September 14, 2013 4:55:07 PM
Book signing -- Award-winning author Michael Farris Smith of Columbus will attend a book signing for his novel "Rivers" at Books-A-Million in Leigh Mall in Columbus at 2:30 p.m.
Today and Sept. 17-21
"The Odd Couple" -- Starkville Community Theater presents this classic comedy by Neil Simon at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville, today at 2 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students). Seating is limited; to reserve tickets, call the SCT box office, 662-323-6855.
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Table Talk -- Dr. Tom Richardson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi University for Women, explores "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" at noon at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. North. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. to socialize; iced tea is provided. Or join friends from noon-1 p.m. for the talk. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300.
Thursday, Sept. 19
MUW gallery reception -- The public is invited to a free reception from 5:30-7 p.m. for "Share the Wealth: a Print Exchange Exhibition" at the Eugenia Summer Gallery in the Mississippi University for Women Art and Design Building on campus. For more information, call 662-329-7341.
Lyceum jazz -- Mississippi State's Lyceum Series season opens with jazz recording artist Gretchen Parlato at 7:30 p.m in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium on campus. Tickets are $15 general admission. For tickets or more information, visit lyceum.msstate.edu or contact the Center for Student Activities, 662-325-2930.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Garden tours and open house -- The MSU Extension Service presents free garden tours and an open house from 9-11 a.m. near the A.B. McKay Food Research and Enology Lab on the North Farm Campus. See ongoing seminars and demos on native plants, roses, trees and more. For information, contact Dr. Geoffrey Denny, 662-325-1682.
Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 24-28
Possum Town Storytelling Festival -- Internationally known 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 the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., in Columbus. Ask about the storytelling and origami workshops. For information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787 or visit columbus-arts.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
Table Talk -- Dr. Kendall Dunkelburg, Mississippi University for Women professor of English, previews the speakers at the 25th annual Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium (Oct. 24-26). Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. and socialize; iced tea provided. Or join friends from noon-1 p.m. for the program. For more information, contact the library at 662-329-5300.
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.
"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 caad.msstate.edu or contact Lori Neuenfeldt, 662-325-2970.
Thursday and Friday,
"The Brothers Menaechmus" -- This ancient comedy by Plautus is part of Mississippi State's Shackouls Honors College "Classical Week." Entertainment and performances begin at 5:30 p.m. at Griffis Hall, in Zacharias Village Courtyard on the MSU campus. Dr. Donna Clevinger directs. Bring lawn chairs and blankets; a cookout Thursday begins at 5 p.m. before the outdoor show. Free, but all donations are welcome. For more information, call 662-325-2522.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Symphony concert -- The Columbus Arts Council's Concert and Artist Series presents the Starkville/MSU Symphony at Mississippi University for Women's Rent Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Brown, head of MSU's Music Department, directs. Dr. Julia Mortyakova, chair of MUW's Department of Music, is guest solo pianist. The symphony premieres Dr. Richard Montalto's "Possum Town Prelude." Tickets are $10, at the Rosenzweig Arts Center or at the door. MUW/MSU faculty, students and staff admitted free with school ID. For information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5
Seventh Avenue Heritage Festival -- This celebration of the unique culture that existed in this once-bustling business and entertainment district features live music, food, children's activities and more. Entertainers include Ginuwine and friends. For more information, contact Kabir Karriem, 662-549-4314.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
Jazz at Renasant -- The MSU Symphony Association presents a free program of jazz music at Renasant Bank, 500 E. Lampkin St., in Starkville at 6 p.m.
5. Pulitzer finalist Martin to deliver reading Thursday ENTERTAINMENT