“Courage can’t see around corners, but goes around them anyway.” – Mignon McLaughlin “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves – say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” – Victor Hugo ––––– Later this week I’ll be sitting in the audience at The Lyric to watch Tupelo […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The weather cooperated Saturday for the second NOleput festival in downtown Tupelo. Overcast skies and a breeze kept folks cool as they ate boiled crawfish and listened as 18 bands performed on three separate stages into the evening. The crowds were slow to arrive at the New Orleans […]

The Double Decker bus drives around the Oxford Square during The Double Decker Festival on Saturday. (Petre Thomas)

By Jeff Eubanks and Errol Castens Oxford Citizen/Daily Journal OXFORD – The 20th celebration of the Double Decker Arts Festival was far more than its founder had dared to dream of. “I’m not sure I thought 20 years – or even five years – down the road when we planned the first festival. We knew […]

Oxford Citizen OXFORD – The 20th edition of the Double Decker Arts Festival will dominate Oxford today and Saturday, bringing roughly 50,000 to town. The celebration of food, music and art begins at 10 a.m. today with a preview art market from the Oxford Artists’ Guild on the Square. The market will feature art demonstrations […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – You have 24,601 reasons to get to Tupelo Community Theatre next weekend. The cast and crew of “Les Misérables” have been working on the production since last November, and they’re ready to share the story of Jean Valjean with the audience, after demanding rehearsals and challenging music. […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal As with “Bears,” “African Cats” and other Disneynature releases, “Monkey Kingdom” reminds me of watching documentaries on “The Wonderful World of Disney” when I was a child. As far as I was concerned, the movie had a low-grade, nostalgia boost going on before it even started. Just on that […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor Steven Byess calls Roberto Plano’s musical performances stunning, showing flawless technique. That technique will be on display Saturday at the symphony’s final concert of the season. “Roberto performed with us a few years ago,” Byess said. “We’ve invited him […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Sometimes, you can go home again. Former Tupelo resident Mikky Ekko (2002 Tupelo High graduate Steve Sudduth) is now a record-producing musician from Nashville. Former Tupelo resident Wade Lagrone owns RABBL, a demand-based concert promotion website that allows residents of cities to vote for artists to come […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo heads to New Orleans this weekend. The second annual NOleput festival, sponsored by the city’s parks and recreation department, is a fundraiser for the Fourth of July event held in Ballard Park. NOleput kicks off at 11 a.m. outside the Silver Moon Club in downtown Tupelo […]