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NBAF benefit concert for Haiti earthquake victims Jan. 17

One of the best places to spend Sunday night might be Churchill Grounds, where the National Black Arts Festival will hold Love: Haiti, a benefit concert to help the country rocked by an earthquake this week.

The concert will feature Joi, Mausiki Scales and Common Ground Collective, Chanda McKnight, Russell Gunn, Big Rube, Avery Sunshine, Ken Ford, Vix, DJ Vando, Luis Carreras and others, and donations will go to UNICEF.

To see how more Atlanta non-profits, businesses and individuals are helping after the earthquake in Haiti, check out the AJC’s Atlanta Responds blog.

If you know of other benefit concerts or events, please share them in the comments, or add them to the calendar. We’re happy to help spread the word.

Want to go? Love: Haiti, a night of music to support Haiti. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17. $15 minimum donation, $25 recommended donation, which will go to UNICEF. Churchill Grounds Jazz Club, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta.

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Volunteer registration still open for Hands On Atlanta Day

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Accenture employees pitched in during last year's Hands On Atlanta Day. AJC file photo

We’re days away from Atlanta’s largest day of service, but there’s still time to sign up for Hands On Atlanta Day as an individual or team.

The day of service projects around the Atlanta area is organized by Hands On Atlanta, a non-profit that connects volunteers with projects.  It has about 32,000 active volunteers who have gone through the Hands On Atlanta training and participated in at least one project.

Hands On Atlanta Day, though, doesn’t require any previous training or experience, or a long-term commitment. (Of course, Hands On Atlanta Day organizers hope  some of the 6,000 volunteers who gather on Saturday will stick around.)

Here’s how it works:

  • Register online at There are projects indoors, outdoors, kid-friendly and accessible in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties. Gwinnett Great Days, two days of service in Gwinnett County, runs Oct. 2-3, …

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Eyedrum revitalized: new leadership, more community support, planned capital campaign, maybe a new space


A dance-a-thon at Eyedrum on Saturday night drew the late-night crowd. Things are looking up for the non-profit arts space. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

Less than three months since Eyedrum put out the message that financial trouble could force it to close, the non-profit gallery and community arts center is safe through the end of the year  — and making major changes to the organization. There’s a new director, new board members and they’ll vote next week whether to move to a new space. Board chairman Allen Welty-Green said they expect to launch a capital campaign in coming weeks, too.


Cindy Brannon and Sara Nesselbush checked out the artwork at the Eyedrum Dance-a-thon. AJC

July was a dark time for the 11-year-old organization. It remained debt-free and volunteer-run, but booking and donations were down and utility and rent costs were adding up. Board members were exhausted, the 6-000 square foot space too expensive, and alternative spaces too much work to fix. “The stress of …

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PHOTOS: Girls Rock Camp bands play the East Atlanta Strut


Julia Denniss, 12, and Leslie Lang, 13, are members of Quothe the Canary, a Girl Rock Camp band. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

The East Atlanta Strut was a soggy show this year with small crowds huddled under umbrellas. The mid-day exception was inside Earthshaking Music, where bands from Girls Rock Camp played a 45-minute set in front of a standing-room only audience.


Natalie Spruell, 13, sings for the band 500. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

I wrote about Girls Rock Camp Atlanta this summer, when the not-for-profit day camp held its week-long session.

The camp teaches girls the history of women in rock, basic music skills and what it means to be in a band. Some girls have had enough by the time camp closes. Even if they loved it, the rock star life isn’t for everybody.

But some of those bands stayed together, brought in new members, wrote new songs, took lessons on their instruments, continued to practice together.

I didn’t have a microphone on me, but they sounded great. Here, at least, is a …

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Water balloon fight not a record breaker — next year, it’s on!

Saturday's not-quite-record-breaking water balloon fight to benefit Camp Twin Lakes. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht.

After all the water balloons were thrown everybody was soaked, the 2,107 folks at The Masquerade on Saturday hadn’t broken the record for the world’s largest water balloon fight. (Missed it? Here are photos from the water balloon fight and some very wet video.)

For now, organizers say, the Guinness World Record still belongs to a 2,800-person fight from a few years ago.

Saturday’s $5 admission fees went to non-profit Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, but there’s no totaled-up dollar amount yet. A lot of younger kids who attended arrived with bags full of coins, and they can take a while to count, said balloon fight organizer Jaynie Coffee, of Door 44.

Don’t be too disappointed, though: Coffee said they’ll definitely do it again next year.

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Atlanta celebrates Michael Jackson with weekend tributes

A"Thriller" dance party in Underground Atlanta was organized to remember Michael Jackson in June, but we're not done yet! AJC file photo.

It’s been a few months now and Michael Jackson’s death is more the stuff of news updates than all-day coverage.

Atlanta just can’t stop dancing.

Here’s a list of upcoming Michael Jackson tributes, two of them this weekend, just in time for what would’ve been the King of Pop’s birthday.

Michael Jackson Tribute Celebration
7 p.m. Aug. 28. Free with donation. Georgia State University Alumni Hall, 30 Courtland St., Atlanta. 717-448-1610.
Live music by Vinson Baker, Fusion, The 54 and Level 7even, plus food, giveaways, contests, and lots and lots of dancing, as we can only assume Michael would have wanted. Come with a donation of canned food, clothing, school supplies or used instruments; they’ll be donated to local charities and Atlanta-area schools.

Moonwalk to Remember
1 p.m. registration, 2:30 p.m. walk, Aug. 29. $5 suggested donation. Walk …

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Ivy Hall Writers Series draws big names: New York Times bestsellers, a Booker Prize winner and ‘Simpsons’ writer

Writers Ray C. Anderson, Margaret Atwood, Augusten Burroughs, Joel Cohen and Colson Whitehead will all visit Atlanta for the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Ivy Hall Writers Series.The talks are free, public and followed by a book signing.

Here’s the lineup, announced earlier this month:

Oct. 22: Colson Whitehead, MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist author of “Sag Harbor,” “The Intuitionist” and “John Henry Days.”
Oct. 26: Ray C. Anderson, writer of the upcoming “Confessions of a Radical Industrialist,” former co-chairman of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development for President Clinton, recent co-chairman of the Presidential Climate Action Project, founder of Interface, a modular carpet manufacturer.
Nov. 4: Augusten Burroughs, author of “Running with Scissors,” “A Wolf at the Table,” and the forthcoming book, “You Better Not Cry.”
Feb. 23: Margaret Atwood, Booker Prize-winning author of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Blind Assassin,” “Oryx and Crake” and …

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WonderRoot to host 24-hour art-making lock-in, exhibition

Fifty art makers, 24 hours, one community space. Oh, boy.

Reynoldstown-based community arts center WonderRoot is going to try it out at its first Art Lock-in from 8 p.m. Sept. 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6. They’re looking for painters, illustrators, filmmakers, ceramicists, photographers, musicians and writers of all skill levels and art interests to work together, so long as they’ll do it for 24 hours. Materials will be provided, although participants are welcome to bring their own.

The idea came from the non-profit art center’s interns, who must have seen some late-night possibilities for the dark room, pottery studio, recording studio, computer labs and gallery spaces there.

“I don’t know what to expect,” WonderRoot Executive Director Chris Appleton said. “Forty or 50 people locked into WonderRoot together sounds a little bit dangerous.”

Dangerous, maybe, but productive, too — all 24 hours will be documented on photo and video, and all the lock-in artwork will go on display on …

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PHOTOS: Aug. 22 Water balloon fight at the Masquerade

Water balloon fight at the Masquerade on Aug. 22. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht

Did Saturday’s water balloon fight at the Masquerade break the Guinness World Record? No official count yet, and there probably won’t be for a day or so. Organizers say it’s not likely.

Post-balloon-fight mud wash. AJC/Jamie Gumbrecht.

However, for a view of how wet and muddy everything got, here’s a water balloon fight photo gallery, from the fill-your-own-balloon station to the hose-yourself-off area.

I’m not sure that breaking the record really matters (at least until someone tries this again next year.) Camp Twin Lakes had a sack of $5 admission fees to take home and for a crowd that spent hours in the August Georgia sun, they were in good spirits. A burst of cold water will do it, especially considering I heard more than one person warn that balloons this big could cause a concussion.

Looking for more? Here’s a video of the first couple minutes of the fight, into the early stages of mud-diving.

For …

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VIDEO: Atlanta’s try for world’s largest water balloon fight

Were you among the thousands trying to beat the record for world’s largest water balloon fight at Masquerade Music Park on Saturday?

No official word on how many people or balloons attended the event — it was a benefit for Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge — but as you can see from the video I shot, nobody went home dry. (Except me. I hung out on stage. Someone had to staff the camera!)

Looking for photos? Got those, too!

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