September 2009

Five Points: What's worth your while this month

1. DragonCon
There’s never been a better time to be a nerd—even Justin Timberlake’s wearing Clark Kent specs! So there’s no shame in heading Downtown for one of the country’s largest pop culture conventions. Notable guests: one logical Spock, Leonard Nimoy; vampire novelist Charlaine Harris; Twilight stars such as Peter Facinelli; and—holy Avada Kedavra!—Tom Felton, Draco Malfoy of Harry Potter film fame. Of course, the costumed conventiongoers are reason enough to go and gawk. (9/4–7)

2. Petit Le Mans
It’s the one time of year when it’s perfectly acceptable to ask, “Is this Braselton or Monte Carlo?” Part car show, part endurance race, the Petit Le Mans is one of the most heralded events of the American Le Mans series. (9/23–26)

3. AJC Decatur Book Festival
It’s a boon for literacy lovers: three days full of panels and meet and greets with more than 150 authors, including Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestselling authors, National Book Award finalists, and our own Hollis Gillespie. The country’s largest independent book festival hits Decatur over Labor Day weekend. (9/4–6)

4. Kickoff!
Hot-ticket home starts: Georgia Tech’s first Bobby Dodd Stadium gig is a bit of fluff vs. Jacksonville State (9/5); Mark Richt and crew will fill Sanford Stadium for the first time against Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks (9/12); and the Falcons will try to down Miami at the Dome to open 1–0 (9/13).

5. B.B. King
Listening to the blues master wail on Lucille live is not only recommended for any so-called music lover—it’s required. Catch Rolling Stone’s professed third-best guitarist of all time while he’s still around at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. (9/2)

Little Five Points: Also on the calendar

1. Taylor Swift
(9/3, The Arena at Gwinnett Center)

2. The Color Purple, with Fantasia Barrino
(9/15–20, 22–27, Fox Theatre)

3. Come Fly with Me, theater/dance performance
(9/16–10/11, Alliance Theatre)

4. East Atlanta Strut, festival
(9/19, East Atlanta)

5. JapanFest 2009
(9/19–20, Gwinnett Convention Center)

Photograph by Bart Hoffstein