Behind the scenes at the Saenger: April 9

One of my goals with this blog is to dig out fun things to do on the Gulf Coast that you won’t learn about other places. Here’s a good example. Next Friday the Mobile Symphony will host guided tours of the Saenger Theater and provide a behind the scenes peek of their dress rehearsal of Vivaldi’s Four Season’s concert. Tours are 6-9pm April 9th. No other details yet (do you just show up?) but I’ll see what I can find out and share it here. Check back or subscribe for updates.


JAMmin’ with Jazz Appreciation Month in April

If you think March was jammed packed with things to do, wait until you see April. On top of Arts Alive!, it’s Jazz Appreciation Month and there’s a full calendar of jazzy events. The weather will be great, and events are either free or very inexpensive. So don’t tell me there’s nothing fun to do in Mobile, you can’t afford it or Mobile isn’t artzie. Get out there!

Originally I’d planned to post just a few of the “best” events from the list. I couldn’t choose so I’ve included the entire calendar. Here’s Sharman’s Q&D Guide to help you make your selections (details in the full list that follows):

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Recycle Gras follow-up: how to melt your beads

Want to recycle your beads into a cool lamp like this? Below are detailed instructions from Mark Kirk of UP/Unique Products in New Orleans. I took UP’s Recycle Gras workshop at The Big Top this past Saturday and had a bon temps. Check my previous Recycle Gras post for other ideas on how to recycle your beads.

At the Recycle Gras workshop, the big kids (like me) created mosaics with glue (I’ll post my objet d’art when it’s finished). The little kids created nightlights using the technique below. This is a good (supervised) project for the kiddies.

I’m looking for more creative ideas on how to re-use Mardi Gras beads and other throws. Please post your ideas in comments below or email me at

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Recycle Gras! DO-nate your beads for free DO-nuts!

Finally got around to taking down the Mardi Gras decorations yesterday. Which means The Tree Formerly Known as The Mardi Gras Tree (and before that the Christmas Tree) has now morphed into the St Patty’s Day Tree. I love this tradition. First of all, my last name is Egan so a St. Patty’s Day tree helps me get in touch with my inner Irish even if I did have to marry into this good Irish name. Continue reading

Bon Temps at Cortlandt’s

Laissez le bon temps rouler at Courtlandt’s on the corner of George and Savannah streets in Oakleigh. A new photo titled Bon Temps: The Fancy and Folly of Mobile’s Mardi Gras has opened at the bar/soon to be restaurant. Drop by for a drink on your way to a parade, and check out the photos by Jeff and Meggan Haller, owners of Keyhole Photo, In includes some of the photos featured in this month’s Mobile Bay Monthly Magazine.

Grab your camera and go

The Gulf Coast Research Lab in Ocean Springs is offering two events in February for outdoor photography buffs. On February 4, the lab will host An Evening of Images,” a  free visual presentation by nature photographer Tom Ulrich.  This is open to the public and free. On February 5, Tom will offer an Outdoor Digital Photography Workshop. The workshop is $40.

The lab is located one hour from Mobile in Ocean Springs, overlooking the Mississippi Sound. There are fabulous photo opportunities in the area. While you’re there, visit the Walter Anderson Museum for inspiration.