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Today through Saturday,
Columbus Pilgrimage -- This annual spring event features home, garden and church tours, dramatic presentations, carriage rides, double decker bus rides, Tales from the Crypt and much more. Visit columbus-ms.org or call 800-920-3533 to learn more.
Today through Saturday,
"Kingdom of Earth" -- The Tennessee Williams Tribute Committee presents Williams' "Kingdom of Earth" at 2:30 p.m. today and at 7:30 p.m. weeknights at 425 Main St. The three-person play for mature audiences features Cherri Golden, Alex Orsak and David Trotter and is directed by M.J. Etua. Seating is limited; get advance tickets ($10) at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Tuesday-Saturday, or by contacting Brenda Caradine, 662-328-5413. Tickets at the door are $15.
Tuesday, April 9
Historical society --
The Columbus-Lowndes Historical Society and Golden Triangle Civil War Roundtable host guest speaker Parker Hills at a joint meeting April 9 at the S.D. Lee Home, 316 Seventh St. N. in Columbus. Hill will speak at 7 p.m. on Grierson's Raid. The program is in observance of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. For more information, contact Lillian Wade, 662-328-8012.
MUW Spring Recital -- The Mississippi University for Women Department of Music presents its Spring Recital at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the MUW campus. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music, 662-241-6399.
Tap-The Show -- Mississippi State's Lyceum Series presents this powerhouse production celebrating tap dance from around the globe at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium on campus. Tickets are $18; seniors 65+ and MSU faculty and staff, $15. Children 3-12, $11. MSU students attend free. For information, visit lyceum.msstate.edu or call 662-325-2930.
Wednesday, April 10
Table Talk -- Table Talk: A Casual Visit with Books features poetess Catherine Pierce reading from her newest book of poetry, "The Girls of Peculiar." Pierce is a teacher and co-director of the Mississippi State Creative Writing program. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. to socialize; iced tea is always served at this Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library event at the library located at 314 Seventh St. N. The program is from noon to 1 p.m. All are welcome.
Thursday and Friday,
"Little Shop of Horrors" -- Starkville Academy presents "Little Shop of Horrors" at the Greensboro Center, 401 Greensboro St., Starkville April 11 at 8:30 a.m., and April 12 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Krista Vowell directs. Admission is $7 at the door. For more information, contact Vowell, 662-323-4711.
April 11-14, 16-20
"Par for the Corpse" -- Murky motives and plot twists are packed into Starkville Community Theatre's production of "Par for the Corpse," a comedic thriller directed by Thomas La Foe. Tickets to 7:30 p.m. performances (except April 14 at 2 p.m.) at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., are $15 for adults, $10 for students. Seating is limited; reserve advance tickets by calling the SCT box office, 662-323-6855.
Tuesday, April 12
Julia Mortyakova recital -- Dr. Julia Mortyakova, chair of the Mississippi University for Women Department of Music, presents a recital on piano in Poindexter Hall on the MUW campus at 7:30 p.m. She will conduct a Golden Triangle Music Forum master class April 13 at 10 a.m. in Poindexter Hall. Both events are open to the public. For more information, contact the department, 662-241-6399.
Thursday, April 11
Ceramics showcase -- The Columbus Arts Council hosts a free reception from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center for a gallery exhibit of ceramics by Mississippi University for Women art students. A supplemental exhibit in Artist Alley features portfolio debuts by students at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. The Arts Center is located at 501 Main St. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Friday and Saturday,
Grilling on the River -- This Magnolia State Barbeque Championship sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society offers family entertainment along the Riverwalk in downtown Columbus. Admission is free. Gates are open 4 p.m.-11 p.m. April 12, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 13. No personal coolers, please. For more information, email email@example.com or call 662-328-6850.
Saturday, April 13
Book signing -- The Columbus Pilgrimage and Convention and Visitors Bureau present a book signing with historian and author Rufus Ward at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, 300 Main St., at 10 a.m. Ward will sign his latest book, "Columbus Chronicles: Tales from East Mississippi." For more information, contact the CCVB, 800-920-3533.
West Point Art Walk -- The West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents a day of arts and music. Downtown businesses will host a variety of artists from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A concert by HanaLena (formerly Nash Street) begins at 7 p.m. at Center Stage. Concert tickets are $15 (seniors 65+ and those under 18 attending with an adult are admitted free.) For more information, contact Monte Brasfield, 662-494-1371.
Looking back -- Texas historian and storyteller Dr. Jerry Lincecum presents a talk at 1 p.m. at Plymouth Bluff Center, based on the writings of his ancestor, Dr. Gideon Lincecum, who settled at Columbus in 1818 and played a key role in the area's development. The program at 2200 Old West Point Road is in honor of late Columbus architect and historian Sam Kaye. It is free to the public as a presentation of the Mississippi University for Women's Plymouth Bluff Center and the Billups-Garth Foundation.
dedication -- The public is invited to a dedication of the Needmore Community historic marker and a "Saturday in the Park" at George Evans Park in Starkville, beginning at 1 p.m. Live music and food are part of this celebration of an historic African-American neighborhood. For information, contact George "Lala" Evans, 662-617-0759.
Columbus Choral Society -- The Columbus Choral Society presents a spring concert in Poindexter Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women at 6 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Monday, April 15
Museum open house -- The Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum and Friends of the Museum invite the public to a spring open house and dedication ceremony of the newly completed Green Building Technology Demonstration Pavilion at 5 p.m. at 206 Fellowship St., Starkville. For more information, call 662-323-0211.
Wednesday April 17
Table Talk -- Have you ever dreamed of writing a children's book? Sarah Frances Hardy, author and illustrator of 'Puzzled by Pink,"
demystifies the process of developing a story into a published book. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. to socialize; iced tea is always served at this Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library event at the library, 314 Seventh St. N. The free program is from noon to 1 p.m. All are welcome.
Thursday, April 18
Super heroes -- The Mississippi University for Women Gordy Honors College Forum presents longtime Marvel Comics editor Bill Roseman speaking on "Super Heroes On and Off the Page." Roseman's credits include editing Marvel's iconic characters, from Captain American to Iron Man. The free 6 p.m. program in Cochran Hall marks the inaugural Nell Wolfe Peel Lecture Series. For information or to reserve group seating, contact Dr. Thomas Velek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-241-6850.
Thursday through Saturday, April 18-20
"All Shook Up" -- Theatre MSU presents this American jukebox musical set to Elvis' great hits at 7:30 p.m. at McComas Hall on the Mississippi State campus. Tickets are $10. Purchase tickets online at comm.msstate.edu. For more information, call 662-325-3320.
MUW Homecoming -- Mississippi University for Women welcomes alumni and guests to Columbus for a weekend of events including a free concert by HanaLena (formerly Nash Street) April 19 at 8 p.m. in Rent Auditorium. The performance is made possible through the Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series. Get tickets to reserve a seat at Welty Hall, Room 200, on the MUW campus. For more information, visit muw.edu or call 662-329-7148.
Saturday, April 20
Giant Possum Town Yard Sale -- Main Street Columbus presents the Giant Possum Town Yard Sale from 7 a.m.-noon at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market, at Second Street and Second Avenue North. This community-wide yard sale has something for everyone. For more information contact MSC, 662-328-6305.
Cotton District Arts Festival -- Starkville's annual arts and crafts festival showcases artisans, music and great food. Don't miss the 125 vendors, a Taste of Starkville, 5K and 1 mile runs, pet parade, numerous special interest villages and Super Bulldog Weekend Fan Fair. For information, visit cdafestival.com or contact the Starkville Area Arts Council, 662-324-3080.
Girlchoir Kitchen Tour -- This fundraiser for the nonprofit Girlchoir showcases three kitchens in Columbus' Bent Tree neighborhood. Floral arrangements, tastings and music will be featured in the homes of Patti Griffin, John and Linda Scarbrough, and Roger and Donna Burlingame from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, Pizazz and Party and Paper in Columbus, or from any Girlchoir member. For information, call 662-251-9272.
Monday, April 22
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet -- Mississippi State's Lyceum Series brings this acclaimed quintet to Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium on campus at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18; seniors 65+ and MSU faculty/staff, $15. Children 3-12, $11. MSU students attend free. For more information, visit lyceum.msstate.edu or call 662-325-2930.
Wednesday, April 24
Table Talk - Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Youth Services Coordinator Lindsey Miller will share news and recommendations after attending the Kaigler Children's Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi at Table Talk: A Casual Visit with Books from noon-1 p.m. at the library located at 314 Seventh St. N. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. to socialize; iced tea will be served. All are welcome.
Friday, April 26
Lowndes Relay for Life --
This all-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the Columbus High School Soccer Field. To find out how you can participate, contact Mott Ellis, 662-574-1104.
Friday through Sunday,
"Legally Blonde: the Musical" -- Heritage Academy presents this musical April 26 at 7 p.m., April 27 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and April 28 at 2 p.m. in the HA Student Activity Building, 625 Magnolia Lane, Columbus. Tickets at the door are $10 adults; $8 students. For more information, contact the school, 662-327-5272.
Saturday, April 27
Columbus Girlchoir concert -- The Girlchoir presents a free concert at 7 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, with guests the Bel Canto Touring Choir of the Mississippi Girlchoir of Jackson. The public is invited.
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