Author: Kevin Lee

Visiting writer at home in a new land

There’s something exotic in Fairhope for Massachusetts writer Elan Barnehama. Something oddly familiar, too. “I’ve met people here whose family maybe were on Martha’s Vineyard in the 1600s. They’ve been down here that long but it’s all the same. We’re all connected,” Barnehama said. The novelist and teacher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has spent June and July as the latest participant in the Wolff Cottage Writer-in-Residence program supported by local government and the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts membership. This magnification of Fairhope’s luminosity in the literary firmament has been a mainstay since Pultizer-nominated author Rick...

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Percussion on tap for Fun Fridays

The History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.) has launched Fun Fridays offering fun educational activities designed for inquisitive minds aged 5-10 years. Each session is $5 per person and includes museum admission. The 1-hour time slots have limited class sizes so get reservations by emailing [email protected] The July 14 and July 28 Fun Friday 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. sessions will tour participants through the Faces of Africa exhibit and learn about talking drums. The group will then make their own instruments to take home. Participants are welcome to tour the rest of the museum afterward. For...

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‘All the column’s a stage’

Overture, curtain, lights; This is it, you’ll hit the heights; And oh what heights you’ll hit, On with the show this is it.” ACT ONE: Mobile Theatre Guild’s annual Zoghby Awards were held June 24. Honors were given to names both familiar and new to this space. Best Show was “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Best Actress (Non-Musical) was Ravyn Otis while Best Actress (Musical) was Ebony Le’She Jarmon. Best New Actress was Gayle Andrews. Best Actor (Non-Musical) was Gene Murrell and Best Actor (Musical) was Aron Meadows. Best New Actor was Robert Young. The Leslie Leslie Award went to Joann Oliveria....

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Original stage plays at the beach

If you want to catch some original theater, be at the beach in mid-July. That’s when the End of the Road Festival takes place at South Baldwin Community Theatre (2022 W. 2nd St., Gulf Shores), featuring nine new productions by playwrights from across the nation. The festival features 15-20 minute plays all performed by local actors under local directors. Performances are readings with minimal props and stage production. The audience is welcome to interact with the players before each show at a beach party-style reception. July 14 and 15 performances have a 6:30 p.m. reception and 7:30 p.m. curtain....

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Family, land form artistic foundation

It’s easy to see where artist Lisa Johnston Hancock’s concerns originate. It’s an hour north of Mobile, where rural seclusion spawned reflection. “My thesis show for graduate school was based on our property, our land that’s been in our family a long time, in Leroy. Just kind of walking through the forest there and our connection to the land and all the families that had lived on the land since the 1920s,” Hancock said. Those deep ties bear an innate link with the natural world. The sensibilities they generate are evident in her July exhibit at Mobile Arts Council’s...

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