The Mobile Arts Council (318 Dauphin St.) will host a pair of organizational roundtable discussions aimed at coalescing the Mobile Bay artistic community and improving MAC’s presence. All arts organizations and their members are welcome to attend, regardless of their membership status with MAC.

The first meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m.. The second is Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m.

MAC Director Shellie Teague said the aim is hold these powwows quarterly to coordinate needs and services. She pointed to performing-arts organizations’ overlapping seasons and issues with fundraising as an example.

“We’re trying to become a more unified voice for the arts community,” Teague said. “This hasn’t been done in a few years and we need to hear pros and cons from the artists. We also want to know how to improve MAC membership, how to make it more valuable.”

Teague pointed to nuts and bolts issues as well. MAC is trying to improve its online calendar interface and accessibility in time for a new website due to roll out soon.

“We need to improve our messaging and make people realize this is like a chamber of commerce for the arts,” Teague said.


MOJO sounds the horn for trumpet legends
Aside from the saxophone, no instrument has as close an association with jazz as the trumpet. From the brightness of Louis Armstrong, the soaring virtuosity of Dizzy Gillespie, the spare tenderness of Chet Baker or the whispery efficiency of Miles Davis, a galaxy of jazz stars have coaxed a multitude of human emotion from its bell.

On Monday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m., the Chip Herrington Quintet will salute trumpet legends in the monthly offering from the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.). The post-Thanksgiving evening also includes MOJO’s lightning-quick annual general meeting, in which a slate of officers and board members will be elected.

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

For more information, call 251-459-2298, go to mojojazz.org or email mobilejazz@bellsouth.net.


Holiday fun for furry friends
The Baldwin County Humane Society is putting art in the spotlight with its 22nd annual Christmas by the Bay event on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. when political cartoonist J.D. Crowe serves as emcee. The winner of the Mobile Arts Council’s 2017 Arty Award for Visual Artist will unspool his caustic wit in helping raise funds for the volunteer-driven agency that relies entirely on donations.

The Sicily Swing Trio will supply musical entertainment. Tamara’s will provide food. Also on hand will be some adoptable rescue animals.

Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door and available at brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, call 251-928-4585.