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Author Chantel Acevedo to hold master class at Shorter

Author Chantel Acevedo to hold master class at Shorter

ROME, Ga. -- Author Chantel Acevedo will hold a fiction master class and a reading at Shorter University next week.

Acevedo is the author of Love and Ghost LettersA Falling Star and The Distant Marvels. She is an associate professor of English at her alma mater, Auburn University, and also edits the Southern Humanities Review.

Her master class will be Tuesday, Apr. 14 at 5 p.m. in Shorter's Price Learning Center.

"I wanted to give Shorter students the opportunity to learn directly from an accomplished novelist and editor," said Shorter assistant professor of English Renee Emerson, who was instrumental in bringing Acevedo to campus. "The chance to hear Chantel Acevedo is a unique opportunity."

Fox Theatre revamps Friend of the Fox program

Fox Theatre revamps Friend of the Fox program

ATLANTA -- The Fox Theatre's Friend of the Fox program has extended its reach to help other Georgia theaters in need.

A nonprofit Fox Theatre Institute was founded in 2008 after a successful campaign to save Atlanta's iconic Fox Theatre from the wrecking ball. Now, FTI organizers want to pay the efforts forward.

"Because we at the Fox have been privileged to witness firsthand the enduring bond between a community and its historic landmarks, we knew we had to act," Fox Theatre community engagement manager Carmie McDonald said in a statement.

FTI is now working to restore the theater organ at the Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald, the lobby at the DeSoto Theatre in Rome, and the marquee at the Holly Theatre in Dahlonega, among other projects.

Fox Theatre president and CEO Allan C. Vella said Friend of the Fox works hard to save historic theaters that time and technology have forgotten.

'Cotton Patch Gospel' opens Thursday at Berry

'Cotton Patch Gospel' opens Thursday at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Berry College's production of Cotton Patch Gospel opens this week at the school's E.H. Young Theatre.

The play, based on Clarence Jordan's The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John, sets the story of Jesus in rural Georgia and includes a country music soundtrack by Harry Chapin.

The production begins its run Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tom Key, who co-wrote the play with Russell Treyz, will speak after the 2 p.m. performance on Sunday, Feb. 22. He will perform a selection from his one-man show, C.S. Lewis On Stage, at the Berry Chapel at 7 p.m.

Cotton Patch Gospel will also be staged Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. each day; and Sunday, Mar. 1 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased by calling the Berry College Theatre Company box office at 706-236-2263.

Winston Churchill exhibition coming to Rome

Winston Churchill exhibition coming to Rome

ROME, Ga. -- A new exhibition at Oak Hill & The Martha Berry Museum will honor Sir Winston Churchill and his passion for art.

The Art of Diplomacy: Winston Churchill and the Pursuit of Painting opens Friday, Feb. 13 at the Rome museum. It will feature six of Churchill's paintings, as well as more than 100 artifacts that highlight his ties to Georgia.

Churchill began painting in 1915, when he was 40 years old. According to his writings, art helped pull him out of a dark time in his life and allowed him to become one of the greatest prime ministers in U.K. history.

"If it weren't for painting I could not live. I couldn't bear the strain of things," Churchill wrote.

Art historian Ernest Gombrich took it a step further, saying Churchill's "painting may have helped to save Western civilization."

Shorter's 'The Miracle Worker' opens Sept. 25

Shorter's 'The Miracle Worker' opens Sept. 25

ROME, Ga. -- Shorter University will stage a production of William Gibson's The Miracle Worker next week.

The 1959 play tells the story of deafblind Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, who helped her find ways to explore the world around her.

"It's not just Helen's story -- it's also the story of a family coping with challenges most of us could never understand," said Shorter assistant professor of theatre Chad Daniel, who directed the production. "They are also dealing with societal pressures, because it is Alabama in the 1880s and society is still healing from the Civil War."

Shelby Folks of LaFayette, Ga., will play Helen Keller, while Annie Sullivan will be played by Kaitlin Kennedy of Missouri City, Texas.

The Miracle Worker will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25-27, and 2 p.m. on Sept. 27-28. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Local author's novel published posthumously

Local author's novel published posthumously

ROME, Ga. -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau will honor a local author whose novel was published after his death.

Lords of the North Kingdom: Blood and Stone is the first novel in a planned adventure series. Its author, Jason Fordham, died of cancer last September at age 39.

Rome's Last Stop Gift Shop will hold a book debut event for Lords of the North Kingdom on Thursday, July 10 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jim Curry published the book in Fordham's memory.

"Jason was an avid reader, actor, director, producer, game designer and writer, to mention only a few of his creative and intellectual endeavors," Curry said. "While most of his life's work was devoted to community theater, Jason was just as passionate about his other pursuits."

Shorter student's poem to be published

Shorter student's poem to be published

ROME, Ga. -- A Shorter University student will have one of her poems published in the June 2014 edition of TWJ Magazine.

Courtney Liddell is an English major from Sacramento, Calif. The poem, "My Life Captain," is her first piece to be published in a national magazine.

Liddell said she began writing poetry shortly after her mother's death in 1998.

"Poetry is my way of expressing how I feel, and it is a way to pay tribute to my mother," she said.

She said "My Life Captain" is "about God being the one who controls the outcome of my life. At times, I feel lost, and I am not sure if I should go left or right. I try to remind myself that God is always in control of the paths I take."