By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal TUPELO – As first-time directors, Casey Thompson and Will Knight didn’t have time to get nervous, with only four weeks to prepare Donald Margulies’s “Dinner with Friends,” an award-winning play about four friends, two marriages and one divorce. The play chronicles the lives of these four friends, Karen (played by […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal There’s something confectionary about “Spectre,” the latest James Bond adventure. It’s all sugary goodness between the credits, and when it’s over, it’s almost as if it’d never been. But, hey, this is high-quality cotton candy. Daniel Craig is back as 007. He’s gone off the reservation to investigate a […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – On Saturday, underground hip-hop artists in the area will have a rare opportunity to showcase their rhymes at Club Heat off South Gloster Street in Tupelo. The stakes are high; the winner will receive feature placement in the forthcoming issue of Boss’d Up magazine, a professional photo shoot […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – The BancorpSouth Arena will be the site for a three-day music festival in December, hosted by rappers Rae Sremmurd – brothers Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee – who are originally from Tupelo. The event, to be held Dec. 18-20, will feature a celebrity basketball game, with musical acts Yo Gotti, K […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – Envisioning a vibrant culture, Sean Johnson, director of marketing for New Albany, applied for the Levitt AMP Grant Award, a $25,000 grant for a 10-weekend live music series. Now, New Albany sits in the top five cities out of the 40 cities selected after a week of […]

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – When Ashton Swearingen was a junior in high school, she wrote a research paper on veteran suicide. Several years later, the 19-year-old is still fighting for a cause, trying to bring the film “Project 22” to Tupelo for a screening later this month. “It’s a good learning […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – The Tupelo area was the location of a historic first encounter in the 1540s, when the Chickasaw people first met with Europeans. The encounter between the Chickasaws and Hernando de Soto proved to be the beginning of the downfall of the de Soto expedition’s search for gold. The documentary “First Encounter,” […]

By Ray Van Dusen Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – For nearly two years now, auctioneer Dwight Stevens has hinted at something big related to one of the most recognized divas of her time. That something big has attracted emails and phone calls to his auction house from the Hard Rock Café franchise, the Rock and Roll […]

Wire reports NASHVILLE – Belmont native Mac McAnally took home his eighth Musician of the Year award from the CMA Awards on Wednesday. Last year, McAnally broke the record for most wins in that category. McAnally has recorded 11 studio albums as well as being a successful songwriter, with hits recorded by Kenny Chesney among […]