Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7:30 p.m. nightly and Sunday 2:30 p.m.
This laugh-out-loud comedy by Georgia’s brilliant rising star playwright, Topher Payne, blows the cover off of the very serious government witch-hunt of the 1950s, led by the zealous Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Payne’s sitcom-style play spotlights the period in which McCarthy’s “Red Scare” spun off an even more sinister offspring - the “Lavender Scare” - the government search for “sexual deviants.” The comedy focuses on four gay State Department employees who struggle to keep their secrets in the closet - literally. (Adult language and content.) Springer Opera House, 103 10th St. $17-$37. 706-327-3688
Carson McCullers Literary Festival
CSU’s Department of English and Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians present The First Annual Carson McCullers Literary Festival. The event is designed primarily as a celebration of creative writing for Georgia high school students. There will be public readings, master classes and student workshops conducted by nationally-known writers and poets. The Awards Ceremony will include readings by winning student writers. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Bo Bartlett Center for Art, 921 Front Ave. www.mccullerscenter.org
Uptown’s Spring Friday Night Concert Series
Bring your lawn chair and blanket to Uptown. The family will enjoy a night of great music and fun. River City Horns. The Journey Tribute Band. Free. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Free parking: RiverCenter Deck, 919 Broadway and CB&T Deck, corner of 11th St. and Front Ave. All outside food, coolers and beverages, (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) prohibited. 706-596-0111
Earth Day River Clean Up
A list of areas that need work will be posted. Bring work gloves, water (refillable bottle preferred), clothes that can get dirty. Provided will be trash bags, latex gloves and a water refill station. Scout troops, youth groups, any organization, etc. will be be posted to river sites. 8 a.m.-noon. Meet at Outside World Columbus, 1025 Broadway. Facebook Chattahoochee Triathlon Club.
Earth Day Paddle
Celebrate Earth Day on Lake Delanor at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park with a lake paddle and clean up. Geared towards ages 8 and up. Two to four persons per boat (kayak, canoe, row or paddle). Children must be accompanied by an adult. $10 per person includes life jackets, paddles and boat. Must pre-register and pre-pay at the park office. Limited space. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Meet at Boat House. 706-663-4858
Russell County Pioneer Day
The Russell County Historical Commission presents Pioneer Day Quilt and Art Contest with attractions for everyone. Blacksmith demonstrations, wagon rides, food vendors, art and quilt contests, reenactors, video on early life in Russell County and more. Admission free/children 10 and under; $5/person; $20/family maximum. (Cash only accepted for admission.) Fort Mitchell Historic Site, 561 Ala. 165, Fort Mitchell, Ala. firstname.lastname@example.org