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Morgan Stanley sponsors Atlanta Mountainfilm on Tour Travelling Film Festival

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley is the presenting sponsor of the Mountainfilm on Tour ATL event, held on Sept. 6 and 7 at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta. Mountainfilm on Tour is a traveling showcase of inspiring, adventurous and humorous short films spotlighting the environment and outdoor activity. All screenings during the two-day event are curated from the 2013 Mountainfilm in Telluride Film Festival held earlier this year.

Original Star Wars parody to premiere in Atlanta

Original Star Wars parody to premiere in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The Spirit of Broadway presents an original show for 2013, The Skywalkers, benefiting the Compassion Programs of the Metropolitan Community Center in Atlanta.

This hysterical atypical Star Wars parody, written by Woodstock resident Trevor Petty, is "honest and respectful to each and every action in the six film saga." However, Petty saw an opportunity to create story lines, motives and intentions not originally in any of the movies. The Skywalkers will be performed on Saturday, August 24 at 8 p.m. at the First MCC Theatre.

Piedmont Park sculpture honors Nelson Mandela

Piedmont Park sculpture honors Nelson Mandela

ATLANTA -- Even to Piedmont Park regulars, it's easy to overlook.

The giant rock with a metal Mohawk is actually the work of a famous artist, and it's been honoring Nelson Mandela in Atlanta for decades.

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The people who know the large sculpture exists probably don't know the official name for it. The title is "Nelson Mandela Must Be Free to Lead His People and South Africa to Peace and Prosperity." That long title is more often summed up with the three words etched in stone: "Free Nelson Mandela."

Plaza Theatre hosting James Bond marathon

Plaza Theatre hosting James Bond marathon

ATLANTA -- July is 007 Month at the Plaza Theatre.

Every night this month, the Virginia-Highland theater will play a different James Bond movie, plus two encores at the end of July.

See a complete schedule at plazaatlanta.com.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Atlanta Film Festival website.

New Orleans author to read in Atlanta

New Orleans author to read in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- An award-winning new author will read from his debut novel in Atlanta later this month.

Kent Wascom's book, The Blood of Heaven, tells a story about the early days of the American Republic in what is now the Southeastern U.S.

He will read from and sign copies of The Blood of Heaven Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Highland Inn Ballroom.

A Cappella Books, which is sponsoring Wascom's visit, provided this synopsis of the book:

Angel Woolsack is a preacher's son who flees the hardscrabble life of his itinerant father, then falls in with a charismatic highwayman. He eventually settles along the rough frontier of West Florida where Americans are carving their place out of lands held by the Spanish and French.

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.