Reading Shakespeare is a far cry from seeing it performed. On stage or film, the characters come to life, the pentameter is imbued with emotion and nuance breathes new meaning into lines merely rolling by on the page.

The Playhouse in the Park (4851 Museum Drive, Mobile) will help young locals discover this for themselves when they stage Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” Feb. 24-27 at their Langan Park facility. This comedy of one man’s determination to win the heart of a headstrong woman has provided inspiration for a number of adaptations, from Cole Porter to contemporary films.

School shows will be Feb. 24, 25 and 26 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Student and chaperone are $8; teachers are admitted free.

Public performances will be Feb. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors.

For more information call 251-602-0630 or go to playhouseinthepark.org.


Holocaust survivor speaks at St. Mary’s
For two-and-a-half years, Adam Horowitz lived in a supply closet, ate potato peelings from the garbage and went so far as to sneeze into a pillow to prevent discovery. His other choice was life in a concentration camp, should the Nazis two floors above him discover his presence.

Now known as Allan J. Hall, this extraordinary man will come to St. Mary’s Parish (1453 Old Shell Road), on March 6 from 4-5:30 p.m., to share his harrowing story. It began in Poland with Germany’s invasion and didn’t end until after he narrowly avoided a train to the gas chambers and arrived in the U.S. He feels more compelled now to share his story as fewer and fewer of those who remember it are left.

After his program, refreshments will be served in the Sisters of Mercy Building.

For more information contact St. Mary Catholic School Librarian Sue Lyon at 251-433-9904.   


MAC dons chapeaus for March show
There’s nothing quite like finding the right hat. Whether it’s keeping away sunburn and rain or holding in heat, it’s a trick to find the perfect blend of function and form.

For artist Karen McGahagin, the right hat is the right subject matter. Her Mobile Arts Council show dedicated to headwear and the personalities beneath them was well received in May 2015 and returns in March with more brims and caps.

A board member of the Watercolor and Graphic Arts Society as well as a member of the local and national Sumi-e Society, the artist promises her paintings will bear a motley mix of styles and mediums. Attendees at the opening reception during the March 11 LoDa Artwalk are encouraged to don their funkiest headwear in vying for a prize awarded by MAC.

Also on display throughout the month will be visual artist Bryan Salazar’s “Drawing on Emotion” and photographer Vincent Lawson’s “Flow.”

Hours for the gallery at 318 Dauphin St. are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, call 251-432-9796 or go to mobilearts.org.


Choral groups combine for Lenten concert
The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society will join with members of the Spring Hill College Chorale to present the concert “Lenten Remembrance” on Sunday, March 6, at 4 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Chapel on the SHC campus. The choir will be accompanied by organist Peggy Linden, music director of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The program will include works by Gabriel Fauré along with contemporary composer Craig Courtney. One of the two Fauré pieces will be his Requiem.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information contact artistic director Terry Maddox at 251-434-9325 or email tmaddox@gspcmobile.org.  


Mobile Chamber Music hosts Polish stars
Meccore String Quartet has become one of the most meteoric classical musical acts not only in Poland but in Europe. Beginning in 2010, the quartet has chalked up a string of prizes at festivals across the Old World.

Multiple recipients of the Irene Steels-Wilsing Stiftung award, they used the honor to fund rthe elease of two albums. They have appeared on Bayerischer Rundfunk, BBC Radio 3, Rai3, Radio Stephandsom, Radio Merkury and NDR Kultur, ZDF, Phoenix and WQXR.

Mobilians will get a chance to catch these rising stars Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m. in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center at the University of South Alabama. Tickets are $20, $10 for students.

For more information call 251-476-8794 or go to mobilechambermusic.org.