Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 25-26
“Oedipus” — Mississippi State’s Shackouls Honors College presents this Greek tragedy outdoors at 6 p.m. in the Griffis Hall courtyard on campus. (Indoors, in case of rain.) Bring chairs and blankets, and picnics, if desired. Free. For more information, visit honors.msstate.edu/events or email Donna Clevinger, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Sept. 27
MUW Lowndes Alumni — The W Lowndes County Alumni Chapter hosts a Welty Symposium preview luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at Hogarth Dining Center on campus. Cost is $12.25, payable at the event.
Downtown Columbus Art Walk — Stroll through downtown Columbus to visit with artists displaying their original work from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy live music, kids’ activities and after-hours shopping. For more information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305.
Thursday and Sunday, Sept. 27, 30
“The Hobbit” — Theatre MSU presents a Theatre for Youth Audience production, a one-hour stage adaptation of “The Hobbit,” at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 and at 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at McComas Hall on the Mississippi State campus. Tickets are $12 adults; $7 students and children, at the door or at events.msstate.edu. For more information, call 662-325-3320.
Friday, Sept. 28
Bulldog Bash — This free afternoon and night event presented by the MSU Student Association in downtown Starkville includes the 3 p.m. Maroon Market and a 6 p.m. concert with a Battle of the Bands winner, rapper Ric Wilson, alt-pop The Mowgli’s and headliners The All-American Rejects. Visit msubulldogbash.com, or call 662-325-2930 for more information.
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29
Possum Town Tales Storytelling Festival — Professional internationally-known storytellers Sheila Kay Adams and Gene Tagaban entertain nightly at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Arts Council’s Rosenzweig Arts Center, 50l Main St. Weekend: $25 members; $30 nonmembers, or nightly member/nonmember tickets. Free events Sept. 29: 10 a.m. Storytelling for kids 6-16 with Tagaban and Mother Goose, and 1 p.m. Storytelling Workshop with Adams. Get tickets at columbus-arts.org, or call 662-328-2787.
Sunday, Sept. 30
National Composers USA Concert — Mississippi University for Women presents this concert at 2 p.m. in Poindexter Hall on campus. Free to the public.
Thursday, Oct. 4
Exhibit reception — The Columbus Arts Council hosts a free public reception from 5:30-7 p.m. opening an exhibit of bright, bold florals and landscape paintings by Virginia Branch of Columbus at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. For more information, contact the CAC, 662-328-5787.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Octoberfest for the Arts — This family-friendly fundraiser from 1-6 p.m. includes live music and an art show, hosted at Zachary’s in downtown Columbus, to benefit the nonprofit Columbus Arts Council. $10 cash; includes seasonal beer samplings. For information, donations or sponsorships, contact Colin Krieger, 662-329-7653.
Special Mother Goose Story Hour — Three- and 4-year-old children are invited to this event from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Stephen D. Lee Home, 316 Seventh St. N., Columbus. Stories will be read on the original Story Hour rug made citizens of Columbus in the 1970s. Lemonade and cookies will be served. For more information, contact Eulalie Davis at email@example.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 9
Jazz at Renasant — The Starkville/MSU Symphony Jazz Combo performs jazz, swing and popular ballads at this 6 p.m. outdoor concert at Renasant Plaza, 500 E. Lampkin St., Starkville. Free to the public.
Thursday, Oct. 11
Claude Bourbon in concert — The Columbus Arts Council presents this UK-based guitar virtuoso at 7:30 p.m. at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Bourbon performs an acoustic fusion of classical, Spanish, blues, jazz and folk guitar. For tickets or information, contact the CAC, 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays.)
Saturday, Oct. 13
Makin’ Hay Day — West Point’s fall farmers market celebration for the whole family includes hayrides, music, arts and crafts, homemade soup and more, from 9 a.m.-noon in Sally Kate Winters Park downtown. For information, contact the Growth Alliance, 662-494-5121.
Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 18-20
Eudora Welty Writers Symposium — Mississippi University for Women hosts the 30th annual Welty Symposium featuring keynote author Steve Yarbrough at the Welty Gala (Oct. 19) and many more writers during this celebration of Southern literature. For information, visit muw.edu/welty or call 662-329-7386.
Columbus Hitching Lot Farmers Market: Mondays 4-6 p.m.; Thursdays/Saturdays 7-10 a.m. Second Street and Second Avenue North (Saturdays only in October).
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