April 2016 EVENTS
Saturday, April 9 / 3pm
Know the Mother - Stories by Desiree Cooper
Book Signing and Discussion
Renowned cultural critic Valerie Boyd will dialogue with author Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and Detroit community activist Desiree Cooper.
While a mother can be defined as a creator, a nurturer, a protector—at the center of each mother is an individual who is attempting to manage her own fears, desires, and responsibilities in different and sometimes unexpected ways. In Know the Mother, author Desiree Cooper explores the complex archetype of the mother in all of her incarnations. In a collage of meditative stories, women—both black and white—find themselves wedged between their own yearnings and their roles as daughters, sisters, grandmothers, and wives.
In this heart-wrenching collection, Cooper reveals that gender and race are often unanticipated interlopers in family life. An anxious mother reflects on her prenatal fantasies of suicide while waiting for her daughter to come home late one night. A lawyer miscarries during a conference call and must proceed as though nothing has happened. On a rare night out with her husband, a new mother tries convincing herself that everything is still the same. A politician’s wife’s thoughts turn to slavery as she contemplates her own escape: "Even Harriet Tubman had realized that freedom wasn’t worth the price of abandoning her family, so she’d come back home. She’d risked it all for love." With her lyrical and carefully crafted prose, Cooper’s stories provide truths without sermon and invite empathy without sentimentality.
Cooper is 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and Detroit community activist whose fiction dives unflinchingly into the intersection of racism and sexism.
Accomplished journalist Valerie Boyd is author of the acclaimed biography, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. More Information>
Tuesday, April 12 / 6:30pm
Wine & Words – Tasting of Rome / Kristina Gill
Tasting Rome, co-authored with Katie Parla, is the first time Kristina has combined her cooking skills with her food and location photography in print to provide readers a 360 degree experience of what it is like to eat like a Roman in Italy's capital. Kristina Gill is an Italy-based food and travel photographer and the Food and Drinks Editor at DesignSponge.com, where she produces the popular In the Kitchen With and Behind the Bar columns. In addition to her online columns which are read by over 1.2 million readers, she has produced images for National Geographic Traveler, Need Supply's Human Being Journal, VSCO, Atlas Quarterly, Australia Gourmet Traveller, Bon Appetit, kinfolk, Airbnb, Lomography, and belle Australia. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Kristina lives in Rome, with her husband. Kristina supports the United Nations' World Food Programme in its fight to eradicate hunger.
Even 150 years after unification, Italy is still a divided nation where individual regions are defined by their local cuisine-- mirrors of their culture, history, and geography. But the cucina romana is the country’s greatest standout.
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Sunday, April 17 / 2-6pm
Atlanta Streets Alive
Expanding the Historic West End route connecting seven Atlanta neighborhoods via Ralph David Abernathy Blvd and Georgia Ave. Neighborhoods include, from west to east: Westview, West End, Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Summerhill and Grant Park. Participants can expect a wealth of activities hosted by community organizations and businesses. Community groups and businesses can get involved by: extending business onto the sidewalk by setting up cafe tables or displays and serving guests and customers; planning or sponsoring an activity that activates the space in front of their business; volunteering to help run the event or becoming a sponsor of the event.
Sunday, April 24 / 2pm
A Discussion with master metal artists of Birmingham, AL from the exhibition To Pass Through and Be Gone.
Panel Discussion and Audience Dialogue
Exhibiting artists from the current exhibition To pass Through and Be Gone will discuss their work from the imaginative creative process to the use of materials and physical labor exerted. Artists will be present to share an up close and personal point of view about their life, art and the relationships that shaped their careers.
A panel lead by curator Tracy Murrell will ask each artists to provide a glimpse of themselves, to discuss how their work is influenced by the social and political landscape, etc.
Saturday, April 30 / 3pm
Lyrics and Flows
Community Poetry Event
In recognition of National Poetry Month (April), and in collaboration with Global Arts Partners, this community event will feature original poetry and spoken word performances facilitated by Felton Eddy.