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Culture notes: At 55, Ruth Mitchell Dance changes names; Decatur Book fest launches art contest for kids

DANCE
Marietta troupe to be called Georgia Metropolitan

To open its 55th season, Marietta-based Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre is changing its name to the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre (GMDT).

The name change will be celebrated at an open house at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Georgia Dance Conservatory studios on the Mariettta Square, with Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin as guest of honor.

“By changing to Georgia Metropolitan, our new name would help us to reach out to a larger community and geographical area,” GMDT board president Leslie Moss said in a release. “This would allow us to build upon what Ruth Mitchell started 55 years ago.”

Artistic director Lisa Toups added: “We still have the same passion. It is because of this passion the name will change to reach a broader audience.”

The company will continue to perform at the Cobb Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. HOWARD POUSNER

BOOKS
Kids can take on Bookzilla

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is launching an art contest for children 12 and under to create their own interpretation of festival “spokeslizard” Bookzilla. Through Aug. 31, kids can submit their creative takes on the fire-breathing, literature-loving reptile on a standard 8.5-by-11-inch sheet of paper to Little Shop of Stories, 133A E. Court Square, Decatur (which is providing art supplies and space in the store for young artists to work, and will display the entries).

Winners will be announced on the Children’s Stage at the festival over Labor Day weekend. The first place winner will receive a personalized illustration by one of the illustrators appearing at the 2011 AJC DBF. Second and third place winners will receive gift certificates to Little Shop of Stories, Greene’s Fine Foods and other Decatur businesses.

Information: www.decaturbookfestival.com. HOWARD POUSNER

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