In the respite before rehearsal Tuesday evening, cast and crew arrive, one by one. In shorts, jeans and sandals, they stroll into Whitfield Hall, exchanging hellos, adrenaline banked. The setting sun outside infuses Mississippi University for Women's Rent Auditorium with a dusky light.
The Columbus Arts Council will host a free gallery reception to open an exhibit of work by the Possum Town Quilters on Thursday, Aug. 4, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. Light refreshments will be served.
When the brass brigade leading "Seventy-six Trombones" marches on stage in West Point July 29-30, the signature song from "The Music Man" will signal not only a rollicking night of entertainment, but the return of musical theater to a town that's been eager to get back "on the boards."
After delaying its decision for a month, the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau board voted to make $35,000 available to the Legends Concert, which is looking to bring in REO Speedwagon and The Temptations.
Sweet sounds will be coming from the Omnova Theatre in the Rosenzweig Arts Center in downtown Columbus July 22. Dana Clark and Michele Clark will perform at 7 p.m. in a release concert for their newly-recorded collection of original songs, "Sweet Music."
It's been a long time since Hannah and Caroline Melby were a "sister act" -- since their days as youngsters singing in church, harmonizing with dad, Pete, and mom, Cindy, at the piano.
Visitors to the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library Tuesday, July 12, can be transported to another continent, or pay a literary visit to the Piggly Wiggly, all in the same day.
Americans have always responded to the wit, passion and sophistication of the ballads, dance tunes, jazz numbers and showstoppers that make up the great "American Songbook." Songs such as "As Time Goes By," "It Had to Be You," and "Over the Rainbow" have captivated generations of audiences and remain beloved musical icons of American popular culture.
Accomplished classical guitarist Michael Patilla and baritone Joseph Hopkins will combine their considerable talents for Canciones y Cuerdas -- an evening of songs and strings -- at the intimate Omnova Theater in the Rosenzweig Arts Center Friday, July 15. The Columbus Arts Council presentation will begin at 7 p.m.
A nationally recognized Alabama musician will present a June 23 concert of Civil War tunes at Mississippi State University as part of his role in the university's first Social Studies Teachers' Institute.
Scott Enlow, USDA certified organic farmer and owner of Black Creek Farms, is the June 22 speaker at the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and Hitching Lot Farmers' Market Table Talk series.
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and Hitching Lot Farmers' Market present Birney Imes, avid amateur beekeeper and editor/publisher of The Commercial Dispatch, as the featured speaker at the June 15 Table Talk series.
Songwriters Carolyn Sue Woods of Amory and John Riggs of Nashville, Tenn., are hoping the good people of the Magnolia State will one day soon be singing about "her fertile Delta bottom land to her coastline full of fine warm sand." The opening line of their song, "I Miss Mississippi," begins a melodic four-verse tour of the state often identified with its farming, music, magnolias and history.
Elizabeth Heiskell, co-author of "Somebody Stole the Cornbread from My Dressing," is the featured speaker at the June 8 Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market Table Talk series.
The cicadas are in full-throated chorus. Water sprinklers whisper a lazy tch-tch-tch. The evening air is filled with the laughter of children riding their bicycles and playing stick ball in the streets.
An opening reception for an exhibition of surrealistic drawings and paintings by Starkville artist Joe MacGown will be held Thursday, June 2, from 5-7 p.m. in the Depot Gallery on the Mississippi State University campus, located above the Welcome Center in Barnes and Noble
The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market team up for their June Table Talk series Wednesday, June 1, at noon in the library meeting room, 314 7th St. N. Following up on their successful programming in 2010, the co-sponsors will again focus on food.
When it comes to authentic blues, Freedom Creek Festival has delivered year after year. Started by bluesman Willie King in a rural field behind his home, this annual gathering of the faithful has continued in his honor in the two years since King's untimely death in 2009.
New blues music -- and a pinch of voodoo -- will be in the air Friday night as Big Joe Shelton and the Black Prairie Blues Ambassadors team up with the Columbus Arts Council for a CD release show and print exhibit in the gallery of the Rosenzweig Arts Center at 501 Main St. in Columbus. The event will also lend a helping hand to the Smithville tornado relief effort.
Images from the benefit concert Sunday in Columbus.