Best Bets March 15, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Tupelo
Barbecue, music, more mark
second annual Don’t Be Cruel
Eighty-six professional teams, 114 judges, one TV show and a dozen of the country’s top competitive barbecue teams are all coming to Tupelo this weekend for the second annual Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel.
Barbecue plates will be for sale starting at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., and start at $6.
Friday’s live music includes Busted Screen Door, Bonfire Orchestra and Bob Ray. Pay-Per-Blues and Surviving Allison are Saturday’s entertainment.
TLC’s “BBQ Pitmasters” will be on hand filming some of the festival, too.
Don’t Be Cruel will take place at Fairpark in Tupelo.
For more info, visit tupelobbqduel .com or call (662) 690-4011.

Senior project promotes
arts in community with concert
Tupelo High School senior Ariel Alexander is using her senior project to endorse musical arts in the community, so she’s hosting a concert.
Rachel Alexander, a vocal performance major at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, will perform at 6 p.m. Friday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Tupelo.
Rachel will perform an arrangement of arias from “Romeo et Juliette,” “Carmen” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”
CDs of Rachel’s senior recital at Millsaps will be available at the concert for $5.
Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and given to Fortnightly Musicale, a local music club that gives scholarships to music majors.
For more info, call (662) 842-4386.

OXFORD
Folk powerhouse Chimney Choir
to perform at Proud Larry’s
The basis for Chimney Choir’s music is folk, but the trio isn’t afraid to dabble with synths or any other instrument that might come the band’s way.
The members often switch up instruments between themselves, so each show is special.
Check out what Chimney Choir has to offer at its show at Proud Larry’s in Oxford on Saturday. The band starts at 9:30 p.m., and it’s and 18 and up show.
Tickets are $7.
Visit proudlarrys.com for more.
Daily Journal reports