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Welcome warmer weather at the Summer Indie Craft Experience market

PLUS: Tipsy Topics and Textures host an erotic painting party, rapper Joyner Lucas comes to town, and more

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Photo credit: Bonnie J. Heath Photography
SUMMER SHOPPING: Shop local arts all weekend long

You won’t think you’re in Atlanta anymore. Whether you’re a hardcore raw foodie or just curious, you can step into a new world of afrocentric radical health at Wonderful Wizards of Raw - A Raw Food Extravaganza. Sample and purchase raw foods from local chefs, listen to the wisdom of keynote speakers, and enjoy the musical stylings by hostess Sheriese Nicole and DJ Grey. If you want even more raw magic, return sunday for film screenings and a wrap-up dance party! Kids welcome. Free. Sat., June 2, 1-7 p.m.; Sun., June 3, 1-7 p.m. Tassili’s Raw Reality, 1059 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. S.W. www.tassilisrawreality.com.


Do you enjoy comedy improv? What about carefully crafted, time-honored plays? Well come one, come all, because The Actor’s Worst Nightmare half-asses both! Watch two actors perform two different plays, and throw an improviser in the mix while they’re at it. The object: to make a story out of the mess. Whether you enjoy watching performers squirm under pressure, or are captivated by the power of quick thinking and creativity to turn nonsense into art, you are guaranteed to be entertained. Pay as little as $7 for a one-hour show, and you’ll have the option to stay for another free of charge! $7-10. 8-9 p.m. Fri., June 1.-Sat., June 2. Highwire Comedy Co., 451 Bishop St N.W. http://www.highwirecomedy.com.


If an artsy, indie vibe is more your speed, don’t miss out on the Summer Indie Craft Experience 2018. Swag bags, fun activities with the Atlanta Library, local food, and musical stylings by DJ Zano are just the sprinkles on top of the over 135 craft and vintage vendors who will be selling their wares. Kids get in free, and the Five Points MARTA station is in walking distance of the venue. If you are an etsy addict, aspiring artist, or just want to get to know more about Atlanta’s artists and crafters, this is so worth the $5. $5. 11-6 p.m. Sat., June 2.-Sun., June 3. Georgia Freight Depot, 65 M.L.K. Jr. Dr. S.E. http://www.ice-atlanta.com


Need to use all that useless Atlanta trivia that’s been cluttering your brain for years? Looking to make new friends, enjoy drinks, and prove your status as a true ATLien? Tired of rhetorical statements used to convince you doing something is a good idea? If you answered yes to at least two of the above questions, then the return of Are You An ATLien Trivia should pique your interest. Assemble your team and test your knowledge of obscure ATL history and culture to secure bragging rights and the illustrious mystery prize. Shots are $3, because if anything helps in recalling information it’s alcohol. $5. 5:30-9 p.m. Sun., June 3. WERD Studio, 54 Hilliard St. N.E. https://www.facebook.com/events/1979285272388033


Are you itching to do something completely new this weekend, but also really need to relax? Chances are Reel Paddling Film Festival will sate your need for chill adventurism. Come out to see serene wilderness and wild rivers without having to leave behind air conditioning! Or, get inspired for your next extreme paddling trip. All proceeds will be going to Paddle4Tomorrow, an organization dedicated to fostering appreciation and respect in youth for nature and others. What’s more? You’ll get a free, locally crafted beer! $22. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sun., June 3. Westbrook Supply Co., 1240 Chattahoochee Ave. N.W. Suite J. https://www.paddle4tomorrow.org

For those with a more sophisticated palette, Atlanta Food and Wine Festival is back all weekend. For $100, connoisseurs will be able to participate in unlimited tastings of the south’s best wine, beer, and spirits, as well as bites from award-winning Atlanta chefs. If you have not yet registered for this opportunity to be swept into a world of flavor, be swift! Saturday is already sold out, and Friday and Sunday are going fast! $100. Fri., June 1, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun., June 3., 1:30-4:30 p.m. Midtown, 1000 Marietta St., Suite 108. https://atlfoodandwinefestival.com.


Atlanta’s first alternative newspaper, The Great Speckled Bird, covered issues of racial justice, women’s rights, gay liberation, and anti-war sentiments when no other Georgia newspaper was doing it. Now, it’s 50 years later and we’re still fighting the same battles. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Atlanta’s second most important newspaper, The 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Great Speckled Bird will be kicking off Saturday at 4 p.m. Featuring Democracy Now lead anchor Amy Goodman, senior writer for Splinter News Hamilton Nolan, music from Sing Out Defiance, and a panel discussing media then and now led by Bird veterans. With local progressive grassroots organizations picking up steam since the election, swing by for a chance to gain some insight and knowledge about the radical, anti-establishment movements that happened right here in The Peach City. $10-$12. 4-9 p.m. Sat., June 2. Chosewood Ballroom, 420 McDonough Ave. www.library.gsu.edu/GSB50


Get your Fast & Furious kicks in a safe, non-illegal street race environment at the 2018 Georgia Street Rod Show Hosted by GSRA (Georgia Street Rod Association) this show celebrates cars and bikes of all varieties, including specalitty custom vehicles you won't be able to find anywhere else. Proceeds from the event will go to helping Honor Flight, a non-profit dedicated to helping veterans find closure by visiting monuments dedicated to their sacrifice. Prizes will be given out, food will be eaten, and music will be listened to so even if you’re too young to see above the steering wheel it shouldn’t be hard to find something to do. $20. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., June 2. Summit Racing Equipment, 20 King Mill Road, McDonough. https://gsra.wildapricot.org.

Joyner Lucas at The Loft Known for his controversial “I’m Not Racist” music video tackling issues of race in today’s polarized political climate, rapper Joyner Lucas makes a stop at The Loft for his I’m Kind Of A Big Deal tour. Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Lucas has always found passion in listening and creating music that speaks to his own experience and issues plaguing society today. $20. 8-11 p.m. Sun., June 3. Center Stage - The Loft - Vinyl 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W. http://www.centerstage-atlanta.com/shows/the-loft


Have you ever dreamt about drinking while painting erotic masterpieces in the back of a tattoo parlor? Bring your wildest fantasies to life with Tipsy Topics & Texture’s Paint Your Pleasure. Perfect for a carefree girl’s night out or a sexy date, Black Ink Atlanta is graciously providing space for @SassyFierce to teach Atlanta’s most stimulating painting class. Light food and drink will be provided for purchase. Come on over for a good time. $35-$75. 8:00-11:00 p.m. Sat., June 2. Black Ink Atlanta, 2989 North Fulton Dr. https://www.tipsytopicstextures.com.



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