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By Anna Ferguson

Staff Writer

anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com

'West Side' love tale

Football season is almost in full swing, but the real match up between the Jets and the Sharks is happening this weekend at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. And it has nothing to do with pigskin.

Often thought of as "Romeo and Juliet" with a New York twist, "West Side Story" is a musical revamping of Shakespeare's tragic love tale. "West Side Story" opened on Broadway in 1957, and Theater of the Stars is celebrating the show's 50th anniversary with a two-week run at the Fox Theatre, ending on Sunday. Under the direction and choreography of Alan Johnson, Sarah Darling stars as Maria and Nathan Scherich is Tony.

The musical will be performed through Sunday at the Fox Theatre, 60 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range in price from $20 to $64. Call 404-817-8700 or visit www.theaterofthestars.com.

The taste, look of hope

It's dishes from an assembly of area restaurants, seasoned with good will. It's a fashion show with skirts, tops and trends donated by Dillard's. It's impassioned people and giving neighbors, pulling together to stamp out breast cancer. Mmmm, hope has never tasted - or looked - so good.

During the second annual A Taste of Hope charity event, Tutus for Tatas will present a fashion show, food sampling and auction to help raise funds for the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk in Atlanta. Going three years strong, the Gwinnett-based Tutus team is comprised of more than 100 women and men, banding together to support breast cancer research and honor those who have lost or are struggling with a battle with breast cancer.

A Taste of Hope fundraiser will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Sugar Hill, 5091 Ga. Highway 20, Sugar Hill. Tickets for A Taste of Hope are $60, and a reserved number of free tickets are available for cancer patients with limited means. Call 770-972-2104.

Lego race

Builders, get set. Drivers, ready your engines. It's time for the third annual Lego Back to School challenge. Scheduled for Tuesday at Discover Mills, the challenge will showcase the best and brightest Lego minds in Gwinnett.

For the competition, participants create a custom-designed vehicle made entirely from Lego products. The top three winners from each category will receive a trophy and a pair of tickets to the 10th Anniversary Petit Le Mans race, taking place Oct. 3-6 at Road Atlanta. Road Atlanta will also have an official race car on display in the food court during the Lego build-off.

The challenge will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the food court of the mall, located at 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. Call 678-847-5000 or visit www.discovermills.com.