By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Tupelo’s second annual arts celebration, Art Rocks Tupelo, is in full swing.
The week of concerts, performances, exhibits and movie screenings kicked off earlier this week with Tupelo Concert Association’s John Berry show and the Elton John concert at the BancorpSouth Arena.
Tupelo’s biggest arts groups, including Tupelo Ballet, Tupelo Community Theatre and the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, all have shows and events this weekend (for details, see page 5C).
This year, more arts organizations are getting involved with Art Rocks Tupelo. Check out these events this weekend, too, and for a complete list of events and to buy discounted ticket packages, visit artrockstupelo.com.
• Birthplace Sessions launch: The Elvis Presley Birthplace is launching a new music project, the Birthplace Sessions, at 1:30 p.m. today at the birthplace. It’s free and open to the public.
• “Muscle Shoals”: The Tupelo Film Alliance is hosting a screening of the documentary “Muscle Shoals,” at the Malco in Tupelo at 7 p.m. tonight. It’s $5. The documentary features Rick Hall, founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, and the signature sound he developed.
• Still on the Hill: Folkgrass duo Still in the Hill will perform in the choral conference room at the Link Centre. There’s a suggested donation of $12, which will benefit the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tupelo. It’s free for kids 12 and under.
• West of Shake Rag: Tupelo comedy troupe West of Shake Rag’s weekly show is 7 p.m. tonight at the Link Centre’s Black Box Theater. Tickets are $5. These shows aren’t as family-friendly as the group’s monthly Saturday shows.
• Wine and Art Dinner: The Caron Gallery and Park Heights are teaming up for a Wine and Art Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Caron Gallery. Guests include Norm Rush, wine broker and sommelier, and Lauren Dunn and Jason Lott, the featured artists for March at the gallery.
Seating is limited, so reservations are necessary. It’s $65, which includes a four-course meal and wine. Call (662) 842-5665 and (662) 205-0351 to make reservations.
• Exhibit and show: The GumTree Museum of Art will show off its Art Colony exhibit with a reception at the museum beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. Cast members of Pied Piper Players’ “School House Rock Live!” will perform a few numbers, too.
• The Tupelo Craft Beer Festival: The festival is noon-5 p.m. Saturday in Fairpark. Attendees can sample beers and food from local vendors. Tickets are $40/general admission, $15/designated driver, $95/Friday night beer dinner and general admission, $60/Friday night dinner. For more, visit rhizomeproductions.com/craft-events/tupelocraftbeerfest.
TUPELO ART ROCKS ANCHOR EVENTS
• What: Tupelo Community Theatre presents “The Importance of Being Earnest”
• When: 7:30 p.m. tonight-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday
• Where: The Lyric
• Cost: $18/adults, $6/students
• Info: (662) 844-1935
• What: Tupelo Ballet presents “Les Sylphides” and Contemporary Repertory
• When: 2 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Tupelo Civic Center
• Cost: $30/adults, $20/seniors, $10/students
• Info: (662) 844-1928, tupeloballet.com
• Extra: Tupelo Ballet presents a Fairy Garden Tea Party at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Middle School Cafeteria. It’s $10/child, and chaperones are free. Costumes of any kind are welcome.
• What: North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra with Allison Eldredge and Natasha Korsakova
• When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Link Centre Concert Hall
• Cost: $25/advance, $10/students
• Info: (662) 842-8433, nmsymphony.com
Extra: There will be a pre-concert dinner at the Link Centre from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. Dinner tickets are $35, with wine available for purchase. Call (662) 690-4011 for reservations.