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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.

Curl up with a good book this summer

Curl up with a good book this summer

PAULDING CO., Ga. -- School is out and those long, lazy summer days are upon us.

While middle school students should spend plenty of time outside, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air, the Paulding County School District would still like to remind them to keep their minds sharp over the summer.

The district has provided a list of entertaining and age-appropriate books for children entering grades six, seven and eight. The lists are broken up by the language arts and social studies classes offered in Paulding middle schools.

For a list of required summer reading for each of the district's high schools, visit the Paulding County Schools website.

6th Grade -- Advanced Language Arts
* Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
* Gary L.

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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.

Off the Cobb returns to Dallas Theater in June

Off the Cobb returns to Dallas Theater in June

DALLAS, Ga. -- An absolutely hilarious night of improv comedy is coming to the Dallas Theater (208 Main Street, Dallas, 30132) next month.

Off the Cobb, a local improvisational comedy group, will perform two shows on Saturday, June 4 at Paulding County's hometown theater.

The improv troupe has headlined at the Punchline in Atlanta. Its shows are fast-paced and interactive, allowing the audience to help the actors create scenes on the spot; no two Off the Cobb performances are ever alike.

Off the Cobb's first show on June 4 will be a children's production at 5 p.m.

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, Taste of East Cobb and Marietta Plant Sale

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, Taste of East Cobb and Marietta Plant Sale

WOODSTOCK, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Woodstock Market and Show will feature an outdoor market and antique show on Saturday, May 7. The show will include antiques, vintage things, arts and crafts, furniture, produce and vendor items. The show was created to have the feel of an “Old World Outdoor Street Market”. The market is located at 9464 Main Street in Woodstock.

This weekend, North Cobb will present their 2nd Annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival. This festival is held by The Rotary Club of North Cobb and the City of Acworth; it’s a non-sanctioned BBQ competition open to anyone who loves to cook. The event will be held on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Cauble Park on Lake Acworth. This year, the festival will host free concerts.