Stories by Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Lights of the South flips a few switches

The lights are on at Lights of the South - all 5 million-plus bulbs. The popular holiday attraction opened Nov. 20 with a few changes.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

The Artside: Fall Into Art show in full swing in North Augusta

The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta and the North Augusta Artists Guild's 2015 annual Fall into Art Show and Sale will be held through Dec. 18.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Aiken playhouse show is nuttier than a fruitcake

Take a house divided, throw in a chicken pox breakout in the Christmas pageant, 10,000 lights and an old man and you get the Aiken Community Playhouse holiday production, Fruitcakes.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Sister, brother to dance as 'Nutcracker' siblings

Families are an integral part of the annual Dance Augusta performances of The Nutcracker. And this year, there's the rare opportunity for a sister-and-brother team to take on the roles of the ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

The Artside: Artist to explain whiskey painting

Whiskey painting is a niche genre with some stringent requirements. Artist Lou Ann Zimmerman is a whiskey painter and will host a workshop on the art form on Nov. 19 at the Gertrude Herbert ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

'Greetings' blends humor and drama

What happens when a Catholic family, an atheist Jew and the holidays come together? A miracle on Christmas eve.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Teen showman to bring 'Oliver!' to Imperial

Evan Read wears lots of hats with the Greater Augusta Youth Theatre - founder, executive director, stage and musical director, rehearsal accompanist, fundraiser, numbers cruncher, visionary. 
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015

Skater feels crowd's excitement during Disney on Ice shows

A dive down the rabbit hole with Alice and Peter Pan saving the lost boys from Captain Hook are a couple of the things Disney on Ice will bring to Augusta on Nov. 5-8.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

The Artside: Events benefit arts venues, others

There are lots of art happenings as October ends and November begins, starting with the Aiken Center for the Arts' 16th annual A Taste of Wine and Art.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

The Artside: Artists to paint live during Summerville Tour of Homes

Each year, the Summerville Tour of Homes features historic dwellings in the Summerville district. Last year, tour officials added an art element with several artists painting in some of the tour ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Pilot proves flying fun for all ages

At an age when many aerobatic pilots hang up their wings, Gary Ward was just starting out. "I did my first air show when I was 57," said Ward, 74, of Lincolnton, who will be one of the featured ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

Meet the voice of Queen Amidala

Voice actress wCatherine Taber will be at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library on Oct. 10 to discuss her roles on a variety of Star Wars video games and television series.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

The Artside: Latest Book Tavern exhibit hangs art based on Poe

As Halloween approaches, the Book Tavern will be the spot for a special art exhibit based on the life and works of a master of the creepy and macabre - Edgar Allan Poe.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Westobou Festival rounds up art, music, more

The Westobou Festival is a non-stop five days filled with music, dance, film and more from Sept. 30-Oct. 4. A Celebration of the Life and Work of Marlon Brando is at the center of the marquee film ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

The Artside: See artists paint live for ArtZilla event

In the midst of all the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festivities Sept. 18-20, several Augusta artists come together for their annual ArtZilla event.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

35th Arts in the Heart to fill weekend with art, music, fun

Arts in the Heart of Augusta has come a long way from its days in the Municipal Building parking lot to one of the premier festivals in the Southeast. And it's back for its 35th year Sept. 18-20.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Actor shares stage with mentor in 'Barefoot in the Park'

Eric Mills has performed in numerous shows in the Augusta area, but he admits to being a little nervous before the opening for Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre's production of Barefoot in the Park.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Westobou adds own gallery, central hub

As the Westobou Festival enters its eighth year, there are lots of performances, exhibits and other activities planned for Sept. 30 through Oct. 4.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Le Chat to open theater season with Pulitzer-winning 'The Flick'

If it's a Pulitzer Prize-winning play you want to see, you'll likely find it staged at Le Chat Noir, and this season is no exception with a recent Pulitzer winner, The Flick, opening on Friday, ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015

'Fantasticks' delivers fantastic music

Aryle Pastore believes it's the music of The Fantasticks that has made it the world's longest-running musical. "I love the music. It really makes you feel something," said Pastore, who plays the ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett
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