The monthly LoDa Artwalk at the Mobile Arts Council has been moved from its customary second Friday to coincide with SouthSounds Music Festival. The big weekend will meet a big show drawing from two states.

The Skinny Gallery will feature work from Mobile Art Association’s annual Spring Show. The exhibit was judged by Craig Reynolds, a plein air veteran from Gulf Shores.

The Danielle Juzan Gallery will feature work from the South Mississippi Art League. Focused on creating traveling exhibits, the featured artists include Pat Abernathy, Sandra Halat, Cissy Quinn, Norma Seward, Paulette Dove, Patt Odom, Stacey Johnson, Carmen Lugo, Carolyn Busenlener, Julia Reyes and George Ann McCullough.

The Small Room will hold an exhibit by Mobilian Colleen Terrell Comer. Titled “Lay Down,” the show focuses on transitions between phases of human lives.

The gallery will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Entrance is free.

For more information, call 251-432-9796 or go to

Science Café gets mileage from mulch
If you’re a gardener, you’re likely familiar with composting or saving organic matter so it slowly converts to a fertilizer. Sure, it’s great for plants, but surely there aren’t any secrets for civilization at large in that pile of water, air, worms, fungi, carbon and nitrogen.

Not so fast, Old MacDonald. Aside from burning wood, we can use first- and second-generation biofuels to try to improve our civilization’s efficiency.

On April 11, 6 p.m. University of South Alabama Chemistry Professor Matthew Reichert, Ph.D., will talk about these energy sources in a Science Café at Moe’s Original BBQ (701 Springhill Ave.) in downtown Mobile. The series is produced by the USA Archaeology Museum, which provides casual settings to engage with scientists in free and open discussions on timely topics.

For more information, call Candice Cravins at 251-460-6106 or Phillip Carr, Ph.D., at 251-460-6907.

Learning Lunch looks at courthouses
For centuries, Alabama life has orbited the courthouses at the geographical, cultural and legal hubs of its towns and cities. Those places continue to be a focal point for folklore and history.

Author and professor Delos Hughes will talk about the places featured in his book “Historic Alabama Courthouses: A Century of Their Images and Stories” for the Wednesday, April 12, noontime Learning Lunch at the History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.). A professor emeritus at Virginia’s Washington and Lee University, Hughes divides his time between his native Alabama and Virginia in the study of architectural history.

The event in the museum auditorium is free. Guests are allowed to bring their lunch.

For more information, call Curator of Education Jennifer Theeck at 251-301-0270 or contact her by email at