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September 2010

Volume 16 • Number 9• ©2010

Rescued Pet Idol Winners Revealed

Ansley Park Tour of Homes Celebrates architect Neel Reid




Street Eats How Atlanta is Redefining ‘Fast Food’ p.34

By Thom Volarath

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Table of Contents: IN the Neighborhood 4 Ansley Park Home Tour .........................4 Letter From the Editor ............................5 Rescued Pet Idol Winners......................8 Pet Page ...............................................10 THE TOUR at East Lake ......................14 Intown Notebook..................................16 September Festivals ............................17 Charity in the City .................................17 Health Briefs .........................................18 Intown Runaround ...............................19 A Look Back .........................................20 Scene and Heard .................................20

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Street Eats ............................................34 Quick Bites ...........................................36 Inman Park Restaurant Week ..............37

Real Estate 38 Luxury Market ......................................38 Lake Claire Home & Garden Tour........39 Real Estate Briefs .................................40

IN Your Home 42 20 Ways To Like Where You Live ..........42 Before and After ...................................43 Decatur Garden Tour ...........................44 Renovation Coach ...............................45 Gardening ............................................46


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By Ann Boutwell Picturesque Ansley Park is an ambling, eclectic neighborhood originally developed 106 years ago by Georgia native Edwin Percival Ansley (1865-1923). On Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3, the Ansley Park Civic Association will celebrate the community and one of the South’s most celebrated architects – J. Neel Reid. Eight of the homes and apartment buildings Reid designed in Ansley Park while working for architectural firm Hentz, Reid & Adler are on the tour. The entire neighborhood, located in Midtown west of Piedmont Park between Piedmont Avenue and Peachtree Street, was placed on the

National Register of Historic Places in April 1979.  About the Architect  Born Oct. 15, 1885, in Jacksonville, Ala., Joseph Neel Reid (1885-1926) relocated at age 18 with his family to Macon, and apprenticed under architect Curran Ellis. To receive more architectural training from Willis Franklin Denny II (1872-1905), Reid moved to Atlanta in 1904. Here he met future partner Hal Fitzgerald Hentz (1883-1972) a recent Emory Oxford College graduate. Both decided that leaving the South was the only option they had to further their study of architecture.

In 1905, they enrolled in New York’s Columbia University School of Architecture, studying under beaux-arts architect Charles McKim. Future aspirations then led them to classes at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After a year, Reid returned to Atlanta, while Hentz remained. By 1909, they joined forces briefly with architect Gottfried Leonard Norrman (1846-1909) forming the partnership of Norrman, Hentz & Reid. Upon Norrman’s death the firm became Hentz and Reid Architects with offices in Atlanta and Macon. In 1913, Atlanta native Rudolph Sartorius Adler (1889-1945) joined the firm as a draftsman, becoming a partner in 1916. Hentz described the Hentz, Reid, Adler partnership as a very harmonious one with Adler acting as the business man, Reid the creator and designer, and himself as the public relations man. At age 40, Reid died on Valentine’s Day in 1926 of a brain hemorrhage at his home “Mimosa Hall� in Roswell and is buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon.   Late Atlanta historian Franklin Garrett said in his tome, Atlanta and Environs, “Indeed, no one architect wielded a stronger influence on the quality of Atlanta’s best residential area from the close of World War I to the mid-twenties than did Neel Reid.�

About the Kick-off Party The Ansley Park Tour of Homes will have Kick Off Party on Friday, Oct. 1, at the Piedmont Driving Club. The party is open to the public. Tickets are $125 per person for dinner, cocktails, a tour of the renovated Piedmont Driving Club and valet parking. Highlights of the evening include a special presentation by J. Neel Reid historian

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Tour of Home Tickets Tickets for the home tour are $20 in advance and $25 if purchased on the days of the tour. Tickets are available online at www.ansleypark.org/tourofhomes2010 and at locations throughout Midtown, which are also listed on the website. On tour dates, ticket booths will be located in the neighborhood at 15th Street at Peachtree Circle; The Prado at Inman Circle; and The Prado at Piedmont Road across from the Atlanta Botanical Garden. All “will call� tickets will be held at the 15th Street booth. read about the homes on page 6


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Atlanta’s dining scene is eclectic, to say the least, but the re-burgeoning “food truck” and “street food” movement is an exciting development. Put aside your fears of questionable hot dogs from sidewalk carts; Intown’s food trucks are offering tasty gourmet food, often from the city’s favorite restaurants. Thom Volarath took to the streets over the summer to try some “street food” and took his camera along to capture our cover image and the ones that accompany is article on Page 34. September also means the return of THE TOUR golf championship at East Lake . I had the pleasure of sitting down with tournament chair Rob Johnston to talk about how THE TOUR not only brings prestige to the community, but is helping hundreds of children prepare to reach their educational goals. Read the article on Page 14. This month is also the official start of the arts season in Atlanta and we’ve rounded up a guide to some of this fall’s biggest shows in our arts preview in The Studio (Page 28). On the homefront, contributor Tina Chadwick has created a great list of 20 inexpensive things you can do to spruce up your abode (Page 42) and Shandra Hill Smith talks to local real estate experts about how Intown’s luxury market is fairing as the economy slowly recovers (Page 38). Finally, we reveal the winners of Rescued Pet Idol 2010. There was a clear first place, but second and third place (which was a tie!) was neck and neck. We think you’ll agree that this year’s winner will represent Intown well. Read interviews with the winners on Page 8. We’re also saying goodbye to a columnist and welcoming a new one. Jennifer Campbell’s Explorations travel column will now be quarterly, focusing on seasonal travel and special getaways. This month, we welcome Tim Sullivan’s new fitness column, The Runaround, (Page 19), which will highlight a local athlete and his or her running or workout regimen. As head of the Cabbagetown Running Club, Sullivan’s witty Q&As are a fun read, but also offer practical advice for those looking to get in shape.


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2010 Rescued Pet Idol Winners With 30 contestants and thousands of votes, it was a tight race for Rescued Pet Idol 2010, but there was a clear winner and a surprise tie for third. Our contributing writer Tina Chadwick sat down with each of the winners for exclusive interviews – with a little translation help from their owners.

WINNER Official name: Sparky Breed: Schnauzer (Terrier mix) Age: 4 years Owners: Chip Allen/Chris Kinghan Nicknames: The Wonder Dog, The Miracle Dog Sleeping arrangements: I have my own big, giant bed but would much rather sleep with my owner so I crawl up there in the mornings. Favorite scratching place: Behind the ears…. I lay back and my eyes roll back. If they stop, I have learned to bark to say, “You’re not finished!” How you got your owners: It’s really a long, horrible story. Even when I tell it now I can’t believe I went through it but here are the scars to prove it. There’s no gentle way to get into this story so here it goes. I was tied and dragged behind a truck by an awful man. He accelerated until I lost my footing and hit the pavement knocking out a tooth. He then continued to drag me across a bridge. There was a trail of blood from where my skin was rubbed off and the pads and nails of my feet were gone as well. Many cars swerved and honked to where he finally stopped and I wrenched my head free, crawled to the side of the road and collapsed. I was taken to Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic and they were going to put me to sleep but Dr. Merrit decided to not give up on me.


They nursed me back to health with donations from so many nice people and eventually, I was well enough to go to the good humans over at Atlanta Pet Rescue. It took months and months of healing but I finally got back on my feet, literally, and was adopted by a fantastic human named Chip. I also have a great brother named Rocky and a sort of second dad named Chris. It all seems like such a long, long time ago and, ironically, I like to ride in trucks but wedged in between the door and the front seat. I am so grateful for my life now and for everyone who did not give up on me. It’s a miracle I made it through that experience and it just goes to show you the power of love. Advice for dealing with owners: Give humans unconditional love but use the perception you have to keep safe—if a person isn’t nice, run.


Official name: Minnie Me Breed: Min Pin Age: 2ish Owners: Jim Powell & Richard Funderburke Nicknames: Poop, Min Sleeping arrangements: Full run of bed (I own the house, really) Favorite scratching place: Chest and belly—my head tilts and I hold my paws up How you got your owners: Well, it’s hard for me to talk about that part of my life but I guess it turned out all right now. I was born into a puppy mill in North Georgia. The living conditions were awful…a lot of my friends and family didn’t make it out. One day there was a rescue mission and I was taken to the Atlanta Humane Society. I was there for about three weeks and for kicks, I checked my views on the website. I couldn’t believe it. Somebody had been watching me for a few weeks. When

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RESCUED PET IDOL they finally came to meet me, I wasn’t going to just roll over and beg but I did want out. They brought a dog they already owned and she gave me the nod that they were good humans. I was still a bit leery but in a moment of weakness, I licked the human’s hand. We locked eyes and I thought I felt something inside me thaw out…release…I don’t know. I hardly think about all that now. I’ve got a great life. I’ve got a backyard full of squirrels, a house overflowing with toys and a TV I can watch whenever I want. When my Dad is home, I sit on the back of his chair and look at the neighbors. When I want a treat, I hypnotize him with my big brown eyes and that always gets me cheese and bologna. Yeah, I’ve got it pretty good now. Advice for dealing with owners: Always act like you like your owner whether you do or not. THIRD PLACE-TIE Official name: Sophie Sugarman Lowden (Sophie) Breed: Terrier-ish Age: 11ish Owners: Scott and Wendy Lowden Nicknames: Shmopher, Furball, Little Dove Sleeping arrangements: Smack in middle of

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the bed, as many pillows as possible, flat on my back, legs spread eagle Favorite scratching place: Belly, of course How you got your owners: (from Sophie— in a French accent) I was on the run, I can’t really say from what, but I was running as fast as I could down DeKalb Ave. Right when I thought it was over for me, a human swooped me up and saved me from the streets. That human already had three dogs who were not happy about making it four so I was brought into something called an “office” where humans do “work.” One of the people in charge of this office said they would put me up for the night. It was a very hip photography studio – kinda of a work/ live space. Problem is, there were three cats already there – Sweetie Pie, Ruby, Mr. Daisy – and when you’re my size, you gotta show no fear around the cat crowd. I had to play this cool so I walked in and just laid right down. In an instant, I had won with the cats. As for the humans, they are much easier to win over. One night is all I needed. I was cute. I was small. I needed help. By the next morning, I knew it was settled. Although the humans were still telling themselves they had to “try it out” for another night, I started making myself right at home…because that’s where I was. Finally. Advice for dealing with owners: You get back what you give. Give love, get love, be a friend, get a friend. (except with the cats – just ignore them)

Official name: Molly Breed: Cairn Terrier/ Fox Terrier Age: 3 years Owners: Nicci Kirby & Chad Mercer Nicknames: Mollybear, MB, Muppet Sleeping arrangements: Anywhere I want to sleep, usually with my head between both my owner’s pillows. Favorite scratching place: Belly – my head tilts if it’s around ears, IF you find perfect spot, my leg will get going. How you got your owners: You would not look at me and think I could be involved with dog fighting but that is how my story starts. I was a bait dog used to get the fighter dogs revved up before a real match. There ContInued on page 10






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was a raid on my ring’s camp and a lot of us were rescued and nursed back to health. I landed with a rescue crew that traveled with horse shows in hopes that the animal lovers there would see us and take us in. A very, very sweet human walked by our crate and I turned on the charm. She already had a 10year old dog at home and someone called, “Chad” who didn’t seem to want me. Well, I knew what I had to do when I met them. With the dog, Emma, I was shy and let her know I would fit right in with no trouble. Now, mind you, I’m no push over with where I’ve been and all but I wanted her to know I can be really nice. With Chad, he had rules. No dogs on furniture, no licking, no jumping and all that. So, when I met him, I jumped right up on the back of his chair, licked his face and it was all over from there. I know it’s breaking the dog code to talk about this but I used the old trick of hypnotizing him with my eyes. It usually works with the hard to crack ones. I actually really liked him too and consider him my dad even though, well, we’re cross-species. I’m part of the family now and I do hate it when my parents go away. I stay in the window so I can see them right when they drive up. I also do that so I can tell Emma to hurry up and turn the TV off – we watch it when they’re not home. Advice for dealing with owners: Don’t take no for an answer. Never, ever give up. One bone is never enough. Perfect your “look” to get what you want.


Rescued Pet Idol winners were revealed at Movies & The Market at Atlantic Station. Clockwise from above: Nicci Kirby and Chad Mercer with third place winner Molly; tied with Molly was Sophie, who was escorted by friends Audrey and Jack Maloof; second place winner Minnie with Jim Powell; and Rescued Pet Idol champioin Sparky with Chip Allen. Thanks to artist Ann Finley (annfinley.com) for the winner pendants!

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Pet Pick Smokey is a 3-and-a-half year old Dachshund mix, who weighs 9 pounds. Smokey originally came to us from an outlying animal control facility where his previous owners surrendered him because they had too many dogs to care for. It takes Smokey some time to get comfortable with new environments and people, but once he warms up he is fine. He loves to play, but he also loves to relax in a nice warm lap. Smokey will need a home where he can get the attention he needs to be a happy canine. His foster parent reports: “The only noise he makes are excited squeals he makes as he hops through the house when I get home and let him out. In the mornings when I let him out of his crate, he goes running and hopping through the house and then right back for some loving. He won’t get under foot but will instead wait patiently for you to return so he can be close to you. He enjoys pressing his head against you while you love on him. It’s about the most adorable thing you have ever seen!” Atlanta Pet Rescue is open Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information about Atlanta Pet Rescue or how to adopt Ezra or any of the 80-plus dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for homes, visit www.atlantapetrescue.org.

Pet Briefs 219: the Taste, a benefit to raise awareness and funds to address the pet overpopulation problem in Atlanta, is Saturday, Sept. 18. The event will be held at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on Briarcliff Road. The evening will feature 219 different tastes of food and drink, each representing one dog or cat who will have lost his or her life in a metro county shelter that day. Participating restaurants include Shamsi, EVOS, Geisha House, Dolce, Mary’s, Highland Bakery, Once Upon A Cake, Rafeedie’s and more. Your ticket includes a keepsake bottomless glass and a bottomless plate for sampling some of the best food and drink Atlanta has to offer. There will also be a silent auction with some amazing items. We can’t wait to see you there! Less than 300 tickets are available, so buy one today. The Piedmont Park Dog Park has re-opened after renovation. You can keep up with events, news and more at the dog park’s new Twitter account: www.twitter.com/piedmontpup Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption will hold Bow Wow Meow Birthday Bash in celebration of the organization’s 10-year anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Grant Park. Proceeds will benefit Atlanta Pet Rescue, a no-kill, volunteerbased pet rescue group. The event will include food, drinks, contests, prizes and celebrity judges. Admission is a $10 donation per person for advance ticket purchase, dogs and kids under 12 are free. Tickets are available on the Atlanta Pet Rescue web site: www.atlantapetrescue.org and will also be for sale the day of the event for $15 each. The ticket price includes a limited edition event Tshirt, food and drink, and birthday cake! Prizes will be awarded for 10 fun and entertaining doggie contests. Celebrity judges include: Heather Catlin of WSB’s Hot Topics, Karen Graham of Fox 5 Atlanta, Jessica Dauler of Jessica Shops, John Crow of the GA Lottery and more. Pacci Ristorante marked its one-year anniversary in Atlanta by making a donation to the Atlanta Humane Society. The restaurant donated $1 from every order of its signature carpaccio and spring

cocktails. Additionally, Pacci collected items on the AHS Wish List to donate to the organization. Restaurant guests brought in anything off the list from newspapers to blankets to cat litter. The month-long event raised $500 in cash and $500 in donated items for AHS.

The Atlanta Humane Society has selected the members of its new junior board, the 1873 Society Club, named for the founding year of the parent organization. Created in October 2009, the junior board is comprised of young professionals and philanthropists devoted to raising awareness and funds to support the mission of the AHS. The 1873 Society Club is debuting its annual signature fundraising event, The Humane Event, on Friday, Oct. 1, at the W Atlanta Downtown and will dedicate all funds raised in 2010 and 2011 to the medical and emotional care of dogs rescued from fighting rings. Tickets are $150 per person and guests will enjoy signature cocktails, tastings by BLT Steak, the sounds of DJ Rod Summers and DJ Rachel Pryor, precious puppy sightings, pop pet art and more. www.atlantahumane.org Rubbing Noses 2010, a fashion show featuring menswear and canines, to benefit Pets Are Loving Support (PALS) is Sunday, Sept. 26, 2-5 p.m. at Lamber Place. There will be an open bar, appetizers, desserts, music, silent auction and more. Tickets are $20 per person. To buy call (404) 876-7257 or online at www.palsatlanta.org.

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Join us every Thursday in Central Park for free movies, prize giveaways and the Atlantic Station Artist’s Market. The movie lineup includes: “The Proposal” on September 9, “The Princess and The Frog” on September 16, “Julie & Julia” on September 23 and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial on September 30. Special Girls’ Night Out Events will be featured on September 9, 16 and 23.


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The Ecolife event will offer attendees two full days of ecofriendly family education, entertainment and fun. You’ll see the latest eco-friendly products and services, demonstrations, and activities for all. The Chef’s Corner and Eco Options offers many ideas on how to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. The event provides entertainment, a variety of games and learning experiences for all ages. Free Admission. www.ecolife-events.com



If you love fashion, this is your night to celebrate the biggest fashion party of the year. This international night of fashion promises to be splurge inspiring and full of stylish surprises. Shop H&M, GAP, AnnTaylor, Loft, Banana Republic, K-LA, DSW, White House/Black Market, Old Navy, Dillard’s, Express, American Eagle, Guess, Victoria’s Secret and Nine West. Present receipts totaling $150 from the stores above to the Atlantic Station tent in Central Park between 6pm and 9pm to receive a $15 Dining Gift Card, good at one of Atlantic Station’s restaurants.



Spend $150, get a $15 Atlantic Station Dining Gift Card. Simply bring Atlantic Station receipts totaling $150 or more, and dated September 15, 2010 or later, to the Atlantic Station tent in Central Park between noon and 6pm to receive your $15 Dining Gift Card, good at one of Atlantic Station’s restaurants. One per person, while supplies last.

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Community reaps the benefits of annual golf tournament By Collin Kelley Editor Thirty of the PGA’s top golfers will return to East Lake Golf Club Sept. 22-26 for THE TOUR Championship, with the winner walking away with the FedExCup and a $10 million purse. But the East Lake community will reap even greater benefits. “Before 1992, East Lake was one of the most difficult urban life stories to tell,” said Rob Johnston, general chairman of the tournament, recalling the crime, gang activity and despair of the neighborhood that the police often referred to as “Little Vietnam.” Developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins had the vision to rescue the neighborhood and return the East Lake Golf Club, once the home course of legendary Bobby Jones, to prominence. The East Lake Foundation was created to jumpstart the revitalization, followed by the opening of the nationally acclaimed Drew Charter School and the Charlie Yates Golf Course. THE TOUR came to the East Lake Golf Club in 1998 and it’s now the tournament’s permanent venue. THE TOUR’s net-proceeds for the East Lake Foundation add up to $1 million-plus

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each year, and that money is put back into the Drew Charter School and programs like CREW Teens and The First Tee Club. “The money is critical to the infrastructure and programs to help children get a foothold in life,” Johnston said.

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With the Golf Channel and NBC televising all four days of THE TOUR, Johnston said it was an “awesome showcase to highlight the course, the Foundation and the kids.” The majority of graduates from Drew

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The Drew Charter School Choir performed the National Anthem at last year’s golf tournament.

Charter School go on to high school and college with high test scores, Johnston said. One of those students is 17-year-old Tavarez Tate (who was one of Atlanta INtown’s 20 Under 20 honorees in January), who graduated from Drew Charter and now attends Carver Early College. He’s still active with CREW Teens, which provides academic support for teens in the East Lake community, and has gone on to lead nonprofit organizations and volunteering around the community. “THE TOUR made a great impact on my life,” Tavarez said, who was a member of The First Tee Club, which provides leadership and education to promote character development through the game of golf. Tavarez, who hopes to study business administration either at Morehouse or maybe UCLA, still volunteers with The First Tee and has become a big fan of golf

as well. “None of this would have been possible without Drew Charter School and the programs at East Lake. It changed my perception of what’s important in life and what I need to accomplish.” Quinntez Gurndy, the director of Crew Teens, said the program has become popular in the community without any kind of recruiting necessary. “The after school center operates four days a week and we get 30 to 35 each day,” Gurndy said. “There’s a communal aspect and there are opportunities to learn and connect.” Gurndy said one of the most challenging aspects of helping the kids is motivation. “They have to understand delayed gratification,” Gurndy said. “You don’t see the end result and pay-off for the work until later on in life.” Johnston said neighborhoods with crime, drugs and hopelessness can be found across the country, but those issues could

be remedied with programs like the ones at East Lake. “We hit a homerun in a small microcosm,” he said, “but I think others will see what’s possible and it will spread across the country.” THE TOUR also provides seed money that the East Lake Foundation wants to give to other communities – and philanthropicminded individuals like Tom Cousins – to help them begin their own transformation. Johnston said more immediately that THE TOUR is still looking for support from the Atlanta business community by purchasing blocks of tickets and by local nonprofits getting involved in the Tickets Fore Charity program, where organizations promote the sale of tournament tickets, with 100 percent of the net proceeds remaining with the charity. For more information, visit www.tourchampionship.pgatour.com

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“Old Charm Meets New South.” Explore Atlanta’s historic landmarks and homes and learn about the craftsmanship behind their restorations. There will be special tours of the Fox Theatre, Oakland Cemetery, Ansley Park, Inman Park, and other intown neighborhoods. Visit www.georgiatrust. org for more information.

On Sept. 30, Sage kicks off October Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Buckhead store from 6 until 9 p.m. with their annual Fashion with Passion fall fashion show and the anticipated unveiling of this year’s line of exclusive Sage tees to benefit Susan G. Komen For The Cure. The first 20 people to make a purchase at the fashion show will receive a free tee and a percentage of the store’s sales on that evening will also benefit Komen. Last year, Sage donated $6,000 to the charity. Asides from the fashion show, cocktails, nibbles and raffle prizes are also part of the evening. Sage’s Buckhead location is at 37 West Paces Ferry Road. www.sageclothing.com. Pryor Fine Art will celebrate its new name and 20th anniversary on Bennett Street on Friday, Sept. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will double as a benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, with a portion of the proceeds from pre-sales and the first week’s sales donated to Children’s. Currently, the gallery represents more than 40 artists from Atlanta as well as throughout the United States. Pryor Fine Art is located at 22-F Bennett St. in Buckhead. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.pryorfineart.com. The Georgia Trust 2010 Atlanta Fall Ramble is Sept. 10 to 12 with the theme,

Music in the Square

September brings the return of the Decatur Business Association’s Concerts on the Square and Blue Sky Concerts. Concerts on the Square, sponsored by Wachovia, are presented every Saturday night in September beginning at 7 p.m. and feature an eclectic mix of music. Blue Sky Concerts are held every Wednesday in September from noon until 1 p.m. at the bandstand on the square and sponsored by SunTrust. Bring a picnic or try one of the many restaurants in Decatur before or after the shows. www.decaturdba.com.

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The 4th annual Walk of HEROes 5K is Saturday, Sept. 11. The 5K Run/Walk, To Trot and Community Hero Fun Day helps those with developmental disabilities, substance addictions and mental health illnesses served by the DeKalb Community Service Board. Located at the Richardson Health Center , 445 Winn Way in Decatur, registration is from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.; 5K at 9 a.m. and Tot Trot at 10 a.m. Registration fees are $15 for 5K and $5 for Tot Trot. www.dekcsb.org Join thousands of Atlantans for the 20th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run on Sunday, Oct. 17. This year’s Walk returns to Piedmont Park with check-in starting at noon. The walk starts at 2 p.m., and the 5K run starts at 1:45 p.m. Weather permitting, the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display, along with the AIDS Walk Atlanta commemorative quilt. The largest and most visible fundraising event for AIDS in the Southeast, the event makes it possible for AID Atlanta and nine other AIDS service organizations to continue the work to stop the spread of HIV and optimize the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS. For more information or to register, visit www. aidswalkatlanta.com or call (404) 876-9255. Oakland Cemetery will host the annual Sunday in the Park from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3. Sunday in the Park is a Victorian street festival offering fun and entertainment for all ages. Guests can enjoy a memorable afternoon of food from Six Feet Under, The Varsity, Tin Lizzy’s, Doc

Chey’s and more. Don’t miss Doug Lothes and his farewell performance of Gone With the Wind in Twenty Minutes. There will be a variety of live musical entertainment, including The Serenaders, The Roy Glenn Key Band, Vauxhall Garden Variety Players and the Bow Weevils, an artist’s market, living history demonstrations, storytellers and Irish dancers. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. Admission for children 3 and under is free. www.oaklandcemetery.com.

The Robert C. Williams Paper Museum on the campus of Georgia Tech will celebrate the work of famed Twinrocker paper mill from Sept. 23 to Dec. 17. with the exhibition Twinrocker: Forty Years of Hand Papermaking. Founded in Brookston, Indiana, the company’s fine paper has been used to produce some of the most noted portfolios and limited edition books of the past four decades. Among the artists represented in the exhibit are Robert Rauschenberg, Sally Mann, Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, Jim Dine, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning and Larry Rivers. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $3 for adults and $2 for children is appreciated. The museum is located at 500 10th Street in Atlanta. For more information, call (404) 894-7840 or visit www.ipst.gatech.edu/amp.

The YWCA and Belk are presenting this year’s Open Your Purse event to raise funds and awareness for the YWCA’s Women in Transition and Supportive Housing program. The event showcases hundreds of handbags (including celebrity signed and designer bags), which attendees can purchase during a live and silent auction on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead, 3315 Peachtree. For more information visit www.ywcaatlanta.org.

St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church is hosting its 36th annual Middle East Festival Sept. 17 -19 with music, dancing, crafts and food. There will be an extensive menu of food – from hummus and kibbee to tabouleh and kababs – and a cultural fashion show. The newly expanded church will also be open for tours. Hours for the festival are 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m . on Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. St. Elias is at 2045 Ponce de Leon Ave. www.steliasofatlanta.org.

The Blue Sky line-up: The Dammages (Sept. 1) The Jim Pearce Band (Sept. 8) Angela Easterling (Sept. 15) Wendy Jans (Sept. 22) The Conundrums (Sept. 30)

Concerts on the Square line-up: Zydeco T (6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Decatur Book Festival) Gwen Hughes & The Retro Jazz Kats (Sept. 11) Stratogeezer (Sept. 18) JazzChronic (Sept. 25)

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Party in the Kitchen, a benefit for Open Hand, is Thursday, Sept.9, 7 to 10 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art. Check out the gallery’s art and enjoy food from guest chefs including Kevin Rathbun, Christopher Holmes, Jeff Varasano, Gary Mennie and more. Tickets at www.projectopenhand.org. Southern rock-themed 13.1 Marathon and Karhu 5k is Sunday, Oct. 3, on the Oglethorpe University campus. There will

be live music along the course, which winds through Brookhaven. For more information and to register, visit www.131atlanta.com. The Black Box Comedy Festival is Sept. 15- 19 at Georgia Tech’s DramaTech Theater. More than 200 comedians from across the country will be performing. For a full lineup and more, visit blackboxcomedy.com.

A 13-year-old tradition, this year’s East Atlanta Strut is set for Saturday, Sept. 18. The community-organized event will feature live music, a parade, art exhibitions, food vendors, 5K run, kids activities and other events designed to raise money for neighborhood organizations and to support local businesses. East Atlanta Village is located a mile directly south of Little 5 Points on Moreland Avenue. For the complete schedule visit www.eastatlantastrut.com. The fourth annual Atlanta Arts Festival returns to Piedmont Park on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A juried art show featuring 200 artists from all over the country is the big highlight of the event, featuring paintings, jewelry, printmaking, photography, leather, clay and more. There will also be a food court with everything from barbecue to ice cream, live art demonstrations and music. Admission is free. For more details visit www.AtlantaArtsFestival.com. The Midtown Festival of the Arts is Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, and the city is allowing the organizers to close a stretch of Peachtree Street to create a pedestrian arcade filled with art, music, food and more. More than 100 artists will have showcase their painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, leather, metal, mixed media, woodworking, and folk/outsider art. There will also be music stages with local bands, including The Breakfast Club, an 80’s tribute band. A Food Pavilion will feature taste treats from more than 30 Midtown restaurants, while the Kid Zone will have continuous entertainment, events, games and activities. Emory University Hospital Midtown is sponsoring the Midtown Mile Road Race on Saturday morning. On Saturday evening, a classic film will be screened in front of the Margaret Mitchell House. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.midtownfestivalofthearts.org. The 25th anniversary Sandy Springs Festival is Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, at Heritage Green Park. Features of the festival include the Doug Kessler Lightning 5K/10K race, a juried artist’s market, business and civic expo, a children’s park, collector’s car show, Kiwanis Pet Parade, live entertainment, food court, Whole Foods fresh market, and a health and wellness area sponsored by Saint Joseph’s Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Adult day passes are $5 or $7 for both. Youth (ages 6-17) may attend a single day for $2 and two days for $3. www.sandyspringsfestival.com.

Charity in the City Kate Atwood

Helping Teachers Teach It’s September, and school is back in session. Often this is the season where we talk about ways to help youth who need resources to improve their educational experiences. While I think that is a vital need, I am taking a slightly different angle in this month’s column. I am going to focus on ways to support our teachers and educators who work tirelessly to deliver our kids the best education available. Due to budget cuts and a struggling economy, teachers are often left scrambling for adequate classroom supplies. In fact, did you know that teachers in the United States spend on average $500 out of their own pocket for classroom supplies? I’m sure those in lesser-funded schools are likely to spend even more. For those of you who are parents and already active in PTA or who lend an extra hand in your child’s classroom, I applaud you. Being an active parent in your child’s school is a great way to give back. But too often there are classrooms and teachers that don’t have this support. Luckily, there are organizations that provide an easy way for all of us to help teachers in our community. Here are two organizations that have creative and easy ways to help. The Kids in Need Foundation is a dynamic organization with a mission to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed. The organization does this by providing free school supplies to underfunded teachers and classrooms most in need. What’s exciting about the Kids in

Need Foundation is its recent campaign with EXPO markers. For every package of EXPO markers sold in the U.S. this September, EXPO will donate one marker to the foundation. In addition, the company will donate up to an additional 20,000 markers for every person who “likes” EXPO on its Facebook page. It doesn’t get any easier to make a difference. If you can’t get to the store to buy the markers, you can donate $10 by texting “SCHOOL” to 85944. To find out about more ways to help, visit www.kinf.org. DonorChoose.org was brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago by a friend. I went to the site and absolutely loved what I saw. This site actually allows teachers to upload classroom needs and projects that can then be browsed by potential donors. The donors then choose the classroom project they want to help support. It’s a great way to get involved in helping teachers, knowing exactly what your money is helping to provide. Plus, the kids post their “thanks yous” on the site for even more reward. To learn more, visit www. donorchoose.org. There are many ways we can come together to support all of the classrooms in our community. If nothing else, the next time you cross paths with a teacher, say thank you. They truly give so much to our youth and deserve all the support and gratitude we are able to give them. For more about Kate Atwood and her nonprofit, Kate’s Club, visit www.katesclub.org.

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Health & Wellness Briefs


Northside Hospital will host its eighth annual Tennis Against Breast Cancer ladies days. The Oct. 1 game will be held at Windermere Tennis Center in Cumming with Linda Stouffer (WSB-TV) as emcee. The Oct. 15, game will be held at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek with Vikki Locke (WSB-FM) as emcee. The Oct. 29 game will be held at Capital City Club in Atlanta with Monica Pearson (WSB-TV) as emcee. Proceeds from Tennis Against Breast Cancer go to providing more education, research and treatment for breast cancer patients at Northside. A non-refundable fee of $75 per person, per location, or $675 per team is required. Although this event is geared primarily toward women, men are welcome to participate. For more information about Tennis Against Breast Cancer, visit www.northside.com. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has appointed Jeffrey Kilpatrick as Vice President, Strategic Planning. Kilpatrick comes to Children’s from Northwestern Memorial Healthcare in Chicago where he led system-wide planning initiatives in collaboration with the medical school and physician leaders. www.choa.org

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The Orthotics and Prosthetics program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently celebrated 25 years of providing leading-edge care to children. The program addresses the needs of children and teenagers with conditions that require orthotic or prosthetic intervention, including traumatic brain injury, burns, neurological disorders, limb deficiency and limb sparing, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, scoliosis and plagiocephaly. Decatur Pediatric Group, which specializes in medical care for newborns, children and teens, has announced the expansion of its Lithonia/Hillandale location from a temporary mobile unit on the campus of DeKalb Medical Center at Hillandale to a new facility at 5424 Hillandale Park Ct. in Lithonia. The building has over 8,000 square feet of space, 11 examination rooms and feature paperless patient charts, which allow the providers 24-hour access to patient files. The new office is the practice’s third location. Decatur Pediatric Group was established in downtown Decatur in 1952 by Dr. John E. Taylor. www.decaturpediatricgroup.com

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In conjunction with Prostate Health Month in September, Northside Hospital will host free prostate cancer screenings at Northside Atlanta Cancer Center, 1000 Johnson Ferry Road on Thursday, Sept. 23, 6 to 8 p.m. Professionals will screen adult men for symptoms of the disease and offer free PSA (protein specific antigen) blood tests. Men who have not had any prior treatment for prostate cancer and are not currently under treatment by a physician relating to their prostate health are eligible to participate. The American Cancer Society recommends that men discuss the benefits and limitations of early detection, beginning at age 50, if they are at average risk for the disease and, beginning at age 45, if they are at all high, call (404) 8455555 and press “0” to schedule an appointment. For more information about prostate cancer care at Northside Hospital, visit www.northside.com.

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Marriage on the Run On Sunday mornings, Woodland Hills couple Jeff and Malissa Piersol organize a long run from Joe’s coffee shop in East Atlanta. Tuesday evenings they lead a track workout on Georgia Avenue in Grant Park.  Thursday nights are spent trekking with the Cabbagetown Running Club followed by a beer or two.  Gassed yet?  That’s just a warm-up for Jeff, 54, and Malissa, 53. Drumroll please…what is the household marathon tally? JP:  Sixty-six plus Malissa’s 21 Ironman Triathlons Yikes!  Just typing that number gives me blisters. Jeff, you are a former DJ and I know you guys love your rock and roll.   If you could have one band accompany you for a marathon… MP:  The Rolling Stones.  I always thought it would be really hot to have them sponsor me in triathlons so I could have the tongue logo on my bike saddle.

would stay hidden. Nagging injury you’d love to kick to the curb? MP: Arthritic knee with bone fragments and no cartilage JP:  Sciatic nerve

Really? Had you pegged as a couple of hot tubbers. MP/JP:  Oh, that too. Tim Sullivan heads up the Cabbagetown Running Club and is a Buckhead business owner. Look for his column every month and visit his blog at www.timmydaddy.com.

I’m on the case. Atlanta INtown has tremendous pull and I hear Keith Richards is a real fitness buff these days. What takes up more room in the house? Awards or music collection? JP:  Music collection.  We have 3,500 CDS, 600 albums. But if we lined up all of her awards…


Best neighborhood for a hill workout? JP: Grant Park and East Atlanta have some hidden gems. Your running partners probably wish they

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I’m not judging, but I think Malissa’s injury kicks Jeff ’s injury’s butt. How do you reward yourself after a big race? MP:  Banana split Blizzard JP:  Really big breakfast, then a Blizzard

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A Look Back

Scene and Heard

Ann Boutwell

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Sept. 5, 1897: Golfer Alexa Stirling Fraser, dubbed “The First Lady of East Lake,” was born in Atlanta. At 12, she won her first title at the Atlanta Athletic Club’s East Lake Golf course. Stirling captured her first U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1916. With the beginning of World War I, championship golf halted and she and 14-year-old Bobby Jones, two of the “Dixie Kids,” barnstormed in exhibition matches, raising $150,000 for the Red Cross. By October 1920, she was wearing the women’s national crown for the third consecutive time. She died April 15, 1977 at her home in Ottawa, Canada. Stirling Frazer was posthumously inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (1978); Canadian Golf Hall of Fame (1986); and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame (1989). In the 2004 film Bobby Jones: A Stroke of Genius she was portrayed by Stephanie Sparks. Sept. 8, 1976: The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) officially opened its doors as one of the nation’s premier convention facilities. The first trade show and convention in the 350,000-square-foot exhibit space was the American Apparel Association’s Bobbin Show. Over the years, GWCC underwent numerous expansions to meet the needs of growing conventions and special events. Today, the facility features 1.4 million square feet of exhibit space, making the GWCC one of the top five largest convention centers in the country. On April 1, 2010, Frank Poe took the helm as the new executive director of GWCC.

How you doin’? Party Your Plastic Off held at Noni’s to raise money for GreenPlate, Inc. a 501c3 non-profit, dedicated to raising awareness about the health and environmental issues related to the use of petroleum based disposable plastics. www.GreenPlate.org This photo was taken by Cheryl D’Amato in Zebulon, Georgia for the “Slow Exposure” annual exhibit.The 7th annual juried National Arts Exhibition is being hosted from August 28th to September 29th by the Atlanta Artists Center.

Sept. 11, 1985: The Atlanta Historical Society honored Dorothy Alexander, founder of the Atlanta Ballet. The gala featured the premiere of the film, A Dance Memoir for Dorothy Alexander, A Great Georgian. The Atlanta Ballet is the oldest continuous ballet in America and began receiving national recognition for its high artistic standards as early as 1933. Alexander, a pioneer of the regional dance movement in the United States, died of lung and bone cancer Nov. 17, 1986 at Crawford Long Hospital at the age of 82. Sept. 14, 1885: The Atlanta City Council voted to extend the city limits to include Grant Park.

The Atlanta Business League honored C.J. Stewart at the fourth annual Men of Influence Reception & Induction Ceremony. Stewart was awarded for his leadership and commitment to the community. C.J. and his wife Kelli co-founded L.E.A.D., the country’s first instructional play baseball development program for inner city youth.

Chinese Southern Belles had a hands-on cooking class last month at the Buford Hwy Farmers Market for the Sensuous Hens of the Red Hat Society.

Sept. 17, 1884: The body of President Abraham Lincoln’s brother-in-law, Brigadier-Gen. Ben Harden Helm, a Confederate soldier of the First Kentucky brigade, was exhumed from Oakland Cemetery and reburied in Elizabethtown, Ky. Helm’s wife, Emilie Todd Helm, daughter of the late Robert Todd, was a halfsister of Mary Todd Lincoln, the president’s wife. The 21-year-old was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863. Sept. 19, 1924: The beautiful Granada Apartments – with burnt sienna stucco exterior walls and red tile roof – opened for occupancy at the corner of West Peachtree and 16th streets. Architects Barney Havis and Augustus Constantine designed the Spanish Colonial building, which contained 65 units. One of the early tenants was Atlanta native May Peel Futrelle, who was rescued from the Titanic. In 1986, Stang and Newdow architects received an Urban Design Award of Excellence for restoration and preservation of the Granada Apartments and adapting them to reuse as the Granada Suite Hotel. In May 2009, the Granada received a face-lift and a new name – The Artmore. Sept. 21, 1940: The Little Five Points Theater opened on Euclid Avenue, operated by Charles Mion and W. T. Murray. The double bill featured These Glamour Girls with Lana Turner and Lew Ayres and In Old Monterey with singing cowboy Gene Autry. All proceeds were presented to the Inman Park Woman’s Club to build their new clubhouse. The space is now 7 Stages Theatre. Sept. 24, 1911: The eight-story Imperial Hotel opened at 355 Peachtree St. (now the corner of Peachtree Center Avenue and Ralph McGill Boulevard).  Local architect Edward H. Doherty designed the handsome concrete, brick, terra cotta, stone, tile and plaster structure. The Imperial closed its doors in 1980 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Considered an eyesore in the redeveloping downtown area, the building was finally renovated in 1996 to become the Imperial Hotel Apartments.

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The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition welcomed guests and members to its new location during National Night Out. The expanded space, in downtown, provides an accessible central location on the ground floor. ABC’s mission is to make bicycling safer and easier throughout Atlanta. www.atlantabike.org

Tracy Wagner’s design at the Dali Dress Show.

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Businesses on the BeltLine: Inman Alley

By Collin Kelley Editor This is the first in ongoing series about businesses along the 22-mile BeltLine that encircles the city. The series of paths and parks – and eventually some type of streetcar or light rail – will connect the inner core of the city like never before. Existing businesses and newcomers are enjoying the benefits of the paths, but are also looking forward to the future when customers and employees can hop on and off the BeltLine at their front door. Last month, BeltLine CEO Brian Leary said the BeltLine could create 30,000 or more jobs as well as the creation of new shops, restaurants and businesses along the route. We thought it was appropriate to begin our series with Atlanta INtown’s headquarters, Inman Alley, on Krog Street in Inman Park. The BeltLine runs alongside the building, which is home to more than a dozen businesses including Wit Advertising & Design, website application company Twin Engines, architecture and design firm Square Feet Studio, interactive design company Monumental, film production company Spots, home furnishing marketing and merchandisers HB2, real estate firm Pollock Commercial, marketing firms The SuperGroup, Avatar and One Spot, broadcast design company Graffects, music services company Hubbub, music production company Content, technology consultants Bright Byte, boutique ad agency and paper design company Brogan Tennyson Group/Whimsy Press and, most

notably, Rathbun Steak. When INtown was planning its move from Midtown, we looked at a number of properties around the city, but the one we kept coming back to was Inman Alley. The prospect of being on the BeltLine, which we’ve been covering since it was Ryan Gravel’s masters thesis at Georgia Tech, was an opportunity for us to have a front row seat to the progress of the project. The building also lends itself to artistic and independent-minded companies, and collaborations between tenants happen on a regular basis. We’ve bounced cover and story ideas off our neighbors since we moved in to our space in 2007. The original building was constructed as a cotton warehouse in the heyday of Atlanta’s mercantile boom in the mid-1890s. At the same time, Inman Park was being developed by Joel Hurt as Atlanta’s first planned community and one of the nation’s first garden suburbs. In the early 1940s, the building caught fire, leaving little more standing than the solid brick exterior walls. The scorched wooden interior was eventually replaced with a modern steel frame. In 1941, the Clorox Company acquired the building to house its fourth production facility in the United States and its first in the South. Thirty years later, when Clorox moved to a larger location, the building was again transformed – this time into The Black Box, a rehearsal hall for Atlanta’s musicians. The 70 individual music studios frequently echoed thunderous music into the wee hours of the morning in this quasiindustrial/residential neighborhood. Real estate developer Jeanie Wooster and architect Richard Taylor saw the building’s potential while they were developing The Stove Works, which is just a short walk down the BeltLine. The 41,000 square foot building has retained its high ceilings, brick walls and big windows, but with modern amenities. Ask anyone in the building and they will tell you the BeltLine was a factor in their decision to buy or lease at Inman Alley. “As a native Atlantan who grew up in the car dependent suburbs, I welcomed

an opportunity to locate my office along the Beltline,” said Mark Cohen, owner of Wit Advertising & Design. “I saw it as an opportunity to show support for a brilliant redevelopment project and anti-support for the oil industry. That, and it’s nice to be able to walk down the trail for lunch.” Kevin Rathbun, who opened his eponymous restaurant in The Stove Works, also said the decision open his acclaimed steakhouse in Inman Alley was motivated by the BeltLine. “You can walk or eventually ride right to our door,” Rathbun said, who often walks the path from The Stove Works to Inman Alley. Square Feet Studio was also excited by the location, and since many of its staff lives within five miles of Inman Alley, they’ve

encouraged use of the BeltLine to walk or ride bikes to work. Visit www.beltline.org for more details. Also, email collin@atlantaintownpaper.com with your recommendation for a Business on the Beltline.

Rathbun Steak, pictured, and architecture & design firm, Square Feet Studio employees brainstorm, below.

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Business & Retail Briefs Cousins Properties announced that Michael Cohn has rejoined the company as executive vice president of retail investments, leasing and asset management. He replaces Steve Yenser, who resigned in July. Cohn began his career in the commercial real estate department of Troutman Sanders, where he was an associate attorney from 1985 to 1990 before becoming counsel at New Market Development, which was subsequently acquired by Cousins. www.cousinsproperties.com Carol Zaban Cooper, a leader in the Atlanta Jewish community for more than 30 years, will be the Atlanta honoree for the Lion of Judah 2010 Kipnis-Wilson Friedland Award. She will be honored at the annual International Lion of Judah Conference in New Orleans in November. Established in 2004, the award recognizes women who have set a high standard for philanthropy and volunteerism. Cooper’s first major role in the community was in Jewish Family Services, which later became Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS), working her way up through the ranks of the board, and eventually serving as president. Cooper had been an active member in the Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy Division for many years. www.JewishAtlanta.org

The Little House of Art, an art studio designed for children ages 2 and up, is now open at Village Place Brookhaven. The business offers more than 100 art classes, including ones where parents can create along with their kids. www.thelittlehouseofART.com Nonprofit Operation HOPE has opened the Mortgage HOPE Crisis Hotline and the HOPE Consumer Credit Crisis Hotline in Atlanta as part its mission to support residents in the southeast struggling to survive amid growing interest rates and financial pressures. The toll-free hotline at 888-388 HOPE (4673) provides free financial counseling to those faced with mortgage and credit challenges. Atlanta’s Worthmore Jewelers was recognized as one of the top five retail design stores in the country by the prestigious Design Center at premier trade event, JCK Las Vegas. The annual jewelry expo draws from over 500,000 jewelers from around the world and each

year recognizes the top five designer retail stores. The honor is awarded to stores that educate the consumer on the quality and value of designer jewelry, creativity in displaying and merchandising  designer jewelry and are committed to fair business practices. www.worthmorejewelers.com

Global Village School (GVS), a non-profit institution dedicated to offering a free education to female refugee teenagers, has received a $40,000 grant from the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and a twoyear $10,000 grant from the American Association of University Women. “Through education and counseling, this support will enable GVS to continue to provide teenage female students from Atlanta’s refugee community with an opportunity to build full lives,” said Grace M. Hawkins, GVS Executive Director. Focusing on older teenage girls who arrive in Atlanta with little or no useable education, but with a desire to make a new life, GVS will enter its second year buoyed by the grantees’ support for the school’s mission, a top level teaching staff and many local volunteers, Hawkins said. http://globalvillage.typepad.com.

Companies That Care: GivingThanks Clothing By Wendy Binns Publisher Far away from 20-year-old Giovanni Mannella’s life at Georgia Tech, children in Burundi, Africa, Peru and Brazil are wearing shirts as a result of this student’s business venture: GivingThanks Clothing. For every shirt the company sells, they give another shirt away to a child in need. As a self-proclaimed “entrepreneur by heart,” Giovanni set a vision for his company while on spring break in Costa Rica in 2007, where many of the children and workers in the field weren’t wearing shirts. Seeing them exposed to the sun and elements sparked the idea to help them get clothing. “The hardest part about starting any company is the dedication, financial backing, and entrepreneurial mind set,” Mannella said. “It has been over a year since GivingThanks was started, and we are just breaking the cusp and entering the market. It has always been hard to stay focused and dedicated, but every time I step

back and look at how far I have come, the children we are helping, and the potential the company possesses, I get a spark to continue and push forward.” Mannella is also putting his money where his heart is; he self-funded the entire company with money saved from birthdays, chores, and “everything in between.” To date, GivingThanks has donated 1,000 shirts, which were sorted and distributed over the summer. The rising sophomore at Georgia Tech was unable to make the trip to see the shirts distributed because of his hectic class schedule. “I am studying to become an industrial systems engineer at Georgia Tech, and I know there is a future in my engineering degree,” he said. “Yet, if I had my choice and God willing, I would love to see GivingThanks grow into a large corporation. I think I would have the coolest job in the world, just giving away shirts every day and by that time hopefully more.”

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Voiceblue Communication in Motion, a new Buckheadbased provider of Bluetooth handsfree car systems, has arrived alongside the new Georgia law prohibiting certain uses of handheld cell phones while driving. voiceblue sells top-of-the-line car kits that utilize a car’s speakers (no headpiece required) and voice recognition (no need to take hands of wheel or eyes off road) to reduce distraction while driving and increase safety. www.voiceblue.biz Women’s clothing retailer Ann Taylor opened a new concept store at Lenox Square in Buckheead last month. The new shop moves the brand toward a younger, sophisticated professional women target. Until Sept. 5, readers will receive a 20 percent discount if they say the phrase “There’s a new Ann in town” at checkout. Have business or retail news? Email it collin@ AtlantaINtownPaper.com/


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Hazardous waste, meds, e-scrap collection at Atlantic Station, Sept. 26 By Collin Kelley Editor If you’ve got some stray hazardous waste, unidentifiable pills or computers collecting dust around your home, then load it up – safely, of course – and bring it to ecoDepot at Atlantic Station on Sunday, Sept. 26 While recycling events around the city are common, ecoDepot is the first of its kind

to take such a variety of items. Residents can bring approved items (see the list below) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Atlanta City Councilmember Carla Smith, LivingGreenPages, Live-Thrive Atlanta, Atlanta Recycling Solutions and Clean Harbors will sponsor the event. “I’m committed to supporting efforts that bring tangible changes in how we treat our environment,” Smith said. “Bringing this collection effort to Atlanta will not only

change habits, but also educate our residents and the general public on what household hazardous waste can do to our watershed and what electronic scrap items can do to our landfills.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate 1.6 million tons of household hazardous waste per year. The average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of household hazardous waste in the basement and garage and in storage closets. Improper disposal of household hazardous wastes can include pouring them down the drain, on the ground, into storm sewers, or in some cases putting them out with the trash. The dangers of such disposal methods might not be immediately

Oil-based paints, stains and varnishes, wood preservatives, paint strippers/ thinners, solvent adhesives, lighter fluid, acid, fuels/gasoline/kerosene, antifreeze, degreasers, driveway sealer, brake fluid/carburetor cleaner, transmission fluid, car wax, polishes, roofing tar, pool chemicals and fluorescent lamps.


Poisons, insecticides, fungicides, fertilizers, weed killers, moth balls, flea control products, rubber cement, airplane glue, fiberglass resins, photo chemicals, chemistry sets, floor and metal polish, oven cleaner, drain and toilet cleaner, spot remover, rug and upholstery cleaner, hobby/artist supplies, mercury thermometers, thermostats, button batteries and rechargeable batteries. Products that contain mercury, such as fever thermometers and button



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obvious, but improper disposal of these wastes can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. The ecoDepot collection is part of the larger Ecolife event taking place Sept. 25 and 26 at Atlantic Station. on Sept. 25-26 at Atlantic Station. The weekend will offer live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and tastings, eco-friendly products and solutions, variety of games and learning experiences for all ages. For more information, visit www.ecolife-events.com.

batteries, found in watches and hearing aids, may also be brought to the collection. Lithium, alkaline and Ni-cad batteries will be accepted as well. Over the counter and most prescription drugs will be accepted, even if they are expired. The items must be left in the container. Illegal drugs (marijuana and cocaine, for example) are not allowed. E-scrap items will be accepted regardless of working condition. Computer monitors, microwave ovens, computer CPUs, stereos, telephones, laptops, copiers, CB radios, printers, video machines, CD players, disk drives, VCRs, portable radios, floppy drives, camcorders, cell phones, test and networking equipment, cameras (including digital), keyboards, modems, record players, scanners, circuit boards, speakers, electrical panels, typewriters, battery back-ups, fax machines, CD roms, projectors, cables and computer mice. Televisions will be accepted for a $10 fee. Vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, de-humidifiers or humidifiers, gas-powered equipment, tires, household trash and non-electronic equipment.

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Eco-Briefs Half-Moon Outfitters will present the Banff Mountain Film Festival: Radical Reels Tour on Monday, Sept. 6, at the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown from 6 to 9 p.m. The film tour is an action sports themed festival designed to energize the audience and showcase outdoor sports. All proceeds will go to The Nature Conservancy in Georgia in an effort to help raise awareness and support for their conservation and preservation of Georgia’s natural resources. Tickets are available at www.halfmoonoutfitters.com, at the 14th Street Playhouse box office or website at www.14thstplayhouse.org, or the Georgia Nature Conservancy’s website at www.nature.org/georgia. The 14th Street Playhouse is located at 173 14th Street Northeast in Atlanta. Ticket prices are $10 advance for adults, $7 students and scouts and $12 at the door. Rhett Turner and Jonathan Wickham’s new documentary for Georgia Public Broadcasting, Water War to Water Vision, is set to air in mid-October. Special screenings of the documentary will be shown in the Ecofocus Film Fest in Athens on Oct. 2 and at GPB in Atlanta on Oct. 6. The documentary is narrated by the Emmy Award-winning Peter Coyote and examines the 20-year water struggle

Green Insider Laura Turner Seydel between Georgia, Florida and Alabama. The film documents the three states’ reliance on the Chattahoochee River to maintain sustainable conditions resulting in a fierce struggle that landed in the hands of the Federal District Court. For additional information on Water War to Water Vision visit www.waterwar.org. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Watersense Program brought its We’re for Water road trip to the Georgia Aquarium to help Georgians learn simple ways to conserve water around the home. The EPA created “We’re for Water” as a national campaign to educate consumers about water-saving behaviors and WaterSense labeled products. To make simple changes at home to save water and energy, visit epa. gov/watersense to take the “I’m for Water” pledge. The Lovett Portman Family Middle School has achieved LEED-Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for sustainable building design. A green roof serves as an outdoor classroom, bamboo flooring, recycled carpet, rainwater harvesting and daylight sensors are just some of the features that helped the school receive certification.

Captain Planet to the Coast In honor of the very first Captain Planet and the Planeteers episode, in which Captain Planet saved a fragile coastline from an oil spill, Captain Planet appropriately dedicates his 20th birthday to help the current oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf Coast with his new Gulf Fund. This initiative will raise money for environmental improvement projects, including edible gardens, which will benefit the youth of the devastated Gulf Coast region. To raise awareness and lay the foundation for the Gulf Fund, Captain Planet travels to the Gulf Coast on Sept. 4-5 to join water advocate Alexandra Cousteau and her Expedition Blue Planet project (www. alexandracousteau.com). This 138-day interactive expedition will take her team across North America to investigate global water issues, while living, working and exploring critical water stories. While on the Gulf Coast, Captain Planet will join the team’s efforts to access the region, meet the children affected and participate in water cleanup efforts. With their powers combined, Captain

Planet and Expedition Blue Planet will continue to explore critical water issues here in Atlanta by joining forces with Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to host activities on Sept. 18-19. There you can meet Captain Planet, Alexandra Cousteau and her team, joining cleanup efforts on the river and support the Gulf Fund. On Sept. 7 Councilman Kwanza Hall will declare Sept. 15, the date the first Captain Planet episode aired, to be Captain Planet Day here in Atlanta. To mark this occasion, Captain Planet is asking each of his Planeteers to participate in one green activity, whether it’s heading to the Chattahoochee Nature Center (chattnaturecenter.org) to watch an episode of Captain Planet and the Planeteers on the big screen or donate $20 to the Gulf Fund (make your donation at www.captainplanetfdn.org). For all Captain Planet birthday events or to make a donation to the Gulf Fund, visit www.captainplanetfdn.org.

10 Ways to Make Your Home Green(er) 1. Install compact fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs consume low amounts of energy

6. Still feel a draft? Install interior or compatible exterior storm windows to block out

2. In the market for new appliances? Be sure to look for the Energy Star logo. This ensures

7. Unplug it! Believe it or not, battery chargers for your tech gadgets use energy even when

3. Feel a draft? Install weatherstripping around your windows to ensure that your HVAC

8. Waste not, want not. Install low-flow toilets and showerheads. Make sure you fix any

drafts. After that, invest in a good blanket.

compared to their filament counterparts.

that you’re buying energy efficient models.

or heater doesn’t work overtime to keep you comfy and cozy. Also make sure your fireplace damper is closed. options. Each house is different and comes with a full range of factors. Insulating your house is good; just make sure it’s done properly.

5. Got gutters? Catch rainwater from your downspouts by installing a rain barrel. This water can be used to water grass and plants.

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leaky faucets and pipes. A lower water bill is on the way.

9. In the mood for painting? Give your lungs (and Mother Earth) a break by using no or low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints to spruce up your house.

4. Insulation. If your home was built before 1950, carefully consider your insulation


you’re not using them. Unplug them when not in use.

10. Plant a tree. Reduce greenhouse gases by planting a tree or two. These will keep energy costs down as they shade your house. Planting also offsets your carbon footprint which can go towards all the work you do to make your house greener, but may still affect the landfill. – Courtesy Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s The Rambler




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By Roshani Chokshi & Collin Kelley The 2010-11 arts season in Atlanta is shaping up to be another scorcher, with world premieres, old favorites, big stars and the transformation of a venerable dance company as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

1404 Spring St. (404) 873-3391 or www.Puppet.org

Both kids and adults can enjoy the magic marionettes in the Brothers Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin, which continues through Sept. 12. Coming later in the season: Wake up Your Weird with Lolly and Leslie, Sept. 16-26; Charlotte’s Web, Sept. 30 – Oct. 31; and Nightingale, Nov. 2-14.

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Twist: An American Musical, which opens Sept. 1, is set in New Orleans during the 20s and follows the adventures of an orphan, who finds family in unexpected places along Bourbon Street. Twist marks the Alliance Theatre return of director and choreographer Debbie Allen (Fame), straight from her Broadway and Olivier Award-winning West End productions of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Coming later in the season: Nacirema, Oct. 20 - Nov. 14.

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& Studios will host The Cusp of the Leo Art Show featuring Holle Black, Sylvia Cross, Randy Taylor, Cecelia Kane, Charles Turner and Phyllis Stapler through October 1. We will host a Bill Taft Storytelling Labor Day Weekend. We offer monthly art classes for adults, teens and young children.


We host birthday parties and special events!

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Atlanta Opera ignites its 2010-2011 season with La Boheme, the story of six artists brimming with idealism and clashing with reality, which will premiere Oct. 2 - 10.

Debbie Reynolds opens the season with an evening of music and comedy from Singin’ in the Rain to her Academy Award-nominated performance in The Unsinkable Molly Brown on Sept. 11. Coming later in the season: Break of Reality, Sept. 17; Homay & Mastan Ensemble, Sept. 18; David Sanborn Trio featuring Joey DeFrancesco, Oct. 1; Rockapella, Oct. 3; Diavolo Oct. 15; Angela Hewitt, Oct. 21; Paula Poundstone, Oct. 22; Michael Bolton, Oct. 28; An Evening with Branford Marsalis, Nov. 5; and Lily Cai Dance Ensemble, Nov. 12.

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Becky Shaw, which runs through Sept. 25, marks one of the most anticipated shows for the upcoming season. Newlywed Suzanna attempts to fix her best friend Max with her husband’s beautiful, yet off-kilter, co-worker Becky Shaw that ignites into a series of dysfunctional comedy. Hailed by the New York Times as “ferociously funny,” this hit from the 2008-2009 New York theatre season was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Coming later in the season: Albatross, Oct.21 - Nov.20

Cobb Energy Centre and Fox Theatre (404)873-5811 or www.AtlantaBallet.com

Moulin Rouge: The Ballet comes to life Oct. 22 - 31 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Choreographed by Jorden Morris, this story of a bohemian world against the backdrop of blossoming love and tragedy is an enduring classic. Coming later in the season: Nutcracker, Nov. 27 - Dec. 26.

Balzer Theatre and CORE Studio (404) 373-4154 or www.severaldancerscore.org

The contemporary dance company formerly known as Several Dancers Core kick’s off its 30th anniversary season with a simpler name and a performance of Corazón Abriendo (Heart Opening) on Nov. 18- 21 at Balzer Theater. The popular “Lunchtime in the Studio” will offer free studio performances during its 11th season, with lunch provided by local Decatur restaurant sponsors. “Lunchtime in the Studio” takes place Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 30 and Nov. 11. For more events and information, check the website.

1280 Peachtree St. (404) 733-4444 or www.High.org

Dalí: The Late Work continues through Jan. 9 with more than 100 works including 40 paintings. Coming later in the season: Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting, Oct. 17 - Jan. 2.

John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, comes to life in this world premiere penned by the theater’s artistic director Tom Key. Ignatius J. Reilly’s madcap adventures through New Orleans have become stuff of modern legend. Extended to Sept. 12, so hurry! Coming later in the season: The Young Man From Atlanta, Jan. 26 – Feb. 20; Caroline, or Change, March 16 – April 10.

1280 Peachtree St. www.AtlantaSymphony.org or (404) 733-4900.

Conductor Robert Spano kicks off the season with Mozart’s Jeunehomme Concerto No. 9 and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique on Sept. 23, Sept. 25 and Sept. 28. Pianist André Watts is the special guest for the Mozart performance. Coming later in the season: Beethoven & Mahler on Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Salvador Dali would have loved ‘Inception’ concept Patrick Dennis


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I am an artist and I’ve been thinking… I’ve made a huge mistake. I just went to see a movie that made me question whether I was enjoying a great ride through life with lots of colorful bumps and swerves and scenery as turmoil and triumph blew past me like gusts from the velocity of my travels, or… if somehow I had slipped down the proverbial rabbit hole into just thinking that this has been the fully realized life I know. In that case I would need to address my biggest fear: is Salvador Dali my real father? Going to see the movie Inception was like having a really scary, but fun flashback. At least that’s how I think a flashback would be if I had ever innocently overmedicated with the help of a trusted friend, then woke up from a lively dream involving wigs, fur, Jesus and floating carp only to find myself in a desperate search for my clothes. I’m pretty sure it would be inappropriate for me to recollect any of my own alleged experiences from a medicated state here because it would scare our readers under 10 years of age. But as I was saying, this movie experience was so vivid it pushed on the limits of my paranoia much like a very artistic dream, nudging me to question my sanity or what I perceive to be a relatively stable existence as an artist. I think the same thing happened to Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard and we know she got ratted out by Max, and then hauled away to the loony bin. When I was watching the movie, I found it necessary to disassociate myself from the story so that I would stop tapping my foot and biting my nails and I started thinking about art. In particular I wondered if this could have also happened to Salvador Dali. Well, of course I know he could never have read the story by

Christopher Nolan, but he could possibly have been traumatized by his conversion to Catholicism, which is very similar. This could partially explain his inexplicable appearance on the 1960’s era television show What’s My Line, which was surreal in itself except that it did include a passing reference to confession. Apparently once Dali embraced Catholicism, he began to see himself as a classicist. Well, now it’s quite obvious that he was traumatized or at the very least delusional because that’s pretty much the last word I would use to describe him. His Sacrament of the Last Supper in the National Gallery of Washington, D.C. is all the proof one needs. Dali was deep into Freud’s influence for many years, which also kind of explains his weird genius. He often incorporated psychoanalysis into his own works when he was not obsessing over Diego Velazquez, who died at least a century before. He was much more than a dramatic maniac with an unnaturally elongated waxed mustache or the paintings of floating or melting timepieces his is famous for. He produced! He created works of art for more than 60 years of his lifetime, becoming one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. Being an oddball worked for Dali, even with the ladies. After his first oneman show in Paris in 1929, he immediately joined with other surrealists led by Dadaist Andre Breton, and then took the wife of poet Paul Eluard as his lover and muse. You just know that poor Gala never imagined in her wildest dreams how she would be portrayed on canvas. The High Museum is hosting Dali: The Late Works exhibition through Jan. 9, 2011 featuring 40 paintings he completed between 1940 and his death in 1989. I plan to go, but not until I have recovered from my experience at the movies because I don’t think the two experiences would mix very well in my already dubious state of pseudo-stability. I’m just glad I don’t need to travel to St. Petersburg, Florida to the Dali Museum. They are re-imagining the building to approximate Dali’s take on architecture, which I’m sure will get lots of attention since they’re spending $35 million on the renovation. But I’m not so sure it could ever be ADA compliant or a restful experience for seniors, since I’m sure it will have floating staircases, unreadable clocks and melting doorways. The High Museum is much easier to maneuver, and you don’t have to worry about the building dissolving around you, triggering a not so pleasant flashback or Dada issues. Patrick Dennis is an artist, gallery owner and President of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces. He lives in Atlanta. Email: Patrick@affps.com

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The annual Decatur Book Festival returns Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5, with hundreds of authors and thousands of literature lovers descending on the city for readings, workshops and more. This year’s keynote speaker is Jonathan Franzen, who will launch his new novel, Freedom, at the festival. Franzen, who won the National Book Award for The Corrections and spurned Oprah’s offer to be part of her book club, will speak at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3 at Agnes Scott’s Presser Hall. Authors of all kinds will be reading and signing books on various stages throughout Decatur, include Diana Gabaldon who returns to the Decatur Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Stage at 3 p.m. Saturday to discuss her latest books, An Echo in the Bone and The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel.

Pulitzer Prize winner David Finkel; George Dawes Green, founder of The Moth, a notfor-profit storytelling organization; young adult author Cassandra Clare; adult and young adult author Ridley Pearson; and New York Times bestseller Emily Giffin. Java Monkey Coffee House will once again host the poetry stage featuring some of Atlanta’s best poets reading their verse all weekend long. Atlanta INtown editor Collin Kelley will lead a panel on how writers can use social media on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. at the Decatur Conference Center featuring Jessica Handler, Karen Head, Laurel Snyder and Jef Blocker. There will also be plenty of activities for children, food and the book market, which will be set up on the courthouse square. To see a full list of events and authors, visit www.decaturbookfestival.com.

All That Jazzoo

Annual fundraiser benefits Zoo Atlanta By Collin Kelley Editor The Zoo Atlanta fundraiser Jazzoo returns for a third year and promises to be bigger, tastier and more musical than ever. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 11 p.m. on the zoo grounds at Grant Park. Organizer Jason Heslep said 33 restaurants have been confirmed for this year including 4th & Swift, Corner Tavern, Highland Bakery, Muss & Turners, Vickery’s and Six Feet Under. Along with the food, five musical acts have been booked, including headliners The Breakfast Club, which will be playing 80s tunes in the big dance tent. There will also be jazz band, salsa group, a 10-man a cappella group, which will be strolling around the zoo, and Eddie’s Attic will have a stage with some of its favorite acoustic acts. Heslep said attendees will also get an up-close look at some of Zoo Atlanta’s animals, which will be at the main gate to greet arrivals. Tickets are on sale now for $100 per person. A block of 10 tickets can be purchased for a discount of $75 per person. Larger school or corporate groups can by w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m



Decatur Book Festival returns with readings, panels and Franzen book launch event



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For the 2nd annual

Chastain Park Arts Festival Saturday: 10am - 6pm Sunday: 11am - 5pm

25 or more tickets for $65 per person. “One hundred percent of the money raised from Jazzoo goes to Zoo Atlanta’s access programs that provide free admission and field trips to disadvantaged children and schools,” Heslep said. Jazzoo is a spin-off of an event created in Kansas City more than 20 years ago and has raised millions for the Kansas City Zoo. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.jazzooatlanta.org.

Chastain Park 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 (located by the Chastain Park Amphitheater : on Park Drive)

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Visual Arts


Down the Rabbit Hole: the Influence of the Strange and the Familiar: Check out this exhibition of

High Museum of Art: With more than 11,000 works in its permanent collection, the High has an extensive anthology of 19th and 20th century American and decorative art, significant European pieces, photography and more. Closed Monday. $11 to $18. www.high.org

multi-media works that incorporate encaustics, plexiglass and watercolor to portray the unexplained, the strange and the fantastical at Emily Amy Gallery. Opens September 10. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. www.emilyamygallery.com

Kingdom: Come to Marcia Wood

Gallery to see paintings by Timothy McDowell, who takes inspiration from the infinite aspects of nature. Opens September 11. Closed Sunday and Monday. www.marciawoodgallery.com

Picturing the West: Visit Lumiere

Gallery to see inspiring photographs by Bob Kolbrener ranging in subject from symbols of man encroaching on nature to humorous signage. Closes September 22. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.lumieregallery.net

Spiritual Bonds of nature: This

exhibit at Alan Avery Art Company features paintings by Jean Larson and Larry Gray that portray nature, landscapes and interpretive botanical images. Closes September 25. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.alanaveryartcompany.com

Porcelain: This exhibition of 12

contemporary masters showcases the wily, translucent medium of porcelain at MudFire Clayworks & Gallery. Closes September 25. Open Thursday through Monday. Admission is free. www.mudfire.com

Group exhibit: This exciting summer

show at Mason Murer Fine Art includes photography, abstract works, mixed media art and a multi-media installation by several local artists. Closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is free. www.masonmurer.com

one: Visit One Twelve Gallery to see

photographs by Emily Dryden, Joe Martinez and Aaron Pevey that suggest the sense of isolation that often inhabits city dwellers. Open Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.onetwelvegallery.com

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Callanwolde Fine Arts Center: This historic home in the Emory area offers tours, classes and workshops, special concerts, arts events, and gallery exhibitions. Closed Sunday. Free! www.callanwolde.org the Breman Jewish Museum: Learn more about Jewish heritage as you view exhibits about creating a Jewish community in Atlanta, the absence of humanity during the Holocaust years, and the legacy of survivors of the Holocaust. Closed Saturday. $4 to $12. www.thebreman.org Fernbank Science Center: Come explore the adventures of science through this museum, classroom and woodland complex. Closed Sunday. Free! www.fernbank.edu

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Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum: The Museum of the Jimmy Carter Library includes photographs and historical memorabilia from the Carter presidency (1976 to 1981) and features an exact replica of the Oval Office. Open daily. $6 to $8. www.jimmycarterlibrary.org

Wide open Beaver Shot of My Heart: A Comedy with a Body Count: Comedian Ian Belknap pushes the limits with this monologue about his grandfather’s unsolved murder and his father’s suicide at PushPush Theater. September 4. $15 to $35. www.pushpushtheater.com

theatre & Dance

A Confederacy of Dunces: Follow Ignatius J. Reilly in 1960s New Orleans and his madcap adventures that prove to be laugh-out-loud hilarious at Theatrical Outfit. Closes September 5. $15 to $30. www.theatricaloutfit.org

twist: As the Roaring Twenties dance their way down Bourbon Street, an orphan in search of home finds family in unexpected places in this show at the Alliance Theatre directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen. Opens September 1. $25 to $55. www.alliancetheatre.org Write Club: Chicago comedian Ian Belknap will host this head-to-head writers’ battle reminiscent of a boxing match at PushPush Theater. September 3. $5 to $15. www.pushpushtheater.com Shopping and F***ing: This Southeastern Premiere at Onstage Atlanta is a dark comedy that follows a trio of young Brits who sell drugs, sex and what is left of their souls in order to survive. Closes September 4. $19 to

Debbie Reynolds: From “Singin’ in the Rain” to her Emmy-nominated role on “Will & Grace,” Reynolds has entertained audiences for years and will open the season for the Ferst Center for the Arts. September 11. $55 to $125. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu tartuffe: In this Capitol City Opera production at the Conant Performing Arts Center, Orgon and his mother fall under the influence of Tartuffe, and the clever villain has more than one trick up his sleeve. September 10 through September 12. $20 to $25. www.ccityopera.com

Rumpelstiltskin: The Center for Puppetry Arts brings the magical fairy tale to life with this marionette musical. Closes September 12. $8 to $16. www.puppet.org Wake up Your Weird with Lolly and Leslie: Discover your own creative gifts with this Emmy Award-nominated “Sesame Street” puppeteer and her friend Lolly at the Center for Puppetry Arts. September 15 through September 26. $8 to $16. www.puppet.org Black Box Comedy Festival: This DramaTech Theater festival at the Ferst Center boasts increasingly impressive show and workshop line-ups each year. September 15 through September 19. $5 to $85. www.dramatech.org Battle Acts: Laughing Matters individual improvisers compete head-to-head for laughs in an elimination tournament at Academy Theatre. September 18. $15. www. laughingmatters.com Church Girl: Emily is the role model daughter, but she is hiding a shocking secret in this new musical at The Fabulous Fox. September 23 through September 26. $45.50 to $67.50. www.foxtheatre.org

night Blooms: Two families, one white and one black, must cope with change in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. Come see them at the Horizon Theatre as they laugh, cry, and receive news from an unexpected visitor. Opens September 24. $20 to $30. www.horizontheatre.com unnecessary Farce: See the confusion escalate as an embezzling mayor meets with his female accountant in a motel room, while next door two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape, in this Stage Door Players show. Opens September 24. $12 to $26. www.stagedoorplayers.net Becky Shaw: Newlywed Suzanna fixes her best friend up with the beautiful but odd Becky Shaw and ignites a fuse that sets Becky off in the midst of Suzanna’s family in this Actor’s Express Atlanta premiere. Closes September 26. $15 to $40. www.actors-express.com 9 to 5: the Musical: The story of three unlikely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there’s nothing a woman can’t do hits The Fabulous Fox Theatre stage. Opens September 28. $20 to $65. www.theaterofthestars.com w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Charlotte’s Web: See the classic tale in a whole new way at the Center for Puppetry Arts as Charlotte the friendly spider saves Wilbur the pig by making him famous with her wits, words and webs! Opens September 28. $8 to $16. www.puppet.org Richard Kickers: Starting with a suggestion from the audience, the cast of this show rips ideas from current events, movies, TV and trivia to tell stories of passion, absurdity and surprising connections every Tuesday night at Relapse Theatre. $5 to $10. www.relapsecomedy.com Improv Revolution: New formats, fresh faces and big ideas mark this ever-changing testing ground for new improv formats and new improvisers every Thursday night at Dad’s Garage. $4 to $10. www.dadsgarage.com TheatreSports: Dad’s Garage’s longest running improv show and an audience favorite for years, this fast-paced Saturday night competition features the best improvisers in the city and uses your suggestions to fuel the show. $13 to $15. www.dadsgarage.com Improv A**hole: If you’ve ever been frustrated by an actor’s performance in the movies, then this is the show for you. The audience gets to vote on who they like the least after every scene in this show every Saturday night at Village Theatre. $10. www.villagecomedy.com Longform Steakhouse: Every Wednesday you can get two of the Village Theatre’s long-form improv teams in one exciting show. Seriously smart, always hilarious. $5.

www.villagecomedy.com Whole World theatre Company Improv: Come out and watch comedians live on stage as the magic of improv comedy is unveiled before your very eyes at Whole World Theatre. Every Thursday through Saturday. $10 to $21. www.wholeworldtheatre.com 2 Girls 3 eyes: This raw, down and dirty, game-inspired improvisational “comedy with heart” show is performed every Friday night at Relapse Theatre. $5 to $10. www.relapsecomedy.com Pageant: the Musical Comedy Beauty Contest: What’s glitz, glamour and talent without a five o’clock shadow? The beauty “queens” have it all in this production of the hilarious off-Broadway hit at the 14th Street Playhouse. Closes October 24. $29 to $32. www.14thstplayhouse.org Pyler terry’s “the Dead Housewives of Atlanta”: The Atlanta housewives are dropping like flies, and TV mogul Pyler Terry sees an opportunity to create another hit TV show in this whodunit at Agatha’s. Closes November 3. $60 to $62.50. www. agathas.com

out & About With Malice toward none opening Day Celebration: Help the Atlanta History Center welcome Lincoln to Atlanta at this day of fun-filled activities for the whole family in celebration of the “With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

Folk Life Festival at Atlanta History Center

Exhibition.” September 4. $11 to $16.50. www.atlantahistorycenter.com Chocolate: Seed to Sweet: This outdoor walk-through exhibition at the Atlanta Botanical Garden takes visitors on an interactive journey that brings to life the history and use of chocolate around the world. Opens September 4. $12 to $15. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org Zoo nightCrawler: After the sun sets and Zoo Atlanta closes its gates for the evening, you and your family can go behind-the-scenes to see what really happens in the Zoo after hours! September 4 and September 11. $55 to $80. www.zooatlanta.org Historic Piedmont Park tours: Learn about the history of Piedmont Park and get a little exercise by joining this guided walking tour. September 4 and September 18. Free! Reservations recommended. www.piedmontpark.org Fall Folk Life Festival: Mingle with local artists at the Atlanta History Center as they demonstrate their craft through music, pottery, weaving, quilting and woodworking. September 19. $11 to $16.50. www. atlantahistorycenter.com Spook House Dave!: Check out this sweet and creepy film with puppetry by Atlanta artists about an average young boy who just happens to be living with a not-so-frightening family of monsters at the Center for Puppetry Arts. September 22. $7. www.puppet.org the Slavery Chronicles: Wood Is Wonderful Gallery and Plainbrown

present a monthly series of slave narratives, drama, spoken word, visual art, dance and music. September 24. $10. www.woodiswonderfulgallery.com

and three parts chaos incarnate. The duo fuses low-res electronic noise and pop hooks so effortlessly that it can seem accidental. September 8 at The Masquerade. $22.

Classical Music

John Mayer’s work is as confessional, intimate and acoustic guitar-based as that of old-schoolers like James Taylor and Jackson Browne, but his approach is considerably updated. September 8 at Lakewood Amphitheatre. $36 to $69.50.

Bach Live!: Emory University Organist Timothy Albrecht performs Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. September 12. Free! www.arts. emory.edu Break of Reality: Formed in 2003, this group of three cellists and a percussionist are filling concert venues around the country with “cello rock.” This concert will be held outdoors in the Ferst Center amphitheatre. September 17. Free! www.ferstcenter. gatech.edu Choir of Clare College: Performing at Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, this choir has gained an international reputation as one of the leading university choral groups in England. September 17. $10 to 30. www.arts.emory.edu Grand Baroque Concertos: This concert featuring the music of Vivaldi, Corelli, Handel and more at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church marks New Trinity Baroque’s 12th Atlanta season. September 18. $9 to $39. www.newtrinitybaroque.org Rent in Concert: Based on Puccini’s opera “La Boheme,” this smash hit about New York City artists and musicians will be performed as a concert with live musicians at Emory’s Performing Arts Studio. Opens September 30. $6 to $18. www.arts. emory.edu

Pop Music toby Keith has all the right credentials for a country star and became a success straight out of the gate with his self-titled debut album. September 2 at Lakewood Amphitheatre. $23.25 to $74. the Chapin Sisters are known for pristine harmonies and haunting melodies that have gained comparisons to sister acts of old and Appalachian family groups. September 3 at RedLight Café. $10. Disturbed displays all the expected aggression and angst of its heavy metal peers and has achieved a wildly successful, chart-busting popularity. September 4 at Lakewood Amphitheatre. $25 to $75. Crystal Castle is one part dance-pop w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

the Avett Brothers is a non-traditional bluegrass band that combines old-time country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, and ragtime. September 10 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. $30 to $35. the temptations were the most successful R&B vocal group of the ‘60s, their popularity rivaled only by Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. September 10 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $40 to $100. Jon Anderson is the progressive voice behind rock giant Yes and is known the world over as one of the most powerful and endearing singers in rock. September 12 at The Variety Playhouse. $27.50. Pixies revel in the raw, loud energy of punk but harnessed it in service of catchy melodies laced with bizarre lyrics. September 13 at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. $53.40 to $83.40. Adam Lambert launched his success on “American Idol,” where his flair for neo-goth attire, eclectic arrangements and soaring vocals made him a critical favorite. September 15 at The Tabernacle. $35. Kings of Leon play a straight-ahead, hard-driving brand of rock and roll that owes more to Crazy Horse and The Rolling Stones than it does to Molly Hatchet. September 15 at Lakewood Amphitheatre. $36.50 to $61.50. M.I.A. was schooled on American hip-hop, U.K. club sounds and world rhythms. With all these sounds in tow, she went on to create an infectious, hyperactive, cross-cultural musical hybrid. September 16 at The Tabernacle. $35. Aimee Mann: Her sound is pop music that’s beyond standard musical categories, sometimes sparely played and always sung in her distinctive, rounded-corner voice. September 25 at The Variety Playhouse. $30. For more information or to order tickets for any of these shows, visit www.AtlantaPlanit.com.

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How Atlanta is Redefining ‘Fast Food’ By Thom Volarath Yumbii just opened for lunch in Midtown’s Technology Square and there’s already a line starting to form on the sidewalk. This new restaurant features Korean tacos, a deliciously addictive import from the West Coast. Unfortunately, they do not take reservations. Or credit cards. Oh, and there are no tables either. Yumbii doesn’t even have an address. This new restaurant is actually a decked-out food truck that moves from neighborhood to neighborhood, and it’s one of an army of innovative street foods vendors that’s about to spread throughout the streets of Atlanta. Nationally known food critic and Atlanta resident Christiane Lauterbach began following the current progress of street vendors on her blog, Atlanta Food Carts (www.atlantafoodcarts.com), earlier this year. Lauterbach remembers a time during the Olympics when street food vendors were plentiful, but those numbers have dwindled over the last 14 years. While the term “street vendor” conjures up concerns of cleanliness and freshness, the current group of vendors has very little in common with those of the past. Throw out any preconceived ideas you might have

about street food. Some of the new trucks hitting the streets are fully functioning, true gourmet restaurants on wheels. The local movement is being lead by chefs with established Atlanta restaurants and young entrepreneurs. Chef Hector Santiago from Pura Vida has started the El Burro Pollo Burrito Stand, which has hungry customers lining up early and usually selling out in less than two hours. Steve Carse sells his handmade, gourmet popsicles from a cart on the corner of North Highland and North avenues and has been featured on CNN. This new category of street food has much more in common with what you would find in high-end restaurants and grocery stores. Most offer fresh, organic, and locally sourced ingredients, and many offer innovative recipes and bold use of flavors. Technology has played a huge role in the growth of the street food movement. They use various forms of social networking like Facebook (where El Burro Pollo lets fans know when the stand is open) and Twitter (The King of Pops announces opening time and new flavors) to connect with their customers. Social networking not only allows for real time interactions, it also allows the vendors to update their

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customers about their whereabouts and menu additions. More importantly, social networking allows the customers to become fans. The street food trend has its beginnings on the West Coast. Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, Seattle are all cities with an amazing street food culture. Portland, for example, boasts over 500 street carts roaming around a city that’s about half the size of Atlanta. Atlanta isn’t quite there yet, but the numbers are starting to pick up. With the support of City Councilmember Kwanza Hall, laws that are currently more prohibitive for street vendors in Atlanta are slowly starting to evolve. Greg Smith, part owner of Westside Creamery and head of The Atlanta Street Food Coalition (www.atlantastreetfood. com), says his organization is working with city officials to promote the many benefits of having more street vendors. An in-depth report the Coalition is conducting is due to be presented to the city council soon. His organization’s goal is to get the city to allow permits for food trucks to operate more freely. In the meantime, street vendors are moving ahead by holding various events around the city to showcase the diversity of street food currently in Atlanta. One of the most popular is The Urban Picnic, sponsored by The Atlanta Street Food Coalition. This mobile event is held

the last Friday of every month at various locations around the city. Most recently, the event was held at the Sweet Auburn Market, and showcased a diverse group of foods from Korean tacos and Persian burritos to hand crafted ice cream and gourmet popsicles. Jenny Levison, owner of the popular Souper Jenny in Buckhead and an active member of The Atlanta Street Food Coalition, is also one of the people helping lead the charge for more food trucks in the city. In order to draw more attention to the subject and show city officials the benefits of having more street carts in Atlanta, she’s holding an event called “Souper Jenny’s Super-Secret Underground Food Truck Extravaganza” on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. Expect samplings from established names like Taqueria del Sol and Souper Jenny, as well as a few new faces like Yumbii, Good Food Truck, West Side Creamery and Artichoke Bliss. Lauterbach is thrilled that the street food movement is starting to take hold in Atlanta. She sees a day where food trucks could unite the city by showcasing the diverse ethnic cuisines that Atlanta has to offer. And with the way the street food movement is progressing, that day shouldn’t be too far away.

eat on the Street: the King of Pops, above, makes gourmet popsicles, while the Good Food truck, left, serves up a mixture of Asian and Indian food such as the mini cornbread cone filled with cold succotash salad and chow chow. ContInueD on PAGe 36

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Continued FROM PAGE 34 Both Yumbii, left, and Souper Jenny, right, have food trucks that go to different locations around Intown on a regular basis to serve up their delicious food. You can find out where Souper Jenny’s Incredible Flying Soup Mobile will land next by following her on Twitter (@souperjenny). For more about street food, visit atlantastreetfood.com and look for many of the vendors on Facebook. (Cover and inside photos by Thom Volarath)

Quick Bites Garden of Eatin’: A Taste of Decatur moves to a new venue on Saturday, Sept. 25, to the DecaturDeKalb Family YMCA from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Transformed by bright, gardenthemed decor, the Y at 1100 Clairemont Avenue will provide a casual, fanciful, and “tasteful” backdrop for the event, which features samples from more than 20 restaurants, a silent auction full of fun and unique items, and live entertainment. www. decaturcooperativeministry.org.  The 2nd annual Atlanta’s Best Cellars Dinner will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Road. The proceeds from the dinner fund a cancer research fellowship at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. The event brings 25 of Atlanta’s top wine collectors together to share special and rare selections from their personal collections. The black-tie affair will provide guests with a four-course dinner prepared by a celebrated guest chef from one of the Ritz-Carlton properties. Tables for 10 guests

are $6,000 and individual tickets are $650. Tables and tickets may be purchased at www.bestcellarsdinners.com. The 12th annual Marlow’s Tavern Golf Classic to benefit Special Olympics Georgia will be held Monday, Sept. 27, at the Horseshoe Bend Country Club located at 2100 Steeplechase Lane in Roswell. For details and to register, visit www.horseshoebendcc.com. The 5th annual Midtown Restaurant Week is set for Saturday, Sept. 4 to Sunday, Sept. 12. Participating restaurants will offer a $25 three-course, prix fixe dinner menu (plus tax and tip). Restaurants had not been confirmed at press time, so visit www. atlrestaurantweek.com to see the full list of participants and other updates. The original Café at Pharr has moved from its original space on Pharr Road to a new location at 3145 Peachtree Road, down the street from Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. A fourth location of the local chain is expectd to open in the TOWN

Brookhaven development before the end of the year. www.cafeatpharr.com. A Smyrna staple for more than 20 years, US Café has opened a new location in Buckhead on the ground floor of Lindbergh Vista, 2591 Piedmont Road. Free parking is available in the garage directly behind the restaurant. US Café is known for its big burgers, wings and homemade fries. www.uscafe.net.  Brookhaven Dines In – a series of dinners, parties and a luncheon to be held in the historic Brookhaven community – will be held Friday, Sept. 17, to Friday, Oct. 1, to benefit the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. Featured restaurants for the event include Basil’s, Bluepointe, Bone’s, Buckhead Bottle Bar, Haven, Kaleidoscope, PortoFino and Valenza. www.armh.com/Brookhaven.  Wisteria in Inman Park will be celebrating its 9th anniversary with a low country boil buffet on Monday, Sept. 6, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The buffet will include various local beers and house-made Southern wine coolers for $29.95 per person. www.wisteria-atlanta.com. Steve DiFillippo has opened a fourth location (the others are in Boston, Foxborough and Philadelphia) of his flagship restaurant Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Phipps Plaza serving lunch and dinner daily. www.davios.com.    Taqueria del Sol will hold a Hatch Chile Block Party on Sunday, Sept. 12, with a

variety of dishes for patrons, including crispy green chile rellenos, green chile cheeseburger sliders, green chile enchiladas and south by southwest brisket tacos. Held at the Howell Mill location, the event will spill out of the restaurant into tents, including various food stations, drinks and live music from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $12. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ossabaw Island Foundation. www. taqueriadelsol.com. IHOP left Midtown more than a decade ago, but will host a Return to Midtown Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 2, all day long at its new location, 428 Ponce de Leon Ave. There will be giveaways, shirts, hats, magnets and a balloon artist will be making animals for the kids. The new IHOP is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Battle of the Burgers will be held in Virginia Highland’s John Howell Park on Saturday, Oct. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. Local restaurants will be on site competing and attendees get to taste and vote! Participating restaurants at press time include Grindhouse, Diesel, Dark Horse, Murphy’s Atkins Park, Ted’s Montana Grill, TAP and Farmer Burger. Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit Embraced, a nonprofit that provides medical equipment for those in need. www.battleoftheburgers.com. The Atlanta BBQ Festival is Saturday, Oct. 2, noon to 8 p.m. at Atlantic Station. There will be live music, a kid’s area, prizes and barbecue from Atlanta’s favorite joints. Visit www.atlantabbqfestival.com.

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IntoWn FARMeRS MARKet oPenS The empty lot where The Phoenix nightclub used to be at 563 Ponce de Leon Ave. (next door to Cactus Carwash) is now a weekly farmers market. the Intown Farmers Market is open every Tueday from 3 to 7 p.m. Manager Pam Farnsworth said the market provides Georgia’s farmers, merchants and artisans a new, centrallylocated venue in the Old Fourth Ward. While you’re buying some freshly-picked produce, you can also meet your neighbors and officials from the Old Fourth Ward, Midtown Ponce Security Alliance and more, every week. For more information, visit www.intownfarmersmarket.com.

Inman Park Restaurant Week, Sept. 20-26 Inman Park Restaurant returns Sept. 20 to 26 with 13 restaurants in the neighborhood taking part. Participating restaurants will offer three-course dinners in three different price ranges from $15 to $35. The event will benefit the


$15 Price Fritti Pure Taqueria The Albert North Highland Pub (dinner for 2)

Atlanta Community Food Bank’s (ACFB) Atlanta’s Table project, with 20 of each evening’s proceeds going to the charity. There will also be raffle tickets sold for $1 each evening each that will go to ACFB. The prize is a party for the winner and 30 friends at Shaun’s, with chefs from each restaurant participating in Restaurant Week preparing hors d’oeuvres and providing beer and wine. Winner and guests must be 21 years or older.

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Real Estate Luxury Living


Bill Murray

End of 2010 could mean boost in luxury housing market By Shandra Hill Smith As the housing industry continues to bounce back, the luxury segment, too, should see some movement, though there are reports of properties staying on the market anywhere from three to 12 months. Low interest rates, say professionals catering to the luxury shopper, are adding up to increased interest on the part of buyers. “It truly is a great time to buy a home,” says Ken Covers, a realtor with Fourteen West Realtors in Atlanta (www.14west.com). “People are shopping. They’re very cautious in their selections and are doing their homework.” Covers defines the luxury market in Buckhead and Intown as starting at $2 million. He refers to First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) data for 2010 indicating that in Buckhead – by early August – of

properties priced from $2 million (155 available) and above $3 million (79 of the 155 available) 18 had sold. Looking at Buckhead and Sandy Springs, the luxury market, according to Neal Heery, consists of properties priced at $1 million and more. Heery, founding partner of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty (www.HeeryBrothers.com), points to FMLS data showing that from Jan. 1 to Aug. 1, $1 million homes in those areas in particular have stayed on the market for 129 days. But the outlook is bright, he believes. “I think anybody who can purchase should,” says Heery. “These are the opportunity times.” He’s expecting sales to double last year’s numbers for him and his brother, George T. Heery Jr., also a founding partner. Donna Boynton, realtor, Harry Norman, Realtors Intown (www.donna.boynton. harrynorman.com), is also optimistic.

Brookhaven. $559,900 1010 Standard Drive

Buckhead. $514,900 1130 Park Overlook Dr.

Buckhead. $493,000 1957 Saxon Valley Cir.

Canton. $1,800,000 202 Gold Leaf Lane

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Decatur. $209,900 126 Ridgeland Ave.

Midtown. $144,900 805 Peachtree St. #309

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Serenbe. $289,000 9077 Selborne Lane

Virginia Highland. $219,000

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Intown. $229,000 195 Arizona Ave. #118

Serenbe. $300,000 9127 Selborne Lane

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“Attractive interest rates, coupled with realistic pricing, will hopefully keep the market active for the remaining months,” says Boynton. Covers agrees. “I continue to see the buyers being very price sensitive for the remaining months of this year and into next.” The luxury buyer, he finds, is on the hunt for details “with current technology throughout, as well as the property being very current with its style and finishes without being trendy,” he adds. Featured listings for Covers include a more than $2.5 million five-bedroom, fivebath (with two additional half baths) home in Morningside at 1725 Merton Road in Atlanta. The property has a master suite that features a separate sitting area with fireplace; an outdoor kitchen and separate pool house, home gym and media room, along with other amenities. On HeeryBrothers.com, a six-bedroom home at 725 Londonberry Road in Atlanta lists for a little more than $1.5 million. The property, with bathrooms to include six full and one partial, features a chef-quality kitchen and fireside keeping room and basement with walkout garage. Boynton has a $1.4 million new construction property at 1070 Canter Road in Atlanta that includes five bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. Located in the Sarah Smith school district, it will include a finished terrace level. For buyers looking to close a deal before year’s end, Covers advises that you be realistic about expectations. Sellers, he suggests, should price accordingly. “Sales are driven by the price so making sure you have the right price is important,” says Boynton. “Price your home based on recent sales – preferably the last three months. Prices from a year ago or even six months probably aren’t valid.” Sell low – and fast. That’s the advice Bill Murray gives to those hoping to sell and “move up” to a larger property before the close of 2010. “If you’re moving up in your purchase, sell your house for a deal, buy a house for a better deal at higher pricing,” advises Murray, managing broker in the Buckhead office of Prudential Georgia Realty (www. buckheadrealestatenews.com). “When prices start to rise, and the housing market recovers, your equity is going to be much stronger in that higher priced house than in the current house.” His office lists a $1.5 million gated French country home near

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Sarah Smith Elementary School at 4459 E. Brookhaven Dr. The Brookhaven property features four bedrooms, four baths and two half baths, finished basement, a private patio, gardens and pool. Murray also encourages swifter action on the part of banks when it comes to foreclosures, which he says is impacting the luxury market. “Luxury foreclosures are vacant properties and they’re going down every week that they sit vacant,” Murray says. “I think foreclosures are going to affect all

markets, particularly the luxury market, until the banks get their hands on how to handle the volume of foreclosures they have.” Additionally, both buyers and sellers can’t go wrong with an appraisal, professionals say. Also, sellers in particular should “take the time to prepare [the] home for listing,” Boynton urges. “The little things like fresh paint, caulking and de-cluttering will help to make a good first impression.”

Ken Covers

On the Market

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A Hidden Gem

Lake Claire Home & Garden Tour showcases community The picturesque neighborhood of Lake Claire will hold its 2010 Lake Claire Home & Garden Tour on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 6 p.m. Nestled between Candler Park and Druid Hills, Lake Claire is located between Ridgecrest Road to the east and Clifton Road to the west, DeKalb Avenue to the south and Ponce de Leon Avenue to the north. The neighborhood’s approximately 1,200 homes are an eclectic mix from the Revival, Victorian, and Modern periods, while tts gardens are just as distinctive, with elegant formal gardens and colorful informal gardens, vegetable gardens and sculpture gardens. A complete list of the homes and gardens on the tour is available at www.lakeclairehometour.com. The tour begins at Clifton Sanctuary Ministries, 369 Connecticut Ave., where tour-goers can pick up their tour booklets and map, and where people may purchase day-of tickets. Tickets for the Home & Garden Tour are $15 the day of the tour, or $12 in advance. Tickets may be purchased online or at Donna Van w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Gogh’s, 1651 McLendon Ave. Street parking is available on the day of the tour, and Lake Claire is located between two MARTA stations: East Lake and Edgewood/Candler Park. The tour will be held rain or shine. Pets are not allowed in homes or gardens. The tour will be followed by an after-party from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, 280 Arizona Ave., featuring food and beverages for sale and live music. After-party attendees with a ticket in hand are invited to attend the drum circle, beginning at 9 p.m., for free. If you leave and return for the drum circle, a $5 fee will be requested. The Lake Claire Home & Garden Tour is a project of Lake Claire Neighbors, the neighborhood association. Proceeds from the sale of tour tickets support neighborhood greenspace improvements and Clifton Sanctuary Ministries. Clifton Sanctuary Ministries is the oldest house-of-worship shelter operating in Atlanta. Founded in 1979, Clifton provides food, shelter, and counseling to 30 men every night of the year.

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Real Estate Briefs Renewal Design-Build will host two free seminars in September for homeowners who are thinking of renovating due to the economy. Remodeling in Today’s Economy will be held Thursday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. and Kitchen and Bath Design Trends will be Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. Both will be held at the company’s headquarters in Decatur. Following each seminar, Renewal’s awardwinning design team will be available for a free consultation. Due to limited space, it’s important to reserve seats as soon as possible. To reserve space call (404) 3786962 or e-mail info@RenewalDesignBuild. com. Asset management consortium ST Residential – led by Starwood Capital Group, TPG, WLR LeFrak and Perry Capital – selected Atlanta to kick off a nationwide rollout of its real estate portfolio. ST was formed after the Chicagobased Corus Bank failed in 2009. The FDIC was named the receiver and thus the asset owner of numerous residential real estate assets and construction loans. In Atlanta that included six condominium communities: The Atlantic in Atlantic Station, The Brookwood in Buckhead, Luxe in Midtown, Serrano in Sandy Springs; One River Place and Horizon at Wildwood in northwest Atlanta. ST will be working to sell

the properties to homeowners. www.stresidential.com Brayden Capital Home Loans has opened a Midtown branch at the corner of 17th and Spring streets. The team includes branch manager Nick Yeargin, Kevin Sechrist, Kim Nehiley, Scott Meldrum, Barry Galvin, Brent Turner and Nikki Lamb. Brayden Capital Home Loans offers a wide variety of loan programs, including in-house processing and underwriting. www.braydencapital.com Retail real estate investment company HT Group has launched a brokerage division, offering third-party management, leasing and consulting to the retail commercial real estate market HT Group was founded by members of three respected Atlanta real estate families, the Halperns, Taylors and Altermans. HT Group’s principals are Marty Halpern, president; Chuck Taylor, CEO; and Michael Alterman, COO. Halpern and Taylor formed the partnership 13 years ago, and Alterman joined in mid 2009 to expand HT Group’s services and run day-to-day operations. HT Group owns the Mall at West End in southwest Atlanta – which is 97 percent leased – and has acquired fi ve retail properties comprising more than 360,000 square feet in Georgia and Tennessee in the last 18 months. The recent additions bring

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HT Group’s portfolio to 23 properties in the Southeast. In that time, the company has signed 46 leases for 170,000 square feet of its retail space. www.htgroup.com Vinings Main received Federal Housing Administration (FHA) approval for its home loans, which means prospective homeowners can now purchase a condominium with as little as 3.5 percent down. Since April, Vinings Main has closed on nearly 20 homes per month, meeting the FHA requirement that 51 percent of the units are owner-occupied. The development offers one- and two-bedroom, as well as two-bedroom with a den, large condominium homes ranging from 897 to 1,868 square feet situated in three mid-rise controlled-access buildings with elevators

and a controlled-access parking garage. www.viningsmain.com

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Paige Earles, owner of Pearle Staging & Design in Midtown, received national recognition by the Real Estate Staging Association, earning the prestigious 2010 Rookie Stager of the Year award. She was selected from more than 100 rookie members. www.pearlstaginganddesign.com James W. Brand is the newest agent at The Vawter Group, part Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Most recently sales manager of Trillium, LLC, the Cashiers, North Carolina luxury mountain home community, Brand has over 25 years experience in sales in both Georgia and North Carolina.

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If you’re a homeowner age 62 or older and: > Have concerns about today’s economy > Your retirement savings have been diminished > Are worried about outliving your assets A reverse mortgage from MetLife Bank could be the answer. Contact me to find out if a reverse mortgage is right for you and how it could enable you to: Dean Gardens, the city’s most expensive home, has been sold by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. Offered for $13.9 million, listing agents Suzanne Close and Jason Dean of the fi rm’s North Atlanta offi ce negotiated the transaction. According to CEO Jenny Pruitt, “This sale represents the highest purchase price for any residence in the Atlanta area since the sale of the Dobson estate, Descante, on Tuxedo Road, also completed by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.” Located in Johns Creek, Dean Gardens is a 32,000 square foot NeoClassical mansion that sits on 58-acres with 1,200 feet of Chattahoochee River frontage, complete with Versailles-styled gardens. At press time it was revealed that fi lm director and actor Tyler Perry, pictured right, had purchased the house, which appeared on Joan Rivers’television series How’d You Get So Rich?, and planned to demolish it to build his own home on the same site. www.sothebys.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Easy – and inexpensive ways – to spruce up your home By Tina Chadwick There is nothing quite like the little self-indulgent thrill of sliding into new sheets. When you stand back and look at a fresh coat of a new color on the wall, you just feel good. These small pleasures are part of the little things that can really change your mood about where you live – and your outlook in general. The colors, pictures, plants, pillows, and even just the arrangement of furniture in your house can have a profound affect on how you feel – instantly. But if that affect is not so positive lately, here’s the good news. It’s a very easy thing to change. As Amy Spanier, interior design guru of S.N.O.B. Design says, “Changing one wall from beige to chocolate or yellow or red can alter how you and anyone else feels in the space.�

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Before you break out the paint brush, here’s a smart fi rst step from professional counselor, Stacie Smith of the Center for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy on pinpointing exactly what it is about your space that might not get your “mojo� working. “Pause and notice how you feel the next time you enter your home. Use fresh eyes and pay attention to your space exactly as it is. Be aware of the thoughts that arise in your mind. When your eyes connect with color, for example, you are impacted on physical and emotional levels. Imagining how you want to feel can move you in the direction of consciously working with your surroundings to promote these feelings.� It can be very therapeutic to change the cover of an old throw pillow or get a new, funky lamp. Here are a few other quick and cheap changes you can make that could transform your living space from feeling like a hovel to a home that makes you happy, literally.


Planting a few  owers leading to your door is nice coming or going. $

Simply change out your bath towels – and splurge on the yummy soft ones. $$

A decorative welcome mat will make you, and guests, smile. $

Switch your shower curtain and liner to something bright, or just different. $

Changing out your doorbell to a pleasant sound reduces stress. $$$

Install a dimmer to make bathroom lights soft and  attering; after all, you’re naked in there. $$$

Pressure washing your house brightens up the whole outside. $$ Tidy up your counters with decorative organizers or nice trays. $ Hang wind chimes and listen for them. $

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Find new wall art you like – it can be from stores or craft fairs or frame family art or dare to make your own. $$

Change out decorative pillows to make the whole room brighter-simple pillow covers do the trick. $$ Open the windows, shutters and curtains because natural light is healing. FREE

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Get a caddy or basket for the shower or bath to hold all your shampoos, soaps and other toiletries. $

Put out new framed photos or change out the old ones to remind you of fun times and people you love – or at least like a lot. FREE

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Bedroom Change bed linens – another place to splurge on the good stuff. $$$

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Organizing your closet really tames feeling out of control. FREE Make up your bed. You – and your mother – will feel better, too. FREE



Get a sound machine for nighttime and see if your dreams change. $$ Set your alarm to music instead of that infernal beep, beep, beep. FREE If you try most of these and still don’t feel like tapping the ruby slippers to go home, there’s always the professional route with experts like Spainer. “If you don’t like where you live and want to feel better, there is an inexpensive way to fi nd out lots of ways to make your living space yummy and your own. Hire a professional for an hour.”

Happy decorating and welcome home. AFTER Terry Kitts, Licensed GC Dawn Landau, Designer







FrontPorch completed this total home renovation at the corner of Hascall Road and Loring Drive in the Loring Heights neighborhood, transforming the dated, almost carriage house-style structure into a modern, open-concept home. The big kitchen, beamed ceiling and gleaming floors make for a stunning transformation. For more about FrontPorch, visit www.yourfrontporch.com. w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

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Gardens of Delight

Annual Decatur Garden Tour highlights 16 public, private spaces www.IntegralStructure.com

By Roshani Chokshi Experience the transition from summer to fall by exploring the exquisite gardens on the 22nd annual Decatur Garden Tour on Sept. 25 and 26. Visitors are invited “behind the fence” to see 16 public and private gardens during the weekend event. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the days of the tour. Purchase online at www.decaturgardentour.com or at Intown Ace Hardware, Smith Ace Hardware and The Seventeen Steps. Tickets will be sold the days of the tour at Oakhurst Community Garden or the home of Ryan Gainey, whose garden is on the tour. Garden Tour committee chair Joy Provost said

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the tour raises money for the Oakhurst Community Garden and Decatur Preservation Alliance. Leslie Erickson from Georgia Prudential Realty is this year’s presenting sponsor. Many of this year’s featured gardens are located in the Oakhurst neighborhood, which is marking its 100th anniversary this year. Renowned for its original craftsman homes and plentiful sidewalks, Oakhurst’s community is not only inspiring but also refl ective of the area’s heritage. “We try to have gardens that are impressive but accessible, so we try to have a variety of gardens,” Provost said. “We have one that is a wildlife habitat and we have others such as ‘lawns to lettuce,’ where the front lawn has been transformed to a garden. We’re trying to show how limited resources can lead to beautiful garden spaces.” With community gardening as the core of the town, it’s no wonder that the Oakhurst Community Gardening Project (OCGP) remains front and center to both visitors and inhabitants. Residents tend plots, while people of all ages listen in on gardening and environmental education classes throughout the year. For more information, visit www.oakhurstgarden.org and www.decaturgardentour.com

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Renovation Coach Jesse Morado

Need New Windows – How About Sash Kits? Replacing your old single pane, double hung windows can really contribute to substantial energy savings, noise reduction, and cut down harmful UV rays that fade interior finishes. The blazing heat this summer has really impressed upon us, after opening our electrical bills, how important it is to cut energy usage. If you choose to remove and replace all of your windows, additional modifications may be needed to exterior and interior surfaces to accommodate the new windows. Depending on the manufacturer’s unit sizing, openings may need to be enlarged or reduced. These changes or adjustments to brick, siding, interior trim and drywall affect installation costs and in some cases require additional contractors to complete your project. The benefit to replacing the entire window unit is you get a more energy efficient system, have the ability to insulate around the openings and, best of all, qualify for the energy tax credits. There are a variety of products and manufacturers depending on your homes style, your taste and budget. A cost-effective approach (usually around 30 percent less) I like with double hung windows is to simply replace the sash units. It may sound a bit invasive, but today’s sash kits are remarkably easy to install and have a minimal effect, if any, on existing exterior and interior materials since your existing window frames remain in place. Of course, it is very important that your existing frames are in good condition and not suffering from a lot of rot or sitting racked or out of square in the openings. If this is your situation, it is best to replace the entire window. Sash kits are an excellent way to get the benefit of new windows without all the fuss and mess. They can be custom-sized and are available in a wide range of styles and materials including wood, aluminum clad, vinyl and in some cases a combination of materials. They come with double pane insulated Low-E glass, UV protection, and muntin (grilles) patterns that can be manufactured to fit almost any design. A real plus with sash kits is the tilt-out sash capability you achieve for ease of cleaning as well as maintaining the architectural style

of your older home. Sash replacement kits provide attractive solutions to replacing those old drafty units. But the greatest feature is the ease of installation. With proper sizing, the units can be ordered so that installation is quick and easy. Old sashes are removed from the frame while the window casings, trim and sills remain intact. This saves you money, time, and is much less invasive. New sash kits are comprised of the sashes themselves, which come with insulated glass, new jamb liners and hardware. Once the old sashes are removed, take the time to insulate or caulk any openings in your existing window frames. If you have the old rope and pulley system, the cavities which house the weights can be insulated to increase energy efficiency. Once you have had sealing work performed, the new jamb liners are fastened into place the sashes are installed and hardware put on. Some minor caulking finishes off the job. Note that wood units will need to be painted or stained on the interior and exterior. In most cases an entire unit can be re-worked in about an hour, less painting, by a professional installer or around two to three hours if you choose to do it on your own, depending on skill set. There are insert systems (entire window unit which fits within your existing frame), which also provide easy installation and energy efficiency. Inserts are typical with many vinyl window products, which are custom made to fit within your existing openings. You may lose some glass area with these insert systems but the benefits you achieve in maintenance and energy efficiency are still great. The only con to double hung sash replacement kits is they don’t qualify for the tax credits. Nonetheless, the money you will save each month on utility bills, the ease of installation and cost savings over installing entire units may be worth it. Jesse Morado is CEO of Renovation Coach, Inc. a consulting firm providing preconstruction guidance and risk management for homeowners and business coaching of best practices for contractors. (404) 729-4969 or at www.renovationcoach.com.


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Gardening David McMullin

Death in the Garden I’ve just come in from my garden – inspecting its successes and failures after a mercifully accommodating summer with real rainfall, and at first I didn’t mind the heat – until August, but I find August is never good-natured. All in all, the garden was minimal in efforts this year. Not that I didn’t lose some plants. I always do, but instead of a lack of sufficient water, this year’s loss was from fungus and rot and what I like to call “up-and-die disease.” I try not to get too frustrated. It’s to be expected. There is always death in the garden It actually sweetens the experience of gardening. What I mean is, gardeners live

for little “moments” of time. There lies the real beauty and perfection in our garden. We realize that “moments” fade, evolve, recur and transform, just as they do in our lives. Autumn is keenly aware of this and death is the boss in this season. With death, come space and the magical power to transform big into small and full into empty. Death in the garden provides us with opportunity and even clarity. This new space breeds imagination. Things die; new things replace them. It’s an old story. This may seem dark, but actually I’m enlightened and feeling refreshed. That’s why I garden… the story of the cycles of birth and death and rest and work are told

in the garden with every season. If there were no death in the garden, then how would I incorporate all my new plant desires and design inspirations? Earlier pictures of my now-old garden show a much different space and intent than what I’ve eventually settled on. My plans for my garden were never etched in stone. I inadvertently fell into a dialog with success and failure and followed success while failure did the editing. Now I have some wisdom built around this process that I might not have found in my early days. In the garden, (as in life), listen, wait, consider and respond. Know when to lead and know when to follow.

And, I’ll gladly follow September out of this very hot summer. I wonder what autumn will bring? David McMullin, an acclaimed garden designer, has owned New Moon Gardens design firm for 20 years. His gardens have been featured on tours, in magazines and on television. David recently ventured into retail, opening Garden*Hood, the newest garden center destination located in Grant Park. For more information on his design services, contact David at newmoongardens@gmail. com or 404-593-0996.



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