The Chairman’s Corner by Cobb Chairman, Tim Lee

timlee2Culture can mean different things to everyone, but one thing we all can agree on is the value of good clean entertainment.

I am proud that Cobb provides some of the finest arts venues in Georgia. The world renowned Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre has quickly earned the reputation for its wide range of professional performances and concerts.

The Strand Theatre, in the heart of Marietta, is cherished by young and old alike as the place to be for intimate concerts, theatre and Broadway like performances and reviews. We have movie theatres, art venues and top-drawer community playhouses. And Cobb County Government, through our excellent Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department, operates numerous entertainment facilities with programming you will appreciate.

The free Candlelite Concerts at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre will continue once a month through October. Couples and families can affordably relax together and enjoy the finest in outdoor live music from either front row table seating, or in the comfort of the spacious green lawn seating.  On August 17, guitarist Tommy Talton will bring his brand of blues and rock ‘n roll to the stage. Then on September 21, you’ll be able to listen to the traditional jazz vocals of Kayla Taylor. To wrap up the series, that has been running since May, come enjoy the super high energy of Psycho-DeVilles’ Rockabilly.  All Candlelite shows start at 8 p.m., rain or shine, under the shelter of the amphitheatre. You may bring your own picnic, but food is also available at the concessions.

The 600-seat Cobb County Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre is also a major draw for performing acts. For instance, the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, a musical performance company, will open its latest season there with “The Producers” on August 9. This Broadway hit will be followed with featured shows such as “Annie the Musical” and “Spamalot.”

Our other venues have a variety of fun events, including the Mountain View Arts Alliance Summer Stars Concert Series. The Courtney Renee Jazz Band will play on August 24 while the Johnny Cash tribute “Man in Black” by Jason Thomas is scheduled for September 7. Lawn seating is free for these concerts at the Art Place Mountain View in East Cobb. Details of various upcoming shows and events can be found through our web site,