Events for Thursday, May 04, 2017

Computers & Smart Devices For the Visually Impaired

Join Ron Wood, a representative of Community Services for Vision Rehabilitation, as he shares tips on using personal computers and the built-in features to aid the visually impaired.

Location: Ben May Main Library

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Thursdays at MMofA

Free admission and access to all galleries; special programs. Thursday, 10 AM - 9 PM.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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The LUV Club

“Living Up to Values” for girls is a program designed to empower and encourage all girls through a variety of activities that include - crafts, games, music and special guests. Registration is encouraged.

Location: Toulminville Branch

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After School Special

Kick back and enjoy some of your favorite films.  The film is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It runs 136 minutes and is rated PG. In addition to the movie, have your picture taken on a green screen to make it appear you are “in” the movie! For more information, call the Ben May Main Library Children’s Department or crhodes@mplonline.org.

Location: Ben May Main Library

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MMofA: Night Market

MMofA hosts a monthly Night Market that showcases makers, artists, artisans, and craftsman who make locally-sourced, handmade goods. Support your local artists and join the party and shopping fun with great food, drink, and live music.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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Cocktails with the Critters

Cocktails with Critters, the 12th annual fundraiser for the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation, will be Thursday, May 4, from 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm at Bluegill Restaurant on the Causeway. This will be an exciting evening overlooking Mobile Bay. Featuring Artist Stig Marcussen and musical entertainment by local singer, Eric Erdman. For those seeking more thrills, there will be a fantastic silent auction. The Bluegill Restaurant is pulling out all the stops and will be serving fabulous and tasty hors d’oeuvres and wine and beer.

Location: Blue Gill Restaurant

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A Tribute to Albert Murray Alabama Writers’ Hall of Fame

Paul Devlin, Murray scholar and long time friend, will discuss the life and writing of Mobile native and 2015 inaugural Alabama Writers Hall of Fame inductee, Albert Murray. Devlin accepted the Alabama Writers’ Hall of Fame medal for Murray, who died in 2013.  Following the presentation, Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, a partnership program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and co-director of the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame, will moderate a public discussion with Devlin.

Following the presentation, people are invited to gather in the Armbrecht/Briskman Meeting Room for cake and punch in celebration of Mr. Murray’s 101th birthday coming up May 12. 

Paul Devlin is co-editor (with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.) of the Library of America's definitive edition of Albert Murray's work. Volume one, non-fiction and memoirs, was published in October 2016. Volume two, fiction and poetry, will be published in 2018.

Devlin edited a collection of Murray's previously uncollected and unpublished interviews and music writings, Murray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Blues and Jazz (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), and Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones as told to Albert Murray (Minnesota, 2011), a finalist for the Jazz Journalists Association's book award. Devlin’s writing has appeared in many publications, including newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. He teaches at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.

The program is collaboration among the Mobile Public Library, the Alabama Writers’ Hall of Fame, and the Southern Literary Trail, and is funded by Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mobile Public Library, and the Alabama Writers’ Forum, a partnership program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

THE SOUTHERN LITERARY TRAIL® is America's only tri-state literary trail connecting mythic places that influenced great novelists and playwrights of the 20th Century.  The 2017 trail celebrates Trailfest! During Trailfest, special commemorations will be held at Southern Literary Trail sites throughout Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. 

For further information, go to www.southernliterarytrail.org/events-2015-al.html.

Location: Bernheim Hall at the Ben May Main Library

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