Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hitchcock Blonde At Southern Miss

Award winning director, Terry Johnson's "Hitchcock Blonde" made it's way to USM's campus this past Thursday. The performance was put on by the University Of Southern Mississippi department of Theatre and Dance. The play is taking place at the Martha R. Tatum Theatre. From what I have read on USM's marketing page, the play is full of suspense and mystery and is meant for mature audiences only. The play is about Alfred Hitchcock's obsession or fascination with blonde women taking his leading roles in his films. The play is depicted with scenes of flashbacks, memories and the stage's vintage setting. "Hitchcock Blonde" will be playing at 7:30pm from October 1st through October 4th and at 2pm from October 4th through October 18th. Tickets are priced at 12 dollars and they are available here at All images appear courtesy of and

The 4th Annual Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival

This year marks the 4th Annual Historical Street Renaissance festival. The festival is a three day event that takes place in downtown Hattiesburg. The festival will be held from October 2nd to October 4th. The festival will commemorate the history of music and culture of African American entertainment. The event has been a success in the previous years and hopefully this year's festival will be no different. The opening act for the festival will be Vasti Jackson, a muscian who performed at Eaglepalooza in 2006.

In between Saturday's performances there will be cook-offs, boxing matches and more on stage performances. The renaissance festival will come to an end on Sunday around 3pm, that evening there will be a gospel service at First Trinity Baptist Church. All proceeds from the festival will go towards the USM center for black studies technology and the Mobile Bouie neighborhood. For more information contact Deborah Delgado at 601.582.2560 or 225.921.0656. All images appear courtesy of and

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection

The de grummond Children's Literature collection was founded in 1966 by Dr. Lena Y. de Grummond. The collection's purpose is for children's literature. The de Grummond collection boasts over 1,200 authors and illustrators, thousands of published books and original work filled with illustrations. The de Grummong collection is located in the McCain Library of The University Of Southern Mississippi as a part of it's special collections.

The de Grummond collection not only serves as an exhibit but it also serves as a resource material for scholars in various fields. Along with the actual exhibit, there are virtual exhibits that include work from Ezra Jack Keats and Kate Greenaway. The virtual exhibits have been funded by The Hattiesburg Arts Council and The University Of Southern Mississippi Foundation. One of my personal favorites is "Curious George Comes To Hattiesburg" by Margret Ray.
For more information about opening and closing times, you can visit or contact The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection Box 5148 Hattiesburg, MS 39406 (601) 266-4349
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