Category: Arts & Entertainment

2021 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will be virtual and live

The 2021 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) will present its lineup virtually and live with a three-night drive-in experience at the Home Depot Backyard adjacent to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Downtown. Set to take place Feb. 17-28, this year’s festival will screen 38 feature and 16 short films, including world and U.S. premieres. The film selection covers a range of genres, including documentaries “Howie Mandel: But, Enough About Me” and “On Broadway” comedies like “Shiva Baby,” the LGBTQ+ feature “Kiss Me Kosher,” and the drama “Asia.”   It’s a big adaptation for a festival that, in the pre-pandemic years, drew more than 40,000...

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State Farm Arena manager talks reopening for basketball, concerts and more

On the eve of State Farm Arena easing into a reopening event — an Atlanta Hawks basketball game — the venue’s general manager discussed safety protocols and the post-COVID future at a Jan. 25 virtual meeting of the Buckhead Rotary Club. For the past four years, sports industry veteran Brett Stefansson has been the executive vice-president and general manager of the arena, home of the Hawks and a venue for concerts and other shows. He spoke to the Rotary Club via Zoom the same day the Hawks announced they would play their first game at the arena since the...

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Dunwoody Art Commission to hold first meeting Jan. 28

The city of Dunwoody’s newly appointed Art Commission will hold its first meeting Jan. 28. The commission is tasked with developing policies, procedures and guidelines for carrying out the city’s recently adopted Public Art Implementation Plan. The commission also will review and approve any public art. The meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 and will be held virtually via a Zoom link that will be on the city’s website here. The members of the new commission appointed by Mayor Lynn Deutsch and information about them provided by the city are as follows: Jim Cramer, a design...

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Photos: Brookhaven’s MLK Day Dinner returns as drive-in Civil Rights celebration

Brookhaven’s fifth annual MLK Day Dinner was held Jan. 18 as a pandemic drive-in event rather than its traditional home in the city’s historically Black Lynwood Park neighborhood. However, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration continued the tradition of commemorating the Civil Rights movement, including the local “Lynwood Trailblazers” who integrated the local DeKalb County public schools in the 1960s. The program was held in the parking lot of the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA Station off Apple Valley Road. Attendees picked up a Chick-fil-A dinner and listened to the speakers via radio in their vehicles. Roughly 70 vehicles were on...

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Peachtree Road Race to return in-person July 3-4

The AJC Peachtree Road Race will return this year as an in-person, two-day event July 3-4 after being forced into virtual-only form in 2020 by the pandemic. Registration will open March 15, according to a press release from the Atlanta Track Club, which organizes the race. Runners and walkers around the world will be able to participate virtually if they choose, as everyone did last year. The race will include the wheelchair division organized by Buckhead’s Shepherd Center. “This year, the AJC Peachtree Road Race may not be the world’s largest 10K. Our top priority is for the Peachtree...

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DeKalb and Fulton public libraries to close for MLK Day Jan. 18

The public libraries of DeKalb and Fulton counties will be closed Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. However, both systems will offer virtual programming that day. Both systems’ branch libraries remain closed to the public for the pandemic, but books and other materials have remained available for curbside pickup, which will resume Jan. 19. For more information about the DeKalb County Public Library services and programs, see its website here. For more information about the Fulton County Library System services and programs, see its website...

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Brookhaven cancels Cherry Blossom Festival due to pandemic

The city of Brookhaven cancelled the annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival planned in April for a second year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is a music and arts festival that had been scheduled for April 17-18 this year. The Cherry Blossom Festival 5K road race also fell victim to the cancellation, the city said in a news release. “When we cancelled last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, it was our sincere hope that COVID-19 would be eradicated in time for a successful event this year,” said Mayor John Ernst. “As that is clearly not the...

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations to be held in local communities

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated Jan. 18 in local communities in various ways, from videos and speakers to a day of service and a drive-in dinner. This will be the first annual celebration of the Civil Rights leader since last year’s historic racial justice protests that sparked several local forms of racial dialogue. Organizers of local events indicated that the racial dialogues had little effect on planning, but that the pandemic did, resulting in some virtual or distanced versions of annual events. Buckhead A virtual panel discussion presented by the Atlanta History Center will bring together...

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Author Q&A: A food historian looks at Atlanta’s culinary past and future

Author and food tour guide Akila McConnell will be addressing the Buckhead Heritage Society Book Club on Jan. 13 to discuss her career and her first book “A Culinary History of Atlanta,” a finalist in the 2020 Georgia Writer Association Author of the Year Awards. McConnell holds degrees in philosophy, accounting  and law, and is the founder of Unexpected Atlanta, which offers tours about the city’s history and food culture. Her Buckhead Heritage appearance will be held virtually at 7 p.m. and is free, but registration is required at BuckheadHeritage.com. Tell us about your book. It’s a food history...

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Fulton County accepts applications to fund 2021 arts and cultural programs

Fulton County has opened applications for funding for 2021 arts and cultural programs by nonprofit organizations and individual artists. The application deadline for the “Contracts for Services Program” is Jan. 19. The program provides unrestricted operating or project support funds. Besides nonprofits and individuals, local cities and schools are eligible to apply as well. The amount of funding varies by category, from up to $5,000 to up to $50,000. For eligibility and application details, see the county website...

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Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts offers free youth classes in 2021

Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts is offering free classes in 2021 for youths ages 5 to 19. Classes will have a registration fee up to $20, but no other fee. The center says the free classes are due in part to a gift from Belle and Louise Cofer Fund and the Tomlinson Memorial Foundation. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible generosity and community outreach of the Cofer and Tomlinson families” said Spruill Center CEO Alan Mothner in a press release. “At a time when it’s most needed, we are thrilled to be able to offer these...

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Photos: Christmas trees adorn Buckhead park before heading to fire stations

An array of miniature Christmas trees decorated Buckhead’s Charlie Loudermilk Park on the weekend of Dec. 11-14 before they were shipped out to adorn fire stations across the city. The trees were part of “Miracle on Peachtree,” a series of weekend events organized by the nonprofit Livable Buckhead to promote shopping and hospitality in the central business district. Events included a “Hot Chocolate Crawl” among businesses on Peachtree and drive-in movies in the Buckhead Village District shopping complex. The display in the park at Peachtree and Roswell roads came courtesy of various organizations, property managers and businesses that sponsored...

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