7 PM @ Genealogical Library
The history of intentional communities in Mississippi will be the topic of the program for the January meeting of the South Mississippi Genealogical and Historical Society. This program, by Dr. Thomas Kersen, associate professor of sociology at Jackson State University, is presented courtesy of the Mississippi Humanities Council. All meetings are free and open to the public. The Genealogy Library is open 9am-2pm Saturdays, and 9am-1pm Wednesdays, and at 6pm before monthly meetings. Experienced genealogy researchers will help you find your family roots. For more information contact Kathy Goss at (601) 549-3983 or email smghs2017@gmail.com


6 PM @ Petal High School Performing Arts Center
Petal's 2021 Distinguished Young Women Program will include performances of nine creative and talented young ladies who will compete for the title of Petal's 2021 Distinguished Young Woman. This year's participants are Maddie McElroy, Kitty Grace Berry, Olivia Lewis, Raven Graves, Cheyanne Clark, Olivia Draughn, Grace Robbins, Landry Thompson and Loren Wade. Admission is $10 or free for ages 5 and under.


8-10 PM @ Miskelly Furniture
Miskelly Furniture is hosting an inaugural Fashion Show and Marketplace which will benefit Edwards Street Ministries. Come out and shop local vendors, which will be set up throughout the store, and boutiques from across the Pine Belt as Miskelly rings in the new year. From 8-9pm there will be shopping and refreshments by Mama Bee’s as well as a silent auction. From 9-9:30pm there will be a fashion show and announcements on winners of the silent auction and door prizes. After the show, from 9:30-10pm, customers will be allowed to finish making their purchases and collect their prizes. There will be door prices, swag bags and a whole lot of fun you don’t want to miss. Edwards Street Ministries provides assistance to homeless, hungry and struggling families in Hattiesburg. Tickets, which are $20, can be purchased at Miskelly Furniture Monday-Saturday and will be sold at the door during the event.


6:30 PM @ Hattiesburg Saenger Theater
The King of the Rant, Lewis Black, a Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, is bringing his 2020 tour to Hattiesburg’s Saenger Theater. With trademark comedic yelling and finger-pointing, while laughing and raging at surrounding absurdities, Black is one of the most popular stand-up performers working today. A block party at 6:30 p.m. will precede the event. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Opening act is John Bowman. Black executes a brilliant trifecta as a stand-up comedian, actor, and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs more than 200 nights annually to sold-out audiences throughout the world. He is one of a few performers to sell out multiple renowned theaters, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City Center, the Main Stage at the Mirage in Las Vegas and a sold-out Broadway run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Blacks' performances paint him as an irritated optimist more than a mean-spirited curmudgeon. Tickets are $35 to $60 and are available at eventbrite.com.


7 PM @ Heritage United Methodist Church, Hattiesburg
The “Kings Gold” 2020 Benefit Concert will feature The Kingsmen Quartet and Gold City Quartet and will benefit R3SM and its continued effort to help low-income families and individuals with disaster relief and rebuilding in the Pine Belt. Advance ticket prices are $25 for Artist Circle (nearest stage) and $20 for General Admission. All tickets the day of the event are $25 each, if available. Order tickets by phone at (601) 261-3371 or online at iTickets.com. Tickets are also available at Heritage UMC office, 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday or 9am-noon Friday. For more information, visit Heritage-umc.org.


2-4 PM @ Hattiesburg Cultural Center
The Hattiesburg 2020 Amateur Photography Competition and Exhibition will include both an an adult and children’s division with $50 prize awards. Categories include nature, animals, people, landscape and design. Entry fee is $5 per photo. Entries must be received between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, January 13 and Tuesday, January 14. Go to the website hattiesburgartscouncil.org for an application. Rules: Both the Adult and Children’s divisions must have an 8x10 or LARGER framed print with wire. A total of five may be entered in a choice of four categories – no limit per category. For each work entered, you must fill out an identification tag and attach it to the back of each entry. Entries are to be dropped off at the Cultural Center, 732 North Main, with the entry card filled out. Eligibility is limited to amateur photographers who do not receive a primary share of their income from photographs and who have not participated in professional competitions. Artists’ work must use photographic imagery or processes. Entries will be selected by jury based on originality, composition and technical quality.


6:30 PM @ Petal Civic Center
Celebrate a fabulous year for the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce at this year’s annual banquet. Buffet lines will open at 6:30pm followed by presentations of the Firefighter of the Year, Police Officer of the Year, and the Bobby Runnels award winner. Entertainment will be presented by Brent Reed, the heavyweight of clean comedy. Reed travels all over the United States and Canada and will bring many things to his show that makes for a unique evening.  With more than 25 years of experience working on stage with improv games and interaction with management and employees, Reed puts on a show that will be remembered for a long time. Tickets are $35 and you can register online at https://bit.ly/2PKC2do.


8 PM @ The Thirsty Hippo
James McMurtry is an American rock and folk rock/singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, and occasional actor (and narrator of Ghost Town: 24 Hours in Terlingua). He performs with veteran bandmates Daren Hess, Cornbread, and Tim Holt. His father, novelist Larry McMurtry, gave him his first guitar at age seven. His mother, an English professor, taught him how to play it: "My mother taught me three chords and the rest I just stole as I went along. I learned everything by ear or by watching people." The Thirsty Hippo is located at 309 Mcleod Street, Hattiesburg.



7-11 PM @ Saenger Theater
The Caerus 2020 Masquerade Ball, presented by Keith Superstores, and presenting sponsor Magnolia Graphics, is ready to get the Mardi Gras season underway. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com. Each ticket includes choice of mask, medallion beads, a carriage ride through downtown Hattiesburg with the Honey Island Clydesdales (cozy blankets provided!) mirror photo opp and live music from Carter Road band, entry for a beautiful piece of jewelry from Jewelmasters, delicious New Orleans inspired cuisine and cash bar with New Orleans Signature Hurricanes, Daquiries and favorites. Cocktail and formal wear suggested


11AM @ Frontage Road, Hardy Street
Spectators come early, come hungry. Enjoy food and drinks from local restaurants before the 9th annual Caerus Mardi Gras parade, sponsored by Keith’s Superstores­. Expect to see and feel the magic of Mardi Gras as beads and trinkets rain down over the crowd. The parade starts at 11am, rolling south from the 49 Frontage Road to Hardy Street, west on Hardy to 38th and ending at Morningside Drive. To register a float, email hburgmardigrasparade@ yahoo.com. There is no deadline and no entry fee. Floats must be loaded upon entry. Lineup lanes will not be open for loading/thru traffic. Float captains must submit entry form, driver’s license and proof of insurance.


9 AM @ Pine Belt Gun Club, Lumberton
Si Robertson will host his fifth annual Sporting Clay Shoot Tournament to benefit Homes of Hope for Children on March 27. Presented by Parish Tractor, the tournament will be held in Lumberton at the Pine Belt Gun Club. A morning shoot will start at 9am and an afternoon shoot begins at 1pm. For each team of five shooters, the entry fee is $200 per shooter. This cost includes a team photo with Si, lunch, drinks throughout the tournament, 100 shooting clays per person during the tournament, and a gift bag for each team member. At the event every participant will have the opportunity to win some great door and raffle prizes. There are a limited number of spots available, so call the First Priority office (769) 456-7021 ASAP to reserve a spot for your team. Ask for Stella. Entry form deadline with full team payment is Tuesday, March 17, 2020. If your team does not have the total of five men, please indicate that any remaining shooters will be determined. Shooters must provide their own shells.