It’s been 17 years since the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) first coalesced in a midtown restaurant. The support group for “America’s original art form” celebrates in appropriate fashion.
MOJO presents the Doug Breau Revue performing “American Classics” at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.) on Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. Breau is known for dazzling audiences with an evocative vocal style and will be backed by Buddy Dubourg, David White, Danny Infante, Ben Harper, Shawn Wright and Mike Lyle.
The customary light jambalaya dinner will be served and Cammie’s Old Dutch will have ice cream sundaes on hand. MOJO members and guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share.
Entrance is $15, $12 for students/military and $10 for MOJO members. A cash bar will be available.
For more information, call 251-459-2298 or go to mojojazz.org.
‘Memory Palace’ in place at MAC
Printmaker and installation artist Grant Benoit instills the mundane with emotion and reminiscence in his new Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) exhibit “Memory Palace,” on display through the end of September.
“Everyday paths and rituals become evident as carpets thin and edges darken with touch. Shelves overflow … closets fill — first systematically, then later with forceful containment,” Benoit said in his artist’s statement.
Benoit prints wallpapers and layers them in concert with household ephemera and sculpted objects to “explore notions of memory in a way science cannot convey.”
Also in place at the MAC gallery is “Draped,” a sneak peek at Mobile Fashion Week’s Sept. 22 show. There are also works from Arts Throwdown contestants.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance is free.
For more information, call 251-432-9796 or go to mobilearts.org.
African-American stories at Medical Museum
For Mobilians of color, health care was another in the endless struggles of life during Reconstruction and under Jim Crow. The Mobile Medical Museum (1664 Springhill Ave.) brings it into focus with a new exhibit.
“Mobile’s first formally trained African-American doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists faced enormous legal, financial and social barriers,” museum Director Daryn Glassbrook said. “Progress was slow, but it was made possible by the courage, toil and sacrifices of these extraordinary men and women.”
The exhibit uses pieces from its own collection, rarely seen photos and artifacts on loan and April Livingston’s new cast-iron sculpture of Dr. James A. Franklin Sr. Two other Livingston works destined for the sculpture garden will be placed in September.
Two guest lectures — “Medical Bondage and the Birth of American Gynecology” on Oct. 17 and “The Tuskegee Nurse Project” Nov. 8 — will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit.
For more information, call 251-415-1109 or visit mobilemedicalmuseum.org.
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