Center for Civil and Human Rights is seeing stars

Kerry Washington, Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck all are in Atlanta working on separate movie projects, and in their downtime, each has paid a visit to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta.

Washington is here for the HBO film “Confirmation.” The movie focuses on the confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The “Scandal” star portrays Anita Hill in the movie.

Affleck is here for “Live by Night,” a Prohibition-era gangster movie with Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller and Elle Fanning.

Keaton, who portrays McDonald’s visionary Ray Kroc in “The Founder,” posted an update after his visit to the center to his social media platforms: “(The) Center for Civil and Human Rights should be required viewing while visiting Atlanta. Well done and moving.”

The center’s current exhibits include a collection of items shedding new light on the personal life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “Man Behind the Movement” will be on exhibit through Aug. 30. See or call 678-999-8990 for information.

Fabulous flea market

The Forward Arts Foundation, celebrating its 50th anniversary, plans its annual Swan Coach House Flea Market for Sept. 17-19. The event kicks off with a preview party from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17. Market hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 18 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 19. All events are held in the lower-level parking lot at the Atlanta History Center. Preview party tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For advance purchase, see or visit the Swan Coach House Gift Shop. Proceeds benefit the visual arts in Atlanta through the programs of the Forward Arts Foundation. Call 404-261-9855 for more information.

Garden gala

The 2015 Garden of Eden Ball benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden celebrates the summer exhibition “Bruce Munro: Light in the Garden.”

The ball, which is the garden’s largest annual fundraiser, is planned for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in a festive tent on the property’s Great Lawn. Attire is black tie. The event, chaired by Audra Dial and Matthew Ford, honors the Tom Glenn family, longtime supporters of the garden.

Cox Enterprises, which owns The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is the ball’s presenting sponsor. Individual tickets are $500 and a range of sponsorships are available. See for information or contact Lindsay Futterman at 404-591-1730 or for tickets and Rebekka Kuntschik at 404-591-1584 or for sponsorship details.

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