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CONTENTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Pace Upper School ..................................4 Survivor Stories ........................................6 Breast Cancer Diary .................................7 Running Mates .......................................11 High Flyin’ Workout ................................12 Intown Runaround ..................................14 Health Briefs ...........................................15 Healthy Aspirations ................................16 Pets.........................................................18 Living by Giving ......................................19 A Look Back ...........................................20
GO GREEN Green for Green .....................................21 Eco-Briefs ...............................................21 Laura Turner Seydel................................22
IN BUSINESS Luckie/Marietta District ...........................24 Making Sense of Social..........................25 Business Briefs.......................................26 Keep It Intown: Cabbagetown ...............27
THE STUDIO Halloween Events ...................................28 Voices of AM 1690 .................................30 Street Fashion ........................................32 The Thinking Artist ..................................33 Intown Datebook ....................................34 Art Exhibits .............................................35 Atlanta PlanIt ..........................................36 Fall Festivals ...........................................37 Sue Gilman .............................................38 Little Libraries .........................................39 Fernbank Gala ........................................40 Out on Film .............................................41
Sometimes you know immediately when you’ve got “the shot” for a cover photograph. Such was the case last month when I went with publisher Wendy Binns and graphic designer Elizabeth Holmes for the cover shoot for this month’s issue featuring cancer survivors. Photographer Lynn Stowe, a survivor herself, came prepared with ideas on how to pose the ladies and we all loved the idea of a huddle – something that shows camaraderie and teamwork. As I interviewed the survivors for this month’s main feature, I got a deeper glimpse into the resilience of these women. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor and, at 84, she’s still ticking along. Cancer is beatable and these ladies are living proof. Read their stories and excerpts from Wendy’s diary about her own journey with cancer starting on page 6. Fall is here and the arts and culture scene in Atlanta is truly in full swing. This month alone we have events such as Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the opening of the new modern art exhibition at the High Museum, Chastain Park Arts Festival, Out on Film festival and much, more. And don’t forget Halloween! Check out our coverage beginning on page 28. I’ve said this before and people always look at me funny, but I have no desire to own a home. I’ve lived in apartments since I moved out of my parents’ house back in 1991 and have no plans to purchase anything in the near future. I’ve lived in my current apartment for six years and just signed another yearlong lease. I like having someone come and fix my leaky faucet, clogged garbage disposal and change my light bulbs. In the past 20+ years, I’ve only lived in four different apartments. While the real estate market is rebounding, there is a new demand for apartments in Atlanta and developers are scrambling to meet the demand. You can read all about it on page 47. I hope everyone has a great October – all treats and no tricks. CORRECTION: We neglected to credit Beth Melberg (bethmelbergphotography.com) for the photo of Jo Ann Herold in September’s Living By Giving. email@example.com
Cover Photographer: Breast cancer survivor Lynn Stowe met with fellow survivors at Piedmont Cancer Center on Howell Mill Road for this month’s cover shoot. Find out more about Lynn and the ladies on Page 6.
NEWS YOU CAN EAT The Little Bakeshop................................42 Thom’s Diner ..........................................44 Taste of Atlanta .......................................46 Quick Bites. ............................................46
REAL ESTATE Apartment Appeal ..................................47 Real Estate Briefs ...................................49
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IN the Neighborhood Pace academy Builds Up At work on new Upper School FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS
Pace Academy has announced plans to build The Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School, a 75,000-square-foot facility that will replace the current Upper School, constructed in 1961. To reach its $32 million fundraising goal, the school has launched Aim High, its largest capital campaign to date. The family of Atlanta Falcons Owner & Chairman and
The Home Depot Co-Founder Arthur M. Blank contributed Aim High’s lead gift. Designed by Pace alumnus Sandy Cooper of Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, the facility will provide students with nearly double the space of the current Upper School and will include The Woodruff Library, a gift of Jane Woodruff and Buck and Ann Woodruff.
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Survivor Stories 6 women tell about thriving through cancer By Collin Kelley, Editor After INtown publisher Wendy Binns was diagnosed with cancer last year, she began attending classes at Piedmont Hospital’s Cancer Wellness Center. While there she met an amazing group of women who were also battling cancer and using the resources of the center to get healthy and find community. This month marks National Breast Cancer Month – we want raise awareness and recognize people fighting all types of cancers. The following are six women who are not only surviving, but thriving. For more, visit piedmont.org/pcc/CancerWellnessPrograms.aspx
Photographer Lynn Stowe, who shot this month’s amazing cover photo as well as the photos on this page, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. After seven rounds of chemotherapy and 33 days of radiation, she’s still on a daily oral chemo (aromatase inhibitor) to help reduce the risk of recurrence. “I am looking forward to celebrating next Mother’s Day as I approach my five-year anniversary,” she says. Her favorite part of coming to Cancer Wellness has been participating in the PINK Program. “It’s a 12-week program that is designed to pamper, support and restore while participants return to the basics of good nutrition, exercise and a sense of well-being,” she says. “My favorite class is Writing for Recovery. I am thankful to have been encouraged to journal through the healing process.” Her advice to those receiving their diagnosis: “Don’t panic, but pray. Also, understand that the Internet is not your friend when it comes to cancer. Take someone with you to at least your first few appointments to make sure that you are hearing what your doctor is telling you - take a notebook.”
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Educator Lyn Ucci was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer in 2009, which required surgery and chemotherapy. Since then, she’s had two recurrences, each treated with additional chemotherapy. While her cancer is chronic, her energy and attitude is positive. She credits that to her visits to Cancer Wellness. “I’ve learned to help myself during this journey, and the opportunity to interact with people who have also walked this path,” she says. “The classes I consistently attend include Mindfulness/Meditation, Yoga, and Writing for Recovery. While I’m in treatment, I use the services of the massage therapist. Acupuncture played an important role in pain management during my last recurrence.” Her advice to those who are getting a diagnosis: “Focus on the people who can provide genuine support during this time. And when you feel badly, please remember that it does get better.”
Priscilla was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, which was followed by surgery and six rounds of chemotherapy. But her journey is ongoing as a recurrence in lymph nodes in her side is being treated by a drug regimen. “When the time comes, I’ll be ready for the surgery and more chemo,” she says. Cancer Wellness has helped her cope and to live in the moment. “Comeing to Cancer Wellness is like coming home,” she says. “I enjoy the cooking classes and the acupuncturist here is wonderful.” She said the support of her partner has made the journey easier. The “C word” is usually code for cancer, but Priscilla says for her it means “compassion.”
In 2006, Gillian took the morning off from her job as a legal associate to go to a doctor’s appointment and never returned. A persistent pain in her hip turned out to be the symptoms of stage 4 breast cancer, which had metastasized to her left femur, ribs and spine. Despite the diagnosis, her cancer was treatable, but required radiation and the insertion of a metal rod to support the weakened bone in her leg. She credits Cancer Wellness’ PINK Program for her rebuilding. “I was on a walker, but after two weeks of sessions at Cancer Wellness, I was able to walk without it,” she says. “It was hard work exercising and lifting weight, because I had never really done that before.” Now, she volunteers in a health club recruiting women also going through treatment to participate. “It’s incredible to see these women blossom.”
Cookie calls herself a breast cancer “thriver” after being diagnosed with stage 2 a decade ago. After her recovery, Cookie decided she wanted to help other women who were going through the stages of chemotherapy, so she created Chemoflage. The nonprofit enlists the help of nutritionist, a yoga instructor and an oncology social worker to teach women about healthful eating during treatment, relaxation techniques, head covering suggestions, and other ways to enrich the body and spirit. She leads these sessions at Cancer Wellness Center on a regular basis. With the help of her beloved husband and grant writer, Fred, Cookie also mails “goodie boxes” containing a turban, eyebrow pencils, anti-nausea lollipops and more to women all over the country. She’s also written a new book for women going through treatment called Cookie’s Crumbs of Wisdom, which is available at Chemoflage.com. Fit and active at 71, Cookie offers this bit of wisdom to women who have been diagnosed with cancer: “You can’t change the wind, but you can adjust your sail.”
Chef Nancy Waldeck was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2008. She went through 16 weeks of chemotherapy, 60 radiation treatments, a double mastectomy with reconstruction and 16 weeks of physical therapy. The author of the Taste & Savor Cookbook, Nancy immediately decided she wanted to begin teaching cooking classes at the Cancer Wellness Center to help other survivors. “The community is wonderful. I love the hugs and the easy way everyone relates. It is a place you can relax when you are going through treatment and afterwards,” she says. Her advice to others who are getting their diagnosis: “Breathe. It is overwhelming. You feel as if your head has been opened and people, (who are trying to help), are shoveling in so much information that you just can’t take it at that time. Relax, you can always get the info later.” KeepitINtown.com
my yeaR wiTH BReasT canceR Handling diagnosis at 36 By Wendy Binns, Publisher
On September 20 last year, at 36 years old, I received my breast cancer diagnosis. Someone shared her story with me when I received this news, so I decided to keep the kinship going by sharing a snapshot of my own year with cancer. This is how it happened for me. September 16, 2011 It’s probably nothing. I got the biopsy and went back to work. I feel like a downer at a best friend’s 40th birthday party. I have on 80s clothes and I feel ridiculous in the hot pink lace socks and banana clip in my hair. I rationalize to myself that 80% of tumors tested come back as benign. Tuesday, September 20, 2011 My friend Annie and I hold hands waiting to be called in for Dr. Taylor to go over my pathology report. Invasive ductal carcinoma. Cancer. Annie takes notes. I thank my doctor for finding it and he covers his face. The parking garage attendant asks how I am doing as we drive away from the hospital and I cry. We call my husband. We call my sister. My mother is in Virginia and in the middle of chemotherapy for her breast cancer. It’s excruciating to pick up the phone to call her. She is making dinner and I feel faint. I can see her standing at the kitchen sink, looking out the window. I can barely breath. Her cry is gut wrenching – Oh, Lord … not my baby! I talk to my Dad. He reassures me. I tell him that I’m sorry to be disappointing them. He soothingly says it’s not my fault. We’ll get through this.
September 21, 1:00am, 2011 Can’t sleep. 6:15 a.m. I have cancer. I wonder what will happen. It’s still dark outside, so I close my eyes with my mind racing. I have no appetite. I feel sorry my husband. What a drag I must be. Mom is doing better today and there’s a determined strength in her voice. September 30, 2011 I feel confused and tired. There has been so much waiting. Waiting for test results. Waiting to make decisions once I get the results. I just want someone to tell me what to do. But, so much is up to me and we need to move quickly because mine is fast growing. I decide to get a lumpectomy. Then, I’ll have four rounds of chemo and traditional radiation. Notes are coming from friends. Flowers. Poems. Insights. It all is so helpful in keeping up my spirits. I cling to every word and gift. October 1, 2011 Pink is everywhere because Breast Cancer Awareness Month started. I’m visiting my parents in Virginia. Mom and Dad take me to the Chesapeake Bay and the sun was shining orange through the clouds as we drove home. I almost forgot about cancer today. We turn on the football game and the players are wearing pink – a wave of realization hits me again. October 12, 2011 I felt sideswiped a few weeks ago. Right now I know better what to expect. I’m getting used to needles. I’m armed with information. I feel strong and resilient. I feel heightened love for the people around me. I feel like wonderful things are also happening
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Continued from page 7 to me – people I meet, what they say. I’ve chosen a sunny outlook and it might seem strange, but for the most part I feel happy. October 14, 2011 Yesterday I had my lumpectomy. My parents, Ward and I arrived at 6 a.m. I tried to make jokes and lighten the mood. Now, today is my husband’s and my 11th wedding anniversary. He serves me soup and gives me ice packs as I lie on the couch. October 17, 2011 My surgeon called with the pathology results from the lumpectomy. The tumor is smaller than they had originally thought. It is 1.5 cm. I’m classified as Stage I. The edges of the tumor looked clear during surgery, but under a microscope they’ve determined that they need to remove more tissue. So, she will go in through the same incision to do this in a week or two. Of the seven lymph nodes she removed, one shows some isolated tumor cells. Perhaps the cancer was about to spread, but we got it. November 4, 2011 I took the plunge and got a new short haircut last week. Mom, the ultimate mentor, calls it a transition cut ... helps ease into losing my hair, which will probably fall out in a couple of weeks. So the new crop happened on my terms. Chemo training session is next week and I’ll have my first treatment before Thanksgiving. November 7, 2011 My surgeon’s office just called to say that the pathology report is back from surgery. It shows that the additional tissue they removed is benign. I skip through the office building to tell my friends. November 11, 2011 My scars are healing ‘beautifully’ as I was told today at the post-op appointment. I
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don’t feel sick at all, which makes this whole experience so strange. I went to the women’s group at Piedmont Cancer Wellness Center. I felt scared to go, but so glad I did. November 19, 2011 Ward, our friend Thom and I went yesterday for the first chemo infusion. I was a bit nervous. I had a quick burst of tears when the nurse stuck the needle through my port (Portocath is a medical appliance under the skin and connected to a vein to help administer the chemo). I go home and wait for side effects to kick-in, but so far I don’t feel anything other than sleeplessness from the steroids I’ve been taking to prevent nausea and inflammation.
class in three months. A terrible metallic taste comes into my mouth. January 19, 2012 Last chemo is today! I’m grateful to the Taxotere and Cytoxan, but it’s time to say goodbye! February 2, 2012 It’s been two weeks since my last chemo and I’m not really feeling back to normal. Honestly, I’m tired. My ankles are swollen like croquet mallets. My fingers hurt. I try to do a hike with Ward and John and I started crying because I am too weak to finish. I feel disappointed in myself. I ruined the hike. I’m so frustrated today.
November 30, 2011 Most of the side effects hit me two days after chemo. Achy neck and underarms, metallic taste in my mouth, fatigue, a bit of an upset stomach ... I just took it easy. This is manageable. I have support at work that really helps me stay focused on getting better.
February 25, 2012 I didn’t realize how bad I felt until I started feeling really good just a few days ago – kind of like my old self. Actually, last fall on a day that I felt particularly bad, I went outside and planted bulbs – a gift to myself for spring. I knew by the time I’d see them coming up that the hard part would be over. And, now some are blooming!
December 13, 2011 We’re at the halfway mark of chemo treatments and I’m coming out of my fog this morning! This second infusion went just fine. And, my friends Randall Fox and Patrick Dennis chauffeured Ward and me to the appointment in their classic Rolls Royce. I’m not sure how many people smile that much on their way to chemo.
March 23, 2012 With 24 radiation treatments behind me, I only have nine to go. Last night one of my angels, Barbara, and I went to JCT. Kitchen and we celebrated that the end of treatment is near. Last time we were at JCT was back in September over the ominous weekend waiting for the results of my biopsy. We’ve come a long way!
December 6, 2011 Clumps of hair came out into my hands while I was working this morning. I make plans to shave my head. Mom says it’ll also be less stress (and mess).
March 31, 2012 I’ve been writing a short note in INtown each month to chronicle my experience. The fourteenth woman emailed me today to say the notes inspired to get her mammogram.
December 17, 2011 Was about to put on mascara and realized that my eyelashes are almost gone.
April 5, 2012 I went to visit my friend who was getting chemo this morning. On the way up in the elevator a man said, “I like your haircut.” I tell my friend about that while her IV drips – we laugh hysterically. I look like a Marine with barely any hair on my head.
January 3, 2012 Friends usually ask what it feels like after chemo. It is different for everyone, but from my dose of chemo and meds my side effects have included fatigue, sore body, upset stomach, hot flashes, metallic taste in my mouth and bone pain in my back. These are all temporary. And, I’ve learned ways to cope with them, like lemon in water, Epsom salt baths, lots of sleep. I keep learning new tricks. January 10, 2012 Having new side effects today. My fingers are numb and in pain. Hurts to hold the pen. Can’t twist the switch on the lamp. My nails are turning black. I need to drink lots of liquids, but the taste is disgusting. Mom recommends using a straw and it helps avoid the bad taste. January 17, 2012 I run in Piedmont Park. My legs burn because I haven’t done my usual exercise
May 8, 2012 I’ve been on cloud 9 since my radiologist said that I’m cancer-free. The diagnosis and treatments were pretty crummy, but I realize that many lovely gifts came from my experience. I’m a better person on this side of it. Sometimes I’ll run across a remnant from the last 8 months - my favorite blanket, a card, a medicine bottle, a photo - and, I feel stunned by the winter I had. That really was me? I’m really finished and rebounding? It was me. I’m loving life.
Top: First chemo infusion. Second: Randall Fox and Wendy with mohawks before transitioning to no hair. Third: Wendy at the office holding Sophie Lowden. Fourth: Wendy and Ward on Christmas morning. KeepitINtown.com
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Running MATES All kids can have a positive team experience By Clare S. Richie
This time of year, it’s fairly common to see parents bringing their uniform-clad children to a Saturday soccer game. But traditional team sports can be especially challenging for kids, like Henry, with Asperger’s Syndrome. Though on the milder end of the autistic spectrum, Asperger’s Syndrome affects a child’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Henry was disruptive to his soccer and basketball teammates because of his difficulty with social interactions, coordination, and sensory input but Aleta and Adam still wanted their son to have a positive team experience. Then the lightbulb went off. “Last October, Running MATES came to me as I ran the 13.1 Atlanta race alone,” Aleta remembered. “ I missed my running group and wished Henry, and children just like him, had a such a group.” So Aleta and Adam founded a nonprofit for kids ages 5-12, who seek a positive sports experience but may have disorders, such as high functioning autism, ADHD and sensory integration dysfunction.
To promote fitness and being a part of team, Running MATES strives to:
• Train a group of children to run a 5K race; • Teach the children appropriate social behavior in a running
group and road race; • Foster a sense of team membership among the children; and • Increase the likelihood that the children will develop lifelong fitness habits. So far, seven children have registered for the first 10-week session. Each Thursday afternoon they meet on the Emory University Clairmont Campus for a lesson followed by a run of increasing distance. Volunteers help pace the children, remind them about running form, and model typical social behavior. “We are thrilled that Emory Women’s Cross Country Team is volunteering with us,” said Aleta. After each week of training the children the young runners proudly add a new colored foot to their training chain. This program truly provides a safe space for these children to push themselves, have fun and be part of team. Running MATES will finish the fall session by running the inaugural Autism Speaks Georgia 5K on Saturday, Nov. 3. Come cheer them on – even if it means being a little late to that weekend soccer game. For more, visit runningmates.org.
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High flyin’ workout Skills and aerial yoga hot new trend By Annie Kinnett Nichols & Wendy Binns Point your toes. Engage your core. Now smile because you’re looking pretty smokin’ suspended mid-air from 25 feet of silk. That’s right. Once your feet lift off the ground in this class, you become – ta dah! – an aerialist. We (Annie and Wendy) are good friends and like to explore Intown. So we set off to find a few places that could teach us how to soar. We went to an Intro to Aerialist Silks class offered by Fly Fitness (flyfitnessstudios.com) at Catalyst Fitness for our first point of reference. Our instructors, Saje Kirk and Kimberly Sende, showed us how they wind up the silk, climb, twist and gracefully hold a position with a smile. We warmed up a bit and then we moved onto learning about the silks and basic techniques. The silks are made out of the same cloth our mom’s slips were, only a tighter weave, and they hold up to 2,200 lbs. On the fabrics we got a full workout with sets of crunches and upper body strengthening moves. It was fun, pretty and gives a performance slant to the workouts. The next place we wanted to check out was
D’Air Project (dairproject.org) run by Nicole Mermans in East Atlanta. They specialize in aerial fitness, aerial dance, climbing ropes and trapeze classes. They also have an incredible teen outreach for Atlanta kids. D’Air puts on performances regularly featuring the different disciplines they teach. I went to a class that focused on body safety that teaches you how to take care of your body while you work out on the silks. Lastly, we want to tell you about onlYoga (onlyoga.com) in Midtown. They take yoga to new heights – up. Aerial yoga is the practice of traditional asanas (yoga poses) using the assistance of an aerial swing. Partners help each other through different positions, which assists alignment and helps to decompress the joints and spine. It’s also a blast! Not only do you get an amazing work out, but Tracy Sharp teaches you coordination, flexibility and strength training and it’s good for all levels of experience. The work out at all venues was solid and fun. You could feel the muscles days later. It sculpts your shoulders, upper arms, abs, gluts, and thighs. If you’re looking for a change – becoming an aerialist puts a new twist to your workout.
(Left, top) Intown contributor Annie Nichols tries her hand at learning the silks. (Right) Fly Fitness founder Saje Kirk shows off her skills on the silks. (photo credits to Cameron Adams)
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INtown Runaround Tim Sullivan
American 5K Spirit Intown Runaround is not a political forum. So what is a columnist to do when politics come crashing into his milieu in the form of a vice presidential candidate lying about his marathon time? He speaks out. He restores order. He dashes the braggadocio with a strong affirmation of the pride, humility and decorum that govern the recreational runner! For those unfamiliar with the story, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who is known for his physical fitness prowess, was asked what his best marathon time was and he replied “twofifty something.” Runners World magazine dug up the results to find he was a smidge more than slightly off and that his actual time was 4:01:25. Not to say there is anything wrong with running a 4-hour marathon at all but we don’t do that, Paul. We just DON’T! Were this golf and had he claimed to have shot a 68 when his actual best score was an 88 even ol’ Boehner would be choking on his Merlot. So there you have it, one more entry to the scritti politti firestorm in response to Representative Ryan’s “misstatement.” Now, where was I? Oh yeah, one thing among many that I love about fall in Atlanta is that it is the unofficial neighborhood 5k season. Not only are people training for and participating in all of these great events, the communities are coming together to put them on. In most cases the proceeds are funneling back into the neighborhood for further improvement. It elevates the recreational runner to the vaunted status of Citizen and
they get the t-shirt to prove it. This past Saturday morning I cranked up the theme from Chariots of Fire, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” and a collection of pop tunes that my kids like to dance to as the Reynoldstown 5k passed our house. We danced and cheered and clapped for every runner who came by and the enthusiasm was welcomed and bounced right back our way. A 5k is like a steady stream of stories. Some are hoping for a PR while others are hoping to complete their first race ever. I saw a buddy of mine who has fought his way back from shoulder surgery a few months ago near the front of the pack…I saw some older neighbors grinning and strutting as they knocked out the miles…I saw a speedy guy from my running club who could have won the thing outright but instead was pacing a few friends hoping to finish sub 20 minutes for the first time…I saw the publisher of this very paper, leaving cancer in the dust. I don’t want to overstate anything but really, can I? Is there anything more inspiring, more American, than taking part in your local 5k? There are a plethora of events this month but if you are looking for the Runaround to do your scheduling for you then circle these ones on your race calendar: Oct.6 is the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association Green Awareness 5k at Georgia Tech; Oct. 13 is the Candler Park Fall Fest 5k; Oct. 20 is the Run Like
Hell 5k at Oakland Cemetery; and Oct. 27 is the Inman Park Beer Chase 5k. And this is probably as good a time as any to plug the race I direct on Nov. 3, the Romp and Stomp 5k in Cabbagetown. You can take all those warm and fuzzy feelings you have right about now to chompandstomp.com and get yourself on board for the event. Lace up those kicks folks! Leave the politics alone for a spell and enjoy. Read more from Tim at timmydaddy.com.
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Health & Wellness Briefs Charity Benevolent Fund is having a 5K Run/Walk to Stamp Out Poverty on Oct. 6 from noon to 2 p.m. at Agnes Scott College’s Gellerstedt Field. To register vist fundab.org.
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Homelessness prevention organization Caring For Others will distribute 40,000 pairs of new Unisex Molded Footwear during its No Bare Soles Shoe Distribution on Oct. 6. Fashion Delivers made the giveaway possible. On the same day, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. and an open house at 5 p.m. for Caring For Others new community center in South Atlanta. caring4others.org Empowerment Resource Center is encouraging all adults born between the years 1946 and 1964 to get tested for hepatitis C. Health officials are seeing a rise in deaths due to hepatitis C among “baby boomers.” The symptoms of hepatitis C are usually silent for more than a few decades. Two-thirds of people with hepatitis C are unaware of the virus, which allows the virus to gradually scar the liver and lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. For more information, visit empoweryoungwomen.org.
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Aspirations of a Healthier Lifestyle Finding motivation to move through obstacles
Jessica Moore By Dan Popovic Life is a journey for those who take the bull by the horns and make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. During the journey, there always seem to be tests or roadblocks that either break us or make us stronger. Sometimes it takes inspiration from others to show us what we can be capable of and friends to give us words of encouragement. A few special Intown athletes sat down and shared their health accomplishments for the year. When I asked Elizabeth Kalifeh if she started the year with a plan as to how many events she would enter, she responded, “I found a 12 in 2012 Challenge on a blog and I wanted to be a part of it, which meant finding 12 half marathons in 2012.” Her long-term goal was to complete a half marathon or marathon in every state and has completed a half marathon in North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, New Jersey and the Publix half in Atlanta. One of her inspirational moments: “In Park City last year, a little kid, 10 or so, breezed past me with his dad during the first few miles of a half marathon. I kept
thinking he’d gone out too fast and I would pass him soon. It never happened. I later found the family after the race. As it turns out, the family was from North Carolina also racing the states and all five family members are runners. They have a blog and we keep in touch regularly.” Stephanie Gobler said her inspiration comes from her family. “I hope to run a full marathon next spring and work towards a Half Iron Man by next summer,” she said. “I just want to keep going. My parents are now biking and jogging more than I’ve ever known them to do, so I’ll keep going if it keeps them going, too!” But, Stephanie has other reasons that many athletes share: previous injuries. “I had major surgery a few years ago and my life was kind of on hold for a really long time as a result. I’d previously been a rock climber and very active. After having my abdominal muscles cut down the middle for surgery, I couldn’t sit or stand without pain or assistance for a few weeks. I don’t think I got back to ‘normal’ for about six months, but by that time, any level of fitness I previously had achieved was gone. I only had a glimpse of weakness. Some people are much worse off than I was, but just remembering for an instant how weak I once was keeps me pushing harder.” Jessica Moore will be running in the New York City Marathon in November after missing out in the lottery three years in a row. “I’ve been running since 2007, but refused to do a marathon until I could run NYC.” Jessica grew up in New York watching the race and her family will be there to cheer her on as she runs through all five boroughs. Jessica’s healthier lifestyle has had a personal impact as well. “Over the past few years I’ve lost 30 pound and just this year I’ve lost two dress sizes. I’m a part time actor so feeling better about myself has definitely helped my confidence in my relationships and on stage,” she said. Michelle Law said she’d been working her way to a half marathon. “I chose events where the proceeds were going to either charity or something else that I wanted to
support like the Atlanta Beltline,” she said. The most inspirational thing she’s seen so far: “I see female runners who are overweight and sometimes even obese, but they are out there walking and making an effort. They may be some of the last to cross the finish line, but I think it’s cool to see them trying and moving and making the effort to get from where they are with their health and weight to where they wish or need to be. I like their spirit.” Christian Long likes running in 5Ks because there are so many of them to
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choose from and the entrance fee usually goes to a good cause. “Last year I ran the O’Highlands Jig and Jog, Warrior Dash, Sweetwater 420 5K, East Atlanta Strut, Cabbagetown Romp and Stomp, and capped it off with the BeltLine Eastside 10k,” he said. Christian said his friends are a constant source of inspiration. “I post my times and accomplishments on Facebook and their reaction just motivates me to do even better.” On a personal level, Christian said he lost 80 pounds in a year just by eating right and running. “I just made a conscious decision to start taking better care of myself and there was a natural transition. I’m very thankful that the switch happened because I have never been in better shape than I am now.”
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BReasT canceR awaReness The Pink Ribbons Fashion Show & Luncheon on Oct. 1, noon, at the RitzCarlton Buckhead will feature a runway show blending models and breast cancer survivors on the catwalk. The event raises money for the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund and the Breast Cancer Angel Fund of The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation. Tickets are $125 per person and are only sold in advance by calling (770) 643-1807. Former WSB-TV anchor Monica Pearson will emcee Grady Health Foundation’s Travel In Pink on Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 to 10 p.m., at the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum, 1060 Delta Boulevard. Tickets are $150. Proceeds from the event benefit Grady’s Avon Foundation Breast Health Center and the fight against breast cancer. gradyhealthfoundation.org Cartridge World North America is working with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to raise funds for breast cancer awareness during Round Up for Pink Ink. Atlanta customers can donate to the foundation at their local Cartridge World store by “rounding up” their purchase to the next dollar and donating the change. The goal of the campaign is to raise $100,000. Cartridge World will also match the first $25,000 donated. cartridgeworld.com
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Pet Briefs More than 30 local animal rescue groups and service providers have already signed up to share the spotlight on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Atlanta Pet Expo to be held at the Gwinnett Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those who attend this free event will find more than 125 exhibitors of pet related products, information, and services to help them care for their four-legged family members or adopt a pet responsibly. AtlantaPetExpo.com
Sugar is very bonded to people and wants nothing more than to be with her human. She loves being held, which is easy to do because she only weighs 10 lbs. She spent her life in a very loving home and it was heartbreaking for both her and her previous owner when she had to come to the shelter after eight years together. She has lived with other dogs in the past. Sugar can be adopted at PAWS Atlanta, 5287 Covington Highway in Decatur. For more about PAWS and its programs, visit pawsatlanta.org.
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Piedmont Bark will celebrate its 10th anniversary with Spook-tacular on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6:30 until 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy a taco bar compliments of The Original El Taco, beverages from High Liquors, a raffle to benefit the Atlanta Humane Society’s 1873 Society Club and a “best costume” contest for the furry ones with prizes donated from Highland Pet Supply. A DJ will spin and Mara Davis will emcee the contest. Space is limited and reservations are suggested to firstname.lastname@example.org. Piedmont Bark is located at 501 Amsterdam Ave. piedmontbark.com. The Atlanta Humane Society’s Junior Board, the 1873 Society Club, announces the return of its signature fundraiser, The Humane Event, at Summerour Studio in West Midtown on Thursday, Oct.18. Last year’s event raised $80,000 with 225 guests in attendance. Tickets are $75 per person before Oct. 1 and $100 thereafter. Barking Hound Village has opened a new store in the heart of Buckhead at 50 Pharr Road. The new location features daycare services for dogs 35 pounds and under, as well as bathing and grooming for all sizes and breeds of dogs. The store will offer premium dog food, treats and toys, plus Concierge Boarding for dogs of all sizes. BarkingHoundVillage.com.
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A storyteller for good Erin Levin has always wanted to use her love for journalism and storytelling to share the good news with world. Having found a group of children halfway across the globe, she is working on a documentary and needs the community’s support. Erin is young, passionate and ambitious just beginning to make her mark on the world. What cause are you most passionate about and why? As a young journalist, I have found that my favorite stories to tell are the inspiriting ones. I believe that the media should be a public service and I am committed to sharing good news. There is so much negative news in our world today; I want to help bring to light the good news going on around us. The African Children’s Choir is the most inspiring story that I have ever experienced, and that is why I’m dedicating this season of my life to making a film about them. Tell us more about the African Children’s Choir and your documentary project. I am producing a documentary feature film called imba! The Story of the African Children’s Choir. The choir is made up of some of the most vulnerable children from several African countries, many orphaned. The choir uniquely helps these children break away from the everyday cycle of poverty and hopelessness and replaces their journey with hope and promise. The film follows two of the newest members of the choir on their journey from Uganda, on tour in North America and back to get an education in their country. The whole film will be told through the eyes of these two children, 9-year-old Moses and 8-year-old Angel. Moses wants to be a pilot when he grows up and Angel hopes to be the first woman president of Uganda. KeepitINtown.com
Share a time in your life when helping someone else ended up boosting your own life. Every single time I help someone, my life gets better. Service is the most amazing act. At the very time you are helping a person or a cause, you are also getting a deep feeling of gratitude for your own life. I think giving back is the best therapy. What is your Living by Giving dream? My Living by Giving dream right now is for my film to be funded and for at least one million people to see it and learn the story of the African Children’s Choir. Every person in the world deserves to feel the joy that the choir brings to me. For those who want to help support the film, how can they get involved? Donate to help make the film a reality! All donations to the film are tax-deductible and I am donating the film and 100 percent of profits to the African Children’s Choir. You can make a donation: imbafilm.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter. Once the film is made, having an engaged community will help us get into film festivals and theatres, so the world can see it. And please vote for imba! to win a $50,000 grant from Cultivate Wine (cultivatewines.com/give). You can vote through the month of October.
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A Look Back Ann Taylor Boutwell Oct. 1, 1868: Superintendent of the Western and Atlantic Railroad Edward Hulbert wrote Republican Gov. Rufus Brown Bullock (1834-1907) telling him that the temporary wooden passenger depot was no longer good enough for the Gate City of the South. In November 1864, the Federal Army destroyed the original 1854 Union Passenger Depot designed by Englishman A. Edward Vincent, buried in pauper’s field in Oakland Cemetery.
Oct. 8, 1900: The City of Atlanta issued a building permit to architect Emil Charles Seiz, Sr. to construct a two-story veneer brick home for Dr. Rufus Mathewson Rose in the Sixth Ward at 481 Peachtree Street, later 537. Rose, a Connecticut native and a Confederate war veteran, was best known as owner and president of the R.M. Rose Company distillery on Marietta Street. After Dr. Rose’s 1910 death, his widow Katie Fleming Rose sold the home to popular café owners Ruse & Cason for $61,625. In 2009, Central Atlanta Progress placed the Atlanta Landmark site on its list of Top 10 eyesores list and in July 2011 it was sold on the auction block to an undisclosed buyer. Oct. 9, 1933: The new Hilan Theater at 800 Highland Avenue was built by Charles Mion and W.T. Murray, owners of the Rialto and other two neighborhood theaters. The 800-seat theater’s first-ever feature film was the comedy Her First Mate starring Slim Summerville and Zasu Pitts. Oct. 13, 1907: Congregation Shearith Israel dedicated its first Atlanta synagogue at 302 East Hunter Street between Moore and Hill streets. During its first four years, members worshipped in a small rented building on Butler Street near Coca-Cola Place, and met in the Fulton County Courthouse, the Armory Building, the Edgewood Avenue Theater, and the Red Men’s Hall on the high holy days. Since 1946, Congregation SK178 MECH ATLIN|1-2V 4C 2012-10 OCT.indd 20 IN town October 2012
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Shearith Israel has been in the Morningside/ Virginia Highland neighborhood at 1180 University Drive. Oct. 20, 1953: Actor Bill Nunn, a prominent 1976 Morehouse graduate was born on this day in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1988, Nunn launched his film career in School Daze produced and directed by Atlanta born Spike Lee, also a Morehouse graduate. Nunn has performed in more than 40 movies including Spider Man, Sister Act, Regarding Henry, White Lie, and Do the Right Thing. His role of “Bobo,” in A Raisin in the Sun marked Nunn’s Broadway debut, directed by Atlanta’s Kenny Leon.
Oct. 27, 1895: Henry Bradley Plant, giant of the southern railway world, celebrated his 76th birthday at Atlanta’s Aragon Hotel on Peachtree Street with family, friends and company employees. He made his original fortune as president of the Southern Express Company. In May 1861, it was incorporated in Georgia, with headquarters in Augusta, which had been Plant’s residence since 1854. During the Civil War, Southern Express carried mail and packages between the North and the South and to the battlefields. By 1879, Henry had bought-up small bankrupt railways and subsequently formed the Savannah, Florida and Western Railway, remaining its president until his 1899 death at his New York Fifth Avenue residence. Officials of Atlanta’s Cotton States and International Exhibition designated Monday, Oct. 28, 1895 as “Plant System Day.” The Exposition’s Auditorium was where officials and over 2,000 Plant employees paid sincere tribute to Henry Bradley Plant and his contributions to the New South.
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Green for Green Trees Atlanta sale offers more than1,000 trees & plants Trees Atlanta will holds its 13th annual Tree Sale and festival on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its headquarters, the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center, at 225 Chester Ave. Each October, Trees Atlanta offers more than 1,000 plants – including 200 species of trees, shrubs, native perennials, and tree-friendly vines – for purchase by the public. All proceeds benefit Atlanta
neighborhood tree planting projects, helping volunteers plant approximately 2,000 trees each year around the city. The trees planted with funds from the annual sale help rejuvenate Atlanta’s declining tree canopy and contribute to a healthy, diverse forest. Sponsored by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., this year’s Tree Sale will not only feature unusual and hard-to-find native and exotic trees, it will also feature a selection of native trees, shrubs, and perennials that attract wildlife and pollinators such as birds, butterflies, and bees. “Every dollar invested at the Tree Sale will not only buy you a great tree for your yard, it will also enable Trees Atlanta volunteers to plant shade trees in urban areas where they are needed most,” said Greg Levine, Trees Atlanta’s co-executive director. “The annual sale is an essential part of making these plantings possible, so Atlanta citizens can enjoy a healthier environment.” “I would advise all shoppers to arrive early,” Levine continued, “since lines for the sale begin appearing around 7 a.m., and several species sell out literally within minutes.” The Tree Sale gives plant lovers a chance to talk with experts about why each tree is unique, so that making the decision on which tree to buy becomes easier. The Tree Sale will have an extensive selection of oaks, ginkgos, hickories, hollies, dogwoods, redbuds, azaleas, hydrangeas, blueberries, and many more species and varieties. One variety that is making its first appearance at the Tree Sale this year is Sheri’s Cloud blackgum, which is a variegated blackgum that was discovered in Arkansas. Another great plant that is always very popular is the paw paw. It’s a small tree with beautiful leaves and delicious fruit. Also available will be Devil’s Walking Stick, which has the largest leaves of any native tree (they’re compound and can be up to 5 feet long!). And if you’re looking for beautiful vines for a trellis or fence, we’ll have several great native options like coral honeysuckle, passion vine, native wisteria, and trumpetcreeper. Along with the Tree Sale, the festival component will feature planting and pruning demonstrations, live music, a small sheep petting zoo, kid’s crafts, raffles and food trucks. There will also be opportunities to learn about the components of Trees Atlanta’s LEED-certified building. “We would love for the community to come see what the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center has to offer,” says Connie Veates, co-executive director. “We want our visitors to have access to not only an excellent selection of trees, shrubs, and vines, but also to knowledgeable tree experts and friendly entertainment, as we kick-off the 2012 tree planting season.” A complete list of trees and plants for sale will be available on treesatlanta.org. And if a shopper wants a big tree but has a small car, Trees Atlanta can provide delivery, as well as planting assistance, within a limited area for a small fee.
Eco Briefs EcoStyle South Presents the 8th annual Atlanta Eco-Fashion & Accessories Trunk Show on Tuesday, October 23, featuring top sustainable fashion, jewelry, handbag, and home décor companies showcasing their fall collections. The event will be hosted by Laura Turner Seydel, sustainable living expert, and Kevin Knaus, trend forecaster and professor of Fashion Marketing and Management SCAD Atlanta. Participating designers include: Earth Creations, Moo Moo Designs, Vella Mode, HJ Designs, Smart Glass Jewelry, Mark Edge, Ella Vickers, C4 Belts, Shondra Leigh, Couture Recycle, Amy Bubes Jewelry and more. There will also be giveaways, wine and hors d’oeuvres. The trunk show will be held at ADAC Atlanta, 351 Peachtree Hills Ave. The event is free to attend with complimentary parking. ecostylesouth.com Atlanta-based UPS is one of only 10 U.S. corporations to achieve A+ status with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) on its sustainability efforts. UPS avoided driving 85 million miles saving 8.4 million gallons of fuel and 83,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. ups.com/sustainability The Regional Green Schools Summit will be held Oct. 9-10 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Speakers will include Laura Turner Seydel, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and keynote by Denise Quarles, director of sustainability for the City of Atlanta. Register at usgbcga.org. SodaStream, which makes turns water into soda, has installed “Cage of Bottles” at the Hartstfield Jackson International Airport to depict the amount of waste Atlanta’s generate with plastic bottles. sodastream.com The Sandy Springs Police Department recently switched 25 Ford Crown Victoria cruisers to propane autogas, saving more than $11,000 in fuel costs and displacing nearly 10 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over a period of three months. The first annual Live Thrive fundraising event will be held Oct. 18, 6 to 10 p.m. at the Nelson Mullins building in Atlantic Station. There will be music by Yacht Rock Review, food, drinks and environmental education. Tickets are $65-$100. livethrive.org The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has awarded a $40,000 grant to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership to keep the BeltLine Tour Program running through December. In six years, more than 13,000 people have enjoyed the free, narrated bus tour of the project. BeltLine Tour reservations open on the 15th of each month and typically fill within hours. beltline.org. Beginning October 15, the City of Atlanta will deliver 96-gallon recycling carts to 66,000 households, at the rate of 1,000 per day. The citywide distribution of carts is a key component of the City’s sustainability plan, Power to Change, which has a long-term goal of achieving 90 percent diversion of municipal waste by 2020, among other measures. atlantaga.gov
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Green Insider Laura Turner Seydel
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From Concrete to Community Gardens The Lovett School has become the first in the nation to install Green Revolution Bikes, which will convert the energy produced by peddling into D.C. current that can be fed back into a building’s power grid. The bikes were installed right after school began this year. Lovett’s Assistant Athletic Director Charlie Finch first came across the Green Revolution bicycles and he has been instrumental in helping Lovett become the first K–12 school in the nation to install them. The bikes are linked together and the energy that is generated will be displayed on a flat screen television monitor in the Hite Wellness Center. Physical education, physics, and math teachers plan to use the data that is generated in their classrooms. Since the bikes were installed, peddlers have generated 6.1 kWh of energy + enough energy to power 122 laptops for one hour. For more, visit Lovett.org or egreenrevolution.com.
According to a 2011 study released by The Food Trust, two million Georgia residents, including 500,000 children, live in food-desert neighborhoods, having little or no access to supermarkets with fresh produce. I want everyone in Atlanta to know about the tremendous work Rashid Nuri is doing to bring community gardens to the city of Atlanta through his Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture (trulylivingwell.com). I am so impressed by Nuri, his staff and the success of his community garden program. Truly Living Well (TLW) provides chemical-free, 100-percent organic produce with the help of its composting facility, which is complete with a red wriggler worm farm (worm poop is the best fertilizer for organic produce). They also keep bees and chickens. Many restaurants use Truly Living Well as a supplier of local and sustainable food. The center offers summer camps for kids, an urban farmer certification class
for young adults, education classes about growing your own food, and a service that will come to your house and help you set up your own garden. Truly Living Well has transformed the concrete remnants of the former Wheat Street Garden Apartments at 75 Hillard Street into a thriving community farm, Wheat Street Gardens, of which I recently took an edible garden tour. I encourage everyone to stop by and support the Wheat Street Gardens Farmers Market, where TLW and other farmers sell their produce every Friday from 2–7 p.m. They also set up a fresh produce stand in East Point every Wednesday from 2–7 p.m. at 3353
Washington Road. Just as important as being a source for healthy produce, the gardens serve as an oasis and spiritual center in the city. People can visit to feel a closeness with nature and the blessings of receiving nourishment. There is no reason why food deserts should exist in a city like Atlanta. Thanks to all the wonderful work being done by Truly Living Well, I’m excited to see how our community will prosper. I believe that one day we will have community gardens all over the city. For more from Laura Turner Seydel, visit lauraseydel.com.
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Feeling Luckie Downtown district expands with new businesses The Luckie Marietta District has announced it’s new members to the district, including Peachtree Trolley Company, Park Bar, ATL Cruzers and Atlanta Reptile Zoo. All four businesses are now part of the membership-based business alliance that strives to further the historic area as a premier destination for both residents and visitors, alike. Spearheaded by David Marvin, founder, owner and president of Legacy Property Group, the Luckie Marietta District now has
more than 60 business members. “The expansion of the Luckie Marietta District reinforces Downtown’s strong appeal towards unique events, venues and attractions,” said Marvin. “The Downtown area, particularly the Luckie Marietta District, continues gaining strength as a must-visit destination and we are excited to increase the distinctive offerings for visitors.” Owner of Park Bar (parkbaratlanta. com), Matt Tainow said, “We picked a
location in the Luckie Marietta District based on its exposure to the heart of the city. There is so much happening down here every day and we are thrilled to be a part of the constant excitement that the district has created.” The Peachtree Trolley Company (thepeachtreetrolley), which offers 90-minute fully-narrated tours originating at Centennial Par, will introduce visitors to all of the city’s sites and attractions. Similarly, ATL Cruzers (atlcruzers.com)
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Digital Atlanta 2012 Fall’s finally here. Along with it comes the annual Digital Atlanta conference, taking place in Atlantic Station from Oct. 8-12. In its third year, Digital Atlanta, billed as the Southeast’s premier social media and interactive conference, brings educational workshops, networking opportunities and product demonstrations to one convenient location for five days. Admission is $25, which is a small price to pay for the opportunity to learn, meet and network with social media experts and local peers in the digital space. With Atlantic Station serving as the primary venue for all sessions and events, the logistics of getting from one event to the next will be easier for attendees. Sounds like it will be much easier to navigate the full offering of workshops and speakers than it was last year, when sessions were scattered at locations from Georgia Tech to the perimeter.
Another difference in the 2012 programming is that sessions will be first come, first serve. Conference organizers say they have a good idea of what the most popular sessions and tracks will be, based on attendance in previous years. Hopefully they’re good at predicting and accommodating the crowd correctly. Last year brought over 2,000 attendees and this year is likely to double that number. Bert DuMars, Digital Atlanta founder and VP of Interactive Marketing for Newell Rubbermaid, says, “We hope the conference continues to help individuals and small businesses take advantage of digital media, while also providing a showcase for new innovations from larger companies throughout the southeast.” Based on my experience last year, there are plenty of sessions that appeal to a broad base of interests and experience. For seasoned professionals, there are best practice sessions, hands on roundtable discussions, showcases of new apps and other digital initiatives. For people new to digital and social media, there are plenty of how-to get sessions and smart people to ask questions. Visit digitalatlanta.org to learn more, register and see the full schedule. A big thanks to Engauge, this year’s presenting sponsor. Facebook: DigitalATL; Twitter: @digitalatl; Hash tag #DigATL. C
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Bridge Boutique is now open inVirginia Highland at 1054 St. Charles Avenue. The womenâ€™s fashion boutique offers designers such as Tracy Reese, Lauren Moffatt, Champagne & Strawberry, G-Lish, Parker and Rebel Yell. bridgeboutique.com Sharian will be holding its annual Tent Sale from Sept. 28 - Oct. 7 offering 40 to 60 percent off on oriental rugs. Sharian is at 368 West Ponce de Leon in Decatur. sharian.com Inc. magazine has ranked Atlanta-based Silverton Mortgage Specialists as No. 702 on its sixth annual Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nationâ€™s fastestgrowing private companies. Inc.com/5000
UBER Atlanta is a new web app for iPhone and Android that lets clients order town cars and SUVs with the tap of a button. Simply put in your pick-up address (or store your home address) and a car will be dispatched. Payment is made through credit card, also stored on your account so you never have to worry about having cash or cards. Find out more at uber.com.
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It’s a place where you’re embraced for being exactly who you are. If you drink a little too much, have a propensity for hoarding, or your house is overrun with cats, you’ll hardly attract a glance. But there are also many families with young children, and they all know each other, creating a great sense of community. I’ve heard Cabbagetown described as “Mayberry” and “The Island of Misfit Toys” and it’s actually a wonderful combination of the two.
We asked artist Laura Ferguson to talk about her favorite things in the Cabbagetown neighborhood she calls home. Ferguson’s paintings are well known for documenting Cabbagetown and it’s historic collection of cottages and the old Fulton Cotton Mill.
Where to Eat
The Carroll Street Café (apresdiem.com/ carroll_street) bar/restaurant has an underdog nonchalance that is downright relaxing. You can eat outside during the warm months. Village Pizza (apresdiem.com/village_pizza) offers a slice and a beer at affordable prices, while hipster joint 97 Estoria (97estoria.com) will still be hopping after everything else has closed.
meat), as well as beer and wine. Sweet Cheats (sweetcheatsatlanta.com) makes delicious cupcakes and specialty coffee drinks.
The annual Chomp & Stomp (chompandstomp.com) festival is coming up Nov. 3 and it’s something you won’t want to miss. The festival, which started 10 years ago as a way to raise money for Cabbagetown Park, has grown from a few hundred attendees to 20,000 last year. It features a chili-cooking contest, with, literally, tons of chili, truckloads of Sweetwater beer, an artist market, and two stages of folk and bluegrass music.
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By Sydia Bell It’s that time again, all you little ghouls and goblins. October means a frightening number of scary festivals, parades and, of course, haunted houses.
On Saturday, Oct. 20 partake in this yearly tradition thousands flock to Little 5 to enjoy great food, drink, live entertainment and one of the best Halloween parades the South has to offer. The parade begins at 3 p.m. Costumes are encouraged! l5phalloween.com
Leave the kids at home – this haunted house is so scary that it’s for adults only. The R-rated event is held at the Masquerade on North Avenue throughout the month of October prepare to be frightened out of your wits! Admission prices range from $17-$45. chambersofhorroratl.com
Taking place each weekend in October LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Phipps Plaza has an array of actives for even the smallest ghouls and goblins. As a part of the event guests will have the opportunity to Trick-or-Treat around the center, test their building skills while they create their own LEGO ghosts and participate in a costume contest for a chance to win a free annual pass. For more information visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com.
Bring young goblins dressed in their best the weekend of Halloween, Oct. 28. Children of all ages will enjoy musical performances, pumpkin decoration, a ride-on-train, games, pony rides, trick, treats and so much more. While there, check out Scarecrows in the Garden with more than 100 scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations. Free with Garden admission. atlantabotanicalgarden.org
Join the Georgia Aquarium this year when they become the Georgia A-Scary-Um! From Oct. 29-30 the entire family will can have fun in costume and trick-or-treat with all the creepy crawlers that live there. Candy stations in each gallery will keep everyone occupied while Halloween music and themed arts and craft contests take place throughout the day. Kids 12 and under in costume receive free general admission. georgiaaquarium.org
Only at Halloween do the gates of the Oakland Cemetery stay open after dark. From Oct. 25-28 you can witness the magnificent final resting place of Atlanta’s sons and daughters. Guided tours start at 5:30 p.m. and take you on an unparalleled walk through candlelit mausoleums. Remember to bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes. Admission ranges from $10-20. oaklandcemetery.com
One of the most famous Halloween attractions in the country, Netherworld ups the ante again with more monsters, creatures and things that go bump in the night. The haunted house is at 6624 Dawson Blvd. in Norcross and admission ranges from $22 to $50. fearworld.com
Back for an encore production, The Center of Puppetry Arts and the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers bring their unique brand of humor to a classic. From Oct. 24 to Nov. 5 audience members will be entertained as schoolteacher Ichabod Crane helps the Headless Horseman ARTS & CULTURE find a new head and spookier image. Tickets cost $16.50. puppet.org If you need more scares after Halloween, head over to historic Plaza Theatre Nov. 9-11 for the Buried Alive Film Festival. Expect zombies, end of the world tales, monsters in the woods and much more. Admission is $7. See the full schedule at buriedalivefilmfest.com.
(L) Monster from Netherworld, (Above) The Headless Horseman of (Silly) Hollow at The Center for Puppetry Arts.
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We’re digging a little deeper behind-the-scenes to introduce you to AM 1690’s line-up of programming. These are local hosts. They love what they do. So, while they’re broadcasting from Midtown and approaching their 8th anniversary, here’s a chance to get to know the cast of The Voice of the Arts.
The Midday Mix, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Mondays-Fridays
Glazer knows the music world from the inside out. An accomplished bassist who regularly jumps genres from rock to jazz and all points in between, Glazer saw a need for a radio program that brought a stronger insight to the behind-the-scenes world of music. “I wanted to explore aspects of music that those outside of the business might never experience,” Glazer says. “My goal is to generate the most entertaining and informative conversations I can muster. Typically you need an all-access pass to hear these kinds of stories.” A visit to the audio green room that is Backstage Atlanta might find Glazer receiving a firsthand account of early rock ‘n’ roll’s heyday from bassist Joe B. Mauldin of Buddy Holly & The Crickets. Another episode could take listeners into the ‘80s with synth-rock maestro Jan Hammer, who provided the soundtrack to the landmark TV series Miami Vice.
A Drive in the Country, 2 -4 p.m., Mondays-Fridays The station’s founder and owner, Weber is also a show host. He’s not content to simply sit in the office looking at spreadsheets. As host of A Drive in the Country, Weber helps bring his vision of AM 1690 The Voice of the Arts to life one shift at a time. “My vision is to put something on the listenersʼ radar they might not otherwise hear,” says Weber. “I honestly want the stationʼs content to put a smile on their faces and hopefully touch them in some way.” Weber does this with his own brand of entertainment. A Drive in the Country features more talk than many of the other programs found on The Voice of the Arts. Weber regularly weaves in a poetry reading or an excerpt from a novel ever reminding listeners that AM 1690 isn’t your typical station.
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Jazz Insights, during the 8 a.m. hour on Thursdays
During the 8 a.m. hour each Thursday, Dr. Vernick shares his love for jazz with Jazz Insights. As a Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Georgia State University, Vernick uses his knowledge and passion of the genre to pack each 15-minute segment with a wealth of information. The show has the feel of a fireside chat. “It’s very conversational,” Vernick explains. “It’s not really a lecture. I basically play a piece of wonderful and representative music, and talk about what is so fantastic and unique about it.” While explaining the technique and style of each piece, Vernick dives into the stories behind the music and its respective artist. Vernick has developed quite an international audience with his show and was recently asked to speak to Apple employees about the popularity of his Podcast.
Backroads and Banjos, 8:30 a.m., 1:20 p.m. and 6:30pm, Wednesdays
Backroads and Banjos is a weekly segment and combines the recordings Rosenbaum has collected for the past 50 years. As an archivist, musician, author, folklorist and teacher, he calls his collection “American traditional music.” His Art of Field Recording: Volume 1 on the Dust-to-Digital label won a 2008 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album. With his reel-to-reel recorder in tow, Rosenbaum has captured and continues to capture the true sounds of our country from the front porches, church sanctuaries and living rooms of many of its colorful denizens. “That’s where these genres of music have developed and lived over the years,” explains Rosenbaum. “It’s the heart and soul of the music.” The music serves as a historical document of music in America, an audio stamp of our culture, its traditions and the artistic melting pot within. Rosenbaum says he’s incredibly grateful AM1690 provides an outlet for this type of content.
Charles McNair’s Book Review, 8:35 a.m. and 6:35 p.m., Mondays Charles McNair is the books editor at Paste Magazine. He is also the author of the novel Land O’Goshen, a 1994 Pultizer Prize nominee for fiction. Every week he stops by to give his insights and to review some of the most historically significant books. “My role on WMLB is to remind listeners of the importance and relevance of great books and great writers,” he explains. “These times don’t necessarily support literature well. WMLB is fighting the good fight.” McNair examines what makes a novel a classic and sees how they’ve held up through the years. Review titles run the gamut from Moby Dick to Trout Fishing in America to The Cat in the Hat and all points in between. One of his avid listeners is a local English teacher who has her class listen to the reviews each week as a course requirement.
The Kids Are Alright, 9 a.m., Saturdays with an encore at noon on Sundays Hosted
by Handler, a children’s entertainer and educator, this program fuses kid-friendly music with stuff even parents can enjoy. The acclaimed program cheerfully fills the generation gap with everything from ABBA to Sesame Street. It’s a soundtrack that will shake up the mini van causing kids of all ages to toast their juice boxes. “We don�t play kiddie music where you can hear the sugary sweet singer fake smiling the whole time or pretending to be a kid,” says Handler. “The show is for everyone. You�ll hear some kid stuff, adult stuff, some old and some new. We play fun, silly, infectious music from every genre.” She adds, “It�s how I live, what I do, what I love, and, most importantly, what I want my actual kids to be exposed to.”
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The Pop Culture King Show, 8 p.m., Fridays and 10 a.m., Saturdays
“I’m a sucker for pop culture, especially the geekier side,” Waterhouse admits. “And the show really gives me an outlet to revel in my nerdiness.” Imagine an audio version of Comic Con, and you have The Pop Culture King Show in a nutshell. Waterhouse, an entertainment journalist by trade, gives listeners a blast of pop culture with celebrity interviews, related music and pop culture news. He celebrates a little of everything underneath the pop culture umbrella, from movies and music to comic books and television. He’s interviewed Ringo Starr, Dolly Parton, Dakota Fanning, Anthony ‘C3-PO’ Daniels, Gene Simmons of KISS and Lorretta Lynn. “I’m incredibly fortunate to get some really amazing guests on the show,” he says.
The Morning Ride, 7 - 11 a.m., Mondays-Fridays
Larson is a longtime theatre professional, who recently co-wrote and co-starred in The Waffle House Palace at Horizon. For his radio show, he mixes classic and new sounds along with features like Jazz Insights and Conversations with David Lewis in The Morning Ride. The show gives Larson the opportunity to share his artistic passion with listeners. Liberally dipping into the station’s catalog, Larson dishes out an audio hodgepodge including everything from rock and roots music to show tunes and comedy clips. He banks on the element of surprise, ushering listeners through unprecedented diversity and entertainment. “If they stick with me the whole time,” Larson explains, “they’re gonna go through a whole journey almost like seeing a play or watching a movie.”
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How i spent my Summer Vacation I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… How can fall possibly top this action packed summer we’ve had? Of course, the only way is by tantalizing us with cooler weather, autumn leaves and chimney smoke, nature’s way of anesthetizing our summer skin damage. Suddenly it feels right to be wearing shoes again, and we don’t mind a bit. I must admit that summer usually wears me out (unless I’m lucky enough to be at the beach, drinking a Corona and Skyping my daughter in Mexico about her current boyfriend, whom I promised not to mention in print but seems to be on a strong romantic track with her which makes me very interested in “researching” him to be sure he doesn’t have any drug problems or an arrest record), but this summer I fully immersed myself in art, and it was almost better than salt water. It seems like every week there was a fantastic new artist showing up at unexpected places all summer like the amazing Sandy Springs Artsapalooza in July and Marietta Art in the Park over Labor Day. I found myself wandering around with my mouth open a lot, and it wasn’t to talk or from panting. The zillions of visitors to Artsapalooza were actively buying and that put lots of smiles on the artists’ faces despite the 100-degree heat. I got a kick out of the diehard moms with their air-conditioned baby biodomes, otherwise known as very expensive strollers. There were some outsider artists there that really showed off, creating a lively “art in the street” atmosphere. If it had been cooler I think people may have burst into spontaneous dancing. Maybe that will happen next year since it will be held in the Spring. And the Marietta festival? Well, a big ‘tip of the hat’ to the organizers for putting on a very large, well organized show. I saw lots of favorite artists and bought a few things then headed to the farmers market for more. It was all pretty serene until I stumbled on the “Art Car” display of some really crazy autos transformed into works of art. I know that Art Car parades are popular in other cities like Austin and San Francisco, but my batteries are fully charged just thinking about the impact this could have in Atlanta. Let’s get rolling! Before I get in trouble for spraying artistic graffiti on my old Rolls and joining the club, I want to explore the slowly expanding art community to keep summer’s momentum up. So I’ll put down the spray paint and diligently continue to investigate new venues and artists that will keep us all awake and on the right kind of edge.
Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Email him at Patrick@affps.com.
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5 p.m. – 8 p.m. First Thursday Downtown ArtsWalk The Rialto Center and nine galleries get together for a self-guided tour downtown. Don’t miss the Rialto lobby and mezzanine spaces. Organized by Karen Lowe. Free to attend. rialtocenter. org
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6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Gregg Irby Presents Michelle Armas Greg Irby Fine Art 3725 Powers Ferry Road This small gallery is tucked behind the historic Sardis Church and Cemetery in Buckhead. Free to attend preview party. greggirbyﬁneart.com
10 a.m. – 5p.m. Alpharetta Art in the Park Old Milton Park, 35 Milton Ave. Artist demonstrations and market held during the Saturday Farmers Market. Free to attend. gallery35.com
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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will host its Evening for Hope Gala on Oct. 6 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The guest speaker will be former Atlanta mayor and US ambassador Andrew Young. svdpatl.org
Skyland Trail, a mental health facility in Atlanta, will host its 15th annual Beneﬁts of Laughter gala on Oct. 17 at the St. Regis Atlanta Buckhead. Comedy entertainment for the event will be provided by The Capital Steps, a Washington, D.C based political satire act. All proceeds from this “Seriously Funny Night” will benefit Skyland Trail programs and services. tTo reserve a table, call Ashley Vance at (678) 686-5905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hearts & Hands Gala is the 4th annual fundraiser to benefit Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. This black-tie affair presented by The Coca-Cola Company will be held at the Georgia Aquarium on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. The evening will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions and entertainment by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Armhc.org.
The Social Games will take place all day on Oct. 6 at Piedmont Park. The event is presented by GO Sports Unlimited and benefits Piedmont Park Conservancy. The weekend will be filled with parties, DJs, college football, beer gardens, and The Social Games, which consists of different tournaments including kickball, bocce ball and volleyball. Registration is online at TheSocialGames.org.
Han Vance is curating the first solo exhibition by artist, designer and culture maven William “KingPop” Floyd on Oct. 6 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the House of Adrene, 264 Peters Street in Castleberry Hill. Find out more at htkingpopulardesign.wordpress.com.
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The Atlanta Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution will commemorate the 1781 British surrender at Yorktown on Oct. 19, 7 to 9 p.m. at Park Place, 2660 Peachtree Road. Tickets are $18 per person. Call (770) 564-8822 for tickets and details or visit dar.org.
The Year Up Opportunity Ball is Oct. 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. at The World Coca-Cola. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit, a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults in the Atlanta area ages 18-24 with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. Individual tickets are $250. Yearup.org/opportunityball
Doc Chey’s, Phidippides and Mizuno are pleased to announce the return of the third annual Morningside Mile race and block party benefitting Atlanta’s oldest fire station on Oct. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. The Morningside Mile is Atlanta’s only mile race with cash prizes, great swag and a killer post-race party. Race numbers are limited so register soon at active. com. The first 750 registrants will get a technical race hat. All runners will enjoy a free SweetWater beer, raffle ticket to win prizes by sponsors and plenty of swag provided by local merchants. All level runners are welcome from moms with jog strollers to competitive runners. Participants and non-runners alike are invited to enjoy an afternoon of festivities at the Morningside Village shopping center block party including live music, food, giveaways and family fun provided by local businesses and Atlanta firefighters. Celebrate Doc Chey’s 15th anniversary by competing in the annual Noodle Eating Contest. The fastest speed-eater to conquer a heaping bowl of noodles wins a $100 gift card. Last year’s Morningside Mile raised $7,000 for Atlanta fire station 19 in Virginia Highland and since its inception has raised more than $13,000. morningsidemile.com
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The Morningside-Lenox Park Association will host its 5th annual Monumental Ball to celebrate this historic neighborhood and raise funds for its Security Patrol and Piedmont Park Conservancy. The event takes place on Oct. 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park. Parking will be easy and plentiful in the SAGE Parking Facility accessible off of Monroe Drive or Piedmont Avenue. This year’s Mayan-themed gala will feature a buffet prepared by Affairs to Remember, a silent auction and raffle and music from Bogey, The Viceroy, Kingsized and a special appearance by The Marching Abominimals. Black tie optional, costumes encouraged, but guests are welcome to “come as you are.” Tickets are $50 each if purchased before Oct. 1, $60 each thereafter at monumentalball.org. Tickets are also available at Fourteen West Realtor, 1411 N Highland Ave.
After a successful spring event, Atlanta Streets Alive returns Sunday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 6 p.m. along a two-mile stretch North Highland Avenue, a mile of Virginia Avenue and a mile along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. During that four-hour period, the streets will be blocked to cars creating a community space to ride bikes, skate, walk, play, dance and rock and roll. Look for activities all along the route including local acoustic musicians, a cappella groups, marching bands, alongside classes such as salsa dancing, yoga, zumba and thousands of people out riding their bikes. The Great Atlanta Halloween Bicycle Parade will lineup at 1:30 p.m. in front of P’Cheen restaurant on Highland and take off at 2 p.m. For more about the event, visit AtlantaStreetsAlive.com.
The National Wildlife Federation is hosting the second annual Hike & Seek event at Piedmont Park on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. Hike & Seek will feature a 1.5 mile go-at-your-own-pace hiking adventure that aims to connect children with nature through Stop & Study stations and a scavenger hunt. The event will also feature live animals and face painting. Appropriate for kids of all ages, especially toddlers to age 10.To register for the event, visit hikeandseek.org. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. KeepitINtown.com
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Atlanta Celebrates Photography, MoMA exhibition on tap By Collin Kelley, Editor
If you love art, especially modern art and photography, then Atlanta is going to be a fantastic place to be during the month of October. The annual Atlanta Celebrates Photography event is a month-long series of 150 exhibitions, artist talks, film screenings in more at galleries and public spaces around the city. Highlights of the event include “My Atlanta Exhibition,” where visitors are encouraged to bring their best photo and hang it at Piedmont Park on Oct. 6 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Flux will also light up Castleberry Hill on Oct. 6 with an evening multimedia, sound, and light installations, projections, dance, performance, music and audience interaction. For a complete schedule, visit acpinfo.org. From Oct. 13 to Jan. 20, the High Museum will continue its partnership with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art with Fast Forward: Modern Moments, 19132013. The exhibit will feature more than 130
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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. by five female journalists from across the Middle East. This exhibit takes place at the GSU Welch School Galleries as part of the Center for Collaborative and International Arts. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. arts.gsu.edu/cencia Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists: This Spelman College Museum of Fine Art exhibition explores the innovative ways that black women artists fuse fine art and craft in monumental sculptures, intricate handiwork and provocative assemblages. Tuesday through Saturday. $3. spelman.edu/museum Matthew Pillsbury: City Stages: Matthew Pillsbury’s latest series of works uses hour-long exposures of New York City to document the way people use the public spaces of the city in this Jackson Fine Art exhibit. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. jacksonfineart.com Portraying the South: French photographer Pierre Gonnord captures a glimpse into the soul of the Deep South in these photographs in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the death of Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner at this SCAD Atlanta Gallery See exhibit. Opens Oct. 8. Admission is free. scad.edu/ exhibitions
VISUAL ARTS Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival: This annual, citywide photography festival transforms Atlanta with almost 200 photography-related events and exhibitions that engage and inspire photo enthusiasts around the city and throughout the surrounding communities. Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Admission varies by location. acpinfo.org Latitude 34: Austrian-Moroccan photographer Malika Sqalli illuminates the cultural life of cities with a shared characteristic — their position on the 34th latitude — in the works in this exhibit at Whitespace Gallery. Opens Oct. 5. Admission is free. whitespace814.com 1961: Conceptual photographer Nikita Gale explores racial, spatial, sexual and emotional identities through photographs and texts created, in a way, as an archaeological study at this Poem 88 exhibit. Closes Oct. 13. Admission is free. poem88.net 10 Under 100: Selections from the Oxford American’s 2012 Visual Arts Issue: Born and raised in the South, the 10 painters and photographers featured in this exhibit draw upon and buck traditional concepts of the South, revealing an honest look at contemporary life. Opens Oct. 19. Admission is free. emilyamygallery.com Susan Cofer: Draw Near: The High Museum of Art showcases the first career survey of drawings by Atlantabased artist Susan Coferat this exhibit. Cofer’s laborintensive artistic process slowly “carves” away the white surface of a sheet of paper with colored pencil strokes. $12 to $19.50. Opens Oct. 27. high.org Rawiya Collective: She Who Tells a Story: See an insiders’ view of a region in flux with these photographs
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PERFORMING ARTS Macbeth: Something wicked this way comes as Shakespeare’s tale of murderous ambition is reimagined and inspired by Orson Welles’ dynamic 1936 “Voodoo Macbeth” with an all-African-American cast at Georgia Shakespeare. October 4 through Oct. 28. $13 to $45. gashakespeare.org Apples and Oranges: Carl and his journalist sister have never seen eye to eye or been anything alike, but when he uncharacteristically asks for her help, she begins to spend more time with her odd duck of a sibling in this Alliance Theatre play by Alfred Uhry, author of “Driving Miss Daisy.” Oct. 5 through Oct. 28. $20 to $39. www.alliancetheatre.org Keiko Matsui: An icon of contemporary jazz, pianist Keiko Matsui creates music both powerful and introspective, blending Western and Eastern musical influences on the Ferst Center stage. Oct. 5. $36 to $61. ferstcenter.gatech.edu FLUX 2012: Discover the exciting world of temporary public art projects as they return to the Castleberry Hill Arts District for this special event. See a dance performance gloATL, a sound installation of architectural scale by Eli Keszler, animation by Amber Boardman and more. Oct. 6. Free! fluxprojects.org The Ghastly Dreadfuls: It’s the Ghastly Dreadfuls’ farewell run at the Center for Puppetry Arts, and they’re going out with a bang! This is your last chance to see the cult favorite and Halloween extravaganza as they celebrate six glorious years of undead delight. Oct. 10 through Oct. 27. $25. puppet.org The Devil Tree: Adapted from original short stories by eight Atlanta authors and featuring an all-Atlanta cast, this Collective Project world premiere at The Goat Farm offers a world uniquely Southern and gut-wrenching
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as you explore the heart and soul of a stretch of southern Georgia with roots deeper than most places. Oct. 11 through Oct. 28. $10 to $17.50. thecollectiveprojectinc.com It’s About Time: Atlanta Sacred Chorale opens their 28th season at Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts with a program that explores how each person’s experiences are affected by the mysterious and ubiquitous phenomenon known as time. Oct. 13. $20. atlantasacredchorale.org Voltaire and Frederick: A Life in Letters: Follow the pen-pal friendship between great thinkers Voltaire and Frederick II in this scenic reading by American Repertory Theater founding member Thomas Derrah and Actors Shakespeare Project founding member John Kuntz. This Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta event is presented in English. Oct.16. Reservations required. german-institute.org Esperanza Spalding: Bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding, an alluring ambassador in jazz, brings her spellbinding talent to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre stage for KeepitINtown.com
By Collin Kelley, Editor The weather is getting cooler, but festival fever is still hot around Intown with an array of events coming up in October.
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Fifty Shades of Sketch: What happens when naive, trusting comedy fans wander into the world of an enigmatic sketch comedy troupe? Will these comedy fans hang on to their cautious reserve, or are they ready to subject themselves to comedy on Sketchworks Comedy’s bizarre terms at this show? Closes Oct. 20. $15 to $17. sketchworkscomedy.com Capitol Steps: Perpetual political pranksters Capitol Steps put the “mock” in democracy on the Rialto Center for the Arts stage as they draw from a combined 62 years of House, Senate and Capitol Hill experience. Oct. 20. $45 to $71. rialtocenter. org Beethoven in Bluejeans: This family concert at the Michael C. Carlos Museum features the master himself, commenting on his life, music and influence, as the Vega Quartet and pianist William Ransom perform a variety of music from Bach to the present. Oct. 21. Free! arts.emory.edu Early England: The Choral Guild of Atlanta performs the motets, anthems, ballets and ayres of early England in their season opening concert at Northside Drive Baptist Church. Oct. 21. $5 to $15. cgatl.org Halloween on Hogwarts: Wholly Harry and wholly entertaining! Led by, Dress as your favorite witch, sorcerer or other fantasy character, and hear the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and youth Orchestra perform selections from the Harry Potter films as they are led by a wise old wizard with a bedazzling assortment of tricks up his sleeve. Oct. 21. $15 to $20. atlantasymphony.org The Divine Sister: This new play by Charles Busch by The Process Theatre is an outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns and stars Topher Payne as Mother Superior. Opens Oct. 26. $15 to $23. theprocesstheatre.org TOTEM: Follow the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly in this spectacular show by Cirque du Soleil at Atlantic Station. Opens Oct. 26. $28.25 to $278.50. cirquedusoleil. com.
Pine Lakefest Pine Lake, located between Decatur and Stone Mountain, will hold its annual fall arts-and-music festival Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 - 7. Now in its 12th year, the festival offers more than 30 artist vendors, live music, activities for kids of all ages and delicious food. pinelakefest. com
Candler Park Fall Fest Candler Park Festival The stellar music line up for this year’s festival, which takes place Oct. 13-14, features The Sundogs, Yacht Rock Review, Rick Derringer, Moontower, Backyard Birds, Bernadette Seacrest, Lexi Street, Sunmoon Pie, The Whiskey Gentry and Sunday headliner, the legendary Francine Reed. There will also be an artist market, 5K road race, kid zone, and plenty of food and beer from sponsor Sweetwater Brewing. fallfest.candlerpark.org
Morningside Mile & Block Party The third annual Morningside Mile & Block Party benefiting Atlanta’s oldest fire station is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14. The race begins at noon in Virginia Highland and ends with a block party at Doc Chey’s in Morningside Village shopping center. 1424 N. Highland Ave. Runners and non-runners alike will enjoy an afternoon of festivities from noon to 2 p.m. including live music, food, activities and giveaways at local businesses and fire safety education for kids provided by Atlanta firefighters. Race registration ends Oct. 11, but space is limited, so register soon before numbers are sold-out. Register in-store at Phidippides at Ansley Mall or online at MorningsideMile.com.
Brookhaven Arts Festival The Brookhaven Arts Festival will be held Oct. 20 – 21 with new talents and established artists from around the Southeast. Artists will bring their art for sale and display, and some will also provide demonstrations. There wil be children’s activities, food and live music. The festival takes place on Apple Valley Road, behind the Brookhaven MARTA station. brookhavenartsalliance.com.
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Oakland Cemetery reconnects with its Victorian roots with Sunday in the Park on Oct. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. Now in its 33rd year, the event draws thousands of visitors to the historic cemetery in southeast Atlanta. The celebration will feature live musicians, dancers, artists, food and more. There will also be a Victorian costume contest and photography contest, carriage tours and free walking tours with an opportunity to enter some of the magnificent mausoleums. The children’s area will feature crafts and old-fashioned games. Oakland’s traditional Teddy Bear Tea will entertain kids of all ages with storytelling. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person, with children three and under free. Proceeds from Sunday in the Park benefit the Historic Oakland Foundation. oaklandcemetery. com
Sunday in the Park Pace Academy Fall Fair Pace Academy invites the entire community to its 49th Annual Fall Fair, which will have a Harry Potterish theme that will celebrate the magic of the school just in time for Halloween. The Pace campus at 966 W. Paces Ferry Road will be transformed into a Chamber of Wizards on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with games, rides, food, shopping and fun for all ages. pacefallfair.org.
Chastain Park Arts Festival Mark Nov. 3-4 on your calendar for the 2012 Chastain Park Arts Festival featuring more than 100 artists, live music food and much more. Find out more at chastainparkartsfestival.com.
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Sue Gilman reﬂects on ﬁrst year as director at The Wren’s Nest Collin Kelley Editor Sue Gilman’s connection to The Wren’s Nest and West End goes back to her childhood. She grew up on Lucille Avenue just two blocks away from the historic home of writer Joel Chandler Harris and even attended the elementary school in the neighborhood named in his honor. As The Wren’s Nest executive director, a post she’s held for nearly a year, Gilman is still settling back into the neighborhood, but she has a clear vision for the future of the museum and extending the legacy of Southern literature in the community. Gilman had big shoes to fill when former director Lain Shakespeare, the greatgreat-great grandson of Harris, stepped down in 2011. Shakespeare is credited with saving the house/museum were Harris penned his famed Uncle Remus stories from bankruptcy and disrepair when he stepped in as director in 2006. After a nationwide hunt for a new director, Gilman got the nod and returned to Atlanta after many years away working in development and marketing in New York and Vermont. “The Wren’s Nest was the first museum I visited as a child and it had a lasting impression,” Gilman said. “Lain did remarkable things here and I’ve spent my first year maintaining his momentum and moving toward building more programming at The Wren’s Nest.” What attracted Gilman most to the job at the Wren’s Nest was the writing programs, including the partnership with the KIPP Strive Academy, housed at her old elementary school. “I feel like I’ve come full circle in a way,” she laughed. Gilman oversaw the publication of the latest KIPP Scribes anthology, Read After
Burning, which launched at the recent Decatur Book Festival. The book features original fiction by 17 of KIPP’s 5th, 6th and 7th graders that take place in some of Atlanta’s historic buildings and communities, including The Fox Theatre, Zoo Atlanta and Oakland Cemetery. As The Wren’s Nest moves toward its 100th anniversary in 2013, Gilman has also been exploring new programming for the museum, including a talk back series with local authors and working with students at nearby Atlanta University Center. More programming for children is also being planned. Mindful of the issues of race, Gilman said she would like to see more programming that will create “conversation and healing” at The Wren’s Nest. “I think we’re in a unique position to explore the experiences and feelings of race issues not only in the West End neighborhood but in the city as a whole.” Gilman has settled back into the city in East Atlanta Village and is happy to be back. “When the job offer came, I knew it was time to come home,” she says. She said coming to work everyday at The Wren’s Nest is a pleasure. “Joel Chandler Harris loved this house,” she says. “So many of his things are here and have been left the way they were – it’s magical.”
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Little Libraries Literary movement brings books to neighborhoods
Expertise and Knowledge where you need it most
By Megan Jean Sovern Growing up, my mother took me on an adventure every Saturday morning. I’d pack my book bag with assorted snacks for sustenance and juice boxes for hydration and we’d be off. Sometimes we’d go rafting down the Mississippi or journey down the Oregon Trail. Once we even found ourselves in a feverish pursuit of an Everlasting Gobstopper. But no matter where we ended up, we always started at the same place: the library. When I read about the Little Free Library movement, I knew I had to be a part of it. Started by Todd Bol in Hudson, Wisconsin, the first Little Free Library was built as a tribute to the founder’s mother and posted on his front lawn. As of March, 34 states and 17 countries have little free libraries adding up to over two thousand worldwide. The movement has caught on in Atlanta, with Little Libraries in Lake Claire, Druid Hills and ours in Virginia Highland. Little Free Libraries were also a big to do at the recent Decatur Book Festival, where several were auctioned off and will hopefully make their way into front yards very soon. Our little free library began as a medicine cabinet we found hanging on a wall at Kudzu Antiques in Decatur. As soon KeepitINtown.com
as my husband Ted saw it, he had a vision. He began by building a roof, complete with shingles. Next he took the trim from an old radio in our garage and nailed it above the cabinet door. Two coats of paint later, we had our library. Ted’s a designer by day and a historian by night so he wanted to get the signage just right. He carefully painted “The Little Public Library on Hudson” with precision usually reserved for airplane models. He buried the post in our front yard and within an hour, we had our first patrons. We’ve lived on Hudson for over a year and the day our library opened, we finally met the family a few doors down. They checked out the very first book: The Twits by Roald Dahl. Our hope is that neighbors will visit the library not just once, but over and over. We hope they scribble notes in the margins and leave their names inside. We hope they become a part of the books so that whoever reads them next, knows that the passage that means so much to them, also meant so much to the reader before them. We hope that these little libraries lead to big libraries being revisited again. We want readers to go on adventures with these books, just like I did when I was a child. Learn how to build and open a Little Free Library of your very own at littlefreelibrary. org.
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Fernbank at 20
Museum celebrates with annual gala Oct. 6 Fernbank Museum of Natural History will celebrate 20 years of success by hosting its annual black-tie benefit gala, A Timeless Affair 2012: Genghis Khan—The Emperor’s Feast on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 7 p.m. to midnight. The evening will begin with a sunset wine and cocktail hour on the Dinosaur Plaza, followed by an elegant seated dinner in the Great Hall provided by Affairs to Remember. Atlanta-based band Livin’ Large will supply the music and there will be prizes. Guests will also be treated to an exclusive viewing of Genghis Khan, which showcases the largest collection of 13th-century Mongolian artifacts ever assembled, including a mummy, extraordinarily rare jewelry, clothing, musical instruments and weaponry. The special evening will honor Francis “Duffie” Woodruff DuBose, Eileen and Bo DuBose and Dean DuBose Smith and Bronnie Smith. The DuBose family has played a significant role in strengthening the Museum’s exhibitions and archaeology initiatives. For ticket information, visit fernbankmuseum.org.
The Timeless Affair Committee includes (from left) Ashley Rearden, Helen Gordon, Ashley Miller, Melissa Allen and Valerie Love.
Recognizing 20 Students for Community Service DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: OCTOBER 15, 2012 Email to: Wendy Binns, wendy@AtlantaINtownPaper.com
1. Nominator:_____________________________________ (Your name, relationship to nominee, contact info)
2. Nominee (students should live or go to school Intown): Name:________________________________________ Age and Grade (under 20 years old):___________________ School:_______________________________________ How can we reach the student?:______________________ 3. Characteristics and service:
Please provide a short paragraph describing why this nominee deserves recognition. Include any actions, characteristics, projects, goals and areas of interest that will help illustrate your point.
The 20 student profiles will be featured in the January 2013 issue of Atlanta INtown. There will be a casual and fun reception for honorees, parents & faculty early January.
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Movie festival returns Oct. 4-11
Photography exhibit at Grant Mansion opens Oct. 5
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The Atlanta Preservation Center (APC) with the support of curators Constance Lewis and Jerry Cullum will present RePlacing Atlanta from Oct. 5 to Nov. 9 in the Drawing Room Gallery at LP Grant Mansion in Grant Park. Events during the exhibit include an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., an Artists Talk on Friday, Oct. 19 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and a silent auction from Oct. 5 to Oct. 19. Proceeds from the auction will support the work of the APC. Re-Placing Atlanta encourages a closer look at what is historically woven into a contemporary landscape. New or recontextualized work by Sheila Pree Bright, John Dean, Jody Fausett, “Panorama Ray” Herbert, David Knox and Marcia Vaitsman present a thoughtfully composed imagining of Atlanta to Atlanta. These artists approach the theme with diverse and distinctively individual aesthetics, materials, and points of view. Whether pursuing culturally and historically significant neighborhoods and landscapes or threatened pieces of Atlanta architecture, each uses the photographic medium as an invitation to contemplate layers of history in the vernacular environment through images that respond to local scenes and structures in which the past is hidden in plain sight. These new works investigate the traces of the past in the present—a past that includes the largely forgotten archives of the late Panorama Ray, whose panoramic photographs form a point of departure. The LPS Grant Mansion is at 327 St. Paul Ave. For more information about the exhibition, visit PreserveAtlanta.com.
Out On Film 2012, the 25th annual LGBT film festival, will take place Oct. 4 – 11 at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema and at the Phillip Rush Center on DeKalb Avenue. In addition to features from around the world, Out On Film has films with such recognizable names as Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker (Cloudburst); Haley Joel Osment (playing gay in Sassy Pants); Michael Urie, Thora Birch, Christine Lahti and Brittany Snow (Ash Christian’s Petunia); Barbara Niven and Morgan Fairchild (A Perfect Ending); Jamie Lynn Sigler (I Do); Bishop Gene Robinson (Love Free or Die); Robert Gant (Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean); and Gerald McCullouch and Kathy Najimy (BearCity2: The Proposal). Director Eytan Fox (The Bubble, Walk on Water) a longtime Out On Film favorite, is represented with his Yossi, the sequel to his Yossi and Jagger. Actors Meredith Baxter narrates Raid on the Rainbow Lounge, while George Takei narrates Married and Counting. Local flavor includes the Southeastern debut of Michael Stipe’s Fourplay, Jon Watts and iconic Blondie in AKA Blondie and former Atlantan Chad Darnell’s Groom’s Cake. For a complete list of films, screening schedule and tickets, visit outonfilm.org.
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A little over a mile from my house in Atlanta is a bakery that has as much style as it does substance. The Little Tart Bakeshop (littletartatl.com) is owned and operated by master baker Sarah O’Brien, who believes in making pastry the right way. As Sarah explained, “We use good, local ingredients and lots of care.” At 10-years-old, Sarah received a rolling pin from her grandmother, who then taught her how to make apple pie using fresh apples from the orchard up the street. She’s been hooked on baking ever since. After I spent a morning in the backroom of Little Tart, it became quickly apparent that baking is serious business. Their workspace was incredibly clean and organized, with Sarah and her two employees working studiously to craft crusts and doughs that taste as good as they look. When I first arrived, Sarah was finishing off her morning batch of fresh croissants (out of the oven each morning at 8:15 a.m.). When I asked Sarah what made them so tasty, she replied, “My croissants are the product of many frustrated attempts at perfection. I’m still perfecting
my croissant recipe.” She added, “They are uniquely mine because I made them for myself every morning for months and decided they weren’t quite there. Once they got good enough for me, I thought they were finally good enough for my customers. I eat one every morning.” You’ll find a bevy of delectable goodies at The Little Tart with Sarah’s best sellers including her quiche, tarts, whole wheat chocolate chip cookies and seasonal galettes. The salted caramel nut tarts are quite popular, and for good reason. These delicious pastries are another result of Sarah’s unending search for perfection. As Sarah shared, “This means that not every tart looks the exact same.” Grab your own salted caramel nut tart or a slew of other treats, including lunch, at The Little Tart in The Jane building on Memorial Drive in Grant Park. They share their space with Octane Coffee, so if you like your pastry with a cup of good joe, you’ll feel quite at home here. In fact, you may not want to leave.
Sarah was kind enough to share her caramel sauce recipe. Ingredients: 200g organic cane sugar 115g water drop of lemon juice 1 cup cream, 30g butter 1 1/2 teaspoon honey 1/4 teaspoon salt Bring the sugar, water and lemon juice to a rolling boil in a saucepan. Cook without stirring until the caramel turns a deep, smoky brown. Swirl at will. When the caramel is nice and dark, slowly add the cream and whisk. Be careful as the cream will bubble and burn. Take the caramel off the heat. Add honey, salt and butter to finish. Pour the sauce over your favorite toasted nuts in a sweet tart shell. Top with Maldon sea salt and enjoy!
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1 Cup Red Seedless Grapes, Halved 1/3 Cup Chopped Dates, Raisins or Cranberries ¼ Cup Pine Nuts, Toasted Step One Mix mayonnaise, yogurt, orange juice, orange zest and Garam Masala in a small bowl to blend. (You can prepare this dressing a day ahead of time – just keep it in the frig.) Step Two In a bowl toss the grated carrot, diced celery, diced apples, halved grapes and chopped dates. Add dressing to salad and toss. Sprinkle salad with pine nuts and serve.
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Tasty Weekend Taste of Atlanta returns to Midtown Oct. 5-7 Returning for its 11th year, Taste of Atlanta gears up for a landmark weekend in Technology Square in Midtown, Oct. 5-7. More than 80 of the city’s favorite restaurants will be serving up samples and tastes along with chef demonstrations and other special events. On Friday, Oct. 5, The Big Grill: Grills Gone Wild can enjoy all-inclusive access to the city’s best grilled grub, chilled cocktails, beer and wine. Yacht Rock Schooner will perform while attendees sample bites from renowned chefs including Ford Fry, Kevin Rathbun and Jay Swift. Tickets for Friday night are available at tasteofatlanta.com. Other highlights of the festival include the Barcraft Competition, where guests can channel their inner mixologist and sample cocktails prepared by Atlanta’s best bartenders. The Family Food Zone
will offer demos and cooking lessons from national and local chefs in an interactive environment. Chefs will go head-to-head on the Home Plate Main Stage as they tackle secret ingredients, themed challenges, unique recipes and more. Taste of Atlanta founder Dale DeSena takes great pride in the fact that the festival has so much to offer for everyone’s distinct appetite. “Most people hear ‘Taste of Atlanta’ and they think they’ll get lots of great food – and they’re right!” says DeSena. “We love when people also discover how educational the festival is. We can’t wait to transform Tech Square into foodie heaven once again this year.” General admission tickets (includes 10 taste coupons) are $25 in advance; $35 at the gate. Kids ages 13 and under receive free
admission (excluding taste coupons) when accompanied by a paid adult. VIP tickets (includes 15 taste coupons and access to Wine+Beer+Cocktail Experience) are $75 in advance; $85 at the gate. A limited number of VIP tickets are available, and the first 300 ticket holders each day receive a festival gift bag. Taste coupons are used to purchase food from participating restaurants. Menu items are valued at one, two or three taste coupons. Additional taste coupons are sold in increments of 10 coupons for $10 or 20 coupons for $20. Tickets are sold at locations throughout Atlanta, including select Whole Foods Market outlets. Advance tickets must be purchased by midnight on October 5. For more information, visit tasteofatlanta.com.
Quick Bites News & Happenings West & Mill, the Westside’s newest bistro and bar serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch is open at 1000 Marietta Street. The menu is a mix of European sandwiches and updated versions of traditional comfort foods. westandmill.com Chef Kevin Gillespie plans to open Gunshow in early spring 2013 in the Glenwood Park area of Atlanta. The menu will be ever evolving with food that is seasonally rooted, locally focused and “unlimited in its stylistic boundaries.” Atlanta-based coffee beverage Whynatte Latte has signed with National Distributing Company, which has liquor distribution in over 20 states. NDC also distributes the vast majority of spirits (Smirnoff, Pinnacle Vodka, Van Gogh Vodka, Three Olives Vodka) that the Whynatte Latte is being mixed with in bars. whynatte.com American Roadhouse Downtown, located 349 Decatur St. in the Pencil Factory Flats & Shops, is now serving dinner until 9 p.m. seven days a week. If you enjoy “brinner” – that’s breakfast for dinner – you can have that, too. american-roadhouse.com Woodfire Grill has promoted Chef de Cuisine E.J. Hodgkinson to executive chef of the popular restaurant as Kevin Gillespie departs to open Gunshow. Del Frisco’s Grille will open Saturday, Oct 13, on Peachtree Road in Buckhead next to the Mandarin Oriental. Del Frisco’s menu includes American comfort classics,
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muffins and handcrafted coffees by Counter Culture. maesbakeryatl.com including wood oven-baked flatbreads, cheesesteak egg rolls and pimento cheese fritters. delfriscosgrille.com The Wrecking Bar Brewpub has hired Terry Koval as executive chef. The award-winning cook was named 2012 StarChefs Atlanta Rising Star Sustainable Chef and previously worked at Canoe, Buckhead Diner and Twelve among others. After three years of successfully co-running one of Atlanta’s most beloved catering companies and cafe, The Hungry Peach, and the pop-up series, BYOBakeshop, chef Suzanne Vizethann brings another concept to life, opening Buttermilk Kitchen at 4225 Roswell Road in Chastain Park. The menu includes Pork Belly BLT, Blueberry Cobbler Stuffed Pancakes, Eggs Benedict with Country Ham and Red Eye Hollandaise, and Sous Vide Flank Steak and Eggs. In addition to breakfast and lunch, Buttermilk Kitchen will also host a Fried Chicken Dinner on Tuesday nights. buttermilkkitchen.com Mae’s Bakery is open at 2770 Peachtree Road in Buckhead serving up made-fromscratch whoopie pies, cupcakes, cakes,
SweetWater Brewing Company has announced that a new brew has joined the annual line-up – LowRYEder, a rye IPA. The brew is available at select taps around the corner and will be making its way to store shelves this fall. sweetwaterbrew.com Decatur’s Italian restaurant No. 246 is offering a Family Supper dining option Monday through Thursday nights with four-course for $18 per adult and $6 for children 12 and under. no246.com
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Apple and Carrot Soup
1 TB Extra-virgin Olive Oil 2 Cups Chopped Yellow Onion ½ Cup Chopped Fennel 1 TB Garam Masala 1 Tsp Turmeric ¼ Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper 3 cups Chopped Carrots 3 Cups Peeled and Chopped McIntosh Apples, 4 Cups Vegetable Stock ¼ Tsp Sea Salt 1 TB Lemon Juice 1 TB Chopped Dill 2 TB Chopped Basil
Step One Heat the oil in a large stockpot. Stir in the onion, fennel, garam masala, turmeric and black pepper. Cook until the onion is soft – about 10 minutes. Add the carrots and apples. Stir well to combine the ingredients,, and then add the broth and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat. Cover and simmer until the carrots and apples are tender, about 20 minutes. Step Two Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Add in the Lemon Juice. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until desired smoothness. Serve hot, room temperature or cold, garnishing with the dill and basil.
For more, visit tasteandsavor.com. Texas-based Mi Cocina is set to open its first Atlanta restaurant in Midtown this month at the corner of Peachtree and 11th streets in the 12th & Midtown development serving hand-crafted, fresh and traditional Tex-Mex cuisine. micocinarestaurants.com Bar Antico, a traditional Italian gelateria and caffe, will open across the street from Antico Pizza on the Westside this fall. Check anticopizza.it for more information about the opening.
The Inman Park Beer Chase 5K and Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. on Elizabeth Street between N. Highland and Lake avenues. The 5K through the historic neighborhood begins at 11 a.m., while more than 100 beers from local and national craft breweries will be available for sampling as well as food from local restaurants. The event benefits the Inman Park Security Patrol. Tickets available now at inmanparkbeerchase.com. KeepitINtown.com
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Developers building new apartments to meet rental demand
By Shandra Hill Smith Location, features and quality – they’re three of the factors that prove a magnet to
Intown living for residents choosing to rent. That group largely is Generation Y – the 20- to 30-something demographic that appreciates the benefit of mobility
that renting offers, and tends to find “sophisticated urban living appealing,” says Steve Baile, senior vice president, Atlanta Operations, for Daniel Corporation. “The demand for upscale apartments is definitely increasing,” adds Baile. “The demand for Intown living in general has been on a steady increase for the last decade. With a waning availability of new condominiums and an increasing demographic of rental versus homeownership, we foresee the markets continuing to draw new residents.” Those residents now will have a bevy of choices when it comes to upscale apartment living, including those spotlighted here.
77 12th St. A $1 billion mixed-use development in Atlanta, 12th & Midtown is expanding with the addition of 77 12th St. (7712th.com) The 23-story, mixed-use tower will consist of 330 luxury one- and two-bedroom apartment homes atop more than 20,000
square feet of retail space and restaurants. Daniel Corporation joins Selig Enterprises Inc. in partnering with Northwestern Mutual to develop the fourth high-rise tower of 12th & Midtown. Amenities include: 643 to 1,340 squarefoot studios; 10-foot ceilings; floor-toceiling glass windows in living rooms along with skyline views and granite and stone kitchens and baths. Some of the other features are hardwood floors, carpeted bedrooms and porcelain-tile bathrooms with garden tubs. On the sixth-floor plaza level, you’ll find a saltwater swimming pool with waterfall and in-water tanning ledges; a poolside bar; four cabana lounges; fullsized bocce ball court; outdoor fireplaces and private entertainment areas with space for grilling and dining. A clubhouse on the 23rd floor will feature a sports lounge with billiards, shuffleboard, poker and theater seating; outdoor sky deck and lounge offering Midtown views, cyber café with
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coffee bar, media lounge, fitness facility and more. Pre-leasing is available during construction, with floors six through nine slated to open in May 2013. The estimated completion for remaining floors and clubhouse amenities is October 2013.
Reserve at Collier Hills Today, the Georgian Hills Apartments. Tomorrow, The Reserve at Collier Hills. Atlantic Realty Partners Inc. (atlantic-realty. com) is redeveloping the existing Georgian Hills Apartments at 1185 Collier Road between Defoors Ferry and Howell Mill
roads. The community will grow from 250 apartments – with demolition plans set for this month – to a 288-unit project that will include mostly four-story apartments and single-family units and townhouses. The front half, says Richard Aaronson, president, Atlantic Realty Partners Inc., will consist of new apartments, with a combination of 52 single-family units and two- and three-story townhouses by John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods taking up the rear half. Aaronson says construction should last 15 months. Part of the Collier Hills neighborhood, The Reserve at Collier Hills will be built with “lots of brick and stone” in a modern, classical design, says Aaronson, “what I
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would characterize as a Charleston tradition, but in a more modern version of a Charleston design.” Features of the one-, two- and threebedroom apartments will include nine-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and washers and dryers. Other selling points: pocket parks, swimming pool, clubhouse with a fullservice fitness center, cyber café and club room, grilling and picnic areas and access control to buildings and parking lots.
Perennial Properties Inc. (perennialproperties.net) plans to develop a 228-unit project along the Atlanta BeltLine. The Atlanta developer would build a fourand five-story luxury apartment community at North Avenue and Somerset Terrace. Living there would provide access to the Historic Fourth Ward Park, and to Ponce City Market, which will house a mix of retail, dining, office and residential space. The Somerset project is minutes from Midtown and downtown Atlanta. According to Jay McGinnity, development manager for The Somerset, the “site’s design will play off the old mills that were prevalent in this neighborhood in the earlier part of the last century, while complementing existing architecture in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood.” From McGinnity’s perspective, “the resurgence in the intown rental markets,
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despite the weak national economy, is amazing.” McGinnity says driving factors for new residents are the “convenience and flexibility of living close to where they work and play without the upkeep hassles and risks of homeownership.” In addition to its location on the BeltLine, The Somerset will offer the following amenities: well-appointed and inviting swimming pool, grilling areas, a state-of-the-art fitness room, business center and cyber café/lounge where residents can interact with each other and entertain. Studios, one-, two- and threebedroom residences will be available. Plans are to break ground in Fall 2012, with a planned delivery date in Fall 2013 and leasing to begin next summer.
SkyHouse Midtown and 100 6th Street
Through a dual partnership, Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development Co. have begun work on a 23-story, 320unit high-rise project, SkyHouse Midtown (skyhousemidtown.com), at 12th and West Peachtree streets and have plans to develop 100 6th Street, a separate 23-story, 320-unit high-rise by 2014. The high rises are Energy Star rated with floor-to-ceiling glass and high-end finishes, including hardwood floors, premium stainless steel appliances and
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granite countertops, according to Jim Borders, president, Novare Group, whose development record includes rehabilitation of the historic Biltmore Hotel, TWELVE Atlantic Station and Peachtree Lofts. Other amenities include balconies, high-speed internet and a rooftop amenity deck that includes a fitness room, club room and pool. Borders says Novare is targeting Gen Y or the “Echo Boom” demographic, and specifically the 25 to 34-yearold urban professional subset. “Our residents are primarily single, and they want to live in the city and want to rent to maintain their mobility,” adds Borders. “The Echo Boom generation, which is growing, wants to live in live/ work/play communities in urban areas. They are more environmentally
conscious and, therefore, want to be close to public transportation and the ability to walk to work and play.” SkyHouse Midtown is on track for being completed by December. Pre-leasing has begun. Having received approval by the Midtown Development Review Committee, 100 6th Street – at 6th and Juniper streets – will feature a pocket park or greenspace for public use on the property’s grounds, streetlevel retail and other amenities.
Crescent Resources LLC (crescentresources.com) has preliminary plans for a nearly 360-unit luxury apartment project at Terminus, a large mixeduse development at Peachtree and Piedmont roads in Buckhead. The
Charlotte, N.C.-based developer would build the project behind the Terminus office and condo towers. Ben Collins, regional director for Crescent Resources, says it’s too early in the planning process to outline specifics about Terminus, but shares that the property would include an environmentally conscious design for which Crescent is known. “Crescent’s progressive Circle communities are infused with the exceptional quality and customeroriented features that have become Crescent hallmarks,” says Collins. “Many are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified by the Green Building Council or Audubon International certified wildlife sanctuaries.”
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Real Estate Briefs John G. “Sonny” Morris, a founding partner of Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, was included among Atlanta’s Real Estate Icons in an article in a recent issue of Real Estate Forum magazine, a national publication. The article noted that “Atlanta’s ability to abound and rebound over the past few decades isn’t based on it strategic location alone it’s also based on the professionals who helped shape the market.” Other Atlanta Real Estate Icons included: Charles Ackerman, David Allman, Brantley Barrow, Hal Barry, Jim Borders, Robert Cole, Tom Cousins, Larry Gellerstedt, Timothy Gunter, Jim Jacoby, Christoph Kahl, A.J. Land Jr., John McDonald, R. Brand Morgan, Egbert Perry, Bob Peterson, John Portman, Ferdinand Seefried, Steve Selig, Ray Weeks, Leo Wells and John Williams. On Saturday, Nov. 3 volunteers will return to Dearborn Park to root out invasive plants for the 5th annual Park Renewal Day competition. Each year, this event has over 150 participants – all competing for prize money sponsored by Renewal Design-Build – clear more than an acre of English ivy and Chinese privet from the park. The event is organized by Renewal Design-Build, DeKalb County Parks, the City of Decatur’s Active Living division, and Park Pride. Teams will compete for the grand prize of $1,000, while second and third place teams will take home $500 and $300, respectively. Each team’s assigned plot will be scored by local experts and county park officials. A live band, food, and the awarding of prizes follow the competition. ParkRenewalDay.com. Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group has been named to the 2012 Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers List. The company grabbed the 264th spot in the United States and the 9th slot in the state of Georgia. The Qualified Remodeler Top 500 program is a CPA-audited analysis of the financial performance of remodeling firms throughout the country. Applications are analyzed and verified by the magazine’s editorial staff and double checked through public records, websites and other sources. RE/MAX of Georgia Dane Ellison, Chief Executive Officer for RE/MAX announces a partnership with of Georgia (left) with Harold Tessendorf, President Habitat for Humanity of of Habitat for Humanity of Georgia. Georgia. The initial goal is to raise more than $80 thousand through the efforts of RE/ MAX-affiliated companies and sales associates to help serve families across the state. Funds raised will create and preserve home ownership – that means not only going toward building new homes, but also to help keep families in their current homes by making necessary repairs, adding accessibility for handicapped persons, and more where necessary. remax.com KeepitINtown.com
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Scott Antique Market By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com
Me and my childhood friend, Eileen, have lived in Atlanta a combined total of 30 years, but neither one of us had been to the infamous Scott Antique Market. We recently remedied that and wondered why it took us so long, since it’s only 15 minutes from our homes. The important thing is, we made it. Scott Antique Market (scottantiquemarket.com) is the largest indoor antique market in the world. It’s divided up into two areas, North and South, situated just east of the Atlanta airport. The South has a much larger outdoor market with lots of salvaged goods to rifle through: old doors, chairs, tools, lights, shutters, doors and mirrors. You name it, they have it. Both the North and the South buildings have a combined 3,000 plus vendors inside. They are both big spaces but not overwhelming. You can get through each building in one to three hours, depending how much you like to meander. As I recently posted about Kantha quilts on the Sweet Peach blog, I was excited to stumble upon Darjeeling Express in the North building. They had hundreds of Kanthas to choose from, all of various sizes and well priced from $50-$75. It wasn’t hard to spot Christopher Bailey’s work from Industrial Chic in the South building. He’s based in Panama City Beach, Florida and makes lots of manly, industrial pieces. We couldn’t find the owner of a booth with supersized silverware, which would be amazing decor if you had a big enough kitchen or just wanted something fun for a playroom. We’ll have to go back. Scott Antique Market opens its doors to the public the second weekend of every month. Eileen and I both agreed 30 years is way too long to wait. It’s just $5 per person to get in and the parking is free. Happy antiquing!
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Chickens in the City The 5th annual tour of Intown’s funky chicken coops is set for Oct. 6-7. The Urban Coop Tour will be noon to 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine. Backyard chickens are popping up across Atlanta neighborhoods, with families, community gardens and neighborhood co-ops getting in on the action. The dual benefits of farm fresh eggs and reclaiming
ownership of the food chain have inspired hundreds of people to get involved. You can’t get any more local than walking outside to gather your own eggs….and the chickens are pretty cute, too. The Wylde Center and Georgia Organics are teaming up to present tour, traveling through Decatur/Oakhurst, Candler Park, East Atlanta, Reynoldstown and Grant Park.
From chicken McMansions to jewel box coops in tiny spaces, the tour highlights the variety of ways these new urban farmers are raising their girls. The coops are often living works of art, situated in organic gardens as part of wider sustainability and permaculture efforts. Coop owners will guide the tours and discuss their chicken-raising experiences.
If you are thinking about keeping chickens in your own backyard, you’ll get some great ideas. Tickets (good both days) are $25 day of the tour, $20 in advance ($15 for Wylde Center and Georgia Organics members). For tickets, visit urbancooptour.com.
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Too MUcH sTUFF, NoT eNoUGH TiMe By Gigi K. Miller Too much stuff, not enough time? People today have more space, more stuff, and less time than ever before. But how does the way you manage your time affect your health? Clutter is clutter (whether it is physical or mental) and it does affect your health in so many ways. The stress caused by living with clutter can affect your diet, exercise routine (or lack of one), sleeping patterns, and relationships (both personal and
professional). If you have no control over your time, than how can you expect to have any over our health. If you feel overwhelmed, overworked, and overcommitted; then it is time to make some serious changes in how you view and manage your time. First, it is important to understand what time management means. Rather than viewing time management as checking off tasks on your “to do list,” think of it as managing your life in the most effective manner possible. And the emphasis should
be on the word life. In other words, focus on the really important things, the ones that can truly make a difference in your life and toss out the clutter. An overcrowded schedule is just like an overstuffed closet; it is difficult to find what you need quickly and there is no room for the unexpected. What is the secret to managing your life
in the most effective manner possible? It takes commitment, practice, patience and using my tips. Gigi K. Miller is a professional organizer and founder of Vision Organizing. Visit her website at visionorganizing.com or like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter at @ organizer.
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The Atlanta City Hall Council Chambers brims with lively discussions on the second and fourth Wednesday evening of each month. On those days, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission (AUDC) convenes to hear, review and comment on applications for proposed architectural and site projects in historic and landmark districts within the city. The commission consists of two architects, a landscape architect, lawyer, land developer, real estate professional, historic preservationist, artist, historian, neighborhood representative and urban planner who reside in Atlanta and are appointed by the mayor, city council and council president. Allyson McCarthy, AIA has volunteered as a board member of the commission for the past six years including two years as the chair in 2010 and 2011. This local architect has reviewed hundreds of applications during her tenure. While some applications, including the historic Crum & Forster building and Piedmont Park Master Plan, generate passionate public debate, most applications quietly sail through the approval process. As Allyson finishes her term this fall, she shares her thoughts about the commission. What attracted you to volunteer for the Atlanta Urban Design Commission? I wanted the opportunity to review and comment on projects involving City of Atlanta property, right of ways and parks. What is the biggest misconception about the commission? Some people believe that the commission disapproves any new projects in historic or landmark districts or that the design regulations come from the whim of board members. The public should know that the board’s approval or denial of a project is based on the applicant’s presentation, the staff report and any
testimony presented by the public with regard to the regulations as adopted by the neighborhood incorporating the district. For a single-family homeowner, what are your tips to smooth the approval process for an AUDC application? First, educate oneself on the process beforehand by attending an AUDC meeting and speaking to neighbors who had similar projects. Secondly, contact AUDC staff for procedure and documentation requirements. What are your tips for a commercial property owner such as a restaurateur? Hire a consultant that can guide the project scope through the district ordinance to efficiently meet the criteria and answer any potential unforeseen zoning issues that arise. The consultant should be comfortable presenting to the commission and be willing to discuss the project with the local neighborhood association if necessary. Do you have post-commission plans when you leave the AUDC? Invest that time back into my architecture business, TME Designs and a local non-profit, Caring Works, Inc., where I recently joined the board of directors. Melody L. Harclerode, AIA, a local architect and former board member of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, promotes the power of architecture and design as a board member of the Atlanta chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the principal of Harclerode Architects (harc-arch. com). For more information, check out aiaatl. org. KeepitIntown.com
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Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) will open its doors to the public beginning Oct. 1. To mark the change, there will be two weeks of events and special programming at the 550,000 square foot interior design product showroom facility in Buckhead, will open its doors to the community on Monday, October 1. A resource to the design community for more than 50 years, ADAC will bring to light the exceptional products their showrooms have to offer to the city. “Until now, only licensed design professionals have been able to access and take advantage of our showroom facility,” said Katie Belveal, ADAC General Manager. “By giving a peek behind our curtain, if you will, more design enthusiasts will be able to experience ADAC and create that lifestyle at home or elsewhere.” Discover ADAC will consist of two weeks of events designed to educate guests
on the showrooms, products and process of working with a design professional. Events include lifestyle panel discussions with Atlanta tastemakers, designer presentations and meet-and-greets, book signings, individual showroom activities, and “ADAC – Behind the Windows.” There will also be a grand opening cocktail party on Thursday, Oct. 4. Events will continue in November and will be announced soon. Whether planning to design a home or office space, or just looking to get inspired, guests can visit ADAC and browse the 1,200 product lines represented in its showrooms, many of which are exclusive to ADAC. The on-site offices of American Society of Interior Designers and International Interior Design Association are available to all visitors who are seeking the expertise of a design professional. For more information, visit adacatlanta. com/events.
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Day Trips for the Gardner I used to be a town person years ago. Lived in Midtown and Candler Park and loved it! There was a lot going on and a lot to do. Every so often, though, I had strong need to get out of town even if just for the day. Money and time always being issue, I had three basic criteria: (1) I didn’t want to spend most of the day in the car so my destination needed to be as close as possible. (2) I was looking for some place I had never been or to do something I had never done. (3) It had to be inexpensive. I suspect many of you Intown folk share that need to escape the fast-paced city life from time to time, so I thought I’d offer a suggestion for your consideration. This destination is a half-hour ride from downtown Atlanta. If you bring lunch and beverage, a day will set you back about $35, gas included, and if you’ve never been there, I think you will find it a unique and interesting experience. I know this is supposed to be a gardening column, not about travel, but there is a connection that will soon become apparent. In my last article, I mentioned that one of my neighbor’s is Panola State Research Park. I suspect that few Intowners have heard of Panola Mountain or know much about it; fewer still have ever been there. Panola Mountain could best be described as a baby Stone Mountain, but it’s still quite a chunk of granite. Unlike Stone Mountain, you won’t find boat rides, trams, barbeque contests and fireworks. What you’ll find instead is a pristine example of what is technically known as a Georgia monadnock, meaning a large piece of exposed rock. Unlike Stone Mountain, Pine, Arabia and other monadnocks, Panola has never been commercially quarried for its granite. Early European settlers used the granite to make well covers,
water troughs, fireplaces and such but the impact on the mountain was negligible. Tiny Krill (shrimp-like creatures) live in the grit of the solution pits (depressions in the granite that hold water after a rain). Diamorpha is a small, low-growing plant that also lives in the solution pits and in the spring bloom a brilliant red, giving the gray mountain big swatches of bright color. It is an amazing sight. Other native plants like the rare ground cedar (lycopodium), spiderwort (tradescantia) and the favorite fall-blooming Stone Mountain daisy (helianthus porterii) grow around the mountain. Panola Mountain and the area surrounding was designated a state research park to assure that this unique geological feature and its flora and fauna would remain unspoiled now and in the future. To visit the mountain itself requires a guided tour in the company of a park ranger. Go to gastateparks.org/PanolaMountain and you can find available tours. While you are in the area, a 10-minute drive will take you over to another monadnock – Arabia Mountain. Arabia was at one time a Davidson family quarry but is now part of the DeKalb Parks System. Arabia Mountain is a little different from Panola and Stone Mountain in that it is 100 million years older (give or take a decade or so) than these other monadnocks. The type of stone that constitutes Arabia is only found in Africa; so it has been surmised that when continents separated millions of years ago, a little chunk of Africa was left right here in Georgia. Arabia Mountain is only a couple of hundred feet above Klondike Road that runs past it but the mountain covers a large number of acres. It is a great experience to climb to the top of Arabia and look out over the vast expanse of stone. If you go when the weather is very warm, be sure to wear sunscreen, sunglasses and take water. It’s bright, hot and dry – kind of like being on the Arabian Desert, thus the name. While at Arabia, visit the old quarry and the visitors center. Quarrying is one of the oldest and biggest businesses in the area. Find out more about the culture and economics
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