Events in Macon for Jan. 26-Feb. 1


Courtesy of Macon Pickleball

Two pickleball players play a match at Tatnall Tennis.

In town this week there are concerts, classic film screenings, a New Year celebration and more. The Year of the Rabbit is starting off strong, so adjust your social calendar. 

Thursday, Jan. 26

College Town Film Series at the Douglass Theatre

The College Town Film Series is a collaboration between Middle Georgia State University, Wesleyan College, and Mercer University to bring university faculty, students and the public together to watch and discuss important films. This annual event revolves around a theme with the year’s theme being “Brainwashed.”  The series of three films held on successive Thursdays  kicks off on Jan. 26 with the 1962 version of “The Manchurian Candidate.” Tom Ellington, Ph.D. of Wesleyan College will lead the discussion after the film. 

7 p.m.; General Admission $5, free for students with ID; 355 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., 31201; (478) 742-2000; 

Friday, Jan. 27

One Good Ring at Society Garden 

One Good Ring, a seven-piece band out of St. Augustine, Fla., brings the music of the Grateful Dead back to life. This multi-generational tribute band is sure to be jam-band fun.

8-11 p.m.; Free; 2389 Ingleside Ave., 31204; (478) 200-0800; 

Saturday, Jan. 28

All that Jazz featuring Sheila E. at the Macon City Auditorium

The Tubman Museum’s annual fundraiser is a dinner and concert event featuring legendary percussionist Sheila E. with an after-concert party DJ’ed by Macon favorite, AJ the DJ. Dinner is reserved for floor tables and must be purchased through the Tubman Museum directly. Show-only tickets are available to the public with seating in the balcony. 

7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show;  Show-only tickets start at $50 and are available at Ticketmaster; 415 First St., 31201; (478) 803-1593; 

Sunday, Jan. 29

“Howl’s Moving Castle” at Hello Boba

2004’s “Howl’s Moving Castle” is a Studio Ghibli animated classic about a young girl who falls in love with a sorcerer (Howl) who lives in a magic castle that can move on its own. Threaded throughout the film are themes of pacifism and the importance of the elderly which should interest adults as much as the astounding animation interests younger viewers. 

5:30 p.m.; $15 ticket price includes a large drink; 359 Third Street, 31201; (478) 201-9311; 

Monday, Jan. 30 

LEGO Night at Washington Memorial Library

If there is a future engineer in your house, you’ll want to take them to LEGO night at Washington Memorial Library. Kids aged 4 to 7 are invited for a free play with the iconic plastic blocks. The addition of “Challenge Cards,” which encourages critical thinking, ensures the older kiddos will enjoy the event, too.   

6-7 p.m.; Free; Ages 4-7; 1180 Washington Ave., 31201; (478) 300-6744;

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Pickleball at Tattnall Pickleball and Tennis Center

Pickleball is the sport that is sweeping Macon. The game is a hybrid of tennis, badminton and ping pong and is played with paddles and a plastic ball with holes. The city is doubling down on its popularity by building a 70,000-square-foot pickleball area as a part of the Macon Mall revitalization project. Tattnall Park itself has 17 dedicated pickleball courts with a Pickleball 101 class coming up in mid-February. There will be four one-hour classes held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at a cost of $60. For more information contact the Tattnall Square Pickleball and Tennis Center at (478) 216-5909 or check out the Macon Pickleball website.

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Chinese New Year Celebration and Concert at Wesleyan College

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Wesleyan College on Wednesday. There will be workshops on dumpling making, paper-cutting and riddle-guessing in the Corn Center downstairs from Pierce Chapel. At 7 p.m. there will be a concert of Chinese instrumental and jazz fusion music.  

5:30-8 p.m.; Free; Pierce Chapel at Wesleyan College 4760 Forsyth Road,  31210: