If good things come in small packages, then Cathedral Square Gallery, 612 Dauphin St., will be filled with wonderful things in March. That’s when the Alabama Miniature Art Society will exhibit its annual Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show, in which a panoply of works measuring 25 square inches or less will compete for honors.

Last year’s event featured 116 works from 33 artists, some as far away as the United Kingdom. Cash prizes come along with the top five awards and additional merit awards will be handed out.

An opening reception will take place during the March 11 LoDa Artwalk, with appetizers, wine tastings and music by the Bay Rat Cannolis.
Entrance is free. For more information call 251-694-0278.  


Mobile Ballet takes flight in Swan Lake
From the first time it was performed by the Bolshoi Ballet in 1877, it wasn’t clear Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” was destined for eternal adulation. But the initial failure would eventually join “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty” as his great trilogy of ballets.
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Fashioned from Russian folk tales and German short stories about shape-shifting and sorcery, the work is nonetheless considered the “national ballet” of Russia. Earlier short works by Tchaikovsky with similar themes were implemented into the more majestic masterpiece once it was commissioned by the director of the Moscow Imperial Theatre.

This version starring Vilia Putrius and Mindaugas Bauzys will be brought to life by Mobile Ballet on March 12 and 13 at the Mobile Civic Center Theater, 401 Civic Center Drive.
The Saturday show begins at 7:30 p.m. while the Sunday matinee is at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets begin at $20 and run to $60. Discounted prices for children, students, military and senior citizens are available. For more information call 251-342-2241 or go to mobileballet.org.


Irish weekend at Saenger
Though a Bronx gal by birth, musician Joanie Madden found her fame with the music from another shore. After she was crowned an All-Ireland champion on flute and whistle, she became the integral force behind Cherish the Ladies.

The all-female sextet features traditional Irish music in a field that has heretofore been dominated by male artists. In the last 29 years, they’ve played international venues in rollicking shows that include step dancers.

The Mobile Symphony Orchestra shares the bill in a March 12 and 13 show at the Saenger Theatre, 6 S. Joachim St. promising to be rambunctious and emotional. Of course, no Irish show would be complete without an appearance by Mobile’s own Celtic music group, Mithril.

The Saturday concert begins at 8 p.m. The Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets run $20 to $75 and prices vary with seating. For more information go to mobilesymphony.org.


MMoA features experimental sounds
Premiering in March 2015, the University of South Alabama’s New Music Collective began an experiment in graphic score notation, use of extended techniques, nontraditional instruments, improvisation and extra-musical media.

Their anniversary finds them performing at the Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive, March 17 in a show featuring a brass quintet, a string trio, 21st century snare drumming and performance art.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the show begins promptly at 7 p.m. Entrance is $10 at the door. Beer and wine will be available by donation. For more information call 251-208-5200 or go to mobilemuseumofart.com.