Virtuosity is spotlighted in two ways this month as we applaud people featured in the arts. There’s no doubt that Leonard Bernstein, the subject of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra performance at Knox Concerts on Feb. 16, was a virtuoso. But in the eyes of a certain Alabama artist, a cr…

This month brings to light the works of celebrated composers and an equally celebrated area photographer. The JSU Civic Symphony and an art exhibit at Nunnally’s Noble Frame and Gallery have much to do with the composers’ and artist’s passion for making art — even if these works didn’t find …

How can we keep the spirit of Christmas cheer and giving aglow after the last candle grows dim? I have two suggestions: First, follow an Anniston family’s example in creativity by placing 24 trees in your home. And second, see an oil painting in Nunnally’s art exhibit that motivates giving f…

Just as the Star of Wonder guided the Three Kings to the Christ Child’s manger, just think: Our calendars are schedules of wonder, too! The number of holiday events is amazing. The calendar is full as plays, concerts and parades guide us toward the Christmas spirit.

Finding Christmas early in the season is easily possible this week in two ways: Attend JSU’s A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers concert today at 2:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Anniston, and see “The 1940s Radio Hour” by Theatre of Gadsden on the weekends of Nov. 30-Dec. 8 at…

Two of our area’s bountiful blessings are the series of concerts presented by the Foothills Piano Festival and the series of art exhibits at Nunnally’s Noble Street Frame & Gallery. Put them on your “thankful” list because they feature music and visual art on an ongoing basis with wide v…

Why not spend next Sunday afternoon with some uplifting music at the JSU Faculty Recital? Before that, next Friday evening enjoy dinner and a show band at the Empty Stocking Gala. The woodwinds and pianists will deliver contrasting qualities of brightness and brilliance at the faculty recita…

“It’s music to my ears,” you might say while listening to an especially good concert. But your ears probably haven’t heard some of the waltzes and other stately dances performed next weekend by a piano-violin duo at First United Methodist Church in Anniston. The Foothills Piano Festival gues…

Re-live happy moments at the beach without feeling the heat. Feel the chill of a winter’s day without a coat. Discover that heavy rain seems lighter when you’re under the umbrella on a date. These encounters with Mother Nature can be seen in the comfort of a gallery at Thai One On restaurant…

Alabama’s story of rising to a territory and then statehood is well worth studying. Many inhabitants achieved and struggled on its land to shape it as we know it today. There were victories, hardships, conflicts and — most important —  perseverance before Alabama achieved its identity.