Friday, April 24, 2015

Avenue Q Tony-Award Winner for Best Musical, Book, & Score Is Back This Summer at Two New Locations

Music & Lyrics by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx
Book by Jeff Whitty

Tony-Award Winner for Best Musical, Book, & Score! 
Winner of 7 Suzi Bass Awards (2011), including Best Musical!
Smart, hilarious, risqué and full of heart, Avenue Q is Broadway’s smash-hit Tony award winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book and a worldwide sensation.  Horizon Theatre is back for an encore ofAvenue Q, winner of 2011 Suzi Bass Awards for Outstanding Production of a Musical and 6 other Suzis Awards.   The neighbors are nice on Avenue Q, the only address you can afford when you’re fresh out of college, out of a job, or just trying to find your way in life. Princeton, Gary Coleman (yes, that one!), Christmas Eve and their newfound friends (played by talented actors and puppets) valiantly seek jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.  Sesame Street meets The Simpsons in this upbeat musical for grown-ups – and special performances of a new PG-13 Edition.
*Contains mature language and situations; not intended for children.
“Savvy, sassy, and eminently likable!” —The New York Times

AT PIEDMONT PARK JUNE 3 – 7 (PG-13 Edition) and

(this musical will not perform at the Horizon space in Little Five Points)

Black Lips’ Cole Alexander headlines The Cryptophonic Tour at Oakland Cemetery

Artist performance schedule announced ahead of May 2 event

ATLANTA — Black Lips guitarist and co-founder Cole Alexander rounds out the lineup of artists performing at Historic Oakland Cemetery on May 2 at Arts At Oakland Presents: ROAMtransmissions’ The Cryptophonic Tour

Performing as Old King Cole Younger, Alexander will cap off the evening with a solo performance on the steps of Oakland’s Dodd Mausoleum.

The first in what is to become an annual art event at the cemetery, The Cryptophonic Tour is a one-day celebration and exploration of Historic Oakland Cemetery’s unique musical history. 

The Cryptophonic Tour features performance art, sound art and music inspired by the cemetery’s musical past, with work from: Paige Adair, Madeline Adams, Shorty Bedford, Tera Buerkle, Chris Childs, Chris Devoe, Chelsea Dunn, Dust-to-Digital Sound System, Jane Garver, Meta Gary, Jesse Karlsberg, Meredith Kooi, Michika McClinton, Ryan Peoples, Grace Thornton, and Chris White.

Additionally, the event includes conversations with scholars, writers and researchers who specialize in the relationships between death, memorialization and music in American history. Emory University professor Gary Laderman; American Afterlife author Kate Sweeney; and Oakland Cemetery tour guide Pat Powers will give “Graveside Chats” throughout the day. 

Pippin The Musical to Debut at The Fox Theatre May 5-10!

PIPPIN is back on Broadway for the first time since it thrilled audiences 40 years ago… and now it’s won the Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL! With a beloved score by Tony nominee STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (GODSPELL, WICKED). PIPPIN tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory?

PIPPIN takes the stage at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre from May 5-10 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2014/2015 series. 

Tickets go on sale February 15. Tickets start at $33 and are available by visiting, calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Group orders of 10 or more may by placed by calling 404-881-2000.

The performance schedule is:

Tuesday-Thursday      7:30 p.m.
Friday                          8 p.m.
Saturday                     2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday                       1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

Get Ready For Takeoff at Fernbank Science Center Aviation Camp!

Fernbank Science Center in Decatur is now accepting applications for its 2015 sessions of AviationCamp, a one-week summer day camp for rising 4th to 6th grade students this summer. Two sessions will be held, June 15-19, and June 22-26, 2015.

First-time campers learn about the principles of flight. Advanced campers with more experience will try out flight simulators and fly remote-control helicopters.
Cost of the camp is $300 per week. Full or partial scholarships, made possible by program sponsor Lockheed Martin, may be available for students who receive free or reduced-price lunch at their school.
Fernbank Science Center is owned and operated by the DeKalb County School District, but Aviation Camp is open to students from anywhere.
Deadline to apply is May 4.

Friday, April 17, 2015

5 Reasons Why Everyone Needs To Watch Real Women Have Curves at The Aurora Theatre

Las Mujeres Verdaderas Tienen Curvas

Real Women Have Curves is a stage play by Josefina Lopez and is set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles in September 1987. It's marked by the issues of gender politics and the Latina immigrant experience. The story is told from the point of view of Ana, the youngest employee at the factory. Ambitious and bright, Ana yearns to go to college, but doesn't have the money. The action follows the course of a summer at the factory, as the women talk about their lives, loves and deepest desires while attempting to meet impossible production deadlines. Recommended for teens and adults interested in culture, Real Women Have Curves plays the Aurora stage April 10-26. This is the first time this play is presented in Georgia. 

If you have never seen this wonderful play, here are 5 reasons why you should bring a friend, and watch it before it's gone:
  1. Humanizes the immigrant struggle and emphasizes the contributions immigrants have made to American society and their economic growth.
  2. Teaches about loving your body and embracing positive body image.
  3. Raw, poignant and reflective comedy.
  4. The play is in Spanish making it more authentic (English super-titles available).
  5. Sends message to girls about pushing for a higher education and achieving their wildest dreams.

Tickets may be purchased for $20-$30 per person online at or by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222.

Show times are as follows:
·         Thursday – Saturday: 8 p.m.
·         Sunday: 2:30 p.m.

*Photos by Aurora Theatre

Atlanta Track Club Announces Scholarship Competition for 2015 Peachtree Junior

Scholarships to be awarded to four organizations

Atlanta Track Club announced today its scholarship competition for the 2015 Peachtree Junior. Four group scholarships totaling $5,000 will be awarded on behalf of Atlanta Track Club’s Kilometer Kids youth running program. The 29th running of the Peachtree Junior will be held on Saturday, May 16 at Piedmont Park.

The Peachtree Junior Challenge will award scholarships to the four organizations that have the most kids register for the Peachtree Junior events. The scholarships are used to fund the organization’s future physical activity programs. Participants must pre-register online and include the name of the school or youth running club to be eligible for the competition. For the first time, Peachtree Junior will offer three distances instead of two: A 3K (ages 7-14), a 1/2K (ages 5-9) and 50m Dash (ages 6 and under). The family friendly event allows kids to experience the excitement and prestige of the AJC Peachtree Road Race in a safe and non-competitive environment.

Fun with food: Atlanta-area Simon malls to host annual ‘Kidgits Lil Chefs’ event on Saturday, May 16!

Families invited to whip up some fun and give back to their community during special cooking event at Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb

Mall of Georgia, Northlake Mall and Town Center at Cobb are set to stir up some fun during their annual Simon Kidgits Club Lil Chefs event on Saturday, May 16! Young foodies will enjoy a variety of appetizing activities for the whole family, including cooking demonstrations, prize giveaways and more. Attendees are also encouraged to help those in need by bringing a non-perishable food item to be donated to local food banks.

Join United Way to provide more than 15,000 meals to children this summer

Second annual Silence the Growl kicks off

United Way of Greater Atlanta is kicking off its second annual Silence the Growl – its campaign to fight summer hunger among children who receive federally funded free and reduced meals during the school year. Last year, United Way and its partners fed more than 7,000 meals to children that are not part of a summer lunch program. This year’s goal is to provide more than 15,000 meals. The campaign ends June 1.
Throughout the 13-county region, more than 350,000 children run the risk of losing one or more meals each day during the summer,” says United Way of Greater Atlanta president Milton J. Little, Jr. “No child should go hungry. Last year our community stepped up and provided more than 7,000 meals to children. This year, we hope to double that.”

There are several ways you can get involved and partner with United Way’s Silence the Growl campaign.

Review: Little Tart Bakeshop at Kroger Street Market

We recently visited Little Tart Bakeshop at Kroger Street Market for a quick breakfast bite. This picturesque french-inspired pastry shop run by baking whiz Sarah O’Brien offers hand-made artisan bacon-cheddar scones, crème fraiche quiche made with cheese from Sweet Grass Dairy, muscadine galettes & tarts, cookies, and the most amazing buttery almond croissants.

They make everything from scratch, by hand, with the finest local ingredients they can find. Named one of the top 10 restaurants in Atlanta by The Guardian newspaper and one of America's Best Bakeries by Travel & Leisure magazine, and featured in shows like the Layover with Anthony Bourdain and The Best Thing I ever Ate, Little Tart Bakeshop is one of those places you must visit if you are in Atlanta.

Everything they make is absolutely ahh-mazing. You go with a preconceived notion of what a good pastry should taste like, then you take a bite and you realize you have been eating really crappy baked goods, all your life. Their croissants are like nothing you have ever tasted before, and their quiches are so light, almost like a super creamy custard that melts like cotton candy in your mouth.

I often call them “Little Happiness Bakeshop”, because everything they do is not only sinfully delicious but made with so much love, the kind of love that transcends to an unbelievable product. Little Tart Bakeshop have several locations through out Atlanta. For a complete list of their amazing delectable please visit:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Carver Neighborhood Market Aims To Unite Comunity By Eliminating Food Desserts in South Atlanta

Food is essential to life. So why is it so hard to find good food close to home?

We are so excited Carver Neighborhood Market is coming to South Atlanta. It wasn’t too long ago that almost the entire City of Atlanta was a food desert and people had to travel to DeKalb's Farmers Market to get their produce. But not anymore, the Carver Neighborhood Market will be opening a 2,000-square-foot grocery store in the middle of an area lacking healthy food options. Carver Neighborhood Market​ believes that food can unite people and communities together across lines that too often divide us. The market will be located at 1297 Jonesboro Rd Atlanta GA 30315. For more information please visit:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Pierce's Scaly Adventures Help Kids Learn About Animals and Their Habitats

Every now and then we come across families that are doing a magnificent job at helping kids embrace, encourage and empower the love for animals and their habitats. Today we wanted to introduce you to the Curren family from Pierce’s Scaly Adventures, an Internationally broadcast television series for children and families that focuses on offering positive, educational and COOL programs for kids - especially teens! The Scaly Adventures Crew, composed of Pierce, Tanya and Rick Curren, travels the world featuring many different animals, as well as their own 32 reptiles.

The purpose of the show is not only to teach what reptiles are really like, but also to inspire kids through family-friendly programming. Each episode focuses on teaching kids how they should "interact with, care for, and protect animals." They are passionate about inspiring kids to follow their dreams, overcome their fears and to live a life of passion. If you have a teen or a little one that is obsessed with earth science, biology and zoology you should definitively check the Scaly Team at and if you have a DVR, you can search "Scaly Adventures" to record their series. They have 24 episodes in rotation now and they have 10 new ones airing this fall. In May, they'll be filming with the Douglas County, GA K-9 ! Unit and SWAT team, and last season they filmed with the Marietta, GA K-9 Unit, so they have a big reach in GA. They will also be filming at Zoo Atlanta this season. 

Aurora Theatre presents powerful story of self-discovery with Real Women Have Curves, April 10-26

Annual Spanish Language programming celebrates Gwinnett’s Hispanic community

Celebrate the power of womanhood, as five Mexican-American women venture down the road of self-discovery in a coming-of-age drama that will shower audiences of all ages with inspiration and courage! As part of Aurora Theatre’s annual Teatro del Sol, a Spanish language theatre initiative with a goal of the preservation of Hispanic cultural heritage, Real Women Have Curves plays April 10-26, 2015. Based on playwright Josefina Lopez’s own young adult experiences, this widely recognized portrayal of immigration and its impact on women and their families has sparked a greater conversation and call to action for young immigrants struggling to defy the odds and achieve the American dream.

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