West Point's Michael Williams has always admired filmmaker Steven Spielberg's attention to detail, captivating storytelling and ability to create movies with the right mixture of heart, wonderment and suspense grounded in reality, no matter how fantastic the subject matter.
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and Mississippi University for Women join forces on Sept. 21 to preview MUW's upcoming Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium. The theme of the 2011 symposium, "Crossing Cultures in the South: 'into the lovely room full of strangers,'" is inspired by Eudora Welty's short story "The Bride of Innisfallen."
Concert venues can vary between hole-in-the-wall bars to 70,000-seat stadiums. But there's one that brings out the best in country music singer Brinley Addington.
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library continues its Table Talk series Sept. 14 with an examination of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel "The Help." Members of a local book discussion group, The Sisters, will analyze the book's setting, its taut 1960s historical context, and focus on the complex relationships among the main characters.
Two separate book signings in the Golden Triangle today highlight a New York Times No. 1 best seller and a rare photographic journey inside Baghdad.
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library will launch the September Table Talk series on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at noon in the library meeting room, 314 7th St. N., with a presentation on Tennessee Williams' Family in Columbus.
Just as they have for the past nine years, scholars' presentations during the Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes in Columbus Sept. 6-11 will explore inspirations and internal demons that propel some of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright's work.
Máirtin de Cógáin is a singing, dancing, storytelling bodhrán player who pledges plenty of Gaelic ceoil agus craic (music and fun) when the Fuchsia Band of Ireland performs in Cromwell Theatre Monday, Sept. 12. The Columbus Arts Council and Mississippi University for Women Department of Music and Theatre presentation on the university campus begins at 7 p.m.
Fine eatin' and hot competition were all part of the 2011 Roast n' Boast barbecue cooking competition at Columbus Fairgrounds Aug. 26-27.
The Columbus Arts Council and the Suzuki String Program will host a free duo recital performance of cello and violin at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus, Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 7-8 p.m.
Give Billy Sims a hot grill, a fine piece of meat and a barbecue contest, and he's rarin' to go. Today he and the rest of the River Rat Pig Porkers join dozens of other competitive teams at the annual Roast n' Boast, the Mississippi state barbecue cooking contest at Columbus Fairgrounds that will benefit the American Cancer Society.
A housekeeper who works for Stockett's brother claims her likeness was used in the book without permission. "The Help" is based on relationships between white families in Mississippi and the black women who worked for them in the 1960s. The movie adaptation of "The Help" took the No. 1 spot in theaters this past weekend with $20.5 million.
The 23rd annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium will feature author Judith Ortiz Cofer as keynote speaker on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Rent Auditorium of Whitfield Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.
The Prairie Arts Festival Fine Arts Competition attracts some of the South's most talented artists, and 2011 will be no exception, pledged Martha Allen, executive director of the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance. More than 35 fine arts applications have been accepted, and additional entries are expected for the Sept. 3 event.
As the Starkville-Mississippi State University Symphony tunes up for its 43rd season, the association will benefit from the financial contribution of a founding member.
In the respite before rehearsal Tuesday evening, cast and crew arrive, one by one. In shorts, jeans and sandals, they stroll into Whitfield Hall, exchanging hellos, adrenaline banked. The setting sun outside infuses Mississippi University for Women's Rent Auditorium with a dusky light.
The Columbus Arts Council will host a free gallery reception to open an exhibit of work by the Possum Town Quilters on Thursday, Aug. 4, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. Light refreshments will be served.
When the brass brigade leading "Seventy-six Trombones" marches on stage in West Point July 29-30, the signature song from "The Music Man" will signal not only a rollicking night of entertainment, but the return of musical theater to a town that's been eager to get back "on the boards."
After delaying its decision for a month, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board voted to make $35,000 available to the Legends Concert, which is looking to bring in REO Speedwagon and The Temptations.
Sweet sounds will be coming from the Omnova Theatre in the Rosenzweig Arts Center in downtown Columbus July 22. Dana Clark and Michele Clark will perform at 7 p.m. in a release concert for their newly-recorded collection of original songs, "Sweet Music."