Thu., January 9, 2014 7:37am (EST)

Middle Ga. Weekend: A Dancing Business Lunch With DJs?
By Adam Ragusea
Updated: 6 months ago

MACON, Ga.  —   Huffington Post film critic Jackie K. Cooper and harpist Betsy Fitzgerald join us to talk about fun things to do in Middle Georgia over the weekend and beyond.

Betsy's picks for Jan. 9:

Lunch Beat Macon

If you are looking for a way to get more active and would like to meet new people, I have the perfect solution! You can attend the first (and hopefully one of many) Lunch Beat in Macon. Local celebrity musician Floco Torres heard about the program’s success in major cities across the US, including the success of Boston’s lunch beats, which can draw crowds of one thousand people, and thought it would be a perfect fit for Macon.

Floco told me that the event would have a “different environment to meet people from politicians and college students to professionals.” Coined as a lunchtime dance party, the first event will feature DJ Shawty Slim. You can bring your lunch to the free event or purchase lunch for $5 from Roly Poly and Doughboy Pizza, who will have limited meals on site. This is definitely an event that will get your blood pumping and keep your body warm during these frigid temperatures.

Lunch Beat Macon, 567 Center for Renewal, 533 Cherry St. Macon, Thursday, January 9, 2014, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Douglas Jurs & Franklin Gross, Pianists

The Warner Robins Community Concert Association has a wonderful monthly concert series that features local and international talent. This month, they are featuring two pianists who will perform repertoire from the classical and romantic eras as well as a special four-hand arrangement of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Dr. Douglas Jurs is currently Assistant Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and has performed solo and collaborative recitals throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Franklin Gross currently serves on the music faculty at Fort Valley State University and Georgia Military College in Warner Robins.

Douglas Jurs & Franklin Gross, Pianists, Sunday, January 12, 2014, First United Methodist Church, 205 N. Davis Drive, Warner Robins, 3:00 p.m., Adults $15, Students free, register online or call 478-742-8155 for reservations.

--Betsy


Jackie's picks for Jan. 9:

Art exhibit "Turn, Turn" January 12 - Feb 21

It is a collaborative effort between painter Eric O'Dell and potter Roger Jamison. The exhibit/reception will start on Sunday, January 12 from 1 to 3PM at the Marlor Arts Center, 201 North Wayne Street, Milledgeville, Georgia. During this time the artists will give a gallery lecture and discuss their work.

"Turn, Turn" will be on exhibit at the Marlor Center through Feb 21. Gallery hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday thru Friday or by appointment. There is no charge to visit the gallery. Call Allied Arts at (478) 452-3950 for more information or to arrange group tours.

Jackie K. Cooper on 'Writing Your Memoir'

I will be teaching a class on "Writing Your Memoir" at the Bare Bulb on January 12 from 2 till 4PM. The Bare Bulb is located at the intersection of highway 96 and Lake Joy Road. The cost of the class is $30 and you can make reservations by calling (478) 731-4609 or online.

--Jackie