Westobou Festival is film, music, words, dance, art, more

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Augusta’s fourth annual celebration of the arts – the Westobou Festival – is Sept. 29 to Oct. 8. Changes to the 10-day festival mean it will feature fewer acts but bigger names, including more collaborations and one-of-a-kind performances. For details, visit augustachronicle.com/do or www.westoboufestival.com.

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will perform at a new venue, Old Academy of Richmond County during the Westobou Festival.  Guy Eppel/Special
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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will perform at a new venue, Old Academy of Richmond County during the Westobou Festival.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29

3:30 p.m.: Photographs of Sarah Hobbs Exhibit Lecture Augusta State University; free

6 p.m.: Transfigured Time: Music for the films of Maya Deren, composed and performed by Mac McCaughan, Sacred Heart Cultural Center; $20

6:30 p.m.: Welcome Practicalonga, Casa Blanca Cafe; free; the Augusta Mini Tango Festival

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30

Noon: Art at Lunch with Art Rosenbaum, Morris Museum of Art; $10-$14

3:45 p.m.: Maestro Timothy Powell’s Incarnatio Mysteria, Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School; $4-$10

5 p.m.: The Whiskey Painters of America Annual Exhibition Opening Reception, The Zimmerman Gallery; free

7 p.m.: I Waltzed with God the Morning of Genesis, Paine College; $7-$10

7 p.m.: Rosanne Cash with Blue Rodeo, Academy of Richmond County; $30; table for eight, $500

7:30 p.m.: Maestro Timothy Powell’s Incarnatio Mysteria, Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School; $4-$10

SATURDAY, OCT. 1

1 p.m.: Tara Scheyer and the Mud Puppy Band Children’s Performance, Old Academy of Richmond County; free

5 p.m.: Porter Fleming Literary Competition Awards Ceremony and Reception, Morris Museum of Art; free

7 p.m.: Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; $25

9 p.m.: Langhorne Slim, Sky City; $12

SUNDAY, OCT. 2

1 p.m.: Artrageous Family Sunday: Instrument Petting Zoo, Morris Museum of Art; free

2 p.m.: An Afternoon with the Arts, Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta; $4-$7

3 p.m.: Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Series – Quarteto Vivace Brasil Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; $7-$25, no one under age 6 allowed

5 p.m.: I Waltzed with God the Morning of Genesis Opening Reception, Paine College; free

7 p.m.: New England Spiritual Ensemble, St. Paul’s Church; $25

MONDAY, OCT. 3

Noon: Chamber music, St. Paul’s Church; free

12:30 p.m.: Organ music, St. Paul’s Church; free

7 p.m.: The Art of Film Editing: An Evening with Katie McQuerrey, Augusta State University; $5-$10

7:30 p.m.: Savannah River Winds Prism, First Baptist Church of North Augusta; free

8 p.m.: Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Duo with Augusta’s own Jessye Norman, Imperial Theatre; $15-$40

TUESDAY, OCT. 4

11 a.m.: Hey Boo: Fifty Years of To Kill A Mockingbird and Harper Lee by Mary McDonough Murphy, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; free, limited seating

Noon: Chamber music, St. John United Methodist Church; free

12:30 p.m.: Organ music, St. John United Methodist Church; free

6-10 p.m.: Social Canvas with Art Bar, Old Academy of Richmond County; free

6 p.m.: Ancora Imparo: ASU Faculty Art Show Opening Reception, Old Academy of Richmond County; free

8 p.m.: Random Acts of Reading film screening and To Kill a Mockingbird Film Screening, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; free, limited seating

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5

1 p.m.: Student Recital Showcase, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre;
free

2 p.m.: The Life and Works of Words of Horton Foote Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; free, limited seating

2 p.m.: Chamber and Organ Series - Organ music, concert; Church of the Most Holy Trinity; free

6-10 p.m.: Social Canvas with Art Bar, Old Academy of Richmond County; free

6 p.m.: Poetry Reading from the CSRA Poetry Society Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, free, limited seating

8 p.m.: Hums & Oms: Performing Sculpture, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; $10

THURSDAY, OCT. 6

Noon: Chamber music, St. John United Methodist Church; free

12:30 p.m.: Organ music, St. John United Methodist Church; free

5 p.m.: Art Bar featuring
Artist’s Row Sculpture
Viewing and Auction, Old Academy of Richmond County; free

7 p.m.: Momix: Botanica, Imperial Theatre;
$10-$75

FRIDAY, OCT. 7

5 p.m.: Sarah Hobbs Installa­tions Viewing and Reception, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art; free

7 p.m.: Momix: Botanica, Imperial Theatre; $10-$75

8 p.m.: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Old Academy of Richmond County; $15; table of eight, $500

SATURDAY, OCT. 8

4 p.m.: Comfort and Joy: Masterpieces of Early Music, Church of the Most Holy Trinity; free

7:30 p.m.: The Music of John Williams Spectacular, Bell Auditorium; $3.74-$36.45

8 p.m.: Lizz Wright: The Gospel of Jazz, Imperial Theatre; $20-$35

FREE EVENTS

Nearly half of Westobou Festival events this year are free. Here are some highlights:

TANGO PRACTICALONGA: The Augusta Tango Club offers an introduction to the dance at Casa Blanca Cafe on Sept. 29.

INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO: Children interact with orchestral instruments in this event at the Morris Museum of Art on Oct. 2.

SOCIAL CANVAS: Local artists work to a live band as they produce one-of-a-kind art. The event, featuring the music of hope for agoldensummer, the Favors and Eat Lightning on Oct. 4 and the Cubists, Night People and the Shaun Piazza Band, on Oct. 5. Both will be held at the Parade Grounds of the Old Richmond Academy.

SAVANNAH RIVER WINDS PRISM CONCERT: More than 60 musicians perform in a large wind ensemble Oct. 3 at First Baptist Church of North Augusta.

TARA SCHEYER AND THE MUD PUPPY BAND: The group performs for children at the Parade Grounds of the Old Richmond Academy on Oct. 1.

POETRY READING: The CSRA Poetry Society presents a reading at the Augusta-Richmond County Library Oct. 5.

ARTIST ROW COMMUNITY SCULPTURE: A temporary sculpture designed by Sara Mays will be constructed using recycled materials at the entrance of the Old Richmond Academy Sept. 29 to Oct. 6.

ANCORA IMPARO: An art exhibit featuring the work of Augusta State University faculty on Oct. 4 at the Parade Grounds of Old Richmond Academy.

ONGOING EVENTS

Several Westobou Festival events will be presented over multiple days. Some highlights include:

SARAH HOBBS EXHIBITS: The artist will display both an exhibition of her photography and a rare installation of her work. A lecture on Sarah Hobbs photography is Sept. 29, while the photography exhibit is Aug. 25 to Oct. 8 at the Augusta State University Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art, and the installation, Flight In Place, will be shown Sept. 21 to Oct. 8 at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.

DOWN SOUTH: The drawing and paintings of Athens-based artist Art Rosenbaum are on display through Nov. 6 at the Morris Museum of Art, with a luncheon with the artist on Sept. 30.

I WALTZED WITH GOD THE MORNING OF GENESIS: The exhibit featuring the work of Augusta artist Nancy Wellington Bookhart is Oct. 2 through Nov. 30 at the Paine College Collins-Calloway Library.

PRESERVATION OF PLACE: The art of Edward Rice is featured at the Morris Museum of Art through Nov. 20.

CAROLINA’S GOT ART!: A juried art exhibition with the work of artists from North and South Carolina will be shown through Oct. 29 at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta.

WHISKEY PAINTERS OF AMERICA ANNUAL EXHIBITION: This specific style of miniature painting utilizes small surfaces and exotic mediums. See it at The Zimmerman Gallery, 1006 Broad St., from Sept. 30 through Nov. 1.


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