Montgomery in March

By on 28 February, 2011 in Fun, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment

Every once in a while, you’ve just got to pull out the planner and see what’s going on. Nothing is worse than seeing that something cool is going on but you can’t attend because you didn’t know about it in time. To prevent poor scheduling decisions, take out your trusty life map and add the upcoming Midtown and Montgomery events that pique your interest:

March 3 – Art Auction at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

It’s a silent auction with “art, furniture, jewelry and luxury packages.” There’s a Facebook page about the event here. The deadline for RSVPs seems to have passed, but maybe if you called 334.240.4333, they might still let you attend, especially if you mention that you might be spending money. The auction benefits the Museum’s exhibition, education and acquisition programs.

And in a less-institutional note about art, people have been rather abuzz about an art scene gathering last week hosted by a “local art initiative” called Denied and Underexposed. There’s minimal info about it here, but worth keeping an eye on the edgy and the underground and supporting that too.

March 4 – Alabama Arise Policy Conference

Half of all children born into poverty will be persistently poor, meaning they will be poor for at least half of their childhoods. The risk of persistent poverty is especially great for Black children, who are more likely to be born poor: 40 percent of black children are poor at birth, compared to 8 percent of white children. Black children are seven times more likely than white children to be persistently poor and more than two-thirds of black children who are poor at birth will be poor for at least half of their childhoods.

Sobering stuff. But fortunately, there is an organization based in Montgomery that is working to fight poverty across the state. Alabama Arise is having a big policy conference at Auburn University – Montgomery on March 4. The event starts with registration at 9:15 and kicks off at 9:45. The speakers and workshops are too numerous to list here (they’re in the brochure on the Arise website), but the topics include health care, taxes, and poverty, and the guests include the official in charge of federal health care reform in the Southeast and the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. The conference lasts until 3:30 or so. The $75 fee ($50 for Arise members and $15 for students) includes lunch. Registration technically ends today (Feb. 28) but you might be able to call and squeeze in under the deadline.

March 5 – 17th Annual Fitzgerald Museum Gala and Auction

Montgomery is lucky to have one of the cooler little independently-run museums in the country. We may think it cooler than most (since we are into books and the works of the Fitzgeralds in particular), but anyone who likes a good (admittedly high-society) sort of party will appreciate this swanky get-together. The tickets are $25 each and can only be purchased at the museum (how retro!) The party is from 7-10 p.m. and not only includes and auction, but will be followed up the next day with a special reading of The Ice Palace by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

March 14 – Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

This is one of those things that comes to The Capri and we always want to go. Unfortunately, it’s only there for one night and we invariably end up missing it. We love indy films and the people who make them, so get out there and support some innovating art from fellow southerners, support The Capri, and check out this bundle of three short films by two acclaimed documentarians. 7: 30 p.m. (the next one on the tour, an April 11 film about scrap metal collectors, looks awesome too).

Down the Road:

April 9th is the Old Cloverdale Tour of Homes. It only happens every two years. We’ll have a more detailed preview when ticket prices and such become available.

Also keep in mind the fantastic Alabama Book Festival, which is on April 16 this year, out at Old Alabama Town. We try to go to this every year.

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  1. Stephen says:

    Also, on Saturday, March 12, there will be free fun at the State Archives downtown. Paper airplanes are always awesome and the Archives are a state treasure that people really ought to be checking out more often. They’re now open one Saturday a month so most of you can’t make the “I have to work” excuse: http://www.archives.alabama.gov/education/museum_in_the_mornings.html

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