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Marissa Alma Nick. Photo by Kerry Mclaney.

It’s not easy patting your belly and rubbing your head at the same time, but Marissa Alma Nick isn’t going to let that stop her from moving forward. I met Nick two years ago on the streets of Wynwood during Art Walk. She was performing on NW 2nd Avenue between 26th and 27th Street. It […]

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Artistic forces came together, in some cases for the first time, as GroundWorks DanceTheater (a Knight Arts grantee) rehearsed for its upcoming concert at Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall this weekend. Composer Steven Snowden was on hand to hear string chamber ensemble Aeolus Quartet perform the 40-minute work he wrote for GroundWorks’ “House of […]

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It seems like only a couple of years ago that Ballet Excel Ohio, a Knight Arts grantee, mounted its version of “Snow White,” as commissioned by the company and created by choreographer Laszlo Berdo. So it came as quite a surprise to Mia Klinger, the ballet’s artistic director–and me, when sitting down for an interview and […]

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Love is coming to us all. This week, it’s heading to downtown Akron as the Big Love Fest, which will spill throughout the Musica complex and bring 12 hours of continuous music, dance, visual arts, healing arts, storytelling and so much more on February 28. In a telephone interview with committee chair Zach Freidhof (who goes by […]

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Approximately three hours away from Macon, there’s a town called Oakway, South Carolina. Many people who were not close friends with Sean Pritchard may find it hard to believe he’s not from Macon. The time he has dedicated to this city by creating springboards for local and distant indie musicians has been amazing. Pritchard is […]

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For those who have never witnessed a Macon Pops concert, you will definitely be in for a treat when you get your chance–just imagine the typical orchestra setting with a new-age flair. The Macon Pops season is coming to a close on February 28, when you can experience this ensemble of about 40 musicians as […]

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During the last weekend in February, the Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with A Labor of Love, Macon-Middle Georgia Black Pages and Helping Hands Community Outreach to present a production called “Our Story (Black History) Weekend” at the Frank J. Johnson Community Center. While so much negativity is on the forefront of […]

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The Grand Step Project by Stephan Koplowitz at New York Public Library, 6/17/04.

Pioneer Winter and his organization, Grass Stains, won a 2014 Knight Arts Challenge grant. Over chicken souvlaki wraps and fried calamari, we spoke about his aspirations for Grass Stains and how it will benefit the community. Neil de la Flor: What’s the mission of Grass Stains? Pioneer Winter: Grass Stains seeks to provide a platform for […]

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Mardi Gras live in downtown Macon

Published on February 10, 2015 by in Dance, Macon, Music, Theater

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Quite often, when we think of Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans instantly comes to mind. Nevertheless, the first Mardi Gras bash in this country was held in Mobile, Alabama. Today, many cities organize their own custom Mardi Gras sprees. Experiences while taking part in Mardi Gras festivities include catching beads thrown at you from parade […]

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“Jacqueries”. Photo by Neil de la Flor.

Four Cervezas de los Muertos, an order of guacamole and chips, a beef quesadilla and 80 bucks later, my friend and I headed over to The Carlton Hotel for “Jacqueries.” Produced and presented by Knight Arts grantees FilmGate and Grass Stains, “Jacqueries” was “a political heist story told through movement — an inside-out experience of conspiracy, […]

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