A decade ago, Karen Cassidy flung open the doors of her then-Dauphin Street art space Blue Velvet Gallery and launched a celebration of the figurative form. Despite the demise of the original spot, Nudes in November has remained alive and reaches its 10th birthday in a midtown location.
For the fourth year, Innova Arts (1803 Old Shell Road) will host the au naturale show and kicks off with a reception on Friday, Nov. 8, 5 – 8 p.m. The tenacious showroom across from the Dew Drop Inn will be awash in paintings, drawings, sculpture and mixed media devoted to the human body in its myriad perspectives.
Hunter Cobb will curate the exhibit that had 40 artists last year.
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Creoles in focus for Learning Lunch
Dr. Christopher Nordmann might be a St. Louis resident but he is tied to the Gulf Coast. Since earning a bachelor’s degree at Spring Hill College and a Ph.D. at the University of Alabama, he has specialized in the study of historic “Latin” Alabama and the Creole past of Baldwin and Mobile counties.
Nordmann’s articles “Runaway Slaves” and “Freedman’s Bureau of Alabama” can be found in the online Encyclopedia of Alabama. His dissertation, “Free Negroes in Mobile County, Alabama,” focuses on origins, kinship networks, economic status and legal rights of roughly 3,000 free non-whites of Anglo-American, French, Spanish, and African origins up to 1865. It can be found on his website, findingafricanamericanancestors.weebly.com.
Nordmann will be the featured speaker at the History Museum of Mobile’s (111 S. Royal St.) Nov. 13 Learning Lunch. The noontime presentation is free to the public, who are invited to bring a boxed lunch. Beverages are complimentary.
For more information, call Jennifer Theeck at 251-301-0270.
News from the opera front
Mobile Opera presents a Night of Song as part of their Monday Music Series on Monday, Nov. 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Royal Street Tavern in the Battle House Hotel. The Monday Night Series offers free performances for the public.
Featured performers on Nov. 11 are soprano Tjaden O’Dowd Cox, mezzo-soprano Rachel Gibson and baritone Jackson Henson, accompanied by Greg Wiggins.
Mobile Opera also hosted 342 students from Mobile County, Baldwin County and Moss Point, Mississippi, for their final dress rehearsal of “La Traviata” in Downtown Mobile. Opera personnel described the young audience as “amazing, engaged and appreciative.” The field trip was a follow-up to an outreach program in which artists visited the schools to discuss the opera, composer and production.
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