Now through March 8
Water/Ways Exhibit: The Tenn-Tom Waterway Museum hosts the Smithsonian Water/Ways traveling exhibit at 317 Seventh St. N. Museum hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (or by appointment on weekends). For information or to book group tours, call 662-328-8936.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
“Cinderella”: Mississippi State’s Lyceum Series presents The Russian National Ballet’s “Cinderella” at 7 p.m. at Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium on campus. Get tickets at events.msstate.edu ($30; $12 children).
Wednesday, Feb. 20
The Orators: Mississippi State’s Shackouls Honors College continues The Orators lecture series at 2 p.m. with Melvin Rogers of Brown University speaking on “Democratic Faith in Dark Times” in the Forum Room of Griffis Hall on campus. A reception follows. For more information about the free program, call 662-325-2522.
Thursday, Feb. 21
Global Lecture Series:
Former astronaut and International Space Station commander Scott Kelly speaks at 7 p.m. at Mississippi State’s Lee Hall, part of the Student Association’s Global Lecture Series. Free to the public.
Friday, Feb. 22
U40 Exhibit: Starkville Area Arts Council hosts a free public reception for its U40 juried art show (artists 18-40) at 7 p.m at 929 Coffee Bar, 106 E.Main St. For more information, call 662-324-3080 or visit starkvillearts.org.
Saturday, Feb. 23
CAC Gala: The Columbus Arts Council 35th Gala at Trotter Convention Center honors Larry Feeney and features New Orleans cuisine, open bar, music by The Bouncing Betty, Suzuki Strings Ensemble and MUW Jazz Ensemble. Dinner and silent auction 5:30-7:30; Feeney presentation 7:30 p.m.; Live auction 8 p.m.; music/dancing 9 p.m. Black Tie optional. Tickets $60 (reserved tables $475-$575). Get tickets at columbus-arts.org/gala or 662-328-2787. For sponsorships, 662-329-7653.
Sunday, Feb. 24
Sundays at the Center: The West Point/Clay County Arts Council presents 5th Street Performing Arts at 2 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Free to the public.
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Pottery demonstration: Stephen Phillips will begin a demo on making pottery at 12:30 p.m. at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N. Free to the public. Snacks served by Friends of the Library. For more information, contact Wil’Lani Turner, 662-329-5300.
Howard Lecture Series: The Diane Legan Howard Art History Lecture Series at The W presents Elise Lawton Smith of Millsaps College speaking on “Radical Museum Architecture” at 6 p.m. in The W’s Summer Hall. Free to the public.
New Music Concert: Mississippi University for Women present a New Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. at Poindexter Hall. Free.
Thursday, Feb. 28
Governance lecture: U.S. District Judge (and ’67 MSU alumnus) William Alsup speaks on his upcoming memoir “Won Over” at 2 p.m. in Colvard Student Union Foster Ballroom at Mississippi State. Free; part of the Conerly Governance Lecture Series and Black History Month events.
Voice recital: Mississippi University for Women Department of Music presents Lucy Sandifer in a senior voice recital at 7:30 p.m. at Poindexter Hall. Free.
Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2
Magnolia Independent Film Festival: The 22nd annual Mag Film Fest presents 32 films by indie filmmakers from around the world at Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville. Tickets $10 per film block ($5 students); $30 for festival pass, $75 for VIP Experience. Visit magnoliafilmfest.com for tickets and schedule.
Saturday, March 2
Police Explorers Ball: The Columbus Police Explorers Krewe of Columbus holds a Mardi Gras Ball at 7 p.m. at Town Creek Pavilion, Windmill Road, West Point. Tickets $25. Follow the event on Facebook.
Symphony and chorus: The Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present Masterworks at 7:30 p.m. in Mississippi State’s Lee Hall Auditorium. This season centerpiece includes the performance of “Roman Carnival Overture” by Hector Berlioz, and “Ninth Symphony” by Ludwig von Beethoven. Free to the public.
Exhibit opening: The West Point/Clay County Arts Council hosts the opening of an exhibit by the Mansfield Family at 5 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., downtown West Point. Free to the public.
Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9
Music by Women Festival: Performances, lecture recitals, papers and presentations on music composed, taught and performed by women highlight this third annual event at Mississippi University for Women’s Poindexter Hall. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 8
Sundays at the Center: The West Point/Clay County Arts Council hosts a dulcimer group at 2 p.m. at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 235 Commerce St., West Point. Free to the public.
Friday and Saturday,
Blues for Willie: The Columbus Arts Council’s blues festival honors the memory of blues award-winning artist Willie King, who played his last concert at the arts center. Find information and tickets at columbus-arts.org, or call 662-328-2787.
Saturday, March 9
Rockin’ for Rob benefit: Rick’s Cafe, 319 Highway 182 E. in Starkville, hosts this medical benefit for the Rob Swindol family from 5-11 p.m. Live music by groups including Flathead Ford, Alan Stephens Band, Ming Donkey, Mookie, Shane Tubbs Band and more. $10 donation at the door.
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