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.
On Tuesday, British-American historian Amanda Foreman will explore U.S.-British relations during the Civil War, as she opens the Mississippi State University Institute for Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series.
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.