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5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: March 13-19

Atlanta Science Festival

Atlanta Science Festival
When: March 9-23
Where: Various locations
Cost: Most events are free, some are paid
Details: The science behind the scenes at Clorox, what happens to your water before it reaches your cup, and the astrobiology of Star Wars—this festival of more than 100 lectures, tours, and showcases around Atlanta is said to be the “biggest interactive family science event.”

Don't Miss List: Way out there
Eddie Owens Martin (St. EOM) (American, 1908–1986), Pasaquoyan Man with Ritual Headdress and Levitation Suit, ca. 1965–1975. High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Photograph courtesy of High Museum of Art

Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads
When: Through May 19
Where: High Museum of Art
Cost: $14.50
Details: After poet Jonathan Williams toured the Southeast with photographers Guy Mendes and Roger Manley, Williams assembled a guidebook that’s brought to life at this exhibition. With work from artists including Howard Finster, Mose Tolliver, Thornton Dial, and more, the exhibit champions creatives by showcasing self-taught artistry.

Science on Tap
When: March 14, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Georgia Aquarium
Cost: $10
Detail: The adult-only science lecture series is back and this time with Georgia Tech’s Dr. Brian Stone. He’ll discuss his research on climate change adaptation in relation to urban planning and design over cold brews, a glass of wine, and other refreshments.

Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: March 16, noon
Where: Peachtree Street in Midtown
Cost: Free
Details: Bagpipes, drums, drill teams, and floats will be traveling through Midtown to celebrate Irish heritage at “one of the country’s oldest parades.” Don’t forget to wear green.

The Lucas Brothers
When: March 14-17
Where: Laughing Skull Lounge
Cost: $25-$33
Details: Comedians Keith and Kenny Lucas are making the rounds. The brothers have appeared in 22 Jump StreetLady Dynamite, have had multiple appearances on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and have their own hour standup special on Netflix. Now, the identical twin duo is bringing their comedic talents to Midtown.

5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: February 20-26

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Atlanta Ballet 2 Beauty & the Beast

Atlanta Ballet 2 Presents Beauty & The Beast
When: February 21-24
Where: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Cost: $10-$58
Details: See the classic tale of a princess and a beast falling in love as Atlanta Ballet 2—the company’s program for dancers-in-training—performs the one-hour production designed for younger audiences.

Rhymes and Punchlines
When: February 21
Where: Sidebar, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Cost: $10
Details: Two art forms come together under one roof. Atlanta comedian Neiko Smith and Mz. NYC of Atlanta Battle Rap are putting on a late-night show featuring local comedians and rap artists. Performing comics include Dexter Fugerson, Anthony Driver, and Lisa Smith, while rappers include Dropz The 3rd Eye, KP, and J2.

Black History Month Parade
When: February 23, 11 a.m.
Where: Historic Sweet Auburn District Downtown
Cost: Free
Details: Self-dubbed the “largest celebration of African-American History Month in the Southeast,” the one-mile route, which will include floats, bands, and dancers, begins at Hurt Park, travels down Marietta Street, and ends at the north entrance of Centennial Olympic Park.

Art of Espresso event

Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso at MODA
When: February 24-June 9
Where: Museum of Design Atlanta
Cost: $10
Details: Passione Italiana is where design and tech meet coffee. Beginning in the mid-20th century, the exhibit will walk through the history of how technological advances and the influence of designers changed coffee makers and coffee servers to what they are today.

WWE Monday Night Raw
When: February 25, 7:30 p.m.
Where: State Farm Arena
Cost: $24-$400
Details: Dean Ambrose, Ronda Rousey, Braun Strowman, and more will be live in action in Atlanta. From chokeslams to sharpshooters, the wrestling ring will be fired up on Monday night.

At Agnes Scott College, the IGNITE conference encourages women to pursue politics

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IGNITE AtlantaOn February 9, IGNITE will host their 2019 Young Women Run Atlanta conference at Agnes Scott College. Congresswoman Lucy McBath, of Georgia’s 6th congressional district, will be the keynote speaker at the half-day event, along with guest speakers and state House Representatives Brenda Lopez and Park Cannon.

IGNITE is a national nonpartisan organization that works to encourage women to engage in politics and run for office. Their K-12 curriculum teaches young girls the inner workings of government and why it is important to be politically involved. Collegiate chapters, of which Georgia has six, offer women the opportunity to connect with elected officials and other political leaders who act as mentors and role models. By creating seats at traditionally male-dominated tables, the organization stresses the importance of diversity in politics. Members are encouraged to pick a particular issue they’re passionate about, and IGNITE equips them with tools and resources to be advocates for that issue, such as connecting them to specific political leaders.

“We’re giving [women] opportunities to be in spaces where they can dish it all out,” chief program officer Sara Guillermo says. “[We’re getting women] thinking about [issues] that are most urgent for folks, getting them to rally around it, and then giving them the opportunity to practice what those pieces look like.”

The event at Agnes Scott will start with a panel discussion between political campaign professionals including Ariel Shaw, cofounder of AS Consulting, LLC.; Adrienne White, vice president of strategy and business development at Citizens Trust Bank; political strategist Pallavi Purkayastha, and more. Two breakout sessions geared toward leadership and immigration policy will follow the panel. Attendees will also have the chance to chat with about 10 to 15 local elected officials during lunch later that afternoon. Atlanta City Council president Felicia Moore and state senator Nikema Williams are also on the guest list.

“There’s this larger landscape and cultural shift we have to make to tell girls that they can be political leaders,” Guillermo says.

IGNITE’s Atlanta fellow Kirsten Jackson, a senior at Agnes Scott, acts as a liaison between IGNITE and its local college chapters. Jackson says she knew she wanted to be a political science major but she didn’t have a way to network and get involved in politics. IGNITE has allowed her to host voter registration drives, election watch parties, and “build a culture” of political activism on her campus she says was not present before.

And while the conference’s main focus is on achieving political goals, Guillermo says that ultimately, IGNITE wants to spark passion. “This work is real hard, and it’s always better when you’ve got a good squad and girl gang with you,” Guillermo says.

5 Atlanta events you don’t want to miss: February 6-12

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UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul Circus
When: February 6 through March 3
Where: Old Turner Field Grey Lot
Cost: $18-$35
Details: High-flying motorbikes, fire breathing, acrobatic flips, and absurd dance tricks. Boasting more than 14,000 performances, this circus is coming back to Atlanta, where it began 25 years ago.

Puppy Yoga
When: February 10, 5-6 p.m.
Where: Atlanta Humane Society
Cost: $30
Details: Puppy and yoga lovers, we found an event for you. Dancing Dogs Yoga will conduct an hour-long class with a certified instructor. Remember to bring a mat!

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
When: February 6-26
Where: Various theaters around metro Atlanta
Cost: $15-$36
Details: With new venues added to this year’s festival, AJFF is providing avid moviegoers with content to mold and challenge their perspectives. The 180 screenings and 70 films will touch on topics ranging from social justice issues to the arts.

4HUNDRED
When: February 8, 6-10 p.m.
Where: ZuCot Gallery
Costs: Free
Details: 4HUNDRED is a visual representation of the African and African American experience over the last 400 years, from when the first African slaves arrived in Jamestown to present day. The exhibit emphasizes the importance of black art and the stories it continues to share.

Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival
When: February 9-10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Culture Center of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Chamblee
Cost: $5
Details: Ring in the Lunar New Year with this family-friendly celebration. Expect showcases of Chinese drum beats, Yo-Yo and Kung Fu performances, and plenty of dancing, including a K-Pop dance team. Enjoy all of this while indulging in bubble tea, sushi, ice cream waffles, and more.

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