In their 2009 book “The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement,” psychologists W. Keith Campbell and Jean M. Twenge quoted from a study showing how the incidence of narcissistic personality traits has risen just as quickly as obesity among 37,000 college students over the last 30 years. Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Foursquare and even Google+ has been credited as the perfect vehicle for that growth, both facilitating and promoting it.

Other psychologists across the nation have come to similar conclusions. The ability to tailor our virtual lives to suit our egos is having effects that might not benefit society in the long run.

This trend will be the focus of the next Science Café from the University of South Alabama Archaeology Museum on Nov. 10, 6 p.m., at the OK Bicycle Shop (661 Dauphin St.). The chief speaker will be Dr. Joshua Foster, associate professor of the Behavior and Brain Sciences Program at USA.

The event is free. For more information, call 251-460-6106.

Chickasaw stages Christie classic
As an old paddle steamer churns up the Nile carrying British tourists on a sightseeing lark, gossip about the passengers makes the rounds. There’s a reputedly wealthy new bride and her honeymooning husband, a snippy older woman and her niece, a young socialist, an Eastern European doctor, a clergyman and a French maid.

Just as the craft is set to disembark, they’re joined by the girlfriend of the new husband — who is also his bride’s best friend. All the pieces are in place for murder.

The expected alibis from everyone make the resolution a vexing one, typical of playwright Agatha Christie.

“Death on the Nile,” the new show from Chickasaw Civic Theatre, runs Nov. 6-15 at the Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St.). Nedra Bloom directs the 13-member cast.

Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 or $12 for students, senior citizens and active military. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 251-457-8887.

For more info, go to the theatre’s website or visit them on Facebook at

Trio Solisti plays Mobile Chamber Music
Pegged by The New Yorker as “the most exciting piano trio in America,” Trio Solisti has elicited similar accolades wherever they have played. The trio’s press book is filled with laudatory reviews from the likes of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

They have spent 11 years as ensemble-in-residence at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. The trio has also played the Telluride Music Festival for 13 years and collaborated with composers such as Phillip Glass, Lowell Liebermann, Paul Moravec and Kevin Puts.

Now this combo of pianists Maria Bachmann and Adam Nieman and cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach will add the Azalea City to their tour list with an appearance for Mobile Chamber Music. The Sunday, Nov. 8, concert begins at 3 p.m. at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on the University of South Alabama campus.

The program for the afternoon includes Joaquin Turina’s Piano Trio No. 2 in B minor, Op. 76; Johannes Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87; Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Trio No. 3, Op. 122; and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
For ticket information, call 251-476-8794.

Museum of Art reception
The Nov. 12 opening reception for the surfeit of exhibits at Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Drive) will be the sole event around the premiere. The members-only soiree will be held that Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. With no Friday event, local art lovers are free to attend the November LoDa Artwalk downtown.
The exhibits making their debut are:
• John Cerney’s “Selfie”
• “sizeMATTERS”
• Raine Bedsole’s “You Are the River”
• Hiroshi Sueyoshi’s “Rock Garden”
• “American Art: 1945 to the Present,” including “Master American Crafts: 1945 to the Present”
• “A Passion for the Past: New Acquisitions from the Schoenknecht-Paul Collection, Part I: The Americans”
If you would like membership information for the Mobile Museum of Art, call 251-208-5200 or go to

Exploreum lands PNC grant
The PNC Foundation has awarded the Gulf Coast Exploreum a $25,000 grant for its “Little Discoveries” educational program for kids aged 5 and under. “Little Discoveries” melds STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — with creative outlets like art and reading by using stories that launch hands-on activities in the Exploreum’s Wharf of Wonder.

“A key part of the Exploreum’s mission is about sparking creativity and imagination, which builds creative thinking skills and adds to an understanding about scientific and world concepts,” Exploreum Executive Director Jan McKay said in a news release. “We are grateful for this generous grant from The PNC Foundation for the ‘Little Discoveries’ program that is a vital part of that mission.”

“Little Discoveries” is part of the Exploreum’s outreach initiatives offered at certain times during the year at the main branch of the Mobile Pubic Library. The PNC grant will help provide program transportation, equipment and supplies.

Session topics include constellations, colorful science, ocean science, energy science, weather science and food science, among others.

The PNC Foundation receives principal funding from the PNC Financial Services Group. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Its signature program “Grow Up Great” has created a $350 million, multi-year initiative for children from birth to age 5.