Even though February’s LoDa ArtWalk will step aside to make room for Mardi Gras, Sway Downtown (10 S. Conception St.) is embracing the theme for their new show, “Carnivalesque III.” The Mardi Gras theme is perfect since the Order of Inca parade will roll by their front window on Feb. 14.
Gallery personnel said more than 20 artists are showing, including Lydia Host, Sarah Fischer, Patrick Tucker, Suzette Callahan, Samantha Daniels, Cameron Hodges, Clay Orlando, Jessica Maples, Bertice McPherson, Bradford Fuller, Mayssam Iskandar, Jerry Roldan, Mrinal Joshi, Bailey Turner, Ben Marsh and others.
The opening reception runs from 5:30 – 9 p.m.
For more information, call 251-650-4020 or go to swaydowntown.com.
Keller saga onstage in Langan Park
Though it’s been 140 years since Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, her story continues to inspire generations. Struck deaf and blind at 19 months old, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and become a prolific author who traveled the world advocating for women’s suffrage, labor rights and other causes.
Keller’s autobiography was turned into the drama ”The Miracle Worker” in the 1950s and enthralled TV and theatrical audiences. It revealed the struggle of Anne Sullivan, Keller’s first teacher who led the unbridled youngster into education’s awakening through perseverance.
The Playhouse in the Park (4851 Museum Drive) stages this unforgettable tale throughout February. School performances will be held Feb. 12, 13, 18 and 19 at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Public performances will be held Feb. 15, 16, 21 and 22. Friday/Saturday curtain is 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee is at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $16, $14 for students and seniors.
For more information, call 251-422-5434 or go to playhouseinthepark.org.
Two-day opera event in Midtown
Mobile Opera offers two parts to their customary midwinter event in early February. On Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., they present “An Engine for Social Change: Opera as a Champion of Women’s Rights” at Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall (1900 Dauphin St.). Conductor and musicologist Dr. Bernard McDonald of Iowa’s Simpson College and University of North Carolina at Greensboro specialist in women’s studies Dr. Mandy Cooper will examine the way music has treated women through the ages and subsequent effects on suffrage. Entrance is free.
On Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., the Winter Gala Concert takes place at Murphy High School Auditorium (100 S. Carlen St.). All four of the Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Scholarship winners will perform. Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Suzanne Marie Lommler will perform “Fury and Pathos: Seductive Women in Opera,” featuring music from “Carmen,” “Les Huguenots,” a special aria by Mozart and more.
Admission is $25, $10 for students. Tickets are available at the door.
For more information, call 251-432-6772 or go to mobileopera.org.
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