The upcoming fall 2017 Bama Art House Film Series has been announced. The series features six screenings at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa, with the first scheduled for August 22.

A program of The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, this series will feature drama, comedy, action, and a documentary. The lineup will conclude with the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

If you feel the heat of the summer bearing down on you and you need a little escape – but you don’t have time to take a beach trip, why not take a short break by taking in a movie? I’ve said before that one of my favorite things in the world is to escape into a cool (yay!) dark theater to check out a movie. ANY movie. I love them all. I especially love indie films, and if you’re the same, I’d highly recommend enjoying the films each week at the Bama Theatre downtown during the Summer Art House film series. Hats off to the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa for bringing these new and unique indie films to T-Town!

Greetings, all. Here’s to yet another outstanding week of exciting events here in Tuscaloosa and Northport. This week, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy yourself.

And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

The 2017 season for the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater gets underway early next month, and this year’s lineup is as impressive as ever, according to city officials. Headliners include the likes of John Legend, Dave Matthews and Soundgarden.

Former University of Alabama theatre student Michael Luwoye made history as the first actor to be cast as both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in the national “Hamilton” tour. Luwoye, who is performing as the Alexander Hamilton alternate on Broadway, received his B.A. from UA in 2013.  

Since leaving Tuscaloosa, Michael Luwoye has also appeared off Broadway as Jacob in “Invisible Thread” – a role that earned him a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nomination. He has also appeared in numerous regional theater productions. 

Seth Panitch, director of the undergraduate and graduate acting programs, worked with Luwoye in four different classes before his graduation. Panitch said Luwoye’s approach is old school, but in the best of ways. 

Also on Tuesday, the Council authorized a one-year extension on Red Mountain Entertainment’s contract to book, promote, advertise and provide other services for the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.

For more than seven years, The Actor’s Charitable Theatre, or ACT, has been providing the Tuscaloosa area with a wide variety of musicals, plays, dinner theatres and children’s acting camps. This month, The ACT celebrates its 30th stage production when it presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the historic Bama Theatre, Sept. 16-19. Beauty and the Beast will kick off The ACT’s 2016-2017 season, entitled “Bringing the Classics to a New Generation,” and will feature a variety of familiar ACT cast members, as well as a few newcomers to the stage.

Screenings in the Bama Art House Film Series Fall 2016 will begin on Aug. 16 and will feature eight films, starting with the 2016 film “Love and Friendship” – based on Jane Austen’s novella “Lady Susan,” and starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny and Xavier Samuel.

Kentuck Art Night is a monthly premiere event in our area, offering up some great entertainment, lively demonstrations and, of course, outstanding art.

This week offers plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy everything our area has to offer. From the Citywide Prayer Rally for Peace and Unity (Monday), to the Shrimpfest and BBQ for Eagles’ Wings and T-Town Trade Daze this weekend, there are so many things to see and do.

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

Alabama Quilts: Monday, Aug. 1 (through Sept. 30), The Gorgas House Museum, University of Alabama campus. This selection of historic Alabama quilts is from the collections of the UA Department of Human and Environmental Science. The exhibit is included in the cost of regular admission ($2). For more information, contact Lydia Joffray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuscaloosa Citywide Prayer Rally for Peace and Unity: Monday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. Bethel Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa. Churches throughout Tuscaloosa, Northport and surrounding areas are coming together for this event. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox will also be on hand.

32nd Annual National Night Out: Aug. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa. Come out and show support for local law enforcement agencies and the officers who serve the community. Enjoy free food, drinks and get the chance to meet representatives from numerous area law enforcement!

Kentuck Art Night in downtown Northport: Thursday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This monthly celebration of art and artists is free to the public. Enjoy live music, pop-up shops from local vendors, demonstrations by Kentuck studio artists, and more. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-night. 

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