Stories by Charmain Z. Brackett

Brown eager to sing for hometown for Star Spangled Fourth Concert

Russell Joel Brown has experienced many magical moments in his 26 years of professional theater. He's performed at the famed Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City and at the John F.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Artside: Panowich's book inspires art; Swider's art inspires book

To celebrate the paperback release of "Bull Mountain," several artists have created art for an exhibit June 27 at The Book Tavern.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Award-winning chef, cookbook author got start in kitchen in Evans

With a PBS series in the works, a prestigious culinary award and a forthcoming monthly column in Southern Living Magazine, Virginia Willis is renowned in the culinary world, and she can trace her ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Singer Valli offers advice: Do what you love

The secret to Frankie Valli's success is simple. "I love what I do," said the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who will be in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Bell Auditorium.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Artside: Coffee, creativity blended for show

An upcoming event blends two of Erica Pastecki's loves into one - art and coffee. "Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a bit of a love and obsession with coffee," said Pastecki, one of the ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Teacher, students reunited for  'One Man, Two Guvnors'

Betty Walpert is directing a few of her former acting students in Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre's upcoming production of One Man, Two Guvnors.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Artside: Local art creation could be on mural

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is issuing a call for mural artists for the newest Kroger in Grovetown. Plans are to have a 12.5-foot by 5-foot mural in the new store's cafe.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Actors must overcome inhibitions for 'The Full Monty'

Before Ernie Williamson accepted the role of Malcolm in Le Chat Noir's upcoming production of The Full Monty, he did some self-examination.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

The Artside: Arts in focus at annual Art in the Park

Artists, performers and crafters will take part in the annual Columbia County Art in the Park on Saturday, May 14.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cast embodies life into 'Mary Poppins'

Stern and in control yet spontaneous and tender. These are qualities Mary Diesch sees in Mary Poppins. She will be portraying the title role in The Augusta Players' upcoming production.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dance Augusta show is set to tune of local musicians

The works of the free-spirited Isadora Duncan are the basis of one of several pieces that will be performed as part of Dance Augusta's Spring Fever show Friday-Saturday, April 29-30 at the Augusta ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

The Artside: Composer's 'Scythe of Time' picked for musical festival

I'd like to open this column to spotlight a local composer whose work is getting national recognition. Mark Swanson's latest work, A Scythe of Time, is one of only 13 musicals that will be ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Friday, April 22, 2016

Grant loves where music has taken her

Amy Grant has seen firsthand how music breaks through barriers and reaches people in a way no other medium can.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Artside: Art, literature come together for Shakespeare exhibit

Bringing together literature and visual art has been a common theme at the Book Tavern in the past couple of years. The latest will open Friday, April 23, with 21 artists presenting Shakespeare's ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Artside: Pastels, landscapes, quilts among offerings at Augusta museums

Augusta may be home to a premiere golf tournament, but it's also home to a thriving arts community.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Artside: Local artists earn accolades for film, public art, paintings

It's a dream of many indie filmmakers, having their film released in theaters in major cities nationwide, and it's happening for two local men on March 29.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

'Drowsy Chaperone' melds comedy, romance in musical

The Drowsy Chaperone brings together classic elements of musical theater including romance, mistaken identity and comedy and wraps them into a fun package with catchy tunes set in the Roaring 1920s.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Artside: Fort Gordon theater and arts advocate takes last bow

I'd like to open this column by paying tribute to someone who is well-respected in the arts community and will be taking his final bow on the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre stage with the production ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

'A Chorus Line' is backstage view of musical theater

The Augusta Players production of A Chorus Line is a reunion of sorts for Beth Blalock and Paul Jones. The duo play newlyweds Kristine and Alan Deluca.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

The Artside: Art parties set on both sides of river

The Greater Augusta Arts Council's annual membership event, the Wet Paint Party, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Sacred Heart Cultural Center.
By Charmain Z. Brackett
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