1) America Elects Its First Black President continues at Wood Is Wonderful Gallery.
2) Dr. Jim Cobb discusses his new book chronicling Georgia's past at the Decatur Library.
3) Chattahoochee Nature Center hosts Flying Colors Butterfly Festival.
4) Have Heart, Verse and Fondation perform at the Drunken Unicorn.
5) Earth, Wind and Fire performs at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.
(Image Joel Gresham)
1) Young Americans is on display at the High Museum.
2) Kenny Chesney and LeAnn Rimes perform at Turner Field.
3) The Five Spot hosts Just Think!, a night of political exploration.
4) Unplugged in the Park continues at Piedmont Park.
5) Atkins Park Tavern hosts the Dave FM Sunset Live Concert Series.
(Photo © Sheila Pree Bright)
1) Chris Rock performs at the Fox Theatre.
2) Atlanta Contemporary Art Center presents Artist's Talks with Daniel Duford, Dave McKenzie and Susan Silton.
3) New Street Gallery hosts Vinyl Show.
4) Papa Grows Funk performs at Smith's Olde Bar.
5) Charles Frazier signs his new book, Thirteen Moons, at Eagle Eye Book Shop.
Sometimes it's hard to tell where the joking ends and the true deep-space funk and electro psychedelia begins, but that's the beauty of NOOT 'D NOOT. It's the ultimate Atlanta party band that channels expert musicianship into dance-floor party jams. The CD/LP release party Fri., JULY 11, for the Noot's International Hits debut, Goofer Dust, will be an awesome display of seriously funky music that's not meant to be taken seriously at all. A slew of like-minded local party starters including Judi Chicago, DJs Cozy Sean & Brett Electric, DJ Ching Dong and Vagina Jenkins are all on deck to perform as well. $7. 9:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com.
(Photo by Steve Pomberg)
Family history collides with demographic changes in HALLELUJAH STREET BLUES, Atlanta playwright Valetta Anderson's comedy/drama about, in part, the gentrification of a Decatur neighborhood. Presented in conjunction with the National Black Arts Festival and opening Fri., JULY 11, the multigenerational family story stars "The Young and the Restless'" Veronica Redd (right) and "Hill Street Blues'" Taurean Blacque. Thomas Jones II, who directed the adaptation of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye for Horizon last summer, also directs Hallelujah Street Blues. Through Aug. 24. $15-$30. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. 404-584-7450. www.horizontheatre.com.
(Photo courtesy Horizon Theatre)
1) Hallelujah Street Blues opens at Horizon Theatre.
2) John Hiatt and the Ageless Beauties perform at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
3) Disappearing Black Neighborhoods opens at Georgia State's Student Center Lounge.
4) Noot 'd Noot performs at the Earl.
5) Fernbank Museum of Natural History hosts Martinis and IMAX.
(Photo Lisa Adler)
Back in April I reviewed the inspirational documentary Girls Rock!, which chronicled the weeklong travails of teen musicians learning to come together in hastily assembled bands and perform one song at the camp's end. The great news that came out of it was the local news that there would be an Atlanta chapter of Girls Rock!, which begins its five-day camp for girls ages 10-18 next week on Monday, July 14, at Eyedrum.
Atlanta has a pretty impressive punk-rock heritage that was nurtured in the Little Five Points scene of the 1980s and beyond, so it will be interesting to see what happens when children of parent punk-rockers (should they attend) come together over the next week and show their stuff on Saturday, July 19.
1) The Swear performs at Andrews Upstairs.
2) Reflections of Culture continues at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
3) Alison Krauss and Robert Plant perform a sold-out show at Chastain Park Amphitheater.
4) Natalie Chanin discusses and signs Alabama Stitch Book at Whitespace Gallery.
5) Langhorne Slim & the War Eagles perform at the Earl.
(Photo Elizabeth Elkins)
With Bonnaroo more than three hours away and Music Midtown canceled for the past few years, Atlantans don't often get the chance to see large music festivals that feature multiple acts in one day. Well, all that changes Wed., JULY 9, when the VANS WARPED TOUR comes to town. The lineup includes Angels and Airwaves, Relient K, the Academy Is ..., the Pinker Tones, the Gym Class Heroes and Against Me! (right). $29.50. Noon. Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-249-6400. www.warpedtour.com.
(Photo by Janette Beckman)
1) Civil Rights activist Dick Gregory speaks on Sen. Barack Obama, health and more at Shrine of the Black Madonna.
2) Soul Asylum and Gin Blossoms perform at Chastain Park Amphitheater.
3) CL hosts a raging party for Best of Atlanta 2008 at Star Bar.
4) Vans Warped Tour comes to Lakewood Amphitheatre.
5) Callanwolde Fine Arts Center hosts Summer Coffeehouse Series Open-Mic Poetry Reading with Kodac Harrison.
(Photo courtesy Dick Gregory)
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