Music, Fashion, Theatre, and more
  • Family Table

    Family Table


    That’s what it’s all about for Hattiesburg’s new First Family – Toby and Kate Barker and daughter, Audra Kathryn.

  • The  Weather  Station

    The Weather Station

    Toronto's Tamara Lindeman is The Weather Station. After listening to her latest Paradise of Bachelors record, it clearly does not matter whether she is/is not or has/has not a band - Lindeman is a brilliant songwriter first and foremost. "The Weather Station" is that rare breakup album that captures the strange optimism of losing your past and the odd comfort of privately reveling in the best parts.

  • HAC Presents A Christmas Concert with Leo Day and Friends

    HAC Presents A Christmas Concert with Leo Day and Friends

    The Hattiesburg Arts Council looks forward to bringing-in the Christmas season with a concert of carols and holiday songs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center.

  • Green house, Warm Hearts

    Green house, Warm Hearts


    As I confessed in last issue, my arsenal of gym memberships, old and new, spans the geographical landscape of Hattiesburg. I've played racquetball at the Payne Center, swam at the Wesley, moved through difficult Zumba choreography at the Y, and even enjoyed the luxury of a personal trainer at the dearly departed Body Bar. So, it should be through no surprise that I found my way to yoga by the usual suspect: – torturous exercise.

  • The Signature Q&A: Toby Barker

    What is your idea of happiness?
    Sitting in a room, looking around and knowing that there’s no place in the world you’d rather be.

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
    I have a difficult time living in the moment.

    What is your most prized possession?
    The American flag that covered my grandfather’s casket; E.D. “Red” McKinney was a tech sergeant in the European Theatre in WWII and the greatest man who ever lived.



    It’s been the Christmas season for several months now at the Arc.

    The Arc of Southeast Mississippi (Arc) is a United Way non-profit organization devoted to providing community-based services to individuals with mental challenges and their families.

    Participants in the ARC Rise and Shine program have been busy since before Halloween crafting approximately 1,000 Christmas ornaments, as well as medals for the annual ARC Hobble then Gobble race held on Thanksgiving morning.

  • “We are blessed.”

    Cindy Pennington’s sentiment pretty much sums up her life and those she loves and cares about. Pennington serves as executive director of the Arc.

    Pennington is blessed she has a 93-year-old mother who enjoys visiting from Decatur to enjoy Golden Eagle football and seeing other things around campus. She’s blessed that her older sister, Kathy, who was diagnosed with melanoma, is healing from surgeries and on the road to recovery. She’s also blessed to have an extended family consisting of hundreds and hundreds of Arc clients and their families.


  • Meet  Laura Patterson

    Meet Laura Patterson

    “Lots of tears, lots of late nights,

    lots of hard work.”

    This is how Accents Fine Home Interiors and Gifts owner Laura Patterson describes the process of building her business over the past 10 years.

    Patterson is a Petal native and graduate of Petal High School. Her husband, Joseph Patterson, is from Oak Grove, where they moved after they married.

    Together they have one son, Sam, who is 8 years old.


Eat, drink, and be merry
  • Signature Magazine's Top Chef

    Signature Magazine's Top Chef

    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?
    Blues and Jazz
    What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine?
    What’s the strangest request you’ve ever had from a diner?
    Burger cooked for 5 seconds on each side.
    What’s the best part about being a cook? 
    Enjoying people’s reaction to food.

  • Great food and All that Jazz

    Great food and All that Jazz

    Nelson Haskin Jr. is a busy man. By day, he’s a National Guard recruiter at Camp Shelby. By night, he owns and operates one of Hattiesburg’s newest nightspots and eateries – Blu Jazz Cafe.

    Blu Jazz opened its doors mid-April of this year, but Haskin is no stranger to the Hattiesburg food scene.

    He got his start at Chesterfield’s when he moved to Hattiesburg to attend Southern Miss, and worked his way through the ranks during the next 14 years. He also owned Nelli’s Deli in the Cloverleaf Mall food court. 

    His passion for hospitality has brought him downtown.