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Sunday at the Bluff -- Dr. Richard L. Brown, director of the Mississippi Entomological Museum at Mississippi State University, will speak on "Darwin and Beyond: Evolution by Fire and Water" at 2 p.m. at the Plymouth Bluff Center, 2200 Old West Point Road. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the center, 662-241-6214.
Saturday, Feb. 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. 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.
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
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.
Klionsky concert -- Pianist Elena Klionsky performs at 7:30 p.m. in the Kossen Auditorium in Poindexter Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. The free concert, sponsored by the Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series, is one of many events during the inaugural celebration of Dr. James Borsig, 14th president of MUW.
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 talks 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.
Thursday, Feb. 21
Celebrating 175 years -- Starkville's 175th Birthday Speaker Series features Dr. Roy Ruby and Ryan Sims at 7 p.m. in the Mitchell Memorial Library John Grisham Room on the Mississippi State University campus. Dr. Ruby, who worked at MSU for 40 years, will speak on how and why Starkville was chosen for the site of MSU and how the school became a land grant university.
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.
Friday, Feb. 22
"Twelfth Night" -- The Mississippi State Lyceum Series presents the American Shakespeare Center's "Twelfth Night" at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall on the MSU campus. Tickets are $18 ($15 for seniors and MSU faculty and staff; $11 children 3-12.) MSU students admitted free with valid ID. Call 662-325-2930 for tickets or more information, or visit lyceum.msstate.edu.
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