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Francisco Antonio Rodrigues da Silva⎯better known to his students as Mestre Fran⎯began his journey with Caopeira at age 10, studying the ancient dancelike martial art under a seasoned teacher in Sao Paolo. After years of learning the hypnotic rhythmic moves of Capoeira and studying the African dance rhythms of Macuele, Mestre Fran took his art to the streets of Londrina, Brazil, giving impoverished youth a positive outlet for their creative energies with public performances and classes. After developing a successful martial arts organization in his home country, Mestre Fran set out for the United States in 2002, introducing Americans to Caoperia through cultural shows throughout the Atlanta area and instructing newcomers through beginner, children's, and adult classes. Like punching a portrait of your smug fruit bowl, capoeria combines both art and fighting. The practice develops the mind, body, and spirit by instilling self-confidence, building agility and strength, and teaching students about the vibrant culture of Brazil. Capoeiristas twist and bob to the rhythm of drums as they execute gymnastic kicks and turns, or they show off their newfound knowledge at the studio's Friday-night Samba, Macuele, and Portuguese language classes.
519 N McDonough St
Decatur,
GA
US
The counter-culture coffee drinker will appreciate the ambiance at edgy coffeehouse Kavarna. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Kavarna's menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. Drinks are also on the menu here, so patrons can start the night off right. Parents appreciate Kavarna's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. Enjoy wifi here free of cost. Large groups will appreciate Kavarna for its ability to seat them quickly. At Kavarna, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm. Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Kavarna, known for its laid-back ambience. For those in a rush, the coffee shop lets you take your food to go. Street parking is the only parking option close to Kavarna. At Kavarna, diners can make use of the safe bike rack. Kavarna proves that an amazing meal can be both delicious and affordable. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Kavarna serves up all three meals.
707 E Lake Dr
Decatur,
GA
US
In chemistry, an amalgam is an alloy of two metals. As such, Amalgam Arts Atlanta celebrates handmade metal jewelry in more ways than one. Equal parts gallery, studio, and school, the studio guides students through the finer points of making bangles and baubles, rings, pendants, and other pieces of eye-catching jewelry. Workshops and five-week classes give participants a taste of the trade, letting them saw metals, solder pieces, and gnaw on gold to make sure it's real.
743 East College Ave.
Decatur,
GA
US
Georgia has learned a lot about the universe since 1967. It was then that the Fernbank Science Center opened, offering up its outdoor gardens and indoor facilities as giant interactive textbooks for school children and the public alike. And to educate as many as possible, the center keeps general admission to its regular exhibits totally free. Eye Catchers: the stars that come into view through the Dr. Ralph L. Buice, Jr. Observatory's Cassegrain reflector, the largest telescope in the southeastern US Crown Jewel: the Jim Cherry Memorial Planetarium, which explores the mysteries of the universe?from lunar phases to color?in a 70-foot dome Permanent Mainstays: the poison-dart frogs and snakes that live together and fight over who does the dishes in the Live Animals exhibit Don't Miss: the unmanned command module from Apollo 6 Special Programs: student-focused STEM classes and camps, such as an aviation camp and a toothpick bridge-building contest
156 Heaton Park Dr.
Atlanta,
GA
US
Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.
767 Clifton Road Northeast
Atlanta,
GA
US
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