5 Atlanta events you won’t want to miss: June 26-July 2

Common performs with the ASO and Pride Month comes to a close

Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars

Photograph courtesy of Vince Dudzinski

Wire & Wood: Designing Iconic Guitars
When: June 29-September 29
Where: Museum of Design Atlanta
Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for children 6-17
Details: Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, James Hetfield of Metallica, Jack White of The White Stripes—those are only a few of the guitars that will be on display at this exhibit. The event will explore the fundamentals of guitar design, why certain designs have become iconic, how different shapes and materials affect sound, and how technology will affect guitars in the future.

Common with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
When: June 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Cost: $29-$150+
Details: Hip-hop and classical music will collide this weekend when Common teams up with the ASO. Common will perform excerpts from his memoir “Let Love Have the Last Word,” which published last month, along with some of his most popular songs from the past 30 years.

Drag queen story hour with Keisha Lance Bottoms
When: June 29, 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Atlanta City Hall
Cost: Free, but RSVP is required
Details: As LGBTQ Pride Month comes to a close this weekend, Atlanta’s mayor will join Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker to celebrate the city’s diversity by reading books aloud. Kids can also enjoy face painting, snacks, and playing with the Atlanta Hawks and Falcons mascots.

Considering Matthew Shepard: Coro Vocati

Photograph courtesy of Coro Vocati

Considering Matthew Shepard
When: June 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Byers Theatre
Cost: $20-$50
Details: In 1998, Matthew Shepard was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming, for being gay. The crime influenced hate crime laws in the U.S. and now, 20 years later, choir Coro Vocati is honoring him with the first performance of this work in Georgia, which will consist of many different music genres, multimedia visuals, and passages from Shepard’s journal.

Photograph courtesy of La Fête du Rosé

La Fête du Rosé
When: June 29, noon-8 p.m.
Where: Piedmont Park
Cost: $30 online, $40 on-site, $65+ for additional packages
Details: After a postponement due to weather, this wine and music festival is coming back for a second year. Lay out on a blanket in the park, sip on some rosé, and dance to live music by Mannie Fresh, DJ Stormy, DJ Jay Envy, and more.

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