ARTS IN THE HEART: Opening ceremonies 7 p.m. Friday, Jessye Norman Amphitheater, Ninth Street at Riverwalk Augusta; arts festival Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16, at Riverwalk Augusta; celebrate the cultural contributions of Scotland and Arts in the Heart of Augusta; badges can be purchased in advance at Greater Augusta Arts Calendar and SRP Federal Credit Union for $2, $3 at the gate, children age 10 and younger are free; Greater Augusta Arts Council, 826-4702.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO: Augusta Symphony's introduction to classical music and instruments, presented by Friends of the Symphony; 1-5 p.m. today, Pendleton King Park, Kissingbower Road; $1; 826-4705.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AIKEN FACULTY AND FRIENDS RECITAL: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Etherredge Center on campus, featuring Sandra Field, Ginger Steel, Jim Buckland and Bill House; free.
AUGUSTA SYMPHONY WITH CELLIST ZUILL BAILEY: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; concert preview with violinist Neil Casey 7 p.m. Sept. 22; single tickets for MasterWorks concerts are $15-$35 adults and $7.50-$17.50 students; single pops concert tickets are $10-$35 adults and $5-$14 students; Publix Family concerts are $6 per person single concert, $20 per person for all four or $65 for family of four; Encore chamber concerts are $80 per person for all three or $20 each for concerts held on Oct. 27 and April 27; $50 for Jan. 26 concert, which includes dinner. To order tickets, call 826-4705; for Etherredge Center ticket information, call the box office at (803) 641-3305. For other information, visit http://www.usca.sc.edu/ec.
TUESDAY MUSIC LIVE: Concert and lunch series opens with Bulldog Brass Society with W. Fred Mills Sept. 25; all concerts performed at noon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; lunch is $7; for information or reservations: 722-3463.
BRUCE DAVIES: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Walton Way; offerings accepted.
COTTON PATCH GOSPEL: Presented by St. John's United Methodist Church, Aiken; 3 p.m. today, St. John's United Methodist Church Ebenezer Center, Newberry Street; $5 adults, $3 children younger than 12; Janie Culbertson, (803) 644-8697.
OKLAHOMA! Augusta Opera performance 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16; discounts for students and seniors 2 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 16; Davidson Fine Arts School's Beverly Barnhart Theater, 615 12th St.; tickets $25-$40; 826-4710, Ext. 21.
SEE HOW THEY RUN: Friday and Saturday and Sept. 21-22, 27-29, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Performing Arts Theatre, Building 32100 on post; $24-$27; 793-8552.
MURDER AT THE PARTRIDGE INN: Murder-mystery dinner-theater performance presented by Augusta Theatre Company in association with the Partridge Inn; 7:30 dinner and 8:30 curtain Sunday, Sept. 16, 2110 Walton Way; $35, reserve, 481-9040.
DEARLY DEPARTED: Presented by the Schoolhouse Players; Sept. 20-23, Bartow Community Center, 1138 Academy Circle, Bartow, Ga.; (478) 364-4030.
GODSPELL: 8 p.m. Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5, 7, 12-13 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7; Aiken Community Playhouse, Two Notch Road at Price Avenue; $4-$12; (803) 648-1438.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: 8 p.m. Sept. 28-29 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30; Augusta Players at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; 826-4707 or www.augustaplayers.com.
BROADWAY AT THE BELL SERIES: Footloose 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11; Cats 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12; My Fair Lady 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4; and Ragtime 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20; all performances Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $98-$141 series tickets on sale Sept. 14, single tickets, Oct. 5; 724-2400.
STAGE III: Columbia County's community theater; 3 p.m. today, Augusta Jewish Community Center, off Furys Ferry Road, Evans; parts available for age 18 and older; Faith County and Goodbye Charlie; parts available for women for production of The Odd Couple; 868-9663.
AUGUSTA CHORALE: 7 p.m. Monday, Odeum of Gilbert Lambuth Memorial Chapel at Paine College, Druid Park Avenue; Dorothy Dicks at 736-2958.
FORT GORDON DINNER THEATRE: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24-25, Fort Gordon Performing Arts Center; parts available for The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
On your toes
MADELINE, THE SELFISH GIANT AND SHORTER REPERTOIRE: Augusta Dance Theatre production 3 p.m. today, Augusta State University's Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; studio at 639 Furys Ferry Road; 860-1852.
BIG BAND BALLROOM DANCE: 8 p.m. Saturday Holley Inn Ballroom, Richland Avenue, Aiken; Aiken Choral Guild sponsors an evening of dancing to Swingsation Dance Band; $20, $35 per couple; (803) 642-0467.
AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCING: 7:30-11 p.m. first Saturdays, Health Central gym, 945 Broad St.; members $5, others $7; 733-3890.
AUGUSTA IRISH DANCERS: Lessons for beginners 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Augusta Irish Dancers Studio, Monte Sano Avenue, across from Hill Drugs; 739-0583.
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.
AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY: One Day in September, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, Butler Hall Lecture Room; other movies in series include East-West, Monday, Sept. 24; The Original Kings of Comedy, Monday, Oct. 1; After Life, Monday, Oct. 8; Cinema Paradiso, Monday, Oct. 15; Cyclo, Monday, Oct. 22; Creature From the Black Lagoon, Monday, Oct. 29; and Ratcatcher, Thursday, Nov. 8; all movies free admission and screened at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Butler Hall Lecture Room; call student activities office, 737-1609.
The literary life
BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS: CSRA Writers, 6:30 p.m. second Tuesdays, bring copies of manuscripts to be critiqued; open-microphone night, 7:30 second Saturdays; GA Writers Inc. meets third Mondays; bring at least eight copies of your work to be read and discussed; call Linda Lee Harper at 860-1876; poetry writers' workshop; 7:30 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, share your work; 1336 Augusta West Parkway; 860-2310.
SOUTH CAROLINA WRITERS' WORKSHOP: Aiken chapter meets 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Aiken County Council Building, 736 W. Richland Ave.
Museums and galleries
AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; End of a Dream: The Flight and Capture of Jefferson Davis, film playing continuously in the History Theater in September; Brown Bag History Series, the Chinese Experience in Augusta with Eileen Law, noon Tuesday; Hot Wheels exhibit opens 7 tonight, with gala, $45 per person; Model A antique automobile and motorcycle show today; Family History Series noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29; The Well-Dressed Child: A Century of Children's Clothing 1850-1960 exhibit through Oct. 21; 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; replica cotton gin and 56-foot Petersburg boat; Susan L. Still Children's Discovery Gallery; museum hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; free admission Sundays, $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children and free for age 5 and younger other days; 722-8454.
AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY: Fine Arts Center, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; exhibit featuring Jena Sibille, Jeremy Vaughan, Bernadette Vielbig, Paul Bright, Jackson Cheatham and James Rosen through Sept. 28.
AIKEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 122 Laurens St. S.W.; works of Pat Koelker and Tonya Gregg; A Taste of Wine and Art Thursday, Oct. 18; 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.
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.
GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART: 506 Telfair St.; Recent Works From the Gertrude Herbert Art Faculty opens Thursday; A Sense of Place: Continuity and Change in the New South, opening reception 6 p.m. Thursday, exhibit in main gallery through Oct. 5; opening ceremony of new education studios at 509 Fifth St., 10 a.m. Friday, Open House Festival 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., children's activities and art demonstrations, free; Arts in the Heart of Augusta special hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16; fall quarter adult and children's classes and workshops beginning Wednesday, Sept. 19; institute hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; admission is free, donations accepted; 722-5495.
LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; permanent collections, the Augusta Ebony Legacy and the Alice Davis Collection; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; $2 adults, 75 cents children; 724-3576.
LITTLE RED BARN POTTERY, ART AND ANTIQUES: Junction of U.S. Highway 278 and South Carolina Highway 37, Barnwell; works of 40 artisans; traditional South Carolina face jugs and painting classes Wednesdays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday or by appointment; (803) 541-7900.
MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; Jack Leigh's The Land I'm Bound To, Lowcountry photography exhibit; Masterworks of Southern Art, 2 p.m. Sunday; other exhibits include Maritime Memories: The Art of William O. Golding ends today; Art Faculty Choices Show, Thursday through Dec. 2; Arts in the Heart of Augusta, daily tours at 2 p.m., special hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16; Southern Art Through the Eyes of a Gardener, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23; Augusta State University Chamber Singers, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30; and Personal Visions: Southern Self-Taught Artists through Nov. 11; museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; free admission Sundays, other days, $3 adults, $2 students, military and persons 65 and older, children younger than 6 free; public school pupils from Columbia and Richmond counties admitted free, $1 per pupil from other schools; www.themorris.org; 724-7501.
SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER: 1301 Greene St.; tours of 103-year-old former Catholic church noted for its stained glass, brickwork and architecture; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; donations requested, children free; 826-4700.
SENIOR CENTER ARTIST STUDIO AND GALLERY: 535 15th St.; works by Mildred Fisher, Mary Harrison, Earluth McArthur, Dan Moore, Gladys Roberts, Clarene Moore and Peggy Owens; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday; artists in residence 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Thursday, and Friday; 826-4480, Ext. 361.