• Happenings: 70th Annual Miss Hospitality

    Celebrating its 70th anniversary, Mississippi Miss Hospitality will host its largest competition in more than a decade, welcoming 44 contestants to Hattiesburg in July. 

    This year’s program features not only the contestants but their Little Misses and former state Miss Hospitalities as well. The Platinum Jubilee competition will take place at 8 p.m. July 26 and 27 at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.

  • Hobos, Heroes, and Street Corner Clowns

    The Shop Downtown is one of those mythical places you usually only hear stories about. Equal parts dive bar and bohemian art market, the small, disheveled 800-square-foot oasis in downtown Hattiesburg first opened its doors in the early 2000s as The Grill and Grocery and was resurrected in 2014 with a new owner and a new name.

  • Friends Reunite: Fairley's Wings and More

    Reunited… and it feels sooooo good
    After a multi-month hiatus, the Food with Friends crew has finally teamed up once again to do what we do best – eat and chat. This month’s adventure brings us to Fairley’s Wings and More in Downtown Hattiesburg. We were excited to get the gang back together and enjoy a spread from the local wing joint. Jamie even showed up in his “I Am Fairley’s Wings” T-shirt that he got at the ribbon cutting when the business first opened its doors.

  • FilmSnob: Eyes of Laura Mars

    “And we’ll use murder to sell deodorant.”

    Two years before directing The Empire Strikes Back, Irvin Kershner helmed The Eyes of Laura Mars. Written by upstart John Carpenter, with a torch song by Barbara Streisand, and starring Faye Dunaway, who had recently won an Oscar for Network, this should have been a smash hit when it premiered in 1978. Instead, it joined its brethren in the annals of forgotten film archives. The visual and artistic choices certainly date this film, molding it into a great time capsule period piece. 

  • Prologue: And the Winners are

    Who won? Who won? Who won for Best Garden Center? And what about Best Female Vocalist? Chicken fingers? Best Ice Cream?
    I bet we all know who captured the Best Troublemaker title.
    No matter who you were pulling for in this year’s Best of the Pine Belt competition, everyone is a winner, not just during this time each year, but year-round.

  • hall of fame dinner & induction ceremony thursday, june 27

    A legendary blues musician, a champion of the disabled, a civil rights heroine, a Catholic priest with a heart of gold, and two iconic restaurant owners consist of this year’s group of inductees into Signature Magazine’s Best of the Pine Belt Hall of Fame.

  • AWARD SHOW looks TO BE BIGGEST, BEST

    When Signature Magazine publisher David Gustafson threw out the idea of hosting a Oscar-style, red carpet award show in conjunction with FestivalSouth’s annual ‘Best of the Pine Belt’ competition five years ago, even his own staff raised an eyebrow or two.
    But thanks to their encouragement and hard work – and the overwhelming support of the greater Pine Belt community – the annual Best of the Pine Belt Award Show became a reality and has quickly become one of the biggest and most-talked-about nights of the year.

  • Take a slice into Two Watermelon Beers

    This month we feature two outstanding examples of the Gose style – one from Terrapin in Atlanta, the other from Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both are made with watermelon; both delicious. Here’s the breakdown:
    Gose is a German style, born on the river Gose, in the Harz mountain town of Goslar. Traditional gose has a 50 percent malted wheat content, and is flavored with salt and coriander. It was brewed commercially until the end of the Second World War, when the Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall destroyed the markets. 

  • Filmsnob: Miles Doleac

    Homo Universalis – doing important work at home

  • Noteworthy: Best of the Best

    Before we dive in, let us briefly examine what makes a Greatest Hits truly worthy of its vaunted moniker. Personally, I own four separate Otis Redding compilations, but he does not make the list. Before you come at me with pitchforks, hear me out. Redding, while both amazing and essential, did not have a career long enough (1963-1967) to best encapsulate his stature as both a singer and songwriter. As a singles artists, his songs are ones to return to again and again. However, their progress and growth are best illustrated in one of the numerous Stax Records collections.

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