Professional Wrestling returning to Macon January 15th

Pro wrestling is returning to Macon! This Sunday, January 15th, New Generation Pro Wrestling (NGPW) will be live at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway for their Championship Chaos event.

Doors open at 4:00 pm and the action will start at 4:30 pm. However, a VIP Ringside seat will get you in at 3:30 pm for a meet and greet. The meet and greet is a unique experience where fans will get to see the stars up close. Autographs and pictures will be available. Tickets are $10 for general admission or $12 for Ringside VIP.

The Jagged Edge AIWF Champion.
AIWF Champion The Jagged Edge will be part of the Main Event as New Generation Professional Wrestling comes to the Anderson Conference Center in Macon. Photo courtesy the NGPF Facebook page.

Former WWE superstar and TNA wrestler, MVP will be in action. Also on hand will be former WWE star and Smackdown General Manager, Teddy Long. At the show, you will see #HeelDaddy Chris Nelms, AJ Steel, and Terry “Rocker” Lawler. Other matches include Sean Nelson vs Skrilla, Chris Henry and Twisted vs Trevor Aeon and Charlie Anarchy with a special appearance by Micah Taylor and Mr. Hollywood. Both the AIWF Americas Championship and the AIWF Heritage Championship will be on the line!

This will be a great opportunity for fans of all ages to see world class professional wrestling on an intimate level. This is sure to be a much more personal event than one of the large scale companies where you sit in the rafters to cheer on wrestlers you can barely see. Here, the action will be in your face and you will have a much greater interaction with the performers.

Tickets can be purchased at the Anderson Conference Center. For more information, call 404-667-0029.

NGPW Championship Chaos
Sunday, January 15 at 4:00
Anderson Conference Center in Macon, GA
$10 General Admission, $12 Ringside VIP

Poster for the NGPW event in Macon on January 15, 2017. Tickets are $10-12 and the doors open at 4PM.
Poster for the NGPW event in Macon on January 15, 2017. Tickets are $10-12 and the doors open at 4PM.

Movie review: Doctor Strange explores the paranormal side of superheores

Comic book movies have taken the world by storm. By now, you’ve probably heard that Doctor Strange has opened around theaters in the United States. While this offering from Marvel is a slight departure from the normal (you could say it is paranormal), it is still highly entertaining and yields all the quality we have come to expect from a Marvel movie.

Doctor Strange is a tale of a brilliant surgeon, Stephen Strange, who loses the use of his hands. Through his trek to regain his livelihood, he enters an unknown world of magic and mysticism. In a very broad sense, it is Harry Potter meets Inception meets M. C. Escher wrapped in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although you can view Doctor Strange as more of a standalone movie, similar to Ant Man, you can definitely see where potential team-ups and crossovers will come into play in future movies. Also, as with most of the Marvel hero movies, there is enough comic relief to keep you interested in the movie and give the characters dimension and depth.

Visually, many of the movie’s scenes are beautiful. Much of the movie was filmed on location in Nepal, but other locations include Hong Kong, London, and LA. However, the most impressive aesthetic of the film comes from its digital arts department – many scenes look they were filmed through a kaleidoscope while others feel like you’re traveling through the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays the titular character and turns in an excellent job, showing quite a range of emotions as his character transforms from an arrogant know it all into a bona fide hero. At first, I had trepidation about Tilda Swinton playing the part of the head mystic known as The Ancient One, but she pulled it off flawlessly. But, to me, the actor who stole the spotlight in his scenes was Benedict Wong, who played the character known simply as Wong. Wong’s sternness contrasted Doctor Strange’s wisecracks so much that you can’t keep from smiling every time.

If you are going to see Doctor Strange, come early and stay until the very end. The preview lineup includes Rogue One, Logan (which seems to follow the Old Man Logan storyline from the comics), and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. After the movie, there is both a mid-credits scene and an after-credits scene, both of which look to set up future movies.

Doctor Strange is offered in standard definition, Real D 3D, GTX Extreme, and Digital 3D GTX Extreme. I viewed the movie in GTX Extreme, which was beautiful, but the magic effects could be quite stunning in 3D. With a PG-13 rating, the movie is great for most families and holds with the same level of action, violence, and language as most of the other Marvel movies. So, if you’re looking for a highly entertaining movie to see this weekend, keep Doctor Strange in mind.

Georgia National Fair in full swing

The Georgia National Fair in Perry opened on Thursday, October 6, and will run through Sunday, October 16, 2016, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.

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There are plenty of exciting rids for the kids at the Georgia National Fair. Photo by Doug Deal.

Families from all across the state travel to Perry to experience all of the best in wholesome fun. Be prepared to walk A LOT, although there are accommodations including handicapped parking and trolley transportation from the parking lots to the fairgrounds. Still, comfortable shoes and clothing are a wise choice.

There are many choices of food vendors selling everything from traditional fair foods like corn dogs, funnel cakes, and turkey legs, to Greek specialties, steak sandwiches, and grilled veggies. There are also treats ranging from Mayfield ice cream to apple dumplings, and of course, caramel apples and lots of cotton candy. New food vendors this year include Cedar River Seafood, the Donut Shop, and Coolicious Treats.

Among the most popular attractions at the Georgia National Fair are the midway rides, which include a Ferris wheel, a small roller coaster, and a high swing. A special selection of kiddie rides includes spinning cups and a child-sized roller coaster. Several rides are proportioned so that parents can ride with their children. The Agri-lift carries riders high above the midway, and rentable paddle boats let families enjoy time on the water below.

A note about the rides: on weekdays and the final Sunday of the fair, ride-all-you-want armbands are available, but they are not sold for the first full weekend of the fair, or on the second Saturday. Tickets for rides are approximately a dollar each, although purchasing in bulk gives a discount on ticket price, and most rides cost 3-5 tickets, though some cost even more. Also, some attractions, like the paddle boats, are cash pay. On Terrific Tuesday, arm bands are discounted, so if you love rides, or have children who do, it may be well worth it to make a weeknight trip.

The rides aren’t the only fun at the fair. The Georgia National Fair website has a map of all the attractions, as well as printable schedules for daily performances, livestock shows, horse competitions, and special events. Plan ahead!

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The Wiggle-Worm is a popular ride with younger children. Photo by Doug Deal.

Among the fun performances scheduled for the fair include daily magician shows, sea lion performances, a petting zoo with special feeding times, and many other daily concerts and performances. Every night at 10 p.m., the fair closes with fireworks over the pond.

One of the coolest opportunities for families is the chance to go see the Royal Hanneford Circus inside the fair, and admission is already included in your fair entrance fee. Showtimes are 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. daily, with an additional 2 p.m. show on Saturday.

Between livestock and equestrian shows, fairgoers can roam through the barns and see the cows, sheep, horses, rabbits, chickens, and other animals on display at the fair. Unlike in past years, children can’t hold the baby chicks, but watching them is always fun.

There are many educational exhibits at the Georgia National Fair. These include livestock and wildlife exhibits, and agricultural and gardening exhibits. The Miller-Murphy-Howard Building, Heritage Hall, and the Georgia Grown building house these exhibits. One of the newest exhibits is the bee story, devoted to Georgia’s beekeeping and honey producing industry. In the Georgia Grown building, fairgoers also have the opportunity to support Georgia agri-industry by purchasing homegrown products sold at the Georgia Grown Pavilion.

Nearby, in the McGill Marketplace Shops, vendors offer everything from leaf-guard gutters to handmade fudge and jewelry to boots. It’s a great place to start your holiday shopping. If you have a Thomas train fan, be sure to check out the train tables set up in the back corner, where your little engineer can play with trains while you relax on nearby benches.

At the Georgia National Fair, there is truly something for everyone. Fun fair foods, exciting rides and performances, free concerts for lovers of all kinds of music, livestock shows, equestrian shows, educational exhibits, and much, much more. There is no better way to enjoy all of the best that Georgia has to offer, and it’s a great way to celebrate fall in Middle Georgia.

For more information, including daily schedules and ticket information, please visit the Georgia National Fair website at http://georgianationalfair.com/

 

 

Events this week Thursday July 28 to August 3, 2016

Highlight of events in and around Macon and Middle Georgia for the week of July 28-August 3, 2016. This weekend includes Bragg Jam events for those who love live music and arts.


Thursday July 28, Bibb County Schools are hosting an Elementary School Open House from 4 PM – 7 PM at the respective elementary schools around the county. Parents and students are urged to visit their 2016-2017 classrooms to meet teachers and learn important information for the upcoming school year. Visit the Bibb County School website to see more information about supply lists and policies such as the dress code.

Streetline Camp Drums and Dreams Percussion Showcase will perform at Macon Terminal Station from 5:30 – 7 PM.  The fundraising event includes a spaghetti dinner. Camp Drums & Dreams is a collaborative initiative between StreetLine Percussion, Inc. and Neighborhood Academy.  Tickets are $5.

Concert on the Lawn at Colosseum North Hospital, 400 Charter Blvd in Macon, featuring The Grapevine. Concerts starts at 7 PM and runs until 9 PM.


Friday July 29, Second Impressions Consignment Expo kicks of for three days in the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Christian rock band Disciple will be in concert at Christ Chapel in Warner Robins with special guests The Persuaded. Tickets are available online and are $10-15.  Venue location is 2288 Moody Rd, Warner Robins. Concerts runs from 6 – 10 PM. This a family friendly event.

The Medical Center of Peach County will be hosting Free Movie Night at the hospital at 1960 Ga Hwy 247 Conn in Byron from 8 – 10 PM. Tonight’s feature is the touching Disney movie UP. Be sure to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. This is an outdoor and family friendly event.


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The extremely popular music, arts and children’s festival returns Saturday July 30th in Macon. Events include music, arts and crafts and will be hosted in several venues around Macon. Image courtesy Bragg Jam.

Saturday July 30, The big event this weekend is Macon’s Bragg Jam. Venues throughout downtown (mostly around 3rd and Cherry) will host music and art events. Concert Crawl tickets are $30-$75 and can be purchased online. See their Concert Crawl schedule for times and locations of events.  There are over 20 stages, including Twangs, The Hummingbird, Cox Capitol Theater, Crazy Bull, Spark Macon and many others.

The Bragg Jam Arts and Kids Festival goes from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Cherry St. Plaza between the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Tubman Museum buildings. This is a free event for all members of the family. Activities include music, face painting, sand art, and other crafts. Music will be tailored to be safe for kids and food trucks will also be available.

The sales tax free holiday starts up to aid families buying school supplies for the new school year. Be sure to read Jim Bealls’ column about maximizing your savings.

Second Impressions Consignment Expo continues and runs from 10 AM to 7 PM at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower.


Sunday July 31, Second Impressions Consignment Expo finishes up at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower. The expo runs from 9 AM to 6 PM and the last three hours will feature many items on sale for $1 or less.

The Georgia two day tax free holiday continues and ends today.


Monday August 1, It’s the first day of school for Bibb County Students. Check with the Bibb County Schools website for more information.


 

10 Questions with Macon’s own Curtis Worthy, 2016 Georgia Music Award nominee

On June 11, 2016, singers, musicians, and performers from all over Georgia gathered at the Grand Opera House in Macon for the 5th annual Georgia Music Awards. Macon native Curtis Worthy was nominated for Best Male Hip-hop Artist 2016, and Macon Community News was fortunate to ask him 10 questions about his music.

Curtis Worthy, who performs as 9th Gutta, is a hip-hop artist, singer, and song writer from Macon. Photo courtesy Curtis Worthy.
Curtis Worthy, who performs as 9th Gutta, is a hip-hop artist, singer, and song writer from Macon. Photo courtesy Curtis Worthy.

Q: What is your performing name?
A: My stage name is 9th Gutta.

Q: How would you describe your music?
A: I’d describe my music as worldly. I try to make music that people from different walks of life cdivan identify with. I incorporate as much of my real life experiences in my music as I can. However, I also like to do concept songs where I can use my imagination and provide some level of escapism for my listeners.

Q: When did you begin making music?
A: I began performing when I was 17 or 18 with a band my cousin was in called Soul Disiac. He used to let me be his hype man. It was my first taste of what it was like to be on stage. Over the years I was able to meet and work with a lot of talented people, and that really helped my growth as an artist. As I gained experience in writing and performing I started to get better at both. Eventually I developed my own style.

Q: Where do you perform?
A: I perform everywhere from night clubs to charity events. My shows are usually on weekends locally and out of state. My shows are booked through my management, LJM Entertainment.

Q: How did it feel to be nominated for a Georgia Music Award as the Best

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Curtis Worthy at the 5th Annual Georgia Music Awards, where he was nominated for Best Male Hip-hop Artist 2016. Photo courtesy Curtis Worthy.

Male Hip-hop Artist?
A: The nomination for the Georgia Music Awards was really big for me because there are only a handful of acts chosen throughout the entire state. Some of the [other nominees were] signed to major record labels, or are represented by celebrities that were big names in years past, so I was honored to be in the company of those guys. I work really hard to put my music in front of the right people and it felt great to be recognized for what I do.

Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: My influences are all over the place…I love all types of music, but my favorite artists are Stevie Wonder, Prince, Tupac Shakur, Andre 3000, Eminem, T.I.P., 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Aerosmith, and Big Punisher.

Q: What would you like younger performers or fans to know?
A: I’d like to influence the people that feel as if they don’t matter…The people that feel like no one understands the things they go through on a daily basis. My message to them is “You do a matter, you are important, and there are people that can empathize with what you are going through because they face those same obstacles as well”. We have to lean on each other and help one another instead of tearing each other down. Understanding and encouragement can go a long way.

Q: What else do you do besides perform hip-hop?
A: In addition to making hip-hop music, I also write different genre’s of music spanning from Country to Gospel. In my day job I work at a warehouse as an Equipment Operator.

Q: What are your goals?
A: Artistically and professionally, my goal is to build my brand to the point of financial independence.

Q: How has Macon influenced your style and sound?

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9th Gutta performing in a live show. Photo courtesy Curtis Worthy.

A: This city made me who I am musically, the memories created here are in my music, my experiences growing up here are in my music. I feel as though Macon’s musical history has a direct effect on all of its artists. We have something to live up to, astandard that we want to surpass. I’m conscious of that and it makes me try to top whatever I do and be even better every time I write a song, film a video, or have a performance. You always want your city to acknowledge you and be proud to say you’re one of  them.

For contact and booking for 9th Gutta, contact: Leighala J Management (626)787-1301, leighalajmanagement@gmail.com