The ASCA awarded the ASC $3,000 for the upcoming Carolina Chocolate Drops performance scheduled for Feb. 28. The ASC was awarded $5,650 for the upcoming Ailey II residency and performance March 28.
Making their debut engagement at the ASC, the Carolina Chocolate Drops are artists renowned for delivering a modern take on a traditional sound. Their new recording, “Leaving Eden,” was produced by Nashville stalwart Buddy Miller, the go-to guy for artists ranging from Robert Plant to Emmylou Harris. On the recording and supporting tour, their new repertoire incorporates more blues, jazz and folk balladry alongside brilliantly rendered string-band tunes. The group is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. ArtPlay will present a master class with CCD for music students in middle school through college earlier in the day, at 3 p.m., in the ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall.
Ailey II is universally recognized for merging the spirit and energy of the most talented young dancers with the passion and creative vision of today’s outstanding emerging choreographers. The company embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training and community programs for all people. The ASC this season will present two weeklong residency programs with the Ailey organization that will culminate with a celebratory public performance at 8 p.m. Friday, March 28. During the residency, dancers from Ailey II and teaching artists from Ailey’s Arts In Education program will work with more than 150 students in our area, resulting in a student recital this spring. ArtPlay will present a free Meet the Artist school show with Ailey II earlier in the day, at 10 a.m., in the ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall.
For more information about shows or to buy tickets, call the ASC at 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.
The ASCA is the official state arts agency of Alabama. The council receives its support through an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. This public support enables the ASC to reach new audiences, foster community development, provide the highest-quality programming and demonstrate the importance of the arts as a component for quality of life in Alabama.
Sample Brazilian music as ArtPlay Parlor Series presents Choro de Lá pra Cá on May 13Enjoy uniquely Brazilian popular music, with hors d’oeuvres and beverages, in the intimate parlor of the Alys Stephens Center’s historic ArtPlay house.
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- Event Date May 13
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- Event Date June 12
See new works by graduating artists at UAB BFA exhibition April 25-May 7Fifteen graduating Department of Art and Art History students will have their works featured in the exhibition, with a free opening reception from 6-8 p.m. April 29.
- Event Date April 28
Experience “Roots Music: An Introduction to Blues” for the whole family May 7 at UAB’s Alys Stephens CenterExperience the history of the blues in an original show designed for the whole family and presented by ArtPlay, with a free sensory-friendly performance.
- Event Date April 25
Indian artists to speak on design and film for IndiaFest at UAB from April 14-15Hear about Indian truck and taxi art from a visiting guest artist and screen two short documentaries with guest filmmakers April 14-15, presented by the Department of Art and Art History at AEIVA.
- Event Date May 7
Birmingham students create one-of-a-kind Converse designs with UAB Department of Art and Art History faculty, students this weekHear award-winning student pianists at free recitals April 17, April 21Department of Music students will perform solo and piano ensemble works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schumann, Franck, Ravel, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Piazzolla.posted a while back 1067 viewsTheatre UAB presents Tony Award-winning play “Spring Awakening” from April 13-17The musical explores sexuality, adolescent suicide, physical and sexual abuse, and homosexuality by interspersing formal dialogue with folk, pop and rock music that reveals the inner thoughts and desires of the young characters.
- Event Date April 14
UAB presents 40th Juried Student Annual exhibition, featuring works by 48 studentsArtist and juror Paul Rusconi selected the works by students in the Department of Art and Art History. A free lecture by Rusconi is set for 5 p.m. April 1, followed by a free opening reception.
- Event Date April 13
UAB students show embroidery in a new light with one-night-only show March 29A new generation of drawing and textile artists has employed both machine and hand-stitch techniques to challenge old ideas about embroidery. A new show invites a fresh look at the art form.
- Event Date April 1
Kennedy Center ACTF honors Theatre UAB with national award, nominationsThe Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival awarded UAB student Russell Alexander II a national winner in Outstanding Performance by an Actor category, and nominated “SFB” for a host of awards.posted a while back 1556 viewsJoin the fun in April at IndiaFest, featuring Red Baraat, presented by UAB’s Alys Stephens CenterMark your calendar for IndiaFest, with free events happening all month long, including films, lectures, food, dance, yoga and music, including a live outdoor concert by bhangra band Red Baraat.posted a while back 4536 viewsUAB’s AEIVA presents artist Paul Rusconi, with lecture and exhibition of his works from April 1-30 - extended through May 7“Paul Rusconi: Emanations” is composed of paintings of artists who have transformed their fields, done by hand applying nail polish onto Plexiglas. The shoe has been extended through May 7.
- Event Date March 29
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- Event Date April 1
UAB Music presents 2016 Jazz Summit on April 2, Percussion Symposium on April 15-16The UAB Department of Music’s Jazz Summit is perfect for young musicians in grades nine-12, while the Percussion Symposium is ideal for percussionists of any age. Registration is open now.
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Upcoming Arts Events
- Experience “Roots Music: An Introduction to Blues” for the whole family May 7 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center
- Sample Brazilian music as ArtPlay Parlor Series presents Choro de Lá pra Cá on May 13
- Kristin Chenoweth, star of stage and screen, performs for Alys Stephens Center’s VIVA Health Starlight Gala June 12