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Community Calendar for the week of January 8, 2017


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Through January  


"Miles Across America" -- "Miles Across America: Scenes from the American West and South" features photography by Nico DeBarmore in a main gallery exhibit at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Adjoining the gallery, Artist Alley hosts art by young Molly Munson. The arts center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 662-328-2787. 




Thursday, Jan. 12 


Claire Holley, Jonathan Kingham in concert -- The Columbus Arts Council presents Jonathan Kingham of Toad the Sprocket and singer/songwriter Claire Holley at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Seating is limited. Get tickets at or call 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays). 




Monday, Jan. 16 


MLK Day commemoration -- An 8 a.m. breakfast at Trotter Convention Center features keynote speaker Judge Carlton Reeves, second African-American to serve on the federal judiciary in Mississippi. Following breakfast, volunteers are invited to "Pack the Sack" (lunches) for Loaves and Fishes Community Soup Kitchen. Registration is free at Presented by the City of Columbus, Visit Columbus, Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, CAFB, MUW, Sodexo Food Services and United Way of Lowndes County. 


MLK Jr. Unity Breakfast -- Mississippi State hosts a community-wide celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at The Mill, 600 Russell St., Starkville. An 8 a.m. breakfast is followed by a 9 a.m. program featuring speaker Larnzy Carpenter, pastor of First Baptist Church of Longview. Participants are then encouraged to engage in a "Day of Service." Free. For information, contact Alicia Hu, 662-325-2493 or email [email protected] 




Friday, Jan. 20  


Symphony concert -- The Starkville-MSU Symphony presents "Strings Across the Sea," a family concert, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium on the MSU campus. Free. Visit  




Tuesday, Jan. 24 


Ritz Chamber Players -- Mississippi State's Lyceum Series presents this chamber music ensemble at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium on campus, sponsored by the MSU Holmes Cultural Diversity Center. Tickets are $25 at, or call 662-325-3917. 


Poetry reading -- Catherine Pierce reads from her new book of poetry, "The Tornado is the World," at 7:30 p.m. in Colvard Union's Fowlkes Auditorium (third floor). Pierce co-directs MSU's Creative Writing program. For more information, contact Michael Kardos, 573-999-0698. 




Saturday, Jan. 28 


SOUPer Bowl -- Sample soups and vote for the best Starkville area chefs have to offer at this event from 4-6 p.m. at Starkville's Restaurant Tyler (upstairs). Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for children in advance at the GSDP Welcome Center, 200 Main St., or at; $20 at the door. Bring a canned good to donate to local food pantries. For more information, contact GSDP, 662-323-3322. 


Frostbite Half-Marathon -- The 32nd annual Frostbite begins at 9 a.m. in Starkville, with a 10K and 5K starting at 9:05 a.m. Visit to register. Find the course map and more info at 




Sunday, Jan. 29 


Dorothy McClung Lewis in concert -- Gospel artist Dorothy McClung Lewis presents a homecoming concert at 3 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center, Columbus. Guest performances by The Friendly Brothers in Christ, Canaan Missionary Baptist Choir, The Voices of Zion and The Golden Gates. Tickets are $15 in advance (at, Skeets Hot Dogs and various local businesses); $20 at the door.  




Friday, Feb. 3 


Cary Hudson in concert -- The Columbus Arts Council presents Mississippi-born singer and songwriter Cary Hudson at 7:30 p.m. in the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater. "Roots music at its best," says Legends magazine. Tickets $10 in advance; $12 at the door, if available. Limited seating. Get tickets at or call 662-328-2787.



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