The Union Recorder


April 3, 2012

Acrobats and Aladdin for the week

MILLEDGEVILLE — “Always in a hurry, I never stop to worry, Don’t you see the time flashing by. Honey, got no money, I’m all sixes and sevens and nines.”

The Rolling Stones tune “Tumblin’ Dice” introduces this week’s column of illicit knowledge because we’ve got some “tumblin” going on this week.

In fact, there will be tumbling and more going on this Thursday evening, April 5, at Russell Auditorium as Town and Gown Arts present the Golden Dragon Acrobats starting at 8 p.m.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent an ancient Chinese tradition of acrobatics and are one of the premier touring companies in the world today.

Why is it that as soon as I wrote “ancient Chinese” I wanted to add the word “secret” on to it and refer to a Calgon water softener commercial?

Sorry ... back to our feature story. The Golden Dragon Acrobats have performed all over this country and recently had a six-week sold-out engagement at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. I guess I could add that nobody was shot, but I won’t — well, I guess I just did.

OK, enough arcane references for this act. The simple fact is that this is an outstanding troupe of acrobats and performers. And they are coming to Milledgeville, courtesy of Allied Arts and the Georgia College Arts Unlimited Committee.

There will be traditional Chinese costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical skills combined with acrobatic abilities.

Just writing about this group makes me feel like I need to start limbering up.

This is one of those shows that has a whole bunch of price ranges, so I’d suggest checking out for the entire listing of possible admittance prices. They range from free to $15 with lots in between.

Speaking of Allied Arts (they don’t call me the master of the inappropriate segue for nothing), that same group is currently accepting entries for the 29th annual Oconee Artists Exhibition.

The Oconee Artists Exhibition is an annual juried exhibit open to adult artists in the central Georgia region. The six eligible categories are drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Mixed media is probably my favorite category since my entire world of semi-reality sort of revolves around mixed-up media.

Artists may submit up to three works. Entry forms must be postmarked by April 20, a day of epic proportions and implications to the history of the human race. Film at 11.

Mail those entry forms (I assume they do not want you to mail a two ton sculpture!) to Allied Arts, 201 N. Wayne St., Milledgeville, GA 31061.

There will be professional judging of the submitted works and cash awards. Award presentations will be made at an opening reception hosted by the Friends of Allied Arts in honor of the artists at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

Call Allied Arts at (478) 452-3950 or visit the aforementioned website for more information or to obtain an entry form. You can also get more info about tumbling Chinese acrobats at the same time.

And let me also mention an upcoming theatrical presentation that will debut next Tuesday, April 10. The play is Disney’s “Aladdin” for Kids. That’s right. They actually tailor some movies for plays and then alter the plays so they can be presented by young-uns.

Blandy Hills Chorus and the Y.E.S program will present this kid-i-fied version of “Aladdin.” Directed by Leigh Thompson, the play promises some incredible costumes and stage prestidigitation as the tale of Aladdin and Princess Jasmine is brought to life by some very talented and dedicated young folk.

Performances are April 10 and 11 starting at 7 p.m. at Baldwin High School’s “Little Theatre.” More info next week, but make those plans now for riding aboard this magic carpet to the Cave of Wonders. In fact, you can get your tickets in advance at Blandy Hills for $5 — they’ll cost you four quarter dollars more when you purchase them at the box office the nights of the performances.

But don’t let that stop you from attending!

As for those tumbling dice that somehow reminded me of tumbling acrobats, “Tumblin’ Dice” was the initial single from the Rolling Stones’ 1972 double album “Exile on Main Street.” The album received mixed reviews when initially released. Some felt it was too murky and primitive sounding while others felt it perfectly represented the garage/blues roots of the band.

Later consensus has often placed the album as the final and possibly best piece of the Stones’ 1968-1972 legacy, which started with “Beggars Banquet” and then continued through “Let It Bleed,” “Sticky Fingers” and culminated with “Exile on Main Street.”

And intermixed with those four studio albums was “Get Yer Ya Yas Out,” often considered among the best live rock albums ever released, and the single “Honky Tonk Women,” possibly the definitive song representing the Rolling Stones.

Not a bad run for the bad boys of rock and roll.

“Baby I can’t stay, you got to roll me, And call me the tumblin’ dice.”

Catch you on the flip side.

Tom Toney can be reached at

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