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Saturday - Sunday, November 18-19: Silence ~ The Adventure of a Medieval Warrior Woman.Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre, Birmingham, AL. With the music of PanHarmonium. Shows at 7:30 on Saturday, November 18 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 19. Tickets: $15 / $20 / $25, depending on seat location Reservations at 324-2424 or click here
Storyteller Dolores Hydock and medieval music trio PanHarmonium interweave story and song in this wickedly funny, plot-twisting tale of greed, desire, deceit, revenge, and the rewards of finding your true voice. “Silence” tells the story of a girl raised as a boy to protect her inheritance, since women were not allowed to inherit property in the England of the day. At crucial points in her life, the story’s clever heroine – a kind of 13th century Annie Oakley – must choose the weapon with which she’ll face the world: a jeweled sword or a sewing needle. Which would you choose?
Storyteller Dolores Hydock, in the spirit, costume, and voice of a wily old crone, serves as the narrator who freely expresses her opinions as she spins the tale. With hurdy-gurdy, harp, lute, viols, and other curious instruments of the time, the musicians of PanHarmonium – David Cantrell, Susan Marchant, and Gilbert Ritchie – add haunting melodies and exuberant songs to this funny, surprising, and amazingly contemporary story.
Shows are Saturday, November 18th, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 19th, at 2 p.m. The Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre is located at 301 19th Street North. On evenings and weekends, there's free meter street parking, and free parking in the ParkRite deck at the corner of 4th Avenue North and 19th Street. For more information about the theatre or parking, or to make reservations, call 324-2424 or visit redmountaintheatre.org
Monday, November 20: Southern Comfort in a Cast-Iron Skillet. 6 - 7 p.m., Gardendale Public Library. Free and all are welcome.
As Thanksgiving approaches, food traditions take center stage. Is it just not Thanksgiving without cornbread dressing? Waldorf salad? Green bean casserole with crunchy fried onions on top? Join storyteller Dolores Hydock for stories about the power of those traditional foods that have a special place in our hearts and memories.
Wednesday, November 29: It's the Little Things - Five small objects that connect our world with the Dutch Golden Age. 6 - 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, downtown Birmingham. Free and all are welcome.
Friday, December 1: Jingle All the Way ~ Stories and Songs of the Season. 6:30 - 9 p.m., Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL. Stories by Dolores Hydock, music by Bobby Horton. Tickets are $25 and include a light hors d'oeuvres buffet starting at 6:30, with the show to follow, starting around 7:15. To order tickets, visit the Adult Services Desk at the library, or, to order online, click here
Saturday, December 2: My Summer with Dr. Ruth.AAUW chapter Christmas luncheon.
Sunday, December 3: A Christmas Memory.3 - 4 p.m., Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, downtown Birmingham. Free. Info at 226-3631.
It's fruitcake weather! Writer Truman Capote spent part of his childhood in Monroeville, Alabama, living with some elderly cousins. One of those cousins, Miss Sook Faulk, became, as he said, "his first friend." That simpler time and an enduring friendship between a 7-year-old child and his 60-something cousin is brought to vivid life in this tender and touching presentation.
The program is free, and will be held in the Arrington Auditorium on the third floor of the Linn-Henley Building. Parking is generally easier in the BPL lot on Sunday afternoons. You can take the elevator in the main building to the walk-over on the third floor, or come through the Linn Park entrance and take the elevator in the Linn-Henley lobby.
Monday, December 4: Christmas Stories. 11 a.m. - noon, Homewood Senior Center Christmas luncheon.
Tuesday, December 5: Christmas Stories.10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Shades Valley Presbyterian Church Women Christmas luncheon, 2305 Montevallo Road, Mountain Brook. All are welcome to attend. The service and program are in the sanctuary from 10:30 - 11:30, with the luncheon to follow in the Fellowship Hall. For information or lunch reservations, call the church at 871-7309.
Thursday, December 7: Stories of the Season. New Horizons luncheon.
Sunday, December 10:Jingle All the Way ~ Stories and Songs of the Season. Stories by Dolores Hydock, music by Bobby Horton. 2 - 4 p.m., Black Box Theatre, 104 Mildred Street, Columbiana. Sponsored by the Shelby County Arts Council. Ticket info TBA.
Sunday, December 17: Christmas Stories. 10 - 10:45 a.m., Independent Presbyterian Church Highland Hall, 3116 Highland Avenue, Birmingham. For information, call the church at 933-1830.
Saturday, January 13: Eglamore and Cristobel: A Medieval Love Story.With the music of PanHarmonium. Indiana History Center, downtown Indianapolis. Sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana.
The passionate, surprising story of a devoted knight and a strong woman who fight the random winds of fate that conspire to keep them apart. Would you wait a lifetime for your one true love? Accompanied by medieval music trio PanHarmonium.
Sunday, January 28: Soup and Stories for the Soul.12:15 - 2 p.m., Vestavia Hills Methodist Church.
Wednesday, February 7: Every Picture Tells a Story - The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell.Gulf Shores Library, Gulf Shores, AL. Free.
Saturday, February 10: In Her Own Fashion - The stories of Ninette Griffith.7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Pike Road Town Hall, 9575 Vaughn Road, Pike Road, AL. Tickets are $20. For information or tickets, call the Town Hall at 334-272-9883.
Thursday, February 15: Love Stories. 10 - 11 a.m., Bluff Park Shepherd Center, Bluff Park UMC.
Sunday, February 25: A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The World of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887.With the music of Bobby Horton. Festiva Concert Series, Greenwood, SC.
Sallie Independence Foster was 12 years old and living in Florence, Alabama in 1861 when the War Between the States began. She was keeping a diary at the time, and kept on keeping a diary for 26 years. In this performance, storyteller Dolores Hydock and music historian Bobby Horton interweave Sallie’s diary entries with camp songs, popular tunes of the times, and original melodies to tell a funny, touching, and uniquely personal true story of a world of innocence turned upside-down.
Tuesday, March 6:Every Picture Tells a Story ~ The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell.3 - 4 p.m., Kennedy-Douglass Arts Center, Florence, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Florence Study Club and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Wednesday, March 7: Noon - 1 p.m., Brown Bag Adult Lecture Series, B. B. Comer Library, Sylacauga, AL.
Thursday, March 15:2 - 3 p.m., Childersburg Ladies Book Club, Childersburg, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Monday, March 26: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Indian Valley Women's Club, Hoover, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Thursday, April 26:10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Library in the Forest, Vestavia Hills, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Vestavia Hills Public Library.
Friday, April 27:6:30 - 9 p.m., Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL. Ticket infor TBA.