Author: Kevin Lee

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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Riffing on jazz at MMoA

Art is a conversation. Between the artist, creation, participants and observers, communication is abundant in all directions. It’s a component we take for granted. Yet how much of the artist’s work is shaped by the time and place and, in kind, how much are the times and its denizens shaped by the artists? A specific version of those questions and our regional culture will be on the table Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Larkins Auditorium of the Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Drive) for a panel discussion, “Jazz and African-American Consciousness.” The event is co-sponsored...

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Deadly award winner at MTG

Mobile Theatre Guild (11 N. Lafayette St.) is ready to bring in 2018 with a bang — several of them, if the characters have their way. The Stephen Sondheim Tony Award-winning musical comedy “ASSASSINS” opens mid-January and runs through month’s end. The play brings together John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Charles Guiteau, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, Sara Jane Moore, John Hinckley and three other “losers, fanatics, obsessives and malcontents” who tried their hand at taking out the president of the United States. They are assembled in a purgatorial revue, handed weaponry and take aim at the twisted underbelly of...

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Blackwell departs Mobile Historic Commission

The Mobile Historic Development Commission will fill a top slot in 2018 as Deputy Director Cart Blackwell will leave in January for a slot in the private sector. It concludes his department stint months shy of the nine-year mark. “It’s hard to believe. It’s been almost a decade, so I spent the latter part of my 20s and the first part of my 30s here,” the Selma native said. Though young, his impact has been quickly felt in Mobile. Blackwell boasts affiliations with the Historic Mobile Preservation Society, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Alabama...

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Exploreum New Year for young minds

Before the MoonPie madness falls from on high, welcome the calendar’s turn with your younger family members by heading to the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center (65 Government St.) on Saturday, Dec. 30. That’s when they will hold their “Happy Noon Year’s” celebration. Exploreum’s New Year’s hoopla is a family-friendly event exploring science, technology, engineering and math. Activities include a Firework Painting Scratch Factory, Hidden Fizzing Fireworks, Healthy Moonpies and a Moonpie Drop with confetti cannons, countdown and New Year’s-inspired take-home activities, including firework rings and much more. When the clock strikes noon the Moonpie will drop, heralding even...

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