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Downtown Mobile news and info - August 2015
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WATER BALLOON BATTLE OF MOBILE BAY

Wednesday, August 5th
5:00 PM

 

As the relentless heat of the Summer of 2015 continues, we offer some relief...in the form of water balloons and pure pandemonium. To commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay, we're amassing troops in Cathedral Square for a land-based reenactment. We'll have 3000 water balloons at the ready, but participants are encouraged to bring fully loaded super-soakers if they wish to be more prepared for combat. Towels are also highly recommended!

Click here for a video of last year's epic battle.

RETAIL & RESTAURANT NEWS

The Noble South Featured in Local Palate Magazine

The August Issue of The Local Palate, a magazine that celebrates the food culture of the South, features downtown's The Noble South restaurant. The article focuses on chef Chris Rainosek's skill with local summer produce, and even contains a few recipes you'll want to try at home. Or just visit the popular eatery and have Chris do all the work! Click here for one of the recipes. 

The Mystic Lounge is now open at 119 Dauphin Street. The remodeled space features a retro design with white leather sofas and an impressive bar for owner/bartender Phil to create his signature cocktails. With the popular Haberdasher opening in the same block later this year, that section of Dauphin Street is shaping up to be the next night time hot spot. 


 

 

DEVELOPMENT BUZZ

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ARC Terminals Representatives to Meet with Citizens

Thursday, August 6th, 6:00 PM
James Seals Community Cente
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Representatives of ARC Terminals will attend a meeting on Thursday, August 6, 2015, 6:00 p.m. hosted by Councilman Levon C. Manzie at James Seals Community Center, 540 Texas Street. They will give a presentation and answer citizens’ questions regarding their request for sulfuric acid storage tanks and the expansion of existing bulk petrochemical storage tanks.
 
Darwin Singleton, anchor/reporter with Local 15 news, will facilitate this meeting.
 

Emerging Restaurant Scene Attracts Media

In recent weeks we've been updating you on the new hotels, renovations and restaurants planned for Downtown Mobile. Recently FOX 10 TV reporter Lee Peck took a look at the emerging dining scene. There are even a few more eateries too early in the planning stages to mention, but click here for a good overview of what you'll be seeing in the next month or two.

Draft Your Fantasy
Football Team in Style

If  gathering at someone's house for those all-important draft decisions just isn't the level of luxury you're after, plan your event in one of the Battle House Hotel's Fantasy Football War Rooms. Draft day suites come with a private meeting room and a big-screen television. Post-draft party room nights start at $99 (the Commissioner stay for free!). Contact Lauren Maurin to plan your draft day party.

Beer Fest 2015


Gentlemen start your livers! This year's BeerFest is ramping up to be one of the best! The best beers, the best bars and of course the BEST festival goers! Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at all participating venues beginning July 29th! Get yours sooner rather than later because they do sell out! Visit the Beer Fest facebook page for more information on tickets and the available brews.
 

DOWNTOWN DOINGS

Roman Street and the Mulligan Brothers

Aug 6, 2015
Huka entertainment presents two local bands and local legends. Catch them at the Saenger so you can say you saw them in concert before they became international superstars. Tickets start at $25 dollars.
 

Marc-Art

Aug 6, 2015

6:00 - 9:00 PM. Azalea Manor. Marc-Art is the annual fundraising event benefiting Mobile Arc’s art education programs for people with developmental disabilities. The evening features an exhibit and sale of extraordinary artwork created by talented art program participants as well as their collaborative pieces created with local artists from the Mobile area.Chef Rob will cater the event. For more information or to reserve your tickets now, please call 251-665-9646 or email aodom@mobilearc.org.


Chat and Chew with Mayor Sandy Stimpson
Friday, August 7th, Noon
Panini Pete's - 102 Dauphin Street


Mayor Stimpson will be hosting the first  "Chat and Chew" at Panini Pete's this Friday at noon. The mayor is inviting citizens to take this opportunity to come share their thoughts and to support one of our premier, local restaurants. The "Chat and Chew" series is a part of the city's "Eat Local" Initiative to encourage Mobile's rising restaurant scene.
If your restaurant is interested in hosting a Chat and Chew, please email Laura Byrne at laura.byrne@cityofmobile.org.  



 

Girls of Fall: A Night of Football, Fashion & Fun

Aug 20, 2015

6:00 PM. Mobile Convention Center. Girls of Fall - now in its third year - is a unique event focusing on female football fans, featuring football, fashion and fun! This year's event will be more interactive than the previous events and will feature new sessions and more vendors than in the first two years. Our female fans will learn more about the game, plus have an opportunity to eat and drink - and shop! More info.
        
 

GENE STALLINGS HEADLINES MISSION OF HOPE FUNDRAISER

Aug 15, 2015

6:00 PM. A fundraiser to benefit the Mission of Hope, “Run to Win” banquet, will be held at the Mobile Convention Center. The guest speaker will be legendary coach Gene Stallings, who led the Alabama Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1992. The emcee will be well known Christian artist Alicia Williamson Garcia. Funds raised at the event will go toward helping the ministry continue to reach indigent drug and alcohol addicts, including addicted pregnant women. More info.

Saenger Summer Movie Series



This summer, the SMG managed Mobile Saenger Theatre will showcase a Summer Classic Movie Series featuring classic hit movies and movie musicals the way movies were meant to be seen, on the big screen! The Summer Classic Movie Series will run from July 12 – August 16, 2015. On Sunday afternoons, the Saenger Theatre will feature a classic movie to be shown at 3 p.m. with the doors opening at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets and more info.

Todd Rundgren at the Saenger

Aug 24, 2015

Saenger Theatre. 7:30 PM. The 25th solo studio album of his career, “GLOBAL”, scheduled for release on April 7 in North America and April 6 in the rest of the world, is a stunning contemporary fusion of styles – rock, soul and EDM – which continues the tradition of boundary-breaking works from this visionary genius. Todd’s preternatural gift of melding the bold and the accessible is the hallmark of “GLOBAL” ’s finely crafted tracks.
        

GALLERIES AND EXHIBITS

Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Through December 2015

Featuring over 75 works by 15 Alabama self-taught artists from the collection of William S. Arnett and Souls Grown Deep Foundation, History Refused to Die examines the textured African American experience in Alabama. Special video installation by Tom Leeser. Often dismissively referred to as "outsider" or "folk" art, works from this genre of truly astonishing American art are sure to engage and surprise visitors of all ages and walks of life.  Learn more

NASA Lands at the Exploreum

Aug 8, 2015

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, together will host "NASA Lands at the Exploreum Day" in Mobile on Saturday, August 8, complete with rockets, science, engineering and fun. Visitors can talk with key managers from the Marshall Center, kids can make their own rocket while learning about space, take a virtual ride through the solar system and listen to Marshall engineers as they showcase their missions to explore the Earth, sun and other worlds. Exhibits and activities for all ages will showcase everything from the center's work with NASA's Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft - the most powerful rocket ever built and the vehicle that will take astronauts on deep-space missions to asteroids and Mars - to 3D printing and other advanced technologies that are revolutionizing space exploration and discovery. Admission is $10.00 and includes exhibits and IMAX films

History Museum of Mobile


Through December

Ark of India is an account of late 19th and early 20th century India as seen by Alabama artist, Roderick D. MacKenzie, using his paintings, drawings, sculptures, and most importantly, photographs and writings. 

Your one stop shop for over fifty Mobile artists.

612 Dauphin St. - T-S 11-5, Sunday 11 - 3, 251-694-0278
Like us -Facebook and cathedralsquaregallery.org

Info lhall699@aol.com

Live Music Listing


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.

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 of wine or beer.
Current films, showtimes and tickets
 

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

 

 

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Downtown Mobile Alliance
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