Festivals, concerts, more: Performing Arts Commission, 4/11

By Sheena Barnett

Here are a few notes from the latest Performing Arts Commission meeting, which included Margaret Anne Murphey, Pat Rasberry, Bob Ray and Will Beasley, who just joined the commission.

– The next Monthly Music Mix concert is April 28 and will feature musicians from Delta State’s singer-songwriter program. The show should be a laid-back, intimate Bluebird Cafe-style show, said Shawn Brevard.
The next Monthly Music Mix is Beth Patterson on June 22 (skipping May, since that’s festival and graduation season), with a possible gospel show in July.

– Pat Rasberry gave an update on everything she’s been doing, which has been a lot, including working on the Tupelo Film Festival and the Indie Film Series at the Link Centre.
This season’s Indie Film Series wrapped earlier this month, and it’ll pick back up in the fall.
There are a lot of really cool things in store for the Tupelo Film Fest, including a celebrity judge, lots of workshops and other cool events. Look for official announcements as festival draws closer, on May 16-19.

– Step Afrika was this year’s artist for the artist residency, and Brevard is looking ahead at next year’s residency.
Her idea is storytellers, but booking as many high-quality storytellers is expensive. She’s looking into ways to fund the residency.

– The final concert in Tupelo Symphony Orchestra’s 40th season is April 21. Look for more in this Thursday’s Journal.

– The Link Centre/Performing Arts Commission always needs more volunteers at arts events. As Brevard pointed out, the events are often at night and volunteers get to be a part of a cool event, so there are bonuses to the job. Any help would be appreciated.