Oxford Town is The Oxford EAGLE's weekly arts-and-entertainment guide.
The most anticipated film of the summer likely goes to “Iron Man 2″ but with the return of favorites such as “Toy Story,” “Shrek” and “Sex and the City,” this May through July could be quite the adventure for movie lovers who crave a familiar story. Although quite a few great indies are rolling out in New York and L.A. (such as “Dogtooth”), below is the blockbusters we will likely see hit the Oxford Malco. Ratings listed when available. (April 29, 2010, Page 14-15)
OUT ON THE STREET – Oxford Town street beat reporter Phyllis Nobles slipped out of town about 10 weeks ago and literally hit the streets of Istanbul where she now works seasonally as an English teacher. In an effort to keep her Oxford ties strong, Nobles reports in this week to give us a glimpse of the Turkish culture as well as a heads up on when she expects to be hitting our streets again. This week’s Oxford Town features Nobles in the streets of Istanbul as she plans her return as a regular at Bottletree. (April 29, 2010, Page 12)
LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – Oxford Town columnist Jim Dees recalls a literal chime war in Paradise. It seems wind chimes are interfering with nature’s voice as it whips through the trees around his home. Check out Dees’ column in Oxford Town this week to find out how he, Trees and Wheels deal with an unruly chime neighbor who also owns dogs on steroids. (April 29, 2010, Page 5)
THE GODFREY SHOW – Twelve quarterbacks were selected in the 2010 NFL Draft. Jevan Snead wasn’t one of them. This was not the year for Snead to go pro. Ill-advised? Absolutely. Pick up this week’s issue of Oxford Town and read about Snead’s disappointing NFL draft day and sports columnist Steven Godfrey’s take on the situation. (April 29, 2010, Page 8)
SPECIAL EDITION — It’s that time again! Get the scoop on all the events planned for this weekend’s 15th Annual Double Decker Arts Festival in this week’s edition of Oxford Town. Headliner Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are still slated to perform Saturday night. Between now and then, we’ll keep you updated on any changes to festival plans due to the threat of bad weather.
THE GODFREY SHOW – Late in the third quarter of Saturday’s Grove Bowl the realization hit that spring football in the South must be similar to the crackling atmosphere of a ACC tilt between Maryland and NC State in late October: About 25,000 disinterested fans and families lounging in a cavernous, fairly empty football stadium under blue skies and no humidity. See what Oxford Town’s sports columnist Steven Godfrey has to say about the Rebels as they wrap up their spring training. (April 22, 2010, Page 12)
LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – As we gather this weekend for baseball and boogie, a brief reflection on north Mississippi, this area, our dirt, this grass, our small postage stamp of native soul, is in order. In time-honored fashion, Dees’ neighbor, Smoke, went to Wal-Mart this week and bought a $150 mower and he’ll push it within an inch of its 3rd World/child labor/sweat shop/life. Check out Oxford Town this week for Jim Dees’ usual shenanigans as spring rolls in. (April 22, 2010, Page 9)
LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – Two news stories out of Texas this week demonstrate why that state can still hold a warm spot in your heart despite its many excesses. One story was actually an obituary for Coots Matthews, who passed away last week at age 86 and was known for his ability to fight oil well fires with dynamite. The other was series of stories out of Waco describing the aggravated assault trial of singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver. Dees hilarity is on Page 6 of this week’s issue of Oxford Town. (April 16, 2010, Page 7)
OXFORD TOWN — When Games Workshop closed the doors to its Memphis Battle Bunker last year, faithful table top strategy players from Tennessee to Alabama to Mississippi were left without a place to set up their armies and had to make do with battling it out in their own garages and on make-shift tables. (April 15, 2010, Page 9)
THE GODFREY SHOW – This is Dexter McCluster. The waterbug. The scatback. The X-man. The Wild Rebel. The savior of an impostor offense in 2009. He’s also the undersized draft risk, an offensive tweener thought to be too small to withstand life as a primary (or even changeup/third down) tailback in the league and too much of an unknown at receiver. See what Godfrey has to say about Dexter’s draft chances on The Godfrey Show in this week’s Oxford Town. (April 15, 2010, Page 12)