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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 http://www.TheArtsCouncil.net






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The Arts Council, Gainesville State College and South Arts proudly present the 2012-2013 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. This tour is a unique interactive program that will bring six (6) award-winning independent films and their filmmakers into Gainesville City and Hall County.
The films in this series are small, beautifully MOVING PARTS directed and produced by Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson; OTIS UNDER SKY directed by Anlo Sepulveda; SMOKIN’ FISH directed and produced by Luke Griswold-Tergis ; girl model directed and produced by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon; FREE CHINA directed and produced by Michael Perlman; and STRONG! directed by Julie Wyman. Each film will include a ‘Meet the Filmmaker Question and Answer Session’. Series tickets are $38 per person for the six films and include dinner prior to small, beautifully MOVING PARTS and all meet the filmmaker receptions at the end of each of the other films. Individual film tickets are $7 adults and $5 students and seniors (65+) and include a reception, after the screening, with the filmmaker for questions and answers.

Opening the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers series will be the screening of small, beautifully MOVING PARTS on September 20, 2012 at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. To kick off the independent film series, we invite you to join us for a dinner before the film, catered by Ed and Melody Entriken. Dinner will start at 6PM and the movie will follow at 7PM. small, beautifully MOVING PARTS: When technophile Sarah Sparks (Anna Margaret Hollyman) becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother living far away and off-the-grid. A SXSW premiere and winner of the Sloan Feature Film Prize, Annie J. Howell and Lisa Robinson co-direct this comic coming-of-parenthood tale for the internet age. Tickets include dinner: $15 Adults; $13 Student/Seniors

The second film in this series OTIS UNDER SKY will be screened October 18, 2012 at 7PM at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building. OTIS UNDER SKY is the story of Otis (Anis Mojgani), a socially inept web artist recluse, who ventures into the world outside of the web and falls into unrequited love with Ursula (Roberta Colindrez), a kleptomaniac womanizer. Otis’ experience with love and loss inspires his greatest creation, an internet art concept that connects people spiritually. Directed By Anlo Sepulveda and produced by Mandi Sepulveda. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The third film in this series SMOKIN’ FISH will be screened November 8, 2012 at 7PM at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building. SMOKIN’ FISH: Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood, and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family’s traditional fish camp. The unusual story of his life and the untold history of his people interweave with the process of preparing traditional food as he struggles to pay his bills, keep the IRS off his back, and keep his business afloat. By turns tragic, bizarre, or just plain ridiculous, Smokin’ Fish, tells the story of one man’s attempts to navigate the messy zone of collision between the modern world and an ancient culture. Directed and produced by Luke Griswold-Tergis; Jed Riffe is Executive Producer. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The fourth film in this series girl model will be screened February 14, 2013 at 7PM at Gainesville State College, Martha Nesbitt Academic Building. girl model is the haunting documentary that follows 13-year-old modeling hopeful Nadya Vall and jaded modeling veteran and scout Ashley Arbaugh, poses many questions. In taking a look at the working conditions of children and the insatiable demand for girls as young as 11 or 12, filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin distilled a true vulgarity to a business that truly makes no apologies. In an exclusive interview with Mommyish, Ashley shares why she and her partner tackled this industry in the first place and responds to allegations that the film “humiliates” young Nadya. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The fifth film in this series FREE CHINA will screen on March 28, 2013 at 7PM at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. FREE CHINA is the film the Chinese Communist Party does not want you to see. The fates of a woman living in Beijing and a man living in New York become inextricably linked because of a common conviction… From the award-winning director of “Tibet: Beyond Fear”, Free China: The Courage to Believe examines the widespread human rights violations in China through the remarkable and uplifting stories of Jennifer Zeng, a mother and former Communist Party member and Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese American businessman, who along with hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens are imprisoned and tortured for their spiritual beliefs. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors

The sixth and final film in this series STRONG! will screen on April 18, 2013 at 7PM at Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. STRONG!: Cheryl Haworth is an Olympic weightlifter, from Savannah, GA who has competed in three Olympic Games, winning the bronze medal in Sydney in 2000. She held the title of National Champion for 11 consecutive years. Weighing close to 300 pounds, Cheryl uses her size to her competitive advantage in a sport that has traditionally been the province of men. This is the story of Cheryl’s weightlifting career, the rigors of training for competition, and her personal experience of being big in a culture that values women who are small. Tickets: $7 Adults; $5 Students/Seniors.

Series tickets are $38 per person for the six films and include dinner prior to small, beautifully MOVING PARTS and all meet the filmmaker receptions at the end of each of the other films.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Trailers for each film in the series may be viewed at the Arts Council’s website www.TheArtsCouncil.net. Series and individual tickets may be ordered on line at www.TheArtsCouncil.net or by calling the Arts Council at 770-534-2787. For artist information call Gladys Wyant at 770-534-2787.

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.

From Atlanta on I-85N: Take I-85 N / GA-403 N via EXIT 251 toward GA-400 / Greenville (go 28.3 miles); Merge onto I-985 N / GA-365 N via EXIT 113 on the left toward Gainesville (go 15.7 miles); Take the GA-53 exit, EXIT 16, toward Oakwood / Dawsonville (go .3 miles); Turn left onto Mundy Mill Rd / GA-53 W (go .6 miles); Make a right turn at traffic light onto Mathis Drive (Wal-Mart on left)

From Gainesville on I-985S: Merge onto I-985 S/US-23 S/GA-365 S toward Atlanta (go 4.4 miles); Take the GA-53 exit, EXIT 17, toward Oakwood/Dawsonville (go 1.2 miles); Keep right at the fork to go on Mundy Mill Rd/GA-53 W; Make a right turn at traffic light onto Mathis Drive (Wal-Mart on left)

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When: Friday, July 20, 2012
Where: The Smithgall Arts Center – 331 Spring Street SW, Gainesville, GA
Time: Gates open at 6:00PM; Concert starts at 8:00PM
Cost: $35 adults; $32 seniors (65+); $28 Students; reserved tables of 8 up front $320
What to bring: picnics and beverages of choice, lawn chairs/blankets

The Orchestra’s performances in Gainesville have been nothing short of impressive, making our audiences leap to their collective feet bravo-ing in many elated instances. What makes these performances spectacular is that they are open-air, under the moonlight. Whether it is Shostakovich, Bizet, Wagner, Offenbach or Gershwin, the smooth and flawless string sound, liquid brass and percussion sections, so immaculately realized, never let us down. It is a glamorous amalgam of silk, silver and steel. The warmth and richness of the playing is always exceptional, with every department contributing its share of complex timbres and holding them together in a finely achieved soundscape.

One cannot get past the impressive ease with which these musicians prove that the sound of this Orchestra is simply extraordinary and electrifying, wherever it plays. Nothing is rushed, phrases are carefully rounded off with loving care, and everybody seems to breathe in unison – performers and spectators.


Garrett Keast will be conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Gainesville. His professional conducting career began at New York City Opera where he served as associate conductor for several productions over three seasons. Mr. Keast’s 2012 season includes performances with the Opera National de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal, and Oper Bonn with the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. Mr. Keast has a deep interest in performing and promoting new music. He is passionate about teaching young people, building audiences for classical music, and developing stimulating programs for the modern symphony orchestra. Garrett Keast lives in Berlin.

Grab your lawn chairs and cozy blankets, picnic baskets, beverages and candles or reserve tables up front and ENJOY the Orchestra’s many layers. Let the music flow effortlessly from one dynamic meter and tempo to another, eloquently and compellingly, carrying you to the edge of the moon. Through the skirt of darkness, catch a glimpse of the stars and the smiling moon, soaking in the sheer exuberance of life! Hearing IS believing!!!


DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture, Opus 96

GEORGES BIZET Suite No. 1 from Carmen

JACQUES OFFENBACH “Intermezzo and Barcarolle from Les contes d’Hoffmann (Tales)

RICHARD WAGNER Overture to Der file gene Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)


LEONARD BERSTEIN Overture to Candide

CHARLES IVES “Country Band” March, S. 36 (for Theater Orchestra)

AARON COPLAND from Rodeo “Saturday Night Waltz” “Hoe-Down”

GEORGE GERSHWIN An American in Paris

YouTube Video of Garrett Keast

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The Arts Council announces its line-up for the summer! We have a variety of entertainment for ALL ages! Come enjoy this summer at The Arts Council – bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics or reserve tables up close and personal – make this summer memorable; share the joys of music and movies with your family.

Feeling patriotic??? The Arts Council is bringing The U.S. Army Grounded Forces Band – Jazz Guardians to you for FREE June 29th.

Looking for a great way to bring in our country’s birthday – July 3rd we bring you live music by VERTIGO and a screening of TOP GUN!!!

Teen girls and tennis enthusiasts keep a look out for the screening of 16 LOVE, July 13th, starring local heart throb CHANDLER MASSEY!

Music Lovers, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra comes to Gainesville for its 37th season with The Arts Council July 20th. A perfect date night under the stars!

If it’s dancing you love, wear your most comfortable shoes and come watch The Swingin’ Medallions on August 3rd.

Our little friends we have much to offer you too. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked will be screened on a huge outdoor, inflatable screen as will The Lorax (and our other Movies on the Green). Always remember, our gated green lawn loves your little feet enjoying it – we will have lots of pre-movie activities just for you!

All our events are family friendly!!!

P.S. Like our new LOGO?

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Face painting, turtles, juicy hotdogs, slithering snakes, ballerinas, arts and crafts, butterflies, music, balloons, candy and loads of people – all have something in common! They were all present at the 16th Annual Butterfly Release presented by Friends of Gainesville Parks and Greenways at Wilshire Trails Park. Giggling children, happy feet, the distinct and friendly voice of WDUN’s Bill Maine…all made for a terrific way to bring in the start of summer vacation. Were you there??? We certainly were!!! Parents and children excitedly discussed The Arts Council’s upcoming Summer MusicFest and Movies on the Green. “Y’all are screening Top Gun on your lawn,” gleefully squealed a starry eyed teenage girl. “I love Tom Cruise!” Another was excited by The Lorax. Young dads, wishfully reminiscing college frat days cheered when they saw The Swingin’ Medallions on our summer calendar while moms are excited about date night with The Atlanta Symphony under the stars! This promises to be one hot, fun-filled summer for all!!!

The Arts Council’s booth. How many artists do you recognize?

People eagerly awaiting an envelope with a Painted Lady Butterfly in it to release. Spot yourself or a friend?

Beautiful art work found all along the trail

No community event is complete without the presence of WDUN. Bill Maine where are you?

A young boy excited to see the beautiful butterfly in his envelope take flight

Captain Conservation (Gainesville Public Utilities Department) whose special message and water saving tips were a huge hit with the children! Did you get to sign the water barrel?

Ballerinas from Gainesville School of Ballet dressed for the occasion. This is the regional dance company responsible for bringing the wonderful holiday tradition of the Nutcracker to Gainesville each year!

Little boy swaying to some wonderful summertime music played by WDUN. May I have this dance, please?

A Painted Lady Butterfly about to spread its wings. Just imagine 1500 of them in the park – a sight to remember!

We will be back with the butterflies at next year’s event!!!

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