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Pan African Festival and more on the horizon

Opening next weekend is the Tubman Museum's first Pan African Festival since the handsome new 49,000-square-foot home opened on Cherry Street, so it's only fitting that this year's event -- happening April 22-24 -- will be held inside the new facility and on Cherry Street Plaza out in front.

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Painting brings memories of planting musical roots

There's a piece of art hanging above the nightstand on my bedroom wall. Its black frame is nicked and dented and the glass covering the image is a bit scratched from taking part in numerous moves. Despite the housing's slight dinginess, the piece has stuck with me through the years and is always one of the first to go up on a wall where it's easily seen.

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Celebrate Earth Day at Mulberry Market

Earth Day has been celebrated all over the world since the 1970s. It was started as a way to make people more aware of their environment. In some places, Earth Day is expanded and celebrated for an entire week. Although the official date for Earth Day is April 22, Macon-Bibb County will hold its annual Earth Day celebration April 20 in Tattnall Square Park.

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'Don't be afraid of first class'

For the past four years, this past week has been a struggle for me. From March 16-20, Austin Texas hosts SXSW (South by Southwest), one of the music industry's largest music/tech/networking festivals.

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BOX SEAT: Events draw diverse cross-section of community

What a glorious time the last few weeks have been. For starters, we have been reminded that before we can solve a problem, we have first to acknowledge it. Macon-born violinist Robert McDuffie, for the second year in a row, reminded the community that while racial divisions still abound, the arts can address the human condition in a way that other forces cannot.

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BOX SEAT: Highlighting stage and screen

Lovers of "all things Alfred Hitchcock" -- dubbed "Hitchockians" here -- will want to see "The 39 Steps," currently in production by the Perry Players. This play is a mash-up of the 1915 spy novel by Scottish historian John Buchan and the 1935 thriller film by the English director. (By the way, it's an interesting note that the film has a complicated copyright status that depends upon in which country you live. For example, it was in the public domain for many years in the United States until 2012.)

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EAR TO THE GROUND: Macon the band

With the announcement that the Capricorn Sound Studios building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will undergo a large-scale restoration, it seems that a long-empty block will again be alive with activity, as plans for the building include a music incubator, exhibit and performance space, all surrounded by the largest residential development project that downtown Macon has seen in a generation.

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BOX SEAT: Harmonic voices resound with love

Last spring during the international championships of the Barbershop Harmony Society -- a worldwide organization of barbershop groups -- I shared a bit about Middle Georgia's very own harmonizing a cappella group, the Heart of Georgia Barbershop Chorus.

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EAR TO THE GROUND: Annual benefit honors veteran, helps to preserve cemetery

Once again, it's time for the annual Rock 'n' Soul for Sergeant Rodney M. Davis fundraiser. Four years ago, the 1/5 Vietnam Veterans partnered with the Macon Cemetery Preservation Corporation to coordinate this benefit. One half of the proceeds go to a scholarship fund for Bibb County public high school ROTC students, and the other half is used for preservation of the historic Linwood Cemetery, where Sergeant Rodney M. Davis is interred.

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Little Richard's Pleasant Hill takes "hold of its destiny"

The Pleasant Hill neighborhood, split by the construction of Interstate 75 decades years ago, is celebrating a renaissance anchored by the old Little Richard Penniman house, which was moved April 25, 2017, for highway expansion.
Liz Fabian and Woody Marshall The Telegraph
Little Richard's Pleasant Hill takes 2:09

Little Richard's Pleasant Hill takes "hold of its destiny"

Storage shed falls off trailer on Gray Highway 0:27

Storage shed falls off trailer on Gray Highway

BodyCam: Wrestling alligator back to wild 2:19

BodyCam: Wrestling alligator back to wild

Deputy wrestles alligator back into the swamp 2:18

Deputy wrestles alligator back into the swamp