Heggie's Rock Revisited : Eco-lovers, environmental novices and historians will find Lillie Morris' visual exploration of this 60 acre granite outcrop intriguing. Currently owned, preserved, and protected by the Nature Conservancy, the Heggie’s Rock ecosystem is inhabited by extreme plants that have adapted to survive without any soil and withstand extreme temperatures. See stunted trees, endangered species and plants only found in two locations in the entire world at the exhibit on display at Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art.
Follow The Drinking Gourd : Learn how slaves used astronomy and song to escape and travel along the Underground Railroad at the Dupont Planetarium. Slaves would develop songs that contained a secret code to help them travel to freedom in the north. Hear how the words of the song "Follow the Drinking Gourd" provided clues to help the slaves and follow one family on their treacherous journey to Canada.
The Last 5 Years : Le Chat Noir brings this emotionally powerful musical about two New Yorkers, Cathy and Jamie, who fall in and out of love over the course of five years to the stage. The show's unconventional structure involves Cathy, telling her story backwards while Jamie, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.
Black Violin : Listed as a Westobou10's February pick, Symphony Orchestra Augusta hosts violinists Wil Baptiste and Dev Marcus. The duo's passion for performance and desire to push the boundaries of classical music, led them to fuse jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical to focus on the power of music and the message it sends to audiences.
The Other Tubmans : The Augusta Museum of History's Museum Theatre Series explains the connection between local Tubman slaves freed in the 1830s and William Tubman, who served as Liberia, Africa's longest running President from 1944-1971.
Art at Lunch: The Baskets of Billie Ruth Suddeth : Collector Andrew Hayes discusses the artwork of North Carolina craftsperson Bille Ruth Suddeth, whose intricately woven reed baskets are on display at the Morris Museum of Art. In addition to private collections, Suddeth's baskets are also included in larger collections by the Smithsonian, the Museum of Art & Design in New York, and more.
Palette - Acquire Taste : Augusta Food Tours and Westobou come together to bring you this Westobou10 event. Enjoy samples from some of Augusta’s best restaurants, vendors and individuals while experiencing contemporary artwork by eight local, regional and national printmakers in the gallery's newest exhibition, Outliers: The Art of Printmaking.
February 24 - 26
9 to 5: The Musical : The Augusta Players bring Dolly Parton's new hilarious musical about friendship and revenge to the Imperial Theatre stage. Set in the late 1970's, three female co-workers, Violet, Judy and Doralee, concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss.
The African American Experience: Reconstruction : During a tour of the SHS slave cabin and historic mansion at Redcliffe Plantation, stories like those of Abram Hammonds, a freedman and former slave at Redcliffe and many others will be used to explore the freedoms, the rights, the struggles and the opportunities available to freedmen and their families in the decade immediately following the Civil War.
Fat Saturday Pub Crawl : Purchase a $10 passport that will get you free cover into more than 15 bars and restaurants in downtown Augusta. Make sure to get your passport stamped at each Pub Crawl stop for the chance to win the grand prize by Beer Me Augusta.
Augusta University Half Marathon, 10k & 5K : The Augusta Sports Council's signature event, and a Westobou10 pick, includes a 5K course in 2017. Run or walk your way through Augusta. The weekend includes a pre-race pasta dinner catered by Carrabba's Italian Grill, community expo and post race celebration at the finish line. Kids can also run the Medals for Miles Youth Fun Run on the Saturday before the race.