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'Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas!' at Shorter

'Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas!' at Shorter

ROME, Ga. -- The theater department at Shorter University will present a stage adaptation of Robert Fulghum's Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas.

Assistant professor Richard Bristow, who directed the production, brought together several of his most talented actresses to bring the story's many vignettes to life.

"Among the many delightful stories is one about a small immigrant child who comes trick-or-treating in a cheap Santa mask a few days before Christmas, inadvertently delivering the true meaning of the season to a grownup with a serious case of 'Scroogitis,'" Bristow said. "Other stories include a hilarious musing about a love/hate relationship with the vibrant poinsettia that arrives in most homes every December and manages to hang on and on and on, and a beautiful, deeply moving tribute to the winter solstice, celebrating nature's precious annual gift of rebirth."

LOCAL PROFILE: Steve Stoute, founder of Transition

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Recently, Steve Stoute stopped by Spelman College to chat about his revolutionary take on the marketing world and a concept he calls “tanning”. Stoute started off as a road manager for hip-hop group Kid 'n Play and has since founded his own marketing firm, helped coin the McDonald's theme song and created his own firm, Translation LLC.

He has consulted for many of the top names in the music business and, a number of Fortune 500 companies, and he stopped by Spelman College to spread the word about his new book, “The Tanning of America”, which explains his theory on the redefinition of marketing. 

Music professor earns Argentinean medal

Music professor earns Argentinean medal

ROME, Ga. -- An associate professor of music at Berry College was recently awarded the Argentinean Music Medal in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The medal was presented to Glenn Garrido by the Argentina Social Action for Music Foundation. Garrido earned the honor for offering a conducting seminar to young conductors from Argentina, Chile and Paraguay. He also conducted a concert with Argentina's National Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Garrido was educated by El Sistema, a system of youth orchestras in his native Venezuela. He now gives of his time and skills to perpetuate music education to children from poor families in South America.

"I came from a low income level family and thanks to . . . 'El Sistema,' I could develop professionally to the point I received a PhD from the University of Florida in May 2000," Garrido said. "I firmly believe I should give back to the youth orchestra system that gave me the opportunity to be who I am today."

Creative spirits sought for Winter Art Market

Creative spirits sought for Winter Art Market

ROME, Ga. -- Winter is on its way, and the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to welcome it by blanketing the Civic Center in local arts, crafts and jewelry.

The Winter Arts Market bazaar will take place on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3. It will feature artists from all across the state.

"We are looking for about 40 local artists from around Georgia to exhibit and sell their art at this new show," said Charlene Mathis, owner of Rome's Last Stop Gift Shop.

Artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply for the show.

"We want a great diversity of art and products at the show -- the only requirement is that it's made in Georgia or Georgia grown," Mathis said.

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.


What's on display at Moon Gallery? 'A Bit of Everything'

What's on display at Moon Gallery? 'A Bit of Everything'

ROME, Ga. -- "A Bit of Everything," the work of artist Ian Childers, will be on display at Berry College's Moon Gallery from Monday, Oct. 17 to Friday, Nov. 11.

Childers describes his work as a "surrender to whimsy."

"We as human beings of this media overdose called the technological age have just begun a downward spiral in the loosing of sensation to information," he said. "My hand and my idea are locked in this course. The moment I find myself focusing on any one thing for any period of time, the more I want to move on to what is next."

"This is not a form of ADD," Childers added. "It is merely how I have trained myself to receive and to expel information. I present to you here my own version of studio practice channel surfing."

Childers will give a talk about his work at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the gallery.

5Continents Boutique to feature Berry professor's photography

5Continents Boutique to feature Berry professor's photography

ATLANTA -- The haunting works of a Berry College visiting art professor are now on display at a Buckhead boutique.

"Rag & Bone," the photography of Marguerite Dreyer, will be featured through the end of October at 5Continents Boutique, a fair trade cooperative for artists and craftsmen.

Dreyer's work is part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2011, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to cultivating photography and enriching Atlanta's art community. "Rag & Bone" includes photos she took in an abandoned house in Maine.

"I climbed in a window to investigate the interior of the house, and I was haunted and transfixed by the immediacy of the human lives, long vanished, that had unfolded there," Dreyer said.