• 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.

  • Meet Elizabeth Porter

    The saying goes, “Do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” For Elizabeth Porter, an attorney with a private practice in downtown Hattiesburg, her career has not only been a way for her to stay in the city she loves, but also a way to get closer to a lost loved one.

    “I’ve always loved Hattiesburg,” Porter said.

    Porter was named Best Attorney in 2016 Best of the Pine Belt voting. See January’s issue of Signature for an update on voting in the 2017 competition.

    She served as Forrest County Junior Miss and Hattiesburg Miss Hospitality.

  • BOPB Inducts Inaugural Hall of Fame

    Leatha Jackson, T-Bone’s Records and Cafe, and FestivalSouth founder Dr. Jay Dean were all inducted as inaugural members of the new Best of the Pine Belt Hall of Fame during the recent BOPB awards gala held at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.

    The Hall of Fame is the brainchild of Signature Magazine publisher David Gustafson, who said he wanted a way to honor businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond to improve the quality of life here in the Pine Belt.

  • Best of the Pine Belt Show Winners announced

    The Hattiesburg faithful came out in droves for the inaugural Best of the Pine Belt Awards Show held Friday, June 3, at the Saenger Theater.
    Sponsored by visitHattiesburg and presented by Festival South and Signature Magazine, the fun-filled event featured live musical performances from a number of local acts and the presentation of 12 key awards including:

    Best Bartender:
    Terry Jordan of Patio 44

    Best Volunteer:
    Catherine Lott

    Best Comedian:
    Jamie Arrington

  • 2016 Best of the Pine Belt Winners

    The following honorees are the 2016 BEST OF THE PINE BELT winners, as determined by the public.

    Best Sculptor
    Eric Eaves

    Best Painter
    Lissa Ortego

    Best Niche Artist
    Jennifer Stevens Nicholson

    Best Place to See Local Art
    Oddfellows Gallery

    Best Portrait/Wedding Photographer
    Starling and Sage

  • Sculptor Ben Watts unveils creation

    Mississippi sculptor Ben Watts will unveil the seventh signature FestivalSouth sculpture in as many years at the “Evening of Art Event” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, at OddFellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. 
    This year’s creation, “The Cameraman,” honors the FestivalSouth Film Expo (FSFX).  The sculpture design is a throwback to the Buster Keaton film of the same name.  

  • Amy Giust

    Artist Amy Giust once again showcases her unique style for FestivalSouth’s commemorative painting, “FestivalSummer.” The original painting will be on display throughout the festival and up for silent auction. Proceeds from the sale benefit FestivalSouth and help to create more events, art and programming throughout the year. Commemorative prints of the work are available with certain levels of membership in the Hattiesburg Concert Association (HCA), the presenting organization of FestivalSouth.

  • Father/son close out acting career

    If you frequent local theatrical productions, you have most likely seen Paul VanZandt or Joe Vanzandt’s name in your playbill. From a very young age, this father-and-son duo have shared a love for theatre. Their first joint production was HCLO’s ‘The Wizard of OZ,’ where Paul was the Scarecrow and Joe was a Munchkin. 

    This summer, Paul is retiring and he and his wife will be moving. However, audiences may enjoy their last local performance on stage together when Paul appears as Hertz Klinemann and Joe as Lonnie in The Hub City Players production ‘Rock of Ages.’ 

  • 2016 FestivalSouth Schedule of Events

    THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016

    10 a.m.

    Hicks Law Firm, PLLC presents
    Artie’s Reading Event featuring Aubrey K. Lucas with Ellen Hunter Ruffin

    With support from the USM College of Arts and Letters

    Petal Library/Petal Civic Center
    712A S. Main St., Petal, MS 39465


  • Mother, son hit stage together

    Things a mom may share with her son: a passion for music, blue eyes, fair skin, skinny jeans, hairspray, eye liner, spandex... Wait! What? 
    Those are some of the things Jennie Bounds and her son, Jackson (J.B.), will be sharing as they join The Hub City Players in the Broadway smash hit, Rock of Ages. 
    The 80s-themed, heavy metal musical takes the stage of the Mannoni Performing Arts Center Auditorium June 9 –11 as part of FestivalSouth’s seventh season. 

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