Throughout nearly seven decades, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has bridged musical gaps with an extensive catalog of Grammy-winning recordings that include symphonies, operas, and gospel and classical choral works. Once helmed by the chorale superstar Robert Shaw, the orchestra has produced six Grammy-winning releases in its 12 years under current director Robert Spano. Its allied institution, the Atlanta School of Composers provides training, support, and ear massages for hardworking contemporary artists.
From a chic, late-night soiree to a lively kids' birthday bash, the planners at Perfect Parties execute events for both adults and children. Adults' parties may include dancing, hors d'oeuvres, and cakes celebrating new babies or finally finding the perfect hairstylist. Kids' parties, on the other hand, exude fun and whimsy. That might mean cupcakes adorned with edible lipstick and eyeshadow palettes or a party table decked out like a car garage.
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
Founder and director Lauren “Miss LaLa” McBride stirs inspiration in artists of all ages at her triple-pronged studio focused on the visual, musical, and theatrical arts. Painters, illustrators, potters, and wannabe fashion designers can all find a class to suit them, and for younger artists, M.A.D.—or Music and Arts Development—Mondays foster creativity in kids from the cradle through elementary school. In the theater department, the studios' pint-size play-actors have put on such shows as The Lion King, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Little Mermaid. Miss LaLa rounds out her programming with fitness classes such as yoga and fencing, preparing kids for Hamlet and Laertes' famous asana duel.