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Contents Our mission: Published monthly since 1994, Atlanta INtown provides its readers with hyperlocal news and information that helps foster a sense of community in a dynamic urban setting. Live, work and play—we cover everything that makes our city home.

CONTACT US Editorial Collin Kelley INtown Editor collin@atlantaintownpaper.com (404) 917-2200, ext. 102 Contributors Pamela Berger, Ann Taylor Boutwell, Bethany Clark, Joe Earle, Art Huckabee, Lela Johnson, Clare S. Richie, Tim Sullivan, Melissa Weinman

IN the Neighborhood

Go Green

The Phoenix Flies .......................................................... 4 MARTA’s Future .................... 6 Boulevard Tunnel Update ...... 7 School Briefs........................ 8 Peachtree Road Plans ......... 10 Poncey-Highland ................ 12 LifeLine Animal Project ....... 14 Atlanta Streetcars ........................................................ 16 St. Patrick’s Day Events ............................................... 18 TimmyDaddy ...................... 19 Public Safety Briefs ............ 20 A Look Back ....................... 21 Pets ................................... 22 Making A Difference ........... 23

100,000 Trees ....................... 28 Green Conference.................. 29 Eco-Briefs ............................. 30

The Studio Craft Show .................................................................. 31 Atlanta PlanIt ..................................... 32

News You Can Eat New Restaurants ............................... 33 Quick Bites ........................................ 34 BaconFest ......................................... 34 Tasting Intown ................................... 35

IN Business

Submissions Article queries and calendar submissions should be emailed to collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

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JLA Tour of Kitchens .......... 36 Urban Coop Tour ................ 37 Real Estate Briefs ............... 38

Senior Acount Executive Janet Porter Acount Executives Kita Edwards Susan Lesesne Lenie Sacks Sales Consultants David Burleson Linda Howell



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Good for Business Last month, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was named an honorary chairman of Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, a $1 million multi-state campaign to build support for same-sex marriage in Georgia and across the South. Reed joins other honorary co-chairs in the bipartisan movement, which includes well-known Republicans and Democrats like Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), US Congressman John Lewis and former President George W. Bush’s media advisor, Mark McKinnon.

Like President Obama, Reed’s views on same-sex marriage have evolved. In 2009, Reed said he supported civil unions for the LGBT community (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender), but was not in favor of gay marriage. By the end of 2012, Reed had changed his mind and was calling for marriage equality. Whether it was political expediency or a change of heart, Reed is not only standing up for human rights but also protecting the open climate for diversity and business in the city. At press time, a pair of bills designed to “preserve religious freedom” were being debated in the Georgia Legislature. Those bills have already drawn the ire of Atlanta-based businesses, including Delta Air Lines, which said the proposed laws would “violate Delta’s core values of mutual respect and dignity.” Other states, including Arizona and Kansas, have also seen businesses line up to decry legislation perceived as anti-LGBT. While the debate over same-sex marriage continues to rage, there has been a large shift in the mindset of Americans when it comes to gay marriage over the last few years. According to most major polls, a majority of Americans support it, while 17 states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage. Courts are now regularly overturning bans on samesex marriage – including Kentucky and Virginia – declaring them unconstitutional. Mayor Reed has wisely acknowledged that Atlanta has one of the largest LGBT populations in the country (third, according to recent US Census data) and that welcoming everyone – regardless of religion or sexual orientation – is good for business.

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THE PHOENIX FLIES Month-long tour schedule showcases Atlanta’s historic treasures By Collin Kelley INtown Editor

Courtesy Atlanta Preservation Center A guide takes kids and adults on a walking tour of historic Westview Cemetery. The private cemetery is just one of more than 200 events taking place in March as part of The Phoenix Flies.

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Atlanta has a reputation for tearing down the old to make way for the new, but there are still hundreds of historic sites in metro Atlanta and they will be open for tours and special events during The Phoenix Flies presented by the Atlanta Preservation Center. There are 237 events during this year’s annual event, which runs March 8 – 23, taking place in buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods around the city, according to coordinator Carolyn McLaughlin. “We’ve added 30 events this year,” McLaughlin said, “and we’re expecting 4,000 to 6,000 people to take part in this year’s celebration.” The Phoenix Flies includes guided walking tours, bicycle tours, exhibits, interactive children’s activities and visual and performing arts. Notable events include the Atlanta History Center’s tours of Kenan Research Center, Atlanta Preservation Center’s Guided Walking Tours of Historic Atlanta, open houses at the antebellum LP Grant Mansion, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s tours of historic City Hall, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center’s guided tours of the 1920s mansion and grounds, Piedmont Park Conservancy’s history tours of Piedmont Park, Whittier Mill Village Neighborhood Association’s neighborhood house tour and Wren’s Nest house tours and storytelling.

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Some of the new events for 2014 include: • Guided tours of the Atlanta Curb Market, Glenn Hotel and the Tabernacle. • Visits to Return to Rich’s at The Breman Museum led by a curator of the exhibit. • Self-guided, guided and bicycle tours of Westview Cemetery, a private cemetery which dates from 1884, which is the resting place of many important Atlantans. An afternoon in Ansley Park with guided tours of the Piedmont Driving Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution Building.

Photos Courtesy Atlanta Preservation Center Clockwise from left: Some of the buidlings and spaces open for special tours and events during The Phoenix Flies include the Glenn Hotel in Downtown Atlanta; a tour of the Grant Mansion in Grant Park; Whittier Mills Park; and historic English Avenue on the city’s westside.

• Lectures on the National Register and preservation tax benefits by the Historic Preservation Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Easements Atlanta. Complete event listings are available at PreserveAtlanta.com. All events are offered on a firstcome, first-served basis but many events require reservations, so be sure to check the website and secure your spot. McLaughlin said the Atlanta Preservation Center raises all funds necessary to produce and publicize the event with private donations, sponsorships and grants. Phoenix Flies got its start in 2003 as a way to mark the 25th anniversary of the saving of the Fox Theatre, an event that is used to mark the beginning of Atlanta’s preservation movement. “That first year we had 40 events and 16 preservation partners, now we have nearly 240 events and 83 partners,” McLaughlin noted.

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Courtesy Midtown Alliance/MARTA Above: A rendering of the proposed revamp to the Arts Center MARTA station. Below: Walton Communities will build a mixed-used development at King Memorial Station in the Old Fourth Ward.


New Midtown stations & King Memorial development on tap By Collin Kelley INtown Editor MARTA is looking ahead to redeveloping its transit stations to make them more commuter and neighborhood friendly. Midtown Alliance has released renderings of the proposed makeovers to the Midtown, Arts Center and North Avenue MARTA stations. Created by Smith Dalia Architects with input from Center Forward, Roseview, Sylvatica Studio, Gabler & Youngston Architectural Lighting Design and local artist Hense, the images show colorful greenery, plazas, retail and restaurant space to transform the stations into more than just transit stations, but destinations. Midtown Alliance has been working with MARTA on a study (funded with an $80,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission) to radically improve the visual appeal of the train stations. “We want the stations to act as a gateway as well and give riders a since of arrival into

Midtown,” Midtown Alliance CEO Kevin Green said. The cost to revamp the stations is estimated at $11.6 million. Whether the stations will actually wind up looking like these images remains to be seen. Also in the pipeline is the selection of Walton Communities to build a mixed-use development of nearly 400 apartments and 13,000 square feet of retail next door to the King Memorial MARTA station. The roughly four-acre property sits behind the transit station and is currently a parking lot. King Memorial is the first station selected by MARTA for a mixeduse development to be built on land owned by the transit system. Last year, MARTA put out a call for developers to submit plans for projects that would spur revitalization – and generate revenue – around 10 stations in the system. The next potential development is around the Avondale Estates MARTA station. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Boulevard Tunnel cleanup makes big strides Collin Kelley INtown Editor Last summer, INtown reported on local physician and Cabbagetown resident Nicki Braxley’s efforts to clean up the Boulevard tunnel that runs underneath DeKalb Avenue, the CSX railway and MARTA tracks. Her efforts evolved into the Boulevard Tunnel Initiative (BTI) and received support Courtesy BTI not only from the A city worker installs and paints new handrailings in the Boulevard community but the city Tunnel in the Old Fourth Ward. of Atlanta. will be approved by the city, and Living Since it’s inception a Walls will be covering the cost of the year ago, Braxley said “we’ve made some mural (an estimated $10,000). great strides and have even bigger plans The mural is expected to be complete for the next few months.” by the end of April and BTI is working Braxley said in a letter to BTI with Cabbagetown and Old Fourth Ward supporters that new lights were installed businesses to host a large block party to in the tunnel in November by Atlanta’s celebrate the new mural. Public Works Department creating BTI was also awarded a $2,500 grant a much brighter environment for from NPU-N and the city towards pedestrians. installation of a security camera in Railings along the elevated walkways the stairwell, were also which will be replaced and will linked to the be repainted a Atlanta Police more vibrant, Department’s pleasing color network. Braxley soon. said the grant Braxley said will only cover BTI has also the cost of one signed a contract camera, but they with Living will continue to Walls to have seek donations the entire tunnel to buy a camera painted with a for the other large mural. The stairwell. final muralist is still being sought out, but For more about the project, visit Living Walls said this will be one of their blvdtunl.com. biggest projects of 2014. Final sketches


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NEIGHBORHOOD SNAPSHOTS: PONCEY-HIGHLAND Poncey-Highland could have easily been a casualty of Atlanta’s love of building freeways, but determined residents banded together with other neighborhoods in the 1980s to preserve their community. Former President Jimmy Carter proposed a “Presidential Parkway” to connect Downtown to his new Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, but the road would have continued into Druid Hills. The GDOT demolished more than 500 homes, but the project was curtailed and we were left with Freedom Parkway. Poncey-Highland, named for the intersection where Ponce de Leon and N. Highland avenues intersect, contains many of Intown’s most historic buildings, not to mention favorite businesses and landmarks. The circa 1939 Plaza Theatre continues to show indie and new films, while you can slide into a booth at Majestic, which has been serving up diner food since 1929. Manuel’s Tavern is still a favorite haunt of politicos and journalists, while Blondie still works the pole at Clermont Lounge, the city’s oldest strip club. And if you haven’t given in to Netflix, Videodrome has DVDs and videos to rent. For more about the neighborhood, visit ponceyhighland.com.

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Nonprofit promotes adopting shelter animals By Melissa Weinman If you ask Rebecca Guinn, metro Atlanta has come a long way since 2002. Twelve years ago, Guinn called county animal control officials after she noticed a dog that had gotten its paw stuck in a fence. The dog was taken to the county shelter and Guinn learned that it would only have five days before it would be killed if its owner couldn’t be located. “I became obsessed with the dog. I called the shelter every day,” Guinn said. On the fifth day, she decided to save the dog that had been caught in the fence. The first day she had visited, the shelter was packed. But by the time she came back, many of the animals had been euthanized. “That empty shelter - I’ve never forgotten that moment,” Guinn said. “At that time in the Atlanta area, over 100,000 animals were being euthanized a year. I had no idea.” Guinn knew there had to be a better way and was moved to start LifeLine Animal Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare. Guinn now serves as the CEO of the organization. “We started LifeLine and started looking at why is it like this in the Atlanta area -- what can we do to make a difference?” Guinn said. “Today, we run that shelter.” LifeLine Animal Project now operates the animal shelters in Fulton and DeKalb counties. LifeLine is coming up on its first anniversary of running the shelter

in Fulton County, having taken over the management of the facility and county animal control services on March 15, 2013. LifeLine began managing DeKalb’s shelter July 1. In December, both counties had record low rates of euthanasia: 25.8 percent in Fulton and 13.4 percent in DeKalb, LifeLine says. “We’ve done a lot to promote adoptions at Fulton County. We’ve tried to raise the profile of the shelter and bring more people to the shelter,” Guinn said. Guinn said one way LifeLine has boosted the number of adoptions is simply informing people that they can go to their county shelter to adopt a pet. LifeLine also has used several other strategies to find homes for animals in its shelters and prevent more from ending up there. For example, Guinn said there is a “surrender counselor” in both that will talk with people about why they are turning their pets over to the shelter. Often, she said, people feel they can’t afford something their pet needs. “We try to find resources for them, whether it’s building a fence for them, or a dog house, or veterinary care,” Guinn said. One of LifeLine’s first initiatives was a spay/neuter clinic, Guinn said. All of the adoptable pets at the shelter are already spayed or neutered. But Guinn said the organization is continuing to emphasize the importance of getting pets fixed to prevent unwanted litters of puppies and

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kittens. In DeKalb County, LifeLine is offering a program called SNIP DeKalb, to provide free spay and neuter operations and vaccinations for people who can’t afford them. “This is a program that we raise money for, it’s not something that the Photo by Melissa Weinman counties pay for,” Guinn Karen Hirsch, LifeLine communications director, visits with one of said. the dogs at the Fulton County facility. As a nonprofit organization, LifeLine has March 2015. resources such as volunteers, donations Guinn said taking over county and relationships with other animal services has been a big adjustment for welfare groups that allow it to be more LifeLine. She said each shelter can take flexible than a traditional governmentin up to 30 animals a day, which means run shelter. the organization is providing services for DeKalb County Commissioner between 25,000 and 30,000 animals a year. Jeff Rader said he’s been pleased with But Guinn said bidding to provide the LifeLine’s work at the animal shelter. county services was a logical extension of “I think that the experiment in the work LifeLine was already doing. outsourcing shelter services has been a “We’ve always been involved in the good success,” Rader said. “Based upon solution and felt like if we wanted to take the numbers I understand coming out Atlanta to the next level, we needed to of shelters, we’re seeing a reduction in lead the way,” Guinn said. “Both counties euthanasia and an increase in placement were struggling.” FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH 31, 2014 of animals, which is very positive.” Guinn said there’s still a lot of work to DeKalb commissioners have approved do, but she’s pleased with what LifeLine funding for a new animal shelter to replace has accomplished in Fulton and DeKalb. the current facility, which is outdated and “Where it used to be that 83 percent PER too small to serve the county’s needs. The were dying [at the DeKalb shelter], in UNIT* new shelter is to be built on land adjacent to December, 87 percent left alive,” Guinn ® ® onthe Duette Architella Honeycomb Shadessaid DeKalbPeachtree Airport. Rader said. “Which just goes to show you, if you that facility is expected to be complete by a problem, you can fix it.” FEBRUARY 1 –see MARCH 31, 2014




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Atlanta Streetcar Appears One of the big blue carriages that will ferry residents and visitors along the 2.7 mile Atlanta Streetcar route made an appearance on Edgewood Avenue last month. The streetcar is still on track to debut before Memorial Day weekend and will offer free rides for the first three months. Afterwards, fares will be $1. The city is already in talks with the Atlanta BeltLine about extending the streetcar to the east and west to link up with the BeltLine trails and future transit. Photos courtesy of Atlanta Streetcar.

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Photo courtesy Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade Crowds gather along Peachtree for last year’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year’s event is March 15 in Midtown.

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St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday (March 17) this year, so many of the city’s celebrations will be happening the weekend before. Although Irish pubs will surely steal the spotlight, there’s also a parade, music festival and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 132nd annual parade moves to Midtown this year and will step off on Peachtree Street at noon on March 15 from 16th Street. Led by the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales, the parade will feature 2,000 dancers, musicians, floats and balloons. The familyfriendly event will continue to 5th Street. Come early to find a good viewing spot. For more information, visit atlantastpats.com.

Shamrock the Station

After the parade, head over to Atlantic Station for an afternoon of family activities and an evening concert by The Ruckus. A schedule was still being planned at press time, so visit atlanticstation.com for more details.

Shamrock Music Festival

Wear your green party clothes and head to the Masquerade Music Park on March 15 for this annual festival featuring tribute bands to Journey, The Rolling Stones, The Blues Brothers, Van Halen and U2. There will also be grub from local food trucks and plenty of green beer. Advance tickets are $19.95 at shamrockmusicfest.thrivemediapartners. com.

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Fado’s St. Patrick’s Day

Always a popular place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Fado’s Irish pub in Buckhead is hosting a two-day bash for everyone 21 and up. March 15 will include a street festival of fully stocked bars, food tents, and live music, while the pub will open at 7 a.m. on March 17 with bagpipers and Irish dancers. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance for this famous weekend event at fadoirishpub.com.

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The Buckhead Coalition has established a $5,000 reward fund to help find suspects in a string of robberies and other “crimes of opportunity” taking place in Atlanta Police Department Zone 2. President Sam Massell said there has been an uptick in pedestrian robberies since the beginning of 2014. The Coalition has found success in the past with its major reward program in crime reduction, once paying out $50,000, the largest reward ever paid in Georgia. Anyone with information about robberies should contact Atlanta Police Department Zone 2 at (404) 848-7231. Would you like to get first-hand knowledge about the MARTA Police Department and transit system law enforcement? Then apply to join the MPD’s annual Citizens Police Academy. The department is accepting applications until March 4 for the 10week course, running from March 18 through May 13. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at MPD Headquarters, 2400 Piedmont Road with one Saturday class. All applicants must be at 18-years-old and must submit to a criminal background check. For more information about MPD, visit www.itsmarta.com/police. The Atlanta Police Department has announced a number of promotions and changes in staff. Chief George Turner promoted Maj. C.J. Davis to Deputy Chief over Strategy and Special Projects Division upon the retirement of E. Renee Propes after 30 years of service. Other changes: Maj. James B. Shaw is the new Commander over the Code Enforcement Section; Maj. Byron K. Martin is in charge of the Community Services Section; Capt. Jack Snowden is the new Night Commander; Capt. Bennie McGee is the new Assistant Commander in Zone 6; and Capt. Marisha Shepherd is new Assistant Commander at the Airport. Decatur Police are urging residents to use caution if they receive an unexpected knock at the door, notice unknown vehicles in the neighborhood or strangers on their property after a rash of burglaries and attempted burglaries. Decatur PD is working with Atlanta and DeKalb police on arresting a robbing crew that has been targeting neighborhoods bordering jurisdictions. If you receive an unexpected knock on the door, it may be a ploy to determine if anyone is home before a burglary is attempted. Asking “Who is it?” through the door is a safer option than opening the door for a stranger and also alerts a potential burglar that the home is occupied.

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A LOOK BACK This Month in History


Ann Taylor Boutwell March 1, 1990: Atlanta’s Harwell Road Elementary School, located in Collier Heights, changed its name at the beginning of the 1989-90-session to Usher Middle School. It honored one of Atlanta’s and Georgia’s most respected female educators – Bazoline Estelle Usher (1885-1992). During her 50 years as a professional educator, she rose through the ranks of the public school system to be supervisor of black education initiating seven new elementary schools. Once when asked she said that training teachers was what she liked best. She passed Feb. 8, 1992 at the age of 106. Her interment was at Southview Cemetery. On March 13, 2014, Usher will be inducted at the 23rd annual ceremony at Macon’s Wesleyan College as a Georgia Woman of Achievement. March 3, 1854: Mayor William M. Butt commissioned jeweler Er Lawshe to create Atlanta’s first official city seal. Depicting a steam railway locomotive within a circle, it appeared on the title page of Atlanta’s first city directory published in 1859. March 3, 1943: Mary Large Moore completed a three-day institute on radio broadcasting and public speaking as part of the Atlanta Junior League’s educational program. The Atlanta native, a Vassar College graduate, was known for her professionalism. She was the first voice for Southern Bell’s telephone time and temperature service. In 1939, she was the local broadcast announcer for the Gone With the Wind movie premiere. During World War II, she read local newspapers over the radio because paper was scarce and there weren’t enough to newspapers to go around. By 1950, Mary had her own television show called The Mary Moore Show. That year she was also the League’s president. Moore’s community accomplishments focused on the Atlanta Speech School and a docent program at the Atlanta Historical Society’s Swan House. At her death in November 1996, her family requested that the Atlanta Speech School be the recipient of donations. March 9, 1961: The Georgia Civil War Centennial Commission commemorated the conflict with a costume ball at the Atlanta Biltmore Hotel. Georgia Gov. Samuel Ernest Vandiver was the official host and grand marshal. Actresses Vivien Leigh and Olivia de Havilland attended the anniversary premiere celebration of Gone With the Wind the following evening at the Loew’s Grand Theater on Peachtree Street. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

March 12, 1925: Davison-Paxon merged with R.H. Macy and Company of New York. On March 21, 1927, the new store opened on Peachtree in the handsome $6 million building designed by Starrett and Van Vleck of New York and Hentz, Reid, and Adler of Atlanta. The landmark site next door to the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel is now an events and office facility. March 15, 1911: The Atlanta Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met at the Carnegie Library on Forsyth Street. An important item on the agenda was the opening reception at the Atlanta Chapter’s new Cragie House at 1240 Piedmont in May. For 74 years, it served the Atlanta Chapter until 1985 when it suffered tree-fall damage. The Georgia Trust placed it on its 2011 list of Places in Peril. On Feb. 12, 2014, part of the house collapsed during the ice storm. The current owner, Bert Sanders, hopes to save the front Piedmont Avenue façade in his new home. March 22, 1934: The first Masters Golf Tournament was held in Augusta. Beginning in 1940, the tournament’s schedule changed to the first week of April. Horton Smith won that first tournament.

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Pet Briefs Piedmont Park Conservancy’s inaugural Doggie Dash 5K will take place on March 16 at Piedmont Park. Runners and walkers of all levels will enjoy a scenic route through the park with music and more. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the race at 11:30 at Greensward Promenade. The cost is $25 in advance online at piedmontpark.org or $35 the day of the event. DogFest Walk ’n Roll will be held March 29 at First Baptist Church Atlanta, 4400 North Peachtree Road. The event will benefit Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities, free of charge, nationwide. There will be a one-mile wheel friendly walk culminating with a festival at the finish. For more information and to register, visit cci.org/dogfestatlanta.

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Metro Atlanta Red Cross marks 100 years of service By Clare S. Richie The year was 1914, when World War 1 broke out in Europe, Henry Ford introduced the Model T assembly line, and the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross received its charter. For a century, the Metro Atlanta Chapter has helped the city, state, nation and the world face disasters like the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917, Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Whether responding to one house fire or a tornado that leveled hundreds, the Metro Atlanta Chapter mobilizes volunteers who provide shelter, food, key necessities, kindness and hope. They ask for our blood to save lives – three lives for each pint, to be exact. And they train citizens to be lifesavers, too. The Metro Atlanta Chapter of the Red Cross has responded to some of the city’s biggest disasters including the 2008 tornado that struck Atlanta and CabHeadquartered at 1955 Monroe bagetown (left) and the Winecoff Hotel fire in 1946 (center). Drive near the I-85 connector, the Metro Atlanta Chapter seeks to “prevent, organizers has since grown to 1,700 • Join Team Red Cross as a runnergot to go”. prepare for, and cope with emergencies,” registered volunteers that outnumber paid fundraiser at the March 23rd Publix • Give blood at one of the 100 Drives through disaster response/preparedness, staff 40 to 1. Together volunteers, donors, Georgia Marathon, Half-Marathon in 100 Days, culminating with the lifesaving training, communications for partners and staff serve a 13-county area and 5K in Centennial Olympic Park. June 28 All American Red Cross military members and their families, of 5 million Georgians. The Metro Atlanta • Experience the chapter’s history Blood Drive with the Atlanta Braves international humanitarian services, and chapter also oversees 11 other chapters through personal stories, recorded in at The 755 Club. Officials said Metro support for the Southern Blood Services across the state. partnership with StoryCorps Atlanta Atlanta does not collect enough Division headquartered in Douglasville. To commemorate its 100th anniversary, and edited by Morningside multiblood to serve the needs of our “Our long rich history has evolved with the Metro Atlanta Chapter invites residents media producer Lauren Waits. Listen community and this drive could help the community, but our mission has stayed to participate in its 100-Day Centennial online and hear from people like change that. the same,” said Communications Officer Celebration from March 23 to June 30. 91-year-old Mr. Greason, a disaster Sherry Nicholson. Some of the upcoming events the public relief volunteer for two decades, For more about the Red Cross and What started with 12 volunteer can get involved in include: explain that when disaster strikes, “I’ve upcoming events, visit atlantaredcross.org.


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Charlotte Lane founders source items for embellishment By Pam Berger SweetPeachblog.com Atlanta-based couple Kristine Cholakian and Kenneth Cooke have combined their passions for curating and creating to open an online shop called Charlotte Lane, which features home decor items that are accessible, well made and playful. Together they scour antique markets, auctions and yard sales to find one-of-a-kind items, which they embellish, repurpose and restyle for modern use. Their shop also includes plain and poppy pocket squares, which I’m always a sucker for. These are colored with fabric dye, handstitched and can easily be customized to your liking. I love the idea of any of these vibrant hankies tucked inside a guy’s jacket pocket or back pocket this spring, and for just $12 each, there’s no reason why that can’t happen. I appreciate any shop with lots of vibrancy and color. It makes me think the people behind it are really happy. Check out the entirety of Kristine and Kenneth’s online shop, which also includes a lovely mix of hand-painted stationery and gift tags, at charlotteln.com. On the site too, you’ll find a link to Kristine’s day job – running the event planning company, Simply Charming Socials. And Kenneth keeps busy with his own branding company, K Cooke Designs. Amidst all the madness and creativity, they have found a shared passion, and a shared shop that is both happy and by the looks of it, in trend.

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London-based Topshop/Topman (topshop.com) has announced it will open in Lenox Square in Buckhead in 2015. Specializing in clothing for men and women, shoes and accessories, the British retailer will occupy 15,000 square feet at the mall.

Google has released a short list of cities being considered for its new ultrahigh speed broadband network called Google Fiber including the cities of Atlanta, Decatur, Brookhaven, Avondale Estates, Sandy Springs, College Park, East Point, Hapeville and Smyrna. Google Fiber could bring residents access to “Gigabit” Internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second—or up to 100 times faster than basic broadband. Google will provide an update on which cities will get Google Fiber by the end of this year. Los Angeles-based retailer Johnny Was (johnnywas.com) will open a new location at Phipps Plaza this spring. The shop offers vintage-inspired and “boho chic” women’s clothing and accessories.

Web-based information provider Connecture, Inc. has relocated to a new, larger office at 55 Allen Plaza in Downtown Atlanta. More than 100 employees, including numerous seniorlevel executives, are working at the new, 28,000-square-foot office. MODA Floors & Interiors, located in Atlanta’s West Midtown Design District, has opened a 5100-square-foot retailfocused store in Town Brookhaven. MODA sells materials and provides installation services for hardwoods, tile and stone, carpet, luxury vinyl, laminate, area rugs and window coverings. As a Shaw Design Center, the new showroom includes the latest media technology to enhance the shopping and buying experience.

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The Atlanta Track Club (atlantatrackclub.org) has announced that Olympian and two-time World Championship bronze medalist Rich Kenah has been named the new executive director of the organization. In addition to his nine-year professional running career, Kenah brings nearly two decades of experience in events and sports marketing. He comes to Atlanta Track Club from Global Athletics and Marketing, Inc. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (choa.org) has been ranked among Fortune magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America. It is the ninth consecutive time the notfor-profit pediatric healthcare system has been named to the list. Landing at No. 43, Children’s is one of only two healthcare systems in Georgia to appear on the list, and one of only four companies headquartered in Georgia. In addition, Children’s is one of only two pediatric hospitals on the list. Downtown’s Luckie Marietta District advisory committee has appointed Marika Johnson as executive director. Stretching from the Georgia Aquarium to the Georgia World Congress Center, the District is a hub for tourism, entertainment and commerce for locals and visitors. Atlanta’s status as “Hollywood South” continues to grow as Moguldom Studios A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Trees Atlanta will mark milestone March 27 By Bethany Clark Trees Atlanta 2014 is a milestone year for local non-profit Trees Atlanta. At the end of this month’s planting season, the organization will have contributed 100,000 trees to the Atlanta’s urban forest since 1985. On Thursday, March 27, Trees Atlanta will host a party to celebrate the milestone called the “The Root Ball” in the Greystone building at Piedmont Park. Presented by the Southeast Permanente Group, the event will feature food, a live band, a ceremonial planting of the 100,000th tree, and an award recognition of Trees Atlanta’s valued partners in the categories of individual, corporate, community partner, and volunteer. More information and tickets are available at reesatlanta.org. Atlanta has always been nationally recognized as a city in the trees, encased as we are in such a beautiful natural urban forest. Though our urban forest began to suffer a bit in the 1970s due to drought, increasing development, and other environmental factors, over the last few decades our city continues to make our natural environment a priority. After all, our parks, trails, greenspaces, and rivers are a big part of how we enjoy life in Atlanta. For nearly three decades, Trees Atlanta has

been a community partner committed to planting trees in our neighborhoods. The 100,000 trees that we have collectively planted keep us cool in hot temperatures, improve our air quality, provide fresh oxygen, and make our communities beautiful. Trees Atlanta is supported by thousands Photo by Gregg Murphey of volunteers, local Trees Atlanta volunteers gather for a recent tree-planting work day. The nonprofit will plant its businesses, corporate 100,000 tree this month. partners, and committed citizens like you, and this • Enhanced the Atlanta Beltline through the Atlanta moment belongs to all of us. We have much to be proud BeltLine Arboretum; of. In reaching the 100,000 tree milestone, the Trees • Educated thousands of men, women, and children, Atlanta community has: creating more tree advocates and stewards. • Planted in more than 100 neighborhoods across Atlanta, improving the beauty and health of the forest, parks, and corridors of our city; • Helped restore native botanical diversity to the city’s urban forest by planting many species of oak, maple, pines, elm, magnolia, and more; • Enriched habitat for wildlife, birds, butterflies, and bees

Many of you have shared with us your first-hand experiences of how trees improve your communities, your health, and your quality of life. You’ve told us that many of the trees we planted in the 1980s now provide a green canopy for enjoying your outdoor community. Imagine, as these 100,000 trees continue to grow, what a legacy this will leave for generations to come.

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Green infrastructure to take center stage at annual Park Pride conference The Atlanta Botanical Garden will play host to this year’s Park Pride Parks and Greenspace Conference on March 31. The year’s theme is “Pipes to Parks: Creating Greenspaces with Rainwater.” The conference will focus on rainwater and the bourgeoning field of green infrastructure, a set of techniques used to divert rainwater runoff from overwhelmed sewers and drainage pipes and into parks as water features, into bioswales, or into rooftop gardens. Green infrastructure is the hot topic in sustainability as businesses and cities race to take advantage of both the fiscal and societal benefits presented by its implementation. “Municipalities nationwide are discovering the economic, social, and environmental value of green infrastructure as a way to create and expand the reach of parks and greenspaces in communities,” sad Carlos Perez, the Chairman of the Parks and Greenspace Conference. The nationally recognized Historic

Fourth Ward Park is one such example, built around a water retention basin doubling as a lake that collects excessive rainwater runoff, ending the recurring flooding in the surrounding area. Walt Ray, Park Pride’s Director of Visioning, feels that green infrastructure elevates parks from being ‘optional community amenities’ to vital components of healthy communities. “The topic redefines how decision makers approach community planning, and is especially relevant with the record amount of rainfall Atlanta is experiencing this year; the existing infrastructure has been overstressed and there is a great opportunity to leverage green infrastructure for improvements in city parks.” To register and find out more about the conference, visit parkpride.org.

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Eco Briefs The Southface Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable convenes once a month to discuss the region’s current environmental issues – from water to energy, urban planning to policy and much more. Members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions, make comments, network and learn about Atlanta’s current and future opportunities for sustainable development. The next meeting dates are March 7 and April 4 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St. For more, visit southface. org/sart. Cox Enterprises today announced expanded goals for Cox Conserves, the company’s national sustainability program. The program originally focused on carbon reduction and now includes waste and water goals. Expanded goals include sending was to landfills in the next decade and becoming carbon and water neutral in the next 25 to 30 years. Since Cox Conserves launched in 2007, the company and its affiliated foundations have invested more than $100 million in sustainability and conservation through operations projects and grants to environmental nonprofits.

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Atlanta has joined a 10-city effort to significantly reduce energy use in commercial buildings across the city. Atlanta’s participation in the City Energy Project (CEP) comes on the heels of a White House announcement in December that the city had also been invited to participate in the Better Buildings Energy Data Accelerator program. Buildings are responsible for roughly 40 percent of Atlanta’s carbon emissions, and more than half of this pollution in most U.S. cities – more than either the transportation or industrial sectors. Improving building efficiency couold lower energy bills by as much as $146 million annually and could cut about 1.1 million tons of carbon pollution from buildings in Atlanta, equivalent to the carbon footprint of 55,000 homes every year.

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Intown artisans get ready for American Craft Council Show By Collin Kelley INtown Editor The American Craft Council Show is set for March 15 -16 at the Cobb Galleria Centre with more than 225 of the nation’s most respected craft artists on hand and thousands of visitors expected to take in the 25th anniversary event. Crafters will exhibit and sell their latest one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, home decor and more. As the Southeast’s largest indoor craft show, artists are selected through a rigorous jury process to ensure admission of the highest quality work. Founded in 1943, the Council is a national, nonprofit educational organization. We asked three Intown artists selected to participate in this year’s show to talk about their work in their own words. Kathleen Plate, Furniture & Lighting Creating works of art from empty wine bottles is the ultimate alchemy and way to combine my love of ecology with my love of art and architecture. I always love finding the beauty in the unexpected, and breaking what others call “rules.” This led me to combine processes from different mediums (glass, ceramics, stone work) and develop a new material derived from recycled glass bottles that I was able to patent and use as the building blocks of my chandeliers. The entire process, from dumpster diving for empties, to dimming the lights for the perfect effect, are part of my art. My lighting stops people in their tracks because it is simple and beautiful, and when I tell them I made it from empty beer bottles, or sake bottles, they can’t believe it. That’s what a love, keeping a bottle in its original shape, color, and size, yet transforming it so radically people are stunned by its beauty. This work is 100 percent custom.

Lynn Pollard, Paper Breathing deeply, to experience the serenity of simplicity, to experience these subtle indigo markings on paper, life relinquishes the harsh realities of contemporary life with its brutal murders, humans lashing out at one another without forgiveness, terrorism, war, and the clutter and stress of our daily existence and hears the silence of solitude. My work addresses pure beauty and ideal nature and escape. It exists solely for beauty, for visual experience, for tactile luxury. And why blue? The complex nature of this particular dye, the ancient practices of dyeing blue, the traditional experience and symbolism, and the superstitions that developed around it for many ancient cultures all add to the significance for me. The connection to these other dyers working before me and superstitiously dying the color of royalty or traditional beliefs or war practices and to those working now to serve their beliefs and traditions and family moves me to work under the sway of the indigo vat. Lucinda Carlstrom, Paper I sew Japanese papers, new and recycled silk from antique kimonos and thrift store dresses, paste papers and bronze and 23k pure gold leaf (thin metal which is first adhered to paper before being cut up). This work, which has its foundation in traditional quiltmaking, is done on a much smaller scale than most quiltmakers. I often sew 1/2” strips of paper with 1/10” seams. My larger pieces often contain several thousand pieces. My work is blocked and sewn to museum board for permanent installation and framed under glass. For more about the show, visit craftcouncil.org.


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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family Visual Arts Chuck Close, Up Close: See the work of American photorealist and screenprinter Chuck Close up close at Buckhead’s Alan Avery Art Company. Opens March 7. Free. alanaveryartcompany.com

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Blind Handshake: This solo exhibit at Marcia Wood Gallery features works by Romare Bearden: A Black David Humphrey, Odyssey: Romare Bearden’s whose paintings, collage and watercolor series at ONCE sculptures and the Carlos Museum bridges the drawings have been classical mythology of Homer and THE known by critics for African-American culture. January MUSICAL their “surreal sexiness, 24 through 26 features free live postmodern snap and readings of “The Odyssey” by painterly discrimination.” Closes March 29. Atlanta actors and special guests. Closes Free. marciawoodgallery.com March 9. $6 to $8. carlos.emory.edu Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps: Atlanta History Center’s Kenan Research Center exhibits contemporary botanical art and maps depicting the plants discovered by the Bartram family while exploring the American colonies from the 1730s to 1790s. Opens March 19. Free. atlantahistorycenter.com Undertone: Orly Genger’s ambitious Modernist knotted rope sculptures decorate SCAD Atlanta’s Gallery See, along with a

SCORE: Artists in Overtime: The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA) explores the parallels between art and sports – strategy, timing and spectators – in this exhibit featuring paintings, installations and design objects. Closes March 29. Free. mocaga.org Splendor: The Work of Jim Waters: Forty-five reflective 16-point stars are displayed in the High’s latest exhibition of this Atlanta-based artist who uses the reflective properties of light to create color. Tuesday through Sunday. $12 to $19.50. high.org Stars Fall on Atlanta: The Premiere of Gone With the Wind: Get a closer look at the events surrounding the 1939 world premiere of “Gone With the Wind” in Atlanta at this special exhibition at the Margaret Mitchell House. Daily. $8.50 to $13. gwtw. org

Performing Arts Once: Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, “Once” at the Fox Theatre tells the story of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes an interest in his haunting love songs. March 4 through March 9. $30 to $75. broadwayinatlanta.com We’ll Always Have Paris: Robert Spano and Jeffrey Khaner reunite to present the ASO debut of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Flute Concerto along with a Paris-themed program of Ravel, Debussy and Mozart. March 6. $24 to $75. atlantasymphony.org Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Capitol City Opera presents Stephen Sondheim’s chilling and suspenseful masterpiece musical of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. March 7 through March 9. $30 to $40. ccityopera.org St. Vincent: Following a year-long sold-out tour and a critically acclaimed album collaboration with David Byrne of the Talking Heads, St. Vincent returns

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on the heels of releasing her self-titled album in February. March 8. $25 to $28. tabernacleatl.com Faust: In Gounod’s operatic retelling of the famous legend, an elderly scholar sells his soul to the devil Méphistophélès for a chance to seduce the beautiful Marguerite. March 8 through March 16. $26 to $140. atlantaopera.org So Coco: Theater meets fashion in this view behind the runway inspired by fashion icon Coco Chanel played by Park Krausen at The Goat Farm Arts Center. March 13. $35 to $50. theatredureve.com Shrek the Musical: Shrek the ogre leaves his home to rescue a princess in this family-friendly one-act show inspired by the popular book and film. Closes March 16. $20 to $35. alliancetheatre.org Rachmaninoff Vespers: Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring sonorities of Rachmaninoff’s striking chords as Atlanta Master Chorale performs this timeless work. March 15. $25 to $30. atlantamasterchorale.org Maple and Vine: This play at Actor’s Express follows a 30-something New York couple struggling in their marriage until they meet a man who offers an alternative lifestyle – a planned community dedicated to living every minute of every day as if it were 1955. Opens March 19. $15 to $40. actors-express.com Modern Choreographic Voices: See the works of some of today’s most sought-after contemporary choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Alexei Ratmansky and Tara Lee, in the Atlanta Ballet’s production at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. March 21 through March 23. $20 to $120. atlantaballet.com Bach Birthday Bash with the Georgia Boy Choir: Atlanta Baroque Orchestra invites the Georgia Boy Choir to Peachtree Road United Methodist Church for a concert of Bach’s great masterworks in celebration of his 408th birthday. March 22. $10 to $25. atlantabaroque.org Race: In this new play from David Mamet, two high-profile lawyers — one black, one white — are called to a court case where blatant prejudice is as disturbing as the evidence at hand. Closes March 23. $15 to $50. truecolorstheatre.org Weather Rocks!: From a newsroom in the clouds, five energetic meteorologists tell the audience all about the weather with sunny melodies ranging from rock to gospel in this en”lightening” puppetry musical. Closes March 23. $16.50. puppet.org Tanz Farm Series 3: The third of four shows in the gloATL Tanz Farm series features a performance by Austin McCormick and Company XIV at The Goat Farm Arts Center. March 27 through March 30. $15 to $25. gloatl.com. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m





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Perhaps the most anticipated opening of the year is the re-opening of Polaris at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown. The iconic, blue-domed flying saucer has been a fixture on the Atlanta skyline since 1967, but the restaurant and bar closed a decade ago. The new space, reimagined by Johnson Studios, will be divided into four distinct areas including a bar and media zone with communal tables, a living room space with sofas, a library space and a traditional dining room. The floor of Polaris will slowly rotate offering one-of-a-kind views of the city. Hyatt executive chef Martin Pfefferkorn has promised a menu of light fare and small plates with ingredients sourced from a rooftop garden. The Polaris is expected to reopen this month, so check facebook.com/PolarisAtlanta for more information.

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Hector Santiago, Adam Berlin and Juan Calle have joined forces to open Big Sky, a fast-casual space with a Latin-inspired menu at 3201 Cains Hill Place in Buckhead. Those missing Santiago’s Pura Vida in Poncey-Highland will definitely want to grab a drink, lunch or dinner. Visit facebook.com/BigSkyBuckhead for more details.

Bar Meatball

Joe Masi and his cousin, Joey Federici, teamed up to transform the Pozole space at 1044 Greenwood Ave. in Virginia-Highland into Bar Meatball, featuring a menu of traditional Italian comfort food. Find out more at barmeatball.com.

The Imperial

This newly-opened neighborhood joint at 726 West College Ave. in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood has a menu featuring salads, hearty bowls, wings, burgers and a full bar. The former gas station also has a big patio for when the weather warms up. More at imperialdecatur.com

Painted Pin

Eat, drink and bowl a strike at Painted Pin, billed as an “upscale boutique bowling and entertainment venue,” which is set to open in April on Miami Circle in Buckhead. Check in at the concierge-style desk for your shoes, then order sandwiches, tacos, wine, cocktails and more right from the lane.

Victory Sandwich Bar

Victory was forced to close its doors to make way for the 280 Elizabeth Street mixed-use development last year, but it’s re-opened in new digs at 913 Bernia Avenue in Inman Park and still serving up its tasty sandwiches and frozen Jack ‘n Cokes. vicsandwich.com.

Shake Shack

The Buckhead Atlanta development is going to be full of restaurants, but one of the most anticipated is an outpost of New York favorite, Shake Shack. The “roadside-style” burgers, hot dogs, fries and frozen custard have a loyal following since its beginnings a decade ago as a food cart at Madison Square Park. It’s expected to open in July. Find out more at shakeshack.com. (Pictured at top)

Souper Jenny – Decatur

Neither freezing temperatures nor black ice could keep the soup lovers away when Jenny Levison opened the second outpost of her famed Buckhead restaurant on Valentine’s Day. Located at 1 West Court Square in Downtown, the place is already packed for lunch. souperjennyatl.com.

Spice to Table

Asha Gomez – known for the Spice Route Supper Club and Cardamom Hill – has opened Spice to Table in the Studioplex in the Old Fourth Ward. The Indian-inspired eatery serves breakfast and lunch. facebook.com/Spice2Table. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m




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Quick Bites Happy Belly Food Truck (facebook.com/HappyBellyTruck) co-founder Terry Hall, pictured at left with his wife Dawn, died Feb. 11 after a five-month battle with lung cancer. Muss & Turner owner Ryan Turner described Hall as “gifted, determined” and having an “insane work ethic.” The Happy Belly Truck will continue to roll through local neighborhoods with the help of Hall’s sister and husband, who have moved here from Louisiana.

Annual BaconFest will raise money for Dad’s Garage

The Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market announced today that it will hold its 2nd Annual Taste and Brews beer tasting and food festival on March 8. This unique event includes food samples from a choice of 10 Atlanta food trucks paired with unlimited tastings from more than one hundred domestic, imported and craft beers. The event will be from 2 to 6 p.m. (VIP entry at 1 p.m.) at the park, 1850 Howell Mill Road. Tickets are available now for $45 for General Admission and $75 for VIP. For more information, visit tasteandbrews.com. The Georgia Craft Beer Fest is set for March 22 at Red Brick Brewing, 2323 Defoor Hills Road, to benefit the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. There will be samples from 25 breweries, including Moon River, Coastal Empire, Macon Beer Co. and Southbend. General admission tickets are $40 from 1 to 6 p.m. ($75 for VIP from noon to 6 p.m.). Tickets and information at georgiacraftbrewersguild.org. Tickets are on sale now for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, which will be held May 29 – June 1 in Midtown Atlanta. An early bird pre-sale continues through March 14 at atlfoodandwinefestival.com. The event will feature food and drink from local chefs and mixologists and educational opportunities. SOHO Atlanta (sohoatlanta.com) restaurant in Vinings has appointed Scott Warren as executive chef. He has served as the sous chef at SOHO for three years and will take over the executive chef duties for departing Executive Chef Joe Ahn. Las Margaritas (lasmargaritasmidtown.com) on Cheshire Bridge Road has recently given its building a fresh new look, installed a new bar and added new additions to the menu, including a special Monday night fajita menu for just $10 and a Cuban buffet on Tuesdays.

Defying bulldozers, hardhats and cement trucks, the wildly popular BaconFest will rise from the dirt mountain of its former home and descend upon the Masquerade Music Park on March 29 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sponsored by MailChimp, BaconFest will again benefiting Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, who recently found itself without a permanent home of its own and is currently producing shows at neighboring 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points, until they find their forever home. Utilizing the extra space that Masquerade affords the event, BaconFesters can expect a triple helping of everything during the 14th annual event. That means more bacon, more beer, more music, more booths, more entertainment, a silent auction and, as always... more shenanigans. Selling out every year, all proceeds benefit Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, a nonprofit theatre group that engages, cultivates and inspires artists and audiences alike by producing innovative, scripted and improvised works that are recognized locally, nationally and internationally for being undeniably awesome. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale now at dadsgarage.com for ages 21 and up.

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By Art Huckabee If you were to stop the average Atlantan on the street and ask them what they know about South African cuisine, you would probably get lots of blank stares. Moreover, judging by the recent survey news that one out of every four of us thinks that the sun revolves around the Earth, you’d probably get even more blank stares if you asked, “Where’s 10 Degrees South?” While the answer to the first question can be somewhat complicated, the answer to the second is Lamb chops, above, needed more searing time, really quite simple; it’s right on Roswell while the chicken curry, below, was good but one Road in Buckhead. note. For close to 15 years, 10 Degrees South has been providing Atlanta with the unique and multicultural cuisine that is South African. From its modest beginnings in a small bungalow to its present contemporary state, this restaurant has created quite a following with food that while often very good can sometimes seem like expensive comfort food. Our party of six arrived on a Wednesday night. There is a warm and intimate feel about this place. The interesting artwork and lighting lets you had the consistency of lobster and were know that someone cares just as much only slightly smaller. Two at our table about the atmosphere as they do the food. ordered them and both proclaimed them A guitar-playing singer could be heard in a hit. the bar. The curry chicken while tasty, was We chose a bottle of wine from the texturally a one-note dish. It was a plate of large selection of South African whites comfort food – chicken and rice with just and reds. Many will recognize the South a hint of spice – not necessarily something African professional golfer turned one would chose to eat when dining in a winemaker, Ernie Els, whose wine can be finer restaurant. The chicken bobotie was found several times on the list. They also another comforting plate of food. Bobotie have a limited number of choices from is the national dish of South Africa. To other latitudes as well. Many selections can the uninitiated it gives the appearance be had by the glass. of a free-form potpie. However, an egg We tried a variety of small plates. The custard stands in for the topping. The dish mussels were excellent. The accompanying had a mild level of spice and was quite baguette was the perfect vessel for sopping rich, thanks to the custard. Again the up the delicious white wine and garlic basmati rice was its stalwart, if uninspiring broth. The bobotie spring rolls were filled backdrop. with a ground beef curry and served with No one felt the need for dessert but a chutney. They were crunchy good but the waiter’s description of Di’s sponge maybe a little too sweet for many appetizer cake, evidently made daily by the owner’s palates. mother, sounded too good to pass up. We The sosatie, the South African version also ordered a brulee cheese cake as well. of a kabob or meat on a skewer, was tender The sponge cake was a surprising hit. It was beef filet and also on the sweet side with warm and soft, bathed in a caramel sauce its apricot curry. It had been de-skewered and served with ice cream. and sat atop a mound of Basmati rice, a Small plates range from $9 to $16 with staple side for many dishes. An order of sampler platters for 4 at $70. Entrees range garlic bread produced another very good from $21 to $38. The menu states that they baguette; the bread is good here. will add an 18% gratuity to parties of 5 or We ordered the Filet “Au Poivre,” the more, however they did not do so in our rack of lamb, the prawns, the chicken curry case. and the chicken bobotie. The filet was 10 Degrees South combines a very tender and had a nice peppercorn cream inviting atmosphere with solid service sauce. The beef was cooked to the correct and some very good food, even if some level of doneness but it lacked a good sear. dishes are relatively uninspired. If you don’t The accompanying medley of vegetables want to spend fifteen plus hours flying to was well seasoned and spiced with a dash Johannesburg, it can provide you with a of red pepper flake. The mashed potatoes taste of South Africa many latitudes closer. were simply prepared. 10 Degrees South is located The lamb chops were good-sized and 4183 Roswell Road. For more, visit. cooked to medium rare as ordered but, 10degreessouth.com. they, like the filet, lacked the sear that a hotter grill would provide. Regardless, they Art Huckabee is one of Yelp’s Elite were quite tasty and also accompanied by Reviewers, as well as a pilot, gourmet the vegetable medley and potatoes. The cook and food lover. Send feedback to prawns were split open lengthwise and tastingintown@atlantaintownpaper.com. grilled in the shell with lemon butter. They A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Walk into The Brickery and you will quickly feel the difference that proprietors Bruce and Sally Alterman, also longtime Sandy Springs residents, have created. The Brickery has been feeding Sandy Springs and area residents for over 22 years. It’s a genuine neighborhood landmark that can only be created with time, and with great food, and it’s the kind of place that has become part of, and important to, the community itself.

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A COOK’S DELIGHT Junior League of Atlanta’s 17th annual tour is March 29-30

The stylish kitchens on the Junior League of Atlanta’s 17th annual Tour of Kitchens are sure to make your mouth water. The event will be held Saturday, March 29, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The selfguided Tour of Kitchens provides attendees exclusive access to homes in Buckhead, Brookhaven, Ansley Park, Midtown, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, as well as the opportunity to sample food from the city’s best-known chefs. The Tour of Kitchens will showcase many “firsts” this year. As part of a larger JLA effort to reduce childhood obesity, the tour will include its first official child-friendly chef – Chef Ed Harris, Season 4 winner of The Food Network’s Chopped. The tour will also feature its first kosher kitchen designed by LEFKO Renovations. Kitchen designers and architects featured this year include Bell Kitchen & Bath Studios, Kitchen Design Korner, Design Galleria, Morgan Creek Cabinet Company, Tish Mills Interiors, LEFKO Renovations, Renewal Design Build, Rose Hall Kitchen Galleria, HammerSmith, Clausen Services, Home ReBuilders, Home Forge Remodeling, InsiDesign and Kingdom Woodworks. Days before the event on Thursday, March 20, hundreds of patrons are expected to attend the annual Toast of the Tour at the PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Showroom in Midtown West. The event will include culinary demonstrations, cocktails and a silent auction featuring items such as VIP Suites at the Mandarin Oriental, Loews and Four Seasons, spa gift certificates, designer accessories, sports memorabilia from Atlanta’s home teams and in-home culinary experiences with Atlanta’s premier chefs. “This year’s Tour of Kitchens is poised to be the most impressive to date, with an extraordinary list of local kitchens, designers and entertaining events,” said JLA President Michelle Wells. The tour is JLA’s largest fundraising event, and has raised more than $1 million since its inception in 1997. The organization promotes voluntarism, leadership, development and community improvement for young women. Advance purchase tickets to the event are $35 per person and include both days of the tour. A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the tour for $40. Tickets to the Toast of the Tour party are $75. Tickets are available now at tourofkitchens.org.

At left: Tour of Kitchens Chair Wadette Bradford, right, and Junior League of Atlanta President Michelle Wells. Above: Rose Hall Kitchen Galleria was the company behind this gorgeous kitchen in the top photo, while Design Galleria did the work in the bottom photo. (Photos by Galina Coada)

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SOMETHING TO CLUCK ABOUT Urban Coop Tour showcases city chicken farms The Wylde Center will host the 7th annual Urban Coop Tour on March 29-30 from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Local chicken owners will open their gardens to the public for a close-up look at a dozen distinct coops around the city. Owners will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their experiences caring for a backyard flock. The featured coops range from artistic to utilitarian and vary in size. Many of them are key components of an edible landscape, or serve as a focal point for the garden. The tour is self-guided and will be held rain or shine. Advance tickets are $20 or $25 the weekend of the Tour, and may be purchased at wyldecenter.org. “We have featured chickens in the Oakhurst Garden for several years, and they are very popular, especially with our young members and visitors,” said Stephanie Van Parys, executive director of the Wylde Center. “More and more city-dwellers are discovering that it is possible, and enjoyable, to raise their own chickens.” Van Parys said the dual benefits of farm fresh eggs and reclaiming ownership of the local food chain have inspired hundreds of people in and around Atlanta to give chicken raising a try. “Plus, the chickens eat insects as well as some kitchen scraps, providing an environmental benefit, along with the fresh eggs,” she said.

Courtesy Wylde Center Clockwise from left: One of the fancy chicken coops on this year’s tour; chickens rule the roost in many urban farms in Intown; garden guru Walter Reeves will be on hand to answer questions about raising chickens in the city.


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Real Estate Briefs A plan to build three skyscrapers in Midtown, including one that could top out at 60 stories, is moving forward, according to a report from Atlanta Business Chronicle. On Feb. 5, plans were formally filed in Atlanta for Midtown’s long-vacant “symphony center” site at 98 14th Street. The 4.5-acre site is sandwiched between the 50-story One Atlantic Center and the 41-story 1180 Peachtree tower. A development team including New York-based Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. and international design firm Arquitectonica are proposing a nearly 2 million-square-foot development with three towers. In total, the project could include 90,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, 1,300 apartments, 340 hotel rooms and about 1,500 parking spaces. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has appointed Jonathan Kiser as Relocation Director. Kiser will be responsible for representing Coldwell Banker with local businesses, meeting with associates and managing brokers and leading efforts to increase performance of the department. Thrive Homes will begin construction on a new development in Decatur called Seven Twelve Oakviews this month with townhomes ranging in size from 2,074 to 2,309 square feet with three and four bedrooms. The townhomes will also feature rooftop terraces, two-car garages and high-end finishes. Located on Oakview Road, the homes are expected to be finished this summer.


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OAK GROVE PRESERVE - Fabulous home w/clubhouse, comm. pool & gym. Chef kit w/ butler pantry. Cstm flr & built-ins, elevator, add. fam room & bdrm. Prvt yard. 6Bed/6FullBath/2HalfBath $1,250,000 FMLS: 5247003 Rachael Blatt 404-285-9059

MORNINGSIDE - Huge tudor w/2 car carprt.

SAGAMORE HILLS - Renovated in 20062007, open floor plan, gourmet kit w/bfst bar & cust cabinets, family room. Terr lvl w/guest suite & den. Two car garage. Fenced backyard. 4Bed/3FullBath $459,000 FMLS: 5243835 Derek Scheidt 404-593-4754

KIRKWOOD - Newer construction w/sep.

OAKHURST - Renovated in 2013, mstr on main w/walk-in clst & bth. 2nd bed on main + office, LR & DR off kitchen. 2 beds + bonus rm. Lrg scrn prch, fncd yard. 4Bed/3FullBath $530,000 FMLS: 5250029 Melissa Stratton 404-713-5850

BROOKHAVEN - Like new construction, renovated kit. w/grnt, stain, lrg. mstr suite w/trey ceiling, bth, & closet overlooks bkyrd. New carpet & paint. 3Bed/2FullBath/1HalfBath $469,900 FMLS: 5217665 Bradford Smith 404-210-4141

ORMEWOOD PARK - Beautiful home! Hwds,

tongue & groove ceilings, vaulted ceiling, frplc, built-ins, mstr walk-in closet. Office on main, insulated bsmt ready for finish out! 4Bed/3FullBath $479,900 FMLS: 5247977 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234

DRUID HILLS - Story book charm at its best! Gracefully maintained home situated on double depth lot, large kitchen, spacious master suite w/stunning bath. 4Bed/3FullBath/1HalfBath $999,900 FMLS: 5185669 Bradford Smith 404-210-4141

BUCKHEAD - Featuring eleven, 4-story town-

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - Stunning home w/

homes designed by award winning architects Smith Dalia & constructed by Cablik Enterprises. 3Bed/3.5Bath $999,900 FMLS: 5182846 Allen Snow 404-931-1176

original details and modern updates! Beautiful living spaces. Front porch, screened-in porch and 2nd story sleeping porch. Private yard. 3Bed/3Bath $749,000 FMLS: 5227494 Tanya Marlatt 404-518-8787

MARIETTA - Gated 9700+ sf estate. 1.37 acres. 6 car gar, gourmet kit, 2 islands, custom cabinetry, pro appl., hardwoods, elevator, in-law suite, walk-out yard w/ creek. 6Bed/6Bath/2HalfBath $1,850,000 FMLS: 5201648 Liz Baska 770-712-8767

HISTORIC BROOKHAVEN - Bill Ingram designed estate with pool. Old world details. Transitional interior. Calcutta marble. Stainless countertops. Covered-screened porch. Guest cottage/art studio. 4Bed/3.5Bath $1,659,000 FMLS: 5250145 Marc Castillo 404-449-6862

PONCEY–HIGHLAND Pre-construction purchasers may select finishes for a custom home. Homes include 2-car gar, custom lighting, fine cabinetry, stone c’tops, roof-top terrace, & balconies. 3Bed/3Bath $579,900 FMLS: 5029379 Allen Snow 404-931-1176

OLD FOURTH WARD - Sought after condo

MIDTOWN - Final opportunity to purchase NEW inventory in Midtown! Dramatic design. Stunning views. Amazing curves. It’s 1010 Midtown. Incredible floorplan & walls of huge windows. 3Bed/3Bath $1,000,000 FMLS: 5181791 Sales Center 404-815-4622

MIDTOWN - Amazing views. Southern exposure. Spacious layout. Large balcony. Granite countertops, s/s appliances. Floor to ceiling windows. Walk to everything. 2Bed/2Bath $374,900 FMLS: 5245940 Jim Fountain 404-431-1311

Rear scrn porch, updated kit & baths, mst w/ stmshwr & guest ste on main, crtyard w/fountain, sep DR & LR, fam rm, bfst/kpng rm and lib/study. 4Bed/4FullBath $799,900 FMLS: 5244110 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845

located on courtyard level. Excellent location and great investment opportunity. 1Bed/1Bath $155,000 FMLS: 5238187 Tonya Marlatt 404-518-8787

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off. space, ext. entry, lvg rm w/fireplace. Eat-in kit w/stainless & granite. Hdwd flrs, mstr w/balcony & walk-in closets. 4Bed/3FullBath/1HalfBath $459,900 FMLS: 5246566 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379

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