10 Year-Old Sydney Rhame Performs at the Rec

23 05 2009

“who decatur” writes in and notes that Glennwood student, Sydney Rhame, and “The Lock Outs” will perform today at noon on the eastern lawn of the Rec Center.  It’s 11:30a now, so I sure hope you’re reading this on a mobile device or you live within a quick walk of the Rec.

Watch Rhame perform a bunch of her songs here and then join my chorus of “Is she really only 10 years old?”

Atlanta Artists: How Has the Recession Affected You?

22 05 2009

On the eve of the Decatur Arts Festival, and in the time-honored tradition of copping ideas from the New York Times, I thought it would be interesting to pose a question directly to our city’s artists.

The recent response to a question posed by the New York Times about how artists were responding to the recession peaked my locavore-ish interest.  While many artists relayed the expected stories of less work and funding, many also mentioned in the same virtual-breath that the slowdown was also in some ways “liberating.”   Singer/songwriters have found more time to write and play their own work – instead of an endless cycle of covers, while visual artists talked about time to focus on refining their skill set.

Obviously the economic slowdown is going to hit some people harder than they can take it.  What may seem liberating to one artist who brings in less work but can still pay the bills, can feel like the end of the world for one with no work or income.   However, the Times article talked a lot about how these “dispatches from the arts world were infused with fortitude and resolve, as well as a sense of release” and I was curious to see if Decatur/Atlanta/Georgia artists have had a similar reaction.

Art and economics have always been intricately connected, so there’s no doubt that this newly termed “Great” Recession will have a very real impact on the world’s art forms.  The physical results are yet unknown, but thanks to a little more time on our hands, it may just be an age of rediscovery.

I look forward to your responses.

DeKalb History Center Exhibits For ArtsFest Weekend

21 05 2009

Don’t forget to stop by the Old Courthouse this weekend when you’re up at the Decatur Arts Festival.  Lots of great exhibits of display.  Personally, I get really excited about old maps.

All Roads Lead to DeKalb – Join us as we showcase a portion of our extensive map collection. The exhibit consists of over 30 high quality scans, which were produced for us by the Georgia Archives. The full size reproductions represent the entire county and many cities and neighborhoods including Tucker, Brookhaven Estates, Druid Hills, Atlanta, Stone Mountain and Decatur. The display includes maps from 1900 to 1999.  Some maps will be available for immediate purchase; additional selections can be made available upon request.

The Harrison Room – Old Courthouse on the Square, 2nd Floor

May 23, from 10:00AM to 5:00PM & May 24, from 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Rev. Hosea Williams Exhibit – Enjoy a “sneak peek” of a special exhibit exploring and celebrating the life and work of Rev. Hosea L. Williams. The show, on loan from Hosea Feed the Hungry, features photographs, archival materials and artifacts highlighting Hosea’s work as a Civil Rights leader, a political figure and a glimpse into his personal life.

Temporary Exhibit Room – Old Courthouse on the Square, 1st Floor

May 23, from 10:00AM to 5:00PM & May 24, from 12:00PM to 5:00PM

Quilt Show – Local quilters from Intown Quilters Quilt Shop, Phoenix Quilt Guild, The Fearless Friday Guild and the Brown Sugar Stitchers will exhibit over 50 quilts, ranging from traditionally pieced quilts to very funky art quilts. Attendees can cast their vote for their three favorite quilts. Those artists will each win an Intown Quilters gift certificate! To show our appreciation, voters will be registered for door prizes donated by local Decatur businesses including Squash Blossom Boutique, Brick Store Pub and Intown Quilters, just to name a few.

Old Superior Courtroom – Old Courthouse on the Square, 2nd Floor

May 24, from 12:00PM to 5:00PM

2009 Decatur Arts Festival This Weekend

21 05 2009

If its Memorial Day weekend, it’s time for the Decatur Arts Festival!

You know the drill.  Saturday and Sunday, up on Decatur Square.  If you’re new to the drill, you can get all the details and maps here.

Also, don’t forget about the ArtWalk on Friday night from 5p-10p.  For the ful list of ArtWalk participants, click here.

UPDATE: From Beth – “the Clairemont Elementary School Rain Barrel Auction will be this Saturday, May 23 at 6:00 pm on the bandstand during Decatur’s Arts Festival.”

Paste Hits Halfway Point in Campaign To Raise $300,000

21 05 2009

Fresh Loaf has a press release from Paste Magazine announcing that it has reached the halfway point in a campaign to raise $300,000 to keep the music magazine afloat.

So far we have raised $148,000! That was the minimum that we needed to keep us going into the summer; we never expected to hit this goal so quickly. Thank you! We have the most amazing readers in the world, and we now know—in a very real way—that we hold this thing called Paste in trust for you and will work diligently to honor that.

We still have a ways to go. Most of our debt will be paid out of revenues when the economy starts to rebound and advertisers return, but we need $300,000 to take care of bills that spiraled up during the ad slump. We’re halfway to that goal and more confident than ever that Paste will make it.

As a way of saying thanks for donating, Paste is giving charitible readers access to over 120 tracks in the Paste Station Download Vault…and the list of artists seems to just keep growing!  Click here to donate.

Decatur Fine Arts Exhibition Opens Tonight at Agnes Scott

19 05 2009

Lauren sends along this great poster…


Click the poster for more details

Pondering An Emory Village Movie Theater

14 05 2009

I wrote on this topic a couple days ago in my oft-celebrated “Emory Smorgasbord” post, but Macarolina inquired into giving it a little more exposure.

We’ve talked a lot about movie theaters over the past few months, lamenting lost buildings downtown and wondering whether the city could support a new one.  However, now it turns out we may not need to put in the effort…just reap the sweet rewards.

The Alliance to Improve Emory Village is working with Goizueta to gauge interest in a movie theater as part of the complete redesign of Emory Village.

What do people think of the idea and what kind of theater would you hope it would be?

Personally, I think something like Midtown Arts would be great.