1. Congressman John Lewis at Bound to Be Read Books
2. Brian Setzer Orchestra's Christmas Rocks Tour at Cobb Energy Center
4. Killer Mike, Bobby Creekwater, and more at the Basement
5. La fin d'un siècle de Krog at Eyedrum
Anything is possible in Atlanta.
@thomaswheatley Nice redevelopment area mainly downtown and east Atl. N town mass transit, walking paths etc. Going to b really nice.- John Rocker (@johnrockerbook) December 6, 2013
The Atlanta Renaissance is a case in point. The collaborative art and music showcase, happening
today Sat., Dec. 7 in conjunction with Art Basel at W*Studio in Miami's Wynwood Art District, will feature and handful of Atlanta-based visual artists and MCs. But this time, the rappers are backing up the painters.
"It seems like a lot of people are starting to take more interests in the arts scene [in Atlanta]," Maurice Garland told me when I talked to him for the recent Art Beats + Lyrics cover story. He wrote about the energy coalescing around the shift two months ago in a piece in which his title, "Art is the New Rap in Atlanta," served as a proclamation of sorts.
The shift seems to signal the convergence of a few different things - from the global embrace of street art, which at its foundation, is an offshoot of hip-hop's graffiti roots, to the increased sponsorship by lifestyle brands eager to capitalize on the movement, to the increased mainstream awareness spawned by the likes of Jay-Z, who's as likely these days to mix in Basquiat and Picasso references with name brands like Hublot and Margiela. But more than anything, there's a growing sense that the vibrant arts scene has eclipsed music, culturally and creatively, within the hip-hop industry's hub city.
"The music scene is overpopulated. Everybody is in music someway, somehow, whether they're writing checks or they just decided to quit their day job and start rapping," Garland said, summing up his original post when we talked.
The 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner was known for his work to end South Africa's apartheid regime. He received a life sentence for sabotage charges in 1964, when the nation was racially segregated. Mandela was freed in 1990 after spending 27 years behind bars. In 1994, South African voters elected him to become the nation's first black president.
In June 1990, four months after his release, Mandela visited Atlanta as part of six-week international tour. He briefly talked with Atlanta dignitaries at Hartsfield International Airport, visited the King Center, spoke to thousands at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium, and stopped by Morehouse College. He returned in 1993 to the King Center, spoke at Cascade United Methodist Church, and at received an honorary degree from Clark Atlanta University.
"This is our first stop in the southern United States," Mandela said in 1990. "The weather, the landscape, the warmth of the people evokes a memory for us of home. Unlike you, we are still under the grip of white supremacy. It is a great honor and pleasure to be where Martin Luther King Jr. was born and brought up. We look forward to paying our respects and to meeting with some of the most illustrious daughters and sons of this city."
Metro Atlanta and Georgia leaders, including former President Jimmy Carter, Congressman John Lewis, and Mayor Kasim Reed were among those many who shared a few words about the civil rights icon. We've included some of their responses, in alphabetical order, after the jump.
The demonstrations were part of a movement sparked around one year ago after fast food workers, some of whom were mobilized by labor unions, demanded a $15 minimum wage. Thousands of workers were expected to make similar demands yesterday at fast food locations across the country, including Atlanta.
Denethia Haynes, a Krystal's cashier who lives in Morrow and who planned to protest, told CL on Wednesday that she earns $7.35 an hour, works the night shift, and can't afford to move out of her parents' house.
"Having a union would give us a say in our work and give us a fair chance to have more money in our pockets," she said. "It shows we are for real... I think we all want the same things. We want a better future for our kids. Not just to get by like we're doing now.
"We may be just starting out but we're growing stronger," she says. "What matters is even if you start with one and add more, we're making noise.
- Paul Walker's sudden, shocking death has postponed production of Fast & Furious 7 indefinitely (it was originally slated to resume filming Tuesday). But the cast and crew did memorialize him. Director Justin Lin remembers him here. This photo has made all the rounds, once the news broke, because we are a morbid and mourning group. If anyone knows yet what the franchise will look like without him, they aren't saying. (PSA: Proceeds from the DVD/Blu-Ray sales of Fast 6 will go to Walker's charity.)
- USA's new pilot Neil, Inc. filmed at Crabappple Crossroads. USA's other pilot, Complications, started shooting this month as well.
- Bravo's Married to Medicine (still a thing) filmed at d'Vine Wine in Dunwoody.
- AMC's Halt and Catch Fire filmed on Brady Avenue between Howell Mill and Marietta and then the Cobb Galleria.
- Josh Hutcherson is back for Mockingjay! Everyone thinks he's back filming that scene where he is ********, which is giving everyone "FEELS." They've been filming at the World Congress Center, still.
Beep Beep's third annual group show, involving a lot of triangles and a lot of sizes and a lot of artists, has returned. Here's what last year's show looked like. The future is pointed. Anything is possible. Includes work by Allen Taylor, Ashley Anderson, EMER, Mike Germon, Metatronic, Rachel Berstein, and many, many others. Opens at 7 p.m.
Beware of people peddling Bibles door-to-door around metro Atlanta. Their business might not be salvation. It might be home invasion.
President Barack Obama, Pumski to his wife, Barack to his inner-circle, Barry to his grade school chums, and, probably, "black Barry" to some of his early classmates that didn't know him all that well but needed to clarify which Barry they were talking about, that man, still uses a BlackBerry. And there is a reason he can't switch to an iPhone and it has nothing to do with a draconian contract signed way back when, maybe sometime around the turn of the century when the majority of United States voters elected Al Gore to be our 43rd presidnent.
Following the decision of the U.N Security Council on Thursday, French President Francois Hollande announced "immediate" military action in the Central African Republic to help quell a massive uptick in the level of violence in the notoriously chaotic nation. French and African troops are expected to be deployed within a matter of days.
The new baby gorilla at Zoo Atlanta has an amazing set of hair that is "one part Don King, one part 1980s weatherman, one part magic."
1. Monster Magnet, Royal Thunder, and more at the Masquerade
2. The Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker opens at the Fox Theatre
3. True Story #23 featuring David Harris-Gershon and more at Kavarna
4. Jason Isbell and St. Paul and The Broken Bones at the Buckhead Theatre
5. The Winter Flame at Studioplex
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