Arts & Entertainment Scene


Spivey Hall Children’s Choir performs at choral directors conference

The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir at Clayton State University performed at the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association on Feb. 23-26 in Salt Lake City.

Panel examines black, Jewish ties

A panel of Jewish Americans and African-Americans will examine collaborations for social justice on March 7 at the Decatur Library

Mother at heart of Cohen memoir

Award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen discusses the memoir of his extended family, “The Girl From Human Street,” on March 5 at the Decatur Library.

Doctors, lawyers take it to court for charity

Doctors and lawyers are trading lab coats and business suits for athletic wear to compete in the March 7 Jawbones vs. Sawbones basketball tourney to benefit people with traumatic brain injury.

Novelist tackles will to survive in ‘In Wilderness’

Novelist Diane Thomas shares a suspenseful and literary love story, “In Wilderness,” on March 2 at the Decatur Library. Thomas’ talk begins at 7:15 p.m.

Thrive Youth Development fundraiser offers dinner, live entertainment

Dinner, live entertainment and a silent auction are on tap at Thrive Youth Development Inc.’s fourth annual fundraiser on Feb. 21 in Clarkston.

Johnson commended for service

District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson has been honored by the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta for his support of DeKalb’s Korean American community.

Children’s writer at Wesley Chapel

Award-winning children’s author Sharon Draper promotes her latest book, “Stella by Starlight,” on Feb. 21 at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library in Decatur.

Jump up and dance, Carnival is coming to Decatur

Big, colorful, bodacious costumes and pulsating soca music will have people jumping along Covington Highway in Decatur in May with the first production of Carnival in DeKalb County.

Salem-Panola screens ‘Get on Up’

The film “Get on Up,” which chronicles James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty in Jim Crow Georgia to musical icon, screens at Salem-Panola Library on Feb. 24.

Readers to discuss memoir, novel

The memoir “12 Years a Slave” by Solomon Northup and the novel “The Tempest Tales” by Walter Mosley are up for discussion at the Salem-Panola and Wesley Chapel library branches next week.

Monthlong observances recognize giants of the movement

Historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week to commemorate and celebrate the contributions made by people of African descent to the United States, and it was first observed on Feb. 12, 1926.

Black culture in song, dance

“Afro-American Culture Through Song & Dance” will be presented by members of the Lou Walker Senior Center’s Performing Arts Group on Feb. 23 at the Lithonia facility.

PBS documentary explores life of playwright August Wilson

Fans of black theater and playwright August Wilson won’t want to miss the PBS documentary “August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand” when it airs on Feb. 20.

Play journeys back to gospel music roots

Journey back through time and culture with the stage play “The Bridge That Brought Us Over: The History of Gospel Music” on Feb. 21 at the Sanford Center in Decatur.