Events for Thursday, Dec 21, 2017

MPL: The Polar Express

Pick up a free ticket at the Children’s desk anytime December 1 – December 21. Wear your favorite Christmas PJs and join us for a showing of The Polar Express in our grand old theater. “Melted Snow” and hot popcorn will be served. Groups must register. For more information or to register, please call the children’s department at 208-7086 or email crhodes@mplonline.org.

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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MPL: PJ’s & The Polar Express

Wear your favorite Jammies, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate for an afternoon showing of The Polar Express.  Film runs 100 minutes and is rated G. For more information, please call 470-7770 or email eenglish@mplonline.org.

Location: Mobile Public Library: Moorer/Spring Hill Branch

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MPL: Celebrate Christmas

Join us for hot cocoa and Christmas cookies! Make your own Christmas wreath and ornaments – we will celebrate everything Christmas! Groups must register. For more information or to register, please call 675-2879.

Location: Saraland Public Library

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MPL: Bayside Book Club - The Sunday Philosophy

This month's topic of discussion is The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith. For more information, please call Betty Fowler at 476-2600 or 208-7097.

Location: Mobile Public Library: Parkway Branch

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LIVE at the Museum: The Red Clay Strays

This time, we have The Red Clay Strays, a southern-soul alternative band based in Mobile, AL. This stylistically diverse band, influenced by mo-town soul, Americana, outlaw country and southern rock, synthesizes heartfelt lyrics and exquisite instrumental interpretation. Come out to support and celebrate this local talent in the intimate and lovely setting of the museum.

Location: Mobile Museum of Art

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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.

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Location: Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

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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: 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: 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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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 lyndatouart.com.

Location: USA Marx Library

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