“There it was, man, pop culture in the middle of an unreal dust bowl with a wide asphalt rim.” Thus wrote the Atlanta Constitution’s Albert Scardino forty-two years ago about the first Atlanta International Pop Festival, which took place on the Fourth of July weekend in 1969.
More than 60,000 people attended the three concerts held in Centennial Olympic Park, according to Pat O’Brien of the promotions group Bowery Presents South. The economic impact to the city has not been tallied, but attendees took over surrounding downtown hotels, restaurants, and bars, paid handsomely for parking, bought T-shirts, and took plenty of $13.50 rides on the Ferris wheel.
On the same day that "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opened, Atlanta History Center debuted its "Games" themed tours of the Swan House, the 1920s historic mansion usually associated with old money Atlanta and sedate gala fundraisers.
On September 20 from 9 a.m. to noon, neighborhoods in Southwest Atlanta will host iSWAT Development Day, a collection of speeches and bus tours through the area that highlight redevelopment initiatives in an effort to attract chefs, restaurateurs, and grocers. Participants will meet at 884 Murphy Avenue.
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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...