Thursday the 17th – Saturday the 19th
Stihl Timbersports Series
Collegiate and professional lumberjacks from the South will gather March 17–19 at the University of Georgia forestry school, which is hosting a professional lumberjack competition for the Stihl Timbersports Series of wood–chopping events.
ESPNU and ESPN2 will televise the competition, which will include four wood–chopping contests, including sawing a log by hand with a crosscut saw and a standing undercut chop using an ax.
Info: UGA’s Livestock Instructional Arena on South Milledge Avenue; For more information, call UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry, (706) 542–2152 visit www.stihltimbersports.com.
Saturday the 19th :Tango Buenos Aires
A troupe of Argentine dancers demonstrate the passion, posturing and sensual movement of that South American country’s signature dance. Direct from Buenos Aires, it’s one of the most exciting performances of the season. Founded twenty–five years ago by the famous composer and director Osvaldo Requena, Tango Buenos Aires has become known throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Far East as one of Argentina’s most important cultural exports and one of the world’s most authentic representatives of the Tango.
Miss Marigold Pageant
Presented by the City of Winterville, this scholarship pageant will be held at the historic Morton Theatre for grades 1–12 and is part of the City of Winterville’s
annual Marigold Festival held on the third Saturday in May — this year May 21.
Info: Ticket prices TBA; 7:30 p.m.; Morton Theatre, 195 W. Washington St.; For more information, call (706) 613–3771 or visit www.accleisureservices.com.
Wednesday the 23th –Thursday the 24th
Fans of the 1970s pop group ABBA love the musical “Mamma Mia!”, adapted to the Swedish foursome’s songs. More than 32 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music created by writer Catherine Johnson. “Mamma Mia!” unfolds on a Greek island paradise and spins the enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.
Info: $15–$70 for tickets; 7:30 p.m.; Classic Center Theatre, 300 N. Thomas St.; For more information, call 1–800–864–4160 or visit the website at www.classiccenter.com.
Saturday the 26th
Starry, Starry Night Celebration
Athens volunteers dedicated to protecting children from abuse are organizing the 20th annual Starry, Starry Night Celebration to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Athens that will be held Saturday, March 26 at the Athens Country Club, off Jefferson Road in Athens.
The PCAA programs provide parent support, home visiting and community education programs in Clarke, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties.
The Starry, Starry Night evening will feature Wheel of Fortune, dinner, silent and live auctions and some surprises from the past. Among the auction items is a painting donated by Kenson Thompson, a recognized Asheville artist who studied at the New York Academy of Art. Table sponsorships are available.
Info: $100; 6:30 p.m., Athens Country Club, 2700 Jefferson Road; for more information, call (706) 546–9713 or visit the website at www.pcaathens.org.
Sunday the 27th
Join Metropolitan Opera soprano Dawn Upshaw for her Athens debut. The program features innovative pairings of works for soprano and orchestra with symphonies by the same composer. Paired with Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, commonly known as the “Unfinished” Symphony, is “She Was Here,” a new arrangement by Osvaldo Golijov of four Schubert songs originally for soprano and piano. To complement the Fifth Symphony of Sibelius, Upshaw will join the orchestra in performing “Lunnotar” (Daughter of Nature), a symphonic poem for soprano and orchestra
completed by Sibelius in 1913.
Info: $42 • $52; 3 p.m.; University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, 230
River Road; For more information, call (706) 542–4400 or visit the website at www.uga.edu/pac
Tuesday the 29th
The Avett Brothers:::::::::::::
Since debuting with their first album in 2001, brothers Scott and Seth Avett, better known as the Avett Brothers, have built a sizable following based on sibling harmonies and their rowdy, infectious stage shows. In concert, the high–flying ensemble tears through tunes with unbridled energy, popping banjo and guitar strings right and left while inciting stomping sing–alongs among audiences that appear to know every word. At times, they would seemingly create their own subgenre onstage, which they refer to as “punkgrass.”
Info: TBA for ticket costs; 9 p.m.; Classic Center Theatre, 300 N. Thomas St.; For more information, call 1–800–864–4160 or visit the website at www.classiccenter.com
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