Weekend Arts Agenda: Oakland Cemetery's Cryptophonic Tour April 30 2015

Home to history, love stories, scavenger hunts, and botanical beauty, the Oakland Cemetery is one of Atlanta’s great places. On Sat., May 2, the Historic Oakland Foundation and local creatives will harness the historic site’s past and interpret it through art. The initiative, the Arts at Oakland, will work together with ROAMtransmissions to produce The Cryptophonic Tour: an interactive installation including work by over a dozen sound, multimedia, and performance artists. The artists, using sound collected on the cemetery grounds, will provide immersive audio landscapes to tell the stories of 12 sites at Oakland — each of which was formative in the shaping of Atlanta as a musical city (think Civil War-era music teachers). There will also be graveside chats from Gary Laderman (Emory University), Pat Powers (Oakland Cemetery Tour Guide) and Kate Sweeney (author, American Afterlife). Food and refreshments will be available, as well as advanced ticketing. For a more detailed schedule of events, click here.

Hipsters rejoice! Pabst Blue Ribbon is sponsoring the 2015 PBR Art Showcase: Atlanta. Starting on Fri., May 1, Nelson Street Gallery in Castleberry Hill will feature the work of ten Atlanta artists: Nick Benson, Peter Ferrari, Yoyo Ferro, Lindy Lane, Brandon Long, Jeremy Ray, Daniel Scoggins, Ant Sims, Brooke Sprickman, and Marcy Starz. In addition to libations and a DJ, Friday’s opening reception will also feature live music by everyone’s favorite dip-hop artists, [[[[[[[http://clatl.com/atlanta/dipping-into-the-surreal/Content?oid=13249536 |DIP]. The event will be held from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. For updates and details, click here.

In case you missed it, don’t forget to take advantage of Atlanta Museum Week before it ends on Fri., May 1. After registering for a free coupon, participants are eligible for two for one admission to over 30 museums and historical sites around Atlanta like the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Fernbank Science Center, and the Georgia Aquarium. For the frugally minded, this provides a great opportunity to visit some of the events the city’s been buzzing about, like Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden or Imagining New Worlds. For updates on #ATLMuseumWeek, follow @ATLMuseumWeek on Twitter. 

Since his arrival in Atlanta in 1979, Larry Jens Anderson’s body of work has responded to a challenging set of life experiences. Addressing themes like sexual identity, A.I.D.S., death, beauty, and family, the major selection of work included in his retrospective exhibition at MOCA GA aims to reflect this period. The show, Larry Jens Anderson: The Atlanta Years (1979-2015), will include drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos, installations, and other forms of media that the artist has used over time. Though the exhibition will run until July 3, an opening reception will be held on Fri., May 1, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. For more information, click here.

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