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Carnegie bound: Area singers get a 'chance of a lifetime'

Posted 3/3/2012 in Community

She's tried to imagine it, but 15-year-old Charity Brand isn't quite sure how she is going to feel, standing there on the Carnegie Hall stage.



Pre-teen preps to compete with the

Posted 2/28/2012 in Community

While some 12-year-olds are texting back and forth to find out what their friends will be wearing to the movies, Mary Lee is planning her working wardrobe for Madison Square Garden. On Feb. 13-14, the new Columbus resident will be one the youngest dog handlers on the famous green-carpet of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.



Leah Sullivan: The benefits of keeping fit

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columns

The benefits of exercise go far beyond bodily transformation. So often we think of exercise as a means to an end -- pounding away at the pavement to create a calorie deficit in order to lose a few pounds, or sprinting up hills to burn off that extra dessert from Saturday night out with friends.



David Creel: Spring's surprising boldest accessory

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columns

Spring's boldest accessory is not sitting in your closet. It's on your face, so just look up. Thicker brows are the sure-fire way to make the face appear more youthful, because the brows naturally get lighter and sparser as we age. Plus, when you have beautiful eyes, a thicker brow can make the perfect frame.



History shines as state society meets in Columbus

Posted 2/25/2012 in Community

The Mississippi Historical Society will hold its 2012 annual meeting in Columbus March 1-3, and those interested in history are invited to participate. The focus will be the bicentennial of the War of 1812. A variety of lectures on the campus of Mississippi University for Women will examine the battle for the southern frontier, Mississippi's American Indians, the Natchez Trace and local history projects.



MSU celebrates 134th birthday Tuesday

Posted 2/25/2012 in Community

Mississippi State University celebrates the 134th anniversary of its founding with a birthday party Tuesday, Feb. 28. Free and open to all, the MSU Alumni Association-sponsored campus celebration will take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Junction. Hamburgers, chips, cookies, soft drinks and MSU ice cream will be provided, while supplies last.


Table Talk's mystery month concludes Wednesday

Posted 2/25/2012 in Community

The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library concludes a month-long celebration of mystery and detective crime novels with a talk by local attorney and avid mystery fan David Dunn.


Adele Elliott: A tale of two cities

Posted 2/25/2012 in Columns

I have a schizophrenic heart. Its chambers echo with beats from two cities. New Orleans jazz and Columbus blues blend in rhythms that are sometimes archaic, sometimes contemporary, always miraculous. The taunts of rival Indian tribes (Mardi Gras Indians, that is) and Big Joe Shelton's amazing harmonica are all objects of my bipolar love.


Tango del Cielo: CAC presents Latin-inspired music and dance Master dance class offered

Posted 2/25/2012 in Entertainment

The romance and fire of Argentine tango and Spanish flamenco will intertwine when concert harpist Anna Maria Mendieta and Tango del Cielo visit Columbus Monday, March 5. The Columbus Arts Council's Concert and Artist Series presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. A dance class with performers will be offered from noon-1 p.m.

Masks, movement and magic: Without words, MUW weaves a tale of spells, betrayal and hidden secrets

Posted 2/25/2012 in Entertainment

The late French playwright Alfred Jarry once said, "The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life ... " Seldom in theater is such a process more intense than when, through movement alone, actors learn to express love versus hate, loyalty versus deceit, chivalry versus cowardice, or hope versus fear.


Betty Stone: Books, books, books

Posted 2/18/2012 in Columns

When our family first moved to Columbus, my parents rented a house on Second Avenue North from Blanch McClanahan until they could build. I was in the fifth grade, and the neighborhood was a great choice for me, because there were at least 24 children of various ages nearby, maybe more. We lived there for two years, and I enjoyed it fully. Although we "played out" en masse, those who were near the same age formed smaller groups. I was lucky.



Leah Sullivan: You > your problems

Posted 2/18/2012 in Columns

I'm not the type to hand out compliments with reckless abandon. Not that there's anything wrong with it; I'm just not one to use flattery to break the ice, I guess. So if I say, "You look great," well then, you must be channeling a model or movie star because I always try to say what I mean and mean what I say.



David Creel: Secrets of the hair fairies

Posted 2/18/2012 in Columns

Thin is in! Yes, you heard that right. At last women who have been struggling with thin hair have more options than ever before for beautiful hair. I remember my Aunt Mary fondly. Somewhere in her past she earned the nickname "Sugar," and it was so befitting her sweet personality.



Old world meets modern day in Lyceum's 'Julius Caesar'

Posted 2/18/2012 in Entertainment

The Acting Company is currently on its 39th national tour featuring a new production of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," which they will perform as part of the Mississippi State University Lyceum Series Thursday, Feb. 23.



Table Talk turns to 'Bones' mystery series, Skype chat

Posted 2/18/2012 in Entertainment

The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library continues its programming on detective and mystery novels on Feb. 22. Wednesday's discussion focuses on the popular "Bones" mystery series by Mississippi author Carolyn Haines.



'Orpheus Descending' nears Mississippi premiere

Posted 2/18/2012 in Entertainment

Tennessee Williams once said, "Home is where you hang your childhood. For me, that is Mississippi." On Feb. 23-25, one of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's works is coming home. Not only to Mississippi, but to the town of Williams' birth, in 1911. Columbus is the opening host city for a state tour of "Orpheus Descending."



JA Charity Ball tickets available Tuesday

Posted 2/18/2012 in Community

Patron tickets to the Junior Auxiliary of Columbus 2012 Charity Ball will be available Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 4-7 p.m. at the Junior Auxiliary Hut located at 1000 Park Circle, next to Lee Park.



Adele Elliott: The machine rebellion

Posted 2/18/2012 in Columns

It's been a rough week at the Elliott-Hannon household. Murphy's Law, (which says that if anything can go wrong, it will) was in full force. And it was all mechanically related.



Tail-wagging tutors: New therapy dog reading program is turning pages

Posted 2/18/2012 in Community

"Oh, look! This one is about a gorilla and a kitten," chimed Emma Tally to her furry companion. The 5-year-old sat cross-legged on a plump pillow on the library reading room floor. With small hands, she held up her big book, all the better for her four-legged friend to see. Turning to the first page, young Emma was soon eagerly sharing the story with Roscoe, the therapy dog. Roscoe, to all appearances, absorbed every word.


Bring a little Mardi Gras madness home

Posted 2/15/2012 in Food

Mardi Gras. It's been called the season of "voluntary madness" -- with parades, masks, floats, music and outlandish costumes. The revelry builds to a crescendo between Epiphany (Jan. 6) and Fat Tuesday, which falls this year on Feb. 21.


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