Events for Monday, Dec 04, 2017

HMPS: Yoga on the Lawn

Is there a better way to start your weekend? Probably not. 

Location: Historic Mobile Preservation Society

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University of Mobile presents a Concert on the Van Cliburn Steinway Piano

University of Mobile’s most distinguished piano students and faculty from the Alabama School of the Arts will perform a once-in-a-lifetime concert on the Van Cliburn Steinway Piano Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. The public is invited to the free concert at the Steinway Piano Gallery at 11247 US-31, Spanish Fort. For more information, contact Shadoe Valentin at or 251.442.2383. At the height of the Cold War, Texan and virtually unknown pianist Van Cliburn earned his status as a world-renowned musician in 1958 when he won the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Russia. Today, the Steinway piano he owned travels the world as a special exhibit. This concert is part of the university’s inaugural Piano Festival, a yearlong series of special events spotlighting Alabama School of the Arts’ undergraduate and graduate programs in piano performance. Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, associate professor of piano and Steinway Artist, is excited for her students to have this opportunity. “My students are very talented and I am excited to give them the opportunity to perform on the piano of one of the greatest pianists of all time,” said Onalbayeva. For Onalbayeva, this event is particularly special. Her late father was in the audience at Van Cliburn’s winning performance at the Tchaikovsky Competition. She says that he met Cliburn during the three rounds of competition, and they struck up a friendship. “My father always said he was the best pianist he ever heard – and encouraged me to be a pianist like Van Cliburn,” Onalbayeva says. Making history as Kazakhstan’s first Steinway Artist, she credits much of her success to her father’s encouragement in her formative years – and Van Cliburn’s example was central to that encouragement. “To perform on his piano,” she says, “is a dream come true.” University of Mobile is an All-Steinway School and offers a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Music in Piano Performance.

Location: Steinway Piano Gallery

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Mobile Mardi Gras Trail “Happy Hour Tours”

Get a head start on the SEPTEMBER ARTWALK! Meet your guide a few minutes before 5:30 p.m., at "Fathoms," overlooking the corner of Water and Royal Streets, located in the Marriott Riverview hotel. Then walk in the same footsteps as the first mystic revelers, from Water Street, down Royal to the corner of St. Francis St. Stop for awhile at the Royal Street Tavern, where you can imagine attending a turn-of-the-century Mardi Gras ball in the historic Battle House Hotel. Then take your moonpies and Mardi Gras beads to Eugene's Monkey Bar on Bienville Square, along the routes taken by Mobile's first royal Mardi Gras courts as they toasted their queens and accepted the keys to take over the city for the last day of Carnival.

The tour ends at approximately 7:30 p.m., adjacent to the Marriott Riverview, in front of Mardi Gras Park. 

Two cocktails (and a few of the necessary accoutrements of proper mysticism) are included! 

$25 / person 

Register online @ ​ 

Must be 21 to register.

Location: Fathoms

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LoDa ArtWalk

Exhibitions with receptions and entertainment in a variety of downtown galleries and other venues, sponsored by City of Mobile Special Events and Mobile Arts Council. Check our ArtWalk page for additional information. Second Friday, 6 - 9 PM.

Location: LoDa Arts District (LOwer DAuphin St)

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Sway Downtown: Reception - Places Real and Imagined

A group show featuring the work of local artists with a special focus on depictions of interior and exterior spaces, both observed and imagined.

Reception Friday, December 8
6:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: Sway Downtown

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The Eight: Reindeer Monologues

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode
Directgy by Cory Olson

Scandal Erupts at the North Pole

Parental Advisory, Explicit Content

Location: Company11

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Gulf Coast Exploreum: Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!

The insatiable curiosity of Curious George – the little monkey who has captured the imagination and hearts of millions of children and adults for 65 years – comes to life on September 23, 2017, at Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. The new exhibit, Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!, will introduce young children to Curious George’s world and lead visitors on a fun, meaningful interactive math, science and engineering-based adventure. Based on the familiar characters in H.A. and Margret Rey’s classic stories published by Houghton Mifflin, the Curious George exhibit inspires young children’s natural curiosity as they explore early science, math and engineering through hands-on interactive play. The immersive exhibit environment takes place in the neighborhood where Curious George lives with his friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat.

Click here for admission prices.  Check website for times.

Location: Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

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MMofA: 5 Mobile Artists Exhibition

5 Mobile Artists presents five artists that have been an integral part of the contemporary art scene in Mobile, Alabama and continue to inspire the next generation of artists from our region: John Cleverdon, James E. Conlon, Kaye Wall Hoffman, James E. Kennedy, and Tut Altman Riddick.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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MMofA: A Painter’s Hand: The Monotypes of Adolph Gottlieb

This exhibition offers a look at a largely unexamined aspect of the career of one of the most highly influential thinkers and artists of the 20th century. This exhibition features Adolph Gottlieb’s little-known monotypes that he worked on between the summer of 1973 and February 1974. An intimate suite of works created within the last 9 months of the artist’s life, these monotypes are a summation of Gottlieb’s 50-year career as a painter.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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MMofA: Posing Beauty in African American Culture Exhibit

Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the understanding of how African and African American beauty has been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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University of Mobile Presents Photography of Steven Carey

University of Mobile presents the photography exhibit “Mostly Monochrome” showcasing the work of UM associate professor of biology and award-winning photographer Steven Carey of Fairhope, Alabama.

Carey will discuss his work at a free Artist Talk on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. in Ben May Hall. He is the author of “A Temporary Lack of Color – A Journey into a Monochromatic World,” a collection of photographs, to be published in December.

Location: Ben May Hall

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USA: 2017 Helen Keller Art Show

The 2017 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is currently on display in the first floor gallery of the University of South Alabama Marx Library. The show will be on exhibit from November 16, 2017 – January 31, 2018. It is free and open to the public during regular Library hours.

The Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is an annual show for Alabama students who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf/blind. It was established in 1983 as a cooperative project between agencies serving children with visual impairments. The art show is open to students of all ages in Alabama public, private, residential, and home schools. The philosophy of the exhibit is that all participating students are considered winners and teachers are encouraged to incorporate visual arts into the individual educational plan of each student. The show provides students an opportunity to showcase their special talents and abilities. The artwork is unique with emphasis on creativity, color, and tactile media.

Every year, the art show travels throughout the state of Alabama and is displayed in museums, art galleries, and agencies. The grand prize winner’s art remains in a permanent collection at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama, which is Helen Keller’s birthplace.

Support for the annual Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is provided through the sale of the art and through sponsors, including UAB Vision Science Research Center – Education and Outreach Module, UAB School of Optometry, UAB Program for Visual Impairments, UAB School of Education, EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, the Patty Johnson Award, the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, the Nelson Family Award, and the Boyd Rogan Family Award.

Location: Marx Library, University of South Alabama

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USA: “The Nature of Things” exhibit by local artist Lynda Touart

The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by local artist, Lynda Touart entitled, “The Nature of Things II”. This exhibit will be on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of  USA’s Marx Library from December 4, 2017 to February 28, 2018.

Lynda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of South Alabama and her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting/photography from Florida State University. She has received many awards and has exhibited extensively throughout the area. For more information, visit her website

Location: USA Marx Library

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