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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.

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. 

'Big Fish' author to read at Ivy Hall

'Big Fish' author to read at Ivy Hall

ATLANTA -- A well-known Southern fantasy author will read from his latest novel in Atlanta next month.

Daniel Wallace recently published The Kings and Queens of Roam. He is best known for his first novel, Big Fish, which was made into a 2003 movie of the same name and will come to the Broadway stage later this year. He is also the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Wallace will discuss and sign copies of his new book on Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. at SCAD Atlanta's Ivy Hall writing center. The event is free and open to the public.

His visit is sponsored by A Cappella Books, which provided a synopsis of The Kings and Queens of Roam:

Anchorman 2 takes over iconic Manuel's Tavern

Anchorman 2 takes over iconic Manuel's Tavern

ATLANTA -- Manuel's Tavern shut down to the public Wednesday, yielding to a movie crew shooting Anchorman 2.

The sequel to the 70s-based movie bused in a couple of dozen extras, clad in comically dated clothes and hairstyles. Actor Paul Rudd was spotted entering the tavern's back door early Wednesday afternoon, along with David Koechner. A publicist for the movie said the shoot would conclude Wednesday.

Brian Maloof, general manager of Manuel's, wrote on the tavern's Facebook page "it
does feel odd. The setting of the movie is New York so all our Atlanta
pennants are down and have been replaced with NY teams."

Manuel's was opened in 1956 by Manuel Maloof, who went on to become DeKalb County CEO.  The tavern is thick with dark wood and vintage decorations.  

Earth Day activities at Fernbank Museum

Earth Day activities at Fernbank Museum

As one of Atlanta’s top resources for environmental programming and education, Fernbank Museum of Natural History is offering a variety of ways to celebrate Earth Day. Programs will be held over several days to accommodate weekend schedules and include:

·        The Joys of Nature Journaling Workshop and Book Signing

Led by Helen Correll, Author, Middlewood Journal: Drawing Inspiration from Nature , Sunday, April 14, 1pm to 3pm – Advanced reservations required by April 12.

Fernbank offers a wild night of fun at Lost Oasis 2013

Fernbank offers a wild night of fun at Lost Oasis 2013

ATLANTA -- The Artemis Guild of young professionals at Fernbank Museum invites you to eat like a lion, laugh like a hyena, socialize like a butterfly and dance you tail off at Lost Oasis 2013: Wild Safari.

Lost Oasis, Fernbank’s annual fundraising party, will take place at Fernbank Museum on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 8 p.m. In celebration of the museum’s Extreme Mammals exhibition, the party will feature a “Wild Safari” theme complete with live music by the Atlanta Beat, exotic cocktails, incredible food and more than 400 young patrons in their wildest party animal attire that is sure to include tusks, tails, spots and stripes.

Atlanta Blooms! garden unplugs a quarter-million watts of flower power

Atlanta Blooms! garden unplugs a quarter-million watts of flower power

ATLANTA -- Springtime explodes in a kaleidoscopic extravaganza of hundreds of thousands of tulips and other bulbs during Atlanta Blooms! at the Atlanta Botanical Garden from March through April.

“This is going to be the most dazzling spring spectacle that Atlanta has ever seen,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s executive director.