Music, Fashion, Theatre, and more
  • Happy Songs

    Happy Songs

    Pine Belt residents will have the opportunity to hear the choir when members perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Good Hope Baptist Church in Purvis.

    The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land.

  • The Nutcracker: Clara welcomes guests to Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

    The Nutcracker: Clara welcomes guests to Sugar Plum Fairy Tea

    The South Mississippi Ballet Theatre will once again brighten the holiday season with its annual performance of The Nutcracker. Clara and her prince, the Sugarplum Fairy, Uncle Drosselmeyer and the mice will carry you to the Land of the Sweets in this holiday classic.

  • 10 Ways that You Can Better Music

    10 Ways that You Can Better Music

    As 2017 draws to a close, columns will be festooned with lists and accolades. I myself will more than likely compose such a list. However, I can only urge you to read this or anything I write for that matter with two things: An open mind and a discerning ear. The other bombardment we suffer through daily are the traps laid known as "clickbait", where just the simple hook can drag you through a pond of muck you would barely glance at in reality. It is for that reason (and with a great deal of thought), I present this list.


  • Jump On It

    Jump On It

    Growing up in rural North Mississippi, my parents bought their house in the late 1970s as one of only two on an isolated road. Far from the suburbs, my brothers and I were routinely turned loose into the “neighborhood” to seek our own entertainment. The expansive acres brought woods to explore, trees to climb and eventually, a handful of playmates as more houses cropped up through the years.

  • 2017 Debutantes

    2017 Debutantes

    A Debutante Ball will be held at the Hattiesburg Country Club following the presentation. The association started in 1952 as the Junior Cotillion of Hattiesburg and is celebrating its 65th season this year. The 2017 debutante officers are: President Holleman St. John, Vice President Margaret Campbell, Secretary Maria Enger, Social Chair Macy Mitchell, Publicity Chair Peyton Dorsey, Decorations Co-Chairs Ann Louise Whitehead and Olivia Bridges and Historian Gabrielle Graham, executed this year’s celebrations.

    The debutantes to be presented:

  • The Signature Q&A: Sarah Newton

    What is your idea of happiness?
    That magical moment when the people you love most all are happy.

    What is your greatest fear?
    Not preparing my children to be happy, self-sufficient adults.

    What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

    What is the trait you most deplore in others? 

  • Meet the Strickland's

    Meet the Strickland's

    Tommy and Steve Strickland believe in family. The brothers own Strickland’s Furniture, which was named the best furniture store in 2017 Best of the Pine Belt voting.

    The brothers took over the store, which is now located at 6431 U.S. Hwy. 49, from their father. O.E. Strickland started the furniture store in 1962 in Downtown Hattiesburg.

    For the Stricklands, having a family-owned business drives the success of Strickland’s.



    The Hub Award for 2017 honored two of Hattiesburg’s outstanding professionals and community leaders. Bill Oliver and Andy Mercier were honored with the prestigious Hub Award during a gala dinner and program at the Lake Terrace Convention Center  Nov. 14.  Both Mercier and Oliver where honored for their outstanding contributions to the community, commitment to excellence and dedication to public service.


Eat, drink, and be merry
  • Top Chef: Alex Tardy of Tabella

    Top Chef: Alex Tardy of Tabella


    What’s one ingredient that you can't live without?
    Salt and Pepper

    What’s your favorite type of music to listen to when cooking?
    I listen to rock music while cooking, something able to match the cooking conditions.

    If you could cook for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
    My family.

    What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine?
    Thai or Indian

  • Tabella: Meet us at the Big Red Tomato

    Tabella: Meet us at the Big Red Tomato

    It’s that time again, no two ways about it. Yep. We are neck deep in the holidays.

    From the first fun-sized candy bar in October to the last King Cake in February, we’re all caught up in a whirlwind of rich desserts, road trips, visits with the cousins from out of town, shopping and merry-making in general.

    Amidst all the hustle and bustle, we find ourselves craving a cozy spot to gather with family and friends (the ones who promise not to talk about politics until we’re done digesting!), press pause, and share a delicious meal. 

    Psst… We know a place!