VALENTINES DAY EVENTS
Old and New Friends Valentine Dance
Friday, Porter Ellis Community Center, Houston Road. Nancy, 747-4270. $10 per person.
8-10 p.m. Feb. 9, Howard Community Club, 5645 Forsyth Road. Dressy casual; light refreshments. Sponsored by Greater Macon Chapter of USA Dance No. 6059. www.usad6059.org. 743-7970. $7 members, $10 non-members, $5 all students with ID.
Women of Elegance Valentines Ball
8 p.m.-1 a.m. Feb. 9, Perry Arts Center, 1121 Macon Road, Perry. Food, music and door prizes. $10 per person or $18 per couple. (478) 220-2195.
A quartet from Sweet Georgia Sound Show Chorus will sing for your sweetheart. Call (478) 335-3010 before Feb. 11. email@example.com. $25 in person within Middle Georgia; $10 by phone (outside Middle Georgia).
Victorian Valentine Childrens Tea
2 p.m. Feb. 16, Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave. Children ages 5-12 with adult companions are invited to enjoy a seated, three-course high tea. Includes an explanation of table etiquette, a brief tour of the Hay House galleries, and a special party favor. $20 per guest. Reservations required. 742-8155.
Love and Laughter Valentines Day Weekend Jam
8 p.m. Feb. 16, Macon City Auditorium, 415 First St. Starring Rickey Smiley, Special K and the R&B duo Alexander ONeal and Cherrelle. $47.50-$62.50. www.maconcentreplex.com.
Third Annual Heritage Festival
7 p.m. Saturday, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The All-Douglass Choir performs A Choral Celebration of African American Composers, featuring students from the choral programs of Bibb Countys Central, Howard, Rutland, Southwest and Westside high schools and Peach County High School. Free. 742-2000.
Macon Film Festival
Feb. 14-17, downtown Macon. Eighty-seven films will be screened at three venues downtown. Screening of Hairspray with Mink Stole: Feb. 16 ($15). Film Festival tickets are $10 for day passes; $50 for festival passes; and $100 for VIP passes that include admission to after-parties. Student day passes (that dont include special screenings or after-parties) are free with valid student ID. www.maconfilmfestival.com.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 9, March 9, Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road. The event features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables to baked goods, art and crafts. Music, fun and educational events also offered. 757-5233. Free.
The Super Bowl of Hymn Festivals
3 p.m. Sunday, Mulberry United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry St. Presented by the Macon Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Leaders of the festival include David Keith, Jack Mitchener, the Midtown Brass Quintet and the Mercer Singers. The main event is the singing of familiar hymns by all who attend. 957-2295. Free.
Black History Month Celebration
Beulahland Bible Church, 1010 Newberg Ave. Chester Fontenot Jr.: 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Al Sharpton: 11 a.m. Feb. 24. beulahland.org.
Watotos Beautiful Africa: A New Generation
7 p.m. Tuesday, Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2501 Shurling Drive. Presented by the African childrens choir the Watoto Childrens Choir.
Before Lent Mardi Gras
8-11 p.m. Feb. 8, St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 131 Ward St. Food, dancing, costumes and beads. Gwen Booker, 745-1970. $5.
Sing Brother! Sing Sister!
3 p.m. Feb. 10, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Annual recital of negro spirituals. Free. 742-2000.
Sharron Kay King
6 p.m. Feb. 10, Bloomfield United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 5511 Bloomfield Road. Karen Rogers, 397-6568.
Wine and Cheese Event
7 p.m. Feb. 22, All Saints Episcopal Church, 1708 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins. Presented by the Ladies of All Saints ECW. Wine tasting, cheeses and breads; silent auction, raffle and door prizes. 923-1791. $20.
Kalimba Hip-Hop Jazz Concert
5 p.m. Sunday, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Featuring Kevin Spears and Allahs Apprentice aka Vinson Muhammad. $10 advance, $15 at door. 742-2000.
Saxsational Love Affair
6-10 p.m. Feb. 16, 3Js Soul Food Restaurant, 1281 S. Houston Lake Road, Warner Robins. Dinner includes a banquet-style served meal. Entertainment by Damon L. Brown, a gospel/jazz saxophonist, and the Feedback Band. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 218-9333.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday, Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. Adults $22-$37, children $12-$37. www.ringling.com.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Macon City Auditorium, 415 First St. $48-$78. 751-9232 or ticketmaster.com.
Little Carnegie of the South Black History Month Celebration
3 p.m. Sunday, Little Carnegie of the South, 1954 Forsyth St. With Ronald Campbell, bass baritone, and Susan McDuffie, piano. Reception following concert. $35 adults, $30 seniors, $25 students. For reservations, call Louise Barfield at 256-3388.
9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday-Thursday and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. Suited for ages 3-7. $7 for morning performances. Evening performance is $16 adults, $11 students. www.thegrandmacon.com, 301-5470.
8 p.m. Feb. 9, Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second St. $10. 257-6391. www.coxcapitoltheatre.com.
Brothers and Sisters Jam
7 p.m. Feb. 16, Armory Ballroom, 484 First St. Featuring Gringo Grande and I.H. Lonely Hearts Club Band, live and silent auction. Benefits the Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House. thebighousemuseum.com or 741-5551, extension 1. $50 individual; $750 tables.
Legends of Motown
7:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Grand Opera House, 651 Mulberry St. Dressed in classic Motown style, Rick Ingram, Prentiss Smoke Jones and Earl Vinson entertain in this live music and dance performance. $22. 301-5470.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23, 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. Monster trucks tear through obstacles. $10-$35. 751-9232 or ticketmaster.com.
Kelly Swanson, storyteller and comedian
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 23, Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave. Sponsored by Coliseum Health System. A day for women to reconnect with themselves, laugh, discuss their health, refresh their minds, dance and lighten their hearts. Reservations required by calling 746-4646. $10 per person, includes lunch and door prizes.
Aaron ORourke Trio
7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Juliette Opry, Juliette. Featuring Aaron ORourke, mountain dulcimer, Katie Geringer, fiddle, and Erik Alvar, bass. $20. www.acousticproductions.com.
Celebrating African American Women In Music
6 p.m. Feb. 23, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Presented by Kali Dance Studio for the Arts. $15. 742-2000.
First Friday Dance
8-10 p.m. Friday, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 301 Cherry St. Sponsored by Paula East and USA Dance No. 6059. www.gshf.org. 752-1585. $5 per person.
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jocks & Jills, 4680 Sheraton Drive. Guided practice for beginners. Free. 742-9367.
Macon Shag Club
6:45 p.m. shag lessons, 7:30 p.m. dancing, Thursdays, Holiday Inn Macon North, 3953 River Place Drive. 960-3450. Free.
8 p.m. Fridays, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9, 4493 Houston Ave. Dixie Pride Band. 784-1454. $7.
9 p.m. Saturdays, VFW Post 658, 4864 Harrison Road. Band: Winchester. 218-5815. $7. Singles welcome.
Pairs and Spares Square Dance
6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, North Macon Park Recreation Center, Wimbish Road. Caller: Lee Dixon. 757-2912. Free.
Western Square Dancers of Macon Square Dance Club
6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, except fourth Thursdays, Howard Community Club, 5645 Forsyth Road. Caller: Bob Shiver. Cuer: Jack Raye. 935-8364. Free.
North Macon Square Dancers Dance
6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 815 N. Macon Park Drive. 471-1560.
Bleckley County Jamboree
7 p.m. Fridays, Oak Grove Community Center, Ga. 126, Cochran. Classic country and gospel music, featuring Josh Lucas and Friends. (478) 230-3380. Free.
Hollonville Opry House
6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Ga. 362, Hollonville. This week: Tommy, Rita and Margie, Due South, Gospel Gazette and Kirkland and Friends. (770) 228-4832 or hollonvilleopry.com. Free; operated on donations.
Juliette Opry House
5:30 p.m. front porch local bluegrass jam; 7 p.m. open mic stage show; 8 p.m. headliner stage show; every first Saturday; Ga. 87, Juliette. Call 335-3895 for tickets or buy online at www.acousticproductions.com. $17.
Ole Clinton Opry
6:30-10 p.m. Fridays, 215 Old Ga. 18, Gray. This week: 7 p.m. Good Time Band, 8:45 p.m. Charles Oliver and Friends. (478) 461-3544 or oleclintonopry.com. Free; donations accepted.
4-9 p.m. Saturdays; south onto Powersville Road off Ga. 247 Connector between Warner Robins and Ga. 49. This week: 4:30 p.m. House Band, 6 p.m. Good Time Band, 7:30 p.m. Southern Nites Band. Also open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. (478) 328-0678 or powersvilleopry.com. Free.
Wagon House Opry
6:30-10 p.m. Saturdays, 699 Altman Road, Haddock. This week: 6:30 p.m. Slim Pickins, 7:30 p.m. Ray Knighton and Wanel Collins. Contact Randy, (478) 363-1274. Free; donations accepted.
Williamson Music Barn
Saturdays, 2232 Ga. 362 West, Williamson. Call John Williams, (770) 380-1935 or (770) 595-6947. For bookings, call (770) 375-8490. Free; donations accepted.
Macon Film Guild
Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Films show at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10: The Sessions. March 10: Holy Motors. April 14: Amour. Documentary series special presentation: West of Memphis at 7:30 p.m. April 23. 742-2000. Maconfilmguild.org. $5.
CollegeTown Film Series
All movies at 7 p.m., Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Thursday: Moonrise Kingdom. Discussion to follow the movie. $5, free with student ID. 742-2000.
Soy Andina documentary movie
7 p.m. Feb. 11, Black Box Theatre, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville. About dancer and choreographer Cynthia Paniagua. Discussion with director Mitchell Teplitsky after the film.
Senior Cinema: Glory
2 p.m. Feb. 13, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free for seniors. 742-2000.
Joshuas Birthday Bash
6-11 p.m. Saturday, Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway. Featuring emcees Ben Jones and Lorra Lynch Jones, the Harold E. Thomas and Danger Zone Band and the Phillips Performing Art Dancers. Dinner, silent auction and dancing. Tickets can be purchased at Stephens Fashions, 2639 Montpelier Ave., by calling Labrina Solomon, 361-3541, or at www.joshuaswish.org. Proceeds will benefit the brain tumor program at St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. $50 per person, $60 day of the event.
An Evening of Solegrass
7 p.m. Monday, Blackbird Coffee, 114 W. Hancock St., Milledgeville. Hosted by the Rev. Jeff Mosier. Benefits Soles for Sou8ls Haiti relief project. Admission: gently used pair of shoes or clothing. www.blackbirdcoffee.com.
Hard Hat Party: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, at the Showhouse, 1120 Georgia Ave. Hosted by the Historic Macon Foundation. The Hard Hat Party gives attendees the chance to see the home before construction and decorating take place. A light meal, wine and beer will be served; $25 per person in advance, $30 at door. www.historicmacon.org. 742-5084.
Lincolns Emancipation of a Georgia House Servant
2 p.m. Saturday, Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry St. Mia McKie presents a program on how Abraham Lincolns emancipation proclamation affected the lives of slaves in the South. Includes a tour of the Cannonball House and one of Macons original servants quarters. 745-5982. $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students. 745-5982.
Michael W. Kitchens
7 p.m. Monday, Stone Depot, East Adams Street, Forsyth. The author of Ghosts of Grandeur: Georgias Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations will speak at the Monroe County Historical Society. Visitors welcome. Ralph Bass, (478) 994-6786, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Geraldine Phillips-Davis Book Signing
1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Summers Landing, 600 S. Kimberly Road, Warner Robins. Davis will be reading from and signing copies of her new book, In Spite of Color: From the Plantation to the White House. Free.
6 p.m. Wednesday, Taylor Amphitheatre, Wesleyan College. Screening of a new documentary by Douglas Blackmon, a Wall Street Journal and Washington Post editor and author. Free. 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Porter Auditorium, Wesleyan College, discussion of Blackmons book, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black People in America from the Civil War to WWII, which won the 2009 Pultizer Prize.
Stories of the Road: From Creek Confederacy to the Southern Confederacy
3 p.m. Feb. 23, Visitor Center, Ocmulgee National Monument, 1207 Emery Highway. Presented by author and historian Conie Mac Darnell. 752-8257. Free.
Friday-March 11 (registration), Feb. 10-May 4 (log physical activity). Kick-off event: 10 a.m. Feb. 9, Central City Park, downtown Macon. Sponsored by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Increase your physical activity in a fun, community-oriented way, as an individual or part of a four-person team. www.walkgeorgia.org. Bibb County Extension Office, 751-6338. Free.
Sidney Laniers 171st Birthday Celebration
2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 935 High St. Sidneys birthday celebration will feature L. Ward Abel, poet, composer and performer of music, teacher and retired lawyer. Champagne and cake reception. Free. www.historicmacon.org.
Georgia Wildlife Federation Great Outdoors Show
1-7 p.m. Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 9 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 10, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry. $8; $5 seniors and kids ages 6-12; kids under 6 free with an adult. www.gwf.org
Mardi Gras in Mercer Village
Begins at 11 a.m. Feb. 12, Mercer Village, near Mercer University, Macon. New Orleans fare at all of the restaurants and a Bourbon Street style celebration at night. Crafts for the kids, street performers and more. Free. www.collegehillmacon.com.
Regional Bridge Tournament
9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Feb. 18-24, Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive. Tournament game for players of all levels. For more information, visit maconbridge.blogspot.com/p/tournaments.html.
Georgia National Rodeo
7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry. $8-$22. www.georgianationalfair.com
Life as a Creek Indian
2 p.m. Feb. 23, High Falls State Park, 76 High Falls Park Drive, Jackson. Learn what life was like for the Creek Indians before settlers arrived. With stories, crafts and games. $5 plus $5 parking. (478) 993-3053.