Category: Arts & Entertainment

Perimeter adult learning classes to teach about Ga. film industry, more at Dunwoody UMC

Perimeter Adult Learning Services, or PALS, has announced its Spring 2019 session begins on March 25 and runs for seven weeks through May 13 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Classes range from teaching about the Georgia film industry to world religions to home improvement. Classes are held from 10 -11 a.m., 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. and the cost is $50 for the seven weeks. The  afternoon class is the Film Industry in Georgia with the executive directors of the Georgia Film Academy and the DeKalb Entertainment Commission, as well as representatives from location...

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Sandy Springs synagogue hosting Jewish-Latino film series

Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs has set its second annual Jewish-Latino Film Series for the week of March 31 to April 6. The series, open to the general public, showcases five films from Latin America, concluding with the 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s closing night film, “The Last Suit,” a press release announced. Guest speakers will introduce each film and provide additional historical context, the press release said. Or Hadash is led by a native Argentinean husband-and-wife team, Rabbi Mario Karpuj and Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz, who will moderate a discussion and share their personal reflections following each...

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‘Phoenix Flies’ historic site tours run through March 24

The Atlanta Preservation Center is presenting its annual “Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites” through March 24. The festival celebrates the city’s cultural and historic resources, showcasing more than 100 sites – including several in Buckhead – in more than 200 events. And it’s all free. Among the Buckhead sites available for tours as part of the event are the Governor’s Mansion, the Cathedral of St. Philip, New Hope AME Church, and Second-Ponce Baptist Church. For a full list of events, see preserveatlanta.com. –Collin Kelley and John...

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More music acts added to Brookhaven’s Cherry Blossom Fest

Brookhaven’s fifth annual Cherry Blossom Festival has added more music acts to its all-star lineup including headliners Smash Mouth and the Wallflowers. The free festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31, at Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Joining the music lineup, along with the previously announced Spin Doctors and the Romantics, are HONNA, Brookhaven’s own Wesley Cook, Josie Dunn and The Marias. The festival will also include the Splash Artist Market, a Kidz Zone, food court and pet lure chasing. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days of the festival. A...

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From pottery to scarves, local artists featured in American Craft Show

Lora Rust, a native Atlantan, grew up in a Buckhead home filled with beautiful original pottery. But is was not just for show. “We had many special pieces that we used every day, for the sheer enjoyment of touching them instead of just looking at them.” That enjoyment never faded, and it is the heart of her ceramics. She creates distinctive functional works — bowls, vases, mugs and tumblers — with lush, fluid surfaces that “beg to be touched,” she said. Rust is one of more than 230 artists showcasing their work in the prestigious American Craft Show in...

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How Dunwoody shaped a famous TV woodworker: Q&A with Clint Harp

For those who believe there are no coincidences in life, we give you Dunwoody’s Clint Harp and two occasions when his life took a fortuitous turn. You might know about the first one, when Harp bumped into Chip Gaines at a gas station in Waco, Texas, seven years ago. At the time, Harp was broke and trying to make a go of his passion for custom furniture-making. One thing led to another, and within months the woodworker and Chip and Joanna Gaines were filming a pilot for “Fixer Upper,” which became a hit show for HGTV, airing for five...

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Heritage Sandy Springs gears up to execute master plan

Heritage Sandy Springs has added new faces to the team as the nonprofit dedicated to preserving city history gears up to execute its updated master plan. City projects have changed some of the nonprofit’s plans, including having to move some major events. “We’re trying to be forward-looking and not be that little, sleepy nonprofit down the hill,” Executive Director Carol Thompson said. “Our goal is to increase visibility of Heritage within the community, as well as let people know what a worthy cause we are celebrating.” The plan calls for a new band shell for the amphitheater, outdoor restrooms...

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Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center loses money in opening months as leadership changes

The Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center was operating about $185,000 in the red at the end of 2018, despite receiving over $1 million in subsidies from the city. A foundation that was created to provide additional financial support has not yet done so after hitting some snags. The revenue between August to December was $1.9 million, including performances, private rentals, the city subsidy and parking income. Expenditures cost the city over $2.09 million, including parking, putting the PAC in the red by $184,803. The PAC was budgeted to bring in $5.2 million in revenue and spend over $3.3 million...

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A TV comedy pioneer joins a movie theater’s new era

Bill Tush became one of Atlanta’s beloved cult personalities in the 1970s with a late-night newscast that became the prototype for such shows as “The Daily Show” and launched the careers of such comedy stars as Jan Hooks. Tush (the name rhymes with “rush”) now is a manager at Springs Cinema & Taphouse in Sandy Springs, where he helped usher in a complete transformation of the former Lefont art house theater. Luxury, heated recliners have replaced beaten up and stained traditional movie seating. A full bar with a wide selection of craft beer and menu items including chicken fingers...

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Springs Cinema & Taphouse renovation gets rave reviews

At a Feb. 7 VIP reception, more than 100 people gathered to see for the first time the extensive renovations to Springs Cinema & Taphouse movie theater, formerly the Lefont. Plenty of “oohs” and “ahs” were expressed at everything from the new rug in the lobby area, the tasty food, bartenders slinging cocktails and such details as movie reel fixtures throughout the lobby. Attendees were able to catch a free screening of now Best Picture Oscar-winner “Green Book” while checking out seats that heat up or extend into recliners with a push of a button. “This theater is important...

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‘Battle of Atlanta’ Cyclorama painting returns to view with ‘big picture’ on Civil War

The historic “Battle of Atlanta” Cyclorama painting is back as part of a major new permanent exhibit at the Atlanta History Center that opens Feb. 22. A Feb. 21 preview of showed the 130-year-old painting, which depicts the key Civil War battle in gigantic, circular format, is back in an eye-popping restoration. Unlike its display at its former home in Grant Park, the painting is hung under tension with a slight curve that creates an optical illusion of depth of the battlefield’s landscape. The painting was moved in 2017 from Grant Park to the History Center at 130 West...

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Rock bands Wallflowers, Smash Mouth headlining Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival

Rock bands the Wallflowers and Smash Mouth are slated to headline the fifth annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival March 30-31 at Blackburn Park, marking the second year big-name music acts have performed at the annual event. The weekend entertainment will also include the Spin Doctors and the Romantics as part of a rock and roll package put together by national booking agency Live Nation. Live Nation Senior Vice President Rich Levy sits on the board of the Brookhaven Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I couldn’t be more pleased with our partnership with Live Nation in booking these premier bands,” said...

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