Pairings: August Suggestions from BURNAWAY and Scoutmob

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BURNAWAY’s pick: Ben Venom’s solo show at Get This! Gallery / Scoutmob’s pairing: Curried goat or jerk chili at The Highlander.

BURNAWAY supports local businesses and homegrown talent, so we teamed up with Scoutmob to bring you suggestions for unique art experiences paired with cool unique restaurants around Atlanta. Think of it like a wine pairing: What sort of taste might make a nice match for the show you plan to visit next weekend?
See below for Henry Detweiler’s top recommendations for arts events, plus food pairings by Gray Chapman of Scoutmob, for the month of August 2012.
ART: Reality Show / August 9, 11, 14, 16, and 18
Reality Show at {Poem 88} pairs Los Angeles-based artist and producer Alexis Hudgins with Stewart Ziff, a new media professor at Georgia State University, for 10 days in this installation and performance. Ziff will use {Poem 88} as a studio space while under constant surveillance by Hudgins. The public is invited to come interact with Ziff during open gallery hours as well as be present for five end-of-day interviews. Reality Show is a strange mash-up of studio art practice, mass-media, relational aesthetics, and MTV—a pretty fascinating mix. The first interview is scheduled for the opening reception on Thursday, August 9, followed by sessions on Saturday, August 11; Tuesday, August 14; Thursday, August 16; and the finale on Saturday, August 18.

Perennial Properties

FOOD: Kitchen Voyeurism

Our favorite kind of reality show? The kind that involves food … and we’re not talking Cake Wars. A restaurant with an open kitchen is one of the few places where it’s actually okay to be a bit of a voyeur. Happily, some of the best restaurants in Atlanta invite diners to observe the hustle and bustle while, say, the best burger in the city gets made right before your very eyes. Head to 4th & Swift, No. 246, or Two Urban Licks to casually spy on Atlanta’s best kitchens while you await your meal. Or, for the rabidly curious, high-tail it to my personal favorite, Holeman & Finch, whose roomy window into the kitchen between the bar and the dining room can keep this spectator occupied for a while. Just don’t fog up the glass while they’re making your burger.

FILM: Taxi Driver /Saturday, August 11
The High Museum’s Culture Shock will present a special screening of the Martin Scorsese classic 1976 Taxi Driver outside the museum on Saturday, August 11, as part of the Museum’s Archival Gotham: NYC on Film series. Robert DeNiro plays Travis Bickle, a socially alienated insomniac taxi driver in post-Vietnam era New York City. Disaffected by the crime and corruption he witnesses from behind the wheel of his taxi, Bickle embarks on a vigilante mission to liberate a child prostitute, played by Jodi Foster. Rated as one of the AFI’s greatest films of all time, this free outdoor screening is not to miss, even if you’ve already seen the film. Before the screening, Atlanta artist Ben “Bean” Worley will display a projection accompanied by a live DJ set. The film starts rolling at 8:30PM.

FOOD: Authentic New York-style Pizza

A quintessential New York meal for a quintessential New York film: try a cheesy, crispy, perfectly foldable Sicilian slice made by real live New Yorkers at Vinny’s Pizza, the Midtown Atlanta outpost of a NY pizza shop over three decades old. (Grab that slice for free with the secret password.)

The F Word at Hunter Museum

ART: Living Walls Conference 2012

The Living Walls Conference is returning to the streets (and hearts) of Atlanta starting Wednesday, August 15, and running through Sunday, August 19. (Click here for BURNAWAY’s preview article.) This year, Living Walls is bringing in an all-female group of international street artists who will create murals on walls throughout the city during the conference. In addition to the murals, the conference will feature lectures, two gallery exhibitions featuring both local and international artists, film screenings, and a biking tour of the murals. Also, there will be parties–lots of them. The combined efforts of Living Walls’ ultra-dedicated volunteers have, for the past two years, organized exciting programming that has visually changed the landscape of several neighborhoods. This year they promise to do the same.¬†Events will be located throughout the city, but the main event takes place Saturday, August 18, at 1254 Murphy Avenue in the West End.

FOOD: Soul Vegetarian in the West End

Steeped in Atlanta history, the West End is chock full of soul—and so are its landmark eateries. But Southern cooking doesn’t always have to include a vat of butter worthy of Paula Dean. Vegans craving homestyle cooking flock to Soul Vegetarian, where down-home eats like country-fried steak and mac ‘n cheese are served up without an ounce of beef or butter in sight. (And don’t even think about leaving without trying their homemade soy ice cream.)

ART: Lucky Penny’s Threshold / Thursday-Sunday, August 16-19
This month, the creative powerhouses of The Lucky Penny will unveil Threshold, their most ambitious performance work yet. In collaboration with architects from Georgia Tech and under the art direction of Malina Rodriguez, The Lucky Penny and a team of volunteers have constructed a two-story house entirely out of cardboard to support Blake Beckham’s choreography. Threshold will bring together dance, installation art, and architecture in dynamic combinations. Performances begin Thursday, August 16, and continue through Sunday, August 19, at Georgia Tech’s DramaTech Theater.

FOOD: Mad Food Science

Science, engineering, and art collide at The Spence, where Richard Blais tinkers with fresh ingredients like a playful mad scientist in the kitchen, right at home on Tech Square. Much like Threshold itself, Blais’s work is precise with plenty of imagination to spare. For dessert, head over to Howell Mill for a taste of Blais’s liquid nitrogen milkshakes at FLIP Burger Boutique. The marriage of art and science … mmm, tastes like Krispy Kreme.

ART: Ben Venom at Get This! / Saturday, August 25
This month, heavy metal and quilts converge in Ben Venom’s I Make No Mistakes at Get This! Gallery. A native Atlantan now based in San Francisco, Venom’s practice juxtaposes the traditional craft of quilting with the extreme imagery of heavy metal. With exhibitions like Ben Roosevelt’s The Blue Flame and Gyun Hur’s repose, Get This! Gallery has gained a reputation as one of Atlanta’s most dynamic venues for young contemporary artists, and Ben Venom’s I Make No Mistakes promises to continue the trend. The exhibition opens on Saturday, August 25.

FOOD: Chef Ibrahima Rocks

Dark, smoky, and most certainly rough around the edges, the Highlander makes no bones about being a quintessential heavy metal dive bar. But the Slayer playing on the speakers isn’t the only thing that’ll melt your face off—this bar also has some serious kitchen chops. Try Chef Ibrahima’s West African-influenced curried goat or jerk chili, along with the infamous pasta-rella sticks. And for maximum metal street cred, just add Jager and Iron Maiden. m/