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ART BEAT: Gwinnett Choral Guild invites singers ages 16 and up to take part in new season

The Gwinnett Choral Guild has been active in Gwinnett since 1983, making it one of the oldest non-profit arts groups in the community. Now led by Artistic Director Renee Wilson-Wicker, the organization is looking to expand as it prepares for an exciting season.

ART BEAT: Ludwig Symphony to feature world premieres, international soloists during concert

The Ludwig Symphony will perform its season finale, “A Cherry Blossom Spring Fling,” on April 26 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.

ART BEAT: Barefoot in the Park celebrating tenth anniversary this spring

The festival is one of the most popular spring events in Gwinnett.

ART BEAT: Kudzu members’ art show to be held at historic courthouse

Kudzu Art Zone artists are taking their work outside of their Norcross location.

ART BEAT: 16-year-old to direct Lionheart's "Suessical Jr."

One young Gwinnett artist is enjoying a summer filled with challenging artistic experiences. Sam Casey, son of Lionheart Theatre’s Sean and Chris Casey, is at the helm of the play “Seussical Jr.” as its director, managing and inspiring dozens of other teen actors and technical workers.

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ART BEAT: Escape summer heat with cool Hudgens exhibits, camps

With the sultry weather making everyone hot and cranky, it’s nice to know that the Hudgens Center for the Arts is nearby to keep you cool, with plenty of “cool” things to see and do for all ages. The Hudgens Center recently opened four new exhibitions, and art camps for kids are going full swing.

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Author Karin Slaughter's appearance to help libraries

The Norcross Barnes and Noble store will be the site of best-selling author Karin Slaughter’s highly anticipated annual appearance at 7 p.m. July 1. The event will also be a benefit for Gwinnett Public Libraries.

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ART BEAT: Treat your sweetheart to a 'Musical Valentine'

Chocolates are a lovely gift to bestow upon your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, but if you want to be original, how about choosing a “Musical Valentine” instead? Whether your taste is in classical music, barbershop or rock and roll, you’ll have fun surprising your honey with something more than candy this year.

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Exhibition highlights artists at Pinckneyville

Can you paint with a needle? Sculpt with fabric? The talented members of the Tangled Threads Doll Club can, and their artwork is on view in an exhibition titled “Frost and Fantasy in Fibers” at Pinckneyville Community Arts and Recreations Center in Norcross. The exhibition is on view and will end Jan. 28.

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ART BEAT: Aurora Theatre takes home 3 'Suzi Awards' for excellence

The best of metro Atlanta’s theatre productions were honored at the 6th annual SUZI Awards on Nov. 8 in a gala evening presentation which glittered with the region’s theatrical royalty. Among those in attendance were representatives of Gwinnett’s own Aurora Theatre, which took home three SUZI Awards.

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ART BEAT: Ludwig Symphony Orchestra to present multi-faceted concert

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra will offer concert-goers a roster of guest artists and a variety of classical selections when this professional orchestra takes the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center stage at 8 p.m. Nov. 20. No less than five featured performers or performing groups will be highlighted, performing on piano, violin and clarinet.

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ART BEAT: Theater welcomes Tony nominee for 'Once on This Island' gala

Red Phoenix Theatre highlights its summer with a special weekend today and Saturday as it presents “Once on This Island,” a Broadway production that garnered eight Tony nominations. A special public preview will be held at 8 p.m. today. On Saturday, there will be a matinee at 2 p.m., and later a silent auction and black tie gala, culminating with an 8 p.m. performance.

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ART BEAT: Author returns to Norcross Barnes & Noble

Atlanta’s Karin Slaughter is petite, blonde, vivacious and brilliant. She neither looks nor acts like the author of murder mysteries that leave little to the imagination. However, her novels have enjoyed inclusion on the New York Times Best Seller list and have been translated into numerous foreign languages.

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ART BEAT: Red Phoenix Theatre rises in Duluth's historic downtown

On a cold winter's night in 2009, three theatrical friends sat discussing all the plays they wanted to produce, act in or direct: theater with bite, with diversity.

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ART BEAT: 'Man Child Mondays' allows artists to draw comic books

How many adults go to work every day wishing they could make a living by following a dream? By "working" at something they created and loved?

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