Events for Saturday, Aug 19, 2017

MPL: Family Research

 Members of the Tristan de Luna Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be at the Local History and Genealogy Division from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. to assist you with your questions and research for documentation concerning your ancestors. For more information, call 208-7093.

Location: Local History and Genealogy Division

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MPL: Out of this World Book Club

Join us for a SciFi/Fantasy book club from the comfort of your home. Meetings will be conducted entirely over Skype video chat.  This month’s topic of discussion is City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett. 

To participate in the group chat, download and register for a Skype ID for free at: http://www.skype.com/en/. Once you’re registered, simply have the Skype program open, log in at 10 a.m. on the day of the meeting, and click or tap the answer button. For more information or help with Skype set up, contact Jill Stewart at 470-7770 or jstewart@mplonline.org.

Location: Moorer Spring Hill Branch

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MPL: Something Special for Saturday

Visit with friends and enjoy making Balloon Rockets. For more information, please call 470-7770 or email ftigner@mplonline.org.

Location: Moorer Spring Hill Branch

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Port City Men’s Chorus: A Concert Celebrating COURAGE

This program has been made possible by grants from The Alabama State Council on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Location: Bernheim Hall, Ben May Main Library

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Chickasaw Civic Theatre: The Little Mermaid

Disney’s award-winning Broadway show The Little Mermaid swims into Chickasaw Civic Theatre August 4-20! Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World” along with brand new songs! This spectacular production is sure to have you dancing and singing along the entire time!

Location: Chickasaw Civic Theatre

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USA: “Beauty in USA’s Back Yard” Art Exhibit

“Beauty in USA’s Back Yard” refers to the beauty Ron and Dawn have discovered at USA’s very own Glenn Sabastian Nature Trail. It is their hope that by this exhibit, they can make more people aware of the beauty of the nature trail. All but two of the photographs in this exhibit were taken at the nature trail (the other two were taken on USA Campus). The nature trail has been a part of the USA campus for nearly 30 years. Efforts to officially recognize the trail began with geography major Amy Milam in 2006. Amy mapped the trails and held numerous fundraisers that helped to pay for trail improvements. She also received approval to name the trail for Dr. Glenn Sebastian. In the fall of 2011, Brian Allred, assistant director of Campus Recreation, spearheaded efforts to bring the nature trail project to fruition. With substantial financial support from the Student Government Association, the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail is now a reality.

Ron and Dawn have been interested in photography their whole lives and are both well-traveled, having taken pictures the world over. Interested in many facets of photography, they have a special love for the beauty of God’s nature, which is exemplified by the Glenn Sabastian Nature Trail.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.
http://www.southalabama.edu/librarygalleries/current.html. ​

Location: Marx Library, University of South Alabama

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Chickasaw Civic Theatre: The Little Mermaid

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman & Josh Musker and written and directed by John Musker & Ron Clements.  For tickets and information visit cctshows.com or call 251-457-8887

Location: Chickasaw Civic Theatre

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Now Theatre: Constellations

About the Play:

Nick Payne’s Constellations is a play about free will, fate, and friendship.  At its heart it is a timeless story of boy meets girl…again and again and again as the relationship of Roland (a beekeeper) and Marianne (a theoretical physicist) unfolds through the theory of quantum multiverse.  In this theory every choice a person has ever or never made exists in a vast, time-bending group of parallel universes. In Constellations, the infinite possibilities of a relationship are explored with intelligence, compassion and humor. Which of the futures will Roland and Marianne choose? Is their destiny their own, or is their fate written in the stars?

About the Theatre:

Now Theatre began as the shared brain-child of Professors of Acting Paul Hurley and Christie Maturo. Hurley teaches at the University of South Alabama (USA) in Mobile, and Maturo in Wichita Falls, TX at Midwestern State University (MWSU) – both communities are over a 2-hour drive away from professional theatre. Prior to their teaching appointments, Hurley and Maturo worked for a number of years as professional Equity actors at theatres all across the country. As actors as well as professors, both felt the longing to stretch their artistic muscles and perform before a live audience. As a result, Now Theatre was formed. “Constellations is a stunning and unique piece of theatre.  Our hope is that there are shared benefits for our students from working on the show, the community from seeing the show, and for ourselves as we continue to acquire new experiences to bring with us into the classroom” - Hurley. Both Maturo and Hurley feel that it is important to not just share past experiences and knowledge with their students, but to continue to grow themselves and offer a joint opportunity to do so alongside other young artists. “Watching our students grow in knowledge and skills and getting to witness them fall more in love with this art form, is so rewarding to us as theatre artists, and rejuvenating for us as teachers. We are thrilled to share the work of Now Theatre with these two communities” -Maturo.

Hurley will play Roland, Maturo will play Marianne, and the production will be directed by Sally Story, the new Professor of Directing at MWSU.  Running Time approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. 

 

The show will reopen in Wichita Falls, TX at Midwestern State University in the studio theatre located in the B-Wing of Fain Fine Arts.  Performances are August 25 and 26 at 7:30 and August 27 at 2:00.  Tickets are $5 and will be on sale one hour before the show begins.

Location: Laidlaw Performing Arts Center

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Mobile Theatre Guild: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM | Sunday matinee at 2 PM

WRITTEN BY EDWARD ALBEE
DIRECTED BY JOE FUSELLI

· JOANN OLIVERA AS MARTHA
· TIMOTHY GUY AS GEORGE
· VICTORIA JOHNSON AS HONEY
· BRENDON COOKE AS NICK


George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces, amidst general profanity, that she has invited a young couple — an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naive new bride — to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the charade begins. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn't care less. But underneath the edgy banter, which is crossfired between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha's inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.

Winner of the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play. The Broadway production of this play was a shattering and memorable experience and proclaimed the author as a major American playwright.

 

Location: Mobile Theatre Guild

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