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Culture notes: Family Day at Gwinnett arts center Saturday; a philanthropist turns playwright

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Family Day in Gwinnett
Kids participating in the Hudgens Center for the Arts’s Free Family Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today,4/23 can make art works inspired by the artists and techniques showcased in the eye-catching current exhibit “We Are Folk: Exploring Traditions in Southern Folk Art,” and there will be a scavenger hunt based on the folk pieces as well. Tours of the outdoor sculpture garden are free too. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, Duluth. 770-623-6002, www.thehudgens.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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From philanthropist to playwright
Well known for his arts philanthropy, including leading the campaign to purchase and renovate Herren’s Restaurant downtown as a permanent home for Theatrical Outfit, Bill Balzer has reinvented himself as a playwright. His first play, “Two Drink Minimum,” based on his unflinchingly honest relationship with his late mother, Maryanna Genevieve Dlugosz Balzer, will receive a staged reading at noon April 26 at Balzer Theater at Herren’s. The play has received prior work-in-progress readings, but this one reflects three years of rewrites done by the retired UPS executive. Family photographs, as set projections, are being introduced in this 45-minute excerpt performed by Balzer and Susan Shalhoub Larkin. The work’s title is taken from ritual Sunday night phone chats between Balzer and his mom, somewhat dysfunctional exchanges that, Balzer quips, “required two drinks, minimum, beforehand.” Tickets for this Word of Mouth series offering are $5 at the door. 84 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 678-528-1500, www.theatricaloutfit.org. HOWARD POUSNER

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