Another long week is coming to an end and as I write this, I'm happy to announce the clouds seem to be moving out and Mr. Sunshine is gracing us with his presence! And not a moment too soon as we need to get this weekend started and find some fun stuff to get out and do.
You may want to take a look at the Event Calendar because as it always does this time of year, it fills up with all sorts of events and happenings...it's a great resource to keep track of everything going on. I mean, you can go to this one site and find out all the details on anything ranging from Sherlock's Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, called "Sockhop Suicide," Les Miserables at the Springer Opera House, Kids Camp & Summer Fun Fair at the National Infantry Museum, and even a workshop up at Hills & Dales in LaGrange called "Getting Black & Blue"...berries that is!! Another reason to check the event calendar often is because many of these events are selling out quickly. A good many of the Murder Mystery Dinners have sold out already and seating is very limited for the remaining performances of Les Mis. It pays to know what's going on in town and to get your tickets while you can.
Events, on Friday, February 28, 2014 | Permalink
If you are in need of a serious laugh...and aren't we all...then you need to call the RiverCenter ASAP and get tickets for tonight's show featuring comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White. Truly, there are only a handful of tickets left and I can't think of a better way to spend a Friday night or to kick off the weekend than with one belly-laugh after another. Ron's best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon and his new stand-up show, A Little Unprofessional. You've got to love that title!
He's pretty much done it all...Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 million units. But let me remind you, this isn't one you'll want to take the kids to...it's for "mature audiences only!" Show starts at 7:30 tonight...so go, laugh, and enjoy!
After being cooped up for a few days this past week...thank you, Mother Nature...it's time to get out of the house, get some fresh air and have a little fun! Lots going on this weekend and it looks like decent, more South-like temperatures, so let's enjoy it while we can. Great way to kick off the weekend is a stop at Market Days on Broadway in Uptown Columbus. There's always a place to get a steaming cup of coffee and lots of choices for some fresh baked goodies for breakfast to nibble on while you stroll the sidewalks and find all sorts of treasures. And if you're in the mood for some theatre this weekend, you're definitely in luck because there are several offerings with a little something for everyone. There's a production of "Stop Kiss" at Riverside Theatre Complex, "Meet the Browns" will be showing at the Columbus Civic Center, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts has "Bring It On: The Musical," and it's the final weekend for the stellar production of "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Springer Opera House.
There's a lot of good stuff going on this weekend. Don't forget to check out the Event Calendar to get the full scoop on what's happening!
Events, on Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Permalink
Let's face it. About 99% of us make the resolution each year to get healthy and change our wicked ways...some more wicked than others! Even if you have the best intentions, sometimes it's just tough to know what to do to get started. Thankfully, we've got a great opportunity to jump-start our plan by checking out the Columbus Health Expo at the Convention & Trade Center this Saturday (Jan 25). Registration begins at 8:45am and screening start at 9:00am. What sorts of screenings? Anything from blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density, eye tests, hearing, depression, and the one that gets everyone's attention...STRESS! In all, there are 30 or so screenings and on average, over $1,000 in medical screenings are provided free of charge to participants. That's pretty sweet. One thing to remember, this is a really popular event so some lines may be long, but it'll be worth the wait.
If it's a little cultural entertainment you're looking for this weekend, you've got plenty of choices! You'll find stage productions like "The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi" at CSU's Riverside Theatre Complex (kids will love this one!), and the Family Theatre has an interteresting play about the difficulties of living with dyslexia titled "Hard 2 Spel Dad." If it's music you're in the mood for, check out the incredible Columbus Symphony Orchestra with their performance of "Wagner and Strauss--An Orchestral Spectacular" at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts this Saturday night at 7:30, then you can head back to RiverCenter Sunday afternoon at 4:00 for a concert in Legacy Hall called "4 Hands, 4 Feet" that will include one of the country's premier husband and wife duo organist teams on the Jordan Concert Organ...that should be something to hear!
And don't forget about Market Days on Broadway in Uptown Columbus this Saturday from 9:00am-12:00pm or maybe head to the Columbus Ice Rink for a little skating. There's plenty to do this weekend...make sure you take a look at the Event Calendar to find out more!
I hate to brag, but humor me just this once! Found out last night that Columbus, GA has made the list of the Top 100 Places to Live in the US...according to a study done by livability.com. This isn't the first time we've made rank in an impressive list like this, but it's always a pleasure to read some good news about the place we call home. Looking through the list, we're in good company with other notable cities around the country, but the interesting thing I noticed, looks like Columbus is the ONLY city in Georgia to have made it in this line-up!
If you need more proof that we live in an exceptional city, take a few minutes this weekend and get out and enjoy some of the special things that make us unique and a great place to live...go on a guided bird walk at Oxbow Meadows this Saturday morning, lace up your running shoes and join in on the Columbus Roadrunner 5K Race this Sunday morning in Uptown, have a good belly-laugh at the Springer Opera House's No Shame Theatre every Friday night, or check out the cool stuff at the Columbus Museum's Second Sunday program. The list of things to do goes on and on, so take a few minutes and peruse the online Event Calendar to find out what's out there.
Nice job, Columbus, GA!
Good Eats!, on Monday, January 6, 2014 | Permalink
Well, since we're all bundled up for this cold weather, we might as well have a little fun and maybe try a some ice skating at the Columbus Ice Rink! It's been a few years since I've been on the ice, but it's winter, so let's enjoy some winter-time sports. You can check the ice rink's calendar on their web page to find out days and times for public skating, but there are several days this week where you can go practice your figure 8's.
And since it's so cold outside and that rink is pretty chilly, maybe head to Country's Barbecue when you're done skating because their famous Chicken & Dumplings are back on the menu! That'll warm you up from the inside out!
Call me crazy...and believe me...it wouldn't be the first time, but does it seem like this has been one of the longest, most never-ending Monday's in the history of Monday's? Is it so wrong that I'm already trying to bribe myself to just make it through the week, then we can have a little fun on Friday night? Hey, you do what you've got to do to keep going! So how about this, remind yourself that it's a short week (hopefully you'll be off on New Year's Day) then start making plans for a night out on Friday with some incredible jazz music at The Loft. And with a band scheduled to play called The Dr. of Funk--Kevin Vannoy and Friends, you know it's going to be good. These guys will be onstage from 7:00-9:00pm. And did I mention there's no admission? You had me at Free. Now, hurry up Friday.
Events, on Monday, December 23, 2013 | Permalink
Chances are you're just about done with all the holiday preparations, decorations, shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, planning, cleaning...oh, and the list goes on and on. So once all the gifts are unwrapped, there's nothing left but a sad looking turkey carcass on the platter, and you can't even begin to process the idea of going shopping again, how about let's doing something fun after the big Christmas Day? Perfect. Our very own Columbus Cottonmouths will be taking to the ice for a little hockey action against Peoria at the Civic Center this Thursday and Friday nights (Dec 26 & 27). I can't think of a better way to work off some post-holiday stress than by going to the game and cheering on the Cottonmouths to victory. Not to mention, if you have a home full of out-of-town guests or kids climbing the walls, here's a great way to get them OUT of the house for a night! If you need more ideas of things to do, make sure you take a peek at the Event Calendar...there are bound to be more ideas there of things you can do to entertain the troops over the holidays!
OK, let's take a second and figure out what this weekend-before-Christmas holds in store for all of us. I know you have a thousand and one things to do to get ready for the big day...there are exactly two presents wrapped and underneath my tree, so I feel your pain. But...we have to make time for a little holiday fun this weekend with family and friends. If you're looking for ideas, look no further than the Event Calendar because it's a great listing of all the happenings this season. You can get details on the two wonderful performances at the Springer Opera House--A Christmas Carol-The Musical and A Tuna Christmas; Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens; a production of The Nutcracker with the Columbus Ballet at RiverCenter; The Polar Express in 3-D at the IMAX Theater at the National Infantry Museum; if you need to run off some holiday stress then sign up for the Big Dog Jingle 5K Run at Big Dog Running Company this Saturday; check out some last minute gift ideas at Market Days on Broadway; and if you're already looking ahead to New Year's Eve, there's the Rivertown New Year's Eve Ball at the Trade Center.
Now, if something out of that list doesn't get you in the Christmas spirit, I don't know what will!!
Arts, on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 | Permalink
When I was a kid, my mother, grandmother and I would pile up in the car and head off to Atlanta to take in a performance of "The Nutcracker" at the Fox Theatre. I have such fond memories of that Christmas tradition the three of us shared because the ballet was always wonderful. What wasn't so wonderful was the chunk of time it took to get to Atlanta, fighting the traffic, trying to find a place to park, paying for parking, trying to find a place to have dinner, paying for dinner, getting out of Atlanta, and then the looooooong ride home...other than that, it was a nice time. Well, times have changed because we no longer have to make that trek to see this holiday spectacular. Thanks to the talented bunch at the Columbus Ballet, you can enjoy "The Nutcracker" in all of its splendor right here in Columbus this Saturday & Sunday (Dec. 21-22) at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Not to mention, you can practically park at the front door. If that doesn't put you in the Christmas spirit, I don't know what will!
Yep. Last weekend was a non-stop, jammed-packed, something-going-on-every-minute-of-the-day blur of fun...but just wait until this weekend! I know it's only Wednesday, but truly there is so much happening this weekend that if you don't start making plans now, it's just going to get out of control. And getting out of control means nibbling on an extra piece of fudge, sausage ball, or sprinkly cookie, mugs of eggnog...well, you get the idea. So if we keep busy, we can avoid the holiday spread.
So put your weekend itinerary together and cram as many of these things in as possible. One of the best Christmas movies ever, The Polar Express, is being shown in 3-D at the huge IMAX Theatre at Patriot Park; the Springer Opera House is presenting "A Christmas Carol: The Musical" and "A Tuna Christmas;" Langston Hughes' "Black Navitity" is at the Liberty Theatre Cultural Center; there's a Holiday Mini Camp at the National Infantry Museum; at the Civic Center it's "Disney Live! Presents Three Fairytales," the Bi-City Christmas Parade and the Reindeer Run are both taking place Saturday morning in Uptown; Fantasy in Lights is at Callaway Gardens, and Cantus Christmas 2013 at RiverCenter on Monday night.
And that's just the first 10 things I saw on the Event Calendar, so you might want to head there to see all the other things on the line-up this weekend!
Have you taken a look at the Event Calendar to see all that's going on this weekend?! There's an amazine array of things to get out and do, starting with one of my favorite events all year...Broadway Holiday! The big tree in the 1100 block of Broadway will be lit, lots of choirs singing carols, and of course, Santa himself will be in the gazebo to chat with all the kids. And did I mention the snow!?!?! I know it's going to be close to 80 degrees today, but a little detail like that won't stop the snow at Broadway Holiday.
Some other things you might want to squeeze in this weekend include the Holiday Tour of Homes in Overlook, Victorian Christmas at Port Columbus, Disney in Concert with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at RiverCenter, Oxbow Meadows has a Holiday Open House, there's a performance of "A Place Called Christmas" at Riverside Theatre Complex, a Holiday Open House & Art Sale at Britt David Art Studio, the MCoE Band at RiverCenter, and a Christmas Open House at Columbus Botanical Garden. And that's just for starters!
Since I'm running out of room, I'd suggest clicking over the the Event Calendar to get a good look at all the fun stuff going on this weekend and next...and start making some plans to enjoy this season!
Yep, there's a turkey carcass on the kitchen counter and probably what looks like a few other kinds of carcasses sprawled out on the sofa in the traditional "I-ate-too-much-food-and-now-I-need-a-nap" syndrome. That's all well and good, but what do you do when all of your out of town company wakes up and is ready to get out and do something?! Not to worry because even though it's a long holiday weekend, there's still plenty to get out and do. The National Infantry Museum will be showing The Polar Express in the IMAX Theatre beginning this Friday, Market Days on Broadway is Saturday from 9:00am-Noon in Uptown Columbus, at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts Saturday night it's "Ahmal & The Night Visitor" (great for kids because it only lasts an hour!), and to work out all you holiday frustrations, you can go yell and scream at a Cottonmouths game Friday night at the Civic Center! Don't forget to take a look at the Community Calendar to get even more ideas on things to do.
I know it's Monday and I don't want to do anything to cause you even more stress on this first day back to work, but just checked the calendar to confirm what someone told me...and they're right...only 29 days until Christmas. Seriously. 29 days. Yikes, how did that happen? So if you haven't already started, I'd suggest it's gift-buying time. This whole Black Friday, and the newly added Black Thursday, makes me a little nervous so instead of braving the crowds at some of the big stores, I think I'm going to try something a little different this year and find some cool gift ideas at places like the gift shops at the Columbus Museum, National Infantry Museum, Port Columbus, Oxbow Meadow, Coca-Cola Space Science Center, and the Springer Opera House. And then there's the Visitors Center (corner of 9th Street & Front Ave) with a lot of great Columbus-branded and whitewater items. This way, I can get in and out, find really interesting and unique stuff, support local businesses and then, like magic...I'm done and can actually enjoy the holidays! Happy Shopping!
It's only Tuesday. Payday is still 3 1/2 days away. There is a pile of laundry at home waiting to be folded. I've got a grocery list a mile-long that isn't going to take care of itself. And then there's that stack of bills waiting to be paid. Ever had one of those weeks? I'm in desperate need of a giggle-fest and I think the perfect remedy to this is a Friday night at the Springer Opera House for "No Shame Theatre." If you've never been before, you are missing a treat. But if you're a regular, you know what a hoot this show is because it's different every time because all of the material is original. In fact, the first 15 acts to sign-up get a slot and there are only three rules: 1. pieces must be original. 2. pieces must be 5 min or less. 3. pieces must not break ANYTHING - such as the audience, the space, yourself, or the LAW. It's only $5 to get in and that may be the best five bucks you spend all week!
So we've had a couple of cool and cloudy days, which I love, but I have to admit there was a moment when I was out in the wind and cold earlier this week that my thoughts went to a warm, sunny, sandy place. Images of waves crashing, beach towels in the sand, the smell of Coppertone and the sounds of classic music from the 60's coming from a transitor radio. (Uh-oh, I think I may have just really dated myself with that last one.) Well, there isn't much I can do about the sun and the surf, but I can help out with the music part of this fantasy! The Springer Opera House has a new production underway called "California Dreaming." It's a musical journey through the California pop scene of the '60s and early '70s. You know what I'm talking about...songs like "Fun, Fun, Fun", "Surfer Girl", "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "Our House", "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and of course, "California Dreaming.'" If your schedule is a little too full to catch the show this weekend, it runs through November 23, so make sure it gets on your calendar! And don't forget to check the Event Calendar for more fun things to do.
OK, I admit it. Had to take a break from a proofing assignment and to clear my head, I checked out the Event Calendar just to see what sort of "serious" fun plans I can make for the weekend. But then I went a little deeper just to see if there were any events listed for the upcoming holiday season and wow, looks like it's going to be a busy time of year for things to do! I've already started penciling in some of the performances at the Springer, RiverCenter, Broadway Holiday, Christmas Parade, Victorian Christmas at Port Columbus, Cantus Columbus...yeah, it's going to be whirlwind of holiday fun. But that's just the way I like it.
Guess my break is over, but if you get a chance today, go take a look at the event calendar and start making plans for the holidays!
If you have the day off today...or if you are working, maybe your boss will give you a little time off...head to the National Infantry Museum for a day packed full of activities to honor our Veterans. Activities kick off at 10:00 this morning with a Commemorative Paver Dedication Ceremony, there's a mini-camp for kids ages 5-11 to teach them the meaning and importance of this day, local Girl Scouts conducting a flag retirement ceremony, free self-guided tours of World War II Company Street, and special showings in the IMAX Theater. And while you're there, make sure you shake the hand of a Veteran and say thank you!
Events, on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | Permalink
So yesterday, I was telling you how much I love a good sale--a good bargain. It's something that lives deep down in my soul. Always has, and I'll bet, always will. The only thing that rivals a sign that screams 75% off? Something you can get for absolutely free. And now you're probably thinking, yeah but what can I get for nothing? Good question! The answer is: admission today into one of the most beautiful spots in the world and it sits in our very own backyard! To pay homage to its founder, Callaway Gardens is admitting all guests for free on Cason Callaway's birthday...today, November 6. I can't think of a better reason than to check out of work a little early today so you can drive to Callaway, take a stroll to clear your head, then watch the sun go down over the lake. Your stress level will thank you...and it won't cost you a dime.
Is it just me or is anyone else ready for the weekend? Ready for some sunshine in Columbus, GA! details
Crab cakes are the special tonight at ...nom nom! details
Don't forget about Market Days on Broadway in tomorrow from 9am to noon! details
Just picked up a pizza from Deorio's You can't beat $8 for a 10 inch pizza, salad and drink. details