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5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: July 31 – August 6

Glowing hot air balloons fill Piedmont Park, the CATS Musical hits the Fox Theatre stage just in time, and a soapbox derby races through Historic Fourth Ward.
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The Walking Dead Awards: The Saviors get the last word

The Hilltoppers and the Saviors battle each other, with Maggie and Simon at the respective helms, but Negan's biological warfare plan proves deadly.
School Girls

True Colors’ production of School Girls sparks conversation about colorism and pretty privilege

Director Tinashe Kajese-Bolden will bring Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play to life at True Colors Theatre Company, February 11 to March 8, as part of its She Griots season, in which black women star in or have written all shows.

Susan Puckett

Maybe we all believe our home turf is the most fascinating, unusual, complex place on earth. But Susan Puckett makes a compelling case that her beloved Mississippi Delta actually is. Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler’s Journey Through the Soul of the South—equal parts travelogue, cookbook, memoir, and photo gallery—captures the modern-day realities of a confounding region most often in the news for persistent poverty, racial tension, and low literacy rates. Despite all that, the Delta has become a tourist destination in recent years, luring people who want to experience the music, art, and food—and perhaps play the slot machines in Tunica.
Jennifer Conforti

Why can’t we grow medical marijuana in Georgia?

“We’re not trying to pull one over on anybody. All we want is medicine for those who truly do have a debilitating illness and allow them to have access to a safe and legal product here in Georgia.”
Stephen Kearse In the Heat of the Light

Author Stephen Kearse on why his new Atlanta novel “burns it all down”

In the Heat of the Light follows an Atlanta graffiti crew that, in the wake of a friend's death by police violence, defaces Stone Mountain. But as two FBI agents start investigating the crime, the crew’s relationships start to fray, culminating in an explosive climax.

The cemetery discovered near Chastain Park

Ray Mock can remember the “poorhouses” next to the North Fulton Golf Course where he played as a teenage duffer. “Most of the people who lived there were elderly or ‘tetched,’ as we called it—or, as the census at the time cruelly termed them, ‘lunatics,’” he says.

State Democratic chairman steps down amid scandal

That whooshing sound you hear is a collective sigh of relief from many Democrats over today’s announcement that state party Chairman Mike Berlon will soon be stepping down.
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Downtown Atlanta show Bipartisan focuses on how art is made

In mid-February Amanda Platner and Hasani Sahlehe walked into a white room with some prepped meals and 15 buckets of paint. Over the next five days for 16 hours a day, the duo worked in silence, painting the south downtown space (and themselves).

What are you doing this weekend? May 22-26

If you’re staying in town this Memorial Day weekend, you’ll find a lot more happening than just picnics and barbeques. Take in some jazz, travel back in time with Dr. Who, or even sip a beer with Mei Lun and Mei Huan. The possibilities are endless.

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