Damn, we’re already in the last weekend of February. And what’s even crazier is that it’s kinda spring already -- those weird Atlanta flowers and trees are blossoming again, pollen is starting to sneak into the air, and everybody’s coughing all over the place. Don’t play yourself; there’s nothing you can do to avoid the allergy misery, but what you can definitely do is get your mind, body, and soul into a place of joy and happiness, which is good for the immune system (maybe; I’m not a physician nor was I a good student).
Spend the end of this fab fourth February week by attending an art show thrown by one of the city’s most dope tattoo artists, then eat a massive amount of oysters, get some Mardi Gras vibes, attend an art show inspired by espresso machines, and join Soul Food Cypher for their seventh birthday.
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Friday, February 22 Castleberry Hill Beloved tattoo shop City of Ink is celebrating its 12th anniversary tonight, and founder Miya Bailey has personally invited 150+ of his most talented creative contemporaries to put things on exhibit while you walk around grooving to music spun by 12 DJs. Cost: Free
Friday, February 22 Southwest Atlanta Actor Lamman Rucker of TV’s Greenleaf is hosting tonight’s opening reception for the Black History Film Festival, and it kicks off with a free screening of Maynard, the documentary about ATL’s first black mayor, at 6pm. See more BHM films tomorrow at Wolf Creek Library and at ArtsXchange in East Point. Cost: Free
Saturday, February 23 Piedmont Park Start your day at Brunchfest with Yacht Rock Revue, who’ll rock your boat with live performances of classic songs while you eat amazingly at various food stations serving custom breakfast bowls, fried chicken biscuits, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Go VIP for bottomless mimosas and such. Cost: $20 - $45 entry; $7 per food station ticket
Saturday, February 23 Southwest Atlanta Get semi-formal in your ballroom attire, then wear a mask so that you have the proper look for the annual Mardi Gras Ball at the Ivy Center on Stone Road. There’ll be live music from indie-soul singer Phillippia Williams, three DJs, lots of food, and a “premium-only” bar. Cost: $60
Saturday, February 23 Duluth Good Word Brewing & Public House is one year old today, and they want to fill you with sour beer, darks, India Pale Ales, and more craft sippers from 11am to midnight. Get there, eat smoked chicken and suckling pig tostadas, and go big on beers like their mango dry-hopped sour, the blackberry and prickly pear milkshake IPA, and pilsners for those who like it plain. Cost: Free entry
Saturday, February 23 Midtown Steamhouse Lounge’s Oysterfest has outgrown the actual restaurant, so it’s now at the corner of 12th and Peachtree, but that just means more people and more room for shucks. And there will be a crazy amount of roasted, chargrilled, sandwiched, and other kinds of oysters for you to consume as you listen to nine bands between today and tomorrow. Cost: $18.24 - $29.74
Saturday, February 23 Midtown Today is the debut of Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso, a Museum of Design Atlanta exhibit that looks at the design and technology behind espresso machines, “while examining the social, political and cultural movements fueled by coffee and cafés throughout history.” It comes with freshly brewed espresso from illycaffè, and there’s a special pre-opening event from 4pm to 7pm, with tastings of Italian wine, Second Self beer, Campari, and small bites from Bellina Alimentari, and Ciao Bella gelato, plus a live cellist performance. Cost: $25 donation
Sunday, February 24 Westside Soul Food Cypher is 7 years old today, and if you haven’t been, you can’t really call yourself a culturally aware citizen of our city -- they’ve been on local NPR for chrissakes! Get there today, enjoy the snacks and beverages, then test out your creative skills (they say it increases teamwork, mental agility, and such) by rapping with new friends. Cost: Free
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Mike Jordan can’t decide if he’s really going to do the hot chocolate marathon or if he’s just going to marathon hot chocolate at home all day Sunday. Follow MJ on Twitter at @michaelbjordan and on IG at @mikejordanatl.