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James Franco helps kick off Atlanta Film Festival

James Franco helps kick off Atlanta Film Festival

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday.

Actor James Franco made an appearance at the first night of the festival. He appears in the movie I Am Michael, which premieres at the festival. The movie is about a gay activist who denounces homosexuality and becomes a pastor

The festival runs through March 29. Screenings take place at various locations. Click here for more information.

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Fulton County urges outh to “Turn Up With a Purpose” during black history program

Fulton County urges outh to “Turn Up With a Purpose” during black history program

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Office of Children and Youth in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) and numerous youth services providers will present the “Turn Up with a Purpose” Teen Summit and Talent Showcase on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the King Center from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

V103’s Greg Street will host the Summit and Talent Showcase. Dr. Bernice King will also serve as one of the keynote speakers during the program. The event will be held in the King Center’s Freedom Hall Auditorium located at 449 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

Atlanta Police Department joins 'The First 48'

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department Homicide Unit will be featured on the new season of A&E documentary series "The First 48."

The television program follows detectives as they search for clues and interview witnesses in the first two days of a murder investigation. It has profiled police departments across the country, including DeKalb County.

"The First 48" crews filmed Atlanta's Homicide Unit members as they investigated and solved homicides throughout the city.

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Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center to open June 19

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell, District 5, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and Fulton County Arts and Culture, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center (ACCC) on Thursday, June 19 at 10 a.m.

The grand opening celebration will kick off three days of activities organized to introduce the new facility to the community and increase awareness of the center, its programming and activities. 

The center is located at 3900 Aviation Circle, Atlanta on the grounds of Fulton County Airport – Brown Field.  It is designed as a community gathering place and will focus on the following types of programming:

Young authors to hold conversation at Mother

Young authors to hold conversation at Mother

ATLANTA -- Author John Brandon and Georgia State University professor Josh Russell will team up for a reading and conversation in Atlanta next week.

The two will be at Mother in the Old Fourth Ward on Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

Brandon is the author of three novels and recently published his first short story collection, Further Joy. The book contains 11 stories and "a stunning assortment of men and women at the edge of possibility-gamblers and psychics, wanderers and priests, all of them on the verge of finding out what they can get away with, and what they can't," according to A Cappella Books in Inman Park, which is sponsoring the reading.

Russell is co-director of GSU's creative writing program. He is also a prize-winning novelist and short story writer.

Copies of both men's books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Gato, A Cappella Books celebrate Ga. farms

Gato, A Cappella Books celebrate Ga. farms

ATLANTA -- The author of Farm Fresh Georgia will visit Atlanta later this month.

Jodi Helmer exhaustively researched attractions, dining trends and farms throughout the state's six regions -- Appalachian, Atlanta Metro, Blue Ridge, Lower Coastal Plain, Piedmont and Upper Coastal Plain -- to write Farm Fresh Georgia: The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, U-Picks, Kids' Activities, Lodging, Dining, Dairies, Festivals, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries, and More.

She will visit the Freedom Farmers' Market at the Carter Center on Saturday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shoppers can meet Helmer at the community table. The Carter Center is located at 453 Freedom Parkway NE.

Pulitzer Prize winner to read at Carter Center

Pulitzer Prize winner to read at Carter Center

ATLANTA -- Writer Anna Quindlen will read from her seventh novel, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, at the Carter Center next month.

Quindlen is a former New York Times columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work. She left the paper in 1995 to become a novelist. One of her books, One True Thing, was made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Renée Zellweger.

She will read from Still Life with Bread Crumbs on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 7 p.m.

The novel "begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof," according to A Cappella Books, which is sponsoring Quindlen's visit to Atlanta: