Exhibit opening: “Leaving Mississippi-Reflections on Heroes and Folklore: Works by Najee Dorsey” opens at the Columbus Museum and will run through Jan. 4, 2015, in the museum’s Legacy Gallery. The mixed-media exhibit highlights unsung heroes of the Civil Rights movement. Opens with a free reception from 6-8 p.m. where attendees can enjoy live music and food and meet the artist, who is now a Columbus area resident. 1251 Wynnton Road. 706-748-2562 or www.columbusmuseum.com
PFLAG of Columbus: The Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation is starting a Columbus chapter of PFLAG, a support group for family of the LGBT community. The first meeting is from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. 706-580-6239
Newcomers Club of Columbus: The club will host a coffee at 10 a.m. at the Columbus Botanical Gardens, 3603 Weems Road. Patricia Collins, director of gardens at Calloway Gardens, will be the guest speaker. The fall luncheon and other upcoming activities will also be discussed. 706-566-0349
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The Loft: Comedians J Jay Boyd and John Consoli take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.
Mix Ultra Lounge: Porsha Williams, of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” will appear. Advance tickets are $10. 706-221-2112.
SoHo: Little War Twins performs. Free. Call 706-568-3316.
Scruffy Murphy’s: Ryan Clifford will be playing requests all night long. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover. 706-322-3460.
In the Garden: Enjoy the sounds of Derin Young and Michael Hill as the Columbus Museum celebrates the opening of “Leaving Mississippi — Reflections of Heroes and Folklore,” works by Najee Dorsey. 5:30-8 p.m. Columbus Museum’s Bradley Olmstead Garden, 1251 Wynnton Road. $10-$15. Register in advance at columbusmuseum.com. Order a picnic basket at 706-221-5317.
Cooking class: Learn how to cook tapas with your significant other. 6:30-9 p.m. Divine Dinners, 1332 13th Street. $60 per class, per couple. Registration required. firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-992-6500.
The Loft: The Stan Murray Quartet performs at 7 p.m.; followed by Autumn Attics and Hillary Reynolds Band at 9 p.m. The 7 p.m. show is free. Tickets for the 9 p.m. show are $10. Call 706-596-8141.
Mix Ultra Lounge: Glow party with DJ Roonie G and DJ F.A.T.T. Boi. Free party favors to first 100 guests. 706-221-2112.
Social Club: The Socialites Band playing every Friday Night at the Social Club Dance held in the Shrine Building, 3202 Edgewood Road. Line dance lessons at 7:30 p.m. with Anna Cooper, and the Socialites Band plays at 8:30 p.m. Cover is $10. It is a BYOB. Open until the public. 334-560-3707.
SoHo: Solar Grinn performs. Cover is $5. Call 706-596-8141.
Scruffy Murphy’s: Ryan Clifford will be playlist requests all night. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Cover is $5. 706-322-3460.
David Nail: Country music star David Nail will perform, on the heels of his most successful album yet. “My philsophy’s always been, hopefully you have a good enough year to have another year and hopefully this year will be successful and there will be a 2015 and so on,” Nail told the Ledger-Enquirer. No coolers or chairs are allowed at the show. Adult beverages, concessions will be sold. 8 p.m. Phenix City Amphitheater, 508 Dillingham Street. $20 through Xorbia.com
Blues Fest: Featured artist lineup includes Mel Waiters, Cupid, Theotis Easley, Calvin Richardson and Mr. Wobble V.I.C. Gates open at 5 p.m. Golden Park, 100 Fourth Street. $33. columbusciviccenter.org
The Loft: Cranford Hollow performs at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 706-596-8141.
SoHo: Solar Grinn performs. Cover is $5. Call 706-596-8141.
VFW: The Last Rodeo performs starting at 9 p.m. at VFW Post 665, 1824 Victory Drive. Tickets are $7 at the door. All are welcome. Call 706-682-6656.
Scruffy Murphy’s: Barstool Prophets perform. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Cover is $5. 706-322-3460.
Kids Market: Buy or sell gently used children’s clothing. 2-8 p.m. Central Baptist Church, 8303 Whitesville Road. For more information, contact Katie Shuler at 706-565-5442 or email@example.com
"You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown": The Family Theatre presents this musical version of Charles Schultz’s famous comic strip. At 7:30 p.m. It’s your final weekend to see it. 2100 Hamilton Road. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military and $8 for students. www.familytheatre.org or 706-366-7196.
Ultimate Bridal Expo: If a wedding is in your future, you won’t want to miss this Ultimate Bridal Expo. Visit with local and regional vendors and enjoy a bridal fashion showcase. 1-5 p.m. RiverMill Event Center, 3715 First Ave. $3-$5. 706-576-6252.
SoHo: Karaoke with Rob Hall. Free. Call 706-568-3316.
Justin Varnes: The Columbus Jazz Society presents Varnes, playing with a quintet of Atlanta’s top jazz musicians. “This band features a unique blend of instrumental and vocal jazz songs both old and new,” according to the jazz society. From 7-9 p.m. at The Loft, 1032 Broadway. Tickets are $10/$5 (students). 706-325-2305
SoHo: Open mic night. Free. Call 706-568-3316.
The Loft: Callaghan performs at 8 p.m. Free. Call 706-596-8141.
Mix Ultra Lounge: Vanity Wednesday with DJ Tammy and a drag show. Doors open at 9 p.m. Call 706-221-2112.
SoHo: Some Kind of Nightmare and The Riggs perform. Free. Call 706-568-3316.
"The Old Ship of Zion": A century-old African-American church has fallen on hard times, and works to revive itself, in this new play from CSU professor and L-E columnist Natalia Naman Temesgen. Runs from Aug. 22-30. Wednesday’s performance, on Aug. 27, is pay what you can. Tickets are $10. At the National Civil War Naval Museum, 1002 Victory Drive. www.artful.ly/store/events/3575 or call 706-327-9798
Tickets on sale for Crisis Center fundraiser: The Crisis Center of Russell County is having a fundraiser at Hollywood Connection’s fourth annual Fall Festival, sponsored by Hollywood Connection and Carl Gregory, and raffle tickets are already on sale. Tickets are $100. Prizes include a new 2013 Fiat 500 POP, a $12,000 women’s diamond ring and more. There will also be a silent auction. Purchase tickets online at www.fiatraffle.com or call 706-566-7610. You can also purchase tickets at several places, including Hollywood Connection and any Carl Gregory location.
MIDNIGHT EXPRESS EVENTS
Midnight Express 5K: Events start on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with the run at midnight. At Country’s Barbecue, Country’s Barbecue, 3137 Mercury Drive. $20 registration though today, and then $25 registration.
Beep ball game: Chicago Comets will be teaming up with local Midnight Stars for an awareness-building event. Friday at 7 p.m. At CSU’s intramural fields off University Avenue.
Twilight Golf Tournament: Twenty five-plus teams competing at Maple Ridge to support the visually impaired. The last nine holes will be played with glow-in-the-dark golf balls. Tee time is Thursday at 5 p.m. Maple Ridge Golf Club, 4700 Maple Ridge Trail.
Ride for Sight Poker Run: All classic-style cars, hot rods and Harleys are encouraged to attend. The ride will end at Country’s in time for a “winning hand” to be drawn. Plus: three live bands. Registration begins on Saturday at 5 p.m. Chattahoochee Harley-Davidson, 3230 Williams Road. $20 registration (gets you a T-shirt and Country’s meal ticket).