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7 plays vying for Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award

7 plays vying for Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award

ATLANTA -- Every year, the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award honors a production that debuts at one of the Atlanta area's many theaters.

Local playwrights from across the metro try to win the award every season. This year, seven new plays are eligible.

The Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award will be presented by local author and playwright Pearl Cleage at the 8th annual Suzi Bass Awards on Monday, Nov. 5.

RELATED | 2012 Suzi Award nominees announced

This year's nominated plays are:

ASCAP's Rhythm and Soul Team honors Atlanta female executives 'Behind the Music'

ASCAP's Rhythm and Soul Team honors Atlanta female executives 'Behind the Music'

ATLANTA -- On Thursday, October 18, from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) along with sponsor Rémy Martin V, presented its 4th annual ASCAP Presents… Women Behind the Music at Vanquish Lounge located 1029 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

2 Christmas productions come to Horizon Theatre

2 Christmas productions come to Horizon Theatre

ATLANTA -- The Christmas season will begin at Atlanta's Horizon Theatre on Friday, Nov. 23 with the theater company's 14th annual production of The Santaland Diaries.

Based on the essay by satirist David Sedaris, The Santaland Diaries chronicles the life of Crumpet, a "rebel without a Clause" working as a Macy's Department Store Elf.

The Santaland Diaries runs through Sunday, Dec. 30. Tickets start at $25 each; showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

The family-friendly Madeline's Christmas is also back by popular demand in 2012. According to Horizon Theatre:

This holiday season will be unlike any other for Madeline and her friends. With the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Madeline and the girls get a holiday adventure beyond their wildest dreams! A musical play adapted from Ludwig Bemelman's delightful book.

Ice Cube talks Atlanta-based show

We caught up with Gangsta Rapper turned Actor/Producer and talked new music and sitcom filmed right here in Atlanta! Don't miss the inspiring advice he gives for you!

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I've done everything from sales to marketing, accounting," said Emily Griffith. But one day nine years ago, long after most people have chosen their life's path, Griffith found a new one.

"I was early in my 40's, and I had no idea I knew how to paint," she said.

Turns out Griffith was a natural, and even though she calls a first painting of her dog primitive, it's still better than most people could ever do.

"The more you paint, the more your eye gets trained," she said humbly.

Almost 1,000 paintings later, Griffith is a renowned painter -- of pets.

"That's what I'm known for is capturing the dog's personality," she said.

Especially when that dog is the dawg -- Ugga. Griffith has painted Uggas 7, 8 and 9.

She also painted actress Tori Spelling's dog, who died.

And she's painted hundreds of not so famous pets, no less adored by their owners.

Performance schedule announced for the 3rd annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine

Performance schedule announced for the 3rd annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine

ATLANTA --  Art on the Atlanta Beltline returns this fall as Atlanta’s largest temporary public art exhibition, showcasing the work of new and returning, established and emerging visual artists, performers, and musicians along nine miles of the Atlanta BeltLine on both the east and west sides of town. The third annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine uses varied and dynamic art installations to draw the public onto some of the most unique public spaces in the City of Atlanta, providing powerful new perspectives on the city and its vibrant neighborhoods. The exhibition will open on Saturday, September 8, kicking off with the Krewe of the Grateful Glutton’s Lantern Parade beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Lake Avenue / Irwin Street and the Eastside Trail. The two-month long exhibition will feature free outdoor performances over seven weekends beginning Saturday, September 15 through Sunday, November 11.

Brides & Grooms Prepare for a Romantic Wedding Planning Experience at Serenbe

Brides & Grooms Prepare for a Romantic Wedding Planning Experience at Serenbe

Wedding planning can be stressful and couples often need to take a time out to reconnect and renew.  Black Bride Presents "Meet Me in Serenbe" a romantic wedding planning retreat at Serenbe for couples at the 1,000 acre sustainable residential community southwest of