Dorothy Parker was caustic, hilarious and brilliant. A member of the legendary Algonquin Round Table, the satirist became a force of American literature while still in her 20s. Her biting observations became famous. Her review of one play: “If you don’t knit, bring a book.”
Claudia Baumgarten will perform “Wit and Wrath,” her one-woman tribute to Parker, at Bernheim Hall in the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.) on Saturday, June 23, at 2 p.m. This show played to sold-out audiences at the New Orleans Tennessee Williams Festival in 2014 and 2015 and at the 2017 Washington, D.C., Capital Fringe Festival.
Admission is free. Light refreshments follow the performance.
For more information, call 251-2088-7097.
MOJO returns after weather absence
The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed canceled its May performance after Subtropical Storm Alberto threatened but never materialized in the Azalea City. Now they’re back with a horn-heavy show for a little make-up sax.
Pensacola’s Joe Occhipinti has merged a rhythm section with a quartet of saxophonists in a show titled “Sax Four Fun.” The show is Monday, June 25, 6:30 p.m. at Gulf City Lodge (601 State St.).
Entrance is $15, $12 for military/student and $10 for MOJO members. A light jambalaya dinner is included and a cash bar is available.
For more information, call 251-459-2298, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to mojojazz.org.
“Coast of America” at ESAC through July
Artist Herb Willey’s coastal watercolors will seem endearingly familiar to locals. He has a slant on what makes them possible.
“We’ve got more coastline than Mexico does, so why isn’t it the Gulf of America?” Willey pondered.
His perspective brought a name to the exhibit of more than 40 watercolors on display at the Eastern Shore Art Center (401 Oak Ave., Fairhope) through July 28. All the work was executed in the last three years at locations in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Now 78 years old, Willey began painting in childhood, then majored in fine art at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He went on to found his own advertising firm in New Orleans, picking up the business for Oreck vacuum cleaners along the way.
In the 1990s, Willey bought a Dauphin Island house intended as a getaway. Hurricane anxiety and travel time to New Orleans caused him to sell it.
“Now I live in the spot that Hurricane Katrina came ashore,” Willey laughed, in reference to his Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, home.
Willey said his paintings will be in the library at the University of Southern Mississippi-Long Beach for three months. He has another show planned for Mobile Arts Council in December.
For more information on ESAC, call 251-928-2228.