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Welcome to the Rialto! The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University is the cultural centerpiece of downtown, located in the heart of Atlanta’s historic Fairlie-Poplar district. Our mission is to inspire, educate and entertain diverse audiences by presenting innovative and exceptional arts programming and cultivating community partnerships. The Rialto earned its reputation as the place where Atlanta meets the world through its one-of-a-kind international programming, bringing together diverse communities and creating conversations about culture, art and history in the process. Our intimate 833-seat performing arts venue is home to the Rialto Series, featuring the best of national and international jazz, global music and dance, and Georgia State School of Music performances. It serves as downtown Atlanta’s go-to venue for performances from other arts organizations, visiting companies and independent film screenings. Visit us at rialto.gsu.edu to see all of our exceptional offerings!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm After Party hosted by Sandra Baldwin & tony Conway Flourish • 3143 Maple Drive nE, Atlanta, GA 30305 NBAF is pleased to partner with Neiman Marcus to present the 13th Annual Fine Art + Fashion. Your support will fund our in-school arts education programs for children in underserved communities. Like our Title Sponsor Neiman Marcus who supports arts education initiatives, we know that – Art in education is a Good Look!

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Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance | 8 pm | Oct. 20

The Next Generation of Dance


companies. In June 2012, Ms. Waters retired and named her longtime associate Troy Powell as the new Artistic Director. With Mr. Powell at the helm, Ailey II continues to thrive as he brings a fresh dimension to this beloved company.

“The entire company looks terrific. Clearly, the future is theirs.”

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— The New York Times



or more than forty years, Ailey II has merged the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Started in 1974, Ailey II embodies Alvin Ailey’s pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Mr. Ailey personally selected the veteran dancer Sylvia Waters to lead this junior company, and as its Artistic Director for 38 years, she developed Ailey II into one of America’s most popular dance

Troy Powell, A rtistic Director Sylvia Waters, Artistic Director Emerita

TROY POWELL Artistic Director

Company Members Grace Bergonzi, Leonardo Brito, Antuan Byers, Carl Ponce Cubero, Caroline Theodora Dartey, Amarachi Valentina Korie, Kyle H. Martin, Corrin Rachelle Mitchell, Alisha Rena Peek, Arianna Salerno, Marcus Williams, Marcel Wilson, Jr. Fana Fraser, Rehearsal Director Robert Battle, Artistic Advisor Bennett Rink, Executive Director Ailey II gratefully acknowledges the generous support provided by The Glorya Kaufman Dance Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The taking of photographs and the use of recording equipment of any kind during performances is strictly prohibited.

Programming and casting subject to change.


n July 1, 2012, Troy Powell became only the second person to lead Ailey II in its 44-year history. The native New Yorker began his dance training at age 9 as a scholarship student at The Ailey School. After graduating from the High School of Performing Arts, he joined Ailey II and, in 1991, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He toured the United States, South America, Europe and South Africa for 10 years with the company, before becoming a master teacher at The Ailey School and resident choreographer of Ailey II. Powell has choreographed ballets for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, The Ailey School, Dallas Black Dance Theater, the National Dance Company of the Bahamas and Alaska Dance Theater, as well as three episodes of “Sesame Street.” His guest artist credits include performances with such companies as Batsheva, Dallas Black Dance Theater and Complexions. He has been featured in an American Express commercial with the Ailey company and has appeared on television in George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, the “Great Performances: Dance in America” special “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey” (choreographed by Judith Jamison), “America’s Next Top Model” and, most recently, the Polish version of “So You Think You Can Dance.”

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Youssou NDOUR | 7 pm | Oct. 28

olling Stone magazine characterized Youssou NDOUR’s voice as being “so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it.” NDOUR’s music is an exciting synthesis of musical languages. The Grammy Award-winning vocalist is known for a sound that is uniquely Senegalese as well as outward-looking and genre-defying. NDOUR was born in a working-class

neighborhood in the capital city of Dakar and began performing at age 12. A few years later he started his own band, Étolie de Dakar, and collected fans drawn to his fusion of musical traditions and powerhouse vocals. The New York Times called it “an arresting tenor, a supple weapon deployed with prophetic authority.” NDOUR displayed the traits that would become his hallmarks: daring and innovation

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Senegalese Afropop Legend

with the United Nations and UNICEF. In 2000, he was nominated as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador and, in 2007, was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. NDOUR’s leadership and advocacy have been instrumental in bringing internet access to Senegal and the African continent. In 2012, he was appointed Senegal’s Minister of Culture and Tourism and served as a minister adviser to the president. In his 30-plus years as a recording artist, NDOUR has attracted scores of fans, admirers and musical collaborators. He is, wrote recording artist Peter Gabriel, “a source of inspiration to me not just as a musician but as a person.”

with roots in traditional music and griot storytelling. His first album, 1984’s Immigrés, established him as a humanitarian champion. “I’ve always used my songs to put across messages,” he said recently. NDOUR organized a 1985 concert to support the release from prison of South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela and has worked extensively with Amnesty International. In 1988, he was a featured performer on the worldwide Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour and Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication | encoreatlanta.com 11

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer with Rakesh Chaurasia | 8 pm | Nov. 3


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éla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer are genre-bending masters on their respective instruments. When they take the stage together, they’re apt to traverse every geographic and stylistic corner of the globe, from classical to bluegrass to world music. Their special guest, Rakesh Chaurasia, is a young master of the bansuri, the wooden flute of India. Béla Fleck: The New York City-born, Nashville-based artist is widely considered the world’s premier banjo player. He’s been nominated in more categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy Award history and has taken home 15 golden gramophones. Zakir Hussain: The international world music phenomenon is considered a national treasure in his native India. A virtuoso classical tabla player, his hallmark is his uncanny intuition and masterful improvisation. Edgar Meyer: The double bassist combines technique and musicianship and has a gift for composition. This combination earned him a MacArthur Award in 2002. These maestros are among the most prolific creators and composers in all of music. They first teamed up in 2009 to record the album The Melody of Rhythm and delighted fans while touring the world to support it. Together now for more performances, Fleck, Hussain and Meyer, along with Chaurasia, continue to create a musical alchemy that NPR — borrowing from the great Duke Ellington — called “beyond category.”


Aida Cuevas: Tribute to Juan Gabriel | 8 pm | Nov. 10

Aida Cuevas: Totalmente Juan Gabriel Gabriel Vol. II, the follow-up to 2013’s first installment. Gabriel and Cuevas began their professional collaboration in the 1980s when he produced two of her albums — 1983’s Aida Cuevas Canta a Juan Gabriel and 1985’s Exitos. Cuevas is revered in Mexico and among fans worldwide for her devotion to traditional mariachi music and her mastery of its demanding vocals. In 2016, The Kansas City Star said she “is to Mexico what Aretha Franklin is to the United States.”

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n her 42-year career, Aida Cuevas has amassed a body of work, fan base and enough accolades to warrant her title as “The Queen of Mariachi.” A legend in traditional Mexican music, she owns a Latin Grammy Award and seven Latin Grammy nominations. She made history this year by becoming the first female singer to win a Latin Grammy for mariachi. On this tour, Cuevas and her Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán band pay tribute to her close friend and mentor, Juan Gabriel, one of the most-beloved and best-selling Latin American singer-songwriters in history. This tour comes with Cuevas in the midst of recording five albums of Gabriel songs, spanning the breadth his career. Last year she released the second volume, Totalmente Juan

Aida Cuevas is the only artist authorized by the Juan Gabriel estate to record and tour his music. Cuevas is a master of the mariachi art song performing a full range of mariachi numbers, including the falsetto heavyweight “El Pastor,” the iconic Juan Gabriel hits “Te Doy Las Gracias,” “Te Vas a Quedar Con Las Ganas” and “Quizás Mañana,” as well as new songs from Totalmente Juan Gabriel Vol. II, including “Gracias Por Todo,” “Cada Vez,” “Cada Vez” and “Buscando el Séptimo Amor.” Cuevas also performs many ranchero classics such as “Traición a Juan,” and the José Alfredo Jiménez compositions “Me Equivoque Contigo” and “No Me Amenaces.” Her unique voice and style have allowed her to cultivate a successful career spanning decades, leaving a remarkable imprint in the history of Mexican music. Atlanta’s Performing Arts Publication | encoreatlanta.com 15

21st Annual Gala Holiday Concert | 3 pm | Dec. 2


21st Annual Gala Holiday Concert

“Treat your ears to some seasonal tunes at the Gala Holiday Concert ... the more than 200 student and faculty musicians will surely get you pumped up for the season.”

— Jezebel Magazine

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f you’re in need of holiday cheer, the Gala Holiday Concert is the perfect place to be! Join us for this acclaimed celebration of the season, as The Georgia State University School of Music presents its 21st Annual Gala Holiday Concert. More than 200 student and faculty musicians from the Georgia State University Symphony Orchestra, choruses, Jazz Band and community ensembles perform beloved holiday favorites. Bring the entire family for this Atlanta holiday tradition.

Celtic Christmas | 8 pm, Dec. 15 | 3 pm, Dec. 16


Celebrating the Music, Dance and Soul of the Season


or more than 25 years, fiddlers, dancers, harpists, singers, Highland pipers and bards from the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian traditions have enchanted Atlanta audiences of all ages. Performing with vibrancy and depth, The Celtic Company dynamically blends a rich historical, cultural and musical past with the spirit of today. Come celebrate the solstice season and the soul of the season at this familyfriendly event. “Celtic Christmas enchants with its powerful combination of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian music, dance and poetry. This year’s concert will gather together an outstanding range of national and international talent for two magical performances. My family and I look forward to this unmissable event.” — Shane Stephens, Consul General of Ireland

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General Information

TICKETS Tickets available for purchase by phone at 404-413-9TIX (9849), online at rialto.gsu.edu or in person at the Rialto box office, 80 Forsyth St. NW (corner of Forsyth and Luckie streets). BOX OFICE HOURS Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. WEBSITE Visit rialto.gsu.edu for a complete calendar of events or to purchase tickets 24 hours a day. REFUNDS & EXCHANGES All sales are final with no exchanges or refunds. Patrons may return tickets before a performance and receive credit for a taxdeductible donation. USHERING Interested in volunteering as a Rialto usher? Sign up online or call 404-413-9845. PARKING The 100 Peachtree Garage (formerly the Equitable Building parking deck) at the corner of Fairlie and Williams streets, provides official parking for the Rialto Center. SPECIAL NEEDS The Rialto Center is fully accessible to patrons with special needs. Wheelchair seating can be reserved in advance. Patrons who are TTY users, hearing impaired, speech disabled or hard of hearing can call us through the Georgia Relay Service at 711. For more information about these services, please call 866-787-6710. You can also email us at rialto@gsu.edu.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY The exit sign closest to your seat shows the shortest route out of the theater. In case of an emergency, please walk to the exit. ETIQUETTE Please turn all cellphones and electronic devices to silent operation upon entering the theater. Late-arriving patrons will be seated at the House Manager’s discretion during a pause in the performance. Please refrain from talking during the performance. SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE We encourage you to share your experience at the Rialto on social media before and after the show using #RialtoATL. Tag us @RialtoCenter. CAMERAS/RECORDING DEVICES The use of cameras or sound/video recording equipment without the written permission of the management is strictly prohibited. LOST AND FOUND For items lost or left at the theater, please call the House Manager at 404-413-9844. MERCHANDISE The Rialto has items available for purchase at the box office including umbrellas, coffee mugs and more. RENT THE RIALTO Our facilities offer the perfect setting for everything from a VIP reception to an unforgettable corporate event. For more information, please contact Jo Costanzo at 404-413-9814 or jcostanzo@gsu.edu.

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The Rialto Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors.* 2018-19 SEASON SPONSORS

*Major funding for this organization is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.




*This program is supported in part by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs


Dolby® Surround Sound and Projection Equipment in the theater has been provided by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

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Weekdays · 11am Weeknights · 8pm


January 1, 2017 through September 1, 2018


hen you donate to the Rialto, you enable us to further enhance and broaden our arts portfolio and educational programming; maintain and expand the Rialto Series, featuring the best of national and international jazz, world music and dance; and to continue building our educational outreach to high-need public school students throughout Atlanta. With donor categories from $1 to more than $100,000, no amount is too small to contribute! We invite you to become part of the Rialto family, and with your gift, the Rialto will be able to bring the arts to more audiences, more classrooms and transform even more lives. For information on how to donate, please visit rialto.gsu.edu/support or contact Suzy Blough at sblough@gsu.edu or 404-413-9821. IMPRESARIO | $25,000+ Anonymous (3) Bill & Peg Balzer Mark Becker Charles Loridans Foundation Inc. The Erroll & Elaine Davis Charitable Foundation Fulton County Arts Council Thomas H. & Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation Laura Voisinet VIRTUOSO | $15,000-$24,999 South Arts MAESTRO | $10,000-$14,999 The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation’s Audience Building Roundtable City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Georgia Council for the Arts Nancy Nolan & Harold Shumacher Winnifred Smith O’Dell Fund BENEFACTOR | $5,000$9,999 100 Peachtree Naomi M. Kirkman-Bey W. Imara Canady David & Christine Cofrin David & Mary Haddow

PRODUCER | $2,500-$4,999 David Caudill & Julia Bannerman Munir Meghjani New England Foundation for the Arts LEADER | $1,000-$2,499 Richard & Marty Alterman Ken & Kathy Bernhardt Tony & Mary Burger David M. Cheshier Walter Coffey & G. David Sprowl Sally Atkins Cohen & Rocky Atkins Leslie Gordon & Blake Leland Jo Ann Haden-Miller & Bill Miller Tammy & Don Hale Connie & Robert Hawkins Rodney & Felicia Mayfield Ray & Mary Maynard Gloria J. Mims Carl D. Hudson & Jennie Raymond Randy E. Hyman & Marc Shapiro William & Nancy Yang SUSTAINER | $500-$999 American Endowment Fund Anna Apostolou & Bert Pearce Atlanta Film Society Chez Montier, Inc. William & Mildred M. Cody Christopher Escobar

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Darryl Holloman & Glynis Williams Harry Haisten Katherine Klein Plaza Theater David & Sharon Schachter Karchiek Sims-Alvarado & Joel Alvarado James & Susan Slemenda The Coca-Cola Company Verah M. Turner David A. Webster & Carol Brantley STAR | $250-$499 Anonymous (1) Judith A. Aehle & Andy Weiskoff Monica Barnes James L. Blackburn Suzy & Doug Blough Darrell W. Daniels Carlye W. Dooley Ralph & Mary Gilbert Valerie A. Gilbert Richard & Janet Grimshaw Merle I. Hoch James & Mary Lester Susan J. Levy Janet V. Mark Judith Service & Juan H. Montier Ronald & Sara Reams Fred B. Smith John A. Steward & Patricia Riley Michael J. Worley

PARTNER | $100-$249 Mark & Edina Alavi Stephanie Alvarez Thomas P. Blakely Mary Ann Back Thornton Beech David & Connie Breeser C. Ray Chapman Gregory S. Cherry Carl & Kimberly C. Clifford Jo E. Costanzo Richard & Lynn Delange Dorian Denburg Judith Adriana Dlarotta Victoria Inez Dorsey Christopher S. & Sonnet C. Edmonds Ian & Constance Falconer Devon E. Ferguson Anna M. Gray William L. Green Christopher E. Harden Henry & Joanne J. Fowler Roger & Cheryl Gelder Stuart Gerber Anna M. Gray Larry R. Hilliard Jack & Michal H. Hillman Joyce Jelks Minette Kirkman Walter W. Klein Glenn & Patti Langford Emma Lankford Damien Lawrence Constance M. Lombardo Janet J. Love Lawrence & Ruth P. Menter Jerry & Usha Rackliffe David & Sudie Teszler Flor Velarde Gordon J. Vernick Arthur G. Wasserman Aileen J. Wallace

Tiffany J. Wisener Joseph C. Wyvill Gareth J. Young FRIEND | UP TO $99 Walter Bauer Rosiland A. Billingsley Sara Blough Stephanie Blough Chuline Carson Michael Connor & Cynthia Cindric William Scott Cleland Tonya D. Cook Jacob D. Curtis Vernon J. Davis Kel-Ann & James W. Eyler Diana Farmer Luther & Myra Gooden Ralph & Rachel Greil Martha Hartzell Mattie Hatten John F. Hicks Jr. Matthew J. Igyarto Douglas Jewett Jamie K. Jones Justin Jones Alan V. Larson Sharon L. Margetson Michelle Maziar Jason R. McCullough Gene & Gloria McMurren Donald & Carmen Newton Willie M. Oyogoa Laverne T. Perry Alan & Patricia Pinado Leslie K. Robins Benjamin S. Roth Marsha Sargeant Charles T. Scott George P. Shoultz III Robert & Camille Simmons Diana M. Smedler

Elizabeth H. Smith David S. Stevson Carla Stocker Yvette S. Strickland Elizabeth Sullivan Josh Swann Robin K. Taylor Allen Ward Martin J. Wildes Harrison E. Williams James M. Williams

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Staff & Advisory Committee ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF Leslie Gordon Director Jennifer Staats Moore Associate Director Monica Barnes Arts Administration Specialist Suzy Blough Development Director Nathan Brown Stage Manager Jo Ellen Costanzo Events Manager Willie Gaston Production Coordinator Darlene Hamilton Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications Matthew Igyarto Business Manager Jamie Jones Events Coordinator Chadwick Miller Ticket Services Manager Laverne Perry Assistant Director, Artist Relations and Education Thomas Torrent Front of House Manager Michael Williams Production Manager

ADVISORY COMMITTEE Richard Alterman Sally Cohen Atkins Peg Balzer Ken Bernhardt W. Imara Canady David Cheshier Walter Coffey Elaine E. Davis Chris Escobar

TICKET SERVICES STAFF Kaci Casey, Raven Jones, Nika O’Neal, Breion Russell FRONT OF HOUSE STAFF Sebah Abdu, Brian Ball, Michael Clinton, Mikayla Collins, Ethel Hill, Delores James, Evelyn Kemp, Janet Lewis, Vera Mack BACKSTAGE CREW Daniel Armbrust, Andrew Brown, Maddie Fay, Bryan Feeney, Nina Gooch, Damien Helms, Christopher Hollis, Nathaniel Kiser, Marshall Moore, Michael Morgan, Sequoyah Murray, Tony Reid, Dave Reiersen, Cameron Rodriquez, Danielle Styles, John Woodson, Catherine Wyrosdick STUDENT ASSISTANT Emily Louis FALL INTERNS Aaliyah Robinson Erica Singh GRADUATE ASSISTANT Justin Jones Jasmine Terry

JoAnn Haden-Miller Tamara (Tammy) Hale Connie Hawkins Darryl B. Holloman Randy Hyman Shapiro Karcheik Sims-Alvarado Munir Meghjani, Chair Gina Espinosa Meltzer Judith Montier

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AMERICAN/NEW AMERICAN (V) PACES & VINE — Located in The Vinings Jubilee featuring eclectic American comfort food along with lighter fare. Menu highlights include the lobster Cobb salad, Guinnessbraised beef brisket, charred salmon, and crispy pork shank. P&V is also a wine-lover’s haven with an extensive, carefully curated NEIGHBORHOOD CODES A Alpharetta D Downtown BR Brookhaven DK DeKalb BW Brookwood DW Dunwoody B Buckhead IP Inman Park C Cumberland M Midtown

wine list, Wednesday Wine Tastings and Half-Off Wine Bottle Sundays. Lunch, dinner, Saturday and Sunday brunch. Vinings Jubilee 4300 Paces Ferry Road 404-205-8255 pacesandvine.com

NA North Atlanta OFW Old Fourth Ward P Perimeter Mall SS Sandy Springs V Vinings

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VH Virginia Highland W Westside

THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE (B) RESTAURANT EUGENE — Restaurant Eugene is the flagship restaurant from James Beard Award-winning Chef Linton & Gina Hopkins. Led by executive chef Chris Edwards, Restaurant Eugene is committed to the highest quality, local ingredients and honing each element of the plate, delivering experiences of refined rarity in a comfortable, welcoming setting. Located in the heart of Buckhead off of Peachtree Road, Restaurant Eugene offers an abbreviated tasting menu perfect for pre-theater dining. Dinner: WednesdaySaturday 5:30-10pm; Sunday 5:30-9pm. 2277 Peachtree Road 404-355-0321 restauranteugene.com (V) SIMON’S — Bringing innovative cuisine to Midtown Atlanta with signature dishes such as their Guinness-braised short ribs, red snapper and Dr. Pepper glaze pork belly, Simon’s fulfills the vision of a vibrant restaurant where the cuisine, service, atmosphere and energy are second to none. 793 Juniper Street 404-698-3715 simonsatl.com (V) SOHO — American-style bistro offers fish and seafood, beef, game and poultry, with gluten-free lunch and dinner options, plus their specially-priced Cobb Energy Centre theater menu will get you in and out with plenty of time to make the performance; just show your tickets to your server. Different weekly “wine and tapas” flights debut each Wednesday night. Vinings Jubilee 4300 Paces Ferry Road 770-801-0069 sohoatlanta.com CREOLE/CAJUN (V) COPELAND’S OF NEW ORLEANS — Bayou fare, plus steak, chicken, pasta and sandwiches. Fresh desserts and pastries from the Cheesecake Bakery. Live Jazz Sunday brunch buffet. A favorite gathering spot for Saints fans. Libations include the “Pontchartrain Beach” martini. Lunch, brunch, dinner. Takeout available. 3101 Cobb Parkway 770-612-3311 copelandsatlanta.com

DINNER THEATER (BH) LIPS-ATLANTA — Part cocktail bar, part restaurant, part wa-a-ay over-the-top dinner theater in Brookhaven. The only things padded here are the waitresses. Open Wed.-Sun. only. Reservations required for dinner shows (not for the bar). Complimentary on-site valet parking. See website for more important information. 3011 Buford Highway 404-315-7711 atldragshow.com EUROPEAN FUSION (M) ECCO — Esquire Magazine named this casual, European-influenced bistro a best new restaurant in America. It’s received raves for its wine list, wood-fired pizzas, and impressive meat and cheese menus. 40 7th Street 404-347-9555 ecco-atlanta.com ITALIAN (M) LA TAVOLA — Experience an authentic Italian trattoria in the center of Atlanta’s historic Virginia-Highland neighborhood. Classic veal meatballs, rich tagliatelle Bolognese, fan favorite mushroom tagliolini or adventurous squid ink spaghetti. Be sure to try their seasonal specials that combine bona fide Italian flavors with the best produce the South has to offer. 992 Virginia Avenue 404-873-5430 latavolatrattoria.com (B, C, P) MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY — Specializing in Italian-American cuisine — and lots of it — in a classy-casual setting. Pick a booth for an intimate date night, or go big; this place is good for kids and groups. Takeout available at all locations. Buckhead: 3368 Peachtree Road 404-816-9650 Cumberland Mall: 1601 Cumberland Mall 770-799-1580 Perimeter Mall: 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road 770-804-3313 maggianos.com

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THE ENCORE ATLANTA DINING GUIDE MEXICAN (D) ALMA — A refreshing approach to contemporary Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in vibrant dishes that feel familiar and new all at once. 191 Peachtree Street 404-968-9662 alma-atlanta.com (VH) EL TACO — Your favorite local taqueria serves up Tex-Mex with a twist — and tasty margaritas — in a fun and vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy an ice-cold beverage on the patio or dip into our signature queso royale in the dining room at this family-friendly joint filled with Virginia-Highland charm. 1186 North Highland Avenue 404-873-4656 eltaco-atlanta.com MOROCCAN/NORTH AFRICAN (B) IMPERIAL FEZ — A unique dining experience centered around the traditional flavorful foods of North Africa – along with nightly exotic entertainment. 2285 Peachtree Road 404-351-0870 imperialfezatl.com SEAFOOD/SUSHI (M) LURE — A modern interpretation of a classic fish house with a focus on seasonality and freshness. 1106 Crescent Avenue 404-817-3650 lure-atlanta.com

SOUTHERN/SOUTHERN-INSPIRED (A, B, M, V) SOUTH CITY KITCHEN — With a stylish, Southern-contemporary menu, this DiRoNA restaurant helped make grits hip for the business crowd. Avalon (Alpharetta): 9000 Avalon Boulevard 678-722-3602 Buckhead: 3350 Peachtree Rd #175 404-815-6677 Midtown: 1144 Crescent Avenue 404-873-7358 Vinings: 1675 Cumberland Parkway 770-435-0700 southcitykitchen.com VEGAN (M) HERBAN FIX — With a mission to share the best fusion vegan cuisine with local residents, businesses and visitors, Herban Fix offers a fusion vegan menu to let you experience the most iconic food throughout different parts of Asia. Taking inspiration from various cuisines, the menu at Herban Fix is carefully crafted and plated and all the dishes are designed for sharing. Ingredients are premium select, organic, fresh and aimed at good health as well as great taste. 565-A Peachtree Street 404-815-8787 herbanfix.com

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Join us before the show for an abbreviated pre-theater chef’s tasting. Visit our website for more information & reservations. www.restauranteugene.com

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