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Atlanta Science Festival’s Exploration Expo promotes discovery

PLUS: Join fellow Nooksters for The Nook’s MARVELous 9th Anniversary and head over to Farm Burger Decatur for Movie Night

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Reflect on the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech with iconic, historical, and powerful images in the High museum’s “A Fire That No Water Could Put Out”: Civil Rights Photography exhibition. $15. 10 a.m. Fri., March 23. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. www.high.org.

If you’re a fan of Marvel (how can you not be) then join fellow Nooksters for The Nook’s MARVELous 9th Anniversary weekend filled with giveaways and a variety of food and drink specials. Free. 4 p.m. Fri., March 23. The Nook, 1144 Piedmont Ave. N.E. www.thenookatlanta.com.

Head over to Farm Burger Decatur this Friday for Movie Night! Come play team trivia and enjoy the screening of Wonder, an inspiring story about a young boy’s struggle to fit in. Free. 6 p.m. Fri., March 23. Farm Burger, 410B W. Ponce de Leon Ave. www.farmburger.com.

Journey into deep relaxation and clear your mind with Kundalini Gongs at Candler Park Yoga, which will include meditation, breathwork, and therapeutic vibrations of powerful sounds. $12-$16. 7:30 p.m. Fri., March 23. Candler Park Yoga, 1630 DeKalb Ave. N.E. www.candlerparkyoga.com.

Follow the adventures of four sisters as they grow up during Civil War America in the timeless, captivating story of Little Women the Musical. The powerful score soars with the sounds of personal discovery, heartache, and hope. $20. 7:30 p.m. Fri., March 23. Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, 8534 Main St. www.elmstreetarts.org/littlewomen.

Join the road to transformation by participating in the Refuge Run 5K & 10K hosted by City of Refuge Atlanta. Help thousands of people take steps they never imagined were possible. $35-$45. 8 a.m. Sat., March 24. City of Refuge, 1300 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. N.W. www.cityofrefugeatl.org.

Bring your friends and family to enjoy a day of live music, arts, and food at the 2018 Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival.Free. 10 a.m. Sat., March 24. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road. www.brookcherryfest.org.

Finally the royal brunch you’ve been waiting for! Come to Venkman’s Princess Brunch: Moana to watch how treacherous ocean waves can help build a wonderful friendship. Bottomless mimosas will also be available for the adult kids. Free. 10:30 a.m. Sat., March 24. Venkman’s, 740 Ralph McGill Blvd. N.E. www.venkmans.com.

Come to the Atlanta Science Festival’s culminating event, Exploration Expo, to promote science exploration, discovery, and innovation through interactive science exhibits and experiments. All ages are welcome! Free. 11 a.m. Sat., March 24. Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive N.E. www.atlantasciencefestival.org.

Celebrate the second birthday of Atlanta's first craft cidery with a new cider release, special cocktail making class, giveaways, raffles, live music, and more at Urban Tree Cidery Anniversary Weekend. Free. 12:30 p.m. Sat., March 24. Urban Tree Cidery, 1465 Howell Mill Road N.W.. www.urbantreecidery.com.

Listen to Atlanta’s iconic beats at Local Trapstars feat. Ray Rockman + Trilla Kid + Trvp Beez. This event is cash only! $5. 4 p.m. Sat., March 24. Red Light Cafe, 553-1 Amsterdam Ave. N.E. www.redlightcafe.com.

Flying into the Future is where science and nature collide to bring you activities focused on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The event highlights include a flighted birds of prey show, where visitors will be able to learn about these incredible animals and have opportunities to get up close as well. $6-$10. 12 p.m. Sun., March 25. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road. www.chattnaturecenter.org.

Featuring music across cultures and exotic Caribbean food, Atlanta’s Rum Punch Brunch is the place to be this Sunday. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis so early arrival is encouraged. Free. 12:30 p.m. Sun., March 25. The Sound Table, 483 Edgewood Ave. S.E. www.thesoundtable.com.

Run the only one-mile competitive race in Atlanta at the eighth annual Morningside Mile race and help raise funds for the North Highland Corridor. $30. 2 p.m. Sun., March 25. Virginia-Highland Civic Association, North Highland Ave. www.morningsidemile.com.

Watch the hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic in which a mother and daughter struggle to understand each other by literally walking in each other’s shoes in Freaky Friday, A New Musical.$25-$35. 5 p.m. Sun., March 25. Horizon Theatre Company, 1083 Austin Ave. N.E. www.horizontheatre.com.



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Atlanta author Robert Jones introduces a conversation about the complexity of feelings in his latest children’s book, Happiness: A Lesson with Lulu, released in January.

In Jones’ book, the main character, Lulu, represents the struggle to understand emotion from a child’s point of view. Sometimes, like Lulu, kids just don’t know how to stop being sad. When Lulu goes with her father on an adventure to Sandpiper Sands amusement park, together they discover multiple ways to achieve a state of peaceful happiness.

“I draw on analogies to explain complex ideas, and I improvise silly characters in even sillier situations to wrest them from otherwise inconsolable moods,” Jones says.

Children are often assumed to lead relatively happy lives, and their mental states are disregarded. It is easy to forget that emotions have no age limit. While we tend to associate childhood with a carefree and cheerful environment, this is not always the case. The quest for happiness is one of life’s greatest mysteries, and, contrary to popular belief, it is not a quest exclusive to adults. But what does it truly mean to be happy, and how can we achieve this?

Lulu’s story is one of empathy and awareness. Her father helps Lulu realize ways in which daily situations can lead to joy.

Jones and his wife’s struggle to find a children’s book for their daughter that appropriately introduced a conversation about the beauty of life inspired him to create his own.

“We wanted a book that reflected our daughter's curiosity and her desire to explore answers with us, not just listen to them,” Jones says.

He hoped to avoid any superficial treatment of essential concepts like happiness, and instead simplify the ideas without disregarding their importance. Jones also found it extremely important that the hero in his story was a female-identifying character, one to whom his daughter could easily relate.

Jones has lived in Atlanta with his family for 15 years, and his Georgia surroundings have definitely influenced his writing. In fact, the setting of Happiness relies on inspiration from Rossville’s Lake Winnie amusement park.

Because life is an endless journey of self-discovery, who knows if this pursuit of happiness ever ends? However, it’s never too soon for children to start understanding the nature of being happy, and for some of us adults, it’s never too late!

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It is difficult to understand how a story set during such a troubled time and place for African Americans — the South, in mid-century America — can be so captivating and relatable. Thomas Mullen’s Darktown deserves praise for doing exactly this. The novel centers around the prejudice and discriminatory behavior toward the first eight black cops to join the Atlanta Police Department in 1948.

The novel is the first title CL’s bookclub, Peachy Loafers, will be exploring on Tues., April 10. A reminder of grim times, Darktown presents a compelling story on race, law enforcement, and human nature. We had the pleasure of speaking with the author, who offered insight into the creative process behind the book.

Tell us how your writing career started.

I’ve always wanted to write; I don’t remember ever not wanting to. Ever since I was a kid in elementary school I would fold and staple pieces of paper to create my own books. I was obsessed with murder mysteries. The Hardy Boys were a big thing back then, and when I started reading adult fiction I was into private-eye and detective series. So I went to Oberlin College and majored in english and history. But they can’t really teach you how to write.

How has living in Atlanta influenced your writing and this book specifically?

Well it definitely influenced [the Darktown series.] When I moved here my first book, The Last Town on Earth, was out and my second, The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers, was almost done. I spent the next two years writing my third book [The Revisionists.]. I was looking back, and I said to myself, “Okay, I've written three books and they’re all set in places I’ve never lived in. Gosh, it would be nice to write something set where I live.” You know, to get everyday observations, the way the world looks, and the trees and whatnot. I wasn’t actively searching for Atlanta, but [thought] it sure would be nice to do that. I started reading a lot about the history of Atlanta and Dr. King, and a lot of people recommended I read Gary Pomerantz’s Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: A Saga of Race and Family. In the middle there was a passage about the circumstances surrounding the first black cops, and that fascinated me. That’s where the idea came from. I never would have read that book if I hadn’t moved to Atlanta.

Where did you find the inspiration to create complex characters like Lucius Boggs and Lionel Dunlow?

A lot of research. To write historical fiction, you have to figure out who these people were, and even what kind of cars and food were prevalent around the time. You have to figure out intellectual history and issues of the day. What are things that were the norm back then? Some things stay the same, and human nature stays the same, but there’s always different things going on. To build characters you have to think about their hopes, dreams, and concerns. What are the debates of their day? I had to do a ton of research on mid-century America, Atlanta specifically, and the police and crime. The black church was super important in Atlanta during the Civil Rights Movement, so I thought it would be nice to include a preacher’s son. I wanted to make sure all of my characters were very distinct. The two black cops and the two white cops, they’re not just identical twins. I wanted to distinguish between their personalities and not just the color of their skin.

How much of the book is based on real historic events or real crimes?

It refers to a lot of real stuff. For example, in the courtroom scene where Boggs and Smith have been disrespected by the judge, all of the victims’ names are real. There really had been an anti-corruption effort in the early ’40s that weeded out all of the dirty cops. The general politics of the day, events, or real things that happened helped inform the scenes and build the characters.

Did your perspective on the Atlanta Police Department change at all after writing Darktown?

I don’t know if it’s changed my perspective, but it definitely informed it. I researched a lot about it, and now I’m constantly thinking about these issues. It’s pretty enraging to see certain things still happening. I wrote the first draft over two years and was finishing the first draft in the summer of 2014, which is when Michael Brown was killed and Ferguson erupted. Things like these happen all the time, and it’s very disappointing to see how we keep repeating our history.

Was it a challenge to reproduce the strong, offensive language that is present throughout the story?

I wanted to be accurate to the times. I didn’t want to imagine this wonderful world where things seemed better than they were back then. Words like ‘colored’ and ‘black’ wouldn’t be said by certain types of characters. The terms each character uses are very important. It’s challenging to write from the perspective of someone who is very different from yourself. It doesn’t mean you agree with them, but you want to try to understand at least where they come from and how they got to think that way, what’s really going on in their head.

What message do you expect readers to take from your book?

That’s not for me to say. I wrote the book, and I don’t like to dictate what people should think or what lesson people should draw. People from different worlds are gonna feel differently. Maybe some sheltered people are going to have their eyes opened, some people aren’t. To read fiction or see a movie where you identify with a character, it’s more emotional, so it gets to you more than a history textbook would. I want people to think about these issues and realize how complicated they are, but I also want them to enjoy the book. I hope it’s the type of novel people will continue to think about.

Share your thoughts on Darktown at the first Peachy Loafers Book Club meeting at A Cappella Books, where we’ll reflect on the changing times and further discuss Mullen’s enlightening novel.

Tues., April 10. 6:30 p.m. A Cappella, 208 Haralson Ave. N.E. 404-681-5128. www.acappellabooks.com.

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What better way to spend a spring afternoon than by eating great food and dancing to live music? The third annual Food-O-Rama food truck festival is back and better than ever! Located in the Old Fourth Ward Park adjacent to the BeltLine, the moveable feast will feature award-winning food trucks from all over the Southeast, along with live music from local bands. A total of 30 vendors will be selling small dishes of foods from a diverse array of cultures, and six different bars will serve up local beer and cocktails. There is no entry fee for this event, and all ages are welcome.

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Gluttons rejoice! Your yearly chance to support community arts while binging on as much pork product as your stomach can hold is back. Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, Atlanta’s nonprofit go-to for all things improv, has returned for their annual BaconFest, where bottomless bacon and unlimited beer come paired with stage performances, a silent auction full of local goods and experiences, and games like human foosball, flip cup, naughty face painting, and more. All proceeds benefit the good folks at Dad’s Garage. 21+, rain or shine.

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Comprised of College Park, East Point, Hapeville, and Union City, Atlanta’s oft-overlooked Airport District is packed with rich history and great places to eat and drink. Get a firsthand taste for brunch, lunch, or dinner during the fifth annual ATL Airport District Restaurant Week, running from March 17 to March 25. Prix fixe menus from participating restaurants like Louisiana Bistreaux and Grecian Gyro are available at just $9, $19 and $29, and signature dishes come at 20 percent off. The mission? To generate economic development for the area surrounding the world’s busiest airport. For one week only, delayed flights may come as a blessing.

 

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