Welcome to the most bodacious month of the year. February is going to be beyond belief. I made a list of all the events that Id like to devote at least a few sentences to and it ran to more than 40 items, consuming almost two pages.
It all starts this weekend, when Broadway star Lisa Vroman visits Mercer Universitys Fickling Hall on Saturday night, while across town at the City Auditorium, the Macon Symphony Orchestra will be presenting its annual pops concert -- featuring the music of Michael Jackson -- that same night. Balcony seats for this bound-to-be-popular event are just $15.
On Sunday, bass baritone Ronald Campbell and pianist Susan McDuffie will be at Little Carnegie of the South for a 3 p.m. Celebration of Black History Month. The $15-$35 tickets also entitle concertgoers to a catered reception.
A few blocks away at Mulberry United Methodist Church, an all-star array of talent will be presenting The Super Bowl of Hymn Festivals.
The following weekend, violinist and McDuffie Center for Strings founder Robert McDuffie will be at Fickling Hall. But if you think the music schedule sounds good, wait until you check out the lineup on stage.
This weekend well see the final performances of the Macon Civic Clubs Rolling on the River, a fun show that continues the 52-year-old tradition of benefiting noble causes.
Delayed until Wednesday is the opening of Macon Little Theatres Foxfire, a poignant look at Appalachia. Also Wednesday (for elementary-aged kids), Clifford Live will celebrate the red dogs 50th anniversary at the Grand Opera House.
On Thursday, one of the huge theatrical events of the year takes place, the arrival of Chekovs The Seagull at Mercer Universitys Backdoor Theatre. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Coming later this month are The Octette Bridge Club (Theatre Macon), Honeymoon at Graveside Manor (Warner Robins Little Theatre) and The Dixie Swim Club (Backlot Players). To the north, the long anticipated Fly (about the Tuskegee Airmen) is opening Friday night at Atlantas Theatrical Outfit.
Meanwhile, this is also the month for Macon Film Festival. This Feb. 14-17 affair will feature films, workshops and celebrities.
Arts plate available
The Georgia Council for the Arts recently announced the availability of a new Explore the Arts license plate featuring the work of Steve Penley. Order it at www.GaArts.org.