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Harry, Harry Potter... The Coca-Cola Summer Film Fest rolls out a wizarding 8-pack, plus sing-alongs with ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ By Kathy Janich


aseball, hot dogs, apple pie and the Coca-Cola Film Festival. Welcome to summer in Atlanta. Imagine yourself in the cool, cool, cool of the Fox Theatre’s air-conditioning (if you’re not already there), the chill air whispering p-o-p-c-o-r-n, the Mighty Mo playing its serenade. What are you here to see? Mary Poppins? Cartoons? Harry Potter? Then you’re in luck. Here’s a look at the lineup, 14 events that run through Sept. 3 plus one Saturday morning of cartoons (10 a.m. July 29), with a little backstory on each. Note, please, that the Harry Potter canon screens in two triple bills and one double bill. So, as they say … lights, camera, action. ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION


July THE LEGEND LIVES ON & STEAMBOAT WILLIE | 2 p.m. July 16. The first film, subtitled Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, is a documentary that looks at where the storied landmark has been and where it’s going. Steamboat Willie is, of course, the 1928 short (8 minutes) that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world. Fun fact: In his debut, Mickey is a mischievous little rodentboy, neglecting his pilothouse and frolicking his way into cinematic history. Walt Disney, according to a relative, got the idea to put a soundtrack into his next Mickey cartoon after seeing The Jazz Singer. Mickey would eventually rival Charlie Chaplin as the most recognizable cultural icon of the 20th century. CASABLANCA | 7:30 p.m. July 20 (1942, 102 mins). Perhaps the classic of all classics. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and a cast of great character actors find themselves in the Moroccan city of Casablanca in the early days of World War II. When an American expatriate (Bogart) encounters a former lover (Bergman), an already complicated situation becomes even dicier. But they’ll always have Paris. Won five 1944 Oscars, including best picture. Fun facts: Many of the actors playing Nazis were actually Jews who had escaped Germany. In the early 2000s, Madonna pitched a remake with herself as Ilsa and Ashton Kutcher as Rick. No one bought it. One studio exec told her: “That film is deemed untouchable.”


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MARY POPPINS SING-ALONG | 2 p.m. July 23 (1964, 139 mins). The original and still the best. Julie Andrews (in a dark wig) and Dick Van Dyke sing and dance their way around London as she slyly teaches Mr. and Mrs. Banks a few lessons about parenthood. Practically perfect in every way. Fun facts: Many of the nannies in the large queue of applicants for the job at the start of the film were actually men in drag. And, get this, the lost and found on Main Street in Disneyland has a wooden leg with the name “Smith” on it. It refers to the joke Bert and Uncle Albert tell about “a man with a wooden leg named Smith.”

August HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCEROR’S STONE | Noon Aug. 5 (2001, 152 mins). And thus, a franchise is born. Rescued from the neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny, named Harry Potter, proves his mettle while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Daniel Radcliffe was 11 when this movie was shot. Fun fact: The Hogwarts motto, “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus,” means “Never tickle a sleeping dragon.”

HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS | 4 p.m. Aug. 5 (2002, 161 mins). Forced to spend his summer holidays with his muggle relatives, Harry Potter gets a surprise visitor: Dobby the house-elf, who warns Harry not to return to Hogwarts because terrible things are going to happen. Fun facts: Although based on the second shortest of the J.K. Rowling books, this is the longest of the eight films. Some of the music used during the Quidditch match was also used during a chase scene in Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.


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HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZAKABAN | 8 p.m. Aug. 5 (2004, 142 mins). It’s Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts. He has a new “Defense Against the Dark Arts” teacher, and trouble looms. Convicted killer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards’ Prison and is determined to do Harry harm. Fun fact: To get acquainted with his lead actors, new director Alfonso Cuarón asked each to write a first-person essay about their characters. Emma Watson, in true Hermione fashion, wrote 16 pages. Daniel Radcliffe wrote a one-page summary. Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) never turned his in.

HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE | Noon Aug. 12 (2005, 157 mins). Harry Potter’s fourth year at Hogwarts is about to start. In the meantime, he’s enjoying summer break with his friends. They get tickets to the Quidditch World Cup, but Harry soon finds himself in the competition, while distracted by recurring nightmares. Fun facts: This is the first film in the series that doesn’t open with Harry at the center of the scene. This time it’s Voldemort’s turn, which is exactly how J.K. Rowling’s book began. Keep an eye out for the end credits. They contain the phrase “No dragons were harmed in the making of this movie.”

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX | 4 p.m. Aug. 12 (2007, 138 mins). Holy Hogwarts! Everything’s amiss. No one believes Harry Potter or Professor Dumbledore when they claim Lord Voldemort has returned, and an authoritarian bureaucrat is slowly seizing power at the wizarding school. Fun facts: During the breakfast scene in the Great Hall, boxes of cereal can be seen with the names “Cherri-Owls” and “PixiePuffs,” with color schemes similar to Cheerios and Sugar Puffs. Also, because of the elite wand dueling called for in the script, a wand choreographer was hired.


HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE | 8 p.m. Aug. 12 (2009, 153 mins). As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked as “the property of the Half-Blood Prince” and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past. Fun facts: Dumbledore’s fall from a tower filled actor Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) with nostalgic glee. In the 1988 movie Die Hard, Rickman was at the wrong end of a tall fall. The foam in Ron Weasley’s mouth in one scene is made of egg white.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1 | Noon Aug. 13 (2010, 146 mins). Lord Voldemort’s power gets stronger, and he now controls Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic. Harry, Ron and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore’s work and defeat the dark lord. Fun fact: A poster in the café where Harry, Ron and Hermione land after reaching London is from the the stage drama Equus, which Daniel Radcliffe did at London’s Gielgud Theatre in 2007 and on Broadway in 2008.

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2 | 4 p.m. Aug. 13 (2011, 130 mins). Harry, Ron and Hermione continue their quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. When Voldemort learns of their mission, their biggest battle begins. Fun facts: Every wand in every movie in the Harry Potter franchise was based on descriptions in J.K. Rowling’s books. They were 13 inches to 15 inches long and created specifically for each character. No two were alike. Daniel Radcliffe broke some 80 wands throughout the eight movies because he used them as drumsticks.


Summer film fest patrons get a vintage cartoon and Mighty Mo organ sing-along in addition to a respite from Atlanta's heat and humidity.


Fun fact: Belle was color-keyed and is the only person in town who wears blue, symbolizing how different she is from the other townspeople. The Beast also wears blue, and has blue eyes. Gaston’s eyes are also blue, making him the only Disney villain to have the same color eyes as the hero.



BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SING-ALONG | 2 p.m. Sept. 3 (1991, 84 mins). Beast meets girl. Beast loses girl. Beast gets girl. Raise your voices for this tale as old as time, told in animated fashion as only Disney can. All to the lush sounds of the Alan Menken-Howard Ashman score (“Be Our Guest,” “Belle,” “Human Again”). With the voices of Robby Benson (the Beast), Paige O’Hara (Belle), Jerry Orbach (Lumiere), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts), David Ogden Stiers (Cogsworth) and Jo Anne Worley (Wardrobe). Beauty and the Beast became the first fulllength animated feature film ever nominated for a best-picture Academy Award (losing to The Silence of the Lambs). It did win Oscars for original song (the title tune) and original score.

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ETIQUETTE 1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be seated until intermission. 2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience at the Fox via social media, but please refrain from doing so or texting during performances; the glow from your device is distracting. 4. Most shows do not allow photography of any kind. Flash photography inside the theatre is never allowed as it is a distraction to those around you and a danger to the performers. 5. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 6. Dear Lovebirds, when you lean your heads together, you block the view of the people behind you. Please consider the people that will be seated behind you when choosing whether or not to wear a hat or what hair style you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 8. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 9. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 10. If you need assistance during the show, please go to your nearest volunteer usher. If additional assistance is needed the usher will get the appropriate person to further help you. 11. Yes, the parking lot gets busy and public transportation is tricky, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have taken their final bows is discourteous. Wait until it is over and then exit with the rest of the audience.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, with accommodations for 25 to 1,200 guests. Our Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon are beautifully decorated and can be set up to your specifications. The Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. To book your “Fabulous Fox” evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Ticket Office is open for walkup ticket sales Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., and Saturday,10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours prior to show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour prior to show time. Tickets for all performances at the Fox may be purchased online at, all Ticket Alternative outlets and all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855-285-8499, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Ticket Office in person during regular Box Office hours. GROUP SALES The Fox Theatre Group Sales Department offers discounts to Groups for most Broadway shows. The Group Sales office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. Call 404 881-2000 or email CONCESSIONS Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. RESTROOMS Restrooms are located off the Main Lobby (downstairs), Mezzanine Lobby levels, and the Gallery level. Accessible restroom facilities are located in the Spanish Room and Accessible/Family restrooms are located through the Office door in the main lobby. GIFT SHOP The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatre-related merchandise. The gift shop is located in the Spanish Room. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10 AM, 11 AM, noon and 1 PM. Saturday tours are offered at 10 AM and 11 AM. Fox Theatre Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards, and upcoming shows.   Tickets for Fox Theatre Tours are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at Special Tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please contact the Fox Theatre by calling 404.881.2100 to schedule your group tour. LOST AND FOUND Lost and found items are turned in to the Event Staff’s office. To check on lost items, please call 404-881-2100. Lost and found items will be retained for 30 days.


EMERGENCY INFORMATION In the event of an emergency, and for your safety, please follow the directions provided by the Fox Theatre staff. SMOKING In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance, the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY The Fox Theatre strives to make events accessible to all guests. If you require assistance during your visit to the Fox Theatre please seek out or ask for one of our Accessible Ambassadors. These staff members are attired in the traditional Fox Theatre uniform however also have gold braid and white gloves to make them easier to see. The Fox Theatre offers the use of wheelchairs, listening devices and booster seats at no additional charge. Our Ambassadors will assist you to special restroom accommodations. Note: Steep Steps lead to all seats on the upper levels. For assistance needed or additional information on programs, please contact the Event Staff’s office at: 404-881-2119. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call: 404-881-2016 Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM or on Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. A Fox Theatre Ticket Office Associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at PROGRAMS PROVIDED Opened Captioning Performance Sponsored in partnership through TDF (Theatre Development Fund).

ELEVATORS Elevators are located at the north end of each lobby. The elevators are available during all performances and make it possible to access each lobby without the use of stairs. Patrons should be aware that access to upper seating areas do involve stairs. PARKING Parking is available within a four-block radius in all directions of the Fox Theatre. Advanced reserved parking is available for sale at the Fox Ticket Office or by calling 855-285-8499. The Fox Theatre assumes no responsibility for vehicles parked in any of the privately owned parking lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket in order to be admitted to the theatre. Not all events are suitable for children. Infants will not be admitted to adult programs/ performances. Parents will be asked to remove children who create a disturbance.   Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management, in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.   Please turn off all pagers and cell phones prior to the beginning of each performance.   Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.   Backstage employees are represented by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.)

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t hasn’t always been easy being green for Greenville, a city of 67,000 in northwestern South Carolina. But that began changing — and changing in a big way — in the past five years. What had been a small, inconspicuous Southern town has burst onto the national scene with Palmetto State panache. Its four-season economy continues to attract foodies, shoppers, nature lovers, cyclists and arts enthusiasts. First they came in dribs and drabs, and then in droves. And it’s all less than three hours from Atlanta. Greenville, which sits in an area known as “upstate,” was a hunting ground for the Cherokee long ago and then became a textile center where five railroads converged. It now has a varied economy, a mostly under-40 workforce and a sizable population of retirees content with the cost of living and quality of life at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This pretty city is walkable, dense with conveniences and delivers natural beauty — like the view of Reedy River Falls from Liberty Bridge, a jewel in the downtown landscape. Small wonder it was once known as Pleasantburg. In praise of G-Vegas In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau ranked Greenville — nicknamed G-Vegas by some — as the fourth fastest-growing city in the United States. Forbes magazine named it the 13th best in the nation for young professionals. Other accolades have come from Southern Living (one of the Best Girlfriend Getaways in the South); Matador Travel Network (among the Top 24 Coolest Towns in America); “The Today Show” (one of the Top 5 Places to Retire); and The New York Times (one of 52 places to go in 2017.) ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION 23

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sites, with three water parks, a skating rink and other amenities. If golf is your thing, there are a dozen courses within 20 miles of the city limits. If you’d rather watch others hit, head to Fluor Field for a Greenville Drive game. The Drive, a Class A minor-league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, play in a recently renovated replica of Boston’s famed Fenway Park. The team is popular, so plan ahead. A nice perk: free parking. Greenville likes bikes. The city’s Bikeville community initiative encourages ridership and offers maps and protected lanes for cyclists. The move has brought yet another accolade: Greenville’s Swamp Rabbit Trail rated third when the New York Post named its list of the 15 Most Scenic Bike Trails Across America. Tote your own bike or call Bike the Rabbit for a rental. It has everything from cruisers and kids’ bikes, to bike trailers and tag-alongs. Employees will even deliver your ride to your hotel or meet you at the trailhead. Pedal Chic, meanwhile, caters to women riders. In fact, Greenville is so bike-friendly that professional world cyclist George Hincapie has made the city his home. Art for all If Shakespeare were alive today, he might just pen “get thee to Greenville.” Creativity is built into the landscape, as noted by Southern Living magazine which dubbed Greenville South Carolina’s City of the Arts (although Charleston might beg to differ.) A self-guided public art tour takes you to 70 works of art around town. The Peace Center


Greenville is walkable and delivers natural beauty, like Falls Park (clockwise, from top left) and Liberty Bridge downtown. Fluor Field (bottom), where the Drive minor-league baseball team plays, is modeled after Fenway Park.


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houses the Carolina Ballet Theatre, Greenville Chorale, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, International Ballet and South Carolina’s Children’s Theatre, and is where touring shows land. Professional theater, and local and visiting creative artists have converged at Centre Stage for three decades. The Art Crossing at RiverPlace has 20 artist studios that are open to the public. The Greenville County Museum of Art, Furman’s Upcounty History Museum and the Children’s Museum of the Upstate rotate exhibits and offerings, including music.

didn’t know you needed. Beija-Flor (Portuguese for hummingbird) is a by-women, for-women jean design group with its flagship here. Vogue and O magazines have both praised its “jeans for real woman” ethos. Whether your travel style is laid-back or gogo-go, Greenville has you covered. For help with your itinerary, go to

Shopping fun Mast General Store, part of Greenville since the 1800s, is now an old-time variety shop that carries everything from travel gear to things you


Greenville's namesake, Gen. Nathanael Greene (right, from top), is honored with a statue for his heroics during the Revolutionary War. It stands outside Furman’s Upcounty History Museum. The TD Stage (below) is an outdoor space at the Peace Center arts complex.





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• Grill Marks. Burgers and shakes to rock palates of all ages. 209 S. Main St. 864.233.5825, •K itchen Sync. Neighborhood eatery, cozy setting, comfort cuisine. 1609 Laurens Road. 864.568.8115. • The Lazy Goat. Global tastes from Italy to Africa. 207 S. Main St. 864.679.5299. • Roost. Ultra-fresh breakfast and lunch buffets voted the top in town by Greenville News readers. 220 N. Main St. 864.298.2424. • Smoke on the Water. Smoked meats, sauces, sides and sweets. 1 Augusta St. 864.232.9091. • UP on the Roof. Lunch, brunch and dinner with handcrafted bottled cocktails and local/regional craft beer. In the Embassy Suites RiverPlace, 250 Riverplace. 864.242.4000.


• The Art Crossing at RiverPlace. Visit artists in their studios, browse the shops. 300 River St. No phone. • Bikeville. Cyclist-friendly city community initiative with maps, parking info and more. • Bike the Rabbit. A rental bike can be delivered to your hotel or trailhead so you can explore the city and the Swamp Rabbit Trail. 1021 S. Main St. 864.990.5446. • BMW Performance Center. Drive a Bimmer on 137 private acres the way you can’t drive on public roads. Professional instructors. 1155 S.C. 101 South in Greer. 888.345.4269. • Centre Stage. Intimate live theater and music with local and visiting acts. 501 River St. 864.233.6733. • The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Three floors of hands-on exhibits, classes and storytelling. 300 College St. 864.233.7755. •D ark Corner Distillery. Carolina moonshine history lesson and $5 whiskey tastings. 14 S. Main St. 864.631.1144. • Fluor Field at the West End. Home of the Greenville Drive, a Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The field is modeled after Fenway Park. Tickets: South Main and Augusta streets. $8-$16 in advance; $9-$17 day of. Ticket office: 864.240.4528.


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• Furman’s Upcounty History Museum. Local history and culture plus noted exhibits for children. 540 Buncombe St. 864.467.3100. • Golf. More than a dozen courses within 20 miles of the city. •T he Greenville County Museum of Art. One of the best Andrew Wyeth collections anywhere. Wyeth himself once said so. 420 College St. 864.271.7570. • Parks. More than 50 parks, facilities and community programs in Greenville County. •T he Peace Center. Home to six arts companies (Carolina Ballet Theatre, Greenville Chorale, Greenville County Youth Orchestra, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, International Ballet and South Carolina Children’s Theater) and where Broadway and touring shows land. 101 W. Broad St. 864.467.3000.


• Beija-Flor Denim Salon. Internationally praised jeans designed for women by women. 618 S. Main St. 864.373.9497. • Cottage Grove Vintage Market. Retro and antique décor; classes, tips and supplies for upcycling furniture. 2310 E. North St. 864.423.9661. • Mast General Store. Old-time variety shop carrying everything from travel gear to things you didn’t know you needed. 111 N. Main St. 864.235.1883. • Pedal Chic. Cycling gear in a community for women. 651-B S. Main St. 864.242.2442. • The Pink Azalea. Southern gift boutique specializing in personalized goods. 17 S. Main St. 864.233.2919. • TD Saturday Market. Local vegetables, fruits, eggs, cheese, meats, crafts, lotions and potions, etc. 8 a.m.-noon May-October. Main Street at McBee Avenue. 864.467.4494. •T en Thousand Villages. Fair-trade retailer featuring artisan goods from 130 countries. 207 N. Main St. 864.239.4120. — Compiled by Therra Gwyn Jaramillo


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School is in for the summer, the Big Easy comes to Midtown, Desi Arnaz lives on, and it’s bye-bye to a beloved pizza pie. By David Danzig


Well done  No more pencils? No more books? Not so in West Midtown at Public School 404. At the scholastically themed gastropub on Howell Mill Road, school is definitely in. But before you flashback to your school days and that nightmare about failing to study for finals, try some Comfort Food 101. The Public School menu ranges from burgers and handtossed pizzas to ahi tuna poke, roasted poblano with quinoa, and fiery calamari. There’s also a happy-hour program aptly 34 ENCOREATLANTA.COM


ining news continues to bubble up in all areas of Midtown, and in several languages. Smyrna also goes international with tastes of South American culture. Read on for more.

called “recess,” which runs 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. It includes discounted small plates like Parmesan truffle fries and meatballs al forno at $10 or less. The bar pours a range of craft beers, a few signature cocktails and offers prosecco, pinot grigio and chardonnay on draft. The good times are rolling at Bon Ton in Midtown, where Crescent City cooking comes with a dash of Vietnamese zing. Chow down on raw and chargrilled oysters, perfect renditions of “New Awlins” po’boys and even cherry wood-smoked snow crab legs in the retro-hipster dining room on Myrtle Street. The Vietnamese influences show up in the blackened catfish bahn-mi sandwiches, sweet and spicy cold noodles, and lo lat rolls made with aromatic ground beef and betel leaves. True to the Big Easy spirit, the booze is a-flowin’ with house-made Sazeracs (on tap), Hurricanes and the slushy-style Frozen Ward

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Chef Andre Gomez works the grill at Porch Light Latin Kitchen in Smyrna, where a mural of Old San Juan fills one wall. On the menu: the Triple Torta sandwich with PLLK bacon, beef short rib and pork shoulder.


TOP: Pan-seared salmon harissa vinaigrette is at Public School 404 in West Midtown; Latin tapas and tacos (below) fill the menu at Babalu in Midtown. "Babalu," you may recall, is a tune made famous by Desi Arnaz on the old TV show "I Love Lucy."

Six Cup. This place is fun, original and brings a little French Quarter to the neighborhood. Smyrna’s Porch Light Latin Kitchen has been generating buzz with Puerto Rican chef Andre Gomez’s tributes to Spanish and South American culture. A large mural of Old San Juan welcomes you to a world of Gomez’ Latin street food, sandwiches and smoked dishes. Cumin-spiced St. Louis ribs, beer-can chicken burritos and Malbecglazed beef short ribs are among the mouth-watering creations that the Kevin Rathbun-trained Gomez serves. Toss in some yucca fries, rum-glazed sweet plantains and bizcocho tres leches cake for dessert, and it’s a Latin gastronomic fiesta. Babalu Tapas & Tacos has just planted a flag at Midtown’s 33 Peachtree Place mixed-use development. The Jackson, Miss.-founded restaurant company offers a wide selection of Latin favorites, including a signature guacamole made tableside, duck confit tacos, and creole shrimp and grits. The 5,200-sq. ft. space includes chef’s table seating, a large outdoor dining patio and an indoor/ outdoor bar. Momonoki, a casual Japanese restaurant, sets its compass for Modera, a sexy Midtown mixed-use development. The 2,268sq. ft. space and patio will be at street level, beneath a 29-story residential high-rise at 8th and Williams streets. The owners of Brush Sushi Izakaya are behind the effort, which plans to serve “chef-driven sushi” (isn’t all sushi chef-driven?) ramen, rice bowls and small plates. “Momonoki,” by the way, means “Peachtree” in Japanese. Look for a late 2017 opening.




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Concentrics Restaurants has announced an Italian concept called ALLORA for the TWELVE Hotel Midtown in Atlantic Station. Allora, while difficult to translate, essentially equates to a filler word that’s useful when you’re trying to think of what to say in Italian. The restaurant promises to blend Italian classics with “modern techniques and seasonal ingredients” and include house-made pastas, pizzas made to order, creative insalatas, small plates and more. Executive chef Chris Maher will be in charge.


West Midtown’s Bellwoods Social House abruptly closed its doors in the spring. In a 2014 piece, The Atlanta JournalConstitution predicted it would struggle against stiff neighborhood competition. The operators will now focus on their Bite Bar & Bistro restaurant in Alpharetta. Not everyone is thrilled with the BeltLine and Ponce City Market, apparently. After 20-plus years of making pizza next to the “Murder Kroger,” Cameli’s Pizza has cooled its ovens. Redevelopment at the Kroger site made parking so difficult that Cameli’s decided not to renew its lease. The Little Five Points location, also in an area ripe for gentrification, remains open. … Time to say tam biet to Buford Highway’s Chateau Saigon, a decade-old, highly regarded staple of Vietnamese cuisine. The restaurant abruptly announced its closing in a Facebook post, leaving many questions unanswered. The Havana Sandwich Shop, a Cuban food icon, has closed its Chamblee location in the Crossroads Village shopping center. Fear not, though, Debbie Benedit’s original — at 2905 Buford Highway NE — is still churning out Cuban sandwiches in all its neon-yellow glory. :: Food for Thought, Encore Atlanta’s bimonthly dining column, keeps you up to date on openings, closings and what chefs are up to in one of three categories — well done (reasons for praise), simmering (what’s in the works) and toast (what’s closed, etc.). Email 38 ENCOREATLANTA.COM




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The B-52s, Tony Bennett, the Aussies and J-Lo have all ‘played’ the ballroom or salon If you’re looking for an event space, you likely need look no further than the Fox Theatre’s Egyptian Ballroom and Grand Salon. They are home to about 250 private events each year, including weddings (about 40 annually) and receptions, corporate events, anniversary and birthday parties, and fundraisers — as well as memorable appearances from time to time. Here are some of the details.

• Birthday parties have been no stranger to celebs either, with appearances by ageless crooner Tony Bennett and Chicago’s Earth, Wind & Fire, one of the most popular acts of the 1970s with its mix of funk, jazz, smooth soul, gospel, pop, rock, psychedelia, blues and folk. • Restaurateur and celebrity chef Paula Deen led a cooking class in the Egyptian Ballroom, with attendees able to chow down once they finished the meal. • G’day, mate. The Australian Organizing Committee chose the Fox Theatre’s ballrooms at its headquarters for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. 42 ENCOREATLANTA.COM

•A special event held in conjunction with Super Bowl XXXIV in January 2000 attracted heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali, cyclist Lance Armstrong and popster Elton John. •A ctors Helen Hunt (Twister), Val Kilmer (Batman), Jennifer Lopez (Monster-in-Law) and Billy Bob Thornton (Bandits) have all been part of film screenings in the Egyptian Ballroom. •R eady for your close-up? The ballroom also has been the site of movie shoots and has often been used as a makeup and/or production area or a holding room for extras. :: Do you have memory from an event at the Fox? If so, please share it on our Facebook page at with the hashtag #BallroomTales.


• Corporate types over the years have been entertained by comedians Tim Conway, Jeff Foxworthy and Martin Short, as well as the Athens-born band the B-52s and Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth.

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