Bo Emerson

staff writer

I'm an Atlanta native and a long-time AJC feature and news writer. (At my first newspaper job, in South Carolina, we used typewriters, copy paper and glue pots.) I've covered everything from Prince's Purple Rain tour to the Olympic bombing. I'm married to columnist Maureen Downey and we have four children.

Latest from Bo Emerson

At the High: American artist Al Taylor in first major museum show
 The High Museum of Art announced Thursday morning it would host a major retrospective of the American artist Al Taylor in a show that will occupy all three floors of the Anne Cox Chambers Wing. The exhibition, to be staged Nov. 17, 2017, through March 18, 2018, will feature more than 150 sculptures, drawings, and prints spanning nearly...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The High Museum of Art announced Thursday morning it would host a major retrospective of the American artist Al Taylor in a show that will occupy all three floors of the Anne Cox Chambers Wing. The exhibition, to be staged Nov. 17, 2017, through March 18, 2018, will feature more than 150 sculptures, drawings, and prints spanning nearly...
Vortex embroiled in Black Lives Matter flap
 A kerfuffle between a patron of the Vortex restaurant and the boyfriend of a waiter has lit up Atlanta’s social media Tuesday. A couple received what they considered substandard service at the Vortex restaurant in Little Five Points earlier this month. The waiter “seemed as if he hated his job and or annoyed he was serving black...

Posted: 2 days ago

A kerfuffle between a patron of the Vortex restaurant and the boyfriend of a waiter has lit up Atlanta’s social media Tuesday. A couple received what they considered substandard service at the Vortex restaurant in Little Five Points earlier this month. The waiter “seemed as if he hated his job and or annoyed he was serving black...
Ming-Na Wen of ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ among top names at Dragon Con 2017
 She has been a doctor, a Disney princess and a deadly killer, which makes Ming-Na Wen a triple threat in the pop culture universe. This Labor Day weekend the Chinese-American actress will make her first appearance at Atlanta’s Dragon Con, the four-day science fiction and fantasy convention expected to bring 82,000 fans to downtown...

Posted: 2 days ago

She has been a doctor, a Disney princess and a deadly killer, which makes Ming-Na Wen a triple threat in the pop culture universe. This Labor Day weekend the Chinese-American actress will make her first appearance at Atlanta’s Dragon Con, the four-day science fiction and fantasy convention expected to bring 82,000 fans to downtown...
Zoo Atlanta panda twins growing too big to handle
 Zoo Atlanta’s twin pandas, Xi Lun and Ya Lun are approaching an important milestone. On Sept. 3 they will celebrate their first birthday. In anticipation of that milestone, Zoo Atlanta’s curator of mammals, Stephanie Braccini, invited The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to a behind-the-scenes visit with the bears. We watched...

Posted: 3 days ago

Zoo Atlanta’s twin pandas, Xi Lun and Ya Lun are approaching an important milestone. On Sept. 3 they will celebrate their first birthday. In anticipation of that milestone, Zoo Atlanta’s curator of mammals, Stephanie Braccini, invited The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to a behind-the-scenes visit with the bears. We watched...
Atlanta arts groups promote postcard campaign to protect NEA funding
 Georgia arts organizations, stung by the president’s plan to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (among other federal arts programs), are fighting back with a postcard-writing campaign. More than a dozen Atlanta-based groups will offer blank postcards to patrons, along with the addresses of the state’s U.S. representatives...

Posted: 4 days ago

Georgia arts organizations, stung by the president’s plan to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts (among other federal arts programs), are fighting back with a postcard-writing campaign. More than a dozen Atlanta-based groups will offer blank postcards to patrons, along with the addresses of the state’s U.S. representatives...
Gwinnett firefighter’s vigil for injured daughter: ‘please wear helmets’
 Caroline Wirl, 17, hasn’t left the hospital since she was injured skateboarding on July 4, but her name is traveling around the country. Firefighters in Savannah, Doraville, Smyrna and Rockdale County; in Pittsburgh, Tallahassee, New York and Sacramento, Calif.; even in Tavira, Portugal, are putting Caroline’s name on their...

Posted: 11 days ago

Caroline Wirl, 17, hasn’t left the hospital since she was injured skateboarding on July 4, but her name is traveling around the country. Firefighters in Savannah, Doraville, Smyrna and Rockdale County; in Pittsburgh, Tallahassee, New York and Sacramento, Calif.; even in Tavira, Portugal, are putting Caroline’s name on their...
Mars rover parks at The Battery next to SunTrust Park for weekend
 The 3-ton monster resting by the curb at The Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park seemed like a creature of fantasy, not science. Four-year-old Sawyer Lohlein looked it up and down. “Is that the Batmobile?” he asked his father. “That’s not the Batmobile,” responded Matt Lohlein. No, it was something even...

Posted: 13 days ago

The 3-ton monster resting by the curb at The Battery Atlanta adjacent to SunTrust Park seemed like a creature of fantasy, not science. Four-year-old Sawyer Lohlein looked it up and down. “Is that the Batmobile?” he asked his father. “That’s not the Batmobile,” responded Matt Lohlein. No, it was something even...
Macon Symphony Orchestra to disband this fall
 The Macon Symphony Orchestra informed its patrons with a letter on its website that after 40 years of entertaining middle Georgia residents, it will be unstringing its violins and packing away its timpani. “It is my sad duty to communicate the news that the Macon Symphony Orchestra will be ending its existence after our October concert...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Macon Symphony Orchestra informed its patrons with a letter on its website that after 40 years of entertaining middle Georgia residents, it will be unstringing its violins and packing away its timpani. “It is my sad duty to communicate the news that the Macon Symphony Orchestra will be ending its existence after our October concert...
5 activities for kids at the High Museum of Art
 It was cousins’ day at the High Museum of Art on a recent Friday. Brighton and Kirra Loveridge, 8 and 6, and their cousin Abel Fitzgerald, 5, inspected the artwork and checked out puppets made by children’s book illustrator Ashley Bryan, and filled out a scavenger hunt report on the exhibit. (“Do you see a dog? Do you...

Posted: 16 days ago

It was cousins’ day at the High Museum of Art on a recent Friday. Brighton and Kirra Loveridge, 8 and 6, and their cousin Abel Fitzgerald, 5, inspected the artwork and checked out puppets made by children’s book illustrator Ashley Bryan, and filled out a scavenger hunt report on the exhibit. (“Do you see a dog? Do you...
Brookhaven ‘Comfort Women’ statue to be moved
 Less than a week after the city of Brookhaven unveiled a statue memorializing the Comfort Women of World War II, it has announced it will move the one-ton statue to a new location. On Wednesday Brookhaven City Council said it will move the memorial to Blackburn Park, one of the city’s main recreation areas, from a smaller nearby...

Posted: 22 days ago

Less than a week after the city of Brookhaven unveiled a statue memorializing the Comfort Women of World War II, it has announced it will move the one-ton statue to a new location. On Wednesday Brookhaven City Council said it will move the memorial to Blackburn Park, one of the city’s main recreation areas, from a smaller nearby...
Why are giant monkey, ‘punk’ chicken, ‘supersonic’ rabbit at High Museum?
 The commenter on Facebook Live suggested that Spanish designer Jaime Hayon was wearing a romper during his visit to the High Museum recently. Hayon’s tour of Sifly Piazza, where the High has installed “Merry Go Zoo,” four of Hayon’s giant anime-inspired creatures, was definitely a romp, as documented on social...

Posted: 27 days ago

The commenter on Facebook Live suggested that Spanish designer Jaime Hayon was wearing a romper during his visit to the High Museum recently. Hayon’s tour of Sifly Piazza, where the High has installed “Merry Go Zoo,” four of Hayon’s giant anime-inspired creatures, was definitely a romp, as documented on social...