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.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the City of Birmingham, in collaboration with the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, presents “The Freedom Exhibition: Two Countries One Struggle.”
The exhibition focuses on the comparative civil rights photography of Spider Martin and Peter Magubane, and explores their respective images of American segregation and South African apartheid. Fifty photographs from each photographer are included in the exhibition.
The exhibition is on view through Aug. 8, at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South. Admission to AEIVA is always free. AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sundays and holidays. Call 205-975-6436 or visit AEIVA online.
“The Freedom Exhibition” is sponsored by Mayor William A. Bell Sr. and the City of Birmingham and is curated by Renee Kemp-Rotan, Mayor’s Office of Special Projects. The exhibition is expected to travel after its initial showing at UAB’s AEIVA.