While some local events are being postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, others are shifting to an online format and/or offering more virtual events to replace the in-person ones that were canceled or postponed.
Here are the latest events making that change:
Atlanta Lung Force Run/Walk
The American Lung Association in Georgia recently announced its Atlanta Lung Force Run/Walk, normally taking place each fall at Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park, is shifting online this year and will also include an in-person scavenger hunt.
The event started in September and will take place through Nov. 14, and the scavenger hunt kicks off Oct. 19. This year’s run/walk will include a virtual 5K that will be conducted through the Lung Association’s Lung Force app, and a socially distanced scavenger hunt that will take place in downtown Decatur.
“People who live with lung diseases like asthma, lung cancer, COPD and pulmonary fibrosis are at a high risk for severe complications of COVID-19. For that reason, we are launching our first-ever virtual Lung Force Run/Walk and scavenger hunt to ensure the safety of all our participants, staff and volunteers,” Rochelle Smalls, executive director for the association’s Georgia chapter, said in a news release. “Because of the global pandemic, it is more important than ever to support lung health.”
Registration is $35 and includes the run/walk and the scavenger hunt. For more information or to register, visit https://bit.ly/3nHegh1.Footprints for the Future
Stripped Bare Arts Incubator Project
The Sandy Springs Education Force, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the city’s schools and students, will host its seventh annual fun run online this year, changing the event’s name to the Footprints for the Future 10K/5K/1K Virtual Race and Step Challenge. Normally held in the fall, this year’s event will take place Nov. 1 through 15 and will allow participants to complete the races at their own pace from home.
Proceeds will help fund the Force’s targeted work supporting Sandy Springs public school students’ academic success who face an educational gap due to missing so much in-person instruction during the pandemic.
Race registration includes a T-shirt and digital swag from sponsors and community supporters. To guarantee each race participant, a T-shirt, registration and payment must be received by Oct. 16.
Runners and walkers are encouraged to create or join teams. Awards will be given to the largest Sandy Springs public school team and the biggest corporate or community team. Registrants are also encouraged to create individual fundraisers to support the Force.
For more information on registration, creating or joining a team, and/or creating a fundraiser, visit https://runsignup.com/ssef. For more information about sponsorship, swag donations and more ways you can help, email FootprintsForFuture@gmail.com.Synchronicity Theatre in Midtown announced Oct. 1 the four works that will be produced as part of this season’s Stripped Bare Arts Incubator Project, which this year will be held both in person and online. They are: “gloria and minnie and the castle on the back lot” by Dani Herd (Nov. 18), “Her Last Expedition” by Daphne Mintz (Jan. 13), “I’m a Motherf#%ing Super Star: So Where Are My Babies?” by Valeka J Holt (April 14) and “Emmett + Trayvon + Suns of God” by Sonhara Eastman (May 12).
Performances are free and open to a live, socially distanced audience at Synchronicity Theatre, 1545 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta. Reservations are required.
This year, there will be live Viewing Parties that will happen one week after the live performance and will be fully remote, via Zoom. The recording of the performance will play for anyone attending the viewing party. There will be a post-show conversation with the Stripped Bare artist(s). The Viewing Parties are free to attend but require a reservation, which can also be made online.
Stripped Bare focuses on projects that emphasize words and ideas, with minimal technical elements, and encourages artists to think about the essentials of theatre “stripped of” intricate sets, lights, props, sound design, and costumes. The focus is on actors, words, passion, and ideas. Each selected project will get up to three days in Synchronicity Theatre’s performance space. The participants will receive a technician, producer and/or facility manager, house manager, and a box office staffer for each performance. Each project will also receive marketing support and mention on Synchronicity’s website.
The in-person performances will include health and safety precautions to protect everyone from COVID-19. Two weeks before every performance, the Synchronicity box office staff will notify reservation holders if performances will be canceled based on a rise in coronavirus cases.
For more information or to reserve in-person or Viewing Party tickets, visit www.synchrotheatre.com.
The Alliance Theatre in Midtown Oct. 7 announced the location details of its upcoming drive-in production of “A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play” and updates to its fall season schedule.
Due to the pandemic, “A Christmas Carol” has shifted from an in-person play at the Coca-Cola Stage to a radio production that can be heard safely from the comfort of one’s own car via a drive-in format.
Dec. 4 through 23, the Summerhill Lots at Georgia State University’s Center Parc Credit Union Stadium will transform into a drive-in theater, with a stage for live actors and big screens providing a live concert-style experience.
Capacity will be limited to allow for distance between cars. Audience members may enjoy the outdoor space beside their car if they wish. Masks will be required for anyone who is outside of their vehicle.
Tickets are already available for Alliance members and will go on sale Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. for the general public. General admission tickets start at $50 per car. The production will also be available to stream for $20 on Alliance Theatre Anywhere beginning in early December.
Also, the Alliance’s production of “A Very Terry Christmas,” originally planned for an in-person run, will now be filmed for streaming on Alliance Theatre Anywhere. In the filmed production, writer and star Terry Burrell will visit iconic Atlanta holiday destinations while sharing delightful stories and jazz-inspired versions of favorite holiday songs. It will be available for streaming starting Nov. 27.
The Alliance’s first animated production for youth and family audiences, “Sit-In,” originally scheduled to stream on Alliance Theatre Anywhere starting in October, will now be streamed in early 2021. Switching places with “Sit-In” in the season calendar is the comedic family production “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience.” The Alliance’s production of this play was filmed in March before COVID-19 forced the production to close early. Families can experience all the fun for a limited time when it streams for $10 on Alliance Theatre Anywhere from Oct. 21 through Nov. 3.
Two productions from the Alliance Theatre’s Kathy & Ken Bernhardt Theatre for the Very Young are also available this fall for streaming – “In My Granny’s Garden” is available now on Alliance Theatre Anywhere. “(Knock, Knock) The Sounds Of Winter” will be available in November.
Families who purchase a Theatre for the Very Young membership will also have access to three production streams plus at-home learning materials and fun, supplementary video content. The membership is $50 per family and the individual streams cost $10 each.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.alliancetheatre.org.
Soiree of Stars
The inaugural Soiree of Stars Virtual Gala will be presented by the National Down Syndrome Congress Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. The event was originally going to take place at The Foundry at Puritan Mill in west Midtown before shifting to an online format.
The Congress is a Roswell-based nonprofit dedicated to an improved world for individuals with Down syndrome.
Emceed by journalist Monica Pearson, the gala will shine a light on individuals, organizations and businesses that have made an impact on the Down syndrome community in five categories: individual (Meria Carstarphen); nonprofit (Down Country), corporate (Kroger), organization (Kennesaw State University) and self-advocate ( Everyday Heroes).
♦ Carstarphen, who served as Atlanta Public Schools’ superintendent from 2014-20, is well known as an advocate for special education.
♦ Down Country is a Congress affiliate organization of the dedicated to helping provide training and promoting positive awareness for individuals of all disabilities and abilities.
♦ Kroger has been a longtime supporter of the Congress and the Down syndrome community.
♦ Kennesaw State’s Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth offers a fully inclusive post-secondary college education and experience to students with different intellectual or developmental abilities.
♦ Self-Advocate Everyday Heroes are individuals with Down syndrome who have worked in essential roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The gala will also include special appearances by Ludacris, Dale Murphy, Dabo Swinney and Tim Tebow. Registration is free and sponsorships are available starting at $2,500. For more information or to register, visit https://bit.ly/2FyYzHO.
Our Quiet Heroes
Cure Childhood Cancer will host its 16th annual A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes luncheon virtually Nov. 14 at noon. The inspiring event pays tribute to the strength and courage of mothers of children with cancer, and is hosted by Chris Glavine, wife of former Atlanta Braves pitcher and Baseball Hall of Fame member Tom Glavine.
Since its inception in 2004, the event has raised over $5 million for Cure, a Dunwoody-based nonprofit dedicated to ending pediatric cancer through funding targeted research while supporting patients and their families.
Registration for the event is free and everyone is encouraged to attend the event.
Jill Becker, former news anchor at WXIA-TV and mother of a pediatric cancer survivor, will emcee the event that will feature performances and dialogs with three extraordinary moms. Leading off the entertainment will be a Q&A with Leanne Morgan, comedian and “World’s Funniest Mom,” who will share lighthearted moments of motherhood. She will be followed by an inspirational talk from Toni Collier, founder of Broken Crayons Still Color women’s ministry and blog (www.brkncrayons.com). The event will conclude with a performance of the uplifting original song, “My Superhero,” by Toneisha Harris, a Quiet Hero and a finalist on Season 18 of NBC’s “The Voice” in May.
“This event is truly special to Cure because we celebrate and honor the love and tireless dedication moms give to their families through the tough and unimaginable journey of childhood cancer,” Cure Executive Director Kristin Connor said in a news release. “We are very grateful to Chris Glavine, who had the idea to do something special for these moms and who has poured her heart into this event for so many years.”
During the event, registered attendees can enjoy the performances, bid on a wide variety of silent auction items, enter the one-a-kind raffle, and donate to the Fund-a-Cure effort.
For more information or to register, visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org.
The Atlanta Girls’ School in Buckhead will host a virtual lecture series, titled “Leading, Unapologetically,” starting Oct. 28 at 8 p.m., with plans to host more speakers on a quarterly basis.
The first speaker will be Rachel Simmons, author of New York Times bestsellers “Odd Girl Out,” “The Curse of the Good Girl” and “Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives.” As a leadership development expert and coach, Simmons will share how to help girls build their resilience, amplify their voices and own their own courage.
Each lecture in the series will be led by a different speaker. The school is using this as an opportunity to bring in speakers from outside of Atlanta as well as reach to a broader audience so that attendees can be anywhere in the country and take part, allowing alumnae that are no longer in metro Atlanta to be a part of the school and other parents and those interested outside of the school’s community can participate as well at no charge.
“In a world that too often places pressures and expectations on girls to look, feel, or be a certain way, a girls' school allows them to be unapologetically unique,” Ayanna Hill-Gill, the school’s head of school, said in a news release. “To honor and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Atlanta Girls' School, we are compelled to highlight women to share their leadership journey as a way to demonstrate to all girls that each path to leadership can be different.
“The ‘Leading, Unapologetically’ speaker series provides AGS with an opportunity to showcase why, even more so than ever, a girls' centered school and program are relevant and very much needed.”
Admission is open to the public. For more information or to preregister for the Oct.28 kickoff event, visit https://atlantagirlsschool.org/speaker-series. All registrants will receive a Zoom link to the session several days prior to the event.