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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...

Way Down Film Festival Hosting Celebrities and Expanding

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Celebrate the $9.5 billion film industry here, as Synovus presents the third annual Way Down Film Festival on Oct 19-21st at the gorgeous, historic state theater, Springer Opera House! Saluting 47 incredible short films from around the world, savor a weekend of seven curated screenings, innovative thematic parties (like the Saturday Night Awards Bash, picture below, presented by Mercedes Benz of...

New Films Recruited to Columbus, GA by Way Down Film Festival Judge

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Visions Production Faith-based feature film “REDEEMED” to be produced by Manns/Mackie Studios in Columbus, Georgia from 29 November-15 December, 2018. Visions Production, a North Carolina based feature film production company has tapped Georgia based feature film production company, Manns/Mackie Studios (My Brother’s Keeper) to produce “Redeemed”, its first feature film project. “Redeemed” a...

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.”...

Valued Voices: Poet Jennifer Horne and the Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference

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Though established by an act of the state legislature in 1931, the Poet Laureate of Alabama has no specified official duties. “People have done different things with it,” Jennifer Horne, honored with the four-year designation last November, says of the position. “In general, it’s been developed to be the public face of literature for the state, one that strives to show how important the literary...

A Road by Any Other Name

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Benjamin Dallas Redding grew up in the Chattahoochee Valley,   but it’s his new musical theater production that sustains his sojourn in his hometown. “I made it for Columbus,” Redding (Ben to those who know him) explains of r + j theory, his wild reimagination of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Already an accomplished theater professional in his mid-20s, Redding discusses the project—slated to...

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