When Manga African Dance gets going, the whole room turns into a swirl of sound and color. Ramatu Afegbua-Sabbatt founded the dance troupe in 1990 to share her passion for indigenous African culture. She hasn't had a difficult time turning people on to high-energy dance routines that incorporate drums, colorful clothing, and songs from across the African continent. While performing at schools and community organizations, the group teaches audiences about everything from the ceremonial music of Guinea to the rhythmic footwork of Nigeria. In addition to these performances, they host dance and drum classes for students of all ages and foot sizes.
Look in your refrigerator: even if you stuffed beer into all the vegetable drawers and other spots meant for healthy stuff, you'd still never fit 175 different kinds in there. That's why the East Atlanta Beer Festival exists. Well, that, and to raise proceeds for local non-profit organizations. At the annual festival?which unfolds in East Atlanta's peaceful Brownwood Park?beer enthusiasts are equipped with a sampling cup and set loose to explore suds poured by dozens of different breweries. Food from vendors and music from local bands round out the afternoon, and afterward, every attendee heads home with a souvenir pint glass to display on their bar or store their drunken confessions in.
Students should bring: Bottled water, towel, and a mat
Average class length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: We are located off the Beltline in the Old Fourth Ward, and we have a secure front entrance where you can be buzzed in.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Sacred Thread is all about community. It's more than just a yoga studio?we are truly family. The teachers share personal stories, tips, and tricks, and they make an effort to practice with their students. We believe motivation occurs in numbers and by supporting one another.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
We recently had a student who had not been able to touch her toes in years. After three weeks of practice, twice a week, she now touches her toes and is able to get her hands on the ground.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
We prefer a mix of music with our classes. Everything from traditional kirtan to soul and rock. The one common thread is that the music is uplifting and speaks to the soul.
This one-day festival features numerous local and domestic breweries, including Atlanta's own SweetWater Brewing Company (one of the nation's oldest breweries), Yuengling, and more. As you make your dynamic flight through the park, enjoy victorious stops at flip-cup and beer-pong tables, or prove that a beer in the hand is worth four in the hole during a laid-back round of cornhole. By day, enjoy live musical performances by Stokeswood, and by night, join the rowdy masses as the fest moves indoors to the Masquerade for a late-night after-party. With five solid hours of consumption, competition, and celebration, the Atlanta Summer Beer Festival might just be the coolest beer event since the unveiling of the kegerator koozie.
Blu Tavern's chefs conduct a diverse chorus of Asian, Italian, and Latin American flavors to entertain taste buds with an eclectic dinner menu. Alongside sips of the night’s featured wine, evening feasts commence with savory appetizers such as coconut-curry mussels steeped in a fragrant bath of coconut milk and green curry or smoked sea-salt tuna ceviche served with chickpea relish, sweet potato, and peruvian corn. Hearty menu headliner herb-crusted salmon mignon satisfies stomachs' aching need both for seafood and self-fulfillment. Forks can also dig into main dishes such as pan-roasted bone-in pork chops topped in a balsamic-and-herb glaze and chicken adraki simmered in a spicy yogurt sauce. For dessert, diners can dive into slices of key-lime pie or croissant bread pudding to get the sugar rush required for participation in marathon readings of ancient Etruscan love poetry.