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January 2013

Volume 19 Number 1 2013

Meet 20 Intown students giving back to the community PAGE 4 READ INTOWN ON YOUR SMARTPHONE OR TABLET! You can now read the digital edition of Atlanta INtown every month on your tablet, smartphone or computer. Just follow the link on our website at AtlantaINtownPaper.com or issuu.com/atlantaintown to see current and past editions.



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CONTENTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Editor’s Letter ...........................................4 20 Under 20........................................ 5-12 TimmyDaddy ..........................................13 Chuice ...................................................14 Ironman Training.....................................15 Eastside 10K Results .............................16 Winter Running Tips ...............................16 Health Briefs ...........................................17 Keep It INtown: Candler Park .................17 Bowtie Chic ............................................18 Street Fashion ........................................18 Pets.........................................................19 A Look Back ...........................................20 Living By Giving......................................20 Bobby Jones Golf Course ......................20

THE STUDIO R. Gregory Christie .................................22 Atlanta PlanIt ..........................................24 Winter Arts Preview ................................25 Intown Datebook ....................................26 The Thinking Artist ..................................27

Sweet Peach offers dapper ideas for bow ties.

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Superstar volunteers grace this issue. Our 5th annual 20 Under 20 begins on Page 4 and we’re sure you’ll agree these are some special students. Each one carries a load of sports, clubs, arts and academics. But, what really catches our attention is their aptitude for giving back to the community. These are feel-good stories – so, if you are looking for something to make you smile, you’ve landed in the right place. To make this issue happen, like we’ve done in previous years, we’ve relied on nominations from people in the community. We ask for nominations in INtown, Facebook, Twitter and our website. And, now we are campaigning for 2014 nominations during this coming year. Do you know someone we should recognize? Please let us know. Love is in the details of telling a good story. It helps that we had local photographer Jeff Roffman helping us with the cover photo. He’s usually behind the lens photographing families, children, weddings and events and he’s head photographer for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Opera. He has a way of making people feel comfortable. His joking with the students brought big smiles to their faces. We’re shining the light on them as we tell their inspiring acts of servitude. Enjoy reading! Happy New Year!

Gluten-Free Asian Food .........................29 Quick Bites .............................................32 Cook With Your Kids...............................32 Agave’s New Chef ..................................33

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IN BUSINESS Krog Street Market .................................39 Business Briefs.......................................40 Making Sense of Social..........................40

REAL ESTATE Real Estate Forecast ..............................41 Real Estate Briefs ...................................42

Illustrator R. Gregory Christie brings is love of art to Decatur.

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IN YOUR HOME Decorating With Pillows .........................44 Oriental Designer Rugs ..........................45 DIY: Switch Plates...................................46


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The Lovett School congratulates Atlanta Intown’s 20 Under 20!

Editor’s Letter Collin Kelley

A New Year

We applaud Lovett’s

William Henagan Olivia Strader and

Koren Lewis!


Lovett seeks to develop young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life. www.lovett.org

As we put the final touches on the January issue, we were all saddened and outraged by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Students and young people had been on my mind for weeks as we put together our annual 20 Under 20 feature in this month’s issue. I had the chance to meet some of these kids and young adults when they came in to our office for the cover photo shoot and talked to the others by phone or exchanged numerous emails. Many of the students in this year’s 20 Under 20 have overcome personal adversity and are now helping others do the same. Their selflessness and eagerness to give back to the community and to those less fortunate is a beacon of light in troubling times. I hope you will take a moment to read about their efforts and learn how you can give back, too. Keeping with the theme of children, you’ll notice that Tim Sullivan has a new column this month. Tim had previously been writing the Intown Runaround column about sports enthusiasts, but he’s switched gears and will be writing about family life in TimmyDaddy (Page 13). I think you’ll find, especially if you are a parent of a certain age, that Tim’s observations are

right on target – and hilarious. On a personal note, I was thrilled to hear the news that Philip Rafshoon was named the new program director for the Decatur Book Festival. Since Rafshoon closed the iconic Outwrite Books a year ago, he’s been quietly helping to promote literary events, but it’s nice to see him back in the “book business” fulltime. At INtown, we’re excited about the new year and what’s ahead, including a redesigned website, which we will roll out in the near future. We’ll soon hit the 20,000 followers mark on Twitter (@ATLINtownPaper) and we’re growing our Facebook fan page (facebook.com/ AtlantaIntown), too. Our pledge to bring you news about people, local businesses, arts and culture you won’t find anywhere else continues. collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

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IN the Neighborhood FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS

Meet 20 inspiring Intown students giving back to the community For this year’s 20 Under 20, we asked each student to write about their community service work and volunteer efforts. From starting their own foundations and helping establish libraries to tutoring fellow students and building homes for the needy, these Intown students will inspire you.

Lucia Butler, 18 Atlanta Girls’ School

I have interned at The Center for The Visually Impaired (CVI) since I was in 10th grade. I was interested in visually impaired children and wanted to know how they interacted with people in the real world. I worked with ages 2-4 and 5-10 and taught the children how to hold a cane correctly, helped them become more independent, and to be more confident with their social skills. I also helped them with their mathematic and reading skills so they could prepare for the next grade. Being involved with CVI, I have learned more about myself, my interactions with people and how people should not take life for granted. How you can give back: You can make a donation or volunteer at CVI by visiting cviga.org.

Martin Downing, 19 Grady High School

Some of the community activities that I participate in are the Old Fourth Ward Neighbors (O4WN) monthly meetings, Neighborhood Planning Unit monthly meetings and I’m also the Grady High School Swim Team manager. Through the O4WN, I volunteer at monthly cleanups. Recently, we cleaned up trash along Rankin Street and covered up graffiti around the Old Fourth Ward. I also participated in the initial Year of Boulevard cleanup, and I served food at the Butler Park neighborhood cookout that was held over the summer. How you can give back: Get involved in your neighborhood association and volunteer for events. If you live in the O4W, visit o4w.net for more information.

Perri Bonner, 17 Grady High School

I have volunteered for the Furkids animal resuce shelter every other week since I was 10 years old. I clean cages, socialize with the cats and have fostered animals that are waiting for their adoptive parents.  I love animals and the fact that Furkids is a no-kill rescue; all animals are taken care of until we’re able to find a permanent home for them. Furkids has been flexible with my soccer schedule and allows me to switch shifts when mine coincide with games or travel. It’s been a great organization to volunteer with. How you can give back: Make a donation to Furkids at any local Petsmart location or by visiting furkids.org. KeepitINtown.com

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Keller Sheppard, 19, and Shockley Nunnery, 19

Sam Fallon, 17

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

A few years ago, as part of a Disability Awareness program with Boy Scout Troop 370, I took a tour of The Shepherd Center. While in the gym, I noticed they had a lot of cool sports, but they did not have wheelchair lacrosse. I thought about it for two years, and when I began to get close to planning my Eagle Scout project, I knew that I wanted to do something with Wheelchair Lacrosse. I did some research and found Ryan Baker and Bill Lundstrom in California who had formed Wheelchair Lacrosse USA. I worked with Ryan and Bill to put a plan together, presented the plan to Troop 370’s Eagle Board of Review and with their permission began to reach out to the community to put a WLAX Exhibition and Clinic together at The Cooler in Alpharetta. After many meetings and planning, a date, location, coaches, etc. were in place. Many of my teammates from Holy Innocents’, coaches (current and former), parents, local businesses and lacrosse enthusiasts from across the southeast came together, in a group effort, to host the largest wheelchair lacrosse exhibition and clinic to date. Over the past several months, plans have been developing to get an Atlanta league ready to play in the late spring and through the summer. How you can give back: Help get WLAX ATL up and running by donating equipment, volunteering, offering venues and monetary donations at wlaxatl.com.

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Keller: Shockley and I began Operation I Care after a couple years of working with the Lions Lighthouse Foundation. We recognized the need for lightly used eyeglasses in impoverished areas of the world, whose access to optical healthcare is less than exemplary. We often go through multiple pairs of glasses throughout our lifetime as our vision changes, and as a result we can have many pairs that are useless to us, but life altering for others. This inspired us to set up drop boxes in churches and ophthalmologist offices throughout the greater Atlanta area to collect these unused glasses. We have since collected over 3,000 pairs of glasses. Shockley: Since arriving at UGA, Keller and I have decided to shift the focus of our efforts. Athens Clarke County is home to one of the poorest areas of the country with a deplorable 36 percent of kids growing up in poverty. After a significant amount of research, we realized that there is a solid link between poverty and poor vision. We are now developing a policy to improve follow-up care for students failing school eye exams. Ultimately, we would like to see this policy alternative implemented on the county level. How you can give back: You can set up an Operation I Care drop-box at your workplace, church or school by contacting Keller at kshep16@uga.edu or snunnery@ uga.edu. Used glasses can be shipped to 2571 Ashford Road, Atlanta, GA, 30319. Donations can also be made to our partners at the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation at lionslighthouse.org.

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The summer before my junior year, I worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is a federal agency dedicated to eliminating work-place discrimination. I worked with an enforcement director and helped to try to ease the immense backlog. At school, I helped tutor a man who is getting his GED. I also help organize and run all of the home sports games. I run tech at many school events, including lights and sound. I’ve also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and volunteered with Georgia’s WIN List, a political action committee that works to get Democratic women elected to office. How you can give back: Make a donation to Georgia’s WIN List and get more involved by visiting gawinlist.com

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Victoria Hill, 17


By the time I was 10, I had been playing soccer for a few years. I knew I had a lot of used gear and so did my teammates. I felt like there was probably a way to use that gear to help other kids. I asked for any gear that my friends and teammates were not using. And once I had a lot of it, I had to figure out exactly how to get it to kids who needed it. So I started Kicks for A Kause. And then, by luck, I met Nyowo Scott. He had an organization that took used soccer gear to kids in Liberia. It was a perfect match. Now kids in Africa are able to benefit from the soccer gear that I collect here. We have also had a fundraiser (Join to Juggle) and we just participated in Westminster’s Alternative Gift Fair.The money we raise goes directly to buying more gear to donate. I have gotten tremendous support from my own club, Tophat Soccer, and look forward to working with other soccer clubs in the area to gather even more gear. How you can give back: Visit kicksforakause.com to find out how to make a donation of equipment or funds for the organization.

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Riley Elizabeth Patton, 11


I founded Free Your Mind to raise awareness of children in foster care, collect backpacks for middle and high schools youth in foster care and to encourage young people to volunteer at the Foster Care Support Foundation warehouse. So far, I have collected almost 300 backpacks. I started my volunteer work as a Girl Scout by volunteering with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk. I am now a regular volunteer at St. Francis Table, The Atlanta Community Food Bank, Horizons Atlanta and of course the Girl Scouts. I also joined my classmates on a weekend mission trip to New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina last year and plan to go on the mission trip again this year. How you can help: Drop off a backpack at Holy Innocents, 805 Mount Vernon Highway, NW, Atlanta, 30327 or get involved in the Foster Care Support Foundation by contacting director Rachel Ewald at Rachel@fostercares.org.

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Anna Bass, 17

Greater Atlanta Christian School

For the past three summers, I have volunteered at Camp Big Heart, an overnight camp for mentally challenged kids and adults in Winder. The campers are the most loving, most awesome, and most extraordinary people I’ve ever met in my life. By volunteering at Camp Big Heart, I’ve worked to eliminate misconceptions by spreading my amazing experiences from Camp Big Heart and volunteering at the Winter and Spring Special Olympics hosted at my school every year. This year, I was chosen by my teachers to be one of two GACS seniors on the Atlanta Mission Junior Board to organize movie and game nights for the men who are sheltered there and receiving treatment. How you can give back: Volunteer or make donations to Camp Big Heart at campbigheart.com or to the Atlanta Mission at atlantamission.org.

Penelope Realff, 15 Grady High School

The summer before my freshman year I started working at Zoo Atlanta. I learned all about different animals and then started to tell guests about the animals. I not only got to inform guests about different animals but, I also got to work in horticulture. At the beginning of that year I also joined 21st Leaders at my school. This allowed me to do small projects on weekends. Later that year, around Christmas time, I started working weekly at my church. I work in the nursery every Sunday morning. I’ve also worked at Grady Hospital in the Marcus Stroke and Neurosurgery center and helped visitors checking in to see their family members. How you can give back: Make a donation or volunteer at Zoo Atlanta by visiting zooatlanta.org. Volunteers are also needed at Grady. Find out more at gradyhealth.org/volunteer.

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Virginia Spinks, 18

DeKalb School of the Arts

The primary thing that I have done is to aid a local homeless ministry in being able to do their work through my leadership in the BETA Club. Teresa Hamilton has a homeless ministry in Atlanta and she devotes her life to helping the homeless in Atlanta. I help her do this by asking my BETA Club to help make peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches for her to then take out on the street to feed people. We also have had blanket, coat and toiletry drives to aid her mission work. Whatever Teresa needs, I do my best to try and help her reach her goals. I’ve also volunteered at a recycling plant for Habitat for Humanity, tutored underclassmen and volunteered at my church, Briarcliff Baptist Church. How you can give back: For more information or to make a donation toTeresa Hamilton’s homeless ministry, visit ladythomeless. com. continued on page 10




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Gilbert Montana Young, 16

Mojid Salawu, 18

Georgia State University

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The community service activities I’ve participated in that I am most fond of are Peer Tutoring, The Talented Tenth, and Jumpstart. Peer Tutoring is a program in which students aid their fellow classmates in developing learning techniques that they may have not been exposed to due to everyone’s varied learning backgrounds. The purpose of the Peer Tutoring program is similar to that of another program I am involved in that was started by WEB Dubois in 1903, the Talented Tenth. The Talented Tenth is a group of gifted students who are supported by their communities in achieving higher education. Upon achieving higher education, they are to branch out and achieve success in different sectors of the society. Afterwards, they are all to return to their communities, reaching out to the future generations, mentoring them so they can all achieve a similar success, if not better. In 2009 my high school teacher, David Hardin, created the Talented Tenth program at South Atlanta Educational Complex in which I am a proud member. Jumpstart gave me the opportunity to speak with incoming high school freshman with hopes of giving them tips and strategies for achieving success in school. I was given the chance to speak about mistakes I made so that they could avoid obstacles that I encountered. How you can give back: Mojid encourages readers to get involved with local tutoring programs, including Jumpstart at jstart.org.

Alexander Reckford, 17 Pace Academy

I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity locally and internationally since my freshman year. I have led students on builds here in Atlanta, and also participated in builds in Zambia, Nicaragua and Cambodia. I wanted to share the

My work in the community is an extension of the work of my father, the artist Gilbert Young, and my mom, a public relations executive. I like public speaking, so I use this skill to reach out to kids who don’t have the opportunities I have had. When I was 12, I met Dr. C.T. Vivian and learned about his life as a civil rights and voting rights pioneer. I was asked to write and deliver a tribute to him for his 85th birthday. After that, Dr. Vivian asked me to visit and speak to the students at the C.T. Vivian Leadership Academy. I do this whenever I have the opportunity. As a family, we have donated money and our time to the Carrie Steele Pitts Home for children. I volunteered during the Home’s annual back-to-school drive to provide supplies for the kids and helped organize the 124th anniversary celebration of the home with my mom, and prepared art gifts for donors to the Home. Every year I help to donate food to the Hosea Feed the Hungry campaigns, and this year I helped to raise funds for many Georgia Democratic Party events to bring awareness to the importance of voter registration. How you can give back: Make a donation to the Carrie Steel Pitts Home at csphp.org. For each donation to the home, readers will receive an art print by Gilbert Young or by the artist Carl Owens. To donate or volunteer to Hosea Feed the Hungry, 4hosea.org.

experiences and impacts I had on the international builds with my classmates at Pace, so with the help of some of the faculty I created and led a trip to Jordan last spring to build a house in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International. The trip was such a success that Pace committed to making a Habitat build an

annual trip. This spring, I am excited to lead a group of classmates on a build in Bolivia. How you can give back: Donate to Habitat for Humanity International at habitat.org. You can also help Alexander make his trip to Bolivia possible by donating at share.habitat.org/alexanderreckford-bolivia-habitat-for-humanity.

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Koren Lewis, 16 The Lovett School

I love being involved in community service. I have volunteered and participated in community service activities at the Carl E Sanders YMCA as a teen leader and through the YMCA Mission ATL program. I have volunteered at My Sister’s House, Ronald McDonald House, Relay for Life, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, The Shepherd Center, The Agape Center, Project Horizon, Operation Lovejoy and others. I have performed community service at The Atlanta Community Food Bank and participated as a youth summit member addressing hunger and poverty in the community. I am a member of Jack and Jill, Inc., where I serve on the Teen Advisory Board and participate in various community service projects throughout the year, including Books for Africa, MLK Day of Service and Global Youth Day. I love mentoring young girls and I am always looking for ways to help Girl Talk grow each year. I am currently in the process of starting a Girl Talk chapter at my school. Thanks to Girl Talk, Inc. and the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, I started my service project called KORN SAC (Supporting a Cause). Through this project I have been able to prepare light snacks and provide toiletries to people in need, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Atlanta Mission. How you can give back: Make a donation to Korn SAC at mygivingpoint.org/originalshaneakoren.


Henry Quillian, 18

The Westminster Schools

For as long as I can remember I have been serving my immediate community through the outreach programs at my church, Northwest Presbyterian, through my Boy Scout troop, and through my school. For years I have spent several nights each year serving meals at Clifton Sanctuary Men’s Shelter with my family, through my church, and recently I have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and taken a church mission trip to Tornwell Children’s Home. This past spring, I went every Tuesday with my Spanish class to Garden Hills Elementary School where I helped tutor English to parents whose children attend the school and who spoke English as a second language. My largest undertaking to date has been my Eagle Scout project. I collected books to establish a library at the Kemna’Oj School in Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala as part of the From Houses to Home project. Through the help of my church, school, Boy Scout troop, family, and friends I was able to purchase and collect over 340 books and donate $5,000 for the maintenance of the library. How you can give back: Make a donation to From Houses to Homes at fromhousestohomes.org and consider volunteering to help build a home in Guatemala. continued on page 12

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Olivia Strader, 17 The Lovett School

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I first got involved with National Charity League in 7th Grade. After that, I started getting more involved and in high school I started tutoring every week at Agape. Last year, Agape expressed a need for a girls summer program, so I created one. It was a girls’ leadership camp for middle school girls confronting issues such as gossip, peer pressure, family, friends and how to be a role model. I have also worked at City of Refuge doing the Feed and Read, by serving dinner and then reading to the children. I was also chosen to be on the Atlanta Junior Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Atlanta – Matthew’s Club. I’ve also been an officer in Habitat for Humanity for the past two years and recently worked on a build for a single mother who needed a new shelter for her two sons. I love my volunteer work because it gets me involved with different communities and cultures in Atlanta. How you can give back: Olivia is looking for assistance on various projects at the Boys & Girls Club, expanding the summer girls camp at Agape and recruiting volunteers for City of Refuge and Habitat. Email her at owstrader@lovett.org.

I have been involved with the Metro Atlanta Project (MAP) for six years, and it has had an amazing impact on my understanding of my civic responsibility. For several years, I spent the summers re-roofing homes in need of repair, and then later building playgrounds in public spaces in underserved areas around our city. At MAP I have served as a youth leader, meaning I have been in charge of around 30 youth/adult volunteers and tasked with completing a playground in one week’s time each of the last three summers. The Political Activism group I founded this year at school is dedicated to promoting political involvement in young people. We hosted a mock debate leading up to the November election, and we are currently working on a letter writing campaign to allow students to voice their opinions to local legislators. How you can give back: Make a donation or volunteer at MAP by visiting MetroAtlantaProject.org.

Courtney Burton, 18 Riverwood International Charter School

Since the seventh grade, I have been a part of the National Charity League in the Dunwoody Chapter. Through this mother/daughter organization, I began learning about the importance of service and giving back to your community. I have become a dedicated participant in multiple charity races such as the Kaiser Permanente 5 K Race and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held in Atlanta each year. The most special part of community service is working closely with the people that I am helping, and therefore my favorite activities include serving the working poor through Feed and Seed at a local church and participating at the Community Action Center in the thrift shop or sorting the canned food. I am able to meet and learn about new people in my community, and rather than just hearing about the positive effect that community service has on my area, I am able to see it with my own eyes. How you can give back: Make a donation or volunteer at the Community Action Center by calling (770) 552-4015 or visiting ourcac.org.


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Call Me Maybe Kristen and I used to wear our indie rock tastes like a badge of cool. If Pernice Brothers was playing a Tuesday night show at The Earl we were definitely there. Built to Spill, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, Grandaddy – these acts didn’t write songs as much as they plucked them from a perfect parallel universe and we soaked up as much of it as we could. We even went so far as to name our son after the irreplaceable Elliott Smith and if you don’t know his music, well, you really should. Our Elliott is now a sporty 5 years old and he has a 3 year old sister named Margo who, through sheer force of will, has become the youngest ever Head of Household in history. So you could say things have changed some. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the Intown Runaround column for the past couple of years and you’ll humor my pivot in subject matter. Family life has engulfed me and I’m going to write my way out of the flames. Don’t get me wrong, everything is excellent, albeit humbling, exhausting and tedious at times. As far as the music goes, these past few years have sapped us of any cool we ever thought we possessed. We have been more likely to rank the music aimed at our kids than to download Ben

Gibbard’s latest solo project. (The Laurie Berkner Band is probably the songwriting pinnacle for the 2-4 year old set, just saying…) So Elliott started kindergarten at Oakhurst Elementary this year and every couple of weeks they hold an outdoor assembly called Community Circle. I got a chuckle at our first one when it kicked off with a lively introduction set to the Jackson Five’s “ABC.” And it was very cute when a handful of kids read petitions saluting special efforts by fellow students and pretty funny when the school mascot Oaky the Owl does a dance and then reveals his true identity (different each time) to the ecstatic student body. But then the roof came off. The P.E. teacher led the kids in a flash mob dance routine to the song “Call Me Maybe.” It was epic. The energy and smiling little faces comprised one of the greatest scenes I’ve ever witnessed. I think I might have cried. I hope no one was filming it. Who am I kidding? EVERYONE was filming it! I explained to a pre-teen next to me that I was 100 years old and I needed to know who was singing so I could download it for my kids. Carly Rae Jepsen is the answer for those of you playing along at home. I think she is 12, or 18 or something (Editor’s Note: She’s 27. You really are out of the loop, TimmyD) and she is a star of the Friday night dance parties in our kitchen.

Just like that, the type of music that used to make my ears bleed became the standard for carpool. We listen to Star 94 now. I could be a DJ there because I know the whole playlist: Pink, Maroon 5, Train, f.u.n. (who I have to admit, is actually pretty good), Katy Perry and a smattering of other acts that sound exactly like Katy Perry. It’s all bubblegum pop and catchy to a fault but it makes for happier car rides and that is pure gold.

“Call Me Maybe” is still Margo’s favorite song, but Elliott is sick of it. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it myself though. It will always be the track that played the first time I saw my sweet, shy boy do a choreographed dance, on an outdoor basketball court, with a six-foot owl. “Before you came into my life I missed you so bad, I missed you so, so bad.” It’s prophetic, no?





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JuICE yOu CaN CHEW Locally-made Chuice is raw food in a bottle By Sydia Bell

This isn’t the juice you serve at breakfast, nor can it be classified as a smoothie. This container is filled with Chuice – raw food in bottle. Yes, there is juice, but you’ll have to chew it up, too. “People usually look at it and step back,” laughs Chuice founder Ladell Hill, “but once they taste it, they realize like it. They can feel it.” What they are feeling is the replenishment a body needs when beginning to run efficiently again. With a back to basic approach Hill, who has an

extensive background as an herbalist, fitness trainer and molecular health specialist, has cultivated a product that serves as a full raw food meal in a bottle. Combining over 45 enzymes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, Hill says the results are a slowing of the aging process. How is that possible? Between the ages of 27 and 35 our body’s production of enzymes begins to decline. Those enzymes are necessary in creating an environment that allows all organs, digestive and immune systems to work properly. If not replaced, digestive issues, illness and premature ageing set in. The intake of nutrient-dense ingredients found in Chuice, including kiwi, kale, flaxseeds, apples, carrots, walnuts and sunflowers seeds, gives a body everything it needs to sustain itself. “When you figure out what the body requires, that is when you begin to slow down the aging process,” Hill says. Hill credits his curiosity and development of Chuice to his Native American grandfather, a man who lived off the land his entire life. Hill’s upbringing led him to study what plants can provide the human body. The are currently two flavors of Chuice: The Forest, which cleanses internal organs, and The River of Life, which balances the blood’s pH levels. Chuice is available at Highland Bakery, in many local health food stores and will be on the shelves of Whole Foods this month.

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Local Ironman Matthew Rose will train you “family-style” at Dymano Multisport Lyn Reagan

The Dynamo Multisport family paused for a photo from their 2012 Holiday party run in Decatur where they ran to the Brickstore and then over to the U-joint for holiday spirits.

By Elizabeth P. Holmes Matthew Rose came out of his first Ironman in Kona Hawaii 2006, not only absolutely loving it, but wanting to find a way to harness his passion for the sport by

uniquely helping others with their training. A born athlete, Rose was heavily involved with the Dynamo Swim Club while growing up a young swimmer in Memphis and parlayed that into a collegiate swimming career and later coaching at

Stanford University. He became ensconced in the ‘small swimming world’ making connections, lifelong friends and also meeting his future wife, fellow swimmer Elizabeth Barger, along his journey. He’s been in the Atlanta area since 2004 working in the fitness industry, when in August 2008 after returning home from a run in Decatur’s Winonna Park, he decided he was ready to make a change. He’d been swimming at Dynamo with Masters Coach Maria Thrash and knew together they had roots and a deep passion for coaching and the love of sport. “During the run I thought, why not cycle Dynamo into my plan since more than 70 percent of their master swimmers are triathletes anyway and let’s come up with a new family-style approach to training,” mused Rose. “Anyone can pick up a magazine, you need interaction, dialogue and trust. Faceto-face, accountability, a family atmosphere ... that’s what will make us different.” he says. In October 2008, Dynamo Multisport was born. Each coach sets up and delivers workouts through the online program ‘Training Peaks’ for any level athlete; from their first 5K to an Ironman Competition. You login and voila! Your day-to-day personalized training routine is right there and it’s up to you to complete it. They have formal workout space where clients congregate, cycling classes, and a pool which houses the best masters swimming program in the world (taking by results). As of January 2013 their family has grown to 60 coached athletes shared between three coaches; Rose (Chief Vision

Coach Matthew Rose, his wife Elizabeth and their newest addition, Calvin, in Hawaii for the 2012 Kona Ironman

Officer & Endurance Sports Coach) Thrash (Head Swimming Coach and multisport coach) and Andrew Shanks. ( Multisport Coach) “Maria and I have purposely chosen to vision and lead this group as a family. As such we are incredibly close. I take enormous pride in the fact that our athletes come to us organically and we lead with community in mind.” Rose says. As Rose’s at-home family has expanded to three young children, he is ‘retiring’ from personally training and competing in Ironman competitions (although I got that “this guy ain’t done with them yet” vibe) to concentrate on expanding the business, creating self-training workouts and spending quality time with all of his family. Find him on Twitter @WeAreDynamo and at dynamomultisport.com. A FEW OF HIS ATHLETES’ ACCOMPLISHMENTS HAVE INCLUDED: •10 Ironman Hawaii Qualifiers, including three Age Group (AG) podium finishes at the Ironman World Championships •One USAT Olympic Distance Overall National Champion • 2 USAT National Champions (AG) Olympic Distance & Sprint Distance •8 Age Group podium finishes at WTC Ironman events.

Longtime runner Lyn Reagan shares her accomplishments and how she found Dynamo Multisport I have been running since my first son was born in 1974. But I did not run very much until I moved to Atlanta in 1975. I ran my first Peachtree Road Race in 1977 and have been running them almost every year since. As my professional career took more time, I kept running, but not any races except the Peachtree. As I began to reduce my professional schedule three years ago I decided I wanted to challenge myself to something new. My son was dating a young lady who is a triathlete and she encouraged me to compete in triathlons and loaned me her mountain bike. I rode it a little and decided to jump in, but I knew I needed a coach. I asked super athlete, and co-worker, Haley Chura, what I should do and she sent me to Dynamo.

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At Dynamo, I have learned to swim (I could not put my face in the water), and to bike with clips, and how to compete in triathlons. There is no way I can explain how little I knew about swimming and biking and how incredibly supportive everyone at Dynamo was and is. Although I am older and slower I feel very much a part of the DMS team. I have completed five sprint triathlons and placed in each. I am so proud of what I have accomplished, especially getting up at 5:00 a.m. to swim and bike at least twice each week. However I could never have done this without the wonderful people who make me feel like I belong and who always care about me. Most of all I am grateful to my two coaches, Maria Thrash and Matt Rose. KeepitINtown.com


NEIGHBOrHOOd CHallENGE O4W sweeps the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K By Dan Popovic


In only its second year, the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series grew to 2,800 participants that logged over 9,100 community miles on the Atlanta BeltLine. The Running Series consists of two 5Ks and one 10K along various parts of the Atlanta BeltLine with the proceeds going toward programs that are vital to the success of the Atlanta BeltLine. What sets this running series apart is how it creates, connects and rewards active lifestyles with specific challenges. For example, the Northside 5K showcases a challenge between the Atlanta Police and Atlanta Fire Departments, and it also includes a media challenge. The Southwest 5K showcases a team challenge and the Eastside 10K features a tailgate and neighborhood challenge. At each of these events, cash prizes and happy hour offers are awarded to winning teams. The Atlanta BeltLine Running Series also features a unique online community experience that rewards participants for their accomplishments.

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At this past December’s10K, the Old Fourth Ward was announced as the winning neighborhood association. They were awarded with a check for $1,000 for being the largest, most spirited and fastest team. Princess Wilson with the Fourth Ward Alliance Board and Cyerra Crumrine recruited the Eastside team and had 73 registered walkers and runners. The duo found inventive ways to find participants. “We spoke at meetings, created a flyer on neighborhood Yahoo pages, held a happy hour at a neighborhood bar and brought in laptops to register everyone when they came into the door. We encouraged all to register by posting on Facebook and Yahoo groups. We kept a tally of all that registered and then challenged a neighbor or friend to join the team. It was fun!” Princess said the prize money would be used toward street toppers that are missing on some of the streets in the O4W. Both Princess and Cyerra agreed that the neighborhood team will be back and bigger in 2013 for the 10K.


Tips for Cold Weather Running This time of year is always tough for runners. Don’t let the cold weather freeze up your runs. Thanks to Sherry Oswalt with Divas Run (divasrun.com) for helping with the following tips to help us find motivation and get through the cold. DRESS APPROPRIATELY. When starting out, you should feel slightly uncomfortably cool. Choose lightweight layers that you can easily remove or put back on, and concentrate on keeping your core body temp warm with tightest layers closest to your skin. Every extra layer of clothing equals about 15 degrees. KEEP COVERED AND DRY. Bare skin in cold weather is more susceptible to chapping and sun damage. Invest in running gloves and moisture-wicking materials to keep heat close to the body, especially in cases of rain and snow. Running with bare legs in cold weather can expose cold muscles to strains and tears as well as detour blood to the skin rather than to the exercising muscles, where needed most. STAY HYDRATED. In cooler temps, it’s tougher to discern how much sweat the body is producing. Sweat dissipates when it hits the skin’s surface so you are still losing electrolytes and fluids in cold weather runs even if you don’t feel sweaty. Continue to hydrate as you normally would in warmer temps. SAFETY FIRST. In winter months, the sun goes down sooner so be sure and be prepared to run in the dark. Wear reflective gear and carry a portable flashlight. Try to plan your runs in welllit areas to avoid any injuries or falls. BE PATIENT WITH YOUR PERFORMANCE. It takes approximately 7 to 10 days of consistent weather temperature changes for the body to acclimate. Give yourself time to adapt to any changes in performance. Studies show that above and below the 50 to 55 degree range, performances degrade up to 2 percent for every 5 degrees. KeepitINtown.com

KEEP IT INTOWN: Candler Park We asked Candler Park residents Kate Sandhaus and Dave Aynes to tackle our Keep It INtown questionnaire about their neighborhood. As members of the Candler Park Neighborhood Association, they know the community inside and out.

Why We Love Candler Park

Our community is full of green space – including our eponymous 55-acre park which boasts a nine hole public golf course and plays host to three annual music festivals – plus Iverson Park, Olmstead Linear Park and Freedom Park, which connects Candler Park to the Atlanta Beltline.  Candler Park is a leafy, walkable oasis nestled away in a city notorious for its traffic. In addition, we are a real community with a diverse mix of urban pioneers, funky twentysomethings, young professionals and families, all of whom sought out Candler Park’s casual, progressive vibe. Bohemians and business executives alike enjoy the amazing small-town quality of life here, smack dab in the middle of the city. 

Where to Eat

Candler Park comes alive on Sunday mornings when crowds descend on The Flying Biscuit (flyingbiscuit. com). And every evening at Fox Brothers BBQ (foxbrosbbq.com) looks like Grand Central, thanks to expertly prepared meats and specialties like fried jalapeno rings and astoundingly creamy macand-cheese. The McLendon location of Fellini’s (fellinisatlanta.com) has a huge and inviting patio that’s a mecca for locals enjoying both impromptu get-togethers and people-watching. Stop in for a tea

and scone at Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party (drbombays.com), a charming little spot where you can telecommute or meet a friend, and know that profits are putting girls in India through college.

Where to Shop

Several retail areas add to Candler Park’s walkable appeal. Need a bottle of wine, a chocolate bar or some dish soap? Candler Park Market (candlerparkmarket. com), in the heart of the ‘hood, is a mega-sized bodega plus a snack bar in the back of the store. Need to pick up a prepared meal or specialty food item? Drop by The Mercantile (themercantileatl.com), a storefront on DeKalb Avenue dedicated to fresh goods and produce. The retail district at McLendon and Clifton is home to Full Moon Records (404-377-1919), Kelly’s Closet (kellyscloset.net) bridal shop, and artsy gift store Donna Van Gogh’s (facebook.com/donnavangoghs). 

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Coming Up

The ninth annual SweetWater 420 Fest and 5K Race is April 19-21. Candler Park’s largest music event hosts top music talent from around the country. The 5K race has become an area favorite with over 2,200 participants walking, running and, of course, drinking a cold SweetWater beer afterwards. From May through September there’s Candler Park Movie Nights in the park and in October, it’s our signature event, the Candler Park Fall Fest. Check candlerpark.org for more information.

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Health & Wellness Briefs The Metaphysical Adult Class at Decatur Unity Church begins a Jan. 6, 10 a.m. discussion of the book Leave Your Nets by Joel Goldsmith. A premier spiritual writer of the 20th century, Goldsmith explores greater meaning in the present moment. At 11 a.m. Kids’ Church explores hands-on spiritual principles through special projects, stories and music. Visit decaturunitychurch.com for more details about the classes. Atlanta-based CareMinders Home Care (careminders.com) has opened a new office in Buckhead at 2999 Piedmont Road serving Buckhead, Decatur and East Metro-Atlanta. Kate Jones, who co-owns the office with her brotherin-law Tom Dombrowski, has an extensive healthcare industry background. The new office will employ professional nurses who are qualified to provide skilled care like monitoring client health and administering medicine, along with personal and companion caregivers who assist clients with daily activities such as bathing and dressing. All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) has opened its new Family Support Center at 125 Clairemont Ave., Suite 300 in Decatur. The center is designed to serve individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, offering assistance during difficult life transitions. The center anticipates KeepitINtown.com

reaching more than 1,000 people annually. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit AADD.org. Piedmont Atlanta Hospital (piedmonthospital. org) received a grant from the Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation that will assist the facility in becoming a public cord blood collection center and the first hospital in Atlanta to partner with the nonprofit Cleveland Cord Blood Center. Cord blood is rich in blood-forming cells that can be used in transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and other lifethreatening blood diseases. Dr. David C. Schaefer has joined the Silver Smiles (drsilversmiles.com) dental practice run by Dr. Arthur B. Silver. Body, Spirit & Mind Health & Fitness Fair is Jan. 19-21 with free screenings, food market, sports, vendors and more. Young Family YMCA, 2220 Campbellton Road SW. Neda Honarvar has opened Tough Lough Yoga Studio (toughloveyoga.com) at 1530 DeKalb Ave., the same building as Radial Café. Known for her “Metal Yoga” series, Honarvar and her team of instructors will be working with students at all levels. There are classes for beginners, aspiring teachers, kids, teens and even fitness junkies looking to diversify their workouts.

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The Billy Reid Bow Tie


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There is a certain charm about a bow tie. It feels classic, stylish and a little daring. The Billy Reid bow ties rank among my favorite as they exemplify great Southern style. What I most appreciate is how the Billy Reid folks find incredible fabrics and make only as many ties as each fabric will allow. So, as Atlanta’s Director, Kendall Stowell shared, “Your Billy Reid bow tie is very close to being one of a kind.” From cashmere to vintage fabrics, there are dozens of beautiful bow tie options to choose from. Kendall refers to the Billy Reid bow tie style as ‘Colonial Hipster.’ I’d say that’s an apt description. Kendall educated me on the three types of bow ties they carry. From top left, the point, the traditional and the skinny. If it’s your first time wearing a bow tie, Kendall recommends you go with the traditional. The skinny tie works better if you’re, well... skinny. The point offers an asymmetrical bow which is a bit more playful. It’s just one of those tasks that takes a bit of practice to get it just right. Gary Modlish from Billy Reid Atlanta was kind enough to showcase

this how-to on my friend, Mykal. Slow and steady is the mantra to follow. Gary advises to “keep the progressing knot as taut as you can so that when it is completed, it finds its resting place secure over the top button of the shirt.” The trickiest step appears to be near the end when one must create and find the ‘black hole’ to feed the second bow through. Gary, “It is probably the most challenging step, but once you get the feel of it, it makes perfect sense.” Mykal and Gary show off their stylish looks. If you haven’t been inside a Billy Reid store yet, you should make the effort. They offer beautifully made clothes and accessories for both men and women. Plus, each store has incredible decor that exudes a manly, Southern charm. Bow ties make for a fun and unexpected holiday gift as they aren’t just for the preppy boys anymore. These ties range in price from $95-$125 and can be dressed up or down, worn with a vest or sweater. Kendall’s best advice- “Just mix it up.”

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Pet Picks

Pet Briefs Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital (peachtreehillsvet.com) has relocated to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility, at 3106 Early Street, Atlanta, 30305. The move enables the veterinary hospital to schedule more appointments within its hours of operation. More than a traditional day practice, PHAH provides high-end diagnostic capabilities for illnesses and emergencies in addition to routine preventative care and surgical services. Capabilities include chemotherapy, ultrasound, dentistry, radiology and more. Practice founder Dr. Duffy Jones said, “Our practice has steadily grown, thanks to gracious referrals by our loyal clients. We invite our clients and their four-legged family members to experience the same great staff and truly personalized care, now in a brand new, easily accessible facility.”

OASIS Oasis loves to be with people, and she does not mind being with other kitties. She will be the first cat to greet you when you visit the shelter. She comes waltzing up to everyone, talking and flirting. This 2-year-old girl cannot wait to meet her new family. Give her some love and a warm place to stay this winter, and she will love you for life. You can adopt Oasis and other dogs and cats in need of good homes at PAWS Atlanta, 5287 Covington Highway in Decatur. For more, visit pawsatlanta.org.

CANNOLI Cannoli is a one-year-old Jack Russell/ beagle mix; he is full-grown at only 26 pounds. Cannoli exhibits all of the playfulness of a beagle with all of the agility and physical strength of a Jack Russell. This makes him an absolute joy to play with at the dog park or in the backyard. He would do best in a home with a tall, wooden privacy fence, as he has shown a distinct ability to climb virtually any chain link fence in existence. This guy would absolutely love to join a new owner in jogging or active daily physical play. To adopt Cannoli, visit Urban Pet Project at urbanpetproject.org or visit the shelter at 720-B 14th St. in Midtown, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LifeLine Animal Project (LifeLineAnimal.org) will double the holiday cheer with a matching gift from organization supporter Anisa International, the Atlanta-based global leader in cosmetic brush design and manufacturing. The company will match donations through Dec. 31, up to $25,000. Donations will be used to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries and discounted veterinary services to pets in financially struggling households, and to promote the adoption of homeless pets. Donations are also accepted year-round at LifeLine in case you can’t make the holiday cut off.


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A Look Back Ann Taylor Boutwell Jan. 1, 1897: The final football score that Friday was Atlanta University 10-Tuskegee Institute 0. Two weeks later, Dr. Henry Rutherford Butler graciously mentioned the Atlanta victory in his community news report, congratulating the boys from Alabama for good work and inviting them to come again. The game was the first black collegiate in Atlanta. Jan. 1, 1900: Joseph “Joe” Jacobs, Atlanta pharmacist, scientific scholar, entrepreneur, historian and poet, welcomed employees, friends and leading locals to the Kimball House Hotel to dine at his annual banquet to celebrate Jacob’s Pharmacy. The signature store had opened in 1884 at 2 Marietta Street. Two years later the site made history when a brown syrupy mixture called Coca-Cola was served for the first time as a fountain drink.

G. Maddox running for president and starting a war with the Soviet Union. The production received bomb threats and eviction notices because of the explosive nature of the material used in the show. It closed in less than two months. Jan 27, 1994: The first Light-Up Atlanta was held. Skyscrapers and other buildings switched on their floodlights in sequence. The illumination flowed down Peachtree Street to Atlanta City Hall in 15 minutes. The annual Light Up continued through 1996. Jan. 31, 1932: The Atlanta City Directory Company at 41-45 Pryor Street launched the 1932 edition. Some statistics showed Atlanta had 252 churches, 66 parks, and 79 schools. Of the 22 theaters and amusement centers, the Auditorium on Courtland Street had the largest seating capacity at 6,000. Other statistics revealed 880,000 volumes in public libraries and 23 hospitals with 8,000 beds.

Jan. 4, 1913: The Atlanta Hotel Men’s Association held its annual meeting in the new Georgian Terrace Hotel. One of the most important topics discussed was a convention bureau for city. The fellows expressed enthusiasm and cooperation with the future bureau. Jan. 8, 1957: Rev. William Holmes Borders told more than 1,200 Atlantans packed into the historic Wheat Street Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue: “Tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, ministers will board buses and take seats heretofore reserved for whites only.” He was referring to the Triple L. movement, a group of 100 black ministers organized to awaken and re-educate the city’s black and white communities in order to desegregate Atlanta’s buses. Jan 12, 1976: The 73-story Westin Peachtree Center Plaza Hotel opened in Atlanta. Designed by architect John Portman, it was the tallest hotel building in the world at the time. Jan 26, 1969: Red, White and Maddox, Theater Atlanta’s musical hit, opened on Broadway at the Cort Theater. Written by Jay Broad and Don Tucker, the political satire imagines the racist Georgia Gov. Lester

Living by Giving Kate Atwood

A New Year, a New Perspective One of my favorite things about the month of January is just how positive everyone’s attitude is. Fresh off the holidays, with our new resolutions in hand, we tend to start the New Year with a perspective of optimism and excitement for the months ahead. This is just the attitude we need as volunteers in our community all year long. Perhaps you dabbled a little in charity over the holidays, but now is the time to really get focused and connect to philanthropy that is personal and purposeful. It is my resolution for you in 2013. I often say the best way to live is to give, but that doesn’t just mean going through the motions. I call this type of philanthropy, “living by giving.” When my mom died when I was just 12 years old, it was the worst day of my life. Never did I imagine that through the act of helping others with loss that would I feel a sense of joy around this experience in my life. As the Founder of Kate’s Club, I have taken this devastating opportunity to

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help thousands of children cope with grief in an empowering way. Kate’s Club is a place where kids come to be with friends who share the same experience and learn how to live a full life colored by grief, not hindered by it. Kate’s Club is a place where hundreds of kids are living by giving, using their own struggle to reach out and help others, which ultimately helps themselves too. This will be a big year for Kate’s Club as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary and I intend for it to be a big year for all of you who wish to start living by giving. To take the first step I want you to start to change your perspective about philanthropy, just as I did. Instead of just measuring your good fortune and looking to give away your excesses, begin to look at your misfortunes. By looking at our own struggles, you can find a link from this root to a very powerful and purposeful philanthropic connection. For more about Kate Atwood, visit kateatwood.com

Bobby Jones Golf Course receives $30,000 city grant The initiative to transform Atlanta Memorial Park into a world-class golf and parkland facility took a significant positive step forward last month as the City of Atlanta awarded a $30,000 grant to the cause. The grant is a combination of $25,000 from George Dusenbury of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and $5,000 from Councilmember Yolanda Adrean. The infusion of new funds allows the Bobby Jones Golf Course & Park Conservancy to begin conducting a feasibility study and developing a master plan for the 199-acre city park in Buckhead. The preliminary master plan includes renovations to Bobby Jones Golf Course and its vintage clubhouse, revitalization and beautification of Atlanta Memorial Park and renovations to Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. “We are very grateful to the City of Atlanta and Councilmember Yolanda Adrean for their generous gifts and their understanding of the importance preserving and enhancing our City’s green space,” said Paul Melvin and Roxanne Smith, co-founders of the non-profit Bobby Jones Golf Course & Park Conservancy. “These funds combined with other private contributions have helped us reach our goal of raising $104,000 this year to pay for the feasibility study and the development of the master plan.” Other funds raised to date include $42,000 from 42 Founding Members, which earned a matching gift of $22,500 from the Dobbs Foundation, $10,000 from the Imlay Foundation, and $4,000 from the Cherokee Garden Club. The conservancy is accepting more Founding Members through the end of 2012. Renowned golf course architect Bob Cupp has volunteered to redesign Bobby Jones Golf Course to create a quality golf destination that will attract greater participation from women, families, youth, and city visitors. For more, visit bobbyjonesconservancy.org. KeepitINtown.com

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By Alissa Fasman Enter the North DeKalb Mall where Lawrenceville Highway splits from Stone Mountain Parkway in Decatur. Do not be deterred by the off-brand tracksuits, shuttered food stalls or the clearance sale signs cluttering the windows. Keep looking and you’ll find Gas-Art Gifts, the bright gem of a shop owned by artist and children’s book illustrator R. Gregory Christie. The brilliant hues of his art punctuate the simple white space. On display are nearly two decades of boundary-pushing illustrations, ranging in subject from the angry face of an enslaved Sojourner Truth to the gangly limbs of a young girl walking on stilts. Featuring bold brush strokes and bright colors, Christie’s paintings contain intimations of his influences: Romare Bearden, Picasso, Jacob Lawrence. He plays with form and color, mixing realism, abstraction and folk art in a single piece. Heavy subjects, like The Lost Boys of Sudan, are rendered in almost cartoonish innocence, while some depictions aimed at young readers contain surprising depths of emotion. Christie has been recognized with three Coretta Scott King Award Honors. “He’s a star in children’s books,” says Melissa Manlove, the Chronicle Books editor who chose him for When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders, their forthcoming

compendium by the Children’s Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis. “His art is playful, it’s smart and it’s very fresh...People should be lining up to learn from him. Really.” Now Atlanta-area children have that chance. Christie aims to create more than just a bookstore; he wants to build a gallery, studio, art school, and gathering place all in one small space. He offers $5 drop-in art classes on the weekends from 1p.m. until the mall’s closing

R. Gregory Christie’s illustrations for childrens’ books have earned him many awards.


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because he is on a mission to foster literacy and a love for what he calls the “tangible arts.” As he says, “I’ll lose if I try to compete against technology, but this can be a counterbalance to it. I know I’m not going to get every kid in here to sit down and start reading books, but I can get them to come in, look and say, that’s a cool shop, and realize I don’t have to go buy this t-shirt, I’m full of ideas and I’m young and I feel like I’m going to change the world, and I’m going to start by doing a drawing and put it on a t-shirt.” That youthful drive to create and inspire began for Christie in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. As a shy child, he began copying his favorite comic books, and found his voice in art. His passion led him to the School of Visual Arts in New York, but his big break came not from a gallery, but from a nightclub. Like Toulouse Lautrec in 19th century Paris, Christie worked his way into New York’s hot spots by painting himself into the scene. In the ‘90s, while music pumped in the dark clubs, Christie would project his colorful pieces, or paint the scenes live. Soon he landed gigs in London, Sweden and Malaysia. After the band Justice System signed him up to paint the cover for their first single, Summer in the City, the image of a young boy playing a saxophone caught the attention of a children’s book editor. A new career path was born. The first book he illustrated was a compendium of poetry by African-American children called The Palm of My Heart for which he won his first award. Forty-four books later he continues to travel and win praise for his work. This new venture marks a shift that began two years ago when he moved from Brooklyn, New York to Mableton, Georgia to care for his ailing father who subsequently passed away. Christie felt rudderless, and the shop is what made sense. He says, “My mind works like that. Let’s take a chance, let’s help society and let’s help yourself.” So ignore the neon ads blinking in the corridor and watch Christie paint himself into a new scene. This creative pioneer hopes that as with patrons who flocked to Soho or St. Germain, those seeking beauty will find it here in this small white space, in the quiet corner of a shopping mall in Georgia. For more, visit facebook.com/GasArtsGiftsLLC or gas-art.com.


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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family Visual Arts Streaming Spirits: New Prints by Valerie Hammond and Kiki Smith: Artists Valerie Hammond and Kiki Smith use a variety of printmaking techniques to recreate the 19th-century genre of spirit photography in this unique exhibit, creating hauntingly beautiful works on paper. Opens January 7. Admission is free. 1.2 cm =: This exhibit is a photographic response to artist Constance Thalken’s encounter with breast cancer, an iconic disease of contemporary society, and her effort to understand the illness, its treatment and its invasive effects on her body and mind. Opens January 11. Admission is free. whitespace814. com Thornton Dial Exhibit: Thornton Dial debuts new works juxtaposed with his principle earlier works (1989-1994) in this Bill Lowe Gallery exhibit. The show depicts the transformation of Dial’s vividly colored works to works that reflect a far more subdued palette and broad themes. Opens January 11. Admission is free. lowegallery.com Shadow Puppets: Traces of New Documentary Practices Exhibition: This exhibit features

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Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thornton, Mobile, Alabama, 1956. Image courtesy of Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta and Arnika Dawkins Gallery. © The Gordon Parks Foundation.”

photographic and video works that transgress traditional documentary practices in search of greater truths. The exhibit is presented by The Center for Collaborative and International Arts at the GSU Welch Gallery. Opens January 14. Admission is free. arts.gsu.edu Gogo: Nature Transformed: This High Museum of Art exhibit explores the role the natural environment plays in shaping the jewelry and home wares created by Georgia designer Gogo Ferguson, who finds much of her inspiration from Cumberland Island. Opens January 19. $12 to $19.50. high.org Genghis Khan Exhibition: This Fernbank Museum of Natural history exhibit takes visitors on an unforgettable journey into Genghis Khan’s legendary empire and reveals the mark his legacy left on the modern world. This major exhibition includes the largest touring collection of 13th century Mongolian artifacts ever assembled. Closes January 21. $15.50 to $17.50. fernbankmuseum.org Gordon Parks: The Segregation Portfolio: Jackson Fine Art celebrates African-American photographer Gordon Park’s 100th birthday with this unique collection

of 12 recently discovered color photographs that were taken during a LIFE magazine assignment in 1957 about race relations in the South. Admission is free. jacksonfineart.com The Plains of Mars: Warfare and Peace in European War Prints, Part Two: This exhibit at the Michael C. Carlos Museum examines the perpetual theme of war and peace, featuring works of art from some of the most virtuoso printmakers in history, including Albrecht Dürer, Hendrick Goltzius and Francisco Goya. $6 to $8. carlos.emory.edu

Performing Arts Shen Yun Performing Arts: Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance and music at this Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre performance featuring tremendous athleticism, thunderous battle drums and masterful vocalists. January 5 through January 6. $50 to $150. cobbenergycentre.com Brother Coyote and Sister Fox: Tricksters will delight with this bilingual puppetry adaptation of a traditional Mexican folktale at Center for Puppetry Arts. January 8 through January 27. $16.50. puppet.org World Premiere: Principal clarinet and star soloist Laura Ardan world premieres Michael Gandolfi’s work written for her in this Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concert at Symphony Hall. Also featured is pianist Juho Pohjonen on Prokofiev’s final piano concerto and Robert Spano conducting the Orchestra on “Scheherazade.” January 10 through January 12. $23 to $67. atlantasymphony.org Harabel: Jonida Beqo, known on the international slam and performance poetry scene as Gypsee-Yo, performs her onewoman play about one girl’s journey from the war-torn Balkans to the American South at Theatrical Outfit in a special one-weekendonly performance. January 10 through January 13. $22 to $44. theatricaloutfit.org The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered and Scattered 24/7/365: Inspired by amazing real life events at Waffle House restaurants, this

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play lets loose as a roller coaster of humor, music and imagination in which one Midtown diner battles to stay open against heavy odds. Opens January 11. $25 to $45. horizontheatre.com

country. The show also features 40 professional ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and tap dancers. January 18 through January 19. $22.50 to $27.50. dancecanvas.com

Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company: Featuring an array of sensual and powerful dancers, singers and musicians from Spain, France and the United States, Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company presents a mixed repertory program of flamenco dance at the Ferst Center for the Arts. January 13. $22 to $39. ferstcenter.gatech.edu

Touch: Full Radius Dance Company performs the premieres of “Touch” and “Dames and Delinquents” by Douglas Scott, along with the premiere of a new work by Atlanta choreographer Lori Teague at 7 Stages. “Touch” is inspired by Scott’s emotional struggle after retiring from active performance. January 18 through January 19. $12 to $15. fullradiusdance.org

Viennese Masterpieces: The Georgian Chamber Players perform music from Vienna in this edge-of-your seat performance featuring Schubert’s “String Quartet, D. 810, ‘Death and the Maiden’” and Brahms’ “String Quintet, Op. 111” at Trinity Presbyterian Church. January 13. $10 to $20. georgianchamberplayers.org Good People: After being let go from another job, Margie Walsh seeks a way out of her IrishAmerican neighborhood and to her American dream in this Alliance Theatre play about the clashing of class and values. Opens January 16. $30 to $60. alliancetheatre.org Introducing the Next Generation: This acclaimed Dance Canvas production at 14th Street Playhouse introduces Atlanta audiences to world premiere choreography from 10 professional choreographers from across the

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The Waffle Palace: Smothered, Covered and Scattered 24/7/365

Rapido: National Best!: This concert features the final competition stage of the 2012 Rapido! Contest, hosted by the Atlanta Chamber Players at the High Museum of Art. All five composers will be attendance as they learn who wins the prized competition and a commission for the work’s premiere in 2013. January 20. $10 to $20. atlantachamberplayers.com E: Gregory Catellier ventures into the third part of a series of evening-length works at Emory’s Schwartz Center based on the elements of dance. This time Catellier and his intrepid group of dancers and collaborators of Catellier Dance Projects attack energy. January 24 through January 26.$8 to $15. arts. emory.edu

Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra: Mexican-born pianist, composer, educator and award-winning musician Artuto O’Farrill brings his GRAMMY nominated orchestra to the Rialto Center for the Arts for a concert of memorable jazz works. January 19. $46 to $74. rialtocenter.org Fiddler on the Roof: Based on the stories of Sholem Alecheim, this musical is the beloved tale of Tevye the milkman and his struggle to hold on to tradition in the face of a changing world. Autism-friendly performances are available on select dates at this Company J at the MJCCA production. Opens January 19. $15 to $28. companyjatl.org

The Producers: The plot of this award-winning Broadway musical is simple: a down-onhis-luck Broadway producer and his accountant set out to produce the most notorious flop in history and collect money from investors, but one thing goes awry – the show is a smash hit! This Theater of the Stars show takes place at The Fox Theatre. January 25 through January 31. $25 to $65. foxtheatre.org Leah Partridge: Finding Home: Georgia native and internationally acclaimed soprano Leah Partridge performs a recital hosted by the Atlanta Vocal Arts Society at GSU’s Kopleff Recital Hall, featuring music from her recently released CD, “Finding Home,” which highlights the American classical art song tradition. January 26. $15 to $30. atlvocal.org Oh, Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?: This one-man show by John Maxwell at Stage Door Players is based on the life of William Faulkner and has become a Southern storytelling classic since its first performance more than 20 years ago. January 29 through January 30. $25. stagedoorplayers.net.

For tickets and information to any of the shows listed above and to find out about more arts and culture events happening INtown, vsiti AtlantaPlanit.com.

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What we’re looking forward to in the coming months By Ally Wright The holidays are over, and it’s the beginning of a new year, the time to start afresh and do all of those things that have been put off for too long. Here are a few events to get you over the post-holiday slump and start the new year off right.

The High’s (high.org) “Fast Forward: Modern Moments 19132013,” part of the MoMA series, closes on Jan. 20, but not before a night of music and storytelling popping up in unexpected places. The event is Assemblage: A Culture Shock Event, and it spans “Fast Forward” and “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial,” which closes March 3. Beginning at 8 p.m., this night of music curated by Matt Arnett and featuring several acts invites you to explore these exhibitions, grab a drink and make art a part of your night life. Two new exhibits are opening: “Gogo: Nature Transformed,” which celebrates the work of Georgia designer Gogo Ferguson and his inspiration from nature, on Jan. 19, and “Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting” on Feb. 14. This exhibition will feature (left) key works by Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, and the High will be its only venue in the U.S., so don’t miss out.

A diverse array of shows is coming to the Alliance (alliancetheatre.org) this winter. Good People plays from Jan. 16 - Feb. 10, and tells the story of an Irish-American neighborhood called “Southie.” This drama was written by Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Susan V. Booth and was nominated for the Tony for Best Play in 2011. Written by Mike Lew, Bike America follows the young Penny on a cross-country bike trip where she meets an eclectic group of others on similar ventures. It will be on the Hertz stage from Feb. 1 - 24. A spider and a pig unite to save the pig from slaughter in E.B. White’s classic Charlotte’s Web, dramatized by Joseph Robinette and directed by Rosemary Newcott, on stage from Feb. 23 - March 10.

The Atlanta Symphony’s (AtlantaSymphony.org) principal clarinetist, Laura Ardan, is world-premiering a piece by Michael Gandolfi that was written for her on Jan. 10 - 12, and renowned pianist Juho Pohjonen will also be taking the stage to perform Prokofiev’s final Piano Concerto. Feel the love through Valentine’s Day themed performances, from Milos/Tchaikovsky “Love” on Feb. 7 - 10, which features guitarist Milos Karadaglic, and “Viva Italia” on Feb. 15 - 16. This event will feature the vocal trio Poperazzi, made of Janien Valentine, George DeMott, and Cody Shawn Gay, singing the great romantic Italian songs. Now that’s amore.

The Atlanta Ballet (atlantaballet.com) has two very different options coming up: Cinderella is a one-hour family event meant to suit even the shortest attention spans and inspire everyone with this dancer’s take on the classic tale. It will be performed at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center from Jan. 4 - 6 and at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Feb.16 - 17. Valentine’s Day will be a particularly bloody affair with Dracula Feb. 8-16, also at Cobb.

Actor’s Express (actors-express.com) is presenting a hilarious twist on the seventh president of the U.S. with Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, on stage from Jan.10 - Feb.17. Based on a book by Alex Timbers, with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman, this story combines rock and roll, hilarity and downright sexiness to create an imaginative lesson in U.S. history that is sure to keep even the most rebellious students engaged.

Theatrical Outfit (theatricaloutfit.org) offers two educational, thoughtful plays for the winter months. For the weekend of Jan.10 - 13, Harabel will take the stage, written by and starring Gypsee-Yo (aka Jonida Beqo), a renowned performance poet. The piece is performed in poetic snapshots and focus on issues with emigration and coming of age in a new country, telling Beqo’s own story of moving to America from the war-torn Balkans when she was young. Fly will open Jan.30 and tells the story of the African-American Army Air Corp fighters who fought for America during World War II and helped bring about the desegregation of the American military. For more winter picks, visit AtlantaINtownPaper.com

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Jan. 10-13

The 2013 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show  (atlantaboatshow.com) docks at the Georgia World Congress Center offering visitors exclusive deals on the latest boats, gear and accessories. There will be experts on hand to help visitors choose the perfect boat, DIY seminars, a radio-controlled Powerboat Challenge in the show’s 20-foot lake.

Jan. 12 The Friends School of Atlanta (friendsschoolatlanta.org) will host an open house Jan. 12 and Feb. 2 at the campus, 862 Columbia Drive in Decatur, from 10 a.m. to noon on both days. Families can find out more about pre-K to 8th grade Quaker education offered by FSA. Deadline for the 2013 school year admissions and financial aid is Feb. 8. Jan. 18 Huff Harrington Fine Art (huffharrrington.com) kicks off 2013 with one of the gallery’s most popular exhibits, A Grand Affair, which kicks off Jan. 18 with a cocktail reception from 6-8 p.m. Art at the Affair, which continues through Feb. 1, is priced $1,000 or less giving art lovers a chance to begin establishing their collections. Participating artists include Nancy Franke, Angela Nesbit, Tracy Sharp, Melissa Payne Baker, Bonnie Beauchamp Cooke, Judy Cox, Liz Barber and more. Huff Harrington Fine Art is located at 4240 Rickenbacker Drive, Atlanta, 30342. Jan. 18 Georgia Cancer Specialists will sponsor the 11th annual Totes 2 Tots suitcase drive for foster children at 18 GCS offices in metro Atlanta on Friday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To participate, simply drop off a new or nearly new backpack at one of the offices. The bags will be distributed to foster children, many of whom must shuffle their belongings from home to home in garbage bags during frequent relocations. The event has collected more than 30,000 bags since it began. Visit gacancer.com or Facebook.com/Totes2Tots, or call 1-877-716-CARE (2273) for more information and office addresses. Jan. 20-22

Imaging USW (imagingusa.org), the largest annual convention, expo and image exhibition organized by professional photographers, for professional photographers, will be held in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center. The event brings together the best in networking, inspiration and education for the industry.

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The 2013 Cathedral Antiques Show & Tour of Homes is set for Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead. More than twodozen dealers of period furniture, jewelry, art, and accessories ranging from 17th-century antiques to iconic mid-century modern pieces will be on hand this year. Also part of the event is the annual Tour of Homes, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be five homes, all beautifully decorated for the event. Tickets are available online. This year’s Inspiration House will feature 21 rooms decorated by some of the city’s most noted designers, including Hammersmith, Amy D. Morris Interiors, White Box Interiors and more. The Inspiration House will have additional tour dates on Feb. 7 and 10. Atlanta-native Miles Redd will also be a featured speaker at this year’s show, talking about his new book, The Big Book of Chic, on Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. The beneficiary of this year’s event will be the Refugee Family Services. Be sure to visit cathedralantiques.org to see a full list of events.    26 INtown |

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The Thinking Artist Patrick Dennis

What is normal? I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… Since we can’t go back in time to finish all the projects left undone in 2012, why not give a big, warm bear hug to the new year? What choice do we have other than hibernate? As our world shrinks, demand for our time grows, demanding more of our constant attention than a litter of puppies. I’m pretty sure we all realize that we are busier than ever. This concept was driven home for me recently as my dear old mother commented, “In my day things were normal. People took time to finish what they started and spent time with their families instead of constantly checking email and driving from place to place without ever stopping to say hello once in awhile which apparently is too much to expect these days even though I am 85 years old.” Ignoring the jab at shirking my familial responsibilities, I focused on the word normal. What is normal? In the art world, normal is practically a dirty word. We expect the unexpected, want to be amazed, challenged to experience things we’ve never known through the eyes of the artist. Whether one’s world-view is conservative or subversive, the quest for art to enrich our lives is universal. Perhaps we feel the need for art to bring us balance during our juggling, or a firm place to set our foot while it’s tapping. The real difference between now and “then,” is that we want it all right now. Thanks to modern social media avenues and publications such as this one we have virtually unlimited access to events as well as an overwhelming demand for our attention. As an artist, I know first-hand that I must produce at a faster pace, post images online and tweet, scratch or blog about it immediately to grab attention. Weirdly, I’m getting used to it so this must be normal now at least for me. I am not alone. By the end of this decade I predict that every urbanite artist will be adept at juggling both their creative output and their representation seamlessly while handling the business of daily life. I’m pretty sure my mother could have never imagined this future. As you check your social calendar,


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Facebook activity and family schedule (not necessarily in that order of priority), make room for art this year. Stumbling onto a remarkable discovery that fits into your life will not slow time nor the demands on it, but it will keep you from losing track of what makes life beautiful. And that should be normal for us all. Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Email him at Patrick@affps.com.

Upcoming Atlanta Art Events Jan. 11- Feb. 16

“1.2 cm =” Photography by Constance Thalken. Challenging, often disturbing, insightful imagery by this Atlanta artist is not for the faint of heart. Opening reception Jan. 11 7 p.m. Whitespace Gallery, 814 Edgewood Ave., 30307.


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& the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra Feb 2

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Jazz Orchestra celebrating the Music of Charles Mingus Feb 16

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Flamenco Music & Dance

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GLUTEN-FREE ASiAN FOOd Eastern solutions to a Western problem 2000). For example, Asian Americans are more likely than Caucasians to have diabetes despite a lower average body weight, and peanut allergies appear to be more common and severe among older children of specific immigrant groups growing up in the U.S. Celiac disease, also known as gluten intolerance, is considered a genetic autoimmune disease that mainly affects people of European descent but recent studies show that it also affects Asian, Hispanic and African populations. Due to a broad range of symptoms and variations that cross ethnicity, diet, age and gender lines, celiac can be difficult to diagnose. This factor may also contribute to underdiagnosis and reporting.

“sweet” rice) with dietary gluten which is the basis of gluten intolerance. There is no gluten or wheat in glutinous rice. The term refers to a variety of short-grain rice that has been grown in China and Southeast Asia for nearly 2,000 years. It is very sticky and glue-like and featured mostly in desserts and popular dim sum items like sesame balls filled with sweet red bean paste. Fun fact: Glutinous rice is so sticky that it was used in the mortar to build the Great Wall of China!

Ethnicity Matters

Gluten-free, cholesterol-free, trans fatfree or any other dietary-free restrictions are not part of my family culture or upbringing in Smyrna. “Clean Plate Club” was our motto. So when I suffered an array of food allergies as a toddler, they wondered if I had been switched in the crib at the hospital. Until recently, U.S. healthcare providers had little experience in handling crosscultural health concerns and disparities in non-white American populations (The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities was only established in


Rice is Kingºand Gluten-free!

Rice, especially whole grain rice, is a tasty and healthful gluten-free food. Now with the availability (and accurate labeling) of gluten-free soy sauce (traditionally fermented with wheat and sometimes called tamari), you can have your fried rice and eat it, too. Rice flour can also be mixed with tapioca starch and/or potato starch to create a gluten-free baking mix. Rice in Asia has always been about more than just food. Japan holds sacred rituals and festivals around the planting and harvesting of rice. The focal point in making perfect sushi is the rice, not the fish. In China, rice has a place in language, art, work and politics: it is associated with life, prosperity and fertility. The actual word for cooked rice, fan, is a general reference for all things food-related. And “rice bowl” (fan wan) is a metaphor for one’s social status. In India, basmati rice is considered a luxury food and offered in religious rites.

Sticky Topic: Gluten vs. Glutinous

Do you love dim sum? So do I! But many have wrongly confused Asian glutinous rice (also known as “sticky” or

Asian Gluten-Free Tips & Recipes • When buying soy sauce, look for naturally brewed tamari or gluten free varieties. More seem to be on the shelves of quality grocery stores these days. • Premium quality rice is a great glutenfree alternative. My favorites are from Lotus Foods. Try their Forbidden Black and Bhutanese Red. •Finally, a shameless plug: Try my very own My Sweet Hottie sauce, dressing & glaze for grilled chicken and shrimp, slaw, salads and spring rolls.

By Natalie Keng “Does this have gluten in it?” I hear this question almost every time I do a class or a demonstration. As a culinary and cultural instructor for Asian cooking classes and international market tours, I find myself both a subject matter expert and a student of cooking: teaching, interpreting and learning about a diverse and evolving menu which includes traditional and modern ethnic recipes and ingredients; instructing preparation techniques; and increasingly, learning about current and trending nutritional concerns and dietary data. I love highlighting how culture, history and tradition play a role through food around the world. Keep reading and you’ll gain some insights on gluten intolerance from an Asian food and cultural perspective, the importance of culturally-competent health education, and a few tips and favorite recipes for enjoying delicious gluten-free Asian food.

vinegars, so you may want to request plain rice for sushi rolls. Unfortunately, labeling varies by country but a few companies have started making Asian products that are certified gluten-free.

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Noodles have a long history in Asia. The world’s oldest known noodles were discovered in an earthenware bowl along the Yellow River in China. The noodles were approximately 4,000 years old and made of foxtail and broomcorn millet. Italian-style pasta is almost always made of wheat, and distinguished by shape. Asian pasta is usually of the string variety but can be made of rice, mung bean, sweet potato, buckwheat, tapioca, soy, acorn, kudzu root, even kelp. That’s great news for pasta lovers looking for alternatives to wheat, and has the bonus of offering more variety in taste, color, and texture. Asian rice noodles are readily available in many markets now and are indispensable in stir fries like Pad Thai, soups like Vietnamese pho, or salads like Szechuan beef noodle salad. Chewy sweet potato noodles are delicious stir fried with sesame oil and vegetables in Japchae – a Korean noodle dish. Japanese 100 percent buckwheat soba noodles are tasty served simply with a touch of tamari sauce and scallions. Check all food labels carefully. A product may be naturally gluten-free but cross-contamination is a risk. Also, condiments may also contain wheat-based additives, like regular soy sauce or rice

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Glass Noodle Soup: ™Meal in a Bowl∫

Traditionally in Asia, noodle soups feature a bone soup base (simmered for many hours) topped with braised or stir fried meat and greens--a hearty comfort “meal” in a bowl. Keeping the stir fry meat and vegetables separate from the soup add a gourmet Asian touch and allow the flavor of multiple ingredients to shine through. It also allows for creative variations/toppings with the same base. Mung bean noodles are a wonderful lighter, gluten-free option to wheat noodles. Ingredients 2 cups gluten-free broth, homemade bone broth or water 1 small pack glass “beanthread” or 1 cup noodles, cooked 1 cup sliced Asian greens (bok choy, Chinese broccoli or chard) 1 green onion, chopped 1 Tbs gluten-free soy sauce 1 tsp sesame oil ½ tsp garlic powder (or 2 cloves, minced) ¼ tsp white pepper vegetable oil   Meat (optional): 1 piece chicken breast or thigh, sliced

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Marinade: 1 Tbs gluten-free soy sauce, ½ tsp garlic powder (or 1 minced clove) Slice and marinate meat in seasonings, set aside. Cover and soak noodles in boiling water until al dente; drain. Cut and stir fry greens in hot vegetable oil, half green onions, minced garlic; set aside. Add 1 tsp vegetable oil, cook meat until done, mix in vegetables. For each bowl, put a small handful of noodles (about ½ cup), one ladle of broth and top with a spoonful of stir fried vegetables/meat. Garnish with scallions and few drops of sesame oil. Serves 2 medium or 4 small bowls. Natalie Keng, Founder/Owner, Chinese Southern Belle LLC is a culinary entertainer and food and culture expert. Contact/event inquiries: info@ chinesesouthernbelle.com.

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As a nod to Natalie’s alma mater, this dish is a go-to favorite for a delicious and fast salad, BBQ side or topping for fish and chicken tacos, sliders, hot dogs and more. Travels well for picnics and potlucks, too. As a fellow Harvard grad, I’m hoping Jeremy Lin will take notice. : ) Ingredients 2 c shredded Napa or regular cabbage 1/4 cup shredded carrot 3 T My Sweet Hottie sauce 2 T chopped green onions 1 T chopped fresh mint, basil, cilantro (any or all) 1 t olive or vegetable oil 1/2 t Sriracha chili sauce (optional spicy kick)

Optional: dash of white pepper, sesame seeds, raw peanuts or cashews Toss together well in a large bowl. Enjoy! 

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Quick Bites Chris McDade has been named the new Chef de Cuisine of KR SteakBar (krsteakbar.com), which is slated to open later this month in Peachtree Hills. McDade is returning to Atlanta after a stint at Maialino in New York City. He had previously worked alongside Kevin Rathbun as a sous chef at Rathbun’s. All locations of Doc Chey’s (doccheys.com) will be giving away an iPad Mini to mark Chinese New Year in February. Dine at any location from Jan. 2 to Feb. 9 to get a free raffle ticket to win. Restaurant veterans Christian Favalli and Kristy FavalliJones will open Saltyard (saltyardatlanta.com) at 1820 Peachtree Road in The Brookwood building this spring. Saltyard will serve American cuisine with international influences in a mostly small plate format. Olmsted (olmsteadATL.com) Executive Chef Bernie McDonough will host a three-part cooking class series, “Eating Healthy in the New Year,” beginning Monday, Jan. 21. The sessions kick off with a class on preparing a healthy Valentine’s Day meal for two. The classes will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and cost $75 for an individual session or $175 for the whole series. Reservations are required by calling (404) 443-8431. The annual Atlanta Winter Beer Fest will be held at the Masquerade on Jan. 26, 2 to 7 p.m. The indoor and outdoor event will feature more than 100 beers, ciders, and a small selection of wines. There will be live music on multiple stages along with fun and games. Last year’s event sold out quickly so visit atlantawinterbeerfest.com to buy now. Tickets are $35 until Jan. 17, $40 after that and $48 at the door.

Zoës Kitchen (zoeskitchen.com), a Mediterranean-inspired, fast-casual restaurant, has opened two more locations in Atlanta at Perimeter Square and Cumberland Mall. Cook Hall (cookhallatlanta.com) is now open at the W Atlanta – Buckhead, featuring traditional American comfort food created by Chef David Gross. Highlights of the 30-item menu include duck tacos, pimiento mac and cheese and cornbread glazed with brown sugar and bacon. Cook Hall will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with a full bar offering selected draft beers and boutique wines. Chef Linton Hopkins (Restaurant Eugene, H&F Bread Co.) is the recipient of a 2012 Innovator Award from the Georgia Restaurant Association for his work. Chef Drew Van Leuvan has opened Seven Lamps (sevenlampsatl.com), a new restaurant with a focus on craft food and drinks, at 3400 Around Lenox Road in the Shops Around Lenox. The restaurant offers lunch, dinner and a late night menu daily. Seven Lamps will also offer brunch service in the near future. Legacy Restaurant Partners has named Matt Rainey as head chef at Glenn’s Kitchen located at The Glenn Hotel. He graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta, was executive chef at103 West in Buckhead and cooked for heads of state at the Willard Room in Washington D.C. The owners of Tongue and Groove have opened The Joint Barroom (facebook.com/TheJointBarroom) in Buckhead’s Lindbergh City Center. The restaurant serves cocktails, simple small plates and great music. Modern Restaurant + Bar (modernbuckhead. com) is now open at 3365 Piedmont Road offering “a new angle on modern American cuisine” including pasta, seafood and steaks under the direction of Executive Chef Mark Alba. Osteria 832 (osteria832.com) in Virginia Highland donated $4,600 to Fire Station 19 from proceeds raised during the restaurants annual Breakfast with Santa event in December. Doc Chey’s in Grant Park also raised $3,000 for local Fire Station 10.

Bantam + Biddy (bantamandbiddy.com) at Ansley Mall is now offering breakfast. The restaurant serves breakfast Monday through Friday beginning at 7:30 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. In addition to a new breakfast menu, the restaurant has changed service formats. Instead of placing orders at the counter, guests can now look forward to table service throughout the day. Atlanta will have a new food truck with a purpose this spring. The City of Refuge (cityofrefugeatl.org) food truck (an official name will be announced soon) will feature a menu created by Chef Ford Fry of JCT. Kitchen and raise funds for the nonprofit which works in the 30314 zip code to create community development. The project is being supported by North American Properties, Vantage Atlanta and Iconologic. 10th & Piedmont (10thandpiedmont.com), a new restaurant and lounge from brothers Sean and Gilbert Yeremyan who run Gilbert’s Café & Bar, is now open at the iconic corner in Midtown in the former Outwrite Bookstore space. Dishes from Executive Chef Brett Ring’s menu are all housemade, prepared using the freshest organic ingredients and offer diners a multitude of flavors. The restaurant is open for a Bellini brunch, lunch, dinner and late night dining. Sample dishes include: Southern arancini with blue cheese grits and tomato marmalade; lamb meatballs with red currants, tomato glaze and pickled cucumber spaghetti; and SoCo cured salmon roulade with whipped goat cheese, roasted red peppers, lemon vinaigrette and fried capers atop a bagel crisp. Bonefish Grill (bonefishgrill.com) has opened its doors at 1540 Avenue Place, Suite B-240 in the new Emory Point development. The menu includes wood-grilled fish, seafood and chops.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTiON: COOk MORE WiTH YOUR kidS By Christine Fallucco, Mud Pie Cooking School This New Year’s consider resolving to designate regular time for cooking with your child. Whether it is a weekly or monthly time period that you set aside, the value of the regularity is it establishes routine for you and your child. With a reoccurring time set, it is easier for you to plan to identify the recipe you want to make together, write out your grocery list and grocery shop for all of

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your ingredients. Ultimately, it helps ensure you have everything you need when it comes time to cook. Most importantly, this resolution of quality time together gives you and your little one a fun and special activity to look forward to doing with each other on a regular basis. As for the time amount to allot for cooking, it is best to allow at least an hour (This doesn’t include time for you to setup). Younger kids work best in 10-minute

increments, which is usually the time it takes to review the recipe and ingredients with them. Plan for recipes that will require another ten minutes to measure, chop and mix. Ten minutes to place your recipe into your oven, blender or onto your stovetop (all steps that are only for adults, your child can watch from a safe distance). Thirty minutes to bake or cook while together you cleanup the mess made and set your table. I can’t think of a better way to start off the new year. Enjoy! KeepitINtown.com


By Wendy Binns, Publisher In Agave’s open-air kitchen, large pots are steaming and trays of tomatoes and poblanos are roasting under a red flame. “Everything we do here is from scratch,” says the Cabbagetown restaurant’s new chef Bryan Yockey as he preps for a Friday night dinner. And, this kitchen is like a stage. “It feels like we invited friends over for dinner and they’re in the kitchen looking over our

shoulder while we cook,” says manager Tim Pinkham. A brand new shipment of produce, meat and seafood arrives daily at Agave. Tim explains that the logistics of that can be challenging to accomplish, but well worth the effort. “It makes everything taste so fresh and bright.” Bryan beams because he knows there are fresh fillets of Red Snapper that he’s about to prepare to go with his Veracruz sauce – a Spanish sauce of capers, olives, tomatoes and jalapenos. He’s topping that with a cilantro aioli. It’s that night’s special. The weekend’s specials are always favorites and Agave regulars make sure to check the restaurant’s Facebook page on Friday to see what they are. Lately, Bryan has been making a lot of homemade pastas for the specials. “He’s been blowing us away,” says Tim. While Bryan brings new energy and skills to the kitchen at Agave, the main

menu stays the same. No need to panic because the hatch green chile stew, slow cooked short ribs, cayenne fried chicken and other favorites are still on the menu. Agave has been in the neighborhood for 12 years and they spread neighborly love by offering plenty of deals. Fans are privy to exclusive deals by being on their email list, which sometimes offers are up to 30 percent off. Sign-up is on their website. And, from 5 to 7 p.m. each night at the tequila bar, they offer two-for-one appetizers – think Guajillo mussels, fresh guacamole and southwestern shrimp and poblano spring rolls to go with your house made margarita.

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Getting to know Chef Bryan Yockey • He started his culinary career by going to work with his mom when he was 12. “It was peeling shrimp and onions – also, sweeping and mopping floors,” he recalls. • He graduated at the top of his class at the Culinary Institute of Atlanta and eventually landed the role of sous chef at Barnsley Gardens before coming to Agave. • His wife does pretty much all of the cooking at home. She is also a CIA graduate and loves to cook from scratch, but nothing too fancy: meatloaf, pot roast, cookies and brownies. (Bryan did make turkey enchiladas for Thanksgiving and smoked the turkey on the grill.) • He’s been experimenting with chile. “I’ve been on a spicy kick lately.” • His mom is the famous Fairy Godmother at Barnsley Gardens. • He was raised in Georgia. “Fun to have someone raised right here and knows the city and surrounding areas,” says Tim of Agave’s new chef. KeepitINtown.com

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Green Campus GSU gets assist in planting trees Downtown Just before the holidays, students and staff at Georgia State University planted trees from the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota in celebration of the campus commitment to caring for and maintaining its urban forest. GSU is working toward Tree Campus USA status, which recognizes college and university campuses that effectively manage trees and engage students.  The volunteer planting effort was one of several tree planting events sponsored by the Foundation and Toyota during the fall of 2012 to give students and staff the opportunity to participate in hands-on conservation activities. The local nonprofit Trees Atlanta co-hosted the event, which is part of a broader effort to raise awareness about conservation and the benefits of urban forestry on college campuses.

Thirty trees were planted near campus at the Bell Street Project, adjacent to the intersection of Decatur and Bell Streets.   “We’re excited to share the spirit of stewardship with Georgia State University,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Through working together to plant trees and beautify the campus community, we help grow the next generation of conservation leaders.”   During 2011, the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota helped campuses throughout the country plant 30,000 trees, and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities have invested more than $22 million in campus forest management. More information about the Tree Campus USA program visit arborday.org/ TreeCampusUSA.   Cutline for all Cutline for all Cutline for all Cutline for all Cutline for all Cutline for all Cutline for all Cutline for all Cutline for all Cutline for all Cutline for all

Gardeners Green Homes Group works with Habitat for Humanity Central Fulton Master Gardeners (CFMG) celebrated its100th Atlanta Habitat for Humanity home. At the end of 2012, CFMG members will have contributed more than 1,700 volunteer hours and directed and educated over 3,500 Atlanta Habitat volunteers in landscaping and plant care. For each home, a lead master gardener conducts a site analysis and selects plants appropriate to the property. The new homeowner is welcome to provide input and be present when plants are selected. Then a team of (typically) three master gardeners provides expertise and time to supervise installation of the home’s landscape. “The most rewarding aspect of the CFMG effort is meeting and working with the new homeowner,” said Rich Sussman, CFMG project coordinator. “Atlanta Habitat homeowners are first-time homebuyers, and they’ve completed 250 hours of sweat equity – including helping build their own home and homes for others to complete the requirements of Atlanta Habitat’s homeownership program.” Landscaping takes place on the seventh build day when the home is dedicated and formally presented to the new homeowner. KeepitINtown.com

While the house itself is undergoing final touch-up, some of the approximately 40 Atlanta Habitat volunteers on the build site that day help prepare the grounds, lay sod, sow grass seed, plant annuals and perennials, and sometimes plant trees – led by master gardeners. The homeowner is provided information about identifying, planting, and maintaining the new landscape, and the lead master gardener reviews final instructions with the homeowner and presents a folder containing information about the new plants and their maintenance. For more information about CFMG, visit centralfultonmastergardeners.com

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New Highland Park construction complete By Clare S. Richie On a stroll down North Highland Avenue in historic Atkins Park neighborhood situated between Ponce de Leon and Virginia avenues, you’d pass by restaurants, bars, eclectic shops, and historic homes. What you didn’t see was community green space, until now. Four years ago, the Virginia-Highland Civic Association (VHCA) purchased two vacant residential lots at the corner of St. Charles and North Highland, across from Belly. Formerly the site of a city library that was demolished in 1990, the land had remained vacant for more than 20 years. “This land was ideally suited for neighborhood green space, and the VHCA pursued the project as a long-term initiative intended to revitalize that area of our neighborhood,” according to VHCA Board member Pamela Papner. Now that construction is complete, the long-term vision for the .4 acre space – born out of many community meetings and countless hours of pro bono services- is becoming a reality. New Highland Park, as it is temporarily called, provides a place for recreation, walking, community gatherings and educational programs. The park is also a citywide model for storm water management. Concrete from the previous library parking lot was removed, and the property was graded to slope toward a “self-watering” rain garden where native Georgia plants naturally remove pollutants. Capturing the rainwater on-site means less water in storm drains and city treatment facilities. In order to purchase the land, the VHCA secured $855,000 in financing from the Georgia Land Conservation Loan Program. At that time, the VHCA also had a plan for increasing revenues from its annual Summerfest event, to significantly ease the debt burden. The plan is working. So far, 25 percent of the mortgage principal has been retired and approximately $660,000 of debt remains today. The $150,000 raised for the construction of the new park came from incremental fundraising activities, including a $50,000 grant from Park Pride, a “buy a brick” campaign, and the generosity of neighbors, local businesses and Atikn’s Park Neighborhood Association. VHCA is now focused on securing more grants to retire the capital debt. Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for New Highland Park on Saturday, March 16, at noon (rain date March 23) so you can come thank all those who made this park possible. In the meantime, stop by after shopping at Wellspring Treasures or before dinner at Atkins Park Tavern. You may see my daughter’s teammate practicing her soccer moves with her dad as you all enjoy this green oasis.

Green Insider Laura Turner Seydel

Eco Reading As we begin the new year, here are four books that might give you a new perspective on challenges to our environment and get you motivated to take action. I Am Eco-Warrior by Roger Moenks Roger Moenks did a great job with his new book, I Am Eco-Warrior. The international book release was held here in Atlanta last month as a fundraising event at the Ralph Lauren store for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. The cover photo, of my dad Ted Turner, is amazing and so are the other photos and stories in the book. I was very honored to be included in the book and share my story about the Captain Planet Foundation. There are more than 50 people featured in the book, including Richard Branson, Sylvia Earle, and Stella McCartney. I am amazed at those eco-superheroes and how they have been so creative in their approach to improving the ecosystems of our earth for our children and future generations. Full World, Empty Plates by Lester Brown   If you don’t know who Lester Brown is, you need to. He is the president of the Earth Policy Institute, has written over 50 books on food and the environment and is one of the most influential thinkers of our lifetime. He has been warning the public since the early 1960’s about the relationship between population, global warming, water shortages and how that will lead to food scarcities. My father has been sending members of Congress, world leaders, and Fortune 500 CEOs, including his friends Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, his books for years trying to get them to pay attention to these issues. In his latest book, Brown writes about the global struggle for food security. “In this era of tightening world food supplies, the ability to grow food is fast becoming a new form of geopolitical leverage,” he writes.

“Food is the new oil.” As larger countries like China and India run out of the water they need to grow enough food for their citizens, they are starting to buy up millions of acres of farmland in Africa with access to water, ousting the native residents there. This situation will only get worse in the future unless we start acting now. Reinventing Fire by Amory Lovins   Amory Lovins is co-founder, chairman and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute and widely considered among the world’s leading authorities on energy – especially its efficient use and sustainable supply – and a fertile innovator in integrative design. Lovins’ new book shows how business – motivated by profit, supported by civil society, sped by smart policy – can get the U.S. completely off oil and coal by 2050, and later, beyond natural gas as well. It might sound impossible, but read the book and see how it can and needs to happen. 50 Ways To Save The Ocean by David Helvarg, forward by Phillippe Cousteau I want to recommend a children’s book, because they will want to take action, too! The oceans are big and children are small, so younger people (and grownups, too) may feel powerless to protect the oceans. “50 Simple Ways to Save the Ocean, written by environmental journalist David Helvarg, focuses on practical, easily implemented actions everyone can take to protect and conserve this vital resource. One of my favorite environmentalists, Philippe Cousteau, CNN correspondent and grandson of Jacques Cousteau, wrote the foreward to the book and is very involved in saving our oceans. He founded EarthEcho International, which teaches young people how to take action to restore and protect our oceans. For more green news and tips, visit LauraSeydel.com

Donate Your Junk Car Company and nonprofit join forces for recycling project Pull-A-Part, a do-it-yourself used auto parts retailer and purchaser of junk cars, has joined forces with the Georgia Recycling Coalition to promote the recycling of older cars in metro Atlanta. Pull-A-Part will donate funds to the GRC and the local recycling program members, including Keep Atlanta Beautiful, Keep DeKalb Beautiful, Keep East Point Beautiful, Keep Forest Park Beautiful, Keep Roswell Beautiful, and Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful for every vehicle sold through their promotion of the program. Residents in these areas can call (888) 237-7198 if they

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wish to sell their old junk cars for cash, which includes free vehicle pickup. The donated funds will be used to help support local recycling and litter prevention programs throughout the state. “Pull-A-Part is excited to work with the Georgia Recycling Coalition to help remove and recycle “junk” cars from our neighborhood streets and yards,” says Steve Levetan, Senior VP. “We are committed to helping our communities stay cleaner and safer through our continued support of sustainable reuse and recycling practices.” For more about the GRC, visit georgiarecycles.org. KeepitINtown.com

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The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America has received the Captain Planet Green School Award for 2012. The Captain Planet Board of Directors presents awards, honoring those who have demonstrated extraordinary environmental stewardship, helping to protect and preserve the natural balance and beauty of our land and actively put forth a significant effort in Left to right: Ron Alston, Ashley du Pont, Sara Walsh, Leesa Carter (Executive Director of the CPF), Stacey Alston, Laura making the world a better place. Turner Seydel (Board Chairperson of the CPF), Paul McClendon, Students at the Waldorf School and Elizabeth Roosevelt. of Atlanta (waldorfatlanta.org) are engaged in experiential learning that fosters their potential to be thoughtful, caring, and active stewards of the Earth. The teachers lead students in daily practice of remembering these gifts with gratitude and in exercising care for how resources are used. The next Southface Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (southface.org) event is Jan. 11 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 634 W. Peachtree St. The topic is “Ten Years Later: Metropolitan Atlanta in 2023. Experts will talk about where the city will be in terms of clean energy, water and transportation. Julie Bee’s Shoes (myjuliebees.com) has launched a women’s footwear company that designs and sells eco-friendly shoes individually and to boutiques that serve the higher end markets. The shoes are made in America and the company is headquartered in Virginia Highland. The company was started by Julie Brown after she was unable to find sustainable fashion forward shoes to wear to work and out with friends. Watch for a feature on Julie Bee’s Shoes in the April “Green Issue” of Atlanta INtown.



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By Collin Kelley Editor This time next year, Inman Park and surrounding neighborhoods will have a new destination for dining and buying food – Krog Street Market. The market is just one part of a $70 million project being led by Paces Properties, which announced late last year that it had purchased nine acres of prime real estate bounded by the Atlanta Beltline, Edgewood Avenue and Irwin Street. The property includes the Stove Works – home to Rathbun’s Restaurant and Krog Bar. The market will be housed in the former soundstages formerly owned by movie mogul Tyler Perry at the corner of Krog Street and Lake Avenue. The 1920s era building was the warehouse for the Atlanta Stove Works, which once manufactured cast iron stoves. Paces Vice President George Banks compared Krog Street Market and its food hall to the Melrose Market in Seattle or the Ferry Building in San Francisco. “Krog Street will focus on food and restaurants,” Banks said, noting there will be covered patios and a 6,000 squarefoot indoor market. Banks said that all the tenants at Krog Street Market would be local. “There will be no national brands or chains,” he commented. “We’re actively seeking local restaurateurs and local farmers to make this space truly a neighborhood market.” Lily Heimburger, vice president of SRS Real Estate, KeepitINtown.com

which will handle leasing for the project, said two restaurants have already signed letters of intent and more are on the way. Visitors to the Krog Street Market will find original brick walls, concrete floors, soaring ceilings and large skylights that flood the space with natural light. Heimburger said she envisions cheesemongers, wine shops and other stalls mixing with the sit-down restaurants and food vendors down the long, expansive hall. Beyond the market itself, Banks said there are also plans to transform another part of the building into residential, while more residential will be built facing Edgewood Avenue and backing up to the Stove Works parking lot. A historic home that sits adjacent to the Krog Market’s parking lot will be moved just down Irwin Street and turned into a retail shop. Banks said there are no plans to change the Stove Works or its tenants and the iconic bridge over Krog will be renovated and put to use for pedestrians crossing between the buildings. Although the massive Ponce City Market, which will also feature a food hall, is just a short stroll up the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, Banks says he believes the projects will complement each other. “We’re the Melrose Market to their Pike Place Market,” Banks said, comparing the two Seattle landmarks. Krog Street Market is scheduled to open in June and be completely operational by November.

Work has begun on transforming the old studio building into the Krog Street Market.

For more information, please visit srsre.com.

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Business Briefs Georgia Public Broadcasting (gpb.org) has announced the formation of a new GPB News division that will develop and oversee news content production across its radio, television and web-based platforms. Bob Brienza has been tapped to lead the new division, and he has been named Vice President, News and Sports. Brienza first joined GPB in 2009 and has served as the Director of Creative Services and Original Programs. GPB Radio Senior News Editor Rickey Bevington has been named News Director for the new division. The new roles are effective immediately for Brienza and Bevington. Plans for GPB’s News division include re-envisioning the organization’s approach to daily and longer-lead news content delivery and further expanding reporting on major issues impacting communities across the state. Eric E. Jacobson, Executive Director for the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD. org ), has been honored by the Atlanta Chapter of the NAACP for the work of GCDD and its signature concept, the Real Communities Initiative. Real Communities was launched in 2009 and provides cutting edge, intentionally inclusive activities throughout the state with a focus on projects that create opportunities for all people - with and without disabilities - to be fully engaged in the social life and civic development of their communities. Music and events venue Tabernacle Atlanta is the newest member of downtown’s Luckie Marietta District (luckiemariettadistrict.com). The 10-block district around Centennial

Olympic Park is home to many of Atlanta’s top events venues and strives to continue to be the epicenter of the city’s events business, making this new partnership a natural fit. “As a unique and notable downtown Atlanta special events venue, we are very excited to partner with the Luckie Marietta District and to continue to highlight Atlanta’s visibility as an events destination,” said Karyn Kotler, director of sales, Tabernacle Atlanta. Atlanta-based Student Launch Pad (studentlaunchpad.com) was started to help ensure that students are not left behind. Through Student Launch Pad’s six-week one-on-one coaching program, high school and college students are able to discover their strengths, passions, and personality and how these fit into a major and career field. Student Launch Pad also equips high school and college students with direction for the future beyond academic environments. The Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur campus will begin offering budding fashionistas the opportunity to study Fashion Design starting this month. The bachelor of fine arts degree program emphasizes innovation and creativity in fashion design while providing students the technical knowledge necessary for employment in the fashion industry. To register or for more information, visit artinstitutes.edu/atlanta-decatur. Gerald Freedman, owner of Freedman’s Music at Abernathy Square in Sandy Springs, is already starting to see the benefits from the Set Up Shop program since his store opened in June. With six months free rent and a flexible lease, Freedman has been able to focus on investing his dollars in inventory and fixtures. The Set Up Shop program, launched earlier this year by Cleveland-based DDR Corp (ddr.com), was developed to promote entrepreneurship, incubate new concepts and support the expansion of locally owned businesses. Unpakt (unpakt.com) has launched in Atlanta to help those needing a moving company to find the right one for them. The site reviews and verifies moving companies to weed out unscrupulous movers, allows users to inventory their home, compare prices for moving companies and more.

Making Sense of Social Brigette Flood, makingsenseofsocial.com

Shiny new Quartz There’s a new startup business publication that’s getting lots of buzz lately. It’s called Quartz and it launched in September 2012 by Atlantic Media Company. A business publication doesn’t seem that interesting at first glance, but Quartz includes some key characteristics that give it a disruptor reputation. For starters, it’s digital-only, mobile-first and tablet-focused. Like The Economist and The Financial Times, Quartz covers global economic news. But all of its content is free. Even better, the free content is designed for viewing on mobile devices and social networks. Probably because of that, Quartz’s tone is more conversational and less MBA. Approachable writing to match the approachable price. And if you love charts and infographics, you will have a special fondness Quartz. With about 15 to 20 employees working out of its Soho headquarteres, Quartz doesn’t have the enormous bandwidth it takes to cover all the business news that’s fit to tweet. Instead, the staff chooses to delve

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into a few key topics with intensity – like the fiscal cliff. To provide more explanation, Global News Editor Gideon Lichfield, says Quartz will “say goodbye to the beat.” He continues, “instead of fixed beats we structure our newsroom around an ever-evolving collection of phenomena – the patterns, trends and seismic shifts that are shaping the world our readers live in. ‘Financial markets’ is a beat, but ‘the financial crisis’ is a phenomenon. ‘The environment’ is a beat, but ‘climate change’ is a phenomenon. The most intriguing part of the Quartz model – the part that gets digital marketers and social media types buzzing – is the data. Quartz gets 40 percent of its referral traffic from social networks, 35 percent from websites and 11 percent from search. Twitter is Quartz’s number one referrer, followed by Digg, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn – an unusual assortment for a business publication. Two in ten of every visitor accesses the site from a smartphone and 1 in 10 via tablet. These numbers are quite a departure from most business sites. By comparison, The Economist gets 15 percent of traffic

from social media. Quartz seems ready not only to cover disruptors but to become one itself. Let’s hope that what Quartz lacks in size, it makes up for in flexibility and

ingenuity. So far, so good. Quartz can be found at qz.com, @quartznews and on Facebook at QuartzNews.



looKiNG AhEAD Bright outlook for Atlanta real estate in 2013 By Kathy Dean Everyone is looking forward to the new year with hope that the economy will continue to improve. It’s particularly encouraging that Atlanta real estate professionals are predicting a better market for 2013. “The bottom of our housing market has come and is now fading away in the rearview mirror,” said David Boehmig, President and Co-Founder of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. “If you thought about buying in the past few years but have been putting it off, right now may be the best combination of low interest rates, a healthy level of home choices and, David Boehmig relatively speaking, great President and Co-Founder of prices!” Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s Buying now is good International Realty advice, especially for people hoping to move into some of Atlanta’s premier areas. According to Tom Fulkerson, Managing Broker at RE/MAX Metro Atlanta, Inc., the Intown Market is hot, especially neighborhoods like Virginia Highlands, Morningside, Candler Park and Midtown. “I think these neighborhoods are in such high demand because people want to be near shops, restaurants and parks. With the congestion of Atlanta traffic, it’s appealing to be able to walk to the amenities of Intown,” Fulkerson said. “I also foresee nearby neighborhoods picking up in sales in 2013 as inventory sells out in the Intown area.” Tom Fulkerson Other Atlanta Managing Broker at RE/MAX communities are showing Metro Atlanta, Inc. higher than average activity, too, most notably Buckhead and North Atlanta, including Milton and Johns Creek. All of these areas have what people want: convenient location, good schools, proximity to key employers and a variety of lifestyle choices. So what will be the most popular properties in 2013? Atlanta Realtors are expecting the trend to continue in the same direction as it had been going last year. “Single family detached homes with a minimum of three bedrooms and two baths seems to still be the most


desired housing,” stated Lisa Johnson, Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker Intown office. “We’ve also seen a nice increase in the number of condos sold in the Intown and Midtown markets over the last year. All that being said, people purchase according to lifestyle needs and desires.” The activity in single family homes and condos Lisa Johnson can be attributed to a Managing Broker at Coldwell variety of reasons. Mike Banker Intown Office Wright, Senior Vice President/Managing Broker at Harry Norman Realtors Intown Office, explained that single family homes have a great appeal to younger couples, especially those with families or planning to start a family. Condos, particularly those in the mid $200K range, are appealing to younger singles and couples looking for their first home, as well as older singles and couples looking to free themselves of the maintenance responsibilities of single family homes. “Both of these housing types are being affected by greater demand and fewer properties coming on the market,” he said. “The Intown neighborhoods have very few new construction single family homes and recently constructed condos are rapidly selling out, with the exception of ultra luxury units.” Wright predicted that in 2013 the Intown real estate market will be almost exclusively resale. That’s good news for homeowners planning to sell. It’s worth knowing that some of the key amenities homebuyers look for are high efficiency systems, green construction materials, functional living space and higher end finishes. Outdoor rooms are Mike Wright also in demand right Senior Vice President/Managing now, and well-designed Broker at Harry Norman Realtors kitchens and bathrooms Intown Office are always important. “If you’re thinking about selling, do it!” Fulkerson advised. “Inventories are low and buyers are waiting for your listing!” Overall, the Atlanta real estate forecast for 2013 is a good one. Boehmig sees home buying and selling trending upwards as the economy continues to recover. “The surge in the real estate market is related to consumers feeling

more optimistic about their job security, low interest rates and the decision to move on with their life after this multiyear recession.” There are a few simple things that buyers and sellers can do to take advantage of the improved economic climate. Wright suggested that buyers be pre-qualified for a loan and ready to act when they find a house they want. Sellers should have their homes properly prepared, priced correctly and marketed by an expert. He stressed that it’s important to hire an experienced, professional Realtor who is prepared to navigate the various hurdles, such as pricing, negotiating, appraisals and inspections. All the real estate professionals agree that it’s critical to be aligned with a knowledgeable Realtor. “An agent can set up a client on various systems that will notify them of sales and listings in specific areas, and the agent can help interpret what the market is doing,” Johnson said. “Obviously we can’t predict the future, but we can and do watch closely to see what’s happening.”

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The Decatur Old House Fair (decaturoldhousefair.com) returns on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Decatur Courtyard Marriott Conference Center. The Old House Fair is an all-day showcase of seminars, exhibitors, and hands-on-workshops for old-house owners. Seminars will include waterproofing basements, fireplace restoration, tree care, and tax incentive programs for historic houses. There will also be “short bites” for specific house styles including Victorians, Foursquares, Bungalows, Ranches and more. There will also be a focus on preserving the old while bring in in the new. (From left to right) Lovett Middle School math teacher Kevin Sauter, Lovett Head Chaplain Steve Allen, back row (students) - Lizzy Wesley, Emily Valentino, Jennifer Li, Lovett Upper School chemistry teacher Jeannie Meriwether, the Manns family – Paris, Michelle and Lataious.

Students and teachers from The Lovett School, along with four other local independent schools, worked last fall on the 21st Independent School Build for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Lovett, Westminster, Pace, Woodward, and Marist students and teachers partnered every Saturday from Sept. 22 to Nov. 3 to build a house for the Manns family in southwest Atlanta. Representatives from the partner schools and Habitat leaders attended a recent dedication ceremony. During the dedication, Lovett students presented the Manns family with a gift – two Adirondack chairs that Upper school students built and painted.

Renewal Design-Build received three awards at the 32nd OBIE Awards event held in November. Sponsored by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, the OBIE Awards recognize achievement in building, remodeling, marketing and personal achievement categories. Renewal took home the Gold OBIE award for Best Kitchen - $50,000 and over category. The winning project located in Decatur’s Winnona Park neighborhood required Renewal to re-imagine the floor plan to accommodate a growing family with a modern lifestyle. Renewal’s second Gold award came in the marketing category for Best Website (renewaldesignbuild.com). The company also won a Silver OBIE for Residential Remodeling - Best Addition for a1940s home in Decatur. INTWN-PRESS-2 | Januarytbg12.indd 42P3-1257AnPk INtown 2013


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Alpharetta. $1,375,000 3125 W Addison Drive 8BR/8Full 2half BA FMLS:5080232 Chad Mann 404.422.2717

Buckhead. $1,395,000 1100 Dawn View Lane 6BR/5.5BA FMLS: 5076998 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378


More than 100 of Atlanta’s top Coldwell Banker Previews International Property Specialists (coldwellbankeratlanta.com) convened at The Atlanta History Center recently to discuss the metro area’s luxury home market and its competitive opportunities. According to reports, the number of homes listed for sale above $750,000 is growing in Atlanta and those properties are selling at a faster pace than in the past two years. Acadia Homes & Neighborhoods (acadiahomes.us) has completed construction of its decorated model townhome at City Park in South Buckhead off of Peachtree Road on 26th Street. Decorated by well-known designer Sandy Moon of Focus Design, the four-story model home features an imaginative music theme throughout. The home is priced from $189,900 and include two spacious bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a one-car garage on the lower level. Customizable floor plan options allow homebuyers the chance to invest in personalized spaces.

Buckhead. $274,900 3324 Peachtree Road NE 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5087934 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Buckhead. $149,000 250 Pharr Road 1BR/1BA FMLS: 5087450 Shira Cohen 678.523.0757


Big Canoe. $494,500 9373 Wilderness Knoll 4BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5082422 Kelly Beechler 770.605.2987 Tom Beechler 678.230.8511

Big Canoe. $479,900 1005 Quail Cove 5BR/4.5BA FMLS: 5084646 Kelly Beechler 770.605.2987 Tom Beechler 678.230.8511

Candler Park. $690,000 273 Mathews Avenue NE 4BR/4BA FMLS: 5071182 Michael Redwine 404.394.4071 Michael Lewis 404.402.4643


Candler Park. $359,000 321 Clifton Road NE 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5083665 Michael Redwine 404.394.4071 Michael Lewis 404.402.4643

Chastain Park. $1,797,500 4538 Dudley Lane NW 5BR/5.5BA FMLS: 5085382 Bonnie Majher 678.575.4439

East Atlanta. $130,000 1630 Van Vleck Avenue SE 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5078786 Stephen Flanagin 404.312.5389

Grant Park. $329,000 719 Ormewood Avenue 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5071430 Chrissie Kallio 404.295.2068


CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio (csikitchenandbath.com) is now offering Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry, a leader in luxury custom cabinetry. There a wide selection of door designs, wood species and finishes to choose from with choice of cherry, mahogany, poplar or walnut for drawers and accessories. The Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce the date for the 7th Annual Shutze Awards Ceremony. Taking place Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Piedmont Driving Club, The Shutze Awards, named after the renowned architect Phillip Trammell Shutze, recognize excellence in traditional design and spotlight practitioners for their work while educating the general public and professionals about the enduring excellence, appeal and importance of traditional design and those in the community that contribute to its advancement. For more information, visit classicist-se.org.

Buckhead. $695,000 2144 Northside Drive NW 5BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5085992 Neal Heery 404.974.4388 George Heery 404.974.4378

Midtown. $299,900 805 Peachtree Street NE 2BR/2BA FMLS: 5070807 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Midtown. $599,000 805 Peachtree Street NE 3BR/2.5BA FMLS: 5082238 Alison Douglas 404.386.5260

Ormewood Park. $349,900 875 Ormewood Terrace 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5078465 Chase Mizell 404.835.9595

Stone Mountain. $149,900 2191 Rockbridge Road 3BR/2BA FMLS: 5083142 Anne Fuller 678.662.5750

Virginia Highland. $900,000 1071 Monroe Drive NE 5BR/4BA FMLS: 5089068 Jim Glover 404.974.4420

Virginia Highland. $699,500 686 Elkmont Drive NE 5BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5040659 Jim Getzinger 404.307.4020 Lea Perez 404.840.1005

Serenbe. $545,000 10671 Serenbe Lane 3BR/3.5BA FMLS: 5085720 Sandra Storrar 404.310.3558

Ashton Woods Homes is selling townhomes in the Alderwood development in Sandy Springs from $300,000 and up. The energy efficient homes feature hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens, big closets and more. Community amenities include a pool, cabana and outdoor fireplace. For more details, visit ashtonwoodshomes.com/atlanta. At press time, John Wieland Homes (jwhomes.com) was readying a sales center for the new Highland Park townhome development next to the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail at 764 Highland Avenue (opposite Highland Walk apartments). The townhomes will feature chef ’s kitchens, spa baths, terraces and more.


Park City. Utah $899,000 Summit Sotheby’s International Realty


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FROM INDIA TO THE WESTSIDE Oriental Designer Rugs prepares for big move Over time, the Westside has become a destination for home décor. New businesses continue to land in the area while long-timers, like Forsyth Fabric (established in1949), continue to thrive.

Oriental Designer Rugs is joining the mix in early February. Founded in 1973 Oriental Designer Rugs is moving from Amsterdam Walk in Midtown, which they’ve called home for

Renu and Vineet show one of their popular Oushak rugs.


the past nineteen years, to the new space at 1250-B Menlo Drive off Huff Road. “The area has taken off,” says Vineet Golchha, president of Oriental Designer Rugs and son of the owner, Benny. Three generations of the Golchha family have been in the rug industry. Preparing for the move to the new location, which will have 150 percent more space, Benny has been on another buying trip to India. “Having roots in the country helps a lot,” says Vineet. They are able to work with some of the same vendors they established relationships with when they started their business 40 years ago. With the larger space, Benny is able to bring back a more diverse inventory. They’ll continue to carry a wide selection of traditional favorites. But, Vineet explains that he’s also looking for more transitional styles, which are less traditional, like Ikat patterns. “Oushak rugs are one of our bestsellers,” he says. “The soft colors blend with furniture.” Overall, their aim is to have more selection and items for the home, including art and other décor, to satisfy their loyal customer base. For more information, visit OrientalDesignerRugs.com.

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DRUID HILLS – Lovely newer construc-

tion home in Druid Hills. 10’ ceilings, hardwoods, 2 car garage, great deck for entertaining.  5Bed/3.5Bath $564,900 FMLS: 5074586 Josh Howard 404-955-0227

BUCKHEAD – Four-sided brick home with updated baths, his/her closets, fully finished terrace level, new roof, renovated kit, in-ground pool. 4Bd/3.5Ba $725,000 FMLS:5080152 Amber Mason 678-637-3530

BUCKHEAD – Features enormous great room open to state of the art kitchen, all BR’s en suite, elevator serves all 3 levels. 6Bed/7Bath/2Half Bath $1,795,000 FMLS:5062517 Marc Castillo 404-449-6862

GRANT PARK – Features 2 master suites on

MIDTOWN – In highly sought after commu-

MIDTOWN – A corner home, 10’ ceilings,

2 levels, open kit w/ island, HUGE upstairs master loft w/ sep office, walks-ins, skylights, & priv sitting balc 3Br/3Ba $297,222 FMLS: 5005845 Drew Cockrell 404-323-2273

nity in heart of Midtown. Living rm framed by 50 ft of flr-to-ceiling windows w/ views of skyline. 3Bed/3Bath $625,000 FMLS: 5070202 Allen Snow 404-931-1176

hardwd flrs, granite countertops, stainless steel appl, custom surround sound, fantastic views! 2Bed/2Bath $329,900 FMLS: 5061462 Judy Hollowell 404-441-9681

MIDTOWN – Luxury loft on ultra-convenient Juniper Street.  This dramatic 2-story corner penthouse has an  open layout perfect for entertaining. 2Bed/2Bath $469,000 FMLS: 5034584  Jamie Cohen 404-617-1414

PONCEY-HIGHLAND – Spacious new constr

MIDTOWN – Spectacular penthouse has pan-

DOWNTOWN – This 2 bedroom multilevel loft

twnhms incl 2-car gar, custom lighting, fine cabinetry, stone c’tops, optional elevator, rftop terrace, & 2 balc. 3Bed/3Bath $550,000 FMLS: 5029376 Allen Snow 404-931-1176

oramic, skyline views! 2 master suites, 14+ ft ceilings. Huge Tax abatement thru 2022! 2Bed/2.5Bath $817,900 FMLS: 5052490 Cindy Leach 770-314-4922

boasts 25’ ceilings, concrete floors, industrial windows, upgraded kitchen & bath. FHA APPROVED! 2Bed/2Bath $239,900 FMLS: 5081060 Wayne Anderson: 404-588-2728

Create your intown lifestyle. We can help you buy or sell a home where you live, work, and play.

Intown 404.874.2262 | Midtown 404.705.1570

MIDTOWN – Stunning skyline views. New const. on the Midtown Mile.  Spacious floorplan with expansive windows.  Pool, fitness, club room, concierge. 2Br/2.5Ba  $590,000 FMLS: 5037900  Sales  404-815-4622

Jason Downey 404.593.5176

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January 2013


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January 2013, Atlanta INtown  

Our annual 20 Under 20 honorees are featrued along with news on arts, culture, local business and real estate.

January 2013, Atlanta INtown  

Our annual 20 Under 20 honorees are featrued along with news on arts, culture, local business and real estate.