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8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

8 Berry students make Ga. All College Band

ROME, Ga. -- Eight talented musicians at Berry College have been selected for this year's Georgia All College Band.

The band is made up of some of the best college musicians in the state. It will perform at this week's Georgia Music Educators Association conferece in Savannah.

Berry's All College Band members include the school's principal chair clarinet, Jarod Holland of Oxford, Ga., as well as two other clarinet players -- Katie Stuck of Acworth, and Kathy Stuvick of Nolensville, Tenn.

Four Berry trumpeters made the cut -- John Heidbreder (who lives in Atlanta), Everett Reiff (Buford), Matthew Soares (Rossville) and Joe Vidalez (Dalton).

RELATED | Berry hosts Trumpet Festival of the Southeast

Berry's final All College Band member is trombone player Ahmad Pruitt of Decatur.

'Who Cares' inspires; brings to stage troubling youth realities

'Who Cares' inspires; brings to stage troubling youth realities

"How do we evoke change if our methodology remains the same"?

That is the question that for years plagued Sherrell Anderson; a part of the driving force behind her creation of the nonprofit, Teens: What's the Rush, Inc. (TWTR).

But on Jan. 12, 2011, Anderson says that she was given the assignment from God, and from there on delved into laying the framework for TWTR. She set aside her own troubling memories of childhood sexual abuse, to begin serving hundreds of teens across the state.

'Amelia Bedelia' author to visit Decatur

'Amelia Bedelia' author to visit Decatur

DECATUR, Ga. -- The author of a wildly popular children's book series will visit Decatur at the end of the month.

Herman Parish will be at the Little Shop of Stories at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Parish is the nephew of Peggy Parish, who started the "Amelia Bedelia" series about a scatterbrained but lovable maid. Peggy Parish passed away in 1988; her nephew took over the series in 1995.

Two new Amelia Bedelia chapter books will hit store shelves in January: Amelia Bedelia Means Business and Amelia Bedelia Unleashed.

Learn more about Parish's visit at littleshopofstories.com.

'The Waffle Palace,' now sponsored by Waffle House, returns to Horizon Theatre

'The Waffle Palace,' now sponsored by Waffle House, returns to Horizon Theatre

ATLANTA -- A play that made its world premiere at Horizon Theatre last May will return in 2013, this time with a very fitting sponsor.

Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee's The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered & Scattered 24/7/365 will begin its encore production on Jan. 11.

RELATED | The Waffle Palace debuts at Horizon Theatre

Waffle House, the inspiration for the play, will sponsor its second run. To celebrate the partnership, a The Waffle Palace Meets its Muse party will be held at the Waffle House Museum in Decatur on Saturday, Jan. 12.

The cast and playwrights of The Waffle Palace will be at the sponsorship party, which begins at 12 p.m. There will also be a raffle with great prizes, including show tickets and dinner at Waffle House.

NeYo Ho! Ho! GRAMMY musician spreads holiday cheer to Atlanta youth

NeYo Ho! Ho! GRAMMY musician spreads holiday cheer to Atlanta youth

He’s worked with everyone from Whitney Houston to Enrique Iglesias and Las Vegas-born GRAMMY Award-Winning Songwriter/Actor, Shaffer “NE-YO” Chimere Smith, now considers Atlanta home, yet still finds time to continuously make an impact upon the Atlanta community by providing a brighter holiday season for youth living in foster care.

On Thursday, December 20, NE-YO and his youth foundation, The Compound Foundation, made a surprise visit to the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club located 1330 N. Druid Hills Road Atlanta, GA as a part of his 6th Annual Compound Foundation Giving Tour. Annually he partners with The Boys & Girls Clubs of America as a way to give back generously to the foundation that gave him so much as a young man.

'Spring Awakening,' 'Red' take top Suzi Awards

'Spring Awakening,' 'Red' take top Suzi Awards

ATLANTA -- Monday was a huge night for metro Atlanta theater, as the winners of the 2012 Suzi Bass Awards were announced at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in DeKalb County.

Some of the area's most talented actors, directors and techies walked away with Suzis, which are among the top honors for Atlanta theater productions.

RELATED | 2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

The award for Outstanding Production of a Musical went to the Actor's Express staging of Spring Awakening, while Theatrical Outfit's Red won Outstanding Production of a Play.

Radio host Kenny Pugh, gospel artist Lowell Pye & 102.5’s Darlene McCoy host concert

Radio host Kenny Pugh, gospel artist Lowell Pye & 102.5’s Darlene McCoy host concert

ATLANTA -- On November 16 at 7:30 p.m., well-known community leaders, philanthropists and celebrities will gather for“A Night of Thanksgiving, a benefit concert sponsored by host of The Chat Kafe Show, Kenny Pugh (http://www.chatkafeonline.com) and