First Friday events feature arts, authors

Special to The TelegraphOctober 4, 2013 

First Fridays are always special, but this month’s event is especially so. The Crossroads Writers Conference begins Friday with Cotton Avenue turning into “Authors Avenue” from 6-8 p.m. This event, which is open to the public, will feature readings, book signings and music. The conference itself begins at 1 p.m. and continues through Sunday at Mercer University.

Also this weekend is the start of the three-day One City Art Festival, a collaborative event that will bring together six local organizations. Don’t you just love it when various groups pull together for the good of all? Tonight’s big event is the First Friday Art Crawl, which will have you walking down the CWC’s “Authors Avenue” as you stroll from one venue to another. Saturday evening will see “Paint the Village” at the Middle Georgia Art Association Gallery, followed on Sunday by free admission to exhibits at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Music, too

Also downtown for First Friday is the appearance of the renowned jazz group Spyro Gyra at the Douglass Theatre. The Douglass will continue to enjoy the spotlight Saturday when it teams up with the Central Georgia Opera Guild to present the high-definition broadcast of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin,” the season opener at the Metropolitan Opera.

And don’t forget that students are free at Sunday’s performance by flutist Eugenia Zuckerman at the Warner Robins Community Concert Association.

Come Tuesday the Fabian Concert Series at Mercer will present Cello in the Spotlight ($12 adults), while Wednesday will see another free performance when Macon native Ben Altman returns home for a 7:30 p.m. concert. Since leaving Georgia, the guitarist has studied at several of the country’s leading conservatories.

Also, Howard High School orchestra director and fine arts chair John Sweat last week became the first recipient of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Award for his role in community arts leadership.

On stage

Theater is not plentiful this weekend locally, so this might be a good time to drive north. At the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival (at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Theatre) we can see Winsphere Jones’ “Thy Kingdom Come” today at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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