Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Stories Are Brewing

We had the pleasure of hosting our first Craft Beer Blogger last month and what a fun couple of days that was!  In case you didn’t know, Mobile is quite the up-and-coming brewery scene as three breweries are either under construction or set to open soon. It’s exciting times for our historic city that loves to celebrate!

It was a hot afternoon in June when Bryan Richards of  The Wandering Gourmand landed in Mobile from his home in Charlotte, NC.

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Meet Bryan!

When one of the first things out of his mouth made us laugh  – we knew this was going to be a fun couple of days with our new friend.

We set him up with the folks who are opening the three Mobile breweries –  Haint Blue Brewing Co., Serda’s Brewing Co and Iron Hand Brewing for tours and interviews. We also drove across Mobile Bay to give him a taste of Fairhope Brewing Company.

When we weren’t meeting with those fine folks,  we took him to our local craft beer establishments where visitors and locals alike hang out and drink cold brews.  Loda Bier Garten, Old Shell Growlers and The Haberdasher welcomed this beer lover {and his questions} with a bottomless mug.

In between his visits, he ate. And ate…and ate…and ate.

We make no secret that Mobile’s food scene is downright delectable.  With Bryan’s audience being craft beer enthusiasts,  we wanted to match the cuisine appropriately.

Bryan sank his teeth into burgers from LoDa Bier Garten and Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, devoured a hot dog from Drew Drop Inn, destroyed beignets from Panini Pete’s, chowed down on tacos and sushi from OK Bicycle Shop/Liquid Sushi and showed the Eggs Cathedral from Spot of Tea who was boss. We should also mention the moment of silence that occurred when he tasted the Corned Beef Hash that Tony cooks up at Bob’s Downtown Diner.  

It was a full couple of days for Bryan {pun intended} but he couldn’t of been a better sport!

Since it was his first trip to Mobile, we had to make sure he saw more than just beer and food. {Not that Just beer and food is a bad thing} He road a duck boat with Gulf Coast Ducks, toured the Mobile Carnival Museum, popped into The Fort of Colonial Mobile and we took him on a drive throughout our historic districts.  We even did some excellent convincing that he should load up his family and move to Mobile!  {We’ll keep you posted on that one.}

Bryan was super cool which made our week with him super cool.  

He asked for the Mobile experience….. we think he got it!

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Click HERE to read Bryan’s first story on Mobile!

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Mobile Mardi Gras in the Big Apple?

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you — yes, we said Mobile Mardi Gras was in the Big Apple!  In fact, Mobile Mardi Gras took over Times Square!

Alabama Tourism Department ‘Sweet Home Alabama’  took to the streets of NYC for the second year with one-of-a-kind experiences.  They kicked off their activations with a celebration, right in the middle of Times Square as New Yorkers and tourists were thrown a Mardi Gras celebration on a custom-built float.

There were beads, there were MoonPies and there were REVELERS.

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The takeover was a big hit and taught thousands of New Yorkers that Mobile is the home of America’s Original Mardi Gras!

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Join us for Mobile Mardi Gras 2018 that kicks off on January 26 with Fat Tuesday on February 13!

 

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Cozy up to the Classics!

In a world where most people are on the go all of the time –  a movie night can be just the re-charge your batteries need.

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Imagine yourself in this theater, sitting in one of those cozy red velvet chairs, smelling the aroma of freshly popped, heavily buttered {because who wants light butter?} popcorn while one of these famous movies are on the big screen. You can see it, right? That vision is pretty nice, right?  Well, mark your calendars for Summer Movies at the Saenger!

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The series will begin Sunday, July 16 at 3 pm with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.  {As if this movie needs a description.}  This 1961 Comedy/Drama/Romance stars Audrey Hepburn as a young New York socialite that charms a young man (George Peppard) who has moved into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way.

 

 

Blazing Saddles

July 23 at 3 pm –Blazing Saddles”, 1974, Comedy/Western – Mel Brooks directs this film about a western town where a corrupt politician appoints a new sheriff who become major adversaries.  Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder.

 

Color Purple

July 30 at 3 pm – “The Color Purple”, 1985, Drama – Based on the novel by Alice Walker, screenplay by Menno Meyjes and directed by Steven Spielberg.  A story in which a black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.  Starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey.

 

 

Willie

August 6 at 3 pm – “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, 1971, Fantasy/Musical –  Charlie receives a golden ticket to a candy factory, where there’s an adventure in every turn.  Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson and Peter Ostrum.

 

 

North by

August 13 at 3 pm – “North by Northwest”, 1959, Mystery/Action – A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason.

And last, but certainly, not least.  Frankly, my dear…..

 

GWTW

August 20 at 3 pm – “Gone with the Wind”, 1939, Drama/Romance – A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.  Starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Thomas Mitchell.


All shows begin at 3 pm at Mobile’s Historic Saenger Theatre. Doors open at 2:30 pm.   Tickets are general admission: $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under and $3 for 60+ senior.  All movies will be seated on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets are sold at the box offices and are not available for online purchasing.

Tickets can be purchased at either the Saenger Theatre Box Office located at 6 South Joachim Street, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. or at the Mobile Civic Center Box Office located at 401 Civic Center Drive, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The Saenger Box Office will open at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the movie.  The main concession stand downstairs will be open for snacks and beverages such as popcorn, sodas, candy, beer, wine and mixed drinks.

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Christenberry at the Museum!

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“This is and always will be where my heart is. It is what I care about. Everything I want to say through my work comes out of my feelings about that place–its positive aspects and its negative aspects.” – William Christenberry

This sentiment, expressed by the artist William Christenberry (1936 – 2016) in an interview with American Suburb X about working in his home state of Alabama, is central to the Mobile Museum of Art’s new exhibition, CHRISTENBERRY: In Alabama. The exhibition honors Christenberry’s lifelong “love affair” with the rural South, his sense of home and family, and the various Alabama institutions’ dedicated support of the artist and his work—an all too perfect way to kick off Alabama’s Bicentennial celebration.

Hailed as “one of the most respected and influential artists of the modern South,” by the Washington Post and the artist whose iconic photographs have been described by Walker Percy as a “poetic evocation of a haunted countryside,” William Christenberry has received national recognition for his work, even though its subject matter stays within the state lines. Christenberry lived and taught in Washington D.C., but he made annual pilgrimages back to Alabama to make his iconic work.

The exhibition at MMofA feels as if you are walking through an intimate portrait of the artist, his personal relationship with his family, and his professional one with the various Alabama institutions who collected his work; but it is also a tribute to the state itself, its past—both good and bad—and hopeful future.

CHRISTENBERRY: In Alabama is now on view at Mobile Museum of Art through June 4, 2017. For hours and information, go to http://www.mobilemuseumofart.com.

 

 

Live at the Museum

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Most people wouldn’t expect to hear loud, heavy metal flowing through the halls at the Mobile Museum of Art. But just a few weeks ago, that was the scene at the MMofA’s  LIVE at the Museum monthly concert series.

LIVE at the Museum is in its third year now. Conceived as a concert series that features the musical prowess of the south, we revel in the unexpected, the eclectic, and the wild nature of southern talent. The Deep South is known for a great many things, some good and some bad, but most can agree that music is quite central to its culture. Gospel, blues, and folk permeate this landscape of innate storytellers. We may be long-winded, but metaphor is in our soil.

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As an art museum, we have a unique opportunity to highlight these cultural strengths and connect our creative community with different audiences. We also try to feature many different genres. This month’s vibe will differ from January’s as Matthew McNeal takes the stage to perform a unique blend of Americana and alternative country. Audiences can expect to get a full taste of southwest grit as McNeal, a Texas native, paints pictures of love and heartbreak.

You can hear regional and local artists perform live in an intimate setting every 3rd Thursday for these original musical performances showcasing the rare talents that heat and humidity can inspire.

Admission is $10 per person, show starts at 7 p.m. For more info, check out MMofA’s calendar of events HERE. 

 

-Guest Blogger Mary Catherine Nall, Mobile Museum of Art 

Celebrate Mobile: 2016 in Review

What a year 2016 has been!

Part of our efforts to inform y’all about all of the incredibly fun things to do in Mobile is helping journalists on their stories— that tell the Mobile story. We have had the pleasure of hosting over two dozen journalists in Mobile and assisted about 75 journalists with Mobile facts, photos, story ideas and much more.

Talking about Mobile is one of our favorite things to do. But, reading about Mobile in top-notch publications, may just take the cake.

Take a look at all of the Mobile stories we assisted with in 2016!

5 Lively Mardi Gras Celebrations Outside of New Orleans. Parade Online

Three Days of History in Mobile, Alabama with Teens. Minitime Online

Pirates Not Allowed at New Cafe in Mobile, Alabama. The Daily Meal

MoonPie A La Mode in Mobile, And More. The Chattanoogan.com

16 Under the Radar Southern Food Destinations. Zagat

Bellingrath Gardens and Home Offers Year-Round Beauty. Group Tour Southeastern Magazine

Royals of Revelry Take Center Stage at Mardi Gras Museum. Group Tour Southeastern Magazine

From Epiphany to Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras celebrations beyond New Orleans. Miami Herald Online

Sweet Home Alabama.  La Bicicletta Magazine {Italy}

The Land of Southern Comforts.  Birmingham Post {England}

Catching the Mardi Gras Spirit in Alabama.  The Boston Globe

What’s a Foodie to do at Dauphin’s on Mobile Bay?  The Daily Meal

Gateway to the Gulf, Mobile Bay, Alabama.  Escapes RV Online

A Weekend Getaway in Mobile, Alabama. Texas Lifestyle Magazine

Mobile, Alabama: A City That’s Born To Celebrate. Montreal Times Magazine

Something to ‘Sea’ in Mobile. Alabama Living Magazine

10 Adventures You Should Be Planning For the Summer of 2016. Matador Network Online

Mobile, Alabama’s Gulf Coast Heritage and Urban Vibe. The Tennessean Online

A Weekend in the Azalea City. Cooking with Paula Dean

Boating on the Beautiful, Diverse and Inspirational Alabama Scenic River Trail. Heartland Boating Magazine

A Revived Mobile, Ala., is Shipshape When it Comes to Things for Traveling Family to do. The London Free Press

Port City’s Gulf Coast Heritage and Urban Vibe. The Tennessean

A Gem of the Gulf Coast. Chatanooga Magazine

Mobile, Alabama’s Gulf Port City. Spring Byways Magazine

5 Ways to Explore GulfQuest. Connect Faith Online

The Best of Quest. Connect Association Magazine and Connect Faith Magazine

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Weekend Guide to Mobile, Al. This is My South

Quintessential Mobile: Where to Go and What to Devour in the Azalea City. Visit South.

Smooth Sailing Ahead.  AAA Alabama Journey

Where to Vacation with your BFF in Every State.  Redbook Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Yahoo online

A Table With a View. DeSoto Magazine Online

Carnival Fantasy Sails from Mobile Again. The Tribune Online

Things to do in Downtown Mobile. Country Roads Magazine

The Road to Riches. Dreamscapes Magazine

Mardi Gras in Mobile. TripReporter.com

 

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The Nutcracker Enchants

 

Each December, for a couple of days, a classic holiday story comes to life!  Performed by the Mobile Ballet Company, The Nutcracker continues to be a holiday tradition for the entire family!

The Nutcracker is performed at the Mobile Civic Center at the following showtimes:

December 10 — 2:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m.

December 11 — 2:30 p.m.

For tickets click, here!

 

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