The University of Mississippi Museum presents a screening of “Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio” at the Lyric Theatre Oxford on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. This moving documentary film chronicles the late architect and MacArthur foundation “genius grant” recipient Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee and the radical educational design/build program called the Rural Studio that he founded in Hale County, Alabama in 1992.
The film follows Jay Sanders, a young, first-time instructor at the Rural Studio as he leads a group of students in the process of crafting a home for their charismatic client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known within the community as Music Man because of his passion for soul music. Citizen Architect explores Mockbee’s effort to provide students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. To view the film’s trailer, visit: www.citizenarchitectfilm.com
Mockbee was a fifth-generation Mississippian, winning many national awards for innovative architecture. Oxonian Carol Mockbee, producer of Thacker Mountain Radio (and Sambo’s daughter) is also in the film bringing one of her father’s last designs to life. Sam Douglas, the film’s director will lead a Q & A session with Carol to follow the film. The evening’s music is by Oxford musician Jake Fussell, who composed the film’s soundtrack.
Event tickets are $20 Reserved Seating, $10 General Admission, and $5 General Admission for Students with valid student ID, and may be purchased at the Lyric Theatre box office or online by visiting www.thelyricoxford.com. Tickets are also available at the University of Mississippi Museum, located at University Avenue and Fifth Street in Oxford. (August 9, 2010)
“Mosquitoville” will kick off the Oxford Rhythm Revival, which begins Thursday and continues on Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Oxford Square.
At 11 a.m. Saturday, the east side of the Square will be blocked off for art vendors, music, food and family-friendly activities, such as face painting, story time at Square Books Jr. and health screenings. Nighttime entertainment begins at 7 p.m. and will feature five stages at four bars — Proud Larry’s, Rooster’s (upstairs and down), Two Stick, and Taylor’s Pub. Musical acts include Valerie June, Grace Askew, Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition, Kristy Kruger, Horse Trailer, Rocket 88, Young Buffalo, Richard Ford and many more. An All-Venue Pass for Saturday is $20, or $15 if purchased Thursday night at The Lyric.
Oxford Rhythm Revival is a fundraiser for Oxford Medical Ministries, located at 205 S. Commerce Cove. The health clinic is operated by a private, nonprofit, community-based organization. Its mission is to provide compassionate, quality health care at no charge to low-income, uninsured working adults of Lafayette and Yalobusha counties. It has serve more than 500 patients and operators hope to raise more money to serve more members of the community.
The fundraiser begins Thursday at The Lyric with “Mosquitoville.” The theater will provide the setting for Mississippi entertainer Mathus’ engaging historical show of songs and stories fit for all ages. The “Mosquitoville” performance will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase at the door and online at www.oxfordrhythmrevival.com. The special live broadcast will be hosted by Mississippi Public Broadcasting and Thacker Mountain Radio. (June 16, 2010)
OXFORD LIVING — Several artists with the Oxford Maker’s Market have been displaying items made from recycled, discarded and found materials during the Green Week festivities at the University of Mississippi campus this week.
The artwork will be on display this afternoon in front of Skipwith Cottage on the Square and again on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.. inside The Lyric during the “Upper Decker Festival” — not to be confused with the Double Decker Festival that has had most of its events moved to Sunday due to expected severe weather on Saturday. (April 23, 2010, Page 1B)
Kappa Alpha’s annual boxing tournament Fight Night is back for the 10th year running, raising money and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy (MDA) and providing the Ole Miss community with one of the most memorable weekends of the spring. This year it will be held at the Lyric Oxford on Thursday and Friday, April 8-9. Over the course of the weekend, fighters will compete in three brackets, which include the lightweight and heavyweight divisions in the Inter-Fraternity bracket, the sorority bracket, and the open-to-the-public bracket. (March 23, 2010)
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MUSIC BOX — Top live music picks for the coming days include Jack Oblivian and John Paul Keith and the 145s at Two Stick and CadillacFunk at Red House. The Lyric welcomes Colt Ford along with Matt Still. (January 27, 2010, Page 5)
PHOTOS — The Lafayette County Literacy Council hosted its Mardi Gras fundraiser Saturday night at The Lyric. View slideshow. (January 1, 2010, Page 1)