The featured artist for the festival is Houston-based LaShun Beal, best known for his elegant Universal Woman series. Beal also created the official festival poster, titled "In the Groove," which will be available for autographs during the festival.
The weekend festival will also feature some of the nation's best national and regional fine artists and photographers, including Gwen Redfern, Rudolphus, Margaret Warfield, Jim Alexander, Cullen Washington Jr., Charles Casnel, Edwin Lester, Shana Fennell, Barbara Mason, Nathan Knight, Sharon Cope, Allen London, Sheila Moss and 13-year-old T'keya Knight, who has been painting since the age of 5.
In addition to the Artists' Marketplace, there will be a fashion show by Nigerian designer Nike Ladeji, a children's Artist for a Day station and live gospel and jazz entertainment.
Playin' in the 'hood
Lithonia-based playwright Elaine Hicks will offer a 4 p.m. sneak preview of scenes from her gospel comedy, "Under the Hood in the Hood," on July 18 during the Stonecrest Arts Festival.
The play, set in an urban auto parts store, is a perfect setting for laughter, mayhem and lots of great gospel music. The diverse cast includes recording artist KymBerli Quillian, actor Ronald B. Williams, comedian David Phelps and Chris Facey. The musical score is performed by Atlanta musician Rodney Allen and the PHD Band.
The festival is produced by Conyers-based Art Town Productions and will be located on the first floor of the mall.
Festival hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 770-483-7510 or visit www.arttownproductions.com.
The Mall at Stonecrest is located off I-20 at Exit 75, Turner Hill Road in Lithonia. For more information, call 770-469-5144 or 770-483-7510 or visit www.arttownproductions.com.
Erotic poetry under the stars
The poetry scene hits the great outdoors as Littel Concepts and Jason Lary Presents bring an evening of erotic poetry to Lithonia's Stewart Amphitheater. The July 17 event will feature the poetry of te Queens of Poetry Andrea Mills and Def poet Bonnie Harvey, Indigo, Spinx and Live Poet Cocktails. Music will be provided by Beal Street, Heston, Joey Summerville and Mark Nelson.
The evening, the brainchild of V-103's Quiet Storm host, Joyce Littel, promises to be a hot, sizzling night of erotica.
The Stewart Amphitheater is in the Lithonia City Park in downtown Lithonia. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.
For more information, call 404-343-6205 or 404-914-7816. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
Free tickets to Miss Black Teen
Local youth organizations and ministries can receive free tickets to the Aug. 7 Miss Black Teen USA 2004 pageant. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Martin Luther King International Chapel at Morehouse College. There is no limit on the number of tickets an organization can receive.
Interested organizations should submit an e-mail to email@example.com and request the number of tickets they will need along with contact information for their organization.
For information on the pageant, call 678-476-0104 or visit www.missblackteenusa.org.
Copyright law for artists
Artists can pick up relevant legal tips at "Artists: Copyright Laws and Nonprofit Basics," a workshop at the Artists First meeting on July 31 at 2 p.m. Lisa Kincheloe, executive director of Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, will conduct the free workshop, which is hosted by the DeKalb Council for the Arts and will be held at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St.
For more information call 404-371-8826.