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    TUSK CALENDAR: Who's playing and what's happening

    By Mark Hughes Cobb, Tuscaloosa News,


    This week in West Alabama, June 20-26, the Rude Mechanicals begin their 20th anniversary production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," in the Allen Bales Theatre, Wednesday through June 29; Juneteenth celebrations continue; Midtown brings back its Ultimate Summer Night; MKD will host Dine 'n' Drag; and Ernest and Hadley holds book virtual and in-person book events, Thursday and Friday.



    Zach Guffey, Rockin' Dopsie Jr.: 6-9 p.m., Government Plaza, downtown Tuscaloosa. Spring-summer 2024 Live at the Plaza series, free, family- and pet-friendly, including kids' zone activities. Blankets and chairs are allowed. .

    Birkenhëd: 9 p.m., Big Al's Backstreet Lounge, 2108 14th Ave., Tuscaloosa.


    Open-mic night: 6 p.m., Druid City Brewing Co., 700 14th St., Parkview Plaza, Tuscaloosa.


    ONGOING through JULY 20

    "Southern Queer History ― Tuscaloosa Lesbian Coalition": Exhibit on display telling the story of the queer community in Tuscaloosa, Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum , 1901 Jack Warner Parkway. In collaboration with the Summersell Center for the Study of the South , UA grad student Callum Campbell researched the obscured narratives of the queer community through the lens of the Tuscaloosa Lesbian Coalition (TLC). The exhibit sheds light on the resilience and resourcefulness of Tuscaloosa’s queer community, and expresses appreciation for their contributions to the broader social fabric of the city. 205-248-4931.


    “The Middle Ground: Connecting Opposing Visual Forces”: Works on paper, and paintings, by Kiki Karatheodoris, Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays; free admission. .


    Gary Cosby Jr. for E&H Open Book Club: Virtual event, 5:30-6:30 p.m., with Cosby discussing the first in his Adventures of Will Danger series: "Blackbeard's Treasure," aka "Conflict In The Caribbean." It will be on Zoom, and participants should register in advance, through .

    Ultimate Summer Night: 5:30-8 p.m., Midtown Village, 1800 McFarland Blvd. E., Tuscaloosa. Music by Derek Day Band, child-friendly activities, 20 vendors, and more. Pets and lawn chairs welcome.

    Opening reception for Janet Mego's "The Recovery Series in Black Bird Places": 6 p.m., Betak-Frangoulis Gallery, Canterbury Chapel Episcopal Church, 810 Fifth Ave., Tuscaloosa, featuring a musical collaboration between Mego and singer Patricia Townsend.


    "Old Enough: Southern Women Artists and Writers on Creativity and Aging": 5:30-7 p.m., Ernest and Hadley Booksellers, 1928 Seventh St., Tuscaloosa. Editors and contributors to "Old Enough," including Gail Andrews, Jennifer Horne, Jay Lamar, Jeanie Thompson, Lila Quintero Weaver, Yvonne Wells and Claire Lewis Evans. RSVP on Eventbrite at . Reserve a copy of the book at .


    Two-day Juneteenth celebration: Fashion show 7 p.m. Friday, 4104 Alabama Ave NE, celebrating Black culture, featuring more than 30 models and designers. Hosted by comedian Meka Carey, with a performance by Big Cade. Saturday, a celebration begins at noon in the Robert Hasson Community Center, 1513 12th St. in Northport. Free and open to the public, with live entertainment beginning at 4 p.m. — gospel, blues, spoken-word and more ― food trucks, local vendors and craft makers, kids' activities.


    Paint Party: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eagle Cove Marina, 11912 Recreation Area Road, Cottondale. Paint Party from 10 a.m.-noon, adults and kids ages 5 and up. RSVP with Hue Wyatt via Facebook or email Hey Bebe food truck will be on site noon-4 p.m. Happy Chick Farms fresh squeezed lemonade, freeze-dried candy and boiled peanuts, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Dine 'n' Drag: 5 p.m., The Bear Trap, 1137 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa. Performance by the Mystic Krewe of the Druids. Tickets, $25, and VIP tables, $200 seats six, at


    This Could Be You: Comedy show with open-mic, 8-11 p.m., Black Warrior Brewing Co., 2216 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa. Signup at 7:30. Hosted by Stand-Up Tuscaloosa and Compton Smith.


    "Dirty Dancing" (1987): 7 p.m., Bama Theatre, 600 Greensboro Ave., downtown Tuscaloosa. Doors and Bama Bar at 6. Admission $10 general, $9 students and seniors, $8 for Arts Council members. For more, email, or call 205-758-5195, ext. 1. .


    "A Midsummer Night's Dream": 20th anniversary production for Tuscaloosa's The Rude Mechanicals, 7:30 p.m. for live pre-show music, shows at 8, in the Allen Bales Theatre, Rowand-Johnson Hall on the University of Alabama campus. All ages show; no admission charge, though donations will be accepted. See Facebook group The Rude Mechanicals, or call 205-310-5287.


    AUG. 1-4: "Anything Goes," performed by Theatre Tuscaloosa, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1-3, 2 p.m. Aug. 2-4, Bama Theatre. Tickets $27 general; $23 for seniors (60 and up), military or Shelton State students; $19 for children. .

    AUG. 4-6: Druid City Chorus voicing, Room 164 Moody Music Building, UA campus. Voicings will take no longer than 15 minutes. UA, Stillman and Shelton State students only may complete their voicings Aug. 18-19 (more signup information to come). Be warmed up and ready to sing. Arrive five to 10 minutes only; fill out the QR code from outside the office and wait until your audition time. Email Morgan Luttig with any questions at

    AUG. 30: Tom Segura, Mercedes-Benz Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa. Tickets for $99.50, $59.50, $49.50, and $32.50, plus fees and taxes, through , or or at the venue's box office, 2710 Jack Warner Parkway. .

    SEPT. 20: Cody Jinks, the Cadillac Three and Calder Allen, 7 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa. Tickets through , or at the venue's box office, 2710 Jack Warner Parkway, for $258, $158, $107.50, $87.50, $67.50, $47.50 and $33, plus taxes and fees. .

    SEPT. 26: Koe Wetzel, Treaty Oak Revival, 7 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa. Tickets through , or at the 2710 Jack Warner Parkway box office, for $83, $63, $53, $43, plus fees and taxes. .

    OCT. 3: The Commodores, Pointer Sisters, Spinners, 7 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa. Tickets through , or at the 2710 Jack Warner Parkway box office, for $159.50, $139.50, $99.50, $79.50, $59.50 and $39.50, not including fees and taxes.

    This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: TUSK CALENDAR: Who's playing and what's happening

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