Must-See Alabama Must-See attractions include the Magic Moments Magic Show, a variety of concerts and shows

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Magic moments magic show

Spend a fun-filled afternoon as world-class magician David Garrard brings his special magic to the Lyric Theater in Birmingham on January 22nd at 2pm. Entertainment includes face painting, up-close magic with Tommy Ellison and photo booths. Proceeds benefit Magic Moments, the only wish-granting organization dedicated solely to children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses in Alabama. Tickets include pre-party entertainment, seats for general admission to the magic show, chips, candy and a drink ticket. Participants must be at least 21 years of age to drink beer and wine. Refreshing drinks will be available. Follow on Facebook. Buy tickets at magicmoments.org/magic-show.

sidewalk movie

Weekend shows include:

  • 19-22 January: “Realtor”. Buy tickets here.
  • 19-22 January: “The Whale”. Buy tickets here.
  • 20-22 January: “Ponyo” (2008). Buy tickets here.
  • January 21: Big Trouble in Little China (1986). Buy tickets here.

Visit sidewalkfest.com for upcoming shows and schedule for the upcoming Sidewalk Film Festival, which begins August 21-27.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival Presents “Jubilee”

Playwright and director Tazewell Thompson brings a heartfelt score to life in this true-life a cappella tribute. The world-famous Fisk Jubilee Singers broke racial boundaries in the United States and abroad and entertained kings and queens. For more than 150 years, the courageous a cappella African American ensemble born on the campus of Fisk University, one of the nation’s premier HBCUs, has blended rich voices to share a legacy of suffering, strength and endurance. Hear uplifting spirituals and hymns like “Wade in the Water” and “Ain’t That Good News.” Performances run through Sunday, January 29th. Recommended for viewers aged 12 and over. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival takes place at 1 Festival Drive in Montgomery.

Performances of “Jubilee” continue through January 29 at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. (Contribution)

Black Jacket Symphony

Black Jacket Symphony will perform Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” on Saturday, January 21 at 5pm and 9pm at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Over the past 10 years, the Black Jacket Symphony has entertained more than 1 million music lovers nationwide. A full list of performances can be found at this link. Follow us on Facebook.

Birmingham Boat Show

The Birmingham Boat Show was the first public event held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in 1972. The fair is the oldest and largest in the state. On more than 250,000 square meters, the fair shows the latest boats, engines, fishing equipment, guides, outfitters and related outdoor equipment. Show times are Thursday and Friday from 12pm to 9pm, Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Buy an adult ticket and get one free adult ticket. Children 12 years and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, call 361-446-4040 or email [email protected].

Check out the latest engines, fishing tackle, guides, outfitters and related outdoor gear. (Contribution)

Mobile Symphony Orchestra

The Mobile Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will celebrate new and exciting music with Symphonic Innovations on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Mobile’s historic Saenger Theater. The MSO has commissioned a new mandolin concerto from acclaimed composer Jennifer Higdon, to be performed by international sensation Avi Avital. The program also includes Joan Tower’s recently released Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman. Jennifer Higdon is one of the world’s most successful composers of contemporary classical music. Higdon won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for her Violin Concerto and three Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Higdon’s Blue Cathedral, last performed by the MSO in 2019, is the world’s most-performed contemporary orchestral work. Israeli-born Avi Avital is the best-known classical mandolinist performing today and the first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy. Passionate and “explosively charismatic” (“New York Times”) when performing live, he is a driving force behind the revival of the mandolin repertoire. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 251-432-2010, or at the Symphony Box Office, 257 Dauphin Street. Through MSO’s Big Red Ticket program, sponsored by the Alabama Power Foundation, students in grades K-12 can attend all of the season’s classic Sunday performances for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Crystal Gayle and Lee Greenwood in concert

One of the most popular and recognized country singers of her time, Crystal Gayle was inspired to forge her own musical path by the success of her older sister Loretta Lynn. Gayle’s lithe voice, flair for ballads, and crossover-friendly country-pop style earned her several mainstream hits, beginning with her debut single “I Cried the Blue (Right Out of My Eyes)” in 1973. In 1976, “I’ ll Get Over You” was the first of Gayle’s 22 No. 1 hits, a hit streak culminating in 1977 with “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”, a No. 1 hit nationally, pop and worldwide Charts that earned Gayle a Grammy for Best Female Country Performance. An artist who bridged the gap between traditional and contemporary country music, Lee Greenwood is best known for his patriotic anthem “God Bless the USA.” The iconic song, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013, went far beyond what Greenwood expected when he wrote it in 1983. “God Bless the USA” has been in the top five on the country singles chart three times, noting it as the only song in any music genre to achieve that feat. It was also #1 on the pop charts after September 11, 2001. Greenwood continues to tour the country and performs for many charity events, lending his time and name to numerous organizations including Helping A Hero, of which he is a member is national ambassador. Link here to learn more. The performance takes place on Saturday January 21st at the Gogue Performance Arts Center in Auburn. For more information, call 334-844-8497.

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