By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – Magicians, singers and dancers … oh my! Baldwyn will have their hands full this weekend with entertainers from all different walks of life, when a new talent show takes the stage at the Claude Gentry Theatre. More than 30 of the 40 spots for Saturday’s competition have […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal Neuroscience tells us happy people can make great art, but that doesn’t mean angry artists can’t blow the doors off. “Straight Outta Compton” opens in a poverty- and crime-ridden part of Los Angeles, where aggressive policing sweeps up the guilty and innocent alike. It’s a tense place, and friends […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal JACKSON – More than 100 authors will gather at the Mississippi Capitol on Saturday for the first Mississippi Book Festival. Tupelo’s own Emily Gatlin is author coordinator for the event. She’s been making arrangements for 102 authors, including John Grisham, Greg Iles, Haley Barbour and Ellen Gilchrist. Grisham will […]

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Jordan Cockrell and Blake Summers practice before a Doniphan Dance Project performance on Saturday.

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – Dancers from the Doniphan Dance Project stood in a circle with their instructor Roxie Thomas Clayton with their hands clasped before opening night on Saturday at the Tupelo Civic Auditorium. “Tonight is the night. Don’t throw it away,” Clayton said. “Whatever happens, happens. I’m extremely blown away by […]

The everyday world was supplanted by the Elvis World this past week. From Tupelo to Memphis and beyond, Elvis Presley fans have been showing their respect for Tupelo’s favorite son, who died on this day in 1977. Dick Guyton, executive director of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation, oversees the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum. He’s […]

TUPELO – Country star Miranda Lambert will hit the stage at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo on Friday, Oct. 9. The reigning ACM and CMA female vocalist of the year is resurrecting her “Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour” this fall in the shape of an all-women’s tour. Lambert will be joined again by RaeLynn, […]

Early in “Fantastic Four,” my 10-year-old son, Evan, leaned over and whispered, “It’s not that bad.” I agreed with him. The movie asked us to believe that a high school senior could create a teleportation device, but far better movies have required more extreme suspensions of disbelief. The reviews had been horrible, so I wondered […]

Editor’s note: This column was written on Monday, ahead of the trip described below. I’m not the biggest Elvis fan. Let me preface the rest of what I’m going to say by stating that I was born and raised here in Tupelo, and have been enamored with the performer’s presence my entire life. I highly […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal MEMPHIS – A lot can happen in a stretch of 90 miles. A young boy can grow up to be one of the greatest performers of all time or a family on vacation can find trouble on the road. Unfortunately for Terry and Mona Townsend of Tuscon, Arizona, it’s […]