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Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film "The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening.

Carmike operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters over 41 states, including nine theaters in metro Atlanta -- Athens, Cartersville, Canton, Conyers, Newnan, Snellville, Cumming, Hiram and southwest Atlanta.

Sony said earlier in the day Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans to distribute the controversial comedy on Christmas Day, despite messages from hackers that appeared to threaten violence at theaters showing the film. The threats evoked the memory of 9/11, and suggested that violence of that sort would come to theaters and theater goers as a result of the film's going into wide release on Christmas weekend.

Martina McBride to perform at Classic Center

Martina McBride to perform at Classic Center

ATHENS, Ga. -- Tickets are now on sale for Martina McBride's upcoming concert in Athens.

The country music superstar will perform Friday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Classic Center.

She is on tour to promote her latest album, Everlasting, where she covers a series of enduring songs, breathing new life into familiar melodies like "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "Wild Night" and "Come See About Me." The record also features duets with Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw.

Tickets for the Oct. 24 range in price from $42 to $72.50. Call 706-357-4444 or visit classiccenter.com to reserve your seat.

The Classic Center is located at 300 North Thomas Street in downtown Athens.

T. Graham Brown to perform in Athens

T. Graham Brown to perform in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. -- Athens native T. Graham Brown will return to his hometown for a special concert in August.

Brown is an award-winning country singer with 10 Top 10 hits to his name. He burst onto the scene in 1985 with "I Tell It Like It Used To Be," which reached No. 7 on the country music charts.

He was nominated for Country Music Association Awards three times before he finally won Vocal Event of the Year in 1992 for "I Don't Need Your Rocking Chair."

Brown's Athens show will be Friday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Classic Center, as part of the Classic City BBQ Festival.

Tickets go on sale Monday, June 30 at 10 a.m. They range in price from $20 to $25.

Visit classiccenter.com for more information. The Classic Center is located at 300 North Thomas Street.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

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.

'Memphis' coming to Classic Center Theatre

'Memphis' coming to Classic Center Theatre

ATHENS, Ga. -- Memphis is the next production in the Classic Center Theatre's 2013-14 Broadway Entertainment Series.

The Best Musical winner at the 2010 Tony Awards will be staged Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

According to the Classic Center:

The show takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 1950s, where a young white disc jockey named Huey Calhoun falls in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. The musical is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever.

Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, vibrant choreography and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.