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2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

2015 Shuler Hensley Awards nominees announced

ATLANTA -- Twenty-four productions have been nominated for the 2015 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards.

The program is named for Tony Award-winning actor Shuler Hensley, a Cobb County native. This year's winners will be announced Thursday, Apr. 23 during an awards ceremony at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Winning a Shuler Hensley Award can reap major benefits for a budding performer. Just ask Jai'Len Josey, who won Best Actress in 2014 for her portrayal of Effie White in Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls.

Gwinnett Braves to audition National Anthem singers

Gwinnett Braves to audition National Anthem singers

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The Gwinnett Braves will hold auditions for performers and groups to sing the National Anthem at 2015 home games.

Auditions will be Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coolray Field. Those who cannot attend can schedule an alternate time by calling 678-277-0312.

Singers who have performed the National Anthem at past Gwinnett Braves games still must audition this weekend.

Visit milb.com for more information and to register for an audition time.

Coolray Field is located at 2500 Buford Drive NE in Lawrenceville.

Plans revealed for GA movie studio -- with condos

Plans revealed for GA movie studio -- with condos

NORCROSS, Ga. -- A big movie-making project just reached blockbuster status.

The Los Angeles-based production company behind "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers" and the next three "Avatar" films has been chosen to manage the Atlanta Media Campus in Norcross. It's a 114-acre development.

The concept behind what's happening there is basically Atlantic Station meets a movie sound stage.

"With the scope and the scale of this project, I don't think there's a location like this in the country," explained developer Jim Jacoby.

In 2015, the Atlanta Media Campus located at I-85 and Jimmy Carter Boulevard will also be home to a school and condos, all between the planned seven sound stages.

In true Hollywood style, it all has a façade. Your condo may look more like New York City than Norcross, and it all may end up as a movie backdrop.

'Fragments of Time' to open at Kudzu Gallery

'Fragments of Time' to open at Kudzu Gallery

NORCROSS, Ga. -- "Fragments of Time," the next exhibit at Gwinnett County's Kudzu Gallery and Art Zone, opens Friday, Aug. 8.

Works in the collection show the artists' interpretations of moments in time. A variety of styles and media will be featured in "Fragments of Time."

An opening day reception will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show closes Saturday, Sept. 6.

Kudzu Gallery and Art Zone is located at 116 Carlyle Street in Norcross. Visit kudzuartzone.org for more information.

Karin Slaughter to hold book signing

Karin Slaughter to hold book signing

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. -- Local bestselling author Karin Slaughter will hold a book discussion and signing in Gwinnett County next month.

Slaughter is on the road to promote her first stand-alone novel, Cop Town. She will appear at the Barnes & Noble at the Forum on Peachtree Parkway on Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

The event is part of the Gwinnett County Public Library's Meet the Author program. A portion of the day's sales at the Forum's Barnes & Noble will go to the Friends of Gwinnett County Public Library.

Slaughter is the author of 14 thrillers, including UndoneFracturedBeyond Reach and Faithless. She is also a passionate library advocate.

The Forum on Peachtree Parkway is located at 5155 Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners.

Author of 'guys' cookbook' to speak in Norcross

Author of 'guys' cookbook' to speak in Norcross

NORCROSS, Ga. -- The host of public television's "Primal Grill" will speak in Norcross this month.

Steven Raichlen is the author of several cookbooks, most recently Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys. He will talk and hold a book signing on Thursday, June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Center.

Man Made Meals promises to deliver "the tools, techniques and tricks a man needs to feel confident and competent in the kitchen," according to Book Atlanta. Raichlen's man-friendly recipes have macho names like Blowtorch Oatmeal, Skillet Rib Steak, Mashed Potatoes Three Ways and Ice Cream Floats for Grown-Ups.

Raichlen's visit is sponsored by Eagle Eye Book Shop and the Gwinnett Public Library. The Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Center is located at 10 College Street.

Tri-Cities HS dominates Shuler Hensley Awards

Tri-Cities HS dominates Shuler Hensley Awards

(WXIA) -- The 2014 Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, otherwise known as the Shuler Hensley Awards, were held Thursday night, with one Fulton County school scoring the majority of the honors.

Tri-Cities High School's production of Dreamgirls crushed the competition. It won a whopping 13 awards, including Best Musical, Best Director and all the acting prizes.

Milton High School's Legally Blonde won two awards, while Pebblebrook High School's Les Misérables and Wesleyan School's Into the Woods each took home one.

Six students also received special Shuler Scholarships at the ceremony, which took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

See this year's nominees. The winners are: