Songwriting has been a constant in Kenny Loggins’ life. Perhaps no one knows this better than Gail Wilson of Wellborn, who is eagerly awaiting the Loggins’ concert Thursday evening at the Anniston Performing Arts Center as part of the Knox Concert Series.

Wilson is a longtime fan of Loggins and especially likes his lyric writing. “His songs and words are beautiful,” she said. “He has probably written more songs than people know about. After hearing his music for so many years I’ve decided he must be a profound person.”

She especially wants to hear him sing “Meet Me Halfway,” which is about relationships. She predicts he will open the concert with “Danny,” which he wrote 46 years ago (and now revisits) when his brother’s wife gave birth to the couple’s first child. Loggins also wrote several hit songs for the movie “Footloose,” Wilson added.

Live music remains a key part of his career. “I make a connection with the audience. This is special to me and unique in my life,” he said in a press release.

WDNG talk show host Dave Mack met Loggins in 1985 in Philadelphia. “He is a wonderful performer and a brilliant songwriter,” Mack said.

To buy individual tickets ($60 general admission, $75 reserved seats), call Mandi King at 256-235-2553.

Jacksonville Cemetery Stroll today

The Jacksonville Public Library’s Cemetery Stroll has been rescheduled for today, due to inclement weather last Sunday afternoon. The stroll is at the city cemetery from 2-4:30 p.m.

Library program on decluttering

The Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County offers a program on organizing and decluttering your home by Katie Rogers of Birmingham. Learn to tidy up your space for peace of mind in your surroundings. Rogers will present tips based on the ancient art of feng shui, and will cover suggested places to donate no-longer-wanted items. The free program is Tuesday from 2-3 p.m.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ in Gadsden

CharACTers Theatre and Gadsden State present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Wallace Hall in Gadsden with 14 actors from Calhoun County involved.

The lead roles of the Beast and Belle are played by Samuel Iddings and LeAnna Fleming, who are both seniors at Jacksonville State University. They are both music education majors; Iddings hopes to be a high school band director, and Fleming has being a choir director in mind.

Iddings knows the musical well because he has been cast in other productions of it. “People know the story and they know the role of the Beast,” he said. “It is my job to fill the part with my own creativity and to bring new layers to the character.”  

The musical continues through Oct. 29. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors.

The box office, located in the lobby of Wallace Hall on the Gadsden State Community College campus, will be open for general admission an hour before each performance.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 256-543-ARTS. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Hardin Center for Cultural Arts on Broad Street, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Anniston City Hall art exhibit

A display of works by Anniston artists that was exhibited for three months in the public library’s Ayers Room can now be seen in the Stewart Building, 1021 Noble St.

The 30-piece exhibit was originally assembled 17 years ago for the opening of new executive offices in City Hall. The paintings and drawings were assembled by Judy Draper, who was appointed by the City of Anniston as curator. The pieces were donated by artists in the area.

Hervey Folsom writes about the local arts scene every Sunday. Contact her at