Category: Arts & Entertainment

Dunwoody’s ‘Everything Will Be OK’ yard-sign fundraiser expands nationwide

The program to support artists through the pandemic shutdowns by selling yard signs of Dunwoody’s iconic “Everything Will Be OK” mural is expanding nationwide and already has sales from as far away as Michigan and Arizona, according to organizers. The effort has raised $40,000 since its March 22 launch, according to Lorna Sherwinter, president of the public-art nonprofit CREATE Dunwoody. Her group is organizing the effort along with the Spruill Center for the Arts and Custom Signs Today. “Create Dunwoody is excited to grow this campaign nationwide and continue to care for the artists who so enrich our lives...

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Dunwoody’s ‘Everything Will Be OK’ yard sign effort raises $30K; expands to other cities

A program to support artists through the pandemic by selling yard signs of Dunwoody’s iconic “Everything Will Be OK” mural has raised more than $30,000 and expanded to parts of Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville and Sandy Springs. “Amazing,” said Alan Mothner, CEO of the Spruill Center for the Arts, which organized the effort with CREATE Dunwoody and Custom Signs Today. “[The] outpouring of support is really beautiful.” Their effort is selling the signs for $20, with $15 going to the assistance fund, and purely monetary donations are accepted as well. Mothner said 1,600 signs have been sold so far. The...

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‘Brookhaven Strong’ event aims to unite community with national anthem sing-along

Residents sheltering in place through the coronavirus pandemic will be invited to unite in a “Brookhaven Strong” flag-raising and virtual sing-along of the national anthem led by a local opera singer. City Councilmember Linley Jones is organizing the event, which is scheduled for April 2, 6 p.m. She said she was inspired by the older generation that is among those most at risk for the COVID-19 disease, and by stories of people in isolation in Italy joining in groups singing from apartment balconies. “Obviously, [the] mayor and council are hard at work on substantive measures to protect the community...

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Sandy Springs delays City Green Live 2020 concert series

The city of Sandy Springs has delayed the City Green Live 2020 concert series because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Our first responsibility and priority is to the health and safety of our citizens and our staff,” Mayor Rusty Paul said in a press release. “At this time, our focus is on mitigating exposure of our residents to COVID-19, which includes a call that residents stay at home and keep a distance when they are out handling the necessities to ensure the safety of their loved ones.” All shows scheduled for April and May are canceled. The city will evaluate...

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‘Wash for ATL’ artwork becomes new icon for the city, helps raise funds for coronavirus relief

Artist R. Land created a new iteration of his iconic “Pray for ATL” artwork to encourage his fellow Atlantans to wash their hands during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Almost immediately, “Wash for ATL” became a social media sensation. Soon after, R. Land was contacted by the the United Way of Greater Atlanta about using “Wash for ATL” to raise money for the organization’s Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation to support those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related impacts caused by the pandemic. In just a few days, T-shirts, mugs, and...

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Sandy Springs’ Act3 theater to offer online preview performance of ‘Cabaret’

Sandy Springs’ Act3 Productions will hold an online preview of its staging of “Cabaret” after being forced to shut down temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic. The semi-professional theater company was to stage “Cabaret” April 10-26 at its Roswell Road playhouse, before a shutdown on March 16. “We shut down the space to all upcoming auditions, rehearsals and performances,” said Mary Sorrell, executive director and board chair. “The safety of our patrons, students, actors and staff is always our highest priority so on one hand, it was a difficult decision, but it was not a surprise. We play by...

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Iconic Dunwoody mural becomes yard signs to support artists during pandemic

Dunwoody’s iconic “Everything Will Be OK” mural is now available in the form of yard signs sold as a fundraiser to help artists and art teachers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Spruill Center for the Arts, in partnership with the public-art nonprofit CREATE Dunwoody and Custom Signs Today, is selling the signs for $20, with $15 going to the assistance fund. “After receiving nearly a hundred phone calls, emails and social media requests for home versions of the message, we decided to do something to satisfy the request and help artists in need at the same time,” said...

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Kenny Rogers, superstar musician and actor, dies at 81 at Sandy Springs home

Kenny Rogers, the superstar musician and actor known for “The Gambler” song and TV movies, died March 20 at age 81 at his Sandy Springs home. “Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” said a statement issued on behalf of the family by Keith Hagan, Rogers’ publicist. “In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music,” the statement said. Rogers was successful in the rock, country and jazz genres, with such hits as “Lady,” “Islands...

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Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days festival is postponed

The 21st annual Lemonade Days festival scheduled for April 22-26 at Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park has been postponed over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. A new date has not yet been decided. The festival, sponsored by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, typically attracts thousands of people to the park to ride carnival rides, play games, eat food and enjoy live entertainment. Recent federal guidelines recommending no crowds of more than 50 gather together to stem to spread of the coronavirus disease led to the DPT’s board decision to postpone the festival. “We’re working with the city of Dunwoody Parks Department...

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Sandy Springs-based car shows postponed indefinitely

The Sandy Springs-based Caffeine and Octane and Caffeine and Exotics car shows have been postponed indefinitely for the coronavirus pandemic. Caffeine and Octane was to take place at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody on April 5 and Caffeine and Exotics at City Springs in Sandy Springs on April 19. “Our sole concern is the health and safety of our many fans, sponsors, show participants, and our Caffeine and Octane team,” Bruce Piefke, CEO of High Octane Events, which stages the shows, said in a press release. “As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, it is simply prudent to postpone our...

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Atlanta keeps parks open, but closes playgrounds, tennis, golf, swimming

The city of Atlanta is keeping its public parks open for now during the coronavirus pandemic, but is closing park playgrounds, tennis centers, golf courses and natatoriums. The parks remain open on the normal daily schedule of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., the Department of Parks and Recreation said in a March 19 announcement on its website. The department recommends “social distancing,” which federal officials have said means staying at least 6 feet away from other people. Learn-to-swim classes and afterschool, senior and athletic programming is canceled. For more information, see the department’s webpage...

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Dunwoody temporarily closes park playgrounds, restrooms

The city of Dunwoody is temporarily closing playgrounds and restrooms at its parks beginning March 20 to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus. The closures are in effect until further notice. Playgrounds will be closed at Brook Run Park, Dunwoody Park and Nature Center, Georgetown Park, Pernoshal Park and Windwood Hollow Park. Signs will be placed at the playgrounds on March 20 to let the public know they are closed. “We’re putting the safety and well-being of children and families first,” said Parks & Recreation Director Brent Walker in a news release. “Our trails remain open, but...

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