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

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Nov. 15
 The rain should stop, though flash flood warnings continue in the metro area through Thursday morning, and temperatures will stay cold. This gray day should be a good time for some indoor recreation — a scary movie, a thoughtful play, a little comedy and a resurrection. Team Coco comes to Luckie Street Thursday evening for his first...

Posted: a day ago

The rain should stop, though flash flood warnings continue in the metro area through Thursday morning, and temperatures will stay cold. This gray day should be a good time for some indoor recreation — a scary movie, a thoughtful play, a little comedy and a resurrection. Team Coco comes to Luckie Street Thursday evening for his first...
Places in Peril: Historic structures (and a garden) in jeopardy
 It could be the Fox Theatre of Flat Shoals Avenue. That description has been applied to the Madison Theatre in East Atlanta, a 1927 Moorish Revival movie house appointed, once upon a time, with 600 seats, gargoyles, a $5,000 organ, lavish furnishings and air conditioning. It was state-of-the-art elegant when it opened. Today the theater...

Posted: 2 days ago

It could be the Fox Theatre of Flat Shoals Avenue. That description has been applied to the Madison Theatre in East Atlanta, a 1927 Moorish Revival movie house appointed, once upon a time, with 600 seats, gargoyles, a $5,000 organ, lavish furnishings and air conditioning. It was state-of-the-art elegant when it opened. Today the theater...
The Savannah Music Festival announces its 2019 lineup
 The Savannah Music Festival, one of the Southeast’s most creative cross-cultural musical events, staged in one of the Southeast’s most walkable cities, recently announced the line-up for its 30th annual season, which takes place March 28 through April 13, 2019. As is usual in Savannah’s yearly smorgasbord of sound,...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Savannah Music Festival, one of the Southeast’s most creative cross-cultural musical events, staged in one of the Southeast’s most walkable cities, recently announced the line-up for its 30th annual season, which takes place March 28 through April 13, 2019. As is usual in Savannah’s yearly smorgasbord of sound,...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Nov. 8
 It will be cool and cloudy Thursday — a perfect fall day for some theater, a good read and a few lessons on design. Two mother/daughter teams will talk about their books Thursday at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s annual Book Festival. The festival runs through Nov. 18. On Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m., Laura...

Posted: 8 days ago

It will be cool and cloudy Thursday — a perfect fall day for some theater, a good read and a few lessons on design. Two mother/daughter teams will talk about their books Thursday at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s annual Book Festival. The festival runs through Nov. 18. On Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m., Laura...
Baby sloth born at Zoo Atlanta; cuteness ensues
 Zoo Atlanta announced Wednesday the birth of a baby Hoffman’s two-toed sloth. The unnamed infant is the second offspring of mother Bonnie, 18, and father Cocoa, 25. Zoo Atlanta said the infant “is doing well and is bonding with its mother in the sloths’ behind-the-scenes indoor area.” Bonnie, Cocoa and the infant share...

Posted: 8 days ago

Zoo Atlanta announced Wednesday the birth of a baby Hoffman’s two-toed sloth. The unnamed infant is the second offspring of mother Bonnie, 18, and father Cocoa, 25. Zoo Atlanta said the infant “is doing well and is bonding with its mother in the sloths’ behind-the-scenes indoor area.” Bonnie, Cocoa and the infant share...
Struggling at home
 Krystina Brown, 32, served on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf between 2009 and 2013. She wore a blue jersey on the flight deck, meaning she was among the plane handlers and tractor drivers that prepared the aircraft for missions. She was good at launching jets into the sky. Launching her own life has been more difficult...

Posted: 9 days ago

Krystina Brown, 32, served on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf between 2009 and 2013. She wore a blue jersey on the flight deck, meaning she was among the plane handlers and tractor drivers that prepared the aircraft for missions. She was good at launching jets into the sky. Launching her own life has been more difficult...
Spiffed up Texas locomotive debuts at Atlanta History Center
 On a chilly December afternoon three years ago, the 26-ton locomotive Texas swung into the sky above Grant Park, hoisted aloft by a mighty crane. Sheffield Hale, president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center, was among the hardy witnesses to the surreal moment. As the Texas moved through the air, Hale spoke, almost with reverence, about...

Posted: 10 days ago

On a chilly December afternoon three years ago, the 26-ton locomotive Texas swung into the sky above Grant Park, hoisted aloft by a mighty crane. Sheffield Hale, president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center, was among the hardy witnesses to the surreal moment. As the Texas moved through the air, Hale spoke, almost with reverence, about...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Nov. 1
 Cool weather is here (with a good chance of precip) and you’re a little foggy from last night’s candy hangover? Take in a pow wow, a throwdown, and a beatdown. The Atlanta Hawks, 2-5 after getting whipped on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, return home to play the Sacramento Kings Thursday, a team...

Posted: 15 days ago

Cool weather is here (with a good chance of precip) and you’re a little foggy from last night’s candy hangover? Take in a pow wow, a throwdown, and a beatdown. The Atlanta Hawks, 2-5 after getting whipped on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, return home to play the Sacramento Kings Thursday, a team...
Where to see lively outdoor art on walls all around Atlanta
 Atlanta has hundreds of murals painted on its factory exteriors, highway overpasses and retaining walls. They range from 100-foot-high monsterpieces to hidden jewels in tunnels and alleys. The challenge is seeing them before they are erased and replaced with something else. “Atlanta has a mural problem,” said Rory “Catlanta&rdquo...

Posted: 27 days ago

Atlanta has hundreds of murals painted on its factory exteriors, highway overpasses and retaining walls. They range from 100-foot-high monsterpieces to hidden jewels in tunnels and alleys. The challenge is seeing them before they are erased and replaced with something else. “Atlanta has a mural problem,” said Rory “Catlanta&rdquo...
Woodruff Arts Center at 50: After Orly crash, tribute fulfilled dreams
 Growing up in Newnan, Ga., Mary Mann wanted to go to faraway places, but the farthest away place her parents let her go was to Agnes Scott College, 40 miles away in Decatur. “She waited a long time to go to Europe,” said her daughter, Ann Rhea. Mary Mann Boon finally made that trip in 1962 when she was already a grandmother twice...

Posted: 28 days ago

Growing up in Newnan, Ga., Mary Mann wanted to go to faraway places, but the farthest away place her parents let her go was to Agnes Scott College, 40 miles away in Decatur. “She waited a long time to go to Europe,” said her daughter, Ann Rhea. Mary Mann Boon finally made that trip in 1962 when she was already a grandmother twice...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, Oct. 18
 Another cool, dry day is upon us, with temperatures in the low 70s. Celebrate the arrival of autumn (finally) by getting out of the house, for some music, some theater, and a lesson in making your own glass pumpkin. You will be astonished at these 10 and 11-year-old musicians, who really play their instruments onstage, in this delightful...

Posted: 28 days ago

Another cool, dry day is upon us, with temperatures in the low 70s. Celebrate the arrival of autumn (finally) by getting out of the house, for some music, some theater, and a lesson in making your own glass pumpkin. You will be astonished at these 10 and 11-year-old musicians, who really play their instruments onstage, in this delightful...