Hill: A valentine for our creative community

February 14, 2014 

The arts scene is like a box of chocolates this week, with something to satisfy any sweet tooth. With Cupid’s arrow famously focused on romantic love, why can’t we also make this a day to show some love for the arts in our community?

Love, in this instance, means buying a ticket to an event, purchasing a piece of art from a local gallery (prices start at $5), downloading a song by a local artist, or making a donation -- large or small -- to an arts nonprofit whose work makes you love our community a little more. This kind of love lasts longer than flowers and it is far better for your figure than sweets.

Metaphors aside, the Tubman African American Museum’s annual Death By Chocolate fundraiser pairs elegant cuisine and decadent desserts with music and dance in an unforgettable event tonight at the City Auditorium. Saturday night, the Houston Arts Alliance hosts a similarly cocoa-centric concoction, Art of Chocolate, at the Perry Arts Center. With an art exhibit, live music, silent auction and chocolate dishes from several local chefs, it’s another foodie fundraiser for Valentine’s weekend.

The theater community is brimming with performances you’ll love. It is opening weekend for new productions of the political satire “The Best Man” at Theatre Macon, Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” at Mercer University Theatre and “Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes” at Warner Robins Little Theatre. It is the final weekend to catch the classic “Our Town” at Macon Little Theatre, “Rabbit Hole” at Middle Georgia State College, and “A Bench in the Sun” at Forsyth’s Backlot Players.

If you prefer big screen entertainment, head to the Douglass Theatre for London’s National Theatre broadcast of “War Horse” live this Sunday, or for the CollegeTown Film Series screening of “Vera Drake” on Thursday. Speaking of screenings, do you have your pass yet for the 2014 Macon Film Festival? It’s only two weeks away!

Live music lovers may enjoy the Wesleyannes in concert with pianist Chenny Gann on Saturday at Little Carnegie of the South, and Celtic Woman at the City Auditorium on Thursday night.

If words make your heart beat a little faster, head to Sidney’s Salon on Tuesday night when author Gary Younge will speak about his latest book, “The Speech,” about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

With so many offerings, what’s not to love?

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

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