One local business is blending creativity with charity. Marnee’s Studio (2353 Airport Blvd.) is an artist-owned facility that will partner with a women’s health agency for the event “Picassos for P.P.” on June 29, 6-8:30 p.m.
The “twist on traditional paint parties” will use acrylic paints and mixed media. Guests can chose from four figures (two male, two female) to be the focus of the piece.

Cost is $35. Half of the proceeds will go toward Planned Parenthood.

The event is BYOB. Appetizers, music and supplies are included.

Reservations are recommended. Call 318-564-4634 or email with questions.

MMoA film series renews for summer
If you’re looking for a cool, dark spot to hide from summer’s humid heat, look no farther than the Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Drive) in Langan Park. Its summer film series takes viewers through the tales of master artists using the modern world’s most familiar artistic medium.

Things start on Thursday, June 15, at 3 p.m. with director Julie Taymor’s startling 2002 film “Frida,” starring Salma Hayek. This riveting biography of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is as visually compelling as its namesake’s work and picked up an Academy Award for its musical score.

The movie is rated R for sexuality and language. Attendees must be at least 16 or accompanied by an adult.

On Thursday, June 22, at 3 p.m. the museum screens Julian Schnabel’s 1996 biopic “Basquiat,” starring Jeffrey Wright as the iconoclastic modern neo-expressionist. Basquiat’s appearance at the hub of late 20th century’s urban art fusion made him the toast of New York City until his early death in 1988. The director was a contemporary of the titular artist.

The movie is unrated but contains drug use and sexual themes. Attendees must be at least 16 or accompanied by an adult.
Future films will cover such artist as Picasso, Van Gogh, Banksy and Klimt.
For more information, call 251-208-5200 or go to

Get ready for summer’s solar show
Maybe the biggest event of 2017 is one with a heavenly origin that will cut across the entire continent. On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will roll ashore in coastal Oregon. The path of totality will cut a swath across the entire nation before exiting the South Carolina coast that afternoon.

Find out all you need to know about this rare and awe-inspiring event when Martin Fanning, president of the Mobile Astronomical Society, presents “Preparing for the Great American Eclipse of 2017” on Saturday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.). Fanning will describe the mechanics of eclipses, what to expect and how to safely view it.

The event is free. Registration isn’t required but strongly encouraged. For more info, call 251-208-7078, 251-208-7085 or email