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Things to do Downtown this week: April 8-13, 2013

Things to do Downtown this week from the downtown manager's office.

Tuesday, April 9th – 7:30pm

Distinguished Guest Lecturer Recital: Gareth Johnson. Together again, Noda & Johnson performing works for violin and piano. No admission charge. Location: ASU ACAD Auditorium

Wednesday, April 10th – 5pm

Wine Down Wednesday at Chill Bar. Mix.Mingle.Unwind. Location: 242 W Broad

Wednesday, April 10th - 5pm

ADICA Monthly Meeting. Second Wednesday of every month in Room 120 at 222 Pine Ave. Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority. For more information email info@dtownalbany.com

Thursday, April 11th – 10am

Taco Truck Thursday at the Flint RiverQuarium. Stop by the FRQ Parking lot for some amazing tacos from the “Taco Truck”. 10am-2pm

Thursday, April 11th – 6pm

Vegetable Gardening 101: The Basics. Whether you are a beginner or just want to learn more, this is the class for you. Location, needs and caring for your garden are all included. Thursday, April 18: Totally Tomatoes! You've got your garden going, now it's time to learn how to get your best tomatoes. Thursday, April 25: Insect, Disease and Weed Control in Vegetables Learn how to rid your garden of pests the right way. Thursday, May 2 : Is Your Landscape Green Enough? Creating and caring for your sustainable landscape. Location: The Candy Room at 125 Pine Avenue. For more information contact: James Morgan phone: 229-436-7216 or E-mail: uge4095@uga.edu

Thursday, April 11th – 7:30pm

Albany State University Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble. The Symphonic Band has existed since 2004 when the ASU wind and percussion students were divided into intermediate (Concert) and advanced (Symphonic) groups. An annual concert has been given every April since 2002. From 2003 until 2011 this concert was given jointly with the now decommissioned Albany Marine Band. The Symphonic Band has also performed for the HBCU-National Band Directors Consortium Annual Convention in 2007, 2009, and 2011, for the Georgia Music Educators Association District II Honors Band Clinic in 2005 and 2007, and for the GMEA District IV Honors Band Clinic in 2006. Dr. Michael D. Martin, Conductor of the Symphonic Band, holds degrees from Youngstown (Ohio) State University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from Kent (Ohio) State University. He has been at Albany State University since 1999, and also has ten years experience as a school band director in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He has publications with TRN Music Publishers as well as articles in the Journal of Band Research and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. No admission charge. Location: ASU ACAD Auditorium

Thursday, April 11th –Sunday April 14th

The Fox on the Fairway- Theatre Albany. A tribute from Ken Ludwig to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. The Fox on the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. April 11, 12, 13 @ 8 p.m. April 14 at 2 :30 p.m. Tickets: $20 adults / $15 senior citizens / $10 students and active duty military. For more information: (229) 439-7141.

Friday, April 12th – 10am

Taco Truck Friday at the Flint RiverQuarium. Stop by the FRQ Parking lot for some amazing tacos from the “Taco Truck”. 10am-2pm

Friday, April 12th – 7pm

Dinner & Live Music at Our Daily Bread! Join Our Daily Bread for Great music, great food, and a great atmosphere. This is family-friendly, so grab the kids and meet us at Our Daily Bread. Location: 106 N Washington St

Friday, April 12th – 7pm

80s at The State Theater. 'Weird Science', DJ Billy Ocean spinning retro 80s dance party after movie, free adult beverage with 80s attire, full bar, movie concessions (popcorn, candy, coke, etc). Did we mention it's FREE??? Where else can you get a cool movie, then an 80s DJ/Dance Party, and a full bar, in the coolest venue in SWGA, all for FREE? There is now something to do, so do it! Mingling and chatter encouraged, no feet in your seatback and shushing here!

Saturday, April 13th – 9am

Two 31 Community Garden Grand Opening. Please join us as we gather at the common,unity garden! We will be officially planting seeds and veggies in the garden to share new life downtown on the corner of Flint and N. Jackson. Wondering how you can make a difference? Get your hands dirty (and your knees!) as we begin the planting and caring for the garden. You, your company, or your friends can sponsor a garden plot for $150 or be a garden sponsor for $250. It's a great way to bring fellowship and community into a lonely corner where nothing was growing...

now there is light! Be the light. Be the change.

Saturday, April 13th – 10:30am

Open-Air Artisans & Farmers Market Interest meeting at Our Daily Bread. All those who have interest in helping or participating in a Open-Air Artisans & Farmers Market every second Saturday at the Art Park on Pine are encouraged to come this Saturday at 10:30am to Our Daily Bread 106 N Washington St. We are looking at beginning the market May 11th in the Art Park on Pine. Looking for Artist, Crafters, Farmers (yes you back-yard farmer-vegetables, plants, flowers), and supporters! For more information contact: Downtown Manager's Office at phone: 229.483.7665

Saturday, April 13th – 1pm

Freedom Singers Perform. Every second Saturday, the Freedom Singers, led by the original SNCC Freedom Singer Rutha Harris, perform in the fully restored Old Mount Zion Baptist Church on the campus of the Albany Civil Rights Institute. Admission $6 adults, $5 seniors and students. Location: Albany Civil Rights Institute, 326 Whitney Ave

Saturday, April 13th – 8pm

Movie in the Park: Shark Tales. Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks to enjoy the movie. Location: Riverfront Park. For more information contact: Downtown Manager's Office at phone: 229.483.7665

Saturday, April 13th – 7:30pm

Showtime Wrestling Presents: Good Friends; Better Enemies at The State. The biggest show in Showtime Wrestling History!!! This Stacked Card includes the rematch of all rematches. Bam Stone (champion) vs Dab Savage. In Women's action Brandy Scotch Baker will battle the lovely Mackenzie York. Johnny Romano gets another crack at "Big Bank" Barfield. One of the brightest young stars Justin Overstreet makes his debut against Pretty Prince Murphy. There will be Tag-Team Action!!!! Chris Nelms, Luke Wise, Jax Noble and many more in action!!! Do not miss this!!!

Saturday, April 13th – 7:30pm

A French Connection: Narek Arutyunian, Clarinet. The Albany Symphony Orchestra's season finale features young Armenian-American clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artist auditions in New York. Arutyunian has performed around the world including recent performances with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Hear him in the dazzling Clarinet Concerto by French composer Jean Francaix along with Debussy's Impressionistic Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Ravel's ever popular masterpiece Bolero. Location: Albany Municipal Auditorium, 200 N. Jackson Street. For more information contact: Albany Symphony at phone: 229.430.8933.