Author: Kevin Lee

Fairhope playhouse forges new territory

Alex, Fanny and Mary are as well traveled and accomplished as Victorian England allows. When they wield parasols and machetes to hack their way through a mysterious mid-Pacific land, it’s not just square miles they uncover. Various artifacts — egg beaters, campaign buttons, newspaper clippings — make apparent they are “dancing through the wilderness of time.” A series of encounters with odd characters and their running dialogue reveal an inner journey underway to boot. The comedic “On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning” by heralded screenwriter Eric Overmyer is rife with agile wordplay. It’s also a surrealistic tromp...

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Black Violin fusion’s of old, new shatters stereotypes

There may not be a checkroom in the Saenger Theatre anymore, but it might be best to leave something else before you see Black Violin: expectations. “I can tell people don’t know what to expect. We come onstage, two relatively big black guys with violins and there’s this DJ. And at the end of the show we get ‘em, we grab ‘em,” Wilner Baptiste said. Along with musical partner Kevin Sylvester, they don the stage names Wil B. and Kev Marcus and aim to shatter categories. Their blend of classical and hip-hop has been nearly 20 years in the...

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Spring Hill Chorale salutes the Mouse

Spring Hill Chorale will join with the Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society for their spring concert entitled “Holy Disney.” It features selections of gospel and spiritual music transitioning into work from Walt Disney musicals. The Disney movie “The Princess and the Frog” will be prominently spotlighted as it features Creole-spiritual New Orleans sounds. There is also a review of Disney classic favorites. The concert is at Spring Hill College’s St. Joseph Chapel on Sunday, April 30, at 4 p.m.  The concert is free and open to the public.   For more information, contact Terry D. Maddox at 251-406-1454 or [email protected] Air...

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Turning tragedy into local art

Since the daily highs are in the 80s now and the humidity is climbing, it’s best to get some spring cleaning done before it’s too late. Here are a few things to clear out of the Artifice bin. Mobilians had ample recent chances to reconnect with a forgotten son. Filmmaker Robert Clem’s latest work, “The Two Worlds of William March,” appeared on Alabama Public Television last week, just seven days after it was screened at the Ben May Public Library. Artifice spoke with Clem in spring 2015 as he was completing the film. His appreciation of the namesake author...

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Archaeology Museum profiles Holocaust survivor

Agnes Tennenbaum was born in 1922 Hungary and a lifetime of hardship met her first decades. Her husband disappeared into a tuberculosis sanitarium. After the Germans occupied Hungary, she was sent to a ghetto, then a brick factory, and to Auschwitz then Allendorf labor camps. After liberation, Tennenbaum moved across Europe, then to America and finally to Mobile where she lived until she died on May 30, 2016. She freely shared her stories in spreading firsthand knowledge of a harrowing history. On April 20 at 6 p.m. Patricia Silverman will relay Tennenbaum’s life story at the USA Archaeology Museum...

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