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Viewpoints:Susan Larson
Make plans for arts-filled weekend

Call me a drama queen, but I just can't help emoting over all the events being staged in Gwinnett County next weekend.

Lionheart Theatre (www.lionhearttheatre.org) will present "Tom Sawyer" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Norcross Community and Cultural Arts Center. New London Theatre (www.newlondontheatre.org) will offer their final "Cats" acts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at South Gwinnett High School. And if you'd like a role in planning other dramatic events, New London Theatre is seeking fundraiser ideas for their new building. If you want to see comedy or casino nights or drama classes, act now. Send your suggestions to NLTSnellville@yahoo.com.

If concerts are more to your liking, catch The Mustangs Friday at the Burnette-Rogers Pavilion in Suwanee (www.suwanee.com). The concert is part of the Music Mainstreet series. In Duluth, Slippery When Wet, a Bon Jovi Tribute band, will perform Friday and Lori O'Brien and the Victory Jazz Orchestra will present "A Tribute to the Sinatra Era" on Saturday (www.duluth-ga.com). Also, be sure to mark your calendar for July 27, when talented singers from all over Gwinnett will compete in the final round of Lilburn Idol (www.cityoflilburn.com). Your vote counts!

If you'd like to get a little more involved in the drama the county offers, next weekend or any weekend you can take the Aurora Theatre's Ghost Tour of Lawrenceville (www.scarystroll.com). Hear about flying corpses, the heiress who was kidnapped and buried alive and what really happened at the old jail. Catch a ghost on camera and you will be memorialized in the Hall of Fame.

I know karaoke created some controversy in a certain Gwinnett town this year, but I believe no one, nowhere, nohow can be critical of Coffeeoke, especially when it's at the Flying Saucer in downtown Lawrenceville (www.theflyingsaucercafe.com). Bring the family, enjoy dinner and sing your favorite songs. If you wear out your vocal chords and need a rest, you can return on Friday night to hear Melvin Jordan, formerly of the Temptations, and Candace Devaney. On Saturday you can relax to the classical rhythm and blues of Jerome and Andrea Tench.

Dinner theater takes on a whole new twist at Spiced Right Barbecue in Lilburn. First of all, you don't have to act. Just be yourself and enjoy the Pig Pickin' on the third Saturday of every month. A whole pig is smoked right on the premises, and you can pick off as much as you want, then eat while listening to live music. "Kids love it! They keep looking at the pig and can't believe it's real," said co-owner Charlotte Holloway.

When Shakespeare said "All the world's a stage," I wonder if he ever envisioned a weekend in Gwinnett County.

Susan Larson is a Lilburn resident. E-mail her at susanlarson4@yahoo.com.