Stand back, Spiderman. Back off, Batman. Comic books have a new hero with unexpected powers, and he isn’t even imaginary. He’s Bertrand Arthur William, the Third Earl Russell. To most Americans, Bertrand Russell is notorious for being an outspoken atheist long before the current crop of Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris and others.
When it means friends, good food and dancing the night away to the music of Jesse Robinson and the 500 Pounds of Blues Band, Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry and the Black Prairie Blues Band, who wouldn’t want to have a bout of the blues?
David Allan Coe has spent a career pushing the proverbial envelope. As each new generation of “rednecks, kickers, pickers, preppies, skinheads, Deadheads, hippies and bikers” showed up to hear him, his reputation as one of country’s outlaws grew.
Among October’s many gifts are the tingling thrills and chills in anticipation of things that may go, at least gently, bump in the night.
The 18th annual Hazard Lecture Series returns to Columbus on two consecutive upcoming Mondays, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. Featuring noted author George Thatcher of Gulfport and composer K. Lee Scott of Birmingham, Ala., the free public events designed to stimulate thought and broaden horizons will celebrate the “Voyage of the Artist.”
On the gray, weathered boards of a modest, one-car garage on Columbus’ north side, Josh Meador left a telltale sign. Eighty years later, it remains: “Joshua Meador March 12, 1929,” roughly scribed in white paint on an interior wall. Facing it, from the opposite side, is an impromptu painting of mountains and clouds, in the same pigment.
Churches have gotten so enthusiastic about taking care of their elderly (not elders) that some of the “old folks” are running around with their tongues hanging out, trying to keep up with the social schedule. I was talking to someone the other day who was going to a church covered-dish supper for their “Over Fifty” group. She and her husband were taking enough food to feed at least 15. Whether they are “Fifty, Sixty, or Seventy Plus,” “Senior Class,” or “Keenagers,” they are busy.
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. “They,” however, are so often wrong. I truly believe we only get smarter with age. Time improves many things; wine, some cheeses, and (in my opinion) brain power.
You may have noticed the color of the trees and shrubs beginning to change. It won’t be long until there are brilliant red, orange and yellow leaves blanketing the floor of the landscape. From the reds of the maple, dogwood, sweetgum and oak trees to the yellows of the ginkgo, sugar maple, poplar, elm — and even some crepe myrtles — the colors should be spectacular.
As chair of the committee planning and preparing goodies for the Columbus Arts Council’s gallery receptions, Beverly Norris is always on the hunt for pick-up treats gallery-goers can enjoy as they stroll through the show. And, tying the refreshment table to a theme is her specialty.
Probably you have never seen a seahorse in the wild. Even Dr. Helen Scales, who is a scuba diver and marine biologist, has only seen them a few times. The first one she saw, after many dives of looking, was “like glimpsing a unicorn trotting through my garden.” But everyone knows what a seahorse looks like, a fantastic looking creature that sparks curiosity, and it is a hit at aquariums or in oceanic picture books. Scales has satisfied many facets of the curiosity about seahorses in her book “Poseidon’s Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality” (Gotham Books).
Can you hear it? Can you smell it? Can you see it? I can — fall. My Blackberry sounded at 4:18 Tuesday afternoon. I set it several weeks ago to remind me that I could end my self-imposed summer hibernation and celebrate the autumnal equinox, the beginning of fall.
As sure as Mother Nature drops tantalizing autumnal hints this time each year, Soroptimist International of Columbus can be counted on to be hard at work planning its annual style show, luncheon, silent auction and tablescape showcase. The 36th annual event takes place Thursday, Oct. 8, at Trotter Convention Center.
Columbus’ spring Pilgrimage is a venerable and familiar friend, widely-known for its resplendent display of antebellum architecture and living history. But the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation is adding a fresh perspective with the first-ever Fall Tour of Historic Homes — and downtown loft apartments — Oct. 1-4.
Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival chair Kabir Karriem has a good feeling about this year’s big event Oct. 1-3.
In many ways, houses are like women. Their names are usually feminine, inspired by flowers, or influenced by languages more romantic than ours. Even those that bear a family surname sound more genteel when the word “manor” or “mansion” is added.
I catered a luncheon for 90 recently, and the preparations went swimmingly for the most part. As is true to form for me I was totally organized for the first three days of cooking, and then I tend to sort of fall apart the last 24 hours. So, the afternoon prior to the event I had to run out to the grocery store for a couple of items I had left off of the previous list. I did the unthinkable: I went to the store without a list!
If you have never heard of Harvey Kurtzman, you have seen his work; for instance, his cover logo for MAD Magazine is one of the most easily recognized of trademarks. Kurtzman was with MAD from the beginning, and it is perhaps what he is most famous for, but he did plenty else, and it isn’t exaggeration to say that if Kurtzman hadn’t put out such prodigious and respected (and funny) work, we might not have had R. Crumb or Art Spiegelman, or Monty Python or the Simpsons.
And who said storytelling is only for children? Award-winning story performer and actress Dolores Hydock handily dispels that misconception with “True Grits: Stories of Home Cooking, Diet Detours and Southern Hospitality” Friday, Sept. 25, in the Columbus Arts Council’s Omnova Theater at 501 Main St.
The Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony will be joined Tuesday, Sept. 29, by the city-campus’ Brass Quintet for a performance at the downtown Cadence Bank plaza at the corner of Main and Jackson streets in Starkville.
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