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.

Many of you enjoy live music. Live art, too can be just as exciting. Events that highlight both forms are scheduled this week, with a worship musical tonight at Parker Memorial Baptist Church in Anniston and interactive art demonstrations at Talladega’s Heritage Hall Museum this month from M…

Enjoy your summer vacation, but return soon. There’s a burst of not-to-miss attractions filling the calendar, including Noonday Notations at Anniston’s First United Methodist Church … Vintage Bazaar and opening of the redesigned Pearl Harbor room at The Berman Museum … “Bringing Back Shakesp…

Two art forms — rock and roll and Broadway musicals — live on today in various degrees. Three area artists — Mike Gagliardo, Kim Dobbs and Ramsey Whitney — bring us face to face with events that feature these forms in the coming weeks.

A rich mixture of history, artistry and creativity is offered this month for those who are interested in learning more about church’s architectural features or reading an historical fiction set in the War Between the States. Stephanie Bain, Oxford author of “The Girl I Left Behind,” centers …