Spring Events Calendar

By on 5 March, 2012 in City Living, Fun, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Betty Sue knew her planner needed updating. But how?

It’s March 5, the anniversary of the Boston Massacre and the birthday of both Rosa Luxemburg and Andy Gibb. This got us thinking – what important events about town are we missing by not putting them in our calendar? Montgomery may not be ready for spring, but no matter – it’s already here, technicolor azaleas and all. Soon our cars will be yellow from pollen, but for now it’s the golden time when there aren’t mosquitoes deviling your every step outside. So, for your planning pleasure, we present a few upcoming events for spring.

  • March 6 – Ed Asner as FDR – Davis Theater – 7 p.m. – Ed Asner is a legendary actor, but the idea of him doing an entire show as FDR is actually really cool. There may be no more timely American president to reflect on, and Asner is likely to bring some of his well-known passion for social issues to the role. Maybe the best thing coming to the Davis Theater this year.
  • March 8 – We Still Live Here – The Capri – We have raved before about the amazing Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. We’ve never seen a bad film from the tour. At 7:30 on March 8, a movie comes to The Capri that looks great: a story of linguistic genocide. We were just up at Plymouth Plantation this past summer, so we’re extra excited to check it out. Lots of other good stuff is coming to The Capri (check their site), but the Southern Circuit Tour always stands out.
  • March 10 – The Root Ball – It’s pricey ($50) and at a Country Club, but it’s for a good cause and might be a lot of fun.
  • March 12-13 – Madison Ave Charrette – City Development Department at The Questplex (One Court Square) – Yes, we know – another charrette? But it’s a really good thing. We should feel lucky to live in a city that’s so genuinely concerned with involving the public in meeting and planning. Having these charrettes is the only way to hold city leaders accountable for whether or not grand plans become reality. Plus, this is a big one for all of us, as it involves plans for the Curb Market, Cramton Bowl and other city-wide experiences. Embrace the visionary drawings and sketches, but more importantly, ask hard questions and demand follow-up. Download the schedule here (pdf).
  • March 15 The Capri presents Goldfinger, one of the very best Bond movies of all time. It has Pussy Galore and Jaws in it. Do not miss. One of the best intro songs. Connery at the peak of his Bond powers. Sadly, there are people walking around who have seen the Austin Powers knockoff parody that have not seen the original.
  • March 16-22, get yourself back to the Capri to see The Artist, which won some kind of award recently. The movie is on at the soulless megaplex the same week, and people are all atwitter about showing their support for independent movie houses by seeing the picture at the Capri.
  • Saturday March 17 is the feast day of Saint Patrick. The Cloverdale Playhouse will have a special Irish-themed performance with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. The same day, if you’re not too busy banishing snakes from your back yard, downtown is “going green,” with a sort of confusing environmental-St. Paddy’s mashup thing. Various food and drink specials are being offered at participating merchants. Remember, folks, there’s no need to put a bunch of dye in your beer to have a nice celebration of Ireland’s patron saint. Also, for those of you worried about breaking your Lent vows, the Catholic Church has traditionally offered dispensation for this feast day – maybe the reason for its reputation as a bit of a bacchanalia. The city is promising some sort of “important announcement about green living in downtown.”
  • The Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts is March 30-31. Knit, crochet and be merry!
  • Finally, baseball’s coming back. You’ve seen the Huntingdon Hawks out there playing ball, but it’s just about time to get back into Riverwalk Stadium. Tomorrow (March 6) is the Alabama-Auburn game, just to whet your appetite. Our Biscuits open April 5 on the road, and return home with an April 15 home opener against our rival Mobile Bay Bears. Check out the schedule and get some tickets.
  • The Cloverdale Playhouse‘s second production is “The Boys Next Door,” April 21-22. The last show sold out to rave reviews.
  • Our friends at Helicity are producing the Montgomery Street Fair on April 21. Their website has all the details, including applications for vendors and performers. Come on out and share your talents with the rest of us!
  • Also April 21 is the Alabama Book Festival down at Old Alabama Town. The city’s going to be jumping on that day for sure. Since both are downtown, it’ll be easy to do both.
  • The Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s got a pretty great spring schedule this year, with “Merry Wives of Windsor” April 13-18, “Henry VIII” April 20-May 20 and “The 39 Steps” (Hitchcock!) continuing its run through May 19. We’re actually hoping to see all three of these.
  • May 4-5 will be the finale of the city’s revival of the corporate fitness challenge, so if you want to show off your company’s various muscle groups, you’d best start practicing now.

Something else we should know about and plan for? Write in and tell us about it!

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with a cat, a dog, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.


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