The show is scheduled for Friday, November 10, with Jason Petty, playing Hank Williams, has been canceled. He had to cancel due to sickness, but we hope to have him back in early 2024, so stay tuned!
If you’ve already purchased a ticket to the show you will receive a refund.
|In this issue: Charlotte’s Web this weekend,|
Hank Williams – The Lonesome Tour featuring Jason Petty on November 10th,
and Community Chorus Hometown Holidays concert on November 18th!
|Tickets on sale now for our October Acting Classs Showcase:|
Directed by Josh McDaniel
Friday October 27th & Saturday October 28th at 7 pm
Sunday October 29th at 2:30 pm
Click here to purchase tickets
|Birmingham Arts Journal Reception|
|If you enjoy stories, poetry, art, photography, and creative people in a hometown setting, join us on Thursday, Nov 2, at 6:30 pm at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center for a reception and reading to honor the contributors in the latest issue of the Birmingham Arts Journal (BAJ). The event is free, and we will have the current edition of the Journal for sale. |
The editors, publishers, volunteers, writers, and artists are grateful to the Leeds Arts Council Board for the years that you have hosted the BAJ meetings and supported our efforts. We look forward to the meetings in Leeds, and we are especially happy to share Leeds and the Arts Center with folks from Greater Birmingham and beyond. Our visitors are impressed.
Many of you know that the reception and readings are quite casual. We will gather in the lobby of the Arts Center to enjoy food, drinks and conversation. Then we will go into the theatre for the readings and art talks. Feel free to bring friends and family. You are making this event possible! Thank you.
Thursday, Nov 2, 2023 Free Reception and Reading
6:30 socializing 7:00 readings and art talks
Leeds Theatre and Arts Center
8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL 35094Joan Dawson, BAJ Volunteer
Questions? Call me: 205-401-7077
|November Art Gallery Reception:|
Moody High School
|The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Moody High School Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, November 5th, 2023, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Arts Center in downtown Leeds. |
The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works. Admission is free. These talented artists work in a variety of mediums and styles. Their works reflect their interest in nature, pop culture, music, humor, and everyday life.
|Jason Petty’s Hank Williams|
The Lonesome Tour
|Friday November 10th, 2023 – 7 pm Jason Petty began his acting and singing odyssey on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee portraying country music legend, Hank Williams, in the musical, “Lost Highway”. After several national tours Petty went to New York for an off Broadway run of the show and won the OBIE Award for Outstanding Performance in 2003.When Jason first performed the role of Hank Williams at the Ryman in Tennessee in 1996, little did he imagine that some 20 years later he would still be portraying this legendary man in his own highly acclaimed show. Petty met and became friends with Williams friends and family members, musicians, and fellow Grand Ole Opry stars. They shared with him the intimate details of this legend’s life and career. From the good times to the hard times, Jason listened and began to understand this man like no other. Now he brings that intimate story to life in this one-man tribute.In an interview, Don Helms, Williams’ best friend and steel guitar player, said simply: Petty’s singing of Williams’ classic songs is the best there’s ever been. This feeling combined with his natural ability to tell the stories of Williams’ life and career with Southern charm and down home humor has given this show rave reviews across North America. |
Showtime 7:00 PM // Tickets $25 To to select and reserve your seats pleasevisit leedsartscouncil.org so you can get the best selection! Walk-ins are welcome, but I do recommend choosing your seat online.
|Community Chorus – Hometown Holidays!|
|Leeds Arts Council is excited for the Leeds Community Chorus Autumn Concert! Saturday November 18th – 7:00 pm|
This event is free but please reserve a ticket as we have limited seating!
.MORE INFO AT LEEDSARTSCOUNCIL.ORG
For more information check out our most recent newsletter!!
|Jared Blackerby belts out big ballads and power songs from Roy Orbison, The Drifters, The Platters, and Jackie Wilson, while Merle Dollar takes on the rocking girl songs from the Ronettes, The Chiffons, the Crystals, the Shirelles, Little Eva, and Leslie Gore. Errick Smith is responsible for Fats Domino, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. Lead guitarist Sam Chiarella and drummer Richard Dixon (aka “the Exquisite One” from 99.5 talk radio) also get to showcase their vocals. Our 50’s and 60’s rock and roll music is a fun and nostalgic experience. Showtime 7:00 PM // Tickets $25 To to select and reserve your seats please visit leedsartscouncil.org so you can get the best selection! Walk-ins are welcome, but I do recommend choosing your seat online.|
Saturday August 26th – 7 pm – tickets $20
NOYOKO are five Beatlemaniacs who grew up, on and around the music of The Beatles. Not a tribute band, NOYOKO honors the music of The Beatles by recreating their music live on stage as meticulously as possible. Consisting of five musicians who’ve spent countless hours in live performance and studio session work, NOYOKO strives to perform The Beatles music as close to the original sound, playing all the hits but specializing in the deep cuts and b sides you’ve probably never heard performed live. Members are Doug Lee, formerly of Dogwood, Hotfoot, Roadside and many others as well as a current member of The Paybacks. Tony Wachter, a thirty year veteran of the recording studio as engineer, producer and vocalist on countless recordings. Chris Byars, studio session drummer, educator and in demand live drummer. Mark Aaron Smith, from the groups Dogwood, Hotfoot, Hotel and many others. Greg Gentry, current Payback, Wringer and many other local ensembles. NOYOKO has the experience, the chops and the Chutzpah to pull off such an ambitious project as performing the timeless, classic music of The Beatles, selling out shows across the South East.
SUNDAY JULY 9 1:30 – 3:30 pm — Leeds Theatre & Arts Center — Free!
Leeds Arts Council Artist Spotlight: Richard Lee Raybon, Jr.
Father of two, grandfather of five, I am happily married and retired and living in Vestavia Hills.
I’ve enjoyed doodling since I was in my teens but never pursued art seriously until my retirement about two years ago. My wife, Sue Ann, now calls herself an “art widow.” But she enjoys the results, too, and now often gives me ideas to try. We actually started off enjoying poetry and writing, still a great love of mine. I’m actually working on my fourth book of poetry—only this time I’m illustrating it myself.
Two years of self-taught practice has enabled me to adventure into several mediums including watercolor, acrylic, pastels, pencil, and ink. I also dabble in photo enhancements of my own work.
I’ve always enjoyed nature, so I draw most of my inspiration from the outdoors. And many species of the animal kingdom have found their way under my brush. I have not settled on any one style. I do realistic, impression, and abstract paintings and drawings. Art of any kind is fun and stimulating for me.
Most of my successful portraits of people have been with a pencil, although I have completed a few in watercolor.
Overall, I believe there’s artist in all of us. Just pick up a pen or pencil and give it a try!
Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten. Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years”.
Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.
We have one more weekend of shows for the fantastic theatre production of She Loves Me – directed by Brandi McClaran. Get tickets for March 3rd, 4th, or 5th by clicking here → Buy Tickets
Let Leeds Arts Council transport you to 1934 Budapest to Maraczek’s Parfumie and watch the story unfold to reveal Georg and Amalia, two individuals who love to hate each other, but unknowing to them are in love with each other through a Lonely Hearts Club. Follow this hilarious musical written by Joe Masterof with music and lyrics by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnock. The musical is based on the film The Shop Around The Corner and is the premise for the hit film You’ve Got Mail. Please join us February 24th through March 5th to see this fabulous cast and specatular show. Ticket cost is $17
Happy February! Love is in the air! Some Leeds Arts Council board members created an art piece in our planter for Leeds Main Street‘s contest! Thanks to Beverly Wison, Sandra Bailey, Jessica Carmon, & Mandi Rae Trott for putting your creative skills to work!
This piece is meant to draw your attention to the upcoming performance of She Loves Me – the opening date is February 24th. This theatrical performance is a PERFECT date night activity and it is here, right in your own hometown. Get tickets now at lac.booktix.com
We love Leeds.