Events for Friday, Apr 07, 2017

85th Anniversary of Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Walter and Bessie Bellingrath developed the beautiful property now known as Bellingrath Gardens from a rustic fishing camp purchased in 1918. Over the years, more and more friends and family members would venture to the property to admire the gardens. On April 6, 1932, Walter Bellingrath placed an ad in the Mobile Register, inviting the public to tour the Gardens the next day. The Bellingraths were stunned by the response: Nearly 4,700 visitors arrived, causing a huge traffic jam. The couple decided to keep the Gardens open to the public and to charge a small admission fee. Life at their idyllic Fowl River retreat would never be the same. To celebrate this milestone, guests are invited to enjoy the Gardens on April 7, 2017, at a special admission rate of $8.50 per person. Other surprises will be in store! Join us on this special day in the history of Bellingrath Gardens and Home.

Location: Bellingrath Gardens and Home

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MPL:  Opera Tales-The Three Little Pigs- Students Pre-K through 5th Grade

The Alabama School of the Arts / University of Mobile Opera Theater invites students to an operatic version of the story of The Three Little Pigs based on scenes from operas by W. A. Mozart. While brother pigs Don Giovanni and Cherubino set off to make homes of sticks and straw, their sister, Despina, goes to the library to read up on "huff-proof, puff-proof" home construction. After Wolfgang Bigbad blows down the boys’ flimsy homes, they run to their sister’s sturdy new brick house quite ready to admit that going to the library and reading books is a pretty smart thing to do after all. The show runs approximately 40 minutes. For more information, go to the website of the author’s page at: http://www.operatales.com/three-little-pigs.shtml. Seating is limited; groups must make reservations. For more information or to reserve seats, please call the Ben May Main Library Children’s Department at 208-7086 or crhodes@mplonline.org.

Location: Bernheim Hall - Ben May Public Library

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Japanese Flower Arranging

Every first Friday of the month, September - May. Not offered for the summer months in June - August. Workshops with Ikebana International of Mobile, Chapter 164. Newcomers welcome; admission is free.

Location: Asian Cultural House

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Art in Action: Strengthening Community Through Theatrical Arts

Mobile Museum of Art welcomes The Joe Jefferson Playhouse, Eric C. Browne, and Jason McKenzie for a discussion about JJP and an improv exercise. The talk will cover a quick history of JJP and Community Theater in Mobile, discuss our upcoming shows, and the importance of community theater. Immediately following the talk, JJP will lead an improv exercise that’s fun for all ages and will showcase how improv can be used in life, community involvement, and more.

Eric C. Browne is the Director of Theatre Studies at Baker High School FAME Academy, and Jason McKenzie is the Executive Director of The Joe Jefferson Players. JJP is a community theater group originating in Mobile. For more information about the 2017 season line-up and more, visit our website

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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“Engaging the Next Generation” to host a Non Profit Volunteer Fair

The event will feature an exhibit of over 40 area non-profits in an effort to connect young professionals to their organizational needs and volunteer opportunities. The event will also include music by SouthSounds Music Fest as a part of the monthly LoDa Artwalk.

Engaging the Next Generation is a collaborative program that was established in 2008 to showcase non-profit organizations in the Mobile area while connecting them with the innovators of the next generation.  Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood is partnering with Mobile United’s Government Committee to present the 9th annual volunteer fair for the young professionals in the Mobile community, between the ages of 21 to 39. This event will have representatives from local non-profit agencies to give more information about their organization’s needs and volunteer opportunities. Engaging the Next Generation is sponsored by: Mobile United, Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood, the City of Mobile, and the Mobile County Sheriff’s office.  

This event is free and open to the public. To sign up to be a vendor, please contact Katherine Pitman with Mobile United at kpitman@mobileunited.org  To find out more information about the event, please visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/engagingthenextgeneration

Location: Dauphin Street

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April Artwalk at MAC

Due to Easter weekend being April 14- 16, ArtWalk will be held the FIRST Friday of this month (April 7th).  As SouthSounds Music & Arts Festival will be going on as well, you'll be sure to see much of the Mobile Community in the Downtown area.  Our April Exhibitions include: Mobile Art Association's Spring Show in the Skinny Gallery, Colleen Comer's "Lay Down" Show in the Danielle Juzan Gallery, and the South Mississippi Art League will show in our Small Room Gallery.  Admission is free, as always!

Location: Mobile Arts Council

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Cathedral Square Gallery celebrating South Sounds

Cathedral Square Gallery is celebrating South Sounds with live music by Bayou Rhythm - Artwalk - Friday April 7.  Wine Tastings, Appetizers

Location: Cathedral Square Gallery

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SouthSounds Music Festival

Participating Bands: Explosions in the Sky, The Wild Feathers, JoJo's Slim Wednesday, Big Freedia, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, THE MARCUS KING BAND, All Them Witches, JEFF the Brotherhood, Royal Teeth, Diarrhea Planet, Muddy Magnolias, Humming House, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Sweet Crude, Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, Doc Holiday, Cupid, The High Divers, Jamell Richardson, Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces, The Underhill Family Orchestra, Young Mister, Future Elevators, The Krickets, Lustravi, Eleanor Tallie, Eric Erdman, Ranch Ghost, Marco Pave, Alfred Banks, And The Echo, Nick and The Ovorols, Paper Lights, Blackwater Brass, Post Pluto, Jukebox Brass Band, The Artisanals, Paw Paw's Medicine Cabinet, Fort Defiance, The Difference Machine, The Dirty Lungs, Bon Bon Vivant, Baak Gwai, Jimmy Lumpkin & The Revival, Infant Richard and the Delta Stones, She Returns From War, BLACK TITAN, A Sunday Fire, The Burning Peppermints, Eterniti Everlasting, Curse The Flesh, T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes, Bantam Foxes, Mr.88, Beamin & Timmy, Unicorn Bounty Hunters, 10th Letter, Slide Bayou, Sexy Dex and the Fresh, The Red Clay Strays, Josh Preston, Abe Partridge, The Hallers, Roadside Glorious, Multi N' Funk Band, Redfield, Glass War, Robin Colman, Alvin King & The Kazoola Jazz Band, Ras Apollo Yahson, Deception Show, On The Rox Band, Chad Parker Duo, Mark Smith Band, MixUp Band, The McCrates, Suhmer Brown, DJ Charles III

Location: Downtown Mobile

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CHRISTENBERRY: In Alabama

This exhibition of William Christenberry’s work is organized on the occasion of the Alabama Bicentennial Celebration, and honors the artist’s exploration of themes related to this native state: Alabama’s landscape, structures, traditions, and people.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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Contemporary Alabama Photography

Guest Curator Richard McCabe (Curator of Photography at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans) selects work by various photography artists from throughout Alabama as part of Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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THE MOBILE DELTA: Glass & Light

Rene Culler’s site-specific work is a mural in glass that celebrates the species-rich Delta and its atmospheric qualities. The Delta is a changeling environment which is constantly shaped and molded by the weather and waterways. As the grasses, almost transparent, catch the light, Culler’s drawings and painting in glass suggest the landscape that southern Alabama holds so dear. The composition is a wall of natural light utilized as a glass canvas for drawing, painting and printing with vitreous enamels. Slumped dimensional panels and blown glass abstractly portray the location’s dimensionality.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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