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A night of Broadway Big Band era music with Brandi Overbeck!

Broadway hits before the Golden Age era composed by George and Ira Gershwin, Roger Hart and many more wonderful composers from hit shows such as Oh, Kay!, Meet Me in St. Louis, Brigadoon, Right This Way and My Pal Joey.  Join us for a fabulous night of entertainment at Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.  Ticket cost is $10 per person.BrandiOverbeck

Overbeck, an Alabama native, has a diverse vocal repertoire spanning Broadway, Jazz, Pop and Standards. Brandi studied classical voice on scholarship at Jefferson State Community College, and was a soprano in the performing group “Jefferson State Singers”. She also studied with John Ray, currently at Belmont College, and with Drama Desk nominee for Jekyll and Hyde, Linda Eder, who is currently performing nationwide.

In summer of 2015 Overbeck performed in ACTA Theater’s “Fiddler on the Roof” as Grandma Tzeitel. She has also performed on Nashville’s “Be a Star”, Nashville’s Blue Bird Café, Alabama Nursing Home Association and Springfest stages. Later that year she performed the “Hits of Barbra Streisand” at Leeds Theater and Arts Center and Alabama Piano Gallery.

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Jonathan Harris Opening Reception

Jonathan HarrisSunday, February 7, 2016 – 1:30-3:30 pm

Jonathan Harris is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in February.  The public is invited to the opening reception on February 7 to view his beautiful art work.  Admission is free.

Jonathan started drawing at the age of 3 and his love for art has since never stopped for a reprieve.

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Auditions coming up at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.

Leeds Arts Council will hold auditions for Noel Coward’s Private Lives on February 22nd and 23rd from 7 to 9 pm. 
Auditions are held at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL, 35094. Please bring your resume and a head shot. The play will be directed by Cliff Keen, Jr. We will be casting for two males and three females.
Play dates are April 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th at 7 pm and April 10th and 17th at 2 pm.PrivateLivesAuditions 001

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Leeds Area Open Circle Poets meeting tomorrow night!

Dear Poetry Fans:

It’s Mardi Gras time! If you plan to attend the Open Circle Poetry Group meeting, you’ve picked a good month to do it. We’ll have beads and refreshments, and we’ll be in a playful mood. The meeting will be Tuesday evening, January 26, at 7:00. (Normally we meet on Monday, but it’s Tuesday this time!)

Some of you may have poems you composed about the holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year – so bring those if you have them. The poetry challenge for this meeting is “Mask” – whatever that means to you. If you have time, see what you can create with that topic. After we hear your poem(s), let’s think about what form you used and how you crafted the final product. And, as always, you don’t have to write/read a poem at all. We love our poetry listeners!

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Shades Mountain Air – January 23 – 7:00 pm

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Auditions coming in February!

Calling all actors!

Leeds Arts Council will hold auditions for Noel Coward’s Private Lives on February 22nd and 23rd from 7 to 9 pm.
Auditions are held at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL, 35094. Please bring your resume and a head shot. The play will be directed by Cliff Keen, Jr.  We will be casting for two males and three females.

Play dates are April 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th at 7 pm and April 10th and 17th at 2 pm.

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Carroll Andrews Opening Reception

Sunday, January 10, 2016 – 1:30-3:30 pm

?Carroll Andrews is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in January.  The public is invited to the opening reception on January 10 to view his beautiful art work.  The artist also plays banjo with the band Tannehill Strings, which will provide music during the reception.  Admission is free.

The artist states, “Form, color, and light have fascinated me since childhood.  My primary renderings are done in watercolor, but I also enjoy graphite pencil.”  He has completed commissions in portraiture in watercolor and pencil; however, the main course of his work has centered around interesting subjects (landscapes, still life, animals, birds) of the beautiful American South.

Mr. Andrews’ work will be on exhibit through February 5, 2016.

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.
The gallery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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Leeds Area Visual Artists’ – Christmas Art Show

Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Participating artists include: Ramey Channell, Nancy Cromwell, William Darby, Frank Dawson, Gary Hamm, Jonathan Harris, Buffy Hosey, Tina Miller, Deborah Klauss Pezzillo, Sam Pezzillo, Tanna Rose, and Grady Sue Saxon

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Elizabeth Gregory Opening Reception

Sunday, December 6, 2015 – 1:30-3:30 pm

Elizabeth Gregory is the featured artist in December.  The public is invited to the opening reception on December 6 to meet the artist and view her beautiful and varied art work.  Admission is free.

The exhibit comprises watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media paintings.  Her work will be on exhibit through December 30, 2015.

Known as Beth to family and friends and as Elizabeth professionally, the artist claimed Liz when she signed her first painting.  She did not study art in school and never considered art as an option until her Mother started painting at retirement. It started with a book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. The author, Betty Edwards, writes that creativity is taught out of us.  “We stop trusting our inner creativity because parents, teachers and others tell us, ‘You can’t have a red sky, or a purple horse.’ But art is not about being right or about following rules. It is about allowing yourself to express.  I do not see myself as a ‘professional artist’.  However, I am an artist.”

Liz has taken classes in watercolor from Becky Wallace of Murphy, North Carolina and Gayle Jones in Birmingham, AL.  “They have taught me wonderful techniques and steps to follow to get the desired effect. They have encouraged my feeble attempts. In 2015, I joined a new group that was started to encourage local artists, The Leeds Area Visual Artists (LAVA). Through classes and learning from others, I started seeing the interplay of color and shadows I once failed to notice. I now see beauty that escaped me before.  Learning how to make art is a growth process of becoming more aware…of life. Creativity is really about setting your inner self free.”

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.
The gallery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  and during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center to confirm opening hours.

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