Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round-up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. Knoxville’s first zipline course. The Knoxville Navitat tour opens August 1 in the Ijams Nature Center, where thrill seekers will love the more than 60 adventure elements – from ziplines and bridges to swings, nets, and elevated tunnels. The difficulty levels of the courses accommodate to all ages. Prices begin at $44 for children seven and up.
2. Oklahoma City artists collaborate on major project. The Elaborate Collaborate, a group of 54 artists in and around OKC, join forces to create a melting pot of art. During a four week period, artists working in different media are invited to pop into the Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery to build on the existing work—kind of like Mad Libs for art. See artists at work and experience the process now through August 22. On July 30, poet and visual artist Kerry Shadid will host an Exquisite Corpse Poetry Event.
3. Dine at Mike Isabella’s Pepita. Enjoy dishes such as street tacos, and orange flan at Mike Isabella’s newest restaurant Pepita. Wash down Isabella’s cantina-style Mexican fare with one of the offerings from the extensive cocktail list such as a smoky, yet refreshing cantaloupe margarita made with mezcal.
4. Local art in downtown Asheville. In the heart of downtown Asheville, North Carolina, on August 1-2, the first ever LEAF Downtown AVL begins in Pack Square Park. Spend two days filled with music, art, workshops, and family activities. The best news is this event is completely free, and the lineup is filled with local bands such as Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Bound, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Bird, and The Main Squeeze.
5. Birmingham’s not-so-secret music festival. This music festival takes place from July 31 to August 1 in downtown Birmingham. Musicians aren’t just reserved to playing in your traditional venues, last year, even a clothing store had its own stage. If you’re looking for the next musical experience, Birmingham might be your place. The Magic City has been nurturing breakout artists like St. Paul and The Broken Bones, opening music venues such as Saturn and Iron City, and hosting the Secret Stages Music Festival for the past 5 years. Check out artists like White Reaper, Coupler, and Gold-Bears.