March 4, 2013 6:23:47 AM
Thursday, March 7
Movie premiere -- The West Point Arts Council and Shendopen Productions present the premiere of "Kane," the latest independent film by Michael Williams of West Point, at 7 p.m. at The Ritz. Admission is $7. Meet the cast and crew at the event. Cash bar provided by The Ritz. The 25-minute super-hero drama was shot primarily in West Point. Short films by West Point youth will also be screened. For more information, go to facebook.com/kanethefilm.
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, 501 Main St. All are welcome. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Friday and Saturday,
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.
Tuesday, March 19
"Oh, Mr. Faulkner" -- The Columbus Arts Council presents John Maxwell as literary legend William Faulkner. In "Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?" Maxwell entertains with a provocative portrait of the Nobel Prize winning author. The free show is at 7 p.m. in the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501 Main St. Seating is limited; advance reservations are strongly recommended. Contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. Bring a new or gently-used children's book to be donated to local nonprofits.
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.
Friday and Saturday,
Ragtime Jazz Festival -- The seventh annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival on the campus of Mississippi State features performers Jeff Barnhart, Frederick Hodges, Brian Holland and Carl Sonny Leyland, as well as ragtime authority David Jason. Also tour the Templeton Music Museum in Mithcell Memorial Library. All Event badge is $50; Friday or Saturday only is $30. Concert tickets are $10. MSU students attend free with ID. A discount is available for senior and retired MSU faculty/staff. Register at library.msstate.edu/templeton/festival or call 662-325-2559.
Everything Garden Expo -- This gardening exposition presented by the Starkville Area Arts Council returns to the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville for the fifth year. Enjoy a variety of vendors and speakers from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. each day. Admission is $5; children under 6 attend free. For more information, contact the SAAC, 662-324-3080.
Friday, March 29
Cary Hudson, Laurie Stirratt -- This alt-country, roots rock duo takes an acoustic side trip from their Blue Mountain band for a special night in the Omnova Theater at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For tickets or information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Sunday through Saturday, March 31 through April 13
Columbus Pilgrimage -- This annual spring event presents home, garden and church tours, dramatic presentations, carriage rides, double decker bus rides, a 10K run, Tales from the Crypt and more. Learn more at columbus-ms.org or call 800-920-3533.
5. Pulitzer finalist Martin to deliver reading Thursday ENTERTAINMENT