The Classic Center News Feed The Classic Center 211 87 News feed for The Classic Center Season tickets for The Classic Center Theatre’s 2015-2016 Broadway Entertainment Series now on sale Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:24:01 EDT General ATHENS, Ga. – Season tickets for The Classic Center Theatre’s 2015-2016 Broadway Entertainment Series are on sale now. The lineup includes the national touring productions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Bullets over Broadway,” “The Producers”, “42nd Street,” and “Disney Fantasia - Live in Concert”. Optional season add-on shows include “The Nutcracker” and “The Illusionists Live”.
The Classic Center Theatre will continue its partnership with the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center with a special collaboration of “The Nutcracker,” performed by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia December 19-20 and “Disney Fantasia - Live in Concert - On Tour” March 1, 2016.
Season ticket prices range on average from $116 to $331, depending on location of seats. Season ticket holders receive an overall 10 percent discount off the price of the shows, compared to single tickets. Season ticket holders also receive early notification of all other shows in our theater.
Season ticket holders get the first right to access all of these shows before single tickets are made available to the general public. Single tickets for Beauty and the Beast will go on sale July 20, and tickets for all other shows will go on sale August 3.
For more information, call the box office at 706.357.4444 or click here.


Sign up now to participate in the Classic City BBQ Festival in downtown Athens Aug. 14-15 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:12:06 EDT General ATHENS, Ga. – The Classic City BBQ Festival is now taking applications for food vendors, Tailgate Tradeshow exhibitors and various cooking competitions.
The third annual Classic City BBQ Festival heats up Aug. 14-15 at The Classic Center in downtown Athens. The family-friendly festival, which last year attracted more than 2,400 people, will feature professional and backyard barbecue contests, local barbecue restaurant vendors, an outdoor music stage, classic car show, barbecue and craft beer samples, and tailgate tradeshow.
The festival is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and is an official Georgia BBQ Championship 2015 Tour Event.
Vendor Opportunities
  • The Tailgate Tradeshow on Saturday, Aug. 16 will feature vendors showcasing vehicles, grills, clothing, food products and more. Single, double and triple booths are available. Booths begin at $200.
  • Vendors are invited to purchase a food booth to sell barbecue or other festival favorites. Food vendor booths start at $500. Choose an indoor location in the Grand Hall or Atrium, or select an outside location near the outdoor music stage and professional cook teams. 

Cooking Competitions
  • More than 30 teams will compete for a $10,000 total prize purse in the Professional BBQ Competition. The registration fee is $300.
  • Up to 20 Backyard BBQ competitors will be vying for a $1,000 total prize purse. The registration fee is $150. Anyone is eligible to compete, as long as they have not won a grand champion prize at a previous backyard contest.
  • Eight teams will compete Saturday, August 15 in the Restaurant Iron Chef Competition. The contestants will not know what they will be cooking until that afternoon, when they receive their protein donated by Buckhead Beef. All contestants will be supplied a Big Green Egg grill, thanks to the Georgia Spa Company. The contest entry fee is $150.
Visit to sign up for any of these opportunities, or contact Stephanie VanDyck at or 706-357-4417.
Free Third Thursday evening art tour scheduled for June 18 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:01:12 EDT General
ATHENS, Ga. – The next Third Thursday­ – the monthly evening art tour of seven public art galleries – is scheduled for Thursday, June 18 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 June 18 tour will include the following exhibitions/galleries at these stops:
Lyndon House Arts Center –  “Discarded Beauty” features stunning painting, photography, sculpture, collage and relief works all investigating the potential beauty of decay, dust, the discarded and abandoned with works by Janelle Young, Sarah Emerson, Manty Dey and Susan Hable.  “Where We Live, Work and Play,”includes sculptural and kinetic works investigating playful activities, working tasks and the nature of us as we live, work and play in our neighborhood featuring sculpture by Martijn van Wagtendonk, Caryn van Wagtendonk, Jennifer Desormeaux Graycheck, Tad Gloeckler, Cameron Lyden and Michael Oliveri. “The Home Show” is guest curated by Ann Hester and Alex Murawski. This exhibit is a selection of the artistic birdhouses created over the years to benefit previous Athens Area Habitat for Humanity building projects.  This show of fantastical birdhouses, a “Chinese pagoda,” an “air stream trailor,” sculpture for the birds, will delight all.
Ciné - "Offering and Amendments," an exhibition of sculptural wall pieces by Garrett Hayes.

Hotel Indigo – “The Finders” exhibition investigates works by artists who use found, discarded and re-discovered materials. These are works of assemblage, collage and construction. The GlassCube features an architectural installation of paintings by Carol John.
The Classic Center – The Classic Center presents, “Peaceable Kingdom,” picturing an array of animals, those great and small, in the Classic Gallery I. This exhibition feels like exploring a zoological garden, featuring the work of local artists Will Eskridge, Lawson Grice, Jená A. Johnson, Susan Pelham and Cheryl Washburn. “Flight,” the new spring exhibition in Classic Gallery II, examines our feathered and flying friends and features the work of Margaret Agner, Will Eskridge, Jená A. Johnson, Maria Mueller and Susan Pelham.
Georgia Museum of Art – “El Taller de Gráfica Popular: Vida y Arte” consists of approximately 250 works of Mexican sociopolitical art created by El Taller de Gráfica Popular (the Workshop for Popular Graphics). Founded in 1937, the workshop fought for social change and against fascist aggression at home and abroad by informing and inspiring the Mexican people and like-minded organizations around the globe.
“Art Hazelwood and Ronnie Goodman: Speaking to the Issues” presents prints by California Bay Area artists, Art Hazelwood and Ronnie Goodman, who confront and tackle such present-day realities as homelessness, poverty, war, corruption and violence in their art.
“Quarks, Leptons and Peanuts” exhibition features the work Jay Robinson has created since a fire in the mid-1990s destroyed his home and studio. After the fire, Robinson’s work moved in a different direction and he reinvented himself as an artist, taking inspiration from science. He started studying molecular physics and constellations, moving toward abstraction from a previously realistic approach. 
"Lines of Inquiry: Renaissance and Baroque Drawings from the Ceseri Collection" features 11 drawings from the collection of Giuliano Ceseri. It focuses on techniques, themes and stylistic developments in European drawing from the Renaissance to the Baroque. Other exhibitions include  “Art.gif,” a display that includes six looping GIFs by a variety of artists and “Terra Verte,” which occupies the sculpture garden and is by Scottish artist PatriciaLeighton.
ATHICA – The “Detour Thru Your Mind” exhibition will offer original artwork, in various media, from local artists as well as accompanying prose, poems, and musings from our literary community. The companion publication will serve as a fundraiser to help support ATHICA’s annual programming. Copies of the publication will be available for purchase in our gallery at the opening reception and during the run of the exhibition, while supplies last. Pre-sale price, $20.
Lamar Dodd School of Art – Lamar Dodd School of Art is closed for this Third Thursday.
The Third Thursday shuttle, which is sponsored by The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, will circulate through all of the art venues every 45 minutes, beginning at the Lyndon House at 6 p.m. Free parking is available at the Lyndon House Arts Center and the Georgia Museum of Art.
All exhibits are free and open to the public.
Visit for more information on Third Thursday. For more information on The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, click here.


The Classic Center Galleries to open two new art exhibitions this Thursday Tue, 19 May 2015 07:18:19 EDT General  ATHENS, GA – The Classic Center Cultural Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of The Classic Center’s latest art exhibits on Thursday, May 21 at 6:00p.m. coinciding with the 3Thurs festivities. The opening exhibits, Peaceable Kingdom and Flight, will highlight the works of Cheryl Washburn, Margaret Agner, Lawson Grice, Will Eskridge, Jená A. Johnson, Maria Mueller and Susan Pelham. These artists will be in attendance to discuss their works.
Peaceable Kingdom pictures an array of animals, those great and small, in Classic Gallery I. The five artists featured in Peaceable Kingdom work in different styles and materials to create a colorful menagerie of paintings, prints, and photography. Cheryl Washburn’s highly rendered paintings of the local farmland with grazing horses and cattle are like looking through a little window into the pasture, where Jená A. Johnson shines a magnifying glass on her tiny subjects presenting them in bold, detailed, large photographs. Lawson Grice explores landscape with a video game aesthetic in his candy-colored digital prints, populated by koala bears and narwhals. Susan Pelham creates collages that are a cacophony of animals and activity whereas Will Eskridge does the complete opposite, isolating his majestic figures of animals in a geometrically painted world, letting their forms stand in sharp contrast to one another.
The artists featured in Flight in Classic Gallery II all inventively picture insects and birds with unique approaches creating an exhibition filled with quite a diverse brood. Margaret Agner’s kaleidoscope of silk butterflies delicately flutters in the breeze while entomologist and photographer Jená A. Johnson captures close-up real-life images of insects that shimmer like polished gems. On the ornithological end, Maria Mueller’s Pennsylvania Dutch inspired birds fly in happy flocks of greens and blues while Will Eskridge paints delicately rendered birds of prey. Susan Pelham’s storybook collages illustrate roosters crowing, waddling geese and skillfully balanced cranes.
These exhibits will be on display until October 2015. The Classic Center Cultural Foundation’s mission is to provide resources to entertain and educate our community by providing and supporting diverse performing, visual, and culinary arts programs.
For information regarding the exhibits, contact Didi Dunphy at ClassicCenterArt@gmail.comFor information on  The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, click here, or call 706.208.0900.
The Classic Center to host Pavilion Grand Opening Arts Festival on May 17 along Foundry Street Mon, 11 May 2015 08:50:45 EDT General  ATHENS, GA – The Classic Center will celebrate the opening of its new 440 Foundry Street Pavilion on Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a community arts festival. This free and family friendly event will feature the Sunday Center Market, the Classic City Chalk Fest, food trucks, live music, ice skating, kids’ activities and more. Foundry Street will be closed for this event.
The Classic Center has partnered with the Athens Area Arts Council and Colors of Connection to host the Classic City Chalk Fest, which will take place along Foundry Street. Participants may sign up for $20 per space or $10 for a spot on the community mural. Each Chalk Fest participant or team will be given one box of artist pastels and a 10-foot by 10-foot square on the sidewalk or asphalt, depending on space needed. Participants will have three hours to create a masterpiece, whether it is a reproduction of a work of art, or an original composition.
At the end of the drawing time, a panel of judges from the Athens Area Arts Council will award overall prizes, as well as additional categories reflective of the overall entrants. As participants work, onlookers will be allowed to watch the artists in action and cheer on their favorites.
“Beyond the Walls,” a documentary on the story of Colors of Connection, will be shown at 2 p.m. in The Classic Center’s Foundry Building.
Featured food trucks include Nana G’s Chicken and Waffles, Yoli’s Street Food, Tex’s Tacos, Holy Crepe, Kona Ice and King of Pops.
Entertainment will be provided throughout the day on the main band stage by local acts Weekend Getaway and Will White.
The kids’ area will feature Chess and Community, a local organization whose mission is to empower at-risk youth in the areas of academic achievement, community engagement, and critical thinking using chess as a learning tool. Face painting by Rockin Robbin Painted Designs will also be available, as well as balloon animals by Jeff Wilkes with Up and Away Balloons.
Kids can also enjoy a bouncy house and a family entertainment stage, featuring dancers from East Athens Technical Center, story time provided by Avid Bookshop and a puppet show by the Georgia Climate Change Coalition.
The Sunday Center Market began May 3 and will continue at the Pavilion every Sunday through October 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding UGA football weekends. Each week, vendors will sell a wide variety of goods from handmade jewelry to fresh produce.
Artist vendors featured at the Market include Jaime Calkin, Matthew Perdoni, Blue Bell Gallery, Dana Johns and many more. Visit for a complete list of vendors.
For more information, visit or call 706.357.4444. For more details on the Classic City Chalk Fest, visit
Robert Randolph and the Family Band coming The Classic Center Theatre Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:32:03 EDT General  ATHENS, Ga. – Robert Randolph and the Family Band will perform live at The Classic Center Theatre on Friday, August 14 at 8 p.m. in conjunction with the 3rd annual Classic City BBQ Festival. 
Tickets range from $25-$32, plus applicable fees, and go on sale this Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. Patrons will have the opportunity to add a BBQ plate and a soft drink for $10 to their order to be used at the pre-show barbecue that will be held in front of the Theatre. A Music & BBQ VIP Experience Package, including all Classic City BBQ Festival activities, the Friday night concert and pre-show barbecue, will also be available for $75.
The band is led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, who credits Stevie Ray Vaughan as the primary influence of his musical style. The latest Robert Randolph and the Family Band album, “Lickety Split,” was released in 2013.
Most recently, the band’s “Take the Party” was selected as the theme song for SEC Nation, the college football pre-show program featuring Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears that airs on the SEC Network.
Visit 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 Robert Randolph and the Family Band, visit 
Athens job fair connects employers and job seekers Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:26:10 EDT General ATHENS, Ga. - Job seekers from all educational and professional backgrounds are invited to attend the Athens Job Fair and Career Expo taking place on Wednesday, April 29 at The Classic Center.  This event is free for the public and will host a number of employers seeking part-time and full-time help. A large turnout is expected, as the 2014 job fair saw over 1,000 job seekers.
The Athens Job Fair and Career Expo is hosted by the 2015 Success Summit in partnership with the Georgia Department of Labor.  This event promises valuable resources for both employers and job seekers.  Professional dress is required and interview space will be available on-site for employers to meet with their most qualified candidates. 
Exhibitor tables are still available for any businesses looking to hire new candidates in the near future.  Over 30 organizations are currently registered to exhibit including Caterpillar, Lowe’s, BOS Staffing and Power Partners.
No registration is required for job seekers.  Visit to learn how to become an exhibitor or find more information.
Vendor applications now being accepted for Sunday Center Market Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:12:33 EDT General ATHENS, Ga. – The Classic Center is now accepting vendor applications for the Sunday Center Market, beginning May 3 in its new 440 Foundry Pavilion.
The Sunday Center Market will run each Sunday from May through October, with the exception of home UGA football game weekends, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The family friendly Market is free to attendees and will feature artists, farmers, crafters, food trucks, live music, kids’ activities and more.
Vendor booths are $25 per week. All vendors will receive a free booth at the Grand Opening of the new pavilion on May 17.
For more information on becoming a vendor, please contact Danny Bryant, Pavilion Services Manager, at 706.357.4554 or
To learn more about the Sunday Center Market, please visit
The Classic Center and Athens-Clarke County Introduce New Electric Car Charging Station Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:50:14 EDT General ATHENS, Ga. – The Classic Center, in partnership with Athens-Clarke County, will debut an electric car charging station located at the Thomas Street entrance of the facility on Wednesday, April 15 at 3 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The station is a Level 3 Fast Charger which has the ability to fully charge the average electric car in just 30 minutes. The next fastest charging station of its kind takes four hours to complete the same charge. With both CHAdeMO and SAE plugs included, the charging station will be able to serve the entire electric vehicle fast charging market. It is the first of its kind in downtown Athens and is the only fast charger currently in town besides the Nissan dealership near Bogart.
The charging equipment for the Classic Center was donated by Nissan Motor Corporation and funding for the installation was provided by the Charge Georgia Program administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. This installation is part of a recent Athens-Clarke County effort to install nearly $100,000 in publically-available electric vehicle charging equipment with a 3% local match.
“This is a really unique opportunity for Athens.” said Andrew Saunders, Athens-Clarke County Environmental Coordinator. “We now tap into the Atlanta electric vehicle market by allowing our visitors to come into town for an event, top off their cars during a break, and then return to their homes without any range anxiety. Atlanta has been identified as the fastest growing electric vehicle market and has the second largest number of registered electric vehicles in the nation. Until the deployment of the charger at The Classic Center, it has been very difficult to attract electric vehicle drivers from Atlanta.”
The charging station operates off of a system called Greenlots, allowing users to monitor when it is available, its operational status and how much it costs. The new downtown station will be free to users for the first six months and will be available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
“This is an exciting sustainable opportunity for our customers, guests, local residents and the entire Northeast Georgia region,” said Philip Verrastro, Assistant Executive Director of The Classic Center. “We are proud to offer this unique service to the growing number of electric vehicles we see visiting our venue and the downtown business district.”
In March 2013, ConventionSouth Magazine presented The Classic Center with a Green Meetings certification. The certification program recognizes cities, hotels, and meeting facilities that provide eco-friendly and energy-wise options for meetings and events. Over the past few years, The Classic Center has expanded activities to include the Green Life Expo and the Alternative Vehicles Roadshow. The recent Classic Center expansion is currently under review to obtain LEED green building certification from the US Green Building Council.
Deadline to register for 2015 Success Summit extended to April 17 Thu, 09 Apr 2015 07:24:07 EDT General  ATHENS, Ga. – The deadline to register for the 2015 Success Summit, taking place on Wednesday, April 29 at The Classic Center, has been extended to Friday, April 17. Local businesses and nonprofit organizations seeking to learn, connect and be inspired are invited to register for the event.
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 $129 for businesses, $79 for nonprofits and $39 for students. Visit to register online, learn how to become an exhibitor or for more information.