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Camera Ready: Ty Manns’ Silver-Screen Gospel

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“I’m a preacher’s kid,” Ty Manns begins in describing a life path that led him to the film world. “My dad was a Holiness preacher,” the writer/director/producer continues during an October interview at Fountain City Coffee. “He preached for a long time in West Virginia before cancer made him move to be with family in North Carolina. All those years growing up, we’d watch and talk about movies...

Of Men, Music & Myth

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Now entering its second weekend at the Springer Opera House, Kudzu the Musical celebrates in story and song this place we call home—the quintessential eccentric Southern community that is Columbus, Georgia. In this Q&A with Electric City Life Editor Frank Etheridge, local music luminary Allen Levi shares his insights into the original musical theater production he created in collaboration...

Good Viberations

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“St. EOM made up his own words, like Pasaquan and viberations,” Charles Fowler says. “We decided we wanted to bring back Artists for Pasaquan weekend but to put our own spin on it. So in the spirit of St. EOM, we renamed it a word we came up with: Pasafest.” An artist and musician, Fowler is also caretaker of Pasaquan: the surreal vision of inter-planetary utopia on 7 acres erected by mystic...

(Not) Hidden Figures

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“You can’t hide anything—it’s all out there,” Garry Pound says of the allure for artists to capture the nude human form. “You can’t fake it. You either get it, or you don’t.” Transferring the naked body into fine-art form has been the focus of live drawing sessions Pound, an acclaimed portraitist, has hosted for decades. Originally held at the Columbus Museum, these Friday morning gatherings...

Ain’t that America: The Quest in Columbus for Lil’ Tiny Houses (for You and Me)

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Among the many cheap-shots at Columbus in his 2007 book The Big Eddy Club, Englishman David Rose’s observation “the city takes up far more room than its inhabitants” is perhaps his most astute. Rose went on to compliment the “towering gardens” he found on Columbus’ large residential lots. It’s a charming characteristic of the city and it comes rooted in a Deep South agrarian society and...

Local Film-Biz Leader Crystal W. Trawick Launches Distribution Company

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Tell us about your experience in the movie industry. “My experience started in 1998 when I began a part-time job with Carmike Cinemas. I worked my way up in Operations: I spent 10 years threading projectors, popping popcorn, working in the box office, just like everyone else.   Then I received the opportunity to work in Carmike’s Film Department, where I spent four years acquiring films from the...

A New Hope

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Two-thirds of the way through a commanding performance that served as her introduction to the community, Jena Jones asked an audience to close their eyes and listen as she tells the story of two children.   Recently installed as Director of Muscogee County’s Dept. of Family and Children Services, Jones held her 100-plus audience rapt as she introduced two siblings—the boy Malachi and girl...

Najee’s Art in Columbus (and America)

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When Najee Dorsey talks about Black Art in America, he talks not in the singular but in terms of “Us,” “We” and “Our.” “Our greatest strength is our flexibility, our agility,” the 45-year-old Arkansas native says of his critically, culturally and commercially booming business. “If we were a corporation, it would take too much time to cut through all the bureaucracy. If we’re more agile...

Words & Music, Southern Gothic Style

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“I’ve written one song off Reflections of a Golden Eye from the passage where the main guy takes his wife’s horse out riding,” Aimee Bobruk says of a songwriting process that led the Austin, Texas musician to where she sat Tuesday night, sipping wine on the front porch of  Carson McCullers’ childhood home. “He’s riding, loses control and finds his bliss,” she continues, talking during a quick...

Hunger in the Valley

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“It’s a struggle to keep a supply of food at home,” Marion Mitchell explains of why she picked up three bags of groceries from the Uptown Food Pantry earlier this month. A personal-care nurse dressed in her red medical scrubs, Mitchell calls the food—frozen meat, cereal, fresh produce, bread, butter, eggs and more—”a blessing donated out of the goodness of people in  Columbus’ hearts.”...

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