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Where in the World is SHIRLEY FEENEY

Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams)—Shirley Wilhelmina Feeney is the perky, positive one. She also tends to be meek, while Laverne is more outspoken and athletic; this doesn’t mean that Shirley is a wimp or a pushover, as she is quite capable of standing up for herself when necessary—she just isn’t quite as aggressive about it as her friend. One of Shirley’s most prized possessions is “Boo Boo Kitty”, a large stuffed cat which sits next to her bed

Well, where has Shirley (Cindy Williams) been since?

First for some Cindy Williams TRIVIA

She graduated from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, CA and went to Los Angeles City College.

Former waitress at the House of Pancakes.

Favorite actress is Debbie Reynolds.


Was on the bowling and volleyball teams in high school.

Went to school with Sally Field and Michael Ovitz at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California.

Has two children, Emily and Zachary.

Wrote with Penny Marshall before acting with her.

Ex-sister-in-law of Mark Hudson and Brett Hudson.

Ex-stepmother of Kate Hudson and Oliver Hudson.

Sister of Carol Ann Williams.

Auditioned for the part of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars (1977).

Co-starred with “Laverne & Shirley” (1976) cast member Eddie Mekka in a record-breaking tour of “Grease”.

Best remembered as “Shirley Feeney” on “Laverne & Shirley” (1976).

Majored in theatre arts at Los Angeles City College.

Cindy and Penny Marshall each received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a joint ceremony in 2004.


She left the show in ’82 due to a pregnancy from husband Bill Hudson who had previously been married to actress Goldie Hawn. She has gone on to make a few movies, helped produce “The Father Of The Bride” movies with husband Bill, do Jenny Craig commercials and do guest spots on the TV show “For Your Love” (1998). Then theatre acting had her name written all over it. You’d never know it by looking at her career, but Cindy Williams prefers the stage to the camera. “That’s my first love, theater,” said Williams. “That’s what I was trained to do. That’s what I’m comfortable with.” “I think people will love it because there’s something for everyone,” said Williams.

There’s also plenty for Williams and the cast of four other actors, to do on stage. They sing, dance and tell a lively tale with the help of an on-stage band.

“They’re all excellent and so much fun to be on stage with,” said Williams, of her co-stars. “I love the cast, I love the fun of it.”

Cindy will be in Gainesville, GA October 24 starring in NUNSET BOULEVARD presented by The Arts Council. For tickets call 770.534.2787 or visit






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16 LOVE starring Georgia’s own CHANDLER MASSEY


The Arts Council, Inc. is proud to present 16 LOVE as part of its annual summer MOVIES ON THE GREEN Series. This silver-screen flick is for kids and family and will screen on Friday, July 13, 2012 at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center and is RATED- PG. The movie will start at dusk. Our gates will open at 7:30 with pre-movie activities for children. Tickets are $3 Members and Students; $5 Non-Member. For tickets call 770.534.2787 or visit

Local heart-throb Chandler Massey will display his acting talents on screen in a starring role in 16 LOVE! Gates will open at 7:30PM and the movie will start at dusk.Yes, kids, teens and adults, it is time to get seriously excited. Tennis lovers, your summer tennis season just got a new boost! Ally “Smash” Mash (Lindsey Shaw from Ned’s De-Classified School Survival Guide, 10 Things I Hate About You and Pretty Little Liars) dominates all comers on the tennis court. She has no time for lazy heartthrob Farrell Gambles (Emmy-winning Chandler Massey from Days of Our Lives and One Tree Hill). Ally Mash may be 16 years old, but in tennis she’s, like, 50. She puts in more hours on the court than she does off it — her world exists between the carefully painted white lines of Junior Tennis. Farrell Gambles would rather play tennis on the Wii than in real life. But they don’t give out college scholarships for Wii tennis (at least not yet). Farrell lives in the real world – the one where some day you have to put down the remote and get a job. As cute as he may be, Farrell barely registers on tennis champion Ally’s radar gun. He’s too slow, too lazy, too… unpredictable. She has tournaments to win. She’s going pro soon. She doesn’t have time to mess around with boys and their teenage friends in their teenage world. But in a twist of fate, or rather a twist of ankle, Ally finds herself with plenty of time; time to worry about Katina Upranova, the Russian tennis star who was beating Ally when she hurt her ankle. Time to go through her hard-driving former tennis champion Dad’s rehab schedule of physical therapy and psychotherapy and aromatherapy or whatever it is he wants her to do. And time, lots of time, to coach none other than goof-off Farrell Gambles in his quest to qualify for the upcoming Open and secure a college scholarship.16 Love, released in January 2012, topped iTunes’ Sports Movies chart for several weeks.

Chandler Massey is an Emmy-winning actor, best known for his portrayal of Will Horton on the daytime soap opera, Days of our Lives. Chandler received the 2012 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, with his two younger siblings. He is the son of Lewis (former Secretary of State of Georgia) and Amy Massey and Grandson of Gainesville’s own Abit and Kayanne Massey. Chandler graduated from Norcross High School in May, 2009. While there, he was active in the Drama Club and took part in many of the school productions including playing a lead role in Little Shop of Horrors, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Guys and Dolls and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Later that year, he moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and pursue his dream of acting. In December 2009, after completing his first quarter at UCLA, Chandler auditioned for the role of “Will Horton” on NBC’s top-rated daytime drama, Days of Our Lives and won the role. Previously, he has appeared in episodes of One Tree Hill, Eastbound & Down and Army Wives. In 2010, Chandler landed a starring a role in his first feature film entitled 16-Love. The film released in January 2012. Chandler currently resides in Los Angeles. And where might Chandler keep his first Emmy? “I’m going to put it right on my pillow next to mine where I sleep so I can wake up in the morning and see it,” he said. Reminded that the pointy wings on the statue might not be something he’ll want to roll over on while sleeping, the actor replied, “Maybe I’ll drill a hole in it and wear it around on my neck like a chain.”

Mark this date on your calendar and book your tickets NOW!!! We assure you this will be a summer to remember. Bring your blankets/lawn chairs and picnics and soak in some summer fun. Rick’s Smokin’ Pig BBQ will be available for your convenience. Other movies in our MOVIES ON THE GREEN series include THE LORAX (August 24th) and TOP GUN (with Vertigo Band – date TBD). For a complete listing of our summer concerts, movies and events please call 770.534.2787 or visit Member discounts are available so make sure you ask about them! As always, the Arts Council, Inc. serving Northeast Georgia is bringing the best of entertainment to you!

From Atlanta: Take I-85 north to Exit 113 bearing left onto I-985 north to Exit 20 GA Highway 60 (Queen City Pkwy/Candler RD). Turn left onto GA 60 and proceed approximately 2 miles to intersection with GA Hwy 369 (Jesse Jewell Pkwy). Turn right onto GA 369 and proceed approximately 1 / 2 mile to intersection with W. Academy St (Poultry monument/railroad museum on left & BB&T on right). Turn left onto W. Academy and proceed two blocks and the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center will be on the right at the intersection of W. Academy and Spring St.




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The Arts Council Oscar Review

We hope you all enjoyed the 84th Annual Academy Awards last night as much as we did! We have a lot of opinions on dresses, poses, winners, and performances from last nights show.

Let’s start with The Arts Council’s Executive Director Gladys Wyants picks for best and worst dressed of the evening:

Worst Dressed: Melissa McCarthy

Gladys thought it was just too much fabric for Melissa and the color was all wrong for her complexion.

Best Dressed: Glenn Close

Glenn, in Zac Posen, looked fabulous. She was dressed age appropriately, and the color was fantastic on her!

Nairika’s Picks:

Worst Dressed: Sandra Bullock

It pains me to write this because I am such a huge fan of hers, but last night was definitely a miss. Not only was the dress wrong, but her hair was pulled back so tightly she looked like the female version of Bruce Jenner…Ouch!

Best Dressed: Milla Jovovich

Milla was perfection. Her hair, make-up, the white dress on the red carpet-absolutely stunning!

Ginna’s Picks:

Worst Dressed: Jennifer Lopez

We get it, you’re hot. This dress was not an Oscar dress. J. Lo has pulled out some glamorous looks before and I was disappointed last night when she showed up in this cheap looking number. Also, I hated the hair it was pulled way too tightly. My award for best up-do would definitely go to Tina Fey!

Best Dressed: I have a tie between The Help girls Jessica Chastain and Emma Stone.

First of all I am a huge fan of The Help’s Jessica Chastain and of Alexander McQueen, so putting the two together was a no brainer! I thought the print was too die for, so flattering, her hair was simple and lovely-loved it all!

Could Emma Stone be any cuter? I would wear this dress tomorrow! A lot of people have been critical saying it is too similar to Nicole Kidman’s 2009 Oscar gown, but I think Emma looks young, fresh, and age appropriate!

Before we go any further, has anyone else been “Jolegging” around the office all morning? WE HAVE!



Whether spontaneously striking a pose down the hallway or while in the middle of an important call, we CAN’T stop JOLEGGING!

Did you know…

Last summer as a part of The Arts Council’s Movies on the Green Series we brought you RANGO, last night’s winner for Best Animated Feature!

You can always count on The Arts Council bringing you quality entertainment!

A shout out to the amazing, talented, gravity defying, perfection presented by Cirque du Soleil!

We at The Arts Council enjoyed an evening of haute couture, excellence in filmmaking, and visual artistry. Unfortunately, Angelina, your leg just seemed a little out of place, wouldn’t you say?

Check out our start-studded events coming in March! Livingston Taylor, March 15

 Wycliffe Gordon, March 24,

and indpendent film A Gift for the Village, March 23

 Click on the links to see videos and learn more about the performers!

Please share your best and worst dressed nominees, pictures of you Jolegging, and any other Oscar comments!


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I don’t get no respect!

 Yesterday this ad was posted to Craig’s List asking for free musicians  to promote themselves in his restaurant. Artists put it a lot of time, energy, money, and effort into their craft just like any other working professional, if not more so. Unlike doctors, lawyers, or businessmen, there is no summit of education, learning, or experience for artists, they will always be striving to perform better or gain more recognition. Artists have fees just like any professional. Next time you hire a musician, buy a piece of artwork, or go to the concert hall, please respect the artist who helps define your cultural identity, preserves your history, and reaches into the deepest depths of your soul to give it joy and meaning.

J. Scott Fugate posted in Atlanta Jazz Group.


Musician vs. restaurant asking for musicians to play for free on Craigslist. Already taken down.

Craigslist Ad: We are a small & casual restaurant in downtown Vancouver and we are looking for solo musicians to play in our restaurant to promote their work and sell their CD. This is not a daily job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get positive response. More Jazz, Rock, & smooth type music, around the world and mixed cultural music. Are you interested to promote your work? Please reply back ASAP.

His Reply:
Happy new year! I am a musician with a big house looking for a restauranteur to promote their restaurant and come to my house to make dinner for my friends and I. This is not a daily job, but only for special events which will eventually turn into a nightly event if we get positive response. More fine dining & exotic meals and mixed Ethnic Fusion cuisine. Are you interested to promote your restaurant? Please reply back ASAP.




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Shakespeare on trial tomorrow!

Tomorrow morning 10am at Pearce Auditorium The Arts Council is proud to present Shakespeare on Trial! Writer Bill Shakespeare encounters four of his own most famous characters: MacBeth, Iago, Hamlet and Juliet up-close, personal and ticked-off. Shakespeare On Trial explores the Bard’s accessibility and relevance in the world today.

Shakespeare has to defend his own writing as the four fictional characters challenge the author to write in a modern way, arguing that no-one understands them anymore.

Shakespeare On Trial is a 60 minute, fast-paced introduction to the Bard’s words, designed to help those words find an ear today.

Shakespeare On Trial features a ‘greatest hits’ of famous Shakespeare quotes, speeches and the occasional soliloquy (featuring scenes from Romeo & Juliet, Othello, MacBeth and Hamlet.) Shakespeare On Trial becomes interactive for the last 15 minutes as Shakespeare calls upon students to help prove his point: “The play’s the thing…”

Here is a preview of what you have to look forward to tomorrow!

Tickets will be available at the door tomorrow $12 for adults and $10 for students, or call The Arts Council to reserve yours today!

(770) 534-2787

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Friends, Americans, Countrymen, lend us your ears. Shakespeare on Trial is coming to Gainesville, Georgia! Jeremy Webb and Simon Henderson, of Nova Scotia, take to the stage with a mean and hungry look at the accessibility and relevence of the Bard today. This hilarious comedy is a 60 minute fast paced introduction to Shakespeare and is an amalgamation of Austin Power humor meets Monty Python.

William Shakespeare: The be-all and end-all of the English language

This is what D. Rae Geoffrey, Associate Director of The Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, NC has to say about this performance:

“This is just a short note to let those of you on the Shakespeare on Trail/Christmas Carol tour know that you are in for a treat. The company landed last night after a two-day drive from Nova Scotia. This morning they performed two back-to-back school shows for around 900 kids.

The students loved the show. The middle school students in the second show gave them a standing ovation! Those of you who have to work with middle schoolers know how hard they are to impress!

The company outdid themselves. They were even better than their showcase. It is a fantastic show – great writing, sets, costumes and amazing performers. The audience participation brought down the house. Be prepared for it to run longer than expected. There were so many holds for laughs and applause that we ran about 10 minutes over.

I can’t wait for our grown-up Mainstage audience to see the show tomorrow night.

If you are not in on the tour, the company is in NC and Georgia for the next five weeks.”

Hold on to your seats! You are more than likely going to fall-off rolling with laughter!

William Shakespeare was the most remarkable storyteller that the world has ever known.

This show is guaranteed to be too much of a good thing! It is a foregone conclusion Shakespeare is here to stay FOR POSTERITY!

Shakespeare on Trial is brought to you by The Arts Council  as part of its Arts in Education program. This one-time-only performance takes place Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 10:00am at Pearce Auditorium (Brenau University). Tickets $10 for students and $12 for adults. One teacher receives a complimentary ticket with each class. To make your reservations please call 770-534-2787.
Best suited for students 6-12 Grades and Adults.

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