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Former Vietnam POW to share experiences at Town and Tower breakfast

Posted 1/29/2012 in Entertainment

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.


The Brazilian bikini expands to fit the country's plus-size consumers

Posted 1/28/2012 in Entertainment

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.


Put on the dancing shoes: Big band returns Feb. 4

Posted 1/28/2012 in Entertainment

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.

Williams' play to open Mississippi tour in Columbus

Posted 1/28/2012 in Entertainment

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.


'Hugo,' 'Artist' inject cinema nostalgia to Oscars

Posted 1/24/2012 in Entertainment

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- American master Martin Scorsese journeyed to France, putting Hollywood's newest technology to work for his dazzling 3-D re-creation of 1930s Paris in "Hugo." French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius came to America, reviving old-time Hollywood with his charming resurrection of early cinema in the silent film "The Artist."


Local musician garners Song of the Year nod

Posted 1/14/2012 in Entertainment

Columbus native Joe Shelton remembers hearing his elders saying, "The older I get, the better I was." "But I never fully appreciated the sentiment until I reached that 'elder' plateau myself," he says, smiling.

Carnegie bound: Area singers get a 'chance of a lifetime'

Posted 1/14/2012 in Entertainment

She's tried to imagine it, but 15-year-old Charity Brand isn't quite sure how she is going to feel, standing there on the Carnegie Hall stage.

Area thespians off to state competition

Posted 1/8/2012 in Entertainment

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.


Starkville/MSU Symphony begins 2012 season

Posted 1/8/2012 in Entertainment

The Starkville/ Mississippi State University Symphony Orchestra kicks off 2012 with a Jan. 21 concert dedicated to parents of the performing musicians.



Dream 365: Annual MLK commemoration expands to five days

Posted 1/8/2012 in Entertainment

"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.


Columbus cellist comes home for Sunday concert

Posted 1/6/2012 in Entertainment

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.


Prep underway for area New Year's Eve ball drop

Posted 12/17/2011 in Entertainment

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 sells for $115 million

Posted 12/14/2011 in Entertainment

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.



Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers in Rock Hall

Posted 12/7/2011 in Entertainment

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.



Court Street cottages to be featured in West Point's Tour of Homes

Posted 12/5/2011 in Entertainment

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.



Native American song and dance centerstage Friday

Posted 12/5/2011 in Entertainment

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.



Choir and orchestra continue 'Messiah' tradition

Posted 12/5/2011 in Entertainment

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."


'Road to Bluegrass' showcases Opry alumni Nov. 25

Posted 11/19/2011 in Entertainment

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."

Area performers channel icons in 'Happy Flower Radio Hour'

Posted 11/13/2011 in Entertainment

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.

Historic church architecture, gardens and antiques are focus of Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum

Posted 10/30/2011 in Entertainment

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.


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