Author: Kevin Lee

Artist family tales at MMoA

Heralded Alabama artist William Christenberry’s work is a visual manifestation of the Southern penchant for place and storytelling. Now Mobilians can hear their own tales behind the artist himself from those who knew him best. Saturday, June 10, at 2 p.m., members of the Christenberry family will be on hand to give visitors at the Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Drive) a tour through the backstories and times of Christenberry’s life and work. This glimpse into the man behind the art will be rare and unique. Entrance to the museum is free for members. Regular admission rates apply...

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Hair metal comes to JJP in ‘Rock of Ages’

Break out the spandex and Aqua Net! Hair metal is hitting midtown. Joe Jefferson Players (11 S. Carlen St.) are bringing the Tony Award-winning “Rock of Ages” to the Azalea City for the first time starting June 2. There’s little doubt the big ‘80s homage will play to packed houses for three weekends. That’s because the boy-meets-girl tale on the Sunset Strip is mostly framework for a soundtrack bursting with more than 30 of the best-remembered power ballads and barn burners of the Reagan era. Mobile and classic rock go together like power chords and synthesizer. For Kate Arrington,...

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ESAC honors volunteer efforts

Like most cultural institutions around Mobile Bay, the Eastern Shore Art Center relies on the efforts of those who value their community as much as their individual wants. In an effort to honor their diligence, ESAC has tapped a few of its diligent altruists with special notice as Volunteers of the Year. The winners: • Ben Gall and Larry Sims for work on the ESAC Hanging Committee; • Myra Koch for the hours spent with ESAC Art Walks and Outdoor Art Show; • Margie Gewirtz for organizing front-desk volunteers and her willingness to serve as needed; and • Malia and Bob Mullican for work on...

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Mobile’s rocket scientist displays genius from the Super Soaker to the Galileo Probe

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published in July 2009. Lonnie Johnson’s feet churned but no matter the fury, the car behind his bicycle loomed closer. Glancing back, he could see the men inside, the leering, the malevolence. The 10-year old was on his way to his grandmother’s house, his new bike tires hissing over the asphalt in his Mobile neighborhood. In his child’s mind, Lonnie thought, “It’s a nice bike; I can get away from them,” as he leaned harder into the handlebars. Johnson lived in the Down the Bay community that today sits just south of downtown....

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ACAC Cuban show wets its feet

Despite my lack of firsthand Cuban familiarity, the Alabama Contemporary Art Center’s new “Sister Shores” exhibit met expectations. When you share ocean currents and storms with the island state just south of Miami, you earn a roundabout acquaintance. I was unsurprised when ACAC Board Chair Mike Dow told me a year ago the show was in the works. I remembered the relationship he struck up with Havana back during his four terms as Mobile mayor. The timing is apropos, following the United States’ rapprochement with its once-avowed enemy. Fidel Castro is dead and his brother’s reign will pass soon....

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