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The Arts Council Salutes Strong & Diverse Women

You Don’t Know What I Got, the debut feature from Linda Duvoisin, is a sprightly, candid portrait that examines the thoughts, ideas, convictions and passions of five diverse American women. Her technique shifts our attention at irregular intervals, abruptly changing time and place, mirroring the actual conversation patterns and highlighting the universal aspects of their experiences. She cuts from Tennessee to Minnesota to New Mexico, or joins Ani DiFranco onstage and off. Each of these master storytellers adds her voice to a tapestry of home spun tales, fables, confessions, advice, music, poetry, thoughts and actions. The richly textured portrayal is filled with the unforgettable stories of determined women who share an extraordinary passion for Life. Their wit and wisdom form the foundation of an immensely satisfying film. Features singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, Linda Finney, a police officer activist/poet, fellow police officer Julie Brunzell who shares her dream of becoming a social worker, Myrtle Stedman, born in 1908, a feisty artist and adobe-architect, and she revisits Jimmie Woodruff, the charming housekeeper who worked for the Duvoisin family.

A must watch for all women (18+ for some language and thematic content) and those who love women!


The Arts Council in conjunction with Gainesville State College and South Arts is proud to screen You Don’t Know What I’ve Got and two shorts, We Shall Not Be Moved: The Nashville Sit-Ins and We Shall Not Be Moved: The Chattanooga Sit-Ins on April 12, 2012 at Gainesville State College, Academic Building IV, Mathis Road, Oakwood Ga at 7:30pm. Post screening the audience will have an opportunity to meet the director at a Q&A reception. Tickets $7 adults; $5 students and seniors (65+). To purchase tickets call 770-534-2787 or visit

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From The Daily Beast…

Ashley Judd’s ‘puffy’ appearance sparked a viral media frenzy. But, the actress writes, the conversation is really a misogynistic assault on all women.

The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.

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Photo by Richard Drew

As an actor and woman who, at times, avails herself of the media, I am painfully aware of the conversation about women’s bodies, and it frequently migrates to my own body. I know this, even though my personal practice is to ignore what is written about me. I do not, for example, read interviews I do with news outlets. I hold that it is none of my business what people think of me. I arrived at this belief after first, when I began working as an actor 18 years ago, reading everything. I evolved into selecting only the “good” pieces to read. Over time, I matured into the understanding that good and bad are equally fanciful interpretations. I do not want to give my power, my self-esteem, or my autonomy, to any person, place, or thing outside myself. I thus abstain from all media about myself. The only thing that matters is how I feel about myself, my personal integrity, and my relationship with my Creator. Of course, it’s wonderful to be held in esteem and fond regard by family, friends, and community, but a central part of my spiritual practice is letting go of otheration. And casting one’s lot with the public is dangerous and self-destructive, and I value myself too much to do that.

However, the recent speculation and accusations in March feel different, and my colleagues and friends encouraged me to know what was being said. Consequently, I choose to address it because the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle. The assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about.

A brief analysis demonstrates that the following “conclusions” were all made on the exact same day, March 20, about the exact same woman (me), looking the exact same way, based on the exact same television appearance. The following examples are real, and come from a variety of (so-called!) legitimate news outlets (such as HuffPo, MSNBC, etc.), tabloid press, and social media:

One: When I am sick for more than a month and on medication (multiple rounds of steroids), the accusation is that because my face looks puffy, I have “clearly had work done,” with otherwise credible reporters with great bravo “identifying” precisely the procedures I allegedly have had done.

Two: When my skin is nearly flawless, and at age 43, I do not yet have visible wrinkles that can be seen on television, I have had “work done,” with media outlets bolstered by consulting with plastic surgeons I have never met who “conclude” what procedures I have “clearly” had. (Notice that this is a “back-handed compliment,” too—I look so good! It simply cannot possibly be real!)

Three: When my 2012 face looks different than it did when I filmed Double Jeopardy in 1998, I am accused of having “messed up” my face (polite language here, the F word is being used more often), with a passionate lament that “Ashley has lost her familiar beauty audiences loved her for.”

Four: When I have gained weight, going from my usual size two/four to a six/eight after a lazy six months of not exercising, and that weight gain shows in my face and arms, I am a “cow” and a “pig” and I “better watch out” because my husband “is looking for his second wife.” (Did you catch how this one engenders competition and fear between women? How it also suggests that my husband values me based only on my physical appearance? Classic sexism. We won’t even address how extraordinary it is that a size eight would be heckled as “fat.”)


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You Don’t Know What I Got

The sixth and final film in The Arts Council’s Independent Film Series is “You Don’t Know What I Got”.

“You Don’t Know What I Got” is a film on life. Love. Passion. Five women lay their heart and soul on the line: singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, activist/poet Linda Finney, police officer Julie Brunzell, artist/architect Myrtle Stedman and housekeeper Jimmie Woodruff. Through a tapestry of homespun stories, confessions, advice, music and poetry, we discover a cross-section of American women with an extraordinary passion for life.

Along with “You Don’t Know What I Got”, will be two shorts:

“We Shall Not Be Moved: The Nashville Sit-ins”
The Nashville Sit-ins of 1960 were among the most important events of the Civil Rights Movement. Over a period of several months, college students from Fisk University and other schools staged a very well-organized, non-violent protest at downtown lunch counters. The protests caught the city’s white establishment off-guard and culminated in the mayor agreeing to end segregation of lunch counters while facing thousands of protestors gathered on the steps of City Hall and the eyes of the nation watching. It was just the first step in ending segregation in all facets of life throughout the city and it inspired similar movements throughout the South.

“We Shall Not Be Moved: The Chattanooga Sit-ins”
In February of 1960, at the same time that the better-known Nashville lunch counter sit-ins were taking place, students in Chattanooga staged their own, similar protest. As there was no local college for black students at the time, the Chattanooga protests were organized and carried out by Howard High School students. Their inspiring, first-hand accounts of the sit-ins bring to life the dangers and fears they endured to force change in their own community and our country. Their participation in the movement confirmed the endless potential and power that youth can have when it is motivated to do good.

Be Sure to stay after the film for Q&A with the filmmaker, Linda Duvoisin.

The film will begin at 7:30pm on April 12 at Gainesville State College Academic Building IV Oakwood, GA.

Purchase tickets online, call The Arts Council (770) 534-2787, or buy them at the door!

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Movie Review

Friday night at The Arts Council, “A Gift for the Village” was shown and enjoyed by all! It was the fifth movie in our Independent Filmmakers Series. We have had so much fun being a part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films and are looking forward to the last one of this season!

Dr. Jeff Marker and “A Gift for the Village” Co-Director, Tom Landon. After each film, Jeff conducts a Q&A with the filmmaker-it is really a great way to gain more insight into the film and learn more about the creative process!

Gainesville State College Film Students filming the interview to be used in future classrooms.

Dr. Jeff Marker, Gladys Wyant, and Film Co-Director, Tom Landon after the film!

Don’t miss the last feature film in the series, “You Don’t Know What I’ve Got”, along with two shorts, “We Will Not Be Moved: The Nashville Sit-Ins” and “We Will Not Be Moved: The Chattanooga Sit-Ins”.

April 12, 2012 7:30 at Gainesville State College Academic Building IV, Mathis Drive Oakwood, GA.

Call The Arts Council for directions and tickets (770) 534-2787

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A Gift for the Village

“A Gift for the Village” examines the connections between an American Community and a remote Himalayan region both fighting to heal and deal with different obstacles.

In June of 2007, seven friends traveled from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to the village of Jomsom in the Himalayas of Nepal to deliver a painting by American artist Jane Lillian Vance. The painting depicts Tsampa Ngawang, a Tibetan Amchi, or doctor and mind healer.


From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Himalayas

The film is narrated by Public Radio’s Lisa Mullins. The cross-cultural project has received the blessing of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, and examines the connections between an American community reeling in the face of the killings at Virginia Tech, and a remote Himalayan region fighting to preserve its way of life in the face of encroaching modernization.

Meet the filmmakers Tom Landon and Jenna Swann after the film!
Come see “A Gift for the Village” this Friday night, March 23, at 7:30pm atThe Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center
Tickets are $7 adults $5 Seniors (65 and up) and Students
Call The Arts Council (770) 534-2787 or go online for tickets
Don’t hear about it the next day-Be there!


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Wycliffe Gordon

The Arts Council is proud to present the third performance in the Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series: Wycliffe Gordon

 Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an extraordinary career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his prodigious technique and signature sound have solidified him a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonist to have lived. In addition to a successful solo career, he  tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. Wycliffe Gordon is well known for his work with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of jazz maestro, Wynton Marsalis. The versatile trombonist can multi-note, slide, scat, and plunge, just like he stepped out of the 1930s. He has played with many jazz luminaries, including Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Branson Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Flanagan, and Shirley Horn. His musical colleagues call him “Pine Cone,” since he grew up in the piney woods of Georgia. It must have been this Ellington era quality that caught the ears of jazz educator Wynton Marsalis, who heard him play while the trumpeter was giving a workshop at his alma mater, Florida A&M University. Their fortuitous meeting resulted in Gordon joining the Wynton Marsalis Septet, as well as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, in 1989. As a member of the illustrious band, he contributed as both musician and composer. Gordon, who like Charles Mingus says he hears music in his head all the time, has managed to write some of it down, and then hears it performed all over the world by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Whether they know it or not, National Public Radio fans are familiar with the musician’s work: In 1993, Gordon composed the NPR theme song. He is an admirer of Louis Armstrong, J.J. Johnson, and Jack Teagarden, prefers the melodic approach to playing and composition.

His recordings are a model of consistency and inspiration, and his musical prowess has been captured on numerous recordings, including thirteen solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs. His latest effort “Cone and T-Staff,” released in February 2010, is a quintet recording featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford. He  is featured on numerous recordings with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and many others as evidenced in his extensive discography.

Wycliffe Gordon is also a gifted composer and arranger. He is commissioned frequently by renowned jazz groups and organizations and has an extensive songbook of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz music. His commissioned works include a vibrant new score for the 1925 classic silent film “Body and Soul” which was premiered at the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s 2000-01 season opening night performance at Avery Fisher Hall, and was released on DVD in 2008. Gordon’s “I Saw the Light,” a musical tribute to Muhammad Ali, was commissioned and premiered by the Brass Band of Battle Creek in March 2004, and is scheduled for release on DVD in 2012. He is currently working on an extensive commission for the Jazz Arts Group Columbus, Beyond the Blackberry Patch that will premiere during the Columbus bicentennial celebration 2012. This 90-minute piece of music for ten musicians will tell the story of the King-Lincoln District and incorporates the Eight Columbus City Schools in the district and their study of their own neighborhood, its past, present, and future. In May 2011, the Apollo Theater will premiere a commissioned work by Wycliffe that will celebrate 75 years of great music. Other noted commissions include “Welcome to Georgia Town,” an auto-biography of sorts commissioned by the Savannah Music Festival, and “Cyberswing – Jazz in the Digital Age” that was premiered at Flushing Town Hall in 2009.

He has begun to evidence an interest in vocalizing, something which he says he plans to do increasingly. The results are sure to be top drawer, as the exuberant Wycliffe Gordon throws himself into things, body and soul. 

Watch more of his videos on our website!


            Wycliffe Gordon will be performing at The Arts Council THIS Saturday, March 24 at 8pm

For tickets go online or call The Arts Council (770) 534-2787

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A Star Studded Night

Last night’s performances from Livingston Taylor and Liz Longley were spectacular! If you missed out, read our review! Or if you were able to join us, leave your comments!

 Last night, Northeast Georgian audiences were treated to some spectacular songwriting – the seasoned and the emerging. Livingston Taylor and Liz Longley took us on a journey where every possible emotion was evoked out of us, in the span of two hours. The audience cried, it felt elated; it sympathized, it celebrated; it sat pensive, it applauded with jubilation.

The concert opened with the haunting vocals of Liz Longley’s When You’re in Trouble. Packed into the beautiful face and body of this twenty-four year old is a soul that has aged gracefully with the trials and tribulations of generations. Her understanding of the primordial emotions of love, hate, anger and passion are way beyond her years. She is capable of defining teen angst yet with a lack of incensed discontent. Her lyrics are distinctly personal set to bare and sparse acoustic music. She forsakes grandeur for simplicity allowing her elastic voice to infiltrate every cellular membrane of your being. Her slow and sensuous ballads stroked your mind and jolted the heart. During the performance of Unraveling her husky voice and intense lyrics left us stunned with pain and the insistent stinging memory of those we have lost to the senseless and infinite oblivion that encompasses Alzheimer sufferers. Liz shares a slight smile even when we know her lyrics have come from a broken heart. Her song Camaro, pines over love lost and is an ode to the endurance of unconditional love. She is a thoughtful singer/songwriter aimed at honesty whose only motivation seem to be the sure passions and desires to write and sing things that cleanse the soul.

 Next, came the one and only Livingston Taylor! To introduce him as James Taylor’s brother is a disservice to Liv’s talent and ingenuous songwriting skills. A natural born performer, Liv’s body language, boyish smile and everyman presence on stage make him instantly lovable – that is until he starts singing. Then one is immediately reminded of his genius as a music maker and entertainer. This audience was more than content to stoke the fire of nostalgia. Liv gave us memorable originals, a little Gershwin, some Broadway and some folk-based Americana. We were all predetermined to enjoy good times gone by. His vocals range from cathartic to witty though never beat you over the head with machismo. He holds the ability to seem fresh with ideas and sage-like at the same time. The young and the young at heart were mesmerized with his ability to tell the most magnificent stories put to music – a performance packed with hilarious, spiritual and musically intense works. Liv has successfully crossed the generation gap – which musically is a testament to his life’s work. Liv embodies exceptional intellectual ability, creativity and originality. He was and will remain a threat to the mediocre mean that often passes as music.

The evening came to an end with Liv and Liz singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The two-headliners harmonized with undimmed affection and respect for one another. Standing ovations were instantly produced by the crowd and it was the moment when energy and musical skill met most harmoniously – on stage and off. This was an evening to remember.

The mad dash at intermission to buy CD’s and have them signed!

Livingston Taylor signing CD’s

Livingston Taylor and Bill Beyer

Liz Longley and Parker Henderson

Next time, don’t hear about one of our events the next day–BE THERE!!

The Arts Council is proud to present A Gift for the Village as our next film in the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Films  Friday, March 23 at 7:30pm at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center


 Wycliffe Gordon as a part of our Evenings of Intimate Jazz series Saturday, March 24 at 8pm at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center! 

Call (770) 534-2787 or go online for tickets

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Casting Call

USA Network’s hit TV series Royal Pains needs several hundred extras for upcoming filming in Georgia!!

Royal Pains will be filming in Georgia March 19-25 and are looking for interested, fit people from age 20-50.

Nice clothes should be worn since the setting is The Hamptons.

If you are interested send a photo and bio ASAP to

The Arts Council will keep you continually informed of such projects, we love that Hollywood sees Georgia as its newest home in the Southeast! GO GEORGIA!!

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Don’t miss the one-night-only Livingston Taylor concert with special appearance by Liz Longley, March 15 at 8pm, Pearce Auditorium get tickets here or call (770) 534-2787

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