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Do the Westobou for Free!

Westobou Festival starts this week! There is so much going on and so many awesome shows to see that I get a little worried about my wallet. Luckily there are tons of free events during Westobou that are just as fun. And who doesn’t love free stuff? So, here are 5 free events that you shouldn’t miss! These not your style? Go grab a program (they’re huge, so you can’t miss ‘em!) or visit the Westobou website.

Sarah Hobbs: Flight in Place (Sept 21 – Oct 8)   ::: Hobbs’ photography explores phobias and obsessive compulsive behavior in a large scale, eye catching a thought provoking exhibit at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. This one, I’ve got to see.

Artists Row Community Sculpture (Sept 29 – Oct 6) ::: Help build ARTie, the Garden City Dragon! Participating artists and community members will help construct ARTie outside the Old Richmond Academy using recycled materials. The sketch of ARTie is huge! I can’t wait to see the end product.

Welcome Practicalonga (Sept 29) ::: It’s a Mini Tango Festival! I’m a sucker for anything dance – Footloose, Take the Lead, Dancing with the Stars. So I’m definitely not going to miss the chance to see the passion of the tango first hand! It’s being held at Casa Blanca Café, which means I get to eat awesome food too!

Chamber Series: French Modernism in Music & Art with Martin David Jones and Clara Park (Oct 4) ::: Off the top of my head, I have no idea what French Modernism is. But it sounds cool and I love music and art. So, what the heck – I’m going! St. John United Methodist Church is the perfect backdrop for something like this!

Social Canvas (Oct 4 – Oct 5) ::: I heart Social Canvas. The Parade Grounds at Old Richmond Academy will be full of people, live music, artists creating works inspired by the music, crafts to make on your own and art for sale…could you ask for anything more?

Discover the Next Big Thing

Have you ever had the feeling that you’d just stumbled upon something or someone that was going to be great? I love exploring new artists. It doesn’t matter if it’s music, dance or visual art – I always get great satisfaction knowing that what I’ve just discovered is going to be BIG. I guess it’s kind of like the small group of followers who supported “The Nerk Twins” knowing that they were on to something. Imagine how they felt when their favorite local band suddenly changed the face of music as “The Beatles.”

This weekend, Augusta gets the chance to explore the work of budding contemporary artists. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will host the 31st Annual “Sense of Place” exhibit which displays the work of three up and coming modern artists and offers a provocative glimpse into the modern art world.

Tonight, September 16th is the opening reception for the exhibit, which will run through October 14th. It’s free admission. There’ll be complimentary wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres at Ware’s Folly. And you’ll have the chance to discover something big. Who knows, one of them might be the next Andy Warhol.

Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art

506 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA 30901

706-722-5495

Weekend Whirl

“Whirl (N): a rapid round of events, affairs, etc”

We all need a little mini-vacation sometimes and a weekend whirl to freshen things up is always fun. September in Augusta, Ga is full of festivals, art and culture. This month’s Weekend Whirl puts brings you to one of the South’s most famous festivals – Arts in the Heart of Augusta. Start planning your trip for August 16th through 18th.

Friday Night

 

Music to give you a Southern Soul. Grammy award winning Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives bring their “hillbilly rock” to the historic Imperial Theatre in downtown Augusta for the kick-off performance of the Southern Soul and Song series. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. If you get into Augusta by 5 p.m. plan to stop by Blue Sky Kitchen a few blocks down from the Imperial Theatre for dinner before the show. If you’re running late, head over to Blue Horse Bistro after the show.

 

Saturday

Soul food for breakfast. Before heading into the festival, make a quick stop by the Coffee Break Café  for breakfast. You can grab a home-made, honest to goodness breakfast sandwich (no frozen stuff here!) and take it with you. Or order a breakfast plate and eat in.

Southern setting for International Culture. Greece, China, India, Jamaica –experience the art, music, food and traditions of cultures from all over the world at Arts in the Heart of Augusta. With over 100 artists and crafters, more than 60 performers and authentic ethnic dancers on 4 different stages, there’s more than enough to keep you busy exploring all day.

Stop by the Global Food Village and take your taste buds on an international culinary journey for lunch and dinner!

Sunday

 

Can’t get enough of your art, baby. With so much to see and do, you’ll probably want to plan on spending some more time at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta. If you haven’t already, make sure you take time to stop by the Global Stage in the Common and see a variety of performances by groups representing countries like Greece, Ireland, The Middle East and more!

Get a late breakfast, or lunch, or brunch. Before heading home, take a quick trip across the river to Manuel’s Bread Café. The Hammond’s Ferry neighborhood is a perfect example of Southern charm and style. Ask about their homemade lemonades and make sure you order one if it’s available!

The A List

Top 5 things to get excited about in Augusta, Ga during September!

Sept. 3rd — Hawthorne Heights show at Sector 7G — Get your music fix this Labor Day weekend with more than six bands and Hawthorne Heights in downtown Augusta!

Sept. 16 — Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives at the Imperial Theatre — Come see this bluegrass legend bring his rockabilly style to the historic Imperial Theatre stage and kick-off the season of Southern Soul and Song!

Sept. 16 – 18 — Arts in the Heart of Augusta — Discover the culture, art, music and food of cultures from around the world! With more than 4 stages, over 60 performers, more than 100 artists & crafters, authentic ethnic dancers, a Global Food Village and more to explore!

Sept. 23 — Silent Movie Night at Sacred Heart Cultural Center — Experience the 1927 classic film “Flesh and the Devil” with live organ music played by theatre organist Ron Carter.

Sept. 25 — Ironman 70.3 Augusta — Watch as some of the worlds top athletes compete in the 70.3 mile triathlon. They’ll swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles. Cheer them on as they challenge themselves and see if they have what it takes to be an Ironman!

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