Friday, April 30, 2010

4th Annual Fiesta Atlanta At Centennial Olympic Park on May 2, 2010

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The 4th annual Fiesta Atlanta will take place Sunday May 2nd, 2010…

Fiesta Atlanta takes place every Cinco de Mayo weekend at Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of Atlanta and is the “main event” culminating the week-long celebration of Fiesta Atlanta week.

Over 50,000 people normally attend Fiesta Atlanta. Fiesta Atlanta is a day-long celebration of Latino culture, featuring continuous live musical performances on 2 stages by national and local recording artists, sponsor displays with many free product samples, arts and crafts and authentic food from a number of Latin-American countries.

What: Fiesta Atlanta – Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

When: Sunday, May 2, 2010

Where: Centennial Olympic Park – Downtown Atlanta, Georgia

Time: 10 AM – 7 PM

Admission: Free

For more info, visit Fiesta Atlanta

Atlanta Botanical Garden grows: Phase 2 opens Saturday  | accessAtlanta

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Click on the link below to find out more about the expansion at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Atlanta Botanical Garden grows: Phase 2 opens Saturday | accessAtlanta

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"Christina Darling" At OnStage Atlanta Through May 8, 2010

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Christina Darling by Topher Payne
Through May 8 at OnStage Atlanta

Christina Darling tells the story of Christina Crawford, daughter of Joan Crawford and author of the infamous memoir "Mommie Dearest."

Set on the eve of the release of the film version of her book, Christina suffers a stroke. Her grandmother arrives to help her cross over, but Christina rebels. If she's going to survive, she has to face her competing personal histories: the ones created by her mother, a movie studio, herself... and somewhere within, the truth of what actually happened.

OnStage Atlanta is located at 2597 N. Decatur Rd. in the City of Decatur.

For tickets, visit OnStage Atlanta.

Ferial Latina Festival Livens Stone Mountain Park | ajc.com

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Congratulations to Feria Latina for bringing over 25,000 people to Stone Mountain Park on April 25, 2010. Click on the link to view a gallery of photos that were published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gallery | Hispanic festival livens Stone Mountain Park | ajc.com

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Atlanta CityPASS = One Easy, Very Smart Purchase

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Save money on your visit to the Atlanta Area. 6 Atlanta attraction admission tickets. No guesswork. Best tickets. Great price saves you $78.

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Attractions include:
- Georgia Aquarium
- World of Coca-Cola
- Zoo Atlanta
- Inside CNN Studio Tour
- Fernbank Museum of Natural History or Atlanta Botanical Gardens
- High Museum of Art or Atlanta History Center

Click Here to get your Atlanta City Pass or for more information.

Family Storytelling At Callanwolde on May 14, 2010

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Family Storytelling: Emerging Voices

Celebrate the power of storytelling as Callanwolde showcases the South’s best stories, storytellers and storytelling traditions.

Coordinated by national award-winning librarian Anne Wallace, the show features the Georgia Multi-County Youth Storytellers who will entertain audiences with their unique stories and folktales. Audiences of all ages will enjoy this evening.

Fore more info, visit Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"Are We There Yet?" Plays At ART Station From July 14 - August 1, 2010

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“Are We There Yet?” Written by James Hindman, Ray Roderick, & Cheryl Stern with Music by John Glaudini
July 14 - August 1, 2010

Hang on for the ride! A versatile cast of four creates a unique and entertaining evening of song, dance and sketch comedy as they hold up the mirror to modern family life.

It is a fresh contemporary look at the typical and not so typical American family as they embark on “The Roller Coaster of Life.” This delightful journey down the road of life hits all the highlights, from senior prom, to childbirth, blind dates, empty nests, aging parents, and what it really means to be a family.

For showtimes and tickets, visit the ART Station.

Stage Door Players Present "Beached Wails" From May 14 - June 6

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May 14 – June 6
Beached Wails


This lighthearted comedy by local playwright, Topher Payne, finds four sisters from Mississippi whose annual beach vacation getaway is interrupted by a mysterious neighbor, unanswered questions and an impending storm.

For show times and ticket info, visit Stage Door Players.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Free Family Reunion Planning Workshop and Showcase on May 15, 2010

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DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) will host a free Family Reunion Planning Workshop and Showcase on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at Jolie Events to assist families in planning and organizing their reunions in DeKalb County. The Reunion Workshop begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon.

The Reunion Showcase will immediately follow the Workshop and feature representatives from hotels and attractions along with Caterers, Photographers and T-Shirt Vendors to plan your family reunion in advance. There were also be door prizes and a live DJ onsite. Both events are free to the public.

DCVB offers a variety of free services to enhance family reunions, including providing free Welcome Bags for the entire family.

The workshop and showcase will be held at Jolie Events located at 2401 Mellon Court, Decatur, Georgia.

Call (770) 492-5000 to register for the Workshop or visit DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Judgement At The ART Station On June 2 - 20, 2010

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“Judgment” adapted for the stage by Betty Cooper Hirt from the short story by Ferrol Sams

From one of the South’s best loved authors comes a hilarious tale that illuminates the human mind and spirit. Ruthie Lee truly believes in the Lord and the Methodist Church and does not take much of anything – including herself- too seriously. When she finds herself alone in church after services she shares stories of her community, pastors – past and present and herself. Ferrol Sams probes deeply into the irony, humor and fickleness of humankind and comes up with precious nuggets of universal truth. This show features Jill Jane Clements as Ruthie Lee.

Performances are Thursdays – Saturdays @ 8:00 and Sundays @ 3:00. A matinee has been added for Wednesday, June 16 @ 10:30 a.m. All performances are in the ART Station Theatre located at 5384 Manor Drive in Historic Stone Mountain Village.

For additional information, visit ART Station.

Mall At Stonecrest Presents Meet The BEAT Concert on May 22, 2010

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The Mall at Stonecrest and 95.5 The BEAT will celebrate the beginning of Summer season with their fourth annual “Meet the BEAT,” a live concert event featuring international superstar Jay Sean (“Down,” “Do You Remember”) and Atlanta’s hometown favorites B.o.B (“Nothin’ on You,” “Haterz Everywhere”) and Travis Porter (“Go Shorty Go,” “All Da Way Turnt Up,”) the very popular D&D Custom Car Show and a fun kid’s activity area on Saturday, May 22nd from Noon to 4 p.m. on the Plaza.

"Meet the BEAT" is presented by Metro PCS and offers a FREE concert event on the Stonecrest Stage to celebrate the kick-off of the Summer season in style! Get up close and personal with your favorite 95.5 The BEAT DJs, like Murph Dawg and CJ in the Morning, K-Dub, Maverick, Mami Chula, Johnny D, Traci Steele, Mo Reilley and Adam!

Enjoy the fun expanded Kids Zone that features three different moon-walk stations, and then check out all the hip sponsors that include Metro PCS and Georgia Perimeter College.

For more info, visit The Mall at Stoncecrest.

Geckos: Tails to Toepads At Fernbank Museum May 28 to Sept. 5

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Explore the amazing world of geckos in this collection of more than 15 live gecko species, from shadowy nighttime hunters with unbelievable camouflage to neon-colored nectar eaters that scamper around in daylight.

Learn about their night vision, magnify gecko toepads, listen to gecko voices, watch video clips of geckos in action, try to spot camouflaged geckos and build a custom gecko for various environments.

For more information, visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Win AirTran Tickets At Martinis & IMAX On April 30, 2010

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Who says a museum needs to be quiet? Shake it up with Atlanta’s perfect mix of culture and cocktails at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Now Playing: Experience the fast-paced and daring lifestyle of cowboys from around the world with the giant-screen adventure, Ride Around the World. This remarkable journey will take viewers to exotic lands around the world and explore the fascinating connection between cowboys and horses.

Enjoy cool cocktails, stunning films, live music and creative cuisine beneath the world’s largest dinosaurs, Fridays (January through November) from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

WIN 2 AirTran Airways tickets at Fernbank’s Martinis & IMAX® on April 30.

For more information, visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Feria Latina Returns To Stone Mountain Park On April 25, 2010

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Feria Latina returns to Stone Mountain Park this year on Sunday, April 25th. Feria Latina is the premiere Hispanic fair and provides an opportunity for families from many different countries and cultures to gather at an event specially designed to showcase Latin American heritage. Last year, an estimated 35,000 people attended the event.

Thousands of people from all over the state of Georgia attend the event to enjoy a day of performances by some of the best Latin artists, contests, giveaways, company exhibitions, arts and crafts, international food and Stone Mountain’s famous “Laser Show Spectacular”.

For more information, visit Feria Latina.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Tiger! Tiger! Live At The Earl On April 22, 2010

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Formed after the collapse of The White Lights, Tiger! Tiger! is the second out-from-behind-the-drums and up-front band from Subsonics drummer Buffi Aguero.

While Atlanta's Tiger! Tiger! take a love for 60's garage, Velvet Underground and Motown as their inspiration, they manage to not limit themselves to the constraints and dogmas usually associated w/ those genres. The result is a timeless blend of old and new but all rock 'n roll.

See Tiger! Tiger! live at the Earl in East Atlanta on Thursday, April 22, 2010. Visit The Earl for more info.

Grammy WInner Kirk Franklin At Stonecrest Mall On May 18, 2010

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For some people, obstacles are minor bumps in the road on the way to success. For others, obstacles represent a major catastrophe of epic proportions threatening to disrupt any chance of success they may have otherwise had. But for seven-time Grammy award winner Kirk Franklin, who will appear at the Mall at Stonecrest on Tuesday, May 18th at 7 pm, obstacles represent the challenges needed to propel you through life.

In THE BLUEPRINT: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms, Franklin reveals how he turned negative aspects from his own life—drugs, an absent father, teenage parenthood, poverty, etc.—into blessings by learning from them and moving forward. Fans are cordially invited to meet Kirk Franklin up close and personal with purchase of his new book, THE BLUEPRINT from Borders Stonecrest. Proof of purchase is required. First come, first serve. Each guest in line must have a book to meet Mr. Franklin.

For more info, visit The Mall at Stonecrest.

Stone Mountain Park's Lasershow Spectacular May Schedule

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May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - 31

Stone Mountain Park’s Lasershow Spectacular™ is an Atlanta tradition and is the longest running lasershow in the world. The show features 45 minutes of spectacular fireworks, lights and laser affects all choreographed to great music.

Show segments highlight a musical tribute to famous Georgia artists, some all-time favorite tunes and medleys highlighting the every day hero and favorite sports teams. A patriotic medley and traditional favorites such as “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Celestial Soda Pop” are back by popular demand. Relax on the lawn and enjoy an evening out as Stone Mountain is transformed into a natural amphitheater.

For more info, visit Stone Mountain Park.

May Concerts At Eddie's Attic In The City Of Decatur

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Eddie's Attic is a popular live music venue for aspiring and accomplished performing songwriters. Located in Decatur, Georgia a small, artist-friendly town within the metro Atlanta area - a cultural blend of Berkeley and Mayberry.

A "listening room" with a superior sound system/acoustics, where customers are asked to silence cell phones and actually listen to the songs, has made the Attic's music room a hit with music enthusiasts. Eddie's Attic draws both fans and artists from all over the world, and continues to be one of the premier music venues in the South


Upcoming May Concerts at Eddie’s Attic in the City of Decatur


May 1 – Cheryl Wheeler
May 2 – King Richard’s Sunday Best (afternoon show)
May 2 – Beth Wood & Chris Rosser (evening show)
May 5 – Drew Holcomb & Thad Cockrell
May 6 – Kevn Kinney
May 7 – The Brilliant Inventions
May 9 – Susan Werner
May 13 – Christabel And The Johns & Cahalen Morrison
May 14 – Alice Peacock & Kaiser Cartel
May 15 – The Verve Pipe (kids show)
May 15 – Banks and Shane (early show)
May 15 – Banks and Shane (late show)
May 16 – Chattanooga Invasion
May 19 – Cotton Jones
May 20 – Jonatha Brooke & Kevin So
May 21 – Cindy Lou Harrington
May 22 – Sam Quinn (of the everybodyfields) + Japan Ten
May 23 – Micah Dalton, Emily Lynch, & Judd and Maggie
May 26 – Elizabeth Cook & The Farewell Drifters
May 27 – Darrell Scott & Bethany Dick
May 28 – Richard Bicknell, Caroline Aiken, & Brian Ashley Jones
May 29 – Jackopierce (early show)
May 29 – Jackopierce (late show)

For more info, visit Eddie's Attic

Friday, April 16, 2010

Oleanna At The Academy Theatre This Weekend (April 16-18)

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The Academy Theatre presents the play Oleanna by David Mamet directed by Maggie McEnerny. Questions of power, knowledge and who has the right to define them are laid bare between a female student and her Professor in this explosive play! Winslow Thomas and Joanna Burgess return to the Academy Theatre to star in this compelling drama.

Show times are:

Friday, April 16th at 8:00 PM

Saturday, April 17th at 2:30 PM

Sunday, April 18th at 2:30 PM

For ticket information, visit the Academy Theatre.

The Mall At Stonecrest Welcomes The 2010 Spring Fair At Stonecrest

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The Mall at Stonecrest presents their first annual Spring Fair at Stonecrest, Wednesday, May 5th through Sunday, May 9th. Celebrate with Mom the week of May 9th with rides, games, food and family fun at the Mall at Stonecrest.

The Spring Fair Gates open to the public on Wednesday, May 5th at 5 p.m. and will feature twenty-two thrill rides that include the YoYo, Matterhorn (Himalaya), Cliff Hanger, Fireball, Bumper cars, Sizzler, Family Swing, Raiders, Tilt, Gravitron, Inverter, Power Surge, Mini-Indy, Ferris Wheel, Kiddie Land, Slide, Train, and Merry Go Round.
Spring Fair at Stonecrest Gate Opens:

Wednesday, May 5 5 pm
Thursday, May 6 5 pm
Friday, May 7 4 pm
Saturday, May 8 11 am
Sunday, May 9 Noon

The Mall at Stonecrest has partnered with North American Midway Entertainment to present the Spring Fair at Stonecrest. With a spectacular inventory of over 200 state-of-the-art rides, custom designed concessions and family orientated games, “NAME” provides the most magnificent midway experience in North America.

For more info, visit The Mall at Stonecrest.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside Live At The Earl on April 18, 2010

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Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside will perform on Sunday, April 18th (8:00 pm) at the Earl.

Sallie Ford hails from Asheville, North Carolina, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoying a musical upbringing surrounded by performers, she grew up playing the guitar and the violin in addition to singing. On a whim, Ford pulled up her Carolina roots and moved across the country to Portland, Oregon, where she has been writing songs since 2006.

She met drummer Ford Tennis and bassist Tyler Tornfelt in 2008, and then a year later met lead guitarist Jeff Munger while he was performing on the streets. Though inspired by the vocal stylings of old jazz, blues and soul singers like Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Etta James, Sallie and her three-piece band, "The Sound Outside," also seek a contemporary sound to throw into the mix.

Continuing to enjoy the musical community in Portland, Oregon, Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside self-released their EP "Not An Animal" in May 2009. Their first full-length album is forthcoming, and has a release date planned in Fall 2010.

The Earl is located in the East Atlanta Village. Visit The Earl for ticket information and directions.

Concerts On The Square And Blue Sky Concerts Coming To Decatur In May

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May in Decatur brings the return of the Decatur Business Association’s Concerts on the Square and Blue Sky Concerts to the City of Decatur.

Concerts on the Square are presented every Saturday night in September beginning at 7 pm and feature an eclectic mix of music.

This year, the first Concert will be held May 1 in conjunction with Decatur Green Fest. The Holland Dutch will be the featured band and play from 7 until 9:30 pm. Bonaventure Quartet will play on May 8; The Bitteroots will play May 15; Tom Hill and the Midnight Suns will play on May 22 and Laura Monk and High Cotton will play May 29, in conjunction with the Decatur Arts Festival. Bring your picnic dinner or visit one of the many restaurants for either take out, or dining in before the concert.

Blue Sky Concerts are held every Wednesday in May from noon until 1 pm at the Bandstand on the Square. The Jane & Scott Show starts off the Spring series, Decaturite John Zedd plays on May 12, Mike Killeen plays May 19 and the series culminates with children’s favorite Douglas Brake and the Sizzle Hiss Pop Band. Bring your lunch or pick up a sandwich from one of the many restaurants.

For more information, visit the Decatur Business Association.

New Gecko Exhibition At Fernbank Museum Will Stick With Visitors

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Geckos are endowed with charisma that makes them hard to ignore and naturally engaging. A single display in Fernbank Museum’s 2007 exhibition Lizards and Snakes: Alive! left visitors sticking around the habitat, locked in fascination by these mesmerizing creatures. Now, Fernbank Museum of Natural History will unveil a full exhibition dedicated to the world’s diverse species of lizards in Geckos—Tails to Toepads, opening May 28, 2010.

More than 1,100 species of geckos have conquered habitats that can range from balmy tropical beaches and lush rainforests to frigid mountain slopes and parched deserts. They range from shadowy nighttime hunters with unbelievable camouflage to neon-colored nectar eaters that dash around in daylight. Bulging eyes, night vision, ‘sticky’ toepads, squawking voices, and disposable body parts—welcome to a gecko’s world.

Geckos—Tails to Toepads is a traveling exhibition that introduces visitors to the remarkable diversity of these lizards with bold backlit graphics, engaging interactives and living examples from around the world. Lush, naturalistic habitats anchor the exhibition and draw audiences into the geckos’ realm. Visitors can experience gecko night vision, listen to gecko voices, learn unusual facts from gecko experts, try to spot camouflaged geckos, and build a custom gecko for various environments. The exhibition also presents cutting-edge science, from the race to catalog and classify gecko diversity to unraveling the mysteries of how geckos are such masters of adhesion.

For more information, visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sweetwater 420 Fest April 17 &18 At Candler Park

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The Sweetwater 420 Festival returns again to Candler Park for a two-day packed weekend of live music, food and events on April 17 & 18. Candler Park is located just east of Atlanta and there is an eclectic cluster of small retail shops just outside of the park.

The Sweetwater 420 Fest is more than just music and fantastic refreshments, it about making positive changes in the way each and every person affects the earth.

Musical entertainment this year includes George Porter, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Stanton Moore Trio, The Sungdogs and many more.

For more info, visit the Sweetwater 420 Fest.

Atlanta Braves Vs. Colorado Rockies At Turner Field (April 16,17 & 18)

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Baseball Action this weekend in Atlanta! The Atlanta Braves will play against the Colorado Rockies this weekend at Turner Field in downtown Atlanta on April 16, 17 & 18.

If you are looking for accommodations just outside of downtown during this weekend, please visit our website for a complete listing of hotels in Atlanta's DeKalb County.

For Braves ticket information, visit the Atlanta Braves, the official site of the Atlanta Braves.

The 74th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival At Piedmont Park This Weekend (April 16, 17 & 18)

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April 16, 17 & 18 at Piedmont Park

With springtime temperatures and the Dogwood trees in full bloom, Atlanta is once again home to the 74th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival. This popular festival is located at Piedmont Park (Midtown Atlanta) just outside of Atlanta's DeKalb County. It is one of the largest and most diverse juried arts festivals in the country.

More than 250 artists from around the country exhibit in 12 categories, including painting, glass, clay, wood and mixed media. Some of the country’s top painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftsmen, glass blowers and more will be participating in the 2010 Dogwood Festival Artist Market. In 2006, the Artist Market was ranked #16, out of the Top 200 Shows in the Country by Sunshine Artist's Magazine.

In addition to variety of art on display, there is always plenty of entertainment including live music at the festival. Visitors can also explore the International and Eco Villages and sample some of the great festival foods.

Atlanta's DeKalb County has accommodations to fit every budget if you are coming into town this weekend. Visit our website at www.dcvb.org for a complete listing of hotels and additional nearby attractions and events.

For more information about the festival, visit the Atlanta Dogwood Festival. Visitors can except large crowds. For information about using public transportation to get to the festival, visit MARTA.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Christina Darling At OnStage Atlanta From April 16 - May 8

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Christina Darling by Topher Payne
April 16 - May 8 at OnStage Atlanta

Christina Darling tells the story of Christina Crawford, daughter of Joan Crawford and author of the infamous memoir "Mommie Dearest."

Set on the eve of the release of the film version of her book, Christina suffers a stroke. Her grandmother arrives to help her cross over, but Christina rebels. If she's going to survive, she has to face her competing personal histories: the ones created by her mother, a movie studio, herself... and somewhere within, the truth of what actually happened.

OnStage Atlanta is located at 2597 N. Decatur Rd. in the City of Decatur.

For ticket information, visit OnStage Atlanta.

Salvador Dali Exhibit At The High Museum Of Art In Atlanta On August 7, 2010

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Dali: The Late Work - August 7, 2010 to January 9, 2011 at the High Museum of Art

The first major exhibition to reevaluate the last half of Salvador Dalí's career will be presented exclusively at the High Museum this fall. In the late 1930s Dalí underwent a radical change, in which he embraced Catholicism, developed the concept of nuclear mysticism and, in effect, reinvented himself as an artist.

Comprising more than 40 paintings and a related group of drawings, prints and other Dalí ephemera, Salvador Dalí: The Late Work will explore the artist's enduring fascination with science, optical effects and illusionism as well as his connections to such artists and celebrities of the 1960s and 1970s as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning and Alice Cooper.

"Salvador Dalí at the High Museum brings together one of the most important groupings of the artist's later work to ever be shown, and also affords our visitors the opportunity to meet one of the greatest artists and intriguing minds of the twentieth century," said Michael E. Shapiro, the High's Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director. "It will be thrilling for audiences to see the evolution of the world’s best known Surrealist.

The High Museum of Art is located in Midtown Atlanta, just minutes from DeKalb County. For more info, visit High Museum of Art.

Diana: A Celebration At The Atlanta Civic Center Through June 13, 2010

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"Diana: A Celebration" presents the life and work of one of the most remarkable women of our time –and certainly one of the most photographed, with over one billion television viewers watching the 1981 Royal Wedding. Her charm, beauty and easy grace touched people worldwide during her short and complex life. The exhibit is on display at the Atlanta Civic Center, just a short distance from DeKalb County, through June 13, 2010.

The exhibition includes a series of 150 stunning objects that chronicle Diana’s life and invite the visitor to share the milestones of her many roles: as a youngster, schoolgirl and athlete; as the shy kindergarten teacher who captured the heart of the Prince and the public; as the young, ravishing royal bride; as the devoted mother, sister and daughter; and as the tireless charity advocate and spokeswoman.

"Diana: A Celebration" presents the life and work of one of the most remarkable women of our time –and certainly one of the most photographed, with over one billion television viewers watching the 1981 Royal Wedding. Her charm, beauty and easy grace touched people worldwide during her short and complex life.

The exhibition includes a series of 150 stunning objects that chronicle Diana’s life and invite the visitor to share the milestones of her many roles: as a youngster, schoolgirl and athlete; as the shy kindergarten teacher who captured the heart of the Prince and the public; as the young, ravishing royal bride; as the devoted mother, sister and daughter; and as the tireless charity advocate and spokeswoman.

For ticket information, visit the Atlanta Civic Center.

Arabia Now Playing At Fernbank's IMAX Theatre

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Now Playing through July 29, 2010

Experience this region of the world as it was in the past, and how it has evolved in modern day. Arabia takes viewers on a journey through the lost city of Madain Saleh to uncover its ancient tombs; ride along a camel caravan through early trade routes; trek through desert sandstorms, and go underwater through coral reefs and historic shipwrecks that lie at the bottom of the Red Sea.

The film also highlights hajj—the largest human gathering on Earth—where every year three million Muslims travel to the holy city of Mecca to reiterate their devotion to Islam.

For more info, visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Get Ready For Feria Latina 2010 At Stone Mountain Park

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Feria Latina, one of the largest Hispanic festivals in Atlanta, is coming to Stone Mountain Park on Sunday, April 25th. This annual event brings Hispanic families together from all over Georgia to enjoy a fun day of music, dancing, food and festival vendors. Don't miss one of the largest family events of the year!

This video shows some fun images from previous festivals and provides information about the 2010 festival. For more info, visit Feria Latina.

Friday, April 9, 2010

When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection

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Through July 11, 2010 at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory

When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection celebrates the dazzling beauty and awe-inspiring technical craftsmanship of Indian jewelry with more than 150 pieces spanning 2,000 years, primarily from South India. The title alludes to the preference for gold in South Indian jewelry—North Indian jewelry, on the other hand, is known primarily for the use of precious and semiprecious stones—as well as to the strong influence of nature on the designs, from ear studs in the form of a lotus to armbands featuring petal-and-leaf weaving.

When Gold Blossoms includes spectacular rings, anklets, earrings, hair pendants, jeweled crowns, ivory combs, and an elaborate swing and a gold throne for a deity. Some of the pieces are worn in daily life, others dedicated to deities in Hindu temples. Photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries will be displayed alongside the jewelry to provide a fuller understanding of the ways in which jewelry is worn and used.

For more info, visit the Michael C. Carlos Musueum.

Emory Dance Company's Spring 2010 Concert

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EMORY DANCE COMPANY CONCERT, SPRING 2010

“I Prefer to Call It a Nudge”

Every spring, Emory Dance Company offers a concert of fresh undergraduate choreography, and this year promises to bring yet another impressive program. This April, nine student choreographers will present work in “I Prefer to Call It a Nudge,” the Emory Dance Company spring 2010 concert running April 22-24. The works on the program present a series of contrasts between Chinese, Indian and Western cultures; dance and karate movement; personal and communal focuses; and audience and creator.

The performance will be held in the Dance Studio of Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, GA 30322. For more info, visit Emory University.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Allure Of The Automobile At The High Museum Of Art

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March 21 through June 20, 2010

The Allure of the Automobile presents 18 of the world's rarest and most brilliantly conceived cars from the 1930s to the mid-1960s, including masterpieces by Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Ferrari. The exhibition traces the evolution of the motorcar, examining the contrasts between European and American design, and significant changes in automotive styling and engineering before and after World War II.

The featured automobiles have won awards at prestigious events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, broken records on racetracks, and were previously owned by such noted car enthusiasts as Hollywood legends Clark Gable and Steve McQueen.

For more info, visit the High Museum of Art.

Vamos a Feria Latina - 25 de abril en Stone Mountain Park!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Stone Mountain Village Walk & WIne Tour and Car Show

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Join the merchants of Stone Mountain Village for their 2010 “Walk & Wine Tour” beginning April 17th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and continuing on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Spend an evening exploring the unique shops, restaurants and galleries in Historic Stone Mountain Village while enjoying a sampling of a variety of wines. Participating shops and galleries offer a tasting of various wines, and delectable treats. Each month wines provided will be from local shops for your enjoyment. Each month a new and exciting prized will be offered for visitors who visit five shops.

In addition to the Walk and Wine the South DeKalb Street Rodders will be hosting their 2010 Car Shows and Cruises in downtown Stone Mountain from 5-8 on April 17th. Come out, bring your family and friends and enjoy a wonderful afternoon within the Village of Stone Mountain.

The Village of Stone Mountain is located in the City of Stone Mountain one exit prior to Stone Mountain Park on Highway 78 East.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sealed for Freshness: A Tupperware Party Gone Awry

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"Sealed for Freshness" by Doug Stone.
April 15 - 25 at the Marvin Cole Auditorium Fine Arts Building at Georgia Perimeter College

Set in the 1960s, this is a hilarious journey of self-discovery. "Sealed for Freshness" is the story of five Midwestern women who believe in being good wives, good mothers and good neighbors. Their were raised to trade their dreams, hopes and desires for social norms... and now they want them back.

Their hermetically-sealed, airtight lives unravel during a sidesplitting Tupperware party gone awry. These women are struggling with lost youth, missed opportunities and - deviled egg containers. They are the original "Desperate Housewives."

For ticket information, visit Georgia Perimeter College.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Georgia Frontier Days Coming to Stone Mountain Park

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Georgia Frontier Days at Stone Mountain Park
April 29 - May 2


Go on a journey through hundreds of years of history with live demonstrations of pre-Revolutionary times, the pioneer era and the Civil War. Meet De Soto’s explorers and learn what they encountered here in the 1500’s.

Have a chat with General James Oglethorpe, founder of the Georgia colony. See a cavalry unit with horses in action; learn about weaponry, war strategy, battlefield medicine, frontier skills, cooking, music, clothing of the time period and much more. This annual event takes place at the Antebellum Plantation.

For more info, visit Stone Mountain Park.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Annual Easter Sunrise Service This Weekend At Stone Mountain Park

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Experience serenity and peace as the Stone Mountain Ministerial Association presents two simultaneous, non-denominational Easter services at the top and at the base of Stone Mountain on Memorial Lawn on Sunday, April 4, 2010.

Park gates and Summit Skyride open at 4 am. Services begin at approximately 6:15 am. Please allow an extra hour or more for large crowds.


For more information, visit Stone Mountain Park.

Eggstravaganza This Weekend at Callanwolde

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If you are looking for a fun family event this weekend, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center has one of the best easter egg hunts in town.

Eggstravaganza has been a family favorite for years and Callanwolde celebrates the coming of spring with its annual Easter egg hunt held on Saturday, April 3, 2010, from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon on the beautiful grounds of Callanwolde.

Eggstravaganza features thousands of candy-filled eggs to find (including three golden “prize” eggs), Atlanta Braves games & prizes, and a chance to pet live bunnies and meet the Easter Bunny. There will be baked goods for sale, crafts and games for kids, as well as “The Wow Show” performed live by Enzo the Clown in the outdoor amphitheater to entertain kids and grown-ups alike.

Arrive early so you won’t miss the many fun activities. The Wow Show will begin at 10:15. The egg hunts will begin promptly at 11:15 am, and will be set up for three age groups: newborns to 2; 3 to 5; 6 and up. Bring your Easter basket and your camera for a fun, family day amidst Callanwolde’s beautiful gardens and grounds.

In case of rain the event will be canceled.

Arrive early for free parking and shuttle bus service beginning at 9 am at the Emory University Briarcliff Campus, 1256 Briarcliff Road, just one-half mile north of Callanwolde. There will be no parking on-site at Callanwolde. All proceeds benefit the Callanwolde Dance Program.

For more information: 404-872-5338 or visit Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

10th Annual Run, Walk 'n Roll

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Everyone is invited to join in on the 10th Annual Run, Walk ‘n Roll to benefit FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too, www.fodac.org) at Confederate Hall at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, May 1. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the first race begins at 8:30 a.m. Adults and children of all abilities are invited to run, walk or complete the course in a wheelchair. Football great Matt Stinchcomb will serve as MC.

Participants are asked to raise either a minimum of $50 in pledges, OR pay a $20 registration fee. This event is the primary fundraiser for FODAC, a non-profit organization that provides wheelchairs and other mobility devices to people who otherwise couldn’t afford them.

Top 10 Reasons To Spring Over To Fernbank During Spring Break

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10. Enjoy EGG-cellent family fun at Fernbank’s Dinosaur Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 3. Radio Disney AM 590 will be here to keep the party going with games, music and more.

9. Fernbank is giving away 2 free IMAX® tickets! Purchase a new or renewing membership April 3 through April 11 and receive 2 IMAX® passes.* Members enjoy free Museum admission, discounts on IMAX® and much more! Levels start at just $60. Join now and then join us during summer break for the special exhibition Geckos: Tails to Toepads (opens May 28).

8. Enjoy a parents’ night out! Join Fernbank Friday, April 2 and Friday April 9 for Fernbank’s Martinis & IMAX®. It’s more than just dinner and a movie, Martinis & IMAX® is Atlanta’s perfect mix of culture and cocktails.

7. Out-of-town visitors will especially enjoy a journey through the state’s diverse geologic regions on a voyage through the coast, swampland, mountains, valleys, caves, and more in the permanent exhibition A Walk Through Time in Georgia. Be sure to download a special Bird Bingo Family Guide before your visit.

6. Plaza picnic anyone? Spring in Atlanta practically begs for a picnic and Fernbank’s Dinosaur Entrance Plaza provides the perfect setting. Bring your own lunch or purchase something yummy from The Fernbank Café.

5. When it comes to movies, think BIG, so skip the multiplex and catch a flick on the biggest screen in town! See Forces of Nature and Arabia, now showing daily in Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre.

4. Come face-to-face with the world’s largest dinosaurs, Argentinosaurus and Giganotosaurus, in the permanent exhibition Giants of the Mesozoic.

3. Special hands-on programming will be offered in the Naturalist Center. Activities vary from live animal encounters to science explorations and more. Dates and time will vary. Become a fan on Facebook for daily updates and be sure to check the activity sign when you arrive at the Museum.

2. Weather can be wacky. Discover the science behind the storms in the special exhibition, Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters, now on view. Learn how—on a planet fueled by heat—tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes and earthquakes are simply signs that the engine is running through a series of multimedia displays and hands-on interactives.

1. Some experiences you just can’t download. Make family fun personal again—visit Fernbank Museum this spring break and make a connection to what really matters.

For more info, visit Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
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