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Community Calendar for the week of February 23, 2014


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Spring concert -- The Mississippi State University Campus Symphony Community Band presents a free concert at 3 p.m. in Lee Hall on campus. See the spring schedule at 




Tuesday, Feb. 25 


MSU University Chorale -- Mississippi State's University Chorale presents "Reflect and Rejoice: Celebrating African-American History through Music" at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Memories on MSU's campus. For information, contact the Department of Music, 662-325-3070. 


Parrini recital -- The Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series at Mississippi University for Women presents award-winning pianist Fabio Parrini of South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free to the public. For more information, call 662-241-6399. 




Wednesday, Feb. 26  


Table Talk -- Award-winning author Deborah Johnson discusses her new novel, "The Secret of Magic." Set just after World War II, the book weaves an enthralling story of the complex relationship between a young African-American Northerner and a middle-aged white Southerner. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m.; iced tea provided by Friends of the Columbus Library. Or join friends from noon-1 p.m. for the program at the Columbus Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300. 




Thursday, Feb. 27 


MUW Alumni -- The Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association Lowndes County Chapter meets at Lion Hills Golf Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lyndsay Cumberland, director of Alumni Relations, will give an update on homecoming. RSVP to [email protected] 


Dr. Ernest Green -- As an observance of Black History Month, Congressional Gold Medal recipient Dr. Ernest Green, one of the "Little Rock Nine," gives a keynote address at Mississippi State's Colvard Student Union Ballroom at 2 p.m. Free to the public. For more information, call 662-325-4034.  


Koresh Dance Co. -- The Mississippi State Lyceum Series presents this dance troupe at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall on campus. Tickets are $15. Purchase at or call 662-325-2930. 




Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 27-March 1 


"Blithe Spirit" -- The Mississippi University for Women Department of Theatre presents Noel Coward's comic play at 7:30 p.m. in Cromwell Theatre on campus. General admission is $10 (students $5). For more information, contact the department, 662-329-7354. 


" ... And the Rain Came ... " -- Mississippi State University Theatre presents " ... And the Rain Came to Mayfield," a play about struggles of integration in the 1960s, at 7:30 p.m. in the McComas Theatre on campus. For mature audiences (language, themes). For more information, call 662-325-4034. Order tickets online at 




Friday, Feb. 28 


Happy birthday, MSU -- The Mississippi State University Alumni Association hosts a 136th birthday party at the Bull Ring by Colvard Student Union beginning at 11 a.m. Complimentary cake and drinks while they last.  




Saturday, March 1  


Palmer Home race/walk -- A 5K/10K Chick-fil-A Connect Race to benefit Palmer Home for Children begins at 8 a.m. in downtown Starkville. A 1-mile Family Fun Run begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information or to register, go to Fee is $25 ($30 for 10K). 


Southern Soiree -- This event benefiting Palmer Home for Children begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Stables, 804 Woodside Drive, Starkville. Tickets are $40 and include food, silent auction and live music. For more information, contact Palmer Home, 662-328-5704, or visit 


Mardi Gras Party -- A $10,000 drawdown Mardi Gras Party benefiting Annunciation Catholic School begins at 7 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center and features gumbo, catfish, beads, open bar and live band. A $100 ticket admits two adults (21+). Get them in Columbus at the school office, 223 N. Browder St., or Annunciation Catholic Church. And in Starkville at St. Joseph Catholic Church. For more information, contact the school, 662-328-4479. 


Symphony orchestra -- The Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra presents "German Greatness" at First Baptist Church, 106 E. Lampkin St., Starkville at 7:30 p.m. The program features Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" and compositions by Schumann and Brahams. Visit 


Monday, March 3 


Musica con Sabor Latino -- Dr. Bob Damm, with Chad Anderson, Jim Beaty, Drew Dieckmann, Adib Sabir, David Reese, Cliff Taylor and Doug Thomas, presents a program of music with a Latin flavor at 7 p.m. in McComas Theater on the Mississippi State campus. Armando De La Cruz is master of ceremonies. For more information, contact the MSU Department of Music, 662-325-3070. 




Tuesday, March 4 


MUW Chorale -- The Mississippi University for Women Choral Department presents Mass No. 2 in G Major by Franz Schubert at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. The concert is sponsored by the Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series. Free to the public. For more information, contact the MUW Department of Music, 662-241-6399. 




Thursday, March 6 


"So-Called Sporting Life" -- The Mississippi University for Women Gordy Honors College Forum presents Dr. Katherine Kittredge of Ithaca College, New York, with "My So-Called Sporting Life: What Women Can Gain (and Lose) from Playing Sports" at 6 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free to the public. For more information, email Dr. Thomas Velek, [email protected], call 241-6850, or visit 


"Vinyl Revival" reception -- Mississippi State's student activities office and campus Music Maker Productions host a free reception from 4-6 p.m. in Colvard Student Union's art gallery for "Vinyl Revival," a collection of vinyl records. The display is up through March 21. For more information, contact Amelia Treptow, 662-325-2930. 




Friday, March 7 


Blues for Willie -- The Columbus Arts Council presents "Birmingham" George Conner, Jock Webb, Albert Billups and Clarence Davis as they honor late bluesman Willie King at 7:30 p.m in the Rosenzweig Arts Center's Omnova Theater, 501 Main St., Columbus. King performed his final concert there March 7, 2009. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door, if available. For tickets or information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787. 


Wild Game Dinner -- The East Mississippi Community College Foundation, "Bull" Sullivan Memorial Division, invites patrons to a gourmet Wild Game Dinner and Auction fundraiser presented by Premier Ford Lincoln at 6:30 p.m. at Lion Hills Golf Club, Columbus. Tickets are $100/individual, $175/couple. Tables for eight are $1,000. For more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]



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