Downtown Rambling

Notes scribbled while catching a cone at Bruster’s downtown today:

  • There’s something about the film community in Atlanta that’s very rich and vibrant. From the annual Atlanta Film Festival at the Rialto to summertime park screenings, movies and Atlanta just seem to go together nicely. No surprise then that two movies are being filmed now in the Downtown Atlanta area, right in the Fairlie-Poplar area! The first is by superstar music producer Dallas Austin, and the second is another offering by the cross-dressing Tyler Perry.
  • Speaking of the Fairlie-Poplar area, the Lunch on Broad series sponsored by SunTrust is still continuing every Friday through September 30th. The street is closed off, tables and chairs are set up, and you can get food from any of the local vendors there (I recommend Rosa’s) and catch a bite to eat while listening to live bands sponsored by KISS 104.1. Just watch out for the homeless folks and panhandlers.
  • The National Association of Black Journalists is having their 30th Anniversary Meeting here. Hopefully, I’ll get to rub elbows with some bigwigs.
  • Panhandlers do not necessarily mean homeless people.
  • Considering neighborhoods like Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown being enveloped into the realm of agencies like the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and Central Atlanta Progress, what’s with the downtown area spreading east instead of…well…down? I know many a person who will argue that downtown doesn’t include anything south of I-20 (not even the West End which, I think, should be considered a part of the area). Maybe then I can get something delivered to my apartment other than the Papa John’s on Northside near the Dome!
  • What’s this I hear about the Billboard Awards possibly being held at the Woodruff Arts Center this year? Not to mention a respectable re-creation of the Montreaux Jazz Festival? I gotta give it to the wack WAC; they’re showing some impressive standings with programs like this (not to mention the Dear Friends concert).
  • July 20th is “Wild Wednesday” at City Grill. I need to make a point to check that out.
  • Creative Loafing? Centennial Olympic Park? Good clean fun? I’d be interested to see what that’s all about when it comes together.

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