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NeYo Ho! Ho! GRAMMY musician spreads holiday cheer to Atlanta youth

NeYo Ho! Ho! GRAMMY musician spreads holiday cheer to Atlanta youth

He’s worked with everyone from Whitney Houston to Enrique Iglesias and Las Vegas-born GRAMMY Award-Winning Songwriter/Actor, Shaffer “NE-YO” Chimere Smith, now considers Atlanta home, yet still finds time to continuously make an impact upon the Atlanta community by providing a brighter holiday season for youth living in foster care.

On Thursday, December 20, NE-YO and his youth foundation, The Compound Foundation, made a surprise visit to the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club located 1330 N. Druid Hills Road Atlanta, GA as a part of his 6th Annual Compound Foundation Giving Tour. Annually he partners with The Boys & Girls Clubs of America as a way to give back generously to the foundation that gave him so much as a young man.

Up close with 'Cirque du Soleil | TOTEM'

Conn TV's Conn Jackson got up close and personal with Totem castmember, Olli Torkkel while touring in Atlanta. Get the inside scoop from behind the scenes on how this incredible show comes together

Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus to give Christmas concert

Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus to give Christmas concert

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus will perform three Christmas concerts at the Cathedral of St. Philip this weekend.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

The chorus will also sell copies of its latest album with some of the songs featured in its And on Earth, Peace Christmas show. The album can be purchased from the iTunes store and on the chorus website as well.

Visit brownpapertickets.com for tickets to the concert. They are $40 for premium seating and $30 for regular seating. A limited number of $15 tickets are available for the Saturday matinee.

The Cathedral of St. Philip is located at 2744 Peachtree Road NW in Buckhead.

ASCAP's Rhythm and Soul Team honors Atlanta female executives 'Behind the Music'

ASCAP's Rhythm and Soul Team honors Atlanta female executives 'Behind the Music'

ATLANTA -- On Thursday, October 18, from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) along with sponsor Rémy Martin V, presented its 4th annual ASCAP Presents… Women Behind the Music at Vanquish Lounge located 1029 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) to open its doors to the community with style

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) to open its doors to the community with style

To celebrate its grand opening to the general public, Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC), will host a series of events and seminars designed to inspire and educate guests on the ADAC lifestyle. From October 1 through October 14, and resuming the first week of November, a variety of speakers will share their lifestyle and design expertise with design enthusiasts of all kinds.

“In order to welcome those new to the design community into ADAC, we want to host events that speak to a wide variety of guests”, says ADAC General Manager, Katie Belveal. “Whether your passion is interior design, fabric and wall coverings, gardening, or even blogging there will be an event geared towards your interests.”

Starting October 4, the Atlanta community and all design enthusiasts, with the help of ADAC, will begin to build the lifestyle they have always dreamed of.

Signature Lifestyle and Design Events

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I've done everything from sales to marketing, accounting," said Emily Griffith. But one day nine years ago, long after most people have chosen their life's path, Griffith found a new one.

"I was early in my 40's, and I had no idea I knew how to paint," she said.

Turns out Griffith was a natural, and even though she calls a first painting of her dog primitive, it's still better than most people could ever do.

"The more you paint, the more your eye gets trained," she said humbly.

Almost 1,000 paintings later, Griffith is a renowned painter -- of pets.

"That's what I'm known for is capturing the dog's personality," she said.

Especially when that dog is the dawg -- Ugga. Griffith has painted Uggas 7, 8 and 9.

She also painted actress Tori Spelling's dog, who died.

And she's painted hundreds of not so famous pets, no less adored by their owners.

Fall in love with food at Atlanta History Center's Folklife Festival kickoff

Fall in love with food at Atlanta History Center's Folklife Festival kickoff

-- An Evening Foodie Affair Featuring Tastings, Live Music, Mixologists, and Some of Atlanta's Most Beloved Chefs --

Each year, the Atlanta History Center ushers in the autumn season with the Fall Folklife Festival. Traditional crafts, southern foodways, and environmental sustainability are at the center of the festivities. This year, the festival expands with the introduction of a new Friday night kick-off event.