Category: Arts & Entertainment

Mural in Brookhaven neighborhood raises art regulation question

A colorful mural painted on a wooden fence at the corner of Cartecay Drive and Sylvan Circle in the Brookhaven Fields neighborhood is creating smiles, but also raising eyebrows. After some residents complained, the city may consider regulating mural art. For now, Mayor John Ernst says there are no mural rules and it’s a potential “massive First Amendment issue.” The mural, not quite finished, shows a city skyline painted across much of the 52-foot-long fence against a pale blue background. Orange and pink clouds float to the top of the fence, which stands 10 feet high, and when completed...

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Sandy Springs’ Cultural Center seeks Holocaust education funds, draws debate on city mission

Sandy Springs is moving ahead on an $8.6 million “Cultural Center” project contingent on a big co-payment from a Holocaust education group that could bring a new state memorial to the city. But the July 16 decision came with a rare split vote among City Council members, with one saying the project – which also would include offices for a Chamber of Commerce and a tourism agency – is not a proper city function. Focusing on the Holocaust education element, Mayor Rusty Paul said that, having grown up in Alabama and its Civil Rights legacy, “…I know what hatred...

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Maxwell and symphony to perform at Buckhead’s Chastain Park

Grammy-winning soul musician Maxwell will perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Buckhead’s Chastain Park in September as part of his first symphonic shows. Dubbed “A Night at the Symphony,” the concert is scheduled for Sept. 27 at the city-owned Cadence Bank Amphitheatre on Stella Drive. The Atlanta concert will follow Maxwell’s three-night residency with the National Symphony Orchestra earlier that month at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The amphitheater has a long slate of other performances this summer and fall, including such stars as Lionel Richie, the Gipsy Kings, the B-52s...

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Dunwoody awards $65K contract to assess arts center, Austin school site

The Dunwoody City Council has awarded a $65,000 contract to a consulting firm to evaluate and analyze the conditions of North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center and the soon-to-be former Austin Elementary School site to help determine how best to use the facilities. The council voted unanimously July 8 to award the facilities assessment contract to Sizemore Group as part of the consent agenda. The facilities assessment will include site and building analysis, user group interviews to determine space needs, and conceptual site and floor plans, according to a memo to the council from Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker....

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Dunwoody Nature Center to host first ‘Battle of Bands’ featuring student performers

The Dunwoody Nature Center is hosting its first “Battle of the Bands” concert featuring three local student bands and individual performers to benefit its Milkweed Project that distributes milkweed plants to help monarch butterflies. The concert is set for July 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive. The Battle of the Bands is the final concert of the Nature Center’s annual summer concert series. At admission to the concert, people will vote for their favorite band. The group with the most fans at the show will win prizes including playing a concert during...

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Dunwoody 4th of July Parade winners announced

Thousands of people flocked to Dunwoody for the city’s annual 4th of July Parade, considered the largest Independence Parade in Georgia. The annual tradition includes announcing winners of the dozens and dozens of entries. The winners of this year’s parade are: Antique cars First: V8 Ford Club Second: Dr. Z’s Fleet Marching bands First: Spirit of Atlanta Second: 116th Army National Guard Marching Band Third: Atholl Highlanders Clubs First: Dunwoody Woman’s Club Second: Lions Youth Exchange Club Third: Dunwoody Preservation Trust Houses of worship First: Temple Emanu-El Second: Dunwoody United Methodist Church Third: St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church Neighborhoods/swim, tennis...

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Sandy Springs Library renovation complete, will reopen July 23

The Sandy Springs Branch Library’s renovation is complete and it is scheduled to reopen July 23. The library has been closed since August 2018 for extensive interior and exterior renovations. The construction completion was originally scheduled for March, but was delayed. The library, located at 395 Mount Vernon Highway N.E., will reopen at 10 a.m., according to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. The plan did not include any additions to the library, but involves a total renovation of both the interior and exterior. The plan called for reconfiguring the floor plan to create long-desired spaces for a teen section,...

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Sandy Springs ‘Movies by Moonlight’ event kicks off Aug. 9 at City Springs

Leadership Sandy Springs’ “Movies By Moonlight” kicks off this year on Aug. 9 with “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” The annual outdoor movie screenings are returning for the 15th year and second at City Green, the park at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way. The movies will be shown on a 35-foot screen and visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics, a press release said. LSS will screen “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” on Aug. 23 and “Captain Marvel” on Sept. 6. Before the movies begin at dusk, LSS will have food trucks and children’s...

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CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta, known for battle with Trump, to speak in Buckhead

Jim Acosta, the CNN White House chief correspondent known for a free press battle with President Trump’s administration, will speak about his new book in Buckhead on Aug. 10. Acosta and Trump have frequently sparred on press coverage issues amid the president’s regular claims that certain media outlets are “fake news” or “enemies of the people.” Last year, the White House revoked Acosta’s press credentials, then reinstated them after he and CNN filed a lawsuit claimed the move was unconstitutional. Acosta’s new book is “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America,” and...

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Photos: Dunwoody’s 4th of July Parade is ‘small town in a big city’

Thousands and thousands of people lined Dunwoody’s Mount Vernon Road to watch the annual 4th of July Parade featuring veterans, marching bands and creative floats made by community organizations. “It’s like a small town in the big city,” said Tamu Tuboko-Metzger of Dunwoody, attending the parade with her husband, Akin, and their children. The family has lived in Dunwoody for eight years and is typically out of town for the Independence Day holiday. This year they stayed home and were able to make it to the parade and walk around the festival area with friends. “It’s a good time...

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The Guide to Dunwoody’s 4th of July Parade

The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade returns this year with many special guests and attractions. The Dunwoody Reporter and the Dunwoody Homeowners Association are the presenting sponsors for this year’s parade, which begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 4. The following is a full guide to what is said to be Georgia’s largest Independence Day parade. PARADE SCHEDULE 9 a.m. : Start at Jett Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Road, with route running along Mount Vernon to Dunwoody Village Parkway and the Dunwoody Village shopping center, where music, parade prizes and other closing festivities will be held. 9...

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