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Virginia Highland: 1036 Rosewood Drive. Front door opens to reveal living room with fireplace, oversized dining room. Eat-in kitchen overlooking a beautiful flat, level yard. Master on the main with spa-like bath & large walk in closet plus additional bedroom and bath. Second floor features two bedrooms and bath. Separate home office building space in the back yard. 4 BR / 3 BA $1,035,000

Morningside: 1740 West Sussex Road. Homes are Seldom Available on this Street with a Outstanding level almost half acre.. Features Include: All Brick, move in ready 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, w 2 story foyer staircase, paneled library/office, Finished basement w/high ceilings, large deep back porch, enjoys total privacy, 2 car attached garage, tremendous expansion possibilities. 10++ 4 BR / 4 BA $1,895,000

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Morningside: 1261 University Drive. Exceptional All Brick True 5 Bedroom Morningside Home in Springdale Elementary. Front Door Opens to Reveal a Stunning Entry, Large Rooms, High Ceilings, Abundant Natural Light. Oversized Family Room with Fireplace Opens to Gourmet, Top-of-the-Line Chef’s Kitchen featuring Spacious Island, Viking Appliances, Walk-In and Butler’s Pantry. 5 BR / 5 BA $1,395,000

Morningside: 1811 Lenox Road N.E. Lewis Crook Custom Built Spitzmiller and Norris Renovation Morningside Residence with Rare Coach House, Sough After 3 Car Garage and 1+ Acres- Enjoys Total Privacy. Front Doors Open Reveal Wide Hallways with Terrazzo Floors and High Ceilings, Gourmet Kitchen Connects to Great Room. 5 BR / 6 BA $1,849,000





Morningside: 1262 Pasadena Avenue. Quintessential Tudor Loaded with Charm and Character on Quiet, Low Traffic Street. 3 BR / 3 BA $925,000

Morningside:927 Wildwood Road. Exceptional Pristine Move-In Condition w/Three Finished Levels of High-Quality Materials. Salt Water Pebble Tech Pool, Outdoor Kitchen 6 BR / 6.5 BA $2,250,000

Morningside: 950 Wildwood Road. Classic Morningside Ranch Overlooks the Morningside Nature Preserve. Kitchen Features Granite Countertops, Large Breakfast Bar. 4 BR / 3 BA $899,000

Morningside: 1222 Mclynn Avenue. 6 Year Young Home Featuring Large Rooms, High Ceilings and Open Floor Plan. Gourmet Eat-In Kitchen with Striking Dining Room 5 BR / 4.5 BA $1,195,000

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Morningside: 901 Plymouth Road. Charming Classic Morningside Bungalow on a Quiet Neighborhood Street. Gourmet Kitchen, Finished Basement with Fireside Rec Room 5 BR / 5 BA $999,000

Morningside: 1189 E. Rock Springs Road N.E. Classic Morningside Tutor in Excellent Condition. 4 Bedrooms, Gourmet Kitchen, Flat Level Yard. 4 BR / 3 BA $819,000

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Contents December 2019

The Neighborhood

Editorial Collin Kelley INtown Editor (404) 917-2200, ext. 102

6 } MARTA Upgrades 6 } Transportation Plan 8 } Places in Peril 8 } Camp Kudzu 10 } Pet Pick 11 } A Look Back 12 } TimmyDaddy

Contributors Sally Bethea, Kathy Dean, Joe Earle, Donna Williams Lewis, Jacob Nguyen, Clare Richie, Jonathan Shipley, Joshua Stewart, Tim Sullivan, Megan Volpert


Submissions Article queries and calendar submissions should be emailed to Published By Springs Publishing LLC Atlanta INtown • Reporter Newspapers Atlanta Senior Life 6065 Roswell Road, Suite 225 Sandy Springs, GA 30328 Phone: (404) 917-2200 Fax: (404) 917-2201

14 } SCAD Expansion 14 } Waldo’s 16 } Midtown Union 18 } Google Office 20 } Transporter Vintage Toys


Home & Real Estate

22 } Holiday Home Tours 26 } 40 West 12th 27 } Real Estate Briefs

Steve Levene Founder & Publisher (404) 917-2200, ext. 111 Amy Arno Director of Sales Development (404) 917-2200, ext. 112



28 } Above the Waterline 30 } Kendeda Building 32 } Eco Briefs


News You Can Eat

Rico Figliolini Creative Director (404) 917-2200, ext. 117

34 } Impossible & Beyond Burgers 35 } Tasting Intown: Chef ’d Up 36 } Community Food Ministry 37 } Quick Bites

Deborah Davis Office Manager (404) 917-2200, ext. 110

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38 } Intown for the Holidays Guide 40 } Christmas Carol Productions 42 } ASO Holiday Concerts 43 } Atlanta Planit 46 } Parting Shots


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Holiday events abound all month long including (clockwise from upper left) Santa at Rhodes Hall, New Year’s Eve celebrations, Hanukkah celebrations Dec. 22-30, the Chinese Lantern Festival at Centennial Park and the Shakespeare Tavern production of “A Christmas Carol.” For all these events and more, see Page 38.

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Looking back at INtown’s top stories of 2019 On Dec. 31 every year, we compile a Top 10 list of our most-read stories of the past 12 months at If you’re not checking out the website daily or following us on Facebook or Twitter, you are missing out on breaking news, exclusive feature stories, theatre and concert reviews, and much more. Make it your new year’s resolution to follow INtown online along with picking up our monthly print edition. For my final letter of 2019, which saw INtown mark its 25th anniversary, here’s a sneak peek at 10 to 6. You’ll have to go our website on New Year’s Eve to see the Top 5. I always enjoy this look back because it’s just more evidence that INtown continues to adhere to the mission statement we’ve followed for a quarter of a century: bringing you hyperlocal news and eclectic features you won’t find anywhere else. 10. New Kroger supermarket at 725 Ponce set to open Oct. 16 We were first with the actual opening date, so it brought a lot of traffic to the website. Our contributing photographer Jacob Nguyen happened to be over at 725 Ponce taking photos of the progress and saw that employees had just put a sign out front with the date. The old Kroger was infamously known as “Murder Kroger,” but it seems “Kroger on Ponce” has become the new identifier and the grocery store is busy as ever. 9. Concert Review: Queen with Adam Lambert at State Farm Arena Our longtime contributor Manning Harris’ reviews are found exclusively at as he regularly attends theatre and concerts. His delightful, fan-boying over the rock legends and their new lead singer drew readers from around the globe. You are a champion, Manning.


8. Miracle Mile: Revitalization of Memorial Drive transforms former industrial corridor

1424 FAIRVIEW ROAD • OFFERED FOR $2,500,000 DRUID HILLS • 6 BEDROOMS • 5 BATHROOMS • 3 HALF BATHROOM No expense spared, no detail overlooked – perhaps the best value in Intown! This gracious 1924 Lewis Crook historic Georgian-style home with a 2005 significant addition was recently updated. Situated on a gorgeous, level almost one-acre estate lot in prestigious Druid Hills, this masterpiece offers four levels of living, including beautifully scaled, generous rooms, an entry foyer, entertaining-sized dining room, a family room open to the casual dining area and chef's kitchen, a catering kitchen, huge butler's pantry, a mahogany- and marble-detailed study, library, European-inspired side entry foyer and a keeping room with a double-sided fireplace. French doors lead to the outdoor slate-tiled porch, terrace, pool deck, enormous pool and spa and a pool house with a fireplace, outdoor shower and a half bathroom. Enjoy a guest bedroom suite on the main floor. The second floor master wing provides a master bedroom with a Juliet balcony overlooking the a pool, screened porch with a view of the backyard, a spa bathroom and a generous walk-in closet, plus an adjacent office. The second floor also includes a third bedroom suite, one full bathroom and two additional bedrooms – each with a spiral staircase to a private loft. The top floor provides a large studio/playroom/craft room and one half bathroom, plus an abundance of closets and storage. The finished terrace level features a wine cellar, rec room, exercise room and/or anything else you could possibly nee. A separate carriage house includes a three-car garage, a workshop space and a studio with one half bathroom. Additional details include a brick exterior, slate roof, extensive stone/slate hardscape, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, a Viking range, Wolf ovens, three Bosch dishwashers, oak and rosewood hardwood floors, Anderson double-pane windows, a fully fenced backyard, a gated entry and well water irrigation. This fabulous location offers easy access to all Intown destinations, Ponce City Market, Virginia-Highland, Morningside, Midtown, Decatur, Buckhead, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and more.

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Our March cover feature also racked up an impressive number of viewers online as Atlanta Dairies, Madison Yards and the Atlanta BeltLine extension were all coming to fruition. The transformation continues with even more homes and projects announced for the busy thoroughfare. 7. Concert Review: Drivin N Cryin, Drive-By Truckers and most of REM play ‘Revival’ to benefit Fox Theatre Institute

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Occasionally, one of our reviews draws the ire of fans, and such was the case with my review of this thrilling night at the Fox. I still maintain that Drive-By Truckers went on wayyyyyy too long. I mean, seriously, how do you top analmost reunion of REM? You don’t. 6. Sweet Treat: A visit to immersive pop-up Candytopia Our longtime dining critic Megan Volpert explored this combination art gallery and candy shop that drew crowds to Buckhead for the first half of the year. Never underestimate the power of sweets. Happy Holidays and see you in year 26.

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The Neighborhood News & Features

Future Transit

MARTA commits to spending $646 million for new rail cars, seeks BRT approval By Collin Kelley


ARTA is investing in its future by approving the purchase of new rail cars and seeking approval for a new bus rapid transit (BRT) line to connect Downtown with the Southside. Last month, MARTA’s board of directors approved a $646 million agreement with Stadler Rail for the purchase of 254 new rail cars. The agreement also contains options for MARTA to order up to 100 additional rail cars. The rail cars are scheduled to be delivered between 2023 and 2028, with the delivery of a pilot car in 2022. The cars will feature an open gangway design with modernized electronic signage and public address system, more comfortable seating plus handholds and stanchions with better functionality, two wheelchair positions, charging stations, luggage space and enhanced video surveillance. MARTA is also planning a customer engagement process to determine riders’ functionality needs and preferences. Customer input will support the customization of the rail car design. As the MARTA system grew between 1979 and 2000, MARTA had procured rail cars three times previously – in 1979, 1985 and 2003. The Stadler procurement, however, will mark the first time that previously purchased cars will be retired. “We have consistently exceeded our on-time performance target goal of 95 percent, but we know that the age of our current fleet contributes heavily to the delays we experience,” said MARTA CEO Jeffrey Parker. “About 65 percent of our delays are due to rail car reliability, and with rail transit being the cornerstone of our business, we aim to change that. The new fleet will reduce the number of unscheduled repairs associated with MARTA’s aging rail fleet, which ranges between 30 and 40 years old. A better customer experience in turn will increase ridership.” The MARTA board also announced during a Nov. 14 meeting that it will seek federal approval for a bus rapid transit (BRT) line running from Downtown to the Southeast Trail of the Atlanta BeltLine. The BRT line would act similar to a streetcar or rail line with dedicated lanes and stations with limited stops to speed riders to their destinations. The Capitol Avenue/ Summerhill Line would connect the Georgia State MARTA Station to the BeltLine via Hank Aaaron Drive.

If approved by the Federal Transit Authority and the nearly $100 million in funding to build the line is secured, the BRT could be up and running by late 2024.

A rendering of a new MARTA rail car.

Mayor releases transportation plan, appoints new leader for DOT Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has appointed Josh Rowan to lead Atlanta’s newly formed Department of Transportation (ATLDOT). Rowan, who is currently general manager for the city’s Renew and TSPLOST infrastructure improvement programs, has been tasked with accelerating and diversifying road and Josh Rowan transit projects at the new department. “Creating this department gives Atlanta the transportation leadership it needs in our rapidly growing region,” Bottoms said during the announcement on Nov. 13. “Josh Rowan will lead this new agency as we work to improve mobility in every neighborhood. Historically, we have had three departments working in silos from their own plans. Today, we have one

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team and one plan focused on building streets that safely serve every Atlantan, no matter how they choose to get around.” The new agency will manage a range of transportation improvements—from roadway repair and maintenance to sidewalk and bike lane construction to upgrading streetlights and traffic signals. ATLDOT’s mission is to make streets more accessible to people of every age, background, and ability. Along with the appointment of Rowan, Bottoms also released Atlanta’s first ever strategic transportation plan calling for a Vision Zero policy to eliminate traffic deaths, expanding transit and creating more options for people to get around without a car—all while improving road repair and delivering city services more

equitably. The One Atlanta: Strategic Transportation Plan focuses on the first three years of the new with goals that include: ■ Adopting a Vision Zero policy and designating strategies, policies and resources to deliver projects to eliminate traffic deaths; ■ Making it easier to get around without a car by making it safer to ride a bike by tripling protected bike lanes and piloting new protections on the street; ■ Making it easier to walk by increasing sidewalks and crossings citywide; ■ Improving city roads by resurfacing 200 miles of roads annually and accelerating pothole repair efforts; ■ Reducing the footprint of parking in Atlanta and implementing new parking strategies;

■ Working with MARTA to increase bus service and connecting neighborhoods with transit stops and hubs, and establish a high-frequency bus network to increase the number of Atlantans who live and work within a 15-minute walk of frequent transit; and ■ Implementing more reliable bus service with transit signal priority for buses and real-time bus arrival information and other enhancement at bus stops. For more information about ATLDOT and to download the plan visit and search for strategic transportation plan. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m




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201 Peachtree Circle ACTIVE | $899,000

64 The Prado ACTIVE | $1,149,000

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267 The Prado ACTIVE | $3,200,000

170 Boulevard SE Unit #D101 ACTIVE | $318,900

238 15th St. #14 ACTIVE | $845,000 LD


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1270 Beech Valley PENDING | $949,000

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Fountain Hall included in 2020 Places in Peril By Collin Kelley



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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has promised city firefighters that they will receive additional raises, but how much and when remains to be seen. Firefighters received a 3.1 percent raise in the city’s 2020 budget, but that amount is far less than the 30 percent raises for police officers that go into effect in 2021.

The City of Atlanta has failed to collect more than $200,000 in impound fees from illegally parked electric scooters. The Department of Public Works has impounded 3,000 e-scooters and other dockless devices since June, when the city implemented the impound fees. The department said it was revising its impound fee collection process.

Fountain Hall on the campus of Morris Brown College has been included on the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2020 list of 10 Places in Peril in the state. A National Historic Landmark, Fountain Hall was built in 1882 and remains the most prominent building on the original campus of Atlanta University, which was founded in 1865 to educate newly emancipated African Americans. Originally named Stone Hall, the building was renamed after the school became Morris Brown College in the early 1930s to honor former college president Bishop William A. Fountain. Famed writer W.E.B. Du Bois wrote his classic “The Souls of Black Folk” in his office at Fountain Hall while he was a professor at Atlanta University in 1903. Boarded up since 2003, Fountain Hall has fallen victim to both vandalism and the intrusion of weather. Left unattended, the building could face a similar fate to its historic neighbors, Gaines Hall and Furber Cottage, both severely damaged by fire in recent years. The building was awarded a repair grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation over the summer, so there is hope that it will be saved from destruction. Also making this year’s list of Places is Peril: Antioch Baptist Church in Crawfordville (Taliaferro County); Asbury United Methodist Church in Savannah (Chatham County); Cary Reynolds

Fountain Hall , courtesy Lord Aeck Sargent

Elementary School in Doraville (DeKalb County); Central State Hospital in Milledgeville (Baldwin County); Heritage Park in Griffin (Spalding County); John Nelson Deming Home in Valdosta (Lowndes County); Masonic Lodge #238 in Dalton (Whitfield County); Nolan Crossroads in Bostwick (Morgan County); and Rose Hill School in Porterdale (Newton County).

“This is the Trust’s fifteenth annual Places in Peril list,” said Mark C. McDonald, president and CEO of the Trust. “We hope the list will continue to bring preservation solutions to Georgia’s imperiled historic resources by highlighting ten representative sites.” For more, visit

A ‘Now’ Organization

Camp Kudzu celebrates 20 years of supporting kids with type 1 diabetes

The Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance last month requesting the Georgia General Assembly authorize a non-binding ballot question to city voters on whether Atlanta should be a destination for gambling should Georgia ever legalize it. The Ponce de Leon Library branch of the Atlanta Fulton County Library System closed for renovations on Nov. 4. Construction is expected to take approximately six months to complete. Fundraising is officially underway for HUB404, the proposed park that would cap Ga. 400 in central Buckhead. The nonprofit group organizing the effort is first raising $250,000 to hire staff and start the main capital campaign. Building the park could cost $175 million to $200 million.

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and community leaders including Alex and Dr. William Allen and Dr. Steve Anderson – decided that “until there’s a cure there’s Imagine if a child in your life had a chronic disease that required management camp.” They started Camp Kudzu to provide an immersive setting for children 24 hours a day to avoid risk of lifethreatening complications such as a coma, and teens to learn life skills, develop heart disease, kidney failure or blindness. self-esteem, find community, and gain a Children with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and sense of independence. To celebrate this milestone, Camp Kudzu will host families, their families must learn how to check volunteers, medical teams, supporters, and blood sugar, count carbohydrates, dose insulin and adjust for physical activity in friends at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works on Saturday, Dec. 7. order to survive. “The first summer we served less than Twenty years ago, a dozen visionaries 100 kids. And now 20 years later we serve – parents, doctors, health professionals By Clare S. Richie

over 900 kids. It’s our goal that every child with type 1 diabetes in Georgia has an opportunity to experience the magic of camp. That’s what we’ll be doing at our 20th celebration, trying to raise more money to send more kids to camp,” said Jennifer Odom, parent of a daughter with type 1, former board chair and 20th Anniversary event co-chair. Thanks to donors and corporate partners, Camp Kudzu currently subsidizes 75 percent of the cost of overnight summer camp and provides scholarships to more than 40 percent At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

who’ve also been doing it – you are going to be fine. Lean on us. Ask for advice. Vent to us. You can do anything. Type 1 diabetes doesn’t have to stop you,” Rambo said. The Odom family have also stayed involved to build the Kudzu community. “Camp Kudzu has been a support for our family, meeting other parents of kids with type 1 and a great support system for Emily [diagnosed at age 4 on Valentine’s Day in 2007]. She lives for camp. As soon as summer camp ends she counts down the seconds to the teen retreat,” Odom said. At Camp Kudzu, the volunteers are as enthusiastic as the campers. “We could not produce camp without 650 volunteers every year. That’s really the heart of the organization. An important part of our organization is growing from within as a result of campers graduating from our leadership program, which includes our Counselors in Training (CIT) to Junior Counselors. We still have a great need from the medical community and others with experience or energy. We welcome you,” Shaw said. So, what’s next? Shaw along with staff, volunteers and supporters are eager to expand Camp Kudzu’s reach across Georgia until every kid with type 1 diabetes can experience the magic of camp. “Camp is more than just fun. Camp is really important to the mental and physical well-being for our children. They really should get a prescription to go to camp,” Odom said. Learn more at


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of campers. Access to this resource is a lifeline to insulin dependent children. “What distinguishes Camp Kudzu is that we are a ‘now’ organization focused on building that community, that support network and educating and empowering those children and youth to thrive with type 1 diabetes,” said Camp Kudzu executive director Rob Shaw. Camp Kudzu programming happens year-round at various locations. Summer programs include weeklong overnight camps for children ages 8-18 and a weeklong day camp for children ages 5-9. Every fall and spring, families with newly diagnosed children are welcomed to a weekend Family Camp. And a winter teen retreat weekend focuses on life transitions – from childhood to adolescence and then on to adulthood. Anna Rambo, camper turned volunteer turned program manager, has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years and been involved with Camp Kudzu almost as long. “We say it’s the happiest place on earth and our favorite week of the year. I think I can speak for most of our campers and volunteers –we look forward to being with others like us, living with the same struggles and experiences and connecting on that level,” Rambo said. Rambo’s parents say that after her first week of camp, she told them she would happily stay there. In a way she has. “Camp Kudzu has given me an avenue to make a difference and give back. To talk to newly diagnosed children and say I’ve been doing this for 20 years – here’s all of these people

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M 404.314.4212 O 404.352.2010 Scenes from Camp Kudzu: On the opposite page, campers have fun in Color Wars, but also get diabetes education. On this page, families of the campers visit with their kids to take part in activities. Photos by Jennie Clayton and Whitney LeHew.

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This Month in Atlanta History Editor’s Note: In honor of Atlanta INtown’s 25th anniversary and in memory of our late historian, Ann Taylor Boutwell, we’re bringing back her column every month in 2019.



Dec. 1, 1934: The National Weather Service opens its headquarters at Atlanta Municipal Airport, which is now Hartsfield-Jackson. The NSW now has its headquarters in Peachtree City.

Dec. 3, 1929: The Fifth District Federation of Women’s Clubs planted a willow oak tree on the grounds of the executive mansion in Ansley Park, honoring Gov. Lamartine Hardman. He served from 1927 to 1931. After two unsuccessful attempts in 1914 and 1916, Hardman was elected governor in 1926, becoming the state’s oldest elected governor at the age of 71. Two years later he was elected for a second term. Hardman was a successful physician, entrepreneur, and farmer from Jackson County. As governor, Hardman advocated a businesslike administration of the state’s government and was best known for his effort to make governmental processes more efficient. Dec. 4, 1925:► Oklahoma’s favorite son and American humorist Will Rogers made his first appearance in Atlanta at Wesley Memorial Hall. He was one of the most famous American media stars during the 1920s and 1930s. Dec. 4, 1982: Herschel Walker was named winner of the 48th Heisman trophy by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York. The University of Georgia student announced he would remain in school his senior year rather than turning pro. Dec 10, 1936: Scots-American preacher Rev. Peter Marshall, pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian church located on Ponce de Leon Avenue and Boulevard, addressed the Business and Professional Women’s Club at the monthly dinner meeting held at the Woman’s Club on Peachtree Street. Later Marshall became pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. and twice appointed as Chaplain of the United States Senate. He is remembered popularly from the success of A Man Called Peter (1951), a biography of him written by his widow, Catherine Marshall, made into a film in 1955, which was nominated for an Academy Award for its cinematography. Dec. 13, 1989: The film version of local playwright Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy opens. The film, shot in and around Atlanta, would go on to win star Jessica Tandy a best actress Oscar and Uhry a trophy for best adapted screenplay. ◄Dec. 15, 1961: Time magazine’s cover featured an illustration of the flagship Rich’s in Downtown with the giant Christmas tree atop the Crystal Bridge that connected the wings of the department store. The lighting of the tree continues every year at Macy’s at Lenox Square.

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Dec. 25, 1929: The Fox Theatre opened on Peachtree Street. Dec. 31, 1895: The Cotton States and International Exposition, designed to promote the region to the world and showcase innovations in agriculture and technology, closes after 100 days and nearly 800,000 visitors. The site would later become Piedmont Park

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TimmyDaddy goes to London We don’t have a travel budget as much as we have a free-falling hunch of a guideline that governs what trips we can afford. Me? I didn’t board an airplane until my senior year of high school. When you are one of ten children, destinations beyond the reach of the Chevy Impala station wagon might as well have been the moon. But Kristen’s wanderlust is a powerful force. So we shove our financial stresses way way down and convince ourselves these are “experiences” and as everyone knows, experiences are priceless, right? Margo loved the Harry Potter books so Kristen booked the perfect surprise 10th birthday gift--a trip for the two of them to London (using Skymiles so like, free?) As the trip drew closer, the Brexit brouhaha got nuttier and the airfare got cheaper. Kristen and Margo were already scheduled to arrive on day 1 of Boris Johnson’s planned departure from the EU and now for a reduced price, I could get stuck there with them! Brexit ended up being postponed and it’ll probably never happen but hey— TimmyDaddy was going to London! (Admittedly this has a certain ‘Fonzie Jumps The Shark’ kind of ring to it…) Elliott was in on the surprise and super cool about it. He didn’t feel any pull to visit England but he was genuinely excited for Margo. Grandma stayed with him and his special trip will be in Summer 2020. Maybe there is a Mothership Dick’s Sporting Goods somewhere that we could visit.

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We took an overnight flight and I didn’t sleep a wink. I was a few rows behind Kristen and Margo, wedged between Johnny AllPro business guy and a woman who immediately offered me Wet Wipes so I could join her in vigorously cleaning our area. Both were asleep within By Tim Sullivan minutes of takeoff. Tim Sullivan grew up Johnny wore an in a large family in the Northeast and now lives eye mask and Mrs. with his small family Clean drew in her in Oakhurst. He can hoodie until her be reached at tim@ head disappeared completely. I had to use the bathroom for two movies worth of time but felt bad about waking anyone. Upon arrival at Heathrow, I was an International man of misery. All we had planned for the first day though was to see a stage production of Mamma Mia at an olde timey English theatre. Again, our seats were separate so Kristen suggested I ask this Eastern European woman if she would like to switch with me. I asked theatrical fashion so she would understand me. She replied “Sure,


no problem” which Margo found hysterical. I’d guess she was from Minnesota. Anyway, the play was a raucous good time and made us forget we hadn’t slept in 35 hours but if Donna had Sophie in her early 20’s, how is she in her 60’s now? Day two was double-decker red buses and a boat ride down the Thames. Big Ben, Parliament, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and a famous bridge--all great spots to make Tik-Tok videos for Margo’s three followers. If she can monetize her social media somehow then we could write this off as a business expense, right? Our third day was the Grand Finale, a trip to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio. The artistry was gob-smacking. The set designs, the masks, the attention to minutiae in every facet of the movie-making process was nothing short of remarkable. By the way, Margo is in Slytherin House, Kristen is a Hufflepuff and I’m a Gryffindor. My Patronus is an Irish Wolfhound too so don’t mess with me, pretty much. In one sense, Margo was mesmerized by the whole experience and in another she seemed so very much at ease with international travel. Financial stress is probably inevitable for me. For example, I’m

The Sullivans at Harry Potter Studios in London

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Student Union SCAD proposing 20-story tower in campus expansion By Collin Kelley


he Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) has proposed a 20-story mixed-use “student union” tower along Spring Street in Midtown as part of its ongoing campus expansion plan. The project would include accommodations for 973 students; a dining hall and food market; a 700-seat 33,000-square-foot auditorium; 35,000 square feet of academic space and a 5,500-squarefoot retail store. An amenity space on the roof would include a pool and open air courtyard bordered on three sides by the “U”-shaped building. The site is located on the west side of Spring Street immediately south of the Buford Spring-Connector. An eight-story connected parking deck would rise on the southern portion of the site with 232 parking spaces. SCAD presented the plan at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Midtown Development Review Committee. The DRC’s feedback focused mainly on the issue of vehicular access, recommending a single curb cut for access to the parking deck and for service deliveries. DRC members said multiple curb cuts are not permitted by code and would undermine the safety and functionality of the protected bike-lane that will be installed on Spring Street in the future. The DRC also requested a more welcoming pedestrian experience along the Spring Street with better access to the campus store and box office, as well as improving the parking deck screening and lighting. This would be SCAD’s second tower, having recently opened a 14-story student residential building capped by an event space across from Atlantic Station.

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New mixed-use project is coming to busy O4W intersection A new mixed-use project called Waldo’s is coming to the Old Fourth Ward near the busy intersection of Boulevard and Edgewood Avenue. A groundbreaking party is set for Nov. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 40 Boulevard with music, performance art, food and drinks. The development, located behind Sound Table and adjacent to Edgewood’s busy nightlife and restaurant scene. will feature a 120,000 square foot, sevenstory office tower, a Motto by Hilton branded hotel with 146 rooms, a threestory residential building, restaurant and retail space, and underground parking all connected by an open-air courtyard. The developer for the project is Lucror Resources and investor Sixty West Funds, while tvsdesign is the architectural firm. And where does the name come from? Philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. — Collin Kelley

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A dramatic set of new renderings have been released by developer Granite Properties of the massive Midtown Union project. Plans for Midtown Union, a mixed-use development slated to become the world headquarters of investment management company Invesco, received approval in September from the Midtown Development Review Committee (DRC). The development will sit 3.8 acres at 1295 Spring Street with Granite Properties as the master developer and Street Lights Residential delivering the apartment component. A hotel is also planned for the site. Invesco has already agreed to lease more than half of the office tower’s 600,000-squarefeet. — Collin Kelley

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Expected to open in 2022, the new Midtown office will occupy five floors at the at 1105 West Peachtree building under development by Selig Enterprises. “We’ve been fortunate to call Georgia our home for nearly two decades, and we’re excited about our continued growth here,” said Google Atlanta Co-Site Leads Hetal Joshi Gordon and Matthew Pritchard in a media statement. “We see Atlanta as a place full of potential, creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, and a place that continues to attract talented people as well as fast-growing companies that are making an impact. We’re proud to be a part of the vibrant ecosystem and economy here, and as we grow, we remain committed to supporting the local community and deepening our engagement, from workforce development to nonprofit support to STEM education and creating economic opportunity for everyone.” During the Oct. 208 groundbreaking, Google also announced the Impact Challenge benefiting nonprofits in Georgia. Through the Impact Challenge, is seeking submissions from Georgia’s nonprofits sharing their most creative and innovative ideas that will create economic opportunity across the state. From their applications, will work with a panel of local judges will select organizations to receive funding. Georgians will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite nonprofit idea to also receive funding. In total, will award $1 million to Georgia nonprofits in support of Grow with Google, the company’s initiative to help create economic opportunities for all Americans. Google first came to Atlanta in 2001, when the company established a small sales hub. Five years later, Google moved to its current location at 10 10th Street in Midtown. Today, Google has more than 200 employees in its Atlanta office, which serves as the company’s Southeastern sales hub.

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Everybody has a toy story. Maybe it’s that 1960s turquoise Easy Bake Oven with its tiny cake pans that you waited for “forever.” Or, maybe it’s action figures, an antique doll or a Matchbox car that someone very special gave you. Or, it could be something you never got that you really, really wanted. Old toys are not forgotten, and a lot of them are not gone, either. They can be found online, but now you can reach out and touch them at vintage toy in Little Five Points. The aptly named Transporter Vintage and Retro stays jam-packed with the discoveries of its owner Chris Shubert. While it transports visitors to another place in time, its name actually stems from Shubert’s lifelong obsession with Volkswagen vehicles including the VW van, also known as the Transporter. A few years ago, he sold several VWs that he’d restored so he could move from online sales of vintage toys to a brick and mortar store. He’s a passionate collector of VW toys, which threaten to overtake his home. “I fill my crawlspace with them,” he said. Some of them make it into his store, which features everything from jewelry, comic books, clothing and Shubert’s original paintings of vintage toys to board games, dolls, action figures and toy cars. A metal Raggedy Ann TV tray and a 1979 “Fabulous Las Vegas Showgirl” doll in head-to-toe pink feather boa were among some of the more unusual items recently for sale. “Some people have said I should charge at the door because this is like a museum,” Shubert said. His customers include people on the prowl for film sets and regulars who stay on the lookout for Star Wars, G.I. Joe and other collectibles. “Wonder Woman stuff goes so quick. So does My Little Pony and Rainbow Brite. And I can’t keep Barbie stuff,” Shubert said. He also loves to carry He-Man and other action figures he and his brother, Jason, played with as boys. His stock comes from individual sellers and from his forays through attics, auctioned storage units, sheds, flea markets and “anywhere I can scrape things up,” he said. While he’s definitely in business to sell, Shubert would be fine with one toy never leaving his store. That would be his two-foot, battery-controlled green monster, the Great Garloo. “They had a really great commercial for it in the ‘60s,” he said. “In the toy world it’s the holy grail.” Transporter Vintage and Retro is located at 1154 B Euclid Ave. next door to Criminal Records. For more information, visit

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Transporter Vintage and Retro in Little Five Points is jam-packed with toys, including Lego, Star Wars action figures, Barbe dolls, comic books and much, much more. Owner Chris Schubert, opposite page, said collectors are passionate about the toys and he’s one himself.

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Home & Real Estate Holiday Homes

Trends � Development � City Living

Get a peek inside some of Intown’s most beautifully decorated homes By Collin Kelley


f you’re looking for decorating inspiration or just like the idea of wandering through some beautifully decked out homes, Intown has an array of tours on tap this month.

Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes ►

The annual tour is marking its 25th anniversary on Dec. 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are eight homes on this year’s tour including Craftsman Bungalows, Tudor, Farmhouse and modern homes in the neighborhood. There will also be a community history pop-up at Brickworks Gallery. On both days of the tour, there will be food tastings noon to 4 p.m. from local restaurants including Alon’s Bakery, Atkins Park, bar.bacoa, DBA Barbecue, El Taco, Murphy’s, Marlow’s Tavern, New Realm Brewing, San Francisco Coffee and many more. For tickets and information, visit

Peachtree Garden Club Christmas Home Tour The 2019 tour will feature distinctive Buckhead homes dressed in holiday finery on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $35 at

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes The 39th annual Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. each day on Dec. 14 – 15. This year’s tour includes a Winter Wonderland at. St. Paul’s UMC featuring entertainment and photos with Santa, a Children’s Christmas Pageant, Candlelight Concert, artist market and more. Tickets are $20 in advance ($25 after Dec. 13). There are also combo tickets available for a special tour of Oakland Cemetery ($50) at

Avondale Estates Tour of Homes & Holiday Market The Avondale Estates Tour of Homes and Holiday Market will be held on Dec. 15 from 3 to 8 p.m. The 27th annual tour includes an English cottage built in 1926, a recently renovated 1947 ranch, two 1950s bungalows and the Avondale Baptist Church. For more information, visit

Atlanta History Center’s Candlelight Nights▼

Home for the Holidays The home tour began in mid-November and continues through Dec. 8, benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This year’s show house, located at 4825 Woodvale Drive in Sandy Springs, is a 1950s-era Saltbox that sits on 4-acres of forested land with a long driveway. The 5,500 square foot home has new additions with limestone foundations, wood lap siding and glass enclosed sculptural staircase. The home is open for tours Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit

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The Buckhead campus is hosting its annual Candlelight Nights on Dec. 13 and 20 this year with opportunities to tour the opulent Swann House, Smith Family Farm and the Wood Family Cabin. There will also be a holiday market, visits with Santa Claus, stories, food and drink. For more details, visit

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Selig Enterprises has announced the financing of its 1105 West Peachtree project, which includes the 64-unit luxury condo tower, 40 West 12th. Sales of the condos, which range in price from $600,000 to $2.2 million, are also officially underway by Engel & Völkers Atlanta. The $530 million three-tower, mixeduse development is under construction on a 3.5-acre city block in Midtown. The Blackstone Group, Inc. (BX) is providing the $340 million construction loan for the three-tower mixed-use development, which features 675,000 square feet of office and the 178-room Epicurean Hotel. Cushman & Wakefield sourced the financing for the project on behalf of Selig. Mike Ryan, Richard Henry, Brian Linnihan and Blake Cohen of Cushman & Wakefield’s Atlanta office, along with Jared Kelso and Stephen Michels of Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Hospitality group, raised the debt and equity for the project. Construction began on the project in December of 2018. Each tower will top out in 2020, starting with the 40 West 12th residences in July, the Epicurean Atlanta in August and the 1105 West Peachtree office tower in December. Project completion is scheduled for the third quarter of 2021. For more information on the condos, visit

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Modera Buckhead, a 21-story mixed use community by Mill Creek Residential at 3005 Peachtree Road, held its official grand opening in November. The building has one-, two, and threebedroom apartment homes and 21,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. For more information, visit

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has launched RealVitalize, a program that provides sellers with home improvement resources prior to or during the home listing period with no up-front costs or interest charges. For more information, visit

Right Hand Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding families in unstable living conditions, has launched in Atlanta to support underserved communities, specifically Atlanta-based single mothers and their children. Founded by Courtney Stewart, the manager of Grammy-nominated artist Khalid, Right Hand Foundation provides single mothers and children long-term housing, educational programs and the tools necessary for success. In addition to housing, the foundation will offer educational programs that include financial planning, workforce training, health and wellness training, and home transition support to help create a sustainable lifestyle for these women and their families. For more information, visit Hoar Construction and its development partner LMC recently topped out Gentry, a 21-story luxury mixed-use apartment community at 3172 Roswell Road in Buckhead. Located on a one-acre surface parking lot that once housed the former Rio Bravo restaurant, Gentry will feature 290 apartments, a six-level parking deck with 458 spaces, and 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Amenities will include an eighth-floor terrace with outdoor movie theater, roof top private dining room with catering kitchen, luxury pool area with cabanas and an outdoor lounge with stunning views of the Atlanta skyline. First move-ins are anticipated Spring 2020.

Harry Norman, Realtors has won the national QE Award for extraordinary customer service. The award is based on the results of an independent survey limited solely to buyers and sellers who were in a real estate transaction that actually closed with participating real estate companies. Ashton Woods has announced the opening of the first model home in its Dumont Place community located in the Toco Hills neighborhood. The model is a three bedroom, three and 1/2 bathroom, 3,084 square-foot townhome with 15-foot kitchen island, floor-to-ceiling fireplace and wall of wine located on the main floor. For information, visit Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty ► Founder CEO and President David Boehmig was honored recently as 2019 Most Admired CEO in Residential Real Estate at a special awards dinner hosted by Atlanta Business Chronicle at The Fairmont on the Westside.

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Sustainability Recycling • Resources • Lifestyle

In praise of Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park


n a sunny November afternoon – just two and a half miles from Georgia’s State Capitol – a large red-tailed hawk flew into a hornbeam tree with something bright red in his (or her) sharp talons. As we slowly approached the bird, I was astonished at its size and magnificent beauty; it held steadfast to what we could now see had once been a squirrel. Because the prey had gotten caught (temporarily) in a tree branch, the hawk did not fly away immediately, allowing several minutes of intense urban wildlife observation Another visitor to the recentlyBy Sally Bethea completed Kathryn Johnston Memorial Sally Bethea is the retired executive direc- Park in Atlanta’s English Avenue tor of Chattahoochee neighborhood Riverkeeper and current board president of told us that the hawk has lived in Chattahoochee Parks the area for some Conservancy whose time. The sighting mission is to build a perfectly capped community of support my tour of the for the Chattahoochee four-plus acre River National Recregreenspace: a new ation Area. park developed by the city of Atlanta with three lead nonprofit organizations (Park Pride, The Conservation Fund and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper), community residents and dozens of other partners. Once a middle-class African-American neighborhood, home to academic, religious, political and business leaders, the English Avenue and adjacent Vine City neighborhoods transitioned in the 1970s, as older residents moved on. The area was allowed to deteriorate into a pocket of poverty and frequent crime with large numbers of abandoned and boarded-up houses. In 2006, a 92-year-old grandmother named Kathryn Johnston was killed by members of the Atlanta Police Department when they executed an illegal “no knock


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warrant,” just a block from the park that now memorializes her life and legacy. The tragedy forced needed reforms within the city’s police department and the repeal of an unconstitutional law that allowed for the arrest of any citizen without “probable cause.” Adding to the community’s economic and social problems were serious environmental abuses: flooding, sewer overflows and stormwater pollution. The neighborhoods had been built on lowlying ground in the upper portion of the Proctor Creek watershed, which starts near downtown Atlanta and flows to the Chattahoochee River. As the urban core became increasing developed in the late 20th century, impervious areas, unable to absorb the storm runoff, repeatedly sent torrents of water downstream, flooding roads and buildings. In 2002, one flash flood resulted in six feet of sewage-filled floodwater that destroyed dozens of homes and damaged hundreds more; the city had to raze 60 homes (in an area that will become another city park) and relocate hundreds of residents. Park Pride and The Conservation Fund completed a vision planning process in 2010 that was driven by the local community with a goal of identifying potential greenspace and parks that would help address flooding and promote renewal in the long-blighted area. Initially called Boone Park West, Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park is the third and largest of these planned parks to be completed; a celebratory ribbon-cutting event for the $4.4 million project, financed with private and public dollars, was held in late November. Andrew White, Park Pride’s Director of Park Visioning, managed the development and implementation of the park’s master plan, which included input from hundreds of residents. He believes that the greenspace will become “the heart” of the English Avenue Community, especially as the area is revitalized through targeted, coordinated investments and programs provided by the nonprofit Westside Future Fund and others. I was particularly impressed with the park’s green infrastructure measures – rain gardens, stormwater swales (shallow vegetated areas) and large underground chambers that capture 3.5 million gallons of stormwater annually. Built with the area’s ecology in mind and using native plants, the structures help clean and detain the stormwater to reduce local flooding and sewer overflows. Colorful and easy-

to-understand educational signs in the park explain what a watershed is and how rain gardens and other stormwater control measures work. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth says: “While there have been significant water quality improvements in Proctor Creek in recent years, the innovative stormwater controls installed in this park represent another important step toward reclaiming the long-polluted

waterway.” With the climate crisis on our minds daily – as we learn how fast our planet is heating – I am inspired by local successes like Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park. This example of climate adaptation shows how diverse interests can come together to reduce current and future risk for people and communities, as our region experiences the more intense rainfall events that are projected for the coming decades. Writer Jonathan Franzen wrote a controversial article about the climate crisis recently in The New Yorker. While he is largely pessimistic about our chances to stop the planet’s warming and likely catastrophic consequences, he ends his piece by emphasizing the positive outcomes that can be achieved in our own

backyards. Franzen says: “Any movement toward a more just and civil society can be considered a meaningful climate action… Keep doing the right thing for the planet, yes, but also keep trying to save what you love specifically – a community, an institution, a wild place, a species that’s in trouble – and take heart in your small successes.” I take considerable heart in the Kathryn Johnston Memorial Park and all of the collaborative efforts being undertaken by government, business and nonprofit leaders to provide safe, healthy neighborhoods in our city. Wishing you all the natural joys of the season! At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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The Georgia Institute of Technology’s new Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design rewrites the rules for sustainability in the Southeast. In fact, the Kendeda Building isn’t really sustainable at all; more accurately, the newest building on the Atlanta campus is regenerative. And it has reimagined from the ground up what a campus building can be. “The time for doing less harm is gone,” said Shan Arora, director of The Kendeda Building. “We need to have buildings that provide more than they take.” That broad guiding principle has produced a building that will, each year, generate more on-site electricity than it consumes and collect and harvest more water than it uses. During construction, the building diverted more waste from landfills than it sent to them. “The Kendeda Building is an incredible and beautiful example of sustainable design, integration with nature, human inclusion and well-being. It is the most sustainable building of its kind in the Southeast,” said Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera. “Thanks to our partnership with the Kendeda Fund, it will inspire architects, civil engineers, business and policy leaders for generations to come.” In 2015, The Kendeda Fund committed $25 million for Georgia Tech to design and build a living building on campus in an effort prove a regenerative building was practical even in the Southeast’s heat and humidity. An additional $5 million will support programming activities once the building is certified. The Kendeda Building is the first academic and research building in the Southeast designed to be certified as a living building by the International Living Future Institute. Over the next 12 months, it will have to prove its bona fides to earn Living Building Challenge 3.1 certification, delivering on its promise to be self-sufficient, healthy, and beautiful while connecting people to light, air, food, nature, and community. “The dedication of The Kendeda Building represents the culmination of many years of planning and partnership. We are humbled to see the vision come to life, and we hope it can be a model for change across the Southeast,” said Dena Kimball, executive director of The Kendeda Fund. “But the official opening of the building is the starting point, not the finish line. Now the real work begins, as Georgia Tech embraces the goals of the Living Building Challenge and demonstrates what’s required to operate a building that gives more than it takes and creates a positive impact on the human and natural systems that surround it.” One of the first steps in that effort is getting the on-site water treatment system certified by state environmental regulators. It will be the first rainwater-to-drinking-water system in a commercial building in this part of the country. Arora said that means the project is breaking more new ground for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. “We are teaching and learning together, the regulator and the regulated,” he said. The Kendeda Building will host several events in the fall and then open fully in the spring for classes, when it becomes a living, learning laboratory for education and research. “Really, the best is yet to come. Our goal is to host as many large and required courses from across campus to give our students access to a building that actually teaches us all something,” said Michael Gamble, associate professor and director of Graduate Studies in the School of Architecture. “It’s not just for those students interested in sustainability as a career. For example, next semester, calculus will be taught in The Kendeda Building.” Gamble helped lead efforts to embed the concepts of the Living Building Challenge more broadly in the Georgia Tech curriculum, including a series of pilot projects that helped explore the challenge’s requirements. Gamble also led a series of architecture design studios focused on mass timber technology like that used in the building. “The pilot project program should be a part of every capital project on campus – we’ve learned more and made more connections than we ever thought we would,” Gamble said. Likewise, Arora said the project team – general contractor Skanska and architects Lord Aeck Sargent and The Miller Hull Partnership – found new sources of materials and created ways of working that now will ripple out to other projects. “Once you learn how to build and operate a living building, you can’t unlearn it,” Arora said. “Through this process, we’re creating the local supply chain, the workforce, and the best practices for other buildings in the region to use living building elements.” At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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ECO BRIEFS Southface Institute has been selected as a 2019 Leadership Award recipient by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Southface joins 19 others who are using green building and sustainable practices to improve quality of life for those around them. “This award recognizes your leadership over more than four decades in building better communities that improve human lives,” wrote USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam. “Southface is a recognized leader throughout the Southeast in Southface Institute sustainability, and each and every day you are actively working to promote sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research and advocacy. Southface has made significant contributions to advancing the national conversation on resiliency, resource conscious lifestyles, the importance of innovative technologies in sustainability and clean energy, and the need to focus on carbon reduction and energy and water conservation in our buildings through building science.” The award was given during the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and Jamestown received the 2019 Outstanding Urban Arboriculture Grand Award from The Georgia Tree Council. “The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and Jamestown Properties are to be commended for their outstanding management of a healthy tree canopy,” said Mary Lynne Beckley, Executive Director of the Georgia Tree Council. “In assembling an excellent team of property management and horticultural and arboricultural experts, they’ve shown great commitment to making sure their trees continue to thrive.” The Shops Buckhead Atlanta serves as home to around 120 trees, and Jamestown has dedicated Horticultural and Tree & Plant Health Care teams that focus on sustaining the property’s urban tree canopy.

Georgia Water Coalition unveils Dirty Dozen The Georgia Water Coalition has released its Dirty Dozen report for 2019 highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia’s waters. Rather than identifying the “most polluted places” in Georgia, the Dirty Dozen report instead focuses on the politics, policies and issues that threaten the health of Georgia’s water and its residents. “We wished we didn’t need to publish this report,” said Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, Executive Director and Riverkeeper with the Coosa River Basin Initiative in Rome. “But, every year, new threats to Georgia’s water arise and unfortunately, the state’s lax enforcement of environmental laws and its failure to fully-fund important environmental programs continues.” The list includes the following: ■ Altamaha River: Rayonier Advanced Materials chemical pulp mill in Jesup makes record seventh appearance in Dirty Dozen report. ■ Chattahoochee River: Georgia Power Company determines “safe” coal ash cleanup plans for power plants in Cobb, Coweta and Carroll counties while Georgia leaders are idle on stronger requirements. ■ Coosa River: Suspect coal ash disposal plan threatens river and groundwater. ■ Georgia’s Headwater Streams: Rollback to federal environmental rules endanger national forests, the birthplaces of Georgia’s drinking water sources. ■ Georgia’s Public Health: Legislative budget writers continue stealing from environmental funds and delay hazardous waste cleanups. ■ Georgia’s Rural Communities: Proposed legislation would stomp on rural property rights and welcome industrial agriculture—and its pollution—to Georgia. ■ Lake Lanier: Chronic pollution at private sewage treatment plant highlights state’s failure to enforce clean water standards. ■ Ocmulgee River: Coal ash ponds pollute drinking water in Monroe and MaconBibb counties. ■ Okefenokee Swamp: Proposed 2,400-acre titanium mine threatens signature landscape of Georgia. ■ St. Mary’s River: Legislative loophole invites out-of-state toxic coal ash to Georgia landfills, including one in Charlton County ■ St. Simons Sound: Cargo ship disaster fouls marshes and beaches ■ Terry Creek: Proposed federal cleanup plan for toxic site in Brunswick leave locals fuming.



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Food Forethought:

Chewing on Impossible & Beyond Burgers By Megan Volpert


asie Johnson is an up and coming artist who lives in West Midtown. At only 20-years-old, she has already fielded a print that made the runway at New York Fashion Week and she frequently shows her work at local galleries in Atlanta. Her current vibe is generally impressionistic, brightly-colored florals on repurposed glass or metal signage. Johnson moved to Atlanta to pursue a degree in Studio Arts at Georgia State, but in high school in Las Vegas at the Southwest Career and Technical Academy, she studied Culinary Arts. She also happens to be my niece, and when we get together, usually the conversation turns quickly to an aesthetics of food. Here for your amusement is our recent contemplation of the plant-based burger revolution, an area where Johnson has taken it upon herself to become a low-key expert. Why have you embarked on this quest to try so many plant-based burgers in Atlanta? I recently began this journey to try most— if not all—of the plant-based burgers around Atlanta in correlation to having recently become vegetarian, looking for places I could eat. Give me a list of all the places you’ve eaten a plant-based burger here in town? And let us know in each case whether it was an Impossible, a Beyond, or something else. What is your absolute favorite Atlanta spot to get a plant-based burger? Bareburger (Impossible, Beyond) BGR (Beyond) Burger King (Impossible) Farm Burger (Impossible) Flip Burger Boutique (Impossible) Grindhouse Killer Burgers (Impossible)

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them, but I know quite a few people who have run into that issue. In general, do you prefer the Impossible or the Beyond? What criteria are you using to decide which is better? Overall, I side with the Impossible burger because of the synthetic bleeding and added crunch and sweetness from the addition of its coconut oil coating. Having a veggie patty is a good start, but what sort of challenges have you encountered with toppings? Is the usual lettuce and tomato doing the trick, or does a veggie burger seem to beg for something different? This is an interesting concept because it goes back to my overall favorite spot to get one, which is Yeah! Burger. It truly depends on the restaurant. A place that makes a good burger with good toppings generally also makes a good Impossible burger with good toppings. A true veggie burger, those prior to the Impossible and Beyond burger, absolutely begged for more interesting flavored toppings from sauces to added veggies. The Impossible burger and the Beyond don’t actually call for new or special toppings; they’re created to be a 100% beef burger made of 100% plant-

Farm Burger’s Impossible Burger

based ingredients. However, with the Impossible specifically, because of its added sweetness, it could absolutely have some new flavors in the form of toppings added to it because it has a very similar taste to meat that is just slightly sweeter. This leaves room for complimentary sweet toppings such as a pineapple mango chutney, or spicy and savory ones such as a jalapeño vinaigrette. Do you think any of the plant-based burgers you’ve tried could fool a diehard meat-lover? Is fooling ourselves about it even a reasonable goal? Yes, absolutely. I’m huge foodie and culinary school graduate with the title “they who can taste all.” I think there are differences in taste but it’s very subtle if you’re not scientifically analyzing them for composition. If both a beef burger and an Impossible burger received the same seasoning, cooking, and topping, the difference is negligible. In fact,

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Tasting Intown: Chef’d Up Kitchen & Bar By Collin Kelley Maybe the fifth time will be the charm for what has been called the cursed restaurant space on the ground floor of the Highland Walk apartment building in Old Fourth Ward. Chef ’d Up, a new soul food restaurant, opened by Chef Bryan “Baul” Williams – who recently served as private chef to hip-hop trio Migos on their world tour – is already proving popular and it’s not even officially open. I’ve been witness to all of the restaurant spaces former occupants: P’cheen, Last Word, Cast Iron and most recently The Barrelhouse. Photos by Jacob Nguyen The latter two seemed like no-brainers, and yet neither lasted a year. I’ve heard some folks say parking was the issue, but that’s never really been a problem. There’s valet service just past the restaurant in the Highland Walk leasing office parking if no street parking is available. Chef ’d Up had a soft opening in October and plans to have a grand opening this month. The restaurant has already been packed just by word of mouth and social media, and we grabbed the last available booth on a Saturday night in mid-November for an early dinner. The restaurant space hasn’t undergone any major changes since its last two or three incarnations but remains comfortable and understated. There’s good music playing, lots of chatter and a TV over the bar turned to whatever game might be playing. But let’s get to the food. Our server said the menu was still a work in progress (there was no dessert on offer during our visit), but what was there was simple, savory and, most of all, delicious. If you’re vegetarian – rejoice! Chef ’d Up not only has an Impossible Burger on the menu, but also an “It’s Possible” plant-based steak. I opted for the City Burger, the basic hamburger option and was delighted by what arrived at the table. You could instantly tell it was hand-pattied just like your momma made in the kitchen. I ordered it medium but there was still a City Burger tiny amount of char on the outside that only added to the flavor. The bun was buttery and light. But the secret ingredient: gouda cheese mixed into the patty. Spectacular. The burger came with a generous portion of fries that were obviously house-cut and fried to a perfect golden brown. I could have a second helping of those. My dining companion went for one of the main entrees called the Deep End featuring lobster and shrimp served with a lemon garlic herb butter sauce, smoked gouda mashed potatoes and asparagus. He declared it one of the best meals he’d had all year. We also enjoyed the $5 “mystery shots” from the bar. We both had pineapple-infused vodka with tiny little cubes of the fruit floating in the bottom. Cheers! Variations of surf and turf – salmon, ribeye steak, chicken and lamb – are staples of the menu, but there’s also a good Mystery Shot appetizer and salad selection. It will be interesting to see how the menu changes once the restaurant it officially open.

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By Donna Williams Lewis Every weekday morning, a line of people forms outside the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Midtown. They are there for the lunch of soup, bread and dessert that has been provided by the Lutheran Community Food Ministry since 1982. On Oct. 23, the food ministry celebrated a monumental milestone – its two millionth meal served to the hungry. Mary Howle, a member of the food ministry’s board, said commitment to the meal service is strong. “It’s pretty amazing, I think, in terms of just the longevity of it,” she said. The celebration included proclamations presented by government officials and a special lunch of fried chicken, yams, green beans and cake. During the event, the “two millionth meal” was served to the ministry’s longest continuous guest, Calvin McQueary. McQueary, who is blind and lives in a nearby senior living community, has been showing up for lunch almost every day since 1993, Howle said. The food ministry was started to help meet increasing demand at the former Community Kitchen at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, now Crossroads Ministries. When it began, the average number of lunch guests was 250 to 300. That count has dropped over time – particularly since the 2017 closure of the nearby Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter – to an average 80 to 100 today. Most of the food served is donated by grocery stores and restaurants and “rescued” by the Second Helpings Atlanta organization. The volunteer-driven ministry relies upon financial support from Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and donations from its members, other churches and individuals. Paid staff do most of the cooking and clean up and provide security. Volunteers prepare plates and serve them. Spiritual support and connections to resources such as the city’s Public Defender’s Office are offered. Howle and other volunteers also do a monthly greeting card ministry, providing cards, envelopes and stamps. Howle enjoys “watching the delight” as lunch guests choose cards to send. As they talk about their choices, “You see that person as part of a family and part of a structure and not just some random person on the street,” she said. As its daily meal count drops, the ministry Number of churches, schools, has begun sharing any food its chef can’t use businesses and organizations that have with residents of the nearby senior living volunteered in the food ministry. community. Also, since hearing about food insecurity among Georgia Tech students, the ministry has Volunteer hours logged. begun looking at ways to help feed students there and possibly at other local college campuses. Highest number of lunch guests Learn more about the Lutheran served in one day. Community Food Ministry at give/volunteer.

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QUICK BITES ◄Inspired by the classic holiday movie “A Christmas Story,” Hampton + Hudson will host its annual Bo Ling Chop Suey Palace pop-up from Dec. 11-23 and on Christmas Day. Guests will step into a scene from the movie and enjoy a special Chinese menu, plus Bo Ling cocktails and beer, amongst festive decor. Held from 6-11 p.m. each night, the pop-up is first come, first serve with limited seating, and the restaurant’s regular menu will be available in the other areas of the restaurant during regular business hours. The pop-up will culminate on Christmas Day when the restaurant will serve the special Chinese menu exclusively alongside drink specials. Dishes will also be available to-go on Dec. 25. For more information, visit

processed foods, chemicals and preservatives. Customers can visit Eat Clean Bro’s website at to view the menu and select from a variety of healthy, nutritious meals that address a number of dietary concerns including gluten- free, keto-friendly and vegetarian options. Seasonally themed pop-up restaurant, Yebo Ski Haus, has returned to Buckhead at 111 West Paces Ferry Road with a winter retreat theme reminiscent of a chic, rustic ski lodge. The pop-up will offer classic comfort food favorites, including pasta, fondue, and cocktails. For more information on Yebo Ski Haus, visit KarmaFarm, a farm-to-table, fine casual eatery and bakery serving Southern-inspired food that’s gluten-, dairy-, nut- and GMO-free, is now open at 54 Pharr Road in Buckhead. The restaurant offers scratch-made, fresh dishes with locally-grown produce, humanelyraised pastured meats, sustainable seafood and organic dirty dozen fruits and vegetables. For more, visit EatKarmaFarm. com.

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

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Carter has announced that Chef Richard Tang will open Press Start, an arcade bar and restaurant inspired by Tang’s childhood, in Summerhill. Featuring a variety of Asian small plates, craft cocktails and retro video games, board games and pub games, Press Start will join the eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and retail along Georgia Avenue in 2020. National meal delivery service, Eat Clean Bro, is now serving metro Atlanta with freshly prepared meals that are made with all-natural ingredients, avoiding the use of

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Intown for the Holidays A guide for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve events

back with the Atlanta Women’s Chorus to hear the sounds of the decade that brought us the classics we know and still cherish today. Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Ave. Information:

a delicious meal once it’s prepared. Open to the community, $25; $20 for members. MJCCA at Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Information: atlantajcc. org.

Christmas on Clairmont

Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. The holiday benefit concert features collaborations of world-class artists. First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairmont Ave., Decatur. Information:

Have Yourself a Jewish Little Christmas

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 4 p.m. The Chorale Guild of Atlanta performs holiday music written or composed by Jewish authors. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive. Information: By Kathy Dean and Collin Kelley


t’s the time of the season for holiday events galore. With Hanukkah overlapping with Christmas this year (Dec. 22-30), the entertainment and fun calendar is packed with things to do all month long.

Christmas Concerts & Events Skate the Station▲

Through Jan. 20. Head to Atlantic Station and take some laps around the 10,000 square foot ice rink decked out for the holidays. General admission is $15. There’s also photos with Santa, a holiday market, and “snow shows.” Information:

Santa at Rhodes Hall

Dec. 1-15. At press time, slots were filling up quickly for kids to meet Santa Claus for photos at “the castle on Peachtree,” the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservations’s Rhodes Hall. There’s also a special Pet Night on Dec. 12. 1516 Peachtree St.

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert

Friday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m. & Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. The 39th annual concert will feature pop and holiday classics. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree St. Information: Prism: Winter Lights at Woodruff Park Dec. 7 – Feb. 29. A three-month

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installation displaying vibrant, lightbased sculptures by artists from around the country in the Downtown park. 91 Peachtree St. Information: woodruffpark. com.

Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. A holiday staple for Atlanta families, the orchestra and chorus perform beloved carols and hymns with special guests. Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. Information:

Reindog Parade at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. Dress that pooch in its holiday finery for the annual event. Categories include Best Puppy, Best Adult, Best Botanical, Best Dog-Owner Dressalike, Best Dog Pack, and ultimately, Best in Show. A Doggie Expo will offer caninerelated products, services and information. 1345 Piedmont Ave. Information:

Atlanta Ballet Presents The Nutcracker►

Runs Dec. 7-24. This is the final year that Atlanta Ballet will present The Nutcracker at Fox Theatre; don’t miss the magic. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. Information:

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Christmas with the Georgia Boy Choir

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 20 & 21, 7-9 p.m. All five levels of the Georgia Boy Choir perform carols, sacred classics and holiday favorites. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree St. Information:

Fun, Food & Games for Hanukkah Trivia Game Night 2.0 Hanukkah Party Tuesday, Dec. 4, 8 p.m. A night of fast-paced trivia competition and amazing food and drink. Beth Jacob, 1855 Lavista Road. Information:

Lunchtime Culture: Hanukkah Favorite with the ASO

Friday, Dec. 20, 12:30-1 p.m. Experience a specially curated program by The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the historic Breman Museum. Learn about pivotal moments in Jewish history while enjoying the music of Hanukkah and other selections by Jewish composers. Breman Museum, 1440 Spring St. Information:

Sunday Suppers with Chef Howard: Hanukkah Party Sunday, Dec. 15, 4-6 p.m. Join fellow families at Marcus Jacob Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) to learn holiday recipes hands-on and share

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New Year’s Celebration: Splashing 20’s

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 7:30-11:59 p.m. Ring in 2020 in Gatsby style at the Georgia Aquarium. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street. Information:

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Peach Drop cancelled for New Year’s Eve The Peach Drop won’t be happening this New Year’s Eve, according to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. She broke the news last month on Ryan Cameron’s Majic 107.5 afternoon radio show. Bottoms said since the city no longer owns Underground Atlanta, a new location needs to be found along with upgrading the entertainment. Bottoms promised the event would return “bigger and better” although she didn’t indicate what year that might happen. The Peach Drop has been a tradition for 30 years and was held every New Year’s Eve at Underground except for 2017/18 when it moved to Woodruff Park.

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The long and many lives of ‘A Christmas Carol’ By Joe Earle and Collin Kelley When Charles Dickens’ released his short novel “A Christmas Carol, in Prose: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas” in December 1843, it was an immediate hit. The first edition sold out by Christmas Eve of that year and new editions continued to sell out during the next year. Within just a couple of months of the book’s release, at least eight theatrical versions of the story were being staged, according to And that was just the beginning of “A Christmas Carol’s” success. In the 176 years since Dickens’ wrote it, the story of Scrooge and his ghosts has never really gone away. Certainly not in metro Atlanta, where “A Christmas Carol” has become a holiday staple in local theaters, as much a fixture of the season as turkey and stuffing. The Alliance Theatre in Midtown is staging its 30th annual vision of the show this year. The plays vary widely in presentation. The Alliance’s supersized production includes 23 actors and a giant puppet. Aurora Theatre’s version is a one-man show. Some companies include bits of music, others based much of their appeal on the show’s tunes. One Alpharetta troupe plans a comic takeoff built around a troubled staging of the play. What accounts for the continuing success of “A Christmas Carol” in its many forms? “People just love the story, the story of redemption and hope,” said Kathleen Covington, the Alliance’s brand content strategist. Rosemary Newcott has directed the Alliance’s version of “A Christmas Carol” 17 times. She acted in it 11 times before that, taking at one time or another just about every female role, from Bob Cratchit’s wife to the Ghost of Christmas Past. “It’s been a great ride,” she said. She’s directing again this year as the Alliance returns the show to at its home theater on Peachtree Street after a couple of years at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre while the Midtown space was being renovated. This year marks the 20th staging of this particular version of the tale, which was adapted by David H. Bell. What keeps her coming back? “I thoroughly love the story,” Newcott said. Theatergoers tell her they come back to see the show year after year. Some make it one of their family holiday traditions. “A Christmas Carol’s” appeal crosses generations, she said, by combining ghosts, Scrooge’s redemption and Dickens’ outrage

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at the conditions facing the poor in Victorian England. “It deals with everybody’s needs,” she said. And it draws a crowd. At the Shakespeare Tavern, artistic director and president Jeff Watkins said the play is regularly the theater’s biggest ticket-seller of the year. It’s also usually one of the biggest box-office draws each year at the Alliance, Covington said. Watkins’ theater has been staging “A Christmas Carol” for 20 years, according to its website. Watkins says some fans come only to the Shakespeare Tavern to see its Dickens’ show. “It sells so well because people love it so much,” he said. If you want your Dickens with a little twist, then look no further than then irreverent annual production at Dad’s Garage called “Invasion: Christmas Carol,” which runs Nov. 29 through Dec 28. Since Dad’s Garage is an improv company known for its wacky and off-kilter productions this outing begins in a very traditional way. All the actors/ improvisers have rehearsed a faithful adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” but soon after the show begins a new, improvised character shows up each night to wreak havoc on the plot. Neither the cast nor the audience know who the invader will be until they step on stage. In the past, Mrs. Claus has shown up to reunite with her long lost lover –– that would be Scrooge –– and there’s also been “invasions” by Elmo, Mr. T., Martha Stewart, Jesus and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Dad’s Garage communications director Matthew Terrell describes the show as a “beautiful disaster” every night.

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 75th anniversary rings with holiday concerts By Johnathan Shipley It began 75 years ago. The Atlanta Youth Symphony, which would eventually become the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), played Rossini, Tchaikovsky, and more to an enraptured crowd at Municipal Auditorium on the corner of Courtland and Gilmer Streets in Downtown. Today, at Symphony Hall in the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown, the ASO is delighting Atlantans of all ages, none more so than during the holiday season. Their Coca-Cola Holiday concerts have something for everyone. A holiday tradition returns on Dec. 6-8 with Christmas with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Begun years ago by ASO’s beloved Music Director Robert Shaw, the performances will feature the Gwinnett Youth Singers, tenor Timothy Miller, and ASO’s Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie. Three time Grammy Award-winner Michael W. Smith joins the ASO with special guest Marc Martel for one night only on Dec. 11 performing holiday classics. Soon after, Celtic Woman takes the stage Dec. 14 with the ASO for The Best of Christmas. A masterpiece will be performed on Dec.12-13 when Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed with Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Meg Bragle (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Cooley (tenor), William Berger (baritone), and under the baton of Nathalie Stutzmann. The night will also include Mozart’s Symphony No. 35. Family concerts come to ASO with Playtpus Theatre’s “A Flicker of Light on a Winter’s Night.” The show Dec. 15 shares what the true spirit of the holidays is all about through the magic of music. Cirque de la Symphonie Dec. 17-18 brings the magic of cirque to the Symphony Hall. Aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and more bring their skill and artistry to the stage accompanied by classical favorites. The season will turn on Jan. 4 when ASO will play Vivaldi’s iconic “Four Seasons.” It will be a special one-night performance of one of the masterpieces of the Baroque era. For a complete list of upcoming events and tickets, visit


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A Route Campagne - Impressionist Works From The Melamed Family: This exhibition will feature more than thirtyfive original works of art by late 19th and early 20th century artists. Closes Dec 15. Free!-$5.

A Festival Of Nine Lessons And Carols: The Emory tradition established in 1935 continues with a candlelit evening service of choral music and scripture with readings by specials guests from the Emory community. Dec 6-7. $5-$20.

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A Magical Cirque Christmas: The producers of Broadway’s smash hit The Illusionists have brought together the world’s greatest entertainers for a spell-binding and incredible new holiday production. Dec 5. $42-$146. A Nice Family Gathering: The Ludeen family gathers for Thanksgiving after the death of the Patriarch. Closes Dec 8. $16$34. A Sugarloaf Ballet Christmas: Excerpts from the Nutcracker and Sugarloaf Ballet’s original Nativity Ballet all wrapped up in one joyous and moving show! Dec 11-12. Free!

Sally Mann - A Thousand Crossings: This exhibition is both a sweeping overview of Mann’s artistic achievement over the past four decades. Tues-Sun. Free!-$14.50.

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Something Over Something Else: Dozens of works from Romare Bearden’s eminent “Profile” series shown together since its debut nearly 40 years ago. TueSun. Free!-$14.50.

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Ted Collier Solo Exhibition - Uncircled: Collier’s abstract paintings range from bold to subtle—from monochromatic to vibrantly colorful. Tues-Sat. Free! maune. com The Design Of Dissent: Graphic work that addresses social and political concerns in the United States and across the globe. Tue-Sat. Free!-$10. Traveling The Silk Road: Step 1,000 years back in time to experience the sights, sounds, and stories of the greatest trading route in history. Daily. $18-$20. Winter Wonderland: Prepare to ooh and aah over two floors of twinkling, beautifully decorated trees showcasing celebrations around the world. Daily Free!-$20.

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Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Atlanta Ballet’s reimagined production of this classic returns to the Fox Theatre this holiday season. Wed-Sun. $35-$140. Atlanta Dance Theatre – The Nutcracker: Based on the traditional storyline, this creative ballet rendition is masterfully choreographed by Shelley Grames, Atlanta Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director. Dec 13-15. $17.50-$27.50. Avery Sunshine: The singer, songwriter, and pianist seamlessly melds soul, gospel, jazz, and R&B. Dec 28. $35-$50. Black Nativity: An African-American telling of the Nativity story, written by acclaimed poet and playwright Langston Hughes and adapted by Robert John Connor. Dec 13-Dec 15. $36-$66.

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Your family’s most comprehensive online guide to arts and cultural entertainment Visit for more upcoming events. CeeLo Green - Holiday Hits Tour: CeeLo will be performing fan favorites from his critically acclaimed and Grammy Awardwinning album, “CeeLo’s Magic Moment”, including “What Christmas Means to Me,” “This Christmas” “All I Want” and more! Dec 13. $30-$115. Celtic Christmas: Performing with vibrancy and depth, The Celtic Company celebrates the music, dance and mirth of the season! Dec 21-22. $35-$75. rialto.gsu. edu Charlie Wilson New Year’s Weekend Celebration: Wilson became a major stand-alone concert draw and a staple of urban adult contemporary radio, sustained by a streak of successful Sonydistributed releases. Dec 28. $49-$150. Christmas Canteen: This stunning musical revue makes “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” even more wonderful. Tue-Sun. $24-$40. Christmas With Atlanta Master Chorale: Join the chorale once again as they journey to the hillside outside Bethlehem, listen as the angels break in upon our world and “heaven and nature sing.” Dec 13-15. $10$35. Christmas With The Crawfords: A riotous camp classic based on the actual Christmas Eve live radio broadcast from Joan Crawford’s Brentwood mansion in 1949. Thu-Sun. $15-$25. outfronttheatre. com Courtenay’s Cabaret - Home For The Holidays: Courtenay Collins returns to the Alliance from her Broadway performance in “The Prom” with her popular holiday cabaret for an exclusive engagement. Dec 5-24. $10-$45. Dave Koz And Friends Christmas Tour 2019: The saxophonist returns to the road this holiday season with his 22nd annual holiday tour featuring Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington with special guest Chris Walker. Dec 6. $42$85. Ella Enchanted: Forced to do whatever is asked, including rubbing her stepsister’s stinky feet, Ella fights for independence. Dec 13-Jan 5. $16-$21. synchrotheatre. com Eric Roberson: The Grammy-nominated R&B singer and songwriter who settled into a fruitful independent career after a brief mid-’90s affair with the majors. Dec 19. $30-$35. Fieldwork Showcase: Emory Dance partners with CORE Performance Company and The Field in New York to share new work created by Atlanta artists. Dec 8. $7.

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Frozen Jr.: A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, this show expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. Dec 20. $10. Gala Holiday Concert: An Atlanta tradition for over 20 years, the annual Georgia State University Gala Holiday Concert brings together talented student and faculty performers. Dec 8. $17-$36. Georgia Ballet – The Nutcracker: This timeless ballet is perfect for the whole family to enjoy as it’s full of magic, action and beauty. Dec6-8. $11-$42. An Evening of Conversation with Julie Andrews: A true legend in every sense of the word, Andrews has entertained millions for more than half a century will talk about her life and take questions, facilitated by her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. Dec 4. $58-$178. Il Divo: The classically trained voices of Il Divo bring their romantic blend of classical and pop music to audiences around the world. Dec 1. $41-$346. Incubus: The California quintet mixes hard rock riffs, pop-flavored melodies, synths, turntablism, and a highly developed sense of dynamics. Dec 3. $65$179.50. Madeline’s Christmas: With the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Madeline and the other girls get a holiday adventure beyond their wildest dreams. Dec 7-31. $12-$15. Metropolitan Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker: Don’t miss this fabulous full-length production with all the music, all the color, and all the exquisite ballet brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s original. Dec 20-22. $25-$30. Nate Bargatze: This Tennessee native is now touring the country as a headliner, bringing his clean, relatable, and hilarious stand-up charm to venues across the World. Dec 7. $32-$82. cobbenergycentre. com Nick Offerman: The American actor, comedian, and writer who is popularly known for playing the role of Ron Swanson in the American political satire television series “Parks and Recreation.” Dec 8. $55-475. Prairie Home Christmas Show: It’s a “Prairie Home” Christmas with the actors, Fred Newman, the house band, and Heather Masse. Dec 21. $38-$58.

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Your family’s most comprehensive online guide to arts and cultural entertainment Visit for more upcoming events. Riley Green: He received his first big break as a contestant on the fourth season of CMT’s reality series Redneck Island, and he parlayed that into a career as a straight-ahead country singer in the late 2010s. Dec 5. $25-$30. Rob Thomas: As the lead singer for Matchbox Twenty, Thomas helped give angst the face of the guy next door. Dec 8. $39.50-$468.50. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday film that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Tue-Sun $15-$35. Santa After Hours: The Usual Gang of Idiots returns, lack of official invitation notwithstanding, to offend all with a unique and irreverent take on the holidays. Fri-Sat. $21. outofboxtheatre. com Snoop Dogg: One of the most iconic figures to emerge from the early-’90s G-funk era, Snoop Dogg evolved beyond his hardcore gangsta rap beginnings, becoming a lovable pop-culture fixture. Dec 20. $59.50-$89.50. STS9: Founded in Georgia in the late ‘90s, Sound Tribe Sector 9 quickly refined a style of dub-influenced, breakbeatinfused psychedelic music with a heavy emphasis on group improvisation. Dec 21-31. $37.50-475.50. The Defiled Bed 2: Laugh, cry, and let your heartbreak a little as you join Senator Joshua Brown on his journey to confront his past misdeeds and face demons he thought he buried long ago. Dec 7. $25. The Nutcracker: Gorgeous costumes, magical scenery, beloved music and exquisite dancing will delight all audience members in this Roswell Dance Theatre production. Closes Dec 8. $25-$38. The Sundogs Present The Tom Petty Show: This band was formed in the 2000s by brothers Will and Lee Haraway, who grew up on the music of Tom Petty. Dec 6. $18-$35

Yacht Rock RevueHoliday Spectacular: This band is the greatest show on surf and the finest tribute to ‘70s light rock to ever perform anywhere. Dec 21. $35-$95. Urban Nutcracker Act II - Winter Wonderland: The performance features Act II of Ballethnic’s Urban Nutcracker which takes place in The Land of Sweets, where Sarah’s dreams take her on a journey to the “land of Sweet Auburn Avenue”. Dec 21-22. $15-$20. Waffle Palace Christmas: The charming characters from the sell-out Waffle Palace are back in this long-awaited sequel; full of fun, laughter and Christmas cheer. Wed-Sun. $30-$35. Widespread Panic New Year’s Celebration: This band established a devout grassroots following on the strength of constant touring and a loose, rootsy brand of Southern rock informed by jazz and blues textures. Dec 29-31. $75-$147.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Make sure you and your family are in the holiday spirit with beloved classics, including “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Joy,” “Christmas Canon,” “Music Box Blues,” “Promises to Keep,” and “This Christmas Day.” Dec 8. $49.50-$79.50. Tyler Childers: This Kentucky native is part of a wave of 2010s Americana artists who prize authenticity both in their songs and sound. Dec 21. $150-$689. At l a n t a I N t o w n Pa p e r. c o m

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COLDWELL BANKER DECATUR - Gorgeous new Craftsman home w/master on main & additional guest suite. Fabulous flex space upstairs, stained concrete floors in basement set up for media room, tons of storage, city of Decatur Schools. 2 car garage. 5BR/6BA $969,900 FMLS: 6645449 Kathleen Sickeler 404.368.3234

DECATUR - Beautiful Craftsman home with great architecture & well designed spaces. Kit w/breakfast area & butler’s pantry, lrg dining rm, gorgeous master ste, ship lap accents, vintage mantle in fam rm, 2 car garage, finished basement. 5BR/5BA $964,900 FMLS: 6645464 Kathleen Sickeler 404.368.3234

NORTH DECATUR HEIGHTS - New construction from Stoney Rover Homes in Fernbank Elem! Features full appliance package, unfinished basement stubbed for bath, 2 car garage, screened porch. Great finishes throughout. 5BR/3BA $699,900 FMLS: 6643360 Kathleen Sickeler 404.368.3234

OLD FOURTH WARD - Spacious new construction featuring rooftop lounge & patio, hardwood floors, quartz counter-tops, SS appls, walk-in closets, tankless water heater, spray foam insulation, private covered patio, 2 car garage. 4BR/3.5BA $850,000 FMLS: 6643017 Joan Arkins 404.661.2500

DRUID HILLS - Custom built newer home featuring Subzero fridge, large island, kit open to generous family rm. Real office on main could easily be 5th BR. Huge space up for 2nd LR or play space, detached 2 car garage w/unfinished space above. 4BR/3.5BA $929,900 FMLS: 6620721 Nicole Davis 404.358.6252

MORNINGSIDE - Outstanding Craftsman inspired newer home w/great flow & natural light. Minutes to Emory/Buckhead & Midtown. Gourmet kitchen w/Wolf & Subzero. Oversized screen porch & patio w/outdoor kitchen & fireplace. 5BR/5.5BA $1,550,000 FMLS: 6632897 Beth Smith 678.595.4448

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - Another amazing custom home by Direct Build Atlanta situated on flat .3 acre lot on Piedmont Park. Open floor plan, tons of natural light with high-end finishes throughout. Room to add a pool. Walk to The Beltline. 4BR/3.5BA $1,654,000 FMLS: 6630940 David Brown 917.705.6387

BUCKHEAD - Ritz Carlton residence w/spectacular city/sunset views from extremely lrg terrace. Chef’s kitchen, LR & BR’s with wall of windows. Spacious owner’s suite w/automatic blinds, walk-in closet. Hardwoods, high ceils, storage unit. 2BR/2BA $1,025,000 FMLS: 6613090 Mike Kondalski 404.234.9379

MIDTOWN - Stunning one of a kind home 2 blocks from Piedmont Park. Open concept, hardwoods, 2 story great rm w/fireplace, sunroom, built-ins. Eat-in-kitchen w/custom cabs, granite & SS appls open to screened porch. New windows, fenced yard. 3BR/3BA $775,000 FMLS: 6616440 Erin Fye 404.771.9822

MIDTOWN - Nestled on quiet corner lot in the heart of the Garden District, this 1920’s home features newer elevator & roof, tons of space, fenced backyard with lovely garden. Perfect for entertaining. Walk to Piedmont Park! 3BR/2.5BA $699,000 FMLS: 6638362 Michael JW Smith 404.786.2057

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND - Charming bungalow situated on large deep lot just steps from all the shops & restaurants. Features hardwood floors, built-ins, SS appls, granite counters, lots of bonus spaces, deck overlooking shaded yard. 4BR/2BA $674,999 FMLS: 6595847 Bonnie Smith 404.406.1993

MORNINGSIDE - Brick bungalow w/truly functional floor plan. Screened porch entry, sep LR & DR, bright white renovated kitchen open to family rm. Tons of natural light throughout, hardwoods, newer roof. Sep cottage studio apartment. 5BR/3BA $740,000 FMLS: 6626633 Sherry Warner 404.784.8848

CANDLER PARK - Three level townhome w/renovated master bath, freshly painted interior, living rm with fireplace & balcony overlooking courtyard. Open kit w/ stained cabs, granite counter-tops, SS appls. Hardwoods, 2 car tandem garage. 2BR/2.5BA $409,900 FMLS 6641329 Sherry Warner 404.784.8848

AUTUMN PARK - Spacious 4 sided brick split level home close to Emory/CDC. Renovated kit w/quartz counters, SS appls & tons of storage. Hardwoods, newer roof, fenced backyard w/new deck, 2 car carport, thermal pane windows. 3BR/2.5BA $455,000 FMLS: 6586401 Mike Kondalski 404.234.9379

BROOKHAVEN - Charming home on .6 acre lot featuring fully finished basement, fenced in backyard with in-ground pool w/large wrap around deck. Exposed beams in living room w/soaring ceilings, large windows let in tons of natural light. 3BR/1.5BA $458,990 FMLS: 6638627 David Brown 917.705.6387

CENTER HILL - Amazing to the studs renovation close to Westside Park/Bellwood Quarry. Spacious great room, oversized master ste w/walk-in closet. Kit w/granite & SS appls. Hardwoods thru-out. Custom deck overlooking private fenced backyard. 3BR/2BA $221,500 FMLS: 6633589 Dan Richardson 470.422.0819

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