Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dixieland To Honor Fallen Soldiers on Memorial day

A special Memorial Day Tribute honoring our local fallen heroes will be observed at dark. Dixieland has teamed up with 92.5 the Bear and Dobbins AFB to create a moving video presentation paying tribute to the men and women that have lost their lives protecting our freedoms. The names of 19 local heroes will be read out loud along with photos, followed by a moment of silence and a 3 volley salute. Following the tribute Dixieland will premier our all new pyro musical fireworks spectacular, “Celebrate!”.

On Memorial Day, Dixieland general admission is only $10.00 for unlimited rides. Admission is free after 8:45pm for those that want to come be a part of the tribute and see the fireworks. Parking is $5.00.

Dixieland will be open Weekends until May 30. Dixieland opens 5 days a week (Thursday to Monday) from May 31 to August 8th. The park will reopen Sat Aug 14 for weekend operation through Oct 31.

To obtain additional information about Memorial Day at Dixieland, please call 770.460.5862 or visit

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Natalie Merchant Confirms First Major Tour in Seven Years

Scheduled to Perform Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre August 27th!

Tickets to go on-sale Friday, May 14th 10am at the CEPAC Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, or by phone at (800)-745-3000.

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“One of the most successful and enduring alternative artists to emerge from the eighties –- intact and uncompromised.” —Vogue

"…gentle, lush, and magnificent" —The Daily Telegraph

This summer Natalie Merchant will embark on a nationwide tour in support of her new album Leave Your
Sleep. Beginning July 12 in Montclair, NJ, the tour will be Merchant’s first major outing in seven years. Merchant and her eight-piece band will perform new material as well as favorites from throughout her career.

Leave Your Sleep, out now on Nonesuch Records, has received critical acclaim with Entertainment Weekly praising its “gorgeous arrangements of dreamy chamber folk,” The Daily Beast calling it “soothing and electric,” and the BBC citing it’s “sheer ravishing beauty.” The dates follow a series of high profile appearances, including “Good Morning America,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and NPR’s “Morning Edition,” as well as a performance at the annual TED Conference in February.

Her first studio album since 2003’s The House Carpenter’s Daughter, Leave Your Sleep is the culmination of six years of research and collaboration and is, in Merchant’s words “The most elaborate project I have ever completed or even imagined.” A two-disc set, Leave Your Sleep is a collection of songs adapted from poems selected by Merchant including pieces by both well known and obscure writers. Featured are works by British Victorians, early- and mid-20th century Americans, and contemporary writers, as well as anonymous nursery rhymes and lullabies. Among the authors included are Ogden Nash, E.E. Cummings, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christina Rossetti, Edward Lear, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Robert Graves.

In addition to this new method of creating lyrics, Merchant also stretches out musically on Leave Your Sleep by collaborating with a broad spectrum of artists including the Wynton Marsalis Quartet, Medeski Martin & Wood, The Fairfield Four, The Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, the Ditty Bops, members of the New York Philharmonic, The Klezmatics, LĂșnasa, and Hazmat Modine. The album was co-produced by Merchant with Andres Levin and engineered by Nick Wollage.

Merchant—who has sold millions of records worldwide over the course of her recording career—has remained busy in the time since her last studio album by curating compilations for both 10,000 Maniacs’ Campfire Songs and her own Retrospective. Additionally, Merchant performed live to the accompaniment of Philip Glass, Dr. John, Pete Seeger, and Wynton Marsalis, and collaborated with British composer Gavin Bryars as part of The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works series.
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The Atlanta Food Rave Set for Aug 27 at Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery

Featuring Chef/Owner Alex Friedman of P’cheen International Bistro & Pub, Executive Chef Delroy Bowen of the Georgia International Convention Center, Executive Chef Keira Moritz of Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex Rooftop Lounge, Executive Chef Lance Gummere of The Shed at Glenwood, and Personal Chef/Caterer Latoya Starks of Noorish Personal Chef and Catering Services

Benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank

Tickets On Sale Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Atlanta Food Rave, a new high-energy event that brings together an eclectic mix of Atlanta’s finest culinary talent, is set for Friday, August 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery. An interactive night of food, fun, cocktails and live entertainment, The Atlanta Food Rave will donate a percent of the proceeds to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Tickets are $55 per person for ages 21 and up and go on sale Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Tickets are available at and 404-856-0157.

Created by interactive lifestyle and media marketing entrepreneur Tony Rouse, The Atlanta Food Rave will give food and cocktail lovers the opportunity to mix and mingle with an eclectic group of Atlanta-based chefs in an informal and fun atmosphere. With a goal to showcase some of Atlanta’s best culinary talent, this year’s chef lineup includes: Chef/Owner Alex Friedman of P’cheen International Bistro & Pub; Executive Delroy Bowen of the Georgia International Convention Center; Executive Chef Keira Moritz of Pacci Ristorante and AltoRex Rooftop Lounge; Executive Chef Lance Gummere of The Shed at Glenwood; and Personal Chef/Caterer Latoya Starks of Noorish Personal Chef and Catering Services. Attendees are invited to sample each chef’s offerings in addition to catered fare that will be placed throughout the expansive host venue. Adding a bit of competition to the occasion, attendees are also encouraged to vote for their favorite chef of the evening, helping him/her to win The 2010 Rave Review, an award reserved for the chef that is best in show. The evening will also feature a premium open bar with signature alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty beverages, live entertainment and a number of surprises. The menu will be revealed upon arrival and vegetarian options will be present.

A percent of the proceeds from The 2010 Atlanta Food Rave will go to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which currently distributes nearly two million pounds of food and other grocery items each month to more than 700 non-profit agencies and 38 counties in the Atlanta area. With a mission to fight hunger by educating, empowering, and engaging the communities of Metro Atlanta and North Georgia, The Atlanta Food Rave is proud to donate a portion of the proceeds from the event to this great charity. Visit for more information.

The Atlanta Food Rave will be held on Friday, August 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery at 199 Armour Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30324. Complimentary valet parking will be available. For more information on, please visit and 404-856-0157.