Community Calendar for the week of March 1, 2020


Dispatch Staff Report



Monday, March 2


Guest artists recital -- Mississippi University for Women Department of Music presents mezzo-soprano Janet Hopkins and pianist Armen Shaomian in recital at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall. Free to the public.




Tuesday, March 3


Irish tenor event canceled -- The "Bridges of the Spirit" lecture recital by Irish tenor James W. Flannery and pianist Rosangela Y. Sebba at Mississippi State has been canceled due to illness.


Meet the Author -- The Martha Helen Swain Southern Women's History Speaker Series presents Ebony Lumumba of Tougaloo College at The W's Fant Memorial Library at 4 p.m. Lumumba is author of "Demonstration of Life: Signifying for Social Justice in Eudora Welty's 'The Demonstrators.'" Free to the public.


Exhibit reception -- A free Starkville Area Arts Council reception at 5:30 p.m. at The Partnership, 200 E. Main St., Starkville, opens an exhibition of works from the Artist-in-Residence program at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.



Wednesday, March 4


Book signing -- Author Michael Farris Smith attends a reception and book signing for his just-released novel, "Blackwood," at 5:30 p.m. at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St.



Thursday, March 5


Town & Tower -- Town & Tower meets at 11:30 a.m. at The W's Pope Banquet Room. The program includes a panel on Celebrating Women's History Month with Women in the Law. Lunch $15. RSVP by March 3 to 662-329-7119 or


Taco Hop -- Visit downtown Starkville's Main Street for this event from 5-8 p.m. with craft beer tastings, tacos by Starkville restaurants ($2 each) and live music. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of event. For more information, go to, or call The Partnership, 662-323-3322.



Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7


Music by Women Festival -- The W's Music by Women Festival in Poindexter Hall includes lecture-recitals, papers, presentations and performances related to music composed, taught and performed by women. For more information, visit or email [email protected]



Saturday, March 7


Dr. Seuss birthday party -- The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library hosts this event at 10 a.m., with Mother Goose Storytime, Seuss-themed games and birthday cake at 314 Seventh St. N. For more information, contact Tori Hopper at the library, 662-329-5300.


Lilapalooza 2 -- This family-friendly fundraiser benefiting St. Jude Children Research Hospital begins at noon with live music, burgers and raffle at Town Creek Farm Pavilion in West Point. $10 donation at the door. Lawn chairs, coolers welcome. For more information, contact Tim Wilson, 662386-3185, or Jeremy Klutts, 662-295-8361.



Sunday, March 8


Sundays at the Center -- An exhibit of Monte Brasfield's "funky birdhouses" and a talk on Art in the Garden by MPB's "The Gestalt Gardener" Felder Rushing begin with a free 2 p.m. reception at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts, 521 Commerce St., downtown West Point. Sale of birdhouses benefit local nonprofits.



Tuesday, March 10


Quilt reception -- The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library, 314 Seventh St. N., hosts a public reception at noon. Kathy Willcutt of Magnolia Heirlooms is guest speaker. Quilts by area quilt makers will be displayed through April 24. For more information, contact Brenda Durrett at [email protected] or 662-329-5300.



Sunday, March 15


"St Patty's Pawty" -- This fundraiser for the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society is 1-6 p.m. at Zachary's, 205 Fifth St. N., downtown Columbus. A pet parade, live music, raffles and green beer are featured, along with food by Huck's Place. $10 donation at the door (cash only). For information, contact CLHS, 662-327-3107. For sponsorships, contact Colin Krieger, 662-329-7653.



Thursday, March 19


Story State: Fostering Innovative Storytelling -- Mississippi State's Department of Communication presents this free event about using stories to achieve communication goals at 12:30 p.m., with talks from writers, filmmakers and others in McComas Theatre on campus. Visit



Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21


"Farce of Nature" -- The Columbus Arts Council and Columbus Community Theatre present this Southern-fried farce directed by Melanie Tubbs at 7:30 p.m. nightly, plus a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, if available. For tickets or information, visit or call 662-328-2787 (closed Mondays).



Friday, March 20


Piano trio recital -- Mississippi University for Women Department of Music presents a free guest artist piano trio recital featuring Alexei Trushechkin at 7:30 p.m. in Poindexter Hall.



Saturday, March 21


Symphony Masterworks -- The Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra and MSU University Chorus Masterworks concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium in the Mississippi State campus. Free to the public.



Sunday, March 22


Rust College Choir -- St. James United Methodist Church, 722 Military Road, Columbus, hosts the acclaimed a capella Rust College Choir at 11 a.m. The public is invited; there is no charge.


Trudy Gildea film -- "Trudy Gildea: The Love for the Music" premieres in two showings, at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., at the Columbus Arts Council's Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St. Directed by Carlos Rosales and produced by Brian Gildea, the film traces Trudy Gildea's musical roots in New York to her founding of the Columbus Suzuki Strings and beyond. Free to the public. Refreshments will be served.




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