Yazoo Arts Council kicks off new events next weekend

By CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,

The newly revived Yazoo Arts Council is off to a good start this year, bringing new and exciting cultural events to Yazoo City.

Some of the council's first events are only a week away, with the one-man show "Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?," and the children's play "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Caleveras County" occurring during the weekend of the Jerry Clower Festival on May 4 and 5.

"Oh, Mr. Faulkner Do You Write?" will be performed by the internationally acclaimed actor John Maxwell, whom has been touring this play on the reflections of Mississippi author William Faulkner since 1981. Nearly 100 tickets have already been sold for this exclusive one-night event, which will take place on Friday, May 4, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Yazoo City.  A reception will be held before the event inside the church courtyard at 6 p.m.  The remaining tickets for this limited seating event may be purchased at the Bank of Yazoo, Good Hope General Merchandise, and Webb's Pharmacy.

"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" will be performed by New Stage Theatre's Arts-in-Education Touring Program.  This free event will be a collaborative effort of the Junior Auxiliary of Yazoo City and the Yazoo Arts Council to provide a cultural experience for the children of Yazoo City and Yazoo County.  The family-oriented play is based on an original short story written by Mark Twain, and promotes the importance of being honest, and treating others with kindness.  This event will take place free of charge on Saturday, May 5, beginning at 10 a.m. inside the auditorium at the Yazoo Community Complex, located at 516 East Canal Street in Yazoo City. 

The Yazoo Arts Council is also excited to announce their summer fundraising event, "Three Blind Wines," to be held at the No Smoking Smoke House on Main Street in Yazoo City on Friday, June 22.  This wine-tasting event will feature blind tasting of different wines provided by attendees, with prize for the wine voted most favored in the event.  Special guests for the event will be Emily Ellis Black, Food Editor for Mississippi Magazine and a writer for the Enterprise-Tocsin in Indianola, who will be present to speak on food and wine pairings; and Phil Williams, who will participating in the event as a Sommelier, and will talk about the characteristics of the different wines served at the event.  Tickets for this event will be announced for sale at a later date.

A Fall Concert Series is also on the agenda for the Yazoo Arts Council as well.  In the month of October, plans have been made for Yazoo native Dr. Viola Dacus to perform a free series of vocals to local audiences.  Dacus is an Assistant Professor and Voice Area Coordinator for the Department of Music at Mississippi College.  In November, the council will feature another free performance of the Handbell Choir at the First United Methodist Church in Yazoo City.

To kick off Christmas Open House in Yazoo City, the council also plans to host a Local Artists Christmas Showcase on Nov. 9, with a reading from "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, presented by The Chimneyville Readers, inside the Triangle Cultural Center.

To conclude the 2018 calendar year, the Yazoo Arts Council plans to host a private Christmas Party in December for all of the active members.  The members of the council remind the public that while plans are made for these events in advance, the dates, times, and locations are always subject to change.  The council encourages all members to stay up to date with all recent news on council events, and thank those who have supported the revival of an arts and culture organization within Yazoo City.