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Culture notes: Callanwolde brings festival in from cold this weekend; photographer takes walk on N.Y.’s wild side

Callanwolde brings festival in from the cold

Atlanta is a festival-smitten city, with funnel cake-scented outdoor events humming year-round except during the depths of winter.

For those feeling crafts-deprived though, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center is launching an indoor alternative this weekend: the Callanwolde Arts Festival.

Held inside the expansive 1920 Candler mansion on the edge of the Virginia-Highland neighborhood, the 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday fest will feature 80-plus painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more. It also will offer artist demonstrations, music and dance performances, plus food trucks.

The arts center partnered with the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces in organizing the inaugural event. Tickets: $5. 980 Briarcliff Road N.E., Atlanta. Information: 404-872-5338,


Photographic walk on N.Y.’s wild side

Tod Seelie’s “Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York” (Prestel, $35) made several best photography books of 2013 lists, including The New York Times Magazine’s.

“Since the early aughts, he’s mined the city’s subcultures, photographing friends and strangers in mosh pits, strip clubs, underground encampments, and assorted protests and happenings,” American Photo wrote in its top 10 list. “With an eye for drama, Seelie captures the energy of reckless youth in vivid low-fi.”

The New York photographer will appear at the Westside’s Poem 88 gallery at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 for a talk, Q&A and signing. Copies of “Bright Nights” will be available for purchase.

1100 Howell Mill Road, Suite A04, Atlanta. 404-735-1000,


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