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Don't miss Gwinnett's first Ringling Bros. circus, free concerts

Big Top comes to Gwinnett

Ever feel like life is just one big circus? Take a break on Thursday when Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey roll into Gwinnett for the first time this week.

The circus will be in town Thursday through Aug. 19 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth.

This all-new Ringling Bros. production, "An Upside-Down World," features co-hosts Liliana Escobar and Jon Weiss, from the CBS reality show "Amazing Race 4." Be amazed by death-defying daredevils from the Neves Troupe on the flying trapeze and Los Scolas' high-wire ballet.

No circus is complete without amazing animals, and there will be plenty at the arena. Guests will get to meet an Asian elephant, Arabian and Andalusian horses and high-flying canines. There will also be a free, all-access preshow one hour before show time, at which patrons can mingle with circus daredevils and acrobats, collect performer autographs and get a glimpse of the Ringling Bros.

For tickets and show times, visit www.ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or call 404-249-6400.

Free concerts for teens

Mall of Georgia and Gwinnett Place Mall will both host free concerts this weekend as part of Simon DTour Live, an in-mall live music series.

On-the-rise country music sensation Taylor Swift will take the stage Saturday at the Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive in Buford, and Atlanta R&B singer Bobby Valentino will perform Sunday at Gwinnett Place Mall,

During the six-hour events, running from noon to 6 p.m. both days, games and activities for teens will be offered. There will also be a modeling contest from Company 81 - a clothing brand for teenagers - to win a $100 Simon Gift Card.

For more information, visit www.simon.com.

Norcross art exhibit

Escape the summer heat by enjoying Kudzu Art Zone's newest exhibit. The Norcross art gallery is hosting "Come Sit a Spell" now through Sept. 15.

Norcross resident Tina DeVincenzo has used her talents to capture visions of old Norcross. Depicting both the human and architectural personalities of the porches lining the shaded streets of the historic city, DeVincenzo blends present and past through the photographer's lens.

DeVincenzo is a freelance photographer for The Associated Press and United Press International. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, New York Times and USA Today.

Kudzu Art Zone is located at 116 Carlyle St. in Norcross. The gallery will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For more show information, call 770-840-9844 or visit www.kudzuartzone.org.