41. Do the Time Warp at the Plaza Theatre
There’s a reason Lips Down on Dixie doesn’t hold its midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Fox.
7. Feel the blues at Blind Willie’s
Atlanta’s venerable blues joint is named for one legend (Blind Willie McTell) and is the best place to see another: Francine Reed, whose soulful voice, feisty wisecracks, and dance-inducing songs mesh perfectly with the intimate dive bar’s New Orleans–inspired atmosphere.
9. Binge on books
The annual book fest makes me so proud to be an Atlantan. A quarter of a million folks come together over Labor Day weekend for the AJC Decatur Book Festival to hear from renowned authors—and enjoy local musicians, craft beers, cooking demos, a children’s parade, poetry slams.
4. Bard-y hearty in Piedmont Park
Spring fever is never lost on the wily comedians of Georgia Shakespeare when the company breaks out of its Oglethorpe campus confines to play at Piedmont Park.
11-13. Play tourist
“It’s like an adult Disney ride,” says Audrey. I’ve taken my girlfriend here, 723 feet above Peachtree, to show her Atlanta looks pretty from up high.
24. Go on a public art scavenger hunt
Encountering vibrant murals throughout intown neighborhoods has been a happy surprise in recent years. But to really understand the magnitude of the Living Walls project that pairs local and international artists with brick and concrete canvases, set out on a quest to find as many as you can.
17. Cheer on the Yellow Jackets
After a $50 million renovation in 2012, Georgia Tech’s old ThrillerDome (aka Alexander Memorial Coliseum) has morphed into state-of-the-art McCamish Pavilion. If the old arena had a cozy high school–gym vibe, the new one feels like a spaceship.
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Arts & Entertainment Preview: Fall 2019
Becoming Nancy at the Alliance Theatre September 6-October 6Directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award–winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray) and based on the celebrated book by Terry Ronald, Becoming Nancy is a huge-hearted, world-premiere musical...
39. Save your story for posterity
You know those NPR *StoryCorps* segments that get you choked up on your morning commute? You can record a slice of personal history (interviews are archived at the Library of Congress) at the Atlanta StoryBooth, one of three permanent StoryCorps studios in the country.
One City, Three Ways: Natchez, Mississippi
Officially established in 1716, Natchez is the oldest continuous settlement on the Mississippi River and teems with history. From the early 1800s to the Civil War, Natchez reigned as one of America’s wealthiest cities....
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