Fall arts calendar 2013: A seasonal guide to Calhoun County’s arts community
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Photo by Bill Wilson/Illustration by AnnaMaria Jacob/The Anniston Star
Photo by Bill Wilson/Illustration by AnnaMaria Jacob/The Anniston Star
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As the long, hot days of summer in Alabama grow shorter and cooler, the region’s arts and entertainment scene is also beginning a new season. Community Actors’ Studio Theater (CAST) kicks things off Thursday with its season opener, “Guys and Dolls,” and the fun continues through the holiday season with offerings of opera, art, marching bands and festivals, not to mention several recognizable names including Michael McDonald, the Marshall Tucker Band and Bo Bice, just to name a few.

Start marking your calendars now, because these are events you don’t want to miss.

SEPTEMBER

“Guys and Dolls”
WHAT: CAST presents Tony Award-winning musical about gamblers in New York City
WHEN: Sept. 12-29, 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: McClellan Theater, 100 Gamecock Drive
COST: $10-$20
INFO: www.castalabama.com or 256-820-CAST

“The Fisher, the Fish and the Wife”
WHAT: Jacksonville Opera Theatre presents a modern retelling of the classic Grimm Brothers fairytale
WHEN: Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., Sept. 15 at 3 and 7 p.m., Sept. 16 at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Mason Hall Performing Arts Center, JSU campus
COST: $2-$5
INFO: www. jacksonvilleopera.org

Etowah County Band Exhibition
WHAT: First performance of the season of the Etowah County high school marching bands
WHEN: Sep. 18, 6-9 p.m.
WHERE: Titan Stadium, Gadsden
COST: Free

Blood, Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice
WHAT: “American Idol” winner on tour with the legendary jazz/rock band, performing hits such as “Spinning Wheel” and “You Make Me So Very Happy”
WHEN: Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Oxford Performing Arts Center, Oxford
COST: $35-$50
INFO: www.bloodsweatandtears.com or visit the Oxford Performing Arts Center on Facebook

Autumn Suds-Fest
WHAT: Ninth annual beer and food tasting fundraiser for Berman Museum with music by Shiny Objects
WHEN: Sept. 21, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Berman Museum, 840 Museum Drive
COST: $35 individual tickets, $30 members, $20 designated driver (no bar access). Tickets must be purchased in advance, no tickets sold at the door
INFO: www.bermanmuseum.org or 256-237-6261

Mid-South Marching Band Festival
WHAT: 49th annual Southeastern high school marching band competition
WHEN: Sept. 28, noon-10:30 p.m.
WHERE: Titan Stadium, Gadsden
COST: Free
INFO: 205-913-6241 or WDGroover@Bellsouth.net

OCTOBER

Margaret Poplin Exhibition
WHAT: JSU graphic design instructor displays her work.
WHEN: Opening reception Oct. 3, 4:30-6:30 p.m. On view Oct. 3-31
WHERE: Hammond Hall Art Gallery, Jacksonville State University
COST: Free
INFO: www.jsu.edu/art

Oxfordfest
WHAT: 26th annual craft festival with vendors, music
WHEN: Oct. 5, all day
WHERE: Downtown Oxford
COST: Free
INFO: www.oxfordfest.org

“The Watsons Go to Birmingham”
WHAT: Birmingham Children’s Theatre presents drama chronicling a Michigan family’s visit to Birmingham, during the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
WHEN: Oct. 6 and 13, 3 p.m.
WHERE: Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex
COST: $9-$11 children, $11-$13 adults
INFO: www.bct123.org

“The Curious Savage”
WHAT: JSU Drama presents a comedy by John Patrick about Ethel P. Savage, a woman whose husband died and left her $10 million
WHEN: Oct. 17-20
WHERE: Ernest Stone Performing Arts Center, JSU campus
COST: $5-$15
INFO: jsu.edu/drama or call 256-782-5648

Michael McDonald
WHAT: Knox Concert Series season opens with five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald performing ‘70s-era classics like “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin.”
WHEN: Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Anniston Performing Arts Center, 1301 Woodstock Ave.
COST: General admission is $50-$75, reserved seating is $80-$105
INFO: www.knoxconcertseries.org

Marshall Tucker Band
WHAT: American Southern country rock band performing hits such as “Heard it in a Love Song” and “Can’t You See”
WHEN: Oct. 25
WHERE: Zinn Park
COST: Free
INFO: 256-237-0760

Neewollah on Noble
WHAT: Fall festival featuring local musical acts, chili cookoff, costume parades, games, horse-drawn carriage rides and more
WHEN: Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-midnight.
WHERE: From 900-1400 blocks of Noble Street and 12th Street down to Cheaha Brewing Company.
COST: Free
INFO: 256-236-5541

NOVEMBER

Janet Hinton Opening Art Reception
WHAT: New artist reception for Nunnally featured artist Janet Hinton of Fairhope, acrylic painting on canvas, photography and printmaking artist.
WHEN: Nov. 1, 5-8 p.m.
WHERE: Nunnally’s Custom Framing, 1014 Noble St.
COST: Free
INFO: 256-237-5921

Winter Market Weekend
WHAT: Featuring hand-crafted goods from local artisans
WHEN: Nov. 8-9; 10-5 p.m.; Member’s only preview party, Nov. 7, 6:30-8 p.m.
WHERE: Anniston Museum of Natural History, 800 Museum Drive
COST: Free to attend, items priced as marked
INFO: www.annistonmuseum.org

“Antigone”
WHAT: JSU Drama presents classic Greek tragedy by Sophocles
WHEN: Nov. 14-17
WHERE: Ernest Stone Performing Arts Center, JSU campus
COST: $5-$15
INFO:jsu.edu/drama or call 256-782-5648

Christmas in the Gardens
WHAT: Grand opening of the Longleaf Botanical Gardens
WHEN: Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 6-7, 5-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Berman and Natural History museums and the Longleaf Botanical Gardens
COST: $10
INFO: www.bermanmuseum.org or 256-237-6261

DECEMBER

Live Christmas Wreath Class
WHEN: Dec. 1, 3-5 p.m. Reservation deadline Nov. 18
WHERE: Longleaf Botanical Gardens
COST: Members: $30, non-members: $35
INFO: 256-237-6766

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
WHAT: CAST presents holiday classic about six delinquent children who take over a Sunday school's Nativity play
WHEN: Dec. 5-15, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: McClellan Theater, 100 Gamecock Drive
COST: $10-$15
INFO: www.castalabama.com or 256-820-CAST

“The Nutcracker”
WHAT: 32nd annual performance by Alabama Ballet, presented by Knox Concert Series
WHEN: Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Anniston Performing Arts Center, 1301 Woodstock Ave.
COST: $20 adults, $12 children 12 and under, $30 reserved seating
INFO: Pam McKenzie at 256-832-4554

Holiday Pop Concert
WHAT: Presented by Etowah Youth Orchestra
WHEN: Dec. 15, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center, Gadsden
COST: $12-$14
INFO: 256-543-ARTS

ONGOING

Downtown After Sundown
WHAT: Farmer’s market, arts and crafts and food vendors, live music, children’s activities
WHEN: Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. through December
WHERE: Downtown Oxford
INFO: www.facebook.com/Downtownaftersundown

Compiled by Madasyn Czebiniak and Deirdre Long
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