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Steppin Out: Jan. 30, 2015

Editor’s Note: Every Friday a list of local and area upcoming entertainment and cultural events will be published on the Steppin’ Out page in the Times-Recorder. To submit information for this listing, please send to Steppin’ Out, c/o Americus Times-Recorder, P.O. Box 1247, Americus GA 31709, or fax to 928-6344 or e-mail to beth.alston@gaflnews.com

Americus

Lake Blackshear Regional Library

“Welcome to Camp Sparrow” is the 25th annual play sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library.

Performances are SATURDAY, doors open at 7:30 p.m., curtain at 8:15 p.m. Admission $20 includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine; and SUNDAY, doors open at 2:30 p.m., curtain is at 3 p.m. Admission of $5 includes homemade refreshments.

Call 924-8091 or drop by the library at 307 E. Lamar St. for more information.

Love of Literacy Gala

7 p.m. — Feb. 13 — Griffin Bell Conference Center

Sponsored by Books for Sumter Children

Tickets $50 each include silent auction opens, hors d’oeuvres and drinks and surf and turf dinner at 7:45. Georgia Southwestern State University Ensemble performs during the evening.

RSVP by Feb. 6 by calling Tommie Thompson at 928-0399.

Valentine Gala

The Caring 4 Seniors Foundation and Innovative Senior Solutions host the third annual Valentine Gala from 7 p.m.-midnight Feb. 14 at the Rees Park Economic Development Center. The Valentine Gala is held annually to assist the Caring 4 Senior Foundation in fulfilling its mission of; linking community resources to keep Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities in their homes by providing community based care and services. Tickets, $40 each, available at the Innovative Senior Solutions office, 231 W. Lamar St. The event attire is black. For information call 229-928-3673.

Annual Murder Mystery Dinner

Feb. 20 & 21, pre-show cocktail begin at 6 p.m.

The Windsor Hotel

The Windsor Hotel, in coordination with Georgia Southwestern’s Dramatic Arts Department, announces the return of the annually popular Murder Mystery Dinner. Prepare yourself for a night of mystery and excitement. The show will bring out your inner detective as you are invited to follow the clues and help solve the murders in this classic whodunit style production.An original script written by GSW’s Jeff Green will have you on high alert with twists at every turn and will be accompanied by a sinfully delicious three course dinner designed by Head Chef Jesse Jones.

Tickets and overnight room packages are now available for purchase. Tickets are $55/person including tax and gratuity and room packages begin at $229.02 including an overnight stay and two tickets to dinner and the show. For information or to purchase tickets call the reservations desk at 229-924-1555 or visit www.windsor-americus.com

The Rylander Theatre

• Blind Boys of Alabama

8 p.m. March 14

Put a spring in your step with five-time Grammy Award winning gospel group, Blind Boys of Alabama. After first singing together in 1944, the group has spanned 70 years of music and numerous albums. Renowned for their musicianship, Blind Boys have collaborated with popular artists such as Ben Harper, Randy Travis, Bonnie Raitt and Lou Reed. Their transition from small town gospel group to high-profile mainstream act is evident with television appearances on 60 Minutes, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, Austin City Limits, and more.

www.blindboys.com

Atlanta

The High Museum of Art

1280 Peachtree St. N.E.

• A Painter’s Profile: The High Celebrates Romare Bearden

Through May 31

With this exhibition, the High honors one of the 20th century’s most influential artists and the important recent acquisition of Bearden’s only known self portrait, “Profile/Part II, The Thirties: Artist with Painting and Model” (1981).

• A Painter’s Profile: The High Celebrates Romare Bearden

Through May 31

With this exhibition, the High honors one of the 20th century’s most influential artists and the important recent acquisition of Bearden’s only known self portrait, “Profile/Part II,

• Helen Levitt: In the Street

Through May 31

Showcasing the honest, humorous and inventive works of prolific documentary photographer Helen Levitt, this exhibition will feature 30 works by Levitt from the collections of the High and the Telfair Museums (Savannah, Ga.).

• José Parlá: Segmented Realities

Through May 24

This installation features a group of 10 sculptural paintings by José Parlá that suggest a collection of cultural fragments salvaged from urban sites that have experienced social and cultural upheaval and transformation.

• Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds

Feb. 14-May 24

The High presents a retrospective of work by Wifredo Lam, a preeminent artist of Latin American origin and one of the Surrealist movement’s most influential figures. Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds will feature more than 40 paintings and a selection of drawings, prints and ephemera by the internationally renowned, Cuban-born artist.

• Imagining New Worlds: José Parlá and Fahamu Pecou 

Feb.14-May 24

In conjunction with Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds, the High presents two solo exhibitions by leading contemporary American artists José Parlá and Fahamu Pecou.

• Gordon Parks: Segregation Story

Through June 7

The High will present rarely seen photographs by trailblazing African-American artist and filmmaker Gordon Parks in this exhibition, presented in collaboration with The Gordon Parks Foundation. The exhibition features more than 40 of Parks’ color prints – most on view for the first time in over half a century – created for a powerful and influential 1950s Life magazine article documenting the lives of an extended African-American family in segregated Alabama.

• Leonard Freed: Black in White America

Through June 7

Alongside the works on view in Gordon Parks: Segregation Story, the High presents selected prints from celebrated photographer Leonard Freed’s multi-year documentary project and 1968 book “Black in White America.”

• African Art: Building the Collection

Through May 31

In celebration of its newly expanded Fred and Rita Richman Gallery for African Art, the High is showcasing nearly 40 recent acquisitions of art from Africa to enter the permanent collection.

• Dox Thrash: An American Journey

Through May 10

In 1911, at the age of 15, Georgia native Dox Thrash (1893-1965) left the South in search of a better life. He first settled in Chicago, where he launched his artistic career.

• José Parlá: Segmented Realities

Through May 24

This installation features a group of 10 sculptural paintings by José Parlá that suggest a collection of cultural fragments salvaged from urban sites that have experienced social and cultural upheaval and transformation.

• Art in Bloom

Feb. 27-March 1; Times vary by date

Join the High for a three-day celebration featuring exotic and imaginative floral interpretations of select work from the Museum’s permanent collection. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the High’s collection interpreted in an exciting new way! 

Night Life:

Americus

American Legion Post 558

Ga. Highway 30 West

Open 6 p.m.-2:30 a.m. weekends

Friday is Grown Folks Night Out, featuring dance party, karaoke, music video and disco lights show from 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Presented by Monster Screen Projections