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…

The rewards are great for those of us who can spend our days doing what we love to do — whether the passion is making music or collecting bottles. For flutist Jeremy Benson and bottle collector Jake Smith, both of whom are recognized this month, there’s pleasure and purpose in every day. The…

Art has many meanings. For each piece of art, there is a meaning in the artist’s mind and a meaning derived from the viewer’s perspective. This week, thoughts behind creativity and from the patron’s view figure prominently in three fine art categories: photography, visual art and literature. 

There’s an awakening of the earth’s beauty this month with bright blooms that you can’t help but notice. Notice, too, that a few arts groups, including Cheaha Creative Arts and the Gadsden Symphony Orchestra, celebrate a rebirth that results in new attractions and opportunities for the public.

It’s spring, and Anniston is showing us a different side of her nature. The town has taken on the vibrant colors of pink, white, violet and gold, making the landscapes lively again. New views have surfaced within the artistic view, too. At Grace Episcopal Church in Anniston, a new collection…

The performance of music has many purposes. Soon, music will enhance the dignity and excitement of the inauguration ceremony of incoming Jacksonville State University President Dr. Don C. Killingsworth on April 9. In Jacksonville, the sound of music in worship is such a priority to some pari…

The arts make life better. They are the source of some enjoyable events that give substance and fascination to our days, despite the challenges and limitations of the pandemic. Theater productions come our way again in the near future at Gadsden State Community College, while an oil painting…

Creativity is alive and well in our community. It is present in individuals’ efforts in visual art, music and in innovative history programs. Alex Craft’s ceramic artworks are on display in Hammond Hall Gallery at Jacksonville State University. A musical work by Mike Gagliardo received a pre…

Explore history in a variety of ways this month by hearing a program at the Calhoun County Historical Society, touring a museum or simply walking through Quintard Mall, where some surprises (if you’ve not been there in a while) bring history up close.

Music continues to bring people together locally in the band room and classrooms at Anniston High School, while actors and singers involved with CAST have found a way to virtually touch the lives of others with meaningful entertainment.

Two happenings with happy endings this month chase away the blues on gray, rainy February days. Author Marie Bostwick, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, is preparing a program March 16 for viewers here about a woman restoring her unhappy life. In Oxford, a historic house is …

Tom Mullins, who recently retired from the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun, discussed the resources available for genealogical research in the library’s Alabama Room during the January meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The arts can help you celebrate Christmas in two ways. Decorate your home’s exterior with all the trimmings and you’ll spread holiday cheer to passersby. Or, create a piece of art for a unique gift and make a special someone happy.

The bleakest winter can turn into the most vibrant spring, as it was stated in an article in Guidepost magazine in July. By the same token, the 2018 tornados that hit Jacksonville and buildings on the JSU campus did drastic damage, but there is a happy ending to that story.

The pandemic can’t keep some of our area’s serious actors off the stage. CAST Kidz are in rehearsal for “Frozen Jr.” to be presented in January, while Munford native Caleb Clark is promoting Birmingham theaters in his video series “Caleb Clark is Here” on YouTube.