Arts & Events

Music Midtown canceled

What Music Midtown’s cancellation could mean for the city that “influences everything”

Tyler Lyle, the Atlanta-based half of synthwave band The Midnight, believes the city “got punked by the gun lobby,” as Music Midtown organizers on Monday called off the iconic, (usually) annual festival at Piedmont Park.
Tripti Yoganathan

Tripti Yoganathan’s teapots combine beauty and utility

Tripti Yoganathan has exhibited her work at shows dedicated exclusively to teapots, as well as at national events like the American Craft Council series and, this past spring, the Smithsonian Craft Show.
Fêtes De Bayonne

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: July 28-31

See Kendrick Lamar at State Farm Arena, indulge in a French-style summer festival at Cooks & Soldiers, and more things to do this weekend in Atlanta, July 29-31, 2022.
What you need to know about the Queen’s Ball: a Bridgerton Experience in Atlanta

What you need to know about the Queen’s Ball: a Bridgerton Experience in Atlanta

An immersive experience, the Queen’s Ball: a Bridgerton Experience (open in Atlanta through September 18) is a mishmash of Instagramable photo ops, museum-style costume viewing, character parades, line dancing, and branded gift shops. But be prepared to don your best dress—sparkly, flowing gowns and tuxedos are the norm here.
Atlanta Streetwear Market

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: July 21–24

Find new clothes at the Atlanta Streetwear Market, catch Mean Girls at the Fox, watch tennis at the Atlanta Open, and more things to do this weekend in Atlanta, July 21-24, 2022.
Ilya Kaminsky on dissent, war, and resistance

“Poetry now is as necessary as ever.” Ilya Kaminsky on dissent, war, and resistance

A few days after Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February, a poem about complacency called “We Lived Happily During the War” went viral. Its opening lines read, "And when they bombed other people’s houses, we protested but not enough, we opposed them but not enough." It’s the first poem from Deaf Republic, which tells the story of people living in an occupied town who begin communicating in sign language to protest the killing of a deaf child. Deaf Republic is the second collection of poetry by Jewish Ukrainian American poet Ilya Kaminsky, who is hard of hearing.
Southern Fried Gaming Expo

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: July 14-17

Play pinball at the Southern-Fried Gaming Expo, check out a family-friendly world premiere at the Alliance Theatre, and things to do this weekend in Atlanta, July 14-17, 2022.
Flo Rida

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: July 7-10

Flo Rida at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, a history chat at Atlantucky Brewing, a night out at Fernbank, and more events happening this weekend in Atlanta, July 7-10, 2022.
How Bankhead became a hip-hop landmark

How Bankhead became a hip-hop landmark

Before Vincent “Pudgy” Richardson and brothers Kevin and Travis Denson helped turn Bankhead into a hip-hop landmark, they sold CDs and white tees out of a bread truck outfitted with 15-inch rims. How they got the bread truck, or why they chose that specific mode of transportation, only Kevin knows. But this mobile operation—the humble beginnings of Toe Jam Music—made a lot of business sense in spring 1998.

Things to do

Parliament of Owls

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: August 4–7

Witness the spectacle of the Parliament of Owls parade, cheer as Atlanta United takes on Seattle, and more things to do this weekend in Atlanta, August 4-7, 2022.
Fêtes De Bayonne

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: July 28-31

See Kendrick Lamar at State Farm Arena, indulge in a French-style summer festival at Cooks & Soldiers, and more things to do this weekend in Atlanta, July 29-31, 2022.
What you need to know about the Queen’s Ball: a Bridgerton Experience in Atlanta

What you need to know about the Queen’s Ball: a Bridgerton Experience in Atlanta

An immersive experience, the Queen’s Ball: a Bridgerton Experience (open in Atlanta through September 18) is a mishmash of Instagramable photo ops, museum-style costume viewing, character parades, line dancing, and branded gift shops. But be prepared to don your best dress—sparkly, flowing gowns and tuxedos are the norm here.

Theater

Alliance Theatre Trading Places

Alliance Theatre’s world-premiere musical adaption of Trading Places puts women in charge

The Alliance Theatre gives its adaptation of the 1983 comedy some twists, including bringing back Tony Award–winning director Kenny Leon to helm the production. Here are four things you need to know about the new musical.
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

The surprising opera about the life of Steve Jobs comes to Atlanta

This Saturday, Atlanta Opera kicks off a four-show run of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which chronicles the life of the late Steve Jobs, the tech visionary, futurist guru, and founder and CEO of Apple Computers
What’s next for Atlanta Civic Center?

What’s next for Atlanta Civic Center?

The Atlanta Housing Authority, which purchased the sprawling facility from the city in 2017, has outlined a plan to preserve and update the historic auditorium, while transforming the surrounding complex into a mix of affordable and market-rate housing, retail, and shared public space.

Visual Arts

Tripti Yoganathan

Tripti Yoganathan’s teapots combine beauty and utility

Tripti Yoganathan has exhibited her work at shows dedicated exclusively to teapots, as well as at national events like the American Craft Council series and, this past spring, the Smithsonian Craft Show.
Splatter Studio Atlanta

Crafty chaos is the name of the game at the Splatter Studio

The Splatter Studio is the perfect place for skeptics who have looked at a Jackson Pollock drip painting and scoffed, I could do that.

What to know before you go to Imagine Picasso at Pullman Yards

Imagine Picasso is not your typical museum exhibit. The main attraction is 10,000 square feet full of projection screens set at different angles. A 33-minute loop of both color and black and white images plays—on the walls, on the ground, and on various shaped screens guests can walk under.

Music

Music Midtown canceled

What Music Midtown’s cancellation could mean for the city that “influences everything”

Tyler Lyle, the Atlanta-based half of synthwave band The Midnight, believes the city “got punked by the gun lobby,” as Music Midtown organizers on Monday called off the iconic, (usually) annual festival at Piedmont Park.
How Bankhead became a hip-hop landmark

How Bankhead became a hip-hop landmark

Before Vincent “Pudgy” Richardson and brothers Kevin and Travis Denson helped turn Bankhead into a hip-hop landmark, they sold CDs and white tees out of a bread truck outfitted with 15-inch rims. How they got the bread truck, or why they chose that specific mode of transportation, only Kevin knows. But this mobile operation—the humble beginnings of Toe Jam Music—made a lot of business sense in spring 1998.
Shaky Knees 2022

Scenes from Shaky Knees music festival 2022

After a two-year pandemic delay, Shaky Knees music festival finally returned to Atlanta's Central Park on April 29 through May 1. Relive the festival with this photo gallery featuring musical acts from all three days.

Film

I Want You Back Amazon Prime Charlie Day Jenny Slate

Amazon’s I Want You Back is a classic, feel-good rom-com with Atlanta as a centerpiece

For as many movies that film in Atlanta, few actually set their stories in the city. But director Jason Orley’s new Amazon Original rom-com, I Want You Back, puts the city at the forefront, as stars Charlie Day and Jenny Slate try to win back their exes.
2022 Atlanta 500: Arts, Sports, & Entertainment

2022 Atlanta 500: Arts, Sports, & Entertainment

These are Atlanta's 500 most powerful leaders. We spent months consulting experts and sorting through nominations to get a list of the city's most influential people—from artists to chefs to philanthropists to sports coaches and corporate CEOs. In this section, we focus on arts, film, music, entertainment, and sports.
Plaza Drive-In ends

Atlanta’s Plaza Theatre ends drive-in screenings, but fond memories of the pandemic pivot remain

As we slowly win back some of the hallmarks of normalcy we were forced for so long to do without, we must also bid goodbye to the quirky innovations that took their place. The Plaza Theatre's drive-in service is one of those.