Bama Theatre

Acoustic Night set to begin at The Bama

Throughout the year The Bama Theatre will host Acoustic Night in The Greensboro Room. The series is random, although they are usually set for Monday through Wednesday, and happen after a band or booking agent reaches out to The Bama Theatre. “It is mainly for solo or duo artists but some bands perform depending on sound quality and how many people are in the band,” said David Allgood, manager of The Bama Theatre. Allgood said that with the correct advertising, bands are able bring in 30-50 people on average. The first Acoustic Night of the fall semester will take place on August 31, doors open at 7 p.m.

Poetry slam comes to the Bama Theatre

The Bama Theatre is opening its doors to all local poets Tuesday night for its first ever poetry slam. The event starts at 7:30 p.m., but anyone interested in signing up to participate is encouraged to get there early because there will be only 12 available slots due to time constraints. “A poetry slam is basically just a poetry contest,” said Rebecca Rothman, president of the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa.

Bama Theatre to host global films

The Bama Theatre will be hosting a global film festival known as the Manhattan Short Film Festival on tonight. True to its motto — “One World, One Week, One Festival” — the festival is spanning six continents and more than 200 cities, beginning Sept.

Miss UA crowned

Dozens packed the Bama Theatre Saturday night to watch the Miss University of Alabama 2010 competition. Shellie Street, a junior from Mobile, was crowned the new Miss UA after a long process of facing five judges through a private interview, an on-stage question, and swimsuit, talent and evening wear competitions. Street competed with 13 other girls: Martinique Gideon, Kristi Kelly, Brittany Powers, Hannah Muncher, Carly Evans, Brooke Johnson, Shawntae Johnson, Lisa Ledbetter, Ashley Brooke Wieronski, Melissa Lilly, Hilary Rubin-Holloway, Lori Kerr and Mallory Meissner. As the 2010 winner, Street will receive a full-tuition scholarship for one year, two book scholarships and several other prizes.

Gaiman gives writing advice

After Thursday’s event at the Bama Theatre, a few students got another chance to hear Neil Gaiman read and answer questions about writing one last time before the author of “American Gods,” “Coraline” and other best-sellers left Alabama. Creative Campus held a session with Gaiman for Master’s of Fine Arts students in creative writing on Friday at Smith Hall. The session was not limited exclusively to MFA students or to students studying creative writing.

Author reads at Bama Theatre

Joey Oliver and his daughter Lydia Oliver drove about an hour and a half from Hayden, Ala., to see Neil Gaiman speak at the Bama Theatre Thursday night. At the beginning of the event, ushers picked up notecards they had distributed at the door for people to write questions on. Lydia, a sixth grader at Hayden Middle School, asked, “When did you figure out you were a writer?” It was one of dozens of questions on dozens of notecards Gaiman carried to the stage to the applause of more than 1,000 attendees at the Bama Theatre, which sold out in two minutes.

Miss UA competition Saturday

Fourteen Alabama football players will exchange their jerseys for suits Saturday as they usher 14 contestants competing in the 36th annual Miss University of Alabama competition. The competition will start at 7:30 p.m.