Hill: Art, music, theater abound

January 31, 2014 

The new year of arts events continues to move at breakneck speed. February’s First Friday is still a week away, but there is plenty to do this week. Tonight, Mercer University’s art department will host Irish artist Brendon Jamison for a lecture about his work at 6 p.m. Then at 10 a.m. Monday, Jamison will host a talk about the new exhibition “Glue,” featuring contemporary collage and located in Mercer’s Plunkett Gallery through Feb. 28.

If Jamison’s talk inspires you to create your own work, join artist Kari Waltz tonight at the 567 Center for Renewal for Corks and Canvas, an acrylic painting workshop that begins at 7.

The Douglass Theatre hosts a gospel jazz concert featuring Lavel Belle and violinist Karen Briggs tonight at 7:30. Proceeds benefit Macon A Change Youth Empowerment Center. The Macon chapter of the American Guild of Organists hosts its annual Hymn Festival at 4 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church. Milburn Price directs a choir and instrumentalists Cam Bishop, Gail Pollock and the Mercer University Faculty Brass Quintet.

This Sunday, the Douglass hosts the National Theatre’s live broadcast of Shakespeare’s political tragedy “Coriolanus” at 3 p.m. In my book, nothing matches the thrill of the interplay of energy at a live performance. However these broadcasts of some of the world’s finest theater productions feature incredible acting with cameras taking you in for stunning close-ups that you cannot get from a theater seat.

Rehearsals for the February festival of plays are well underway with Macon Little Theatre’s “Our Town,” Theatre Macon’s “The Best Man,” Warner Robins Little Theatre’s “Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes” and Perry Players’ “Unnecessary Farce” opening in the coming weeks.

Mercer Theatre kicks it all off with the opening of their production of Steve Martin’s hilarious play “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” at the Back Door Theatre in Willingham Hall this Thursday at 7 p.m. Martin imagines a meeting of Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein and Elvis in a French bistro in the 1940s in this witty work.

Tuesday, Wesleyan College will host two arts events. Children’s book author and educator Esme Raji Codell will give a free talk in the Benson Room at the Candler Alumnae Building at 7 p.m. Then, the Macon Concert Association will present rising piano star Steven Lin at Burden Parlor in the Olive Swann Porter Building at 7:30 p.m.

Contact J. Cindy Hill at jcindyhill@gmail.com.

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