The Mobile Museum of Art (MMoA) has taken care to pull the local community into the facility to a greater degree over the last few years. Now in another move to help Mobilians realize their stake in the city’s cultural institutions, the museum is asking residents to weigh in on future directions.

A Co-Lab Launch Party, the first in a series of events allowing the public to work with MMoA staff and others to brainstorm new programming ideas for the museum, will take place Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at 4850 Museum Drive in Langan Park.

Audible entertainment from DJ Neil Byrne will be on hand. Food truck vendors will be on hand. Beer, wine and a super top-secret specialty drink will be available as well.

The event is free.

For more information, call 251-208-5200 or go to mobilemuseumofart.com.  


Sinatra salute returns to MTG
During the decades after World War II, no American entertainer rode as high as Frank Sinatra. Moving from teenybopper idol, to sultry crooner, to silver screen star, to cultural icon, the New Jersey native was the peak of influence and power in show business.

To celebrate the 100th birthday of “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” Mobile Theatre Guild is reviving its rendition of “My Way,” a tribute to the “Chairman of the Board” last performed on its stage in 2003. The four-person show will be led by star and co-director Doug Breau, who will take the audience from the 1940s swing era to the Rat Pack’s Las Vegas playground. The show includes “Strangers in the Night,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “New York, New York” among other standards.

Breau has performed professionally more than two decades and worked in Nashville five years before returning to Mobile. His recent album, “Sentimental Favorites,” is a salute to Sinatra and the music of his era.

The show runs Oct. 16-25 in the facility at 14 N. Lafayette St. Friday and Saturday curtain is at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

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

For tickets, call 251-433-7513 or email mtg.boxoffice@gmail.com. You can also reserve them online at http://www.mobiletheatreguild.org/box.html.


Arts Council news on Throwdown 4 and awards
The numbers from Mobile Arts Council’s fourth annual Throwdown fundraiser on Sept. 18 are in and it looks as if it was another successful event. By early estimates, $20,000 was raised, $9,000 of it in the silent auction.

There were 250-plus attendees on hand to indulge as artist Haley Franklin stole the champion’s belt from Rando Dixon. Franklin’s piece pulled in the highest bid for a winner yet, and she’ll have a full year to rest before defending her title next September.

Also overheard were scant plans for the retooled Greater Mobile Art Awards. Rebranded as the Artys, the ceremony is slotted for a December date at the Saenger Theatre.

Word has it the awards themselves are to be expanded, with awards handed out in additional new categories — to date there are awards for emerging artist, artist, organization, educator, volunteer, business, patron and lifetime achievement. While nominees will be announced beforehand, the actual winners won’t be known until the ceremony.


Acclaimed Dover Quartet plays Laidlaw
In 2013, the Banff International String Quartet was set on edge when the Dover String Quartet swept through its competition. Within months, it became one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world.

That hasn’t slowed down for the group composed of cellist Camden Shaw, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt and violinists Bryan Lee and Joel Link. Their 2015-16 touring schedule finds them playing Carnegie Hall, the Lucerne Festival, Yale University and Lincoln Center. In addition, they will be Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at Northwestern University and perform four concerts in Washington, D.C., including a piece written for them by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.

Also on that touring schedule is Mobile. On Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m., Mobile Chamber Music Society brings the Dover Quartet to the stage of the Recital Hall at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on the University of South Alabama campus.

The afternoon’s program includes Mozart’s Quartet in B-flat Major “Hunt,” Henri Dutilleux’s “Ainsi la nuit” and Antonin Dvorák’s Quartet in F Major “American.”

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