When Mudtown Eat and Drink owner Dave Horn returned to Birmingham after a stint in Atlanta, he remarked to Bob Carlton of the Birmingham News that there was no place "where you can just get a burger." He decided to build exactly what he sought: The Ridge Eat & Drink, a casual, neighborhood eatery that serves classic pub fare such as 100% Hereford beef burgers and upscale dishes ranging from steaks to seafood. The menu’s Asian and southern influences emanate from starters such as grilled tuna tataki and fried green tomatoes. To make diners comfortable, the pub greets them with drink specials, flat-screen TVs, and daily dares scrawled on a chalkboard above the dark-wood bar.
As an award-winning studio, the Alabama Dance Theatre preps professional ballerinas for the stage and delivers classically driven performances to area audiences. The company’s production of The Little Mermaid foregrounds the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of mermaid love with dazzling, bipedal choreography and vibrant music. ADT's resident choreographer, Sara Sanford, invokes the longing of the titular mermaid’s desire to walk on land, find her one true love, and plausibly eat a bowl of soup. The show includes an additional live choir performance arranged by Foye DuBose, a comedic ballet, and a new abstract piece. Premium ticketholders receive a front-center orchestra-level seat, and regular ticketholders are granted a prime spot in the mezzanine. Check the seating chart for additional information. Guests can pick up their tickets at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre from February 28 to March 4, and it is recommended that will-call tickets be snapped up at least 30 minutes before show time.
If the building's exterior looks as if a pagoda landed atop a house, that might be a good clue that delicious Japanese cuisine is served inside. The fresh sushi rolled inside Fuji San earned it two Nappie Awards in 2011 from the readers of Lagniappe magazine for Most Underrated Restaurant and Best Sushi. Fuji San also won for Best Sushi in 2012 and 2013. Besides the artful rolls, the kitchen crafts Japanese dishes including teriyaki and tempura combination dinners and shabu-shabu hot pot entrees. It also recently introduced a Thai menu full of classic eats, including pad thai and red and green curries.
Huntsville Ballet Company’s classic and contemporary productions are as much about enriching the local arts community as they are about entertaining the audience. Dedicated to outreach and education, the group invites students from Huntsville Ballet School to audition for performances with professional dancers and the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. When their soloists aren’t pirouetting through The Firebird or anthropomorphizing sugarplums in The Nutcracker, the company welcomes visitors such as Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and the New York City Ballet.
Established as a humble community orchestra more than 30 years ago, the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra has swelled in string, horn, and percussion stature on the shoulders of talented musicians led by their new, accomplished conductor, Adam Flatt. In their Valentine's pops concert, Paul Houghtaling and the university's Opera Theatre join Maestro Flatt, who will summon the most romantic notes from the violins' strings, the French horns' brass valves, and the whistling elves that live under the hardwood stage. The evening's program aims its quivered bow at a host of classical favorites from operatic and Broadway scores. The French Quarter of 19th-century Paris will douse listeners with sophisticated insouciance when pieces from Puccini's La Boheme spill their symphonic sounds. The tropics of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific will gently billow past ears before they hear music from Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate.
The four chefs at Rib Kings—Michael Gaines and Angela, Wendy, and Darrel Pickett—are adept at slathering tangy barbecue sauce over slabs, half-slabs, and three-bone portions of ribs, as well as exhibiting their pit mastery in the preparation of diverse meats. Beside southern-style sides such as buttery smoked corn and a six-cheese mac 'n' cheese, Michael and the Picketts pile plates with juicy cuts of beef brisket, pork, chicken, and tilapia. As feasts wind down, the culinary team can also serve slices of sweet-potato pie or triple-chocolate cake, as a socially acceptable alternative to eating three chocolate cakes in a row.