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ive movies, two sing-alongs, a 50th anniversary screening and an untold number of ice-cold beverages. Those are some of the anecdotal numbers behind the August 2018 entries in the Fox Theatre’s annual Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. This year’s slate of classic and contemporary movies includes Funny Girl, Grease and Moana. It technically began in late July (with Night of the Living Dead, Iron Man and Saturday morning cartoons), but the bulk of screenings unreel this month. General admission tickets ($10) are on sale via the Fox website and at 855.285.8499. Day-of-show tickets are $12. Expect service fees with both. Movie tours (capacity: 20) must be purchased with a movie ticket and are available before Funny Girl and the Grease sing-along. Tours take visitors through the projection booth, screening room, celebrity dressing rooms and onstage. Tours aren't recommended for age 7 or younger; age 2 and under are prohibited. Be forewarned: The tour is not ADA accessible

Black Panther, which screens Aug. 25, has grossed about $7 million since its February release. It's the highest-grossing U.S. superhero movie ever.

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and includes plenty of steps. Details at 855.285.8499. Enough of that. Let’s get to the fun stuff. Here are your feature presentations. FUNNY GIRL. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2. A 50th anniversary screening of Barbra Streisand's first feature film. It tells the almost-true story of Ziegfeld comedian Fanny Brice and her star-crossed love affair with a gambler named Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif). The supporting cast is a who's who of 1960s-era character actors (Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon). The Funny Girl franchise began with the 1964 Broadway musical, which ran more than three years. Streisand and the show were nominated for Tony awards, both losing to Carol Channing and Hello, Dolly! Streisand made up for it a year later at the Academy Awards, when her on-screen Fanny Brice tied with Katharine Hepburn (A Lion in Winter) for best leading actress. It became the highest-grossing movie of 1968.

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• Trivia bonus: The list of actors considered for Nick Arnstein included Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Robert Culp, James Garner, Cary Grant, David Janssen and Frank Sinatra. TROLLS. 2 p.m. Aug. 11. It's Trolls versus Bergens in this 2016 animated feature from DreamWorks. The Trolls — small creatures who live in an almost perpetual state of happiness, singing, dancing and hugging all day — are discovered by the Bergens, who eat them. Poppy, the happiest troll ever born (voice by Anna Kendrick), and the curmudgeonly Branch (voice by Justin Timberlake) come to the rescue. Other characters were voiced by Christine Baranski, Russell Brand, James Cordon, John Cleese, Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stefani and Jeffrey Tambor. • Trivia bonus: When the king says, “Hug time,” while in Branch’s secret lair, he’s fully clothed. In the next shot, he’s only wearing his underwear. Oops. COURTESY OF THE FOX THEATRE GREASE SING-ALONG. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Ramalama-ding-dong! Return to the 1950s with this 40th-anniversary screening and join the T-Birds, the Pink Ladies, bad boy John Travolta and good girl Olivia Newton-John in a musical homage to simpler times. Were you born to hand jive? Note that the movie is rated PG-13 for sexual content, teen smoking and drinking, and language. No worries. It became the highest-grossing film of 1978. The original stage version dates to 1971 and is based on the Chicago high-school days of librettists Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The movie is set in sunny California. The score

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includes “Summer Nights,” “Beauty School Dropout,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” and “We Go Together.” • Trivia bonus: Danny’s blue windbreaker at the beginning of the movie was a nod to the 1955 James Dean classic Rebel Without a Cause. MOANA SING-ALONG. 2 p.m. Aug. 25. This 2016 animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures tells the story of Moana Waialiki, a sea-voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. PRODUCED BY SINGALONGA PRODUCTIONS When her island's fishermen can't catch anything and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess Te Fiti. To heal the island, she must persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart. The movie is based on stories from Polynesian mythology, with a score by Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights, Hamilton), Opetaia Foa'i and Mark Mancina. Moana is voiced by Auli’l Cravalho, and Maui is voiced by Dwayne Johnson. Retired Pittsburgh Steelers great Troy Polamalu is credited as the voice of Villager No. 1. • Trivia bonus: Miranda has said the character of Tamatoa the Giant Crab is a tribute to pop-music icon David Bowie. BLACK PANTHER. 7 p.m. Aug. 25. Wakanda forever! The 2018 blockbuster returns to the Fox, where it had a red-carpet screening upon its February release. The story: When King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to his MARVEL STUDIOS home nation — the secluded but technologically advanced African land of Wakanda — he’s tested as king and as the Black Panther. The cast includes a who’s who of film actors today: Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker, among others. The box-office hit won five Saturn awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films USA, for best comic-to-film motion picture, for director Ryan Coogler, for supporting actress Gurira, and for production design and makeup. How many times have you seen it? • Trivia bonus(es): Watch Boseman’s beard. It changes in length from take to take. Also: The name “Wakanda” comes from Kenya’s Wakamba tribe, also known as the Kamba. The fighting in the film is based on African martial arts. 10

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION THE THEATER A fully restored 1929 “movie palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,665 seats, is a multipurpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballets, comedies, concerts, movies and private corporate events. PRIVATE EVENTS The Fox Theatre has three private rental spaces, accommodating 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 www.foxtheatre.org. TICKET OFFICE The Fox Theatre Ticket Office is in the arcade entrance to the theater. It is open for walk-up ticket sales 10 a.m.6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. It is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Ticket Office opens two hours before show time. Doors to the Fox open one hour before show time. Tickets for all performances may be purchased online at www.foxtheatre.org, at all Ticket Alternative outlets and at all Atlanta-area Whole Foods Markets, by calling 855.285.8499 or 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. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 404.881.2000 or email foxgroup@ foxtheatre.org. 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 in the Spanish Room; accessible/Family restrooms are located through the office door in the main lobby. TOURS Fox Theatre Tours are conducted at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Saturday tours are at 10 and 11 a.m. Tours are guided by Fox employees well-versed in the Fox’s history, current events, awards and upcoming shows. Tour tickets f are available at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office or online at www.foxtheatre.org. Special tours can range from backstage to architectural to a school or college group. Please call 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 404.881.2119. 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.

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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 need assistance during your visit please ask for one of our Event Staff members. 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 or more information, please call the Event Staff’s office at: 404.881.2100. TICKETS To purchase accessible seating at the Fox Theatre please call 404.881.2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. A Ticket Office associate will be happy to help you. Ticket buyers may also visit the ticketing site at www.foxtheatre.org. ELEVATORS Elevators are at the north end of each lobby and available during all performances . They make it possible to access each lobby without using the 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 lots operating in the Fox Theatre district. PERFORMANCE NOTES All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted to the theater. 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 management in conjunction with the wishes of the producers.  Please turn off all pagers and cellphones before 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.) MARQUEE CLUB PRESENTED BY LEXUS A stunning 10,000 square feet of exclusive space located on the northeast side of the theatre, the Marquee Club has access to the fabulous rooftop terrace overlooking the iconic Fox marquee and Peachtree Street.The Marquee Club is the perfect way to elevate your experience at the Fox. The club can be accessed through one of the annual membership options or on a per-event basis, as space allows. Entry to the club must accompany a ticket to the proceeding performance. For more information on club access, visit foxtheatre.org/MarqueeClub or call 404-881-2127.

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1. Please arrive early. Latecomers may not be

seated until intermission.

2. Take care of personal needs (water, restroom use) before the performance begins. 3. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cellphones, beepers and watch alarms. We encourage you to share your experience 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 theater is never allowed. It distracts those around you and endangers 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 those behind you. Please consider those seated behind you when choosing whether to wear a hat or what hairstyle you choose. 7. Please refrain from talking, humming or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artists or show.

STAFF Allan C. Vella. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President & C.E.O. Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.O.O. Jeff Quesenberry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President & C.F.O. Jamie Vosmeier. . . . . . Senior Director, Sales and Marketing Lester Andrews. . . . . . Director of Information Systems Nancy Lutz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Special Events Lucy Lawler-Freas. . . . . . . . . . Director of Programming Shelly Kleppsattel. . . . . . . Booking & Contract Manager William Renshaw. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Finance Rachel Bomeli. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Events Shelby Moody. . . . . . . . Corporate Group Sales Manager Aly Knight Grubb. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marketing Manager Laura Zimbrick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corporate Partnership Premium Seating Manager Andy Arnold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Security Manager Amy Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Production Lisa Marie Malovoz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Gary Hardaway. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Carpenter Larry Watson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Flyman Scott Hardin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Props/Projectionist Ray T. Haynie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Electrician Cary Oldknow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Audio

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman Keith O Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice Chairman Clara Axam, Robyn Barkin, Beauchamp Carr, Renee Dye, Sheffield Hale, John Holder, Walt Huntley, Edward Hutchison, Craig Jones, Jay Myers, Glen Romm, Howard Smith

EMERITUS MEMBERS John Busby Jr., Anne Cox Chambers, Pat Connell, Rodney Cook, Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts, Jere Drummond, Richard Flinn, Julia Grumbles, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Joseph Myers, Edgar Neiss, Carl Patton, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Simms, Preston Stevens, Clyde Tuggle, Carolyn Wills

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. Please wait until the bows are over and exit with the rest of the audience.

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FEST QUEST Your mission should you accept it: Find a cool fall event or two. Attend. Enjoy. Repeat. By Therra Gwyn Jaramillo

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A MIX OF RELIEF and/or melancholy accompany the winding down of summer. Temperatures drop (or at least dim) to the joy of some and sorrow of others, and the summer-to-fall transition yields a bumper crop of festivals. They'll help you hang onto summer-style fun just a bit longer. Our rundown, arranged chronologically, includes flowers and film screenings, brews and bluegrass, beaches and city greens. And Dragon Con.

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SOMETHING WICKED FILM FESTIVAL. Aug. 3-5. Fantasy, horror and science-fiction flicks screen including, this year, a featurelength cut of the Web series “Halfway to Hell” (North Georgia’s Dahlonega Nugget news calls the post-apocalyptic tale “perilous fun”). Also included, a state spotlight on actors who are from — or work in —Georgia. • Know before you go: $10 single screening; $25 day-pass; $40 weekend pass. Southern Performing Arts Center, 315 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville.

Feeling wicked? Head to Lawrenceville for this August event dedicated to fantasy, horror and science-fiction film experiences.

SOUTHERN WING SHOWDOWN. Aug. 5 (1-5 p.m. daily). Throw down with some of the best chefs in the Southeast for a finger-lickin’ good time, flowing beverages, smoking Big Green Eggs and all-you-can-eat samples from 25 restaurants, from Bhojanic to Table and Main, and Donetto to Seven Lamps. Greet the chefs, hear live entertainment, visit the photo booth, play games and avail yourself of a cash bar. The party benefits Angel Flight, which arranges free air transportation for people traveling to receive lifesaving medical treatment. • Know before you go: Routinely sells out, so get tickets early. VIP first-taste entry at 1 p.m. is $57-$62.50 age 21 and up. IDs checked at gate; general admission at 2 p.m. is $29-$35.50. Find the wings at the Fairmont, 1429 Fairmont Ave. NW, Atlanta. DECATUR BBQ, BLUES & BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. Aug. 11. Family-oriented intown fest serves classic Southern barbecue (including vegetarian) and eight hours of blues and bluegrass. This year’s lineup includes Farewell Angelina, the Porch Bottom Boys and Michelle Malone. • Know before you go: $15 advance; $20 at gate; age 12 and under free with ticketed adult. Oakhurst neighborhood at 630 East Lake Drive. Beach chairs OK. No coolers. Parking extremely limited. The East Lake MARTA station is less than a mile away. Uber and Lyft are good options.

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MACON FILM FESTIVAL. Aug. 16-19. Independent films screen in historic theaters downtown. This 13-year-old event includes celebrity guests, workshops and the movies. No titles available at deadline, but the website FilmFreeWay has named this one of the Top 100 film festivals around. • Know before you go: $10-$125. Tickets and passes available. Macon is about 90 minutes south of Atlanta via I-75.

• Know before you go: $10; $5 age 4-12; 3 and under free. Tickets sell out quickly. Entry is first-come, first-served. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive. Park at 5676 Roberts Drive. Overflow parking at New Hope Church, 5477 Roberts Drive. WINE FEST ATL. Aug. 18. Sponsored by Wine Connoisseur magazine. Billed as an upscale experience with lively “secret performers.” Festgoers sample varietals from dozens of wineries and nibble on goodies while listening to live music. • Know before you go: $35-$55 for two-hour sipping sessions (1-8 p.m.). Davison Ballroom at the Southern Exchange, 200 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. Parking in attached deck. Consider ridesharing.

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The Southern Wing Showdown on Aug. 5 promises a fingerlickin’ good time, smoking Big Green Eggs and all-you-can-eat samples from 25 restaurants..

DUNWOODY BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL. Aug. 18. Flutter by and mingle with hundreds of winged beauties in huge tents. Includes a birdsof-prey show; live animal encounters; education booths; arts and crafts; and live entertainment.


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PIEDMONT PARK ARTS FESTIVAL. Aug. 18-19. A longtime favorite. Look for 250 booths with painters, sculptors and jewelers; artist demonstrations; a children’s play area; and live music. • Know before you go: Free. Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. Book parking at SpotHero.com or try the Sage lot ($2-$15) at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. Hint: The Arts Center and Midtown MARTA stations are four blocks away.

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• Know before you go: $15 per screening; $25-$300 one-day or multiday passes. Special events ticketed separately. Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave. NE in downtown Atlanta. Details, tickets at bronzelens.com. DRAGON CON. Aug. 30-Sept. 3. Believe the hype. This massive multigenre festival is in a category of its own. Last year’s Con — the 30th —attracted some 80,000 people who immersed themselves in fantasy fiction, multimedia arts, gaming, concerts, celebrity meet-and-greets and a pop-goes-the-culture ethos. The cosplay (costume play) is serious. Look for Batman (men?), Doctor Who, robots, Star Wars characters and warriors from galaxies far, far, away. Japanese anime and manga are big, as are Harry Potter and

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BRONZELENS FILM FESTIVAL. Aug. 22-26. This 9-year-old event celebrates the creativity of people of color. Walk the bronze carpet to screenings, master classes, award presentations and forums. Final-day events include Cinema and Social Justice Sunday and Sunday Brunch With the Brothers, an all-male panel speaking on their TV/film work.


professional wrestling. Dozens of performers, authors and visual artists take part. Saturday’s parade, free and beginning at 10 a.m., is legendary, with thousands lining downtown streets to take in the geek gumbo.

AJC DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL

• Know before you go: $125 five-day membership (admission); $2,500 eternal membership. Some events, workshops ticketed separately. Dragon Con becomes a city-within-a-city, so check the schedule for gatherings that interest you. Activities centered in and around five host hotels downtown: the Hyatt Regency, Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott Marquis and Westin Peachtree Plaza. AJC DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. One of the largest independent book festivals takes place on Decatur Square over Labor Day weekend. Whatever your literary taste, it can probably be sated by the 600 authors and 20 stages of readings here. Fiction, nonfiction, science, history, cooking, poetry, politics, emerging voices, young adult (YA) and children’s books are all represented. The Kidnote event (5 p.m. Aug. 31) celebrates the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Kenny Leon, co-founder and artistic director of Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre Company, is the keynote speaker. He’s also a new author (with a memoir titled Take You Wherever You Go).

Your literary taste — fiction, nonfiction, science, history, politics, cooking, young adult or children's books — can be satisfied at Labor Day weekend's big AJC Decatur Book Festival.

• Know before you go: Free. Fest central is 101 E. Court Square, Decatur. Keynote event (Aug. 31) requires free tickets that are firstcome, first-served. Keynote at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. MARTA’s Decatur station puts you in the center of most of the action. Beware street closings. Bicyclists get free, secure parking via a valet at the DeKalb County Courthouse. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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Artists of all ages can find a niche at September's Marietta Art in the Park on the Square. Even leashed dogs are allowed.

SKY HIGH HOT-AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Say farewell to summer from on high in a tethered hot-air balloon. Or stay grounded and watch them fly at Callaway Gardens, about 80 miles south of Atlanta. Includes live music and games on the Robin Lake beach. Choose from a half-dozen on-site restaurants, and hike/bike on winding trails. Sunset brings Balloon Glows, with dozens of airships lit up. Photographers can get a crash course in evening shoots with the Sept. 1 Mastering Night Photography class ($157-$175). • Know before you go: $31.95-$34.95; free age 5 and under. Check the forecast. Balloons can't launch in bad weather. Callaway Resort & Gardens, 17800 U.S. 27, Pine Mountain. Details at 844.512.3826.

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MARIETTA ART IN THE PARK. Sept. 1-3. This 33-year old event, one of Marietta’s signature shindigs, is among the Top 100 craft markets in the land, says Sunshine Artist magazine. Go for paintings, pottery and photography and a juried competition. Includes tours at the Marietta/ Cobb Museum of Art; sidewalk art for kids of all ages; and food trucks. Leashed dogs allowed.

YELLOW DAISY FESTIVAL. Sept. 6-9. What started as a small but popular arts and crafts show at Stone Mountain Park has grown into a festival with 400 artists, a flower show, a children’s activity center and food trucks. The loop around the artists’ booths is 2 miles long. Walk it, then treat yourself to a funnel cake or kettle corn. 24

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• Know before you go: Free. Glover Park on the Square, 50 N. Park Square. Private parking lots may charge fees. City parking decks free after 5 p.m. and on weekends. Details at fest hotline: 404.966.8497.


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• Know before you go: Free. Requires park admission of $15 per vehicle or $40 for 12 months. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. OKTOBERFEST. Sept. 6-Oct. 28. The hills of Helen are alive with the sound of waltzes and polkas. Oktoberfest is an all-ages party with a parade and live music. Kids get their own dance floor. • Know before you go: $8-$10; free Sunday. Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse in Helen, 90 miles north of Atlanta. Sept. 6-26: Open Thursday-Sunday; Sept. 27-Oct. 28: Open daily. SAVANNAH BACON FEST. Sept. 7-9. Get piggy with it on the waterfront as eateries in this culinary capital take bacon from brunch (crispy, with biscuits) to dessert (pork pastries and bacon lollipops). With artist booths, live music and fireworks. For all ages. • Know before you go: Free. River Street. HARLEY DAVIDSON PARTY. Sept. 8. Harley Davidson Atlanta’s 54th birthday bash features a beer garden, food trucks, family activities and all-day music headlined by country rocker Shooter Jennings. • Know before you go: Free. 501 Thornton Road, Lithia Springs. JEKYLL ISLAND SHRIMP & GRITS FESTIVAL. Sept. 14-16. A beach bash with live music, kids’ activities, an artists’ market, gorgeous views, shrimp and grits, and craft brews. Named a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society, a regional nonprofit. • Know before you go: Free; $10-$18 parking. Jekyll Island is about a five-hour drive from Atlanta. HARALSON COUNTY-FRIED PIE FESTIVAL. Sept. 15. Beachbody season is over. Grab yourself a hand-sized fried pie, vote on your favorite flavor and dig into barbecue. Includes live music, arts and crafts, antique tractors, kids’ activities and a car show. • Know before you go: Free. $3 per fried pie. Proceeds benefit the Haralson County Historical Society. Find it about an hour west of Atlanta at the Buchanan Historic Courthouse, 145 Van Wert St., Buchanan. MARIETTA STREET FEST. Sept. 15-16. Includes a Kids Korner and Tiny Tot Town. Adults might want to check out Artist Alley, Jewelry Row and specialty vehicles at the Hubcap and History Classic Car Show. Finishers of the 8 a.m. Toy Box Trot Fun Run (1 mile long) choose a toy at race’s end. The Grassroots Music Festival begins at 3 p.m. • Know before you go: Free. Glover Park on the Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta. Private parking lots may charge. City parking decks are free on weekends. 26

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Events in September and November celebrate the history and traditions of Native Americans. The Ocmulgee Indian Celebration happens Sept. 1516 in Macon. The Native American Festival and Powwow happens Nov. 1-4 at Stone Mountain.

MUSIC MIDTOWN. Sept. 15-16. Mega-music fest covers fills Piedmont Park with dozens of marquee acts and multiple stages. This year’s lineup includes Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Khalid, Foster the People, Janelle Monae and many others. Whatever your jam, it’s probably here.

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• Know before you go: $145 plus fees for two-day pass; $600 VIP pass; $1,250 super VIP. Small bags and totes only. No coolers, drones, strollers or selfie sticks. 400 Park Drive NE. Attendees strongly encouraged to rideshare, bike, walk or take MARTA (Midtown or Arts Center station). OCMULGEE INDIAN CELEBRATION. Sept. 15-16. History and tradition highlight this gathering some 90 miles southeast of Atlanta. Expect dancing, storytelling, music, crafts, games and demonstrations by Native Americans, plus living history camps and warriors on horseback. Take time to discover some of the 2,000-plus artifacts and natural glory of the 702-acre Ocmulgee National Monument. • Know before you go: $3-$6; age 5 and under free. Ocmulgee National Monument, 1207 Emery Highway, Macon. Parking with shuttle option at Macon-Bibb Health Department, 171 Emery Highway. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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Dancers from the ALL STARS Performing Arts Academy in Sugar Hill took bestof-show honors at Suwanee Fest's parade competition in 2017.

SUWANEE FEST. Sept. 15-16. Family-oriented community fest about 30 miles north of Atlanta. Includes a Saturday parade, two sections of inflatables, rides and entertainers, fine arts and crafts, food and live music. Leashed dogs OK. • Know before you go: Admission free. Rides accessed via $20 wristband (kids) or single tickets. Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. No on-site parking. Shuttle buses run from nearby lots. OLD FOURTH WARD FALL FEST. Sept. 22. Enjoy the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail with thousands of your closest friends. This popular neighborhood party includes art, music, a kids’ play area, a pet zone, a craft-beer tasting, a food-truck rally and a lantern parade. • Know before you go: Free. 830 Willoughby Way NE, Atlanta. The BeltLine’s Eastside Trail connects the Midtown, Poncey-Highland, Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park neighborhoods.

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HERITAGE SANDY SPRINGS FESTIVAL. Sept. 22-23. Bigger than ever this year as it moves to City Springs, Sandy Springs’ new downtown hub and green space. Includes art, music, cultural performances, a chalkwalk art competition, 5K and 10K races, classic fair rides and food. Event attracts up to 20,000 festgoers annually. Enter the pet parade with furry family members ($10). Fee benefits Angels Among Us Pet Rescue.


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ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL & PARADE. Oct. 12-14. The annual three-day extravaganza, now in its 48th year, celebrates diversity and community with live entertainment, cultural exhibits, a Pride Marketplace with more than 200 vendor booths, restaurant and bar promotions, a car and motorcycle show, a comedy showcase and three parades — the Trans March and Rally, the Dyke March and Sunday’s gigantic, enthusiastically costumed Atlanta Pride Parade. • Know before you go: Most events are free and centered around Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE. Book parking at SpotHero.com, rideshare, use Lyft or Uber, or use MARTA. The Arts Center and Midtown stations are about four blocks away. WIRE AND WOOD ALPHARETTA SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL. Oct. 1213. Expect 20 or so country, rock, blues, bluegrass and Americana acts, including Justin Townes Earle, Glen Phillips (from Toad the Wet Sprocket), Lilly Winwood (daughter of classic rocker Steve Winwood) and Alex Guthrie (you've seen him in the insurance commercial with Jennifer Hudson). For all ages. • Know before you go: Free. Fest is along Alpharetta’s Milton Avenue. CLASSIC CITY FRINGE FESTIVAL. Oct. 18-21. Athens has always been a music city (R.E.M., the B-52’s) and this event gives its fringe performers — performance-based art, dance, music, poetry, puppetry, vaudeville — a few days in the sun.

TASTE OF ATLANTA. Oct 19-21. This year the gourmet gathering moves to Historic Old Fourth Ward Park, where more than 90 restaurants will offer samples of everything from sweetpotato waffle fries and lemon ricotta pancakes to apple cider doughnuts and s’mores toast. Includes three presentation stages, free cooking classes, craft beer, wine and custom cocktails. The Grand Tasting Experience has its own fest entrance and VIP tastings, and sells out fast. 30

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• Know before you go: $5 per show. Various downtown locations. Details at 404.201.0667.


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More than 90 restaurants, craft beer, cocktails and VIP experiences await you at Taste of Atlanta.

• Know before you go: Taste Points ($1 each) are the official currency. Most samples are 1-3 points. Advance tickets (by mail) include a wristband and 10 Taste Points (general admission) or 20 Taste Points (Grand Tasting Experience). Age 13 and under free with paid adult but must each have their own wristband. 680 Dallas St. Parking is limited. Ridesharing, Lyft, Uber or MARTA to the Civic Center station recommended. Secure bike parking. No bikes inside fest. CRANE CREEK HARVEST FESTIVAL. Oct. 20. Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris, about 2.5 hours north of Atlanta, offers 20 acres of vines and miles of mountain views. Celebrate the end of the growing season with hayrides, grape stomping, winery tours, live music and kids’ activities. Take a sip or two and watch the leaves change color.

DEEP ROOTS FESTIVAL. Oct. 20. This Milledgeville event was named a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society and Best Fest 2009 by the Southeast Festivals and Events Association. It’s worth a 90-minute drive to take in this cool cultural field day. Expect about 100 visual artists, all-day live music, a barbecue competition, kids’ events and a hotrod car show. • Know before you go: $6 advance; $8 day-of-fest; age 10 and under free. Details at 478.414.4014.

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• Know before you go: $10-$25; age 12 and under free. Ticket includes wine tastings and a souvenir wineglass for adults. 916 Crane Creek Road, Young Harris. Details at 706.379.1236.


BLACK POT COOKIN’ FESTIVAL. Oct. 26-27. Party like it’s 1799 at this fest on a 200-year-old farm. Camp for the week or weekend on this historic property between Gainesville and Athens, or come for the Saturday-afternoon cook-off where pork, pinto beans, cornbread and the like are cooked in cast-iron pots over an outdoor wood fire. Live music and dancing happen all weekend. • Know before you go: $60 weekend pass includes camping fees; $25 Friday; $35 Saturday. Shield-Ethridge Heritage Farm, 2355 Ethridge Road, Jefferson.

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BRASELTON ANTIQUE & ARTISAN FESTIVAL. Oct. 26-28. More than 250 vendors line the streets of the city (population: 10,300) to sell antiques, repurposed creations, original artwork, rustics, salvage, primitives, furniture, pottery and jewelry to crowds of 25,000. Plus food trucks and live music. Similar events are held throughout the year.

Milledgeville's Deep Roots Fest (top) includes visual art, live music, barbecue and henna artists. At Braselton's Antique & Artisan Fest (October and other times of year), you'll find treasures like this Roy Rogers guitar.

• Know before you go: Free admission and parking (shuttle runs from YearOne, 1001 Cherry Drive, about an hour northeast of Atlanta. GREEN TOMATO FESTIVAL. Oct. 27-28. Juliette, an unincorporated community in Monroe County (population: 3,000, give or take) was used in the 1991 feature film Fried Green Tomatoes. The Green Tomato Fest revisits ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM

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Grab your partner for a dance after filling up at the Black Pot Cookin' Festival. The event happens Oct. 26-27 on a 200-yearold working farm between Gainesville and Athens.

the culinary charms of the small-town South. With fried green tomatoes, of course, artists’ booths and a family-friendly vibe. • Know before you go: Admission, parking free. 474 McCracken St., Juliette, about 90 minutes south of Atlanta (near Macon).

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NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL AND POWWOW. Nov. 1-4. One of the largest Native American gatherings in Georgia happens yearly at Stone Mountain Park. Features a dance and drumming competition, craft demonstrations and storytelling. Browse the artists’ marketplace and check out the heritage cooking and handcrafted pottery.

BIG PIG JIG. Nov. 2-3. This pork party in Vienna, born in 1982 as a contest for barbecue fans, now includes concerts, an arts and crafts fair, and a livestock show. It has become the region’s largest barbecue competition. The American Bus Association twice named it one of the Top 100 events in the country. Travel Agent magazine calls it one of America’s Top 500 festivals. Tom Clynes, author of Wild Planet!, calls the Jig one of the world’s 1,001 Most Extraordinary Events. Hungry yet? • Know before you go: $5-$20. 350 Pig Jig Blvd., Vienna (two hours southeast of Atlanta). 34

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• Know before you go: Event free. Park entrance is $15 per vehicle or $40 for a 12-month pass. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain.


HEMLOCK FEST. Nov. 2-4. An eco-fest in Murrayville (90 miles northeast of Atlanta in Hall County) run by volunteers and focused on efforts to save trees and keep waterways clean. Visit for a day or camp for the weekend, learning about traditional living skills and the biodiversity of the Southern Appalachians. A nature village lets kids disengage from the digital world and connect with the natural one. Arts and crafts booths, nature walks and three days of concerts round out an event that can also be a retreat. • Know before you go: $20-$55; age 15 and under free with paid adult. At Starbridge Retreat, a 50-acre private resort in North Georgia. GPS address: 396 Starbridge Road, Murrayville. PEACH STATE CHILI COOK-OFF. Nov. 10. Some 60 teams vie for top honors in this Suwanee competition sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Winners in three categories (red chili, chili verde and salsa) compete. With live music, a kids’ play area, and arts and crafts vendors, too. Proceeds benefit the Gift of Adoption Fund, helping Georgia families with adoption costs. • Know before you go: $8 plus fees for tasting wristbands. Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave., Suwanee. BURIED ALIVE FILM FESTIVAL. Nov. 14-18. This 13-year-old event in Little Five Points screens independent films that ooze slowly from darkly comic to generally gory, bizarre or just plain weird. Its warning: “Our films are not for the faint-hearted or timid.” Age 17 and up only unless accompanied by an adult.

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• Know before you go: $8-$15 per screening; $100 unlimited fest pass. At 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. Paid parking ($10 and up) can be scarce. Lyft or Uber is an option as is the Inman Park MARTA station, a 10- to 20-minute walk away.

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A GREAT NIGHT OUT? Try one of these local restaurants before or after the show. For dinner-and-show packages, visit encoreatlanta.com/offers.

LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR — It’s hard to beat the location (across from the Fox Theatre in the Georgian Terrace), and diners get complimentary parking, but the main attraction is the glamour of the main dining room, 36

which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404.897.5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M NEIGHBORHOOD CODES A Alpharetta M Midtown BR Brookhaven NA North Atlanta BW Brookwood OFW Old Fourth Ward B Buckhead P Perimeter Mall D Downtown SS Sandy Springs DK DeKalb V Vinings DW Dunwoody VH Virginia Highland IP Inman Park W Westside

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AMERICAN BUCKHEAD DINER An American dining experience unlike any other, Buckhead Diner is truly an Atlanta classic. Join us where diner meets fine dining, with inventive and long-time favorite menu items, snappy service and retro style. 3073 Piedmont Rd. NE, 404.262.3336, buckheadrestaurants.com, B


THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE LOBBY — The much-praised Lobby Bar and Bistro is a stylish yet casual modern American bistro that entices guests with its tempting aromas and alluring atmosphere.. 361 17th St. NE, 404.961.7370, lobbyattwelve.com, M PACES & VINE — Located in The Vinings Jubilee with classic American comfort food crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Shared plates, fish, steaks. Wine-centric bar with craft cocktails. Lunch, dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 404.205.8255, pacesandvine.com. V PARISH — Unique people, delicious food and good-for-the-Earth goods all come together at this brasserie and neighborhood café. Step off the BeltLine and join the vibrant culture of Inman Park. Whether you go upstairs to the brasserie or head downstairs to the café, expect inspired familiar American food, inventive beverages and warm hospitality. 240 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.681.4434, parishatl.com. OFW SOHO — American-style bistro offers fish and seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, plus their specially-priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance; just show your tickets to your server. Different weekly “wine and tapas” flights debut each Wednesday night. Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, 770.801.0069, sohoatlanta.com. V TWO URBAN LICKS — Heats up the Atlanta restaurant scene with its fiery American cooking. The experience available at TWO urban licks has made it one of the city’s busiest restaurants on a nightly basis. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404.522.4622, twourbanlicks.com. M

STEAKHOUSE CHOPS LOBSTER BAR — An Atlanta staple known for its award-winning food and service, Chops consistently ranks as one of the top ten steakhouses in the country. 70 West Paces Ferry Rd., 404.262.2675, buckheadrestaurants.com. B DAVIO’S — The concept behind Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is simple, regional Italian food with a focus on the grill. Davio’s serves everything from aged steaks to simple-yet-unique pasta creations; all prepared by hand, using the finest ingredients. 3500 Peachtree Road, NE, 404-844-4810, davios.com/atl. B ROOM AT TWELVE — Go to this modern American steakhouse for drinks, steaks and sushi. You’ll find it on West Peachtree Street in the boutique TWELVE Hotel, Centennial Park. Room is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call or visit for reservations and more. 400 Peachtree St NW, #12, 404.418.1250. roomattwelve.com, D RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE — A favorite local steakhouse with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hot spots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Four locations: Alpharetta: 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, 770.777.1500; Buckhead: 3285 Peachtree Road NE, 404.365.0660; Centennial Olympic Park: 267 Marietta St. NW, 404.223.6500; Kennesaw, 620 Chastain Road NW, 770.420.1985; ruthschris.com. A, B, D, NA BREAKFAST/BRUNCH/DESSERT CORNER CAFE — This Buckhead favorite serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch selections, including salads, soups, and sandwiches, as well as baked-on-site pastries, bread, and special desserts. 3070 Piedmont Rd., 404.240.1978, buckheadrestaurants.com. B

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THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE BREWPUB/GOURMET PUB FARE GORDON BIERSCH — Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. 3242 Peachtree Road NE, 404.264.0253, gordonbiersch.com. B CREOLE/CAJUN COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway, 770.612.3311, copelandsatlanta.com. V DINNER THEATER LIPS-ATLANTA — Part cocktail bar, part restaurant, part wa-a-ay over-the-top dinner theater in Brookhaven. The only things padded here are the waitresses. Open Wed.Sun. only. Reservations required for dinner shows (not for the bar). Complimentary on-site valet parking. See website for more important information. 3011 Buford Hwy, 404.315.7711, atldragshow.com, BH EUROPEAN FUSION ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, woodfired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th St. NE, 404.347.9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M FRENCH BISTRO NIKO is a nod to Paris in the heart of Buckhead. The classic French fare is authentic & ensures that everyone finds something to suit their tastes. 3344 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404.261.6456, buckheadrestaurants.com. B

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ITALIAN LA TAVOLA — Neighborhood hub for classic Italian comfort food has a cozy, exposed-brick interior & a back patio. 992 Virginia Ave. NE, 404.873.5430, latavolatrattoria.com. M PRICCI — A contemporary Italian restaurant with a creative menu, dramatic interior and friendly service, Pricci is fun, stylish dining at its best. Casual and classy, Pricci has an innovative menu which combines classic cuisine with modern flair. 500 Pharr Road, 404.237.2941, buckheadrestaurants.com. B JAPANESE NAKATO — An authentic Japanese family owned restaurant serving dinner-both traditional and hibachi/teppanyaki style favorites, along with the freshest selection of sushi in Atlanta. 1776 Cheshire Bridge Road, NE, 404-873-6582, nakatorestaurant.com. B MEXICAN ALMA — A refreshing approach to contemporary Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in vibrant dishes that feel familiar and new all at once. 191 Peachtree St. NE, 404.968.9662, alma-atlanta.com. D EL TACO — An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and tasty margaritas. 1186 North Highland Ave. NE, 404.873.4656, eltaco-atlanta.com.VH SEAFOOD/SUSHI ATLANTA FISH MARKET — With the Southeast’s widest selection of fresh seafood, and a menu printed twice daily, Atlanta Fish Market’s comfortable, neighborhood atmosphere is a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of Buckhead. 265 Pharr Rd., 404.262.3165. buckheadrestaurants.com. B

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THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE KYMA — A contemporary seafood tavern with an inventive yet approachable menu that stays true to its Greek origins. The dazzling constellation display on the blue ceiling, white marble columns and fresh fish display create an experience like no other. 3085 Piedmont Rd., 404.262.0702. buckheadrestaurants.com. B LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Ave., 404.817.3650. lureatlanta.com. M SPANISH/IBERIAN FUSION GYPSY KITCHEN — The culinary riches of Spain, influenced by Moroccan and Indian cuisines; sharable Spanish snacks and plates served in a stylish modern atmosphere in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. 3035 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite A209, 404.939.9840, gypsykitchenatl.com. B

VEGAN HERBAN FIX — With a mission to share the best fusion vegan cuisine with local residents, businesses and visitors, Herban Fix offers a fusion vegan menu to let you experience the most iconic food throughout different parts of Asia. Taking inspiration from various cuisines, the menu at Herban Fix is carefully crafted and plated and all the dishes are designed for sharing. Ingredients are premium select, organic, fresh and aimed at good health as well as great taste. 565-A Peachtree Street NE, 404.815.8787, herbanfix.com. M WINERY/DINING + EVENT VENUE CITY WINERY — A unique facility, combining a fully functioning winery with intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events in a variety of configurations, and fine dining. 650 North Avenue, NE, 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta. M

SOUTHERN/SOUTHERN-INSPIRED SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Three locations: Buckhead: 3350 Peachtree Rd #175, 404.815-6677; Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404.873.7358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway, 770.435.0700, southcitykitchen.com. B, M, V THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN — This Southern-inspired gastropub located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta “celebrates every aspect of what it means to be from the South,” using locally sourced ingredients in their fresh, modern take on traditional dishes. Beverages? Your choices run from barrel-aged cocktails to bottled libations to adult beverages on tap, along with New World wines and craft beers and the “perfect” mint julep. 3035 Peachtree Rd., NE, Suite A208, 404.939.9845, thesoutherngentlemanatl.com. B 40

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READ ENCORE ATLANTA ONLINE Find out what you need to know before the show. Read the current and past Encore Atlanta programs for the Fox Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre, The Atlanta Opera, Rialto Center for the Arts and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre online at issuu.com/encoreatlanta. ENCORE ATLANTA | ATLANTA’S PERFORMING ARTS PUBLICATION | ENCOREATLANTA.COM EA-Issuu_2017_QP.indd 1

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FRIENDS OF THE FOX Members of the Fox Theatre’s Friends of the Fox program help support the Fox Theatre Institute, the theater’s community engagement arm. The Fox Theatre’s legend lives on through their generosity, supporting the theater, the city of Atlanta and communities across Georgia. To learn more about the Friends of the Fox membership program, please visit www.foxtheatre.org/support-us, email membership@foxtheatre.org, or call 404.881.2023.

The Fox Theatre would like to thank the following Friends of the Fox who have given at the Legend ($10,000), Marquee ($5,000), Encore ($2,500) and Entourage ($1,000) levels:

Legend

Mr. James Dougherty Drew Eckl & Farnham Royce & Jessica Pedersen

Marquee

Diana Blank Teresa Dau & Amanda McMillan Mr. & Mrs. Gary Martin Hays

Ripple IT Janice & Gary Sloan

Jamie Medalie Longhurst Margaret Ross

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John R. Adams Blake’s on the Park Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Borenstein John & Mary Ann Busby George Butler Cathy & Mayson Callaway Matt Chambless & Michelle Love Citizen Lanier Holdings Colgate Crib Mattress Concierge Services of Atlanta

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Active Production & Design Inc. Allied Integrated Marketing Allied International Cleaning Services, Inc. Harold Brody & Donald Smith Collins Project Management, Inc. 42

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Michael Crew Ira & Talmer Curry Jr. Gary & Betty Draper Roger Gelder George Kuhn Adam Malone Carole Cole Musarra Jerel & Janet Rush Allan & Nicole Vella

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FOX FUN FACTS Welcome to the Marquee Club!

Premium space mixes perfectly with Fox Theatre experience. The Fox Theatre opened its highly anticipated Marquee Club in mid-May, a $10 million expansion that marks the largest one-time revitalization effort since the theater’s grand opening in 1929. The Marquee Club’s footprint includes the northwest corner of the building, previously leased as retail space. The Marque Club Presented by Lexus features 10,000-sq. ft. of event space, foodand-beverage service from five stationary bars, and passed and displayed hors d’oeuvres. Members are privy to the club’s multilevel interior and climate-controlled rooftop terrace, which overlooks Midtown’s Peachtree Street. Patrons get public access to the Fox Theatre roof for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Annual memberships include: • Private entry 90 minutes before showtime. • Access to private restrooms. • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and hors d’oeuvres from a rotating menu. • Complimentary desserts and coffee at intermission. • Access to five cash bars. • Rooftop access with temperature-controlled environments. • The best service of any luxury environment in Atlanta. Marquee Club access is limited. To get your annual membership, please contact: Laura Zimbrick Corporate & Premium Partnership Manager 404.881.2127 Laura.zimbrick@foxtheatre.org

ALIVE COVERAGE

Club memberships are available now to any 2018/19 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta season subscriber. The season begins Sept. 12 with Disney’s Aladdin. Corporate

and individual memberships also are available.

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