Weekend Arts Agenda: MomoCon 2016 takes over the Georgia World Congress Center May 26 2016
Plus, Margarita Wars, Basquiat, and the Low Museum's Birthday/Closing Party.
Dust off your cat ears and remember to seal your body-paint, because this weekend MomoCon 2016 turns the World Congress Center into a four-day celebration of Japanese and American animation and comics, video games, and good old fashioned tabletop gaming. With a hefty schedule of panels and events, and more special guests than you could shake a Final Fantasy VII Buster Sword at, over 60,000 people are expected to attend the convention. Join the fun — you might find yourself a fan of something you'd never expected to see before. Just be sure to respect your fellow attendees.
Memorial Day's this weekend, so grab your friends, good food, and some cold drinks. Don't worry about the schedules: your weekend is all planned out, after the jump.
›› Hit the SCAD galleries on Thursday night for Jaeyoun Shin's thesis exhibition, What You See is What You Want to See. Encouraging you to challenge what you consider personal space, the five painting exhibit in a small gallery setting forces you to interact intimately with the work. Pay attention to the titles of each piece.
6 p.m. The Trois Gallery at SCAD.
›› The time has come for Creative Loafing's annual Margarita Wars. Over 10 mixologists will present their tequila cocktails for judgment in the brutal contest, with live music throughout the evening. VIP ticket holders get early entry, free food, and a private tasting space.
7 p.m. Park Tavern.
›› The Low Museum of Contemporary Culture is turning three years old! To celebrate the anniversary… wait, they're closing shop!? Join for one final celebration with an impressive list of performers from Atlanta's youth arts scene, and get one last look at Alessandra Hoshor's Kissing Post 92 in the gallery space before it's all gone.
7 p.m. Low Museum of Contemporary Culture.
›› Fans of folk art should make sure to make the trip to this year's Finster Fest. The mecca will feature regional musicians and artwork from artists like Bebo, C.M and Grace Laster, Jim Shores, and others. Sat., May 28, from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. and Sun., May 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paradise Gardens.
›› Today is your last chance to catch Basqiuat: The Unknown Notebooks at the High Museum of Atlanta. The exhibit, featuring paintings, drawings, and mixed-media work alongside rare notebooks filled with influential contemporary artist Basquiat's notes, texts, and sketches, provides viewers with fascinating insights into the mind of Basquiat.
The High is open Tues-Thurs. and Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri. from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sun. from noon to 5 p.m. Exhibition runs thru Sun., May 29.
ALSO THIS WEEK
The City of Conversation at the Horizon Theater (Wed-Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 3 and 8:30 p.m.; Sun. at 5 p.m., thru Jun. 26)
Charlotte's Web at The Art Farm at Serenbe (Fri-Sat. at 11 a.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. thru Jul. 31)
Brew at the Zoo at Zoo Atlanta (Sat., May 28, at 5:30 p.m.)
Cats vs Dogs at Paper Ghost Studio (Sat., May 28, from 6-10 p.m.)
Roast of the X-Men at the Highland Inn Ballroom (Sat., May 28, at 8 p.m.)
Studio Ghilbi film series: Kiki's Delivery Service and Howl's Moving Castle at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema (Sat., May 28, and Sun., May 29, at 1 p.m.)
Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park (Fri., May 27, thru Sun., May 29)
Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn (Sat-Sun. from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thru June 5)
Contraption at Notch 8 Gallery (Sat-Sun. from 2-5 p.m. thru Sun., May 29)
[https://www.facebook.com/events/104169456668348/|Bleux Stocking Society: Roast of the Patriarchy at the Highland Inn Ballroom] (Mon., May 30, at 8 p.m.)