The University of Alabama presents “42nd Street”
The University of Alabama’s one night only performance of “42nd Street” will be complete with big, flashy tap dances, gorgeous costumes and a cast of 40 is sure to dazzle audience members at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Now on sale $25 (plus fees). For more information visit www.mobilecivicctr.com
Anatomy of a Museum: Making Mirth
Museum exhibitions are often several years in the making. Come get a behind-the-scenes view and listen to museum staff talk about The Art and Design of Mardi Gras, from conception to “so how did this dragon get here?” at the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. For more information visit www.mobilemuseumofart.com.
Engaging the Next Generation
If you are between the ages of 21 and 39, this year is an excellent time to get connected with your community! This free, public gathering includes an exhibit of 35 nonprofit organizations, a food truck festival, and the SouthSounds Art & Music Festival along with the monthly LoDa Artwalk, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/engagingthenextgeneration.
Downtown is the place to be! Join downtown art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside to see beautiful artwork, sample delicious foods and hear the sounds of the LoDa ArtWalk. The ArtWalk gets better and better each month. From 6 until 9 p.m. in the lower Dauphin Street district.
Remington College Prom Night Makeover
Students in the Remington College Cosmetology Program will provide students headed to prom with free updos, manicures, pedicures, and makeup for girls; guys can get a haircut. All Prom Night Makeover services will be done in the Remington College School of Cosmetology, located at 4368 Downtowner Loop S. To schedule an appointment call 251-342-4848.
Affordable artworks of all kinds that are looking for new homes. Artworks that do not find a home that evening will be available for purchase at half price the following day (Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. until noon). The Art show will be held at Downtown Fellowship Church, 316 Dauphin St., during ArtWalk, 6-9 p.m. For more information visit mobilearts.org.
Joe Jefferson Players present “Aida”
With music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, “Aida” is the story of forbidden love between the Egyptian leader and the title character, a beautiful Ethiopian princess. Performances scheduled on weekends through April 12. Directed by Cathy Bouler. Tickets start at $10 and are available through www.joejeffersonplayers.com.
Ark of India
“Ark of India: An Alabama Artist Explores Southern Asia” is an exhibit about personal discovery and exploration. It is an account of late 19th and early 20th century India as seen by Alabama artist Roderick D. MacKenzie, using his paintings, drawings, sculptures and most importantly, photographs and writings. The exhibition is organized by the History Museum of Mobile at 111 S. Royal St. and is on view until Sept. 1, 2015. Admission is free.
Discovery Day at Dauphin Island
This family-fun event includes a huge variety of environmentally-themed children’s activities; open house at the research facilities of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab where the public can interact with marine scientists and graduate students to explore their ongoing research projects; and free children’s admission to the Estuarium, the aquarium at the Sea Lab. For more information visit www.disl.org
Camellia Classic Car Show
Enjoy a display of hundreds of vintage and classic automobiles as Bellingrath Gardens and Home hosts the Mobile Bay Mustang Club’s 22nd Annual Camellia Classic Open Car Show on the Great Lawn. Proceeds from car registrations will go to the Bay Area Food Bank and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Admission is $12.50 for adults and $7 for children. To register a car or purchase tickets, or for more information about the Mobile Bay Mustang Club, visit www.bellingrath.org.
Grillin’ At The Grounds
The Grillin’ at The Grounds (1035 Cody Road) BBQ Festival will feature dozens of teams, vendors, entertainment, children’s activities and more. Tickets are $10 for adults while children 10 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Patient Assistance Fund, which provides support for low income patients undergoing treatment at the Mitchell Cancer Institute. For more information visit thegroundsmobile.com.
Participate in the 5K run, 5K race/walk and 1-mile fun run that leads runners and walkers down a beautiful scenic route in Magnolia Springs with majestic oak branch canopies overhanging the road, lovely azaleas, flowering plants and historic homes. Post-race activities including music, delicious food provided by Jesse’s Restaurant, beverages and fabulous door prizes including a two-night stay in a Gulf-front condo. To register and for more information visit: www.southbaldwinchamber.com/major-events/magnolia-run-overview.
The Mobile Amateur Radio Club will be holding its annual Ham Fest on from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Abba Shrine Center, 7701 Hitt Road. Admission is $5. Ages 12 and under are admitted free. Door prizes, food and refreshments will be available. License testing will begin at 9 a.m. for those wishing to become a “ham” radio operator.
April is National Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month and The Haven will usher it in with two events. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the 2nd Chances on the 2nd Saturday of the month event at Petsmart at the Eastern Shore Shopping Plaza (10220 Eastern Shore Blvd.), showcasing cuddly, available cats and dogs, most of which have been pulled from local municipal shelters. For more information please visit www.havenforanimals.org or call us at 251-929-3980.
Historic Walking Tours
The History Museum of Mobile, in conjunction with the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, will lead free tours through historic downtown Mobile as part of a statewide effort on the following Saturdays: April 11, 18 and 25. The hour-long tours will start at 10 a.m. at Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and end at the History Museum of Mobile. Participants are encouraged to tour the museum (also complimentary admission) immediately following the walking tour.
Fairhope Walking Tour
The city of Fairhope has been invited to host free guided tours in the downtown area for visitors and the local community every Saturday in April. Tours will be given by Fairhope Museum of History Director, Donnie Barrett. All are welcome and the tours are free of charge. For additional information on Fairhope Walking Tours, call 251-929-1471.
The Invincible Czars present “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”
Austin-based band The Invincible Czars have scored a soundtrack for the 1920 silent film “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” and will perform it live alongside the movie for two nights at the Crescent Theater, 208 Dauphin St. on April 12 and April 13 at 8:30 p.m. The Czars’ soundtrack is minimal, spooky and even includes the audience! For more information visit www.crescenttheater.com/2015/jekyll-and-hyde-the-invincible-czars/
Richard DAR House Garden Party
Enjoy a Victorian Spring from 2-5 p.m. at the Richards DAR House at 256 N. Joachim St. Hat and ensemble contest with prizes. Categories: Breath of Spring, Vintage, Funniest, Most Creative, Just for Kids. The $20 donation will go toward the $75,000 historic cast ironwork restoration on the grounds. Visit www.richardsdarhouse.com for more information.
District 4 community meeting
Please join City Councilman John C. Williams at Christ Anglican Church (3275 Halls Mill Road) for a very important community meeting. Invited speakers include Mayor Sandy Stimpson, Public Services Director Bill Harkins, Planning & Development Director Dianne Irby and Police Chief James Barber. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.
Hatching the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt
Hatching the Past features 100 real dinosaur eggs and 100 replica eggs at the Exploreum. The multi-media experience for all ages invites visitors to touch real dinosaur bones and reconstructed nests, dig for eggs, experience hands-on exploration stations and view animated video presentations featuring well-known dinosaur experts. The Exploreum is open daily, for more information visit www.exploreum.com.
Crawfish in the Courtyard
Mudbugs, Music and More! Don’t miss out on an evening of all-you-can-eat crawfish, beer, live music from Roman Street and admission to the Exploreum’s exhibits and IMAX. All event proceeds will benefit Discover Science, the Exploreum’s program with the Mobile Housing Board to provide underserved children engaging educational science experiences. This event is 21 and up and will be help at the Exploreum, 65 Government St. For more information visit www.exploreum.com/event/crawfish-in-the-courtyard/
Hope for Healing
Victory Health Partners and Eric Metaxas, author of “Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life,” join together for an evening exploring the mystery of miracles and how they are more widespread than we can imagine. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza, 64 S. Water St. For more information call 251-460-2928.
Brown Bag in Bienville
Come out and listen to the soothing sounds of live jazz as you lunch in Bienville Square around the historic Ketchum Fountain. Catt Sirten sets up live musicians and the city sets up tables for your enjoyment each Wednesday in the spring, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To make your Brown Baggin’ easier, stop in at your favorite Bienville Square eateries and ask for the Brown Bag special. Questions? Call 251-208-1550.
Little Discoveries at the Exploreum
Little Discoveries is a weekly programming series in the Exploreum’s Wharf of Wonder for children six and under. These lessons will fuse science, technology, engineering and math, with creativity, art and reading. Each session will begin with a story reading that will serve as the launching pad for the day’s hands-on activities. Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. and Thursdays 2-3 p.m. at 65 Government St., downtown Mobile. For more information call Josh Holland at 251-208-6893 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.