Creative Loafing : Critic’s Notebook: The free art events of Elevate invite Atlantans to rise up

by Andrew Alexander
October 15, 2014

This week, we’re all about trying to rise up out of the ashes, and there’s no better event to help Atlanta do just that than Elevate, which begins this Fri., Oct. 17, and continues through Thurs., Oct. 23.

The free festival of public art events sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs takes place in and around downtown Atlanta. It’s a tough area to get some people excited about, but fortunately past Elevates have been a blast, and the office has lined up some great events this year. Elevate’s website has a complete schedule, as well as a GPS map of the projects and installations, but we thought we’d offer some critic’s picks for highlights of the busy week. Check it:


—We love French films, and we also love watching cinema outdoors, so we’re especially curious about the screening of eight short classic silent films by Max Linder (sort of the French answer to Charlie Chaplin) taking place on Sun., Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in Woodruff Park. There will be live performances from music ensemble Chamber Cartel and the visual artwork of Elevate will be on view throughout the evening. (If you notice that Elevate has sort of a French flair this year, it’s because the event is partnering with France-Atlanta, a series of events designed to foster cooperation between France and the US.)

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