The University of Alabama’s Community Music School will hold its Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra spring concert on Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at the Moody Music Building. The event is free of charge.

The concert will feature “March of the Meistersingers” by Wagner, “Folktune and Fiddle Dance” for strings by Fletcher and “Highlights from Wicked” that will showcase music from the smash Broadway show. Two student soloists, Luke Turner, cellist and James Smelly, bassoonist, will perform as well.

The Holy Spirit Catholic School Drama Department presented School House Rock, Jr. the weekend of March 31 at the Holy Spirit stage.

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.

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Tuscaloosa’s Druid City Arts Festival returns for it’s eighth year on Saturday, April 8. The arts festival has grown since its first year as a project for the University of Alabama’s Creative Campus students. 

“It’s been gaining a following, with more attendees each year, and we expect it to continue its growth,” said Brandt LaPish, director of marketing for Tuscaloosa Sports and Tourism. “The art scene in Tuscaloosa has been steadily growing alongside DCAF which has really given us a nice boost. With Kentuck right down the road, and plenty of galleries and studios right downtown, Tuscaloosa has turned into an artistic hub within the state of Alabama and DCAF beautifully complements that with our one-day event that brings in so many incredible artists.”

Tuscaloosa children can discover just how peachy the world can be as the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre presents its spring production of “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.” From Friday, Apr. 7 through Sunday, Apr. 9, Roald Dahl’s “masterpeach” comes to life at Tuscaloosa’s historic Bama Theatre. 

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.

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will recognize artists, educators, volunteers, and patrons of the arts at the 22nd Druid Arts Awards ceremony on March 30, at the Bama Theatre. The winners and their families will be honored at a reception at the theatre’s Greensboro Room at 6 p.m. with the awards presented at 7 p.m. in the theatre.

The Awards honor special individuals who have achieved distinction in the arts over a number of years in Tuscaloosa County.

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will feature Community Arts Conversations and the 2017 Double Exposure Photography Competition Adult Division opening reception at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Taking place on First Friday, February 3, the photography exhibit reception will be open from 5-8 p.m., and Community Arts Conversations from 5-7:30 p.m.

Theatre Tuscaloosa will hold open auditions for The Real Queen of Hearts Ain’t Even Pretty on Tuesday, January 3 and Wednesday, January 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Wilson Carr Rehearsal Hall, located off the lobby of the Bean-Brown Theatre on the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College (9500 Old Greensboro Rd.).

In this 1976 witty southern comedy, all the "popular" girls dream of winning the crown at the Queen of Hearts beauty pageant in small-town Alabama. Original cast member Drew Baker directs this 35th anniversary production by critically acclaimed Alabama playwright Brad Bailey.

It’s been a busy year for The Actor’s Charitable Theatre (ACT), and the group is closing out 2016 in grand fashion, presenting the holiday classic “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Bama Theatre, Dec. 16-19.

“This is a funny and heartwarming tale that not only entertains, but reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas,” said Joey Lay, the artistic director and one of the original founders of The ACT. “’The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ will feature an all-inclusive cast, highlighting Tuscaloosa’s talent of all abilities.” 

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