Friday, October 31, 2008

West Georgia Theatre Company Presents Flyin' West November 11-16

Is sisterhood strong enough to get through the most difficult situations? The gripping story of “Flyin’ West” by Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage explores the strong bond of sisterly love and finding a place to call home. Please join the West Georgia Theatre Company as they proudly present their second production of the 2008-09 season with a play about independence, loyalty and the strength to persevere.

Performances for “Flyin’ West” will be begin with a community preview on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. Performances follow from Wednesday, Nov. 12, to Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee on Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be in the Richard L. Dangle Theatre of the TCPA.

Taking place after the Great Colored Exodus of 1879, “Flyin’ West” tells the story of three sisters who travel West to find a place they can finally call their own. When one of them returns with a judgmental husband whose father happens to be an ex-slave owner, the other sisters know that they must let nothing and no one come between them and their home. This powerful play portrays what it really means to be a family.

The tight-knit family is comprised of powerful and memorable characters. Miss Leah and Sophie are played by Chantal Mpezo and Tangela Large of East Point; Fannie is played by Erika Ragsdale of Stone Mountain; Will Parish is played by Justin Allen of Tucker; Minnie is played by Paschelle Perryman of Covington; and Frank is played by Chris Ringkamp of Marietta.

Do not miss this touching, humorous production of Cleage’s “Flyin’ West,” directed by Atlanta’s own Andrea Frye. Frye, guest director for the West Georgia Theatre Company, has previously directed “Flyin’ West” twice, in both Atlanta at the True Colors Theatre and in Washington, D.C.

Ticket prices for the community preview are discounted at $3. All other show tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children and free to UWG students with ID. TCPA box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour prior to the performance.

For more information, call 678-839-4722.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Nominations Now Open for 45th Georgia Author of the Year Awards

The oldest literary competition in the Southeast, the Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA), announced this year's call for nominations. All Georgia-resident authors with books published in 2008 are eligible to enter the 45th Annual GAYA competition. Categories include First Novel, Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction, Children's and Young Adult literature. Nominations will close January 15, 2009.

A complete list of guidelines and nomination forms are available online at should be mailed to the Georgia Writers Association, 1000 Chastain Road, Mail Stop #2701, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Any questions should be directed to Lisa Russell at (770) 420-4736, or Originally established by the Dixie Council of Writers Association, the GAYA is currently overseen by the Georgia Writers Association (GWA), a statewide literary organization sponsored by Kennesaw State University under the executive directorship of Dr. Ralph T. Wilson. Nominations are judged by prominent authors from across the country, with submissions evaluated for their narrative quality, creativity, enduring message, and ability to evoke emotion. The awards have grown in scope since their inception, with categories revised to reflect changes in current genre and publishing methods. Previous years have yielded nearly 100 nominations, and the hope is the same for the 45th year. "We had very high-quality submissions last year, and we look forward to seeing the same this year," says Dr. Ralph T. Wilson, Executive Director of the Georgia Writers Association. "Part of our mission in sponsoring the GAYAs is to illustrate just how diverse and important the literature produced by Georgia writers is."

This year's winners will be recognized at an awards dinner and ceremony in June 2009. Nominees and award winners from the 44th Annual GAYA competition can be viewed online at
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Savannah Film Festival Honors Songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman With Lifetime Achievement Award Oct. 27

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 11th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, presented acclaimed songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman with a Lifetime Achievement Award Oct. 27 at Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St.

"What a team! Without tonight's honorees, the last fifty years of American cinema would sound completely different and the American Songbook wouldn't be half as good," said SCAD President Paula S. Wallace upon presenting the Bergmans with the award. "Alan and Marilyn Bergman provided the soundtrack to some of the most transformative moments in film."

"This city brings a lot of memories back to me. My mentor was Johnny Mercer," said Alan Bergman of Savannah's own beloved hometown songwriter.

Marilyn Bergman added, "I really get a feeling about Savannah. From the moment we walked into SCAD's classrooms and met the performing arts students, this place had such a commitment to arts excellence and a passion about it. It's for us to thank you. This is the kind of understanding audience that's so gratifying."

During their songwriting career, the Bergmans have won numerous Grammy and Academy Awards. "The Windmills of Your Mind" (1968), "The Way We Were" (1973) and the score for "Yentl" (1984) each won Academy Awards. In addition, "The Windmills of Your Mind" and "The Way We Were" earned Golden Globe Awards, and "The Way We Were" earned two Grammys.

Their song "Moonlight" was nominated for a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and a Grammy after it was performed by Sting in the Sydney Pollack film "Sabrina" in 1995. Other original Bergman songs include "Nice 'n' Easy," performed by Frank Sinatra, "In the Heat of the Night," performed by Ray Charles, and "That Face," performed by Fred Astaire.

In 2001, The Kennedy Center commissioned the Bergmans to write a jazz song cycle. Written with Cy Coleman, "Portraits in Jazz: A Gallery of Songs" was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to widespread acclaim. The show is now titled "Up Close and Musical" and is being prepared for Broadway.

Following the Bergman's tribute, film festival attendees viewed "Happy-Go-Lucky," the story of an irrepressibly free-spirited schoolteacher who brings an infectious laugh and an unsinkable sense of optimism to every situation she encounters.

The weeklong Savannah Film Festival, scheduled for Oct. 25-Nov. 1, already has honored Variety vice president and editor-in-chief Peter Bart and actor Malcolm McDowell with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Entertainment entrepreneur Suzanne de Passe will be honored Saturday, Nov. 1.

The Savannah Film Festival is sponsored by the City of Savannah, Memorial Health, The Talking Phone Book and the Savannah Morning News.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

"Anne Frank: A History for Today" Exhibit at Georgia Southern University Museum November 2

The Georgia Southern University Museum is hosting “Anne Frank: A History for Today” beginning November 2, 2008.

“Anne Frank: A History for Today” chronicles the Holocaust through the eyes of Anne Frank and her family. The goal of the exhibit is to confront issues of prejudice and intolerance and to educate young people about the positive values of diversity.

Consisting of 55 large panels, this exhibit juxtaposes photographs of the Frank family with photographs depicting historical events during that time. The goal is to show how persecuted people, such as the Frank family, were affected by political decisions and by the actions and beliefs of individuals. The exhibit invites people to view and think about prejudice, discrimination, hate and violence. It also encourages them to think about their own attitudes and beliefs.

Also part of the exhibit is “The Anne Frank Secret Hiding Place,” an artist’s representation of what the secret hiding place was like. The exhibit’s visitors will also have the opportunity to view a brief film, “The Short Life of Anne Frank.”

The exhibit is sponsored by The Anne Frank Center U.S.A. Through this exhibit and others, the center has introduced over four million young people to the story of Anne Frank. The goal of the exhibit is to confront issues of prejudice and intolerance and to educate young people about the positive values of diversity.

Accompanying the exhibit is “Witness to the Holocaust: WWII Veteran William A. Scott at Buchenwald.” This exhibit documents the liberation of Buchenwald through the lens of U.S. Army photojournalist William A. Scott, III. Scott was a member of a segregated African-American unit during World War II. This exhibit shows how powerful discrimination can be and teaches respect for diversity.

The exhibit will be on display from November 2 – December 3, 2008. The public is invited to an opening reception on November 3, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. The reception includes a lecture, “In the Shadow of the Swastika” by Sylvia Wygoda, director of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust.

In coordination with the exhibit and Veteran’s Day, the Magellan String Quartet will present an informal concert “Death, Destruction, and Liberation in Music from WWII” at the museum at 4:15 p.m. on November 11, 2008.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

International Photographic Exhibit ‘Inside Terrorism: The X-Ray Project’ Coming to Emory

The Emory University School of Medicine Department of Radiology will host a photography exhibit ‘Inside Terrorism: The X-Ray Project’ Nov. 3-7, 2008.

The exhibit opens with a lecture by featured artist Diane Covert on Monday, Nov. 3, at 4:30 p.m., and will be followed by a reception. The weeklong exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public. The event will be held in the lobby of the Emory School of Medicine building, 1648 Pierce Drive, Atlanta, Ga., 30322.

Covert uses X-rays and CT-scans as her medium to make figurative images and portraits. She notes that modern medicine draws not with the visible light spectrum that used in photography, but with electro-magnetic radiation - X-rays and CT scans – and with this we can see inside the human body.

Covert says, “The X-rays and CT scans in this exhibit are new ways to make figurative images and portraits. These images represent both the desire to observe and describe reality with the most modern techniques available. All of these images are the by-products of terrorism, which is a war on a civilian population. Terrorists pack their bombs with common objects – hex nuts, bolts, nails, watches – all meant for peaceful, utilitarian purposes. By blasting them into human beings, they create the madness of our times.”

This exhibit has traveled the country exposing the realities of terrorism on a civilian population through the use of X-ray and CT-scans from two of the largest hospitals in Jerusalem.

For more information about the event call 404-712-1160.
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Carrollton Artist Guild Juried Art Show

The Roush Family Gallery and the Galleria will host the first Juried Art Show for the Carrollton Artist Guild. The show will run from November 7th through December 16th. An opening reception will be held on November 7th from 5:00 until 7:00 in the Cultural Arts Center lobby. Awards will be presented at the reception. All art displayed will be for sale by the artist. This is a great opportunity to purchase art for holiday gift giving. This show is open to all artist guild members. For more information on this exhibit or on joining the Carrollton Artist Guild please call Phoebe Swatek at 770-838-1083 ext. 13.
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Arts Event Transforms Historic Castleberry Hill Neighborhood October 24

“Le Flash,” a night of art, light and sound
Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill district and Cleopas Park
7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 24

For one night, Georgia State artists will transform the streets of Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill district as part of “Le Flash,” an event coordinated by Welch School of Art and Design gallery director Cathy Byrd and local artist Stuart Keeler.

Performances and shows from percussionists, poets, filmmakers and fashion designers are among the more than 30 projects that will be featured as part of “Le Flash.” Highlights include an iron pour and the unveiling of a temporary fountain in Cleopas Park created by Paris-based artist Kristina Solomoukha.

“Stuart Keeler and I invented ‘Le Flash’ as a way to animate the neighborhood and synergize the relationship with the park,” Byrd said. “It’s a community project, and so many of Georgia State University’s staff, students and faculty members have become involved in making this happen.”

Byrd said she hopes that Solomoukha’s exhibit will help bring more Castleberry Hill residents to Cleopas Park, as it is currently an underused cultural space. “Le Flash” will be happening in collaboration with Castleberry Hill’s Fourth Friday Art Stroll, linking the historic district’s monthly event to the park.

“The energy’s there, the excitement’s there, and the community is waiting to share it,” Byrd said.

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UWG: Not So Scary Fairy Tales Returns

“The Not So Scary Fairy Tales: A Not So Haunted House for Children” returns to the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 28-30. The 12-room maze of friendly fairy tale characters and dazzling sets takes approximately 20 minutes to tour and is fun for the entire family.

Can you dodge the Fiery Friendly Dragon, advise the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe or help the sleepy Princess find the pesky Pea? They are just a few of the wonderful fairy tales that come to life in the “The Not So Scary Fairy Tales: A Not So Haunted House for Children” at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at the University of West Georgia.

A tour guide will lead the way through a magical maze of 12 rooms in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts where fantasy and reality become an exciting adventure. Tours will run Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, and Tuesday, Oct. 28 through Thursday Oct. 30.

Tours are approximately 20 minutes long beginning at 6:30 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m. in the Richard L. Dangle Theatre. Reservations of time slots have been brisk and early reservations are encouraged.

Each evening features a new family activity at 7:30 p.m. and includes tee-shirt door prizes on Friday; a Fairy Tale Sing-a-Long on Saturday; a Fairy Tale Art Contest on Tuesday; a Spooky Spelling Spree on Wednesday; and a Costume Contest on Thursday.

Other activities include face painting, coloring and story telling. Horton’s Bookstore will also be on hand to sell children’s books of fairy tales.

“The Not So Scary Fairy Tales” is the only event that the TCPA crew produce themselves by planning the maze, painting the scenery and building the sets. Carrollton resident Jenny Lyle is directing the production and David Manuel, technical director at the Townsend Center, is the designer and lead builder for the fairy tale maze that patrons will be guided through.

Designed for children and their families, the production combines aspects of live theatre with a twisting and turning maze carefully crafted to accommodate all children, including those who need assistance.

Sponsors Dr. Chester and Faye Gibson said they are thrilled with this service project to the community.

“We are so pleased to support the outreach of the Townsend Center to the West Georgia community with programming that is educational and entertaining for families,” said Chester Gibson. “The university is a terrific destination with so many opportunities for everyone and we are happy to be a part of those activities that help enhance lives.”

Children young and old will enjoy the exciting labyrinth lurking with friendly fairy tale characters like Alice in Wonderland, Brer Rabbit and Little Miss Muffet. Even Cinderella is waiting to share her pumpkin carriage with visitors.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Box Office hours are Monday- Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If special assistance is needed, contact the general manager, Renét Jones, at 678-839-4722.
To reserve a time slot, call 678-839-4722 or visit for more information.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

UWG: Waring Lecture Series Features Reitz October 24

The Antonio J. Waring Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series will present environmental archeologist Dr. Elizabeth Reitz on Friday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the University of West Georgia.

This must see event for anyone interested in archaeology, history and how people use the environment will take place in the Kathy Cashen Recital Hall where the professor of anthropology will share her experiences in the field and in the lab at this prestigious annual event. The presentation is free and the community is invited to attend.

Reitz is a professor of anthropology at the University of Georgia and is internationally recognized as an expert on human use of animal resources, especially in maritime environments. Her lecture, “5,000 Years of Fishing on the Georgia Coast,” is sure to interest science and history buffs of all ages.

“I would like to encourage people to look to the past as a way to understand the present and as a window into the future,” said Reitz. “And to think holistically about the human experience.”

On her website, Reitz wrote: “I base my research on the study of animal remains from archaeological sites, for which purpose I manage the Zooarchaeology Laboratory. The lab specializes in the identification of vertebrate remains and contains a comparative skeletal collection of 4,200 vertebrate and invertebrate specimens from throughout the southeastern United States and adjacent waters, as well as from the Caribbean.”

The lab and its contents have been used since 1977 in support of archaeological research, service and training, during which time more than 200 archaeological faunal assemblages from the southeastern United States, the Caribbean basin, Peru, and Ecuador have been studied. Faunal Assemblage is an archeological term describing fossils found together in the same layer of rock or soil.

Reitz will spend the day on campus as a guest at the Antonio J. Waring Jr. Archeology Laboratory and in several anthropology classes before the lecture. The Department of Anthropology and the Waring Lab will host the annual event.

The lecture series is funded through the largest endowment given to an anthropology department in the state of Georgia. The Waring endowment also funds the operation of the Waring Lab and an endowed professorship in Anthropology at UWG.

For more information, call 678-839-6454.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs / Public Art Program “NOGUCHI PLAYSCAPES RESTORATION”

The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs has begun the process of restoring the Noguchi Playscapes, a sculptural playground installation located in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Noguchi Playscapes was designed by internationally renowned sculptor, designer, and architect Isamu Noguchi and completed in 1976.

In Phase I of the project, the Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program (OCA/PAP) hired the Conservation Team, Jablonski Berkowitz Conservation to assess the site and design a work plan for restoring the artwork. In Phase 2 of the conservation project, the OCA/PAP secured the services of Donna Williams Conservation, a Los Angeles-based art conservation team to perform professional restoration of the Noguchi Playscapes. The conservation team includes local architect Amy Landesberg, Pellegrom Construction, and sculptor Jeffry Loy. The work has begun and is scheduled for completion by mid-December of 2008.

The Office of Parks, Office of Cultural Affairs and the city arborists are supporting this restoration project and the refurbishment of the grounds. The planning for the project took several years under the guidance of the Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program Manager Eddie Granderson and Office of Cultural Affairs Director Camille Russell Love.

On May 1, 1976, Playscapes was officially opened at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. It is the only Playscapes of its kind by Noguchi in the continental United States and the City of Atlanta is fortunate to have an “artwork” from such a prominent internationally acclaimed contemporary artist.

“The Playscapes is a unique landmark in our city’s most prominent park. It is part playground and also qualifies as high art. After such a long planning phase, we are excited to embark on this historic restoration and bring the Noguchi Playscapes to its former glory for future generations to enjoy.”
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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Free Writing Seminar at The Coweta County African American Heritage Museum in Newnan

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 marks the date of a free seminar on writing to get published by Coweta's own Vickie Kennedy and Christina Barber. Both are multi-published authors and editors, and Kennedy is the publisher of eTreasures Publishing.

This seminar will be an introduction for writers who want to be published or to sharpen their skills. More seminars will be scheduled monthly to cover various topics. A list of future topics will be available at the first seminar, as well as a schedule of dates for upcoming classes.

The seminar will be held at the African American Heritage Museum at 92 Farmer Street in Newnan. The Museum Director, Diane Wood, is excited about the seminars being held there.

"This will draw attention to the museum, as well as free genealogy tracing for all families in Coweta County," Wood said.

The museum is located in a small house nestled in the woods on Farmer Street, along with a cemetery, and is definitely worth visiting.

Due to limited seating, you must pre-register by calling Vickie Kennedy at 770-683-8416 between 7:00-10:00 PM week nights or 12 noon to 5 PM Saturday and Sunday.

Information of Kennedy's publishing company is available on its website, Info on her books is available on this website by clicking ENTER, then clicking on "Search by Author", and then clicking on her name. Information on Barber is available on her website
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Artists and Soul Seekers Band at Palmetto Fall Festival on October 25

The Mayor of the City of Palmetto recently announced that the Palmetto Business Association "is sponsoring a Fall Festival in our downtown park to showcase local artists and businesses. These vendor spaces are being offered at no cost, but the group desires to showcase quality artists.

The event is planned for October 25th and will include food and live entertainment. This will be the first of many activities planned to bring community focus back to downtown Palmetto."

The Co-ordinator, Kathy Lewallen, says that the Festival will last from 11 AM through 4 PM. Music will be provided by the local blues group Soul Seekers Band. The park is in the Palmetto Community Center on Main Street in downtown Palmetto. And there will be plenty to eat. She says, "Weʼll have barbecue and other cozy food for a beautiful autumn afternoon."

For info on the Pametto Fall Festival you can contact Kathy Lewallen at 404.734.6308 or by email at Info on the band is available on their website or by phoning Jeff at 770-572-3602.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Family-Friendly Comedian is ‘Just Pure Laughs’ at PTC First Presbyterian October 19

First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City will be hosting family-friendly comedian and worship leader Dan McGowan in a concert titled “Just Pure Laughs” on Sunday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This will be the second concert given during the church’s 2008-2009 Concert Series season.

Dan McGowan is known for delighting audiences of all ages with his observational humor, parody songs, and interactive hilarity. Dan was most recently seen auditioning last season on NBC’s Last Comic Standing which led to his opening for Kathleen Madigan, national touring comedian and judge for Last Comic Standing.

In addition to being a clean comedian, Dan has been serving churches in the area of Creative Worship for over 30 years. Currently, he serves as Music and Worship Director at Faith Church outside Denver, Colorado.

This concert is free to the community. A love offering will be taken. Childcare will be available for children ages 4 and younger.

First Presbyterian Church is located in Peachtree City at 206 Willowbend Rd. across from the library and city hall. For more information, please call (770) 487-7757 or email

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Extended by Popular Demand The Second City: Too Busy to Hate… Too Hard to Commute


The Alliance Theatre production of World Premiere comedy revue The Second City: Too Busy to Hate… Too Hard to Commute will extend for one week of performances. Shows are selling out quickly to this hit show on the Hertz stage.

Tickets are now on sale: $30 and $40
To purchase tickets, call the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404.733.5000 or visit

Now – Nov. 2, 2008
Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Alliance Theatre
Hertz Stage
1280 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

UWG: Faculty Music Concert Celebrates A DAY

In the mood for a little music? The University of West Georgia will present its annual A DAY Music Faculty Concert on Monday, Oct. 13, at 8:15 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts.

A donor reception will be held before the concert in the Townsend Center at 7:30 p.m. The events are free and the community is invited to attend. Dr. Kevin Hibbard, chair and professor of music, is coordinating the event.

“The annual A DAY Music Faculty Concert showcases the spectacular talent of our faculty as a musical gift to the community,” said Hibbard. “We perform for A DAY to show our appreciation of the wonderful support that the community provides to the university.”

“The music faculty spends all day long teaching. They lead rehearsals, research, write and supervise student teachers, yet they still find time to keep their performance chops in tip top order. This sets a superb example for our students.”

This year’s concert will feature two new faculty: Peter Mueller, a trombonist who plays in the Macon Symphony, and Dr. Reverie Berger, a mezzo-soprano with extensive operatic credentials.
Performances for the 2008 concert include a piano duet performed by Jan Adams, instructor of piano, and Dr. Dawn McCord, assistant professor of music education; a violin and piano duet featuring Dr. Carol Gingerich, associate professor of music, and Dr. Elizabeth Kramer, assistant professor of music; and a trio led by Dr. Daniel Bakos, a jazz studies and music professor.
Also performing are Dr. Larry Frazier, a bass singer and professor of music; Melanie Fuller, an instructor of flute; Michael Lanier, instructor of trumpet, guest Terry Lowry, conductor and pianist.

The community is invited to enjoy the musical talents of West Georgia’s faculty and staff. UWG students benefit from scholarships obtained through the generosity of donors who contribute to the university’s annual A DAY campaign.

For more information regarding the A DAY for West Georgia campaign, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 678-839-6582. For more information on the 2008 A DAY Music Faculty Concert, call the Department of Music at 678-839-6516.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Indian Spring Hotel and Museum Weekend of Artifacts October 11

This is the most popular free event at The Indian Spring Hotel / Museum each year.

Hundreds of ordinary folks will converge on the Indian Spring Hotel /
Museum near Jackson GA this weekend. They will bring their
collections of arrowheads and pottery chards in brown paper bags and

While some know the value of their found treasures, many
don't. Archeologist Steven Hammock and several other members of the
Ocmulgee Archeological Society will be on hand to identify Indian
artifacts from all periods and any histroric artifact from the
earliest days of settlement.

Author John Whatley, " An Overview of Georgia Projectile Points and Selected Cutting Tools", will be on hand to identify and record Clovis and other early projectile points.
Last year, a 10,000 year old point was identified.

Located 6 miles south of Jackson GA, the building is the site where
the Creek Inidans signed the Treaty of 1825, deeding all the the land
that is Georgia to the US. More information can be found at
www.buttscountyhistoricalsociety and
The nation's oldest state park is located across the street and there is a great
little shopping village down the street - fashion boutiqe, antiques, shopping,
Pinky's Cafe and an art gallery that will have a FREE FACE PAINTING
and hands-on art activities for kids. 770-775-5350 for information
and reservations for the vintage cottages available for overnight

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Carmike Cinemas is Bringing the Royal Opera House to a Theater Near You

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC) announced October 8, 2008, that The Royal Opera House in HD “Series of Five Masterworks” will be featured on 42 digital High-Definition screens through DigiScreen, at local Carmike theatres in 26 states.

The Royal Opera House is the home of three world-class performing companies – The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera, and The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. It is a focal point for England’s national and international artistic excellence, where the evolving traditions of opera and ballet are taken to the highest levels. Excellence without compromise. This is the Royal Opera House.

Starting Thursday, October 16, 2008, Carmike Cinemas will feature a series of five masterworks - including two operas and three ballets. The five stellar productions exemplify the extraordinarily high levels of artistry and entertainment attained by one of the world’s foremost opera and ballet companies.

Carmen: Thursday, October 16, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 19, 1:00 p.m.

Bizet’s Carmen is one of those rare operas in which every number seems to be a familiar, favorite melody. It is jam-packed with sexy solos, rousing choruses, impassioned arias and delightful Spanish dances. Tuneful, colorful, evocative and dramatic!

The Spanish heat and gypsy passion of Carmen comes to life in Francesca Zambello’s production, recreating the sun-drenched and sensual world of 19th century Spain, with its ranks of soldiers and crowds of peasants, gypsies and bullfighters, its spectacle and its deadly, white-hot emotions.

At the heart of the story of one woman’s tangled relationships with two men is Carmen herself, played by the fabulous singer-actor Anna Caterina Antonacci. The great Italian soprano is matched by two devilishly handsome men as her love interests; steamingly sexy German tenor, Jonas Kaufmann and the smouldering Italian baritone, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

The Sleeping Beauty: Thursday, October 23, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 26, 1:00 p.m.

Britain’s Royal Ballet brings to the screen one of ballet’s most loved classics. The Sleeping Beauty combines, in a single work, all the charms and virtuosity that ballet has to offer. This famous staging was created for the Royal Ballet in 1946, from the original 1890 Marius Petipa production in St. Petersburg. It was revived for the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Royal Ballet in 2006.

The Sleeping Beauty is led by two of the Royal Ballet’s finest dancers; the beautiful Alina Cojocuru stars as Princess Aurora and the dark, handsome Federico Bonelli stars as Prince Florimud. Tchaikovsky’s glorious score for this beautiful ballet is played by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

This ballet is a great showcase of the Company’s many talents and a living milestone in its history. This Sleeping Beauty’s style and visual splendor are unique to The Royal Ballet.

Tales of Beatrix Potter: Thursday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 2, 1:00 p.m.

A special performance for children of all ages, and for those who are just young at heart! The London Royal Ballet’s production of Tales of Beatrix Potter brings the characters from her famous stories alive on-stage.

In 1971, Fredrick Ashtown choreographed Tales of Beatrix Potter for film. Two decades later, Anthony Dowell staged Ashton’s choreography for The Royal Ballet, giving the company one of its more charming offerings. The production’s ingenious use of scale when designing the sets and their spectacular costumes and masks quickly draws audiences in to the wondrous world of Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddleduck.

Only in the Royal Ballet’s Tales of Beatrix Potter will you behold the delightful dancing of naughty mice, see Pigling Bland and Pig-Wig perform a wonderful pig pas de deux, witness an overly excited Squirrel Nutkin leap, twirl and whirl around the stage and cheer as all of the much loved characters join in the glorious grand finale. John Lanchbery’s music, based mostly on forgotten Victorian melodies, is utterly captivating, inspiring spirited playing from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by Paul Murphy.

Le Nozze Di Figaro: Thursday November 6, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 9, 1:00 p.m.

Mozart’s music makes Le Nozze di Figaro one of the finest jewels in the opera repertory, with a wealth of famous melodies that commence with the familiar first notes of the energetic Overture.

A London highlight of the celebrations for the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, David McVicar’s spellbinding production illuminates Mozart’s masterpiece, shifting the action to a French chateau in the aftermath of the 1830 revolution. At the tragic heart of the opera, Gerald Finely’s suave, dashingly self-absorbed Count and Dorothea Roschmann’s passionately dignified Countess are deadlocked in a romantic contest that impacts dramatically on the court’s feisty valet Figar (Erwin Schrott) and his fianceé, the sassy Susanna (Miah Persson). The late-summer beauty of Paule Constable’s lighting and Tanya McCallin’s evocative sets provide the perfect backdrop for the invigorating wit and emotional depth of Antonio Pappano’s conducting of the Royal Opera House Orchestra.

Romeo and Juliet: Thursday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 16, 1:00 p.m.

The Royal Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet is a major event, featuring the much anticipated partnering of extraordinary prima ballerina Tamara Rojo and superstar Carlos Acosta in the title roles.

Kenneth MacMillian’s great interpretation of Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy is one of the most popular works in The Royal Ballet repertory and one of the greatest examples of 20th century choreography. The setting is Renaissance Verona, where a chance meeting ignites a profound love between Romeo and Juliet, bringing with it first hope of uniting their families in peace, followed by a misunderstanding, and finally tragedy and death. Prokofiev’s music is an instantly recognizable classic of the modern repertory, here complemented by choreography of beauty and touching fluidity.

Contact your local theatre for ticket prices and availability.

Georgia Albany Wynnsong 16
Georgia Columbus Carmike 15
Georgia Savannah Carmike 10

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

CCACT Presents The Nunsense Christmas Musical, Nuncrackers

December 4-6 at 7:30 PM
and Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 PM
Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Theatre

The Nunsense Christmas Musical, NUNCRACKERS, is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. It stars the nuns you love, plus Father Virgil, and four of Mount Saint Helen's most talented students. Featuring all new songs including Twelve Days Prior to Christmas, Santa Ain't Comin' to Our House, We Three Kings of Orient Are Us and It's Better to Give than to Receive, this show is filled with typical “Nunsensee” humor, some of your favorite carols, and a "Secret Santa" audience participation. We're certain this Nunsense Christmas Show will make you laugh, and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It's the perfect way to insure that your holiday season is merry and bright!

Tickets $10
A program of Carrollton Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department

Box Office hours are Monday-Friday 9 AM-5PM and one hour before each performance.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Georgia Guitar Quartet at Arts Centre of November 13

The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County has by now become well known for offering a great variety of high quality arts events. They recently announced a concert by the highly acclaimed Georgia Guitar Quartet on November 13 at 7 PM.

Formed in 1996 and hailing from Athens, Georgia, the ensemble maintains an active concert schedule, performing in a variety of venues, ranging from concert halls to popular music clubs. A typical GGQ concert will feature moving performances coupled with enthusiastic audience interaction. Passion, flair, sensitivity, and humor are characteristic qualities of every GGQ concert. In addition to performing classical music from the Renaissance to the present day, The Quartet explores other styles such as jazz, bluegrass, ragtime and Celtic music. While expanding the catalog of music for four guitars by arranging pre-existing works, the Quartet has a profound interest in the creation and performance of modern music. As a result of their diverse repertoire, the group appeals to a wide range of music lovers.

The Quartet performs regularly throughout the US. One review of their 1999 Piccolo Spoleto Festival performance in Charleston, South Carolina, described the concert as “a dazzling display of technical prowess, versatile programming, and audience rapport.”

In 2001, the Quartet was invited by Christopher Parkening to perform as quest artists in his twenty-seventh annual master class in Bozeman, Montana. The ensemble’s recordings have each won great critical acclaim. Their debut CD was ranked among the top ten Athens albums of 1998 by Flagpole Magazine. Two new albums of the Quartet’s original arrangements and compositions will be released this year on Solponticello Records

The Centre is located on Lower Fayetteville Road several miles east of Newnan. Information on the Georgia Guitar Quartet concert and any other Centre events is available by calling 770-254-2787.

- Forrest Schultz, Coweta Arts Tidbits
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MudFire Gallery Presents Asheville in Atlanta 2008

October 11 - November 22, 2008

Opening ReceptionSaturday, October 11, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

MudFire Gallery welcomes back guest curator Kyle Carpenter for its annual exhibit of functional and decorative pottery by North Carolina artists from the Asheville region. This year for "Asheville in Atlanta," Kyle will exhibit his works alongside those of Penny Waters-Clark, Ken Sedberry and Jon Keenan.

The annual "Asheville in Atlanta" show is MudFire Gallery's most anticipated event each year. Guest curator Kyle Carpenter invites a select group of artists from in and around Asheville to participate. This area is known internationally as home to a vast pool of ceramics talent including an intense concentration of the world's top studio potters. For the MudFire exhibit, the number of artists is limited so that visitors are able to enjoy a sizeable body of works by each artist, gaining a deep familiarity with each of their styles.

Please call with questions at 404-377-8033.
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Gallery Location and Hours
175 Laredo Drive, Decatur, GA 30030
Open Thursday - Sunday, from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Outside these hours, please call ahead: 404-377-8033.
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