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Symmetry/Asymmetry: African Textiles, Dress, and Adornment at the High Museum of Art


Symmetry/Asymmetry draws attention to African textiles as abstract works of art to highlight their aesthetic dimension. At the same time the exhibition suggests a synaesthetic experience as these once kinetic works engaged multiple senses.

Over 40 works of African textiles, dress, and adornment – including objects from throughout the continent, from South Africa to the Sahara – are presented. A broad spectrum of objects spanning more than 7,000 years of artistic innovation, from a Neolithic stone bracelet to twentieth and twenty-first century commemorative cloths emblazoned with the faces of Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Mandela, and President Obama, are included. A magnificent selection of indigo cloths from West Africa and Kuba textiles from Central Africa are also presented. The exhibition provides a surprisingly diverse range of symmetric and asymmetric designs.

The exhibit runs through August 25, 2013. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. Click here for more information.

First Thursdays Downtown Arts Walk


This is the perfect opportunity to experience Atlanta’s art scene inside and out! Take a self-guided tour of the galleries — with no beginning or ending point — and move at your own pace as you soak up some fabulous contemporary Southern art. With its growth, First Thursdays has become more than just an arts walk. It’s an event where singles can meet, business people can unwind, and couples can enjoy the beauty of downtown Atlanta’s landscape.

Each month you’re invited to stroll through magnificent buildings and streets to enjoy the beauty of Downtown and the gallery experience. Come take a walk with us the First Thursday of each month, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

First Thursdays ArtsWalk has grown with new programs and additional venues so that art lovers can view the arts, tour the historic districts of Downtown and enjoy various discounts at Downtown restaurants. Click here for more information.

Party with the Past – Presented by the Atlanta History Center


This monthly event introduces you to the story of Atlanta with free history and cold beer. This series takes place at a different historic spot in the city each month. Each event focuses on one aspect of Atlanta’s history.

History is the passion of the Atlanta History Center and this event series will be a great way to introduce people to Atlanta, the museum staff, and famous Atlantans (alive and dead). Please visit atlantahistorycenter.com for more information or to make a reservation or call 404.814.4000.

Stone Mountain Is A Nearby Adventure!


Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most popular attraction and features a wide variety of family activities. Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, adventure awaits as you discover interactive family friendly attractions and many natural and historical sights. Plus you won’t want to miss dozens of fun annual events such as Spring FUN Break, Summer at the Rock, Yellow Daisy Festival, Indian Festival and Pow-Wow, Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain. Stone Mountain activities are suitable for all ages

You can play in the spray or stay high and dry on the all-new Geyser Towers®. Or trek through the treetops on SkyHike®, the nation’s largest adventure course. Take a cable car to the top of Stone Mountain and get an up-close look at the Stone Mountain Carving. Relax on the scenic train ride around the mountain. And end your day at the world’s largest laser light show featuring a fantastic fireworks finale!

Visit stonemountainpark.com/ for more information.

The Varsity – The World’s Largest Drive-In

The Varsity is the world’s largest drive-in restaurant, serving customers in Atlanta since 1928. People from all over the world come to experience The Varsity because there is nothing like it anywhere!


The original Varsity, located at 61 North Avenue, near Georgia Tech, opened in 1928 on a 70′ X 120′ lot with a white picket fence by a man named Frank Gordy; a man with a $2000 nest egg and “million dollar taste buds.” Through his dedication to freshness, superior quality, advanced technology and serving the best food fast, he gained a reputation that is known worldwide. The Varsity has hosted well known people from the entertainment industry, the sports industry, the Governor’s mansion, the White House, as well as visitors from all over the globe. Through Frank Gordy’s determination, the original Varsity has grown into a two-story “Lunching Pad” and there are now 7 sister locations. The Varsity has become an Atlanta institution known and loved by all.

There are now 7 locations in and around the Atlanta area. Stop by for some amazing food. Click thevarsity.com for more information.

Georgia Dome

Atlanta’s Georgia Dome is a familiar name to sports fans. Not only is the Georgia Dome the home stadium for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons football team, the Georgia Dome has hosted some of the sporting world’s most exciting athletic events since opening in 1992.

The roster of Georgia Dome sporting events features the 1996 Olympic Games (basketball and gymnastics), the Super Bowl (1994 and 2000), professional wrestling and bull riding and the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball Tournament, which was here in 2007 as well. Annual events held at the Atlanta Georgia Dome include the SEC Football Championship, the Atlanta Football Classic, Honda’s Battle of the Bands and the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

In addition to being a world-class sports arena, the Georgia Dome has been the setting for concerts by such artists as the Rolling Stones and the Backstreet Boys. Atlanta’s Georgia Dome has also hosted religious gatherings with Billy Graham and T.D. Jakes.

The Georgia Dome’s illustrious résumé is matched only by its vital statistics. Atlanta’s Georgia Dome covers 8.9 acres, stands as tall as a 27-story building and is the world’s largest cable-supported domed stadium. Its athletic field measures 102,000 square feet. Seating at the Georgia Dome totals 71,250 permanent seats, with 203 executive suites, 4,600 club suites and a penthouse suite.

Visit gadome.com for schedules and information.

The Wrecking Bar Brew Pub

As a 20th-century Victorian-style home, a Methodist Protestant church, a dance school and most recently as the Wrecking Bar architectural antiques store, the journey to bring you an ever-changing selection of specialty beers brewed on site and craft pub food has been defined by fond memories made by notable Atlanta families. On June 19, 2011, Bob and Kristine Sandage began a new legacy, as the basement of the charismatic Victor H. Kriegshaber House was christened as the Wrecking Bar Brewpub!

Vowing to boldly go where no other brewpub has gone before, the Sandages warmly open their doors, inviting the neighborhood to enjoy this artisanal gathering spot for the community that took the support of a community to build.

The brew pub is located at 292 Moreland Ave. NE
Atlanta GA. Click here for more information.

Georgia World Congress Center

Welcome to the Georgia World Congress Center Authority. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority — which includes the 3.9 million square foot convention center, the 71,250-seat Georgia Dome and 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park — ranks among the top five largest convention destinations in the country as well as one of the best sports and entertainment campuses in the world.

The State of Georgia established the Georgia World Congress Center Authority to develop and operate the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, Centennial Olympic Park, and related facilities.

These facilities exist for the primary purpose of promoting and facilitating events and activities that generate economic benefits to the citizens of the State of Georgia and the City of Atlanta as well as enhance the quality of life for every Georgian.

Visit gwcc.com for more information.

Philips Arena

Philips Arena opened in downtown Atlanta in 1999 and is considered one of the best dual-sport, multi-purpose facilities in the world where sports fans and music-lovers alike can enjoy major-league entertainment.

Home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, Philips Arena brings the excitement of major league basketball to Atlanta, and hosts close to 2 million fans and 200 events annually. Philips Arena was ranked the #1 concert and events venue in the United States by Pollstar magazine in July 2009, and is consistently ranked among the world’s top arenas based on attendance.

Philips Arena hosts some of the top musical acts and performers in the world today. Entertainers who have appeared at Atlanta’s Philips Arena include Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Aerosmith, Kenny Chesney, Josh Groban, Elton John and the Rolling Stones. Atlanta, GA’s Philips Arena also showcases the Harlem Globetrotters, Disney On Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus every year.

Visit philipsarena.com for more information.

Havana Club

The new Havana Club location pays tribute to its forefather, but also offers amenities and an unparalleled design that guests are bound to remember. The venue boasts 15,000 square feet of warm, rich decadence and with three distinct rooms, each complete with its own unique ambiance. Let the smooth music of Stage, uplifting energy of Studio and creative ingenuity of Gallery carry you away on an exotic escape to Havana.

The Havana Club has been a fixture on the Buckhead nightlife scene since it’s opening in March of 1996. Founded by seasoned entrepreneurs, The Havana Club has garnered a steady following and remained an influence on Buckhead Ave. in Buckhead until it’s closing in late August 2007 for the Streets of Buckhead project. The revamped Havana Club reopened to the public in December 2009.

The new, 15,000 square-ft venue boasts a custom-designed lighting and sound system, satellite television throughout, cedar-wood humidor stocking rare and exotic cigars, and on-site parking. Recommended by the Buckhead Coalition for three consecutive years: 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Dress Code:

No white t-shirts, No tennis shoes, No flip-flops, No work boots, No athletic gear, No excessively baggy clothing, No baseball caps, No shorts, No Polos,

Hours of Operation:

8:30pm to 3:00am

Visit havanaclubatl.com for more information.

Legal Seafood

See fish. Eat fish. Legal Sea Foods is located in downtown Atlanta’s Hilton Garden Inn, across from the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola. Our two-story restaurant is double the fun for Atlantans who love seafood.

The buzz-worthy Oyster Bar is our street level lounge. Its close proximity to the Georgia Dome and Philips Arena makes it a popular lure on game days. Our second floor dining room features panoramic windows overlooking Centennial Olympic Park and Atlanta’s skyline, a balcony with outdoor seating and a wine room for semi-private parties. Guests can make waves in our Oyster Bar or restaurant or even in the two additional on-premise private dining spaces we utilize. 19 signature cocktails, 28 wines by the glass and countless varieties of fresh fish and shellfish will get you hooked.

Click here for more information.

Rosa Mexicano Brings Classic Mexican/Southwestern Cuisine to Atlanta

Playing a leading role in defining what was then a “new” cuisine to American diners, Rosa Mexicano delivers authentic Mexican cooking in an accessible, stylishly festive atmosphere. Rosa Mexicano’s menu features a range of award-winning, signature dishes such as Guacamole en Molcajete, made in a traditional lava-rock mortar. it is prepared tableside and served with house made chips and warm corn tortillas.

Check out the website at rosamexicano.com/atlanta.

CNN Center

Journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide for an exciting glimpse of news and broadcasting in action! The Inside CNN Studio Tour takes you behind the scenes of the Global Headquarters of CNN in Atlanta.Journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide for an exciting glimpse of news and broadcasting in action! The Inside CNN Studio Tour takes you behind the scenes of the Global Headquarters of CNN in Atlanta.

Admission Prices
Inside CNN Studio Tour

Adult $15
Senior (65+): $14
Student: $14 (13 – 18, or with valid college ID)
Child: $12 (ages 4 – 12)
Group $13 (per person with 20+ people)
Youth Group $9 (per person, ages 4 – 12, 20+ people)
Military Free with Active Duty ID

Tour operators call 404.827.2300 for pricing information.

Buy your tickets online through MuseumTix
Specialty Tours

Inside CNN VIP Tour $35 Purchase Tickets
Morning Express Tour $49 Purchase Tickets

Reservations: Reservations are highly recommended and can be made Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. by calling 404.827.2300 or toll free at 1.877.4CNNTOUR. Buy Tickets

Tour pricing and availability subject to change without notice.

Atlanta Winter Wine and Jazz Festival

Atlanta Winter Wine and Jazz Festival


Sip, savor and jam is the motto at the Atlanta Winter Wine and Jazz Festival. They’ll be vinos from around the world, recognition of Atlanta’s top sommeliers and grape gurus. They’ll be tasty treats, shopping courtesy of local vendors, and live jazz and local entertainment. Sipping starts Feb 20th at 2:00pm at the Georgia Freight Depot. Cheers!


Salsa Atlanta

Salsa Atlanta


Salsa your worries away at Salsa Atlanta. $15 drop-in classes every Sunday will keep you on your toes. The 3rd Saturday of every month is Salsa bootcamp! Created in 1999 by Julian Mejia, SALSAtlanta has been promoting Cuban music and dances and teaching Rueda de Casino and Casino dance, also known as “Cuban Salsa” or “Salsa Casino” in Atlanta and Athens GA.

As part of their efforts to promote Cuban culture and its dances, SALSAtlanta has produced and sponsor many events during the years and hosted classes and dance workshops that embrace Cuban and Latin culture in the South.


Best of Atlanta Party

Best of Atlanta Party


On Monday, February 28, you can sample selections from dozens of restaurants voted best by Atlanta magazine’s editors, including Rathbun’s, Bocado, the Porter Beer Bar, the Cookie Studio, and many more!
Wash it all down with drinks from one of the 15 open bars. And all that noshing is for a good cause! The proceeds benefit Camp Twin Lakes, a camp for Georgia’s children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other challenges.


Fox Bros BBQ: A Taste of Texas in Atlanta

fox bbq bros.When Jonathan Fox couldn’t find Texas Style bbq in Atlanta, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He started cooking bbq on his own and it became the stuff of legends. When he was laid off from his corporate job, he knew exactly what he was gonna do next.  He and his brother serve food with ‘Texas roots and a Southern influence.’ If you are a meat eater come hungry. The brisket, ribs, smoked chicken and an obvious fave, pulled pork sandwich, are all well worth a trip. They’ve also won a ‘Best Wings in Atlanta’ award.  But the great news is, you’ll love Fox Bros. if you are a vegetarian!  Fried okra is served whole, not sliced in pieces and is delicious.  Bravo to their mac and cheese too, and don’t miss the fried pickle chips.  It will be tough, but save room for dessert. You won’t regret it.

3. Cocktails in the Garden July 1-31

cocktails in the gardenEvery Thursday night enjoy a refreshing mojito while surrounded by even more delicious leaves at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Even with the added liquid enjoyment, the Atlanta Botanical Garden is breathtaking in the evening. Enjoy a beautiful nighttime skyline on the Canopy Walk, sample delicious dishes and live chef demos at the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen, or relax with the sound of the falling water at the Cascades Garden. Oh, and not to mention, every month there’s a new theme at the Garden and live DJs spin tunes to create the mood of that theme.  This is the perfect way to get in the Atlanta sightseeing, while having a night out on the town.


The striking view of the Chattahoochee River doesn’t rival the actual restaurant that’s been featured in Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, Gourmet, and The New York Times. Decorated like a luxe lodge with an inverted ceiling made to resemble the inside of a canoe, stepping foot inside is a memorable experience in itself. The seasonal menu amasses a loyal clientele.

Visit canoeatl.com for more information.

Georgias Great Tour by Bus from Atlanta

Picture 119Enjoy a four hour trip as you learn about Atlanta’s contribution to American culture. Home to influential leaders such as Jimmy Carter and Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlanta has helped shape history. One can gain a better understanding of the 39th president by visiting his Museum and Library, and visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and memorial site and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement. Amidst the cultural aspects of the tour are stops at the Coca-Cola Museum, the Woodruff Arts Center, and the Swan House. Admission to all of these events is included in tour price. For a great way to appreciate all aspects of Atlanta and see the city for all that it is, one should take this tour.

This four hour trip will take you through historical sites as well as the newest attractions in Atlanta. During this tour, one will step into Gone with the Wind author, Margaret Mitchell’s house, view the Governor’s house along with other historical landmarks and churches, see where the 1996 Olympics made history, the Atlanta skyline, and make a stop for Georgia’s Aquarium. All admission to these events is included in the tour price. This tour is perfect for someone new to the city, showing both Atlanta’s past and present.