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Midtown: 805 Peachtree Street Unit 504. Outstanding Condo, this Unit is with Tremendous Value- Consist of Combined Units 503 and 504. Exquisite Interiors with Attention to Detail You Don’t Often See. Large Open Spaces with Abundance Neutral Light, High Ceilings, Beautiful Views, 3 Assigned Parking Spots, and Storage Units End-Unit with Large, Corner Living Area with Outstanding Views. 3 BR / 3 BA $999,000

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The Neighborhood

CONTACT US Editorial Collin Kelley INtown Editor collin@atlantaintownpaper.com (404) 917-2200, ext. 102

6 } Compassion for the Homeless 8 } BeltLine Southside Trail 10 } Grady Hospital Renovation 12 } Lime Leaves Atlanta 12 } Pet Pick 14 } Lost-n-Found Expands 15 } TimmyDaddy

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A health update: New year, new pills The last time I wrote about my health was two years ago. I lost more than 100 pounds through exercise and diet after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2016. Four years on, I thought it was time for an update especially in light of my last doctor’s visit. Over the last couple of years, I’ve put about 30 pounds


back on. I’m not happy about it, but I’m working on taking it back off. There’s plenty of reasons: dealing with

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my mom’s cancer and subsequent death, grief, getting off my exercise routine and while I’ve been able to maintain a fairly healthy diet, I’ve been eating more. I’m one of those “a moment on the lips, forever on the hips” kinda people. In my case, it’s stomach. Last month, the doctor said my A1C level was rock

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steady, thanks in part to daily doses of metformin, but new guidelines issued in 2019 by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recommend that someone of my age and weight with diabetes take a daily statin to lower cholesterol. So, now I’m on Lipitor. I’m going to need a bigger pill organizer box. Sigh.


I didn’t want to get on another prescription, but I also don’t want to have a

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stroke or heart attack, so I’ll live with another pill for breakfast. Taking a statin also means there’s possible side effects, which, at this writing, I’ve not yet experienced. Upset stomach, muscle pain and liver damage are the main ones, so I’ll also be having regular blood tests to make sure there’s no inflammation. There’s also a chance my blood sugar level could increase, which would mean an increase in the dosage of metformin. Sigh. Again. While I adjust to this new normal, it’s time to get back to my exercise routine and modifying my food intake. That means expect to see me back out on the BeltLine and ramping back up to four miles a day. That’s likely going to have to remain my routine until I cash in my chips, which, with modern medicine’s help, will hopefully be after another 30-or-so good years.

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The Neighborhood News & Features

Compassion for the Homeless Photographer Daniel Troppy uses social media to raise awareness By Collin Kelley


Top: Daniel Troppy helps a young homeless woman with her shoes. Bottom: Homeless couple Brian and Alex. Opposite Top to bottom: Karen, Marquis, and Vinnie are some of the homeless people Troppy has photographed.

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hotographer Daniel Troppy’s social media is filled with beautiful black and white images, but you won’t find selfies, beach vacations or conspicuous consumption. For the last several years, Troppy has been telling the stories of Intown’s homeless, encouraging viewers to get to know these often invisible people who live in our communities. Troppy, who is also an entrepreneur and painter, goes out two or three times a week to interview, photograph and take supplies to homeless people around the city. He keeps a milk crate in the backseat of his car with socks, shampoo, toothpaste, body wipes, blankets and other necessities to hand out when he’s approached at intersections. Late last year, Troppy and his friend Anne Cohen were out delivering supplies when they met a distressed woman named Cindy living in a tent city near a bridge. She was born with no feet, deformed hands and was also deaf. Cohen was able to communicate via sign language and learned that Cindy simply wanted to go home to her son in Monroe, GA. They bought the woman a hot meal and a bus ticket. Troppy is still in touch with Cindy and her son via Facebook. “If we had not approached Cindy to find out her story and how we could help, I don’t know what would have happened to her,” Troppy said. “Part of what I’m trying to do on social media is raise more awareness on how people can approach the homeless and find out how they can help in their own way.” Troppy said he is also trying to dismantle the stereotype of what homelessness is. “I am seeing more and more professional people who are homeless. I’ve met people working two jobs who are still homeless. With skyrocketing rents, 8 out of 10 people are priced out of their apartments and neighborhoods. There are more veterans and young people living on the streets. Homelessness has a new face.” He met a couple living in their car who had lost their jobs in Chattanooga and had come to Atlanta in search of work. Since they don’t have a fixed address, employers won’t hire them. “There is such a lack of resources – job assistance, mental health care, drug and alcohol recover, access to basic healthcare. It perpetuates a cycle.” He said the first step to helping the homeless is to look them in the eye and acknowledge them as a fellow human being. “Society doesn’t acknowledge them. They feel forgotten. Look them in the eye and say hello and ask how they are. Go in a dollar store and invest $20 buy toothpathe, socks, baby wipes and keep them your car to give to people in need when you see them. If you’re timid about approaching a homeless person along, talk to your neighbors and go as a group.” Troppy and his friend Nena Halford have joined forces to create a book and launch a nonprofit called YIMBY (Yes, In My Backyard), a play on NIMBY (Not In My Backyard), which often appears on community message boards to describe people who don’t want change or unpleasantness in their neighborhood. YIMBY’s slogan: Community Compassion for our Homeless Neighbors. “Daniel didn’t anticipate the incredible response from people on social media,” Halford said. “They want to know how to help, where to send money, clothes and supplies. It’s very gratifying, but overwhelming. The nonprofit is a way to harness the response he’s gotten to the photography.” Both Troppy and Halford described YIMBY as a grassroots effort and an attempt to create a movement. “The idea is to lead by example and become a resource center for those who want to help the homeless in their community,” Halford said. Troppy said he’s been moved by the people he’s met and those who have reached out to him. He recently launched a GoFundMe account to raise money to buy a van to deliver more supplies to the homeless. “I cannot think of a more purposeful way of spending my time than helping people in my own backyard,” he said. Visit @danieltroppy on Instagram to see his photos and stories.

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Southside Trail

Groundbreaking held for latest segment of Atlanta BeltLine



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Atlanta Public Schools Executive Director of Facilities Services, Alvah Hardy, died in a car crash in the North Georgia mountains on Friday, according to an email sent to staff by Superintendent Meria Carstaphen. Hardy, 64, was in charge of the district’s building and expansion projects, including the renovation of the former David T. Howard School and the upcoming Grady High School expansion. The Florida native and Georgia Tech graduate had worked at APS for nearly a decade. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields announced that officers will no longer pursue suspects in high-speed car chases while the department reviews its pursuit protocol. Shields said the decision came after three recent deaths of innocent motorists who were struck by vehicles involved in chases. The City of Atlanta’s new smoking ban went into effect on Jan. 2. The legislation prohibits smoking and vaping indoors in most public places, including bars and restaurants, while exempting cigar bars and hookah lounges. The ban includes Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Jan. 22 for the first phase of the four-mile Atlanta BeltLine Southside Trail. Dubbed Southside Trail-West, construction on the 0.75-mile portion of the corridor will extend from the Westside Trail to Pittsburgh Yards on University Avenue. Astra Group was selected as contractor for the work. BeltLine CEO Clyde Higgs said the “Southside Trail-West was selected as the first segment in a phased approach to construction because of its connection between four emerging job centers – Pittsburgh Yards, Murphy Crossing, and Lee + White and the Metropolitan.” For the first time, the Atlanta BeltLine will have three segments of the corridor under construction at the same time. Higgs said this was a “huge” step forward. While the Southside Trail-West construction is underway, the BeltLine team will continue to advance design, real estate acquisition, and funding sources necessary to construct the full length of the paved Southside Trail. Higgs said the goal was to have the entire Southside Trail shovel-ready by the end of 2020. — Collin Kelley

The Midtown Improvement District (MID) is providing $1.3M to convert the remaining segments of 3rd Street, 4th Street, and 13th Street from one-way to two-way traffic. The resurfacing and operational change to two-way is expected to take place by spring. The Atlanta City Council approved legislation last month to provide for a comprehensive update to the city’s impact fee program. The city assesses impact fees on new developments to help pay for the expanded capital facilities that will be required to serve new residents and businesses that will occupy the developments. Impact fees are assessed for transportation, parks, police and fire facilities.

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Atlanta BeltLine and City of Atlanta officials, including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (pictured top right) were on hand Jan. 22 for a groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction on the first paved segment of the BeltLine’s Southside Trail. Photos by Asep Mawardi

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The Dec. 7 burst pipe that flooded the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of busy Grady Hospital in Downtown will require a “full gut renovation” expected to last until October. Grady officials announced Jan. 13 that it had hoped to have repairs completed in just a few months, but an assessment of the damage revealed that a much larger renovation would be necessary. The statement reads in part: “As Grady continued assessing the damage, with the numerous consultants involved, including the state fire marshal and the City of Atlanta, it became clear that the scope of the remediation and repair project was significantly greater than originally assessed. These assessments led all parties involved to conclude that the most effective and efficient process for remediation and repair necessitates “full gut renovation.” This means the patient care areas adversely affected will be totally demolished and reconstructed. As a result, it is now anticipated that the total restoration project will be completed in October of this year.” Grady is accepting EMS trauma, stroke, STEMI, burn, and behavioral health patients, as well as medicine patients, which may require a periodic diversions to other hospitals. The hospital is currently handling approximately 80 percent of the number of ambulance transports it cared for prior to the burst pipe. A 30-bed mobile hospital brought in from North Carolina has helped Grady expand its emergency room capacity and increase the number of medicine patients transported there via ambulance. The hospital has worked out agreements with other area hospitals as well, per the statement: “Since the event, we have worked with other metro Atlanta hospitals on an ongoing basis to care for some patients we have not been able to accommodate. We are pleased to announce we have formalized arrangements with Emory Healthcare who is making patient care spaces available at two of its hospitals. Beginning Jan, 13, Emory Decatur Hospital will assist with obstetrics patients. Additionally, Grady will transfer approximately 30 inpatients to Emory Hillandale Hospital. This partnership allows Grady to continue providing the highest level of trauma, stroke, burn, behavioral health, and other specialty care the community depends on, as we undertake the renovations that will bring the hospital back to full service.”

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By Collin Kelley Lime removed its fleet of electric scooters from the streets of Atlanta on Jan. 23, as the city continues to formulate stricter guidelines for dockless devices. In a media statement, Lime cited profitability as its reason for departure and said it would also remove e-scooters from 11 other cities around the world, including Phoenix, San Diego and San Antonio. According to a recent report in the Atlanta JournalConstitution, Lime owes nearly $70,000 in impound fees to the City of Atlanta for improperly parked or uncollected scooters. The impound fees were part of a wave of regulations introduced by the city last year to try and wrangle the proliferation of devices, complaints by residents and four scooter-related deaths. The city also imposed a nighttime ban on the rental of e-scooters, forbid them from being ridden on sidewalks and the Atlanta BeltLine imposed an electronically enforced speed limit on the Eastside Trail. Lime said in its statement: “As part of our path to profitability, Lime has made the difficult decision to exit Atlanta and focus our resources on markets that allow us to meet our ambitious goals for 2020. We’re grateful to our team members, riders, Juicers, and communities who supported us throughout this journey. We appreciate the partnership we’ve enjoyed with Atlanta and remain hopeful we can reintroduce Lime back into the community when the time is right.” Lime joins Lyft and Gotcha in exiting the city, but there are still five companies operating in the city – including major players like Bird and Bolt – with more than 6,000 permitted devices.

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Nonprofit Lost-n-Found Youth expands to help kids in crisis Less than a decade after its creation, nonprofit Lost-n-Found Youth has grown to become one of the primary service providers for homeless youth in the city and the go-to organization for homeless LGBTQ youth. In November, LNFY moved into a new youth drop-in center in Grant Park and add additional beds and housing for youth transitioning out of crisis. Under the helm of newlyannounced co-directors Nasheedah Bynes-Muhammad and Ernest Walker, LNFY said it has more than tripled the amount of youth it’s currently able to house. The new youth center comes out of a partnership with Park Avenue Baptist Church in Grant Park, where LNFY occupies the second floor of its campus. The location provides optimal space for the organization’s programs and services as well as convenient access to public transit, greenspace and other amenities. An added benefit: just a floor above, through a partnership with nonprofit Lydia’s House, LNFY has 12 additional beds for emergency and transitional housing, raising its number from six to 18. “Our partnership with Park Ave Baptist Church could not have come at a more critical time,” said Ernest Walker, whose responsibilities include full time management of all client programs and services, including the youth center. “Our youth are thriving in our programs – finding jobs, accessing healthcare and regaining their self-esteem – but having access to additional housing will dramatically increase our ability to effect change in their lives.” For example, LNFY’s drop-in center annually sees a sharp uptick in clients during the cold weather months. With the additional beds, LNFY will now be able to provide onsite emergency housing along with its current offerings of food, clothing, showers, and case management. “Being able to offer our clients a hot meal, a shower and now a warm bed, all under one roof, will be a game changer,” added Walker. “This partnership is a major step forward for our organization, and we’re grateful to

Park Avenue’s leadership for believing in our mission,” said Nasheedah Bynes-Muhammad. “We’re also thrilled to be in a community that is welcoming and supportive of the advancement of our work. We can go much further together than we can doing this work alone. There are many brilliant, passionate, hard-working people living under bridges and in tents in Atlanta, and we can’t tap into the full resources of our community until everyone has their basic needs met.” When LNFY was founded in 2011, it was out of a critical need for an LGBTQcompetent youth shelter and support center in the city. It’s since expanded from its days as an emergency shelter to now providing comprehensive care that includes a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency housing, transitional housing and a full-service day shelter, “youth center” that assists with job placement, healthcare, housing and educational opportunities. Today more than 30 employees make up LNFY, many with long tenures in social services as well as shared experiences with the clients they serve. Muhammad and Walker bring more than 50 years combined of professional experience to the organization, plus a personal connection, since both are part ot the LGBTQ community and Bynes-Muhammad was formerly homeless. While dedicated to serving LGBTQ youth, its doors are open to all youth in need. In 2018 alone, LNFY aided more than 1,000 homeless youth, serving more than 17,000 meals, providing 2,688 nights in warm beds and handing out more than 300 tents, 500 blankets and 300 coats. LNFY’s service to the community also includes its Lost-N-Found Thrift Store, which provides free clothing to its homeless and at-risk clients, while also using proceeds from sales to fund other programs and services. The store also serves as the first point of contact for many volunteers, donors and clients. For more information on LNFY, visit lnfy.org.




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Rainy days and bowl games always get me down The last time Boston College Football was any good, Matt Ryan was our quarterback and Elliott was a baby. Telling my kids about David Gordon’s field goal that beat #1 Notre Dame back in 1993 might as well be a story from the leather helmet era. They occasionally watch games with me like that 3-0 loss to Wake Forest a few years ago dubbed “the worst game ever” by our friends (and some sportswriters). So, when bowl schedules were announced this year and barely bowl eligible Boston College was slated to play in Birmingham on Jan. 2, I thought – great, it’s close but no one will want to go. Elliott and his cousin Then on Christmas morning I Owen McEvoy at the Birmingham Bowl. was gifted a slip of paper that read, “You are going to the Birmingham Bowl!” Kristen and our brother-in-law Tom teamed up to arrange for us all to travel to the game in an RV. (Kristen’s sister Betsy is also a BC alum and received the same gift.) The kids were actually excited about going so I was too. Weather forecast called for a cold rain so we pulled out our warmest BC gear and I started humming ‘For Boston, For Boston…’ Tom agreed to drive the RV, which felt like we were hauling one of those pre-fabricated houses with a ‘Wide Load’ designation. I navigated and kept the windshield from fogging up. Betsy spent 40 miles getting the Xbox to work for Elliott By Tim Sullivan and Owen. Margo and Emma roamed the bedroom area, eating Tim Sullivan grew up in a large family in the snacks and making Tik-Tok videos while Kristen stressed about Northeast and now lives seat belts. It was just like being at home. with his small family in Oakhurst. He can Upon arrival at the tailgate, the kids wanted to check out the be reached at tim@ Fan Zone. I tried to talk them out of it because it was raining so sullivanfinerugs.com. hard that we’d be soaked hours before kickoff. But there was no stopping them. It was too muddy to attempt field goals so the sad cluster of tents offered us free Cheez-its and a contest for an official team helmet. Our odds were so good, I kind of can’t believe we didn’t win. The game was at Legion Field, a storied venue where a decade before my time at BC, Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie led BC to victory over Alabama. Once inside though, I realized that doused in two days of a downpour, even history can look pathetic. Puddles claimed empty seats and the scant crowd sought the overhang shelter of the highest section of the stadium. Kristen bought front row tickets but for an extra $5 we probably could’ve joined the huddle. Last year, BC’s Bowl game was outright cancelled in the first quarter due to inclement weather, which had never happened before. When lightning forced a delay in this game, too, we knew at the very least that we had secured a dubious distinction in the annals of College Football lore. Go Eagles! While waiting in the dank galleys of Legion Field, I bought a freezing cold Bud Light from the lone vendor. I was shivering and I don’t really like Bud Light, but sometimes bleak moments call for beer. A friend sent me a tweet by someone named Steven Godfrey: “Godspeed to anyone, fan, player, coach, whatever, waiting out a January rainstorm in Legion field on a weekday afternoon. It’s like an Elliott Smith record.” When the game finally resumed, BC got clobbered by a superior University of Cincinnati team. We fans were likewise soaked, chilled and defeated. As we trudged back to the RV, I threw my arm around Elliott, who just so happens to be named after the aforementioned melancholic musician. I told him that years from now, when BC is playing for a National Championship, he’ll be able to say he was here, at Legion Field, in a frigid rain, supporting the team when they were down. He replied, “I knew you were going to say that.”

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Former Masquerade still under assessment after wall collapse


he developers renovating historic Excelsior Mill, former home to The Masquerade nightclub and concert venue, have pledged to rebuild the structure after it partially

collapsed. The 118-year old structure on North Avenue in Old Fourth Ward is being redeveloped as an office complex called The Mill by Southeastern Capital Companies and Coro Realty. An eyewitness said construction crews were reportedly digging around the foundation on the morning of Dec. 27 when the eastern stone wall of the building collapsed. No one was injured. The developers released a statement stating that an investigation into the collapse was ongoing but said the accident was related to excavation work being done on site in accordance with the structural engineers’ specifications. Atlanta City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane told Curbed Atlanta that the developers had committed to rebuilding the structure using the salvaged stone. At press time, INtown reached out to Southeastern Capital and Coro, but they had no comment other than they were still assessing the situation. The Mill was supposed to be completed in the first quarter of the year with more than 30,000 square feet of open, creative office.

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Plans revived for 46-story tower at 1138 Peachtree in Midtown

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The Midtown Development Review Committee (DRC) heard updated plans on Jan. 14 from developer Trillist, which has been trying to get a 46-story, mixed-use tower at 1138 Peachtree St. for seven years. The nearly one-acre site has seen several development proposals over the years, including a Mandarin Oriental hotel and residences dating back to 2007. The current project has been in the works since 2013 Blake’s on the Park and includes 317 luxury apartments and approximately The Campanile 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space with frontage along both Peachtree Street and Crescent Avenue. There would also be a 9-level parking deck with 450 spaces. The DRC had numerous issues with the plan, elevation issues and retail space on the Crescent Avenue side not meeting minimum depth requirements. The second aspect of the project that remains unresolved is the required pedestrian walkway to provide access between Peachtree Street and Crescent Avenue. The DRC indicated a willingness to entertain creative options for the pedestrian walkway. The DRC also looked at plans for the ongoing renovation and expansion of the Campanile building on Peachtree. Originally built in 1987 as the headquarters for BellSouth, Dewberry Group and Smallwood purchased the building in 2010 and last year began a dramatic makeover of the façade that will result in a sleeker profile and expanded square footage in a six-story, 125,000 SF office and retail podium around the base of the tower. Ground floor spaces are intended for retail tenants and new terraces on levels 4 and 6 will provide sweeping views and outdoor amenity spaces for office tenants. The DRC is in support of the plan but asked for a revision to the 13th Street frontage to provide on-street parking and a wider sidewalk that more closely meets Midtown’s streetscape standards. One of Atlanta’s oldest gay bars, Blake’s on the Park, is planning a renovation and expansion as well. Located at 227 10th Street, the bar plans to demo and partial rebuild the back portion of the bar that stretches into a parking lot that faces Piedmont Avenue. There will be a reconfigured deck, relocated bar area, additional restrooms and storage. Overall, the committee was supportive of the proposed design; but made the applicant aware of patio noise concerns raised by neighbors. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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BUSINESS BRIEFS Cushman & Wakefield has arranged a 39,439-square-foot lease with Slalom LLC at 725 Ponce bringing the property to 100 percent leased. The lease encompasses the entire fifth floor of the 12-story, 370,000-square-foot office building. Previously announced tenants include BlackRock, PagerDuty, Chick-fil-A, McKinsey & Co. and more. Kroger re-opened its 60,000-square-foot store at the base of the building in mid-October. The Dilweg Companies announced today that CIM Group and five other companies have signed new lease agreements or extensions at 101 Marietta Street tower in Downtown. CIM Group will occupy two of the new spec suites at 101 Marietta Street that overlook the firm’s future Centennial Yards mixed-use development in The Gulch. The new lease agreements represent over 45,000 square feet of new and expanded occupancy at the building. Also signing lease agreements are Soft Giving, Dennis Law, Volkert, iVita and BlackiNation.

covered in drop cloths. Binders supplies the goggles and protective suits so that guests can let loose and splatter paint without worrying about the mess. Reservations can be made by calling (404) 682-6999 or making an in-person reservation at the shop’s Ponce City Market location. One-hour increments are $35 per individual and $17.50 for every 30 minutes added on. Additional canvases are provided for a fee of $12. The Splatter Room is sponsored by Liquitex, a company that supplies art materials, focusing exclusively on the development, manufacture and distribution of acrylic paints.

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Matthew Bine is the new owner of Spa Sydell, an Atlanta mainstay for 30 years. Bine has worked in the regenerative healthcare industry for more than 15 years, and has been a pioneer in integrative aesthetics, introducing new treatments, such as microneedling, to both cosmetic surgeons and licensed aesthetician. For more information, visit spasydell.com.

HealthHUB, CVS Pharmacy’s new store design, has debuted at the 865 N. Highland Ave. featuring a broader range of health care services including chronic condition management, more products and services, and personalized care. For more information, visit cvshealth.com.

Emory University has taken 15,000-square-feet at The Point for a new student ideation, innovation and collaboration hub called The Hatchery. The custom-built, off-campus center includes collaboration areas, a makerspace, a presentation and event space, classrooms, online tools, a breakroom and more.

American Haircuts has opened in The Hub at Peachtree Center in Downtown. This is American Haircuts’ fifth Atlanta location and first Downtown location. Founded in metro Atlanta, the shop offers haircuts, beard trimming, hot shaving services and men’s grooming products.

Ball and Buck, a retailer for men and women offering apparel and accessories for the outdoor lifestyle, has opened a pop-up shop at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. For more information, visit ballandbuck.com.

►Binders Art Supplies and Frames at Ponce City Market invites the public to visit The Splatter Room, a creative space that evokes fun with paint. The Splatter Room can be reserved in one-hour increments for a solo therapeutic experience, a fun time out with friends or family, a company team-building outing or even a date night. Participants can make use of paint brushes, paint guns or their own two hands to create a masterpiece on a take-home canvas in a room

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The first Georgia location of Lafayette 148 New York will open in April at Phipps Plaza offering an array of luxury amenities and services including private fittings, complimentary tailoring and alterations, one-on-one personal styling and more.

Atlanta’s flagship Forever 21 is now open at Atlantic Station. The two-story, 21,000-square-foot store will offer shoppers access to the brand’s latest trends with its Forever 21 apparel and accessories collection for men and women.

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Classic Blue

5 ways to incorporate the Pantone Color of the Year into your space By Stephanie Andrews Balance Design


ach year we anticipate what the Pantone Color of the Year is going to be. This color is a trend predictor of what we will be seeing in both fashion and home accessories. For 2020, the Pantone Institute has selected a color that they named Classic Blue. As we enter a new decade with feelings of uncertainty in our upcoming elections, global warming, and other daunting issues, Pantone seems to be trying to reassure us by choosing Classic Blue. The Pantone Institute – the company behind the standardized color matching system for everything from print publications to fashion – describes this color as calming and timeless. Here at Balance Design, we liked both the name and the comfort (like a pair of our favorite, well-worn jeans) of this color, so it was not hard for us to embrace. See how we have used the color in some of our favorite designs and learn how to incorporate this into your own space. Be on the lookout for this color in the year ahead and consider utilizing it in your own home, in any capacity. It may help to make life a bit calmer in 2020!


Stephanie Andrews is the founder of Candler Park-based Balance Design. For more information, visit balancedesignatlanta.com.


▼Use Classic Blue on an accent chair or incorporate it into the trim on your window treatments. This historic Druid Hills home had beautiful Persian rugs layered throughout the space. We found that Classic Blue cooled the warm red tones and helped to relay a timeless style.


▼A Classic Blue area rug can help to add a calm feeling to your home. This over-dyed Classic Blue rug offsets the whiskey leather and wood tones in this masculine sitting room located in midtown Atlanta.

►A Classic Blue vessel or upholstered armchair in your dining room. This Asian inspired ginger jar was the perfect item to layer on the dining table to compliment the Greek key upholstered arm chair in this classic Druid Hills dining room.


▼Add some Classic Blue wallpaper to an accent wall or even an entire room. We loved that Classic Blue wallpaper adds an eclectic and whimsical feeling to help build a room’s personality. We used Hygge & West wallpaper on both the curved stairwell and in the powder room.

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◄Add Classic Blue cabinetry to your kitchen. We love how the Classic Blue island and cabinet storage boxes added to both kitchens’ clean and classic looks. These beautiful yet functional workspaces were exactly what our clients were looking for when remodeling their homes.

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Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to welcome

THE MICHAEL REDWINE GROUP to our Buckhead Office

Herndon Square development will focus on affordable senior housing

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A decade after demolishing the old Herndon Homes public housing project, a new mixed-use development featuring affordable housing for seniors will finally rise in its place. The Atlanta Housing Authority broke ground today for the $166 million mixed-use Herndon Square on Northside Drive, west of Downtown. The development will also include 36,500 square feet of retail and health and wellness space. The full development won’t be complete until 2026, but phase one – a 97-unit mid-rise building with housing for seniors age 62 and over – will open in Spring 2021. Herndon Square will eventually have 681 apartment units, with 45 percent dedicated to affordable housing for those earning up to 80 percent of the area median income. Phase two of the development will have a mix of affordable and market-rate housing, retail, health and wellness space and greenspace. The final phase calls for 32 townhomes to be sold at standard market rate. –Collin Kelley


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The original Auburn Avenue Branch of the Carnegie Library at 333 Auburn Avenue

The new Auburn Avenue Reserach Library after renovation (photo by Jonathan Hillyer)

The library’s reading room (photo by Jonathan Hillyer)

The library’s main entry (photo by Jonathan Hillyer)

Perspectives in Architecture By Melody Harclerode

Melody L. Harclerode, AIA, promotes significant historical, cultural, and natural sites as an organizational leader, architect and writer.

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The July 25, 1921 opening of the Auburn Avenue Branch of the Carnegie Library gave African Americans access to an Atlanta public library nearly twenty years after the construction of the Carnegie Library downtown as the city’s first branch in 1902. One of more than 2,800 libraries built across the country with funding from American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), the red brick building at 333 Auburn Avenue housed the Negro History Collection consisting of books, magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals by, for, and about African Americans. After this branch shuttered in 1959, the renamed Samuel W. Williams Collection on Black America moved to different locations until the 1994 construction of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History at 101 Auburn Avenue. Popularity of the library collections and public programs and the 2008 Fulton County voter approval of the library bond referendum spurred the expansion and redesign of the Auburn

Renovation Activates History and Culture

Avenue Research Library in 2016 by the team of Atlanta-based J. W. Robinson & Associates and Durham, North Carolina-based The Freelon Group (now Perkins and Will). Although widely admired leaders of both architectural firms, Jeffrey Robinson, AIA, NOMA and Phillip Freelon, FAIA, NOMA, died in 2019, both men leave a design legacy by activating an impractical, yet significant building in collaboration with Project Lead Designer Kenneth Luker, AIA. Metal exterior cladding added to the massive, brick entry creates elegant framing around a riveting, wall-mounted steel sculpture, From the Cabinet, by celebrated painter, sculpture, and mixed-media artist Radcliffe Bailey. Reconfiguring previous disjointed spaces around a warmly finished lobby with informative artifacts and an inviting, central stairway, the design team draws visitors upward from street level spaces in the building, including an auditorium, the small Children’s Gallery with the Roots of Rap exhibit through March 1st, and the spacious CaryMcPheeters Gallery with recent visual art honoring

writer Toni Morrison, to the archival rooms and reading rooms on the third and fourth floors. Artwork in the library celebrates AfricanAmerican culture and figures, such as Mary Fields, also known as Stagecoach Mary, who became the first African-American female contracted mail carrier in 1885 at age 60. This special library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System received the 2017 Award of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission for Interior Design of Public Spaces, Urban Design & Public Art. With a noteworthy building design, exhibits, programming, and archives, the general public, students, and scholars will see the renovated Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History as an enriching destination to research and appreciate the history and culture of the Sweet Auburn community and peoples of African descent during Black History Month in February and throughout the year. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

REAL ESTATE BRIEFS Atlanta and Engel & Völkers Brookhaven, will join Engel & Volkers Atlanta as the qualifying broker. For more information on Engel & Völkers Atlanta, visit evatlanta.com.

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Qualifying Broker of Engel & Völkers Atlanta; Christa Huffstickler, License Partner and CEO of Engel & Völkers Atlanta; Christian Ross, Managing Broker of Engel & Völkers Atlanta

▼Affordable housing nonprofits Enterprise Community Partners, Project Community Connections and Mercy Housing Southeast were recently presented with a $350,000 grant from Wells Fargo Foundation to support housing affordability and neighborhood revitalization efforts in Atlanta. The funding will go towards building Thrive Sweet Auburn – a mixeduse development with 117 affordable apartments in Old Fourth Ward.

Below: Wells Fargo Foundation presented a $350,000 grant toward building Thrive Sweet Auburn, which will feature affordable apartments.

▲Engel & Völkers Atlanta has acquired Engel & Völkers North Atlanta, Engel & Völkers Intown Atlanta and Engel & Völkers Brookhaven, which will operate solely under the Engel & Völkers Atlanta brand. The consolidation brings markets such as Virginia Highland, Decatur, East Atlanta and Morningside under the firm’s management. With the new agreement, the former Engel & Völkers Intown Atlanta will remain in its current space in Morningside. To accommodate the expanded fleet of incoming agents, the firm’s office will undergo an extensive renovation. Scott Askew, formerly of Engel & Völkers Intown

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers recently opened a full-service office in Midtown, their 27th office and first in the Intown area in the company’s 40-year history, at the 1010 Midtown development. Pollack Shores Real Estate Group and Matrix Residential are rebranding under one name, RangeWater Real Estate. “A year ago, we embarked on a plan to unite Pollack Shores and Matrix Residential under one name,” said Steven Shores, CEO and President of RangeWater. “We have always been one company under common ownership, but as we have grown to cover markets across the Sun Belt, we recognized the advantages of operating under one brand with a renewed purpose. As RangeWater, we will continue to deliver the full breadth and depth of our expertise and services in every market in which we operate.” For more information, visit LiveRangeWater.com. ▼Harry Norman, Realtors agent Zak de Leon has been appointed as inaugural Chair of the new organization, Young Professionals for Piedmont Park, established through Piedmont Park Conservancy. The organization is a group of individuals dedicated to the preservation of the park as well as the enhancement of the park experience.

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Sustainability Recycling • Resources • Lifestyle

Water wars reach possible end, as next drought looms ABOVE THE WATER LINE


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enjoying holiday events in December, and perhaps staying abreast of the impeachment proceedings, a significant decision was announced in the 30-year “water wars” among Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Georgia officials reacted jubilantly to the news that a federal judge appointed By Sally Bethea as a fact-finding Sally Bethea is the retired executive director referee by the U.S. Supreme of Chattahoochee Court sided with Riverkeeper. She continues her advocacy them in litigation for the environment and brought by Florida won the Georgia Press over the allocation Association Award for of water in the opinion writing for her Apalachicolamonthly column Chattahoocheein INtown. Flint (ACF) River Basin. In other words: how water in the basin, which straddles the three states, should be distributed among competing users during droughts. Recommendations in the ruling made by Judge Paul Kelly Jr. will be considered no later than 2021. Not for the first time in the past three decades, I wondered if this was really the beginning of the end – at least for the legal cases that have kept untold numbers of lawyers employed for the past three decades, spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. In a nutshell, the downstream states in the river basin (Florida and Alabama) have long believed

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that metro Atlanta is taking, and plans to take, more than a “reasonable” share of water to fuel its growth at the expense of their communities and industries. Florida’s lawyers want a cap on upstream water use in metro Atlanta and also on farmers in the Flint River basin to protect their local economies and ecology. In my capacity as the (now-retired) director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper – concerned about the sustainability of the entire river basin – I have followed and participated in the fits, starts, bumps, dead-ends and occasional successes of this prolonged water dispute. Highlights include: the filing of initial lawsuits in 1990; attempts to negotiate a tristate compact (including a marathon meeting with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich about compliance

with federal environmental laws and the need for more science); the severe drought of 1998-2003; the implosion of the compact

negotiations; the exceptional drought of 2006-2009 (when Lake Lanier was down 21 feet); major court decisions in 2009 and 2011; the creation of the collaborative ACF Stakeholders in 2009;

the much-lauded, but limited, state conservation law passed in 2010; the severe drought of 2010-2012; American Rivers’ naming of the ACF Basin as the “most endangered river” in the nation in 2016; and now the ruling by Judge Kelly. I have learned, along the way, that few officials and their lawyers are willing to negotiate a solution that might give an “extra” drop to any stakeholders who are not their constituents or clients. For those in charge, it has largely been a zero-sum game focused on political boundaries. A bright light in this longrunning dispute has been the ACF Stakeholders: a group of diverse water-using interests in the river basin who have worked tirelessly to develop a consensus on how to divvy up limited water resources during droughts. The group’s Sustainable Water Management Plan is an excellent, Continued on page 30 At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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Continued from page 28 fact-based guide. Sadly, the governors of all three states (read: their lawyers) have, thus far, been unwilling to support it and Judge Kelly failed to mention the ACF Stakeholders in his 96-page ruling. Fortunately, the group persists, continuing to push for “equitable solutions that balance economic, ecological and social values.” For its water supply, Atlanta relies on rivers that are very small, as they flow through the metro region, not far from their headwaters. Given our geography, we have no other choice but to use our water efficiently. Through a water planning district, metro Atlanta has corralled its fifteen counties and 95 cities, over the past eighteen years, to cooperate on water issues; good, but not outstanding, work has reduced regional water demand. The Great Recession and serial droughts also helped curtail wasteful ways. Despite Judge Kelly’s glowing assessment of the district’s conservation efforts, often reading like the report of a local booster, a careful review of the water plans and their implementation to date do not overly impress. In its third Filling the Water Gap report (2019), Chattahoochee Riverkeeper offers a dashboard of water conservation data, missed opportunities and recommendations, along with successes. Notable problems: local performance audits are not required; conservation rate structures exist, but aren’t as effective as they could be; water system losses are being tallied, but robust programs to fix leaks are few and far between – the city of Atlanta still leaks nearly 20 percent of its drinking water from broken pipes; only one-fifth of the water-wasting toilets in the metro region have been replaced; and a robust, transparent data collection system that could improve public engagement and water-related decisionmaking does not exist. The point is that metro leaders can and must do much more to ensure that our region is sustainable, climate resilient and a good upstream neighbor. The question is whether a resolution of the water war litigation will bring complacency and a return to business as usual. Recently, the metro district decided to abandon its annual audits of local water conservation programs. It’s a well-known axiom that you can’t effectively manage what you don’t measure. Today, Lake Lanier is full and we are experiencing an abundance of rain with too much in some flooded areas; however, the record and climate models show that another serious drought looms, just a few months or a few years away. Virtually alone among all the parties, the ACF Stakeholders continues to plan for that eventuality.

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On the Menu

A roundup of new restaurants open now and coming soon in 2020 By Collin Kelley


f dieting was one of your resolutions for 2020, this roundup might make you renege on that promise. A slew of new restaurants just opened – or will soon – around Intown. No matter what your taste buds are craving, there is sure to be an eatery to meet your needs. Dig in!


SOUTHERN BELLE AND GEORGIA BOY Chef Joey Ward’s debut concept, Southern Belle, is now open at Plaza on Ponce. The new restaurant is connected via a secret passageway to his second restaurant concept, Georgia Boy. The latter restaurant offers a separate, 16-seat tasting menu by reservation only. Southern Belle features a multicultural “New South” menu of small plates, which change frequently. The restaurant’s cocktail program is designed by Greg Best and Paul Calvert of Ticonderoga Club and pastry chef Billy Cole’s creations are served from an authentic Delta Air Lines galley cart. For more information, visit southernbelleatl.com.

WONDERKID Now open in the Atlanta Dairies development on Memorial Drive in Reynoldstown. The restaurant, a collaboration between Big Citizen (Darren Carr and Eric Simpkins) and King of Pops (Steven and Nick Carse), offers unique takes on classic comfort food and baked goods, an extensive list of cocktails, alongside the debut of King of Pops soft serve. Visit @wonderkidatl on Instagram for more information. FIELD DAY Finally open in the former Across the Street spot at 668 Highland Ave. in Old Fourth Ward, the restaurant has an eclectic menu of steak tartare, philly pork, grilled cheese, burgers, steak frittes, clam chowder and cocktails. For more, visit fielddayeveryday.com.

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CHEF’D UP Celebrity Chef Bryan “Baul” Williams’ soul food restaurant is open at 701 Highland Avenue in Old Fourth Ward. Seafood, burgers, steaks, lamb and more are on the menu. Find the restaurant on Instagram @ChefdUpAtl. WAHLBURGERS Musicians/actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg are the big names behind this expanding burger chain, which first opened in 2011 in Boston. There’s already an outpost at The Battery, and the Downtown location is set to open any day now at 218 Peachtree St. across from Hard Rock Café. SALATA The fast casual salad chain has opened new locations at Madison Yards, Midtown Place and Atlantic Station. The restaurant offers fully customizable, built-to-order salads and wraps, soups, organic teas and lemonades. For more information, visit salata.com. HEMINGWAY’S The Tampa-based Cuban restaurant is slated to open a new outpost at Krog Street

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Market in Spring. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hemingway’s second location will stick to the original restaurant’s menu with items like tostones rellenos topped with homemade spicy saffron aioli, the traditional La Frita Cubana sandwich, and build-your-own Cuban bowls.

PRESS START Carter has announced that Chef Richard Tang will open the combination arcade, bar and restaurant in Summerhill. Featuring a variety of Asian small plates, craft cocktails and retro video games, board games and pub games, Press Start will join the eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and retail along Georgia Avenue later this year. KARMAFARM A farm-to-table, fine casual eatery and bakery serving Southern-inspired food that’s gluten-, dairy-, nut- and GMOfree, is now open at 54 Pharr Road in Buckhead. The restaurant offers scratchmade, fresh dishes with locally-grown produce, humanely-raised pastured meats, sustainable seafood and organic dirty dozen fruits and vegetables. For more, visit EatKarmaFarm.com.


NOBAKED COOKIE DOUGH This gourmet cookie dough chain is set to open its first Georgia location at Atlantic Station in early 2020. The raw cookie dough shop, which started as a pop-up in Nashville, serves a variety of eggless cookie dough flavors, including chocolate chip, double chocolate chip, cookies and cream, s’mores and more. For more information, visit nobakedcookiedough.com. SUKOSHI Now open in Midtown’s Colony Square, the restaurant offers fresh Japanese cuisine, including sushi, for grab-and-go meals or for dining in. The 2,000 square-foot At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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space has communal tables and banquettes inside and four-top tables outside on the patio. For more information, visit facebook.com/sukoshiatlanta. PERC COFFEE ROASTERS The Savannah-based coffee shop has been announced as the latest tenant at the Hosea + 2nd in East Lake and is slated to open in the Spring at corner of Hosea Williams Drive and 2nd Avenue. CREMALOSA Food writer Meredith Ford has opened her own gelato shop at 2657 E. College Ave. in Decatur featuring seasonally driven selection of made-from-scratch gelato and other sweet treats. Visit cremalosa.com for more details. DOS BOCAS Located at 275 Baker Street in Downtown, the restaurant serves up “Cajun TexMex.” Visit dosbocasatl.com for more information. JENCHAN’S Emily Chan, owner of JenChan’s Delivery Supper Club, has opened a brick and mortar location at 186 Carroll Street in Cabbagetown. The restaurant includes a market where guests can purchase frozen organic lasagnas, pizza rolls, egg rolls, potstickers, and other goodies made in house as well. Find out more at jenchans. com. WILD HEAVEN WEST END BREWERY & GARDENS Now open on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail in the Lee + White development, 1010 White St., the 21,600 square foot building also features the restaurant FINA at Wild Heaven, a large At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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STREET BISTRO The Asian street food restaurant is now open in the former Hong Kong Harbor space at 2184 Cheshire Bridge Road serving up wings, fried rice, fish sandwiches and more. For more, visit atlstreetbistro.com. 26 THAI KITCHEN & BAR The second location of the Thai restaurant is now open at 824 Juniper Street in Midtown. For more information, visit 26thai.com. SUPREMO TACO Sharing a parking lot with Grindhouse Killer Burgers at 701 Memorial Drive, the dinner menu features a taco menu of al pastor, mole poblano with chicken, aguachile tostada. For more, visit supremotaco.com.


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FORZA STORICO The Italian restaurant from Pietro Gianni, Stephen Peterson and Chef Michael Patrick is located in the space once occupied by Little Bach at Westside Provision District. RUBY CHOW’S Chef Guy Wong (Ton Ton, Miso Ko) will soon open his new Asian fusion concept at 620 Glen Iris Drive at the corner of North Avenue. Follow @rubychowsatl on Instagram for opening updates.


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a Persian twist from Atlantis Group is now open at 321 Pharr Road in Buckhead. For more information, visit lilywhiteatlantaga. com.

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GIRL DIVER Expected to open this month at Madison Yards in Reynoldstown, Girl Diver will offer seafood boils and platters with Alaskan king crab, jumbo tiger shrimp, crawfish, octopus and more. Find more information search Girl Diver on Facebook.

LOUISIANA BISTREAUX With locations at the airport and Decatur, a new outpost has just opened in Buckhead at 3312 Piedmont Road. The menu includes fresh seafood, steaks, gumbos, jambalaya, etouffees and more. Visit louisianabistreaux. com for more details.

GRANA Wood-fire pizzas, handmade pastas, and a mozzarella bar all on Chef Pat Pascarella’s (White Bull) menu for this new eatery slated to open this month in Piedmont Heights, 1835 Piedmont Ave. For more, visit granaatl.com.

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BY GEORGE Chef Hugh Acheson’s new French-inspired restaurant is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ground floor of the boutique Candler Hotel, 127 Peachtree Street, in Downtown. LITTLE BEAR Expected to open soon in the burgeoning Summerhill, 71 Georgia Ave., Chef Jarrett Stieber will have a rotating menu of seasonal, locally sourced, sharable dishes. The restaurant will be intimate with only 30 seats.

RINA Oliva Restaurants’ latest concept is now open at Ford Factory Lofts on the Atlanta BeltLine. Inspired by traditional skewer houses (or shipudiya) in Israel, the menu features classic Middle Eastern dishes such as pita sandwiches, skewers, seasonal mezze, hummus, salads, Israeli-inspired milkshakes, and more. Visit rinakitchen.com for details.

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D BOCA N BOCA Also coming this spring to Summerhill, 39 Georgia Ave., this brick and mortar offshoot of the Real Mexican Vittles food truck will offer tacos, tamales and more. Visit therealmexicanvittles.com for more information.

MAEPOLE This fast-casual concept serving seasonal healthy food options will join the lineup of restaurants and retailers along Georgia Avenue in late 2020. The restaurant will be located within the development’s 11,000-square-foot second phase, which broke ground last month. Visit maepole. com for more information.


PIZZA JEANS The team behind Root Baking Co. is expanding their weekly Pizza Jeans pop-up pizza concept into a new restaurant and bar at Ponce City Market. Guests will enjoy pizza by the slice and whole pies, cocktails, beer and wine when the spot opens in the Spring. Pizza Jeans pop-ups will be held on Fridays until opening from noon to 8 p.m. at Root Baking Co.

HOW CRISPY EXPRESS This Summerhill sandwich spot at 71 Georgia Avenue will offer counter-service, a window and patio space next to Wood’s Chapel BBQ and Junior’s Pizza, Rock Steady Afro-Caribbean cuisine, cocktails and music are on offer at this newly opened spot at 907 Marietta Street in Downtown. Visit rocksteadyatl.com for more information. MR. EVERYTHING’S CAFÉ Build your own salad bowls with choice of proteins, plus cheesesteaks, grilled chicken subs, burgers and hot dogs at this new Decatur spot at 627 E. College Ave. For more information, visit mreverythingdecatur.com.

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has great kitchen and prep space. The “Chef’s Table” style open kitchen allows us to do onsite preparations not normally available, like a large pan of fresh bubbling paella! Nelson Mullins’ roof top venue allows for great panoramic views of the city from its outdoor terraces. A relatively new and unique venue is Pietra Luxury in Stone, a marble showroom. We backlight the quartz panels to create a luminous glow that make for a special place

Make breakfast sexy and you can serve it all day. How do we make it sexy, you ask? By layering the quantity of selections and the variety of flavors. Take the time to make it sumptuous and don’t skimp on ingredients. An authentic Hollandaise sauce will be well received for breakfast, lunch and dinner, too! Create fun items that are rarely found on a standard buffet like, pasta carbonara (bacon, eggs, and cheese with pasta) or fresh beignets and crepes. Non-traditional fare includes prime rib, lobster and caviar. And oh yeah, eggs! You can poach them, pickle them, sous vide them - the options are endless. When you scramble eggs, using a little heavy cream and cooking them fresh to order will make them special. Remember, if you infuse a little “sexy,” you can serve breakfast anytime. Chez Montier is a family operation. Your wife, Judith, is the Chief Operating Officer,

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to attend events situated amongst a forest of stones with exotic textures and colors. Bland chicken and pasta are everywhere at big dinners. A lot of guests assume that the plates will look great but not offer too much boldness of flavor. How do you inject creativity and personality into your offerings without giving in to the lowest common denominator of what most people will eat? At Chez Montier, we are firm believers that “It is about the FOOD!” All of our fabulous presentations and beautiful platings are pointless unless the food is delicious. Once we conquer the deliciousness factor, then we use our design acumen to take the ordinary things and make them special. An airline chicken breast, for instance, becomes Chicken Rondelet Stuffed with Quinoa. Mashed Potatoes transform into Cauliflower and Parsnip Whip, healthier with the same mouthfeel and an over the top flavor that is always a delightful surprise for our diners. We also harness the essential power of fresh herbs to enhance flavors. It is not that hard. It just takes a little love. We know that our flavors are not for the palates of all people, so we settle for just thrilling most people! Most catering gigs are for dinner but tell us your thoughts on breakfast. Do you think breakfast for dinner can be just as elegant and interesting?

and your son, Austin, is the Sous Chef. How to the three of you manage your worklife balance? It is not always easy to manage our worklife balance and we don’t have it all worked out yet. With Judith working the business full time, it’s been more even challenging. As entrepreneurs and business owners, it seems like we’re always working. Our son, Austin, who has been cooking with me since he was three years old, is now an active teenager and still loves to cook. One of my greatest joys is that we still enjoy cooking together and learning from each other. We work hard to set priorities: our family, ourselves, business, and then everything else. We understand the importance of taking time away from the business to recharge and refresh. As a mature man, on his second career, I have clarity about what makes me happy. Success is awesome, but it means nothing unless you have someone that you love to share it with. And without the power of my family team, success would not be attainable. What’s the difference between how you cook at home versus at work? Do you use your own kitchen as a lab, or save experiments for the professional kitchens? I love to experiment in the kitchen, to try new ingredients and flavor compounds. When we are developing new dishes, it is easier to start at my home kitchen. But I need my team and their collective talents and palates at the work kitchen to bring a

recipe to fruition. Cooking at home is by far more relaxing for me, especially when it’s for my family and friends. In a less pressured environment, I like to get folks engaged and cooking with me. My son says, “When dad cooks, everybody cooks!” I like to educate and share tips with my guests while unwittingly putting them to work. But when I’m in our commercial kitchen, I’m managing a team and focused on executing a client’s vision. There is always an element of experimentation as we are consistently striving to improve our recipes, but there is a great degree of focus, because the stakes are higher. Whether at home or at work, flavor and presentation are always the priority. You’re on television sometimes. You also craft events for famous celebrities sometimes. Which of those activities is more challenging? Both are equally demanding in distinctly different ways and to be clear, I love them both. Each

requires a great deal of planning, preparation and execution. But I think the most demanding and ultimately satisfying are the events. I love the personal interaction. I love meeting with clients and extracting their vision, building menus and developing the “look” of the event. I love working to bring that vision to life. The only thing that is more rewarding than walking through the space just before an event starts and seeing all of our hard work come to life is hearing the roar of laughter and the clinking of glasses all of the way in the back of house. With that said, I’d still love to have a TV show! Any tips for people hosting at home on how to revive a lackluster dinner party? When you have a party the first thing is to never forget that “It is about the FOOD.” Then relax, even in a formal setting. Remember, it is supposed to be fun! You are the leader; show them how to enjoy your home and your food. Set the stage, dim the lights, pull out all of the candles and make your environment twinkle and sparkle. Also, great music is key. Be sensitive to the temperament of your guests. If the dining room is not the most comfortable place to be, then you pick up your party and waltz them to the living room. You set the rules; blow their minds and serve dessert first. If all else fails, get them to stand up and “Do the Hokey Pokey!” And remember: design the stress out of the evening and hire support staff! I believe that my clients should be able to be guests at their parties.

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The Studio Moments of Love Arts & Culture

A curated list of 10 non-cheesy Valentine’s Day ideas that won’t break the bank

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tlanta may be known as the “city that’s too busy to hate,” but it sure isn’t too busy to love. INtown has curated a list of alternatives that stay in the holiday spirit without the awkwardness or breaking the bank. Whether it be comedy, horror, live music, or art, just be sure to share the day with someone you care about. The Rocky Horror Picture Show What’s more romantic than roses? A monster designed by an alien transvestite scientist for sex, casual dinner-time cannibalism, and tacky dialogue of course. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is by no means family friendly, but it’s captivated audiences since 1975 with its blend of sci-fi, comedy, and musical elements. Beyond the film itself, which is shown at midnight each Friday at the Plaza Theatre, a shadow cast has helped bring the story to life for more than two decades. Perhaps culled from the ashes of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Lips Down on Dixie, a nonprofit organization of actors who strive to create a safe space, takes to the stage to perform under the big screen, mirroring the exact motions and dialogue of the movie with costumes, props and witty retorts. Friday, Feb. 14 at 11:55 p.m. plazaatlanta.com, $15. ATL Collective Relives Sade’s Love Deluxe What began as an idea scribbled on a napkin by co-founders Micah Dalton and David Berkeley has expanded into a full concert experience that brings together local musicians and community through recreating classic records. The nonprofit recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary and shows no sign of slowing down. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, ATL Collective brings Sade’s Love Deluxe to City Winery. Released in 1992, the record is Sade Adu’s ode to desire and heartache, as displayed in “No Ordinary Love,” when she sings “I

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gave you all that I had inside and you took my love/You took my love” over the sensual sounds of R&B, jazz, and a dash of bossa nova. Friday, Feb. 14 at 10 p.m. citwinery. com/atlanta, $30-$40. Valentine’s Day Improv Shows In the wise words of Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, “nothing gets the love juice flowing faster than laughter.” For two nights, the theatre welcomes love in all shapes and forms. During the first night, Feb. 13, the company will play improvisation games based on your stories of love gone right or wrong. On Feb. 14, Vavianna Vardot’s burlesque and improv show takes over the early show, and at 10 p.m. the Sweater Puppies, an improv group featuring Amber Nash, Megan Leahy, Karen Cassady, and Whittney Millsap, will take old clothes brought in by audience members to inspire a scene. After the show the clothes are donated to charity. Friday, Feb. 13 & 14 at 8 & 10:30 p.m. dadsgarage.com, $12.50-$26.50.

the exhibition this year. With paper as the medium, the exhibition focuses on the transformation into complex works of art. This year’s artists include Jerushia Graham, Sanaz Haghani, Imi Hwangbo, Lucha Rodriguez, and Whitney Stansell. On display through March 7. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. mocaga.org, Free-$8. Shakespeare Tavern: Romeo and Juliet

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If all things spooky is your forte, a date night in the historic Oakland Cemetery is the ideal way to spend Valentine’s Day. Purchased in 1850, early city officials bought six acres to be a public burial ground for a young, growing town of Atlanta. The cemetery is now 48 acres and welcomes close to 50,000 visitors to its eerie grounds each year. Starting a dusk on Feb. 14, visitors can enjoy more than 20 tour stops throughout Oakland’s Victorian garden cemetery. Tour guides will inform of the symbolism of love found on the monuments throughout the cemetery and stories of devotion that span 6 feet under and beyond. Complimentary hot chocolate and desserts will be served prior to the 75-minute tour. Friday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. oaklandcemetery.com, $16-$24. Women to Watch Nothing is sexier than awareness. Women to Watch, an exhibition that is held every few years, features emerging and underrepresented women artists from around the globe. Developed for the National Museum of Women in the Arts national and international outreach committees, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) has been selected to showcase

Young love, fueling families, and death make up the classic tale that is Romeo and Juliet. The date Shakespeare’s famous tragedy premiered is a mystery (sometime in the late 1500s), but it has since been adapted numerous times for stage, film, musical, and opera venues. Shakespeare Tavern subscribes to an “original practice” approach to the material, which attempts to stage the work as close to the original, Elizabethan style as possible. Lovers can enjoy food, wine, and draught beer while watching a timeless tale. Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. shakespearetavern.com, $32-$42. ECMSA Beethoven 2020: Violin and Cello Works I Artists sometimes talk about how “every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” Composing never came easy for Beethoven, who may have sacrificed his sanity in the search for perfection. The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta’s next installment of its year-long celebration of the German composer’s 250th birthday include Variations for Cello, Violin Sonata No. 3, and the Romance in G. A triple threat lineup of Sissi Zhang on violin, Roy Harran on cello, and William Ransom on piano will perform. Featured in concert will be the complete Cycles of 16 String Quartets, 10 Piano and Violin Sonatas, 5 Cello and Piano Sonatas, and the 32 Piano Sonatas performed by Emory faculty, students and guest artists. Friday, Feb. 14 at noon. carlos.emory.edu, Free.

Atlanta Ballet 2: Swan Princess Often, Valentine’s Day is shared with more than a significant other. The Atlanta Ballet’s performance of Swan Princess welcomes families to a production geared for audiences aged 12 and under at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. In line with the classic Swan Lake composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Swan Princess is designed as an introductory ballet. The one-hour performance follows Prince Siegfried and Odette, who under the spell of a sorcerer, turns into a swan by day and human by night. Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Feb. 15-16 at 2 p.m. atlantaballet.com, $10-$64. Valentines in the Garden Enjoy the flora, fauna, food, and drinks of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. This year’s theme is “Decades of Love,” in which attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite decade. Events include a ‘50s sock-hop, ‘60s flower power decor, ‘70s disco dance floor, ‘80s live music, ‘90s snacks and cover boy band, and ends with DJ and Y2K inspired treats. Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. atlantabg.org, $45-$165.

Mudfire Pottery If getting down and dirty is your thing, Mudfire Pottery is the perfect way to spend the holiday. The Valentine’s Day package for two includes clay, firing, glaze, instruction, and snacks. The shop also boasts active art exhibitions, which represents nationally acclaimed potters as well as emerging Southeastern artists, and an artist in residency program. Friday, Feb. 14. Time slots available from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. mudfire.com, $110. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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The 20th anniversary Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) runs Feb. 10 – 27 with 48 feature films, 16 short films, three world premieres, five North American premieres and two U.S. premieres from 17 countries. Screenings will be presented at venues across metro Atlanta, including Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, Regal Perimeter Pointe, UA Tara Cinemas, Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, Plaza Theater, and the Woodruff Arts Center. The 2020 selections cover everything from intimate and introspective biographies to epic dramas, and there will be guest speakers and visiting filmmakers to provide perspective context on the lineup. Opening Night kicks off with the world premiere of “Shared Legacies: The AfricanAmerican Jewish Civil Rights Alliance,” a documentary with strong Atlanta ties and featuring prominent local leaders including Congressman John Lewis, Amb. Andrew Young, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Rabbi Peter S. Berg, Martin Luther King III., and many others. This year’s lineup also brings Atlanta audiences closer to award season by featuring films from the 2020 Oscar shortlist such as “Advocate” (shortlisted for Best Documentary

Feature), “The Painted Bird” and “Those Who Remained” (shortlisted for Best International Feature), and “The Bronx USA” (shortlisted for Best Original Song). “As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, we are so humbled to reflect on the cultural force that AJFF has become. Atlanta is a city of great diversity and building strong community connections through film is fundamental to our mission,” said Kenny Blank, AJFF’s Executive Director. “The tenants of great storytelling, community conversation and heightened audience experience continue to be a focus not only for our 20th year but beyond.” Tickets are available at AJFF.org and range in price from $36 for opening night, closing night and young professionals’ night; $16 for general admission; and $14 for seniors. The full lineup and schedule are available at AJFF.org.

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Atlanta’s first 4DX theater is now open at Regal Atlantic Station and it is, literally, a thrill ride. Last month, Regal was showing “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and historical war drama “1917” in the 4DX cinema. I had already read about the moving seats, water spray, fog, and wind effects, so a movie like “Star Wars” is made for the 4DX experience. But I chose to see “1917” to see what the 4DX format would be like for a more normal movie without so many special effects. First, let me say that “1917” is a very good film. Director Sam Mendes uses long scenes to make it seem like the events are happening in real time. The movie follows two British soldiers who are given orders to take an urgent message across the German enemy line in France during World War I. There were no 4DX special effects for the first 15 or 20 minutes, but then there was an explosion and suddenly I felt like I was part of the movie. The chair pitched back and dropped, while a gust of wind and water droplets hit my face. It was disorienting and a total shock, but also put me right into the action. As the soldiers were shot at by Germans, I could feel the bullets flying past my face thanks to little bursts of air that came from inside the seat. As soldiers rode in the back of a truck, the seat rumbled and bumped along. In another scene, a soldier jumped off a bridge to escape the enemy and the seat pitched and rolled, water splashed, a mist appeared and then it felt like I was actually floating as the soldier was swept down the river. It was impressive. If 4DX can do that during a period drama, imagine what it’s like for a special effects heavy movie. I think seeing the new “Top Gun” and James Bond movies in this format would be very exciting. You really have to experience it for yourself to understand how the seats and effects perfectly synchronize with the action on the screen. Tickets are $24, so more expensive than a regular movie, but you are paying for the extra excitement and I think it’s worth the money. It makes the movie more memorable and you feel like you are part of the movie itself. I enjoyed it so much, that I’m planning to go back and see “Star Wars.” For more information and to buy tickets, visit regmovies.com. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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“Blackness” is focus of new Hammonds House Museum exhibitions The Hammonds House Museum in West End will examine “Blackness” in 2020 through a series of exhibitions, public programs, salons, youth events and digital space. The year-long focus will be anchored by four exhibitions and will expand as additional artists, curators, thought leaders, scholars, and members of the public are invited to engage in the conversation.

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Maurice Evans and Grace Kisa Nu Africans April 2 – June 12 Nu Africans addresses the notion that Africans of the diaspora, through their particular set of circumstances, have evolved into their own tribe of Nu Africans. Inspired by the legendary warriors and queens from the African continent, models were styled and photographed as a warrior and as a queen. Though the inspiration takes its roots from the continent, these women are from this time, this place, and embody all the experiences that have brought them here.

Tracy Murrell Walking in Your Shoes… Exploring Haitian Migration Aug. 28 – Nov. 1 Hammonds House Museum in partnership with the Haitian Cultural Exchange, with funding from the National Performance Network, has commissioned artist Tracy Murrell to explore contemporary Haitian migration. She will produce new artistic works with the intention of offering a counter-narrative to the immigration story and bring to light the universality of migration as a shared experience. For more information about the series, visit hammondshouse.org.

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Pastor Troy with Shannon McCollum, Curated by Kevin Sipp The Art of Crunk According to Pastor Troy June 26 – Aug. 9 Crunk music pioneer Pastor Troy rolled up to Hammonds House Museum’s January 2019 opening of Dandy Lion dressed to the nines in a Coogi sweater, yellow pants and yellow newsboy cap. Two weeks later, he was back at the museum discussing his ideas about creating a special Crunk Exhibition. An all-star team of Pastor Troy, photographer Shannon McCollum and curator Kevin Sipp will examine the Art of Crunk According to Pastor Troy through music, video and photography.

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Guthman Competition combines music, art and technology Curious about the future of music? Then experience the most innovative instruments from across the globe at the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition Concert and Music, Art and Technology Fair at Georgia Tech on March 7. “The musical competition is emblematic of how the music technology field has grown in Atlanta and beyond. There is also a thriving community of commercial musicians here and entrepreneurs. The competition is really about how we are teaching the next generation of students in music tech, how we are pushing the future through our research and what things have an opportunity to make it to market,” said Jason Freeman, Georgia Tech School of Music Professor and Chair. The free concert will feature nine finalists selected from more than 100 musical inventor applicants from 21 countries. “Each of those creators will share their stories with us what is driving them to make something new, how it works, what their process was and also share a short performance with us,” Freeman said. And to show how accessible these creations are, Atlanta area musicians will learn how to use them the day of the concert and perform, as well. At the end of the evening, the judges will announce the Competition winners and audience favorites will also receive prizes. Last year’s winner, Keith Groover, has taken his creation from prototype to production. “Thanks to the Guthman competition, I made connections with people who have been able to help me in this next step of development and production and get The Glide in front of a lot of people,” Groover said. The Glide is a melodic instrument based around accelerometers, tiny electronic devices that measure acceleration. The Glide has five buttons and a joystick used to select notes and is played by moving your arms and hands. Just one year after winning, Groover is taking preorders at theglide.cc. I hope he’ll be as successful as the Seaboard,” said Freeman about past winner Roland Lamb’s invention. “It looks like a piano but is made out of silicone.” The design of the Seaboard allows the musician to slide their fingers back and forth and

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apply varying degrees of pressure to make sounds you could never make on a traditional piano. See and hear for yourself on YouTube, Introducing the Seaboard. The Third Arm is a robot Georgia Tech’s School of Music, whose teaching and that allows the wearer research explores the intersection of music, technology and to play many drums science, is a fitting host for this international competition. simultaneously. Students in Professor Gil Weinberg’s Robotic Musicianship Group, for example, are developing their own cutting edge music technology. “We have two thrusts of research – one is about robots that can listen, understand music and improvise. The second thrust is prosthetics. We started by working with an amputee drummer. We developed an arm for him that was allowing him to bring back lost capabilities but then we extended it to allow him to play like no human can,” Weinberg said. They’ve also developed a prosthetic “third arm” worn with a body garment that will open up a new realm of possibilities in sound and performance. Associate Professor Grace Leslie works with students to develop ways to record physiological signals from the brain and the body and convert those signals into musical sound. You’ll be able to some of these student projects at a new fair that runs from 4 to 7 p.m., right before the concert. New this year, “we’ll have a Music, Art and Technology Fair where you can come in a more interactive, hands-on informal format and see projects from the Georgia Tech community but also from Atlanta and beyond. So, we encourage you to arrive early so you can take advantage of that before the concert,” Freeman said. At both the fair and the concert, attendees are sure to expand their perspectives on music and potentially spark their own creativity. “I’m excited to see multiple instruments that started as enabling instruments, for people with all kinds of disabilities, that grew to become instruments that anyone can play,” Weinberg said. Reserve your free concert tickets at guthman.gatech.edu and learn more at INtown Insiders podcast at AtlantaINtownPaper.com.

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Anthropocene: For this exhibition, three artists—who base their work in ideas of reconnection, consumption, and repurposed materials—reflect the dawn of this new age. Closes Jan 15. Free. swancoachhouse.com ▲ART PAPERS Art Auction: The evening will feature works by 230+ leading and emerging artists from around the world. Feb 22. $50. artpapers.org Benjamin Jones Retrospective: Organized in seven enticing themes, Benjamin Jones Speaking spans 40 years of making art including fresh work never seen before. Closes Feb 15. Free-$8. mocaga.org Fernbank After Dark: offers a variety of unique after-hours experiences, including evening access to Museum exhibitions. Feb 14. $19.95. fernbankmuseum.org Fine Lines - American Works On Paper: celebrates a recent gift to the High of 50 late-nineteenth-century drawings from

Atlanta collector Paul Stein. Tues-Sun Free$14.50. high.org Gail Albert Halaban - Italian Views: Halaban’s photography is characterized by large-scale pieces of women and landscapes of inner cities. Tues-Sat. Free. jacksonfineart.com ►Geoforms: This exhibition brings together three artists who have each developed a unique abstract vocabulary expressed with different types of materials and forms of mark-making. Tues-Sat. Free. swancoachhouse.com Grand View Art Exhibition: This exhibition features 55 original works of art by Atlanta area artists. Closes Feb 16. Free. atlantaartistscenter.org Learning From Nature - Design Lab: Demonstrates how designer are finding sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. Tues-Sun Free-$10.

EMORY JAZZ FEST Bob Mintzer, tenor saxophone, with the Gary Motley Trio Friday, February 7, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. | Tickets $20

Emory Big Band with Gary Motley, Kenny Davis, and Emrah Kotan Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. | Free; tickets required.

CANDLER CONCERT SERIES Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (pictured)

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. | Tickets $45 Flutist, saxophone player, and pianist Jane Bunnett joins the talented Cuban female musicians of Maqueque for an evening of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz.

SCHWARTZ ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. | Tickets $25 Percussionist Pedrito Martinez and classically-trained pianist Alfredo Rodríguez combine their distinct styles of performance to take listeners on a journey from their Havana roots to the future of Cuban jazz.

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museumofdesign.org Looking Forward: An exhibition of sixmember artists in diverse, creative styles in media ranging from abstract acrylics, realistic oil landscapes to 3-dimensional works. Closes Feb 15. Free. kudzuartzone. org Our Senses - An Immersive Experience: Immerse yourself in 11 fun house-like spaces that dare you to trust your senses. Daily. $18-$20. fernbankmuseum.org Our Strange New Land - Photographs By Alex Harris: is the latest chapter in the ongoing Picturing the South project, for which the High Museum commissions artists to create original bodies of work. Tues-Sun. Free-$14.50. high.org Paper Routes - GA Women To Watch: This exhibition features emerging and underrepresented women artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. Tues-Sat. Free-$8. mocaga.org Patrick Kelly, The Journey: Artist Derrick Adams’ extensive exploration into the archive of the influential African-American fashion designer, Tues-Sun. Free!-$10. scadfash.org PRISM - Winter Lights: This exhibition celebrating the season with vibrant, lightbased sculptures by artists from around the country that spread throughout the park. Daily. Free. woodruffpark.com Scott Eakin - Magpie’s Dilemma: Countless lines, bars and bands of brilliant color are stacked upon each other in a meticulous process to create the graphic, geometric impact of Eakin’s paintings. TuesSat. Free. marciawoodgallery.com This Strange Presence - Unica Zürn Etchings: This exhibition brings together etchings and drawings by the German surrealist. Feb 15-May 24. $6-$8. carlos. emory.edu Transcendent Deities Of India - The Everyday Occurrence Of The Divine: Explore the visual communion between human and divine. Tues-Sun. $6-$8. carlos. emory.edu Virgil Abloh - Figures Of Speech: This exhibition explores the work of Ablah, a modern, genre-bending artist and designer who became creative director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear in 2018. Tue-Sun Free!14.50. high.org Zachari Logan: Canadian artist who primarily works with largescale drawing, ceramics and installation practices. Tues-Sat. Free. alanaveryartcompany.com

PERFORMANCE ART Alan Jackson: After Garth Brooks, Jackson was the most popular male country singer of the ‘90s. Feb 14. $39-$129. statefarmarena.com Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: The performance takes you on a path of discovery as they show you themselves through their movement and help you see yourself in their stories. Feb 20-23. $20$89. foxtheatre.org Atlanta Salsa Bachata Festival: Every year, ASBF brings the best Latin teachers and performers in the world together in Atlanta for an incredible Salsa, Bachata, and Latin Dance Festival. Feb 27-Mar 2. $15-$299. atlantasbf.com Black History Month Celebration: Dynamic presentations, the award-winning Georgia State University Jazz Band, and an original documentary of this fascinating decade. Feb 13. $40. dekalbhistory.org Blippi Live!: The energetic and loveable character Blippi comes off the screen and onto the stage with world-class production, audience engagement and amazing music. Feb 19. $20-$59.50. cobbenergycentre.com Brave New Works 2020: Join Arts at Emory for three weeks of The Playwriting Center of Theater Emory’s biennial festival of new work! Jan 31-Feb 16. Free. arts. emory.edu Concerto Competition Showcase Concert: Come hear the winners of the tenth annual Samuel Fordis Young Artists’ Concerto Competition perform with the Georgia Philharmonic. Feb 15. $10-$25. georgiaphilharmonic.org

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conducted by the composer himself. Feb 4. $20. rialto.gsu.edu Fun Home: Based on Alison Bechdel’s bestselling graphic memoir of the same name, this production took Broadway by storm and cemented itself as one of the landmark musicals of our time. Wed-Sun. $20-$40. actors-express.com Gimme Please!: Audiences are invited to watch and explore as the two friends pretend, provoke, and persist in getting what they want and need from the world and each other. Closes Feb 16. $Free!-$10. alliancetheatre.org Gordon Lightfoot: After more than 50 active years of hit song making, this singersongwriter resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. Feb 18. $45-$120. cobbenergycentre.com Heart/Beat – Gospel, Brubeck And Rhythms Of The City: The sweeping rhythms and infectious energy of jazz music intertwine in Heart/Beat, three works making their Atlanta Ballet debuts. Feb 7-9. $17-$73. atlantaballet.com Il Volo: This Italian operatic vocal trio have established themselves as one of the biggest names in classical crossover pop Feb 14. $39-$125. cobbenergycentre.com Johnny Mercer Tribute: Hard-bop trumpeter and vocalist Joe Gransden pays tribute to Mercer’s legacy. Feb 7. $20-$52. rialto.gsu.edu Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds And Keith Sweat: Edmonds’ award-winning, multifaceted pop/urban career includes the consecutive multi-platinum landmark albums. Feb 8. $63.75-$153.75. foxtheatre.org Kid Koala’s Satellite Turntable Orchestra: An innovative collection of dreamy, atmospheric tracks and invites audience members to play along while seated at mini turntable stations. Feb 16. $15. arts.gatech.edu Lewis Grizzard: Back by popular demand, this performance is a loving tribute to Grizzard. Feb 21-23. $31-$40. artstation. org Manifolds: A dance performance work about the interconnectedness of human movement, architecture, and dimensions in relation to our human existence. Feb 21. Free. coredance.org Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestras Of Atlanta: A community-based youth orchestra dedicated to furthering the music education of its students. Feb 9 &16. Free. music.gsu. edu National Lutheran Choir - So Much To Sing About: This Minnesota-based choir sings this sacred and spiritual story in a way that is guaranteed to soothe your soul. Feb 23. $25. redeemer.org New Owner: Bernie is a boisterous puppy waiting to be chosen from the animal shelter. Mabel is a lonely widow, trying to fill the hole in her heart. Feb8-9. $30. puppet.org Raw: Choreography from Atlanta Dance Collective members Lydia Patselas At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

and Sarah Stokes. Feb7-8. $17-$20. atlantadancecollective.org Romeo And Juliet: The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa’s production is set to Sergei Prokofiev’s romantic and powerful score with new choreography by Mikhail. Lavrovsky Thur-Sun. $45-80. foxtheatre. org School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play: In this play Paulina, the reigning queen bee of the all-girls Aburi Boarding School, has her sights set on winning the Miss Ghana Pageant and ultimately, the Miss Global Universe Pageant. Tues-Sun. $20-$50. truecolorstheatre.org Seize The King: With his country’s throne empty, Richard knocks down threats to his ascension, fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia in this play. Feb 14-Marh 8. $10-$45. alliancetheatre.org Set It Off: Je’Caryous Johnson takes audiences beyond the movie screen and brings to life the bank heist movie that shook the country. Feb 21-22. $39.50$95.50. cobbenergycentre.com Shared Mysteries: This performance highlights Full Radius Dance’s theatricality, pioneering technique, and inventive partnering – all hallmarks of the company’s celebrated style. Feb 21-23. $15-$25. fullradiusdance.org Sing, Be, Live, See: The second concert of its 42nd season featuring “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre and “Four Pastorales” by Cecil Effinger. Feb 29. $5. dekalbchoralguild.org Slow Food: Irene and Peter just want a quiet anniversary meal while on vacation in Palm Springs, but the evening heats up when a neurotic waiter won’t bring their food, Close Feb 16. $14-$45. theatricaloutfit.org Stellaluna: Helpless Stellaluna falls into a nest of bird fledglings, where she is graciously accepted as one of the family. Tues-Sun. $19.50. puppet.org Swan Princess: All of the mystery and magic of the beloved classic Swan Lake but fits the treasured story into a one-hour format for children. Feb 13-16. $7-$39. atlantaballet.com

▲Terence Blanchard: Jazz trumpeter believes “music and art have the power to change hearts and souls”— a belief brought to life through the music of Blanchard and his E-Collective. Feb. 15. $30-$74. rialto.gsu.edu The Bach Bowl On Super Bowl Sunday!: University Organist Timothy Albrecht and faculty friends play an hour-long concert of chamber music. Feb 2. Free! arts.emory. edu


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Top Left: The giant peach, usually dropped at Underground Atlanta to ring in the New Year, was on display at the Fulton County Government Center during January. Commission Chairman Rob Pitts is spearheading the call for a public/private effort to continue the Peach Drop event in a new location since Underground is being redeveloped. (Photo by Asep Mawardi) Bottom Left: Patrons of Andee’s Army, the child brain and spinal foundation, gathered at the Shepherd Center recently for a Bingo Night fundraiser. Nearly 150 played bingo for the sold out evening. (Photo by William Twitty) Top Right: The annual Marting Luther King Jr. Day Commemorative March was held Downtown on Jan. 20. (Photo by Asep Mawardi)

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