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LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

Movies 400 - Family Fun Day

Movies 400 - Family Fun Day
Family Fun Day at Movies 400

Visit Movies 400 on June 25 for a Day of Family Fun!

See the new Disney movie CARS 2 and enjoy a **FREE** Family Fun Day!

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Mid Summer Market at The Gifted Shoppes

Mid Summer Market at The Gifted Shoppes
You’re Invited! To the Mid-Summer Evening Market – Music & Shopping Event at the Gifted Shoppe & Market

Throughout the week, The Bell Kemp House is filled with six great shoppes – from unique finds, to shabby chic home decor & gifts, to tasty treats & more.  But on Market days, the fun and shopping flows outside!  In addition to the regular shoppes, other vendors will be on hand to help you find that perfect gift whether it’s for yourself or someone else.

Cumming Local is excited to be a part of this weekend’s market!  We’ll be on site from 10am to 12Noon and invite you to stop by, say hello, and snag a free gift!

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.

LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

ATLANTA, Ga. – Atlanta has come to be known as the home of young professionals, performing arts professionals and indie artists. The city that was once a breeding ground for hip-hop trends has become a haven of the aesthetic arts and artists alike.   

Recently, while searching for this thriving indie artist scene in the city that is home to large-scale Tyler Perry Studios, I stumbled upon a “somewhat dormant” subculture lying low in the middle of town; it’s Atlanta’s Underground Art scene.

Just like movie buffs, members of world want to claim they were the first to see the most recent and popular cult indie films, films like “Reservoir Dogs” or “Requiem for a Dream”. Well, in Atlanta, artists can experience that excitement by visiting their local independent theatre. These theatres in most cases, have been around for 20 years, or more, are home to many of the most artistically gifted and innovative people in town.

Berry student, alumna win Fulbright scholarships

Berry student, alumna win Fulbright scholarships

ROME, Ga. -- A Berry College graduating senior and recent graduate have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year.

Lauren Fenner of Albany, Georgia, will graduate from Berry on Saturday, May 7 with bachelor's degrees in Spanish and economics.

Fenner received the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship scholarship for June 2011 through June 2012 and will serve as an English teacher in Korea. Before leaving, she will participate in a six-week orientation course that includes intensive Korean language and culture lessons.

"Fulbright will arrange for me to stay in a homestay with a Korean family," Fenner said.

Gallery Display at Mia's

Gallery Display at Mia's

Mia’s Pizza and Eats of Cumming, will host a gallery display of artwork published in the NFHS 2011 literary magazine. Artwork published in the magazine will be available for purchase. All funds will go to support the production of North’s nationally recognized
literary magazine.

This is the second year Mia’s will host the North Forsyth High School Literary Magazine Release Party and Fundraiser.

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