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."
Nestled in the heart of historic midtown Mobile, Ashland Midtown Pub catches the eyes of passersby with its pleasant open-air patio before ensnaring them with the irresistible wafting aromas of cheesy breadsticks, roasted garlic, and freshly baked pizzas and calzones. Once inside, guests perch upon cushy barstools, surrounded by colorful canvases and plates of piping-hot lasagna or fillets of ahi tuna and flaky blackened grouper. Diners polish off feasts of po’ boys or basil-and-bacon-crowned pizzas with frosty draft brews at the rustic, knotty-pine bartop. As they sup on meals of upscale pizzeria cuisine, patrons dance to the tunes of live musicians or enjoy the interior's fresh, clean air thanks to the pub's no-smoking and no-rudimentary-steam-engine policies.
Savor sophistication in an upscale environment and an outdoor area enclosed in exposed brick. With its modern, chic décor, The Wine Loft offers a respite for relaxation and elegance. Choose from a wine list that includes over 50 wines by the glass.Their wines come from all over, including Washington, California, France, Oregon, Argentina, New Zealand, Germany and elsewhere. The Wine Loft's trained staff can help you discover that perfect wine based on your tastes, preferences or meal. Relish a Riesling like Starling Castle ($8 a glass) from Rheinshessen, Germany, or marry a merlot like Tierra del Fuego ($5 a glass) from Maule Valley, Chile. Gather more appreciation for your wine of choice by picking its brain about foreign films and the summer it spent in Belize, or by pairing it with the filet mignon pistolettes ($10) with blue cheese butter and sweet onion jam. End your night of indulgence and savoir-vivre with a classic crème brule ($9) or the molton lava cake ($9) with vanilla infused honey and ice cream quenelles.
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.
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.