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'Walk' in Welty's garden when Table Talk presents author Susan Haltom

Posted 6/16/2012 in Entertainment

Near the end of her life, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Eudora Welty (1909-2001) still lived in her parents' home in Jackson. Her mother's beloved garden she had helped tend there many years earlier, however, had all but disappeared -- a fact Welty lamented. Today, it has been restored to its former glory, thanks to garden designer and preservationist Susan Haltom and a committed core of volunteers.

Symphony on the water: American Wind Symphony Orchestra promises rare experience for the whole family

Posted 6/9/2012 in Entertainment

Of all the benefits the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway has delivered to the Golden Triangle's doorstep, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra is surely one of the most unforgettable.

Summer concert series kicks off Thursday, earns Top 20 honor

Posted 6/2/2012 in Entertainment

The advent of summer heralds the return of live music to the scenic Columbus Riverwalk. Sounds of Summer, the popular series of free concerts, begins Thursday evening and returns every other Thursday through July 26 (excluding the week of July 4).

CAC gala blends 'Moonlight and Magnolias' June 2

Posted 5/26/2012 in Entertainment

"Moonlight and Magnolias" is the theme of the Columbus Arts Council's gala June 2 at the Rosenzweig Arts Center in downtown Columbus.

Freedom Creek - all blues, all day

Posted 5/26/2012 in Entertainment

Ten years ago, Rick Asherson got his first taste of Willie King's Freedom Creek Festival, that down-home celebration held in a field behind King's humble home in rural Pickens County, Alabama. There, by a cinderblock-and-plank stage under trees strung with lights, blues fans doused in bug spray and sun screen camped in lawn chairs and danced in the dirt when the spirit moved.

Pat Sansone: At The Speed Of Sound

Posted 5/17/2012 in Entertainment

Mississippi native performing with Wilco Saturday in Memphis

Miranda Lambert bringing On Fire Tour to Southaven

Posted 5/15/2012 in Entertainment

Country singer discusses whirlwind year with Dispatch's Jeff Clark

'Pop's songs': After years of jotting down ditties, Dr. Smith goes to Austin, where family ties help realize a dream

Posted 5/5/2012 in Entertainment

"Some of these go back years and years," murmured Perrin Smith, shuffling through a stack of well-worn legal pads and spiral notebooks on a coffee table in his den. He kneeled on the floor, thumbing through pages, pausing from time to time when a remembered lyric caught his eye. The notebooks are filled with songs he's written, some finished, some not. There have been hundreds in all. But then, the retired Columbus physician will tell you he always has a song percolating. "Every pocket in my closet has notecards or little notebooks in them because, when something comes to you, you need to write it down then, or it will be flat gone in 10 minutes," he said, moving to an easy chair and hooking one knee comfortably over the padded arm.

Mass installation of "clay bodies" headed for Thursday opening

Posted 5/5/2012 in Entertainment

Every artist's work is unique, embodying something elemental of its maker, but Dylan Karges' "clay bodies" are a rare sight indeed. It's not often one comes by a mass installation of more than 1,000 ceramic figurines. Each is "deliberately different, though roughly the same," says the Starkville artist and sculptor, who individualizes his characters using small variations in clay composition, texture, size, firing techniques and color.

Hinojosa brings Latino-influenced music to Columbus Wednesday

Posted 4/21/2012 in Entertainment

Award-winning singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa will bridge cultures and musical genres in a solo acoustic performance at the Columbus Arts Council's Omnova Theater Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. Columbus marks the second stop on a three month cross-country tour for the former A&M recording artist, who relocated from Austin, Texas, to Hamburg, Germany, after meeting her husband, Andreas Sedlmair, there while on tour in 2004.


Lineup taking shape for Wolf blues fest

Posted 4/14/2012 in Entertainment

Organizers of the 17th annual Howlin' Wolf Memorial Blues Festival set for Aug. 31 in West Point have a few months to go, but several acts are already confirmed. After an acclaimed debut at the festival last year, Missouri native and Living Blues award winner Marquise Knox will return, by popular demand.



Rocking blues, horn-fueled funk head Market Street Festival lineup

Posted 3/10/2012 in Entertainment

The blues-ripped rock of Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real and the rousing funk of Austin, Texas' Mingo Fishtrap will fill downtown Columbus May 4 when Main Street Columbus kicks off the 17th annual Market Street Festival. The festival's music committee announced the lineup this week for the ticketed concert on Main Street.


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.


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."


CAC brings Parks' 'swamp style' to Omnova stage

Posted 2/10/2012 in Entertainment

It's fair to say Walter Parks has worn a few hats in the music world. As lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens for most of the last decade, he's played some prestigious venues, like Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.


The hunt for Clark Gable

Posted 2/4/2012 in Entertainment

"I could tell right away when I saw the picture that it had a story to tell." History detective Dave Trojan was talking of the photo of Clark Gable with Col. L.C. Mallory he came across while researching 1942 aircraft at the Columbus Army Flying School (now Columbus Air Force Base). "The picture was in with a lot of other photos in a file called '1940s Columbus AFB.'"


Star-struck: When Hollywood went to war and came to Columbus

Posted 2/4/2012 in Entertainment

You might remember Clark Gable for his portrayal of Rhett Butler in "Gone With the Wind," or as one of the great legends of the silver screen, but almost 70 years ago, he was a real American hero, both on screen and off, when he flew real combat missions during World War II.


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