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Acclaimed author to read at A Cappella Books

Acclaimed author to read at A Cappella Books

ATLANTA -- Author James Hannaham will visit Atlanta next month to promote Delicious Foods, his second novel.

Hannaham is the author of God Says No and a co-founder of the performance group Elevator Repair Service. He has an MFA from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Hannaham lives in Brooklyn and teaches creative writing at the Pratt Institute.

He will read from, discuss and sign copies of Delicious Foods on Sunday, Apr. 12 at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

A Cappella Books is located at 208 Haralson Avenue NE. The bookstore provided a synopsis of Delicious Foods:

Held captive by her employers -- and by her own demons -- on a mysterious farm, a widow struggles to reunite with her young son in this uniquely American story of freedom, perseverance and survival.

Rusted Root to perform at Variety Playhouse

Rusted Root to perform at Variety Playhouse

ATLANTA -- Rusted Root will give a concert in Atlanta later this month.

The group will perform at the Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Rusted Root first formed 25 years ago. Its music has been featured in several movies, including Matilda and Ice Age, and on TV shows like "New Girl," "Ally McBeal" and "Chuck."

The Atlanta show will begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the concert. Visit variety-playhouse.com for more information.

The Variety Playhouse is located at 1099 Euclid Avenue NE.

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit will be featured on the new season of A&E documentary series "The First 48."

The television program follows detectives as they search for clues and interview witnesses in the first two days of a murder investigation. It has profiled police departments across the country, including DeKalb County.

"The First 48" crews filmed Atlanta's Homicide Unit members as they investigated and solved homicides throughout the city.

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Ga. Renaissance Festival to hold auditions

Ga. Renaissance Festival to hold auditions

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Renaissance Festival will hold auditions for its 2015 season later this month.

Auditions will be Saturday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 19 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Little 5 Points Community Center.

The fair is looking for actors, musicians, jugglers, acrobats and other characters for its 30th anniversary season, which begins Saturday, Apr. 18 and runs weekends through Sunday, June 7.

For more information and to sign up for an audition time, visit garenfest.com.

The Little 5 Points Community Center is located at 1083 Austin Avenue NE.


7 Stages presents 'The Doctor, The Devil, & My Dad'

7 Stages presents 'The Doctor, The Devil, & My Dad'

ATLANTA -- The Doctor, The Devil, & My Dad, a new work from Atlanta playwright Suehyla El-Attar, will premiere at 7 Stages Theatre next month.

The play examines the possibility that fictional characters -- in books, video games and even religious parables -- actually exist in an alternate universe. Lead character Summer considers these ideas while grappling with the loss of her father.

"This is an extremely personal story for me and a self-discovery of how there are various ways to grieve, to heal," El-Attar said. "Mine is delving into stories, seeing other worlds."

El-Attar is a longtime friend to 7 Stages; she has been one of the theatre's Artistic Associates for a number of years and has also participated in Youth Creates, its training program for teens.

"It is an honor to finally offer my friend and collaborator a space to create and connect her own life to our work," 7 Stages Artistic Director Heidi S. Howard said in a release.

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 5, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton County Arts and Culture, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center (ACCC) on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

The grand opening celebration will kick off three days of activities organized to introduce the new facility to the community and increase awareness of the center, its programming and activities. 

The center is located at 3900 Aviation Circle, Atlanta on the grounds of Fulton County Airport – Brown Field.  It is designed as a community gathering place and will focus on the following types of programming:

Horizon Theatre kicks off new season with 'Elemeno Pea'

Horizon Theatre kicks off new season with 'Elemeno Pea'

ATLANTA -- Horizon Theatre will begin its 30th season next month.

The Little Five Points theater will celebrating this milestone year with a staging of Elemeno Pea, a comedy that premiered at the 2011 Humana Festival for New American Plays.

Horizon Theatre provided this synopsis of the play, the title of which is pronounced L-M-N-O-P:

This haves and have nots comedy is about a siblings' weekend on Martha's Vineyard gone awry when the younger sister's boss crashes the party. Summer's ending on the Vineyard, but before everything is shuttered, Simone invites her sister Devon down for a fun weekend.