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Thomas University’s ACTU opens 2016-17 season

The long-running arts program Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) each year offers TU students and the community a variety of music performances, book discussions, film screenings and visual arts experiences. All ACTU events are open to the public.

ACTU’s mission is to combine the gifts and energies of Thomas University personnel and students with those of community members to provide excellent arts events for the community, according to Dr. Karl Barton, ACTU coordinator and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Liberal Studies at TU.

“ACTU is a true partnership between the university and the community,” Barton said. “We are very excited about the new season. This year promises to bring a wealth of activities with guest performers, speakers, musical programs and a renewal of our Film Club series.”

ACTU will kick off its 2016-17 season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, with a Film Club screening of “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.” The PG-13 rated film stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner and Ving Rhames. The screening will be held in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus.

At 4 p.m. Sept. 18, the Sundays at Four series will feature the theme “Georgia Soul” during a performance at the Thomasville Center for the Arts. This concert will feature special guest Sir Charles Atkins, Professor of the Blues and Tallahassee’s Soul Brother Number One.

At 7 p.m. Sept. 19, the TU Book Club will discuss Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.” At noon on Sept. 23, the Fridays at Noon series will feature Evan Jones, baritone, performing at the Thomasville First United Methodist Church Chapel.

For more information on ACTU and on the season’s events, visit

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