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Free TechArts Festival premieres

Free TechArts Festival premieres

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech will host the TechArts Festival, a two-day annual event showcasing the creative spirit through student and faculty projects, on April 12-13.

Music, dance, theatre, digital, literary and visual arts flourish at Georgia Tech, inspiring and reflecting research and education. The 2013 Festival includes works that showcase the convergence of art and technology, and also works that are solely artistic in nature. All events are free and will be held at both indoor and outdoor venues on campus.

Award-winning Australian performance at Center for Puppetry Arts

Award-winning Australian performance at Center for Puppetry Arts

ATLANTA -- This April, for one weekend only, the Center for Puppetry Arts will host the multiple award-winning micro-epic from Australia that is The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer. This one-man puppet show melds technology and multimedia into a touching story of enduring love and the end of the world.

Presented by Perth Theatre Company and Weeping Spoon Productions of Australia, creator and performer Tim Watts employs a unique blend of mime, puppetry, live and recorded music, and animation to present an exploration of the next and oldest frontier: the deep blue sea.

Melissa Long becomes Mary Poppins

Melissa Long becomes Mary Poppins

ATLANTA -- 11Alive morning anchor Melissa Long recently got the unique opportunity to be transformed into one of the most beloved characters of the stage and screen.

The national touring production of Mary Poppins is currently playing in Atlanta, and Melissa stepped backstage to learn how to become the "practically perfect" British nanny.

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First, Melissa visited the hair and makeup supervisor, who put her hair in pin curls to anchor Mary Poppins' wig and then covered her hair with a stocking cap.

To complete the look, Melissa applied Mary Poppins' traditional red lipstick.

Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass

Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass

An eccentric intelligence and a sympathetic heart” – The New York Times

ATLANTA -- Ira Glass, the bespectacled creator of the public radio show This American Life, shares the secrets of how he unearths the drama and humor in everyday true stories. Glass talks personally about the show, its origins and his influences and mixes funny, memorable and poignant tales with clips, music and his own penetrating narration. Under his editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including several Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards.

Ira Glass talks about storytelling here.

Stars of Tomorrow finalists wow the crowd at Fox Theatre

Stars of Tomorrow finalists wow the crowd at Fox Theatre

ATLANTA -- The incredible voices of the 10 teen finalists in Variety of Georgia’s Stars of Tomorrow competition echoed through the halls of the Fox Theatre Sunday evening, but one voice in particular carried above the rest. Meagan Sharp, a sophomore at the University of Georgia, dazzled the crowd with her outstanding performance and was crowned the winner of Variety’s second annual vocal competition.

“The level of talent was off the charts,” said Variety of Georgia Executive Director Chase Evangeline Andrews. “Each of the finalists gave stunning performances, and I’m sure the judges had a difficult time determining the winner of the evening.”

Atlanta Blooms! garden unplugs a quarter-million watts of flower power

Atlanta Blooms! garden unplugs a quarter-million watts of flower power

ATLANTA -- Springtime explodes in a kaleidoscopic extravaganza of hundreds of thousands of tulips and other bulbs during Atlanta Blooms! at the Atlanta Botanical Garden from March through April.

“This is going to be the most dazzling spring spectacle that Atlanta has ever seen,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s executive director.

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of