“It’s an opening to make Tennessee Williams smile,” suggest board members of the prestigious Mississippi Delta Festival honoring America’s great playwright Oct. 2-3.
As a kid growing up in the 80's, I remember very clearly some of the movie/TV content created for my viewing pleasure was designed to encourage me to buy toys. “He-Man, “Transformers,” “G.I. Joe,” even the “Star Wars” films had a hand in me writing up my Christmas list for Santa Claus. I can forgive “Star Wars” since it invented the whole concept and made getting new toys exciting, but most of these shows were unapologetic cash grabs. “Tomorrowland” feels like a throwback to that shady old practice.
Thursday, August 6, 2015: Grits, Greens & Barbecue VIP Party @ VIP Tent
The first “Mad Max” film premiered in 1979, starring a very young Mel Gibson and the film went on to become a cult classic. Two sequels followed, the critically revered “The Road Warrior” (1981) and the less respected, yet highly entertaining “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” (1985). Now for the first time in 30 years, we finally have a new Mad Max film ... and the result is spectacular.
Singer/songwriter William Bell, a pioneer of the classic Stax/Volt soul sound along with Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. and the MGs, Albert King, Rufus Thomas, and the Bar-Kays will be headlining the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival Aug. 7-9.
Griot students will perform Monday onstage at Ground Zero Blues Club beginning at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free year-end performance, Magnum Opus. Students have been working on music performance which will include vocal performances, instrumental performances on violin, guitar, keyboard and drums, along with the rock band ensemble and the folk band ensemble. Music instructors at Griot include Justin Zamm and P.J. Walker along with Josue Atibalentja. The dancers will entertain the crowd with their creative moves. Poetry readings and theatre performances are also part of the evening.
I once joked many years ago that Arnold Schwarzenegger's career would have another shot in the arm if he ever took a role as a transvestite prostitute in an indie drama. I didn't say that to insult the guy; I just meant he's never taken a risk to try a starring role outside the bombastic action film genre (and the occasional high-budget, goofy comedy) he worked so hard to define in the 80's and 90's. Now, after 46 years of working in the film industry, “The Governator” has finally taken that risk with the minimalist zombie indie tearjerker, “Maggie.”
By now, I think most of our readers know I have a band in town called the Clarksdale Blues Revue. What you may not know is that the reason I wound up playing the blues is because many years ago, a great man by the name of Pinetop Perkins and his band members, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Bob Stroger and Hubert Sumlin, encouraged me to learn an instrument, and they were the first guys I ever played with. They later introduced me to my great friend and mentor, Little Arthur Duncan, which is a story for another day.
Clarksdale native Will Goss will host a premiere of his film “Hunting” at the Shack Up Inn this Saturday at 7 p.m. Written, produced and directed by Goss, the movie stars several other locals and is a love story as well as a tale of hunting, jealousy and friendships.