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Thomas B. Harrison

Arts & Entertainment Editor

UMS-Wright names HoF inductees

UMS-Wright Preparatory School recently announced its 2011-12 Arts Hall of Fame inductees, and the list includes a friend and former Press-Register colleague, Cammie East Cowan. The information came to us via Ann Nash, Class of 1965. Cammie, a native of Mobile (Class of 1963), is the Literary Arts/Publications inductee and a longtime writer for this newspaper. She is a prize-winning reporter and copy editor whose work included layout and headline writing, general assignment reporting, research and local history. She is widely known -- and much appreciated -- for such columns as "Yesterday's News." "From my beginning, the people around me encouraged a lively interest in arts and letters," she says, "and The Haunted Book Shop was a fertile soil for such enthusiasms. My parents, Cameron and Mary Francis Plummer, saw to it that I attended and enjoyed the ballet, concerts and other such events. "Miss Mary Jane Scruggs, who made years of piano lessons a joy, was a great influence, as were adult friends who provided the tickets they couldn't use. I enjoyed the Pixie Players projects; and Miss French Greene, a Wright teacher and the sponsor of the Pierrettes, the drama club, made participation in the school plays great fun, well worth the considerable effort invested. "Later the Joe Jefferson Players let me work the box office and then, after graduation from JTWSFG, as it was then known, I went to college near Boston. There was a big world of the arts in that city and I took advantage of as much as I could -- museums, exhibits, concerts and operas. Boston had a heady air, and I took many deep breaths. "Later the Mobile Press-Register and my first boss, Cornelia McDuffie Turner, provided more opportunities and access. I remain grateful to all. Anything I may have accomplished is due in large part to the influences of these people and more, as well as to Mobile itself." Cammie's fellow inductees are: Communication Arts/ Broadcasting, Ellen Goldberg (Class of 1997); ` Performing Arts, Rick Hirsch (1964); and Visual Arts, Julie Hall Friedman (1977). "These individuals were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the UMS, Julius T. Wright and UMS-Wright art programs as well as their individual successes," states a news release. The induction ceremony will be at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 16 in the David R. Dunlap Auditorium at UMSWright. Goldberg is an award-winning general assignment reporter who joined the NBC-5 news team in March 2007. She currently covers the Dallas Police Department and can be seen weeknights at the scene of some of the most important stories affecting North Texans. Hirsch is a musician/composer and BMI songwriter. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in biology and chemistry, he began to play guitar professionally around the South. In 1969 he helped form the 70s rock band eventually known as Wet Willie, a group on the Capricorn label sharing the roster with several other bands including the Allman Brothers. By 1976 he had an opportunity to record and tour with Cher and Gregg Allman and subsequently moved to Los Angeles in 1977, where he resides today. Friedman is a visual artist and an advocate and fundraiser for various performing and visual arts in the Mobile community and the state of Alabama including such organizations as Alabama State Council on the Arts, Mobile Arts Council, Mobile Opera and National Museum of Women in the Arts. ArtNOTES: Gulf Coast artist Steven Harper took his colorful and offbeat worldview to Memphis, Tenn., as one of a group of artists designing and painting tiger statues for the University of Memphis. the university's alumni association created "Tigers Around Town" to celebrate the school's centennial anniversary. (See photos on the Press-Register blog site: http:// mobile and on ArtBeat's Facebook page.) Artists from Memphis and around the Southeast were chosen, based on concept submissions, to paint 100 life-size, fiberglass tigers,

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American Society of Marine Artists 15th National Exhibition

"Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Siegel"


"Contraptions, Gizmos, Gadgets, Whatsits, Widgets, Doodads, Thingamajigs & So Much More"

Alina Eydel, guest artist at Foley Performing Arts Association

"Dressing the Stars: Artwork by Rosa Martin"

day's Arts Calendar and the Press-Register blog site ( entertainment/mobile) for details. Here is the schedule of January arts at a glance: Mobile Museum of Art in Langan Park By THOMAS B. HARRISON will show the American Society of Marine [email protected] Artists 15th National Exhibition from Jan. 20 through April 8. The juried show repreThe rumors are true: January has arrived. But don't expect much of a lull in vis- sents more than 100 artists selected from more than 600 throughout the United ual and performing arts events. Midwinter brings more than a few plea- States working in oil, watercolor, pastel, sures, especially on the visual arts side, but scratch-board, pencil, sculpture and scrimshaw. the second half of January will provide a The museum also will open "Facing few highlights as well. Mobile Symphony South: Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Orchestra will perform its "Beyond the Siegel," Jan. 13-April 1, a multi-year project Score" concerts at 8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 2:30 that features 100 photographic portraits p.m. Jan. 22 at the Saenger Theatre; and that convey the creativity and character of Mobile Opera will stage "Opera for the Cure" Jan. 27 and 29 at the Alabama School our region. The show was organized by the Jule Collins Smith Museum in Auburn. of Mathematics and Science. There is, of course, plenty to see and The newly renamed History Museum of Mobile in downtown Mobile will open hear before those events. Please check to-

Arts season resumes with a busy January

its first exhibition of 2012, "Contraptions, Gizmos, Gadgets, Whatsits, Widgets, Doodads, Thingamajigs & So Much More," on Jan. 22. The exhibit "explores the social effects of the American Industrial Revolution and illuminates the spirit of innovation and ingenuity that persists during today's hard financial times," according to a museum news release. "Gizmos" is an interactive exhibit with several hands-on activities exploring the six types of simple machines. Inspirational quotes placed throughout the exhibit from great American inventors such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, and Steve Jobs encourage the innovative spirit in all of us. The museum also will open "The Curious World of Patent Models" organized by the Rothschild Patent Model Collection and Smith Kramer Traveling Exhibitions.

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`Everest' highlight of Exploreum's IMAX film series


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"Everest" is the story of the 1996 Everest Film Expedition, a MacGillivray Freeman production in association with Arcturus Motion Pictures.

" By the end, the viewer will understand why Everest is known as Chomolungma, or You would be hard-pressed Mother goddess of the World. to find three more dissimilar Narrated by actor Liam Neeson. films than "Everest," "Hurricane on the Bayou" and "Wired Breashears' documentary captures both the nature of the to Win," but they fit together spiritual quest and the unconcomfortably in the J.L. Bedsole IMAX Dome Theater. (See infor- scionable tragedy of the May 1996 ascent of the world's highmation box.) est mountain. Here is a look at the three IMAX movies with excerpts "Eight climbers died in the from Press-Register reviews: worst disaster in the history of "Everest" is the story of the 1996 Everest Film Expedition, a the mountain, which rises more MacGillivray Freeman produc- than 29,000 feet. The book Into tion in association with Arctur- Thin Air by Jon Krakauer details that climb, but Breashears' film us Motion Pictures. answers the question most of us "Producer/director David Breashears' stunning, emotion- have: Why would a sane person travel to such a remote, forbidally charged film . . . is a wonder, with its vertiginous shots of ding place, 5.5 miles up, where every breath burns the lungs wind-whipped peaks, vast glaciers and bottomless crevasses. like cold fire, to risk frostbite, The George Harrison soundoxygen starvation or a deadly track is magical in six-channel tumble into oblivion? digital sound, and floor-to-ceilSee IMAX Page 5E ing speakers. movies/index.html?uniq=372 ADMISSION: $8 for adults ages 19-59 ($6.50 for members); $6.75 for ages 13-18 (members $6.75); $6.75 for ages 60 and older (members $5.50); and $6 ages 2-12 (members $5). See two IMAX films and receive free admission to the third with an Exploreum Quick Pass. INFO: 251-208-6873 or 877-625-4FUN (4386), or


WHAT: Exploreum IMAX Film Festival WHEN: through Jan. 27 WHERE: J.L. Bedsole IMAX Dome Theater, Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, Government and Water streets, downtown Mobile. FILMS: "Everest" (1998/45 min.), showtimes: 1 p.m. Monday-Friday; 2 p.m. Satur-

day; 3 p.m. Sunday. Link: http:// "Hurricane on the Bayou" (2006/42 min.), showtimes: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday; 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Link: tt0838265/ "Wired to Win" (2005/40 min.), showtimes: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. Link:



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