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EDITOR’S LETTER Collin Kelley
Bike lanes, streetcars and parking decks – oh, my! If the front half of this month’s INtown seems a little “news” heavy, blame it on the city’s ever-evolving transportation issues. In October, I sat through a number of meetings where the embrace and distaste for solutions were often at odds with each other depending on what part of Atlanta you happen to live in. There are many residents of Buckhead who are dead-set against bike lanes being installed on Peachtree Road. The most vocal say it will be dangerous, slow down traffic and just be inconvenient in general to everyone driving a car. Having to look in your right side rearview mirror to see if a bike might be approaching before you make a turn is anathema to some drivers. I felt the same way as I watched Ponce de Leon Avenue get a similar “road diet” in 2013. Traffic lanes were removed to make way for center turn lanes and bike lanes on both sides of the street. For the first week or so, it was a bit disorienting and I was hyper-aware that bikes might be coming up alongside me as I made a right turn. Now, it’s second nature to look in both my rearview and sideview mirrors to make sure the bike lane is clear. Anyone who travels Ponce knows that traffic can be intense, especially as you approach the Ponce City Market area. You couldn’t pay me to get my fat behind on a bike on either Ponce or Peachtree, but people who have decided to cycle to work, run errands or simply exercise have my respect for their bravery – especially if they also follow the rules of the road. If running bike lanes up Peachtree would slow down traffic, just imagine being caught behind a streetcar and having a cyclist on your right. The horror, the horror! I think streetcars are a cool
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idea and could definitely unify the Atlanta BeltLine, but even I have my doubts about a line running from Buckhead to Fort McPherson. We already have MARTA rail on Peachtree, so instead of spending millions on a streetcar, how about opening a few more train stations? How about more people getting out of their cars and getting on public transportation? Perhaps MARTA Army, the grassroots organization promoting riding the city’s bus and rail system, can inspire more people to use what we already have. You can read more about MARTA Army on page 4. As for parking, I have a particular beef with Ponce City Market’s new paid parking lots. I met colleagues there on sunny Saturday afternoon for lunch, and the Central Food Hall has buzzing with families waiting in line for chicken and biscuits from Hop’s and double cheeseburgers from H&F Burger. PCM is encouraging visitors to use the BeltLine, bike or walk. The surface parking lots were full and I saw folks gathered around the pay kiosks with looks of frustration on their faces. I finally drove into the underground parking deck and found a space, but was faced with having to guess how long I’d be at PCM and put in a dollar for every 30 minutes. Instead of numbered parking, each car must enter its license plate number. When my ticket printed, I realized I had accidentally transposed a number on my license plate. Great. Upstairs at guest services, I met some of my colleagues who had been unable to find a working kiosk. Also, there is no validation from any of the stores or restaurants. The staff was very friendly and apologetic about the parking issues, but come on, PCM, you have to find a solution to this disaster of a parking situation. I’m hoping that by the time this is published that there will have been some changes. PCM is too cool to have something as trivial as bad parking kill the buzz before you’re even inside the door. My advice: Consider something along the lines of Atlantic Station’s parking deck, where you get a good chunk of free time and can get validated parking from restaurants and shops. Otherwise, it just seems like a money grab. I hope everyone has a great November. There’s plenty to do and see around Intown as the holidays descend upon us once again. Gobble, gobble, y’all! November 2015 | INtown 3
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MARTA ARMY Organization wants to make buses and trains more accessible, convenient By Clare S. Richie Today at a MARTA bus stop, you’ll see the signature tri-colored sign attached to a pole and little else. The MARTA Army is working to change that through their adopt-a-stop initiative, Operation Timely Trip. The initiative seeks to improve bus riders’ experiences on Atlanta public transit. MARTA Army, an independent grassroots action group, was an idea sparked at the 2014 Georgia Tech Transportation Camp. The citizen group says it plans on using “boots-on-theground interventions to improve the physical, cultural and social environment of the MARTA system.” “It’s tactical urbanism – citizens coming together to do small acts for large-scale change,” explained Simon Berrebi, a MARTA Army co-founder and Georgia Tech Transportation Systems Engineering doctoral student. The army is pulling together citizen soldiers from different Atlanta neighborhoods and backgrounds to reclaim ownership of MARTA, and make it more accessible and convenient. Most MARTA bus stops don’t have
bus route and destination information. The few that provide a route timetable only list times for the main locations on the route, leaving the rider to guess at arrival times. MARTA Army’s first intervention will upgrade “a bus stop to show you where you can go, on which bus or route, and when,” said Berrebi. For citizens who adopt a stop, MARTA Army will provide training and printed timetables, making bus destinations more visible and hopefully more enticing. Co-founders Binh Dam and Harshath JR, who commute on MARTA, developed an app to produce the bus stop specific timetables. “We can make informative signs on the spot” Dam shared, “an improvement that MARTA is excited about.” With initial support from In Our Backyard crowdfunding, MARTA, Georgia Tech and the City of Atlanta, MARTA Army was able to launch an adopt-a-stop initiative at the recent 2015 Transportation Camp. Operation Timely Trip targets the entire Atlanta region by providing signs at community events in East Point, Buford Highway, Midtown
MARTA Army members, from left, Bakari Height, Simon Berrebi, Binh Dam, Harshath JR and Rohit Ammanamanchi.
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STATE OF APS Superintendent calls for action and transformation at local schools, including reopening of Howard High By Collin Kelley Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen used the gymnasium at the disused David T. Howard High School in the Old Fourth Ward as the backdrop for her State of the School System address last month, which focused heavily on the immediate need for action and transformation. Carstarphen said reopening the historic Howard building – which saw Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mayor Maynard Jackson and NBA star Walt Frazier in its classrooms – as a new middle school was a metaphor for the serious work that needs to be done to reinvent the school system. Carstarphen was frank about the potential state takeover of APS schools if voters pass the Opportunity School District referendum next year. Under current data, 26 schools would be at risk for state takeover for chronically low performance, another 18 close to possible failing and 10 more with some level of risk. “We will soon get new data from test scores and anticipate seeing a similar trend of at-risk schools,” Carstarphen said. Under the theme “Grow, Lead and Transform,” Carstarphen touched on what she called APS’s “beleaguered history” with the standardized test cheating scandal, the need for new infrastructure and what some will consider controversial solutions, including replacing principals and bringing in private organizations to operate some of APS’s underperforming schools. “I want every child to have a sense of pride when they say I’m a graduate of APS,” Carstarphen said. “To do that, A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
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By Collin Kelley North Buckhead Civic Association President Gordon Certain is on a mission to stop the Atlanta Streetcar from coming north before the first track is installed along Peachtree Road. Long-range Gordon Certain plans call for a 50-mile system of streetcars crisscrossing the city, following the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine loop and running from the Buckhead MARTA station to Fort McPherson (future home of Tyler Perry’s new studios) along Peachtree Road and Street. “Wouldn’t streetcars be a charming addition to our future?” Certain asked in an editorial in the October edition of the NBCA’s monthly newsletter. “Actually, no.” Certain expounded on the editorial at last month’s Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting. “I want to stop the plan to build the streetcar on Peachtree,” Certain said. Besides the projected cost of $375 million to build the 13-mile line, Certain said the Peachtree line was untenable because there is no room for a dedicated travel lane for the streetcars. He said streetcars traveling in traffic lanes and stopping for signals
and at stations would cause chaos. Certain pointed out that MARTA rail already runs along the Peachtree corridor and suggested that if the city was determined to add streetcars, maybe it should build underground tunnels or elevated platforms for them. Certain said he and his wife went Downtown one day in October to ride the 2.7-mile streetcar loop that runs from Centennial Olympic Park to the King Center. He wasn’t impressed. “We rode the entire loop and it took half an hour,” he said. “There were hardly any riders at all. And it smelled.” At-Large City Councilmember Mary Norwood said the discussion of a streetcar line on Peachtree had been ongoing since around 2006. “I was opposed to it then and I’m completely opposed to it now,” she said. Norwood recounted a visit by streetcar experts from the U.S., France and Canada during the early talk of a streetcar line. She bundled the experts into her car and drove them from Downtown to Buckhead and asked if a streetcar would work along Peachtree. “They all said it wouldn’t work and we didn’t need it,” Norwood said. Certain encouraged residents to take the survey posted at the NBCA website to offer their feedback on the streetcar plan. You can take the survey and find out more information at nbca. org/sc/. You can read Certain’s editorial in full at nbca.org/Newsletters/2015-10. pdf.
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Residents voice opposition to bike lanes on Peachtree Road, call for alternatives By Collin Kelley Georgia Department of Transportation state traffic engineer Andrew Heath got an earful at last month’s Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting from a standing room only crowd of residents opposed to bike lanes on Peachtree Road. They encouraged the GDOT to come up with another alternative. BCN President Tom Tidwell questioned whether the GDOT was “pandering to the bike lobby,” while other residents blamed the Buckhead Community Improvement District – and specifically its executive director Jim Durret – for pushing the bike lane option despite community opinion.
Heath said the GDOT looked at a number of plans and even built a computer simulator of Peachtree to monitor traffic flow before it arrived at the Peachtree Battle Hybrid Alternative. Under this plan, there would be two traffic lanes north and south, a center turn lane and bike lanes on either side from I-85 to Peachtree Battle. Beyond that point, the road would shift to three southbound lanes, two northbound lanes and a center turn lane to Maple Drive. Heath said traffic models showed removing the bike lanes at Peachtree Battle would help improve traffic flow while giving cyclists access to the nearby Atlanta BeltLine trail. He said a similar “road diet” on Ponce de Leon
Avenue had seen a 25 percent decrease in accidents in the past year. Heath said adding the turn lanes on Peachtree Road would decrease crashes by up to 20 percent. Residents at the BCN meeting welcomed the turn lanes, but the conversation kept returning to the bike lanes. One resident said she was concerned about making right turns for fear she would hit a cyclist. “How many people check their right side mirror when making a right? Who has the right of way in that situation?” “If there is a bike lane, then cyclists would have the right of way,” Heath responded to jeers and boos from the audience. Another resident who lives in a Peachtree Road condo and who also described himself as a cyclist said he didn’t believe bike lanes were right for the corridor either. He suggested installing a center median and turn lanes rather than bike lanes. Others said they were concerned about how narrow Peachtree is and the fact that there would be no dividers between the traffic and bike lanes. District 8 City Councilmember Yolanda Adrean said she believed the GDOT needed to go back to the drawing board and find another solution, while AtLarge Councilmember Mary Norwood said she believed there needed to be more focus on wider pedestrian sidewalks than bike lanes. Another audience member called for a show of hands from residents in attendance who did not want bike lanes on Peachtree Road. The majority of the room raised their hands. At press time the GDOT was planning a town hall meeting on Oct. 29 at the Shepherd Center to receive more feedback from residents about the changes to Peachtree Road. Be sure to visit AtlantaINtownPaper.com for that story.
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to “moving the needle on this surge in violent crime.” Reed said that 461 repeat offenders had committed more than 14,000 crimes, yet the court system keeps putting them back on the street. “If somebody doesn’t kill you, it’s highly unlikely they will see one day in jail,” Reed said candidly. He said of the 461 arrested, only 16 of them served one day in jail. “If somebody broke into your house tonight and stole your television in front of you and left with it and we arrested them with it, their chance of going to jail is almost zero,” Reed said. Reed said he was having conversations this week with the Fulton County Superior Court chief judge to authorize municipal judges to give jail sentences and use space in the Atlanta City Jail to house the repeat offenders. “If you have been arrested 10, 20 and 30 times, you are going to go to jail,” Reed said. The mayor also pledged to shut down the crime-ridden Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter and transform it into a fire station and police precinct.
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MARTA is establishing its own police escort service to ensure patrons get home safely. Transit authority police will provide an officer to wait with a lone customer at bus stops and walk or drive female patrons home. Last month, police officers handed out safety literature and whistles at MARTA stations. The announcement follows three sexual assaults on MARTA property in the past four months. As a part of the Atlanta Police Department’s commitment to President Barack Obama’s 21st Century Police Initiatives, the APD has launched its open crime data portal. This searchable database will provide easy access to the most commonly requested Part 1 crime statistics. As new data sets become available, they will be added to the portal. “We are certain this will add another layer of transparency that already exists between the Atlanta Police Department and our community,” said Chief George Turner. Currently, data is available for the present day, the last 24 hours and past events. On the historical page, users can query historical crime statistics and download it in a commonly used CSV file. Users can search by month or year and by crime type for citywide, neighborhood, NPU, police zone or beat. Users can also create a radius search around a specific address. Crime data will be updated at least once a week. You can access the portal at opendata.atlantapd.org. The Atlanta Police Department held a graduation ceremony for Class #240 last month at city hall. The class consists of 30 men and nine women, and the graduation ceremony concluded 22 weeks of rigorous training at the Atlanta Police Academy, along with 12 weeks of field training with veteran officers. The training included classroom courses in constitutional law, APD policy and procedure, hands-on defensive tactics, arrest techniques and daily physical fitness. Ria C. Aiken has been named Director of Emergency Preparedness for the City of Atlanta. In her role, Aiken will ensure that the city has precautionary measures in place for potential disasters, and will work with federal and state Emergency Management Agency partners and community stakeholders. Aiken brings 18 years of environmental remediation, consulting and construction experience to the position.
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LGBT homeless youth on rise in Atlanta, says activist By Dyana Bagby Four years ago, a group of activists saw a dire need to help homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth get off the streets of Atlanta and into safe spaces. Lost-N-Found Youth was formed, and nearly 1,000 youth have been helped in getting jobs and into their own homes since that time. And while the June 26 Supreme Court ruling legalizing samesex marriage would indicate a growing acceptance of LGBT people across the nation, Rick Westbrook, the executive director of Lost-N-Found, says the need to help homeless young people has actually grown significantly in the city. “We went from seeing 75 kids a month in our drop-in center to 300 a month,” Westbrook said. “Our phone rings off the hook.” The reason? “Backlash,” Westbrook said. TV shows that chronicle the experiences of transgender people, such as “I Am Caitlyn,” and the
Supreme Court decision led young people to believe it was safe for them to come out to their parents, Westbrook said. Instead, parents promptly threw their kids out of their homes, leaving teens and young adults to have to fend for themselves. “We have transgender kids coming out of the woodwork. I knew it was going to be bad, but I didn’t realize it was going to be this much,” he said. Parents kicking youth out of the home for coming out is the largest reason for homelessness among LGBT youth. National studies show that up to 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT compared to up to 10 percent for non-LGBT youth. In Atlanta, Westbrook estimates there are approximately 750 homeless LGBT youth spending the night on the streets. “I would love to retire. But this problem isn’t going to get any better. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. We’re in the Bible Belt and there are always going to be families that follow that book and adapt it for their needs,” he said.
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Rick Westbrook, executive director of Lost-N-Found Youth, says the need to help homeless LGBT youth is growing larger.
Lost-N-Found currently has a house in the West End with six beds for youth. The nonprofit is seeking to raise $1 million so it can open a shelter in the heart of Midtown with 18 beds. The drop-in center would also be relocated to this site from its current location on Chantilly Drive off of Cheshire
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Meetings The Atlanta City Council will meet Nov. 2 and Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. at City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave. For more information, visit citycouncil.atlantaga.gov. The Midtown Development Review Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the fifth floor conference room at 999 Peachtree. For more information, visit MidtownATL.com.
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The Virginia-Highland Civic Association meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ponce de Leon branch of the Atlanta Public Libarary, 980 Ponce de Leon Avenue. For more information, visit vahi.org.
News The City of Atlanta and Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA) has formally issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to redevelop Turner Field and approximately 70 acres of adjacent property. The RFP seeks developers with the capability to renovate or replace Turner Field with a major facility; to provide housing, retail and employment opportunities for existing and future residents; to incorporate Atlanta’s sports history into redevelopment proposals; and to complete development within five years. Proposals must be submitted by Nov. 20. Keisha Lance Bottoms, executive director of AFCRA, assured nearby residents that the redevelopment process would not be at the expense of surrounding communities. “After recently hosting a community meeting, and giving careful consideration to the concerns that were expressed, additional language was added to the RFP that should alleviate any concerns about our commitment to incorporating recommendations from the Livable Centers Initiative study in the final redevelopment of the area,” Lance Bottoms said. Cathryn Ferrigno Marchman has been named the executive director of Partners for H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities Made for Everyone), a new 501(c)(3) organization which provides leadership in the planning and implementation of community strategies and resources to prevent and end homelessness in Atlanta. Partners for H.O.M.E. will serve as the support vehicle for the Atlanta Continuum of Care (CoC), which brings together local providers to enable a comprehensive approach that, executed effectively, will lead to systemic change in addressing the issues of Atlanta’s most vulnerable population. Specifically, Partners for H.O.M.E. will work to secure private and public funds for programs, align service providers to federal policy priorities and coordinate homelessness efforts across the community. Former City of Atlanta Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman serves as Chairman of the Board.
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Invest Atlanta has launched ATL Home Renovation Advantage, an incentive for homeownership inside the city limits that can be used for the renovation of newly purchased homes. Layered with a 203k Renovation Loan, the program provides up to $10,000 for assistance with down payment and closing costs as long as the program requirements are met and the homebuyer purchases an eligible property. Homebuyers interested in ATL Home Renovation Advantage must have an annual gross household income that does not exceed $68,300 for a 1 to 2 person household and $78,545 for a 3 or more person household. Eligible properties for the program include existing single-family detached homes, attached townhouses or condominiums with a maximum purchase price of $342,700. For a full list of eligibility requirements or to learn more about ATL Home Renovation Advantage, visit investatlanta.com. Working with the City of Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Transportation, Midtown Alliance recently installed new traffic signal sequencing to enhance safety for pedestrians at 11 intersections along Peachtree Street between 3rd Street and 17th Street. This project is part of the Midtown Traffic Operations Program (MTOP), a multifaceted effort to create efficiencies that have reduced peak travel times in major Midtown corridors over the past two years. With the new signal timing, Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) give pedestrians a head start when entering an intersection by allowing pedestrians to begin crossing the street prior to turning vehicles. This extra window of time allows for walking the distance of one travel lane before vehicles receive their green indication.
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Pet Briefs Casino Night to benefit Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue will be held Nov. 20 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Park Tavern, 500 10th St. There will be blackjack, craps, roulette, Texas Hold em’ and more. A $125 donation includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks, six raffle tickets and casino funny money. For more information, visit mostlymutts.org. The Atlanta Lab Rescue 5K Fun Run and Festival will be held Nov. 21 starting at 9 a.m. in Jim Miller Park in Marietta. Families, kids and dogs are welcome. After-race festivities will include games, food, free stuff and a “Lab Lap,” 1K Fun Run. For more information, visit atlantalabrescue.com. Triple Treat Rescue at Studio Z, an art fundraiser for Canine Crusaders, Hounds in Pounds and W-Underdogs, will be held Dec. 3 at 500 Means St. Original oils, watercolors, acrylics and prints by Cathy Ehrler and Kathy Rennell Forbes will be available. There will also be wine, beer, small bites and live music. Tickets are $20 through eventbrite.com or at the door.
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Health and Wellness Briefs The United Way of Greater Atlanta’s signature hunger initiative, Silence the Growl, sent children back to school with a full stomach and ready to learn by providing more than 29,000 meals to those who were not enrolled in a summer lunch program. Platinum sponsor First Citizens Bank, generous donors and local agencies provided meals to all of Greater Atlanta’s 13 counties. This year, Silence the Growl expanded the capacity of agencies with summer hunger programs at Atlanta Community Food Bank, Action Ministries, BOLD Ministries, Potter’s House, MUST Ministries and Rockdale Emergency Relief. A volunteer component was also added to this year’s campaign to mobilize more than 500 community champions to both pack and distribute lunches. For more information on Silence the Growl or to receive information to participate in next year’s campaign, visit silencethegrowl.org.
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During the annual Legacy Awards Gala hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA), Arthur Blank announced a major gift of $1 million to support the agency’s Big Futures Capital Campaign for its new headquarters building at 1382 Peachtree. With the Blank Foundation gift, the agency is close to reaching its $7.295 million campaign goal. The gala itself, held at the St. Regis in Buckhead, raised more than $570,000 in net proceeds to support ongoing operations of the nonprofit agency. Camp Horizon, which offers week-long camps, recreational outings, one-on-one mentoring and academic guidance to vulnerable children and youth, will hold its fundraiser, Party on Purpose, on Nov. 7 from 7-11 p.m. at City Club of Buckhead, 3343 Peachtree Road. The evening will feature a silent auction, live music, wine and premium cuisine. Tickets are $75 each and available online at horizon2015.auction-bid.org.
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The Neighborhood Hot List: Morningside / Lenox Park 1. Fat Matt’s Rib Shack
An institution on Piedmont Avenue known for its barbecue and blues music, Fat Matt’s scored a mention in George Clooney’s hit film “Up in the Air.”
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A shopping and entertainment destination, Amsterdam Avenue is home to favorite businesses like Red Light Cafe and Piedmont Bark.
3. Morningside Nature Preserve
Hike, run or walk the trails in this scenic park along the banks of South Fork Peachtree Creek.
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Serving up Southern food for 88 years, the fried chicken and housemade rolls keep a diverse clientele coming back.
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Alon’s Bakery, DBA Barbecue and the Morningside Farmer’s Market keep this stretch of North Highland a popular destination.
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We got a dog. Perhaps that is too pedestrian a way to put it. I mean, we adopted a dog. She’s a rescue. I’m supposed to say that immediately, right? I’m still working out the kinks in the lingo. There were some fits and starts on the road to adoption, though. We kept finding more virtual hoops for this future dog to jump through. We weren’t comfortable adopting a dog that was too big or too small. She needed to be devoid of aggression and not too yippy or yappy. Some shedding was OK, but fur tumbleweeds were not. She should get along with other dogs, but not necessarily need a full-time companion dog. If she could type 90-words-per-minute that would be great, too. Scanning the adoption sites made me feel a little jerky. If this dog needs to be so perfect to be acceptable, maybe I’m The Sullivan family not cut out for dog ownership. shows their Am I going to regret this for new pup, the next 15 years? I cleaned Sleater-Kinney, the house feverishly in an some love. attempt to hold onto a shred of order. But then one day Photo by Kristen forwarded a post Tim Sullivan about a dog named Sari. She was a 28-pound mutt with the sweetest little face and floppy ears. Kristen wrote “this dog is cute” without any of the disclaimers I had gotten accustomed to The mutt seems to be part love, part (“but it says she always begs for your playfulness and about 50 percent tongue. food…”). So what I read was “we are She is literally licking my ankle as I write totally getting this dog.” The moment I this. She’s an effective waker-upper and a saw the picture wasn’t excitement exactly. world champion chewer/de-clutterer. Just It was more like, damn, she got me. Now ask the Krusty the Clown doll, the Nerf what? basketball, Elliott’s shoe, the Xbox game I tried to hedge a little by agreeing and a host of other items that obviously to meet the dog but without the kids in should have been put away. She’s really tow. Because if they came, there was no just looking to help. We’re trying to stay way we could get out of it. Kristen agreed. ahead of her so Petco will probably see When I arrived home from work, Elliott a bump in 4th quarter earnings. One $9 and Margo announced that we were chew toy lasted all of 20 minutes, so that getting a dog and her name is Sari but entertainment cost us $27 an hour. But we are going to change that to Sleatershe’s worth it. Kinney Sullivan. Poof! The pressure of Some people say they rescued a keeping the secret for more than two dog as if they strapped on a cape and hours understandably caused my wife to thwarted an incident of bear-on-dog cave, and just like that we were on our violence rendering all other pet owners way. inadequate. There is heroism and The kids cleverly renamed the dog selflessness in this story for certain, after Kristen’s favorite band to secure her but we are merely the beneficiaries. full support. I actually thought Sari was Sleater-Kinney was saved by an inspiring a pretty name but the kids heard “Sorry” agency called Angels Among Us and weren’t having it. I was flailing for (angelsamongusanimalrescue.org). She some semblance of control over the was nurtured and loved by her incredible situation and decided at the very least I foster parents, Skyler and Josh. Now she get to give the dog a nickname. I’m the is the fifth member of our family. We got wordsmith around here, dammit! I came a dog, and it is sort of amazing. up with “Skinney” and was awfully proud of it, but it didn’t matter. Margo declared Tim Sullivan grew up in a large family that we will be calling her Sleater in the Northeast and now lives with his (pronounced Slater) and that is of course, small family in Oakhurst. He can be the way it has played out. reached at email@example.com. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
Students, parents and teachers at The Lovett School are enjoying the completion of the 40,000-square-foot Murray Athletic Center and renovations to Kilpatrick Stadium, which were financed through the largest capital campaign in school history with $94 million raised. Atlanta International School is observing its 30th anniversary this year and welcomed the class of 2030 – incoming 3K students in the Early Learning Center – this fall. The class of 2030 (known on campus as the “30/30s”) will bury a special time capsule on campus in the spring.
Special APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, center, with APS High School Teacher of the Year Scott Allen and finalist for APS Districtwide Teacher of the Year, center right, with Grady High School Principal Timothy Guiney and students.
Scott Allen, an AP Latin teacher for grades 9-12 at Henry W. Grady High School, was named APS High School Teacher of the Year and is a finalist for Districtwide Teacher of the Year. When asked about teaching, Allen, in his sixth year teaching at Atlanta Public Schools, says, “It’s in my blood. Both of my parents were public school teachers, and my brother is as well. When I graduated from undergrad, I knew I wanted to be in a helping profession.”
Kenneth Jerome Buckner, a graduate of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, has been named Atlanta’s first Youth Poet Laureate. Atlanta Word Works, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing writing and spoken word poetry to young people in Atlanta, gave the award. Part of the award will be the publication of a book of his own poetry. He expects to also do a few performances when he’s home from college next summer. Buckner is now a Posse Foundation Scholar at Syracuse University, where he is a dual major in Finance and Information Management & Technology, with a minor in Economics. Read one of Buckner’s poems below.
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Home furnishings and consumer electronics leaser Aaron’s, Inc., has announced that its nonprofit arm, Aaron’s Foundation, will renew its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The three-year, $5 million commitment goes to the Keystone Club, the organization’s national teen leadership and character program. A special event was held in September to announce the expanded partnership at the Warren Boys & Girls Club in Atlanta and included a Keystone Club makeover valued at $25,000.
A Band-Aid is not the solution to fixing all the wounds. What do you do when it falls off in the shower of your tears? We spend so much time mistaking the droplets from our eyes For the droplets from the rain. It’s easy to confuse God’s storm cloud with our own. Healing is sitting in your pain, Knowing that one day you can stand up and walk away from it. Healing is choosing not to place your pain six feet deep. A casket only gives you an excuse To revisit your hurt on the loneliest days. When you wake up, call it your resurrection. You have risen up from the ashes.
The Atlanta Youth Tennis & Education Foundation (AYTEF) announced that Camille Quick, daughter of Anita and Mark Quick, won the National Junior Tennis & Learning’s Arthur Ashe Essay & Photo Contest for Girls - 15/16 age division. Quick was awarded a trip for three to New York City, and was a guest in the President’s Suite at the 2015 Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day prior to the start of the U.S. Open. Her award-winning essay was written about Coach Sam Kennedy, head coach for AYTEF.
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Ann Taylor Boutwell Nov. 1, 1975: The Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha,” starring Jack Cassidy, finished a successful six week run. It was the first production to open architect John Portman’s new 500-seat Midnight Sun Dinner Theater. The 230 Peachtree Street venue in the Peachtree Center complex was located between Atlanta Gas Light and South Towers. Nov. 2, 1985: Atlanta Toy Museum, owned by Joe Daole and Patsy Powers, closed its doors. The sited attracted 60,000 visitors per year, including many children from public and private schools. It was a Buckhead cultural asset for five years with its collection of historical and antique toys, as well as modern toys like “Star Wars” action figures and spaceships. The museum opened in a 13-room mansion at 2800 Peachtree owned by St. Phillip’s Cathedral. Nov. 4, 1874: The first issue of the Sunny South, a literary weekly, was published in Atlanta. J.H. and W.B. Seals were the editors and proprietors, with Mrs. Mary Edwards Bryan as associate editor. By 1893, the publication was bought by James R. Holliday, Clark Howell and C.C. Nichols, and was being run as a supplement to the regular Sunday issue of the Atlanta Constitution. In 1907, the Sunny South was incorporated into the Uncle Remus magazine, which suspended publication in 1913. Nov. 4-7, 1907: Atlanta theatergoers at the Grand Theater viewed James M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” and were awed by Maude Adams in the title role. She arrived in the city in her private railroad car christened “The Tinker Bell.” At the pinnacle of her career, Adams was the most popular actress of her generation, with more than 1,500 performances in “Peter Pan.” The four night Atlanta performances plus a Wednesday matinee played to packed audiences. Nov. 5, 1974: The National Register of Historical Places listed the Staff Row and Old Post Area of Fort McPherson as significant landmarks.
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Nov. 13, 1971: Marcel Marceau, the French actor and mime, performed in the Atlanta Civic Center. Marceau was most famous for his stage persona as “Bip the Clown.” He referred to mime as the “art of silence,” and he performed professionally worldwide for over 60 years. He died in 2007 and is buried in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Nov. 15, 1864: Gen. William Sherman orders the burning of Atlanta as part of his infamous “March to the Sea” during the Civil War. Nov. 23, 2005: The Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest, opened in Downtown Atlanta. Nov. 30, 1916: The official dedication of Georgia Tech’s Grant Field was held during the Saturday afternoon Tech-Auburn football game. The field was named after Hugh Inman Grant, the son of John W. and Annie Inman Grant, who died at the age of 10 after a bout of appendicitis. He is buried at Oakland Cemetery.
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Road Trip: Callaway gardens By Isadora Pennington If you live in Atlanta and are looking for a mountain getaway, chances are youâ€™re thinking about the North Georgia mountains, right? Well, thatâ€™s not the only place you can find mountain vibes. Just a little over an hour south sits Pine Mountain, Ga. A quaint town with a modest downtown strip, the area boasts a robust variety of recreational activities at nearby Callaway Gardens. Visitors can walk the colorful grounds, watch the birds of prey show, visit the artist gallery, get up close and personal with butterflies and rent bikes or a boat for an afternoon of fun. Recently I took a trip to the area and stayed at the Lodge & Spa at Callaway Gardens. The hotel is nestled into the woods, a getaway of its own accord. The property pairs the aesthetics of a cabin with the amenities of a modern hotel. Beautifully sculpted grounds mimic the natural elements of their surroundings and blend into the environment. In addition to standard hotel accommodations, the fullfledged spa and various event spaces make this spot popular for families, corporate get-togethers, weddings and more. Callaway also makes for a popular holiday getaway with the annual Fantasy in Lights, which runs Nov. 13 to Jan. 2. Check out these photos from my trip and see for yourself the beauty that Callaway has to offer. For more information, visit callawaygardens.com.
Clockwise from top left: The lobby of the Callaway Lodge is not only architecturally reminiscent of traditional mountain lodges, it also has plenty of design elements like wood-carved deer busts above the fireplace to bring the idea home. Waterways and lakes dot the area and provide for boating and swimming activities, weather permitting. Visitors can also rent bikes and tour the sprawling property with the wind in their hair. Lastly, the welcome sign to the Lodge & Spa which greets visitors upon their arrival.
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Photos by Isadora Pennington At left, from top to bottom: Flying demonstrations at the birds of prey outdoor show. Golf enthusiasts will love the Callaway courses, situated along the banks of nearby Mountain Creek Lake and its tributaries. The rooms at the Callaway Lodge & Spa have a distinctly mountain feel, and the fountains that sit in the middle of the courtyard reinforce the vibe. Room service can be enjoyed from balconies overlooking the courtyard, and of course, what getaway would be complete without a jacuzzi, pool and outdoor bar? Above, left: The butterfly house is a huge hit for kids and nature lovers alike, but good luck capturing a clear shot of the quick little buggers as they flit around. Above, right: Craftsman Bob Horn had a table set up in the main hall where he sold his goods.
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Thousands flocked to Little Five Points on Oct. 17 for the annual Halloween Festival and Parade. With both ghoulish and humorous costumes, many inspired by films like “Ghostbusters,” “Donnie Darko” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” it was an afternoon of art, food, beer, live music and the annual parade through the heart of the district featuring local organizations, businesses, residents and an assortment of freaks and geeks. Photos by Steve Eberhardt
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Photos by Asep Mawardi Rain didn’t deter hundreds of residents lining the streets of East Atlanta Village for last month’s East Atlanta Strut. The annual festival offered a day of arts, crafts, music and the annual parade, featuring local service organizations, costumed characters and more. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
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MAKING BUSINESS SOCIAL The Gathering Spot, Switchyards focus on bringing together business professionals By Dyana Bagby Two modern facilities are harkening to the past by renovating historical buildings to usher in the future through members-only clubs that provide workspaces, event spaces, restaurants, coffee shops and places for business people to meet and share social and cultural experiences. The Gathering Spot, which describes itself as the city’s “modern business and social club” is set to open this winter in the Northyards development near Georgia Tech, just off North Avenue. The Gathering Spot will be located in a 20,000-square-foot former rail car turnaround dating back to the early 1900s, and will include three major components: an event space, a bar and lounge area including a restaurant, and workspace. “We want to connect people from all walks of life under one roof,” said Ryan Wilson, co-founder of The Gathering Spot. “Our space from a membership perspective is little younger, if you think of the Buckhead Club and Commerce Club.” Renovating the space is costing in the range of $3.5 million; the company leading that design and renovation is Gensler, a global design firm with 46 offices worldwide. “What does a gathering mean? It can mean anything from two people to 350 people. We are using that scale in the design,” said Teyanna Miles, an associate at Gensler and lead designer for The Gathering Spot project. With the idea that different gatherings mean different sizes with different needs, Gensler is ensuring the various spaces reflect the many ways people meet together, she added. Even with the open and large event space and the intimate booths in the restaurant alongside the private meeting spaces, Miles promises there will be “continuity that runs through the entire space.”
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Gensler is also paying homage to the historical quality of the former rail car turnaround. “Atlanta is here because of trains,” Miles says. “We are taking the beauty of the raw space and bringing a sophistication level to it.” Wilson, a lawyer, has traveled numerous times to Washington, D.C., and grew up in Atlanta. “I’ve been to a number of city clubs and was really in need of one place to go to consistently,” he said. Having a restaurant and lounge, an event space and workspace all together under one roof will meet a need in Atlanta by providing millennials especially a place to, well, gather. “After meeting in every coffee shop and restaurant, I wanted there to be a permanent home for every professional,” he said. “This is a place where you’d want to go and connect with folks.”
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Switchyards, which is branding itself as a “Downtown club for design-focused doers,” plans to open in December in a renovated space on Spring Street across from the Tabernacle music venue. Mike Tavani, cofounder of the popular startup and highly successful Scoutmob, is planning to make his mark in a new arena – renovating a space for designers and startups to come together. The 20,000-square-foot building in the heart of Downtown dates back to 1928 and melds a passion Tavani has for old buildings and nurturing new ventures. “I’m excited to put this building on the map,” he said. The idea of providing a space for design and brand startups together started with Scoutmob about six years ago and meeting with founders at Octane coffee shop, he said. Seeing everyone in the coffee shop meeting together and hashing over new business ideas was the spark for Tavani’s idea that is now Switchyards. The ground floor will include a member-only coffee bar, and the building will include 40 offices that each will have enough room for two to eight people. Roughly 170 members will be housed in the building full time, Tavani said. Eighty percent of the space is already rented to members and Tavani promises the building will be full by the time it opens. The members and the businesses in the space are not household names. And
that’s how Tavani wants it. “They are small but they care a lot about brand and design,” he said. “Ultimately the goal is to get the best founders in the city into one building.” Switchyards is unlike other workspaces, however, said Tavani. Whereas other workspaces will seek out various businesses, Switchyards wants to be an incubator for new ones, again focusing on design and brand – something not provided elsewhere in the city. “I would never call Switchyards a workspace. Switchyards is heavily focused on design and consumer startups. What we care about is helping accelerate actual startups,” he said. To that end, Tavani’s partner at Scoutmob, David Payne, has stepped down as CEO of Scoutmob to join the Switchyard team to head up Switchyard Studios. This arm will be in charge of launching companies that are created within the walls of the historical building. “I’ll continue to focus on the building but Dave will focus on the studio,” Tavani said. “People said two years ago Atlanta is not a design town but this building will prove it is.” A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
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Houston-based developer Weingarten has revealed renderings for its plan to redevelop the Atlanta Civic Center site. Weingarten is negotiating with the city to buy the Civic Center property for $30 million. Plans call for demolishing the circa-1967 building for a $300 million redevelopment, with potentially 250,000 square feet of office space, 222,900 square feet of retail, a grocery store, 250 condominiums, 386 apartments and 20 townhomes. A park, amphitheater and water fountains surrounded by a wine bar and restaurants could sit at the center of the project. Portland, Ore.-based Rejuvenation, a shop that offers period-authentic lighting and house parts, has opened its first store on the East Coast and sixth location in the U.S. at Ponce City Market. For more information, visit rejuvenation.com. Mitylene, a high fashion, European-style boutique, will open at 4209 Roswell Road in Buckhead. Owned by Laura Graber and Betsy Pomerantz, the shop features designs by Oscar de la Renta, Rachel Riley, Johnnie-O, Anais&I, Sundek and more. They will also launch their private label - mitt boys and mitylenegirls – in 2016. The Buckhead Atlanta development quietly changed its name to The Shops Buckhead Atlanta last month, according to a report from Tomorrow’s News Today. No formal announcement was made, but the development’s website and social media accounts were all updated to the new moniker. Trinity Mercantile & Design has moved to a new location in downtown Decatur at 116 East Trinity Place. The home furnishing and gift store with a full-service interior design studio, is doubling its size to 3,450 square feet. For more information about Trinity, visit trinity-decatur.com.
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Kronberg Wallhas designed a new space for CineMassive, a leader in highperformance video wall technology, in the Sweetwater Design District. CineMassive had some substantial space requirements since it designs and builds large-scale video wall systems for clients like the U.S. Armed Services and top Fortune 500 companies. For the new facility, CineMassive not only required substantial space to design and test its technology, but also hoped to add a cafeteria, library, flexible meeting spaces and an attractive new lobby for events and presentations. Walmart’s new eCommerce fulfillment center for online orders south of Atlanta will offer jobs to 400 new employees. The 1.2 million-square-foot facility of I-75 in Union City is the third large-scale eCommerce fulfillment center to open in the U.S. The historic Big Bethel AME Church on Auburn Avenue – home to the iconic “Jesus Saves” sign – is launching a $120 million redevelopment project in partnership with the Benoit Group and Russell New Urban. The project – to be built in four phases over the next four years – will include the rehabilitation of Bethel Towers, a new parking deck with 850 spaces, a mixed-use 1,000-bed student housing complex with 30,000 square feet of retail, and the refurbishment of the church’s administrative offices on Auburn Avenue. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
Paces Properties begins leasing Atlanta Dairies project Paces Properties has begun leasing space at its Atlanta Dairies project on Memorial Drive in Reynoldstown. Located just off the Atlanta Beltline at 777 Memorial Drive, the Atlanta Dairies redevelopment will transform the historic dairy into a mixed-use development with a focus on regional, specialty retailers, services and restaurants. Some of the features: a barbecue restaurant, a retromodern, roadside diner with skyline views and a trading company featuring uncommon goods by Southern artisans. There will also be a mid-sized music venue along with more intimate performing spaces, a bookstore with cafe and “The Yard,” a central green space for relaxing and events. Dairies will also offer 40,000 square feet of office space in a “sky campus” setting with views of Downtown on one side, and green space and hammocks on the other, all connected by a network of catwalks original to the Dairies structure. Parking will encompass a mix of surface, street and deck access, plus ample bike parking. Future phases will also bring 315 new luxury apartments to the Dairies property, with a mix of studios, and one and two-bedroom rental units. Paces Properties, which developed Krog Street Market in Inman Park, said it will also preserve the former dairy cooperative’s industrial character, including the retention of original elements such as catwalks, loading docks, concrete structures and the iconic milk carton sign and art deco facade, which will be carefully restored and integrated into the new development. “After our success with Krog Street Market, we purchased the Atlanta Dairies property in December of 2014 and looked to spearhead another urban renewal project that focused more on live music and entertainment. Since that purchase, some of the city’s most iconic music venues have either been sold or are
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By Clare S. Richie Throughout human history, people have used plants for medical treatments. This practice is still alive and thriving here in Atlanta, thanks to Lorna Mauney-Brodek and her Herbalista Health Network. Lorna is an herbalist, medicine maker and teacher who blends western medical herbalism, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda natural healing and conventional practices to provide person-specific holistic care. “People have a right to be healthy and have access to health care,” Lorna said. Working toward this goal, the network she started provides free herbal clinical services such as a weekly foot clinic at Open Door, mobile clinics such as the Herb Bus and Herb Cart and a monthly health fair. Lorna has studied and practiced herbalism since 2000, but she learned about the power of community during her childhood. She grew up in Lake Claire, across from the Land Trust, and went to Mary Lin Elementary School. Her parents were part of a social group that started and supported local cooperative efforts like Sevananda and the Bond Federal Credit Union. “The neighborhood vibe was all about community and access to education, banking and food,” Lorna recalled. In high school, she volunteered at a neighborhood homeless shelter, making meals and washing clothes. She graduated from Columbia University with an art degree, but felt more compelled to serve others. Herbalism became the perfect outlet to balance her creativity and her passion for health as a fundamental right. She studied and practiced herbalism across the U.S. and overseas. Lorna completed her residency with renowned herbalist Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine and her clinical internship at the Blue Ridge School for Herbal Studies. In northern Spain, she learned the importance of foot health while treating foot injuries of those on a religious pilgrimage. 32 November 2015 | INtown
Upon her return to Atlanta in 2006, fate took a hand, or in this case a foot, as she teamed up with a high school alum at the Open Door foot clinic. Her journey had led her back to serving those in need alongside the husband and wife team, Ed Loring and Murphy Davis, who had also started the Lake Claire shelter where Lorna had volunteered as a high school student. Over the next decade, Lorna would pour her studies, experiences and collaborative spirit into a network of partners, practitioners, volunteers and donors with a common purpose of free herbal health services and education. Lorna reaches the underserved by partnering with groups already meeting other needs like shelter or food. For example, every Sunday at Woodruff Park Food Not Bombs serves meals to those who are hungry. On select Sundays, student herbalists provide first-aid services from the Herb Cart. The most prevalent health problems they see are from stress-related illnesses, often manifested as anxiety, body tension and high blood pressure – remedied through individualized treatments. Special The network also welcomes all Top left, Lorna Mauney-Brodek at the Herb Bus. Top right, Herb Cart volunteers Atlantans to take part in the Herbalista John Janeski, Duane Marcus and Corinne Lee head to Woodruff Park. Above, a Community Health Fair, “a grassroots Herb Cart. effort to regain some control over our health and bodies.” It’s held the last and advanced medicine making. With Grow a Row, Wednesday afternoon of each month at the Big House farmers are taught how to grow herbs in exchange for on Ponce. There you’ll find volunteer practitioners donating back a row of herbal produce. Pay-It-Forward offering consultations at both the Herb Bus and the workshops show participants how to make remedies, Herb Cart, massage therapy, Reiki, wellness classes and which are then donated to her herbal clinic. All her more. programs and models are documented in free “how to” Beyond providing direct care, Lorna leverages her manuals available on the Herbalista.org website. reach through educational programs that also help For more information on donating, volunteering or sustain the network. Under her guidance, apprentices participating in the network, check out Herbalista.org. learn how to assess a patient, how to set up clinic, A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
New greenhouse to be dedicated at Oakland Cemetery on Nov. 19 The Beaumont Allen Greenhouse at Oakland Cemetery will be officially dedicated in a private ceremony on Nov. 19. The greenhouse bears the name of one of the historic cemetery’s longtime supporters and leaders, Beaumont “Beau” Allen. “Our new greenhouse will ably serve Oakland Cemetery every day, and acts as a fitting, long-lasting memorial to Beau’s work at this treasured landmark that he loved so much,” said David Moore, executive director of the Historic Oakland Foundation. Allen, the youngest son of former Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen Jr. and Louise Richardson Allen, served as HOF board chairman from 2004 to 2005. He was also on the organization’s board of directors and board of advisors for more than 10 years. Allen died in August 2014, and was laid to rest next to his parents at Oakland Cemetery. Oakland hasn’t had a functioning greenhouse for more than 40 years, but this will be remedied by the donation from the Buckhead Mens’ Garden Club (BMGC), the Atlanta History Center and other partners. With the Atlanta Cyclorama relocating to the History Center, BMGC was required to remove its greenhouse and offered it to Oakland. Coincidentally, the 50-foot by 30foot aluminum and tempered glass structure was a perfect fit at the ruins of Oakland’s former greenhouse, which was demolished in the early 1970s. For more details on the history of greenhouses at Oakland Cemetery, please visit www.oaklandcemetery.com/projects/greenhouse.
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Atlanta leads on climate change “We need to start worrying about what kind of world we are going to leave for Keith Richards.” I laughed when I read this “barstool wisdom about climate change” quote on a friend’s Facebook page. But was this just a clever statement about the longevity of one of the world’s most famous, hard-living rockers, or is climate change finally becoming a mainstream concern? Thankfully, the City of Atlanta and other major urban areas worldwide are not waiting to find out; they are leading the way. On Sept. 21, the Atlanta City Council unanimously passed a Climate Action Plan to achieve measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 from multiple sectors across the city. Mayor Kasim Reed’s Office of Sustainability and its new director, Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, a former state legislator, environmental attorney and community advocate, are overseeing the program.
The decisions that cities make today will influence emissions tomorrow. To emphasize that point, 12 U.S. cities, including Atlanta, have formed a delegation to attend the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in early December. Known as the Local Climate Leaders Circle, they are calling for a new international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and for widespread reform of policies and regulations that address climate, economic and energy challenges. Climate change impacts are already being felt at the local level and will only become more challenging. Increased climate variability and extreme events, such as prolonged drought and torrential rains, have economic and health consequences. The epic flooding that hit Atlanta in September 2009 – a “500-year event” in some areas – resulted in 10 deaths, damaged or destroyed nearly 17,000 homes and caused
wastewater treatment facilities, stronger and more effective local ordinances, and greater financial investment in retrofitting and infrastructure improvements. With 100 million square feet of commercial space already committed to the Better Buildings Challenge – thanks to Mayor Reed’s leadership – the city is well on its way to meeting its goals. Who knows, the city Photo courtesy CBS46 may even outlast Flooding in Downtown Atlanta will, hopefully, be alleviated by the city’s new Keith Richards. Climate Action Plan. For more information damage in the region totalling $12 about Atlanta’s Climate Action Plan, billion. visit p2catl.com. To learn more about Atlanta’s climate plan targets Atlanta’s Better Buildings Challenge, commercial and residential buildings, visit betterbuildingssolutioncenter. energy production, wastewater energy.gov/partners/atlanta-ga. treatment, transportation, solid waste, Sally Bethea is the retired executive urban agriculture and green spaces. director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Fourteen percent of the 20 percent (chattahoochee.org), a nonprofit in emissions reductions to be achieved environmental organization whose by 2020 will come from efficiencies in mission is to protect and restore the energy and water management. This drinking water supply for nearly four will be achieved through changes in million people. the operation of city buildings and
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The Midtown Alliance and TSW have begun a test program at the intersection of 5th and Juniper streets to determine if an innovative and sustainable stormwater runoff solution will help alleviate stress on the city’s combined sewer system, while beautifying the neighborhood at the same time. TSW, an Atlanta-based planning, landscape architecture and architecture firm, has designed two bioswales featuring large basins that capture the first flush of stormwater off the street and sidewalk and treat it naturally with soil, vegetation and microbes before the water is absorbed into the ground. This design and process will reduce the amount of stormwater entering the city’s combined sewer system and increase groundwater recharge. “To anyone passing by, the bioswales will look like large, beautiful planters,” said Adam Williamson, TSW principal. “They were installed by Chattahoochee Group, Inc., as the first phase of an overall improvement and transportation project for Juniper Street. The bioswales were built out of granite to complement neighboring building facades and streetscape elements, and were planted with native plants adaptive to pollution and wet soils. TSW also proposed river rock mulch to keep the plants stabilized and attractive.” TSW has successfully created bioswales in more open areas such as parks and other green spaces, but this is the first time the firm has designed them for a highdensity urban setting like Midtown. Williamson says he believes these will be the first urban bioswales in Georgia, so the testing period should be of great interest to city planners. “The Midtown Alliance is focused on finding innovative, environmentally sustainable solutions to urban issues like stormwater runoff,” said Cladie Washburn, director of capital projects for the Midtown Alliance. “Especially during heavy rainstorms, the amount of water coming off roofs and streets can overwhelm the combined sewer system and stress the Chattahoochee River, where all of this water eventually ends up. We are optimistic that bioswales can clean and return some of this water safely back to the soil, and keep it out of the drains. We hope the testing will demonstrate that they offer an attractive and environmentally safe solution to the problem,” she said. For the next several months, the bioswales will be monitored to determine the infiltration rate and amount of pollutants that can be removed, and make tweaks if needed. One of the bioswales has an overflow drain built in to the structure, while the other does not. Based on how well each performs during times of heavy rain, future bioswales may or may not incorporate overflow drains. Design and installation of the bioswales is part of a broader project to improve the sidewalk conditions and bicycle facilities as well as the overall environmental function of Juniper Street.
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HOLIDAY EVENT GUIDE Yes, the holiday season is upon us and that means plenty of lightings, shopping, theater, music and more. Check out our guide and get in the spirit. Be sure to visit AtlantaINtownPaper.com for even more events.
Dickinsonian, the classic “A Christmas Carol” will be staged Nov. 19 through Dec. 24. Visit alliancetheatre.org for information and tickets.
David Sedaris’ tale of working as a department store elf over the holidays has become a staple for the season, and it’s back at Horizon Theatre Nov. 20 through Dec. 31 for its 17th year. Visit horizontheatre.org for tickets.
Cabbagetown Chomp & Stomp
The 13th annual Chomp & Stomp will be held Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Three stages of music will feature Packway Handle Band, Susto, Grits & Soul Band, Pretend Sweethearts, Farmland Band, Little Country Giants, Johnny Roquemore & the Apostles of Bluegrass, Jugtime Ragband, Frets on Fire, the Bow Weevils, Ghost Dance, Georgia Crackers and Hot House Peaches. There will also be pop-up porch jams with emerging talent throughout the neighborhood. The day will also feature the annual chili cookoff, food trucks, artist market and 5K race. For full schedule and details, visit chompandstomp.com.
Chastain Park Arts Festival
Find a unique gift or piece of art for the holidays at the annual festival set for Nov. 7 - 8 in the park. Nearly 200 artists will be on hand along with a children’s area, live music, food from local food trucks and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more, visit chastainparkartsfestival.com.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
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Lighting of Atlantic Station ICE Holiday Shopping Extravaganza of lights from Nov. 14 to Jan. 9. New this year will be the Tunnel of Lights along with returning favorites like Orchestral Orbs and Radiant Rainforest, and the kids will love the model trains. For ticket information and more details, visit atlantabg.org.
‘Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer’
The faithful recreation of the classic animated TV special returns to the Center for Puppetry Arts for a sixth year from Nov. 12 to Dec. 27 (there are preview shows on Nov. 10 and 11, too). The show sells out quickly, so reserve tickets now at puppet.org.
Holiday Shopping Spectacular & Pop-Up Shop
Local artisans will be on hand Nov. 21-22 at the Georgia Freight Depot in
Downtown, 65 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., for the annual Indie Craft Experience (ICE) show. If you’re looking for original, one-of-a-kind art, gifts and more, this event is not to be missed. From Nov. 12 to Dec. 30, ICE will be hosting its Pop-Up Shop boutique with more than 50 crafters at the ICE Studio in Cander Park, 1390 McLendon Ave. For more information, visit ice-atlanta.com.
Merry %#!*ing Christmas & A Christmas Carol
The Alliance Theatre will team up with Dad’s Garage Theatre Company for the adults-only Merry %#!*ing Christmas Nov. 27 through Dec. 19. When Santa destabilizes the world economy and global warming almost kills Frosty, Scrooge must team up with a lonely, single dad to save Christmas. For those who like their Scrooge a bit more
The west Midtown development will be hosting a day of music, activities and events on Nov. 21, capped off by the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in Central Park and fireworks. For more, visit atlanticstation.com.
Centennial Park Holiday In Lights
The Downtown park will be lit with festive lights and decorations from Nov. 21 to Jan. 10. The Ice Skating Rink will also be open during that same time period. Visit centennialpark.com for more details.
Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree
The giant Christmas tree might be artificial now, but it’s still a holiday tradition on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 26. So pull yourself out of that turkey coma and head to the Lenox Square parking lot to hear music and watch the tree light up, followed by fireworks. Details were still being finalized at press time. For more information, visit simon.com/mall/ lenox-square. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
ON AIR WRFG continues its mission despite fiscal challenges
By Shandra Hill Smith For 42 years, WRFG 89.3 FM – or “Radio Free Georgia” – has served up arguably the most eclectic programming in the city. Depending on the time of day, listeners can tune or stream blues, gospel, Celtic, Latin, jazz, hip hop or soul music with some talk and spoken word thrown in for good measure. The non-commercial station, which broadcasts seven days a week, 24 hours a day from studios in Little Five Points, has often struggled to keep broadcasting, but it hit particularly hard times earlier this year as it worked to fulfill an agreement for rent on both its studio space and broadcast tower. They delivered on an arrangement for rent on their broadcast tower in July, says station manager Joan Baptist. “There was a possibility that we would get shut down,” says Baptist. “It’s been a challenge, of course, but we feel pretty optimistic. We can’t give an inch on our fundraising efforts – that’s for sure.” The station is currently winding down its third pledge drive for the year. The fall pledge drive kicked off Oct. 19 and continues through Nov. 8. WRFG management sees it as a way to help position the station that has faced the threat of closure toward a more debt-free future. WRFG once broadcast its signal from a Clark Atlanta University tower at no charge, but in 2007 the station kicked off a three-year capital campaign so that it could not only manage operating expenses, but move to a new tower that would free it from poor signal coverage. “Some people would say, ‘I can get you in my living room, but I can’t get you in my kitchen,’” says Baptist. “So it was really difficult.” Now what’s proving difficult for WRFG is maintaining costs of rent on both the space where its studio and offices are housed, as well as its new tower. Other expenses include monthly utilities, payroll for two staff positions – Baptist’s and that of operations director Wanique Shabazz – along with equipment repairs and purchases, and keeping up “with new innovations in audio technology and radio technology,” says Baptist. In addition to the three-week drives it holds in spring, summer and fall, WRFG has a GoFundMe account with a goal of “$100,000 for 100,000 watts of power.” The nonprofit station also is constantly looking for new income streams, including a car donation program where listeners can donate cars they’re looking to get off their hands, and choose the radio station they’d like to see the funds go toward. “We’re an asset to the Atlanta area, and I think the whole South and the country, because [there aren’t] that many community stations that do the kind of things that we do,” Baptist says. “You’ve got immigrants from all over the world moving to Atlanta; you’ve got musicians and artists flocking to Atlanta. We really give a voice to these artists and A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
musicians that come from all over and also local, who have been born and raised here, that really need their talent exposed to the world. “There also [are] community groups and people who are doing some wonderful, wonderful things that really are aimed at uplifting humanity, and you never hear about them anywhere else.” From the beginning, the station Special has “been pretty much At left, Harlon Joye, a WRFG founder and board member, Joan Baptist, station manager and Cheryl Odeleye, WRFG board president. sticking to what we said we were going to Above, JR Langwell is a DJ at WRFG and one of the hosts of the do,” adds Harlan Joye, station’s bluegrass show. Below, Steve K and Amber host the Peach State show. who, at 82, now is the longest-serving on-air talent for WRFG. He also serves as treasurer on the board of directors. From 1977 to 1980, WRFG produced a 50-part series by Joye, “Living Atlanta!” Featuring some 250 interviews on Atlanta’s history, it went on to win national awards. In 1989, the University of Georgia Press published a book on the series. “People would always come and tell us ‘if you want to be self-sustaining you need to do this or this,’” Joye adds. “We want to be self-sustaining as we are. We don’t care about being self-sustaining by changing what we are.” Baptist, who started with WRFG 15 years ago as a volunteer in the office, agrees. “We don’t want to cut out any of our programming. We think all of it is very important. Who do you cut out? We’re one of the few stations that really do have a very eclectic, diverse programming format. “We have a mission to uphold,” Baptist says. “People have said in the past, ‘You should become a one-format station like all jazz or all talk or whatever,’ but even those stations have been bought out by other entities. There’s no guarantee that becoming a one-format station would really do anything. I think we’re much more valuable serving the diversity of communities that we do serve.” For more information or to make a donation, visit wrfg.org. MORNINGSIDE 1267 Reeder Circle 3BR/2BA 599,000 Erin Yabroudy
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RISING STAR Jonathan Horne is the toast of Atlanta theatre By Manning Harris I see a lot of plays in Atlanta and sometimes in New York. It’s rare that one truly stops me in my tracks. Last year, a theatersavvy friend advised me not to miss Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s production of “The Elephant Man” with a young actor named Jonathan Horne playing the lead. “If you don’t go,” my friend said, “you’ll probably miss the best play in Atlanta this year.” I’m so grateful I followed his advice, for I was stunned by the play and especially Jonathan Horne’s performance as John Merrick. I reviewed the play for Atlanta INtown, then saw it again. The second time I had a front row seat and was moved to tears. And I became a confirmed fan of the power and artistry of Horne. For this role he has been nominated for a Suzi Award, Jonathan Horne and Jennifer Alice Acker in “Romeo and Juliet” at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Atlanta’s version of Broadway’s Tony Awards, for Best Leading “Mr. Horne had all the subtlety, irony and power” that Actor in a Play (the awards are the role demands. But not until “The Elephant Man” presented on Nov. 2). did I realize the magnitude of his talent. I missed, to my Yes, theater critics can be fans, if they love the eternal regret, his “Hamlet” performed later in 2013 at art form; and if they don’t love it, why bother? As it the Tavern. I hope he will do it again. happens, I had seen Horne, 30, once before, playing To say that Horne has been busy in 2015 is putting Mercutio in Shakespeare Tavern’s 2013 version of it mildly. He performed in a fundraiser for Aris Theatre “Romeo and Juliet,” and had written in my review that
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in a piece called “Stop/Over,” where he was electrifying, sexy and a little menacing – just the combination a lot of casting directors look for. Then it was back to the Tavern for roles in “The Taming of the Shrew,” the title role in “Coriolanus,” “As You Like It” and “Cymbeline.” This month, Horne is playing Romeo and Jennifer Alice Acker is Juliet at Georgia Ensemble Nov. 5-22. This production has a stellar cast, directed by David Crowe, and I predict it will be an event. Put it on your calendar. You can thank me later. Horne also does films; he was in the delightfully wacky award-winning indie “Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse: The Movie,” among others, which I saw and enjoyed tremendously. When asked, as all serious actors are, would he do Broadway or more Photo by Greg Mooney films, he said, “I would love to if the opportunity presents itself. I love film; I love TV—the intimacy of film.” He also knows the scary odds against big time success in this field. But he’s not worried, he’s too busy acting.
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The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will host the annual Christmas at Callanwolde celebration Nov. 30 through Dec. 15. A tradition for more than 40 years, the 16day event will see the historic Candler mansion decorated by professional interior and floral designers. There will be rooms themed especially for children with a Special LEGOLAND Discovery The interior and exterior of Callanwolde will be decked out for the Center Room and a holidays from Nov. 30 through Dec. 15. Coca-Cola Company Room with Haddon Sunblom’s original paintings of Santa and other Coca-Cola memorabilia. Taking place both weekends are the Teddy Bear Tea and the LEGOLAND Breakfast with Santa. These events give kids the chance to meet Santa and share their holiday wish lists. The Callanwolde Holiday Gala on Dec. 3 will feature an evening of holiday music from the Atlanta Pops Orchestra, John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band, American Idol celebrities Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo, and Michelle Malone. The Atlanta Film Festival Family Movie night featuring “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and entertainment from Callanwolde’s Prime Movers Children’s Dance Performance will be Dec. 11. The Artisan Market is open daily in the mansion so visitors can shop for handmade gifts from Callanwolde’s instructors and students. The Holiday Flower Inspiration Demo and Workshop on Dec. 4 will allow attendees to take home their own creations. Hours for Christmas at Callanwolde are weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased in advance at callanwolde.org or at the door. Callanwolde is located at 980 Briarcliff Road. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
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ART VISIONS Paideia’s artist market returns
beginnings to become the large-scale Founded in 1971, the Paideia School art sale and on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown is a market that it private institution for kids aged 3 through is today. 18 years old. The school was founded by Judy parents who wanted a more creative and Schwarz, stimulating education for their children. director The tradition of parent involvement of Parent continues at Paideia to this day and is Involvement, reflected in their programs and events. said the event One such event that relies upon this was founded close relationship between parents and Photo by Isadora Pennington in 1982 the school is the annual Art Visions Artist Robin Critz, Evelyn Edmeades and Judy Schwarz pose in front of “Ask the Wind” by by Dottie Market, which returns Nov. 14 - 15. The Greely Myatt of Memphis, Tenn., a permanent art installation on campus that was DEEP DISH PIZZA SPECIAL McRae, purchased with funds raised from Art Visions. event is an art sale that draws members a Paideia of the community into the school for a MEDIUM DEEP holidays. “We pride ourselves on having parent, and has always been run by parent weekend of shopping and supporting the DISH PIZZA WITH a wide range of art and crafts at different volunteers. Participating artists split the arts. Boasting more than 100 artists this price points,” said Schwarz. “We have 1 TOPPING* profits of their art 60/40 with the school, year, the event has grown from humble jewelry, pottery, glass, fiber art, turned Online Order Code: ATL1499 funds which benefit the art programs and wood bowls, and much, much more.” allow for purchases like art installations *Chicken & Shrimp have additional costs. Additional Evelyn Edmeades, a participating ingredients sold at regular price. Not valid with any other for the campus and new supplies for art offer. Must mention coupon when ordering & present at time artist and parent volunteer, has been a classes. of pick-up or delivery. Limit one pizza per order. part of this event for nearly 20 years. “As Valid Thru 11/30/15 4/30/15 “The faculty can purchase equipment an artist, I am grateful for the opportunity that they might not have funds to buy,” to show and sell my paintings to a new explained Schwarz. “For example, we group of people every year, and as a have a great new printing press that the parent, I love knowing that almost half of high school students are using to create the sales price goes to enriching the arts beautiful work.” program,” Edmeades said. The event takes place in the gym at the “I have always admired how smoothly school, a giant space that is transformed and professionally Art Visions is operated into a bustling market. Visitors have the ATLANTA • MIDTOWN by the parent volunteers,” remarked opportunity to not only support local 265 PONCE DE LEON Edmeades. “They bring their special skills Special artists, but to also buy unique gifts for the Art Visions’ set up back in 2013. 404-254-5103 to the table, whether it is organizing, layout and design, marketing, data entry, working with the artists or the actual installation.” One such parent volunteer is Robin Critz, co-chair of the 2015 Art Visions. “To really experience the project from beginning to end, and see how many people come together, bringing all their talents together to make the event a success is quite something,” said Critz. An art lover since her own time in school as a kid, Critz was drawn to this event from the time when her oldest daughter Maddux started Pre-K at the school. “I loved that there was a fundraiser solely for the art department’s benefit at Paideia,” she explained. “I feel like it speaks to how Marist School provides an education where the joy of achievement important the arts are at Paideia school. “Every year we strive to bring in new exists within a spirit of humility and generosity. Students are art and a fresh approach, while honoring challenged by an extensive college-preparatory curriculum the tradition of the market that really the community of artists has created,” while an array of extracurricular activities inspire explained Critz, who does much of her exploration and uncover hidden talents. Through it all, holiday shopping at the market. Her experiences working with Art Visions students gain a unique strength of character and have even inspired her to begin creating skill and a joy of serving others that prepares more of her own art. “I would love to be a part of Art Visions from the contributing them to be compassionate, confident leaders. artist side in the future!” For participating artists like Come visit to experience Edmeades, the sale is a boon to the success of her work. “What began as a Marist’s spirit yourself. small art event for artists and parents has developed into a unique, large-scale art event that brings emerging and Open House Sunday, December 6, 1-4 p.m. established local artists and craftspeople to the community,” she said. “I look Learn more at marist.com or call (770) 457-7201 forward to it every year.” To learn more about this year’s event, visit paideiaschool.org/parentinvolvement/artvision or follow them on social media at facebook.com/ AN INDEPENDENT CATHOLIC SCHOOL OF THE MARIST FATHERS AND BROTHERS PaideiaArtVisions. 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Atlanta Opera show will honor veterans By Martha Nodar Atlanta Opera debuts composer David Little’s “Soldier Songs,” a rock-infused American chamber opera depicting the realistic experiences of soldiers and brings it to Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts as part of its Discoveries Series. The event opens on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, and runs through Nov. 15. Tomer Zvulun, Atlanta Opera’s general and artistic director and Midtown resident, said the mission of the Discoveries Series is to “encourage civic discussions and to bring pieces that are less mainstream to different parts of the city.” Such is the case with “Soldier Songs,” whose libretto renders it a nontraditional American opera consisting of vignettes adapted from interviews Little conducted with American war veterans. It is supported by a musical score that includes rock. A solo singer and performer, baritone Matthew Worth will give a voice to the vignettes by playing multiple soldiers from different wars: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. “The text from these interviews is very moving,” said percussionist Stuart Gerber, Georgia State University’s associate professor of music. “It describes the experiences of these soldiers in a real way. It brings it home.” Gerber, who will play the drums, said a chamber ensemble of seven instrumentalists including himself, will provide the musical score to support the text. Following each performance, a panel of American war veterans will discuss their own experiences on stage. Due to its mature content, the event, which marks the first collaboration between Atlanta Opera and Rialto, is not recommended for children younger than 16. To purchase tickets and to find more information, visitatlantaopera.org.
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Community Calendar November 2015 To submit your calendar listings, please email details to email@example.com Artz, Eatz & Beatz – Thursday, Nov. 5, 6 - 9 p.m. Artz, Eatz and Beatz is a benefit event to raise money for breast cancer research. This event is hosted by Anderson Smith, a local photographer who lost the love of his life in January to breast cancer. The evening will include light hors d’oeuvres, art by local artists and music from DJ Dack Patrick. All proceeds from the silent auction and a portion of art sales will go toward breast cancer research. Free and open to the public. Terminus 330 Event Space, 330 Marietta St. NW, 30313. Find out more by going online to facebook.com/Anderson-Smith-Photography or by following the fundraising efforts at gofundme.com/artzeatzbeatz.
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Atlanta Veg Fest 2015 – Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Atlanta Veg Fest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support our community and promote the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle founded in compassion for animals, people and the environment. The event will feature speakers, roundtable discussions, kids’ activities and a marketplace of vegan-friendly vendors. Suggested donation of $5 per adult at the door; the first 300 visitors will get a goodie bag with coupons and free samples from vendors. Atlanta Metropolitan State College, 1630 Metropolitan Parkway SW, 30310. To learn more, go online to atlantavegfest.com. 34th annual Atlanta Veterans Day Parade – Saturday, Nov. 7, 11:11 a.m. Presented by the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc., the Veteran’s Day Parade is an event that honors, supports and thanks all who have served and are currently serving in the United States Military. This event is the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade and is followed by the annual Freedom Ball at 6 p.m. in the Oceans Ballroom in the Georgia Aquarium. The parade begins in Downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street south of Ralph McGill and ends at the intersection of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street. Parade attendance is free and open to the public; tickets to the ball are $75 each or $750 for a table of 10. For more information on both events, go to gavetsdayparade.org. Membership Open House and Hot Dog Roast – Sunday, Nov. 8, 4 - 6 p.m. The Wylde Center is set to host an open house and hot dog roast at their Oakhurst Garden. Members and non-members alike are invited to enjoy both meat and veggie hot dogs fresh from the grill while learning about the center and its programs. Visitors can also enjoy chips and fixin’s for their meals, plus stick around for s’mores and dessert. Free and open to the public. Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, 30030. Learn more at wyldecenter.org. Reading Rainbow: A Book & Media Swap – Sunday, Nov. 8, 4 - 9 p.m. Ladyfest Atlanta and Southern Fried Queer Pride are teaming up to present a book and media swap fundraiser. Participants are encouraged to bring books, cassettes, CDs, records, zines, VHS, DVDs and other forms of media to share and swap with others in the community. The event will also feature an auction. Donations will be accepted at the door. Free and open to the public. 100 Broad St. SW, 30303. More details? Go to facebook.com/ladyfestatlanta. In the Dust of This Planet – Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The ATL Theory Club is an open group that facilitates readings in contemporary thought, providing access to those who wish to engage in speculative discourse outside of the traditional academic setting. Readings are selected by club attendees on a rotating basis and typically focus on eccentric, marginalized and/or underrepresented writings. This reading will center on “In the Dust of This Planet: Horror of Philosophy Vol. 1” by Eugene Thacker, a book that explores the relationship between philosophy and horror in imagining the unknown elements of our world. Free and open to the public. Murmur, 100 Broad St. SW, 30303. For more information, visit murmurmedia.org. The Letters Festival – Thursday, Nov. 12 through Saturday, Nov. 14. Lostintheletters presents The Letters Festival, a three-day literature festival at the Atlanta Contemporary. The event will feature readings, a panel discussion, writing workshops, a book market and afterparty readings. Live readings are $10 at the door and $8 in advance; Ticket packages include three-day pass, Friday and Saturday two-day pass and single-day pass. Some events, such as the after-party readings, are free to attend. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 535 Means St. NW, 30318. See the full lineup and get more details online at lostintheletters.org. 69 Hour Comedy Film Fest – Thursday, Nov. 12, 9 p.m. Stubble on Stubble Comedy and The Hangar present the third annual 69 Hour (Comedy) Film Fest. Filmmakers from all over Georgia and the Southeast will have the opportunity to make comedy shorts which are then screened live at the Plaza Theatre at a red carpet premier. A panel of judges will pick a winner who will reign comedy supreme in Atlanta for the next year and take home a $500 cash prize. Registration is $69 per team, and no limit to team members. Contestants will register for the event on or before Thursday, November 5 at 6 p.m., and will then receive an email with the mystery prop and line of dialogue that must be included in each submission. Videos are not to exceed three minutes in length and are are due back 69 hours later by Sunday, Nov. 8 at 9 p.m. in digital form. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, 30306. Learn more and sign up at 69hourfilmfest.com. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
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through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. $6 to $12. deltamuseum.org
Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion: The High Museum of Art is the first U.S. museum to present a major exhibition of work by visionary Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen, a cutting-edge artist with one-of-a-kind haute couture. Opens November 7. $12 to $19.50. high.org
Emory Cinematheque Film Series: Every Wednesday this fall, Emory continues its annual film series with Japanese anime films. Free. arts.emory.edu
Paper Work: For this exhibit at Anne Irwin Fine Art, the gallery walls are filled with a variety of paper pieces by several gallery artists, including Catherine Booker Jones and Gary Bodner. Closes November 7. Free. anneirwinfineart.com Chastain Park Fall Arts and Crafts Festival: This sixth annual festival returns to Chastain Park in Buckhead with more than 185 artisans, live entertainment and food. November 7 and November 8. Free. chastainparkartsfestival.com Garden Lights, Holiday Nights: This contemporary holiday light show features nearly 2 million energy-efficient LED lights throughout the Atlanta Botanical Garden and a new 100-foot-long walking tunnel. Opens November 14. $17 to $26. atlantabg.org Filming the Camps: Three Hollywood directors may have created some of America’s greatest cinema classics, but their most important contribution to history
The People’s China: Take a journey into the villages of China for a personal look at the people and how they live, with works from world-renowned master photographer Zeng Yi. Daily. $6 to $8. cartercenter.org Women of Vision: This photographic exhibition is a tribute to the spirit and the ambition of 11 women photojournalists who have created powerful experiences for millions through their work for National Geographic. Daily. $16 to $18. fernbankmuseum.org
Performing Arts Clifford the Big Red Dog: Join Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all their friends from Birdwell Island as they embark on an adventure filled with singing, dancing and more. November 13. $17 to $47. cobbenergycentre.com Cirque Dreams Holidaze: This family holiday spectacular comes to the Fox Theatre with circus acts and entertainment from cultures around the world. November 25 through November 27. $41.50 to $61.50. foxtheatre.org
FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN was their work filming the realities of WWII and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. Closes November 20. $11 to $16.50. atlantahistorycenter.com Delta Flight Museum: This 68,000-square-foot facility in the heart of Delta’s Atlanta campus allows visitors to explore aviation history and the story of Delta’s more than 40 airlines. Monday
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Fetch Clay, Make Man: In the days leading up to one of Cassius Clay’s most anticipated fights, the heavyweight boxing champion forms an unlikely friendship with the controversial Hollywood star Stepin Fetchit. Closes November 22. $20 to $50. truecolorstheatre.org The Meantime: A Traveling Radio A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
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HIP HOP NUTCRACKER Spectacle: This traveling variety show delivers live radio plays, song and dance, horrors and vaudeville in equal measure. November 5 through November 15. $22. theater.emory.edu Blackberry Winter: This play’s main character confesses and confronts the myriad of challenges of caring for her mother, an Alzheimer’s patient whose condition is deteriorating. November 6 through November 22. $21 to $43. actorsexpress.com Classically Female Series: William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”: The Fern Theatre presents an all-female version of Shakespeare’s romantic classic. November 6 through November 22. $10 to $15. theferntheatre.org Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”: Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of your favorite moments in this Broadway production at the Fox Theatre. November 3 through November 8. $30 to $135. atlanta. broadway.com “Soldier Songs”: The Atlanta Opera’s newest show is a multimedia event that combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused-concert music and animation. November 11 through November 15. $44 to $72. atlantaopera.org
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Symphony Orchestra for a special performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. November 17. $5 to $22. dekalbsymphony.org Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne: Grammy Award-winning legend Mavis Staples teams up with multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne on the highly anticipated national tour, “Solid Soul.” November 18. $40 to $50. ferstcenter. gatech.edu Star Wars and More, the Music of John Williams: In addition to the “Star Wars” movie songs, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs some of John Williams’ other film scores, including “Harry Potter” and “Jurassic Park.” November 27 and November 28. $33 to $65. atlantasymphony.org Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: YouTube stars Scott Bradlee and his band Postmodern Jukebox bring their vintage twists on pop music
Sandra Wright Shen Saturday, November 7, 8:00 pm
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Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne Solid Soul
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Fright Night: The Eerie Renaissance: Lauda Musicam’s nod to a Friday the 13th concert includes references to the supernatural, death and the things that make us squirm, all performed on instruments made popular before 1750. November 13. Free! laudamusicam.org
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Paco Peña: Flamencura: Paco Peña returns to the Rialto by popular demand to push boundaries with his new piece, in which Peña and his fellow performers pursue “duende.” November 7. $37 to $70. rialto.gsu.edu
Elizabeth Pridgen, piano, with DeKalb Symphony Orchestra: Pianist Elizabeth Pridgen joins the DeKalb
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Wednesday, November 18, 8:00 pm “Staples’ voice is a rich, liquid wonder” –Rolling Stone
to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre stage. November 29. $36 to $57. cobbenergycentre.com Shaping Sound: Under the artistic direction of Travis Wall, this dance company is a collaboration by artists who describe themselves as “visual musicians” whose dance gives shape and form to sound. November 17. $35.50 to $96.50. foxtheatre.org The Hip-Hop Nutcracker: A holiday mash-up for the entire family, this contemporary work is set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. November 28. $22 to $72. foxtheatre.org
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PASTRY DELIGHTS By Isadora Pennington Warm, soft, fluffy - those aren’t just adjectives I use to describe my cat, Peepo. They are also things I look for in patries. With a flavor palate that ranges from sweet to savory, there’s a lot of variety that can be found in pastries sold at patisseries and bakeries. After last month’s coffee feature, I felt compelled to examine the snack that I choose most often when having a cup of joe. To be honest, my true love - the thing that I get most of the time - is a croissant. Sweet, buttery, flaky goodness. I used to shamelessly tear them apart and eat only the inside in my pickiest days, but in recent years I’ve branched out and not only eat the whole croissant, but also like some sweeter pastries as well. This month I stopped by a few of my favorite Intown spots to sample and photograph some pastries.
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Thanksgiving Feasts Where to eat out for your holiday meal Cooking isn’t for everyone, so if you’d rather eat out this Thanksgiving, there are plenty of INtown restaurants open for holiday feasts. Here’s at look at some of the restaurants open on Nov. 26. You can find more at OpenTable.com. Atmosphere Bistro Tuck into a four-course meal at the bistro located inside a historic cottage. $45 per person. 1620 Piedmont Ave. atmospherebistro.com. Fogo de Chao If you want something more exotic for your holiday meal, try a Brazilian feast with Churrasco buffet and wine. $51.95 per person. 3101 Piedmont Road. fogodechao.com.
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Atmosphere Bistro The Colonnade It doesn’t get any more southern or traditional than The Colonnade’s four-course Thanksgiving meal. $22 per person.1879 Cheshire Bridge Road. colonnadeatl.com. Murphy’s The Virginia Highland mainstay is offering its popular Thanksgiving To Go with all the fixin’s. The cost is $135 for four prepared dinners. Call 404- 8720904 to order your feast or order online at murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com/ thanksgiving-2015. Legal Sea Foods If you’d rather have surf and turf for your holiday meal, the seafood eatery in Downtown has you covered. There
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Hobnob The neighborhood tavern will be serving a special Thanksgiving dinner along with its regular menu. 1551 Piedmont Ave. communitashospitality. com/hobnob. Fire of Brazil Get your meat sweats at lunch for $26.50 per person. Includes everything on the salad bar, side items and 16 cuts of meat, plus traditional Thanksgiving fixings. Dinner is $41.50 per person. 218 Peachtree St. fireofbrazil.com. Parish The brasserie and café in Inman Park is offering Thankgiving meals-to-go, which can be ordered a la carte. Turkey, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing and your choice of pie is all on the menu. Order by Nov. 23 for Nov. 25 pickup. 240 N. Highland Ave. parishatl.com.
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Celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis will bring her cookbook tour, “Happy Cooking,” to the Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Giada will discuss the inspiration for the new book and take questions from the audience. Tickets are $65 and available at foxtheatre.org. You can also order autographed copies of the book to be picked up at the event via WilliamsSonoma.com. Savi Provisions has opened an expanded version of its local markets (they have locations in Inman Park, Buckhead and Brookhaven) in Midtown, at 988 Peachtree near the Margaret Mitchell House. The market offers fresh produce and food with a focus on supporting locally made productions. The market will also feature a menu of hot and cold sandwiches, salads and gourmet burgers, which can be taken away or enjoyed at seating both inside and outside the market. Customers can also enjoy a bottle of wine with their meal and the shop will re-cork the bottle to take home.
Hours for the market are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit saviprovisions.com. Enjoy Breakfast with Santa at Osteria 832 in Virginia Highland on Dec. 5 and Doc Chey’s in Grant Park on Dec. 12. Kids will be able to meet neighborhood firefighters and watch Santa arrive on a fire truck. Now in its 13th year, the annual breakfasts have raised $75,000 for local fire stations. Both breakfasts usually sell out quickly, so get tickets now at 2015breakfastwithsanta. eventbrite.com. The Beer and Taco Fest will take place at Philips Arena on Nov. 28 at 8 p.m., featuring food, beer, local artists and hip hop stars. Tickets are available at philipsarena.com. The musical lineup had not been announced at press time.
Souper Jenny will close her flagship restaurant on East Andrews Drive in Buckhead in March and move to a shiny new spot on the campus of the Atlanta History Center in April 2016. Owner Jennifer Levison said the new space would be a cross between what a funky café at Anthropologie might look like and the coffee shop from “Friends.” Open seven days a week, there will be reserved parking spaces right out front for takeout orders as well as a parking garage less than 100 feet from the front door with an elevator for handicapped access. There will be 50+ seats inside as well as a patio overlooking Veteran’s Park. The menu will continue to offer fresh soups, salads and sandwiches that change daily according to what is fresh in the market, dinners to go, fresh, organic juices and gluten-free desserts from Juicy Jenny as well as a full coffee bar.
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Furnishings, art and décor for your home on a budget By Kathy Dean These days, people are stretching every dollar. Happily, Atlanta residents don’t have to sacrifice style or quality when decorating their homes on a budget. Furniture consignment shops offer opportunities to make money on gently used items and buy new-to-you furnishings, art and décor at a fraction of retail. Shoppers can check out sites and web pages to get a taste of each shop’s selection, but there’s really nothing like taking the time to browse the stores. And it’s often a “worm for the early bird” situation. On the other hand, anyone interested in selling furniture on consignment should check a shop’s policy online before getting in contact, preferably with photos. It’s important not to show up at the store with items in tow! Sarah Cyrus Home Sarah Cyrus Home fills a 6,500square-foot showroom on Huff Road in Atlanta’s Westside Design District, a must-visit shopping destination for home furnishings. The shop’s customer base is evenly split between designers and retail shoppers, but it’s a good bet that anyone who finds their way there loves great design at a great price. “Our customers range from people shopping for their first apartment to those decorating vacation homes,” owner Sarah Cyrus explained. “We offer them an inspiring showroom of 100 percent consignment pieces. We’re fortunate to have the best consignors; they’re the reason for our wide selection and high quality of inventory. Allyn Stewart, our store manager, curates our vignettes, creating an eclectic mix of styles and eras.” While a browsing adventure is highly recommended, Sara Cyrus Home also gives customers the opportunity to shop on the web. “Our online inventory is updated every day with new arrivals,” Cyrus said, “and we’ve had great success with shoppers finding us online and then visiting the store.” Another of the shop’s popular features is the Wish List. Shoppers on the hunt for specific items are welcome to sign up on the list, which is checked against any new arrivals that come in. It’s just another way that Cyrus and Stewart keep their customers’ needs in mind. Cyrus reported that she and Stewart are seeing a large demand for industrial reclaimed pieces, and Mid-Century Modern is still popular, while customers are always hunting for accent tables, lamps, mirrors, art and accessories. The consignment furniture market is incredibly strong right now, according to Cyrus. “More and more shoppers are looking for resources where they can find a mixture of styles. They’re doing their research, they know price points
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and they appreciate value.” Cyrus wanted consignors to understand that no one can predict how fast their items will sell. “It takes the right customer for each piece. Some pieces fly out the door while others take longer. It’s just the nature of the business.” 1194 Huff Road 404-481-5881 or sarahcyrus.com. Westside Market Take a deep breath before stepping into Westside Market – it’s going to be a bit overwhelming – and amazing. The design collective brings together more than 85 merchants, artists and designers under
one roof – one very large roof. More than 26,000 square feet of floor space, as a matter of fact. “Most of the merchants who set up shop here are dealers, but we have at least 4,000 square feet dedicated to consignment merchandise,” said Rob Gini, director of Westside Market. The list of merchants and designers includes such high-end names as Beaux Arts, Italia, Swoox Womack Interiors, High Cottage Home, Smith Grubbs Interiors and Modern Exchange. Personally, Gini loves the consignment concepts of repurposing and reinventing, and noted
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that the market continues to grow since people are looking for good prices, and consumers are conscious of the good deals they can find in consignment stores. Browsers will find everything from French and English antiques and custom furniture to Hollywood Regency and industrial chic, all displayed with artistic flair. The warehouse-sized showroom allows space for extra-large and highly unusual pieces – like full chandeliers, sprawling sculptures and oversized tables. “Our customers do a lot of research and are knowledgeable about the current furniture market. They see designs from the larger retailers like Restoration Hardware and often want to recreate a certain look at a better price point,” Gini said. “We’ve also become a destination for the film industry looking for props that give a unique look and feel to their projects. Since we have so many different things here, and such a sampling of so many different genres, it’s very likely they’ll find what they’re looking for.” While Westside Market uses social media to keep customers up on new arrivals, most clients come by to shop in person. “It’s about the thrill of the hunt, the allure of what you’re going to find around the next corner,” according to Gini. For people interested in consigning, first and foremost, condition needs to be pretty darn good, he said, and while Westside Market is not focused on any one look, vintage and Mid-Century are both in demand right now. Gini added that he tends to go for furniture and lighting, rather than accessories. “More and more consumers recognize the value of opting for good pre-owned consigned merchandise,” Gini said. “The market continues to grow as people realize they can mix consignment pieces into their home décor and work within the look they’ve already created. The focus is to individualize our customers’ homes and create a one-of-akind living space. I love being able to do that for them.” 1530 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard. 404-941-3466 or westsidemarketatl.com. SWOOX Curated Consignment First time browsers at SWOOX Curated Consignment often comment, “Is this consignment? This can’t be consignment?!” With the Buckhead shop’s upscale feel and furnishings, it’s easy to get confused. Jenn Balcos, curator/interior/designer/managing partner of SWOOX, admitted that it’s fun to see the reactions on customers’ faces. SWOOX specializes in highstyle home accessories and furniture, with brands such as Verellen, Baker, Formations, Dennis & Leen and Jan Showers. They also offer full-service interior design services. “We feel this is a great platform to be able to resell luxury home goods and antiques,” Balcos said. “Most of our A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
drives off the lot, it depreciates quickly so you can’t get what you paid for it. We price things to sell. We opened Finders Keepers Furnishings in 2003 and know from experience what an item will bring.” 2753 E. College Avenue, Decatur. 404-377-1944 or fkconsign.com/ furnishings.
Finders Keepers current product comes from interior designers’ leftovers, catalog shoots and large estate downsizing. We offer a place to sell these items instead of allowing them to sit in storage units collecting fees. We also feature local artists and jewelry designers to go along with our curated look. We love giving back to Atlanta talent, and we feature the works of many talented individuals at a belowretail cost.” Art is especially hot right now, and art and upholstery at an affordable rate are always in demand. To meet that demand, SWOOX prices are slashed 60 to 70 percent off retail. Most SWOOX customers shop instore, but it’s worth noting that the more vintage and rare pieces are currently available through Chairish.com. Since items sell quickly and new merchandise comes in every day, Balcos is kept busy redesigning the showroom, but she’s never too busy to get to know her clients. Some of the smarter ones drop by for weekly visits to see what’s new. Balcos and owner Kelly WolfAnthony are extremely picky about the items they handpick for SWOOX. They look specifically for high style and oneof-a-kind furnishings, lighting and art – and they don’t accept anything broken, stained or torn. Balcos noted that, with the SWOOX touch, she’s able make nearly anything look like a million bucks. “With items starting at $3 and going up to $20,000 (for rare art), we never know who will walk through our doors. We welcome all and have something for everyone!” 56 E. Andrews Drive, Suite 32. 404869-0042 or facebook.com/swooxatlanta. Finders Keepers Thirty years of successful business have helped to make Finders Keepers an institution in the Atlanta resale market. There are four stores in the Decatur area; three of them feature clothing, and the College Avenue shop is limited to home
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furnishings. Bonnie Kallenberg, Finders Keepers president and owner, explained that what makes the store unique is its ever-changing inventory, ranging from antiques to modern pieces and everything in between. The outdoor garden center bustles with shoppers, while inside, customers find great deals on furniture and lighting, as well as books, fabrics, tableware and seasonal items, all tastefully presented. “We have a team that puts together beautiful displays,” she said,“in spite of the fact that items are coming and going all day, every day. It’s a very busy store!” Business is good; the consignment market has always stayed strong, and is basically recession-proof, according to Kallenberg. Finders Keepers is the perfect place to hunt for treasure, and that treasure attracts a lot of customers, from young people just starting out in their own place to baby boomers who’ve downsized and need smaller furniture and decor for their new places. Other shoppers are folks who have second homes at the lake, the beach or in the mountains and are looking to furnish it with a comfy, livedin feel. “We have a lot of movie and TV set people who shop here regularly, too,” Kallenberg said. She confided that a table and chair set that recently sold is likely to show up on the set of “Vampire Diaries.” Finders Keepers also helps customers create their own look by reworking some of their finds. “We’re the exclusive distributor for Farmhouse Paints, an easy-to-use chalk-type paint made in Roswell,” she said. “Right now, painted furniture is super hot, especially anything painted in shabby chic.” Kallenberg listed some basics that people are always looking for: twin beds, neutral sofas and sectionals, wrought iron furniture and leather furniture. Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn pieces
Swoox are always in demand, she added, but when it comes to TV armoires, even charity stores won’t pick them up. For anyone looking to sell furniture through consignment, Kallenberg offered this advice: “It’s used, and like a car that
Savvy Snoot There’s an ever-revolving inventory of designer furniture and accessories at the multi-floor Savvy Snoot showroom, located on Brady Avenue in Midtown. Their urban-eclectic collection brings together upscale traditional sofas, vintage chairs and custom pieces with original art, found objects and modern lamps, adding up to Savvy Snoot’s signature “collected look.” All the consigned pieces are near mint condition, having been rigorously checked before being approved by the Snoot team, and are generally offered at half or less than the full retail prices. Their extensive selection is available for online shopping on their website, which conveniently lists their Savvy price beside the original Snooty retail price. Savvy Snoot is connected with Marty Mason Collected Home, providing free in-store design services “from the Mixologists at the Design Bar.” Marty offers clients a casual and cool style by combining just the right mix of new and collected items that fit comfortably into clients’ homes and lives. 1080 Brady Avenue. 404-355-1399 or savvysnoot.com.
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Real Estate Briefs The number of apartments in Buckhead has increased by more than 100 percent over the past 3 ½ years, according to the Buckhead Coalition. The coalition says more than 13,190 new apartments have been built or announced since January 2012, when the organization started keeping a roster of new apartment buildings planned for Buckhead after the end of the Great Recession. When the coalition started its list, there were 12,704 apartments in the community, the nonprofit said in a press release. The coalition says the growth in the number of apartments shows “the changed profile of Buckhead residents to the millennials who want this flexibility to go with the flow, with the prediction many will walk to work and ride bikes for surrounding amenities.” Houston Mill Estates, a community of four luxury executive homes, is under construction near the corner of Houston Mill Road and Mason Mill Road in the Druid Hills neighborhood. The Peachland Homes by Ty White will feature coffered ceilings, gourmet kitchens and breakfast rooms, dining rooms with butler’s pantries, master suites up or down, plus the popular separate catering kitchens with a second sink and dishwasher. The community is just minutes from the Emory University and CDC campuses. Pricing is planned to begin in the high $800’s. For more information, visit peachlandhomes.com. Alliance Residential Company has opened Broadstone Court on Maple Drive in Buckhead Village. The contemporary, six-story apartment
community has 250 homes with private balconies, open floor plans and nine-foot ceilings. Unit sizes range from studio to two bedroom. For more information, visit broadstonecourt. com. John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods has opened 18 Peachtree Avenue in Garden Hills. Priced from the $700,000s, the development features eight luxury townhomes. The townhomes include gourmet kitchens, pre-finished hardware flooring, tile flooring, stainless steel appliances, programmable thermostats and Wi-Fi smart technology. Options include elevators, outdoor courtyards and fourth floor sky terraces with panoramic views of the city skyline. For more information, visit jwhomes. com/18PeachtreeAvenue. Many of Atlanta’s most accomplished women in business were honored as “Women of Power and Influence” at a cocktail reception held at Pryor Fine Art Gallery. Toni McGowan, executive vice president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, was an honoree, chosen for her leadership of the largest residential real estate firm in metro Atlanta and her career of real estate achievements. The 26th annual Young Council of Realtors Charity Golf Tournament was held in September at Chastain Park Golf Course. Over 100 Realtors and guests came together to raise $22,000 for the Carter Martin Cancer Research Fund. Over the past 10 years the Young Council has raised over $250,000 through the annual tournament, to benefit the fund and children’s cancer research.
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OAKHURST - Gorgeous Craftsman on finished basement by Stoney River Homes! Will be ready for year end closing if not before! Awesome floor plan, abundance of space, large lot and super street! 6Bed/5Bath $899,900 FMLS: 5583978 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234
VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - Elegant living on 3 full flrs. Stunning craftsman w/open flr plan featuring a formal living rm w/fplc, sep. dining rm, & cook’s kit. w/granite counters & island, ss appls, 6 burner gas cooktop & double ovens.5Bed/5.5Bath $899,900 FMLS: 5604959 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379
DECATUR - One-on-one with SRH owners throughout the build. New home under way on gorgeous deep lot. Euclid flrplan with outstanding flow, features and use of space. 4Bed/4.5Bath $799,900 FMLS: 5597421 Kathleen Sickeler 404-368-3234
MORNINGSIDE - Classic Bungalow located in sought after Morningside. This Charming hm incl Master on main w/huge bathrm, Chief’s kitchen, SS Wolf appliances, granite counters. New Roof, New HVAC, New Landscaping. 4Bed/3.5Bath $784,900 FMLS: 5574504 Febe Leiva 404-435-4184
VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - Lovely light filled bungalow. Renovation architecture by Stan Dixon. Large screened front porch, on one of Virginia Highland’s best streets. 2 car off street parking. 3Bed/3Bath $699,000 FMLS: 5589523 Nicole Davis 404-358-6252
EDMUND PARK - Best location within Edmund Park! Faces a private cul-de-sac off Edmund Park Dr. with the most guest parking available in the neighborhood! 3Bed/3.5Bath $549,000 FMLS: 5600015 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845
LAKE CLAIRE - Chock full of curb appeal, storybook charm, expansion potential up and down, on a beautiful lot that backs up to permanent wooded vistas, with a lovely streetscape from the front door, too. 4Bed/3Bath $539,000 FMLS: 5605384 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845
MORNINGSIDE - Spacious all brick home on wide low-maint lot a short stroll from Morningside Elementary and the shops & restaurants, & lovely park w/tennis courts. 5Bed/3.5Bath $799,900 FMLS: 5587970 Ed Woods 404-759-9680
ROSWELL - Houze Commons. Executive Home on Quiet Cul-De-Sac Street. 3 Finished Levels. Upgrades Galore. Rich Hardwoods, Wet Bar, Gym and Theater Room. Private & Wooded Back Yard. 7Bed/6.5Bath $839,000 FMLS: 5577756 Marc Castillo 404-449-6862
MIDTOWN - 1010 Midtown. Turn-Key w/Many Upgrades. Recently Renovated Hardwoods. New A/C. Huge Pantry. Floor-to-Ceiling Windows. Spacious Layout. 1Bed/1Bath $309,900 FMLS: 5595412 Chrishena Stanley 404-536-7400
BUCKHEAD - W Residences. Unobstructed 180 degree view of downtown. Walls of Glass. Rich Hardwoods and Unrivaled Finishes Throughout. 2Bed/2.5Bath $649,900 FMLS: 5596078 Marc Castillo 404-449-6862
WEST MIDTOWN – West Highlands. Charming Home w/Open Floor Plan. Rich Hardwood Floors. Granite Kitchen. Detached 2 Car Garage. Front Porch, Private Fenced Patio and Yard. 3Bed/3Bath $309,000 FMLS: 5582262 Marc Castillo 404-449-6862
INTOWN - Highland City View. Newly Renovated w/New A/C, Carpet & Appliances. 1 Car Garage. Gated Community. Hardwoods. Walkout Terrace. Steps to Beltline. 3Bed/3.5Bath $239,900 FMLS: 5583084 Ray Marino 404-900-8396
INTOWN - Marion Place. Gorgeous Townhome w/many Upgrades - Blinds, Hardwoods, Metal Railings, Appliances, Light Fixtures. Steps Away From Edgewood Retail District. Covered Rooftop Deck. 3 Bed/3Bath/2Half Baths $379,900. FMLS: 5602690 Tonya Marlatt 404-518-8787
INTOWN -The Stacks. Stunning Loft. 18+ foot Ceilings and Floor to Ceiling Windows. Incredible Views. Granite Countertops. Stained Cabinets. Huge Laundry-Storage Closet. 1Bed/1Bath $239,900 FMLS: 5566449 Tonya Marlatt 404-518-8787
BUCKHEAD – Collier Hills. Newly Updated Kitchen. Fantastic Light Throughout Main Level. Hardwood Floors. Xeriscaped Landscaping. Large Deck, Hot Tub, Organic Garden. 3Bed/2.5Bath $579,900 FMLS: 5581743 Corey Miller 678-641-3106
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