Thu., January 30, 2014 6:47am (EST)

Middle Ga. Weekend: Tom Hiddleston As 'Coriolanus' At The Douglass
By Adam Ragusea
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Updated: 5 months ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Tom Hiddleston stars in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" in a new production from Britain's National Theatre Live that will be simulcast to Macon's historic Douglass Theatre. (Photo: courtesy National Theatre Live)
Tom Hiddleston stars in Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" in a new production from Britain's National Theatre Live that will be simulcast to Macon's historic Douglass Theatre. (Photo: courtesy National Theatre Live)
Macon DJ Roger Riddle and Y-O Latimore of Poetic Peace Arts join us to talk about fun things to do in Middle Georgia over the weekend and beyond.

Y-O's picks for Jan. 30:

"Coriolanus" at the Douglass

I am loving the partnership between our Douglass Theatre and National Theatre Live.

National Theatre Live is broadcasting stage productions that take place in London to cinemas all over the world. The Douglass Theatre is one of their satellite locations. Earlier this month, they showed Nick Dear's "Frankenstein," directed by Danny Boyle with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johny Lee Miller as Frankenstein.

Thursday and Sunday, National Theatre Live will broadcast William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" directed by Josie Rourke with Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus.

This play was written by Shakespeare in the early 1600s. It's about a political hero trying to make peace among the people of Rome during a time of riots and war. Somehow, he couldn't please everyone, and that's when the tragedy begins to unfold.

Here's a clip of Tom Hiddleston elaborating a bit more on the production.

Showtime starts at 7 p.m., tonight and this Sunday. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students and seniors. For more information, contact the Douglass Theatre at (478) 742-2000.

Barbershop in Warner Robins

The Heart of Georgia Barbershop Chorus is an a capella group of men ranging from ages 16 to 92 that go out to different functions to fellowship and perform. They are a branch of the national Barbershop Harmony Society which celebrated a 75 year anniversary, last year.

Now, they do perform in barbershops. However, you don't have to be a barber to sing with them. As a matter of fact, locally, the Heart of Barbershop Chorus holds auditions for males who are interested in becoming a part of the group every Monday from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church in Warner Robins from ages 16 to 92.

On Monday, February 3 they will perform during a blood drive at the Christ United Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall before the regularly held weekly auditions.

For more information, call (478) 345-7464 or log onto www.hogchorus.org.

--Y-O


Roger's picks for Jan. 30:

Big Head Todd at the Cox

I think when most people here in Macon think of Big Head Todd and the Monsters, they think of their hit song “Bittersweet” from 1993. The album sold platinum pushing the band into the spotlight.

Since then the Colorado group has put out 10 more albums for a total of 13 across the span of their career. They've become known more for their blues over the years with their 1998 cover of John Lee Hooker's “Boom Boom” breaking into the Top 40.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters will bring their rocking, blues sound, as well as their old favorites to the Cox Capitol Theatre this Tuesday, February 4th. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 day of show. Got to coxcapitoltheatre.com for more information and ticket sales.

Dance Lessons for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is coming up and let's be honest fellas. Your lady will appreciate the flowers and candy but you've done it so many times before that it's nothing special. Why don't you spice things up a bit and get things started a little early with dance classes this weekend?

The Greater Macon Chapter of USA Dance are holding their Dance Workshop and Valentine's Day dance on February 1st at the Howard Community Center. The class starts at 10am and you will learn American Waltz, the Foxtrot, and the Quickstep.

Later at 7:30pm there's the Valentine's Dance! Participants are asked to wear red and there will be light refreshments served.

The workshop is $20 - $35 per person. The Valentine's Day dance is $7 for members of USA Dance, $10 for non members, and $5 for students. Call Dianne Kent 478-986-4110 for more information.

--Roger