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NY Times Best Selling Author, Emily Giffin!

Atlanta resident and New York Times Best selling author, Emily Giffin stopped by our Get Connected Studios to talk about her new book, "Where We Belong", how and why she writes and more! Find out what she hates!  Meet Emily at her book signing in Buckhead July 27th. Get details at www.emilygiffin.com/calendar.php

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

The video for Celebrate – from the motion picture SPARKLE featuring Jordin Sparks

Mill Town Music Hall to Host Jeff & Sheri Easter on March 30

Mill Town Music Hall to Host Jeff & Sheri Easter on March 30

Mill Town Music Hall to Host Jeff & Sheri Easter on March 30  

BREMEN, Ga. (March 6, 2012) – Mill Town Music Hall welcomes Southern Gospel royalty – Jeff & Sheri Easter – on Friday, March 30. The concert begins at 7 p.m., with The Blue Ridge Quartet performing as the opening act. Located in Bremen (1031 Alabama Avenue), the venue focuses on wholesome family music and events.

The Easter’s are a well-known Southern Gospel duo have been regulars on the Gaither Homecoming Video Series for nearly 20 years and have won numerous awards, including five Dove Awards, and have received two Grammy Award nominations. In addition, Sheri Easter has been named the Singing News Magazine’s Female Vocalist of the year four times.
 
Based in North Carolina, The Blue Ridge Quartet is a southern gospel and country group that has played for record breaking crowds at state and county fairs.
 

Local artist creates backdrops for UWG opera

Local artist creates backdrops for UWG opera

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A noted Carrollton artist has created four paintings for the University of West Georgia's upcoming production of Carmen.

It is the first collaboration between the artist, Steve Penley, and Dr. Larry Frazier, director of the school's opera workshop.

"It's a remarkable gift," said Frazier, who approached Penley with the idea of working together. "I'm so appreciative of it."

Frazier said Penley was eager to create the paintings, one for each act of Georges Bizet's 19th century opera. Formetco, a Duluth-based advertising company, turned the paintings into 22-foot-by-45-foot scenic drops.

"He wanted to support the local arts," Carrie Penley said of her husband. "He's very excited about the project and thought that it would be fun to be a part of it. UWG is a great school and he loves that we are able to put on a production like this."

Georgia Author of the Year Awards | History nominees

Georgia Author of the Year Awards | History nominees

KENNESAW, Ga. -- The nominees for the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Awards have been announced.

More than 100 authors have been nominated in 12 categories, including Short Stories, which is a new addition in 2012.

Seven local writers will face off to take home the top prize in the History category:

Douglas M. Frey
Marietta: The Gem City of Georgia
Frey works for Metropolitan Restoration, doing his part to preserve history in Cobb County. One of his projects includes his own house on Trammell Street near the historic Marietta Square.

'Ain't Got Long to Stay Here' coming to UWG

'Ain't Got Long to Stay Here' coming to UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- A gunshot is heard, followed by rapid footsteps and frantic yelling.

It is April 4, 1968, and the hero of the civil rights movement is lying on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis.

"Ain't Got Long to Stay Here" dramatizes one of America's most violent and inspiring times, and the man who mobilized a generation of people and changed the world.

Actor, writer and historian Barry Scott mesmerizes audiences with his one-man play, a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

He'll perform the show at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Feb. 9. It has one act and runs about 75 minutes.

Scott wears various costumes to accompany his portrayals of preachers, civil rights workers, Alabama cops, Klansmen and others of the era. Rear-screen projections display pictures of King, the civil rights movement, marches for equality, police brutality and others who died for the cause.

Riders in the Sky to perform at UWG

Riders in the Sky to perform at UWG

CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Riders in the Sky, America's Favorite Cowboys, are coming to Carrollton.

The group, which is celebrating its 33rd year together, always delivers a saddlebag full of wacky imagination and catchy music -- they sing original songs in a four-part harmony, including "Riding Home on Christmas Eve," "Deck the Bunkhouse Walls" and "The Last Christmas Medley You'll Ever Need to Hear."

Riders in the Sky will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 at the University of West Georgia's Townsend Center for the Performing Arts. Call 678-839-4722 or visit www.townsendcenter.org to purchase tickets; the cost is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and military, and $15 for children.