The Birminghamster
For June 21, 2000 - Vol. I No. IV published every two weeks



Former Mayor Arrington   
Former Mayor Arrington - file photo

Kincaid to Perform Reenactment
Downtown() As a continuing part of the Juneteenth celebration commemorating the struggle for Civil Rights, Birmingham Mayor Bernard Kincaid will reenact one of the most decisive events in that battle: Arrington's march in chains. This important event highlighted the absurdity of requiring an entrenched cronyistic regime to release the records of all of its financial dealings. As Arrington stated, "This will harm you more than it harms me." Arrington was eventually allowed to release a 'summary' of his business dealings with consultant Marjorie Peters. Mayor Kincaid plans to retrace the steps that Arrington took from 16th Street Baptist to the Federal Courthouse with his hands and feet chained together. Reverend Abraham Woods is expected to reprise his role as chief fomenter and sign maker. Donald Watkins will also be on hand for the ceremonial shackling along with Kristi Tingle-Higginbothom and Jan Hunter who will perform classic show tunes such as "Summertime" and "I Got Plenty O' Nothin."

   White Guy
White Guy at George Clinton

White Guy Proud of City Stages Record
Linn Park() Jason Lewis, a white guy from Pinson, is proud of his record of seeing several "black" bands a year at City Stages. "This year I saw the Isley Brothers and they effin' rocked! Well I guess 'rocked' isn't the right term, but they were really smooth." Other acts seen by Jason this year include the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Unity Glow. But his ultimate was the time he was front row for George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars. "I was front row for a while there until I got a little nervous and had to leave. It took like an hour just to get out of there."

High Bar   
High Bar

Bar Set Too High
Southside() A bar on Birmingham's Southside is set too high for one of its regulars. This high bar setting was brought to the attention of management at MyndGames Lounge by regular patron Melissa Speights. "We don't need the bar set that high in Birmingham," Speights told the bartender who then promptly informed management. "We are used to the bar being set lower. It is easier to sidle up to a low bar and more comfortable to lean on your elbows," Speights added. When asked about the situation, management informed us that they were unaware of the low bar standard in Birmingham, and that it was too late to change things now after the extensive remodeling.

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