4/12 Performing Arts Commission Meeting

Hey y’all –

I took in the Performing Arts Commission meeting at the Link Centre yesterday.

Here’s what you need to know:

• The next Music Mix is next Friday, April 29 in the reception hall. Actress and singer-songwriter Amy LaVere will perform. (click here to read my story on LaVere from a month ago)

The May Music Mix will be May 21 and will be a singer-songwriters night featuring Drew Chapman, Clint Jordan and Dave Cousar. (click here for my story on Drew Chapman).

A June date is open, and ideas are already being thrown around for the ’11-’12 series.

• The final movie for this season’s Indie Film Series is tomorrow night at the Link Centre’s black box theatre. It’s the documentary “Prodigal Sons,” and tells the stories of three brothers… I’ll leave it at that, but trust me when I say, it proves the saying, “truth is stranger than fiction.” You may have seen the documentary featured on Oprah.

On April 23, the black box will host the Mississippi High School Film Competition from 1:30-5 p.m. Seven students from across the state will screen their 10-minute films. The first prize is $500 split between the school sponsor and the student, and the film will be showcased at the Tupelo Film Festival.

There is A LOT happening at this year’s Tupelo Film Festival, May 12-14. More than 60 films will be shown, with 35-40 filmmakers in attendance.

The festival kicks off that Thursday and includes a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Wasteland,” as well as a performance by a Latin band. The music video competition will be that night as well, with a special audience-favorite award given out that night.

On Friday, in addition to the festival, there will be a block of horror movies screened at Goodlett Manor. Astrocasket will perform. Luster Bayless, a Hollywood costume designer from Ruleville, will show off a few of his designs at the GumTree Museum.

On Saturday there will be several workshops; topics include special fx make-up and acting for kids. There will also be a screening of crime/courtroom films at the Justice Center.

In addition to the film fest, the Tupelo Film Commission is also working on a summer movie series and the ’11-’12 Indie Film Series. Also, a Film Mississippi specialty car plate has been approved.

• Other upcoming events: The Tupelo Symphony Orchestra has a performance at the Link Centre on Saturday, and the GumTree Festival is Mother’s Day Weekend.

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