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'National Geographic' photographer to speak at Booth

'National Geographic' photographer to speak at Booth

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A longtime National Geographic photographer will speak at Booth Western Art Museum in the new year.

Stephen Alvarez began working for National Geographic in 1995. During his time with the journal, he has covered the discovery of an ancient Incan mummy in Peru, explored the world's deepest cave near the Black Sea and toured the panoramic capitals of Europe.

Alvarez will lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. His talk is free for Booth members and included with admission for non-members.

Booth Western Art Museum is located at 501 Museum Drive in Cartersville. Learn more at boothmuseum.org.

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

Star pet painter paints Pirelli

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- "I've done everything from sales to marketing, accounting," said Emily Griffith. But one day nine years ago, long after most people have chosen their life's path, Griffith found a new one.

"I was early in my 40's, and I had no idea I knew how to paint," she said.

Turns out Griffith was a natural, and even though she calls a first painting of her dog primitive, it's still better than most people could ever do.

"The more you paint, the more your eye gets trained," she said humbly.

Almost 1,000 paintings later, Griffith is a renowned painter -- of pets.

"That's what I'm known for is capturing the dog's personality," she said.

Especially when that dog is the dawg -- Ugga. Griffith has painted Uggas 7, 8 and 9.

She also painted actress Tori Spelling's dog, who died.

And she's painted hundreds of not so famous pets, no less adored by their owners.

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

"Celebrate" from the film Sparkle featuring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston debuts online today!

The video for Celebrate – from the motion picture SPARKLE featuring Jordin Sparks

'Jurassic Park' crew member to speak at Tellus

'Jurassic Park' crew member to speak at Tellus

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- Tellus Science Museum will welcome a very special guest to its Jurassic Park celebration this weekend.

Wildlife artist Randal Dutra worked on the crew of the hit 1993 movie. The two-time Oscar nominee will give a talk on how he helped provide the dinosaur special effects for both Jurassic Park and its sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Dutra's lecture will begin at 2 p.m. Afterward, Tellus will hold a screening of Jurassic Park in its theater, with overflow seating in the banquet rooms. Popcorn and soft drinks will be provided.

Both the lecture and movie are free for Tellus members and included in the price of regular admission for non-members.

For more information, visit www.tellusmuseum.org. Tellus Science Museum is located just off of Interstate 75 (Exit 293) in Cartersville.

BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Weekend Activities in Atlanta

BEST SPOTS: Labor Day Weekend Activities in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- If you're stuck in Atlanta for the Labor Day holiday, don't worry, there are plenty of events to make your weekend unforgettable. The Where U Live team has compiled a list of things to do for familes, foodies, runners and many more.


There are a number of things for families to do, this weekend, around Atlanta. At the Chastain Park Amphitheatre HLM Worldwide and Soul Headphones by Ludacris will host a concert called “The Reunion” with The Isley Brothers, El Debarge and Carl Thomas. The concert will be hosted by Idris Elba on Saturday afternoon.

Take your family to see one of the greatest spectacles, presented by the Cirque de Soleil Company. Dralion infuses the “ancient Chinese circus tradition and the avant-garde approach of Cirque du Soleil production”.

BEST SPOTS: The Tabernacle

ATLANTA -- It has played host to many international rock stars, soul singers and stand-up comics; it's  Atlanta's oldest concert venue and it started out as a church. This week, the Where U Live team spoke with booker Adam Cohon about the history of the Tabernacle.

BEST SPOTS: Movies in the Park

BEST SPOTS: Movies in the Park

ATLANTA – As the summer wraps up students and parents are thinking of ways to enjoy their summer “to the last drop”. During the summer, many communities hosted free movie viewing at public parks. The screenings are designed to encourage family bonding time and fellowship.

People say watching movies in the park or under the stars is relaxing.