Discover ADAC puts design in the forefront

Plus: Bring the streets to life at Pop-Up Chalk Festival

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DISCOVER ADAC kicks off Sept. 26.

ADAC, the Southeast's preeminent design center, presents DISCOVER ADAC, a fall design week for those who want to amp up their style. Presentation, books signings, panel discussions and parties with top design talents and magazine editors will fill the week's agenda. All are welcome to discover "where a world of design is effortlessly unique and utterly essential." ''Free. Tues.-Thurs., Sept. 26-28. ADAC, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. N.E. 404-231-1720. adacatlanta.com

Mingle with like-minded individuals who enjoy creating innovative ideas while also remaining true to themselves. At Creatives LinkUp - I Awake to Create Longue, hosted by Pop Culture Clothing, creators collaborate and business entrepreneurs find "the right person to bring their vision to life." Free-$16.82. 2-7 p.m. Tues., Sept. 26. Pop Culture, 415 Edgewood Ave. S.E. 404-484-9039. www.popcultureclothing.com

Thoughts, memory and emotions make up the human identity. Erin Bassett, a multimedia artist, explores the relationship between internal and external through dimensional landscapes and explorations of boundary in her large-scale paintings and sculptures at Palace of the Mind: A Solo Exhibition by Erin Bassett. Free. 7-10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 23. Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, 88 Forsyth St. S.W. 770-676-1606. www.eyedrum.org.

In a neighborhood where everything is planned and rules seem to run the town, things are about get hot. Mia and her daughter Pearl become enmeshed in the lives of the town's people and upset the status quo. Celest Ng will hold conversation and sign copies of her recently released novel, Little Fires Everywhere. Free. 7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 25. SCADShow, 173 14th St. N.E. 404-681-5128. www.acappellabooks.com.

Reading unveils a world of possibilities for children, and Hey! Let's Read Book Festival for Children of Color allows children to enter into a world of adventure with every flip of the page. This event provides opportunity to find new books for children. ''Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Sept. 23. 404-979-2800. Hands on Atlanta, 600 Means St. N.W. www.hytait.comhttp://www.hytait.com

Explore architecture, socioeconomic history, urbanism and mythology through the works of Daniel Shea, a New York-based artist. At Welch Visiting Artist and Scholar Series: Daniel Shea, discussion of Shea's many works of art, which encompass books, photographs, installations and sculptures, will fill the hearts and minds of art-lovers. ''Free. 6-7 p.m. Mon., Sept. 25. Georgia State University's Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, 10 Peachtree Center Ave. S.E. 404-413-5225. www.artdesign.gsu.edu

Become immersed in mixture film, mixed medium and multimedia art design with a participatory exhibition and interpretation to "transport the audience into the body of the work." The Monopolized Project: An Excursion Into Immersive Art Exhibition, blurs the line between imagination and reality, as a portrait of Black Life in America is presented in a reinterpretation of the board game Monopoly. Free. 7-10 p.m. Sat., Sept. 23. Abrams Creative Space, 565 Northside Drive S.W. www.themonopolizedproject.com

I don't know about you, but my painting skills seem to increase after a few brews. Sip and Paint Vol. 2 welcomes guests to BYOB (or wine) and unleash the inner artist. ''$16-$369. 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 23. Dip ???n Dab, 549 Amsterdam Ave. N.E. 404-806-8144. www.dipndab.com

Party for a cause at Family Day/Culture Fest, hosted by Sweet Auburn Works, a nonprofit that supports the economic development and preservation of Sweet Auburn. Visitors of all ages will spend the day celebrating through enriching and participatory experiences that life-up the culture in the historic town of Sweet Auburn. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 23. Martin Luther King. Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave. N.E. 404-372-4572. www.sweetauburnworks.com.

Imagine working on a project for 45 years. Chip Simone, a founding member of Atlanta's photography community, unveils his exhibition One Glass Eye. This photography project combines traditional 20th century concerns with the "expressive potential" of photography in the 21st. $5-$8. Sept. 23- Nov. 18. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, 75 Bennett St. Suit A2. 404-367-8700. www.mocaga.org.

Dreaming of being a comedian but not actually funny? At Surrogates 2.0: Interactive Comedy, that's not a problem. Audience members are selected and given an earpiece, with some of Atlanta's best comedians on the other end to feed a line-by-line stand up comedy routine. $5-$10. 8-10 p.m. Fri., Sept. 22. Relapse Theatre, 380 14th St. N.W. 404-464-5894. www.releapsecomedy.com.

Bring the streets to life with color and creativity at Pop-Up Chalk Festival. Georgia Chalk Artists Guild and Atlanta Streets Alive have partnered to create an event that brings awareness to chalk as a form of art. Artists of all ages and experience levels will be given a 5'X5' square to unleash their creativity either individually or with a team. Free. 1-6 p.m. Sun., Sept. 24. Peachtree Street. 404-989-4076. www.georgiachalkartists.org.

Hold on to your beers! Comedy Night at Second Self Beer Company returns to fill the room with laughter. ''$13-$14. 6:30-9 p.m. Mon., Sept. 25. Second Self Beer Company, 1317 Logan Cir. N.W. 678-916-8035. www.secondselfbeer.com.

As the nights grow colder, comedy and poetry is all that is needed to warm the heart and soul. Get cozy at Wine, Cheese & Spoken Word while comedian Andy Rhodes lightens the mood with his humorous comedy acts and Elizabeth Leila L'Abate feeds the soul with her poetry. $5. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 23. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. 404-634-5134. www.uuca.org.

America is a place where people of all cultures, religions and race are beautifully blended to create something whole, often referred to as the melting pot. Dad's Garage has taken this idea and actively worked to create a scholarship program that will allow people of all backgrounds to attend classes on performance. Visitors are welcomed to attend he Melting Pot, a showcase of diverse voices and other performances by scholarship recipients. $5.50. 8 p.m. Mon., Sept. 25. Dad's Garage Theatre Company, 569 Ezzard St. S.E. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com.

If you think your life is hard now, imagine crash landing on a strange planet and having no recollection of the past. SCAD Cinema Circle presents the Iron Giant Film Showing. This is the story of a 9-year-old boy who befriends a gentle but giant alien robot. Together, they shake up the quiet suburban town and lead government marshals on a wild goose chase. $7. 7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 22. SCADShow, 173 14th St. N.W. 404-253-2740. www.scadshow.com.

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