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and chosen to appeal to a wide variety of theater-goers. 205-253-9604. Performances are presented at the Virginia Samford Theatre, 1116 26th St S, 205-251-1228.

OPERA BIRMINGHAM Northern and Central Alabama s only professional, regional opera company, Opera Birmingham has entertained and informed audiences in the region for over 50 years. From its humble beginnings in 1955 to its 50th anniversary in 2005 and beyond, Opera Birmingham has produced world-class operatic productions and concerts that have been hailed by critics and loved by audiences. 3601 6th Ave S, 205-322-6737

RED MOUNTAIN THEATRE COMPANY Red Mountain Theatre Company is a non- profit professional theatre organization with an emphasis on musical theatre. RMTC provides unique educational, training and performing opportunities for aspiring and

the Campania region of Italy. Next door is the popular watering hole, Cantina, and also in the area are coffee shops and design studios. In the spring and summer months, locals and tourists flock to Pepper Place Saturday Market for locally grown fruit, produce and plants. The Lakeview District stretches across several blocks and includes other clusters of restaurants and clubs, including the highly-rated Five Bar, Lou s Pub and Package Store, Sky Castle, a modern diner with upscale cuisine and Slice Pizza & Brew House, a hip pizza place.

HOOVER METROPOLITAN STADIUM Home of the SEC Baseball Tournament and other sporting events. Located south of town near the Riverchase Galleria. 100 Ben Chapman Dr, 205-444-7732, hooveral.org

MAGIC CITY ACTORS THEATRE Magic City Actors Theatre showcases the best of local talent both on stage and behind the scenes. Their shows are energetic and diverse,