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Kinky Friedman set for TMR and Proud Larry’s tonight (Thursday, Feb. 23)

OXFORD TOWN – In the 2006 race for Texas governor, Kinky Friedman, best-selling mystery novelist and musician, came in a close fourth on the ticket. Luckily for us (these days), Kinky is free. Free to tour and sip tequila and write books (a new mystery with Billy Bob Thornton) and record songs, including an upcoming album with Willie Nelson. Friedman is in town today (Thursday, Feb. 23) and is scheduled to appear on Thacker Mountain Radio at 6 p.m. at Off Square Books and later tonight at Proud Larry’s. Turn to Page 6 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town (No. 967) to read Jim Dees’ breakdown of Friedman and what to expect from the “gonzo troubadour” tonight on the Square. (February 23, 2012, Page 6)

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    Oxford Town #966

    IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors (pictured on the OT cover this week) are currently touring the U.S. and return to Proud Larry’s on Friday, Feb. 17, with Jillian Edwards set to open the show; Arts Talk columnist Andi Bedsworth catches us up with what’s happening at Southside Gallery, The University Museum, the Powerhouse and Bozarts Gallery in Water Valley; Auditions are announced for the next Oxford Shakespeare Festival set for June of this year; Theatre Oxford gives us a sneak peek at its next production, “Glengarry Glen Ross;” and Thacker Mountain Radio returns to Off Square Books tonight (Thursday, Feb. 16) featuring the Minor Adjustments, author Charles Reagan Wilson and Oxford’s latest “resident,” Tyler Bryant. CLICK HERE to download the complete issue in PDF format. (February 16, 2012)

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      Young Buffalo kicks off Oxford Music Festival on Thacker Mountain Radio

      OXFORD TOWN – Young Buffalo, the former-moniker of the solo work of Jim Barrett (pictured here), was born in the summer of 2009. Now, with over two years of gigs and songwriting experience under its belt, Young Buffalo is a highly sought after act in Oxford and across the South. Page 7 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town features a Q&A with Barrett about the band’s upcoming performances – two of them – as the Oxford Music Festival’s headliner tonight (Feb. 9) at the Lyric Theater. Thacker Mountain Radio officially kicks off the 2012 Oxford Film and Music Festivals at the venue tonight at 6 featuring YB. (February 9, 2012, Page 7)

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        Oxford Town #964

        IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE – Acclaimed pianist Bruce Levingston returns to Oxford and Ole Miss for a concert at the Gertrude Ford Center tonight (Feb. 2) at 7 p.m.; Colour Revolt returns to Proud Larry’s for an vinyl EP re-release party tonight (Feb. 2); an Ole Miss Chilly Chili Cook-off is set for Feb. 18 at the Oxford Conference Center; Oxford Film Freak Melanie Addington continues her sneak peek at the 2012 Oxford Film Festival scheduled for Feb. 9-12 at the Malco Studio Cinema; Author Stephanie McAfee will read from and sign her new novel “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl” at Off Square Books on Wednesday, Feb. 8; and Thacker Mountain Radio cranks up its Spring 2012 season this evening (Feb. 2) at Off Square Books. CLICK HERE to download the complete issue in PDF format. (February 2, 2012)

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          Author Stephanie McAfee to sign at Off Square Books

          OXFORD TOWN – New American Library recently announced the trade paperback release of Stephanie McAfee’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling e-book, “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl.” Mark your calendar now to catch McAfee at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Off Square Books where she’ll be reading from and signing copies of “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl.” Page 9 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has details about McAfee, her forthcoming visit to Oxford and her hilarious new book. (February 2, 2012, Page 9)

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            Oxford Town #963

            IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: Buckle up! This edition is literally packed with great art and entertainment events around the L-O-U community. Oxonian/author Julie Cantrell (gracing the OT cover) is having her first novel published next week (Feb. 1) and Off Square Books is hosting a launch party on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 5 featuring Cantrell, champagne and chocolate – NICE!; OT editor Jeff McVay takes a final sneak peek at the 2012 lineup for the Oxford Music Festival set to begin Feb. 9; a Chinese ceramic art exhibit titled “On the Silk Road and the High Seas” is showing at the University Museum and a lecture by Virginia L. Bower is planned for 7 p.m. Jan. 26; Internationally acclaimed operatic soprano Kallen Esperian will be featured in a concert at the Gertrude Ford Center on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.; Oxford Town gives an early heads up about a fantastic concert headed to Proud Larry’s in March – the Alabama Shakes; and the Oxford Film Freak (Melanie Addington) begins her pre-coverage of the 2012 Oxford Film Festival set (also) for Feb. 9 at the Malco Studio Cinema. CLICK HERE to download the complete issue in PDF format. (January 26, 2012)

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              Oxonian Julie Cantrell publishes first novel

              OXFORD TOWN – Oxford author Julie Cantrell (shown here with her dog, Ellie) just completed her first novel titled “Into the Free.” The inspiring new book is set for a release date of Feb. 1 and Off Square Books is celebrating by hosting a launch party on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 5 p.m. The party will feature a conversation with Cantrell, champagne and, well, chocolate. The photographs of Cantrell scattered throughout this issue (including the cover) were taken by Oxord Town music writer/phoptographer Kate Anthony who had instructions to take shots of Cantrell “that screamed Oxford.” Don’t miss the genesis of a great writing career next Tuesday at Off Square Books. Everyone is invited to drop in, meet Cantrell and share in the ultimate combo; chocolate, champagne and prose. Page 8 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has complete details. (January 26, 2012, Page 8)

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