Pup Star Debuts on Disney Channel Friday, February 17

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Welcome to a world where dogs can not only talk — they can SING!  Tiny, an adorable Yorkie pup with a big voice, gets a chance to audition for the singing competition for dogs, “Pup Star.” After she earns a place in the finale, she’s dog-napped!  The adventure begins when she escapes and is faced with an incredible cross-country journey back to the competition finale, meeting friends along the way who help her learn to sing from her heart and encourage her to believe in herself and never give up on her dreams!

Air Bud Entertainment announces that their newest film, PUP STAR, will air for the first time on broadcast television on Disney Channel, Friday, February 17 (8:30 p.m. ET/PT).  From the creators of the beloved ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Disney Air Buddies’ franchises, PUP STAR is a dog-filled spin on America’s hit TV singing competitions, loaded with music, including 13 original songs, and the biggest cast of talking (and singing) canines ever assembled.

PUP STAR is the tune-filled inspirational adventure of an adorable Yorkie pup, Tiny (voiced by Kaitlyn Maher, America’s Got Talent), who finds herself on an action-packed cross-country journey to compete in the ultimate singing competition for dogs — Pup Star.  Featuring an all-star celebrity judging panel including ‘Dog Gnarly’ (voiced by Ziggy Marley), ‘Blake Sheltie,’ ‘Lady Paw Paw’ and a loveable but always disagreeable ‘Simon Growl,’ PUP STAR showcases canine contestants including P-Diggy (voiced by Juicy J) and the tall-hat wearing ‘Furrell.’

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 A new family film franchise, PUP STAR also stars Makenzie Moss (Steve Jobs), Jed Rees (Deadpool), David DeLuise (Wizards of Waverly Place), John Ratzenberger, Tom Everett Scott, Bonnie Somerville, Nikki Blonsky and Diedrich Bader.  PUP STAR is directed and executive produced by Robert Vince.  Anna McRoberts produced and co-wrote the film with Robert Vince.

 The second film in the franchise, PUP STAR: SEASON TWO, is in production for a fall 2017 release.  Air Bud Entertainment movies are available on Netflix and digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Social Media Connections

Facebook: Facebook.com/pupstarmovie

Twitter: twitter.com/PupStarMovie

The Mason Jar Cookie Company-Perfect for Valentine’s

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My family LOVES cookies and all kinds of them for that matter!  I have fond memories of baking cookies with my grandmother and with my own children.  What is unique about baking cookies is that you can create whatever you like and that they can bring back so many memories of childhood.
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I was given the opportunity to check out a very cool company, the Mason Jar Cookie  Company.  They  specialize in creating handmade, custom built cookie mixes that are packaged in a mason jar.  Yes, you read that right!  In a mason jar!  What a cute and fun concept.  As a matter of fact, I truly think this would be a GREAT opportunity for loved ones to do together this holiday season…or really any day!  Taking the time to just be together and create new memories is priceless!
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My husband and I instantly fell in love with this company!  From the moment the box came in the mail to the tasting, we were super impressed with them!  I am truly in love with this company and what they offer!!
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As you can see from the image above, the dry ingredients you need for this mix comes in this attractive mason jar that can be used over and over.
The Mason Jar Cookie Company offers a variety of unique cookie mixes.  It truly makes this step so much more fun and enjoyable.  As someone that needs everything already put in place for me, they take the mess out so you can get to the fun part, mixing and creating memories.  Check out our photos from our recent bonding cookie time!
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With mixes like :
Hot Mint Cocoa Mix
Gluten Free Triple Chocolate Mix
Hot Cocoa Mix
Chocolate Almond Granola Mix
Kiss Me Chocolate Drops Mix
Triple Chocolate Mix
and so many more!

Create your own blend with The Mason Jar Cookie Company!

If the premixed jars don’t tempt you, you can create your own 20 oz jar!  First you begin by selecting your base:  oatmeal, traditional, chocolate, buckwheat, gluten free, brownie, or granola.  Then you can select up to three add-ins and they have dozens and dozens to choose from chocolates to dried fruits, nuts to festive sprinkles. Finally, you give your creation a name and they will add it to the lid and pen a note if you’re planning on giving it to someone special.  They hand-layer your own Mason Jar Cookie Company recipe in their Signature Glass Mason Jars, and then pack it snugly in their white presentation tube, affix the note to the outside and ship it off, typically within 3 business days* of your order.   They can even do it for weddings or other special events!

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The Mason Jar Cookie Company is a great way for you to send a special someone that message that you are thinking about them!

Broadway’s NEWSIES is Coming to the Big Screen

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I love theatre shows.  There is just something about watching the actors and actresses on stage that really evoke emotions out of me.  One of my favorites is Disney’s NEWSIES.  It was such an amazing production!  That is why I am so excited that straight from the Broadway stage, Fathom Events and Disney Theatrical Productions are bringing the Tony Award®-winning musical  to cinemas nationwide in an exclusive three-day event on February 16, 18 and 22.  Since opening on Broadway in 2011, NEWSIES has played 1,711 performances between Broadway and North American tour, to more than 2.5 million audience members in 65 cities across the country. NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, NEWSIES is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his work on the show. The entire creative team has reunited to bring the break-out smash musical to audiences across North America.

Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, CA, this not-to-be-missed high energy show stars Original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as “Jack Kelly,” Kara Lindsay as “Katherine,” Ben Fankhauser as “Davey” and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as “Crutchie”. They’re joined by North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as “Joseph Pulitzer,” and Aisha de Haas as “Medda Larkin,” and Ethan Steiner as “Les” along with members of both the Broadway and North American Tour ensembles, filling the stage with more “newsies” and more dancing than ever before.

Set in New York City at the turn of the century and based on a true story, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies,’ who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike and take a stand for what’s right.

I have got a pair of tickets to giveaway!  Winner can pick between the following dates to the theater of their choice.  If you want to win, just leave a comment and we will select a winner.  Winner will be notified by email on February 12.

Atlanta Locations by Date:

Thursday, February 16th at 7:00PM

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Regal Atlantic Station

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Regal Arbor Place

Regal Mall of Georgia

Regal Stadium 22 @ Austell

Regal Hollywood

Regal Avalon

Regal McDonough

Movie Tavern at Sandy Plains Village

AMC Avenue Forsyth

AMC North Point Mall

AMC Phipps Plaza

AMC Colonial

AMC Southlake

AMC Barrett Commons

AMC Parkway Pointe

Saturday, February 18th at 12:55PM

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Regal Atlantic Station

Regal Medlock Crossing

Regal Arbor Place

Regal Mall of Georgia

Regal Stadium 22 @ Austell

Regal Hollywood

Regal Avalon

Regal McDonough

Movie Tavern at Sandy Plains Village

AMC Avenue Forsyth

AMC North Point Mall

AMC Phipps Plaza

AMC Colonial

AMC Southlake

AMC Barrett Commons

AMC Parkway Pointe

GTC University Commons

Wednesday, February 22nd at 7PM

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UA Perimeter Pointe

Regal Atlantic Station

Regal Medlock Crossing

Regal Arbor Place

Regal Mall of Georgia

Regal Stadium 22 @ Austell

Regal Hollywood

Regal Avalon

Regal McDonough

Movie Tavern at Sandy Plains Village

AMC Avenue Forsyth

AMC North Point Mall

AMC Phipps Plaza

AMC Colonial

AMC Southlake

AMC Barrett Commons

AMC Parkway Pointe

GTC University Commons

If you are not in the area, you can still purchase tickets or find theaters by visiting FathomEvents.com    To learn more visit fathomevents.com/event/disneys-newsies-the-broadway-musical or you can follow along with #Newsies #FathomEvents #Disney

Have you ever seen NEWSIES?  Do you have a favorite theatre show that you have seen?

Date Night at Ted’s Montana Grill

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Ted’s Montana Grill was founded by Ted Turner and George McKerrow.  Modeled after the saloons in the 1800s, it is a place “dedicated to bringing people together for honest food served with genuine care and respect.”

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From the moment we entered through the doors, we knew we were going to fall in love with this place.  A charming and quaint eatery with the lights dimmed helps to set the appeal for this place for a special date night.

Ted’s Montana Grill focuses on bison, but don’t let that deter you from this place.  If your palate is not into some of the more adventurous menu items, you are in luck!  They offer a wide variety of items here that are prepared fresh daily!

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As soon as we were seated, our waiter took care of our every need.  Beginning with the specials of the evening to the customer favorites, we were made to feel comfortable and at home in this restaurant.   Plus, the arrival of some crunchy and crisp cucumbers really helped to confirm that this was no ordinary restaurant.  These cucumbers were seasoned with vinegar and sliced garlic and snapped when you bit into them.

 Ted’s Montana Grill truly does take their food seriously.  After speaking with the manager who stopped in to check on us, we learned that everything is prepared daily from the meat to cutting the potatoes, everything they serve is fresh!  They also care about customer needs and offer a gluten free menu.

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I choose to order GEORGE’S CADILLAC, a juicy and succulent grilled chicken breast served on a ciabatta roll with BBQ sauce, cheddar, bacon, and fried onion straws.  It does come with chipotle ranch as well.  I choose to get it without.  It was tender and juicy with the accent of a grilled.  The taste was excellent and something I will certainly order in the future!

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My husband got the RED ROCK, a bison burger served on a ciabatta roll with Pepper Jack, jalapeño, cilantro, onion straws, and Z-Sauce.  You can also choose a certified Angus beef patty for this burger.

Beginning with the ciabatta roll, this was a great new twist to the traditional hamburger roll.  It really added to the overall taste of the burger. My husband ordered his burger medium well and in his own words, it was “juicy, tender, and the meat was not overworked.”  He explained that he could really taste the freshness of the burger.  The cheese, jalapenos, cilantro and onion straws were an added bonus, “a delight to the senses”  as he recalled.  So what is the z-sauce?  My husband describes it as a raspberry jelly, and he said on a scale of 1 to 10, he would give it an 8.7.

Side note:  My husband is a wannabe chef!  He is actually quite good in the kitchen and he was really impressed with this burger that he even proceeded to tell the manager to give his compliments to the chef.

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So what is Ted’s secret to making a great burger? Burgers are hand molded and cooked under a dome to ensure that they retain the juiciness that you want in a really good burger.  The manager explained to us that a really good burger is one that will crumble when you bite into it.  That is exactly what happened for my husband!

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Have you ever been to Ted’s Montana Grill? What’s your favorite menu item?

BILLY HARRIGAN TIGHE ANNOUNCED AS J.M. BARRIE IN THE NATIONAL TOUR OF FINDING NEVERLAND

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ding Neverland welcomes Billy Harrigan Tighe to the role of J.M. Barrie! Billy Harrigan Tighe is thrilled to begin performances as J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland on Tuesday, February 7. Tighe’s recent credits include Pippin on Broadway, Elder Price in The Book of Mormon in the West End as well as on National Tour, and as Fiyero in Wicked! Finding Neverland will perform at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre May 16-21 as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2016/2017 season. Finding Neverland single ticket sales will be available at a later date. For more information, visit broadwayinatlanta.com.

Complete casting includes Billy Harrigan Tighe (Pippin, The Book of Mormon) and Christine Dwyer (Wicked, Rent), with Tom Hewitt (Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago), Karen Murphy (A Little Night Music, My Vaudeville Man), Jordan Cole, Finn Faulconer, Tyler Patrick Hennessy, Ben Krieger, Colin Wheeler, and Mitchell Wray, Christina Belinsky, Cameron Bond, Sarah Marie Charles, Adrianne Chu, Calvin L. Cooper, Dwelvan David, Nathan Duszny, Victoria Huston-Elem, Crystal Kellogg, Melissa Hunter McCann, Connor McRory, Thomas Miller, Noah Plomgren, Matthew Quinn, Corey Rives, Dee Tomasetta, Lael Van Keuren, and Matt Wolpe.

Finding Neverland, the Broadway musical that NPR says is “Far and Away the Best Musical of the Year!” has been enchanting audiences on tour under the visionary direction of Tony Award®-winner Diane Paulus. Paulus says “I am thrilled that Billy is joining the company of Finding Neverland. I know what an incredible performer he is from working with him on the Broadway production of Pippin as the title character. Not only is he an incredible triple threat– singer, dancer, actor– but he is extremely charismatic and I know he will bring extreme heart to the role of J.M. Barrie.”

Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. Directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair) with book by Olivier Award®-nominee James Graham, music and lyrics by Gary Barlow (Take That) and Grammy Award®- winner Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Emmy Award®-winner Mia Michaels (“So You Think You Can Dance,” Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium), this new musical, packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs, is a timeless story about the power of imagination… and spectacular proof that you never really have to grow up.

The production features scenic design by Tony Award®-winner Scott Pask (PippinBook of Mormon), lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Kenneth Posner (The Coast of UtopiaPippin), costume design by Suttirat Anne Larlarb (Of Mice and Men), sound design by Tony Award®-nominee Jonathan Deans (PippinLa Cage aux Folles), hair and make-up design by Richard Mawbey, projection design by Jon Driscoll, music supervision by Fred Lassen, musical direction by Ryan Cantwell and casting by Stewart/WhitleyFinding Neverland is Produced by Weinstein Live Entertainment and NETworks Presentations. 

Check out the Finding Neverland 2015 Tony Performance below to see what you are in store for when it comes to the Fabulous Fox in Atlanta.

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Three Atlanta McDonald’s Restaurants Transform into Exclusive “Mac Jr. Taste Kitchens” Jan. 26

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On-the-go single-layer Big Mac free to customers at select locations

On January 26, Atlantans can seek out a trio of decked-out McDonald’s restaurants for a first free taste of a new sandwich inspired by one of the company’s most iconic burgers. Three McDonald’s restaurants in metro Atlanta will transform into first-of-their-kind Mac Jr. Taste Kitchens for more than eight hours on Thurs. Jan. 26 with the brand new Mac Jr. sandwich as the singular menu item being cooked and served free to every visiting customer, while supplies last.

The promotion takes place Jan. 26 from 10:30am to 7pm at three restaurants throughout metro Atlanta located at 1166 Ralph Abernathy Blvd., 5774 Buford Hwy NE (Doraville) and 4415 Wade Green Rd. (Kennesaw). This trio of Mac Jr. Taste Kitchens will offer the new Mac Jr. sandwich as an exclusive free offering to all guests. Customers sampling the new sandwich – offered both inside the restaurant and at drive-thru – will be encouraged to share their first taste pictures and experiences on social media using the hashtag #ATLLovesMacJr.

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The Mac Jr., which will be available at all participating McDonald’s restaurants following these exclusive tasting events, packs the great taste of the iconic Big Mac into a compact, hand-held sandwich. The Mac Jr. sandwich has a single layer of 100 percent sear-sizzled beef, one slice of melty American cheese served on a sesame seed bun with crisp lettuce, minced onions, tangy pickles and iconic Big Mac sauce.

“You’ll know there’s something different when you visit these three McDonald’s restaurants, with building wraps, special Mac Jr. drive-thrus, dedicated menu boards and social media stations all heralding this first free taste of the new sandwich for Atlantans,” said David Hamilton, president of the Greater Atlanta McDonald’s Operators Association. “A whole new generation is trying out the iconic Big Mac for size, and we are delighted to share the new Mac Jr. with new and old fans alike.”

A limited additional menu will be available at the stores during the hours of the promotion. French fries and soft drinks will be offered for $2.00 small size and $2.50 medium size and a $4 All-White-Meat, 10 piece Chicken McNuggets meal will also be available. Customers who visit with children will also have an option of purchasing $2.99 Happy Meals featuring Chicken McNuggets.

But make no mistake, there’s just one product on the menu Jan. 26 from 10:30am to 7pm at these three dedicated locations.

“On Thursday Jan. 26, it will be all Mac Jr. sandwiches, all the time, for the duration of the promotional events at all of the three restaurants,” added Hamilton. “The Mac Jr. is a single-layer Big Mac intended to be easily eaten on the go, and we look forward to our tastemakers in Atlanta getting their first experiences with this new burger as part of our special taste kitchen events.  We look forward to serving you!”

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The Greater Atlanta McDonald’s Operators Association includes more than 50 owner/operators and operations managers, representing 289 restaurants in the 45 county Greater Atlanta area. Consumers can follow @McDonaldsATL on Twitter for ongoing news, promotions and deals from the restaurants in this area. McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredient to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. For more information on McDonald’s visit www.mcdonalds.com or log on at any of the 10,000 Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. And consumers can download the McDonald’s smartphone application for deals and other offerings.

We are looking forward to checking out all the pictures that our Atlanta area people will be sharing on social media Thursday.

The Adventures of Mighty Bug

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Scorpiana is on the loose and threatening the insect citizens of Bugville! Is our hero Mighty Bug up for the challenge? The Center for Puppetry Arts is celebrating the art, science and adventure in the comic book-style The Adventures of Mighty Bug with special events throughout the run of the show.

The Center will celebrate opening weekend (January 28-29) of The Adventures of Mighty Bug with a visit from the UGA Entymology Insect Zoo. The Insect Zoo is a hands-on program to educate guests about insects through terrariums and other displays. Visitors can see Mighty Bug on stage, then see some mighty insects up-close.

The fun continues opening weekend when Savannah College of Art and Design’s SERVE volunteer organization stops by to bring out the art of Mighty Bug. The artists will fill the Center’s sidewalks with a comic book-style, sequential art piece.

As part of the Center’s Autism Spectrum Disorder initiative, a sensory-friendly performance of The Adventures of Mighty Bug will be presented on Sunday, February 5 at 1 p.m. Sensory stimuli will also be reduced in Museum Exhibits from 12 p.m. -1 p.m. and in Create-A-Puppet Workshops™ from 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. This special afternoon will allow guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder to experience programming in a comfortable and safe setting with staff members who have been trained in interactions with patrons with ASD. Along with a quiet zone in the lobby, several performance alterations will be employed, including: theater lights dimmed down (but not out); consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack; freedom for children to talk during the show and leave their seats, if necessary; and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Create-A-Puppet Workshop™ classrooms will be brighter, quieter and feature less-messy puppet building materials and slightly simplified puppet designs. In the Museum Exhibits, lighting will be adjusted and specialized educational activities (such as touch tables and guided storytelling) will be integrated. Fidget toys and sound-reducing headphones will also be available.

Finally, the Center is proud to support the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta on two special occasions during The Adventures of Mighty Bug. On Sunday, February 12, it’s STEM Day for the Girl Scouts! Scouts are invited to see the science-focused show at 1 p.m. and stick around for a Q&A with the puppeteers to discuss the technology involved in puppetry. Then they’ll finish the afternoon with a guided tour of the museum and Create-A-Puppet Workshop to cover the engineering and mathematics involved.

On Saturday, March 11, the Center invites local Girl Scouts to celebrate the Girl Scouts’ 105thbirthday. The first 50 scouts to arrive will receive a free STEM owl puppet kit. The day’s suggested itinerary is as follows:

2 p.m.: The Adventures of Mighty Bug
3 p.m.: Create-A-Puppet Workshop
4 p.m.: Self-guided Museum Tour
5 p.m.: Discounted dinner at Atlantic Station (The Center will provide Atlantic Station A-Cards upon check-in)
7 p.m.: Screening of Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird at the Center for Puppetry Arts (discounted tickets available)

The Center for Puppetry Arts looks forward to welcoming patrons for these fun events during The Adventures of Mighty Bug! The show is presented in the Mainstage Theater, January 24 – March 12, 2017. Reduced-price previews take place January 24 and 25. Show times are as follows:

Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets $10.25 (Members) and $20.50 (nonmembers) and include admission to the show, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum (with the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets and artifacts in the world as well as a Global Gallery), and entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make and decorate their own Lightning Bug Rod & String Puppet and perform with it on our classroom stage. Tickets can be purchased online at www.puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.