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NUNCRACKERS: Musical comedy by Dan Goggin, 3 p.m. today; Aiken Community Playhouse, corner of Price Avenue and Two Notch Road; $12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 students and $5 children 12 and younger; for reservations, (803) 648-1438.
NUTCRACKER IN A NUTSHELL: 3 p.m. today, Augusta State University's Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; performed by Augusta Dance Theatre; $12 adults, $8 students and seniors; tickets available at the studio, 639 Furys Ferry Road; 860-1852.
SWEET ADELINES: Holiday concert 2 p.m. today, Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St.; 724-7501.
MURDER AT THE PARTRIDGE INN: Murder Ahoy! Today and Monday; dinner buffet at 7:30 p.m., curtain at 8:30; $35; reservations, 737-8888, Ext. 201.
OUR TOWN OUR PEOPLE: 7 p.m. Dec. 27-28, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; presented by the Art Factory; $3; 731-0008.
CHICAGO: 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $16.50-$34.50; part of Broadway at the Bell Series; series includes Man of La Mancha 8 p.m. Friday, March 2; and the Irish Rovers 8 p.m. Friday, March 16; 828-7700.
PICKIN': Performed by the Augusta Mini Theatre; 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, and 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan. 14, Jack B. Patrick Technology Center, Augusta Technical College; $8, $7 youth; 722-0598.
NATIONAL PLAYERS: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, The Scarlet Letter; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, The Comedy of Errors; Augusta State University's Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; $4-$6 matinees, $6-$8 evening performances; 737-1609.
THE FROG PRINCE: Storyland Theatre performance; 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Jan. 23-26 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, Augusta State University's Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; weekday reservations required; $3.50-$4 students; 736-3455.
THE FANTASTICKS: University Theatre production; 8 p.m. Jan. 24-28, O'Connell Theatre, University of South Carolina Aiken; (803) 641-3305.
BERGONZI STRING QUARTET: Presented by Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society; 8 p.m. Tuesday, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; music society memberships ($100) include two tickets to each performance; individual tickets $15, or $5 students, free for Augusta State faculty, staff and students; 733-5929.
TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: Noon to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, Flo Carter and Family, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; concert free, $6 for reserved lunch seating; for lunch reservations, 722-3463.
PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA: With Paine College Choir; 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $15-$30; 724-2400.
AUGUSTA SYMPHONY: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, Russian Romantics with Jerome Lowenthal, piano, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way, 667-4100; 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, Keyboard Music and Magic with Jerome Lowenthal, piano, and Susan Zhang, winner of Youth Piano Competition, Publix Family Concert Series, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; 667-4100.
INDIGO: Chamberjazz series featuring Kari Gaffney; 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, Unitarian Universalist Church, 3501 Walton Way Extension; 733-7939.
RIDGE COMMUNITY THEATRE: For Pageant, noon Saturday, Haynes Auditorium, Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.; roles available for seven men; (803) 532-2388.
AUGUSTA CONCERT BAND: Auditions for new members arranged by appointment; 736-9098.
AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: Angel Tree in ballroom with figures sculpted by the House of Fontanini through Dec. 30; permanent exhibits include fire engine, drugstore, toy trains, circus, log cabin, one-room school, military hall and nature room; holiday closing, Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; (803) 642-2025.
AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; Georgia-Carolina Clay through Feb. 25: Pottery in the Folk Tradition, exhibit opens Saturday; permanent exhibits include Augusta's Story, Augusta history from early Indians through Susan Still's 1997 space-shuttle mission; medical history, 1917 steam locomotive and 1930s gas station; clean cotton in replica cotton gin and view a 56-foot Petersburg boat; Susan L. Still Children's Discovery Gallery; documentries in History Theater; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; free admission on Sundays through July, other days, $4 adults, $3 seniors and $2 children, free for age 6 and younger; 722-8454.
COTTON EXCHANGE MUSEUM AND VISITORS' CENTER: Reynolds and Eighth streets; Diane Davis Artwork through Dec. 31; tourist information and exhibits on cotton trade; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 724-4067 or 823-6600.
EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: 1822 Broad St., Historic Augusta Inc. museum in 203-year-old, three-story frame house noted for architectural detail; hours 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday or by appointment; $2 adults, $1 for 55 and older and 50 cents for 18 and younger; 724-0436.
GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART: 506 Telfair St.; PTA Reflections exhibit through Dec. 29, student gallery; Wright Ledbetter: Cuba-Tomorrow in question, opening reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, exhibit shows through March 2, $5 nonmembers; hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 722-5495.
LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School student exhibit through Jan. 1; art and computer classes for ages 6-13, basic computer skills, art skills including watercolor, oils, pencil, clay and crafts; permanent collections, the Augusta Ebony Legacy and the Alice Davis Collection; museum hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, by appointment weekends and holidays; $2 adults, 75 cents children; 724-3576.
MEADOW GARDEN: 1320 Independence Drive at 13th Street and Walton Way; historic home of George Walton, Georgia governor and signer of Declaration of Independence; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, by appointment Saturdays; $3 adults, $2 high school students, $1 through eighth grade, group rates available; 724-4174.
MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; Myth, Memory and Imagination: photographs from Julia J. Norrell's Collection, through Jan. 3; Sporting View exhibit, American Sporting Art by Robert B. Mayo, through Jan. 7; Puppetry Invention Workshop, Friday, Dec. 29, children can create a puppet of their own design with help from the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, workshops 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for kindergarten through third grade, 1:30-3:30 p.m. for fourth-sixth grades, $3, reservations advised; Art of the Duck Stamp: selected prints, 1943-1968; Southern art appreciation class: The Development of Southern Art, 2-4:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and 30 and Feb. 6 and 13, free for members, $29 others, registration required; museum hours 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sundays; closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1; open 12:30-5:30 p.m. Dec. 31; free admission Sundays, other days, $3 adults, $2 students, military and persons 65 and older, age 6 and younger free, public school students from Columbia and Richmond counties admitted free, $1 per student for other schools; on the Web at www.themorris.org; 724-7501.
The literary life
BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS: Poetry writers' workshop; 7:30 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, share your work; Georgia Writers Inc., 6:30 p.m. third Mondays; bring copies of manuscripts to be critiqued; open microphone night, 7:30 p.m. second Saturdays; 1336 Augusta West Parkway; 860-2310.
SOCIETY FOR CREATIVE ANACHRONISM: Educational organization focusing on costumes, culture and society of the Middle Ages and Renaissance; various meetings weekly; www.sca.org; 792-0090.
SOUTH CAROLINA WRITERS' WORKSHOP: Aiken chapter meets 7 p.m. second Tuesdays; Aiken County Council Building, 736 W. Richland Ave.
On your toes
AUGUSTA IRISH DANCERS: Lessons for beginners 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Augusta Irish Dancers Studio, Monte Sano Avenue, across from Hill Drugs; 739-0583.
SINGLES DANCES: Christian Social Organization for Single Adults; 8-11 p.m. Saturdays, lessons 7 p.m.; Westside High School, 1002 Patriots Way; tickets at door; 733-3048.
AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCING: 7:30-11 p.m. third Saturdays, Health Central gym, 945 Broad St.; members $4, others $7; 667-6377.
AUGUSTA INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE CLUB: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays; no partners needed, beginners welcome; call for location, 737-6299.
BALLROOM DANCING: Dances 8-11 p.m. second Saturdays, Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; $10 per person, $15 with live music; complimentary dance lesson 7:30 p.m.
ARTISTIC PERCEPTIONS: 551 Broad St.; stained glass by Dennis and Jason DeBrady; paintings by Wanta Davenport; old master reproductions, art supplies and framing; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 724-8739.
AUGUSTA ART EXCHANGE GALLERY: 1028 Broad St.; new work by Peter Alsen, Nancy Schultz, Caroline Swanson, Marjorie Keiliers and others; 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; 722-6722.
AUGUSTA ART GLASS: 980 Broad St.; original fine-art glass; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 724-4300.
BANKER MARTIN GALLERY: 1022 Broad St.; new paintings by Karen Lind Banker, new textural designs in raku by Juliet Martin and charcoals by Matthew Whitford; 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 823-1060.
CAROL CRAIG STUDIO AND GALLERY: 1018 Broad St.; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 722-5900.
DUNLAP STUDIO AND GALLERY: 908A Broad St.; Jill Noel Stafford exhibit through Saturday, Dec. 30; works by Dick Dunlap, Keil Alderson, Brian Cote, Jim Gensheer, David Mascaro and sculpture by Roger Finch; gallery hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 722-7333.
ECLECTIC DESIGN GALLERY: 1118 Broad St.; paintings by Nina Benedetto, ceramics by Priscilla Hollingsworth, sculpture by Kathleen Girdler-Engler and Roger Finch, jewelry by Sogul from Poland, Marlena from California and other master jewelers from Colorado, London and Israel; noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday or by appointment; 724-1010.
FAHNOE ART AND DESIGN: 208 Eighth St.; works by Will Fahnoe, classes available Thursdays and by appointment; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 724-0094.
GALLERY 1006: 1006 Broad St.; new paintings by Lou Ann Zimmerman and Michael Pearson, works by Ruthie and Chris Sumpter, Marc Moon, Judi Jacobs, Serey Andree, Monty Albert and Don Drumm; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 774-1006.
MARY PAULINE GALLERY: 982 Broad St.; new works by Beth Bolgla, Jackson Cheatham, Kevin Cole, Arless Day, Judy Jones, Barry Merritt, Philip Morsberger, Edward Rice, Art Rosenbaum, Brian Rust, Robert Stackhouse, Art Werger, Janice Williams; new gallery artists, Benny Andrews, George Andrews, Robert Hartman, John Kehoe and Joan Suits; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday; 724-9542.
THE RAVEN'S HOARD: 131 12th St.; handcrafted fine jewelry and gifts; 724-3830.
A SILVER LINING: 1002 Broad St.; collectibles from Thailand, Russia and China; new line of Baltic white and green amber jewelry and silver treasures; 303-9632.
STUDIO ART GRO: 978 Broad St.; poetry readings 8-10 p.m. fourth Sundays; art, voice and poetry classes available; Michael Hennessy teaching writing for the stage or screen; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 722-3594.
STUDIO FOTOGRAFICA: 1026 Broad St.; photography by Tom Barrett, Bob Booker, Jeri Polito, Keith Saxon, Margaret Kirby and Barbara Smith; classes, workshops and darkroom rentals offered; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 823-0332.
AIKEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 122 Laurens St. S.W., Aiken; works by Leslie Alexander and Livio Orazio Valentini; recreational classes include stained glass and painting, photography, yoga and face casting, children 2 and older may participate in watercolors, drawing and collage; (803) 641-9094.
THE ARNOLD GALLERY: 321 Richland Ave., Aiken; Judy Adamick's People-Places Things; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; (803) 502-1100.
AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY FINE ARTS GALLERY: 2500 Walton Way; collages and prints by Jill Jepsen and Julian Cox through Friday, Dec. 29; 737-1453.
DAVID STUART'S WILD HARE POTTERY: 1627 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 279-7813.
EDGEFIELD COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL: Gallery at the Frame Corner, Buncombe and Simkins streets, U.S. Highway 25, Edgefield, S.C.; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays except Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; (803) 637-5527.
ETHERREDGE CENTER GALLERY: University of South Carolina Aiken; prints from Print Studio South of Charleston through Thursday, Jan. 11; exhibit by Anne Latimore through Jan. 11; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; (803) 641-3305.
IMAGES OF THE CROSS GALLERY: 2613´ Peach Orchard Road; gallery hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 771-1013.
JACKSON GALLERY: 300 Park Ave., Aiken; Mike Williams, Andy Warhol, Dennis Hopper, Wayne Thiebaud and other artists; by appointment only (803) 648-7397.
JIM HARRISON GALLERY: U.S. Highway 78, Denmark, S.C.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; (803) 793-5796.
LATTIMORE GALLERY AND STUDIO: 406 Kershaw Place S.E., Aiken; portraits, gallery visits by appointment; www.annelattimore.com; (803) 648-3564.
LITTLE RED BARN POTTERY, ART AND ANTIQUES: Barnwell, S.C.; gallery of artisans; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; traditional face jugs; (803) 541-7900.
METRO: A COFFEEHOUSE: 1054 Broad St.; gallery and coffee shop; 10 a.m. until late Monday-Saturday; 722-6468.
MOUNT HELICON: 1036 Broad St.; gallery and cafe; 828-0087.
NEVER ANUFF STUFF GALLERY AND GIFT SHOP: 2321-F Peach Orchard Road, Holly Hill Plaza; custom framing and collectible figurines and art prints, sculptures by Blackshear and Hughes, carved wood from Kenya; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 796-6671.
PHORUM: 802 Ellis St.; 737-6659.