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'Devil Wears Prada' author to visit Dunwoody

'Devil Wears Prada' author to visit Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Bestselling author Lauren Weisberger will hold a talk and book signing in Dunwoody next week.

Weisberger is best known for her first novel, The Devil Wears Prada, which chronicles the misadventures of a young assistant to the tyrannical editor of a fictional fashion magazine. It was made into a Golden Globe-winning film starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep.

A sequel -- Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns -- was released this week.

According to a release from Book Atlanta:

Lights Camera Run to benefit local arts

Lights Camera Run to benefit local arts

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- An upcoming 5K in north Fulton County will benefit a local performing arts program.

Lights Camera Run is a 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier that raises money for the Atlanta Workshop Players, an Alpharetta-based theater company.

People from all walks of life -- not just runners -- are invited to come out and dress up as they run through the streets of Alpharetta in support of the arts.

Race entry ranges in price from $15 to $28. Some packages come with great perks, like tickets to Studio Movie Grill, T-shirts and SWAG bags.

Lights Camera Run will be held Saturday, May 11 at Atlanta Workshop Players Acting Studio. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m., with the run scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m.

Visit active.com for more information.

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million

ATLANTA -- Twenty-three years ago, this month, Atlanta was the focus of the Academy Awards when "Driving Miss Daisy" won "Best Picture.

The film was written by Pulitzer prize winning Atlanta playwright Alfred Uhry who grew up in the Druid Hills area.

The story deals with the relationship between an elderly Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur after World War II.

And as of today, the home from the movie, which forever linked Atlanta to Hollywood is, now, up for sale and it's going to the highest bidder.

To some, the home is as defining as Jessica Tandy & Morgan Freeman and as unforgettable as Alfred Uhry's words.

It's located at 922 Lullwater Road in the Druid Hills neighborhood.

Jeff Hullinger asked, the listing agent for Coldwell Banker Doris Robinson, "How did this home get selected for the movie?"

Local artist, 11, pays tribute to Obama as country celebrates inauguration

Today, Barack Obama is sworn in as the nation’s 44th president. And throughout the country, citizens ready for a new administration as the country faces a continuing economic crisis, impassioned conversations and more.

In Atlanta, one young artist encourages people to focus on the positive. Yung Mieo, a budding hip-hop/pop phenom, recognizes President Obama in his song “Hero” and pays tribute to the leader’s influence in his life.

“Hero” uses inspirational imagery in its music video, showcasing Obama on the campaign trail, speaking on the country’s future and mobilizing the nation. Through his lyrics, Yung Mieo assures listeners that he will stand up for them and be their voice when they encounter struggles, as he feels Obama has done for him.

Spruill Gallery Holiday Artists Market opens Thursday

Spruill Gallery Holiday Artists Market opens Thursday

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- More than 90 artists are scheduled to participate in this year's Holiday Artists Market at Spruill Gallery.

The market will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 with an opening night celebration.

This year's festivities include a jewelry trunk show, a family day of activities and a shopping event with extended market hours.

Learn more about the market at spruillarts.org.

Spruill Gallery is located at 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road.

'Once Upon a Mattress' Coming to Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

'Once Upon a Mattress' Coming to Holy Innocents' Episcopal School

Take an unlikely princess in a fictional, medieval kingdom, Princess Winnifred the Woebegone. Add her bride-seeking suitor, Prince Dauntless the Drab. Toss in some witty writing and a delightful score that won the original show a Tony nomination for Best Musical, and you have Once Upon a Mattress.

The beloved, musical adaptation of  Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and the Pea" will be presented by Holy Innocents' Episcopal School's award-winning middle- and upper-school players on Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m.

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I've done everything from sales to marketing, accounting," said Emily Griffith. But one day nine years ago, long after most people have chosen their life's path, Griffith found a new one.

"I was early in my 40's, and I had no idea I knew how to paint," she said.

Turns out Griffith was a natural, and even though she calls a first painting of her dog primitive, it's still better than most people could ever do.

"The more you paint, the more your eye gets trained," she said humbly.

Almost 1,000 paintings later, Griffith is a renowned painter -- of pets.

"That's what I'm known for is capturing the dog's personality," she said.

Especially when that dog is the dawg -- Ugga. Griffith has painted Uggas 7, 8 and 9.

She also painted actress Tori Spelling's dog, who died.

And she's painted hundreds of not so famous pets, no less adored by their owners.