A dedication will be held this morning at for a new mural at First Missionary Baptist Church in Anniston. The mural, painted by Julia Segars, vice president of the Eastern Division of Alabama Power, depicts the story of Daniel and the lion’s den. The mural will be dedicated during the Sunday service, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the church, located at 1100 Pine Grove Road in Anniston, off West 10th Street. The public is invited to attend.
Auditions for “A Christmas Story” will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall at First Presbyterian Church of Anniston, 1701 Henry Road. Children and adults roles are needed. Auditions will be from cold reading from the script. Call Kim Dobbs at 256-820-2278 for more information.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling returns with a novel written expressly for grown-ups — because, let’s face it, we all devoured Harry Potter books as quickly as the kids could pass them along to us. “The Casual Vacancy,” out today, is a comic novel set in a quaint English village where all is not as idyllic as it seems.
“Hotel Transylvania” (PG) Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter. With the voices of Adam Sandler, Kevin James and a ton of other celebrites. The lead actors have teamed up before “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and “Grown Ups” and the movie is produced by longtime “Saturday Night Live” cartoonist Robert Smigel, so there’s some hope for this film.
“Looper” (R ) — In this futuristic (set in 2042) time-traveling, brain-twisting plot, young Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works as a Looper — an assassin who kills people sent from the future. Joe recognizes his next target as his older self (Bruce Willis), and older Joe escapes, starting a manhunt for both Joes.
“Won’t Back Down” (PG) — Two determined mothers, one a teacher, look to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. With Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Theater of Gadsden opens their season Friday a with the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace.” In the play, a drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at The Ritz Theater at 310 Wall St. in Gadsden (Alabama City). Tickets are $8-$10. The show runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 7.
Grab your favorite furry friend and head to Zinn Park for the sixth annual PetFest from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The festival, which benefits participating rescues and shelters, features vendors and contests (Best Trick, Costume Parade and Waggliest Tail) and new this year, pet art (where the pet does the painting), a petting zoo, a rabies clinic ($10 per vaccine), and an adoptable pet parade. There will also be live demonstrations by the Auburn University Canine Dectection team and the Anniston Museum of Natural History.