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BPL@Night Series Features Summer Baseball and Hot Jazz!

The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) will host acclaimed storyteller Dolores Hydock and the swinging sounds of the Birmingham Heritage Band in its July BPL@Night programming line-up. Dolores Hydock will regale baseball fans with old-fashioned summertime baseball stories in the Central Library’s Arrington Auditorium on Thursday, July 8, and the Birmingham Heritage Band will bring back the legendary music of the Big Band era at the North Birmingham Library on Tuesday, July 27. These events are free and open to the public.

BPL@Night is a series of high quality evening performances offered free-of-charge by Birmingham Public Library in an effort to bring enriching cultural programs to downtown Birmingham and the city’s neighborhoods. BPL@Night highlights local and regional performers that reflect the diversity of our community and draw from a wide range of personal experience. Through programs such as these, the library seeks to provide Birmingham citizens of all ages opportunities for entertainment, ongoing education, and personal growth.

Central Library
July 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard Arrington Auditorium
Batter Up! Stories From Outside the Strike Zone
Dolores Hydock is an actress and story performer whose work has been featured at concerts, festivals, and special events throughout the U.S. She is a touring artist for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, a speaker with the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and a member of the Southern Order of Storytellers. Her six CDs of original stories have all received Resource Awards from Storytelling World Magazine. As an actress, she has been featured in the one-woman plays Shirley Valentine, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Fully Committed, Talking Heads, The Lady With All the Answers, and Nothing Sacred: An Evening of Stories by Ferrol Sams. Dolores lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

North Birmingham Library
July 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Birmingham Heritage Band
In order to escape the difficult economic conditions of the 1930s, American society turned to music. The music of these times was big and the bands were even bigger, including the likes of Duke Ellington, Erskine Hawkins, and Glenn Miller. The members of the Birmingham Heritage Band include Frank Adams, Tolton Rosser, Bill Harris, and Sherman Caesar, among others. Many of these members are seasoned veterans on the music scene, having played with some of the world’s jazz greats.

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