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Friday - Sunday, September 8 - 10: The Lady with All the Answers ~ The Ann Landers Story. Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre. Ticket info TBA.
Before there was Oprah or Judge Judy or Dr. Phil, there was Ann Landers. In this one-woman play, we find Ann late on a 1975 night in her Chicago apartment, struggling to write the column that would become one of the most famous she would ever compose. Come spend an evening with the woman who seemed like family to millions of readers who had breakfast with her – or at least with her advice – every morning.
This dynamic woman comes to life in this lively play, written by David Rambo with the cooperation of Margo Howard, Ann Landers’ only child. It is based on Ann Landers’ real life and letters.
Shows are Friday and Saturday, September 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10, 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.
Monday, September 11: New Horizons, Alexander City, AL.
Tuesday, September 19: Money Talks! WISE Conference of Financial Planners, Birmingham, AL.
Saturday, September 30: Holidays Obscura. "Parade of Tables" event at Monte Sano UMC, Huntsville, AL.
Thursday, October 12: It Could Happen! Stories of hope and possibility. 6 - 7 p.m., Irondale Public Library, 105 20th Street South, Irondale, AL. Free.
A collection of new stories of hope, possibility, and the simple things that keep us going no matter how crazy the world gets.
Saturday, October 14: Don't Make Good Potato Salad: Stories of mothers, daughters, and women friends.South Roebuck Baptist Church Ladies Luncheon.
Sunday, October 15: In Her Own Fashion.2 - 4 p.m. Hills & Dales Estate Stories in the Garden. Free and all are welcome to attend! Held in the shady pecan groves at the historic Callaway mansion Hills & Dales in LaGrange, GA.
A voice of silk and chiffon… A spirit of brass and iron... A woman who was 95 years old and ready to tell all!
In Her Own Fashion tells the funny, irreverent, true story of Ninette Griffith, who was Fashion Coordinator for Loveman's Department Store in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1950s and 1960s, a time when the downtown department store was a temple of style and fashion. Smart, sassy, ambitious, and unflinchingly honest, Ninette was an elegantly independent woman whose life unfolds in these stories of reckless romance, celebrity hi-jinks, fashion disasters, and the adventures of a life cut from a pattern of her own design.
Tuesday, October 17: It's The Little Things: Five small objects that connect our world with the Dutch Golden Age. Tennessee Valley Arts Alliance, Tuscumbia, AL.
Wednesday, October 18: It Could Happen! Stories of Hope and Possibility. Camp Bluebird at Camp Sumatanga, Gallant, AL.
Saturday, October 21: Footprint on the Sky: Voices from Chandler Mountain.Gardendale Historical Society. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Thursday, October 26: In Her Own Fashion. Women's Professional Forum, Greensboro, NC.
Friday - Saturday, October 27 - 28:Selma Tale Tellin', 3 Church Street, Selma, AL.
Saturday, October 28: Women's Retreat, Asbury UMC, Birmingham, AL.
Wednesday, November 1:Time Change.Noon - 1 p.m., Adult Lecture Series, B. B. Comer Library, Sylacauga, AL.
The first Sunday in November is when clocks "fall" back one hour, so we already know about one kind of "time change." But there's another kind of "time change," too, and it will be the theme of the closing session of the Adult Lecture Series at B. B. Comer Library in Sylacauga. The title of this fall's series has been "Time Slips Away," and as it slips by, time changes us and changes what seems important to us.
The program on November 1st includes two stories from wise and wonderful writers, who understand how time -- and experience -- change us and help us see things in a new way. In the Bess Aldrich story "The Victory of Connie Lee," a woman has to decide what truly makes life rich: material wealth or love and connection. And we usher in the holiday season with Tom Bodett's story, "Norman's Thanksgiving," a reminder of the new roles life asks us to play as "time slips away."
Sunday, November 5: Time / Change2 - 3:30 p.m., Birmingham Botanical Gardens Lecture Hall. Tickets are $20, available at bbgardens.org/southern-tales or 205-414-3950.
Funny, touching, true stories about time and change -- the way the passage of time helps us see ourselves, and the world around us, in a slightly different way. Tick, tick, tick...
Sunday, November 5: It Could Happen! Stories of Hope and Possibilities.2 - 4 p.m., Black Box Theatre, 104 Mildred Street, Columbiana, AL. Sponsored by the Shelby County Arts Council. Ticket info TBA.
Monday, November 13: Starch in Their Petticoats ~ True Stories of Strong Women Who Settled the West.11:15 - 12:15, St. Mary's on the Highlands Episcopal Church, 1910 12th Avenue South, Birmingham. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Monday, November 13: PEO Annual Meeting, Birmingham, AL.
Monday, November 13: Metro Dinner Club.
Tuesday, November 14: Jefferson County Master Gardeners Graduation Dinner.
Thursday, November 16: Soldiers in Greasepaint ~ USO Camp Show Entertainers of WWII. 11 a.m. - noon, South Roebuck Baptist Church Seniors. Free; sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. South Roebuck Baptist Church, 501 Mountain Drive, Birmingham.
Thursday, November 16: A Christmas Memory. Monroe County Courthouse, Monroeville, AL.Part of the Monroe County Heritage Museum's Fruitcake Festival.
Saturday - Sunday, November 18-19: Silence ~ The Adventure of a Medieval Warrior Woman.Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre, Birmingham, AL. With the music of PanHarmonium. Ticket info TBA.
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.
Tuesday, November 21: Downtown Kiwanis Club of Birmingham.
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. Ticket info TBA.
Saturday, December 2: My Summer with Dr. Ruth.AAUW chapter Christmas luncheon.
Sunday, December 3: Christmas Stories.3 - 4 p.m., Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, downtown Birmingham. Free.
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 Great Hall, 3100 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.
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.