Spotlight on the arts


UGA will hold its second annual Spotlight on the Arts festival Nov. 7-15, featuring concerts, theater and dance performances, art exhibitions, poetry readings, film festivals, discussions on the arts and creativity, and more.

The festival will kick off on Nov. 7 with several evening events including a University Theatre production of “Pride and Prejudice” at the Fine Arts Theatre, a Senior Dance Concert showcasing student choreography at the New Dance Theatre, and Student Night at the Georgia Museum of Art. In addition, UGA’s Performing Arts Center will partner with The Classic Center in downtown Athens to present “Two Man Group,” an evening of improvisational comedy with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the TV show “Whose Line It is Anyway?”

Also on Nov. 7, the UGA Press will hold a “dirty book” sale of slightly damaged merchandise at the Tate Student Center Plaza, and the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts will host a discussion among Willson Center Fellows doing arts-based research projects.

Other highlights of the nine-day festival include a production of “Carmen” by the UGA Opera Theatre on Nov. 14 (with an open dress rehearsal the night before), several events to be held in conjunction with the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 11 at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, and a Museum Mix evening Nov. 14 at the Georgia Museum of Art, which will stay open until midnight for dancing and tours of the exhibitions.

The Willson Center, in conjunction with the community organization Whatever It Takes, will present a film festival Nov. 9-10 featuring the work of writer-director Jim McKay, whose credits include “Everyday People” and “Angel Rodriguez.”

Another film festival Nov. 12-15 will focus on movies tied to books published by the UGA Press. A signature event on the closing evening of the festival will be a performance by Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain at the Performing Arts Center on Nov. 15. The Oscar-nominated actor has been portraying Twain on the stage for nearly 50 years.

A schedule of events with ticket information will be posted at as details are confirmed.