The Classic Center News Feed The Classic Center 211 87 News feed for The Classic Center Unleash your greatness with the world’s leading motivational speaker Les Brown on April 6 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:16:40 EST General ATHENS, Ga. – Les Brown, the world’s foremost motivational speaker and personal development expert, will be live at The Classic Center Theatre on Monday, April 6 at 7 p.m.
“An Evening with Les Brown: Unleash Your Greatness” is designed to inspire entrepreneurs, industry leaders, educators and students to expand their internal abilities and strengths and live their lives to their greatest potential.
Tickets range from $10-$50, and are on sale now. Proceeds from the show will benefit The Sparrow’s Nest, a local Christian ministry center located on Prince Avenue that provides laundry and shower facilities, food and other necessities to those in need.
For more than 40 years, Brown has mentored, coached, and trained millions of business professionals and government officials throughout the globe. He has earned international acclaim through his best-selling books, audio programs and his series of television and radio shows that he produced and hosted.
Several local college students will have the opportunity to display their artworkduring a press and sponsor reception with Brown that will take place before the show at 5:45 p.m.
Student tickets and group rates are available. Student tickets are targeted to high school juniors and seniors and all college students. The press and sponsor reception is open to the public with an upgraded ticket purchase.
Click here to buy tickets, call 706-357-4444 or stop by The Classic Center Theatre box office at 300 N. Thomas Street in downtown Athens.
For more information on Les Brown, visit
2015 Success Summit returns for third year to provide powerful resources for local businesses Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:19:35 EST General ATHENS, Ga. – Local businesses and nonprofit organizations seeking to learn, connect and be inspired are invited to register for the 2015 Success Summit taking place on Wednesday,
April 29 at The Classic Center.
Previously the Athens Small Business Summit, the newly rebranded Success Summit saw more than 300 attendees last year from local businesses and nonprofits. This event, organized by Athens-based business consulting firm StartStrategic, is a must-attend event for businesses of all sizes and ages.
This all-day event provides attendees with a variety of educational breakout sessions, valuable resources, experienced speakers and great networking opportunities.
A number of partner organizations, including the University of Georgia Terry College of Business and Community Connection of Northeast Georgia, have worked alongside Success Summit organizers to produce a dynamic curriculum applicable to small businesses and nonprofit organizations alike. Session topics stay true to the Summit’s mission by promoting core business fundamentals.
A Resource Fair will take place again this year, allowing attendees to talk one-on-one with more than 50 local service-based industry representatives. Additionally, a free-to-attend Job Fair and Career Expo will be presented by the Georgia Department of Labor for all local job seekers. Vendor booths for each of these events are available for purchase.
The morning keynote will be led by Gena and Davis Knox, founders of Fire & Flavor, as well as Chris Collins, founder of Bone Dry Roofing. These two Athens success stories will detail their paths to success and provide insightful tips on how to advance businesses forward. A second keynote in the afternoon will feature a presentation by renowned entrepreneurial guru Chris Hanks. His presentation will highlight what it takes to build yourself as a brand, what it means to craft a value proposition and also give tips on how to leverage that value to make your business truly successful.
Registration for the Summit is now open and currently only $109 for businesses, $79 for nonprofits and $39 for students. Visit to register online, learn how to become an exhibitor or for more information.
Applications for The Classic Center Cultural Foundation performing arts scholarships due March 6 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:55:26 EST General Athens, GA – The deadline to apply for The Classic Center Cultural Foundation’s performing arts scholarships is Friday, March 6.
The Foundation awards three separate scholarships to local high school students in the performing arts.

One scholarship will be awarded in each of the following areas: vocal performance, musical instrument and performance art in drama/dance. The Foundation will award each scholarship recipient $1,000, as well as $500 to the school arts department of each recipient.

Any high school junior or senior from Clarke County or the surrounding counties is eligible (Barrow, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Madison or Jackson). Previous Classic Center Cultural Foundation scholarship recipients are not eligible.

An audition is required and will be held Monday, April 13 at The Classic Center Theatre. Performing applicants should come prepared to audition on stage, with an audition that lasts no longer than four minutes. A piano and sound system will be provided.
The performing arts scholarships will be presented at the Foundation’s Celebration of the Arts Gala in June.
Part of The Classic Center Cultural Foundation’s mission is to support the youth in the Athens community by helping to further their education in the arts.
Applications and guidelines are available to download here
For more information, please contact Stephanie VanDyck, Foundation Special Events Coordinator, at or 706-357-4417.
More than $13,500 raised for local organizations during ice skating at The Classic Center Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:53:54 EST General ATHENS, Ga. –Local organizations who signed up to volunteer at The Classic Center’s ice skating public sessions in the last few months received a total of $13,700.
Two dozen nonprofits and other groups signed up to volunteer at the ice skating rental counter during public sessions held from September to early January. In return for their time working the ice skating counter, the groups got to keep part of the ticket revenue from each skater.
Bethel Baptist Church Youth Ministry in Watkinsville, Ga., volunteered for several days. Youth Director Phyllis Sheats said they will use the money they received to help pay for Vacation Bible School, Easter and Christmas baskets for their sick and shut-in members and a trip to The King Center.
“We had a great time at the ice skating rink,” she said. “It was a great fundraiser for our group and we can't wait until the next time.”
Jackie Minus with Nimno A.M.E. Church in Nicholson, Ga., said the money they raised from volunteering will help fund their church missions.
“It was delightful to watch the customers out on the ice,” she said. “We will definitely sign up again next year!”
Among the groups that signed up were World Ambassadors UGA, CCI Greenheart and Bread for Life.
The Classic Center plans to offer public ice skating again in the fall.
Classic City Rollergirls to face off against Greenville Derby Dames this Saturday Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:11:53 EST General ATHENS, Ga. – Valentine’s Day is coming up, and what better way to spend it than with the Classic City Rollergirls?
Come cheer on the Rollergirls this Saturday, Feb. 14 as they take on the Greenville Derby Dames at The Classic Center Arena in downtown Athens. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the action will start at 7 p.m.
Bring your Valentine for a unique date, your friends for an exciting night out or your family for a fun-filled evening, because there will be something for everyone. Enjoy face painting, a bouncy house and special Valentine’s Day surprises from the Rollergirls.
Tickets are $12 in advance, and $14 at the door. Tickets for children ages 12 and under are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children 5 and under get in free. A special group rate of $10 each is available for groups of 15 or more. Click here to buy tickets.
A portion of the proceeds from this bout will benefit The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides intervention, advocacy, referrals, and support for survivors and families impacted by child abuse and sexual assault.
The next Classic City Rollergirls home bout will be Saturday, May 9 at 7 p.m. against the Tallahassee RollerGirls.
Free Third Thursday evening art tour scheduled for Feb. 19 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:54:47 EST General ATHENS, Ga. – The next Third Thursday­ – the monthly evening art tour of seven public art galleries – is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19 from 6-9 p.m.
Third Thursday was established in 2012 to encourage attendance at Athens’ established art venues through cooperation and co-promotion by the organizing entities.
The Feb. 19 tour will include the following exhibits/galleries at these stops:
  • Lyndon House Arts Center – The Ware-Lyndon House is a circa 1840s late-Greek Revival home with Italianate influence. It is the last remaining house in Lickskillet, the once fashionable 19th century in-town neighborhood. The interior has been restored and arranged with decorative art and furnishings of the period.
  • Hotel Indigo – “Ornament” includes artists interested in adornment and display. Using flourishes, stunning backdrops to embellish, a “Rococo” line, Pantone color, embroidered rose, these works beautify the space. “BANG,” a new installation by Carol John is ready for viewing at the GlassCube at Hotel Indigo.
  • The Classic Center – “Nature Revealed” features five artists, all looking at the natural environment through the eye of an artistic microscope. “Then and Now: Celebrating 40 years of the Lyndon House Arts Center” represents five artists, Munroe d’ Antignac, John d’Azzo, Terri Jarrett, Leah Mantini and Erik Patten, their award winning artworks from previous Lyndon House Annual Juried Exhibits, as well as a selection of their current works.
  • Georgia Museum of Art – “Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond” illuminates and contextualizes the important historical and ongoing work of the Guerrilla Girls, highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change. “Chaos and Metamorphosis: The Art of Piero Lerda” presents a cross-section of the work of Italian artist Piero Lerda (1927–2007).
  • Ciné – “In Bloom,” a group show curated by Hope Hilton. The exhibit features the following 14 artists: Rinne Allen, Maureen Beall, Wayne Bellamy, Claire Clements, Katherine Dunlap, Alejandro Galeana-Salinas, Susan Hable Smith, Moon Jung Jang, Taylor Kuzia, Jess Machacek, Malissa Ryder, RenéShoemaker, Zipporah Camille Thompson and Maddie Zerkel.
  • ATHICA – “Bethany Collins: As We Wish to Be,” is a solo installation by Atlanta-based artist, Bethany Collins. This exhibition features two new, site-specific murals. Collins is a multi-media artist who focuses on dual perception and multiplicity in the seemingly binary. Her current language-based work highlights the inability of language to fully capture notions of modern racial identity.
  • Lamar Dodd School of Art – “Mequitta Ahuja: Automythography”Visiting artist Mequitta Ahuja displays a series of paintings that illustrate her practice of using herself as subject and history as context as inspired by her neologism “automythography.”  “The Exquisite” – The Exquisite is a collaborative group exhibition that elaborates upon the established tradition of the Exquisite Corpse. Justin Schmitz: Like a Juggernaut”The Dodd’s Post-MFA Fellow in Photography, Justin Schmitz exhibits a new body of work developed during his stay in Georgia. “To-Do List”Organized by Athens artist and director of the Lyndon House, Didi Dunphy, this exhibit explores what 28 artists are thinking, doing, not doing, working on, avoiding, accomplishing and postponing.

The Third Thursday shuttle, which is sponsored by The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, will circulate through all of the art venues every 30 minutes. Free parking is available at the Lyndon House Arts Center, the Georgia Museum of Art, the Lamar Dodd School of Art and ATHICA.
All exhibits are free and open to the public during Third Thursday.
Visit for more information on Third Thursday. For more information on The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, click here.
Applications now being accepted for the 2015 Hospitality Careers Academy Tue, 03 Feb 2015 08:46:44 EST General ATHENS, Ga. – High school students interested in the hospitality industry are encouraged to apply for the 2015 Hospitality Careers Academy.
The week-long academy is held in July and hosted by The Classic Center in downtown Athens and The Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga. The program, which began in 2003, is designed for students interested in business, marketing, culinary arts, hotel/lodging management or event planning.
The 16 students selected for the Academy will have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers, job shadow professionals, attend industry tours and take part in leadership activities. All of this is done while working towards a culminating event project which the students plan and manage.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for high school students interested in our industry,” said Beth Turner, Membership & Ticketing Services Manager at The Classic Center. “We’re looking for the future leaders in our business.”
The Academy requires acceptance through a competitive application process that includes a completed application, an essay question, three recommendations and a personal interview.
A tentative date of July 13-17 has been selected for the Hospitality Careers Academy, but exact dates will not be finalized until later in the spring semester.
The Academy’s $450 registration fee includes four nights of hotel accommodations, meals for the week and training from industry professionals.
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 15.
To request an application packet, please contact Beth Turner at 706-357-4521 or
Athens Technical College student named winner of The Classic Center Cultural Foundation culinary scholarship Tue, 03 Feb 2015 07:41:37 EST General ATHENS, Ga. – The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is pleased to announce Imelda Nelson as the winner of its second annual culinary scholarship competition.
Nelson, 32, a student in Athens Technical College’s culinary arts program, was among two scholarship finalists who were selected to prepare a dish during Athens Wine Weekend at The Classic Center that was judged by a panel of two local chefs.
Her winning dish was a Parisian frittata and mixed greens salad with balsamic vinaigrette, roasted asparagus, pumpkin puree and tomato sauce.
Nelson will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and her college’s culinary program will receive $500.
“This is my first time winning in a scholarship cooking competition, and I am so excited to win because it proves that hard work really does pays off!” she said. “I learned that perseverance against all odds and striving to do your best will give you the chance to win.”
The Classic Center Cultural Foundation’s mission is to support the youth in our community by helping to further their education in the arts. The Foundation also offers performing arts scholarships for local high school students.
Nelson was named the scholarship winner Saturday during the Athens Wine Weekend Gourmet Dinner.
The panel of judges included Chris McCook, executive chef at Athens Country Club, and Daniel Massie, executive chef with Levy Restaurants at The Classic Center.
Angela Little-Bailey, also a student in Athens Technical College’s culinary arts program, was the other culinary scholarship finalist. 
Click here for more information on the scholarships provided by The Classic Center Cultural Foundation.
The world’s best dancers to heat up The Classic Center Theatre stage Feb. 10 with ‘Dancing Pros: Live’ Mon, 02 Feb 2015 07:52:04 EST General ATHENS, Ga. - The world’s most remarkable dancers will be heating up the stage in “Dancing Pros: Live” at The Classic Center Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m., and the audience will get to vote for the best of the best.
Starring “Dancing With the Stars” pro, Karina Smirnoff (head judge), and featuring Edyta Sliwinska and Chelsie Hightower, both from “Dancing With the Stars,” this unforgettable live dancing competition is hosted by Alan Thicke, star of the TV show “Growing Pains.”
With a blend of artistry and athleticism, passion and lyricism, and sass and sophistication, 10 of the world’s most remarkable professional dancers will compete with one another for top prize in this high-octane dance competition. The show is packed with a variety of dance styles, from the cha-cha and tango to swing and samba. The voting is left strictly to the audience, and the winner is announced at the end of the show.
The spectacular show sparkles with amazing caliber singing by Angel Taylor of “The Voice,” a glamorous set, stunning costumes and unbelievable dance moves. From high-voltage kicks to seductive strides, these famed competitors demand everyone's attention as they rival one another on the dance floor for a chance to win your vote.
The performance is the fifth in The Classic Center Theatre’s 2014-2015 Broadway Entertainment Series. Tickets range from $20-$70.
Click here to buy tickets, call 706-357-4444 or stop by The Classic Center Theatre box office at 300 N. Thomas Street in downtown Athens.
For additional information on the show, tour dates and tickets, visit
Classic City Rollergirls to play season opener this Saturday at The Classic Center Arena Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:43:07 EST General ATHENS, Ga. – The Classic City Rollergirls will kick off their season this Saturday, Jan. 31 at The Classic Center Arena in downtown Athens with the team’s annual Green vs Black intraleague bout.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and the action will start at 7 p.m.
The Rollergirls will be a house divided as the skaters face off against each other in this exhibition bout. Fans will get a chance to see their favorite veteran skaters return to the track, plus get a chance to meet the team’s newest additions.
Tickets are $12 in advance, and $14 at the door. Tickets for children ages 12 and under are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children 5 and under get in free. Click here to buy tickets.
A portion of the proceeds from this bout will benefit Children First, a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting safe homes for children in times of family crisis. 
This is the second season the Classic City Rollergirls have played their home games at The Classic Center Arena.
The next Classic City Rollergirls home bout will be Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. against the Greenville Derby Dames.