For the latest in local arts-and-entertainment news, check out the current section of Oxford Town, The Oxford EAGLE's weekly entertainment guide. It's published every Thursday.
Best-selling author Pat Conroy returns to Oxford on Wednesday to sign copies of his new book, “My Reading Life.” The signing will be at 5 p.m. at Off Square Books. (November 2, 2010, Page 3)
IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE: Marshall Chapman heads to Oxford and Off Square Books next week; Poor Bastard Souls play Rooster’s Blues House; Big Gigantic and Ana Sia play Proud Larry’s; the new ‘Mississippians’ coffee-table book will be launched at Off Square Books on Nov. 2; the Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference is set for Nov. 11 on the Ole Miss Campus; and the Taylor Farmer’s Market wraps up its 2010 season. Download the full issue in PDF format. (October 28, 2010)
OXFORD TOWN – “Mississippians,” a coffee-table book featuring more than 250 famous, notable, extraordinary and colorful Mississippians makes its official debut Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Off Square Books. The launch event begins at 5 p.m. Page 5 of this week’s issue of Oxford Town has full details. (October 28, 2010, Page 5)
OXFORD TOWN – Nashville singer/songwriter Marshall Chapman will be in town next week (Thursday, Nov. 4) for a performance on Thacker Mountain Radio at Off Square Books. The legendary musician will not only be one of the featured musical guests, she’ll also be reading from and signing her new book “They Came To Nashville.” Page 11 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has Mitch Morgan’s interview with Chapman as she prepares for her visit to Oxford. And, be sure to read about this week’s broadcast of Thacker Mountain Radio on Page 15 of the same issue. (October 28, 2010, Page 11)
OXFORD TOWN – It’s a wrap. Lafayette County’s favorite Saturday morning gathering, the Taylor Farmers’ Market in the Plein Air neighborhood, completes it third season this Saturday with its annual Harvest Festival featuring great tailgating supplies, fresh fall produce, locally made Christmas gifts and one of Oxford’s favorite musicians, Kevin Larkin, as musical entertainment. Turn to Page 12 of this week’s issue of Oxford Town for full details. (October 28, 2010, Page 12)
They return again this weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of St. Peter’s. Second Baptist Church, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture are all co-sponsoring the event. All the proceeds go to the Tutwiler Quilters’ Cooperative.
The quilters keep 80 percent of the money made from the sales of their crafts. The cooperative was founded in 1988 by Sister Maureen Delany, a Holy Name Sister sent by her order as a community organizer to assist the black Americans in Tutwiler, known to be an economically poor community in the Mississippi Delta. Delany discovered that quilting could be a way of expressing the women’s cultural traditions as well as generating income for the desperately poor families. (October 22, 2010, Page 1A)
OXFORD TOWN – Lindsay Fine, one of Oxford’s favorite musicians, returns to the Taylor Farmers’ Market this Saturday morning as Fall sets in. With only two weeks left, the market is still featuring great Fall produce and great music with artists like Fine gracing the green lawn in the Plein Air neighborhood. Turn to Page 9 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town and read about the popular Saturday morning market and Lindsay’s much anticipated return. (October 21, 2010, Page 9)
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)