The Arts – March 2018

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Southern Arc Dance Theater is performing a benefit performance, “Color for Life,”  for Southeastern Assistance in Healthcare, March 17, at 7 p.m. at the Wadsworth Auditorium. It’s a collaborative event with music by local composer and writer Dale Lyles, live music with the Centre Strings Quartet conducted by Lyn Schenbeck, and choreographed by Paulo Manso de Sousa. Proceeds helps cancer patients with non-medical bills.

The Nixon Centre for Performing Arts rocks on with Liverpool Legends’ “The Complete Beatles Experience.” The group is made up of four talented musicians and actors hand picked by Louise Harrison (yes, George’s sister!). Says Harrison, “These are exactly the kind of fun loving musicians my brother George would have loved to hang out with.” Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.

It’s time! Spring Art Walk in downtown Newnan is March 23, 5-9 p.m. Spend a pleasant evening strolling the square visiting shops, sipping wine and ogling all the sumptuous art offered by dozens of artists. A pleasant, neighborly and relaxed way to enjoy art.

The University of West Georgia’s “The Other Night School, Spring ‘18” series has at least four more lectures in the cue. For more information https://www.westga.edu/academics/coah/sota/featured-events.php.

Did you know that ART SAVES LIVES? If you have not visited the very cool studio Backstreet Arts on First Avenue, make a point to this spring! Study after study proves that art has a positive effect on the mind, body and soul. Backstreet Arts reaches out to anyone and everyone who may not be aware of or have access to the proven healing power of art: those who have experienced trauma, illness, or grief; veterans; at-risk teenagers; disabled adults; homeless and low-income individuals who cannot afford art classes, and anyone who wants to practice art in a comfortable, non-intimidating atmosphere.

Catch the Friends of Wadsworth concert April 14, the annual spring event hosted by Newnan Cultural Arts Commission held at the Wadsworth Auditorium. Newnan’s amazing soprano Courtenay Budd has a lineup of internationally-known artists who will perform. Performing with Budd at the 2018 edition are returning musicians violinist Chee-Yun, flutist Angela Jones-Reus and pianist Andrew Armstrong. They will be joined by two new faces to Newnan audiences: cellist Sophie Shao and guitarist Robert Belinic. The April 14 concert will be a “mix of beautiful, rousing and heart-stirring music,” Budd said, “with a tribute to Leonard Bernstein on his 100th birthday, as well as a number of pieces with a Latin flavor.” The 2018 Friends of Wadsworth Concert – The Legacy Continues is Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.) at the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium, 25 Jefferson St., Newnan.

Jonas Allen, one of the most famous artists from Haiti, has an exhibit at NCHS’ museum through the end of March. His work has shown in National Galleries. More at www.newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com and more about Jonas Allen at www.facebook.com/jonas.allen

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum is proud to host its 4th Annual Simple Pleasures: The Nature Show Photography Competition for Spring 2018. The juried competition is comprised of dramatic images of nature featuring landscapes, wildlife, water, flowers and trees. www.simplepleasuresfoto.com The show goes up in April and ends with an awards ceremony May 12.

(After several years in advertising and working as a librarian, Larisa McMichael 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’s always on the lookout for what’s next in the arts. She’s an empty nester who loves downtown Newnan and is in awe of the unique and talented people who make up our community.)

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