Author: Kevin Lee

ACAC Cuban show wets its feet

Despite my lack of firsthand Cuban familiarity, the Alabama Contemporary Art Center’s new “Sister Shores” exhibit met expectations. When you share ocean currents and storms with the island state just south of Miami, you earn a roundabout acquaintance. I was unsurprised when ACAC Board Chair Mike Dow told me a year ago the show was in the works. I remembered the relationship he struck up with Havana back during his four terms as Mobile mayor. The timing is apropos, following the United States’ rapprochement with its once-avowed enemy. Fidel Castro is dead and his brother’s reign will pass soon....

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Baldwin Pops plays patriotic pair

The Baldwin Pops Band will stage a pair of concerts bookending the Memorial Day weekend. Conductor Roger Jones has a patriotic playbill worked out for the occasion. Selections include a big-band showcase, the “Colonel Bogey March,” Elegy for the U.S.S. Arizona, George M. Cohan’s “Patriotic Fantasy,” John Williams’ “The Symphonic Marches,” “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and more. Current and veteran members of the armed forces will be recognized. The concert also will include a children’s march with flags and a “Checkered Tablecloth Award” presented to the person or group with the most interesting picnic setup. Attendees are reminded...

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Realtor pledges to Mobile Opera

If you’re looking for new digs and want to help a local cultural outfit, Church Hill Apartments (1111 Church St.) in Oakleigh might be an answer. The newly renovated complex has a deal where new apartments rented before May 31 can result in a donation to Mobile Opera from Ole Bay Realty. For more information, call 844-210-7184. Never too late to learn at MMoA Art classes are a fixture at the Mobile Museum of Art, running throughout the year and providing ample opportunity for adults and children alike. An array of disciplines and crafts will be taught throughout early...

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Makalani Theatre Ensemble stages ‘Beyond Therapy’

Times change; faces, too. But the essence of our overall story remains. Makalani Theatre Ensemble is shifting location and personnel in its fourth year. The annual production is departing its previous home in the University of South Alabama’s Laidlaw Performing Arts Center for midtown’s Center for Joyful Living (60 N. Ann St.). What won’t change is the focus on small casts and thoughtful stage plays. That was the point when USA drama instructors Keone Fuqua and Christopher Peck formed Makalani less than five years ago. The pair took turns at directing and acting. That’s changed for the upcoming production...

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Million-dollar sound takes MSO spotlight

Want to hear what a million dollars sounds like? Make sure you’re at the Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.) on May 13 and 14. That’s when guest cellist Inbal Segev interprets Antonin Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor on an instrument with a seven-figure price tag. Built in 1673 by Stradivarius contemporary Francesco Ruggieri, the cello was a fortunate and remarkable find. “When the United States was born, it was already 100 years old. Those instruments are priceless. It’s like asking how much the Mona Lisa costs,” Segev said. Eight years ago, the New York-based musician prowled international...

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