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On today’s show Patrick speaks with Dr. Ashley Stewart of West Georgia Health on breast cancer and other types of cancer.

Show your stuff at the 2012
West Georgia Idol Contest!

Top Prize Announced! The 2012 Winner Will Receive…


Record your own demo CD!

Perform live at the Smith Family Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!

What is WestGA Idol?

West Georgia Idol is a singing contest held annually as a fundraiser in Hogansville, Georgia. The contest is organized as a series of concerts during the month of July. During each performance, audience members are treated to a series of vocal performances and commentary by a professional panel of judges. In addition to gaining valuable experience, performers compete for a top prize of $1,000 and more.

Who Can Enter?

The West Georgia Idol contest is open to all vocal performers aged 14 years and above. Residence in the West Georgia area is not a requirement. There is an entry fee of $60, which covers up to four performances, if the performer advances all the way to the finals. (All proceeds from the contest go to a non-profit organization.)

What Can I Win?

The final winner of the West Georgia Idol contest receives a $1,000 cash prize, the opportunity to record a demo CD in a professional recording studio, and the opportunity to perform live at the Smith Family Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee-accommodations included! Even if you are not the final West Georgia Idol winner, you can still expect to gain a lot from the experience of performing in front of an audience and receiving feedback from a professional panel of judges.

Where and When Are The Performances Held?

The West Georgia Idol series of performances is held in the historic Hogansville Amphitheater in the small town of Hogansville, GA, “The City of Friendly People,” a historic downtown, and a community that is supportive of the arts. Hogansville is centrally located in the West Central Georgia area, in TroupCounty, near I-85 between Newnan and LaGrange.  Performances begin at 6:00 PM and last until all contestants have performed. Audience members are encouraged to come early for the best seating. Cost of admission is $5.00 per night (no charge for contestants).

How Much Experience Do I Need?

No experience required! For many contestants, the West Georgia Idol contest itself is the first step in the process of gaining experience as a vocal performer. Some contestants do have professional training and some professional experience, but everyone has a chance to win. The judges base their decisions on the performances held during the contest.

What Style of Music Can I Sing?

All musical styles are welcome, though judges generally recommend choosing songs that accentuate the singer’s personal vocal and performance style. Choose songs that you love, and make them your own. If you are covering a song that was written by someone else, spice it up with your own personality and style. Audiences and judges alike enjoy a heartfelt performance that showcases the singer’s abilities – not just to sing but to entertain as well! For each performance, the singer may provide background music on a CD, provide their own accompaniment (e.g. a guitar), or use other light accompaniment.

Who Are the Judges?

West Georgia Idol strives to assemble a distinguished panel of judges who have a variety of experience in the music business and related industries, including voice teachers, talent agents, club owners, recording engineers, and fellow performers.

How Do I Sign Up!?

Signing up is easy.  Go to www.westgeorgiaidol.com and choose a printable form to send in a check for your $60 entry fee or an online form with a credit card. In addition to the registration form, all contestants will need to sign a form agreeing to the contest rules. Head on over to the registration page!


Once in awhile I run into a cook book I really like and enjoys. This one by a James Beard winner and a protege of Julia Child will let you experience traditional honest and contemporaryfood in your kitchen .

You can taste his food while in Boston at Hamersley’s Bistro – www.hamersleysbistro.com.

Deceit, Decadence, and Revenge.


Adapted from the 1782 novel of the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, LES LIASIONS DANGEREUSES focuses on the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, rivals who use sex as a weapon of humiliation and degradation, all the while enjoying their cruel games. Their targets are the virtuous (and married) Madame de Tourvel and Cécile de Volanges, a young girl who has fallen in love with her music tutor, the Chevalier Danceny. In order to gain their trust, Merteuil and Valmont pretend to help the secret lovers so they can use them later in their own treacherous schemes.A word of warning – this play contains some mature subject matter, and may be suitable for children ages 15+. As always, we encourage parents to research the play prior to bring youngsters.Directed by Jennifer Dorrell and performed in the intimate Black Box theatre space.LES LIASIONS DANGEREUSES runs Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 29. Performances are at 8pm Thursday – Saturday, 3pm on Sunday.Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors (65+)Thursday night performances – all seats $7.Newnan Theatre Company
24 1st Avenue

The Gagosian Gallery -990 Madison Avenue will be showing a unique exhibition of Picasso & Francoise Gilot -Paris Vallauris 1943-1953 starting May 2 .

Join us Friday for a day with the girls…

April 20, 10:30am

at the Highland Country Club in LaGrange

Advance seat or table reservations are available from the LaGrange Art Museum at 112 Lafayette Parkway in LaGrange (706-882-3267).

Raffle tickets for the raffle of Pamela Tidwell’s “Fox Glove” (valued at $900) are also available by advance purchase.

Today’s show Patrick speaks with local movie critic and editor Jonathan Hickman.


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