• 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.

  • 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.

  • Prologue: Join Us As We Celebrate

    I have been fortunate to be a part of FestivalSouth since its inception. Though I have been involved in many facets of the event, it has been my distinct privilege to serve as artistic director for the past five years. Building on the incredible strengths of our community, FestivalSouth has become synonymous with excellence in the arts, offering programming and representing the wealth of talent we enjoy as a community.

  • Womanly Wisdom

    Chances are if you’ve been given advice at some point in your life – whether you’re a man or a woman – it came from your mother, a grandmother, a favorite aunt, a bossy sister, a respected teacher, a best friend or some other woman who has made a lasting impression on you. The Pine Belt has a plethora of women who enrich the lives of many of its residents day in and day out. It’s this advice or wisdom they’ve cultivated through their many experiences in life.

  • 2nd Annual BOPB Pub Crawl & Kick Off Party - May 31, 2019

    This year Signature Magazine is shaking things up a bit to keep the Best of the Pine Belt party going all month long and to amp up the excitement.

    June 1 marks the second annual Best of the Pine Belt Hall of Fame dinner with the BOPB Awards Show winding down FestivalSouth with a gala show on Friday, June 28, at the Saenger Theater.

  • LIGHT, LOW IN CALORIES & REFRESHING: LEINENKUGEL’S SUMMER SHANDY

    Jacob Leinenkugel founded his brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in 1867, making it the seventh oldest continually operating brewery in the U.S. and the oldest business in Chippewa Falls. Leinenkugel was for most of its history a traditional brewer of German-style ales and lagers, but is now chiefly known for its fruit beers. One of its biggest sellers is the Summer Shandy, which is available both in glass bottles and in tallboy cans for your river experience.

  • Persepolis: Satrapi directs her own story like a seasoned veteran

    Up to 1979, Iran was on a fast track to modernism. The clothing fashions looked straight out of Vogue, and under the monarchy of the Shah, quality of life was improving rapidly. Unfortunately, the Iranian Revolution occurred, orchestrated by religious zealots, and concluded with the American-backed Shah going into exile. Many progressive Muslims were faced with an Islamic conservative power. To this day, the governmental policies do not reflect the will of the Iranian people.

  • Noteworthy: Cadie Calhoun is Unhitched

    Photos by Trey Clark

    A little girl. Just 10 years old. One push from her grandmother and one more from her mother made her step forward. Two generations of choir singers in her family, and they told her that she would be an opera singer. Beneath the warm lights of Temple Baptist Church, Cadie Calhoun first sang.

  • About the shoot: SULLIVAN BARN

    Sullivan Barn in Eastabuchie is a dream come true for the Sullivan Family. For more than 10 years The Sullivans imagined a barn that matched their enthusiasm and love for quarterhorses. 

    Two years from the first load of dirt to the last nail driven to completion, Sullivan Barn has exceeded the dream of its' owners, Glen and Shelley Sullivan.

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