Arts & Events
A favorite at the Alys Stephens Center, Thile is set for a solo evening of flawless musicianship and mind-blowing musical exploration, from bluegrass to Bach and back again.
The fun kicks off with Japanese dance troupe Enra on Oct. 18, followed by a three-day celebration featuring arts and culture from three countries each day Oct. 19-21. Cantina food truck will be on-site.
Discover artists in their studios, participate in workshops and demonstrations, and purchase artwork to support UAB Department of Art and Art History student scholarships.
Barlow is a scholar and historian of photography, film, video and multimedia. Her lecture, “The Scale of Imagination: David Maisel and the American Sublime,” is set for 6:30 p.m.

The memory play, a masterpiece of Irish dramatic literature set in rural Ireland in 1936, was picked for its five complex and strong female character roles for Theatre UAB students.



This majestic and mesmerizing troupe will perform at only 10 venues in the United States during its 2015 world tour — and Birmingham’s ASC is one. The group was featured on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in Season 10.
With the Oakwood University Aeolians Choir and pianist Joel Martin, Battle will awe and inspire the audience with favorite spirituals. This is the only performance of this show in 2015.
This is the duo’s second, back-by-popular-demand appearance at the ASC; performing together, these two master musicians weave duets of staggering virtuosity, creating mind-blowing magic.
Theatre UAB commissioned playwright Robert Earl Price to write a play instead of hosting a competition for the Ruby Lloyd Apsey Play Search. The free reading will feature a talkback with the playwright.
Each year the UAB Department of Theatre presents a new season featuring five main-stage plays, performed in UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.
The ArtPlay Parlor Series, presented by UAB’s Alys Stephens Center, features Young Concert Artists in the intimate setting of the historic ArtPlay House.

“Hither and Yon” is a two-part exhibition and panel discussion featuring four artists, presented by The Fuel and Lumber Company in collaboration with the UAB Department of Art and Art History.

The free lecture “Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth Century American Artists and Issues of Religion” is sponsored in part by the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History through the Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities.
On offer are free recitals by students and faculty, guest artist performances and master classes, and a new art and music event, plus Gospel Choir and Christmas at the Alys concerts.
The duo will perform classic hits and songs from their latest album “One Lost Day.”
The exhibition features powerful aerial photographs documenting environmentally impacted sites in the Western United States.
Learn the art of improvisational comedy, comic book character creation, how to write a movie or play and more, through arts education classes at Artplay. Registration is now open, and classes begin Sept. 3.
Fourth installment of ASC’s The Essentials series to feature Latin jazz sounds of Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band.
“The Right to Decide,” an international poster invitational organized by the group Posters Without Borders, will be on exhibition from Aug. 6-Nov. 14.
The tribute concert will feature a dozen musicians from Birmingham and around the Southeast together for one night to honor King’s legacy of blues.

Two-time Grammy winner Jones and her band will perform her classic hits like “Chuck E.’s in Love” as well as cuts from her new album, “The Other Side of Desire,” written and rooted in New Orleans.

Pedal steel guitarist Randolph’s prowess on guitar earned him a spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list.
Nolen’s song “Mend the Heart of Dixieland” was selected to win, while Clinton Babers II and his song “Here in Alabama” were chosen as second-place finalist and best live performance.

Indigo Girls, Chick Corea and Béla Fleck, Kathleen Battle, Chris Thile, George Benson, and a season 6 sneak peek of “Downton Abbey” top the list for fall 2015 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.
“FOCUS I: IDENTIFIED” will feature a selection of works by contemporary artists from the collection of Jim Sokol and Lydia Cheney, major cutting-edge contemporary collectors in Birmingham.

The ASC asked musicians for original songs about Alabama for the competition, and six finalists were chosen from 45 submissions. Now they will perform live at a free festival that is all about Alabama.

This display of the Civil Rights photographs of Spider Martin and Peter Magubane at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts explores images of American segregation and South African apartheid.
The Viva Health Starlight Gala benefits the programs and education initiatives of UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. Tickets are $125 and include a reception; VIP dinner packages also are available.
“Transformations” is part of a three-exhibition celebration by AEIVA, Celebrating the Human Spirit: 50 Years After the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Before the show, enjoy the Chad Fisher Group; Dr. John will perform a career retrospective and “The Spirit of Satch,” his Louis Armstrong tribute.
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