In a Sept. 6 court order, Mobile County Circuit Judge Jay York upheld motions to dismiss lawsuits against specific Mobile Ballet employees and board members while allowing the action against the entirety of Mobile Ballet to go forward.

Of plaintiffs Rhea Mostellar, Beverly Davis and Monty Thull, Judge York said Mostellar had no grounds for action since she was a former rather than current board member. All claims by Mostellar are void.

York also said by virtue of Davis and Thull’s respective term expiration and resignation, their claims against specific board members had no standing. That includes board members Becky Tate, Sandra Parker, Jim Parker, Jill Reingold, Liz Kirby, Chris Burgess, Mary Byrd, Leslie Johnson, Julee Waldrop, Barbara Corte and Mobile Ballet Director Karen Kennedy.

The remaining count against Mobile Ballet Inc. for injunctive relief stands.

Plaintiffs attorney Ray Thompson said a status conference is scheduled for Oct. 6 to determine whether the court sends the case to mandatory mediation.

MOJO homecoming
The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) follows their wildly successful August show by returning to their customary digs at historic Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.) to celebrate 16 years of jazz support. The birthday shindig kicks off Monday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

There is no customary educational component for the evening, but live entertainment will be provided by bandleader and drummer Jimmy Roebuck along with saxophonist Shane Philen, trumpeter Larry Carter, pianist Gino Rosaria and bassist Tom Latenser.

Entrance is $15, $12 for students and military, and $10 for MOJO members. A light jambalaya dinner is included and a cash bar will be available.

For more information, call 251-459-2298, email or go to

Autumn burlesque
Since November 2015, Camellia Bay Burlesque has put a modern twist on a ribald American tradition dating back to the late 19th century. The troupe has thrown salutes to late entertainers Prince and David Bowie and the Star Wars and American Horror Story franchises for delighted Mobile audiences.

They return to the stage on Friday, Sept. 22, at Alchemy Tavern (7 S. Joachim St.). The show will feature special guest Shelbelle Shamrock from Dallas.

Doors open at 9 p.m. Show begins at 10 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 at the door, $12 in advance. Online sales are available at

The show is sponsored by The Gift Shop.

For more information, check out Camellia Bay’s Facebook page.