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JapanFest announces headliner! This weekend: September 15-16

JapanFest announces headliner! This weekend: September 15-16

DULUTH, Ga. -- JapanFest Weekend will be held on September 15-16, 2012, from 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday) and 10am to 5pm (Sunday) at the Convention Center at Gwinnett Center (located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097). They have introduced their headlining act, Yoshi Amao from New York City who will be performing authentic Japanese Samurai sword fighting. He will be performing on Saturday at 12:30 and 4:00 and on Sunday at 12:30 and 3:30 (Click here for a complete event schedule).

New Edition to close Classic Chastain season

New Edition to close Classic Chastain season

ATLANTA -- R&B group New Edition, which launched the career of Johns Creek resident Bobby Brown, will perform a 30th anniversary concert at Chastain Park Amphitheater later this month.

All six members of New Edition -- Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivens, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant -- will be part of the concert, which will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.

According to a release from Chastain Park, New Edition is credited with paving the way for some of the biggest boy bands of the 1980s and 1990s, including New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, the Backstreet Boys and *N Sync.

Doors to the Sept. 22 concert open at 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $25 for a single lawn seat to $354 for a terrace-level table for six.

Learn more and buy tickets at classicchastain.com.

Japan Fest 2012 Planning Committee Underway!

Japan Fest 2012 Planning Committee Underway!

ATLANTA -- JapanFest Weekend will be held on September 15-16, 2012, from 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday) and 10am to 5pm (Sunday) at the Convention Center at Gwinnett Center (located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097). Pictured above is the planning committee consisting on Marilyn Pearlman, Mariko Masui, Yoko Harrison, Sachi Koto, Yoshi Domoto, Maki Murahashi and Kaori McEwen. 

JapanFest, now in its 26th year, typically draws crowds exceeding 19,000. Organized by JapanFest, Inc., JapanFest is designed to promote understanding between Japanese and Americans in the Southeast.

Tickets are $8. Children age 6 or younger free. Teachers can bring their students to JapanFest for free by applying online at www.japanfest.org. Larger organizations can save money by purchasing advanced ticket packages online.

NY Times Best Selling Author, Emily Giffin!

Atlanta resident and New York Times Best selling author, Emily Giffin stopped by our Get Connected Studios to talk about her new book, "Where We Belong", how and why she writes and more! Find out what she hates!  Meet Emily at her book signing in Buckhead July 27th. Get details at www.emilygiffin.com/calendar.php

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

The video for Celebrate – from the motion picture SPARKLE featuring Jordin Sparks

The Golden Soldiers' Big Day Out

You may have seen on Atlanta & Company, the interview with Lindsey Turner about Golden Soldiers. Join Conn as he goes out to find out more about THE BIG DAY OUT. Ever hear of the golden rule? Check out this clip about a man who turned the golden rule into a way to truly help the community. Watch how much fun it is! The Golden Soldiers non-profit organization honors children and families with special needs. See what Atlanta's own, Lindsey Turner, the founder has created. It certainly will touch your heart.

9-year-old named finalist in Doodle 4 Google contest

9-year-old named finalist in Doodle 4 Google contest

SUWANEE, Ga. -- A student at Shakerag Elementary School in Johns Creek is one of 10 finalists in this year's Doodle 4 Google contest.

Nine-year-old Anoushka M. of Suwanee learned she is the Georgia winner of the national contest during a surprise assembly at her school Wednesday morning.

This year's Doodle 4 Google theme is "If I could travel in time, I'd visit ..." Anoushka's doodle, pictued above, features a Vincent van Gogh theme, including a portrait of the artist and a background inspired by what is arguably his most famous work -- Starry Night.

Anoushka will now compete against finalists from Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah and Wisconsin for the top prize, which includes a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for the winner's school.