Greater Mobile Choral Society auditions
Where: Government Street Presbyterian Church (300 Government St.)
When: Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m.

Open to everyone from high school students to retirees who enjoy a wide range of music, the Greater Mobile Choral Society celebrates its 16th year with the start of open auditions. The first portion of the evening is a “Meet and Greet” social function/potluck supper. The auditions and a small rehearsal will follow.

Normal rehearsals will be on Tuesdays, 7 – 9 p.m., starting Sept. 3 in the second floor multi-purpose room. The group normally prepares three to five concerts per academic year.

For more information, call Artistic Director Terry D. Maddox at 434-9325 or email

Black Jacket Symphony performs Led Zeppelin IV
Where: Mobile Civic Center (401 Civic Center Dr.)
When: Aug, 24, 8 p.m.

There are two halves to a Black Jacket Symphony show, which handpicks musicians specifically for whatever classic rock album they are set to feature. No detail is overlooked in these live reproductions of works such as The Beatles’ “White Album” and “Abbey Road,”” the Rolling Stones’ “Some Girls” and AC/DC’s “Back In Black.”

The first set features the album as a true symphonic piece. The following set also includes a selection of the album artist’s “greatest hits” and is accompanied by a light display and a more laid-back symphony.

Tickets are $25.

For more info, call 251-208-7261.

10th annual Greater Mobile Art Awards
Where: 1927 Room (6 S. Joachim St.)
When: Aug. 29, 6 p.m.

For a decade now, the Greater Mobile Art Awards have gone to deserving individuals and groups in the Mobile area who have elevated the standard of living with their tireless work and dedication. Though normally held in Cathedral Square during the LoDa Artwalk, this special version of the honors will be held in the spot next to the Saenger Theatre and on a night when it can enjoy the solo limelight.

This year’s recipients are as follows: Artist – Mike McKee; Business – Crescent Theater; Educator – Lori Bilbrey-Vaghefi; Patron – Dr. Thomas Rosandich; Organization – Mobile Symphony Orchestra; Volunteer- Dan Silver.

A pair of special awards created for the anniversary will be handed out as well. One is the Emerging Artist Award which goes to Riley Brenes and the other is a Lifetime Achievement Award being given to Carmen Brown.

This year’s physical award was created by glass artist Rachel Wright. A reception precedes and follows the presentation.

For more info, call 251-432-9796 or go to

Works in glass by Rachel Wright
Where: Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.)
When: Sept. 3 – 27

Rachel Wright has become one of the most heralded artists in Mobile and for good reason. An instructor at the University of South Alabama since 2000, she has exhibited in Chicago, New Orleans, Mobile, Pensacola and Panama City, Fla. In 2010, her work was featured in the National Design Triennial at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (Smithsonian Institution) in New York.

Her art is primarily sculptural, mixing media such as glass, clay, iron, wood, wax, fabric and photographs. It’s her glasswork that’s the focus of this new exhibit, fittingly as she not only designed the awards for the 2013 Greater Mobile Art Awards but was the 2011 recipient of the GMAA Artist award.

An opening reception will be held during the Sept. 13 LoDa Artwalk. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon – Fri.

For more info, call 251-432-9796 or go to

Les Miserables
Where: Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St, Chickasaw)
When: Sept. 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 20 – 22

First published in 1862, Victor Hugo’s tale of human struggle and the search for redemption set against the French Revolution was not only one of the most heralded novels of the 19th century, but went on to become one of the longest running musicals in history. It won eight Tony awards, including those for Best Musical and Best Original Score. A film version premiered in 2012 and the play has only recently become available for community theater.

Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday shows at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, students and active military.

For more info, call 251-457-8887 or go to