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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.

Sally Struthers in 'Hello, Dolly!' coming to Classic Center

Sally Struthers in 'Hello, Dolly!' coming to Classic Center

ATHENS, Ga. -- A Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers will grace the Classic Center stage next month.

The musical will perform on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Hello, Dolly! tells the story of Dolly, a matchmaker who travels to Yonkers, N.Y., to find a match for a wealthy yet ornery client. It includes such popular songs as "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Before the Parade Passes By" and, of course, "Hello, Dolly!"

Visit classiccenter.com to learn more and buy tickets.

The Big Screen: The Spectacular Now

The Big Screen: The Spectacular Now

(WXIA) -- This week's review is for a movie you may not have heard of -- but you'll know about it come awards season.

The Spectacular Now is home grown; it was shot in and around Athens.

It's the love story of a popular high school senior, Miles Teller, who's a little more troubled than he lets on. He doesn't care about the future -- just living in the now and the quiet girl he dates on the rebound.

The Spectacular Now is not one of those summer thrill ride movies. It feels more natural. You want to tell the guy (Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights") to make good decisions and the girl (Shailene Woodley, The Descendants) to protect herself.

Both actors should be nominated for major awards, especially Woodley, who wears almost no makeup for the entire movie. Nothing amazing happens in the film -- it's just real.