The Mobile Museum of Art (MMoA) continues learning opportunities with a weekly class to change the way we view modern accouterments. Matilde Tellaetxe is teaching elements and principles of two-dimensional design utilized in drawing, painting, photography and other art forms.

Each session will feature a short lecture with hands-on activities and examples in the MMoA (4850 Museum Drive) galleries. Students may take as many classes as they want. Supplies are included.

Register for individual weeks at a rate of $25 per week, $15 for members. Classes run Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., through Oct. 11.

For more information, call 251-208-5205 or go to mobilemuseumofart.com.


Community photo show at Archaeology Museum

A group of photographers who collaborated with University of South Alabama Writer in Residence Frye Gaillard have joined talents for a new show at the USA Archaeology Museum (6052 USA Drive, S.). “In Search of Community” features the work of Byron Baldwin, Carolyn DeMeritt, Sheila Hagler, Rachel Smook and Carrie Wagner.

Gaillard’s books have explored issues of community, shared identity and the search for common ground that endures in the human story. Some communities pictured are a specific place — an African village, a fishing town on the Alabama coast — while others share a common experience: preservation of Native American identity,  semipro baseball in the rural South, a coalition of youngsters in tragedy’s aftermath or working to reduce threats of gun violence in America.

Gaillard curated the exhibition in cooperation with the photographers and Archaeology Museum Assistant Director Candice Cravins.

For more information, call 251-460-6106 or email ccravins@southalabama.edu.


MTG goes gothic for laughs

If there’s something Mobile knows, it’s Southern Gothic. It’s as much a part of the Azalea City as moonpies and hurricanes. Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.) will skewer the genre with a pair of one-act plays set to run Sept. 14-23.

Christopher Durang’s “Desire, Desire, Desire” is a send-up of Tennessee Williams’ sultry storylines. It features noted characters from such works as Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh.”

Blanche DuBois is still enduring brutish Stanley Kowalski. The faded belle tries to seduce a young census-taker when Big Daddy and Maggie interrupt from another play. When one of O’Neill’s ne’er-do-wells appears with blunt talk of “pipe dreams,” will it be more than Blanche can take?

T.K. Lee’s “Paper Thin” follows Lucrece and Gerald’s bipolar marriage in North Mississippi, winding toward a stereotypically whiskey-soaked summary of life’s illusions in a rural setting.

Friday and Saturday curtain is 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee is 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $20, $15 for seniors, students and military.

For more information, call 251-433-7513 or go to mobiletheatreguild.org.