A Silver Screen Summer: The Alabama Theatre’s Annual Film Series Returns
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view,” the cool lawyer explained to his daughter. “Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
He entreated Scout to take a moment and examine her behavior in class from her new teacher’s perspective. While Mayella pointed the finger at Tom and Boo lifted Jem from the ground, the lesson remains an undercurrent throughout the film, To Kill a Mockingbird.
This summer To Kill a Mockingbird is just one of the classic movies presented during the Alabama Theatre’s Summer Film Series. Every Friday and Sunday from June through August, the “Showplace of the South” will screen a different audience-favorite. From Driving Miss Daisy and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to Pulp Fiction and The Sound of Music, each offers a new point of view, a new skin to step into and new lives to try on, whether or not audiences know each line by heart.
June’s lineup continues at the Alabama with Ghostbusters Friday June 19, To Kill a Mockingbird Sunday June 21, The Big Lebowski Friday June 26 and South Pacific Sunday June 28.
The Alabama Theatre is located at 1817 Third Avenue N. Performances are Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 and available through Ticketmaster or at the door. For the summer’s full lineup, visit alabamatheatre.com.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18
Becoming Dr. Ruth: An Unexpected Journey — Terrific New Theatre. 2821 Second Ave. S. Karola Siegel was a child when she fled the Nazis in the Kindertransport. She was a scout and sniper for the Haganah in Jerusalem and then struggled as a single mother in America before taking on perhaps the most unlikely career: a television network sex therapist. In its final weekend of performance, The Terrific New Theatre brings Mark St. Germain’s play to life in this honest and humorous production about the real life of Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer. Thursday–Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sundays 2:30 p.m. through June 20. $25. For more information, visit terrificnewtheatre.com.
The Music Man — Virginia Samford Theatre. 1116 26th St. S. This classic Broadway musical comes to life onstage at the Virginia Samford Theatre. From “76 Trombones” to “Gary, Indiana,” The Music Man has won its place in the American musical theater canon (and five Tony Awards) since its debut in 1957. The slick but lovable conman, Harold Hill, and his romantic foibles with a prim librarian spell out “Trouble (with a capital ‘T’)” for the sleepy town of River City. Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. Through July 5. Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit virginiasamfordtheatre.org.
Falling: A Wake —Birmingham Festival Theater. 1901 11th Ave. S. Birmingham Festival Theatre presents this Broke Folks Theatre production of Gary Kirkham’s drama, Falling: A Wake. When the body of a young man strapped in his airplane seat lands on Elsie and Harold’s farm in the middle of the night, the couple must examine life, love and the dark humor of it all. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sunday June 21 at 2 p.m. through June 27. $20. For more information, call (205) 933-2383.
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
Third Friday in Forest Park — Forest Park, South Avondale. Every third Friday the shops, restaurants and galleries in Forest Park stay open late to offer deals, dinner and drinks to local patrons or newcomers. Restaurants will have specials and wine tastings, and each venue’s restrooms feature an art installation through Tour de Loo. Participating venues include Silvertron Café, PaperWorkers Local and Little Savannah. Free. 5 p.m.–11 p.m. For more information, visit forestparksouthavondale.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
CAT Cabaret — Clubhouse on Highland. 2908 Highland Ave. S. Belinda George-Peoples, a nationally recognized concert and cabaret artist, will perform live at Central Alabama Theater’s new cabaret theater. George-Peoples shared her talents with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the National Black Caucus in Washington, D.C. and starred in Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Respect. 7:30–9:30 p.m. $25. For more information, visit centralalabama.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 21
Vietnam Memorial Commemoration — The Red Barn. 2700 Bailey Road, Leeds. As an official commemorative partner for the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam Memorial Commemoration, The Red Barn invites the public to spend Father’s Day honoring Vietnam veterans and their families. Music, food, art and horses come together in this family-friendly event. 4–6 p.m. Free. RSVP by calling (205) 699-8204.
Yovanni Vazquez Performance — Rojo. 2921 Highland Ave. S. Rojo’s own Yovanni Vazquez will perform Spanish boleros live Father’s Day evening. Guests can order from Rojo’s eclectic menu while listening to the operatic stylings of Vazquez. Voted in the top tiers of TripAdvisor, Roots Rated, Esquire and Birmingham Magazine, Rojo consistently offers visual, musical and culinary arts to hungry Birminghamians. 6 p.m. Free. For more information, call (205) 328-4733.
MONDAY, JUNE 22
Thinking Man’s Trivia — Rogue Tavern. 2312 2nd Avenue S. Join Birmingham’s best and brightest pub trivia competitors for a grueling meet of the minds every Monday night for exciting prizes. Challenging teams will unite to try and defeat last week’s winner. Will they prevail? Hosted by Joshua Rutsky. 8:30 p.m. Free to play. For more information, visit Think Man’s Trivia on Facebook.
TUESDAY, JUNE 23
Tuesday Night Live! — Saturn Birmingham. 200 41st St. S. A new variety show, Tuesday Night Live, will be hosted by Seama Khan and Max Rykov and feature skits, interviews, videos and stand up comedy from local comedians. 8 p.m. $10.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
Flicks Among the Flowers: Ghostbusters — Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 2612 Lane Park Rd. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver bust into the Birmingham Botanical Gardens this Thursday in the 1984 cult classic, Ghostbusters. After losing their jobs, three parapsychology professors take the supernatural sufferings of NYC into their own hands. Drinks and movie snacks will be available and attendees are recommended to bring blankets, but no pets. 8–10 p.m. Free. For more information, “Who ya’ gonna call?” (205) 414-3950.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25
Are We There Yet? It’s Just a Plant! — Urban Standard. 2320 Second Ave. N. The next installment of the live talk show and panel discussion, Are We There Yet? will focus on marijuana legalization in Alabama. Guest speakers include Ron Crumpton, candidate for United States Senate; Loretta Nall, founder of the United States Marijuana Party; and Chris Butts, executive director of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition. 7:30 p.m. $10. For more information, visit the event on Facebook.
Mr. Marmalade — Theatre Downtown. 2410 Fifth Ave S. Lucy is a five-year old with an imaginary friend. Pretty typical for a kindergartener, except that Mr. Maramalade is no ordinary friend. Marmalade enjoys cocaine and pornography far more than tea parties and Hide and Seek. When Lucy meets a new friend Marmalade gets angry and dangerous. The dark comedy presented by Theatre Downtown is an Alabama premier. Thursday–Saturday, through June 27 at 8 p.m. $17. For more information, visit theatredowntown.org.