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Volume 16 • Number 7• ©2010






Kodac Harrison & His All-Star Picks


Sangria and Rosé are summertime favorites


Black Swan Lane Melanie Hammett

Ken J. Martin

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus

David Coucheron

Sonia Tetlow MUSIC I S S U E Lucas Mire


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Is this community activist an angel in disguise?




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Hyperlocal news print | online | social media www.AtlantaINtownPaper.com Twitter: @ATLINtownPaper Wendy G. Binns PUBLISHER (404) 586-0027 wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com Collin Kelley EDITOR (404) 586-0102 collin@atlantaintownpaper.com Elizabeth P. Holmes PRODUCTION/GRAPHIC DESIGN (404) 832-6644 elizabeth@atlantaintownpaper.com ADVERTISING INFO (404) 586-0002 x 302 ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Janet Porter REAL ESTATE ADVERTISING (404) 501-0090 janet@atlantaintownpaper.com David Burleson (404) 577-9060 david@atlantaintownpaper.com Linda Howell (404) 586-0002 x320 linda@atlantaintownpaper.com CLASSIFIEDS 404-5-000 x30 classifieds@atlantaintownpaper.com INTERN Roshani Chokshi, Emory University CONTRIBUTORS Martha Barksdale, Britton Buttrill, Ann Boutwell, Patrick Dennis, Lloyd Fritzmeier, David McMullin, Jesse Morado, Laura Turner Seydel, Shandra Hill Smith, Kathy Vogeltanz DISTRIBUTION (404) 586-0027 SUBSCRIPTIONS Send a $15 check to Subscriptions, Atlanta INtown, 154 Krog Street, Suite 160, Atlanta, GA 30307 or sign-up for our free e-Edition at www.AtlantaINtownPaper.com. SUBMISSIONS Queries about freelance articles can be made to Collin Kelley, collin@atlantaintownpaper.com Atlanta INtown, 154 Krog Street, Suite 160, Atlanta, GA 30307.

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Table of Contents: IN the Neighborhood 4 Atlanta to the Arctic ................................4 L.E.A.D. Baseball Program ....................6 Intown Notebook....................................8 Activist Angel Poventud ........................9 Atlanta Soccer Challenge ....................10 Letter from the Editor ...........................10 Skin Matters .........................................12 Health Briefs .........................................12 Explorations with Jennifer Campbelll ..13 Pet Page ...............................................14 Charity in the City .................................15 A Look Back .........................................15

Go Green 16 Clean Energy Financing ......................16 Eco-Briefs .............................................17 Laura Turner Seydel .............................17 Jack Johnson Concert .........................17 Eden House .........................................18 ASO’s Planet Earth Screening .............19

IN Business 20 Business & Retail Briefs .......................20 Taste of Buckhead ...............................21 Companies That Care ..........................21 Scene and Heard .................................22

The Studio 26 The Sound of Intown...................... 26-30 Patrick Dennis ......................................31 Atlanta PlanIt Guide .............................32 GA Shakespeare at 25 .........................33

News You Can Eat


Summer Wines.....................................34 Party Planning ......................................35 Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week ...36 Quick Bites ...........................................36

Real Estate 38 Home Energy Audit..............................38 Real Estate Briefs .................................39 Town Brookhaven Update ...................40

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Home Décor Ideas ...............................42 Staged to Sell .......................................45 Before & After .......................................45 Gardening ............................................45 Renovation Coach ...............................46

Win Tickets To Planet Earth Live! Visit Atlanta INtown’s website to win a family four-pack to see the Atlanta Symphony accompany a screening of the BBC documentary Planet Earth at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on July 16. See details at www.AtlantaINtownPaper.com.

Rescued Pet Idol returns! We’re looking for Atlanta’s favorite rescued pet ... again! You rescued your furry friend, now your pet could rescue you both from obscurity. Last year, there were nearly 100 entries and more than 14,000 votes were cast to select Kamden Robb’s Australian Shepherd/Welsh Corgi mix, Annie, as the winner and now it’s time to pass the torch. We now are looking for entries for Rescued Pet Idol 2010!

Here are the rules: Only one rescued pet per household may enter. Pets who placed in the Top 3 last year are ineligible for this year’s contest, but any dog, cat, bird, bunny or other animal you rescued is open for nomination. Submit a 100-word maximum bio on your rescued pet and a high-resolution photo of the pet. Owners should include their name, address, phone and email address.

Submit entries to: collin@atlantaintownpaper.com. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 27, by 11:59 p.m.

Entries submitted past this time and date will be ineligible. No exceptions. A gallery of this year’s nominated pets will appear exclusively in our August e-Edition at www.AtlantaINtownPaper.com and voting will be by email. Winners will be announced both in print and online in our September issue.

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North to Alaska Daniel Palazzolo rides to Arctic to raise money for Komen By Collin Kelley Editor

you can really prepare yourself for, he said. “The furthest I’ve ridden on the bike is to Charleston, South Carolina,” he laughed, “but I like a challenge.” Of course, the motorcycle Palazzolo will be driving is not the typical kind you see whizzing the Downtown Connector. The 700-pound, 2006 BMW 1200GS will have a custom-made saddle and is fitted with compartments to hold camping gear supplies and more. The route Palazzolo will take includes Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana, before crossing into Alberta, Canada. From there he will drive through parts of British Columbian, the Yukon and finally into Alaska. The final destination on his route map is Prudhoe Bay, which faces the Beaufort Sea on the Arctic Ocean. It’s the final miles that Palazzolo said would be the most challenging. “I’ll be on dirt roads for four days to get to Prudhoe Bay,” he said. “I have to change tires in Alaska to make that part of the trip.” He won’t be completely alone for part of the trip,

Atlanta resident Daniel Palazzolo plans to ride his motorcycle to help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fight breast cancer. Sounds easy, right? Then consider that Palazzolo will be riding his bike a grueling 12,000 miles roundtrip from Atlanta to the Arctic Ocean over a 25-day stretch. There will be lonely hours on the road, camping in remote places and extreme weather conditions. Palazzolo, 29, is taking this journey in honor of his sister, Kris, who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. His goal is to raise $5,000 for Komen before he departs on July 25. “This is the first time I’ve done anything with a charity,” he said, “but I wanted to do something to help inspire Kris and keep up her morale.” An Atlanta native and graduate of Druid Hills High School, Palazzolo is no stranger to the wilderness since he is a firefighter for the National Forest Service. That training will be an asset in the remote areas of the U.S., Canada and Alaska, but riding a motorcycle for 25 days is not something

Daniel Palazzolo poses with his custom BMW motorcycle, which will be his only mode of transportation on a month-long ride from Atlanta to the Arctic Ocean to raise money for breast cancer research by the Susan G. Komen Foundation.


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since his older brother plans to bike with him for some of the northwestern legs. Palazzolo said Blue Moon Cycle has helped him prepare the bike for the trip, and Peachtree Bikes (where Palazzolo works when he’s not fighting fires) has also helped plan for the trip north.

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For those who want to keep up with Palazzolo, he’ll be blogging the entire trip at www.atltothearctic.com and for examiner. com. You can also make a donation for the ride at his website, and it’s a tax-deductible contribution.

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L.E.A.D. by example

Athletic and academic program fosters futures with baseball By Roshani Chokshi In an effort to foster positive futures for inner city youth, L.E.A.D., (Launch. Expose. Advise. Direct.) has introduced a middle school baseball development league at Perkerson Park in Southwest Atlanta. “What we wanted to focus on was creating a pipeline,” said C.J. Stewart, former Chicago Cubs outfielder and co-founder of L.E.A.D. “Right now there is a very low number of African-Americans in baseball, we want to give them the opportunity to be competitive in college-playing. We felt like if we had a presence in the school system, we’re bringing these efforts into reality.”  Stewart and wife Kelli co-founded L.E.A.D. in 2007 as the nation’s first instructional play program for inner city adolescents. The program utilizes baseball to reshape communities through the four pillars: academics, athletics, civic engagement and exposure. The organization also aims to affect the number of inner city teens who competitively play baseball while preparing them to contend for college baseball scholarships.   “One of the reasons why baseball is

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struggling is because of my generation,” Stewart said. “There’s a huge disconnect mainly because we didn’t take the time to hear stories of the past. It’s our responsibility to put them into action.” To date, 100 percent of L.E.A.D.’s student athletes have gone on to college, with 83 percent receiving athletic scholarships.  “This is a testament to good, solid, consistent programming,” Kelli Stewart said, noting that L.E.A.D. also instills a strong sense of academic involvement. “We could make you the best athlete, but if you don’t have the academics, it’s all for naught.”  The league is in partnership with Jr. Braves, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Baseball and FCA Inner City. Currently, four pilot schools are involved in the program, B.E.S.T. Academy, Kennedy, Sylvan Hills and Parks middle schools.   Saturday, July 17, will be “L.E.A.D. Night” at the Braves game at Turner Field. By purchasing Braves tickets from the L.E.A.D. website, money goes back to support the program.  Visit www.lead2legacy.org for more information.


Members of the L.E.A.D. 2010 Middle School Baseball Development League from Sylvan Hills Middle school celebrate after a game. The organization is using baseball to help young African-American students to not only be competitive playing the game, but by stressing the importance of academics and civic engagement along with athleticism.

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Films That Matter Atlanta INtown will partner with the Center for Civil & Human Rights in July to present Films That Matter – thought-provoking contemporary hits with civil and human rights themes. The series includes: Invictus (July 8), Milk (July 15), Hotel Rwanda (July 22) and The Secret Life of Bees (July 29). The screenings will be held Downtown in Woodruff Park at dusk and are free and open tothe public. Come out earlyto enjoy dinner at one of the nearby restaurants and don’t forget to bring a blanket and goodies for the movies. For more information, visit www.cchrpartnership.org.

The National Black Arts Festival will be held at various locations around Atlanta from July 14 – 18 featuring music, theater, dance. literature and more. One of the highlights of this year’s festival is the A Gathering of Colors Gala on July 17 at 7 p.m. feature live jazz music and dinner. Attendees will include actress and director Jasmine Guy (below, left), bassist-composer Avery Sharpe, trumpeter Joe Gransden (below, right) and his 16piece Big Band and actress and hostess Lynn Whitfield. To Curtis With Love, a tribute to Curtis Mayfield, is July 16 at Atlanta Symphony Hall featuring performances by Dionne Farris, Eddie Levert, The Impressions and more. A performance by dance troupe Philadanco will be at the Rialto Center for the Arts on July 15-17. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.nbaf.org.

Bastille Day Events Alliance Française d’Atlanta will hold its annual Bastille Day Celebration Saturday, July 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. on the panoramic 18th floor of the Atlanta law offices of Nelson Mullins, located at 20117th St. in Atlantic Station. The event will feature live music and a selection of French food and wine. Guests also will be able to explore various salons that will showcase the diverse global influence of French culture, as well as a French marché, which will feature items to purchase through both live and silent auctions. Tickets to the event are $140 for Alliance Française members and $160 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased on wwwafatl.com/bastilleday.html.

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B-ATL, commemorating the Battle of Atlanta during the Civil War, is July 23 – 25. The event kicks off July 23 with the B-ATL Gala, a dinner spread and a tour at East Lake Golf Club. On July 24, spectators can watch the third annual Double Quick 5K Race. This year, a scavenger hunt is included in the festivities as well as a bike tour. Guides will host walking tours along the battle lines to highlight facts and anecdotes that took place during the battle. East Atlanta Village will host concerts, living history

and demonstrations throughout the day. To order tickets and see a full schedule of event, visit www.batlevent.org. The countdown to WrestleMania, which will be held in the Georgia Dome next spring, includes a WWE SmackDown event on Tuesday, July 6, at 6:45 p.m. in Philips Arena. This is the final WWE event in Atlanta before WrestleMania. Tickets are on sale now at www.philipsarena.com, with prices ranging from $20 to $75.

July 4th Celebrations It’s too late to run in the annual Peachtree Road Race, but the famed event is also a spectator sport, with most of the restaurants along the Peachtree Street course opening early. You can also welcome the runners in Piedmont Park. The wheelchair race begins at 6:45 a.m. and the thousands expected to run will leave the Lenox Square starting line at 7:30 a.m. www.atlantatrackclub.org/peachtree.htm

In true patriotic style, The Pied Piper Parade from the First Baptist Church of Decatur to the Courthouse Square starting at 5:30 p.m. The parade will end at the Community Bandstand on the square, where the Callanwolde Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. Fireworks start after dark, roughly 9 p.m., and are shot from the top of DeKalb County’s parking deck. www.decaturga.com Join in the 42nd annual Stone Mountain Park’s Fantastic Fourth Celebration weekend beginning July 3. Weekend events include the Lasershow Spectacular nightly as well as live entertainment. Jumpstart this family-oriented weekend with the country’s largest adventure ropes course, the Sky Hike, and end it with Independence Day’s Fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. Park opens at 10 a.m. Vehicle entry to the park is $10 for a one day permit or $35 for annual permit. www.stonemountainpark.com If you’re in the mood for a little baseball with your fireworks, the Atlanta Braves will take on the Florida Marlins at Turner Field starting at 5:05 p.m. followed by a big fireworks display. www.Braves.com.

Independence Day kicks off in Centennial Olympic Park with live music and entertainment starting at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy the park festivities before concluding the evening with AirTran Airways Fireworks Spectacular at 9:30 p.m. Entertainment before the fireworks show engages family-style fun with children’s activities and arts and crafts. www.centennialpark. com With 51 years of Southern-style celebration under its belt, the Lenox Square Fourth of July Celebration featuring the “largest fireworks show in the Southeast,” will host its festivities beginning with live music at 6 p.m. With fun-filled activities for kids and a tradition of unique fireworks, the family can look forward to the show starting around 9:40 p.m. Due to vehicle congestion and limited parking space, visitors are asked to take MARTA to Lenox Square Station. www.simon.com.

Doing His Part

Q & A with Angel Poventud, Community Activist By Roshani Chokshi and Wendy Binns

Angel Poventud is the cute guy cycling or rollerblading – sometimes in a green dress – through Intown’s neighborhoods. He often rides 20 miles a day on his bike “checking out the Beltline and everything else.” As a train conductor, he’s familiar with the rails and is passionate about the BeltLine project for which he volunteers, gives tours and excitedly helps to promote, including the ongoing Art on the BeltLine exhibit. Poventud, 38, volunteers for Trees Atlanta, is on the board of WonderRoot, participates in the Artichoke Bliss street food coalition project, works for bicycle w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

advocacy, participated in the HIV vaccine trial at Emory, cares about historical preservation, serves on four committees in Midtown, looks out for and feeds the homeless and the list goes on. The photos of him on this page (taken by local photographer Chris Martin, www. christophermartin.com) show him with long hair, which he just cut off for Locks of Love. What do you feel is your biggest priority in giving back to the community? I’m not a big fan of meetings, such as meeting for meetings sake. Actually participating, doing the stuff, is the most important. The example I try and set is, ‘let’s go out and do stuff.’ I realize that it’s important to figure out what’s going to be done but in a lot of ways you don’t have to meet up about doing it. You’re not participating in just a passive role, but an active one. Did working as a train conductor make you more interested in the BeltLine? The route that I run for work is the BeltLine’s northeast quadrant. So, I’m sure that if I were just a freight line conductor, I would still be involved and engaged. We

took videos of the railroad corridor live, and we took it back to them and were watching it in the office. It’s fascinating seeing the curves, and what’s on the side. It’s pretty neat to have that direct relationship to the BeltLine. People have described you as literally being an angel. If you had a real superpower, what would it be? It seems that I can be in a couple

different places at once. Just by participating on the level that I do. Is there anything you want readers to know about you? Just that it’s that easy to get engaged. Most people aren’t aware because they don’t know when things are in the city, but just show up. Just go. My whole thing is to do your part. Try and find a way to do your part.

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Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City just played in the 2010 World Cup.

Atlanta International Soccer Challenge, July 28 in the Georgia Dome If you’re craving more soccer action now that the 2010 World Cup is over, head over to the Georgia Dome on July 28 for the Atlanta International Soccer Challenge featuring Mexico’s Club América vs. Manchester City. The game begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are on sale now for just $25 at Ticketmaster. As a contender to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup, Atlanta is in the middle of a campaign to show the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) it can support soccer on the world stage. The event will also benefit non-soccer organizations in the city, including Junior Achievement of Georgia. Club América defeated AC Milan 2-1 last summer at the Dome, and will serve as the home team versus Manchester City. Three of Manchester City’s star players were chosen for the provisional England squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup: Shaun Wright Philips, Adam Johnson and Garreth Barry. For more about the event, visit www.atlantainternationalsoccerchallenge.com.

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Letter from the Editor Collin Kelley, Editor Is it really July already? The year is half over and school resumes for most in early August. Luckily, there’s still some summer left to enjoy and we’ve got some suggestions for the soundtrack. We listen to music constantly in the office, with someone usually having Last.fm or Pandora streaming an eclectic playlist of music for everyone to enjoy. Our big music feature in The Studio section plays off that theme, offering up a diverse array of sounds and styles. Find out more starting on page 26. The month kicks off with Independence Day, and we’ve got a round up of events in the Intown Notebook (Pages 8-9), along with some suggestions for Bastille Day, highlights of the National Black Arts Festival and an important series of films being presented by The Center for Civil and Human Rights. Atlanta INtown is honored to be partnering with the Center for the Films That Matter series that begins July 8 with Invictus. And if you need something to sip while enjoying the music and fireworks, check out the wine selections from local merchants. Sangria and Rose are hot, hot, hot. (Page 34). We love our freelance writers, but Jenn Ballentine gets our favorite freelancer award for the month of July after she let a team come in and perform an energy audit on her home in Virginia Highland. Her first person account of the process in our Real Estate section (Page 38) is food for thought if you’re looking to save money on cooling and heating. INtown regularly focuses on people who give back to the community, and this month we profile two: David Palazzolo, who embarks this month on an amazing journey from Atlanta to the Arctic on his motorcycle to raise money for breast cancer research (Page 4), and Angel Poventud, whose community activism runs the gamut from volunteering on the BeltLine to helping feed the homeless (Page 9). Keep cool! – collin@atlantaintownpaper.com

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Skin Matters

Take precautions to protect your skin this summer By Martha Barksdale This summer, let the steaks and hot dogs on the grill be the only things doing the sizzling. Taking proper precautions before getting out in the sun means you won’t turn yourself into a crispy critter, which not only carries the effects of premature aging, but can even lead to death from skin cancer. “Skin cancer, caused by too much sun, is the most common form of cancer in the United States,” said Dr. Kimberly Redding, director of the Georgia Department of Community Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs. “The risk of developing skin cancer can significantly be reduced by protecting your skin from ultraviolet rays through wearing protective clothing and applying sunscreen.” The DCH reports that more people are developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. Each year an estimated 1,709 new melanoma cases are reported in Georgia. “If you live in Atlanta, it’s important to realize that we are on the same latitude as parts of Africa,” said dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Abbott of Atlanta’s Skin Aesthetics Med Spa and Laser Center. “This means Atlanta’s sun can be very intense, especially in the summertime.” Staying out of the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest, is the best way to stay safe. But, sometimes that’s not possible. Therefore, experts advise, everyone should wear sunscreen every day. Reapply every two hours and after swimming and sweating. Abbott said the recommended SPF relates to the UVB protection (burning rays), not the UVA protection (aging rays). “I tell patients to use an SPF of at least 15 daily, but very fair skin types should use an SPF of 30.” Sunscreens are made of blocking or chemical agents, but Abbott said the most important non-chemical blocking ingredient to look for is micronized zinc oxide.   Hats, sunglasses and sun protective clothing, like long-sleeved swim shirts and sarongs are indispensable at the beach or long days at the lake, she noted.

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The 2010 Georgia Walk Now for Autism Speaks raised over $500,000 during its 4th annual fundraiser, benefiting the Marcus Autism Center and Autism Speaks. Money was raised to promote awareness, advocacy, research and family services. Approximately 20,000 people laced up and followed the 2.2-mile walk through Atlantic Station on May 23. www. autismspeaks.org or www.marcus.org . The Atlanta Medical Center campus is going tobacco-free on Sept. 1. The initiative includes the elimination of previously designated smoking areas inside and outside AMC. 


Atlanta Medical Center has announced a partnership with Oh Baby! Fitness to help expectant mothers stay fit. The partnership offers water aerobics and yoga classes at Highland Athletic Club on the hospital’s campus. Classes include H2Oh! Baby at 9:30 a.m. and Pregnancy Water Aerobics at 7:15 p.m. on Mondays and Pregnancy Yoga, which starts in fall and will be held on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Each participant in the class must receive medical clearance from her physician. For more information about classes and registering, visit www.ohbabyfitness.com or call (678) 528-1390.

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Body Design Personal Training has opened a second location in Vinings at 3220 Cobb Parkway, featuring in-club personal training, fitness camp, fitness classes, fat loss management and nutrition consulting. www.bodydesignpersonaltraining.com/vinings REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) has launched its Outdoor School program in its Atlanta stores. Beginner and advanced-level courses are being offered in in navigation, camping, backpacking and family hiking. For more about the classes, visit www.rei.com.  See Baby, the first high-risk obstetrics medical practice to incorporate a spa within its perinatology office that cares for high-risk pregnancies, has opened in a new space at 550 Peachtree St, Suite 1164, at Emory University’s Midtown Hospital medical Office 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Tower. www.seebaby.org   w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Explorations ... with Jennifer Campbell

Vacationing In The Pink … Sand, That Is  Imagine azure-blue waters and pink sand beaches only three hours from Atlanta … sound like heaven? Well, Bermuda is as close as it gets. The grand dame of the Caribbean, whose reputation as a well-manicured island with an air of formality, may not be at the top of your beach getaway list this summer. But you just might want to reconsider and shake your list up a bit.   Bermuda’s most wellknown attractions are the waterfront in Hamilton (the island’s capital), the Royal Naval Dockyard or the historic town of St. George.  But there is so much more – two historically significant lighthouses; the Bermuda Maritime Museum; the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo; the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute; the Bermuda Botanical Gardens; and Crystal Caves, with its imposing stalactites, stalagmites and underground saltwater pools. Most vacationers agree, though, that a favorite pastime is exploring the myriad secluded beaches dotting this charming island.    Your hotel options include the classic Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa. The hotel’s 94 cottage-style rooms located on a private 30-acre peninsula offer the perfect location for honeymoons, anniversaries or a romantic weekend away. Another option is The Reefs Hotel & Club.  Welcoming guests since 1947, The Reefs is perched on a cliff overlooking its own private beach. Former Atlanta chef Philippe Haddad (Philippe’s Bistro, The Abbey) has added new depth to the hotel’s dining scene. The newly-opened Tucker’s Point Club is a wonderful option, as well.  Located along Castle Harbour and Harrington Sound, the hotel boasts panoramic views from its 88 rooms and suites.   As Mark Twain is reported to have said, “Sometimes a dose of Bermuda is just what the doctor ordered.”  Wherever you decide to go this summer – enjoy, relax and experience!  Jennifer Campbell is a partner and travel consultant with Explorations. Contact her at Jennifer@explorationsltd.com.

SOCIAL INSECURITY There’s nothing more embarrassing than to have your dentures slip while you’re in mid-sentence. People with their own teeth can’t know the feeling. Nor the overwhelming insecurities and discomfort that come with artificial teeth. But the truth is, you don’t need to live with that kind of insecurity. Dental implants can often solve the problem of loose, sore dentures that don’t chew food well. Every day, implant dentistry improves comfort and function for hundreds of patients. And, in the bargain, restores your confidence in yourself. The public is just beginning to learn of the benefits of implant dentistry. If you, or someone you know, want to know more about these procedures, call (404) 897-1699. With few exceptions, dental implants can make a difference in your life. And put an end to social insecurity. Bernee Dunson, DDS, PC Diplomate-American Board of Oral Implantology dunsondental.com • (404) 897-1699 1100 Peachtree Street, Suite 680, Atlanta, GA 30309

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Pet Picks


Baxter is a 4-and-a-half-year-old purebred Pomeranian. He is a fluffy fur ball, always happy and ready to be your best friend. Baxter weighs 12 pounds and is looking for a new home because his former owners just had their first baby and were not prepared for the transition to parenthood and all that it requires. Baxter is goodnatured with children, but he couldn’t understand why he couldn’t hop into the baby’s bed and sleep with him, just as he had always slept with his humans. Baxter is now looking for a home that has time to care for him and keep him forever.

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Atlanta Pet Rescue is open Tuesday through 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 Baxter or any of APR’s 80-plus dogs, cats, puppies and kittens looking for homes, visit www.atlantapetrescue.org.

Atlanta-based fetchID.com has launched a round-theclock text message alert service exclusively for lost pets in distress. “Standard dog tags have their limitations. They can be outdated and most don’t have space for critical information,” said fetchID.com co-founder Brian Johnson. Should man’s best friend ever go missing, anyone who comes across a lost pet can pull out their cell phone and text the unique ID number on the pet’s fetchID tag. Within seconds, the finder gets a text message back with important details that you’d never fit on a traditional pet tag. The service is $4.95 per month or $50 per year. Living Room inside the W Midtown, 188 14th St., is hosting Mutts & Martinis Wednesdays on July 14 and Aug. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. This “paw-ty on the patio” features prize giveaways, light bites from Spice Market and martini specials to benefit Atlanta Pet Rescue. www.atlantapetrescue.org. The Atlanta Humane Society has launched a Corporate Adoption Program where a local business helps cover the cost for an animal that might otherwise not be adopted. Natural Body Spa in Buckhead inaugurated the program, picking up adoption expenses for a pet. For information on becoming a business sponsor, please contact Karla Dempsey with the Atlanta Humane Society at (404) 974-2875 or karlad@atlantahumane.org. Inman Park Pet Works is now offering the “Pawdicure” Pet Salon and Urban Dog Spa. A traditional manicure and pedicure for both dogs and cats will start at $10 and will increase to $20 for animal-safe nail polish. The spa offers two state-of-the-art washing facilities with all-natural products. The “Pawdicure” Pet Salon is only available by appointment on Friday and Saturday by calling (404)522-4544 or emailing inmanparkpetwork@bellsouth.net Frogs to Dogs offers positive, non-confrontational dog training, in-home pet sitting/walks and emergency pet transportation via the Atlanta Animal Ambulance, the only one in the city. In addition to training dogs with good homes, they’ve worked with hundreds of rescue dogs, often free of charge, over the past seven years. Owner Andrew Zbeeb lives in Kirkwood and recently moved the business to Kirkwood, next door to the Kirkwood Feed & Seed. www.frogstodogs.com. French restaurant Bistro Niko on Peachtree Road in Buckhead and Brookhaven’s CityDog Market have teamed up for Dogs Dining Out Day every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. through July. Bring your dog and stop in Bistro Niko to enjoy a leisurely meal on the outdoor patio., while your pooch sips water and munches on treats from the “doggie menu” provided by CityDog Market. Tables fill up fast, so make your reservation – under your well-behaved doggie’s name – by calling (404) 261-6456.  www.buckheadrestaurants.com or www. citydogmarket.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

A Look Back

Charity in the City Kate Atwood

Ann Boutwell

A Day at Camp

July 4, 1882: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish-born novelist, playwright, poet and critic and chief proponent of the aesthetic movement based on the principle of art for art’s sake, arrived in Atlanta and registered at the Markham Hotel on Lloyd Street. That evening he appeared at the Degive’s Opera House on Marietta Street in a suit of rich black velvet, knee breeches and patent leather slippers and launched into his speech on decorative arts. July 4, 1961: Atlanta celebrated the first ever WSB-TV Salute 2 America Parade on Peachtree Street. A record crowd thronged the route starting at the corner of Baker Street. The grand marshal was actor Victor Jory, who played Tara’s overseer in Gone With the Wind. WSB ended the parade in 2007. July 8, 1923: Soft drink industry pioneer Frank Mason Robinson died (1846-1923). Born in Maine, he moved to Atlanta in 1886 at the age of 40 and formed business connections with both John Pemberton and Asa Griggs Candler. Robinson realized Coca-Cola’s potential as a marketable product and introduced the now worldrenowned Coca-Cola Spenserian script logo trademark for the first time in an Atlanta Journal advertisement on June 16, 1887. Robinson became the first secretary of the Coca-Cola Company in 1892 and for the next 20 years gave his personal attention to the company’s management and advertising departments. July 11, 1942: The Atlanta Historical Society celebrated the 100th birthday of old Marthasville at the Atlanta Biltmore Hotel. The honored guests were the 66 descendants of Marthasville’s 1842 pioneers. The Society’s Executive Secretary Ruth Blair designed a set of Wedgewood coffee cups each depicting 12 phases of the city’s history. The first depicted in cameo setting Marthasville’s namesake Martha Lumpkin Compton, daughter of Gov. Wilson Lumpkin. The last cup in the set was a cameo of the East Lake Country Club honoring grand slam golfer Bobby Jones. July 16, 1990: The Atlanta City Council proclaimed Kenny Leon Day at a brief ceremony in City Hall. The tribute honored the 34-year old Atlanta theatrical artist, who

was then artistic director of the Alliance Theatre. In May 2010, Leon was nominated for a Tony Award as best director, one of 10 received by the Broadway revival of August Wilson’s drama Fences. Leon lost, but the play won best revival as well as acting awards for stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. July 21, 1927: The original Frances Virginia Tea Room opened downtown on Poplar Street in today’s Fairlie-Poplar district, diagonally across from the old U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, now the Federal Court of Appeals. It was known for its southern style cooking. The tea room’s namesake, Frances Virginia Wikle Whitaker, was called “Texey” by her friends and family. Five years later, the tea room occupied the top floor of the Collier Building on the southeastern corner of Peachtree and Ellis streets. With various owners over the years, the tea room closed in 1962 and the Collier Building razed in 1973. Check out Mildred Huff Coleman’s popular The South’s Legendary Frances Virginia Tea Room Cookbook available at Amazon.com. You can also visit www. southernfoodmillie.com. July 26, 2002: Actress Rue McClanahan, in Atlanta filming The Fighting Temptations with Cuba Gooding Jr., was disappointed to learn that the hit comedy Peachtree Battle was sold out through October. John Gibson, co-author of the play, recognized McClanahan and promptly found her a folding chair that gave her the best seat in the house. After the performance she signed autographs for the cast and audience members. McClanahan, who died on June 3, 2010 at age 76, will probably be most remembered for her role of Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls.

As a columnist, I love to share amazing stories of our neighbors who are giving back and changing our community and the world. This month, I wanted to take a moment and share my own latest giving adventure.  It all started when Marilyn Midyette, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, approached me to participate in the organization’s inaugural Camp CEO this summer. The concept of Camp CEO is to pair teen girls with some of Atlanta’s top female leaders. It is an opportunity for young girls to learn about leadership and success from women who best embody both concepts.  To know me is to know I have a major soft spot in my heart for kids, so the opportunity to mentor the young leaders was an easy “yes.” Plus, it’s been more than 20 years since I earned a Girl Scout badge – I was up for the challenge! And so were 22 other women including Kathy Betty, owner of the Atlanta Dream and Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean. Although I was at camp to mentor and teach, to lead and to inspire, it was clear to me, within the first five minutes at camp that I would also be learning a lot from the Girl Scouts. It was an amazing experience and reinforced just how rewarding helping others can be to my own life. The week was filled with highlights – from participating in team-building activities with the girls, to writing and performing a rap about the environment with my mentee, to bonding over a camp fire complete with my favorite, s’mores.  While the days were filled with fun, the cornerstone of camp was the “Dreaming Your Future” sessions in which the women

individually shared life lessons in leadership with the girls. Appropriately, I brought my message about the importance of being a leader and giving back. The biggest moment for me came shortly after my session when a young girl, just 15, approached me and said, “Thank you. Because of listening to you and hearing about how you started Kate’s Club and took something so horrible that happened to you and did something to help others, I’ve decided to change what I want to do.” This young girl, very wise and very brave went on to share with me about her own personal health struggle she had overcome and the career she now aspired to create for herself, so that she could help ensure others didn’t suffer as she did. That moment shared between us was so important to her and also so validating to me. I just wanted to give these girls one moment, or thought to take away from this camp that would provide a seed for purpose and fulfillment as they grow up.  Just as I try to convey to you through this column each month, I wanted to deliver the message to these girls about how they could make a difference. But the Girls Scouts didn’t need me to introduce that message, because they are already delivering it. I saw it in every girl there and in their actions as leaders in their young lives. For more information of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, visit www. girlscoutsofgreateratlanta.org. Photo courtesy of Kristen M. Lewis, Chairman of the Board, GSGATL.  For more about Kate Atwood and her nonprofit, Kate’s Club, visit www.katesclub.org.

Kate Atwood, second from left, takes to the river with local Girl Scouts.

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Atlanta on PACE

for Clean Energy Financing Project

By Ken Edelstein MyGreenATL.com It sounds too good to be true: A way to pay for home energy improvements that requires no upfront payments from homeowners and no payments at all by local taxpayers. And though you’d fund your project with a loan, you wouldn’t be saddled with loan payments if you sold the house and moved out. With a new state law in place to allowing such Property Assessed Clean Energy financing programs, city leaders already “are working to engage a consultant” to set up PACE in Atlanta, says Mandy Schmitt Mahoney, the city’s sustainability chief. In most states where they’ve been implemented, PACE loans are paid back, as the name implies, through special assessments on real estate taxes for the properties that have gotten the improvements. In Georgia, clean energy advocates admit, local PACE programs may need to be tweaked to operate consistently with the state’s constitution. Still, they’re optimistic that PACE will be a big step forward for a state that has otherwise had a poor record on support for alternatives to conventional power. “It will be unique tool for communities to encourage clean energy projects,” says Ben Taube, executive director of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance. PACE originated in none other than the greenie haven of Berkeley, Calif. But the idea is market-oriented at its core. As chief of staff to the mayor there, Cisco DeVries was puzzling in 2007 over ways to help homeowners pay for solar panels and other clean energy projects. It was part of a drive

to reduce the Bay Area city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent. The problem: Property owners often don’t invest in long-term energy improvements, because they’re unlikely to recoup the full value of the improvements when they sell the property. If an owner took out a conventional loan — say, to add solar panels or insulation — she’d have to continue payments even after she sold the property. Meanwhile, the new owner would enjoy lower energy bills. So DeVries came up with a nifty solution: A city issues bonds. Homeowners apply for loans funded by those bonds. The loans must be used to invest in efficiency or clean energy projects. And each property owner pays back the loan over 15 or 20 years (with interest, of course) through a special assessment tacked onto his or her property tax bill. Georgia’s constitution only allows development authorities to issue bonds for local government purposes. So, HB 1388 had to be written give development authorities, rather than cities or counties, the power to issue PACE bonds. The development authorities could then work with the cities to set up PACE programs. Taube acknowledges that the setup creates the potential for complications. “Obviously,” he says, “there’s gotta be a coordination between the cities and the counties.” It’s not clear, for example, that PACE participants in Georgia will be able to attach their payments to property taxes. But Taube and Jason Rooks, the environmental lobbyist who engineered the bill’s passage, insist that there are likely to be creative solutions. “The collection mechanism (whether through the tax assessor’s office or the water department) is not really that big of deal because there are various avenues for a governmental entity to collect payment,” Rooks wrote in an email. “But ... the property tax assessment model whereby

Solar panels are just one technology covered under the state’s new law to help homeowners pay for clean energy projects. the local government makes a loan with the power of collection of a property tax had constitutional/legal/political hurdles which we could not overcome this (legislative) session.” Whatever the questions, Georgia’s PACE legislation incorporates a wide range of projects. While PACE in some other states is limited to energy efficiency or clean energy improvements, Georgia cities could include energy efficiency, water conservation and “energy from renewable resources” in their own PACE programs. And the programs may apply to both homes and commercial buildings. “This is tool for local communities to pay for improvements through an infrastructure that they haven’t had before,” Taube says. Taube’s energy-efficiency advocacy group even received a $20 million federal stimulus grant last month, part of which can be used to help Atlanta, Decatur and a handful of

other cities set up their PACE programs. All that’s not to say that Georgia has suddenly become a clean energy Mecca. The state Public Service Commission still allows Georgia Power to a fraction of what utilities in other states pay for excess solar energy that’s sent back to power grid by property owners – a big disincentive for solar investment. And the amount of money for clean energy tax incentives was so piddly this year that it ran out in April. Taube stresses, however, that there are still federal tax incentives for property owners to invest in clean energy and efficiency projects. And Mahoney hopes Atlanta will be well on its way toward developing its own PACE program by summer. Among other projects, Atlanta environmental journalist Ken Edelstein publishes My Green ATL, an environmental news site.

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Village Green

Jack Johnson partners with local green groups Local eco-friendly organizations are teaming up with musician and activist Jack Johnson on his 2010 To The Sea Tour to be part of the Village Green at his Aug. 20 concert at Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood.

OKA b. offers their latest collection of 100 percent recyclable, waterproof and antibacterial sandals, thong-shoes and flip-flops. The Atlanta-based company operates a low waste factory in Buford, which prioritizes sustainability and comfortableness. Prices are all under $40. www.shoesthatloveyou.com

The Oakurst Community Garden, The Georgia Conservancy, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Trees Atlanta, Captain Planet Foundation, Georgia Organics and GreenPlate will have interactive booths where concertgoers can get educated, get inspired, and connect face-to-face with the non-profits.

The architectural, planning and interior design firm Rees Associates, Inc. has received LEED Silver certification for its Atlanta office. Sustainable products were utilized in the space, including reclaimed wood, low VOC paints and adhesives, certified workstations, task and conference chairs, and carpet tiles with recycled backing that use adhesive squares instead of glue. www.rees.com The Fulton County Board of Commissioners took steps to reduce air pollution by adopting a “no idling” policy that directs drivers in county vehicles to turn off engines when possible. Vendors making deliveries to Fulton County facilities will also be asked to turn off their vehicles while they are at loading docks.

American Trade Products (ATP) has expanded distribution of Earth Plastic biodegradable paint trays and accessories into Lowe’s stores nationwide. Products include 6- and 9-inch paint roller trays, mini roller and trim trays and more. In addition, the Earth Plastic product line now includes a biodegradable plastic EZ Pour Replacement Paint Lid. The first lid designed to fit the new gallon plastic paint cans used by Olympic Paint and others, the EZ Pour lid eliminates messy drips while pouring. www.americantradeproducts.com  Atlanta’s new Re-Inspiration store features gifts, home accents and accessories made from found objects, scrap materials and other discarded material. Located in the Westside Design District, the store offers a twist on recycling scrap objects. The store is located at 810 Huff Road and is open to the public Wednesday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. www.reinspirationstore.com 

Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will host Conservation Quest from July 3 to Sept. 12. Children will be on a mission to discover the many ways they can save energy and protect the planet. They will learn about what energy is, where it comes from, and the countless ways that they can conserve energy every day. For more information about Conservation Quest, visit www.childrensmuseumofatlanta.org. On July 14, The Clean Air Campaign will host a free training seminar for public sector employers interested in finding out how commute options programs, including alternative work arrangements, can help them do more with less and yield savings on their day–to-day operating expenses. The webinar will focus on how public-sector programs that change the way employees get to their jobs are working for Georgia’s government organizations, how they can work for other organizations, and how The Clean Air Campaign’s expert consulting team can assist at no cost. The webinar is 10 to 11 a.m. Register to receive the broadcast URL at CleanAirCampaign.org/Seminar.

The gathering of nonprofits is part of Johnson’s All At Once project, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community.

Jack Johnson

Johnson’s new charity, Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, is matching every dollar contributed to the organizations, and each will be selling tickets to Johnson’s Atlanta show to help raise money and interest.

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Green Insider Laura Turner Seydel

Saying No to Plastic This past month, legislation was passed in California banning pharmacy, grocery, liquor and convenience stores throughout the state from giving out plastic shopping bags. This is great news when statistics show that each year an estimated 500 billion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. Californians will see this new plastic bag ban in full effect come January 2012, but here in Georgia it’s hard to tell when we’ll see such an initiative. However, we don’t need a statewide ban to personally commit to reducing plastic in our everyday lives. Beyond plastic shopping bags, our landfills are burdened with billions of tons of additional plastic waste that we can easily replace with eco-friendly alternatives. Each year, about 3 million tons of plastic are used in bottled water packaging, 80 percent of which end up in landfills. Commit yourself to using BPA-free, reusable water bottles instead of disposable plastic bottles that leach chemicals and do not break down in a landfill. CuteSip (www.CuteSip.com) bottles are a great stainless steel option for kids (and adults!) and leave no negative impact upon our planet or our health. When dining out, think twice about accepting a straw for your drink. Consider McDonalds which serves nearly 47 million customers each day, most of whom use a plastic straw. Or the billions of plastic coffee stirrers used each morning. While perfectly recyclable (see the list of recyclable plastic items issued by Waste Management at www.wm.com), most of these end up in a landfill to become a toxic burden to our planet. Many restaurants, like Ted’s Montana Grill, have eliminated plastic straws in favor of recycled paper alternatives that do the trick in a very green way. Also you can do little things like refusing plastic clothing bags at the dry cleaners, disposing of cigarette butts in ashtrays versus simply tossing them out the window, purchasing biodegradable garbage bag or leaving behind plastic utensils when taking to-go food orders home. When you must use plastic, make sure you reuse or recycle it! For more green living tips, visit www.lauraseydel.com.

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Going for Gold The Eden House gets LEED Gold certification

Our mission is to help you feel better. We have board-certified allergy specialists and friendly staff who take the time to listen. Come visit our brand-new office near the intersection of West Paces Ferry Road and I-75. We welcome children and adults with:

Located at 901 Moreland in Ormewood Park, The Eden House is a modern LEED Gold Certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) home recently completed by local architect David Butler. INtown reported on the home’s green roof in April 2009 when it was about to be planted. Now that the roof is a fully developed garden, pictured above, Butler says this is the part of the entire project that impresses him the most. To complete the home, Butler used recycled and reclaimed materials. He explained, “The concrete countertops are made from recycled materials, as is the concrete in the foundation. The railings at the entry are from pallet wood, and the pavers leading up to the entry are from the demolished sidewalk. The granite curb removed at the driveway was made into a bench. The wood and drywall scraps were ground up and used for mulch, rather than being hauled to the dump.” Butler says the good air quality in the home has been a noticeable and surprising benefit from the sustainable practices used to complete the house. “It’s not like the typical material, but it is a tangible feature. It appears at the end of a long process involving a lot of steps.” People notice and comment to Butler on the great air quality. It was his goal to bring affordable green housing to the market. “There was discussion about the need for certification and the cost of certification. In the end, we felt we needed certification, and chose LEED for its nationally recognized brand and high performance standards,” Butler said. And, the most difficult part of this project was “communication and convincing trades (people) to do it a certain way. I believe this is a part of why the ‘L’ in LEED stands for leadership.” For more information, nicholas@muffleyhomes.com.

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Earth Sounds

ASO accompanies Planet Earth documentary at Verizon The BBC’s Planet Earth documentary will get a special soundtrack courtesy of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra when it premiers at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on July 16. Filmed in high definition and the most expensive nature documentary ever commissioned by the BBC, Planet Earth is described by the filmmakers as “the definitive look at the diversity of our planet.” The ASO conducted by George Fenton will perform a special score to accompany the screening. Before the event, the ASO will host “Top of The Lawn” conversations where attendees can hear and learn more about the concert.

Fenton will discuss nuances of the score and audience members can send questions to the conductor via text-messages. Local, sustainable vendors will provide food and there will also be eco-friendly organizations hosting giveaways and providing information in the East and West plazas at Encore Park. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $27 to $59 at www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.atlantasymphony.org for more information. – Roshani Chokshi

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Business & Retail Briefs Sharon Silva, pictured, has retired as executive director of the Buckhead Business Association after five years in the position. Under her leadership, the organization grew and developed new programs, including the Taste of Buckhead Business Expo. Jennifer Thomas, formerly in public relations with Coca-Cola, was named new executive director last month. www. buckheadbusiness.org. Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center, which provides arts education programming, has announced that Paul Denton and Diane Evans have been elected to serve on the Young Audiences Board of Directors. Denton brings over 20 years of leadership in business administration and operations management while Evans offers an extensive background in community

involvement. www.woodruffcenter.org Spa Sentio is now open in White Provision in West Midtown. The spa offers organic, eco-friendly products and services to men and women. www.spasentio.com. Banking executive Michelle Sullivan was elected to the Skyland Trail Board of Directors, an acclaimed treatment center of the George West Mental Health Foundation. Sullivan previously served on the Skyland Trail Advisory Board and in 2008 chaired the organization’s principal fund-raising event Benefits of Laughter. Sullivan is vice president of Wells Fargo/Wachovia Insurance Company. www.skylandtrail.org. Phipps Plaza has announced the opening of Michael Stars, a Los Angeles-based leader

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in the women’s contemporary market. Stars is best known for pioneering “casual couture” since its founding in 1986. The Phipps location marks the 12th for the company. www.simon.com  The InTown Academy, Atlanta’s new community-based public charter school located in the Old Fourth Ward, named Tangela T. Johnson to serve as principal once the school’s doors open on Aug. 9. Johnson formerly worked with Fulton County and City of Atlanta Schools in teacher training and as principal of Sadie Tillis Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla. The InTown Academy is located at the former C.W. Hill Building on 386 Pine Street. www.intownacademy.org.  Lenox Square will add Fendi, known for its iconic handbags, and Ermenegildo Zegna, seller of luxury menswear, to its luxury wing soon. Fendi is expected to open in Fall 2010 while Ermenegildo Zegna is slated to open Spring 2011. www.simon.com  London Calling has opened on Peachtree Street featuring clothing brands from the UK including Paul Smith, Blokes and Birds, TopShop, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Fred Perry, Janine Basile, and many more. Items are available in store, online, or by special order.1545 Peachtree Street, Suite 110. DEKA Athletics is moving from Pharr Road to The Shops Around Lenox next month. The fitness fashion wear boutique will offer 40 new lines including Adidas by Stella McCartney, Asics, Beyond Yoga, Bia Brizil and more. www.dekaathletics.com. Cocktails & Canvas, a space where adults can take painting classes and host art parties, is now open in Village Place Brookhaven. Classes are $25 for two hours or $35 for three hours, which includes art supplies such as canvas, paint, brushes and aprons. Artists can bring their own favorite beverages to sip as they work. www. cocktailsandcanvas.com. Also newly opened in Village Place Brookhaven is The Little House of Art, an art studio designed for children ages 2 and up. A variety of classes, workshops and events using a variety of

materials will be held regularly. www.thelittlehouseofart.com. Whipstitch is now open in the Brickworks development in West Midtown, 1000 Marietta Street, Suite 102. The shop offers a huge selection of modern fabrics, notions, patterns, ribbons and more. Sewing classes are also available. www.whipstitchfabrics.com. Science and technology firm Smith Carter celebrated its 10th anniversary in Atlanta last month by giving back to the community. On June 4, the firm participated in building a home for a less fortunate family in Atlanta through Habitat for Humanity. www.smithcarter.com.

The Original Boutique Warehouse Sale will set up shop at Atlantic Station (above Z Gallerie) on Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Shop for fashions up to 70 percent off from Atlanta boutiques like Sandpiper, Meringue, Lexie + Jane, Fickle Manor, Fab’rik, Boogaloos and more. More information is available at www.boutiquebargainsatl.com. Cash or check only. Architect Ebru Ela Ercan has opened e3 design at 878 Peachtree Street, Suite 826 with a mission to create “holistic spaces.” Two of Ercan’s most recent designs are the Opelika Crafts Studio & Museum in Alabama and the Bozcaada Autistic Center in Turkey. Ercan also does interior and furniture design. Found out more and see project photos at www.designwithe3.com. Gerry Korzi, who has more than 20 years experience in tree care and landscape maintenance and is a certified arborist, has opened his own company, ArborLogic. For more more information, call (770) 402-6049 or email gkorzi@bellsouth.net. 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 Buckhead Business Association presents the

6th Annual A Taste of Buckhead Business Expo Fifth Third Bank’s Roopa Bhandari and Kerrigan Quicker at the Hyatt Regency.

Companies That Care: HomeGrown Restaurants By Wendy Binns, Publisher

Pizzeria Venti’s Brian Lackey

Atlanta Humane Society’s Hoparound Hound picks-up an Atlanta INtown.

Joel Brasserie’s general manager, Jennifer Groese serving samples with Russell Hays.

Left to right, Lesley Kelley founder of lil’ ol’ me Foundation; INtown’s Wendy Binns; Jesse Paluch; and, Mary Lou Baxter, Hope-Beckham.

From the Shanghai Dumplings at Doc Cheys to Fettucine Gorgonzola at Osteria 832, there is one ingredient that the local restaurant group, HomeGrown Restaurants, always includes: giving back.  Owner Rich Chey explains that this is part of his business philosophy. “We manage our restaurants by the laws of karma – what goes around comes around. My team has always viewed the restaurants as a means to accomplish more than just feeding our guests. We have a vehicle with which we can support the causes we strongly believe in. My partners invest their time in the many causes we support not because it is their job or they are looking for something in return, but because it is the right thing to do and it provides them with a sense of pride in themselves and the company.” Chey’s restaurants have long-supported area schools because “what is better than knowing that our efforts area helping better educate the kids in our neighborhood.” And, he says that the Virginia Highland Firehouse is one of their favorite recipients of their charitable efforts. By hosting an event each year, ‘Breakfast with Santa,’ they have donated over $36,000 to date to three local fire stations. “Our firefighters risk their lives every day on the job, yet they have to fight every day for the basic necessities,” he says. “I would encourage anyone who lives in the neighborhood to visit the Fire Station 19 and introduce yourselves. You will not meet a more caring, humble bunch of guys than our neighborhood firefighters.” The Cunard Memorial Playground on Virginia Avenue is a point of pride in the community for Chey. Lisa Cunard and her two children were tragically killed on North Highland Avenue when a tree fell and hit their car in 2003. “This tragic event hit home with everyone in the neighborhood because it was random and could have been anyone of us,” he says.

Chey with daughter, Paris, at Taste of Asia

The community came together when he organized a dine-out to benefit the playground. “I was so touched … I think almost every restaurant on North Highland corridor participated in the dine-out. The restaurants were packed the night of the dine-out and there was an electricity in the neighborhood that night that I have never seen before and have not seen since. Brad Cunard [Lisa’s husband] made it a point to stop in every restaurant that evening to thank the owners for their participation. He also gave every owner a replica fire truck, which was the favorite toy of his deceased son. I still have that fire truck displayed in my office. I think we raised $20,000 that evening for the playground.” “The outpouring of emotion and support that evening only reinforced what I already knew, that our neighborhood is truly unique and I feel privileged not only to live here, but to serve its residents every day.” . For more about HomeGrown Restaurants, visit www.homegrownrestaurants.com To send a nomination for Companies That Care, email wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com.

Saskatoon, Steaks - Fish - Wild Game, owner Yash Patel with Chef Kevin Backus.

Reserve Your Tickets for BBA Quarterly Luncheon featuring Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on July 15 If you live in Buckhead, work in Buckhead, or just love Buckhead, the BBA Thursday morning breakfasts should be part of your weekly calendar, every Thursday. BBA Thursday Breakfast Series: 7:30am - 9:00 am, City Club of Buckhead (Atlanta Financial Center) Members: $10.00 and Non-Members: $20.00


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Chey, second from right, presenting a check to local fire fighters

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$5 Million for the BeltLine! Sarah and Jim Kennedy/PATH Foundation and Kaiser Permanente each donated $2.5 million to BeltLine Partnership Capital Campaign to support the building of the Eastside Trail along the Atlanta BeltLine’s 22-mile corridor. “The Atlanta BeltLine will provide access to community and health services in areas that have been previously underserved and will increase economic opportunities, enabling our citizens to lead healthier lives,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “The joint commitment by the Kennedys/ PATH Foundation and Kaiser Permanente demonstrates the power of the public and private sectors working together to serve the community.” The BeltLine Partnership has raised more than $35.7 million towards the $60 million capital campaign goal set in 2007. This has been raised by 50 donors, including lead gifts from many of Atlanta’s largest foundations and corporations. “These generous gifts from the Kennedys/ PATH Foundation and Kaiser Permanente add to the significant momentum behind the public- private partnership that is moving the Atlanta BeltLine from vision to reality,” said John Somerhalder, chairman of the board of the BeltLine Partnership. “A year from now, Atlantans will walk, jog and bike from Piedmont Park to Freedom Park, connecting to what will be the first new Atlanta BeltLine park to open – Historic Fourth Ward Park.” www.BeltLine.org

Wendy Binns, Publisher

‘Art on the BeltLine’ is up through October - take a look! Attention pedestrians and off-road bicyclists! You can now explore the BeltLine via an interim trail for ‘Art on the BeltLine.’ More than 40 visual and performance pieces that will be on display through October 2010. This project’s working group includes volunteers from BeltLine neighborhoods, historic preservationists and organizations such as WonderRoot, Eyedrum, SCAD, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta City Council and the Fulton County Arts Council. At right is BeltLine Design Director Fred Yalouris sitting with ‘My Solar Friend’ by Emily Adair.

Above, birds resting on a railroad track in a park created by artists and volunteer named ‘The Pardoned Eden.’ Cabbagetown Artist Tribe and the community came together to create this garden of birds. Oh, and there are automobile-dinosaurs, which you really need to see for yourslves.

Above, J.D. Koth’s ‘Cultivated Chaos’ (with a swing inside!). Right, artist Charlie Smith and Transformational Transportation.

The JumpSTART Garden Party, helping women re-enter the workforce and reach their goals www.jumpstartyourcareer.org

Elizabeth Allen, Jessica Allen Jones, Justin Jones, and Suzé Jones.

Host Jack Sawyer (center) greets guests Dottie Smith (left) and Jane Dean. Photos by Jim Fitts.

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta gets donation The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta was the recipient of a $5,000 donation from Mayfield Dairy. Pictured, from left, are Girl Scouts representatives Brenda Strozier, VP of Product Sales/Membership and Ann Hooper, Board Chair; Scottie Mayfield, President of Mayfield Dairy and Marilyn Midyette, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.

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INtown’s 20 Under 20 honoree, Emily Huff, speaks to Girl Talk summer campers at Holy Innocents’ School INtown featured Emily in January 2010 for her work giving back to the community. She designs and sells bracelets and donates proceeds to her favorite non-profit, Girl Talk (www. desiretoinspire.org). Recently she spoke to campers about the importance of giving back: Left, Emily, center, explains how she makes, distributes and sells her bracelets. One of the many places these bracelets can be purchased is at her family’s store, Huff Furniture, in Buckhead (Emily rents a display cabinet). Below, a camper models one of Emily’s bracelets. And, campers learned to make their own that day to take home.

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Call the Teresa & Kimmie Team! Do you know an Intown student giving back in a big way? Nominate him or her for 2011’s 20 Under 20. Contact wendy@atlantaintownpaper.com

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Like our monthly content, the musicians profiled

in our first annual “Music Issue” are diverse and eclectic. Our goal was to pick a crop of up-andcomers as well as local favorites who have been on the scene for ages, but we believe deserve more attention for their body of work.

While hip-hop, rap and R&B has put Atlanta on the international music scene thanks to artists like OutKast and Soulja Boy, we’re just as well known for producing Indigo Girls and Sugarland.

When we first started talking about music, I

immediately turned to veteran Kodac Harrison, who has been making music in Atlanta for 30 years and, literally, knows everyone.

“alterna-grass” of Sonia Tetlow, we tried to cover a lot of the bases that make our music scene so diverse and exciting.

We asked Kodac to compile his current Top 10

Beyond the artists, we also wanted to focus on

favorite musicians and we think you’ll love his personal, inside look at these talented artists.

We also selected some musicians to showcase, who are both longtime favorites or new to the Intown scene. From Brokenkites’ cinematic electronica and Black Swan Lane’s dream pop to the soulful sounds of Ken J. Martin and the

where the music is made and those who work behind the scenes to produce the sound of Intown. To that end, you’ll find stories on SMKA Productions (behind some of the city’s biggest hiphop acts) and a Q&A with David Coucheron, the new concertmaster for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Tune in and turn it up!

– Collin Kelley, Editor

Local music legend Kodac Harrison picks 10 musicians you can’t miss ... Brandon once told me he didn’t really care about soloing and didn’t particularly like jam bands. He plays just what a song needs, nothing more, nothing less, which is a songwriter’s dream. He is truly a tasteful keyboardist. These days you can hear him playing with Sugarland. www.brandonbush.com

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By Kodac Harrison I was asked to write about my 10 favorite local musicians, which is easier said than done. During my almost 30 years in the Atlanta area, I’ve created 15 different recordings of original music and spoken word. I’ve got lots of favorites and it depends on what year are you talking about. Yesterday would be different than today and so would tomorrow. I have been a fan of Bruce Hampton, Caroline Aiken, Dan Coy and Elise Witt for years, but as of this minute my 10 favorites are as follows:

Brandon Bush is not a singersongwriter like his well-known brother, but he is without a doubt the better of the two on his individual instrument, the keyboard. I first met him in Chapel Hill before he moved to Atlanta and became a housemate for a short period of time. Brandon has played with many bands and recorded with the likes of Shawn Mullins, John Mayer, Train and Sugarland just to name a few.

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a two-by-four to the face in defense of his girlfriend, so he is truly a gentleman. I first met Jesse Smith when he worked at Java Monkey Coffee House in Decatur. These days when he is not touring with his band, you can find him at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur. Performing live in places like The Earl, he sings his original hook-laden songs, while accompanying himself on electric guitar. The power-pop he and his band plays is reminiscent of early Elvis Costello. His first album, Gentleman Jesse and His Men, was released to universal acclaim. You can find Jesse in your local record store. That’s right; his CD was also released on vinyl. www.myspace.com/gentlemanjesse

Nick Longo first played with me back in 1992. As was the case then and in the years since, he has played with many of bands. In fact, I once heard another horn player exclaim, “Nick can’t play all the gigs.” Once after playing a circus gig, he joined us for the 21st birthday party of a Turkish girl. Toward the end of the night the birthday girl and two of her equally beautiful friends asked if we could play belly dance music. We were clueless until Nick started playing a

Middle-Eastern melody and all of a sudden the bellies started dancing. He is my hero. Nick often sings harmony to my vocals with his sax. He has a great ear and a tremendous memory for songs. He now fronts his own band and has released an excellent CD of original up-town jazz. You can find him playing with his band at north side clubs and restaurants or at www.nicklongomusic.com. I first met Kristin Markiton along with Beverly Blouin at Eddie’s Attic in 1996. Not long after that, I asked Kristin to direct the back up vocals for my short-lived, 10-piece soul band. She has sung on all of the recordings I’ve made since that time. Kristin is a trained vocalist, who has sung with many bands and even spent a couple of years as the lead vocalist for Delta Moon. Because she has a background in theater, I asked her to join me at 7 Stages for my production of Reach for the Moon. I knew she would add much more than just vocals. She has the ability to be soulful, serious and playfully sexy at the same time. Kristin has her own band and released a wonderful recording, which was produced by Kristian Bush. You can see her perform at places like Eddie’s Attic. www.kristinmarkiton.com

Count M’Butu was given his name by Bruce Hampton when he played with the Aquarium Rescue Unit. I first played with the Count in the Little Five Points Pub back in the early 80s. These days he plays percussion in the Derek Trucks band. He has sat in with the Allman Brothers, Santana, Widespread Panic, hung out with Eric Clapton, and been on stage with the Rolling Stones. One of the things I love about the Count is that, “he ain’t got no ‘tude.” When he starts “banging on his box,” he sounds like he is playing a complete trap set. The Count may be my favorite of them all. www.facebook.com/Count-MButu When I first started playing with Sean O’Rourke back in the early 90s, he was know mostly as a hard-hitting rock drummer. In the years since, Sean has become one of the more versatile drummers in town, playing everything from jazz to country. Sean has played drums with many groups including Francine Reed, The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Mother’s Finest and toured with Sugarland for over a year. I call Sean the groove-master because he makes everything groove. He has become a fine engineer/producer working out of his home studio. When Sean is behind me, I dance. www.seanorourke.com CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE 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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Sydney Rhame when I went to an acting camp performance at Clairmont Elementary. She played an opening song, while singing and accompanying herself on guitar. I was impressed, especially with the way she slid up to the high notes. I was even more impressed, when I found out that it was an original song and that Sydney was only 10 years old. She has a rich, full voice for one so young. Her parents are very supportive and encouraging, but they don’t push Sydney. If anything, she pushes them. I took her up to Rodney Mills’ studio, where she recorded four of her songs. You would have never guessed it was her first time in a recording

studio. I saw her play a set at Java Monkey last fall, and she introduced every song, with the title and the words, “I hope you like it.” Less than six months later, at Java Monkey again, she was at ease with the audience, joking and talking to the crowd. At this rate, Sydney will be an artist to contend with in a few years. She’ll be 12 this month. You can catch her around Oakhurst and Decatur. www.myspace.com/sydneyrhame Back in the 80s, I first heard Bill Sheffield sing with a local R & B band called Cool Breeze and then playing guitar and singing with the XLs. Years later I heard Bill sing the blues while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Now, it is not unusual for a former rock ‘n roller to try to extend his career by narrowing his vision and singing songs written by black men decades earlier. The difference was that Bill was stripping his music back to the essential elements; that is his guitar and his alwayssoulful voice. An artist has to continue to

The Decatur-based electronica and multimedia artist known only as Brokenkites has built a following thanks to YouTube, Vimeo, iTunes, MySpace, Last.fm and other sites where he shares his textured, cinematic soundscapes. His albums Seven Circles, Fugue State and most recently No Sun So Brightly Shines have found their way on to iPods around the world. However, he keeps his identity a secret preferring to let the music speak for itself. Tell us about your latest project? I’m always working on music, but lately I’ve been more interested in shooting videos for my tracks and getting my tracks connected to other artist’s video works. It’s that whole multimedia thing, again – I don’t think that people should limit themselves when it comes to creative expression through their works; for example, I shot a time-lapsed video of myself doing a painting for the track “Technique.” I thought it would be great to see a painted image come together as a song progresses, and in the end, there would be three creations: the track, the video and the physical painting. There are a couple of really great directors that I’ve met through Vimeo who’ve done some nice stuff with my songs. UK artist Harriet Macdonald recently made a beautifully done stop-motion animation for the track “Touch” that’s basically an abstract love story. Industrial photographer Steven SetteDucatti has made several time-lapse nighttime construction videos, and IDOM Productions has used my music for several of their 48-hour film festival submissions.  Has living and working in Atlanta influenced your style or creativity? There are so many people in Atlanta with diversified interests and musical tastes, so I’m always meeting new people to talk with about music and pass my stuff to. I wait tables downtown, so that’s been a great place for me to interact with everyone, too. The Mobius show on Georgia Tech’s radio station WREK has been great about playing my stuff for people. One thing that I think is a little disappointing, though, is the lack of funding for the arts in both Atlanta and all of Georgia.  I’m not sure why people don’t seem to appreciate the arts – because when they’re taken away, it’s like there’s a big chunk of culture being cut out of the city/state. In a major metropolitan area with over six million people, I think we could do better about prioritizing creativity. What’s on your iPod? R.E.M., U2, Morrissey, Reso, Cinnamon Chasers, Alphawezen, Flunk, Home Video, Younger Brother, and M83 are in rotation. I really like the Nine Inch Nails album Year Zero, probably because it’s a total concept album that incorporated lots of Meta material online into the storyline presented by the tracks.

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grow, change, and redefine himself in order to define himself. Bill has done just that and his latest recordings find him taking on the songwriter’s role, outside of the limited formula of the blues. You can hear Bill at Blind Willie’s, the Northside Tavern, or maybe even on a European tour. www. billsheffield.com

Bill Taft has become associated with what has been called the “Cabbagetown sound.” This is because of his membership in the legendary avant-garde bands The Opal Foxx Quartet, The Jody Grind and Smoke, not to mention the Chowder Shouters. After Smoke vocalist Benjamin Smoke died in 1999, Bill put away his cornet, took his guitar back up, and put together Hubcap City. These days Bill has combined the sound of Hubcap City and Smoke into a band called Smoke that City. Bill is a great writer and a unique storyteller. I always smile when I see Bill and chuckle when I hear him perform. You might catch

Bill at The Sycamore Place Gallery or other places where art is the priority. www. myspace.com/hubcapcity I have to admire guitarist/songwriter Charles Williams for keeping two bands that primarily play his songs, together and for finding two excellent female vocalists to front them. I’m talking about Amy Pike in The Bonaventure Quartet and Bernadette Seacrest in Bernadette Seacrest & Her Provocateurs. Since my days playing with Dave Webb on stand-up bass, I have been drawn to stand-up bass players, including Mark Bynum, who plays with the Quartet. Charles was an original member of Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit and is an always-interesting guitarist. You might find Charles playing at the Highland Inn, or with Bernadette on their first tour of Europe. www.bernadetteseacrest.com. For more about Kodac Harrison, visit www.kodacharrison.com.

Many in Atlanta know Jack Richard Sobel as the owner of Agave restaurant in Cabbagetown, but he’s also part of the internationally acclaimed band, Black Swan Lane. Founded by Sobel and John Kolbeck, formerly of The Messengers, and Mark Burgess, formerly of The Chameleons UK and The Sun and the Moon, the band put out its first album, A Long Way From Home, in 2007. The track “In the Ether” was picked up for the soundtrack to the film Adventureland, and the band has spent the last few years perfecting their brand of brooding, melancholy dream pop and recording two more albums, The Sun and Moon Sessions, and the just-released Things You Know and Love. We asked vocalist Sobel to answer a few questions about the band. Tell us about your latest project? Things You Know And Love is the new album. We started writing this record right as The Sun And The Moon Sessions was going to press. The songs are more upbeat and concise. The arrangements are better and it is not as experimental as our last project. We had this one mixed by Jeff Tomei (Smashing Pumpkins, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Matchbox 20, Jerry Cantrell, etc.). It has already been called out as one of the best releases of 2010 and we are very proud of this. Who are the band’s musical influences? I would have to say we have been influenced by a lot of bands from the UK, especially the Manchester and Liverpool area, like The Smiths, The Chameleons U.K., Joy Division, The Jam, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Stone Roses. What are you working on now? We are working with some companies in California and Oregon to get our music in some more films next year. It was great to be featured in the movie Adventureland and we hope to do more of that stuff. We are also practicing a new live set to do some shows in the future and at the same time looking at either a fourth release or a large compilation album for next year.


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Sonia Tetlow bought a guitar in college and moved to Atlanta soon after in the fall of 1994 to become a musician. Since then, she’s made a name for herself solo as well as with the bands Cowboy Mouth, Herman Put Down the Gun and, most recently, Roxie Watson, which defines itself as “alterna-grass.” Her acumen on bass guitar and “incendiary” vocals (as Georgia Music Magazine described her voice) have made her a favorite on the local and national scene. Tell us about your latest project? My latest completed recording project is a CD called True Stories, released in January by the group Roxie Watson (Beth Wheeler, Lenny Lasater, Becky Shaw, Linda Bolley and me), with whom I play banjo, write songs and sing. We call the music “alterna-grass,” because we’re a string band with a lot of harmonies playing traditional sounding songs that contain Justin Chambers elements of old country, Appalachian music, hymns & bluegrass, without adhering to the traditions of any one genre. I’m also in the midst of recording a new collection of songs with the rock band Herman Put Down the Gun (Linda Bolley, Lee Kennedy and me), with whom I write songs, play guitar, banjo, mandolin and sing. We have the bass and drums finished for eight songs, and I’m working on tracking my instruments before we begin on the vocals. We’re hoping to have the project done by the end of the summer. Has living and working in Atlanta influenced your style or creativity? I met some incredible musicians and poets when I moved to Atlanta, many of whom I’ve been friends with and worked with in different capacities for years now. The thing I’m most grateful for is that I found people early on who were into my sort of raw sensibility, when all I had to offer was a few chords and poetry sung with the force of emotion. They didn’t say, hey you stink, but rather, hey this is different, let’s do something creative. Subsequently, I got to do some great projects from playing in different bands and composing music for performance art and dance pieces, to touring with an incredible group of poets and spoken word artists, all the while growing and evolving, picking up these different instruments along the way and eventually getting hired to play full time with a couple of groups. What are you working on now? I’ve started making videos [http://www.youtube.com/soniatetlow] that are sort of abstract impressionist in a music video kind of way. I’m not sure what to make of them yet, but they’re a great creative outlet. I’m also always working on stretching as a songwriter. In the last couple of years, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of hearing other artists do versions of my songs, and it’s inspired me to write in different styles for different voices. Even if I hold onto the songs for a while until I find the right outlet, the most important thing is just to write them. www.roxiewatson.com


Music-lover Richard Lenz, better known as President/ CEO of Decatur-based marketing company Lenz, Inc., has launched Red Eye Gravy Records. The record label’s first release – Nashville singer/ songwriter Nathan Beaver’s Universal You – went on sale June 28. The album, which includes the hit single “Clever,” is Beaver’s second studio record. His first, Point B, was released in 2004. Lenz is no stranger to music, having produced concerts for the city and benefits at Eddie’s Attic for a number of years, including the 2008 show by Drive by Truckers front man Patterson Hood, which brought thousands to the Decatur Square. Red Eye Gravy Records plans to sign additional artists to the label in the coming months, with goals of national distribution and promotion. “We have big plans for this new venture,” said Lenz. www.redeyegravyrecords.com

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For nearly 30 years, the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus has been a voice of diversity and inclusiveness, not only for the gay community, but for anyone who loves great music. Founded by Jeffrey McIntyre in 1981, the AGMC is embarking on one of its biggest shows yet with a tribute to The Beatles on July 9-10 at The Rialto Center for the Performing Arts. We talked to artistic director Kevin Robison about the show and the chorus’ history. What was the impetus behind AGMC commemorating The Beatles with the upcoming “All You Need Is Love” tribute? AGMC has done many tributes to composers, bands and stars. Doing a tribute is always exciting because your theme is laid out for you and you get to explore the many different contributions they made. In the case of The Beatles, it was an obvious choice: the music was for male voices, often with interesting harmonies, and familiar to a wide range of people. But I think the strongest connection between The Beatles and the AGMC lies in the area of social justice. The Beatles sang songs that commented on society, rebelled against it, and called for equality. The gay-rights movement is now more front and center than it has been since Stonewall. How is AGMC continuing to play a role in the movement? I think our role is multi-faceted. First, LGBT arts organizations like the AGMC represent the best of our community. When it comes to men of different backgrounds, ages, religious beliefs and economic stature, we are one of the most diverse LGBT organizations in Atlanta. The men of the chorus come together in a way that they don’t do at the gym, the bars or in athletics. When singing begins, all differences are put aside and everyone agrees to become one. This makes the chorus a microcosm for change in society.

We don’t believe we can expect to see change in the world until we demonstrate it within our own family, and we do that every week. Second, the music we make has the power to change minds, to heal wounds and to transcend the limits of our physical existence. When that kind of power is harnessed in the shape of social justice and equality, something beautiful happens. People are inspired – even LGBT people who might otherwise say we’re preaching to the choir have been deeply moved and affected by our performances. Lastly, the AGMC continues to sing in places where we’re not comfortable, and I think that’s really important. Our recent tour of Georgia didn’t generate picket lines or threats, but there were letters to editors of local papers that decried our presence in their town. As someone who grew up in a very small town, I know firsthand the importance of having an example set for you. Many of our men do. We strive to be that example for others and we’ll keep doing that until such time that we have full equality in society. Then, we’ll just sing to make art. I long for that day. For those interested in becoming part of the group, what kind of singers are you looking for and when do you hold auditions? We are looking first and foremost for the right person. Someone who believes in our cause, has a love for a wide range of music and is willing to work hard to bring out the best in himself. Yes, you need to be a good singer, but you don’t need to be a professional singer. We have a vocal coach to help you with that! I pride myself on having stress-free auditions that help make a singer as comfortable as possible. An ability to read music is great, but not required, and a background in choral singing in high school, college or with a church choir is a big plus. Auditions will be held again in August and the dates will appear on our website, agmchorus.org, in the coming months.


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Singer/songwriter Lucas Mire learned to play guitar from one of those Guitar for Dummies manuals, but its paid off in a big way as his debut album, 2005’s Forever’s Not As Long As It Used To Be, saw him nominated for an OutMusic Award for Best Male Debut. You might have seen him playing at Eddie’s Attic, Red Light Café, Smith’s Olde Bar, Kavarna or Outwrite. He’s now promoting his new album, Never Regret the Nights. Tell us about your latest project? My main goal with the new record was to have it sound a lot more like my live shows than my first album. I wanted it to be truer to who I am as a live artist. It has a kind of altcountry sound: There’s lots of acoustic guitar, pedal steel, piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond organ. I’d work at my full-time

career job until 1 p.m., then head to the studio for 8 hours of work there. Clay pushed me to trust the music I’d written and to be okay with how I’d performed it that day. Most of the songs on Never Regret the Nights are about a relationship I was in a couple of years ago, but the last song “Happy,” is one of the first I’d ever written. The songwriting here is consciously more simple and direct than on my first record. Who are your musical influences? Everything but the Girl, Lori Carson, Roseanne Cash, Lone Justice, Lucinda Williams, David Gray, Jewel, Duncan Sheik, Tracy Chapman. I love 70s and mid-90s singer-songwriters. I like melodic, pretty music with introspective lyrics that tell some sort of story. Being from the bayous of Louisiana, I grew up around classic country, honky-tonk, earthy kind of music, and even though I disliked it at the time, I think it influenced me more than I realized because I’m constantly told there is a country sound to my singing voice. Has living and working in Atlanta influenced your style or creativity? Completely. Being in Atlanta really changed everything for me. The music community here has been so welcoming and supportive since day one. I remember the first time I saw Doria Roberts, she just unplugged her guitar at the end of her song “Perfect” and walked out into the audience at Red Light Cafe, still playing and singing. You could have heard a pin drop. I’d never seen anything like that before and that kind of confidence definitely impacted and inspired me in my 20s. The amazing Edie Carey lived here in Atlanta for a bit and talking about songwriting with her and watching

Melanie Hammet has been part of the Atlanta creative scene since the late ‘80s when she first landed in Little Five Points. She’s performed her music as a solo artist, with Kenny Leon as composer on original work at Alliance Theatre, and has written and produced more than a dozen recordings including her two latest releases, Crooked Spoke and Edifice Complex. DeKalb County residents also know her as president of the DeKalb Municipal Association and as a Pine Lake City Council member. Tell us about your latest project? I just released a CD called Edifice Complex – and other urban plans. The songs on the album explore elements of a subject I’m passionate about: land-use, land-abuse, and the future of our relationship with “the ground we walk upon,” as one of the songs says. I wrote it as a way to pinpoint and personalize subjects that otherwise seem too abstract: planning and zoning. It’s appropriate that we use the word “code” to describe these activities. Who are your musical influences? The Beatles always; Eliza Gilkyson lately; Bruce Springsteen intermittently; Walt Disney (soundtracks) frequently. Has living and working in Atlanta influenced your style or creativity? I moved here from a music scene where you couldn’t get a good gig if you didn’t perform mostly cover tunes. In Atlanta it was exactly the opposite; if you didn’t do original music you couldn’t get a good gig. It was a huge turning point. In the last 10 years, I’ve been irrevocably influenced by living in Pine Lake, where the creative spark feels like an inferno – so many creative people of every description. What’s on your iPod? I just downloaded Betty Lavette and Janelle Monae to hear what they’ve created. I keep The Beatles and Springsteen in regular rotation as a constant study. Marina Day is a brand-new songwriter that I love. Chely Wright is smart and does good old-fashioned songwriting. All the Brit-pop retro stuff is great: Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Sharleen Spiteri.

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her perform was probably the biggest creative influence...her mature songwriting and humorous stage presence guide me constantly still. What’s on your iPod? Gemma Hayes, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Robyn, Marina and the Diamonds, William Fitzsimmons, Laura Marling, Owen, Simply Red, the new Chase Coy, Olivia Broadfield, Tift Merritt, Ellie Goulding, and Tracey Thorn’s latest solo album, Love and Its Opposite. What are you working on now? I’m contributing lyrics to a song or two with a talented local saxophonist named Kenyon Carter, which is fun and different. He’s working on his debut and I’m hoping we can come up with something that makes the cut for his record. I’m also heading into the studio this summer to record two EPs with local musician/producer/cool guy Brian Slusher. One EP, will contain several songs from my first two CDs presented in a more stripped down, natural setting, as the songs have evolved over time, and I’d like to capture that. The second EP will be a batch of seven songs that I feel really strongly about. In contrast to the six-day schedule for Never Regret the Nights, we’re going to take it as it comes and work on it when we feel like it, which thrills me to no end. I remind myself often that this is supposed to be fun, and when it’s stressful, it’s time to re-evaluate.


If you’ve been grooving to B.o.B.’s breakout hit “Nothin’ On You (Beautiful Girls)” this summer, you can tip your hat to Atlanta’s SMKA, a production, marketing and media company formed by a trio of friends and music lovers – Mike Walbert, Blake German and Kyle King. SMKA were producers on B.o.B.’s debut album, The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which topped the Billboard 200 chart in April. King – who goes by the stage name 7King – is playing guitar on B.o.B.’s world tour. Walbert, a Paidea School grad, said SMKA made a big splash when it released The 808 Experiment, a compilation of up-and-coming hip-hop Atlanta artists in 2008. The record was met with critical acclaim and was named Creative Loafing’s Mix Tape of 2009. The second volume featured a who’s-who of hip-hop including Yelawolf, Nappy Roots, Gripplyaz, Pill and more. A third volume is in the works now. Walbert said he grew up listening to jazz and blues, then later hip-hop and rock, but he said SMKA wants to work and blend more musical genres, including classical music. Last year, SMKA was commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to remix a piece for their “Concerts for Young People” series. The song Blake German (a.k.a. 808 Blake) produced was called “Music is My Life,” written and performed by SMKA’s next big star, Aleon Craft, who just released a new SMKA produced single “Donkey Kong.” SMKA is also producing the debut album for a new band called The Soviet Rockets, which features a classically trained concert pianist and jazz singer, who create low-fi, ambient music. Mike Walbert & Blake Walbert said he and the team are “808 Blake” German always looking for new artists to work with and have an intern who is specifically “keeping an ear to the ground” for new artists. Will Byington Walbert said Atlanta continues to set trends started by artists like OutKast and, more recently, Janelle Monae who aren’t afraid to blend genres.


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Born in Oslo and with an A-list education at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute, New York’s Julliard School and London’s Guildhall School, violinist David Coucheron was appointed Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster last December. The 26-yearold officially begins in September. Sophie Cox, a journalism major at the University of Georgia and a summer intern with the ASO, takes it from there.

In just a few short years, Atlanta native Ken j. Martin (he was raised in the Old Fourth Ward) has become a favorite on Atlanta’s indie scene with his soulful, guitar driven mixture of pop, soul and R&B. He’s released three albums through CD Baby, including one featuring a compilation of acts from The Rent Show, a variety night he’s hosted at local coffee houses and clubs. He’s embarked on a tour of the East Coast and Midwest, including Pride festivals in Charlotte and Orlando. Besides the tour, what are you working on now? Getting nonprofit status for The Rent Show. I can’t wait for this show to be a major staple on the Atlanta scene. I am also working on a new album, but I don’t know the title just yet. The vibe is hopeful and romantic. Sometimes we have to sing about what we desire. Being real can be very depressing at times, so this project is truly going to be fun and about hopeful love. Who are your musical influences? Lauryn Hill has always been once of my favorites. I love Nina Simone – there’s so much boldness in her music and story inspires me. I wish I could have met her. My dad and I didn’t have a really good relationship so when he passed I decided to try to understand him through the music he listened to, which was Bob Dylan and Bob Marley. They are classic to me now. George Michael, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye, too. Has living and working in Atlanta influenced your style or creativity? I am from Atlanta, but most people don’t believe me when I tell them that. I am influenced by people no matter where they are from, but there is something about Georgia trees. It’s like they know me and I know them. I believe they watched me grow up and they’re just like my family. I am sure they and my people will be rooted here forever. There is no place like Georgia.


What got you started? Both of my parents have always been interested in music and when I was 3, my mother saw an ad at the local supermarket for a violin. I have played ever since. Who encouraged you when you didn’t feel like practicing? When I was 5, my mother gave me goodies if I practiced well. Now my motivation is the fact that I never do anything half-way. If on some days I feel I can’t practice well, I will wait. Practicing just for the sake of putting in hours is, for me, a waste of time. How do you relax when not practicing and performing? Ironically, one form of relaxing for me is having a lot of time to prepare a new piece of music. With a busy schedule like mine, that can sometimes seem like a treat! What is it like to perform with your sister Julie, a pianist? I love working with my sister. We have developed a unique way of playing and she knows me so well. Although we still fight sometimes, I feel like the luckiest violinist in the world to be able to duet with my sister. What has been the most rewarding or memorable moment of your career so far? I don’t have a ranking list of the most rewarding or memorable moments yet, but I love giving the audience an experience that will enrich and change their lives. What exactly does a Concertmaster do, and considering your relatively young age, what do you see as the challenges ahead? The Concertmaster serves as the link between the orchestra and the conductor. As the youngest concertmaster of any major U.S. orchestra, I was initially a bit intimidated. Now, I’m just going to be myself, trust my instincts, prepare well and have a good time! Are you living Intown? I just got a great place on 12th and Juniper, which is walking distance to Symphony Hall. Unfortunately I haven’t had time to meet too many people, but I am hopeful that will change when I move permanently in August!

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Artist Addiction By Patrick Dennis I am an artist and I’ve been thinking. Actually, more like daydreaming which is much more fun because you can freeassociate and anything that pops into mind is a legitimate thought even if it’s not related to where you are or what you’re supposed to be doing like making a living, weeding, or returning messages from friends who think you are ignoring them just because they texted you and you didn’t immediately text back, which is ridiculous because you can’t just drop what you’re doing to text back, especially if you’re driving, which is now illegal in some places anyway. I would never do that, but I know for a fact that I’ve seen some other people doing it while they were pretending to put on lipstick or talk to their invisible kids in the back seat. But back to thinking. Why do artists pay hundreds of dollars to set up shop at a festival, often with the threat of severe heat stoke or rain, in hopes that they are going to go home rich? Are all artists essentially gamblers at heart? And what, if anything, is the ultimate prize? Fame? Fortune? A better booth next time? Also, it seems really strange to me that festival rates for artists have gone up as the economy has gone down. And yet they get bigger and bigger, meaning that more artists apply to do those expensive shows than ever before knowing full well that they aren’t going to make more from it even though the fee has doubled. Look around Atlanta, there are dozens of huge festivals every year and they’re not slowing down for a minute. I have two artist friends that drove from Atlanta to Pensacola together for a show recently. Let’s call them Thelma and Louis. They are not anywhere close to being related, or quite as adventurous as the outlaw babes from the movie. In fact, they’re practically on opposite planets. One is a 60year-old woman who might have been wild in her youth (I think she was a professional “dancer” at one point…), but is pretty set in her ways now (read: stubborn), and the other is a young gay guy who kind of blows with the wind and tends to solve problems with beer. Somehow they got together and said, “I know! Let’s drive together, stay in a hotel room together and help each other at the festival. It will be fun!” Of course neither of them had ever been to Pensacola, and to be honest, neither of them has a very good sense of direction either. So this was already a recipe for disaster. But like good artists, they each paid $300 for a booth space in advance and prepared to hit the open highway with sunglasses on and scarves ready to blow in the wind from the tiny windows of their van. They were given instructions to arrive at 5 a.m. for their “check in slot.” This presented a problem way beyond how they would co-exist in a car or hotel room w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

without making a suicide pact. So after driving for eight hours, they arrived at their hotel and tried to figure out who was taking the top bunk, so to speak. Needless to say it was not a particularly restful night since I know that Thelma has “low alcohol tolerance threshold” and Louis would not notice. Somehow they made it through the night without having hotel staff use a ramming device to break them up. In the morning, (still dark), they went in search of the festival site. They managed to find it and start setting up, happily several yards apart. And of course, it started raining cats and dogs. Actually, it would have been better if it really did rain cats or dogs since they probably wouldn’t do as much damage as swirling wind whipped rain and lightning strikes did. One friend finished setting up, then even before it was light out, lost hundreds of dollars worth of her pottery when the wind picked up her heavy shelving and toppled it. She can make more of course, but she can’t get her time and money back from the stuff that got smashed. Did she cry? Like a river, but then everybody knows that she’ll cry if she rips a Kleenex in half. But like a trouper, she set back up after the storm hoping to recoup her losses and make the best of it. Oh, and Louis? He waited the storm out in the van, sound asleep. His style was more, “why set up now when they’ll just close the show anyhow and we’ll have to start all over again on day two?” This caused just a tad bit of tension when Thelma slogged her way back to the van and discovered the somnambulant Louis. He turned out to be right, and they had a reasonably successful second day before heading home equipped with IPOD earbuds to avoid the inevitable show recap and well, any unnecessary talking. What the heck is the matter with artists that they are so willing to gamble on these events to the extent that they’ll risk life, limb and inventory? Well, I think I know because as I said, I’ve been thinking (or daydreaming if you want to be technical about it). Artists need attention. Applause, praise, reassurance and compensation. That’s the order of importance I think. So that’s that. They will keep combing Sunshine Artist magazine looking for the next golden ticket as long as festivals keep luring the unsuspecting artists in. So I have another idea. What if festivals reduced their rates or agreed to give a percentage back to artists that get caught in the heat, rain, wind, sleet, snow...? Not only would that make these gamblers happy, but it would keep them coming back forever in the heat, rain, wind, sleet, hail, snow… It might just toughen them up so they can address their underlying addiction issues, too.

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A guide for arts and cultural entertainment for the entire family. Visual Arts Cathryn Miles Exhibit: Miles explores the full spectrum of landscape types and experiments extensively with form and structure in this exhibit of new works at Thomas Deans Fine Art. Closes July 15. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.thomasdeans.com  Zygadlewicz and Rubio Exhibit: This exhibit at Art Space International features paintings by Katarzyna Zygadlewicz and sculptures of the human form by Laura Rubio. Closes July 17. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.artspaceatl.com  The List Wall Project: This travelling exhibit by Lisa Lala brings goals, dreams and reminders from all over the world to Pryor Fine Art in the form of lists that are posted on the wall in hopes that if they are written down, they are more likely to come true. Closes July 24. Open Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.pryorfineart.com  The Novgorod Spaceship Project: This solo exhibit at SCAD Atlanta’s Trois Gallery features photographs by Andrei Rozen that depict the Modernist architecture of Novgorod’s Drama Theatre in Russia. July 5 through July 30. Open weekdays. Admission is free. www.scad.edu/ atlanta  Pivots of Moment & the Structure of Accumulation: This exhibit at Barbara Archer Gallery features works by Dayna Thacker that ponder the structure of the human soul. Open Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free. www.barbaraarcher.com  David Humphrey: New Paintings: Visit Solomon Projects to see this installation of paintings created by David Humphrey in Rome and New York over the past two years. Open Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free. www. solomonprojects.com  Big Muse: This exhibit at the Chastain Arts Center features Linda Mitchell’s mixed media paintings based on Zoo Atlanta’s elephants and rhinos. Closed Sunday. Admission is free. http:// ocaatlanta.com/programs/chastain  Amy Myers: Feminine Space: Come to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center to see works by Amy Myers, whose large-scale drawings feature elegant gestures in graphite, gouache and conte on paper. Opens July 11. Closed Monday. $3 to $5. www.thecontemporary.org

Museums Robert C. Williams Paper Museum Permanent Exhibits: This museum is an internationally

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renowned resource on the history of paper and paper technology with more than 10,000 watermarks, papers, tools, machines and manuscripts. Open weekdays. Free!    www.ipst. gatech.edu/amp  Georgia Capitol Museum: This public educational institution housed in the State Capitol building seeks to preserve and interpret the history of the Georgia State Capitol building itself, as well as the events that have taken place within its walls. Open weekdays. Free! www.sos.ga.gov  Auburn Avenue Research Library: If you haven’t utilized this Atlanta gem, visit it today to learn about the history of slavery, race relations, African American community development and the Civil Rights Movement. Daily. Free! www. af.public.lib.ga.us/aarl  The Wren’s Nest: Come visit the Victorian home of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus tales, where docents provide tours each day of the vast collection of furniture, books and decor original to the Harris home. Open Tuesday through Saturday. $5 to $8. www. wrensnestonline.com  Hammonds House Museum: This museum is the only independent, public museum in Atlanta dedicated exclusively to the preservation, exhibition and study of visual artists of African descent. Closed Monday. $2 to $4. www. hammondshouse.org  Greene Family Learning Gallery: Families can visit the High Museum of Art to explore their creativity in five fun activity areas: Building Buildings, Making a Mark, Telling Stories, Sculpting Spaces and Transforming Treasure. Closed Monday. $11 to $18. www.high.org 

Theatre Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery: This play at Horizon Theatre is a joyous, exuberant celebration of the coming-of-age of a young girl and the eight loving Big Mamas who raised her. Opens July 2. $20 to $30. www.horizontheatre.com  Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff: This Center for Puppetry Arts production features a host of kooky characters in a mixture of traditional folk tales and witty original stories told by a solo puppeteer. July 6 through July 18. $16. www.puppet.org  The Darker Face of the Earth: This Georgia premiere at Actor’s Express is a re-imagined story of Oedipus on a slave plantation in the American South and is part of the 12th Annual Essential Play Festival. Opens July 7. $10 to $30. www.essentialtheatre.com  Spoon: The Musical: Dad’s Garage ladles out six hilarious and horrifying tales about the journey of a haunted spoon as sin and singing come

together to make perfect harmony. July 9 through July 31. $13 to $20. www.dadsgarage.com Christmas in July: LandingStar Dance joins forces with other artists and performers to present this lighthearted contemporary dance performance at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. July 11. $20. www.callanwolde.org  Sally and Glen at the Palace: This Georgia premiere at Actor’s Express is a comic drama about the growing friendship between two very different college students working together in a 1970s Southern university town and is part of the 12th Annual Essential Play Festival. Opens July 14. $10 to $24. www.essentialtheatre.com  Philadanco: Forty years of dreams, triumph, skill, energy and determination come to bear on the Rialto Center for the Arts stage for these works by four exciting choreographers. July 15 and July 17. $25 to $35. www.rialtocenter.org  The Phantom of the Opera: This show at the Fabulous Fox will be the final overture in the Southeast of this musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and it features some of the most lavish

sets, costumes and special effects ever to have been created for the stage. Closes July 18. $24.25 to $73.75. www.broadwayacrossamerica. com   Everybody Loves Pirates: Lucy and her friend Little Chucky have big dreams, a treasure map and lots of determination as they set off on the adventure of a lifetime in this Center for Puppetry Arts show. Opens July 20. $16. www.puppet.org  The Legend of the Sword in the Stone: Magic and mischief abound in this World Premiere adaptation of the classic tale presented by Georgia Shakespeare at the Conant Performing Arts Center. Opens July 20. $13. www.gashakespeare.org  Qualities of Starlight: This World Premiere at Actor’s Express is part of the 12th Annual Essential Play Festival and is a twisted family comedy about a successful young astronomer who brings his wife home to the North Georgia mountains to find his parents addicted to crystal meth. Opens July 21. $10 to $24. www.essentialtheatre.com  20/4: A Murder Mystery in Real Time: Join w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Agent Jack Sour and his friends at Agatha’s – A Taste of Mystery as they all try to save the one thing that everyone cares about … dinner! Closes July 28. $60 to $62.50. www.agathas.com

favorite for years, this fast-paced Saturday night improv competition features the best improvisers in the city and uses your suggestions to fuel the show. $13 to $15. www.dadsgarage.com

Improv: Come out and watch them do it live on stage as the magic of improv comedy is unveiled before your very own eyes at Whole World Theatre. Every Thursday through Saturday. $10 to $21. www.wholeworldtheatre.com

Samurai Davis Jr. and Dim Sum’s Super Mega Happy Fun Time Improv Show!: This truly outrageous Japanese-style game show on stage every Friday night at Dad’s Garage is like “Let’s Make a Deal” meets “Double Dare.” $15. www.dadsgarage.com Down in the Basement Improv: Prepare for an hour-long, short-form improv show in which the performers take multiple suggestions from the audience, create scenes and play games every Friday and Saturday night at The Basement Theatre. $5 to $10. www.thebasementtheatre.com

The Doug Dank Project: This long-form style improv show every Wednesday night at PushPush Theater fuses the unpredictable and impulsive nature of improvisation with the steadiness and permanence of true-life stories. $5. www.pushpushtheater.com

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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

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 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. $7 to $10. www.villagecomedy.com Whole World Theatre Company

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s AllAmerican Celebration: Raise your flag for an evening of patriotic singalongs, followed by a jaw-dropping fireworks show, at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. July 1. $27 to $59. www.atlantasymphony.org

Callanwolde Summer Pops Concert: This concert by the Callanwolde Concert Band at the Alpharetta First United Methodist Church will feature retired Col. William Baldwin from the US Army. July 14. Free! www.calcb.org

Callanwolde Summer Pops Concert: Don’t miss this Fourth of July celebration with the Callanwolde Concert Band on the bandstand in Decatur Square. The evening will include a fireworks display. July 4. Free! www.calcb.org

Legends Celebration: To Curtis with Love: This show at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall is part of the National Black Arts Festival and is a tribute to the music and legacy of Curtis Mayfield. July 16. $25 to $65. www.nbaf.org

Liza Minnelli with the ASO: Minnelli will sing sensational American standards with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in this glamorous and intimate concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. July 2. $25 to $75. www.atlantasymphony.org

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concert: This concert at Ebenezer Baptist Church is part of the National Black Arts Festival and features young musicians from the ASO Talent Development Program. July 18. Free! www.nbaf.org

Georgia Shakespeare 25 Years of Bringing The Bard’s Best to Atlanta

Chris Kayser and Joe Knezevich in Shrew: the Musical at Georgia Shakespeare Jen hoFstetter

By Britton Buttrill Georgia Shakespeare is celebrating 25 years of bringing the Bard’s best to Atlanta. In July 1986, the company staged its inaugural season – including The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear – in a tent at Oglethorpe University’s baseball stadium. Thousands braved the heat and rain to see the shows. Twenty-five seasons later, Georgia Shakespeare’s Artistic Director Richard Garner, and actors Park Krausen and Joe Knezevich reflect on the past and present with some of their most memorable experiences. Georgia Shakespeare holds a particularly special place in the hearts of Knezevich and Krausen, who met in the summer of 2002 after graduating from the company’s internship program. Four years later, their w w w. A t l a n t a I N t o w n P a p e r. c o m

Body and Soul: Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon revives the lost art of live silent film accompaniment as he and a 16piece Big Band perform the original score to Oscar Micheaux’s 1925 film “Body and Soul” at the Rialto Center for the Arts. This event is part of the National Black Arts Festival. July 14. $25 to $45. www.nbaf.org

friendship became a marriage. Knezevich has been with the company since the summer of 1999, after he auditioned for an internship at the Southeastern Theatre Conference his senior year at Florida State University. He was one of six chosen out of about 1,200 who auditioned. After 12 years of performing with the company, he said that his favorite role has been Richard III. “He was a very physically demanding and amazing character. I had half-a-head of white hair and a creepy white contact lens… come on,” Knezevich laughed, noting that his favorite production was Metamorphoses. “It was an absolutely beautiful script to begin with, and then all the pieces and parts that came together in the most beautiful, cohesive way.” Krausen is both an associate artist with Georgia Shakespeare and the artistic director of Atlanta’s French theater, Théâtre du Rêve. Park first came to work with Georgia Shakespeare when she was cast as an acting intern after her junior year of college at Emory University. Park said her memorable roles are Geraldine Barclay in What the Butler Saw – “Because I had to run around on stage in my underwear and a straight jacket” – and Portia in Merchant of Venice. “It has been an honor to grow up in this company as the artists around me ripen and mature and continue to explore,” Krausen said.

Artistic Director Richard Garner’s passion for theatre began at Berry College, where he received a theatre scholarship. Although he originally planned on majoring in English, he found himself immersed in theatre during his undergraduate years and double majored in both English and Theatre. “We only did one Shakespeare in my four years at Berry, but I had a strong affinity for it from my English studies,” said Garner, “but I knew that if I wanted to pursue acting, I needed deeper training than I got from a BA program. I needed a hard-core conservatory program.” Garner went on to study and train with the acclaimed American Conservatory Theatre and did two seasons of summer stock with a company near San Jose, Calif., but he had been dreaming of starting his own theatre company since Berry. “Another theater student, Lane Anderson, and I were talking about how we’d like to start a theater one day after we left school,” said Garner, “Lane moved to New York while I went out west, but we kept in touch. We both ended up focusing on Shakespeare in our post-undergrad studies and we both acted in Shakespeare companies.” After returning to Atlanta, Anderson was talking to then-Oglethorpe President Manning Patillo and mentioned his discussions with Garner about starting a theater company. “Dr. Patillo said, “why not at Oglethorpe?’ The rest, as they say, is history.” Garner said that although many things have changed with the company over the last 25 years, others have stayed the same. “GS has certainly changed its

Broadway Rocks: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a splendid vocal quartet straight from Broadway knock it out of the park with your favorites from “Mamma Mia!,” “Rent,” “The Lion King” and more at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. July 23. $27 to $59. www.atlantasymphony.org Libby Whittemore: The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra performs cabaret and Broadway favorites with popular Atlanta vocalist Libby Whittemore at the Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston Campus auditorium. July 30 through August 1. $15 to $30. www.dekalbsymphony.com Queen – A Rock and Symphonic Spectacular with the ASO: This concert at Chastain Park Amphitheatre features the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with stars from London’s smash musical “We Will Rock You” and a sensational rock band. July 31. $20 to $55. www.atlantasymphony. org. For more events, visit www.AtlantaPlanIt.com.

physical environment,” said Garner, “A tent atmosphere is very different from the comfort of the Conant Center Theater and we are able to invest more resources in physical elements of shows now, but one thing that hasn’t really changed is the group of artists we work with. We have some artists who have been with us for more than 20 years.” Garner said that he doesn’t have one particular favorite play that Georgia Shakespeare has performed, but if he had to pick one, it would be Shrew: The Musical, which was adapted in 1993 and has been revived again this season. Garner said one of his strongest memories is when the company was still performing in the tent. After it was erected on the baseball field, he would go out to the empty tent in the evening, sitting and envisioning what all of the empty space could become. “There was a sort of palpable energy and it reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from Henry V, ‘Now sits expectation in the air.’ The empty tent represented the raw potential we as a company had to make theater. That sort of sums up, to me, the way an audience feels when they sit down in a theater and the lights go out. It also sums up the attitude a group of artists have when they begin the process of telling a story and bringing it to life on stage. It speaks of artistic hope and the possibility of creatively exploring the journey of the human spirit together.” Georgia Shakespeare is currently performing Love’s Labours Lost, Shrew: The Musical, and King Lear in repertory through Aug. 8. For ticket information, visit www.gashakes.org.

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By Kathy Vogeltanz As hot weather settles over Atlanta, cool refreshment becomes more important than ever. Of course sweet tea is the staple drink of the South, but summer cocktails and

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wines can offer exciting tastes without the debilitating bite of a mint julep. “Sangria is a perfect summer cocktail since it’s served on ice with fresh fruit,” said James A. Tramonte Jr., founder and president of Mavin Brands LLC, based in Atlanta. “When it’s really hot, people want

refreshment as well as flavor – and Sangria is the answer. Mixed drinks can be high in alcohol and beer can be refreshing but filling.”  He explained that Savida Sangria (www.savidasangria.com) is particularly refreshing since it doesn’t have any added sugar and blends premium California wine with all natural juice. Its balance of flavors is just right, not overly sweet nor too high in alcohol (only 11percent unless you add brandy, rum or other liquor). Savida contains specialty fruits – elderberry, passion fruit, peach, tangerine – that have high levels of antioxidants. In fact, the elderberry in the red sangria has five times the levels of antioxidants as blueberries.    “Savida offers the same great homemade taste of sangria without the extra calories from added sugar and without the hassle of planning and preparation,” Tramonte added. “It’s perfect for summer entertaining. You can personalize Savida by adding fresh fruit as garnish and your guests will never know it wasn’t made from scratch.”  Among the summer wine choices, Rosés are an overwhelming favorite. Debbie Fraker, the wine buyer for Whole Foods on Ponce (www.wholefoodsmarket.com) in Midtown, reported, “Rosé is finally catching on as the perfect summertime wine, a more full-bodied wine that can be served cold with everything from grilled shrimp or salmon to barbecue. Pinot Noir is always a popular red for summer – and Whole Foods has an excellent selection of Pinots for under $15.”  Other Whole Foods summer choices include Pisato Organic Pinot Grigio, Charles & Charles Syrah Rosé and Opala Vinho Verde.  Ray Woo, wine manager at Mac’s Beer & Wine (www.macsbeerandwine.com) in Midtown, explained that Rosés can be light, crisp and very refreshing. His personal suggestion is a dry Rosé: Domaine Houchart Côtes De Provence. For people who prefer white wine, Woo said a Sauvignon Blanc is a good warm weather choice, and recommended Domaine Merlin-Cherrier Sancerre.  At Sherlock’s (www.sherlocks.com) on Northside Parkway, manager Xavier De Marchi is quick to help, and he also named some delicious French wines for quenching a summertime thirst, including a Rosé, Domaine Charvin Côtes-du-Rhône 2009,

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and a dry white dessert wine that’s 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc: Château Doisy Daëne sec 2007. Other good hot weather choices are Domaine des Aubuisières Vouvray Cuvée de Silex 2009, an off-dry wine that’s 100% Chenin Blanc, and, from Austria, LethGruner Veltliner Steinagrun 2008. All of these wines retail around the $15 to $17 mark. “I like dry crisp wines in the summer – Oregon Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blancs, Chenin Blancs, Viognier and well-made white blends,” said John Hall, owner of Hall’s of Fine Wines (www.hallsoffinewines. com) in Inman Park Village. “I tend to feature sparkling wines in the summer months – Prosecco, Champagnes, Cavas – and recently there are some almond- and raspberry-flavored sparkling wines that have proven to be crowd pleasers.”  Rosés are back in vogue, Hall agreed, and said he carries a Pinot Grigio Rosé, a Côtes du Rhône Rosé, a Cabernet Rosé, several sparkling Rosés, a Grenache Rosé – and even a Lagrein Rosé. Torrentes from Argentina and Muscato Rosés seem to be hot (no pun intended), he added.   For people who still want red wines in the summer, Hall advised they try the lighter varietals like Zinfandels, Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Tempranillo. “There are also some nice red blends that can be lighter bodied. Finally, try chilling your red wines by putting them in the fridge for a half hour or so. Most folks chill their white wines, but forget about red wines. Serving red wines at around 65 degrees will add to the flavor and be more refreshing.” 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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guests as far ahead as possible since summer is a busy travel time for most people.

When the temperature’s hitting 90 degree, the last thing you want to be sweating about is a party. Keep it simple, casual, cool and plan ahead. Take a moment to visualize how you would like your party to come together. Visualize your guests talking, laughing and enjoying great food and drinks. Are they in your backyard, on the deck, at your pool or a community pool / clubhouse? Take a few minutes to plan the major details on paper: afternoon or evening, poolside casual or festive cocktail, families or adults-only, indoor buffet or outdoor picnic-style – the big picture will dictate the rest of your planning. Consider weather and temperature when choosing a venue and planning the menu. The ultimate goal of a party is to have fun. Mosquitoes and oppressive heat are not fun! In other words, don’t put your guests in the backyard at dusk unless you’ve taken care of the bug situation. And don’t seat them uncovered in the August midday sun. Next, establish a budget, choose a date, and make a guest list. Will you be sending out paper invitations, using Evite or calling all of your friends a few days out? Invite

Assess your party space. Does the landscaping need a touch-up? Pool need cleaning? Deck furniture in good shape? Do you have enough seating? Is it time for that new portable fire pit you’ve had your eye on? If you’re having a pool party do you have enough pool toys and floats for the kids? This time of year, it’s especially wise to have a bad weather back-up plan. Afternoon pop-up showers can drive folks indoors; will you be prepared? Also, provide a tent or allow people to circulate indoors for relief from the heat and sun. If your party goes after dark, do you have appropriate lighting? Plan the menu. Are you grilling or serving a catered buffet? Is there a theme? For casual outdoor events, it’s fun to have guests bring a side dish – and it takes a load off of you. Have guests RSVP with their dishes so you don’t end up with three potato salads! Also, consider how you’ll serve and keep perishable foods cold. Have fun with a signature cocktail (and signature nonalcoholic drink). You will no doubt need bottled waters, sodas and plenty of ice as well. And finally, keep the phone number for

a taxi or a designated driver handy in case guests need a ride home. Type up your grocery and drinks list now. Will you need flowers, decorations, a tub for ice and drinks, paper lanterns, etc.? Segment your list by store (Publix, liquor store, etc.) so that you’re not wasting trips.

Shop for non-perishables and items that will keep until you’re ready to cook or serve them. Clear out the fridge and freezer to make sure you have space for cold items.

Begin cooking and baking anything that can be made ahead and frozen. Create a staging area for supplies so that you can grab and go as you set up and decorate.

If rain is not in the forecast, begin setting up your outdoor spaces. Place furniture, tents, lighting, bug torches, serving table and drink areas, trashcans and recycling bins.

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party,blow up pool toys, place signs to identify paths to bathrooms for guests and make sure you have enough toilet paper, hand towels and soap.

Start early! Recruit a friend to assist with last minute decorating and set up of drink tubs, serving pieces, cutlery, cups and plates while you complete the food preparation. Wipe down tables and chairs. Have one person on hand to make an emergency run to the store for last minute items, if needed. Claire Kurtz is a certified personal assistant and helps people get organized through her company, The Well Organized Woman. Visit thewellorganizedwoman.com for more information.

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Quick Bites News & Happenings tankgoodness.com or by phone at (404) 547-5202. www.tankgoodness.com Los Angeles residents are so enamored of Pinkberry frozen yogurt that it’s often referred to as “Crackberry.” Atlantans can finally get their fix of the tart treat at the first Pinkberry location in the state at 2937 Cobb Parkway in the Akers Mill Shopping Center. www.pinkberry.com Farmstead 303 has opened in the old Decatur train depot (formerly Depeaux) serving up “fresh, simple comfort food – sourced locally when possible,” according to owner Teri Rogers. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu has such items as southern fried chicken, meatloaf, roast duck breast, strip steak, mountain trout, grilled ham and veggies like creamed corn, green beans, squash casserole, collard greens and sliced tomatoes. farmstead303.squarespace.com Tank Goodness has opened a new franchise delivering its delicious allnatural, organic oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Cookies are baked fresh at order, put in a decorative recycled box and delivered still warm within a 15mile radius of Midtown. Cookies are $20 per dozen plus tax and minium delivery order is two-dozen. You can even get a halfgallon of cold milk to go with them. The Atlanta INtown staff sampled the cookies and declared them some of the best they had tasted. Place orders at Atlanta@

Marlow’s Tavern restaurants around Atlanta, including the Midtown and Vinings location – are offering upscale pub fare and showing 2010 World Cup matches daily on large, flat-screen televisions. Since the World Cup continues through July 11, there’s still plenty of time to catch a game. www. marlowstavern.com Chef Darryl Evans is the new head the kitchen at City Club of Buckhead, 3343 Peachtree Road. The dining club opens for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Saturday and full-service meeting facilities. www.cityclubofbuckhead.com ADI Restaurant Concepts and Zaza Pachulia has reopened the former Eno by Zaza as 5th Street Café. The restaurant features a new menu including charcuterie plate of meats and cheeses, frisee salad and more. Eno’s wine club will stay intact and keep its members. The café is at 800 Peachtree St.

Eat Downtown Restaurant Week returns July 26 to Aug. 8

Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week returns July 26 through Aug. 8 with eateries showcasing their culinary skills with special three-course meals for $25 and $35 per person, plus tip, plus tax. There are no tickets or passes to buy; simply show up at a participating restaurant and enjoy. However, reservations are suggested and can be made through OpenTable.com. Participating restaurants for the $25 prix-fixe menu are Avanzara, French American Brasserie, Glenn’s Kitchen, Max Lager’s American Grill & Brewery, Meehan’s Public House, No Mas! Cantina, Paschal’s Atlanta Downtown location only, Peasant Bistro, Pittypat’s Porch, ROOM, Sear, Social, Spoon, STATS, Terrace on Peachtree, Thrive, Trader Vic’s (July 26 to Aug. 1 only) and Truva. Restaurants with the $35 prix-fixe menu are Atlanta Grill, BLT Steak, Durango Steak House, Il Mulino, Legal Sea Goods, Ray’s in the City, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Aug. 2 to 8 only) and the Sun Dial Restaurant. www.atlantadowntown.com

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JCT. Kitchen and Bar will host the second annual Attack of The Killer Tomato Festival on Aug. 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $50 per person and $45 for Georgia Organics members if purchased by Aug. 1. After that date, tickets will cost $65 per person. www. jctkitchen.comZoo Atlanta fundraiser Jazzoo is set for Sept. 25, featuring live music, open bars and more than 30 restaurants, including 4th & Swift, Allora, Bocado, Corner Tavern, Croaker’s Spot, Dantanna’s, Highland Bakery, JCT Kitchen, Lotta Frutta, Metrofresh, Muss & Turner’s, Noni’s, Sawicki’s, Six Feet Under, Stone Soup Kitchen, Tin Lizzy’s, Vickery’s and Young Augustine’s. More details at www. jazzooatlanta.org.

as well as vegetarian offerings. There’s also hand-dipped ice cream, floats, fruit parfaits, pies, cookies, four flavors of Icee’s, and Coca-Cola cupcakes. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during peak season, but are subject to change. www.worldofcoca-cola. com/pemberton-cafe Local chef and Brookhaven resident Joey Riley will open Kaleidoscope Bistro & Pub this fall at Village Place Brookhaven. The former executive chef at Buckhead Diner and business partner Doug Gross, also a Brookhaven resident, said they wanted to bring a restaurant to their own neighborhood. Kaleidoscope’s menu will offer something for everyone based on fresh and local ingredients, combining the best of various cuisines worldwide. Its wine and beer program will feature approachable, affordable selections, highlighting smaller vineyards and independent breweries.

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Assess Your Nest Home energy audit can save money, find problems Editor’s Note: We asked our regular freelance writer Jenn Ballentine to have an energy audit performed on her home. Energy audits (or assessments) are a new trend for homeowner looking to save money and make their home more energy efficient. This is Jenn’s first person account of the process and results. By Jenn Ballentine As a freelance writer and consultant, I work from home and am particularly attuned to the varying comfort levels of my 1910 Craftsman in Virginia Highland. Given that my home is 100 years old and still contains all of the original lead glass windows, two of the five original coalburning fireplaces and some of the original plaster walls, it is very drafty and cold in the wintertime. In the summertime, it is difficult to maintain a comfortable temperature, particularly when we entertain and have more people than usual in the house.

Joe Thomas and Steve Herzlieb of Renewal System Solutions (a sister company of Renewal Design Build) conducted a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Assessment on my home looking for air leakage, inadequate insulation, leaky heating and cooling systems and ineffective moisture control. Thomas and Herzlieb conducted a number of diagnostic tests using sophisticated equipment to accurately measure the air infiltration (“draftiness”), duct leakage, pressure differentials, carbon monoxide levels and gas leakage in my home. They applied an integrated, wholehouse approach in order to adequately diagnose problems and identify solutions. Specifically, they inspected the building envelope and air tightness, the insulation, the windows, the ductwork, the lighting and appliances and the mechanical systems (e.g. the heating and cooling systems and the water heater). Not surprisingly, they found a number


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Writer Jenn Ballentine’s 1910 Craftsman-style home in Virginia Highland was given a full energy audit by Renewal System Solutions, including depressurizing the house to test air leakage. An energy audit can add equity to your home. of high priority issues particularly related to air leakage and duct leakage. Additionally, they confirmed our suspicions that our 14year old heating and cooling systems and water heater need replacing due to safety and efficiency issues. To test for air leakage, Thomas and Herzlieb depressurized the house by using a blower door and drawing air out of the house. This test indicated that approximately 103 percent of our home’s air exchanges with the outside air through leaks and holes in the building envelope every hour. While this level is within the expected range for an older home (0.65-1.50 air

changes per hour), Renewal recommended that we improve the air tightness of our home by sealing the air leaks and fixing gaps in the building envelope. To improve the thermal barrier of the building envelope (e.g. the portion that insulates the inside from the outside), Renewal recommended that we add to the batting insulation we currently have in the attic by spraying or blowing the insulation under the roof decking to achieve a minimum of R-30 insulation. Several years ago, we insulated the crawlspace below our first floor with closed cell spray foam, which CONTINUED ON PAGE 40

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Real Estate Briefs Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty announced a new client service through RealValuator Real Estate Information. This service offers a thorough view of the real estate market previously unavailable from one source. The announcement makes Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty the first real estate brokerage firm in Georgia to employ the RealValuator Real Estate Information product suite. Real time information is updated daily and includes active listings, recent sales, homes in the foreclosure process, bank owned sales and government conveyances. www.atlantafinehomes.com Prudential Georgia Realty has opened its Buckhead office at 3221 Peachtree Road. A ribbon cutting was in May with more than 300 people in attendance. Notable guests included former Atlanta Mayor and Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell and real estate authority John Adams. Prudential Georgia Realty Managing Broker Bill Murray is currently interviewing full-time real estate professionals to fill the office’s remaining sales positions. Visit www.BuckheadRealEstateNews.com for a complete search on available properties in metro Atlanta. Anthem Homes Neighborhoods announced it has begun construction in The Park at Whitlock in Marietta, The Reserve at City Park, Wellstone at Middle Creek, Bakers Farm in the Chateau Elan area, Sherwood Park in Smyrna and The Preserve at Wylie Bridge in Woodstock. Anthem is currently offering its first homebuyers financing from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. www.anthemhomes.us

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McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority chose HOK Atlanta to develop the fifth and final phase of the redevelopment of Fort McPherson in southwest Atlanta. This phase continues the vision first laid out by a HOK led team in 2007 and will also focus on the preparation of a plan for the research park. HOK Atlanta will lead a team comprised of Deloitte, Huntley Partners, Phase 3 Properties, Kimley Horn, Cousins Properties and the Integral Group with their work expected to last six months. Unresolved questions of how much land the Army will transfer through the EDC remains a factor in the firm’s planning efforts. Plans for the 2011 closing of Ft. McPherson were made in accordance with the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005. Harry Norman, Realtors presents the Southern Living Idea House in Senoia in Coweta County. Senoia is known for providing the cinematic backdrop for over 24 film and television productions including Fried Green Tomatoes and Sweet Home Alabama. The home in Senoia will be the first Southern Living brownstone project. Well-known architects from Historical Concepts will be spearheading the house’s design. The house is now open for tours with ticket proceeds benefiting The American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball 2010. www.southernliving.com



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Vinings Main has started closings on 30 new homes under contract since its recent grand opening. Vinings Main offers one- and two-bedroom as well as two-bedroom with a den, large condominium homes ranging from 897 to 1,868 square feet that are situated in three mid-rise controlled access buildings with elevators and a controlled access parking garage. One-bedroom homes are available for as low as the $140s and two-bedrooms as low as the $200s. The development is just off Paces Ferry Road in historic Vinings. www.viningsmain.com More than 450 Realtors and guests attended this year’s 21st Annual Atlanta Board of Realtors Auction, “Gold Rush”, which gave members a taste of the old West. With nearly 370 items donated – such as incredible vacations, spa packages and advertising deals – auctioneer Tom Spurlin moved the evening quickly and with humor. Raffle winner Shirley Sharp walked away with a $1,000 cash prize. The evening was a great success raising approximately $100,000 in proceeds to be distributed to Habitat for Humanity- Atlanta Chapter and the Atlanta Board of Realtors Educational Foundation.



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Brookhaven mixed-use development to open in 2011 By Shandra Hill Smith

Sembler Company describes it as a pedestrian-friendly urban village. National and local retailers and restaurants joining the development reportedly include Publix, L.A. Fitness, Costco, Moe’s, T- Mobile, the Flying Biscuit Café, CinéBistro, The Cup, a cupcake bistro, and Slack’s Restaurant & Bar. Apartment homes in the area include

This fall through spring 2011 looks to bring a burst of activity to Town Brookhaven, a mixed-use development in Atlanta’s Brookhaven community. The 550,000-square-foot development (www.townbrookhaven.net) on Peachtree Road is slated to open next year. The

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Alexan Town Brookhaven (www.alexanbrookhaven.net), located at 305 Brookhaven Ave., and The GoodWynn at Town Brookhaven (www.thegoodwynn. com) at 705 Town Blvd. Alexan Town Brookhaven welcomed its first occupant in December, and, with 287 one- and two-bedroom apartments, is 54 percent occupied and 73 percent leased, according to Michelle St. Michael, assistant manager. “We’re very excited with how well we’re doing,” said Michael, adding that in addition to the amenities offered at Alexan Town Brookhaven, location is a plus — with the property “being right on Peachtree Road, as well as close to Buckhead and its restaurants and shopping.” Amenities include a saltwater swimming pool, courtyard garden, fire pit, library room with coffee bar, poolside Wi-Fi, elevators, 24-hour business center and fitness center (with a personal trainer on hand two days each week). Interior features include granite countertops, ceramic tile bath flooring and large walk-in closets. The GoodWynn at Town Brookhaven, which opened its doors in July 2009, is 60 percent occupied and 75 percent leased, said Michelle Lara, development manager, Lincoln Property Company (www. lincolnproperty.com). Lara says the property is attracting young, urban professionals to its one- and two-bedroom loft-style apartment homes. Some of the community’s amenities are: the 705 Club, a multi-media recreation room with wet bar, internet kiosks and billiards; a two-story health and fitness studio featuring Precor cardio equipment with flat-screen televisions and individual iPod docking stations; pool with grilling area; sky garden with tennis and Bocce ball courts; Wi-Fi hot spots; climate-controlled interior hallways; granite slab countertops; and gourmet island kitchens. “The Brookhaven area provides its residents with a small-town community feel while being only minutes from Buckhead and downtown Atlanta,” added Lara. “Its close proximity to upscale dining and shopping, such as Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza, are a definite plus; not to mention its easy access to all of Atlanta’s major highways.”  

improved the temperature of our downstairs floors considerably. Spraying or blowing insulation into the attic can potentially reduce the summer temperature in our attic by 30 percent. In their inspection of our attic and crawl space, Thomas and Herzlieb also inspected our ducts and tested the ductwork with a duct blaster. The duct blaster pressurizes the ducts to obtain a measure of leakage. The duct leakage for our downstairs system was only 15 percent while the leakage on the upstairs system measured 64 percent. This level is considerably higher than the 20 to 30 percent duct leakage levels typically seen in older homes. Renewal recommended sealing the attic ducts with mastic and repairing the loose, leaky duct connections in order to improve air tightness. To test for combustion safety, Renewal checked the gas levels using a leakator and found a gas leak in our upstairs fireplace and near the water heater. Upon learning that we rarely use the fireplace, they recommended closing the valve, thereby eliminating the gas leak. The water heater, given its age and condition, failed the combustion safety tests, indicating that exhaust gases are entering the crawlspace. While the level of undiluted carbon monoxide detected (31 parts per million) is not considered dangerous, Thomas recommended replacing the water heater with a high efficiency, power vented system which sends combustion gases directly outside with no chance to mix with indoor air. Renewal also recommended replacing the upstairs furnace with a high efficiency, sealed-combustion system to prevent back drafting, which causes carbon monoxide and other fumes to enter the house back down the chimney flue. Both furnaces, which are nearing the end of their useful life, should be replaced in the near future. To help us correct these problems, Renewal provided us with a recommendations and improvement plan that included approximate costs

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issues and plan to correct them in the near future. While we would like to address all of the diagnosed problems, we are not able to do so all at once, even with the potential rebates and tax credit. The assessment, however, provided us with valuable information and a plan for which home improvements we need to implement over the course of the next several years. We learned a great deal about how to make our home more energy efficient, comfortable and healthy and we highly recommend the process to those looking to do the same. Assessments usually cost anywhere from $450 to $600 depending on the size of the home and the amount of time it takes to assess the home. The assessment process Renewal uses is similar to EarthCraft and can be used to help certify a home as EarthCraft. Upon completion of the assessment, Renewal System Solutions prepares a report and presents the findings to the homeowners.

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DRTC. The bedroom above has two incredible focal points: the tiled headboard and lighting by Bulthaup and the Asian-inspired artwork by John Folsom on the opposite wall, which replicates the tile pattern. Clean vertical lines on the duvet and pillows from Archipelago tie the room together. DRTC owner Willis Watts designed the space for a loft in the Chelsea area of New York. www.DRTCstudio.com.

GADO GADO. Known for its intricately carved, one-of-a-kind pieces,

Gado Gado on Amsterdam Avenue in Midtown has a selection of benches (like the ones above), daybeds, coffee tables, art and more to give any a home a touch of world flavor. Many items are made from teak wood and hand painted to give them a textured look, and Gado Gado furniture makers also use recycled wood in their designs for those looking for eco-friendly pieces. www.GadoGado.com. 42 INtown | July 2010

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Before Sarah and Cam, the owners of this cottage in the Collier Hills neighborhood behind Piedmont Hospital, called in A Masterpiece Remodeling to help them create more space. The couple didn’t want to move from their great location, so AMR suggested a total remodel. The downstairs kitchen was enlarged and breakfast room added with an addition; a second floor upstairs with two bedrooms and bath, and master suite doubled the square footage of their home. For more about AMR and to see more projects, visit www.amasterpieceremodeling.com.

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Wow! What a great start to summer – plenty of rain and a slow building heat. It reminds me of summers as a kid: hot and bright days followed by heavy dark storms and bright, fresh green pastures. I thought we’d never see such summers again with the last few years of drought. Our very best plants are really starting to show their elegance at Garden*Hood. Our growers – myself included – have to get new starts potted in April and grown through May to be able to offer the perennials, grasses, ferns, flowering shrubs, succulents and tropicals that savvy gardeners want for their gardens. The general and pervasive gardening wisdom tells us that planting season is over and therefore planting stops. Au contraire, ornamental plants can be planted at nearly any time of the year – with a few exceptions. In the past, you could only buy plants that were in the ground. They were dug up and transplanted from nursery to garden. That maneuver was best performed in the cool season when the plant would have the least amount of stress while its severed roots recovered. Bringing to fruition a larger window of planting, the black plastic pot was developed. These tidy black packages, with all of the roots intact, allow you to pop it in the ground, water it sufficiently a few times and then its back into the air-conditioning. While nearly all container-grown plants will thrive after summer planting, there are a few that will strive. Perennials: The vast array won’t reach their zenith of varietal availability until early summer,

when the growers finally have their crops ready for retail. The choices are much better and summer and fall blooming plants respond quickly and easily to summer heat. Grasses and ferns: By my observation they have a greater window of success when planted in the heat. Too early and they may rot - too late and they may not make it through the first winter. Tropicals: Yes, we can plant a broad range of sub-tropical plants that are winter hardy. Gingers, palms, bananas, elephant ears and dozens of other showy and shocking tropical-looking plants do absolutely best when planted in the heat. Succulents: Cool agaves, yuccas, cacti, echiverias and sedums can be grown in Atlanta. Most like it dry, hot and, like tropicals, need a long summer to establish sufficiently to be winter hardy. Flowering shrubs: Roses, buddleia, hibiscus and hydrangeas are now in the nurseries and won’t be when fall rolls around. Don’t wait. The trick to planting in the summer is, of course, water. My system… dig a hole for the plant, then pour a bucket of water into the bottom and let it soak in. Next, place the plant in it, cover the root ball and then pour another bucketful on top. If no rain appears for a few days, check new plants for wilt and soak them again. My experience is that once we have a good soaking rain, new plants can be left pretty much to their own devices with only occasional checkups throughout the summer. Easy. 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, email newmoongardens@gmail.com or call (404) 593-0996

Stage To Sell Tips to entice buyers into signing on the dotted line A well staged home is proven to sell more quickly. Of course, you don’t want to break the bank getting a home ready for sell, but these simple tips will help buyers visualize themselves moving in.

First Impression The old saying goes, you only have one chance to make a good first impression, and the same goes with your home. Remove dead flowers, plants and trees. Lay new sod or use mulch creatively. Fix broken steps, railings, outdoor lights and doorbells. Updated door hardware, lighting and a new doormat will welcome prospective buyers.

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often have a hard time seeing past cosmetic issues like wild paint colors, so spend a weekend freshening up the walls with neutral paint colors.

Let the Sunshine In Remove heavy, outdated curtains and go for simple, sleek blinds, Roman shades or neutral curtain panels that let plenty of light into the room. For rooms that need artificial lighting, remember the rule of thumb is 100 watts for every 50 square feet.

Float Rather than lining the walls with furniture, consider letting the furniture float in the room to create cozy seating groups around a focal point such as a fireplace. It gives a room a more spacious feel.

Too Many Mementoes While you might love your collection of stuffed birds or having photographs on every available surface, pruning personal items from a home will help potential buyers see their own mementoes in the space.

Bins Are In You can stash away items you need to keep until the home sells in plastic bins readily available from The Container Store or Target. Stash them under the bed or stack them neatly away in a closet so that even potential clutter looks well-organized. – Ideas courtesy HGTV.com

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increase comfort and enjoyment. Most systems are designed to link and control literally anything that is connected to the electronic system of your home. This means virtually anything that has power running to it can be linked to one of these systems. Imagine being at work or on a trip and remembering you left a window or the garage door open. Simply punch a couple of keys from your office computer or smart phone, and the door closes. Some other great benefits you receive from making your home smarter: •The lights dim automatically when you start a movie in the DVR. •Shades close at key times of the day to

reduce heat gain. •The radiant floor in your bathroom kicks on one hour before you wake up. •Everyone can listen to their own style of music in different rooms of the home. Home automation systems are no longer complex or require reading a large manual to get up to speed. Wireless systems with remote controls are available today and are great for existing homes where addition of wiring could be costly or invasive. Some systems even have apps that allows you to control lighting, temperature, music, TV, and security right off an iPad. When sitting down to discuss your next remodeling project or if you are thinking

about building a new home, engage a smart home consultant and bring them into the design process to lay out a plan that meets your needs. After the project is complete the enjoyment, reduced energy bills and safety you experience will far exceed the investment. 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. He is a Certified Remodeler and Certified Aging in Place Specialist and currently serves as NARI Nationals Education Committee Vice Chair. You may reach him at (404) 729-4969 or at www.renovationcoach.com.





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RIVERSIDE. Well maintained freshly painted house with large backyard, granite & SS in kitchen, 2 car garage. 5Bed/3.5Bath $289,000 Mark Schreiner 404-285-4434 FMLS: 4062155

EAST LAKE. Charming & fully renovated home with formal living room w/fp & built-ins, chefs kit, walk-in closet, deck. 3Bed/2Bath $375,000 Rich Baxter 404-931-3431 FMLS: 4072430

MORNINGSIDE. Light filled and spacious home located on quiet culde-sac, high ceilings, heated salt water pool. 3Bed/3Bath $450,000 Nelson Brown 404-276-8928 FMLS: 4065531

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DECATUR. Tastefully renovated & expanded 1940’s bungalow, vaulted sunroom, 2 car garage, private yard, close to Emory/CDC. 4Bed/4Bath $499,000 Ann Hudson 404-307-9902 FMLS: 4079694

GRANT PARK. Spacious home features granite & SS in kit, full basement, master on main, hardwoods, 2 car garage, large lot. 3Bed/3.5Bath $279,900 Mike Kondalski 404-234-9379 FMLS: 4080123

JOHNSON ESTATES. Situated on beautiful lot with instant expansion potential, gracious room sizes, full basement, 1 car garage. 3Bed/2Bath $459,900 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845 FMLS: 4077050/4077015

MORNINGSIDE. All brick 2BR/2BA bungalow, huge dining & family rooms, eat-in-kitchen, sunroom, walk to shops/restaurants. $419,000 Sally Westmoreland 404-354-4845 FMLS: 4070255


RANDOLPH ESTATES. Freshly painted, new lighting, new carpet, 2 car garage, basement, wonderful neighborhood, quiet street. 4Bed/3Bath $375,000 Bradford Smith 404-210-4141 FMLS: 4073760

MORNINGSIDE. Beautifully renovated bungalow with chef’s kitchen, gigantic master suite, formal dining room and office. 3Bed/2.5Bath $699,000 Bradford Smith 404-210-4141 FMLS: 4071118

JOHNSON ESTATES. Extremely large 4Bed/3Bath, heated pool w/poolhouse, hardwoods, 3 car concrete parking, beautifully landscaped. $646,000 Bradford Smith 404-210-4141 FMLS: 4037732/4037555

REGENCY FOREST. Elegant newer brick home with full finished basement, library, 2 master baths, 3 car garage. 6Bed/6.5Bath $1,225,000 David Wrenn 404-377-8370 Amber Mason 678-637-3530 FMLS: 4078213

MIDTOWN. Executive townhome with 10’ ceilings, granite & SS in kitchen, landscaped courtyard w/fountain, 2 car garage. 2Bed/ 2.5Bath $399,991 Marc Castillo 404-449-6862 FMLS: 3938667

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