B-Metro Arts & Culture Preview 2019/2020


Alys Stephens Center 2019/2020 Performances

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

Rhiannon Giddens is an American artist of folk and traditional music, played on fiddle and banjo. Francesco Turrisi is an Italian pianist and percussionist. 9/19/19


This glow-in-the-dark adventure is visually amazing. 9/20/19

Anthony Hamilton

Millions across the globe have bought his albums, falling deeply in love with raw, passionate notes that tell a story. 10/11/19

Gatlin Brothers

Larry, Steve and Rudy, the Gatlin Brothers, are a Grammy Award-winning trio who have dazzled audiences for more than 60 years. 10/13/19

Taj Express: The Bollywood Revue

Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood. 10/28/19

Silkroad Ensemble

The Silkroad Ensemble creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world. 11/7/19

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin

Carpenter and Colvin, longtime friends for over 30 years, will appear on stage together as an intimate acoustic duo. 11/17/19

Béla Fleck and The Flecktones

Groundbreaking, Grammy-winning quartet Béla Fleck & The Flecktones will be celebrating their 30th anniversary. 11/22/19

The Rainbow Fish

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s elegant new show, “The Rainbow Fish.” 12/1/19

Hip Hop Nutcracker

A holiday mash-up for the whole family. 12/10/19

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time.  1/12/20

Robben Ford

Five-time Grammy nominee Robben Ford achieved worldwide fame both for being a solo artist and for his collaborations. 1/23/20

Drum TAO 2020: Art of the Drum

TAO’s stage is created through phenomenal performances and expressions. 1/27/19

Oakwood University Aeolians

Since its inception, the choir has traveled widely, touching the hearts of both young and old with their inspirational singing. 2/9/20

The Chieftains: Irish Goodbye Tour

After 57 years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains remain as fresh and relevant as when they first began. 2/18/20

Muse Conference

Jazz/Lectures/Panels/Clinics. 3/25/20

Meshell Ndegeocello

Headliner for Muse Conference

10-time GRAMMY nominee, Meshell Ndegeocello’s music twists and turns through so many genres. 3/25/20

Stefon Harris and Blackout

An educator, vibraphonist and composer, Stefon Harris has been heralded as “one of the most important young artists in jazz.” 3/26/20

Maxim Lando

American pianist Maxim Lando. 4/1/20 Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez. Both started life in Havana, and headed to the States, where they melded the music of their homeland with a wide variety of influences.  4/9/20

Samin Nosrat – Salt Fat Heat Acid

Since 2000, Samin Nosrat has pursued her twin passions of food and words. 6/14/20

Virginia Samford Theatre

Legally Blonde: The Musical

Based on the novel and the hit-movie of the same name. (Sept. 19 – Oct. 6)

You Can’t Take It With You

The Sycamore family (and their friends) are a madcap group of eccentrics (Nov. 1-10)

Stars presents: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Musical

Beth Bradley’s church’s Christmas pageant is predictable every year, but not this one. (Nov. 21-27)


With a score featuring songs that have become classics of the American Musical Theater, Cabaret is a fierce, meaty musical. (Jan. 23-Feb.9)

STARS presents: Macbeth

The Shakespeare STARS present this adaptation geared to young actors. Macbeth reveals to us the danger of ambition, in which great people are destroyed by the power of their own success. (Mar. 5-8)


David McMahon returns to the VST to direct Molière’s timeless French farce, TARTUFFE. (Mar. 11-15)

The Fantasticks

The Fantasticks is whimsical, poignant, and romantic. (Mar. 26-Apr. 5)

Love, Linda

Love, Linda tells the story of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who was the driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter. (Apr. 16-26)


It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence… if only our founding fathers can agree to do it!  (June 11-28)

Stars Presents: Frozen, Jr.

The enchanting modern classic from Disney is based on the 2018 Broadway musical. (July 30- Aug. 9)

Beverly McNeil Gallery

This month, the Beverly McNeil Gallery is marking the bicentennial of the state with State of the Art: Celebrating the Bicentennial with Alabama Artists, a celebration of the anniversary of statehood with new work from Alabama artists. The show will featuring paintings and sculpture inspired by the state’s natural beauty, rich history and diverse people. Featured artists include Dirk A. Walker, Perry Austin, Nan Cunningham, Amy R. Peterson, Linda Ellen Price and many more. The show will be on display at Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham, AL from September 13th-30th.

Red Mountain Theatre

Disney Frozen Jr.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the journey of Princesses Anna and Elsa. (Nov. 1-3)

Holiday Spectacular

A spectacular display of all your favorite music of the season. (Dec. 6-22)

Holiday Homecoming

RMTC welcomes past members of our Conservatory for an evening of memories, songs, and celebrations. (Dec. 23)

Porgy and Bess

Known worldwide as a masterpiece and “An American Folk Opera,” Porgy and Bess was George Gershwin’s final work for the musical stage. (Feb. 7-23)

Conservatory Showcase

These talented young artists (ages 6-18), perform musical numbers choreographed by Broadway veterans and show-biz professionals. (March 7-8)

Human Rights New Works Festival

Each year, RMTC hosts a festival of powerful work that inspires, engages, and transforms audiences. RMTC leads our city in a human rights experience unlike any other. (March 19-22)

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

A fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic, based on the beloved comic strip by Charles Schultz. (April 10-19)

Bright Star

Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. (May 8-24)

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots features a joyous, Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, and a hilarious, uplifting book by Harvey Fierstein. (June 5-28)

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Cinderella receives a makeover with a clever retelling and contemporary take on the classic tale. (July 10-Aug 2)

Willy Wonka Jr.

Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory lights up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. (July 17-19)

Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.

Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr. is a clever adaptation of the six-time-Tony-Award-winning Best Musical and the Academy Award-winning film. (July 31-Aug 2)

Birmingham Museum of Art

Black Out (Sept. 28 to Jan. 12)

Before the selfie, before the Polaroid, and even before the photograph, there was the silhouette, a profile portrait made from cut paper. Silhouettes were a hugely popular and accessible form of portraiture in the nineteenth century, offering almost instant images of everyday Americans—women, men, black, white, presidents, and laborers. Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now explores this previously unstudied art form by investigating its deep historical roots and considering its forceful presence today.

Barbie: Dreaming of a Female Future (through January 26)

Barbie: Dreaming of a Female Future takes a critical look at Barbie on the occasion of her 60th anniversary. This exhibition offers an immersive experience where visitors can explore their relationship with Barbie through a re-imagined, modern dream house.

Ways of Seeing (Aug. 31 to March 8)

Drawing primarily from the BMA’s permanent collection, Ways of Seeing: Portraits brings together various works from the Museum’s collections that consider the many ways artists have represented people from the 1500s to the present day.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Antiques at the Gardens

(October 3-6) Over four days, Antiques at the Gardens will feature 11 speakers, 5 tastemakers, and 22 dealers. Proceeds from Antiques at the Gardens support the ongoing stewardship and enhancement of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, educational programs, and outreach activities. Since 2006, the event has raised more than $4.6 million for the Gardens.

Opera Birmingham

From famous grand operas, to intimate musical experiences, to community “pop-up” concerts, Opera Birmingham has it all. Opera Birmingham’s 2019-20 Season continues the company’s long history of world-class operatic productions, featuring glorious music and incomparable voices.

Headlining the 2019-20 season are:

Independence Eve (January 24 & 26, 2020): Independence Eve is a new one-act opera exploring the troubled journey of race relations in America. Comprised of three independent scenes, each taking place on July 3 of different decades in unspecified American cities, the opera focuses on the stories of three character pairings (three black males and three white males), struggling with identity and acceptance amidst issues that span one hundred years of the American experience. This lyrical and relevant opera is a tribute to the journey we are all on together.

Cinderella (March 20 & 22, 2020): For the first time ever, Opera Birmingham brings to life Massenet’s enchanting French opera, Cinderella! With soaring love duets and thrilling high notes, this magical operatic gem is one not to be missed. The opera will be sung in French with projected English translations and will feature the Opera Birmingham Chorus and Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Join Opera Birmingham for this classic fairytale love story, perfect for opera lovers of all ages and anyone who believes in true love and happily-ever-after!

The 2019-20 season opens with Catch a Rising Star (October 20, 2019), featuring baritone Nicholas Ward, winner of the 2019 Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition, in a recital of opera, classical song, and musical theatre favorites.

Sounds of the Season (December 15, 2019) will start off your holidays on a good note! Drawing on the talent of the Opera Birmingham Chorus, the concert will feature a variety of solo and ensemble performances by native Birmingham artists, setting the perfect mood for the holiday season.

The nationally recognized 42nd Annual Opera Birmingham Vocal Competition (May 16 & 17, 2020) will conclude this incredible lineup, offering a chance to hear 20 of our nation’s most talented young opera singers.

Tickets can be purchased online at operabirmingham.org or by calling Opera Birmingham at (205)322-6737.

Dia De Los Muertos

The annual celebration of life that is the Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) in Pepper Place is a long-standing festival that brings a Mexican tradition home to Birmingham.

This year the 17th edition of the festival is set for Saturday, November 2. Celebrate the lives of those that came before and those that are still with us through music, memorial roll call, jazz street parade, the Frida Kahlo Ceremony, dance, food vendors, the Corona Beer Garden, art, kids’ activities and most importantly the altars erected to the memory of those loved.

Birmingham Dance Foundation

The Dance Foundation is a non-profit organization supported by generous corporations, foundations and individuals.  We teach 2,000 students each week through our Studio Program and Community Partnership Program.  Our studios are also home to dozens of artists and arts organizations for classes, workshops, rehearsals and performances.  The Dance Foundation has been a gathering place for learning with and through dance for more than 40 years. www.thedancefoundation.org

Birmingham Dance Theatre

Birmingham Dance Theatre, Inc. was formed to offer students an environment where they are capable of receiving personal attention in a demanding yet enjoyable  atmosphere.

Joni Scofield is the owner and artistic director of BDT. She took over the studio from her mother Nora Nash and has even further developed a tradition of disciplined hard work with a family atmosphere.

From the instructors we hire to our facilities, we want you to have as many possibilities to learn and grow in the world of dance. BDT has a state of the art building with 6 spacious studios including a small theatre. Each studio has a suspended floor with marley flooring, viewing windows & updated lighting and sound. www.bdtdance.com 

Terrific New Theatre

Terrific New Theatre (TNT), conveniently located in the thriving Pepper Place entertainment district, is a Birmingham landmark for live theatre.  Founded in 1986 by Carl Stewart and Steve Stella, TNT offers a wide variety of plays and musicals, providing a transformative experience, a glimpse at humanity in all its forms, or sometimes just a really catchy tune or a belly laugh.  With plenty of on-site parking and world-class restaurants within walking distance, TNT is your destination for live theatre.

TNT has a reputation for producing high-quality, new works, under-produced pieces, or visionary classics.  In 2016, TNT named its new Executive Director, Tam DeBolt.  One of her first actions was to launch the now widely-acclaimed “Written in the South Series,” in which we give voice to emerging Southern playwrights.  This November, the Series will present Mississippi playwright T.K. Lee’s Paper Thin, the fourth installment of the program, which is offered separate from our regular season.

The 34th season is just underway, and true to our nature, it’s proving to be exciting and thought-provoking.  This season will see a small musical about the friendship between two childhood pals in The Story of My Life by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill; the attempt by one son to make a list of all the beautiful things in this world with Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe; a repertory production of both A Doll’s House and A Doll’s House Part 2 by Thornton Wilder (adaptation) and Lucas Hnath, respectively; and The Great American Trailer Park Musical by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso.

For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, go to terrificnewtheatre.com.

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