Author: Kevin Lee

Art After Hours returns this month

It wasn’t terribly long ago that a regular feature of Mobile cultural life was a monthly get-together where arts world denizens would convene casually on the reg. All were welcome to a different arts venue each time for a laid-back happy hour filled with gnoshing, imbibing and disciplinary cross-pollination. Now Art After Hours will return on an every-other-month basis. The next is slated for Feb. 27, 5:30-7 p.m. at Sway Gallery (10 S. Conception St.). Attendees can enjoy complimentary wine, beer samples from Oasis Texas Brewing Co. and light appetizers while they learn about the local arts scene. For...

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Mobile native’s novel stirs courage and reflection

It’s not often the view through a single window offers so many vistas at once. However, that’s what author Colleen D. Scott has given readers in her debut effort. The Mobile native spent most of her adulthood balancing the corporate world with parenthood but her recent retirement prompted a return to an old love: literature. The product is her novel “Everybody Needs a Bridge,” a coming-of-age story aimed at the Young Adult (YA) market that hit racks Feb. 20. Through its story, readers are afforded a look across time, place and even into themselves by following its protagonist Erin...

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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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