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Downtown Mobile news and info - November 2014
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NOVEMBER NEWS

Business Improvement District Renewed 

The holiday season in Downtown Mobile is shaping up to be one filled with events and activities, shopping and dining, and celebrations large and small. The Alliance is working with the City of Mobile to develop a calendar of events bound to delight locals and visitors alike...look for more details in the coming days.

In the meantime, we would like to thank the Mobile City Council, Mayor Sandy Stimpson and all those who wrote letters supporting the continuation of the Business Improvement District (the self-help district that funds most of our activities). The council voted unanimously Wednesday to renew the BID for another five years and in the process commented on its value to the city as a whole. We set an ambitious set of goals for this next term and are ready to get to work to achieve them! We have been fortunate to have an extraordinary board of directors, two of whom spoke at the council's public hearing.

Past board chairman and Commonwealth National Bank President Tyrone Fenderson told the council, "The Business Improvement District makes a difference every day as a complement to city efforts to make downtown vibrant. Our downtown is urban living made possible through thoughtful planning."  Read full remarks 
Current board chairman and Hargrove Engineers + Constructors CFO Jeb Shell told the council that when his firm was looking for new office space, "the efforts of the BID and the Alliance made us believe that Downtown was on the way back up. Not only were new investments happening downtown, the BID and the Alliance provided a level of protection to these investments...The City's commitment to the BID and the revitalization of downtown encourages investors to take on these projects." Read full remarks

RETAIL & RESTAURANT NEWS

Shop Small Saturday - Nov. 29th

We don't want to create any more stress in your life, but there are only six more Saturdays until Christmas. Make the most of them by visiting the shops in Downtown Mobile, especially on Small Business Saturday, November 29th. Support the local businesses who support our community. Our local retailers are bringing in new inventory daily and our many fine restaurants offer a great opportunity to refuel for the next round of gift-buying.

Bob's Downtown Restaurant

The menu at downtown's newest dining spot will be familiar with those of you who frequent Bob's Famous Hot Dog Stand on Canal Street, near Mobile's waterfront. Bob has opened up a full service restaurant at the corner of St. Francis and Jackson streets, offering his "famous' hot dogs and much more. He'll have weekly specials (the baked chicken and mashed potatoes come highly recommended!), and a classic hearty breakfast menu. Breakfast and lunch Monday - Friday, late night Thursday - Saturday.
Alchemy Tavern under New Ownership

One of downtown's popular live music venues is now being operated by Matt Charnetski. Matt is no stranger to our late night scene, most recently having managed Grand Central on Dauphin Street. Matt plans to develop the courtyard of the historic property located on Joachim Street across from the Saenger Theatre and hopes to expand the live music programming. Alchemy Tavern
Gift-Giving Solution

If your day is as full of decision-making as ours, a gift card might be the solution to holiday gift-buying stress. Can't decide between a sweater or necklace for mom; a flask or necktie for dad; skirt or wine glasses for your sister. Not to worry, just stop by the Urban Emporium at 260 Dauphin Street and buy a downtown-wide gift card. 
Since they're good at two dozen downtown shops and restaurants, the cards also make great employee or client gifts!

Don't just give them one thing for Christmas...give them a choice of everything!

DEVELOPMENT BUZZ

Downtown Residential Symposium Well Attended

Last week about 60 developers, bankers, real estate professionals and potential investors learned how to capitalize on the increasing demand for downtown living. The Downtown Mobile Alliance put together a symposium featuring regional
multi-family brokers,consultants and financiers, as well as one the nation's leading experts on calculating future demand for such units. 

Bottom line: Downtown Mobile could fill 1500 new residential units over the next five years if the right mix of apartments, condos and single family homes was available.

If you'd like to see a video of the presentations, click here.
Alliance Breakfast Briefing Provides a Glimpse into Our Past

While design and engineering work on the redesign of the West Wallace Tunnel interchange is being completed, archaeologists are taking advantage of the opportunity to uncover bits of our past. The site is under the I-10 ramps leading to and from Water Street and has revealed evidence of a colonial rice field as well as this barrel well from the earliest French settlers. Dr. Greg Waselkov, director of USA's Center for Archaeological Studies, says the thousands of artifacts recovered are still being analyzed, but will certainly help us create a clearer picture of life in Mobile 300 years ago.

Attendees of last week's briefing also got an update on the interchange project from AL-DOT's Vince Calametti. The Division Engineer says the design work should be complete by early next year, with work beginning as soon as 2016...if Congress approves a new transportation funding package. 

DOWNTOWN DOINGS

LoDa Art Walk

Friday, Nov. 14
6:00-9:00

Downtown Mobile has become the place to see and be seen the second Friday of the month as thousands of folks stroll Dauphin Street enjoying art, live music, and great shopping and dining. Galleries and shops will be open with refreshments, and street vendors will offer one-of-a-kind hand made items. 

This Friday make sure you come downtown early. At 3:00 PoetryWalk will start, with over 30 Southern poets at five seperate locations. Make sure you also check out the Open Mic event in Cathedral Square.

BEETHOVEN AND BLUE JEANS

Nov 15, 2014 - Nov 16, 2014

On November 15 at 8:00 PM and 16 at 2:30 PM, the Mobile Symphony continues its annual and ever-popular Beethoven and Blue Jeans concert tradition by welcoming 2013 Grammy Award winners, The Harlem String Quartet. "For the first time in our history, it's a Beethoven sandwich," Scott Speck, MSO music director said. "We are playing two complete symphonies of Beethoven - No. 1 and 8 -- neither of which has been heard live in Mobile before. And in between is yet another novelty. We've never worked with a string quartet, and certainly not one as distinguished as this."

Visit website.

Fall Farmers' Market

Saturdays, through November 22nd
7:30 a.m. - Noon
Cathedral Square
The fall harvest is in! Come and get your fresh greens, fall corn, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes, pasta's, seafood, sausage's, eggs, goat milk cheese, breads and baked goods. Also, shop for locally produced goods like handmade candles, soaps, pottery, and much more. Stay for live music and enjoy lunch at one of downtown's great restaurants. 

Nefarious: Merchant of Souls

Saturday, Nov. 15, 11:00 AM
The Crescent Theater

Released in 2011, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is a hard-hitting documentary that exposes the disturbing trends of modern-day sex slavery. From its very first scene, Nefarious provides an in-depth look into the human trafficking industry, showing where slaves are sold (often in developed, affluent countries), where they work, and where they are confined. This special screening of Nefarious is sponsored by Eye Heart World, a non-profit focused on creating awareness of the world-wide problem of human trafficking.

 



 

Cascading Mum Dispaly
Daily through November 21st
Bellingrath Gardens

Hundreds of colorful four-foot long cascades will be displayed on bridges and balconies, in baskets and 
containers through the Gardens. Guests will also enjoy the columns of mums and thousands of mums in the flower beds in the fall colors of yellow, red, bronze, orange and white. The Great Lawn’s dramatic border will be a feast for the eyes. 

 

Bellingrath’s Mum show is one of the grandest in the country. All of the cascades are grown at Bellingrath. Moving the cascades into the gardens is one of the most spectacular horticultural events of the year. It takes over nine months to grow a single crop – a true labor of love by Bellingrath’s expert growers.

Learn more

Share and Shred Day
Saturday,  November 15

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
1451 Government Street

 
Keep Mobile Beautiful has partnered with Goodwill Easter Seals and the Bay Area Food Bank to present the second annual Share and Shred Day at the Metro Recycling Center.
 

Area residents who have sensitive or out of date documents such as bank papers, medical records and tax records, can have those documents shredded for free by Goodwill Easter Seals in exchange for a donation to the Food Bank of three or more canned goods and/or non-perishable items per bag or box of documents.

Learn more

 
 

 "The Great Invisible" Gulf Coast Premier 

Thursday, November 20th
Screening at 7:00 PM / Doors at 6:00 PM
Followed by a Q&A with director Margaret Brown & Special Guests
 
Winner of the SXSW Film Festival, "The Great Invisible" is being hailed as an "even-handed examination of the Gulf Oil Spill disaster." Ticket proceeds will be donated to the Bayou Recovery Project, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the people of south Mobile County with construction and food. 
Trailer & More Info About the Bayou Recovery Project

 

Mobile International Festival
"Let the Games Begin"

November 20-22
Mobile Civic Center


The Mobile International Festival presents “Let The Games Begin” as the theme of the 31st Annual Mobile International Festival. Family Day is open to the public on November 22, 2014 at the Mobile Civic Center and Expo Hall, with Thursday, November 20, and Friday, November 21 as Student Days.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The parade of flags begins at 11:30 a.m.

Festival members will focus on this year’s theme through representation of games that are native to their countries. Whether a board game, play yard game, or native sport, festival attendees will have the opportunity to test their strategy and skill at games from over 70 countries.


More information

Gallery Walk &Talk with Steve Joynt 

Thursday, November 20 

7:00 PM
Mobile Museum of Art


Explore the Museum's special exhibit, The Art and Design of Mardi Gras with Steve Joynt. Steve  has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and spent nearly 30 years in newspapers as a reporter and editor. He founded the Mobile Mask in 2012, and it quickly became the primary source of Mardi Gras informatin in south Alabama. 
 

 

Lighting of the Trees


Friday, November 21st
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Bienville Square

The City welcomes in the holiday season with pictures with Santa, live music and much more. Shop in our merry market, enjoy live entertainment. Be sure to be there by 6 p.m., as we kick off the holiday season when the Mayor and Santa light up the tree at 6:10 p.m.! 

Kenny Neal Band Fundraiser For Most Pure Heart Of Mary School

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
6:00-9:00

The Kenny Neal Band, Sons of Funk New Era and Mary Morris Fashions are joining together to raise money for the Most Pure Heart of Mary School with an evening of R & B, Fashions, Food, Drink and Friends at the Holiday Inn Ballroom. Tickets are $25 each. Advance purchase only. Limited quantities. No tickets sold at the door. Happy hour 5PM in the Sky View Lounge, Ballroom doors open 6PM. Show starts at 7PM.

Visit website.


 

“Mama Are There Any Good Men Left”

Nov. 29, 8:00
Mobile Civic Center
 
Mark Hunter’s riveting story chronicles the lives of three men as they navigate through this rough terrain, called life. Abuse, deceit and irresponsibility all play major roles. One man, “BLUE” serves as the voice of reason in the story. Using his years of life experience to try and ease the transition of man as well as serve as the voice of reason. For some, it will be like looking in the mirror, while others will watch and witness the pain, as they process the realization of absent male role models within the African American community.

Tickets on sale now.

What's on the Screen?

 

The Crescent Theater features current releases and popular documentaries. Plus, you can relax in one of 10 recliners and enjoy a glass or wine or beer. Current films, showtimes and tickets

The Gulf Coast Exploreum with its dome I-MAX will educate and entertain at the same time! Current films, showtimes and tickets

Live Music in Downtown Mobile



Looking for some great live local and regional music in downtown? Check out these sources:

Soul Kitchen
Alchemy Tavern

Moe's Original BBQ
O'Daly's Irish Pub

Lagniappe has a listing of live music in the Mobile area.

GALLERIES AND EXHIBITS

Faces of Mobile and the Ark of India


Two exhibits at the History Museum of Mobile. One tells the stories of dozens of Mobilians over the course of our city's three centuries; from merchants to artists to teachers to slaves, meet all the lesser-known but no less important citizens who helped make our city what it is today. The second exhibit is an account of a late 19th/early 20th century Alabamian artist's voyage to India, using his sculptures, paintings, photographs and writing. Museum of Mobile.

Penguin Planet and Voices of Jerusalem


Come to the Gulf Coast Exploreum and meet live African Black-Footed penguins and see them laugh and play, while learning about penguins from all around the world. While you're at the Exploreum, take advantage of the IMAX theater and explore the city of Jerusalem, a city destroyed and rebuilt countless times throughout its 5,000 year history and the center of three major world religions. Exploreum.

Pre-GLO

Centre for the Living Arts
Through December 31,2014

PRE-GLO examines global themes through the works of four contemporary artists, featuring large-scale paintings, video and sound installations. 

Centre for the Living Arts

Holiday Market


Great original and affordable Holiday Gifts for everyone!  Also hosting Melissa Stuart's class Art Exhibition from Cranford Burns Middle School. ArtWalk Nov 14, 5:30-8:30. Wine Tasting, Appetizers. Over 50 regional artists. Woodwork, Jewelry, Pottery, Art in all Media and Styles, Textiles, and Glass. 'Open Sundays - Artists Creating' .612 Dauphin St. across from Wintzell's. Tues-Sat 11-5, Sun 11-3. 251-694-0278. CathedralSquareGallery.org, Facebook. InfoLhall699@aol.com

About Us

The Downtown Mobile Alliance exists to support the redevelopment of Downtown Mobile through marketing, advocacy and the management of Business Improvement District services.
Carol Hunter
Downtown Mobile Alliance
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