Good Day Alabama: Feb. 18, 2016

Good Day Alabama: Feb. 18, 2016

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us live for the Alabama Ballet's 2015-2016 season with the fiery Don Quixote, February 19-21, 2016.  A story of love, comedy, and justice, this full-length ballet bursts with passion and humor. With exuberant dancing and narrative detail, spectacular costumes and scenery, this classic will captivate families and all who love classical ballet.  Cervantes 1740 version of Don Quixote was the inspiration for the balletic translation which focuses on the lighthearted and humorous aspects of the tale. The ballet weaves two threads; the struggles of two lovers in a small Spanish town, and Don Quixote and his faithful companion Sancho Panza's quest for justice.  The third and final act culminates with brilliant, challenging dancing in the perfect wedding scene.  This lavish production will touch all with its story of true heroism, pageantry, and athleticism as it comes to the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center on the campus of Samford University. For tickets or information, call 205-202-8142 or visit www.alabamaballet.org. Ticket prices range from $25 to $55. Performance tims are tomorrow at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 2:30 pm.

HEART DISEASE - Dr. David Hicks, Medical Director of Adult Health and Family Planning with the Jefferson County Department of Health, joined us to discuss heart disease prevention. He says the best ways for an individual to prevent heart disease is to eat a healthy diet including lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains; limit sweets, sugar-sweetened beverages, and red meats; increase your water intake; lower your sodium intake to less than 1500 mg per day; increase your physical activity to 50 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity for adults and 60 minutes per day of moderate-intensity physical activities for children; and avoid tobacco.

SHEILA TYSON - Councilor Sheila Tyson is holding a summit to discuss the state of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Alabama now that additional funding has been cut. The summit will engage attendees in dialogue on the future of HBCUs existence in Alabama, and what can be done both at the local and national level to help these institutions. The summit is today from noon until 2:30 p.m. at Parker High School. It includes featured speakers like Karlie Redd from "Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta," Pastor Kenneth Glasgow – Ordinary People Society, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, and more.

UA DANCE - Raines Carr and Rita Snyder with the Univeristy of Alabama Dance and Theatre department joined us with details on upcoming projects. 
"Ghosts'" Director Raines Carr is a second-year MFA Directing candidate from Jacksonville, Florida. Rita Snyder is an Associate Professor of Dance and teaches ballet, modern dance technique, anatomy/kinesiology for dance and dance history. She is the choreographer for the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre performances. Cell phones, free downloads, and audience participation are not always associated with Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, but Assistant Professor and choreographer Rebecca Salzer is looking to change that. Her piece "The Flow of Boats" specifically asks audience members to take out cell phones and play the original music composed by Amir Zaher. Audience members are encouraged to download the free music as they are in the auditorium and play it aloud for the entirety of the dance number. Breaking the barrier between audience and performers is a trend in the performing arts as more companies struggle to increase patronage. Catch her performance and others as ARDT runs February 23rd through the 25th at 7:30 p.m., the 26th at 5:30 p.m. and the 27th at 2:00 p.m.. Tickets are $14 for UA students, $17 for UA faculty and staff and seniors, and $20 for adults. Tickets are available in Rowand-Johnson Hall at the ticket office in the front lobby, by phone at 205-348-3400 or online at ua.tix.com. Also, UA Theatre & Dance delivers a haunting and passionate tale with the Henrik Ibsen classic Ghosts beginning February 22nd in the Allen Bales Theatre. Anybody can relate to the story of this nineteenth-century play. Similar themes have been told in such films as American Beauty, Ordinary People or The Godfather trilogy. What do they all have in common? They are all examples of the realistic family drama. The story centers around a mother who desperately tries to conceal the painful past of her late, philandering husband from her son. After tremendous efforts, she realizes that you cannot escape from your fears and there are consequences for your actions. Ghosts runs Monday, February 22 to Saturday February 27 at 7:30pm and Sunday, February 28  at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 and available at theatre.ua.edu, the box office at 205.348.3400 or at the door. For a full performance and event calendar, more information, and to sign up for a free event newsletter, visit dance.ua.edu.

PET OF THE WEEK - Lisa Teague from the Shelby County Humane Society introduced us to a pet that needs a new home. His name is Jaxin. For adoptions, call 205-669-3916 or visit shelbyhumane.org.

OUR HOUSE - Janice talked with Amanda LeBlanc with The Amanda's about DIY organizing tools. She showed us fun DIY craft projects that will help you get organized! 
• Jewelry board – make your own board to hang and organize jewelry
• Ribbon Sunglass Organizer – simple way to display sunglasses
• Toilet paper roll organizer – use cardboard from toilet paper rolls to organize craft supplies in a box
• Curtain rod shoe organizer – install a curtain rod to hang/store your shoes
• Window shutter bulletin board – use the slots in a shutter to display/organize paperwork like a message board
For more ideas, visit theamandas.com.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Dr. Ian Smith offers you a new way to jump start your weight loss or just simply clean out your system with his latest book! He joins us to explain! Jeh Jeh takes us to the annual Home and Garden Show to check out all the resources and goodies you'll find this weekend! Plus we check out the latest in entertainment and business headlines! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day!