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May 25

The Advantages of Pretty Eating

Thursday, May 25, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden        

Photographing food for popular apps like Instagram and Tumblr has changed the entire dynamic of the food industry. Brighter colored meals, artfully arranged are becoming fan-favorites. Professor Charles Spencer of Oxford University has done multiple studies on the interaction between our sight and taste. He has proven that we do, in fact, eat with our eyes first. One trick he shares with his readers is the preference of white plates.  In a recent study, he had the same dessert served on both a black and white plate. The dessert was significantly more liked on the white plate than the black. Spencer states that our senses are generally drawn to stark contrasts.

The millennial generation is typically met with mockery when they reach for their IPhone to snap a picture of their plates before digging in. But, some health benefits have been linked to artisan dining. Brighter, fresher ingredients lend a need for more organic and whole foods. Often, the time spent capturing the perfect photo allows the brain to savor the food before being tasted. This leads to less binge overeating and more slow intake.

So, next time you whip up a quick meal, spend more time considering the ingredients and presentation. Your waistline just might thank you.

May 24

The Capri Theatre: Montgomery's Hidden Gem

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

With all the luxuries of today and the charm of yesterday, the Capri Theatre is a perfect place for a night out. As Montgomery’s only independent theater, it offers an escape from the industrialized, mainstream titles. The Capri offers a wide variety of genres ranging from modern independent movies to silent film era flicks. Wine and beer are for sale in addition to the classic popcorn and Coca-Cola.

This summer the Capri is beginning a 90’s Night Summer Series. A dose of nostalgia is in store for any millennial with titles including Wayne’s World and Spice World. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members with show times at 7:30 p.m., one Thursday each month. In addition to the new 90’s Nights, the Capri will also be reviving its weekday matinees for children. These matinees have reduced prices on tickets and popcorn and feature fan-favorite cartoon movies. The Capri is a gem of the Montgomery community and an ­­­­­adventure every Montgomery native should experience.

May 23

Farmer's Market at The Shoppes at East Chase

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

The 11th Annual Shoppes at East Chase Farmer’s Market is in full swing. As one of the top five markets in Alabama, the Farmer’s Market continues to grow each year. From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. every Saturday until October 16th, join vendors and fellow locals to celebrate the natural resources of Alabama. Items for sale include fresh-cut flowers, handmade soaps, and artisan jewelry. Cooking demonstrations will be available for viewers periodically throughout the events each Saturday. Baked goods and homemade fudge will be sold to satisfy any sweet tooth. Natural produce, the market’s main draw will be sold in wide varieties. Locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables offer a unique juxtaposition to the rich casseroles, barbecue, and pimento cheese also offered. The market is pet and kid friendly, offering entertainment and crafts for children.

As a Memorial Day celebration, the market is holding a giveaway this Saturday. Every market-goer can register to win an entire garden cart containing an array of gifts. Each vendor has donated fresh produce and gifts and compiled it together for the ultimate prize. Come to the market for a Saturday full of food and fun!

May 18

5th Annual Riverbend Brewfest

Thursday, May 18, 2017

By: Anna Shay Wasden

This Friday, May 19th, join over 30 brewing companies to celebrate the 5th Annual Riverbend Brewfest at the Union Train Shed. Favorites including AB, Yellow Hammer and Railyard Brewing will join newcomers Full Steam, Goat Island and Blue Pants. Daring tasters can even try their fancy at Peanut Butter and Jelly ale with participating brewer locations. From 6 - 9 p.m., this event will access you to live entertainment and a plethora of brew samplings. To end the night, hop aboard the Harriott II as they embark on the Brews Cruise. Boarding begins at 9:30 p.m., and the cruise will last until midnight. 

Tickets can be purchased at and are also available at Peppertree Steak N’ Wines and Derk’s Filet and Vine. The festival is $25 to anyone 21 or older and includes a commemorative glass. In addition to the festival price, Brews Cruise admission can be purchased at $10.

Jun 15

Taco Libre

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lightning Line is pleased to present Taco Libre, Alabama’s first taco festival. This event that everyone is taco-ing about will be located at Union Station Train Shed, this Saturday, June 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a wide variety of tacos from your favorite Montgomery restaurants as well as food trucks from around the state. Don’t worry, they didn’t forget about your drinks. Some of Alabama’s finest breweries will be offering their best beers. 

General admission is $25, which includes five pesos. Each peso is worth one taco or one beverage. You can use your pesos however you please. VIP admission is $75, which includes 5 pesos, VIP t-shirt, souvenir cup, El Rey chips, salsa and queso, El Rey specialty Taco Libre margaritas and VIP beer. A portion of the proceeds will go to EAT South. Lightning Line wants the River Region to come together to celebrate tacos, beer and music by various artists. Forget about that summer body and get your taco on at Taco Libre. Tickets are available at

May 09

18th Annual Friends for Life Pet Photo Contest

Monday, May 09, 2016

The Montgomery Humane Society would like to announce the eighteenth annual pet photo contest and fundraiser! The participation from the Montgomery pet-lover community over the past 17 years has helped feed and care for the thousands of pets that pass through the shelter doors every year. Submit a photo of your furry friend and get your family, friends, co-workers and even strangers to vote! The pet receiving the most votes will be the winner and will gain the coveted position as the cover pet for the Humane Society’s 2017 Friends for Life calendar. There will also be 13 pets of the month and 70 pets of the week for the runners-up. Details for submission are listed below:

  • Each picture entered requires a $10 entry fee
  • Enter online at and submit your picture (the file should be 2,400 pixels by 3,000 pixels or 8” x 10” at 300 dpi). When taking the picture, make sure it is at the highest resolution!
  • Voting begins June 1, 2016 and ends July 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm.
  • Votes can be cast online (, by mail or by stopping by the shelter.
  • Each vote is one dollar and there is no limit to the number of votes a person can cast.
  • Most importantly, all proceeds go to help the shelter animals! 

Nov 18

Ticket Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The folks at Live and Listen are bringing you another FUNKSGIVING that is not to be missed! Come join us at this annual event featuring Robert Randolph & The Family Band, McLovins, and BYOG on Friday, November 27th, at 7 p.m. in Union Station Train Shed. This fun-filled night will benefit the Parkinson's Association of Central Alabama. VIP and General admission tickets are available at BUT today is your lucky day because we are giving away TWO FREE TICKETS! All you have to do is answer the question posted on our Facebook page and we'll mail you the tickets. 

Nov 13

Tickets now available!

Friday, November 13, 2015

There ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley low enough, and certainly no river wide enough to keep you from ringing in 2016 at our A Night at Studio 54 New Year's Eve Bash! Check out our featured ad in our new issue that highlights this event presented by RSVP Montgomery and the Capital City Club. Celebrate the new year 70's style with a disco and casino party. Advanced general admission is $25 until December 1st and then general admission tickets will be sold for $35 each. All tickets include a champagne toast and a breakfast buffet at midnight. VIP tickets are $75 each and include access to the VIP lounge with a private bar and appetizers, complimentary drink ticket, photo booth ticket, priority firework viewing on the terrace, as well as a champagne toast, and a breakfast buffet at midnight. 

Play money for gaming tables will be sold separately. Tickets are available at the RSVP Montgomery Magazine office or at It all begins Thursday, December 31st from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Capital City Club, 201 Monroe Street- Suite 2100. Looking for a place to stay after the event? The Embassy Suites downtown is offering a limited set of rooms until December 10th at 5 p.m. for $109 each with the promo code, “Studio 54.” Guestroom reservations can be made via telephone at 334.269.5055 or at You do not want to miss this groovy event where you can feel the funk and boogie on down on the dance floor!

Nov 03

Bow Wow & Meow 5k

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

By: Leanne Thompson

The 2nd Annual Bow Wow & Meow 5k was a huge success! What a great time had by all on 2 legs & 4 paws. Thanks to Aubrie & Stefania for spearheading the event! There was live music and some vendors all to help the Montgomery Humane Society. Maximus - the doxie, I met at MHS Friday before the 5k to pick up my race packet, did great! He ran almost the whole way with me. Friendliest dog I have ever seen. He was going to be a Foster, but since he is so well adjusted with us now, we will probably keep him! :) Never saw that one coming...

Photo by: Aubrie Moates

Oct 30

Southern Homes & Gardens Holiday Open House

Friday, October 30, 2015

Celebrate the joy of Christmas early this year at the annual Southern Homes & Gardens Christmas Open House. Come see new ways to decorate your house for the holiday season! There will be complimentary refreshments, door prizes, fantastic storewide specials and wonderful different themes to choose from! There also will be two special guests on Saturday that you won't want to miss. Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Phoebe Howard, nationally known interior decorator and author of Mrs. Howard Room by Room, will host a book signing event until 2 p.m. 

Mrs. Howard has a unique tie to the founders of Southern Homes & Gardens. It is in her first book, The Joy of Decorating, that Mrs. Howard gives credit to the founders, Jimmy and Maya Thompson. The second special guest is Santa. He will be stopping by from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. to hear all the wishes of good boys and girls! It all takes place  Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th from 8 a.m.— 6 p.m. and continues Sunday, November 8th, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Vaughn Road location. Southern Homes & Gardens has been providing the River Region and beyond with inspiration for over 35 years. So, mark your calendar and do not miss out on this family-friendly, fun-filled weekend!