Community Calendar for the week of February 24, 2019


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Sundays at the Center -- The West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents 5th Street Performing Arts at 2 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Free to the public. 




Now through March 8  


Water/Ways Exhibit -- The Tenn-Tom Waterway Museum hosts the Smithsonian Water/Ways traveling exhibit at 317 Seventh St. N. Museum hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (or by appointment on weekends). For information or to book group tours, call 662-328-8936. 




Tuesday, Feb. 26 


Pottery demonstration -- Stephen Phillips conducts a demo on making pottery at 12:30 p.m. at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. Free to the public. Snacks served by Friends of the Library. For more information, contact Wil'Lani Turner, 662-329-5300. 


Howard Lecture Series -- The Diane Legan Howard Art History Lecture Series at The W presents Elise Lawton Smith of Millsaps College speaking on "Radical Museum Architecture" at 6 p.m. in The W's Summer Hall. Free.  


New Music Concert -- Mississippi University for Women present a New Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Poindexter Hall. Free. 




Thursday, Feb. 28 


Governance lecture -- U.S. District Judge (and '67 MSU alumnus) William Alsup speaks on his memoir "Won Over" at 2 p.m. in Mississippi State's Colvard Student Union Foster Ballroom. Free; part of the Conerly Governance Lecture Series and Black History Month events.  


Voice recital -- Mississippi University for Women Department of Music presents soprano Lucy Sandifer in a senior voice recital at 7:30 p.m. at Poindexter Hall. Free. 


Pop-Up Celebrity Shop -- Comedy performer (SNL, In Living Color, etc.) Ellen Cleghorne performs in Starkville at 6 p.m. at The Mill (cover $100, includes fashion, food, etc. at 5:30 p.m., a charity benefit); and at 10 p.m. at Hobie's on Main ($15). Reserve seats at 




Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2 


Magnolia Independent Film Festival -- The 22nd annual Mag Film Fest presents 32 films by indie filmmakers from around the world at Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville. Tickets $10 per film block ($5 students); $30 for festival pass, $75 for VIP Experience. Visit for tickets and schedule. 




Saturday, March 2 


Police Explorers Ball -- The Columbus Police Explorers Krewe of Columbus holds a Mardi Gras Ball at 7 p.m. at Town Creek Pavilion, Windmill Road, West Point. Tickets $25. Follow the event on Facebook. 


Symphony and chorus -- The Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present Masterworks at 7:30 p.m. in Mississippi State's Lee Hall Auditorium. The season centerpiece includes "Roman Carnival Overture" by Hector Berlioz, and "Ninth Symphony" by Ludwig von Beethoven. Free. 


Exhibit opening -- The West Point/Clay County Arts Council hosts the opening of an exhibit by the Mansfield Family at 5 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., downtown West Point. Free. 




Tuesday, March 5 


Turf & Landscape seminar -- Lowndes County Master Gardeners present this free seminar at 6 p.m. at the MSU Extension Service Lowndes County office, 485 Tom Rose Road, Columbus, with Jeff Wilson, Master Gardener state coordinator. Topics include lawn care and establishment, landscaping ideas and maintenance. For information, call 662-328-2111. 


Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9  


Music by Women Festival -- Performances, lecture recitals, papers and presentations on music composed, taught and performed by women highlight this third annual event at Mississippi University for Women's Poindexter Hall. For more information, email [email protected]  




Friday, March 8 


Sundays at the Center -- The West Point/Clay County Arts Council hosts a dulcimer program at 2 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Free. 




Friday and Saturday, March 8-9 


Blues for Willie -- Vasti Jackson, Debbie Bond Blues Band, Old Memphis Kings, "Down in the Woods" documentary and a barbecue dinner highlight the Columbus Arts Council's Blues for Willie Festival at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Individual concert tickets and weekend passes are available at, or call 662-328-2787.  




Saturday, March 9  


Rockin' for Rob benefit -- Rick's Cafe, 319 Highway 182 E. in Starkville, hosts this medical benefit for the Rob Swindol family from 5-11 p.m. Live music by groups including Flathead Ford, Alan Stephens Band, Ming Donkey, Mookie, Shane Tubbs Band and more. $10 donation at the door. 




Tuesday, March 12 


Quilt reception -- The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library hosts a noon reception for its annual quilt exhibit. Rita Williams of the Buttahatchee Barn Quilt Trail is speaker. The display will be up March 1-April 26. For more information, contact Brenda Durrett, 662-329-5304 or [email protected]



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