Rave Motion Pictures screens the summer blockbusters in 20 auditoriums outfitted with stadium seating. The theaters' digital projectors allow projectionists to easily play such gripping tales as Scream 4, a documentary about Sidney Prescott's return to Woodsboro, where Ghostface threatens the townspeople's safety (movies playing subject to change). Stretch out while watching as rows are spaced 48 inches apart from one another, one for each of the states recognized by most public-school systems. Check showtimes online for all the movies screening throughout the summer.
Seeking to enrich the world with professional opera and musical presentations, Mobile Opera is launching its 65th season by staging Leonard Bernstein's popular operetta based on Voltaire's 1759 novella Candide, which features such jovial singables as "Glitter and Be Gay" and "Make Our Garden Grow."
• Two reserved-seating football tickets to see the University of South Alabama vs. Lamar University at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on September 10 (a $30 value) • Four upper-bowl tickets to see one men's basketball game of your choice during the upcoming 2011–2012 season at the Mitchell Center (a $20 value)
Tucked behind Leinkauf Elementary School, La Pizzeria has been lauded by Press-Register food editor David Holloway as "one of the best-kept secrets" in town. He praises owner Todd Henson's balance between Italian classics—pastas with housemade sauces and calzones among them—and creative menu contributions. A list of character-inspired gourmet pizzas includes the garlic-infused Bela Lugosi and the Sherlock Holmes, a mystery order whose toppings are chosen by the chef and cooked beneath a carefully aimed magnifying glass. Strewn with white tablecloths and still-life paintings, the low-lit interior features one private table, where Henson wagers "we've had a hundred proposals of marriage … over the years."
After a lifetime of conquering comedy and literature, renaissance man Steve Martin along with his crackerjack journeymen The Steep Canyon Rangers brings chart-topping bluegrass to The Woods at Fontanel. Steve Martin’s Grammy Award-winning banjo playing is paired with the smooth vocals, smart songwriting, ferocious instrumentals, and callused fingers of The Steep Canyon Rangers to promote their new album Rare Bird Alert, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart. The harmonious performance promises the highest-quality bluegrass available without dragging a time machine through an Appalachian hootenanny.
• For $4, you get two general admissions to a matinee feature (up to a $9 value). Matinee showtimes are before 6 p.m. • For $6, you get two general admissions to an evening feature (up to a $13 value). Evening showtimes are after 6 p.m.