Monday and Tuesday,
“Freedom Riders” — Mississippi State University Libraries and African-American Studies hosts “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” with a screening of the film “Freedom Riders” at 7 p.m. in the library auditorium on campus Monday. A film discussion and seminar Tuesday at 3 p.m. features Freedom Riders Dave Dennis, Hezekiah Watkins and Hollis Watkins. For more information, contact Lynda Graham, 662-325-6634.
Tuesday, Feb. 11
“Both Sides of the Lens” — The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library hosts a gallery talk at noon by curators of the “Both Sides of the Lens” exhibit of African-American photography at the library, 314 Seventh St. N. Free to the public. For more information, contact Mona Vance Ali, 662-329-5304.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Table Talk — Oxford authors Katherine and Margaret King present their latest book, “Which Is Which?” The twins, engaging in their classic banter, continue their adventures in the follow-up to “Y’all Twins?” Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m.; iced tea provided by Friends of the Columbus Library. Or join friends from noon-1 p.m. for the program at the library, 314 Seventh St. N. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Chamber music — A Mississippi State faculty recital features Shandy Phillips on violin, Sheri Falcone on clarinet, Denise Rowan on bassoon and Rosangela Sebba on piano at 7:30 p.m. in the Giles Architecture Building on campus. Free to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music, 662-325-3070.
Saturday, Feb. 15
A Hollywood Affair — The Starkville-MSU Symphony Association hosts its annual fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. at the Hunter Henry Center on Mississippi State’s campus. Enjoy music by the State Messengers, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets are $65 at The Chalet and The Book Mart. For more information, call 662-323-8075.
Feb. 13-16 and 18-22
“Steel Magnolias” — Starkville Community Theatre presents this production directed by Paula Mabry at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville. Play times are 7:30 p.m., except Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information, contact the SCT box office, 662-323-6855.
Thursday, Feb. 13
Titans’ Herman Boone — Mississippi University for Women’s Gordy Honors Series welcomes Coach Herman Boone, an inspiration for the movie “Remembering the Titans,” at 6 p.m. in Limbert Assembly Room in Cochran Hall. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Velek, email@example.com, 662-241-6850, or visit web2.muw.edu/index.php/en/main-honors/.
Thursday and Saturday,
Feb. 13, 15
Friends’ book sale — The Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library host a book sale Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the library at 314 Seventh St. N. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300.
Friday, Feb. 14
Lee Home Valentine Gala — This Valentine fundrasier from 7:30-10 p.m. in Columbus features elegant desserts, floral designs and more, to benefit the S.D. Lee Foundation. For reservations and more information, contact Eulalie Davis, 662-328-3088.
Monday, Feb. 17
Imagining Ireland — Mississippi University for Women’s International Series presents “Imagining Ireland after 1916: Postcolonial Irish Literature” with Dr. Kelly Marsh at 7 p.m. in Martin Hall on campus. Free to the public. For information, visit the Series’ Facebook page or email Kim Whitehead, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
Philharmonia — Mississippi University for Women’s Department of Music presents MSU Philharmonia with “Listen to the Movies” at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the MUW campus. Free to the public. For more information, call 662-241-6399.
Wednesday, Feb. 19
Table Talk – Dispatch columnist Adele Elliott discusses her first novel, “Friendship Cemetery.” Southern gothic and the paranormal join hands to walk through “the quirky city of Columbus.” Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m.; iced tea provided by Friends of the Columbus Library. Or join friends from noon-1 p.m. for the program at the library, 314 Seventh St. N. For more information, call 662-329-5300.
Thursday, Feb. 20
“Aladdin” — The Columbus Arts Council presents the Enchantment Theatre Company’s “Aladdin” at 7 p.m. in Mississippi University for Women’s Rent Auditorium. A tale for all ages. Adult tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. 18-and-under are $4 advance; $5 at the door. MUW faculty, staff and students attend free with ID. For information or tickets, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Baritone recital — The Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Aritst Series at Mississippi University for Women presents Chris O’Rear at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free to the public. For more information, call 662-241-6399.
Exhibit reception — A reception from 5-7 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center Gallery, 808 University Drive, Starkville, honors the Mississippi State Department of Art Faculty Exhibition, displayed Feb. 4-March 29. For more information, call 662-325-2202.
“Othello” — The Mississippi State Lyceum Series presents the American Shakespeare Center’s “Othello” at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. Tickets are $15 at lyceum.msstate.edu or call 662-325-2930.
Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20-22
Magnolia Independent Film Festival — The 17th annual “Mag” Film Festival showcases independent films from around the world at Hollywood Premier Cinema, Starkville. The schedule will be posted soon at magnoliafilmfest.com. Follow The Mag on Facebook.
Friday, Feb. 21
Big Band music — Gill Harris and the Big Band Theory, with vocalist Denise Reid, present a big band concert/dance at Trotter Convention Center, Columbus. The all-pro orchestra provides dinner music from 7-8 p.m. (dinner option available; reservations required: $19 advance, $27 at door, if available). Concert/dance begins at 8 p.m. Advance table seat tickets are $30 ($35 at door) at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Reserve tables for eight in advance, $180. For tickets, call 662-328-2787.
Rick of “Rick and Bubba” — First Baptist Church of Columbus presents Rick Burgess of “The Rick and Bubba Show” at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Ministry and Activities Building, 3000 Bluecutt Road. Tickets are $10 (includes a meal), available at First Baptist Church, 202 Seventh St. N. and New Life Supplies, 1920-2 Highway 45 North. For more information, contact FBC, 662-328-3915.
Sunday, Feb. 23
MSU spring concert — Mississippi State University Bands present a spring concert at 6:30 p.m. in Lee Hall on campus. For more information, contact the Department of Music, 662-325-3070.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Piano program — The Leslie F. Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series at Mississippi University for Women presents Fabio Parrini at the piano at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free to the public. For more information, call 662-241-6399.
MSU University Chorale — Mississippi State’s University Chorale presents “Reflect and Rejoice: Celebrating African-American History through Music” at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Memories on campus. For information, contact the Department of Music, 662-325-3070.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Table Talk — Deborah Johnson discusses her new novel, “The Secret of Magic.” Set just after World War II, the book weaves an enthralling story of the complex relationship between a young African-American Northerner and a middle-aged white Southerner. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m.; iced tea provided by Friends of the Columbus Library. Or join friends from noon-1 p.m. for the program at the Columbus Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. For more information, contact the library, 662-329-5300.
Thursday, Feb. 27
Koresh Dance Co. — The Mississippi State Lyceum Series presents this dance troupe at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall on campus. Tickets are $15. Purchase at lyceum.msstate.edu or call 662-325-2930.
Friday, Feb. 28
Happy birthday, MSU — The Mississippi State University Alumni Association hosts a 136th birthday party at the Bull Ring by Colvard Student Union beginning at 11 a.m. Complimentary cake and drinks while they last.
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