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Celebrate with The Strand

the gig:

The StrandSome things get better with age: wine, cheese and the Historic Marietta Square’s Earl Smith Strand Theater. Next  month, the former movie palace turned performing arts venue will commemorate its 80th birthday. To celebrate in style, The Strand is rolling out four shows sure to please.

Here’s a rundown of the three-day celebration:

Symphony on the Square

September 24 | Marietta’s own local orchestra kicks off the weekend of birthday fun with a live concert on The Earl Smith Strand Theatre stage. The music from Les Miserables, Westside Story, Titanic, and other recognizable favorites will tickle your ears and soothe your soul. 

Tickets are assigned seating and $20 or $25 for limited VIP tickets. VIP tickets include a meet and greet dessert reception with the orchestra members after the performance.

Patron’s Choice Movie

September 25 @ 8 p.m. |  Relive the days when Marietta locals packed the house, dressed to the nines, to watch Hollywood’s original stars strut their stuff on the silver screen. To celebrate The Strand’s birthday, one classic film–voter’s choice!–will be shown on the big screen at 8 p.m. Movie options are: Casablanca, The Princess Bride, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and North by Northwest. Voting will be available on the Earl Smith Strand Facebook page through August 31. 

Tickets are $8 for adults, and $7 for seniors, students, and military.

Silent Comedy Shorts

September 26 @ 2 p.m. | This Saturday is double the festivities, double the fun at The Strand. Starting off the fun is a matinee collection of knee-slapping silent film comedies featuring the very best of vaudevillian actors including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd accompanied by The Strand’s Mighty Allen Theatre Organ. 

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $9 for seniors, students and military.

Strand Casino NightClassic Vegas Casino Night

September 26 @ 8 p.m. | Later that night, capping off the birthday festivities, The Strand will be transformed into a classic Vegas-styled casino. Expect an evening filled with casino games, drinks, fantastic food and live shows. The Rat Pack Now will have shows running throughout the evening, so go at your own pace and choose when you want to party, when you want to be entertained and when you want to flirt with lady luck! 

Tickets are $75 and include the live Rat Pack tribute show, a night full of games, a raffle ticket, dinner and a drink. 

Credit: Casino photo by Mia McCorkle


Note: All proceeds from this event go to support to operational programming of The Strand.

the guide:

For more information on any of these events or to purchase tickets, visit or the Box Office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060.

Box Office hours are from 11AM-6PM, Monday through Friday, and 9AM-1PM on Saturdays. The Box Office opens two hours before showtime.



See the New Cinderella Under the Stars

the gig:

Lily James is Cinderella and Richard Madden is the Prince in Disney's live-action CINDERELLA, directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Movie by Moonlight: Cinderella on August 15 in Smyrna

School may be back in session, but you can keep the summer magic alive for at least one more night. The last film of Smyrna’s “2015 Movies in the Moonlight” series–showing tonight in Smyrna’s Taylor-Brawner park–is the recently-released, live-action version of Cinderella. 

Cinderella is always a favorite, but watching the beloved princess meet her handsome prince charming under the stars is bound to make the childhood favorite even more magical.

So bring your blankets and snag your spot early–spots are sure to fill up with swooning little girls (and their mamas, papas and siblings) quick!

the guide:

where: Taylor-Brawner Park at 3180 Atlanta Road in Smyrna

when: August 15th at 8 p.m.

cost: free

Stars & Cigars 2015 | Make-A-Wish Benefit

 Presented by Carl Black Kennesaw


| an 80’s bash! |

Calling all girls who just wanna have fun and guys who are hip to be square:
Stars & Cigars is blasting back to the future to party like it’s 1989!

Featuring flashdancing, break dancing, one-glove wearing, livin’ on a prayering, fashion-show parading, poker playing, and yes, cigar smoking while star gazing.

It’s going to be a most excellent, totally outrageous time, babes and dudes!

| event festivities |

Friday, November 6, 2015 | 7:00-11:00 p.m.

The Brickyard | 129 Church Street | Historic Marietta Square

Games | Professionally run poker tournament & blackjack

Grand gaming prize for top winner | Deluxe vacation package including airfare & accommodations to Beau Rivage Resort and Casino for 4 days, 3 nights

Live music | The Paul Hand Band will be performing live!

Paul Hand Band

Silent auction | Resort and spa packages, home decor, jewelry, original artwork, sports memorabilia, event tickets

Fashion show | High-style fashion show with styling by Dyer & Posta Salon, featuring top area shops

Cigars beneath the stars | VIP passes available (separate ticket) for Cigar & Scotch Lounge, including signature hostess and concierge service with two 2-ounce pours of single-malt scotch plus a hand-cut cigar in the upscale specially appointed, leather-furnished, luxury lounge area

Attire | Girls: Rock your best 80’s Solid Gold attire (Aqua Net optional).
Guys: Channel your inner Bon Jovi; denim is fine, but dressing to impress is a must.



Creative | Event logo, design and styling by Moxie Designs.


 | the fare |

Drinks (2 drink tickets/person plus cash bar)
Full buffet and small plates provided by Savory Plate
Dessert bar

| the venue |

The Brickyard
129 Church Street

Marietta Square 30060

Stars & Cigars 2013 | Marietta Square | The Brickyard

| purchase tickets |


 Regular event tickets include all festivities except the VIP enclosed scotch/cigar lounge. Tickets for the VIP lounge can be purchased along with regular tickets. VIP lounge tickets will also be available for purchase the night of the event.

Can’t come but want to help us grant a wish? Donate any amount below! Every dollar is appreciated and goes directly toward a child in Georgia who’s currently waiting for their wish to be granted.

| benefitting |

100 percent of proceeds grant the wishes of children waiting in Georgia’s Make A Wish chapter.

For sponsorship inquiries, email

| party hearty! |

Marietta Hilton

To book a room and receive the Stars & Cigars group rate of $79/night at The Hilton Marietta Hotel & Conference Center, visit:

| presenting sponsors | 

Carl Black Kennesaw


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| live music |

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| sponsors |

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| fashion show sponsors |


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{Chalk} toberfest 2015!

the gig:

Chalktoberfest is coming!!! (And, yes, that announcement deserves a slew of exclamation points.) One of the Marietta Square’s most anticipated events of the year promises to be a feast for the senses. Part art show, part beer festival, the two-day festival will combine craft brews with some seriously eye-popping chalk art. 

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

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

Chalk Art BNY Mellon 2 1

State Bank


At Chalktoberfest 2015, 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)

the gig:

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

the gig:

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
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