June 2009

Five Points: What's Worth Your While This Month

1. Richard Misrach: On the Beach
What at first blush seems a bright, happy photo exhibition for a summer’s day at the High Museum of Art actually has a deeper, darker purpose when it comes from the trained lenses of color-photography pioneer Richard Misrach. Using an eight-by-ten camera, Misrach captured the images for his On the Beach series from the same hotel balcony, using alternating perspectives to quietly dangle his subjects between danger and beauty. Misrach was inspired here by 9/11, specifically the tragic, yet somehow poetic, images of people falling from the Twin Towers. (6/6–8/30)

2. Al Green with Etta James & the Roots Band
The Al Green/Justin Timberlake duet of “Let’s Stay Together” at this year’s Grammy Awards proved the Reverend’s still got it. Attention to songstress Etta James, too, has surged with Beyoncé’s James biopic Cadillac Records. But there’s nothing like hearing the real things croon live about love and loss at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. (6/10)

3. Virginia-Highland Summerfest
One of the best annual neighborhood festivals, this year’s Summerfest features live music from Cowboy Mouth and Manchester Orchestra, a food market, a much-beloved 5K, and rows of wares from local and national artists. You can feel good about blowing a few bucks along Virginia Avenue, too—admission’s free, but all donations go to local projects. (6/5–7)

4. AthFest
What’s better than seeing hot bands and artists for free? All you’ll need to pay for is the gas it takes to get to Athens for AthFest, an annual music and arts festival that this year features acts such as The Black Lips and Dead Confederate on its outdoor stages. The “club crawl” in the evenings is only $15 in advance. (6/25–28)

5. Braves vs. Red Sox
With caps held over hearts, we will salute Smoltzie as he trots to the opposing team’s dugout during the Braves’ interleague matchup with the Boston Red Sox. Though neither may be ready to pitch, visions of a duel between him and Glavine will surely dance through heads at the Ted. (6/26–28)

Little Five Points: Also on the calendar

1. Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too
(6/13, Zoo Atlanta)

2. Keith Urban & Taylor Swift
(6/13, Philips Arena)

3. Fear Kills Pursuit, exhibition by Michi Meko
(6/13–7/5, Beep Beep Gallery)

4. Atlanta Gospel Fest
(6/21, Atlanta Civic Center)

5. Jersey Boys, musical
(Through 6/21, Fox Theatre)