Hill: Get fired up for weekend’s arts events

April 25, 2014 

Art students from universities around the world flock to Cortona, Italy, each spring to hone their clay sculpting skills. When they arrive, they are most often presented with huge slabs of clay from Lizella and other sites in our region. Clay is as home-grown, organic and natural an art medium as it gets in Middle Georgia, having first been used by the inhabitants at Ocmulgee National Monument where the earliest piece of stamped pottery was found and is on display.

Nine years ago, the Macon Arts Alliance created a celebration of our native art form and tonight a fun and festive Preview Party launches the 2014 Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale. The event has grown into the largest exhibition of functional and sculptural ceramics in the state, showcasing 70 professional artists from throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Whether you prefer fine pieces with intricate glaze or fun folk art face jugs, there is something for everyone with pieces that defy imagination and at times the laws of physics. Workshops, lectures and other special events make this an event not to miss in Macon’s Central City Park.

If you’re looking for free, family-friendly entertainment tonight, try the outdoor screening of “Hook” (as in Captain Hook of “Peter Pan” fame) at Luther Williams Field or the Mercer University Singers Farewell Concert in Fickling Hall.

While Macon’s theater scene is in rehearsals for the final performances of the season, Warner Robins Little Theatre opens “That Darn Plot” tonight. The comedy about a playwright who struggles to bridge the gap between the characters in his play and the people who bring them to life, runs through May 10.

Fans of live performances may experience the Metropolitan Opera’s live HD broadcast of Mozart’s beloved opera about young love, “Cosi fan tutte,” at the Douglass Theatre on Saturday afternoon, while watercolor enthusiasts can experience a live demonstration by artist Jack Shields at Middle Georgia Art Association’s Ingleside gallery Saturday morning. Saturday evening, former finalists of TV’s “American Idol” take the stage at the Grand Opera House to perform Broadway showtunes live in “American Idol Stars Celebrate Broadway.” Sunday, students of Mercer’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings perform a free, family-friendly concert of chamber works at 3 p.m. in Fickling Hall.

Middle Georgia State College opens its production of Tennessee Williams’ timeless drama “The Glass Menagerie” on April 30. Performances continue in the Fine Arts Building auditorium through May 4.

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

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