It's Westobou Festival time: Art, music, dance, visuals and film in focus

A combination of locals and legends, of fine-art explorations and pop-culture interaction, this year’s Westobou Festival lineup has something to attract all audiences.


The Oct. 2-6 festival, themed Connect With the Unexpected, starts Wednesday with film, music, words, dance and visual art.

Tickets are available at, or at Westobou headquarters, 965 Broad St.

Here’s a look at the Westobou Festival weekend.



Wednesday, Oct. 2


Film – Versailles ’73 – This fashion documentary recounts the American invasion of haute couture in the early 1970s. The event will feature discussions with fashion icon and the film’s narrator, Cameron Silver, and director/producer Deborah Riley Draper. (11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2; Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Green St.; $50 advance)


Music, Chamber Series – Student Showcase concert. (1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, Maxwell Threatre; free)


Film – The Passion of Joan of Arc with Live Score by Body/Head – Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 film will be scored, on the spot, by guitar duo Body/Head. The film is considered one of the finest of the silent era. The band features Kim Gordon of the influential art rock act Sonic Youth and experimental guitarist Bill Nace. (8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2; Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; $25 advance)



Thursday, Oct. 3


Music, Chamber Series – Impressions of Childhood featuring duo pianists Martin David Jones and Clara Park. (noon Thursday, Oct. 3, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church; free)


Music, Tech Crawl – Celebrate creative technology and the innovation sector downtown with Hack Augusta and mingle with those passionate about design, innovation and web development. Start at the Old Academy of Richmond County for tour stops at intermedix, Powerserve, Rural Sourcing Inc., Zapata Technology, Wier/Stewart and South Point Media. (5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3; $10)

Music, Johnnyswim – This rising bluesy folk-soul duo recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and A Prairie Home Companion and, performing in support of its recent release Heart Beats, recently performed at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. (8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3; Parade Grounds at the Old Richmond Academy, 540 Telfair St.; $25 advance, $30 at the gate)

Friday, Oct. 4


Music, Chamber Series – American Treasures featuring bass-baritone Oral Moses and pianist Rosalyn Floyd performing songs by American composers and spirituals dating from 1950 to today. (noon Friday, Oct. 4, Church of the Good Shepherd; free)


Visual, Gallery Crawl – For those wanting to get a concentrated dose of Westobou’s visual art offerings, a trolley-driven gallery crawl, with stops at all four venues, will be offered at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, beginning at Old Academy of Richmond County Gallery; $10 advance

Music, T. Hardy Morris – This Augusta-bred talent, best known for his work with Dead Confederate, has garnered a lot of attention for his new solo record Audition Tapes. (8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4; Parade Grounds at the Old Richmond Academy, 540 Telfair St.; free)

Screenings of T. Hardy Morris’s Endangered Places videos, which feature live performances from Audition Tapes played in some of Georgia’s most iconic endangered structures, will also be shown at the Old Academy of Richmond County, which is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Wednesday, Oct. 2, to Sunday, Oct. 6.



Saturday, Oct. 5


Dance, The Color Run – This franchised 5K run will be presented in conjunction with the Greater Augusta Sports Council. More than merely a run from and back to the Old Richmond Academy, this road race for all ages and fitness levels features DJs, a dance-party vibe and clouds of brightly colored pigment transforming the course into a piece of action art. (9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5; start and finish at the Old Richmond Academy on Telfair; $45 individual, $40 per team member; register at


Music, Chamber Series – Three for Three featuring violinist Jonathan Aceto, cellist Ruth Berry and pianist Carol Cook. (noon Saturday, Oct. 5, St. Paul’s Church; free)


Dance, Social Canvas Party – Hear music from DJs Coco Rubio, Kenny Ray, and Bill Cunningham alongside artists painting and selling their work. (noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Old Academy of Richmond County; free)


Music, organ concert – Adam Brakel (2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Church of the Most Holy Trinity; free)


Dance, Mark Morris Dance Group – This widely acclaimed dance company will make its Augusta debut with an evening of dance and music at Imperial Theatre. Pieces scheduled include Grand Duo, Jenn and Spencer, Going Away Party and Canonic ¾ Studies. (8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Imperial Theatre; $55-$75)



Sunday, Oct. 6


Words, Porter Fleming Literary Awards – The winners of the 2013 Porter Fleming Literary Competition will be presented in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, plays, and poetry. Winners will read from their entries. (11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, Morris Museum of Art; $10 members, $15 others; seating is limited; call 706-724-7501 for tickets)


Music, Harry Jacobs Chamber Society – Italian Saxophone Quartet (3-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, Maxwell Theatre; $25)


Words, Starkey Flythe Cele­bration – Join friends and colleagues of Starkey Flythe Jr. as they pay tribute to the late Augusta writer. Georgia Regents University Assistant Professor Matthew Buzzell, director of the Flythe portrait film The Moment Before the Song Begins, will lead the event. (3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6; The Old Richmond Academy; $10)


Words, An Evening With Roy Blount Jr. – Garden and Gun mag­a­zine’s resident humorist’s career includes more than 20 books and hundreds of columns and essays. He appears regularly on National Public Radio’s Wait Wait …Don’t Tell Me and, as a writer and public speaker, is part of the Mark Twain/H.L. Mencken tradition. (7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $25)



ongoing visual arts


Old Richmond Academy Gallery – The centerpiece of the Westobou art experience, this collection of artists, curated by Raoul Pacheco, includes work by Augusta artists Baker Overstreet, Chad Tolley and Kathy Engler; conceptual installation sculptor Derek Larson; ceramic artist Matt Mitros; Berkley-based art potter Ehren Tool; the pop art-inspired amalgamations of Hollis Brown Thornton and the rolling interactive environmental art gallery of Jeff Schmuki and Wendy DesChene.

GRU Professor Matthew Buzzell’s film about Starkey Flythe will be running continuously in the Klacsmann Gallery. (Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, to Sunday, Oct. 6)


Rex Properties Gallery at the JB White’s building – A joint exhibition by three Morris Eminent Scholars – Philip Morsberger, Tom Nakashima and Ben Willis. (Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday, Oct. 2, to Sunday, Oct. 6)


Mary Byrd Gallery at GRU Summerville Campus – The Byrd Gallery will feature History’s Shadow by photographer David Maisel, whose work explores the ways man interacts with, and ultimately affects, his environment. (Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday, Oct. 2, to Sunday, Oct. 6)


Arts And Heritage Center Of North Augusta – The Arts and Heritage Center will host the Clay Artists of the Southeast. This popular exhibition has become a Westobou tradition. (Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday, Oct. 2, to Saturday, Oct. 5)

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