes Van Zandt, and others on the film's soundtrack. The goal was to try and raise money for a local non-profit, the Hale Arts Project, which currently is teaching photography and creative writing to children in the Black Belt town of Greensboro. We were amazed at the turnout! 134 people showed up, thus contributing their admission dollars to our cause. After our costs were recouped, we ended up making $500 for the organization, which will enable them to buy several digital cameras for the kids. Cha-ching.

In other weekend news, my Mom and Dad came down for a quick visit on Thursday, and were able to join me for an evening of bluegrass at the Bama Theater. The event featured celebrated fiddler Ruby Jane Smith and main act, the Claire Lynch Band, as part of Alabama Public Radio's 25th anniversary. The next morning I was able to give them a tour around the Arboretum, where I've been working for the last couple of months.

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