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New production, competitions keep Starkville Community Theatre busy

Posted 1/27/2011 in Entertainment

Fresh off a runner-up finish at the Mississippi Theatre Association's annual awards ceremony in Meridian, Starkville Community Theatre members are preparing for a new production at the Playhouse on Main and a trip to Atlanta for the Southeastern Theatre Conference.


MUW Gordy Honors Series to feature Gregory, Reyes and more

Posted 1/24/2011 in Entertainment

The Gordy Honors College Forum series opens Thursday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. at Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, and continues through April, presenting lectures and undergraduate research.



Group to present an evening of French music

Posted 1/24/2011 in Entertainment

Two celebrated French composers will be the focus of a Tuesday recital and lecture at Mississippi State University.



MUW lends talents to regional theater

Posted 1/24/2011 in Entertainment

Two theater veterans from Columbus are part of "The 39 Steps," one of contemporary theater's most thrilling and riotous comedy hits, being presented by New Stage Theatre in Jackson Jan. 25 through Feb. 6.



French history expert to visit MSU for Distinguished Lecture Series

Posted 1/24/2011 in Entertainment

The Institute for the Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series returns for the spring semester at Mississippi State Jan. 27 with a presentation from noted Princeton University professor and author David Bell.



Bryan Library hosts Still exhibit

Posted 1/24/2011 in Entertainment

An exhibit on the Mississippi native who was known nationally as the dean of African-American composers is on display at the Bryan Public Library, 338 Commerce St., in West Point through the end of January.



The Reflector: Newcomers to Starkville scene craft image, sound all their own (link)

Posted 1/21/2011 in Entertainment



CAC to host Chicago's famed Second City

Posted 1/15/2011 in Entertainment

On Tuesday, March 1, Chicago's legendary sketch comedy ensemble, The Second City, will appear at Trotter Convention Center, 402 Second Ave. N., Columbus at 7 p.m with "Fair & Unbalanced."



Library exhibit highlights state's exceptional women

Posted 1/15/2011 in Entertainment

A former slave turned international concert performer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a five-time Olympian -- these are just three of the 32 women included in the exhibit "Inspiring the next Generation: Exceptional Mississippi Women" at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library through Feb. 24.



Lifelong activist, author to keynote MLK breakfast

Posted 1/8/2011 in Entertainment

Racial reconciliation activist and author Dolphus Weary will be the keynote speaker at Mississippi State as the community celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with the 17th annual MLK Day Unity Breakfast on Jan. 17.


Dream 365: Four-day celebration honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted 1/8/2011 in Entertainment

In May 1958, Ernest Green made history by becoming the first African-American to graduate from Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. Martin Luther King Jr. attended the graduation.

'Hurry Up and Slow Down'

Posted 1/7/2011 in Entertainment

When Michael Smith got engaged in the late '90s, he wasn't quite prepared for the great Christmas compromise, a bridge to be crossed by all who marry. There's a learning curve to be gingerly navigated as families blend traditions.

'Christmas Memories from Mississippi,' and a conversation with Wyatt Waters

Posted 1/7/2011 in Entertainment

"I tell you, I believed in Santa Claus a lot longer than I should have," said Wyatt Waters, with the disarming grin he wears as easily as a familiar jacket. Quiet-spoken and approachable, the celebrated Mississippi artist talked about "Christmas Memories from Mississippi," a new collection of holiday essays, during a visit to The Book Mart in Starkville Dec. 10.

A different drummer: From world rhythms to jazz and blues, Bob Damm travels to his own beat

Posted 12/25/2010 in Entertainment

Bob Damm remembers how it started. He was a fourth-grader, in Quincy, Ill., attending a recital by high school students with his dad. Everybody was playing a different instrument, but it was the snare drum solo that cast the spell.


CAC presents 'An Evening of World Drumming'

Posted 12/25/2010 in Entertainment

They may hail from universities that have elevated football rivalry to an art form, but Bob Damm and Ricky Burkhead have been kindred spirits for a long time.


New Year's Eve Block Party looks for record year in '11

Posted 12/25/2010 in Entertainment

No sooner is the tattered wrapping paper of Christmas Day on its way to the trash bin than plans are underway for New Year's Eve. Presenting sponsor Stark Aerospace and Main Street Columbus hope everyone will be "Having a Ball Downtown" at the third annual New Year's Eve Block Party in Columbus.


FUMC to present 'Amahl and the Night Visitors' Dec. 18-19

Posted 12/11/2010 in Entertainment

Amahl, a young crippled boy, has a vivid imagination and a habit of telling stories. So, when he tells his mother of a star like no other he has ever seen, she doesn't believe him.


Contact Helpline: 35 years and counting

Posted 12/11/2010 in Entertainment

For three and a half decades, the staff and volunteers of Contact Helpline have been the collective caring voice at the other end of a 24-hour crisis telephone line. The United Way agency based in Columbus and serving eight counties -- Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay, Choctaw, Monroe, Noxubee, Webster and Winston -- celebrated with a luncheon Tuesday.


Tickets on sale for spring encore of Pickens Courthouse drama

Posted 12/11/2010 in Entertainment

CARROLLTON, Ala. -- Back by popular demand, and thanks to a cooperative effort between First National Bank of Central Alabama, The Pickens County Courthouse Preservation Foundation and the Pickens County Tourism Association, the theatrical production of "The Face In The Courthouse Window" returns for an encore performance April 14-17, 2011, in Carrollton. Tickets are on sale now and are expected to go quickly.


'Spirit' of St. Nick: Craftsmen's Guild carver turns blocks of wood into the jolly old elf

Posted 12/11/2010 in Entertainment

"A piece of wood doesn't stand a chance around our house -- we're either gonna carve it or cook with it," chuckles Mike Bailey.


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