Arts & Culture

Arts Notes (Oct. 18)


'Woodcut Funhouse' reception is Friday

Negrotto's Gallery, 2645 Executive Place, Biloxi, is hosting the opening art reception for "Woodcut Funhouse" with Sean Starwars on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Starwars has specialized in relief woodcut printmaking for more than 20 years. Details: 388-8822.

Mary C. Center presents 'Riding the Rails' exhibit

"Riding the Rails" exhibit will be shown through May 2016 at the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs.

The railroad was the lifeblood of Ocean Springs from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. Since the city is surrounded by water and previously reached primarily by steamboat, the railroad reached Ocean Springs in the 1870s, opening an era of some 80 years that saw unprecedented growth, most of that with the Louisville & Nashville Rail


Coast excursion trains began coming from New Orleans to Ocean Springs in June of 1880. These commuter trains sometimes made several trips daily well into the 20th century.

The trains also took wool, citrus trees, and thin-shelled pecans to the Northeast, as well as oysters and shellfish after refrigeration came about. During WWII, as many as 50 trains came through a day moving troops and supplies. The sleek L&N Humming Bird was the passenger train that closed out the era in 1964.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Details: 818-2878.

Fourth Sunday at 4 is Oct. 25 in Bay St. Louis

Fourth Sunday at Four will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Christ Episcopal Church, 912 S. Beach Blvd., Bay St. Louis. It will feature performing artists Hsiaopei Lee and Elizabeth Moak, and mosaic artist Elizabeth Veglia.

Lee is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Cincinnati and has performed in solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Moak has performed internationally and throughout the United States, as well. Veglia has been creating mosaics for more than 35 years. Details: 467-0106

Thomas E. Simmons earns Gold Medal Award

Author Thomas E. Simmons of Gulfport has received a Gold Medal Award for Biography from The Military Writer's Society of America for his book "The Man Called Brown Condor," (Skyhorse Publishing).

The narrative biography details the life of African American Pilot John Robinson. Born in 1903, he grew up in segregated Gulfport with, at the time, the impossible dream of becoming a pilot.

With determination, skill and courage, Robinson achieved his dream against all odds. He planted the seed for a school of aviation at Tuskegee and later gained fame as Col. John Robinson, commander of the small Ethiopia Air Corps under Emperor Haile Selassie during the brutal Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935-36.

Simmons was previously honored by the Mississippi Senate with a Concurrent Resolution for his writing. He currently has two other books in print, "Escape from Archangel" (University of Mississippi Press) and "Forgotten Heroes of World War Two," Second Edition (Taylor Trade/Rowman & Littlefield.) A new novel, "By Accident of Birth" is scheduled for publication soon.

'Sleuth' auditions set for Monday, Tuesday at GLT

Gulfport Little Theatre, 2600 13th Ave. will hold auditions from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for its production of "Sleuth." Call backs will be from 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday . This is an open audition with roles for one male 50-60, one male ages 30-40 and three males ages 30-50. Auditionees should come prepared to cold read from the script. Details: 864-7983.