A lot of tails are on the line: The world’s best cook-off, coming at you April 17

I’ve been to a cook-off or two in my day. And, geez oh pete, Mobile has its share of ‘em. Chili, wings, Irish stew. BBQ. They’re all good but I’m amazed how many people I talk to have never heard of what is, in my never-to-be-humble opinion, the best: The Annual Shrimp Cook-off. Continue reading

Be healthy the au naturel way: April 10

No, this isn’t about nudist colonies (got your attention though, didn’t it?). It’s about healthcare. Waaaaay too complicated a topic for a single blog post. Suffice it to say I’m a big fan of holistic and alternative healthcare. This Saturday, the Gulf Coast Holistic Health Fair will give you an opportunity to learn about holistic heathcare options Continue reading

Free flix Tuesday nights at Callaghan’s (and more free fun)

Kudos to the restaurants, bars and coffee shops for their creative ideas to keep people coming through the doors.  Every time I turn around, there’s something new. Best of all, it’s free fun (although it’s very bad karma not to spend some $$$s while you’re there).  Continue reading

This event is worth fighting the pollen for: April 15

An outdoorsy book event…outdoors. What a novel idea (‘scuse the pun). Whether you’re a book lover, environmentalist, or you just love the outdoors, you do not want to miss this opportunity to see one of Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Americans speak. Continue reading

Behind the scenes at the Saenger: April 9

One of my goals with this blog is to dig out fun things to do on the Gulf Coast that you won’t learn about other places. Here’s a good example. Next Friday the Mobile Symphony will host guided tours of the Saenger Theater and provide a behind the scenes peek of their dress rehearsal of Vivaldi’s Four Season’s concert. Tours are 6-9pm April 9th. No other details yet (do you just show up?) but I’ll see what I can find out and share it here. Check back or subscribe for updates.

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JAMmin’ with Jazz Appreciation Month in April

If you think March was jammed packed with things to do, wait until you see April. On top of Arts Alive!, it’s Jazz Appreciation Month and there’s a full calendar of jazzy events. The weather will be great, and events are either free or very inexpensive. So don’t tell me there’s nothing fun to do in Mobile, you can’t afford it or Mobile isn’t artzie. Get out there!

Originally I’d planned to post just a few of the “best” events from the list. I couldn’t choose so I’ve included the entire calendar. Here’s Sharman’s Q&D Guide to help you make your selections (details in the full list that follows):

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Ch-ch-ch-chaaanges…

I’ve deployed the vast resources of M&M to do a spring cleaning of the site so you may notice some changes.

Take a gander at the links on the right. I’ve freshened them up, deleted some of the static pages and adding new links for some sites I think you’ll enjoy: Continue reading

Foodie Alert! April 1 & 8

There’s so much going on right now I could just blog all day, and never get out to enjoy the fun and great weather. I have to post this one before I get going this morning since it combines four of my favorite things: eating (especially free food), cooking, books (especially great bookstores like Page & Palette) and the Grand Hotel. Continue reading

Speak the JAMmin’ language, daddy-o

The MOJO (Mystic Order of the Jazz Obssessed) meeting last week was the bomb. Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Jazz Band  and the Swingin’ Dick Traceys were bad (meaning really good in jazzspeak, of course). Jim Vail did Sinatra proud and Erma Granat – wooeee, that lady has some pipes. Continue reading

High fives in the Mobile housing market, for a change

This just in to the M&M inbox: a market report from the University of South Alabama’s Center for Residential Studies, and it’s chock full of good news. The ailing Mobile market showed signs of life in February, with almost all categories up from January, 2010. Here’s the 411… Continue reading