Gadabout Film Festival set for Oct. 23

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The digital media arts program and QEP will host a Gadabout Film Festival on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall.

The annual Gadabout Film Festival is an internationally-touring short film program with a unique style and energy.

A Gadabout screening is an experience accessible to everyone, from film aficionados to film novices, with a selection of high-quality, well-paced films diverse in genre, medium, and content. The program will include documentaries, animations, narratives, and just plain fun films.

Eric Ayotte festival founder and co-producer, said the program has grown significantly over the past 14 years.

“We have been fortunate enough to receive and share incredible short films from all around the world, screening them in 45 states, 15 different countries and over 100 cities during the past 14 years,” he said. “Over that time we’ve seen filmmaking and the way in which we watch films change and progress. We have gone from receiving VHS submissions in the mail to transferring digital files from filmmakers online that live thousands of miles away. From a time when YouTube didn’t exist to a world where people can watch anything they want at the click of a button. But the essence of the Gadabout hasn’t changed. Things have become even more exciting, especially now that filmmaking has become more accessible. We want to show that film making can be fun, and amazing content can come out of low-to-no budgets.”

Since its beginning, in 2002, the Gadabout had the idea of creating a film festival that operates more like a DIY punk band, an alternative to the money-focused, commercial film festivals. With a van, projector, screen, and speakers, the founders took a program of independent shorts films out on the road, screening in basements, art houses, music venues, collective spaces, warehouses, parking lots, and more. Every year since, the festival has grown and built connections globally, while continuing to create engaging and entertaining film programs to share with new audiences.

Delta State dietetic interns receive awards

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Delta State’s dietetic interns recently participated in a Wellness Day sponsored by Blue Cross & Blue Shield (BCBS) of Mississippi with other dietetic interns from Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

The morning sessions took place in Jackson and covered a variety of wellness topics and a tour of the BCBS campus. The afternoon was devoted to competitions.

“All four universities that have a dietetic internship programs in the state were invited to participate in the BCBS Day of Wellness,” said Ensley Howell, director of the coordinated program in Nutrition and Dietetics. “The Delta State interns worked hard on the articles as well as the pitch for the Shark Tank, and they won first place in both of these competitions. I’m so proud of our DSU interns.“

The primary competition was a Shark Tank business pitch with BCBS executives serving as judges.

Delta State interns won first place in the Shark Tank competition and were presented a trophy.  The Shark Tank pitch was made by interns Tyler Jones, Allison Weisz and Jenn Westmoreland. Lakon Alford, Peyton Dixon and Kaitlyn Hall were also on the team as co-writers and creators of a mock app called RD2Go that features diet and exercise tracking and planning, general education about nutrition topics, and in-app chat with a registered dietitian to receive personalized advice and answers to questions.

The second competition was a writing contest for an article to be published in the BCBS newsletter, Blue Lines. Delta State intern Beth Howard wrote the prize-winning article, Emotional Eating, and was presented a certificate for winning first place in this competition.

There was also a Chopped-style cooking contest.  Delta State intern, Jordan Simpson, captained the cooking team which won the first round with a unique hummus recipe, and came in second overall.

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi announces fall education programs

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Education is an important part of the Museum’s mission, and a variety of education programs are offered throughout the year.

These education programs and interactive workshops at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi cultivate critical thinking while engaging students. Interdisciplinary workshops evoke further exploration and extend learning outcomes for students before and after they explore our exhibits.

The interactive workshops include: drumming, DJ’ing, music production, songwriting, guitar and more. Education programs with special guests offer students the opportunity to explore a variety of music careers, hear artists’ stories first-hand, and meet industry professionals.

The upcoming education programs are as follows:

  • 18: A Conversation with Benjamin Wright
  • 19: A Conversation & Performance with Mondo Cozmo
  • 26: Finding Cleveland
  • 8: A Conversation & Performance with Maggie Rose
  • 15: A Conversation & Performance with Cedric Burnside on National Drumming Day
  • 28: Music Production with Delta Music Institute’s Mobile Music Lab
  • 12: Drumming with Josh Armstrong
  • 19: Holiday Playlist Workshop

All education workshops are offered at 11 a.m. Space is limited for these workshops and programs must be booked in advance.

To learn more about our upcoming education programs and workshops please visit

The Museum also offers free curricula that incorporate exhibit themes into core subject areas such as the latest lessons that were created exclusively for the Museum’s current temporary exhibit, John Lee Hooker: King of the Boogie. Teachers are encouraged to use these materials in the classroom to enhance their Museum tour experience. Download them for free by visiting

For questions about the upcoming workshops and programs or curricula, please email or call 662-441-0100.

CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne to Play BPAC

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Brothers Osborne will perform live in concert at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Two sons from a working class family, John and TJ Osborne grew up in a small Maryland water town writing and playing songs for friends and family in their father’s shed. John moved to Nashville first to play in other bands, and TJ joined him two years later. It was then they formed Brothers Osborne as a twang-and-crunch duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years.

The singer/songwriter siblings recently won both “Vocal Duo of the Year” and “New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year” at the 52nd ACM Awards, and they also stand as the reigning CMA “Vocal Duo of the Year.” Brothers Osborne’s debut album “Pawn Shop” was released January 2016 and features their rowdy single “It Ain’t My Fault” in addition to the GRAMMY-nominated, No.1 smash hit “Stay A Little Longer” as well as the GRAMMY-nominated “21 Summer.”

Rolling Stone says “they mix unabashedly catchy choruses and soulful, washboard grooves built on Bruce, Bob Seger and Buck Owens with folky slow burners, capitalizing on a diverse instrumental repertoire.”

Brothers Osborne have toured with Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert.

Prior to the Brothers Osborne concert, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the BPAC. There will be live music, and Moonlight Smokers will have their food truck on-site for dinner purchases. Dinner in the garden will last from 5:30-7:15 p.m, and the concert begins in the BPAC at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to see Brothers Osborne are now on sale at or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662.846.4626.

Alumnus returns as featured DMI All Access guest

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Delta State alumnus Cole Furlow returns to campus on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. as the featured guest of DMI All Access, an informal Q&A series with music and entertainment industry professionals, hosted by the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry program at Delta State University.

Furlow is a recording engineer, producer, touring musician, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter from Jackson. Born into a musical family, he started playing guitar at age 11. Throughout his high school years, he played in several garage bands which led him to Oxford to attend college. While in Oxford playing in bands, Furlow realized his passion was in the recording studio. After beginning college at Ole Miss, he transferred to the Delta Music Institute and graduated from Delta State.

After graduating and playing in blues duos and R&B ensembles around the Delta, he discovered his love for production and songwriting at a higher level.

Furlow went on to start the pop indie rock grunge band Dead Gaze in Jackson in 2009. After releasing multiple cassettes, EPs, and 7″ singles, he was discovered by the indie rock mainstay label FatCat Records in Brighton, England. FatCat released worldwide Furlow’s first full length LP – “Dead Gaze” – self-titled in 2012. He recorded his second LP, titled “Brain Holiday,” in 2013 for FatCat at the legendary Sweet Tea studios in Oxford. “Brain Holiday” was critically acclaimed, allowing Furlow touring opportunities all over North America and Europe with his new band.

During this period of touring, his friend and pop crooner Dent May invited Furlow to play bass for his band which led to more touring and exposure throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

After years of touring, Furlow returned home to Mississippi and started a recording studio named Easy Travels. In 2016, he released the last Dead Gaze record, titled “Easy Travels,” named in honor of his studio. His music has been placed in several different movies and television shows over the past few years. Composing and scoring has become a key part of the business in which Furlow flourishes when not touring or recording his own music.

Cole currently lives in Jackson, recording bands and scoring films in his home studio. He recently started a new indie outfit called Low Variety with plans to release new music in 2018.

DMI All Access is free and open to the public. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Studio B of the Delta Music Institute in the historic Whitfield building on the Delta State campus.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of excellence in the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University. The focus of the DMI entertainment industry studies program is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, business, and creative areas of the music and entertainment industry.

For more information on the DMI entertainment industry program, please call (662) 846-4579 or visit