Author: Kevin Lee

Mardi Gras kerfuffle misses the point

The streets are swept, the hangovers abated and the ashes have circled the bathtub drain. Adieu, Mardi Gras. Can we finally dispense of the ersatz “who had it first” argument over pre-Lenten parties in Mobile and New Orleans? Tourism mavens and media outlets alike gladly played the public to mine the teapot-sized tempest for selfish ends this year. I’m glad to say most folks in either locale just don’t care. Those who enjoy their respective celebrations are content with their decisions and anyone else’s for whatever criteria they choose. In short, they’re adults. “Live and let live” is about...

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HMPS tour needs docents

The Historic Mobile Preservation Society’s Celebrate Historic Mobile tour is on its way and needs docents for the various stops. The four-day, three-night event takes place March 8-11 and includes a gala reception at Oakleigh Mansion along with a comedy tour of Mobile’s early red-light district. This year’s events are titled “Sacred Spaces,” “Living Spaces” and “Resting Places.” The Thursday, March 8, tour includes various historic houses of worship. On Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, 18 private historic residences and inspired adaptive reuses will be open for touring. On Sunday, March 11, guided tours will be given...

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Opera returns to Murphy High for Winter Gala

In a battle between beauty and a bug, the former will prevail. That’s Scott Wright’s aim anyway. The Mobile Opera general and artistic director has to get past an unwelcome visitor that has made the rounds this winter: the flu. It wasted no time settling in. “Thursday night, I was conducting rehearsals at the University of Mobile for the ‘Marriage of Figaro’ up there. We started at 6:30 and 7:30 or 8 o’clock we took a little break, and coming back from the break I was feeling dizzy, really bad, and told them ‘I think I need to excuse...

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Congrats to local students

Mobile-area students took home national awards and earned recognition at the 2018 Junior Theater Festival Atlanta, which took place Jan. 12-14. Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre had a pair of groups at the festival. Their younger division, Eastern Shore Rep Kids, won a Freddie G Outstanding Production and performed “Right Before Your Eyes” from Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach.” Sunny Side Theater’s Lauren Westbrook won a Freddie G Award for Outstanding Student Direction and Choreography. Eastern Shore Repertory Theatre students joined forces with students from Ohlook Performing Arts Center of Grapevine, Texas, to perform “Give A Little Love”...

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Arty Awards heighten pride of place in big night

Mobile Arts Council had one goal with the 2018 Arty Awards: to raise the bar on both experience and expectation. Consider it met. The Jan. 18 shindig was the council’s second time around since revamping the previously tagged Greater Mobile Art Awards. The aim was to inject more panache with a change in name and format. Nominees in nine of the 11 categories were announced in late November and winners unveiled in an “Oscars-style” event. Winners of the Patron and Lifetime Achievement Award were released weeks before the big night. They traded last year’s setting of Alabama Contemporary Art...

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Late-night TV legend at USA

The University of South Alabama Department of Music is proud to present a Gala Finale Concert for USA Trumpet Day on Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. The event, hosted by USA Professor of Trumpet Peter Wood, Ph.D., will feature the legendary Doc Severinsen and Cathy Leach, Ph.D., trumpet professor at the University of Tennessee and president of the International Trumpet Guild. USA Trumpet Day participants will also perform. Serverinsen, who will turn 91 in July, is the former bandleader for “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Tickets for the Gala Finale Concert will be sold at...

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MSO spans calendar, globe in one show

If the midwinter blahs have you down, there’s a cure at the Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.) in late January. That’s when Mobile Symphony Orchestra will magically take attendees through a couple of calendars’ worth of music with the assistance of lauded international talent. One of the time-travel architects is Italian baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi and the vessel is his best-known work. Known collectively as “Four Seasons,” the quartet of violin concertos have become a “go-to” piece for a wealth of modern media, from films to television ads. Written shortly after Vivaldi’s three years as maestro of the...

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Busy couple beats path to Arty Awards

We find this rewarding and we’re still doing it because we think the arts are important. It takes so many people who aren’t creative and who aren’t out front to make things come together,” Donna McClung Camp said. The other part of the “we” is her husband, Joe. If you’re involved with Azalea City Arts, it’s likely you’ve seen this enthusiastic and gracious pair of volunteers over the years giving the most valuable asset any of us has: time. Joe defers to his wife — “She’s the eloquent member of the duo.” The husband part of me says that...

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