Art on the Atlanta BeltLine gets ready to light the night

Last weekend was packed with institutional Atlanta events such as DragonCon and the Decatur Book Festival, but this weekend marks the third anniversary of a younger civic tradition: Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, a three-month-long exhibition that brings visual and performance art to the BeltLine's twenty-two miles of trails, parks, and rail lines.

Kick-starting arts funding

Last year the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies declared Georgia second-to-last in the nation in terms of public arts financing. That number forty-nine ranking (six cents per capita, compared with $5.77 in first-place Minnesota) may shock some Atlantans, but it surprises no one involved with the arts.

The AJC building’s new life as a gallery

The old 3,000-square-foot former AJC lobby will become a public gallery as the building gets a significant face-lift thanks to a design by Stanley Beaman & Sears that incorporates a nine-story sculpture into its facade.

What are you doing this weekend? October 11-13

Well, the huge event of the weekend is Atlanta Pride, the celebration that started in the 1970s and just keeps getting bigger and better. The 2013 massive list of events includes parties, performances, an artists market, a Eucharist service, Lady Gaga-inspired yoga, workshops, films, a car and motorcycle show, and, of course, one hell of a parade. Piedmont Park and environs. atlantapride.org

New John Lewis mural

There's a big new mural of Rep. John Lewis on Auburn Avenue at Jesse Hill Jr. Drive. He has a campaign office on the same block.

Bodies as a Work of Art benefit flies high in third year of sexy painted fun

Five years after his death, Atlanta painter Paul Chelko's love of edgy art, the human form and empowerment of women continued to inspire the artists and models involved in Saturday night's third annual Bodies as a Work of Art charitable fundraiser.

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.

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

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.

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.

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