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week end what to do, hear, see, watch, read, listen to, visit and eat in Gwinnett and Atlanta Local Event: Charlie Daniels Band performing at Wild Bill’s today ....................Pg. 7

MEGAMIND Saturday, JUNE 11 • 9:00 PM 10StepsBack, Déjá Vu in Concert beginning at 5:00 PM

The Village Amphitheatre Concert

Movie

June 18th

The Ron Jonsons

PETER PAN

June 25th

Drowning Creek

SHREK FOREVER AFTER

July 4th Celebration! Concerts begin at 2:00 PM. LITTLE FOCKERS after fireworks. July 9th

Special Photo

The legendary Charlie Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Jan. 19, 2008. Opry members Marty Stuart and Connie Smith presented Daniels with the Opry member award before a sold-out crowd.

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By Venue ................................................................Pg. 14 Gwinnett Calendar ............................................Pg. 18 Metro Calendar....................................................Pg. 19 The “Weekend” arts and entertainment guide includes select events in the coming week. To be considered for a listing, send a fact sheet to: Weekend, Features Department, Gwinnett Daily Post, 725 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045; or call 770-963-9205, email features@gwinnettdailypost.com or fax 770-339-8081.

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THE DISH

Sara Donuts

45 Satellite Blvd., Suite D, Suwanee

770-271-1129

BY KATHY-LEE CASSIE Staff Intern

• Open since: 2006 • Location: Sara Donuts is located off LarencevilleSuwanee road in the Shawnee Ridge plaza amongst stores such as Atlanta Bread Company and T-Mobile. • Hours: The store is Sara Donuts is located in Duluth off Lawrencevilleopen between the hours of 5 Suwanee Road. a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday fee bar with a variety of of through Saturday and is ONTHEMENU flavored Paul Delima coffee closed on Sunday. and a machine that serves Doughnuts cappacino and hot choco• Glazed, 70 cents • Owner: Korean natives each, $7.80 per dozen late. For a cold drinks, cusSara Park and husband • Sour Cream, 80 cents tomers can choose from a Jongwon Park never thought each, $8.50 per dozen selection of energy drinks, that they would own a • Chocolate Twist, 89 fruit drinks, or sodas. doughnut business when cents each, $9.50 per dozen they moved to the United • Menu: Doughnuts are • Strawberry Filled, 89 States. For more than 20 cents each, $9.50 per the main dish at this shop years they owned multiple dozen and they range from your doughnut shops when they typical glazed doughnut to resided in Texas but decided Rolls the gourmet red velvet to branch out their business • Sausage Roll, 99 doughnut. The owners said cents in Georgia to be closer to that customers have compli• Jumbo Jalepeno family. They now have two Sausage Roll, $1.95 mented them on the doughfranchises in Georgia, in nuts they make as they are Suwanee and Duluth and hand-made every morning are working on opening and another fresh batch is another on Jimmy Carter ON THE WEB made every sixth hour each Boulevard in September. day. The most popular are On Facebook: the Apple Fritter and Sour • Atmosphere: When facebook.com/ Cream. They try to change Sara-Donuts/ you walk into Sara Donuts, 91456957409 the style of the doughnuts you’re instantly hit by the depending on the season or mouth-watering scents of occasion. Early this year doughnuts they sell. freshly made doughnuts. they featured a Valentine’s Upon entering the shop, The shop has a simple but doughnuts and sausage rolls Day doughnut and hope to comfortable aura with cool shades of pink on the walls, are displayed in a large glass continue that tradition every year. Not only do they make decorated with colorful cus- showcase and to the left of specialized doughnuts, but the shop is a self-serve coftom-made posters of the PAGE 4 • WWW.GWINNETTDAILYPOST.COM • FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011

Staff Intern Photos: Kathy-Lee Cassie

Sara Donuts makes a variety of gourmet doughnuts such as cinnamon cake, sour cream, chocolate cake, and star fancy. Their breakfast rolls include sausage roll and jumbo jalapeno sausage rolls.

breakfast rolls as well — sausage and jalapeno sausage. • Things you might not

know: Along with the three franchises that are located here in Georgia there are also 13 branches in Texas, the owners of Sara Donuts

along with other family members in Texas have 16 doughnut shops that they have made into a family business.


DINING GWINNETTTASTES A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post: • Local Republic Unique beers and wines are the biggest attraction to this gastropub. You won’t find any fried food at Local Republic like at most pubs. Chef Jeff Gray takes pride in a unique menu filled with Southern delicacies. The most popular are the Charleston-style shrimp and grits and the Gulf Coast style chicken and sausage gumbo. Warm cookies and milk, a cupcake trio and various cakes are the desserts, which are provided by Sweets on the Square in Lawrenceville. 225 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville, 678-2054782 • Dooley’s Southern Stone Pizza Kitchen Dooley’s offers a wide variety of pizzas and calzones. You can create your own by choosing from an assortment of six bases like red sauce,

pesto, oil and garlic or barbecue, and then top with any of more than 30 different toppings. Dooley’s also features more than a dozen specialty pizzas. The truly adventurous can try the Kitchen Sink Calzone, a large pizza dough stuffed with your choice of 10 ingredients. Finish it in an hour by yourself and it’s free, plus you get your picture on their Facebook page and a T-shirt. 137 E. May St. Winder, 678-963-5157

• Rey’s Cuban Café If you’re in the mood for genuine Cuban food and not concerned with plush surroundings, check out Rey’s Cuban Café in Loganville. The varied menu features reasonably-priced Cuban sandwiches and platters, with the most expensive item on the menu costing $9.99. Appetizers include Cuban favorites such as papa rellena (fried beef stuffed potato) and mariquitas (fried plantain chips). 2950 Rosebud Road, Loganville, 770-972-1020

• Pho 168 Asian Cuisine This traditional Vietnamese cuisine restaurant offers patrons authentic Asian dishes served in a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. The extensive list of menu selections includes appetizers, soups, noodle dishes, spring rolls and combination meals. The several varieties of Pho (noodle soup) are hearty and filling, served with fresh sprouts and greens. 1932 Grayson Highway, Grayson, 770-807-7989

• Cafe Aromas Cafe Aromas specializes in wedding cakes, but also makes birthday cakes, cupcakes, pies and cookies. The bakery is able to create customers’ ideas of exciting wedding, birthday or special occasion cakes. Then there’s the wide variety of cupcakes. Cafe Aromas makes more than 20 different cupcakes, most notably its red velvet, hummingbird, German chocolate and butter vanilla. The menu isn’t limited to

desserts, though. In an effort to drive daily business, the cafe also serves hot and cold sandwiches, paninis, salads, soups and quiche. 755 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suite 1530, Lawrenceville, 770-995-0225 • Corralejo Mexican Flair and Tequila Bar Salmon, lobster, steak,

chicken, even fried green tomatoes give a nod to distinct geographic areas throughout Mexico and even here in Georgia. The most popular dishes so far are the Mahi-Mahi de la Costa Baja and the Monte Cristo sandwich. The fish is exquisitely fresh and the sandwich is a hearty, deepfried ham and turkey sand-

wich served with either French fries or sweet potato tots and a side of raspberry jam. The bar offers only imported, authentic tequilas, some aged in cherry barrels, some in Jack Daniel’s barrels and some even in wine barrels. 3890 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Suwanee, 678482-9900

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ART BEAT

The ‘WOW Factor’ The artists at Tannery Row are hosting five visual arts exhibitions beginning June 18 and continuing through Oct. 8. The first is titled “WOW Factor” and will open with a reception at Tannery Row from 6 to 9 p.m. June 18. Featured artists for the show are Jenny Bishop Heaton, Jim Klippel and Kristen Anderson. Tannery Row is located at 554 W. Main St. in Buford. It has been a focal point of the Gwinnett art scene since The Tannery Row Artists formally came together in 2003. There are currently 17 artists who inhabit light-filled spaces in this building which dates from 1919, a location full of history and character. The “WOW Factor” exhibition promises to have variety and visual interest. Acrylic paintings, serigraphs and elegant jewelry will be on view through mid-July. “Art-making has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” said Jenny Heaton. “I loved to experiment with art rather than read or study.” Heaton will be displaying a number of serigraphs, or silkscreen prints. “I love dreaming up and exploring new ones all the time. With serigraphy, I aim for spontaneous, intuitive manipulation of color, paint, line, shape and texture. It’s fun to dare and see what happens. In fact, for me it is

“I have a jewelry line that encourages self expression and natural beauty. For me, a welllived life is an authentic life, bringing all of who we are to every day.” James Klippel’s youth was spent on and around Chesapeake Bay, Florida waterways, the Georgia coast and the Chattahoochee River. His paintings are primarily abstract more than ‘fun,’ it is a pas- and/or impressionistic in sion,” Heaton said. nature. Metaphors and Artist Kristen Anderson symbolism are woven into describes her artistic point his work with color and of view a different way. texture. “My business grew out “Our ‘inner song’ and of a need to be heard,” she the sea are the subjects I said. most explore in my art,” A therapist, Anderson Klippel said. “We are here developed an overwhelm- on earth to learn, teach, ing need to create in order and then share our knowlto cope with the heaviness edge.” that so often comes with Up next will be an exhiher line of work. While bition from July 16 studying overseas, she had through Aug. 13 featuring the opportunity to visit the artists Jeff Stone, Judy Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Surowiec and Janet Felts. and was struck by the It will be followed by a pieces of paper containing third four-week exhibition wishes and prayers that from Aug. 20 to Sept. 10 visitors had stuck into the titled “Faux to Real.” This wall’s many crevices. show will feature Marti “I imagined all the Forkner-Vernon, Debra secret wishes that wall Weiser, and Rosa Jang. held. I created my busiThe June 18 reception is ness, Silver Box Designs, open to the public. For with the desire that my more information about designs would focus on “WOW Factor” and the the safe haven, all the Tannery Row Artists deep desires for a better Colony, visit the website world, contained in a silat www.tanneryrowartistver box rather than in a colony.com. wall.” Holley Calmes is a freeFor eight years, Anderlance writer and public son has been connecting relations consultant spewith customers to learn cializing in the arts. Email how her jewelry fits into her at hcalmes@mindtheir stories. spring.com.

Tannery Row artisits to open new exhibits

ART BEAT HOLLEY CALMES

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Special Photo

This abstract by Jim Klippel will be on view during the “WOW Factor” exhibition at Tannery Row from June 18 to mid-July.


LOCAL EVENT Charlie Daniels Band performing at Wild Bill’s today BY CAROLE TOWNSEND Staff Correspondent

DULUTH — The Charlie Daniels Band, one of the South’s most popular and long-lived bands, will perform at Wild Bill’s in Duluth tonight. The concert takes place on the eve of the kickoff the club’s Summer Rock series. It’s been almost a year since the Charlie Daniels Band has been in the Atlanta area, when they played with the Sean Hannity Freedom Tour. According to Daniels, he’s missed Atlanta. Asked if there’s a favorite hangout or restaurant he wants to visit when he comes here, Daniels answered: “Not really. I just love the whole city. I’m a big Braves fan and as all Southerners, I consider Atlanta to be Dixie’s answer to New York, only much better.” Daniels said that he and the band will play familiar favorite songs tonight, “but we’ll also put a little icing on the cake. I like to show off the musicianship of my band members, and I think they’re the best band I’ve ever had.” Does he have an all-time favorite CDB song himself? “It’s really hard to answer a question like that when you’ve written the songs. So many of them were written under memorable circumstances or have such a place in your heart, it’s extremely hard to just name one of them,” he said. Fans can likely expect to hear such classics as “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “The South’s Gonna Do it Again.” While Daniels and his band stay busy touring throughout much of the year,

the Christian/country/southern rock icon devotes plenty of time to supporting U.S. troops. The legendary musician’s song released last year, “Iraq Blues,” was written during CDB tours of Iraq. “I wrote ‘Iraq Blues’ on three separate trips to enter-

tain the troops over there. It’s about the troops and for the troops,” Daniels said. Other fundraising and charitable efforts Daniels supports include AIDS and cancer research, according to the band’s website. Fans also got a pleasant

and humorous surprise when they saw Daniels featured in a GEICO commercial recently, answering the question, “Does Charlie Daniels play a mean fiddle?” In the commercial the • See Band, Page 9

IFYOUGO • What: Charlie Daniels Band Concert • When: 9:30 p.m. tonight (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) • Where: Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St. in Duluth • Cost: General admission tickets cost $25 in advance, $31 at the door. Table seating: $35; VIP tickets: $75 to $100.

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MOVIES

Woody Allen delivers a gem in ‘Midnight’ Midnight in Paris (PG-13) ★★★★ Whether hating or feeling indifferent about Woody Allen, even the most casual movie fan can’t deny or marginalize his immense influence on his peers. Next to or just slightly below Martin Scorsese, he is America’s greatest living filmmaker but has forever been hampered by a huge, selfinflicted detriment. Allen makes too many movies and repeats himself far too often. Even though most of Allen’s last 20 films have been mostly misfires, he never goes longer than five years or so without delivering an absolute gem. Since he ventured beyond his New York home turf, Allen has achieved greatness only twice. The London-based “Match Point” from ’05 was one; “Midnight in Paris” is the other. Allen is never going to appeal to the masses although “Midnight” is his most audience-friendly effort since “Mighty Aphrodite.” As great as “Match Point” was, it was also a seedy murder mystery; not something mainstreamers usually crave. “Midnight” is a straightforward comedy with heavy amounts of fantasy and is romantic as well but never in the traditional way. It’s a mash-up movie that takes its entire length to become completely clear with its message. Allen hasn’t been this original in

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a very long time. Since he essentially stopped being his own leading man, Allen has pegged many worthy actors to perform as his mouthpiece, yet few have been as effective at it as Owen Wilson is here. In addition to not being the typical nebbish, neurotic Allen standin, Wilson is also not regarded by many as an actor with great range. He’s not the kind of guy who comes to mind when one imagines subtlety or finesse; he’s an actor that is called on when a party dude or a voice-over for an animated car is needed. We meet successful screenwriter Gil (Wilson) and his gorgeous fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams) at the beginning of what appears to be an extended Parisian vacation. Gil should be a very happy guy, but he’s not. He and Inez are traveling with her shallow, materialistic, ultraconservative parents and both consider Gil to be a fanciful dreamer and a (gasp) liberal. Inez is the apple of their eye (and one who hasn’t fallen very from the tree) and seems more interested in Gil’s Hollywood connections

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which was the case in the GEICO commercial. It was a fun day,” Daniels said. Wild Bill’s has also booked national hard rock bands for their Summer Rock series, which kicks off Saturday. Bands include Skid Row, Rehab, Aaron Lewis, Dokken and Cinderella. Club manager Tom Siliven is proud of

this year’s summer concert lineup. “We’ve got some of the biggest national hard rock acts coming to Wild Bill’s this summer, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Siliven. Visit www.wildbillsatlanta.com for Summer Rock Series show dates and times.

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The legendary Charlie Daniels was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on Jan. 19, 2008. Opry members Marty Stuart and Connie Smith presented Daniels with the Opry member award before a sold-out crowd.

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Throwdown will be first large-scale concert at Coolray BY MEGHAN KOTOWSKI Staff Correspondent

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves won’t be playing at Coolray Field this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time there on Sunday. The Willie Nelson Country Throwdown Tour is making a pit stop for one night only with a mixture of mainstream country artists and up-and-coming singersongwriters on multiple stages. “I’m really looking forward to the tour and working with Jamey, Randy and all the folks,” Willie Nelson said in a pre-tour release. In addition to Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will perform as well as Drake White, who was just added to the bill. “The tour is going well,” said Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson’s son and front man of Promise of the Real. “We [the band] just learned ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ by the Rolling Stones, so the audience is in for a treat.” This is Coolray Field’s first large, mainstream concert. In 2009, Christian rockers 12 Stones performed, but at a much smaller scale. With the G-Braves on the road for a few days, the staff is able to transform the field into a stage, plus a pit area, a standing room section, food venues and of course, plenty of portable toilets. “The great thing about the sta-

dium is it’s a natural amphitheater,” said North Johnson, the Gwinnett Braves’ general manager. “Everyone will have a great vantage point of the stage no matter where they sit.” There will be double the amount of employees during the show for various reasons, but safety is the first priority. Fans are allowed on the field — which doesn’t happen often — and there will also be a higher number of tailgaters in the parking lot that the staff will watch over. The usual wear and tear shouldn’t be a problem with the field, but the G-Braves staff is taking precautions with the trucks and trailers going in and out of the stadium. “At the end of the day, it’s only grass,” Johnson said. “But when we need to get the lighting, stage and other equipment on and off the field, we are literally putting down hundreds of sheets of plywood to help from any damage.” Lawn chairs are not permitted in the stadium, but blankets are welcomed. With each ticket bought, 50 cents will be donated to Unite the United Foundation, which raises money for a positive change in the national community by supporting grassroots charities across the United States. The gates open at 3 p.m. and the festivities are scheduled to end at 11 p.m. No outside food or drinks are allowed. Parking is $5.

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IFYOUGO • What: Willie Nelson’s Throwdown Country Tour • Where: Coolray Field • When: Sunday • Cost: $39 to $79 • More information: www.countrythrowdown.com

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Throwdown will be first large-scale concert at Coolray BY MEGHAN KOTOWSKI Staff Correspondent

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Braves won’t be playing at Coolray Field this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time there on Sunday. The Willie Nelson Country Throwdown Tour is making a pit stop for one night only with a mixture of mainstream country artists and up-and-coming singersongwriters on multiple stages. “I’m really looking forward to the tour and working with Jamey, Randy and all the folks,” Willie Nelson said in a pre-tour release. In addition to Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell and Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real will perform as well as Drake White, who was just added to the bill. “The tour is going well,” said Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson’s son and front man of Promise of the Real. “We [the band] just learned ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ by the Rolling Stones, so the audience is in for a treat.” This is Coolray Field’s first large, mainstream concert. In 2009, Christian rockers 12 Stones performed, but at a much smaller scale. With the G-Braves on the road for a few days, the staff is able to transform the field into a stage, plus a pit area, a standing room section, food venues and of course, plenty of portable toilets. “The great thing about the sta-

dium is it’s a natural amphitheater,” said North Johnson, the Gwinnett Braves’ general manager. “Everyone will have a great vantage point of the stage no matter where they sit.” There will be double the amount of employees during the show for various reasons, but safety is the first priority. Fans are allowed on the field — which doesn’t happen often — and there will also be a higher number of tailgaters in the parking lot that the staff will watch over. The usual wear and tear shouldn’t be a problem with the field, but the G-Braves staff is taking precautions with the trucks and trailers going in and out of the stadium. “At the end of the day, it’s only grass,” Johnson said. “But when we need to get the lighting, stage and other equipment on and off the field, we are literally putting down hundreds of sheets of plywood to help from any damage.” Lawn chairs are not permitted in the stadium, but blankets are welcomed. With each ticket bought, 50 cents will be donated to Unite the United Foundation, which raises money for a positive change in the national community by supporting grassroots charities across the United States. The gates open at 3 p.m. and the festivities are scheduled to end at 11 p.m. No outside food or drinks are allowed. Parking is $5.

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IFYOUGO • What: Willie Nelson’s Throwdown Country Tour • Where: Coolray Field • When: Sunday • Cost: $39 to $79 • More information: www.countrythrowdown.com

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HOWTIMES S MOVIE TIMES FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 10

For movie showtimes for Saturday and Sunday, visit the theater websites.

BUFORD REGAL CINEMAS, MALL OF GEORGIA 20 3333 Buford Drive 678-482-9263 www.regalcinemas.com

Bridesmaids (R)

1:35, 4:35, 7:20, 10:20 Fast Five (PG-13)

10:35, 1:25, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55 Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (PG)

10:45, 12:55, 3:10, 5:25, 7:55, 10:10 Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)

10:35, 12:15, 12:45, 2:40, 3:15, 5:00, 5:35, 7:10, 7:45, 9:25, 10:00, 11:35, 12:15 Kung Fu Panda 2 3-D (PG)

9:45, 10:30

X-Men: First Class (PG-13)

11:00, 1:25, 3:55, 6:25, 8:50, 11:05

Mars Needs Moms (PG)

12:00, 12:20, 1:00, 3:50, 4:10, 4:30, 5:05, 7:15, 7:55, 8:15, 10:20, 10:40, 11:00, 11:20

Jumping the Broom (PG-13)

12:45, 3:20, 5:30

10:50, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:25, 11:50

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (PG)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13)

The Hangover Part II (R)

9:55, 12:25, 3:05, 5:30, 8:00, 10:15

11:10, 2:30, 5:40, 8:45, 11:50

12:10, 2:40, 5:20, 7:00, 7:45, 9:40, 10:10

Kung Fu Panda 2 3-D (PG)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3-D (PG-13)

10:00

11:25, 1:40, 3:55, 6:10, 8:25, 10:40 Midnight in Paris (PG-13)

10:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7:35, 10:35 Rio (G)

11:30, 12:40, 1:40, 2:50, 4:00, 5:00, 7:15, 9:25 Thor (PG-13) Fast Five (PG 13)

1:00, 4:20, 7:20, 10:25 X-Men: First Class (PG-13)

12:10, 2:35 Super 8 (PG-13)

10:30, 11:45, 12:10, 1:05, 2:20, 2:55, 3:40, 4:55, 5:30, 6:20, 7:30, 8:05, 9:00, 10:10, 10:40, 11:40

11:05, 12:30, 1:10, 2:00, 3:40, 4:10, 5:05, 6:55, 7:25, 8:00, 9:55, 10:20

Thor (PG-13)

11:35, 2:20, 7:50 Thor 3-D (PG-13)

10:40, 1:20, 4:00, 7:10, 9:55 X-Men: First Class (PG-13)

10:30, 11:10, 12:40, 1:30, 2:25, 3:05, 3:45, 4:30, 4:55, 5:25, 6:50, 7:40, 8:35, 9:10, 9:50, 10:30, 11:00, 11:35, 12:10

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GREAT ESCAPE THEATERS: HAMILTON MILL 14 2160 Hamilton Creek Parkway Dacula, GA 30019 678-482-0624 www.greatescapetheaters.com Bridesmaids (R)

1:30, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15 Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)

11:45, 1:20, 2:10, 3:30, 4:55, 5:40, 7:10, 7:50, 9:20 Kung Fu Panda 2 3-D (PG)

12:50, 3:00, 5:10 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13)

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While immensely better and bearing in common with the 1969 original, this Coen Brothers adaptation of the Charles Portis novel still isn’t the hands-down classic it could and should be. Spectacularly photographed and acted with a steady and measured pace, the movie is a technical gem but loses a tad in the jump from page to screen. The Coens shy away from their trademark acerbic humor and go too heavy on the often unintelligible period Western dialogue. The real attraction of this Blu-ray is the bountiful behind-the-scenes and peripheral featurettes. Technical specs: aspect ratios: Widescreen (1080p/1.85:1), audio: English (5.1 DTS-HD MA), French, Portuguese and Spanish (5.1 Dolby Digital), subtitles: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Special features include: • Digital Copy option • 7 featurettes • Trailers (Paramount, $39.99)

Congratulations to last week’s winner, Anita Lefty of Hoschton. Here are last week’s questions again and the answers: 1. Name a band or individual that is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and has also received an Oscar for Best Original Score.

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character play in “To Die Sandler’s character plays in “Happy Gilmore.” For?” A: Drums The first person to Now, for this week’s respond with all the correct answers receives a questions: prize package of movie1. What medicine/drug related goodies, which was Bradley Cooper’s could include promotional character’s dinner bever- T-shirts, hats, posters, age spiked with in “Wed- DVDs, video games and more. The winner also ding Crashers?” 2. What is the common gets their name published acting bond shared by in the next Weekend secJulia Roberts, Mira Sorvi- tion. Please email your no, Elisabeth Shue, Jane answers, along with your Fonda, Shirley Jones, Kim Basinger, Jodie Foster and Shirley MacLaine? 3. What was the sandwich Jack Nicholson’s character was trying not to order in the diner scene in “Five Easy Pieces?” 4. What ancient British landmark is referenced multiple times in “This is Spinal Tap?” 5. Name a sport Adam

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★★★★ As the title suggests, “X-Men” is a “firstclass” movie. Unlike many other superhero movies, “X-Men: First Class” doesn’t just focus on each person’s abilities; rather it takes the time to develop the characters in a meaningful way. I even found myself sympathizing with those

who would one day be the nemeses to the XMen. It wasn’t until after the movie that I realized there were some continuity issues with the other movies. But, in the end, it didn’t really matter because the movie could stand on its own. It may be No. 5 in the series, but I’d rank it at the top. — Kenny Grams, Lawrenceville

★★★★ ★ In a sequel-filled summer, it’s refreshing to see a prequel. “X-Men First Class” explores the ori-

gin of the X-Men, along with their personalities and relationships through the creation of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence, has a major role in the movie as a conflicted young woman delicately balancing between conformity and feelings of selfacceptance. Naturally, Charles Xavier, played by James McAvoy, has a key role in the movie as well, but one of my favorite characters in the movie is Erik. The film begins during the 1940s with a young

Erik in a concentration camp, called in by a Nazi scientist to draw upon his supernatural power. Fast forward into adulthood, and Erik spends all his time and energies plotting vengeance on the doctor, who he finds out is actually Sebastian Shaw. Ironically, Erik’s essence becomes more and more like that which he fights against his entire life. His anger which drives his power takes over, which completes his destiny of becoming Xavier’s nemesis. The movie blends the

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★★★★ I think that “X-Men: First Class” is a very good beginning to the series. This movie explains how Charles (Professor X) and Erik (Magneto) came to be. The story is about Charles trying to gather and protect mutants and Erik trying to find and kill the man who killed his mother. Erik and Charles team up together to stop the man and prevent a nuclear fight and the beginning of World War III. — Bryce Wright, Lawrenceville

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J.J. Abrams delivers high-octane crowd pleaser made roughly a dozen sci-fi flicks and Abrams pinches from every one of them in “Super 8.” Not content with aping just Spielberg, Abrams also culls from “Goonies,” “Gremlins,” “The Sandlot,” “Stand by Me” BY MICHAEL CLARK and “The Iron Giant” among many Movie Critic others. Abrams might be committing creative plagiarism here but that If you exclude the four high-pro- doesn’t diminish his filmmaking file, overblown and underwhelming and/or storytelling prowess one bit. May sequels, Hollywood is doing He’s a more than worthy heir to the something this summer season that Spielberg mantle. is exceedingly rare: making enterTo get into the finer details of the taining popcorn movies with brawn, plot — however derivative it might brains and wit. Even with three full be — is not only problematic, it’s months left to go, all signs indicate something the studio understandthat 2011 will likely yield the best ably wants kept to a bare minimum. crop of summer fare in years. However describing the set up and Lacking anything resembling a the overall flavor here won’t spoil high-profile cast member or very anything. much in the way of originality, Set in 1979 in rural Ohio, “Super “Super 8” nonetheless is a high8” begins with six preteens collabooctane crowd pleaser that recalls the rating on a homemade zombie best sci-fi adventures of the late movie one of them wants to submit ’70s and early ’80s. It’s an to a film festival. Only two of the unabashed throwback and a cinesix have much in the way of raw matic/bromantic love letter from talent — make-up artist Joe (Joel writer/director J.J. Abrams to proCourtney) and the group’s sole ducer Steven Spielberg. female Alice (Elle Fanning). After creating three of the most In addition to both living in sinwell-respected TV series’ of the last gle-parent households, Joe and decade (“Felicity,” “Alias” and Alice must navigate a testy, “Lost”), Abrams set his sights on decades-long feud involving their feature films and continued his win- fathers. Alice’s (Ron Eldard) is an ning streak. Again, while not being alcoholic ne’er-do-well and Joe’s very original, Abrams was able to (Kyle Chandler) is the town’s emobreathe new life into two welltionally detached chief deputy. They established, quasi-threadbare franare just two of a handful of heavily chises (“Mission: Impossible” and flawed, often lethal authoritarian “Star Trek”). adult characters. In his long career, Spielberg has In the process of filming a night

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scene, Joe, Alice and the rest of the crew witness an accident that is hands down the greatest train wreck sequence ever committed to film. It is impossible to detect which portions of this scene are real and which are CGI but all of it is nailbitingly tense and jaw dropping. What exactly was on the train and why it crashed is a mystery and something an Air Force officer (Noah Emmerich) will go to great lengths to keep secret. Although able to escape the scene undetected and relatively unscathed, the children are still paranoid beyond belief at being found out. Following Spielberg’s lead from “Jaws,” Abrams waits as long as possible to reveal the contents of the train, which in many ways is a mere McGuffin. After the wreck, everything goes haywire, but never for the reasons we initially think. While some act with honor and good intentions, the adults as a group are more dangerous than whatever might have been on that train. It must be noted that Abrams and his staff went beyond the call of duty in their tasks. In addition to the more-than-realistic effects, they nail every last detail of costume and set design and the often obscure late ’70s soundtrack. Whatever “Super 8” might lack in new thought is more than compensated for with bold execution, strong character development and a sentimental story that is thankfully devoid of gooey sentimentality. (Paramount)


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GWINNETT CALENDAR Today The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation will host a free screening of the new film “Green Fire”at 7 p.m. today at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford. For more information, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.

Saturday Books-a-Million will host kids-a-million from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Books-a-Million at Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. For more information, call 678847-5115.

Thursday Mall of Georgia’s Village Amphitheater will host a live performance by actress Selena Gomez as a part of

her tour for her new film “Monte Carlo,” from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The event is free to the public. The mall is located at 3333 Buford Drive in Buford.

June 24 The Aurora Theatre will host the Short Bus Comedy Tour at 8 p.m. June 24 at the Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. For more information, visit www.auroratheatre.com or call 770-226-6222.

Ongoing events Kudzu Art Zone is holding a “Inspired By the Masters Exhibit” through June 25 at 116 Carlyle St. in Norcross. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 770-8409844 or visit www.kudzuartzone.org The Aurora Theatre will

held beginning Saturday through October. The walking tours will begin and end at the theater, located at 128 Pike St. in Lawrenceville. For more information or tickets, visit www.scarystroll.com or call 678-226-6222. The Hudgens Center for the Arts is hosting “Pressing matters: Atlanta Printmakers Studio Annual Members Exhibition” through September at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, Duluth. For more information, call 770-623-6002 or visit www.thehudgens.com. The Hudgens Center for Special Photo the Arts is hosting the 3rd Actress and singer Selena Gomez will perform at the Mall of Georgia’s Vil- annual Altered Book Exhibition through September lage Amphitheater on Thursday. The event is free to the public. at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, be running its production, is located at 128 Pike St. in call 770-226-6222. Building 300, Duluth. For “Over the River and Lawrenceville. For more The Lawrenceville more information, call 770Through the Woods,” information or tickets, visit Ghost Tours, hosted by 623-6002 or visit www.thethrough Sunday. The Aurora www.auroratheatre.com or the Aurora Theatre, will be hudgens.com.

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NEW • USED • RARE • COLLECTIBLE Robert Dugoni will sign his latest legal Thriller,

“MURDER ONE” June 18th • 5:30pm! For every copy of “MURDER ONE” purchased at Peerless Book Store, your name will be entered into a drawing to become a character in Dugoni’s next thriller!

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METRO CALENDAR Saturday Eagle Eye Book Shop will host authors Man Martin and Wendy Wax at 1 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Eye Book Shop located at 2076 N. Decatur Road. For more information, call Eagle Eye Book Shop at 404-486-0307 or visit www.eagleeyebooks.com.

Sunday The Fox Theatre and Encore Atlanta magazine will host the second annual Tony Awards Viewing Party at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Fox Theatre’s famous Egyptian Ballroom. The Fox is located at 660 Peachtree St. in Atlanta. Tickets for the VIP event are $50. For more information, visit www.foxtheatre.org.

Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta. For more information, visit http://catalog.simonandschuster.com/TitleDetails/TitleDetails.aspx?cid=274 1&isbn=9781451606690.

July 8 The Indigo Girls with special guest The Shadowboxers will perform at Concerts in the Garden on July 8 and 9 at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E. in Atlanta. Tickets are

$45. For more information, visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

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July 15 Steve Earle and the Dukes (and Duchess) featuring Allison Moorer will perform at Concerts in the Garden on July 15 at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E. in Atlanta. Tickets are $39.50. For more information, visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

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Wednesday The Southern Academy for Literary Arts and Scholarly Research will host authors Lora Mirza and Paul Hudson from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Georgia Perimeter College- Clarkston Campus. For more information visit www.eagleeyebooks.com or www.athenspizzaatlanta.com. The Eagle Eye Book Shop will host author Maria Menounos at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss and sign her book, “The Everygirl’s Guide to Life,” at Athens Pizza in Decatur, 1341 Clairmont Road. For more information visit www.eagleeyebooks.com or www.athenspizzaatlanta.com.

Thursday The High Museum of Art will screen “John Portman: A Life of Building” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Richard H. Rich Theatre, located in the Memorial Arts Building. The High is located at 1280 Peachtree St. in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.high.org.

For more information, contact Valerie Green at 770.963.9205 ext. 1201 or email at valerie.green@gwinnettdailypost.com

June 18 Peerless Book Store will host author Robert Dugoni at 5:30 p.m. June 18 at 8465

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MOVIES

No thrill points for you, ‘Judy Moody’ Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer (PG) ★✩✩✩ BY CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Critic

Here’s the kindest thing we can say about “Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer”: The kids sure do work awfully hard. They mug and they mope. They run around and jump up and down. They throw themselves headlong into pratfalls and vomit gags with equal élan. If only the material were worthy of such dedication. Instead, director John Schultz’s adaptation of the popular children’s book series is a shrill, shallow cacophony of individual wacky moments without much narrative momentum. Little kids — we’re talking really little kids — might find it a pleasant diversion, with all that perky noise and incessant motion. For everyone else, it’ll be death. Sorry, but it’s true. The best children’s movies function on multiple levels to keep audience members of various ages entertained, or at least contentedly occupied. “Judy Moody,” which author Megan McDonald co-wrote with Kathy Waugh, doesn’t even bother with that. It has a single-mindedness of focus that can’t even be described euphemistically as admirable. Australian newcomer Jordana Beatty gives it her all, though, as the titular character, a young girl in idyllic suburbia who’s psyched to share

Oh, wait — this takes Never mind. the summer with her closest you want to yell, “Come on, get a paper route or someplace in the present day. (Relativity Media) friends. But then, one by one, kid, it can’t be that bad. Go thing.” they get dragged away to more exotic destinations (one goes to circus camp; the other, Borneo). This leaves her pretty much all alone to run through the elaborate competition she’d devised for the group: a series of crazy activities that earn the participants an arbitrary number of “thrill points.” Sometimes, bonus thrill points are at stake; sometimes, they can be subtracted. This is not an exact science. Whoever has the most at the end of the summer, wins. Maybe it’s cute on the page. Here, it just seems like a hassle. Even describing it is a hassle. Then, her parents inform her they’re heading to California for a little while, leavGRAND PRIZE TRIP FOR FOUR INCLUDES: ing Judy and her younger brother, Stink (Parris Five nights’ accommodations for four at Mosteller) alone with their Steinhatchee Landing Resort, A guided Aunt Opal (Heather Graham), whom they’ve never paddling tour and pontoon boat trip for met. So the summer that Judy four courtesy of Steinhatchee Landing Resort, hoped would be “doubleA scalloping tour for four courtesy of On the rare” (her word for good) instead looks like it’ll be a Mark Guide Service and a meal for four at bummer. Fiddler’s Restaurant courtesy of Taylor County But hey, what do you Tourism Development Council. know? Aunt Opal is one of those wacky aunts, the kind who like to do art projects in the middle of the living room and make elaborate feasts that destroy the kitchen. The kind you only see in movies. Graham, to her credit, doesn’t overdo the zaniness and plays the character with a loose, hippie vibe. So Judy learns how to stop worrying and love the summer. But the character is drawn so thinly, she just comes off as a narcissistic, whiny brat. And that’s a problem, since we’re supposed to like her. Instead, she makes

LOOK OUT FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A “SWIM INTO SUMMER” TRIP OF A LIFETIME!

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