Today and Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 20-24
“The Cemetery Club” — Starkville Community Theatre presents this dramatic comedy about three Jewish widows who visit their husbands’ graves monthly. When they meet a widower at the cemetery, new dynamics unfold. Shows are today at 2 p.m. and Sept. 20-24 at 7:30 p.m. at Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main, Starkville. Tickets $15 adults; $10 students. Limited seating. Reserve tickets through the box office, 662-323-6855.
Monday, Sept. 19
Hazard Lecture Series — As part of this series’ 25th anniversary, Margaret Mary Henry speaks on “A Window on Russia: A Local Scholar Reports” at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Academy Elementary Student Activity Building, 623 Willowbrook Road. Free to the community.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Master Gardeners 25th anniversary — Stop by the Lowndes County Extension office between 3-6 p.m. at 318 Seventh St. N., Columbus, to celebrate the Lowndes County Master Gardeners 25th anniversary. Refreshments and giveaway items as the community shows appreciation for the projects and education programs provided by these local volunteers. For information, call 662-328-2111.
Thursday, Sept. 22
Barefoot on the Bridge — Mississippi University for Women Passport to Wellness and Bliss Yoga celebrate the first day of autumn with yoga on the Old Highway 82 pedestrian bridge at the Columbus Riverwalk, 6 p.m. All levels welcome. Bring towel and mat. First 20 receive a free yoga mat. Pre-registration requested; find link on facebook.com/wwellness/, or arrive prior to 6 p.m. Thursday to register.
Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 22-25
Possum Town Tales Storytelling Festival — The Columbus Arts Council’s fifth annual storytelling festival showcases acclaimed master storyteller Donald Davis, Anna and Elizabeth, and musical storyteller Grace Pettis. Story concerts, workshops, homegrown storytelling, too. Tickets $10 advance/$12 day of, or $25 pass for Thursday-Saturday. (Sunday songwriting workshop with Pettis $10). Saturday daytime events free. For schedule, tickets, visit columbus-art.org or call 662-328-2787.
Saturday, Sept. 24
Guest artist recital — Mississippi University for Women hosts a recital by pianist Daniel Immel at 7 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free and open to the public.
Wags and Tails — The Starkville Lions Club hosts this fundraiser for vision and hearing projects from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sportsplex. Canine parade, costume event, Musical Sit, tricks and talent ($10 entry per event or $35 all events). Contact Beverly Hammett, 662-323-6229.
Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 27-28
“Phaedra” — The Mississippi State Shackouls Honors College Classical Week presents this tragedy by Seneca at 6 p.m. at Zacharias Village, Griffis Hall Courtyard on campus. Entertainment begins at 5:45 p.m. Free. Bring dinner and a chair or blanket to sit on. Part of the MSU Lyceum Series.
Wednesday, Sept. 28
Lyceum Series — The Mississippi State University Lyceum Series kicks off with soul-blues performer Zac Harmon in concert at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25; $20 employees, seniors; $10 for 18 and under. For more information, call 662-325-2930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Sept. 29
Downtown Art Walk — Area artists and their work are showcased in this downtown Columbus event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Shop stores after-hours, enjoy live music, a children’s area and downtown restaurants. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305, or the Columbus Arts Council, 662-328-2787.
Peace Project Open Mic — After the Art Walk, the Columbus Arts Council hosts “Sing Out and Speak Up for Peace,” an open mic program at the Rosenzweig Arts Center Omnova Theater, 501 Main St., 8 p.m. $5. If interested in performing, call 662-328-2787.
Exhibit reception — The W’s Eugenia Summer Gallery hosts a reception for the exhibit “Remembering Eugenia: Celebrating the Life and Art of Eugenia Summer” in the Art and Design Building, 5:30-7 p.m. The exhibit is currently open weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 662-329-7341 for more information or visit muw.edu/as/art/gallery.
Gordy Series — The Gordy Honors College Forum Series presents Dr. Angela Stuesse of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on her book “Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race and Work in the Deep South” at 6 p.m., Nissan Auditorium on The W campus. Free to the public. Call 662-241-6850 for more information.
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Roast-n-Boast — This state barbecue cooking championship at the Columbus Fairgrounds is Friday 2-11 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission $5. Food vendors, live music. For more information, visit roastnboast.com or contact Mike Law, 662-549-5054.
Sunday and Monday, Oct. 2-3
Mississippi Bicentennial exhibit — Visit Columbus hosts the first in a series of statewide exhibitions of two of Mississippi’s most significant artifacts, the original 1817 Mississippi Constitution and the 1818 U.S. flag that flew over the nation after Mississippi became a state. At 3 p.m. Oct. 2 at Trotter Convention Center, enjoy speakers and live music by Steve Gardner and the Jericho Road Show. Open to the community. For information, go to visitcolumbusms.org or call 800-920-3533.
Friday, Oct. 7
Silver Wings: Tribute to Merle Haggard — Area musicians including Jerry Carnathan, Caleb Childs, Joe Whaley, John Staggers, Lee Graham, Jonny Hollis and Keatzi Gunmoney pay tribute to Merle Haggard at 8 p.m. at the Columbus Arts Council’s Rosenzweig Arts Center. Tickets $10 advance; $12 at the door, if available. Visit columbus-arts.org for tickets or information, or call 662-328-2787.
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