Henri’s Notions at the Leeds Arts Center August 24th!

From soft fingerpicked ballads to hard-driving jigs and reels, Henri’s Notions creates a musical mix of traditional Celtic and American music as well as their own compositions that have a rhythm and voice reflective of their Southern heritage, which lends a pleasing familiarity to the music. The Notions draw from a broad palette of melodious sounds: the ardent sounds of fiddle, lilting flute, keen tin whistles, all played over the resonant tones and drive of the rhythm section, consisting of acoustic guitars, percussion, and bass. 

Lead voices dance through the intricate embellishments that bring to life the old ballads and songs and all members lend voices frequently creating close, rich, well-balanced harmonies. The group makes a point to provide backgrounds on the songs and instruments used during their performance and this has allowed Henri’s Notions to connect with, educate and inspire audiences for over twenty years!

Henri’s Notions has toured extensively in the Southern and Eastern United Stated from West Palm Beach, Florida and Dallas, Texas to New York City. The group has worked countless festivals and concerts and has appeared with such folk icons as Bob Dylan, Richie Havens, The Kingston Trio, David Grisman Quintet and top celtic acts such as The Tannahill Weavers, Patrick Street, Paddy O’Brien, Brian McNeill and others. 

Henris Notions performs year-round in concerts, festivals, special events, and school programs. As a touring member of the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Southern Arts Federation, grants are often available to eligible presenters.

Check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Henris-Notions-156575596748/

John Henry Play Auditions

As part of the Alabama Bicentennial celebration, the city of Leeds is hosting a John Henry festival on Saturday September 21. There will be two public performances of a one-act play based on the legend of John Henry, a steel-driving man. No one knows where (or if) this story took place, but Leeds, Alabama lays claim to the possibility that it could have happened here. 

Marie Cromer wrote the play, and we need YOU to come audition for this show! Suellen Wilkins is the director; two free public performances on Saturday September 21, at 11 am and 2 pm, in the Leeds Theater and Arts Center in downtown Leeds. The cast includes 15 African-Americans and 10 Caucasians, all ages, both male and female. There is a young John Henry, as well as an adult John Henry. 

Auditions are Monday and Tuesday night, July 29 and 30, 7 pm each evening at the Leeds Theater and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive. You only need to come one night, not both. Come prepared to read from the script.

Debbie Childers

Appearing at the Leeds Theater and Arts Center, June 1, 2019 

$10 Tickets on sale for 5:00 show. 7:00 show is SOLD OUT


Debbie Street Childers grew up in Leeds, Alabama, the daughter of Earl and Pauline Street and a 1973 graduate of LHS.   She’s always loved to make people laugh.  In school, she used to get in trouble for talking and now people invite her to do it!

Her comedy style is clean and fit for your grandkids or your Granny.  She recently won the national Comedy with Class Comedy Contest sponsored by popular humorist Jeanne Robertson and judged by Jeanne with a group of nationally known comics.

Call 205-699-1892 for reservations.  Reservations are suggested but not required.

Emma Carter Brooks Exhibit

Emma Carter Brooks is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in March.  The public is invited to the opening reception on Sunday, March 3, 2019, 1:30pm – 3:30pm to view her beautiful photographs of still life and Alabama landscapes.  Admission is free.

Emma is a lifelong resident of Leeds.  Photography became her passion after an early retirement from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.  In her pursuit for peace in the midst of pain, Emma found it behind the lens of a camera in 2007. 

“I believe everything was created by God and given to us to enjoy and respect.  “Art by I AM” is my signature name because He is the author and creator of all the images that I capture. He’s the master of the piece and therefore, I give him all the glory,” says Emma. 

Emma is the author of Southern Quotes.   She is a member of the Alabama Wildflower Society, Leeds Arts Council, Friends of the Leeds Library, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, and the Sierra Club. She has dedicated many volunteer hours to helping keep the city of Leeds clean.  She also organized the Leeds and Moody Police appreciation in 2016. Emma continues to travel throughout the southeast to capture the beauty of God’s glory.

Ms. Brooks’ photography will be on exhibit through April 5, 2019.  You may view examples of her work at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtbyiamStudio

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps is a comedy based on the characters from the 1915 John Buchan novel and the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock movie, but handled in a Monty Python style, with actors performing multiple roles. The script was developed by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and adapted in 2005 by Patrick Barlow. The script is full of allusions to other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo, and North by Northwest.

Performance dates are:  February 15, 16, 22, 23 @ 7:00 pm and February 17, 24 @ 2:00 pm.

Directed by Suellen Wilkins with Brian Allison as Richard Hannay; Susan Cook as Annabella, Margaret, and Pamela; Stacy Lowery and Ron Landry are the two Clowns; Curtis Frost, Johnny Underwood, Lori Franks, Tommy, Wendy & Gracie Riley all pitch in to add to this comic mayhem!

Call (205) 699-1892 for ticket reservations! Tickets: $10 per person  

The Leeds Theater and Arts Center – A Fun Place To Be!

Leeds High School Artists

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Leeds High School Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, February 3, 2019, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Arts Center. The public is invited to meet these talented artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works. Admission is free.

Participating artists include Scott Adams, Jade Cifalo, Evan Cole-Tyson, Jasmine Cooper, Rebecca Denno, Raven Dozier, Jackson Harrigan, Brooke Kilgore, Lydia LaCruz, Bayleigh Ledbetter, Mackenzie Lockridge, Jackie Martinez, Jocelyn Martinez, Jay Megehee, Noah Peace, Gyrani Rogers, Hayden Underhill, and Isabella Weldon.

These high school artists work in a variety of mediums and styles. Their works reflect their interest in nature, pop culture, music, humor, and everyday life.

Their art will be on display through March 2. For more information regarding the reception, exhibit, and other Leeds Arts Council events, visit https://www.leedsartscouncil.org   In case of inclement weather, call the arts center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.