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Community Calendar for the week of February 17, 2013


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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. Bring your lunch or just come for the music. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 


MSU Chorale -- Mississippi State's University Chorale presents "Rejoice and Reflect II: Celebrating African-American History Through Music" at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Memories on the university campus. The free concert by the 103-voice group includes arrangements of spirituals and gospel music, interspersed with short readings about the lives of outstanding African-American women, including Condoleezza Rice and Marion Anderson. For more information, call 662-325-3490. 




Thursday through 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, email [email protected], or contact the Starkville Area Arts Council, 662-324-3080. 




Thursday, Feb. 21 


Celebrating 175 years -- Starkville's175th 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.  


Civil rights speaker -- The Gordy Honors College Forum presents noted civil rights attorney Fred Gray and his talk titled "Bus Ride to Justice, the Life and Work of Fred Gray" at 6 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the Mississippi University for Women campus. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Velek at [email protected] or 662-241-6850.  


MSU faculty concert -- Current and former faculty members of Mississippi State's music department will premier song and piano selections in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Giles Architecture Building Harrison Auditorium on MSU's campus. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. talk by composer Jonathan Kolm. For more information, contact Karen Murphy, 662-325-6641. 




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 




Friday, March 1 


Shakespeare: The Language of Love -- Presentations by Dr. Jo Shumake and Dr. Mark Goodman explore the bard, accompanied by recitations by student participants in a "Shakespeare: From Page to Stage" workshop. This Columbus Arts Council event begins at 7 p.m. in the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501 Main St. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Student tickets (18 and under) are $5. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 




Saturday, March 2 


Best of Beethoven -- The Starkville/MSU Symphony Orchestra presents "The Best of Beethoven III" at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Starkville. The free event is open to the public. For information about the orchestra, visit 




Thursday, March 7 


IB art exhibit -- A free public reception from 5:30-7 p.m. opens an exhibit of artwork by Columbus High School International Baccalaureate art students in the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center at 501 Main St. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.  




Friday and Saturday,  


March 8-9 


MBN Invitational -- Roast 'n Boast hosts a Memphis Barbecue Network Invitational competition at the Columbus Fairgrounds on Highway 69 South. Admission is $10. Grand Champion of this event will receive an invitation to compete in the 2013 World Food Championship in Las Vegas in November. For more information, contact Mike Law, 662-549-5054. 




Thursday, March 21 


Noon Tunes -- Main Street Columbus kicks off Noon Tunes with live music by Paul Brady from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Trotter Courtyard in downtown Columbus. Lunch by Zachary's will be available for purchase. The series of mid-day music at noon on Thursdays continues through April 18. For more information, contact MSC, 662-328-6305.



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