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The High kicks off summer

Plus: An inside look into Marianne Lambert's expansive art collection and TQM's silent disco

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The High Museum will celebrate summer's arrival with a Summer Kick-Off Party. The night will feature performances by T. Lang Dance, a collective dedicated to exposing the arts and emerging communities to the creative impact of dance, as well as sounds by DJ Kermit. Drinks will be available for purchase to help attendees cool off. Free with museum admission. 6 p.m. Fri., Jun. 23. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. 404-733-4400. www.high.org.

The performance studio the Lucky Penny was founded by artists whose mission is to advance artistry and cultivate community through daring performance projects. On Thurs., June 22, and Fri., June 23, the Lucky Penny will present Heads Up, an event showcasing two programs of "daring contemporary dance" featuring choreographers of the Lucky Penny's rehearsal studio, Work Room. Performers include Anicka Austin, Bella Dorado, Blake Beckham and Melissa Word. $10-$15. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., June 22-23. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road N.E. 404-899-7681. www.theluckypenny.org.

In Atlanta Contemporary's latest event Home Is Where the Art Is, attendees will get an exclusive, close-up look into Marianne Lambert's expansive collection of artwork by Georgia artists. Lambert began collecting art in 1968 and has since served on various art boards including the High Museum of Art Member's Guild, Art Papers magazine and the Hambidge Center. From curating large fundraisers for artists to starting the first art consulting firm, Lambert's contribution to the arts community in Georgia is invaluable. $25. 6:30 p.m. Tues., June 27. Atlanta Contemporary, 535 Means St. N.W. 404-688-1970. www.atlantacontemporary.org.

With the beginning of summer comes Atlanta's infamous heat, and a sudden, indescribable craving for ice cream. Slow Food Atlanta saves the season with its 11th annual Ice Cream Social. In partnership with Peachtree Road Farmers Market, the ice cream social will feature local chefs, farmers and "ambitious amateurs" all working together to serve the city everyone's favorite summer treat. Free-$15. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sat., June 24. The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road N.W. www.slowfoodatlanta.org.

The Sundress and Big Hat Brunch began when a group of friends asked each other, "What happened to those old-fashioned spring teas?" The Sundress and Big Hat Brunch is a celebration of womanhood, fashion, fun, fundraising and most importantly, female friendship. Previously celebrated in Raleigh, North Carolina, Atlanta's theme is "The Gift of Girlfriends," and will celebrate and foster an atmosphere for making life-lasting friendships. $50. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., June 24. Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7 Concourse Parkway. www.sundressandbighatbrunch.com.

Celebrate ArtsATL's "lawn-ch" of its Luminary Award nominations in its annual lawn party at the Historic Oakland Cemetery. ArtsATL is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote a healthy and vibrant arts community in Atlanta by providing accessible and in-depth features of the city's art scene. The ArtsATL Lawn Party will feature everything from games and music to appearances by members of the Atlanta City Council and mayoral candidates, who will speak about their respective arts platforms. Free-$38. 3-6 p.m. Sat., June 24. Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave. S.E. www.artsatl.com.

OuterSpace, an event series that merges different art mediums, action sports and culture to "enhance outdoor spaces, generate positive energy, expand the mind, and engage the public through urban beautification and creativity," culminates with its final party, The Big Bang, on Sat., June 24. The Big Bang will include live art installations, musical performances, a gallery exhibit, a pop-up shop and interactive activities. $25. 4 p.m. Sat., June 24. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. N.W., Studio C. 213-915-6448. www.outerspaceproject.com.

Living Walls hosts TQM: Te Quiero Mucho, which translates to "I love you very much," to celebrate local arts and music in memory of the late arts advocate Laura Calle. TQM's next event is a silent disco featuring music by Halogen, Carllitos Morales and DJ Dsry, as well as an open bar. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Living Walls. $50. 9 p.m. Sat., June 24. Westside Cultural Arts Center, 760 10th St. N.W. www.tqmatl.com.

Be the first to witness Atlanta's latest sci-fi, horror and suspense-themed short films in Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest. Entirely produced by Atlanta filmmakers, the four films premiering will tackle everything from the horrors of Stephen King's stories to everyone's worst nightmare, bedbugs. $10. 7 p.m. Tues., June 27. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2962136.

The Center for Puppetry Arts' latest film showing is The Adventure of Prince Achmed, a tale of sorcery and adventure directed by Lotte Reiniger that first premiered in Germany in 1926. Admission to the screening includes a lecture and book signing with Whitney Grace, author of Lotte Reiniger: Pioneer of Film Animation, as well as entry into the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Free-$12.50. 7 p.m. Sat., June 24. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. N.W. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org.

Shakespeare is elevated to new and drunken heights in Shakespeare on Draught's innovative productions of the legendary plays. The group's next tipsy, one-night-only production is [https://www.facebook.com/events/475461486130492/?acontext={"source":5,"page_id_source":1212795428783937,"action_history":{%22surface%22:%22page%22,%22mechanism%22:%22main_list%22,%22extra_data%22:%22{\%22page_id\%22:1212795428783937,\%22tour_id\%22:null}%22},"has_source":true}|Midsummer Night's Dream], which will feature the company's largest cast yet. Fostering a "playground" atmosphere for actors and attendees alike, the company's performances feature plenty of audience interaction and, most importantly, beer. Free. 8 p.m. Mon., June 26. 97 Estoria, 727 Wylie St. S.E. 678-829-2337. www.facebook.com/ShakespeareOnDraught.




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