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ATHENS | UGA displays photos of Machu Picchu excavation

ATHENS | UGA displays photos of Machu Picchu excavation

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia is displaying 40 original photographs of the discovery and excavation of Machu Picchu in Peru 100 years ago.

The National Geographic exhibit will be on display on the Tate Student Center art wall through Jan. 24. The photos feature explorer Hiram Bingham's South American expeditions from 1911 through 1915.

The rare photos represent the first view of the 15th century Incan city, which is considered one of the world's most important archaeological finds.

Bingham was a young Latin American history professor at Yale University. He cleared, mapped and photographed the city during three expeditions to Peru funded by National Geographic and Yale.

The exhibit includes panoramic black and white photographs of the intricate stonework, portraits of workmen and scenes along the road to Machu Picchu.

ATHENS | State Ballet Theatre of Russia to perform at UGA

ATHENS | State Ballet Theatre of Russia to perform at UGA

ATHENS, Ga. -- The State Ballet Theatre of Russia is set to visit the University of Georgia.

The ballet company is to present two performances of "Romeo and Juliet" on Jan. 17 and 18. The ballet will feature classic Russian choreography set to the music of composer Sergei Prokofiev.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia is the touring name of the Voronezh State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, which was established in 1961. It has more than 50 dancers and has toured extensively throughout the world. It made its American debut during the 2006-2007 season.

Lisa Fusillo, head of the UGA department of dance, will give a pre-concert lecture 45 minutes prior to each "Romeo and Juliet" performance.

 

B-52s return to Athens for anniversary show

B-52s return to Athens for anniversary show

ATHENS, Ga. -- After 35 years together, the B-52s are preparing to return to where it all began.

"The World's Greatest Party Band" will perform at the Classic Center at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 -- nearly 35 years to the day after their first-ever show on Valentine's Day, 1977.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Prices range from $39.40 to $150, plus applicable fees. To reserve your seat, call 706-357-4444 or visit www.classiccenter.com.

The B-52s were formed after drinks at an Athens Chinese restaurant in October 1976. Naming themselves after Southern slang for exaggerated bouffant hairdos, the band quickly became the talk of the town -- and later, the world.

From groundbreaking songs like "Rock Lobster" and "Private Idaho" to the chart-topping "Love Shack," the B-52s are proud to take credit for a body of work that is unique, beloved and timeless.

Don Williams concert tickets to go on sale Friday

Don Williams concert tickets to go on sale Friday

ATHENS, Ga. -- Don Williams, the "gentle giant" of country music, is coming to Athens next year.

Williams will perform at the Classic Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17.

The legendary baritone has amassed 17 No. 1 hits in his 40-year career, including "I Believe in You," "Love is on a Roll" and "Amanda and Tulsa Time." He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Tickets to Williams' show will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. Call 706-357-4444 or visit www.classiccenter.com to reserve your seat.

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

Learn more about Don Williams at www.don-williams.com.

Beat Black Friday boredom with 'Deathly Hallows' screening at Best Buy

Beat Black Friday boredom with 'Deathly Hallows' screening at Best Buy

ATLANTA -- If you're planning to stand in line for Black Friday deals at Best Buy, you may get a chance to enjoy a free screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Four Atlanta-area Best Buy stores will show the film at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, giving customers the chance to relax before the Black Friday shopping begins at midnight.

Get there at 8 p.m. to take advantage of refreshments and giveaways. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 3D will be available for sale at Best Buy stores.

Participating locations include:

Alpharetta
* 975 North Point Drive

Bogart
* 3898 Atlanta Highway

Douglasville
* 6875 Douglas Boulevard

Dunwoody
* 1201 Hammond Drive

LOCAL PROFILE: Steve Stoute, founder of Transition

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Recently, Steve Stoute stopped by Spelman College to chat about his revolutionary take on the marketing world and a concept he calls “tanning”. Stoute started off as a road manager for hip-hop group Kid 'n Play and has since founded his own marketing firm, helped coin the McDonald's theme song and created his own firm, Translation LLC.

He has consulted for many of the top names in the music business and, a number of Fortune 500 companies, and he stopped by Spelman College to spread the word about his new book, “The Tanning of America”, which explains his theory on the redefinition of marketing. 

ATHENS: Georgia botanical garden holds art competition

ATHENS: Georgia botanical garden holds art competition

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia students have a chance to see an artistic design of their own on t-shirts, stationery, tote bags and more.

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is holding an art competition to create signature items for its gift shop. The competition is open to Georgia students in ninth grade or above.

This year's theme is Georgia's native plants. It is recommended that entries feature plants native to the state.

The student with the winning entry will get $1,000. Other prizes of $500 and $250, as well as certificates of merit, will be awarded. The deadline to enter is Dec. 1.

For details on the competition, visit the botanical garden's website.