Tuesday, Feb. 7
Book launch — A book launch for Michael Farris Smith’s new novel, “Desperation Road,” is 5-7 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center located at 501 Main St., Columbus. Open to the public.
Poetry, song collaboration — Mississippi State’s Department of Music presents its 10th annual poetry and song collaboration program at 7:30 p.m. in the Giles Architecture Building. Free to the public. For more information, call 662-325-6641.
Thursday, Feb. 9
“Illness as an Opportunity” — Mississippi University for Women’s Gordy Honors College Forum presents “Moving Beyond That: Illness as an Opportunity for Transformation” at 6 p.m. with Meg Hutchinson, mental health advocate and singer-songwriter, in Nissan Auditorium on campus. Free.
Exhibit reception — A reception from 5:30-7 p.m. at Mississippi University for Women’s Art and Design Building opens the annual Juried Student Exhibition. Free to the public.
Feb. 9-12, 14-18
“Silent Sky” — Starkville Community Theatre presents this true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt as she explores a woman’s place in society during a time of scientific discoveries. Showtimes 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Sunday) at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville. Tickets are $15; $10 students. For tickets or information, contact the box office, 662-323-6855.
Friday, Feb. 10
Big Band concert — Gill Harris and the Big Band Theory present a big band concert and dance at 8 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center, Columbus. An all pro big band is joined by vocalists Denise Reid and Roger Burlingame. Advance tickets $40 ($45 at the door); reserved tables for up to 10, $320 (cash or checks). Get tickets at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., Columbus.
Saturday, Feb. 11
“Simply Streisand” — The Leslie Farrell Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series presents tribute artist Carla Delvillaggio singing Barbra Streisand’s most powerful numbers at 8 p.m. at Mississippi University for Women’s Rent Auditorium. A ticket (free) is required. To reserve, call 662-329-7148, or get tickets at Welty Hall Room 200 on campus, Visit Columbus, Tennessee Williams Welcome Center or Columbus Arts Council.
Black history play — This play begins at 2 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Open to the public.
Sunday, Feb. 12
Arts & Action — This fundraiser for MSU’s Collegiate Recovery Community at 4 p.m. at Old Waverly Golf Club, West Point, features restaurateur Robert St. John and artist Wyatt Waters, with a demo and dining experience and live painting. Live and silent auctions. Tickets are $200 and must be purchased in advance; limited to the first 100 supporters. Get tickets at eventbrite.com or contact Blake Schneider, 662-325-3192.
Sunday at the Bluff — Hear Renee Clary of Mississippi State University’s Department of Geosciences speak on “Pioneering Women in the HIS-tory of Geology” at 2 p.m. at Plymouth Bluff Center, 2200 Old West Point Road, Columbus. Free to the public.
Tuesday, Feb. 14
St. Valentine’s Gala — The Stephen D. Lee Foundation presents this fundraiser featuring “fabulous flowers, decadent desserts and spirits” at the home of Eulalie and John Davis in Columbus. For ticket information, contact Eulalie Davis, 662-328-3088.
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 14-15
“A Midsummer Night’s Subplot” — Mississippi State’s Shackouls Honors College presents “Love-in-Idleness” or “A Midsummer Night’s Subplot” at 7 p.m. in Griffis Hall on campus, third floor. Free to the public. For more information, call 662-325-2522.
Thursday, Feb. 16
New Music recital — Mississippi University for Women presents a New Music recital at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free to the public.
Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18
“Boeing, Boeing!” — Theatre MSU presents this farce by Marc Camaletti at 7:30 p.m. in McComas Hall on campus. Tickets are $10; $5 for children 10 and under at comm.msstate.edu/theatre/tickets, or call 662-325-7954.
Friday, Feb. 17
“Art in Space” CAC Gala — The Columbus Arts Council’s 33rd annual gala begins at 5:30 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, live music and dance, open bar. Tickets are $75, or reserve a table for eight for $600. Ticket sales close Feb. 10. Get tickets at columbus-arts.org or at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Call 662-328-2787 for information.
Animal Shelter benefit — The West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter presents a wine and beer tasting from 6-9 p.m. at The Civic, 130 Sixth St., West Point. Music, dancing and cash bar from 9 p.m.-midnight. Tickets $25 in advance at Frank’s Package Store and The Smokestack, the shelter, or at the door. Must be 21+. 662-524-4430.
Saturday, Feb. 18
“A Chicago Affair” Gala — The MSU-Starkville Symphony Association hosts “A Chicago Affair,” a gala at 6 p.m. at the Hunter Henry Center on the MSU campus, with hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Tickets are $65 in advance; $70 at the door. For tickets or information, call 662-323-5128.
Sunday, Feb. 19
Sundays at the Center — The West Point/Clay County Arts Council hosts Mississippi University for Women choral groups at 2 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point.
Monday, Feb. 20
Black history event — A Black History Month celebration at 7:30 p.m. at Mississippi University for Women’s Poindexter Hall features the jazz ensemble and readings by students. Free to the public.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Symphony in concert — The Starkville-MSU Symphony Association presents “Masterworks,” in memory of Guy Hargrove, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium on campus. Free to the public.
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