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Art, architecture and technology are scheduled to converge at Digital Graffiti 2017 when dozens of dynamic digital art works set aglow the iconic alabaster walls, courtyards, pathways – even waterways – of Northwest, Florida's, Alys Beach.


    Slated for May 19-21, thi...

It was a slow evolution to become “The Birthplace of America's Music.” It began generations ago, when the blues – a truly indigenous Southern art form – sprung up as the only viable communication in the cotton fields of the antebellum South. From there, it made its way...

The Art and Life of John "Pudding" Moore

By Julian Rankin
Photographs by Rory Doyle

    There aren’t many metalsmiths named Puddin. Even if Greenville, Mississippi, artist John “Puddin” Moore isn’t the only one with the moniker, he’s certainly one of a kind....

In 1996, Wayne Williams took a leap of faith.


    It wasn't that he started a business. It was that he started a business with relatively no financial backing, no inventory and not much of a business plan, other than what he and his girlfriend had dreamed up and an emp...

Like Papa Vanelli used to make

By Meghan Holmes
Photographs by Marianne Todd

    Just as lunch time begins at his downtown Tupelo restaurant, Voz Vanelli walks through the back door, navigating a few crates of produce on a hand truck. Before checking on things in the kit...

Elvis Festival headlined by Lee Fields & The Expressions

By Marianne Todd

    The Tupelo Elvis Festival is most widely known for its Elvis Tribute Artist Competition, but this year's headliner may steal the spotlight.


    Slated for June 1-4, Lee Fields & The E...

Fans can’t get enough of The King

By Meghan Holmes
Photography by Marianne Todd

Connie Tullos, a longtime tour guide at the Tupelo Hardware Store, pointed to a duct tape weathered X affixed to the shop’s wooden floor. “You’re standing at the very spot where Elvis bought...

The story of 20th century America at the Tupelo Automobile Museum

By Kara Martinez Bachman
Photography by Marianne Todd

    In American culture, cars are more than just transportation; they're a symbol of freedom  –  the tangible result of what interests and intrigues us...

The Music of George Soulé

By Jacky Jack White
Photographs by Marianne Todd

In the late 19th century through World War II, the Soulé Steam Feed Works in Meridian, Mississippi, was one of the most vital and innovative manufacturers of lumber and sawmill products in the cou...

Field Notes on Foul-Mouthed Babies, Disenchanted Women, & Careening into Middle Age

When Kara Martinez Bachman began writing a collection of essays that would comprise her newly-released book, “Kissing the Crisis,” she went to her local library to do some research “I wa...

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August 26, 2018

August 26, 2018