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Community Calendar for the week of January 12, 2014


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Monday, Jan. 13 


"2 Mississippi Museums" -- Mississippi Department of Archives and History Director Hank Holmes and other representatives conduct a 3 p.m. discussion about the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History, now under construction in Jackson, at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus. The forum coordinated by the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau is followed by a Q&A and 5-8 p.m. reception and exhibit. (See below.) Events are free.  


"Birmingham: The Movement That Changed the World" -- This civil rights exhibit of photographs, artifacts and records at the Rosenzweig Arts Center opens a week of Dream 365 events with a reception from 5-8 p.m. (School, church and other larger groups are invited to tour the exhibit Wednesday, Jan. 15, if desired.) The exhibit is presented by the City of Birmingham, Columbus Arts Council, Dream 365 and Columbus CVB. For more information, call 662-328-2787. 




Tuesday, Jan. 14 


"Freedom Riders" -- As part the eight-day Dream 365 commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a free showing of the Emmy-winning film "Freedom Riders" begins at 6 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. For information, call 662-328-2787. 




Thursday, Jan. 16 


Spelling Bee -- As part of Dream 365, a spelling bee for sixth- through eighth-graders in four counties begins at 6 p.m. in Cochran Hall at Mississippi University for Women, presented by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. For information on entering, email Chartis Ivy, [email protected] or enter GTASpellingBee on Facebook. 


Hip hop concert -- Mississippi State University's Music Makers presents 2 Chainz in concert at the Mississippi Horse Park, 869 E. Poorhouse Road, in Starkville. Get tickets at  




Friday, Jan. 17 


Jazz, spoken word -- As part of Dream 365, an evening of live jazz by Muzik in Action and spoken word tributes to the civil rights era begins at 8 p.m. on the lower level of Trotter Convention Center in downtown Columbus. Tickets are $10, available in advance at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 662-328-2787. 




Saturday, Jan. 18 


MLK Day of Service -- The United Way Volunteer Center invites volunteers to sign up by 5 p.m. Jan. 15 to lend a helping hand from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at agencies including the Boys & Girls Club, Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen and Operation Ukraine. Pre-registration is required; go to, or call 662-328-0943. 


Comedy Night -- Dream 365 presents an adult entertainment HBO DEF Comedy Jam with comedians Steve Brown, Damon Williams and Marvin Hunter at 8 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center. Tickets are $10 ($25 VIP), available in advance at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 662-328-2787. 


Day of Service, Noxubee Refuge -- 


Volunteer Starkville sponsors an MLK Day of Service project from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers will assist in rehabilitating a native plant garden by weeding, mulching and repairing brick walkways. A box lunch is included. Bring gloves and garden tools, if possible. For more information, contact Jamey Bachman, 662-268-2865. 


MTA Plays, Vicksburg -- Two Golden Triangle area plays will be performed at the Mississippi Theatre Festival competition at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Starkville Community Theatre presents "Collected Stories" at 2 p.m. The Tennessee Williams Tribute presents "Kingdom of Earth" at approximately 3:30 p.m. Audiences are invited to watch and support performances. For more information, go to, or contact Brenda Caradine, 662-328-5413.  




Sunday, Jan. 19 


Gospel concert -- Dream 365 hosts a free 5:30 p.m. gospel concert at Trotter Convention Center featuring Tamara Trippett, Armondo Adams, the Noxubee County Mass Choir and many others.  


Oktibbeha NAACP MLK service -- The Oktibbeha County NAACP hosts a unity church MLK event from 6-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church Longview of Starkville, with Rev. Lamzy Carpeter Jr. and Rev. Bill Chapman as speakers. For information, call Christopher Taylor, 662-617-3671. 




Monday, Jan. 20 


Commemorative breakfast -- This annual NAACP-Dream 365 event presents the nationally-known Dr. Frederick Haynes III, pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church of Dallas, as keynote speaker at Trotter Convention Center, Columbus. Community awards will be presented. Tickets to the 8:30 a.m. breakfast are $15, available in advance at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 662-328-2787.  


Unity breakfast -- Mississippi State's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the MSU president's office present the 20th annual MLK Jr. Day Unity Breakfast from 7-9 a.m. in Colvard Student Union. Free. For information, call 662-325-2493. 


MLK Volunteer Fair -- Volunteer Starkville hosts a Community Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Starkville Sportsplex, 405 Lynn Lane, with speaker and MLK Jr. Activity Stations. A service project with the Oktibbeha County Fire Department is from 2-5 p.m. For more information, contact Jamey Bachman, 662-268-2865 or visit 




Tuesday, Jan. 21 


Book signing -- Author Deborah Johnson of Columbus attends a book signing for her new novel, "The Secret of Magic," at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus from 4-6 p.m. For more information, call 662-328-2787. 




Thursday, Jan. 23 


Jazz band -- The Mississippi State University Honor Jazz Band presents a free concert in McComas Theater on the MSU campus at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Music Department, 662-325-3070. 




Friday, Jan. 24 


Interactive drum circle -- The Columbus Arts Council hosts an indoor "campfire" dinner followed by a Native American-themed interactive drum circle facilitated by Dr. Bob Damm at 7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Dinner tickets are $8 and must be purchased by Jan. 23. Drum circle tickets are $10, limited to 20 participants. Contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 


Wind ensemble -- The Mississippi State University Honor Wind Ensemble presents a free performance in McComas Theater on the MSU campus at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Music Department, 662-325-3070. 




Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8 


Rotary Club Rodeo -- This annual rodeo sponsored by the Starkville Rotary Club takes place at the Mississippi Horse Park. Look for more information soon at 




Saturday, Feb. 8 


Starkville-MSU Symphony -- The Starkville-MSU Symphony Association Orchestra presents "Haydn Highlight" at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 106 E. Lampkin St., Starkville. Free and open to the public.



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