Aiken playhouse show is nuttier than a fruitcake

Take a house divided, throw in a chicken pox breakout in the Christmas pageant, 10,000 lights and an old man and you get the Aiken Community Playhouse holiday production, Fruitcakes.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Lights of the South flips a few switches

The lights are on at Lights of the South - all 5 million-plus bulbs. The popular holiday attraction opened Nov. 20 with a few changes.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

2015 Holiday Events

There are plenty of holiday events in store to help the season be merry and bright.

Music by Turner: Finish year with tickets to a show

I have always said that giving tickets as holiday presents is one of the best possible gifts because it's something that a couple can enjoy and experience together. Let's take a quick look at what the final few weeks of the year have in store musically.
By Ed Turner

Five Knives scores as top act for inaugural Palmetto Bowl

Electronic pop band Five Knives is the headliner for the inaugural Palmetto Bowl, a celebration of football in South Carolina, on Friday, Nov. 27, in downtown Aiken.
By Diana Renee Williams

2015 Thanksgiving events

From meals to storytime, there are many Thanksgiving events.

Wine Time: No worries over Thanksgiving wines

The holidays are here, and many people are worried about what wines to serve with their holiday meals. With so many good wines available in the market there is no need to fret.
By Dennis Sodomka

Ramblin' Rhodes: Augusta's rich musical tradition finally being noticed

Augusta is finally getting much of its due with Oxford American magazine, based in Little Rock, Ark., devoting its 17th annual Southern Music Issue to the "immense musical legacy both past and present of the state of Georgia."
By Don Rhodes

Sister, brother to dance as 'Nutcracker' siblings

Families are an integral part of the annual Dance Augusta performances of The Nutcracker. And this year, there's the rare opportunity for a sister-and-brother team to take on the roles of the Silberhaus siblings, Clara and Fritz.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

The Artside: Fall Into Art show in full swing in North Augusta

The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta and the North Augusta Artists Guild's 2015 annual Fall into Art Show and Sale will be held through Dec. 18.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

'Greetings' blends humor and drama

What happens when a Catholic family, an atheist Jew and the holidays come together? A miracle on Christmas eve.
By Charmain Z. Brackett

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Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Kid Rock, more to take stage at benefit concert

Kid Rock will headline M*A*S*H - Music* for Action* Service* Hope* on Sunday, Oct. 25, with Shooter Jennings and Waymore's Outlaws at Evans Towne Center Park in Evans. The Whiskey Gentry and Ray ...
By Diana Renee Williams

Pop Rocks: The arts, its patrons thrive because of an agreement

Each of these instruments represents that abstract idea that remains foundational to the supporting, teaching and, ultimately enjoying the arts. They represent commitment.
By Steven Uhles

Ramblin' Rhodes: Oka' Chaffa Indian Festival returns

The Oka' Chaffa Indian Festival brings Native America history in focus through dances, food, music and rituals.
By Don Rhodes

Dine & Dish: Eli's American is welcome comfort food

Eli's American restaurant, which opened this past month in Evans, is pure American. Of course, it's American with a Southern spin.
By Danielle Wong Moores

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Halloween things to do

There are places to trunk or treat, a Monster Mash Canal Dash and more events for the Halloween season.

Wine Time: Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Chile

I love the Casillero del Diablo sauvignon blanc for three good reasons. First, it tastes great. Second, it's a great bargain. Finally, it's a great Halloween wine.
By Dennis Sodomka

Monday, Oct. 19, 2015

Jill Scott to perform at Bell Auditorium Dec. 6

Three-time Grammy-award-winning singer and songwriter Jill Scott will take the stage Dec. 6 at The Bell Auditorium in Augusta.

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Women's business conference planned

The CSRA Business League will sponsor its fourth annual Women Empowerment Conference at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St. Admission is free. Vendor ...

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

Weekend packed with events

This weekend's sunny forecast means beautiful weather to get out and enjoy the variety of events happening around town Saturday and Sunday. Here are a few of them.
By Lisa Kaylor

Night at the Movies

New this week: Bridge of Spies, Crimson Peak, Goosebumps and Woodlawn

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Augusta symphony, Ed Turner and Number 9 to perform benefit concert

Symphony Orchestra Augusta and local classic rock performers Ed Turner and Number 9 will perform a concert of classic rock hits together in January.

Learn about life in Colonial Times this weekend

North Augusta Living History Park transforms on Saturday and Sunday into 18th century America for the annual Colonial Times: A Day to Remember weekend.
By Mike Rosier

Miracle Mile Walk expected to draw thousands

About 15,000 people dressed in pink are expected to flood downtown Augusta on Saturday for the University Health Care Foundation's 15th annual Miracle Mile Walk.
By Lisa Kaylor

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

Georgia-Carolina Fair opens Oct. 16-25

The Augusta Exchange Club fair returns this Friday for a two-week run.

Ramblin' Rhodes: Georgia Music Hall of Fame's Royal had unique voice

Over five decades, I crossed paths numerous times with singer Billy Joe Royal, who died Oct. 6 at age 73. Royal was known for hits such as "Down in the Boondocks."
By Don Rhodes

The Artside: Artists to paint live during Summerville Tour of Homes

Each year, the Summerville Tour of Homes features historic dwellings in the Summerville district. Last year, tour officials added an art element with several artists painting in some of the tour ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Music by Turner: Hear Billy Joel hits at tribute show

Local Billy Joel fans can enjoy one of the finest tribute bands anywhere when the "Billy Joel Tribute Experience" visits the J.S. Hardin Performing Arts Center on Oct. 24.
By Ed Turner

Success of Avett Brothers keeps growing, honestly

The Avett Brothers' bassist Bob Crawford says the harmony between his bandmates is no illusion. The band performs at Augusta's Bell Auditorium on Oct. 16.
By Alan Sculley

Pilot proves flying fun for all ages

At an age when many aerobatic pilots hang up their wings, Gary Ward was just starting out. "I did my first air show when I was 57," said Ward, 74, of Lincolnton, who will be one of the featured ...
By Charmain Z. Brackett

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

Wine Time: Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2011, Washington

You can find all kinds of great Washington and Oregon wines as the rest of the country discovers the many gems produced there. Hedges Family Estate wines are among the best.
By Dennis Sodomka

2015 Arts Preview

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