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What’s filming in Atlanta now? Michelle Darnell, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Table 19, and Survivor’s Remorse
Atlanta’s celebrity invasion continues with Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Anna Kendrick, Stephen Merchant, and Oscar winner Ang Lee. Plus, a preview of upcoming projects.
Along with yellow pollen piled along Atlanta’s sidewalks, spring has ushered in new thickets of yellow production signs along our roads. This busy month has brought us burned out buses, Texas taxicabs, Chicago newspapers, and scenery from the 1930s and 1980s. Productions are shooting in Midtown, downtown, and a lot of OTP locales.Read more
She discusses the work of Andrew Young—civil rights leader, U.S. congressman, United Nations ambassador, mayor of Atlanta—and the documentary project “The Making of Modern Atlanta.”
Three years ago, Andrea Young decided her father, Andrew Young, needed a documentary treatment of his own. In partnership with the Andrew J. Young Foundation and Georgia State University, she developed “The Making of Modern Atlanta,” which explores the political strategy of her father and other Atlanta mayors.Read more
On the “Riverwalk Village” proposal and the transformation of the historic district
Sixty-six-year-old Jere Wood was raised in Roswell, and he’s damn proud of what it’s become: a mix of sophistication, hi-y’all gentility, and riverfront recreation. In 1997, Wood defeated a 31-year incumbent to take the part-time position, which pays $40,000.Read more
Seersucker, cigars, and hats as big as Shetland ponies
Just a few of the things you’ll spot at this year’s race on April 18: Seersucker, cigars, and hats as big as Shetland ponies.Read more
An ad is running on the “ABC SuperSign” in Times Square.
It might seem wise to invest in a campaign targeting people most likely to ride the Atlanta Streetcar: you know, Atlantans. But thankfully the city has done something more effective: keeping the streetcar fare-free through the end of this year.Read more
Crews of 750 are working six days a week to build the core of the arena
With just over two years left to complete the Atlanta Falcons stadium, crews of 750 are working six days a week to meet the August 2015 deadline to build the core of the 1.9-million-square-foot, $1.4 billion stadium that will rise 30 stories over Northside and Martin Luther King Jr. drives.Read more
The Emory University professor departs from fiction with his memoir “How I Shed My Skin”
In Jim Grimsley’s new memoir, “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood,” he drops the protective shell of fiction to revisit a pivotal chapter in the lives of many Southern children in the 1960s. Grimsley was 11 years old in 1966 when his school admitted its first black students after a federal mandate forced integration.Read more
Bubba Watson celebrated in style after his second championship with covered hash browns
In the 1996 sports rom-com “Tin Cup,” driving range pro Roy McAvoy (played by Kevin Costner) celebrates an unlikely successful third round of the U.S. Open at a Waffle House. “I’m a Waffle House guy,” McAvoy says. “Gotta stay in touch with that.”Read more
So what can festival and fine arts cultures teach each other?
The sun shines, birds sing, dogwoods bloom, and weekends brim with festivals. It’s time to grab a beer, take in some music. . . buy some art? Hold on a minute. Atlanta’s festival culture—which, thanks to our mellow climate, is basically a year-round phenomenon—may delude us into thinking we’re supporting the creative class.Read more
Renovations at the Atlanta Daily World building and Bar One signal progress in the historic district. Also, there’s the streetcar.
Back in 2012, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn district to its list of the country’s “most endangered” historic places. Much bemoaning of Atlanta’s fondness for the wrecking ball followed—just as it had in 1992, the first time that the Trust sounded the alarm on the precarious status of one of the most influential locations in African American history.Read more