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Event to celebrate black history of Gwinnett

The Gwinnett History Museum will host a celebration of black history in Gwinnett on Saturday.

Families are invited to enjoy a presentation by Billy Murray on the history of the spiritual at 1:30 p.m., the storytelling of Atlanta resident Akbar Imhotep at 2:30 and music by acoustic folk singer and songwriter Veronika Jackson, a Decatur resident, from 3:15 to 3:45.

The event will also feature a display by the African-American Genealogical Society and photos taken throughout Gwinnett's history, including pictures of Lawrenceville native Ezzard Charles, the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1949 to 1951. Families who are interested in starting their own genealogy can have a family photo taken.

Registration for the event is preferred but not required. For more information, call 770-822-5178.

Other local events

happening this weekend

See the Big Apple Circus at Stone Mountain Park, 6867 James B. Rivers Drive, Stone Mountain, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. today and noon and 4 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices range from $13 to $42. For more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

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

The Red Clay Theatre will host Atlanta improv group Playing in traffic at 8 p.m. today. Admission is $12 and the theater is at 3116 Main St., Duluth. For more information, call 612-407-0772.

ART Station will present "Tea at Five" at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. Tickets range from $21 to $27. For more information, call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

New Dawn Theater Company will present "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3087 Main St., Duluth. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for children. For more information, call 678-938-3615 or visit www.newdawntheatercompany.com.

New London Theatre will present "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 2485 E. Main St., Snellville. Admission is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, call 770-559-1484 or visit www.newlondontheatre.org.

Country music singer Blake Shelton will perform at 9:30 p.m. today at Wild Bill's, 2075 Market St., Duluth. Admission is $22 at the door, and the concert is for those 18 and older. For more information, call 678-473-1000 or visit www.wildbillsatlanta.com.

The Gwinnett County Public Library will present live readings of African American classics from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Five Forks branch, 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville, 11 a.m. to noon at the Lilburn branch, 788 Hillcrest Road N.W., Lilburn, 1 to 2 p.m. at the Dacula branch, 265 Dacula Road, Dacula, and 2:30 to 3:30 at the Suwanee branch, 361 Main St., Suwanee. The readings are free and open to the public. For more information, call 770-978-5154 or visit www.gwinnettpl.org.

The Tannery Row Artist Colony will host its fifth anniversary celebration with a performance by Risky Business from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 554 W. Main St. in Buford. For more information, visit www.tanneryrowartistcolony.com.

David Parmley and Continental Divide will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Everett Brothers Music Barn, 4065 Stonecypher Road in Suwanee. Admission is by a suggested donation of $15 for adults. For more information, visit www.everettbrothers.com.

The Kiss Army tribute band will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Wild Bill's, 2075 Market St., Duluth. Admission is $16 at the door, and the concert is for those 18 and older. For more information, call 678-473-1000 or visit www.wildbillsatlanta.com.

As part of its Black History Month Special Screening series, the Gwinnett County Library will present "Remember the Titans" at 2 p.m. Sunday at 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lawrenceville. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org.

Ongoing events

Four art exhibits - "Works of Carol Washburn", "Works of Kathy Bruce", "INSPIRED," ceramic works by Barry Gregg, and ART Station's Member Juried Exhibition II - 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.

"Through My Eyes," an exhibit of art by Denise Hall, is on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through April 23 at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, 185 E. Crogan St., Lawrenceville. Admission to the exhibit is free. For more information, call 770-822-5450.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: Black History Celebration

· When: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Gwinnett History Museum in the Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 455 S. Perry St., Lawrencevile

· Cost: $5

· For more information: Call 770-822-5178