Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse is no less than the seventh Spider-Man feature film to be released in this millennium. And watching it, you realize how many of those live-action films are basically carbon copies of each other. Spiderverse sets itself apart not just by being animated, but by being a colorful, 124-minute carnival of creative thinking. The filmmakers are clearly having fun playing with the animated form, moving from 2D animation to 3D animation, and mixing up tone and form and texture. Their efforts make you feel as if you’re looking at a living, breathing comic book. When young Spider-Man runs down the street, the thoughts in his head are displayed in thought-bubbles that pass by him like pedestrians. The movie is constantly moving, wonderfully alive, always revealing a new visual trick.

This pretty young girl is Izzy, a 9-10 month old retriever/lab mix. She is a sweet, fun, energetic dog, and she's the Humane Society of West Alabama's Pet of the Week!

The city of Tuscaloosa marked its 199th birthday on Thursday, Dec. 13. To mark the date, the gazebo at Government Plaza was officially named Bicentennial Square. A host of officials were on hand for the dedication, including Mayor Walt Maddox, Tuscaloosa 200 co-chairs Tim Parker, Jr., Cathy Randall, and City Councilman Harrison Taylor, and City Council President Cynthia Almond.

Some mornings, I wake up wallowing in self-pity, wanting everyone else in my family to go about their daily business as I continue to lay there. Do I feel this way often? No. But when I do, it is the precursor to impending “bad girl mom” behavior.  

Time to dress up our homes, decorate the tree, do a bunch of shopping, and eat some fabulous food. The holidays are here! And for those of you who are hosting this year, that means lots of company. Ready to spruce up your front porch for holiday guests?

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama has announced the retirement of Alan Spencer, Vice President for Economic Development and Public Policy.

The City of Tuscaloosa’s signature holiday event, Holidays on the River, is back this year. Once again, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater has transformed in to a winter wonderland, complete with a 60’ by 100’ outdoor ice-skating rink. Holidays is open until Jan. 21.   

Christmas Afloat, the lighted holiday boat parade along the Black Warrior River, is returning to Tuscaloosa and Northport on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 5:45 pm.  The event, put on by the “Pirates of the Warrior” boat club, allows boaters to get out on the water in their finest decorated boats, and onlookers can revel in the beautiful holiday designs and the festivity.  Because of rain, organizers decided to move the event to the next weekend.

At this time of year we tend to expect “best behavior” from our children.  Instead we get tears and tantrums, sulking and defiance. With friends and relatives around, our parenting is on display and our desire to be seen as good parents with perfectly behaved children makes everything harder.

Here’s a check list to help you avoid your worst Christmas nightmare and fill you and your family with festive cheer instead.

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all: Have fun.

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The Tuscaloosa Community Dancers will present Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker for the 47th time this December, giving life to Clara, Fritz, the Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and other beloved characters. The classic ballet will be performed at the Bama Theatre Dec. 13-16.  

Avery May as "Tiny Tim" and George Thagard as "Ebenezer Scrooge" in Theatre Tuscaloosa's third annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," running December 10-16 in the Bean-Brown Theatre.

Garth (Brooks) is at the shelter with his brother Blake (Shelton). And this beautiful kitty is this week's Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week.

The annual Tinsel Trail is certainly one of the most beautiful, eye-catching, and festive aspects of Tuscaloosa’s holiday celebrations. Hundreds of brightly decorated, live Christmas trees line the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk and the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.  

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams were presented with individual national awards on Thursday night, Dec. 6, at the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which took place at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

In case you missed it, news broke in November that the City of Tuscaloosa was spending approximately $56,000 on Christmas decorations this year. I subsequently got some emails from some concerned citizens voicing their frustrations (like I can do anything about it).  

University of Alabama researchers are seeking youth participants for a theater-based autism spectrum disorder study cohort to begin in January 2019.

Have you ever been to the realms of Mother Goose Land, Spider Forest, or Toyland? Your chance to visit these magical places will be here soon as Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre brings Babes in Toyland to the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa Dec. 7-9.  

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been named one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, the Heisman Trust announced Monday.

Governor Kay Ivey has reappointed Jim Page, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, to the Board of Directors of the Alabama Partnership for Children.

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