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Come support YOUR ARTS COUNCIL where we strive hard to ENHANCE, EDUCATE & EXPAND public interest in the ARTS throughout NORTHEAST GEORGIA!

When: April 18th, 2015 @ 6:30PM

Where: The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center – 331 Spring Street SW, Gainesville, GA 30501

YOUR MISSION: Enjoy Live Entertainment, Casino Games with Live Dealers, Gourmet Foods and Drinks, Silent & Live Auctions, a Red Carpet, Valet Parking and much more!

Tickets: $125 per couple; $75 individual and many sponsorship opportunities!

Your Current Assignment: Call Family & Friends and inform them of this event…PURCHASE TICKETS…prepare to dress in your most iconic James Bond attire!

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Jere Flint’s Last Hoorah!

Jere Flint’s Last Hoorah!.

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Buy Local, Give Local, Live Local! Part 2

North Georgia Writers: Juliana Finch singer/songwriter May 2 


Sounds of Sawnee SPring FLing at the Dawsonville Council for the Arts may 6 at 2pm


I.N.K.: Mother’s Day Craft Week May 7-May 11


Gainesville State College: May 10, Face it: Substance Abuse Prevention Video Contest 


Elachee Nature Center: Flights of Fancy Garden Art Auction May 11 6:30-9pm 



Dahlonega Arts Council 2012 Mountain Flower Festival May 19-20


Brenau’s 4th Annual Memphis BBQ championship, gates open at 10am May 26  

The Arts Council presents Northeast Georgia resident The Larry Barker in a quartet as the last performance in the Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series 2012!


The Larry Barker Quartet will perform at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center

Saturday May 19, 2012 at 8pm

Go to our website to purchase tickets or call The Arts Council (770) 534-2787

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Buy Local, Give Local, Live Local

The Arts Council salutes its affiliates for producing high quality entertainment and events for our wonderful community. To showcase a few scroll down to see some upcoming performances and events for the ENTIRE FAMILY:

Main Street Gainesville presents The Spring Chicken Festival & Parade

 April 28 9am-4pm in Downtown Gainesville



Gainesville Ballet Company 

Dancing at Dusk

One of our newest affiliates:  Fifth Row Center


Memorial Day Concert, May 28, 2012 at 7:30pm at First Baptist Church, Gainesville, GA


Come celebrate our great nation and its heroes!


The Arts Council presents Northeast Georgia resident The Larry Barker in a quartet as the last performance in the Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series 2012!


The Larry Barker Quartet will perform at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center

Saturday May 19, 2012 at 8pm

Go to our website to purchase tickets or call The Arts Council (770) 534-2787


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Cajun Clarinetist is Jazzed to Perform for Gainesville!

The Arts Council is proud to present the second performer in our Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series: Evan Christopher!

Evan Christopher is a refreshingly bright light on the national and international jazz scene. He combines virtuosity, immaculate taste and the youthful resources of energy and enthusiasm with a deep commitment to capturing the full range of musical possibilities that come from having strong roots in the idioms of early Jazz and the Creole clarinet style. Christopher was born in Long Beach, California and began his musical training on clarinet at the age of 11. In high school, he was a recipient of the Louis Armstrong National Jazz Award and was one of the first graduates of the prestigious Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. He continued his studies at the University of Southern California on music scholarships and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music from California State University, Long Beach.

After working, touring and recording with various bands and artists in California, Christopher moved to New Orleans where he rapidly made a name for himself. He became in great demand, appearing with top musicians as stylistically varied as veterans of Preservation Hall and Al Hirt to funk and brass bands like the Nightcrawlers and Galactic, but, in 1996, he accepted an offer to join the renowned Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio, Texas. During his three year stint with this band, he made regular national radio broadcasts as their featured clarinetist on their National Public Radio show: Riverwalk: Live from the Landing and accompanied artists such as Dick Hyman, William Warfield, and Topsy Chapman. This Side of Evan (1998) is among the many CD’s he has recorded under his own name and also as a guest artist for bands in New Orleans, Texas and California.

Having returned to New Orleans in 2001, Christopher has established himself as an important part of the Crescent City music scene. He has had research on the New Orleans clarinet style published and appears frequently with New Orleans musicians in the U.S. and Europe. In 2002, New Orleans Magazine included him among their annual “Jazz All-Stars” as an artist to watch.

As an improviser, Christopher has lots of tools — equal facility in the full range of his instrument, switching in and out of triplet phrasing, storytelling and theme building. But what impresses you most about his solos is their immediacy. He has a thick tone with a hoarse edge, and he’ll often play a simple phrase with complicated emotion rather than vice versa; he’s not glib or lighthearted. It’s strong stuff.  When asked why he chose the clarinet, Christopher says, “I blame Artie Shaw. I read his autobiography, and I knew I wanted to grow up to be a grumpy old man.”

Christopher’s approach builds on these antecedents by adding an even stronger Creole flavor to the mix, redolent of Jelly Roll Morton’s “Spanish tinge” and making use of the “Habanera” rhythm. His group also adds rhythmic elements from Cuba, the Caribbean and even Brazil. The result is a vibrant music that appeals to contemporary audiences. Christopher’s sound is thoroughly organic, unforced and natural.

The Evan Christopher Trio will perform SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $30.00 each. For tickets call  770-534-2787 or visit www.theartscouncil.net

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It is with great pleasure that I inform you of SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION – The Art of Jazz Improvisation! This will be a 30-35 minute lecture-demonstration and Question & Answer session, with pianist Lynne Arriale, prior to her performance on January 28, 2012. You will have a chance to receive some rare insight into Jazz music, its beginnings, its future and some of Lynne’s personal anecdotes and stories. If you would like to take advantage of this special opportunity, please arrive at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center no later than 7:30pm. This presentation is included in the cost of your ticket. Tickets are still available at The Arts Council, please call today! 

 What is Spontaneous Combustion?

 Critically acclaimed jazz pianist, recording artist, composer and educator, Lynne Arriale’s demonstration will introduce jazz as a ‘language,’ the basic elements of a jazz solo and why improvisation is so much fun! Lynne’s approach makes understanding jazz completely accessible and enjoyable to anyone.

 The audience will gain a better understanding and appreciation of America’s great art form through simple examples and active participation.

For Example:

1.   The building blocks of a jazz solo and how basic melodic ideas, which may sound as simple as nursery rhymes, make up the improvisation.

2.   An example of using these basic melodic ideas in a solo, so that the audience can clearly identify where these ideas or ‘building blocks’ are present.

 3.   How any tune can be played in different styles, such as Bebop, blues, Brazilian, waltz, funk and various tempos which change the entire character of the piece.

4.   Audience participation in a Q & A session to make jazz a listener-friendly art form. 

Hope to see you all this saturday night at 7:30! 

Coffee, cookies, and salty snacks provided byThe Arts Council. You are welcome to bring your beverage and snack/food of choice!

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