Culture

Music, Fashion, Theatre, and more
  • Disco: maligned & misunderstood

    Disco: maligned & misunderstood

     Disco is music that goes far beyond white polyester with a black collar jutting out, dancefloors lit in primary colors, the Brothers Gibb, Harry Wayne Casey and the almighty Donna Summer. Disco at its essence represented the freedom to write, to choose and of course - to dance.

  • The legend of Tony Jack

    The legend of Tony Jack

    Every small town in America has a character or two that manages to stand out from the rest of the crowd.

    The Pine Belt has plenty of them – including several being honored this year as part of our annual Best of the Pine Belt Awards.

  • From Uganda with Love

    From Uganda with Love

    Southern Miss graduate Lindsey Pellittieri sits in her tiny corner of the world in Gulu,Uganda. There have been many life changes since she moved from the Hub City to this rural village halfway across the globe, about 8,000 miles, give or take, and eight hours ahead of local time.

     It’s been a long time since she’s connected with the Hattiesburg area.

    But in this Northern Region village she’s learned not only about her own strengths, but the strength of Ugandan women and others around the world.

    The seed was planted some time ago, but has started to blossom.

  • Meet your neighbor: staci cox

    Whether it’s from her time spent with the United Way of Southeast Mississippi, the Avenues Alliance or the Luckyday Scholars, Cox makes it a point to better the people and places around her on a daily basis.

    “Community is what makes life possible,” said Cox, who now serves as director of community impact for United Way SEMS. She’s also the winner of this year’s Best of the Pine Belt’s Best Volunteer award.

    “Tupac (Shakur) said, ‘I am a reflection of the community,’ and that is the absolute truth – we all are.

  • Meet Jay Dean of Festival South

    Now in its ninth year, FestivalSouth continues to enjoy a part of the Hub City’s days and nights each summer. This year FestivalSouth runs June 9-23. 

    The multi-genre arts festival was the brainchild of Jay Dean, who recently retired as music director for the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company.

    Dean said the idea for FS was developed in 2009 because he wanted to create a major community-based arts and entertainment event.

    “It took 18 months to bring it to fruition in June 2010,” he said.

  • Signature Q&A: Cody Morse

    Signature Q&A: Cody Morse

    Cody Morse, 28, hails from Perry County, but headed to the Hub City once his persona grew larger than life. Morse is a bartender at The Porter Pub in downtown by trade, a trendsetter by nature. He enjoys guest-hosting Tuesday night trivia at The Porter, dressed to the nines. A member of Hattiesburlesque and a friend to all, Morse enjoys promoting Hattiesburg and hopes to make it a lil more glittery. Morse says he has a beautiful family of friends and enjoys dancing, sewing, and just being out in the Pine Belt.

    What is your idea of happiness?

  • There are many faces and facets to Rachelle Fortenberry Steinhauer of Hattiesburg. She’s an actress, director, crafter, crocheter, attorney, wife, mother, daughter – and the list goes on.

    And on any given day, there’s a chance she wears several of those hats.

  • While Valerie Cagle’s vocation was once hospital administration (she spent 12 years working at the cancer center), her love of the unique has become an avocation and vocation all neatly packaged together.

    That has resulted in her newest venture, The Longleaf Market, located on Hwy. 589 south of Sumrall, not quite six miles from Hwy. 98 in West Hattiesburg.

    Cagle said she enjoys the business set up in what she describes as “the rural hills at the edge of a pasture.”

    “Some have described it as an escape and very peaceful,” she said.

Cuisine

Eat, drink, and be merry
  • Top Chef: Dell Smith

    Top Chef: Dell Smith

    Dell is the great-nephew of Leottis “Lee” Barnett, the namesake of Lee’s Coffee & Tea. Before moving to Laurel, Dell lived in Texas and Arizona, where he developed a great appreciation for fine craft coffee and beer and honed his skills making both at home. Missing the coffee culture to which he had become accustomed, Dell saw an opportunity to help build one in the growing downtown Laurel district. The stars aligned, and he found himself in charge of one of the staples of the community.

  • Lee's Coffee & tea

    Lee's Coffee & tea

    On a hot Sunday morning, the Food with Friends crew decided to caravan a little north to the City Beautiful herself, Laurel, to check out a beautiful coffee shop in the heart of its downtown – Lee’s Coffee & Tea.