Stories by Charmain Z. Brackett

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016

Area dancer is passing on her knowledge

When Kathryn McCormick left the Augusta area in 2008 with hopes of becoming a professional dancer, she had no idea where her journey would lead. 
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016

The Artside: Head to downtown (Augusta and Aiken) for taste of art

There's a new art club meeting in downtown Augusta. It started earlier this month, and artists plan to meet weekly. The Augusta Art Club gathers from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016

The Artside: Downtown businesses invite patrons to find Waldo

Before you head to First Friday on Aug. 5, be on the lookout for Waldo. You know, the guy with the red-and-white-striped shirt, hat and jeans. He's hiding in 24 downtown Augusta businesses, and if ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Performances will highlight first opera summer institute

The inaugural musical theater and opera summer institute at Augusta University culminates in three performances July 29-31.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Artside: Augusta artist  'happy'  with response to documentary

A few months ago, artist Leonard Porkchop Zimmerman worked on a mural in downtown Augusta with a simple message - "Augusta, I love you." On July 16, Augusta returned the love when more than 750 ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

It's HOT! Beat the heat with cool things to do

Have fun indoors at places like Air Strike Extreme Air Sports, the Augusta Museum of History, the movies and more.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Artside: Augusta composers, actors, artists expand reach

I've covered arts and entertainment in a variety of ways over the years, and the amount of talent in Augusta never ceases to amaze me. While most of us know that there have been some pretty big ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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
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