Category: Arts & Entertainment

Commentary: Who had the best branding in the pandemic?

As the pandemic crisis struck local communities, leaders emerged, volunteer programs multiplied, and efforts to boost morale spread. In the terms of business and politics, many of these were partly efforts of branding and profile-raising. But which ones worked, which ones fell by the wayside, and will any have impacts after the immediate crisis is over? Down the road, will anyone still say “Brookhaven Strong” or remember that a local restaurant donated food? The Reporter asked professors of marketing, business and politics for their perspectives on some local examples.   ‘Brookhaven Strong’ The city of Brookhaven promoted this phrase,...

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Group preserving Sandy Springs’ past faces uncertain future

Heritage Sandy Springs, the nonprofit organization that long tended the area’s past, now faces an uncertain future. The city is taking over operations of its museum, farmers market and concert series in the wake of the pandemic’s economic impact, in a deal announced in late April. But the situation was shaky before that, with the loss of an executive director last fall and, behind the scenes, a plan to postpone the 35-year-old Sandy Springs Festival. At this point, HSS will maintain its nonprofit status and control of its historic assets. “We are not out of business as an organization....

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Group aims to preserve PDK, Naval airport history in new Air & Space Museum

A nonprofit organization is raising money to preserve photos, records and memorabilia from the former Naval Air Station in Atlanta in hopes the materials eventually will go on public display at an aviation museum at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The Inspire Aviation Foundation hopes to eventually create an Atlanta Air & Space Museum at PDK, which once was the NAS Atlanta. For now, it seeks to raise $3,500 to help preserve the history of NAS Atlanta by digitizing materials assembled over the years by members of the Naval Air Station Reunion Group, according to the foundation’s website. The archives feature photos,...

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Photos: Memorial Day weekend becomes unofficial pandemic reopening, with and without distancing

Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, also served as an unofficial reopening of businesses and activities amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. With warmer weather and safety restrictions slightly loosened by Gov. Brian Kemp, many people flocked to parks and restaurants, though some facilities, especially in Atlanta, remained closed. At local spots, social distancing and mask-wearing ranged from strict to nonexistent. Some business owners said the weekend provided an uptick, but still nothing near pre-pandemic times. Photos by Phil Mosier. Tubers ride the Chattahoochee River at the National Recreation Area’s Powers Island area in Sandy Springs on May...

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Gov. Kemp extends public health emergency, but bars, nightclubs, summer school can open

Gov. Brian Kemp announced May 28 that, while he was renewing Georgia’s public health state of emergency for a third time to July 12, he would allow bars and nightclubs to reopen, summer school to convene, and restrictions on social gatherings to loosen. Kemp cited “encouraging data” on COVID-19 cases prompted his decision to allow social gatherings of 25 people beginning June 1 if they follow social distancing guidelines. The governor said the decision would, hopefully, allow for small weddings and some sporting events to be held. Also on June 1, bars and nightclubs can reopen if they follow...

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Dunwoody’s Spruill arts center, gallery plan June reopenings

Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts and its gallery are planning June reopenings. The arts center at 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road will reopening June 22. The gallery at 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road will reopening June 9, Tuesday through Thursday and by appointment. The gallery’s next show, a student and faculty “Artists in Residence” juried exhibition, will begin virtually on June 11 and “transition on a limited basis” into the gallery later in the summer, according to a press release. The arts center maintained its full staff and nearly 50 independent-contractor instructors during the pandemic closure, according to the press release. For...

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Dunwoody to broadcast virtual Memorial Day ceremony

The city of Dunwoody is replacing its Memorial Day ceremony with a prerecorded video version that will be broadcast on social media May 25 at 10 a.m. “We can’t gather as we traditionally do on Memorial Day,” said Mayor Lynn Deutsch in a press release about the pandemic version of the ceremony. “But this year’s program will be as important as ever. We want to make it clear that even in these unprecedented times, we will never forget those who sacrificed their lives for their country and our freedom.” The event will include music by the Dunwoody Baptist Church...

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Sandy Springs outlines possible phased reopening for City Hall, arts events

The city of Sandy Springs has outlined a tentative phased reopening plan for City Hall and other functions, with in-person City Council meetings possibly returning June 15 and community events no earlier than July 6. Even if that schedule holds, there will be new precautions and ways of doing business, such as live streaming of council meetings — something the city did not offer before the pandemic — and limited attendance at events. The first phase quietly began May 18 with the unannounced return of some employees to the still-shuttered City Hall. The city wrestled with multiple scenarios for...

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‘Everything Will Be Love’? Iconic Dunwoody mural is altered with mysterious paper heart

In a kind of emoji graffiti, Dunwoody’s iconic “Everything Will Be OK” mural has its message temporarily altered with a paper heart taped over the “OK.” Who altered the mural when at the Spruill Center for the Art’s Gallery at 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road is unclear. The gallery praised the alteration in a May 18 Instagram post and left the heart in place. “Felt the need to share the addition to the beloved #EverythingWillBeOK mural. We like! How about you?” reads the post. “I’m not sure who made the alteration (it wasn’t Spruill), but am glad it’s temporary and I’m...

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Sandy Springs cancels July 4 fireworks, turns Lantern Parade into at-home event

The city of Sandy Springs is canceling its July 4 fireworks and turning the annual Lantern Parade into an at-home event in the latest effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The city cited social distancing concerns as the reasoning in a press release. “These are tough times and very difficult decisions have to be made,” said Mayor Rusty Paul in the release. “Our community events are an important component in bringing people together, but togetherness that presents a health risk related to the COVID-19 virus. We will bring these events back as soon as it is safe to do so.”...

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Brookhaven author wins $1,000 prize for COVID-19 e-book

Brookhaven resident Kevin Poplawski and illustrator Michael Rausch won $1,000 and an honorable mention prize for a picture book intended to provide children ages 6-9 with information about the COVID-19 pandemic. The duo wrote “Together: Living Life During COVID-19.” They won $1,000 from Emory Global Health Institute, which sponsored the COVID-19 Children’s E-Book Competition. The aim of the books was to reassure the children it’s OK to feel upset and reassure them that they are safe. Poplawski and his wife Elizabeth both work in healthcare. He’s a physical therapist at Emory Healthcare Orthopedics/Sports Medicine and she’s a physician at...

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Georgia film office head to discuss pandemic’s impact on moviemaking business

The commissioner of the Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office will discuss the pandemic’s impact on the moviemaking business at a June 2 virtual luncheon held by the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. Lee Thomas will discuss how she thinks Georgia’s movie and film industry will recover and when it will happen. The film office works to bring film and television production to Georgia. It does that in part by maintaining a database of potential locations in the state, helping with scouting sites and certifying projects for the tax incentives the state offers. Nationally, much filmmaking is...

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