Category: Arts & Entertainment

Light Up Dunwoody set for Nov. 18

The city’s Light Up Dunwoody event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, 3-5:45 p.m. at the Cheek Spruill Farm House, 5455 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. The annual community event rings in the holiday season and includes a Holiday Village, which opens at 3 p.m. The lighting of a tree and a menorah are scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Santa will be on the lawn of the Spruill Farm House with his sleigh, and live reindeer will be available for photo opportunities. Residents should bring their own cameras. Everyone is invited, and there is no cost to participate in the family-friendly...

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Zero Mile Post moves to Atlanta History Center

The Zero Mile Post, a historic stone railroad marker of the city’s center since the 1850s, has been moved to the Atlanta History Center from its long-inaccessible downtown site. The marker will join the famous locomotive the “Texas” in its long-awaited exhibit debut on Nov. 17. Whether the Zero Mile Post will remain at the History Center permanently or return to its downtown spot is still an open question, according to the Georgia Building Authority, which owns the marker. Meanwhile, the agency is doing a swap with the History Center, loaning the original marker in exchange for a replica...

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City Springs Performing Arts Center general manager leaves the job

The general manager of the City Springs Performing Arts Center has left the job, with no public announcement, three months after the PAC’s grand opening. The sales and marketing manager has departed as well. Michael Enoch, who was hired as general manager at the start of 2017, was instrumental in starting the PAC at Sandy Springs’ new civic center and booking its first season of shows. Lisa Crawford, the PAC’s sales and marketing manager, started her job in February. The city was not involved in the decision, city spokesperson Sharon Kraun said. Spectra, a private company that directly employed the...

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‘Create Dunwoody’ plan lays out ideas for arts, culture

The city’s new “Create Dunwoody” Arts and Culture Plan lays out several reasons that city government should be involved in supporting arts and culture organizations, including providing a better quality of life for residents while also boosting the local economy and attracting businesses. But some city leaders are hesitant to spend significant money implementing an arts master plan because of the city’s already limited resources. Some also argue numerous other nearby cities, including Atlanta, already offer many events and cultural spaces and question why a small city like Dunwoody should do the same. The 65-page master plan is the...

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Sandy Springs launches City Springs sculpture competition

Sandy Springs has a launched its City Springs sculpture competition and is seeking entries. Nine winning entries in the competition, “ArtSS in the Open,” will be installed outside around City Springs. The city is seeking entries from local, regional and national artists. The theme for the inaugural competition is “Inspired. By nature,” according to a press release. The city plans to purchase one or more sculptures from each annual competition to add to its public art collection. Sculptures purchased will be placed in permanent public locations around the city, the release said. “A desire to bring the arts closer to...

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‘MacGyver’ films at Sandy Springs homes

The TV series “MacGyver” filmed scenes at a house on Sandy Springs’ Heards Ferry Road on Oct. 12. Neighbor Wil Johnson said the crew offered him $1,000 to park a generator in his yard, and he snapped some photos of the production. Now in its third season, “MacGyver” is a reboot of the 1980s action series about a secret agent skilled at improvising devices that help him defeat his foes. The series has primarily filmed in metro Atlanta since its...

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Book Festival of the MJCCA set for Oct. 30 to Nov. 18

The 27th annual Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is set for Oct. 30 to Nov. 18 with some of the nation’s bestselling authors. This year’s event features more than 45 authors, including Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks (Oct. 30), former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (Nov. 3), and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Nov. 4). Most events will be held at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Some other authors scheduled to appear during the festival proper include Anna Quindlen, Stuart Eizenstat, director Kenny Leon, Jon Meacham, Liane...

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Around Town: The season for haunted lawns returns

The dragon is back. It spreads its bright yellow wings in Blair and Alex Garrett’s front yard in Brookhaven. It’s been there since October flew in. Blair wanted to put the inflatable dragon out in her yard in September, but her husband said no. That was just too early, he said, to decorate for Halloween. Don’t tell that to Anthony Cabrera. He spends the whole year planning his Halloween decorations and starts building stuff about Labor Day. “Over the course of the year, I experiment with stuff like, ‘What would make a good-looking wall in an asylum?’ he said....

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Redesigned Bobby Jones Golf Course prepares its big debut

After years of planning, neighborhood debates and massive real estate deals, it’s time once again to play at Bobby Jones Golf Course. Atlanta’s first public golf course, dating to 1932, reopens Nov. 5 with a dramatic redesign pitched as “revolutionary and spectacular.” The $23 million remake of Bobby Jones, located off Northside Drive in Buckhead’s Atlanta Memorial Park, includes a total reconstruction of the course. Instead of the previous 18 holes, it’s now a “reversible” nine-hole course that golfers can play in two directions. The brainchild of the late famed designer Bob Cupp, it’s one of only two reversible...

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DeKalb Entertainment Commission expo set for Nov. 3

The DeKalb Entertainment Commission is providing a behind the scenes look the state’s entertainment industry with its second Entertainment Expo on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at ROAM Innovative Workplace at Perimeter Center, 1151 Hammond Drive NE, #240. The expo will feature panel sessions, hands-on workshops, pitch opportunities, individual meetings with  professionals in the film, TV, music and digital entertainment industry as well as opportunities to visit with industry-related vendors, according to a press release. Resources and information for DeKalb companies, professionals and residents seeking to build a presence in the entertainment industry will also...

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Macy’s Pink Pig ride returns to Lenox Square mall Nov. 3

The Macy’s Pink Pig train ride, an Atlanta holiday tradition for children dating back 65 years, returns to the department store’s Lenox Square mall location on Nov. 3. The holiday ride began in 1953 as a pig-shaped monorail ride, dubbed “Priscilla,” that ran inside the now-shuttered Rich’s department store downtown. A second pig vehicle named Percival was later added. The ride eventually moved to a holiday festival elsewhere and stopped altogether in the mid-1990s. The original Priscilla is now in the collection of the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead. In 2003, Macy’s Lenox Square revived the Pink Pig as...

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