Sunday, December 9, 2018

Arts & Events

10 standout books with Georgia ties that you might have missed in 2018

At libraries around the metro area, shelves full of newly released books are held on reserve, waiting for impatient readers. Author visits at the Margaret Mitchell House, Wren’s Nest, or the Atlanta History Center are often packed; book clubs are springing up everywhere; and literary events like the AJC Decatur Book Festival and the Book Festival of the MJCCA bring national authors to our doorstep. Here are a few of our favorites from this year’s releases.
Off the Wall Wonderroot Super Bowl LIII

WonderRoot’s Off the Wall mural project calls on local artists to put civil rights front and center

The brainchild of Atlanta arts organization WonderRoot and the Super Bowl LIII Host Committee, "Off the Wall" is a series of more than 30 murals from 10 artists that will be created across the city before Super Bowl LIII. The project is designed to honor the city's role in the Civil Rights Movement and address modern civil rights issues.
Elton John

Elton John’s lasting impact on Atlanta: turning the public’s fear of AIDS into action

Many Atlantans are familiar with Sir Elton John’s local ties: his world-famous art collection that helped spark Atlanta’s obsession with photography, his hangouts at the Buckhead Diner, and his affinity for Georgia musicians. However, John’s fans may not appreciate that his most lasting gift to our city may be helping reverse the spread and stigma of AIDS.
What's filming in Atlanta now?

What’s filming in Atlanta now? Limited Partners, Watchmen, Stranger Things, plus unpacking the #BoycottGeorgia movement

Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek, and Tiffany Haddish are in town for a new comedy, Limited Partners; Amblin Television and Once Upon a Time co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are remaking the 1980s anthology series Amazing Stories; and Stranger Things finally wraps up filming.
Children's Christmas Parade

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: November 28-December 4

Watch the annual Children's Christmas Parade in Midtown, tour historic homes in Virginia-Highland, and get in the holiday spirit at Oakland Cemetery.

Don’t Miss List: Our top 5 event picks for December

See the Atlanta Ballet's new version of The Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre, watch Rudolph live at the Center for Puppetry Arts, and head to Virginia-Highland for the annual Tour of Homes.
The Walking Dead 908

The Walking Dead Awards: The Whisperers finally strike

Season nine's new big bad is here, plus Negan's story takes a big turn, Henry hangs out with fellow teenagers, and we say goodbye to a familiar face.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: November 21-27

Catch Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Fox, skate on the Roof at Ponce City Market, and cheer on the Atlanta United in the conference finals.

11 questions for Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull

As the frontman for Manchester Orchestra, an indie rock band based in Atlanta, this is the first time Andy Hull be performing as the lead act at the Fox Theatre. On November 21, Manchester Orchestra will be performing their ninth-annual the Stuffing, a concert held just before the Thanksgiving that this year kicks off their month-long tour with The Front Bottoms.

Things to do

Children's Christmas Parade

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: November 28-December 4

Watch the annual Children's Christmas Parade in Midtown, tour historic homes in Virginia-Highland, and get in the holiday spirit at Oakland Cemetery.

Don’t Miss List: Our top 5 event picks for December

See the Atlanta Ballet's new version of The Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre, watch Rudolph live at the Center for Puppetry Arts, and head to Virginia-Highland for the annual Tour of Homes.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: November 21-27

Catch Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Fox, skate on the Roof at Ponce City Market, and cheer on the Atlanta United in the conference finals.

Theater

Knead Alliance Theatre

In Knead, Atlanta actress Mary Lynn Owen tells her story through baking bread—literally

One-woman show Knead, premiering on the Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage on November 13, follows a woman on the eve of a significant birthday as she contends with loss and makes bread in the middle of the night from her mother’s recipe—literally on stage.
Souper Jenny Levison I Loved I Lost I Made Spaghetti

Souper Jenny owner Jenny Levison takes on ‘Spaghetti’ for her return to the stage

Souper Jenny owner Jenny Levison will hang up her soup ladle—temporarily—to take on the art of pasta-making in the one-woman play, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, opening October 25 at the Georgia Ensemble Theatre. During the show, she makes an entire meal live on stage.
Center for Puppetry Arts Atlanta Vincent Anthony Jon Ludwig

Peace, Love, and Puppets: Why adults may need the Center for Puppetry Arts more than kids do

Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts, which turns 40 this month, is one of the only institutions of its caliber in the world. Meet the devoted staff behind it, who can remind all of us how important it is to stop and play.

Visual Arts

Heartbook childrens artwork publishing

An Atlanta photographer’s “Heartbooks” turns kids’ art into coffee table-worthy albums

Instead of filling up storage bins of children’s artwork or feeling guilty about discarding it, pieces can be sent to Atlanta photographer Heidi Geldhauser Harris, who photographs the artwork and compiles the images into a hardcover, linen-bound photo album that fits in perfectly with a stack of artful coffee-table books.
Off the Wall Wonderroot Super Bowl LIII

WonderRoot’s Off the Wall mural project calls on local artists to put civil rights front and center

The brainchild of Atlanta arts organization WonderRoot and the Super Bowl LIII Host Committee, "Off the Wall" is a series of more than 30 murals from 10 artists that will be created across the city before Super Bowl LIII. The project is designed to honor the city's role in the Civil Rights Movement and address modern civil rights issues.
What to expect at Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors High Museum of Art Atlanta

7 things to know before you go to Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors in Atlanta

Know ahead of time if photos matter to you or not, don't expect a selfie in the pumpkin room, and read the fun facts on absolutely every red polka dot sign. These are a few things we learned while at Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Music

Churchill Grounds

Atlanta’s jazz scene is alive and well, even without Churchill Grounds

Instead of mourning after the demise of Churchill Grounds, many of Atlanta's jazz musicians began playing music throughout the city. There are now 10 weekly jam sessions at venues inside the perimeter, placing Atlanta on comparable footing with more jazz-forward cities like Seattle.

11 questions for Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull

As the frontman for Manchester Orchestra, an indie rock band based in Atlanta, this is the first time Andy Hull be performing as the lead act at the Fox Theatre. On November 21, Manchester Orchestra will be performing their ninth-annual the Stuffing, a concert held just before the Thanksgiving that this year kicks off their month-long tour with The Front Bottoms.
Johnny Knapp dies at 89

Remembering jazz legend Johnny Knapp and his 70-year career

“Johnny had a million stories, and he knew a million songs—an endless flow of songs.” Johnny Knapp accompanied artists from Billie Holiday to Tony Bennett to Barbara Streisand. His friendship with Col. Bruce Hampton introduced him to a new audience of Atlanta music lovers. He died in Lawrenceville on November 9 at age 89.

Film

What's filming in Atlanta now?

What’s filming in Atlanta now? Limited Partners, Watchmen, Stranger Things, plus unpacking the #BoycottGeorgia movement

Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek, and Tiffany Haddish are in town for a new comedy, Limited Partners; Amblin Television and Once Upon a Time co-creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis are remaking the 1980s anthology series Amazing Stories; and Stranger Things finally wraps up filming.
What's filming in Atlanta now?

What’s filming in Atlanta now? Doctor Sleep, The Banker, Stranger Things, Avengers, Watchmen, and more

The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep ramps up production in Atlanta, new Samuel L. Jackson flick The Banker begins filming, and Stranger Things once again returns to Gwinnett Place Mall. Plus, how TV and film celebrities are reacting to Georgia's nationally watched upcoming election.
What's filming in Atlanta now?

What’s filming in Atlanta now? Sextuplets, Doom Patrol, Avengers 4 (again), and more

Marlon Wayans plays sextuplets in a new Netflix film; the Avengers 4 team is back again for reshoots; and DC's Doom Patrol brings Alan Tudyk, Brendan Fraser, and Timothy Dalton to Atlanta.