Tuesday, March 1
Kimono demonstration — The Mississippi University for Women International Series presents a kimono demonstration with Chieko Iwata, Japan Outreach coordinator at Mississippi State, at 7 p.m. in the Cochran Limbert Assembly Room on campus. Free. For more information, visit MUW International Series 2016: Japan on Facebook, or email email@example.com.
Evening with Dorothy Allison — The Mississippi State University College of Arts & Sciences Institute for the Humanities presents “A Reading and Conversation” with best-selling author Dorothy Allison at 7:30 p.m. in the Colvard Union Foster Ballroom on campus, sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council. A book signing and reception follow.
Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5
“Blues for Willie” — The Columbus Arts Council presents events in honor of late bluesman Willie King: a March 3 Rosenzweig Arts Center reception at 5:30 p.m. for an exhibit by bluesmen Bill Abel and Big Joe Shelton; a March 4 show with The Black Prairie Blues Ambassadors and The Nellie Mack Project; a March 5 harmonica workshop, “Bikin’ for the Blues” motorcycle charity ride and concert by The Bill Abel Band and Old Memphis Kings. For information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787, or go to columbus-arts.org.
Magnolia Film Festival — Mississippi’s oldest independent film festival features numerous films screened at Hollywood Premier Cinema in Starkville, plus awards and special events. Visit starkvillearts.net or contact the Starkville Area Arts Council, 662-324-3080.
Friday, March 4
MUW choral concert — Mississippi University for Women presents a free choral concert at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus.
Saturday, March 5
Book signing gala and dinner — White House Champion of Change honoree and author Tracey D. Syphax is the featured guest at a book signing gala and dinner from 5:30-9 p.m. at Lion Hills Center and Golf Cou8rse, 2331 Military Road. Musical guest Shar J performs. Tickets are $10 at eventbrite.com.
Tuesday, March 8
Art history lecture — The Diane Legan Howard Art History Lecture Series at Mississippi University for Women features Dr. Wendy Marie Castenell of the University of Alabama at 6:30 p.m. in the Mary Evelyn Stringer Auditorium of the Art and Design Building. A reception follows. Free and open to the public.
Thursday through Saturday, March 10-12
“Left Hand Singing” — Columbus Community Theatre presents this Barbara LeBow play set during Freedom Summer 1964 and beyond. Shows at the Columbus Arts Council’s Rosenzweig Arts Center are at 7 p.m. nightly, plus a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Melanie Hintz directs. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787 or visit columbus-arts.org.
Thursday, March 24
Japanese Doll Festival and Tea Ceremony — The Columbus Arts Council hosts this mini-exhibit of Japanese and international dolls. Japanese artist and instructor Chieko Iwata decorates dolls and discusses their cultural significance. MSU’s Japanese Club performs traditional dances. Call 662-328-2787 or visit columbus-arts.org for more information.
March 28-April 9
Columbus Spring Pilgrimage — Columbus’ 76th annual Spring Pilgrimage features historic home and garden tours, Tales from the Crypt, Catfish in the Alley, a kickoff party, Artisans Alley and half-marathon and much more. Call Visit Columbus at 800-920-3533 or 662-329-1191 for more information or go to visitcolumbus.org.
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