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An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

Mexican Music composer Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández is an icon in the classical music and especially in Atlanta where he is a  violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, founder of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc. and the Buckhead Youth Orchestra, and conductor of the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, began his study of music in Mexico. At age 14, he began studying with Henryk Szeryng, and continued as Szeryng became his principal mentor in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe.

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: The LGBT Community in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- According to The Advocate, the U.S. based national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, Atlanta holds the title of “America’s gayest city” and Gay Atlanta, a subsidiary of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau says that Atlanta is the “epicenter of the LGBT South” but according to Phillip Rafshoon of Outwrite Bookstore, Atlanta is just a “progressive city in a conservative state, that’s in a conservative region of the United States. The city serves as a place where people from small, southern towns can come to be who they want to be” which is why the LGBT community loves to call this city, home.

In the nook that is Tenth Street and Piedmont Road, Outwrite Bookstore has been a staple in the Atlanta LGBT community for about 18 years.

LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

ATLANTA, Ga. – Atlanta has come to be known as the home of young professionals, performing arts professionals and indie artists. The city that was once a breeding ground for hip-hop trends has become a haven of the aesthetic arts and artists alike.   

Recently, while searching for this thriving indie artist scene in the city that is home to large-scale Tyler Perry Studios, I stumbled upon a “somewhat dormant” subculture lying low in the middle of town; it’s Atlanta’s Underground Art scene.

Just like movie buffs, members of world want to claim they were the first to see the most recent and popular cult indie films, films like “Reservoir Dogs” or “Requiem for a Dream”. Well, in Atlanta, artists can experience that excitement by visiting their local independent theatre. These theatres in most cases, have been around for 20 years, or more, are home to many of the most artistically gifted and innovative people in town.

DINNERS ON A DIME: Cinco de Mayo

DINNERS ON A DIME: Cinco de Mayo

BUFORD, Ga. – This week, Dinners on a Dime features local Cinco de Mayo eats. Every Tuesday Where U Live will choose four favorite eats in your area for you to take your family and friends for a fabulous meal, under $20.

Cheeky’s, the Birthplace of the Beer Table, will be offering live music all day. At their Suwanee and Cumming locations, Cheeky’s will have $2 Tecate, $12 buckets of Dos Equis and Sol beers. The restaurant offers custom tacos, a list of salsas and a selection of sandwiches; entrees don’t exceed $15 and the restaurant is located at 1039 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Suwannee and 410 Peachtree Parkway in Cumming.

Chonas Mexican Grill in Lawrenceville will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with their regular specials. Chonas offers a long list of imported and domestic beers; they also offer classic Margaritas in, both, glasses and pitchers.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Circus Clowns and Beauty Queens

WEEKEND EVENTS: Circus Clowns and Beauty Queens

NORTHERN METRO AREA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Today, the Yaarab Shrine kicks off their 69th Annual Circus and Carnival at the Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. This circus is the world largest shrine circus. Food and rides will be open tonight; however, there will be no circus acts. Only $10 gets you unlimited rides on every ride at the fair.

Sprayberry High school will be hosting a Community Egg Drop on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Eggs will be dropped from a helicopter and there will be many vendors, including face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

NORTHEAST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’re compiling a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If your date is a romantic, Athens-Clarke County Greenways and Riverside Parks are hosting a Full Moon Hike. This guided hike will be lighted by the full moon, which occurs on April 26. The hike begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. Athens residents will be admitted for a $2 fee, all non-residents will be charged $5.

Now, it's easier to find TV18 online

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- (submitted by Hall County Government) TV18, the Gainesville-Hall County Government channel, has a new web address, www.tv18online.org, that makes it easier for the public to find TV18 videos and information online. The new URL directs viewers to TV18’s page on the City of Gainesville website, www.gainesville.org. The page includes videos of all TV18 productions, a new programming schedule and bulletin board information.

All TV18 programming, including Commission and Council meetings, has been available online since the City of Gainesville launched its new website in December 2010. The videos are hosted by Vimeo, a video-sharing website.