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Tickets available for Decatur Book Festival keynote address

Tickets available for Decatur Book Festival keynote address

DECATUR, Ga. -- Tickets are currently on sale for the keynote address of the 2012 AJC Decatur Book Festival.

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Natasha Tretheway will be this year's speaker. She is the current U.S. Poet Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor at Emory University.

Tretheway's address will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 at Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They can be picked up at Emory's box office, Little Shop of Stories, Eagle Eye Bookshop and Charis Books & More in Little Five Points.

"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

Benefit Performance Raises $8000 for Compassion Programs

Benefit Performance Raises $8000 for Compassion Programs

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Unmasked: The Phantom of the Flopera, an original musical parody produced by The Spirit of Broadway, was a smashing success.  The congregation at First Metropolitan Community Church of Atlanta hosted Unmasked on Saturday, June 9th to benefit the church’s Compassion Programs, including its Food Bank, Weekly Hot Meal for the Homeless and Needy, the Clothing Closet and other outreach initiatives.  The benefit, now in its third year, raised a record breaking $8000 which is more than a 30% increase over prior years.  Unmasked was so well-received that The Spirit of Broadway is currently in negotiations with two Atlanta area theatres to produce a finalized version of the show this fall or winter, including an original parody score.

'B at the Movies' this summer

'B at the Movies' this summer

ATLANTA -- Looking for some free family fun this summer?

ALDI and radio station B98.5 will present the "B at the Movies" outdoor movie series at several locations throughout metro Atlanta all summer long.

Everyone is invited to bring their blankets and chairs to the participating parks and watch the family-friendly movies on giant inflatable screens. Movies begin at dusk, but come out early for activities and giveaways.

The 2012 B at the Movies schedule includes:

Saturday, May 12
We Bought a Zoo
Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers

Saturday, May 26
We Bought a Zoo
Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell

Saturday, June 2
Puss in Boots
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan Street, Lawrenceville

7 Stages announces 2012-13 season

7 Stages announces 2012-13 season

ATLANTA -- 7 Stages Theatre is gearing up for its 33rd season with a wide variety of productions.

The theater announced its 2012-13 schedule on Wednesday.

Performances include:

Youth Creates Ensemble
July 27 & 28
Local teenagers create and perform their own production

Dracula: The Rock Opera
September 13 through October 14
World premiere! "Our favorite rock and rollers come up with 40 new mesmerizing songs that tell the famous story of Count Dracula."

Fat Boy
November 8-18
Fat Boy, "by Teo Castellanos' D Project, based out of Miami, brings spoken word, dance and ancient ritual to the stage and shines a light on the 'me' era."

7 Trumpets
January 10-12
"An advanced work in progress by Turnerworldaround Production; it will examine the natural, mystical and man-made occurrences of the number 7."

The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement to screen 'Restless City' 4/27 at Phipps Plaza

The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement to screen 'Restless City' 4/27 at Phipps Plaza

ATLANTA --  (submitted by Terri Vismale-Morris)  AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, will open its third film, RESTLESS CITY, in Atlanta this Friday, April 27 at AMC Phipps Plaza.

Filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu's stunning feature directorial debut was an Official Selection at 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT category, and tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk.

Variety explained, "The extraordinarily beautiful "Restless City" achieves revelation on two tiers -- in the kinetic landscape of the city itself and in the world of Senegalese immigrants, whose struggle evolves just beneath the sightlines of the average New Yorker. Visually, it's euphoric."  While The Hollywood Reporter called the film, "a stunning, intense twist on the American Dream."