The Artside: A Mini-Theater Play Intended To Make People Think – Entertainment – The Augusta Chronicle


Westerns captured Tyrone Butler’s attention as a child.

In one movie, a character became a philosopher as he predicted that people in the future would no longer resolve disputes through violence. He believed that society would be more civilized and that people would use other means to reconcile their differences.

This thought is at the heart of Butler’s new play, “All God’s Children Got Guns (Truth or Myth),” which will be presented at the Augusta Mini Theater over several weekends starting January 17th.

“The goal is to get people to think,” Butler said.

The play itself is a western and one of the characters is called “Gun”. Is Gun the bad guy? Or is it something else?

Butler said the piece didn’t provide the answer. It’s up to the viewer to decide.

“All God’s Children Got Guns (Truth or Myth)” will perform at 8pm on January 17th and at 3pm on February 18-20, 25-26 and 15-16 at the Judith Simon Drama Studio at the Augusta Mini Theater on Deans Bridge Road . Tickets are $ 8 to $ 15 with discounts for seniors, children, and groups of 10 or more.

The Augusta Mini Theater is in its 44th season.

Butler looks at the success of his organization by the results of the students who have been part of the program. Three alumni of the mini theater currently teach in the Richmond County school system – one is a conductor and two teach visual arts.

For more information on the organization, call (706) 722-0598 or visit

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is looking for an Artist or Team or Artists to create a James Brown themed mural at 879 Broad Street. The deadline to apply is January 13. The amount of the prize is $ 32,000. To apply, visit

In other public art news, local artists Wesley L. Stewart and Mat Thomas will create a public art sculpture in the new Beacon Station apartments across from Augusta University Dental School.

Stewart and Thomas submitted a design that the Augustans voted on via the Internet. Artists will start working soon and the sculpture is expected to be completed before the first week of April.

The winners of 4P Studios’ second annual photography exhibition will be recognized at an awards ceremony and reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on January 3 at 600 Broad. Last year the show was an open-ended event, but this year Regina Brejda of 4P Studios decided to make it a jury event. Participants were allowed to submit up to three works for the exhibition, and participants were selected on December 23.

The works of Linda Hardy, a retired child and adolescent psychiatrist, will be exhibited at the Sacré-Cœur Cultural Center. A reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on January 9 and the work will be on display until February 28.

“This exhibition consists primarily of landscapes painted from photographs, memory or imagination of the Augusta region, particularly the Savannah River and the Lowcountry and the salt marshes of Georgia and South Carolina,” according to A press release.

The Aiken Helping Aiken art exhibition will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, at the Aiken Municipal Building.

The event is hosted by the Aiken County Community Medical Clinic, a free clinic. The works of art on display will include canvas photos and paintings. There will be non-alcoholic cocktails and light refreshments. The event is free, but donations will be accepted.

Artside takes place on the first and third Thursday. Email Charmain at [email protected]

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