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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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Monique Davis takes helm of Center for Art & Public Exchange

The Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) is has announced Monique Davis as the incoming Managing Director of the Museum’s Center for Art & Public Exchange (CAPE). Davis succeeds founding CAPE director Julian Rankin, who will begin his tenure as Director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA) in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on October 15. Davis and Rankin are collaborating ...

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Head is new chorusmaster for Opera

Andrew Head The Mississippi Opera recently announced that its new chorusmaster for the 2018-2019 season is Andrew Head. Head has appeared in operatic roles in The Crucible, Rigoletto,Susannah, Les Troyens), Abu Hassan, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Un ballo in maschera, Carmen, Werther, and others. He has performed in New York, Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Since 2016, ...

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