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Local and area musicians reunite for Incense and Peppermints 2 concert at the Averitt Center

Musicians from 10 local bands which were popular in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s will share the stage for an all-star jam session at the Emma Kelly Theater in January.

 The second annual Incense and Peppermints Retro Band Show comes to the Jan Brown Anderson stage on January 18. Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission is $20. The first set starts at 7:30 p.m.

Christmas is in the air at the Averitt

Visual arts, music and dance come together to make the Averitt Center for the Arts one very busy place in December.

            The annual All Fired Up! Holiday Sale kicks off the merry month with one-of-a-kind ceramics, jewelry, paintings and other fine arts at the Roxie Remley Center for Fine on Dec. 5-7.

Get into the Holiday Spirit with Celtic Christmas concert

Celebrate Christmas with master musician Carroll Brown and friends as they present their Celtic Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Emma Kelly Theater.

            The lively program, sponsored by Bulloch Broadband, will be filled with spiritual, secular, and Celtic traditional seasonal songs and complimented by stories of family holiday gatherings and Christmas then and now. The lineup this year will feature Carroll Brown on acoustic guitar and vocals, Marci Shore on fiddle and vocals, Mike Murray on keyboard and accordion and Bob Sachs on mandolin and vocals.

Listen my children and you shall hear….

The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow: Live Radio Play

The rhythmic pounding of horses’ hooves, the creaking of old doors and heavy footsteps on a wooden floor are just some of the sounds you will hear in The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow: Live Radio Play on October 25-27 in the Whitaker Black Box Theater at 41 West Main Street.

Frank-N-Furter, Magenta and Columbia come to life as Averitt STARS bring The Rocky Horror Show Live to the EKT

Leather, lace and lots of makeup will be the fashion next weekend when members of the Averitt STARS community theater bring the fun of The Rocky Horror Show to the Emma Kelly Theater in downtown Statesboro.
            The cult classic musical, written by Richard O’Brien, is a campy spoof on the haunted-castle horror movie, encompassing a '70s glam-rock world with characters that are more than offbeat. Audience members are encouraged to come in their favorite costume and join the fun.

Katie Deal brings Patsy Cline to the EKT Stage

The life and music of Patsy Cline, the first female inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame, will be celebrated on Sunday, Sept. 22 when Katie Deal brings her one-woman show, Katie Deal: Crazy for Patsy Cline, to the Emma Kelly Theater.

          The 2016 Georgia Country Artist of the Year takes the stage in this special 4 p.m. matinee with her own story of how the music and style of Patsy Cline have changed her life forever. With a new take on nostalgia, the show features a live band, tight harmonies and a powerhouse singer. BBWH Insurors is the exclusive sponsor of the show.

Savannah’s Velvet Caravan brings

acoustic swing jazz into the Emma Kelly Theater

Velvet Caravan, an unorthodox, high-energy, acoustic-based quintet from Savannah, brings its fantastic sound to the Averitt Center for the Arts in late August.

            As a national and international touring ensemble, the band brings a bit of Southern charm and coastal coolness to their music. If one were to name one Savannah-based musical act that most exemplifies the Hostess City of the South, they’d be hard to find a more appropriate ambassador than Velvet Caravan. This eclectic group, which has emerged as one of the shining lights of the Coastal Empire's burgeoning music scene, performs in the Emma Kelly Theater on August 29.

Mary Poppins starts 2019-20 Season at the Averitt

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Mary Poppins is the magical summer musical which opens the 2019-20 theatrical season at the Averitt Center for the Arts on July 18-21 in the Emma Kelly Theater.

Based on P.L. Travers’ beloved book series of the same name, Mary Poppins became an immediate hit when it premiered as a Disney movie musical in 1964. Starring Julie Andrews in the lead role and the loveable Dick Van Dyke as her sidekick Bert and with such delightful tunes as  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Spoonful of Sugar and Chim Cher-ee, the Disney movie has enchanted both children and adults for decades.

Local choirs, bands and take center stage at the Averitt

Arts opportunities abound in January at the Averitt Center for the Arts.

We want to see and hear your church choir, school chorus, university ensemble, fraternity or sorority group or neighborhood foursome! This year, the Statesboro Voice vocal competition is transitioning into the Bulloch Voices competition. The competition will be opened up to spotlight local amateur singing groups instead of just individuals. From now until January 31, the Averitt Center will be accepting entries from talented trios to multi-member groups to showcase, uplift and celebrate the talents of more Bulloch County residents.

SRAA Holiday Sale

The Statesboro Regional Art Association is holding its special Holiday Small Works Exhibition and Sale at the Rosengart Gallery at 41 West Main Street starting Friday, Dec. 6 to correspond with the Downtown Holiday Celebration.

Original artwork and crafts from the association’s membership will be on display and can be purchased on-site. According to SRAA spokesperson Alice Bennett, there will be a wide variety of items available from Dec.6 until the end of January.

All Fired Up! Holiday Exhibition, Sale spotlights local handmade art

Ceramics, jewelry, paintings and other fine arts make wonderful Christmas presents and the All Fired Up! Holiday Exhibition and Sale has just what you need for that special gift.

            The Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts (31 East Vine St.) will be turned into a shopper’s paradise from December 5-7 as the Averitt Center Visual Arts Department and Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) teamed up to provide GSU art students with the opportunity to showcase and sell their artwork.

SkynFolks brings the music of legendary Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd to the EKT

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then SkynFolks takes the gold medal.
Brought together by luck, fate, devotion and drive, the members of this Atlanta-based tribute band pledged to create a sound that would reproduce the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd. No improvisation allowed -- every part had to be played exactly like the original recordings. Constant practice honed the music like a razor. What emerged when they finished has never been done since the days of the original Skynyrd lineup: totally authentic, accurate renditions of the music on the first five Lynyrd Skynyrd albums.

 

Steve Dorff brings songwriting history to the Emma Kelly

From Kenny Rogers and the late Mel Tillis to George Strait and Anne Murray, Steve Dorff has written over 20 Top 10 pop and country hits.
            Saturday night, he will perform those and more as well as discuss his over 50-year career in his one-man show, “I Wrote That One Too…A Life In Songwriting” at the Emma Kelly Theater at 7:30 p.m.

SRAA’s Cottril exhibits “Faces”

 “There’s a story behind every painting,” said Statesboro artist Drew Cottril as he explains his rationale behind one of his “Faces” paintings which are in the second-floor gallery of the Roxie Remley Center for Fine Arts. A graduate of the famed Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, Cottril has 31 paintings and drawings currently on display, ranging from portraits to landscapes to seascapes. His works are full of emotions, from peace and contentment to solitude and despair to visions of evil. A member of the Statesboro Regional Art Association, Cottril is also the author and illustrator of Brer Rabbit in Bulloch County. “I draw every day,” he said.

Barefoot Comedy Show returns to the Whitaker Black Box

Collin Moulton’s Barefoot Comedy tour pulls back into Statesboro later this month for more side-splitting laughs.
            Earlier this year, the Tybee Island funny man brought stand-up comedy to the Averitt Center for the Arts after a nine-year hiatus. The three shows, one in January, one in April and one in June, were so well received that Barefoot Comedy has been booked for six shows during the 2019-20 season. Queensborough National Bank and Trust is the exclusive sponsor of the performances.

The Nutcracker Ballet returns to Emma Kelly stage

The beauty, grace and athleticism of dance will be spotlighted on Dec. 13-15 when a magical holiday classic comes to life in the Emma Kelly Theater.

             Delighting the Statesboro community for over a decade, The Nutcracker Ballet has become one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season. Under the direction and choreography of Averitt Ballet Director Taylor Ellen, the ballet features members from all age groups and skill levels of the Statesboro Youth Ballet and professional guest artists Buse Babadag and Leo Clarke as well as members of the Statesboro STARS as party guests. The magic of one of the most beloved holiday classics truly signals the Christmas season.

Statesboro Chamber Orchestra presents The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Ballet comes alive in the Whitaker Black Box Theater a couple of days before it’s presented on the stage of the Emma Kelly Theater.
            The 16-piece Statesboro Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Aceto, will perform “Selections from the Nutcracker” for its Winter Concert on Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the 41 West Main Street venue. General admission tickets are just $10.

 

Rags-to-riches story of Annie hits the EKT stage

Get ready to sing “Tomorrow” and “It’s A Hard Knock Life” with the little red-haired orphan girl when “Annie” returns to the Emma Kelly Theater on November 21-24.
            The Averitt STARS Community Theater presents the tale of the spunky waif from the Municipal Girls Orphanage, with the right combination of street smarts and optimism, who warms the hearts of the audience as she rises from next-to-nothing during the Great Depression in New York City to the toast of the town in Washington, D.C.

Zimbabwe quintet to perform only Georgia show at the Emma Kelly in Statesboro

 Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements.

Marlowe, McGuire open
third Rising Creek Music Series

Statesboro’s Dylan Marlowe and Sylvania’s Lucy McGuire headline the third edition of the Rising Creek Music Series at the Emma Kelly Theater on Sept. 19.

Rising Creek spotlights local and area musicians and gives them a chance to shine on the Jan Brown Anderson Stage main stage. A collaboration between the Averitt Center for the Arts and BHarvey Music, the third event spotlights Marlowe, McGuire, Rider and The Barbaric Yawps.

Roxie Remley 100th Birthday Exhibit

Artwork and personal belongings of legendary artist and Averitt Center for the Arts Legend Roxie Remley are currently on display in the Main Gallery of the Averitt Center for the Arts through November 3. This retrospective highlights her extraordinary life and some of her spectacular works. A special celebration will be held on October 2 to celebrate what would have been her 100th birthday.

Lindsay, Smith named winners of annual SRAA Juried Exhibition

Local artwork from members of the Statesboro Regional Art Association is on display through August in the Main Gallery of the Averitt Center for the Arts.

The annual Statesboro Regional Art Association Juried Exhibition was held during the summer and drew entries from many local artists who showcased their talents in different techniques and mediums. The event was juried by Jeff Garland, the department chair of the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art at Georgia Southern University.