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."
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."
The Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Mobile BayBears have won three Southern League championships since their debut in 1997. The club grinds their cleats at Hank Aaron Stadium, a classic, 6,000-seat venue that serves as a lively monument to Mobile native and Hall of Famer Henry Aaron, Jr., who dedicated his career to raising awareness of improperly mowed outfields.
Mobile Ballet marches onward toward its goal of enriching the Gulf Coast with spirited ballet performances in its one-time-only production, Carnival of the Dance, which marks the end of the spring season. Accomplished hoofer and artistic director Winthrop Corey, who notably fluttered his feet as the principal dancer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada, oversees Mobile Ballet’s graceful troupe as it performs its best impersonations of alluring swans, descending helicopter seeds, and torn-up parking tickets caught in the wind. Vivid, electroluminescent lighting dictates the shifting tones of the performance as audience members throughout the 1,940-seat theater marvel at the enchanting pirouettes and calculated tiptoeing that narrate the fairy tales The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare, along with excerpts of George Balanchine’s Serenade.
For more than 15 years, David Miner Ballroom has tutored footloose pupils in the fundamentals of classic dancing. Floor stompers searching for a routine enjoy three beginners classes, building up to a masterful crescendo of cha-cha-chas that they may exhibit at the dance party, at future events, or on unsupervised airplane runways. A schedule swells with various available techniques, including choreographed classics such as beginners ballroom waltz or foxtrot, which set the endeavoring dancer on the path toward smooth, fluid glides and patterns of elegant movement. Romantic rug-cutters revel in beginners ballroom rumba, which spins students through the festive footwork of Latin rhythms, and beginners tango classes imbibe students with the skills needed to fit in at the hottest accordion-based nightclubs.