Dancers, musicians, more to perform at arts sampler

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

Audiences can sample the best arts and entertainment Oxford has to offer this weekend.
Belly dancers, singer-songwriters, actors and ballerinas will all grace the stage at the Powerhouse at InterACTions, a night full of performances by Oxford artists. It’s the third annual event, and while it’s free to attend, donations will be accepted to build a dance floor at the Powerhouse.
“Oxford has so much culture,” said Savannah Gaines, coordinator for InterACTions. “You have belly dancing to ballet, and they’re such drastically different things.”
Performances of the night include students of the Oxford Ballet School; actors in the Oxford Acting Studio; dancers from the dance company Hinge; belly dancing by Rachel Coleman; Oxford Civic Chorus; Indian music by Arindam Mukherjee; and singer-songwriter Shannon McNally. There will also be a screening of the locally made film “The Show Must Go On” by Matthew Graves.
McNally released her latest record, “Western Ballad,” last spring and has been on the road for much of 2011 and early 2012 in support of it.
This year’s InterACTions is McNally’s first.
The gallery at the Powerhouse will include art for sale, with proceeds going to local arts groups.
“It’s really, really cool, creative art,” she said.
InterACTions is a family-friendly event.
“It’s a good night to bring children to a one-night event where they can see what kinds of arts they like,” Gaines said. “If they don’t like something, there’s something else just around the corner.”
sheena.barnett@journalinc.com

Sample the arts
What: InterACTions, an arts sampler featuring performances by Hinge, Oxford Acting Studio, Oxford Ballet School, Shannon McNally, Oxford
Civic Choir and more

When: 7-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Powerhouse, Oxford

Cost: Free, but donations will be accepted

Info: oxfordarts.com, (662) 236-6429