Originally created 12/21/06

Applause calendar



Send your event schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send by fax to (706) 722-7403. Send e-mail to steven.uhles@augustachronicle.com. Please include a contact name and phone number.

SEASONAL

CHRISTMAS IN HOPELANDS: 6-9 p.m. through Wednesday, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Hopelands Gardens, Whiskey Road at Dupree Place; 100,000 lights in displays; shuttle service to the gardens available, pickup and drop-off at the Goodwill parking lot, 1400 Whiskey Road (6-8:30 p.m.) and the Winn-Dixie, 1048 York St. N.E. (Winn-Dixie pickups at 5:45, 6:45 and 7:45 p.m.); handicap parking at Hopelands; free; (803) 642-7631.

'TIS THE SEASON: 7 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Tuesday and Dec. 29-30; Dupont Planetarium, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors; $2.50 pupils; (803) 641-3654.

CHRISTMAS EVE CONCERT: 10:30 p.m. Sunday; St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; presented by Concerts with a Cause; benefits the United Methodist Children's Home; (706) 724-9641, www.stjohnumcaugusta.com.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: 6 p.m., Greene Street Presbyterian Church, 1235 Greene St.; with Georgia's Three Tenors, violinist Mary Losey, soprano Brittany Johnson, baritone Joe McKeown and pianist Angela Arrington, under the musical direction of Jayme Washington Smalley.

KWANZAA CELEBRATION: 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30; James Brandt Building, Allendale, S.C.; presented by Allendale African American Cultural Center; with Dr. Walter Allen; African dance, poetry, music; (803) 584-4618

ONSTAGE

AUGUST WILSON READERS SERIES: Jan. 11-13, Gem of the Ocean; March 8-10, Radio Golf Fall: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom; Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, 1116 Phillips St.; $15 adults, $10 pupils; (706) 724-3576, lucycraftlaneymuseum.com.

THE ME I LIKE: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 13-14; Jack B. Patrick Technology Center, Augusta Technical College, 3200 Augusta Tech Drive; performed by Augusta Mini Theatre; $12 adults, $10 students, $8 youth groups of at least 10; (706) 722-0598, www.augustaminitheatre.com.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS: 8 p.m. Jan. 19-20, 26-27 and Feb. 2, 3, and 3 p.m. Jan. 28; Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; $17 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students, $6 children 12 and younger; (803) 648-1438

STORYLAND THEATRE: Jan. 23-27, The Frog Prince; March 27-31, Jack and the Beanstalk; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; show times 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. for school-day shows and 3 p.m. for Saturday family matinees; school performances require reservations, $4.50 per show for students, $11 for season; chaperones and teachers admitted free; special rates for home-school groups; matinee tickets are $12 for season or $5 per show; Saturdays do not require reservations; free tickets available Saturdays for active-duty military and their families with a military ID; www.knology.net/storyland, (706) 736-3455.

BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA SERIES: I Can't Stop Loving You, Jan. 20; and Jesus Christ Superstar, May 16; performances at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $31.50-$45; (706) 722-3521.

AN EVENING OF DANCE AND MUSIC: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; performed by the Augusta Ballet; $17-$40, student discounts available; augustaballet.org, (706) 261-0555.

THE FANTASTICKS: 8 p.m. Feb. 2-3, 8-10, 15-17; Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $15; special Valentine show 8 p.m. Feb. 14: $75 per couple includes two tickets, table for two, bottle of wine and cheese platter; (706) 826-0670, lcnaugusta.com.

ON GOLDEN POND: dinner at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Feb. 17-18, 23-24 and March 1-3; Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Building 32100, Third Avenue, Fort Gordon; (706) 793-8552, www.fortgordon.com/theatre.htm.

THE ODD COUPLE: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23-25; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $12-$32; (706) 826-4707, www.augustaplayers.com.

THE ROAR OF LOVE: 9:30, 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30-31; performed by Columbia County Ballet; Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans; $12 students, seniors and $17 adults; (706) 860-1852.

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY'S BORN TO READ LITERACY CENTER AND PATCHWORK PLAYERS: Feb. 16: Red Shoes; April 27: The Magic Clock of Cuckoo; May 14: Around the World With Captain Book; June 12: Emperor's New Clothes; July 9: Once Upon a Summertime; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; show times 9, 10 and 11 a.m.; $4 a person, group rates available; (706) 733-7043.

MUSIC NOTES

TUESDAY'S MUSIC LIVE; Jan. 9: The Silverwood Quartet, classical rock; lunch from Chick-fil-A at Mullins Crossing; Jan. 23: The Blanche Coleman Memorial Concert with pianist Michelle Tabor; lunch by Cindy's Catering; Feb. 6: Folksinger Dave Potts; lunch by Bon Appetit; Feb. 20: The Roy Goodwin Memorial Concert with the Augusta Children's Chorale; lunch by Mally's on Seventh; March 6: Martin David Jones and Clara Park; lunch by Heavenly Ham; March 20: composer and pianist Calvin Taylor; lunch by Roux's Catering; concerts at noon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Sixth and Reynolds streets, Riverwalk Augusta; lunch $7, reservations required for lunch; (706) 722-3463.

SYMPHONY YOUTH COMPETITION: 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; held by the Augusta Symphony Guild and the Augusta Symphony; free; (706) 826-4706.

HARRY JACOBS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY: Jan. 19: The Renaissance Classical Orchestra, with David Amram; March 2: Concertante; May 4: Foothills Brass Quintet; performances at 8 p.m., pre-concert program at 7:15 p.m., Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $20 adults, $5 school-age children, free for Augusta State faculty, staff and students; no one 6 or younger admitted; (706) 790-9274.

IMPERIAL THEATRE CONCERTS: Feb. 10, The Jason Bishop Show; $15-$25; Southern Soul and Song: Jan. 19, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage; Feb. 16, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet; March 24, Marty Stuart; series subscriptions $62.50-$175; Global Rhythms: Feb. 5, DRUM!; Feb. 15, The Irish Rovers; April 17, Manding Jata; $20-$35; Hahapalooza: Feb. 17, Anthony Griffith, Wayne Cotter; March 16, Jimmy Brogan, Mark Schiff; April 21, Henry Cho, Pat Hazell; $15-$25; Classically Inclined: March 23, Quartetto Gelato; $15-$30; The Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; (706) 722-8341, imperialtheatre.com.

BIG BAND: 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30; Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; The Dick Goodwin Band, sponsored by Aiken Woman's Club; $30; (803) 644-8837.

CONCERTS WITH A CAUSE: 3 p.m. Feb. 18: concert organist Mary Preston; benefits Sacred Heart Cultural Center; 3 p.m. March 25: The Manhattan Piano Trio with John Scott: Dmitry Kouzov, cello; Dmitry Lukin and John Scott, clarinet; and Milana Strezeva, piano; benefits The Augusta Restoration Shop; St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; concerts free, off-erings taken; (706) 724-9641.

SPECIAL EVENTS

SOUTHERN FRIED FLICKS FESTIVAL: Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 10-14; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; (706) 722-8341, imperialtheatre.com.

AIKEN COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE YOUTH WING MEETING: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; open to all middle and high school students; no auditions or registration is needed for the basic group; members of the basic and advanced groups will have the opportunity to learn acting fundamentals, improvisation skills, stage movement and voice projection; (803) 648-1438, www.aikencommunity playhouse.com.

ANTIQUES IN THE HEART OF AIKEN: Preview party 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1; show and sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 2-3 and noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 4; Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W.; party $50 per person, $95 per couple; show $6 per person (good for all three days); (803) 641-9094, www.aikencenterforthearts.org.

GARDEN FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20-21, noon to 4 p.m. April 22; Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; preview party 7 p.m. April 19; with Tara Dillard, landscape architect and author; (706) 826-4700, or sacredheartaugusta.com.

BENEFITS

AUCTION: 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. auction Jan. 13; Southeastern chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 4010 Deans Bridge Road; pre-auction viewing 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 12; (706) 951-1081, www.antiqueworldauction.com.

AUDITIONS

NEIL SIMON'S THE ODD COUPLE: 7 p.m. Jan. 2, 4, 9; Accent Inc., 409 Pleasant Home Road; openings are for six men ages 25 and older and two women ages 25-40; women must be able to speak with a British accent; held by the Augusta Players; (706) 826-4707.

THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA: 7 p.m. Jan. 4 and 7; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. Aiken; openings for three men ages 18 and older; show dates March 29-31; (803) 648-1438, www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com.

TREASURE ISLAND: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6; Accent Inc., 409 Pleasant Home Road; performed by the Augusta Players Youth Theatre; open to ages 6-18; (706) 826-4707.

ATTRACTIONS

AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: 1450 Greene St., Enterprise Mill, Suite 400; Petersburg tour boat: one-hour basic tours, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday; three-hour tour times and availability vary by season; $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, $6 for ages 18 and younger for one-hour tours; $17 for adults, $16 for seniors and military, $10 for students for three-hour tours, weather permitting; center admission costs $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and military, $4 for students, free for ages 4 and younger; hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday; (706) 823-0440 or www.augustacanal.com

AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; American Experience: The Great Transatlantic Cable, Through Dec. 31; The Weird, The Wonderful, and the What Is It? exhibit through May 29; regular admission: $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 ages 6-18, free for ages 5 and younger; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; www.augustamuseum.org; (706) 722-8454.

FORT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER: Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street; The Science of Toys, 1:30 p.m. through Saturday; free with paid general admission; regular hours 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-duty military and ages 4-17; admission half-price after 3 p.m.; (706) 821-0200.

GEORGE WALTON HISTORIC SITE MEADOW GARDEN: 1320 Independence Drive; 1792 farm home of George Walton, signer of the Declaration of Independence; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Saturdays by appointment; $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $3 for college students and $1 for children; group rates available; www.geocities.com/meadowgarden3 (706) 724-4174.

GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME'S BOTANICAL GARDENS: 1 11th St.; regular admission is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, pupils and military, $3.50 for ages 4-12; free for ages 3 and younger; $4 each for groups of 15 or more; Sunday admission buy one, get one free with Web site coupon at www.gghf.org; (706) 724-4443.

LAUREL AND HARDY MUSEUM: 250 N. Louisville St., Harlem; artifacts and exhibits pay tribute to comic duo and Harlem native Oliver Hardy; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday; closed noon to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday; (706) 556-0401.

LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; regular hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday; www.lucycraftlaneymuseum.com, (706) 724-3576.

MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; Nostalgic Journey: American Illustration from the Collection of the Delaware Art Museum, through Dec. 31; An Unbroken Circle: Selections from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell, through Feb. 18; Challenging Reality: Ceramics of Sylvia Hyman, through Feb. 11; The Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman Series 1938-40, Jan. 12-Feb. 25; Thursday, Feb. 15: Terra Cognita Contemporary Artist Lecture Series; American Art Pottery, March 2-April 29; Tom Nakashima: Two Decades, March 2-April 29; $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, pupils and military with ID; free for museum members and ages 5 and younger, free Sundays; regular hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; (706) 724-7501; themorris.org.

SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER: 1301 Greene St.; Feb. 2, Asti Goes Broadway; April 20-22, Garden Festival; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20-22, noon to 4 p.m. April 22, Sacred Heart Garden Festival; tours of 103-year-old former Catholic church noted for its stained glass, brickwork and architecture; exhibit, regular hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; (706) 826-4700; sacredheartaugusta.org.