Category: Arts & Entertainment

Sandy Springs Festival returns Sept. 22-23

The Sandy Springs Festival returns for its 33rd year this weekend, Sept. 22-23, with an expanded event that now includes the new City Springs civic center. Presented by Heritage Sandy Springs, the free festival runs Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with a post-festival concert 7-8:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will be centered on Heritage Green at 6075 Sandy Springs Circle and also includes City Springs at 1 Galambos Way. The festival includes the traditional events: an art market, live music, cultural performances, food, rides, a pet parade, children’s...

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Dunwoody mayor proclaims October as ‘Fine Art Month’

Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal issued a proclamation at the City Council’s Aug. 27 meeting proclaiming October as “Fine Art Month.” The proclamation recognizes the work done by the Dunwoody Fine Art Association, a local nonprofit that promotes fine art in the Dunwoody area and encourages artists to exhibit their art. The group also hosts lectures, workshops and exhibits. More information about the Dunwoody Fine Arts Association is at...

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Springs Cinema launches classic film series with horror, thriller theme

The Springs Cinema & Taphouse is launching its first-ever series of classic films, starting with a horror, thriller or fantasy theme leading up to a Halloween screening of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” The debut “Flashback Cinema” series will run showtimes on Wednesdays and Sundays, Sept. 23 through Oct. 31. After that, the theater will continue showing classic films on a weekly basis, but with different themes, according to spokesperson Debbie Rosen. The Springs Cinema, located at 5920 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, is the former Lafont arthouse theater, now undergoing renovations with new ownership. The theater auditoriums have already...

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Atlanta History Center’s Folklife Festival returns Sept. 22

Buckhead’s Atlanta History Center will host its annual Fall Folklife Festival Sept. 22. Activities will include pottery and corn husk doll workshops, blacksmith demonstrations and storytelling, according to a press release. Live music and a Folk Art Marketplace featuring 20 painters, potters and other artists will also be featured at the festival, the release said. The long-running Fall Folklife Festival was launched in connection with the Atlanta History Center’s signature exhibition “Shaping Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South,” a collection of 500 artifacts ranging from pottery to musical instruments, according to the release. This year’s will festival will...

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Heritage Sandy Springs museum to reopen for festival

The Heritage Sandy Springs Museum will reopen during the organization’s annual festival in September following several months of renovations. The museum is within the Williams-Payne House, an 1860s farmhouse that was relocated to 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, now part of Heritage’s historic site. The renovations, all interior, included changing the layout and upgrading systems to better protect historic objects. In part, that will allow exhibits from other museums to be displayed there. The renovated facility has six exhibit spaces, according to Keith Moore, Heritage’s director of historic resources and education programs. The museum will reopen for the 33rd annual...

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Award-winning Act3 prepares a new season of community theater

  Fresh from winning five awards for last year’s offerings — including best musical — Sandy Springs’ Act3 Productions theater company is preparing for its 16th season, starting Sept. 7 with “Godspell.” “Community” is a word Act3’s directors use frequently in describing how they select a season’s worth of shows. “Important in all these considerations is what makes the season appealing to our audiences and to the actors who will audition and perform,” says Artistic Director Michelle Davis. “In a small space like Act3’s, the actors and audiences need to feel a connection. It is like being part of...

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Photographer recalls Buckhead nightclub Limelight’s wild days

The legendary Limelight nightclub that anchored Buckhead’s 1980s nightlife scene came back to life Aug. 22 in a slide presentation by its former in-house photographer. Guy D’Alema showed images of movie stars, the glass dance floor and more in the presentation based on his recent book “Limelight…in a Sixtieth of a Second.” Sponsored by the Buckhead Heritage Society, the event drew more than 70 people — including some former patrons in disco gear — to the Sanctuary nightclub in Buckhead Village. Buckhead residents Sandy Goldstein and Kathy Marsik showed up in their original Limelight satin baseball jackets. They used...

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Local moviemaker attracts stars to ‘inspirational’ stories

Harrison Powell loves romantic comedies — films like “Father of the Bride,” “50 First Dates.” “I’m the one that cries in those movies,” he says. But the 31-year-old Sandy Springs resident doesn’t just reach for the box of Kleenex. He also pulled out his wallet — or at least those of fellow investors in the companies Giving Films and Astute Films — getting into the moviemaking business himself. Now he’s producing a rom-com — as they call it in Hollywood lingo — that’s filming in metro Atlanta and starring Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn and “Godfather” icon James Caan. “Welcome to...

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Around Town: Cheers to the geeks at Battle and Brew

It’s a bar, but it’s no Cheers. Battle and Brew doesn’t look a thing like that cozy neighborhood tavern made famous on TV. Battle and Brew is a place where patrons go to interact with TVs. “In 1983, bars were like Cheers,” Battle and Brew’s general manager Nate Sanders said. “In 2018, a bar can mean a lot of things.” So, how does he describe the place he runs, which is tucked into the Parkside Shops shopping center on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs? “We’re a geek bar,” Sanders said. In other words, it’s designed to attract folks who...

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Dunwoody proclaims October as ‘Fine Art Month’

Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal issued a proclamation at the City Council’s Aug. 27 meeting proclaiming October as “Fine Art Month.” The proclamation recognizes the work done by the Dunwoody Fine Art Association, a local nonprofit that promotes fine art in the Dunwoody area and encourages artists to exhibit their art. The group also hosts lectures, workshops and exhibits. The group’s next business meeting is Sept. 5 at 9:30 a.m. in room 4 of the Spruill Center for the Arts, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. The speaker is Amy Spanier of IDEA Gallery who will discuss the “interface of fine arts and...

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Atlanta History Center pushes back anticipated cyclorama opening

The opening of the “Battle of Atlanta” cyclorama exhibit at Buckhead’s Atlanta History Center has been pushed back to February, the museum said. The exhibit was initially planned to open in the fall of 2018, but unexpected work has pushed the anticipated opening date back to Feb. 22, 2019, museum spokesperson Howard Pousner said. The museum, at 130 West Paces Ferry, has been at work cleaning and restoring the painting since August 2017. The historic cyclorama painting of the pivotal Civil War battle was moved to the Atlanta History Center from Grant Park earlier in 2017. The experts anticipated removing fluffy...

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Special exhibits mark 50 years of teaching art in Chastain Park

Fifty years ago, a former almshouse in Chastain Park transformed into a center where people of any age and skill level could learn how to make art. Now the Chastain Arts Center and Gallery is celebrating its golden anniversary with special exhibits while continuing to teach painting, jewelry-making, pottery-firing and more. It’s Atlanta’s oldest community arts center, according to the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “This place has a special atmosphere,” said Karen Lowe, the facility manager and curator at the 135 West Wieuca Road N.W. arts center since 2010. “Students come here to begin art and to continue...

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