Sept. 18-19, 22, 24-27, 29
“Pride and Prejudice” — Starkville Community Theatre presents this play by Kate Hamill, based on the Jane Austen novel, at 7:30 p.m. (except 2 p.m. Sept. 22) at the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., Starkville. Reservations open only to season ticket holders until Sept. 12, when ticket sales open to the public. Tickets are $15; $10 for students, at 662-323-6855.
Thursday, Sept. 19
Town & Tower — Mississippi University for Women President Nora Miller gives a university update at this meeting at 11:30 a.m. in the Pope Banquet Room on campus. Lunch cost is $15, payable at the door. RSVP by Sept. 16 at 662-329-7119.
Friday, Sept. 20
Bulldog Bash — Rapper T-Pain headlines this annual event in Starkville that kicks off with Maroon Market at 3 p.m. with art, food, local music and family fun. Music beginning at 6 p.m. at the intersection of Jackson and Main Streets in downtown Starkville includes a Battle of the Bands winner, country artist Cale Dodds, The Beaches and T-Pain. Visit msubulldogbash.com, or contact the Center for Student Activities, 662-325-2930.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Canoe Day — The Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge and Friends of the Refuge host canoe day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bluff Lake in Oktibbeha County. Canoes, kayaks and paddles are free to use. For more information, contact the Refuge, 662-323-5548.
Sunday, Sept. 22
Taste of Columbus — The newly-renovated Zachary’s at 205 Fifth St. N. hosts a Taste of Columbus event featuring food from 12 participating restaurants, plus craft beer tastings, from 1-5 p.m. to benefit Main Street Columbus’ beautification and revitalization efforts in downtown Columbus. Donation is $10.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Jazz at Renasant — The Starkville/MSU Symphony jazz combo presents this free outdoor concert at 6 p.m. at Renasant Plaza, 500 E. Lampkin St. in downtown Starkville For more information, visit starkvillesymphony.org.
Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 24-25
“The Braggart Soldier” — Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State presents this Roman comedy by Plautus at 6 p.m. at Griffis Hall Courtyard at Zacharias Village on campus. Bring dinner, if desired, and a lawn chair or blanket. Free admission. For more information, call 662-325-2522.
Thursday, Sept. 26
Art Walk Downtown — Enjoy local artists, live music, street performers and promotions in stores and throughout downtown Columbus from 5:30-7:30 p.m., presented by Main Street Columbus and the Columbus Arts Council. Call 662-328-6305 for more information.
The Orators — MSU’s Shackouls Honors College opens its year-long public lecture program, The Orators, at 2 p.m. with speaker Philip Freeman of Pepperdine University in the Griffis Hall Forum Room on campus. The series theme is “Unexpected Heroes: Creative Acts Colliding with Ordinary Days.” A reception follows the lecture. Call 662-325-2522 for information. Free.
Friday, Sept. 27
Top Flight in concert — The U.S. Air Force rock band Top Flight performs a free family concert at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Riverwalk. Bring lawn chairs or blankets; food and drink vendors on site. No coolers or pets. For more information, call 662-328-6305.
Saturday, Sept. 28
Refuge Family Fun Day — Friends of Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge host this family day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with canoes and kayaks, food, face painting, crafts, reptiles, wood magic and visits from the Mississippi Bat Working Group, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, MSU Wildlife Society and more at the Refuge Visitor Center in Oktibbeha County. For more information, contact the Refuge, 662-323-5548.
Marshall’s Mississippi — Editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey brings this “roadshow” featuring live interviews, illustrations and guests from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. to the Playhouse on Main, 108 E. Main St., downtown Starkville. Tickets are $15 (plus fee) at eventbrite.com.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28-29
“The Magician’s Nephew” — Theatre MSU presents this dramatization by Aurand Harris of one of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series at 2 p.m. in McComas Hall on the MSU campus. Tickets are $12; $7 for MSU students and children under 12, available at the door. Get advance tickets at events.msstate.edu.
Sunday, Sept. 29
Sunday Funday — This mini arts and music fest from 1-6 p.m. at 513-519 University Avenue in Starkville includes art and food vendors, kids’ art activities and live music by Terry Cherry, Keatzi Gunmoney, Hoodbaby and the Barnacles, and Universal Sigh.
Monday, Sept. 30
Hazard Lecture Series, Part 1 — The 28th annual Hazard Lecture Series opens with “Writing Today’s Music with Nashville’s Chase McGill”(Heritage Academy Class of 2005) at 7 p.m., at Heritage Academy Elementary School, 623 Willowbrook Road, Columbus. Free to the public. For more information, call 662-327-1556, ext. 211.
Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5
Roast ‘n’ Boast — The Mississippi State Barbecue Championship takes place at the Columbus Fairgrounds on Highway 69 South. Opening ceremony is 5 p.m. Oct. 4. Visit roastnboast.com or contact Amber Henson at 662-645-8291 for more information.
Saturday, Oct. 5
Blues & Brews — This Boys & Girls Club of the Golden Triangle fundraiser takes place in downtown West Point, with retail shopping from 5-7 p.m. and festivities including live music, food and craft beer tastings at The Ritz from 7-9 p.m.
Monday, Oct, 7
Hazard Lecture Series, Part 2 — The Hazard Lecture Series presents Entergy Mississippi President and CEO Haley Fisackerly (HA 1983) and Entergy Mississippi Vice President of Customer Service Lea Brigham Turnipseed (HA 1990) at 7 p.m. in the Heritage Academy Elementary School, 623 Willowbrook Road, Columbus. Free to the public. For more information, call 662-327-1556, ext. 211.
Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 10-12
Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium — A diverse group of Southern writers and scholars present their work at this annual event at The W. Author readings are free to the public. For more information, visit muw/edu/welty.
Friday, Oct. 11
Welty Gala — This annual fundraiser for the MUW Scholarship Fund features New York Time best-selling author John Feinstein at 7 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center in Columbus. Black tie optional. Friends tickets are $100. For tickets or information, visit muw.edu/welty/gala, or contact the MUW Foundation, 662-329-7148 or email@example.com.
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