On this week’s agenda: chalk art, a Frankie Lymon musical, close encounters with ghosts and zombies, and an intimate voyage through the human body. As always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Atlanta. Marietta ChalkFest Marietta | Saturday, October 11, to Sunday, October 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Yes, we walk all over it every day, but that doesn't mean pavement isn't a viable canvas for artistic expression. Just ask the professional chalk artists who will descend upon Marietta Square and the Cobb Museum of Art for ChalkFest 2014. But the pros don't get to have all the fun; the public is also welcome to participate in the annual juried chalk-art competition, which kicks off on Saturday at 10 a.m. (30 Atlanta St.; free) Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Presents ''Fool in Love: A Musical Night in the Life of Frankie Lymon'' Decatur | Sunday, October 12, at 5 p.m. With a diverse lineup of artists drawn from across the states, around the globe, and around the corner, each day of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival appeals to a range of tastes with re-imagined classics and fresh productions. This energetic musical is no exception; it examines the career of ’50s teen idol Frankie Lymon, and features hits such as “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” “Goody Goody,” and “Little Bitty Pretty One.” (3181 Rainbow Dr.; $8+; buy tickets here) Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour Grant Park | Friday, October 17, at 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Historic Oakland Cemetery may or may not be haunted, but you'll have the opportunity to come to your own conclusions on a walking tour led by a docent in period costume. The tour is one of the few chances to see the cemetery's beautifully lit gardens (and undeniably creepy tombstones) after dark, and Friday's tour is the first of the season. Remember to reserve a spot in advance. (248 Oakland Ave. SE; $23; buy tickets here) Walker Stalker Con 2014 Downtown | Friday, October 17, to Sunday, October 19 Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart turns into a nightmarish hellscape (but, you know, the good kind) when Walker Stalker Con 2014 comes to town.The stars of AMC’s The Walking Dead and Comic Book Men will treat fans to panels, events, and post-apocalyptic fun. Highlights include Q&A sessions and the feeling that you’ve found a new community—or farm or prison—of friends in a world overrun with zombies. (230 Peachtree St. NW #220; $20+; buy tickets here) ''Bodies: The Exhibition'' at Atlantic Station Midtown | Through November 16 Bodies: The Exhibition leads guests on an intimate, education-packed voyage through the human body and its collection of intricately assembled systems. Numerous actual full-body specimens and more than 100 real human organs—each meticulously dissected and reverently displayed—provide a behind-the-scenes peek into anatomical inner workings. (265 18th St.; $18+; buy tickets here)Read More
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On this week’s agenda: art in the park, celebrity basketball, cooking with children, and music from Tori Amos, William Green, and Kipper Jones. As always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Atlanta. Piedmont Park Arts Festival Midtown | Saturday, August 16, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Sunday, August 17, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Atlanta's largest public park is outdoing even itself with the fifth annual Piedmont Park Arts Festival, which will feature up to 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers, and other crafters. Sorting through the dizzying array of artistic disciplines is only part of the fun—live acoustic music, a bustling street market, and (of course) fried festival foods round out the weekend's bill. (1215 Piedmont Ave.; free) Atlanta Celeb Fest's Celebrity Basketball Game Sylvan Hills | Saturday, August 16, noon Atlanta Celeb Fest has drawn some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports to Georgia's capital, and its celebrity basketball game promises to be a sloppy—er, star-studded—affair. The game will tip off at noon inside Atlanta Metropolitan College. General-admission seating will let fans scoot close enough to the action to cheer on their favorite celebs and get whiffs of their paparazzi repellent. (1630 Metropolitan Pkwy. SW; $25+; buy tickets here) Eat a Georgia Rainbow at Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta Downtown | Sunday, August 17, 1 p.m. The Children's Museum of Atlanta has always been known for its hands-on activities, but Eat a Georgia Rainbow takes it a step further by adding food to the mix. This seasonal program features fruits and vegetables harvested in Georgia, and kids aged 8 or younger will be able to cook up a dish using local produce. As for the parents? Well, they're the brave souls who have to eat it. (275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW; $12.75+; free for children younger than 1; buy tickets here) Tori Amos Cumberland | Tuesday, August 19, 8 p.m. Tori Amos has been a musical force of nature since the mid-1980s, but the singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist looks to be just getting started. She released her first classical music album in 2011 and seemed to be heading down an entirely new path, but her latest effort, Unrepentant Geraldines, marks a return to pop rock. Wherever she goes next, Amos is bound to find a captivated audience. (Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy.; $42–$67; buy tickets here) Fabulous Fridaze Concert Series with William Green and Kipper Jones Mableton | Friday, August 22, 7 p.m. The latest installment in the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre's Fabulous Fridaze series features a pair of acts who have been doing this music thing for a while now. Keyboardist William Green has been playing since he was a child, and his talents have led him to appear alongside Curtis Mayfield and Jennifer Holliday. Joining Green will be Kipper Jones, who trained as as Motown singer at the age of 15 and has penned hits for everyone from Chaka Khan to Brandy. (5239 Floyd Rd. SW; $15+; buy tickets here)Read More
Atlanta isn’t exactly known for its art scene. Sure, there’s the world-famous High Museum, but even locals can have a hard time figuring out where to go beyond that. That’s a shame, because it’s in the small, local galleries where Atlanta’s art scene truly shines. These places aren’t always easy to find. Some are tiny and somewhat hidden, whereas others stretch the meaning of “gallery” by taking the art outdoors. You have to know what you’re looking for when it comes to art in Atlanta, so we’ve made a list of our favorite galleries to check out around town. Onward! Young Blood Gallery | Poncey-Highland First up is Young Blood Gallery (632 N. Highland Ave. NE), a favorite of local artists and crafters. Young Blood has been showing and selling “low-brow art” (their words, not ours) since 1997—that’s way before Esty was invented. Over the years, the gallery has evolved and become more sophisticated, but the homegrown charm is still there. Since the new owners took over in 2013, the gallery is more boutique than art space, but it’s still a great resource for local, handcrafted artworks. MINT | Poncey-Highland MINT (636 N. Highland Ave. NE) is one of those hidden galleries. Fortunately, it’s located right next door to Young Blood—to find it, enter through the hallway at 634 Highland and take the first door on the right. The gallery was started by some local college grads in 2006, and they’ve been dedicated to exhibiting new and emerging artists ever since. This is the place to go to discover the freshest, youngest talent Atlanta has to offer. The nonprofit space features a full calendar of exhibitions run completely by a volunteer staff; check it out here. Beep Beep Gallery | Midtown In a similar vein—and not too far from MINT— is Beep Beep Gallery (696 Charles Allen Dr. NE). This tiny Midtown space is one of the most active art spots in town, with a constant rotation of exhibits featuring cutting-edge artworks. It’s known for its epically cramped (but amazingly fun) monthly openings, which usually feature multiple emerging artists. Kibbee Gallery | Poncey-Highland Another hidden gem in Poncey-Highland, Kibbee Gallery (688 Linwood Ave. NE) features both emerging and established Atlanta artists. The place has a welcoming, unpretentious vibe, though you might be taken aback when you see the giant installations on the ground floor of a 100-year-old home. There are new exhibitions almost every month of the year; check the gallery’s schedule for upcoming exhibitions. Outdoor Art: Living Walls and Art on the Atlanta Beltline Living Walls and Art on the Atlanta Beltline are two fantastic outdoor art experiences that have to be included in a guide to Atlanta gallery-hopping. Living Walls is a year-round program that commissions artists to paint street murals around town. From Decatur to East Point, more than 30 walls have been brought to life thanks to LW’s artist program. As its name implies, Art on the Atlanta Beltline features temporary public artworks along the Beltline between September and November. Hundreds of visual artists, performing artists, and musicians have taken part in the program since it began in 2010. If you’re unfamiliar with the Beltline project, this is a great way to acquaint yourself with the city’s largest connected green space. Photos: Catherine Lee (wall murals), Joeff Davis (Young Blood Gallery), Beep Beep Gallery Discover more things to do in Atlanta with Groupon.Read More