Exciting Events Starting Off 2012

By on 12 January, 2012 in City Living, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Wow! 2012 is off and running. Don’t get left behind. Come join in the fun and excitement of events in Midtown.

The first I know of is a new Cultural Crossroads program on Jan. 14, presented as a joint venture of Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery, The Alabama Department of Archives and History, Auburn’s Draughon Center, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and the Alabama Humanities Foundation. With a line-up of sponsors like that, one can expect a great presentation. The program, titled “Steps to Becoming Alabama,” will be held at the Alabama State Archives, is part of a multi-faceted ongoing “Becoming Alabama Series,” and will feature talks and tours highlighting the new exhibits in the Archives Museum. Presenters include Dr. John Hall (The Land), Dr. Craig Sheldon (The First People), Dr. Kathryn Braund (The Creeks), Bob Bradley, (Road to War and the next STEPS), and Debbie Pendleton (The Gold Star Collection). Yours Truly will perform original songs about Alabama. The day’s activities start at 8:30 and conclude at 4:00. The registration fee includes a light breakfast refreshments and lunch. To register, or for more information, call 334 240 4500 or visit www.archives.alabama.gov.

Speaking of the good folks over at the Archives, it’s also worth noting that they have great speakers on the third Thursday of every month. Take a lunch with you and go hear a noon lecture for free. It’s something unique to Montgomery and a great benefit to living in the capital city of the state. This month will be Glenn Eskew, speaking about what was happening in Alabama’s civil rights movements during the year 1962. Be sure to put Jan. 19 on your planner. And check each month to see what Architreats the Archives is offering!

Another major fun happening is the premier of “The Gin Game,”  the first show in the inaugural season of the Cloverdale Playhouse. Yep, it’s real folks and it’s simply fabulous. The play, hailed by The New York Times as “The closest thing the theatre offers to a duel at 10 paces,” and “fiercely funny” by The Boston Globe, runs from Feb. 2-12. The curtain rises for evening performances from Thursday to Saturday at 7:30; the Sunday matinee starts at 2:00. The box office telephone is 262 2530; email is boxoffice@cloverdaleplayhouse.org; or go to www.cloverdaleplayhouse.org. (And don’t forget that In the Book Of … is showing at ASF through Jan. 22)

The premier of “The Gin Game” conflicts with the first Old Alabama Town Revue of 2012, but please realize that the Revue only shows one night! Nevertheless, the two events present a hard choice — worse than the one Punxsutawney Phil has to make also on that same date (why does everything happen at the same time?). Since Feb. 2 is also “Groundhog Day,” the Revue’s theme combines a tribute to the furry prognosticator with a forward nod to Valentine’s day: “Broken Hearts and Groundhogs.” Regular cast member Toni Wood-Meyer had the idea of observing the sad side of romantic love and since everybody loves a sad song, I thought it was a great idea. Tim Henderson will be joining in the festivities and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with. The night will also feature guitarist Skip Martin, a talented young man who attends Montgomery Catholic High School. Whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not, we’ll have a good time on Feb. 2 at 7:00 in the Old Church in Old Alabama Town on Columbus Street.

Feb. 2 has also been designated “Alabama Gives Day” by the Alabama Association of Nonprofits. Philanthropy is too important to save it for just the end of the year.

Also, when filling out the ol’ event planner for the first piece of 2012, it’s important to check in with our friends at The Capri, who are planning a cool slate of events. Jan. 26 is a screening of the classic Barbara Streisand film, Funny Girl. And Feb. 9 is the absolutely indispensable Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The tour almost never steers you wrong. The offering this time is the movie version of the “ballet in sneakers,” NY Export: Opus Jazz.

Oh, and on Jan. 24, the Montgomery Performing Arts Center is going to host a hilarious Monty Python show called Spamalot

Get in the groove of 2012. Get entertained. Get hip. Get off that sofa and see these fabulous events right here in Midtown!

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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