Weekend full of art, politics, drama and comedy from Mike Epps

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THURSDAY

Lava Thomas: Reunions and Masterpieces of Photography: Join the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts on April 28 from 8:30-10 a.m. for Lava Thomas: Homecoming and Masterpieces of Photography from the Lamar Dodd Art Center Café with the Curator. Museum members are invited to join us for coffee and pastries in the rotunda, followed by an introduction to Lava Thomas: Homecoming and Masterpieces of Photography from the Lamar Dodd Art Center. Join the museum again Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. for the Opening Reception: Lava Thomas: Homecoming and Masterpieces of Photography. Museum members are invited to join us for an opening reception for Lava Thomas: Homecoming and Masterpieces of Photography from the Lamar Dodd Art Center.

Candidates’ stand: Elmore County NAACP Branch 5026 will host a Candidates Forum on Thursday; the event will take place at “The Ranch Multiplex” located at 2705 Williams Road, Wetumpka. The time of the event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The following contestants have accepted the invitation to participate: Joy Pace Booth, Jessica Sanders, contestants for Circuit Judge Place 2; Jennifer Holton, CJ Robinson, candidates for Elmore County District Attorney; Chad Smith, Troy Stubbs, candidates for State Representative from District 31; and Christian Horn, candidate for Secretary of State. Bobby Mays, President of Branch 5026, said, The NAACP strongly believes that an informed electorate results in the election of better candidates. And what better way to get to know the contestants than to attend events like this. Knowing the candidates is essential to know who to vote for, OR not! The forum is free and open to the public.

A lesson before you die at the Cloverdale Playhouse: See the return of this play, which premiered at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival 22 years ago as part of the Southern Writers Project. It’s by Rolulus Linney, based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines. In 1948, a young black man faces execution for a crime he did not commit. cloverdaleplayhouse.org.

SATURDAY

Harriott II Riverfront Park in Montgomery, Alabama on Monday, April 27, 2020.

Getaway Cruise on the Harriott II Riverboat: Come watch the sunset over the Alabama River aboard the Harriott II riverboat on Saturdays this spring. The getaway cruise is a great way to start your weekend! During this two-hour cruise, we offer live entertainment, a full bar of delicious drinks, and our Wheel House Grille offers a variety of meal selections for purchase. Don’t miss the boat! *Indoor general admission seating is located inside one of our two air-conditioned decks, outdoor patio seating is located on the outer upper deck and is assigned in first come first served basis. The patio seats are not accessible to people with disabilities. Please purchase boarding tickets before purchasing an add-on package.

Free walking tours of Montgomery are offered on Saturdays in April.

April Walking Tours: As part of the Alabama Department of Tourism’s April walking tours, they will be offering free walking tours of historic downtown Montgomery at 10 a.m. Saturday. Some of the stops on the tour include the Court Square Fountain, Rosa Parks Statue and Bus Stop, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, and the State Capitol. Contact Jennifer Grace at 334-262-0013 for more information.

County Day: The Montgomery County Commission and Sheriff’s Office invite the public to the County Party on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Elton N. Dean Sr. Park, 7251 Old Selma Road in Montgomery. “This is an opportunity for Montgomery County residents to learn about some of the services provided by the county, as well as enjoy a day at Montgomery County’s newest park,” Sheriff Derrick said. Cunningham. “Bring your kids, grab a hot dog and fries, and learn more about Montgomery County!” County employees will be on hand with information on job postings, victim services provided by the District Attorney’s Office, voter registration, summer youth programs, tag renewals , etc. The Montgomery Humane Society will bring animals available for adoption, and iKare Pharmacy will administer COVID 19 vaccines. For more information on the county day, please contact Montgomery County Public Affairs Director Cynthia Milledge at 334-451 -0040.

Mike Epps brings his comedy to the Montgomery Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

Mike Epps at MPAC on Saturday: Actor and comedian, Mike Epps, is ready to make Montgomery laugh once again with the NO REMORSE COMEDY TOUR. Performing at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center on April 30 at 7 p.m., Epps will provide nonstop laughs with Dominique, one of comedy’s most talented and sought-after performers. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on December 17 on Ticketmaster.com. The all-star lineup is sure to bring the house down with non-stop laughs for an unforgettable evening of comedy! Epps is generating tremendous buzz among his peers for not only being one of the funniest comedic actors in town, but also for his burgeoning dramatic talent. Epps currently stars in the Netflix comedy series “The Upshaws” with Wanda Sykes. His recent film credits include “The House Next Door,” sequel to 2016’s “Meet The Blacks,” Amazon’s feature “Troup Zero” starring Viola Davis, Allison Janney, and Jim Gaffigan, in addition to the Netflix comedy. “Dolemite Is My Name” starring Eddie Murphy. Epps is currently working on a new hour-long comedy special, a sequel to his 2019 Netflix special “Mike Epps: Only One Mike.” Next, Epps will star in “Last Friday” and portray comedy legend Richard Pryor in Adam McKay’s untitled drama series LA Lakers for HBO.The No Remorse Comedy Tour is presented by North American Entertainment Group Inc., a leading independent entertainment tour promoter and live events in the United States.

Free concert for children: Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. with members of Orchestra Noir -Atlanta’s African American Orchestra. Trinity Hall at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1728 S. Hull St., Montgomery.

SUNDAY

Sunday dinner: Join the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and Verde Cafe on May 1 from 4-6 p.m. for Sunday dinner. Come be part of the family spirit around a delicious meal prepared by Nick and Davena Jernigan at Sunday Soupers. Limited places and reservations required.

ClefWorks Celebration Concert: Sunday, May 1, 3 p.m. Members of the Black Orchestra – African American Orchestra of Atlanta at City Hall, 103 N. Perry St., Montgomery. Tickets on sale now at www.clefworks.org

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