Denim drive for Promise Place

The Gap, located at The Avenue in Peachtree City, will have a denim drive to benefit Promise Place this weekend (Apr. 25-27).

Kevin on films with Disney kids

If you were “17 Again” would you want to see “Hannah Montana The Movie”?

Probably not, but here are my reviews of both just in case…. Enjoy them.

Lunch, Lawn, and Jazz

Fayetteville Main Street welcomes in the warmer weather this Friday with the first Lunch on the Lawn event in 2009. From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., residents and local employees are encouraged to take their lunch break to the old courthouse lawn in downtown Fayetteville. PiesOn Pizza will be selling pizza lunch combos for $5, but people can bring their own lunch as well.

Pajama Party this Friday

The Fayette County Parks & Recreation Department still has spaces available in the Pajama Party event for boys and girls on Apr. 24.  

Legacy presents hidden gem ‘john & jen’

john & jen

Chances are, you’ve never heard of “john & jen.” The show opened off Broadway in 1995 and has a large fan base among the theater-going and performing crowd, but it isn’t on the radar of mainstream audiences. The Legacy Theatre in Tyrone is hoping to change that for local residents over the next three weekends as Bethany Hayes Smith, the theater’s executive producer, and Dustin Lewis, the theater’s sales and marketing director, take on the title roles and stage a show they have wanted to be a part of for a very long time.

The Jungle Book

A book comes to life this April with Newnan Community Theatre Company's next show in their 2009 Season, The Jungle Book.

‘Observe and Report’ - I did - not good


You’ve seen the ads on television with the praise from critics in big letters. It’s Seth Rogen in an R-rated “mall cop” movie. It has to be funny, right? I mean, ‘Paul Blart’ was fine, but that was for the kids. If you added profanity, nudity and adult themes to ‘Paul Blart,’ why you’d just about have the perfect movie, right?

Casting for Drop Dead Diva

Emmy Award winning casting company Fincannon & Associates announced today that they are on a search for background talent for the upcoming series from Sony Pictures Television “Drop Dead Diva,” while being filmed in and around Peachtree City, GA.

‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ comes to The Fox

‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ comes to The Fox Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is sure to please families with sights and sounds as they retell the classic story in a presentation for all ages. Photos/Special.

"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", the most fantasmagorical Broadway musical in the history of everything, flies into Atlanta’s Fox Theatre beginning April 21 through April 26 for eight performances only.

Annual Spring Taste of Newnan next Thursday

Main Street Newnan will host the Annual Spring Taste of Newnan on Thursday, April 16 from 5-8:30pm. This event gives people an opportunity to sample specialties of the best restaurants and caterers in the area.

Dixieland opens with new attractions, pricing structure

Dixieland opens with new attractions, pricing structure

For the past 19 years, area residents have visited Dixieland Fun Park in Fayetteville to enjoy an amusement park-like atmosphere without having to travel a long way or pay out the nose. In the off-season, Dixieland has undergone some changes, adding some variety to their entertainment options and also trying to give their visitors more bang for their buck.

Mike’s DVD reviews

Sometimes (too rarely if you ask me) movie studios send screeners of films heading to DVD. Recently, the entertainment desk (which is where I sit and also pile papers and notes from the sports and special section desks) received “The Tale of Desperaux” and “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

Monsters vs. Aliens: A Flying Saucer of Fun!

*** 1/2

Susan (Reese Witherspoon) is a woman who is getting married to weatherman Derek (Paul Rudd). She and Derek love each other, and everything is fine. That is, until Susan gets hit by a meteorite and grows to almost 50 feet tall. She unintentionally causes property damage until she is caught and knocked out by the military.

Late fee amnesty at Fayette County Public Library

Bring Back Those Overdue Books! Fine Amnesty at Fayette County Public Library During National Library Week, April 13-18, 2009

Murder off the Cuff

Murder off the Cuff Gallery Players troupe members Chrisi Talyn (left) and Paige Steadman

Offshoot Productions’ Gallery Players improvisation troupe will perform Murder Off the Cuff at Bajas restaurant, 385 Jackson Street, on Sunday, Apr. 5.  The audience, which supplies critical information including murderer, victim, motive and weapon, will enjoy a buffet dinner featuring tacos, salad and beverage while savoring agile performances by the seasoned members of the comic ensemble.

Amazing Castle

Come explore the magical world of The Amazing Castle! With imagination as their guide, children will be transported to a whimsical medieval community where they can become a blacksmith, jester, chef, gardener, tailor, carpenter, or even a prince or princess. Wake up the sleeping dragon and watch him rise from the castle tower.

FCHS grad lends voice to new Disney cartoon

FCHS grad lends voice to new Disney cartoon

Gary Anthony Williams has appeared in a lot of television programs and movies. You might remember him in such roles as Smart Brother in “Undercover Brother,” Stevie’s Dad in “Malcolm in the Middle” various roles on “Blue Collar TV” or as Clarence/Clarice on “Boston Legal.” When he isn’t in front of the camera, something he has been doing since appearing on an episode of “In the Heat of the Night” in 1990, Williams has been lending his voice to animated programs such as Nickelodeon’s “The Wild Thornberrys” to Cartoon Network’s “The Boondocks” as Uncle Ruckus. Williams is now the voice of Mr. Dos on The Disney Channel’s “Special Agent Oso.”

I know you’ll like ‘Knowing’

John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) is a professor at M.I.T. who is raising his son Caleb (Chandler Canterbury) by himself because of his wife’s sudden death. Besides his sister, Grace (Nadia Townsend) who always is offering help, John has no one else to help raise Caleb.

I liked ‘I Love You, Man’


A number of comedy films that have Jason Segel and Paul Rudd in the cast are among my favorites. These include “Knocked Up” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Rudd and Segel have an everyman quality that grounds their films in ways that other comedies can’t and because they aren’t over the top, the laughs generally feel bigger and more genuine. “I Love You, Man” fits in perfectly with these types of movies, although it isn’t as riotously funny as some of its predecessors.

Wadsworth and Friends concert

Wadsworth and friends

Newnan’s native son and world-famous pianist Charles Wadsworth will return to Newnan to perform in concert at his namesake Charles Wadsworth Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, March 28. at 7:30 p.m. Wadsworth will once again be joined by a group of highly talented musicians as they present the much anticipated “Charles Wadsworth & Friends” concert.

Murder Off Cuff at Atlanta Bread Company

Offshoot Productions’ Gallery Players troupe takes a different approach to the murder mystery genre in their Sunday, March 29 performance of Murder Off the Cuff at the Atlanta Bread Company in The Avenue, Peachtree City.  The improv show, which begins at 7:30 p.m., relies on audience suggestions for plot and characters.  Each scene is presented with the wacky humor with which the troupe has come to be associated.    Some lucky audience volunteers will have an opportunity to join the actors on stage.

Booth presents “Seussical Jr.”

J.C. Booth Middle School will perform “Seussical, Jr.” at the McIntosh High School auditorium on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27.

NCTC Brings Proof To The Main Stage

One of the most acclaimed new plays in recent years, David Auburn's Proof was a hit on Broadway and won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play.  Proof is the next play to be performed on the main stage at the Newnan Community Theatre Company.

Starr’s Mill High School to Perfom Grease

Break out the leather jackets and dust off your poodle skirts because it's back to the 1950s this weekend as Starr’s Mill High School presents the hit musical "Grease” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Grease takes the Willie Duke Auditorium stage on Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. and runs to Saturday, March 28.

Spring Art Walk coming March 27

The Spring Art Walk will be held March 27 from 5-8 p.m. in downtown Newnan. Enjoy a walking gallery of original works by local artists displayed by the merchants of downtown Newnan. Entertainment will be provided and refreshments served. The event is free and open to the whole family.

Senoia Optimist Barbecue on March 21st

The Senoia Optimist Club will be hosting a pork barbecue fundraiser (including brunswick stew) on Saturday, March 21st.  Serving time will be approximately 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (or until the food is sold out).

Open Mic Night at The Fred

If your dream is to perform in front of a live audience, or if your garage band is convinced they’re ready to go on the road- The Fred has an opportunity for you! Open Mic Night at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City is scheduled for Saturday, May 9. “We are looking for bands, vocalists, even comedians” says Nancy Price, Manager of The Fred. “This is basically a showcase of talent and all of the participants will get the chance to perform in front of a live audience that night with professional sound and lighting.”

Catch a Cab to see “Race to Witch Mountain”


Jack Bruno (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) is a Las Vegas taxi driver who always ends up with weird people in his cab. We discover that Jack is also a retired thug for Wolf, a mob leader who sends goons to get him to come back. Apparently, he was a good thug. One day, Jack meets Seth (Alexander Ludwig) and Sara (AnnaSophia Robb), two teenagers who magically end up in his cab. The siblings somehow have an enormous amount of money to pay Jack with, so he takes them on a very, very long ride out into the middle of nowhere. The two seem very strange, and Jack doesn’t feel comfortable leaving them at an abandoned house so he follows them inside.

Acting Class for Teens on Tap for Spring

Offshoot Productions’ artistic director Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D., is slated to teach “Taking Stage:  An Acting Class for Teens” for the Tyrone Recreation Department, on Wednesdays from April 15 to May 13.  Steadman, who has been teaching and directing for over three decades, will guide middle and high school age students on an exciting exploration of acting techniques.  Each information-packed meeting focuses on a different area:  improvisation, character development, scene study, and auditioning.

‘SPAMALOT’ returns

Monty Python musical starts six day run next Tuesday

‘SPAMALOT’ returns Richard Chamberlain will play King Arthur in “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT.” Photo/Special.

Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, “Monty Python’s SPAMALOT” features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight.

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