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Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 102018

castleberry hillOn the 2nd Friday of the month, it’s time for the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll. For one night each month, the art galleries stay open late, giving you a chance to browse the works of emerging & established artists.

The next 2nd Friday Castleberry Hill Art Stroll will take place from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on April 13, 2018. Participating galleries & shops include Besharat Gallery, Escape Gallery, The Granite Room, No Mas! Hacienda, Zucot Gallery, Mindzai Creative, & Iridium Atlanta, to name a few.

Before you head out, browse the 2nd Friday Castleberry Hill Art Stroll’s Facebook page to check out highlights for the event, which typically include post-Art Stroll karaoke at Bottle Rocket Sushi & Burgers (starts at 10:30 p.m.), live music at Elliott Street Deli & Pub, & more.

While you’re there, you can see some of the Living Walls murals. You’ll find them at 142 Walker Street, 165 Walker Street (Haynes side of the Walker Street Mini Storage building), & 333 Peters St.

Parking is available throughout the neighborhood, plus Castleberry Point’s parking deck and the lot across from 161 Mangum both offer free parking during the Strolls.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 062018

If you haven’t been to The High Museum of Art in a while, now’s an awesome time to go. There are quite a few special exhibitions currently on display & coming soon that look like they’re well worth the trip.

On display through May 18, 2018 you can explore the science & tech of furniture design as well as experimental methods of fabrication via the Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age exhibition. And the Mark Steinmetz: Terminus exhibition opened earlier this month. On view through June 3, 2018, the photographs explore the “activity and interactions that take place at this crossroads of the contemporary South,” Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Plus, The Amy Elkins: Black is the Day, Black is the Night exhibition has been extended through April 29, 2018, and it looks fascinating; the multi-layered photographic project explores the psychological effects of long-term solitary confinement. And the A Fire That No Water Could Put Out: Civil Rights Photography exhibition, on display through May 27, 2018, explores the era of Dr. King’s leadership, the year of his death, and contemporary reflections on the Civil Rights Movement’s enduring legacy.

Want to check out the High Museum of Art on the cheap? Take advantage of a discount ticket deal (or, even better, free admission) to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, no coupon code required.

The deals:

1) While they last, $30 buys two tickets to the High Museum of Art and a $20 gift card to Fifth Group Restaurants (The Original El Taco, Lure, Ecco, South City Kitchen, & more), thanks to a deal on PoshDealz.

2) On Second Sundays at The High Museum of Art, museum admission is free from noon-5:00 p.m., and there’ll be special activities & workshops. The next Second Sundays free admission day will take place on April 8, 2018.

3) All active & veteran military personnel as well as one guest will receive free admission to The High Museum of Art & free parking in the Woodruff Arts Center deck with proof of service. Proof of service includes valid military, retiree, military/retiree dependent identification card or a DD Form 214 (Report of Separation).

4) Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders get free admission on the first full weekend of the month, thanks to the Museums on Us program (discount applies to cardholder only). The next free admission weekend will be April 7 & 8, 2018.

And mark your calendars for upcoming exhibitions:

  • On view June 3-September 2, 2018: Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic
  • On view June 24-September 30, 2018: Outliers and American Vanguard Art
  • On view June 24-October 7, 2018: Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki
  • On view September 29, 2018–January 6, 2019: With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino & Tommie Smith
  • On view November 18, 2018–February 17, 2019: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Want a little something extra while you’re there? Head out for an event at The High, most of which are free with museum admission. Here are a few:

  • Friday, April 6, 2018: First Fridays. From 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., there’ll drop-in art-making workshops, live performances, & more.
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018: Studio Spring Break. From 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., you can create your own masterpiece.
  • Sunday, April 8, 2018: Second Sundays. Museum admission is free, plus there’ll be special activities, including Toddler Tours, art-making workshops, Art Movers, Baby Steps, & more.
  • Friday, April 20, 2018: Friday Jazz featuring Emmannuel “Chops” Smith.
  • Friday, May 18, 2018: Friday Jazz featuring Che Marshall.

The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 062018

On Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6, 2018, the Atlanta BBQ Festival will take place at Atlantic Station.

For two days, you can listen to live music, indulge with eats served up by ATL’s BBQ pros, imbibe with bourbon or beer samples, check out BBQ cooking demos, & more.

From 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, you can head out for the Hogs & Hops session. The all-inclusive ticket features 50+ beer and wine options and BBQ samples from some of Atlanta’s best BBQ restaurants. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 after April 26, or $45 at the gate. FYI–This is a 21+ session; no babies or pets permitted. Bonus: $35 buys one general admission Hogs & Hops session at the Atlanta BBQ Festival, thanks to a deal on Groupon (same price as advance tickets, minus the fees).

From 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on Saturday & noon-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, the Atlanta BBQ Festival becomes an all-ages event. There’ll be live music, BBQ & drinks available for purchase, & more. One-day general admission tickets are $8 in advance, $12 after April 26, and $15 at the gate. Kids age 12 & under admitted free. Bonus: While they last, $9 buys one general admission ticket to the Atlanta BBQ Festival, thanks to a deal on Groupon (works out to a bit less than the advance price after fees).

Or on Sunday, May 6, you can opt for Bourbon Experience. The ticket includes festival admission at noon & sampling with 40+ bourbon options from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 after April 26, or $45 at the gate.

Groupon also has a weekend package for one to the Atlanta BBQ Festival available for $55. I’m working on tracking down what that entails, as it’s not specified on the site….

The Atlanta BBQ Festival will take place at Atlantic Station’s special event site, located behind the Regal Cinema on 20th Street.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 062018

evltrbox_openstudioThis looks like an awesome opportunity for teens:

From 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018, high schoolers can head to the Greene Family Education Center at the High Museum of Art for a free Open Studio event.

During Open Studio events, teens can get creative while working with a variety of materials, from charcoal & paint to metal & fabric. The projects vary each month, so be prepared to experiment. Teen Team members and Shannon Mulkey Green, founder of the Indie Craft Experience, will be around to lend a hand.

Can’t make it? Mark your calendars for one of the the next Open Studio events, which take place on the first Friday of the month. The next Open Studio event will take place on May 4, 2018.

All levels & groups are welcome, but Open Studio events are open to high school students only.

The High Museum of Art is located at 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 042018

Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be at Serenbe Playhouse through April 22, 2018.

If you’re not familiar with the work, here’s the quick summary: “Disney’s The Little Mermaid invites your family on a magical journey ‘Under the Sea’ with Ariel, a mermaid who’s tired of flipping her fins in her aquatic kingdom alongside her crabby sidekick, Sebastian. Ariel dreams of living in the fascinating world on dry land and will go to great lengths to get there, trading in her tail for human legs with some “help” from a sea witch named Ursula, in order to be by the side of the handsome Prince Eric. Based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen tale and the classic animated film, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this production of the fishy fable will capture your heart with irresistible songs like ‘Kiss the Girl,’ ‘Part of Your World,’ and more at the Serenbe Playhouse’s Grange Lake Dock House.”

Want to see it on the cheap? You’ve got a few ways to save:

  • While they last, you can save on tickets to The Little Mermaid, thanks to an offer on Goldstar. As of today (April 4), discount tickets are available for select performances from April 4-8, 2018. That said, discount tickets are likely to sell out, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone.
  • While they last, you can save on tickets to The Little Mermaid, thanks to an offer on PoshDealz. As of today (April 4), discount tickets are available for performances on April 11 & 18, 2018.
  • Tickets to The Little Mermaid start at $40 for adults; discounts are available for students, seniors, & children ages 3-12.

The Little Mermaid will take place at The Grange Lake at Serenbe, located at 10640 Serenbe Lane, Chattahoochee Hills. FYI: Serenbe’s productions take place outdoors, so dress appropriately.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 042018

tellus periodic tableIf you haven’t made it to Cartersville to check out Tellus Science Museum, you should. It’s one of my girls’ favorite spaces in metro Atlanta.

The Weinman Mineral Gallery is massive. Though the gems and minerals are impressive on their own, I’m a fan of the periodic table, which features real-life examples of the elements.

Dinosaur fans in your family will appreciate the Fossil Gallery, featuring T-rex, a saber-tooth cat, & more. And your little explorers will enjoy getting their hands dirty in the fossil dig & gem panning areas plus experiencing science in action in My Big Backyard.

And through May 6, 2018, you can check out the The Robot Zoo exhibition. Per the summary, “Robotic animals and hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics, such as how a chameleon changes colors and a fly walks on the ceiling. Machinery in the robotic animals simulate the body parts of their real-life counterparts. Muscles become pistons, intestines become filtering pipes, and brains become computers.”

Want to check it out on the cheap? You’ve got a few ways to save:

  • If you show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card, you’ll get free admission to Tellus Science Museum on the first full weekend of the month. The free admission offer is valid the cardholder only, and the next free admission weekend will take place on April 7 & 8, 2018.
  • Thanks to a discount on the Family 2 Family page, you can download & print a coupon good for $2 off admission to Tellus Science Museum. The coupon is valid for up to four people, and it expires on April 6, 2018.
  • Admission is regularly $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors (age 65+), & $11.95 for children (ages 3-17) and students with ID. Active military with ID are admitted free, and they also save 50% on admission for dependents. Planetarium shows are free for Leadership Level members, $2 for basic members, & $3.50 with paid museum admission.

Tellus Science Museum is located at 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 042018

If you’ve been meaning to explore the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), now’s the time. You can get free & discount tickets to MODA, no coupon code required.

I want to check out this exhibition: Designing Playful Cities will be on view through May 13, 2018. Per the description, “Designing Playful Cities takes visitors through interactive installations that present a strong case for designing play into urban environments, encourage visitors of all ages to engage in play in their day-to-day activities, and inspire designers and developers to create playful spaces in our cities, whether by designing proper playgrounds for children or by converting under-utilized spaces into fun and friendly places.”

And mark your calendars to see this upcoming exhibition: Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism opens on May 27, 2018. Per the description, “Craftivism is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection of craft and activism. Across the globe, artists and crafters armed with traditional materials like yarn, glue guns, quilt patterns, sewing needles, X-ACTO knives, and other tools are using their hands to protest social and political inequalities and injustices. The time spent on these works shows the dedication to creating pieces that evoke emotion and promote discussion. By sharing ideas expressed through the work of their hands, these artists and crafters aim to make you think, explore and take note.”

Want to check it out on the cheap? Take advantage of one of these deals:

  • If you have a 2018 Entertainment book or a digital membership, you can log in & print a coupon that’ll let you buy one ticket & get one free to Museum of Design Atlanta.
  • Admission is regularly $10 for adults, $5 for college students & kids ages 6-17, and $8 for members of the military, seniors, & educators.
  • On the second Sunday of the month, MODA hosts Family Free Days. Admission to the museum is free, and there’ll be activities for visitors of all ages. Upcoming Family Free Days will take place on April 8 & May 13, 2018.

MODA is located at 1315 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 042018

I may need to take advantage of one of these deals…I’m in the mood to go hiking, & the weather is gorgeous.

If you want to get out & explore, you’ve got a few ways check out Georgia’s State Parks on the cheap:

  • Got a library card? With the Library Loan Program, you can check out a ParkPass or Historic Site pass from your local library, giving you free access to Georgia’s state parks and state historic sites.
  • With the First-Time Camper program, when you pay the regular camping rate, you can use camping gear borrowed from REI & Coleman (a six-person tent, four sleeping pads, two chairs, camp stove & more). Though you’re borrowing a bunch of gear, be sure to bring your own sleeping bag or blanket & a pillow.
  • From May 28-31, 2018, you can take advantage of Memorial Day deals. At state parks with lodges, you can use promo code “CAMP40” to save 40% on camping or “20OFF” to save 20% on cottage or lodge rooms (excluding George T Bagby State Park). At other state parks, coupon code “MEM18” saves you 40% on camping (excluding group camps & excluding Moccasin Creek State Park) or 20% off cottages, camper cabins & yurts (excluding Laura Walker, Crooked River and General Coffee State Parks)
  • Parking is $5 daily, or you can purchase an annual ParkPass for $50. The ParkPass is valid at all Georgia state parks. Seniors (age 62+) save 50% on the annual ParkPass. Disabled veterans who are Georgia residents AND present a Certificate of Eligibility card as well as active duty and retired military who are Georgia residents will receive a 25% discount on annual ParkPasses.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 042018

carlos museumWant to check out the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the cheap? You’re in luck.

While you’re there, you can check out a mix of exhibitions at the Carlos Museum. Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt exhibition, on display through November 11, 2018, showcases the cats and lions (and even dogs and jackals) in ancient Egyptian mythology, kingship, and everyday life. And The Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America exhibition, on view in the Art of the Americas’ galleries through August 26, 2018, “explores the intersection between material, making, and meaning in the fragile basketry art of the Southeast to the Southwest and up into the Arctic.”

And be sure to browse the Carlos Museum’s other works–The new African galleries are now open, the Egyptian collection remains a favorite with my kids, and I’m partial to the Greek & Roman collection.

While they last, you can get discount tickets to the Carlos Museum, no coupon code required:

Want to check it out for free? Mark your calendars: You can get free admission to the Carlos Museum from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on select dates as part of the 100 Free Days promotion. Upcoming free admission dates include April 22, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27, and June 7, 2018.

Admission is regularly $8 for adults & $6 for students and seniors with ID plus children ages 6-17. Emory University students, faculty, & staff admitted free with Emory ID. Audio guide rental is available for $2.

The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University is located at 571 S. Kilgo Circle, Atlanta.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

Apr 042018

bremanIf a trip to The Breman Museum is on your to-do list, you’re in luck. While they last, you can snag discount tickets to the museum.

While you’re there, be sure to make time for reflection and visit The Breman’s Absence of Humanity permanent exhibition, which covers the tragic years from 1933-1945 from the perspective of Atlanta-area Holocaust Survivors.

Plus through April 29, 2018, you can check out the Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage exhibition, which details the historic materials relating to the Jewish community in Iraq that were recovered from a flooded basement in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters. The 23 recovered artifacts span from the end of the Ottoman era to the early 1970s.

And Eighteen Artifacts: The Story of Jewish Atlanta is also on display. Per the summary, the exhibition “explores the history of Jews in Atlanta through artifacts, images, and oral histories. Each of the exhibition’s central 18 artifacts represents an integral moment in the growth of a people and a city.”

Want to check out The Breman on the cheap? You have a few ways to save:

  • Admission to The Breman is regularly $12 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $6 for students & educators, and $4 for children ages 3-6. Parking is free.
  • While they last, $13 buys admission for two to The Breman, thanks to a deal on Groupon. The discount voucher is valid for 120 days after purchase.
  • If you have a 2018 Entertainment book, you can log in & print a coupon that’ll let you buy one ticket & get one free to The Breman.

The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum is located at 1440 Spring St, NW (at 18th Street), Atlanta. The Breman is closed on Saturdays as well as most Jewish and Federal holidays.

–Jennifer Maciejewski