The Streets Alive festival in November 2014 was the state’s first open streets festival, wherein a section of downtown was closed to vehicle traffic for an entire afternoon and transformed into a vibrant celebration of community. For a Sunday afternoon, the Lt. Tommy Menton Memorial Mile Loop was transformed into something more than just a thoroughfare.
The event is scheduled to return to downtown Mobile on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 2-6 p.m. The boundaries will once again run from Washington Avenue, down Dauphin Street to Joachim, then back to Washington on Conti.
The event will feature live music, dancing, yoga and sports activities. A timetable for events will be posted at mobilestreetsalive.org.
They are also looking for vendors of unique, locally produced items (no edible items, please) to heighten atmosphere. Vendors will be grouped into a “Makers’ Garden” to serve as a destination for attracting shoppers. Tents provided are 10’ by 10’ and there will be no vendor’s fee, although the organization is asking participants to help with promotion.
If you’re interested in this opportunity, call 251-377-7711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neil Simon classic on stage in Chickasaw
What happens when a couple of middle-aged divorcés — one a fussbudget hypochondriac and official neurotic mess and the other a slovenly sportswriter — are forced into cohabitation in a Manhattan apartment? At the hand of Neil Simon, it adds up to hilarity.
The pair of polarized pals who make up Simon’s “The Odd Couple” spawned from humorous repartee the playwright heard between newly single roommates. It premiered on the American stage in 1965, raked in a host of Tony Awards, then leapt onto the silver screen in 1968. That hit begat a top-ranked TV network sitcom that ran from 1970-1975 and firmly established Felix Unger and Oscar Madison as cultural archetypes.
Now the Chickasaw Civic Theater brings this ill-matched but widely loved duo to its playhouse at 801 Iroquois St. Steven Castle and Kelly Teague portray the titular twosome. They’re joined by Tony Scarborough, Alton Landry, Jon Robataille and Nathan Harrison as the faithful poker buddies, while Tracie Collier and Pat Marion take wing as the winsome Pigeon sisters.
Weekend performances are Sept. 11-13 and 18-30. Friday and Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15, $12 for senior citizens, students and military. For reservations, call 251-457-8887 or go to cctshows.com.
History Museum announces new arrivals
The History Museum of Mobile isn’t just gathering local collectibles and antiquities for display in its facility at 111 S. Royal St. It appears to be venturing out to bring far-flung pieces back to the Azalea City.
On Sept. 2, the History Museum welcomed back a wooden ritual bench and voting box that was used by the Beth Zur Lodge Number 84, a local chapter of the Jewish fraternal organization B’nai B’rith International. The artifacts had been away for over a half-century.
According to a news release from the museum, the Mobile lodge was formed in 1865 by German Jewish immigrants. Both items date back to the founding period. The objects were previously in the organization’s national archives in Washington, D.C. Local members of the Jewish community negotiated for their return.
Though they won’t be immediately displayed, they can be seen by appointment. Interested parties should contact Holly Jansen, curator of collections, at email@example.com or by calling 251-208-7420.
Located in the Old City Hall/Southern Market, museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Men’s chorus mimics Keillor for show
The Port City Men’s Chorus is playing geographical matchmaker by bringing a little bit of Lake Wobegon to Mobile Bay. Their next show adopts the Garrison Keillor approach with “Port City Home Companion” on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. in Bernheim Hall of the Ben May Main Library at 701 Government St.
The melodic males will visit fictional Fort Chalaga thanks to “sponsors” like Jubilee Cake Mix, Sandy’s Linseed Oil and Judge Roy Bean’s Watering Hole. The show also will feature the stylings of special guest Buddy Shelton.
A silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will go toward the group’s trip to the GALA Festival in Denver, Colorado, in July 2016.
Tickets are $10. Supporters and attendees can reserve tickets by messaging the organization via its Facebook page. Tickets will also be available at the door.