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SHEN YUN – ANCIENT CULTURE REBORN>>Every legend has its history. Every story has its truths. And the best are rarely forgotten. For the past 5,000 years, China amassed a diverse legacy of heroes, myths, and values that still resonate in the present. Today, Shen Yun Performing Arts is reviving the essence of traditional Chinese culture in full color on stages around the world. In December, the company will be back at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for the eighth time in seven years. Gorgeous backdrops extend the stage, transporting the audience to distant lands and eras. An orchestra that combines Western and Chinese instruments like no other accompanies the dancers with stirring scores. Ride with Mongolians across endless steppes. Recall the grandeur of an ancient Tang Dynasty palace. Down in the valley, ladies dance in rainbow skirts by the river. Resounding drums awaken the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom. Shen Yun bridges past and present in an uplifting, inspiring, and indelible performance. Join Shen Yun on Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $55 to $205. Information: 770.916.2808 or www.cobbenergycentre.com

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AN ACOUSTIC EVENING WITH TRAVIS TRITT>>Experience a special evening with the CMA and Grammy award-winning country artist during this intimate performance with Travis Tritt, his powerful voice, and his guitar. Hear Tritt’s number one songs such as "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," "It's a Great Day to be Alive," and "Best of Intentions." This up close and personal event with the Grand Ole Opry member will bring his award winning songs to life and leave the audience with a truly memorable evening. Travis Tritt performs January 10 at 8 p.m. in the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $32 to $52. Information: 770.916.2808 or www.cobbenergycentre.com BILLY GARDELL>>Billy Gardell stars as Officer Mike Biggs in the hit television series, “Mike and Molly,” which garners approximately 13 million viewers every week. Before “Mike and Molly,” Gardell co-starred in the critically acclaimed television series "Lucky." Gardell made his major motion picture debut alongside Anthony Quinn and Sylvester Stallone in "Avenging Angelo," and had a memorable scene with Billy Bob Thornton in the Cohen Brothers’ film "Bad Santa." Gardell took the long

road to Hollywood, stopping at every small town lounge, military base, and comedy club along the way. His comedy act took him to Los Angeles where his dedication to acting, along with touring as a stand-up comedian, allowed him to grow consistently in both arenas. His grounded, downto-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with American audiences. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence, and new family life are executed with the skill of a master craftsman. Billy Gardell performs January 18 at 8 p.m. at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Ticket prices range from $35 to $50. Information: 770.916.2808 or www.cobbenergycentre.com STEEL MAGNOLIAS>>There are few plays that truly capture the heart and soul of southern living, and it’s hard to imagine one better than “Steel Magnolias.” Named for characters who embody the strength of steel and the delicacy of flowers, “Steel Magnolias” is a funny and at times heartbreaking look inside the lives of six southern women. The Earl Smith Strand Theatre presents “Steel Magnolias” on January 17 to 19 at 8 p.m. in the historic theatre on the Marietta Square. Tickets are $25. Information: 770.293.0080

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