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Cello, violin showcased in Tuesday recital

Posted 8/27/2011 in Entertainment

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.


Plenty of roastin' and boastin' to go around at barbecue fest today

Posted 8/27/2011 in Entertainment

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.


Author's letter is focal point in 'The Help' suit

Posted 8/23/2011 in Entertainment

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.



Welty Symposium and Gala announce keynote authors

Posted 8/21/2011 in Entertainment

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.



Fine arts and fun flourish at Prairie Arts

Posted 8/21/2011 in Entertainment

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.



Founding member endows Starkville-MSU Symphony

Posted 8/21/2011 in Entertainment

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.


'The Night of the Iguana' opens six-day Tennessee Williams Tribute

Posted 8/21/2011 in Entertainment

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.


CAC to host Possum Town Quilters exhibit

Posted 7/23/2011 in Entertainment

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.


'The Music Man': Popular musical has West Point singing Broadway again

Posted 7/23/2011 in Entertainment

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."


CVB board gives $35K to Legends concert

Posted 7/22/2011 in Entertainment

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.


Local CD release offers an evening of 'Sweet Music'

Posted 7/15/2011 in Entertainment

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."

Starkville's Melby sisters featured in '1861 Project'

Posted 7/8/2011 in Entertainment

It's been a long time since Hannah and Caroline Melby were a "sister act" -- since their days as youngsters singing in church, harmonizing with dad, Pete, and mom, Cindy, at the piano.


Library to host storytelling and book-signing Tuesday

Posted 7/8/2011 in Entertainment

Visitors to the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Tuesday, July 12, can be transported to another continent, or pay a literary visit to the Piggly Wiggly, all in the same day.



Jewish songwriters, American songs exhibit to visit Columbus library

Posted 7/1/2011 in Entertainment

Americans have always responded to the wit, passion and sophistication of the ballads, dance tunes, jazz numbers and showstoppers that make up the great "American Songbook." Songs such as "As Time Goes By," "It Had to Be You," and "Over the Rainbow" have captivated generations of audiences and remain beloved musical icons of American popular culture.



CAC presents evening of classical guitar and song

Posted 7/1/2011 in Entertainment

Accomplished classical guitarist Michael Patilla and baritone Joseph Hopkins will combine their considerable talents for Canciones y Cuerdas -- an evening of songs and strings -- at the intimate Omnova Theater in the Rosenzweig Arts Center Friday, July 15. The Columbus Arts Council presentation will begin at 7 p.m.



Free Thursday concert will feature Civil War music

Posted 6/17/2011 in Entertainment

A nationally recognized Alabama musician will present a June 23 concert of Civil War tunes at Mississippi State University as part of his role in the university's first Social Studies Teachers' Institute.



Table Talk tackles organic farming

Posted 6/17/2011 in Entertainment

Scott Enlow, USDA certified organic farmer and owner of Black Creek Farms, is the June 22 speaker at the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and Hitching Lot Farmers' Market Table Talk series.


Table Talk serves up the buzz on bees

Posted 6/10/2011 in Entertainment

The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and Hitching Lot Farmers' Market present Birney Imes, avid amateur beekeeper and editor/publisher of The Commercial Dispatch, as the featured speaker at the June 15 Table Talk series.


Duo promotes potential new state song

Posted 6/3/2011 in Entertainment

Songwriters Carolyn Sue Woods of Amory and John Riggs of Nashville, Tenn., are hoping the good people of the Magnolia State will one day soon be singing about "her fertile Delta bottom land to her coastline full of fine warm sand." The opening line of their song, "I Miss Mississippi," begins a melodic four-verse tour of the state often identified with its farming, music, magnolias and history.



North, South meet again at Table Talk

Posted 6/3/2011 in Entertainment

Elizabeth Heiskell, co-author of "Somebody Stole the Cornbread from My Dressing," is the featured speaker at the June 8 Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market Table Talk series.



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