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OXFORD FILM FREAK – I’ve gotten a lot of questions from friends recently wondering where I have been as they hardly see me anymore, not even out at the movies. It’s true. I rarely left my house when not at work for the past two months. The reason is that I have been collaborating with filmmaker Thomas L. Phillips on a new movie to be filmed in July. (June 17, 2010, Page 14)
Oxford Film Freak – The new Mississippi film, “The Help” needs your help. An open casting call for extras and some speaking roles will be held on June 19 at the Leflore County Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (June 10, 2010, Page 14)
IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE OF OXFORD TOWN – The annual Oxford Shakespeare Festival releases it’s schedule; resident rocker Charlie Mars returns to Proud Larry’s with the Manhattan-based band Harper Blynn; The Hill Country Picnic’s workshop registration begins; Irie on the Square hosts a triple-threat of songwriters this Saturday; the Summer Sunset Series continues on Sunday featuring The Swinging Prevaricators; and sports columnist Steven Godfrey focuses on Rebel’s head coach Mike Bianco’s worth. View the complete edition in PDF format. (June 10, 2010)
OXFORD TOWN – Irie On the Square is hosting what is being billed as Triple Songwriters Night on Saturday, June 12, beginning at 9:30. The free show will feature three great songwriters; Ben Jordan from Denver, Allen Thompson from Nashville and Lafayette County’s own Kevin Larkin from Taylor. Page 6 in this week’s Oxford Town has details of what will prove to be an awesome night of acoustic music on the Square. (June 10, 2010, Page 6)
The Summer Sunset Series continues this Sunday (June 13) after a hugely successful opening performance by the Mississippians Jazz Combo last week in the Grove. YAC’s Oxford Songwriter’s Showcase had to cancel for this Sunday but the new band, The Swinging Prevaricators, is filling in. Page 8 in this week’s issue of Oxford Town has all the details of Oxford’s favorite Sunday night gathering. (June 10, 2010, Page 8)
OXFORD TOWN – Resident musician Charlie Mars returns to Oxford and the stage at Proud Larry’s this Saturday night (June 12) for a stop on his nationwide tour promoting his 2009 record “Like a Bird, Like a Plane.” The Manhattan-based band, Harper Blynn, is scheduled to open the show. Check out Page 11 in this week’s edition of Oxford Town for Alexander McAdams’ coverage and interview with Mars. (June 10, 2010, Page 11)
IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE — The 2010 Summer Sunset Series returns to the Grove on Sunday featuring The Mississippians Jazz Combo; Oxford Town columnist Jim Dees recalls the worst summer jobs he’s held over the years; Steven Godfrey shares his opinion on the Diamond Rebs’ chances of making their way to Omaha; the Mid-Town and Taylor Farmers’ Markets return this Saturday; local band, Shooting Out The Lights, rocks Proud Larry’s on Friday; and OPC’s Movies in the Park crank up this Friday. View the complete edition in PDF format. (June 5, 2010)
This year, persistent rains played serious havoc and frustration with my usual gardening schedule and routines. A good friend, and fellow Master Gardener, mentioned she was attempting to simplify her gardening. Shortly thereafter, a highly praised and widely recommended book came to my attention. The book is, “The New Low Maintenance Garden” by Valerie Easton. (June 4, 2010, Page 2B)
While there are no canoes, butterflies or swimming pools involved, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is offering adult summer “camps” that will help grownups learn more about their creative talents.
The classes include learning how to take photographs on black-and-white film and developing them in a dark room; how to convert your home movies to DVD; and an introduction to the basics of composition, light, sound and camera movement when filming with video. (June 4, 2010, Page 1A)
With a 60 percent chance of rain predicted for most of the day today, the Oxford Park Commission’s first Movie in the Park event might have be put off for another day. OPC officials say they will decide by 3 this afternoon whether to postpone the event to Saturday. Check the OPC website at www.oxfordparkcommission.com or call 232-2380. (June 4, 2010, Page 3A)