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 to bring chairs and/or blankets.

The first event is Friday, May 26, 6:30 p.m. at Foley’s Heritage Park. It is part of Foley’s “Music and a Movie” series, and the film will be “La La Land.” Go to VisitFoley.com for more details.

The second show is Monday, May 29, 6:30 p.m. at Henry George Park in Fairhope.

Both concerts are free. Call 251-987-5757 for more information.


Opera auditions chorus members

Do you like to sing and want to see how good your pipes are? Ever wonder if you have what it takes to tread the boards in an operatic production?

Your opportunity has arrived. Mobile Opera is holding auditions for new singers, adults of all ages interested in adding their names to the Mobile Opera chorus roster.

Auditions take place at the Larkins Music Center (257 Dauphin St.) on Tuesday, May 30, at 5:30 p.m.

Interested parties should prepare an aria, song or other musical selection so Mobile Opera personnel can honestly evaluate your level of singing. Bring a copy of the audition piece for the provided accompanist. No pre-recorded music, please.

Interested parties must call to reserve an audition spot prior to the audition date. For more information, call Stacey Driskell at 251-432-6772 or email her at [email protected].


TV star in Theatre 98 fundraiser

Kirsten Vangsness is best known as Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit show “Criminal Minds” but she has a healthy theatrical career to boot. She’s won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schafer Award for best emerging comic actress, the 15 Minutes of Fem Best Actress Award and a Garland Award.

Vangsness will bring her one-woman show “MESS” to Fairhope’s Theatre 98 (corner of Morphy and Church) on Friday, June 2, at 8 p.m. The fundraiser is intended to buy new seats for the theater.

The play is about our inner sense of self and the ambiguities that haunt those interior images. The big twist involves non-linear concepts of time and the idea that life’s key moments might as well be occurring simultaneously. Trauma at age 13 can stand hand-in-hand with age 38’s watershed. The drama has enough comedy to prevent it from becoming too heavy.

Tickets are $20. Call 251-928-4366 for more information.