Arts & Events
From a Scuba Claus at the Aquarium to faux snow at Atlantic Station, there’s spectacle to suit everyone
We probably won’t have snow on the ground, but the entire city will be aglow at these 18 holiday lights events, featuring everything from underwater menorahs to live reindeer. Check the map to find the closest celebration to you.Read more
Instead of agriculture, subscriptions support ”community-supported art”
For now, WonderRoot is headquartered in a charmingly shabby bungalow on a gritty stretch of Memorial Drive. But never mind the urban setting; this ten-year-old community arts organization has taken a cue from farmers. Subscribers to community-supported agriculture (or CSA) programs pay growers a fee at the start of the season in exchange for baskets of locally harvested bounty. Four seasons ago, WonderRoot launched its own CSA—“community-supported art.”Read more
She writes candidly about both her parents’ troubled marriage and her husband Darren Lumar
In the memoir Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me (Chicago Review Press), Yamma Brown writes about growing up in the shadow of celebrity and domestic violence. She is equally candid about her parents’ troubled marriage (“the beatings always began the same way, with the same terrible sounds”) and the dichotomy of her life after their divorce.Read more
Thunderous applause greeted the six-minute snippet screened at the BronzeLens Film Festival.
Even by eager-to-please Atlanta standards, a new standing ovation record may have been set at Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema during October’s BronzeLens Film Festival. After seeing just six minutes of Selma, Paramount Pictures’ upcoming drama chronicling MLK and the 1965 Alabama voting rights campaign, the crowd rose and applauded wildly for director Ava DuVernay.Read more
While some art is available to all, we need to consider those who live with it 365 days a year.
Atlanta’s emerging public art scene is exciting—murals and installations enliven our city and make it more engaging, and yes, they draw outsiders to parts of town that might otherwise be overlooked. But the controversy over the Krog Tunnel underscores the need to balance arts promotion and the concerns of communities that serve as the backdrops for street art.Read more
The fan favorite/blood and guts master talks behind the scenes, future spoilers, and more
He’s the heart and soul of AMC’s The Walking Dead. No, I’m not talking about Norman Reedus, but rather Greg Nicotero: one of the show’s executive producers, occasional episode director, and the man in charge of all the guts, gore, and gangrenous undead flesh on the show. He was in town this weekend as a guest at Walker Stalker Con, now in its second year, where he participated in a panel.Read more
But according to Reedus, the well-known bromance is really a threesome
The brotherly bond between The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus is so ubiquitous that even their Walker Stalker Con appearance was billed as the “Bromance Panel.” But when Lincoln arrived to Saturday’s event, he greeted a packed room of screaming fans not with Reedus, but with executive producer/director Greg Nicotero.Read more
Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus among guests at the three-day convention
Halloween is still two weeks out, but Downtown Atlanta will be filled with zombies as Walker Stalker Con returns to the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart this weekend. The convention is set to yet again bring an all-star Walking Dead guest lineup, including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, and more.Read more
Pop culture historians will never be hungry again
Land, Katie Scarlett O’Hara, isn’t the only thing that lasts. This year, Colorado-based Taylor Trade Publishing celebrates the movie’s seventy-fifth anniversary with a trio of books about the phenomenon that ensures pop culture historians will never be hungry again.Read more
How do you measure the impact of a weekend that seemed to be embraced by the whole city?
More than 60,000 people attended the three concerts held in Centennial Olympic Park, according to Pat O’Brien of the promotions group Bowery Presents South. The economic impact to the city has not been tallied, but attendees took over surrounding downtown hotels, restaurants, and bars, paid handsomely for parking, bought T-shirts, and took plenty of $13.50 rides on the Ferris wheel.Read more