Timeline: The long, risque history of Atlanta’s nightlife
From 1933 to today, Atlanta has gone through prohibition, hundreds of clubs, a change in the legal drinking age to 18, and more. Here's the exhaustive (though not complete) timeline of Atlanta’s nightlife.
Meet Lilburn’s own Harlem Globetrotter: Alex “Moose” Weekes
While playing basketball at Berkmar High School in Lilburn, and later at college in Tennessee, 31-year-old Alex “Moose” Weekes got used to coaches battling him over his hair.
Flashback: Atlanta City Hall, 1974, when Maynard Jackson was the city’s first black mayor
He may have been born in Dallas, but Maynard Jackson was an Atlantan through and through.
The tale (and tension) of Atlanta’s two Carnivals
Over the past two decades, the celebration has departed from Peachtree Street and split into two competing operations: the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, which has taken place at Turner Field, Morris Brown College, Auburn Avenue, Old Fourth Ward Park, and, more recently, Central Park; and the Atlanta-DeKalb Carnival, which started in Conyers then moved to Decatur and, now, Stonecrest. At first glance, the split might seem to mirror the sprawl of the Caribbean community throughout the metro Atlanta area. But Atlanta’s tale of two Carnivals also reflects the age-old tensions that can occur when people with disparate but similar backgrounds have limited options for celebrating their identities and are forced to find community together—alternately being blamed or credited for each others’ actions.
Q&A: B-52s’ Kate Pierson on her new solo album and playing in Atlanta
Over the decades, singer Kate Pierson has lent her voice to hit singles by R.E.M. and Iggy Pop and, of course, the Athens-birthed B-52s’ seven-album catalog. This summer, Pierson hits the road with her own band to introduce fans to her first-ever solo album.
A documentary reveals Bettie Page’s secrets
What ever happened to Bettie Page? After just seven years as a pinup star, Page ducked out of public view and was elusive for half a century. The mystery is solved—somewhat—in Bettie Page Reveals All, a feature documentary narrated by the Queen of Pinups herself and directed by Georgia State alum Mark Mori.
Derek Trucks: Music should be about “lifting people up and stirring something in their souls”
Derek Trucks, the cofounder of Tedeschi Trucks Band—which he formed in 2010 with his wife, musician Susan Tedeschi—has strong family ties to Georgia. His uncle, Butch Trucks, was one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band, and Derek played with the reunited ABB from 1999 to 2014. We recently chatted with the renowned guitarist about the band’s latest album and the state of rock music today.
Musician of the Year: Janelle Monáe
Winning song of the year. Earning a Video Music Award for best art direction. Collaborating with Prince. It has been quite a year for Janelle Monáe.
A drone’s eye view of Paradise Garden
Starting in the mid-’70s on a quiet street on the outskirts of Summerville, the late Howard Finster—a former Baptist minister and self-proclaimed “man of visions”—created 46,991 individually numbered outsider artworks dedicated to God on a four-acre compound dubbed Paradise Garden.
The Masquerade hosts its final Old Fourth Ward encore
How do you celebrate the beginning of the end of the Masquerade? An alternative music festival in the dog days of summer is a good way to start.