Agnes Tennenbaum was born in 1922 Hungary and a lifetime of hardship met her first decades. Her husband disappeared into a tuberculosis sanitarium. After the Germans occupied Hungary, she was sent to a ghetto, then a brick factory, and to Auschwitz then Allendorf labor camps.
After liberation, Tennenbaum moved across Europe, then to America and finally to Mobile where she lived until she died on May 30, 2016. She freely shared her stories in spreading firsthand knowledge of a harrowing history.
On April 20 at 6 p.m. Patricia Silverman will relay Tennenbaum’s life story at the USA Archaeology Museum (6052 USA Drive S.) on the west Mobile campus. The presentation features clips from a 2015 interview and samples of Tennenbaum’s prose and poetry.
This talk accompanies the Archaeology Museum’s temporary exhibit “Darkness into Life” and is co-sponsored by the USA Common Read/Common World program.
Admission is free. For more information, call 251-460-6106.
MOJO awards Spielmann
The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed will hand out their second annual Jazzalea Award to acknowledge years spent furthering the genre in Mobile. This year’s recipient, longtime WKRG sales director Bob Spielmann, spent a quarter-century helping the Mobile Jazz Festival, most of the time as its president.
Add another 15 years on the MOJO board of directors and that’s 40 years of service to Mobile jazz. Combined with his continuing volunteer efforts, he also earned a nomination for a 2017 Arty Award.
Spielmann favorites the Mobile Big Band Society will perform on Monday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.). A variety of speakers will honor the award winner during an event just days after his 91st birthday.
Entrance is $15, $12 for students and military and $10 for MOJO members. A light jambalaya dinner is included and a cash bar will be available.
For more information, phone 251-459-2298, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to mojojazz.org.
“Birdie” launches at Playhouse
When Uncle Sam drafts heartthrob crooner Conrad Birdie in 1958, the pop music world goes nuts. His management team exploits the public relations opportunity with a contest for a lucky teeny-bopper to win “one last kiss” from the departing idol. “Bye Bye Birdie,” the 1950s satire, is replete with musical numbers, which earned it a 1961 Tony award and a 1963 translation to the silver screen.
Mobile’s Playhouse in the Park (4851 Museum Drive) will stage this mostly innocent musical through the efforts of managing director Danny Mollise and the triple-threat talents of about 50 young Mobilians. It runs three weekends, April 28 through May 14, with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $16, $14 for students and seniors. For more information, go to playhouseinthepark.org.