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Community Calendar for the week of September 30, 2012


Dispatch Staff Report



Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 4-6 


Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival -- This free celebration of the unique entrepreneurial spirit of one of Columbus' once-highly profiled black business and entertainment districts includes family activities, food and live entertainment by Zapp, Shirley Brown, the Wilson Sisters, and Tré Williams. For more information, contact Kabir Karriem, 662-549-4314. 




Monday, Oct. 1 


MacGown reception -- The public is invited to an opening reception for an exhibit of art by surrealist Joe MacGown of Starkville. The 5 p.m. event is at the Mississippi State University Architecture Department Giles Gallery on campus. MacGown's exhibit will be up through Oct. 17. 




Oct. 1, 10, 16, 23 


"Discover Your Roots" -- Explore aspects of genealogy in this free four-part series at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. Beginning and professional genealogists alike are invited to presentations at 2 p.m. on topics including library resources, publishing family histories and tracing African-American roots. For information, contact Mona K. Vance, 662-329-5304. 




Tuesday, Oct. 2 


Artist's talk -- As part of the Mississippi University for Women Faculty Exhibition, ceramics professor Ian Childers presents a gallery talk at 12:10 p.m. in the Eugenia Summer Gallery in the Art & Design Building on campus. Free to the public. For more information, contact the art department, 662-329-7341. 




Thursday, Oct. 4 


Gallery reception -- Come as you are to a free reception from 5:30-7 p.m. opening a show by visual and floral artist Ralph Null and visual artist Debbie Jenkins at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Stay for the concert by award-winning Caroline Herring.  


Caroline Herring in concert -- The Columbus Arts Council presents this acclaimed singer/songwriter at 7 p.m. in the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501 Main St. The Canton native and Thacker Mountain Radio co-founder is part of the arts council's season of "Celebrate Mississippi." Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. For tickets or information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 


Gordy Forum -- Mississippi University for Women's Gordy Honors College Forum presents Sen. Sally Burchfield Doty (R-Miss.) speaking on "Campaigns and Common Sense: How to Keep Your Sanity in the Crazy World of Politics" at 6 p.m. in MUW's Nissan Auditorium. Free. For information, contact Dr. Tom Velek, 662-241-6850 or [email protected] 


Exhibit reception -- Stop by a reception for the "Two Fathers" exhibit of painting and photography by Bill Burnette and Marc Burnette at St. Paul's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 318 College St., Columbus, from 5-7 p.m. Some of the work will be sold at Café Aromas for one week beginning Oct. 5. 


Indy movie premiere -- Three independent films by Glenn Payne of Blue Springs premiere at The Ritz in West Point, at 7 p.m. Two of the films were shot in West Point. The event is hosted by Michael Williams of Shendopen Productions and Payne. Tickets are $7. For more information, contact Williams, 662-275-3285. 




Friday, Oct. 5 


Tut'Zanni Theatre -- The Mississippi University for Women Department of Theatre, in conjunction with the Mississippi Theatre Association, presents Tut'Zanni Theatre Co. in their original commedia dell'arte show, "Art For Sale," in Cromwell Theatre on the MUW campus. Admission to the 7:30 p.m. performance is free, on a first-come basis. For more information, contact the department, 662-329-7260.  




Friday through Sunday,  


Oct. 5-7 


Fall Tour of Homes -- Columbus' Fall Tour of Homes features nine antebellum and Victorian architectural gems. Day and candlelight tours are available. Tickets are $18 ($15 seniors and military; $10 students K-12), available at the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, 117 Third St. S. For more information, call 800-920-3533, or visit 




Saturday, Oct. 6 


"Organic Evolution" -- Visual artist and floral designer Ralph Null presents a gallery talk from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Free to the public. (A pine needle basket workshop with Troy Slate follows from 1-5 p.m.) For more information, call 662-328-2787. 




Monday, Oct. 8 


Macon reception -- The public is invited to a free reception at the Macon Welcome Center from 4-6 p.m. opening an exhibit of paintings by Wanda Hunter. The show remains on display through Nov. 4.  




Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 10-12 


"Antigone" -- Theatre MSU opens its 2012-13 season with this Greek tragedy by Sophocles, at 7:30 p.m. in McComas Hall on the Mississippi State campus. Dr. Donna Clevinger directs. The production is part of the Shackouls Honors College "Classical Week," a celebration of Greek, Roman and other cultures of the ancient world. Purchase tickets ($10) at or call 662-325-3320. 




Thursday, Oct. 11 


Capitol Steps -- Mississippi State's Lyceum Series hosts Capitol Steps at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium on the MSU campus. The nationally-acclaimed group is famous for musical and political satire of both parties. Tickets are $18 ($15 seniors 65+ and MSU faculty and staff; $11 for children 3-11.) For more information, contact the Center for Student Activities, 662-325-2930 or visit 




Friday, Oct. 12 


Pumpkinpalooza -- Celebrate autumn in Starkville with this fun family event from 6-8 p.m. featuring a pumpkin patch, a pumpkin painting contest, and trick or treating for kids to downtown merchants, plus live music. For more information, contact the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, 662-323-3322. 




Friday and Saturday,  


Oct. 12-13 


Blues festival -- Aberdeen hosts its annual Bukka White Blue Festival, featuring Jimbo Mathus, Big T and the Family Band, Bill Abel, Terry "Harmonica" Bean and more. For additional information, visit, call 662-436-8560, or email [email protected] 




Tuesday, Oct. 16 


Tuesday Tunes -- Take a mid-day break with tunes from the grand piano in the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center at 501 Main St., and enjoy a casual lunch available for purchase. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 




Thursday, Oct. 18 


"Easy Gardens" -- Garden writer Harvey Cotten presents a free program, "Easy Gardens for the South," at 1 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church Artz Fellowship Hall, 602 College St., Columbus. Cotten is vice president of the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. The event is presented by various Columbus garden clubs and the Lowndes County Master Gardeners. Guests welcome. For more information, contact Alice Lancaster, 662-327-4026. 




Friday and Saturday,  


Oct. 19-20 


Caledonia Days -- Join the homecoming in Caledonia. This free festival features activities for the whole family, including arts and crafts, live music, a pet parade, music, fall decorations and more. For information, call the Caledonia Town Hall, 662-356-4117. 




Monday, Oct. 22 


Struggles at Shiloh -- The Hazard Lecture Series presents Dr. James L. McDonough speaking on "The Struggles at the Battle of Shiloh" in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The free 7 p.m. program is at Heritage Academy, 625 Magnolia Lane, Columbus. For more information, contact Beth Lucas, 662-386-3392. 




Thursday, Oct. 25 


"A Space Symphony" -- The Columbus Arts Council presents the Starkville/MSU Symphony Orchestra in concert at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. Free to the community. For more information, call 662-328-2787. 


"Down in the Woods" -- Macon Main Street hosts a free screening of "Down in the Woods," a film about late bluesman Willie King, at the R&B Grand Events Center in Macon at 7 p.m. For information, call 662-574-5680. 




Monday, Oct. 29 


Battle of Antietam -- The Hazard Lecture Series presents Mark Harris speaking on "The Battle at Antietam" in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The free 7 p.m. program takes place at Heritage Academy, 625 Magnolia Lane, Columbus. For more information, contact Beth Lucas, 662-386-3392.



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