steelmag1There are few plays that can really capture the heart and soul of southern living, and it’s hard to imagine one better than Steel Magnolias. Named for the strength of steel and the delicacy of flowers, Steel Magnolias is a funny and at times heartbreaking look inside the lives of six southern women.

The live stage production of Steel Magnolias will be playing the third weekend of January 2013 (January 17th-20th) at The Strand and show casing several local aspiring thespians, including Cassandra Buckalew,  Holly Comer, Cassi Costoulas, Faye DiMassimo, Kim Gresh, and Dianne Weeks..

Tickets are available at The Strand Box Office at 770.293.0080, 117 North Park Square, or online at Box Office hours are 9am-12pm & 1-4pm, Monday through Friday.  Tickets are $25 and assigned seating.

Give input on shaping community’s vision and plan

Students, faculty and alumni of Life and Southern Polytechnic State universities, residents, and business and property owners are invited to work with design professionals to identify ways to make the area near Cobb Parkway and South Marietta Parkway a better place to live, work, play and learn. Participants will “roll up their sleeves” to help draft location-specific plans for new trails, transportation improvements, new destinations, and connections between the Life and SPSU campuses and adjoining areas.
The purpose of the study is to develop a redevelopment plan for Cobb Parkway and South Marietta Parkway, increase visibility of Life and Southern Polytechnic State universities and help to connect the universities with the surrounding community.
Representatives from the city of Marietta, Southern Polytechnic State University and Life University will hold a public design meeting Jan. 15 from 4-6 p.m. at Southern Polytechnic State University’s Joe Mack Wilson Student Center (Building A) Ballroom. The meeting is the second of four that will be held to receive public feedback about the study.

New Art Exhibit at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art

dragonJoin the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art for the opening reception for the newest MCMA exhibitions- Yarbrough: 53.9 Years & Still Unpredictable and Vignettes of America. Yarbrough: 53.9 Years & Still Unpredictable highlights the work of Jim Yarbrough, an artist with a wide array of subject matter, including Carnival, portraiture, & mythology. Vignetets of America displays highlights of the American landscape, all from our permanent collection. The event is a week from today, on Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. Cash bar and light refreshments will be provided. $8 admission, free for members- Everyone is welcome!

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art • 30 Atlanta Street • Marietta.  Call 770-528-1444 for more information.