A SENSE OF PLACE — Ever heard of Alesville, Blackwater, Dallas, Eaton, Dogtown, Gault, Gomez, Keel or Shinault? Local history columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield takes us through the remnants of what were once thriving little communities around Lafayette County. (March 26, 2010, Page 1B)
OXFORD LIVING — They may not be the kinds of pieces you expect to find in an art museum, but if you’re looking for relics of Southern roots, it doesn’t get any more pure than this. The work of untrained African-American artists from Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama is on display now through May 7 at the University of Mississippi Museum. For event details, click here. (March 26, 2010, Page 1B)
An exhibit of works by untrained African-American artists from Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama is on display now through May 7 at the University of Mississippi Museum. The opening event is set for Tuesday, March 30, featuring a lecture by Esther Sparks, visiting assistant professor of art history.
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A CONVERSATION WITH — Leah Dossett recently moved from the Los Angeles area to Oxford, bringing her collection of four pet parrots. They’re set up in their new home with a room of their own, complete with a large front-facing window and a television that shows cartoons all day. Look for them to accompany her on bike rides around town as the weather warms. (March 25, 2010, Page 3)
The India Association of Oxford and Ole Miss will present “India Night 2010 – Umang (the Joy)” Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $7 at the University of Mississippi Union or Ford Center Box Office or at the door.
India Night showcases classical and popular Indian dance and music through a variety of performances and a fashion show. A community dinner following the performance includes a variety of spicy Indian dishes. (March 24, 2010)
Dr. Valerie Martin-Stewart, a graduate of Lafayette High School, will conduct free special services Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, at 7 p.m. at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building on Highway 334. An additional Saturday seminar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is entitled “Do It Afraid! — How to face Fear, Overcome Failure, Depression, and Shame and Turning Setbacks into Comebacks.” Download event flyer (PDF). (March 24, 2010)
Carrie Jerrell will read from her debut collection at 6 p.m. Friday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. Refreshments and a book signing will follow.
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The 11th Annual Paws for Art Charity Auction is set for April at The Library Bar and Grill, to benefit the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society. The Patron Party will begin at 6 p.m. and tickets are $45 per guest or $80 per couple. The Patron Party offers a sneak preview of live and silent auction items, a one hour open bar, and admission to the Auction Party and Live Auction. The Auction Party will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $30 per guest or $50 per couple. The evening includes live and silent auctions, a cocktail buffet catered by several of Oxford’s favorite restaurants, a full bar and live music. The auction features presenting artist Baxter Knowlton and auctioneer Robert Taylor.
For more information, e-mail Hattie Alton, development director, at firstname.lastname@example.org (March 23, 2010)
A concert featuring the Mississippi Mass Choir, University of Mississippi Gospel Choir and a community choir is set for April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Ford Performing Arts Center. Proceeds from the event go to support the restoration of Burns Belfry, the oldest African-American-built structure in Oxford, built as a church in 1910 and now slated to become a cultural center.
Empty Cradles, a support group for parents who have lost a child by miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. at St.Peter’s Episcopal Church. For more information, please contact Barbara Lowe at 662-801-2166. (March 23, 2010)