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The Evan Christopher Trio brings New Orleans-style jazz to Gainesville on March 23 for the Evenings Of Intimate Jazz series at Smithgall Arts Center. PAGE 7

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The Gainesville Ballet Company will perform the classic tale “Cinderella” at Pearce Auditorium for the first time this weekend, bringing together a cast of 92 dancers, including Annette Barcelona and Peter Swan, above. PAGE 5

The Trillium Trek Trail Run offers four courses amid the beauty of Chicopee Woods. PAGE 14

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Author to discuss environmentalist Brenau symposium will feature John Muir biographer From staff reports Brenau University will offer a free presentation by John Muir biographer James Hunt as part of the ongoing “Sense and Sustainability” lecture series at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in Thurmond McRae Auditorium. Although Muir was best known for his work out West in what is now Muir Woods National Monument and Yosemite National Park, the author’s book, “Restless Fires,” chronicles the 19th century conservationist’s 1,000-mile trek from Louisville, Ken., to Cedar Key, Fla., from 1867-68. “John Muir is one of the most important naturalists and documentary writers of in American history,” said

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Organic Farming in Georgia, Gainesville. 12:30 p.m. March 21. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Series of three talks by guest speakers sharing knowledge in natural history and environmental policy. Bring lunch; $10 donation requested. 770-535-1976, www.elachee.org. “A Taste of the Mountains,” Dahlonega. 6-8 p.m. March 21. Lumpkin County High School, 44 School Drive, Dahlonega. $15 adults, $5 ages 5-12, and children 12 and younger eat free. 706-8677047. Contra Dance, Sautee. 8 p.m. March 23. Historic Gym, Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee. $8 adults, $7 SNCA members, $4 students. 706-878-3300, www.snca.org. The Real Local Food Festival, Buford. 1-5 p.m.

Dr. Rudi Kiefer, the Brenau professor who hosts the lecture series. “Hunt does a remarkable job in his book of illustrating Muir’s thoughts and adventures during that famous walk to the gulf coast. The book will keep readers spellbound with its blend of philosophical reflection by Muir, his periods of exhaustion and exhilaration, hunger, illness, and ultimately, his sense of victory.” Ronald C. White Jr., author of “A. Lincoln: A Biography,” also praised Hunt’s book, stating that “readers will walk with John Muir through the post-Civil War South as the wandering young botanist discovers his vocation as America’s great environmental pioneer.”

March 24. Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford. 770-9043542, www.gwinnettEHC. org. “Green Fire” film screening, Sautee. 2 p.m. March 24. Center Theatre, Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee. 706-8783300, www.snca.org. Free Self Defense Seminar, Gainesville. 7-9 p.m. March 26. East Hall Community Center, 3911 P. Davidson Road, Gainesville. Free. 678-450-1540, georgiamountainkravmaga. com.

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“Free China: The Courage to Believe” film screening Gainesville. 7 p.m. March 28. Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SE, Gainesville. $7 adults, $5 students and seniors includes film and filmmaker Q&A reception. www. theartscouncil.net/freechina.html. Homestead Recovery Residence for Women

Hunt, a professor emeritus at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., has taught American, Latin American and world history, directed travel experiences for students spending five months in Central America, and managed Whitworth University’s study/service program. The lecture program will also include recognition of the late John Jacobs Jr., a media pioneer and longtime Brenau trustee. John Jacobs IV, grandson of the Gainesville and Hall County businessman, will accept the recognition on behalf of the Jacobs family. For more information, contact Kiefer at rkiefer@brenau.edu.

Benefit, Sautee. 7 p.m. March 30. Historic Gym, Sautee Nacoochee Community Association, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee. $10. 706-8783300, www.snca.org. Janie Dempsey Watts Book Signing, Gainesville. 1- 3 p.m. April 3. Peach State Bank, 325 Washington St., Gainesville. Her novel, “Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge,” was nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year. Free. www. negawriters.org. Fungi by Fun Gals: Mushroom Art, Identification and Cultivation, Sautee. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6. Educational exhibit and talks by Olga and Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain; art by Antonia Reed, Sarah Samsel, Priscilla Wilson and Patty Workman. The Gourd Place, 2319 Duncan Bridge Road, Sautee www. gourdplace.com 706-8654048 Georgia Poetry Circuit Reading, Gainesville. 12:30 p.m. April 9. John S. Burd Center for the Performing Arts, Banks Recital

Hall, 429 Academy St., Gainesville. Free. 770-5346179. Flower Arranging Unit 5: Creative and Miniature Design, Athens. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 10. Visitor Center, Classroom 2, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens. $45. 706542-6156. 2nd annual “Rockin Rides” Auto Show Fundraiser, Flowery Branch. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13. Davis Middle School, 4450 Hog Mountain Road, Flowery Branch. Bring your cars, trucks and bikes. $15 vehicle registration fee, $25 vendor booth fee and free admission. Registration 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 770-965-3020. Fourth annual Cars For A Cure, Lula. 10 a.m. April 13. Country Living Ace Hardware, 4336 Cornelia Highway, Lula. $20 per vehicle. All proceeds benefit Hall County Relay for Life. 678-316-3109, lori_armour@ucbi.com. The Brenau Student Fashion Show, Gainesville. 4:30 p.m. April 13. Pearce

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Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Free. 770-534-6240. “Strong!,” film screening Gainesville. 7 p.m. April 18. Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SE Gainesville. The Tour of Independent Filmmakers. www.theartscouncil.net/ independentfilms.html. Cornelia Apple Blossom BBQ Festival, Cornelia. April 19-20. KCBS sanctioned BBQ competitions. 17th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, Dahlonega. April 19-21. 244 Wild Turkey Trail, Dahlonega. Celebrates Southern Appalachian music, art and culture. Free. 706-864-9007, www. bearonthesquare.org. 2013 Flowery Branch Spring Festival, Flowery Branch. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20. Free. 678-8254228, festivals@troop228. info or www.troop228.info.

Symposium: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Problems in Healthcare Delivery, Gainesville. 12:306 p.m. April 20. Brenau University East Campus, 1001 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. Free. 678-7076414 or 678-707-5029. Genealogy Day, Homer. 2-5 p.m. April 20. Ga. 51 N, Homer. Guest Speaker, Mildred Grafton, will introduce both beginning and intermediate levels of how to conduct genealogical research. Staff and volunteers will provide assistance as needed. Free. 678-971-9390, bankscountyhistorical society.org. Spelling Bee 2013, Gainesville. 7 p.m. April 23. Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Adults $5, children $2. 770-531-4337, www. allianceforliteracy.org.


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‘Cinderella’ When: 7:30 p.m. March 22; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 23; 2 p.m. March 24 Where: Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington St., Gainesville How much: Adults $18$24, seniors $14-22, children $12-$18 Contact: 770532-4241, www. gainesvilleballet.org

her last major performance with the company before she pursues a degree in choreography. She said the opportunity to dance as Cinderella is a dream come true. Barcelona said the audience will love watching the “top notch” performance because of the story’s characters. “We’ve developed the characters and now the challenging part is going to be not laughing,” Barcelona said. “The stepsisters are

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sking@gainesvilletimes.com If you’re a fan of a good rags-to-riches fairy tale, you’ll will love watching the Gainesville Ballet Company’s performance of “Cinderella” this weekend. This will be the company’s first time performing the classic tale. It is sure to entertain children and adults with beautiful costumes, choreography and a refreshing amount of humor. “I think everyone knows ‘Cinderella,’ but not everyone has seen the ballet,” said Annette Barcelona who plays the role of Cinderella. “It’s still the same central story line but I think it’s just a really special way to view a common story. I think it’s more fun because there is that unexpected because it’s a live performance. You never know what’s going to happen and none of the performances are going to be the same.” A cast of 92 dancers, many between the ages 8 and 11, will bring the classic fairy tale to life on the stage at Pearce Auditorium, with performances March 22, 23 and 24. Tickets can be purchased at the Pearce Auditorium box office or by calling 770-532-4241. Barcelona said the performance will be bittersweet because it is

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“The 12 Dancing Princesses,”Oakwood. 7 p.m. March 21-23. West Hall High School Theatre, 5500 McEver Road, Oakwood. $7 adults, $5 students and senior citizens. 770-967-9826 ext. 7350. “Attention Detention,” Oakwood. 7 p.m. March 2123. West Hall High School Theatre, 5500 McEver Road, Oakwood. $7 adults, $5 students and senior citizens. 770-967-9826 ext. 7350. “The Rivals,” Gainesville. 1 p.m. March 23. Sandy Beaver Center Theater, Riverside Military Academy, 2001 Riverside Drive Gainesville. Free. www. riversidemilitary.com for more information. “Alice In Wonderland,” Hoschton. 7 p.m. March 22, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 23. Heather Waynes, 5370 Thompson Mill Rd., Hoschton. $8. 770-967-9010, www.heatherwaynesdanceacademy.com. “Cinderella,” Gainesville. 7:30 p.m. March 22, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 23, 2:00 p.m. March 24. Pearce Auditorium, Brenau University, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. $12-$26, Brenau faculty, staff and students $6 with valid ID. 770-5324241, www.gainesvilleballet.org. “Steel Magnolias,” Cumming. 8 p.m. ThursdaySaturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Through March 24. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming. $25. 770-781-9178, www. playhousecumming.com. Free stage tour of “Twelfth Night,” Oakwood. 6 p.m. March 26. Ed Cabell Theatre, University of North Georgia Gainesville campus, 3850 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. 678-717-3624, www. gainesvilletheatrealliance.org.

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“Angelina Ballerina” the Musical, Toccoa. 7 p.m. March 28. Ritz Theater/Schaefer Center, 139 Doyle St., Toccoa. 706-282-3309. “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” Toccoa. 7 p.m. April 4. Ritz Theater/Schaefer Center, 139 Doyle St., Toccoa. 706-282-3309. “Brigadoon,” Dahlonega. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. April 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21. Historic Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., Dahlonega. Tickets go on sale Jan. 29. Adults $18, children and students $12. 706-864-3759, www. hollytheater.com. Photos by SCOTT ROGERS | The Times

two men on point. That’s really, really hysterical. It’s been a lot of fun to get into a character role and be dancing. It’ll be theatrical.” Artistic director Diane Callahan said children of all ages will enjoy watching “Cinderella,” while adults may be intrigued by the seven short repertoire pieces the dancers will perform prior to the main show.

Callahan said some of the pieces are comical and others are a bit darker, but the audience will enjoy seeing the different dances. “The children, of course, will love ‘Cinderella.’ It’s a wonderful fairy story,” Callahan said. “I think the adults will like it also but the adults will like what comes before it, seeing the other types of dance.”


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This play is no sleeper From staff reports The Tony Award-winning Broadway show “The Drowsy Chaperone” is playing through April 14 at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. The show pays tribute to the Jazz Age shows of the 1920s. When a die-hard musical theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, the musical literally bursts to life in the living room of his dingy apartment. His favorite musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” begins on a Broadway starlet’s wedding day and is complicated by a motley crew of zany guests, including a gin-soaked chaperone assigned to keep a watchful eye over the bride. “The Drowsy Chaperone” was created in 1997 as a gift from Don McKellar, Lisa Lambert, and Greg Morrison for the stag party of Bob Martin and Janet Van De Graaff. The musical spoof was reshaped for the 1998 Toronto Fringe Festival. Martin became co-writer and developed “Man in Chair” as narrator. After years of development, “The Drowsy Chaperone” opened on May 1, 2006, at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. The creative team includes Director Anne Towns, Choreographer Jen MacQueen and Music Director Ann-Carol Pence. Liberty Cogen, Greg Bosworth and Steve Hudson head the cast. “Some of the most rewarding experiences for me as a producer have come from working on new musicals,” Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez said.

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‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ When: through April 14, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville How much: $25-$35 More info: 678-226-6222, www. auroratheatre.com

Colored pencils, pottery on display at Helen arts center Artists Shirley Hill, Penny Nossett and Kathy Whitehead bill themselves as the “Color Pencil Girls” and visitors to Helen Arts & Heritage Center’s upcoming show, “Mountain Matters,” will have a chance to see why. The three artists, along with Jared Kaup of lifefire pottery in Toccoa,

will display their work as featured artists for the “Mountain Matters” show. Although Hill, Nossett and Whitehead all use colored pencils, each is able to express her own personality through her work. “Mountain Matters” will be on view at the Helen Arts & Heritage Center

beginning Thursday, March 21. A reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. today at the Helen

Arts and Heritage Center located at 25 Chattahoochee St., in Helen.

The show will run through May 18. The event is free and open to the public. The next exhibit, “Dreamwork,” opens on Thursday, April 23. For more information call 706-878-3933 or email info@helenarts.org. From staff reports

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Fiber Arts with Debra Paff, Sautee. March 21 and 28. Sautee Nachoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. 706-768-6311, jevans@snca.org. ���Mountain Matters,” Helen. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. March 21. Helen Arts and Heritage Center, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen. 706-878-3933, www.helenarts.org or info@ helenarts.org. The Georgia Art League, Gainesville. Noon, third Thursday each month. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. All artists are invited. www. georgiaartleague.org. North Georgia Arts Guild, Clayton. Third Thursday each month, coffee and discussion. 60 Main St., Clayton.

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Works by Jessica Wohl, Demorest. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. April 4. MasonScharfenstein Museum of Art, 567 Georgia St., Demorest. Free. The 2013 Brenau Collaborative, Gainesville. April 5 through May 5. Opening reception 5:307 p.m. April 13. Brenau University Galleries, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Featuring undergraduate juried and senior projects and portfolios. Free. 770-5346263. Fungi by Fun Gals: Art, Identification, and Culture of Mushrooms and Fungi, Sautee. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6. The Gourd Place, 2319 Duncan Bridge Road, Sautee. Educational exhibit and talks by Olga and Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain. Art by Antonia Reed, Sarah Samsel, Priscilla Wilson and Patty Workman. 706-865-4048, www.gourdplace.com.

Art Journaling with Debra Paff, Sautee. April 11, 18, 25, and May 2. Sautee Nachoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee. 706768-6311, jevans@snca. org. Mery Lynn McCorkle “Cell Biology,” Atlanta. Opening Reception 7-9 p.m. April 18. Through May 25. 263 Walker St. SW, Atlanta. Free. 404827-0030, marciawood@ marciawoodgallery.com. Duncan Johnson, “Colorcode,” Atlanta. Opening Reception 7-9 p.m. April 18. Through May 25. 263 Walker St. SW, Atlanta. Free. 404827-0030, marciawood@ marciawoodgallery.com. Drawing in Nature, Athens. 4-6 p.m. April 30. Visitor Center, Classroom 1, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens. Free. Preregistration is required. 706-542-6156. “Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life,” Atlanta. May through Oct. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Nov. through March; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April through Oct. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. $18.95 adults, $12.95 children 3-12, free to children 3 and younger and to Garden members. 404-876-5859,

atlantabotanicalgarden.org. Brenau Family Ties exhibit, Gainesville. May 9 through July 7. Simmons Visual Arts Center, Presidents Gallery, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. June 6. Free. 770-534-6263. Botanical Watercolor Illustration, Athens. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11. Visitor Center, Gardenside Room, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens. $75. 706-542-6156. Exhibit: President’s Summer Art Series, Gainesville. May 16 through June 30. Simmons Visual Arts Center, Presidents Gallery, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. Opening reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. May 16. Featuring Patricia Burd, Jane Hemmer, Jean Westmacott and Mary Hart Wilheit. Free. 770-5346263. Arts in the Park, Suwanee. 11 a.m. May 18. Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. www. suwaneeartsinthepark.com. “Dreamwork,” Helen. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. May 23. Helen Arts and Heritage Center, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen. 706-878-3933, www. helenarts.org or info@ helenarts.org.


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Trio brings New Orleans Master class lineup set for Bear on the Square sound to Gainesville Arts Council continues with jazz series From staff reports The Evan Christopher Trio will perform Saturday as part of the Arts Council’s Evenings Of Intimate Jazz series. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at Smithgall Arts Center in Gainesville. The combo plays New Orleans-style jazz, led by clarinetist Evan Christopher and his unique brand of contemporary jazz. Performing with him are Atlanta musician Dave Frackenpohl on guitar and Robert Dickson on jazz bass. Since leaving his native California for New Orleans in 1994, Christopher worked with Al Hirt, the Nightcrawlers and Galactic before joining the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in 1996. For nearly three years, he appeared nightly as featured clarinetist and recorded several of the group’s syndicated radio programs, “Riverwalk: Live from the Landing.” Christopher has recorded with such Big Easy artists as Big Al Carson, Duke Heitger, Narvin Kimball, Uncle Lionel Battiste and Tom McDermott. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he traveled continuously, and formed the groups the JazzTraditions Project and Django à la Créole. The latter released its debut CD, “Django à la Créole” in 2008 and a second, “Finesse,” in 2010. Since returning to New Orleans in 2008, he has

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Evan Christopher Trio The Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz When: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23 Where: Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St., Gainesville How much: $30, $25 each for six or more More info: 770-534-2787, www.TheArtsCouncil.net

taught part-time at the University of New Orleans and coached an ensemble that has performed with guest mentors such as Lucien Barbarin and Marcus Roberts. When not touring, he appears with groups such as the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and is a charter member of jazz composer guild, NOLA ArtHouse Music. In July 2010, he debuted his “Treat It Gentle Suite,” the first concerto written for clarinet and jazz band in the New Orleans style,

with the Minnesota Orchestra. Tickets are $30 per person or $25 each with the purchase of six or more tickets. For tickets call 770-534-2787 or visit www.TheArtsCouncil.net. A free coffee and refreshment bar will be available. Patrons may bring their own beverages; glasses and ice will be provided. Other performers in this series include the Annie Sellick Trio on April 13 and Joe Gransden & Kenny Banks on May 18.

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The 17th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival has scheduled its Master Classes for Sunday, April 21, at the Historic Vickery House, home of the Georgia Appalachian Studies Center of the University of North Georgia. The festival takes place in and around Dahlonega’s Historic Public Square, and the Vickery House at West Main Street and Vickery Drive. Cost of each class is $10; pre-registration is

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recommended. There will be only eight students for each one hour, 45 minute class. Those interested in registering for a class can do so by going to www.bearonthesquare. org and clicking the link on the Master Classes announcement. The SouthEastern Bluegrass Association will discount its online membership fee to $5 for those taking a Master Class. Class times are 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. for banjo and bass; and 2:30 to 4:15 p.m.

for fiddle and guitar. Class instructors and class material include:

■■ Geoff Hohwald: “Backup Bluegrass Banjo.” ■■ Curtis Jones: “Rhythm Guitar.” ■■ Martin Norgaard: “Improvising Over Standard Fiddle Tune.” ■■ Chris Enghauser: “Bass-Spelling Chords.”

More information about the instructors, including their teaching and musical backgrounds, can be found on the Bear on the Square website, www. bearonthesquare.org.

Chamber singers present choral concert The Lanier Chamber Singers continue bringing vocal variety to the area with the presentation of “Animalia” at 7:30 p.m. March 22 and 4 p.m. March 23. The chamber choir concert will feature a variety of pieces about animals, including some choral classics and some musical humor. The choir will perform “Turtle Dove” by Vaughan Williams, “El grillo” by Josquin

des Prez, “Old Horatius had a Farm” by Z. Randall Stroope and Mendelssohn’s “Lerchengesang” among others. The concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville located at 800 S. Enota Drive NE in Gainesville. Tickets are $10 in advance if ordered online at lanierchambersingers.org. For more information, call 678-997-6609.


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Alex Hall to open for Steel Magnolia, 9 p.m. March 22. 2075 Market St., Duluth. Free tickets by emailing alexhalltickets@ gmail.com.

Spring Is Here Week, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 21 and 22. Interactive Neighborhood for

Tom and Juli, Dahlonega. 7 p.m. every Thursday. The Crimson Moon Cafe, 24 N. Park St., Dahlonega. 706-864-3982, www. thecrimsonmoon.com.

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The Atlanta Film Festival burst into action last weekend with a mix of higher profile films and dozens of features and shorts that may come with less fanfare but frequently surprise. The festival looks to close strongly, too.

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Healthy Habits Event, Gainesville. 1-4 p.m. March 24. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut First Easter Egg Hunt, Gainesville. 2 St. SE, Gainesp.m. March 24. Midtown Greenway, ville. Free with 682 Grove St., Gainesville. Games, paid admission face painting, tattoos and the opto museum, $6 portunity for a photo with the Easter admission every Bunny. Free. 770-531-2680, www. Sunday. 770gainesville.org/recreation. For Get Out

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The Evan Christopher Trio will perform at 8 p.m. March 23 as part of the Arts Council’s Evenings Of Intimate Jazz series.

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Lanier Chamber Singers “Animalia,” Gainesville. 7:30 p.m. March 22 and 4 p.m. March 23. Gainesville First Presbyterian Church. lanierchambersingers.org.

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“The Drowsy Chaperone Show,” Lawrenceville. 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Through April 7. Aurora Theatre, 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville. $15. 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com.

“The 12 Dancing Princesses,”Oakwood. 7 p.m. March 21-23. West Hall High School Theatre, 5500 McEver Road, Oakwood. $7 adults, $5 students and senior citizens. 770-967-9826 ext. 7350.

2013 Kiwanis Visual Arts Showcase, Gainesville. Through April 13. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. 770-536-2575, www.quinlanartscenter.org.

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Fourth annual Cars For A Cure, Lula. 10 a.m. April 13. Country Living Ace Hardware, 4336 Cornelia Highway, Lula. $20 per vehicle. All proceeds benefit Hall County Relay for Life. 678316-3109, lori_armour@ucbi.com.

The University of North Georgia Singers and Le Belle Voci “Homecoming” Concerts, Dahlonega. 8 p.m. April 1. Dahlonega Baptist Church, 234 Hawkins St., Dahlonega. 8 p.m. April 2. St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 1243 Hulsey Road, Cleveland. Free. ung.edu.

“Free China: The Courage to Believe,” Gainesville. 7 p.m. March 28. Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SE, Gainesville. $7 adults, $5 students and seniors includes film and filmmaker Q&A reception. www.theartscouncil.net/free-china.html.

Free Self Defense Seminar, Gainesville. 7-9 p.m. March 26. East Hall Community Center, 3911 P. Davidson Road, Gainesville. Free. 678-450-1540, georgiamountainkravmaga.com.

Spring season of the BBI Junior Olympic Program, Gainesville. 7 p.m. March 25. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Introductory program to flatwater sprint canoe/kayak for children 10-15. $95. 770-287-7888, www.lckc.org.

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“Mountain Matters,” Helen. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. March 21. Helen Arts and Heritage Center, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen. 706878-3933, www.helenarts. org or info@helenarts.org.

Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum, INK Members are free. 770-536-1900.


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Something for all tastes at festival Atlanta Film Festival 2013 JEFF MARKER

When: Through March 24 More info: www. atlantafilmfestival.com

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Film Review The Atlanta Film Festival burst into action last weekend, with the much heralded Matthew McConaughey starrer “Mud,” a funny, touching ensemble comedy called “Claire’s Cambodia,” and a sneak preview of the Sundance Channel’s first original, scripted series, “Rectify,” which was created by Georgia’s own Ray McKinnon and films in Griffin. As always, between the higher profile films the 2013 festival For Get Out intersperses dozens of features and shorts that may come Among the top films featured at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival: “Dead Man’s Burden,” above, an indie Western with with less fanfare but frequently Hollywood-style production values; and “The Spectacular Now,” below, a story of teen love. surprise. leads to many others. The festival looks to close If Westerns are more to your strongly, too. The remaining taste, the outstanding “Dead slate of films includes a number Man’s Burden” shows a little of promising narrative and later Friday. Set in 1870 and documentary features, music within the divisive specter of the video and shorts blocks, a block Civil War, the film chronicles how of shorts sponsored by Women greed and conflicting loyalties in Film & Television Atlanta can tear a family apart. devoted to women directors, Exquisitely shot and acted, and panels and workshops for “Dead Man’s Burden” is an indie those hoping to get started or with the production values of a advance in the industry. major Hollywood production. If you plan to head to the It showcases the landscape of festival, here are a few films you the American West in ways that shouldn’t miss. would make John Ford proud One of the highlights Friday and climaxes with an ending night is the documentary through the tragic suicides of accept it online?” One thing the that will leave you breathless. “Scarred but Smarter: Life many young people that it can documentary does devastatingly Saturday offers numerous n Times of Drivin N Cryin.” be just as damaging as physical well is make the similarities intriguing films, but likely none Director Eric Von Haessler bullying. between physical bullying and will be more powerful than follows the great Georgia In fact, cyberbullying is cyberbullying more tangible than “Submit the Documentary,” band on its 25th anniversary in ways more harmful than they seem to be in the national which confronts the issue of tour, exploring its history and physical bullying. It allows for an dialogue. cyberbullying head on. pondering why Drivin N Cryin, unlimited number of bystanders Since cyberbullying happens During the opening sequence, with its amazing catalog of to join in the bullying, and while via social media and texts, an interviewee asks, “If we albums and devoted following, most physical injuries heal, it’s easy to dismiss its effects. has never achieved worldwide wouldn’t accept offline behavior, fame. It turns out that question some emotional scars never do. However, we have learned then who ever said we should

“Submit the Documentary” is a deeply affecting call to action. This is a film you must see, whether you have children or not, because sooner or later either you or someone you know will be affected by it. Because while the documentary focuses mostly on the effects of cyberbullying on young people, where it is most rampant and destructive, plenty of cyberbullying targets adults. “Submit the Documentary” is a difficult but absolutely vital viewing experience. The festival closes with the Georgia debut of “The Spectacular Now,” the latest film by Athens native James Ponsoldt. This tale of teen love drew rave reviews at both the Sundance and South by Southwest film festivals, two of the most influential festivals in the U.S. In fact, “The Spectacular Now” might be the buzziest independent film of 2013. Some are even predicting it will revive the teen movie genre. Ponsoldt will be in attendance, and tickets to this screening are bound to be in high demand so you will definitely want to purchase them in advance. This is more than the chance to support a native son. This is a chance to see what is shaping up to be one of the best films of the year. Jeff Marker is head of the Communication, Media & Journalism Department at the University of North Georgia. His reviews appear weekly in Get Out and on gainesvilletimes.com/getout.


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Showtimes

5:10-6:15-8:15-9:15 Oz the Great and Powerful: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG) Thu. 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:55 Fri.-Sat. 10:00-1:00-4:00-7:00-9:55-12:45 Sun. 10:00-1:00-4:00-7:00-9:55 Safe Haven (PG-13) Thu. 1:55-4:40-7:3010:10 Fri.-Sun. 10:15-12:55-3:35 Silver Linings Playbook (R) Thu. 1:40-4:257:20-10:05 Snitch (PG-13) Thu. 12:05-2:40-5:15-7:5010:30 Fri.-Sun. 12:05-2:40-5:20-7:5510:35 Spring Breakers (R) Fri.-Sat. 12:30-2:505:10-7:05-8:00-9:25-10:20-11:45 Sun. 12:30-2:50-5:10-7:05-8:00-9:25-10:20 Wreck-It Ralph (PG) Thu. 11:55-2:25-4:55

Bargain shows denoted by parentheses ( ). Movie times are subject to change; check with theaters for updated schedules.

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3333 Buford Drive, Suite 3000, Buford 21 and Over (R) Thu. 12:40-3:15 Fri.-Sun. 4:10-9:50 Admission (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 11:50-2:204:55-7:30-10:05 The Call (R) Thu. 12:50-2:00-3:15-4:255:35-7:00-8:00-9:25-10:20 Fri.-Sat. 10:25-11:30-12:50-2:00-3:10-4:25-5:357:15-8:00-9:35-10:20-11:55 Sun. 11:3012:50-2:00-3:10-4:25-5:35-7:15-8:009:35-10:20 The Croods (PG) Fri.-Sat. 10:05-11:20-

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21 and Over (R) Thu. 5:30-7:45-10:00 Fri.Sun. 7:30-9:45 Admission (PG-13) Thu. 10:00 Fri.-Sun. 2:00-4:30-7:00-9:30 The Call (R) Thu. 4:45-7:30-10:00 Fri.-Sun. 2:00-4:45-7:30-10:00 The Croods (PG) Thu. 10:00 Fri.-Sun. 1:003:15-5:30-7:45-10:00 The Croods 3D (PG) Thu. 10:00 Fri.-Sun. 1:45-4:15-7:00-9:30 Dark Skies (PG-13) Thu. 6:45 Dead Man Down (R) Thu. 4:00-7:00 Escape From Planet Earth (PG) Thu. 5:307:45 Fri.-Sun. 2:15-4:45 A Good Day to Die Hard (R) Thu. 4:30 Identity Thief (R) Thu. 4:15-6:45-9:15 Fri.Sun. 1:30-4:15-6:45-9:15 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) Thu. 4:30-7:00-10:00 Fri.-Sun. 1:45-4:307:00-10:00 Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) Thu. 4:30-9:45 Fri.-Sun. 1:30-4:00-6:45-9:30 Jack the Giant Slayer 3D (PG-13) Thu. 7:15 The Last Exorcism Part II (PG-13) Thu. 4:457:30-10:00 Fri.-Sun. 2:15-4:45-7:30-9:45 Olympus Has Fallen (R) Thu. 10:00 Fri.-Sun. 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:45 Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) Thu. 4:157:15-8:00-9:30 Fri.-Sun. 1:15-4:15-7:159:30 Oz the Great and Powerful 3D (PG) Thu. 4:00-5:00-7:00-9:45 Fri.-Sun. 1:15-4:007:00-9:45 Safe Haven (PG-13) Thu. 4:15-7:00-9:30 Fri.-Sun. 1:30-4:00-6:45-9:15 Silver Linings Playbook (R) Thu. 4:00-6:45 Snitch (PG-13) Thu. 4:30-7:15-9:45 Fri.Sun. 1:45-4:30-7:15-9:45

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James Franco appears in a scene from “Spring Breakers,” in theaters this weekend. 12:30-1:05-1:45-2:55-4:05-5:456:30-7:40-8:55-10:30-11:20 Sun. 10:05-11:20-12:30-1:05-1:45-2:55-4:055:45-6:30-7:40-8:55-10:30 The Croods 3D (PG) Fri.-Sat. 10:40-12:002:20-3:25-4:40-5:20-7:00-8:10-9:2010:05-11:40 Sun. 10:40-12:00-2:20-3:254:40-5:20-7:00-8:10-9:20-10:05 Dark Skies (PG-13) Thu. 12:50-3:20-5:408:05 Fri.-Sun. 11:55-2:30-7:25 Dead Man Down (R) Thu. 1:30-4:15-7:059:55 Escape From Planet Earth (PG) Thu. 1:507:15 Fri.-Sun. 11:00-1:40-4:15 Escape From Planet Earth 3D (PG) Thu. 4:30 A Good Day to Die Hard (R) Thu. 12:102:30-9:40 Fri.-Sat. 5:00-9:50-12:15 Sun. 5:00-9:50 Identity Thief (R) Thu. 12:00-2:35-5:107:40-10:20 Fri.-Sat. 10:45-1:20-7:10-12:10 Sun. 1:20-7:10 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) Thu. 12:15-2:45-5:15-6:45-7:45-9:1510:15 Fri.-Sun. 12:15-2:45-5:15-7:4510:15 Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) Thu. 11:452:30-5:10-7:50-10:30 Fri.-Sun. 11:452:25-5:05-7:45-10:25 Jack the Giant Slayer 3D (PG-13) Thu. 1:153:55 The Last Exorcism Part II (PG-13) Thu. 11:50-2:20-4:40-7:10-9:30 Olympus Has Fallen (R) Fri.-Sat. 11:10-2:104:55-6:20-7:40-9:05-10:30-11:50 Sun. 2:10-4:55-6:20-7:40-9:05-10:30 Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) Thu. 12:303:30-6:30-7:30-9:30 Fri.-Sun. 10:30-1:304:30-7:30-10:30 Oz the Great and Powerful 3D (PG) Thu. 11:45-2:00-2:45-5:00-5:45-8:00 Fri.-Sat. 11:15-12:15-2:15-3:15-5:10-6:15-8:159:15-11:15-12:15 Sun. 12:15-2:15-3:15-

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Admission (PG-13) Thu. 10:15 Fri.-Sun. (1:10-4:10) 7:15-9:55 The Call (R) Thu. (12:05-2:30-4:55) 7:2010:00 Fri.-Sun. (12:05-2:30-4:55) 7:209:45 The Croods (PG) Thu. 9:00 Fri.-Sun. (12:002:30-5:00) 7:30 The Croods 3D (PG) Thu. 9:15 Fri.-Sun. (12:30-3:00-5:30) 8:00 Escape From Planet Earth (PG) Thu. (12:302:50-5:10) Fri.-Sun. (12:00-2:20-4:40) A Good Day to Die Hard (R) Thu. (12:15-2:455:15) 7:45 Identity Thief (R) Thu.-Sun. (1:15-4:00) 7:20-10:05 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) Thu.-Sun. (12:10-2:40-5:10) 7:40-10:10 Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) Thu.-Sun. (1:00-3:45) 7:10-9:55 Jack the Giant Slayer 3D (PG-13) Thu. (12:30-3:15) 6:30 Olympus Has Fallen (R) Thu. 10:00 Fri.-Sun. (1:00-4:00) 7:00-10:00 Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) Thu. (1:00) 7:10 Fri.-Sun. (1:00-4:05) 7:10-10:15 Oz the Great and Powerful 3D (PG) Thu. (12:00-3:05-4:05) 6:20-9:25-10:15 Fri.Sun. (12:00-3:05) 6:20-9:25 Safe Haven (PG-13) Thu. (1:05-3:50) 7:00 Fri.-Sun. 7:00-9:45 Silver Linings Playbook (R) Thu. (12:35-3:45) 7:00-9:55 Snitch (PG-13) Thu.-Sun. (1:30-4:15) 7:2510:10

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The Croods (PG) Fri. 4:45-7:15-9:30 Sat.Sun. 1:45-4:45-7:15-9:30 Dead Man Down (R) Thu. 4:10-7:15-9:55 Identity Thief (R) Thu. 4:45-7:15-10:00 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) Thu.-Fri. 4:30-7:15-9:30 Sat.-Sun. 2:004:30-7:15-9:30

The top grossing movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, as compiled by Hollywood.com: 1. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” $41,252,702 2. “The Call,” $17,118,745 3. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” $10,177,257 4. “Jack the Giant Slayer,” $6,314,262 5. “Identity Thief,” $4,419,310

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Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) Thu.-Fri. 4:007:05-9:30 Sat.-Sun. 1:15-4:00-7:05-9:30 Olympus Has Fallen (R) Fri. 4:15-7:00-9:45 Sat.-Sun. 1:30-4:15-7:00-9:45 Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) Thu.-Fri. 4:00-7:00-10:00 Sat.-Sun. 1:00-4:00-7:0010:00 Safe Haven (PG-13) Thu.-Fri. 4:15-7:00-9:45 Sat.-Sun. 1:30-4:15-7:00-9:45

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21 and Over (R) Thu. 4:50-7:05 Admission (PG-13) Thu. 10:00 Fri.-Sun. 1:20-4:00-7:00-9:50 The Call (R) Thu. 4:45-7:25-9:50 Fri.-Sun. 12:05-2:25-4:45-7:25-9:50 The Croods (PG) Thu. 10:00 Fri.-Sun. 12:104:15-5:00-7:00-9:50 The Croods 3D (PG) Fri.-Sun. 2:35-7:30 Dead Man Down (R) Thu. 4:00-7:00 Escape From Planet Earth (PG) Thu. 4:25 Identity Thief (R) Thu. 4:10-7:15-9:50 Fri.Sun. 1:40-9:30 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (PG-13) Thu. 4:55-7:20-10:00 Fri.-Sun. 12:002:30-4:55-7:20-9:55 Jack the Giant Slayer (PG-13) Thu. 4:207:20-9:55 Fri.-Sun. 1:35-4:10-7:05-9:40 Olympus Has Fallen (R) Thu. 10:00 Fri.-Sun. 1:00-4:30-7:15-9:40 Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) Thu. 4:007:10-9:40 Fri.-Sun. 1:00-7:00-9:20 Oz the Great and Powerful 3D (PG) Thu. 7:00 Fri.-Sun. 4:00 Safe Haven (PG-13) Thu. 4:05-7:10-9:45 Fri.-Sun. 1:30-4:05-7:10-9:45 Snitch (PG-13) Thu. 4:05-7:10-9:45 Fri.Sun. 1:30-4:05-7:10-9:45


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now showing Movie reviews from Associated Press, McClatchy-Tribune News Service. Stars out of four.

OPENING

‘Spring Breakers’

HHHH (R, strong sexual content, strong language, nudity, drug use and violence throughout). “Spring Breakers” will separate moviegoers into warring camps. On the one side are the multiplex multitudes who may be attracted by the teen-romp title and the presence of Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, thinking that this is going to be just some mildly salacious, breezily disposable date-night fodder. On the other side are the cult-film connoisseurs familiar with the work of director/ writer Harmony Korine. While Korine defenders may be ready for his subversion, even they may not be entirely prepared for the pop-culture brilliance that is “Spring Breakers,” a manic mashup of last year’s teensploitation, housetrashing opus “Project X,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Natural Born Killers” and a “Girls Gone Wild” video. Only “Spring Breakers” has the added bonus of a transcendent performance from James Franco. Candy (Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine, Harmony’s wife) and Brit (Ashley Benson) are three bored college girls at some nameless university who don’t have enough money to take the spring-break vacation of their dreams. Raised in a world where delayed gratification is as foreign a concept as Euclidean geometry, they decide to hold up a fast-food joint. Flush with cash, they head for Florida’s St. Petersburg Beach, with their more straight-laced but equally

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From left, Belt the sloth, Guy, Eep, Ugga, Thunk, and Gran in a scene from “The Croods.”

bored friend, Faith (Gomez), in tow. It’s all fun and games — until it isn’t. The girls are arrested and then bailed out by a man they don’t know who goes by the name of Alien (Franco). With his hair in cornrows and grills on his teeth, Franco disappears into the role of a small-time hustler and gun-toting gangster who preys on naive spring breakers. ‘Admission’

HH½ stars (PG-13 for language and some sexual material). Tina Fey makes funny TV shows, funny movies and funny books. Director Paul Weitz often goes for something beyond funny — emotional stories of parents and children trying to puzzle out something beyond flesh and blood that bonds them. And somewhere on the uncertain ground between the two is “Admission.” It’s a romantic comedy — of sorts — about a lovelorn Princeton admissions officer forced to reconcile her judgmental job with the news that the baby she gave up for adoption 17 years ago might be applying to … Princeton.

It’s not a particularly satisfying comedy, but thanks to the cast and some of the odd directions it takes, “Admission” is an intensely likable one. Much of the film is about miscommunication, things that stop just short of being said. Fey has made romantically-put-upon her stock in trade, and as Portia’s life unravels, there are plenty of moments that remind us of Fey’s lonely “30 Rock” loser, Liz Lemon. She plays this inner-outer conflict well. But at her most wideeyed and vulnerable, she still has trouble making a romance credible, even with Paul Rudd, edgy comedy’s puppy dog of a leading man. “Admission” breaks down the college admissions process, makes blunt statements about the upper class’ “legacy,” and the cards students and their hovering parents will play to score Ivy League acceptance. It’s too scattered and too ambitious for a movie that often slips into feminist, academic, postponed-motherhood and “alternative”-education clichés.

‘The Croods’

HHH (PG for some scary action). Skip past the lame title and weary Stone Age premise. “The Croods” is the first pleasant surprise of spring, a gorgeous kids’ cartoon with heart and wit, if not exactly a firm grasp of paleontology. It’s about a family of cave men and women who have survived, unlike their neighbors, by minimizing risk. But risk is how we grow, how we better our lives and achieve great things. That’s just one of the things the Croods learn as their world turns upside down — literally. Earthquakes and volcanoes do tend to upend a neighborhood. Daddy Grug, hilariously and sensitively voiced by Nicolas Cage, has just one motto, one he reinforces in their cave as he tells stories and animates his lessons on the cave wall: “Never be NOT afraid.” His athletic daughter Eep (an energetic Emma Stone) may bristle at that as she invents rock climbing, parkour and assorted other dangerous sports while exploring their limited world. But fear has kept them all — Grug, Eep, mother Ugga (Catherine

Keener), lunky brother Thunk (Clark Duke), Gran (Cloris Leachman) and feral baby Sandy (Randy Thom) — alive. They hide in their cave at night, huddled in a dogpile. But Eep has slipped out at night, lured by the handsome lad who has fire. Let’s call him “Guy,” given a typical wry and sarcastic turn by Ryan Reynolds. He has a message: “Our world is ending.” The earthquakes and eruptions mean they have to migrate, The animation is first rate, even if the cutesy critters bear the hallmarks of co-director Chris Sanders. “The Croods” has a warm sense of family, responsibility and letting Dad save face. And the actors are, to a one, dazzling, getting across emotions and delivering this very visual comedy’s verbal zingers with great timing. “The Croods” aren’t the Flintstones. But mercifully, they aren’t living in the Ice Age, either. ‘Olympus Has Fallen’

HHH (R for violence, language). Check the calendar, we must have jumped a few months ahead. That’s the only way to explain why the supercharged, action-packed “Olympus Has Fallen” — the kind of movie that fills movie theaters during the summer — is opening this week. This high-powered tale of terrorists who take over the White House is “Air Force One” meets “Die Hard.” Gerard Butler plays Mike Banning, a former top Secret Service agent for President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) who ends up with a desk job after a tragic event. He returns to the White House when it’s attacked and taken over and becomes the only person who can save the president, the first son (Finley Jacobsen) and the United States. These

kind of big action movies work if the plot seems even remotely plausible, the central hero is tough enough to handle the job and the action rarely stops. Check, check and check. A lot of leeway is often The “Olympus Has Fallen” script by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt is so solid when it comes to the way the White House is taken over that every step seems logical and feasible. They’ve also created some distinct characters, good and bad, who end up being more than the two-dimensional players who generally populate these kinds of movies. Along with Butler’s spot-on work, Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo and Angela Bassett all turn in solid performances.


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Brenau musicians perform Il Portale Musicale recital From staff reports A juried group of students from the Brenau University Music Department will perform an evening of vocal and piano literature in the Honors Il Portale Musicale recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 25 in Pearce Auditorium, 500 Washington St., Gainesville.

concert calendar This week

Lanier Chamber Singers “Animalia,” Gainesville. 7:30 p.m. March 22 and 4 p.m. March 23. Gainesville First Presbyterian Church. lanierchambersingers.org. Gainesville’s Alex Hall to open for Steel Magnolia, Duluth. 9 p.m. March 22. 2075 Market St., Duluth. Free tickets by emailing alexhalltickets@gmail.com. John Sosebee, Dahlonega. March 22. Shenanigans, 87 N. Chestatee St., Dahlonega. 706-482-0114. Evan Christopher Trio, Gainesville. 8 p.m. March 23. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. SE, Gainesville. Series tickets $125 and include all five performances. Individual tickets $30, $25 each with the purchase of six or more tickets. 770-534-2787, www. TheArtsCouncil.net. Steve Bryson Band, Clarkesville. 8 p.m. March 23. Grant Street Music Room, 583 Grant St., Clarkesville. E.G. Kight, The Georgia Songbird, Dahlonega. 8:30 p.m. March 23. The Crimson Moon, 24 North

The event is free and open to the public. The department puts on two Il Portale concerts a year, the second of which, the Honors Il Portale, is a juried show. Music Department Chairwoman Dr. Barbara Steinhaus said it is important for students to perform in public. “The honors performance is a way to give students Park St., Dahlonega. $12 in advance, $14 day of concert. www. thecrimsonmoon.com. Adam Kadmon, Dahlonega. March 23. Shenanigans, 87 N. Chestatee St., Dahlonega. 706-482-0114. Otep Shamaya Concert. 6 p.m. March 24. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. NE, Atlanta. $14. Senior Recital Nick Elward, Atlanta. 6 p.m. March 25. Fulton County Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta. Junior Recital Jason Arnold and Michaela Estrin, Atlanta. 8 p.m. March 25. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. NW, Atlanta. Free. 404-413-5901, www. music.gsu.edu. Masterclass: Christopher O’Riley, Atlanta. 10 a.m. to noon. March 25. Kopleff Recital Hall, 10 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta. Free. 404-413-5901, www. music.gsu.edu. Jazz Combos, Atlanta. 8 p.m. March 26. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. NW, Atlanta. Free. 404-413-5901, www. music.gsu.edu. Hajdi Elzeser, Atlanta. 8 p.m. March 27. Kopleff Recital Hall, 10 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta. Free. 404-413-5901, www. music.gsu.edu.

something to strive for,” Steinhaus said. “We want to encourage them to take their performing to the next level.” Highlights of the evening will include Gabriel Faure’s “Claire du Lune” performed by music performance major Jie Pan; Aaron Copland’s “Laurie’s Song” from the opera “The Tender Land” performed by music

Il Portale Musicale When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 25 Where: Pearce Auditorium, 500 Washington St., Gainesville Cost: Free

education major Keisha Boykin; and freshman Brenau Scholar Rachel McFarland singing Hugo Wolf’s “Verborgenheit.” For more information, call 770-538-4764.

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Jie Pan will be performing in the upcoming Honors Il Portale Musical recital in Pearce Auditorium on March 25 at Brenau.


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Geocaching event Dahlonega Trail to teach basics Fest celebrates

The geocaching team of EBBJr, which consists of Ed and Kimberly Brown, and their son, Caden, 5, will hold a meet and greet/geocaching class beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Jane Hurt Yarn Interpretive Center meeting room at Tallulah Gorge State Park. Team EBBJr has found more than 1,800 geocaches in their nine years of caching. They will give an overview of the basics of geocaching. Or visitors can skip that part and head out to find several great caches in the park. “We hope that this will be an afternoon where new geocachers can learn more about the sport, and experienced geocachers can socialize, find a few caches, and see what a great park Tallulah Gorge is,” Ed Brown said. The event is presented by Friends of Tallulah Gorge State Park. The class is free; parking is $5 without a pass. A free account on geocaching.com is desired but not required. The only equipment necessary for geocaching is a hand-held GPS receiver or a GPS on your iPhone or Android. You can download inexpensive ($5-$10) geocaching apps for these devices. For more information, call 706-754-0765 or email edwardbrown@windstream.net. From staff reports

town’s AT link From staff reports

The third annual Spring on Springer Dahlonega Trail Fest is set for March 22-24, celebrating Dahlonega’s designation as an Appalachian Trail Community by the AT Conservancy and Dahlonega’s position as the southern gateway to the trail. Trail Fest will include camping for hikers, speakers, films, music, shuttles to Springer Mountain and Amicalola Falls, equipment vendors and workshops on such topics as safety, camping techniques and equipment. Fun-trail related activities are planned, including 5K trail run, canoeing and kayaking, guided hikes, local tours and kid-friendly outdoor activities. Speakers will include authors and well known hikers Gene Espy, Nimblewill Nomad, Paralee DawsonHayward and Johnny Molloy. For information and details, check the Trail Fest website at www.dahlonegatrailfest.org.

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Georgia’s new camping club saves tent travelers money Georgia’s State Parks are offering a new loyalty program just for tent campers. GeoCamp club members earn every 10th night of camping for free, and there’s no cost for membership. The program includes 38 state parks in Georgia, including Unicoi near Helen. All campgrounds feature hot showers, laundry facilities, grills, picnic tables and space for campfires. A variety of tent campsites allow guests to choose their amenities, from water and electric hookups right at the site, to more remote “walk-in” sites that afford extra privacy. Nightly rates average around $15 for primitive sites to $25 for hookup sites. “Our new GeoCamp program is a way to thank tent campers who are such great supporters of Georgia’s state parks,” State Park Director Becky Kelley said. “We want to recognize them for their loyalty and to let them know we value their business. We also want to spotlight how tent camping can be an affordable way for families to spend spring break and summer vacation.” Campers can pick up free membership cards from state park offices. There’s no time limit to stay nine nights and earn the 10th night free. GeoCamp is open to tent campers only; Georgia has a separate loyalty club for RV and camper owners. To learn more, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/geocamp or call 800-864-7275. From staff reports

When: March 22-24 Where: downtown Dahlonega More info: www.DahlonegaTrailFest.org

Trail Trek takes runners through Chicopee Woods The annual Trillium Trek Trail Run road race is set for Saturday, March 23, at Chicopee Woods. Runners can choose to compete in a half-marathon, 10-kilometer race, 5K run/walk or kids fun run amid the natural beauty of Chicopee’s forest, creeks and hills. Last day advance registration is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 22 at Runners Fit, 7419 Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch. Runners who have registered can pick up their packets that day. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. The fun run starts at 8 a.m., followed by the other races at 8:30. Fees are $5 for the fun run, $30 for the 5K, $35 for the 10K and $45 for the half marathon. Fees are $5 more on race day. For more information, email trilliumtrek@elachee. org; visit the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ trilliumtrek or website, www.elachee.org/trilliumtrek; or call 770-540-7545. From staff reports

outdoors events This week

Organic Farming in Georgia, Gainesville. 12:30 p.m. March 21. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Series of three talks by guest speakers sharing knowledge in natural history and environmental policy. Bring lunch. $10 donation requested. 770-535-1976, www.elachee.org. 2013 Plant Sale, Cumming. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23. Expert information on planting, growing and caring for your plants. Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. 770-887-2418. Georgia SPCA Run for the Rescues 5K, Fun Run & Festival, Suwanee. 7 a.m. March 23. Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. msuspartan19@ gmail.com. Annual “Trillium Trek Trail Run,” Gainesville. 7 a.m. March 23. Location to be determined. You can choose 5K Run/Walk, 10K, 1/2 Marathon or Kid’s Fun Run. Spring Bird Ramble, Athens. 8 a.m. March 23 and April 20. The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens. Free. www. oconeeriversaudubon.org. Make a Gourd-eous Birdhouse, Helen. 10 a.m. to noon. March 23. Smithgall Woods State Park, 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. $15, or $20 if paid after March 8. $5 parking. 706-878-3087. Geocaching Class, Tallulah Falls. 1 p.m. March 23. Tallulah Gorge State Park, 338 Jane Hurt Yarn Drive, Tallulah Falls. Free, $5 parking. 706-754-0765, edwardbrown@windstream.net. Evening Kayak and Wildlife Watching Adventures, Winder. 3:30 p.m. March 23. Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St., Winder. Ages 4 and older. $15 includes equipment, $5 parking. 770-867-3489. Night Sounds: An Ear for Wildlife, Winder. 7:30-9 p.m. March 23. Fort Yargo State Park, 210 S. Broad St., Winder. $5, $5 parking. 770-867-3489. Lanier Sprints, Gainesville. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24. 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Rowing sprint races hosted by the Lake Lanier Rowing Club at the site of the 1996 Olympic Rowing Competition. No cost to spectators. www.RegattaCentral.com. Spring season of the BBI Junior Olympic Program, Gainesville. 7 p.m. March 25. Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. Introductory program to flatwater sprint canoe/kayak for children 10-15. $95. 770-287-7888, www.lckc.org.


goo family Hop out to an egg hunt From staff reports There will be no shortage of Easter activities this week from crafts at Interactive Neighborhood for Kids to story time at area libraries. And of course, egg hunts. This year, the city of Gainesville will hold its first community egg hunt at the Midtown Greenway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 24. There will be lots of games and face painting as well as a chance to get photos with the Easter Bunny. The hunt will be divided by age group and is free to the public. The greenway is located at the corner of Banks and Grove streets in Gainesville. For more information, call 770-5312680 or visit www.gainesville.org/ recreation. Also this weekend is the 25th annual Easter Eggstravaganza at BabyLand General in Cleveland. Hundreds will gather in a race to fill their baskets across the lawn of the “hospital” on Nok Drive

and Cabbage Patch Kids will be out mingling with children. You can register to have pancakes with the Easter bunny at 9 a.m. and compete in a bonnet contest. Don’t miss the parade at 11 a.m. with the egg hunt at 2 p.m. For more information, call 706-865-2171 or visit www.babylandgeneral.com. Other Easter activities: ■■ YMCA Easter Egg Hunt, Gainesville. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23. J. A. Walters Family YMCA, 2455 Howard Road, Gainesville. 770-297-9622, pbecerra@ gamountainsymca.org. ■■ Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Gainesville. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. Brenau University Amphitheater, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. $5 per person. brenau.phimu.org. ■■ Brunch with The Bunny, Flowery Branch. 10 a.m. to noon. March 23. Mulberry Creek Community Center, 4491 J M Turk Road, Flowery Branch. $3 child, $6 adult, children under 6 months free. 770-965-7140.

Healthy Habits Expo returns From staff reports The “Healthy Habits: A Child & Family Wellness Expo” is back for another year. Last year’s Expo was such a big hit in the community that The Junior League of Gainesville/Hall County and the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids will be working together again to make the 2013 Healthy Habits Expo even better. The Expo is fun for the whole family. Professionals from the fields of health care, nutrition, mental health, exercise physiology, sports and Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County will be participating as exhibitors and educators. The communitywide event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24 at INK, located at 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. The Expo will provide many resources and opportunities for children and their families to learn about preventing childhood obesity and maintaining a happy, healthy lifestyle. Families who attend the expo will gain perspective on how to incorporate physical activity and healthy nutritional habits into everyday routines, as well as

the importance of preventive health care. To celebrate National Poison Prevention Week, Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County will host a table at the Expo pointing out the dangers children face from adult medicines in the home. “Ask any parent, and they will tell you they store medicine where children can’t get them,” said Kim Martin, Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County coalition coordinator. “But they might not be thinking of pills stored in purses, vitamins left on counter tops or a diaper rash remedy near a changing table.” “Curious kids can get into trouble fast. It only takes a few seconds for children to get into medicine that could make them very sick. Take a look around your house to make sure all medicine is up and away and out of sight.” There will be food, games and prizes Don’t miss out on a fun and educational day with the family. For more information, contact Laura Fowler at lfowler@eagleranch.org or Kim Martin at kimberly.martin@nghs. com, 770-219-8095, or visit www. safekidsgainesvillehall.org.

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family events This week

Spring Is Here Week, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 21 and 22. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum, INK Members are free. 770-5361900. YMCA Easter Egg Hunt, Gainesville. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 23. J.A. Walters Family YMCA, 2455 Howard Road, Gainesville. 770-297-9622, pbecerra@ gamountainsymca.org. Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Gainesville. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. Brenau University Amphitheater, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. $5 per person. brenau.phimu.org. Brunch with The Bunny, Flowery Branch. 10 a.m. to noon. March 23. Mulberry Creek Community Center, 4491 J M Turk Road, Flowery Branch. $3 child, $6 adult, children under 6 months free. 770-965-7140. radKIDS Personal Empowerment Safety Education program, Gainesville. 2-5 p.m. Saturdays. March 23 through April 13. J.A. Walters Family YMCA, 2455 Howard Road, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to noon April 13, a graduation ceremony will be given for all participants as part of the YMCA’s Healthy Kids day festivities. $20. 770-297-9622, www. gamountainsymca.org. Sneak Preview Days, Cleveland. March 23. North Georgia Zoo, 2912 Paradise Valley Road, Cleveland. 706-348-7279. Healthy Habits Expo, Gainesville. 1-4 p.m. March 24. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. Free with paid admission to museum, $6 admission every Sunday. 770-5361900. First Easter Egg Hunt,

Gainesville. 2 p.m. March 24. Midtown Greenway, 682 Grove St., Gainesville. Games, face painting, tattoos and the opportunity for a photo with the Easter Bunny. Free. 770-5312680, www.gainesville.org/ recreation. Preschool Story Hour, Gainesville. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays. Through March 25. Elachee Nature Science

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Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Ages 3-5 plus adult. $5 admits one child and one adult. 770-5351976, www.elachee.org. Doctor Week, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25-29. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. $1 with paid admission to museum, INK members are free. 770-5361900.

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