THURSDAYS IN OCTOBER
DOWNTOWN BROWN BAG CONCERT LUNCHEON SERIES
11:30AM - 1PM @ VARIOUS LOCATIONS
The Hattiesburg Arts Council’s annual Downtown Brown Bag Concert Luncheon Series has been an active outdoor program every Thursday in October for more than 25 years. This year’s line-up of musicians performing jazz, pop standards, choir and gospel will appeal to all age groups and styles. The concerts are free and open to the public, and are held each Thursday in October from 11:30am to 1pm at City Hall Fountain Park Plaza. Each week, Coca-Cola and downtown restaurants donate soft drinks, a delicious lunch and dessert on-site for attendees to purchase for $7.
This concert series serves as a fundraiser for the Hattiesburg Arts Council and promotes community spirit with downtown businesses and their employees, as well as retired citizens, students, special needs programs, tourists and others looking for a culturally uplifting event on a beautiful October afternoon.
Visit HattiesburgArtsCouncil.org for a full list of performance times and locations.
OCTOBER 10 – 14
PINE BELT PRIDE
The Spectrum Center presents Pine Belt Pride, formerly known as Southern Fried Pride, October 10 to 14. Pride week kicks off Wednesday, October 10, at Southern Prohibition Taproom and continues through Sunday with a variety of events, including the Pride in the Park celebration, Saturday, October 13. Community partners include Downtown Hattiesburg, Pepper's Parties, Too, Hub City Music, Hub City Comedy, Hattiesburg Jaycees and several other businesses.
The Spectrum Center was founded in 2014 as a resource center and safe space for the LGBT+ in Hattiesburg and surrounding areas. The center hosts support groups, education and social events and Free HIV testing with the AIDS Services Coalition every month.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
SLOTH-A-THON, BEER & DONUT RACE
3:30-7PM @ HATTIESBURG ZOO
If a 5k is too boring for you and a marathon is too much work, the Hattiesburg Zoo has planned a race that even Homer Simpson would be equipped for. The Zoo, along with its sponsors – Midtown Donut and Southern Prohibition – will host the inaugural Sloth-A-Thon event to give participants a little boost. The "race" is about a half a mile or so, and will include SoPro beer hydration stations and carb-loading rest stops throughout the course. This will give competitors a chance to stuff their stomachs with delicious Midtown Donut treats. Proceeds from Sloth-A-Thon will be used to support the Zoo's highly-anticipated future giraffe exhibit.
Special prizes will be given for the best and most creative costumes or racewear, as well as for team uniforms or presentations. VIPs will have the opportunity to take sloth selfies with our sloth, Chewy, and much more. Tickets are limited, so procrastination is not recommended.
Tickets range from $15 for students, $32 swag bag ticket, or $45 VIP Silver Sloth tickets, which include zoo admission, carousel and train ride, commemorative racing number, T-shirt, sloth selfie & entry into drawing for sloth experience. Visit www.hattiesburgzoo.com for more information.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13
1PM @ MAIN STREET BOOKS
According to Feeding America, 22 percent of Mississippi households live with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. That translates into more than 200,000 Mississippi children under age 18 living in food insecure households – unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Potters and other craftspeople work with the community to create beautiful handcrafted bowls. In October 2012, Main Street Books sponsored the first Empty Bowls Hattiesburg fundraiser, starting a community tradition as they raised funds and awareness for the Edwards Street Fellowship Center food pantry.
The seventh annual Empty Bowls fundraiser will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Main Street Books, 210 Main Street, in historic downtown Hattiesburg, The $25 cost includes a handcrafted/hand-painted bowl as well as a meal of soup, bread, dessert and beverage. Before enjoying their meal, guests select a one-of-a-kind bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Free gift wrapping is provided.
This year's event will have a street festival atmosphere. The Hattiesburg Downtown Association arranged for Main Street to be blocked from Buschman to Walnut, allowing al fresco dining and live outdoor music. The Hattiesburg Zoo's Zoomobile will be on site with a special animal to visit with event guests.
The public is invited to join in the effort to fight local hunger by supporting Empty Bowls Hattiesburg. In addition to purchasing a handcrafted/hand painted bowl for themselves, guests are asked to consider giving these unique bowls as gifts. The gift-wrapped bowls and accompanying information cards tell co-workers, neighbors, business associates, friends, teachers, and relatives that an empty bowl in our community was filled through the purchase of this gift. Among the bowls available at the event include pottery and painting designs by Allen Chen, Melanie Eubanks, Junior Auxiliary Crown Club, Sid Krhut, Jo-Anna Lopez, the Mississippi, Miss Hospitality contestants, Diane Shepherd, and Bristles Art Studio. Preorders are available through Main Street Books, (601) 584-6960, and Edwards Street Fellowship Center, (601) 544-6149.
At this year’s event, bowls will be selected and purchased at Main Street Books. The meal will be served across the street at GrateFull Soul Restaurant and feature delicious soups, breads, desserts and beverages donated by area chefs and restaurants. Sponsors for Empty Bowls 2018 include presenting sponsors Main Street Books and GrateFull Soul Restaurant.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
HISTORICAL CEMETERY TOUR
2-4PM @ OAKLAWN CEMETERY
Twentieth Star Daughters of the American Revolution will be hosting the second historical cemetery tour at Oaklawn Cemetery on Hardy Street. Tours begin at 2, 2:30, 3 and 3:30pm. The tour is designed as a guided adventure back in time while walking one of the oldest cemeteries in Forrest County. During the tour, guests will see actors giving character performances based on 10 of the residents (different from the previous year) interred at Oak Lawn. Guests will be entertained by sawmill owners, politicians, businessmen and wives of interesting individuals.
Tickets are $10, with proceeds donated for cemetery preservation, a future American Revolutionary War marker, and SmART Space.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
8PM @ THE SAENGER THEATER
The Hattiesburg Saenger Theater will host comedian and actor Hannibal Buress on Oct. 19 as part of his self-titled tour. Hannibal Buress is a mildly popular comedian, writer, podcast host and actor who is a favorite of fans and critics on big and small screens alike. The New York Times called him one of the most “supremely gifted and respected” comics around and the FADER said subscribing to his podcast, Handsome Rambler, is a must. He is also a cast member on Comedy Central’s hit series Broad City, as well as the former co-host of Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show.
Tickets are now on sale on bit.ly/2xwyYYR. Tickets are also available at the box office.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
CHONDA PIERCE ON TOUR
2PM @ FORREST COUNTY MULTIPURPOSE CENTER
Wesley Manor Retirement Community presents Chonda Pierce on Tour, Getting Back to Funny. An Emmy-nominated and best-selling comedian, Pierce has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and Southern charm. Pierce is fresh off an incredible year after debuting her movie “Chonda Pierce: Laughing In The Dark,” to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. The limited engagement documentary-style film was so well received that it was brought back for a special encore performance and in total was viewed by nearly 100,000 people during the course of just two nights.
Tickets available at https://bit.ly/2MMIzzr.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
HOLLYWOOD SOUTH URBAN FILM FESTIVAL
l1-9PM @ THE SAENGER THEATER
Hollywood South Urban Film Festival aims to bring people together to acknowledge and appreciate the history of the African American culture. Many times art that is related to African American culture gets overlooked because of the lack of star power or strong finances to back it. The festival committee personally screened every project submitted, selecting the very best projects to be shown at the film festival. This experience will be a great opportunity to meet and network with people that are a part of the film industry.
Tickets are $13 and available at https://bit.ly/2I4xDMN.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS: DEAR AMERICA: MY LIFE AS AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT
6:30PM @ BENNETT AUDITORIUM
In 2008, Jose Antonia Vargas was part of a team of journalist at The Washington Post that won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the massacre at Virginia Tech that left 32 dead. Three years later, the award-winning journalist risked his career and the life he had created in the United States when he revealed that he had migrated from Philippines as a child without proper documentation. Since then he has been a leading advocate for “undocumented” citizens—a term he has championed as a replacement for “illegal immigrants”—and a strong proponent of the DREAM Act. Vargas wrote, produced, and directed the autobiographical 2013 film Documented and the 2015 MTV documentary White People. Vargas’s memoir, Dear America, was published last month.
This event is free and open to the public.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW & FALL BLOCK PARTY SERIES
8PM @ THE SAENGER THEATER
Originally a British stage play, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has gained a loyal cult following across the country since the movie premiered in 1975. The quirky film chronicles a couple’s night stranded in a castle full of unusual and unforgettable characters. Hilarity abounds as the two find themselves in the midst of a bizarre party and a twisted science experiment.
As the tradition goes, show-goers are encouraged to dress as their favorite Rocky Horror character and compete in the annual costume contest to score prizes. Before the film, Hattiesburlesque will take the stage and encourage audience members to join in dancing the Time Warp. Included in the ticket price are prop bags for each guest stuffed with the classic Rocky-themed items fans have been using for years to connect with the show. To get everyone in the Rocky spirit, the Saenger is hosting an Antici...pation block party beginning at 5:30pm featuring Rocky-themed cocktails for purchase.
In addition to the Rocky Horror event, the Saenger Theater is hosting a series of block parties every Friday in October. The pre-show parties will take place right outside of the Saenger's front doors. There will be a street bar, games and much more! The Fall Block Parties begin at 5:30pm each Friday.
Tickets to Rocky Horror are $10 and can be purchased at the Saenger Box Office, by calling 601.584.4888 or online at HattiesburgSaenger.com.