Preview: Art on the Atlanta BeltLine 2014

Now in its fifth year, Art on the Atlanta BeltLine is the largest temporary public art exhibition in the Southeast, according to Elan Buchen, the BeltLine’s coordinator for art and design. This year, visual arts installations stretch not only along the Eastside Trail but also along six more miles of future BeltLine trails along the southeast and westside corridors.

Art Rocks Athens honors its musical history this weekend

Fans will get a two-night crash course in the history of the Athens music scene this weekend, thanks to two icon-studded bills as part of Art Rocks Athens: The Music. Tonight at the 40 Watt in Athens, the music of The B-52’s, Pylon, The Side Effects, R.E.M., Is/Ought Gap, Club Gaga, The Fans, and Kevin Dunn will be celebrated. On Saturday night at the Georgia Theatre, music vets and newbies on the Athens set will pay tribute to Method Actors, Squalls, Kilkenny Cats, Dreams So Real, Oh-OK, Bar-B-Q Killers, and others.

UGA grad and Walthall Fellow’s art speaks for social justice

The “starving artist” cliche exists for a reason; this is not an easy way to make a living. But twenty-seven-year-old Jessica Caldas is defying the stereotype. She recently left her day job at the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation to focus on her art career full-time.

Will a mural transform the scary Boulevard Tunnel?

When I moved to Cabbagetown a couple of years ago, I quickly learned what it means to be “on the other side of the tracks.” Literally. For those of us who live south of the CSX and MARTA rail lines that slice through the heart of intown Atlanta, getting around can be problematic.

The Clermont Lounge becomes a coffee table book

The first time Atlanta writer Dana Hazels Seith attempted to interview Blondie for the new Clermont Lounge coffee table book, No Cameras, the legendary dancer threw her out of her Ponce de Leon Avenue dressing room. For good measure, Blondie also tossed Seith on her second and third attempts to talk to her.

An artist’s unlikely inspiration: Walmart

Brendan O’Connell is painting bananas. Not particularly impressive specimens, either. They sit bunched and bruised beside his twelve-by-sixteen-inch canvas, which is balanced on a shopping cart at the front of a Walmart store in Tucker.

Steve Penley has a message for Atlanta’s weather whiners

Atlanta artist Steve Penley had a message for the city Friday, so he took to his paints and brushes to best express himself. In black paint, Penley wrote: “Atlanta is very lucky to have a great mayor and Ga. has a great Gov. Get a grip everyone. It’s weather!” He posted it on his artist Facebook page. So why did Penley feel the need to address the ongoing criticism of Georgia governor Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed? For starters, Penley’s work has been unintentionally ridiculed all week.

Artist of the Year: HENSE

Alex Brewer, the artist better known by his tag HENSE, had a breakout year. But he’s certainly no breakout artist, having long straddled the worlds of illicit street graffiti and commissioned public art.

What are you doing this weekend? November 15 – 17

We’ve got a few suggestions for things to do to remind yourself that the city really is a great place to be—no matter what our home team thinks.

What are you doing this weekend? November 1-3

As you might have observed, we’re a little Walking Dead obsessed of late. Join other TWD obsessives at Walker Stalker, the first convention created in honor of Atlanta’s favorite zombies. Show stars—including Steven Yeun (Glenn), Melissa McBride (Carol), Scott Wilson (Hershel), Andrew Lincoln (Rick), and Norman Reedus (Daryl)—will be on hand. The panel discussions range from cerebral (“Zombie Ethics” with Emory profs) to squishy (“How to Paint and Apply Foam Latex Zombie Prosthetics”). Stop by our booth and say hi. (And while you're there,enter to win an autographed blow-up of one of our covers.) Friday, Saturday, Sunday. walkerstalkercon.com

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