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Turn into a Dalmatian

DreamWeavers Children’s Theater in Decatur will hold auditions for “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians” on Monday at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.

This Disney Kids version is open to ages 5 to 18; no adult roles are available for this show, which will be produced April 27-28 at the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts.

Those auditioning should prepare a song to show their musical range and expect to read from the script. Call 318-5945 for information.

Books and coffee

The second event in the free Books and Coffee series will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. in J.F. Drake Memorial Library at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville.

Douglas Turner will review “Boogaloo: The Quintessence of American Popular Music” by Arthur Kempton. Call 372-5398 for information.

Jazz it up with art

Daily file photo by Gary Lloyd
You have one more week to get “All Jazzed Up.” This exhibit by Birmingham artist Ahmad Austin will close March 3 at Decatur’s Carnegie Visual Arts Center.

With bright, bold brush strokes, his acrylic paintings and collages capture feelings evoked when listening to or playing jazz music.

Admission is free, though donations and memberships are encouraged. The Carnegie, at 210 Church St. N.E., 341-0562, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

A circus of a symphony

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra’s family concert March 3 will be a musical circus: “Under the Big Top” designed to introduce children to the orchestra.

The ringmaster, Carlos Miguel Prieto, will direct the musicians (but no animals) in “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite,” Stravinsky’s “Circus Polka for a Young Elephant,” “Entry of the Gladiators” and more. You can also hear the HSO premiere of “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.”

Activities before the 1:30 p.m. concert in the auditorium of Huntsville High School will add to the fun. Tickets start at $7, with family packages available. Call 539-4818 or check the Web at

Other upcoming concerts include the German Romantics (Mendelssohn’s “Fingal’s Cave,” Schumann’s Cello Concerto and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2) March 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Mainly Mozart (Mozart’s “Paris” symphony, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2) March 11 at 3 p.m. These two will be in the Von Braun Center Concert Hall.

- Compiled by Patrice Stewart

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