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Community Calendar for the week of March 19, 2017


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Tuesday, March 21 


Pianists in concert -- Julia Mortyakova and Valentin Bogdan of Mississippi University for Women present a recital at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free. 




Thursday, March 23 


Homecoming recital -- Mississippi University for Women presents a music student showcase at 8 p.m. in Poindexter Hall. Free. 


Book signing -- Mississippi native Mike McCall signs first edition copies of "Catfish Days: From Belzoni to the Big Apple" from 3:30-5 p.m. at BookMart, 120 E. Main St., Starkville. 




Friday, March 24 


Book signing -- BJ Hyman of Columbus will sign copies of her three novels of the Day Zero Series, "Day Zero," "Captive" and "Lightning," from 3-7 p.m. at Books and Boards, 422 Main St., Columbus.  


The Motown Experience -- The Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series presents The Motown Experience at 8 p.m. in Mississippi University for Women's Rent Auditorium, part of The W's Homecoming activities. Free tickets are needed for admittance, available at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center and MUW Office of Development and Alumni. Reserve will-call tickets at 662-329-7148. 




Saturday, March 25 


Uncle Bunky's 10K -- The Exchange Club of Columbus presents Uncle Bunky's 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run at the Hitching Lot Farmers' Market and Columbus Soccer Complex. Fun activities for kids. 10K is 7:30 a.m. $25 early registration guarantees a T-shirt: Fun run free (but $10 ensures a T-shirt.) For information, email [email protected] or visit 


MUW 5K -- Mississippi University for Women's Homecoming 5K Run begins at 8 a.m. at Stark Recreation Center. Preregister online or register on site. $20 general public; $10 students, faculty and staff. For information, call 662-241-7494.  


Community Farm Day -- "Know Your Farmer: Know Your Food" at this event with exhibits, demos, activities and a farmers' market from 9 a.m.-noon at Bearden Dairy Research Center, 2389 Turkey Creek Road, in Starkville. For information, go to 


Symphony concert -- The Starkville-MSU Symphony Association presents "Spring is in the Air" at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall on the Mississippi State campus. Free to the public. Visit for information. 




Tuesday, March 28 


Army Field Band -- Mississippi State hosts the U.S. Army Field Band, performing in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium on campus at 7:30 p.m. Visit 




Thursday, March 30 


Noon Tunes begins -- Spring brings the return of Noon Tunes, four Thursdays of live music from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Trotter Convention Center Courtyard on Fifth Street North in downtown Columbus. Brent Varner entertains March 30. Lunch by Zachary's available for purchase. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305. 


Starkchella -- This event at Mississippi State University Amphitheater from 5-8 p.m. includes music, a fashion show and other activities to raise awareness about prevention of sexual assault. Admission is free, but if you plan to attend, register in advance at For information, call 662-325-2090.  




Thursday, March 30 through Saturday, April 1 


Ragtime Jazz Festival -- Mississippi State University Libraries present the 11th annual Charles H. Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival on campus, featuring the Gatsby Gala, seminars and performances by the Dan Levinson Roof Garden Jass Band, Brian Holland and Jeff Barnhart. Learn more at or call 662-325-6634. 




March 30 through April 8 


Columbus Spring Pilgrimage -- The 77th annual Columbus Pilgrimage includes antebellum home and garden tours, a kickoff party, Tales from the Crypt, Catfish in the Alley with cooking booths and live music, Artisans Alley, a half-marathon and 5K, carriage rides and more. Go to or call 800-920-3533 or 662-329-1191 for more information. 




Friday, March 31 


Women of Distinction Luncheon -- The second annual Golden Triangle Women of Distinction Luncheon is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Starkville's First Baptist Church Outreach Center, 210 S. Jackson. Tickets are $30. Call 662-350-6037 or email [email protected] 




Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 


"Let's Go to the Movies" -- The West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents this musical revue at 7 p.m. March 31, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 1, and 2 p.m. April 2 at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Tickets are $10 at Petal Pushers and First United Methodist Church in West Point, and the Campbell Center Wednesdays from 1-4 p.m.  




MUW galleries 


MUW galleries -- In the Mississippi University for Women galleries, Art and Design Building: Through April 7 - Mississippi State Commission of the National Museum for Women in the Arts exhibit. March 22-April 20 - Ethel Wright Mohamed, The Grandma Moses of Stitchery. March 20-April 13 - Alumni exhibit (reception March 24, 4:30 p.m.).



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