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Sounds of Leeds – November 18

5:00    Leeds UMC Praise 365 Band         $5

6:45    The Wes Graham Band               $10   

8:00    The Suburban Love Junkies        $10                             

All 3 Bands $20

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Christmas in Dixie – December 2 @ 7:00 pm

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Moody High School Artists Reception

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Moody High School Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Theatre & Arts Center in downtown Leeds. The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works. Admission is free.

These high school artists work in a variety of mediums and styles. Their works reflect their interest in nature, pop culture, music, humor, and everyday life.

Their art will be on display through December 1. For more information regarding the reception, exhibit, and other Leeds Arts Council events, visit http://www.leedsartscouncil.org  In case of inclement weather, call the arts center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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Birmingham Arts Journal Meeting – November 2 – 6:30 pm

FREE AND OPEN TO EVERY LOVER OF ART & POETRY & PROSE

Within the pages of the newest issue Birmingham Arts Journal enjoy the work of:

Mark Barrett
Maud Belser
Allen Berry
Mark Burke
Brenda Burton
Pam Copeland
Tom Dameron
Joan Dawson
Ken Dykes
Stephen Edmondson
David Flynn
Chip Ghinga
Barbara Gordon
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois
Saalam Green
Theodore Haddin
Chase Hawkins
Jeff Kalafa
Thomas Locicero
David R. Loope
Sam Pezzillo
Ryan Kim Preskitt
Jim Reed
James Miller Robinson
Karim Shamsi-Basha
Robert Joe Stout
Andrew Tyson
Camille Kleinman Wick

Pick up a copy of the BIRMINGHAM ARTS JOURNAL at the Museum of Art Gift Shop and at Reed Books in Birmingham

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Over My Dead Body

The Leeds Arts Council presents: “Over My Dead Body” — a comedy by Derek Benfield.

Performances on October 20, 21, 27, & 28 at 7:00 pm and Oct 22 & 29 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00.

Following his wife’s recent death Gerald hopes to spend the rest of his days alone with his memories. But he reckons without his late wife’s “forward planning”, which results in a series of unexpected events occurring that Gerald had not anticipated. With the help of his daughter and son-in-law, Gerald strives to maintain his independence and keep unexpected visitors at bay. But the recalling of memories revives events from the past that are both funny and sad.

The actors are Scott Nesmith, Katy Walker, Cliff Keen, Jr., Selena Stalker, Madelyn Harbison and Emily Givens.

To purchase tickets call the office at 205-699-1892 and leave your name, phone number, the date of the performance you will attend, and the number of tickets you desire. Someone will return your call to confirm. Reservations are not required.

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Jason Petty presents, “Hank Williams – The Lonesome Tour”

The Leeds Arts Council is excited to bring tribute artist Jason Petty presenting “Hank Williams – The Lonesome Tour” to the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center on September 23 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20.00.

Due to the popularity of this show, reservations are recommended! Call 205-699-1892 and leave a message including your name, phone number, and the number of tickets you need. Someone will return your call to confirm your reservation. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card. If paying by credit card there is a $1.00 per ticket service charge.

Jason Petty began his acting and singing odyssey on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee portraying country music legend, Hank Williams, in the musical, “Lost Highway”. After several national tours Petty went to New York for an off Broadway run of the show and won the OBIE Award for Outstanding Performance in 2003.

When Jason first performed the role of Hank Williams at the Ryman in Tennessee in 1996, little did he imagine that some 20 years later he would still be portraying this legendary man in his own highly acclaimed show. Petty met and became friends with Williams friends and family members, musicians, and fellow Grand Ole Opry stars. They shared with him the intimate details of this legend’s life and career. From the good times to the hard times, Jason listened and began to understand this man like no other. Now he brings that intimate story to life in this one man tribute.

The Leeds Theatre and Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive in Downtown Leeds. We are handicapped accessible so when you call for reservations please let us know if you are in a wheelchair.

Come and join us for an evening you will never forget!

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Leeds Area Visual Artists – Receptions

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Leeds Area Visual Artists (LAVA) with opening receptions on Saturday, September 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Sunday, September 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Arts Center in downtown Leeds.

The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works.  Additional art work, prints, cards, and books will be on display in the theater during the receptions. Refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.

Artists participating in the 2017 LAVA show include: Ramey Channell, William Darby, Frank Dawson, Joan Dawson, Cheryl Horncastle, Tina Miller, Gudrun Rominger, Tanna Rose, Grady Sue Saxon, and Linda Stephan.  The exhibit comprises oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media paintings; graphite and pastel drawings; and photographs.

LAVA’s art will be on display through November 3, 2017.

For more information regarding the reception, exhibit, and other Leeds Arts Council events, visit  www.leedsartscouncil.org or call the Leeds Theatre & Arts Center at 205-699-1892.  Gallery hours are Fridays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and during events.

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Shades Mountain Air

Shades Mountain Air will bring their special mix of bluegrass, newgrass, and gospel to the Leeds Arts Center on Saturday, August 19, at 7:00 pm.  All seats are $10.

Shades Mountain Air has been together since 1998, performing at a wide variety of venues. The members are: Nancy Womble on bass and lead vocals; Gary Furr on guitar and vocals; Greg Womble on banjo and vocals; Don Wendorf on banjo, mandolin and hammer dulcimer; and Melanie Richardson Rogers on fiddle and vocals. They have all been playing and singing for many years and all have performed with other groups and bands. Their musical experiences are as diverse as classical, folk, rock and roll, and contemporary Christian. However, they have found a common love in original acoustic music, roots music, and bluegrass.

They describe themselves as “an acoustic band that mixes modern, traditional, and gospel bluegrass styles”. You will hear a little of everything from Bill Monroe to James Taylor and even something they call “mariachigrass” along with original compositions by Gary.  Tight vocals, solid arrangements, good picking, and high energy is coming your way!

Reservations are not required, but if you wish to make reservations, call the LAC office at 205-699-1892. Leave your name, phone number, and the number of tickets you need and we will return your call. We are handicapped accessible so let someone know before showtime if you need special seating.

 

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Jim Langley Exhibit

Jim Langley is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in August.  The public is invited to his opening reception and one-man show on Sunday, August 6 at 1:30-3:30.  Admission is free.

The reception/show will feature the art and storytelling of former Leeds resident, Jim Langley.  Many of his paintings depict scenes and personalities from the Leeds and Birmingham area including the Alabama Theater; area churches, businesses, historic buildings and houses; and personalities such as Charles Barkley and Harry the Hat.  Proceeds from sales and donations will benefit the Leeds Art Council as well as Day Camp Scholarships for disadvantaged children at YMCA Camp Hargis.

The Delmont Show is a 30-minute “pure-dee Alabama” performance based on Langley’s book, Delmont’s Slang Blade, 1000 of the Best Sayings in the State of Alabama. Jim’s interest in Southern sayings started many years ago and the book contains a portion of his collection. Langley contends that everyone needs to have a favorite Southern Saying in their back pocket to pull out and use at the proper occasion. Quips include such as “The more people I meet, the more I like my dog,” or “Smiling like a dead pig in sunshine.” Come let Delmont tell you what that one means!

Mr. Langley, originally from Vernon in Lamar Co., AL, is now a resident of the Ross Bridge section of Hoover. He is married to the former Ann Whitehead of Nashville, TN. Jim graduated from Jacksonville State University with a degree in Political Science and from the University of Oklahoma with a Master’s in Public Administration. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate receiving an Army commission in 1971, and served active duty tours in Alaska, Fort Sill OK, and Korea, before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves.

During his civilian career, Mr. Langley spent 15 years with BellSouth Communications and had shorter professional associations with Dowzer Electric, SITEL, DES and AIDS Alabama. In retirement, Langley has become a prolific writer, artist and storyteller. He is well known for his book on Oak Hill, the oldest cemetery in Birmingham, and walking tours of the cemetery. He has also led many trips and tours for Hoover Seniors the last few years including local history tours in Birmingham and Hoover, tours of important places in our local Civil Rights history, and tours of Red Mountain Park. For more information, visit www.Langley.Rocks

Mr. Langley’s paintings will be on exhibit through September 8, 2017.

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The Leeds Arts Council presents “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” on July 14 and 15 at 7:00 pm and July 16 at 2:00 pm; July 21 and 22 at 7:00 pm; July 28 and 29 at 7:00 pm and July 30 at 2:00 pm.  Opening night we will serve free chocolate treats to all.

Special ticket prices for children (to 18) is $5.00 when an adult makes a reservation and prepays a ticket for $15.00.  One special priced children’s ticket for each adult ticket. Tickets at the door are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for a child (to 18).

To make reservations, please call 699-1892 and leave your name, phone number, number of tickets and the date of the performance you wish to attend.  We accept cash, check, and credit card for prepayment and at the door.

The play is directed by Cliff Keen, Jr.

The cast includes:

Willy Wonka – Bill Allen
Charlie Bucket – Olivia Soileau
Grandpa Joe – Buddy Cannon
Phineous Trout – John Dyess
Mrs. Gloop – Wendy Riley
Augustus Gloop – Conner Hamlin
Veruca Salt – Rachel Cartwright
Mr. Salt – Tommy Riley
Violet – Harper Soileau
Mrs. Beauregarde – Rachael Arledge
Mike Teavee – Michael Allen
Ms. Teavee – Stacy Ross
Mr. Bucket – Tommy Riley
Mrs. Bucket – Wendy Riley
Candyman – John Dyess
Grandma Josephine – Stacy Ross
Grandma Georgina – Rachael Arledge
Grandpa George – Special Guest
Oompa-Loompa – Grace Riley, Corah Rosenow, Emerson Tillery
Cooks – Grace Riley, Corah Rosenow, Emerson Tillery, Conner Hamlin,Harper Soileau, Michael Allen
Kids – Grace Riley, Corah Rosenow, Emerson Tillery

The theatre is handicapped accessible. When making your reservation please let us know if you are in a wheelchair or need a first row seat because of a handicap.

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