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Author Sue Monk Kidd to hold 2 book signings

Author Sue Monk Kidd to hold 2 book signings

ATLANTA -- Bestselling author Sue Monk Kidd will hold two readings and book signings in metro Atlanta in January.

Kidd is best known for writing The Secret Life of Bees, which was made into a 2008 movie starring Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. She is also the author of The Mermaid Chair.

Her third novel, The Invention of Wings, like her previous two books, is a celebration of women.

According to Book Atlanta:

Elevate Week begins Oct. 18

Elevate Week begins Oct. 18

ATLANTA -- Elevate Week, the Office of Cultural Affairs' large scale public art project, will begin Friday, Oct. 18 at locations throughout the city.

Muralists and performance groups will create art with the theme "Transit: Time, People and Places" through Saturday, Oct. 26.

"I am excited by this year's program because it is a testament to the evolving role of public art in the cultural and economic development of Atlanta," Eddie Granderson, public art program manager for the Office of Cultural Affairs, said in a statement. "We are growing Atlanta's reputation as a cultural destination through public art."

MARTA has partnered with the program to design a special Elevate bus. Route 49 will drive past much of the Elevate artwork, giving riders the opportunity to see it.

Center for Puppetry Arts Celebrates 35th Anniversary

This September, the Center for Puppetry Arts is celebrating 35 years as an institution in both the puppetry community and the Atlanta attraction scene. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched their lives through enchanting performances, interactive workshops and museum exhibits, as well as Distance Learning and Outreach Programs.

Jazz under the Stars at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

Jazz under the Stars at Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Facility will host “Jazz under the Stars” on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Benson and will feature vocalist Gina Grate of Grate Productions. According to her website, Ms. Grate performs with numerous “big bands and small combos” along with her work in the recording studio.  Light refreshments will be provided during the event.

The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex is located at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive NE, Sandy Springs.  The public is invited to join Benson participants as they enjoy an evening of music and fellowship.

“Jazz under the Stars” is free.  For more information, please contact Ms. Lila Womack at 404-612-2303.

The Big Screen: The Spectacular Now

The Big Screen: The Spectacular Now

(WXIA) -- This week's review is for a movie you may not have heard of -- but you'll know about it come awards season.

The Spectacular Now is home grown; it was shot in and around Athens.

It's the love story of a popular high school senior, Miles Teller, who's a little more troubled than he lets on. He doesn't care about the future -- just living in the now and the quiet girl he dates on the rebound.

The Spectacular Now is not one of those summer thrill ride movies. It feels more natural. You want to tell the guy (Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights") to make good decisions and the girl (Shailene Woodley, The Descendants) to protect herself.

Both actors should be nominated for major awards, especially Woodley, who wears almost no makeup for the entire movie. Nothing amazing happens in the film -- it's just real.

Morgan Stanley sponsors Atlanta Mountainfilm on Tour Travelling Film Festival

ATLANTA -- Morgan Stanley is the presenting sponsor of the Mountainfilm on Tour ATL event, held on Sept. 6 and 7 at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta. Mountainfilm on Tour is a traveling showcase of inspiring, adventurous and humorous short films spotlighting the environment and outdoor activity. All screenings during the two-day event are curated from the 2013 Mountainfilm in Telluride Film Festival held earlier this year.