Freedom Rider opens at Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Catch this play on Festival Stage at Alabama Shakespeare Festival on Friday through April 24. In May 1961, four young students join others aboard a southbound bus in Washington, DC, to challenge segregated spaces in interstate travel. They ended up changing themselves and the nation forever. Inspired by real events, this powerful play — sometimes funny and ultimately uplifting — celebrates the heroic and watershed journey of these young people. Get tickets at asf.net. ALSO: Step onto the bus yourself for the opening weekend of Freedom Rider, when an authentic 1960s Grayhound bus visits ASF, brought to you by the Freedom Rides Museum. MEET A FREEDOM RIDER SATURDAY: On Saturday, ASF will have Freedom Rider Dr. Bernard Lafayette as a guest speaker at this weekend’s Insights, “Courage to Act.” Join after the Saturday matinee of Freedom Rider for a talkback with Lafayette and Judge Tiffany Johnson-Cole. No ticket purchase necessary to attend the talkback.
Go see Belle at Capri Theatre
Go catch “Belle” Friday through Sunday at 4 pm and 7 pm at the Capri Theatre, 1045 East Fairview Ave., Montgomery. In this anime, Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a gorgeous and globally-beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious “beast” and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone. Tickets are $10 for non-members, $4 for children 12 and under.
Explore the Art of the Black Belt: Greensboro, AL
Join Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts on April 9 at 8 am for Explore the Art of the Black Belt: Greensboro, AL. This new travel series exclusively for MMFA members invites you on a day long excursions to discover the unique and historic arts and artists of the Black Belt region of Alabama. Each journey will offer a fresh perspective by tour guide Kay Sasser Jacoby to experience art, culture, history, architecture, and much in-between. The cost of each excursion is $150 and includes transportation, tours, guides, tips, morning coffee and breakfast treat, catered seated lunch, and refreshments on the ride back to Montgomery. The luxury coach will depart the Museum at 8 a.m. and arrive back at the Museum around 5 p.m. https://mmfa.org/travel/explore-the-art-of-the-black-belt/
Big & Rich to Perform at Wind Creek Wetumpka
Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka is proud to announce Big & Rich featuring Cowboy Troy will be performing at the Wind Creek Wetumpka Entertainment Center on Saturday at 8 pm Tickets can be purchased through ticketmaster.com or Essentials gift shop, located inside Wind Creek Wetumpka. Big & Rich are America’s Technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John Rich and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, entertainers. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world. Big & Rich have made a career of being relatable and musically relevant since exploding into the public consciousness in 2003 as the rarest of breeds — true country music game changers. With 2004’s triple-platinum “Horse of a Different Color,” they were able to tap into the best strands of a wide spectrum of popular music, filter them through their pens and voices and produce a sound that is instantly recognizable, if not classifiable.
Getaway Cruise on the Harriott II riverboat
Come watch the sunset on the Alabama River aboard the Harriott II Riverboat on Saturdays this spring. The Getaway Cruise is a great way to get your weekend started. During this two-hour cruise, they offer live entertainment, a full bar and the Wheel House Grille offers a variety of meal selections for purchase. Don’t miss the boat. Inside general admission seating is located inside one of our two climate-controlled decks, Outside patio seating is located on the outside top deck and is first come first serve to seat. Patio seating is not handicap accessible. Please purchase boarding tickets before purchasing an Add-On Package.
April Walking Tours
As part of the Alabama Tourism Department’s April Walking Tours, they will offer free, guided tours of Montgomery’s downtown historic district. These walking tours are set for 10 am on April 9, 16, 23, and 30. Some of the stops along the tour include the Court Square Fountain, Rosa Parks Statue and Bus Stop area, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, and the State Capitol. Contact Jennifer Grace at 334-262-0013 for more information.
The Master’s Easter Egg Hunt
The First Methodist Church of Millbrook is hosting an Easter egg hunt festival on Sunday for children who are in the forth grade or younger. The games during the festival will have a golf theme The Master’s Easter Egg Hunt. The event will be at the church, 3350 Edgewood Road, from 4 – 6 pm The 17 fun games will all have prizes leading up to the 18th game — the egg hunt. There will also be food trucks at the site.
Second Tuesday: Artmaking:
Join Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts on April 12 from 6 to 8 pm for Second Tuesday: Artmaking with special guest William Lawson of Montgomery Therapeutic & Recreation Center. He will introduce aids, tips, and ideas for working with individuals who have physical or cognitive challenges. This will be a great opportunity for anyone who loves to make art and those who work or live with individuals that need extra support.
Zach Williams in concert at MPAC
Christian artist Zach Williams is in concert Tuesday at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center at 7 pm His powerful and poignant journey spans how a boy with a storybook childhood filled with wonderfully nurturing parents, a strong and supportive grounding in the church, and a warm and loving local community was seduced away by the illusion of rock stardom, and the drug and alcohol excesses that could so often accompany that lifestyle. mpaconline.org/events
Thirsty Turtle Jam/Round table style
Wednesday, April 13, 7-9 pm at the Thirsty Turtle in Millbrook, 4884 Main St. Grab your friends and family and make plans to attend the Turtle Jam every Wednesday! The fabulous Alex Walker is leading an all-genre open jam for all musicians and music lovers! Musicians just need their instrument, mic and cord.