Stone Mountain Chorus goes 'Vaudeville'

For its 28th anniversary, Gwinnett's Stone Mountain Chorus returns to the musical days of yore as it presents "A Night at the Vaudeville." The Gwinnett Performing Arts Center will be filled with the catchy and nostalgic tunes of the early 20th century at 8:30 p.m. today and at 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday.

The 60 male voices of the Stone Mountain Chorus will treat the audience to a wide variety of close, four-part harmony music. In addition to the chorus, there will also be contributions by some very unique quartets.

"Hot Air Buffoons" is one of the most popular comedy acts in the barbershop harmony world. This group was the 2008 International Quartet Finalist from Ohio and Pennsylvania. But its competition record is not why audiences love the four. With numbers such as "Food Jive" and "Crash Test Dummies," the group's "zany" humor keeps listeners laughing as well as applauding.

The quartet began in 1996 as a group setting out to "entertain audiences in a fashion they have never seen before." Although doing very well on the competition circuit (Johnny Appleseed District Quartet Champs in 2005) the members describe their appeal by saying, "If you haven't had the chance to hear the unique style of the Hot Air Buffoons, we encourage you to lock yourself in your storm cellar now, because before long, we'll be everywhere and you'll find yourself sucked into our stupid humor and crazy antics. We just ask one thing, don't make fun of the fat guy!"

Another quartet on the program is the Stone Mountain Chorus' own "State Line Grocery," a 2008 international bronze medalist.

Advance tickets are $18 and can be obtained from any Stone Mountain Chorus member. Tickets can also be had by calling the group at 770-978-8053. A special price of $15 for full time students, seniors age 60 and older, and groups of 12 or more is also available.

For more information, go to www.stonemountainchorus.org. Also check out www.hotairbuffoons.com.

On the visual arts front, Tannery Row continues to produce its lovely "Thursday Things" program. These free sessions bring together artists and those who want to learn and share their knowledge and experience, just for fun. Held in the Tannery Row Arts Colony building at 554 West Main Street in Buford, each Thursday event starts at 11 a.m. There are some wonderful ideas for the holidays scheduled.

The program for Nov. 20 features collage - being inspired by bits and pieces," taught by Sandi Tax. After Thanksgiving weekend, the Dec. 4 event will be cookie cutter clay ornaments taught by Judy Isaak. On Dec. 11, enjoy drawing a still life with teacher Carly Clements-Hardy. Then on Dec. 18 there will be a special Christmas pot luck lunch. Attendees are urged to bring a covered dish and join in the festivities. Drinks and paper products will be provided.

For more information about Thursday Things, visit www.tanneryrowartistcolony.com.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. E-mail hcalmes@mindspring.com.