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.” 

This week’s calendar is loaded with excellent opportunities to enjoy everything our area has to offer.  And if you are still not in the holiday spirit, you will be: Just go check out The ACT’s hilarious production of “The Best Christmas Ever,” or enjoy Theatre Tuscaloosa’s stellar “A Christmas Carol.” The Tuscaloosa Barnyard is doing “A Country Christmas,” and several other area businesses are holding holiday-themed events.

Ho ho ho!

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Theatre Tuscaloosa will present Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Dec. 9-18 in the Bean-Brown Theatre on the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College.

In this stage adaptation of the Dickens classic, four spirits visit Ebenezer Scrooge in his dreams to help him find the true meaning of Christmas. It is a show for young and old and a great way for families to celebrate the holiday spirit.

An unprecedented display of nature will be on exhibit at Harrison Galleries for December First Friday in downtown Tuscaloosa. The two-story art gallery will feature a Tribute to Basil Ede downstairs and upstairs a selection of colored illustrations of fishes native to the state of Alabama illustrated by Joseph Tomelleri will be on show. The two exhibitions will be up from December 2 through December 18.

An Evening of Arts ‘n Autism, an annual event benefiting Arts ‘n Autism, will be held November 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Harrison Galleries at 2315 University Blvd. in downtown Tuscaloosa.

This week features a host of outstanding events and happenings throughout Tuscaloosa and Northport. Get out, enjoy the beautiful fall weather (finally!) and spend time with those you love, taking in all that our area has to offer.

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UA Theatre and Dance Presents “Appropriate”: Nov. 15-18, 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20, 2 p.m. Marian Gallaway Theatre, University of Alabama campus. This poignant and sharp comedy, which won the 2014 Obie Award for Best New Play, closes out the first half of the Department’s 2016-17 season. Tickets are $20 Adults, $17 Seniors/UA Faculty & Staff and $14 UA Students/Children. They are available in Rowand-Johnson Hall at the ticket office in the front lobby, by phone at (205) 348-3400 or online at theatre.ua.edu.

Shelton State Fredd Campus Career Fair: Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fredd Campus of Shelton State Community College. This event is free. Representatives from area business and industry will be on hand. For more information or to participate, contact Dean Ronald Range at 205.391.2644 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Good Samaritan Clinic Open House: Nov. 17, 2-6 p.m. 3880 Watermelon Rd., Northport. Visit the clinic facility and hear from the mayors of Northport, Tuscaloosa, and other county officials. Learn more about Good Samaritan’s mission within our local community. For more information, visit gscclinic.org.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, downtown Northport is the place to be, as the November Art Night offers plenty of awesome activities, artist demonstrations, and musical performances for everyone. The best part of all? It’s free! Art Night runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

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