Sep 22, 2016

Media Extra: HBCU Students Restrict Press Freedoms.

 From Gallup:

"A majority of students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), 56%, believe campus protesters should be able to deny the press access to protests. Those views contrast with the opinions of college students nationally, including black students at non-HBCU colleges, two-thirds of whom say the press should be allowed to cover campus protests."

HERE'S the complete Gallup finding.

Sep 19, 2016

Summers' End...

     Don't get me wrong, it is still quite warm here in Montgomery, but there is a break this week in the 95+  highs that were the dominant feature of the Summer of 2016. Now we have a full week of under 95 degree days, and Thursday is the first day of Fall. 
     Now  I hope we don't go from Summer to Winter the way we seem to have moved from Winter to Summer at the start of the year. 

Full Montgomery weather HERE.

For Immediate release
September 6, 2016

September 24, 2016 @ 7:30
Terry Gilliam's Classic Time Bandits

The Capri Theatre in Montgomery, Alabama's longest continually operating movie theatre, is participating in the first annual  Art House Theatre Day on Saturday, September 24 with a special showing of Terry Gilliam's classic comedy-adventure-fantasy Time Bandits.

The newly restored Time Bandits is being released especially for Art House Theatre Day. There will be one show only at 7:30 on Saturday, September 24. Tickets for the event are $8 for Capri Members and $10 for the General Public. Online ticket sales begin one week before the show.
[Time Bandits Tickets]


Art House Theater Day celebrates the legacy of independent theaters as advocates for cinema arts. In an age where media has become more digital than tangible, more solitary than social, art house theaters remain the physical spaces where film lovers congregate and connect with intrepid, creative filmmaking. They are the beating heart for new and exciting cinema that is shaping the future of the medium.

In recent decades, a colorful constellation of art houses has emerged across the globe. This art house movement has nurtured a flourishing ecosystem of adventurous audiences, independent productions, and an incredible diversity of original filmmaking. Art House Theater Day is a worldwide celebration in honor of this movement, a day to celebrate cinemas that stand the test of time and the tremendous film culture that art house theaters promote.

The Capri Theatre, owned and operated by the Capri Community Film Society, has served as Montgomery's Independent Art House since 1983.

Capri Theatre director Martin McCaffery said "We are happy to participate in Art House Theatre Day, and we are especially thrilled to be showing one of my favorite films, Time Bandits."

In support of the inaugural Arthouse Theater Day, Janus films will release TIME BANDITS back into movie houses. Janus is thrilled to participate be presenting TIME BANDITS as a viewing option in a beautiful new 2k restoration supervised by Terry Gilliam. Attendees on 9/24 will all receive a limited-edition print of the map prop used in the film.

Time Bandits, originally released in 1981, is written and directed by Terry Gilliam, the American member of Monty Python's Flying Circus and the director of the Python classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Time Bandits is a time jumping adventure about an 11-year-old boy who joins a band of  little people who have stolen a map of time and are on the run from The Supreme Being and Evil.

Time Bandits stars John Cleese as Robin Hood, Sean Connery as Agamemnon, Ralph Richardson as The Supreme Being, Iam Holm as Napoleon and David Warner as Evil.


The Capri Theatre is located at 1045 E Fairview Ave in Montgomery, Alabama. The theatre is owned and operated by the non-profit Capri Community Film Society. For more information about the Capri, visit the Capri Theatre Website

MMMM 552 --The Media Show Meeting From Hell & The Debates.

   I came in on the middle of a radio show The New Yorker Magazine created. It's called, duh, The New Yorker Radio Hour, on Sunday afternoon and I caught an interview with the woman who is the producer of the TV show Transparent, Jill Soloway. She was asked how a female run show is different from one run by men.  Start listening at 15:00 into the audio file to her description of their daily show meeting...a way to "waste time" she says.
There may be a transcription later on Monday, but for right now give a listen to that segment in Episode 48. It in only :90 seconds long.

It paints a picture of the absolute worst kind of business meeting I can imagine. Agree? Anybody? Hey, I'm older, and a guy, so maybe I just don't get the new female millennial meeting structure? Plus, I'm in news meetings, and she's running a fictional show about trans people.


In case you missed it, I posted a "Media Extra" last week. You can see it HERE. It leads into the next item in this MMMM nicely.


Two good-reads to recommend this morning....a NY Times (Paywall) column by the Public Editor about the issue of "false balance"....the idea that reporters should always have balance to their stories...
"False balance, sometimes called “false equivalency,” refers disparagingly to the practice of journalists who, in their zeal to be fair, present each side of a debate as equally credible, even when the factual evidence is stacked heavily on one side."
And that column leads into an equally good piece one about an event where all sides in the presidential election wars will be looking for evidence of unfairness by the media. The debates. The Atlantic proposes a way to be fair to both sides. Perhaps. 
     By the way, I'll be taking some time off that last week of the month, and so I will be able to actually watch the first debate live!

[The Monday Morning Media Memo is a longstanding (this is # 552!!!) regular feature of], Founded 2007

Sep 17, 2016

Let Your Inner Archeologist Out!




For Immediate Release
September 15, 2016
Saturday, October 1
10:00am - 4:00pm
Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, Orrville (near Selma)
The Alabama Historical Commission and The University of Alabama's Office of Archaeological Research have partnered to host Artifact Day at Old Cahawba on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00am-4:00pm.
Excavations of Alabama's first State House were conducted after ground penetrating-radar (GPR) was used to explore the park. In July, with assistance from the public, these agencies were able to expose the north wall of Alabama's first State House. 
During Artifact Day volunteers will have the opportunity to work side by side with archaeologists in the processing and analysis of the State House period artifacts discovered during the July excavations.  These artifacts include ceramics, pipes, buttons, handmade bottles, and architectural pieces.  Participants will learn how these artifacts help archaeologists and historians to interpret a portion of Alabama's early history.
Working with a professional archaeologist, participants will be given instructions on how to properly care for artifacts and the importance of proper identification and curation of these non-renewable resources. There will also be a brief presentation on the progress of the investigations being conducted at Old Cahawba.
Lunch will be provided for all pre-registered participants, but you are encouraged to bring snacks. Water will be available, but you are advised to also bring your own.
To pre-register, please click here or call 334-230-2690.

Admission: Artifact Day is FREE for pre-registrants; General admission is $2 for Adults and $1 for Children 6-18 years (with parent); BYO Bike Tour is $10.00 per person

From 10:00am - 12:00pm visitors can also participate in Old Cahawba's BYO (Bring Your Own) Bike Tour.
Directions: From downtown Selma, take Highway 22 (Dallas Avenue) west 8.6 miles. Cross over the Cahaba River and turn left onto County Road 9 and follow this 3.3 miles until it dead ends. Turn left onto County Road 2 and follow this 1.5 miles until you see the Welcome Center on the right. Welcome Center Address: 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville, AL 36767.