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Get into the art of rug-making with the new exhibit “Off the Hook — Exploring Our Rug Hooking Heritage,” at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center. PAGE 7
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Northeast Georgia Mountain Beekeeping Association, Clarkesville. 7 p.m. May 10. Habersham County Agriculture Extension Office, Clarkesville. Carl Webb will present “Facts Related To The Russian Bee Project” and Paul Kudyba will present “Life Cycle of The Bee Family.” 706 839-7047. Elachee’s annual “Flights of Fancy” Benefit Auction, Gainesville. 6 to 9 p.m. May 11. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Dinner, wine, music, silent auction of garden items, birdhouses, yard art created by local artists. Proceeds benefit Elachee’s education programs. 770-535-1976. www.elachee.org. Heart Screens for Teens, Gainesville. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12. Lakeview Academy’s Walters Athletic Center located at 796 Lakeview Drive, Gainesville. Ultrascan, Inc will be coming to Lakeview in partnership with the Seth Vining Youth Foundation to offer their mobile ultrasound screening program. For boys and girls ages 11-18. Each student will need to bring a consent form signed by a parent. Cost of $65. Appointments can be scheduled by calling Sharon Clarke at 770-6545431 or sharonclarke1@ bellsouth.net. Gardens on Green classes, Gainesville. 1 p.m. May 15 and each following Tuesday through May 22. May 15 topic: Gardening for Butterflies with Mindy Wade and Karin Hicks Korzeniewski. Adult classes sponsored by Hall County Master Gardeners and Hall County School System. As weather permits, classes will meet in the gardens, 711 Green St., Gainesville. Otherwise, a conference room inside.
IT’S FOR ME! Highlighting free activities around the region CCC Wednesday evening rides, Gainesville. 6 p.m. Leave from the parking lot at Frances Meadows Aquatic Center. Chicken City Cyclists 770-534-7075, or UNNOLDL@Charter. Net. Story times, Hall County. Children can listen to stories, sometimes read by special guests. Various days and times at libraries in the Hall County Library System. Brenau University President’s Summer Art Series, Gainesville.10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Fridays. Through May 31. Sellars Gallery at the Simmons Visual Arts Center, 200 Blvd., Gainesville. “Romanticism,” Helen. Noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays, through May 27. Featuring the art of Christy Green and Phil and
Janine Shelby, along with art by other members of the Helen Arts & Heritage Council, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen. 706-878-3933, www.helenarts.org. Learn Conversational Spanish. Free. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays. Goodwill Oakwood Career Center, 3715 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood. 770-538-4209 Gardens on Green classes, Gainesville. 1 p.m. May 15 and each following Tuesday through May 22. May 15 topic: Gardening for Butterflies with Mindy Wade and Karin Hicks Korzeniewski. Adult classes sponsored by Hall County Master Gardeners and Hall County School System. As weather permits, classes will meet in the gardens, 711 Green St., Gainesville. Otherwise, a conference room inside. Email email@example.com.
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Free. Register by email, williamllovett@bellsouth. net. The Mountain Laurel Quilters Guild, Clarkesville. Noon May 15. Clarkesville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Bring covered dish and items for show and tell. New members welcome. 706878-1898.
Volunteers for Our Neighbor, Inc. Spring Book Sale, Gainesville. May 19-20. Need volunteers to help set up prior to sale to move, categorize and sort books. Any interest or available time, please call D’ete Sewell at 678-656-6965 to coordinate. The Jackson County Historical Society meeting, Commerce. 2:30 p.m. May 20 Rogers Church. Kenneth Bridges, grandson of Benjamin Rogers, will
present a program on the church and Rogers Mill. After the tour of the buildings, those interested can drive to a family cemetery near the church. Free and open to the public. 706-207-6889 Pie Squared Pie Competition and Tasting, Dahlonega. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 26, Hancock Park and St. Luke’s Catholic Church, downtown Dahlonega. $5 charge to enter a pie in the pie baking contest. $10 per ticket for the pie tasting. The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition, 706.867.9607 or lumpkinliteracy.org/events.
Dahlonega Farmers Market. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 27. West Main and Waters streets, downtown Dahlonega across from The Holly Theater. 706-
482-2707, rebeccashirley@ dahlonegadda.org. Legacy Link Living Well Workshop, Gainesville. 1:30 to 4 p.m. Each Wednesday through May 30. A chronic disease
self-management program from Stanford University. For anyone suffering any chronic condition or their caretakers. Free.
Gainesville-Hall County Community Service Center, 430 Prior St., Gainesville. 770-538-2650, lshoward@ legacylink.com.
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Hall County Sheriff Steve Cronic holds up the winning duck at last year’s Rubber Duck Derby at Clarks Bridge Park.
Rubber Duck Derby Duck Fest Family Festival When: Festival starts at 10 a.m., race at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12 Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Center, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville How much: $5 for a single duck, $25 for a “quack pack” of six or $100 for grand pack of 25; Duck Fest is free to attend To adopt a duck: 770-656-2527, www. rubberduckderby.com
Dave Boyd and the Shade Tree Smugglers. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It’s not too late to enter your own duck in the derby. For $5 you can adopt a single, yellow duck or for $25 you can adopt a “Quack Pack” of six ducks. If you really want to increase your odds of winning a prize, you can adopt a “Grand Pack”
of 25 ducks for $100. The grand prize for the race is $10,000 cash, but seven other prizes — ranging from a $1,000 Best Buy gift card to a Kindle Fire — will also be handed out. “We encourage everyone to get their ducks early,” Piucci said, “but if there are any left, we’ll have them available at the event.”
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Mother’s Day Craft Week, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10-11. $1 per craft, members free. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St., Suite 11, Gainesville. 770-536-1900. www. inkfun.org.
firstname.lastname@example.org This weekend, Lake Lanier will be flooded with thousands of ducks. No need for alarm though. Unlike the fowl in the Alfred Hitchcock film, these birds mean no harm — they’re the “contestants” in the 14th Annual Rubber Duck Derby. “This is the biggest fund raiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County,” said Michele Piucci, who serves on the event planning committee. “All of the money raised during the Rubber Duck Derby goes to the local Boys and Girls Clubs organization to help them support activities and programs for local youth.” The actual derby will kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Lanier Olympic Center at 3105 Clarks Bridge Road in Gainesville. It will feature 16,000 yellow rubber ducks taking flight from a barge to race through the waters of Lake Lanier, aided by the wind and waves from kayakers and canoers. As the ducks are raising to the finish line, Duck Fest — a family festival — will have lots of activities to keep everyone entertained. The festival will include vendors, a classic car show, petting zoo, health screening, food and a host of free children’s activities. There will also be live entertainment from acts like
Fish Craft Week, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 14-18. $1 per craft, members free. Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St., Suite 11, Gainesville. 770-536-1900. www. inkfun.org. Butterfly Release in Wilshire Park, Gainesville. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 20. Wilshire Park in Gainesville. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St., Gainesville. 770-2975900. www.negahc.org. “The Smurfs;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. May 26. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. Friday Night Flicks, Clarkesville. Film at dusk. June 1. “Muppets.” Sam Pitts Park. Free. 706-7542220. “Hugo;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. June 2. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. 404-2333993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. “Jack & Jill;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. June 9. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. “Alvin & the Chipmunks Chip-Wrecked;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. June 16. Mall of Georgia.
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Film at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. Friday Night Flicks, Clarkesville. Film at dusk. June 22. “Adventures of Tin Tin.” Sam Pitts Park. Free. 706-754-2220. “Dolphin Tale;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. June 23. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. “We Bought A Zoo;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. June 30. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. 404-2333993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. Mall of Georgia’s 10th annual Fabulous Fourth, Buford. 2 to 9 p.m. July 4. Mall of Georgia. Fireworks display begins at dusk. “Sherlock Holmes 2” shown post-fireworks. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. 404-2333993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. Friday Night Flicks, Cornelia. Film at dusk. July 13. “Hugo.” Cornelia City Park. Free. 706-778-8585. “Monte Carlo;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. July 14. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring
blankets and lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. “Glee: The Concert Movie;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. July 21. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. 404-2333993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. “Soul Surfer;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. July 28. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com. Friday Night Flicks, Clarkesville. Film at dusk. Aug. 11. “The Lorax.” Ruby C Albright Aquatic Center. Free. 706-7542220.
“Waters of Time: The Chicopee Woods Story,” Gainesville. Learn about previous eras and inhabitants of Chicopee Woods. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $5 adults, $3 children age 2-12; age 1 and younger and members free. 770535-1976. Story times, Hall County. Children can listen to stories, sometimes read by special guests. Various days and times at libraries in the Hall County Library System. Free.
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Fun at the Fort, Winder. 7-9 p.m. May 11, 18 and 25. Antique methods including candle dipping, brick oven bread baking, card loom. Fort Yargo State Park, 210 South Broad St., Winder. $3, $5 parking. 770-867-3489. Drift Atlanta races. May 11-12. Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton, 800-849-7223, 770-9676143, www.roadatlanta.com. Youth Classic Fishing Tournament, Winder. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12. Fort Yargo State Park, Winder. Register online by April 27 to receive T-shirt and lunch. $10, plus $5 parking. 678-963-8891. 9th annual LAP Century, Lula. May 12. www. Habershambicycles.com/lap_century.htm CCC Reunion, Blairsville. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12. Vogel State Park, Blairsville. “The Tree Army” veterans tell stories from New Deal era. Special guest speaker, tours of the CCC Museum. Covered-dish meal with meat and drinks provided by Vogel Volunteers. RSVP required. $5 parking. 706-745-2628. Mother’s Day Special Herb Day, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 12. Cedar Hill Enrichment Center, Gainesville. $20 in advance; $25 after May 4. www. discovercedarhill.org. Spring BBI Junior Olympic Program Fungatta. May 12. Lanier Canoe Kayak Club, Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. 770-287-7888, www.lckc.org.
Wildlife Show, Winder. 6-7 p.m. May 19. Fort Yargo State Park, Winder. Live wildlife demonstration featuring native and exotic animals. Amphitheater in Campground 1. $3, plus $5 parking. 678-963-8891. Youth Fishing Days at Buck Shoals, Helen. 8 a.m.-noon May 19. Smithgall Woods State Park, Helen. Children and “big person” can fish lake stocked with catfish, bass and bream. Fish caught can be kept. Bring bait and rods. Call for directions. Third Saturdays through September. $5 parking. 706-878-3087. Flowery Branch Masonic Lodge 212 Spring Walk and Fun Run, Flowery Branch. 8:30 a.m. May 19. Downtown Flowery Branch. Preregistration is $20 per runner, $25 day of event. $5 for every paid runner will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Register at www.active.com or www. flowerybranchlodge.com to print registration and mail to Flowery Branch Lodge No. 212, P.O. Box 624, Flowery Branch, GA. 30542 Kids Day at the Park, Helen. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19. Smithgall Woods State Park, Helen. Hands-on exhibits in outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education. $6 parking. 706-878-3087. Yargo Disc Golf Invitational, Winder. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19. Fort Yargo State Park, Winder. Youth class, ages 1015; adult class, ages 16 and older. Register by May 14. Trophies to top three finishers. $10. $5 parking. 678-9638891. Boating safety course, Flowery Branch. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 19. Flotilla 29 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Lake Lanier, will hold a one-day seven-Lesson ”About Boating Safely” course. Coast Guard Auxiliary Operations Center, 6595 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch, just before the entrance to Aqualand Marina. $40. Discounts are available for additional family members. 770-271-4059, email@example.com
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Drift Atlanta races will take place this weekend at Road Atlanta, 5300 Winder Highway in Braselton. 2012 USA Canoe/Kayak Marathon Trials. May 19-20. Lake Lanier Olympic venue. Canoe and kayak trials for London Olympics. 770-287-7888, www.lckc.org. 2012 Doubles Disc Golf Tournament. 2 p.m. May 20. North Georgia Canopy Tours, 5290 Harris Road, Lula. Fee: $15 (includes $5 greens fee). No pre-registration required. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-869-7272, www. northgeorgiacanopytours.com. Spectators welcome. 10th annual Dogleg Charity Golf Tournament, Dawsonville. May 21, Chestatee Golf Club, 777 Dogwood Way, Dawsonville. Registration, lunch, “putting for puppies” starts 11:30 a.m., shotgun start 1 p.m. Dinner, awards, silent auction. Individual golfer fee $110, includes green fees, cart, lunch, awards dinner, prizes. Proceeds benefit the Dawson County Humane Society. 706-265-6360, www.dawsoncountyhumanesociety.org Holiday Gorge Floor Hike, Tallulah Falls. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 25-28. Tallulah Gorge State Park, Tallulah Falls. Hike down 531 stairs, river crossing, jumping from rock to rock, climbing alongside river to Bridal Veil Falls for swimming. Total of 3.5 miles. No pets; wear appropriate footwear; ages 10 and older; bring food and water. $5, plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981. Brenau Barbecue Championship, Brenau University Campus. May 25-26. Memphis Barbecue Network-sanctioned event, 60 teams, including national champions and local teams. Vendors, car show, music, kids’ activities. $5, kids free. 770-534-6161, email@example.com, www.brenau. edu/bbq. Memorial Day Blast, Helen. 8-9 p.m. May 25, 1-8 p.m., May 26-27. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 28. Unicoi State Park and Lodge, Helen. Sack races, field day activities, campfire, concert, hoedown. $5 parking. 800-573-9659 ext. 305.
Black Soldier Fly Trap class, Gainesville. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2. Cedar Hill Enrichment Center, Dawsonville Highway. Learn about the benefits of the black soldier fly larvae for composting and as food for chickens. $25 in advance; $30 after May 25. Trap plans will be available to take home. Dress comfortably as part of the session will be outdoors. 770-887-0051, firstname.lastname@example.org Junior Rowing, Gainesville. 8-10 a.m. June 4-27, July 16-27. Junior learn to row camp. Ages 12-18. 3105 Clarks Bridge Road. $75/week or $200/month. 785-770-7888 laklanierrowing.org Soque River Festival, Clarkesville. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16. Two mile paddle trip on the Soque River beginning just north of Clarkesville at Farm Hill and ending at Chatterton Place just downstream of Pitts Park. Open to individuals and families for $10 per person. Registration is limited to 150 boaters. Festival at Chatterson Place is free to attend. 706-754-9382, www.soque.org.
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Dunwoody Art Festival, Dunwoody. May 12-13. The third-annual festival coincides with Mother’s Day featuring several various art works. In Dunwoody, off ChambleeDunwoody Road. Parking and shuttles available from 200 Ashford Parkway. Free admission. www. dunwoodyartsfestival.com.
Arts in the Park, Suwanee. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 19. Town Center Park. www.SuwaneeArtsinthePark.com Quinlan Photography League meeting, Gainesville. 7 p.m. May 21. Hosted by photographer Juan Alonso. Please bring a flash drive and five photos to share. $5 suggested membership dues. Quinlan Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $5 per session. 770-536-2575, www. quinlanartscenter.org. Summer Saturday Art Amble, Clarkesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6. Self-guided stroll through studios, workshops, storefronts and art centered events in a four-county corner of the mountains. Free. For map and more info, www.artstour. org. Pottery On and Off the Wheel, Helen. 1-4 p.m. July 12–Aug. 16. Pottery class participants will have an opportunity to learn how to create hand-built pieces using pinch, coil and slab construction techniques and/or thrown pieces on the potter’s wheel. Instructed by Hilton Hill. $150 plus $25 materials fee. Helen Arts & Heritage Council, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen. Free. 706-878-3933, www.helenarts.org. Watercolor workshop by Tony Couch, Gainesville. July 16-20. Gainesville Civic Center. Presented by Gainesville Watercolor Society. 786-208-4320.
Brenau University President’s Summer Art Series, Gainesville.10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Through May 31. Sellars Gallery at the Simmons Visual Arts Center, 200 Blvd., Gainesville. Free. Watercolor Class, Helen. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday for four weeks. Each class session is a stand-alone lesson so students may attend week by week. For beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Instructed by
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Get hooked on ancient craft of rug-making From staff reports The beauty of the hand-hooked rug will be on display in “Off the Hook — Exploring Our Rug Hooking Heritage,” which runs through June 30 in the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford. The GEHC Foundation and the For Get Out Atlanta Dogwood Goat Hill is one of the hooked rugs on display Chapter Association at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Cenof Traditional Hooking ter. It was designed by Gail Dufresne, national Artists joined to bring president of the Association of Traditional the story of this 200Hooking Artists. year-old hand craft to life. Visitors can learn about the evolution of the craft from a utilitarian object into a mode of self-expression and fine art. The display includes of hundreds of antique to contemporary handhooked rugs, along with hands-on activities and workshops for beginners and advanced participants. For admission pricing and additional information, visit www. gwinnettEHC.org. Becky Threlkeld. $35 per session. Materials not included. Helen Arts & Heritage Council, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen. Free. 706-878-3933, www.helenarts.org. “Romanticism,” Helen. Noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays, through May 27. Featuring the art of Christy Green, and Phil and Janine Shelby, along with art by other members of the Helen Arts & Heritage Council, 25 Chattahoochee St., Helen. Free. 706-878-3933, www.helenarts.org. Abstracts by Ferdinand Rosa, Buford. Through June 1. Adam’s Restaurant and Piano Bar, 15 E. Main St., Buford. Free. 678-745-0379, ferdinandrosa.carbonmade.com Spring exhibition, Gainesville. Through June 9. Featuring works by several area artists. Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St., Gainesville. www.quinlanartscenter. com. Third annual North Georgia Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Dahlonega.
Through March 2013. North Georgia College & State University’s campus. Free. 706-867-2832. Open Studio at Gallerie 110, Gainesville. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. Aspiring artists will meet, mingle and work on endeavors. Gallerie 110, 224 Main St., Gainesville. Free. 678-9365153, www.gallerie110.com. Friday Sketch Club, Gainesville. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Fridays. Bring supplies. Quinlan Arts Center, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. $5 per session. 770536-2575, www.quinlanartscenter. org. Drawing Class, Sautee Nacoochee. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Sautee Nacoochee Center Art Studio, 283 Ga. 255, Sautee Nacoochee. $20 per class, $25 one-time materials fee. 706-878-3300, www.snca.org. Watercolor Painting Class, Sautee Nacoochee. 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Sautee Nacoochee Center Art Studio, 283 Ga. 255, Sautee Nacoochee. $35 per class. 706-8783300, www.snca.org.
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“Steel Magnolias,” Flowery Branch. May 11-12 and 18-20. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $12 adults, $10 students. Presented by Fifth Row Center, 5509 Main St., Flowery Branch. 678-357-7359, www.FifthRowCenter. com Gainesville School of Ballet performance. 2 and 5:30 p.m. May 13. Pearce Auditorium at Brenau University. Gainesville Ballet, $6. 770-532-4241. www. gainesvilleballet.org.
“Dearly Beloved,” Clarkesville. 7:30 p.m. evenings, 2 p.m. matinees, June 8-10, 14-16. Habersham Community Theater, 1370 Washington St., Clarkesville. $13, adults; $8 children and full-time students. www.habershamtheater.org, 706-839-1315.
Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” Atlanta. Through May 27. Adapted and directed by John Stephens. The New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. For times and tickets visit the website, www.shakespearetavern.com. 404874-5299. “The Fox on the Fairway,” Lawrenceville. May 3–27, 8 p.m. Wednesdays–Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $20–$30. Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222, www.auroratheatre.com “Peter Pan,” Atlanta. 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays– Fridays, noon and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sundays. Through May 27. Center for Puppetry Arts Mainstage Theater, 1014 Spring St. and 18th, Atlanta. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org. Tuesday Night (Mystery) Club, Alto. Murder mystery. 6 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, St. Thomas Anglican Church, 1636 Mud Creek Road, Alto. 706754-8165.
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Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) is turned into a vampire and buried in a coffin. Barnabas remains in his grave for 200 years, until a construction crew accidentally unearths him in 1972. Thirsty, Barnabas goes on a killing spree before returning to the family estate. Each character has back stories. The filmmakers crammed in copious bits and pieces of the TV series until the movie is disjointed and plays like an extended trailer or a series of abbreviated episodes rather than a cohesive movie. Numerous things go unexplained and even more go undeveloped. The filmmakers
Legendary blues singer Francine Reed will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association theater. Tickets can be purchased at www. snca.org or by calling the SNCA box office at 706-8783300.
“Steel Magnolias,” Flowery Branch. May 11-12 and 18-20. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $12 adults, $10 students. Presented by Fifth Row Center, 5509 Main St., Flowery Branch. 678-357-7359, www.FifthRowCenter.com
At 7 on Thursday, the Gainesville High School Band members will sound their horns in honor of their late classmate, Patrick Kelley, who was killed in a car accident in December. The concert is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Pam Ware Performing Arts Center on the school’s campus at 830 Century Place in Gainesville.
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Northeast Georgia Mountain Beekeeping Association, Clarkesville. 7 p.m. May 10. Habersham County Agriculture Extension Office, Clarkesville. Carl Webb will present “Facts Related To The Russian Bee Project” and Paul Kudyba will present “Life Cycle of The Bee Family.” 706 839-7047.
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“The Smurfs;” Movies Under the Stars, Buford. May 26. Mall of Georgia. Film at dusk. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. 404-233-3993 or jworrall@ bravepublicrelations.com.
Pie Squared Pie Competition and Tasting, Dahlonega. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 26, Hancock Park and St. Luke’s Catholic Church, downtown Dahlonega. $5 charge to enter a pie in the pie baking contest. $10 per ticket for the pie tasting. The Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition, 706.867.9607 or lumpkinliteracy.org/events.
“Dearly Beloved,” Clarkesville. 7:30 p.m. evenings, 2 p.m. matinees, June 8-10, 14-16. Habersham Community Theater, 1370 Washington St., Clarkesville. $13, adults; $8 children and full-time students. www. habershamtheater.org, 706-839-1315.
Summer Saturday Art Amble, Clarkesville. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6. Self-guided stroll through studios, workshops, storefronts and art centered events in a four-county corner of the mountains. Free. For map and more info, www.artstour.org.
2012 USA Canoe/Kayak Marathon Trials. May 19-20. Lake Lanier Olympic venue. Canoe and kayak trials for London Olympics. 770-287-7888, www.lckc.org.
The beauty of the hand-hooked rug will be on display which runs through June 30 in the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford.
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The derby will kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Lanier Olympic Center at 3105 Clarks Bridge Road in Gainesville. It will feature 16,000 yellow rubber ducks taking flight from a barge to race through the waters of Lake Lanier, aided by the wind and waves from kayakers and canoers. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For $5 you can adopt a single, yellow duck or for $25 you can adopt a “Quack Pack” of six ducks. If you really want to increase your odds of winning a prize, you can adopt a “Grand Pack” of 25 ducks for $100.
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‘Dark Shadows’ should stay buried JEFF MARKER email@example.com
Film Review The summer movie season has just begun, and we have our first disappointment. Whether it be because you’re a fan of the original television series (there might be a few of you) or because you’re a Tim Burton fan (probably even fewer of you) or because it’s another chance for Johnny Depp to create a memorable character, there seem to be many people looking forward to “Dark Shadows.” Alas, you are about to fall victim to the curse of fangless remakes. “Dark Shadows” was a rare television anomaly that, Gully McGrath portrays David Collins, according to all prevailing logic, Shadows.” had no business succeeding, let alone enduring as long as it (Bella Heathcote), over a cliff to has. It was a gothic soap opera her death, turning Barnabas into built around the once proud a vampire and burying him in a and wealthy Collins family. By coffin. the time we met them, their Barnabas remains in his grave fortunes had declined and they for 200 years, until a construction were cursed with every monster crew accidentally unearths him in known to the horror genre up 1972. Thirsty, Barnabas goes on until 1966, when the show a killing spree before returning to began. the family estate. The show could be genuinely He reunites with his few creepy but also, either surviving Collins descendants. intentionally or not, wonderfully Elizabeth (Michelle Pfeiffer) is campy. now matriarch, her brother, Director Tim Burton, lover of all Roger (Johnny Lee Miller), idles things macabre, was a fan and about worthlessly, Elizabeth’s now offers his film tribute. But teenage daughter, Carolyn while Burton and screenwriter (Chloe Grace Moretz), rebels by Seth Grahame-Smith retained listening to records, and Roger’s the basic scenario, they forgot young son, David (Gulliver what made the show interesting. McGrath), mourns the loss of his Barnabas Collins (Depp) mother. once scorned a beautiful witch Ostensibly there to treat David, named Angelique (Eva Green), psychiatrist Dr. Julia Hoffman who exacted revenge by leading (Helena Bonham Carter) lives Barnabas’ true love, Josette with the family in perpetual
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left, and Johnny Depp portrays Barnabas Collins in a scene from “Dark
inebriation. The family hires a governess who goes by the false name Victoria Winters and bears remarkable resemblance to Josette (Heathcote also plays this character). Barnabas resolves to restore the family’s stature but must compete against Angelique, who has sustained her youth somehow and whose company dominates the fishing industry that once made the Collins family rich. Each character also has additional back stories. The filmmakers crammed in copious bits and pieces of the TV series until the movie is disjointed and plays like an extended trailer or a series of abbreviated episodes rather than a cohesive movie. Numerous things go unexplained and even more go undeveloped.
For instance, Barnabas falls in love with Victoria, yet the movie spends very little time developing that relationship. The opening credit sequence introduces Victoria as an important character, then she disappears for most of the rest of the movie, until the climax. The filmmakers capture little of the show’s creepy edge. Every time something violent or intense happens, they cut away and it happens offscreen. There is no horror to this film whatsoever. Nor is the movie very funny. They try to milk laughs from Barnabas encountering modern technology. He thinks the television is bewitched, he is baffled by pavement, he thinks electric lights are satanic, etc. There are also predictable nostalgic ’70s references, like macrame and hippies in a Volkswagen van.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer Rating: PG-13, for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes Bottom line: Hugely disappointing
Worse, many of the good jokes are revealed in the trailer. The real measure of mediocrity is that “Dark Shadows” is completely unaffecting in spite of this amazing cast. Depp embodies Barnabas completely and Green oozes sex appeal, both working feverishly to add some charm to the film. Even a brilliant use of Alice Cooper performing “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” only goes so far. “Dark Shadows” should have remained in the cultural time capsule, there for us to haunt on home video when the spirit moves us. Jeff Marker teaches film and literature at Gainesville State College. His reviews appear weekly in Get Out and on gainesvilletimes.com/getout.
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Hollywood Stadium Cinemas 770-539-9200 120 Green Hill Circle, Gainesville
American Reunion (R) Thu. 4:15-7:30-10:00 The Artist (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 7:00-9:30 The Cabin in the Woods (R) Thu. 4:45-7:15-10:00 Chimpanzee (G) Thu. 4:00-6:45-9:15 Fri.-Sun. 12:00-2:004:00 Dark Shadows (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 12:15-1:15-2:45-4:155:15-7:15-8:15-9:45 The Five-Year Engagement (R) Thu. 4:30-7:15-10:00 Fri.Sun. 1:00-4:30-7:15-10:00 The Hunger Games (PG-13) Thu. 4:00-7:00-9:30 Fri.-Sun. 1:00-4:00-7:00-9:30 The Lucky One (PG-13) Thu. 4:45-7:20-9:45 Fri.-Sun. 12:152:30-4:45-7:15-9:45 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu. 4:00-6:00-7:00-9:0010:00 Fri.-Sun. 12:30-1:30-3:30-4:30-6:30-7:30-9:30 Marvel’s the Avengers 3D (PG-13) Thu. 4:00-5:00-7:00-8:0010:00 Fri.-Sun. 12:00-1:00-2:00-4:00-5:00-7:00-8:0010:00 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) Thu. 4:35-9:15 Fri.-Sun. 12:00-5:00-9:30 The Pirates! Band of Misfits 3D (PG) Thu. 7:00 Fri.-Sun. 3:00-7:00 The Raven (R) Thu. 5:00-7:30-10:00 Fri.-Sun. 12:00-2:305:00-7:30-10:00 Safe (R) Thu. 5:00-7:15-10:00 Fri.-Sun. 12:30-2:45-5:007:15-10:00 Think Like a Man (PG-13) Thu. 4:15-7:00-9:45 Fri.-Sun. 1:15-4:15-7:00-9:45 The Three Stooges (PG) Thu. 4:30-7:20-9:30 Fri.-Sun. 12:00-2:15-4:30-6:45-9:00
Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium 20 678-482-5858 3333 Buford Drive, Suite 3000, Buford
21 Jump Street (R) Thu. 12:00-2:35-5:05-7:40-10:20-1:10 The Artist (PG-13) Fri.-Sat. 4:45-9:05-11:25 Sun. 4:45-9:05 Bully (PG-13) Thu. 12:10-2:30-4:55-7:10-9:30-11:50 The Cabin in the Woods (R) Thu.-Sat. 12:15-5:05-9:5512:10 Sun. 12:15-5:05-9:55 Chimpanzee (G) Thu. 12:45-2:55-5:00-7:00-9:00 Fri.-Sun. 10:35-12:45-2:45-7:05 Dark Shadows (PG-13) Thu. 12:01 Fri.-Sat. 11:4512:00-2:20-2:35-4:55-5:10-7:15-7:30-7:45-8:009:50-10:05-10:20-10:35-12:25-12:40-1:00 Sun. 11:45-12:00-2:20-2:35-4:55-5:10-7:15-7:30-7:45-8:009:50-10:05-10:20-10:35 Dark Shadows: The IMAX Experience (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 10:154:15-7:00 Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax (PG) Thu. 1:15-3:25-5:35 Fri.-Sun. 10:05-1:15-3:25-5:35 The Five-Year Engagement (R) Thu. 1:30-4:15-7:00-7:459:45-10:35-12:30 Fri.-Sat. 10:15-1:30-4:15-7:00-9:4512:30 Sun. 10:15-1:30-4:15-7:00-9:45 The Hunger Games (PG-13) Thu. 1:00-4:05-7:30-10:30 Fri.Sun. 12:55-4:05-7:30-10:30 The Lucky One (PG-13) Thu. 12:05-2:25-4:50-7:15-9:5012:20 Fri.-Sat. 12:05-2:25-4:50-7:15-9:55-12:20 Sun.
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‘Avengers’ smashes record with $200.3 million debut LOS ANGELES — Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com are: 1. “The Avengers,” $200.3 million. 2. “Think Like a Man,” $8 million. 3. “The Hunger Games,” $5.7 million. 4. “The Lucky One,” $5.5 million. 5. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” $5.4 million.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits 3D (PG) Thu. (2:20-4:40) 7:009:20 Fri.-Sun. 12:00-2:20-4:40 The Raven (R) Thu. (12:05-2:40-5:15) 7:50-10:25 Fri.-Sun. 1:00-3:35-7:30-10:05 Safe (R) Thu. (12:30-2:55-5:20) 7:45-10:10 Fri.-Sun. 12:30-2:55-5:20-7:45-10:10 The Three Stooges (PG) Thu. (12:10-2:35-5:00) Fri.-Sun. 7:00-9:25
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12:05-2:25-4:50-7:15-9:55 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu. 12:00-1:15-3:05-4:306:10-7:45-9:15-10:50-12:20 Fri.-Sat. 10:00-12:00-1:153:05-4:30-6:10-7:45-9:15-10:50-12:20 Sun. 10:00-12:001:15-3:05-4:30-6:10-7:45-9:15 Marvel’s the Avengers 3D (PG-13) Thu.-Sat. 11:45-12:151:00-2:50-3:20-4:15-5:55-6:25-7:30-9:30-9:45-10:3012:35-12:50 Sun. 11:45-12:15-1:00-2:50-3:20-4:15-5:556:25-7:30-9:30-9:45-10:30 Marvel’s the Avengers: An IMAX 3D Experience (PG-13) Thu. 12:30-3:45-7:00-10:15 Fri.-Sat. 1:00-10:15-1:20 Sun. 1:00-10:15 Mirror Mirror (PG) Thu.-Sun. 2:35-7:25 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) Thu. 12:55-3:10-5:207:35-9:50-12:15 Fri.-Sat. 10:30-12:55-3:10-5:20-7:359:50-12:15 Sun. 10:30-12:55-3:10-5:20-7:35-9:50 The Pirates! Band of Misfits 3D (PG) Thu. 12:30-2:40-4:507:00-9:10-11:20 Fri.-Sun. 10:00-12:30-2:40-4:50 The Raven (R) Thu. 12:00-2:25-4:45-7:10-9:40-12:05 Fri.Sat. 11:55-2:25-4:45-7:10-9:40-12:05 Sun. 11:55-2:254:45-7:10-9:40 Safe (R) Thu. 12:40-2:55-5:10-7:25-9:40-11:55 Fri.-Sat. 10:20-12:40-2:55-5:10-7:25-9:40-11:55 Sun. 10:2012:40-2:55-5:10-7:25-9:40 Think Like a Man (PG-13) Thu. 1:30-4:30-7:35-10:25-1:15 Fri.-Sat. 10:30-1:30-4:30-7:35-10:25-1:15 Sun. 10:301:30-4:30-7:35-10:25 The Three Stooges (PG) Thu.-Sat. 12:05-2:20-4:40-7:059:20-11:35 Sun. 12:05-2:20-4:40-7:05-9:20 Titanic 3D (PG-13) Thu.-Sat. 11:55-4:00-8:00-12:10 Sun. 11:55-4:00-8:00
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The Cabin in the Woods (R) Thu. 7:25-9:50 Chimpanzee (G) Thu. (12:10-2:20-4:30) 6:40-8:50 Fri.-Sun. 12:10-2:20-4:30-6:40-8:50 Dark Shadows (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 12:45-3:30-7:15-10:00 The Five-Year Engagement (R) Thu. (1:30-4:25) 7:20-10:15 Fri.-Sun. 1:00-3:55-7:05-10:00 The Hunger Games (PG-13) Thu. (12:00-3:15) 6:30-9:45 Fri.Sun. 12:00-3:15-6:30-9:45 The Lucky One (PG-13) Thu. (12:00-2:35-5:10) 7:45-10:20 Fri.-Sun. 1:15-3:50-7:25-10:00 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu. (11:30-2:45) 6:15-9:45 Fri.-Sun. 11:30-2:45-6:15-9:15 Marvel’s the Avengers 3D (PG-13) Thu. (12:00-1:00-1:303:10-4:15-4:45) 6:20-7:30-8:00-9:30 Fri.-Sun. 12:00-1:001:30-3:15-4:15-4:45-6:20-7:30-8:00-9:45 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) Thu. (12:00)
Habersham Hills Cinemas 6 706-776-7469 Ga. 365 at Cody Road, Mount Airy
Dark Shadows (PG-13) Fri. 3:15-6:05-8:30 Sat.-Sun. 12:503:15-6:05-8:30 The Five-Year Engagement (R) Thu. 3:05-5:45-8:30 The Lucky One (PG-13) Thu. 3:30-6:15-8:45 Fri. 4:00-6:208:40 Sat.-Sun. 1:20-4:00-6:20-8:40 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu. 2:30-4:00-5:30-7:108:30 Fri. 3:30-5:00-6:40-8:00 Sat.-Sun. 12:30-2:00-3:305:00-6:40-8:00 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) Thu. 2:50-5:00-7:30 Fri. 3:15-5:30-7:40 Sat.-Sun. 12:30-2:40-5:30-7:40 Safe (R) Thu. 4:25-6:40-8:50 Fri. 4:25-7:10 Sat.-Sun. 1:454:25-7:10
Dawson 400 Stadium Cinemas 706-216-1622 189 North 400 Center Lane, Dawsonville
The Cabin in the Woods (R) Thu. 7:30 Dark Shadows (PG-13) Fri.-Sun. 12:00-1:15-2:35-4:105:10-7:10-8:00-9:40 The Five-Year Engagement (R) Thu. 5:00-7:10-9:30 Fri.-Sun. 1:10-4:10-7:10-9:50 The Hunger Games (PG-13) Thu. 4:00-7:00-10:00 Fri.-Sun. 1:00-4:00-7:00-10:00 The Lucky One (PG-13) Thu. 5:00-7:15-9:40 Fri.-Sun. 12:052:25-4:45-7:05-9:25 Marvel’s the Avengers (PG-13) Thu. 4:00-5:00-7:00-8:0010:00 Fri.-Sun. 1:00-1:30-4:00-5:00-7:00-8:00-10:00 Marvel’s the Avengers 3D (PG-13) Thu. 4:00-7:00-10:00 Fri.Sun. 1:00-4:00-7:00-10:00 The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG) Thu. 4:20-9:55 Fri.-Sun. 12:00-4:20-9:25 The Pirates! Band of Misfits 3D (PG) Thu. 7:20 Fri.-Sun. 2:10-7:15 The Raven (R) Thu. 5:00-7:30-10:00 Fri.-Sun. 1:05-4:057:05-9:45 Safe (R) Thu. 5:25-7:40-9:55 The Three Stooges (PG) Thu. 5:00-9:50
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continuING ‘Marvel’s The Avengers’
HHH½ (PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout and a mild drug reference.) The hype has been building for years and it couldn’t possibly be more deafening at this point. After a series of summer blockbusters that individually introduced Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America, all these characters come together alongside several other friends and foes. And with director and co-writer Joss Whedon, they couldn’t be in better hands. He’s pulled off the tricky feat of juggling a large ensemble cast and giving everyone a chance to shine, of balancing splashy set pieces with substantive ideology. Stuff gets blowed up real good in beautifully detailed 3-D, but the film as a whole is never a mess from a narrative perspective. Whedon keeps a tight rein on some potentially unwieldy material, and the result is a film that simultaneously should please purists (one of which he is) as well as those who aren’t necessarily comicbook aficionados. He also stays true to the characters while establishing a tone that’s very much his own. As he did with the recent horror hit “The Cabin in the Woods,” which he co-wrote and produced, Whedon has come up with a script that’s cheeky and breezy,
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Chris Evans, portraying Captain America, left, and Robert Downey Jr., portraying Tony Stark, are shown in a scene from “Marvel’s The Avengers.”
full of witty banter and sly pop-culture shout-outs as well as self-referential humor, one that moves with an infectious energy that (almost) makes you lose track of its 2½-hour running time. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., assembles a dream team of superheroes to retrieve the Tesseract, the cosmic blue cube that gives its bearer unlimited power, when the evil Loki (Tom Hiddleston) descends from Asgard and steals it. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) are among those on the case — once they stop fighting each other, that is.
H½ (R for bloody violence and grisly images.) What would Edgar Allan Poe be doing if he were alive today? Clawing at the inside of his coffin, desperate to get at the people who used and abused his diabolical tales as the basis for this pile of cinematic bird poo. Like carrion feeders themselves, Director James McTeigue and his colleagues peck at Edgar Allan Poe’s stories to fill out a plot that sounds sort of cool in concept — a serial killer using the author’s fiction as a blueprint for ghastly murders — but is featherheaded in execution. John Cusack makes a terrible Poe, the somber role as one of literature’s great
tortured souls spotlighting his limitations as an actor. With his little goatee and his black cape, Cusack vaguely looks the part, but he’s a lightweight — voice too whiny, mannerisms too exaggerated, cadence too reedy to bring alive the movie’s frequent passages of Poe’s lyrical writing. Cusack’s Poe is enlisted by a Baltimore police detective (Luke Evans) to help solve a string of killings inspired by the author’s macabre stories. The movie reinforces how fiendishly clever Poe’s ideas were, but the filmmakers make poor use of their source material, wringing a few moments of gore from them while adding no suspense or originality of their own.
‘Think Like a Man’
HH½ (PG-13 for sexual content, some crude humor and brief drug use.) What is essentially a shameless and overlong infomercial for Steve Harvey’s dating advice book becomes more tolerable and even enjoyable at times with
the help of an attractive, likable cast. Harvey’s best-seller “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” serves as the launching pad for four intertwined stories in which various types couple up and try to make a go of it. There’s The Dreamer (Michael Ealy) and The Woman Who Is Her Own Man (Taraji P. Henson), The Player (Romany Malco) and The 90-Day-Rule Girl (Meagan Good), and so on. But the ladies involved are armed with the knowledge of male romantic peculiarities that they’ve gleaned from the book so every move they make is calculated and executed strategically to get what they want. Conversely, the men grow suspicious, find out that the book exists and turn its words back on the women as their own weapon to get what they want. Story has a way with a comic ensemble cast, having directed “Barbershop”; he keeps things moving at a (mostly) lively clip and gives LA a glossy sheen. Ealy and Henson are insanely sexy together, and standup comedian Kevin Hart is, unsurprisingly, a scenestealer as the fast-talking, newly divorced guy of the bunch. But the script from Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, who also wrote “Friends With Benefits,” is crammed with plot and gets bogged down with contrivances.
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‘The Five-Year Engagement’
HH (R for sexual content and language throughout.) “The Five-Year Engagement” is so scattered and overlong, it really feels like it lasts five years, and even the inherent likability of stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt cannot overcome the film’s pervasive sense of strain. It becomes so tortured, it almost gets to the point where you hope these two will break up for good, just because it’s the pragmatic thing to do and because it would finally wrap things up. And that’s a shame, because the movie reunites Segel with Nicholas Stoller; the two also cowrote 2008’s “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” one of the more well-balanced Apatow productions, with Stoller once again directing and Segel starring as the doughy everyman. As in that earlier film, “The Five-Year Engagement” touches on themes of love found and lost in a serious way, and to its credit it does find some moments of emotional truth amid the inconsistent laughs. Segel and Blunt star as a newly engaged couple who encounter multiple obstacles on the way to the altar, including cross-country moves, career ambitions and family issues.
H½ (R for strong violence throughout, and for language.) This is the worst Jason Statham movie since the last Jason Statham movie, carrying on the bargain-budget action star’s tradition of building a body of work out of, well, dead bodies. Writer-director Boaz Yakin (who directed the gentle football drama “Remember the Titans” but now is back in the mode of his first-produced screenplay with Dolph Lundgren’s vigilante tale “The Punisher”)
the film’s already nonetoo-subtle themes of destiny and fate. And yet ... and yet. In the hands of “Shine” director Scott Hicks, it does what it needs to do to please its target audience with a certain tasteful artfulness and the comforting familiarity of a 1950s melodrama. It’s utterly forgettable and offers zero surprises but it’s also harmless date-night fare made more appealing by the cast of Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling and especially Blythe Danner. To put it on the spectrum of films that have sprung from the Sparks canon of weepy romance novels, it’s not as good as “The Notebook” but not as bad as “Nights in Rodanthe.” And it does represent the first truly grown-up performance yet from Efron, who continues to establish his post-”High School Musical” career with eclectic if not necessarily commercially successful choices. Here he plays U.S. Marine Sgt. Logan Thibault, who’s just returned from his third tour in Iraq with an item he believes saved his life: a photograph of a beautiful blonde sitting in front of a lighthouse. He doesn’t know whose it was or who she is but he insists on finding her. Turns out she’s Beth (Schilling), a single mom who runs a sprawling dog kennel in an idyllic, small town in the Louisiana swamps. Naturally, Logan doesn’t
tell her why he’s there for a long time, which (naturally) will serve as the obligatory misunderstanding after they’ve (naturally) fallen in love.
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Michael Ealy, left, and Taraji P. Henson are shown in a scene from “Think Like a Man.”
proves the ideal enabler for Statham’s brand of mindless carnage. Together, they turn Manhattan into a shooting gallery, stacking up corpses in service of a supposed story about one man’s path to redemption. But really, all they care about is stacking up corpses, as many as they can, ripped apart by as many bullets as possible, with a few snapped necks and other more intimate moments of savagery to break up the repetitive tedium of the gunplay. The thin story has Statham as a mystery man with deadly skills who becomes the unlikely protector of a Chinese math prodigy (newcomer Catherine Chan) on the run from Chinese and Russian mobsters. Yakin selectively leaves enough bad guys standing for no apparent reason other than the prospects of a sequel. Please, Hollywood, keep us safe from that.
‘The Hunger Games’ HHH (PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images
— all involving teens.) Fans should be satisfied with director Gary Ross’ adaptation of the first of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trio of novels about Katniss Everdeen, the independent, 16-year-old heroine fighting for survival in a futuristic, fascist society. The script adheres rather closely to Collins’ book — no surprise there since she co-wrote it with Ross and Billy Ray — although it does truncate some of the subplots that provide its greatest emotional heft as well as soften the brutal violence of the games themselves, ostensibly in the name of securing a PG13 rating. Still, the makers of “The Hunger Games” have managed the difficult feat of crafting a film that feels both epic and intimate at once. And Jennifer Lawrence is an ideal choice to play Katniss. She has a startling screen presence with her natural beauty, instincts and maturity beyond her years, yet there’s a youthful energy and even a vulnerability that make her relatable to
the core, target audience of female fans. A postapocalyptic version of North America has been divided into 12 districts. Every year, a teenage boy and girl from each are selected randomly at the “Reaping” and sent to the opulent, art deco Capitol, where they’re made over, trained and primed to fight each other to the death until one is left standing in the sprawling arena. When Katniss’ younger sister, Prim, is chosen from District 12, Katniss volunteers in her place. Josh Hutcherson co-stars as Peeta, the baker’s son and her male counterpart, with Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks among the strong supporting cast.
‘The Lucky One’
HH½ (PG-13 for some sexuality and violence.) Yet another adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, so you know exactly what you’re getting walking into this thing. It’s predictable and schmaltzy and sappy and smothered with voiceover that explains
‘The Three Stooges’
HH (PG for slapstick action violence and some rude and suggestive humor including language.) A little nyuk-nyuk-nyuk goes a long way in Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s featurelength homage to the classic slapstick comedy trio. The Farrelly brothers have wanted to make this movie for years, and for the most part they didn’t try to inflict their signature gross-out sensibility upon known and revered source material. As directors and writers (with screenplay help from their boyhood friend Mike Cerrone), the Farrellys have shown surprising restraint. Their “Three Stooges” is sweeter than you might expect, and it’s certainly more tolerable than their last movie, the crass “Hall Pass” from last year. But it’s hard to imagine who the film is for today beyond hardcore fans of the original shorts and 10-year-old boys who double over giggling at the sight of grown men doubling over in pain. There are a few cute ideas, though, and some clever casting choices. Every once in a while a pun is good for a chuckle.
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Concert helps kids of Challenged Child BY BRANDEE A. THOMAS
firstname.lastname@example.org If there was a roof on the amphitheater at Brenau University, it just might get blown off with the rocking good time planned for the venue Friday. At 6 p.m., the gates of the amphitheater at 810 Brenau Lane in Gainesville will open for the annual Rock in the Spring concert, hosted by Challenged Child & Friends. Advance lawn tickets are $20 each, $25 at the door. The Mid Life Crisis Band will provide the tunes, but the refreshments are BYOS — bring your own snack. Although attendees furnish their own treats, there’s also the option to pre-
order a boxed meal from Turnstile Deli. The meal options include a chicken salad croissant sandwich with sides for $15.95 or barbecue pork and beef brisket with sides and sides for $16.95, both options with a brownie for dessert. Proceeds from the event benefit Challenged Child, a nonprofit educational center for children with and without developmental delays and disabilities. If it rains, the event will be moved inside the gym flanking the outdoor arena. Don’t forget your lawn chairs or blankets. If you prefer more formal accommodations, tables for six can be purchased for $300 each, eightseaters for $400 each.
Challenged Child & Friends Rock in the Spring When: 6 p.m. Friday Where: Brenau University Amphitheater, 810 Brenau Lane, Gainesville How much: $20 in advance or $25 at the event Contact: Leslie Miller, 770-5358372; www.challengedchild.org To pre-order a boxed meal from Turnstile Deli, call 770-534-0102 or fax your order to 770-7189988. ■ Option 1: Chicken salad croissant sandwich, vegetable and pasta salad, assorted fruit, cheese and crackers, brownie for $15.95 ■ Option 2: Barbecue pork and beef brisket, bread, coleslaw, BBQ beans, potato chips, brownie for $16.95
Spring concert a tribute Gainesville band to honor ‘extraordinary’ classmate BY BRANDEE A. THOMAS
email@example.com Gainesville High School Band members have decided to use their annual spring concert as a once-in-a-lifetime tribute for one of their own. At 7 tonight, the students will sound their horns in honor of their late classmate, Patrick Kelley, who was killed in a car accident in December. “Patrick was a major part of our band program, going all the way back to the sixth grade,” said Larry Miller, Gainesville High’s band director. “Our students felt a great loss at his passing. The intent of the concert is to help promote some level of healing for us all.” The concert is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Pam Ware Performing Arts Center on the school’s campus at 830 Century Place in Gainesville. From beginning to end, the students have put a lot of effort into making sure their performance is fitting of their classmate who, among his other achievements, was a multiple-time Georgia Music Educators Association AllState Band member.
GHS Spring Concert In memory of Patrick Kelley When: 7 p.m. Thursday May 10 Where: Pam Ware Performing Arts Center, 830 Century Place, Gainesville. Cost: Free More info: 770-519-5601
“Patrick was an extraordinary young man who was taken from us far too soon. Each musical selection was carefully chosen to speak to an individual personality trait that Patrick exhibited,” Miller said. “From a concert march entitled ‘Quality Plus,’ which speaks to the fact that Patrick went above and beyond in everything he did, to ‘America the Beautiful,’ which pays tribute to the fact that Patrick had achieved the rank of Eagle Scout right before passing. “The concert will culminate with the premiere performance of a commissioned worked entitled ‘Remembrance.’ It is based on an original poem and was written specifically for this occasion by nationally known composer Bill Locklear.” Miller anticipates a large crowd, and encourages attendees to plan on arriving early. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
concert calendar This Week
STYX, REO Speedwagon with Ted Nugent, Atlanta. May 10. Wireless Amphitheater, Atlanta. $65 and up. www. ticketmaster.com. Challenged Child and Friends Rock in the Spring, Gainesville. 6 p.m. May 11. Brenau Amphitheater. $20 lawn tickets/$25 night of the event. 770-535-8372 or www.challengedchild.org. Zac Brown Band, Atlanta. 7 p.m. May 12. Aaron’s Amphitheater, Atlanta. $35 and up. www.livenation. com. The Packway Handle Band, Gainesville. 9 p.m. May 12. Loco’s, 601 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville. Benefit for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk in October. 770-5406673, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Georgia Chamber Symphony spring concert. 7:30 p.m. May 17, Grace Presbyterian Church in Dawsonville; 7 p.m. May 18, Old Courthouse on the Square, Blairsville; 7:30 p.m. May 19, Dahlonega United Methodist Church. Features music from the 1700s through the 20th century. Free. Donations welcomed. 706-867-9444, northgeorgiachamber symphony.org. Larry Barker Quartet, Gainesville. 8 p.m. May 19. Part of the Evenings of Intimate Jazz series presented by The Arts Council. Smithgall Arts Center, 322 W. Academy St., Gainesville. Tickets are $30 each. 770534-2787, www.TheArtsCouncil.net Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, Atlanta. 7 p.m. May 19. Aaron’s Amphitheater, Atlanta. $25 and up. www. livenation.com. Brenau University Seniors, Music Recitals, Gainesville. 7:30 p.m. May 21. Pearce Auditorium. Tenor Jeff Akana, a music performance major, will sing. Matt Scout will perform with classical selections for trumpet. Free and open to the public. 770-538-4764 or visit www.brenau.edu/music. Neil Diamond, Atlanta. June 6. Philips Arena. Foster The People, Atlanta. June 7. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Atlanta. $65 and up. www.ticketmaster. com. ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down and Gretchen Wilson, June 10. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. www.vzwamp.com Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillet with Andy Grammer. June 13. www.deltaclassicchastain.com.
gainesvilletimes.com/getout | Thursday, May 10, 2012
Duo is bound by faith, music
Sautee gets the blues
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Singer Francine Reed to perform Saturday From staff reports
From staff reports This Friday, Gainesville will once again welcome acclaimed bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent with a concert at the Georgia Mountains Center. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent became the most heralded new act in the bluegrass music field in 2008, as their debut album and busy tour schedule introduced them to wildly appreciative audiences. Their first recording, was No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, as well as the Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Music Profiles album charts, and it yielded the No. 1 singles “By the Mark,” “More Than a Name on a Wall” and “Sweet Carrie.” It was named Album of the Year, one of seven awards the group took home in an unprecedented feat at the 2008 International Bluegrass Music Awards Show. Never before had an act been named Entertainer and Emerging Artist in the same year, an honor that both humbles and challenges the duo. Dailey & Vincent’s path to acclaim began many years ago. Both men were raised in musical families and have played bluegrass since the age of 3 — Dailey in Tennessee and Vincent in Missouri. They apprenticed with
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Dailey & Vincent When: 7 p.m. Friday May 11 Where: Georgia Mountains Center 301 Main St. SW Gainesville Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door More info: 706-864-7203, www. adamsandandersonbluegrass.com
legendary acts, Dailey with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Vincent with his sister, Rhonda Vincent, the late John Hartford and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. Vincent also performed on Grammy-winning albums by Dolly Parton and Jimmy Sturr. He has performed and recorded with a multitude of other artists including Nora Jones, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Bruce Hornsby, Vince Gill and Keith Urban. Dailey and Vincent met at the 2001 IBMA Awards show in Louisville and discovered a harmony in their vocal blend, as well as their attitudes toward music, business and their Christian faith. “Although we’re not brothers, we discovered that our voices blended pretty naturally. We’ve worked on vocal phrasing and pronunciation to make the blend even stronger,” Vincent said.
Performing with them Friday night — in addition to Dailey on guitar and Vincent on string bass, guitar, and mandolin — will be Jeff Parker on mandolin and vocals, Christian Davis on guitar and bass vocals, Joe Dean on banjo and vocals and Jesse Stockman on fiddle. Tickets to the 7 p.m. concert are $15 in advance and $20 at the door with special prices for children. The Mountains Center, located at 301 Main St. SW in Gainesville will open doors at 6 p.m. Friday.
Legendary blues singer Francine Reed will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association theater. The Chicago-born singer was raised in Phoenix and began singing professionally with her family at age 5, contuining into her teens. She appeared with Miles Davis, Stanley Jordan, Smokey Robinson, Etta James and The Crusaders. In 1985, friends introduced her to Lyle Lovett, who was seeking a female vocalist for his new band. She toured with Lovett for 10 years as a member of his Large Band, and made several TV performances with the Texas singer-songwriter. Reed also has appeared on recordings by Delbert McClinton, Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison. After moving to Georgia in the 1990s, she released her first solo album, “I Want You to Love Me.” Reed has received the W.C. Handy Artist of the Year and Song of the Year nominations. She was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 1997. Reed also got a few other nice breaks, including the chance to do some singing for TV commercials. Tom Cruise cranks her album up in a scene from the 1993 movie, “The Firm.” Reed’s two albums for Ichiban Records include “I Want You to Love Me” (1995) and “Can’t Make It on My Own” (1996). The former features a duet with bandleader Lovett, while the latter includes a duet with McClinton. She returned in 1999 with “Shades of
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Francine Reed When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Sautee Nacoochee Community Association theater, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee How much: Show and pre-show reception, $32 members, $38 nonmembers; general admission, $20 members, $26 nonmembers. More info: www.snca.org, 706-8783300
Blue” on the Intersound label. In 2001 following the demise of Ichiban Records, Reed and longtime collaborator Marvin Taylor re-recorded some of her best material live in the studio and released the results as “I Got a Right! ... To Some of My Best.” Ichiban was resurrected in 2002 and released “American Roots: Blues,” a compilation of her first two records Guests can purchase attendance to a pre-show “meet and greet” with Reed at a 6:30 p.m. reception in the Folk Pottery Museum.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
BBQ Cook-off ! Music ! Jewelry! Beer ! Car Show! kids < 10 Free! Benefitting ScholarShipS for local StudentS
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6 p.m.-10 p.m 10 a.m.- 5 p.m Preview Party
$10 gets a close look at great cooks, first
crack at upscale vendor wares and music by Jimmy Hall & Drippin’ Wet and the nortH Hall HigH ScHool Jazz BanD
$5 admission. nationally known professional cook
teams compete for top prize. local neighbors compete for braggin’ rights. music. Fun for kids. outstanding vendors selling clothing, jewelry, unique and unusual items to give as gifts or buy for yourself, plus more!
No outside food or beverages permitted. No pets except service animals for the disabled.