• Damsel in Denim

    When I sat down to write my article for this month, I started with absolutely no inspiration. I stared at my closet, I people-watched at a baseball game, and I even watched “The Devil Wears Prada” in hopes a light bulb would go off in my head. All I got from those activities was a sunburn from the baseball game and a terrible case of closet envy from the Anne Hathaway makeover scene in the movie. Seriously, if anyone knows where I can find that emerald green coat with the leopard print trim, call me immediately.

  • Paul Johnson is pushing toward his goals

     “It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
    – Babe Ruth

     

    Jones County born and bred, Paul Johnson is a hard rock Horatio Alger.  On the cusp of his new release, ‘Give Up The Ghost,’ this month, Johnson is unrepentant in his optimism and driving harder than ever toward his goals of musical recognition and stardom.

  • Tutus and Treats

    Tutus and Treats will be presented at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Jackie Dole Sherill Comm-unity Center by the South Mississippi Ballet Theatre.  A silent auction gets under2ay at 6 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. performance.

    The event is a campaign for the local classical ballet school to raise funds for students who are attending the Youth American Grand Prix in Dallas, Feb. 23-26.

    “The Youth American Grand Prix is a great experience for young dancers with the aspirations of becoming professional dancers,” said Arkadiy Orohovsky, director.

  • 27 (minus 20) Dresses

    If you have ever been a bridesmaid in a wedding, you can sympathize with the universal fear of bridesmaids everywhere – what will the dress look like?

    As we graciously accept the honor of standing up with our friend on her special day, we are secretly cringing on the inside at the thought of cheap, itchy satin, figure-hiding silhouettes and dyed shoes that perfectly match a shade of dress you would never wear in real life. But, are we freaking out for nothing? Most times, yes.

  • A magical evening

    FestivalSouth is pleased to announce a magical evening for families! At 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Saenger Theatre, FestivIllusion showcases three amazing acts of magic and physical wizardry. It will also be the exclusive announcement of FestivalSouth 2017 that will showcase the best of arts, entertainment and culture for its eighth season this summer, June 1–17.

    “There is nothing more magical than watching the excitement of a child experiencing great illusions and having a night on the town with their family,” said FestivalSouth Artistic Director Mike Lopinto.

  • ARC unveils new ornaments, pottery

    Just days before Thanksgiving, things inside the Francis Bounds Fine Art Studio on the ARC campus are getting ready to be full speed ahead. The studio, located behind the ARC house on Bon-homie Road in Hattiesburg, is full of Rise and Shine participants of all ages eager to get the day started.

  • Skinnies, scarves, and socks, oh my!

    Every year, when my family gathers around the table for Thanksgiving dinner, we go around and everyone says at least one thing they are thankful for. Our answers are always fairly predictable – our family, parents, children, the food on the table – the basics. Even though the answers never change, we continue the discussion year after year. Although we moan and groan over our cheesy little tradition, the underlying theme is not lost on us – we all have something to be thankful for, and we are lucky to have those things.

  • Heart like a levee

    What happens when you do not name? You look at an emotion, at a sensation, more directly and therefore have quite a different relationship to it, just as you have to a flower when you do not name it. You are forced to look at it anew.
    –Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

    Americana music is in a state of transition. Like any Darwinian creation, they have discovered they must evolve. Honestly, there are only a handful of artists who can use their voice and an acoustic guitar to mesmerize.

  • Local filmmaker gets theatrical release

    Hattiesburg native Miles Doleac’s Mississippi-made, second feature film, The Hollow, is garnering serious critical praise in advance of its Oct. 7 theatrical release in select cities (including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Orlando, Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington D.C., and here in Mississippi, in Hattiesburg and D’Iberville). 

  • Philosophy of Touch

    When Jeremy Thomley of Hattiesburg talks about art, he feels it inside of him. After he molds and shapes his feelings in either metal or glass – sometimes both – his creation literally touches him.
    A University of Southern Mississippi graduate, Thomley has dealt with his internal feelings because of his cystic fibrosis, which makes breathing difficult. Thomley feels the difficulty and transfers that to his art.

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