Virginia-Highland artists and residents unite at the 35th annual Summerfest
PLUS: Patina Pictures hosts a dog-friendly movie night, SCAD professor exhibits work, and more
The African Americans on the Move Book Club Awards is hosting their annual Urban Book Bash for Atlanta’s avid readers. Enjoy food, drinks, music, and be in the company of fellow readers and writers. Attendees can meet with several notable black authors during a book signing, which will follow the event. Want more? This event is part of the four day AAMBC Awards weekend with exclusive panels, industry mixers, and movie screenings beginning on Thursday and lasting all weekend long. $15-$125. Various times. Thurs.-Sun., June 7-10. Various locations. www.aambcawards.com/events.html.
Do you believe in MAGIC? While Kai Lin Art won’t be sawing people in half or pulling rabbits out of hats, they will be holding an art exhibition featuring various mediums. SCAD professor Larry Jens Anderson, photographer Greg Noblin, and painters Kevin Palme and Andrew Catanese immerse viewers into alternate universes and quiet spaces with a collection of paintings and photography. Free. 7-10 p.m. Fri., June 8. 999 Brady Ave. N.W., Ste 7. www.kailinart.com/news/magic. 404-408-4248.
Furry friends are welcome at Patina Pictures’ Movies in the Bark, the first in a series of dog-friendly screenings. The film set the scene beside ParkGrounds dog park and there will be a puppy photo booth to capture the memorable moment. Guests can enjoy the film 101 Dalmatians from a comfy chair, with both a refreshing drink and a furry friend by their side. But please, refrain from bringing 101 actual dalmations… one dog per human limit. $10. 8-11 p.m. Fri., June 8. 142 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. www.patinapictures.co/events/2018/6/8/101-dalmatians.
For those who enjoy hanging around establishments after hours but don’t want to get arrested for loitering? Fernbank Museum of Natural History is proud to present Fernbank After Dark: Life Hacks. The museum will allow visitors to explore after hours with fun activities and a film on a four-story screen. Craving some fresh air in the concrete jungle? Fernbank’s outdoor installment, WildWoods, will remain open until 8:30 p.m. And finally, rock ‘n’ roll group Vinyl Suns will close the night with blues-influenced tunes. $10-$20. 7 p.m. Fri., June 8. 767 Clifton Road. N.E. www.fernbankmuseum.org. 404-929-6300.
For any Prince fans who plan to spend the weekend of what would have been his fifty-seventh birthday by pouring one out for him, Paint Sip Socialize is offering A Purple Kiss, a weekend series of painting classes where students will learn to paint the great musician and celebrate his life with a bottle of wine. Bring your alcohol and be ready to paint your purple heart out. $35-$45. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. showtimes. Fri.-Sun., June 8-10. 1259 Glenwood Ave. S.E. Suite A. www.paintsipsocialize.com/calendar. 770-318-2755.
Looking to give back to your community and support local artists? The 35th annual Virginia-Highland Summerfest is the opportunity to do so! Enjoy free music or browse through the artists market, containing all works by homegrown artists. Local restaurants and vendors will be around to offering a variety of food and drinks. For the early birds there is a 5K run to watch at 8 a.m. Free. 8 a.m. Sat.-Sun., June 9-10. Virginia Avenue at N. Highland Ave. www.vahi.org/summerfest.
The Museum of Design Atlanta is hosting a Collaborative Zine Making class, welcoming guests to a platform of creative expression. Students will learn how to design individual pages and how to bind compiled pages to create a zine, which is a noncommercial homemade publication ranging in topics. $15-$20. Noon-2:30 p.m. Sat., June 9. 1315 Peachtree St. N.E. www.museumofdesign.org/calendar/2018/6/9/collaborative-zine-making. 404-979-6455.
To celebrate the release of its sixth issue Muse/A Journal is hosting Poesy in the Garden, a launch party with a variety of poetic and musical performances. Atlanta musicians and art lovers are welcome to come enjoy food and drinks as improv dancers, poets, and a singer perform. $20-$25. 7 p.m. Sat., June 9. 517 Broyles St. S.E. www.facebook.com/events/820496744806842.
Lovers of classical music are welcome to a concert performance featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra provides listeners with an ethereal performance of the symphonic suite and complement it with Claude Debussy’s soft and surreal Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun. Enjoy a Saturday evening with a journey through a range of engaging music! $32. 8 p.m. Sat., June 9. 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. www.atlantasymphony.org. 404-733-5000.
Enjoy a timeless classic at National Theatre with a live recorded screening of Macbeth at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema. A skilled performance of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays by Royal Shakespeare company actor Rory Kinnear and Laurence Olivier Award nominee Anne-Marie Duff. $15. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun., June 10. 931 Monroe Dr. N.E. www.landmarktheatres.com/atlanta/midtown-art-cinema/film-info/national-theatre-live-macbeth. 404-879-0160.
The High Museum of Art’s monthly Second Sunday is this weekend, with admission to the Museum being free every second Sunday of each month. Adults can admire the variety of art that the High has to offer and children can enjoy the Winnie-the-Pooh based activities and demonstrations put together by local organizations like the Georgia Basketry Association. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Sun., June 10. 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. www.high.org/event/june-second-sunday. 404-733-4400.