Going to the theater lets you take in dramatic scenes at a safe distance, much like listening to your neighbors argue about how to pronounce gnocchi. Hide behind the fourth wall with this GrouponLive deal.
- $15 for two tickets to Crossing Lines: Birmingham and the Southern Conference for Human Welfare (up to a $30 value)
- When: Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m.
- Where: Vulcan Park and Museum
- Seating: General admission
- Door time: 5:30 p.m.; cash bar also available at this time.
- Ticket values include all fees.
Crossing Lines: Birmingham and the Southern Conference for Human Welfare
During this one-hour program, playwright Lee Shackleford brings the true story of the Birmingham-based Southern Conference for Human Welfare to vivid life. From 1938 to 1948, the conference—which counted Eleanor Roosevelt, Hugo Black, and Mary McLeod Bethune among its participants—worked to improve social and civil rights in the area while struggling to reverse the town's Depression-ravaged economy. The facts are illuminated with Shackleford's fictional story, in which a liberal-minded young woman and a down-to-earth bellboy spark a change-catalyzing friendship. Crossing Lines is presented as part of the Vulcan Park and Museum's Birmingham Revealed! series, presenting panels, live music, and talks to educate about the city’s history and culture.
Vulcan Park and Museum
Sporting the largest cast-iron statue in the world—a 56-foot, 100,000-pound statue of Vulcan, Roman god of the forge—Vulcan Park and Museum also boasts panoramic views of the city and eye-opening lessons on Birmingham's geology and industrial history. Assembled from local metal in 1904 and erected at the World’s Fair in St. Louis the same year, Vulcan was then shipped back to Birmingham. In 2003, after successfully defending the city from the Kraken, the Colossus of the Deep South was painstakingly moved to its current Red Mountain roost. Inside the museum, a multitude of interactive exhibits regale visitors with tales of the town and Vulcan's storied past, from its World's Fair beginnings to its failed hip-hop career. An elevator ride to Vulcan Park's 124-foot-high observation deck splashes dazzling snapshots of the teeming wildlife in the urban jungle below.