Spring arts and the path of most re­sis­tance

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While it might not feel like it, spring is nearly upon us, and with that comes our an­nual Spring Arts Pre­view. We’ve scoured the city for the best bets to keep you en­ter­tained all through the sea­son in mu­sic, movies, TV, theater and var­i­ous other arts projects.

In­cluded in the mix this is­sue is an in­ter­view with bi­sex­ual singer Vanessa Carl­ton, who may be best known for her pop hit “A Thou­sand Miles.” Though her sound has changed since then, we found out she still plays it for the fans who may only know her from that – but she al­ways plays it first in the set to move on to her en­su­ing out­put.

We’ve also got 13 arts/theater picks, 13 film picks, 15 TV picks and 11 mu­sic picks for you. There are a few in there that I can’t wait to check out, in­clud­ing “Hed­wig & The An­gry Inch” at The Fox, the Swing­ing Richards doc­u­men­tary “All Male, All Nude” (hey, it’s art), “Archer,” “The Hand­maid’s Tale,” “Or­ange is the New Black,” Panic! At The Disco and PWR BTTM.

It can be over­whelm­ing to line up so many arts events on your cal­en­dar, es­pe­cially when you take into ac­count that most of us are adding (or in­creas­ing the num­ber of ) ral­lies and marches to our sched­ules.

Yes, our dear pres­i­dent’s ac­tiv­i­ties are in­spir­ing many to en­gage in var­i­ous forms of protest, but so many events are go­ing on in that arena that it’s also hard to keep track of, just like the arts events.

To rem­edy that prob­lem, we rec­om­mend check­ing out re­sis­tance­cal­en­dar.org. This is a project that was cre­ated cour­tesy of (sur­prise sur­prise) lib­eral fire­brand Michael Moore. Just en­ter in your town or city in a search on The Re­sis­tance Cal­en­dar and up pops up a chrono­log­i­cal list of all the ral­lies and marches sched­uled near you, along with links to the event pages.

A quick glance at the At­lanta sched­ule shows three events com­ing up. There’s the Tax March tak­ing place April 15 with lo­ca­tion to be de­ter­mined. This one’s to call on Pres­i­dent Trump to act more trans­par­ently and re­lease his tax re­turns, and or­ga­niz­ers say it’s also about how cor­po­rate in­ter­ests and the rich have more in­flu­ence than peo­ple of color, women, im­mi­grants, LGBTs and work­ers.

April 22 brings the March for Sci­ence At­lanta, kick­ing off in Can­dler Park. Or­ga­niz­ers say this is a re­sponse to re­cent pol­icy changes that have caused con­cerns among sci­en­tists, and peo­ple will march in co­or­di­na­tion with other marches tak­ing place the same day in towns and cities across the world.

Then there’s the At­lanta Rally for Ed­u­ca­tion tak­ing place May 6 down­town at the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. This is pri­mar­ily in re­sponse to the ap­point­ment of Betsy DeVos as Sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion.

So there’s plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to both sa­ti­ate your arts fix and your First Amend­ment fix this spring. Choose wisely, or for­get that and take part in them all for your best spring ever.

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