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AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

History center to hold architecture Lunch & Learn

History center to hold architecture Lunch & Learn

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb History Center will hold a Lunch & Learn with architectural historian Dr. Richard Cloues later this month.

Cloues will present his lecture, "After the Bungalow, Before the Ranch: The Small American House Phenomenon, 1920s-1950s" on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at noon.

He will speak in the Old Superior Courtroom at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse in downtown Decatur.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Attendees are permitted to bring lunch.

Capitol City Opera Company holding auditions

Capitol City Opera Company holding auditions

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Registration is now open to audition for the Capitol City Opera Company.

Auditions will be Dec. 2-4 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The evening auditions will be held at the Church of the Atonement in Sandy Springs; the Dec. 7 session will be at the Spiritual Living Center of Atlanta in DeKalb County.

Visit capitolcityopera.me to learn more and sign up for an audition time.

According to the opera company, December's auditions will be primarily to cast the upcoming production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, which will begin in March.

Auditioners should prepare two songs; those who wish to be considered to future productions should make sure one of those songs is in another language. It costs $10 to try out. Each audition will last roughly 10 minutes.

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

Suzi Awards to be held Monday

DECATUR, Ga. -- The 2013 Suzi Bass Awards ceremony will be held Monday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in DeKalb County.

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This year's Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, founders of 7 Stages Theatre. The duo started the Little Five Point theater company in 1979. Today, it's one of metro Atlanta's most popular and respected theaters.

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The winner of this year's Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award for an outstanding play penned by a local writer will also be revealed at Monday's ceremony.

International Food and Music Festival returns Oct. 19

International Food and Music Festival returns Oct. 19

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- This year's DeKalb International Food and Music Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 19 at Northlake Mall.

The event, which will be held from noon to 6 p.m., is coordinated by county Commissioner Stan Watson.

"We are excited to bring back the DeKalb International Food and Musical Festival, and I am confident that the festival will unite the dynamic blend of cultures and traditions that continue to exist in our country," Watson said in a statement.

The International Food and Music Festival celebrates DeKalb residents' many cultures, including Asian, African, West Indian and Middle Eastern. Planned festivities include shopping, food sampling and a Children's Village with puppet shows and face painting; admission to the kids' section is $10.

Elevate Week begins Oct. 18

Elevate Week begins Oct. 18

ATLANTA -- Elevate Week, the Office of Cultural Affairs' large scale public art project, will begin Friday, Oct. 18 at locations throughout the city.

Muralists and performance groups will create art with the theme "Transit: Time, People and Places" through Saturday, Oct. 26.

"I am excited by this year's program because it is a testament to the evolving role of public art in the cultural and economic development of Atlanta," Eddie Granderson, public art program manager for the Office of Cultural Affairs, said in a statement. "We are growing Atlanta's reputation as a cultural destination through public art."

MARTA has partnered with the program to design a special Elevate bus. Route 49 will drive past much of the Elevate artwork, giving riders the opportunity to see it.

Auditions for Ga. Shakespeare's Riotous Youth begin soon

Auditions for Ga. Shakespeare's Riotous Youth begin soon

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Georgia Shakespeare is preparing to hold auditions for Riotous Youth, its high school ensemble program.

Auditions will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Students should prepare a Shakespeare monologue no longer than 90 seconds.

Georgia Shakespeare is based on the campus of Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven. Riotous Youth will be held there on Saturdays from Oct. 12 through Apr. 5. The program will end with a production of either Romeo & Juliet or The Tempest.

The sessions costs $1,200 per student. Two partial scholarships are available.

Contact Georgia Shakespeare education director Allen O'Reilly at 404-504-3401 or allen@gashakespeare.org to sign up for an audition slot and learn more information. The deadline to reserve an audition time is Wednesday, Sept. 11.