What to do for your Three-Day Weekend
By Laura Perry
Nothing’s better than a three-day weekend and this one’s packed full, from concerts and performances to races and parades. After the Falcons get their ticket to the Supper Bowl on Sunday, celebrate with jazz at the P.I. on Martin Luther King Day.
Friday, January 18th
Honky Tonk Angels
Hull Fine Arts Center (Augusta Preparatory Day School)
Presented by the Upper School, this production opened last night with country music classics in a story about three different women all from Texas. Other than their Texas roots, they all share another common thread—the dream to be country music singers. This production wouldn’t be complete without the music and that’s where Prep’s own All Student Honky Tonk Band comes in. Tickets are available at the door — $10 for students and $12 for adults. For more info, call Augusta Prep at 706-863-1906.
Sock Hop Dance
Elks Lodge (Martinez)
D.J. Bill Bailey will play your favorite music from the ‘50s and ‘60s and Sock Hoppers will wear poodle skirts and penny loafers or motorcycle jackets. Cost is $10 and pre-registration is required – call 706-863-3308.
Savannah River Bluegrass
The Stables restaurant & Beer Garden (Aiken)
The 5-member Savannah River Bluegrass Band will play live tonight. This local band has been playing together in various arrangements for more than 25 years. Along with the vocals, the music includes the mandolin, the banjo, the harmonica, and of course, the bass guitar. Call 803-648-1181 for further details.
Covenant Concert Series: Guitarist Keith Gehle
Covenant Presbyterian Church
It’s a free concert, but an offering will be taken in support of the concert series. Classical guitarist Keith Gehle is a native Augustan, but currently calls Atlanta home. His music is diverse and includes Spanish and Latin styles, pop standards, original solos, a large assortment of Beatles songs, light classical, as well as a few blues songs. The next Covenant Concert will be February 15 and features pianist Laurent Boukobza. Call 706-733-0513 or visit www.covenantaugusta.info/concert-series to get additional details on this and future performances.
Aiken Community Playhouse
This is the last weekend for this performance – tonight’s show as well as Saturday’s 8 p.m. performance. 37th President Richard Nixon isn’t well-known for his approval of the development of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, his work with China to encourage peace, or the National Environmental Policy Act, but for his resignation as the only President to resign the office. “I am not a crook” is what people may most remember about his 1974 resignation. In 1977, Nixon partnered with famed British TV personality David Frost for a series of interviews that he hoped would improve his image. Told with humor, respect, and impartiality, this fictionalized account of the days leading up to and during the interviews makes for a modern Shakespearean tragedy.
The Parents of Tabatha Tutt vs. DJ Smoke
Augusta Mini Theatre
An original play by Theatre director Tyrone Butler, “The Parents of Tabatha Tutt vs. DJ Smoke” explores how a good girl can go from singing in the church choir to becoming a 4-time pregnant high school dropout, collecting food stamps. Her parents blame the music of DJ Smoke and take him to court. What’s the verdict? The audience decides! Call 706-722-0598. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children and students 18 and younger, and $8 for a youth group + chaperone. Call 706-722-0598 or go online (www.augustaminitheatre.com) to get your tickets.
Saturday, January 19th
3rd Annual Dog Gone Cold 5K Run/Walk
9:30 a.m.= Fun Run/ 10 a.m.= 5K
Julian Smith Barbecue Pit
Held by Hopeful Hounds, Inc. and the American Black and Tan Coonhound Rescue (ABTCR), the 1-mile Fun Run starts at 9:30 and the Dog Gone Cold 5K begins at10 a.m. All runners and walkers are encouraged to bring their canine companions. Get more details at www.hopefulhounds.org/DogGoneCold5K.html.
Friends of the Library 3rd Saturday Book Sale
Appleby Branch Library
Every month, the Friends of the Library give you a chance to own some of your old favorites for good. This book sale benefits library operations. Come by, find your old favorite and check it out for good. No late fees! For more info, call 706-736-6244 or check out www.ecgrl.org.
Mistletoe State Park
Musicians from around the state descend on Mistletoe State Park to play not only dulcimers, but fiddles, banjoes, basses and harmonicas, too. Come to enjoy the music or join in. There is a $5 parking fee. Call 706-541-2146 or check out www.gastateparks.org.
2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
11:00 a.m. – Line Up / 1:00 p.m. – Parade begins
Dyess Park Community Center (902 James Brown Blvd)
Augusta Branch NAACP hosts this family-friendly community event. The parade route begins south on James Brown Blvd, turns west onto Wrightsboro Rd, then north at Augusta Avenue, east at Laney-Walker Blvd, north onto 11th Street, and finally, east on D’Antignac Street. This year’s parade theme is “Stop the Killings, Stop the Violence.” For further details, call Dyess Park at 706-821-2877.
St. Thaddeus Church (Aiken)
For this dance and social, tables of eight are available for $560. The cost per person is $70. Call 803-649-3800 or visit www.actsofaiken.org.
Ancient Sky Lore
DuPont Planetarium, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center – Aiken
Come see a genuine live show and learn something, too. The presenter will point out constellations and stars while sharing tales. Get more details at www.rpsec.usca.edu/planetarium/publicShows.html.
Symphony Series: Love’s Farewell
First Baptist Church of Augusta
Featuring the work of Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner, the Symphony Orchestra Augusta takes listeners on a journey obsessed with love, and finishes with a tonal discovery of the end of life. Call 706-826-4735 or visit www.soaugusta.org. Tickets are $10, $15, $20 and $45.
Sunday, January 20th
NFC Championship: San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons
In their favor, the Falcons (14-3) have the home field, but they aren’t expected to beat the 49ers (12-4-1). It’ll be a close game, but the visiting team is favored by 3 ½ points. However, the Falcons beat the 49ers 16-14 in their last match-up, October 3, 2010. This NFC Championship winner will meet the AFC Championship winner at the Feb. 3rd Supper Bowl in New Orleans. Sunday’s 6:30 AFC match-up is between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots.
Monday, January 21st
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service
Gilbert-Lambuth Chapel at Paine College
Visit www.paine.edu to get more information on this free event commemorating the civil-rights activist, who was assassinated 45 years ago, just 4 years after the Civil Rights Act was passed.
A Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: Salute to Our Youths and the Community Organizations which Serve Them
The Partridge Inn
The event includes jazz performances by Karen Gordon and Bill Carp as well as an awards celebration. The admission fee is $15-$30. For further details, go to www.hbagroup-intl.com or call 706-619-4176.
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