Fennelly: Seven loaded weekends between now and Christmas

November 8, 2013 

The news that the annual Festival of Trees at the Museum of Arts and Sciences opens Wednesday and the realization that the opening of “Christmas Belles” at the Backlot Players is just a week away shout loudly that a visit from a certain jolly old elf is drawing close.

Indeed, the Macon Symphony Orchestra’s “Home for the Holidays” concert is just four weekends away. Tickets are said to be going fast for this Sunday afternoon affair with guest conductor David Keith. Just days later, Macon’s newest musical attraction, the Macon Pops, will once again heat up the City Auditorium with “It’s the Holiday Season” and special guest Floco Torres.

Watch this space, folks, there are just seven weekends between now and Christmas, and a sleigh-load of entertainment headed our way.

Theater ahead

One of the major events on the horizon is both literary and theatrical. Mercer University will host the International Vladimir Volkoff Colloquium on Nov. 15-16 on the life and writing of the Russo-French author and former Macon resident, while opening Thursday will be a production of Volkoff’s “Love Kills” at Mercer’s Back Door Theater.

Also opening Thursday is the Milledgeville Players’ production of “Smoke on the Mountain” (conceived by Jones County native Alan Bailey). The following night, as mentioned above, “Christmas Belles” will open at the Rose Theater in Forsyth.

Meanwhile, Warner Robins Little Theatre continues “Baggage” through Nov. 16.

Art news

The current exhibition at the Tubman African American Museum is “The Excavation of Lost Souls,” and Friday night’s reception will honor the Maryland-based artist Ulysses Marshall, a native of Vienna, Ga.

Also Friday night is the opening reception for “Simply Fabulous, Darling” at Art on the Avenue in historic Ingleside Village.

Metropolitan Opera

The Douglass Theatre and the Central Georgia Opera Guild will be teaming up to present a broadcast of Puccini’s “Tosca” live in HD on Saturday. The following day, the historic theater will be hosting the Macon Film Guild and the movie “The Hunt” (Danish).

Georgia Gives Day

Thanks to the 567 Center for Renewal for reminding me that Georgia Gives Day is coming Nov. 13, presenting a beautiful opportunity to support our favorite non-profit organizations. Last year’s event -- the first in the state -- raised almost $800,000, but organizers hope for more this year. More than 1,000 organizations are registered with the Website www.gagivesday.org.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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