Author: Lagniappe

Try it, you’ll like it

Editor: Brava/Bravo/Bravii/ to everyone who created Mobile Opera’s memorable production of Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme.” Because I have had the privilege of seeing operas in Vienna, Prague, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Sydney, Chicago, Kazakhstan, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, Central City, Denver, Seattle, Boston, Pittsburgh, including the Zeperelli production of La Boheme, I can attest that our 73-year-old Mobile Opera offers an excellent product on our stage. Because Puccini believed first in telling a good story, the acting is as important as the singing. With Scott Skilea’s sensitive direction the audience felt the full impact of the emotions of these young artists from their merry hijinx to distract themselves from hunger, cold and lonliness to their selfless giving of precious possessions to buy medicine for their dying friend. The beauty of each voice conveyed the variety of emotions from Mimi’s plaintiff request to relight her candle to Benoit and Alcindoro’s perfectly played moments of comic relief to Musetta’s flouncing flirty performance to Rodolfo’s crushing cry, “Mimi!” The music was conducted with great sensitivity by Maestro Bernard McDonald. The Mobile Symphony added great depth to the emotions. The ingenious set design was drafted by Scott Wright and Rebecca Lake and realized by the talents of Albert Lapuhovsky. The chorus under the masterful direction of Dr. Laura Moore sang, moved, and acted with animation and precision. Susan Hoitl directed the Mobile Singing...

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Calendar of Events: March 28 – April 3, 2018

Crawfish in the Courtyard The Gulf Coast Exploreum is hosting its 9th annual crawfish and music event on Tuesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. Proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction benefit Discover Science, a program to provide science experiences to underserved children. Visit exploreum.com for more information. GENERAL INTEREST Medicinal and Edible Plant Walk A guided walk through the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Thursday, March 29 at 1 p.m. Walks are free to the public but reservations are required. Call 251-540-7720. Fashion Show The Mobile Parks & Recreation Department presents Golden Girlz with Pearlz: Fashion Show &...

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Microgreens: nutrient packed superfood

By John Olive, Director, AU Ornamental Horticulture Research Center | [email protected] Photos/Courtesy John Olive Microgreens, which are typically harvested when shorter than 2 inches, can be grown in an egg carton. Q: What are microgreens and can I grow them, or do I play mini-golf on them? A: Microgreens are often included on popular lists of superfoods and are not tiny putting surfaces on a short par 3. Growing them at home is easy, and can be a fun way to introduce children to gardening while providing a fresh, nutrient packed addition to your diet. There are many uses...

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Urge Congress to support Alzheimer’s Act

Editor:  It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often Alzheimer’s is treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease someone in the United States develops every 66 seconds. And with two-thirds of its annual costs being borne by Medicare and Medicaid, it is one that demands more attention from our government. In Alabama, more than 90,000 people over age 65 have Alzheimer’s disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in Alabama, which also has the highest Alzheimer’s death rate in America. Congress has a chance to take decisive action passing the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (S. 2076/H.R. 4256). Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association, the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act would create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions, including increasing early detection and diagnosis, reducing risk and preventing avoidable hospitalizations. Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the U.S. Alzheimer’s costs the country more than $259 billion per year, which is why we need the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. If we are going to end Alzheimer’s disease, then we must start treating it like the public health threat it is. Join me in asking Congressman Bradley Byrne to fight for the millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s by sponsoring the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. Lisa...

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The public is there for the taking!

Editor: In a private conversation with several of the principals of one of the three construction alliances bidding on the Interstate 10 Mobile River bridge and elevated causeway, I learned of several interesting facts. Once the construction contract is awarded on the bridge, the state of Alabama, county of Mobile and the city of Mobile plan to immediately install electronic tolls on all east- and westbound traffic through/across the Bankhead Tunnel, Wallace Tunnel and the Cochrane Bridge prior to the bridge construction. Frequent commuters will be encouraged to purchase prepaid electronic toll passes. Non-prepaid electronic toll pass drivers will have an electronic picture of their vehicle’s license plates recorded and be billed the toll fee with an additional surcharge. The conversation with these individuals who are in the know went on to say they expect the toll to be $1.50 to $2.50 per trip with the prepaid electronic toll pass. Some interesting facts to know: • At present from the Atlantic to the Pacific (Jacksonville to Los Angeles), I-10 has no tolls. • Baldwin County’s usage of the BP Oil Spill funds to expand the Beach Express north of I-10 to I-65 is extremely timely to the tolls being put in place on the Bankhead Tunnel, Wallace Tunnel and the Cochrane Bridge. • Tolls on the Mobile River Bridge will become a financial and logistic incentive for commercial traffic...

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Winthrop Corey is back!

Editor: Classical Ballet of Mobile’s spring performance, which was staged March 11 by its artistic director, Winthrop Corey, with his luminous costumes, was superb! Performances by Classical Ballet of Mobile dancers included “Grand Pas de Quatre,” “Isadora” and excerpts from Corey’s “Dracula” in addition to new choreography. Classical Ballet of Mobile dancers were joined by professionals Lily Loveland and Aaron Melendez of Ballet Palm Beach, who gave bravura performances of George Balanchine, Tchaikovsky’s “Pas De Deux” and the balcony scene from “Romeo and Juliet.” Loveland’s quicksilver footwork, beautiful extensions, musicality and onstage personality were a joy. Melendez provided strong, nuanced partnering. His double tours, leaps, mid-air splits and spot-on pirouettes displayed graceful, artistic athleticism. The inspiration of classical ballet technique and artistry were on full display in the performances of the student dancers and the professionals. Their artistry was warmly received by the appreciative audience. Congratulations, Classical Ballet of Mobile! Congratulations, Winthrop Corey! And welcome back! Rhea Mostellar...

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Ballet is flourishing

Editor: My daughter performed last week with Classical Ballet of Mobile in its beautiful spring performance. I want our community to know that traditional classical ballet is flourishing! Artistic Director Winthrop Corey is leading CBM now, and his training and polished performances are onstage again. He artfully presented students and advanced dancers together with stunning professionals from Ballet Palm Beach, who gave thrilling and moving performances. I am grateful to have CBM training my daughter and giving her performing opportunities in such an elegant and professional manner. Our performing arts community grew by leaps and bounds with its presentation! Thank you, Classical Ballet of Mobile. Connie Hughey...

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Music Listings: March 21 – 28, 2018

WED. MAR 21 Bluegill— Matt Neese Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— Ryan Balthrop, 6p Brickyard— Chad Davidson Band Callaghan’s— Phil & Foster Felix’s— Tropic Flyer Flora Bama— Neil Dover, 2p // Bruce Smelley, 5:30p /// Rhonda Hart Duo, 6p //// Oliver’s Twist, 10p IP Casino— Cory Landry, 8p Lulu’s— Adam Holt, 5p THURS. MAR 22 Bluegill— Brandon White Blues Tavern— Mark Welborn Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— David Chastang, 6p Brickyard— Yellowhammer Callaghan’s— Tyler Childers – SOLD OUT Felix’s— Grits N Pieces Flora Bama— Dave McCormick, 2p // Sean Gasaway, 5p /// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p //// Mark Sherrill, Chris Newbury, James Daniel &...

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Calendar of Events: March 21-28, 2018

GENERAL INTEREST 41st annual Azalea Trail Run The Azalea Trail Run is a two-day family-friendly event that includes 10K and 5K races, a 2K fun run and a two-day Health and Fitness Expo, March 23-24. The 10K and 5K courses include portions of midtown and the Oakleigh Garden District. Activities take place in the main arena of the Mobile Civic Center. Register at www.pcpacers.org/atr. Mobile Regional Job Fair The Alabama Career Center will hold its Career Fair event at the Mobile Civic Center on March 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will be exclusive for veterans from 10-11 a.m. and...

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