TUPELO

Company bringing

Jane' to Link Centre

The Acting Company will present Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" at 7 p.m. Monday at Tupelo's Link Centre.

Hannah Cabell, who plays Jane, said the story stays true to Bronte's original story of people trying to find personal freedom while living in a highly structured society. She said the costumes are pretty cool, too.

Tickets are $12/adults, $8/students and $10/seniors with group rates available. Get the facts by calling (662) 690-4011.

STARKVILLE

Spotlight shines

on ragtime at MSU

Internationally recognized ragtime performers will call Mississippi State home for a few days.

To be held Friday to Sunday, March 25, the Templeton Ragtime Festival will bring some of the world's best ragtime performers for a series of events celebrating the historic musical genre. The public event will include a blend of major and mini concerts, as well as seminars and question-and-answer sessions led by the artists.

Scheduled festival performers and speakers will include Jeff Barnhart, Mimi Blais, Neville Dickie, Tracy Doyle, Sue Keller, David Reffkin and more.

Tickets are $80/weekend pass, $30/Friday, $40/Saturday, $20/Sunday and $15/evening concerts. Students get half off all prices.

OXFORD

Play finalists will

be read on Saturday

The five winning plays in Theatre Oxford's Eighth Annual 10 Minute Play Contest will be presented in a staged reading at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Parish Hall of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Oxford.

The free show is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

After all five of the 2007 winners are read, judges will announce the ranking and the grand prize winner who will receive the L.W. Thomas Award of $1,000 and a later production of the winning script.

This year's contest drew a record number of entries, 321, from all over the United States and several foreign countries including, Australia, Canada, and England. Twenty-five local judges read the plays through semifinal and final rounds. Nine plays made it into the finals.

Learn more by calling (662) 236-5052, or check www.10minuteplays.com.

Poet to read, speak Friday

as Grisham Visiting Writer

Poet Thomas Sayers Ellis will visit the University of Mississippi and Oxford on Friday during the 14th annual Oxford Conference for the Book.

Sponsored by UM's Grisham Visiting Writers Series, Ellis is scheduled to read selections from his work and offer comments about his writing during a 9 a.m. session at the Oxford Conference Center.

Ellis is assistant professor of creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and a faculty member of the Lesley University low-residency Master of Fine Arts program. He co-founded the Dark Room Collective in Cambridge, Mass., in 1988 and earned an MFA from Brown University in 1995.

His work includes "The Maverick Room," "The Good Junk," "The Genuine Negro Hero" and "Song On."

For a complete schedule of activities for the Oxford Conference for the Book and registration information, contact the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at (662) 915-5993.

English professor Galef

publishes poetry collection

A University of Mississippi professor who previously received critical acclaim for his novels is being heralded for his first collection of poetry.

"Flaws" (David Robert Books, 2007) by David Galef, professor of English and administrator of the Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, is being released this month. Galef is slated to participate in a poetry panel reading Friday during the Oxford Conference for the Book.

Galef's previous work includes the novels "How to Cope with Suburban Stress" (Permanent Press, 2006), which made Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2006 list, "Flesh" (Permanent Press, 1995) and "Turning Japanese" (Permanent Press, 1998).

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