December 7, 2013
The America’s Soul Food Museum includes 400 years of artifacts representing African-American contributions to the culinary arts.
Local talent at Comedic Laughs for Adults event Local stand-up comedians Vivian Alford and Alyssa BarnettSchott will make their comedic debut at the Decatur Library on Dec. 14 as part of the Diversity in DeKalb series. Vivian Alford Comedic Laughs for Adults! for patrons 18 and over begins at 1 p.m. Alford has performed at the Punchline, Funny Farm and Relapse Theatre and in Alabama venues. Barnett-Schott has been A. Barnett-Schott entertaining audiences in comedy clubs all over the Southeast for more than 15 years. The Decatur Library is at 215 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur. For more information, call 404-370-3070.
DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson (left) is shown with the recipients of the inaugural William C. Brown Community Heritage Awards on Dec. 2.
Heritage Festival kicks off at Wesley Chapel Library The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a New York actress and a Soul Food Museum presentation are some of the special events under way through Dec. 23 at DeKalb Library branches for its first Heritage Festival. It kicked off Dec. 2 at the Wesley ChapelWilliam C. Brown Library with the presentation of awards recognizing the outstanding service of library volunteers and staff. The Heritage Festival replaces the annual Kwanzaa Festival that for years taught library patrons how to celebrate the AfricanAmerican cultural holiday. Retired library branch manager Doris Wells, who helped coordinate the Heritage Festival, said 31 programs are taking place at library branches throughout the system. Monday’s kickoff included music by PR Experience Jazz Ensemble; screening of a video on the life and legacy of the late William C. Brown, a DeKalb commissioner and chairman of the library trustee board; and the presentation of the inaugural William C. Brown Community Heritage Awards to five individuals and two organizations. Deborah Bolden, a longtime volunteer, received the Friend of the Year Award. Volunteer Charles Atkinson was recognized for his work with the library’s Adult Book Club. Library employees Myguil Chappel, Tamika Strong and C. Joyce Farrar-Rosemon; the 100 Black Men of DeKalb; and the Decatur Graduate Chapter Kappa Alpha Alpha of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. also were recognized for their work with the library. Highlights of the fest include a Symphony in Your Neighborhood concert on Dec. 9 with the ASO and a Dec. 10 presentation by Barbara Cross, who was inside the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963, when it was bombed by the Ku Klux Klan. The casual concert by the ASO takes place at 7 p.m. at the Wesley Chapel Library. The musicians will interact with the audience after their performance. Cross’ four Sunday school friends were killed in the Birmingham church blast. She will speak at 6:30 p.m. at Wesley Chapel. On Dec. 14, there will be a Community Awareness Day with a Soul Food Museum exhibit, vendors, an information fair and
New York actress Christine Dixon will perform part of her awardwinning onewoman show about abolitionist Harriet Tubman on Dec. 14 at the Wesley Chapel Library.
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breakout sessions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New York actress Christine Dixon also will perform a portion of her award-winning one-woman show about the life and times of Harriet Tubman. The America’s Soul Food Museum includes 400 years of artifacts representing African-American contributions to the culinary arts. Its founder, Dr. Kenneth Willhoite, will discuss brain foods and 11 healthy foods in the new soul food diet. For the complete schedule of Heritage Festival events, visit www.dekalblibrary.org. The Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library is at 2681 Wesley Chapel Road. For more information, call 404-286-6980.
Holiday voices at Decatur Library The community chamber chorus Just Voices will perform holiday music on Dec. 10 at the Decatur Library. The one-hour concert featuring madrigals, motets, chorales, spirituals, classical art songs, shape-note hymns and vocal jazz kicks off at 7 p.m. The Decatur Library is at 215 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur. For more information, call 404-370-3070.
‘Man of Steel’ to be screened at library
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Fans of Superman can see the “Man of Steel” in action on Dec. 14 at the Stone Mountain-Sue Kellogg Library. The 2013 movie, which is rated PG-13, will be screened at 2 p.m. Henry Cavill stars as Clark Kent/ Kal-El, who learns as a young boy that he has extraordinary powers and is not of Earth. He is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race. The star-studded cast includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Michael Shannon as General Zod. The library is at 952 Leon St. Call Superman (Henry Cavill) faces supervillains in “Man of 770-413-2020 for more information. Steel,” which will be screened on Dec. 14.