Category: Arts & Entertainment

Brookhaven to tentatively plan 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival

The city of Brookhaven will tentatively start planning its annual Cherry Blossom Festival after canceling it last March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brookhaven City Council gave the green light to Patty Hansen, the director of strategic partnerships, to plan the event for 2021 during a July 28 work session. The city has tentatively slated April 10 for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival’s 5K run and April 17 and 18 for the festival. The Cherry Blossom Festival is a two-day arts and music festival put on by the city that attracts tens of thousands of people and includes...

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Dunwoody Nature Center to hold week-long, socially distanced Butterfly Experience

Instead of its annual one-day Dunwoody Butterfly Festival, the Dunwoody Nature Center will extend the festival to a week-long Butterfly Experience to socially distance participants Aug. 15-22. The nature center has limited-capacity time slots for which people can sign up to go inside a tent full of butterflies and learn about the insects. The event is $10 a person, with children 3 years old or younger free. The event will be in the North Woods Pavilion at Dunwoody Nature Center, 5342 Roberts Drive. The event will start Saturday, Aug. 15 and end Saturday, Aug. 22. Time slots will last...

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Judith Schonbak is remembered as artist, writer and naturalist

Judith Schonbak revitalized the Reporter’s arts coverage in recent years as part of a long career in writing and the arts for which family, friends and colleagues are fondly remembering her. “She was an artist, a writer and a naturalist to the core,” said a family obituary for Schonbak, who died Aug. 2 at 79. “She loved her family with a fierce passion and she was deeply connected to the natural world, tending to birds, trees and flowers of all kinds with a keen eye and protective heart. She had a way of bringing beauty to the world and...

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Reporter Newspapers arts writer killed in crash blamed on driver of stolen vehicle

Judith Schonbak, a longtime journalist and artist who wrote about the arts for the Reporter, was killed Aug. 2 in a Chamblee crash that the Georgia State Patrol says was caused by the driver of a stolen vehicle. Jonathan A. Sanchez, 20, of Atlanta is charged with murder, first-degree vehicular homicide, hit-and-run and other offenses, according to GSP. Further charges of kidnapping, theft and child cruelty were pending from local police, GSP said. According to GSP spokesperson Lt. Stephanie Stallings, Sanchez is accused of stealing a pickup truck from the parking lot of a business on Buford Highway. The...

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Dunwoody needs public art ordinance and commission, consultant says

Dunwoody is now dreaming in color about adding more public art in the city after last year’s attempt to define public art as black-and-white. Before art projects can start, the city needs to create a public art ordinance and commission, said Todd Bressi, a consultant who presented Dunwoody’s Public Art Implementation Plan in a virtual public meeting on Aug. 4. The presentation moved forward the 2018 Create Dunwoody Arts + Culture Master Plan to add more artwork to help Dunwoody stand out among other cities and create excitement in public places. Bressi said the implementation plan is based on...

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Brookhaven to host four free movie nights in August

The city of Brookhaven is hosting four free movie nights through the month of August in two different styles: drive-in and walk-in. The drive-in movie nights will be held at Brookhaven Park at 4158 Peachtree Road on Aug. 6, showing “School of Rock,” and Aug. 20, showing “Sonic The Hedgehog.” Cars can enter using the Osborne Road entrance at 2260 Osborn Road between 7:30-8:30 p.m., with the movies starting at 9 p.m. The movie night is limited to the first 50 cars, and no walk-in traffic will be allowed. There will be designated 15-foot wide spaces for the cars...

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Dunwoody to hold virtual meeting about public art plan Aug. 4

More public art may be coming to the city of Dunwoody. Before the city starts installing any art pieces, it’s giving a community update at an Aug. 4 virtual meeting. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. and can be watched on Zoom here or on Facebook Live here. During the meeting, the city will reveal the results of a public arts survey that was conducted last spring and have a question-and-answer session, according to a press release about the meeting. Todd Bressi, a public art and urban design consultant who’s working with the city on the art project,...

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Brookhaven to show family movie at Murphey Candler Park on July 24

Brookhaven is hosting a “Movie in the Moonlight” showing at Murphey Candler Park on Friday, July 24. The city will start the movie “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” at 9:15 p.m. and asks people to come to the park around 8:30 p.m., according to a press release. The movie is free and will be held in the open area of Murphey Candler Park at 1551 West Nancy Creek Drive near the intersection of West Nancy Creek Drive and Candler Lake East. People can bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. The city will have individually marked spaces to promote...

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Leadership Sandy Springs cancels ‘Movies by Moonlight’ series due to COVID-19 surge

The “Movies by Moonlight” outdoor film screenings planned for August at City Springs have been canceled by Leadership Sandy Springs because of a surge in COVID-19 cases. “We’re disappointed not to be able to bring ‘Movies to Moonlight’ to City Springs next month, but out of concern for everyone’s health and safety, this is the right choice,” LSS Executive Director Jan Paul said in a July 17 press release. The organization made the decision after an extension of Gov. Brian Kemp’s emergency order restricting large gatherings and the city of Sandy Springs’ decision to cancel its own summer concerts...

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DeKalb Public Library to allow book returns, start new check-out system

It’s about time to start looking for those library books that have spent the last four months collecting dust. The DeKalb County Public Library will start accepting returns on Monday, July 20 at outdoor book drop-offs, according to a press release. People will also be able to check out more books through a pickup system starting Monday, July 27 at some library locations. The library will not charge overdue fines, even if books were overdue before the pandemic closures. It will suspend all overdue fines for the rest of 2020. All returned library materials will be quarantined for 72...

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City of Sandy Springs reverses reopening plans due to surge in COVID-19 cases

Sandy Springs stepped back from reopening plans for city facilities because COVID-19 cases continue to surge, with City Hall meetings going back to virtual only and City Springs arts events further delayed. “The upward trend in cases is concerning. We are in uncharted territory and must adjust course based on what health officials and the data tell us,” said Mayor Rusty Paul in a press release. “Given what we know today, we feel it is prudent to look closely at activities where people tend to gather.” The city has canceled its summer concerts and put on hold entertainment events...

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Rotating art installations to replace Dunwoody’s ‘Everything Will Be OK’ mural

Dunwoody’s iconic “Everything Will Be OK” mural will be replaced sometime this year in favor of rotating, outdoor art installations. After the mural’s 10-year stint on the side of the Spruill Gallery smokehouse building at 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, the Spruill Center for the Arts is beginning an annual, outdoor art award that will display pieces from a different local, state or national artist each year. The pieces will be unveiled each October during Dunwoody’s Art and Culture Month. The black-and-white “Everything Will Be OK” mural became the unofficial slogan for the recently incorporated city of Dunwoody when artist Jason...

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