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Abstract artist stages exhibition at Holy Innocents' Ventulett Gallery

Abstract artist stages exhibition at Holy Innocents' Ventulett Gallery

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- When discussing her paintings, award-winning artist Melissa Payne Baker likes to quote another kind of artist, entertainer Danny Kaye. “Life is a great big canvas: Throw all the paint you can at it.”

An exhibition of Baker’s acrylic-on-canvas works—described by Huff Harrington Fine Arts as “energetic and full of movement”—will open this Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ventulett Gallery on the Holy Innocents' Episcopal School campus. The public is invited to a wine-and-cheese opening reception for "Ethereal Abstraction: Inspired by an Angel."

The exhibition, which runs through Jan. 16,  includes delicately colored, works—in pale blues, soft grays, and splashes of turquoise and red—as well as abstracts in strong, saturated colors. Baker is also known for her use of unique textures and works that sometimes include free-form crosses, and ethereal angels, or butterflies.

Holy Innocents' picture is 'My Atlanta' contest winner

Holy Innocents' picture is 'My Atlanta' contest winner

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Briana Neal, a Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School junior, has won first place in the high school competition for this year’s My Atlanta Exhibition.

The theme of this year’s show was Embracing Diversity—a theme meant to “communicate the significance of embracing cultural or religious differences,” according to contest guidelines. Neal's winning photo was titled “Poverty.”

Five hundred photos from students at 18 schools were entered in different categories, and judges were Joeff Davis and Gavin Godfrey of the Creative Loafing editorial staff.

The My Atlanta contest is sponsored by Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Photos are on view at the Piedmont Park Community Center during two upcoming Saturdays, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The park is located at 1071 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Park Entrance at 12th street).

'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

'Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2' coming to metro Atlanta theaters

'Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2' coming to metro Atlanta theaters

(WXIA) -- A sequel to the popular health documentary Fat Sick & Nearly Dead will be screened at several Atlanta-area movie theaters next month.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2 will play Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The first film, released in 2010, followed Australian filmmaker Joe Cross in his quest to lose 100 pounds by consuming fruit and vegetable juice. In the second movie, Cross and a team of experts will explore broader themes of diet and health.

Cross credited his juice-based diet with helping him lose a considerable amount of weight and rid his body of a chronic auto-immune disease. He has since founded Reboot with Joe, which supports people in their decision to make positive dietary and lifestyle changes.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead 2 will be shown at these theaters:

Alpharetta
UA North Point 8
6500 North Point Parkway

Next at Chastain: Temptations, Four Tops, Pat Benatar

Next at Chastain: Temptations, Four Tops, Pat Benatar

ATLANTA -- This year's Delta Classic Chastain concert series will continue with two big shows this weekend.

The Temptations & The Four Tops will return, as they do most seasons, on Friday, June 27. The show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $29.50 for the lawn and rear terrace to $297 for a terrace table that seats six.

On Saturday, June 28, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo + Rick Springfield will perform with special guest William Beckett at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30.50 for lawn seats and go up to $297 for a terrace table.

Visit classicchastain.com for more information.

Chastain Park Amphitheater is located at 4469 Stella Drive.

Youth Ensemble of Atlanta to perform at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

Youth Ensemble of Atlanta to perform at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex will host the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (YEA) Tuesday, June 24 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 5, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton County Arts and Culture, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center (ACCC) on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

The grand opening celebration will kick off three days of activities organized to introduce the new facility to the community and increase awareness of the center, its programming and activities. 

The center is located at 3900 Aviation Circle, Atlanta on the grounds of Fulton County Airport – Brown Field.  It is designed as a community gathering place and will focus on the following types of programming: