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Concerts, Film Fests and Art Galleries

Gainesville Garden concert tickets on sale
By Jane Harrison
Country tunes and Bayou Soul will shake the blooms at the Gainesville Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden in two summer concerts set in the Ivester Amphitheatre. Online ticket sales are under way for shows by Corey Smith with the Josephines, July 27, and Marc Broussard/The Mavericks Aug. 25.
For country singer/songwriter Smith, the Gainesville concert hits close to home. The Jefferson native, hailed as a self-made music success, started out as a Social Studies education major at the University of Georgia while keeping a hand in the local music scene. After teaching geography, history and guitar at North Gwinnett High School, he left campus to pursue a music career at age 28. He self-produced nine albums with indie labels until he signed with Sugar Hill Records in 2015.
His Sugar Hill recordings include While the Gettin’ Is Good and Great Wide Underground. Broussard describes himself on Facebook as born and bred on the Louisiana Bayou, steeped in swamp lore, and emerging as a crooner with a “big voice, big heart, deep and contemplative mind.” His Bayou Soul mixes funk, blues, R&B and pop.
His latest album, The Dockside Sessions, features The Wanderer, Lonely Night in Georgia, Do Right Woman, Do Right Man, and others.
  • Corey Smith with the Josephines. Sat. July 27. Gates open 5:30 p.m. show starts 8 p.m. $41.50, members $39.50 
  • Marc Broussard/The Mavericks. Sun. Aug. 25, gates open 4:30 p.m., show starts 7 p.m. $56.50, members $54.50.
For tickets and listings for concerts at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Midtown Atlanta garden:

Wild and Scenic Film Festival focuses on fun, environment
By Pamela A. Keene
This year’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival, presented by the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, promises to take guests to the moon, grizzly country and salmon nation. The Saturday, May 11, event at the Brenau Downtown Center will showcase National Parks, the Savannah River’s path from the source to the sea and provide a close-up look of newts, forest amphibians who are challenged by disease. 
The 5th annual event will also host environmental expo presented by organizations with similar missions as the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Raffle prizes include a kayak provided by Outside World Outfitters in Dawsonville.
“The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is always very popular,” said Hannah Warner, headwaters outreach coordinator for the Riverkeeper. “Not only is this a way to raise awareness, it’s a chance for people to learn more about our work all along the Chattahoochee. We hope that it will inspire a groundswell of interest and commitment for our mission and spur people to join.” 
The event begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Advance tickets may be purchased online at for $20. Tickets at the door will cost $30. The ticket purchase includes a one-year membership to the organization.

Linwood Nature Preserve opens art gallery
By Pamela A. Keene
To showcase the beauty of nature in Northeast Georgia, the Linwood Nature Preserve has opened an art gallery. It will make its debut on June 1, at the Hall County Master Gardeners Biennial Garden Walk. 
“Area artists have captured nature in paintings, photographs and other mediums and this is the perfect place to showcase their work,” said Margaret Rasmussen, founder of the nature preserve.
The Bruce Alan Doll Nature Gallery is located in the Linwood Nature Preserve Ecology Center at 160 Springview Drive in Gainesville.
The gallery has been named for the late Bruce Alan Doll, Hall County Master Gardener who was instrumental in working with the Linwood Nature Preserve. It will showcase many of the plants that grow at the preserve. It will be open for special events throughout the year.
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