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Jason Aldean plays guitar with one of his bandmates Friday night after taking the stage at the BancorpSouth Arena.

Country music star Jason Aldean visited Tupelo on Friday night, playing before a big crowd at the BancorpSouth Arena. The opening act was Cole Swindell.

Violinist Alexander Markov performs with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Saturday at the Link Centre. (Courtesy)

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Internationally acclaimed violinist and Tupelo-favorite Alexander Markov marks his return performance with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra this weekend. The Russian-American musician is presenting Mendelssohn’s “Concerto for Violin in E Minor” at Link Centre on Saturday, as well as Igor Stravinksy’s “Suite from Pulcinella,” and the “Adagio […]

Like a lot of people, I love “Saturday Night Live.” To the point I’m an apologist for the series, even in those years when it was cool to hate it. Which, I think, mostly happens every other year. This past Sunday night’s reunion/anniversary special was a great walk down memory lane with more than 50 […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo Community Theatre won big in January’s Mississippi Theatre Association festival. TCT took home eight awards, ranging from Best Production, to high praise for individual events from local actors and performers. On Saturday, Feb. 28, TCT will present their winning show, “Lone Star,” for one-night only at […]

By Jon Rawl Oxford Citizen As the 12th annual Oxford Film Festival (OFF) prepares to roll out the red carpet at the end of the month, its leadership committee is exiting stage right when the lights fade to black. On the “Welcome” page of this year’s festival program, the four-member volunteer board announced their departure […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Success gurus say “Attitude is everything,” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is an object lesson. In one scene, the hero and villain bond over their mutual love for old-fashioned spy movies. They agree that today’s spy flicks take themselves too seriously. The moment fits with the movie’s overall vibe. […]

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Ice House owner Charles Watson, from left, Alex Farned, Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department director; Jessica Hollinger, Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association marketing associate; and Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton unveil this year's artwork on Wednesday morning at the Silver Moon Club in Tupelo. The artwork was created by Sue Scruggs.

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The latest art for one of Tupelo’s newest-old traditions was unveiled Wednesday morning at the Ice House. Representatives from the city of Tupelo pulled the sheet off the second annual NOleput poster design from Sue Scruggs, showing off the date of the upcoming fundraiser. The second annual […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal JACKSON – Each year, the Mississippi Arts Commission spotlights outstanding writers, artists, performers and educators for making stellar contributions in their craft with the Governor’s Arts Awards. Of the five recipients this year, Tupelo’s own Lane Chapel Quintet, will take home one of the honors today in Jackson. The […]

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Gaston Birks.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal NETTLETON – When Gaston Birks was 3 or 4 years old, he watched his brother, J.J., perform in front of a church. “He just really wanted to get up there, too,” said Mary Birks, their mother. “He kept asking and asking.” She finally relented, and young Gaston performed his […]