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LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

ATLANTA, Ga. – Atlanta has come to be known as the home of young professionals, performing arts professionals and indie artists. The city that was once a breeding ground for hip-hop trends has become a haven of the aesthetic arts and artists alike.   

Recently, while searching for this thriving indie artist scene in the city that is home to large-scale Tyler Perry Studios, I stumbled upon a “somewhat dormant” subculture lying low in the middle of town; it’s Atlanta’s Underground Art scene.

Just like movie buffs, members of world want to claim they were the first to see the most recent and popular cult indie films, films like “Reservoir Dogs” or “Requiem for a Dream”. Well, in Atlanta, artists can experience that excitement by visiting their local independent theatre. These theatres in most cases, have been around for 20 years, or more, are home to many of the most artistically gifted and innovative people in town.

Carmen Deedy visits Clayton Elementary

Carmen Deedy visits Clayton Elementary

CANTON, Ga. -- Children's author Carmen Agra Deedy paid a special visit to Canton's Clayton Elementary School on Monday, May 16.

Deedy, a native of Cuba, has been writing for kids for more than two decades. She shared her stories with the kindergartners and first and second graders at Clayton.

Read more about Carmen Deedy's amazing life and career.

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, Taste of East Cobb and Marietta Plant Sale

WEEKEND EVENTS: BBQ Festival, Taste of East Cobb and Marietta Plant Sale

WOODSTOCK, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

The Woodstock Market and Show will feature an outdoor market and antique show on Saturday, May 7. The show will include antiques, vintage things, arts and crafts, furniture, produce and vendor items. The show was created to have the feel of an “Old World Outdoor Street Market”. The market is located at 9464 Main Street in Woodstock.

This weekend, North Cobb will present their 2nd Annual Smoke on the Lake BBQ Festival. This festival is held by The Rotary Club of North Cobb and the City of Acworth; it’s a non-sanctioned BBQ competition open to anyone who loves to cook. The event will be held on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Cauble Park on Lake Acworth. This year, the festival will host free concerts.

DINNERS ON A DIME: Cinco de Mayo

DINNERS ON A DIME: Cinco de Mayo

CANTON, Ga. – This week, Dinners on a Dime features local Cinco de Mayo eats. Every Tuesday Where U Live will choose four favorite eats in your area for you to take your family and friends for a fabulous meal, under $20.

Local restaurant, Huey Luey’s, a local Mexican restaurant in Hiram will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with an outdoor draft beer truck, live music inside and outside. According to the manager of the restaurant, they will focus on creating different types of margaritas exclusively for the event. The patio isn’t open, now; however it will be ready for the occasion. Huey Luey’s is located at 5460 Wendy Bagwell Parkway in Hiram.

Visit El Rodeo in Marietta for margaritas by the glass and by the pitcher, this restaurant offers a range of combination dinners. Most people who visit the restaurant order the fajitas and nachos. People who frequent the restaurant enjoy the stuffed jalapenos and queso fundidio.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Circus Clowns and Beauty Queens

WEEKEND EVENTS: Circus Clowns and Beauty Queens

NORTHERN METRO AREA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Today, the Yaarab Shrine kicks off their 69th Annual Circus and Carnival at the Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. This circus is the world largest shrine circus. Food and rides will be open tonight; however, there will be no circus acts. Only $10 gets you unlimited rides on every ride at the fair.

Sprayberry High school will be hosting a Community Egg Drop on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Eggs will be dropped from a helicopter and there will be many vendors, including face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Carmen Agra Deedy to visit Clayton Elementary

Carmen Agra Deedy to visit Clayton Elementary

CANTON, Ga. -- The students at Clayton Elementary School in Canton were thrilled to learn that children's author Carmen Agra Deedy will visit their school on Monday, May 16.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Deedy came to the United States as a refugee in 1964 and grew up in Decatur, where she still lives.

She has been writing for children for over two decades. Her most popular book, "The Library Dragon," received various state book award and has sold nearly half a million copies.

In 2003, "The Library Dragon" was chosen to represent Georgia at the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Deedy's most recent book, "14 Cows for America," is based on an astonishing gift that a Maasai village in Kenya gave to the United States shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

The book was released in Sept.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

NORTHWEST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’ve compiled a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If you have an office crush, we have the place for you. Local lunch favorite, Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs serves up, according to some, one of the best dogs in town. This humble, hot dog restaurant is known for its Iced Tea and famous Chili Slaw Dog served on a perfectly steamed bun. Everything in this restaurant is under $9. So, both, your date and your pockets will thank you.