Two students, one male and one female, hold up a poster that says "Black Warrior Film Festival"

For Your Enjoyment: Movies, Music and a Bunch of Bugs

Looking for something different to do? Here are a few suggestions. Check the UA events calendar for more. 

drawing of bug pulling a tractor

Bama Bug Fest  

Bama Bug Fest returns to celebrate the diversity and benefits of arthropods at the Alabama Museum of Natural History April 9. The free event from 1 to 5 p.m. will showcase the multitude of arthropods, as well as true bugs like cicadas and plant-hoppers, in a way that is fun and engaging.

Help name a tarantula, learn about bug artwork and don’t miss the cockroach tractor pull! Food trucks will be on site, and there will be a photo booth. 

Dinner Theater: An Evening with ‘Shrek’

Students in UA’s CrossingPoints program will present a dinner theater production of “Shrek” Wednesday, April 13, at the Bryant Conference Center. This is a one-night-only performance, with dinner beginning at 6 pm. and the performance starting at approximately 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $35 for individuals or $300 for a table of 10 and may be purchased from the CrossingPoints website. 

‘Legally Blonde, the Musical’ 

The UA Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Legally Blonde, the Musical” at the Marian Gallaway Theatre in Rowand-Johnson Hall April 13-15 and April 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 24 at 2 p.m. This musical adaptation of the blockbuster movie was nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Book in a Musical and Best Score. Tickets range from $14 to $25 and are available for purchase online 

Molly Lay, Installation view of “Time and Tension,” Munny Sokol Park, Northport, forged steel rod, handmade abaca paper and zinnia seeds, 6 x 3 x 3 feet. Image courtesy of the artist.

Molly Lay: ‘Time and Tension’

An installation of graduate student Molly Lay’s sculpture, “Time and Tension,” can be seen along the trail in Munny Sokol Park in Northport through May 27.

Lay is drawn to a variety of materials in her sculpture. For this work, she forged steel and fabricated paper from abaca fibers. “Scrap metal, natural, found objects and textiles have been consistent materials in my studio practice over the most recent years,” she said. The objects, she says, speak to her as an artist when she works with them.

“There is an important exchange that occurs between artist and material. Each learns from the other. Listening is the key.”

The Black Warrior Film Festival  

Back this spring with a new lineup of screenings, panels, and director meet and greets, the Black Warrior Film Festival runs April 8-10 at the Ferguson Theater inside The University of Alabama Student Center. There will be in-person screenings of 38 films April 9-10, with 13 UA student films featured.