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Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 3:48am

Middle Ga. Weekend: Legendary Negro Spiritual Group To Sing At Douglass

Updated: 10 months ago.
A photo of the Fisk Jubilee Singers from 1882. The a cappella singing group from Fisk University in Nashville was founded 1871 and is still performing. (Photo: public domain via Wikipedia)

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 Feb. 6:

Opening Reception for Abstract Constellations

The Macon Arts Alliance kicks of February’s First Friday with the opening of a very unique installation featuring abstract artists Leroy Young and DeWitt Smith.

Young’s paintings been exhibited at a number of galleries and institutions including Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina; Duke University; Piedmont College; and Plymouth State University.

Pottery enthusiasts may already know DeWitt Smith’s work, where many of his work is both functional while being a piece of art. The Macon Arts Alliance does a tremendous job presenting a variety of artists and genres and their free First Friday events should be a must-see on everyone’s list.

Secret note: I have heard that Smith is focusing on gallery shows and will not be participating in large-scale festivals such as Fired Works anymore. If you are interested in owning a piece of his beautiful art, make sure you visit the gallery!

Opening Reception for Abstract Constellations, Friday, February 7, 2014, Macon Arts Alliance, 486 First Street, Macon, 5:00-8:00 p.m., admission is free.

Fisk Jubilee Singers

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are one of the top musical ensembles in the world that continues the Negro spiritual tradition.

The original Jubilee Singers introduced ‘slave songs’ to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals.

They broke racial barriers in the US and abroad in the late 19th century and entertained Kings and Queens in Europe. Today, the ensemble continues to perform around the world.

This will be a special performance as it marks the ensemble’s Macon debut performance along with a special appearance by the All-Douglass Heritage Choir.

Fisk Jubilee Singers, Saturday, February 8, 2014, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Macon, 7:00 p.m., tickets are $15-$25, call 478.742.2000 to purchase tickets.

--Betsy

Jackie's picks for Feb. 6:

Events at Museum of Aviation February 7-8

Purchase tickets at the Museum of aviation gift shop or online.

“Night at the Museum” Feb 7 & 8, 6 – 8, Century of Flight and World War II Hangars, cost is $8 per person, can buy at door. Watch the exhibits come to life!

“Murder at the Deadwood Saloon” Feb 7 & 8, 8 to 10 , 7:00 social hour, Hangar One
$30 per person, $50 per couple. Murder mystery which involves the participants in solving it.

“Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, Macon Little Theater, runs Feb 7 – 16
Box Office open from 1 – 6, (478) 471-PLAY. Directed by Weldon Ledbetter.

--Jackie

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