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April 2021

Object.ive Subject.ive Art Exhibit

April 7, 2021 - April 23, 2021
MUW Galleries, Summer Hall, 1162 5th Avenue South
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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The show encompasses both traditional and digital media work of Kelsey Cockrell, Audrea Powell, London Roberts and Sarah Upchurch. Cockrell, graphic designer from Vicksburg, will display prints that focus on her graphic design skills combined with other disciplines, such as illustration and photography, for unique and visually interesting designs. Powell, a studio artist from Starkville, will show collaged portraits. Using female subjects, her portraits express the beauty of hair through color, while others are presented as playful illustrations. Roberts, a…

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Beyond the Material: Photographs by Gretchen Haien

April 7, 2021 - April 23, 2021
MUW Galleries, Summer Hall, 1162 5th Avenue South
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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“Beyond the Material,” an exhibition of two photography series by artist Gretchen Haien, will be on display at the MUW Galleries until April 23. Haien is a professor of art and gallery director at Belhaven University in Jackson and has exhibited regionally and nationally. One of the series featured in the exhibition, entitled “Interior Frontiers,” was awarded the 2005 Mississippi Arts and Letters Award in Photography. “In our temporal and chaotic world, Gretchen Haien’s images provide glimpses of history both…

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Noon Tunes with Tatum Shappley

April 15, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Trotter Convention Center, 402 2nd Avenue North
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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Join Main Street Columbus in the Trotter courtyard, each Wednesday in April! Grab lunch, listen to some live music, and enjoy this FREE event! Lunch will be available for purchase from Zachary's!

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“I And You” by Lauren Gunderson (VIRTUAL EVENT)

April 15, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Department of Theatre in collaboration with the Department of Communications present “I and You” by Lauren Gunderson. Streaming online only. One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and…

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Senior Recital: Ayari Taylor, soprano (VIRTUAL EVENT)

April 16, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This solo voice recital includes songs and arias by Mozart, Paisiello, Ponce, Rodrigo and Schubert, plus concert spirituals and the world premiere of a new vocal work by MUW composition student Hannah Heaton. This virtual event can be found on the MUW Music Department’s website and MUW Music YouTube channel.

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“I And You” by Lauren Gunderson (VIRTUAL EVENT)

April 16, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Click here to watch the live-streamed show on Friday, April 15th. You will be asked to create a log-in name and password to insure that your ticket is reserved.

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“I And You” by Lauren Gunderson (VIRTUAL EVENT)

April 17, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Click here to watch the live-streamed show on Friday, April 15th. You will be asked to create a log-in name and password to insure that your ticket is reserved.

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How to Write a Business Plan with UMSBDC (VIRTUAL EVENT)

April 20, 2021 @ 5:30 pm

Want to learn how to how to write a business plan as an artist? Join Yoknapatawpha Arts Council for the next $kills for the Creative Economy workshop: How to Write a Business Plan with UMSBDC on April 20 at 5:30 pm for the FREE, VIRTUAL workshop. Register online by clicking here. 

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Noon Tunes with Jeffery Rupp

April 21, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Trotter Convention Center, 402 2nd Avenue North
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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Join Main Street Columbus in the Trotter courtyard, each Wednesday in April! Grab lunch, listen to some live music, and enjoy this FREE event! Lunch will be available for purchase from Zachary's!

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Noon Tunes with Shane Tubbs

April 28, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Trotter Convention Center, 402 2nd Avenue North
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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Join Main Street Columbus in the Trotter courtyard, each Wednesday in April! Grab lunch, listen to some live music, and enjoy this FREE event! Lunch will be available for purchase from Zachary's!

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May 2021

The Barn House Concert Series with Will Kimbrough and Cary Hudson

May 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Barn, 136 Mac Davis Rd
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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$30

One of the top songwriters and performers around, Will Kimbrough is one of the most sought after musicians and producers in the music business. He has written songs for Jimmy Buffett, Todd Snider and many more and performs not only solo but also in Emmylou Harris's band The Red Dirt Boys and the side group Willie Sugarcapps. Will Kimbroughs guitar and multi-instrumental prowess makes him an in-demand producer and session musician.  Some of his latest productions include Shemekia Copeland, Radney…

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June 2021

The Barn House Concert Series with Wild Ponies and Anse Rigby

June 17, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Barn, 136 Mac Davis Rd
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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$30

Although they're based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans. Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with their most recent release, Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band's history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha…

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August 2021

Watermelon Slim in the Columbus Arts Council Omnova Theater

August 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Columbus Arts Council’s Omnova Theater, 501 Main Street
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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If you purchased a ticket to the originally scheduled show, we still have your information and that ticket will be honored. Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans has built a remarkable reputation with his raw, impassioned intensity. HARP Magazine wrote “From sizzling slide guitar…to nitty-gritty harp blowing…to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat.” Paste Magazine…

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September 2021

42nd Annual Prairie Arts Festival

September 4, 2021
Downown West Point, 746 East Broad Street
West Point, MS 39773 United States
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With over 200 exhibitors this festival has been a tradition in downtown West Point since 1979. The Prairie Arts Festival has been recognized as one of the "Top Twenty Events" according to the Southeastern Tourism Association. As one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the country, Prairie Arts attracts crowds of more than 25,000. This Arts and Crafts Festival is held each year on the Saturday before Labor Day from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in West Point's…

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The Barn House Concert Series with Randall Bramlett and Clay & Jodi

September 16, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Barn, 136 Mac Davis Rd
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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$30

Jesup, Georgia native, multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett may be known as Southern Rock Royalty for playing on stage with rock heroes like Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers Band, Steve Winwood (16 years), Widespread Panic. And respected for his songwriting - he penned the title track for the Grammy nominated Blind Boys of Alabamas new album, adding to a long catalog of songs covered by Raitt, Gregg Allman, Bonnie Bramlett, Hot Tuna, Delbert McClinton and more. But its Brambletts own career as…

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Market Street Festival

September 17, 2021 - September 18, 2021
Downtown Columbus, 501 Main Street
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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Market Street Festival will take place on September 17 and 18, 2021. All facets of the festival will continue and vendor space and sponsorships are available. Vendor applications are online at marketstreetfestival.com or, for more information, contact the Main Street office at columbusmainstreet@gmail.com. The deadline for vendor applications is July 31,2021.

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October 2021

Downtown Art Walk

October 9, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Downtown Columbus, 501 Main Street
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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Main Street Columbus and Columbus Arts Council would like to invite you to the 2021 Downtown Art Walk, an afternoon of art and music. Join us inside participating businesses as artists will be selling their work and outside, local musicians will line the sidewalks! This family-friendly event is free and open to the public!!

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January 2022

Berkley Hudson presents “O.N. Pruitt’s Historical Columbus Photographs” as part of the History Is Lunch series.

January 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

At noon on Wednesday, January 19, Berkley Hudson will present “O.N. Pruitt's Historical Columbus Photographs” as part of the History Is Lunch series. The program will take place in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium of the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum building and stream live on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s Facebook page and be available afterwards there as well as on the MDAH YouTube channel and on the History Is Lunch page.  He will…

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February 2022

Opening Reception for the Pruitt Collection

February 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Columbus Arts Council, 501 Main Street
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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Mr. Pruitt’s Possum Town: Photographing Trouble and Resilience in the American South" exhibit will open at the Columbus Arts Council gallery on Thursday night, February 3rd at 5 o'clock and will remain open to the public for viewing until Saturday, April 23nd during regular gallery hours. Join us on February 3rd from 5:00-8 pm as we welcome these historic photographs taken by Columbus photographer O.N. Pruitt during the 1920s through the 1950s.

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UNCOVERING UNTOLD STORIES FROM THE PRUITT PHOTOGRAPHS – Saturday Morning Panel

February 5 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Columbus Arts Council, 501 Main Street
Columbus, MS 39701 United States
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On Saturday morning, February 5th at the Columbus Arts Council, the five Columbus residents who knew each other from childhood will speak in a panel about the preservation of the photographs of O.N. Pruitt. Jim Carnes, David Gooch, Mark Gooch, Berkley Hudson, and Birney Imes III will discuss the process and history which has resulted in the Premiere Exhibition of Pruitt's photographs on display from February 4-April 23, 2022. Novelist Deborah Johnson, member of the Columbus Arts Council Board of…

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