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.
The seventh annual Tupelo Film Festival kicks off tonight with a special concert by Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition and a free outside screeing of “God’s Architects,” a feature documentary by Zach Godshall about divinely inspired architects including footage from Vicksburg. The concert and film also includes a fish fry on the Lee County courthouse lawn. (May 13, 2010, Page 11)
OXFORD TOWN – Hill Country Harmonica is taking over Foxfire Ranch in Waterford just outside of Oxford next weekend, playing host to a two day intensive retreat for blues harmonica enthisiasts of all levels. The retreat is set for Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23. Page 10 of this week’s Oxford Town has details of this intriguing blues event that will include legendary instructors like Billy Branch, Adam Gussow with Charlie Hilbert, Terry “Big T” Williams, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Billy Gibson, Brandon Bailey, Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry, Deak Harp and Johnny Sansone. (May 13, 2010, Page 10)
OXFORD TOWN – The No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child is set to visit Oxford and Off Square Books on Thursday, May 20, at 5 p.m. Child is currently in the middle of a national book tour promoting the latest and 14th novel in his Reacher series entitled “61 Hours.” Page 5 of this week’s Oxford Town has a review of Child’s new book which will be released on Tuesday, May 18. (May 13, 2010, Page 5)
IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE — Proud Larry’s presents songwriter Will Hodge Friday; local musicians come together as The Minor Adjustments; Jim Dees laments the Gulf oil spill; Alex McAdams proposes a playlist for finals week. View the complete edition in PDF (5 MB). (May 6, 2010)
OXFORD TOWN – The Minor Adjustments may be a new name to the Oxford music scene, but its members definitely are not. Members of this awesome new “project” in town hail from other acts including Mayhem String Band, Daybreakdown, Shady Deal, Good Paper, Tate Moore and the Cosmic Door, Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition and others. Check out Page 9 of this week’s Oxford Town and read about your favorite new local band. (May 6, 2010, Page 9)
MUSIC MATTERS – Oxford, it seems, is digressing into its summer swagger — some people call this a slump; Oxford Town music columnist Alexander McAdams calls it owning the local bar scene. See what’s in Alex’s playlist for finals week on Page 9 of this week’s issue of Oxford Town. (May 6, 2010, Page 9)
LIES AND OTHER TRUTHS – This week, Oxford Town columnist Jim Dees delves into the current oil spill disaster on the Gulf Coast and what appears to be a perpetual recovery effort in the region. Who’s responsible and who should get stuck with the cleanup tab? Check out this week’s Oxford Town for Dees’ thorough, witty and wise coverage of the tragic situation. (May 6, 2010, Page 5)
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)