The Arts – January


Get ready to paint the town plaid at the 3rd Annual Newnan Robert Burns Weekend Celebration Jan 26 & 27. The Newnan Cultural Arts Commission, Newnan Coweta Historical Society, Newnan Theatre Company and the Order of the Tartan Chattahoochee Hills Chapter, co-sponsor this lively and entertaining event that celebrates Newnan’s unique relationship with sister city, Ayr, Scotland hometown of Scotland’s Bard, poet Robert Burns well-known for writing from the heart about life and love.

On Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m., see “A Newnan Outlander Adventure” stage show and after party at Newnan Theatre Company. Tickets $20 ($10 12 and under). Enjoy music by The Robert Mitchell Trio (, Doug Kees, January Duo, Rusty Tate, The McGees with dancing by The Southern Arc Dance Company. On Saturday Jan 27, 3:30 p.m. there’ll be a whisky tasting at The Cellar (tickets $25) along with a FREE Ceilidh Concert at 4:30 p.m. featuring some of the same musicians, followed by a Community Auld Lang Syne Sing-A-Long around the Courthouse Square at 6:15 p.m. The culminating event is the traditional Burns Supper Saturday evening 6:30 the Historic Train Depot complete with literary toasts, ceremony, dancing, haggis and more! Tickets for this not-to-be-missed event at or 770-251-0207.

Newnan Theatre Company will perform Peter & the Starcatcher, a play by Rick Elice, from Mar 1-11. Directed by Dale Lyles, the play is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, with music by Wayne Barker. It is an offbeat original story of the orphan Boy who didn’t grow up to be Peter Pan. Young Molly, daughter of Lord Leonard Aster, is the Starcatcher of the title, and together they survive sea voyages, shipwrecks, pirates, mermaids, and the mysterious “starstuff” in a magical, funny, and finally bittersweet story of responsibility and bravery. Former Newnanite Mike Funt, now a professional actor and educator in Los Angeles, brings his skills as an internationally-recognized clown and clowning instructor to bear on the role of the ludicrous pirate Black Stache. Director Lyles said, “Mike and I began working together when he was still in high school, and I am thrilled to be working with him again.  When I saw the show on Broadway, the first thought I had was that Mike Funt was meant to play the Stache.” Lyles added, “While Peter & the Starcatcher is definitely family friendly, it is not a ‘children’s show.’  It’s a very sophisticated script that I’m glad to have had the opportunity to tackle at NTC.” March 1-11, 8 p.m. Thurs, Fri, and Sat & 3 p.m. Sun. Tickets are available online at

The Newnan Coweta Historical Society celebrates its 45th anniversary with a special exhibition telling Coweta County history through objects from the collection. Curator Jessie Merrell has selected 45 objects, some that have not been seen in some time. Inspired by similar object-based exhibits at the Smithsonian and the Atlanta History Center, “45 Years, 45 Objects” features photographs, clothing, paving blocks, movie props, and other objects from Coweta County’s past that tell the story of our community. Items include a Civil War era surgical kit, a pageant dress featuring historic homes of Newnan, and a form used in the manufacture of ladies’ hosiery. NCHS’ McRitchie-Hollis Museum is open 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Tues – Sat. Information 770-251-0207 or [email protected] .

The Carnegie Library’s calendar has interesting arts related items coming up with the Gordon Kilgore photography presentation “Armchair Travelers: ABC Islands of the Caribbean”, Jan 18, 2:30 p.m. Mr. Kilgore will show samples of his photography and give a talk. Secondly, The Dolls House 4 Part Lecture Series explores the themes of the play and compares the 1973 movie starring Anthony Hopkins. With The Dolls House, playwright Henrik Ibsen questions the traditional roles of men and women in 19th century marriages. Jan 21, Jan 28, Feb 4 and Feb 18 at 2 p.m. For more information visit

Newnan photographer and artist, Billy Newman, has an exhibit which opens Feb 3, 4 to 7 p.m. at Grange Hall Gallery. Hosted by Art Farm at Serenbe, the exhibit is free and open to the public. Newman says, “With my camera, I reveal images unseen through our normal human vision. I explore plants, flowers, ice, light, motion… almost anything in which I can discover new images.

The Nixon Centre for the Performing Arts hosts The Black Market Trust, “Gypsy Jazz” Sat., Feb 10, at 7 pm. The group’s sound is characterized by a hybrid of both new school pop and old world jazz. They take inspiration from the Beach Boys’ singing and layering of instruments., for info and tickets.

SAVE THE DATE! Spring Art Walk in downtown Newnan is Mar 23 from 5 to 9 p.m.

(After several years in advertising and then working for Woodward Academy, Larisa Mitchell) now lives AND works in Newnan. She handles marketing, promoting and organizing arts-related events, writing and other creative and business endeavors. A lover of rock music, folk art and reading, she always on the lookout for what’s next in the arts. She’s an empty nester who enjoys downtown Newnan and appreciates the unique and talented people who make up our community.)

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