Augusta City Classic to honor performer Russell Joel Brown

It's been a banner year for Russell Joel Brown. And on Oct. 28, the Augusta-born entertainer will receive the Augusta City Classic's inaugural Image Entertainment Award.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Ramblin' Rhodes: Big & Rich concert kicks off music, football weekend

Millions of viewers of the ESPN cable network for almost a decade have heard Big Kenny (Alphin) and John Rich's rocking recording Comin' To Your City as the theme for the network's College GameDay show.
By Don Rhodes

Students to gain from stars' talents

Two acclaimed classical performers will bring their talents to Augusta this weekend to raise money for the Jessye Norman School of the Arts.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wine Time: Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley

Let's face it. Many times when you're ordering wine in a restaurant or picking one out at the wine shop to bring home for dinner, you are making an educated guess.
By Dennis Sodomka

Music by Turner: Hot concerts are close to home

The "holiday trio" of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are quickly approaching. That means the concert season is heating up big time even as the leaves and temperatures fall.
By Ed Turner

Western Carolina State Fair opens Oct. 20 in Aiken

The Western Carolina State Fair runs Thursday, Oct. 20, through Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Aiken Fairgrounds, 561 May Royal Drive.

Dine & Dish: Happy House Korean served with spice

My brother Mark was in tears - and it was a good thing. He'd ordered his spicy squid as hot as Happy House Korean Restaurant could make it.
By Danielle Wong Moores

The Artside: Opportunities on the horizon for artists, art lovers

With the holidays coming up, there will be a lot of opportunities to purchase artwork at affordable prices. So artists, get ready. I have a couple of places for you to submit your work to. One is right around the corner.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

'Five Women in the Same Dress' is different for director

Richard Justice can say one thing about directing Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre's upcoming production that he hasn't been able to say about a show in a long time.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Augusta Photography Festival exhibits open this week

Several photo exhibitions are opening this week in conjunction with the biennial Augusta Photography Festival.

Wine Time: Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Chile

It's getting close to Halloween so you had better start looking for those special wines for the big Halloween party.
By Dennis Sodomka

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Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

Ramblin' Rhodes: Kopple's films capture intriguing tales of Dixie Chicks, Jones

Two-time Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple has made a career taking on intriguing subjects such as her film Miss Sharon Jones! about the Augusta native and her battle with cancer. But ...
By Don Rhodes

Dine & Dish: DiVino brunch is off to a delicious start

Maybe we're just old, but Sunday brunch has become our new Friday date night. Our latest was at DiVino Ristorante Italiano in North Augusta, located in the Hammond's Ferry subdivision.
By Danielle Wong Moores

Pop Rocks: Arts In the Heart may change, but will keep focus on Augusta

The best balancing acts are the ones you never notice. The push and pull, the peaks and valleys - those things are often best when invisible. That's particularly true when dealing with an event of ...
By Steven Uhles

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016

Food trucks coming to North Augusta

The Truck Stop, brainchild of 17-year-old high school student David Brannon, opens Sept. 30 with a bash to raise money for the city's Bark Park. After that, at least two trucks will serve lunch ...
By James Folker

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016

Phoenix offers unusual over-the-top foods to try

Are you ready for a culinary adventure? Visit Phoenix. The Valley of the Sun is filled with them. A foodie destination, here you can indulge your wild side.
By Michelle Glicksman

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Wine Time: Casa Silva Cabernet Sauvignon Los Lingues Vineyard 2014, Chile

I have rarely had a wine from Chile that didn't overdeliver. Chilean wines have long been bargains at every price level.
By Dennis Sodomka

Travel the world using your taste buds at Arts in the Heart festival

Every year, Arts in the Heart of Augusta ushers guests on a culinary tour of the world. But with 21 countries represented this year, it's no surprise that it could be a little difficult to choose ...
By Danielle Wong Moores

36th year of Arts in the Heart of Augusta to bring favorites, new stuff

Arts in the Heart of Augusta returns for its 36th year this weekend with some favorites but also with a few changes. Organizers estimate the festival will draw as many as 80,000 people into ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

The Artside: Be sure to seek out local artists at Arts in the Heart and elsewhere

Ethnic foods and artists from multiple visual and performing media can only mean one thing - it's time for Arts in the Heart of Augusta. If you're headed downtown Sept. 16-18, check out some ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Ramblin' Rhodes: Dixie Echoes to deliver Southern gospel message twice

One of Southern gospel music's most popular groups, The Dixie Echoes, has been performing in the Augusta area since the mid-1960s including hosting major gospel music shows at Bell Auditorium.
By Don Rhodes

Music by Turner: Did someone say, 'Play it again and again and again, Sam'?

Like many of you, I've always felt a strong, spiritual connection with the ocean, especially when the music is just … right!
By Ed Turner

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Planetarium plans moon show

AIKEN -- The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and the DuPont Planetarium will hold the annual Observe the Moon Night from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

Guitar Pull tickets, acts announced

Officials have announced the lineup for November's annual Guitar Pull concert, which go on sale next week.
By Bianca Cain Johnson

Linda Hardy wins fifth annual Applaud the Artist contest

The cover design created by Augusta artist Linda Hardy was selected as the winner of the fifth annual Applaud the Artist Cover Design Contest.
By Mary Frances Hendrix

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

Choreographer captures Wonderland with  'Alice'

In honor of the Imperial Theatre's upcoming 100th anniversary, the Columbia County Ballet will present a fanciful adventure in Wonderland with Michael Viator's original production of Alice.
By Diana Renee Williams

Pop Rocks: Radio's personality certainly has changed over the years

Will the last DJ out the door please remember to turn off the radio?
By Steven Uhles

Ramblin' Rhodes: PBS in Georgia has come a long way in half century

Public television broadcasting certainly has come a long way since when Georgia educational TV station WCES in Wrens serving the Augusta area went on the air 50 years ago on Sept. 12, 1966.
By Don Rhodes

Dine & Dish: The Bradley in Aiken is lovely surprise

For our 12th anniversary, we had planned a low-key evening, no surprises: just a nice dinner out at someplace we'd never been - The Bradley in Aiken.
By Danielle Wong Moores

Wine Time: Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2013, Italy

If you have drunk a few bottles of Italian wine chances are good that at some point you've wondered about Montepulciano.
By Dennis Sodomka

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016

Boney James with Marsha Ambrosius concert canceled

The Boney James with Marsha Ambrosius concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Bell Auditorium, has been canceled "due to unforeseen circumstances."

2016-17 Arts Preview: A season full of art, music, theater, dance and more ...

The 2016-17 season is upon us with a schedule that's filled to the brim with visual arts, music, theater, dance and then some.

Learn history on Augusta Ghost Trolley tours

Augusta Ghost Trolley offers tours year-round, but is kicking off its fall/winter season this weekend with some themed tours available.

Music cruises continue through October

There's just about one more month to take a Moonlight Music Cruise before the colder months set in.

Relive '90s with Vanilla Ice, Coolio

If you love '90s music, then you are in luck when the "I Love the '90s Tour" brings a heavy does of nostalgia to James Brown Arena at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10.
By Diana Renee Williams

Halloween happenings this week

Halloween events include ghost stories and festivals.

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