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Community Calendar for the week of April 20, 2014


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Living Pictures -- Fairview Baptist Church, 127 Airline Road, Columbus, presents this unique music and drama event depicting the Easter story. About 400 congregation members, including a choir and orchestra numbering about 150, make the production possible. There is no admission charge to attend the 6:30 p.m. program. For more information, contact the church office, 662-328-2924. 




Monday, April 21 


MSU Jazz Band -- The Mississippi State University Jazz Band presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. at Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium on campus. Visit for more information or call 662-325-3070. 




Thursday, April 24 


Underground Railroad quilts -- Sara Deloach and Elizabeth Simpson present "Underground Railroad Quilt Stories" at 2 p.m. at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. Learn how quilt patterns may have been a means of communication during a difficult time in history. Free to the public. For more information, call 662-329-5300.  




Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26 


"Pirates of Penzance" -- Mississippi State's Theatre MSU presents "The Pirates of Penzance," Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera, at McComas Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or at For more information, contact Melanie Harris, 662-325-9162. 




Friday, April 25 


Relay for Life -- Lowndes County's Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society is 6 p.m.-1 a.m. at the field behind Columbus High School, 215 Hemlock St. All are invited. Please bring a canned good for local food pantries. For more information, contact Mott Ellis, email [email protected] or call 662-574-1104. 


Piano duo -- Mississippi University for Women presents Dr. Julia Mortyakova and Dr. Valentin Bogdan in recital at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free. For more information, contact the Department of Music, 662-241-6399. 




Saturday, April 26  


Jeans & Jewels -- The Columbus Arts Council's 30th annual gala begins at 6:30 p.m. at Milton Sundbeck's Town Creek Pavilion, 32476 Highway 50 East. Tickets are $60 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, music and live and silent auctions. Tables for 10 or more may be reserved. Auction items include original art, round trip airline tickets, hot air balloon rides, trips, hunts and more. For tickets or information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.  


Crawfish boil --Tickets for Starkville Main Street Association's King Cotton Crawfish Boil at Maxwell Street and Page Avenue in Starkville are $30 and include a 5-pound bucket of crawfish, corn and potatoes plus unlimited beverages. Children 12 and under admitted free. Get tickets at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, 200 Main St. or go to For more information, contact the GSDP, 662-323-3322. 


Sunday, April 27 


"To Please the Masses" -- The Columbus Choral Society presents a concert featuring Franz Schubert's Mass No. 2 in G Major at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the Mississippi University for Women campus. Admission is free; donations are welcome. A reception follows. For information, go to 




Monday, April 28 


MSU Choir concert -- The Mississippi State University choirs are in concert at 7:30 p.m. at Starkville's First Baptist Church, 106 E. Lampkin St. For more information, call the MSU Department of Music, 662-325-3070. 




Tuesday, April 29 


MUW Faculty/Alumni recital -- Mississippi University for Women's Department of Music presents Dr. Cherry Dunn, soprano, and Zane Lynn, tenor, in a voice recital at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 662-241-6399. 




Thursday, May 1 


Lowndes Day of Prayer -- In conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, the privately-funded Christian Community Organization invites citizens of Columbus and surrounding areas to join in an observance outside the Lowndes County Courthouse at 502 Second Ave. N. 


MUW Choral Concert -- Mississippi University for Women's University Chorus, Chamber Singers and Chorale are in concert at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free and open to the public. Call 662-241-6399 for more information. 




Friday and Saturday,  


May 2-3 


Market Street Festival -- Columbus' annual festival kicks off May 2 at the Riverwalk with a free concert featuring Shawna P and the Earth Funk Tribe at 7 p.m., followed by Almost Famous of Memphis, Tenn., at 9 p.m. Saturday features arts and crafts vendors, live music and fun activities all day downtown. See the schedule at or contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.



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