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Local author to sign books in East Atlanta

Local author to sign books in East Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Local author Cathy Howard will hold a book signing in East Atlanta Village next month.

Howard lives in Austell and is the author of In and Out, the Dugout: The Resurrection from Street Life.

Her book signing will be Saturday, Jan. 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the East Atlanta Branch Library.

In and Out, the Dugout explores the many forms of abuse, namely the abuse Howard suffered growing up. According to Tate Publishing, her publisher, Howard left home at age 16 to pursue an acting career. However, she was raped at 20, and her world fell apart. She began a downward spiral of partying, drinking and abusive relationships -- until a supernatural encounter changed everything.

The East Atlanta Branch Library is located at 400 Flat Shoals Avenue SE.

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

DECATUR, Ga. -- The 2013 Suzi Bass Awards ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in DeKalb County.

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This year's Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, founders of 7 Stages Theatre. The duo started the Little Five Point theater company in 1979. Today, it's one of metro Atlanta's most popular and respected theaters.

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The winner of this year's Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award for an outstanding play penned by a local writer will also be revealed at Monday's ceremony.

International Food and Music Festival returns Oct. 19

International Food and Music Festival returns Oct. 19

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- This year's DeKalb International Food and Music Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 19 at Northlake Mall.

The event, which will be held from noon to 6 p.m., is coordinated by county Commissioner Stan Watson.

"We are excited to bring back the DeKalb International Food and Musical Festival, and I am confident that the festival will unite the dynamic blend of cultures and traditions that continue to exist in our country," Watson said in a statement.

The International Food and Music Festival celebrates DeKalb residents' many cultures, including Asian, African, West Indian and Middle Eastern. Planned festivities include shopping, food sampling and a Children's Village with puppet shows and face painting; admission to the kids' section is $10.

Elevate Week begins Oct. 18

Elevate Week begins Oct. 18

ATLANTA -- Elevate Week, the Office of Cultural Affairs' large scale public art project, will begin Friday, Oct. 18 at locations throughout the city.

Muralists and performance groups will create art with the theme "Transit: Time, People and Places" through Saturday, Oct. 26.

"I am excited by this year's program because it is a testament to the evolving role of public art in the cultural and economic development of Atlanta," Eddie Granderson, public art program manager for the Office of Cultural Affairs, said in a statement. "We are growing Atlanta's reputation as a cultural destination through public art."

MARTA has partnered with the program to design a special Elevate bus. Route 49 will drive past much of the Elevate artwork, giving riders the opportunity to see it.

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.

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. 

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

ATLANTA -- Twenty-three years ago, this month, Atlanta was the focus of the Academy Awards when "Driving Miss Daisy" won "Best Picture.

The film was written by Pulitzer prize winning Atlanta playwright Alfred Uhry who grew up in the Druid Hills area.

The story deals with the relationship between an elderly Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur after World War II.

And as of today, the home from the movie, which forever linked Atlanta to Hollywood is, now, up for sale and it's going to the highest bidder.

To some, the home is as defining as Jessica Tandy & Morgan Freeman and as unforgettable as Alfred Uhry's words.

It's located at 922 Lullwater Road in the Druid Hills neighborhood.

Jeff Hullinger asked, the listing agent for Coldwell Banker Doris Robinson, "How did this home get selected for the movie?"