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Spivey Hall Children's Concert, True Story in Decatur, Civil War Lecture in Kennesaw


Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Concert

The renowned Spivey Hall on the campus of Clayton State University hosts its home Children’s Choir in three performances this weekend. The singing ensemble, featuring young singers from across the metro area, marks its 20th season this year under the direction of founder Martha Shaw, a professor of music and director of choral activities at Reinhardt University in Waleska. This spring concert features favorite pieces from the chorus’s history, including “The World Is Full of Poetry” and “Song for the Mira” and the world-premiere “Birthday Child,” commissioned in honor of the choir’s anniversary.

7 p.m. May 16, 3 p.m. May 17-18. $20 adults, $10 students with ID. Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. 678-466-4200, www.spiveyhallchildrenschoir.org.


True Story reading

If you fancy the company of quirky writers and wacky wordsmiths, then True Story meetings are the place to be. The group gathers to hear from authors who recount fascinating and sometimes funny stories from their pasts. Readers bring artifacts from their experiences that guide the tale along. On May 16, Josh Green, Alison Harney and Steve Labate take the stage. This is True Story’s first meeting of the year, with bimonthly sessions scheduled through the rest of 2014.

8 p.m. May 16. Free. Kavarna Coffeeshop, 707 East Lake Drive, Decatur. 404-371-1113, www.truestoryga.com.


Civil War lecture

How’s your Civil War knowledge? As Atlanta marks the 150th anniversary of the pivotal battles that turned the tide of the war, programs that recount the era’s history abound. On May 17, author Paulette Snoby takes a different approach, setting aside discussions of troop movements and battle tactics to explore the topic of medical innovations. Among the many highlights she’ll cover are how the war gave birth to the modern nursing profession and American health system. The free lecture at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park’s visitor center coincides with Snoby’s new book, “April’s Revolution: A Modern Perspective of American Medical Care of Civil War Soldiers and African Slaves.”

2 p.m. May 17. Free. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Visitor Center, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw. 770-427-4686, www.mariettacivilwar.com.

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