Author: Kevin Lee

Mobile Museum of Art welcomes photo exhibit curator

A creative project is often a journey past preconceptions and on to realizations unforeseen. It can be compounded when rifling through history. Deborah Willis, Ph.D., found out firsthand. In the mid 1990s, the department chair of Photography and Imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts sought images for her book “Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the present” and was struck by contextual strata. “I noticed photographers focused their lenses on not only the difficult aspects in their communities but also beauty often overlooked in the larger community,” Willis wrote via email. “I decided to...

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Glorious holiday sounds at cathedral

Gloria Dei Chorale will renew one of Mobile’s most angelic holiday season events when it holds its 19th annual Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (2 S. Claiborne St.) downtown. Under the direction of Louis F. Daniel, the vocalists will run through works by J. S. Bach, Dan Forrest, John Rutter, Ola Gjelo, William Byrd, Eric Whitacre and Louis Daniel. Tenor Marshal Richards is the soloist, and the chorale will be accompanied by a string quartet and organ. The concert is free but any donations taken at the...

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Alien hunter lands at Exploreum

You think you have long-range vision? The Gulf Coast Exploreum (65 Government St.) is welcoming a luminary whose eyes and ears are attuned farthest of all. For more than two decades, Dr. Seth Shostak has scanned the heavens looking for evidence of galactic neighbors. As former director and now senior astronomer for the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, the astrophysicist searches for evidence of civilizations beyond our little blue globe. These artifacts aren’t arrowheads or pottery shards but electromagnetic waves. “No matter what else aliens might be doing, it’s hard for me think they would not use electromagnetic...

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Fairhope ‘Nutcracker’ marks 20 years

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Bay Shore Ballet Academy’s annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” The tale of magical toys will be staged at the Fairhope Civic Center (161 N. Section St.) on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $12 and are available at the door, online at bayshoreballet.com, at Bay Shore Ballet Academy (305 Fels Ave.) or Page and Palette Bookstore (32 N. Section St.). Reserved-seating tickets are also available for $17 and can be purchased online....

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MSO teams with designer for holiday showpiece

The Mobile Symphony Orchestra isn’t known for wizardry but their upcoming Christmas spectacular might earn that reputation. The complete experience is intended for children, inner and actual. “What’s different this year about the program is everything is staged and coordinated with lights, scenery and action. Because it’s not only a musical experience, it’s a visual experience that’s going to hit all the senses,” General Manager and Director of Artistic Administration J.C. Barker said. Barker drew inspiration from his own youth, when his parents journeyed from their Mississippi home to New Orleans on holiday excursions. They inevitably visited the Maison...

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Holiday cards fund school

If you want to give out holiday cards that give in various ways at once, the Regional School for the Deaf and Blind (3980 Burma Road) has an answer. Cards created by their students under the direction of educators Amy Hess and Nancy Raia help fund the school’s art programming. A pack of five cards is $5. They are available at the school or at Eastern Shore Art Center (401 Oak St., Fairhope). Arty nominations announced The Mobile Arts Council released the nominees list for the 2018 Arty Awards. For over a dozen years, the awards have honored those...

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Political corruption saga at Ben May Library

Skulduggery will be afoot in the Ben May Public Library (701 Government St.) on Dec. 3. It will flicker across darkened Bernheim Hall for all to see. “This looks like something out of a Third World country. It’s stunning how deep it all goes,” Steve Wimberly said. The film is “Atticus v. The Architect,” a 106-minute journey through alleged political dirty tricks. Wimberly is executive producer for the initial documentary of his company Peppertree Films. At its core is political corruption Wimberly allegedly found while researching the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. In 2006, the native Mobilian...

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MAC to hold December roundtables

The Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) will host a pair of organizational roundtable discussions aimed at coalescing the Mobile Bay artistic community and improving MAC’s presence. All arts organizations and their members are welcome to attend, regardless of their membership status with MAC. The first meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m.. The second is Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m. MAC Director Shellie Teague said the aim is hold these powwows quarterly to coordinate needs and services. She pointed to performing-arts organizations’ overlapping seasons and issues with fundraising as an example. “We’re trying to become a...

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