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Stephen King’s epic “The Stand” is a formative novel for me. I tackled the 1,150-page behemoth for the first time when I was 13 and fell in love. The author’s self-proclaimed “dark tale of Christianity” set in a post-apocalyptic America was his twisted spin on “The Lord of the Rings.” Only i…

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As if 2020 wasn’t already weird enough (how’s that for an understatement?), I had to put together my list of the year’s Top 10 films during the middle of a pandemic that prevented me from going to theaters for months. In fact, I only saw 10 films total on the big screen since January — easil…

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After meeting as musicians in their church camp in Petersburg, Michigan, in August 1986, Phil and Kim Collingsworth have been ministering in music ever since. The family now has played over the United States as well as overseas. They are now into their 34th year of ministry.

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Bluegrass duo Dailey and Vincent will appear at Mill Town Music Hall in Bremen on Saturday, Dec. 5, their fifth visit to the local stage.

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Chadwick Boseman’s death from colon cancer last August came as a crushing blow to many, not just because he portrayed a hugely popular superhero and was, by all accounts, a genuinely wonderful person. It was also a gut-punch because it felt like we were robbed of decades of incredible perfor…

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Like a modern-day Dante, University of West Georgia alumnus Matthew O’Brien first descended into the underbelly of Las Vegas nearly 20 years ago. The author later chronicled his journey in “Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas,” taking readers through the pseudo-purga…

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A new exhibit called “Family Traditions” by renowned quilter Cathy Moro of Cashiers, North Carolina is now on display through Dec. 19 at the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum, 306 Bradley St. in Carrollton. Last week, the museum held a reception in which Moro greeted visitors. She said t…

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Fourteen years ago, Nashville legend Marty Stuart decided to organize a “Late Night Jam Session” the day before the annual Country Music Association Awards Show. He did not ask permission from anyone at CMA, and he may not have told anyone what he was planning to do on the eve of the most im…

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Thomas Bezucha’s filmmaking career has been an intriguing one. The writer-director has been part of a number of eclectic movies, ranging in tone and genre, including 2005’s “The Family Stone,” 2011’s “Monte Carlo” and 2018’s “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.”

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The Carroll Community Wind Ensemble’s 10th-season fall concert, “Music for a Darkened Theater,” will light up the stage at the Carrollton Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22.

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Ben Wheatley isn’t known for conventional, middle-of-the-road filmmaking, so in a weird way, it’s fitting that his most audience-friendly movie is a story about a new marriage full of secrets, death, and a potentially haunted palatial estate. With this new film, he’s also adapting a beloved …

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While I definitely miss the theatrical experience, until recently I hadn’t seen anything during this never-ending pandemic that made me wish I’d watched it on the big screen. Heck, even when I ventured to the multiplex last month to check out “Tenet,” I walked back to my car praying I didn’t…

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Miranda July, a performance artist and filmmaker known for her quirky characters and eccentric directing style, has been a critical darling since her feature-length debut, 2005’s “Me and You and Everyone We Know.” Since then, she’s made several shorts, but only two other features: 2011’s “Th…

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The 42nd annual Gold Rush Festival will take place next weekend in Villa Rica, but it will be unlike any of the previous events.

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Last Friday, the shocking news that we’d lost Chadwick Boseman, one of this generation’s greatest actors, to colon cancer hit me hard. That’s a weird thing to say about someone I never met, but I don’t think I’ve been this torn up about a famous person dying since Robin Williams back in 2014.

Just before the Douglas County Board of Commissioners put a property tax hike to a vote, they passed an amendment that should be good news to county citizens.

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The Gatlin Brothers — Larry, Steve and Rudy — will perform at Mill Town Music Hall in Bremen on Saturday, as they celebrate their 65th year as a trio. Things have changed a lot in that time, they said.

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While some annual events never took place over the summer in west Georgia, this year’s Villa Rica Frontiers Rodeo will take place this weekend as scheduled.

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The latest from writer-director Armando Iannucci, best known for “The Thick of It,” “In the Loop” and “Veep,” is a surprising departure from those sharp, foul-mouthed political satires. With “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” he and co-writer Simon Blackwell imbue one of Charles Di…