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Kenny Rogers • Glen Campbell The Temptations • The Four Tops Joe Cocker • Huey Lewis & The News Brandi Carlile

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Sat: July 28


Diana Krall

Denzal Sinclaire Summerland Tour

Everclear • Sugar Ray • Gin Blossoms

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band


Macy Gray

Sat: Aug 4

The Music Of Abba

Wed: Aug 8

Musical Magic Of John Williams

Sat: Aug 18

Sunset Jazz

Fri: Aug 24

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Will Downing • Lalah Hathaway David Sanborn • Brian Culbertson Gerald Albright • Norman Brown Loretta Lynn

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Mat Kearney • Andy Grammer

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Charlie Wilson with special guest New Edition

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Features 10 Rockin’ the Fox

30 The Jewel of the South

18 Celebrity Central

48 Fox Fun Facts

From Nicki Minaj to the Wiggles, we give you an advance look at nine concerts in the next five months.

Moviemakers and TV producers love Georgia, so you never know who you’ll see and where.

24 Atlanta’s New Front Door The Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal will see 13 million travelers by 2015.

The story of the Fox’s birth, near death, and phenomenal rebirth is chronicled in The Fox Theatre — Atlanta: The Memory Maker. Do you know fact from ficton about the Fox’s rockin’ history?

50 See Your City Like a Tourist

Your A to Z guide to what’s special in Atlanta.

Departments 36 Dining Guide 44 Information 46 Staff/Etiquette 6

62 Posh Dealz: Experience the best that Atlanta has, for less.

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Kristi Casey Sanders creative director

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Sophia Chin contributing writers

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Rockin’ the Fox 5 months, 9 concerts, 1 hot season for music lovers

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By Bret Love



ummer may traditionally be peak season for concerts, but the fabulous Fox attracts a diverse lineup of the world’s leading artists all year-round, with something for alt and psychedelic rockers, families with kids, alt-country fans, opera and oldies (sorry, Mr. Valli). Here’s a sneak peak at some upcoming shows: The B-52’s

8 p.m. July 21. Widely considered the world’s consummate party band, these Athens-based alt-rock favorites have been doing their cosmic thing for 35 years now. They haven’t slowed down a bit with age: Classic hits such as “Rock Lobster,” “Planet Claire” and “Love Shack” JULY 21 still leave audiences with their tail feathers thoroughly shaken, and the quartet’s retro-futuristic love of kitsch never fails to leave a smile on fans’ faces. Tickets: $48.35-$117.95.

Nicki Minaj

7:30 p.m. July 22. Born of Indian and Trinidadian ancestry, Minaj emerged from the NYC underground in 2009 to become the Lady Gaga of hip-hop. Known as much for her over-the-top fashion and personality as she is for her music, Minaj was the first female solo artist ever to have seven singles on the Billboard Top 100 at once. With her new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, she’s out prove her platinum-selling debut was no fluke. Tickets: $57.90-$94. JULY 22 Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 11

The Wiggles Live

Old Crow Medicine Show

8 p.m. Aug. 25. They’re based in Nashville, but OCMS is about as far from the modern country scene’s cookie-cutter sound as it can be. Instead, like alt-country icons Gillian Welch and Mumford & Sons, the string band traffics in old-timey folk, bluegrass and Americana, recalling a simpler time in music’s evolution.

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With the recent return of founder Chris “Critter” Fuqua, OCMS seems reinvigorated and ready to hit the road. Tickets: $45.20.

The Fresh Beat Band

6 p.m. Aug. 26. If you’ve never heard of the Fresh Beat Band, chances are you’re outside the hit Nick Jr. show’s target demo of 3- to 5-year-olds. The show centers on four teens (Twist the DJ, Shout the Keyboardist, Kiki the Violinist and Marina the Drummer) that attend music school and play in a band together. In concert, you can bet that their simple but infectious tunes will have the preschoolers partying like rock stars. Tickets: $41.35-$51.95. JULY 31


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2:30 and 6:30 p.m. July 31. Formed 21 years ago in Sydney, Australia, the Wiggles have grown from a college project for founding member Anthony Field’s early childhood education studies into a global phenomenon including a TV show, amusement parks and more than a dozen platinum albums. The band’s latest tour holds special significance, as it marks the farewell for founding members Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt and Greg Page, who will be replaced by new members in 2013. The kids will be jumping! Tickets: $26.50-$92.65.

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Il Volo

7:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Il Volo started out on a reality show – Italy’s Ti lascio una canzone. Originally competing against one another, operatic teens Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble found strength in numbers, with their 2011 debut premiering at No. 10 on the Billboard charts. They’re touring in support of Il Volo Takes Flight — Live From the Detroit Opera House, a concert that has made them a hit with the PBS viewers everywhere. Tickets: $52.45$95.15.

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Australian Pink Floyd

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Gilmour, the voice and guitar of the original Pink Floyd. Tickets TBA.

Frankie Valli

8 p.m. Nov. 1. Born Francis Stephen Castelluccio in 1934, Frankie Valli is nearing the 60th year of an influential pop music career that has brought 29 Top 40 hits with the Four Seasons and another nine as a solo artist. The original Jersey Boy has seen numerous peaks over the years, from

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8 p.m. Oct. 13. Most tribute bands come off as something of a bad joke, but Australian Pink Floyd elevates mimicry to an art form. Founded in 1988, the band has devoted its entire 24-year career to re-creating latterday Pink Floyd concerts down to the most intricate detail, from spot-on guitar solos to intricate lasers and display panels. It’s an otherworldly experience for fans fond of Floyd’s progressive, psychedelic rock and has even earned the approval of David

All tickets can be purchased in person at the Fox Ticket Office, 660 Peachtree St. N.E. in Midtown, at 855.285.8499 or online at Ticket Office hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

early hits like “Sherry” and “Walk Like a Man” to his ‘70s comeback in Grease. Now, even at age 78, his trademark falsetto remains in fine form. Atlantans loved the musical Jersey Boys during both stops at the Fox; now they can see the real deal. Tickets: $67.60-$142.50.

Celtic Thunder

7:30 p.m. Nov. 4. Sort of a male answer to Celtic Woman, this Irish singing group known for its numerous PBS specials has attracted a devoted international fan base known as “Thunder Heads.” There have been quite a few lineup changes

in recent years, with Damian McGinty now on Glee and Paul Byrom launching a solo career. But Voyage continues to pay tribute to traditional Irish culture, with standout songs such as “Dulaman” and “Galway Girl.” Bret Love is the founder of the ecotourism/ conservation site GreenGlobalTravel. com; the national managing editor of INsite magazine; and music editor for Georgia Music Magazine. He freelances for more than a dozen other national and international publications, and performs on improv teams with Jackpie at Relapse Theatre.

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scar-nominated Bridesmaid Melissa McCarthy cheered on the Braves, communed with sea creatures at the Georgia Aquarium and brunched at Midtown’s South City Kitchen. Big gun moviemaker Clint Eastwood got his Irish on at Fado in Buckhead. “Desperate Housewife” Vanessa Williams cha-cha’d into Cafe 290 in Sandy Springs to take in the sounds of Joe Gransden and his big band. When did Atlanta become celeb central? It started, truth be told, in 2008, when Georgia began offering tax incentives to production companies willing to shoot movies and TV shows here.


That’s what brought Sandra Bullock to town about then for The Blind Side. And Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, who came for 2011’s The Change-Up. And Marisa Tomei, Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, here last fall for Parental Guidance. And Cameron Diaz and Co. for What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which hit theaters just before Memorial Day. And. And. And. It doesn’t hurt that Atlanta and its environs also have become a mini-TV mecca: Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva,” in its fourth season, shoots in Peachtree City (Margaret Cho, y’all? Love her!).

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Movies and TV shows shot here mean anybody who’s anybody — Clint! Sir Charles! That Bridesmaid! — can be spotted around town By Kathy Janich


Charles Barkley Sir Charles, the NBA announcer and former all-star, drops in now and again for Hawks games, music and movie events, and has been seen with a sack of groceries at the intown Publix at Ansley Mall.

If you spot a celeb and want to join the game, hit us up on Twitter (@ EncoreAtlanta) or Encore Atlanta: Clint Eastwood: In Atlanta (at Fado and South City Kitchen) and Macon (at Cheers Restaurant and Luther Williams Field) with co-stars Amy Adams, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake (also seen at South City Kitchen, with friends, not Clint), shooting the feature film Trouble With the Curve. Eastwood, just acting this time, plays an aging baseball scout who takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip. Harrison Ford: In Atlanta and Macon for the feature film 42, the story of Jackie Robinson and his historic signing with baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers. Ford plays team exec Branch Rickey, Christopher Meloni (TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) is manager Leo Durocher and Chadwick Boseman, mostly a Chicago stage actor, plays Robinson. Look for them through late July. Jane Lynch: In Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill neighborhood with co-stars Amy

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AMC’s zombie-laden “The Walking Dead” regularly stalks the streets of downtown. Also rolling here: VH1’s “Single Ladies,” the USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness” and just about everything Tyler Perry makes for every screen of every size. And where celebs go, cash follows. The economic benefit of all this stargazing? A cool $2.4 billion in the latest fiscal year, according to the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office? No wonder spotting someone famous — then tweeting, texting or Facebooking about it — seems to be one of Atlantans’ favorite spectator sports. Ryan Gosling in Peachtree City? Oooohhh, really? Ice-T at Phipps Plaza for a movie premiere! Wow! “Weeds” wacko Kevin Nealon at LegoLand?! He has kids?! My fave celeb sighting of late? Kevin Bacon, who sizzled ever so coolly when he dropped into the annual spring fundraiser at Dad’s Garage Theater Company. The event’s name: Baconfest. But that’s so yesterday. Here’s who has been spotted lately and who’ll be around as July and August skip toward Labor Day.


their sales jobs and decide to intern at a high-tech corporation to gain “new world experience.” Look for them through late September. Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth: Here for Devil’s Knot, the big-screen adaptation of Mara Leveritt’s best-seller about the “West Memphis Three,” three teens accused of killing three children in a satanic ritual in 1993. And that’s not all. Keep an eye out for celebs who make a home in Atlanta occasionally, often or even all the time: dreamy Brit actor Idris Elba, Broadway Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday, music man Elton John, singer-actress-director Jasmine Guy, musician Zac Brown, the Food Network’s Alton Brown, R&B’s Usher, Atlanta Braves great Hank Aaron, novelist Alice Walker and many, many more. Not that we’re name-dropping.

Steve Harvey The Original King of Comedy, author and radio host makes his home in Atlanta and has convinced producers of the TV game show “Family Feud,” which he hosts, to film here instead of Orlando. Look for him near the Atlanta Civic Center, where “Feud” shoots.

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Poehler and Jessica Alba for the feature comedy A.C.O.D., about a grown man still caught in the crossfire of his parents’ divorce —15 years after the fact. Melissa McCarthy: Shooting the feature comedy ID Theft with co-star Jason Bateman (seen at Star Provisions in West Midtown and Maggiano’s Little Italy in Buckhead). He plays a man whose identity she’s stolen. McCarthy (TV’s “Gilmore Girls” and “Mike & Molly”) has been seen, well, here, there and everywhere. Jewel: In town and practically incognito for the Lifetime biopic The June Carter Cash Story. The singersongwriter has gone from blond to brunette for the role, and picked up blue contact lenses, so look closely. Queen Latifah: Shooting Kenny Leon’s Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias with an all-star cast. Latifah plays M’Lynn (Sally Field in the 1989 feature film) with Alfre Woodard as Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine), Phylicia Rashad as Clairee (Olympia Dukakis and Jill Scott as Truvy (Dolly Parton). Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson: The two, who’ve both filmed here before, reunite this summer for the first time since The Wedding Crashers. Their project is a feature comedy titled The Internship, about a couple of pals who lose

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The international terminal’s modern design focuses on open spaces, lots of light, and materials and colors that reflect its geographic surroundings. The palette emphasizes neutral tans and grays, with accents in brighter colors such as a red, which is meant to suggest Georgia clay, and blue lights along the ceiling curves, that give an impression of the sky. International travelers will find Concourse F equipped with all the same necessities and amenities available at the domestic terminal. They have their own security checkpoints, baggage carousels and customs operation as well as shopping and dining options, including several with significant local cachet, such as the Varsity, the Pecan and the Sweet Auburn Market Café.

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Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal expects to see 13 million travelers by 2015 By Amy Schneider

For those who are entering only to drop off or pick up passengers, the Sweet Auburn Market Café on the departures level and the CNN International News store on the arrivals level offer snacks, reading materials and sundries. All other shops and dining locations throughout the terminal are accessible to any ticketed traveler, including domestic travelers who have checked in at the domestic terminal but want to walk or ride the train to Concourse F just to take a look around. In the past, passengers returning to Atlanta from overseas still would have to recheck their luggage and claim it at a baggage carousel far from the gate on Concourse E, where the flight likely landed. The international terminal eliminates this step, enabling Atlantabound travelers to get off the plane, gather their luggage and be on their way. Other features take into consideration the modern travelers’ needs (it has 26

laptop stations and electrical charging stations throughout gate areas for powering up passengers’ smartphones, notebooks and gadgets) and sensibilities (the facility is on track to earn LEED Silver certification). Beyond the practical aspects, what travelers are likely to remember long after they’ve left the international terminal are the facility’s large art installations, which only ticketed passengers will be able to see. Two pieces, “airFIELD” and “Rebilace,” draw travelers’ eyes upward; both are suspended from the ceiling, inviting viewers to take in the entire building’s architecture. “Rebilace” is in the Transitions Hall, which greets outgoing passengers as they pass through the security checkpoint. The huge, conical chandelier by Philadelphia artist Donald Lipski comprises thousands of Swarovski

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ABOVE: The terminal’s large art installations “airFIELD” and “Rebilace,” are suspended from the ceiling, inviting viewers to take in the entire building’s architecture.

For those who aren’t particularly interested in looking at permanent art installations or some of the rotating exhibits that will be going in, nearly every area of the international terminal offers sweeping views of aircraft operations outside. Even before travelers check in for their flights, they can see planes landing and taking off through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows of the departures level. The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal opened May 16. Details: Amy Schneider is the communications manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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crystals that are lit from within, while also reflecting external light that comes through the buildings’ many windows. The artist said the piece — the name is an anagram of “Liberace” — was meant to evoke the elegance of days gone by, when travel was a romantic adventure. Not far from “Rebilace” is “airFIELD” by California artist group Uebersee. “airFIELD,” in the secured International Atrium, consists of more than 1,400 liquid crystal discs that change opacity based on a computer program that tracks planes’ movements on the airfield. The result is the illusion of motion in constantly changing patterns. Tables near the food court on the mezzanine level offer visitors a view of the piece at eye level. The other large-scale, permanent pieces at the international terminal are: “Veneers,” a 640-foot art wall by Atlanta artist and architect Amy Landesberg. It divides the secure and sterile areas in the pedestrian corridor between concourses E and F. “Light Waves: Atlanta” by Christopher Janney of Boston. This interactive, light-, color- and soundinfused hallway leads incoming passengers from their planes to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection area. “American Tapestry” by Broadcast Solutions of Atlanta, and Mark and Donna Tuttle of Harleysville, Pa., is a series of large, super-high-definition TVs installed above the customs area that display loops of footage from Atlanta, the Southeast and the rest of the nation, giving visitors a virtual tour of the country.

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The Jewel of the South The Temple In 1922, a parcel of land along Peachtree Street between Kimball Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue was purchased by the Yaarab Shrine of Atlanta, a fraternal subset of the Masons, formerly known as the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and informally known as the Shriners. The group had outgrown their headquarters at Peachtree and Cain streets (now International Boulevard) and intended to build a Yaarab Temple Mosque where they could hold meetings, social gatherings, and fundraising events. To 30

offset costs, the mosque would also be able to host concerts, plays, and events for the citizens of Atlanta. The Shriners envisioned a facility with room for 7,500 people, several club and lounge rooms, a reading room and library, soundproof practice rooms, storage, a kitchen, office space, ballrooms, and more. Within a month of initiating a $1 million fundraising campaign in 1925, the Shriners had met their goal. The Shriners held an architectural competition in 1927 and the winning design came from local architectural firm

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Atlanta’s Fox Theatre is a well-preserved 82 year-old building. The story of its birth, near death, and phenomenal rebirth is chronicled in The Fox Theatre — Atlanta: The Memory Maker, on sale at the theatre’s merchandise kiosk before and after performances. Here is an excerpt from “Part One: The Origins.” By Kristi Casey Sanders

Marye, Alger & Vinour. Thirty-year-old Frenchman Ollivier Vinour became the mosque’s principal designer. Vinour drew inspiration from the Middle Eastern theme of Shriner rituals and symbolism, as well as his travels to Africa, and postcards and lithographs from Egypt, Sudan, Spain, and the Middle East. Vinour’s designs exceeded the Shriners’ wildest imagination, but it was expensive to realize. The cornerstone for the Yaarab Temple Mosque was laid on June 14, 1928. Six months later, the Shriners ran out of money. Afraid they wouldn’t have enough money to finish the mosque, the Shriners added a row of “temporary” storefronts to the Peachtree Street side and gave movie palace mogul William 32

Fox a 21-year lease they hoped would cover operating expenses. As part of their arrangement, they renamed the mosque the Fox Theatre and moved the main entrance to Peachtree Street, converting what was intended to be a ballroom into a 140-foot-long covered arcade.

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This rendering of the Yaarab Temple was the winning design submitted by local architectural firm Marye, Alger & Vinour. The Architectural Library at Georgia Tech has two books of David Roberts’ lithographs, Egypt and Nubia and The Holy Land, which Vinour consulted for ideas.

William Fox’s Movie Palace William Fox intended Atlanta’s Fox Theatre to be the Southeastern jewel in a crown of theatres he operated from San Francisco to Brooklyn. When he signed the 21-year lease in 1928, he was on top of the world. Unfortunately, 1929 was a very difficult year. First, the Justice Department sued Fox for violating federal antitrust laws for his intent to merge the Fox and Loew’s theatre chains. Then, he was involved in a serious car accident. He recovered to find that the stock market crash had wiped out most of his financial holdings, dashing any hopes of expanding his film empire. Two months later, the Fox Theatre in Atlanta opened. The exterior was reminiscent of the skyline of a Moorish village with onion domes, ornate arches, and minarets. But what lay inside was even more magnificent. A writer from the Atlanta Journal called it a “holiday gift from the gods of entertainment to Atlanta and the Southeast,” and warned, “don’t go unprepared for the shock.” 34

Opening day celebrations were scheduled for December 25, 1929. Two shows were advertised: the first at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 8:30 p.m. Each show lasted for several hours and featured Iris Wilkins on organ, the Fox Grand Orchestra playing Sir Edward Elgar’s “This Shrine of Beauty,” Walt Disney’s cartoon Steamboat Willie, a singalong, Fanchon and Marco’s Sunkist Beauties (called “two carloads of feminine pulchritude” by the Atlanta Constitution), Fox Movietone News, and the film Salute, which starred George O’Brien, Helen Chandler, and Stepin Fetchit. “It makes no difference whether you have been in the Roxy or Paramount in New York or not,” wrote an Atlanta Journal reporter. “If you have seen a moon somewhere, that wouldn’t make you indifferent to your first glimpse of the sun ... For this Fox Theatre, in the simplest and least patriotic terms possible, is a bewildering spectacle of sheer opulent magnificence.” For more information, visit

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The crowd for the Fox Theatre’s grand opening celebration stretched around the block. On the bill of fare were a series of acts that were designed to offer pure escapist entertainment. At the end of each show, bleached cornflakes fell like “snowflakes” from the ceiling.

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Lenox Square Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. DJ every Friday and Saturday night til 2am. Private meeting rooms accommodate up to 150. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-841-2377, B 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, which has hosted the likes of Clark Gable, and the al fresco seating area. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404-897-5000, M Lobby The menu focuses on seasonal fare at this sophisticated American restaurant in the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St., 404-9617370, M ONE.midtown kitchen Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a club-like atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Rd., 404-8924111, M The Melting Pot is the premiere fondue restaurant where guests can enjoy a choice of fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads and indulgent desserts. Four Atlanta locations, including 754 Peachtree St. NE, 404-389-0099, meltingpot. com. M Murphy’s This restaurant has one of the city’s top brunch menus, but it’s known for great peoplewatching and its contemporary comfort food. 997 Virginia Ave., 404-872-0904, VH Two Urban Licks “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404-522-4622, M

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255-0035; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., 404-223-6500; B, SS, D The Tavern at Phipps This is one of Atlanta’s hottest after-work spots, and has been singled out for its happy hour and singles scene by Jezebel, InSite Magazine and the AOL City Guide. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-814-9640, B

Terrace celebrates American heirloom recipes through supporting local and regional farmers, fisherman and producers. It recaptures pure flavors and tastes of natural and organic ingredients while bursting with delicious flavors. 176 Peachtree St. NW, 678-651-2770, ellishotel. com/terrace. D


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Briza Chef Janine Falvo’s approachable, modernist cuisine comes to life with Southern influences, and is complimented by the extensive wine list. 866 West Peachtree ST NW, 678-4122402, M Eleven Restaurant & Bar A luxurious destination at Loews Atlanta Hotel. Delectable cuisine, vibrant cocktails and live music. Visit them for delightful pre or post performance cocktails, or a quick bite that always gets a standing ovation. 1065 Peachtree St. NE, 404-745-5745, loewshotels. com/restaurants/eleven/cuisine. M South City Kitchen With a stylish, Southerncontemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Two locatons: Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave., 404-8737358; Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Pkwy., 770435-0700, M, V

Aja Restaurant & Bar Serving modern Asian cuisine, Aja has a 150-seat patio overlooking Buckhead and a huge lounge, where diners nosh on dim sum and sip mai tais. 3500 Lenox Rd., Ste. 100, 404-231-0001, B Spice Market Inspired by the street life of Southeast Asia, Spice Market enchants with complex blends of seasonings and layers of flavor that ignite the taste buds served in a relaxed, alluring environment at W Atlanta — Midtown. 188 14th St. NE, 404724-2550, M

brew pub/goUrmet pub fare Drink Shop features cocktails in artistic divination, blessed with pure and homemade ingredients, complete with a visible fruit juicing and vegetable extraction station. 45 Ivan Allen Junior Blvrd., 404582-5800, watlantadowntown.comdrinkshop. D

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Gordon Biersch Fresh-brewed beers are a tasty accent to this brewery-restaurant’s hearty pizzas, salads and sandwiches. For a small additional fee, pre-show diners can leave cars in the lot while they’re at the Fox. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404-870-0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-2640253, M, B Tap A gastropub offering easy-to-share pub fare and an extensive beer selection. The patio is a great place to chill after work. 1180 Peachtree St., 404-347-2220, M

creole/cajun Parish New Orleans-inspired dishes served with a modern twist and a fully stocked raw bar; a Nawlins-inspired brunch is served on the weekends. Downstairs, a take-away market sells sandwiches, spices, pastries and beverages. 240 N. Highland Ave., 404-6814434,

meat and cheese menus. 40 Seventh St. NE, 404347-9555, M Top Flr This romantic two-story restaurant and bar features delicious bistro dishes, a wine list that rocks and wonderfully affordable prices. Located three blocks from the Fox Theater at 674 Myrtle St., 404-685-3110. M

mediterranean/latin/asian fusion Shout A young crowd keeps Shout’s rooftop lounge hopping every night. The menu reflects a mix of Mediterranean, Far Eastern and South American influences. 1197 Peachtree St. NE, 404-846-2000, M


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Campagnolo Restaurant + Bar With a casual atmosphere and fare that is anything but casual, features a rustic menu that draws influences from all parts of Italy and its Mediterranean neighbors. 980 Piedmont Ave., 404-343-2446,, M

Ecco Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a “Best New Restaurant in America.” It’s also gotten raves for its killer wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse located at Phipps Plaza in the heart of Buckhead is Atlanta’s newest dining destination. 3500 Peachtree Rd., NE, 404-844-4810, B

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La Tavola Serving classic Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner in the heart of Virginia-Highland. 992 Virginia Ave., 404-873-5430, VH

MEXICAN Alma introduces Atlanta to a refreshing new 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, D Cantina Tequila & Tapas Bar is located in the Terminus building on the corner of Peachtree and Piedmont roads. It features authentic Mexican cuisine and has become Buckhead’s newest watering hole. 3280 Peachtree Rd. NW, Terminus 100, Ste. 150, 404-892-9292, B El Taco An eco-friendly watering hole serving fresh Mexican food made with all-natural meats and killer margaritas. 1186 N. Highland Ave.NE, 404-873-4656,

spanish Noche A Virginia-Highland favorite known for its Spanish-style tapas dishes and margaritas. 1000 Virginia Ave., 404-815-9155, VH

seafood/sushi Coast Seafood and Raw Bar serves Atlanta’s freshest seafood and island cocktails. The menu incorporates classics including crab and corn hush puppies, a signature seafood boil, and a variety of raw or steamed oysters, clams and mussels; along with signature fresh catch entrees. 111 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW, 404-869-0777, B Goldfish This fun seafood/sushi restaurant has Happy Hour specials Mon-Fri and nightly entertainment in its lounge. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., 770-671-0100, P

steak/sushi Room This elegant restaurant serves steak and sushi on the ground floor of the TWELVE Centennial Park hotel. 400 W. Peachtree St., 404-418-1250, D Strip This sophisticated steak, seafood and sushi restaurant offers an in-house DJ and a rooftop deck. Atlantic Station at 18th St., 404-385-2005, M Twist This lively restaurant has a huge bar, satay station, tapas menu, sushi and seafood dishes; patio seating is first-come, first-served. 3500 Peachtree Rd. NW, 404-869-1191, B

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Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan The Addams Family The King and I War Horse And select one of these restaurants: LIVINGSTON ALMA ECCO SOUTH CITY KITCHEN GORDON BIERSCH To learn more, got to the Fox Theatre’s website and click on the Dinner & Show icon midway down the page.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION The Theatre A fully restored 1929 “Movie Palace,” the Fox Theatre, with 4,678 seats, is a multiple-purpose facility, housing Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, concerts, movies, and private corporate events.

Lost and Found Lost and Found items are turned in to the House Manager’s office. To check on lost items, please call the House Manager at 404.881.2075. Lost and Found items will be retained for 30 days.

Private Rooms 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

Emergency Information In the event of an emergency, please walk to the nearest exit. Do Not Run.

The Box Office The Fox Theatre Box Office is located in the arcade entrance to the theatre. The Box Office is open for walk up 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 Box Office is not open on Sundays unless there is a performance. On event days, the Box 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 at any TICKETMASTER outlet, by calling TICKETMASTER at 800.745.3000, or by visiting the Fox Theatre Box 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 8812000 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 Tours of the Fox Theatre are available through the Atlanta Preservation Center. Tours are conducted Mondays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Tours begin in the Peachtree Street Arcade entrance to the theatre. For more information on tours and to confirm the tour schedule, please call the Atlanta Preservation Center at 404.688.3353.


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. Special Needs Ken Shook, Patron Services Coordinator, is our liaison to the disabled community. He can be reached at 404.881.2118 and can provide information on the locations and prices of accessible seating and other programs for the disabled. The Fox Theatre also has a brochure detailing all these programs for our patrons with special needs. This brochure is available at the Concierge Desk in the Arcade. An audio clarification device (Phonic Ear) is available for patrons with hearing disabilities. It is available, free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis on the evening of a performance, or you may reserve a device by calling the Patron Services Director. A limited number of booster seats are also available free of charge. 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 Box Office or by calling TICKETMASTER at 800.745.3000. 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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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. 46

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Allan C. Vella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Manager Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . . Assistant General Manager Jamie Vosmeier . . . . . . . Director of Ticket Sales & Service Rachel Bomeli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ticket Office Manager Jeff Quesenberry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Controller Rick Robbins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Controller Jennifer S. Farmer . . . . . . . . . Director of Sales/Ballrooms Jay Forrester . . . . . . . . . . Director of Food and Beverage Len Tucker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Operations Pat Prill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Manager Greta Duke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant House Manager Kristen Delaney . . . . . . . . . . . Director of Marketing & PR Ken Shook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patron Services Coordinator Shelly Kleppsattel . . . . . . . . Booking & Contract Associate Molly Fortune . . . . . . . . Preservation Department Manager Amy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Manager Rebecca J. Graham . . . . . . Assistant Production Manager Gary Hardaway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Master Carpenter Larry Watson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House Flyman Scott Hardin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Property Master Ray T. Haynie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Master Electrician Cary Oldknow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Electrician Rodney Amos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Head Sound Engineer Larry-Douglas Embury . . . . . . . . . . Organist In Residence Tammy Folds . . . . . . . . . . . . Production Security Manager

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS Alan E. Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chairman of the Board Edward L. White . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Beauchamp C. Carr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Vice President John A. Busby Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3rd Vice President Julia Sprunt Grumbles . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4th Vice President Edward Hutchison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer Robyn Rieser Barkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Treasurer Clara Hayley Axam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Secretary Keith Cowan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large F. Sheffield Hale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Walter R. Huntley Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts IV, Robert L. Foreman Jr., John R. Holder, Florence Inman, Craig B. Jones, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Robert E. Minnear, Starr Moore, Jay Myers, Carl V. Patton, Joe G. Patten, Glen J. Romm, Sylvia Russell, Nancy Gordy Simms, Clyde C. Tuggle, Carolyn Lee Wills

HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Anne Cox Chambers, Arnall (Pat) Connell, Rodney Mims Cook Jr., Jere A. Drummond, Richard O. Flinn III, Arthur Montgomery, Joseph V. Myers Jr., Edward J. Negri, Edgar Neiss, Herman J. Russell, Preston Stevens Jr.

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Fox fun facts: Rockin’ the Fox

In July 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd performed for three consecutive nights, recorded the album One More from the Road, and donated $5,000 toward the Save the Fox campaign. In February 1993, the band played another three nights, one of which was broadcast on pay-per-view TV. Here are some other fun facts: The Rolling Stones have performed at the Fox twice. In June 1978, the show was originally billed as “The Cockroaches” so as not to reveal the true performers before the concert announcement.

Bette Midler was scheduled to perform for three nights in February 1983. According to concert promoter Alex Cooley, when she first arrived in her dressing room, Midler claimed that someone had died in that space and a ghost was present. She refused to perform. But after moving to another dressing room, she was content enough to go on stage. 48

On New Year’s Day 2005, Broadway on Ice ice skating stars Nancy Kerrigan and Rudy Galindo, along with Broadway musical star Leslie Uggams, performed on the Fox stage. Creating the impromptu ice rink was an overnight process of repetitiously spraying water and freezing it.

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The Rolling Stones appeared next on October 26, 1981, for a standingroom only crowd. Before the show, the band had travelled to Savannah for a day trip and, due to dense fog in Atlanta, they were rerouted to Macon. The show was delayed by 90 minutes.

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We bet you even have a list of must-see spots in Atlanta. You know, those places you go only when visitors are in town? Why not knock some off your list — just for you? Here’s a guide to seeing Atlanta like a tourist — more than 35 million of them come here every year. ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN

Lose yourself in this urban oasis and its 30 acres of outdoor gardens including the award-winning Children’s Garden, a Canopy Walk through — and above — Storza Woods and the innovative Edible 50

Garden with its an outdoor demonstration kitchen. The Fuqua Conservatory is an organic biosphere and home to important collections of tropical palms and conifers; the Fuqua Orchid Center is home to the foremost collection of species orchids in the United States. The Garden holds a summer concert series, serves Cocktails in the Garden each Thursday and regularly exhibits artwork. Hours vary with the season. $18.95; $12.95 ages 3-12; age 2 and under free. Plus parking. 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E. Details: atlantabotanicalgarden. org or 404.876.5859.

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ust about everybody has a bucket list. It may not be in writing, but it’s there, sloshing around in the gray matter as you idle on I-285 in rush hour traffic or feed the kids Cheerios for the umpteenth time. Maybe it’s Paris, or a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Maybe it’s skydiving or a trip to a beach resort that hugs the ocean and has a pool with a swim-up bar (oh wait, that’s on mine).



Stroll through two acres of gardens, wildlife trails and woodland areas. The Buckhead complex includes the 1840s Tullie Smith Farm and the fully restored 1928 Swan House mansion. The museum offers exhibitions on the Civil War, African-American heritage and Southern folk art, with a wing dedicated to the 1996 Olympic Games.10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; and noon5:30 p.m. Sunday. $16.50; $13 ages 13-18 and 6+; and $11 ages 4-12. You save $2 per ticket when you buy online. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Details, tickets: or 404.814.4000. 52

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Journey into the heart of CNN Worldwide and get an up-close look at global news in the making. This is a 55-minute guided walking tour with behind-the-scenes views. Tours depart every 10 minutes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. $15; $14 senior citizens and ages 13-18; $12 ages 4-12. Also available: The Inside CNN VIP Tour, featuring expanded access to the network’s working studios. 9:30 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 1:10 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. Age 12 and older only. $35. Reservations strongly recommended. And finally: “Morning Express With Robin Meade” Tour. 8:30 a.m. Thursdays. Reservations required. This tour is subject to availability — and breaking news. $49. Tickets, details for all: or 404.827.2300. THE CYCLORAMA

Take a trip through time. You’ll sit at the center of a sweeping panorama of the Battle of Atlanta, fought July 22,

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See Hank Aaron’s bat and ball from home run No. 715 and the 1995 World Series trophy. More than 600 Braves artifacts and photographs trace the team’s history from its beginnings in Boston (1871-1952) to Milwaukee (1953-65) to Atlanta (1966-present). You’ll find it on the northwest side of Turner Field at Aisle 134. The museum is open year-round and is the starting point of hourlong guided tours of Turner Field that leave on the hour. April-September: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-3 p.m. Sunday. October-March: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. MondaySaturday. Tours not available when the Braves have home day games. $12; $7 ages 3-13 and members of the military; $5 museum only. Free parking in the Green Lot. 755 Hank Aaron Drive. Details: or 404.614.2310.


Go for “Martinis & IMAX” on a Friday night or see some of the world’s largest dinosaur skeletons. This is where you can explore the development of life on Earth through the landscapes of presentday Georgia, connect with cultures from around the globe and engage in handson exhibitions. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MondaySaturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. “Martinis and IMAX” 6:30-11 p.m. Friday. $17.50; $16.50 students and age 62-plus with ID; $15.50 ages 3-12. 54

IMAX tickets are $13; $12 students and seniors; and $11 age 3-12. Museum memberships available. 767 Clifton Road N.E. Details: or 404.929.6300.

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1864, during the Civil War. You can also see artifacts of the war displayed in the Civil War Museum and a steam locomotive known as the Texas, from the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. 9:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. $10; $8 senior citizens and ages 4-12; under 4 free. 800 Cherokee Ave. S.E. (in Grant Park, next to Zoo Atlanta). Tickets, details: or 404.658.7625.

CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK What had been a bleak, rundown section of downtown is now the best remaining legacy of the 1996 Summer Olympics. An estimated 3 million visitors stop by the 21-acre park each year. It features family fun and live music many days out of the week. Wednesday Wind Down features jazz during rush hour. Fourth Saturday Family Fun Day is free and features performers and children’s activities. The Fountain of Rings Show displays a dancing water show harmonized with pop music, lights and sound effects. The park is free, but admission is charged for many special events and concerts. 265 Park Ave. West N.W. Details: or 404.222.7275.

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One of the world’s biggest aquariums has more than 8 million gallons of water. Sea life is divided into 60 exhibits where you can watch whales being fed or walk beneath the arched tank of multiple species. While most exhibits are encased in glass (for obvious reasons), others are more hands-on, letting you pet sea creatures or participate in interactive sessions. Open 365 days a year but hours of operation vary. $26; $19.50 children. 255 Baker St. NW. Details: or 404.581.4000.

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in December, the High is open until 10 p.m. for “Friday Jazz.” $18; $15 age 65 and older and students; and $11 ages 6-17. Under 5 free. The first Saturday of every month is free for Fulton County residents. Details: high. org or 404.733.4444. IMAGINE IT! THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA

Imagine a place in the heart of downtown where children are the No. 1 priority. Where children and grownups can learn and play together. Where the wonder of a 4-year-old is the most powerful image. Where a child who has never held a paintbrush learns the

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One of the leading art museums in the Southeast is just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. The building was designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Meier (who also designed the Getty in Los Angeles). Inside you’ll find folk artists Nellie Mae Rowe, Thornton Dial and Bill Traylor; 19thand 20th-century artists Joseph Stella and Georgia O’Keeffe; photography by Harry Callahan, Walker Evans and Edward Weston; French impressionism by Monet and Pissarro and ToulouseLautrec; and such contemporary masters as Ellsworth Kelly and David Adamo. And that’s just the permanent collection, not the special exhibits. See what we mean? The High, part of the Woodruff Arts Center, also has a tantalizing gift shop. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and FridaySaturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday (half-price after 4 p.m.); and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Every third Friday, except

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Experience a day in the life of our 39th president (1977-81), step inside the Oval Office, and take a virtual trip with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter to fight disease and promote democracy around the world. The landscaped grounds here include plenty of shade and two lakes. 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. MondaySaturday; and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. $8; $6 age 60 and older, military and students with ID. Under 16 free. 441 Freedom Parkway N.E. Details, tickets: or 404.865.7100. 58


A young boy grows up in a time of segregation. A dreamer is moved by destiny into leadership of the modern civil rights movement. This was the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968). Come hear his story, visit his birth home and see where he played as a child. Walk in his footsteps, and hear his voice in the church where he moved hearts

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joy of playing with color. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 10 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $12.75 plus tax for ages 2 and older. Under 2 free. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive. Details, tickets: childrensmuseumatlanta. org or 404.659.5347.

WORLD OF COCA-COLA Explore on your own or take a guided tour, complete with a 3-D movie experience in moving seats and exhibits that detail the brand’s 400 other products. If you work up a thirst, relax. You can taste more than 60 Coke varieties from around the world, see commissioned works of art and hug the 7-foot-tall CocaCola polar bear. Open at 9 or 10 a.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. $16; $14 age 65 and older; and $12 ages 3-12. Under 2 free. 121 Baker St. N.W. in Pemberton Place, next to the Georgia Aquarium. Details: worldofcoca-cola. com or 404.676.5151.

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and minds. Marvel at how he was an instrument for social change and reflect at his gravesite. Tickets, admission free. Dayof reservations required for birth home tours. Hours vary by season. Through Sept. 3: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Birth home tours: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. every halfhour. 450 Auburn Ave. N.E. Details: nps. gov/malu/index.htm or 404.331.5190.

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Not just for kids! Animal lovers of all ages can check out the exotic birds, reptiles, amphibians, red and giant pandas, giraffes, kangaroos, lemurs and rhinos. Visit the petting zoo for a hands-on experience. Plant life is in bloom in the Georgia Backyard Wildlife Habitat. 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Closed 60

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only on Thanksgiving and Christmas. $20.99 age 12 and older; $15 ages 3-11. Under 2 free. 800 Cherokee Ave. S.E. in Grant Park (near the Cyclorama). Details: or 404.624.5600. SEE IT ALL

For ticket discounts, consider the Atlanta CityPass ($69 adults; $49 ages 3-12), which covers admission to five of the city’s top attractions: the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Inside CNN Studio Tour, the High Museum of Art (or Fernbank Museum of Natural History) and Zoo Atlanta (or the Atlanta History Center). Details: or 888.330.5008.

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Georgia’s most-visited attraction is home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite rock and the long-running laser light show. That big hunk of granite contains a carving of Confederate heroes Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Its 3,200-plus acres of nature include family attractions, recreation, special events, lodging and camping. A one-day parking pass is $10. Enjoying nature is free; attractions range in price from $5.50 to $14. Adventure passes include many of the paid attractions — and all of the free ones — for $28 plus tax (age 12 and older) or $22 plus tax (ages 3-11). 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain. Details: or 770.498.5690.

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