Friday, November 16, 2018
Fireworks Illustration

Don’t Miss List: Our top 5 Atlanta event picks for July

The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival at the Fox Theatre honors the undead with a 50th-anniversary screening of Night of the Living Dead and jack-of-all-cuisines Ford Fry’s Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival challenges local and visiting chefs, mixologists, and farmers to concoct tomato-based treats at the Westside Provisions District.
Circa Appalachia

Flashback: The Southern photographs that inspired the Food Stamp Act

In the summer of 1967, four doctors and Georgia photographer Al Clayton toured the rural South and Atlanta to document the shacks the country’s poor called home and the meager diets they consumed. Struck by the group’s testimony later that year, Congress would go on to pass the Food Stamp Act.
Robby Ivy

Street Saviors: How Atlanta is helping—not jailing—the homeless, mentally ill, and addicted

Robby Ivy is “care navigator” for Atlanta's Pre-Arrest Diversion Initiative, a program has created an unlikely alliance between police officers and criminal justice activists. Together, they’re trying to answer a key question: Can helping the addicted, mentally ill, and homeless instead of hauling them to jail make Atlanta safer?
Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom

Clark Ashton has a metal-art museum in his Decatur yard: The Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom on Druid Hill

In 1990, Clark Ashton quit his day job as an electronic technician to devote his life to building a metal-art museum in the front and back yards of his Decatur home. The Augusta native dubbed it the Mechanical Riverfront Kingdom on Druid Hill.
Cemetery Music Festival

Don’t Miss List: Our top 5 Atlanta event picks for June

Bill Clinton and James Patterson wrote a new book, and the former president is coming to Cobb Energy Centre to discuss it. Also don't miss Horizon Theatre's production of Freaky Friday, Big Boi at the Tabernacle, and your chance to rock out at Oakland Cemetery.
Metalsome

At a Virginia-Highland dive bar, Metalsome karaoke turns everyone into a headbanger

You don't need to be a professional singer to grab the microphone for hard-rock, live-band karaoke with Metalsome at the 10 High, the small club tucked beneath Dark Horse Tavern. A lot of the 20- and 30-somethings who join in are defiantly tone-deaf and rhythmically deficient (perhaps thanks to a PBR or three).
Atlanta Jazz Festival

Flashback: Laying the groundwork for the Atlanta Jazz Festival, 1966

The list of acts read like a jazz aficionado’s fantasy dinner party: Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Buddy Rich, and more. It laid the groundwork for mayor Maynard Jackson to later launch the city’s own—and free—Atlanta Jazz Festival, which has been held annually since 1978 and starts this year on May 26.
Rats

Welcome to Ratlanta: What to know about the rodents next door

Have you met your neighbors? Their names are Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus, and metro Atlanta is teeming with them.
The Fall Line

The Fall Line: Two podcasting sleuths revisit the cases of abducted Grady newborns

The Fall Line is investigating the cases of seven Grady newborns who went missing decades ago—two of whom were never found. Inspired other true-crime dramas like Serial, Laurah Norton, a writer and Georgia State University senior lecturer, and Brooke Gently-Hargrove, a grief counselor, launched the true-crime serial podcast last year, which has since racked up 2.3 million listens.
Blandtown

“A poke at the underbelly of Atlanta’s gentrification.” An artist fights to preserve Blandtown’s forgotten history.

Gregor Turk paid $85,000 for his northwest Atlanta studio. That was in 2003—ancient history in the fast-evolving landscape of intown gentrification. Turk’s studio is now surrounded by 35 new single-family homes, with prices starting at $550,000, and the area has been rechristened “West Town.” Not so fast, says Turk, who in 2016 erected a billboard in his yard that reads, “Welcome to the Heart of Blandtown.” The sign is not a passive-aggressive middle finger at developers, Turk says. Instead, it’s a history lesson.

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