Cultural experiences abound in midstate

May 5, 2013 

Middle Georgians have plenty of options when it comes to exploring the fine arts locally. Visual art of all media can be found within a short drive, and the performing arts abound for old and young alike, and every age in between as well.

Bibb County

Theater Macon: 438 Cherry St., Macon. 746-9485. Box office hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, beginning the Monday prior to the opening of a show, and also open one hour prior to each performance. Unless otherwise noted, individual tickets to Theatre Macon mainstage productions are $25 general admission, $20 seniors and $15 students. Theatre Macon produces six major productions each year in its regular season and at least one major summer show. The Youth Actors Company produces three productions each year; auditions are open to youth ages 12-18. YAC show ticket prices are $18 adults and $12 students.

Macon Little Theatre: 4220 Forsyth Road, Macon. 471-PLAY or 477-3342. Box office hours: 1-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. Wednesday-Saturday shows start at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees start at 2:30 p.m. $18 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students. The Macon Little Theatre presents several stage art and musical hits starring area residents.

Cox Capitol Theatre: 382 Second St., Macon. 257-6391. Admission prices vary by event. The Cox Capitol Theatre operates as a movie house and live entertainment venue.

The Grand Opera House: 651 Mulberry St., Macon. 301-5470. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Admission prices vary by event. The Grand brings live, professional performing arts and entertainment to its stage through the Broadway Series of nationally touring productions as well as a variety of special events throughout the year and the GrandKids Arts Education Series.

Douglass Theatre: 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Macon. 742-2000. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. Admission prices vary by event. The historic Douglass Theatre provides multicultural events and films as well as educational performances for area school children.

The Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance: 486 First St., Macon. 743-6940. Gallery hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, 5-8 p.m. First Fridays each month. Free. The gallery exhibits and sells work by local artists working in pottery, painting, jewelry, photography, sculpture, fabric arts and more.

Middle Georgia Art Association: 2330 Ingleside Ave., Macon. 744-9557. Noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and noon-3 p.m. Saturdays. Free. MGAA hosts exhibits featuring art in a variety of media produced by local artists as well as a Holiday Artists’ Market, the Winter Arts Festival and the Mulberry Street Arts Festival.

Museum of Arts and Sciences: 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon. 477-3232. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5-$10. The museum features art and science exhibitions, the Mark Smith Planetarium and observatory, a mini-zoo, the Discovery House with interactive exhibits, nature trails and more.

The 567 Center for Renewal: 533 Cherry St., Macon. 238-6051. Each First Friday, the 567 holds an art opening for the new exhibit from 6-9 p.m. In addition to First Fridays, the gallery is also open by appointment. The 567 hosts monthly exhibits by artists from Middle Georgia and the Southeast.

Tubman African American Museum: 340 Walnut St., Macon. 743-8544. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Non-members: $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 military and college students with ID, $4 children ages 3-17, free for children under 2. The museum features exhibits of African-American art, history and culture.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame: 301 Cherry St., Macon. 752-1585. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. $8 ages 17 and older, $6 seniors, college and military, $3.50 children under 16. The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame features exhibits covering the history of sports in a hall of fame that honors more than 300 inductees.

Cannonball House: 856 Mulberry St., Macon. 745-5982. $6 adults, $5 seniors and military, $3 students. Built in 1853 of Greek Revival architecture, the Cannonball House sustained damage during the Civil War and contains period furnishings and a Civil War military collection.

The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House: 2321 Vineville Ave., Macon. 741-5551. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. $8 adults, $6 seniors and military, $4 children ages 3-10. The museum showcases guitars, other musical instruments, clothing and memorabilia belonging to the Allman Brothers Band.

Hay House: 934 Georgia Ave., Macon. 742-8155. $11 adults, $10 seniors and military, $7 students, free for children 5 and younger. This mansion built in the mid-1800s was fashioned after the mansions of Florence and Rome.

Sidney Lanier Cottage Museum: 935 High St., Macon. 743-3851. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, last tour at 3:30 p.m. $5 adults; $4 seniors, military with ID and AAA members; $3 youth ages 6-18; free for members of Historic Macon Foundation. The Sidney Lanier Cottage House Museum is the birthplace of poet, musician and soldier Sidney Lanier.

Houston County

Warner Robins Little Theatre: 502 South Pleasant Hill Road, Warner Robins. 929-4579. All show times: 8 p.m. evening shows or 2:30 p.m. matinees. $15 general admission, $12 students, seniors and military, $10 each in groups of 10 or more. The Warner Robins Little Theatre performs five plays per season.

The Perry Players: 909 Main St., Perry. 987-5354. Reservations taken 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays before a show. $15 adults, $12 seniors and military, $10 students and children. The Perry Players offer community theater and cultural activities.

Museum of Aviation: Ga. 247 at Russell Parkway, Warner Robins. 923-6600. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free. On display are more than 90 aircraft and exhibits focusing on aviation history as well as the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.

Monroe County

Monroe County Arts Alliance: 54 North Jackson St., Forsyth. (478) 994-8668. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays.

The Backlot Players at the Rose Theater: 23 West Johnston St., Forsyth. (478) 994-0443. Box office hours: 4-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays during the week of a show and two hours prior to show. $15 adults, $12 senior adults and students. Backlot Players present community theater in a historic venue.

Peach County

The Anderson House Museum and Welcome Center: Fort Valley University, corner of University Drive and Wright Street, Fort Valley. (478) 825-6445. 8-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free. FVSU’s oldest building houses the Biggs collection, featuring period furnishings, housewares and Civil War memorabilia dating from about 1860 to 1900.

Crawford County

Middle Georgia Folk Pottery Museum: Old Crawford County Courthouse, Knoxville. The museum focuses on the pottery unique to Crawford County and its historical importance to the area.

Museum of Southeastern Indians: 779 Julia Jordan Road, Roberta. (478) 836-2696. The museum features a collection of items from the American Indians who lived in the Southeast.

Old Jail Museum: 100 Commerce Place, Roberta. (770) 358-5884. The law enforcement archives of Crawford County are housed in the Old Jail Museum.

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