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…

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.