Category: Arts & Entertainment

DeKalb offers $125K in pandemic relief grants through Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts

DeKalb County arts professionals and nonprofit organizations can apply for up to $20,000 in pandemic emergency relief grants offered through Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts. The $125,000 grant program is accepting applications through Oct. 30. Among other requirements, applicants must live or be based in DeKalb and individuals must be 18 or older. According to the Spruill Center, the grants are intended to “cover documented costs associated with overdue rent, mortgage assistance, utility assistance, food, virtual learning assistance or other unforeseen financial/emergency needs.​​​​​​​” The program’s money was allocated by County Commissioner Larry Johnson from federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief,...

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Photos: Exploring ‘tiny parks’ on Buckhead’s PATH400

Buckhead’s PATH400 multiuse trail hosted dollhouse-style “tiny parks” in an art installation show and contest Oct. 16-18. The more than 40 installations in the “Big PATH, Tiny Parks” displays were made by residents, local organizations and sponsors of the host groups, Livable Buckhead and Tiny Doors ATL. Among the works were a miniature farm and a tiny treehouse. “The goal is to demonstrate the value of increased green space in our community by showcasing how impactful community art is and the value of parks — no matter how small,” says Livable Buckhead’s website. The installations were 14-by-18 inches and...

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From lemons to butterflies: Dunwoody’s Spruill Gallery unveils new mural

Lemons transitioning into monarch butterflies adorn the smokehouse at Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts Gallery as the first mural in what is planned as an annually rotating exhibit. Christopher Michaels’ “Find Your Wings” was unveiled Oct. 10 at the gallery at 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. It replaces the famous “Everything Will Be OK” mural, which will find a permanent home at Brook Run Park. “Find Your Wings” is a personal piece for Michaels and his wife Amanda. It refers to her recovery from devastating injuries suffered when a driver hit her in a crosswalk as she left one of...

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Sports, politics and city changes are spotlighted in new 1996 Olympics exhibit

The revamped and reinvented 1996 Olympics exhibit at the Atlanta History Center reopened last month with a new focus on urban change and the intersection of sports and politics. “Atlanta ’96: Shaping an Olympic and Paralympic City” is a 2,600-square-foot exhibit featuring hundreds of artifacts and images about the city’s unlikely successful bid for the 100th Summer Olympics and the mega-event’s impact on the metro area. Like the original exhibit that opened in 2006, it includes historic sporting moments, medals, torches and the terrorist bombing that marred the event as recently depicted in the controversial movie “Richard Jewell.” But...

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Around Town: He teaches Oakland Cemetery’s ghosts to come alive

Here’s a question for the Halloween season: How do you properly act like a ghost? Apparently, you just keep it real. Matt Huff figured that out a few years ago. He teaches theater at Oglethorpe University in Brookhaven, where he’s an associate professor, so for most of the time, he works with students to stage and study plays. But in recent Octobers, he’s filled another role: he directs ghosts. Actually, actors portraying ghosts. He works with the volunteers who portray the ghosts on the Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Tours at Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery. His role is to...

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Buckhead’s PATH400 to host mini art installations in ‘tiny parks’ event

Buckhead’s PATH400 multiuse trail will host dollhouse-style “tiny parks” in an art installation show and contest Oct. 16-18. The installations in the “Big PATH, Tiny Parks” displays will be made by resident and sponsors of the host organizations, Livable Buckhead and Tiny Doors ATL. “The goal is to demonstrate the value of increased green space in our community by showcasing how impactful community art is and the value of parks — no matter how small,” says Livable Buckhead’s website. The installations will be 14-by-18 inches and “must include an element of recycling/reuse and illustrate green space in a unique...

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Pandemic safety rules apply to trick-or-treating, cities say

As Halloween approaches, local cities say they will not impose any special pandemic rules on trick-or-treating beyond those already applying to public activity. But the city governments are adjusting or canceling their own events. Brookhaven Brookhaven has no additional restrictions or changes to Halloween this year, said city spokesperson Burke Brennan. Residents should follow state and city health rules. “Maintain six feet distance, wear a mask, etc. — but that is not just Halloween, it is every day until Nov. 30, when the current ordinance expires,” Brennan said. As organized gatherings of 30 or more people are prohibited, no...

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Photos: Buckhead’s Mountain Way Common park gets an artistic flair

Buckhead’s Mountain Way Common park has a new artistic flair thanks to an improvement project that wrapped up in September. The project, done by the park’s friends group and Livable Buckhead, includes a sculpture-style swing and turns part of roadway into a multiuse path featuring decorative panels and planters. The 9-acre park sits at North Ivy Road and Mountain Way beneath Ga. 400. For more information, see...

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Dunwoody’s Apple Cider Days returns Nov. 14

The Dunwoody Preservation Trust’s annual fall festival is back this year with limited tickets due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple Cider Days will be held at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm at 4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road Nov. 14, noon-5 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person in advance and can be purchased here. Tickets on the day of the event are $10. Children under 2 years old are free. Entry to the event is based on availability. DPT will allow 100 people per time slot, which are noon-1:30 p.m., 1:45-3:15 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. Apple Cider Days is only one day this year...

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Sandy Springs Cultural Center plan changes location, participants

An $8.6 million Cultural Center proposed by the city of Sandy Springs in a bid to be home to a state Holocaust memorial has shifted to a new location at City Springs, lost two partner organizations intended to fund it, and may change its name. If its funding comes together, the center still would house an art gallery and the offices of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust and its exhibit “Anne Frank in the World,” which is currently on display in a Roswell Road shopping center. But the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce and Visit Sandy Springs,...

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Dunwoody Council passes public art implementation plan

Dunwoody City Council members are looking forward to a more colorful city after they passed a public art implementation plan at their Sept. 29 meeting. “I’m very excited about this,” Councilmember Pam Tallmadge said. “There’s so much community involvement and so many hands that will go into this project throughout Dunwoody.” The plan aims to provide a vision and goals for public art by creating guidelines for how to implement art in different areas of the city. The plan calls for the establishment of a Public Art Commission for planning and oversight; a process for prioritizing and approving projects...

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Book Festival of the MJCCA goes virtual for 29th year

The Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, known for bringing bestselling authors into Dunwoody, starts on Sept. 30 with virtual author programs. Now in its 29th year, the lineup includes Steve Madden (Oct. 15), John Grisham (Nov. 11), Rachel Bloom (Nov. 21) and Melissa Clark (Nov. 22). The program runs from Sept. 30 to Dec. 2 and will be hosted on Zoom. People can purchase a ticket for most events for $144, which does not include books or programs where books are required to see the livestream. Those events not included are Deepak Chopra (Sept....

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