Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Cancels All October Shows

ASO Season PostponedDue to the ongoing negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement between Atlanta Symphony Orchestra management and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association, the ASO today announced the cancellation of all its orchestral concerts through November 8, 2014.

“We’ve made this decision with a great deal of reluctance,” said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President & CEO Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D. “Cancelling concerts is the last thing any of us wants to do, but out of respect for our patrons and the many people who play a role in producing the concerts we all enjoy, we feel we have no other choice.”      Continue reading

Buy Your Thanksgiving Turkey Local & Early for 20% Off

White Oak PasturesWith temperatures still in the upper 80s, it’s hard to believe but Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. To get your planning started (way) early, White Oak Pastures is now offering pre-ordering on their free-roaming, Certified Organic turkeys.

White Oak Pastures turkeys are different from a traditional store bought bird. They’re turkeys can fly the day they are harvested and are raised and slaughtered right on the farm. This year, the farm is raising delicious Broad Breasted Bronze, Auburn and Black turkey breeds, and they are available in small, medium and large varieties.

From now until September 30, White Oak Pastures is offering a special 20 percent discount on pre-order and pre-paying customers who order turkeys for Thanksgiving. From October 1 through November 2, a 5 percent discount is offered. The birds will ship on November 17 to arrive just in time for the holiday.

White Oak Pastures turkeys can be purchased at whiteoakpastures.com.

photo courtesy of Angie Mosier

Ormsby’s to Tap Uncommon Kegs Throughout October

Ormsby'sLove beer? Good. You’ll love this. West Midtown’s very own Ormsby’s has announced they’re going to be hosting a month-long celebration of some of the world’s most exceptional beers this October.

Beginning Wednesday, October 1 and continuing throughout the month, Ormsby’s will highlight six taps exclusively dedicated to unique and rare craft beers from around the country and abroad, frequently rotating the options to keep beer fans coming back for more.    Continue reading

Play Outside the Box This Autumn

Outside the BoxPlanning to visit The Children’s Museum of Atlanta this fall? The museum has activities each day including special Outside the Box themed programming including:

October: Outside the Boo! – Get ready for a ghoulishly good time! October’s Outside the Box programming is all about costumes, puppets, pumpkins, lights and changing colors for the spooky season. Families can enjoy frightful fun with mask-making activities, lantern crafts and more. Highlighted programming during October includes: 

  • Box Lanterns – Light up the autumn season with lanterns! Children will have the opportunity to try their hand at making their own box lanterns to shine. 
  • Leaf Chromatography – Nothing says fall like the beautiful, autumn hues on trees and bushes. Using die-cut filter paper leaves, washable markers and water, children will be able to see how pigments can mix in a leaf!
  • Tricky Masks - It’s easy to recognize faces, but can you play a trick and treat with a funny mask? Children can enjoy mask-making crafts to create the best disguise!

November: Box It Up, Pay It Forward – In the spirit of Thanksgiving, November’s Outside the Box programming focuses on giving thanks and spending time with family and friends. Highlighted programming during November includes:

  • Boxes of Beauty – Children will have the chance to give back to the community by decorating shoe boxes for non-profit Boxes of Beauty.
  • Helpful Composites – Children can make materials with different ingredients and discover how they can work together to be strong in many ways!
  • Moving Heat – The weather is getting colder! Children will learn how heat moves around, and how they can keep it near them for warmth.

December: Boxes & Bows – Tis’ the season! December’s Outside the Box theme is all about the holidays, and families can deck the halls with festive crafts, present-making and more. Highlighted programming during December includes: 

  • Pop-Up Cards – Children will learn how to create their own handmade, pop-up card to give with gifts.
  • How Much Outside Is There? – Some gifts are harder to wrap than others! Children will learn about why that is, and why some maps look strange.
  • Knot Right Now! – Do your shoes always come untied? You might not be tying the knot you think! Children will learn the perfect present-wrapping form for make a knot and even a bow!
photo courtesy of The Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Four New Exhibitions Open at the High Museum of Art This Fall

George WashingtonThe Dream Cars have headed out of town and now there are four new exhibits ready to entertain you at the High Museum of Art.

American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution opens September 28, 2014 and will be on exhibit through January 18, 2015. The exhibit showcases, “five portraits that demonstrate how portraiture style evolved in the late 18th and early 19th centuries as American and European painters were influenced by each other.” None of the portraits in this exhibit has been displayed together before. You’ll probably recognize at least one of the portraits from your American history school book.

A more modern approach to art comes to the High starting October 11, 2014 when The Forty Part Motet by Janet Cardiff is installed and opened to the public. Described as “achingly beautiful” (The New Yorker) and “transcendent” (The New York Times) is a reworking of a 40-part choral piece by Tudor composer Thomas Tallis (ca. 1505-1585) features the voices of 59 singers (adults and children) performing Tallis’ Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui (1556). Each voice was recorded separately, and all voices are played back in unison via 40 individual loudspeakers on tripods (one speaker for each choral part). The audio component features a 14-minute loop – 11 minutes of singing and three minutes of intermission.      Continue reading

15 Things to do Around Atlanta This Weekend (September 20 & 21)

Weekend

  1. Art on the BeltLine Performances (Saturday, Sunday) – Concerts, dance performances, and craft make-and-takes all happen for FREE on the BeltLine.
  2. High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet Factory FREE Grand Opening Celebration – They’ll have the grill going. They’ll scoop ice cream. Pour shakes and floats. Make ice cream sandwiches.
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and FREE Pizza at Center for Puppetry Arts - Under the guidance of their mentor Splinter, four ninja turtles use their newfound Turtle Power to fight crime in New York City. To celebrate the Center’s 36th anniversary, all ticket holders get a FREE slice of pizza while supplies last!
  4. Military Appreciation Days at Six Flags Over Georgia – Active duty military members and their families get FREE admission to Six Flags. Veterans get 50% off admission.
  5. Sandy Springs Festival – Virtually every kind of art imaginable is represented in the juried Artists Market, the Gas South Children’s Park and Teen Territory features huge inflatables, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, and face painting for all ages.  There’s also a pet parade!
  6. Fort Daniel Frontier Fair – Celebrate Georgia’s roll in early American history in Gwinnett this weekend at this annual festival.
  7. Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars – The circus comes to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend and we have your link for FREE tickets in our post.
  8. Gwinnett County Fair – Come to the Gwinnett County Fair during it’s last weekend and enjoy livestock competitions, craft displays, carnival rides, delicious food, and much more!
  9. Paws in the Park – Is Spot well behaved? Take him to Paws in the Park this weekend where there will be service dog demonstrations as well as exhibits by local businesses focused on pet feeding, obedience, and adoption as well as other related services and FREE samples.
  10. Marietta StreetFest – Art projects, a kids zone, antiques, vintage automobiles and more!
  11. Olde Town Hiram Day – Local goods for sale, entertainment, and festival food come together in downtown Hiram for a day of family-friendly fun.
  12. Ray’s on the River Riverside Pig Roast – Experience the beautiful views of the Chattahoochee while enjoying Chef Josh’s Pig Roast Menu including a whole slow-roasted pig with a selection of homemade BBQ sauces and all the usual picnic food, Ray’s style.
  13. North Georgia State Fair – The Superior Plumbing North Georgia State Fair features live music, free attractions and shows, farm animals, flower shows, blue ribbon competitions, local entertainment, and delicious fair foods. There are also games and rides on the Great James H. Drew Exposition midway– one of the largest carnival midways in the United States, featuring the Wildcat Rollercoaster and the Georgia Mountain Lift.
  14. Roswell Arts Festival - This annual event features continuous performing arts as well as artwork and crafts for sale. Entertainment featuring local singers, dance companies, and children’s entertainers, children’s painting, sand art, and other activities.
  15. Shakerag Arts & Crafts Festival – This year, Shakerag will offer a variety of vendors from around Georgia and the south, with unique items that include pottery, paintings, ceramics, clothing, florals, pet accessories, and jewelry. A children’s area will feature games, pony rides, and a craft station for minimal fees.

Still want more? Check out our full Event Calendar here.

Atlanta History Center Temporary Exhibit Highlights the Confederacy

Atlanta History Center

Georgia’s Confederate roots are still apparent throughout the Atlanta area and now, to commemorate the sesquetennial of the Civil War, the Atlanta History Center has a new exhibit to complement their already popular and comprehensive Turning Point: The American Civil War exhibition.

Confederate Odyssey features nearly two hundred artifacts on display for the first time ever, including the rarest-of-the-rare: Southern–made uniforms, flags, firearms, bayonets, and small-caliber artillery pieces, many of which are one-of-a-kind items.  All tell the story of how a pre-industrial Confederacy managed to sustain a modern industrial war for four long years.   Continue reading

Parma Rustic Tavern Brings Locally-Sourced Italian to Chain-Riddled Mall of Georgia Area

Parma Rustic TavernWood-fired oven pizza and food made from family recipes at a locally owned restaurant way OTP? Yes, it’s worth leaving behind your usual post-mall trip spot and stopping at Parma Rustic Tavern the next time you’re near the Mall of Georgia.

Located on the south side of SR 20 west of the mall, across from Krispy Kreme, Parma is not as rustic or like a tavern as it’s name suggests. Modern and fresh looking, with bright colors and high wooden booths against one wall, tables in the center and a bar area on the other side. The wood-fired oven and pizza preparation area is 2/3 of the way back from the door easily able to be seen while seated.      Continue reading