It’s your last chance to catch Chickasaw Civic Theatre’s family-friendly holiday play “The 24 Days Before Christmas” as the final three performances take place at Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St.) Dec. 16-18. Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday’s matinee at 2 p.m.

Based on author Madeleine L’Engle’s 1984 work of the same name, the original tale follows 7-year-old Vicky Austin as her family eagerly awaits snow, Christmas, a new baby and Vicky’s first major role in the holiday pageant. As you can imagine, not everyone prioritizes those events in the same order.

Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, military and students. Cash and local checks only are accepted. For more information call 251-457-8887 or go to

Guest vocalist for jazzy holiday jam
Break out the white attire because the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) is getting back to an old-fashioned midwinter holiday in truest form. On Monday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m., MOJO will hold their Winter Solstice Holiday Jam at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.) and all things Yule — mistletoe, logs, twinkling lights, wassail — are welcome to celebrate community and the return of longer days.

Atlanta songstress Myrna Clayton is the night’s featured talent. A dynamic performer who thrilled last year’s gathering with standards and jazzy holiday tunes, she was an easy choice to repeat her magic.

Entrance is $12, $10 for students and military, $8 for MOJO members. The entrance includes a light jambalaya dinner and a cash bar is available. In lieu of snow, Cammie’s Old Dutch will supply frozen delights in the form of ice cream.

For more info, go to, call 251-459-2298 or email [email protected].

Holocaust memories in focus at USA museum
When locals consider the Holocaust, they think of foreign shores and days long past. Yet it’s closer than assumed, in both proximity and time.

Photographer Becky Seitel and artist Mitzi J. Levin immersed themselves in the tales of 20 Alabama Holocaust survivors to create “Darkness Into Life,” on display at the University of South Alabama’s Archaeology Museum (6052 USA Drive S.). The exhibit features photos of the survivors and illustrations of their memories of life before occupation through imprisonment and on to their later days in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile and Opelika. Survivor biographies and maps provide an additional historical dimension.

The exhibit will be on display through May 31. For more information, call 251-460-6106 or email [email protected].