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Community Calendar for the week of September 1, 2013


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Sept. 3, 4, 6, 7 


"Period of Adjustment" -- The Tennessee Williams Tribute presents Williams' "serious comedy" at 7:30 p.m. in Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. Paula Mabry directs the cast of area actors. Tickets are $15 at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., or at the door ($10 seniors and military; MUW students and faculty with ID attend free). The Tribute is Sept. 3-8; for a complete schedule of events, visit or call 662-328-0222 or 800-327-2686. 




Wednesday, Sept. 4 


Table Talk -- University of Mississippi Professor Emeritus Dr. Colby Kullman, recipient of the second Tennessee Williams Distinguished Scholars Medal, discusses Williams' cautionary tale "Small Craft Warnings" at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m.; iced tea is provided. Or join friends from noon-1 p.m. for the free program. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300, or email [email protected] Table Talk is presented each Wednesday in September. 


Get Swept Up in Starkville -- Join the Greater Starkville Development Partnership in this annual beautification event to spruce up for Mississippi State football guests. For information on how you can help, contact the GSDP, 662-323-3322. 




Thursday, Sept. 5 


"Kiss Me, I'm Italian ... " 


The Columbus Arts Council presents a free noon seminar titled "Kiss Me, I'm Italian -- and Irish, Chinese, African, French: Ethnic Heritage in Mississippi," by Dr. Barbara Carpenter. Enjoy a lunch "of international flavor" for $10, paid in advance." For more information on this event sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 


Dedication at Catfish Alley -- The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and dedication of a monument and mural in the renovated Catfish Alley (Fourth Street South) in Columbus from 4:30-5 p.m. prior to the Downtown Columbus Art Walk. For more information, call 662-328-6305. 


Columbus Art Walk -- Main Street Columbus, the Columbus Arts Council and participating businesses invite you to enjoy shopping after-hours, area artists and live music in downtown Columbus during an Art Walk from 5-7 p.m. For more information, contact MSC, 662-328-6305. 


Gallery reception -- During the Art Walk, stop by a free reception from 5:30-7 p.m. opening an exhibit of work by the acclaimed late watercolorist and sculptor Tom Cochran (Cochran Art Limited) of Jackson. For more information, contact the Columbus Arts Council, 662-328-2787  


"Autumn Song" -- This Tennessee Williams Tribute Moon Lake Party event features vocalists and musicians with the Provincetown, Mass. Players in a song cycle of Tennessee Williams' and Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry set to music. The 7:30 p.m. program is at Poindexter Hall on the Mississippi University for Women campus. Tickets are $25 at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Students and MUW faculty with ID attend free, but a ticket is required. For ticket information, call 662-328-2787. 




Friday, Sept. 6 


"Stella" Shouting Contest -- In a playful homage to Tennessee Williams' characters Stella and Stanley from "A Streetcar Named Desire," would-be Stanleys are invited to shout "Stella" from Fifth Street South in Columbus, beneath the balcony of contest host Hollyhocks Gift Shop. Register (free) at 5:30 p.m. (25 maximum). Shouting begins at 6 p.m., for the "Stella" trophy and prizes. For more information, contact Gloria Herriott, 662-329-0025. 


Starkville block party -- A downtown block party from 6-8 p.m. features music by HanaLena, a tailgating wear fashion show, Bulldog pep rally, inflatables and more at College Park (corner of Lampkin and Russell Streets), Starkville. For information, go to 




Saturday, Sept. 7 


Streetcar Run -- The third annual Tennessee Williams Tribute-inspired 5K run begins at 8 a.m. at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, 300 Main St., Columbus. Register at 


Little Hands, Big Trucks -- United Way of Lowndes County presents this kid-friendly fundraiser from 9 a.m.-noon at the Columbus Soccer Complex. Wristbands ($4) allow a close-up view of tractors, construction equipment and industrial vehicles. For more information, contact Scott Ferguson at [email protected] 


Saturday at the Movies -- At this free Tennessee Williams Tribute event from 9 a.m. to noon at Nissan Auditorium on the MUW campus, scholar Dr. Stuart Noel presents his paper on the film "Suddenly Last Summer," based on Williams' play. A showing of the movie starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Katherine Hepburn follows. A catered box lunch is available; lunch ticket required in advance. Call 662-328-2787. 




Sunday, Sept. 8 


TWT sermon -- You're invited to a 10:30 a.m. sermon by the Rev. Anne Harris at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 318 College St., on the topic of the Tennessee Williams Tribute play "Period of Adjustment." (Williams' grandfather, the Rev. Walter Dakin, was priest at St. Paul's from 1913-1915.) A continental breakfast will be served all morning by the TWT Committee in the church atrium. 


Tour of Victorian Homes -- A tour from 2-5 p.m. features the Tennessee Williams Home at 300 Main St. in Columbus; the 1878 home of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Farris Smith; the 1890 Painted Lady home of Jennifer and Katie Rose Miller; and the Moon Lake Bed & Breakfast, where actors will greet visitors to the "Streetcar," "Baby Doll" and "Tim Roof" suites inspired by Williams' plays. Tickets are $20 at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. For a full Tribute schedule, go to 




Tuesday, Sept. 10 


"Rivers" book launch --  


The public is invited to a book launch of Michael Farris Smith's novel "Rivers" from 5-7 p.m. in the W Room of the Hogarth Student Center on the Mississippi University for Women campus. The event celebrating the MUW associate professor of English's release is presented by MUW, Catfish Alley magazine, Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Library and the Columbus Arts Council. Light refreshments will be served. Barnes & Noble will have books available for purchase and signing.  




Thursday, Sept. 12 


Musica con Sabor Latino -- The Columbus Arts Council presents Salsa de Rumba (Bob Damm, Chad Anderson, Drew Dieckmann, David Reese, Adib Sabir, Doug Thomas) and MC Armando de la Cruz in an evening of music with a Latin flavor at the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501 Main St. , at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 




Saturday, Sept. 21 


Garden tour and open house -- The MSU Extension Service presents a free Summer Rose Garden Tour and Open House from 9-11 a.m. at the A.B. McKay Food Research and Enology Lab on the North Campus. For information, contact Dr. Geoffrey Denny, 662-325-1682.  




Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 24-28 


Possum Town Storytelling Festival -- Internationally recognized professional storytellers Len Cabral, Carmen Agra Deedy and Kuniko Yamamoto weave words into magic at the second annual Possum Town Storytelling Festival presented by the Columbus Arts Council. Programs for all ages will be presented at various locations in Columbus. Stay tuned for details. For information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787 or visit 




Thursday, Sept. 26 


History and Traditions of SEC Football -- 


This fundraiser for the Mississippi State Wesley Foundation features SEC historian Dr. Mark Windham from 6-8:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. Food and fellowship is 6-7 p.m.; Dr. Windham's presentation is 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, available through Sept. 18 at the FUMC office and Wesley board members. Call 662-323-1778 for more information.  




Thursday, Sept. 26 


"Confluence" gallery reception -- The public is invited to a gallery reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery (second floor of the MSU Welcome Center) for the "Kathryn Hunter: Confluence" exhibit. For more information, go to or contact Lori Neuenfeldt, 662-325-2970.  




Saturday, Sept. 28 


Symphony concert -- The Columbus Arts Council's Concert and Artist Series presents the Starkville/MSU Symphony at Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Brown of MSU directs. Dr. Julia Mortyakova, chair of the MUW Department of Music, is a guest soloist. Tickets are $10 in advance at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., and $12 at the door. For information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.



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