THE ART OF GLASS FUSION: Discussion presented by Sue Shrader at 7:30 tonight, meeting of Aiken Gem, Mineral and Fossil Society, University of South Carolina Aiken Science Building, Room 200; Barbara Fenstermacher at (803) 649-0959.
ANTIQUES IN THE HEART OF AIKEN SHOW AND SALE: Thursday through Feb. 3, Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W.; features more than 20 dealers from across the nation; preview party, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, $50, advance purchase required; silver lecture with Dawn Evers, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, $20, advance purchase required; show hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3; $5 for all three days; (803) 641-9094.
DINNER AT ASTI'S: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; an evening of Italian food featuring singing waiters and guest singers, showcase of favorite operatic arias and Broadway musicals; $75; reservations required by Tuesday; 826-4700.
AN EVENING OF DINNER AND JAZZ: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, 129 Pendleton St. S.W., Aiken; fund-raising event for Mead Hall Episcopal School; silent auction and buffet dinner by Newberry Hall; $35; (803) 648-9666.
ANNIVERSARY BALL: Presented by Christian Social Organization of Single Adults; 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 16, American Legion Post 63, Milledge Road; with music by the Borderline Band; $12 members, $15 guests; 278-6422.
137TH ANNIVERSARY OF SHERMAN'S MARCH: Annual Civil War battle re-enactment; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 23-24, Carolina Star, Cedar Branch Road, off U.S. Highway 78 East, Aiken; featuring barbecue, crafts, music, art and tours; $3 students and $5 adults in advance, tickets on sale Friday, Feb. 1, available at Aiken Chamber of Commerce, 400 Laurens St. N.W.; Bobby's Bar-B-Q Buffet, U.S. Highway 1 in Warrenville; and Oreck Vacuums, Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway in Augusta; $5 students and $10 adults at gates; (803) 642-2500, or Web site www.battleofaiken.org.
THE SPORTING LIFE
AUGUSTA LYNX: 7:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, vs. Greenville; 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. vs. South Carolina; Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.; for ticket information, 724-4423.
AUGUSTA FUTURITY: 23rd annual cutting-horse competition; today-Feb. 2, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St., general admission $6 adults, $2 children younger than 13; reserved seating for finals on Saturday, Feb. 2, $15.50 adults, $5 children younger than 13; parade 2 p.m. Sunday, Milledge Road to Broad Street to Seventh Street, ending at civic center; 828-7700.
NIGHT IN VIENNA: Augusta Symphony Encore Chamber Series dinner concert featuring tenor Melvin Brown; dinner 6 p.m., concert 8 p.m. Saturday; $50; Radisson Riverfront Hotel, 2 10th St.; 826-4705.
GEORGE WINSTON: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, West Acres Baptist Church, 555 Gibbs Road, Evans; concert to benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank; $20; 736-1199.
ELLIOTT HOLDEN GROUP: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, Marbury Center, Broad Street; art exhibit with Lisa Baggs and Billy Sanders; free.
CREATIVE IMPRESSIONS: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; $10; proceeds benefit the Rachel Longstreet Foundation; 724-2485.
OUR SINATRA: Off-Broadway tour performed as part of University of South Carolina Aiken Cultural Series; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Etherredge Center on campus; $30; (803) 641-3305.
AN EVENING OF CHAMPAGNE, DESSERTS AND LOVE SONGS: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, City of Aiken Municipal Building, in The Alley, downtown; featuring soloists and ensembles from Masterworks Chorale of University of South Carolina Aiken; $15; tickets available at Etherredge Center, 171 University Parkway, Aiken, at the door, and by phone at (803) 641-3305.
TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: Concert and lunch series, noon Tuesdays, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St.; Rob Foster and Alan Knight, Feb. 19, with lunch catered by Mally's Bagels & Grits; concert is free, lunch is $7; call 722-3463 for reservations.
AUGUSTA JAZZ PROJECT: With Masters of Swing Big Band; 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.; $15 adults, $5 students and seniors; 736-2279.
AUGUSTA SYMPHONY: Pops at the Bell Series, 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St., Tribute to the Beatles with original members of Broadway's Beatlemania, $10-$35 adults, $5-$14 students; Masterworks Concert Series with violinist Vadim Gluzman 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 7 p.m. concert preview with violist Arthur Ross, $15-$35 adults, $7.50-$17.50 students; Publix Family Concert Series, The Magic of Strings, with Vadim Gluzman, violin, and the winner of the Augusta Symphony Youth Competition, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, $6; 826-4705.
AUGUSTA CHORALE: Heritage Concert featuring black American music; 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Gilbert Lambuth Chapel of Paine College; $10 adults, $5 students.
CONCERTS IN THE PARK: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays, water fountain across from Lamar Building, Broad Street; box lunches available from Coffee Break Cafe for $5; concerts moved to cafe in event of inclement weather; 722-8800.
DESSERT THEATRE: 7 tonight, Davidson Fine Arts School, 615 12th St.; $7; collaboration between dance and drama departments.
SYLVIA: 8 tonight and Saturday; Aiken Community Playhouse production, Two Notch Road at Price Avenue; $5-$12; (803) 648-1438.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: National Players production is part of Augusta State University Lyceum Series; 2 and 7:30 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; matinee, $6 adults, $4 seniors and students, evening shows, $8 adults, $6 seniors and students; 737-1609.
THE JOY OF GOING SOMEWHERE DEFINITE: 8 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 1 and 4, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 171 University Parkway; play by Quincy Long; $10 adults, $5 students and children; (803) 641-3305.
A SOLDIER'S PLAY: Augusta State University and Paine College production; 8 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 1 and 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; $10 adults, $7 seniors and groups of 10 or more, $5 students, free for Augusta State students and children younger than 10; 737-1500.
BLACK HISTORY SHOW: 1 and 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School, 615 12th St.; $5; 823-6924.
THE ODD COUPLE: Female version presented by Stage III; 7 p.m. Feb. 7-9, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Augusta Jewish Community Center, off Furys Ferry Road, Evans; dinner theater catered by French Market Grille West, Feb. 8-9, $25 members, $30 nonmembers; spaghetti supper Thursday night, $15 members, $20 nonmembers; 228-3636.
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES: 7 p.m. Feb. 7-9, Augusta State University, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; excerpts from play read by students; proceeds will benefit Safe Homes of Augusta and the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan; 737-1735.
ART: Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre production of comedy Feb. 8-9, 15-16 and 21-23; dinner 7 p.m., curtain 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Theatre, Building 32100 on post; $30, not recommended for children; 793-8552 for reservations.
THE RED SHOES: Presented by Patchwork Players and Augusta State University's Born to Read Literacy Center; 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; $3, R.S.V.P at 733-7043.
RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA: Augusta Players production; 8 p.m. Feb. 15-16 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $10-$30; Glass Slipper Ball, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St., $50 adults, $45 seniors and students, $35 for children under age 12; 826-4707.
TURANDOT: Augusta Opera presentation of Teatro Lirico D'Europa's production; 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $12, $25, $35 or $40, student discounts available; 826-4710.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: Storyland Theatre production; school performances, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Feb. 19-22, family matinee, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; $3.50 per student during week, $4 per person for family matinee; 736-3455.
AUGUSTA CHORALE: 7 p.m. Monday, Paine College Odeum, Druid Park Avenue; 736-2958.
ON YOUR TOES
VALENTINE DANCE: Medical College of Georgia's Sertoma Club and CSRA Shag Club's annual dance 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St.; $10, $5 college students with ID; benefits MCG Speech and Hearing; Camp Juliena; Make A Wish Foundation; Augusta Rescue Mission; American Red Cross, Augusta Chapter; and other Sertoma charities; 721-2605.
STOMP A'RAMA: 11th annual Greek stepshow; 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $14 in advance, $19 day of show; 724-2400.
CHILDREN'S AFRICAN DANCE CLASSES: Six-week class for ages 7-11; 3:45-4:45 p.m. Sundays, beginning Jan. 27; Abatsu Dance Studio, 118 Shartrom Drive; $40; registration required; 731-0010.
THE LITERARY LIFE
BORDERS BOOKS & MUSIC: African American Book Club meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, discussion of Terry McMillan's A Day Late and A Dollar Short; children's story time 1 p.m. Saturdays, employee art show through January; 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; 737-6962.
BOOKS-A-MILLION: Pokemon league 1 p.m. Saturdays; children's story time 3 p.m. Saturdays; movies for children 7 p.m. Fridays; preschool story time 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays; American Girl Book Club 4 p.m. first Saturdays; 2834 Washington Road, 481-9090.
OSWALD DISTINGUISHED WRITERS SERIES: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, Etherredge Center, Janette Turner Hospital; Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken; (803) 648-6851.
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.
AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY: One Day In September, 6:30 p.m. Monday; Butler Hall lecture room, 2500 Walton Way; free; 737-1609.
AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; photography exhibit An Eye on Aiken and Beyond through Feb. 28; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; (803) 642-2015.
AUGUSTA GOLF & GARDENS: 1 12th St., Reynolds Street at Riverwalk Augusta; flower, butterfly and coastal gardens, sculptures of golfers throughout; regular hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, closed Mondays; $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, students and military; $3.50 ages 4-12; 3 and younger free with paid adult; $4 per person for groups of 15 or more; Sunday admission is buy one, get one free with coupon available at Web site (www.gghf.org); 724-4443.
AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; exhibition, Sankofa African-American Museum on Wheels, through Saturday; Family History Series with tour of Augusta's Story exhibit, 2-3 p.m. Saturday; exhibition, Voices of the Civil War, Saturday through Feb. 24; film Vanishing Georgia through Wednesday; hands-on pottery demonstration, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2; volunteer recruiting session, 9:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11; Colonial re-enactors, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16; regular 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.
DUPONT PLANETARIUM: 471 University Parkway, University of South Carolina Aiken; open first and third Fridays and Saturdays of each month, showings at 7 and 8 p.m.; special exhibition, Follow the Drinking Gourd, today and Saturday, Feb. 1-2 and 15-16; $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for K-12 pupils, $1 for USC Aiken faculty, staff and students; (803) 641-3654.
EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: 1822 Broad St., Historic Augusta Inc. museum in three-story, 204-year-old frame house noted for architectural detail; 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.
FORT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER: Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street; Human Gyro exhibit; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; $8 for ages 18-54, $6 for 55 and older, active military and ages 4-17, free for members; admission half-price after 3 p.m. daily; 821-0200.
GERTRUDE HERBERT INSTITUTE OF ART: 506 Telfair St.; Recent works by Gertrude Herbert Art Students, Walker-McKenzie studio through Feb. 26; Peace Quilt, third-floor gallery, through Tuesday, Feb. 26; Beyond the Surface: Sculptural Objects by Jennifer Onofrio and Taweesak Molsawat, main gallery, through March 8; Ware's Folly Gallery, 506 Telfair St., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, by appointment only Saturday, Walker-Mackenzie Studio, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 722-5495; www.ghia.org.
LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; 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.
MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; special presentation: Dr. Donald A. Wood, chief curator at Birmingham Museum of Art, 1 p.m. today; Henry Casselli: Master of the American Watercolor, through Sunday; artist's talk by Patrick Dougherty, 2 p.m. Sunday; First Friday with Kari Gaffney, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1; special exhibtion, Robin Hill's Birds, Feb. 8-April 14, Robin Hill's Feathered Friends, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10; regular 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; www.themorris.org; 724-7501.
BOYHOOD HOME OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON: 419 Seventh St.; former Presbyterian manse where Wilson spent his formative years during Civil War and Reconstruction; original and period furnishings; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; $5, $4 60 and older and $3 younger than 18, free ages 5 and under; 724-0436.
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