Make your Valentine’s Day last a little longer with this 3-day weekend
By Laura Perry
Take your honey to tonight’s Covenant Concert with some romantic Parisian piano or head downtown to the Imperial for Southern Soul & Song. Saturday’s 4th Annual Augusta Blues Festival is definitely something to make some weekend plans for or Sunday’s Jacobs Concert Series with Isaac Holmes at the Croc Center. What’s your grand finale? Clearly it’s Monday’s Dance Marathon at GRU – that’ll make a great date! Happy President’s Day!
Friday, February 15th
“Gruesome Playground Injuries”
Le Chat Noir
Valentines, Schmalentines… come see the love story of two made-for-each-other masochists as they take heart-breaking very literally. This La Chat Noir dark humor theatre production opened last weekend to a nearly sold-out crowd. Playwright Rajiv Joseph was the winner of the 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award, the Vineyard Theatre Paula Vogel Award, and the 2009 Kesselring Fellowship. This final weekend wraps Saturday with the last performance at 7 p.m. Find more info at www.lcnaugusta.com or call the La Chat Noir box office at 706-722-3322.
1970 Riot of Augusta Panel Discussion
Downtown Augusta exploded in 1970 in a race riot. Six men died and 50 buildings were burned. To some the event came out of nowhere, to others, it was a long time coming, but why it happened was hardly discussed. Presented by GRU’s Department of Communications, this event is free and open to the public. Join the conversation about what happened and why with Witnesses Grady Abrams and Bill Coleman, Historian Perzavia Praylow and Moderator Sea Stachura. Get further details at www.gru.edu or contact Sea Stachura at 706-729-2184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Covenant Concert Series: Laurent Boukobza
Covenant Presbyterian Church
A Parisian native and Chair of Piano Studios at the University of Central Florida, Laurent Boukobza is a prize winner of many international competitions. A recording artist with several CDs, he tours widely in Europe, the Americas, and the Far East. His CDs are available at www.amazon.com.Call 706-733-0513 or visit www.covenantaugusta.org for more information.
Morris Museum Southern Soul & Song Series: Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
After their terrific January 2011 show, Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue, featuring the McCrary Sisters, are back to the Imperial Theatre for an encore performance. This show is well sold, but there are still some remaining single seats and a few pairs left downstairs.
Tickets are $13-$36. Call 706-722-8341 or visit www.imperialtheatre.com.
Brantley Gilbert’s “Hell on Wheels” Tour
James Brown Arena
At just 27 years old, Brantley Gilbert was recently nominated for both the 2012 ACM and CMA New Artist of the Year. Come hear his #1 single live – “Country Must Be Country Wide,” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” Tickets are $22.75 — $35.00. Call 877-4AUGTIX or visit www.georgialinatix.com
Sector 7G (631 Ellis St)
The Misfit Theatre Group will perform bits from three of your favorite Tarantino films: Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs. It is Tarantino, so viewer discretion is advised for language and violence. Get more details at www.sector7gaugusta.com. Cost is $10 and RSVP on facebook at www.facebook.com/events/498873236824155.
Saturday, February 16th
Friends of the Library Book Sale
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Appleby Branch Library
Held the third Saturday of every month, it’s time again for the library book sale! This is a deal—price range is just $1-$2! Get further info at www.ecgrl.org or call 706-736-6244.
Wine & Swine Festival
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Old Southern Railway Train Depot
It’s $20 at the gate for this barbecue cook-off and wine tasting to benefit First Tee of Augusta. Before the pig out gets started, get a little exercise with the I Run Augusta 5K at 10:00 a.m. Race entry is $30 on race day and includes a t-shirt. Register for the race at www.strictlyrunning.com.
Annual Chocolate Festival
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Morris Museum of Art
YUM!! Come get your fill; it’s free for members and the fee for non-members is $10 (adults) and $7 (children). Call 706-724-7501 or visit the website at www.themorris.org to get more details.
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Aiken Public Library
This 2012 drama/fantasy film follows the story of a little girl called “Hushpuppy.” Faced with both her hot-tempered father’s fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. Call 803-642-2023 or visit www.abbe-lib.org for info
4th Annual Augusta Blues Festival
The Fourth Annual Augusta Blues Festival features Millie Jackson, Mel Waiters, TK Soul, Klass Band and Theodis Ealey. Call 877-4AUGTIX or check out www.georgialinatix.com
The Ballroom Dance Center
Get your Grove on! General admission is $28. For those under 18, admission is $21. Call 706-854-8888 or visit www.augustaballroomdance.com
“Follow the Drinking Gourd”
7 p.m and 8 p.m.
Learn how slaves used astronomy and song to escape slavery and travel the Underground Railroad to freedom. Weather permitting, after each show, the observatory and Bechtel telescope will be open for viewing. General admission, $4.50; grades 4K-12, $2.50; and seniors, $3.50. Children under 4 are not permitted in public shows. Reservations are encouraged. Call 803-641-3654.
Augusta Riverhawks (14-24-3) vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers (24-11-4)
James Brown Arena
Our Riverhawks have had some time to get revved back up after Sunday’s game in Columbus – we were defeated 0-3 by the Cottonmouths (22-14-3). But things may be a little different on the HOME ICE! The RiverHawks have another home game on Sunday at 4:35 against the Fayetteville FiteAntz (24-13-3). Call 706-993-2645 or visit www.augustariverhawks.com.
“The Parents of Tabatha Tutt vs. DJ Smoke”
Augusta Mini Theatre’s Judith Simon Drama Studio (2548 Deans Bridge Rd)
The Augusta Mini Theatre presents this original play to salute the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for its final three performances this weekend (Saturday at 3:00 and Sunday at 3:00 are already sold out). Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for children and students age 18 and under. Buy your tickets by calling 706-722-0598.
Sunday, February 17th
5th Annual CSRA Bridal and Formal Expo
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
You never know what could happen this Valentine’s Weekend! Just in case, Sho Ane Bridal & Formals Design Studio holds this annual bridal expo at Sacred Heart. If you already have your fiancé, you can get everything else you need at this one-stop wedding shop= bridal/formalwear, beauty salons, flowers, jewelry, photography, reception venues, wine & beverage suppliers, caterers, DJs, limos, and honeymoon ideas. Even pageant and prom dresses will be featured! Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 706-724-7220 or email email@example.com.
President’s Day Film: Kids Matinee= “So You Want to Be President”
Headquarters Branch Library
This humorous and informative film uses a read-along format to introduce four popular children’s books about American history and politics, including So You Want to Be President, which looks at personality quirks of past American presidents, Ted Kennedy’s own My Senator and Me: A Dog’s-Eye View of Washington, D.C. staring his dog Splash, I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote by Linda Arms White, and Lane Smith’s Madam President which stars a little girl who imagines what her day would be like if she were President. Call 706-821-2600 or visit www.ecgrl.org.
Music at the Morris: Preston and Weston with Sandra Simmons
Morris Museum 1st Floor Auditorium
Featuring vocalist Sandra Simmons, enjoy the smooth jazz stylings of saxophonist Wayne Preston and right-hand keyboardist/ left-hand keyboard bassist/ left-footed drummer David Weston. All with no cost, you’ll be treated to many flavors of jazz. Call 706-724-7501 to get more information.
Augusta Riverhawks vs. Fayetteville FireAntz (Patriots and Pucks Game)
James Brown Arena
This Patriots and Pucks Game is a chance for local soldiers and their families to come to see some hockey action. Riverhawks will play in specialty military jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game. Proceeds will benefit Fort Gordon Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs. Call the RiverHawks to get more info at 706-993-2645.
Jacobs Concert Series: Isaac Holmes
The Kroc Center
Paine College Associate Music Professor and PC Concert Choir Director Washington Isaac Holmes is a bass soloist who has performed all over the world as a soloist and a dancer, instrumentalist and chorister. Presented by the Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society, tickets for this performance are is $20 at the door. Call 706-790-9274 or visit www.hjcms.org.
Monday, February 18th
GRU Jaguar Student Activities Center Breezeway
Wear blue and get free food as well as getting a chance to participate in the university’s dance marathon kickoff. Call 706-737-1619 or check out www.gru.edu.
Euchee Creek Library (Grovetown)
Come over to enjoy some light refreshments and see this film about the Tuskegee Airmen, commemorating Black History Month. For further details, go to www.ecgrl.org or call 706-556-0594.
“Immortal Beloved” (R)
GRU University Hall
For this 1994 film, travel even further back in time to the life of Beethoven. In addition to the world famous music he composed, Ludwig van Beethoven once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved. After he dies, Beethoven’s assistant/friend Schindler tries to deal with his affairs and find out who the women is. It’s not too easy, since Beethoven was a real ladies’ man. General admission is $3 or free to GRU students and faculty with a JagCard. Go to www.gru.edu for more info.
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