Category: Arts & Entertainment

Sandy Springs to stop using private company to run City Springs

Sandy Springs announced the city is going to run the City Springs Performing Arts Center and other public spaces rather than continuing to use a contracted firm to provide operations, marketing and other services. Like the city does for many of its services, the civic and arts complex has been run by a private company, Spectra, an event facility management firm owned by Comcast, since opening in 2018. But since then, the city has learned the firm is providing duplicate services in some areas and it would be better for the city to employ the positions, City Manager John...

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Atlanta History Center marks MLK Day with art, protest re-enactments

The Atlanta History Center offered free admission and a wide variety of African American and Civil Rights history programming on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21. Among the programming at the museum on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead were Civil Rights-related art-making, a film of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and immersive role-playing as African American soldiers in the Civil War and as the “Freedom Riders” who challenged segregated bus service in the 1960s. Photos by Phil Mosier. John Dorsey helps to lead a group of children in a re-enactment of the Congress of Racial Equality’s...

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Around Town: His life changed, retiree finds new focus in helping kids

Two moments changed Steve Wadley. Taken together, they convinced him to spend part of his retirement devoting his time, talents and experience to raising money for local organizations that support education in Atlanta’s inner-city schools. The first moment came when Wadley was a boy. He played football then on a team based in Buckhead. His team played in a citywide league and when he and his teammates played away games in poorer Atlanta neighborhoods, he saw that those players had nowhere near the level of support — the new equipment, the uniforms, the practices — that benefited him and...

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Exceptional Educator: Orchestra director Stephen Lawrence of North Atlanta High

Buckhead’s North Atlanta High School orchestra will perform at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall next month under the leadership of director Stephen Lawrence, the Atlanta Public Schools’ high school Teacher of the Year. “It was surreal! Having the chance to be recognized is beyond believable,” Lawrence said of the award. “There are so many inspiring educators out there. The fact that I was chosen is both humbling and exciting.” Lawrence, the director of orchestral activities and the chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, has been an educator for 11 years and has taught at North Atlanta High, his...

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Local MLK Day celebrations set for Jan. 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated in several different ways in Reporter Newspapers communities on Jan. 21. For full details, click on the headline of each event below. Atlanta History Center free programs The history museum in Buckhead will offer free admission and a wide variety of programs about African American and Civil Rights history. Brookhaven MLK Day dinner The city will host its annual dinner at Lynwood Community Center, once the site of the segregated Lynwood schools, whose students integrated the DeKalb School System in 1968. Dunwoody MLK Day of Service Dunwoody marks the day with...

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Falcons CEO aims for better Super Bowl, stadium legacies

The Feb. 3 Super Bowl and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium built in part to host it are intended leave better legacies than earlier games and venues, Atlanta Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay told the Buckhead Business Association at its annual luncheon. “Stadiums are not the difference-maker,” but larger conversations created by their development can be for such communities as Vine City and English Avenue, McKay said in his keynote speech at the Jan. 15 event at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta hotel. In light remarks, McKay also joked about some of the foibles of the stadium and Super Bowl hosting,...

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Sandy Springs resident to premiere film at Springs Cinema

The Springs Cinema & Taphouse will host its first movie premiere Jan. 19 showing a film made by a local producer. Filmed entirely in Georgia, “In The Moment” is about “a naive small-town girl who decides to move to Atlanta to pursue acting” and was produced by Sandy Springs resident Kevin Greene, a press release said. The theater, located at 5920 Roswell Road, has undergone a major renovation and name change after being sold in 2017. The Springs will show the movie until Jan. 23, the release said. “There were several reasons why premiering our film at The Springs...

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From Atlanta to Broadway: Q&A with Courtenay Collins of the hit musical ‘The Prom’

Calling “The Prom” a “gay teen romantic farce,” as Vanity Fair did a few months ago, is like calling New York a big city — true, but demanding a fuller description. The Atlanta-born musical, which opened on Broadway to positive reviews in November, is making a lasting impression on audiences that goes beyond its peppy songs, energetic choreography, eye-popping costuming and satire of show business. It has something more to say, according to Courtenay Collins of Sandy Springs, who has a performing role in the production and is hearing nightly from those who are moved by it. “It’s a...

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Brookhaven teacher tackles Civil Rights legacy with Super Bowl murals

When tens of thousands of people flock to Atlanta for the Super Bowl next month, they will be greeted by dozens of colorful murals painted throughout the city that highlight the Civil Rights legacy. Two of the murals were painted by Cross Keys High School art teacher Yehimi Cambron, an artist willing to tackle controversy through her art by raising up the voices of undocumented immigrants. Cambron first made her mark in the world of murals in 2017 with a colorful mural featuring large monarch butterflies on the side of the Havana Sandwich Shop on Buford Highway in Brookhaven....

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Dunwoody Nature Center hires new executive director

The Dunwoody Nature Center has a new executive director. Michael Cowan, who worked for AT&T for 10 years and has chaired the city’s Sustainability Committee for two years, took over the helm on Jan. 7. Alan Mothner, who has served as executive director for seven years, is staying on until March to help with the transition. “I love nature … and this is my life’s mission,” Cowan said of why he wanted to lead the Nature Center. “This is the perfect job for me.” Mothner said it was time for him to step down and make way for new...

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New NCG Cinemas movie theater coming to Brookhaven’s Northeast Plaza

NCG Cinemas is taking over a large space in Northeast Plaza on Buford Highway where it plans to open an 11-screen theater before the end of the year. The new movie theater will be opening in the 32,334-square-feet location where another movie theater was located years ago and where the Atlanta Peach Ballroom, a Latino nightclub, operated before closing about three years ago. The theater will show first-run movies and offer reserved seating with recliners and enhanced concessions. Plans are to open in November 2019, according to Kristin Moore, spokesperson for Brixmor Property Group, owner of Northeast Plaza. Brookhaven’s...

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Atlanta History Center offers free special programs on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Atlanta History Center is offering free admission and wide variety of African American and Civil Rights history programming on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21. One highlight is an appearance by Cleveland Sellers Jr., a Civil Rights activist who was the only person convicted, and later pardoned, in relation to the 1968 “Orangeburg Massacre” in South Carolina, where police opened fire on pro-desegregation protesters, killing three. Sellers will speak with Adam Parker, the author of a book about him, “Outside Agitator.” In another highlight, Ohio University professor Frederick Lewis will discuss and screen segments of his documentary...

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