The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed will kick off 2017 with a performance by keyboardist Cedric Brooks at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.) on Monday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m. It will be Brooks’ first appearance with the 15-year-old jazz society.

Brooks began playing while still a high schooler in his native California. He relocated to the Mobile area just over 20 years ago.
“My influences are Stevie Wonder, George Duke and Herbie Hancock. I’ve played a lot of gigs on the western end of the central Gulf Coast and up in Memphis,” Brooks said.

He will be joined by saxophonist Carlos Vizoso, guitarist Michael Aych, bassist Corey Johnson and drummer Steve Jacobs. The combo in various iterations has been gigging together roughly five years.

Entrance is $15, $12 for students/military/snowbirds and $10 for members. A light jambalaya dinner is included and a cash bar is available.

For more information, call 251-459-2298 or go to mojojazz.org.

Classic Southern dysfunction at MTG
Few towns are more Gothic Southern than Mobile and few writers are more Southern than Tennessee Williams. The marriage of the two comes with “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.) in midwinter.

On Big Daddy Pollitt’s 65th birthday, a recent diagnosis casts a pall over the patriarch’s paper-thin family veneer. Hidden sexual turmoil, addiction, greed and the sins driven by desperate longing all add to the menu of dysfunction at their family table.
John Richards directs this production starring Gene Murrell, Sarah Jeanette David, Joe Fuselli, Barney March, Gayle Alexander, Scotty White and Chris Kern.

The show runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 12. Friday and Saturday curtain is 8 p.m., Sunday matinee is 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $20, $15 for students/military/seniors.

For more information, call 251-433-7513 or go to mobiletheatreguild.org.

Sci-fi club via Space Age tech
Mobile Public Library’s Out of This World Book Club shares its love for science fiction/fantasy with a perfect avenue for the subject matter. Linking up with Skype, the members discuss their favorite works from the comfort of their homes.

This month’s discussion will take place Saturday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. The subject will be Douglas Adams’ classic book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

To participate in the group chat, download and register for a Skype ID for free at http://www.skype.com/en/. Contact Jill Stewart at 251-470-7770 or [email protected] to share your Skype name so you can be added to the group.

Once you added, all you need is to have your device open to Skype on book club day and answer when it rings.

For more information, call or email Stewart at the aforementioned number and address.