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Sue Scruggs and Peggy Watson sort through hundreds of beads at the Gardner Watson Ice House as they prepare the inside of the Club for the upcoming NOleput Festival.

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo will get NOLA-fied this weekend for the first-ever NOleput festival. The free, one-day street festival is 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Tupelo, near the Gardner-Watson Ice House/Silver Moon Club. The event is a revival of the former Oleput Festival, but with a New Orleans theme. “We […]

By Meredith Blake Los Angeles Times (MCT) NEW YORK – Get ready for another late-night shake-up. David Letterman is preparing to retire from “The Late Show” in 2015, the comedian announced Thursday. The host, who turns 67 this month, plans to say goodnight to his hosting duties once his current contract expires next year. The […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – Fans of Broadway and movie musicals might have a hard time picking a favorite song at the University of Mississippi Ford Center on April 12. “I think song after song the audience members will find themselves saying, ‘Oh, this is my favorite,’ then the next one will […]

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Kerry Sanders of "The Today Show" was in Tupelo on Wednesday at the BancorpSouth Arena for a story about Carol the elephant and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s another first for the BancorpSouth Arena: “The Today Show” and NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders broadcast from the building early Thursday morning. The NBC morning news program was in town to meet Carol, the elephant with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey who was shot when she last […]

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – “I’m Just a Bill,” “Conjunction Junction,” “Three Is a Magic Number” – raise your hand if you know any of those songs. The musical and educational world of “Schoolhouse Rock” comes to life this weekend as Pied Piper Players present “Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.” “It’s the ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ […]

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Latrelle (Lesley Petty, right) and Sissy (Cynthia Potter) share some juicy gossip in Corinth Theatre-Arts’ “Sordid Lives.”

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal CORINTH – When a widowed grandmother dies after tripping over her married lover’s wooden legs in a seedy motel room, the gossip starts flying in Winters, Texas. That’s the premise of the Del Shores comedy “Sordid Lives,” which is being staged by Corinth Theatre-Arts this weekend. It’s not often that […]

Andrew Hicks – the blond clown on the right – was a research biologist before becoming a clown for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. (Courtesy photo)

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Andrew Hicks was once faced with a tough decision: Continue his career as a research biologist, or run away with the circus. He’s performing this weekend as a clown in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s “Super Circus Heroes,” so guess which one he picked? “Ever since I […]

Building an ark creates family strife for Ham (Logan Lerman, left) and Noah (Russell Crowe) in the new movie "Noah." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Niko Tavernise)

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal “Noah” has several big ideas going for it, but it eventually bogs down as a movie. Darren Aronofsky co-wrote and directed the story of the Great Flood, and gave it the full computer-generated treatment moviegoers expect. It certainly looks like the kind of flood that could wipe out the […]

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Beth Stauffer watches as Carol the elephant enters the BancorpSouth Arena and starts to eat fruit set up for her on a table. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus honored local heroes on Wednesday afternoon.

By Sheena Barnett Daily Journal TUPELO – Every superhero needs a good cape, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey provided bright yellow ones to Tupelo’s superheroes on Wednesday. The event, honoring local heroes as well as circus elephant Carol, took place at the BancorpSouth Arena and tied in with the circus theme, “Super Circus […]