Monday, November 30, 2009

Main Street Players Presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”
Main Street Players.
115 North Hill Street, Griffin.
Weekends, December 11th through 20th
770-229-9916 or 770-233-0578

Everyone thinks the Pageant will be a disaster.

But they are pleasantly surprised.

When six menacing kids decide they want to be the leads in the annual Christmas pageant they bully the other kids into letting them steal the principal parts. Everyone is certain it will be a disaster.

The town reacts with horror to the news that the most sinful children will be playing the holiest roles; however, the pageant director is determined to make the annual musical event a success.

Although they look more like trick-or-treaters than Bible figures, the hooligans don’t ruin the pageant; instead, they improve it.

When the curtain finally goes up, a miracle happens and gives the nativity story a surprisingly sentimental ending --- making it the best Christmas pageant ever!

Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be performed at the Main Street Theater, 115 North Hill Street, in historic downtown Griffin, Georgia, fifty miles south of Atlanta, weekends, December 11th through 20th: Fridays at 7:30PM, Saturdays at 3:00PM and 7:30PM and Sundays at 3:00PM.

In celebration of our ninth season, Main Street Players will offer a new Family Package at $50 for four tickets a 38% savings.

Regular Reserved Seat Tickets are $20. Senior Tickets are $15. Student Tickets are $10. Groups of ten or more receive a 10% discount. Enjoy a Teacher/Preacher Preview on Thursday, December 10th for $10 with ID or a toy for a child.

For tickets and information, call 770-229-9916 or 770-233-0578 or visit

The Ingram Foundation, Griffin and Spalding County patrons as well as the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts support the Main Street Players.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Jason Zampol, Fantasy and Illustrative Artist, at Fayette Art Center

Saturday, December 19th, from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm, Fayette Art Center is hosting a special workshop with Jason Zampol, a master artist, concept artist and illustrator. Get hands on knowledge of the latest trends in art and illustration using a digital painting tablet.

Students must have a laptop with Corel Painter or Adobe Photoshop. Mr. Zampol will provide the painting tablets. Learn about program basics, digital composition techniques, using photo reference, digital painting using tablets, basic drawing skills. See how to go from start to finish working on the computer to produce your own style of artwork.

Jason Zampol is an established Illustrator, Concept Artist, and Fine Artist living in Fayette County GA. He received his BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in traditional illustration and his MFA from the Academy of Art University in digital art and illustration for video games. Jason believes strong drawing and painting skills are the foundations for success in the modern world of digitally produced art. His subjects include Fantasy, Science Fiction, Landscape and Wildlife art. Please visit for samples of his work.

Fayette Art Center is located in Studio M of ArtWorks on the Square, 107 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville, GA. 30214.

To Register: Call 678-545-0275 or email director $35.00 for the workshop.

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107 Stonewall Ave.
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Holiday Season begins at Townsend

The holiday season is here and there is no better way to celebrate tradition than by attending the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts’ holiday extravaganzas in December.

This season’s entertainment features the exciting International Juggling Champion and Comedy Entertainer of the Year, Mark Nizer, and the traditional “Christmas with the CSO” performed by the regions’ very own community orchestra, the Carroll Symphony Orchestra.

Imagine four lasers juggled at thousands of RPMs with beams dancing just above your head or an orbiting propane tank. It’s time to expect the impossible at the Mark Nizer 3D performance on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

The tradition continues with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. with an offering of desserts and hors d'oeuvres, holiday music and the annual toy drive, Rudolph to the Rescue. The Rudolph to the Rescue reception is a wonderful event families can enjoy together. An unwrapped toy is the ticket to the catered affair in the Townsend Center lobby and and a trip to the festive toy land in the Dangle Theatre.

Sure to thrill and ring nostalgic, the CSO returns with its gift of Christmas favorites ranging from Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and the holiday classic “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to sacred Christmas hymns and sing-along songs.

Classical wonders such as “Winter” from The Four Seasons, Bizet’s “L’Arl├ęslienne Suites” and “A Christmas Carol” by Michael Runyan are sure to be delightful treats. Bring the entire family and make Christmas with the CSO part of your holiday tradition.

Sponsors for the exciting shows at the Townsend Center throughout the year are the Dr. Richard L. Dangle family, the Community Foundation of West Georgia, Dr. Chester and Mrs. Faye Gibson and the Carroll Symphony Orchestra Foundation.

Holiday show tickets for Mark Nizer 3D are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children. Tickets for Christmas with the CSO are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children.
A Townsend Center season ticket package offers significant discounts for three or more shows and the best seats in the house.

The Townsend Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and one hour before show times. Go to for information on the 2009-2010 season, educational outreach programs at the TCPA and directions to the theatre.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

High Hosts 14th Annual High Arts Day

The High Museum of Art will host the 14th Annual High Arts Day on Monday, November 16, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. High Arts Day is a fundraiser presented by Art Partners, the social and volunteer organization at the High. The day’s events will include a reception and private shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, a luncheon at the High, home tours, exhibition tours, a trunk show and a sculpture auction. Tickets are $150 ($80 tax-deductible) and all proceeds benefit the High. For ticketing information please contact the Art Partners Program Officer at 404-733-4429.

Schedule of Events:

Opportunity to meet the honorary chairs of High Arts Day, artist Steve Penley and jewelry designer Gogo Ferguson
Reception and shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue
Charter bus tour of two distinguished Atlanta homes
Elegant luncheon in the Wieland Pavilion Grand Lobby, High Museum of Art
Informal modeling by Saks Fifth Avenue
Raffle of unusual and unique items
Silent Auction of more than 25 sculptures, each designed by a different artist
Trunk Show including jewelry exclusively by Gogo Ferguson, handbags, scarves and other accessories
Private tour of the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of the Genuis.”

At 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 11, the Gold Patron event will feature an exhibition tour by top Museum curators followed by an elegant dinner reception in the elegant TVS Design building and a special exhibition by artist Steve Penley and jewelry designer Gogo Ferguson. Gold Patrons make a $500 minimum contribution ($400 tax-deductible) in support of High Arts Day. The contribution includes two tickets to the Gold Patron event and one ticket to High Arts Day.

Organization and Support

The Platinum Sponsor for High Arts Day is Georgia Power and the Premier Event Partner is Saks Fifth Avenue. Additional support is provided by American Coach of Atlanta and Classic Party Rentals. Media sponsors are Flavors magazine and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. The Communication Partner is Spaulding Communications.

High Arts Day chairperson Valerie O'Neal leads a 23-person volunteer committee of Art Partners. Honorary chairs of the Gold Patron event are Marion Ventulett and Anne Sapp. Rosalind Minkhorst is the 2009–2010 Art Partners president.
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Savannah Film Festival Presents Emmy Rossum With the Young Hollywood Award Nov. 2

/PRNewswire/ -- The 12th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, presented Emmy Rossum with the Young Hollywood Award on Nov. 2.

"I'm extremely honored to be given this award," said Rossum. "This award and the incredible student films shown here at the festival show that SCAD has an eye on the future of film, as well as an appreciation of its past. I'm delighted to be here to accept this."

Rossum's starring performance as Christine in "The Phantom of the Opera" in 2004 earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination. Her acting performance in "Songcatcher" earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Debut Performance. Other past film credits include the Clint Eastwood-directed drama "Mystic River," "Poseidon," "The Day After Tomorrow" with Jake Gyllenhaal, "Dragonball" and "Happy Now."

At age 7, Rossum began singing at the Metropolitan Opera, and she has since performed with such musical talents as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Dolly Parton. In 2007, Rossum recorded her first album for Geffen Records, "Inside Out." She wrote and recorded all her own songs. She is currently working on her second album.

Following the presentation, film festival attendees were treated to a late night special screening of the independent drama, "Dare," starring Rossum. "Dare" follows three teenagers through their last semester of school, who make a last-ditch effort to shake things up by taking the biggest risks of their lives before they actually have to start living as adults. "Dare" will be released theatrically by Image Entertainment Nov. 13.

The day began with a special screening of "Valentino: The Last Emperor," the acclaimed portrait of Valentino Garavani, the man behind the legendary couture label Valentino. The film focuses on the period between Valentino's 70th birthday and his final couture show. After the film, director Matt Tyrnauer joined Vogue Editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley for an in-depth look at the making of the film.

Attendees were also treated to a special screening of "The City of Your Final Destination," with an appearance by the multi-Academy Award-nominated director, James Ivory. Directed by Ivory and written by his longtime collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, "The City of Your Destination" stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney. It tells the story of a young American academic who attempts to persuade the reluctant heirs of a celebrated Uruguayan novelist to allow him to write an authorized biography of the writer, who has recently died.

Throughout the day there were also narrative feature competition screenings. Among those films competing was "Mercy," written and starring Scott Caan, who made a special appearance at the Festival. "Mercy" centers around a successful but cynical young writer who writes about love but does not really believe in it until he meets someone who turns his world upside down. Playing Caan's on-screen father is his real father, Academy Award-nominated actor James Caan.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

2009 Savannah Film Festival Opens October 31

/PRNewswire/ -- The 2009 annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design opened last night with the university's President Paula Wallace presenting the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Award to Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster for recognition of their work in the acclaimed drama, "The Messenger." Also, on hand to share the tribute was the film's director and co-writer, Oren Moverman. Following the tribute to both actors festival goers were treated to a special screening of the film.

Looking out over the audience, Foster accepted his award from President Wallace by exclaiming, "Holy Smokes! I want to thank SCAD for inviting us...I'm deeply inspired by you and Savannah."

Harrelson also graciously accepted his award from President Wallace, who applauded him for his support of sustainable living and invited him to apply for SCAD's new degree in Design for Sustainability. Referring to his recent film, "Zombieland," filmed outside of Atlanta, he said, "When I was filming earlier this year, I was told that I've got to go to Savannah, the best city in Georgia...there just weren't enough zombies to kill."

In "The Messenger," Ben Foster stars as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. The film hits select theatres on November 13th.

Harrelson's critically acclaimed portrayal of controversial magazine publisher Larry Flynt in Milos Forman's "The People vs. Larry Flynt" garnered him best actor Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations. Other highlights from Harrelson's film career include "No Country For Old Men," "The Thin Red Line," "Ed TV," "Wag the Dog," "Kingpin," "Natural Born Killers," "Indecent Proposal" and "White Men Can't Jump," among others. He won an Emmy in 1988 for his role in the NBC sitcom "Cheers" and was nominated four additional times during his eight-year run on the show. He later made a return to television with a recurring guest role on the hit NBC series, "Will and Grace."

Foster has starred in such films as "Alpha Dog," "3:10 to Yuma," and "X-Men 3."

On television, he starred in the HBO drama "Six Feet Under," for which he was nominated for two SAG awards. His other television work includes "Freaks and Geeks" and the Emmy-nominated HBO film "The Laramie Project." His performance in Showtime's "Bang Bang You're Dead," a meditation on school shootings, garnered him a Daytime Emmy.

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