When the 2012 Mississippi Theatre Association Festival opens Jan. 12 in Gulfport, Golden Triangle thespians will be ready for their cues. Acting enthusiasts from Columbus and Starkville will compete in the four-day event, and local audiences are being offered some sneak previews.
The Starkville/ Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra kicks off 2012 with a Jan. 21 concert dedicated to parents of the performing musicians.
"It just seems to keep growing," said co-organizer Learnard Dickerson, about Dream 365. What began in 2005 as a single-day commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has grown from its 2011 four-day format to a five-day celebration of the life and legacy of the civil rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
When Elizabeth Crowder left her home in Columbus almost four years ago to attend Davidson College near Charlotte, N.C., it didn't cross her mind she may one day return on a tour stop, with 50 or so of her closest musical friends in Davidson's symphony orchestra.
While all eyes are on Christmas, the staff of Main Street Columbus is busy finalizing details for the fourth annual New Year's Eve Block Party and Ball Drop, presented this year by title sponsor Stark Aerospace with Main Street Columbus and other community sponsors.
Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection fetched a record-setting $115 million -- including more than $11.8 million for a pearl necklace and more than $8.8 million for a diamond ring given to her by Richard Burton -- at an auction of gems and other memorabilia amassed by the late actress.
NEW YORK -- Welcome to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guns N' Roses. The seminal rock band of the late 1980s and early '90s, best known for hits such as "Welcome to the Jungle," "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "November Rain," leads the 2012 class of inductees announced Wednesday.
West Point's Main Street Association is sponsoring its second Christmas Tour of Homes, Sunday, Dec. 11, from 3-5:30 p.m. Homes in the quaint, historic Court Street District are featured in this year's tour, as well as the city's oldest church building, the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, on Broad Street.
Music and dance are intricately interwoven into the story of the American Indian. Tribal histories are told and retold through vocalization and the percussive heartbeat of the drum. Dancers in regalia evoke traditions and ceremonies rooted deep in the past.
One of the most-anticipated Christmas traditions in the Golden Triangle returns Tuesday, Dec. 13, when an area-wide choir of approximately 125 voices and a professional orchestra present George Frideric Handel's "Messiah."
When Thanksgiving's feast is settled, and kick-off for Egg Bowl is still hours away, a toe-tapping bluegrass show Friday night at the Rosenzweig Arts Center in Columbus will bring three Grand Ole Opry veterans to the stage in "The Road to Bluegrass."
Some of country/western music's best-known pioneers will be on stage Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center. Or, at least some of their best-loved songs will be interpreted by local singers paying homage. The old-time "Happy Flower Radio Hour" is a nostalgic trip to an earlier time, when families gathered around the radio for entertainment -- when shows like the "Grand Ole Opry" and "National Barn Dance" aired.
The year was 1863. The country was mired in civil war, but in the small town of Columbus, Miss., Father J.B. Mouton, a French missionary, had a vision. He saw a new church, one inspired by his memory of the glorious 13th-century Sainte-Chapelle in the heart of Paris.
Roots. As a little girl, Linda Lou Richardson couldn't get enough of the tinny tunes coming from her parents' old battery-operated radio. "LuLu" would dance through the house, clutching a ragged straw broom like a treasured guitar, singing along to Hank Williams Sr., live from the Grand Ole Opry.
Sir Harold W. Kroto, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will be featured Oct. 26 in a special program at Mississippi State.
Murder and mystery take centerstage Oct. 27-29 when the Department of Music and Theatre at Mississippi University for Women presents Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" in Cromwell Theatre.
The 23rd annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium Oct. 20-22 in Columbus embraces the theme "Crossing Cultures in the South: 'into the lovely room full of strangers.'" The phrase is drawn from Welty's story, "The Bride of Innisfallen." With it, the symposium celebrates the role of international writers in Southern literature and the influence of other cultures on Southern writers.
On Friday, Oct. 28, "Spirited Columbus" tours will explore the city's "haunted past." Deluxe mini-buses will carry passengers on tours departing at 6:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. from the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market site at 200 Second Ave. N.
The Possum Town Quilters present nationally known quilter, teacher, author and fabric designer Karen Combs at 7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus.
"I'm that guy that started off singin' behind the bar ... and I'm still waitin' for somebody to say, 'Hey, man, you gotta go get a real job,'" chuckled Dennis Edwards, speaking via phone Tuesday from St. Louis.
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