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Horizon Theatre kicks off new season with 'Elemeno Pea'

Horizon Theatre kicks off new season with 'Elemeno Pea'

ATLANTA -- Horizon Theatre will begin its 30th season next month.

The Little Five Points theater will celebrating this milestone year with a staging of Elemeno Pea, a comedy that premiered at the 2011 Humana Festival for New American Plays.

Horizon Theatre provided this synopsis of the play, the title of which is pronounced L-M-N-O-P:

This haves and have nots comedy is about a siblings' weekend on Martha's Vineyard gone awry when the younger sister's boss crashes the party. Summer's ending on the Vineyard, but before everything is shuttered, Simone invites her sister Devon down for a fun weekend.

Pulitzer Prize winner to read at Carter Center

Pulitzer Prize winner to read at Carter Center

ATLANTA -- Writer Anna Quindlen will read from her seventh novel, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, at the Carter Center next month.

Quindlen is a former New York Times columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work. She left the paper in 1995 to become a novelist. One of her books, One True Thing, was made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Renée Zellweger.

She will read from Still Life with Bread Crumbs on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 7 p.m.

The novel "begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof," according to A Cappella Books, which is sponsoring Quindlen's visit to Atlanta:

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Chelsea Handler to hold book signing in Atlanta

Chelsea Handler to hold book signing in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Enormously popular comedienne and author Chelsea Handler will hold a book signing at Atlanta's A Cappella Books in March.

Handler will perform at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, Mar. 15. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. that day, she will sign copies of her books at the Inman Park bookstore.

Her latest book, Uganda Be Kidding Me, is a hilarious collection of short stories about her world travels.

Because space is limited and large crowds are expected, anyone who wants to meet Handler must buy a ticket to access the signing line. Each ticket includes a copy of Uganda Be Kidding Me.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, Feb. 20 at acappellabooks.com.

The bookstore is located at 208 Haralson Avenue NE.

7 Stages teams up with KSU for 'Red Badge of Courage'

7 Stages teams up with KSU for 'Red Badge of Courage'

ATLANTA -- For its next production, 7 Stages will team up with Kennesaw State University to bring a classic American novel to life.

Red Badge of Courage will open on Thursday, Feb. 27 and run through Sunday, Mar. 23 at the Little Five Points theater.

This adaptation of the Civil War novel by Stephen Crane will include a mix of live actors, projected silhouettes and animation, and tabletop puppetry.

"It's a book I've always wanted to adapt since I first read it as a kid in middle school," 7 Stages associate artistic director Michael Haverty said in a release. "The story is all about what happens to a soldier in battle and the surreal-ness of war, especially for our main character, who really doesn't know why he's there. It's a mixture of the real and the unreal."

Professional actor Bryan Mercer and four theater students from KSU will star in the production.

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

Historian to lecture on 'last great civil rights march'

Historian to lecture on 'last great civil rights march'

ATLANTA -- A University of Memphis historian will read from his new book later this month at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.

Aram Goudsouzian is the author of Down to the Crossroads, which tells the story of an oft-unsung figure in the civil rights movement, and the events that followed his one-man "March Against Fear."

Goudsouzian will speak at the Carter Library on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. His visit is free and open to the public.

A Cappella Books in Inman Park, which is sponsoring Goudsouzian's reading, provided a synopsis of Down to the Crossroads:

In 1962, James Meredith became a civil rights hero when he enrolled as the first African American student at the University of Mississippi. Four years later, he would make the news again when he reentered Mississippi, on foot.