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Fox Theatre revamps Friend of the Fox program

Fox Theatre revamps Friend of the Fox program

ATLANTA -- The Fox Theatre's Friend of the Fox program has extended its reach to help other Georgia theaters in need.

A nonprofit Fox Theatre Institute was founded in 2008 after a successful campaign to save Atlanta's iconic Fox Theatre from the wrecking ball. Now, FTI organizers want to pay the efforts forward.

"Because we at the Fox have been privileged to witness firsthand the enduring bond between a community and its historic landmarks, we knew we had to act," Fox Theatre community engagement manager Carmie McDonald said in a statement.

FTI is now working to restore the theater organ at the Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald, the lobby at the DeSoto Theatre in Rome, and the marquee at the Holly Theatre in Dahlonega, among other projects.

Fox Theatre president and CEO Allan C. Vella said Friend of the Fox works hard to save historic theaters that time and technology have forgotten.

'Midnight in the Garden' author to hold discussion

'Midnight in the Garden' author to hold discussion

ATLANTA -- John Berendt, author of the bestselling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, will hold a panel discussion at Atlanta's Margaret Mitchell House next week.

Berendt's nonfiction book, about a Savannah murder case, is still the New York Times' longest-running bestseller, more than two decades after it was published. The upcoming talk will reveal new ways fans can experience the story.

The panel will be Thursday, Mar. 5, at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public, and will be moderated by Atlanta Magazine columnist Rich Eldredge.

Visit atlantahistorycenter.com for more information.

The Margaret Mitchell House is located at 990 Peachtree Street NE.

Arts Festival yields to Music Midtown at Piedmont Park

Arts Festival yields to Music Midtown at Piedmont Park

ATLANTA -- The conflict between two festivals over Piedmont Park is over – and the smaller festival, the Atlanta Arts Festival, has stepped aside to let Music Midtown have the date it wanted. Music Midtown will take place the weekend of September 19, 2015. The Arts Festival takes place the following weekend of September 26.

Music Midtown is the big money, high profile and high decibel music festival that sought a permit in January for Piedmont Park. But when it applied, it found that the Atlanta Arts Festival had applied in November for the same weekend – and a city ordinance suggested that the first applicant got first preference.

'Wicked' company to hold Witches' Night Off fundraiser

ATLANTA -- Joining Hearts, Inc. and members of the national touring company of Wicked will host “Witches’ Night Off,” an evening of song and dance at Georgia Tech's Ferst Center for the Arts on Monday, Mar. 2.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. and also include a very special guest performance by Tony and Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday. The Ferst Center is located at 349 Ferst Drive NW. Net proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) and Joining Hearts, Inc.

Meet the Atlantan on We tv's new 'Bachelor'-like reality show

Meet the Atlantan on We tv's new 'Bachelor'-like reality show

ATLANTA -- Ladies, would you go on national tv to find love if you knew finding love came with being scrutinized by his mother and his pastor?

Eh, I don't know, but that's what 29-year-old Brandy Commodore from Atlanta did when she decided to be one of 24 women who would vie for the attention of We tv's first African-American bachelor in their new reality television series "Match Made in Heaven."

Tastemaker Magazine caught up with Brandy to find out what we should expect from the premiere and why she decided to try to find love on national television. Check out the full interview here.

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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Atlanta students to attend special 'Selma' screening

Atlanta students to attend special 'Selma' screening

ATLANTA -- A select group of Atlanta Public Schools students will attend a special screening of the film Selma Wednesday.

The 350 young people will also participate in a question and answer session with two Selma actors, executive producer Paul Garnes and Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Meria Carstarphen, a Selma, Ala., native, among others.

Students from Booker T. Washington High School, Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School will watch the movie at Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema in Atlanta.

Atlanta Public Schools said the film's educational outreach includes a curriculum guide with 11 lesson plans that meet Common Core State Standards. The lessons are appropriate for children in grades 6-12.