This Week In Atlanta // Recommended Shows And Events March 23 - 29

The 4th annual collaboration between the Atlanta Film Festival and The Goat Farm Arts Center, Sound & Vision, returns Thursday night. 

The 4th annual collaboration between the Atlanta Film Festival and The Goat Farm Arts Center, Sound & Vision, returns Thursday night. 

Monday, March 23

Videogramme No.7 - curated by Brandon English @ The Low Museum

TWINS//Feast of Violet//Monogold//Ryan Parks/Pseudo Color/Nicholas Nicholas @ The Mammal Gallery

Vicious Circle Writers Group @ Manuel's Tavern

Tuesday, March 24

Tanz III series 3 FEED: Erik Thurmond + Malcolm Low @ Rhodes Theater

An intimate conversation with Atlanta artist Erik Thurmond and New York artist Malcolm Low.

Carapace Raconteurs: DITCHED @ Manuel's Tavern

The theme this month for this literary open mic is "Ditched."

Jeff Carey, Trish Devine, C10, Suffer Bomb Damage, Dux @ Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery

TCP | SOUND into SPACE II | Suno Deko // 100watt horse // Soft Cat // Small Wonder @ The Mammal Gallery

CHILL PILL - ATL's Weekly Trip Hop & Dub Night w/ SILK WOLF + guest MCBEEZY @ Edgewood Speakeasy


Wednesday, March 25

Scene Missing Presents MY NEIGHBOR ATLANTOTORO » ATLFF 15' @ Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge

Performances by Chris Ledford, Ellaree Yeagley, Brooke Hatfield, Ismael Loutfi, Nicolette Emanuelle, Will Copeland, and Jenny Nichols.


Tifaret // Doomsquad // Acapoco // Phèdre @ The Mammal Gallery

Lazer/ Wulf & Elder @ 529



Thursday, March 26


Sound & Vision: Atlanta Film Festival @ The Goat Farm Arts Center

Live music by DIP, J-Live, Red Sea, Hello Ocho, and The Ghosts Project, live art installations by Jessica Caldas, Phil Proctor, Igor Korsunskiy, Julian Bozeman, Nick Madden, Micah & Whitney Stansell, Kris Pilcher, Molly Rose Freeman, and Nick Kahler & Michael Haverty, and music video competition. 

Solve For X Science Variety Show: Small Science @ Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge

Presented by Atlanta Science Festival, Dragon Con Science Track and Write Club Atlanta, featuring Qate Bean, Gregg Van Laningham, Nicholas Tecosky, Dani Herd, and Chris Ledford.

Tanz III: series 3 PERFORMANCE: in the thrust towards the future...| Erik Thurmond (ATL) | Malcolm Low (NY) @ Rhodes Theater

World Premiere by Atlanta rising artist Erik Thurmond, and the Atlanta debut of New York choreographer Malcom Low and Formal Structure, running three nights (March 26 - 28).

Breathers // Jamaican Queens // Samadha // Crown Larks (Chi) // Fantasy Guys // SECRET HEADLINER <(?)(?)> @ The Mammal Gallery

Surrogates / Rad Giraffe / Hudson K / Little War Twins @ Union EAV

Bold Ashes / Air Wolves / Blue Tower / Awkward Sounds @ WonderRoot




Friday, March 27


Like Totally/No Duh: Atlanta Zine Library Catalogue Release w/ Live Readings! @ Hodgepodge Coffee House and Gallery

Featuring readings by Hadass Wade, Lee Furey, Sarah Padgett, Muriel Vega, Hira Mahmood, John Lloyd Hannah, Whitney Hansen, and Beca Grimm.

Clash and Burn @ One Twelve Gallery

An architectural exhibition featuring mixed-media works by Atlanta artists A.B. Lovell, Phil Ralston, Justin Rabideau, and Adam Wellborn.

Chamber Cartel // METTA BHAVANA \\ SKY DOESN’T TALK | GF PRESENTS  @ Emory Planetarium

Chamber Cartel will premiere a new work by Carolyn Chen commissioned by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Dr. Erin Bonning, astronomy professor at Emory University. During the work, Dr. Bonning will be projecting stars and various heavenly bodies onto the planetarium walls.

POÈMES ÉLECTRONIQUES @ The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

An immersive electronic live performance combining voice, sound, and images.

The charity "Unplugged Series" w/ A. Nobody + The Sunset District + Nerdkween @ The Beatlanta House

Jovontaes, A Drug Called Tradition, Satisfiers of Alpha Blue @ 529



Saturday, March 28


Shifiting Scapes @ 3111 Main Street, Duluth

Commissioned by the City of Duluth, Atlanta based arts group, Dashboard will present artwork by internationally recognized artists Kevin Byrd, Elizabeth Riley, Heather Greenway and Fly on a Wall in the iconic Hardeman stained glass studio on Main Street.

On the Edge (Aqua to MINT) @ MINT

Featuring the artworks of Nick Adams, Carrie Brown, Lane Ketner, Lauren Peterson, Charles Snyder, Kelly Stevenson, Wesley Terpstra, Ricky Warren, and Ion Yamazaki.

Waking the Bates EP release show and Roaring 1920s Party with The Roycrofters and DAMS @ The Basement

Interview // Chelsea Dunn & Nina Dolgin

By Elizabeth Jarrett

This weekend, Ladyfest Atlanta will take over three venues across the city for a free, weekend-long music and arts festival. The programming will offer up music, performance art, open gallery hours, panel discussions, a slew of vendors, and other impressive content.

Deer Bear Wolf Curator, Elizabeth Jarrett, got the inside scoop from Ladyfest Atlanta organizers, Chelsea Dunn and Nina Dolgin.


First things first. What is Ladyfest?

Ladyfest Atlanta is a 3-day women’s & gender non-conforming people’s arts and music festival, a feminist space, an intentional space. In addition to highlighting all of the artistic talent in our city, our goal is to precipitate critical and needed dialogue around the intersections of sexism, racism and classism in the arts communities of Atlanta. It stems from a grassroots history of Ladyfests, the first one taking place in Olympia, WA in 2000. 

All LFAtl events are free and open to the public. We welcome everyone of any political situation to the festival and to the conversation! We will be accepting donations throughout the festival. All proceeds will benefit the Solutions Not Punishment Coalition (SNaP Co). Find out more about them at their website:


Ladyfest has taken place internationally since its creation in 2000 in Olympia, Washington. This year's festival will mark the first in Atlanta. How did you get involved with Ladyfest and what inspired you to bring it to our fair city?

Chelsea: When I first arrived in Atlanta I was hoping to get involved with a Ladyfest here, since I was a part of the organizing process for LF Hampshire while a student at Hampshire College. After researching, I found that there have been several Ladyfest South festivals (2002, 2004, 2007) hosted in Atlanta. However, there has never been a Ladyfest Atlanta that specifically catered to local artists or provided a platform for addressing local needs. The idea for a Ladyfest Atlanta quickly generated a lot of interest and now we’ve really grown into a strong, unrelenting team of people trying to bring this festival to Atlanta. The organizing efforts started really DIY/grassroots--simply spreading the word at art galleries and music events that i was either playing or attending. a post on Dream Warriors lead Nina to come to the first the second meeting Nina and I were the only ones who showed up and the rest is her story.

Speaking of Atlanta, in your opinion, why is an event like Ladyfest important for our community in 2015?

Chelsea: Because there are still shows and gallery exhibits that are all white men. And if we don’t include the voices and work of marginalized people in our cultural institutions (art, music, performance, and science), both the underground and corporate or highly visible), then we are re-inscribing the racist and sexist histories of these spaces. It simultaneously disempowers those who are already doing the work to rewrite and change the cultural narrative to one that actually listens to the people whose lived experiences inform them of what has to change (i.e. there’s already tons of women, trans, gnc, poc who are doing really amazing work--sound-based, visually-based and otherwise. if these voices are represented in more spaces, then more people will hear a more diverse and representative picture of how we all experience the world)

Nina: There is certainly no shortage of women, trans and gender non-conforming people doing impressive and important things all over this city. Unfortunately, many spaces dedicated to art and music around Atlanta primarily serve and exhibit men’s works. We are actively seeking to change the landscape of the Atlanta art scene to be more inclusive and more representative. While many women's festivals fail to address the politics that make these spaces necessary in the first place, Ladyfest Atlanta seeks to create an outwardly feminist and leftist space where dialogue and activism are just as important as art and music.

How will Ladyfest Atlanta differ from Ladyfests in other cities?

Chelsea: It's that we live here and we demand more from our city. sometimes change starts at home. we definitely acknowledge that issues around gender identity and expression are not isolated to Atlanta or the united states. for us, giving a platform to local artists within local venues is one way to confront Atlanta’s cultural institutions and ask them, or rather, demand that they recognize that you can’t just not be sexist, or “unintentionally” book only white men for 3 friday nights in a row. you have to be ACTIVELY anti-sexist, ACTIVELY anti-racist, ACTIVELY anti-classist, ACTIVELY anti-ableist, etc. in order give an equal platform to all artists in Atlanta. and it’s hard work.


Some feel women artists are just starting to find their voices (or have them heard) in Atlanta, as support for the female artistic community seems to be growing. What kind of support have you received from Atlanta residents and organizations regarding Ladyfest? How does that support affect your role as organizers, especially with this inaugural festival?

I want to be sure here that we recognize and acknowledge the very real and very important history of women artists in atlanta. I don’t think that they’re just now finding their voices. Women have been doing really amazing work around this city for decades. It’s just that their identities or the agency/credit they were given in relation to their work has been diminished, erased, or somehow made less visible. we’re not reinventing the wheel with ladyfest and we don’t want to try to somehow come across as saying that suddenly there are all of these women who now feel like they have a platform to do stuff. There has been a historical silencing of women, but that doesn’t mean that there has been a history of silent women.

It’s definitely been a concerted effort to put this festival together. We have a small committee of organizers, a massive team of volunteers, and a host of amazing venues and sponsors. Mammal, Eyedrum, and The Big House have been so great to work with. We are also working with Candler Park Market Deli, Atlanta Zine Fest, Condesa Coffee, Mindzai, SNaP Co and The Racial Justice Action Center. Jared Pepper, Daniel Bailey, and individuals at the Goat Farm are helping with production. Everyone who has come to the meetings and fundraisers or contributed to the Indiegogo campaign. As well as all of the artists, speakers and workshop facilitators who are contributing their time and talents to make this festival happen.

It feels really incredible to witness so many different people from all the pockets of our city come together for this. The overwhelmingly positive response is an affirmation that Atlanta needs a Ladyfest.

As organizers I think it makes us feel a duty to transparency and openness. this festival is not just for us, so we must constantly make sure that we are listening and receptive. // can’t wait for the talkback

You all made the decision to not only include women, but non-gender conforming and trans artists as well. I saw that you recently partnered with Solutions Not Punishment Coalition, an organization empowering trans and gender non-conforming people of color and street level sex-workers who have been targeted by the Atlanta Police Department. Can you tell me a little bit about that partnership and why this partnership is important for Ladyfest and the trans community?

Our explicit inclusion of trans identified and gender non-conforming individuals is only significant in that it references the failings of other women’s events to do so--whether they actively excluded these communities of people, or simply stated that they were inclusive without lending any real action towards addressing the history of feminism and women’s spaces that could potentially make trans and gnc individuals distrustful of more “so-called inclusive” women’s events.

While Ladyfest is a platform for women & gnc folks to perform and share their work, it should simultaneously provoke and question dominant institutions. We hope to instigate dialogue around the sexism, homophobia, and transphobia our participants and attendees have faced right here in Atlanta. And the work that snap co is doing is something we really believe is addressing some of these issues.

The SNaP Coalition is working to build power among those who are targeted by the Atlanta Police Department – especially trans and gender non-conforming people of color, and formerly incarcerated people. They seek to transform the way the City of Atlanta crafts and implements its policies, practices and laws related to street level sex work. Drawing from evidence-based best practices around the country, SNaP Co is fighting for policies and laws that utilize treatment programs, services, and opportunities as a response to survival sex work, not jail time. Their policies emphasize holistic community services for people including job training, educational programs, health care, housing, etc.


Ladyfest has quite the impressive line-up. What can the audience expect during Ladyfest weekend?

Ladyfest will showcase music, comedy, visual art installations, workshops, film/video, and other activities facilitated by Atlanta folks! We are super impressed by all of the artists we have this year. Keep an eye out for Flamingo Shadow, paintings from 17-year-old visual artist Rachel Much, a performance piece by Danielle Deadwyler, comedy by Ann Marie Lowman, and be sure to make it to our Accessible Yoga class lead by Zahra Alabanza.


When Ladyfest 2015 is over, do you all plan to continue working for women and non-gender conforming artists throughout the community? What are your future goals?

We’ve got our eyes on Ladyfest Atlanta 2016 with some big plans for our second year. Plus, there will be a talkback at the end of the festival on Sunday night, meaning everyone is invited to join the conversation about what worked, what didn’t work and how we can make next year even better. Expect smaller events throughout the year in between the annual festival.

As a fellow community curator, I'm always interested to know: what is the biggest lesson you've learned while organizing this year's Ladyfest?

At times we’ve found it difficult to represent such a diverse place as Atlanta. In the early planning stages, we had limited resources by which to engage certain communities effectively and found it challenging to truly be representative of our city. Trying to actively work against that, we made an effort to reach out in creative ways, strengthen our organizing team, and structure our process in a way that made it easier to be flexible and fix our mistakes (because we will never be perfect). Our reasons for organizing this festival and the politics surrounding it are deeply personal. So I think that this lesson also speaks to how, as an organizer or community curator, you need to simultaneously be enormously resilient and enormously sensitive, balancing the unrelenting ethos of your practice with the task of accommodating the needs of other people that you may not have been aware of.


Ladyfest will be an annual festival (hooray!). If people want to get involved next year, what do you all look for in applicants, performers, vendors and volunteers?

We are looking for people who want to make Atlanta better. The kind of relentless, radical folks who are thoughtful and strong in their beliefs yet not afraid of being wrong and correcting mistakes.


Ladyfest kicks off this Friday, March 20th at The Mammal Gallery and runs through Sunday, March 22nd.

For a full list of performers, venues, and programming visit


This Week In Atlanta // Recommended Shows And Events For March 16 - 22

Ladyfest Atlanta 2015 full schedule is available here. 

Ladyfest Atlanta 2015 full schedule is available here

Monday, March 16


Drunk Critique No.10 @ The Low Museum

A venue for artists, performers, writers, and culture creators in search of feedback on recent works with an enthusiastic and slightly-inebriated audience.

Delicate Steve | Del Venicci | Breathers @ 529

Butcher Brown & Count Bass D w/ Dillon, The 200s @ Aisle 5



Tuesday, March 17


ST POT-RICK'S DAY SMOKEOUT AT 529! w/ Order of the Owl, Nate Hall (NC), Sons of Tonatiuh, & Canopy @ 529

Illegal Drugs, A Drug Called Tradition (St. Patricks Day show) FREE SHOW @ 97 Estoria



Wednesday, March 18


DIY Discussion Series: DIY Distribution @ The Low Museum

A discussion featuring Communications Manager at the Contemporary, Rachel Reese.

DownHouse 4 U:::::::::>> BLUNTFANG / DANCE PARTEE <<:::::::::::: DJ_PAMELA_AND HER SONS / DJ CHEEDO DU$T / RYAN PARKS @ 18 W Peachtree Pl



Thursday, March 19


RED LIGHT WINTER by Adam Rapp @ Mothership

Gilda Radner Research & Translation Center, Office Hours with Lydia Walls @ Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Blood on the Harp | Lily and the Tigers | Moses Nesh @ The EARL

Red Bull Sound Select Atlanta Presents: RJD2 @ Terminal West At King Plow

Showcasing: Kebbi Williams & Wolfpack ATL, and 10th Letter

Invent Room Pop 47 (Ladyfest Edition) @ Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery

All-women edition featuring Erin Santini - drums, Rebecca Heikkila - keyboards, Lea Herring - guitar, Meredith Kooi - radios, Rasheeda Ali - flute, and Nirvana Kelly - guitar.



Friday, March 20


Ladyfest Atlanta 2015 @ Mammal Gallery // Eyedrum // Big House on Ponce // Broad St Visitor Center

An intentional space for women and gender nonconforming Atlanta-based artists, innovators and activists to perform and share their work, running from March 20 - 22.

Curbside Splendor and Lostintheletters @ 673 Edgewood Ave

Literary tour featuring James Tadd Adcox, Tasha Cotter, Brian Costello, Elizabeth Tadonio, and W. Todd Kaneko. 

Interstellar Medium: Dark Room, Skybison, Joshua Worden, Divine Interface, RekChampa, Scatterbrain @ The Music Room

Dark Room EP release show.




Saturday, March 21


Tanz III series 3 SHOP: Erik Thurmond ( Atlanta)| Movement @ Rhodes Theater

Join Atlanta dancer and choreographer Erik Thurmond for some big time dancing.

Ladyfest Atlanta Tea Party + readings and music @ Big House On Ponce

Ladyfest ATL Lit Zine release featuring readings by Christeene Alcosiba, Rita Leslie, Katie Collins, Rothana Oun, A’nji, Valerie Jane Thoma, Sarah Padgett, performance art by Elizabeth Jarrett, and music by Midnight Larks and Rattler Snake. 

GET ME OUT OF HERE: Escape and Return an Art Show @ Hodgepodge Coffee House and Gallery

Group art show featuring Barry Lee, Daniel Rodda, Kevin Bongang and Joe Walton depicting their various escapes that they chose as children.

TheHouseParty: March Madness @ The Hanger

Featuring music by Dj Ha, comedy by Rashon Love and Justin Wet Socks Mathews, and performances by Profound, Sonny Bamboo, BLACKNERD(ninjas) and L.G. Hosted by MIC-Audio ( Micha Brown). 

The King Khan & BBQ Show, Milk Lines, Paint Fumes @ Mammal Gallery



Sunday, March 22


Potluck Comedy Show @ The House With Eyes