Westobou to feature nearly 50 events

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Highlights from the fourth annual Westobou Festival schedule were released Tuesday as organizers completed plans for the 10-day arts celebration this fall.

Charlie Daniels took part in last year's Westobou Festival at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater.   John Curry/Staff
John Curry/Staff
Charlie Daniels took part in last year's Westobou Festival at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater.

The festival will feature nearly 50 performances, events and exhibits across town from Sept. 28 to Oct. 8.

The new schedule signals a departure from the previous year's festival, which included more than 200 events.

This year's lineup features fewer events but bigger names, more collaborations and one-of-a-kind performances, including several debuts, said Molly McDowell, the artistic coordinator for the festival.

Highlights of the festival include performances by Rosanne Cash and Branford Marsalis.

Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, produced by Public Radio International, will present an evening of essays at Augusta State University.

Art Rosenbaum, the festival's 2011 signature artist, will present his work, lectures and music at an opening event and throughout the week.

Symphony Orchestra Augusta will perform with a 200-voice choir many of the themes by American composer John Williams, known for his work on Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan, Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Peter Teschner, a veteran Hollywood editor, known for films such as Borat and Charlie's Angels, will speak at Augusta State.

The festival also will feature a series at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library that focuses on To Kill a Mockingbird, including a screening of a documentary by Augusta filmmaker Hodges Usry.

Ticketing for the festival opens Aug. 5.

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broad street narrow mind
broad street narrow mind 06/14/11 - 01:52 pm
history time! courtesy the

history time! courtesy the late Edward Cashin from his book, The Story of Augusta. "When Charles Town was established in 1670, the Indians who inhabited the old site of Cufitachiqui were called Westos and the river was the westobou. the Westos were enterprising enough to recognize that they controlled any traffic between Charles Town and the great tribes to the north and west of the river, the Cherokees, the Lower Creeks, the Choocktaws and the Chickasaws. They were too enterprising for their own good as it turned out, for the traders of Charles Town resented the profiteering by the Westos middle men and made war on them. The Savannah Indians took advantage of the opportunity to secure a desirable location and helped the English oust the Westos. Their reward was the village of Westos which was now called Savannah Town, while the Westobou became the Savannah River."

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