A list of upcoming events in the area not to be missed

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Looking for variety? We’ve got you covered this week with classic tales, blue musicians, great concerts, theater and even an extra dose of girl power in Montgomery.

Watch ‘Encanto’ at the Riverfront Amphitheater on Monday

It’s always a magical night, sitting outside by the Alabama River in Montgomery. But it takes on a whole new meaning Monday when Guardian Credit Union presents Disney’s “Encanto” during Movie Mondays. The film begins at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Food vendors will be available and you can bring picnics. Enter the park through the Commerce Street tunnel in downtown.

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Blue Man Group in Montgomery on Wednesday

They may be blue, but you won’t be at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center on Wednesday. You know them. You love them. And no, it’s not the Smurfs. It’s the incredible and abstract Blue Man Group. Tickets range from $67 to $82 for this 7:30 p.m. show. Get tickets online at mpaconline.org or by calling the box office at 334-481-5100.

Treasure Island at Cloverdale Playhouse

Hey there, pals. Take part in the adventure of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” from Thursday until July 24 at the Cloverdale Playhouse, 960 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery. This was adapted for the stage by Byrony Lavery. In this tale, Jim Hawkins is a girl, the innkeeper’s granddaughter, who encounters a terrifying sailor with a huge chest full of secrets. Enjoy a night of murder, money and mutiny. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $20, available at cloverdaleplayhouse.org.

There’s still time to catch ‘Visiting Mr. Green’ at Wetumpka Depot

Performances of “Visiting Mr. Green” are entering their second week at Wetumpka Depot. They Run Until Sunday at 300 South Main St. Written by Jeff Baron and directed by Kristy Meanor, it’s the story of Ross Gardiner, who is assigned to community service to help Jewish widower Mr. Green, played by Scott Page and Reese Lynch. It’s comedy that turns into drama as they get to know each other. The remaining show dates are July 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and July 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. wetmpkadepot.com

AJCA Overview

The AJCA offers four days of cattle fun and more at Ed Teague Arena and Livestock Barns near Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery. Competitions and shows take place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is also a volleyball tournament on Thursday, skill competitions on Friday, markets and awards on Saturday, and devotional service and a heifer show on Sunday. Check out the full list of events online at thegarrettcoliseum.com.

Southern Writers Festival

Before hitting the stage as full productions, the Southern Writers Festival of New Plays is helping three works become their best on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1 Festival Drive, Montgomery. The festival offers theatrical readings of three new plays, performed by professional actors. The three plays this year are: “Kudzu Calling”, by Donnetta Lavinia Grays; “Problem in Vista View Mobile Home Estates” by Audrey Cefaly; and “Zelda in the Background”, by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder. Festival passes are $50, which includes access to all three readings and lunch. For more information on the Southern Writers Festival, visit asf.net/southernwritersfestival.

Girl, create the day of joy

Girls of all ages are invited to come out and participate in a variety of activities designed to get them creating something beautiful on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Blount Culture Park, 1 Festival Drive, Montgomery. It’s free. Register on leadladiesoflegacy.org/girl-create-joy-day. Perhaps you will paint a picture or write a poem. Then it’s time to make bracelets or necklaces. The only limit is your imagination.

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An Evening with Vince Gill, featuring Wendy Moten

One of modern country music’s most popular artists performs at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Vince Gill’s big breakthrough came in 1990 with “When I Call Your Name,” which won both the Country Music Association (CMA) Single and Song of the Year awards as well as a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. Since then, Gill has won 17 other CMA Awards, 22 Grammy Awards and eight Academy of Country Music Awards. In 1991 Gill was invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and in 2007 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Gill will be joined by special guest Wendy Moten. Tickets range from $56 to $116. They are available online at mpaconline.org

Dunk Tank Party

Quick quick. Hop on and dunk someone Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harley-Davidson of Montgomery, 655 N. Eastern Blvd. They are taking donations against child abuse on Saturday. Bring your throwing arm and your appetites. There is free food and drink. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a look at the bike selection.

Terrible Lovers, Lostronaut, Venusville at Sanctuary

Three out-of-this-world punk rock bands hit Montgomery on Saturday, starting at 8 p.m.: Venusville, Lostronaut and Terrible Lovers. One of the coolest things about punk rock shows like this one at Sanctuary, 432 Goldthwaite St., is that they’re constantly working to expand the area’s punk rock culture by making it shows for all ages. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel at [email protected].


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