To Do: The Valley's weekly events planner (4/3-4/9)

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comApril 3, 2014 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI The Rock Candy Band from Birmingham, Ala., rock to a Stevie Ray Vaughn number during the Uptown Concert Series on Broadway Friday. The weekly concerts continue through October 18. 09.20.13



Seaboard Depot Art Studios ribbon-cutting: CSU will host a ribbon-cutting for the newly renovated historic building, at the corner of Front Avenue and 10th Street, which will house 18 individual art studios for students, six faculty studios, a visiting artist studio, a gallery for new media projects and more. The cutting is at 6 p.m., with a reception following at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited.

Lego Mania: Bring your entire family and the library will provide all the LEGOs and coloring sheets. 3-5 p.m. North Columbus Public Library, 5689 Armour Road. Free. 706-748-2855.

Nightcap: Concerts feature presentations of new, fresh musical works composed by CSU graduate and undergraduate students. 9 p.m. RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre, 900 Broadway. Free. 706-649-7225.

Prison labor forum: A discussion on the use of prison labor by Columbus Consolidated Government, sponsored by the Columbus Black History Museum & Archives and Southern Anti-Racism Network. Speakers will include Richard Jessie, Theresa El-Amin and James Lawson. Tonza Thomas will moderate. 6 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road. 706-575-3646


Uptown Concert Series: The Uptown, Inc. spring concert series kicks off with the popular band DSOS (aka, Deeper Shades of Soul). Outside food and beverages are allowed, but glass containers and outside alcoholic beverages are prohibited. 7 p.m. 1000 block of Broadway. Free.

Royal Horses: Riding Master Rene Gasser brings his world-renowned equestrian tour to Columbus. Along with the stallions, Spanish flamenco dancers also will be featured. 7:30 p.m. Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth Street. $27.50-$57.50. 706-653-4460.

Gator Crawl: This one-mile fun run and 5k will benefit Glenwood School. 6:30 p.m. Phenix City Amphitheater, 508 Dillingham Street. $20-25.


Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band: The band will play a USO Concert at Fort Benning’s Weatherby Field. The concert is open to military ID and CAC cardholders. Free. Gates open at 6 p.m. The performance starts at 7 p.m.

Foxe 105 Annual Spring Break Concert and Talent Show: Davis Broadcasting presents this showcase of the tri-city’s best singers, dancers, rappers and children under 12 — all competing for a grand prize. This year features Toonz, D’Ambra Renee, Somkey Bear and more. Purchase tickets at el & Abe’s Barber Shop and Mimi’s Beauty Supply in Phenix City; Skippers Seafood and Davis Broadcasting in Columbus. $10 in advance and $15 day-of. 6 p.m. The Phenix City Amphitheater located, 508 Dillingham St.

Mellow Dog 5K: Sponsored by Mellow Mushroom; starts at Auburn University’s Cater Lawn at 5 p.m. CST. Registration is $25 prior to the race and $30 on race day. Register at

Mrs. Southwest Georgia Senior Pageant: The 2014 pageant will be held at the Activity Center of St. Mark United Methodist Church, 6795 Whitesville Road. 2:30 p.m. The public is invited. Tickets are $10. The winner will then go to the Ms. Georgia Senior 2014 pageant to compete state-wide in mid-August.

Rust College A’Capella Choir: The Holly Springs, Miss., choir will be in concert at 7 p.m. at St. John AME Church, 3980 Steam Mill Road. Free.

Market Days: Visit Market Days on Broadway for fresh produce, baked goods, arts and crafts and more. 9 a.m.-noon. Downtown on Broadway. Prices vary.

Poetry slam: In honor of National Poetry Month, 14 local bright and talented voices will be vying for a spot on the 2014 Fountain City Slam Team. 3-5 p.m. Uptown Columbus, stage on the 1100 block of Broadway. Free. 706-392-0777.

Kids workshop: Build a bird bath or bird feeder in this fun kid friendly workshop. 9 a.m.-noon. Home Depot: 2891 Sowega Dr, Columbus, and Hwy 280/431 North, Phenix City. Free. Need to register online at

Arena football: The Columbus Lions host the Richmond Raiders. 7:30 p.m. Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth Street. $10-$45. (706) 653-4460.


"Mrs. Independent": Playwright and actor Priest Tyaire presents this stage play about a woman married to her money. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Bill Heard Theatre, 900 Broadway. $42.50-$47.50.

Easter egg hunt: Easter bunny and eggs galore, plus face painting and much more. For toddlers to 9 year olds. 4-5:30 p.m. The Wynn House, 1240 Wynnton Road. $7. 706-323-1895.

Percussion ensemble: This CSU ensemble will present its annual spring concert. 4 p.m. RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall, 900 Broadway. Free. 706-649-7225.


Singing for Sight: Miss Phenix City Hayley Barber will be at this community choir event to raise funds for children with poor vision. 6:30 p.m. Summerville Baptist Church, 3500 Summerville Road. Free.

"Holy Image, Holy Blood": This workshop — subtitled “What the Forensic Studies of the Shroud Can Tell Us about the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus” — is being presented by Rev. Stephen Muse, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Community Room at the Pastoral Institute, 2022 15th Ave. $15 (includes brunch) Register by April 4th with Christina Green at 706-649-6360 ext. 1306.


Spring Fling: Celebrate the beginning of spring with rides, concessions, games and more. Noon-midnight, April 4-13. Columbus Civic Center parking lot, 400 Fourth Street. Admission is free, but rides and concession prices vary. 706-653-4460.

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