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.
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"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
"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.'"
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.
Few letters of the alphabet have come to mean more to Retired Col. Carlyle Smith "Smitty" Harris than GBU. As a prisoner of war in Vietnam for "seven years, 10 months, and some days," hearing -- and sending -- the secret tap code for God bless you through cell walls helped save sanity.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Tall and tan and young and ... chunky? The Girl From Ipanema has put on a few pounds, and for many sunbathers on Brazil's beaches the country's iconic itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bikini just doesn't suffice anymore.
For area fans of live big band music, opportunities come few and far between. That makes Saturday, Feb. 4, a date to remember. Orchestra leader Gill Harris and The Big Band Theory will present a concert and dance at Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus.
As the birthplace of Tennessee Williams, it is appropriate that Columbus has been selected as the first of three cities in Mississippi to host the renowned writer's powerful play, "Orpheus Descending," Feb. 23-25. The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Massachusetts and Infinite Theatre Co. of New York have teamed to bring the production to the playwright's home state.