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OXFORD TOWN – The University of Mississippi’s Gertrude C. Ford Center is hopping this week with two great dance events on the slate. Rhythm of the Dance is first up, set for Saturday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. Page 5 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has all the information you’ll need about this family-friendly show coming to town.. (October 21, 2010, Page 5)
Director Tate Taylor gave a little help to the local arts community when he purchased one of Taylor artist Bill Beckwith’s statues. Taylor was so impressed that he then also invited Beckwith down to the set of “The Help” being filmed in Greenwood. (October 18, 2010, Page 2a)
The Powerhouse Community Arts Center received a $94,400 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission this week to help with the second phase of renovations for the building.
The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council worked with Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson to receive a previous grant for $100,000 from the state Arts Commission. This enabled the Arts Council to apply for a second round of funding that will be used on the interior of the Powerhouse, primarily to upgrade the technical equipment, stage and seats.
This is just a portion of the projected $500,000 in renovations that are planned for the theater space, said Wayne Andrews, director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (October 14, 2010, Page 1)
OXFORD TOWN – The new bistro in town, Petit Milletts located at 302 South 11th Street, is comfortable, reasonably priced and warm. Page 5 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has Shanna’s opinion of the food being served up at the new restaurant as well as how it stacks up in other areas. (October 14, 2010, Page 5)
OXFORD TOWN – Tad Smith (portrayed here by actor Jim McCauley) and other Spirits of Oxford have reloaded and are back for their third season of education and entertainment at St.Peter’s Cemetery on Friday, Oct. 22. Pages 9 and 16 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town give details of what is quickly becoming one of Oxford’s staple outings – a “can’t miss” event that raises funds for the restoration of the city-owned Cedar Oaks mansion. (October 14, 2010, Page 9, 16)
OXFORD TOWN – A show that brings fun for all ages, “Strega Nona, The Musical” is slated to raise its curtain at the University of Mississippi’s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 16. Page 8 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has all the details you and your family need to get you to the Ford Center for a full afternoon of entertainment this Saturday. (October 14, 2010, Page 8)
A film as much about a sense of place as it is about the relationships that occur over one vacation weekend in Memphis, “Open Five” is a quiet but beautiful film by Memphis filmmaker Kentucker Audley. Opening Indie Memphis next Thursday, the film will screen at 9 p.m. at the Playhouse on the Square.
For more on the festival, visit www.indiememphis.com.
Note: The printed edition stated today instead of Thursday, Oct. 21. (October 14, 2010, Page 11)
“The Oxford EAGLE: A Community Newspaper in the Internet Age” tells the story of the local paper amidst common industry reports of metro newspapers closing or cutting jobs. The film, made by Mykki Newton, will premiere at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Overby Center at the UM campus. (October 12, 2010, Page 2)
A fundraiser highlighting local art professor Brooke White’s photography is set for the Powerhouse on Oct. 13 from 6-8 p.m. to help benefit the Brights Kids orphanage. A new foundation has been set up to raise funds for the non-profit orphanage in Uganda.
Donations can also be made at https://thebrightkids.wordpress.com/ (October 7, 2010, Page 17)
This is part of an occasional series where Oxford Film Freak will follow along with the inaugural Ole Miss Cinema Competition. This week several students discussed their projects that are contenders for the $500 production prize. (October 7, 2010, Page 13)