Author: Kevin Lee

Federal budget cuts reach Mobile arts

The White House released its new federal budget outline a month ago and sparked alarm. In the cultural realm, the proposal — tagged a “skinny” budget — is seen as downright anorexic. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) would be axed altogether. Each of the 52-year-old agencies received roughly $148 million in the last budget. The 50-year-old Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized. Current appropriations are $445 million annually. NEA money arrives in Mobile mostly through block grants given to the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA). According...

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Get into the act at MMoA

Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Drive) welcomes the Joe Jefferson Players for an evening dedicated to theatrical pursuits. On Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m., JJP Executive Director Jason McKenzie will discuss the history of community theater and the midtown-based troupe, one of the oldest in the state. After the discussion, Baker High School FAME Academy Director of Theatre Studies Eric C. Browne will lead an improvisation exercise. For more information about the event, call Elizabet Elliott at 251-208-5200. Men’s chorus marks a decade The Port City Men’s Chorus will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special show...

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Young Mobilian’s versatility breaks ground

Heads up, Mobile. The polymaths lurk among us. Some are like Dr. M. Allam Baaheth, a local theoretical chemist who has also given classical trumpet recitals with University of South Alabama fine arts faculty. Or Dr. Doug Haywick, an awarded geology professor who answers his muse with pottery and ceramics. New generations emerge, too. Midtown’s Alabama School of Math and Sciences (ASMS) has been churning them out for nearly 30 years now. Jamie Ellis is in that general arc of lineage. Though she went to Mary G. Montgomery rather than ASMS, the Semmes native’s background is littered with creativity,...

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Various states, mental and geographical, at MAC

The monthly LoDa Artwalk at the Mobile Arts Council has been moved from its customary second Friday to coincide with SouthSounds Music Festival. The big weekend will meet a big show drawing from two states. The Skinny Gallery will feature work from Mobile Art Association’s annual Spring Show. The exhibit was judged by Craig Reynolds, a plein air veteran from Gulf Shores. The Danielle Juzan Gallery will feature work from the South Mississippi Art League. Focused on creating traveling exhibits, the featured artists include Pat Abernathy, Sandra Halat, Cissy Quinn, Norma Seward, Paulette Dove, Patt Odom, Stacey Johnson, Carmen...

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Mobile-bound photog creates national neighborhood

Who is your neighbor? The obvious answer points across the hall, over the back fence or “down the road a piece.” Maybe they’re farther. Maybe those most distant are closer than assumed. Photographer John Mireles used immediate definitions when he snapped faces from his San Diego neighborhood, then mounted large prints of the work on the fence around his home. The sudden attention from those nearby stirred a communal spirit. “I went on to New York and shot some more and was in Ohio and Detroit and started just playing around with the idea, and then decided to take...

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