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· Scholars panel/costume display -- The Tennessee Williams Centennial weekend concludes with a free scholars seminar and costume display titled "Amanda/Regina: Fashioning Southern Women for the Broadway Stage" at 2 p.m. at St. Paul''s Episcopal Church, 318 College St., Columbus. Local and Southern Literary Trail presenters discuss how Edwina Dakin Williams and Sophie Marx inspired two of theater''s most remarkable roles, Tennessee Williams'' "Amanda" in "The Glass Menagerie" and Lillian Helman''s "Regina" in "The Little Foxes." A reception follows.
· MUW Choral Concert -- The Mississippi University for Women Department of Music and Theatre presents a free Spring Choral Concert at 4:30 p.m. in the Cromwell Building, at the corner of 10th Street and Sixth Avenue South, on campus. Doug Browning conducts, along with student conductors.
Monday, March 28
· Broadway Sensations -- The MSU-Starkville Symphony Chorus presents this free concert, which includes the State Messengers, at the Greensboro Center at 7:30 p.m. For more information, conductor Ted Beverly at 662-323-5722, ext. 13.
Monday, March 28 through Saturday, April 9
· Spring Pilgrimage -- Columbus'' 71st Spring Pilgrimage showcases antebellum homes, garden and church tours, dramatic presentations, musical events, living history, Artisans Alley, a kitchen tour, 10K run, carriage rides and so much more. Visit columbus-ms.org or contact the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation at 800-920-3533 to learn more.
March 28 and 30, and April 1, 4, 6, 8
· Tales from the Crypt -- As part of Pilgrimage, students from Mississippi School for Math and Science present dramatic vignettes of fascinating people interred at Friendship Cemetery. Learn about those who shaped not only Columbus, but the South and beyond. Walking tours are 7-10 p.m. each scheduled evening (last tour begins at 9:30 p.m.) Admission is $4 adults; $2 students. For more information, contact the Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation, 800-920-3533.
Tuesday, March 29
· "Bus Stop" -- The Mississippi State University Lyceum Series and Montana Repertory Theatre present "Bus Stop" at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall''s Bettersworth Auditorium. Tickets at the door for this classic American tale of drama, romance and comedy are $15 adults; $12 seniors 65+ and MSU faculty and staff: $8 for children 3-12 accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact the Lyceum office, 662-325-2930.
Thursday, March 31
· Noon Tunes -- Kick back with friends under the tent at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center for free live music by Mississippi School for Math and Science students from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., plus lunch by downtown restaurants available for purchase. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
· Col. Robert Thomas -- The Shuk-Ho-Tom-a-Ha DAR chapter presents the assistant adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard at 6 p.m. in the Columbus Police Department Courtroom in the Municipal Complex, Highway 182 East. Col. Thomas will speak at 6 p.m. about his experience as commander of forces at Abu Ghraib Prison after the scandal there in 2003. For more information, call 662-327-8579 or 662-328-3543.
· Gordy Honors Forum -- Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Rudy Reyes, featured in the book "Generation Kill" and in the HBO mini-series of the same name, will speak at Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 6 p.m. Reyes is also the author of "Hero Living." For more information, contact Dr. Thomas G. Velek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-241-6850.
Thursday through Saturday, March 31-April 2
· "The Mikado" -- Drawing on the Jarajuku youth culture and music of modern day Japan, Theatre MSU''s version of "The Mikado" updates this classic with comic monarchs, bloated oligarches and giggling maidens. Performances in McComas Hall on the Mississippi State University campus begin at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $15; students and seniors, $10. For more information, call 662-325-3320.
Thursday, April 7
· CAC reception -- The Columbus Arts Council invites the public to a reception at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., from 5:30-7 p.m. to mark the opening of an extensive exhibit by Columbus High School International Baccalaureate art students. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
· MSU reception -- A public reception for Mississippi State University graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students is from 5:30-6:45 p.m. in the Department of Art Gallery/McComas Hall, and in the MSU Visual Arts Center at 808 University Drive from 6:45-8 p.m. For more information, contact the department, 662-325-2970.
April 7-10 and 12-16
· "Feeding on Mulberry Leaves" -- There''s never a dull moment in Starkville Community Theatre''s presentation of "Feeding on Mulberry Leaves" at the Playhouse on Main, 108 East Main St., Starkville. Colorful locals and wacky characters fuel this Southern fare. Times and ticket details coming soon. For more information, contact the SCT, 662-323-6855.
Friday and Saturday, April 8-9
· Grilling on the River -- This Mississippi Barbeque Championship competition and food fair at The Riverwalk offers family fun, live music, inflatables, bike and car show, craft vendors. Free to attend; donations benefit the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. Gates open 4-11 p.m. April 8, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 9. For team entry or other information, contact Harvey Myrick at 662-328-6850 or email@example.com.
Sunday, April 10
· Big Daddy Weave -- The First United Methodist Church Men''s Concert Series presents Big Daddy Weave in concert at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 6:30 p.m. Special guests are American Idol season six finalist Chris Sligh and Luminate. Tickets are $10 in advance at the church office at 602 Main St.; $15 at the door. For more information, contact Andy Tentoni at 662-352-1844.
Tuesday through Friday, April 12-15
· Library events -- During National Library Week, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N., will host special events including "What Happened to Supper? -- a Southern meal with Arnold Dyre at 6 p.m. April 12; a poetry Table Talk with Dr. Tom Richardson and Emma Richardson April 13; and "Expand Your Knowledge" computer classes April 14-15. For more information or to register, contact the library at 662-329-5300.
Thursday, April 14
· Noon Tunes -- Enjoy free live music by Two Jazzy outside the Welcome Center, plus lunch available for purchase. For information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
· "Coming to America" -- The Gordy Honors Forum Series presents Dr. Terry Equaoje in Nissan Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 6 p.m. Equaoje, originally from Nigeria, is technical director of the Mississippi Soccer Association. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas G. Velek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-241-6850.
· Chris Brubeck''s Triple Play -- The trio of Brubeck, Peter Madcat Ruth and Joel Brown share a repertoire of jazz, classical, folk and blues at Lee Hall''s Bettersworth Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. to conclude Mississippi State University''s Lyceum Series season. Tickets are $15 adults; $12 seniors 65+ and MSU faculty and staff; $8 children 3-12. For more information, contact the Lyceum office, 662-325-2930.
Saturday, April 16
· Giant Possum Town Yard Sale -- Get ready for this giant community yard sale held at the Hitching Lot Farmers'' Market in Columbus from 7 a.m.-noon. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
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