Set to take the ASC’s stage this season are Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Rickie Lee Jones, Indigo Girls, Chick Corea and Béla Fleck, Chris Thile, George Benson, and Eric Essix with 5 Men on a Stool in “Holiday Soul.” The second annual LOCAL festival will celebrate all things Alabama, and The Essentials, the ASC’s innovative series devoted to the history of jazz, will feature Poncho Sanchez and Latin jazz for its fourth installment.Superstar soprano Kathleen Battle with pianist Cyrus Chestnut and The Oakwood University Aeolians of Huntsville will perform “A Spiritual Journey: Music from the Underground Railroad.” See Japan’s mesmerizing, compelling dance troupe Enra. On Dec. 30, fans of “Downton Abbey” can see a free preview of the opening of the sixth and final season before it airs. The ArtPlay Parlor Series offers fans of classical music two intimate shows in the historic ArtPlay house: Russian pianist Gleb Ivanov and the Paris-based Hermès Quartet.
The Right to Decide,” an international poster invitational organized by the group Posters Without Borders, will be on exhibition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from Aug. 6-Nov. 14.
Presented by the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the exhibition will feature 62 artists from 25 countries. The artists, including some of the most respected poster artists in the world, have created new posters on the subject of voting rights and fair elections specifically for this exhibition.
The exhibition also includes student posters from university design programs in Russia, Finland, Colombia, Taiwan and five universities from within the United States. Posters Without Borders is organized by Eric Boelts, Antonio Castro H. and UAB Professor of Graphic Design Erin Wright, MFA, from the Department of Art and Art History.