What’s Happening in Atlanta? Your Local Events Rundown
Almost half a million people live in Atlanta, and we love having all of that hustle and bustle in our backyard. Between the festivals, fundraisers, films, parties, and arts events, it’s possible to spend a lifetime in the city without ever getting bored. If you’re looking for something to do this month, don’t worry — Atlanta has you covered. In fact, there is so much going on that we’ve broken it down for you by category. Just don’t have all your fun in one place! ARTS AND CULTURE Art viewing is usually confined to the cool quiet of museums, but the Piedmont Park Arts Festival brings that beauty into the great outdoors each year. For 2019, the festival will cram 250 artists of all kinds into its namesake park on Aug. 17 and 18. At the same time, film buffs can check out these local offerings: the independent filmmaker-focused Atlanta Underground Film Festival, which runs Aug. 15–18 at the Synchronicity Theatre; and the BronzeLens Film Festival, which spotlights films made by people of color on Aug. 21 at the Hyatt Regency. FAMILY FUN If your family loves “Jurassic Park,” then the Fernbank Museum has the perfect time-traveling adventure for you. Grab the kids and head over on Aug. 17 to “stomp, chomp, and party like a
dinosaur” to celebrate the anniversary of Giants of the Mesozoic. Afterward, stop by the Center for Puppetry Arts for a performance of “Old MacDonald’s Farm” or a behind-the-scenes tour. FOOD, FOOD, FOOD Atlanta is always a feast for foodies, but the German Bierfest and Taste of Soul Atlanta are this month’s edible stars. The Bierfest, which will fill downtown Atlanta’s Woodruff Park on Aug. 24, is an authentic affair packed with bratwurst, pretzels, sauerkraut, schnitzel, and more than 35 types of German beer. Taste of Soul Atlanta, by contrast, dishes up regional cuisine from Aug. 31 through Sept. 2. Along with the Southern comfort food, attendees will enjoy live music, art, and activities for kids.
Ingredients • 2 1/2 lbs ripe tomatoes; cored, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks • 1 small cucumber; peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks • 1 red bell pepper; cored, seeded, and sliced into ribbons • 1 small Vidalia onion, peeled and cubed
• 1/4 cup basil leaves • 1 clove garlic, peeled • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Directions 1. Place a blender and medium mixing bowl on your workstation. 2. Divide the tomato chunks, cucumber pieces, and bell pepper slices evenly between blender and bowl. Place entire onion in blender. 3. Add basil, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to blender. Blend on low, gradually raising speed to high until smooth, about 2 minutes. 4. Add blender contents to bowl and mix until just broken up, about 10–20 seconds. 5. Let mixture sit in fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. Transfer to bowls and serve.
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