Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for November 8, 2013:
JEH JEH LIVE- This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Alabama Designer Craftsmen's (ADC) Annual Fine Crafts Show, which will take place Friday, Nov. 8 to Sunday, Nov. 10. ADC is one of the state's oldest art organizations and has held its annual show at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens celebrating the preservation of Alabama fine crafts since 1972. The more than 45 artists participating in this year's Fine Crafts Show will feature artwork in the following mediums: basketry, glass, metal, clay, gourds, wood, fiber, jewelry and printmaking. This year's show offerS several new elements including a special Preview Event held Friday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m., which will feature RUSH Wines and offer complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Attendees can also participate in a Fine Art Raffle throughout the weekend, where more than 40 works of art will be given away during the drawing to be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. Also new this year is a Children's Craft Classroom on Saturday and Sunday and in which ADC's Marilyn Huey will allow children to participate and take home with them Native American art projects. Artists will also provide demonstrations in their booths or offer show patrons educational materials. For complete details, visit www.alabamadesignercraftsmen.com.
CHUCK LEAVELL- He's one of the best in the business and now Alabama native Chuck Leavell comes home to help out the Bama Theatre. He joined us by phone this morning to talk about his performance. He was born in Birmingham and his family lived briefly in Montgomery before moving to Tuscaloosa. It is here he calls home. He gladly agreed to come back and play this concert which benefits the Bama Theatre Renovation Fund on Friday, November 8th (the night before the Alabama-LSU game). Tickets may be purchase on-line at www.bamatheatre.org/buytickets or at the Arts Council office on Greensboro Ave. from 1-4 Mon-Fri. Prices are $47.50 for main floor reserved seating or $35.00 for Balcony general admission. This concert is made possible with financial support from Pearson Law and Leigh Automotive.
RADIO CHRISTMAS- Everywhere you turn Christmas decorations and gift ideas are on display, so is it time for the Christmas music? Mike and Janice spoke with Rob and Dana from Magic 96.5 about their round the clock Christmas music. They flipped the switch live on our air to begin the Christmas music season!
THOR: THE DARK WORLD- Janice and Mike spoke with Stan Daniel from Kingdom Comic about all "Thor: The Dark World" which opens in theaters today. It is rated PG13. He said if "Avengers" got four stars, this gets three and a half! He had great things to say about it and even said it is okay for younger audiences with very little blood and only one bad word.
BBJ - Mike talked with Brent Godwin from the Birmingham Business Journal about local business headlines. They discussed how the recession impacted nonprofits, a possible end to Jefferson County's bankruptcy, and why the income from banking fees decreased. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.
HIJACKING - Harold Johnson, co-pilot of Southern Airways flight 49 that was hijacked out of Birmingham in Nov. 1972, spoke to the Shelby County Aviation Association and Birmingham Aero Club earlier this week. The story of this hijacking was written about in a fascinating book entitled Odyssey of Terror. The hijacking of Southern Airways Flight 49 started on November 10, 1972 in Birmingham, Alabama, stretching over 30 hours and 4,000 miles (6,400 km), not ending until the next evening in Havana, Cuba. Melvin Cale, Louis Moore, and Henry D. Jackson, Jr. successfully hijacked a Southern Airways Douglas DC-9 that was scheduled to fly from Birmingham, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. The three were each facing criminal charges for unrelated incidents. 34 people, including 31 passengers and 3 crew members, were aboard the airplane when it was hijacked. The hijackers' threat to crash the aircraft into a nuclear reactor led directly to the requirement that U.S. airline passengers be physically screened, beginning January 5, 1973.
BARGAIN MOM- Birmingham's Bargain Mom Christie Dedman joined us with some great deals for your family. Walmart has a new round of photo department coupons to print. The coupons are good through December 12th. For the coupons, visit http://photos.walmart.com/. The coupons include $10 off one multi panel same day mounted photo or canvas 2, 3 or 4 panels valid at HP kiosk only, $5 off one 16x20 Same Day Photo canvas, $3 off one 11x14 Same day photo canvas, $15 off $60 or more in wall decor same day purchase, $5 off 2 same day posters 16 x20, $4 off 3 same day 5x7 mounted photos, & $3 off 25 instant photo cards. The Georgia Aquarium offers active military, veterans and their families a special deal. All active and retired military personnel receive FREE Total Ticket Admission and their family will get 30% OFF ticket prices from November 9-11th. Visit http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/. Monday is Veterans' Day here are some restaurants offering military and veterans a free entrée. Get free entree from Olive Garden, LoneStar, Chili's, O'Charley's, Applebee's, Golden Corral, & Shoney's. Outback is offering a free Bloomin Onion. And Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut and small coffee. Veterans also get free admission to national and state parks.
COMEDIAN- Comedy Club Stardome welcomes Comedian James Gregory and he joined us this morning in studio. For over twenty years, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comic James Gregory has stood grinning: his blue shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious storytelling experience. The trademark caricature is the essence of James Gregory´s comedy: whimsical reflections on life from the front porch. For tickets or more information for this weekend's appearances, call the Comedy Club Stardome at (205) 444-0008 or visit stardome.com.
ZOO CREW- Kelly Wall joined us from the Birmingham Zoo this morning to introduce Mickey to the Cockatoo. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to birminghamzoo.com.
Next week on Good Day Alabama, we reflect on all that our Veterans do for us on Veterans Day! Author Fannie Flagg returns to town and she joins us live on the show! The holidays are just around the corner and everyone wants to trim up rather than pack on the pounds. Dr. Asa joins us with tips to meet your weight loss goals! Speaking of holidays, pecans are a great gift! And Glenwood starts its annual sale! We check in with them to find out how you can get some! Plus Jeh Jeh gets ready for a Christmas tree lighting and some ice skating.... Somewhere you wouldn't expect it! But before Christmas arrives, we look at ideas to make your Thanksgiving just a bit healthier! In Our House, we show you how to get your fireplace ready for those chilly nights! Comedian Capone comes to town to bring us a few laughs! Plus we check out all of your business and entertainment headlines, and we introduce you to our pet of the week! Join us for all of this and much more next week on Good Day Alabama!