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LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Indie Film Scene

ATLANTA, Ga. – Atlanta has come to be known as the home of young professionals, performing arts professionals and indie artists. The city that was once a breeding ground for hip-hop trends has become a haven of the aesthetic arts and artists alike.   

Recently, while searching for this thriving indie artist scene in the city that is home to large-scale Tyler Perry Studios, I stumbled upon a “somewhat dormant” subculture lying low in the middle of town; it’s Atlanta’s Underground Art scene.

Just like movie buffs, members of world want to claim they were the first to see the most recent and popular cult indie films, films like “Reservoir Dogs” or “Requiem for a Dream”. Well, in Atlanta, artists can experience that excitement by visiting their local independent theatre. These theatres in most cases, have been around for 20 years, or more, are home to many of the most artistically gifted and innovative people in town.

DINNERS ON A DIME: Cinco de Mayo

DINNERS ON A DIME: Cinco de Mayo

BUFORD, Ga. – This week, Dinners on a Dime features local Cinco de Mayo eats. Every Tuesday Where U Live will choose four favorite eats in your area for you to take your family and friends for a fabulous meal, under $20.

Cheeky’s, the Birthplace of the Beer Table, will be offering live music all day. At their Suwanee and Cumming locations, Cheeky’s will have $2 Tecate, $12 buckets of Dos Equis and Sol beers. The restaurant offers custom tacos, a list of salsas and a selection of sandwiches; entrees don’t exceed $15 and the restaurant is located at 1039 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Suwannee and 410 Peachtree Parkway in Cumming.

Chonas Mexican Grill in Lawrenceville will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with their regular specials. Chonas offers a long list of imported and domestic beers; they also offer classic Margaritas in, both, glasses and pitchers.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

WEEKEND EVENTS: Hawks Basketball and Urban Gardening

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Wind down at Fernbank’s Martinis and IMAX event on Friday, April 22. This weekly event usually draws a healthy sized crowd. Most cocktails are about $8 each and tickets to each actual IMAX movie are about $12. Come join Atlanta’s cosmopolitan crowd at this event.

Swim with the Georgia Aquarium’s resident whale shark on Friday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be able to swim at the surface, with an air supply. The aquarium will provide a mask, air, booties and a wetsuit. All of this comes with a $224.95 price tag, talk about a nice Earth Day gift.

Arguably the best center in the NBA, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard journeys home to Atlanta for game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Circus Clowns and Beauty Queens

WEEKEND EVENTS: Circus Clowns and Beauty Queens

NORTHERN METRO AREA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Today, the Yaarab Shrine kicks off their 69th Annual Circus and Carnival at the Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. This circus is the world largest shrine circus. Food and rides will be open tonight; however, there will be no circus acts. Only $10 gets you unlimited rides on every ride at the fair.

Sprayberry High school will be hosting a Community Egg Drop on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Eggs will be dropped from a helicopter and there will be many vendors, including face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

BEST SPOTS: Inexpensive Dates

NORTHEAST METRO – For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we’re compiling a list of Inexpensive Date Spots for you to take your special someone.

In today’s economy, it’s important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it’s the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If your date is a romantic, Athens-Clarke County Greenways and Riverside Parks are hosting a Full Moon Hike. This guided hike will be lighted by the full moon, which occurs on April 26. The hike begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. Athens residents will be admitted for a $2 fee, all non-residents will be charged $5.

Family Day at the Hudgens Center

Family Day at the Hudgens Center

DULUTH, Ga. -- The Hudgens Center for the Arts (6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, 30097) will be open to the public for a free Family Day on Saturday, Apr. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to enjoying the current "We Are Folk: Exploring Traditions in Southern Folk Art" exhibit, visitors can also participate in make-and-take art projects inspired by timeless Southern art techniques.

The volunteer-led activities will be available between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.

Yes, Dominican food is NOW being served!

Yes, Dominican food is NOW being served!

Did you know - traditional Dominican food is now being served in Lilburn! Stew Chicken, rice & beans, tostones, mangu, and Presidente Beer!

If you already KNOW...  visit Quisqueya Restaurant in Gwinnett County to re-live your Dominican memories!

If you don't...  take a culinary adventure to the beautiful Caribbean island of Quisqueya! (the Taino name for the island that we now know as Haiti and Dominican Republic)

Also, check out Quisqueya Restaurant for their HEATED night life that showcases Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Reggaeton Dancing!

Atlanta is HEATING up! 

CLICK HERE to learn more!

Another fabulous review brought to you by Veronica Pearman!  Redefining "Grown and Sexy."