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Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 3:12am

Middle Ga. Weekend: Robert McDuffie Returns To Macon With His 'Greatest Hits'

Updated: 8 months ago.
Robert McDuffie, one of the leading concert violinists in the world, is back in his native city to present his second “I Love Macon” concert for the community. (Photo: courtesy Mercer University)

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 March 20:

Beer, Brats, & Brushstrokes

Macon's International Cherry Blossom Festival is kicking off with a new pre-event that puts together three of my favorite things- great food and drink, music, and art!

Inspired by German biergartens, this event will feature a limited edition beer from the Macon Beer Company as well as other great brews.

You will also enjoy traditional Bavarian oompah music while browsing art created by Georgia artists. The Moonhanger Group is providing a great sampling of grass-fed, local beef and pork bratwursts.

There is no charge to enjoy the art ad music and tickets are available for a nominal cost for food and drink.

Beer, Brats, & Brushstrokes, Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:30 p.m., The Blacksmith's Shop, 665 Poplar St, Macon, free admission, purchase tickets available for food and drink.

McDuffie's Greatest Hits

My good friend and one of the leading concert violinists in the world Robert McDuffie is back in town to present his second “I Love Macon” concert for the community.

A Macon native, he loves giving back to our community and is thrilled to have his concert as part of the Cherry Blossom Festival activities.

Amy Schwartz Moretti and MCS ensemble will join him while performing some of their favorite works from the past few years.

After turning away many people at his first concert, I highly recommend concert attendees to arrive very early to this free program so you won’t be disappointed.

McDuffie's Greatest Hits, Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Neva Langley Fickling Hall at the McCorkle Music Building, Mercer University, 1329 Adams Street, free event, for more information, please call 478-751-9232 or 1-877-532-6144.

--Betsy

Jackie's picks for March 20:

Travis Denning at the Crazy Bull

Travis is a terrific country singer-songwriter from Warner Robins who now makes his home in Nashville.

People have been telling me about how talented he is, and I finally went pulled up some of his music. I was impressed!

Travis Denning, the Crazy Bull, Macon, Friday at 8 p.m.

DON'T See 'Need for Speed!'

The new Hollywood movie starring Aaron Paul of "Breaking Bad" and partially shot in Macon offers some terrific, recognizable views of the city, but I do not recommend the film.

As I wrote in my review for the Huffington Post, "recent headlines have screamed about tragedies caused by idiots speeding on our highways or traveling in the wrong lanes against traffic. Yet this movie glorifies that type of action."

--Jackie