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May 27th 2005 Weekly Newsletter
dtnATL 052705: Georgia Forces Playoff at Philips
The Georgia Force's undefeated record at home this year will be put to the test when they take on the fourth seeded Tampa Bay Storm this Sunday 3:30 p.m. in Philips Arena. This season Philips proved to be one of the toughest venues for opposing teams, as Georgia became one of only two teams (the other Tampa Bay) in AFL history to finish the regular season with a perfect 8-0 home record since the League moved to a 16-game schedule.

The contest will be the first-ever playoff game of any professional sport to be played in the six-year history of Philips Arena and the first-ever postseason home game in Force history.

Force Field, a newly created interactive experience located on Philips Drive, will open 2 hours prior the game. Don't miss the energy and interactive fun at Force Field where there will be something to do and see for Force fans of all ages. Enjoy live music, promotional giveaways, and the opportunity to play like an AFL player. At the conclusion of this week's game fans will be allowed down on the field to get autographs from their favorite Force players and cheerleaders.

ArenaBowl Playoffs: GA Force vs. Tampa Bay Storm
@ Philips Arena   Sunday, May 29th 3:30p
The 2005 Southern Division Champion and top seed in the National Conference Georgia Force open the Drive to ArenaBowl XIX Las Vegas playoffs by hosting a Divisional Round game against the fourth seeded Tampa Bay Storm on Sunday, May 29th at 3:30 p.m. in Philips Arena.

Georgia returns to the postseason for just the second time in club history and carry a 1-1 all-time record in playoff action. In 2003, the Force won their Wild Card match-up against Dallas before falling to San Jose in the Quarterfinal Round.

Theatrical Outfit Presents "Hank Williams' Lost Highway"
@ Balzer Theatre at Herren's   thru June 12th
Theatrical Outfit opened its new theater home at 84 Luckie Street in December and is launching its final show in this compact inaugural season.

Straight from a wildly successful Off-Broadway run, Theatrical Outfit presents a new musical about this Southern legend. This show received fabulous reviews in New York and is sure to be a hot property for major theaters across the country. See it first on the Balzer Theater stage.

Selected Works by Emerging Artists with Disabilities
@ VSA Arts for All Gallery   thru Friday, June 24th
The eleven participating artists come from around the state of Georgia and beyond. Each artist has a distinctive artistic style and vision, and they work in a variety of two- dimensional mediums including photography, mixed media, acrylics, pen and ink, watercolors and computer- generated art.

Curator Linda Seay notes she specifically sought out "emerging artists with disabilities, with interesting personal stories, who are looking for opportunities to show their work.

Arts for All Gallery is a program of VSA arts of Georgia, and gallery is open to the public Monday - Friday, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is always free, and there is an ADA- accessible entrance; Braille and large print exhibition pamphlets and audio description materials are also provided.

Arts In the Park
@ Freedom Park  
Sculptures for this show were selected by a curatorial board consisting of representatives from surrounding neighborhoods and many diverse cultural and educational organizations. These organizations include EyeDrum, the Metropolitan Public Art Coalition, Art Papers and the City of Atlanta's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

The 2005 exhibition is just the beginning of Art in Freedom Park. It will be followed by a series of annual shows entitled Discover Freedom Park beginning in spring 2006 that will focus on different areas of Freedom Park's 212 acres.

"My Big Fat Greek Murder"
@ Agatha's Mystery Dinner Theatre   thru July 20
Sophie Poopadopoulos is finally getting married and all these relatives are feasting at the rehersal dinner.  Unfortunately, the main course is MURDER....Greek Style! 

Cousin Zorba must find the killer and a new groom before the baklava disappears!  It's unorthodox, but the church is already rented! JOIN THE FUN AND FIND THE MURDERER!! IT MIGHT EVEN BE YOU!

Braves vs. Philadelphia
@ Turner Field   FRI, May 27 7:35p / Sat May 28 1:20p / Sun May 29 1:05p
The Braves have won eight straight home games. John Smoltz will take the mound in the opener of a three- game set against the Phillies at Turner Field tonight to keep that streak alive.

In the nine starts he's made since Opening Day Smoltz has posted a 1.79 ERA and pitched into the seventh seven times. One of those occasions came on April 16, when he allowed the Phillies two earned runs in seven innings and was handed a tough-luck loss. The Phillies, who were swept at Turner Field on April 22-24, will counter with Cory Lidle.

On Sunday, there will be a free Coca-Cola Collector's Series 1996 National League Champion Pennant Day for First 15,000 fans to enter the stadium.

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