A husband swears he sees his wife wandering the streets alone and his imagination runs wild, imagining her infidelity. A curious aroma on her clothes leads to admission of an embarrassing secret but no further divulgence. Tension mounts.
This is the seed of Enrico Golisciani’s 1909 one-act opera “The Secret of Susanna,” a wry work first staged by Mobile Opera 72 years ago. Their latest version on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. is a renewal in every sense as they again utilize the Murphy High School auditorium (100 S. Carlen St.).
Single tickets are still available at $45/$30 for regular tickets and $10 for students. Call 251-432-6772 or go to mobileopera.org.
MOJO features college talent at Bernheim
Though students are exposed to jazz in high school, it’s when they hit college that horizons broaden and challenges intensify. The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) will highlight emerging stars of the central Gulf Coast when they stage College 101 for their February Jazz Jambalaya.
The Coastal Alabama Community College Jazz Band will perform at Bernheim Hall in the Ben May Public Library (701 Government St.) under the direction of Rebecca Barry. The show is Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Entrance is $15, $12 for students/military and $10 for MOJO members. Call 251-459-2298 or go to mojojazz.org.
Carnival show returns to Sway
The return of Carnival food carts and street barricades tell everyone the moonpies and plastic beads are flying downtown. If a few nights a week aren’t enough to elevate your Mardi Gras spirit, wander into Sway (10 S. Conception St.) for a show with a pre-Lenten vibe.
“Carnivalesque II” will run from February through April 6 and is themed with Mobile’s longest-running street party. The 15 artists include Lucy Gafford, Jessica Maples, Jordan Atchison, Billy Jordan, Devlin Wilson, Suzette Callahan, DeAnthony Dulaney, ConZ 8000, Stallworth, Gary Brady, Jeremy Wolff, Brad Fuller, Lisa Hancock and more.
For more information, call 251-650-4020 or go to swaydowntown.com.
Nonprofit lands state grant
The Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival (GCEHJF) was awarded a $3,050 grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts on Dec. 12. For the last 20 years, GCEHJF has brought a mixture of jazz educational and performance opportunities to the Mobile area for little to no cost, including the two-week Marcus Johnson Jazz Camp in midsummer.
GCEHJF will once again execute the camp, a recital and concerts featuring the camp students, a special luminary from New Orleans, and notable local musical and spoken-word artists. The series begins in late July 2019.
The grant is made possible by appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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