Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for April 19, 2013:
BBJ - Sarah talked with Ty West from the Birmingham Business Journal to discuss local business headlines. They discussed how average annual health insurance premiums have more than doubled in Alabama during the past decade, but a growing pool of employers want to significantly slow the pace of those rising costs by eliminating third-party control of their benefit plans; how Alabama ranks with women-owned businesses; and how the wave of cyber attacks hitting the largest U.S. banks, affected local banks recently. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.
JEH JEH LIVE - The Oak Mountain Spring State Fair starts today and runs through April 28th out at Oak Mountain Amphitheater. It opens at 5pm Monday through Friday at 1pm on Saturdays and Sunday. For a complete list of acts and attractions, visit http://www.oakmountainstatefair.com.
PAINT THE TOWN RED - Magic City's premier digital art and music festival is tomorrow. It features artwork from around the globe to benefit the local Red Cross branch. This is the fifth annual Paint the Town Red digital arts and music festival. The 2013 installment is tomorrow from 7pm to 12am, and promises light up the night with visual masterpieces for all. Upon nightfall, Red Cross will decorate the Magic City with innovative, interactive and cutting edge multimedia/digital art work and music from across the globe… all projected onto the streets and structures of 19th Street South and Powell Avenue. Proceeds from PTTR benefit the Jefferson-Shelby Chapter of the American Cross. In 2012, the event raised over $60,000 for the Red Cross local chapter with more than 4,000 people attending. The organization hopes to beat those numbers in 2013 with over 35 artists exhibiting digitally altered film, illuminated installations and interactive works to light up the night sky in downtown Birmingham. Artwork categories includes graphic art, digital photography digital animated shorts and more. PTTR also features two riveting music stages, DJs and VJs, and the best of Birmingham's nationally recognized food scene. One of the most dynamic event highlights also includes Paint the Town Red's signature GeoDome, a third year feature that includes a 44 feet wide, 22 feet high geodesic dome with 1,520 feet of floor surface and sits at the heart of the festival. The dome will be erected tomorrow and transformed into an ever-changing piece of art, radiating digital images that attendees can gaze at from within and outside of the structure. Local DJs are scheduled to spin music within the dome, turning the arena into a dance party, live concert, entertainment hub and moving and art piece all-in-one. Tickets are $15 advance sale, $20 at the gate. For more information on advance sale tickets, artwork submissions, musical talent and additional event features, visit PaintTheTownRedBham.com. You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter -- @PTTRbham.
AMERICAN IDOL - Janice talked with Janelle Arthur who got the boot last night on American Idol. The top 5 performed two songs Wednesday night - one from the year they were born and the other from a strong female singer. America voted and Janelle ended up with the fewest votes. While her time is over, Janelle will still go on tour this summer!
CHARACTER COUNTS - Sarah talked with Michael Josephson - a worldwide expert on ethic and character and the founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. He discussed today's youth and where their morals stand.
ZOO CREW - Kelly Wall joined us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mickey to a hissing cockroach. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to birminghamzoo.com.
COMEDIAN - What's the best way to describe Etta May? "Minnie Pearl with a migraine." To put it simply, when Etta May takes the stage, she is the reigning Queen of Southern Sass and Your Woman for the 21st Century! This colorful comedienne, known for her trademark floral blouse, polyester pants, horn-rimmed glasses, and print bandana, used to tip the scale at an impressive 250 pounds. Having dropped over a hundred pounds she reflects, saying "You know you're getting fat when you sit in the bathtub and the water in the toilet rises!" For tickets or more information for this weekend's appearances, call the Comedy Club Stardome at (205) 444-0008 or visit stardome.com.
Next week on Good Day Alabama, the Magic City Art Connection takes over downtown Birmingham and we check out all of the ways you can enjoy it! From food to cleaning - we check out the best new products hitting the market this year to make your life easier! Former Bama standout Rashad Johnson offers his skills and advice to local youth. Find out how you can sign up to take part in his camp this summer! Jimmy Rockett offers us some pointers for our garden and the children's doctor joins us to take your questions! Rachael Ray has an exciting few weeks coming up and she joins us to tell us all about it! The Bargain Mom joins us with some deals for your family! And People Magazine reveals the most beautiful people in its annual edition and we get the sneak peak! Dr. Asa Andrew joins us with advice on Osteoperosis and how to strengthen your bones. Join us for this and much more next week on Good Day Alabama!