Tuesday, March 17
Big Read closing event — Following two months of related programming, The Big Read community reading of Thornton Wilder’s “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” in Columbus concludes with an interactive drum circle with Dr. Bob Damm at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. at 7 p.m. Big Read participants are invited to share thoughts about the read. Free. Call 662-328-2787 for information.
Friday, March 20
Golden Gala — The Columbus Arts Council’s 50th anniversary Golden Gala begins at 6 p.m. at the Rosenzsweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Tickets are $50, available through March 13, and include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, live music, and silent and live auctions. Purchase online at columbus-arts.org, or call the CAC, 662-328-2787 Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, March 21
African American Treasures — A reception opening “African American Treasures from the Kinsey Collection” is at 6 p.m. in the Grisham Room of the Mississippi State Mitchell Memorial Library on campus. (Bernard Kinsey speaks March 22 at 3 p.m. in Lee Hall to offer insight into the exhibit of artifacts, books and art documenting black history.) Call 662-325-6634 for information, or email library.msstate.edu/Kinsey.
Italian Ideals — The Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of works by Italian composers and music inspired by Italy in Lee Hall on the MSU campus. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24
Montalto recital — A recital by Mississippi University for Women faculty member Dr. Richard Montalto begins at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on the MUW campus. Free to the public.
Friday, March 27
MUW Homecoming recital — Mississippi University for Women presents a Homecoming recital at 8 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free to the public.
Saturday, March 28
International Fiesta — This annual multicultural event featuring, music, food and more is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Mississippi State University Drill Field. For information, email Joby Czarnecki at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 662-325-7491.
“Chronicles of Blue and Gray” — As part of Columbus’ 75th Spring Pilgrimage, the Columbus Choral Society, with area choirs and the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra, presents John Purifoy’s “Chronicles of Blue and Gray” at 8 p.m. in Rent Auditorium on the Mississippi University for Women campus. Free; complimentary tickets to ensure seating will be available at the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau and Tennessee Williams Welcome Center.
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