MLK Day Observance
In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day there will be a march/walk at 11:30 am on Monday, January 21, 2019 from the Russell County Jail to Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 201 S. Seale Rd, Phenix City, AL. At 1:00 pm, Phenix City's District Court Judge Zack Collins will be the speaker. This event is sponsored by the Alabama Democratic Conference and the Committee of Concerned Clergy. You can park your cars at GMZ and you will be transported to the jail.

​​​​​​​​​​RiverCenter Presents Ballet Hispánico
RiverCenter presents Ballet Hispánico on Saturday, February 2, 7:30 PM. The performance will mark the culmination of a two-day residency, with company members working with multiple community groups to provide movement workshops for students.  “We are thrilled to be able to bring such an influential company to Columbus,” said RiverCenter Executive Director Norman Easterbrook. “Ballet Hispánico is renowned not only for their artistry, but also for their leadership in sharing the Latino culture through dance. The workshops they will conduct while they are here expose students to the art of dance at an extremely high level, support a cultural dialogue in the community, and share the power of dance with local educators and organizations. The knowledge and inspiration that they provide remains in our community long after the company has gone.”
Recognized as America’s premier Latino dance organization for more than 48 years, Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures and the shared human experience through dance. The company is led by acclaimed choreographer and educator Eduardo Vilaro, who has infused the organization’s legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape and the contemporary Latino culture.  As a powerful voice for diversity, Ballet Hispánico is a leader in bringing arts to marginalized communities and nurturing future Latino leaders by giving access to those voices found throughout Latin America and the Spanish diaspora.
Ballet Hispánico is part of the RiverCenter Connect Series and is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. RiverCenter’s 2018-19 Season is sponsored by Aflac. Tickets are now on sale at the RiverCenter box office, 900 Broadway. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tickets are also available by phone at (706) 256-3612 and online at rivercenter.org.

​RiverCenter Presents The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

RiverCenter presents The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on Friday, February 1, 7:30 PM

Now in their 53rd year of non-stop touring, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in Country Rock and American Roots Music, continues to add to their legendary status. “The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was founded in 1966 and has been together for longer than virtually any other group of their era,” said RiverCenter Executive Director Norman Easterbrook. “They are recognized as a transformational group in the evolution of folk-rock into country-rock, influencing bands such as the Eagles and Alabama.” With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as “Fishin’ In the Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles,” multiple Grammy, IBMA (International Bluegrass Music), CMA (Country Music Association) Awards and nominations, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate.  Their 1972 groundbreaking “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame. NGDB’s recording of “Mr. Bojangles” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2014 “Fishin’ In The Dark” was certified platinum for digital downloads by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). Today, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter) continue their non-stop touring in their 53nd year together. Recent tour stops include Stagecoach, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and many more. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is part of the Synovus Center Stage Series. RiverCenter’s 2018-19 Season is sponsored by Aflac. Tickets are now on sale at the RiverCenter box office, 900 Broadway. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Tickets are also available by phone at (706) 256-3612 and online at rivercenter.org.

Tennis Legend to Speak at Columbus State University Athletics Fundraiser
Tennis legend Tracy Austin is coming to Columbus. Columbus State University announced today that Austin will be the keynote speaker at CSU Athletics’ Girls in the Game Advance Initiative Luncheon, scheduled for April 9, 2019, at CSU’s Frank G. Lumpkin Center. Launched in 2015, Girls in the Game seeks to advance and provide support to Columbus State University’s female student athletes so that they may reach their full potential academically and athletically, while empowering them to become leaders in life. Each year, CSU hosts a Girls in the Game Advance Initiative Luncheon that brings together those who are passionate about supporting sports programs for girls. Past speakers at the event included Brandi Chastain, FIFA Women World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, as well as Annika Sörenstam, World Golf Hall of Famer and LPGA legend. This year the Girls in the Game Initiative will bring another world-renowned headliner to the event: Tracy Austin. At age 16, Austin became the youngest female champion of the U.S. Open. An inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Austin has won three Grand Slam titles, the women’s single titles at the U.S. Open, and mixed double titles at Wimbledon. In 1994, she retired from professional tennis and became a sports commentator.For more information on Girls In The Game and to purchase tickets for the April 9 luncheon.