Author: Kevin Lee

Ballet board brouhaha boils in lawsuit (documents)

Fractious rifts at Mobile Ballet are now public after a legal complaint against a majority of the board of directors was filed in Mobile County Circuit Court Jan. 27. A trio of current and past board members named 10 other board members and the director as defendants in the civil action. The 52-page verified derivative lawsuit alleged breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy to breach those duties, among other serious allegations. Twenty-five pages of documentary evidence accompany the suit. “It’s not the purpose of this lawsuit for disgruntled people to vent their frustrations about what the majority has done....

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Cudjoe Lewis bust unveiling in Plateau

Sculptor and University of Mobile instructor April Livingston spent much of the last year crafting a historical piece for a unique African-American community in Plateau. Her iron bust of Cudjoe Lewis, the last surviving African-born slave brought to the United States, will be dedicated at the Union Missionary Baptist Church (508 Bay Bridge Road) on Sunday, Feb. 12, 1-2 p.m. A previous bust was stolen from the church, which sits near the foot of the Cochrane-Africatown Bridge, in 2002. When Livingston discovered the saga, she offered to make a replacement. A GoFundMe campaign secured the project’s $5,000 costs in...

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McKenzie steps from JJP stage to top office

If you’re looking for signs of optimism, you can find them on midtown’s Carlen Street. That’s where the state’s oldest community theater troupe is making room for fresh leadership. “I’ve already been up there cleaning out the office, where we’ve got accounting books and things going back for a long time. We just haven’t had the manpower, haven’t had anybody there to sort of streamline things, and I think having someone there day to day is going to make a huge difference,” said Jason McKenzie, the new executive director of the Joe Jefferson Players. The 39-year-old already has an...

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Bittersweet Arty Awards hit high note

If there was a theme for the 2017 Arty Awards on Jan. 27, it was undoubtedly “mixed emotions.” Hello award winners, goodbye Hillary. Before the ceremony, the biggest news buzzing through the sold-out crowd inside the Alabama Contemporary Arts Center was the departure of Mobile Arts Council Operations Director Hillary Anaya. A fixture at MAC for six years now, Anaya leaves Jan. 31 for a job as assistant manager for Candlewood Suites in downtown Mobile. “I start Feb. 6 and it’s sort of a big change. I’ll go from two staff members to 20 but the team over there...

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Second Learning Lunch for February

The History Museum of Mobile (111 S. Royal St.) offers a second Learning Lunch for February, at noon Feb. 8 in conjunction with Black History Month. The featured speaker is author Kendal Weaver, who will discuss his book “Ten Stars: The African American Journey of Gary Cooper — Marine General, Diplomat, Businessman and Politician.” Mobile native Cooper was the first African-American to command a Marine Infantry Company and would become Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and Ambassador to Jamaica. Author Weaver has been a journalist and writer since joining the Birmingham Post-Herald in 1971. Attendees are invited to...

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About The Author

Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee has served as Lagniappe Arts editor since 2003. He won Mobile Press Club awards for both Best Commentary Print and In-Depth Reporting for Non-Daily Newspaper in 2004 and 2005.

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