It wouldn’t be November in Mobile without the annual Art Soup benefit that raises funds for vital organizations such as Family Promise, McKemie Place, Ransom Ministries, Penelope House and the USA student-run free clinic. A night filled with music, entertainment, food and generosity is completed by art as ticket holders will receive a locally handcrafted ceramic or glass bowl.

The event is set for Nov. 17, 6-9 p.m., at Azalea Manor (751 Dauphin St.). Tickets cost $25 and a cash bar will be available.

Sponsorships ranging from $250 to $5,000 are still available. Benefits include tickets, media exposure and a tax-deductible receipt.

Cash donations and ticket purchases can be made at or by calling T. Bruce MacKinnon at 251-379-0564.

Pops celebrates 40th at Battleship
For four decades, local musicians have filled Mobile Symphonic Pops with their passion and community support by donating their time. They will mark their big 4-0 at their Nov. 10 Veterans Day concert at Battleship Park Aircraft Pavilion.

The 7 p.m. show features an array of patriotic and American-themed tunes such as “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the theme from “Patton,” salutes to the armed forces and past leaders, and swing music. Entrance is free.

For more information, go to or check out the group’s Facebook page.

MAC highlights teachers, students
The Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) features both sides of the educational process with November shows from teachers and students alike.

“Falling for Art” comprises students ranging from elementary to high school and is organized by the Bay Area Art Educators. Participating teachers include Anne Rose, Ann Fredella, Carrin Legros, Renee Grimes, David Holmes, Felicia Olds, Haley Hall, Karin Marrero, Kellie Mooney, Leigh Brown, Linda Duffis, Melissa Hinton, Julie Kogon, Ruby Lange, Warren Jackson, Sally O’Gwynn, Sonya Payne, Monica Beasley, John Tucker, Billie Mangiaracina, Jeff Knighton, Gregory Robertson, Cynthia Summers, Amber Bowles, Jason Outlaw, Nicholas Frey, Esther Dollar and others.

In the Danielle Juzan Gallery, art professors from Bishop State Community College will exhibit paintings, drawings, sculpture and mixed media. Participating artists include Mary Elizabeth Kimbrough and Lydia Host, as well as graphic design instructors Joseph Booth, Erica Hunter and Jessica Maples. 

Also on display is handcrafted quilt work by Dorothy Parker.

An opening reception will take place 6-9 p.m. during the Nov. 10 LoDa Artwalk. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 251-432-9796 or visit