There’s double learning and enjoyment in one day’s time on Nov. 16. The two events are for all ages, but especially for future generations. A midday book review and luncheon will center on a collection of personal stories and insights about 9/11 by 17 American authors. That evening, the fare…

New sights and sounds as entertainment this month will put us in an art state of mind. The JSU Jazz Ensemble will perform lively rhythms and a blend of harmonies, while a showing of faculty art and photographic images by a visiting artist present the adventure of discovering a variety of mus…

People in our area have traveled far and near. The military has taken those in uniform to many parts of the world. However, it’s likely that few have been inside churches, cathedrals and cemeteries in each culture to focus on art representing faithful people serving in their time in history.…

The change in the weather brings a change in the number of art events, it seems. Jacksonville State University’s David L. Walters Music Department, the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County, and Oxford Performing Arts Center are offering a healthy dose of music programs and speaker prese…

The title of “Through Darkness to Light: Photography Along the Underground Railroad,” an exhibit in the Martin-Lett Gallery at the Oxford Performing Arts Center, has a two-fold meaning. This photography series by Jeanine Michna-Bales centers on slaves’ secret travel on foot, taking them, hop…

A new memoir, a photography exhibit and a mystery/comedy take us to different times and places in our imagination this month. With these events, we are on a ride with stops to enjoy humor, warmth as well as dark corners in our history. In these, there are different degrees of happiness, hope…

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…

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…

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.

An active menu of theater performances gets summer off to a lively start — and seems to speak to enthusiasm after delays during the pandemic. CAST Kidz will soon be offering weekly classes on performing plus readying for a musical theater competition. Storyteller Dolores Hydock will present …

If we are to save our historic tangible reminders to be a part of the American narrative, then the focus should be on preservation. And preservation begins at home. This month, preservation is present in the worship and arts program at Anniston’s First United Methodist Church and in the Cald…

As Jacksonville State University students invest time in singing roles in “The Gondoliers” — an operetta presented by the Jacksonville Opera Theatre — and perhaps consider a career in theatre as they discover the strong competition involved in capturing roles, film actor Donald Pitts serves …

A crescendo of creativity is happening this month as we emerge from pandemic isolation. A program on the history and beauty of an Anniston church … a storyteller’s entertaining presentation on a major American event … a summer arts camp for high school students will teach art appreciation an…