Author: Kevin Lee

MAC board weathers rash of departures

A spate of midsummer resignations from the Mobile Arts Council board of directors cut meeting attendance by roughly a third and has set tongues wagging throughout the close-knit arts community. The timbre of the scuttlebutt varies. “I think a lot of people have put a lot of hard work into it and I really wish that things were not the way it is right now,” former board member Lakeshia Dotson said. “Well, the issue that brought it about was insignificant. The fact that somebody calls you a liar is a different story,” said Mary Cousar, emeritus board member. MAC...

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Triumphant recital by USA alum

Heard of Mobile native Nick Brownlee? You will before long if the description of Mobile Opera’s Scott Wright is accurate. “Nick went to Theodore High School and did all the usual guy things like football, went to South and in college found out he could sing. He sang with the chorus of Mobile Opera and was hooked,” Wright wrote. The 2012 University of South Alabama grad has won numerous prizes, including the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He made debuts with Atlanta Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera, the Metropolitan Opera — and made his European debut...

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Gulf City Lodge worthy of investment

All it took was a little sex talk and everyone came running. Gulf City Lodge was packed with folks, many likely neophytes to its historic setting. The timeworn building on a downtown corner was perfect for the Downtown Business Alliance’s look at Mobile’s old red-light district. Azalea City native and Montgomery archivist Raven Christopher came armed with a video presentation and the acumen her evidence required. Christopher began with prostitution in the French colonial port town, then moved to 1888, when progressive reforms birthed a zone for the world’s oldest profession that lasted 30 years. Her exhaustive tales and...

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Adult Albee classic at MTG

When new professor Nick and his wife, Honey, follow a university welcome party with a stop by the home of a senior professor, they are in for far more than simply another round of drinks. It’s a night filled with a disheveled shell of a marriage that sucks them into its tortured and cruel convolutions. Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” will grace the Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.) stage Aug. 18-27. The psychological tour de force that won a 1963 Tony Award is populated by Timothy Guy and Jo Ann Olivera as the older couple,...

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Actors debut new company at Laidlaw

What would you change in your life? What if those changes already exist, your choices were all different and everything that can happen does happen? For actors Paul Hurley and Christie Maturo, that becomes reality on Aug. 18. That’s when their performance of Nick Payne’s lauded stage play “Constellations” manifests onstage at the University of South Alabama’s Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. The exploration of love and free will amid a quantum multiverse of possibilities sold itself to their new production company. “This was one of the 10 most-produced plays in this country last year. I think a big part...

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Anger channeled for CCT auditions

When Reginald Rose penned the play “12 Angry Men,” he created a classic drama of American jurisprudence and the frailties of the human condition that has never lost its relevance. Since its 1954 television debut it has been reinterpreted for stage along with small and large screens, with impressive results. Chickasaw Civic Theatre will hold auditions for this timeless cultural touchstone Aug. 14 and 15 at 6 p.m., at Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St.). As indicated by its contemporary title of “12 Angry Jurors,” the auditions are open to men and women 18 or older who want to...

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Riverside jazz boasts big names on Aug. 12

Shall we gather at the river … The beautiful, the beautiful river.” For jazz guitarist Russell Malone, who grew up on sanctified music, little could sound sweeter. That goes double when he is in the spotlight. Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival marks its 19th rendition with a return to its riverside roots. The Aug. 12 centerpiece concert moves from the midst of downtown to the Mobile Convention Center. In traditional Azalea City style, the Excelsior Band’s 5 p.m. fanfare opens festivities and a heavyweight lineup as impressive as any the event has boasted. The hometown brass band...

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ESAC gets new director

The Eastern Shore Art Center welcomes a new executive director when Bryant Galloway Whelan steps up on Sept. 18. She succeeds Kate Fisher, who is retiring after seven years atop the Fairhope arts agency. Whelan spent years in the same role at the Mary O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education in Ocean Springs. A Mobile native and visual artist, Whelan has a BFA from Auburn University and a background in both art instruction and business, with stints at Red Square Agency and The Focus Group in Gulfport. She also headed her own marketing and consulting firm for arts,...

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