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Rob Hardy: Mimicry and camouflage

Posted 3/22/2010 in Columns

Some animals like to sport bright colors, as if they want to be seen. Others favor drab colors, as if they want to blend in and avoid recognition. There must be advantages to both strategies. Soldiers used to sport bright red clothing in the field, and now tend to go with grey and olive blotches, if they are in forest, and beige spotty patterns if they are on sand.

 

For the birds: Birder of the Year wants to share what all the flap is about

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

Dianne Patterson and her husband, Jim, were headed out to church one cold December Wednesday when the phone rang.

Eat, bid, dance and be merry at CAC’s Dining for Art

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

The Columbus Arts Council’s Dining for Art gala is just around the corner. The March 27 event at the Rosenzweig Arts Center in the heart of downtown Columbus will serve up mouth-watering food, silent and live auctions and entertainment by the always popular Class of 65 and Big Ben Atkins.

 

Columbus Choral Society, Meridian Symphony Chorus in concert March 28

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

In what may be one of the most memorable fine art musical presentations in the Golden Triangle’s recent memory, the Columbus Choral Society and Meridian Symphony Chorus will join to present Easter selections of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” Sunday, March 28.

 

 

Shannon Bardwell: Computer dummy

Posted 3/20/2010 in Columns

I know I’m too stupid to have a computer, and I really don’t care; but if I want to keep one finger in the world I have to have one.

 

 

David Creel: Painting the town beautiful

Posted 3/20/2010 in Columns

Whoever said making up was hard to do? It’s a cinch, especially with all of the makeup brushes available now.

 

 

Alva to address ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ at MUW Thursday

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

The Gordy Honors Forum Series will feature Iraq War veteran Eric Alva Thursday, March 25, at 6 p.m. at Nissan Auditorium in Parkinson Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women. He will be speaking on the topic “Ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’” The event is free and open to the public.

 

 

Veterinary students plan to welcome thousands

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

Students at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will welcome thousands of school children and other visitors to campus on the second weekend in April.

 

Discover Columbus: 70th Spring Pilgrimage heralds more tours and special events

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

When Columbus hosts its 70th annual Spring Pilgrimage April 5-17, the hospitality mat will be out and the events varied.

 

Market Street Festival extends juried arts deadline

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

Main Street Columbus and the Columbus Arts Council will present the first Market Street Festival Juried Arts Exhibit at the 15th annual festival in downtown Columbus May 7-8.

 

 

Pageantry, games, food central to MSU International Fiesta

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

More than 70 nations will be represented March 27 when Mississippi State welcomes the community’s 20th annual International Fiesta.

 

 

New York’s Parsons Dance to perform for MSU Lyceum Series

Posted 3/20/2010 in Entertainment

Internationally renowned for its contemporary style, Parsons Dance will bring athleticism, personality and extraordinary artistry to the troupe’s Wednesday, March 31, appearance at Mississippi State University.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Prom fight

Posted 3/20/2010 in Columns

Mississippi is in the national news, again. Sometimes it seems that we only get press for embarrassing things, like being one of the fattest states, or the least literate.

 

Rufus Ward: What is the oldest house in Columbus?

Posted 3/20/2010 in Columns

Last week Marion asked: “What is the oldest surviving house in Columbus?”

 

A wee taste o’ the Irish

Posted 3/18/2010 in Food

It never fails. When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around each March, it seems there is a touch of the Irish in all of us.

 

'If these walls could talk'

Posted 3/13/2010 in Entertainment

On April 10, a few of those nostalgic memories will surface in “If These Walls Could Talk,” a play written by Pam Rhea for the Junior Auxiliary of Columbus 60th annual Charity Ball at Trotter Convention Center.

 

‘Mark Twain’ to entertain for Bryan Library benefit

Posted 3/13/2010 in Entertainment

In a rare public appearance in the Golden Triangle, author, lecturer and humorist Mark Twain — as interpreted by Robert Valentine — will entertain an audience Thursday, March 18, at the Ritz Theater and Conference Center in West Point, to benefit that city’s Bryan Public Library.

 

 

Ragtime returns

Posted 3/13/2010 in Entertainment

What may have emerged in the 1800s as dance music with a “ragged” rhythm in cities like New Orleans and St. Louis still lives, breathes and draws fans from around the world. Ragtime, that syncopated good-time music often associated with Scott Joplin or the movie, “The Sting,” will be celebrated March 26-27 in Starkville at the fourth annual Charles H. Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival.

 

 

Late teacher, friend’s memory honored with ‘Sorta Love Songs’

Posted 3/13/2010 in Entertainment

Two cabaret-style performances of “Sorta Love Songs” March 19-20 at McComas Hall on the Mississippi State University campus will be more than pure entertainment. They will be heart-felt tributes to the memory of Lora J. DeFore, a much-missed colleague, mentor and friend.

 

 

Adele Elliott: Saving time

Posted 3/13/2010 in Columns

I love the concept of saving daylight. It makes me think of that old Jim Croce song, “Time In A Bottle.” Both are lovely ideas, an odd mixing of magic and miracle.

 

 

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