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

Kenny Leon stepping away from True Colors Theatre Company
 Sixteen years ago, Kenny Leon left the plummest of theater jobs in Atlanta — running the Alliance Theatre — to create something near and dear to his heart. With former Alliance colleague Jane Bishop, he founded Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, to show that great stories can appeal to all audiences. On Monday...

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Sixteen years ago, Kenny Leon left the plummest of theater jobs in Atlanta — running the Alliance Theatre — to create something near and dear to his heart. With former Alliance colleague Jane Bishop, he founded Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company, to show that great stories can appeal to all audiences. On Monday...
Zoo Atlanta’s expansion brings African Savanna to Atlanta
 On a recent sunny Monday, there was growling down at Zoo Atlanta, but it did not come from Hondo or his two brothers, the young African lions relaxing in the sun. It was, instead, the sound of bulldozers and front-end loaders, moving dirt and hauling girders, as they dig under and around the old Cyclorama building. The construction at that...

Posted: 3 days ago

On a recent sunny Monday, there was growling down at Zoo Atlanta, but it did not come from Hondo or his two brothers, the young African lions relaxing in the sun. It was, instead, the sound of bulldozers and front-end loaders, moving dirt and hauling girders, as they dig under and around the old Cyclorama building. The construction at that...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Sept. 20
 As summer (or Indian Summer) hangs on with a vengeance, spend this 90-plus-degree day with some theater, or some music, or get some ideas for the patio. VEERE GRENNEY AND SUZANNE KASLER AT BUNGALOW CLASSIC Decorating personalities Veere Grenney and Suzanne Kasler will discuss their new books, Grenney’s “On Decorating: A Point...

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As summer (or Indian Summer) hangs on with a vengeance, spend this 90-plus-degree day with some theater, or some music, or get some ideas for the patio. VEERE GRENNEY AND SUZANNE KASLER AT BUNGALOW CLASSIC Decorating personalities Veere Grenney and Suzanne Kasler will discuss their new books, Grenney’s “On Decorating: A Point...
Documentary film ‘Kusama — Infinity’ tells tragedy, triumph 
 The intense public fascination with the artwork of Yayoi Kusama, 89, is something to behold. Her “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit, coming to the High Museum in November, has drawn millions of followers worldwide. Atlantans were willing to wait on hold for hours to buy advanced admission. The museum sold 28,000 tickets...

Posted: 5 days ago

The intense public fascination with the artwork of Yayoi Kusama, 89, is something to behold. Her “Infinity Mirrors” exhibit, coming to the High Museum in November, has drawn millions of followers worldwide. Atlantans were willing to wait on hold for hours to buy advanced admission. The museum sold 28,000 tickets...
Tickets to “Infinity Mirrors” almost gone
 The countdown to “Infinity” is nearing zero. Art lovers hoping to enter the reflective wonderland that is  “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” are snapping up tickets to the High Museum exhibit in huge numbers, and only a few remain. Museum spokesperson Marci Tate Davis said Tuesday afternoon about...

Posted: 5 days ago

The countdown to “Infinity” is nearing zero. Art lovers hoping to enter the reflective wonderland that is  “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” are snapping up tickets to the High Museum exhibit in huge numbers, and only a few remain. Museum spokesperson Marci Tate Davis said Tuesday afternoon about...
Chappie, the Alzheimer’s service bird, comes home
 Chappie, the service bird, is not going to make an appearance at the Alzheimer’s Music Fest on Saturday. He’s a famous bird, and he’d probably be mobbed if he showed up at the outdoor concert. That might make him nervous. Besides, owner Vince Zangaro doesn’t want to risk losing Chappie again. Zangaro, 43...

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Chappie, the service bird, is not going to make an appearance at the Alzheimer’s Music Fest on Saturday. He’s a famous bird, and he’d probably be mobbed if he showed up at the outdoor concert. That might make him nervous. Besides, owner Vince Zangaro doesn’t want to risk losing Chappie again. Zangaro, 43...
Remington exhibit at Booth Museum: reality and legend
 Like the Wild West itself, Frederic Remington was a mix of legend and reality, but as they said in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Remington (1861-1909) painted, sculpted and printed the legend. His scenes of Indian scouts, Buffalo Soldiers...

Posted: 10 days ago

Like the Wild West itself, Frederic Remington was a mix of legend and reality, but as they said in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Remington (1861-1909) painted, sculpted and printed the legend. His scenes of Indian scouts, Buffalo Soldiers...
Best family-friendly apple festivals in North Georgia this fall
 The cooler weather means it’s apple time in North Georgia. That’s good news for the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, which happens every October, as well as for the pick-your-own farms, which have been welcoming apple lovers since the beginning of September. Here are some pom-tastic North Georgia activities for apple fanciers...

Posted: 10 days ago

The cooler weather means it’s apple time in North Georgia. That’s good news for the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay, which happens every October, as well as for the pick-your-own farms, which have been welcoming apple lovers since the beginning of September. Here are some pom-tastic North Georgia activities for apple fanciers...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Sept. 13
 Foul weather is coming, but not yet. While you’re waiting for Hurricane Florence to arrive, keep yourself amused with comedy, food and a “Star Wars” drama from a parallel universe. NOSH CULINARY SHOWCASE AT NORTH EVENT CENTER Black Restaurant Week hosts Nosh, an inaugural culinary showcase featuring Atlanta&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Foul weather is coming, but not yet. While you’re waiting for Hurricane Florence to arrive, keep yourself amused with comedy, food and a “Star Wars” drama from a parallel universe. NOSH CULINARY SHOWCASE AT NORTH EVENT CENTER Black Restaurant Week hosts Nosh, an inaugural culinary showcase featuring Atlanta&rsquo...
Queen of the Lantern Parade prepares to light up the night
 Chantelle Rytter lives in a zoo. The creatures crowding her tiny Adair Park bungalow — a 25-foot white alligator on the living room wall, a blue-beaked 14-foot phoenix in one corner — don’t resemble the residents of an earthly zoo. They’re more like escapees from the bar scene in “Star Wars.” These animals...

Posted: 13 days ago

Chantelle Rytter lives in a zoo. The creatures crowding her tiny Adair Park bungalow — a 25-foot white alligator on the living room wall, a blue-beaked 14-foot phoenix in one corner — don’t resemble the residents of an earthly zoo. They’re more like escapees from the bar scene in “Star Wars.” These animals...
Alliance brings ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to Atlanta Botanical Garden
 With its magic, fairies, mythical creatures and mysterious woods, the Atlanta Botanical Garden seems ideally suited for a little Shakespearean romantic romp. Happily, the Alliance Theatre is ready to step in. We are told that the Alliance production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is the theater&rsquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

With its magic, fairies, mythical creatures and mysterious woods, the Atlanta Botanical Garden seems ideally suited for a little Shakespearean romantic romp. Happily, the Alliance Theatre is ready to step in. We are told that the Alliance production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is the theater&rsquo...