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Out in the Crowd: Libraries offer live readings of classics

The Gwinnett County Public Library will celebrate Black History Month with live readings of African-American literary classics at three of its branches Saturday.

Alumni members of the Gwinnett-based chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority will offer readings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Collins Hill Branch, 455 Camp Perrin Road, Lawrenceville; 11 a.m. to noon at the Centerville branch, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville; and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Duluth branch, 3480 Duluth Park Lane.

The readings, primarily targeted to children in elementary and middle school, are free to attend and will be given every Saturday in February at various library branches.

For more information, call 770-978-5154 or visit www.gwinnettpl.org.

Other local events happening this weekend

"Corpse!" is in its final weekend run at the Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Show times are 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices range from $16 to $30. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

The Red Clay Theatre will present the improvisation show "Playing in Traffic" at 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Admission is $10, and the theater is at 3116 Main St., Duluth. For more information, call 770-622-1777 or visit www.redclaytheatrearts.com.

The Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Admission is $5 on Saturday, good for Sunday admission as well, or $4 for Sunday admission alone. For more information, call 888-729-6904 or visit www.beadshows.com.

Eric Litwin will present "American Folksongs and Folktales" as part of the Aurora Theatre's Children's Playhouse series at 10 a.m. Saturday. Admission is $7, and the theater is at 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

The County Seat Players will present staged readings of full-length romantic plays from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Singing Bean, 195B N. Perry St., Lawrenceville. The event is free. For more information, call 678-488-7959 or visit www.countyseatplayers.org.

The Gwinnett County Public Library will present a special Black History Month film screening of "Pride" at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Five Forks branch. The event is free to attend. For more information, call 770-978-5154 or visit www.gwinnettpl.org.

Winter Jam, featuring TobyMac and other popular Christian musicians, will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Admission is by donation, with $10 suggested. For more information, visit www.hearitfirst.com/jamtour.

Ongoing events

Four art exhibits will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through March 21 at ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. Admission to the exhibits is by donation. For more information, call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

The Hudgens Art Center will host the "Focus on Photography" exhibit, featuring work by professional photographers and a high school and middle school student competition, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through March 21. Admission is free, and the center is at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. For more information, call 770-623-6002 or visit www.artsgwinnett.org.

"Creative Beginnings," an art exhibit presented by Kudzu Art Zone, is on display from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 21. Admission is free, and Kudzu is located at 116 Carlyle St., Norcross. For more information, call 770-840-9844 or visit www.kudzuartzone.org.