Since 1955, Opera Birmingham has kept audiences on the edge of their seats with world-class operatic productions and concerts. Over 50 operas later, the much-loved company is still going strong. "Beautiful and lavish musical productions that feature a mixture of local talent and big city super- stars. Meagan M.

Red Mountain Theatre Company 301 19th St N 205-324-2424 redmountaintheatre.org BIRMINGHAM

RMTC has been presenting quality theatrical experiences in Birmingham since the first curtain rose in 1979. Perfor- mances are held at both the Virginia Samford Theatre and the bottom floor of the historic Kress Building downtown. Great use of both local and imported talent in creative and entertaining productions presented in an intimate perfor- mance space. Michael M.

Space One Eleven 2409 2nd Ave N 205-328-0553 spaceoneeleven.org BIRMINGHAM

A nonprofit community arts organization founded in 1986,

Space One Eleven s mission is to provide professional opportu- nities for artists, create a forum for public understanding of contemporary art and offer arts education to area youth. Space One Eleven is unique to Birmingham, hosting exhibitions that are avant garde, cutting edge and different from anything you ll find at a museum or commercial gallery. Melissa K.

Terrific New Theatre 2821 2nd Ave S 205-328-0868 terrificnewtheatre.com BIRMINGHAM

For over 20 years, Birming- ham s most eclectic theatre has been known for its fun live performances with unexpected twists. Located in the Dr. Pepper Showrooms of Pepper Place. TNT s plays and musicals range from comedies and dramas to the strange and unusual and sometimes downright twisted! I m always surprised and always get my money s worth at TNT. Saxon W.

Theatre Downtown 2410 5th Ave S 205-306-1470 theatredowntown.com BIRMINGHAM

Experience shows that are both

cutting edge and classic while you shop Fifth Avenue Antiques, the unconventional venue of Theatre Downtown. The funny shows are hilarious, the edgy shows are profound and the serious shows leave me think- ing. Richard S.

Virginia Samford Theatre 1116 26th St S 205-251-1228 virginiasamfordtheatre.org BIRMINGHAM

Opening its doors in 1927, this charming Romanesque playhouse is the origin of Birmingham s theatrical legacy. Considered one of the finest little theatres in the country and presenting the best in local and regional productions, it is also a popular choice for special events. The intimacy and charm of this historic theatre is a unique experi- ence. Something new on the stage every month! Catherine G.

INSIDER TIP If you're feeling broke, go to Terrific New Theatre on "Tada Thursdays," when you pay only what you can afford.