The fall lecture series at the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum (6052 USA Drive S.) starts Sept. 14 at 6 p.m., when Della Scott-Ireton of the Florida Public Archaeology Network talks about the archaeology of Gulf Islands National Seashore.

The National Park Service’s Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island boasts unspoiled natural beauty that is valuable habitat for varied wildlife. Both land and water also hold some of Pensacola’s most intriguing archaeological sites. The presentation will tour some of these, including a Spanish colonial presidio and shipwrecks from several periods.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 251-460-6106 or email Candice Cravins at

Mobilian turns cancer battle to comedy
Native Mobilian Steve Evans’ darkly humorous one-man act “Brother Luther Powell vs. Cancer,” from this summer’s Yippie Fest in Chicago, is now posted on YouTube. The festival is a successor of the Abbie Hoffman Died for Our Sins Theatre Festival, a three-day event that ran for 28 years and spread performances involving more than 50 theater groups, bands and performers across the Windy City.

The show is both therapeutic and resourceful, as it is inspired by Evans’ real battle with small-cell cancer over the last year. Drawn from archetypal Southern preachers, the fictional Powell’s trademark seersucker suit — with requisite brightly colored tie and two-tone wingtips — is visibly roomier on the actor than in previous years.

He runs through the accidental discovery of his condition following a vehicular mishap, and continues through chemotherapy, a cop giving him a lift to score liquid morphine, medicinal marijuana and other “benefits” to the deadly disease.

The video runs a shade over 20 minutes.

Guest trumpet for USA faculty recital
The University of South Alabama’s faculty recital series has brought our residential talent into sharp focus. For an upcoming show, the university has brought in some guest talent from the Peach State.

On Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Columbus State University trumpet professor Robert Murray will take the stage at Laidlaw Recital Hall on the USA campus. He’ll be joined by pianist Alina Sarkisyan-Bennett as they run through a program promised to be “highly interesting and entertaining.”

Noted for his “golden tone” and “convincing performances,” Murray has served in international orchestras, the Dallas Brass and Broadway productions. He is currently principal trumpet of the North Charleston POPS! in Charleston, South Carolina.

Tickets are $8, $5 for USA faculty/staff, students, youth under 18 and senior citizens; they are available at the door, cash or check only.

For more information, call Peter Wood at 251-460-7821.