Above: President Bill Clinton will talk about his novel “The President is Missing” at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on June 13.

The Arts

Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism

Runs June 3 to Sept. 9. Craftivism is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection of craft and activism. Across the globe, artists and crafters armed with traditional materials like yarn, glue guns, quilt patterns and other tools are using their hands to protest social and political inequalities and injustices. The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) exhibition explores this movement and invites visitors to get involved by making something that makes a difference. Betsy Greer, author of “Craftivism: The Art and Craft of Activism” curates the exhibition. MODA, 1315 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30309. Get details at museumofdesign.org.

Paul Stanley at Wentworth Art Gallery

Saturday, June 16, 5-8 p.m. Music fans may know him as the front man of rock band KISS, but art aficionados know Paul Stanley for another reason: his ongoing record-breaking success as a painter and visual artist. Stanley will make a special appearance at the Wentworth Gallery at Phipps Plaza on June 16. A collection of his original paintings, mixed media originals, limited edition prints and hand-painted acrylic sculptures are presented at Wentworth Gallery locations across the U.S. R.S.V.P.s are highly suggested. Wentworth Gallery Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta 30326. Call 404-233-0903 or visit wentworthgallery.com to find out more.

Summer MusicFest 2018

Friday, June 22 & Tuesday, July 3, 8 p.m. The Arts Council’s 2018 Summer MusicFest line-up includes: the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (ASO) on June 22 and the Northwinds Symphonic Band, performing a Patriotic Pops Concert, on July 3. Two more events are planned for August: Back in Time Band on August 4 and Swingin’ Medallions on August 18. Tickets for ASO are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $28 for students; tickets for Northwinds are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St., Gainesville, 30501. Call 770-534-2787 or visit TheArtsCouncil.net for tickets and more info.

The Sistine Chapel Choir

Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m. The oldest choir in the world, and the Pope’s personal choir, comes to Atlanta for the first time. The concert will feature a special guest, the Georgia Boy Choir. Tickets range from $66 to $170. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30308. For tickets and more information, call 404-881-2100 or visit foxtheatre.org.

 

For Book Lovers

A Conversation with President Bill Clinton

Wednesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m. The Fox Theatre presents President Bill Clinton as he discusses his forthcoming novel “The President Is Missing,” written in collaboration with best-selling author James Patterson. The president will talk about the issues that this powerful thriller raises about the world today. Tickets range from $55 to $135. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta 30339. Visit Foxtheatre.org for tickets and details.

Meet the Author: Philanthropist Clyde Strickland

Thursday, June 14, 6:30 p.m. Clyde Strickland’s newest book “What Can I Do?” reveals how he rose from sharecropper’s son to educated CEO and what inspired him to become the patriot and philanthropist he is today.Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Gwinnett County Public Library Suwanee Branch, 361 Main St., Suwanee 30024. Call 770-978-5154 or visit gwinnettpl.org for details.

Meet the Author: Veteran Matthew Betley

Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. Matthew Betley spent ten years as a Marine officer and trained as a scout sniper platoon commander, infantry officer and ground intelligence officer. He is the author of Overwatch, nominated for a Barry Award, and is back with Field of Valor starring Logan West. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Shiloh Baptist Church, 5988 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners 30092. For more info, visit gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

Books for Breakfast Summer Series

Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Hungry for a good read and lively discussion? This book club is the answer. You’ll get your fill with each monthly selection and meet fellow bookworms. June’s featured book is “The Vengeance of Mothers” by Jim Fergus. Cost is $5, and free for Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta members. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Get more info at atlantajcc.org; or contact Earl Finley at 678-812-4000 or earl.finley@atlantajcc.org.

Book Launch Party: All We Ever Wanted

Thursday, June 28, 7:30-9 p.m. Author Emily Griffin discusses her new book “All We Ever Wanted” with Atlanta media personality Mara Davis. Presented by the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) A Page from the Book Festival. $35 per person, $30 for MJCCA members. Cost includes a signed copy of the book, wine and dessert reception and a photo op with Ms. Griffin. MJCCA-Zaban Park Brill Rooms, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. More info at atlantajcc.orgor by calling 678-812-3981.

 

LearnSomething

Juneteenth at Oakland Cemetery

Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Originally celebrated in Galveston, Texas on June 19 in 1865, Juneteenth is a nationally-recognized day commemorating slavery’s abolition in the Confederate South states. Historic Oakland Cemetery honors Juneteenth with programs and tours. Free and open to the public. Historic Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave., Atlanta 30312. Watch for details at oaklandcemetery.com.

Mock Jury Trial Trip

Thursday, June 14, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If you love criminal justice dramas, don’t miss this trip to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, where you’ll serve as a jury member for a mock trail. The day is full of interactive fun, and the fee included transportation, breakfast reception and lunch. Cost is $15, $10 for Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta members. Reserve your spot at atlantajcc.org. You can also contact Earl Finley at 678-812-4000 or earl.finley@atlantajcc.org.

Love an Animal, Live Longer

Tuesday, June 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Pets are known to bring joy, and many people believe they also bring good health to their owners by reducing stress and brightening lives. Lisa Bass, Community Outreach Manager with Good Mews, a no-kill cat shelter, discusses the benefits of pet ownership and volunteering at the shelter. Free, registration required. Senior Wellness Center, 1150 Powder Springs St., Ste. 100, Marietta 30064. Call 770-528-5355 or visit cobbcounty.org for details and to register.

Facebook 101 for Seniors

Thursday, June 28, 1 p.m. Part of the Savvy Senior Series program. Are you on Facebook but have concerns about security? Do you want to keep up with family and friends? So many questions. Come and get answers! Open to all seniors. Bethesda Park, 225 Bethesda Church Rd., Lawrenceville 30044.Get details and find more Gwinnett County Public Library events at gwinnettpl.org, or call 770-978-5154.

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