Bynums read, write
Atlanta actress Brenda Bynum will read the Passion of Christ from the Gospel of St. Mark at the “Wondrous Love: Southern Folk Passion” service, 4 p.m. Sunday at Druid Hills Baptist Church.
Featuring the Meridian Chorale led by Steven Darsey, the free service interweaves Southern folk hymns with the Gospel narrative. The folk hymns are from the 19th century Georgia tune book, “The Sacred Harp,” some of which were featured in the film “Cold Mountain.”
No tickets required; free will offering will be taken. 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. www.meridianherald.org.
Meanwhile, Bynum’s playwright-author husband, R. Cary Bynum, has just published a new short story collection, “Reunion in Thera & Other Stories” (Saint Johann Press, $19.95; www.rcbynum.info). HOWARD POUSNER
Bluegrass music, rootsy dancing and art
The third annual Blue Grassroots Music & Arts Festival will be held Saturday in Stone Mountain Village. The free doings, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on the village streets and on the ART Station stage, will include band contests with cash prizes, music workshops, jams and community dancing (including Appalachian flat footing, buck dancing and clogging) .
The bluegrass lineup includes Bruce Weeks Family Band, Grass Backwards; Pool Mountain; the Apostles of Bluegrass; Culliton, Dean and Hall with Jared Lanham; Cedar Hill; and Facing South. An artists market will emphasize self-taught artists and crafters. Stone Mountain Village’s monthly art stroll will be held 7-9 p.m.
More information: 770-879-4971, www.stonemountainvillage.com (click special events). HOWARD POUSNER