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Now through Saturday, April 19: Tony Curtis Speaks Italian and All I Can Say is 'I Love You.' Terrific New Theatre, 2821 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham. Shows Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; matinee on Sunday, April 13, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, except Thursdays, when you pay what you can afford. For reservations, call 328-0868.
This original new story tells of friendship, feeling foreign, and finding your way home.
Tuesday, April 15: Money Talks ... on Tax Day! Stories of cold, hard cash.6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Springville Road Public Library, 1224 Springville Road. Free. For info, call 226-4081.
Thursday, April 17: Dishing the Dirt ~ Stories of Spring.Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Vestavia Hills Dogwood Festival luncheon. For lunch tickets or information, call 913-3367.
Thursday, April 17: Every Picture Tells a Story ~ The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell.3 - 4 p.m., Childersburg Ladies Club. Meeting at First Baptist Church of Childersburg, 700 3rd Street SW, Childersburg, AL. Program is free and open to all; sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. For directions or information, call the church at 256-378-7550.
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 describes "the way he worked." Using slide images of his sketches, models, paintings-in-process, and finished work, this program follows the step-by-step process Rockwell used in becoming “America’s painter” -- and storyteller on canvas.
Friday - Saturday, April 25-26:Connecticut Storytelling Festival, New London, Connecticut.
Thursday, April 28:Money Talks! Stories about cold, hard cash. 6 - 7 p.m., Jane Boyd Holmes Library, 230 Joe Tucker Road, Helena, AL. Free and open to all! For info, call the library at 664-4593.
This program is part of the MakingCents: Resourcesto make your money grow and Smart investing @ your library® series, a partnership between the American Library Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
Tuesday, April 29:Footprint on the Sky ~ Memories of a Chandler Mountain Spring.With the music of Flying Jenny. Fund-raiser for the Blount County Children's Center. For tickets or information, call 205-274-7226 or visit http://una.edu/storytelling
Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3: Mom's the Word: Stories and Songs to Celebrate Mothers. With Dolores Hydock and Bobby Horton. Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood.
Dolores and Bobby celebrate the 100th anniversary of the official proclamation of Mother’s Day with an evening of funny, sweet, and affectionate stories and songs about the woman whose story will always be linked to your own: Mom.
The evening includes a wonderful hors d'oeuvres and dessert buffet. On Friday, May 2, the buffet is from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., with the program following from 7:30 - 9 p.m. On Saturday, May 3, the buffet is from 7:30 - 8:15 p.m., with the program following from 8:15 - 9:45 p.m. Please note that because of "We Love Homewood Day" on May 3rd, the times are different for Friday and Saturday!
Tickets are $25, which includes the buffet and the show. Reservations are essential, and can be made after April 1 by calling The Homewood Public Library at 332-6625.
Saturday, May 3: From the Heart ~ Love Songs and Stories. With Dolores Hydock and Bobby Horton. Part of a Ladies' Day celebration at Bluff Park United Methodist Church. All are welcome to attend the program and luncheon following. For reservations, call the church at 822-0910.
Sunday, May 4: Footprint on the Sky ~ Memories of a Chandler Mountain Spring. 2 - 3p.m., Arlington Historical Society. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Friday - Saturday, May 16 - 17: UNA Front Porch Storytelling Festivalon the campus of the University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama.
The Fourth Annual Front Porch Storytelling Festival takes place in the Performance Center at the University of North Alabama in Florence. This year, as part of the festival, Bobby Horton and Dolores will be telling the story of Sallie Foster ("A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart") at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 16; they'll also tell Starchin Their Petticoats: True Stories of Strong Women Who Settled the Westat 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17.
The festival also features storytellers Donald Davis, Diane Ferlatte, Bil Lepp, and Barbara McBride-Smith, and musician Walt Aldridge. Story performances are all day (9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Friday and Saturday, and from 7:30 - 9 p.m. each evening. One-day and two-day tickets are available. For complete schedule and ticket information, visit una.edu/storytelling.
Monday, May 19: Footprint on the Sky ~ Memories of a Chandler Mountain Spring. 6 - 7 p.m., Arab Historical Society. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Tuesday, June 10:Made From Scratch. 2 - 3 p.m., Anniston - Calhoun County Library, 722 W 14th Street, Anniston, Alabama. Free; all are welcome!
A joyful collection of stories about turnip greens, facelifts, home repairs, and other unexpected treasures from everyday life.
Tuesday, June 24:A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The world of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887. Story adapted and told by Dolores Hydock; music arranged and performed by Bobby Horton. 7 - 9 p.m., Emmet O'Neal Library, 50 Oak Street, Crestline.
Sallie Independence Foster was 12 years old and living in Florence, Alabama in 1861 when the Civil War began. This bright, articulate girl kept a diary at the time, and she kept on keeping a diary for another 26 years. Through her journals, we get a funny, touching, and uniquely personal look at a world of innocence colliding with the reality of war. Then, when the war ends, we see how she – like thousands of others – began to create a new life in a radically changed world.
Storyteller Dolores Hydock and music historian Bobby Horton interweave Sallie’s story with camp songs, period favorites, and original tunes to explore the life and times that Sallie shared with her paper "dear Companion."
Audience members called it "...a richly entertaining show...funny and moving in unexpected ways." "...a slice of history that I will never think about again in quite the same way."
Tickets are $10 and are available after May 1 at the Emmet O'Neal Library. Seating is limited! For information, call the library at 445-1121.
Friday, July 18:A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart - The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887. 8 - 10 p.m., Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA. Ticket info TBA.
Story by Dolores Hydock; music by Bobby Horton.
Sallie Independence Foster was 12 years old and living in Florence, Alabama in 1861 when the Civil War began. This bright, articulate girl kept a diary at the time, and she kept on keeping a diary for another 26 years. Through her journals, we get a funny, touching, and uniquely personal look at a world of innocence colliding with the reality of war. Then, when the war ends, we see how she – like thousands of others – began to create a new life in a radically changed world. Storyteller Dolores Hydock and music historian Bobby Horton interweave Sallie’s story with camp songs, period favorites, and original tunes to explore the life and times that Sallie shared with her paper "dear Companion."