The art-collecting and fabulous finds events at ZuCot Gallery are like a hands-on combination of Antiques Roadshow and Night at the Museum. You'll be treated to a vast body of knowledge from a small panel of experts as they speak and answer questions on custom framing, art collecting, art theory, and art history. Bring along up to two small collectibles or heirlooms—such as jewelry, ceramics, or a small, signed first-edition lithograph of Lolcats Playing Poker—and you'll get a five-minute appraisal of each, delivered by the knowing hands, mouth, and eyeballs of an adept antiques expert (for entertainment purposes only). The event also includes a guided tour of ZuCot's in-house art collection of paintings, photography, sculpture, and more.
If you’re looking to pull the kids away from the television screen this weekend but can’t stand the thought of visiting the same dull museums, consider a stop into the Wren’s Nest House Museum. One of Atlanta’s oldest museums, the former home of Joel Chandler Harris educates tykes on the life of the author of the famous Brer Rabbit stories. Every Saturday afternoon, one of several local readers thrills children by re-enacting one of Harris’s popular tales. The walls of the small home are lined with mementos from the author’s life, and the rich, green brocade and period furniture give a welcoming atmosphere that your children will warm to quickly. You may find yourself enchanted by the stories as well, and you’re guaranteed to come away with a new appreciation for the classic stories of Joel Chandler Harris.
WonderRoot fosters the next generation of artists in its Community Arts Center, including access to arts-education classes and all of the center's media production facilities. Young people ages 18 and under can enrich expressive skills in arts classes such as bookbinding and video editing and take advantage of resource spaces that include a darkroom, digital-media lab, and printing, recording, and ceramics studios. Professional development programs are also available to nurture budding artists. While membership to the center costs $60, WonderRoot strives to make their resources accessible to the community and has supported 88 young artists in the past year with free memberships.
At Out of Hand Theater, the audience isn't just a passive crowd—the audience is a collaborator. Whether engaging their fans with new plays from local writers or staging elaborate public art performances such as The Break Up—a two-minute romance between an actor and anyone else—Out of Hand Theater makes the audience carry their emotional weight. They also host the Game, an interactive scavenger hunt that sends participants off to crack codes and solve puzzles all over the city. The Game is never quite what it seems: clues participants seek might be hiding in a realistic staged scene or on a strangely animated-looking statue.
Artist and fashion designer Stuart McClean was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, where his lifelong devotion to creation began during childhood under the artistically trained eye of his mother. Today, after years of crisscrossing the United States, Stuart has left a multi-colored mark on Inman Park with the gallery that carries his name. Outfitted with a large collection of bright, feel-good pieces, including canvases, photography, and sculptures, the gallery reflects Stuart's Caribbean roots, alluring visitors to browse its vibrant gems amid an atmosphere that is warmer than a bear hug from a grizzly bear in a teddy-bear costume. Works from world-renowned artists snake along the walls and even lead to a second story, which is actually a dark, wooden balcony that wraps around the gallery and pours elevated views of the first floor into meandering eyes. In addition to general browsing, the gallery can also be rented out for weddings, parties, and fundraisers throughout the year.
Gory, brutal, and open only to adults, Chambers of Horror takes scaring to the extreme—so much so that HauntedAttraction.com made it #13 on its list of 25 Must See Haunts in 2010. A staff of mutilation professionals and special effects experts eschew childish zombies and goblins in favor of actual monsters: psychopathic doctors, lawyers, and congressmen willing to do unspeakable things to win your shrieked support on election day. Inside the torture chamber, grisly scenes and relentless assailants force visitors to grope through room after torment-riddled room, where they'll encounter horrors orchestrated by the insidious Herr Scudder, Lord Faust, and Lil Dahlia, the dismemberment queen.
Those in need of a little liquid courage before entering the darkness can swing by the open-air Splatter Bar and Lounge. Guests who become too scared to brave the chamber can also opt to stay at the bar, where horror movies, independent musicians, and sideshow performers drown out the faraway sound of a friend's terrified protestations that he is not really afraid.