January 26, 2013 9:30:24 PM
HanaLena Homecoming -- The sister duo HanaLena -- Hannah and Caroline Melby of Nash Street -- return to their hometown of Starkville for a one-hour benefit concert at 5 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Christian Life Center. Proceeds benefit the FUMC youth choir and the Methodist Children's Home. Tickets are $10 at the door. For information, call 662-323-5572.
Sunday at the Bluff --
Historian and author Rufus Ward presents a collection of little known facts, incidents and characters that shaped the history and culture of East Mississippi and West Alabama, at the Plymouth Bluff Center, 2200 Old West Point Road, at 2 p.m. Who knew Davey Crockett got lost on his way to Tibbee Creek or that Rommel's Africa Corps was in Aliceville? Hear these and more stories in the free program open to the public. For more information, contact the center, 662-241-6214.
Monday, Jan. 28
Public reception -- The Starkville Area Arts Council's Art in Public Places Committee hosts a free public reception from 5-6 p.m. at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership, 200 E. Main St., for the "Shakespeare: From Page to Stage" exhibit of student art. For more information, contact the SAAC, 662-323-3080.
Thursday, Jan. 31
MUW Alumni -- The Lowndes County Chapter of the Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association meets at 11:30 a.m. at the Lion Hills Golf Club in Columbus. MUW Department of Art alumnus Jonathan Cumberland is the guest speaker. Lunch is $12. RSVP to Reba Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-356-4161.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Table Talk -- A Casual Visit with Books will meet each Wednesday in February. Memoirs is the month's theme. Laugh twice as hard with authors and identical twins Katherine and Margaret King Feb. 6 as they share mischievous adventures of their youth in Oxford in the '50s. "Y'all Twins?" is the first book of their hilarious reminiscences. Everyone is welcome to these talks hosted by the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. No charge. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. to socialize in the second floor meeting room of the library, 314 Seventh St. N. Tea is always served. Talks are noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7
Freedom Riders -- The Gordy Honors College Forum at Mississippi University for Women begins a two-part examination of the civil rights movement and presents the film "Freedom Riders" in MUW's Parkinson Hall Nissan Auditorium. The program continues Feb. 21. For more information, contact Dr. Tom Velek at email@example.com or 662-241-6850.
GSDP Banquet -- The Greater Starkville Development Partnership hosts its annual banquet at the Hunter Henry Center at 6:30 p.m. A reception for Committee of 100 members begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40. Contact the GSDP, 662-323-3322, for tickets or information.
Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 7-10, 12-16
"The Fantasticks" -- Starkville Community Theatre presents Broadway's longest-running musical at The Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except Feb. 10, which is at 2 p.m. Paula Mabry directs. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students. Seating is limited; advance reservations are strongly recommended. For more information, contact the SCT, 662-323-6855.
Friday, Feb. 8
An Evening with Angela Brown -- The Columbus Arts Council presents international operatic soprano and Metropolitan Opera performer Angela Brown in "Art Songs, Arias and Spirituals" at Mississippi University for Women's Rent Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20; $10 children and college students with ID; free to MUW faculty, staff and students. For tickets or information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Thursday, Feb. 14
Lee Home Valentine Party -- A Valentine gala of "decadent desserts, fabulous flowers, magical music and wonderful wine" benefiting the Stephen D. Lee Foundation will be held at Errolton, the home of Keith and Gaines Gaskin in Columbus. For more information, contact Eulalie Davis, 662-328-3088.
Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16
Love Letters from Shakespeare -- Mississippi State University Theatre presents "Love Letters from Shakespeare" at 7:30 p.m. in McComas Hall on campus. Tickets are $10, available at comm.msstate.edu, or call 662-325-3320. Donor level tickets are also available.
Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23
Magnolia Independent Film Festival -- The 16th annual Magnolia Independent Film Festival at Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville showcases independent films. For more information, visit magnoliafilmfest.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the Starkville Area Arts Council, 662-324-3080.
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