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Wednesday, Feb. 6
Table Talk -- A Casual Visit with Books will meet each Wednesday in February. Memoirs is the month's theme. Laugh twice as hard with authors and identical twins Katherine and Margaret King Feb. 6 as they share mischievous adventures of their youth in Oxford in the '50s. "Y'all Twins?" is the first book of their hilarious reminiscences. Everyone is welcome to these talks hosted by the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. No charge. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. to socialize in the second floor meeting room of the library, 314 Seventh St. N. Tea is always served. Talks are noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7
Freedom Riders -- The Gordy Honors College Forum at Mississippi University for Women begins a two-part examination of the civil rights movement and presents the film "Freedom Riders" in MUW's Parkinson Hall Nissan Auditorium. The program continues Feb. 21. For more information, contact Dr. Tom Velek at email@example.com or 662-241-6850.
GSDP Banquet -- The Greater Starkville Development Partnership hosts its annual banquet at the Hunter Henry Center at 6:30 p.m. A reception for Committee of 100 members begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40. Contact the GSDP, 662-323-3322, for tickets or information.
Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 7-10, 12-16
"The Fantasticks" -- Starkville Community Theatre presents Broadway's longest-running musical at The Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except Feb. 10, which is at 2 p.m. Paula Mabry directs. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students. Seating is limited; advance reservations are strongly recommended. For more information, contact the SCT, 662-323-6855.
Friday, Feb. 8
An Evening with Angela Brown -- The Columbus Arts Council presents international operatic soprano and Metropolitan Opera singer Angela Brown in "Art Songs, Arias and Spirituals" at Mississippi University for Women's Rent Auditorium in Whitfield Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission; $10 for children and college students with ID. The performance is free to MUW faculty, staff and students. For tickets or information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9
Rotary Classic Rodeo --
This Starkville Rotary Club scholarship fundraiser at the Mississippi Horse Park features rodeo action at 7 p.m. each night. Saturday night pony rides and petting zoo are from 5-6:45 p.m. for ticket holders. Tickets are $15 at the door, or $12 in advance in Starkville at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, Oktibbeha County Co-op and in West Point at Mitchell Automotive. For more information, call 662-325-0508.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Friends of the Library -- Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library hold their annual membership meeting and appreciation luncheon at noon in the library's second floor meeting room, 314 Seventh St. N. Hear a review of last year's adventures with Friends and a preview of upcoming events. New board members will be elected. Rufus Ward will share a little-known Columbus story. All are invited to join; membership dues may be paid at the door before the gathering, or at the library desk. For more information, call 662-328-5393.
Thursday, Feb. 14
Lee Home Valentine Party -- A Valentine gala of "decadent desserts, fabulous flowers, magical music and wonderful wine" benefiting the Stephen D. Lee Foundation will be held at Errolton, the home of Keith and Gaines Gaskin in Columbus. For ticket information, contact Eulalie Davis, 662-328-3088.
Saturday, Feb. 14-16
Love Letters from Shakespeare -- Mississippi State University Theatre presents "Love Letters from Shakespeare: A Night of Music, Dance and Sonnets" at 7:30 p.m. in McComas Hall on campus. The production directed by Dr. Donna Clevinger includes talkbacks with scholars immediately after each performance. Tickets are $10, available at comm.msstate.edu, or call 662-325-3320. Donor level tickets are also available.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
Tuesday Tunes -- Take a musical mid-day break at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, with Linda Inmon Pate of the Columbus Music Study Club at the grand piano. Lunch from Zachary's will be available for purchase for $7. Place your lunch order with the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Saturday, Feb. 21-23
Magnolia Independent Film Festival -- The 16th annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival at Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville showcases independent films. For more information, visit magnoliafilmfest.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the Starkville Area Arts Council, 662-324-3080.
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