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Chalktoberfest 2015

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Chalktoberfest is coming!!! (And, yes, that announcement deserves a slew of exclamation points.) As you might suspect, one of the Marietta Square’s most anticipated events of the year includes beer. But what might surprise you is that the chalk-centered festival will also include some seriously eye-popping art. 

Your kindergartner’s hastily scribbled chalk art, this isn’t. 

Just check out a few of last year’s can’t-believe-their-chalk entries:

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During the two-day festival, dozens of artists from around the country–including some major names in the chalk art community (yes, it’s a thing)–will converge  at the Marietta | Cobb Museum of Art-sponsored festival to throw down some serious art.

Combining chalk art competitions with a craft beer festival, this two-day-long festival will feature live music and festivities all weekend. Saturday, choose from over 100 craft beers while watching top national chalk artists bring the streets to life. Sunday, don’t miss the antique car competition and kids’ craft sessions at the “Kids on the Block” section where participation crafts will cost between 1 and 4 tickets.

And, if all this sounds like it should come with a top-dollar price tag, there’s more good news:


Admission to MCMA is free all weekend! (Insider tip: prices for the beer festival are scaled, so get your tickets pronto! The first 500 sold online–sales start AUGUST 1–will be $35; the next 500 will be $45. The rest (including those sold at the door) are $50. 

the guide:

When: October 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; October 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: the Marietta Square

Cost: Chalk festival is free; beer festival tickets begin at $35 and progress to $55 (buy early!)

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

Girl’s Night Out at Dragonfly Boutique

the gig:

Sometimes, you just need a little time with your girls–a chance to relax, let loose and hang with the ladies you love the most.

If you’re craving some good girlfriend time, Thursday is your night.

Smyrna’s Dragonfly Boutique is hosting a Girl’s Night Out starting at 6 p.m. Gather your favorite gals and get ready for a night of sweet deals and treats. 

Snack on light refreshments, then sip their signature Dragonfly cocktail with browsing their fab-u-lous selection of everything from up-t0-the-minute fashions and accessories and home decor to bath and body products and an endless slew of giftables.

Let’s just say there’s not much you won’t find in this little gem. (See exhibits a, b, c and d below.)

Pretty lace tops:

Colorful clutches:

Indigo bath and body products:

And handmade bird houses made from reclaimed materials:


While we’re always up for some good retail therapy, when it comes with a lower price tag, we really can’t resist. Enter: Dragonfly’s 20 percent discount on ALL items in the store Thursday night, including sale prices. And, if all that doesn’t make you feel lucky enough already, they’ll be giving away a couple of door prizes to boot. 

Happy sipping and shopping!

the guide:

when: Thursday, July 30, from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

where: 1050 Concord Rd SE, Smyrna.

For more information, call 770-801-9933 for hours, or visit them on Facebook.


Marietta Movie Night this Saturday (July 25th)

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Movie-in-the-park-2015Wondering how to fill the last precious weekends before school begins? We’ve got you covered for at least one night: This Saturday, July 25, Marietta is hosting their first (and only) movie in the park at Laurel Park, a part of the B98.5 “B at the Movies” series.

The main feature on the 45′ inflatable screen will be 2015’s hit movie “Home,” which follows the adventures of a little girl and a lovable alien visiting earth. Movies begin at dusk (around 8 p.m.), but come early for the fun. The radio station will be hosting games, raffles, music and concessions.

Pack up the blankets and chairs, a cooler or picnic basket filled with snacks, and of course the whole gang–admission is free!

the guide:

When: July 25, 7 p.m.

Where: Laurel Park, 151 Manning Road. Marietta 30060

Cost: Free

For more information, call 770-794-5602




About Face: August art show at dk Gallery

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Wendel_Deana_48x72_oilacrylic_$8700If you haven’t made it to the Marietta Square Art Walk, yet, August 7 is one you will not want to miss. (And if you live under a very big, sad, art-deprived rock and don’t know what Art Walk is, it’s a self-guided arts extravaganza on the Square during the first Friday evening of every month, March through November).

August’s Art Walk marks the opening night of dk Gallery’s highly anticipated portraiture show, About Face. The show explores portraits throughout history — from traditional to the fresh, contemporary styles of today.

Bonus: if you’ve been longing to get lost in someone’s eyes lately, now’s your chance. These are some mesmerizing faces.

Pictured top right: David Wendel’s Deana oil & acrylic 48″x72″

dk Gallery Exteriorthe guide:

WHERE: dk Gallery

25 West Park Square

Marietta, GA 30060

WHEN: Friday, August 7, 2015, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

TITLE: About Face

FEATURED ARTISTS: Terrence Gasca, Shellie Lewis-Dambax, Alberto Mier, Catie Radney and David Wendel


the gallery:

dkgallerydk Gallery is proud to be a part of the resurgence of the arts in Marietta, where you will find a unique blend of intown culture and small town charm. For more information about the gallery and dk’s artists, visit



Groove to the Motown Revue at the Strand


The gig:

There “ain’t no mountain high enough” that can keep you from coming to see this energy-packed, high-kicking show at the Strand! From the moment I heard the first actress sing for her mic check, I knew the dress rehearsal I was about to watch would be entertaining…and it was! Smiling from beginning to end, I felt like dancing in the streets after the last number. You don’t want to miss these power-house voices and explosive dances!

I had a chat with the director, Laura Gronek, about the show and why “America could use a little soul.”



Q & A with the director:

Q: What can people expect when they come see this?

A: Well this is the 5th year of doing this, so we have a strong production team that has been in the show before and a lot of incredibly talented community and professional performers, so everyone’s coming together to bring it their all.

The attraction is the high-energy dance, diva vocals, and tight harmonies… I compare us to almost a Vegas show or a revue in Pigeon Forge… that kind of tourist attraction.




Q: How did this show come about? You said you’ve done this for a few years now, so how did it all happen?

A: The former executive director of the theatre was a former high school teacher at Pebblebrook Performing Arts School, so after he retired from teaching, he came here to lead the theatre. It was in ruins, but he came and they renovated, and opened it back up in 2009.

He wanted to bring musical revues and give a community theatre opportunity to people in Marietta to have the stage. They’ve done several different revues over the years, a Vegas show, a Broadway revue, we have a pretty successful Christmas show that we’ve done for two years and we’re getting ready to do it again for a third year this December.

The Motown revue continues to do so well! It’s such an influential genre; the older generation, regardless of race, grew up with the music, and the younger generation we either know it from our parents or from movies…it’s everywhere! It’s a very permeating music.



Q: What’s your favorite thing about this particular show?

A: The way the different talents come together to put on this incredible show. There are strong dancers who can’t necessarily sing and there are strong singers who can’t necessarily dance, but we all work together and pull each other up to the same level and the result is incredible to see after just 3 weeks! Which is crazy…and sometimes I think we are!

The guide: 

Dates: July 3-July 26

Times: Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm with Sunday matinees at 3pm

Buy your tickets quick before they’re gone!


Celebrate with a Bang: Your Guide to 4th of July Festivities

savethe gig:

Tomorrow, it’s time to get your ‘Murica on and celebrate 239 years of independence. We can’t think of a better way to do it than by gathering friends and family together at one of these local Independence Day celebrations:



If you’ve already got a plan for the 4th, then this event is for you. On July 3, the City of Kennesaw is hosting a celebration of freedom, music and fireworks. Expect two stages of live music, festive street entertainment, food vendors, kid’s activities and, everyone’s favorite part of all, a fireworks finale starting at 9:30 p.m.

Need-to-know info

Location: Downtown Kennesaw
Contact: Kennesaw Parks & Recreation, 770-422-9714
When: July 3, 6 to 10 p.m.
Admission: Free


If your heart beats red, white and blue, you won’t want to miss the city of Marietta’s Fourth in the Park celebration. The fun kicks off at 10 a.m. and includes the Marietta Freedom Parade with an expected 2,000 participants, free live concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and (of course) a not-to-be-missed fireworks finale. (Tip: Arrive early, crowds are expected to number around 30,000!)

Need-to-know info

Location: Marietta Square
Contact: Kennesaw Parks & Recreation, 770-422-9714
When: Festival runs from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., starting with the parade at 10 a.m. Fireworks begin at dark. 
Admission: Free



Come with an American flag in hand to wave on the parade that begins at 10 a.m. After the parade, head to The Park at City Center (101 Arnold Mill Rd.) to enjoy food, live music in the gazebo, children’s games, cake walk, arts and crafts, Adam the Juggler, and vendors of all types until 3:00 p.m. For the fireworks, plan to head to the Target shopping center at Hwy 92 and I-575 at dusk.

Need-to-know info

Location: The Park at City Center for the daytime celebration and the Target shopping center at Hwy 92 and I-575 for the fireworks. 
For more info:
When: July 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk.


Freedom will be ringing loud and clear at the one of the largest fireworks extravaganzas in Metro Atlanta at Cauble Park in Acworth. Food vendors begin selling at noon; live music starts at 4 p.m. and continues until the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. After the big show, stay for the final concert until 11 p.m.

Need-to-know info

Location: Cauble Park in Acworth
Contact: City of Acworth, 770-917-1234
When: Live music beings at 4 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Parking: There will be limited parking within Cauble Park. If lot is full, you will need to park downtown.


Happy Birthday, America!

Plan a Stress-Free Summer Bash

the gig:

Mobile Art PartyIf hosting a party is somewhere on your summer agenda, we’ve got a stress-free solution you’re sure to love: Mobile Art Party. It’s a painting party that comes to you! 

This genius little business, owned by local gal Tinya Smith, will take the work out of party planning. So, you know, you can actually enjoy the shindig you’re throwing.
During the art parties, which typically last from 1.5 to 2.5 hours, Tinya will walk you through creating one of the pre-chosen art pieces from her website. If a traditional canvas print isn’t your thing, wine glasses and wine bottles are in her upcoming party plans.
And, the best part: Tinya comes to you. She can bring the party (read: the paint, supplies and FUN!) to your home, a park or even a private room at a local restaurant. All you need to bring are the friends. Of course, a few tasty libations wouldn’t hurt either.
So whether you and your ladies are way overdue for a girl’s night out, you need to plan your nine-year-old’s birthday party or you’re in charge of your work’s next after-hours mixer, Mobile Art Party is sure to make your next gathering the talk of the summer party season. 

the guide: 

To reserve your party today, contact Tinya Smith at 404-314-3257 or email her at Visit her website at

Les Miserables Comes to the Alliance Stage at the Woodruff Arts Center

the gist:

Do you hear the people sing? If not, then get thee toProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset the Alliance Stage at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta to see Dave Clemmons and The Performer’s Warehouse present Les Miserables.

Putting a fresh spin on this classic, performances feature amazing LOCAL youth, high school, college and young adult talent! All local, all fresh, all bursting onto the stage July 26-28. We promise you’ll be blown away by how these young performers BRING. IT.

You have five chances to catch the show throughout the weekend; tickets will be sold through the Alliance Theatre Box Office at The Woodruff Arts Center.

a little name dropping:

Dave Clemmons is a Broadway veteran, as well as a former casting agent, producer, teacher, director and the owner of DCCAP, which is a college advising program for theatre students.

Holly Garmon, the owner and Director of The Performer’s Warehouse, commented, “We are so excited to bring a director of this quality to our area to work with these young performers and to share this event with Atlanta.”

Callaway_Nightthe guide:

To buy tickets: go here or call 404-733-5000

Show dates:

Friday, June 26 @ 8 pm

Saturday June 27 @ 2pm and 7:30pm

Sunday June 28 @ 2pm and 7:30pm

Address: 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

The Performer’s Warehouse has operated in the Alpharetta/Cumming area for the past 5 years, and gives training to students pursuing musical theatre, acting, voice and dance.

This production is not part of The Alliance Theatre educational programming.

WellStar Chemotherapy Center: Helping the Fight Against Cancer

Cancer just got a new Public Enemy Number One, thanks to WellStar’s new chemotherapy center, unveiled at the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center in May.

the gist:

WellStar Health System is looking out for its cancer patients with its addition of a new state-of-the-art Outpatient Infusion Center at Kennestone, providing those undergoing chemotherapy with a higher level of comfort, amenities and emotional support, including room for visitors to accompany patients during their treatments.

The 6,600 square-foot area is divided into semi-private nursing bays, each with a nurse dedicated to four patients. Each patient area includes a media cabinet, adjustable lighting and a closet for personal belongings.

“The new Outpatient Infusion Center at Kennestone Hospital was designed with the patient in mind,” said Joel Helmke, vice president of oncology services. “Having someone there to hold your hand can provide healing and assures patients they are not alone in their fight against cancer.”

“They have put so much thought into the new center,” said Sherry Reid, a patient undergoing chemotherapy for ovarian cancer who only has two infusion treatments remaining. “They really thought of everything when they planned this space for people with cancer.”

the guide:

The new center is located on the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center campus in building 340, just steps from the Cancer Center parking deck.

WellStar Health System is the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia and serves a population of more than 1.4 million residents in five counties. 

For more information, call 770-956-STAR or visit

Popcorn Alert: $1 kids’ movies all summer long at Regal Cinema

the gig:

As a general rule, we’re all about getting kiddos out and about to explore the world and breathe in some good ol’ fresh air. But, let’s face it, there are times that chasing your kids around the park or splash pad just isn’t going to happen. (Hello, 90-degree days, we’re looking at you!) On those days, plopping down next to your kids in a dark, air-conditioned theater for a couple of hours is a perfectly respectable option.

And, thanks to Regal Cinemas 2015 Summer Movie Express, you won’t have to shell out big bucks to enjoy a show. Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. throughout the summer, you can catch popular movies from the past few years for just $1 per ticket. (The seating is first-come, first-served so plan to arrive a bit early!)

While the showing dates vary from theater to theater (click here to check the theater schedule nearest you), you can expect to find these big screen hits for little ones on this summer’s showtime list:

The Nut Job
Earth to Echo
Rio 2
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Book of Life
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Penguins of Madagascar
Madagascar 3
Dolphin Tale 2
Muppets, Most Wanted
Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
The Lego Movie
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Happy watching!

the guide:

Click here to check the Summer Movie Express schedule nearest you.

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