Django Reinhardt is one of the most mesmerizing and influential jazz guitarists in history. Despite an accident that left him with full use of just two fingers on his left hand, he became one of the most legendary of jazz virtuosos and birthed a genre — gypsy jazz — through his astounding musical vision.
On Monday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m., the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) will salute the mysterious genius at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.) in their monthly event. The Pensacola group Caravan featuring William Howell will interpret Reinhardt’s music in a replication of their highly successful September show for Jazz Society of Pensacola.
In keeping with the Halloween season and Reinhardt’s gypsy origins, a fotune teller will be on hand to peer into your future in exchange for $5 donations to Prodisee Pantry. Non-perishable items will also be accepted.
Entrance is $15, $12 for students and military, and $10 for MOJO members and includes a light jambalaya dinner. A cash bar is available.
Arty nominations end soon
The Mobile Art Council is taking nominations from the public for its annual Arty Awards. Since 2004, the program has celebrated the contributions individuals, groups and businesses make to the cultural community.
Awards are given in 11 categories: Art Soldier, Arts Educator, Business, Cultural Innovation, Design, Lifetime Achievement, Literary Artist, Organization, Patron, Performing Artist and Visual Artist.
Go to mobilearts.org for a link to the nomination page. Nominations close Oct. 27. Finalists will be selected by a panel of arts community members and announced Nov. 21.
Winners will be announced at the Jan. 18 Artys awards ceremony at The Steeple (251 St. Francis St.). This year’s limited edition award is designed by local artist April Livingston.
Tickets are $30 for MAC members and $35 for non-members. Contact MAC at 251-432-9796 for sponsorship information.
Heated deliberations at CCT
Reginald Rose’s play “12 Angry Men” validated TV’s new place in American culture with its 1954 premiere as a telecast. Adapted for stage the next year and for cinema after that, the drama built around jury deliberations in a homicide trial has become a touchstone of 20th century artistic achievement.
Adapted for modern times as “12 Angry Jurors,” Chickasaw Civic Theatre stages this thoughtful study of human shortcomings and dignity Oct. 20-29 at Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St.).
Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15.75, $12.45 for students, military and seniors.
For more information and ticket sales, call 251-457-8887 or go to cctshows.com.