Originally created 02/13/98

Arts council brings Oscars to Augusta



OSCAR -- The Greater Augusta Arts Council is bringing Hollywood to Augusta.

The group is sponsoring an officially sanctioned Academy Awards blowout March 23 at Sacred Heart Cultural Center. The black-tie event, a fund-raiser for the council, emulates the Oscar ceremony. Limos will shuttle guests to the party where fake paparazzi will give them the star treatment. The Oscar broadcast will be piped into the cultural center onto a huge screen.

Other party events include an Oscar predictions contest, a silent auction, and a performance by All That Jazz. "We picture this as a milling around event," said arts council executive director Brenda Durant. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, call 826-4702.

OSCARS TOO -- Some Augusta residents were upset over the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' apparent snubbing of Leonardo DiCaprio as best actor for his role in the mega-smash Titanic. When the Academy released it's nominations Tuesday, including 14 for Titanic, North Augusta resident Gloria Johnson was aghast that Mr. DiCaprio was left off. "I'm very unhappy about it," she said. "I felt like he should have gotten something." The Augusta Chronicle received several calls in support of Mr. DiCaprio Tuesday shortly after the evening news and TV tabloid programs broadcast the nominations.

FINCH -- A changing of the guard is in order at the Augusta Symphony offices as executive director Pat Finch stepped down after nearly nine years on the job. "It was a very very hard decision for me to make," Ms. Finch said."(The Symphony) was an incredibly exciting thing to be a part of." Ms. Finch will work through April 18, the date of the Josef Hoffman Piano Competition winner performance. A search committee is being formed by past-president Harriet Reynolds to look for Ms. Finch's replacement.

HART ACTIVITIES -- The Morris Museum of Art has planned a variety of talks, concerts, presentations, and other activities to coincide with On the Road with Thomas Hart Benton: Images of a Changing America which opened Thursday. On Feb. 22, the museum's deputy director Rick Gruber, who did his dissertation on the American artist, will give a lecture on the exhibit, which runs until May 4. Mr. Benton gained much of his notoriety for painting huge murals, so the museum is sponsoring a mural project 2 p.m. March 1. More events are scheduled. Call the museum at 724-7501 for more information.

DANCE BROADCAST -- Tune in 8 p.m. Feb. 22 as Georgia author Terry Kay answers questions about his novel To Dance With the White Dog on Peach State Public Radio, (WACG-FM 90.7). He is the guest on a new show, Cover to Cover featuring Southern regional literature and authors, hosted by St. John Flynn, who also hosts Peach State's local version of All Things Considered. Phone in questions at (888) 667-3224, fax them at (404) 685-2684 or send e-mail to

covertocover@gpb.org.

PLAYERS MOVE -- The Augusta Players have made arrangements to stage this season's two remaining adult productions -- The Crucible and Dearly Departed at the Imperial Theatre. The Crucible was originally scheduled at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre and Dearly Departed was to be at Augusta Technical Institute. The move has necessitated a change in the production dates. The Crucible is now scheduled for March 27-29 and Dearly Departed will run May 8-10.