Arts & Lectures Events

All of Holmes Community College’s Arts & Lectures events are open to the public and free unless otherwise indicated below. For more information about events at the Goodman Campus call 662-472-9165; for events at the Grenada Campus call 662-227-2354; for events at the Ridgeland Campus call 601-605-3371.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7 p.m.
Grenada Campus
Corey Forum
Ticket information: (662) 227-2302

Spencers: Theatre of Illusion

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Ridgeland Campus
D.P. “Pat” McGowan Workforce Training Center

 Mississippi Songwriters Showcase

Tuesday, November 4, 6:30 p.m.
Ridgeland Campus
D.P. “Pat” McGowan Workforce Training Center


Stacey Coulter, Holmes CC Humanities Teacher of the Year
“You Can’t Go Home Again: Women’s Agency in the Novels of Kamala Markandaya”

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7 p.m.
Goodman Campus
McDaniel Hall Auditorium 

'Carols of Christmas' Concert 

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7 p.m.
Grenada Campus
Tickets: $20
Ticket information: (662) 227-2302

 “Back on Broadway 

Spencers: Theatre of Illusion | Thursday, October 16, 2014 7 p.m. Tickets - $10; Holmes CC Business Office 662-227-2302; Grenada Campus: Corey Forum 
Spencers: Theatre of IllusionThe Grenada Arts Partnership: Grenada and Holmes Partner for the Arts proudly present the Spencers: Theatre of Illusion.

For more than a decade, Kevin and Cindy Spencer have dazzled the world with their engaging personalities, entertaining stage presentations, and breath-taking illusions. Audiences cross over a threshold of disbelief only moments after the Spencers take the stage.

The duo presents a big, high-tech stage show that combines drama, comedy, romance, and suspense with elaborate stage illusions that include dazzling special effects and magnificent set design.

Mississippi Songwriters Showcase | Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Ridgeland Campus: D.P. “Pat” McGowan Workforce Training Center

As part of its Arts and Letters Series, the English and Foreign Language Department of Holmes Community College presents a Mississippi Songwriters Showcase featuring musicians Cary Hudson, Neilson Hubbard, Eric Stracener, and Steve Deaton.

Cary HudsonCary Hudson hails from Sumrall and has been writing and performing for over three decades. In the late 80′s he moved to Oxford and started The Hilltops with John Stirratt (currently bassist with Wilco). After moving to California, Cary formed Blue Mountain.  Moving back to Oxford, they signed a deal with Roadrunner Records and began touring nationally, performing over the years with Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, Wilco, The Jayhawks, and Willie Nelson.

As a guitarist, Cary has played for Bobby Rush, RL Burnside, Big Jack Johnson, Shannon MacNally, Dayna Kurtz and many others. He was chosen as one of the Top Ten Alternative Country Guitar Players by Gibson magazine, and his songs have appeared in TV shows and movies including the George Clooney film Up in the Air.

For more information: http://caryhudson.com.

Neilson HubbardNeilson Hubbard is a Jackson native who now works in Nashville as a songwriter, musician, and producer. In the early 90’s he formed This Living Hand with Clay Jones (now a notable producer/engineer), and they signed a record deal with Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz’s label, E Pluribus Unum.

Since then he has released four solo albums and has produced an array of artists including Garrison Starr, Glen Phillips, and Matthew Ryan. 

With Matthew Ryan he formed Strays Don’t Sleep, which has toured the UK and the US, as well as having appeared on Conan O’Brien.

For more information: http://neilsonhubbard.com.

Eric StracenerEric Stracener is a Jackson, Mississippi based singer-songwriter with two solo albums to his credit: Sockeye (2003) and The Trickbag  (2006). Currently a guitarist and singer with the Jackson art/music project The Union Jackson, Eric also plays his original songs with the rock band The Frustrations.  

A new solo album is written and creeping toward completion, featuring 15 or more songs about love, loss, lies and life.  A frequent solo acoustic performer, Eric's songs and playing are rooted more in folk and british rock than blues, with evocative lyrical themes. 

For more information: http://cdbaby.com/esfrustrations.

Steve DeatonSteve Deaton for the past 15 years has recorded and performed with Buffalo Nickel, who has received national press and airplay, been featured in film and television soundtracks, shared the stage with the likes of Wilco, Maroon 5, Junior Brown, and Leon Russell, and has performed at prominent festivals such as the CMJ Music Marathon in New York and SXSW in Austin.

He is currently performing with his new trio, The Steve Deaton Three. 

For more information: http://stevedeatonthree.com.

Stacey Coulter, Holmes CC Humanities Teacher of the Year, “You Can’t Go Home Again:  Women’s Agency in the Novels of Kamala Markandaya,” Tuesday, November 4, 6:30 p.m., Ridgeland Campus, D.P. “Pat” McGowan Workforce Training Center

Stacey CoulterStacey Coulter, instructor of English and Director of the Writing Center at Holmes Community College, has been selected to receive the 2014 Humanities Teacher Award for the college.  This award is sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council. 

Ms. Coulter’s presentation will focus on Kamala Markandaya’s seventh novel, Two Virgins, in which she depicts a female character who attempts to live outside the traditional boundaries of behavior for a young woman in 1960s India. This novel marks a shift in Markandaya’s work from creating stories about women whose resistances to patriarchy ultimately fail to depicting a young woman who is unyielding in her resistance. Starting with Two Virgins, Markandaya begins to find potentially long-term avenues for women’s empowerment in unexpected places.

Carols of Christmas 'Carols of Christmas' Concert and Holiday Bake Sale | Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7 p.m., Goodman Campus, McDaniel Hall Auditorium

Admission: General Admission - $5, Holmes CC Students - $3, Children Age 12 or Under – Free Admission; ** One (1) Free Admission with each item purchased from the Holiday Bake Sale** 

There’s no place Holmes, especially at Christmas!

Carols of Christmas, an annual festive concert on the Goodman Campus, has become an anticipated mainstay at Holmes Community College.  Featuring students and faculty from the Choral, Vocal, Piano, and Guitar Divisions of the Fine Arts Department, this inspirational night is the musical highlight of the Christmas season. Performing ensembles include the Holmes Concert Chorale; the Coachmen Singers, an a cappella pop group; and The Holmes Connection! show choir, as well as vocal soloists, piano duets, and other special musical guests. 

Favorite holiday classics from various eras and styles are intermingled with specially prepared newer works. From the reverent and sweet, to the catchy and upbeat, the audience is blessed with an aural and visual treat. With an occasional visit from Santa himself, there are familiar sights and sounds for all ages to enjoy.

Paired with this year’s concert is an annual Holiday Bake Sale Fundraiser in the McDaniel Hall Lobby. Whole cakes, pies, baked goods, casseroles, and cookies by the dozen will be sold.  Some items will be fresh and some already frozen, ready to heat and serve at Christmas parties or family gatherings.  Prices range from $10-$25. One (1) free admission to the concert will be given with each item purchased from the Bake Sale.

Come join us for a delightful night of traditional and contemporary sounds of the season! 

'Back on Broadway'Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7 p.m., Grenada Campus, Corey Forum

Back on BroadwayThe Grenada Arts Partnership: Grenada and Holmes Partner for the Arts proudly present “Back on Broadway.”

Celebrate the magic of the overwhelmingly successful tour of “Back on Broadway.” The multi-talented cast of ten brings to life the most popular scenes and songs from the latest Broadway hits—including The Producers, Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Avenue Q, Mamma Mia! and Memphis—as well as acclaimed revivals—Anything Goes, South Pacific, Evita, Hello, Dolly! and more.