Leeds Arts Council presents A Christmas Carol.



Leeds Arts Council presents A Christmas Carol, adapted by Cliff Keen, Jr., at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.

There will be six performances: Friday and Saturday, December 4th and 5th, at 7 pm; Sunday, December 6th, at 4 pm; Friday, December 11th, at 8 pm; Saturday, December 12th, at 7 pm; and Sunday, December 13th, at 2 pm.

All tickets are $10 and reservations are recommended.

To make reservations call us at 205.699.1892, email us at leedsartscouncil@windstream.net, or message us on Facebook.

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Dolores Hydock at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center November 14!


368_Dolores_Hydock_CR2Leeds Arts Council is proud to present Dolores Hydock’s In Her Own Fashion on November 14th at 7 pm.  Tickets are $20.  Reservations are recommended; call 205.699.1892, email leedsartscouncil@windstream.net, or message us on Facebook with your name, phone number, and number of tickets you need to secure your reservations.



From the website:

“They finally let me out of the basement.”
So begins the true story of Ninette Griffith, a 96-year-old Birmingham native with a silk-and-chiffon Southern accent and a brass-and-iron spirit. Funny, irreverent, ambitious, and unflinchingly honest, this elegantly independent woman lived a life that followed no one else’s pattern, a life that unfolds in these stories of reckless romance, celebrity hi-jinks, fashion disasters, and heartbreaking loss.
Ninette Griffith was Fashion Coordinator for Loveman’s Department Store in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1950s and 1960s — a time when the downtown department store was a temple of style and fashion, and Loveman’s was one of the biggest, most influential stores in the Southeast. It was also a time when not many women had a full-time, high-profile job, a husband in the military, and a child at home, but Ninette juggled it all. “I didn’t know I couldn’t do it, so I did it.”
But Ninette’s story goes far beyond her career. Born in 1913, she was witness to the 20th century in the South, and her stories span the lively times of the 1920s, the dark days of the Depression, the war years of the 1940s and 1950s, and the social upheavals of the 1960s. They include tales of an eyebrow-raising love affair, hilarious blunders at home and at work, and the triumph of humor and spirit over mistakes, pride, disappointment, and loss.
Actress and storyteller Dolores Hydock collected Ninette’s stories during a series of interviews over 18 months. Now, Dolores brings these funny, tender, surprising stories to life on the stage in this remarkable one-woman play, In Her Own Fashion. Yvette Jones-Smedley, Performing Arts Program Manager for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, called it “…an exquisite evening of theatre.”

From her website:

Dolores Hydock is an actress and story performer, whose work has been featured at a variety of concerts, festivals, and special events throughout the U.S. Her ten CDs of original stories have all received Resource Awards from Storytelling World Magazine.
Dolores is originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, home of the Reading Railroad and Luden’s Cough Drops. Her hometown is where she won her first blue ribbon in storytelling in a local contest at the age of 5 – the real gold letters on the blue ribbon convinced her there was obviously a fortune to be made in the performing arts. She continues to hope.
As an actress, she has been featured in the one-woman plays Tony Curtis Speaks Italian and All I can Say is ‘I Love You,’ Take a Ride on the Reading, Shirley Valentine, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Fully Committed, Talking Heads, The Lady With All the Answers,and Nothing Sacred: An Evening of Stories by Ferrol Sams. Her early theatrical career included portraying the Statue of Liberty in a Fourth of July pageant. The role required her to stand on a float in the middle of a pond, wearing a 20-pound electrified crown on her head. She somehow managed to survive that role without drowning or electrocuting herself, but has avoided historical dramas ever since.
As a storyteller, she has been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and at other story concerts, festivals, and special events throughout the U.S.
Dolores lives in Birmingham, Alabama. In her spare time, she tends a garden that includes a pomegranate bush, muscadine vines, blueberry bushes, a 20-foot jujuba tree, and a family of slugs the size of cheap cigars. She’s held a wide variety of jobs – she’s been a house parent at a halfway house for juvenile delinquents, a blues DJ, an au pair in Paris for three small children, a computer sales representative for IBM, a cookbook copy editor, an acting teacher at Birmingham-Southern College, and a teacher of Cajun dancing. If anyone questions her strange path through such a variety of jobs, she simply says that it’s all just material for her stories.

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Leeds Arts Council welcomes Birmingham Arts Journal.

Please join us on October 29th at 6:30 pm for an informal reading and reception to celebrate the newest issue of Birmingham Arts Journal!  Refreshments will be served and fun will be had by all!
Bring your friends and family; introduce them to the writers and artists whose creations appear in this edition of the BAJ, and enjoy the warm welcome you’ll receive in Leeds.
This event is hosted by the Leeds Arts Council and the Leeds Area Open Circle Poets.  Pick up your copies of the Birmingham Arts Journal at Reed Books/The Museum of Fond Memories or the Birmingham Museum of Art Gift Shop.
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LAVA-2015Artists include:

Ramey Channell, Nancy Cromwell, William Darby, Frank Dawson, Gary Hamm, Jonathan Harris, Tina Miller, Deborah Klauss Pezzillo, Sam Pezzillo, Tanna Rose, and Grady Sue Saxon.

The exhibit comprises oil, acrylic, and mixed media paintings, graphite and pastel drawings, sculptures, and photographs.

More information

Gallery hours are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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Only one more weekend, plus ticket price reduction!

This weekend is your last chance to see Five Tellers Dancing In the Rain at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.  As a gift to you we’ve reduced the ticket price to $10– that’s 50% off Friday and Saturday, and 33% off Sunday!

Friday and Saturday the show starts at 7 pm, and Sunday the show starts at 2 pm.  As part of the price reduction food will not be served; however snacks will be available for purchase.


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Auditions for The Christmas Carol.

We’re holding auditions for The Christmas Carol on October 26th and 27th at 7 pm at the Leeds Theatre and Arts Center.  Please make sure beforehand that you are available on the play dates- December 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, and 13th; bring a head shot and a resume.

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Don’t forget!

Make your reservations for Five Tellers Dancing In the Rain- support local arts AND have a great time!FiveTellers2

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Pamela Bradshaw – Opening Reception

The Leeds Arts Council, Inc. will honor artist Pamela Bradshaw with an opening reception on Sunday, October 4, 2015, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.  The public is invited to view her beautiful art work.  Admission is free.

A native of North Alabama, Pamela Bradshaw is a landscape artist with a love for adding people, especially children, to her paintings.

Ms. Bradshaw’s work will be on exhibit through October 29.

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Coming in October!

The disappearance of our usual October Mystery is a mystery to us!  Nonetheless~
The Leeds Arts Council presents the dramatic comedy Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain by Mark Dunn, directed by Cliff Keen, Jr.
Southern sass, tears and charm engage as five bank tellers speak their hearts and brew lots of coffee in this comedy by the author of Belles.  Set in the break room of a small bank in Mississippi on six consecutive weekday mornings, this warm and gentle play eavesdrops on the conversations of women who have for too long defined themselves in terms of their relationships recently ended or in the process of falling apart with the men in their lives.  It’s a play about broken arms and broken hearts and about finding strength and self respect through friendships with those who have been down that road before.
This is a 5-woman dramatic comedy starring  Rachel White, Suellen Wilkins, Katy Walker, Ashley Richardson, and Victoria Boyce.
Mark Dunn’s Five Tellers Dancing In the Rain, directed by Cliff Keen Jr., will show on October 16th through the 18th and 23rd through 25th.  Friday and Saturday tickets are $20; the show will be at 7 pm and will include hors d’oeuvres.  Sunday tickets are $15; the show will be at 2 pm and will include dessert and coffee.
The Leeds Theatre and Arts Center is handicapped-accessible with free parking on the street.  Reservations are required so please call us now at 205.699.1892; leave your name, phone number, date you’d like to attend and number of tickets you need and someone will return your call as soon possible.FiveTellers2



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Leeds Area Open Circle Poets meeting.

Monday September 28 at 7:00 pm LAC hosts the Leeds Area Open Circle Poets meeting.  From Joan Dawson:  “Have you been outside to revel in the signs of the change of seasons, the change from flowers to seed dispersal, the visitations from bees, wasps, butterflies? Can you write a poem about the change of the seasons or about the changes in your garden or yard? Or about the signs of preparing for new life next year? Or about your own preparations?
Listen to your muse and just write. You choose the topic if the ones above don’t work for you. Please bring copies of your poems if you can.
In addition to reading our poems and enjoying refreshments, we’ll make plans to host the Birmingham Arts Journal meeting on October 29.. Please think of how you can help with refreshments.”

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