Calendar – AUGUST
August 2 and every Thursday enjoy a night of jazz at The Willcox Hotel. Visit the beautiful lobby bar every Thursday night for live jazz. Visit www.thewillcox.com.
August 2. Westobou Gallery Presents Valton Murray. Murray’s brightly colored palettes depict scenes of his childhood home, his family and the beauty of the rural landscape as he envisions it. Challenged by his battle with epilepsy and the polio virus, he found early and continued success in creating pictures. Visit www.westoboufestival.com.
August 2. National Ice Cream Day.
August 3 and 4. Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre presents Cheaper by the Dozen. Suppose you’re an attractive high school girl and you’re not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides to apply his unorthodox methods to your family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and it must be admitted extremely effective. www. gordon.armymwr.com.
August 4. Rent at The Imperial. Based on Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’, ‘Rent’ is a 2005 American musical drama film directed by Chris Columbus. It is adapted from the critically acclaimed and Tony award winning Broadway Musical. The film depicts the lives of several Bohemians and their struggles with sexuality, drugs, paying their rent and life under the shadows of AIDS. It takes place is the East Village of New York City from 1989 to 1990. Shows how much changes or doesn’t change in the 525,600 minutes that make up a year. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving drugs and sexuality, and for some strong language. Visit, www.imperialtheatre.com.
August 5 and every Saturday. The Augusta Market. Enjoy music, art, fresh produce and local food at the Augusta Market held each Saturday March to October. 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit, www.theaugustamarket.com.
August 5 and every Saturday. Join host, Brenda Durant and special guests every Saturday morning at 9:30 am, on Smooth Jazz 92.3 FM for highlights on upcoming arts and culture events in the Augusta area. Current and past episodes of Arts Weekly can also be found on the Greater Augusta Arts Council website. Do you want to be featured on the Arts Weekly?? Make certain your event is on the Augusta Arts Calendar?and then contact Brenda.? We love our local arts scene! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 5. City of Augusta and I Heart Media present the Candlelight Music Series, a series of evening of music concerts, beginning on Sunday, May 6th at 7:30pm at the Augusta Common, downtown Augusta. Concerts are held on every Sunday night from May 6th – September 2nd and will feature a few of the area’s most popular bands. Hosted by Cher Best of 96.3 Kiss FM each Sunday. Vendors will be available. The community and visitors are invited to the Augusta Common on every Sunday to meet up with friends, dance and enjoy great evening of music. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic. Regular Location: The Augusta Common. Rain Location: May Park Community Center (Gym) – 622-4th Street. August 5: Jashon & The Natty Vibez (Columbia, SC) August 12: American Jazz Combo. August 19: Tre Sounds
August 26: The Lady and The Gents
September 2: quietStorm (7:30 PM – 10:30 PM). For More Info Visit www.augustaga.gov.
August 6. National Sisters Day.
August 7. Happy Hour live at Humanitree House. Featuring the Ballroom Maestro Seve
Every Tuesday. Smooth Tunes, drink specials, mix-n-mingle. 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Visit, www.humanitreehouse.com.
August 7. National Friendship Day.
August 8. Friends with Benefits Production and Steve Hall Productions present Yonder Mountain String Band at Sky City. Yonder Mountain String Band’s first new album in two years, LOVE. AIN’T LOVE is undeniably the Colorado-based progressive bluegrass outfit’s most surprising, creative, and yes, energetic studio excursion to date. Songs like “Chasing My Tail” and “Alison” are rooted in tradition but as current as tomorrow, animated by electrifying performance, vivid production, and the modernist power that has made Yonder one of the most popular live bands of their generation. Melding sophisticated songcraft, irrepressible spirit, and remarkable instrumental ability, LOVE. AIN’T LOVE is a testament to Yonder Mountain String Band’s organic, dynamic, and intensely personal brand of contemporary bluegrass-fueled Americana. Visit, www.skycityaugusta.com.
August 9. National Book Lovers Day.
August 10. The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is pleased to present Material + Method: Exploring Gender Roles through Tradition curated by Megan Schaeffer. This exhibition works of four female artists– Abby Bullard, Adejoke Tugbiyele, Sonya Young James, and Leisa Rich- who create relevant works that explore gender roles, female identity, and expand the definition of fine art. Exhibition Dates: Through August 24th at 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Mary S. Byrd Gallery of Art is located in Washington Hall on the Augusta University Summerville Campus.
August 11. Artwork by The Five and Clay Artists of the Southeast (CASE) from August 2 – Sept. 14, 2018. Artists in the “The Five” Exhibit are Doris Sofge, Elizabeth Moretz-Britt, Jill Stafford, Judy Adamick and Anne Rauton Smith. Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta. Visit, www.artsandheritagecenter.com.
August 13. Recurring event. Sacred Heart Cultural Center presents Karen Banker and Jan Jackson. Karen Lind Banker was formally educated in New York and has taken many art classes and workshops through the years. Her style is evolving from impressionistic/representational to more abstract, incorporating larger and simpler shapes into her paintings and collages. Karen’s subjects range from architecture and nature to still-life paintings. She has shown in solo and group exhibitions, as well as, been accepted into and won awards in regional and national juried exhibitions. an Jackson educational background includes a BFA in fine art and Masters in curriculum and technology. Following retirement, she returned to painting for personal growth and enjoyment. Jan vacillates between oils painted directly onto small panels and watercolors painted using wet into wet technique. Her favorite subject depicts glimpses of everyday life or objects.
This program is supported in part by the Greater Augusta Arts Council through appropriations from the City of Augusta. Visit, www.sacredheart.com.
August 13. Soft Slab Clay Teapot with Aiken Center for the Arts. Using handbuilding techniques, students will create a soft-slab teapot with instructor Madeline Fox. Slabs of clay are formed into the elements of body, lid, spout and handle and joined together. Decoration will be the student’s original design, which will be applied as a raised edge decoration. Cost: $80. Register online here or call 803-641-9094.
August 13. Using handbuilding techniques, students will create a soft-slab teapot with instructor Madeline Fox. Slabs of clay are formed into the elements of body, lid, spout and handle and joined together. Decoration will be the student’s original design, which will be applied as a raised edge decoration.
Cost: $80. Register online or call 803-641-9094. Visit www.aikencenterforthearts.org.
August 13. National Bowling Day.
August 15. National Relaxation Day.
August 16. Pink Slips. A group of local artists are planning to open their downtown studio to the public on third Thursdays for a new, live art event called Art Night. The free event, which is intended for those 21 and older, is an opportunity for the public to come draw, paint and screen print with local artists. All the artists are asking is that members of the public bring their own supplies and beverages.
August 17. Matt Franco. As the first and only magician ever to win NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Matt Franco takes an innovative approach to magic-making that’s driven by pure joy. Almost entirely self-taught, the 29-year-old Rhode Island native began developing his own shows before the age of ten and took the stage at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas by the time he was 15. With an improvisation-fueled and humor-laced performance style partly honed through his years as a hugely in-demand college act, Franco is now currently headlining his own show, Magic Reinvented Nightly, at the LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas that offers both boundless fun and a stunning sense of thrill and wonder.
August 17-19. Le Chat Noir Presents The Black Cat Picture Show, an international adjudicated film festival. The only one in Augusta that provides a platform for independent film artists to exhibit their work in an intimate setting that facilitates the exchange of ideas in order to cultivate artistic growth. Visit, www.lechatnoir.com.
August 17, 18, 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m. & August 19 at 3:00 p.m. Aiken Community Playhouse Present Prodigal Son. From the author of Doubt, a 17-year-old boy from the Bronx suddenly finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire. He’s violent, gifted, alienated, and on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster? A passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction. Directed by Dave Howard. Written by John Patrick Shanley. Visit
August 17. Four Seasons Chamber Jazz Series by Garden City Jazz. A musical celebration of art in nature, a four-event concert series, with music ranging from Latin jazz, to vocal standards, to Dixieland. Artists perform several selections representative of the season. Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta. The series is a collaborative effort between Karen Gordon (Garden City Jazz), Robert Foster (Augusta University Music Department), and Gaye Ortiz (Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta). Visit www.eventbrite.com.
August 18. National Fajita Day
August 18. Saturday Chef Community Cooking Classes. Treat yourself to Saturday Chef Community Cooking Classes at Helms College Class: La Cocina Latina on August 18. $75 per person. Uncover the buried treasure of the Caribbean’s Latin influences from Cuba, Puerto Rico and beyond. Southwestern Cuisine class on September 15. The flavors of the American Southwest come to life in this look at the abundance the desert has to offer. Visit www.goodwillworks.org.
August 18. Aiken Music Fest is a 6 event music series on Saturday nights from 7-11pm, with a $10 per car load entry fee, located at Highfields in Aiken, SC . Each event will feature a top local talent followed by a headliner band that is currently touring the South East. You can find refreshments from any of our local food and drinks vendors, along with doing a little shopping at our makers and creators market. Aug 18th – Kevin Maines & The Volts-soul, blues, and jazz. Sept 8th – Dangermuffin-americana roots rock. www.aikenmusicfest.com.
August 19. World Humanitarian Day.
August 21. National Senior Citizens Day.
August 24 & 25. The Augusta Broadway Singers Present: An Evening of Gershwin. Join The Augusta Broadway Singers (TABS) at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Augusta Hotel for Dinner and a Concert as they present musical favorites of George and Ira Gershwin. Visit www.tabsaugusta.com.
August 25. Sky City Presents Jupiter Coyote. In the course of their 27 year history, Jupiter Coyote has played over five thousand shows, traveled everywhere and done just about everything a touring band can do. The innovative group has independently sold well over half a million CDs, tens of thousands of downloads, and who knows how many bootlegs loose to fans for free. JC is brand name and still trucking along, despite today’s ever-changing, increasingly unpredictable music scene. Visit, www.skycityaugusta.com.
August 25. Sherry Management presents Faces of Elvis. Starring Dwight Icenhower, Taylor Rodriguez, Steve Chappell and the Blue Sued Band. The show will take you through all eras of Elvis’ career. Visit, www.imperialtheatre.com.
August 25. National Banana Split Day.
August 28. Banksia Tour. We all know and love Banksia as the Aiken County History Museum. Some remember it as the Library, or, even the University. But have you ever wondered how it looked as a private home? Join Linda Johnson and find out just how much this wonderful building has changed in its 80+ years. The tour is limited to 15, and is first come, first serve. So call the Museum today at 803-642-2015 to reserve a spot. The tour is free, but you must have a reservation. The tour will be conducted on the 4th Tuesday of every month through November.
August 30. National Beach Day.
August 31. AAF Creative Roundtable at The New Moon Cafe. The Creative Roundtable is an outlet in which creatives in the advertising industry can swap stories, share insights and offer solutions to problems that might have you stumped. This loosely moderated forum is open to anyone interested in advertising, marketing and design in the Augusta community. Visit www.aafaugusta.com.
August 31. Movies on the Common. Lion King
Movies on the Common is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a safe and fun night under the stars with the whole family. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks (Food vendors will be available) Pre-Movie activities begin at 7:30 PM with the show beginning at dusk. Come early and get the best seat in the house.
August 31. Sky City presents Johnny Cash Unchained: Johnny Cash Tribute Band. Take a journey back in time to the life and music of “The Man in Black” performed by Cash Unchained. The band has been national sought after while touring all over US bringing the sights and sounds of the legendary Johnny Cash. Visit www.skycityaugusta.com.
August 31. Le Chat Noir. Night of Cine with Wages of Cine. For 2018 Wages of Cine presents Shot for Shot. With Shot for Shot, directors pick a movie trailer or movie scene and remake it the best they can with the resources available to them. Would you like to make a Shot for Shot? Then contact Le Chat and sign up today. This month they have 2 very entertaining Shot for Shot’s from local directors that you do not want to miss. Afterwards stick around and watch an amazingly bad movie together. Visit, www.lcnaugusta.com.
Calendar – SEPTEMBER
September 2. 2018 White Dinner – Labor Day Jazz Weekend. Described by some as a performance art picnic, White Dinner – Augusta is the first ever pop-up dinner party. Modeled after the hugely popular Diner en Blanc, guests dress in white and dine al fresco from picnic baskets they’ve packed beforehand. Expect a unique evening of music, art and dance. The venue is a secret location, which will be revealed a couple days before the event. Visit, www.whitedinneraugusta.com.
Septemver 3. Labor Day.
September 6. Coloring for Grownups. Aiken Public Library. Held on the First Thursday every month from 1 to 3pm. Bring your own coloring pens and pencils to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of creativity. Coloring sheets and refreshments will be provided. You are also welcome to bring your own coloring books if you prefer. Make your reservation in person at the reference desk or by calling (803) 642-2020 ext. 1131.
September 8. Phinizy Center for Water Sciences Children’s Hike with Story Time. Bring your children (toddlers to age 8) for a nature hike designed especially for them! They will enjoy a story before or after they spend their time exploring and experiencing nature first-hand. Please wear comfortable closed toe shoes & bring water to drink. No dogs. Visit, www.phinizycenter.org.
September 8. Summer Concert Series at the River Stage. August 11: Shadow Pines (Folk-America) September 8: Blue Brindle (Blues)
Time: 7 :30 PM – 9:30 PM. Location:
River Stage at 8th Street (8th Street Bulkhead Stage), 1 8th St. Augusta. Admission is always free. Visit, www.events.augustaarts.com.
September 10. National Grandparents Day
September 11. National Day of Remembrance.
September 11. Chris Isaak. Show at 8:00 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Chris Isaak’s career has spanned four decades and a dozen studio albums, and along the way he’s been nominated for two Grammy awards, acted in several motion pictures and starred in his own critically-acclaimed television series. His biggest hit, “Wicked Game,” was featured in the David Lynch film “Wild at Heart” and was a Top 10 single in the U.S. Isaak is known for legendary performances. His most recent album, “First Comes The Night,” was released in 2015. Regular Tickets: $55 – $95. Visit, www.millertheater.com.
September 13. National Peanut Day.
September 14. Jerry Seinfeld. Comedian and sitcom star Jerry Seinfeld will make a stop in the Garden City in September. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. He now sets his sights on performing both nationally and internationally in 2018. Seinfeld will perform at the Bell Auditorium. Visit, www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.
September 14. Arts in the Heart of Augusta is a 2 1/2 day celebration of food, arts, diversity and culture. They have over 80,000 visitors annually and are preparing for their 38th year.
Features a juried Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Market, a Global Village with food from more than 20 countries, five stages stacked with live entertainment and much more. This award winning festival is produced each year by the Greater Augusta Arts Council. Visit, www.augustaarts.com.
September 15. The Book Tavern presents “Your Poetry: An Open Mic Experience. Each month on the third Saturday, The Book Tavern features a poet and then host an open mic for poetry, short fiction and singer/songwriters! For the kickoff, the featured poet is PM Rogers. PS – Jugglers, Magicians and Jesters welcome, but no clowns…PPS – There will be a prize for the “best” performer as determined by our PaulPlause Meter (Patent Pending). Visit, www.booktavern.com.
September 16. Exhibits at Morris Museum of Art. The Morris Museum of Art Tuesday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Sunday: Noon–5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays Admission: Adults: $5 Child (12 and younger): Free Youth (13–17): $3 Student with ID: $3 Military with ID: $3 Senior (65 and older): $3 Museum members: Free No admission charge on Sundays. Paintings by Charles Edward Williams and others. Visit, www.morrismuseum.org.
September 17. Literary Augusta’s Upcoming Events. Fall 2018: A Reading with Poet Lindsey D. Alexander. Monday, September 17th. Sand Hills Writers Series, featuring Vievee Francis and Holly Goddard Jones. Monday, October 15th. Visit, www.augustawritersweekend.com.
September 18. Yom Kippur.
September 20. Taj Mahal Trio at The Miller Theater. Show at 8:00 p.m. The son of Harlem Renaissance musicians and raised on a steady diet of jazz, blues and international tones and textures, legendary musician Taj Mahal brings a lifetime of musical exposure and exploration to every performance. Visit,
September 20. National Pepperoni Pizza Day.
September 21. Michael Viator’s Cinderella. The Columbia County Ballet will perform Cinderella for The Imperial Theatre’s 100th Anniversary!
The story of Cinderella can be found in many stories and legends dating back to ancient China. Today, some 1,500 variations of the story exist. The story we are most familiar with serves as the base of the ballet and was written by Charles Perrault. It, like The Sleeping Beauty, was one of eight stories in the book titled Histoires ou Contes du temps pass (Stories and Tales of the Past). Originally, in 1870 the Bolshoi theater requested Tchaikovsky to write the music for the ballet but it never materialized. Many decades later, a composer by the name of Sergei Prokofiev took on the task of scoring the music for the ballet of Cinderella. He began his work in 1940, but put it on hold during World War II to write the opera War and Peace. In 1944, Prokofiev picked up work on Cinderella and finished the score a year later. Based on the world’s greatest fairy tale, the Columbia County Ballet presents Michael Viator’s Cinderella. Visit,www.imperialtheatre.com.
September 21. The Black Jacket Symphony Presents: Led Zeppelin “IV” at the Miller Theater. Visit, www.millertheater.com.
September 22. Toad The Wet Sprocket at The
Miller Theater at 8:00 p.m. The band released their first LP, Bread & Circus, about 25 years ago on their own, independent label, Abe’s Records. A quarter of a decade later, they are still making music. Visit, www.millertheater.com.
September 22. Fall Equinox
September 22. Sacred Heart Cultural Center presents Silent Movie Night, Girl Shy (1924) starring Harold Lloyd with Jobyna Raisin with theatre organist Ron Carter. Americana at its best! The films of comedian Harold Lloyd could be considered a perfect slice of American life just after the turn of the twentieth century. “Girl Shy” shows an audience just that – the shy young man working to succeed, meets his dream girl, but is too poor and bashful to woo her. During his lonely evenings he is writing a book on how to win women – all based on watching vampy movies. Meanwhile his dream girl is pursued and caught by a lecherous man with a wife! Our hero goes to the rescue, on a mad chase scene through the streets of Los Angeles….
September 24. National Cherries Jubilee Day.
September 24. National Pancake Day
September 26. Le Chat Noir. Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. AY YO ART MONKEYS! Come get tipsy and scribble in your sketchbooks! Bring all your art supplies and settle in for a night. All Media except Photography is allowed. Visit, www.lcnaugusta.com.
September 27. Sky City. Amanda Shires is a singing, songwriting, fiddle-playing Texan. My Piece of Land, Amanda’s fifth album, is out now! Visit, www.skycityaugusta.com.
September 28. Obsession with Augusta Symphony at The Miller Theater. Augusta Symphony Dirk Meyer, Music Director Jan Lisiecki, Piano DAUGHERTY Red Cape Tango RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique* *with EnCure app delivering real-time program notes to the audience as the orchestra performs. To purchase the 2018-19 Symphony Series Package, please call 706-826-4705. Visit, www.millertheater.com.
September 28. Travis Tritt. Six String Southern Productions is proud to present country music star Travis Tritt live in concert at The Bell Auditorium. Tritt will perform along with his full band. Opening support will be announced at a later date. Nearly 30 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Ga. native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Here’s A Quarter” and “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive.” His near three-decade career has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Visit, www.augustaentertainment.com.
September 28. The Augusta Blues Company Presents Blues Duo Long Tall Deb & Colin John. Long Tall Deb and Colin John continue their genre-bending and refreshingly original sound with their new full-length album, Dragonfly. Following up on the themes of their 2015 EP, Streets of Mumbai, DRAGONFLY incorporates a bedrock of blues and soul sensibilities with rock and roll, surf, spaghetti western, noir jazz, pop, Americana and world roots influences gleaned from their travels throughout America, Europe, India and Nepal.
September 29. National Coffee Day.
Article appears in the August/September 2018 issue of Augusta Magazine.