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October 23, 2012

I have started reading Joyce the last couple weeks and started to notice subtle changes in how I wrote down ideas and carried on conversations with other people. These changes grew less and less subtle, so I visited a retired professor and drinking buddy to talk about how an author can shift our point of view. I walked in through his office and noticed shelves of books written by and on Edgar Allan Poe. Sometimes he goes out of town to give or listen to lectures on Poe. We tease each other about what the other one does.

July 24, 2012

 
 
American Idol’s newest judge, Mariah Carey, was supposedly picked for her “star power.” She is a Grammy-winning entertainer and has been touted as having had more number one hits in the U.S. than any other solo artist. That’s pretty impressive. Yet, for the life of me, I seem to recall all that happening in the 1990s.

July 18, 2012

If you were to meet Linkie Marais, you would be drawn to more than her electric personality. Perhaps you would sit and stay to jot down recipes to her delicious curry and learn about her wedding cake design.
The former Ole Miss Catering employee recently had the chance to compete for her own show on Food Network Star. Though she was eliminated, she picks up where she left off and embraces the new opportunities that have opened up for her.

If you were to meet Linkie Marais, you would be drawn to more than her electric personality. Perhaps you would sit and stay to jot down recipes to her delicious curry and learn about her wedding cake design.
The former Ole Miss Catering employee recently had the chance to compete for her own show on Food Network Star. Though she was eliminated, she picks up where she left off and embraces the new opportunities that have opened up for her.

April 11, 2012

Afternoons are lasting longer in the newly green Grove, while fresh blooms and home runs put some extra sweet in our tea. Springtime brings celebration to all things Mississippian and Southside Gallery will join in this April, exhibiting two different homegrown artists. 

 

Afternoons are lasting longer in the newly green Grove, while fresh blooms and home runs put some extra sweet in our tea. Springtime brings celebration to all things Mississippian and Southside Gallery will join in this April, exhibiting two different homegrown artists. 

April 9, 2012

Many stories and graphics come across an editor’s desk that have a huge question mark stamped across their subject matter. And it’s at the discretion of that editor whether or not to run them.

Many stories and graphics come across an editor’s desk that have a huge question mark stamped across their subject matter. And it’s at the discretion of that editor whether or not to run them.
Of course, by picking and choosing for reasons other than timeliness or importance, one stands a very good chance of demonstrating that dreaded word most journalists despise: censorship.
After all, freedom of speech and freedom of the press are very near and dear to our hearts and are what our profession is all about.

April 4, 2012

It has been almost a year since artist Brittany Bass left Athens, a city she grew to love. But setting up shop in Oxford wasn’t such a big transition; Oxford is often considered a smaller version of the city that has become known as the poster child of music and art in the South.

 

It has been almost a year since artist Brittany Bass left Athens, a city she grew to love. But setting up shop in Oxford wasn’t such a big transition; Oxford is often considered a smaller version of the city that has become known as the poster child of music and art in the South.

Bass, who graduated in May with her bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of Georgia, had visited Oxford and Mississippi before, but said that moving to Oxford was a big a change, especially considering the size of the town.

February 29, 2012

So the Oscars were Sunday night, and wouldn’t you know it, my pick in last week’s column to win Best Picture was wrong.  

 

So the Oscars were Sunday night, and wouldn’t you know it, my pick in last week’s column to win Best Picture was wrong.  

I changed my mind about what I thought would win pretty much daily, and “The Descendants” was my pick on that day (and in my heart). In fact, the day after submitting said column, I decided “The Artist” would win. Not that any of this matters since no one read that anyway. 

Some random thoughts on to the show itself:

January 29, 2012

f you were to tell local artist, Zach Tutor, five years ago that he would be curating his own art show in San Francisco, he would not have believed you. 

 

f you were to tell local artist, Zach Tutor, five years ago that he would be curating his own art show in San Francisco, he would not have believed you. 

Tutor, a former University of Mississippi student and Oxford native has been running one of the most popular art blogs on the Internet today, Supersonic Electronic.

“Art is all I’ve ever known,” Tutor said.

While his success may have come to a bit of a shock to him, he was all but prepared for it. 

January 29, 2012

I feel somewhat strange admitting it, but I have fallen head over heels for this town. I have lived in a lot of places and met a lot of people, thanks to my overly enthusiastic mother who makes friends with every thing that has the ability to breathe, her classic victim being the woman standing behind her in the grocery store. Just ask artist, Zach Tutor, but had she not stormed into Square Books and antagonized the poor guy, I never would have known about Supersonic Electronic, or the amazing art it held. 

 

I feel somewhat strange admitting it, but I have fallen head over heels for this town. I have lived in a lot of places and met a lot of people, thanks to my overly enthusiastic mother who makes friends with every thing that has the ability to breathe, her classic victim being the woman standing behind her in the grocery store. Just ask artist, Zach Tutor, but had she not stormed into Square Books and antagonized the poor guy, I never would have known about Supersonic Electronic, or the amazing art it held. 

November 30, 2011

Lucus Jackson wears no jersey where he works on the sidelines, getting Gatorade for the players and arriving at football games five hours early to make sure the cups, towels and bandages are ready.
Even though he isn’t a player on the field, Jackson, a student athletic trainer with the football team, participates on the larger playing field of life, making service his emphasis.
With so much emphasis on the losing football season and coaching and other leadership changes, Jackson’s role out of the spotlight and on the sidelines shines brightly.

October 28, 2011

 

The 5th annual One Night Stand: Motel Art Show returns to Oxford tomorrow, Oct. 29, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. One Night Stand differs from other art shows in Oxford because it takes place in the most unlikely of places, a motel.  

 

The 5th annual One Night Stand: Motel Art Show returns to Oxford tomorrow, Oct. 29, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

One Night Stand differs from other art shows in Oxford because it takes place in the most unlikely of places, a motel.  

Erin Kirkpatrick, owner of Amelia’s on the Square and creator of the event, said she developed the idea in 2006 when she was photographing old motels. 

October 24, 2011

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council will have its last art exhibit of the season Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., free of charge.

 

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council will have its last art exhibit of the season Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., free of charge.

The Art Crawl, which is a monthly art exhibit showcasing the artistic genius of Oxford, is the largest exhibit of the season. In the past month, it has caused controversy as far as the funding for the council.

October 17, 2011

 

On Sept. 24, the master of fine arts poetry program at the University of Mississippi chalked up sidewalks, handed out poems, put broadsides in windows and even hijacked classrooms, all in the name of promoting social, environmental and political change.

The event 100,000 Poets for Change was started by Michael Rothenberg, a Berkeley professor of poetry, ass a project to get his poetry students involved in the outside world. Poets for Change now boasts 700 events spread over 550 cities in 95 countries. Oxford can now be counted among those cities.

October 2, 2011

The women emerge from the mist, intertwined with flowers, and glide through the wind.
These enchanting women are the subjects of the newest paintings from Oxford-based figurative artist Stan O’Dell.
In his show Les Femmes Enchanteur, opening Oct. 4 at Southside Gallery in Oxford, O’Dell celebrates the beauty, grace and mystery of women.

September 21, 2011

 

VOX, a non-profit organization that began in December 2009, is starting to use its voice to help encourage students to get involved in literary service. 

September 12, 2011

 

I am in no way a music critic, so I was shocked when I was asked to cover an up-and-coming artist Thursday night at Soulshine Pizza Factory. 

September 7, 2011

A new season boasting four recent Broadway sensations opens in a month at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, and with the new season comes a few changes.

The most notable change: After much deliberation, the shows’ curtain time will be bumped up an hour to 7 p.m.

September 6, 2011

 

To celebrate the artistry of the Gulf Coast, the University of Mississippi Museum is hosting an exhibition featuring John Alexander and Walter Anderson, whose works include paintings, block prints and sketches. 

August 26, 2011

 

On Saturday, Justin Moore will return to the stage at the Lyric for another show in Oxford. 

This time, his performance will include songs from his new album “Outlaws Like Me,” which released June 21. 

 

On Saturday, Justin Moore will return to the stage at the Lyric for another show in Oxford. 

This time, his performance will include songs from his new album “Outlaws Like Me,” which released June 21. 

June 1, 2011

 

Recently, it occurred to me that I have never truly had a productive summer. Summer for a college student is the only reason we keep pushing on during the fall and spring semesters — summer is the proverbial “end of the tunnel.” 

March 31, 2011

If you ran into Bryan Fikes on his way to an accounting class at Ole Miss dressed in a Polo shirt and Ole Miss cap, you might think he was another typical frat boy cramming in a test before that night’s party.

If you ran into Bryan Fikes on his way to an accounting class at Ole Miss dressed in a Polo shirt and Ole Miss cap, you might think he was another typical frat boy cramming in a test before that night’s party.

But behind this preppy exterior lies a talented rap artist pursuing his dream to bring something new to hip-hop and to show the world that no one should judge a book by its cover.

March 30, 2011

The nickname is an essential piece of an artist’s rock ‘n roll persona and encapsulates a musician and his or her particular aura within the confines of the epithet.

The nickname is an essential piece of an artist’s rock ‘n roll persona and encapsulates a musician and his or her particular aura within the confines of the epithet.

Among the many Bobs, Toms and Keiths that frequent the recording industry, one moniker stands alone as the quintessential musical alternate identity: ‘Johnny.’

So, here are a few Johnnies everyone ought to know.  
 

March 30, 2011

“Places We Dream Of...,” a new exhibit at The University Museum, hopes to shed some light on the permanent pieces of work in both the UM Museum and the Department of Art that demonstrate an artistic view of the places that exist in our mind’s eye.

“Places We Dream Of...,” a new exhibit at The University Museum, hopes to shed some light on the permanent pieces of work in both the UM Museum and the Department of Art that demonstrate an artistic view of the places that exist in our mind’s eye.

The pieces are works on paper, a variety of artwork that does not exhibit very often.

“It’s a different type of show,” collections manager William Griffiths said. “It’s a very thoughtful exhibit.”

March 27, 2011

I never pictured myself having a conversation with a big-name country artist, but on Friday afternoon that is what I did.

I never pictured myself having a conversation with a big-name country artist, but on Friday afternoon that is what I did.

Usually, contacting celebrities is pretty tricky, but with a few email exchanges, I was able to score a phone interview with “Georgia Clay” singer Josh Kelley.

Of course, it helped that he attended Ole Miss not too long ago.