You're definitely going to have to have a planning calendar if you want to keep up with what's going on next weekend.
June 5-7 are going to be very busy and you're really going to have to plan well.
First, if you love theater, this is the weekend for you!
"Vengeance" is a new play by Jacqueline Flowers of Lumpkin. And she's giving Julious Fletcher, a first-time director his shot. It's about a troubled marriage, and can be seen just one night -- 8 p.m. June 5 in the Liberty Theatre, 823 Eighth Ave. Tickets are $13-$15. Call 706-392-0201 or 229-321-0332.
"Spy Games" is a new play presented by Sherlock's Mystery Dinner Theatre. It's about the new super villain in town, can be seen Friday-Saturday in the Empire Mills Room, Columbus Marriott Hotel. No one is admitted after 7 p.m. Tickets are $45, which includes dinner and the show, must be reserved 36 hours in advance. Call 706-718-7494.
The classic Stephen Sondheim musical, "Into the Woods" can be seen 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway. It features the best singers in town -- the Columbus State University voice students of Constantina Tsolainou, accompanied by the CSU Philharmonic. Tickets are $5-$10. Call 706-256-3612.
Another brand-new play, "Fly Over Land," can be seen at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, in the Studio Theatre, Theatre on the Park on Front Avenue. This is written by Rhonda Carlson and is the winner of the 2008 CSU International Playwriting Competition. $6. 706-507-8444.
Then there’s "Bibb City: Collected Lives from a Mill Town," another brand-new offering. It’s a joint production of CSU’s Department of Theater and the Chattahoochee Shakespeare Co., and can be seen 7 p.m. Friday in the RiverMill Event Centre, 3715 First Ave. and Saturday in Comer Auditorium, 107 41st St.; and June 12-13 and June 19-20 in the Studio Theatre, CSU Theatre on the Park. At 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday, there will be Bibb City walking tours. No admission will be charged for the show or tour, but donations will be accepted for ChattShakes. Call 706-507-8403.
If theater is not your thing, then check out the 32nd annual Southern Watercolor Society Awards Exhibit. There is a reception at 6:30-8:30 p.m., with awards given out at 7 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit, in the Illges Gallery, Corn Center for the Visual Arts, 6 W. 10th St., will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, through June 27. Some of the art will be for sale. Admission is free. 706-507-8300.
Some of you might want a little more diversity.
I met Alfie Jelks years ago when he called and said he was going to organize a cultural arts show. I went to his shop, Alfie’s African Treasures in Mission Square on University Avenue.
Believe it or not, he’s now doing his Eighth annual Cultural Arts Show. It’s 7 p.m. Saturday in the Liberty Theatre, 823 Eighth Ave.
This year’s entertainment includes singing, miming, poetry recital, African dancing and drumming, fashion and hair show, ballet, opera and Hawaiian dancers.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
Some of the proceeds go toward Alfie's annual trips to Africa, where he helps children with school supplies, clothes and shoes. Call 706-568-0208 or 706-718-1371.
Finally, on Sunday, it’s Arts in the Park in the Weracoba/Lakebottom Park Bandshell area. A downpour on May 17 caused the postponement. Hours are noon-7 p.m.
This annual event is make people aware of the historic districts of the Lakebottom area.
The art show and sale is noon-7 p.m. CSU Rankin Arts Center volunteers will offer face painting for children, the Candlestick Clowns of Evangel Temple Assembly of God Church will perform and the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Department will do fingerprinting of children for Child ID Kits from 1-5 p.m. The Just-Us Bluegrass Band performs at 12:30-2:30 p.m.; The Columbus School of Music and Dance at 3-4 p.m.; the Bob Barr Community Band conducted by George Corradino at 4:30-5:30 p.m. and Carson Hand at 6-7 p.m.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during the music acts.
There will be food vendors there, or bring a picnic basket from home.
It’s free to attend.
See, I told you that a calendar will be necessary this weekend.
No matter what you do, remember to have fun. And if it’s outdoors, the queen of sunscreen says to slather it on. And that’s an order.
Contact Sandra Okamoto at 706-571-8580.