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Author: Kevin Lee

Alien hunter lands at Exploreum

You think you have long-range vision? The Gulf Coast Exploreum (65 Government St.) is welcoming a luminary whose eyes and ears are attuned farthest of all. For more than two decades, Dr. Seth Shostak has scanned the heavens looking for evidence of galactic neighbors. As former director and now senior astronomer for the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, the astrophysicist searches for evidence of civilizations beyond our little blue globe. These artifacts aren’t arrowheads or pottery shards but electromagnetic waves. “No matter what else aliens might be doing, it’s hard for me think they would not use electromagnetic...

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Fairhope ‘Nutcracker’ marks 20 years

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bay Shore Ballet Academy’s annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” The tale of magical toys will be staged at the Fairhope Civic Center (161 N. Section St.) on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $12 and are available at the door, online at bayshoreballet.com, at Bay Shore Ballet Academy (305 Fels Ave.) or Page and Palette Bookstore (32 N. Section St.). Reserved-seating tickets are also available for $17 and can be purchased online....

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MSO teams with designer for holiday showpiece

The Mobile Symphony Orchestra isn’t known for wizardry but their upcoming Christmas spectacular might earn that reputation. The complete experience is intended for children, inner and actual. “What’s different this year about the program is everything is staged and coordinated with lights, scenery and action. Because it’s not only a musical experience, it’s a visual experience that’s going to hit all the senses,” General Manager and Director of Artistic Administration J.C. Barker said. Barker drew inspiration from his own youth, when his parents journeyed from their Mississippi home to New Orleans on holiday excursions. They inevitably visited the Maison...

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Holiday cards fund school

If you want to give out holiday cards that give in various ways at once, the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind (3980 Burma Road) has an answer. Cards created by their students under the direction of educators Amy Hess and Nancy Raia help fund the school’s art programming. A pack of five cards is $5. They are available at the school or at Eastern Shore Art Center (401 Oak St., Fairhope). Arty nominations announced The Mobile Arts Council released the nominees list for the 2018 Arty Awards. For over a dozen years, the awards have honored those...

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Political corruption saga at Ben May Library

Skulduggery will be afoot in the Ben May Public Library (701 Government St.) on Dec. 3. It will flicker across darkened Bernheim Hall for all to see. “This looks like something out of a Third World country. It’s stunning how deep it all goes,” Steve Wimberly said. The film is “Atticus v. The Architect,” a 106-minute journey through alleged political dirty tricks. Wimberly is executive producer for the initial documentary of his company Peppertree Films. At its core is political corruption Wimberly allegedly found while researching the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. In 2006, the native Mobilian...

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MAC to hold December roundtables

The Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) will host a pair of organizational roundtable discussions aimed at coalescing the Mobile Bay artistic community and improving MAC’s presence. All arts organizations and their members are welcome to attend, regardless of their membership status with MAC. The first meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m.. The second is Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m. MAC Director Shellie Teague said the aim is hold these powwows quarterly to coordinate needs and services. She pointed to performing-arts organizations’ overlapping seasons and issues with fundraising as an example. “We’re trying to become a...

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AIGA covers Optera in local glory

If you wander into Optera Creative (5 N. Jackson St.) you’ll find walls filled with the familiar: album covers you’ve glimpsed for years, some for all your life, but with a twist. Their themes orbit a city at the head of a wide, Alabama bay. The local chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts has boosted its profile with a locally oriented contest. The nonprofit challenged all comers to take familiar albums and reimagine them with a Mobile orientation. “We were very loose with the rules,” AIGA Events Coordinator Katie Vogtner said. “One of the artists who submitted...

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Artist database being built

The Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Arts Council and Alabama Contemporary Art Center are amassing a database of artists and artisans across the central Gulf Coast. Their intention is to create a resource for promoting the arts throughout the region. The Artists Registry is designed to showcase those who delve into music, visual art, dance, theater, needlework and various creative endeavors. The listing is intended as a resource for exhibitions, programs and events to promote art produced in the area. Registration forms can be found at http://webforms.zenginehq.com/regionalartistregistry. MAC member show solicits submissions The Skinny Gallery at Mobile Arts Council...

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