Winter Jam will kick off at 7 p.m. today at James Brown Arena, 605 Seventh St., and will feature NewSong, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Hawk Nelson, Sanctus Real, Britt Nicole, Tony Nolan and John Morgan. Admission is $10. Call (706) 722-3521 or visit www.jamtour.com.
Fred Scott Giles will be the keynote speaker at Augusta State University's Theatre Festival at 5 p.m. today in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Coffeehouse, 2500 Walton Way. Dr. Giles, an associate professor of theater at the University of Georgia, will talk about theater in the 21st century.
A Festival of Plays, the first performance of the festival, which runs through Saturday, will begin at 8 p.m. today in the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre. Several short plays will be presented each night, followed by commentary by Dr. Giles. General admission is $5 nightly. Augusta State faculty and staff members and students will be admitted free with university ID. Call (706) 667-4100.
Carolina shag lessons will be held Thursdays beginning today at the Knights of Columbus, 1501 Monte Sano Ave. The beginners class will begin at 6:30 p.m., the intermediate class at 7:30 p.m. and the technique class at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $45 for four weeks. Call (706) 868-7798.
The Contours will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Ticket are $10-$40. Call (706) 826-4705 or visit www.augustasymphony.org/tickets.
40 Acres, Who Stole the Mule will be performed at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Alexander Hall, Building 29805, Chamberlain Avenue, Fort Gordon. Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children 11 and younger or groups of 10 or more; tickets are $15 at the door. Tickets are available at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre box office, Third Avenue, Building 32100, Fort Gordon; Pyramid Music, 824 Broad St. and 1647 Gordon Highway; Eddie Bussey State Farm, 2613 Tobacco Road; and Hamilton Bookstore, 209 Ninth St. Call (706) 793-8552.
CSRA Happy Tails Rescue will hold Photos with Cupid from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Superpetz, 222 Bobby Jones Expressway, Martinez. Call (706) 836-2708.
Beethoven Lives Upstairs, A Classical Kids theatrical production of the Augusta Symphony, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St., as part of the Publix Family Series. Tickets are $8 per person and $28 for a family of four. Group discounts available. Call (706) 826-4705 or visit www.augustasymphony.org.