Here are a few interesting notes from this past Friday’s Performing Arts Commission meeting at the Link Centre:
– The second annual Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel has blown up – in a good way. The barbecue fest, which will be St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Fairpark, isn’t accepting amateur teams because more than 70 professional teams have signed on. Usually only about 25-30 professional teams sign up for a festival, so this year’s event should be pretty huge.
Also, TLC’s “BBQ Pitmasters” will be on hand at the festival.
Don’t Be Cruel will also feature live music both days.
– This Tuesday, the Indie Film Series continues with a screening of the documentary “We Still Live Here.” As always, the filmmaker will be on hand to talk about the movie. “We Still Live Here” is about the dead language of the Wampanoag Indians of southeastern Massachusetts, and how their descendants are bringing the language back into use.
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre in the Link Centre.
Tickets are just $5, and that includes soft drink and popcorn. The screening is sponsored by South Arts and the Tupelo Film Commission.
– On March 8, the American Boychoir will perform at the Link Centre. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10/adults, $5/students. The American Boychoir is the country’s premier concert boys’ choir.
– The Link Centre recently had two back-to-back Monthly Music Mixes. February’s was Step Afrika, who performed at the Civic to a solid crowd of about 400-500 and worked with several student and senior groups during its residency in town. On Saturday night, hill country bluesman Richard Johnston performed at the Link Centre’s reception hall. The Monthly Music Mix resumes in late April with singer-songwriters from Delta State. The series takes the month off in May and resumes in June.