Category: Arts & Entertainment

Movie studio president to speak at Buckhead Business Association breakfast

The president of Doraville’s Third Rail Studios, a film and TV studio, will speak at a June 6 Buckhead Business Association breakfast. Dan Rosenfelt also had a previous career in film and TV production, working on such movies as “The Ides of March” and “Argo.” He will speak at the June 6 breakfast, scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Maggiano’s Buckhead, 3368 Peachtree Road. Tickets are $25 for non-members and pre-registration is required. For more information, see the BBA website...

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Sandy Springs names new director of Performing Arts Center at City Springs

Shaun Albrechtson has been named the new executive director of the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs. Albrechtson has over 20 years of experience in venue management and currently works in programming at a city-owned cultural arts center in Colorado. He will fill Michael Enoch’s position as general manager, who resigned in late 2018, three months after the PAC’s grand opening. Albrechtson will start in the position, which was formerly called general manager, July 15 at a salary of $115,000, a city press release announced. He comes to Sandy Springs from Parker, Colorado where he has served...

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Dunwoody Library’s ‘Big Book Sale’ wraps up May 20

The Friends of the Dunwoody Library’s “Big Book Sale” wraps up Monday, May 20, with book lovers being able to select from an estimated 25,000 items. Book lovers can shop on Monday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The library is located at 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. Prices for books and other items are typically between 25 cents and $2. Or, as part of the last day, devout readers can fill a large grocery bag for $6. All proceeds benefit the Dunwoody Library and the DeKalb County Public Library system in buying new books and materials, enhancing children’s...

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Sandy Springs Lantern Parade returns June 15 with ‘flying pig’ lantern

The Sandy Springs Lantern Parade will return June 15 for its fourth year with new a “flying pig” lantern in a nod to a legendary political story about opposition to Sandy Springs’ formation. Lantern-making workshops will be held in the weeks leading up to the event, which will be held at the city’s Morgan Falls Overlook Park at 7:30 p.m. The free parade starts at 9 p.m. at the nearby Steel Canyon Golf Club, 460 Morgan Falls Road. The flying pig is named Sanderson and will lead this year’s parade along with a group of residents walking with more...

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Dunwoody Nature Center’s concert series kicks off May 18

The Dunwoody Nature Center’s annual outdoor concert series sponsored by the city of Dunwoody begins Saturday, May 18, with a performance by country music artist Caryn Lee Carter. Concerts of a variety of musical styles will be held every other Saturday in the park’s meadow through July 27. The final concert of the summer will be a Back to School Battle of Bands featuring students competing for the top prize. Concerts run approximately from 7 to 9 p.m. and seating begins at 6 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blanket. This year, a food...

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Winning sculptures installed around City Springs ahead of unveiling

Sandy Springs has begun installing the sculptures that won last year’s competition ahead of an unveiling May 24. Called “Arts in the Open,” the sculpture gallery is one of the city’s public art initiatives that chose nine sculpture winners out of 135 submissions. The new public sculpture competition was created specifically to bring fine art to the parks and public spaces throughout the Sandy Springs and to the City Springs complex. The sculptures are being installed around City Springs and City Green, the park outside the complex, throughout this month ahead of the gallery’s debut before a May 24...

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Photos: Chastain Park Arts Festival draws Buckhead crowds

A little rain couldn’t stop the Chastain Park Spring Arts and Craft Festival from drawing Buckhead crowds on May 11 and 12. The festival will return with its fall edition on Nov. 2 and 3. Photos by Phil Mosier. From left, sisters Lena and Elise Pierre, ages 4 and 7, call for visitors to buy baked goods as a fundraiser for the new pediatric facility at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The rain didn’t stop the Rose family from enjoying the festival, as dad Greg held the umbrella for daughter Landyn, 5, as she got a ride from mom Molly....

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Photos: Dunwoody Art Festival a Mother’s Day tradition

The annual Dunwoody Art Festival held May 11-12 is a Mother’s Day tradition and attracts hundreds of art and festival lovers to the Dunwoody Village area each year. Cloudy skies and some rain did not keep away the crowds over the weekend for the event that included live music, a children’s play area and, of course, plenty of vendors selling arts and crafts. Also, live parrots were on hand for children to meet and hold. Photos by Phil Mosier....

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The local couple who brings MomoCon’s world of anime, gaming and more to town

She originally had planned to become a neurosurgeon. He studied computer science, but had designs on being a video-game developer. What Jessica Merriman and Chris Stuckey had in common, though, was their affinity for anime, the Japanese style of animation that caught fire in the U.S. in the 1990s. Fifteen years ago, they were members of Anime O-Tekku, the anime club at Georgia Tech — “a bunch of nerds,” Merriman says — with whom they happily claimed affiliation. Out of that club of a few dozen enthusiasts came a convention, MomoCon, in 2005. The event now brings more than...

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Nature and theater merge at Dunwoody’s play-reading series

Audiences will wend their way along a tree-canopied boardwalk to the Dunwoody Nature Center’s newest addition, the North Woods Pavilion. Set on a knoll and surrounded by a lush deciduous forest, the spacious, glass-windowed building feels like a treehouse. They will be on their way, not to hike, bird watch or picnic by the stream, but to a reading of an original play by a nationally recognized playwright, read by professional local actors. In the Dunwoody Nature Center, Atlanta-based Found Stages found the venue for its six-month Wine & Reading Playwright Series to bring original plays out of traditional...

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Community-created City Springs mosaic unveiled

A mosaic of the City Springs logo created by the community over three years was unveiled May 7. The project was led by Councilmember John Paulson, who built the frame for the mosaic. Over 7,000 hand-cut glass tiles were then placed in the shape of the logo by artist Sue Carlson and by the community at various events. The artwork was unveiled at the City Council meeting on May 7, which coincidentally was the first anniversary of City Hall moving into the civic and arts complex. “This project touched the hearts of a lot of people.  It was heartwarming...

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City Springs theater group prepares for another season of packed houses

As the City Springs Theatre Company prepares the final shows of its inaugural season, it’s also prepping for what it expects to be another season of packed shows as it tries to keep up with the enthusiasm and demand from the community. The theater company survived major leadership changes at City Springs, Sandy Springs’ civic center, and has succeeded in implementing one of the complex’s key initiatives – educational programming. “I’ve been involved in nonprofit theater for 33 years now. I have never, ever in my career seen anything like the level of support and desire for musical theater,”...

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