October 6, 2012 7:13:30 PM
Fall Tour of Homes -- Columbus' Fall Tour of Homes concludes today with a 2-5 p.m. tour featuring Waverley Plantation Mansion and Summertime. The Tennessee Williams Home will also be open to the public. Tickets are $18 ($15 for seniors/military; $10 for students K-12) at the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 117 Third St. S., 800-920-3533.
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.
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 lyceum.msstate.edu.
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 comm.msstate.edu/theatre/tickets/index.php or call 662-325-3320.
Oct. 10, 16, 23
"Discover Your Roots" -- Explore aspects of genealogy in this free 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.
Thursday, Oct. 11
Bonfire Orchestra -- Mississippi University for Women's Office of Student Life presents live music by this eclectic band from 5-7 p.m. in the Gazebo on campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Student Life at 662-329-7350.
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,
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 bukkawhitefestival.com, call 662-436-8560, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 by Zachary's. 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, Oct. 19
MUW exhibit -- Mississippi University for Women hosts a free reception for "Intersections of Gender and Place," an art exhibit featuring Meg Aubrey, Kate Kretz, Lesley Patterson-Marx and Whitney Stansell, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Eugenia Summer Gallery on campus. The event is part of the Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium. The exhibit is on display Oct. 11-31. For more information, contact the art department, 662-329-7341.
Chili Fest -- Junior Auxiliary of Starkville hosts Chili Fest from 6-8 p.m. in downtown Starkville, on Main Street. This family-friendly event features competing restaurant teams and benefits the JA chapter's service programs. For more information, contact Mamie Kosko, 662-312-4212.
Friday and Saturday,
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.
Saturday, Oct. 27
"Stage Fright" -- Come, if you dare, to the Columbus Community Theatre's entertaining evening of Halloween stories, skits and readings in the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501 Main St., at 7 p.m. (And don't forget the pumpkin decorating workshop earlier that day, from 10 a.m.-noon.) For more information, call 662-328-2787.
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.
Thursday, Nov. 1
Gallery reception -- The public is invited to a reception opening a gallery exhibit by artist Melissa Smith at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center in downtown Columbus, from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information, call 662-328-2787.
Gordy Forum -- Mississippi University for Women's Gordy Honors Forum presents attorney Elizabeth Crowell of Jackson speaking on "It is Your Vote and It Still Matters" at 6 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium of Parkinson Hall on the MUW campus. Free to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Tom Velek at email@example.com or 662-241-6850.
SAAC Gala -- The Starkville Area Arts Council hosts its annual gala featuring gourmet foods, wines, silent auction and entertainment. For more information, contact the SAAC, 662-324-3080, or visit starkvillearts.org.
Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3
Decorative Arts Forum -- The Columbus Cultural Heritage Foundation's 2012 Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum and Antiques Show takes place at Mississippi University for Women's newly-renovated Poindexter Hall. Enjoy garden symposiums, dinners, concerts, scholars and much more. For information, contact the CCHF, 800-327-2686.
Friday, Nov. 2
Bulldog Bash -- Neon Trees headlines Bulldog Bash 2012, joined by Andy Grammer, Gloriana and DJ Archnemesis in the Cotton District. This celebration begins at 3 p.m. with the family-friendly FanFare with food, vendors and activities, followed by an MSU pep rally at 6 p.m. and the concert. For more information, visit msubulldogbash.org.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Art in Autumn -- The Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity at Mississippi University for Women hosts its annual Art in Autumn Auction at 6 p.m. in the Eugenia Summer Gallery in the Art and Design Building on campus. For more information, contact the MUW Department of Art and Design, 662-329-7341.
Friday and Saturday,
Ghosts & Legends -- The Columbus Arts Council, Mississippi University for Women and Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau partner to present the return of these spirited tours into Columbus' past. Buses will depart from the Tennessee Williams Home Welcome Center, 300 Main St. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Historic home tours -- Daily tour schedules of some of Columbus' most historic homes are available from the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center at 300 Main St., or by calling 662-328-0222. Tour fees may apply. Homes open for tours year-round include: Amzi Love Home (c. 1848), Lee Home/Museum (c. 1847), Rosedale (c. 1856), Rosewood Manor (c. 1835), Temple Heights (c. 1837), Tennessee Williams Home (c. 1875), Waverley Mansion (c. 1852) and Whitehall (c. 1843).
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