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French princess to perform at Woodruff Arts Center

French princess to perform at Woodruff Arts Center

ATLANTA -- Caroline Haffner, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, will give a recital at the Woodruff Arts Center next month.

Haffner, born Imperial Princess Caroline Murat in Paris, will perform Chopin and Liszt pieces on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m.

"I am delighted to be returning to the United States to play concerts again," Princess Caroline said in a release. "It has been too long, and I am very pleased that the concerts are being supported by my friends in Georgia."

A direct descendent of French Revolution cavalry chief Marechal Joachim Murat, Princess Caroline began playing the piano as a very young child. She is one of the last students of legendary French pianist Alfred Cortot and received a Fulbright Scholarship to study music in the U.S.

Her stage name comes from another ancestor -- Sigmund Haffner, mayor of Salzburg, Austria, and friend of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Culinary Matrimony kicks off Taste of Atlanta

Culinary Matrimony kicks off Taste of Atlanta

ATLANTA -– Here comes the bride…now open wide! To help food lovers say “I do” to the smorgasbord of flavors and fun offered at the 13th annual Taste of Atlanta, the festival is hosting a celebratory kickoff party on Friday, October 24 in Midtown at Tech Square.

The event, themed Culinary Matrimony, will unite unlikely, yet harmonious parings, as local celebrity chefs lift the veil to match-made-in-heaven recipes, libations and more. Keeping with tradition, this Friday night festival kickoff is an all-inclusive block party with exclusive bites from select restaurants, bountiful booze and live music from 80s Synth Pop band Electric Avenue.

Black Gay Pride returns to Atlanta

Black Gay Pride returns to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Black Gay Pride, the country's leading LGBTQ annual pride celebration, is gearing up for their annual celebration during the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend.

The festival, which runs Aug. 28 through Sept. 1, will feature special guest performances from Faith Evans, Tamar Braxton and Sevyn Streeter. The Georgian Terrace and Loews Hotel in Downtown Atlanta are the official host hotels for pride weekend.

This year, the festival will honor Grammy Award-winning songstress Faith Evans. Evans will receive the 2014 Humanitarian Award and will perform live on the main stage.

The five-day holiday weekend will also feature the third annual Pure Heat Community Festival, which takes place on Sunday, Aug. 31 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Piedmont Park. The cultural event will highlight market and food vendors, live performances, entertainment, educational forums, prizes and giveaways, all of which bring together the spirit of community, pride and vision.

Broadway in Atlanta raises $18K for Bert’s Big Adventure

Broadway in Atlanta raises $18K for Bert’s Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta kicked off its 2014/2015 series in Atlanta this past Tuesday with the city’s debut of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, featuring a special check presentation prior to the start of the show. The donation from the presenters of the first-class touring musicals was given to Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

The contribution was a result of previous ticket sales for the Atlanta debut of the series’ musical The Little Mermaid, which ran at the Fox Theatre until July 13. For every ticket sold during pre-season, $5 was donated to benefit the Atlanta-based nonprofit organization.

Black Women Film Festival returns June 13-15

Black Women Film Festival returns June 13-15

ATLANTA -- The Black Women Film Network (BWFN) will present its 10th Annual Black Women Film Festival June 13-15, 2014 in Atlanta.

The three-day event – sponsored by BET Networks, Spelman College, Atlanta Technical College, 11Alive, Moguldom Studios and Madame Noire – kicks off Friday, June 13 at noon at Spelman College (Sci Center NASA Auditorium) with seven films by or about African-American women, including the controversial 72% (directed by Janice Garcia and Jeremy Batchelor), a documentary that explores the single mother phenomenon in the black community.