Bringing the Magic City to Pell City

Brian Reaves, President of Ring 35 and Magician of the Year. Photo belongs to Aubrey Venkler.

The City of Birmingham is known as the Magic City due to its rapid growth in population and prestige. Being in Pell City, we can’t help but desire to have little magic of our own – that’s why we’re bringing the magic here!

The current President of Ring 35, Brian Reaves, is a Pell City native. He, his wife, Lisettet Vivas Reaves, and son, Khris Reaves, are also magicians as well as members of Ring 35. Brian and Lisettet are Worship Pastors at Victory Christian Church in Pell City. Khris is Victory’s Student Pastor and Creative Director. This will be the fourth Magical Evening that they have performed on the CEPA stage, and you’re invited!

Back in January of 1933, the many followers of magic who resided in Birmingham came together to form what we know as the Magic City Magic Club. The first president was Mr. Goodlette Dodson, a world famous manipulator of card fans. The International Brotherhood of Magicians formally issued a charter for the organization on October 26, 1944, creating Ring 35 with 22 members.

On January 20, 1996, the name of the club was changed to honor Drennen and his lifelong interest in furthering the art of magic. The Ring has since been steadily active and meets once a month.

This Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. CEPA is pulling the Magic straight out of our Magic City and placing it directly on the CEPA stage. A Magical Evening will feature six magicians on the CEPA stage for an all-new night of magic and laughter for the entire family!

Join them for non-stop illusions in a brand-new show, culminating in a finale that you won’t believe. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with close-up magic in the lobby, VIP Show at 6:00 p.m., and the main show beginning at 7 p.m.

Buy your tickets now at or by calling 205-332-1961.





Miss Pell High, Mr. Pell High return for a same-day event this Saturday

The Miss Pell High Pageant, the premier annual pageant competition at Pell City High School, returns Saturday, Sept. 16. And this year, for the first time, the Mr. Pell High Pageant will return to be held the same day!

This year’s event will take place at the Center for Education and Performing Arts (CEPA). The 9th and 10th grade portion (both Miss and Mr.) will begin at 4: p.m. on Saturday, and the 11th and 12th grade portion (both Miss and Mr.) will begin at 7 p.m. the same day.

“Each year, the Miss Pell High Pageant offers local students the chance to compete for a coveted title in front of their friends and family,” said Danielle Pope, PCHS Workforce Development Coordinator. “It’s an honor they’ll carry with them not just for the school year, but for years to come.”

Each pageant’s ticket costs $10, but combo tickets to both the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. event can be purchased for $15. Student tickets are $5 for each pageant.



Metro Bank helps bring Iron Horse Bluegrass to CEPA on Oct. 5

This week, Metro Bank became the official event sponsor of the Oct. 5, 2017 performance of Iron Horse Bluegrass, which promises to be a packed evening of family fun for area residents.

“We’re excited to sponsor the Iron Horse Bluegrass show and hope the Pell City community enjoys a night at the theater,” Metro Bank President Jason Dorough said.

Sponsorships represent a tax-deductible contribution to CEPA that include many benefits. Primarily, Metro Bank’s support of this show encourages our mission to bring quality programming to the residents of St. Clair County and helps grow our education programs including annual drama camps and the Spotlight program. Continue reading