Mid- to Late-Summer Planning

By on 3 July, 2013 in Fun, Holidays, Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

It’s hot. Crazy hot.

But you can’t just retreat into your homes until October, emerging only for work and vital social obligations. The need to remain air conditioned must not be allowed to erode your social life. Here are some events coming up in Midtown Montgomery that merit putting onto your planner.

1. We posted about it before, but there is good stuff coming up at the Cloverdale Playhouse. If you missed that post or simply forgot to annotate your calendar, here’s the skinny:

School Summer Workshops: July 16-August 8:

  •  Fundamentals and Fun for rising Kindergarten-2nd Graders. Teacher: Katie Svela Crews with Jason Morgan
  • Puppetry Workshop for rising 3rd -5th Graders. Teacher: Rod Bourke with Toni Bourke
  • Building a Character Summer Workshop for Rising 6th-8th Graders. Teacher: Jason Morgan
  • Dress the Part Costume Construction and Design Workshop for 9th grade – Adult Students. Teachers: Danny Davidson and Beth Linn Clark

Vocal Technique Workshops with Jilla Webb 

The Brothers Size July 25, 25, & 27 7:30 p.m. and July 28 2:30 p.m.

Auditions for Wait Until Dark directed By Eleanor K. Davis August 3 and 4

2. The Capri: It’s easy to say “Good movies are coming to The Capri,” because it’s almost always true. But this summer looks even better than usual. Our eyes are on:

  •  From Up on Poppy Hill – now showing until July 4. We love animation and are planning a trip to Japan. Enough said.
  • Kon Tiki – July 5-11. One of us claims to have been “obsessed” with this book for a while. The other of us hasn’t read it, but is interested.
  • The kids movies shown during the day. They call these “matinees.” We aren’t fans of most of what we’ve seen of the fare marketed to young people (too much CGI farting, etc.), but we have been meaning to ditch work and go see some of these some day(s) this summer. Exact listings are on The Capri website.
  • The African Queen – August 4. Kate swears that this is one of the only movies ever made that is actually better than the book. It has to do with the particular chemistry between Bogart and Hepburn – really a must-see, and a rare chance to get the big screen experience.
  • Joss Whedon. Much Ado About Nothing. Seriously. August 9-14.

3. MAX free movies: Speaking of movies for children, another set of films will be screened for free on Mondays at Biscuits Stadium. Details are here. Gates open at 6 p.m., and showtime is scheduled at dark — around 8 p.m. The lineup is as follows, but obviously the Muppet film stands out as likely to be the most fun:

July 8 – “The Muppets”
July 15 – “Soul Surfer”
July 22 – “Night at the Museum”
July 29 – “Madagascar 3”

4. Montgomery Ballet: Don Quixote: The Ballet – July 26. Great book. As dancing? Maybe.

5. MMFA: “Art on Fire” – Saturday, July 20 from 7-9 p.m. Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts: Live music by locals Charlie Hubbard and Michael Gaby. Watch a live glass blowing demonstration by Calvary Glass under the stars. Sounds awesome. You might have to join something to attend though. Call 334-240-4347 for more info. If you can’t go to that, you might still want to check in on their traveling exhibits. “Forged and Fabricated” looks especially cool. Free tours with smart docents every Sunday from 1 p.m. until 2. A small window, but worth catching.

6. Archives: July 18 at noon – A Mercedes exec and the head of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama will be having a free lunchtime panel discussion about the impact of the auto industry’s arrival in our state. It’s cutely-titled “Cars Fell On Alabama.” Obviously, it could be a spin-heavy PR event about how great everyone is for bringing jobs to Alabama, but it could also be a good chance to talk about the state’s overall economic direction. What does it mean to offer tax breaks to multinational corporations from other countries? What is the future of an American manufacturing sector that is increasingly outsourced? Nerdy, but potentially fun and interesting. More info here (PDF).

Further down the road:

September 28 – Waverly Fall Boogie – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/379941

October 4 – https://www.facebook.com/events/484680211606337/?ref=3

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