Aside from Miles Davis, John Coltrane is the biggest heavyweight in modern jazz. His technical marvel combined with soulful tones and a boundless adventure to imbue him with a mystic aura almost unmatched in modern music. His influence was cited widely, from Jimi Hendrix to the Stooges, Erykah Badu to OutKast.
Saxophonist Rebecca Barry will tackle headline duties when the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) salutes the jazz giant on March 25, 6:30 p.m. at Bernheim Hall in the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.). Bassist Tom Latenser, drummer Jimmy Roebuck and Emmy-winning keyboardist and composer Camara Kambon will join Barry.
Entrance is $15, $12 for military/students and $10 for MOJO members.
For more information, call 251-459-2298 or go to mojojazz.org.
ACAC starts funding drive
The Alabama Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) at 301 Conti St. has a new vehicle to be “a launching pad for emerging artists to cultivate their practice, grow their audience and hone their artistic voice.” Plans for their “Third Floor Residency Program” will provide workspaces, open studio printmaking and ceramics facilities, exhibition opportunities and professional development programs.
The ambitious project is kicking off their efforts in grand style with a “Raise the Roof” fundraiser on March 27, 5:30 – 8 p.m. There will be an open bar with craft beer by Haint Blue Brewing and Serda Brewing, heavy hors d’oeuvres from Nourish Café and musical entertainment from the Alvin King Band.
Tickets are $150.
For more information, call 251-208-5671 or go to alabamacontemporary.org.
Madcap classic at JJP
Practical, young Alice Sycamore is an outlier in her wacky clan. When her fiancé and his “normal” family are set to visit, the madcap Sycamores have to recalibrate for appearance’s sake. Of course, true natures emerge and bedlam ensues.
This production of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s comedic “You Can’t Take It With You” is Joe Jefferson Playhouse’s (11 S. Carlen St.) latest play. It runs March 22 – April 7
Friday and Saturday curtain is 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee is 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors/military and $10 for students.
For details, call 251-471-1534 or email email@example.com.
Get your glass to class
Exemplary glass artist Rene Culler is offering a new round of classes for all levels at her Highway 90 studio (2648 Commercial Park Dr.). Students can learn about fusing glass – cutting and firing too – and the use of glass powder to create a scratchboard-like layer where sandblasted powder reveals color patterns.
Make 2 10 x 10 projects with one slumped, as well. Cost is $250 for four weeks. Limited to four or five students.
Monday evenings, 6 – 9:30 p.m. starting March 23.
Call 216-501-1469 for details.
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