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“Wild, Wooly, & Wonderful” puppets at the Center for Puppetry Arts

“Wild, Wooly, & Wonderful” puppets at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Center for Puppetry Arts® is pleased to announce its newest special exhibit: Wild, Wooly, & Wonderful opened in April. The wonders of nature have long inspired art, writing and performance. Puppeteers everywhere, from Africa to South America, use animals to tell stories about their cultures, traditions and everyday life. This exhibit showcases different ways animals are represented by artists and how those representations relate the artist’s cultural heritage and creative talent.

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat comes to life at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat comes to life at the Center for Puppetry Arts

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is set to delight audiences this summer, making its Center for Puppetry Arts debut June 13-July 28.  The story features everyone’s favorite moments with Sally and her brother, their pet Fish, Thing 1 and Thing 2—and, of course, the story’s namesake, that famous Cat in the red and white striped hat! Zany fun and adventures abound in this memorable tale!

The classic children’s book was originally adapted and directed by Katie Mitchell for the National Theatre of Great Britain and was a smash hit in London. The show is now being produced across the U.S. and the Center for Puppetry Arts is thrilled to realize this delightfully funny story through puppetry.

Fox Theatre film festival begins next week

Fox Theatre film festival begins next week

ATLANTA -- The Fox Theatre's 2013 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival begins June 14 with a screening of a classic: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

It's one of many award-winning and much-loved movies in this year's lineup. More films will be added later in the season.

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Tickets for all shows are available at foxatltix.com. They are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

Films in the series include:

Friday, June 14
Raiders of the Lost Ark
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 15
Saturday Morning Cartoons
10 a.m.

Saturday, June 15
Oz the Great and Powerful
7:30 p.m.

Memorial Day weekend events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

Memorial Day weekend events around Atlanta you don't want to miss

#1 Memorial Day Weekend - Salute The Troops at Stone Mountain Park:

Stone Mountain Park honors our troops and their families at Atlanta’s largest three-day Memorial Weekend event featuring free concerts, the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision®, special fireworks finale, and other patriotic activities.

36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival hits Piedmont Park

36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival hits Piedmont Park

ATLANTA -- Piedmont Park, located in the heart of midtown Atlanta, is the perfect setting for the festival over Memorial Day Weekend: May 25-27. The historic site includes meadows, tennis courts, a swimming pool, gardens and a picturesque lake. It is conveniently located near numerous hotels and inns, and is within walking distance of some of the city’s best restaurants.  MARTA, Atlanta’s rapid transit system, is just blocks away.

2012 turnout strong for Fulton Co. Arts & Culture

2012 turnout strong for Fulton Co. Arts & Culture

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture announced on Tuesday that South Fulton Arts Facilities are attracting a good number of visitors. 

In 2012, as reported by Jolene Butts Freeman of the Fulton Co. Government, South Fulton Arts Centers held over 550 activities and had a total turnout of around 38,000 people. Those activities included classes, summer camps, Art at Work, exhibits, festivals, lectures, screenings, workshops and productions. 

Over 18,000 visited the Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater & Gallery in 2012. A portion of that number came from attendance of "Mountaintop" - a presentation by Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company. The play averaged 222 people per show. 

Urban Youth Harp Ensemble to play Spring Concert Finale

Urban Youth Harp Ensemble to play Spring Concert Finale

ATLANTA -- The Urban Youth Harp Ensemble will hold their Spring Concert Finale on Thursday, May 16, and is inviting all residents to hear them play. 

The Southwest Arts Center is the venue of the concert, located at 915 New Hope Road. Showtime is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Performance Center. 

The Urban Youth Harp Ensemble is directed by Carolyn Lund, and is made up of 50 African American harpists. Those who attend the performance can enjoy light concert pieces and movie themes. It is free admission for the public.