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The Ticker: Less is more… 777s, wires, student ticket prices & Art on the Rocks

777s ruled illegal, enforcement to begin soon

Mayor Kincaid announced after Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he would authorize the city to begin enforcement of the ban on adult video games. 777s have been an issue in the state of Alabama until a recent state Supreme Court decision ruling the games illegal. Operators and users are subject to arrest and fines. Check out this article from the Birmingham News for additional information:

Kincaid closes gaming arcades, The Birmingham News, 1.17.2007

It’s just keeps getting easier to be unwired in Alabama

According to this post on the TechBirmingham blog, the state of Alabama has moved up AnchorFree’s list of states with the most free WiFi hotspots from #10 to #8. Birmingham, Alabama currently occupies the #10 spot among cities in the country. We already boast more than 300 wireless access points in the area, with several more becoming “unwired” soon, including The Wine Loft and Metro Bistro. You can see a list of local WiFi hotspots by visiting Bhamwifi.com.

Student rush tickets for Moving Out at the BJCC!

Broadway Across America Birmingham (MySpace site) announced late Tuesday afternoon that they would be offering student-rush tickets for the remaining performances of Moving Out with a valid student ID. Tickets will be 1/2 price and available 90 minutes prior to any performance of the Billy Joel musical at the BJCC Concert Hall box office (NOTE: BJCC has recently launched a new site. It moves a little slow, but it’s an incredible improvement overall). There will be a limit of two (2) tickets per person. There are nightly performances at 8 p.m. with a matinee performance on Saturday, January 20, starting at 2 p.m.

Special $15 tickets will be made available to students for any seat to Sunday’s matinee or evening performance (1 & 7 p.m. respectively). These tickets will be available through Ticketmaster either via telephone (715.6000) or online at ticketmaster.com as well as the Concert Hall ticket office. You will want to ask for the T-TYPE ticket and use the password EDDIE. The show runs through January 21.

Number of “Art on the Rocks” events to reduce for 2007

Extremely successful since its inception in 2005 and used as the basis for many events geared towards involving the young professional community in the arts and culture scene, Art on the Rocks has become an extremely large production. This requires a tremendous amount of time and energy from the Birmingham Museum of Art’s staff and volunteers (though it has seen benefits, like a substantial increase in the number of memberships to the museum in the last two years). The event has become so large in fact, that there is discussion of reducing the number this year to four (4) allowing for staff to focus on the other activities of the museum. An excellent example of the larger event would be Pompeii exhibit arriving at the museum in October and the Folk Art exhibit scheduled to open next month. Both exhibits were spoken about in this previous post.

Enjoy the day.

Cheers.

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6 comments
Dystopos
Dystopos

I differ with Shadowhelm's perceptions here. I think it is reasonable to enforce State laws regarding gambling halls. Gambling parlors only exacerbate the factors that lead to violence.

Dystopos
Dystopos

I differ with Shadowhelm's perceptions here. I think it is reasonable to enforce State laws regarding gambling halls. Gambling parlors only exacerbate the factors that lead to violence.

Shadowhelm
Shadowhelm

I have to disagree with you there Mojo. While the 777's are certainly a blight, I don't see gambling being anywhere near as important as many other issues in the city. Take the murder rate for example. While still not close to the historical records, it is rising and this year is not starting off well. Birmingham also has a serious homeless problem and the quality of education in city schools is abysmal. The fact that the mayor is spending a considerable amount of time and resources on halting gambling boggles the mind.

The police force is already short staffed and morale is low, but instead of using our resources to try and stop people from getting killed, the mayor feels that officers are better used to arrest people spending their wages on games of chance. It seems to me that getting himself in the news for taking on the menace of gambling is more important that making the city safer for the citizenry.

Shadowhelm
Shadowhelm

I have to disagree with you there Mojo. While the 777's are certainly a blight, I don't see gambling being anywhere near as important as many other issues in the city. Take the murder rate for example. While still not close to the historical records, it is rising and this year is not starting off well. Birmingham also has a serious homeless problem and the quality of education in city schools is abysmal. The fact that the mayor is spending a considerable amount of time and resources on halting gambling boggles the mind.

The police force is already short staffed and morale is low, but instead of using our resources to try and stop people from getting killed, the mayor feels that officers are better used to arrest people spending their wages on games of chance. It seems to me that getting himself in the news for taking on the menace of gambling is more important that making the city safer for the citizenry.

mojodenbow
mojodenbow

Thank goodness the 777s are leaving. What a blight on the city. Good riddance!

mojodenbow
mojodenbow

Thank goodness the 777s are leaving. What a blight on the city. Good riddance!