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Join Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall on Friday August 24th at 10:00 at Renaissance Walk (171 Auburn Avenue) for the unveiling of *HERO, a magnificent mural in honor of Civil Rights icon, Congressman John Lewis.

This will be a proud moment for Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, and the pursuit of freedom around the world.

Hear Congressman Lewis discuss freedom, art, and Auburn Avenue on Sidewalk Radio.


“The Wrecking Bar” in jeopardy. Before.

While the Inman Park and Little Five Points neighborhoods have enjoyed an influx of creative, intown oriented people for decades, many of those years were sad and lonely for the historic Victor H. Kriegshaber House on Moreland Avenue. Another beautiful Atlanta mansion fending off decay, developers without a clue, and perhaps destruction. Luckily, the house was beautifully transformed from a relic of the past to a bustling brewpub and super cool event space.

Post historic restoration, looking good. After.

The renovations were designed by Bizot Architects and wrapped up last June. Since then the Wrecking Bar Brew Pub has enjoyed great success, and the Marianna Event Space has become one of Atlanta’s best places for parties and celebrations.

Since the building reopened last year, Bizot Architects has been bestowed a 2012 Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and a 2012 Award of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, and now its time to share a bit with the public.


On July 21st Bizot Architects, and the Atlanta chapter of the AIA, will host a tour of the property for the preservation minded, the architecturally interested, and the simply curious. You’ll get a hands-on look at the process involved in saving this historic building, and the inspiration of the architects.

Space is limited so please RSVP at, and be sure to look at other tours they have going on around the city.


The Wrecking Bar/ Marianna architectural tour

292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

July 21, 2pm-4pm

What are you doing on Thursday night?!  If you answered “hopefully seeing great art in one of Atlanta’s most historic homes, eating sweet and savory southern snacks, and taking part in a cool educational experience” then we’ll see you at The Sidewalk Art Project – Gallery Show.

Sidewalk Radio, in creative partnership with SCAD Atlanta, is hosting a gallery opening at the Atlanta Preservation Center on Thursday June 21st showcasing original works of art created by a select group of SCAD’s very best.

Miss Winter (Juniper). Silkscreen. By Elizabeth Castaldo.

For this cutting edge gallery show each student has prepared a piece of visual art inspired by an episode of Sidewalk Radio. Using various mediums from photography, to painting, to printmaking, to sculpture, each student has been given free interpretation for his or her work.

The show will be juried by some of Atlanta’s most noteworthy art patrons, producers, and critics, and the artist who takes “Best in Show” will be a featured radio guest for this month’s Sidewalk Radio show all about arts education.

Come celebrate and support local artists, education, preservation, and one of Atlanta’s newest creative partnerships.


Sidewalk Art Project – Gallery Show

Thursday June 21, 6:30 pm –  9:00 pm

At The Atlanta Preservation Center

Oh, and did we mention FREE WINE & BEER??  YEP.

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.

From Brett Osborn's Paris Hilton series

Come check out Kai Lin Art this Friday as terra opens, a new exhibition featuring local painters Brett Osborn and Alexi Torres.

Brett is the Dean of the School of Fine Arts at SCAD and will show his Paris Hilton series (or “things she should have been doing to become this famous,” as he puts it) and his “Homework Landscapes.”

Alexi, who is originally from Cuba, approaches his art with an awareness of his personal history and that of the worlds.  In his words, “I still find myself in each painting and I am aware of creating a necessary message: which is to be conscious of living, critical thinking, and feeling art.’

The opening runs from 7 to 10 at 3096 Roswell Rd in Buckhead.

PS.  If you get out a little early consider grabbing a slice from Pie Shop.  The Hood prefers the Savory Sweet Potato Pie, but the menu changes so don’t hold him to availability.

Looking for a holiday present? Get a terrarium!

You’ve loved them on the Westside, and now GARDEN by Matthew Klyn (a GK|CRE client) is adding gorgeous, green cheer to Shops Around Lenox just in time for the holidays.

You NEED to go by and take a look for yourself, but you can also trust us…GARDEN is GREAT!  They offer some seriously cool, signature terrariums and exotic floral arrangements, plus a whole lot more when it comes to holiday gifts and home decor.  Another cool thing? Customers can also take advantage of GARDEN’s home delivery service provided through the season.

GARDEN is located at 3400 Around Lenox Road NE, Suite #217, Atlanta, Ga. 30326

OPEN Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 404.941.9154.

The Shops Around Lenox, which also includes GK|CRE client Bill Hallman, is located across from Lenox Square Mall next to Neiman Marcus. For more information, visit