- June 7 - June 30: Shirley Valentine. Terrific New Theatre, 2821 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays June 10 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, except on Thursday (other than Opening Night), when tickets are pay-what-you-can; reservations at 328-0868.
Sun, sand, and squid for supper .... Shirley Valentine gets an unexpected dream vacation in the Greek Islands. Is it a two-week holiday from humdrum routine or a sun-splashed doorway into a whole new chapter in her life? Join Shirley in her hilarious, insightful, and triumphant adventure through this one-woman play at Terrific New Theatre.
Dolores Hydock is Shirley, and TNT founder Carl Stewart returns as guest director. The stage set is stunning, the pre-show music will make you want to get up and dance, and you might be checking with your travel agent on the way out of the theatre!
Please note: This show contains adult language and situations.
Tuesday, June 12: It's the Little Things ~ Five small objects that connect our world with the Dutch Golden Age. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Red Ridge UMC, 8091 County Road 34, Dadeville, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Friends of the Dadeville Public Library.
You could hold them all in the palm of your hand: five little things that not only made the Netherlands the dominant financial powerhouse of 17th-century Europe, but also helped create the world we live in today. Stories about the discoveries, inventions, coincidences, political upheavals, and cultural changes of the 1600s, along with photographs, maps, paintings, and historical records, take us on a journey from the Arctic Sea to Singapore for the remarkable story of five small objects that changed history in unexpected ways -- and helped shape who we are and how we live 500 years later.
Tuesday, June 12: Every Picture Tells a Story ~ The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell. 3 - 4 p.m., Adelia M. Russell Public Library, Alexander City, AL. Free and all are welcome. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundaton.
Norman Rockwell didn't just paint pictures; every picture told a story. In this presentation, storyteller Dolores Hydock shares surprising stories from Rockwell's life and career, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Rockwell created his one-image stories. Using slide images of his sketches, models, paintings-in-process, and finished work, this program follows the step-by-step creative process Rockwell used in becoming “America’s painter” – and storyteller on canvas.
- Thursday, June 21: June Buggin'. It Could Happen! Stories of hope and possibility. Noon - 2 p.m. We Piddle Around Luncheon, Brundidge, AL. All are welcome to come for lunch and stories at the charming "We Piddle Around" Theatre on Main Street in historic Brundidge.
Sawdust on the floor and gingham check tablecloths tell you immediately that this is a relaxed and easy place to be! The Brundidge Historical Society is hosting its annual "June Buggin'" event at the We Piddle Around Theatre on Main Street in Brundidge, Alabama. I'll be telling stories about why we keep all that junk in the basement and whether it is at all possible for a Pennsylvania Yankee to ever learn to make real Southern cornbread. (Native Southerners already know the answer to that question!)
The stories follow a light luncheon, and tickets for the event are $20. If you know anyone who lives in or near Brundidge, please let them know about this! For reservations, call 334-344-9427, 334-670-6302, or 334-685-5524.
- Saturday, July 7: Under the Influence ~ Stories about life lessons from unforgettable people. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Local Color Cafe, 5811 US Highway 11, Springville, AL. Cover: $15. Doors open at 6; The Something Else Trio at 7. Stories start around 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic supper and/or BYOB, if you like. For more information about this amazing venue, visit www.localcolorcafe.com.
Everyone has them in their life: people who show up in unexpected places and leave you with a lesson, a gift, or a new way of thinking about things that stays with you forever. Come join me at the charming Local Color Café on Saturday, July 7th, for stories about some of those folks who've had me "under their influence," including Dr. Ruth, a high-powered corporate CEO, and an assortment of childhood guides.
Local Color Café is a unique "listening venue" on Highway 11 in Springville. They are officially "closed" after many, many years of showcasing great (mostly musical) entertainment, but until the building sells, they continue to bring in a wonderful array of performers. To check out their calendar, visit www.localcolorcafe.com.
The evening begins with music from The Something Else Trio at 7 p.m. -- visit somethingelsetrio.com to learn more about this lively and talented group. Then the stories follow from about 7:30 - 9:30. There's no food or beverages for sale, but the room is set up with tables and chairs, so bring a picnic, snacks, or something to drink, if you like. (There's sometimes a pot of soup and some cornbread available for a "donation." Ask Merle about this when she confirms your reservation.)
Tickets are $15, payable at the door (no credit cards, please). For reservations, call / text 205-527-0232, or call 205-594-4936.