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Quilt Festival Opens at Southwest Arts Center on Aug. 6
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Quilt Festival Opens at Southwest Arts Center on Aug. 6

The 14th Annual Atlanta Quilt Festival is headed to Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road. The exhibit, held in partnership with Acres of Ancestry, South Fulton Institute and Southern Poverty Law Center, will run Aug. 6 thru Sept. 2. Over 100 quilts celebrating the African-American heritage will be displayed. This year's exhibit will honor the life and legacy of the late Congressman John Lewis. The "Good Trouble Quilts," a collection of more than 20 pieces, will be on display.Congressman Lewis represented Georgia's 5th District until his death. He was a longtime resident of the formerly unincorporated area now known as the City of South Fulton. Quilt Artist Lola Jenkins is this year's featured master quilter. She will lead two master classes in portrait quilts Aug. 19-20. Both ...
Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

True Colors Theatre Company presents "Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer" at Southwest Arts Center June 14 - July 10. Fannie Lou Hamer was the baby of her family, who were sharecroppers with 19 children before her. After working on plantations for most of her adult life, she joined the Civil Rights movement. Three years after attending a rally, she co-founded a new political party to advocate for Black voting rights. Involuntarily sterilized, robbed of her possessions, and beaten in jail, Hamer was not deterred. This play with music has a cast of one, in recognition of the sheer power of Hamer’s will. "Fannie" is directed by Joy Vandervort-Cobb, associate artistic director at PURE Theatre and an associate professor of African American Theatre and Performance at College of...
South Fulton Public Art Commission to Meet May 12
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South Fulton Public Art Commission to Meet May 12

The South Fulton Public Art Commission's next regular meeting will take place Thursday, May 12 at 11 a.m. The meeting will take place at Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road SW, South Fulton, Ga. 30331. Items on the agenda include document review, mural projects and a financial report. A full agenda is available on the City of South Fulton's website. Residents with questions or concerns should contact the City of South Fulton City Clerk’s Office at [email protected] or call 470-809-7272. Photo Credit: City of South Fulton Have news to share with South Fulton residents? Email us at [email protected] Plus follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @cosfobserver.
‘Greenleaf’s’ Rucker to Host ‘Hammonds House Honors’ at Southwest Arts Center
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‘Greenleaf’s’ Rucker to Host ‘Hammonds House Honors’ at Southwest Arts Center

More than 20 individuals will be celebrated at the inaugural Hammonds House Honors on Thursday, September 12 at the Southwest Arts Center. The event, hosted by "Greenleaf's" Lamman Rucker and Monica Pearson, is a celebration of creatives who elevate the visual art of the African Diaspora and the philanthropists that support them. “It’s a signature event that perfectly aligns with our mission and enables us to elevate black visual culture," said Leatrice Ellzy, executive director of Hammonds House Museum. "The proceeds from Hammonds House Honors will help us continue to present the great art, thought-provoking public programs, and cultural and educational programming our audiences expect.” Artists will be recognized across seven categories. Tina M. Dunkley will receive the Lifetime ...
True Colors’ 17th Season to Showcase Women Playwrights, Stories
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True Colors’ 17th Season to Showcase Women Playwrights, Stories

A study conducted by the Dramatist’s Guild and the Lilly Awards found that only 3.4 percent of plays on American stages are written by women of color. True Colors Theatre Company's new artistic director, Jamil Jude, aims to help change that. The theatre company's 17th season themed "She Griots" will open in September. Two of the plays, Paradise Blue and School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play are written by black women. The third tells the story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a music legend who influenced industry giants, and her protégée Marie Knight. First up on September 24 is Paradise Blue written by Dominique Morisseau, and directed by Jude. It will be True Colors’ third installment of Morisseau’s Detroit Project trilogy. True Colors is just one of tw...
East Texas Hot Links Opens July 19 at Southwest Arts Center
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East Texas Hot Links Opens July 19 at Southwest Arts Center

True Colors Theatre Company ends its 2018-2019 season with East Texas Hot Links, written and directed by Eugene Lee. The shows open officially July 19 at the Southwest Arts Center (915 New Hope Road). For a sneak peek, previews will begin on July 16. The play tackles issues of race, greed and corruption. It's described as both a riveting mystery and a compelling character study reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. In 1955, Charlesetta’s Top O’ the Hill Cafe is one of the only public places where Black locals can gather for comfort, conversation, and companionship. One hot summer night begins as an evening of storytelling and fellowship, but quickly becomes an unforgettable night where community must come together to save itself from outside evils as...
True Colors to Present Staged Reading of ‘Bread’
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True Colors to Present Staged Reading of ‘Bread’

On the heels of the announcement of its 2019-2020 season, True Colors Theatre Company is introducing a series of staged readings that parallel the themes in its upcoming productions. On June 28 at the Southwest Arts Center (915 New Hope Road), the theatre company will present a staged reading of "Bread," by Dallas-born actress and playwright Regina Taylor. "Bread" is a compelling family drama of hopes, fears, thwarted dreams, and dark secrets against a turbulent backdrop of racial tension and social upheaval. Characters James and Ruth are a middle-class couple from Oak Cliff, a historic south Dallas neighborhood on the verge of gentrification. They plan a bright future for their teenage son and his soon-to-be-born brother. But when James’ brother Jeb returns home, buried family tensio...
Food Festival Brings Black-Owned Spirits to South Fulton
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Food Festival Brings Black-Owned Spirits to South Fulton

Taste of Sofu, South Fulton's newest food and entertainment festival, kicked off earlier this month. The event brings live entertainment, food trucks and business vendors to the Southwest Arts Center on the first and third Tuesday of the month, now through October. So far, attendees have sampled barbecue, vegan dishes, cuisine from New Orleans, Italian ice and more. They've also had an opportunity to pair their dishes with Black-owned spirits, beers and wines. Alcohol Heroes, a Taste of Sofu vendor, is a mobile bar and catering service launched 10 years ago by Scott and Tiffany Richardson. Their menus regularly feature Black-owned brands. They brought several options for Taste of Sofu attendees to try, including a margarita made with Wild Creek Distillery Georgia Peachcobbler ...
Taste of Sofu

Taste of Sofu

The Taste of Sofu takes place on June 18 at 5:00 p.m. at the Southwest Arts Center. Free tickets are available at www.tasteofsofu.com.

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