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LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

ATLANTA, Ga. – Atlanta has come to be known as the home of young professionals, performing arts professionals and indie artists. The city that was once a breeding ground for hip-hop trends has become a haven of the aesthetic arts and artists alike.   

Recently, while searching for this thriving indie artist scene in the city that is home to large-scale Tyler Perry Studios, I stumbled upon a “somewhat dormant” subculture lying low in the middle of town; it’s Atlanta’s Underground Art scene.

Just like movie buffs, members of world want to claim they were the first to see the most recent and popular cult indie films, films like “Reservoir Dogs” or “Requiem for a Dream”. Well, in Atlanta, artists can experience that excitement by visiting their local independent theatre. These theatres in most cases, have been around for 20 years, or more, are home to many of the most artistically gifted and innovative people in town.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art Walks, 5K's and Street Fests

WEEKEND EVENTS: Art Walks, 5K's and Street Fests

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Come out to the Taste of the Highlands, tickets sales end on May 13 at noon but the festival starts on Saturday, May 14 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Highlands. This year, participants can enjoy local favorites like La Travola, Murphy’s, El Taco, Atkins Parks, Rosebud, DBA Barbecue, Goin’ Costal and Barefoot Wine. For more information visit them online.

The Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes/5K Road Race will begin on Saturday, May 14 and continue until May 15. This is Kirkwood’s ninth annual festival; the festival features an open air artist market, a concert, a children’s area, food vendors and plenty of fellowship with neighbors. Check out the Victorian style homes and modern bungalows.

Fulton County among best places for music education

Fulton County among best places for music education

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County has been recognized for the 12th year in a row as one of the best places to live for music education.

Only two school systems in the nation have received the honor every time the annual national survey has been given.

Released this week, the "Best Communities for Music Education" list represents an annual snapshot of music education at its best. It is based on a survey conducted by the NAMM Foundation and several partner organizations in the fields of music and education.

NAMM is a not-for-profit international association that represents the musical instruments and products industry.

"Fulton is well known locally and nationally for its music programs," said Superintendent Cindy Loe.

DINNERS ON A DIME: Cinco de Mayo

DINNERS ON A DIME: Cinco de Mayo

ATLANTA, Ga. – This week, Dinners on a Dime features local Cinco de Mayo eats. Every Tuesday Where U Live will choose four favorite eats in your area for you to take your family and friends for a fabulous meal, under $20.

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo in Atlanta and Noche is the place to be. The restaurant will be hosting a block party and offering $5 select tapas, $3 draught Dos Equis, $5 Cuervo margaritas, $7 Sinless Margaritas and $2 Tacatas. Noche is a popular Spanish restaurant amongst ITP dwellers. Visit the restaurant at 1000 Virginia Avenue NE in Atlanta or at its Vinings and Brookhaven locations.

Meehan’s Public House will also host a party at their downtown location. All drinks will be on special for $6 except the margarita which is $7. Select meals will be on special, all night.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Genki opens in VaHi, Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis and Inman Park Spring Fest

WEEKEND EVENTS: Genki opens in VaHi, Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis and Inman Park Spring Fest

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Atlanta by Air, Inc. will be conducting daily aerial sightseeing tours of the Atlanta skyline and key landmarks for up to three passengers. The flights depart from Peachtree DeKalb Airport and are by appointment only. For more information contact Atlanta by Air at (678) 536-9166. The Peachtree DeKalb Airport is located at 1 Corsair Drive in Chamblee.

Go see classic rock icons, WAR, at the Fiesta Atlanta: Cinco De Mayo Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park. The fifth annual festival will be a day-long festival of Latino culture, music, arts, crafts and children’s activities. Centennial Olympic Park is located at 285 International Boulevard.

Take the “From Civil War to Civil Rights Tour” this Friday at Underground Atlanta.

Shuler Hensley Award winners take center stage

Shuler Hensley Award winners take center stage

ATLANTA -- The Shuler Hensley Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre were announced at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday, Apr. 26.

Forty-one Greater Atlanta-area high schools from 12 counties and 14 school districts, as well as private schools, participated this year.

Touch a Truck on April 30-Fun for the family!

Touch a Truck on April 30-Fun for the family!

On Saturday April 30th Alpharetta is having their 13th Annual Touch a Truck event, 10:00 AM at North Park.  There will be dozens of big trucks, fire trucks, old timey trucks, rescue and military vehicles and more at the event.  Just because the event is called Touch a Truck there are also loads of things for the girls to do too. 

There will be plenty of activities including face painting, police dog demonstrations, animal balloons and inflatables for the kids to jump around in.   Touch a Truck is free and so is parking.  However, as the event can be crowded be sure to take a stroller for the younger ones. 

My wife and I attended many free festivals last year and Touch a Truck was the most family friendly of all of them.  An added benefit of the event is that you can talk to your local police officers, emergency responders and more who will share stories or helpful information with you.