Fennelly: Theater, books, films fill the week in midstate

February 21, 2014 

It doesn’t get much better than this: There are a half-dozen shows running on midstate stages, while looming in the next 10 days are the Friends of the Library Old Book Sale and the opening of the ninth annual Macon Film Festival, not to mention a variety of art and music events.

Rolling into the Grand Opera House on Saturday night is “Man of LaMancha,” the musical version of Cervantes’ 1605 novel “Don Quixote.” This weekend also offers the last opportunities to see Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” at Theatre Macon and “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” at Mercer University’s Backdoor Theatre. Continuing to run is “Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes” at Warner Robins Little Theatre, while opening tonight at the Perry Players is “Unnecessary Farce,” followed Wednesday by the musical “Willy Wonka” at Georgia College and State University.

Much more

Theater is just a fraction of the good things that await us. The Friends of the Library’s Old Book Sale will draw thousands of book lovers of every age and description to Central City Park (yes, they’re back to the old location) beginning with the Preview Party on Wednesday. For less than $20 it’s possible to fill the proverbial six-foot shelf.

The Old Book Sale officially opens Thursday, also the day that the Macon Film Festival opens. This event, now in its ninth year, brings all sorts of talent to our city each year, and it has amazing after-parties that allow us to rub elbows with these folk.

Meanwhile, we’ve also got art and music on the entertainment calendar. Tonight, the Mercer Jazz Ensemble will be performing under the leadership of Monty Cole, and Sunday will bring “The Color of Sound” (flautist Candace Keach and pianist Gordon Porth) to the Music and the Arts at Vineville series.

In the art world, today is our final opportunity to see work by Eric O’Dell and Roger Jamison at Milledgeville’s Marlor Arts Center, while tonight is the opening of the Middle Georgia Art Association’s Winter Arts Festival.

Breaking news

The Grand Opera House has announced that on Feb. 28 it will host a staged reading of “Combustible/Burn,” Andrew Silver’s compelling story of Sam Oni and the desegregation of Mercer University nearly 50 years ago. This is powerful stuff. Scot Mann will direct.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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