Pairings: July Art & Food Suggestions from BURNAWAY and Scoutmob

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This month's picks include Ashley Anderson's solo exhibition at Emily Amy Gallery on the Westside and tasty craft beer at Augustine's on Memorial Drive near Grant Park.

BURNAWAY supports local businesses and homegrown artistic 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 that delectable art show you plan to visit next weekend?
See below for Henry Detweiler’s top recommendations for arts event, plus food pairings by Gray Chapman of Scoutmob, for the month of July 2012.
ART: LIQUID CULTURE / JUNE 6, 11, 14, 20, &-21
gloATL revives their Liquid Culture series with a series of physical installations throughout the month of July. The performances will take place at locations throughout the city including Colony Square, the Lindbergh MARTA station, Little Five Points, and will culminate in a two-night engagement at one of Atlanta’s most controversial pieces of public sculpture, Sol LeWitt’s 54 Columns in the Old Fourth Ward, accompanied by members of the Atlanta Opera. Performances will take place throughout the month on July 6, 11, 14, and 20-21 (visit their Facebook page for more info). All are free to the public.



gloATL will be making their mark on the city in four very different neighborhoods, each with a culture of its own. If you catch their performance on July 6 in Colony Square, mosey over to the Woodruff for a different kind of fine art at Table 1280. The July 11 edition brings you deliciously close to the Persian-meets-Southwestern fusion flavors at Sheik Burritos ‘n Kabobs as well as the tacos and horchatas at Perla Taqueria (and you can Scoutmob it up on both of those). Of course, being in Little Five Points, the July 14 performance has you within arm’s reach of everything from craft beer at the Porter to a slice at Savage to a big, fat, greasy burger at the Vortex. And if you decide to wait until July 20 to see the final performance, stationed in the Old Fourth Ward’s 54 Columns, you can practice your chopstick skills on one of the rolls at Zuma, or go to town on the macaroni and cheese pizza at Jack’s.

Nathan Sharratt has taken over a three-bedroom house for his new solo exhibition, Come Inside. Me., opening Saturday, July 14. The show will include a diverse body of work ranging from installation and video to sculpture and drawing (visit the artist’s Flickr page for some preview images). In line with Sharratt’s previous performance Be My Blood Brother at Underground Atlanta, Come Inside. Me. will explore themes of family connections and ideas of home through Sharratt’s meticulous craft and penchant for disarming humor. Also, there will be pearl blue gumballs! Come Inside. Me. is presented with the support of Dashboard Co-op, so you know you’re in for something special.


Just up the road on Memorial, Augustine’s has a game of bocce and a cold craft beer (preferably one you’ve never heard of) with your name on it. Make your way down Memorial from the beer list at Augustine’s to the well-crafted small plates at Octane or the masa tamales at Mi Barrio.


ASIFA-Atlanta is bringing their 10th Annual Roll Yer Own Independent Animation Festival to the Plaza Theatre on Monday, July 16. The show will feature new shorts from local animators as well as highlights from the last 10 years. So if you haven’t been keeping up with the local independent animation scene for the past decade, this is your opportunity to catch up. If my personal experience with past Roll Yer Own events speaks for anything, then the $6 admission is a bargain. The shorts start rolling at 7:30PM.


Mosey ’round the corner to find one of the best burgers in the city at Cafe 640, gussied-up dawgs at HD1, and hearty vegan soul food (swear it’s not an oxymoron) at Soul Vegetarian 2, whose miracle workers can whip just about any guilty pleasure into a vegan-friendly dish with serious soul.

{Poem 88} will continue their Films For The 99% film series this month with artist Steve McQueen’s 2009 feature Hunger on Wednesday, July 25. The film deals with the events leading up to and during the 1981 IRA hunger strike in Belfast’s Maze Prison which led to the deaths of 10 prisoners. The story is both painful and exquisitely translated to film by McQueen. With this screening, we are given a rare opportunity to see this important film with the added bonus of having an opportunity to engage in a dialogue after the screening. All screenings in the Films For The 99% series are free and open to the public.


Happily, there are a few places on the Westside where you can dine like the 1% at regular folk prices—you just have to know where to look. Our picks for dinner: a fried bird from Curly’s, a heaping bowl of pasta from Little Azio, some college-priced pie at Rocky Mountain Pizza, or something tasty from the Atlanta Food Truck Park just down the road.

Opening Saturday, July 28, Emily Amy Gallery will present Shinobi Marilyn, the first solo exhibition of local emerging artist Ashley Anderson. Using the inexplicable images of Marilyn Monroe embedded in the 1987 video game Shinobi as a starting point, Anderson has created a body of work that draws connections between art history, pop culture, and obsolete video game imagery. Shinobi Marilyn will be our first chance to see a fully realized body of work from the ultra-prolific Anderson which, in my opinion, is beyond exciting.


Art and food go hand-in-hand at the nearby Spoon Westside, where Chef Aim’s Thai dishes are served in a sleek, gallery-esque space. If you’re feeling more West than East, a classic pulled pork sandwich from Moe’s Original BBQ (with a Scoutmob discount), or a plate of fried green tomatoes from West Egg Cafe are dangerously, deliciously close by.

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