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Table of Contents: IN the Neighborhood 4 Growing Up Intown ............................ 4-8 Odyssey Program ..................................9 Intown Notebook..................................10 Scout on the Town ...............................10 In the Fast Lane.............................. 12-15 Scene & Heard .....................................16 Pets ......................................................17 Letter From the Editor ..........................18 Urban Coop Tour .................................18 A Look Back ........................................19 Charity in the City .................................19 Explorations with Jennifer Campbell ...19 Health & Wellness Briefs ......................21
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IN The Neighborhood FEATURES, NEWS & EVENTS
0 By Helen Grebe Growing up in Atlanta has its advantages, including the many resources the city has to offer its youngest generations. In case you haven’t explored every nook and cranny of this southern city, we’ve compiled a top 25 list to check off this season. Kids, grab your parents, the sunscreen and hit the town!
Stone Mountain offers a bevy of activities in one spot. A traditional hike up the mountain will yield skyline views of the city and surrounding areas, as well as get some ants out of little one’s pants. But don’t stop there. The Summit SkyRide, a high speed Swiss cable car, provides a stunning view of the Confederate memorial carving as it
transports you more than 825 feet above the ground. For locomotive fans, climb aboard their 1940’s open air rail-car and take a lively five-mile excursion around the mountain while conductor “Fire Box Floyd” cites exciting tales of real life train adventures. www.stonemountainpark.com
Catch a Braves Game
“Take me out to the ballgame” is as simple as heading for Turner Field. Kids love watching their home team hit one out of the ballpark, along with munching on the traditional popcorn, peanuts and hotdog. If you’re crowd adverse or have young ones, tour Turner Field when the team is not playing. Guided tours of Turner Field are offered year-round and
begin in the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame. Tours start on the top of the hour and last about an hour, yielding visits to the Sky Field, broadcast booth, dugout and clubhouse. Reservations not necessary – tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour and free parking is available in the Green lot. www.atlantabraves.mlb.com
Atlanta residents don’t have to go all the way to China to see a panda bear. Zoo Atlanta is one of a few zoos in the United States that studies pandas, warranting a visit on its own. While there, check out the two children’s playgrounds, the petting zoo and one of Atlanta’s favorite families: the western lowland gorillas (some heir to the famous Willie B). This playful troop is the nation’s largest collection of gorillas, and is most active in warm weather, amusing children of all ages. On any given day Zoo Atlanta also features crafts, shows, speaker talks and Zoo Clues, fun monthly games hidden within the zoo, to entertain active minds. www.zooatlanta.org
Chastain Memorial Park is one of Atlanta’s best playgrounds because it is at the epicenter of an outdoor park that has jogging and bike paths and even an equestrian center!
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Kids can play for hours on play equipment, go for a walk with mom down one of the many paved paths or even arrange a riding lesson at Chastain Horse Park (pony parties available for groups of children with reservations in advance). In addition to lessons that continue throughout the summer, Chastain Horse Park offers very popular day camps during the summer. www.chastainhorsepark.org
Centennial Olympic Park
Don bathing suits and dance through this park’s famous Fountain of Rings, where synchronized water dances through Olympic rings, beating to familiar tunes with sound and light effects. The show plays four times a day, 365 days a year and is free. Each fourth Saturday (May - September) the Centennial Olympic Park hosts “Family Fun Day” a themed day of free activities that include workshops, tours, street performers, children’s crafts, contests and prizes. www.centennialpark.com
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School May Be Out, But Learning is Still In!
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Come face to face with the world’s largest dinosaurs, explore the development of life on Earth through the landscapes of present- day Georgia, touch a fossil and engage in a variety of handson exhibits (where keeping your hands to yourself is NOT allowed!) Fernbank offers a variety of activities for all age groups that include story-telling, ask a scientist, weekends tailored for families in the Naturalist Center and shows at the ever-popular IMAX Theatre. www. fernbankmuseum.org
The Children’s Museum
Leap into learning at the Children’s Museum where exhibits are tailored for the young at heart (and body). Play in streams and water, paint walls, crawl through small spaces or catch a 20-minute musical via the “Imaginators,” the museum’s professional troupe of actors and educators. www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org
Everything is larger than life at the Georgia Aquarium, residence of sea dragons, spider crabs, sting rays, otters and whale sharks, among many other species. Join Deepo, an orange garibaldi fish and the aquarium’s mascot, as he takes the audience on an undersea adventure with a variety of entertaining characters, including friendly sharks, singing sea turtles and playful dolphins in the 4D theatre. Grab lunch at Café Aquaria where the food is kid-friendly yet appeasing to parental palates. For the brave at heart, spend the night at the aquarium and sleep beside one of their world-class exhibits. www.georgiaaquarium.org
Arouse your inner actor by touring the world’s largest newsgathering organization, a uniquely Atlanta experience. The CNN Center is headquarters for CNN, CNN International and Headline News. A 50-minute guided walking tour will give you behind the scene glimpses at the high-tech world of 24-hour TV network news in action. Middle-school aged kids and “tweeners” searching for a budding identity will enjoy having a videotape made reading the day’s top stories from behind a CNN anchor desk. If you’re fortunate, you may catch a glimpse of a famous anchor. www.cnn.com
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Trace Your Roots Atlanta History Center
Located on 33 acres, the Atlanta History allows kids to step back in time and visit two historic houses: the Tullie Smith Farm which dates back to 1840’s and the Swan House, a classic mansion built in 1928. Throughout the year, the Center brings history to life through living history programs, lectures with awardwinning authors, toddler programs, homeschool days, school tours, summer camps, music series and annual festivals such as Sheep to Shawl. www.atlantahistorycenter. com
The King Center
Older children will be inspired by the words of Atlanta native and America’s best-known civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. Tour the two-story home where King was born, Ebenezer Baptist church where King served as co-pastor alongside his father or the gravesite where he was laid to rest in 1968. Begin your visit at the National Park Service Visitor Center. There, you can sign up for a free guided tour of King’s birth home. You can also watch a half-hour video about MLK’s life as well as a short video about the children of the civil rights movement. For an introduction to the words of Martin Luther King Jr., you can browse through the exhibit “Courage to Lead.” www.nps.gov/malu/
Since its completion in 1968, the Governor’s Mansion has been the stately home of Georgia’s governors. Located on 18 acres, the mansion offers tours throughout the year on Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Docents are stationed in each room to describe the surroundings and answer questions. Children may receive handouts that include coloring sheets, a review of Georgia’s government structure and trivia on Georgia’s culture and history. Don’t miss the mansion’s special activities which are listed on the web and include reading under the stars and an annual Easter egg hunt. http:// mansion.georgia.gov
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for Kids
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Family Series, involving storytelling and classical chestnuts, brings families together and gives children a head start on musical appreciation that will last a lifetime. Aspiring musicians will enjoy seeing the Youth Symphony Orchestra play, a group of young musicians that perform three to four times a year and perform
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Movies & the Market. MOVIE MEAL DEALS: ATLANTIC GRILL $5 Hot Dog or American Burger and a side. BONEHEAD’S Buy one entrée and two drinks, get one entrée free. CAFÉ NINETEEN Two for One drink specials, 6-9pm only. CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN 10% off total purchase. Not valid on alcohol, tax, tip, or retail purchases. May not be combined with any other offer. COPELAND’S CHEESECAKE BISTRO Free kid’s meal with purchase of adult entrée. D GREEN’S Kids Eat Free with purchase of adult DOC meal. Limit 2 free meals per customer. DOLCE ENOTECA Pre-set menu for two: One shared appetizer, two entrées, and one shared dessert for $35.
FREE MOVIES IN CENTRAL PARK EVERY THURS. EVENING, BEGINNING MAY 6 Atlantic Station presents Atlanta’s longest running outdoor movie series: “Movies & the Market.” Join us starting at 6pm for Restaurant Specials, Prize Giveaways and the Atlantic Station Artist Market. Then at dusk, enjoy a blockbuster movie projected on a giant screen in Central Park. For a complete movie listing visit atlanticstation.com.
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FOX SPORTS GRILL Free Kid’s Meal with purchase of adult entrée. Limit two free meals per guest. GEISHA HOUSE Pre-set menu for two: One shared appetizer, two entrées, and one shared dessert for $35. THE GRAPE Dinner for Two: Two share plates, two desserts and a bottle of McWilliams Chardonnay for $50. KILWIN’S Buy one slice of fudge, pretzel rod or caramel corn, get one free. LOBBY AT TWELVE $10 all you can eat pizza. $15 all you can eat pizza, unlimited house wine or beer. MOE’S 10% off total purchase. ROSA MEXICANO Stop by for weekly specials. STRIP 10% off all food, $3 beers, $5 Martinis and $5 House Wine, free Friend of Tom sign-up. SUBWAY Any foot-long sub for $5 (excludes premium subs). TIN DRUM 20% off any meal. Offers are valid Thursdays, May 6 - September 30, 2010.
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classical pieces. The orchestra returns to Alpharetta this year for its third summer, launching a spectacular summer line-up of concerts tailored for families. www. atlantasymphony.org
Atlanta’s Fox Theatre was designed in the 1920’s and is a rich, opulent monument to that decade. Seeing a show at the famous Fox Theatre is a grand event. This summer kid-friendly show schedule includes Mary Poppins, David Copperfield, Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music. www. foxtheatre.org
Since 1978, the Center for Puppetry Arts has drawn children of all ages to its magical productions and fostered the art of puppetry. The center includes a museum where children can get up close and explore puppets as well as several familyoriented series of shows. Birthday honorees will hear their names announced before a show and at any time children can take a CreateA-Puppet workshop. www.puppet.org
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Get your hands messy and create a cool piece of art. Grab a backpack filled with projects and puzzles and take off for an adventure in one of our galleries. Experience the latest special exhibition with a family audio tour, and then share your impressions over lunch in the family-friendly High Café. There is an impressive and never-ending line-up of family fun and events every day at the High Museum of Art. From toddlers to teenagers, everyone in the family will enjoy looking at, talking about, and sharing the art experiences together. Don’t miss Toddler Thursdays, Second Sunday Fundays (for families) and the High’s biannual Family Day. www.high.org
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Get your head in the clouds by heading to Peachtree Dekalb Airport, a kid-friendly destination where flights take off and land in perfect view. Your little pilots in training can burn off steam at the playground and park which includes a mini-runway for kids and educational area which highlights the historical significance of the airport. Pack a picnic lunch
and dine in the hangar-inspired pavilion (complete with restroom) or lunch at the Downwind Restaurant (where kid-friendly fare includes chicken tenders, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches and juice boxes.). While the airplanes are the attraction here, PDA does house a Rosenbauer Panther 4x4 Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Fire Truck guaranteed to rev up the adrenaline. www.pdaairport.org
Balloons Over Georgia
Take your child’s breath away with a hot air balloon ride over North Georgia. From your lofty perch you will take in some of Georgia’s renowned sites including Lake Lanier, Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, the Atlanta city skyline and the beginning of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountain ranges. Pinch yourself if you are lucky enough to spot a deer or a red-tail hawk. www.balloonsovergeoria.com Thomas steams into town this summer at Six Flags over Georgia. If this doesn’t net you hero status immediately, you’ll soon receive your crown after taking the kids on one of the many thrilling rides located within the theme park. While Six Flags has enough rides to keep kids entertained all summer, there’s more to do than just ride. Grab a show featuring Bugs Bunny and Friends, cool off in the White Water theme park or attend one of their “40 Fun Things for Kids” events this summer. www.sixflags.com
Get ready for an intimate look at the city’s hustle and bustle aboard this hop-on, hop-off tour. Kids will enjoy the novelty of riding on a real trolley while parents will enjoy time off from behind the wheel. Your journey takes you through many of Atlanta’s neighborhoods including Downtown, Grant Park, Cabbagetown, Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District, SoNo, Midtown, Georgia Tech and Centennial Olympic Park. While riding, hear tales of famous writers, see beautiful parks and revel in the triumphs of the Olympics throughout the city. www.atlantatrolleytourline.com. Visit www.AtlantaINtownPaper.com to see the top five green things kids should do in Atlanta.
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A unique and innovative education for students By SB Williams Summer is approaching and that means Odyssey, a program that brings 300 students from the Atlanta Public Schools to the Westminster Schools campus for six weeks each summer, is about to begin. Originating in the early 1980s, Odyssey is a unique collaboration between Westminster Schools and Atlanta Public Schools for students in grades 3 through 12. The students benefit from a curriculum that focuses on the arts and skills that involve critical thinking, and for whom these opportunities might not otherwise be available. The program is offered at no charge; transportation, lunch and snacks are provided for the students. A select faculty of experienced teachers, as well as a cadre of high school counselors, provides leadership and act as role models. Students are encouraged to come back every summer for the programs, and get a new experience each time. For third graders, the overall motto is “Use Health and Exercise to Help Sharpen Your Mind!” Field trips include visits to Whole Foods, Good Samaritan Clinic, Cartoon Network and Clarkston Community Garden. Guest speakers may be nutritionists, pediatricians, food specialists and athletic trainers. Over the next eight summers, students improve their math and writing skills, learn about other cultures, creating a new business, how the court system works, building robots and making videos. Rising seniors round off their experiences with “Odyssey U,” a three day trip to visit local colleges, prepare for SAT tests, meet college counselors and practice college
Teacher Mrs. Leitzel reads to students who took part in last year’s Odyssey summer program at Westminster. admission essay writing. Parental excitement and appreciation of the program was articulated by individual mothers at the recent Tea for Odyssey at Ansley Golf Course. “The Odyssey program has been so beneficial for our daughter, Monica,” said speaker Bobbie Bable. “The fun, innovative, curriculum has helped her continue to learn during the summers; she loves it!” Odyssey is an independent, nonprofit organization and is always looking for contributions from foundations, corporations and individuals as well as tickets to performances, speakers and other meaningful opportunities from non-profit partners. For more information contact: Executive Director M.J.Thorne at (404) 609-6409 or MJThorne@odysseyatlanta.org.
Ann Tedesco shows Odyssey students how to plant and maintain a garden.
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May 8 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure. Komen Atlanta plans to raise $2 million to enable Atlanta’s women to detect and survive breast cancer. To register for the race, visit www. komenatlanta.org.
this family-friendly performance features student and professional dancers, poet Alice Lovelace, and visual artist Sal Brownfield. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 13. (404) 624-5295 or www.movinginthespirit.org.
The 10th annual Run, Walk ‘n Roll, the principal fund-raising event of Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, is set for Saturday, May 1. Adults and children of all ability levels are invited to compete in a 5-mile run or a 2-mile walk and roll at Confederate Hall inside Stone Mountain Park. The event will include a continental breakfast and other refreshments, door prizes, silent auction and raffle, and will be held rain or shine. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the run starting at 8:30 a.m. and the walk and roll scheduled for 9 a.m. www.fodac.org.
The Skin Cancer Awareness Network will host the fourth annual Save Our Skin 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, May 29, at Perimeter Place. The event offers food, entertainment and fun for all ages. Board certified dermatologists will be on hand to provide complimentary skin spot checks for all participants. All participants will receive a free T-shirt and will be eligible for prize drawings, trophies, and awards. Registration starts at 7 a.m., and the race starts at 8. Register online at www.ScanFoundation.com or www.Active.com. Registration fee is $20 in advance and $25 after May 18. For more, visit www.ScanFoundation.com.
Cheers for Children, a benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta featuring live music from That 80s Band, will be presented by the Friends Junior Committee (FJC) on Saturday, May 8, 7 p.m. to Midnight. FJC is a community volunteer organization comprised of young professionals in the Atlanta area. The benefit will be held at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery, 199 Armour Drive. Guests will enjoy an open bar, free hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a silent auction. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. www.cheers4children.com.
Club Blue, the young professionals society of the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club, will host the inaugural Dodging for Dollars dodge ball tournament on Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m. The tournament, hosting 32 teams (up to eight players each), will give individuals a chance to showcase athletic abilities in both co-ed and open divisions. The cost per team is $150. To register your team, or to get more information on Dodging for Dollars, visit www.ClubBlue.org or email ClubBlue@BGCMA.org.
The 2010 Brookhaven Bolt 5K Run/Walk presented by Brookhaven Self Storage and benefiting Ashford Park Elementary School is Sunday, May 16, at 8 a.m. After the 3.1 mile race, a family festival will be held at Ashford Park. Registration is $20 until May 14 via www.active.com and $25 the day of the race.
On Saturday, May 8, Young Audiences at Woodruff Arts Center will host the 2010 Mad Hatter Event, where families will enjoy a morning of whimsical flair, artist performances, hands-on arts activities and sightings of the Mad Hatter and his friends. A flat “kids” ticket rate will be offered to all, which is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. All funds raised through the Mad Hatter event will support YAWAC’s mission of transforming the lives and learning of young people through the arts. www.yawac.org.
Autism Speaks and Marcus Autism Center, two organizations dedicated to support research, treatment and advocacy for autism spectrum disorders, are teaming up to host the fourth annual Georgia Walk Now for Autism Speaks in Atlantic Station on Sunday, May 23, at 10 a.m. For more information about the walk or to register, visit www.walknowforautism.org/georgia or call Samantha Williams at (770) 451-0570.
Registration for the 20th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run will be available online beginning May 15. This year’s Walk & 5K Run will take place on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Piedmont Park, beginning at noon for runners and 2 p.m. for walkers. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.aidswalkatlanta.com or call (404) 876-9255.
The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University will present Moving in the Spirit’s ER: Education Revolution on Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m. This vibrant dance event examines the history of education and freedom in America, and celebrates the different ways we learn. Set to the beloved tunes of School House Rock,
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Atlanta’s Center for the Visually Impaired will hold the True-Blue-Do fundraiser on May 6 at Opera Midtown. The evening will feature food, drinks and music by Macular Degenerates, a local band of opthamologists. A highlight of the evening will be “Flip for A Trip,” where guests can participate in the city’s biggest coin toss to win a vacation giveaway. Tickets: $25. www.cviga.org.
Mother’s Day Events Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Jewelry Show & Sale is Mother’s Day weekend, May 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and May 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Handcrafted, original pieces mom will love. 980 Briarcliff Road. www.callanwolde. org. The annual Mother’s Day Brunch at the Georgia Aquarium is back on Sunday, May 9, with food from the Wolfgang Puck catering team. Seatings are at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org. The Atlanta Botanical Garden will host High Tea Service on Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9, complete with British scones, tea and sandwiches at Mershon Hall. Seatings are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Prices are $35 for Atlanta Botanical Garden members and $50 for non-members. (404) 370-0856 or www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org. The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta is offering a Mother’s Day Brunch with all-day dining, an outstanding steakhouse dinner menu, and breakfast and Sunday Brunch in Buckhead. The Sunday Brunch will consist of more than 50 selections and musical entertainment. For reservations, visit www.ritzcarlton.com. Oglethorpe University holding Mother’s Day High Tea with Matisse on Sunday, May 9. Guests will enjoy a European tea experience surrounded by the art of Henri Mattisse. Reservations required for seatings at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. $50. http://museum.oglethorpe.edu/exhib.htm.
Scout on the Town Liza Dunning DINNER PARTY AT PIEDMONT PARK What: The culinary creatives behind Top FLR host their speakeasy style dinner parties all over the city. And this is their biggest yet: 200 diners will come together in Piedmont Park with seven Georgia farms, eight chefs from around the city and Pope High School’s Culinary Team delivering an extraordinary outdoor meal with the Park Conservancy. When: May 1, 7 p.m. How: The guest list is filling fast at www. dinnerparty.com. $95 is the price tag for a unique experience of a five course meal plus wine pairings. Why: Because a park picnic should always be so fabulous. A TASTE OF THE HIGHLANDS What: The annual foodie-fest features tasty morsels from over 25 neighborhood restaurants: La Tavola, Ecco, El Taco, South City Kitchen, DBA Barbecue, Rosebud, Alon’s Bakery, Murphy’s and more. Terrapin is the exclusive beer sponsor, but other adult beverages will be here from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Belvedere Vodka and Highland Wine. Live music will provide the perfect background. When: May 15, 2 to 5 p.m. Where: John Howell Park on Virginia Avenue How: Buy your tickets and get the scoop at
www.tasteofthehighlands.com. Why: Your inner food critic is dying to get out and play. ATLANTA STREETS ALIVE What: Inspired by the ciclovia of Bogotá, Colombia (a phenomenon that then spread all over the world), Atlanta Streets Alive will close down a route of city streets to car traffic. And for the afternoon, pedestrians can enjoy free community-oriented events. Expect all kinds of fun in the streets: tango troops and yoga, hula hooping, marching bands maybe a few breakdancers. Who knows? Group events will be spaced out at various locations along the route. When: May 23, 1 to 6 p.m. Where: Downtown, around Peachtree Street on a route subject to change and featured on their website www.atlantastreetsalive.com. How: Well, first of all, it’s free. So just grab your nearest bicycle or pair of roller skates and walking shoes and get to it... without your automobile. Why: You’ve always wanted to do cartwheels in the middle of Peachtree. Liza Dunning is a native Atlantan, musiclover, food-eater and full-time culturejunkie. She scouts the city for local deals with Scoutmob.com. Email her at Liza@scoutmob. com or follow on Twitter: @LizaDunning
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By Collin Kelley Editor The High Museum of Art is in high gear with its new exhibit, The Allure of the Automobile, which includes 18 of the world’s rarest cars from the 1930s to the mid-1960s. Bugatti, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Ferrari are on view, as the exhibition traces the evolution of the motorcar, examining the contrasts between European and American design, and significant changes in automotive styling and engineering before and after World War II. There’s also a touch of star power as Clark Gable’s 1935 Duesenberg JN Roadster and Steve McQueen’s 1957 Jaguar XKSS Roadster are part of the show. Guest curator Ken Gross said he drew upon his experience as the former executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles to source the cars for The Allure of the Automobile. “Created for the privileged few, these luxurious, custom-built automobiles embodied speed, style and elegance; they influenced and were influenced by contemporary art, architecture, fashion and design,” Gross said, noting that many of the automobiles are one-of-a-kind or were built largely by hand and in small numbers. The High is hosting a number of events in May to coincide with the exhibition, which continues through June 20.
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Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Presented by the High Museum of Art and Midtown Alliance, watch 50 classic cars cruise down the Midtown Mile on Peachtree Street, and then park in front of the High. You’ll get a chance to get up close to these rare classic cars and talk to their owners. WYAY True Oldies radio station will broadcast live, and several viewing locations along Peachtree Street will offer special discounts and promotions.
Film Series - Races, Chases, and Classy Chassis: Cars on Screen Outdoor screenings on the Sifly Piazza and in the Rich Auditorium begin at 8 p.m. Bring your own blanket or seating, but no outside alcohol. In the event of rain the film will be moved to the 400-seat Rich Theatre. Films include espionage thriller Ronin starring Robert De Niro and Jean Reno on Friday, May 7; screwball comedy It Happened One Night with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert is Friday, May 14; Steve McQueen’s pulseracing car chase through the streets of San Francisco in Bullitt on Friday, May 21; and the classic American Graffiti on Friday, May 28, which will also feature local car clubs will be on hand to show off vintage cars from the 1960s. The High Museum of Art is at 1280 Peachtree St. For more details about the exhibition, visit. www.high.org.
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A tale of restoration and creating fine art
Chastain Park resident Patrick Dennis bought his 1969 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow on New Year’s Day, 2008. A surprising ad in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution indicated the car for sale was a black 1969 Silver Shadow standard saloon in West Virginia. On a whim and after a few phone calls, Dennis and his partner Randall decided on a winter vacation to see the car and it was love at first sight. The owner had been pestered by his wife to “get rid of some toys,” so he put his Shadow up for sale. The car had been cosmetically maintained, but as is the case with many older cars, mechanically neglected. After completing the transaction, Dennis addressed the car, “Goodnight, Gracie” before leaving for the hotel. The name stuck. When the Shadow arrived and was taken for a few short drives, it was clear that the brakes were not thoroughly responsive, and it was riding too low to the ground. It was time to find a competent mechanic to undertake the restoration. Dennis found Paul Walters through the Rolls Royce Owners Club members in Atlanta. A geologist by trade, he had completed restoration on dozens of older Rolls and Bentleys to clients’ great satisfaction. Walters dismantled everything. He removed and rebuilt or replaced the accumulators, air compressor, ignition, brake assembly, rusted bolts, springs, connections and many other un-repairable parts. He restored the hides to a full luster. He called several times, gleeful about “finally getting the rust of the darn thing!” He also suggested saving the discarded parts as “souvenirs.” After one full year, the mechanical restoration was complete. “Gracie” has a personalized license plate: WRKOART because Dennis considers it a mobile work of art and a great tool for business. He has long supported the arts, by founding the first Museum of Art in the state capitol of Florida, then opening an art gallery in Atlanta: The Decatur Market & Gallery, a co-operative gallery for emerging artists and unique artisans. Soon after the gallery opened, Dennis met James Loftus, a self-taught “appropriationist” who creates three-dimensional works from found objects. His work is already developing a serious group of collectors and has been well received by critics. When approached to see if Loftus would create a piece from discarded parts of Dennis’ Rolls Royce, Loftus immediately set to work to create a piece entitled, “An Apparent Apparatus.” Once the word spread to other Rolls enthusiasts, Loftus began receiving specialized discarded parts from other Rolls owners in Atlanta. He was given the steering wheel from Joan Crawford’s 1959 Bentley to incorporate into a new piece.
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Intown Classic Cars Readers show-off their sweet rides
The Allure of the Automobile Intown
With the High Museum’s high octane exhibit in full swing, we asked INtown readers to submit photos of their classic cars. Above and left is Tim Spears’ 1954 Plymouth Belvedere, which he bought on eBay and had shipped across the country to his home in Avondale Estates. After significant restoration, much of it completed by Spears, his wife calls it his “mid-life Chrysler.” In the center photo, Tim Ryan took his mom’s 1966 VW Beetle and restored it to mint condition. In the photo below, Ryan Canavan of Brookhaven shows off the 1967 Mustang Convertible he found in an old barn in Asheville, NC. It only had 51,000 miles on it. He loves taking his daughters for ice cream in the car they have nicknamed, “Mustang Sally.”
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Leotha Womble Honored by Midown Atlanta Rotary Club
Midtown Rotary Club honored Leotha Womble as the 2010 Barbara B. Rose Volunteer of the Year. Womble is a volunteer of the Center for the Visually Impaired where she has served 30 years, including contributions such as teaching Braille, serving as a mentor, providing childcare and helping establish the Center’s Open Window Book reading group to promote Braille literacy.
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Donna Kain Awarded 2010 Karl A. Bevins Service Award
This award was first presented to Mr. Bevins, Atlanta’s first Traffic Engineer, in celebration of his 94th birthday in 2009. The annual award is given, in his honor, to a BBA member in recognition of exemplary dedication and service to the Buckhead community and to the Buckhead Business Association. Elizabeth Gill, right, surprised Donna Kain, left - Donna remarked that she had received more than she’s given to BBA.
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Christy Brooks, left, from BrooksBANG recycled handbags was one of the guests at a green trunk show hosted by Laura Tuner Seydel, right, at Environment furniture in Westside Provision. The event featured local green designers showcasing their latest creations. www.lauraseydel.com
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(L-R) Principals Mark Mygrant, Speaker Aaron Arnold, CEO of Music Is My Business, BBA President Heather Wright, BBA Education Alliance VP Jill Heineck. The Education Alliance enables both BBA members and members of the local business community to share their skills and talents with area students.www.buckheadbusiness.org
Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show Benefitting Skyland Trail Skyland Trail Associates’ Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show attracted a record 250 guests and raised the highest proceeds in its threeyear history, with proceeds benefiting Skyland Trail’s treatment programs for adults with mental illness. (l-r) Beth Jones, Skyland Trail Director Emerita Dorothy Fuqua, Stephanie Blank and Leslie Weirman www.skylandtrail.org
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Pet Picks Jolene is a spunky 2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix who weighs 17 pounds. Jolene came to us from a high-kill animal control facility where she was picked up as a stray. Jolene is a friendly girl and loves everyone she meets. She gets along well with the other dogs at Atlanta Pet Rescue. Jolene has been doing well with house training, so she is a smart girl. Jolene is a ball of energy rolled up in the most adorable package. She’s a great dog who is looking for an active family that can keep her busy and exercised.
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Pet Briefs The Atlanta Humane Society’s Pet Parade 2010 is Saturday, May 1, at Piedmont Park from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will follow a 1.5 mile scenic route through the park followed by a festival, including an array of adoptable animals, vendors, games, contests and booth displays by local rescue organizations. Visit www.atlantapetparade.org for details on how to register or for more information. Atlanta Lab Rescue will host the 6th annual Bark for Art fundraiser on Saturday, May 15, 7 to 10 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive. Enjoy an evening of refreshments and libations and a silent auction featuring pet-centric art, trips and other surprises. WGCL’s Dagmar Midcap, left, will host. Admission is $50 at the door or $45 in advance at www.barkforart.org. One hundred percent of funds is used for the rescue and care of at-risk dogs. For more information, please visit www.atlantalabrescue.com. Simon Fashion Now at Lenox Square will host Simon Fashion Bow Wow on Friday, April 30. The design competition featuring six students from the Bauder College, who will showcase their fresh take on fashion for local celebs and adoptable canine companions from Atlanta Pet Rescue. Competing students include Sharnae Johnson, Sharod Woods, Isaac Spry, Kerlyn Sterling, Clinthique Thornton and Shatia Vasquez. Each student has been paired with a media personality, including Q100’s Jenn Hobby; Fox 5‘s Justin Gray; Jessica Shops’ Jessica Dauler; The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Jamie Gumbrecht; WSB-TV’s Linda Stouffer; and CBS Atlanta’s Jennifer Valdez. The final reveal of the collaborative designs will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Lenox Square. The event will also feature a Silent Auction benefitting Atlanta Pet Rescue from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Shoppers can bid on items before and during the Simon Fashion Bow Wow fashion show.
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Letter from the Editor Collin Kelley, Editor After 13 years of service – including commuting and multiple out-of-state vacations – my Ford Escort finally gave up the ghost. So long, old gal. I replaced her with a shiny new Ford Focus, and I’m still trying to get used to all the bells and whistles. I’ve had cars on the brain, and this month we have a car on the cover of INtown. The High Museum’s “Allure of the Automobile” exhibit has been the talk of the town, so we offer up a preview and a look at the films and events surrounding the show. We also asked our readers to contribute stories and photos of their own classic cars. It all begins on Page 12. You should definitely leave your car at home – or park it at a MARTA station – to attend one of the many festivals happening in the city this month. Festival fever is in full bloom from West End to Decatur and Sweet Auburn to Sandy Springs (pages 24 and 25). We’re especially excited about the new Buckhead Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, brought to you by the team that mounted last fall’s Chastain Park event. Helen Grebe rounded up a great guide of the Top 20 things all Intown kids should see or do for our Growing Up Intown feature (Page 4), while Kathy Vogeltanz explores the dining scene on Atlanta’s westside, which has been dubbed Midtown West, including a preview of Shaun Doty’s anticipated YEAH! Burger concept (Page 32). This month is also Mother’s Day, so we’ve pulled out some restaurants and “high tea” events that mom is sure to appreciate (Page 10), or you might want to check out the Atlanta PlanIt listings (Page 27 to 28) and pick a show, exhibition or concert. Are you thinking about giving up your house and moving into a condo? Carly Felton interviewed three condo owners who moved from the burbs and love their rooms with views (Page 38). If you’re ready to play in the dirt, we’ve got you covered with a series of guest articles by some of Intown’s gardening experts, including tips on how to build a garden, growing vegetables, sustainable and container gardens (pages 42 through 45). So whether you’re traveling by car, bike, bus, train, scooter or on foot, get out there and see what Intown has to offer this month!
Grady High freshmen cycle to national championships this summer When asked what inspired him to start cycling, Sam said, “My dad is a cycler, and has been for awhile, and he got me into riding in general, and then I got a couple of books about cycling which sparked my interest in fourth grade, and I’ve been cycling since.” For Sam and his teammates, cycling is a life-long sport. “I just really enjoy it as a sport; it stands out and it’s just really fun to do.” – Britton Buttrill
From June 22 to 27, Grady High School freshman Sam Tomakas (pictured right) will compete alongside his teammates in the U.S. Road Cycling National Championships in Bend, Ore. Sam and his teammates, Andrew Macrae and Ben Rothschild (pictured above), have each ridden over 4,000 miles in the last year, much of that distance being right in Atlanta. The trio undergo a grueling training regiment, riding up to 50 miles per weekend and practice riding skills during the week.
Check out these chicks’ cool digs Spring home tours are the norm for the season, but the Urban Coop Tour is a bird of a completely different feather – namely chickens. The tour is set for Saturday, May 1, from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature 25 coops all over Atlanta and Decatur. It’s the perfect opportunity to take the entire family and explore the many ways chickens can be kept. Coop owners will be on hand to answer questions from design details to tending chickens in general. Hosted by the Oakhurst Community Garden Project, Georgia Organics, and the Atlanta Backyard Poultry Meetup Group, the tour builds on the popularity of the previous two years. In 2008, 150 people attended the tour, followed by 250 in 2009. Tickets are $15 for Oakhurst Garden, Georgia Organics and Backyard Poultry members. Non-members can get tickets for $25 (or $20 for early birds). For more information visit www.oakhurstgarden.org or call (678) 642-4977. – Collin Kelley
Ann Cattanach’s (first photo) chicken coop is featured on this year’s tour, while Quinn Cattanach (second photo) holds one of the family’s favorite egg-layers (third photo).
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A Look Back
Charity in the City Kate Atwood
Ann Boutwell May 3, 1948: Atlanta Journal reporter
May 11, 1977: A crowd gathered on the
George Evans Goodwin, a Boys High and Washington and Lee University graduate, received the Pulitzer Prize for an expose of vote frauds in Telfair County in 1947. Goodwin became the first winner for distinguished local reporting. Goodwin later became managing director of the Atlanta office of Manning, Selvage & Lee.
steps of the Big Bethel A.M.E. Church to recognize the Sweet Auburn District as a National Historic Landmark. Featured speakers included Rev. William Holmes Borders, pastor Wheat Street Baptist Church; Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., former pastor Ebenezer Baptist Church; and Warren Cochran, Butler Street YMCA. Mayor Maynard Jackson, whose grandfather John Wesley Dobbs coined the “Sweet Auburn” name, received the plaque from Jerry Rogers of the National Park’s Service.
May 5, 2002: The new entrance to the Midtown MARTA Station opened on the north side of 10th Street next to the Federal Reserve Building. Construction cost $6.6 million, including a half million in federal funds.
May 6, 1928: Georgia’s school children, Women’s Clubs and the Atlanta Bird Club announced the results of a voting campaign that declared the brown thrasher Georgia’s favorite bird. The General Assembly, however, took no official action. When the urging voices of the Garden Clubs of Georgia finally caught the attention of the Georgia General Assembly in 1970, legislators unanimously passed Joint Resolution No. 128 making the thrasher Georgia’s official bird. Currently, the Georgia Conservancy is keeping a watchful eye on a new campaign that would replace the brown thrasher with the chicken. The Conservancy is urging Georgians to sign a petition on its Web site (www. georgiaconservancy.org) protesting any move to replace the thrasher with a chicken.
May 8, 1886: The first Coca-Cola fountain drink, a syrup formula created by local pharmacist John Stith Pemberton, was mixed with carbonated water, sampled, pronounced “excellent” and sold at Joseph Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta at Five Points at Peachtree and Marietta streets.
May 17, 1985: Morehouse School of Medicine celebrated its first decade of existence and awarded medical degrees to its first graduating class of 20 doctors. Barbara Bush, wife of then-Vice President George Bush, delivered a message from President Ronald Reagan.
May 27, 1956: Georgia native Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” topped the Billboard music charts. May 29, 1915: The Queen Anne twostory mansion of Clarence Knowles on the southwest corner of Ponce de Leon and Piedmont avenues made way for the Ponce de Leon Methodist Episcopal Church. Moved 150 feet southward to front Piedmont Avenue, the beautiful residence was adapted into two apartments. The pastor, Rev. Clayton J. Yeisley resided on the upper level and the lower served as the congregation’s chapel, until the new church’s completion in 1916. Today the site is the home of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. Contact Ann Boutwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explorations ... with Jennifer Campbell Destination: Summer! As families close the book on another school year and – suntan lotion in hand – start checking their calendars to make summer plans, we receive lots of calls from parents looking for great getaway ideas. My answer today is Orlando. There has never been a better time to visit Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and all things magical … and you can leave your flying carpet and magic wand behind. For starters, Disney has never been more affordable – a family of four can enjoy a week’s vacation on property with Park Hopper passes for less than $2,500 (cut out the Park Hopper option, and save $500). Constantly updating, w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
What is May without Mother’s Day? I love this time of year when we stop to really appreciate moms. Moms are some of the biggest givers in our community and deserve all the praise possible during this special time. I find great inspiration in moms who are making a difference inside and outside their homes. This is exactly why I have chosen to dedicate this month’s column and my Mother’s Day to Rita Young. Rita Young is a mom, a professional, a volunteer and an activist. For years, these were all puzzle pieces in her life. A year ago, however, she was able to put these puzzle pieces together when she took on the role of public policy director for a non-profit organization called All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD). AADD, located in Ansley Park, is Georgia’s top provider of needed services, education, and effective advocacy for children, adults, and families living with developmental disabilities. The organization’s statement is loud and clear: people with developmental disabilities, and their families, are among the most challenged and excluded people in society. As its director of public policy, Rita serves as the organization’s leading voice each week as she lobbies legislation to improve the opportunities and treatment of our state’s citizens living with developmental disabilities. As a mother raising a family that faces such challenges, her voice is filled with personal passion and purpose. Rita’s passion to help comes from her own personal experience. When Rita’s two boys were young, ages 3 and 2, they both were diagnosed with autism – a disability that affects an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States each year. She spent many of those early years at home, taking care of her boys. It was a fulltime job just getting them to their therapies five days a week. Her goal was focused and
Disney recently opened two new hotels on property, adding even more diversity to the existing 25 properties: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village is an African lodge-style hotel on a 21-acre wildlife preserve, where more than 30 species of animals roam free. The brand new Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a beautiful complement to the original Resort building. Perfect for your teenagers, the newest offering at Disney’s MGM Studios is the American Idol Experience. Modeled after the hotter-than-ever television show, the attraction lets park guests audition and be voted on (or off!) just like the popular show. The performers who receive the most audience votes in the preliminary shows held throughout the day return to “star” in that evening’s grand finale show. Not on property but offering complimentary, private shuttle service to the parks, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers the elegance and luxury of its iconic New York parent.
Rita Young simple: to make her boys happy and give them every opportunity to thrive. As she got more involved, she realized just how many families faced similar struggles. Informally, she began to connect to other parents and served as a catalyst for them to find the help they needed. In fact, it is this connection to other parents navigating the unpredictable path of raising children with disabilities that led her to her position today with AADD. Most of Rita’s job involves her testifying at the Capitol on behalf of the families she meets. She loves her job because it impacts so many others, including her own two sons. Rita is able to enjoy her dream job with AADD and still enjoy a dream day that includes seeing her two sons, now 17 and 15 years old, smile. Says Young, “The best days are when I see a grin on both of my sons’ faces; when we can all laugh out loud at life. That’s important to remember, that there is humor in all of it, good times and bad.” For more information on Rita’s work and AADD, visit their website www.aadd.org. Kate Atwood is the founder of Kate’s Club, an organization that provides support to youth who have lost a parent or sibling. www.katesclub.org.
Located on 480-plus acres in Bonnet Creek, the hotel is surrounded on three sides by Disney and is the first Waldorf Astoria to be built outside the flagship property in NYC. Universal Orlando Resort will not be outdone, as they unveil The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on June 18. Complete with Hogwarts Castle, the village of Hogsmeade and The Owlery, the long-awaited theme park offers rides, attractions, shopping, eating and drinking all in the theme of the ubiquitous book series. With more variety than ever, the Orlando area and the magic of Disney continues to be a rite of passage for many. Whether you are 4 and meeting Mickey Mouse for the first time, or are 74 and experiencing Universal with your 10-year-old grandson, there is something for everyone. Wherever you decide to go this summer – enjoy, relax and experience! Jennifer Campbell is a partner and travel consultant with Explorations. Contact her at Jennifer@explorationsltd.com.
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Health & Wellness Briefs Decatur’s Vista Yoga will celebrate May Day on Saturday, May 1, with a day full of fun activities for the whole family, including a free Introduction to Yoga class at noon, a trunk show and modeling of clothing from Beyond Yoga. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with Donation Yoga Classes, then 10 a.m. with regular basic classes, and then at noon, a free intro to yoga class. For directions and more information, visit www.vistayoga. com or call (404) 929-9642.
PLAY FOR PATRICK, May 21-22
The Druid Hills Golf Club will host Play for Patrick, a fundraising tennis tournament to benefit the nonprofit Press On, on Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22. Press On was created by Erin and Stephen Chance after their 3-year-old son, Patrick, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. The organization raises funds for research into curing childhood cancers. To find out more information about the tournament and to register, visit www.pressonfund.org.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
✔10 proven tools to help you feel stronger and more hopeful. 1. Connect with others: Get support from friends and family or find a support group. 2. Stay positive: Ways to stay positive are to foster optimism, practice gratitude, and avoid negative thinking. 3. Get physically active: Exercise matters for your mood, too. Millions of people have found it decreases stress, anger and tension, reduces anxiety and depression, and offers a greater sense of well-being. 4. Help others: Some simple ways to help others are calling a friend to see how she’s doing, serving your spouse breakfast in bed, letting a car in front of you on the highway, smiling at a stranger in the street, holding the elevator door for your co-worker, and joining a volunteer group. 5. Get enough sleep: Some tips for getting more sleep are setting a regular bedtime, decaffeinating yourself, destressing yourself, exercising, making your bed a sleep haven.
Atlanta Medical Center’s Same Day Surgery Center recently underwent a complete renovation. The goal was to create a true ambulatory surgery center that allows patients easier access in and out of the facility for check-in and discharge, eliminates the need for patients to navigate the main hospital campus, keeps patient cases in Same Day Surgery instead of sending them to the hospital’s
main operating rooms. Operational enhancements include a streamlined patient registration process, decreased room turnover times and more flexible scheduling of surgeries. The facility received aesthetic upgrades such as new furniture and cabinetry, new flooring and curtains, modernized public restrooms. www. atlantamedcenter.com. Oh Baby! Fitness is hosting free prenatal and postnatal exercise classes for Mother’s Day weekend at all of its 20 Atlanta locations on May 7 through 9. Fitness classes are for moms and moms-to-be. More information is available at www.ohbabyfitness.com. Danie Edwards, a licensed medical massage therapist, is now at Arista Spa. If you are suffering from joint pain, arthritis, migraine, poor circulation or tension, book a neuromechanical acupuncture massage at Arista. www.aristaspas.com.
Free Skin Cancer Screening Northside Hospital is holding free skin cancer screenings in May. Licensed medical staff and physicians will provide participants with full or partial body assessments, conducted in private settings. The community is invited to attend. The screenings will be available Tuesday, May 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Northside Hospital Cancer Center, and Wednesday May 12, from 6 to 8 pm at Northside Hospital Forsyth. Pre-registration is required. To schedule an appointment, call 404-845-5555 and press “0.” For more information about skin cancer, visit www.northside.com.
7. Eat well: Good food can boost your energy, lower the risk of developing certain diseases, provide fuel to your brain, counteract the impact of stress on your body and affect mood-related body chemicals. 8. Take care of your spirit: You can think of spirituality as connecting to whatever you consider meaningful and holy. You can find it in God, in yourself, in other people, in nature, art or kindness. 9. Deal better with hard times: Exercise, sleep or write about a difficult event, face stress, and focus on the positives. 10. Get professional help if needed: If the problems in your life are stopping you from functioning well or feeling good, professional help can make a big difference. – Courtesy of Mental Health America (nmha.org)
6. Create joy and satisfaction: Experts say good feelings can boost your ability to bounce back from stress, solve problems, think flexibly and even fight disease. Some ways to create joy are finding some fun, strengthening your funny bone and indulging every once in awhile.
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Go Green A GUIDE TO AN ECO-FRIENDLY LIFESTYLE
Thousands expected at green expo downtown By Jenn Ballentine For those of you interested in the latest natural and green products, ALIVE! Expo event is coming back to town for the sixth time the weekend of May 15 and 16. Held at the Georgia World Congress Center, this event brings together the Southeast’s largest gathering of experts on healthy living. Attendees can sample natural and organic products including vitamins, locally grown foods and beauty and antiaging products, and gather information on what is new and exciting in the natural living and green industries. The expo, which is expected to draw over 20,000 attendees, will feature an eco-friendly Artist’s Market for the first time this year. Handmade artisan items that have been crafted from natural and recycled materials
will be available for purchase. Also new this year is a focus on fitness in the Kid’s Corner. Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli will be on hand along with some of his NFL colleagues to play ball with the younger visitors. Sponsored by the Ovie Mughelli Foundation, the Kid’s Corner will not only provide free childcare but will incorporate education about green living and fitness into its activities. According to ALIVE! Expo founder Patrycja Towns, the expo is a great way to introduce people interested in health, wellness and natural living to new products and services. “You know how it is when there is a product we are not familiar with. We want to see it and touch it before we buy it. More and more people are interested in healthy lifestyles and taking preventative measures to improve their health. This
Decatur Green Fest on May 1 The Decatur Green Fest, hosted by the Dogwood Alliance, is Saturday, May 1, from 3 to 9:30 p.m. The event kicks off the annual Concert on the Square series and features a day of music featuring popular local bands and a headliner beginning at 7 p.m. Headlining the event will be the band Holland Dutch. Local bands appearing include Jeff Hix and the Heretics, Michael Killeen and Night Driving in Small Towns. In addition to music, the event promises a potpourri of local and organic food, Equal Exchange fair traded products, exhibits of green services, an expanded children’s area, and a showing of artists working in recycled materials. Terrapin Beer, a partner in the festival, will be on hand to sell their tasty beverages and local restaurants will be selling food. And for the second year the event will be solar powered courtesy of sound partner Tree Leaf Music. This fourth annual event is a benefit for the Dogwood Alliance and the Decatur Preservation Alliance. The Dogwood Alliance is the region leader in efforts to bring together the voices of thousands of individuals to pursue win-win solutions that ensure the future of natural and native Southern forests and create financial incentives for positive change by creating market demand for environmentally sound paper products. The Decatur Preservation Alliance is a non-profit citizen’s group whose mission is to connect the Decatur community through the preservation of its historic structures and green spaces. Incorporated in 2000 to save the Old Depot, the DPA’s current programs include the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project, Woodlands Garden and the Decatur Cemetery. For more information visit www.decaturgreenfest.com and become a fan of the event on Facebook.
is a great way to expose them to what’s available,” said Towns. The Expo will be held Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10; children 16 and under are free. A VIP ticket is available for $25 in advance or $30 at the door. This ticket includes Exhibit Hall admission, lectures from top industry experts, healthy cooking demonstrations and entrance to the Green and Healthy Gourmet Lounge where local foods and beer and wine will be available for tasting from 1 to 5 p.m.
Thousands attended last year’s expo.
For more information on the ALIVE! Expo or to purchase your tickets and discounted parking passes, go to www.AliveExpo.com.
Visit the Crabs At first glance, the heavily armored, spike-tailed horseshoe crab looks like an enemy. But the only battle this creature is equipped for is evolution. Harmless to humans, horseshoe crabs have remained relatively unchanged for the past 300 million years. Spending most of their time at the depths of the sea, these elusive crabs are a marvel to see in person. Lucky for Georgia residents, there’s a chance to do just that every spring. Thousands of horseshoe crabs, which are not crabs at allbut a distant relative of the spider, head to the Georgia shoreline each April and May to spawn. At high tide during the full or new moon of spring, the males are the first to show their shells in the shallow waters. Soon thereafter, the females arrive to deposit up to 4,000 eggs at a time- cumulatively 90,000 eggs each season. Smaller in size, the male crab attaches to the female to fertilize the eggs, only to be followed by as many as a dozen other males in a clamored shell-on-shell frenzy for fatherhood. Eager ruddy turnstones, red knots and sanderlings are just a few of the migrating shorebird species that rely on these eggs for survival. Flying thousands of miles from Argentina and the Arctic tundra, hoards of thin and famished birds time their arrival into Georgia within days of the spawning crabs. With millions of eggs under their sandy footprints, the shorebirds have enough bounty to fatten them up while also allowing the horseshoe crabs to live on, generation after generation. The protected island of Little St. Simons offers an excellent vantage point to see the spawning April 28 through 30, May 14 through 16 or May 28 through 30. For day trips to LSSI or lodging accommodations, please visit www.littlestsimonsisland.com. – Pamela Berger
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ecoEMPORIUM in West Midtown avoided closure and has relocated to At the Collective in Inman Park, 280 Elizabeth St., Suite B103. The shop continues to offer organic and nontoxic mattresses, bedding, pillows, and baby products and well as eco-friendly cards, gifts, soaps, Kigo Footwear and Dreamsacks Bamboo Loungewear. The eco-friendly store will continue the Organic Baby nursery classes and consultations for organic baby nursery and design. www.theecoemporium.com. The Go Green Expo is set for June 26 to 28 in Atlanta, with opportunities for companies that specialize in eco-friendly goods to display their products and interact with the general public, other business owners and the media. The first day of the event is open only to business owners. The second and third day is open to all. The exposition will host over 200 booths and exhibits, interactive seminars and speeches, film presentations, eco fashion show, demonstrations and other activities. Interested businesses should contact Nancy Mathew at (212) 655-4505 ext. 225. Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Green Expansion will double the size of the visitor’s experience when three new features open May 1. For the first time in more than 30 years, the expansion will open the Garden’s 15-acre woodlands, known as Storza Woods, to the public via a Canopy Walk extending 600 feet from the Hardin Visitor Center into the tops of poplars, hickories and oaks. The unique, 12-foot-wide suspension bridge will give visitors a bird’s-eye view of a quilted garden of native azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, woodland perennials and seasonal bulbs below. At the foot of the Canopy Walk, visitors also may soak up the woodland’s beauty on the Sourwood Terrace before passing through a tunnel under the Garden’s entry road and emerging into a tropical sunny paradise known as the new Cascades Garden. Here, visitors may pause to drink in the relaxing sounds of cascading waterfalls surrounded by bold-textured hardy tropicals, including bananas, cannas and more than 50 varieties of gingers. Strolling into the formal gardens, guests can visit the Edible Garden and Outdoor Kitchen, at the opposite end of the Garden. Built on the site of a former parking, the Edible Garden will feature colorful fruits and vegetables for consuming 365 days a year. The farm-to-table concept is designed to foster healthy lifestyles by planting, harvesting and preparing food using only the freshest ingredients. The centerpieces of this garden are an outdoor kitchen and amphitheater featuring regular cooking demonstrations and an 8-foot-tall, 55-foot-long herb wall planted with more than 2,000 herb plants. For information, visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org
Going the Green Mile Last year when I traded in my hybrid SUV for the much smaller third generation Toyota Prius, I had no idea I was going to love driving a car so much. When hybrid vehicles were first introduced to the market, my family and I drove an SUV model and I always raved about its fuel efficiency and overall low impact on the environment. I continued to drive my SUV while everyone around me evolved to driving a Prius, including my dad, in-laws and step mom, Jane Fonda, all of whom raved about it and ultimately persuaded me to buy one. I was hesitant at first – I mean, my SUV was perfectly good to drive and there was little need to get a brand new car – but once I made the switch, I realized how much I had been missing out. It was apparent in the first week of driving my car how much hybrid technology had advanced from when I purchased my
hybrid in 2007. Sure I saved about $20,000 by buying a Prius (as compared to buying a similar hybrid SUV model that I had been driving), but when I realized that my new car was getting about 51 miles to the gallon versus the 30 miles I had been used to, I was elated. The smaller details, too, like LED head and tail lights and UV reduction glass, make driving the super energy efficient car that much better. There are many hybrid vehicles on the market today that boast similar features to the Prius, like the Honda Civic Hybrid. Choosing a hybrid vehicle is not only a great choice for the planet, but it is also a great relief to your checkbook. On top of saving money from not buying gas as often, a hybrid purchase is available for federal tax incentives, often as great as $3,000. For more information about how you can go green this Earth Day, visit: www.lauraseydel.com.
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By Collin Kelley & Britton Buttrill If you’re in search of weekend fun, check out one of the many Spring festivals happening around the city. From artisans and musicians to home tours and rooftop vistas, May is jampacked with activities. Here’s a round-up of just some of the events happening this month: Sweet Auburn Springfest
The historic Sweet Auburn district of Downtown comes alive with a weekend of music, activities, food and more on May 7 to 9. Auburn Avenue is the focal point for the festival, which will feature a seniors pavilion, artists market, business and tech expo, car and bike show, heath and fitness fair, film festival, theater performances, a kids “fun zone” and a green pavilion. For more information, visit www.sweetaburn.com.
Head over to historic West End for West Fest on May 7 to 9, featuring three days of music, art and a home tour. The festival opens on Friday with a benefit concert by Avery Sunshine and Elliott Holden from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Wren’s Nest. Tickets are $25. The arts festival is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Gordon-White Park on the BeltLine. A day will kick off with a dog parade at 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to bring their dog, and there is no admission to the festival. The home tour is Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. with more than a dozen Craftsman, Victorian, Queen Anne-style homes. Tickets are $15. For tickets and more information, www.atlantawestfest.com.
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Kirkwood Spring Fling
The Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes is Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, at Bessie Branham Park, 2051 Delano Drive. The festival will feature an open air artist market, 5k run, live music, children’s area and food and beverage vendors. The home tour will showcase a diverse collection of building styles from classic Victorian cottages to Craftsman bungalows to modern lofts. The festival portion of the weekend is from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and admission is free. The tour of homes will be held Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. All proceeds go to benefit the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization, a local 501c3 non-profit group dedicated community improvement. For more information, visit www.kirkwoodﬂing.com.
Artful Garden Tour
The Artful Garden Tour is Saturday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $20 until May 12 and $25 afterwards. This self-guided tour will feature six private gardens focusing on art and design. Highlights include a formal French garden with fountain, a private lake with boathouse and pergola, and a fenced herb and vegetable garden. Enjoy vibrant spring blooms, inviting waterfalls and pools, distinctive outdoor features, and a spectacular array of art and artists. Gardens on tour are centered in Buckhead, Chastain and Sandy Springs. All proceeds benefit the High Museum of Art. Visit www.high.or for tickets and details.
Atlanta Downtown Festival
The 9th annual Atlanta Downtown Festival is set for Saturday, May 22, and will be sponsored by Social Resto Café Bar, which has booked all the music for this year’s event. Salsa, jazz, Latin rock and more will be performed from noon to midnight on the Festival Stage. This year’s festival moves to West Peachtree Place between Spring and Williams streets. In addition to live music, festival events will include a visual artist market, food and drink tastings and other activities designed to showcase the vitality of Atlanta’s downtown and the joy of downtown living. Returning this year is the popular Rooftop Tour, unveiling swimming pools, gardens, and of course,
incredible views, and many of the tour stops will feature wine tastings, music or food samplings. Tickets are $15 for the tour and there will be a complimentary shuttle. Buy tickets in advance at www.active.com. Another festival will be Scavenger Hunt, which will have participants searching for prizes at historical sites, parks, restaurants and more. Hunt tickets are $25 at www.active.com. For more details about the festival, visit www.atlantadna.org.
Decatur Arts Festival
Blues, funk and gypsy jazz on the bandstand; over 140 artists from around the nation selling paintings jewelry and more; cutting-edge dance; storytellers and improvisational comedy; a parade and balloon art for kids – these are just a few of the activities at the 22nd annual Decatur Arts Festival set for Memorial Day weekend, May 28 to 30. This interactive, inclusive arts extravaganza, presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance, includes art and artists from all disciplines and features hands-on participatory art as well as demonstrating and performing arts. All events are free. Some of the weekend highlightlight include the Art Walk on Friday night from 5 to 10 p.m. with special events and artists at local galleries and businesses. The Artists Market will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, while live music will be staged on the community w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
Movies & The Market Returns Thursday nights, beginning May 6, will bring back Atlanta’s longest running outdoor movie series in Central Park. The series features a collection of blockbusters, family favorites, classics, musicals and a few comedies to round out the schedule. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays (premovie) Atlantic Station will promote time sensitive specials from restaurants to encourage attendees to come early for a bite and sign-up for weekly prizes. Movies begin at dusk.
Movies & the Market: Summer 2010 Schedule MAY Twilight (6), The Blind Side (13), Shrek (18), Shrek 2 (19), Shrek 3 (20) and UP! (27). JUNE The Karate Kid – Original Version (3), The Great Race (10), Back to the Future (17) and Mamma Mia! (24). JULY Dirty Dancing (1), Singing in the Rain (8), Men in Black (15), The Philadelphia Story (22) and Angels & Demons (29).
AUGUST Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (5), Star Trek: The Future Begins (12), Best in Show (19) and Mary Poppins (26). SEPTEMBER The Bucket List (2), The Proposal (9), Princess & The Frog (16), Julie & Julia (23) and ET (30). Visit www.AtlanticStation.com for more details and sponsorship information.
banstand on the square featuring Larkin Poe, Scott Little Band, Jacob Jeffries Band, Morgan Rowe, Gwen Hughes & The Retro Jazz Katz, ConunDRUMS, JazzChronics, Swamp Funk Quartet, Bonaventure Quartet, Yonrico Scott Band, and
Sewhe Village Percussion. To see a full line-up of events, visit www.decaturartsfestival.com.
Buckhead Spring Arts and Crafts Festival
This festival, modeled on last month’s Inman Park event, is set for May 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Chastain Park. This inaugural event will feature approximately 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craftpersons, glass blowers, jewelers and more! The Festival will also offer visitors the opportunity to view artist demonstrations, enjoy live entertainment, participate in hands-on arts activities, and enjoy festival foods and beverages. Proceeds will benefit the creation of a new Chastain Dog Park and the Chastain Civic Association. For a full line-up of events and artists visit, www.buckheadartsfestival.com.
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Atlanta Jazz Festival
The 33rd annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is a month-long event, capped off by a Memorial Day weekend festival in Piedmont Park. Festival events are free and a full schedule is at www.atlantafestivals.com. The Piedmont Park event will feature local and nationally-renowned artists including Marcus Miller and Christian Scott will pay tribute to Miles Davis with “Tutu Revisited” and there will also be performances by Spyro Gyra, MF Production’s Celebration of Lionel Hampton featuring Diane Schuur and Jason Marsalis, Stanley Clarke Band featuring Hiromi and more. The 2010 Atlanta Jazz Festival is a program of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.
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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Visual Arts Alexandre Arrechea: The Rules of Play: Visit SCAD’s ACA Gallery to see this exhibit showcasing Cuban-born artist Alexandre Arrechea’s recent drawings, sculpture and video inspired by the constructs of power in an everglobalizing society. Opens May 6. Closed Monday. Admission is free. www.scad.edu/atlanta John Westmark - New Works: Come out to Alan Avery Art Company to see this exhibit integrating paper sewing patterns into paintings inspired by myths and folklore created by John Westmark. Opens May 6. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission. www.alanaveryartcompany.com Group Exhibit: Come view new works by Kenson, Courtney J. Garrett, Jeff Cohen, Rebecca Kinkead and Maggie Taylor at Pryor Fine Art. Closes May 13. Open Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.pryorfineart.com Group Exhibit: Visit the Mason Murer Main Gallery to see works by realist painter Karen Hollingsworth, abstract painter Babak Emanuel, mixed-media artist Patrick Johnson and photographer Robin Davis, among others. Closes May 14. Open Tuesday through Saturday. www. masonmurer.com Laserwarrior: This exhibit at Get This! Gallery features meticulously detailed, painstaking and obnoxious drawings by Andy Moon Wilson. Opens May 15. Closed Sunday through Tuesday. Admission is free. www.getthisgallery.com Elsie Dresch Exhibit: This one-woman show at Watson Gallery features 85 paintings by Dresch in celebration of her 85th birthday. Closes May 22. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.watsongallery.net Drawing From the Soul: The Brotherman Comic Art Experience: This art exhibit at the Auburn Avenue Research Library features the work of legendary illustrator Dawud Anyabwile and his groundbreaking graphic novel Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline. Daily. Free! www.afpls.org
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Callanwolde Fine Arts Center: This historic home in the Emory area offers tours, classes and workshops, special concerts, arts events, and gallery exhibitions. Closed Sunday. Free! www.callanwolde.org Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta: The Children’s Museum of Atlanta creates environments and activities where young children experience the power of imagination. Daily. $12.50. www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org National Museum of Commercial Aviation: This one-of-a-kind museum celebrates the lives and stories of the men and women whose work and passion have shaped the aviation industry. Open Wednesday through Saturday. $2 to $4. www.nationalaviationmuseum.com Center for Puppetry Arts: This hands-on museum has a display of more than 350 puppets from various time periods and countries around the world. Closed Monday. $8. www.puppet.org
Theatre & Dance The Magic Flute: In this Atlanta Opera show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina pass through several trials to find each other as they take an enchanting journey of love and self-discovery. Closes May 2. $27.50 to $133.50. www. atlantaopera.org Oleanna: Academy Theatre presents this play by David Mamet about the complicated interplay between a student on the verge of failure and a professor on the verge of tenure. Closes May 2. $10 to $15. www.academytheatre.org The Brand New Kid: A new student from a foreign land faces adversity in a new school in this Synchronicity Theatre production at 7 Stages Theatre. Closes May 9. $15 to $20. www.synchrotheatre.com
Shake at the Lake: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Georgia Shakespeare’s popular annual free performance in the park is back after a year’s hiatus with the Bard’s most-loved comedy. May 5 through May 9. Free! www.gashakespeare.org
Decorative Arts Collection Museum: No matter what your favorite style of decorative painting, you will find it here at this premiere repository of the style. Open Monday through Friday. Free admission. www.decorativeartscollection.org
In Search of Tonto Blue: The struggles of a mid-life crisis are captured with original music, puppetry and the highly skilled muscular presence of the living artist in this 7 Stages show. May 6 through May 9. $17.50 to $25. www.7stages.org
High Museum of Art: With more than 11,000 works in its permanent collection, the High has an extensive anthology of 19th and 20th century American and decorative art, significant European pieces, modern and contemporary art, photography, African art and folk art. Closed Monday. $11 to $18. www.high.org
Sheer Exhilaration: This Atlanta Ballet show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre is an extravaganza of energetic performances showcasing talented new choreographers who push dancers to their creative limits. May 6 - 9. $20 to $120. www.atlantaballet.com Mary Poppins: Broadway Across America brings w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
this classic children’s musical to the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Closes May 16. $26.85 to $142.75. www.foxtheatre.org Spring Fieldwork Showcase: Visit Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts for this showcase performance of works-in-progress created during the Several Dancers Core Fieldwork workshops. May 16. $7. www.severaldancerscore.org Avenue Q: Broadway Across America’s rendition of this hilarious show at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre explores the eternal struggle of trying to make it in NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. May 18 through May 23. www.cobbenergycentre.com Jitney: True Colors Theatre Company presents this play about a gypsy cab station that offers a look into the vitality of life in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1977 at the Southwest Fulton Arts Center. May 2 through May 30. $20 to $30. www. truecolorstheatre.org Ded Bob’s Shakespeare Comedy Spectacular: Ded Bob, master of the macabre, will “Bobmatize” you into enjoying a night full of Elizabethan vaudeville, magic, music and two hilarious “Shakespeare’s Shorts” with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company. May 20 through May 30. $12 to $32. www.shakespearetavern.com True Love Lies: Kane and Carolyn have the typical American family - including all the trials and tribulations of living with teenage children - in this not-so-typical play at Horizon Theatre rife with wild and wisecracking comedy. Opens May 20. $10 to $30. www.horizontheatre.com Stellaluna: This Center for Puppetry Arts show explores the desire to fit in and the importance to truly be yourself as it follows the efforts of Stellaluna to fit in with a nest full of baby birds. Opens May 25. $16. www.puppet.org Samurai Davis Jr. and Dim Sum’s Super Mega Happy Fun Time Improv Show!: This truly outrageous Japanese-style game show on stage every Friday night at Dad’s Garage is like “Let’s Make a Deal” meets “Double Dare.” $15. www.dadsgarage.com
Out & About Historic Piedmont Park Tours: Learn about the history of Piedmont Park and get a little exercise by joining this guided walking tour. May 1 and May 15. Free! Reservations recommended. www.piedmontpark.org Bearing Witness Survivor Speaker Series: Bring your friends and family to hear the unforgettable stories of Atlanta Holocaust survivors at this monthly series at The Breman Jewish Museum. May 2. $2 to $10. www.thebreman.org Planting History: Experience the gardens at the Atlanta History Center in full bloom and learn about the important role plants have played throughout history. May 2. $11 to $16.50. www.atlantahistorycenter.com First Thursday Open Improv: Join host Robert w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
Cheatham at Eyedrum for an evening of vocal and instrumental performers who share the stage for a completely improvised set. May 6. Free! www. pd.org/~eyedrum First Thursdays Downtown Arts Walk: Take a self-guided tour of galleries and move at your own pace as you soak up some fabulous contemporary Southern art on the first Thursday of the month. May 6. Free! www.atlantadowntown.com First Thursday + Buckhead: Explore all that Buckhead’s art community offers in this monthly stroll through a variety of galleries. May 6. Free admission. www.alanaveryartcompany.com A Taste of Underground Atlanta: Come and sample delicious menu items from local restaurants and enjoy live entertainment, a community vendor market and more at Underground Atlanta. May 6. $3 or 5 donated canned goods. www.underground-atlanta.com West Fest 2010: Don’t miss this annual festival celebrating the West End with a benefit concert, an artist market and a historic tour of homes, including a tour of The Wren’s Nest. May 7 through May 9. Combo Ticket: $30. Festival: Free! www.atlantawestfest.com Storytelling at Fernbank: Enjoy exciting tales about the natural world with Fernbank’s storyteller-in-residence Rob Cleveland. This event is suitable for children ages 3 and up. May 8. $13 to $15. www.fernbankmuseum.org Zoo NightCrawler: After the sun sets and Zoo Atlanta closes its gates for the evening, you and your family can go behind-the-scenes to see what really happens in the Zoo after hours! May 8 and May 22. $80. www.zooatlanta.org The Mad Hatter Returns!: Join Young Audiences at the Woodruff Arts Center for a morning of whimsical flair, artists, performances and hands-on fun with characters from “Alice in Wonderland.” May 8. $12 to $15. www.youngaudiences.org Second Sunday Fundays: Celebrate Mother’s Day with art-filled fun for the whole family at the High Museum as you delight in a dynamic artist demonstration and connect to different cultures through magical live performances. May 9. $11 to $18. www.high.org Decorators’ Show House & Gardens: This Atlanta springtime tradition benefiting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra showcases 28 of the finest interior and landscape designers in the Southeast at “Giverny,” a magnificent estate home with over four acres of spectacular gardens. Closes May 9. $20. www.atlantasymphony.org
Admission is free. www.castleberryhill.org Westside Artwalk: Enjoy the burgeoning Westside Atlanta art district as you view exhibitions, attend lectures and tour art spaces every third Saturday of the month. May 15. Free! http://wadatlanta.org Feed Your Senses: This lunchtime learning series is held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Rialto Center at GSU. Each program features different artists or speakers, providing a casual and fun insider’s look at their craft. May 19. Free! Box lunches are available for $5. www. rialtocenter.org Avant Garden: This arts salon on the third Thursday of each month features social activities for art and film professionals and enthusiasts at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. May 20. Free! www.thecontemporary.org Georgia Aquarium Adult Sleepovers: Relax, have fun and explore the Georgia Aquarium after hours as you sleep beside one of the world-class exhibits at this adults-only sleepover. May 21. $100. www.georgiaaquarium.org Friday Jazz: Arouse your senses with the sights and sounds of this evening of art and music and enjoy live entertainment at the High Museum. May 21. $15 to $18. www.high.org Drop-in Kids Classes: Bring your child to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for a day of fun and education! From bugs to flowers to carnivorous plants, you never know what you’re going to learn about! May 22. Class fees: $6 per child in addition to Garden Admission ($12 to $15). www. atlantabotanicalgarden.org Fourth Saturday Family Fun Days: Enjoy an afternoon of free, themed family fun at Centennial Olympic Park full of interactive, entertaining and educational activities for children. May 22. Free! www.centennialpark.com Forces of Nature: Experience the awesome spectacle of earthquakes, volcanoes and tornados, and witness the death-defying science behind the Earth’s fiercest powers, in this largeformat IMAX® film at Fernbank. Closes May 27. $7 to $13. www.fernbankmuseum.org Studioplex Fourth Fridays Artwalk: During this unique art stroll, you are invited to meet the many
resident artists, as well as SCAD students and faculty, who live and work at Studioplex. May 28. Free! www.studioplexlofts.com The Slavery Chronicles: Wood is Wonderful Gallery and Plainbrown present a monthly series of slave narratives, drama, spoken word, visual art, dance and music. May 28. Free to $10. www. woodiswonderfulgallery.com Vera: The Lady Behind the Ladybug: This exhibition in the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Fuqua Orchid Center Art Gallery features works by artist and designer Vera Neumann, known worldwide for her fashions, home décor and personal accessories - denoted by her signature ladybug. Closes May 30. $12 to $15. www. atlantabotanicalgarden.org Veterans Remembrance Day: Join the Atlanta History Center to honor the contributions of veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and today’s conflicts. May 30. $11 to $16.50. www.atlantahistorycenter.com Bodies: The Exhibition & Dialog in the Dark: Celebrate the wonder of the human form and experience an awakening of the senses as a visually impaired guide leads you in total darkness at these Atlantic Station exhibits. Close May 31. $17.28 to $25.92. www.atlantastation.com From Civil War to Civil Rights Guided History Tour: Take a stroll back in time and learn about the historic beginnings of this unique city on this tour that begins at Underground Atlanta. Every Friday through Sunday. $6. www.undergroundatlanta.com Cocktails in the Garden: Enjoy light bites and relaxing music as you sip cocktails in the gorgeous setting of the Atlanta Botanical Garden every Thursday evening. $15. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org Children’s Garden Storybook Time: Enjoy tales about butterflies and bees, tadpoles and frogs, trees and flowers, and other garden friends every Wednesday at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. $12 to $15. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org Art Mondays: This interactive art evening at Apache Café features exhibited works by emerging artists including drawings, paintings and fine art photography. Every Monday. $4 to $5. www.apachecafe.info
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Poetry Night at Callanwolde: Join amazing poets to celebrate the art and performance of poetry with readings in the unique setting of the Callanwolde Library. May 12. $3 to $5. www.callanwolde.org 2nd Friday Art Stroll: Enjoy the beautiful Atlanta nights and the city’s most popular art district on the second Friday of each month. May 14.
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The World of Coca-Cola: It’s the only place you can explore the complete story – past, present and future – of the world’s best-known brand. Daily. $10 to $15. www.worldofcoca-cola.com Wednesday WindDown: Relax with an evening of live entertainment every Wednesday and enjoy everything from jazz to contemporary music performed by your favorite local and national touring acts in Centennial Olympic Park. Free! www.centennialpark.com Zoo Atlanta: Founded in 1889, it’s one of the 10 oldest zoos in continuous operation in the United States. Bring your family today to enjoy this historical site and the Zoo’s family-friendly activities. Daily. $13.99 to $18.99. www.zooatlanta.org Fountain Show: Experience the beauty of the Fountain of Rings with a dancing water show synchronized to popular music, sound effects and lights in Centennial Olympic Park. Daily. Free! www.centennialpark.com Toddler Thursdays: Bring your child to this popular pre-school art education program at the High Museum to look at works of art and create a masterpiece to take home. Every Thursday. $11 to $18. www.high.org Cineprov!: Have you ever hoped that the morons next to you yelling incredibly unfunny things at the screen during a movie would shut up and let professionals handle it? If you answered yes, you need to come see Cineprov at Relapse Theatre! Every Friday. $10. www.relapsecomedy.com Martinis & IMAX: Shake things up with Atlanta’s perfect mix of culture and cocktails! It’s the recipe for a sophisticated night out, with a splash of culture, a dash of haute cuisine, a touch of spectacular atmosphere, and a garnish of IMAX® film screenings. Every Friday. $7 to $12. www. fernbankmuseum.org Tour of the Fox Theatre: At this tour you can explore the mysterious interior of The Fabulous Fox, one of the few remaining exotic movie palaces of the 1920s. Every Monday, Wednesday,
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Thursday and Saturday. $5 to $10. www. preserveatlanta.com Rocky Horror Picture Show: The awesomely twisted tale of Brad and Janet and their mistaken trek to the home of Dr. Frankenfurter comes alive on the screen and on stage at the Plaza Theatre. Every Friday. $7.50 to $9. www.plazaatlanta.com Planet Shark: Predator or Prey: Visit this “out of water” exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium to explore some of the unique relationships humans have forged with one of the world’s most feared predators - the shark. Daily. $23.50 to $31.50. www.georgiaaquarium.org Diana: A Celebration: This exhibition at The Civic Center includes a series of 150 stunning objects that chronicle Princess Diana’s life and invite the visitor to share the milestones of her many roles. Closed Monday. $12 to $18.50. www. atlantaciviccenter.com Historic Oakland Cemetery: Take a stroll under the sweetly scented magnolias, study the intricately carved monuments, or take a tour with one of the skillful, enthusiastic and highly informative guides. Daily. Admission is free. Guided Tours: $5 to $10. www.oaklandcemetery. com Blue Sky Concerts: Enjoy a mid-week lunchtime music break with live performances from a variety of artists every Wednesday at the Community Bandstand on the square in downtown Decatur. Free! www.decaturdba.com Concerts on the Square: Pack your picnic, bring your quilts and blankets, and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment every Saturday at the Community Bandstand on the square in downtown Decatur. Free! www.decaturdba.com Historic Downtown Walking Tour: Experience Atlanta’s earliest skyscrapers district, beginning at the historic Candler Building and winding through interiors of several of Atlanta’s landmark structures. Every Friday and Saturday. $5 to $10. www.preserveatlanta.com Music at Noon: Bring your friends, coworkers and lunch to enjoy a mid-day break filled with sunny skies and a variety of live music including pop, R&B and jazz, performed by your favorite local artists, in Centennial Olympic Park. Every Tuesday and Thursday. Free! www.centennialpark. com
Grant Mansion and Confederate fortifications to the Victorian era and present day in Grant Park. Every Sunday. $5 to $10. www.preserveatlanta. com
presents exciting wind band classics, including the “Original Suite” by Gordon Jacob, the “Folk Dances” of Dmitri Shostakovich and “Turbine” by John Mackey. May 17. Free! www.arts.emory.edu
Inman Park Walking Tour: Visit Atlanta’s first trolley suburb and see the elegant Victorian homes built by Coca-Cola magnates Asa Candler and Ernest Woodruff. Every Sunday. $5 to $10. www.preserveatlanta.com
Lisa Saffer & Beethoven’s 5th Symphony: Maestro Oliver Knussen presents the towering Beethoven’s 5th with guest artist soprano Lisa Saffer. May 20 through May 22. $20 to $75. www.atlantasymphony.org
A World Mapped By Stories: The Salman Rushdie Archive: For the first time, the celebrated writer’s computer files, private journals, notebooks, photographs and manuscripts will be on display to the public at Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. Closed Sunday. Free! www.arts.emory.edu
The Art of Losing: This exhibition at Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library features books and unique items that include poems reprinted in Professor of English and Creative Writing Kevin Young’s latest anthology of elegies. Closed Sunday. Free! www.arts.emory.edu
HIM uses a distinct compound of scowling melodies and mystical love story-inspired lyrics to mark their musical ground. May 3 at Center Stage Atlanta. $28.
Classical Music Eddie Palmieri: This legendary pianist and bandleader returns to Atlanta with a revitalized edition of his influential ensemble from the 1960s, La Perfecta II, at the Rialto Center for the Arts. May 1. $39 to $65. www.rialtocenter.org Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra: Emory University’s ninety-member youth orchestra is comprised of exceptionally talented young musicians from more than 40 high schools in the metro Atlanta area. May 5. Free! www.arts.emory. edu Chris Botti: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is bringing Botti back to the Woodruff Arts Center to share his soulful and charismatic trumpeting. May 7. $30 to $90. www.atlantasymphony.org A Thrilling Trio: Runnicles, Bach and Bruckner: Led by Donald Runnicles, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform Bach’s “Fourth Suite” and Bruckner’s “7th Symphony.” May 6 through May 8. $20 to $75. www.atlantasymphony.org Schubert’s Mass in G: Just Voices and The Morningside Singers combine forces to perform Franz Schubert’s youthful and lyrical second mass for chorus, soloists, organ and string orchestra at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur. May 8. $10 to $15. www.justvoices.org
Arabia: A land steeped in mystery and myth is revealed in stunning dimensions in this thought-provoking new IMAX film at Fernbank. Daily. $7 to $13. www. fernbankmuseum.org
Peter & the Wolf: Drama sweeps Symphony Hall in a new spellbinding interpretation of Prokofiev’s beloved musical tale by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. May 9. $15 to $20. www. atlantasymphony.org
Druid Hills Walking Tour: Enjoy the gracious ambiance of Druid Hills and view elegant homes of diverse architectural styles on this weekly walk. Every Saturday. $5 to $10. www. preserveatlanta.com
Love Blooms: In this concert, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” and Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet Suite.” May 13 through May 16. $20 to $75. www.atlantasymphony.org
Grant Park Walking Tour: Walk through Atlanta’s history from the antebellum
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Gipsy Kings: This band’s roots are steeped in the Romany tradition, and they demonstrate a love of Rumba Catalana - a love that they have brought to a more mainstream audience. May 1 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. $33.50 to $48.50.
Bullet for My Valentine takes cues from ‘80s metal bands and the punk-infused metal of the new millennium to make melodic, dark rock with metal tendencies. May 4 at The Tabernacle. $24. James McMurtry: His work, which ranges from atmospheric ballads to no-holds-barred rock, has long been praised as the best among songwriters. May 4 and May 5 at The 5 Spot. $16. Salt-n-Pepa are a Queens hip-hop group formed in the mid-80s, and the two members were the first successful female rappers with their own personalities. May 5 at The Civic Center. $43.50 to $75. Three Days Grace amassed a huge following with their trademark brand of fiery post-grunge metal. May 5 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. $25 to $45. Perpetual Groove: Their music has evolved into a genre-bending, highly original sound that touches upon jazz-rock, neo-psychedelia, R&B, and progressive and arena rock. May 7 at Variety Playhouse. $22.50. Van Morrison has produced numerous outstanding recordings in his long career, mixing his pensive and passionate R&B-inflected rock with a decidedly mystical bent. May 7 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. $69 to $125. Little Feat is a wildly eclectic band, bringing together strains of blues, R&B, country and rock and roll. May 14 at Variety Playhouse. $31. Tim McGraw: His highly emotional delivery, coupled with his high-energy shows, shot him to the top of the country and the pop albums charts in the late ‘90s. May 15 at Lakewood Amphitheatre. $30 to $69.25. For more information about any of these shows or to purchase tickets, visit www.AtlantaPlanIt. com.
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The shrinking pie. The declining patron. The battle for grants. These terms donâ€™t just sound ridiculous, they are currently the jargon in fashion within the arts community. Conceptually, everyone agrees that arts are an important part of any community. On any scale and virtually using any application, the arts can bring value to real estate, decrease crime, enhance citizen pride, etc. So thatâ€™s not the problem. But the arts remain low on the list of priorities here in Georgia and more specifically, Atlanta. Why? Could it be that arts groups themselves just arenâ€™t talking? Whether to themselves or to the public, the importance of supporting the arts has not, in itself declined. Naturally the economy has changed the habits of giving among the historically generous, but perhaps arts groups should be proactive, communicative and actually provide â€œwhat the customer wantsâ€? for a change. Just a thought. Iâ€™ve known many artists who have said theyâ€™d rather starve than cater to the publicâ€™s tastes, but have achieved a modicum of success by modifying their technique to do just that. The media has broadcast Georgiaâ€™s lack of support for the arts like never before, trumpeting the dismal statistic that we rank 44th among states in per capita arts appropriations in 2009. Even a bill introduced in this yearâ€™s legislature (HB1049) which would let counties use sales tax money for arts programs failed to gain support. So we recognize very little leadership exists â€œfrom the top.â€? What about related arts groups, the shepherds of government funds? Who are these art groups? Is there a clearinghouse for information to help artists and art supporters? Consider the following â€œtip of the icebergâ€? list of government funded â€œlocal artsâ€? groups: Georgia Council for the Arts (www.gca. georgia.gov). This state agency â€œsupports the stateâ€™s nonprofit arts industry.â€? It maintains a state art collection and provides some grants, including funds from the National Edowment from the Arts and the regional South Arts organization. The legislature almost eliminated GCA in April, but a last minute move by the Senate restored funding. (404) 685-2794. The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund (part of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta) (www.atlcf.org) launched the Atlanta Arts Recovery initiative in order to facilitate grants for small and midsize organizations. They have doled out $6.5 million since 1993 including $50,000 to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, $40,000 to the Spruill Center for the Arts, $30,000 to the Atlanta Gay Menâ€™s Chorus and many
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Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. He lives in Atlanta.
others just last year. (404) 688-5525. Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition (www.metroatlantaarts.org) primarily does advocacy work and marketing, but also created Atlanta PlanIt (www.atlantaplanit. com), a search tool search tool enabling users to find art in any neighborhood, on any day or in any neighborhood. There are over 400 groups listed. Atlanta PlanIt recently became part of WPBA and its new Lens On Atlanta website (www.lensonatlanta.org), an online community of artists with resources, news and education. Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs (www. ocaatlanta.com) operates several events with public funds including the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Chastain Art Center, and Cyclorama. Eddie Granderson, Director of the Public Art program, spoke to a group of assembled artists recently about the Artist Registry. It was unclear how artists are allowed to register, and more importantly how artists are awarded public commissions. But the resources are there, ready to be unearthed. (404) 546-6999. Clearly there are government programs in place to support the arts. But how much is being duplicated and how much is actually connecting the artists and public (i.e., provider and user)? Consider that the private website Arts in Atlanta (www.artsinatlanta. org) lists over 60 galleries, 18 museums, 9 visual arts organizations, 10 photography centers, 6 sculpture studios, and many related arts centers. Unfortunately this website went defunct in October, 2009. But doesnâ€™t this site represent a potential clearinghouse? The challenge is not to get people talking about the arts. Thatâ€™s relatively easy with a bit of controversy and marketing savvy (think about the â€œgroundbreakingâ€? use of automobiles as art in the High Museum). The challenge is to get arts groups to talk. Instead of lamenting the shrinking donor dollar and lack of â€œfreeâ€? government funding, why not create artistic partnerships, merge resources, co-op advertisements, perhaps coalesce a viable Arts District? Itâ€™s not rocket science, folks. Itâ€™s communication. Supply and demand. Provider and user. Two galleries sharing the bill for a great exhibit (think Besharat Gallery and Fay Gold); non-equity theaters sharing mailing lists or hosting a writers competition; an open call for artists to design functional art for Grady Hospital; outdoor neighborhood murals connecting students, teachers and neighborhoods. The possibilities are endless for the creative mind. And there is money out there to support the arts. Consider the fact that last year more than $2 million was voluntarily donated to various arts charities from the Woodruff Foundation, Zeist Foundation, Kendeda Fund and Bank of America. There are millions more waiting to be spent, once the providers start talking, that is.
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Business & Retail Briefs Business & Retail Briefs Heery International has been honored with a 2010 Communitas Award for Leadership in Community Service. The Communitas Awards recognize exceptional businesses, organizations and individuals for unselfishly giving of themselves and their resources. Heery was recognized for its successful creation of Heery From the Heart Community Service Month. Heery International is a 950-person architecture, interior design, engineering, program management and construction management firm with annual revenues of more than $325 million and offices nationwide. The firm is an affiliated company of Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world’s leading professional services companies, and operates as its buildings division. Lenox Square has four new tenants this spring with the opening of Bijou, Sarku Japan Sushi Bar, Clarks and Rockport. Bijou is a locally owned and operated boutique, while Clarks offers everything from career wear to weekend casuals for men and women. Rockport has opened 1,200 square foot store selling shoes for men, women and children. Sarku Japan has
Phipps Plaza has announced the opening of Coco Bonbons, a stylish children’s clothing store, and Atlanta Dental Spa, which will offer general dentistry and cosmetic enhancements including veneers, whitening and more.
Tailfin Marketing Communications has received the Blue Ribbon Small Business Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Tailfin was nominated by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and is one of just two companies in Georgia to receive the honor. In total, 75 businesses across the United States were selected for the award. Founded in 1999, Tailfin is a mid-sized, full-service marketing communications agency. www.tailfin.com.
Construction Resources, Inc. – a residential and commercial builders/remodelers, as well as homeowners with a one-stop shop for their kitchen and bath needs – is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, Construction Resources is running a special offer for its retail customers. Receive a free stainless steel Artisan sink with the purchase of 40 square feet or more of Artisan Granite, Cambria Quartz, Heritage Wood, Saratoga Soapstone, or solid-surface countertops. The promotion is available on countertop purchases made through June 30, 2010. Construction Resources has showrooms are located in Decatur, Alpharetta and Lake Oconee. www.constructionresourcesusa. com or call (404) 378-3132.
The Harvard Business Club of Atlanta (HBSCA) honored James Shepherd, cofounder and chairman of the Shepherd Center, for his exceptional business leadership and contributions to the community at the 25th annual Community Leadership Dinner in April. The Community Leadership Dinner is an annual event focused on recognizing, engaging and supporting leadership in the Atlanta community. Its purpose is to recognize executives for both business achievements and contributions to the community. The event also raises scholarship funds for local non-profit leaders to attend one of the two executive education programs in Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative. www.hbs-atlanta.org.
been in the Lenox Square Food Court for many years, but its new “Sushi Kiosk” will prepare “made-to-order” sushi meals and combos in the mall.
Companies That Care: By Wendy Binns Publisher May 8 is the 20th Anniversary Race for the Cure. There are many reasons to lace-up and run/walk or volunteer … it’s Spring, it’s Mother’s Day and it really does save lives. The Race aims to raise $2 million to enable
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Jo Ann Wilson has been named president of The Art Institute of Atlanta. Before coming to The Art Institutes of Atlanta, she was president of Education Corporation of America’s main campus, Virginia College, in Birmingham, Ala. and also served as CEO/President of Bauder College and president of the Atlanta Campuses for American InterContinental University. She was also the Senior Vice President of Interactive College of Technology for more than 16 years, also located in the Atlanta area. www.artinstitutes.edu/atlanta. Domestic Comfort has opened its first Atlanta store in the Ansley II Mall, 1579 Monroe Drive. The store features thousands of furniture choices and fabric, as well as leather selections, in a 2,000-square-foot showroom. www.domestic-comfort.com.
Kroger and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, May 8
Atlanta’s men and women to detect and survive breast cancer. So, save the date! Atlanta INtown typically only highlights locally owned businesses. However, when I heard that Kroger is giving back to our community in a big way, I thought you should know how much they care. The volunteer-driven Susan G. Komen for the
Cure relies on donations and this is where Kroger has stepped in. Komen Atlanta tells me that “the folks at Kroger help us out throughout the year, but perhaps the most significant contribution is the $250,000 that the organization donates specifically to our Race.” This is big money that stays in our neighborhood. Seventy-five percent of the net income from the Race stays right here to fund breast health screenings, treatment and education for the medically underserved. The remaining 25 percent goes to national research efforts to find a cure. Kroger stores are also doing a promotion in conjunction with FUZE (which is also one of the sponsors) beginning April 11 up until the Race day. A percentage of the case sales of FUZE will go directly to Komen during those days. Glynn Jenkins, Director of Communications and PR for Kroger and one of the Komen Atlanta board members, says the disease has impacted his family and friends – and, they are survivors. Kroger supports Komen Atlanta with fundraising efforts, pink tag promotions in addition to support of the Race for the Cure.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s work in our community includes teaching the importance of early detection as a key to breast cancer survival and their outreach extends to help those without insurance and limited access to proper care. Thank you to Komen Atlanta, Kroger, run/walkers, donors and all of the volunteers who are working to make the 20th Anniversary Race a huge success in turning breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.
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Local Online Group Buying Here we are again to highlight trends effecting local consumers and business owners. And this month, I want to focus on online phenomenon group buying. If you haven’t yet heard of Scoutmob (my company) or Groupon and LivingSocial, it’s just a matter of time before you do. Over the past year, a tidal wave of new online business models, consumer excitement and investment money has poured into this industry. And there is no end in site. So, if you’re a curious local looking to be part of the growing group of, well, group-buyers, read on. Since the Internet gained mass appeal in the mid-90s, there have been many trends that produced real and lasting change. Take online auction sites. Travel reservations. Even dating. But what has not occurred – at least in any meaningful way – is a way for consumers to find a tremendously compelling reason to flock to local businesses. These businesses have websites. Some are active on Yelp or Twitter. And these are helpful to some degree, but nothing had been created to really drive new customers to businesses in a way that is worth those precious advertising dollars. That all changed in November 2007 when a little company started in Chicago called Groupon. The model was simple: when a certain number of consumers committed to purchasing a deal (at a steeply discounted price on a local business), everyone who put their credit cards down on that deal got that discount. If not enough people committed to buying the deal, the deal doesn’t happen – so local businesses only paid up when they saw the promised results. This model has now grown to dozens of cities, spawned even more competitors... and Groupons has since raised tens of millions of dollars for further expansion. This model is extremely compelling
for both businesses and consumers – a rarity in traditional, local “interruption” advertising. Consumers love great deals and businesses have rarely ever seen a local advertising product that causes so much excitement plus the bonus that they only had to pay when results occur. The closest thing to this up until now had been OpenTable.com, where payment only occurred when a customer completed a reservation. What’s new about this model isn’t only performance-based pricing or rabid consumer interest; companies like Scoutmob are finding that we can offer a discount to consumers without degrading the brand of the local business. In the case of Scoutmob, our deal aims to actually elevate the brand and awareness of a business in the same way an AJC article might. It gives local businesses a chance to promote what’s unique about their brand along with this added incentive to give them a try. This is a far cry from what occurs with typical local coupon books, which used to typically appeal to bargain hunters. This active, connected, curious demographic also spend much more than the deal amount (averaging 50 percent more) during each transaction, therefore the transaction is profitable even after the discount and fee. So if you’re a local (and who among us here isn’t), take a gander at some of the players in this space. If you are any flavor of local business (from salon to restaurant), you really should consider exploring what might work for your brand here. It’s the most popular and most effective part of the local online advertising space right now... and it didn’t become that way without good reason.
How you can make a difference one person at a time When I ask people what they want as their epitaph on their gravestone, many of them say, “He made a difference. It mattered that she lived. When she was part of other peoples’ lives, they were better.” All of us want to believe our lives count for something. However, we often think we have to make a difference for many, many people if our lives are going to be significant. And, yet, that’s not true. Consider the story of the Starfish. A boy was walking down the beach in Mexico when he saw a man throwing something out into the ocean. He asked him what he was doing, and the man said, “I’m throwing these starfish back into the water, because they’ll die if they stay on the beach.” The boy looked at the thousands of starfish on the beach and said, “There are too many to throw back…what kind of difference can you possibly make?” The man picked one up, threw it way out into the ocean, watched it sink into the water, and said, “Made a difference for that one!” So. it’s all about making a difference one person at a time. Every day we’re given the opportunity to do this in other peoples’
lives, whether they work for us, work with us, or are just part of our family or friends. I have a friend who asks himself the question every day, “What have I done to make the world a better place?” He knows that each kind gesture, each helping hand he extends, each smile, or each person he helps makes a difference. If all of us did this each day, think of how powerful that’d be. So, remember the starfish, and pay it forward today. Help someone and make their world better without any thought of reward and see what a difference that makes….for them and for you. Lloyd Fritmeier is a leadership coach and strategic advisor with The Starfish Partnership. Contact him at (404) 551-2964 or email@example.com.
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Midtown West By Kathy Vogeltanz As Midtown West continues revitalizing, more restaurants are springing up and relocating there. They reflect the activity of the area, reinventing American Southern cuisine by spotlighting the local flavors and giving them a contemporary twist. Many of the restaurants use seasonal ingredients, so it’s recommended to call or check websites for updated menus.
Building on his enormous success from the Inman Park bistro Shaun’s, Chef Shaun Doty, pictured, will open YEAH! BURGER in the old West Provision complex, at 1168 Howell Mill Road, with the help of partner Erik Maier of Better Brands. The fast-serve restaurant will serve burgers—and more— daily for lunch and dinner this month. But this is not just another burger joint,
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of course. “This is an eco-friendly restaurant that uses organic and all-natural ingredients where guests can feel good about dining— hence the YEAH!” explained Doty. The space, designed by Stacey Kirby and Matt Redden of Seiber Design Inc., is farmhouse chic, with concrete floors, raw steel chairs, white subway tile, heart pine tables and wall paneling made of reclaimed wood recovered from river bottoms. Doty and Maier designed YEAH! BURGER as an easy option for customers, who want a quick meal but don’t want to give up flavor and quality. While the menu focuses on customizable burgers, it also offers other items like chili, Niman Ranch hot dogs, salads, hand cut fries, milkshakes and something called a ‘concrete’ (similar to a Blizzard). In addition to spirits, beers and wines, unique beverages like biodynamic wines and organic bottled beer will be available. There’s a focus on organic ingredients throughout the menu. Everyone can customize their food, beginning with the bun (white, wheat or gluten free), patty (beef, veggie, bison, chicken, etc.), cheese, free or premium toppings and sauce. The concept is especially friendly to people with special diets, like gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. Doty and Maier are also planning a second version of YEAH! in the Virginia Highland neighborhood. www.yeahburger.com
Lunch is served Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. Something special is planned at Miller Union on the third Tuesday of every month, when Chef Steven prepares a family-style Harvest Dinner, using top ingredients from the local harvest. It’s a communal dining experience with two seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (678) 733-8550, www.millerunion.com Beginning this Spring, Miller Union, located at 999 Brady Ave., opens for lunch. The meals are definitely creative cuisine, yet still manage to be affordable. Executive Chef Steven Satterfield’s evolving lunch menu features homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, meat and seafood entrées and vegetables. Recent features include cranberry-walnut toast, housemade fennel sausage with slow simmered white beans and parsley pistou, and hanger steak salad with farm lettuces, cucumber & red onion vinaigrette. And for dessert, housemade ice cream sandwiches. The menu is inspired by Southern classics, but stays based on fresh, local foods. Located in a refurbished 20th-century warehouse at the former site of the Miller Union Stockyards, 999 Brady Avenue, the restaurant is casual with an air of sophistication.
West Egg has been around for the last six years building its reputation as the “Best Breakfast in Georgia,” according to Southern Living magazine. Now the local favorite is in its new home at the White Provision development, 1100 Howell Mill Road. And West Egg is now serving dinner, along with breakfast, lunch and brunch. There’s also a bakery and coffeehouse, complete with free wi-fi and locally-roasted Batdorf & Bronson coffee. Open seven days a week, the hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Breakfast is served all day—and it’s not just eggs and grits. They’re on the menu, too, but Executive Chef Patric Bell has more surprises in store, like the fried green tomato wrap and build-your-own biscuits, with optional additions of egg, cheddar cheese,
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bacon, ham, or turkey sausage—even vegetarian sausage. For those who prefer more predictable fare, there are the requisite omelets, buttermilk pancakes, old-fashioned oatmeal and Belgian waffles. (404) 872-3973, www.westeggcafe.com
Stepping into Bocado’s space at 887 Howell Mill Road, there’s an immediate sense of the philosophy and the menu— simple, organic, communal. The restaurant’s design and furnishings incorporate organic and reused materials for a distinctive setting that’s inviting and relaxing. Bocado means “taste” in Spanish, and that’s the focus of what Executive Chef Todd Ginsburg does as he prepares meals that are both comfortable and surprising. The food is basically holistic American, with a farmto-table sensibility that emphasizes fresh, locally grown ingredients. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some lunchtime sandwiches are roasted cauliflower, Chinese & Thai eggplant with cilantro and spicy mayo, and grilled ham and cheese with Dijon sauce, caramelized onions and apples. Sides include garlic herbed fries served with ranch, as well as signature salads and soups. The dinner menu, available Monday through Saturday beginning at 5 p.m., is broken into “plates” and “small plates.” Among the plates: blackened tuna “BLT” with applewood smoked bacon, arugula, avocado, chipotle mayo & fries and Chesapeake flounder with chickpeas, fennel, black olives and preserved lemon. The small plates feature avocado and roasted carrot salad with cilantro, citrus and cumin vinaigrette and chicken thigh, served with asparagus, young turnips and baby carrots. A selection of artisanal cheeses is offered at both lunch and dinner. (404) 815-1399, www.bocadoatlanta.com
What isn’t expected is their pub menu. They’ve got bar snacks, but with a fresh twist, like Parmesan rosemary popcorn and a choice of housemade pickles—there’s sweet and sour watermelon rind or crisp okra with sweet onion. Every day there’s a new feature. For example, on Monday it’s shrimp and grits while Friday brings horseradish prime rib. The solid menu has starters like cheddar and scallion fritters with tomato basil cream and Mimi’s New England clam chowder with crispy bacon. Not quite your typical pub grub, and even their “bangers, links and wieners” list is intriguing. Sandwiches include the Bruno burger, made with grass-fed ground beef and topped with caramelized onions, mushrooms, and provolone and a Reuben that’s piled with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island on grilled pumpernickel. Don’t forget dessert with indulgences like maple sugar cotton candy and chocolate bread pudding. (404) 968-2033, www.ormsbysatlanta.com The Brunch House is nearby at 1465 Chattahoochee Ave. Its name may mislead a bit, since the menu is basically breakfast and lunch, and it’s closed on Sunday. But from Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the atmosphere is relaxed and the folks are friendly while they prepare and serve up fresh and hot Southern-style dishes. The prices also make diners smile. A person can eat hearty for less than $10, and there’s a lot to choose from. Breakfast choices include omelets, French toast, pancakes and a country ham and egg platter. Of course there’s grits and biscuits with gravy, too. For lunch, the menu offer deli and specialty sandwiches, like the blackened garlic roast pork or the spicy Cajun chicken breast. Standard fare like burgers and gyros, salads and homemade soups are also available. A special spot at The Brunch House is the baked potato bar, set up for customers to load spuds with goodies like sour cream, cheese and steamed veggies to their hearts’ content. (404) 350-9665.
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Noni’s Bar and Deli My friends and I settled into our cozy booths and feasted on an array warm pasta and delicate sauces. We played plate roulette, tasting each other’s dishes and made mental notes of what to order the next time we came, because we knew our first trip wouldn’t be our last. Our dinner experience was enhanced by the in house dj and a rowdy group of partiers at the nearby bar. We loved it so much we stayed well past end of the meal. This place is cool.
The Yogurt Tap The Yogurt Tap is especially delicious. You get a large container and fill it with as much of the six rotating yogurt flavors that you want. Then you pick your toppings from a vast selection such as Nutella or brownies. Finally you pay for your creation by how much it weighs in ounces. Karen Head
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You should walk, drive, bike, scooter, MARTA, jet-pack, teleport, or whatever works for you, to this place. Why? Because it is the kind of place where they learn your name and want your business. John, Mitch, and the rest of the staff will do whatever it takes to make you feel at home.
The Westside has a neighborhood tavern – Ormsby’s at 1170 Howell Mill Road – that serves as a gathering spot as well as a watering hole. They have extensive hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., Saturday noon to 3 a.m., and Sunday noon to midnight. The full bar has classic cocktails and an impressive craft beer selection, draft and bottle. And there are all the activities you’d expect, along with elbow-bending. Patrons enjoy competing at darts, pool, bocce, shuffleboard and backgammon. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
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Quick Bites News & Happenings Favorite downtown eatery Jack’s Sandwich Shop has reopened, after several moves, in the Peachtree Center food court. Deli favorites, salads and the famous cheese grits are back on the menu. Osteria 832 in Virginia Highland is celebrating its 7th birthday with a pizza party on Saturday, May 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $1.50 pizza slices, beer, DJ, prizes and more. through out the day. www.Osteria832.com. Three Sheets has opened in the CityWalk shopping center in Sandy Springs, serving cocktails designed by Ben Durrett and small plates from executive chef Josh Carden (formerly of Cellar 56 and No Mas Cantina). Music, from Sinatra to Lady Gaga, will be a big component of the space and cigar-lovers will want to check out the humidor. www.threesheetsatlanta.com. More than 50 top chefs from the Atlanta area will participate in Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Atlanta on Wednesday, May 12, at the Georgia Aquarium. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary, Taste of the Nation will feature specialty food samplings, live, silent and beverage auctions, wine tastings and live entertainment. Tickets for Taste of the Nation Atlanta cost $250 per person for general admission and $350 per person for VIP admission. Tickets can be purchased online at www.atlantataste.org or by calling (770) 436-5151. Inspired by the Virginia Highland filling station that once stood in its place, Diesel Filling Station has become a neighborhood destination that is equal parts pub, restaurant and late night hangout. In addition to a 50-plus beer menu featuring craft and high gravity beers, Diesel has
a variety of cocktails that are perfect for spring, including the Motor Oil Martini, Skull & Bones, the Jalapeno Margarita, and the Rope Candy and Sugar Daddy shots. Diesel is at 870 N. Highland Ave. www.dieselatlanta.com. The Greek has opened inside Sweet Auburn Curb Market, 209 Edgewood Ave., serving gyros and pizza, Greek lasagna, moussaka, salads, wraps, calzones and an assortment of traditional pastries for dessert. www.thegreekatl.com. Concentrics Restaurants has ceased their development and management contract with Legacy Property Group restaurants’ STATS, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria, 30 Tables and 11 Stories. Moving forward, Legacy Property Group will operate their concepts under internal management. Sage Restaurant Group, The Glenn Hotels’ management company, will now handle food and beverage operations at 30 Tables and 11 Stories. May brings margaritas, mimosas and patio season at HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern. The tavern’s three patios are perfect for both Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day. Diners can sip on $5 margaritas ($18 for a pitcher) and sample Chef Brett Ring’s Fish Tacos – $3 each – on Wednesday, May 5. Then for Mother’s Day, moms receive a complimentary mimosa during brunch. www.hobnobatlanta.com. Planet Smoothie has launched the Pink Promise Smoothie, named after the fighting survivors of breast cancer who have rallied around the global efforts of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Pink Promise Smoothie features a blend of pomegranate juice, ruby red grapefruit juice, strawberries, and Planet Smoothie’s new prebiotic and probiotic yogurt, giving it high levels of anti-oxidants and live cultures, ideal for the
The 26th Annual March of Dimes Dining Out is Friday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at participating restaurants, with an after party at The Buckhead Theatre at 9 p.m. Tables of 10 guests will enjoy a three-course-meal with wine pairings at one of the city’s culinary gems , and then party the night way at “Stepping Out,” the after-party being held at the Buckhead Theatre (you may know it as The Roxy). The Buckhead Theatre reopens this spring and patrons of the “Stepping Out” after-party will be among the first to experience the newly renovated landmark. All of the U Restaurants, including Sotto Sotto, Fritti and Lupe, will host a table for the cause. Nearly 60 restaurants – some classic favorites and newcomers to the culinary scene – will join the March of Dimes in this year’s event, including: ONE. Midtown Kitchen, Serpas, The Capital Grille, The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, and many more. Check www.marchofdimes.com/georgia for a the updated list and to buy tickets. warrior in all women. www.planetsmoothie. com. The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show returns to Atlanta on Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features demonstrations by awardwinning and celebrity chefs, fresh ideas for cooking and entertaining enthusiasts and hosted tasting and entertaining workshops. Atlanta event welcomes celebrity chefs Paula Deen, Bobby Flay and Mario Batali, as well as top local chefs like Kevin Gillespie and Richard Blais. Tickets for adults are $20 in advance, and $25 on site, while tickets for children are $10 in advance and $13 on site. Updates on the 2010 Atlanta show are
available at www.MetroCooking.com. RA Sushi Bar Restaurant will host its sixth annual “Nicky’s Week” fundraiser May 30 to June 5 to benefit the internationallyrenowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. RA Sushi will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of various food and beverage items to help treat and cure children with life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit www.rasushi.com, and for more information about St. Jude’s hospital, visit www.stjude.org
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Alanta Zoo fundraiser celebrates gorillas, Ford Rain Forest By Britton Buttrill The Silverback Gorilla Gala, the 2010 Beastly Feast to benefit Zoo Atlanta, is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 on the grounds of the Zoo. The event marks Ford Motor Company’s 25th year as presenting sponsor of the Beastly Feast. The Beastly Feast will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a Ford product display, a silent auction, a live auction, seated dinner and dancing to the sounds of The Total Package. Being the silver anniversary of Ford’s sponsorship, the event will honor silverback gorillas, perhaps the most recognized
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residents of The Ford African Rain Forest at Zoo Atlanta. The Zoo boasts the second largest collection of western lowland gorillas in the U.S., ranging in age from toddlers to 50 years old. Since 1989, 17 gorillas have been born in The Ford African Rain Forest, making Zoo Atlanta an international leader and model for gorilla conservation. Four generations of gorillas originating at Zoo Atlanta now thrive at accredited institutions throughout North America. The Zoo’s gorilla ambassador Willie B. who passed away in 2000, continues to be one of Atlanta’s most beloved icons. “The long-term relationship between
Zoo Atlanta and Ford Motor Company is unprecedented in these times,” said Brad Benton, Zoo Atlanta board chair. “Ford was there with unfailing support in our worst days, and has seen us through to the Zoo’s finest hours.” Host tables for 10 are $5,000 and corporate donors may sponsor tables for 10 at the levels of $7,500, $12,500 and $25,000. Individual tickets are available starting at $450. Tickets for Beastly Feast are available by calling (404) 624-5836 or visit www.zooatlanta.org for more details.
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East Lake Farmers Market opens for season May 1 By Patti Willard Positive seeds have been planted at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Hosea Williams, at the convergence of the East Lake, Oakhurst and Kirkwood neighborhoods. Last year East Lake resident Doug Williams started a small but functional farmers market against all odds. “We got the green light to hold the market at the end of March, and we managed to pull together a small but wonderful selection of vendors to participate by mid-May, operating all season on a shoestring budget,” Williams said. Williams, along with his wife Amy, personally set up and managed the market every Saturday for 26 weeks. Each week, over 100 neighbors from around the area supported the market, usually arriving on foot or on bike, or while pushing their children in strollers. “I love being part of the market,” Amy Williams said, “to me it is as much a wonderful social experience as anything else… getting to meet and know your neighbors, taking time to talk with and meet the farmers and artisans who grow, harvest, and handcraft their products, asking a farmer about how to prepare a vegetable that you’ve never tried before.” Last year Amy ran the East Lake Garden Club table, which sold edible flowers, fresh-picked bouquets, gardening-related merchandise and handcrafted gifts. The East Lake Farmers (ELF) Market’s mission is to strengthen the local economy, and to encourage healthy lifestyles by
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promoting products and programs from local farmers, businesses, and artisans, while pursuing vendor practices, programs and partnerships that have environmental, social, and economic integrity. Many improvements are underway for the 2010 ELF Market season, which opens Saturday, May 1, with a “Collard Greens Cook-Off ” benefitting Hosea Feed the Hungry. The newly-named ELF Market is now a non-profit corporation, supervised by a dedicated and diverse board of directors. The market will be hiring a market manager to oversee the week-to-week operations, and will have funds for community events, marketing, and operational support. The market also plans to purchase EBT equipment that will enable the use of food stamps, making fresh, healthy produce more available to all. Community fundraisers, live music, bike maintenance workshops and market demonstrations are being planned throughout the season. “We are also developing ‘best practices and policies’ that will be shared openly with other markets around the state and country, to help other communities strengthen their local food networks,” said Doug Williams. “Booth fees will remain low to support our farmers and maximize vendor participation.” All of these plans are contingent on the financial support from neighbors, business, and other local organizations. The ELF Market is now accepting donations for the 2010 season.
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Suburbanites are moving back to Intown condos By Carly Felton During the 1960s, many Atlantans abandoned their city homes for sprawling spaces in the suburbs. They felt that the promise of good schools, safe neighborhoods and less traffic was just too good to pass up. Yet now, with the crash of the real estate market and the drop in home prices, combined with rising gas costs, Atlantans are reassessing their priorities and moving back to the city once again. Their stop? High-rise condominium buildings with easy walking access to the best that the city has to offer. Here are three Atlantans’ takes on where and why they moved to a condo in the city. David and Kelly Jensen, Gallery Condominiums
David and Kelly Jensen moved into the Gallery Condominiums (www. gallerybuckhead.com) on Peachtree Street in South Buckhead in mid-Februrary. After moving from the suburbs a few years ago, the Jensens saw the mid-rise building featured on TV and decided to take a closer look. “Once I saw the inside, the views, and met the staff, I was hooked,” David says. “The location is great, and the pool and tennis areas have nice views of downtown.” Another advantage of living at the Gallery is the walkability. “I’ve become more of a pedestrian since moving intown,” he says. “There are numerous small parks throughout the city limits. It is fun to walk or run and explore these hidden gems.” The Jensens enjoy parking their cars after work on Friday and walking in one direction, checking out nearby restaurants like Willy’s and Fellini’s, then walking in the other direction the next day, and not getting back into their cars until Monday comes around. David says downsizing helped him to simplify his life, too, by forcing him to examine what he had and
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what he needed. ‘The transition was fun,” he says about the process. Stephanie Armistead, Ansley Above the Park Stephanie Armistead, owner of GreenBusiness Works, has lived in Ansley Above the Park (http://aatpcondos.com) on and off since 1988. She most recently moved back in a couple years ago and plans to stay put for a while as she’s on a mission to reduce her carbon footprint by “going AWAOC” (Atlanta WithOut A Car) for a full year starting on Earth Day. “I could not do this if I didn’t live in Midtown,” she says. Armistead used to live in Cobb County, but she loves living in what she considers the epicenter of Atlanta: Midtown, especially being right on Piedmont Park. “I believe in the work, live and play aspect of life,” she says. “I love living on the Park – taking advantage of all it has to offer. I frequent the Green Market there, the restaurants on the fringe and walk to almost every amenity I can.” Armistead also rides her bike to tennis matches at the Park, walks to the symphony, the High and the Alliance theatre and attends events in Stephanie Armistead, above, enjoys having meals on the balcony of her condo in Botanical Gardens. “I love the development Ansley Above the Park. She has incredible views of the Midtown skyline and some of density, the diversity and the community Piedmont Park. Jeffrey Cox, below, also has a great view of Midtown, in his one-bedconnectivity. It’s all good!” she says. room condo in the Spire building, which is also pictured at the top of the page. Jeffrey Cox, Spire Midtown A Jonesboro High School teacher, Jeffrey Cox, 42, may work in the suburbs, but he loves high-rise living in Midtown. Previously a resident of the Old Fourth Ward, Cox rented a unit in Spire Midtown (www.spiremidtown. com) for three years before the drop in the market and the $6,500 long-time buyer tax credit convinced him to buy. Why Spire? “Having been there over the last few years, it really grew on me. I also find the gym facilities too convenient. No excuses – I’m in the weight and cardio rooms every day,” he says. While the 20-plus-mile commute can make getting to and from work a challenge – especially on Fridays – Cox says it’s worth it to be able to park his car on weekends and not move it again until Monday mornings. Plus, he likes the neighborly feel of Cypress Pint and Plate nearby, as he says it’s perfect for kicking back with friends. “Even with the lull in the market, most units are going to be priced higher than the OTP competitors, of course,” he says. “But for me, there are few negative aspects involving my move, my location. I’m quite happy.” w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
Real Estate Briefs The Cecil and Hermione Alexander House on Mt. Paran Road has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.The nomination was sponsored by the property owners and the nomination materials were prepared by graduate students in the Heritage Preservation Program at Georgia State University. Designed by Cecil Alexander, the modern house is striking for its circular plan and its sensitivity to the wooded hilltop site. The Alexander house was featured in Progressive Architecture in 1959 and Life magazine in 1957 and 1959. Atlanta’s realtors commemorated the100th anniversary of the founding of the Atlanta Real Estate Board at a gala last month. The evening featured a preview of the pictorial and archival exhibition on the role of Realtors curated by the Atlanta History Center. www.atlcbr.com
Lisa Johnson has been named managing broker for the Intown office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. Johnson brings to the position more than 13 years in the real estate industry, including four years as managing broker for Coldwell Banker’s Roswell office and three as associate broker at the Buckhead office. www. coldwellbankeratlanta.com. Atlanta residential designer Frederick Spitzmiller, co-founder of Spitzmiller & Norris, was honored with the Philip Trammell Shutze Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America for the second consecutive year. The 2010 award is for Spitzmiller’s work on Redland, a circa 1852 Greek Revival style cottage that he acquired for his own country residence
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles is hosting Luxury Living Show at Phipps Plaza, May 6 to 9. Visitors can explore the very latest in home furnishings, products and services available for inside and outside the home. Over the weekend, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in events including: chef demos, kids cooking classes, book signings as well as various events at Phipps Plaza stores. Admission is free and the event is open to the general public. www.AtlantaLuxuryLivingShow.com
The Bainbridge Companies is expanding into the Atlanta market with an agreement to manage Alexan MetroWest Apartments, a newly-built 397-unit luxury community on the westside. Located at 1040 Huff Road, the complex is a pet-friendly community with studio, one and two bedroom apartments. Amenities include a “beach entry” pool and four large themed courtyards, a fitness studio and clubroom with coffee bar, high definition TVs and seating areas. www.bainbridgecompanies.com.
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Loews Atlanta Hotel, the anchor of the 12th and Midtown development, is now open to guests. As the first new-build hotel opening for Loews Hotels in more than five years and the brand’s first property in Georgia, Loews Atlanta Hotel has 414 guest rooms and 44 suites complemented by Exhale Spa and Fitness Center, eleven and Bar eleven, the hotel’s signature restaurant and bar, as well as more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space. Amenities include flat-screen televisions in the main suite and bathroom, free wi-fi and more. The hotel’s signature restaurant, eleven, will serve contemporary interpretations of Southern classics with a Mediterranean twist and will utilize farm sourced local produce, artisan cheeses and organic meet and poultry under the helm of Chef Olivier Gaupin. www.loewshotels. com/atlanta.
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Significant change hallmarked the 68th annual meeting of Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) held recently at the Georgia World Congress Center. CAP Chairman S. Taylor Glover, President and CEO of Turner Enterprises, welcomed the 1,200 attendees and noted some of the accomplishments of 2009: •The Downtown Transportation Management Association helped more than 2,000 employees change commuting habits. •Give Change that Makes Sense, the panhandling prevention initiative was successfully implemented. •CAP’s website took on a new look. Visit it at www.atlantadowntown.com.
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Looking ahead, CAP and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District see opportunities with new Mayor Kasim Reed, Georgia State University football at the Georgia Dome, a major addition to the Georgia Aquarium and the new Hotel Indigo opening this summer. Mayor Reed addressed the gathering about his administration’s mission of revitalization. “In spite of fiscal challenges and operational challenges, the foundation of this city is strong because of the people in this room,” Reed said. Reed also had a positive report about safety: “With the exact police force we had four months ago, but with new revitalized leadership, crime in major categories has been reduced by 21 percent and crime overall reduced by 10 percent, and we’re just getting started.” Charlie Loudermilk and Jim Maddox were recipients of the Dan Sweat Award and Turner Broadcasting Downtown Community Leadership Award, respectively. Loudermilk, a longtime philanthropist, is founder of Atlanta-based Aaron’s Inc. Maddox recently retired after a 32-year career on the Atlanta City Council.
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Life in an Organic Garden Container Gardening Tips By Duane Marcus Have you ever tasted the sweetness of a purple kohlrabi flower bud? Have you ever heard the buzz of a thousand bees collecting pollen from a bed of sweet corn? Have you ever seen a hundred butterflies feeding on a myriad of colorful flowers? Have you ever smelled the fragrance of a fresh bay leaf simmering in a pot of homegrown blackeyed peas? Have you ever walked out into your garden in the warm morning sun and felt like Snow White with blue birds swooping around your head and bunnies frolicking at your feet? These are just a few of the many joyful experiences you can have when you grow an organic garden. When you embrace the natural world and nurture the abundance of life that makes up the soil food web under your feet you will open up a new palette of pleasures
brought about by encouraging the return of biodiversity to your garden. Growing a successful organic garden begins with the soil. By supporting the life in the soil, the worms, the beetles and the microbes, you are well on the way to growing healthy plants that provide healthy food for you, your family and the abundance of life that brings us joy. Compost and mulches provide the food for the soil organisms, which in turn recycle the nutrients and make them available for your plants. Healthy plants are able to develop defenses against invading insects and diseases. A diverse array of different kinds of plants in a garden provide habitat for beneficial insects, pest-eating birds, toads and lizards. Flowering annuals and perennials provide pollen and nectar for bees and wasps that prey of pests. Shrubs provide nesting sites for insect-devouring birds. Logs and rocks provide cover for lizards and toads. Feed your kitchen waste to some worms in a worm bin on your back porch so they can turn it into rich compost to feed your plants. Rake up those grass clippings and fall leaves and use them as mulch. Plant a fruit-bearing tree or shrub in place of an ornamental one. You will be rewarded with an explosion of life in your garden and then you will be living truly green. Duane Marcus owns The Funny Farm, which offers workshops on gardening, design and construction services. Visit their website at www.funnyfarmatl.com.
Back in the day, a few pots of red geraniums and variegated vinca anchoring an asparagus fern or two was all you needed to deem your creation a container garden. While that combination can still be impactful, things have definitely changed for the better. “We have such a wide array of plant material available to us today – both sunand shade-loving, it is a shame to limit yourself to the same old combinations,” says Vicki Nace of Habersham Gardens Intown Garden Center. Here are some container gardening best practice tips: Contain, don’t constrain. Be mindful to select the right size pot for your garden. Don’t go too small or you run the risk of inhibiting root growth as well as creating a challenge to keep the container hydrated. Remember, bigger is better! No southern-fried plants, please. There is nothing more frustrating than watching your beautiful shade plants sizzle because your container is taking on more sun than the plants can handle or watching your sunlovers try to please you to no avail because they just need more sol. Pre-planning is key so mull over these important questions before you shop: •The setting: Sunny, shady, windy and/or arid conditions all require different logic. Notice the environment and arm yourself with this valuable information before purchasing the first plant. •The tone: Traditional/formal, cottage garden, sophisticated chic, architectural/ modern, eclectic or whimsical – whatever your style, name it and enjoy! •The colors: Get out the Crayolas and pick your palette. The primary purpose of a container planting is to grab the eye with color and monochromatic plantings can be as impactful as complimentary color mixes. The care: Container gardens are living beings and need love, food, water and good conversation never hurts. Bottoms up. When planting the container, place shards of broken pots or irregular sized rocks over the drainage holes and fill the pot by one-third with lightweight
filler such as packing peanuts or pearls. Remember to elevate the pot using pot feet or level stones so the plants can “breathe” and make sure the water drains easily so as not to drown your garden. Always use a quality potting mix for container gardens and if fertilizer isn’t already in the mix, add Osmocote or Dynamite time released fertilizer since the container will be watered often. The commitment. After making your plant selection, follow this very scientific advice while loosely placing the plants in the container: focus on varying heights for an uppy, downy, all aroundy look and easily rearrange until you’re pleased with the composition. The commitment, part deux. Now that you’re ready to place root to soil, gently squeeze the grower’s container to release the plant. If the roots appear pot bound, gently massage them to loosen the soil. Plant at least 1/2 inch below the level of the pot to allow for adequate watering. You can back fill with soil to adjust for height differences. Even if it rained the night before, the container might still need a good soaking if the plants seem stressed or the soil seems dry. If you are traveling out of town, have a friend give your container garden a drink and if you have a lot of planted pots, placing them in a kiddie pool filled with a couple of inches of water can be a great babysitter. Weekend Events at Habersham Perennials Walkabout & Book Signing with Dr. Allan Armitage, May 1, 11 a.m. Photography Workshop with Larry Winslett, May 8, 1p.m. Reservation needed. Great Plant Walkabout with Ozzie Johnson and Linda Bartlett, May 15, 11 a.m. Habersham Gardens Intown Garden Center, 2067 Manchester St., (404) 873.2484 or www.habershamgardens.com.
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Sustainable Gardening Include edible plants in your design
By Lindsey Mann Are you planting a garden this spring? Consider including edible plants. Put your resources into plants that are not just beautiful, but healthy and delicious! Berries like strawberry, blueberry, blackberry or fig and pear trees are wellknown favorites that grow well in our climate. Lesser known plants such as pawpaw, maypop, wineberries or bush cherries deserve consideration as well. Planting edibles is certainly a way to go green. Not only do we save fossil fuels by growing our food at home (it’s as local as you get!) but it leads us to be better stewards of the earth. Traditional landscaping is responsible for half of household water use and a lot of synthetic chemicals that pollute our environment. We are more careful when we eat our landscape. But growing food doesn’t have to be a lot of work. Include shrubs, vines and trees in your design- like the ones mentioned above, and include just a small patch of full-sun for your annual veggies, which take more care. Also look into perennial vegetables, such as leeks or sorrels
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for salads. To support your home ecosystem and a healthy garden, plant native flowering perennials like aster, echinacea (coneflower) or ascelpias (butterfly milkweed), which is beautiful and supports monarchs that have been in decline. These flowers attract beneficial insects that pollinate plants and prey on pests. Major considerations in design are plants’ water, soil and sun preferences. Don’t forget the sun changes location from winter to summer and throughout the day. The sun is hotter in the afternoon, so western exposure bakes while eastern is a bit milder. Lindsey Mann is the founder of Sustenance Design, which provides assistance in growing ecologically-supportive landscapes, healthier for people and the earth. Sustenance Design works with homeowners and schools in all aspects of gardening, from master plans to seeding. www.sustenancedesign.net
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Gardening: Design, Part 2 David McMullin Spring has wandered in … finally! Now, that we’ve discussed the fundamentals of accessing the site and elements of design, we’ll dig deeper, into the fun, and yes, the more difficult side of creating your garden. •Be observant of your backyard environment. Follow the weather, know its extremes, understand our seasons, and the patterns we experience. Know where frost gathers, how the water flows through it, notice where the light lands, and from which direction the breeze comes. Collecting various data will affect the success of your plants and inevitably, your interaction within your space. •Know something about plants. Nearly 3,000 species of plants can grow in our area, and more continue to be added to the palette each season. With so much to choose from, it is essential to brush up on basic plant I.D. and acquire a good understanding of the way plants grow, what they want and how they fit into the landscape. If you want a good garden, the big box regional purchasing department should not be selecting your plants. Plant selection is an integral part of garden design and what makes a garden unique, personal and a joy throughout the seasons. Select plants that will mature with an acceptable amount of maintenance; share their gifts when you’ll
appreciate them; and evoke a time or place of significance. Rely on the best nurseries in your area for advice and source of plant materials for your garden. Ask gardeners their sources – they’ll likely have many and be eager to share. •Stay fresh and keep inspired. Read magazines and books to follow trends. See what designers are doing by visiting other gardens. Springtime brings about an abundance of garden tours. As a side note: Honestly, to create the best garden, I recommend hiring a garden designer. There are lots of us in Atlanta. Keep in mind, it’s not only about price, but it’s finding the right fit for your garden style. And, to DIYs, there will be continued work after installation. Inspiration leads to new plants, furnishings and ideas. David McMullin, an acclaimed garden designer, has owned New Moon Gardens design firm for 20 years. His gardens have been featured on tours, in magazines and on television. David recently ventured into retail, opening Garden*Hood in Grant Park. For more information on David’s design services, contact him at newmoongardens@gmail. com or (404) 593-0996.
Gardens for Connoisseurs Annual tour slated for Mother’s Day weekend The Atlanta Botanical Garden is hosting the 26th annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour, May 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See great design and planting ideas by talented local gardeners and landscapers in gardens both large and small throughout metro Atlanta. Ranging from grand estates to charming cottages, these must see gardens include stops in Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Chamblee, Decatur, Morningside and Midtown. A tour brochure with information aobut all the homes is available at www. atlantabotanicalgarden.org. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 on days of the tour. Children under 12 are admitted free. Tickets are good for both tour days. Online tickets purchased between May 1 and 7 will be available for pick up at any individual garden during the tour. Online tickets must be purchased by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 7. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Gift Shop, select local garden retailers or individual gardens during the tour. Please note, this is a self-guided tour and walking may include some rough terrain. The event will be held rain or shine. Ticket w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m
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BBD (Bigger Better Deal) or No Deal? Buyers who are moving forward with remodeling projects are really working hard to save a buck here and there by shopping to get the best deal. Online shopping sites make it easy to find almost any product for the home. Homeowners who are remodeling or building their homes have really gotten into hunting for the BBD (Bigger Better Deal) and are getting four, five, six bids from contractors, negotiating with vendors on cabinets, counter tops, plumbing fixture, appliances and flooring. Saving money is great and hopefully the wave of the future but sometimes trying to save that buck can turn into losing a lot of bucks and, believe it or not, sometimes even more. Websites that allow sellers to post anything online from a house to a comic book can be great resources when you are looking for something like let’s say, a very high end appliances for that new kitchen remodel. Since I assist homeowners in managing risk during construction, I thought a story that may keep some folks from losing a few thousand dollars would be apropos. A good friend of mine, who represents a well-known high-end manufacturer, and I were sharing how some homeowners were shopping for their products in the show room but then looking for those products online in hopes of getting the BBD. One story evolved around a homeowner renovating his kitchen that wanted a new upper end appliance but didn’t want to pay the sale price listed by the dealer. So the homeowner elected to shop online
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DECATUR. Best of everything! 2 story brick, spacious, large owner’s suite, updated kitchen, tiled floor, dark cabinetry, solid surface countertops. 3Bed/2.5Bath $369,000 Wilma Richardson 404-327-4199 FMLS: 4043570
ORMEWOOD PARK. Renovated bungalow, new electrical & plumbing, open floor plan, cook’s kitchen, partially finished basement, deck, fenced yard. 3Bed/2Bath $279,900 Gregory Roberts 404-234-6609 Helen Kacur 404-408-1853 FMLS: 4031062
BROOKHAVEN. 3Bed/2Bath custom low country styled home with 2 garages, professionally landscaped yard, 35’x12’ screened porch, partially finished basement. $469,000 Gary Langley 404-245-7539 FMLS: 4046425
DECATUR. Amazing corner unit, largest floor plan in complex, gourmet kitchen, 2 balconies with beautiful views, tons of natural light, soaring ceilings. 3Bed/3.5Bath $550,000 Rich Baxter 404-931-3431 FMLS: 4039062
VIRGINIA HIGHLAND. 3Bed/1Bath in main house w/plenty of room upstairs for 2nd bath. 1Bed/1Bath rear cottage brings in $1200/month. Unbelievable potential! $449,000 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845 FMLS: 4029656
MORNINGSIDE. 4 or 5 Bed/3Bath stone bungalow with deep, level backyard in M’side school district. Separate LR, Family RM, Rec RM, awesome screen porch. $549,000 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845 FMLS: 4032185
JOHNSON ESTATES. Welcome home to your 4Bed/3.5Bath renovated, intown oasis. High ceilings, preserved period moldings, wonderful sunroom, high end chef’s kitchen. $699,000 Bradford Smith 404-210-4141 FMLS: 4037732
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AVONDALE ESTATES. Great Tudor home w/formal LR, master on main, marble in master bath, kitchen w/new cabinets, 2 lg guest bedrms w/walk-in closets. 4Bed/3.5Bath $349,900 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379 FMLS: 4037526
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