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ALABAMA'S TRAILFEST 2013 EVENTS

 
Trailfest 2013 is co-sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Click on a town below for Trailfest event information in that area.
 

Hartselle and Decatur     Demopolis    Montgomery     Mobile    Tuskegee     Monroeville     Birmingham

 

 

Hartselle and Decatur:

Opens Friday, February 15, 2013 through March 30, 2013
THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, OUTSIDE THE PROTECTIVE CIRCLE OF HUMANITY

"The Scottsboro Boys" in a Decatur, Alabama, holding cell (Morgan Co. Archives)On March 25, 1931, two white women Victoria Price and Ruby Bates falsely accused nine African-American young men, aged 12 to 19, of raping them on a freight train passing through northern Alabama. Over the next seven years, the defendants became known as "The Scottsboro Boys" and endured a series of trials they could not win before all-white juries.

The racial injustice of the trials attracted international attention and influenced generations of American writers, reporters and historians including Ralph Ellison ("The Invisible Man") and Dan T. Carter ("Scottsboro, A Tragedy of the American South"). Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" depicts the same pattern of courtroom racism and bigotry that marked the South for decades.

In 1931, the Scottsboro Boys were tried in Decatur, Alabama. Fred Hiroshige was a local photographer of Japanese American heritage who worked for Decatur's only professional studio in the 1930s. From Hiroshige's estate in 1995, the Morgan County Commission purchased nearly two hundred negatives from the first and most important of the local Scottsboro Boys trials.

As an exclusive event for Trailfest 2013, an exhibit of the photographs - which have never been publicly viewed - is being presented at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center by the Morgan County Archives with the title: "The Scottsboro Boys: Outside the Protective Circle of Humanity." On Friday, February 15, Southern Literary Trail State Director Carol Puckett and Morgan County Archivist John Allison will conduct a lunch and learn session about the photographs at the Carnegie at 12 noon, followed by a "Fridays at 5" (Fri@5) members reception at 5 p.m.

Place: The Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church Street N.E., Decatur, Alabama,
Time: Tuesday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call 256.341.0562 or visit http://carnegiearts.org

Monday, February 18, 2013
William Bradford Huie in Hawaii (Courtesy, Martha Huie)THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS: A LUNCH-AND-LEARN AT THE WILLIAM BRADFORD HUIE LIBRARY OF HARTSELLE

Local scholars Susan Puckett and Carol Puckett will conduct a "lunch and learn" session about the Scottsboro Boys trial and the exhibit of photographs on-view in nearby Decatur. The session will be hosted by Hartselle's William Bradford Huie Library, named for the Trail novelist and writer who reported many of the South's injustices during the Civil Rights Era.

Place: The William Bradford Huie Library, 152 Sparkman St. NW, Hartselle, Alabama
Time: 12 Noon
Admission: Free
Info: Call 256.773.9880

Thursday, February 21, 2013
"SCOTTSBORO, A TRAGEDY OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH": KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY DAN T. CARTER FOR THE WILLIAM BRADFORD HUIE LECTURE SERIES

The arrival of the Scottsboro Boys in Decatur under guard (Morgan Co. Archives)Scottsboro defense attorneys Samuel Liebowitz and Joseph Brodsky (Morgan Co. Archives)Dan T. Carter's book "Scottsboro, A Tragedy of the American South" is considered the definitive history of the Scottsboro trials. Originally published in 1970, it was published again in 2007 with a new introduction. The Education Foundation Professor at the University of South Carolina and a recipient of the Lillian Smith Award, Dr. Carter will deliver the keynote address for the Carnegie's exhibit of Scottsboro trial photographs after a lecture to the students of Hartselle High School.

Place: The Carnegie Visual Arts Center,
207 Church Street N.E., Decatur, Alabama
Time: 7 p.m.; A reception follows Dr. Carter's lecture
Admission: Free
Info: Call 256.341.0562 or visit http://carnegiearts.org

 
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Demopolis:

Friday, February 15, 2013
WRITING FROM A TIME OF SEPARATION

Bert Hitchcock, essay champion, in 1957 Demopolis TimesBook by Dr. Cecelia Arrington of DemopolisRenowned educators Dr. Bert Hitchcock of Auburn University and Dr. Cecelia Arrington of Merritt College in Oakland, California, are both natives of Demopolis, Alabama. They graduated from high school within two years of one another, but they have never met. Until now. They attended separate schools in Demopolis during the days of segregation, an era that influences Dr. Arrington's poignant chapters about life in the town within her book, "The Life and Confessions of a Black Studies Teacher."

Finally the two award-winning educators and writers will speak about Demopolis and the influence of segregated times on Southern writers. Local partners for this program are the Marengo County Historical Society and the Marengo County History and Archives Museum. A free champagne reception after the program will honor Dr. Arrington and Dr. Hitchcock.

Place: The Marengo County History and Archives Museum, 101 North Walnut Avenue, Demopolis, Alabama
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call 334.289.0599

Thursday, March 14, 2013
EDWINA AND GAIUS: COURTSHIP AND THE LITERATURE OF LOVE

Vintage photo of GaineswoodEarly 20th Century postcardThe mother of Tennessee Williams, Edwina Dakin of nearby Columbus, Mississippi, was courted by Demopolis native Gaius Whitfield, a descendant of General Nathan Bryan Whitfield who built the Greek Revival mansion Gaineswood. Edwina's archival records reveal a post card of Gaineswood sent to her by Gaius in 1905.

Edwina's diary entries as researched by Professor Emeritus Stephen Pieschel of Mississippi University for Women reveal rigid rules of courtship for young couples of the Victorian Era. Even the clothes of courtship followed a strict code. Pieschel talks about Edwina's diary in the parlors of Gaineswood where he is joined by costume design professor Donna Meester and Women's History expert Lisa Dorr of the University of Alabama. Moderator Bert Hitchcock recalls the great romances from Southern Literature. A champagne reception concludes the program. Local partners are Gaineswood and the Friends of Gaineswood.

Place: Gaineswood, 805 South Cedar Ave., Demopolis, Alabama
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call 334.289.4846

Saturday, April 13, 2013 and Sunday, April 14, 2013
THE MARENGO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PILGRIMAGE

Bluff HallLyon HallHappily Trailfest coincides with a pilgrimage of homes and vintage sites hosted every second year by the Marengo County Historical Society. The Society operates two museums in Demopolis, the ante-bellum Lyon Hall and Bluff Hall. The mansions will be featured on the tour route in addition to architectural treasures rarely opened to the public. Demopolis and its diverse history have influenced generations of writers, historians and visitors.

Place: Originates at Bluff Hall, 407 N. Commissioners Ave., Demopolis, Alabama
Time: Saturday, April 13th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 14th from 2 to 5 p.m.
Admission: Tickets available at the event
Info: Call 334.289.0282

Saturday, April 13, 2013
The Marengo County Historical Society's Vine and Olive Wine Festival and Art ShowTHE MARENGO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S VINE AND OLIVE WINE FESTIVAL AND ART SHOW

Demopolis was founded in 1817 by French immigrants - exiled followers of the deposed Napoleon - with a goal to transform their plot of American soil into a Vine and Olive Colony for wine production. Grapes and olive trees refused to grow in the chalky Tombigbee soil, but the city's French founders left a storied legacy that inspired a 1937 novel, "Some Plant Olive Trees" by Emma Gelders Sterne, and a Hollywood script by George Waggner for a John Wayne movie in 1947: "The Fighting Kentuckian." The French legacy continues with the Historical Society's annual Wine Festival and Art Show during its pilgrimage weekend.

Place: The Coplin Building, 201 West Washington Street, Demopolis, Alabama
Time: 4 to 8 p.m.
Admission: Tickets available at the event
Info: Call 334.289.0282 or view poster

Sunday, April 14, 2013
"Galatoire's Biography of a Bistro" by Marda Burton and Kenneth Holditch"Dinner with Tennessee Williams: Recipes and Stories Inspired by America's Southern Playright" by Troy Gilbert, Chef Greg Picolo and Kenneth HolditchAT TABLE WITH LILLIAN AND TENNESSEE

Esteemed New Orleans professor and writer Ken Holditch visits Demopolis for the Southern Literary Trail to talk about the food writings of Lillian Hellman and Tennessee Williams, both of whom he knew, in a classic southern setting at Lyon Hall. Holditch co-authored both "Dinner with Tennessee Williams" and "Galatoire's, Biography of a Bistro" that includes recipes from the French Quarter restaurant. Holditch will speak about the literary legacy of Galatoire's where he often shared the table with playwright and poet Tennessee Williams. Local partner for this program is the Marengo County Historical Society. The audience will be invited to stay for champagne after Dr. Holditch's talk and to indulge in tastings of recipes from his books and from "Eating Together" by Lillian Hellman and Peter Feibleman.

Place: Lyon Hall on South Main in Demopolis, Alabama
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call 334.289.0282

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
"Eating Together" by Lillian Hellman and Peter FeiblemanPASS THE FOLKLORE: FAMILY AND COMMUNITY TRADITIONS IN THE KITCHEN AND AROUND THE DINNER TABLE

Alabama Humanities Foundation Road Scholar Joyce Cauthen will celebrate the traditions, besides food alone, that punctuate a Southern family's table at the Demopolis Public Library. Trail writer Lillian Hellman said that her mother Julia Newhouse of Demopolis taught her "how to cook Alabama." The famed writer's final publication was a cookbook entitled "Eating Together." Cauthen's talk underscores the food and folklore of cooking Alabama. A champagne reception follows Cauthen's program at the Library.

Place: The Demopolis Public Library, 211 East Washington Street
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call 334.289.1595

Ruby Pickens TarttThursday, April 18, 2013
AN EVENING WITH MISS RUBY

With respect for the storytellers and their tales, Ruby Pickens Tartt carefully collected the stories of African-Americans in her native Sumter County during the years spanning the Great Depression through World War II. She committed them to writing in Life Histories she composed for the Federal Writers' Project, a branch of the W.P. A. created to provide employment for educators and scholars.

Tartt's manuscripts encountered criticism by W.P.A. officials who did not understand her use of dialect and slang in her folklore writings. Some of her work was even destroyed by a tornado in 1945. It was the same year that three of Tartt's short stories were published in the volume, "The Best American Short Stories of 1945," a validation of her remarkable accomplishments and talents as a writer and a listener. Tartt's stories will be brought to life on stage by her niece Jody Tartt, a Demopolis High School educator and frequent director for the Canebrake Players. This stage production is supported by a grant from the Alabama State Council for the Arts and presented as part of the Sucarnochee Folklife Festival.

Place: Demopolis High School Auditorium
Times: 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call Dempolis High School at 334.289.0294

Friday, May 17, 2013
ARTHUR MAYER: HIS STORY FROM DEMOPOLIS TO HOLLYWOOD

Lillie and Arthur Mayer"The Movies" by Richard Griffith and Arthur MayerBorn in Demopolis in 1886 to a founder of the famous Mayer Brothers Department Store, Arthur Mayer worked for motion picture tycoon Samuel Goldwyn during the silent screen era in New York City. After talkies arrived, he operated his own movie theatre, the Rialto, in the heart of Times Square.

During World War II, Arthur Mayer served in Italy. Afterwards he became a distributor of Italian films in America. Mayer is responsible for bringing the classics "Rome, Open City" and "The Bicycle Thief" to the States. The entrepreneur wrote books about the movie business and always began his bios with the line: "I was born in the metropolis of Demopolis, Alabama." At age 78, Mayer started another career by teaching film at universities such as Dartmouth, Stanford, and the University of Southern California.

The Southern Literary Trail, the Marengo County History and Archives Museum, the Marengo County Historical Society, and the Two Rivers Arts Council collaborate to celebrate Arthur Mayer's story with an event saluting Jewish History Month. The Rialto Theatre owned by Arthur Mayer in Times SquareKeynote speaker Stuart Rockoff of the Goldring/Waldenburg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, Ms., will talk about the successes of Southern Jews in Hollywood. The history of Mayer Brothers Department Story and a gallery of vintage store photos will also be presented.

The evening concludes with a champagne screening of the 1975 short film "Arthur and Lillie" that chronicles the lives of Arthur Mayer and his wife Lillie, as they travel from college to college where he teaches and inspires film students. The film was nominated for an Academy Award and will be making its Demopolis debut on May 17, exclusively through arrangements by the event's sponsors.

Place: The Marengo Co. History and Archives Museum, 101 North Walnut Ave., Demopolis, Alabama
Time: 6 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call 334.289.0599

 
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Montgomery:

Wednesday and Thursday, February 27 and 28, 2013
Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald House Museum)THE CANVASES OF SCOTT AND ZELDA FITZGERALD: A TWO DAY ART AND FILM FESTIVAL

Beyond the pages of his novels, F. Scott Fitzgerald attempted to make the movie screen one of his "canvases." His screen writing career never proved to be successful and he was fired from the team that penned the film script for "Gone With The Wind." Arguably Scott's wife Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald created more enduring canvases with her water color paintings and paper dolls.

Over the days leading up to the 19th Annual Gala of the Fitzgerald House Museum in Montgomery on Saturday, March 2, 2013, the Museum and the Southern Literary Trail will partner with the Capri Theatre and Stonehenge Art Gallery to celebrate the art of Zelda and to examine the Fitzgeralds on film. The "Canvases" series is supported by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Place: The Fitzgerald House Museum, 919 Felder Ave., Montgomery, AL and Stonehenge Art Gallery and The Capri Theatre, 1045 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, AL
For General Event Info: Call 334.264.4222 or view poster

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
ART EXHIBITION AND "THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, ALABAMA ARTIST AND JAZZ AGE MUSE" WITH
GRAHAM BOETTCHER

The Mad Tea Party by Zelda Fitzgerald (Fitzgerald House Museum)Local art works inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald's paintings will be displayed at the Stonehenge Art Gallery, adjoining the classic Capri Theatre in the Old Cloverdale section of Montgomery. Before a screening of Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" at the Capri, Dr. Graham Boettcher of the Birmingham Museum of Art will speak about the artistry and life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald with a talk he has entitled, "The Legend of Zelda, Alabama Artist and Jazz Age Muse." Boettcher is the Hulsey Curator of American Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Place: Stonehenge Art Gallery and Capri Theatre, 1045 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama
Time: 6 p.m. at Stonehenge Gallery; 7 p.m. at the Capri for Boettcher's art talk followed by "Midnight in Paris" at 7:30 p.m.
Info: Call Fitzgerald House at 334.264.4222 or Stonehenge Art Gallery at 334.262.8256

German Lobby Card for "Midnight in Paris"Wednesday, February 27, 2013
"MIDNIGHT IN PARIS" AT THE CAPRI THEATRE

Woody Allen's contemporary classic "Midnight in Paris" (2011) time travels Owen Wilson to the Jazz Age Paris of the Fitzgeralds and Ernest Hemingway. The popular film received four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. The cast includes Kathy Bates and Marion Cotillard.

Place: The Capri Theatre, 1045 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Info: Call Fitzgerald House at 334.264.4222 or the Capri at 334.262.4858 for ticket details.

"The Great Gatsby," 1949Thursday, February 28, 2013
"THE GREAT GATSBY" WITH ALAN LADD AT THE CAPRI THEATRE

Paramount's version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" took liberties with the storylines of the novel for this rarely seen movie with Alan Ladd as Gatsby from 1949. The film will be shown after an art auction at the Capri to benefit the Fitzgerald House Museum. Fitzgerald scholar Kirk Curnutt of Troy State University introduces the Capri's exclusive showing of the film.

Place: The Capri Theatre, 1045 East Fairview Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama
Time: Auction at 7 p.m.; Film at 8 p.m.
Info: Call Fitzgerald House at 334.264.4222 or the Capri at 334.262.4858 for ticket details.

Poster for 19th Annual Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Gala:  "Stars and Starlets" - Click for printable versionSaturday, March 2, 2013
THE 19TH ANNUAL SCOTT AND ZELDA FITZGERALD MUSEUM GALA: "STARS AND STARLETS"

In the Old Cloverdale home once occupied by America's iconic Jazz Age couple, the 19th annual Fitzgerald Museum Gala salutes Zelda and Scott with an evening of food, dancing and music by the Lo-Fi Loungers under a tent on the lawn of the house. Fine art and decorative objects by local artists are offered for silent auction. This ticketed event captures the spirit of the 1920s with a premiere social occasion for Trailfest celebrants and visitors.

Place: The Fitzgerald House Museum, 919 Felder Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama
Time: 7 to 10 p.m.
Prices: $35.00 for single tickets; $60.00 per pair
Reservations and Ticket Info: Call the Museum at 334.264.4222

Sunday, March 3, 2013
F. Scott Fitzgerald portrait by Maralyn WilsonTHE ALABAMA READERS THEATRE PRESENTS F. SCOTT FITZGERALD'S PAT HOBBY STORIES: "TEAMED WITH GENIUS"

To conclude the Fitzgerald Canvases Series, the Alabama Readers Theatre will present dramatically (or comedically) F. Scott Fitzgerald's stories about Pat Hobby, a Hollywood screenwriter reduced to a hack in an alcoholic haze. With mocking self-humor, Fitzgerald used his own misadventures in Hollywood as source material for the hapless Hobby. The cast includes APT "Bookmark" host Don Noble, Alabama poet Jennifer Horne and novelist Billy Cobb. The stories will be presented under the Gala tent on the lawn of the Fitzgerald House Museum and will also include Fitzgerald's "Crazy Sunday."

Place: The Fitzgerald House Museum, 919 Felder Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call 334.264.4222

Friday, April 19, 2013
VIRGINIA DURR AND LILLIAN HELLMAN: TWO UNCOMPROMISING WOMEN AND THEIR ALABAMA FAMILIES

Virginia Durr (By permission of Walter Lyon)Lillian Hellman (The Lillian Hellman Estate)The fight for racial equality defined Virginia Durr, the forthcoming subject of Lillian Hellman biographer Deborah Martinson ("Lillian Hellman, A Life with Foxes and Scoundrels"). Durr and Hellman were emotionally and culturally driven by experiences within their Alabama families. The title for the writer's book about Durr says it all: "Virginia Durr: Southern Radical Come Hell or High Water." Martinson discusses both these powerful women and the family experiences affecting their lives and igniting their activism during her talk at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.

Place: The Alabama Department of Archives and History
Time: 12 Noon
Admission: Free
Info: Call 334.242.4435

Saturday, April 20, 2013
THE ALABAMA BOOK FESTIVAL

The Southern Literary Trail and its tri-state organizers annually host a popular tent at the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery's historic Old Alabama Town. Free brochures and publications about the Trail, its literary landmarks and festivals will be shared under the tent. The Southern Literary Trail will also sponsor a remarkable discussion of Harper Lee's campus journalism at the University of Alabama by the Alabama Readers Theatre.

Place: Old Alabama Town, 301 Columbus Street, Montgomery, Alabama
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call 334.240.4500

Saturday, April 20, 2013, at The Alabama Book Festival
BEFORE "MOCKINGBIRD": THE CAMPUS JOURNALISM OF HARPER LEE

From the Jim Peppler Collection at the Alabama Department of Archives and HistoryYears before the publication of her groundbreaking "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee fearlessly attacked the dictates of Jim Crow separatism as a student journalist at the University of Alabama. At the Alabama Book Festival, the Alabama Readers Theatre including Don Noble (APT's "Bookmark") and novelist Billy Cobb, a recipient of the Harper Lee Award, present Lee's acerbic one act play from her student writings at the University's campus newspaper "The Rammer Jammer." It is entitled "Now Is The Time for All Good Men," a satirical send-up of literacy tests at the voting booth and the bigoted politicians who supported them. Presented in collaboration with the Alabama Center
for the Book.

Place: Old Alabama Town, 301 Columbus Street, Montgomery, Alabama
Time: 4 p.m. in the Church of Old Alabama Town
Admission: Free
Info: Call 334.240.4500

 
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Mobile:

Oakleigh MansionFriday, March 15, 2013 and Saturday, March 16, 2013
THE HISTORIC MOBILE PRESERVATION SOCIETY'S ANNUAL HOMES TOUR

The annual Historic Mobile Preservation Society's Homes Tour invites visitors into the parlors and onto the grounds of Mobile's most intriguing homes. Many of the places along the Tour route inspired Southern Literary Trail writers Albert Murray, Eugene Walter and William March ("The Bad Seed"). Walter lived in the Cox-Deasy House on the atmospheric grounds of Oakleigh, a grand mansion opened year-round and the starting point for a fascinating tour.

Place: Originating at Oakleigh and various Tour locations
Times and Tickets: For info, call Oakleigh at 251.432.1281 or visit www.historicmobile.org

Saturday, March 16, 2013
Eugene Walter on a Parisian PorchEUGENE WALTER, AT LARGE: A PORCH PLAY

From the porch of the Cox-Deasy House where Eugene Walter lived, Broadway actor Joel Vig ("Hairspray") joins Mobile scholars John Hafner and Sue Walker, the co-authors of "Literary Mobile," to read from Walter's memoirs. The cast performed a porch play at Cox-Deasy during Trailfest 2011, and the audience demanded a 2013 encore. Walter said, "For me, every morning on the front porch was Carnival." Audience members may join the cast for champagne after the reading, a feature of the Historic Mobile Preservation Society's Homes Tour.

Place: The Cox-Deasy House at Oakleigh
Time: 4 p.m.
Admission: Free for the porch play; the Homes Tour requires a ticket
Info: Call Oakleigh at 251.432.1281

Broadway Actor Joel Vig (photo by Rose Billings)Saturday, March 16, 2013
"RUTHLESS!" SONGS FOR "THE BAD SEED"

As another showcase for the Historic Mobile Preservation Society's Homes Tour, Broadway actor Joel Vig talks about his experiences in the debut cast of "Ruthless!," a musical about an ambitious child actress and inspired by William March's "The Bad Seed." The presentation is highlighted with performances of songs from the show's score. "Ruthless!" transforms "Seed" into hilarious riffs on cut-throat young actors and their relentless stage mothers.

Place: Oakleigh
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Free for the "Ruthless!" program; the Homes Tour requires a ticket
Info: Call Oakleigh at 251.432.1281

Sunday, March 24, 2013
"THE DRAGON PAINTER" AND THE WORLDS OF MARY MCNEIL FENOLLOSA

In partnership with the Mobile Arts Council and the Mobile Public Library, the Southern Literary Trail is proud to present a celebration of Mobile writer Mary McNeil Fenollosa and her novel "The Dragon Painter" during an afternoon of activities in Illustration from "The Dragon Painter," 1906"The Dragon Painter" published in 1906Bernheim Hall at the main library on Government Street. Fenollosa traveled extensively in Japan and loved its artistic culture. Her romantic "Dragon Painter" was made into a 1919 cinematic masterpiece, recently restored by the George Eastman House of Rochester, New York.

Eastman House preservationist Anthony L'Abbate will appear for a screening of the film. He is joined by Dr. Joanne Bernardi of the University of Rochester, New York, who adds her expertise in Japanese culture to a discussion of the sweeping Asian-American themes within "The Dragon Painter." The panel includes Mobile's Jacqlyn Kirkland who catalogued the Mary McNeil Fenollosa Collection for the History Museum of Mobile.

Place: Bernheim Hall at the Mobile Public Library on Government Street
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Library at 251.208.7097 or the Arts Council at 251.432.9796

Monday, March 25, 2013
RE-ENVISIONING JAPAN: JAPAN AS DESTINATION IN 20TH CENTURY VISUAL AND MATERIAL CULTURE

"The Dragon Painter" (Courtesy of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film)In keeping with the Southern Literary Trail's examination of Japan's influence on Mobile writer Mary McNeil Fenollosa, Joanne Bernardi from the University of Rochester, New York, talks about modern viewpoints of Japan and its place in the world with a focus on the first half of the 20th Century. Bernardi says that her program engages "the human act of travel and the production and exchange of objects and images to investigate changing perceptions of Japan." The audience will look at Japan through the lens of western postcards, tourist brochures, and amateur travel films. Presented by the Mobile Arts Council and the University of South Alabama Humanities and Social Science Colloquium in partnership with the Southern Literary Trail and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Place: The Dean's Conference Room in the University of South Alabama Humanities Building
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Mobile Arts Council at 251.432.9796

Monday, March 25, 2013
Anthony L'Abbate of the George Eastman HouseSessue Hayakawa as Tatsu the Dragon Painter (Courtesy of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film)FILM RESTORATION AT THE GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE

Preservation Officer Anthony L'Abbate from the Motion Picture Department of the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, details a history of its activities to preserve and restore motion pictures. L'Abbate will discuss the restorations undertaken by the House from the film prints of the 1950s ranging through the digital processes of today. In addition to "The Dragon Painter," the Eastman House's collection contains over 30,000 film titles. Eastman House has preserved the personal film collections of directors Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Martin Scorsese ("The Departed"), among others. Presented by the Mobile Arts Council and the University of South Alabama Department of Communications in partnership with the Southern Literary Trail and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Place: The University of South Alabama Library Auditorium
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Mobile Arts Council at 251.432.9796

Monday, April 22, 2013
ALBERT MURRAY, PAPA JO JONES AND THE CREATION OF A JAZZ DRUMMER'S BIOGRAPHY

Jo Jones Trio - "Rifftide" album coverA jazz luminary, Alabama-born Papa Jo Jones dazzled his audiences with innovative drumming and a bigger-than-life personality. The intrigued included Mobile writer and music essayist Albert Murray. In 1977, Murray began to record his conversations with Jones, and their taped sessions continued for eight years. Murray collaborated with New York writer Paul Devlin to edit the conversations into a book, "Rifftide, The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones." The Southern Literary Trail partners with Mobile's Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) to bring Devlin to Mobile for live playbacks of the taped conversations and for live jazz.

Place: Gulf City Lodge, 601 State St.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $12 for the general public and $8 for MOJO members (includes light
jambalaya dinner)
Info: Call MOJO at 251.459.2298 or visit www.mojojazz.org

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
"American Cooking:  Southern Style" by Eugene Walter (Time-Life Books)THE EUGENE WALTER LECTURE BY JOHN T EDGE

In his popular Time-Life cookbook, "American Cooking: Southern Style," Eugene Walter recalled the dining practices of his Mobile family: "Friday was fish day, and my grandfather would sometimes telephone that he had found good red snapper at the waterfront fish market, which would change all plans for the midday meal." James Beard Award winner John T Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance will inaugurate an annual Eugene Walter Lecture Series that examines Walter's love of Southern foods and the South's mealtime traditions. Presented with the Historic Mobile Preservation Society.

Place: Oakleigh
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Preservation Society (Oakleigh) at 251.432.1281

 
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Tuskegee:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Ralph EllisonTHE RALPH ELLISON LECTURE FEATURING COLSON WHITEHEAD

The Ralph Ellison Lecture features distinguished scholars and writers who present critical examinations of significant intellectual, philosophical and aesthetic issues. Novelist Colson Whitehead presents the 2013 Ralph Ellison Lecture at Tuskegee University. Walter Kim of Time magazine praised Whitehead's novel "The Intuitionist" as the "freshest" racial allegory since Ellison's "Invisible Man." His 2003 book of essays, "The Colossus of New York," was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Place: The Kellogg Conference Center at Tuskegee University
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call Kellogg Center at 1.800.949.6161

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Jo Jones Trio - "Rifftide" album cover"Rifftide, The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones as Told to Albert Murray"ALBERT MURRAY, PAPA JO JONES AND THE CREATION OF A JAZZ DRUMMER'S BIOGRAPHY

"Rifftide" editor and collaborator Paul Devlin brings the taped conversations between jazz drummer Papa Jo Jones and Tuskegee University alumnus Albert Murray to the campus for playbacks and discussion. He is joined by fellow Murray essayist Jay Lamar ("Albert Murray and the Aesthetic Imagination of a Nation") for the event at the Tuskegee University Archives.

Place: The Tuskegee University Archives and Museum
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Archives at 334.727.8888

 
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Monroeville:

Thursday, April 18, 2013 to Saturday, May 18, 2013
Monroe County Courthouse and Museum, Monroeville Alabama. The interior courtroom was meticulously re-created in Hollywood for the film version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Courtesy, MCHM)"TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD" PERFORMED BY THE MOCKINGBIRD PLAYERS

The Mockingbird Players of Monroeville present the 23d season of their stage production of "To Kill A Mockingbird" from Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel. This season showcases the newly landscaped Georgia-Pacific amphitheater as a home for the popular play on the grounds of the Old Courthouse Museum in the heart of Monroeville, regarded as the model for Maycomb in the novel. During the famous trial scenes of "Mockingbird" when Atticus Finch defends falsely accused Tom Robinson, the drama moves into the actual courtroom where Lee's father practiced law. Annually this production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" attracts audience members from around the world.

Place: The Georgia-Pacific Amphitheater at the Old Courthouse Museum
Times and Ticket Info: Visit www.monroecountymuseum.org. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Sales begin on Friday, March 1, 2013, by walk-in at the Museum or by phone only.
Phone: 1.251.575.7433

Thursday, April 25, 2013, to Saturday, April 27, 2013
Truman Capote Historical MarkerTHE 16TH ANNUAL ALABAMA WRITERS SYMPOSIUM

Literary Alabama is distinguished by writers who weave stories like threads and fabrics into unique, colorful compositions. The Alabama Writers Symposium for 2013 features the theme of literary quilts: a patchwork of memoir, fiction and poetry. For two days, celebrated writers and book enthusiasts convene in the Alabama hometown of Harper Lee and Truman Capote. The Symposium is a project of the Alabama Center for Literary Arts and is sponsored by Alabama Southern Community College with support from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the City of Monroeville.

Place: Alabama Southern Community College
Times and Registration: Call 251.575.8226 or visit Alabama Writers Symposium on Facebook

Saturday, May 4, 2013
BEFORE "MOCKINGBIRD": THE CAMPUS JOURNALISM OF HARPER LEE

Harper LeeFor a matinee before the Gala evening performance of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in Monroeville on Saturday, May 4, the Alabama Readers Theatre including Harper Lee Award winning novelist Billy Cobb ("A Walk Through Fire") and Don Noble of APT's "Bookmark" presents Harper Lee's witty one-act play from her student writings in the University of Alabama's campus newspaper "The Rammer Jammer." It is entitled "Now Is The Time for All Good Men," a satirical send-up of literacy tests at the voting booth and the bigoted politicians who supported them. They are joined by poet Jennifer Horne and writer Loretta Cobb ("The Ocean was Salt") who comment on other newly revealed writings of Harper Lee during her days as a college journalist. Presented in conjunction with the Alabama Center for the Book.

Place: The Old Courthouse Museum at Monroeville
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: Free
Info: Call the Museum at 251.575.7433

 
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Birmingham:

"Our Mockingbird"  filmmaker Sandy JaffeCast members from "To Kill A Mockingbird" (Sandy Jaffe)Sunday, April 28, 2013
"OUR MOCKINGBIRD," A FILM BY SANDY JAFFE, PRESENTED BY THE BIRMINGHAM CHAPTER OF HADASSAH

1963 proved to be pivotal for the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham: the year of the Children's Crusade and a letter from the Birmingham jail by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At 10:22 a.m. on September 15, 1963, a bomb exploded in the 16th Street Baptist Church. The lives of four innocent girls were cut short and a nation's conscience was shaken. Decades later, two Birmingham area high schools - one black in Fairfield and the other white in Mountain Brook - collaborated on a theatrical version of "To Kill a Mockingbird" from Harper Lee's novel of childhood innocence shattered by bigotry.

The cast of "To Kill A Mockingbird" from Fairfield and Mountain Brook (Sandy Jaffe)Filmmaker Sandy Jaffe filmed the students as they gathered for rehearsals and other events. Their story is woven through "Our Mockingbird" along with insights from teachers, lawyers, actors, and writers who weigh in on how this classic novel is a lens to look at race, class, gender, and justice - then and now. For the fiftieth anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church tragedy, the Birmingham Chapter of Hadassah presents "Our Mockingbird" with Sandy Jaffe as a special guest. She will be joined by a panel including some of the young actors from the Fairfield-Mountain Brook play. Supporters for the film include the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Place: The Carver Theatre, 1631 4th Ave. North, Birmingham, Alabama
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.
Admission: Suggested Donation of $5.00
Info: Call the Carver at 205.254.2731

 
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