The first ever Our House Prom Fashion Show took place this past week at the Main Street thrift store, and organizers are hoping young ladies looking for a bargain will take advantage of their large stock and low prices as prom season gets underway.
Atlanta-based indie-alt-folk group, vonGrey, will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the GEM Theatre in Calhoun. The group’s return appearance is sponsored in partnership with the Fox Theatre Institute.
There’s something unmistakably normal about Cole Swindell. Maybe it’s the ball cap — a dark blue, well-worn lid promoting his alma mater, Georgia Southern University. Or maybe it’s his story?
Upper School Director Max Roach's article "Introducing the Japanese Sword" is featured in the February issue of Andon, the Society for Japanese Arts' flagship academic journal.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.
Couples young and old have just over a week to find a gift for their favored lover, and local businesses are ready to help shoppers find the right thing for their special someone.
The Cedartown library will soon be able to let the public have access to eight new computers purchased with the help of state funds.
The family of a former Cedartown Standard columnist is hoping Polk County residents will be interested in a new book they have put out of his work.
As the nation continues to commemorate the American Civil War (1861 – 1865), the 6th Cavalry Museum will host a lecture series on Saturdays in February at the Catoosa County Library’s community room from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
NEW YORK (AP) — Call it Cute Bowl.
Adorable is the name of the game this year as Super Bowl advertisers try to grab your attention. That means lots of "cute" story lines, including a family that's expecting a new baby and a horse that forms a long-lasting bond with a puppy.
The saccharine spots are partly a result of more family-friendly brands like Cheerios and Heinz advertising this year. At the same time, fewer startups that tend to have more provocative commercials are in the advertising game this year.
The trend also is a sign of the times. After widespread criticism of more racy or gross-out ads in recent years, companies are being more careful not to offend the more than 108 million viewers who are expected to tune in on Sunday. That's increasingly important given their large investment A 30-second Super Bowl spot goes an estimated $4 million.
"People want nostalgia and fun and escape," said Barbara Lippert, a columnist at Mediapost, trade publication for the media industry.
Here are five "cute" commercials to watch for:
(1) Anheuser Busch's "Puppy Love" ad shows its iconic Clydesdales bonding with a cute Labrador puppy. The two try desperately to reconnect with each other after their first meeting.
(2) Cheerios is showcasing the same biracial little girl and her parents that were in another ad that debuted last year. The company faced racist comments online when last year's ad was rolled out, but says the overwhelming response was positive.
So Cheerios is bringing the family back in its first Super Bowl ad. In the spot, the father tells his daughter that they're going to have an addition to the family, a baby boy. Then, the little girl strongly suggests they also get a puppy.
"We just fell in love with this family and the big game provided another opportunity to tell a story about family love," says Camille Gibson, vice president of marketing for Cheerios.
(3) CarMax's "Slow Clap" Super Bowl ad shows denizens of a small town congratulating a car buyer with a slow clap. The company also re-enacted the ad for an online video using only puppies that's called "Slow Bark."
(4) Toyota enlists a carful of Muppets singing a "We Ain't Got No Room for Boring" to promote its Highlander SUV.
(5) One of Coca-Cola's two Super Bowl ads features a boy who makes a surprise play in a little league football game and runs to make a touchdown. He then keeps running until he gets to Lambeau Field, where the Green Bay Packers play. A groundskeeper offers him a Coke.
"We go with the story that feels the best for Coke at the right time," says Katie Bayne, Coke's president, North America Brands.
The Paradise Garden Foundation (PGF) will host a reception at the Paradise Garden Visitor Center from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m. this Saturday, Febuary 1st. This reception, free to the public will spotlight the newest exhibition, The Arts of Life: Traditional Craft in Chattooga County, at the Paradise Garden Visitor Center. The Center, completed just this past year will showcase many items that were done by locals of the county that show the world just how vibrant Chattooga County has been in the arts.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday might be over for the moment, but the memories of this year's celebrations will last a lifetime for a few in the community who were honored this past weekend.
The line up for the CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival that will take place April 25-27 at Kingston Downs has been announced. Among the artists headlining the show includes Outkast, Pretty Lights and Foster the People.
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Jan. 9, 2014) – Live-streamed video of Georgia’s best-known bald eagles can now also be seen on the website of Georgia’s best-known wildlife agency.
ROME, Ga. – Renowned author, lecturer, and professor Temple Grandin will speak at 8 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Berry College Cage Center.
“Just walk into Tellus, come around the corner, and there is a piece of the moon,” said Julian Gray, curator of Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville. “It is pretty amazing.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson is off the hit A&E reality series indefinitely after disparaging gays as sinners akin to adulterers and swindlers, the network said.
“Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!” And there Bob Dylan was: in the soft drink’s birthplace, Atlanta, Georgia. It was August 3, 1996. 110 years before, Coca-Cola was first served at the soda fountain of Jacobs Pharmacy at Five Points, in the heart of Atlanta’s downtown. But that was old history; Atlanta was intent on making new history — and being fast about it. The city was hosting the Centennial Olympic Games, and not receiving good reviews for its grace or efficiency. At the moment, Atlanta was trying to shake off the bad notices. After all, new and even glorious history was being made: the first modern Olympics Games to be held in the American South.
Author D. Keith Jones announces the release of his new Western fiction, “Sheriff Adonai,” the story of a young man, Misief (Mee-Sef), and his journey to stay one step ahead of a sheriff, a stranger and a broken past that is constantly pursuing him.
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — For decades, a giant 17th-century Italian masterpiece has been slowly losing its luster on an obscure library wall on the Villanova University campus.
Also fading — from memory — has been the artwork's fascinating backstory. It begins with an American-born Italian princess and a papal palace, twists through World War II, and ends up on the Main Line with the help of an ambitious priest.
But now the century-long, operatic tale of the princess, the priest, and the painting is getting a bright and uplifting new finale.
The school and a University of Delaware conservator are working to give new life to Triumph of David, the epic 12-by-20-foot piece by Pietro da Cortona, one of the most important painters in Rome in his time. They hope the two-year restoration will brighten an oil painting that has not only been degraded and discolored by the passage of time but suffered damage during the 1944 Battle of Nemi on the Italian front.
"If a da Vinci has a scratch in it, do you throw it away?" asked conservator Kristin deGhetaldi, a doctoral student at the University of Delaware who is leading the $100,000 project.
"There are not a lot of oil paintings associated with Pietro's circle in the U.S., and the sheer size of the painting makes it very unique," she said.
Also worthy of a revival is the Baroque tale of how a canvas depicting David presenting Goliath's head to King Saul — accompanied by 10 other Italian paintings from a castle outside Rome — made it in the 1950s to Villanova, where it has been hanging ever since in the Falvey Library.
The story begins in the ashes of the American Civil War. Jennie Berry was born in northern Georgia in 1861, the daughter of a former Confederate colonel. After traveling and studying in Europe, she married a successful Nashville businessman who died several years later, leaving her a very wealthy widow and what one account called "a 'jet-setter' before jets."
In 1901, when Berry was 40, she married Don Enrico Ruspoli, the 23-year-old son of an Italian prince. They purchased the historic Castle Nemi outside Rome that had belonged, at various times, to many of the great papal families.
Don Enrico Ruspoli died just eight years later, and he left most of his property, including the castle, to his brother. But Berry, now known as Princess Eugenia Ruspoli, maintained she had supplied the funds for the castle with the agreement that should her husband die, she would retain possession.
A bitter court battle led to a 1916 agreement in which the princess obtained the title and all the house's contents. Meanwhile, she had returned to the United States after Don Enrico Ruspoli's death and lived in New York but still traveled frequently to Italy.
At the outbreak of World War II, Ruspoli shipped antique furniture, paintings, and sculpture to her sister Martha Berry, who founded Berry College in Rome, Ga., which now owns most of Eugenia Ruspoli's collection. But Triumph of David was still inside the castle when it was heavily damaged by a bomb in 1944. The painting also suffered water damage.
One last plot twist brought 11 of those paintings to Villanova.
Ruspoli, a philanthropic socialite, knew many prominent clergy, and it was through a Vatican connection in Washington that she met the Rev. Daniel P. Falvey, Villanova's librarian who was in the process of building a new facility. Falvey, who started the Friends of Villanova Library to raise funds for the project, convinced Ruspoli that the rising building would be an ideal home for her family treasures, and she donated them just months before she died in 1951.
"I think she decided that Villanova was an appropriate place" for the painting, said a granddaughter, Elena Corso, who lives in New York.
Since 1956, Triumph of David has hung in a wing of the library now known on campus as "Old Falvey." But experts said three earlier restorations did more harm than good.
"It went through some tough times. That being said, it's survived very, very well," said deGhetaldi, who is being helped by interns and a Villanova chemistry professor and art historian.
It is still definitely worth saving, she said.
Cortona was known primarily as an architect, but his most important work is the ceiling fresco of the Palazzo Barberini in Rome, said Carl Strehlke, adjunct curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Cortona also did preparatory drawings for some of the tapestries depicting the story of the Emperor Constantine that hang in the Philadelphia museum.
Strehlke said it was difficult to know the value of the Villanova painting in its present state.
Over-paint and varnish have degraded and dulled the original vibrant colors and, in places, left big black blotches. DeGhetaldi pointed out a brilliant blue robe on a figure of a dancing woman, which she had restored to its original hue. In the middle was a small grayish patch that she had left untouched to show how the colors had faded.
Cortona was known for "vibrant blues, lovely colors, beautiful skies. That's not what we have here," deGhetaldi said.
After removing or reducing the over-paint and varnishes, restorers will retouch and apply a more stable finish.
While most restorations take place in the bowels of museums, the Cortona is being cleaned and repaired in its home in "Old Falvey," where anyone can watch and ask questions or follow the project via a webcam and blog.
When the painting is finished, the room will be remodeled into a student lounge with an atrium where the restored painting will hang.
With the rest of the princess' gifts fading away in storage, deGhetaldi said she would like to see what other treasures might be there.
"It's fun," she said. "Like going into an attic, and you don't know what you will find."
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com
Greg Gray, president, Euharlee Valley Historical Society, has a passion for restoring historical Van Wert Church and Cemetery to former glory days.