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Features

The Performance

8 Something’s Happening Here, All Over Again

15 Program and notes

Hair reinvents itself, but still feels fresh.

46 Fox Fun Facts

How much do you know about the Fox Theatre ballrooms?

48 Pub Crawl!

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54 Flow It, Show It, Cut It, Grow It

Put a little spring in your step with these hair trends.

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Departments 36 Information 37 Staff/Golden Rules 38 Dining Guide 60 The Buzz Cover Photo: Joann Carroll

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Something’s happening here, all over again By Kathy Janich

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hen Hair opened on Broadway in April 1968, America was a country at war with itself. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had just been assassinated. Bobby Kennedy would die within weeks. College campuses rocked with anti-Vietnam War protests. Police and demonstrators engaged in bloody conflict during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. LBJ became a lame duck president; Richard Nixon un-retired from politics and won the White House. Then came Hair, a story ripped from the headlines before anybody ever said “ripped from the headlines.” No one had seen anything like this loud and proud musical that began as a free concert and found its feet in, of all places, the hub of commercial theater. Hair was a

happening, a rapturous celebration of love, peace, sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. The radio throbbed with its songs “Aquarius,” “Easy to Be Hard,” “Good Morning Starshine” and “Let the Sun Shine In,” giving hit records to poprock-soul artists as diverse as Oliver, Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 9


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is torn between loyalty to the Tribe and his parents’ expectations. In the Broadway original, lyric and book writers Gerome Ragni and James Rado did double duty as actors, playing Berger and Claude, respectively. They essentially put their own lives onstage. This time, the script was pulled from several versions written by Ragni, who died in 1991, and Rado, who’d been noodling around with various incarnations for decades. Rado also wrote new lines. Burkhardt caught the Hair bus in 2007, soon after graduating from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He was hired for a three-day Hair concert that took place in Central Park that fall. When the Tribe moved uptown to Broadway, Burkhardt did too, playing smaller roles and understudying the character of Berger. When Tony Award nominee Will Swenson moved on, Burkhardt moved up. Hair is his one and only professional credit.

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Nina Simone, Three Dog Night and the Fifth Dimension. Hair didn’t have a cast, it had a “Tribe.” It was nothing like its Broadway neighbors — Zorba; Promises, Promises; or 1776, a musical about a whole different breed of patriot. When Hair returned to Broadway two springs ago, some 40 years had rocketed by. Barack Obama occupied the big house on Pennsylvania Avenue, Americans were reeling in a recession, and the country was again at war. “It’s a good thing for us that the show is still so resonant,” says Steel Burkhardt, who plays Berger, one of two characters that hold the Tribe’s center. “There are still unpopular wars, and people still have hope for the human race to live in peace.” Hair, the self-described “American Tribal Love-Rock Musical,” follows a group of young people who advocate pacifism and free love in a 1960s society seen as intolerant and brutal. Berger is the ultimate free bird; his buddy Claude


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revival Tribe in place, before hitting the road again. And how does the Tribe want audiences to feel as they leave the theater? “High,” says Burkhardt. “I want them to feel like they’re high. Like all the endorphins are released in your body. Whether it’s a hopeful high, and you’re thinking about paying it forward, and bringing good energy to other people, or it’s a quiet high and you are thinking about what we can do to move forward as a culture.” And the show continues its forward momentum. After it completes its national tour, it will play a limited engagement on Broadway from July 5 through Sept. 10. Kathy Janich is an Atlanta theater artist and freelance writer. After years in daily newspapers, she’s found a joyous second career as an artistic associate at Atlanta’s Synchronicity Theatre. Visit synchrotheatre.com.

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What’s so important for these Tribe mates, he says, is that they make the show a living, breathing, topical work — not a history lesson. For that he credits Rado, who communed with the new generation of actors, giving them a sense of what life in the ’60s was really like. “He lived Hair,” Burkholdt says of his mentor. “It’s from his experience. Despite what you can look up and read and see, he was there … firsthand.” Not that the musical, despite its material, is all serious business. “It’s just a fun show: the energy, the music,” Burkhardt says. “We break that fourth wall and involve the audience. We want an audience that’s going to be interacting with us, still being voyeurs, of course, but that wants to play when it’s time.” (So, when you’re invited onstage to dance, don’t be shy.) The popularity of this approach is underscored by the fact that the national tour will transfer to Broadway from July 5 through Sept. 10, with the original


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Omar Faruk Tekbilek and his Ensemble in Concert:

A Fusion of Sound and Spirit SET ONE

1. YUNUS — Traditional

This is a classical Sufi song in Segah Mode played in 4/4. Lyrics are by Yunus Emre, the 13th-century Sufi poet. He is talking about how “divine love made his mind blurred, his body is suffering...” He is expressing his pain and saying “come and look at me and see how love has transformed me.”

2. I LOVE YOU — by Hasan Isikkut

This is a love song by Hasan Isakkut in Muhayyer Kurdi mode played in 4/4. The melody reflects the longing of a Lover for his Beloved. The Lover says “No matter what happens or what is the outcome, I always will love you…”

3. HAYDAR — by A. Ekber Cicek

Folkloric Sufi song played in 5/8. Haydar is the name for a Godhead person (when someone reaches a divine state of mind). The soul adventures through all levels (forms) of existence, then finding itself in the highest state, a whirling soul.

4. CRESCENT MOON — by Omar Faruk Tekbilek

Instrumental folkloric composition in Hijaz/Kargihar mode played in 14/8.

5. FIRE DANCE — Traditional

Traditional classical instrumental Turkish composition in Hijaz mode played in 4/4.

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the show SET TWO

1. SUFI — by Omar Faruk Tekbilek

This is a mystical Sufi medley in Hijaz mode played in 4/4 and 2/4. The God’s Lover outreach to God is joined by the mountains, stones, birds of dawn as well as Moses, Jesus, Muhammad and all other prophets. Together they emphasize that in all existence there is only one God, Lord of the Universe.

2. OGLAN BOYUN — Traditional

An Azeri love song in Acem mode played in 6/8 meter. This is a common characteristic rhythm of the Azeri people who live on the west side of the Caspian Sea in southern Russia.

3. ELATION — by Brian Keane and Ara Dinkjian

Contemporary instrumental composition by Brian Keane and Ara Dinkjian played in 2/4.

4. HIJAZ RAKS — by Sukru Tunar

A classical instrumental composition from the 1930s in Hicaz/Rast mode. Arranged by Omar Faruk Tekbilek and played in 2/4 and 4/4.

5. SHASHKIN — Traditional

An Arabic folkloric love song in Huseyni mode played in 4/4. This famous melody became popular in the late 70s when it was adopted by pop singer Erkin Koray. It is about a drunk lover confused by his love.

6. IMAGINARY TRAVELER — by Brian Keane

Contemporary instrumental composition in Kurdi/Hijaz mode played in 2/4 meter. In this Western composition, the ‘Imaginary’ travels through cultures exploring the Middle Eastern timbres throughout the song by featuring various Middle Instruments and bringing those instruments into Westernstyle melody. This is to show how much all cultures have in common and, in essence, we are all connected.

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bioS OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK Honored as a peacemaker and virtuoso, Omar Faruk Tekbilek is one of the most sought-after musicians whose work transcends political boundaries while maintaining traditional sensibilities in a way few artists can manage. Omar Faruk was a musical prodigy. He was born in Adana, Turkey, to a musical family who nurtured his precocious talents. At the age of eight, he began his musical career by developing proficiency on the kaval, a small diatonic flute. His musical interests were being nurtured by his older brother and a sympathetic uncle who owned a music store and provided lessons. Omar Faruk learned the intricate rhythms of Turkish music, how to read scales and eventually mastered several other instruments: ney (bamboo flute), zurna (a double-reed oboe-like instrument with a buzzing tone), the baglama (longnecked lute), the oud (the classic lute), and percussion. By the age of 12 he began performing professionally at local hot spots. At the same time, he studied religion with thoughts of becoming a cleric, or imam. In 1967, upon turning 16, he moved to Istanbul where he and his brother spent the next decade as in-demand session musicians. Omar Faruk stayed true to his folkloric roots, but during this period of frenetic session work in the metropolitan music scene, he explored Arabesque, Turkish and Western styles, and the compositional potential of the recording studio. In Istanbul he also met the Mevlevi Dervishes, the ancient Sufi order of Turkey. He did not join the order, but the head Neyzen (ney player), Aka Gunduz Kutbay, became another source of inspiration. Omar Faruk was profoundly influenced by their mystical approach and fusion of sound and spirit. During that time he was introduced to Hatha Yoga and eventually to Tai Chi, which he continues to practice daily. Omar Faruk’s skills in the studio blossomed in Istanbul playing with some of the leading Turkish musicians of the day, including Orhan Gencebay, flute and saxophone player Ismet Siral, and percussionist Burhan Tonguc. After establishing himself as one of the top session musicians in Turkey, he began touring Europe and Australia. By 1971, at the age of 20, he made his first tour of the United States as a member of a Turkish classical/folk ensemble. It was while touring in the United States that he met his future wife, Suzan, and in 1976, he relocated to upstate New York to marry her. Omar Faruk found very few options for a Turkish musician in the United States, so he formed a band called the Sultans with an Egyptian keyboardist, a 18 EncoreAtlantA.com


bioS Greek bouzouki player, and his brother-in-law on percussion. It started as a pop band but very quickly turned into a sort of pan-Near Eastern ensemble. They began to attract some attention within the circle of Middle Eastern dance fans and recorded five albums during this time, but Omar Faruk was still unknown outside his local musical community. This changed in 1988 when he met Brian Keane. In the next few years, he and Keane would produce six recordings together, launching Omar Faruk boldly into the world music scene. Omar Faruk Tekbilek has since established himself as one of the world’s foremost exponents of Middle Eastern music. A multi-instrumentalist par excellence, he has collaborated with such leading international musicians as keyboard player Karl Berger, ex-Cream rock drummer Ginger Baker, Youssou N’Dour, Ofra Haza, Yasmin Levy, Simon Shaheen, Hossam Ramzy, Glen Velez, Bill Laswell, Mike Mainieri, Peter Erskine, Trilok Gurtu, Omar Sosa, Enrique Morente, Kodo (Japan), Jai Uttal and Steve Shehan. He has contributed to numerous film and TV scores and to many recordings, including world sacred music albums, and has been touring extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe, Australia, and North and South America. Omar Faruk’s music is rooted in tradition, but has been influenced by contemporary sounds. He views his approach as “cosmic” and his commitment to music runs deep. The four corners of his creativity emanate mysticism, folklore, romance and imagination. Like Omar Faruk himself, his music symbolizes diversity in unity. Awards and Recognitions • Recipient of the 2003 Turkish Music Award for Best Artist. • Nominee for the BBC World Music Award 2003 in the category of the Middle East. • Recipient of the people’s choice US. Golden Belly Musician of the Year award in 1998 and 1999. Recordings by Omar Faruk Tekbilek Suleyman the Magnificent 1988 Celestial Harmonies Fire Dance 1990 Celestial Harmonies World Resonance 1991 Dynamic Recording Beyond the Sky 1992 Celestial Harmonies Turath (with Simon Shaheen) 1992 CMP Records Fata Morgana (with Michael Askill) 1994 Celestial Harmonies Whirling 1994 Celestial Harmonies 20 EncoreAtlantA.com


BIOS Mystical Garden The Best of the Sultans Crescent Moon One Truth Dance Into Eternity Alif Tree of Patience Rare Elements The Butterfly (Kelebek) Longing

1996 Celestial Harmonies 1998 The Sultans Recording 1998 Celestial Harmonies 1999 World Class (H.O.S) 2000 Celestial Harmonies 2002 Narada/Adama 2006 White Swan/Alif Records 2009 5 Points Records 2009 Zet Music 2010 Zet Music

MANAGEMENT: Ofer Ziv / Gate Productions Los Angeles, CA - USA www.omarfaruktekbilek.com Sound technician: Thanasis Ipsaro

Hamid Saeidi (Santur) Producer and award-winning composer, Hamid Saeidi transcends musical categorization. Trained in Persian Classical music since age 15, he studied santur (Persian hammered dulcimer) with famed Master Madjid Kiani and later pursued a degree in music from the Iranian Academy of the Arts studying composition under Masters Farhad Fakhredini and Vartan Sahakian. Saeidi’s amazing technique, emotional depth and innovative improvisational skills, led him to perform all around the world with various artists, including Mamak Khadem and Omar Faruk Tekbilek. He has composed music for more than 30 films, television programs, dance and theatrical presentations, and received awards at the Beirut film festival (2002), the Iran TV Festival (2002, 2004, 2007) and the Society of Critics of Theater in Iran (2005). In addition to touring, producing and composing, Hamid’s Imaginary Knots conceptual project featuring music, dance and film recently premiered at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is recording with his own band Gabgou, an ensemble with strong improvisational skills from both the Eastern and Western traditions. For more information please visit: www.hamidsaeidi.com.

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bioS Chris Rosser (Keyboards) Chris Rosser is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, composer and producer. He earned a bachelor of music degree from the University of Miami School of Music, where he studied jazz piano and studio recording. He went on to study Hindustani classical music and the sarod (a 25-string fretless Indian lute) with world-famous musician Ali Akbar Khan. Nationally, Rosser has performed solo at festivals and clubs and has shared stages with folk and pop luminaries such as Nickel Creek, John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, John Gorka, David Wilcox, Tom Rush and others. He owns Hollow Reed Studio in Asheville, N.C., and was awarded a songwriter/composer fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. Learn more at www.chrisrosser.com.

River Guerguerian (Multi-Percussion) River Guerguerian was born in 1967 in Montreal, Canada, to ArmenianEgyptian parents, and has lived in NYC, the Indian Himalayan Mountains and Maui, among other places. River received his bachelor of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music Conservatory in 1989 and, since then, has been performing internationally with such groups as the BBC Concert Orchestra, New Music Consort, Tan Dun, Chuck Berry and the Ziggy Marley/ Gipsy Kings project. Ever in demand, River has recorded on more than 100 albums and soundtracks, and continues to compose and teach music around the world. His artist web-site can be found at www.ShareTheDrum.com.

Murat Tekbilek (Percussion) Murat Tekbilek was born into a family of musicians. Murat’s father, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, as well his maternal and paternal uncles, are professional musicians. From a very young age, Murat played percussion with emphasis on darbuka and bendir. He has traveled alongside his father all over the world and regularly plays with Middle Eastern groups located near his hometown.

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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 24 EncoreAtlantA.com

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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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.

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

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. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 25


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.” 26 EncoreAtlantA.com

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 foxtheatre.org.

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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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See Atlanta like a tourist No doubt you’re aware that the place you call home is a hotbed for happy-go-lucky visitors. Everyone wants in on the Atlanta action. So, why not see what the buzz is about and take to the city with them? Take a weekend, or two, to explore the famous sites and discover what puts the sizzle in Hotlanta. You just may find it’s not the heat, after all. Here’s our brief list of what to do first. HIGH MUSEUM OF ART Forget about that famous museum in Paris. With a gem like the High Museum of Art in your backyard, you have a world of culture right before your eyes. As part of the Woodruff Arts Center, the High’s beautiful exterior architecture quietly 28 EncoreAtlantA.com

complements the astonishing works of art inside. Throughout the year, visiting collections are on display at the museum, chronicling either complete works of an artist or single prints. Permanent collections include over 11,000 pieces, including modern and contemporary art; European, African

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you haven’t been since its relocation to Pemberton Place, the new facility is definitely a reason to stop by. Explore the World on your own or participate in a guided tour, complete with a 3-D movie experience in moving seats and exhibits detailing the brand’s 400 other products. As you make your rounds, taste more than 60 Coke varieties from around the globe, view commissioned works of art and hug the 7-ft. CocaCola polar bear. Open 362 days a year; tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. Worldofcoca-cola.com SEE IT ALL For steep discounts on tickets, consider buying the Atlanta CityPass ($74), a booklet permitting access into six of Atlanta’s most famous attractions, including the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and Zoo Atlanta. Visit Citypass.com or call (888) 3305008 for more information.

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and walk beneath the arched tank of multiple species of fish and mammals, including hammerhead shark and sawfish. 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. However, what truly makes the aquarium unique are its contributions to research and aquatic animal conservation. It’s also the only aquarium that doubles as a veterinary teaching hospital. Open 365 days a year; general admission is $26 for adults and $19.50 for kids. Several ticket packages are offered, including Atlanta Braves, Six Flags and Atlanta Botanical Garden combos. Georgiaaquarium.org


SUNDAY, MAY 22 at 7 PM Join friends of UNICEF to experience our organization’s global influence on the lives of children without leaving Atlanta. Interactive exhibits. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Wishing well. CO-CHAIRS

John Terracino Vern Yip, UNICEF Ambassador The Lenox Square Luxury Wing

3393 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta (mall entrance between Neiman Marcus and Lenox Square Grill)

Individual tickets start at $250. Proceeds will support UNICEF’s work in over 150 countries. Reservations (404) 881-2700 ext. 208

unicefusa.org/experience Portions of the showcase will remain viewable within the Lenox Square Luxury Wing through May 31.


Going coastal

Start your summer now on the ‘golden isles’ of Jekyll and St. Simons By Kristi Casey Sanders

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Simons), but if you desire a family friendly spot affordable enough to become a yearly tradition, St. Simons and Jekyll islands are the best options. St. Simons Island There’s an anecdotal story told about the Timacuan Indians, who lived here under Spanish rule for almost 200 years. They finally rebelled, it is said, because the Catholic priests insisted the men take only one wife. Whether that’s true, you still get the feeling that these island inhabitants would rebel if someone tried to stop them from having a good time. For more than 75 years, the center of the island’s social life has been the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort (kingandprince.com, 800-342-0212), which began as an open-air oceanfront dance pavilion. Accommodations range

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pring is beautiful in Atlanta, with cherry blossoms and dogwood trees in bloom. And as spring clothes replace sweaters, it’s easy to yearn for full-on summer. That’s why so many spring breaks unfold on the beach. You can escape to a sandy wonderland where sunsets give way to moonlit surf, casual beach bars serve frosty drinks, and kids can learn the art of avoiding sunburns while building sandcastles. Atlanta’s closest beaches are on the barrier islands off the Georgia coast. The four clustered around Brunswick are known as the “golden isles.” It’s a five-hour drive or a 60-minute flight via Delta Connection, which has three daily nonstop flights to Brunswick Golden Isles Airport. There are exclusive resorts (Sea Island) and serene eco-retreats (Little St.


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from traditional hotel rooms and multibedroom condo units to private homes with rooftop patios. Guests can rent bikes or kayaks, ride horseback on the beach, and much more. Golf is a big deal here, and the King and Prince Course (912-634-0255) is quite scenic: Wild marsh grass cuts the field of play between the tee box and fairway on one hole, golf cart paths are elevated over marshland, wild birds soar overhead and gators nap inches from the greens under oak trees. The Sea Palms Golf & Tennis Resort (seapalms.com, 800-841-6268) offers guests three courses and an array of family friendly activities. The Lighthouse Trolley (912-6383333) is a fun way to learn about the island’s history. It is owned by Cap Fendig, a local character and sometime politician, whose family has been here since the 1800s. Take a narrated tour or hop on and off the trolley at scheduled stops, including Fort Frederica National Monument (nps.gov/fofr/ index.htm), the Maritime Center at the Historic Coast Guard Station (saintsimonslighthouse.org) and the famous St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum (912-638-4666). Fendig’s company (capfendig.com) also offers dolphin tours, bird-watching trips and real-estate services — in case you decide to stay. Learn about the coastal ecosystem aboard the Lady Jane (shrimpcruise. com, 912-265-5711). Piloted by Captain Credle, the vessel takes passengers into St.

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Simons Sound, where marine biologists sort shrimp from the other creatures caught in nets and educate guests about what they’re seeing. Afterwards, there’s a shrimp boil. And it’s not just any shrimp. The salt marsh grasses available to Wild Georgia Shrimp™ make them particularly sweet. Thanks to a large local sturgeon population, this region also is known for caviar said to be superior to Russia’s. Speaking of food, near the King and Prince, Saltwater Cowboy (saltcow.com, 912-634-2102) offers steak, seafood and live music. Further inland is Southern Soul Barbeque (southernsoulbbq.com, 912-638-SOUL), featuring awardwinning Brunswick stew. If peoplewatching is high on your agenda, try breakfast or lunch in the village at Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication 33


Jekyll Island Legislation requires that at least 66 percent of Jekyll Island remain undeveloped. The island is a state park, so there is a small fee for all cars ($5/day or $25/ week). On the island’s east coast, where the beaches are, an ongoing revitalization project has added budget hotels and a 20-acre oceanfront park with picnic pavilions and wheelchair-friendly beach access points. New shopping and dining outlets are under construction, but old favorites like Blackbeard’s Restaurant (912-635-3522) offer hearty fare and spectacular ocean sunsets. The Intracoastal Waterway borders the island’s west coast. Dine waterfront at the Jekyll Island Marina in Sea Jay’s Waterfront Cafe & Pub (seajays. com, 912-635-3200) and on the Jekyll Island Pier at sister restaurants Latitude 31 (dinner only) and the Rah Bar (coastaldining.com, 912-635-3800), where live music plays three to four nights a week and oysters and shrimp are available by the pound. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel (jekyllclub. com, 800-535-9547), at the heart of the island’s historic district, is a short walk from the pier. Built for vacationing millionaires more than 100 years ago, the club was described in a 1904 edition of Munsey’s Magazine as “the richest, most exclusive, most inaccessible club in the world.” Several of the surrounding millionaires’ “cottages” are now gift shops, 34 EncoreAtlantA.com

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restaurants, event facilities and atmospheric accommodations for small groups. The resort can help you discover what life was like during the Gilded Age with walking tours of the historic district. Learn how the Federal Reserve System was planned by a select group of bankers and politicians at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. See the island by bicycle or on horseback or play croquet on the club’s lawn. Four golf courses on the island’s interior use natural sand barriers, inland lakes and pine forests to create challenging links-style play. The best course for multigenerational groups is Pine Lakes, which has family friendly tee boxes. Another prime attraction is the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (georgiaseaturtlecenter. org), a rehabilitation, research and educational center that has special programs for kids. Read the full story at EncoreAtlanta.com.

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the Sandcastle Café & Grill (912-6388883), where the locals go.


Bilingual script adaptation by Luis R. Hernandez

Now through May 29 Tues - Sun

Ages 4+

An English/Spanish Bilingual Show!

This modern retelling of the classic fairy tale brings to life lessons of hard work and acceptance in a delightfully hip and humorous fashion, using the “found object” style of puppetry! Supported in part by: Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. r lke Wa Clay

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Season supported in part by: Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs

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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. 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 brand new Landmarks Lounge is adjacent to the lobby and is perfect for a small pre-show and intermission event. All rooms include the Fox Theatre’s professional sales and coordination staff. To book your ”Fabulous Fox“ evening, please call 404.881.2100 or visit us at www.foxtheatre.org. 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. During Events, 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. Concessions Concession stands are located in the Spanish Room, adjacent to the main lobby, and on the mezzanine lobby level. Restrooms Restrooms are located on the Main Lobby and Mezzanine Lobby levels. Restrooms are also located on the Gallery level. Restrooms for patrons who are physically challenged are located in the Spanish Room Gift Shop The Fox Theatre operates a gift shop selling history books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and an assortment of other theatrerelated merchandise. The gift shop is located in the main lobby and is open at each performance. Tours Tours of the Fox Theatre are available through the Atlanta Preservation Center. Tours are conducted Mondays, Wednesdays, 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.

the Fox Theatre is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas. Special Needs Ken Shook, Patron Services Director, is our liaison to the disabled community. He can be reached at 404.881.2118 and can provide information on such topics as the locations and prices of accessible seating and other programs for the disabled. The Fox Theatre also has a new brochure detailing all these programs for our patrons with special needs. They are available at the Guest Relations Table. Fox Ambassadors are located at the Guest Relations Table in the main lobby at the Fox Theatre Merchandise Kiosk to offer their assistance, theatre information, and several rental items to enhance your performance enjoyment. An audio clarification device (Phonic Ear) is available for patrons with hearing disabilities. It is available, free of charge, on a firstcome, 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. Binoculars are available for sale. All items require a form of identification to be held until the item is returned. 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. 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. Please be aware that 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. Please limit conversation during the performances. Camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited.

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. Emergency Information In the event of an emergency, please walk to the nearest exit. Do Not Run. Smoking In accordance with the Fulton County Clean Air Ordinance,

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etiquette 1. Arrive early. If you are late, you may be held out or reseated until an appropriate time for you to get to your assigned seat. People who arrive late disturb the performers on stage and audience members. It is best to arrive about 30 minutes early so that you have time to purchase concessions, find your seat, and read the program before the show starts. 2. Take care of personal needs (drinks of water or restroom) because you should not leave your seat until the intermission or until the performance ends. 3. Please sit in the seat you are assigned so you do not cause confusion for other audience members. 4. Please silence or turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, beepers, and watch alarms. You’ll be embarrassed if it goes off in the middle of a tense moment of the show and it will break the mood for everyone. 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. 5. 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. 6. The overture is part of the performance. Please cease talking at this point. 7. The sound system for each show is provided by the touring production. Unfortunately, many variables exist that may occasionally hinder sound quality. Please let an usher know if you are having trouble hearing. Adjustments may be able to be made or an assisted listening device can be provided. 8. 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. 8. Please refrain from talking, humming, or singing along with the show, except when encouraged to do so by the artist or show. 9. Please wait for an appropriate moment to dig something out of your pocket or bag. 10. Go easy with the perfume and cologne, many people are highly allergic. 11. 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. 12. 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. 13. Just be courteous and everyone will enjoy the show.

The Fox Theatre

660 Peachtree Street, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30308 404.881.2100 • www.foxtheatre.org

STAFF

Allan C. Vella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General Manager Adina Alford Erwin . . . . . . . Assistant General Manager Pat “Sunshine” Tucker . . . . . . . . . . Box Office Manager Robert Burnett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Controller Jennifer S. Farmer . . . . . . . . Director of Sales/Ballrooms Oliver Diamantstein . . . . 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 Director Shelly Kleppsattel . . . . . . Booking & Contract Associate Jamie Vosmeier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Group Sales Director 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 Walter R. Huntley Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Robert E. Minnear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Carl V. Patton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Member at Large Ada Lee Correll, Richard Courts IV, Keith Cowan, Robert L. Foreman Jr., F. Sheffield Hale, John R. Holder, Florence Inman, Craig B. Jones, Steve Koonin, Charles Lawson, Starr Moore, Jay Myers, 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 theatre Dining Guide Looking for a great night out? Try one of these local restaurants before or after the show. For Dinner and a Show packages, visit encoreatlanta.com/offers. Neighborhood codes: A–Alpharetta, B–Buckhead, IP–Inman Park, OFW–Old Fourth Ward, M­—Midtown, D–Downtown, P–Perimeter Mall area, SS–Sandy Springs, VH–Virginia-Highland, V—Vinings, W–Westside

American Broadway Diner Unique, due to its food and décor, the Broadway Diner serves great food (including authentic Greek cuisine) at awesome prices. Based on a Broadway-style theme, the diner is perfect for families and business people. 620 Peachtree St. NE, (404) 477-9600, thebroadwaydiner.com. M Deckard’s Kitchen and Kegs is a neighborhood American tavern with a New England twist. Specializing in simple craft cuisine, classic ingredients and an extensive, eclectic beer selection. 650 Ponce De Leon Avenue, 404-9413520. kitchenandkegs.com. M Einstein’s The place that puts a smile on your face. Dining with an emphasis on service, Einstein’s offers innovative competitively-priced cuisine in a warm, accommodating environment. Enjoy a delicious meal on their award-winning patio and sip on their infamous martinis. 1077 Juniper St., 404-876-7925, einsteinsatlanta.com. M Garrison’s A neighborhood destination known for high quality food, generous portions and a comfortable setting. Superb wine and specialty cocktails compliment the highest quality seafood, 38 EncoreAtlantA.com

steaks and creative sandwiches. Their outside dining is perfect for relaxing and people-watching. Vinings Jubilee Shopping Center, 4300 Paces Ferry Rd., 770-436-0102, garrisonsatlanta.com. V Goodfellas Pizza and Wings brings you the finest pizza in the Atlanta area. Using the freshest ingredients, Goodfellas offers everything you need for lunch and dinner — pasta, salads, calzones, subs and, of course, pizza and wings. 615 Spring St. NW, 404-347-7227, goodfellaspizzawings.com. M Hudson Grille is the perfect place to catch a game, to meet friends for a great meal or to enjoy drinks at one of their expansive bars. Four locations: Midtown, 942 Peachtree St. NE, 404-2499468; Alpharetta, 865 North Main St., 770777-4127; Perimeter, 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody, 770-350-0134; Brookhaven, 4046 Peachtree Rd., 404-233-0313, hudsongrille.com. M,A,P,B Joe’s Inside and out on the patio, this hotspot’s nostalgic charm sets the stage for a wholly unique tavern experience. With an accent on congenial good times, Joe’s sassy food servers keep patrons smiling, while the master mixologists behind the bar whip up drinks known for their flavor and potency. Midtown: 1049 Juniper


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St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-875-6344; College park: 2144 Sullivan Rd, College Park, GA, 404-844-5000, joesatlanta.com. M 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, lenoxsquaregrill.com. B Livingston Restaurant and Bar It’s hard to beat the location (across the street 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, which is available in warm weather. 659 Peachtree St. NE, 404-897-5000, livingstonatlanta.com. M Lobby The menu focuses on seasonal fare at this sophisticated American restaurant in the lobby of TWELVE Atlantic Station. 361 17th St., 404961-7370, lobbyattwelve.com. M ONE.midtown kitchen Dine on fresh, seasonal American cuisine in a club-like atmosphere near Piedmont Park. 559 Dutch Valley Rd., 404-8924111, onemidtownkitchen.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, murphysvh.com. VH Taco Mac Atlanta’s favorite family friendly sports restaurant and bar since 1979. Consistently voted Atlanta’s best wings and best beer selection, Taco Mac has something for everyone. 25 metro Atlanta locations, including 933 Peachtree Street NE, blocks away from the Fox Theatre. 678-904-7211. tacomac.com. M Two Urban Licks “Fiery” American cooking meets live music at this hip hangout. 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., 404-522-4622, twourbanlicks.com. M

American/steakhouse Cowtippers is known as an avid supporter of the community, whimsy and down right good old-fashioned fun. Home to traditional steak house fare served with creative twists; enjoy huge desserts, 25 types of margaritas, and the best burgers in town. 1600 Piedmont Ave., 404-874-3751, cowtippersatlanta.com. M Joey D’s Oakroom Near Perimeter Mall, this stylish steak house has a staggering selection of spirits and a hot after-dinner singles scene. 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., 770-512-7063, centraarchy.com. P 40 EncoreAtlantA.com

New York Prime A Prime Time Top 10 USDA Prime Steakhouse known for its wine list, atmosphere and world class service. 3424 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-846-0644, centraarchy.com. B Prime Enjoy steak, sushi and seafood in a festive atmosphere near Lenox Mall. 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-812-0555, h2sr.com. B Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse A favorite local steak house with multiple locations near shopping and entertainment hotspots. Sides are generous, and the quality of the steaks and seafood is excellent. Three locations: Buckhead, 3285 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-365-0660; Sandy Springs, 5788 Roswell Rd., 404-255-0035; Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta St., 404-223-6500; ruthschris.com. 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, centraarchy. com. B

American/southern South City Kitchen With a stylish, Southerncontemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Sundays are BBQ Nite. Two locatons: Midtown: 1144 Crescent Ave. 404-873-7358, Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Pkwy. 770-435-0700, southcitykitchen.com. M, V Terrace celebrates American heirloom recipes through supporting local and regional farmers, fisherman and producers. It recaptures the pure simple flavors and tastes of natural and organic ingredients while bursting with delicious flavors. 176 Peachtree St. NW, 678.651.2770, ellishotel.com/terrace. D

asian fusion 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, h2sr.com. B Noodle continues its proven approach to Asian cuisine with a menu that offers fresh, madeto order dishes, house-made curries, and an upscale Pan Asian array of choices at a lower price than you’d typically find in similarly themed establishment. Decatur: 205 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030, 404-3788622; Midtown: 903 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA


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30309, 404-685-3010; College Park: 3693 Main St., College Park, GA, 30337, (404) 767-5154, noodlehouse.net. M

bakery Sugar Shack From breakfast paninis in the morning, signature sandwiches for lunch and dinner, and amazing cakes, pies, cheescakes, cupcakes and coffee. There is something for everyone at every hour at the Sugar Shack. Life is sweet. 4058 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30319, 404-816-6161, sugarshackatlanta.com. B

brew pub/goUrmet pub fare “A MAD PLEASURE OF A SHOW! Sublime silliness still reigns!” -John Heilpern, The New York Observer

Engine 11 Firehouse Tavern has a great menu and always has something special that isn’t on their regular menu. They carry an extensive draft beer selection that focuses on American Craft beers. Their selection does changes seasonally as more interesting beers make their way into Georgia. 30 North Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308, 404-873-FIRE. engine11.com. M 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, 404-8700805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-264-0253, gordonbiersch.com. M, B

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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, tapat1180.com. 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., 404-681-4434, parishatl.com. IP

european fusion 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 meat and cheese menus. 40 Seventh St. NE, 404-347-9555, ecco-atlanta.com. M


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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, h2sr.com. M

MEXICAN 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. Join us weekly for $2 Taco Night every Tuesday, Buck Wild Wednesdays, when certain items are only $1, and Disco Thursday. 3280 Peachtree Rd. NW, Terminus 100, Ste. 150, 404-892-9292, h2sr.com. 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, eltaco-atlanta.com.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, h2sr.com. 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, h2sr.com. 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, roomattwelve.com. 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, h2sr.com. 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, h2sr.com. B


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Fox fun facts:

Education & Community Outreach Programs

The Fox Theatre lives up to its promise to maintain the theatre and give back to the community that saved it. Here are some fun facts about the Fox’s Education & Community Outreach programs: Fox Theatre Rising Stars performed for several audiences last year, including the Midtown Festival for the Arts, the residents of Lenbrook Square, and the annual holiday event Larry, Carols & Mo on the Fox stage. After attending Camp Broadway, one of the campers went on to join the cast of Disney’s The Lion King.

The Fox provides free pre-show demonstrations prior to each Delta International Series performance, such as a tango lesson or karate demonstration. A past Camp Broadway instructor is in the touring production of Jersey Boys. Fox Theatre Rising Stars is a musical theatre intensive whose participants take acting, singing, dancing, and audition workshops led by actors from a Broadway show performing 46 EncoreAtlantA.com

at the Fox and local teaching artists and instructors.  The Fox will sponsor its fifth annual AileyCamp Atlanta this summer, which challenges its 100 middle school students to excel through Ailey’s principles of “Acceptance, Attention, Appreciation, and Affection.”

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Fox Theatre Rising Stars and Camp Broadway are the only summer programs in Atlanta that offer tickets to a Broadway show at the Fox as part of the curriculum.


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5 Seasons Restaurant and Brewery

Environmentally friendly 5 Seasons offers locally grown, sustainably harvested food and handcrafted beers. More than 40 styles of beer are created annually, and brew tours are offered at the Sandy Springs location every Thursday at 5:55 p.m. 5 Seasons sources its food from local farms such as Crystal Organic Farms, White Oak Pastures, and Moore Farms and Friends. The diverse menu features everything from delicious, crispy calamari to gluten-free pizza. The Alpharetta 48 EncoreAtlantA.com

location is the only local brewery with gluten-free beer; every Monday, special gluten-free menus are available. Three locations: Sandy Springs: 5600 Roswell Rd.; 404-255-5911; Westside: 1000 Marietta St., 404-875-3232; Alpharetta: 3655 Old Milton Pkwy., 770-521-5551; 5seasonsbrewing.com Deckard’s American Tavern

Sit back and relax with friends at Deckard’s American Tavern. Deckard’s features 24 specialty draughts, 75 beers in the bottle, 75 hand-picked wines and

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f you’re looking for a low-key place to hang out with friends, you can’t beat meeting at a pub. In celebration of American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22), Encore Atlanta sampled fare from the best pubs in town to create this handy guide to some of the city’s best.


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Beers to You! East Atlanta Beer Festival (May 21, 2011) The 8th annual East Atlanta Beer Festival features more than 170 craft beers, food and local music. eastatlantabeerfest.com

a rotating cocktail menu. The menu may boast a New England influence, but Chef Matthew Deckard is a huge advocate for supporting local farmers, food companies and coffee roasters. For example, all of the restaurant’s sausages come from the Spotted Trotter in Decatur, and the bread is baked fresh daily. The knowledgeable staff will help you sort through the extensive beer list, but don’t forget about the food! Looking for something different? Try the Scotch egg. Other menu highlights include garlic fries and a fresh cheese plate, served with orange-apricot jam and fresh bread. Midtown: 650 Ponce De Leon Ave.; 404-941-3520; kitchenandkegs.com Invented in London in 1738, the “Scotch egg” consists of a shelled hard-boiled egg wrapped in a sausage meat mixture and deep-fried.

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Engine 11

Talk about a conversation starter: This tavern is located in North Avenue’s old Fire Station No. 11. Engine 11 has 16 beers on draft, including American craft brews such as Kona’s Fire Rock Pale Ale from Hawaii, Old Dominion’s Oak Barrel Stout from Virginia and Sweetwater 420 & Blue. Menu highlights include the buffalo chicken sandwich and blue cheese chips. Feeling adventurous? Try the ladder burger, which is topped with Swiss cheese and spinach and artichoke dip. Midtown: 30 North Ave. NE; 404-873-FIRE; engine11atl.com Gordon Biersch

An Atlanta favorite, Gordon Biersch has locations in Midtown and Buckhead.

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Terrapin Takeover at The Porter Beer Bar (May 21, 2011) The Porter Beer Bar is bringing a taste of Athens to Atlanta. Terrapin Takeover closes National Beer Week on a high note at The Porter Beer Bar. In addition to the 15 regular Terrapin beers, you’ll get to try all of the side projects you’ve been craving such as Hopzilla or Monstre Rouge. theporterbeerbar.com


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Tap Named for its international beer list and barrel wine program, Tap also dishes out seasonally driven comfort food. The impressive restaurant’s vibrant red wall serves as a bright contrast to the dark wood and steel fixtures of the restaurant’s interior. The perfect spot to meet up before catching a performance at the Alliance Theatre or Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Tap has something from everyone. Located in Midtown, Tap also has an 1,800-sq. ft. patio for patrons to sit back, relax and people-watch. Midtown: 1180 Peachtree Street; 404347-2220; tapat1180.com Celebrate American Craft Beer Week with a specialty Max Lager brew. Master brewer John “JR” Roberts and Glenn Golden of Jailhouse Brewing Company crafted Max Security. Available in May, this smoked schwarzbier with rye features a cherry-wood-smoked malt and molasses overtones. 52 EncoreAtlantA.com

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Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill and Brewery

Max Lager’s Wood-Fired Grill and Brewery is a beer sanctuary set in an industrial-style loft. It’s the oldest independent brewery in Georgia and the only brewpub in downtown Atlanta. The selection of seasonally brewed beers features six beers per rotation. Currently, the most popular is Max Red. So, what makes Max Lager’s so unique? Both the wood-fired food and beer are made from scratch. Downtown: 320 Peachtree St. NE; 404-525-4400; maxlagers.com Taylor Dahl freelances for several lifestyle and entertainment publications, and works for a successful marketing company in Atlanta. She lives in the city with her dog, Lucy.

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The unique brewpub atmosphere has something for everyone. Generous patio space encourages conversation, and flat screen TVs at the bar cater to sports enthusiasts. If you want to try several different beers, Gordon Biersch offers a tasting sample of six classics. Two locations: Midtown: 848 Peachtree St. NE, 404-870-0805; Buckhead: 3242 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404-264-0253; gordonbiersch.com


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n honor of this month’s performance of Hair: The American Tribal LoveRock Musical, Encore Atlanta spoke with stylists from local salons to find out the latest trends for cuts and color this season. Najah Aziz, owner of Like the River Salon in Inman Park, says that the warm

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weather is inspiring clients to make drastic changes. “A lot of people are coming in now wanting to go short.” “What Not to Wear” stylist Nick Arojo, whose flagship Intrigue Salon & Spa is in Marietta, agrees. “Short, textured styles that take out weight and give freedom from blow-drying are fashionable right now, and we love this look.” If you decide to cut it all off, Arojo suggests you look to the past for inspiration. “For example, Twiggy’s original cropped bob, Eva Cedric’s cropped bowl, or Mia Farrow’s classic crop — three stunning, wearable and cool, short styles.” Going short also lets women participate in one of the biggest hairstyling trends for spring and summer. “Women are leaving their hair a lot

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“Give me a head with … shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen hair …”

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Although red hair is still a hot trend, more and more people are going blond right now. And, Aziz says, they aren’t interested in being subtle. “We’re getting a lot of requests for platinum — real high highlights.” Intrigue Salon’s owner, Jeff South, says that women going blond want to look like they’ve been at the beach for a week with all-over highlights. It’s a look that Holzberger describes as being “very loose, very light, not real structured.”

“...I want long, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty…” Women also want to look as if they’ve been swimming in the ocean. “We’re 56 EncoreAtlantA.com

going to see lots of textures and big curls and waves this spring and summer,” Aziz says. South adds, “There’s a looser, tousled curl that’s really big right now. … bangs come down kind of wavy in the front, bringing back the looks of the 1920s and ’30s a little bit.” The demand for curl means that perms are back in a big way. And — great news for people affected by Atlanta’s humidity — kinky and frizzy hair is what high fashion is celebrating this season. “Taking yarn, wrapping it around the hair, tying it up and letting it dry like that or wearing it big and frizzy, like brushed out natural curls, is what they’re showing on the runways,” South says. The biggest trend for straight hair, South reports, is a retro bang with long, layered hair. “We’re doing strong bangs straight across ... to get that urban New York feeling. The bangs are hitting between the brows and eyelashes — they’re pretty long.” Holzberger says the most-requested look right now is for Keira Knightly’s long bob, which grazes the collarbone. “It’s very pretty, probably the prettiest hair has been in a long time.”

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more natural,” observes Van Michael Creative Director Daniel Holzberger. “Women [with] straighter hair are not using a curling iron or curling sets. If they have natural curl, they’re not straightening or flat-ironing.”


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“… There ain’t no words for the beauty, the splendor, the wonder of my hair!” One very current hair color trend, Arrojo says, is ombre: “color that takes hair from dark at the top to lighter toward the ends, with a stunning melting effect.” Because the root area is darker, it allows clients to stretch time between color appointments. “It’s basically grown-out hair color,” Holzberger says. “You see it on celebrities like E! News host Guiliana Rancic, Drew Barrymore and Jessica Alba.” Aziz predicts that hair colors will warm up as the temperature cools down. “We’ll see darker hair — chocolate brown with caramel highlights and cinnamon,” she says. Holzberger expects to see women rebelling against the pretty (but what he calls “boring”) hair they’ve been wearing and choosing fierce colors like dark reds this fall. 58 EncoreAtlantA.com

“ … She asks me why, I’m just a hairy guy …” And let us not forget the men. What are they asking for? “Faux hawk/mohawk cuts that are tapered on the side,” Aziz says. They are cleaning up a little bit, South adds, by going close-cropped. But they tend to leave an area, like the top or overear portion, a little shaggy. And, Aziz says, men are getting more adventurous with hair color. “They’re lightening up as well. Some want to shave all their hair down and [get] red tones.”

“ … Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair!” But no matter the trend, the most important thing is that you feel good about yourself afterwards. “As long as you leave smiling, that’s what we’re all about,” South says. Like the River Salon: 240 N. Highland Ave. Ste. G, Atlanta. 404-941-7099. liketheriver.com/site/ Intrigue Salon & Spa: 1314 Johnson Ferry Rd., Marietta. 770-977-3696. intriguesalon.com Van Michael Salon-Buckhead: 39 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW. 404-237-4664. vanmichael.com

Nick Arrojo (Intrigue Salon); Like the River Salon

And keeping hair long may be good for the fall. “A lot of women [will be] doing chignon ponytails,” Aziz says. “It’s like a messier pin-up, or a centered, low ponytail, that’s a little tousled.” For those who have gone with long bobs and bangs, Holzberger has a special prediction. “Every woman cut a fringe when Heidi Klum was on the cover of Elle with bangs, and they’ve had them for five, six years,” he says. “So in the fall, we’ll see a lot of women growing out their bangs and bringing their hair up in length, because it makes them easier to grow out.”


the buzz By Kristi Casey Sanders

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Instant tootsie relief If you frequently sacrifice comfort for style, give your feet a break and slip on a pair of AfterSoles ($9.99$14.95), reusable ballet flats that roll up to fit into the tiniest of evening bags. Perfect for travel, driving, weddings and other social affairs that get more casual as the night wears on, the portable shoes come black, silver and gold and come with a bag you can stow your painful, but photogenic, shoes in when they’re no longer needed. Slip into something more comfortable: Available at local Bed, Bath & Beyond stores or online at aftersoles.com.

If you spend all day staring at a computer monitor or digital display screens, you know how tired and itchy your eyes can get. Gunnar Optiks offers a line of special glasses for office workers, gamers and graphic designers ($79-$189) designed to reduce the ocular stress and dry eyes caused by glare, harsh lighting and reflections off of digital displays. The retro-geek styles have names like “Anime” and “Weezer” and also are available as sunglasses or with prescription-strength lenses. Protect your peepers: Available at select local retailers. Check gunnars.com/ retail for a store near you. Or order online at gunnars.com.

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Tony encore!

On Sunday, June 13, the Fox Theatre and Encore Atlanta are joining forces to present the Second Annual Atlanta Tony Award Viewing Party in the theater’s Egyptian Ballroom. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the general public. The VIP experience ($75) begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes complimentary Gordon Biersch beers, food from local restaurants and a goodie bag. The event, which is hosted by local TV and radio personalities Bill Tush and Mara Davis, is a fundraiser for the Fox Theatre’s education programs and UNICEF’s Believe in Zero campaign. Support the arts: Purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit foxtheatre.org. 60 EncoreAtlantA.com

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