2018 Mississippi Book Festival Announces Schedule

On Wednesday, July 11, the Mississippi Book Festival announced its lineup, which includes panels that cover topic such as food, race, literature and more. See the schedule here. The festival, also known as the “literary lawn party,” will be at the Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.) on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with the panels, the event will have vendors, food trucks and more. For more information, visit msbookfestival.com. Continue Reading

2019 Mississippi Invitational Deadline June 30

 

The Mississippi Museum of Art will once again host its annual Mississippi Invitational in June 2019. In preparation for the event, MMA is asking for artist submissions, with a deadline of June 30, 2018. Artists who live in the state of Mississippi are eligible to compete and can submit original works in any medium. In mid-September, artists will found out if they have been selected, and then the guest curator, Kimberli Grant, will do in-studio visits in October and November. The museum will announce the final selection in December. Continue Reading

USA IBC Medalists

From June 11-21, 2018, dancers from the U.S. and performed through the different rounds of the USA International Ballet Competition. About 30 finalists performed during Round III from June 19-21, and finally, the winners received their medalists during an awards gala on Friday, June 22. The medalists are as follows:

Senior Division Medalists

Men’s Senior Gold Medalist—Sicong Wu, China

Women’s Senior Gold Medalist—Yunting Qiu, China

Men’s Senior Silver Medalist—Sangmin Lee, Republic of Korea

Women’s Senior Silver Medalist—Soobin Lee, Republic of Korea

Women’s Senior Silver Medalist—Katherine Barkman, USA

Men’s Senior Bronze Medalist—David Schrenk, USA

Women’s Senior Bronze Medalist—Chisako Oga, USA

Best Senior Couple—Soobin Lee & Sangmin Lee, Republic of Korea

Junior Division Medalists

Men’s Junior Gold Medalist—No gold awarded

Women’s Junior Gold Medalist—Elisabeth Beyer, USA

Men’s Junior Silver Medalist—Hyuma Kiyosawa, Japan

Women’s Junior Silver Medalist—Julia Rust, USA

Women’s Junior Silver Medalist—Carolyne Galvao, Brazil

Men’s Junior Bronze Medalist—Harold Mendez, USA

Men’s Junior Bronze Medalist—Joseph Markey, USA

Women’s Junior Bronze Medalist—Tia Wenkman, USA

Women’s Junior Bronze Medalist—Rheya Shano, USA

 

Special Awards

Robert Joffrey Award of Merit—Mya Kresnyak, Canada

Jury Award of Encouragement—Veronica Atienza, Philippines

Jury Award of Encouragement—Nicole Klaudine Barroso

Jury Award of Encouragement—Razmik Marukyan, Armenia

Choreography Award—Zhang Disha for “Sad Birds,” performed by Sicong Wu and Yunting Qiu

Choreography Award—Fei Bo for “Permanent Yesterday,” performed by Sicong Wu and Yunting Qiu

See jfp.ms/usaibc2018 for a gallery of Round III, Session III photos. Continue Reading

Official 2018 Mississippi Book Festival Art Revealed

On Tuesday, June 19, the Mississippi Book Festival revealed this year’s official art, an oil painting from Mississippi native artist Baxter Knowlton that features bestselling Mississippi author Jesmyn Ward. “Both artist and subject represent the best of our state,” festival director Holly Lange said in a release. “The works of these remarkably talented Mississippians reveal an intense love of their craft. We are grateful for their support of the festival.”

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Symphony Orchestra Holds ‘Ransom’ Fundraiser

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is known for many things, from elaborate themed concerts to outdoor events, but now, it is adding kidnapping to that rap sheet. A recent post on the orchestra’s website features the tell-tale sign of a kidnapping—a hodgepodge of cutout letters—asking supporters to send in funds for the return of Crafton Beck, the MSO’s music director and conductor. Of course, in actuality, the “ransom” is just the orchestra’s latest fundraising effort, and Beck is likely busy preparing his troupe of musicians for the very season that his ransom funds will help produce. As the MSO website states, the organization wanted to ask Mississippians for donations while “sparing you yet another gala event.” The donation drive will end tomorrow, Thursday, June 7, and features five comedic tiers: $1,000 (“I love Beck and would do anything to get him back”); $500 (“The show cannot go on without Beck”); $250 (“At least you didn’t take our Concertmaster Marta”); $100 (“Couldn’t you have taken a horn player instead?”); and $50 (“He’s just a conductor”). Continue Reading

2018 Crossroads Film Festival Winners

On Sunday, April 16, Crossroads Film Society announced the winners of the 2018 festival. Congratulations to all of the filmmakers! Here is the list:

Award for Best Feature Narrative—”Chasing the Blues”
Award for Best Short Narrative—”Recall”
Award for Best Feature Documentary—”Mississippi Madam: The Life of Nellie Jackson”
Award for Best Short Documentary—”Holt Collier”
Award for Best Experimental Film—”Reconstructing Reality”
Award for Best Animated Film—”Basket (Tokri)”
Award for Best Student Film—”Citizen”
Adam Ford Youth Filmmaking Award—”Minor Setback, Major Comeback: Supporting Black Dollars and Businesses in Jackson, Mississippi”
Award for Best Music Video— “Manna” by King Woman
Award for Most Transformative Film—”The Real Thing”
Programmers’ Choice Award—”Retaliation (Vindicte)”
The Ruma Award for Most Promising Mississippi Filmmaker—Mississippi Youth Media Project
Audience Choice Award—”How They Got Over”
Audience Choice Award (Music Video)—”Till I Cross Your Mind” by Young Valley 

“Lagniappe Awards” (Honorable Mention)

The Lagniappe Award is an Honorable Mention for filmmaking achievement, for content, and/or for sheer fun. The only criteria are that a programmer must nominate the film, and it must not have won in another category. Lagniappe Award winning films receive a certificate of merit and special Crossroads laurels. Continue Reading

Sewer Cave-in

The City of Jackson announced on Friday, April 13, that the sewer caved in at Northside Drive and Ridgewood Road. Here is a press release, verbatim:

The City of Jackson is aware of the sewer cave-in located at Northside Drive and
Ridgewood Road. Motorist are asked to be careful while traveling this area. The cave-in is due to a sewer line collapsing. We anticipate that the area will be down to two lanes for the next seven to 10 days while crews make repairs. Continue Reading