Fun Things to Do in February 2021 – Week 2
Artist Talks at Aiken Center for the Arts – Feb 18 & 25
Join us for two Artist Talks! Offered in person and via zoom!
Exhibiting artists Robert Campbell, Camryn Finnan and Whitney Kurlan will be presenting with guest speakers from conservation organizations. Learn more about the ‘going…going…gone’ exhibition online HERE!
Exhibiting artists with Paul Swart from Rhino Conservation Botswana
Thursday, February 18 at 6 PM
Paul Swart volunteers his time as USA trustee of Rhino Conservation Botswana. He works with and helps raise funds for the conservation to help prevent rhinos from becoming extinct.
Rhino Conservation Botswana is working to increase and protect populations of black and white rhinos in Botswana.
Exhibiting artists with Peter Blinston from Painted Dog Conservation
Thursday, February 25 at 12 PM
Wildlife conservationist and Executive Director of Painted Dog Conservation (PDC), Peter Blinston, has a lifelong mission to save the highly endangered painted dogs of Zimbabwe. He has been featured on BBC Earth and National Geographic for his work with PDC.
Painted Dog Conservation works with local populations of both humans and dogs, via conservation, education, and outreach programs, to help them not only survive in Africa, but thrive.
There will be limited in person seating, call 803-641-9094 to reserve your spot. Zoom option will also be available.
An Evening of Jazz with Wycliffe Gordon, presented by Augusta African-American Historical Society – Feb 18 | 7PM | Facebook LIVE
Hosted by Garden City Jazz
Jazz virtuoso Wycliffe Gordon performs a program of classics and new standards in an online concert. Sit back and enjoy great music and support the community from the comfort of your own home. Concert broadcast on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitch.
The Augusta African-American Historical Society (AAAHS) was a vision of the late Edward McIntyre, Sr. He wanted to not only preserve African-American history, but also to educate our community, especially the youth, of our rich history right here in Augusta.
This concert is FREE, but please consider donating to The Augusta African-American Historical Society. Donations accepted online HERE.
The Augusta Symphony presents: America Livestream – Feb 20 | 7:30 PM
The Augusta Symphony presents a reimagined concert to feature a smaller orchestra, limited audience capacity, physical distancing, and no intermission.
Songs include: YOUSUFI Freedom, GOLIJOV Last Round, COPLAND Appalachian Spring, STUART COOLIDGE Pioneer Dances, WALKER Lyric, and TORKE Ash.
Cost: $10 per household. The link to watch the concert will be emailed 3 days prior to the performance.
The Augusta Jr. Players presents THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall – Feb 20 & 21
THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall presented by The Augusta Jr. Players
DIRECTED BY Roy Lewis
FEATURING Darrick Brown as Dr. Martin Luther King and Chyra Strong as Camae
THE STORY: A gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.
BROADCAST DATES / TIMES: Saturday, February 20 at 2PM. Sunday, February 21 at 2PM & 7PM (RESERVATIONS CLOSE TWO HOURS BEFORE THE BROADCAST TIME)
RESERVATION TICKET FEE: $15 per viewing household / group. Additional donations are greatly appreciated.
*** Rated PG for historical language. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
AU Writing Project Author Series – Susan Beth Pfeffer – Feb 22 | 6 PM
The AU Writing Project will welcome nine nationally known, award-winning authors to its Spring 2021 series of virtual author talks!
Author Susan Beth Pfeffer will join the AU College of Education on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. Pfeffer’s writing career spans 35 years and 75 books. She is best-known for her series of post-apocalyptic novels, officially titled “The Life As We Knew It Series,” but often called “The Last Survivors” or “Moon Crash” series, some of which have appeared on the New York Times Bestselling List.
Join us by registering HERE! Free and open to both the AU community and members of the National Writing Project.
Zoom link will be emailed to registrants in advance. Questions? Contact Dr. Rebecca Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2021 Wet Paint Party! – Feb 27
Don’t miss the 2021 WetPaint Party and Art Sale on Saturday, February 27th!
Digital Doors open at 8pm! The virtual event is free this year!
Grab your Signature Drink Kit, a To-Go meal from your favorite local restaurant, and come Party with us!
The WetPaint Party remembers and celebrates one of Augusta’s great artists, Philip Morsberger.
The party includes online art by local artists for sale at great prices, fashion models by Vintage Ooollee, performances by local musicians, featuring Emcees “The Empress of Cool” and “Black Pavarotti”, WetPaint Artist Interviews, special presentations, Home-Party Crashings, 2021 Signature drink “The Cure” with bourbon from Second City Distillery, and WetPaint Party Raffles for Restaurant Gift Certificates!
11th Annual Black History Jazz Concert Featuring: Preston & Weston – Feb 27 | 7 PM
One song can bring back a thousand memories! The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department is set to host the 11th Annual Black History Jazz Concert, featuring local favorites Preston & Weston.
Location: Lessie B. Price Aiken Senior & Youth Center (841 Edgefield Ave NW, Aiken, SC 29801)
Cost: Tables of six (6) seats each will vary in price based on location to the stage:
-General Admission tables ($54.00)
-Mid-Level tables ($60.00)
-Premium tables ($72.00)
Tickets must be purchased at Smith-Hazel Center ( 400 Kershaw St NE, Aiken, SC 29801) Tickets are on sale 1/8/2021-2/21/2021. There will be no day of table sales for the concert. Face coverings are required to attend the event.
2021 TIFF Indie Lens Pop-Up Series | Mr. SOUL! – Feb 17 | 7 PM | FREE
Hosted by Teaneck International Film Festival
In 1968, producer Ellis Haizlip developed a new show aimed at Black audiences, one that used the familiar variety-show format to display and celebrate the breadth of Black culture. For five years, the public television series SOUL! highlighted Black literature, music, and politics, and often paired guests in unexpected juxtapositions that gave them an opportunity to shine in unique ways. Haizlip presided over the show as an unusual, unassuming host who conducted interviews with both an intense interest and laid-back style, attracting notable, eclectic figures to the show, and providing a national platform for previously unheard voices.
Register to see a FREE screening of this amazing film!
Grants and Proposals for Artists – Feb 20 | 10 AM – 12 PM | FREE
Hosted by Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Learn the basics of grant writing and proposal preparation from Molten Capital founder Ben Zawalich. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to interpret grant guidelines, develop compelling proposals, and assemble key supporting materials.
Creative Economy Series 2021
This workshop is being offered as part of the Creative Economy Workshop Series at MassArt. This series of one-day, non-credit lectures and workshops is focused on professional development for practicing and aspiring creative entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and freelancers.
The Art of Stylized Portraiture with Lindsay Adler – Feb 20 | 3 PM – 4:45 PM | FREE
Hosted by Canon Creator Lab
Learn the key tools and processes from photographer and educator Lindsay Adler for conceptualizing and creating one-of-a-kind portraits.
Join us on Saturday, February 20th for an online Socality x Canon Creator Lab workshop with instruction from commercial, portrait, and fashion photographer Lindsay Adler (@lindsayadler_photo) as she instructs a live online workshop on portrait photography and “The Art of Stylized Portraiture”. Lindsay will be sharing a variety of processes, tools, techniques, and experiences to give you the inspiration and practical tips needed to create your own creative masterpieces.
Cost: FREE – RSVP to secure your spot.
Remembering Milton Glaser – Feb 24 | 7 – 8 PM | FREE
Hosted by The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
A panel of graphic designers discuss the work of Milton Glaser, a 1951 graduate of The Cooper Union
Milton Glaser, a luminary in the art of graphic design, had an outsized impact on those in his field and beyond. Join us for a discussion of his vast body of work as we honor his incredible legacy. A panel of designers will comment on Glaser’s work and his influence. Panelists include Gail Anderson, Walter Bernard, Seymour Chwast A’51, Steven Doyle A’78, Steven Heller, Mirko Ili´c, Jonathan Key, Ellen Lupton A’85, Reynold Ruffins A’51, and Zipeng Zhu.
This event will be streamed live on The Cooper Union’s YouTube channel. Login information will be sent to attendees the day of the event.
Mariano’s Celebrates Black History Month: Chef Dominique Leach, Goode Foods – Feb 26 | 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | FREE
We’re celebrating Black History Month all month long. We’re so excited to cook and connect with Chef Dominique Leach and Goode Foods!
Cook and connect with Chef Dominique Leach of Lexington Betty Smoke House during Mariano’s Celebration of Black History Month. Chef Dominque will be using Chicago-local vendor Goode Foods canned beans and vegetables!
Join Dominique & Goode Foods on February 26th at 5:30pm (central time). We can’t wait to see you there!
On the Menu:
Black Bean Hoppin’ John
Brisket Baked Beans
Cast Iron Johnny Cakes
Green Beans, Potatoes and Smoked Turkey Tails
Look out for the video conference link in your Eventbrite Order Confirmation email!
Reconnect: Finger Painting Workshop – March 3 | 10 AM – 11 AM | FREE
Hosted by Ricefield Arts
Fiona will guide us to re-discover our inner child at this Art for Wellbeing session. We’ll draw a self portrait, before colouring it in with finger painting!
The current situation is stressful for many of us, and you may be yearning to go back to a time when things were more simple, carefree and innocent. This workshop will allow us to reflect on our childhood, tapping into our imagination to take us on exciting journeys.
Recommended for: 10+ (children will require adult supervision). No art experience required.