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Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit will be featured on the new season of A&E documentary series "The First 48."

The television program follows detectives as they search for clues and interview witnesses in the first two days of a murder investigation. It has profiled police departments across the country, including DeKalb County.

"The First 48" crews filmed Atlanta's Homicide Unit members as they investigated and solved homicides throughout the city.

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Joshua Mikel wins Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest

Joshua Mikel wins Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest

ATLANTA -- Joshua Mikel's new play Lillian Likes It is the winner of the 2015 Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest.

The annual competition gives Georgia playwrights the opportunity to have their work produced. Lillian Likes It will receive a full production in this summer's Essential Theatre Festival. Mikel also received a cash prize.

"Getting a piece through Essential has become sort of a rite of passage for the Georgia playwright, I think," Mikel said. "I'm equal parts anxious and excited. It's a great opportunity, but I know there's a lot of work to be done between now and then ... I'm hyper excited to see this performed with seasoned actors. It's going to be fun. I'm thrilled!"

Mikel is a six-time published playwright, as well as an actor and music video director. He is a graduate of Florida State University's Theatre and Creative Writing programs. Mikel lives in Conyers.

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film "The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening.

Carmike operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters over 41 states, including nine theaters in metro Atlanta -- Athens, Cartersville, Canton, Conyers, Newnan, Snellville, Cumming, Hiram and southwest Atlanta.

Sony said earlier in the day Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans to distribute the controversial comedy on Christmas Day, despite messages from hackers that appeared to threaten violence at theaters showing the film. The threats evoked the memory of 9/11, and suggested that violence of that sort would come to theaters and theater goers as a result of the film's going into wide release on Christmas weekend.

Darnell Senior Facility Artists Walk features creativity of participants and professionals

Darnell Senior Facility Artists Walk features creativity of participants and professionals

ATLANTA -- The Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility hosted its third annual Artists Walk on Thursday, Sept. 25, with dozens of citizens viewing the creativity of Darnell Facility participants and local artists.

The display, which was open Wednesday and Thursday featured personally designed greeting cards, paintings, jewelry, clothing, quilting and other forms of tapestry as well as creatively styled home goods. Those who believe that quilting is a fading art form would have been pleasantly surprised as dozens of colorful and meticulously designed quilts were on display. Participant creations were completed in Darnell Facility creative classes such as art, jewelry making and pottery.

For more information about classes offered at the Darnell Senior Multipurpose facility and Fulton County’s three other senior multipurpose facilities, call the Fulton County STARline at 404-613-6000.

African art expert Rowland Abiodun to discuss new book at Spelman College

African art expert Rowland Abiodun to discuss new book at Spelman College

ATLANTA -- Professor Rowland Abiodun, the Johnson C. Newton Professor of Art, the History of Art, and Black Studies at Amherst College, will visit Spelman College, Thursday, Oct 2, at 4 p.m. to discuss his new book, Yoruba Art and Language: Seeking the African in African Art.

In his latest book, Abiodun, a highly esteemed professor and expert on African art and Yoruba culture, makes plain the connection between the art and language of the Yoruba people.

Hosted by the Art and Art History Department, this event will take place in the Cosby Academic Auditorium located at 350 Spelman Lane SW (GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, S.W. Atlanta, GA 30310). For more information, contact the Art and Art History Department at 404-270-5455.

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosts Community Day

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosts Community Day

ATLANTA -- The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, in partnership with the Spelman College Department of Dance and Drama will host their annual Community Day, an interactive experience of the Brides of Anansi: Fiber and Contemporary Art exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Brides of Anansi reveals how the exhibition’s featured artists use and manipulate fiber to articulate their perspectives on identity, relationships, history, experiences and artistry. The artists spin, weave, twist, and loop fibers through the ancient lens of Anansi, the Ghanaian folk hero and spider-man who is the central character in countless West African and Caribbean fables, to create an array of colorful and commanding works.

Wolf Creek Amphitheater presents an evening of reggae and R&B fusion

Wolf Creek Amphitheater presents an evening of reggae and R&B fusion

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Spend your Sunday evening enjoying an evening of reggae and R&B fusion on Sunday, August 3 at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater.

The evening features reggae star Beres Hammond, The Manhattans, featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett, and the reggae duo Chaka Demus & Pliers. The concert begins at 5 p.m., with concert gates opening at 3 p.m.

Wolf Creek is located at 3025 Merk Road SW in Atlanta.

Tickets for the concert are available through Ticket Alternative and costs are as follows:

• VIP Table seats are $90.00 in advance, $95 on the day of the show. 
• Reserved Rows A o F are $65 in advance, $70 dollars the day of the show
• Reserved Rows G to L are $55 in advance, $60 the day of the show
• General Admission lawn seats are $35 in advance, $40 dollars the day of the show

Online and phone ticket sales close at 3:00 p.m. the day of the show. Concert attendees must be 18 years or older.