Government Street Presbyterian Church at the corner of Jackson and Government streets downtown is ready to serve up more than meals on Thursdays during the spring and fall. The repast comes with a series of speakers and forums designed to intrigue and inspire.

The Sept. 24 edition of the forum features Mobile Symphony Orchestra conductor Scott Speck, who will tell the gathering about MSO’s upcoming season. Its first performance is Sept. 26 at the Saenger Theatre.

The lunch costs $10 and is served at noon. The forum itself is free and the speaker begins between 12:15 and 12:30 p.m.

Other subjects through the fall are collegiate sports, Mobile Opera, tourism, the GulfQuest Museum, meteorology and more.

For details, and to check on possible cancellations or speaker changes, please call the church office at 251-432-1749. Please notify a day or so beforehand if you intend to bring a large group.

Fred Baldwin honored at Bernheim
For almost a half-century, Fred Baldwin has been a fixture of Mobile’s arts scene. As a designer, visual artist, writer, singer or composer, his presence has been well felt. The Renaissance man’s vision and voice has been everywhere, even on radio WHIL, in announcements at the Saenger Theatre and as the narrator of Mobile’s tricentennial documentary film.

On Sept. 24 at 6 p.m., a host of Baldwin’s friends and colleagues will gather to honor the 66-year-old at Bernheim Hall in Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.). The program is co-sponsored by Mobile Opera.

Officially entitled “An Evening in Music,” an array of vocalists will be joined by actors and speakers. All the evening’s pieces are said to be drawn from works the honoree wrote, directed or performed.  

The event is free. For more information, call Maggie Mostellar at 251-648-8006.

Music teacher stages own recital
It’s been a while since Daniel Driskell (pictured above) was first a music student at the University of South Alabama. Now with a bachelor’s from USA and a master’s from Florida State, he is known around town as the founder of Full Scale School of Music at the Azalea City Center for the Arts.

(Photo/ Courtesy of Joe Jefferson Playhouse) Music instructor and band leader Daniel Driskell will perform his recital “Around the World in 88 Keys” Sept. 17 at USA.

(Photo/ Courtesy of Joe Jefferson Playhouse) Music instructor and band leader Daniel Driskell will perform his recital “Around the World in 88 Keys” Sept. 17 at USA.

Things come full circle when Driskell takes the stage at his old school Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., in the Recital Hall at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center (5157 USA Drive S.). Entitled “Around the World in 88 Keys,” the program features pieces from around the world including a Scarlatti sonata, Chopin’s Scherzo 2, Albeniz’s “Seguidillas,” Debussy’s “The Fairies are Exquisite Dancers,” Liapounov’s Grand Polonaise de Concert, Von Dohnanyi’s Nocturne (“Kitten on the Keys Suite”) and Gottschalk’s “La Union.”

Admission is free. For more information, call 251-460-7116.

Alcohol and art mix at Oakleigh museum
Few things could be more quintessentially Mobilian than mixing libations with a little historical appreciation. One of the Azalea City’s most iconic historic sites invites visitors 21 and over to come sip as they tour the collection of decorative and fine arts.  

“Masterpieces and Mimosas” happens at 10:30 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Historic Oakleigh House Museum (300 Oakleigh Place). The private tours are $25, $15 for Historic Mobile Preservation Society members.

The event is by reservation only, with 12 reservations available per tour.
For more information, call Haley Ikner at 251-432-1281 or email