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JACK WEATHERLY — ‘Bright Star’ shines at the New Stage

Steve Martin met someone at a cocktail party who wanted to compliment him on his play about Picasso meeting Einstein. It was “goo . . . RATE,” the partygoer said, avoiding damning Martin with faint praise. The legendary comedian, actor, banjoist and playwright’s latest stage effort, “Bright Star,” as presented by New Stage Theater in Jackson is goo . . ...

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Pushing the porch back to the forefront

By JACK WEATHERLY Big front porches – with room for friends and family to sit, rock and visit for a while – are back in style. In the days before air-conditioning, such porches were especially prized in the South during the long hot summers, allowing people passing by on foot to say hello and possibly be invited up for lemonade ...

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Conference delves into role of front porch in South

By JACK WEATHERLY The fourth annual Conference on the Front Porch promises to go far afield while still revolving about the role of the classic Southern gathering place. The conference will include national politics, race, art and ecology, according to Campbell McCool, organizer of the event that will be held Sept. 26-27 at Taylor, Miss. But it will all revolve ...

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Malco adding MXT ‘Extreme’ Theatre to Tupelo location

TUPELO • Malco Theatres is adding its large-format MXT “Extreme” Theatre to several of its locations including the Tupelo Commons Grill. The Memphis-based company recently debuted the format at its Malco Powerhouse Cinema in Memphis, and said its next project will be at the recently renovated Collierville Cinema Grill. According to Malco, MXT “Extreme” Theatre is “a state-of-the-art auditorium (that) will ...

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Filmmaking rebate requires ‘roots’ in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY A key incentive in the state’s film industry was allowed to expire two years ago after research by a legislative committee showed that 51 cents of every taxpayer dollar produced only 49 cents. In other words, it was investment loser. So the rebate of 25 percent on payroll for out-of-state cast and crew was allowed to sunset ...

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Malco Theatres taps Tashie for president

Memphis-based Malco Theatres has promoted David Tashie to President and Chief Operating Officer. Tashie, son of Co-Chairman Jimmy Tashie and great-grandson of founder M.A. Lightman, Sr, began his career with Malco in 1998 and worked his way up through the 102-year old family business. Tashie will continue overseeing the day-to-day operations of the theatre chain and bowling / family entertainment ...

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Swooning film industry awaits outcome of incentive revival effort

By JACK WEATHERLY The movie industry in Mississippi has dropped precipitously since a key incentive was allowed to sunset on July 1, 2017. But legislation to restore that incentive – a cash rebate of 25 percent of the payroll for out-of-state cast and crew members – has made it to the final stages of approval with strong support in both ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — ‘Les Miz’ stays on the high road

Would current events highjack the musical stage adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century novel “Les Miserables”? There are parallels, however thin, which is about all it takes these days to make a case. After all, in the Trump era, however long that may be, there is the “resistance” that has consumed much of the country, fanned by investigations and more ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — A mighty fortress holds forth with annual show

[droand pcap]It is the best foot forward for the biggest Baptist church in a Baptist-dominated state. “Carols by Candlelight” is First Baptist of Jackson’s extravagant yet humble yule show that just marked its 49th year. It is unquestionably the biggest event of the season in the Jackson area. It is comparable to the Mormons’ annual extravaganza in Salt Lake City. ...

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Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience names Trahan Marketing Director

Jerome Trahan, a native of Biloxi and long-time resident of Meridian, is returning to Mississippi as the Marketing Director for The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX). Trahan is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and is a former resident of Northern Virginia, where he spent 11 years working in Amtrak’s Washington D.C. headquarters. Trahan began his career ...

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