Find out who’s playing and what’s happening in Tuscaloosa

Mark Hughes Cobb
| The Tuscaloosa News

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Chase Evan: 6-9 p.m., Lookout Rooftop Bar, Hotel Indigo, 111 Greensboro Ave. 



Hank Lazer and Joseph Lease poetry reading: 7 p.m. online through Chax Press. RSVP at to get the Zoom link. The latest of Lazer’s 32 books of poetry is “COVID19 SUTRAS. In 2015, Lazer received the Harper Lee Award, for lifetime achievement in literature. Lease’s critically acclaimed books of poetry include “The Body Ghost” (Coffee House Press, 2018), “Testify” (Coffee House Press, 2011), and “Broken World” (Coffee House Press, 2007). Lease’s poems “‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” and “Send My Roots Rain” were anthologized in “Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology.”

Andrew Bone for Virtual Book Talk: 5 p.m., hosted by Ernest & Hadley Booksellers. RSVP through Eventbrite. Bone will be talking about his book “The Road to Bama,” regarding the Crimson Tide’s recruiting process.


Jonathan Auxier, Kristen Miller, Beth Ferry for Reader Meet Writer: 10 a.m., hosted by Ernest & Hadley Booksellers. To participate, email [email protected] or respond to the E&H Facebook event by Friday, Oct. 23. Books will be available on the E&H eCommerce website at 15% off Friday.

Asking the Arts — How Do You Stage a Ballet?: 10 a.m., free, featuring Rita Snyder and Lyndell McDonald from the UA Department of Theatre and Dance. From restaging choreography to the costumes, lighting, and everything in between. Register at to get the Zoom link.


Laura Hunter for Virtual Book Talk: 5 p.m. hosted by Ernest and Hadley Booksellers. To participate, reserve a spot through Eventbrite. Hunter will be discussing her collection “Southern Voices: A Book of Award-Winning Short Stories.”

Miles McKenna for Reader Meet Writer: 6 p.m., hosted by Ernest and Hadley. To participate, email [email protected] or respond to the E&H Facebook event by Monday, Oct. 26. McKenna will be talking about his book “Out! How To Be Your Authentic Self.”


Asking the Arts — What is the Production Process of Staging a Ballet?: 4 p.m., free, with McDonald and Tiffany Yeager discussing lighting, sound, props, and all things production. Register at to get the Zoom link.


Kentuck Virtual Marketplace: The 49th Kentuck Festival of the Arts, intended for mid-October, has been canceled, due to the coronavirus pandemic. To assist artists who won’t be selling work at this or other festivals in 2020, Kentuck is hosting a Kentuck Festival Virtual Marketplace, which went live Saturday Oct. 10, through About 180 artists will present works for viewing and sale, with a small percentage of each purchase going to the Kentuck Festival Forever Fund. Artists will also be demonstrating and talking about their works. The virtual marketplace will remain open through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31.



Moon Time Comedy Night: 8-10 p.m., no cover, Black Warrior Brewing Co. Host Lauren Lamphere, with Kyle Minor of Montgomery, Brent Reed of Florence, and Lori Moore and Darryl J from Birmingham. Open mic, five minute slots, will follow at 9:15. Signup for open-mic begins at 7:30. Masks required.


T-Town Witches Ride: Third annual Halloween charity bike ride, a benefit for The Arc of Tuscaloosa, will be virtual for 2020. Riders can choose any path, road or park, any day of October, solo, or with friends, and post photos and videos on the third annual (virtual) T-Town Witches Ride Facebook page. Online voting will be open Oct. 30 and 31 to choose Best Witch, Best Broomcycle, and Best Group. To participate, register through Eventbrite, at $20 per witch, or $40 per family. The Arc of Tuscaloosa County serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Griffin Farms Pumpkin Patch: 826 Griffin Road, West Blocton, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Halloween; $10 admission — children 2 and younger free — gets one pumpkin per person, plus hayride, bouncy barn, corn maze, kids’ size rock wall and zip line, and other hands-on activities. Cash is preferred at the gate, and with some vendors.

Fayette’s Nightmare at the Farm: 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween, building haunted nightmares around a 20-minute walk-through of frights and fiends, ending with a clown escape room. Parking will be at Nelson Funeral Home, where there’ll be music, movies and trivia. Trailers will pick up patrons and transport them to the farm. Admission is $10 general, $5 for 12 and under. In case of rain, the haunted trail might be postponed or closed for the evening, so check the Facebook page, or call ahead at 205-442-5780.


“Uncanny Kinships”: Exhibit by Barbara Lee Black in the Teer Gallery, Georgine Clarke Building, Kentuck Art Center, 503 Main Ave. Northport. Black has a master of fine arts degree in studio art, with a concentration in fine art photography and digital media. She has received two artist fellowship awards from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Some of her photographs were included in a recent exhibition at the Mobile Museum of Fine Art surveying prominent women fine art photographers in the Southeast. From 2009 until 2018, she taught digital media and photography at the University of Alabama.

“Stacey Holloway: Flight of the Elephant & Other Tales”: UA Gallery, Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Holloway’s exhibit was created to accompany an animated video that tells the story of the migration of a creative and determined elephant, Amelia. Holloway brought in visual artists to collaborate with, including Alabama artists Doug Barrett, Doug Baulos, Lanette Blankenship, Merrilee Challiss, Gary Chapman, Derek Cracco, Becki Delgado, Guthrie F. Holmes, Savannah Smith, Emily Stroud and Michael Swann. Several large- and small-scale works were created specifically for this presentation and will be on view for the first time. “The idea of flight is something that shows up in my work quite often,” said Holloway, in an artist’s statement. “Flight, for me, is a representation of something that we strive for, something that we achieve.” Holloway is associate professor of sculpture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


OCT. 29: Terrifying Tales, hosted by the Tuscaloosa Public Library, 6:30 p.m. on the TPL’s social media sites. Members of Tuscaloosa Shakespeare group The Rude Mechanicals, and Tuscaloosa Writers and Illustrators Guild will be reading Halloween-style stories, including original work, Alabama ghost stories, and classics from Poe to present day.

OCT. 30: PARA’s Boo in the Park, Munny Sokol Park. Trick or Treat Trail 4-6 p.m. costumes encouraged, challenges for prizes and candy. Advance tickets $10; $7 for PARA members; $15 at the door. Free movie showings beginning at 6:30 p.m. with “Hotel Transylvania,” followed by “Hocus Pocus” at 8:30.

OCT. 31: Drive-through trick-or-treat, Government Plaza, 4-6 p.m. Tuscaloosa’s Townsquare Media radio station DJs will be costumed, and handing out candy to families in cars, while remaining socially distanced. All trick-or-treaters must remain in or on vehicles — cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles or bicycles — wear PPE and maintain social distancing. Costumes are of course encouraged.

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