Afrofuturism in Art and other things to do in Atlanta this weekend!

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Art is the perfect escape. This weekend features a variety of artistic and creative endeavors for you to enjoy. From Book Binding, to live music sessions, you’ll keep those creative juices flowing into the New Year! Here are our picks for the top things to do in Atlanta this weekend!

Please note: Due to COVID-19, these events may require social distancing. Be sure to double-check for any updates at events and venues before making plans to head out.

This weekend enjoy a one-of-a-kind exhibit at Savannah College of Art and Design: – Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design.”

This exhibit features the work of Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who has created costumes for generation defining films like Black Panther, Selma, and Do the Right Thing. 

Ruth is an expert storyteller who harnesses the power of visual communication to share narratives of culture, race, and politics. She brings vibrancy, nuance, color, and texture to each of her culture-shifting characters.

You’ll be able to experience all her unforgettable designs from nearly four decades of her career within an Afrofuturistic installation.

The installation also incorporates original artwork by SCAD alum Brandon Sadler, whose murals were prominently featured in Black Panther.

Wakanda Forever.

Event Details
🗓 Jan 4th – Sept. 29th  | 12pm-4pm

Starting this weekend, get into the flow! Join Fire Maker Brewing Company every other Sunday at 11:30 am for a fun all-levels yoga class. 

Enjoy a great yoga class while also enjoying a tasty Fire Maker beer or seltzer. Your ticket purchase includes your yoga class and first beverage.

This 60 minute all-levels class will be limited to 15 spots in order to maintain social distancing guidelines. 

Complimentary hand sanitizer will be available and required upon entering the building. Class begins at 11:30am. Doors open at 11am.

Flow, flow, flow …

Event Details 
🗓 Jan 17th  | 11:30am – 12:30pm
📍 Fire Maker Brewing Company

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3. Evolving Expressions Art Show

This Friday night enjoy some unique local art. 

Little Five Points Community and Angela Berry of LaVan Berry Art is hosting an arts showcase known as Evolving Expressions.

Evolving Expressions is an artist collective showcase that gives artists chance to share and sell their art to the public.

This showcase features plenty of Atlanta-area artists and is an effort to bring fellow artists together. Joining the show will be Huggntreez, Elise, Jasiel Caminante, Terrence L. Antoine and Angela Berry. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to check out some great local art – or if you’re an artist yourself, a fun way to enjoy a networking opportunity. 

Help expand Atlanta’s creativity and artistic audience by supporting this event! Admission is free.

Event Details
🗓 Jan. 15th | 6pm – 10pm
📍 Little Five Points

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4. Intro to Book Binding Workshop

History buffs, book nerds, and fellow creatives unite! This Sunday enjoy a really special workshop at MASS Collective. Introducing the Book Binding + Paper Marbling Workshop.

Take a break from your regularly scheduled Sunday brunch and learn the basics of Book Binding. This four hour course will cover the basics in the coptic stitch bookbinding method and Suminagashi (Japanese art of Paper Marbling.)

Your instructor is Anthony Gaskins, who carries a BFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Georgia. 

After the course, you’ll be able to take home a copy of your very own stitch book!

Some of the concepts covered will be:

  • History of bookbinding and paper marbling
  • Choosing materials
  • Bookbinding tools
  • Constructing books
  • Making images using Suminagashi

Purchase your tickets today so you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

Event Details 
🗓 Jan. 17th | 10am – 2pm
📍MASS Collective

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5. Just Jam Sessions

Ready for your time on stage? This Thursday creates the perfect opportunity for all up-and-coming musicians. Deaf Star Recording Studios presents Just Jam Sessions.

Just Jam Sessions is a platform that provides opportunities for creatives in all facets of the music industry. Artists, producers, musicians, and songwriters alike will have a series of installments that they can participate in during the session.

One of the installments is known as the “cook-up,” which allows creatives to collaborate and create original songs. 

Volume 1 of “The Cook Up” was a huge success. This time around allows for artists to record with a lot more time in the studio as well as more time for producers to cook up. 

If you decide to join, please be prepared. Producers be sure to bring your laptops and artists please come warmed up and ready to work.

There is a max of 15 people allowed in the studio at all times. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided.

Event Details 
🗓 Jan. 14th  | 8pm – 10pm
📍 Deaf Star Recording Studios

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Evelyn Lorena

Evelyn Lorena

Evelyn is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Atlanta City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Atlanta area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinAtlanta on Instagram and Facebook.