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Coming attractions in and around Atlanta April 14 2014

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This week’s events are a tribute to Atlanta’s ever diverse community. Here’s what’s coming up:

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Monday April 14th is being visited by music performances from Swedish band The Sounds at Terminal West. Featuring front woman Maja Ivarsson, they are a mix of different musical styles that make them the Blondie of the 21st Century. http://www.terminalwestatl.com/event/492183-sounds-atlanta/ The Eco Review Magazine is having a Spring Launch Party at Ikea Thursday April 17th. Hosted by Felicia Philips, this free event is part of a promotion for the magazine that informs about living a healthy lifestyle while protecting the planet. http://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=167316401 Friday April 18th, there are two really interesting events that are totally opposite of each other. Tuskegee Airman Harry Rock (90) will be awarded replica of The Congressional Gold Medal--the nation's highest civilian honor issued by Congress--by the Honorable Cong. John Lewis. The Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony, Tuskegee Airman Harry Rock and Rep. John Lewis, is hosted by Arit Essien and tickets are required and donations are welcome. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/congressional-gold-medal-ceremony-tuskegee-airman-harry-rockrepjohn-lewis-tickets-11129080379 Also that night Fall Out Fridays: Snapbacks and High Heels. Hosted by Clip MonStar and Joe Peeples Shawdy, this is a dance party at the SKYY Lounge. https://www.facebook.com/events/255477444633689/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Saturday, April 19th, a great way to get in and stay in shape at Camp Sweaxy Road March (Super Saturday) hosted by The Ladies Room. This begins with a Road March and ends with games and prizes. Simply Charessa Events’ much anticipated PYNK! A Celebration of Survivorship Campaign event is happening at the M Rich Building, located at 115 Martin Luther King Jr DE in SW Atlanta GA 30303. This evening is a Pink Champagne Gala that will be one-of-a-kind. A formal attire event that features many speakers, some of whom are Cancer curvivors themselves, along with a 5-course dinner and show. Help reach the $2000 goal through G0Fund Me. There’s still time to donate to a worthy cause. http://www.gofundme.com/chargepynk

Rounding out the week is Record Store Day. This is a month long, national event recognizing and celebrating vinyl records and unique album covers. Find out more at CDwarehouse.com

Visual events

The High Museum continues with their variety of art installations you need to see and be involved with. Now on view is Molly Hatch: Psychic Garden which is a commissioned installation about ceramics in the world of “plate painting” on various source materials. Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door is still on display until May 18th, about how he photographs new ways of looking at everyday objects and harnessed the basic principles of optics to create unexpected and mesmerizing photographs. http://www.high.org/Art/Exhibitions/Abelardo-Morell.aspx. There’s also Civil Rights Photography: 1956-1968 until June 1st. Countless images have been displayed about this subject but what’s on display this installment numbers more than 250 photographs. Some familiar subjects include Rosa Parks arrest, the Freedom Rides and the march on Washington, D.C. The photos rotate every six months. Now until June 1. http://www.high.org/Art/Exhibitions/Civil-Rights-Photography.aspx

Three exhibits going on now through June 8th, is Medford Johnston: Counterpoise joining two interrelated bodies of work form the Atlanta-based artist, Splendor: The Work of Jim Waters by another Atlanta-based artist is about his work from the past five years as he features drawing and installation which are two related aspects of his application, and Bangles to Benches: Contemporary Jewelry and Design about design, manufacture and appreciation of the art of jewelry making and wearing from different prospective.

Two exhibits going on now through June 15th are A Decade of David C. Driskell featuring a long and distinguished career of influence and style that resulted in the establishment of the David C. Driskell Prize in African American Art, and Paper & Ink: New Print Acquisitions from the High Museum of Art exhibition that features recent print acquisitions for the museum’s permanent collection. Rounding out the High’s ongoing installations is African Mask/Masquerade: More Than Meets the Eye that celebrates the tradition and social relevance of African masks and masquerades in Kikuyu, Samburu, Masai cultures and throughout Kenya and Tanzania.

The High Museum also has Free Parking Wednesdays, Toddler Thursdays (until April 24) and Half-Priced Friday Nights at the High. From 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Fridays, the Museum offers extended hours at half price, and a guided tour of Permanent Collection highlights is offered at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the High Museum exhibits go to www.high.org

April ongoing events

SUMPTUARY the hyper-saturated series of installation, performance, and social encounter commissioned through guests’ incremental donations on food and drinks ends April 20th. The Mint Gallery is located at 636 N.Highland Ave. Call 404-946-8982 http://www.sumptuaryarts.com/ or MINT@mintatl.org

Maurice Hines Tappin’ is still live at the Alliance Theater until May 4th. Catch this rare, thrilling performance that also features the talents of tap-dancing brothers John and Leo Manzari and other performers backed by an all-female powerhouse ensemble, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra. This is more than a dance recital but its stories, songs and smooth choreography is truly a family-friendly event. AllianceTheatre.org/tappin Nevermore and Topophilia until May 10th at the Get This! Gallery is a dual solo photography exhibition. Although this is the work of Tommy Nease (Nevermore) and Stephanie Dowda (Topophilia), they both explore the human experience from our natural environments. Tales of the Conjure Woman runs until May 17th, and is the work of Renée Stout, who brings together painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, glassblowing, installation, and compelling storytelling. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, 350 Spelman Lane. http://www.atlantaplanit.com/events/event.php?eid=54782 or call 404-270-5607.

Wednesday WindDown is every Wednesday from April to September at Southern Company Amphitheater from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. This is a free event featuring a host of eclectic, mainstream and local musicians and DJ’s in the city’s longest running Wednesday concert series. http://www.centennialpark.com/index.php/plan-your-visit/event-calendar/springsummer-events/wwd The Center for Puppetry Arts presents Charlotte’s Web until May 25th. This adaptation of the classic children’s novel about a spider named Charlotte and the adventure to make her friend Wilbur the pig famous is sure to delight the entire family. http://www.puppet.org/perform/charlottesweb.shtml 500 Songs for Kids is a special annual concert that brings in over 500 musicians to perform the top 500 songs of all time. This cause is presented by The Songs for Kids Foundation, which assists children’s hospitals and special needs children’s organizations at Smith's Olde Bar, The Earl, The Loft. Disney’s Lion King is now performing until the 27th at the Fox Theater. With an unforgettable score by Elton John and visually stunning sets and animal characters, this is truly an event not to be missed. FoxTheatre.org

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