Live ‘Wait, Wait…’ and ‘Family Feud’-style gameshow to advantage Birmingham … – Press-Register

August 2, 2014 - storage organizer


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – If you’ve ever wanted to believe a live chronicle of NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…” or “Family Feud,” you’re out of luck. None of those things are function anywhere nearby here anytime soon.

But if you’ve ever wanted to believe a live chronicle of something kind of like “Wait, Wait,” or “Family Feud,” though with questions focused on Birmingham’s quirky story and a panelist of Birmingham’s excellent citizens, well, we are in luck, good sir!

The Birmingham History Center is hosting a Birmingham history-themed diversion uncover “Can You Repeat That?” – a mashup of a aforementioned diversion shows – on Thursday, Aug. 7, during a Virginia Samford Theatre.

“We’re not going to cover a entirety of Birmingham’s story in dual hours, though we wanted to name stories that denote that Birmingham has a rich, interesting, quirky story only like any other place – stories that we competence not know about,” a show’s host, Max Rykov, told

Rykov – a Birmingham server, educator, semi-pro game uncover host and freelance quarterback – designed a diversion with a Birmingham History Center, and will offer in a Peter Sagal purpose Thursday night. This is frequency his initial diversion uncover to horde and pattern – he has also combined several other game-show events, including an adult spelling bee, a “The Newlywed Game”-themed Valentine’s Day show, and a “The Game of Life” substitute about Birmingham domestic rendezvous called “Civically Challenged.” All of his projects benefited several Birmingham-based charities.

The idea of a diversion is to teach and to lift income to secure a earthy space a Birmingham History Center, that moved from a former plcae in a Young Vann Building in Oct 2013 after Alabama Media Group (ahem, a association that operates this website and The Birmingham News) leased a building.

“They [the Birmingham History Center] talked to me about doing an eventuality as a fundraiser to lift some rob and also recognition about their cause, since they really, unequivocally wish a earthy space,” Rykov said. A space would concede a core to vaunt a Birmingham artifacts. “They have thousands of pieces of Birminghamia in storage right now, that is a crime.”

To assist that endeavor, Rykov has cumulative a organisation of panelists that reads like a list of Birmingham’s many critical citizens. There’s acclaimed cook Frank Stitt, former Birmingham mayor and travel namesake Richard Arrington, Jr., columnists John Archibald and Kyle Whitmire, Weld columnist Courtney Haden, and famed weatherman (and amicable media magnate) James Spann. Birmingham Landmarks village overdo coordinator Glenny Brock will be there, as will comedian Christopher Davis, Birmingham-Southern story highbrow Randy Law, UAB story highbrow Pamela Sterne King, Birmingham city councilor Jay Roberson, and Birmingham disciple Laura Kate Whitney.

John Morse, a BhamWiki owner and rise of believe on all things Birmingham, will offer in a Carl Kasell role, as scorekeeper.

The panelists will compete, “Wait, Wait…” style, 3 during a time, for 4 rounds focusing on several categories, trimming from Drunken Zoo Animals and Demolition of Beloved Community Properties to Hilariously Misplaced Ambition and Hilariously Non-Misplaced Ambition.

“We like ‘Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…’ since it’s hilarious, though it’s also educational,” Rykov said. “Their uncover is about stream events, ours is about all of Birmingham’s history.”

Another turn – a “Family Feud”-style turn with a 12 panelists separate into dual teams of 6 any – will follow. The teams will try to theory answers to a consult Birminghamians filled out about several subjects, such as, what imaginary figure would best paint a city? posted about a consult in Jun and speedy a readers to fill it out.

“[The panelists] are perplexing to figure out what people who criticism on articles suspicion Birmingham’s veteran basketball group should be called,” Rykov said.

In this game, Rykov seems to have a aloft purpose than merely engaging or educating. The questions are designed to change a notice of what Birmingham’s “history” is. It’s meant to tell a engaging stories of Birmingham’s past – like those of Lu Wooster, a prostitute who saved Birmingham, or Miss Fancy, a Avondale Park elephant – and enhance a series of things we consider of when people contend “Birmingham’s history.”

“If we only consider ‘Birmingham’s history,’ there’s a certain picture that comes to mind,” Rykov explained. “And there’s utterly a bit some-more than that that many people don’t know about. And when we do find out about these engaging stories, a believe for me is walking around a city and going to places – it’s such a richer believe since we know what’s left on there before.”

“It only gives a place a genuine clarity of impression and personality,” he says.

“Can You Repeat That” will start during a Virginia Samford Theatre during 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug 7. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased during

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