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    Atlanta Ballet Artistic Director John McFall To Bid Adieu After 21 Years

    Atlanta Ballet board of trustees chair Allen W. Nelson announced Sept. 2 that artistic director John McFall will end his tenure with the organization after what will be 21 years at its helm. His last day as artistic director will be June 1, 2016.


    McFall, who joined Atlanta Ballet in 1994 as only the organization’s third artistic director, is credited with transforming the oldest ballet company in the nation from a respected regional troupe to one of the most inventive and boundary-pushing dance organizations in the industry, attracting talent and spectators from around the world.


    Under his leadership, Atlanta Ballet has experienced unprecedented growth on and off stage. His legacy with the institution will be marked by box-office blockbusters, international tours and his commitment to the commu-nity, exemplified by his founding of the Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education.


    Atlanta Ballet will honor McFall and his contributions throughout the 2015-16 season with a series of special events, beginning with a celebration around the 20th anniversary of “At   Read more...

  • UgaDawg

    A Dawg for the Generations

    The UGA live mascot Uga, an abbreviated name taken from the University of Georgia, is world famous. Top rated as a college mascot according to Sports Illustrated magazine, Uga means a title in an unbroken, related line of selected English Bulldogs (9 so far), starting in 1956 and owned as pets by UGA alumnus Sonny Seiler of Savan-nah. Uga I in the dynasty started during the coaching tenure of the legendary Wally Butts and had a 10-year career including 1959 SEC champs.


    For generations now Uga has appeared at all home football games where he leads the team on the field and watches on the sidelines, or on hot days, from ice bags with access to his air-conditioned doghouse. His uniform is a spiked collar and a red jersey—made from official team fabric—with a black G varsity letter. (Uga wears green on St. Patrick’s Day.)


    Some Ugas have retired with a ceremonial “passing of the collar” to the new Dawg and all the deceased mascots are interred with epitaphs in a mausoleum at Sanford Stadium. Most Ugas have tenures of about 100 games but that of Uga VIII (see abo   Read more...

  • SayCheese

    Say Cheese!

    Vegans may take a pass, but fromagiers will be flocking to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on Friday, October 9, as it once again hosts the Atlanta Cheese Festival. The event brings more than 100 local and global artisan cheese producers to our city for a night of tastings, seminars and sales. There will be live music too.


    The festival runs from 5:30 -10 p.m. General admission is $37.50 and includes one drink ticket. VIP admission is $75 and includes a gift bag, early admission to the event, two drink tickets and a cheese pairing seminar with the guest’s choice of bourbon, wine or beer. Advance tickets can be purchased at Kids 12 and under are admitted free.


    Cheese heads eagerly await the Meltdown, where local chefs compete for the best take on grilled cheese –and attendees get to sample the results! New this year is the Macdown –same deal with the comfort classic mac and cheese. Participating restaurants include Home Grown GA, Saltyard, Gunshow and High Road Ice Cream & Sorbet. One’s new favorite cheese awaits!


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  • CircusSchool

    Circus School Opens, Here Comes The Imperial Opa!

    Now running away to the circus means jotting over to Peachtree Street, thanks to the popularity of the arts in Atlanta. “Circus is a way of life, a way of looking at the world,” said Tim Mack, Founder and Ringmaster of Atlanta’s Imperial Opa Circus.


    “It’s a way of approaching the everyday to make it more magical.”


    Years ago, Tim was spinning his wheels in in Hartford, Connecticut without much passion. And then Cirque du Soleil came through town. Tim applied as a photographer. “This was the key to unlocking what has always been inside me,” Tim said. His eyes sparkle like a marquis. “The gate to a life in entertainment swung open, the world was new to me. A year on the road with Cirque and I found myself in Atlanta with the dream to start my own circus.” Tim said the biggest hurdles to overcome were interpersonal; nurturing individual artists, meeting their creative needs, weighing and incorporating those into the overall direction of the show and future growth of the circus.


    Now six years old, this is the month to start following O   Read more...

  • WSJ

    Hometown News Writer Featured in Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal, a New York-based English-language international daily newspaper with special em-phasis on business and economic matters, did a story on time capsules for its July 31 issue and used Hometown writer Dr. Paul Hudson as one of its sources. Entitled “Trying to Capture a Moment, Many Lose Track of Time,” the article written by Atlanta-based correspondent Carmeron McWhirter traced how time capsules typically end up forgotten or missing. Hudson, 64, who has written, studied and been interviewed about the subject for about 25 years, believes that time capsules—nearly always celebrated in the short term—are lost or forgotten in the long run.


    McWhirter in mid-July interviewed Paul at Oglethorpe University, home of the Crypt of Civilization. Hailed in the Guinness Book of World Records, the Crypt was sealed in 1940 and not to be opened until 8113. Not bur-ied like many time capsules, it stands half-underground in a granite hall at Oglethorpe behind a stainless steel door with a message on the Crypt. Its fans hope this is one multi-millennial specimen that won   Read more...

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