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THE BIG TICKET
MARTIN LUTHER KING CELEBRATION: Noon today, Paine College's Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Druid Park Avenue; Augusta State University, Paine College and Medical College of Georgia program, with the Rev. Joseph Lowery, founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; free, 737-1444.
ANTIQUES SYMPOSIUM: 10 a.m. today and Saturday, Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W.; four sessions with Dawn Evers and Myrna Kaye; $25 per session, $90 entire symposium; (803) 641-9094.
NAACP MARTIN LUTHER KING PARADE: Bands, military marching units, vintage cars and floats; begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dyess Park Community Center, 907 James Brown Blvd. (Ninth St.); route proceeds south on James Brown Boulevard, then west on Wrightsboro Road, north onto Augusta Avenue and east on Laney-Walker Boulevard, and north back to James Brown Boulevard; sponsors include radio stations WPRW-FM and WKSP-FM.; Web sites www.power107.net, or 963kissfm.com for more information.
THE GEORGIA BRIDAL SHOW: 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; live entertainment and 60 exhibitors; $9 at door; (770) 736-1979.
AUGUSTA FUTURITY: 8 a.m. until, Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 31, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, 605 Seventh St.; cutting-horse competition, bull riding, horse sale, parade and more; $6-$13.50; 823-3417 or www.augustafuturity.com.
WESTERN CULTURE AND FOOD FESTIVAL: 11 a.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, on Seventh Street at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center; demonstrations of Old West gunfights, bar fights, trick roping with cowboy and Western culture performers, American Indian culture demonstrations, arts and crafts, vendors of Western, Mexican, traditional foods, concerts featuring John Anderson, David Ball, Rhes Reeves Band, Shiloh; 823-3435.
ROBERT BURNS DINNER: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24; Knights of Columbus Building, off Doughtery Road, Aiken; Scottish dinner held by St. Andrews Society of Aiken to commemorate birthday of Scotland native Robert Burns; semiformal dress; $34, tickets available at Artists Parlor, The Curiosity Shop, Southside Gallery in Aiken; (803) 648-4067.
AUGUSTA FUTURITY HORSE AND CARRIAGE PARADE: 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, streets of downtown Augusta; mounted horses, horse-drawn vehicles; 823-3435.
ART AUCTION: 6:30 p.m. cocktails, open bar, 7:30 p.m. auction, Saturday, Jan. 31, Congregation Children of Israel, 3005 Walton Way; presented by Atlantic Art; $10 a person, $15 a couple.
MASKED BALL: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, 2 10th St.; United Negro College Fund gala benefit will welcome Lou Rawls; elegant dining, silent auction, entertainment by Playback and parade of masks; black-tie affair; $75; 821-8217.
EMPTY BOWL LUNCHEON: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22; Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way; sample foods from Augusta's restaurants, bakers, caterers; benefits Golden Harvest Food Bank; $15 adults, $5 ages 10 and younger; tickets available at Golden Harvest Food Bank, Augusta Jewish Community Center; 228-3636.
A 1000 CLOWNS: Aiken Community Playhouse production Friday-Saturday; today-Sunday and Friday-Saturday, Jan. 23-24; Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 124 Newberry St; Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., Sunday performances at 3 p.m.; adults $15, seniors $13, students $10, children under 12 $6; (803) 648-1438. Web site www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.
AUGUSTA MINI THEATRE: Annual salute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: What Black Folk Say About Black Folk, today and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jack B. Patrick Technology Center on campus of Augusta Technical College, 3200 Augusta Tech Drive; $10; 722-0598.
DIE FLEDERMAUS: Augusta Opera production 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, Saturday, Jan. 31, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $15-$45 adults, $12-$36 seniors, students with ID; 826-4710.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AIKEN FACULTY ARTIST RECITAL: 7 p.m. Thursday, Etherredge Center, University of South Carolina Aiken, 471 University Parkway; violinist Laura Tomlin, cellist Richard Thomas, pianist Mary Losey and soprano Catherine Stapleton; $8 adults, $5 students; (803) 641-3305.
ENCORE CHAMBER DINNER AND CONCERT: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta, 2 10th St.; hors d'oeuvres, cash bar at 7 p.m., seating for dinner, concert at 7:30 p.m., performance of An Evening on Broadway at 8 p.m.; $55; reservations due Tuesday, Jan. 20; 826-4705.
CONCERTS WITH A CAUSE: 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; harpist Vonda Darr, organist Keith Shafer in benefit for Augusta Chapter of Habitat for Humanity; 724-9641.
EVITA: Augusta Players production 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, Saturday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 29, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $12-$35; 826-4707.
TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE: Free concert series, sanctuary of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sixth and Reynolds streets; $7 for lunch, dine in or take out, reservations required for lunch; Dr. Blanche Coleman Memorial Concert Jan. 27; Montana Skies, Feb. 10; Lili Banan and Edguardo Diaz, Feb. 24; The Roy Goodwin Memorial Concert, March 9; Artemesia Thevaos and Claire Murray, March 23; 722-3463.
ON YOUR TOES
AILEY II: 7 p.m. Monday, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; ensemble from New York to perform in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, sponsored by Augusta Ballet; $17-$40; 261-0555.
SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY SHOWCASE: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, Saturday, Jan. 24, The Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; featuring student, professional dance routines set to music from Big Band era; general dancing after show; $18 before Saturday, Jan. 17, $25 after; 854-8888.
LITERARY LIFE WINTER GATHERING OF WRITERS: 7:30 p.m. Allgood Hall Room E158, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; free session with author Donna Hemans (River Woman) and poet Sandra Meeks; Anthony Kellman at 737-1500 for information.
BOOK SIGNING: Phil Kent, author of The Dark Side of Liberalism, Unchaining the Truth, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Borders Books, Music and Cafe, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway.
AUGUSTA CHILDREN'S CHORALE: Appointments for auditions for grades 3-8 are now available until March; call 826-4718.
YOUNG ARTISTS REPERTORY THEATER COMPANY: Auditions for play Bad Seed, to be staged in March, with cast of seven males and five females; auditions for part of Rhoda, "the charming little girl with the evil heart," to be held 7 p.m. Friday; parts, open to high school and college-age students; auditions to be in lower school cafetorium of Augusta Preparatory Day School, 285 Flowing Wells Road in Martinez; 210-8915.
AUGUSTA PLAYERS PRODUCTION OF THE WIZ: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 3-6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, Cutno Dance Studio, 210 11th St.; roles for children, adults of all ages; will be asked to read scripts, learn dance routine; have prepared solo; 826-4707.
SINGERS NEEDED: 7 p.m. Thursdays, North Augusta Church of Christ, 600 Martintown Road; female singers 18 and older for Harmony River Chorus of Sweet Adelines International; 279-6499.
AUGUSTA CHORAL SOCIETY: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way; auditions for the 2003-04 season; for age 15 or older; 826-4713.
ARTISTS CONSERVATORY THEATRE: Seeking actors and actresses for As You Like It and A Doll House; resume required; email@example.com.
IN THE GARDEN
AIKEN CAMELLIA SHOW: 3-8 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Aiken Mall, enter between Sears and J.C. Penney; presented by Aiken Camellia Society; includes bonsai display; demonstrations of Japanese arranging by Ikebana International at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; (803) 648-8249.
RICHMOND COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY FILM SERIES: 902 Greene St.; Midnight Cowboy, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; and Gigantic, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27; free; 821-2600.
AIKEN CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 122 Laurens St. S.W.; Ben Adams collection of antique hats, boxes and portraits through Jan. 24; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; (803) 641-9094.
AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; (803) 642-2015.
AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: 1450 Greene St., Enterprise Mill Suite 400; 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, weather permitting, guided excursion on 45-passenger Petersburg tour boat, $6 adults, $5 seniors, active-duty military, $4 for age 18 and younger; center admittance $5 adults, $4 seniors and military, $3 youths, age 6 or younger free; Monday-Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday; 823-7089.
AUGUSTA GOLF & GARDENS: 1 11th St.; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays; $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, students and military; $3.50 ages 4-12; age 3 or younger free with paid adult; $4 per person for groups of 15 or more; Sunday admission buy one, get one free with coupon available at Web site www.gghf.org; 724-4443.
AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; Noon Wednesday, Brown Bag Series, World War II Air Force Pilots, with Phil Coleman, free for members, $3 nonmembers; Let's Play: Pastimes from the Past, through Sunday, Feb. 15; regular hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; free Sundays, $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 children and free for age 5 or younger other days; www.augustamuseum.org; 722-8454.
FORT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER: Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street; Mars Rover Project exhibit opening Saturday Jan. 24; Celebration of Flight exhibit, Knox Gallery through January; regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; $8 for ages 18-54, $6 for 55 or older, active-duty 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.; Through Friday, March 26, If Walls Could Talk, tour program exploring examples of High Federal Style of architecture of Ware's Folly; 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, art reception for Anne Hebebrand: Current Works; main gallery at Ware's Folly; regular hours Ware's Folly Gallery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, by appointment 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.
MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; noon today, Art at Lunch, The Art of Framing, with Museum Exhibition Designer/Chief Preparator Robert Bazemore, $10 for lunch for museum members and $12 for nonmembers, lecture is free for members; nonmembers pay $3 adults, $2 seniors, students and military; reservations required, 724-7501; Sallie Ann Robinson, 6 p.m. Tuesday, lecture and book signing, author of Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way: Smokin' Joe Butter Beans, $12 members and $15 for nonmembers, 724-7501; Terra Cognita: Contemporary Artists Lecture Series, with Kevin Cole 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19; Richard Jolley, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 18; Janos Enyedi, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1; and Helen Frederick, Tuesday, April 13; $3 adults, $2 seniors, military, students, free for members, college and university student and faculty with ID; Feb. 15, Jack Spencer: Photographs from Native Soil; exhibition of photographs capturing the spirit of the Mississippi River Delta; through Sunday, Feb. 15, Baby Boom Daydreams: The Art of Douglas Bourgeois; includes more than 60 paintings; www.themorris.org; 724-7501.