First Friday weekend brings with it several different activities in downtown Augusta.
Join 4P Studios and the Augusta Regional Collaboration at the 600 Broad Gallery for an exhibition called Textured Landscapes, which will feature the works of several artists including Kathrine Padgett, Declan Konesky and Dan Dyches.
A reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at the gallery. The works will be on display through Feb. 23.
Every First Friday, members of Schrodinger’s Cat present two shows of improvisational comedy at Le Chat Noir. The first show is at 8 p.m. and typically sells out. The second show begins at 10 p.m. and is appropriate for a more mature audience. Audience members throw out suggestions for scenes, and the cast members act them out on the spot, similar to the television show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Tickets are $12 at the Le Chat Noir website, lcnaugusta.com.
A NEW EXHIBITION opens at the Morris Museum of Art on Saturday, Feb. 3.
Augusta Collects Southern Art includes a wide array of paintings and artists such as a landscape by Texas artist Profirio Salinas Jr. and an abstract by South Carolina artist Brian Rutenberg. There are some with ties to Augusta including Horace Talmage Day and Elizabeth Panknin Wright, who were early directors of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. Also included are paintings by some of Augusta University’s William S. Morris Eminent Scholars, Philip Morsberger, Tom Nakashima and Cheryl Goldsleger. The exhibition will run through April 29.
THE AUGUSTA JR. PLAYERS will present The Parchman Hour, which depicts the stories of the 1961 Freedom Riders who fought the segregation of the bus terminals in the South. Freedom Riders were both black and white Civil Rights activists, and many of them were jailed or faced violence because of their actions.
The play will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 2, 3 and 7 p.m., Feb. 3, and 3 p.m., Feb. 4 at the Academy of Richmond County High School. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children.
A NEW PIECE OF PUBLIC ART found its way to the Summerville neighborhood recently.
Local artist Cyndy Epps, who’s also one of the featured artists on the Art on the Wall project on the Augusta Waterworks’ wall, painted the traffic signal control cabinet at Walton Way and Milledge Road, also known as Gould’s Corner. It’s the latest in the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s Art the Box project, which has been beautifying those metal boxes around town since 2016.
Epps’ box, which features some of Summerville’s buildings as well as some magnolias, is the 25th painted box in the area.
IN FEBRUARY, 4P Studios will present Condensed Matter Paintings: An Introduction at its Pleasant Home Road location. The oils on canvas are a combination of art and physics as seen by Jeremy Brackett, a John S. Davidson High School graduate who received his physics degree from Augusta University. A reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9.
A SHOUT-OUT TO Mickey Lubeck and her Musical Theatre Workshops, which received three awards at the Jan. 12-14 Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. More than 6,000 children attended the weekend. Musical Theatre Workshops took its performance of My Son Pinocchio, Jr., and received the JTF Excellence in Acting Award. Claire Lubeck was named best choreographer, and Mikel Kendrick was named best male actor.
The Augusta Junior Players received the Playbill Community Service Award of $1,000 Playbill in “support of their continued charitable efforts,” according to Playbill’s website.
Also, a shout-out to members of the Savannah River Winds, under the director of Richard Brasco. The ensemble played at the Georgia Music Educators Association state conference on Jan. 26 in Athens. Only one adult band is invited to play at the conference, and it is selected from videos of its performances.