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Black Violin fusion’s of old, new shatters stereotypes

There may not be a checkroom in the Saenger Theatre anymore, but it might be best to leave something else before you see Black Violin: expectations. “I can tell people don’t know what to expect. We come onstage, two relatively big black guys with violins and there’s...

Spring Hill Chorale salutes the Mouse

Spring Hill Chorale will join with the Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society for their spring concert entitled “Holy Disney.” It features selections of gospel and spiritual music transitioning into work from Walt Disney musicals. The Disney movie “The Princess and...

Luis Benetti, conguero on a mission

Band: USA Steel Band and World Music Ensemble Spring Concert featuring Luis Benetti Date: Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. Venue: Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, 5751 USA South Drive, www.southalabama.edu Tickets: $8 general/$5 USA students and staff; available at the door...

Special news series and investigations

The slow rise and quick fall of GulfQuest

The $60 million GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico closed in November 2016, after just 13 months in operation. Although it reopened with limited hours several months later, Lagniappe's series of news stories, investigations, commentary and reviews raised questions about its feasibility before the doors even opened.

The resignation of Gov. Robert Bentley

Gov. Robert Bentley resigned on April 10, 2017 after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors related to campaign financing. Bentley had also been under fire for more than a year after intimate recordings between he and his political advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason were captured and released by his ex-wife and former First Lady Dianne Bentley.

Mobile Housing Board

Despite plans for multimillion-dollar redevelopment projects, the Mobile Housing Board of Commissioners has been beset by financial shortcomings and dilapidating infrastructure. From reprimands from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a lawsuit from former employees to the recent resignations of a longtime commissioner and executive director, the board has continued with plans to update its affordable housing stock.