October 4, 2013 10:56:45 AM
Tuesday, Oct. 8
Jazz at Renasant -- The MSU Symphony Association presents a free jazz concert outdoors at Renasant Bank, 500 E. Lampkin St., in Starkville at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Fun. in concert -- The Grammy-winning alternative rock band Fun. (with Roscoe Bandana and Hunter Hunted) play Mississippi State's Humphrey Coliseum at 8 p.m. Tickets are $31-41. Doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets or information, visit msuconcerts.com or contact MSU Music Maker, 662-325-2930.
Friday, Oct. 11
Chilifest -- Vote for the best chili as Starkville restaurant teams compete from 5-7 p.m. to benefit programs of the Junior Auxiliary of Starkville at Mississippi State's amphitheater. Enjoy a 1-mile Little Chili Pepper Fun Run, live music, kids' village and more. Chili tasting tickets are $10. Kids Village entry is $5 (includes meal). All Access passes are $20. For more information, visit starkvilleja.org. Advance tickets are available at Thyme and Occasions in Starkville.
Saturday, Oct. 12
Book signing -- Adele Elliott of Columbus reads from her novel "Friendship Cemetery" at a book signing from 4-6 p.m. at the North Mississippi Holistic Center, 140 Brickerton Place, Columbus. Refreshments will be served. She'll also sign books at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Oct. 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, call 662-368-2211 or email email@example.com.
Sunday, Oct. 13
Sunday at the Bluff -- Dr. Michael Galaty of Mississippi State talks on "High Altitude Archaeology: Results of the Shala Valley Project, Northern Albania" at 2 p.m. at the Plymouth Bluff Center, 2200 Old West Point Road, Columbus. Free and open to the public. October is Archaeology Month. For more information, contact Plymouth Bluff, 662-241-6214.
Thursday, Oct. 17
Signature Chefs Auction -- This March of Dimes fundraiser at the Hunter Henry Center on Mississippi State's campus is 6:30-9:30 p.m. Chefs showcase culinary masterpieces as guests enjoy entertainment and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $75. For information or tickets, contact Wendy Parker, 662-523-9333, or go to marchofdimes.com/Mississippi.
Omnova Series concert -- Seattle-based indie folk duo Ian McFeron and Alysa Milner perform in the Columbus Arts Council's intimate Omnova Theater at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Local alt/folk blues pair Honey Boy and Boots are also featured. Tickets to the 7 p.m. show are $10 in advance at the Arts Center; $12 at the door. For tickets, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17-19
"Bloody Murder" -- Theatre MSU presents Ed Sala's award-winning murder mystery featuring Agatha Christie at 7:30 p.m. on the McComas Hall Main Stage. Tickets to this fun night of "whodunit" are $10. Buy them at comm.msstate.edu/theatre/tickets or at the door. For more information, contact Theatre MSU, 662-325-3203.
Barrel racing -- The Mississippi Horse Park, 716 Poorhouse Road, Starkville, hosts the Horse Poor Better Barrel Races (BBR) Eastern Region Tour Finale. For more information, visit horsepoorBBR.com or contact the Horse Park, 662-325-9350.
Friday, Oct. 18
Bridge grand opening -- Celebrate the opening of the newly-restored Old Tombigbee River Bridge at the Columbus Riverwalk with "BBQ & Blues" from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Stroll the historic bridge as award-winning blues artist Grady Champion and Homemade Jamz entertain. Barbecue by Hank's BBQ and bridge prints will be available for purchase. Local artists and their work will be featured. For more information, contact the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-920-3533.
At the piano -- Mississippi University for Women presents a solo piano recital by Dr. Valentin Bogdan at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the MUW campus. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music, 662-241-6399.
Mystery dinner show -- The Jackson-based Detective Mystery Dinner Show coming to Zorba's in Starkville weaves comedy and interactive whodunit into an entertaining mix at 7 p.m. Solve the mystery and win prizes. Tickets are $50; reservations are required. Call or text 601-937-1752 or go to thedetectives.biz.
Friday and Saturday,
Caledonia Days -- Caledonia's 10th annual celebration kicks off Oct. 18 in Ola J. Pickett Park at 7 p.m. with the Win-Wheel Band of Vernon, Ala., American Idol Top 5 finalist Skylar Laine, children's area and a fireworks show. Activities downtown Oct. 19 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. include a 5K, live music, classic car and tractor show, a dice run, pet parade, lawn mower race and more. For more information, call the Town Hall, 662-356-4117.
Monday, Oct. 21
Hazard Lecture Series -- The Hazard Lecture Series presents historian Marc Harris at the Heritage Academy Elementary School auditorium at 7 p.m. in the first of three presentations marking "The Voyage from the Past: The Sesquicentennial of the Civil War." The program at 623 Magnolia Lane, Columbus, is free to the public. Programs will also be presented Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. For more information, contact Beth Lucas at Heritage Academy, 662-327-1556.
Library celebration -- The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library hosts a reception from 4-6 p.m. at the library at 314 Seventh St. N. to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Chebie G. Bateman building. The community is invited. For more information, contact Jo Shumake, 662-497-2948, or Keith Gaskin, 662-617-0942.
Tuesday, Oct. 22
"Conquistadors" -- As part of their "Coming to America" season theme, the Columbus Arts Council shows this PBS documentary at 5:30 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Free and open to the public. For information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 24-26
Welty Symposium -- Mississippi University for Women's Welty Writers' Symposium features keynote speaker Ellen Gilchrist and writers Steven Barthelme, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Holly Goddard Jones, Cary Holladay, L. Lamar Wilson, Elizabeth Hughey, Steven Yates, Stephanie Powell Watts, Adam Vines, Stephen Fuller and Michael Farris Smith. For more information, visit muw.edu/welty or contact director Kendall Dunkelberg, 662-329-7386.
Friday, Oct. 25
Welty Gala -- New York Times Best Selling author Po Bronson ("Why Do I Love These People?" "What Should I Do With My Life?") is the featured speaker for the Welty Gala at Mississippi University for Women. Tickets are sold at different levels and offer opportunities for a private reception with the author along with premium seating during dinner. For more information, contact the MUW Office of Alumni and Development, 662-329-7148.
Old Memphis Kings CD release party -- The Old Memphis Kings hold a CD release party at 7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus. For more information, contact the Columbus Arts Council, 662-328-2787.
Pumpkinpalooza -- A Bulldog pep rally, trick-or-treating with downtown merchants, inflatables, pumpkin-painting station and restaurant specials for kids in costumes highlight Pumpkinpalooza in downtown Starkville from 6-8 p.m. For more about New South weekends, go to visit.starkville.org/south3.
Sunday, Oct. 27
Harpsichord concert -- The Columbus Arts Council presents Dr. Jackie Edwards Henry at the harpsichord in "Parlez Vous Franglais," a program featuring French and American music in honor of France's gift of the Statue of Liberty, dedicated Oct. 28, 1886. Dr. Ryan Ross makes a visual presentation. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Monday, Oct 28
A visit from Gen. Grant -- The Hazard Lecture Series presents E.C. Fields as Gen. U.S. Grant at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Academy Elementary School auditorium, Columbus. The program, "Lee, Grant and Lee: End of the War and Into the Future," is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Beth Lucas at Heritage Academy, 662-327-1556.
Tuesday, Oct. 29
MUW Choral Concert -- Mississippi University for Women's University Singers, Chamber Choir and Chorale are in concert at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the MUW campus at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music, 662-241-6399.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Haunted Horse Park -- Mississippi State's Residence Hall Association presents the Haunted Horse Park at the Mississippi Horse Park, 716 Poorhouse Road, Starkville. Admission is $5. For more information, call 662-325-0508.
Friday, Nov. 1
At the piano -- Mississippi University for Women and the Music Teachers National Association welcome guest artist Angelin Chang in a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the MUW campus. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music, 662-241-6399.
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