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For more than seven years, The Actor’s Charitable Theatre, or ACT, has been providing the Tuscaloosa area with a wide variety of musicals, plays, dinner theatres and children’s acting camps. This month, The ACT celebrates its 30th stage production when it presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the historic Bama Theatre, Sept. 16-19. Beauty and the Beast will kick off The ACT’s 2016-2017 season, entitled “Bringing the Classics to a New Generation,” and will feature a variety of familiar ACT cast members, as well as a few newcomers to the stage.

Screenings in the Bama Art House Film Series Fall 2016 will begin on Aug. 16 and will feature eight films, starting with the 2016 film “Love and Friendship” – based on Jane Austen’s novella “Lady Susan,” and starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny and Xavier Samuel.

Kentuck Art Night is a monthly premiere event in our area, offering up some great entertainment, lively demonstrations and, of course, outstanding art.

This week offers plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy everything our area has to offer. From the Citywide Prayer Rally for Peace and Unity (Monday), to the Shrimpfest and BBQ for Eagles’ Wings and T-Town Trade Daze this weekend, there are so many things to see and do.

Enjoy your week, T-Town.

Alabama Quilts: Monday, Aug. 1 (through Sept. 30), The Gorgas House Museum, University of Alabama campus. This selection of historic Alabama quilts is from the collections of the UA Department of Human and Environmental Science. The exhibit is included in the cost of regular admission ($2). For more information, contact Lydia Joffray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuscaloosa Citywide Prayer Rally for Peace and Unity: Monday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. Bethel Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa. Churches throughout Tuscaloosa, Northport and surrounding areas are coming together for this event. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox will also be on hand.

32nd Annual National Night Out: Aug. 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Sokol Park, Tuscaloosa. Come out and show support for local law enforcement agencies and the officers who serve the community. Enjoy free food, drinks and get the chance to meet representatives from numerous area law enforcement!

Kentuck Art Night in downtown Northport: Thursday, Aug. 4, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This monthly celebration of art and artists is free to the public. Enjoy live music, pop-up shops from local vendors, demonstrations by Kentuck studio artists, and more. For more information, visit kentuck.org/art-night. 

For those of you looking for something fun to do with the kiddos this summer, you’ve got plenty of options. Midtown Village’s free “Screen on the Green” summer movie series is one way to go. Each Saturday night (at dusk) through July 30, a fun, family-friendly film will be shown in the green space at Midtown. Things get underway this Saturday, June 25, with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Quick note to readers: Obviously Tuscaloosa was experiencing some heavy thunderstorms (complete with torrential rains and a lot of lightening) on Friday afternoon, June 17. With the possibility of more rain into the evening, the City of Tuscaloosa has announced that Live at the Plaza is canceled.

This summer is jam packed with fun, entertaining things to do – many of them in downtown Tuscaloosa. Now, merchants in Temerson Square are holding their own party. Dubbed “Second Saturday,” this celebration is essentially an entertainment district – with restaurants and clubs holding sidewalk parties and offering “drinks to go.” It’s a big block party, and it sounds like a whole lot of fun.

Dress rehearsals are taking place now as members of the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre (TCT) prepare to take the stage for Junie B. Jones, The Musical this weekend. Shows are set for April 22-24 at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa.

If you’re looking for some fun family entertainment on this beautiful weekend, Junie B. Jones can’t be beat. TCT has consistently put on some of the best local, fun shows and musicals for the whole family around. This production is an adaptation of the beloved and best-selling Barbara Park Junie B. Jones books. Bring the kids, and enjoy a little nostalgia of your own, too.  

By Elizabeth Stanard

Calling all humans and canines! Come one, come all to the Will May Dog Park on Saturday, April 9, because Tuscaloosa’s third annual Bark in the Park promises fun for everyone. 

Sponsored by the Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors and generous local businesses, organizations, and volunteers, this highly successful fundraising event honors the legacy of Will May while supporting the efforts of the Tuscaloosa Parks and Recreation Authority to maintain our city’s official dog park.  

Admission is free, donations are appreciated, and all are encouraged to attend. 

By Tori Linville

 

While it’s just a car drive away to visit the movie theater and watch the latest blockbuster, there are some serious downsides that have more people staying at home. Sites like Netflix have more and more people dodging the crazy concession prices and forgoing the buckets of popcorn for a more relaxed experience. If you’re one of these people, we’ve got some suggestions for you. Check out these movies that don’t disappoint and don’t come with the couple making out two rows under you (thankfully).

 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13)

 

Why start with a movie you’ve probably already seen? Because, it’s a classic. And you cannot go wrong with Ferris Bueller played by a young Matthew Broderick. Maybe this time you’ll be able to figure out just what Ferris does to get away with all his stunts. Maybe not.

 

Django Unchained (R)

 

This 2012 blockbuster was one that people just wouldn’t stop talking about. Freed from slavery, Django (Jamie Foxx) travels cross country in search of his wife. Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t get an Oscar from this movie either, but he does play an evil plantation owner. Graphic but gripping stuff.

 

Jumanji (PG)

 

The title should be enough to grab a popcorn bowl, but we’ll elaborate. Two children discover a magic board game, Jumanji. They meet a crazy guy who has been trapped in the game for years. He’s played by Robin Williams. Now go, watch (again, probably)!

 

In A World… (R)

 

Carol Soloman (Lake Bell) is a vocal coach, but her dad’s already made a name for himself in the industry, and she’s just getting started. Overshadowed and unappreciated, Carol’s big gig finally comes and it’s everything she’s ever wanted. As an indie rom-com, this movie ain’t half bad.

 

Mr. Peabody and Sherman (PG)

 

This cute animated movie features a super smart dog, Mr. Peabody, and Sherman his human companion. The two time travel and find adventure along the way. Inspired by Rocky and Bullwinkle, there’s enough cuteness and happenings going on here for the whole family to enjoy.

 

Article sponsored by Plus One Tactical.  

Find them on the web at: http://www.plusonetactical.com

 

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