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Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars started playing music together in West African refugee camps while their homeland was racked by years of bloody warfare. Since then, in electrifying live performances and recording experience with the likes of Aerosmith and Mavis Staples, the All Stars have been “establishing an identity based as much on skill, imagination and charisma as on their undeniably touching story” (The Los Angeles Times).
This spring, on the heels of their new album, Rise & Shine (Cumbancha, March 23), the group will perform in Oxford at Proud Larry’s on Monday, May 3. (April 30, 2010)
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)
Due to the threat of severe weather from morning to mid-day Saturday, the Double Decker Arts Festival’s music lineup is being split into two days, with most local acts appearing Sunday afternoon. All bands will be performing on the North Stage.
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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)
OXFORD TOWN – Comprised of both the symphonic band and followed by the wind ensemble, The Pride of the South Ole Miss band will hold its annual benefit concert at the Gertrude C. Ford Center on Tuesday, April 27. Admission is free, but the band continues to accept donations to its scholarship endowment. (April 22, 2010, Page 5)
The University of Mississippi Department of Theatre and Dance presents a work of experimental theater in two performances, Friday and Sunday, both at 6:15 p.m. in Lamar Park. The play features seven young actors and dancers and is free of charge. (April 22, 2010, Page 6)