A&S in The News – September 16-22

UA Theatre Department to produce “Doubt” / UA to hold High School Theatre Festival
WVUA 23 (Tuscaloosa) – Sept. 14
The curtain goes up next week on UA’s first big theatrical production of the season. The cast and crew and sure you will enjoy “Doubt”. The play won a Tony on Broadway, and the screen adaptation earned the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman an academy award nomination. “Doubt” is the story of a nun who is investigating a priest and many of the controversies the Roman Catholic Church has endured over the past decade. UA’s Department of Theatre and Dance has something special for the kids, too.

Clown fear no laughing matter for professional jokesters
Al.com – Sept. 17
Wearing a blue wig, her face painted white, Irma Boutwell walked into Morrison’s Cafeteria in Mobile Thursday for her weekly evening appearance making balloon characters for children as “Sunshine the Clown.” … Matthew Jarrett, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama, said it’s “certainly possible” that hysteria could be playing a role in the ongoing clown alarm. He said the media reports about malicious clown sightings are leading to a “spike in fear” by the general public. “They are more vigilant for that kind of thing and have more anxiety due to the vigilance,” Jarrett said.

Take a look inside the University of Alabama’s brand new Million Dollar Band facility
AL.com – Sept. 20
The University of Alabama recently opened the brand new state-of-the-art Million Dollar Band facility, housed in the Frank Moody Music Building on campus. The Frank M. Moody Music Building Addition, which cost about $8 million, began construction in September 2015 while the band moved in around early August 2016. The new addition added approximately 24,000 square feet to existing Moody Music Building. It contains a new Band Hall, which is 7,068-square-feet and will seat approximately 280 musicians. It also has a practice room, which is 2,120-square-feet and seats approximately 76 musicians. Special attention was given to acoustics and acoustical treatments to enhance sound quality, protect the musicians’ hearing, and to ensure adjacent spaces were not impacted by the sound, according to the University of Alabama.

Also making headlines…

Author Michael Martone to give reading at CCU – Sept. 15 – Michael Martone

The Amateur Genealogist: Maps – Sept. 20 – Cartographic Research Lab

Work by UA and UAB professors exhibited in joint art exhibit – Sept. 22

How to respond when someone asks, ‘Is the U.S. as racist as it seems?’ – Sept. 22 – B. Joyce Stallworth