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IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Atlanta Streets Alive .................................4 Letter From the Editor ..............................4 New Church on Peachtree .......................6 Atlanta Dream CEO ..................................7 Street Fashion ..........................................8 A Look Back .............................................9 TimmyDaddy .........................................13 Health & Wellness Briefs ........................15 ALIVE! Expo............................................16 Pets.........................................................18
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I’d like to take this opportunity to brag about my friends who create beautiful things with their hands. Sandy Tyler and Brigette Flood (see Brigette’s Making Sense of Social column on page 22) are part of the Knitterati. This is a local team knitting for countless hours for such events as Art on the BeltLine. For their most recent project, The Nature Bike, which was on display this Spring in East Atlanta, they covered 10 bikes with their handy work. It’s pretty special to see vision come to life and also makes for interesting dinner party conversation: “What have you been up to?” “Oh, just working on turning handle bars of a bike into a dragon fly.” Over a drink at Manuel’s this winter, I asked another friend, Christy Petterson – the gusto behind The Indie Craft Experience – to write an article about crafting in Atlanta. She’s passionate about the topic. And, being in touch with countless local crafters for her events, she’s an excellent source on the topic. Our Made in Atlanta article, page 20, highlights local crafters keeping age-old talents alive and well in our city. So, cheers to soul fulfilling, life enriching, conversation-starting world of crafts and the people who create them!
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ABOUT THE COVER This month’s cover photo was taken by Matthew Smith in Inman Park during last October’s Atlanta Streets Alive event on Highland Avenue. Smith is a local photographer who shoots weddings, families, live music, events, and much more, in addition to documenting his extensive travels. For more about Smith and his work, visit shadowboxerphoto.com The young woman on the bike is Jess Smith, who says she has been attending Streets Alive since its inception. “This day has lots of great memories and I’m glad it was captured!”
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Atlanta Streets Alive TO TAKE OVER 2.7 MILES OF PEACHTREE By Collin Kelley Editor Three years after a portion of Edgewood Avenue was shut down for the inaugural Atlanta Streets Alive, sponsor Atlanta Bicycle Coalition (ABC) has its sights set on the city’s signature street – Peachtree. Atlanta Streets Alive will see 2.7 miles of Peachtree Street from Midtown to Downtown closed to vehicular traffic on Sunday, May 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. Four those four hours, Peachtree will be turned into a giant mall with activities, performances, demonstrations and the chance for Intowner’s to ride their bikes, skateboard, walk, jog – anything that doesn’t involve motorized vehicle. ABC director Rebecca Serna said Peachtree had always been the goal. “You want the signature street to make a great statement,” she said. “It was our goal from the beginning.” From just a mile being closed on Edgewood in 2010 to last year’s Streets Alive that saw Highland Avenue closed from Old Fourth Ward to Virginia Highland, the event continues to grow in popularity. For Peachtree, Coca-Cola, MailChimp and the City of Atlanta are onboard as sponsors and supporters.
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Last year, Atlanta Streets Alive was, literally, at my front door in the Old Fourth Ward. I was able to walk out of my building and marvel at people doing yoga in the middle of Highland Avenue, not to mention the skateboarders, cyclists, walkers and informational booths. This year, Atlanta Streets Alive is taking over the city’s “main street” – Peachtree for an entire afternoon on May 19. Yes, it will cause headaches for drivers, but, to be blunt, I don’t care. The Downtown Connector is a traffic nightmare and its off-ramp back-ups suck at my will to live. The idea of showing Atlantans what a true main street could be like as a giant pedestrian mall is a great idea. Maybe it will inspire someone to offer up a solution to Intown’s transportation issues. You can read about Atlanta Streets Alive starting on Page 4. Speaking of transportation, last month I went on a bit of an adventure: I took a Greyhound Express bus from Atlanta to New York City for a literary event. Eighteen
Serna described the mix of activities for the spring event as “zany and fun,” including bike polo, street hockey, yoga, a climbing wall, fun stuff for kids and more. Students at Georgia Tech are finishing up a smartphone app to help visitors find happenings along the route. Organizations and individuals who would like to host an activity along the route can apply up to May 12 at atlantastreetsalive.com. Also happening during the street closure will be the Great Atlanta Bicycle Parade, which lines up at 1:30 p.m. at Ellis Street for a downhill ride to the High Museum. The event is open to everyone, and riders are encouraged to dress in costumes and decorate their bikes. You can find out more about the parade at greatatlantabicycleparade.com. Of course, closing down one of the city’s busiest streets isn’t without some logistical hurdles. The most important aspect was reaching out to businesses, hotels, churches and residents who live along Peachtree. “30,000 people will be able to walk out of their doors and join the fun,” Serna said. “Businesses are excited about all the foot traffic coming by their storefronts. There’s a great opportunity for local businesses to see repeat customers once the event is over, too.” hours on bus afforded me the opportunity to reflect on a number of issues, including my own personal endurance. Twenty years ago, riding a bus for 18 hours (20 if you include the hours spent inching through the Lincoln Tunnel) would have been no big deal. At 43, I can safely say those days are past. I broke the journey up by staying overnight in Richmond, VA, which I am certain saved my sanity. The real take away for me about the trip is how necessary Greyhound really is to this country. From the homeless, to senior citizens, to students, Greyhound is still an inexpensive way to travel. I met a fascinating slice of citizens who regularly use Greyhound to visit family and friends because they can’t afford any other way to travel. A businessman I met does the ATL/ NYC run twice a month on Greyhound because he doesn’t like to fly. Sir, I salute your gluteal fortitude! firstname.lastname@example.org Correction: In last month’s article on renovations, we misspelled a source’s name. It should have been David C. Fowler. KeepitINtown.com
Serna was inspired to do Atlanta Streets Alive after living in Bogota, Columbia where the concept originated back in 1976 and has grown ever since. “I happened to be living there and when they did the event, and I have fond memories of taking a salsa class in the street,” she recalled. ABC, which advocates for bike lanes and safety in the city, believes Streets Alive gives residents, businesses and community leaders a chance to see what Atlanta would be like with cars taken temporarily out of the equation. It’s also a chance for people to ride their bikes in a truly safe zone. “We love hearing from people who brought their families to the other events and now their kids want to ride their bikes everyday,” she said. “It gives residents the opportunity to see where they live differently. Walking, biking or skateboarding down Peachtree is much a different experience than driving.” ABC is planning a second Atlanta Streets Alive on Peachtree in September and a third in Virginia Highland in October. Serna said ABC is also looking at other neighborhoods to take the event, including West End and the Lakewood area.
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NEW SANCTUARY ChristChurch Presbyterian plans modern Peachtree building Atlanta’s ChristChurch Presbyterian will soon break ground on a dramatic new sanctuary at 1760 Peachtree Street in Midtown. Unlike a traditional Southern or Gothic worship facility, the new church will feature a modern design that will incorporate much of the site’s existing building and complement its urban setting. Gertler &Wente Architects, a New York City-based architecture firm, is serving as lead designer and Architect of Record, and Atlanta-based Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates (TSW) is the local architect. Senior pastor Rev. Dr. Paul Gardner said, “We are outgrowing our current facility and cannot adequately expand our congregation and reach our city without additional space where we can worship and meet together, invite people to join us and provide gathering spaces for youth, classes, meals, counseling and ministry work.” Four years ago, the congregation purchased a three-story office building at the corner of Peachtree and 25th Streets, just a few blocks from their current location, and began the process of clarifying what they wanted to do with the site. Church members agreed they wanted to incorporate as much of the existing building as possible
into a new facility, rather than destroy it. “We researched and interviewed a number of architecture firms,” said Carter Reames, chairman of ChristChurch’s building committee. “We were familiar with Gertler & Wente through their innovative repurposing of a 1913 Manhattan parking garage into a spectacular new church for Redeemer Presbyterian Church. We believed they could bring fresh and exciting ideas to Atlanta to transform our vision for a new sanctuary into a beautiful design. TSW recently won a national award for the design of a new contemporary worship facility for Woodstock Community Church, and having them on the design team brings the local expertise that’s so important in a project like this.” The two architecture firms collaborated on a design that expands the existing building on its south side and elevates the roof and windows above a 925-seat sanctuary. Seating inside the sanctuary will be accomplished through stackable chairs, rather than permanent pews, making the room flexible for other uses apart from worship services. The Peachtree Street side of the building will feature a subtle tower with three crosses facing north, south and
east. A courtyard will help transition visitors from the busy city streetscape to the more contemplative areas of the building. Jerry Spangler with TSW said the new church will also feature a coffee shop facing Peachtree and an art gallery on the building’s south side. “The exterior will be clad in a large-scale porcelain panel along with the brick, glass and steel. Passers-by
will know it’s a church, but they might have to take a second look to be sure,” he said. Work on the new church is set to begin in June with a construction time of 18 months. For more about the church, visit christchurchatlanta.org.
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LIVING THE DREAM New Atlanta Dream CEO is ready for exciting hoop season
By Clare S. Richie Sports are a significant part of our culture. Our children play sports at an earlier age, adults try to stay fit longer, business is conducted courtside, and we root for the home team. Yet the WNBA Atlanta Dream is still trying to gain our attention. Ashley Preisinger, a business and community leader just named Atlanta Dream CEO last October, is eager to change that. This summer, she wants you to come to Phillips Arena to cheer on the best female professional basketball talent in the world and join the loyal Dream fans already in the know. As CEO, Preisinger oversees all aspects of the team such as sales, finance and basketball operations. New to the sports world, Preisinger is extremely upbeat about her transition. “There are similar elements – working on promotions, staying on top of finances, reporting to owners – but when you overlay that with a sports team, it’s a lot more fun,” she said. Preisinger has big plans for the Dream’s sixth season, which kicks of May 25 in a home opener against the Tulsa Shock. “A challenge for my ‘rookie season’ is to increase awareness and maintain a high quality game experience.” Fan loyalty to the Dream is “off the charts” and those who attend their first game want to come back. So, if the Dream can entice more folks to experience a game – they’ll be hooked. She’s seen this before. As co-chair of the Georgia Shakespeare Foundation Board of Trustees, Preisinger faced similar challenges of how to promote a strong product that was well regarded by those who sampled it, but in need of more outreach. Under her guidance, last spring’s Shakespeare in the Park offered limited reserved seating and this May 1-5 showing of Much Ado About Nothing has some advanced purchase tickets. The timing is perfect for increasing awareness for the Dream. This young WNBA team has a lot to be proud of and yet something still to prove. In just five seasons, the Dream has qualified for the playoffs four times, winning the Eastern Conference twice. But falling short in the finals twice has left them hungry to bring home the WNBA championship. In addition, the upcoming 17th WNBA season, of the longest-running women’s professional sports league, should be as exciting as its first. That’s because the “3 to See”, college superstars Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins, are joining the WNBA. These much-hyped rookies are sure to create a buzz when each comes to play Atlanta Dream’s Angel McCoughtry. Another priority for Preisinger and her players is “giving back to the community.” She plans to build upon the Dream’s commitment to inspire youth off the court. Several times a week, Dream players are in the community despite full practice and game schedule. You may see team members at your neighborhood school, afterschool program, or recreation center, promoting “Being Fit,” increased literacy or working hard to achieve results. Preisinger understands the positive impact of her player’s as real and accessible role models. Her daughters, Katie,13, and Brooke,11, are already in awe. In fact, when Katie made her school’s basketball team after three days of try outs, she asked her mother to let Dream player Mintie Price know. Ask Preisinger if her successful career, community involvement, and varied interests make her a role model for young women and she is quick to tell you how lucky she is and to share the credit with her family. “My parents’ support helped me believe ‘I can do anything’ and my husband and daughters have encouraged me to ‘go for it’ at every turn.” She has the support, experience and drive to grow this franchise. For the Atlanta Dream’s schedule, tickets and more information, visit www.wnba.com/dream. KeepitINtown.com
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A Look Back Ann Taylor Boutwell May 5, 1993: Atlanta native Gladys Knight – singer, songwriter and actress – emceed the Kids’ Celebration, a free concert at the Omni sponsored by the Atlanta Project Immunization Children’s Health Initiative. The special guest for the evening dressed in black, donning a wide-brim hat and shades was Michael Jackson. After his introductory walk on stage, he took a front seat and remained in the audience for two 75-minute shows. Knight called to the stage former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, Gov. Zell Miller and Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, noted hip-hop trio TLC and a host of other performers. Kids’ Celebration was an effort for the immunization of 17,000 Atlanta children in five days. May 10, 1902: The Southern Architect and Building News recognized Atlanta’s Henrietta “Harry” Cuttino Dozier (1872-1947) as one of the few women practicing architecture in the United States. Atlanta’s first female architect, a Florida native, arrived in the city in 1874, when she was 18 months old, accompanied by a widowed mother, brother and sister. While attending Crew Street Elementary School, Henrietta used her preferred lifetime name “Harry.” After graduating from Girls’ High in 1891, she enrolled in New York’s Pratt Institute for a twoyear beaux-arts curriculum. In 1899, she graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. The Southern Architect and Building News also noted that she not only created plans, but supervised the construction. Dozier once said that most of her designs were for the Episcopal Church, architectural plans authorized by Bishop Cleland Kinlock Nelson. In 1905, she
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Keeping Up With The Kupersmiths
Our driveway is partially shared with our new neighbors the Kupersmiths. Janine and Kupe have three kids – Jordan (girl, 12), Evan (10) and Rachel (6). They’re good people. I mean, they are really good people and occasionally I fret over keeping up. Soon after moving in I spotted all of them singing show tunes together while cleaning out the garage. I can’t get my kids to transport their dirty clothes into the hamper from the spot on the floor directly next to the hamper. Margo was actually drawing on the new cabinetry at the very moment a commendable rendition of “It’s a hard knock life” floated through our window. The Kupes invited us over for dinner and apparently Janine bakes her own bread on Fridays. They say a prayer and each family member breaks off a piece of the bread. A Jewish toast if you will, which
for an Irish slug like me, is just impossibly wholesome. Of course, promptly after this genteel, family moment I had to explain that the reason I was a little late for dinner was because I had inadvertently stolen a minivan. Explanation: I thought it was a five year lease, turns out it was only three and I drove that rig around for three months before realizing this. I went in to the dealer ready to be cuffed and was sent home in a shiny new 2013 model (some penalties and fees applied). So, yeah, while the Kupes take family bike rides and urban hikes and actual classes to learn more about the history of Decatur, the minivan I park in our partially shared driveway is stolen, okay? They probably prayed for us to get our act together after we left. I take some solace in the fact that the median age of their kids is 9 while ours average out shy of 5 but we’re definitely taking notes. At Rachel’s birthday party, Janine orchestrated a camp theme in the backyard, replete with tents, songs and highly organized games. It’s making me rethink the “Piñata-and-a-Pony-Keg” theme I had planned for Elliott’s birthday...hmmm. Professionally, Kupe traffics in Business Analysis. He lectures and teaches and mentors and motivates and replies to emails at 4am. He just co-authored a Business Analysis…for dummies book for that popular series. Since I am a small business owner I can’t help but think he wrote it with me in mind. Next, he can write a book for the Paynes, his neighbors on the other side: Business Analysis…for PhD’s. I’m hoping this village is on board with helping to raise a couple of Sullivan children because it can only help. And here’s the kicker: The Kupersmiths organize a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for childhood cancer each year and Evan has voluntarily had his head shaved for it every year since he was six. This hair, by the way, is outstanding. It is red and curly and ginormous and he grows it out all year in anticipation for this event. Then he raises money and shaves it in solidarity with children undergoing cancer treatments. Oh, and the kids are musically gifted too. I know, I know, crimony! Route 41 kept the fundraiser grooving featuring Evan on drums and Jordan on bass and the equally talented and youthful Gavin and Ethan Mcdonnell on guitar and keyboard (check Youtube for their cover of Cee Lo’s “Forget You”). Suffice it to say that anytime I hear the basketball bouncing in the driveway, or the hula-hoop hooping, I’m sending my kids out to join theirs and soak up some of their good nature and manners. There is a new family moving in across the street in a couple of weeks. I’m sort of hoping for a pack of underachievers.
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The 2013 Atlanta Dog Jog to benefit Canine Assistants & VetHeart of Georgia is Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. at Piedmont Park. The annual event for dogs and their owners features a 1-mile and a 2-mile run/ walk. All athletic levels are welcome, from competitive runners to casual walkers. Strollers and wagons are permitted and the event provides fun for the entire family, with a special focus on four-legged members. The Dog Jog is presented by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. Registration is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the race (each additional dog is $15). To register, visit atlantadogjog.org. The 2013 Pet Cotillion to benefit Pets Are Loving Support (PALS) will be held Sunday, May 19, from 2-5 p.m. at Piedmont Bark. Tickets are $20 in advance for general admission and $25 at the door the day of the event. Guests will enjoy Ketel One vodka cocktails provided by Diageo Pride 365 and bites courtesy of Dennis Dean Catering. Photos will be snapped by famed doggiephotographer Alecia Lauren of Alecia Lauren Photography, and a silent auction will raise even more money. The King or Queen of the cotillion will be crowned by co-hosts Mara Davis and Tyler Calkins, and receive a one-year exclusive modeling contract with PALS, and a 30-day Doggie Daycare Package from Piedmont Bark. For
tickets and information, visit palsatlanta.org. Diesel Filling Station is partnering with the Atlanta Dog Wizard to present Dog Daze, a doggie-filled extravaganza on Sunday, May 19, from 1 to 7 p.m. With the help of trainer Justin Hall, Dog Daze take over Diesel’s patio and feature dog-themed contests, raffles, exhibitions, treats, toys and more. Proceeds will benefit the Urban Pet Project. For more information dieselatlanta.com. Furkids Advisory Board member Anne Stockton has been named as the honoree for the Furkids 11th Birthday Celebration. Stockton has served for more than 30 years as an active volunteer in the animal rescue community. The celebration will take place Saturday, May 18, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Thalia Carlos Hellenic Community Center, 2500 Clairmont Road. There will be a buffet dinner, open bar, live music and silent aucton. Tickets are $75 per person. Tickets available at furkids.org. Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming held a grand re-opening ceremony for its new Buckhead location, 2815 Peachtree Road. Stop in to check out the treats and services available or visit facebook.com/ WoofGangBakeryBuckhead. KeepitINtown.com
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Crafters turn art into entrepreneurial businesses By Christy Petterson
In 2005, I organized a craft market with a friend. We didn’t have any long-range plans for ever doing it again. It was sort of an experiment that we hoped would be fun and successful. I remember saying out loud the morning of the event, “Wouldn’t it be cool if 100 people showed up?” Fast forward several hours, and we had welcomed 800 people through the door. The director of Eyedrum, where we hosted the event, said he could only think of one other event at their space that had produced such a great turn out. We, my friend Shannon Mulkey and I, are now in our ninth year of organizing the Indie Craft Experience (ICE) and our attendance expectations have jumped to wondering how many thousands will show up at each event. We host a craft market with about 100 vendors in early June and a holiday version the weekend before Thanksgiving every
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year. We were busting at the seams of our venue, Ambient Plus Studio near the West End, this past holiday show with about 115 vendors. In 2010, we produced our first annual pop-up shop during the holiday season, a temporary boutique of handcrafted items created by artists from all over the country. The past two years we’ve been lucky to call Criminal Records in Little Five Points our home for the pop-up shop. In 2011, we introduced Wedding Day Hooray, our event for planning a handcrafted wedding, and in 2012, we introduced Salvage, our vintage market. These shows have both been a challenge and a great satisfaction as we’ve broadened our audience and reach. This year we launched our online store, The Curatorial. For this first year, we are hosting four online pop-up shops open only three weeks each. Next year, the shop will be open all the time. In our ninth year we are producing five events, a brick and mortar pop-up shop and four online pop-up shops with a two-person staff and full-time jobs. It’s a lot of work but I’ve never done anything more rewarding. The reward comes in two forms: the people I’ve gotten to know and the creations that they make. I recently had the opportunity to talk with five of my favorite local crafters: Tara Christensen of Hot Pink Poo, Mary Harding of Mary Rebecca, Laura Cherry of Laure Designs, Amanda Miller of Flex Family Arts and Leela Hoehn of Native Bear. I loved their insight on Atlanta’s craft community, the economy, why you should buy handcrafted and how they got started down this creative path. Going way back to how these talented ladies got started most of them say something like “I’ve always been a crafter” or “I’ve always loved creating things with my hands” or “I’ve always found myself making things.” Crafting has been a lifelong enjoyment. For many of them, this love affair began by observing their parents. While the actual skills were not necessarily passed down to them, they are carrying on the tradition of an artistic lifestyle that they learned from their parents. “My father is the most talented artist I know,” said Christensen. “He specializes in Renaissance oil paintings. As I child I use to sit for hours a day while he painted me. That’s a lot to ask of a little girl, but I enjoyed the end result so much.” The child of a professional photographer (father) and avid crafter (mother), Harding said, “Doing art and DIY projects was just a staple in our household. My mother still has a group of friends she gets together with on a bimonthly basis to do craft projects with.” All five of these crafters sell their creations on a regular basis at craft markets, like ICE, and online through sites like Etsy.com. Selling is a huge part of the job description of a crafter and can take up just as much time and energy as the making part. These entrepreneurial tendencies can
start at a young age. “I always had the dual desire to create, and then also to sell my creations,” said Hoehn. “When I was in first grade, I would create picture books to sell for a quarter, or practice drawing portraits of my friends.” Mary Harding made friendship bracelets and seed bead rings for her classmates in elementary school. “I even had a lucrative duct tape purse making operation for a minute in middle school.” While many craft just for fun, more and more crafters are turning it into a career. “We all have certain hobbies that we love to do,” said Tara, “so why not make a career out of it. People have been forced to think beyond the corporate world these days to have an income. I think the craft world is an awesome outlet for so many different people.” The unstable economy of the past few years has inspired many to take the leap. “When you decide to craft for a living you are literally taking your income into your own hands,” said Leela, “and you quickly realize the importance of a strong local community. It’s the support of your community that keeps you going. When you buy original, handmade goods you can know for sure that you are supporting that individual because you’re probably looking them in the face! You’re putting your money directly back into the local economy.” In a world full of big box stores and mass-produced everything, the decision to buy something handcrafted can make a big statement. For consumers, it is very easy to run to a big box store at any time of day for pretty much anything their heart desires, however crafters believe their products are more valuable and are certainly better CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 KeepitINtown.com
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Twitter hashtags impact awareness Many disasters have left a big impact on the world recently, from natural ones like tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes, to man-made ones like the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. All of them received coverage in the media, help from relief agencies and assigned hashtags to help promote the cause on Twitter. Twitter provided #OneBoston with the top promoted spot so people across the globe could get insight on the inspiring messages coming from and going to the people of Boston. The hashtag also provided awareness for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s One Fund (onefundboston.com), which was established to help the people most affected by the tragic events. The top promoted spot on Twitter has a social street market value of about $200,000, so it was a super generous donation. Constantly creative, crowd-sourced Reddit jumped into help as well. A redditor created “Random Acts of Pizza” (randomactsofpizza.com/info.html) so people could pay for pies and have them delivered to homes hosting stranded marathoners. The effort proved so popular it expanded pie delivery to shelters, hospitals,
fire departments, police department and other random places people were congregating. The effort created a partnership with local provider Anytime Pizza who delivered over 1,500 of them in the post-blast hours. Lest you think that as a culture we’ve gone totally legit: social causes aren’t the only standout hashtags. Even though the world-changing event of 2011 – the Japan tsunami (#japanquake, #prayforjapan, #japan #tsunami) – generated close to 5,500 tweets per second (TPS, it’s known in the industry), it still lagged behind #tigerblood, one of Charlie Sheen’s #winning ideas that made him a standout celebrity on Twitter. Remember how he gained a million followers in 24 hours, the fastest in Twitter history, according to Guinness? Yep. But we’re not 100 percent superficial yet. Other standout, cause-driven hashtags that captured attention recently: #BostonStrong, #sandyhook, #prayersfornewtown, #hurricanesandy, #haiti. #tsunamistories, #libya, #ghaddafi, #syria, #egypt, #tunisia, #marriageequality, #gaymarriage, #SCOTUS. Twitter recently celebrated its 7th birthday. To be so young, you’ve made a big impact on news and the world. #wethankyou .
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quality. “I believe more and more people are growing weary of the implications of big box retail,” said Leela. “You may be able to purchase items from these stores at a lower price point, but the environmental and social consequences are outrageous. Instead of buying five temporary fixes, why not buy one hand crafted, high quality item that will last?” “Mass production can’t compete with the value and intimacy of handcrafted items,” Cherry pointed out. “They are crafted by one person one at a time, and not by a machine that does twenty a second.” Not only are handcrafted items made with much care and creativity, but when you buy handcrafted you’re supporting a real, live human with talent and skills rather than a giant web of middlemen and giant corporations, and you’re keeping your money in your local community. “When you buy a handmade product you are making an investment in someone’s time and hard work,” said Miller. “We’re tired of owning all the same, cheaply made junk as everyone else. Where and
how we spend our money is always a political statement and purchasing directly from an artist is a huge one. We want to own something with heart and soul and something that was made with love, intention and attention to detail.” Hoehn simply states, “the way we spend or stretch a dollar these days is the biggest voice we can have.” Buying handmade also means you’re bringing something aesthetically pleasing into your life. Your home is a happier, healthier place when it is filled with items made with joy by hand. Joy comes from doing what you love, and these ladies love what they do. “I love coming up with an idea and then seeing it become a reality,” said Harding. “Making something with your hands is, one, a lovely skill, and two, reminds you of what you’re capable of. I love the experience of turning a vision or a dream into a reality,” said Laura Cherry. For more about ICE and Curatorial and its upcoming shows, visit ice-atlanta.com.
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In local smartphone app news, Rescue gives users access to special offers and local deals with incentives for more by sharing with friends. The app is available for both iPhone and Android phones. Flipxter, which allows users to stream high definition and live music content, is expected to launch by the end of the year. The creators are crowdfunding to raise $50,000 to support
across the region will include the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Center. UPS will chair the steering committee, which will include the business community, universities and other local government agencies. Atlanta is the nation’s 13th largest metro exporter, sending $20 billion in goods and services abroad in 2010 and supporting more than 150,000 jobs throughout the metro area.
Artist Adriana Thumann and her husband, photographer Al Thumann, have opened Studio 905 (studio905onjuniper.com) at 905 Juniper St., Suite 109. The space is designed for artists to create, display and collaborate on projects while splitting a percentage of art sales. Studio 905 on Juniper has several studios for painters, a private studio and area for a photographer, framer or craft artist. British luxury lingerie brand Agent Provocateur (agentprovocateur.com) opened its latest boutique in the US at Phipps Plaza last month. The shop also offers hosiery, swimwear, bridal and other beauty products.
Retailer Kayce Hughes (kaycehughes.com) has opened in Westside Provisions District in West Midtown offering a mix of clothing, vintage-inspired accessories and home goods. During last month’s Global Cities Initiative conference, Mayor Kasim Reed announced the creation of the Atlanta Metropolitan Export Plan, which will be led by Invest Atlanta and the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, with support from the Brookings Institution. Other partners from
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Deanna Ranlett, owner of Atlanta Clay, has purchased MudFire Clayworks & Gallery (MudFire.com) at 175 Laredo Drive in Decatur. MudFire will remain at its current location, but with expanded programs and offerings including a new full-time artist residency program recruiting nationally; an on-site ceramic tools and supply boutique; creation of an urban organic garden; more workshops; and an increased focus on local artists.
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Blanks talks new stadium During last month’s 72nd annual Central Atlanta Progress Meeting, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was a surprise guest and had a few words to say about the new stadium to be built in Downtown. Blank said Atlanta was the only choice for the new stadium, noting that the Falcons had called the city home for 47 years. “We will build a world-class stadium,” Blank said. “It will be an iconic addition to downtown Atlanta.” The Home Depot founder also said he had been working closely with Mayor Kasim Reed, and presented him with a special jersey (pictured)
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The Paces Ferry Exxon station is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, notably under the same ownership. How has this small business succeeded when so many of its kind have failed? Why are their customers so loyal and full of praise for a small gas station and car repair shop, even though its prices are not the cheapest in the area? Talking to owner Mike Graham about how he has run his business, the familiar code of the United States Military Academy at West Point came to mind: “Honor, Duty, and Country.” In Graham’s case the motto is “Honor, Duty, and People.” These have been Graham’s guiding principles since he struck out on his own in 1983 from his father’s business in Tucker – an Amoco station where he had started working when he was 14. When the spot on West Paces Ferry became available as an Exxon outlet in 1982, Mike, with one technician from his father’s station, one high school friend, who now has his own shop in Alpharetta, and two other friends, Ronnie Freeman and John Buckner, opened the gas station and service shop. Freeman, who possesses a rare Automotive Service Excellence certificate, has now worked 27 years as the master technician. Buckner left to work for Eastern Airlines, but returned when Eastern went bankrupt. Freeman’s nephew, Paul, who also is certified as an Automotive Service Excellence technician, has worked with them for 20 years. The depth of knowledge and experience of these technicians is hard to find today and difficult for car agencies to match. “It
is tough to hire a technician now,” Graham said. “There are so many different kinds of sophisticated cars with complicated computer systems. The equipment you need to diagnose problems is very expensive and has to be updated with new software about every two years. It is time consuming to train new people and requires a serious commitment from them to learn.” Because of its Buckhead location, Graham said they service a lot of high-end cars. “When the warranty is up, we can do 95 percent of the service for German, European and Asian cars.” When asked about the rest of his staff, Graham was eloquent on the subject of his manager, Andre Allen. “Without him, I would be unable to take any time off,” he said. “He is the best there is for satisfying customers and getting the right information to the mechanics.” Graham has a policy of hiring family members of employees and keeping his people for as long as they want to stay. Working under Andre is his son, Andre, Jr., who is also a student at Oglethorpe University. During the summer and holidays other teenagers are hired and most return whenever they can. This inclusive and happy environment is in great measure due to the personality and efforts of Mario Shropshire, another valuable family employee. Shropshire’s aunt, Shawn, “holds the fort” in the office with a ready smile for everyone. Her toughest job may be that she is surrounded by a lavish supply of candy, cake and ice cream treats. If they are made in the South, as are Moon Pies and Goo Goo Clusters, you can probably find them here.
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may 4: GREAT ATLANTA POT FESTIVAL With states voting to legalize marijuana last fall, organizers have resurrected the festival, which had run for more than a decade in the 90s and 00s. This year’s festival will be held Saturday, May 4, from noon to 7 p.m. at Freedom Park. There will be a march and rally for reform to cannabis laws starting at 11:30 a.m. in the park on the Moreland Avenue side and will proceed to Findley Plaza in Little Five Points. Back in the park, there will be an afternoon of music, speakers and information on legalization efforts in Georgia. Musical acts performing include Culture, Coupious Jones, Ghost Riders Car Club and Hair of the Dog. There will also be food vendors and a market featuring art and local crafts. For more information, visit. potfestival.com
The 11th annual Kirkwood Spring Fling and Tour of Homes is set for Saturday, May 11, in the shade at Bessie Branham Park. The day begins at 8 a.m. with a 5K road race, while the artist market will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be live music on two stages throughout the day and evening from Hoosier Daddy, Eel Pie, Lauren St. Jane, Grinder Nova, Noot d’ Noot, No Parachute, Julie Gribble, The Deadﬁelds and Moontower. A kids’ area will feature games and activities, while food will be provided by local vendors. Also happening on May 11-12 is the Kirkwood Tour of Homes, featuring classic Victorian cottages to craftsman bungalows to modern lofts and everything in between. Tickets for the home tour are $20. Admission to the festival is free, while proceeds from the home tour beneﬁt the Kirkwood Neighbors Organization. For more, visit kirkwoodﬂing.com.
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may 5: FIESTA ATLANTA The 7th annual Fiesta Atlanta will take place Sunday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown. Billed as the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the southeast, Fiesta Atlanta features a daylong celebration of Latino culture and heritage with continuous live musical performances on two stages by international and national recording artists. Mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, a 5K race, youth soccer clinics and sponsor displays with free product samples, arts and crafts and authentic foods make Fiesta Atlanta a true multicultural celebration. For more, visit FiestaAtlanta.com.
may 10: THE SWEET AUBURN SPRING FESTVAL Annual attracting 350,000 attendees, this year’s street festival is May 10-12, featuring a three-day weekend of food, entertainment and information. Details were still be worked out at press time, but expect kids’ fun zone, senior citizens pavilion, a “Just for Women” area featuring resources and information, live music throughout the weekend, food and more. Visit sweetauburn.com for more information.
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may 11-12: BUCKHEAD SPRING ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL The festival returns to the paths of Chastain Park the weekend of May 11-12. More than 25,000 attended last year’s event, and there will be something for everyone as 175 artists representing all disciplines sell and exhibit their creations. Food, live acoustic music and a children’s play area make for a fun weekend for the entire family. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Parking will be available in the marked amphitheater lots, but no festival parking will be allowed in the residential neighborhoods around Chastain. For more, visit buckheadartsfestival.com.
may 24: DECATUR ARTS FESTIVAL The 25th annual festival will be held Memorial Day weekend in and around downtown Decatur. The event kicks off Friday, May 24, with an ArtWalk around Decatur and the Oakhurst neighborhood to participating galleries and businesses. The giant artist market downtown will be open May 25-26 featuring vendors from all over the region. Children’s events and art activities will take place on May 25 at the Decatur Recreation Center on Sycamore Street. You can also expect to ﬁnd literary and theatre events happening throughout the weekend on the lawn of the courthouse, as well as live music and dance performances. See the full schedule at decaturartsfestival.com.
may 24-25: ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL The 36th annual music extravaganza returns Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, to Piedmont Park. The line-up this year includes Meshell Ndegeocello, Uri Gurvich Quartet, Rio Negro, Jacob Deaton and the Tribulation Band, Julie Dexter, Alexandra Jackson, Aaron Diehl Quartet, Jose James, Dominick Farinacci and many, many more. To see the full line-up and schedule, visit atlantafestivals.com.
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Leslie Gordon, director of the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, was bestowed the honor of Knight in the National Order of Arts and Letters, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres. The honor was presented by the Consul General of France in Atlanta, Denis Barbet, at the Rialto Center in a recent ceremony. The National Order of Arts and Letters was established in France in 1957 to recognize eminent artists, writers and people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. Leslie Gordon joins the distinguished list of other Americans with the rank of Knight, including George Clooney, Tim Burton, and Malcolm Rogers, Director of Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Atlantans who have received this honor include Michael Shapiro, the Director of the High Museum of Art, and Anne Cox Chambers. As Barbet noted, Leslie Gordon’s vision to regularly program French and French-speaking artists such as Philippe Decouflé, Les Yeux Noirs, Angélique Kidjo, and Angelin Preljocaj (who performed as part of the inaugural France-Atlanta 2010) has been vital to the French/ Atlanta connection. KeepitINtown.com
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favorite princesses including Belle, Ariel and Cinderella will be performing and posing for pictures. Times for the event are 2 to 4 p.m. Cost is $50 per person and all proceeds benefit Girl Talk, Inc. For more information and reservations, visit tea4girltalk.webs.com.
A Pre-Mother’s Day Soiree takes over Anne Irwin Fine Art Gallery (anneirwinfineart. com) from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. Join in the flowery fun with posies from Gina Humphries Floral Design, gift items from local jewelry artists including Copella Designs, Regina Marie Candles and a very special opportunity to meet and greet authors Danielle Rollins and Christy Ziglar, who will be present for book signings. There will also be sandwiches courtesy of Squash Blossom Kitchens and a special tea tasting courtesy of SoRen teas.
The 2013 Stache Dash takes its mark at Tin Lizzy’s in Buckhead on the one and only Cuatro de Mayo (that’s May 4th for you gringas and gringos). The 5K encourages participants to run, walk, and Macarena their way across the finish border. Proceeds benefit One Love Generation, a non-profit organization empowering youth to inspire positive local change through art, service and awareness. The registration fee is $25. To sign up and for more information, visit onelovestachedash. com. Last year’s Stache Dash saw over 1,400 dashers and raised over $26,000.
The inaugural Atlanta Moon Ride, a 6-mile, after dark bicycle ride through Atlanta’s neighborhoods will be held Friday, May 10. Proceeds go to Bert’s Big Adventure. Gear up your bike with flair, put on your headlamp and enjoy the ride, which will see the Atlanta Police Department block the route. The family-friendly event is for all skill levels. To register, visit atlantamoonride.com.
The 6th edition of The GAME returns May 11starting at noon with an interactive puzzle hunt in which teams of players race each other around town following clues and deciphering codes. Your mission: find the clues, outsmart the competition and cross the finish line first. Teams gather at the starting location, where they solve the first puzzle. The solution reveals the location of the next site. The first team to solve all of the puzzles wins. All proceeds benefit Atlanta’s Out of Hand Theater. For more information, visit TheGameATL.com.
The Ladies of the Lake 28th annual Garden Party will be held May 4 at the Duck Pond in the Peachtree Heights East neighborhood from 4 to 7 p.m. The Garden Party features live music, an open bar, food from Chef Billy Williamson and a silent auction. Guests are encouraged to wear garden party attire (including hats), but no children or pets are allowed. Tickets are $40 per person at the entrance. Proceeds benefit upkeep of the pond and parks. For more, visit ladiesofthelake.org.
Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park returns May 18 with Ellie Goulding, Passion Pit and Grouplove. The party begins at 3 p.m. when gates open and the entertainment kicks off at 4 p.m. Live music continues until 11 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased through Ticket Alternative at ticketalternative.com. The event is rain or shine.
If you can’t make it to Louisville for this year’s Kentucky Derby, check out Derby Day 2013 sponsored by the Shepherd Center’s Junior Committee on Saturday, May 4, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. All proceeds generated from the event go to support Shepherd Center’s Recreation Therapy Program. There will be food and beverages, live and silent auctions, music, games, transportation from Buckhead to the event and a live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby. Tickets are $60 in advance or $70 at the door. For tickets and information, visit derbyday.com.
CURE Childhood Cancer will hold the19th annual Lauren’s Run and CURE Annual Picnic on Sunday, May 5, at Concourse Office Park in Atlanta. The event includes a Peachtree Qualifier 5K Run, a 2K Fun Run/Walk and a Tot Trot. Since its inception in 1992, Lauren’s Run has raised $3 million for pediatric cancer research through CURE Childhood Cancer. The race entry fee for adults is $25 in advance and $35 on race day. Registration is $20 for children ages 12 and under. The 5K run starts at 8 a.m., followed by the 2K fun run/walk at 9:30 a.m. and the Tot Trot for ages five and under at 10 a.m. Race registration is available online at curechildhoodcancer.org/events/laurens-run/.
The Global Imports Cycling Challenge, a series of professional and amateur cycling races including the finals of the Southeast CRITS Speed Week, will be held in the heart of Sandy Springs and sponsored by Northside Hospital. During the event, the Taste of Sandy Springs will also be happening with sampling tickets costing $1 each. For more details, visit sandyspringschallenge.org.
The Mommy and Me Princess Tea fundraising event will take place on Sunday, May 5, at historic Rhodes Hall in Midtown. The High Tea catered by Masterpiece Events will be for moms (grandmothers, or dads too) and their little girls (ideally for ages 3-9). Ten
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The Alliance Theatre will host its 5th annual A Tony Evening at the Woodruff Arts Center on May 18. The event benefits the Alliance Theatre’s educational programming for youth and families. The event will honor Paul Bowers, President and CEO of Georgia Power, and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind Sesame Street, for their continued support of arts in early childhood education. Actor Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock and Tony Award winner, is the scheduled entertainer for the event. For tickets and more information, visit alliancetheatre.org/atonyevening.
A menagerie of magical creatures casts an enchanting spell over the Atlanta Botanical Garden (atlantabotanicalgarden.org) during May through October with Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life. The exhibition of 19 mosaiculture – the horticultural art of creating giant topiary-like sculptures using thousands of living plants to carpet steel forms –was created by International Mosaiculture of Montreal, a nonprofit that has staged successful exhibitions around the world. The sculptures – ranging up to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide – include a grazing unicorn, a friendly ogre, a pair of gigantic cobras, a group of enchanting rabbits, and a couple of flighty butterflies. The largest piece, a 25-foot-tall representation of a goddess emerging from the earth, will greet visitors in the Cascades Garden. KeepitINtown.com
The Thinking Artist Patrick Dennis
Stop Flying and Smile I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… Frequently I say out loud that I take only two things seriously in life: family and art, and sometimes not so much art. It’s not that I resist the weightier elements that can include health and welfare, but I do have a tendency to skim the surface of life like a dragonfly that attracts the sun on its effervescent wings, pausing only briefly between expeditions of discovery. Lately, I’ve been struggling with some pretty serious family issues that I had no way to prepare for in my wildest imagination. I’ve had to learn and listen to others (something I am not very good at) who frequently have what appear to be a more solid foundation and thus, wisdom to share. But still I want to fly and seek the sun. I think it’s in my California-based genetic code. Thanks, Mom! Now that I think of it, this actually explains her disposition and supercilious perspective as well as the power of heredity. But family issues aside, isn’t it true that sometimes we just want art to make us smile a bit? Just because a masterpiece is well, masterful in its technique and
depiction doesn’t mean it needs to be sad, morbid or serious in its subject or execution. Sometimes we find the simplest art the most appealing for visceral reasons. Consider the drawings of your children. You’re not expecting a Rembrandt, right? But there is no denying that those simple strokes of the crayon bring a smile to your face, and sometimes to others. And who hasn’t spent time wondering just what that young artist was trying to convey? Is there any reason other than experience that the results are less compelling? Recently, I was wandering along the Spring Festival on Ponce and saw something moving that was not a dog, a leash or pair of tennis shoes. Glinting metallic petals were spinning in the sun and breeze. I was drawn to a sculpture of found objects assembled in to a huge flower. As I got closer, I was impressed by the construction that included gears, rivets, annealed metal sheets, a transformer globe and many other parts that in themselves were not remarkable but once combined created a form begging for a smile. The artist is Kevin Duval from Wilmington, NC, which I know is a beautiful place with enviable coastline. I asked him more about where he lives and what he does than about how he came to
the conclusion that these parts belonged together. He described the beaches, the wind and sun and more than anything else, the feeling of simple joy he has in those elements. Listening, I believe I understood more about his motivation and creative process as well as the investment of his time and thoughts into creating something with simple appeal. I dug deeper to find the moving parts and inspected the fittings and balance out of curiosity, like a dragonfly that finds a tasty morsel and pauses his endlessly distracting journey. I’m glad I slowed down because the more I saw, the happier I became. There was absolutely nothing serious in this contemplation. It was just a joyful discovery.
May 11-12 Buckhead Spring Arts & Crafts Festival This two-day festival will showcase the best and brightest art and craft Spring has to offer. 175 participating artists will shine brightly in Chastain Park. Expect an event within an event including a chef’s tasting and wine pairing by Living Social. Free to attend. Buckheadartsfestival.com
Upcoming Art Events
Through May 31 Local Color Decatur Market & Gallery Twenty artists and artisans interpret theme of what local color means, in every medium. Free to attend, 153 Ponce de Leon Pl., decaturgallery.com.
Through May 18 Franke, Foltz & Friends Huff Harrington Fine Art Gallery This exhibit features Nancy Franke, Doug Foltz and other artists in a livable scale. The impressionistic technique of Franke evokes memories of Paris. Free to attend. 4240 Rickenbacker Dr., huffharrington. com.
Through May 31 Georgia Artists: A Juried Exhibit The Fulton County Arts & Culture Abernathy Arts Center will showcase work by established and emerging artists from Georgia. Free to attend. Abernathy Arts Center, 254 Johnson Ferry Rd. (404) 613-6172
Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. Contact him at Patrick@affps. com.
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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family stages in Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Masquerade Music Park. May 4 and May 5. $61 to $99. shakykneesfestival. com
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The Italian Girl in Algiers: Step inside a pop-up book in the 1930s at this Atlanta Opera production for a tale of infidelity, escape and comedy by “The Italian Mozart” – Gioachino Rossini. Closes May 5. $21.70 to $122.64. atlantaopera.org Chamber Music at the Tavern: The Atlanta Chamber Players season concludes with a special concert at the New American Shakespeare Tavern featuring works by Brahms, Martinu, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musician Michael Kurth. May 7. $15 to $24. atlantachamberplayers.com Hinton Battle’s “Love Lies”: Tony Award winner Hinton Battle’s musical tells the story of three women who discover they are all engaged to marry the same man. The musical stars Brian McKnight and Angie Stone at the Fox Theatre. May 9 through May 12. $45.50 to $52.50. foxtheatre.org Love Stories: Atlanta Ballet highlights the athleticism and passion of its dancers through both classic and innovative choreography in this performance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. May 10 through May 12. $20 to $120. atlantaballet.com
Visual Arts & Museums Frida & Diego: Works by Mexican painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera rarely appear together, making this exhibit at the High Museum a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view more than 75 works by the artists. Closes May 12. $12 to $19.50. high.org NASA Destination Station Exhibit: Learn about the wonders of the International Space Station at this Fernbank Science Center exhibit. See what really happens on the Station and how it impacts daily life on earth. Closes May 18. Free! fsc. fernbank.edu Design with the Other 90%: CITIES: This exhibit features 60 projects, proposals and solutions that address the challenges facing the earth as more than 2 billion people are projected to live in slums and squatter settlements by 2030, pushing beyond the capacity of many local institutions. Closes May 24. Free! cdc.gov/ museum Decatur Arts Festival: Downtown Decatur
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comes alive with this 25th annual arts festival featuring more than 165 artists, children’s activities and a headlining concert by singer/songwriter Shawn Mullins. May 24 through May 26. Free! decaturartsalliance.org Blow-Up: Taking its name from the classic 1966 Antonioni film, “Blow-Up” features works by five artists each exploring the aimless void characters experience in film when the pivotal blow-up scene leaves plotlines unresolved and unanswered. Closes May 25. Free! poem88.net Shara Hughes: Don’t Tell Anyone But ...: Atlanta-based artist Shara Hughes combines elements of landscape, still life and figuration to a dizzying effect in her newest works at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, reconciling classic art traditions with bold humor. Tuesday through Saturday. Free! to $8. thecontemporary. org And the Struggle Continues: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Fight for Social Change: Emory’s Woodruff Library displays
original materials from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference archive, highlighting the tireless efforts of this civil rights organization to achieve positive social changes in the years after the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Daily. Free! emory.ed
Performing Arts Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing: Georgia Shakespeare’s popular summer theatre event returns to Piedmont Park with the remount of “Much Ado About Nothing,” Shakespeare’s hilarious romantic comedy. May 1 through May 5. Free to $30. gashakespeare.org
The Atlanta Song Festival: The finale of The Atlanta Vocal Society’s 2012-2013 debut features the semifinal and final rounds of the Roland Hayes International
Spank! The 50 Shades Parody at Buckhead Theatre
Jazz Under the Stars Benefit Concert: Innovative jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis headlines this annual benefit concert featuring the Clark Atlanta University Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra. May 4. $60. cau.edu Shaky Knees Music Festival: This brandnew music festival brings 28 bands, including The Lumineers, Band of Horses, Jim James and others, to three outdoor KeepitINtown.com
Song Competition and a recital by famed soprano Indra Thomas. May 10 through May 12. $15 to $30. atlvocal.org Finale: Dynamic and talented young artists in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra tackle challenging repertoire in this season finale concert at Symphony Hall. May 12. $10. atlantasymphony.org Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody: The 2011 erotic adult trilogy gets the parody treatment at The Buckhead Theatre with this new musical and comedic stage tribute. May 14 through May 19. $49.45 to $55.60. thebuckheadtheatre.com A Beatles Tribute: Beatles tribute band The Return joins the Michael O’Neal Singers for a concert of Beatles covers featuring both choral adaptations and top hits performed by the world-famous tribute band at Roswell United Methodist Church. May 17. $15 to $50. mosingers.org
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The Avett Brothers: Old-time country, bluegrass, punk, pop, and rock ‘n’ roll take over Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre for a “grungegrass” concert featuring The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show. May 17. $38.50 to $49.50. vzwamp. com The Laughing Dead: There’s only one thing more horrifying than the undead — the unfunny — and Sketchworks Comedy is putting them front and center in this new sketch comedy show. Closes May 18. $17 to $20. sketchworkscomedy.com
Lady Lay: 7 Stages takes audiences to the time before the Berlin wall came down for this story about an employment officer in West Berlin who sets off on a personal revolution after hearing Bob Dylan on the radio one day. Closes May 19. $20. 7stages.org The Second City: Chicago’s legendary sketch comedy theatre troupe performs some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from The Second City’s 52-year history at this special Roswell Cultural Arts Center event. May 24. $30. roswellpresents.com Michael Feinstein: A consummate entertainer and keeper of the Gershwin legacy and the American Songbook, singer-pianist Michael Feinstein returns to Atlanta for this concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall. May 24 and May 25. $29 to $65. atlantasymphony.org Brer Rabbit and Friends: Live music and delightful stories about Brer Rabbit and his friends fill the stage in this puppet production at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Closes May 26. $16.50. puppet.org The 39 Steps: OnStage Atlanta officially opens their new venue with the Alfred Hitchcock comedy thriller “The 39 Steps,” adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow. Closes May 26. $7 to $23. onstageatlanta. com.
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Mike Lowery’s Art & Home
By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com Mike Lowery likes silliness. He illustrates it every day in children’s books and greeting cards. He’s constantly drawing and scribbling new ideas that are offbeat and make kids giggle. He first handdraws fonts and images in his journal, then cleans them up and adds color on the computer. I love his style of illustration of these “Two Little Libros” books that are made for kids learning to speak both English and Spanish. Mike lives in an atomic ranch home in Decatur, Georgia along with his wife, Katrin Wiehle, who is a German children’s book illustrator and Mike’s young daughter, Allister. As they both are in the book business, books are plentiful. They love anything art related such as graphic novels, illustrations annuals and design publications. “We also buy loads of children’s books here in the States and when we travel, so we’ve accumulated a small library of international children’s books,” Mike says. There is a pretty simplicity to their space which I really admire and appreciate. Mike shared a few links to art found in their home; Alex Todaro, Stuart Kolakovic, About Today and Modern Anthem. Mike has an equal passion in music and loves to dabble in, as he shared, “indie rock with some synthesizers.” Currently, Mike is Professor of Illustration at SCAD Atlanta and is working on a series of books for Simon and Schuster and greeting cards for Hallmark. Mike and Katrin’s mid century
home has a walk through room in the center of the house which they use as their studio. Mike saysß, “It has one big window (that looks out over our backyard) and we put in a long, wooden counter top right under it to use as our drawing and work area. We love working right next to each other like that. I’m guessing we spend at least half the day in there.” A storybook life indeed...
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Annie on the Go! Our contributor takes in roller derby, circus cats and more By Annie Kinnett Nichols When INtown asked me to write about the Atlanta Rollergirls, I jumped at the chance. My only dealing with roller derby was the Rachael Welch movie from the 70’s, Kansas City Bomber. I was expecting catfights, brawls and plenty of play-acting. What I didn’t expect was that it is a real sport and although their names are humorous (Hate Ashbury and Quadratic Abrasion, for example), these girls are dead serious when it comes to earning points on the rink. The league features four home teams – the Apocalypstix, Denim Demons, Sake Tuyas and Toxic Shocks – that compete
each season for the championship trophy. The home teams battle it out at the Yaarab Shrine Center on Ponce during their February-to-September season. There’s also an up-and-coming junior league for younger girls called Atlanta Derby Brats. Strict rules apply, but the Rollergirls can push each opposing team members with their hips or butts and push their own teammates into their competitors. There was so much action going on when I attended a recent game, it was hard to follow at first, but I totally got into it. Atlanta’s All-Star team entered 2013 ranked #14 in the world. Coming from behind in 2012 they won huge upsets and
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nearly beat the top contenders, the Texas Rollergirls. This game is an international hit with fans and girls, and roller derby is even being considered for the Olympics in 2020. If you want to check out the Rollgergirls in action, there is a doubleheader on May 18. For tickets and information, visit atlantarollergirls.com. I also got to attend Circus Cats featuring the Amazing Astro-Cats This show was hysterical. Samantha Martin has created a vaudeville-style show of laughter and merriment with “trained” cats. More than 50 jump through hoops, walk on balls, do tricks, play cowbell and at the end of the show they feature a cat band called the Astro-Cats. There’s also a chicken, Gregory Peck, the most obedient animal of the show, who managed to stay on stage for his entire act. I don’t want to give away all the surprises, but suffice it to say cats have a hard time not wandering off into the audience where they are petted until a helper comes to bring the AWOL cat back to stage. The Circus Cats are rescue animals and after the show almost all the cats are up for adoption. For more, visit circuscats.com. The third show I caught was SeeThrough, an interesting, bawdy look at what is sexy and what lies inside and outside your personal comfort zone. Staged by PushPush Theater, attendees were propelled into the show by actors who give you a key and a number or letter. Then you are on your own to discover different rooms and different people along the way. Waiting to get into the “7 Minutes in Heaven” room was a show in itself and the feather filled tub room was one of my favorites visually. You can read about more of my adventures, including driving model trains and an update on my challenge to Susan Sarandon to play Sister Louisia’s owner Grant Henry to a game of ping-pong at AtlantaINtownPaper.com.
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Earth Day 2013 Celebration in Oakhurst brings out the pirates
Volunteers create new playground for the Intown Academy charter schoool in Old Fourth Ward
(L) Pirate snake wranglers Katy Ross & Amelia Broadfoot at Oakhurst’s Earth Day Festival. photo by Ross Holmes
(R) Costume Parade led by the Funk Pirates (facebook.com/ FunkPirates) at the Earth Day Festival in Oakhurst on 4/21!
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Midtown Alliance has been awarded the E3 Power of Place Award for the organization’s leadership efforts in developing Greenprint Midtown and the creation of the Southeast’s first urban EcoDistrict. Presented by the Metro Atlanta Chamber in partnership with the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the E3 award highlights companies, organizations, universities and individuals using innovative approaches to conserve metro Atlanta’s natural resources while improving the economy. The award focuses on such strategies as clean technologies, sustainable start-ups, solar energy, energy and water conservation, green buildings and strong partnerships. The Greenprint Midtown plan has provided a framework to bring the community together to continue to advance Midtown as an innovative, interconnected, and resourceefficient community – an EcoDistrict. Today, EcoDistricts are being created throughout the United States and the world from Portland, Oregon to Malmo, Sweden. EcoDistricts link green buildings with smart infrastructure and behavior change at a district scale to
drive innovation and economic development. EcoDistricts improve the environment and make economic sense, making Midtown more competitive and attractive to investors, businesses, employees, residents and visitors. “The award is a great validation of the hard work Midtown Alliance and our partners have put into the creation of the Midtown EcoDistrict over the last year,” said Kevin Green, CEO of Midtown Alliance. “Creating the Greenprint plan was just the first step in a multi-pronged approach to ensure Midtown is clean and green for years to come.” Green said Midtown is making good progress on numerous fronts including supporting greater energy efficiency and conservation in commercial and residential buildings through the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge, growing its rainwater harvesting systems, integrating recycling into streetscapes, improving transit access and mobility and adding to the more than 20 miles of new streetscapes and bike lanes for pedestrians and cyclists.
Eco Briefs Abbadabba’s stores in Little Five Points and Buckhead are distributing “SLOW DOWN” yard signs free of charge to community residents, civic organizations and parent teacher associations. All five Abbadabba’s stores in metro Atlanta have partnered with PEDS (peds.org), a non-profit organization, to encourage local drivers to slow down and create safer neighborhoods. The signs are available for pick-up at Abbadabba’s Little Five
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Points, located at 421 Moreland Ave NE, and Abbadabba’s Buckhead, at 4389 Roswell Road, while the inventory is available. To learn more, visit coolshoes.com. Seven organizations in Georgia were honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy with 2013 awards from the Energy Star Program. The awards are given for protecting America’s environment through energy efficiency. Winners include
Ivey Residential, Servidyne of Atlanta, Burton Energy Group, Grayhawk Homes, Hoshizaki America, Home Depot and Wells Real Estate Funds. For a complete list of winners, visit energystar.gov/awards. The City of Atlanta was also listed as one of 25 cities with the greatest number of energy-efficient buildings that earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star certification in 2012. homes a year. See the list of cities at energystar.gov/ topcities. KeepitINtown.com
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Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns May 30-June 2 By Sydia Bell Celebrating its third season, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns to Midtown from May 30 to June 2. Co-founder Elizabeth Feicter said food enthusiasts will be led on a culinary journey throughout the region. “The festival shows the evolution of Southern cooking,” Feichter said, noting that the four-day event offers carefully crafted programs and demonstrations to entertain and educate consumers about the rich food and beverages of the South. Composed of three distinct activities – learning experiences, tasting experiences and special dinners – the culinary exploration encompasses everything from Latin influences and the rise of farm-totable dining. Feichter said letting the chefs and restaurants drive the festival is part of what makes the event so distinctive each year. For 2013, organizers prioritized creating immersive food experiences. Instead of the chefs demonstrating on stage, the norm at most food festivals, this year chefs and sous chefs will have the opportunity to prepare the food while mingling and interacting with the audience. Although the festival is known for highlighting the best and the brightest chefs in the industry, there will be spotlight on the next wave of chefs. In programming called The Next Wave of Talent, Chef John Besh asks emerging chefs to create dishes that touch upon what inspires them about the South and cooking with Southern ingredients. Led by industry experts, the learning experiences include smart and entertaining cooking and cocktail demonstrations running an hour in length. For example, guests can take a journey through the culinary traditions of Southern India with Chef Asha Gomez from Cardamom Hill, learn about the charms of bourbon or explore the intersection of Southern food and music – gospel to zydeco and bluegrass to blues – with Chef Sean Brock from Husk restaurant in Nashville. Participants can than enjoy tasting seminars and panel discussions as they peruse the culinary delights in the Tasting Tents. Curated by the chefs, foodies will pick a “trail” to follow and sample chicken, pig, lamb, seafood, farm fresh, Southern snacks, sweets, sandwiches, wines and spirits. Each day is followed with a selection of special
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events that extend the festival’s learning and tasting programs with special dinners and parties with out-of-town chefs, mixologists and sommeliers. Chef Linton Hopkins and mixologist Greg Best will also be reporting live on AM 1690 during their Feed Radio program. For information about the festival, a full list of classes, or tickets prices visit altfoodandwinefestival.com.
The sites and flavors of last year’s Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. Photos courtesy of AF&WF.
Teaching Teamwork to Kids When Cooking By Christine Fallucco Mud Pie Cooking School
At Mud Pie Cooking School, we often had siblings or friends attend class together. We paired the children at cooking stations to teach them teamwork in the kitchen and the importance of helping each other out. We explained this is no different than how it happens in professional kitchens. You can do the same at your home when you have children who want to help you prepare a meal for your family. The teamwork we taught took place in three phases: Setting your mis en place (pronounced miz on plas - a French term meaning “everything in place”); cooking your recipe; and preparing your table to eat. For the first phase, we asked the children to set their mis en place at their cooking station by assembling all ingredients and utensils needed to prepare each recipe. We required they do so before starting to cook. Prior to class, we laid out ingredients and utensils making it easiest for them to find
items. We helped each child according to their age and ability to read and identify food items and utensils. For phase two, we taught the children to take turns and help each other with each cooking act performed. For example, while one child carefully measured out ½ C. of the needed 1 C. of flour, leveled it off with the back of his or her plastic knife, another child held the bowl the dry item would be dropped into. Then, they rotated roles. This sharing of activities was required for all that we taught in class – mixing, whisking, cracking eggs, adding herbs and spices, cleaning up and setting the table. For the last phase, we gave every child a task to assist with clean up and setting of the table. Assignments included throwing out their trash, wiping down their station with a damp paper towel, returning food items to where they found them, delivering dirty utensils to the sink, and setting out plates, napkins, cups and silverware. Once a child completed a task, we quickly handed out another one to keep him or her busy. Children performed jobs with as minimal assistance from an instructor as possible. Instruction and demos were given
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Cheese Twists You will need: 1 ½ C flour 1 egg 6 T. butter, softened 1 ½ C. grated Parmesan cheese 2 C. grated cheddar cheese ¼ C. milk 1 t. kosher salt Pam Baking sheets Food processor Plastic knife Rolling pin
Below is a recipe to try at home with your children or when your child has a friend over to play. Have fun!
Directions: Grease baking sheets Preheat oven to 400 degrees (adults only) Place flour, butter, salt, and cheeses in food processor; pulse for about 1 minute until the butter and cheese are evenly distributed. Add egg and pulse until it is mixed well With the processor running, pour the milk through the feed tube until the dough forms a ball, if needed add more flour. Place the dough on a floured work surface and roll it out with a rolling pin Cut the pastry into strips about 4” long and 1/2” wide. Twist the strips and place them on the baking sheet about 2” apart Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until they are lightly browned.
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risenshineorganicfarm.com. If you’re at Turner Field for a Braves game this season, you might want to wait in line for one of Holeman & Finch’s famed hamburgers, which are usually only served after 10 p.m. in the restaurant. An H&F chef will be on hand to ensure quality. Look for the H&F (holeman-finch.com) stand under the BravesVision scoreboard in Fan Plaza. Chef Joseph Adamo from Meliã Hotel Atlanta’s restaurant The Grille @ 590 (melia.com) was named “Best Catering Chef ” and second runner up for the “Fan Favorite Chef ” in the 2013 Atlanta Chef Expo.
Villains Wicked Heroes (facebook. com/villainswickedheroes) has opened in Midtown at Peachtree and 8th streets offering gourmet sandwiches and salads for lunch and dinner, along with creative cocktails. The concept, inspired by classic comic books, was created by Alex Brounstein of Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Jared Lee Pyles of HD1 and Jason McClure formerly of FLIP burger boutique and the Art Institute of Atlanta. Rise ‘N Shine Farm has a new pick-up location at Inman Park United Methodist Church. Vegetables and fresh eggs are part of the delivery options for 32 weeks. Find out more and sign-up at
If you love buffet-style eating, then put on your eating bib and head over to the new Golden Corral (goldencorral.com) at the corner of North Druid Hills and Lawrenceville Highway. When it opened last month, there were lines out the door. Here To Serve Restaurants will open SMASH Kitchen & Bar (h2sr.com) this month at Town Brookhaven. The menu will feature “American chophouse food” created by Chef Tom Catherall. The March of Dimes 29th Annual Dining Out (marchofdimes.com/Georgia) will be held May 3 with more than 50 Atlanta restaurants signed on to participate. Each participating restaurant hosts one table
that is treated to a unique four-course VIP menu and wine pairing. Individuals and companies may purchase a table for the event for $1,000 or $1,500, depending on the restaurant. Participating restaurants include 4th & Swift, Abattoir, Aja, Babette’s Café, Floataway Café, Horseradish Grill, Lure, Pricci, Seed Kitchen & Bar, Sotto Sotto, The Café at the Ritz-Carlton, Woodfire and any more. Fig Jam Kitchen & Bar (figjamatlanta.com) has announced it will leave its Brookwood location and re-open in early fall at 77 12th, the new luxury apartment building along the Midtown Mile. Uncle Maddio’s Pizza has opened a new location at 1220 Caroline Street, Suite 100 in the Edgewood Retail Center. Check out facebook.com/UncleMaddiosEdgewood for more information. The Pop Up Chef (facebook.com/ PopUpChef) lunch events have returned each Thursday through October. Chefs will have tasty bites from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Plaza at 999 Peachtree with prices ranging from $3 to $12. Some of the participating restaurants include Escorpion, Serpas, 4th & Swift, Empire State South, Cakes & Ale, Watershed and Rosebud. Popular Buckhead lunch spot Souper Jenny has announced it will open a second location in Decatur. At press time, owner Jenny Levison and her team were scouting locations, but had no firm timeline for an opening. Follow along on the restaurants Facebook page at facebook.com/ SouperJenny for updates.
Another Broken Egg Café (AnotherBrokenEgg.com) has opened a new location in Dunwoody at 4745 Ashford Dunwoody Road serving up breakfast, lunch and brunch. Newk’s (newks.com), offering sandwiches, pizzas and salads, has opened at the Shops at Metropolis on Peachtree Street in Midtown. After closing for the winter months, Googie Burger in Centennial Olympic Park has reopened for the spring and summer. Check out new menu items and opening times at googieburger.com. The Sun Dial restaurant atop the Westin Peachtree Plaza closed April 28 for renovations and will reopen in August with new furnishings, new paint, new artwork and new menu. The 11th annual Taste of the Highlands is Saturday, May 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. at John Howell Park in Virginia Highland. Title sponsor Fifth Group Restaurants will participate for the 7th year running, featuring six of their local restaurants. Taste of the Highlands benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets are $40 in advance at tasteofthehighlands.com and $50 the day of the event.
The owners of Midtown’s Beep Beep Gallery and New York City’s The Woods have opened a new bar and restaurant called Mother (facebook.com/mother447) at 447 Edgewood Ave in the Old Fourth Ward. Located in an historic three-story brownstone, the space is a mix of art and food
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Las Margaritas (lasmargaritasmidtown.com), 1842 Cheshire Bridge Road, will hold its 3rd annual Cinco De Mayo Outdoor Latin Carnaval on May 5 starting at noon. There will be food, drinks, music from Willie Ziavino & C.O.T. Latin Band & Orchestra, dancing and emceee Mariah Baleciagha from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Proceeds from the party benefit CHRIS Kids and Lost-N-Found. Last year’s event raised $5,500 for community causes. Tin Lizzy’s (tinlizzyscantina.com) locations in Buckhead and at Perimeter Center will hold Cinco de Mayo Block Parties on May 4 and 5. There will be drink specials, DJs and other “antics.” Virginia Highland Cinco de Mayo Patio Pub Crawl (atlantabartours.com) is May 5 from 1 to 6 p.m. Participating bars/restaurants include Diesel, Darkhorse, Neighbors, Hand in Hand, Limerick Junction and Atkins Park. For more Cinco de Mayo events, visit atlantacincodemayo.com.
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Chef Ron Eyester of Rosebud restaurant in Atlanta has a staple ketchup that he’s been By Pamela Berger using in his sweetpeachblog.com kitchen for years. Lucky for us, he’s decided to bottle it and sell it. With the help of Emily Myers of Emily G’s, this Curry Ketchup can now be a staple in our own kitchens, too. Ron originally developed the recipe to go with his scrumptious and popular eggplant chips. He describes the ketchup as having curry and clove flavors up front, which then mellows out into the ketchup flavor we all know and love. Recently, Ron was gracious enough to whip up some incredible dishes that highlight how the Curry Ketchup can be used. Emily was there with me and after I took some photos, we quickly licked our plates clean. Ron uses San Marzano tomato paste as his base but there are a plethora of ingredients that he’s added to give America’s favorite condiment a modern, delicious twist. Yet, as with all of Ron’s creations, there is nothing pretentious or intimidating with his approach. It’s all about simple clean flavors. If you’ve tried an Emily G’s jam or sauce, you know her concoctions are incredibly tasty and addictive. And I’m happy to report, her first collaboration with Chef Ron continues her knack of bottling ingredients that satiate and surprise. The newly launched Curry Ketchup is available online at emilygs.com, but if you’re in Atlanta, you can also find it at the Rosebud, Pine Street Market, Lucy’s Market and Beehive Atlanta. KeepitINtown.com
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Location, Location, Location Live and work where the action is Intown
By Kathy Dean Atlanta, especially Intown, is full of upscale shopping, world-class restaurants and a year-round calendar of events. It’s where everyone wants to be. Fortunately, there are some residences and office spaces that can honestly boast being on prime Intown property – and that are still available for purchase or lease. Located on the 28th to 50th floors of Buckhead’s tallest new tower, Sovereign provides residents with an opportunity to experience Intown living in a luxury high rise. The magnificent condominiums range in price from $800,000 to $2.7 million. Each condo is fitted with upscale finishes and fixtures, including high-end appliances, flooring and technologies. “We’re located within walking distance to some of the finest dining and shopping that Atlanta has to offer,” said Kristi Torgler, Director of MKT for Regent Partners. “And our building is home to Bistro Niko and Buckhead Club, so there’s fabulous dining and entertainment just steps away from home.” Sovereign also has three lounges and a 28th floor skyline pool with jacuzzi. Other amenities include outdoor grills, a guest suite, catering kitchen and membership to Buckhead Fitness. The condos’ popularity continues to rise and the numbers show it. Torgler reported that Sovereign is nearly 70 percent sold out, and her office has recorded close to $30 million in sales over the last year. “We suggest that interested parties make an appointment to schedule a tour. Our sales office is open seven days a week and provides valet parking.” Another great Intown option is Ansley Parkside, situated right in the middle of Ansley Park, Morningside and Midtown, where residents have the best of each neighborhood. Piedmont Park is just a short stroll away, as are shopping centers, grocery stores, restaurants and public transportation. The classic townhomes with the Charlestonian charm and dramatic views start in the mid $400,000s. “Ansley Parkside has a fabulous amenity area that features a pool and outdoor fireplace,” said Christa Huffstickler, VP of Sales, Neo The Astoria Luxe Group-Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. “This is extremely rare in a community with only 41 homes.” Another plus is the extremely low HOA dues, only $250 per month, inclusive of all exterior maintenance and maintenance of the amenities. Understandably, such a great value in the center of town is going fast. Huffstickler added, “We’ve completely sold everything we have that’s finished, and are currently pre-selling our next building, scheduled to be completed in July. We anticipate that we’ll be sold and closed out of the entire community this year, as we only have one additional building left to construct.” New townhomes are available at Highland Park, KeepitINtown.com
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located on the border of Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward, with a direct connection to the Beltline’s Eastside Trail. The homes range from 2,025 to more than 3,400 square feet and include features like two-car garages, finished terrace level bonus rooms and, in the larger homes, rooftop terraces with spectacular city views. “Obviously, the appeal of the Beltline is a big draw, but more than that, buyers want to live in a truly walkable neighborhood,” explained Michelle Horstemeyer, Vice President of Construction, John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods. “Highland Park’s proximity to the area’s restaurants and entertainment makes it the perfect destination for just that.” There’s been strong interest in the neighborhood from the very beginning, especially with the reasonable price range of the high $300,000s to $600,000s. Horstemeyer noted that all of the homes currently under construction are under contract, and reservations are now being taken for future buildings. She did offer homebuyers some hope, though. “Later this year, there’ll be a new offering of Intown luxury townhomes, as well as single family homes, by John Wieland at The Enclave at Collier Hills.” There’s room for businesses to move Intown, too, and when it comes to Atlanta, there’s no name more recognizable than Peachtree. “Professionals like the Peachtree Road address and there are very few opportunities for ownership along that corridor,” said Jeff Pollock, principal of Pollock Commercial. Overlooking Peachtree Road with floor-to-ceiling windows, The Astoria at The Aramore equals its prestigious location with Class A office condominiums that range from 800 to 14,000 square feet. The new building’s unbeatable location and high construction quality is only part of the story; each office condo is a clean site ready for an
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Continued FROM PAGE 47 owner to customize to their business’ needs. There’s free ample parking in the covered deck, which also has traffic signal access. Pollock continued, “The benefits at The Astoria at The Aramore are simple – quality, location and amenities at a reasonable price. And our residents enjoy some of the best restaurants in the city, like Restaurant Eugene, which is right here.” There are already commitments for over half of the space, and two sales closed since the beginning of the year. Mandel Media Group has offices in The Astoria at The Aramore and a law firm is scheduled to move in the early part of June. Midtown office space is at such a premium that tenants are lining up to get into Parkside@Armour, even though the renovation isn’t underway yet. The project is owned and developed by a partnership between Parkside Partners and Brookwood Investments. Over the past 10 years, Parkside has completed 10 loft office conversions, more than 400,000 square feet of space, with six of those projects located on the Beltline. According to Kyle Jenks, principal and owner of Parkside Partners, the renovation of the existing vacant warehouse is scheduled to start in the late summer, with the first tenants moving in early 2014. “The building has the best access to I-85 and I-75 of any loft office building in Atlanta,” he added. “Once completed, the project will contain 60,000 square feet of creative loft office space, including a new 2 level loft office or showroom building that will be developed on our excess land.” The warehouse, located in the area now known as the Sweetwater Design District, is anchored by the Sweetwater Brewery and has a unique mix of tenants–designers, artists, non-profits and industrial users. Individual offices
at Parkside@Armour will range from 1,000 to 10,000 square feet and will be built to tenant specifications. Some of the building’s unique features include 16-foot ceilings, skylights, exposed brick walls and dramatic views of Midtown. There will also be a common area conference room and break room, and tenants and their visitors will be able to enjoy a 3,000 square foot patio area. “We’re 25 percent pre-leased, and are in discussion with several other interested parties,” Jenks said. “We believe that Parkside@Armour will have the same success as our other loft office projects in Midtown, including The BlueHorse, Inman Alley and Parkside@Piedmont, which are currently all fully leased.”
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Real Estate Briefs The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will hold its inaugural Home Owners Workshop (HOW) at Atlanta’s Rhodes Hall, 1516 Peachtree Street, NW, on Saturday, May 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Potential homebuyers and current homeowners looking to improve their property are invited to come learn about all aspects of homeownership at this informative event. A kickoff reception will be held at Rhodes Hall the evening of Friday, May 3. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit georgiatrust.org or call (404) 885-7812. Grayhawk Homes (grayhawkhomesinc.com) has been named a 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year for its efforts in promoting and constructing energy efficient homes. The award was presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, which honors organizations that make outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has acquired Prudential Georgia Realty (prudentialga.com), one of Atlanta’s largest residential real estate brokerage firms. Prudential will keep its name temporarily but will then be rebranded to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices later this year.
James Simons has been honored as Top Agent for the Buckhead North office of Harry Norman, Realtors for the third time. Simons is a specialist in Buckhead and Northside luxury properties and a Life Member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. The realty company also announced that Bob Glascock, Todd Banister and Betsey Banister have joined the Buckhead North office. James Simons, right, is congratulated by Harry Norman, Realtors Senior Vice President Rob Owen on his award as Top Agent of the Buckhead North office of Harry Norman, Realtors.
ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) will host a series of signature events and panel discussions for designers and design enthusiasts from May 6 through May 10. Design ADAC is a five-day series of interior design, lifestyle and entertaining events that will introduce guests to new trends and design secrets while providing first-hand experiences with presentations and seminars by industry experts. To see a full list of events and speakers, visit adacatlanta.com. The RE/MAX Metro Atlanta Cityside (realestateofatlanta.com) team, led by Donna Armstrong, Owner/Broker and Tom Fulkerson, Managing Broker, received the 2012 Showcase Award at a recent RE/MAX statewide award ceremony in Marietta. This award honors the performance of an independently-owned agency with more than 50 sales associates in Georgia. Six of SRS Real Estate Partners (srsre.com) brokers have been acknowledged by the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors in their 2013 Million Dollar Club. Adrienne Crawford, Steve Gunning, Lily Heimburger, Kyle Stonis, Ray Uttenhove and Sarah Williams were recognized for their achievements in producing transactions totaling more than $3 million in the Atlanta market for 2012. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers (metrobrokers.com) celebrated the rebounding of the housing market and honored their top sales associates in 2012 at a recent awards celebration. The overall top sales associate for the Buckhead office was Satwant Singh, who was named Top Individual Sales Associate. In addition, Singh was honored with the Silver Award along with Paula Byrd, Kurt Cooper and Thaddeus Ugha; and Ren Brennan, Jewel Culton, John Grim, Shelly Hall, Russ Morgan, and CK Singh were honored with the Bronze Award. Quest Village III, a 28-unit new construction supportive housing development, has opened in the Vine City neighborhood. Quest Village III is the fifth and final phase of the Rock Street Revitalization Project that began in 2008. The project was funded using the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Permanent Supportive Housing Program funding in the amount of $3.5 million. Founded in 2001, Quest 35 Housing (quest35housing.org) is a non-profit organization that develops and operates supportive housing for special needs homeless populations.
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Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour set for May 11-12 By Ally Wright Looking for something new to do for the mom in your family this Mother’s Day? Something beyond the fresh-cut bouquet? With the help of Atlanta Botanical Garden, how about turning those flowers into a whole garden? The 29th annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour, an event benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will open 11 of Atlanta’s private gardens to admirers and connoisseurs alike on May 11-12. Gardens are selected for their design and layout, use of space and terrain (if challenging), inclusion of sculpture or other features, history, sustainability, pedigree, uniqueness of plants grown or other surprises for visitors to enjoy. Most of the gardens were created by the owners themselves, though some hired designers and architects to help their vision come to life. The Tour Chair for 2013 is Pat King, and she has chosen a variety of gardens ready to amaze all visitors, including one woodland retreat that is wheelchair accessible and an urban edible garden that tastes as good as it looks. Most of the gardens are different every year, though there is one annual favorite: the garden of Ryan Gainey, a founder of the tour. Gainey is also an internationallyknown garden designer, and he fills his roses, camellias, and boxwood topiaries and tops
it off with a tree house, from which to take it all in. Other gardens that are sure to be a hit with the family are the 5-acre piece of land that includes several gardens and a labyrinth, and the Tuscan-esque one filled with ceramic sculptures and fountains. Some gardens may be more designed for meditation, others for chasing waterfalls. Each garden is something to discover. There’s also a gently-hilled garden where you might stumble upon the White Rabbit and be instructed to follow him to tea with the Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter. Tickets to the Garden Connoisseurs Tour also include admission into the gardens at the Atlanta Symphony Associates Decorators’ Show House and a discount on tickets to see the inside. This garden, designed by landscapist Ed Castro, is reminiscent of the classical tradition, and is full of dramatic landscapes designed to frame and accentuate the French-style house. The tour is self-guided, and it is recommended to drive from site to site. It will be happening rain or shine. For more information on the specific gardens, or to purchase tickets, atlantabotanicalgarden.org. Gardens on the tour include (top to bottom) The home of Bill and Francis Creekmuir; The Boxwood House garden; and the home of Ryan Gainey. Photos courtesy of Atlanta Botanical Garden.
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Clockwise from top left: The ASO Decoratorsâ€™ Show House is a bonus garden on the tour; blooms at the home of John and Mary Huntz, an ornamental gate and pond at the Boxwood House.
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The 39th annual Grant Park Home and Garden Tour 2013, which celebrates the land and architecture of the historic neighborhood, will be held May 11-12. To find more information or purchase tickets, visit grantpark.org.
The 11th annual Kirkwood Tour of Homes, which will include lovingly-tended home gardens as landscaping, as well as exciting home renovations, is set for May 19-20 For tickets or more information on that, visit kirkwoodfling.com. KeepitINtown.com
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By Pamela Berger sweetpeachblog.com Courtney Hamill has a pretty good gig. Working full time in her backyard studio in Atlanta’s West Midtown district, she handcrafts porcelain and stoneware pottery. I particularly love her antler series. Courtney has found her niche in the market. As she recently shared, “There are very few well done ceramic horns and I don’t know of anyone making porcelain antlers like this.” Each antler is left hollow and is lightweight, making for a beautifully unique and decorative piece. For this past holiday season, Courtney also crafted decorative Turtle Doves, which have become quite popular. She particularly likes how good the doves look in multiples. Her studio is a work in progress but with the skylights and large windows, it offers incredible natural light. It’s a tranquil area for an artist to work- and it’s just a few footsteps from her back door. Courtney continues to expand her line of wares and has been playing with various sized vessels and holders, all of which I’d love for my own home. With an impressive collection created in just the past year, Courtney is an artist to watch. For more, visit honeycomb-studio.com.
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