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Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s 21st Season Is “Almost Heaven” Season continues with plays Great Gatsby and Deathtrap

Cast left to right: Scott DePoy, Dolph Amick, Mary Nye Bennett

By Matthew W. Quinn Photos by Bekah Medford, GA Ensemble Theatre Roswell’s Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s upcoming season will feature five plays spanning the gamut of musicals, comedies, and dramas, beginning with a John Denver tribute Almost Heaven. According to its website, GET’s purpose is to provide first-class theater productions and educational opportunities year-round. It is the resident professional theater group at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Since its first production of You Can’t Take It With You in 1993, GET has produced 133 productions over 20 seasons. It has staged the world premiere of Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee’s The Invisible Man and kicked off 1997’s AIDS Awareness Month with the Southeastern premiere of The Living. Its most popular show was Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in 2009, which was performed again at the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown. A typical season hosts 30,000 patrons. Marketing Manager Michael Van Osch said the coming season will begin with Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America. Rehearsals for this musical tribute to John Denver began in midAugust, with the show running for three weeks after its Sept. 5 premiere. It

features 29 songs, including Rocky Mountain High, Sunshine on my Shoulders, Annie’s Song, Leaving on a Jet Plane, and Calypso. Artistic Director Bob Farley said he was not a huge fan of John Denver during Denver’s most popular years. He wasn’t attracted to the music and ideas of someone who sang with The Muppets. Like many of his generation, he was more interested in The Beatles; Jimmy Hendrix; and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. He found Denver’s studio recordings over-produced and canned. However, 40 years later, Farley was personally very affected by the almost mythic emotional depth of Denver’s live performances. He described them as “beaming with life.” “He was a good performer, but he was a great songwriter,” Farley said. “The guy was a poet who spoke to the concerns about his era.” Issues Denver sang about included romance and its complications, inalienable rights, clean water and air, world peace, and the fundamental humanity of human beings. As a songwriter, Denver’s time has come, perhaps more so than the era in which he actually performed. That was why Almost Heaven was chosen to kick off the theater’s third decade. Deciding who would be CONTINUED 30


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From Concerts To Sesame Street Events in September offer a great way to close the summer.

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September can be a tense time of the year. Summer is ending and the kids are back in school. The bills from your family vacation are rolling in and that summer fitness plan you had back in May has completely fallen by the wayside. Fortunately, there is a large variety of activity to choose from, no matter what your interests. You just may not have realized it yet! Roswell’s “Home Before Dark” concert series continues Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. with James Casto featuring Tony Arata and Mike Willis. Come enjoy this free concert at the scenic Chattahoochee Nature Center as you support well known and breakout musicians from all over the country. With acoustic sounds and a cozy picnic in the grass, this event is perfect for families, friends, couples and anyone who appreciates good music. If you have never been to a show performed by the Georgia Ensemble Theater, you are truly missing out. I’ve enjoyed their shows at the Cultural Arts Center since I was very young. I’ve been hearing about their upcoming show, Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America for weeks and I have complete faith that it will be fabulous. I can’t honestly say that I know more than a couple of John Denver songs, but this group has won me over with a lot less. Get your tickets as soon as you can! The show runs from Sept. 5–22, but tickets do sell out fast. So step on it. If you’re looking for something geared more toward the little ones, Philips Arena will be hosting Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing September 13–15. This event, in my humble opinion, sounds like a blast.

Sesame Street is classically brilliant and everyone secretly loves a sing along. You’ll enjoy it, your kids will love it and it is bound to be more enriching than watching SpongeBob at home. Plus, think how well you’re precious balls of energy will sleep that night. After you hit the Sesame Street show, you may be in need of some “me time.” Whether your a Mr. and Mrs. looking to get away or a single professional in search of something fun and different, you will definitely want to check out “Martinis & IMAX” at the Fernbank Museum in Atlanta. This event is continuing on throughout the entire month of September, every Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy food, cocktails, music, and mingling before settling in to a movie in Fernbank’s IMAX theater. Consider this an upgrade from the typical bar scene. If you’re looking to try something new, here are a few “bucket list” activities that caught my attention. Panola Mountain State Park plays host to a Full Moon Night Hike that departs at sunset. These hikes will continue until Sept. 14. Bring your hiking shoes and a sense of adventure. Jonesboro offers the Reflections of Hollywood’s Golden Era: Movies Connecting the Past and Future. This will continue through September 28th, so explore it while you can! Additionally, the world-renowned show Stomp is making an appearance at the Fox Theater Sept. 26–29. There is plenty going on around town, so make sure you don’t miss out. You could find a new hobby, a new friend or maybe you’ll just learn something new. Get out of the house and shake off the back-to-school blues. Summer is not over just yet. 


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Take A Hike To Start This Fall Season Off Right By Stacy Shade Here we are again—autumn is upon us! We’re entering the months when Mother Nature shows off her most glorious features. When the air becomes a bit crisp, the surrounding trees and plants take on a golden hue, apples are ripe for the picking, and the calendar fills with sports, camping trips and festivals. Fall is, by far, my favorite season here in Georgia. The September weather in our area averages in the low 80s to high 70s. And with lower levels of humidity and falling temperatures throughout the month, it’s a great time of year to get out and take a daily walk as well as a longer weekend hike. I’ve always loved hiking in the woods, having spent my childhood years in Colorado and hiking with my Dad in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Now, as an adult, many of my hiking adventures are vicarious, through reading hiking memoirs such as Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Into the Wild by Bill Bryson. I’d love to pack up a big backpack and head out to tackle the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail but let’s be real, who has the time? I, like many, have an 8-5 day job and limited vacation time. Fortunately for me and for you, however, our area offers numerous hiking

The author with Bella, her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, at the Island Ford Trail in Roswell

trails that are very close to home but make you feel like you’re out in the woods. Here are a few of my very favorite local hikes that really satisfy the desire to be in “The Great Outdoors.”

Vickery Creek Trail – Roswell From 400 North, take exit 6 onto Northridge Road. Turn right onto Northridge and go to the Roswell Road interaction. Turn right; travel 2 miles to the

intersection of Roswell Road and Riverside Road. Turn right onto Riverside Road, cross Vickery Creek and make an immediate left into the Vickery Creek Parking Area. The parking fee is $3. Alternatively, for a longer hike coming from the other side, you can park in a lot off of Oxbo Road. This moderate hike starts on Riverside and climbs over a few ridges before descending into a rushing man-made waterfall that is the site of an old Roswell mill. The ruins of the old mill can be seen along the creek, some remnants of our past economy. About 0.3 miles from the waterfall, you’ll run into a covered bridge that offers great views up Vickery Creek. If you prefer longer hikes, you can plan an extended route by following either the yellow and/or the red trails that make a wide loop in both he northern and eastern sections of the park. Take a hike down Vickery Creek and you will definitely feel like you’re worlds away!

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Chattahoochee River, Island Ford Trail in Roswell shoes. And, if you need to catch your Hike... continued 8 breath or you’re just interested in right (Island Ford Parkway). The park- history, take the opportunity to learn some Civil War factoids, as the park is ing fee is $3. I’d characterize this nice local hike as full of monuments and other easy to moderate and very pet-friendly. interesting relics from the past.


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Take 400 North to GA-9 and exit onto Shoal Creek Road/GA-136. Go for approximately 6 miles and then turn right onto Baily Waters Road. Turn left on GA-52 and then turn right onto High Schoals Road. After approximately 1 mile, take your first left onto Top of the Falls Road. In 0.4 you’ll arrive at Amicalola Falls State Park. This one’s about an hour away but well worth the drive—makes for a great Kennesaw Mountain – Kennesaw day trip! The main trail to the falls is approximately 2 miles and combines From I-75 North to Barrett Parkway (exit 269), turn right on Barrett and fol- two separate paths that ascend up to the waterfall and back down on any low it for approximately 3 miles. Turn number of smaller trails; it’s a left onto Old Hwy 41. Turn right at the moderate hike. To start, take the path next light, Stillesboro Road. The behind the park’s main office. Once you Kennesaw Mountain Visitor’s Center is reach the tumbling, bubbling Falls, take on the left. a minute to enjoy the moment and Kennesaw Mountain is a great aerosnap some pictures! Next, you’ll bic hike and very convenient for East descend down several sets of stairs and Cobb dwellers. To do the main, moderlandings. For this reason, this isn’t a ate 5-mile hike up Kennesaw great trail for those with bad knees! Mountain, start from the visitor’s center. From there, head to the trail by Keep descending until you reach the picnic tables at the bottom and enjoy a turning left to hike up the mountain road. The trail crosses several clearings group picnic. Once you decide to head home, take the scenic route through the of exposed granite; so take a moment nearby orchards and country stores (by and observe the interesting rocks on way of Dahlonega) and pick up some the path. The views both north and delicious local apples and grab a fresh south are stunning, especially on a clear apple pie or two. day! While there are 6 loops of various Local hiking, crisp yet warm fall air, sizes throughout the park, you should golden trees, and local apples. Now follow the East-West trail markers if that’s what I call a Georgia Autumn. you want to stay on the 5-mile loop. It’s Get out there and try at least one of a more moderate-to-strenuous hike so these hikes to celebrate the start of the be sure to bring plenty of water and season—you won’t regret it—see you on good hiking boots or sturdy tennis the trails! 


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The Power Of Pink A Great Way To Give By Debbie Keel Most of the North Fulton County community is a very giving one. Almost everyone is involved at some level giving their money or time or both to their church or other worthy nonprofit group. Many of us in this area have been blessed and giving back is our way of saying thanks Now in its third year, the Power of Pink luncheon, sponsored by North Fulton Hospital, is exactly that: the way our physicians, employees and even some of our patients give back. The event, set this year for September 20 at Country Club of the South, raises funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Besides raising funds, we also have some fun, as anyone who has attended the last two years knows. Yes, most of the 300 or so tickets are bought by women but there are also several men of very high selfesteem who will join in the fun. The events start with a silent auction of great items from the hundreds of local businesses who help us with the event. Lunch is always light but tasty and then Breast Cancer Survivors, women who’ve first hand experienced the scare of breast cancer and traveled the road bravely to beat the disease, will model in our fashion show. This year’s show is sponsored by the many women’s retail stores that will reside in the new Avalon Shopping Center in Alpharetta. We laugh a lot at this event. And sometimes the stories of the models will even bring tears to our eyes. But the goal is always the same: raise money that will be spent right here in our metropolitan area to fund breast cancer research and assist women in need that are battling breast cancer. Three years ago, we took a long look at our women’s services at North

Dr. Laura Rivers Pearson and Micah Brown

North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar Sept – Nov 2013 SUPPORT GROUPS Ostomy Support Group

Water Birth

Third Tuesday of every month, Nicotine Cessation Group 6:30 p.m., Classroom C Every Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., This group is open to anyone who Classroom C. Join other men and has or will have an ostomy and women seeking motivation, edu- any friends, family or supporters. cation, and support to live free of The meeting structure is informal nicotine. The only requirement with group discussion and guest for attendance is the desire to speakers to be scheduled at varistart the journey. Contact Pam at ous times throughout the year. 404-428-8799 for more info. Call John Dorso at 678-6948726 to register or to obtain Look Good, Feel Better more information. Wednesday, 9/11 and 11/13 10 a.m. to noon. Medical Arts Center. A cosmetologist will dis- COMMUNITY cuss how to care for skin and hair EDUCATION to combat the appearance-reBabysitting Workshop lated side effects of cancer treat- Saturdays, 9/14 and 11/2. ment. Free make-up and skin 9am-2pm Sunday 10/20 1-5:30 care products provided. *There has been a change in the Call Ryan at 404-582-6153. October date from the previous calendar. Teaches children ages Taking Care of Me: 11-14 how to be prepared and reLoss, Grief & Resolution Third Wednesday of every month, sponsible babysitters. Bring a doll Call Beverly at 404-843-6500 or stuffed animal and a sack lunch and drink. $30 for more information.

Thursday, 9/5, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31 and 11/14. 7:00 p.m. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at NFH. $30.00 per couple; registration required. Call 770-751-2660 for more information and to register. Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU. The tour last approximately one hour. Please call 770-751-2660 for the schedule and to register.

SPECIAL EVENTS LifeSouth Blood Drive

Wednesday November 20, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. North Fulton Saturday, 9/7, 10/5 and 11/9 Hospital Classrooms. Give CPR course for the community. blood, and help save up to three Adult and child CPR, 9 a.m. to lives with just one donation. Lifenoon; $35 Adult, child and infant South is a community blood cenCPR, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; $45 ter, which means the blood collected in your community Healthcare Provider CPR Caring, Sharing, and goes to local hospital patients. Learning: Breast Cancer Saturday 11/16 9am-1pm.CPR course for healthcare professionFourth Tuesday of every month, Child Safety & Self als. $55 6 p.m. Cope and connect with Defense Class others who are facing the same Sunday September 8 from 1:30 Diabetes Selfstruggles. Please call Micah Management Workshop p.m – 4:30p.m. Is your child ever Brown, RN, Breast Health Nurse Saturdays 9/28 and 10/26. The safe enough? Class is for 6-10 Navigator, at 770-751-2556. Diabetes Association of Atlanta year olds and their parents on. Children are taught how to recWomenHeart (DAA) offers classes at North Second Tuesday of Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes ognize, avoid and escape danevery month, 7:30 self-management skills. Katie at gerous people and situations. For more information and to register, p.m., Classroom C. 404-527-7180 to register. visit www. revvedupkids.com or WomenHeart, the Childbirth Preparation call 678-526-3335. $35 National Coalition Saturday 9/21, 10/19 and 11/16 for Women with AARP Safe Driver Class 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Heart Disease, Wednesday, 9/18, 9:30 a.m. to Active class consisting of both brings support and 4:30 p.m. Geared to the safety lecture and discussion/sharing. education to women needs of the older driver, this proTopics include anatomy and physwho are at risk or gram will cover laws, handling iology; nutrition and fitness; diswho already have special situations, freeway traffic, comforts of pregnancy; stages of heart disease and aggressive drivers, how medicalabor and what to expect; cewould like to know tion may affect driving, and much more about risk fac- sarean birth; medications; possimore. Insurance companies in ble complications; postpartum tors and symptoms. We will be adthe state of Georgia offer a 15% care; and comfort, relaxation, dressing different topics each discount for three years to those breathing and coping techniques month. To register, call Nicki at for labor support. $100 per cou- who have completed this course. 404-386-6037. ple; registration required.

Caregiver Support

Fulton Hospital and realized that we didn’t have a complete breast program. Yes, we had brand new digital mammography equipment but there is much more to a breast program than equipment. About that time, we were fortunate to obtain the services of Dr. Laura Rivers Pearson, who’d completed a fellowship at the USC Keck School of Medicine in breast oncology, and Micah Brown, an RN who had worked on a surgical unit where breast cancer patients who underwent surgery were housed. These two women are at the heart of our highly accredited and recognized Breast Cancer Program at North Fulton Hospital. They, as well as all of us at NFH, would love every woman in North Fulton County to join us Friday, September 20, at the Power of Pink luncheon. I promise you a good time and good feeling about what you have become a part of that day. For more information, contact Kimberly King at (770)751-2867.

American Heart Assoc. Heartsaver CPR

Maternity Tours

Fourth Wednesday of every month. To focus on caregivers’ stress, community resources, and strategies for care giving. Please call Beverly at 404-843-6500 for more information.

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North Fulton Hospital And Avalon Join Forces For Breast Cancer For many women, a diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming, but two unlikely partners have joined forces to make a difference to a group of local breast cancer patients and survivors and to help support breast cancer research. North Fulton Hospital and Avalon are working together to create the fashion show that is the centerpiece of the Power of Pink fundraiser held each year in September. The Power of Pink is a luncheon, silent auction, and fashion show hosted by North Fulton Hospital with proceeds benefiting the Atlanta Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Avalon, the new resort inspired mixed use community under construction on Old Milton Parkway west of GA 400, immediately agreed to sponsor the fashion show featuring patients from North Fulton Hospital’s Breast Program when they learned about the event. “There was never any doubt that we wanted to help these women regain their self-confidence by supporting this inspiring fashion show,” said Liz Gillespie, VP of Marketing for Avalon. “The only thing that remained was to determine which of our retailers would be the best fit for the occasion, and we’re thrilled to announce that Athleta, Banana Republic, Fab’rik, Sage, and Tommy Bahama will be providing the models with attire and accessories.” Eleven women from North Fulton Hospital’s Breast Program have agreed to model for the fundraiser this year:

Kelly Price (on the bike) and her daughter Meredith are riding bikes

person you were before the diagnosis, but you’ll do your best to be a better person than before.” Another model, Christine Hall, was diagnosed in January of 2013, and Christine Hall & family currently lives in Roswell, Ga., with her husband, Greg, and her three daughters. “I am looking forward to participating in Power of Pink so I can rock my new short hair,” said Hall.  “After my diagnosis I learned that nothing healthcare providers say is set in stone, and you need to be fluid.  I’m very excited to show my daughters that we’re just starting a wonderful new chapter by celebrating at Power of Pam Schinholster is our volunteer, photographed in uniform at the hospital. Pink.” The ladies are all excited about Cheryl Becker, Susie Cicero, Melody other survivors,” said Price, “and I am seeing the new fall lines from each of Corbin, Denise Eilers, Stacy Goe, looking forward to working with them the retailers, and about shopping at Christine Hall, Janice Jenkins, Kelly for a great cause at Power of Pink.” Avalon when it opens in 2014.  Guests at Price, Linda Rundell, Pam Schinholster, Pam Shinholster has lived in Power of Pink will see a selection of and Christina Smith. Woodstock, Ga., with her husband for items from each of the five retailers durDiagnosed in April 2013, Kelly Price 27 years and has been a volunteer at ing the fashion show, and will be able to has learned to adjust her priorities and North Fulton Hospital for the past 11 purchase any of the items in stores at perspective since hearing those dreaded years.  She is looking forward to being a Atlantic Station until Avalon opens. words.  She has completed two model at Power of Pink because she North Fulton Hospital has hosted the adventure races, which include wants to let other women know that life Power of Pink two previous years, and paddling, mountain biking, and trail continues despite a diagnosis.  raised more than $25,000 last year.  The running through a course with “Just because there is a diagnosis of event will be hosted at the Country checkpoints and obstacles. breast cancer,” Shinholster said, “life Club of the South in John’s Creek, and “I feel a great kinship when I’m with isn’t over.  You will never be the same will begin at 11:00 with a silent auction.  The event also includes a luncheon and the fashion show. “We really have a great time at the event,” said North Fulton Hospital’s CEO, Debbie Keel, “but the fashion show is definitely the best part of the day.  We are thrilled to be able to give these fabulous ladies a chance to shine, and we couldn’t do it without the generosity of all the people at Avalon who jumped right in to help us.” For more information about Power of Pink or to purchase tickets, visit www.CheckUpForChicks.com/Powerof Pink or call 770-751-2867.  Donations may be made in honor of the models or anyone who has been impacted by breast cancer by calling the number above as well.  For more information about Avalon, visit The new Avalon development in Alpharetta. experienceavalon.com or find them on Facebook as Avalon Insider.

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Q&A With Dr. Faisal Bhutta Dr. Faisal Bhutta has recently discovered what many of us already know: Alpharetta is a great place to live, and one that inspires residents to make it their home. Board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, critical care and sleep medicine, Dr. Bhutta brings more than 12 years of experience to North Fulton Pulmonary Specialists. He has relocated to Roswell from Tennessee with his wife and children, and will also be the Medical Director of North Fulton Hospital’s sleep lab.



ANSWER: Growing up, I always looked

up to my elder sister as a role model. When she went to medical school, she would come home with stories from her classes. I was fascinated by what she was learning. I knew then that I wanted to follow in her footsteps.



“Family is very important to me. I enjoy doing anything that lets me share time with them.”

I studied at the King Edward Medical College in my country of birth, Pakistan. I moved to Chicago for my residency and fellowship. I was a medical resident at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL, through the University of Illinois at Chicago. I TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY. served as Chief Medical Resident while there, and then I completed my ANSWER: My wife is a pathologist at Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Emory, and we have two children who Fellowship at the University of Illinois are 8 and 4 years old. My parents also at Chicago. live with us. In addition, most of my extended family members have moved HOW DID YOU DECIDE THAT PULMONOLOGY WAS THE RIGHT to America from Pakistan, and even SPECIALTY FOR YOU? though they live in different states, we ANSWER: My mentor during residency, are all still very close. Harvey Friedman M.D., happened to WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN be a pulmonologist. He was also my YOU’RE NOT CARING FOR training program director and encour- PATIENTS? aged me to take up pulmonology and ANSWER: Family is very important to critical care medicine as a career. I saw me. I enjoy doing anything that lets how much his work helped patients, me share time with them. We play and wanted to do the same. games, watch movies, read books, or WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE just hang out.






ANSWER: “Treat your patients as you

would wish yourself or a loved one cared for.” Everything just falls into place when you live by that rule. It’s that simple. I’ve seen many of my teachers live by that philosophy, and I believe in it whole-heartedly too.



ANSWER: It’s probably cliché but The

Godfather is up there on my list too. I could watch it again and again.



ANSWER: I like to read many things, and I can’t say that I have a favorite. I mostly like to read classic works of fiction.


YOU MOVED HERE FROM TENNESSEE, HAVE LIVED IN SEATTLE, CHICAGO, AND PAKISTAN, AND NOW LIVE IN ATLANTA. WHICH PLACE IS YOUR FAVORITE? ANSWER: As far as natural beauty is concerned, I’ve never seen anything like Seattle. It is truly stunning and is definitely a place to visit. There are different requirements when it comes to raising a family and enjoying daily life, however. Without a doubt, Alpharetta has everything you’d want for a happy family. The schools are great, there is plenty of entertainment at your fingertips, and you can find anything you want without going far. We love Alpharetta!



ANSWER: There are many moments, and it’s terribly difficult to narrow it down to just one. The best moments are when I see a patient ready to leave ICU or be discharged and I can see in their face the gratitude for the care they have received. Their emotion in that moment, and mine, is truly more than words can express.



ANSWER: It really isn’t work. I enjoy seeing my patients, and I can’t picture doing anything else. Every day is exciting, and I can’t wait to get to the hospital or clinic to see how my patients have improved or learn about a new patient who needs my help.


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North Fulton Pulmonary Specialists recently opened its doors at 2500 Hospital Boulevard, Suite 460, in Roswell. Dr. Sachin Lavania and Dr. Faisal Bhutta provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic care for lung and breathing disorders, in addition to sleep studies in North Fulton Hospital’s new Sleep Lab adjoining the practice. Patients in the practice will find care for many breathing and sleep related problems including asthma, COPD, lung cancer, pneumonia, sleep apnea, and insomnia at the clinic. Dr. Lavania and Dr. Bhutta strive to be advocates for their patients and will work to find the best care solution for each case. Dr. Bhutta also serves as the Director of the North Fulton Hospital’s new Sleep Lab, located next to the practice in Suite 480. The Sleep Lab offers two rooms for overnight study. “We are very excited to be providing inpatient and clinical care here in Roswell and Alpharetta,” said Dr. Lavania. “Our patients’ needs are our top priority, and we consider each person individually when determining the best course of treatment.” The new practice offers a unique continuum of care because of its close proximity to North Fulton Hospital. If further testing is

Shining The Light On Prostate Problems Prostate problems frequently occur in men over the age of 50, and fortunately, most problems are not cancer. Even if cancer is diagnosed, the relative fiveyear survival rate for all men is nearly 100 percent.

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required for a patient, he or she won’t have to drive to another facility, but can simply walk next door to the hospital. Procedures provided by North Fulton Hospital include bronchoscopies, by which the airways can be inspected videoscopically and pleural taps, by which any fluid build up in the chest can be removed. “Not only do we place our patients’ best interests first,” said Dr. Bhutta, “but we have the rare ability to follow our patients all the way through the course of treatment without sending them to a different facility that may be many miles away.”

Dr. Harry Rutland, a board certified urologist at North Fulton Hospital, sees many patients each year who may be afraid that cancer will be the diagnosis. Most patients, however, don’t have cancer at all. “The most common prostate problem diagnosed in men in over 50 is prostate enlargement, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BHP),” said Dr. Rutland. “This condition occurs because the prostate continues to grow as a man matures, potentially squeezing the urethra and affecting bladder control. Men under the age of 50 are more likely to experience an inflammation or infection, called prostatitis.” The prostate is a gland about the size of a walnut that is located in front of the rectum just below the bladder. It wraps around the urethra, which carries urine

out of the body. The prostate is part of a man’s sex organs and is responsible for producing fluid that is part of semen. Regardless of age, men should see a doctor immediately if they notice any signs of prostate problems, such as: • Frequent urge to urinate • Having to get up during the night to urinate • Presence of blood in urine or semen • Feeling pain or a burning sensation while urinating • Inability to urinate • Painful ejaculation • Urine dribbling • Recurrent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, pelvic area or upper leg Diagnosing prostate problems may involve several tests, the first of which is usually the digital rectal exam (DRE). During a DRE, the physician inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to feel the prostate and evaluate its size, shape and condition. A prostate-specific antigen test

The diagnosis of prostate cancer would be confirmed using a transrectal ultrasound and transrectal prostate biopsy.

North Fulton Hospital Welcomes New Pulmonary Practice And Sleep Lab Director

then may be ordered to check whether prostate cells are producing high levels of this protein due to the presence of cancer. A urinalysis may be

necessary to detect traces of blood in the urine that could indicate a kidney stone or infection. Magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography scans can be used to identify abnormal structures. A cystoscopy may be done to see inside the urethra and bladder to determine the location of any blockage. The diagnosis of prostate cancer would be confirmed using a transrectal ultrasound and transrectal prostate biopsy. If BPH is diagnosed, the condition can be managed several ways. Mild symptoms may not require any treatment. However, regular checkups are necessary to make sure the condition does not worsen. Other options include taking medications to shrink or relax the prostate so it does not block the bladder opening or surgery to help urine flow. Acute prostatitis can start suddenly and cause fever, chills or lower back pain. Another form of prostatitis, called chronic bacterial prostatitis, is an infection that occurs repeatedly. Both may be treated with antibiotics. Chronic bacterial prostatitis is a condition that is difficult to treat and may need more than one round of treatment. Different prostate problems, including prostate cancer, may cause similar symptoms. That is why it is important to see your doctor to determine if there something wrong with your prostate. For more information about prostate problems, talk with your doctor or call (770)7512600 for a free referral to a urologist at North Fulton Hospital. 

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We’re Going Downtown The Surburban Downtown Scene Comes Alive By Di Chapman How we define the term downtown is different for many people. To a person who lives in a major metropolitan city it is one thing, to someone from rural America it is something completely different. In the greater metro Atlanta area we obviously have downtown Atlanta but that’s not ours. Here in the suburbs, downtown has a more intimate definition. As Roswell’s Canton Street brings it on with it’s exuberant ambiance, ballooning restaurant selection and shopping opportunities, its neighbors Marietta and Alpharetta are drawing patrons to their unique downtowns as well. Both Alpharetta and Marietta share deep roots as early Georgia settlements. Marietta, however, formed in 1824 as one of Georgia’s original settlements, has built a dramatic reputation as one of Atlanta’s key historic outposts. The Marietta Square, named “Glover Park” after the first mayor of Marietta John Glover in 1852, draws visitors from everywhere seeking the history and culture of early Georgia. Alpharetta’s future is driven by a proactive city government that is putting research into action to create an expanded presence in their historic neighborhood. “We looked at destination sites across the country like San Jose’s Santana Row and Los Angeles’ The Grove to help us plan the city we want to be in the future,” says Council Member Donald Mitchell. “We want to build a community, a place where children grow up with plans to live here,” says Mayor David Belle Isle. “The best mechanism for making a thriving downtown is food, music, and experience. This is the driving force, the energy, of our downtown efforts.” Alpharetta’s city team is building a future around its Historic Business District on Milton Avenue and its upcoming new downtown City Center on Main Street, diagonally across from it. The 13-acre campus will be completed in a year, with a park, new City Hall, a fountain, gardens, amphitheater, and library. The current City Hall location will be home to

new retail space. The City Center will add to the heartbeat of the city, a place for visitors and residents to enjoy being outside, to patronize the restaurants and merchants across Main Street. Wide brick sidewalks under tree canopies with street lamps will accommodate strollers, and traffic on Main Street will be slowed by medians, landscaping, and potted planters to provide safety for pedestrian crossings. While touring the Historic Business District with Council Member Mitchell, he is enthusiastic and animated. “The plans for this district include building density to keep residents and visitors frequenting merchants.” Currently food trucks draw hundreds to “Food Truck Alley,” 14 Thursday nights a year on Old Roswell Road behind merchants and restaurants on Milton and Main Streets. The trucks are accompanied by music acts and are favorites with families. “We literally partnered with a food truck event expert to make this happen,” says Mitchell. “We’ve built our momentum over the last two years to support and grow this historic district, doubling our downtown events, and we’re on track for three new restaurants as well.” Food Truck Alley joins events including the annual “Taste of Alpharetta,” drawing 60,000 visitors. Braves nights, farmers markets, family movies off Main, and Brew Moon Festivals all attract residents and visitors. Merchants in the Historic Business District boast of some very good years. Pointing out restaurants downtown and explaining that eight more are interested in opening up, and ducking into retail stores as we talk, Mitchell greets each merchant by name and they’re happy to give interviews on the spot. “Business is great with referral and repeat customers,” says Christine Tamisin, co-owner of Sis & Moon’s on Milton Avenue, featuring a thoroughly unique inventory of home, art and vintagethemed products. Their artists’ studio The Treehouse flourishes in the back. “Food Truck Alley events have proven to be a business booster for us, so we open our doors wide for them as well.” She means literally “wide,” with the oldest freight elevator in the area attached to the back of her store in the studio. Around the corner on South Main Street, Alpharetta Flower Market proprietors

Marietta Square Allison Schrade and husband Robert Schrade opened their doors in 2009. “Business is excellent,” they report, “Alpharetta is the place to be.” Contrasting Alpharetta’s “vision to build a destination city that its citizens love,” as Councilman Mitchell says, Marietta’s Victorian-designed Town Square offers an established, diverse historic district of shopping and eclectic eateries all neatly situated around the square on North, South, and West Park Avenues. It was modeled after Savannah, with its grid of streets around it, and has grown to over 70 specialty shops. A trip to the Square is a trip to ice cream and sweet shops; gift, clothing, and antique merchants; art studios; and theatre venues. It’s a destination for locals, tourists, and Atlantans wanting to explore. The historic district is defined as the Square plus a three-block radius, easily traversed with a trolley ride, self-guided walking tour, or audio driving tour, all of which are provided by the Marietta Visitors Bureau facing the railroad tracks just around the corner at 4 Depot Street. Business is good for Marietta Square merchants as well. City Manager Bill Bruton comments, “The spaces on the Square are in high demand. Various merchants who find success with their first business on the Square decide to open up one or more additional stores or restaurants.” Johnny and Susie Fulmer of the Church Street Market stores are a case in point. They have been on Church Street for 18 years total, after combining two shops into one. Eleven years ago, they started the Farmers Market, across from the Square. They’re encouraged and optimistic about business. “We see an upswing in business and customers’ attitudes. Young people are opening businesses here, and tourists are coming in from overseas. The 150th anniversary of the Civil War activities starting in September should be beneficial to all of us as well.” Rebecca Rowden, a resident and business owner of 11 years with the 1887

Victorian mansion Marlow House, is also on Church Street. “I specialize in customizing events for all Sis & Moon In Alpharetta guests and budgets. “My business off the Square gives clients a popular place for weddings, birthday parties, church functions, showers, and corporate functions. The Georgia Ballet holds receptions here, as well as Atlantic Lyric Theatre.” Donna Krueger opened her contemporary dk Gallery on the Square in November 2008. “It’s an incredible juxtaposition of old and new.” Her gallery welcomes all visitors and hosts monthly events to expose them to contemporary artists. “Our next event is September 6, and the theme is ‘Farm to Table’ art.” Is the Square an advantageous location? “The Square’s antiques, boutiques, and uniques are absolutely driving the success of the area. Where else can you wine, dine, stroll, and shop in a European-like setting?” she asks. The Square is a venue for performances and events, including music groups drawing hundreds on the last Friday evening of each month, with crowds sitting in beach chairs and on blankets in every nook and cranny of the avenues around it. This complimentary concert series runs through spring and summer, wrapping up this year on September 27, featuring The 911 band playing soul and Motown. Be part of the audience by reserving a table or claiming a patch of ground with your blanket and chair. While Marietta continues to cultivate its rich historical roots, and promoting the destination status of its Town Square with events and successful surrounding merchants, Alpharetta is energetically planning its coming out party. And we’re all invited. 

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21 SEP 2013

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About five minutes into my interview with past and present contestants of the Ms. Senior Georgia pageant, I realized I’d have to step up my game if I wanted to keep up with these ladies! Recently at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, the women gathered around tables for a lunch break between rehearsals for the 24th annual pageant shared amazing stories about their backgrounds and talents—but mostly they shared their unfailing zest for life. Each year, contestants come from all over the state to compete in the two-day Ms. Senior Georgia pageant, which promotes a positive image of aging. The minimum age to enter the competition is 60, with many of the contestants well into their 80s. A distinguished panel of judges interviews each contestant and evaluates her on a personal platform that expresses her passion for life, as well as talent and evening gown competitions. 2013 Ms. Senior Georgia Mary Lee, 2012 Ms. Senior Georgia, says this event is very Cindy Wood is the second- different from other pageants in its focus and purpose. “It’s generation member of her an opportunity for us [former and current contestants] to family to win the crown. show that we are vital, valuable members of society,” she states. “It’s a platform that allows us to give something back to the community.” Many past winners are still actively involved as representatives of the pageant. Former contestants are invited to join the Georgia Classic Club, whose members participate in community events and public speaking engagements, perform volunteer service, and provide support at each year’s pageant. Many also perform with The Dazzlin’ Dames, lighting up stages around the state with highenergy dance, comedy, and song—this talented troupe does as many as three shows a week. Ms. Senior Georgia 2006 Martha Dudley, who currently serves as Executive Director for the pageant and as president of the Georgia Classic Club, There’s no shortage of energy, fun and friendship at the annual Ms. says the event offers the ad- Senior Georgia pageant! Former contestants and winners remain actively engaged with the pageant, year after year. ditional benefit of new friendships. “Once you compete, you’re indoctrinated into a wonderful sisterhood,” she says. Roswell resident Carolynn Wilson says she first entered the competition a few years ago for that very reason. “My husband had passed away and I found myself feeling a little lonely and confined. I wanted to expand my circle,” she explains. “I discovered how much fun it was to be around these fabulous ladies and I made a lot of new friends.” On August 18, the pageant experienced a “first” in its 24 years. Cindy Wood from Monroe, Ga. was crowned Ms. Senior Georgia 2013— 16 years after her mother, Jerrye Short, won the title. Jerrye remains actively engaged with the pageant, earning the title of “Fairy Godmother” for decking out her Ms. Senior Georgia sisters in stylish clothing she finds on her shopping trips to consignment stores. Visit Ms. Senior Georgia Pageant on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/MsSenior-Georgia-Pageant) to learn more about these vibrant, energetic ladies, their community service and the event itself. 

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23 SEP 2013

(in Sweetie’s words) a fifth grader. When I go to the zoo I don’t see a primate of the As a parent, having a Haplorrhini suborder and senior in high school simian infraorder; I’m more of can be filled with bittera, “Hey kids, that monkey just sweet moments. At pee’d on the little one’s head— times there are glimmers ha! ha! ha!” Like Sweetie said, of hope they actually “get Miscellaneous a fifth grader. I get it! So, you it”, contrasted by times can imagine that the School of when you wonder if they Ramblings Art and associated museum is will find their way home MIKE FINCH not in my wheelhouse of that afternoon. I wonder culture and sophistication. what the house will be With that as a backdrop we began like without them, and then daydream of what the house will be like without our journey into the core of human crethem. As Sweetie and I get ever closer ativity. I was actually unaware that this “core” would be filled with so many to pushing the last “finch” out of the nest, one tradition and bonding experi- clowns. Not metaphorical, I mean real clowns! There were paintings, ence still remains—the college visit. And, what better place for my aspiring drawings, and sculptures all depicting clowns. I have nothing personally art major and I to start than The against clowns; they just sort of creep University of Georgia! me out! And, to me sort of fall into the, Before I go further, a small disclaimer; I freely admit that when it “seen one—seen them all” category. The museum is actually quite large comes to art and art appreciation, I am

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with a plethora of exhibits; causing me demonstrate my newfound knowledge at some point during our meandering and appreciation of art. This particular establishment specializes in the sale of tour to encourage my entourage to increase our rate of “appreciation.” Of what I would now describe as “nature art.” These course I made designers and them think I didn’t artists have actually want to miss I listened intently and mastered printing anything, but in redesperately attempted to this art—not on ality I was just apply these to the sculpture canvas—but on bored out of my of a head with a plastic funnel clothing! That’s mind! Anyway, our attached, but all I saw was a right! Shirts, hats, last senior and potential beer-guzzling pants, even future starving apparatus for a frat party. recliners all covered artist continued in nature scenes so her attempt to edurealistic that a percate her son displaying this art on their body pre-adolescent father on the finer points of design, balance, and medium; would be capable of completely sneakthrowing out truisms like beauty is in ing up on animals in the woods. I now the eye of the beholder, free expression, consider myself not only an aficionado, and creative license. I listened intently but an actual art collector; and owe it all to the enlightenment from our senand desperately attempted to apply these to the sculpture of a head with a ior, UGA, and of course, Bass Pro Shop! Go Dawgs!  plastic funnel attached, but all I saw was a potential beer-guzzling apparatus for a frat party. Mike Finch can be reached at Our road-trip ended with one last miscellaneousramblings stop and one last-ditch effort to @comcast.net.

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Canton Street. The point is, there aren’t many other good options for that parcel Roswell is getting a new elementary and the status quo is just depressing. Since we are getting a new school, school. The proposed location is along we need to get serious about its design Hwy. 9 in the Kings Creek Shopping and architecture as those two things Center. It will also take 14 adjacent can either make this a great amenity or homes along Thomas Drive and a complete eyesore for the surrounding Charles Place. Plans are to open the area. I spoke with a neighbor a few school in 2015 with students from months ago and the snap reaction after Esther Jackson Elementary temporarily using the new school while hearing of the school for the first time was... ‘that’s a terrible idea. It’s not safe their school is renovated. The 2016 for kids to walk there and the traffic is school year would be the first that the new school would house new students. already so bad.’ Traffic is always a development boogie man. Will it The story du jour is the increase traffic? Yes. Will it potential use of eminent dobe catastrophic? No. Do too main on the commercial many parents drive their properties. Fulton County kids to school? Yes. Will has reportedly reached that trend stop? No. So, let’s agreement with all of the stop whining about the trafhomeowners. However, they fic. Just guessing here but have not (as of this writing) I’d wager that it may been able to reach an agreeCommunity Design increase the average ment with four business Matters commute through that area owners. Hopefully, eminent by 30 to 60 seconds and if domain can be avoided and MICHAEL HADDEN it’s designed properly, it everyone is happy with the could be less. outcome. However, that’s Collins Cooper Carusi (CCC) has not the point of this column. I’m sure many readers would love to been hired as the architect. They have quite a portfolio with some beautiful see that property redeveloped and a educational well designed facilities. However, school could suit it well. Alternatives Do too many parents drive don’t expect something original are limited because their kids to school? Yes. here. Fulton that corridor is no Will that trend stop? No. County Schools has longer a true shopa picklist of ping corridor. approved designs, Residential mixedwhich means we will likely get a cookie use could fit there eventually but that cutter design. The Roswell city council won’t work in the near term. Simple recently toured Ison Springs strip mall renovations haven’t really Elementary School in Sandy Springs done well either.  People are now looking for walkable, experiential desti- and the new school will probably be the same lay- CONTINUED 30 nations with personality such as

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25 SEP 2013

It Don’t Cost Nutin’ To Be Nice Bryant, sure enough, sent a picture, autograph and note, which hung in that restaurant for the next 20 years. Several years later when Bear was trying to land a prized recruit, a funny thing happened. The prized recruit wanted to go to Auburn. When his grandfather heard of his decision he put his foot down and demanded he go to Alabama instead, saying: “You have to play for Alabama. That man (Bryant) is going to teach you a lot more than football!” That grandfather was the owner of the diner. The moral is… It don’t cost nuthin’ to be nice.

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I’ve just been given a preview copy of a Harry Mehre retrospective. Harry was the Univ. of Georgia head football coach from 1928 to 36, before taking over at Ole Miss, and then spent 22 years as a football analyst and columnist at the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Braves Exhude Confidence Coach Mehre No matter its playing personality, is attributed with putting quirky or conventional, some teams just Harry Mehre give you the confidence that southern everything’s going to be okay. Many befootball on the map, having taken on, lieve that a successful baseball team and beaten, the gridiron giants of the northeast. He first defeated Yale, the de- must have one of these and two of those, with a sprinkling of this and that, fending National Champion in 1928, and went on to own those Bulldogs by and if those essential elements are not obvious, then you are operating outside defeating them four more times. the formula, and championship aspiraIn this tome, many of Harry’s tions are for naught. In columns are revisited. One football, basketball, hockey in particular caught my eye and soccer we regard intangiand made me smile. bles as a positive and Shortly after getting the necessary ingredient, yet, in Alabama job, Bear Bryant baseball we tend to disregard was traveling a dusty road and take no notice of the looking for a recruit, when intangible factors. In my he passed a cinder block mind, it is the very presence structure with a sign that of these vague and said, ‘LUNCH.’ He walked Sports indefinable elements which in and every eye in the Perspective is the ‘chaw’ in the cheeks of place snapped on him, the BEAU BOCK this Braves’ achievement. only white face in the room. These thoughts were crys“Whaddya got for tallized by Jason Heyward’s lunch?,” inquired Bryant. “You probably won’t like what we’re post-beaning attitude. He’s not bitter, ‘just part of the game,’ he rationalized, serving today, it’s chitlins, collard greens, black eyed peas and cornbread,” and can’t wait to get back. The abnormal occasion of injuries on this the owner said. team have been well documented, and Bear raised an eyebrow and said: “Well, I grew up in Arkansas, probably everybody knows it, except the Braves players, themselves. This is an entirely ate a mile o’ chitlins, so I guess I’m in different, and refreshing realm of the right place!” Braves’ baseball. There is no clubhouse When Bear told the owner he had hierarchy, nor cliques. There is harmojust been hired to be head coach at nious camaraderie and it manifests Alabama, he asked Bear for a picture. itself on the field by everyone picking Bear didn’t yet have one, so he put the each other up. There is a purity about man’s name and address on a napkin and took it with him promising that he which this club competes. The goal is would send a copy when he returned to team success, not individual numbers or notoriety. This is fun!  Tuscaloosa. The owner was skeptical that Bryant would follow through.


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27 SEP 2013

Cobb Energy Centre – Six Years Old And Thriving Announces The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Featuring The Rockettes, Jazz Roots Series, So You Think You Can Dance Plus More By Elaine LaMontagne Six years ago this month the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre opened its modern doors presenting an eclectic array of entertainment and hosting an impressive collection of events—ultimately becoming one of the premier theaters in the region. In fact, Pollstar Magazine currently ranks it #33 in the list of Top 100 Venues of the World. Affectionately called the Cobb Energy Centre, it has the luxury of being extremely visible and accessible to Atlanta’s I-75 commuters, right near I285 in Cobb County, with its large high tech electronic sign previewing coming attractions. Home to four resident companies—the Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Ballet, ArtsBridge, and the Gas South Broadways Series—it continues to present education programs and an amazing schedule of performances this Fall and Winter. Don’t stop reading, details coming… Managing Director Michael Taormina, who has led the charge at the Cobb Energy Center since its opening, notes with great satisfaction, “It has been gratifying that we have had such regional and national acceptance and recognition, which has broadened the appeal and inventory for many more shows, concerts and performances to come to Atlanta. This all adds to entertainment value for those that live in and near Atlanta, including surrounding states.” Prior to coming to Atlanta, Taormina has worked in the theater industry throughout his career in Houston, New York, New Orleans and Pittsburg, both on stage and behind the scenes as a CFE, which stands for Certified Facility Executive in the biz. Welcoming 150,000 people a year, the Cobb Energy Centre has drawn guests through a variety of talents and engagements. Noting a few of the most successful and popular previous shows ideally showcases the rich scheduling diversity: from Billy Crystal to Sinbad, from Bill O’Reilly to Bill Maher, from Harry Connick and Kelly Clarkson to Annie Lennox and Tori Amos, from Clifford the Dog to Ina Garten the Barefoot Contessa, from the Porgy and Bess Opera to the Princess and the Goblet Ballet, from the magic of David Copperfield to the funk of Da Kink in My

See thecurrentplus.com for a list of scheduled performances through February 2014 at the Cobb Energy Center, including such highlights as So You Think You Can Dance Tour, Engelbert Humperdinck, Wanda Sykes, Jimmy Fallon, India.Arie, as well as Ballet and Opera favorites. Hair. Whether provocative or hilarious, family-oriented or adult-focused, classic or edgy, the Centre brings it all. Considered a state-of-the-art performing arts facility, the Cobb Energy Centre sits on an 11-acre site with 2,750 seats, 1,000 parking spaces, and offers full-service food and beverage capabilities for its elegant 10,000 square foot ballroom. The size and amenities are significant characteristics. Taormina explains, “When KPMG did a commissioned study on the needs for this Theatre, they hit the nail on the head. The size of our venue and number of seats fits a real need. Whereas the Fox Theatre has 4,600 seats, which serves the purposes for many shows, others desire a slightly smaller venue. Many comics, for example, prefer the intimacy of our theatre although we certainly are not small. It simply brings a number of quality shows to Atlanta that might have bypassed us in the past. The theater options in Atlanta truly complement each other; that’s good news for our city.” And what amenities make this structure so special? Here are a few that struck me with a smile … two roofs have been built to provide better acoustics due to the fact that Dobbins Air Force Base is so close … the sight lines from every single seat in the theatre are excellent … the cleanliness is impeccable from the front of the house to the back of the house … the loading docks and access to them are enormous by any theater standards … two different size orchestras can be accommodated due to special seating engineering … spacious wardrobe and costume rooms as well as wellsupplied offices for traveling productions

staffs … excellent access for the handicapped … comfortable crimson fabric seats along with the most advanced technological sound and back-stage options for this highly functional performing arts theater. Bravo! So, what lies ahead this Fall? Get out your calendar and be ready to rock! Coming off a successful first year of stellar Jazz concerts held at the Cobb Energy Centre, Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series returns for five spectacular concerts. It celebrates the blend of jazz, blues, gospel and R&B that, along with cultural, political and stylistic elements from American history, help create the music called jazz. Beginning in September with A Tribute to Ella, Joe & Basie and ending in February with Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating Ray Charles, Atlanta is one of only five cities in the U.S. to have the special series. The three shows in between include A Night in Rio in October, Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour in December, and New Orleans in January. Music great Quincy Jones has proclaimed Jazz Roots “the most important new concert and educational jazz series in America … this series is simply imperative.” “Jazz Roots is a natural fit for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Foundation, whose mission is to provide quality arts education programs and community outreach initiatives to the region,” said Courtney Reed, Director of Education and Community Outreach. The Jazz Roots series offers a unique opportunity for a host of music lovers, for each of the concerts 100 high school students from schools in the Atlanta region will attend

the show, as well as enjoy the privilege of attending pre-concert sound checks and participating in special Q&A sessions with the performers. Additionally, artists from the various concerts will visit schools to offer a master class for music students. Single tickets range from $29-99, and Series tickets range from $145-455 per person (a limited number of special VIP packages include the very best seats in the house, complimentary parking for each performance, and a copy of Larry Rosen’s The Music of the Americas twoCD set. (See Sidebar) An all new production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes comes to Atlanta for the first time in four years from November 7-23. In this multi-faceted production, The Rockettes will dance their way through an awe-inspiring journey with new scenes, an array of glamorous new costumes, state-of-the-art technology, dramatic lighting effects and a 50-foot LED screen that will enhance the show with breathtaking new imagery. This year’s production will transport audiences to Times Square and Santa’s Workshop; features new scenes such as “New York at Christmas” with The Rockettes boarding a life size doubledecker tour bus on a guided tour through the streets of NYC, and “Here Comes Santa Claus”, a number that reveals how Santa can be in multiple places at once. Plus beloved numbers such as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Living Nativity”, both of which have been performed since the Christmas Spectacular’s inception, remain a vital part of the show’s core. While in Atlanta, The Rockettes also become known as an embodiment of the spirit of giving and embracing the community by participating in many great local charitable initiatives including collecting coats and canned food for the needy, visiting children’s hospitals and helping to raise awareness for worthy causes. SPECIAL NOTE: TWO OF THIS YEAR’S ROCKETTES ARE FROM ATLANTA! Single tickets range from $26-97, and Premium seat range from $104-126. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets by contacting group sales at 770-916-2855 or groups@cobbenergycentre.com. 


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$20, with proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Association. Chambrel Set on 3.5 acres among tall pines just Roswell, 1000 Applewood Drive, south of downtown Alpharetta and adjacent to Wills Park, Matilda’s Cottage Roswell, GA 30076. For more info call (770) 594-4600. offers live outdoor music “Under the Pines” throughout the spring and SEPT 28 summer months. Bring your lawn chairs, CRAFT FAIR a picnic and even your dog for an The 3rd Annual Craft Fair at Wesley unforgettably laid back evening of Chapel United Methodist Church will be entertainment. This concert will feature held on Sept. 28, from 9a.m. until 4 p.m. Mike Willis. Tickets are $15; youth 16 and The church is located at 4495 Sandy under get in free. Plains Road in Marietta. All booths are


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The Roswell High School Theatre Troupe The Velvet Note on Old Milton Parkway will be performing William Shakespeare’s comedy, “A Midsummer in Alpharetta will host Kevin Rowe, a Night’s Dream” on September 26, 27, 28 barefoot British musician who wowed Atlanta audiences with a performance at at 7:00 p.m and September 29 at 6:00 p.m. The performance will be staged in the BMI Symmetry Live Showcase. His repertoire includes powerful ballads and the Roswell High Auditorium. Tickets are rock melodies. Critics have compared his $7 in advance and $10 at the door. All voice Bryan Adams, Joe Cocker and John seating is general admission. Mayer. Showtimes 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets $20. For more information, COMMUNITY see www. thevelvetnote.com. SEPT. 28-29 SEPT. 14

ALPHARETTA ART IN THE LAWRENCE JUBER PARK FINGERSTYLE GUITAR Old Milton Park will host this gathering of WORKSHOP AND CONCERT artists from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sept. 28 and Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North on Crabapple Road in Roswell will host two-time Grammy Award winner Lawrence Juber, the lead guitarist from Paul McCartney’s Wings. Juber has released 19 solo albums and his music has been featured on commercials and television and movie soundtracks. He will provide patrons with two hours of guitar instruction at 3 p.m. The concert will take place at 8 p.m. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.sixstringsocialclub.com.

from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29. Artists will create masterpieces right before your eyes at this outdoor market under the trees that attracts art lovers and exhibitors from all over the Atlanta area.




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FESTIVAL Christ United Methodist Church, at 1340 Woodstock Rd. in Roswell, invites the community to their annual Fall Festival. Come and enjoy the fun of food, games, vendors, and fellowship. The annual Pumpkin Patch, with over 3,000 pumpkins for purchase, will be in full swing! Join the CUMC family for pony and train rides, moonwalks, childrens’ games and crafts, and the Mother Goose Storyteller. Indulge in goodies from the UMW Bake Sale, as well as from the food trucks, ‘The Pretzel Maker’ and ‘The King of Pops’. Purchase early Christmas presents from the variety of vendors. Christ United Methodist Church Roswell, Ga, Oct. 5 2013 (rain date October 12), from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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FARMERS MARKET Marietta Square Farmers’ Market Numerous vendors featuring homegrown SEPT. 14 vegetables, fresh flowers, local honey, MUDCAT AT SWALLOW AT baked goods, and so much more will come to the Historic Marietta Square THE HALLOW Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Mudcat performs at Swallow at the Hallow on Green Street in Roswell at 10 Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, visit p.m. A tremendous slide guitarist and entertainer, Mudcat has performed at the www.MariettaSquareFarmersMarket.net or call 770-499-9393. Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, at the Irving Plaza in New SEPT 14 York, and before 10,000 people in YARD SALE Lugano, Switzerland. Tickets are $10. For Chambrel Roswell Community Yard Sale more information, visit will be held on Sat., Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. www.mudcatblues.com. to 2 p.m. in the Chambrel Parking Lot. If


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part of the show was one of Farley’s biggest decisions. Farley named Music Director Scott McCoy as one of the biggest talents, while Vocal Director Michael Monroe has worked with theaters all over Atlanta, including the Theater on the Square. Monroe is the person a producer wants to make the vocals sound like they’re worth a million dollars. As far as casting was concerned, Farley went with people who’ve participated in GET shows the audience loved, including Buddy. However, the cast includes newcomer Chris Damiano, who portrayed Johnny Cash in Chicago’s Million Dollar Quartet. “You’re going to have fun watching these guys,” Farley said. “They’re amazing.” Farley’s goal for the coming season is to surpass last year’s season, GET’s 20th. He also wants to serve GET’s wider fanbase, which hails from all over Georgia. To do that, Farley has assembled an eclectic, unpredictable set of works. The season includes the thriller Deathtrap, which Farley has wanted to


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out. It could be worse but it could be a lot better judging from pictures on CCC’s website. Here’s hoping the exterior gets tweaked. Otherwise, we will get something that looks like student housing running parallel to Hwy. 9 surrounded by parking and bus/carpool queuing lanes. That brings up the next concern. Are kids going to be able to walk to this school? That will in part depend on the redistricting but trends aren’t favorable. It’s quite telling that in 1969 nationally, 50% of children walked to school and 12% rode in private vehicles. By 2009, that had almost reversed with 44% riding and 15% walking. Part of this is due to modern school design. We build large campuses that are placed out of reach of most homes. Minimum school site size requirements is a huge part of the problem. In Georgia, elementary schools are required to have 5 acres plus 1 acre for every 100 full-time students. That increases for middle and high schools.

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do for years. It’s technically complicated and he wants to be sure the theater can do a first-class job. Deathtrap is slated for November. The Only Light In Reno, a comedic account of the filming of Marilyn Monroe’s Misfits in 1960 in Las Vegas, will be staged in January. Late February will bring The Great Gatsby, a play Farley described as an epic drama about the American dream. Camelot will come in mid-April. Farley wanted to do that because it’s as great a play as a musical and more than 50 years later, it hearkens back to the American “Camelot” of JFK. “I can’t wait to do all of them,” Farley said.  Contact Matt Quinn at matt@thecurrentplus.com

The new school is expected to house 850 students, which would equate to 14 acres. Considering that a quarter mile is the radius in which someone is generally willing to choose to walk versus drive, these acreage requirements almost rule out walking as an option. Then factor in the quality of the walk, crossing parking lots and car pool lanes, and you begin to see why so few kids walk to school these days. Schools aren’t integrated into the neighborhood and are built to serve the bus first, the automobile second, and walking children a distant third. Amazingly, Inman Middle School in Atlanta, well integrated into the Virginia Highlands neighborhood with a GreatSchools.com rating of 9/10, somehow manages to provide a quality education to 777 students on roughly 2.5 acres. We can do better but we have a lot of work to do if we want to get this school right from a design standpoint. Michael authors the blog newurbanroswell.com. You may contact him at: michaeldhadden@gmail.com.

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