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Predictions abound for where our country and planet are headed. From fiery prophecies to statistical likelihoods, a myriad of opinions proliferate on the direction we are taking, yet the conclusions are invariably grim. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

The Imagine Atlanta Film Series presents documentaries that inform, entertain, and educate about our world. Beginning Tuesday June 19, the series will kickoff with Surviving Progress, a film that explores how our own intelligence may be contrary to our survival as a species. Tracing development over the course of human history, Surviving Progress discusses some of the limitations of human intelligence, as well as some of the potential solutions to increased scarcity on this planet, through interviews with Stephen Hawking, Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, and other notable thinkers, writers, and persons of influence.

The series will continue every two to four weeks, with topics ranging from public housing to dumpster diving.  Currently the other scheduled films are Switch, a documentary about all things related to energy, and In Organic We Trust, an exploration of what ‘organic’ really means.

The films will be screened at the Midtown Arts Cinema, but there are tickets for only 120 people, so get them in advance.

Hope to see you there.


Imagine Atlanta Film Series

Midtown Arts Cinema

June 19, July 10, July 24.  More dates to come.

$10 in advance, $15 at the door if available.


Returning this Saturday is Atlanta’s premiere cultural event of the season–Vari-Okey.

Part variety show, part karaoke, Vari-Okey is your opportunity to share the stage with A-town’s creative talent and perhaps be discovered as the missing voice in Atlanta’s cultural choir.

There will be live music courtesy of ATL Collective, original poems read by Blondie (yes, the Blondie), and of course karaoke, all amid a who’s who of the Atlanta arts community.

The purpose of the show will be to help launch of ARTWORKS, a digital tool to make participation in the Atlanta arts scene more accessible to more people. This platform will help people that want more involvement in the local arts community, through a newsletter and a calendar of volunteer opportunities that will educate and foster further growth of the arts community.

Some of the groups involved include AM1690, GloATL, Living Walls, Beltline Arts, Flux Projects, and the amazing One Love Generation.

And the best part of this?  THE ENTIRE EVENT IS FREE.

Additionally on Saturday a new audio tour will be available to Goat Farm newbies who would like to learn more about this upstanding arts locale, so arrive early to have a walk around.

Come out for an amazing time with great people, exceptional organizations, and probably some great art.

It’s not to be missed.



Saturday May 26, 8P-12A

The Goat Farm

Gene Kansas Commercial Real Estate is proud to announce that Obama for America will open its Georgia campaign headquarters on Historic Auburn Avenue, at Renaissance Walk.

Symbolically the president’s 2012 Georgia campaign will be located on a street deeply connected with the Civil Rights movement, and 20th century African American history.

OFA’s office will be headquartered just down the block from Atlanta congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis’ 2012 campaign headquarters, which is also located at Renaissance Walk.

The Obama campaign worked with Gene Kansas and Michael Dinerman, who represented landlord Cohen & Associates. “With its rich history and bright future, it’s no surprise that the President choose Auburn Avenue as home for his campaign headquarters.  We’re thrilled he selected Renaissance Walk,” says Kansas.

If you haven’t heard, this is the week for live music charity.

Songs For Kids is an incredible organization that goes to hospitals, special needs kids camps, and other places that serve kids in need, and brings them the gift of music. A lot of these children don’t get to enjoy a lot of exposure to instruments or performances, so Songs For Kids brings it them!!  Artists like Janelle Monae, Cee-Lo Green, and Angie Aparo, have all performed and volunteered for Songs For Kids.

This weekend will be the tail end of 500 Songs for Kids, a benefit concert series at Smith’s Olde Bar where “the 500 most beautiful songs of all time,” will be performed over ten nights by a variety of Atlanta bands.

This Friday there will be an additional benefit show with the District Attorneys, one of Athens/Atlanta’s upcoming bands and Hood favorite, in support of Songs For Kids.

So come out this Friday to hear some great live music, and support an unique and worthy charity. The show starts at 645, and 9 for the DAs.


500 Songs for Kids

Smith’s Olde Bar

$20 for 500 Songs and begins at 6:45 pm

$10 for just the District Attorneys and begins at 9:00 pm

Alright so this isn’t necessarily a blog about art happenings, but it sure has looked that way recently.  And it ain’t about to change real fast.

This weekend is the ART PAPERS Auction, an event to support the non profit arts magazine based here in Atlanta.  If you haven’t heard, ART PAPERS is a non-profit magazine supporting contemporary art and culture, and it’s pretty great.

The skinny is there’s an auction/party Saturday night at 7 featuring over 275+ established and upcoming artists, available to YOU for a mere $40.  Cash bar, and light hors d’oeuvres.

Check out the online auction for a preview of the artists’ work featured.

PS.  For those of you looking for slightly more affordable/less chic events check out these below

  • The Rail Arts District in Avondale is having a “studio cruise” this Saturday, all day long.  And it’s free.
  • The Polyphonic Spree plays Center Stage on Friday, $20.
  • Did you know there’s snow slides at Stone Mountain?  The Hood didn’t.

Cemeteries are a fun place to have a Victorian Festival, don’t ya think? Well, Historic Oakland Cemetery sure does think so, and we agree. This year, the 32nd Annual “Sunday in the Park” Festival, promises to be the best one yet.  Come see for yourself THIS SUNDAY OCTOBER 2nd.  But, before you go, click on over to Sidewalk Radio on iTunes to hear all about Oakland’s past.  But, back to the present (and the future)…

With Fall now here…which it is, we promise…everyone can enjoy a Sunday filled with great music, great food, a scenic and historic setting, and, yes, even a scavenger hunt.  There will certainly be something for everyone to enjoy !

For those who revel in photographic creativity, Oakland has something special in store for you…throngs of guys and gals dressed in Victorian outfits (from the very back of the closet, we’re guessing) ready and dressed to impress in the costume contest.

And for those with kids…bring the young ones along with their favorite teddy bear so they can all enjoy the traditional Teddy Bear Tea.

Tea Time.

So bring the kids, the teddy bears, and your appetite this Sunday October 2nd. Starts at Noon and goes unitl 6pm. Donation is $5.

Founded in 1873, The Atlanta Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc. is Atlanta’s oldest, private, not-for-profit animal welfare organization. The society focuses on encouraging pet adoption in Georgia, and provides many ways for the community to get involved.

Oh, and they’re our neighbor.  Octane Coffee and cute kittens and puppies in the same ‘hood…are you kidding us?!

If you are in the market for a new pet, or simply an animal lover like we are, we encourage you to cruise by and check out the spots (okay, so it’s kinda a corny joke).  Anyway, the AHS is a fun place to go – who can resist walking around and playing with all of the cute adoptees?!  Annnnnnnd, this place is one of the cleanest shelters you can imagine…that’s good news for Gene who seems to really like Purell.  They have puppies and kittens, as well as full-grown dogs and cats.  Aside from being a great place to spend an afternoon or to find a new four-legged friend, the Atlanta Humane Society offers a variety of other services, such as veterinary, pet facilitated therapy, and animal education classes.

If you are interested in getting involved with a charitable organization, we highly suggest considering the AHS.  They have an abundance of different volunteer programs ranging from an Adoption Volunteer to a Hoparound Hound Costume Character.  If you can’t make it in to lend a hand, the society accepts donations that go towards supporting and fostering dogs and cats until they are adopted.  To adopt or donate, visit their site.

Already a pet owner? Submit your pet’s best photo to the Atlanta Humane Society’s 2012 “All Pets Allowed” calendar by August 31, 2011 to have your furry friend featured.  Fourteen pets will be selected for “Pets of the Month,” and all pets will be featured in a collage inside the calendar.

Celebrated, Atlanta-based artist Radcliffe Bailey’s solo show, Memory as Medicine, opens at the High Museum June 26th.

You may think you don’t know this artist, but if you’ve ever traveled down the escalator at the International Terminal in Hartsfield-Jackson, then you’ve seen his work in the form of a very large and very beautiful mural entitled “Saints”, a piece about homecoming.  In all cases, you need to know him, he is a true talent and an extremely interesting man.

We had the honor to preview the “Memory as Medicine” show and it is fabulous. Bailey’s work is deep, with influences from the Blues, African Art, music and even from baseball, “my first love”, says the internationally renowned artist during his Sidewalk Radio interview with Gene Kansas on “The Voice of the Arts”.

Another reason to see this exhibit, is because it is rare.  Rare in that Bailey is still young, and he is presenting at home in the South’s leading museum.  37 different works range from paintings to sculptures to works on paper.  Two of our favorites are “Self Portrait” and the trance-inducing sea of piano keys (see top image) that evoke heavy tones of music and history.

Go see the exhibit.  It’s certainly memory making.

Give back in a “BIG” way this holiday season!

For 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta has been helping families, kids and the community, creating one-to-one mentoring that brings “BIG smiles with Little Magic”. This holiday, not only brighten up a child’s life, but feel the warmth of giving yourself by getting involved and giving back.

“I’ve been mentoring Red Man for the past 10 years.  Granted I’m the “little” brother now, Red is about 6’1″, 220 lbs., I know he still looks up to me.  I truly get as much if not more out of our match and friendship as he does. I highly recommend BBBS to anyone looking to make a difference.” – Gene Kansas

Want to find out more? Click on over to BBBS Metro Atlanta [HERE].