Today through Sunday, Sept. 6-13
Tennessee Williams Tribute — The 14th annual Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes begins with a matinee performance of Williams’ “Suddenly, Last Summer” at 2:30 p.m. in Mississippi University for Women’s Rent Auditorium (for mature audiences, 17 and older). Matinee admission is $5 for seniors and military personnel; free to teachers/students with ID. (Evening performances are Sept. 8, 9, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m.; except Sept. 11, 8 p.m. Evening tickets are $15; $10 seniors/military; $5 teachers/students. MUW students/faculty with ID admitted free.) Visit muw.edu/tennesseewilliams for a complete Tribute week schedule of events. Or call 662-328-5413.
Wednesday, Sept. 9
Table Talk — Dr. Milly Barranger, recipient of the fourth Tennessee Williams Tribute Distinguished Scholar’s Medal, speaks on “Three Behind-the-Scenes Women in the Career of Tennessee Williams” at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. (iced tea served.) Or join friends from noon-1 p.m. for the program. Call 662-329-5300 for more information.
Get Swept Up, Starkville — Volunteer to spruce up Starkville before football fans hit town. Contact the Greater Starkville Development Partnership at 662-323-3322 or fill out a volunteer form at chamber.starkville.org.
Thursday, Sept. 10
Tribute panel — Dr. Milly Barranger, Dr. Kenneth Holditch and Dr. Colby Kullman present a panel discussion on women in the life and career of Tennessee Williams, 2-4 p.m. at Nissan Auditorium in MUW’s Parkinson Hall. Free.
Moon Lake Party — The Tennessee Williams Tribute presents supper and a one-man production of “Truman Talks Tennessee” by Broadway actor Joel Vig at 6:30 p.m., catered by Angie Atkins at Events On 5th, 115 Fifth St. S., Columbus. Advance tickets ($50) required. Get them at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Call 662-328-5413 for more information.
Exhibit reception — The Mississippi University for Women Galleries host a free reception from 5:30-7 p.m. for an exhibit of sculpture by Wayne Edge of Memphis in the Art and Design Building on campus. Edge gives an artist’s talk at 5 p.m.
Mac McAnally in concert — Multi award-winner Mac McAnally performs at Mississippi State’s Bettersworth Auditorium in Lee Hall, 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets $40, $30 and $20. Call 662-325-2252 or order at music.msstate.edu/mcanally/register/.
Cowbell Yell — At a 9 p.m. pep rally at Mississippi State’s Davis Wade Stadium, join in trying to break the Guinness Book record for cowbells rung in unison.
Friday, Sept. 11
Breakfast with Scholars — The Tennessee Williams Tribute committee and MUW host this free breakfast with Williams scholars from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Puckett House on the MUW campus. A free double-decker bus tour departs at 10 a.m. to view places of interest in the life of the Williams family. Free.
TWT luncheon — The Tennessee Williams Tribute presents a luncheon catered by Chef Marty Wages at the Lee Home, Columbus. Dr. Milly Barranger will be presented the Distinguished Scholar’s Medallion. The Suzuki Strings Ensemble performs. Tickets ($35) required in advance, available at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. Visit muw.edu/tennesseewilliams or call 662-328-5413.
Stella Shouting Contest — This playful homage to Williams’ characters Stella and Stanley Kowalski from “A Streetcar Named Desire” is hosted by Hollyhocks’ owner Gloria Herriott at 204 Fifth St. S. in Columbus. Free registration opens at 5:30 p.m. to shout “Stella” up to the balcony. Contest starts at 6 p.m. Call 662-329-0025 for more information.
Bulldog Bash — The band Local Natives headlines the free Bulldog Bash in Starkville’s Cotton District. Special guests are X Ambassadors and Misterwives. MSU’s Battle of the Bands winner opens; music starts at 6 p.m. Check out msubulldogbash.com.
Saturday, Sept. 12
Streetcar 5K Run — This Tennessee Williams Tribute event begins at 8 a.m. at the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center, 300 Main St., Columbus. Register at racesonline.com.
Saturday at the Movies — The Tribute presents Dr. Stuart Noel with “The Art and Decay of Blanche DuBois in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire'” at 9 a.m., followed by a free screening of the film at Nissan Auditorium in MUW’s Parkinson Hall. A catered box lunch ($15, required in advance) is served at the Puckett House afterward. Get lunch tickets at the Rosenzweig Arts Center. A 1:15 p.m. scholar’s talk with David Roby, “Unearthed: Exposing the Roots of Blanche DuBois,” is free at Nissan Auditorium.
Sunday, Sept. 13
Tribute sermon — The Rev. Anne Harris presents a sermon related to Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly, Last Summer” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 318 College St., Columbus, at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A continental breakfast is served all morning in the atrium.
Poetry Out Loud — This Tribute event at 1:30 p.m. celebrates Tennessee Williams with selected readings of his poems, moderated by Elizabeth Simpson at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. Wheelchair accessible. Free.
Tribute Victorian Home Tour — Tennessee Williams’ childhood home; Griffin Eyrie, the home of Col. Hal and Pam Bullock; and the home of Gail Gunter are open for tour, 2-5 p.m. Get advance tickets ($20) at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, or Sept. 13 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Tennessee Williams Home and Welcome Center, 300 Main St., Columbus.
“September 11” — The West Point/Clay County Arts Council hosts a reception at 2 p.m. for this exhibit and gallery talk by David Malone at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Free. Visit wpccac.org or call 662-494-5678 for more information.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Table Talk — Mississippi University for Women’s Executive Director of University Relations Maridith Geuder leads a discussion on this year’s most highly-anticipated novel, Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman.” Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. (iced tea served). Or join friends noon to 1 p.m. for the program at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N.
Sept. 17-20, 22-26
“One Slight Hitch” — Starkville Community Theatre presents this farce by Lewis Black at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 students). The box office opens two weeks before the first performance. For more information, call 662-323-6855.
Friday, Sept. 18
Symphony concert — The Starkville-MSU Symphony, MUW Department of Music and Columbus Arts Council present String Symposium II at Rent Auditorium on the MUW campus at 7:30 p.m. Guest pianists are Dr. Julia Mortyakova and Dr. Valentin Bogdan. Free. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787.
Citywide Tailgate — Starkville’s annual citywide tailgate at various businesses and the MSU campus benefits the United Way of North Central Mississippi. A $5 wristband gives access to all tailgate sites. For more information, call 662-323-3830.
Sunday, Sept. 20
Sunday Afternoon in the Gallery — Mississippi University for Women Galleries present photography activities for the family from 2-3 p.m. in the Art and Design Building on campus. Explore analog photography, pin hole cameras, cyanotypes and see a demo of film developing. Registration required. Email Dr. Beverly Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 662-241-7812.
Wednesday, Sept. 23
Table Talk — Jamie Kornegay, owner of Greenwood’s Turnrow Book Co., discusses his first novel, “Soil,” a mystery-thriller set in the Mississippi Delta. Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m.; iced tea served. Or join friends from noon to 1 p.m. for the free program at the Columbus-Lowndes Library at 314 Seventh St. N. Call the library, 662-329-5300, for more information.
Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 24-27
Possum Town Tales Storytelling Festival — The Columbus Arts Council presents internationally-known storytellers Kevin Kling of Minnesota and Andy Offutt Irwin of Georgia at this fourth annual storytelling festival in Columbus. Kling, well-known for his NPR commentaries on “All Things Considered,” and Irwin, humorist and musician, have each won numerous national awards. Visit columbus-arts.com for more information or call 662-328-2787.
Saturday, Sept. 26
Children’s Art Festival — The Starkville Area Arts Council hosts an Art in the Park Children’s Art Festival at McKee Park in Starkville from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free to attend.
Saturday and Sunday,
“All the King’s Women” — The West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents this story of Elvis through the eyes of 17 women, some enthralled, some appalled, all obsessed. Performances Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Get tickets ($10) in West Point at The Bink, Petal Pushers or First United Methodist Church; or at the door, if available. Call 662-494-5678 for more information.
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