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2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Twenty-four productions have been nominated for the 2015 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards.

The program is named for Tony Award-winning actor Shuler Hensley, a Cobb County native. This year's winners will be announced Thursday, Apr. 23 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Winning a Shuler Hensley Award can reap major benefits for a budding performer. Just ask Jai'Len Josey, who won Best Actress in 2014 for her portrayal of Effie White in Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls.

Shaky Boots Music Festival coming to KSU

Shaky Boots Music Festival coming to KSU

KENNESAW, Ga. -- A long list of big-name country stars are scheduled to perform at the Shaky Boots Music Festival in May on the Kennesaw State University campus.

Performers include Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry and Sara Evans.

The festival is set for May 16 and 17. Advance tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. General admission tickets start at $169. VIP ticket packages are $499.

Shaky Boots co-founder Tim Sweetwood told the Marietta Daily Journal he hopes about 30,000 people will attend the festival each day.

The venue could hold about 35,000 people, Sweetwood said, but the specific capacity for the event has not yet been determined.

Sweetwood said he selected Kennesaw for the show because the city is close to Atlanta and is accessible from many different areas.

'Gone With the Wind' returns to theaters

'Gone With the Wind' returns to theaters

(WXIA) -- Frankly, plenty of people do give a damn about one of Hollywood's iconic films.

Gone With the Wind returns to movie theaters for its 75th anniversary later this year.

The movie, which won 10 Academy Awards, will be screened Sunday, Sept. 28 and Wednesday, Oct. 1 at select Atlanta-area theaters. Showings will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. both days. TCM Presents: Gone With the Wind also features an introduction from film historian Robert Osborne.

Visit fathomevents.com for more information and to buy tickets.

Gone With the Wind will be shown at these theaters:

Alpharetta
Regal North Point 8
6500 North Point Parkway

Chamblee
Regal Hollywood 24 @ North I-85
3265 Northeast Expressway NE

Dorothea Benton Frank kicks off author lunch series

Dorothea Benton Frank kicks off author lunch series

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- FoxTale Book Shoppe is kicking off their Fox Lunch & Laugh series with New York Times bestselling author, Dorothea Benton Frank, on Tuesday, June 17 at Vingenzo's Pasta & Pizzeria, just a few doors down from FoxTale.

"Dottie Frank loves her visits to Woodstock, and so do we!" FoxTale co-owner Ellen Ward said. "Once again, FoxTale Book Shoppe welcomes Dottie with the release of her newest book ... this reservations-only luncheon is always a great and fun time."

Oliver North to sign new novel at FoxTale Book Shoppe

Oliver North to sign new novel at FoxTale Book Shoppe

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Lt. Colonel Oliver L. North, USMC Ret. is making one of only two independent bookstore visits nationwide to FoxTale Book Shoppe on Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

North will be midway through his book tour for his new novel, Counterfeit Lies, when he stops at FoxTale Book Shoppe. Due to his tight tour schedule, purchase of Counterfeit Lies will be required to attend the event and non-posed photos will be permitted. North will personalize as well as sign books.

"We are thrilled that Colonel North will be at FoxTale.  This is huge for us, for Woodstock and the surrounding area.  From what we've been told, visitors to Downtown Woodstock will not be able to miss his wrapped tour bus. We anticipate at least 500 people will attend this exciting book event," FoxTale co-owner Ellen Ward said.

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2014 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

(WXIA) -- The nominees for this year's Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, known casually as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were revealed Wednesday.

The awards program celebrates some of the best high school musical theater productions in the state. The award is named for metro Atlanta native Shuler Hensley, a seasoned Broadway performer who originated the role of the Monster in Young Frankenstein and won a Tony Award for playing Jud Fry in the revival of Oklahoma!

Sixty-one public and private high schools from 24 counties are vying for this year's awards. The winners will be announced on Thursday, Apr. 17 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are $23 for the general public and can be purchased at shulerawards.org.

Some of this year's notable nominees include:

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.