Last week in Atlanta,
Chris Appleton was recognized with a National Emerging Leader Award by Americans for the Arts.
Jake Cook released a song called "FUCK YEAH TRENCH PARTY."
Vida Voce, a reading and performance series for women, released videos of readings by Samantha Snead, Kirstin Mitchell, Allie Bashuk, Rachel Trignano, Hester L. Furey, Stephanie Dowda, Jessica Blankenship, and Maggie Ginestra.
Jessica Hunt interviewed The Influencers’ Leroy Basnight + Sean Fahie.
Travis Broyles performed "Cyclorama" at the Dirty South reading series.
The Guardian posted a video of "How Atlanta, Georgia, became America's hip-hop capital."
Muriel Vega interviewed artists Micah and Whitney Stansell.
Deidra Tyree Smith visited sculptor and educator Martha Whittington.
Write Club ATL released their latest podcast, “Third Wheel To Everyone’s Grief," featuring Dani Herd and Daniel Lamb.
And Del Venicci released a video for "Shadow Braid":
Record of the Week: MARA EP by Mara
Over the last couple years, Vera Vera has emerged as one of Atlanta's more promising new acts, managing to meld the energy of the garage scene with the adventurousness of the experimental electronic scene. While a forthcoming full-length waits on the horizon with few details, Vera Vera's Jordan Parker recently released an EP under the banner of Mara. There's a more subdued, bedroom-pop aesthetic on the three songs contained on the Mara EP, showcasing another impressive dimension to a great songwriter. Listen to the record below, and then catch Vera Vera May 20 at 529 opening for SoftSpot and Moving Units.
Recommended shows and events this week:
Monday, May 5:
Cinco de Yolo at Five Two Nueve // Suno Deko, Factory, Bois, Tantrum @ 529
"FREE SHOW YALLZ ~@ SUNO DEKO i dare you to pronounce it right // loop shoop www.soundcloud.com/sunodeko FACTORY hand made metaphysical pop trickles // all star qtz http://factorynorth.bandcamp.com/ BOIS universal leaf breeze warmth extraction // dual moan https://soundcloud.com/brianmbo/side-a-lost-bois TANTRUM fluid mindbody limitless honeynoise // ballroom blitz tantrummusic.bandcamp.com"
Naked City | Push Push Theater & Film | THEME "REBIRTH" @ The Goat Farm Arts Center
"Naked City is a monthly, crowd-sourced, literary performance variety show. Your humble hosts, show up with prizes, games, bits, snappy banter and a theme. You, the Citizens, show up with spoken word pieces, stories, songs, poems, extemporaneous monologues, comedy routines, interpretive dances or whatever the Hell else you want to do that ties into our theme. Theme: "REBIRTH" We give you 5 minutes on the mic to do whatever it is you’re gonna do. If you go over 5, you need to spin the "Wheel of Consequences" If you go over 6 minutes, we boo you till you stop. All in love, of course."
Tuesday, May 6:
Kate Sweeney, "American Afterlife," @ Decatur Library
"Kate reads! Answers questions! Signs books! Come to Decatur Library and dig it! Hosted by Georgia Center for the Book. In American Afterlife, Kate Sweeney weaves together a collective portrait of illuminating stories—of a funeral director, an obituary writer, even a Midwestern museum that takes us back in time to meet our death-obsessed Victorian progenitors—revealing something larger: a landscape that feels at once strange and familiar, one that’s by turns odd, tragic, poignant, and sometimes even really funny."
Vicious Circle Writers Group @ Javavino
"Atlanta writers: Bring a piece you've written (less than 2000 words) that you want critiqued to Java Vino on April 1st for insightful feedback, coffee, wine, and excellent company. You don't have to bring your writing to participate, but it's always more fun if you do!"
Wednesday, May 7:
MAMMALS ONLY. Open Mic @ The Mammal Gallery
"Its that time again, folks. The Mammal Gallery invites you to come sing, dance, read, yell, laugh, share, and listen!"
Thursday, May 8:
Benefit for National Kidney Foundation @ The Basement
"We'll be banging some crap together and throwing paint around for the love of kidneys. Mice in Cars breaks a short hiatus to do things with sound that probably shouldn't be done, Madre Padre will be rocking our panties inside out, and Brother Hawk (Special Set) will feature two stupidly talented members (JB and Nick) of, you guessed it, Brother Hawk. While your ears are being molested, Chris Hamer of Urbnpop will be slinging paint around to create some original artwork before your very eyes."
Friday, May 9:
"A concert to benefit Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm will be held at Eyedrum Art & Music Center on Friday, May 9th. A special reception with food, drinks, and a silent auction will be held at 6:30 pm and bands – including Wowser Bowser and TV Dinner – will begin playing at 8:00 pm. This show is open to the public and proceeds benefit Peacebuilders Camp at Koinonia Farm."
Saturday, May 10:
"Hourglass" new work by Molly Rose Freeman @ Beep Beep Gallery
"Beep Beep Gallery is proud to present "Hourglass" a solo exhibition of paintings and installations by Atlanta base artist Molly Rose Freeman. “Hourglass” explores the relationships between painter, documenter, and audience to find the shared bond that exists within the public art performance. It will use the gallery environment to emphasize the dynamics of these relationships, specifically the interaction within roles that will be clearly defined through light, proximity, and the existence of barriers. This exhibition will take place in two stages: May 10-17: Live Painting and Photography Performance, 7-10 PM After prepping the gallery and installing a number of unique panels, Molly Rose Freeman will be live painting a mural inside of Beep Beep for an entire week leading up to the opening of the exhibit. This mural will incorporate the panels as well as the gallery space itself and will be documented by photographers Dustin Chambers and Wil Hughes. Spectators will be able to view this process firsthand all week long during the hours of 7-10pm through the window looking into the gallery space."
DASHER RECORD RELEASE SHOW @ Star Community Bar
"Dasher has a record coming out!!! come buy it! Degreaser are some Aussie ex pats with 2 Lps on Negative Guest List Records and new one on the way...Desert Butthole Surfers? Led Zepplin meets Christian Death? They've taken a more straightforward path as of late, but don't be fooled, they rip. Cyanide Tooth: The infamous Ericklrick from terminal boredom....I'm sure he will not dissapoint. Excited to drink a beer with this guy. Wymyns Prysyn and GHB....eh you know....WP maybe will have bootlegg floppy disks of our LP...ya never know."
Wonder Farm @ Krog Street Market
"WonderFarm is a premiere event that brings together fare from Miller Union chef Steven Satterfield and friends, made with ingredients selected by farmer Joe Reynolds of Love Is Love, and an art experience designed by Gavin Bernard and Jane Garver. WonderFarm will appeal to all five senses. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, gourmet seated dinner, interactive demonstrations, performances, art installations and a silent auction within the new Krog Street Market, never before open to the public. In addition to benefitting Community Farmers Markets and WonderRoot, the goal of WonderFarm is to build pathways to participation in the local farming and arts communities through an all-new cultural experience. Honorary Chairs are Camille Russell Love and Mary Laney Reilly."
J-Live - Around the Sun - ATL Album Release Party @ The Basement
"J-Live -Atlanta album relase party for "Around The Sun" (Mortier Music) Special Guests: Willie Evans Jr., Boog Brown, J Nolan, Waking Astronomer, DJ Dug Boogie"
Sunday, May 11:
Sunday Night Drink and Draw @ The Mammal Gallery
"Everyone draws. Whether they are drawing with graphite, ink, chalk, oil pastel, blood, snot, or simply drawing a blank, everyone expresses themselves through the medium of drawing somehow. And what a better way to delve into an age old tradition than to be surrounded by fellow mammals and a few libations."
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