You may not see the names of the most heroic responders to the 9/11 tragedy in a history book, or take interactive exercises in a science class on the earth’s natural forces. But these are the focus of two exhibits —  one open now, one planned — that cause us to reflect on a monumental histo…

Songwriter, pianist and singer Tim McDonald is known for his preference for country music, but he enjoys writing for and performing many genres. He is from Virginia but he has many contacts in Alabama, particularly in Calhoun County.

When many of us re-assessed our lives during the pandemic, we felt the need to be stimulated, to be creative. Going to the movies or reading a book stimulated us. And isn’t that also true when we’re listening to music? 

Music and history bring people together this fall in Oxford and Anniston. A chorus led by a newly appointed director meets to plan its concert season Sept. 13 in Oxford, while a historical society offers a program and meeting Sept. 14 in Anniston centering on the restoration of a landmark theater.

Thanks to skillful, gifted and knowledgeable people in our community, we have access to attractions and information that shape and enliven our everyday lives. A multimedia choral work has just been started by composer Annie Brunson, while those interested in family history can get one-on-one…

Bailey Coats is a name I ran across from time to time while covering music in the state of Alabama. That’s testament to her yeoman’s approach to touring and releasing new music from Birmingham. She has a new project rolling out, and I’m pleased that I finally got a chance to speak with her. …

Don’t head out to the beach yet! There are two worthwhile events coming up to take in locally. “Nunsense,” a musical comedy, is so ridiculous it’s funny … while “Ducks, Dogs, and Decoys,” a new exhibit at Anniston Museum of Natural History, is educational and serious. 

A certain portrait on the second floor of the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County reminds us of a life lived with success, learning and appreciation. The same can be true for the ongoing life of a museum complex in our community, but with the important addition of volunteers. 

Accomplishments in music and theater are high on the arts list this month. The performers’ success offers two benefits: the personal rewards of reaching their goals, and the pleasure audiences gain in attending their concerts and productions.