NOLA’s Running of the Bulls

A Running of the Bulls a little closer to home than San Miguel de Allende and Pamplona.

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Lil’s Gigs for April

If you’re a Lil Greenwood fan, get out your calendar. For the uninitiated, Lil is an incredible jazz/blues vocalist and songwriter. She was discovered by Duke Ellington at the Purple Onion (the one in the other LA, not here in Mobile) in the 1940s, and she spent three decades touring with the jazz/blues greats including The Ellington Orchestra, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn and others. We’re lucky she calls Prichard home, and she performs regularly in the Mobile area.

Lil performs with Hosea London, leader of Mobile’s legendary Excelsior Band. Below is their schedule for April. Here’s the amazing part: these are all free events (at least I think so; call to avoid disappointment). Continue reading

Fishing fun with Moon Doggie Smith (and others, Thursdays through May…)

The things I trip across while fishing (sorry…) for information. Found this while surfing for photography info. Go figure.

McCoy Outdoor Company is holding a spring fishing seminar series and the next seminar it TODAY at 5pm.  All seminars are free and open to the public. Continue reading

A lot of tails are on the line: The world’s best cook-off, coming at you April 17

I’ve been to a cook-off or two in my day. And, geez oh pete, Mobile has its share of ‘em. Chili, wings, Irish stew. BBQ. They’re all good but I’m amazed how many people I talk to have never heard of what is, in my never-to-be-humble opinion, the best: The Annual Shrimp Cook-off. Continue reading

Be healthy the au naturel way: April 10

No, this isn’t about nudist colonies (got your attention though, didn’t it?). It’s about healthcare. Waaaaay too complicated a topic for a single blog post. Suffice it to say I’m a big fan of holistic and alternative healthcare. This Saturday, the Gulf Coast Holistic Health Fair will give you an opportunity to learn about holistic heathcare options Continue reading

Free flix Tuesday nights at Callaghan’s (and more free fun)

Kudos to the restaurants, bars and coffee shops for their creative ideas to keep people coming through the doors.  Every time I turn around, there’s something new. Best of all, it’s free fun (although it’s very bad karma not to spend some $$$s while you’re there).  Continue reading

This event is worth fighting the pollen for: April 15

An outdoorsy book event…outdoors. What a novel idea (‘scuse the pun). Whether you’re a book lover, environmentalist, or you just love the outdoors, you do not want to miss this opportunity to see one of Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Americans speak. Continue reading

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.

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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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Foodie Alert! April 1 & 8

There’s so much going on right now I could just blog all day, and never get out to enjoy the fun and great weather. I have to post this one before I get going this morning since it combines four of my favorite things: eating (especially free food), cooking, books (especially great bookstores like Page & Palette) and the Grand Hotel. Continue reading