Watching strangers compete to find love on national television is both compelling and addictive. Contestants set themselves apart from the pack and emerge as favorites or, in some cases, play the villain. Now there’s another reason to watch the CBS reality TV show “Love Island.” Oxford nativ…

    A concert, a musical fairy tale and a college-bound actor from Anniston are all positive signs this fall for arts entertainment staying alive during the pandemic. The CAST Kidz musical “Shrek” will be presented Saturday at an outdoor amphitheater. Etowah Youth Orchestras’ Fall Formal concert…

      Entertainment comes in a variety of packages. Reading an interesting historical novel is one package to unwrap in order to enter a different world far away, while the plant sale during August at the Anniston Museums’ Botanical Gardens can offer the fun of selecting lively colors and shapes f…

      We first took a look at “The Ickabog,” J. K. Rowling’s new work for young readers, after 19 weekday chapters had been published online. Since the book was being published in “installments,” it was decided that this column should review the book in “installments,” too, joking, “New ways of pu…

      To think of the stories of Edgar Allan Poe is to experience at least one incontrovertible shudder. How can an early story like “The Masque of the Red Death” so ably reference our current pandemic? How can a late story like “The Cask of Amontillado” make us laugh so willingly at another perso…

      Parris is a Jacksonville-based band that is anything but local. Led by singer Megan Parris, the group plays popular tunes in a familiar way. Every song gets virtuoso treatment from each member, and audiences are left satisfied until the last note rings out.

      Both “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “The Birth-mark,” two of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic short stories, reflect the author’s concern with what are often identified as the opposing forces of religion and science. They are both forces in which Hawthorne finds potential danger and potential …