“Scenes of Summer” from the camera of Anniston Star photographer Bill Wilson was a feature inside Life & Arts last weekend. The photos brought us closer into nature in Talladega National Forest. The welcome feel of coolness from a waterfall and seeing the flora along the trail led the vi…

Mysteries: Some are solvable and others are not. Scientists, law enforcement and historians have faced these challenges and solved them. But with the puzzling accounts explored by Mike Gagliardo in his presentation “Mysteries in Classical Music,” answers have not been found.

The usual summer school activity is not going on yet, but lessons taught and lessons learned exist elsewhere in our community. The JSU Music Academy will re-open this fall, and the values that an Anniston shop owner learned from a homeless woman inspired a different career path. Sometimes, l…

During this time when choirs, music directors and church congregations cannot gather, true musicians will find a way to keep the melodies flowing. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our area’s singers, choir directors, organists and pianists have used their time wisely in planning worship ser…

Applause is due to more than 40 artists in music and visual art in Calhoun County this month for their honors and accomplishments. But their success involves more than the recognition. In the case of pianist Rachel Park and 40 artists selected for the annual juried student exhibit at Jackson…

The arts bring people together, it has been said. This week, arts events will do just that in three different ways. A gardening presentation, a piano quartet performance and an organ recital of sacred music appeal to different tastes, but each will be fresh and interesting and a learning exp…

Everyone who takes the arts calendar seriously knows that Anniston, Oxford and Jacksonville offer a bounty of events. Here are three more, all scheduled for Thursday and Friday. The photography and piano music occasions happen at different hours. You can make all three!

History repeats itself, as they say. And thank goodness for that, when it comes to art trends today. Three arts happenings on this month’s calendar wouldn’t be possible without attainments centuries ago in hymnody, tatting and a deserving individual’s trip to Rome, Italy. All three elements …

The creativity in music and theater has a way of bringing our attention to special occasions. Locally, music and theater can enhance our celebration of Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. If we can dance at a Mardi Gras ball and hear romantic songs on stage — songs from the heart — on Valentine’…