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Suburbia isn’t typically recognized for its commitment to cultural arts, but the truth is, you don’t have to drive to the city for a dose of artistic creativity. Whether you’re looking for entertainment, classes for your kids, or an artistic outlet for yourself, check out our list for a sampling of cultural arts centers in the Northside.

For the second year in a row, nominations for Savvy & Successful women came flooding in from readers. As it turns out, our communities are filled with passionate, ambitious and purpose-driven ladies. This year’s honorees were selected to recognize the impact they have on the world around them. Join us as we celebrate these 10 inspiring women.

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48 TRAVEL: PARIS In her quest to interest her teenaged son and his friend in art, writer Erin Byrne dropped tidbits about the Impressionists and took them to explore the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, but her efforts seemed to be in vain; that is, until she discovered one painter had left an impression, after all.

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husband and I were having dinner on a vacation in Florida, I spotted a familiar face across the room, my senior AP literature teacher and supervisor of my high school newspaper. We hadn’t seen each other in 10 years, and I wasn’t sure she’d recognize me out of context (we were, after all, in a different state, and I’m not the bleached blonde I was back then), but I had to approach her to let her know what a lasting impact she’s had on my life. She introduced me to journalism, made writing and editing fun, and encouraged my budding talent for what has become my career. In fact, I owe much of the credit for the person I am today to the inspirational women in my life — that journalism teacher was only one, along with my mother, my grandmothers, aunts, and a multigenerational group of friends we affectionately

refer to as the Kittens & Cougars, just to name a few. There’s just something powerful about the potential women have to impact one another and the world around them. This month, I’m adding 10 new inspirations to my list, thanks to our 2nd Annual Savvy & Successful Women of the Northside tribute. During the events leading up to this issue, I have been privileged to meet each of them personally, and am excited to introduce them all to you here (page 16). It was a tough decision, to be sure, as we received an overwhelming number of nominations from readers. But too many inspirational women to choose from? I’d say that’s a good problem to have.


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the PRIZE One lucky Points North Atlanta reader will win three-day, two-night accommodations at Blue Heron Inn, as well as one round of golf for two at Amelia River. The total value of the prize is $580 and is valid through November 2014. This prize requires advance reservations, and is based on availability. The offer is not valid during special events or holiday periods, and has no cash value. To register for the giveaway, visit the “Enter to Win” page at pointsnorthatlanta.com by Nov. 30.


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MAMA’S PIZZA IS BACK! North Fulton’s longtime favorite pizzeria Mama’s Pizza has opened the doors of its new Alpharetta location, providing customers with an expanded dining room, bar area, outdoor patio seating, and of course, their much-loved authentic New York-style pizza. In addition to the savory pizza, calzones, strombolis and hot subs that the locallyowned restaurant has become famous for, the new location at 5950 North Point Parkway offers an expanded selection of salads, appetizers and an Italian hot dog: two all-beef hot dogs piled high with green peppers, onions, potato fries and spicy mustard, served on a hoagie roll. Owner Jimmy Vavaroutsos and his father Peter opened the original Mama’s Pizza in 1979 inside the Roswell Mall, and have been serving metro area pizza aficionados from various locations ever since. The new location is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. mamaspizzaalpharetta.com — Cheryl Mills

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At Parc Alpharetta, a Waterton residential community, a group of senior citizens are taking the “active adult living” concept to an entirely new level. The creative individuals were already meeting regularly for craft projects, so last spring, they decided to use their talents to serve a greater purpose. The result is the community’s inaugural Holiday Bazaar, a benefit for the Grady Foundation ACT Team, which provides comprehensive, community-based psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation and support to persons with serious and persistent mental illness. On Nov. 9, just in time for the holiday shopping season, the bazaar will feature one-of-a-kind gift items handmade by Parc Alpharetta residents, such as holiday wreaths, pillows, afghans, painted décor, children’s items, baked goods and more, plus a special “secret” area for kids to shop for the adults in their lives. 1000 Fanfare Way, Alpharetta, parcalpharetta.com


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We’ve all been there. We find that one outfit in the entire store that speaks to us; it fits perfectly and truly makes us feel downright fabulous. In it, we feel like we can conquer the world … until we realize that we need something to hold our glasses. Whether smart and sassy reading glasses or the essential sun shades that protect our peepers, spectacles are often necessary accoutrements to our ensembles. With this fact comes the realization that glasses are hard to keep up with. Yes, it’s convenient to have them dangling around your neck, patiently waiting to adorn your face, but there aren’t many stylish product options to hold them. This is where Voyeur steps on the scene. Designed by Atlanta native Sara Weinberger, this jaw-dropping collection of gorgeous eyewear jewelry elegantly makes glasses a functional piece of your wardrobe. Created for both men and women, Voyeur is made of precious stones, diamonds or various other materials, and truly is jewelry with a purpose. Whether you opt for the classic chain style or the rosary-inspired design, you will be proud to drape these pieces around your neck. Voyeur is available at 3226 in Buckhead and online at wearvoyeur.com. — Haley McNeal

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Looking for something new to dress up your home? How about something old? At The Painted Ladies in Marietta, you can find vintage pieces that are a little bit of both. The new shop, which is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., features recycled vintage furniture that has been freshly painted and reupholstered based on inspired designs by Judy McManus. The store is a collaboration between McManus and her aunt, Shirley Cole, an award-winning garden and interior designer who has been designing gardens in and around Marietta for 25 years. In addition to furniture, the store offers garden accessories, art and original oil paintings by Bess Kerns. 104 Lakewood Road, Marietta, 770-403-2225 — Cheryl Mills


BOOKWORMS UNITE WITH A HECTIC SCHEDULE, it is almost impossible to squeeze in a few cherished pages of your current book. Instead, it stays neatly tucked in your bookshelf, hardly seeing a page turn. Undoubtedly, you also lack the spare time to join a book club. She Reads is a national online book club created to highlight the best in women’s fiction. Brought together by their mutual characteristic as book worms, three mothers and published authors from the Southeast decided to share their passion for reading. These three women opened up doors for avid readers, creating a space where participants can interact through giveaways, interviews, specialty posts, recipes and even wine pairings. No need to spend countless hours planning to host a book club, because with She Reads, you can participate in a virtual discussion of the monthly book. Another inspired aspect of She Reads is their dedication to increasing women’s literacy. With literacy promotions and numerous book donations, the founders of She Reads believe that the simple act of putting a book in front of a woman will instill hope and further expand the reading community. Want to join in on the fun? November’s She Reads Selection is “Somebody Else’s Love Story” by Decatur author Joshilyn Jackson. shereads.org — Nicole Hohman

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A NORTHSIDE NEWCOMER New to the Atlanta metropolitan area is Le Méridien Atlanta Perimeter, the first Le Méridien hotel to open in the city. Marked with its contemporary design and creative style, Le Méridien offers 275 spacious guest rooms and suites along with an outdoor pool, fitness center, spacious 12th floor club lounge, and 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space. For those in need of a private gathering space or a place to host special events, check out the Le Méridien Hub experience, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place. Not to leave any palate unpleased, this newcomer to Atlanta’s hotel scene also invites guests to Longitude 84, the hotel’s sleek new lounge, and Portico, its ground floor restaurant featuring an eclectic menu of globally inspired cuisine and a spacious terrace. 770-396-6800, lemeridienatlantaperimeter.com — Tynisha Ferguson

GLUTENFREE GOODIES Finding tasty treats can be a challenge when dealing with food sensitivities, but Frances Shaw has made that challenge a little less PHOTO COURTESY OF FRANNIE’S GLUTEN FREE daunting for Northside residents. Frannie’s Gluten Free Muffins are now available at local Kroger supermarkets and at Piece of Cake bakeries in Dunwoody, Roswell, Buckhead and Vinings. All of the muffins are free of gluten, dairy, nuts and soy, and there’s even a vegan banana muffin. Frannie’s are baked locally at Pure Knead in Decatur with locally and organically grown fruits and vegetables as well as antibiotic- and hormone-free eggs. franniesglutenfree.com — Cheryl Mills

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Last year, we launched Savvy & Successful to honor some of the inspirational women in Atlanta’s Northside. Little did we know how impactful the tribute would become. As it turns out, our communities are filled with passionate, ambitious and purpose-driven ladies. For the second year in a row, nominations from readers came flooding in when we asked for them in July. Ultimately, we chose the women in the following pages to recognize the impact they have on the world around them. Not only are they leaders in their respective fields, each one is committed to making a difference in the lives of others. It is with great pleasure that we introduce the 2013 Savvy & Successful Women of the Northside. E D ITO R ’ S N OT E : As we shine a spotlight on these women, they are taking the opportunity to pay it forward, and each has designated a charity to benefit from the exposure. For details about each woman’s charity of choice, visit pointsnorthatlanta.com.

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SINCE 1986, MING WANG has always been inspired by real women, from busy mothers to savvy business women. Balancing style and functionality, every piece is designed with real women’s needs in mind; regardless of age or size, Ming Wang strives to create collections that redefine women’s relationships with their wardrobes, so that looking and feeling confident can be an effortless task on a busy day. Ming Wang clothing is available at Von Maur at North Point and Perimeter Malls. mingwangknits.com

THE VON MAUR FAMILY opened its first store in the late 1800s. Today, Von Maur stores are scattered across 13 states and still expanding. The strength of the Von Maur brand lies in the enjoyable and unique shopping experience. The backbone of this experience is their wide selection of brand name merchandise, open and attractive store design, amenities that enhance the customer experience, and their commitment to excellent customer service. vonmaur.com

NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL provides a full range of health care services including imaging, cardiology, women’s health, sleep disorders, spine care and emergency services at locations throughout North Metro Atlanta. More cases of breast and gynecological cancer are diagnosed, more babies are delivered and more surgeries are performed at Northside than at any other community hospital in Georgia. As Atlanta’s only National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center, Northside also has among the best survival rates in the nation for bone marrow transplants. northside.com

WHEN A WOMAN enters a room wearing fine jewelry from Shane Co., she outsparkles everyone. Shane Co. proudly offers Georgia’s largest selection, with exclusive, fashionforward looks and all of the classic styles. With the company’s non-commission personal shoppers, direct importer prices, and unequaled Free Lifetime Warranty, Shane Co. offers a unique shopping experience and incomparable value. This has been the Shane family tradition since 1929. Shane Co. salutes the Savvy & Successful women honored in these pages. shaneco.com

LOCATED IN ROSWELL’S SOCA neighborhood, Muse & Co. presents and promotes emerging and established artists, with an emphasis on original paintings and sculptures from mostly local artists. The gallery also displays fine furnishings from La Bella Vie, a nearby business that specializes in bringing current styling to home interiors. In a recent expansion, the gallery has introduced Muse & Co. Events, a beautiful, multi-use space ideal for special occasions. musecofineart.com

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DEBORAH KEEL CEO, NORTH FULTON HOSPITAL CHARIT Y OF CHOICE: The Drake House

Written by Cheryl Mills There is little doubt that Deborah Keel, CEO of North Fulton Hospital since 2009, is a very successful woman. But savvy? That is an idea she is still getting used to. “If I’m savvy,” Keel said, “well, that’s interesting. My daughters think it’s hysterical.” Keel and her husband Patrick have three daughters and four grandchildren. Listening to her tell the story about her path to success, it becomes clear that Keel is an extraordinarily savvy woman. She started her healthcare career working in the public relations department of a hospital, and attributes her trajectory from there to luck, opportunity and great mentors. “Luck and opportunity have to intersect somewhere, and I was just at the right place at the right time,” Keel said. “I was one of those young, naïve people who raised my hand for every project.” With a bachelor’s degree in journalism and no medical background, she wrote medical terms down phonetically and asked the nurses what they meant. Years later, she returned to school to earn a Masters of Public Health. Besides the ever-patient nurses, she said her first CEO was a real advocate for her.

Keel feels fortunate to have had mentors early in her career who wanted to teach her the business. She’s been with Tenet Healthcare since 1995, as CEO of hospitals in Louisiana and California and VP of operations for the California region before landing in Georgia, where she and Patrick plan to stay. One of Keel’s favorite things about her job is continuing the mentoring tradition of those who came before her. “Hopefully there will be two or three young, upcoming administrators out there whose lives I’ve touched and will be better for it,” she said. As for those three daughters who chuckle at the idea of their mother being savvy, Keel said, “I think my girls have seen that there is no glass ceiling if you don’t want there to be a glass ceiling.”

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PATTI MACTAS EXECUTIVE/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ACT3 PRODUCTIONS CHARITY OF CHOICE: Mar y Hall Freedom House

Written by Niki Knippenberg Patti Mactas is a woman of dauntless passion and vision. Her love for theater began when she was 3 years old, and today she inspires the next generation of Broadway greats at ACT3 Productions, the award-winning theater company she co-founded in Sandy Springs. Mactas wasn’t always behind the curtain. Before settling down with her husband and three children in Georgia, she graced stages in Florida, New York and D.C., playing such dynamic characters as “Cabaret’s” Sally Bowles. Yet, it was the day she accepted the PTA’s offer to direct her daughter’s school musical that Mactas stepped into her most demanding and rewarding role. Four years in, a cast-wide case of the flu became a defining moment in Mactas’ directing career. Cancelling dress rehearsal, she did what any “mother” of 50 adolescent actors would do: cooked up a steaming pot of matzo ball soup for her under-theweather cast. “We really are a family,” she said. Spurred by her vision, ACT3 has grown from a small youth theater into a critically acclaimed community playhouse for all ages. Last month, ACT3 took home 12

Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards, more than any other theater, and, for the third year in a row, Mactas was named “Best Director of a Musical.” She also initiated and brought a group of students together to write a Suzi Bass nominated original musical, an accolade generally reserved for pro theater. For Mactas, though, the success is secondary. The reward is “seeing the joy on the kids’ faces when they step out on stage,” she said. Mactas and the ACT3 family have come a long way from their first show in that school auditorium, but the spirit and sense of family remains. “And,” Mactas added, “there’s still homemade soup every opening night.”

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“I am inspired by knowing that I have

made a difference in someone’s life; that I have been able to bring them joy and help make their dreams come true. I am fortunate that I get to do this both professionally and philanthropically.”

ALLISON HAVILL TODD OWNER, ALLISON HAVILL TODD INTERIORS CHARIT Y OF CHOICE: Humane Society of Forsy th County

Written by Bre Humphries Perhaps one of Allison Havill Todd’s acquaintances, Mary Anderson, described her best: “This fun-sized woman has an oversized heart.” A reputable interior designer, Todd opened Cumming-based Allison Havill Todd Interiors 15 years ago. Todd describes her style as stylish and comfortable, with a particular interest in waterfront homes. Her first book, featuring some of her favorite interior design projects, is set to publish in early 2014. “[My work] stems from my personal passion and belief that having a good environment is important to your well-being,” she said. And her non-profit organization, Designing Dreams, takes this concept one step further, presenting a room makeover to an individual, family or organization in crisis on the premise that a good environment can be healing. Todd founded

Designing Dreams in 2009 and is currently wrapping up her fifth charitable makeover. “I like to say I do it for selfish motives because what I get out of it is tenfold,” Todd said, adding that she finds joy in making a positive difference in the lives of others. When she’s not remaking rooms, Todd and her Golden Retriever, a rescue dog named Jessie, restore souls through the Humane Society’s Humane Hearts therapy dog program by visiting with children and senior citizens. “Jessie is a pro — I just tag along,” Todd joked. She’s also a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Forsyth program and a class coordinator for 2013. In whatever spare time she has left, Todd’s goal is to tackle one adventure each year, with past conquests including hang gliding and a hiking trip into the Grand Canyon on the horizon.

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God put me on this path, and I am honored to serve.”

DR. TEQUILLA HILL, LMFT LICENSED THERAPIST & OWNER, HILL PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC SERVICES, LLC CHARIT Y OF CHOICE: Hosea Feed the Hungry

Written by Amber Lanier Nagle To her friends, colleagues and clients, licensed therapist Tequilla Hill is as bright and warm as a ray of golden sunshine. They refer to her as a “healer,” a “wellness warrior,” and even a “soldier of love”— nicknames Hill readily embraces. Hill received a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and master’s and doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University before moving to Sandy Springs. Today, she is the owner of Hill Psychotherapeutic Services, LLC, a private practice in Marietta providing an array of services such as therapeutic consults, life coaching and workshops. “In the last 10 years, I’ve helped individuals, couples and families from various backgrounds,” Hill said. “I specialize in women and couples’ counseling dealing with issues such as self esteem, depression, stress, anxiety, and creating work/ life balance. In addition, I have

always gravitated to advocating for the rights of women and children.” Along with her growing practice, Hill has adopted a child care center where she performs pro bono counseling work for low-income children and families in crisis. She visits area shelters, where she conducts supportive counseling sessions for the homeless and downtrodden. She conducts a low-cost, monthly parenting class in Alpharetta, is an active crusader and volunteer for Hosea Feed the Hungry and Meals on Wheels, and an advocate for the American Heart Association. She’s even donated tissue to a tissue bank for scientific research. “My goal in life is to enhance the quality of life of others,” said Hill. “I plan to continue to serve people through my counseling, workshops and through writing. I want to live life to the fullest and do as much in my field as I can before I die.”

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“I try to mentor kids,

not just in golf but lessons in life. It’s you verses the course, so you have to be honest and hold yourself accountable. It’s important to me that I’m not just a coach, but someone besides a parent to talk to.”

JACKIE CANNIZZO DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION, COUNTRY CLUB OF ROSWELL; TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR, JUDSON COLLEGIATE & LEGENDS PROAM CHALLENGE CHARIT Y OF CHOICE: Esther Cannizzo Junior Golf Foundation

Written by Heather KW Brown

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In the world of sports, there are those who can play and those who can teach others how to play. Very few can do both successfully. Jackie Cannizzo is one such exception. “My mom and I started playing at the same time — back in the 70s,” Cannizzo said. “It’s remarkable she played golf [back then].” It was an early calling for a young Cannizzo who immediately took to the game and, luckily for Atlanta’s youth, has yet to let go. With natural talent in one pocket and sheer determination in the other, Cannizzo, a Syracuse native, played collegiately and professionally, on both the Futures Tour and the European Women’s Tour prior to becoming a PGA member, qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open Championship three times, and has been invited to play Augusta National 10 times. For 17 years, Cannizzo

has been at the Country Club of Roswell, where her passion is mentoring Atlanta’s youth, both on and off the golf course. “I called the local PGA [in Atlanta], looking to relocate,” she recalled. “This sweet elderly lady answered the phone and said, ‘Honey, you don’t want to come here. There are no women golf professionals.’ I told her ‘That’s exactly where I want to be!’” Named one of the top 10 golf instructors in the state by Golf Digest Magazine, and a US Kids Golf Master teacher — among an endless list of credentials — Cannizzo’s commitment to youth and the game of golf is unrelenting. She and her siblings founded the Esther Cannizzo Junior Golf Foundation in honor of her mom, and most recently, she co-founded the Judson Collegiate & Legends ProAm Challenge, which will take place June 27 – 30, 2014.


“Television allows me

to reach more people than I can in the office and hopefully make a difference.”

DR. SUJATHA REDDY, M.D. PARTNER/PHYSICIAN, PREMIER CARE FOR WOMEN; MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT, WXIA 11 ALIVE NEWS CHARIT Y OF CHOICE: Make -a-Wish Georgia

Written by Bre Humphries With her warm smile and graceful poise, it’s no wonder Sujatha Reddy is so well-loved by patients and television viewers alike. Born and raised in Chicago, Reddy graduated from medical school in New York at the age of 22, then went on to train in Texas and Michigan before settling in Atlanta after a fellowship at Emory. She also ventured into broadcast journalism while at Emory as the “Good Day Atlanta” Monday morning doctor, and has been providing medical expertise to the media for 14 years, now serving as a medical correspondent for WXIA 11 Alive News and appearing as a regular guest on CNN and Headline News. As a gynecologist, Reddy’s specialty is women’s health, but she speaks on a wide range of health topics and even won an Emmy for medical journalism for a segment on Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder of the connective tissue. “I have a talent for explaining complex medical issues in

simple layman’s terms,” Reddy said. “When I started doing regular TV segments, my premise was to inform, not alarm the viewer.” As a partner at Premier Care for Women and a robotic surgeon who operates at Northside Hospital, Reddy’s success also hinges on the rapport she builds with her patients. “I try to get to know all my patients personally. What’s important to them becomes important to me,” she said. “It makes the job fun, too, because you look forward to seeing people, finding out what exciting places they’ve been to, what’s going on with their kids.” And Reddy has plenty of exciting stories of her own to share. A classical Indian dancer, she performs in the annual recital at Kruti Dance Academy in Duluth, loves to travel (recent trips include Iceland and Portugal) and is constantly marking items like sky diving off her Bucket List.

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“I learned early

that I can impact people’s lives and I became passionate about making a difference.”

DONNA SMYTHE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION CHARIT Y OF CHOICE: Child Development Association

Written by Heather KW Brown Even as a child, Donna Smythe saw the world from a different perspective. “I can remember volunteering on my dad’s shoulders,” said Smythe, executive director at Child Development Association. “That’s how I was raised.” Smythe credits her passion for helping others to her parents, both youth group leaders who were communityminded and dedicated to education. From Girl Scouts to hosting her first fundraiser in fifth grade, Smythe has followed in her mom’s activist footsteps, enthusiastically carrying on her father’s rock solid values. While her résumé is impressively packed with achievements and accolades, Smythe admitted that Child Development Association (CDA) is the ultimate experience. “A wall in my office is a window overlooking the playground. It makes it very easy to come to work,” said Smythe, adding, “There’s nothing better than investing in children.” CDA is a 45-year old organization that, in Smythe’s tenure,

has blossomed from a basic childcare center to an outstanding NAEYC accredited early learning center, indicating that the organization has met the highest national standards for exceptional quality in early childhood education. “Our Pre-K children matriculate to more than a dozen different elementary schools,” Smythe said, emphasizing that parents of these children make great sacrifices to ensure a quality education. “We serve low-wage earners who are working very hard to achieve economic stability for their families.” These parents who stock the shelves and build homes throughout the community are motivated to provide a quality education for their brood, but often can’t. Again, Smythe has been the catalyst, establishing programs such as Kids Express, which offers drop-in care at Fulton County government buildings and Parents as Teachers, where certified educators go into homes with an age-appropriate curriculum. Not surprisingly, all three of Smythe’s grown daughters are following in her footsteps of impacting the lives of others.

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JENNIFER FALLON CEO/FOUNDER, ASPEN BRANDS COMPANY CHARIT Y OF CHOICE: Chris Kids

Written by Amber Lanier Nagle Like Nik Wallenda rushing across a high wire, Jennifer Fallon gracefully balances her roles as CEO and founder of the growing Aspen Brands Company with her role at home, where she is raising twin daughters. Fallon’s star began rising in 2004. After realizing there was a niche market for beautiful wedding favors, she launched an e-commerce business from the basement of her home. In just a year, she and a small team of workers sold more than one million dollars of product. But possessing great creative aptitude, Fallon dreamed of developing her own line, so she partnered with DJ Meng and Shirley Wang, and started Kate Aspen. “Today, the Aspen Brands Company is the parent company to Kate Aspen and Baby Aspen,” Fallon said. “Kate Aspen designs, manufactures and sells beautiful products that celebrate life’s most joyous events, and Baby Aspen offers unique and clever baby gifts.” Over the last decade,

Aspen Brands has grown exponentially into a multimillion-dollar enterprise with a workforce of more than 65 talented, committed associates. “I’m a believer in social responsibility — that Aspen Brands has an obligation to give back to the community, and so we work together to help causes and organizations we care about,” she said. “Our company not only participates in the local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, but we also raise money internally through our Valentine’s Day Cupcake Gram and Flying Flapjacks Fundraiser. Last year, we made snowflakes for the young children of Sandy Hook Elementary, contributed to Toys for Tots Atlanta, and ran a successful canned food drive.” Fallon said her favorite pastime is spending time with her 7-year-old daughters, who are already showing signs of following in her footsteps. “They are so creative,” she said. “They give me product ideas all the time.”

“Live life with

passion, will and determination — and do it with integrity.”

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“It’s surprising

how people put so much emphasis on money, but how little money has to do with happiness and love.”

REINA BERMUDEZ CEO, SPA SYDELL CHARITY OF CHOICE: Camp Sunshine

Written by Heather KW Brown

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Reina Bermudez tells the best stories. Much like her, they are energetic, full of humor and insightful. As a teenager, she recruited a gaggle of girlfriends to help sell Avon products. All was going splendidly until someone robbed her locker. When she told her dad she needed money to pay back Avon, he said, “Part of having your own business is figuring out how to pay back business losses.” What would have been a setback for anyone else simply proved to be an early business lesson for Bermudez, now CEO of Spa Sydell. Bermudez and her family immigrated from Cuba to Miami when she was 4 years old. “My parents were very resourceful people. They pushed forward regardless of the situation and figured a way out,” she said. That determination combined with an uncanny business sense have served her well ever since. From a management position at the Federal Reserve where she met her husband of 22 years,

Bermudez spent years starting and stopping her working life in order to raise their seven children, aged 17 to 27. “I didn’t realize I was good at business ... I just did what I did — I wouldn’t take no for an answer,” she said. Bermudez saw great opportunity rather than imminent demise when Spa Sydell faced bankruptcy. She promised the company’s employees they would not close down, and that failure was not an option. “If you believe in something, you keep on going,” Bermudez said. “No doesn’t really mean ‘no’ in business; it just means ‘more.’ As in I need more time; I need more information.” Spa Sydell emerged from Chapter 11 and, with Bermudez leading the charge, repositioned itself as an expert in the spa industry. In addition to other charities, community-minded Bermudez also supports Camp Sunshine, an orphanage in Peru and MUST Ministries.


HIDDEN HOMETOWN GEMS ALPHARETTA MILTON

WRI T TEN BY EMILY ANNE JACKSON

Campania Pizzeria Napoletana Obscured from clear view by a Firestone auto care location, this gem can be found easily by following the smell of garlic and wood smoke. Stefano Rea, who once worked alongside Chef Linda Harrell at Cibo e Beve, is more than just a fantastic pizza maker. He has created some very fine salads, pasta dishes and SERIES SPONSORED desserts, so while BY VIXEN real NapoletanaVODKA style pizza might be the main draw, don’t be shy with

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the menu here. During one visit, Rea suggested spaghetti with white clam sauce. Served in a nice-sized bowl, the al dente spaghetti was adorned with garlic, olive oil, herbs and clams still in the shell. Add a little Parmigiana cheese, some sprinkles of crushed red pepper, and a few pieces of bread, and you have a perfect meal for a cool fall day. But, if a pizza is calling your name, try the salame (spicy pepperoni) or the savory, almost decadent, tartufo (mozzarella, fontina, pancetta, mushrooms, garlic, finished with fresh rosemary and truffle oil). Because the 13-inch pizzas are cooked at such a high temperature, most of the time

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you’ll being enjoying the piping hot, slightly charred pizza less than five minutes later. Owners Jennifer Simmons and Stewart Muller have created a nice local following due to their attention to aesthetics, fresh ingredients, a nice wine list and a specials menu that keeps their regulars engaged. The wine list, smartly chosen by Simmons, includes varietals from all parts of Italy, many of which you likely haven’t seen or tried. Stunning versions of limoncello also are available after dinner, as is a wonderful version of homemade tiramisu. 800 North Main St., Alpharetta, 770-559-4674, campaniaga.com


All Fired Up E n t e r i ng A l l Fi r e d Up pottery painting studio, you’ll feel your troubles start melting away. Art lovers Jim and Bobbie Drummond began peddling pottery with the noble goal of sharing the power to create with people of all ages and experience levels. With more than 800 pieces of pottery and glasswork to choose from, finding the perfect dinner plate or ceramic turkey (hey, whatever gets the creative juices flowing) to emblazon is easy. They’ve got example pieces to work off of as well as stamps and stencils, but they’re all for letting your inner Van Gogh go wild. One of the things that makes All Fired Up extra unique, aside from their eclectic pottery selection, is that they only charge their customers for the piece they pick. Because they want you to relax and soak in the stress-neutralizing nature of art, they let you take as much studio time as you need and as many coats of paint as you want, free of charge. All Fired Up offers art classes for those that long to kindle their creative flame as well as for those who have yet to ignite one. Their BYOB canvas painting class makes a memorable GNO (ahem, Girls Night Out) with a built-in keepsake. If you can’t make it to a class, however, we’re all for making up a reason to celebrate and throwing a paint party. Birthdays, baby showers and wedding-related functions all present tempting turkey-painting opportunities. 53 South Main St., Alpharetta, 770-740-7800, allfiredupinc.com

Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery Giving up gluten has its surprises. After a few breadless weeks, you might be surprised by the desperate lengths you would go to get your hands on a red velvet cupcake, for example. Whether you’ve cut out the grainy stuff for medical reasons or personal ones, Sally’s has the goods to cure your nostalgia for the wheat-filled days of yore. We aren’t just talkin’ desserts either. They have all the foods you’ll never take for granted again after starting a gluten-free life – things like muffins, sandwich bread, dinner rolls and even pizzas! These angels of all things oven-baked offer a number of dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free options, too. For November, they’re running a special Thanksgiving menu (which may or may not include a killer pecan pie) so you can have a delicious holiday, no matter your dietary restrictions. 4390 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 470-226-7965, sallysglutenfreebakery.com

Broadwell Cottage We’d like to unofficially dub Broadwell Cottage the Best Smelling Store in Alpharetta. Between the flowering gardens found in front of the entrance and the extravagant supply of scented candles within, a quick loop around this partstudio, part-boutique equates to about an hour-long aromatherapy session by our estimate. Aside from the candles and jewelry you might expect to encounter in a cottage-bound gift shop, you’ll come across a secret cache of gourmet cheeses and condiments, a chic assemblage of unique home accessories and a treasure trove of fashion finds. Even if you aren’t in the market for an unbelievably adorable housewarming gift, the enchanting atmosphere alone makes this gem worth the trip. 765 Mid Broadwell Road, Milton, 770-354-2302

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CAMPANIA; SHANNAH J. SMITH; SALLY’S GLUTEN FREE BAKERY; SHANNAH J. SMITH

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The Velvet Note In what appears to be just another Old Milton strip mall sits one of the swingin’-est jazz bars in the States. Don’t believe it? Grab a seat some time. Gazing out at the acoustically engineered soundstage a few feet away from your candlelit table, you’ll start to feel the separation between artist and audience dissolve. While the intimate, listening club setting might make you feel like you stepped into a romantic black and white movie, the music you’ll hear is pure Technicolor. Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, for instance, the so-called acoustic living room welcomes renowned pianist Marcus Roberts to its stage. Get your tickets while you still can, you hepcat, you. 4075 Old Milton SERIES SPONSORED Parkway, Alpharetta, BY VIXEN 855-583-5838, VODKA thevelvetnote.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE VELVET NOTE; SHANNAH J. SMITH

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Sis & Moon’s In Renaissance days, the term “cabinet of curiosities” was used to describe an encyclopedic collection of objects whose specific categorical boundaries were yet to be discovered. They weren’t always the most educational or valuable sets of artifacts, but they were always beautiful. These days, Alpharetta has its own cabinet of curiosities titled Sis & Moon’s. Like its Renaissance predecessors, it consists of a motley mixture of contemporary

handicrafts and vintage relics. Sisters and designers Christine Vogt Tamisin and Wendy Vogt organize their rusty and refurbished oddities with equal parts love and artistic flair. But this fanciful shop is more than a peddler of fi nished products; in the back hides The Treehouse at Sis & Moon’s, an art gallery and working studio where you can observe the artists themselves developing their craft. 24 Milton Ave., Alpharetta, 404-414-5765, sisandmoon.com


Solley Designs Si nc e 2 0 03, A l ph a r e t ta resident Mary Katherine Solley has been giving Vera Bradley a run for her money. What began as a fruitless day of shopping has grown into a full-blown online accessory empire. Solley needed a bag with limitless versatility. Unfortunately, the threein-one purse-tote-diaper bag she had in mind was nowhere to be found. Not one to be defeated, Solley simply designed and created the multifunctional tote herself. Today, all of her bags achieve the seemingly impossible feat of combining classic shapes, eye-catching colors and practical usability. The revolutionary carryalls as well as personalized gifts such as bath wraps, memo boards, picture frames and baby gifts are available online and in quite a few shops outside of Atlanta. 1105 Powers Place, Alpharetta, 404-6688447, solleybags.com

AVA LO N Though hardly hidden, the new Avalon development will bring a whole host of gems to Alpharetta’s Old Milton Parkway upon expected completion in 2014. Retailers will include Whole Foods, Regal Cinemas, Anthropologie, Tommy Bahama, Antico Pizza Napolitano and Exhale Spa, along with luxury residences, office space and a full-service hotel. experienceavalon. com

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Breadtime A meal at this Alpharettabased bistro is like an epicurean tour of Europe, no passport necessary. Thanks to Breadtime, you can say “guten tag” (and “bonjour” and “ciao”) to Austrian spaetzle, German beer, French cheese and Italian style appetizers the next time you break bread, and no one will have to smuggle anything through customs for you. What’s even better than that, though, is that the owners import their succulent continental provisions from sustainably-minded growers and makers. Not only are their products as authentically European as apple pie is American, they’re also kind to the planet. In conclusion, if you’re wondering where our next international adventure will take us, look no further than Downtown Alpharetta. 2 35 S . M a i n SERIES SPONSORED St,, Alpharetta, BY VIXEN 6 78 - 69 1- 6 7 2 3, VODKA breadtime-atl.com PHOTOS COURTESY OF BREADTIME; SHANNAH J. SMITH

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November and December are merry months in Alpharetta and Milton. Mark your calendar for festive fun at any of these upcoming events: Nov. 8 - 10: Ivy Interiors Holiday Open House Nov. 15 & 16: Christmas Open House at Arbor House Interiors Nov. 23 & 24: Holiday Open House at Gallery 35 Nov. 16: Picture Yourself with Santa at the Alpharetta Welcome Center Dec. 6: Christmas Tree Lighting in Historic Downtown Alpharetta Dec. 6: Shimmer & Shine Snowflake Celebration at American Girl North Point Mall Dec. 7: Snow on the Square Dec. 15: Reindeer Day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center

Scottsdale Farms Have you ever brought home a plant from a nursery and prayerfully planted it in your yard, only to watch it shrivel up in a couple of weeks? It could very well be that you purchased a plant shipped in from foreign soils. Take a drive out to Scottsdale Farms and look around. Much of the flora you see by the barn and in the surrounding forest didn’t travel far to get there; many of the sprouts up for sale are grown locally at the family farm near Big Canoe. These for Georgia, from Georgia plants are wellacclimated for the Southeast’s subtropical climate. Any plants that don’t hail from Big Canoe pass a climate suitability assessment. We don’t know about you, but our thumbs are feeling greener already. But it’s more than the nursery that draws us to Scottsdale Farms. Inside the timber-frame barn is a treasure trove of garden supplies, gifts and whimsical décor. Here, guests can attend workshops about gardening, cooking, decorating and kids activities. Should you venture into this haven of vegetation, gifts and décor this month, you’ll encounter Douglas firs and fa-la-la finery of all sorts. Get merry with seasonal refreshments and lots of local art at their annual Christmas Open House on Nov. 7 or drop by at the end of the month to take a hayride through the Enchanted Christmas Tree Forest. 15639 Birmingham Highway, Milton, 770-7775875, scottsdalefarms.com pointsnorthatlanta.com | November 2013 | Points North

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ATLANTA BRIDE COUTURE Located in the heart of historic downtown Alpharetta, this bridal boutique is both contemporary and charming. Atlanta Bride Couture sells new designer wedding gowns, with collections including Watters WTOO, Allure Romance, Casablanca CB Couture and more, along with wedding party attire, prom dresses and accessories. 20 Milton Ave. • Alpharetta 404-229-8690 • atlbridecouture.com

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Artistic

E X P L O R A T I O N A Guide to Performing and Visual Arts in the Northside

COMPILED BY NIKI KNIPPEN B E R G / ARTI ST PR O F I L E S BY ALYS SA R AC HE L L E

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uburbia isn’t typically recognized for its commitment to cultural arts, but the truth is, you don’t have to drive to the city for a dose of artistic creativity. Whether you’re looking for entertainment, classes for your kids, or an artistic outlet for yourself, read on for a sampling of cultural arts centers in our communities and some inspirational insight from a few Northside artists.

OFF BROADWAY THEATRE PHOTO COURTESY OF CRITICAL 3 MARKETING CHRISTMAS CAROL PHOTO COURTESY OF ELM STREET CULTURAL ARTS

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Holly Irwin Visual Arts

ALPHARETTA

ACT1 Theatre

..................................................................................... ACT1 (Alpharetta Christian Theatre) is a community theater providing wholesome entertainment and an outreach of Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. The productions are not theological works, but the musicals and plays are all appropriate for a family environment. Coming Soon: “Home for Christmas” (Nov. 29 – Dec. 22) 180 Academy Street, 770-663-8989, act1theater.com

Atlanta Workshop Players

..................................................................................... Atlanta Workshop Players is a non-profit, professional, family-friendly theater company and performing arts school that focuses on educational and socially aware productions. They strive to educate, challenge and inspire young people through theatrical productions and training in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere. Now Showing: “Little Shop of Horrors” (Nov. 8 – Nov. 17) Coming Soon: Winter Performing Arts Camp (Dec. 26 – 28); Summer Performing Arts Day Camps (June 2 – 27) 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 111, 770-998-8111, atlantaworkshopplayers.com

CYT Atlanta

..................................................................................... Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is an after-school theater arts training program for students ages 4 – 18. CYT produces two full musical productions annually along with a variety of classes, camps and workshops. Productions take place at the Milton Center, with classes at Johns Creek Baptist Church. Now Showing: “Shrek: The Musical” (Nov. 8 – 17) The Milton Center, 86 School Drive, 404-543-2381, cytatlanta.com

Gallery 35

..................................................................................... Gallery 35 specializes in art, crafts and gifts for the home, business and special occasions. 35 Milton Ave., 678-762-1035, gallery35.com

Matilda’s Cottage

..................................................................................... Matilda’s is both a gallery and a music venue, featuring folk art and live music on the weekends. 377 S. Main St., matildascottagemarket.com

Holly Irwin always dreamed of becoming an artist. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as her mother was a fashion illustrator, a portrait artist and a potter. Irwin started formal art training at the age of 12 and was later awarded a scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University’s fine art program. She considers herself a lifetime student of art and regularly attends figure drawing classes and workshops. Irwin has called Roswell home for the last 20 years. She is a familiar face at the TerraBella Art Walk and several Marietta Cobb Museum of Art events. Irwin uses acrylics, oils, oil sticks, charcoal and ink to create her paintings. She uses modeling pastes and gels to give texture and add “life” to her artwork. Irwin aims to achieve the feeling of a clean, simple composition while also displaying the complexity in her work. hollyirwin.com

Off Broadway Dance Theatre

..................................................................................... With an emphasis on musical theater, Off Broadway Dance Theatre offers traditional dance instruction along with acting, Broadway movement and more. Coming Soon: “Annie Jr.” (Dec. 6 – 15); “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” (Dec. 18 – 23); “Once on the Island Jr.” (Jan. 31 – Feb. 9) 12350 Crabapple Road, 770-664-2410 offbroadwaydance.com

Othels Art Gallery & School of Art

..................................................................................... Othels Art Gallery & School of Art takes pride in carrying unique one-of-a-kind modern/contemporary art by local artists and offering a vast selection of fun and exciting art through the online art gallery. 11775 Northfall Lane, 404-955-5521, othelsart.com

PHOTO COURTESY OF HOLLY IRWIN

Performing Arts

career insight, public speaking, character/confidence building, and parent information workshops. 390 Winkler Drive, 678-648-6771, performerswh.com

RISPA School of Performing Arts

..................................................................................... RISPA prepares young performers for a serious career in dance, musical theatre, acting, and singing through classes, summer camps and productions. The company offers a state-of-the-art facility and many opportunities in the performing arts, including a music department with lessons in piano, voice, violin, guitar, as well as instruction in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, stepping and modern dance. 14155 GA Highway 9, 678-620-3500, rispa.net

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Tannery Row Artist Colony

Performer’s Warehouse offers all aspects of training and technique in the performing arts, including dance, voice, acting, piano, musical theater, song writing, auditions, college preparation, college scholarships, resumés,

Tannery Row Artist Colony is a visual arts center housing galleries and studios for 17 different artists. 554 W. Main St., 770-904-0572, tanneryrowartistcolony.com

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Anthony Gallery ..................................................................................... Anthony Gallery offers fine art, collectables, unique gifts and framing. T5822 North Vickery St., anthonygallery.com

Timothy Michael

BK Productions .....................................................................................

PHOTO COURTESY OF TIMOTHY MICHAEL

Timothy Michael’s journey to his present media has been anything but direct. His first artistic pursuit was in musicianship, which continues to be a large influence on his visual art. Michael participates in the Atlanta Arts Festival scene and opened the Timothy Michael Gallery in Roswell from 20052010. Michael uses several different mediums and methods for building texture on canvas. He is known as a colorist and the texture allows him to place cool and warm colors side by side to create the melody and harmony in compositions. “Some of my favorite contemporary painters include Zheng Li, Frank Shelton, Donna Cassaro Hughes and Kathryn Fortson,” Michael said of his inspirations. “These are artists who I know personally and have affected me at the deepest levels.” Find Timothy Michael’s work at Muse & Co. in Roswell. musecofineart.com

This full theater production company features popular Broadway shows. Performances take place at The Cumming Playhouse, located in the historic Cumming schoolhouse. Coming Soon: “White Christmas” (Nov. 21 – Dec. 15) 101 School St., 678-455-6110, bkproductionsga.com

Black Dog Art Studios

..................................................................................... The artists at Black Dog Art Studios specialize in creating unique works of art in the form of canvas, furniture and accessories. 3570 Dahlonega Highway, 678- 947-5278, blackdogartstudios.com

Bowman & White Gallery ..................................................................................... Bowman & White features original decorative oil paintings, limited editions, hand-colored prints, movie posters, designer framed art, contemporary art, and heavy ornamental frames and mirrors. 1810 Peachtree Pkwy., 770-844-0113, bowmanwhite.com

Parsons Gallery ..................................................................................... Parsons Gallery is one of the largest Thomas Kinkade galleries in the world, and also offers artwork from Mark Keathley and others. 527 Lakeland Plaza, parsonsthomaskinkadegallery.com

CANTON

Cherokee Theatre Company

..................................................................................... A community theater, Cherokee Theatre Company’s goal is to provide a creative environment for theater arts by producing and supporting quality theatrical events. Most performances take place at the Downtown Canton Theatre. Now Showing: “The Lion Winter” (Nov. 8 – 17) Downtown Canton Theatre, 171 E. Main St., 770-591-0282, cherokeetheatre.org

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as well as a special showcase of Cherokee County School students. The council also offers classes and workshops for visual arts and a performance space for local performing arts companies. Coming Soon: “Cards on the Table” presented by Kings Academy (Nov. 22 – 23); “Madeline and the Gypsies” presented by STARS Community Theater (Dec. 7– 8) Special Event: The North Georgia Art Ramble (Dec. 7 – 8) 94 North St., 770-704-6244, cherokeearts.org

Peachtree Hill Gallery

Studio 121

2 Smith Art Gallery

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An art gallery and workshop for resident and visiting artists, Studio 121 offers art and music classes as well as seasonal art camps. 121 Brown St., 770-479-6961, thestudio121.com

2 Smith Art Gallery features original artwork from more than 17 regional and national artists, oil painting classes, and portrait and commissioned art. 3150 Main St., 2smithartgallery.com

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..................................................................................... Peachtree Hill Gallery specializes in custom framing in addition to limited edition art pieces, engravings, lithographs, oils and giclees. 415 Peachtree Pkwy., peachtreegallery.com

DULUTH


The Actor’s Edge

..................................................................................... The Actor’s Edge is an affordable, established provider of dramatic arts instruction for aspiring young actors and adults. Classes include acting, dance, voice and private coaching. 4635 River Green Parkway, 770-846-6721, theactorsedge.com

Eye Candy Art Studio ..................................................................................... Eye Candy is a pottery painting and art creation studio with kids’ classes and wine & painting opportunities for adults. 3127 Main St., eyecandyartstudio.net

Hudgens Center for the Arts ..................................................................................... The Hudgens Center for the Arts is an extensive campus for visual arts comprising galleries, art classes for adults and children, summer camps, an interactive kids’ zone, a gift shop, a sculpture garden and special event rentals. 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., thehudgens.org

Kruti Dance Academy ..................................................................................... Kruti Dance Academy celebrates classical Indian dance with an annual performance and classes in Bharatanatyam, Bollywood, folk dance and more, plus private instruction, workshops and summer camps. 3520 Breckenridge Blvd., 770-248-9928, kruti.com

Red Clay Theatre ..................................................................................... Home to Eddie Owens Presents, Red Clay Theatre brings the listening room experience of Decatur’s popular Eddie’s Attic to the suburbs, and serves as a music venue for singer-songwriters, production company and music school. Coming Soon: Cheryl Wheeler (Nov. 10); Erick Baker (Nov 15); Francine Reed & Friends (Nov. 16); Banks & Shane (Nov. 23) 3116 Main St., 404-478-2749, eddieowenpresents.com

DUNWOODY

Company J at the MJCCA ..................................................................................... Company J provides a nurturing environment for theater artists to train and develop their creative potential through musical and theater productions and classes for children, teens and adults. Coming Soon: “Hershel & The Hanukkah Goblins” (Dec. 5 – 8); “Peter Pan and Wendy” (Jan. 9 – 19) 5342 Tilly Mill Road, 678-812-4002, atlantajcc.org pointsnorthatlanta.com | November 2013 | Points North

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Dunwoody United Methodist Church

Gallery, which mounts four to six exhibitions each year. 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 770-394-3447, spruillarts.org

..................................................................................... Using both sacred and secular drama and music, the Performing Arts program at DUMC offers an outlet for participants to bring their time and talents to this church and its community. 1548 Mt. Vernon Road, 770-394-0675, dunwoodyumc.org

Stage Door Players

Wentworth Gallery ..................................................................................... View hundreds of works by internationally renowned artists in any one of Wentworth’s galleries, or arrange for a private viewing of up to 20 works of art at your home or office. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 770-913-0641, wentworthgallery.com

..................................................................................... A 40-year-old theater company, Stage Door Players produces a full season of professional theater, a cabaret series, and a Saturday series for children. Coming Soon: “The Game’s Afoot” (Dec. 6– 22); “On Golden Pond” (Jan. 24 – Feb. 16) 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, 770-396-1726, stagedoorplayers.net

Spruill Center for the Arts ..................................................................................... A non-profit organization committed to furthering art in all forms, Spruill features a diverse program of classes for all ages, kids’ camps, special events and The Spruill

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Johns Creek Arts Center

Coming Soon: “North Georgia Art Ramble” (Dec. 7-8); “Pastel Society Show” (Jan. 25) 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, 770-623-8448, johnscreekarts.org

ShowTime Singers of Atlanta ..................................................................................... The ShowTime Singers of Atlanta is an ensemble of experienced singers who have banded together to create a show choir for adults of all ages. The Johns Creek-based group presents two cabaret-style shows each year at various venues with selections from genres ranging from jazz and oldies to pop and Broadway tunes. Coming Soon: All-American Swing Canteen at Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North in Roswell (Nov. 16) 770-814-8800, stsofatlanta.com

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Performing Arts North

A community-based partnership with Fulton County Arts Council, Johns Creek Arts Center offers visual art and theater classes and camps. The center offers classes for children and adults in media such as ceramics, drawing, jewelry, painting, pastels and multi-media, as well as summer camps and space for working artists. Now Showing: “Fall Student Show and Holiday Sale” (Nov. 9)

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Performing Arts North is a 501(c)3 education theater company that supports the arts in schools through children’s productions, classes and camps, focusing on topics such as stage movement, voice and dictation, and theater etiquette. Productions take place at the Dancing Goat Theatre. Coming Soon: “Kudzu Christmas” (Dec. 7 – 23); Holiday


Robin Wilkinson Robin Wilkinson has been using clay since the 1980s. Her passion for the arts began as a child while taking oil painting classes. Wilkinson now creates jewelry from polymer clay, incorporating designs and techniques learned from books as well as trial and error. A resident of Alpharetta since 1986, Wilkinson has hosted a booth showcasing her unique and vibrant jewelry at the Annual Fall Festival at Alpharetta First United Methodist PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBIN WILKINSON Church for the past 18 years. At the festival, Wilkinson finds time to give passersby brief lessons on her creative process but goes in depth during classes at Alpharetta’s Gallery 35. Wilkinson previously experimented with pottery, silversmithing, raku and oil painting. Working with polymer clay to craft every bead, Wilkinson now showcases her artistic vision in developing various colors, shapes and textures into her designs. She uses a technique called millefiore or cane work – layering the clay to build designs from the inside out. Wilkinson’s creativity comes from various avenues. “I get inspired by looking at nature, seascapes, mountains or even walking into a hardware store,” Wilkinson said. Find Wilkson’s work at Gallery 35, the Annual Fall Festival at First United Methodist Church or online at robinwilkinson. com. Ten percent of all sales support Christian missionaries.

Theater Camp (Dec. 30 – Jan. 3); “Anne of Green Gables” (Jan. 25 – Feb. 1) 10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, 770-772-0762, performingartsnorth.org

KENNESAW

Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art

along with KSU Tellers, a storytelling group that tours to elementary, middle and high schools and performs at public venues. Coming Soon: KSU Tellers Showcase, Student Storytelling Concert (Nov. 18 – 19); “K.I.S.S. Yule-Tyde Brigade” Student Improv (Nov. 22 – 23); Stories for a Winter Night Featuring Carmen Deedy (Jan. 23 – 25) 1000 Chastain Road, 770-423-6650, kennesaw.edu/theater

..................................................................................... Kennesaw State University’s art museum presents significant works from the university’s permanent art collection and exhibits contemporary works of various media by local and national artists. 1000 Chastain Road, 770- 499-3223, kennesaw.edu/arts/galleries

KSU Department of Theatre and Performance Studies ..................................................................................... Kennesaw State University’s theater department produces traditional, musical and contemporary work,

LAWRENCEVILLE

Aurora Theatre ..................................................................................... Gwinnett County’s only professional theater produces a variety of entertainment through its mainstage season, featuring both musicals and contemporary theater, as well as concerts, comedy, children’s programs, a Spanish language theater and the popular Lawrenceville Ghost Tours. Coming Soon: Aurora’s Christmas Canteen (Nov. 29 – Dec. 22); “Lombardi” (Jan. 16 – Feb. 9) 128 E. Pike St., 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com pointsnorthatlanta.com | November 2013 | Points North

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The LONA Gallery ..................................................................................... The LONA Gallery showcases original art by local artists and unique handcrafted gifts including pottery, jewelry, sculpture and woodcrafts. 176 W. Crogan St., 678-349-2223, thelonagallery.com

MARIETTA

3330 Sandy Plains Road, 770-509-2700, theartplace.us, centerstagenorth.org

Avery Gallery ..................................................................................... The Avery Gallery specializes in traditional, original fine art from the mid-1600s to the present. 390 Roswell St., 770-427-2459, averygallery.com

2 Rules Fine Art

Curtain Call Youth Players of Cobb

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2 Rules Fine Art presents art by local and national artists, with an emphasis on art that is innovative in technique, presentation or design. 85 Church St., 404-355-6897, 2rulesfineart.com

Curtain Call Youth Players, a non-profit children’s theater organization, was formed in 1992 for young people ages 8 – 18 who are dedicated to learning and performing live theater for family and public audiences. Registration for 2014 camps begins January 13. Coming Soon: “The Wizard of Oz” (Nov. 15 – 17) 2800 Canton Road, 404-692-2297, ccyp.org

The Art Place ..................................................................................... The Art Place is home to Centerstage North, the oldest community theater in Cobb County, which presents award-winning performing productions in an intimate black-box theater, as well as gallery exhibitions and meeting space for non-profit arts related organizations. Coming Soon: “Christmas at Sweet Apple” (Dec. 13 – Dec. 21)

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dk Gallery ..................................................................................... dk Gallery represents emerging and established contemporary painters and sculptors of the South who have demonstrated advanced mastery of their media. 25 West Park Square, 770-427-5377, dkgallery.us

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Durrett Studio and Gallery ..................................................................................... Durrett Studio has a full staff of painting conservators, gilders and artists to offer museum-quality restorations. 68 Austin Ave., durrettart.com

Frameworks Gallery ..................................................................................... Frameworks Gallery is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving the fine art and custom framing needs of Metro Atlanta since 1974. 1205 Johnson Ferry Road, 770-973-6701, frameworksgallery.com

Knoke Fine Arts ..................................................................................... Knoke Fine Arts are consultants, appraisers and conservators of fine quality 19th- and early 20th-Century American paintings. 25 Alexander St., knokefinearts.com

Next Stage Theatre Company ..................................................................................... Currently in its third season, Next Stage Theatre Company


presents a diverse range of old and new theater favorites at its permanent home at The Alley Stage. The Alley Stage, 11 Anderson St., 678-744-6398, nextstagetheatrecompany.com

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..................................................................................... Out of Box Theatre explores the idea of presenting theater when and wherever the opportunity arises. Now performing at The Artisan Resource Center, Out of Box Theatre also works with other entertainment groups to expand the possibilities of creating the best in a live theatre experience. Out of Box Theatre hopes to change the way audiences think of “going to the theatre.” Now Showing: “Almost, Maine” (Nov. 8 – 23) Coming Soon: “Side by Side by Sondheim” (Dec. 6 – 23); “Santa After Hours” (Dec. 6 – 21) 585 Cobb Parkway S., Suite C-1, 678-653-4605,  outofboxtheatre.com

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Paul Robinson Fine Art ..................................................................................... Paul Robinson Fine Art proudly boasts one of the largest collections of oil paintings in the world and introduces new artists yearly. 2161 Kingston Court SE, 770-4243465, paulrobinsoninc.com

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Polk Street Players .....................................................................................

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This community theater group is open to all and sponsored by St. James’ Episcopal Church. Now Showing: “A Thousand Clowns” (Nov. 8 – 23) Coming Soon: “Tuesdays with Morrie” (Feb. 14 – March 1) 161 Church St., 770-218-9669, polkstreetplayers.com

Young Actor’s Playhouse/ Marietta Players ..................................................................................... Young Actors Playhouse (YAP) specializes in producing plays and musicals performed by students ages 5 – 21 years old. The playhouse also offers classes in dance and theater. YAP’s off-shoot, Marietta Players, performs plays and musicals for older audiences. Now Showing: Marietta Players presents “The Back Side of Stone Mountain” (Nov. 6 – 24) Coming Soon: Marietta Players presents “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 4 – 22) and “The Song of the Winter” (Jan. 8 – 26) 11 Whitlock Ave., 678-224-8095, youngactorsplayhouse.com

ROSWELL

Ann Jackson Gallery ..................................................................................... Ann Jackson Gallery carries work from local as well as national and international artists and by gallery founder, Ann Jackson. 932 Canton St., 770-993-4783, annjacksongallery.com pointsnorthatlanta.com | November 2013 | Points North

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Vinings Gallery .....................................................................................

Betty Beasley PHOTO COURTESY OF BETTY BEASLEY

Betty Beasley’s career as a sculptor began at an early age. She distinctly recalls transforming wax lips into herds of tiny horses while the other children were wearing and making funny faces with theirs. Over the years, Beasley has experimented with fabric art, stained glass, batik, oil, watercolor and acrylic. Ultimately, she has found her pleasure in sculpture. Beasley has lived in Alpharetta since 1975 and has been featured in numerous shows from Sandy Springs to Blue Ridge. She is an active member of several art centers and associations including the Abernathy Art Center in Sandy Springs. Beasley’s body of work mainly consists of lifelike depictions of animal and human forms. Each sculpture begins with a petroleum-based clay, which can be used to make a form for “Cold Cast Bronze” – bronze mixed with a resin. Beasley’s art strives to capture the subject as if currently in its most natural environment. “The inspiration comes from nature,” Beasley said. “Sometimes it comes from my imagination, sometimes from something very real.” Find Betty Beasley’s work at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, as well as the Southern Appalachian Artists Guild National Juried Show from Oct. 19 to Nov. 8 in Blue Ridge. bettybeasleyfineartsculpture.com

The Roswell location of the popular Vinings Gallery features the work of such renowned artists as Michael Flohr and Thomas Arvid. 10 Elizabeth Way, 770-299-1122, viningsgallery.com

SANDY SPRINGS

Abernathy Arts Center ..................................................................................... Abernathy Arts Center is Fulton County’s oldest neighborhood arts center dedicated to providing quality arts instruction to the community with a variety of classes and the Annex Gallery, which features up to 10 exhibits each year. 254 Johnson Ferry Road, fultonarts.org

Act3 Productions ..................................................................................... Housed in Act3 Playhouse, a former vacant warehouse turned state-of-the-art black box theater, Act3 Productions specializes in year-round performances of Broadway musicals, dramas, new works and diverse educational offerings through the Act3 Academy of the Arts. Now Showing: “Parade” (Nov. 7 – 23) Coming Soon: “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (Jan. 23 – Feb. 2) 6285 R-Roswell Road, act3productions.org

Di Domizios Art Center ..................................................................................... Di Domizios Art Center offers art classes with the mission of touching the lives of local orphans and underprivileged children. 6030 Sandy Springs Circle, 770-634-7082, oldworldart.net

Ford Smith Gallery ..................................................................................... This gallery features the contemporary abstract landscape paintings of owner Ford Smith. 10 Elizabeth Way, 770-552-5942, fordsmithfineart.com

Georgia Ensemble Theatre ..................................................................................... Georgia Ensemble Theatre provides year-round theater productions and educational opportunities and is the resident professional theater at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Now Showing: “Deathtrap” (Nov. 7– 24) Coming Soon: “The Only Light in Reno” (Jan. 9 – 26) 950 Forrest St., 770-641-1360, get.org

Coming Soon: A Classy, Brassy Christmas (Dec. 8); Messiah Sing Along (Dec. 22) Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., 770-594-7974, mosingers.com

Muse & Co. Fine Art

Elm Street Cultural Arts Village

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Muse specializes in contemporary fine art displayed alongside fine furnishings from La Bella Vie. 27 Oak St., musecofineart.com

A thriving center for the arts, Elm Street offers year-round performances, instruction and exhibits. Here, you’ll find plays and musicals, camps and classes in drama, art and music, concerts, recitals, pageants, art exhibits, an improv troupe and more. Coming Soon: “Little Women” (Nov. 15 – 24); “The Little Drummer Boy” (Dec. 8 – 22); “A Christmas Carol” (Dec. 14 – 24); “Tom Sawyer” (Jan. 17 – 26) 8534 Main St., 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org

Raiford Gallery ..................................................................................... Representing more than 400 artists, Raiford Gallery features glass art, ceramics, original paintings, jewelry, turned wood and everything in between. 1169 Canton St., raifordgallery.com

The Michael O’Neal Singers

Taylor Kinzel Gallery

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Formed in 1989, MOS is a symphonic chorus of 130 auditioned voices with a 30-voice chamber ensemble. Performances take place at Roswell United Methodist Church.

Taylor Kinzel Gallery represents nationally recognized and emerging contemporary Southern artists. 16 Elizabeth Way, taylorkinzelgallery.com

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The Seven Arrows Art Gallery ..................................................................................... The Seven Arrows Art Gallery features pottery, jewelry, blankets, dream catchers, purses and more from North American Indian Tribes. 8582 Main St., 770-591-7045, 7-arrows.net PN


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“Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to

find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

- T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom { W R I TTE N BY E R I N BYR N E }

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orbin looked as though

he had left his head in the clouds as he stumped down the stairs of the Eiffel Tower. From the Champs des Mars below, I kept my eye on his blond head, bobbing above the others in his fast-growing teenaged body. “You should never have left him up there, Brendan, how will we find him in this mob?” I hissed. We were already late to meet my friend at Musée d’Orsay, where she and I would visit Georges Seurat’s pointillist paintings. By the time we arrived, my lofty aim to turn my son Brendan and his friend Corbin into art aficionados had shrunk to a disappearing dot. “Here.” I scribbled a list, remembering how they’d always loved treasure hunts: 1. Statue of woman’s head, cut off at the neck. 2. Painting of guys playing cards. 3. Statue of girl in tutu with real tulle, hair, ballet slippers. 4. Painting of empty church, blue inside. 5. Find the Louvre across the river (surely they could?). 6. Painting of people dancing outside. 7. Black and white photograph by Degas. 8. Painting of snow. 9. Opéra Garnier model. 10. Big clock. “Find these in the museum. I’ll meet you here in one hour.” They were getting hungry; that was all the time I’d have. “What if we can’t find all this stuff?” “One hour.” “What’s a tutu?” The Magpie pointsnorthatlanta.com | November 2013 | Points North

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The artist was obsessed with the weather. In 1885, he was chasing clouds in Étretat, France, engulfed by a surging desire to capture the sea on canvas. One day, he was on the beach at his easel, and as mist rose off cresting waves in droplets of white foam and caught the sunlight, he painted in a fevered froth. When the moment passed, he saw that he had done it: He had caught the sea. But, he noted with despair, he now needed the matching sky, and dusk was falling. He returned the next day and, absorbed, did not hear the increasing thunder of the waves.

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I’m very unhappy, really miserable and I haven’t the heart to do anything, the painter in me is dead, a sick mind is all that remains of me . . . In my quest to interest these two teens in art, I’d left heavy tomes, “Art Through the Ages,â€? “Treasures of the Louvreâ€? and “Treasures of the MusĂŠe d’Orsayâ€? lying on top of Sports Illustrated magazines around the house, but they served as mere paperweights. I wished, just once, someone would pick one up and thumb through it. During our week in Paris, I’d dropped tidbits about the Impressionists. “Cezanne was the grouchiest, kind of like you, Brendan, last night when you were trying


that had defined the movement. “Nothin’.” “Back in the day, the critics didn’t like those works either,” I said, adding, “They rejected them for the big Paris art salon, so the artists got together and had their own and called it ‘Salon des Refusés’.”

“There was this one painting,” Corbin said. “It was of a fence in the snow, and there was something really cool about the air.” “Yeah,” Brendan said, and I could tell this was the first time they’d discussed this. “That was wild, like I felt the air.”

In the early years, the artist’s obsession had been survival. He and his wife and son had moved from place to place, creditors in pursuit, and often went hungry. He penned a constant stream of letters:



to pronounce boeuf bourguignon. He was from a place called Aix.” “Van Gogh slashed his own ear. Could have been too much absinthe, or epilepsy. No one knows for sure.” “This statue by Rodin is of a famous writer — Balzac.” I shared my wisdom: This artist was wealthy, that one went by his middle name for years, another strapped paintbrushes to his arthritic hands. Brendan and Corbin’s eyes became hooded, they puffed out their cheeks, stifling yawns. Still, I stopped them at Rodin’s statues, smiling at their snickers, pointed out artists’ studios, and planned a trip to Giverny. I knew they’d like that pond. After our trip to Musée d’Orsay, we had lunch in a café. “What did you like?” I asked, flushed with hope. Perhaps they’d spotted Impression, Sunrise, the painting

Please, I beg of you, send me a bigger sum tomorrow without fail. I am utterly without hope, and see everything at its blackest and worst. For a month now I have been unable to paint because I lack colors, but that is not important. Right now it is the sight of my wife’s life in jeopardy that terrifies me . . .

His wife had another baby, their desperation continued, and she died.

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The artist’s lasting obsession seemed impossible. His work began to sell, and he married a woman with six children. They lived in the country, where he could finally paint in peace, en plein air, out of doors, with a lasting paint supply. He squinted at red poppies and let their round edges ravish his canvas as they had his eye. In quest of the luminous envelope surrounding the model, he placed one of his stepdaughters at the top

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of a hill holding a parasol. Every whoosh and wafting breeze appeared in her white dress as clouds spun past. He caught the golden Thames flashing at sunset, gondolas shimmering in Venice, a small red house in Norway.



We lingered over dessert. “What else did you see?” Brendan and Corbin smiled at each other and nodded. “I was gonna talk to her, but she looked Czechoslovakian.” “Like Maria Sharapova with green eyes.” Their goal was to exchange sightings and “bonjours” with girls from as many countries as possible, a bevy of gesturing Italians, willowy French girls, tall Swedish beauties. Perhaps it had been vanity for me to think I could lure them into appreciating art.

It’s only now I see what needs to be done and how.

His dream was far-reaching. He’d articulated it once and knew people thought him a bit mad. He was driven, regardless. Then his eyesight began to go.

Six months later, I remembered the single painting that had attracted Corbin and Brendan. “Yeah, I remember, the painting of the snow, that one that showed the air.” Corbin drew a picture: a fence with a ladder on the left and a bird on top, a house on the right with trees in front. Brendan’s drawing was identical. “Yep, the painting of the air.” He

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caught Corbin’s eye. “But it wasn’t the most beautiful thing we saw that day, was it? Green eyes.” I blew the dust off my Musée d’Orsay book, finding Sisley and Pissarro, Impressionists who had often painted snowy scenes. I interrupted the boys’ viewing of a college basketball game on TV. “Is it this one?” “No.” The halftime buzzer rang. “This?” “No.” Corbin grabbed the book and Brendan hauled himself out of the recliner to flop onto the couch. Heads together, they lingered on images of ships sailing on greenblue squiggly seas, apples leaning against blue china pitchers, pillowy nudes in patches of sun. “Here it is!” The Magpie. A rare painting of snow, completed the year his rejection at the Salon had caused him to conclude, I can no longer claim to cope. I knew the artist had achieved his goal.


Renoir painting of Claude Monet

I am chasing a dream, I want the unattainable. Other artists paint a bridge, a house, a boat, and that’s the end. They’ve finished. I want to paint the air which surrounds the bridge, the house, the boat: the beauty of the air in which these objects are located, and that is nothing short of impossible.



– Claude Oscar Monet

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ATLANTA BALLET AT L A N TA B A L L E T ’ S “N U TCR ACK E R” Atlanta Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” spon sored by Bel k , I nc., returns to the Fox Theatre for an enchanted evening the whole family will enjoy Dec 6 – 29. Choreographed by John McFall with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the whimsical holiday tale takes 20 pounds of snow, eight tons of scenery, lighting and props and a 38-foot-tall Christmas tree to bring Marya’s unbelievable story to life. More than 200 of Atlanta’s young dancers will

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join the Atlanta Ballet professional company for this extravagant production, live with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and the Georgia Youth Choir for all performances. Atlanta Ballet will also give new meaning to “magic of the holidays” as master illusionist and storyteller Drew Thomas returns to infuse even more illusions and special effects as he takes on the role of Herr Drosselmeyer, the mysterious, yet charming toymaker responsible for young Marya’s enchanted journey. Magic no longer assumed, it

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will all become reality. Thomas will perform live during the first two weekends of the run, Dec. 6 – 15. atlantaballet.com

THE COLLECTION AT F OR S Y T H There’s no need to travel to the North Pole to fi nd the warmth and comfort of the holidays; in fact, there’s no reason to leave the Northside. This Christmas, The Collection at Forsyth is turning holiday shopping into priceless family memories. Come share in the joy and

magic of the season on Nov. 30 at the Tree Lighting Celebration from 3 – 6 p.m. Snuggle in for a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride, then sip on hot cocoa while strolling through shops and humming along with live carols. Bring the little ones for crafts and the season’s first appearance of Santa! Then, every Saturday, Dec. 7 – 21 from 1 – 5 p.m., St. Nick will be at The Collection for story time with the children and to hear their Christmas wishes. collectionforsyth.com


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T H E FORUM ON P E A C H T R E E PA R K WAY Celebrate t he st art of t he Christ mas season by attending The Forum’s Annual Black Friday Tree Lighting and Christmas Kick-off Celebration on Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. The event will bring holiday cheer to guests of all ages with carriage rides from 1 – 5 p.m. and photos with Santa in the lobby by Spa Sydell from 1 – 3 p.m. before the tree lighting ceremony and from 7 – 9 p.m. after the tree lighting ceremony. Additional activities with Santa and horsedrawn carriage rides will continue every Saturday from Nov. 30 through Dec. 21. Carriage rides will be available from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., photos with Santa from 2 – 4 p.m. and 5– 7 p.m., and story time with Santa at Barnes and Noble at 11 a.m. theforumonpeachtree.com

sprinkled with excitement and nostalgic atmosphere. The area abounds with holiday activities such as the Flat Rock Playhouse productions, an Olde Fashioned Hendersonville Christmas, holiday concerts, hometown Christmas parade, and many other events for the whole family. The holiday season, with its many

traditions, family gatherings and good cheer, will soon be upon us. Rediscover this magical time of the year and create cherished memories to last a lifetime. Catch the Christmas spirit in Historic Hendersonville and the village of Flat Rock, N.C. historichendersonville.org

GIBBS GARDENS Don’t miss Gibbs Gardens’ Japanese Maples Festival, celebrating more than 2,000 Japanese maples in 100 varieties at peak fall color now through Nov. 15. The festival will introduce another new and unique tradition on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3: a celebration of Japanese arts, culture and traditions set against the singular splendor of the largest Japanese Gardens in the nation. Imagine viewing the Japanese Green Tea Ceremony, the art of kimono dressing and classic Japanese dancing against the backdrop of 2,000 Japanese maples in brilliant fall shades of gold, yellow, orange and red. Picture ikebana and origami demonstrations set on a vast stretch of green lawn draped by hundreds of bright red Burning Bush. Southern Living magazine featured Gibbs Gardens’ Japanese Maples in its November 2013 issue. gibbsgardens.com

HENDERSONVILLE Come “Home for the Holidays” to Historic Hendersonville and the village of Flat Rock, N.C. Discover an old-fashioned holiday with small-town charm,

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PARSONS GALLERY HIGH MUSEUM OF A RT AT L A N TA Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Nov. 3 – April 13, 2014 This unparalleled collection celebrates legendary western icons such as Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill, objects from Native American cultures, and artworks by Frederick Remington and N. C. Wyeth, among many others. Come to the Museum the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Arts & Rec: Go West!, a day filled with mini workshops, lively music and, of course, the exhibition. Stop by the Museum’s shop and purchase the perfect gift inspired by the exhibition. Visit high.org for a complete listing of holiday hours and special events.

MADISON/ MORGA N COUN T Y Soak up rich Southern heritage and lavish holiday decor during

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Madison /Morgan Count y’s annual Holiday Tour of Homes, Dec. 5 – 8. Sponsored by The Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, the tour takes place mostly in the National Register Historic District, which boasts the largest collection of 19th century architecture in Georgia, as well as some homes in the beautiful countryside of Morgan County. Tickets for daytime and candlelight tours are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour. madisonga.org

MONK EY JOE’S Get into the spirit of the holiday season ever y Tuesday in November and December during Monkey Joe’s Holiday Craft sessions from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. One craft session per child is free with the purchase of a regular paid admission. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Offer valid at Johns Creek, Duluth, Roswell and Cumming Monkey Joe’s. Like them on Facebook for other events and offers. monkeyjoes.com


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THE OUTLET S HOP P E S AT AT L A N TA Kick off the season of giving on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. with a tree lighting celebration at The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta in Woodstock. Then, after your pumpkin pie plate’s been licked clean, The Outlet Shoppes have another gift for you — the gift of savings on all the designer brands on your Christmas list. Thanksgiving night, shop all night long starting at 8 p.m., and don’t stop until every stocking’s been stuffed as full as your belly. theoutletshoppeatlanta.com

PA R S O N G A L L E R Y Immerse yourself into art as you meet Parsons Galler y’s newest artist, Robert Finale, on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 1 – 5 p.m. for an artist signing and sketching event. Then, from Nov. 21 – 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., watch as the Master Highlighter further enhances and adds dimension to renowned artist Thomas Kinkade’s limited edition canvases through hand highlighting with paint, mak ing each paint ing more unique and valuable. Both events will feature door prizes and refreshments. 770-888-9924, parsonsthomaskinkadegallery. com

ROSW EL L Experience all the city of Roswell has to offer this holiday season. Tour t he Sout her n Tr i log y Homes dressed in seasonal splendor. Visit with a reindeer during its annual stop at Chattahoochee Nature Center. Immerse

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yourself in living history during the 1850s Heirloom Holiday Weekend. Shops and galleries make your holiday shopping a pleasure while numerous restaurants and cafés showcase why Roswell is a foodie paradise. A thriving arts scene, a calendar filled with events, and accommodating lodging facilities add to the allure. visitroswellga.com

SA N TA C L AUS APPEAR ANCES Make your holiday parties a hit by adding Santa Claus to the guest list! David Doerrier has been bringing Kris Kringle to life for 19 years, delighting kids of all ages with his jolly appearances. Schedule Santa for your holiday event today, whether it’s a craft fair, photo session, family reunion or any festive activity. If Doerrier isn’t available, he can connect you to a network of reputable Santas to suit your needs. 770-794-8212, santahohoho.com

WHITE COUNT Y The city of Cleveland will celebrate its 14th Annual Christmas in the Mountains in the downtown square on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 3 – 8 p.m. Festivities include the North Pole playground, kid games, pony rides, inflatables, face painting, crazy hair pictures with Santa, arts & crafts and food. There will be live Christmas entertainment and the Annual Christmas in the Mountains Lighted Parade at 7 p.m., featuring Christmas characters, f loat s, vehicles, and Sant a. 706-865-5356, whitecountychamber.org „




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PERFORMING ARTS BY TH E WAY, M E E T V E R A S TA R K

[Through Nov. 10] This play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage tells the story of an aspiring actress trying to break the mold of stereotypical African-American film roles in 1930s Hollywood and the legacy she leaves on the film industry 70 years later. Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, 404-733-5000, alliancetheatre.org/verastark

G H O S T TH E M U S I C A L [Nov. 5 – 10] The Oscar-winning film “Ghost” has been adapted for the Broadway stage. Brought to you by Fifth Third Bank Broadway Atlanta. Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 800-278-4447, broadwayinatlanta.com

R A D I O C IT Y C H R I S TM A S S P E C TAC U L A R [Nov. 7 – 23] This all-new production brings the Rockettes to Atlanta. Experience the magic of Christmas like never before! Cobb Energy Center, Atlanta, 800-754-3000, ticketmaster.com

R U D O LP H TH E RED -NOSED REINDEER [Nov. 7 – Dec. 29] Based on the timeless 1964 stopmotion animated special, Rudolph and his friends will again take the stage in a jolly adventure for audiences of all ages. Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, 404-873-3391, puppet.org

AUTU M N P O R TR A IT S [Nov. 8 – 10] Eric Bass’ handcrafted puppets act out the “autumn” of their existence, meeting their pasts, their selves, and even their deaths. Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta, 404-873-3391, puppet.org

LIT TLE WO M E N [Nov. 15 – 17 & 22 – 24] The beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott comes to life in this faithful musical adaptation. City Center, Woodstock, 678-494-4251, elmstreetarts.org

[ THROUGH D E C. 15] Shadow Circus

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[Nov. 29 – Dec. 22] Gwinnett’s longest-running theatrical holiday tradition returns for its 18th season of a nostalgic musical revue including an awe-inspiring Festival of Trees. Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, 678-226-6222, auroratheatre.com

[Nov. 7 – 23] A marine-themed exhibit featuring noted Georgia artists Lucy Browning, Debra Nadelhoffer, Georgia Nagle and Daly Smith. Frameworks Gallery, Marietta, 770-973-6701, frameworksgallery.com

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[Through Dec. 10] A collection of 17 works by various 19th-century artists celebrates the life and work of literary and political figure Victor Hugo, including the 1903 bronze sculpture study by Jean Boucher. Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, 404-364-8555, museum.oglethorpe.edu

S H A D OW C I R C U S [Through Dec. 15] Exhibit features ceramic narrative sculptures by artist Kirsten Stingle and encaustic paintings by Lorraine Glessner. Marietta-Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, 770-528-1444, mariettacobbartmuseum.org 70

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H O LI DAY R OA D O P E N HOUSE WEEKEND [Nov. 8 – 10] Take a self-guided stroll through four North Georgia counties to enjoy creative studios, workshops and arts-centered events, with live demonstrations and learning presentations each day, brought to you by the North Georgia Arts Tour. White, Habersham, Rabun and Towns Counties, artstour.org

WO M E N O F WO O D S TO C K PA S T [Nov. 10 – 27] Woodstock Preservation Inc. announces an exhibit about seven intriguing women from Woodstock at the turn of the century. Woodstock Public Library, preservationswoodstock.com

S M A LL WO R K S S H OW [Nov. 29 – Dec. 31] Come get some of your holiday shopping done at this exhibit of not-so-tiny


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[Nov. 29] Drawing on inspiration from seventies folk artists, soul music and contemporary jazz, Lee performs music from his new album, “Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song.” Cobb Energy Center, Atlanta, 800-754-3000, ticketmaster.com

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[Nov. 8 – Dec. 13] Local singer, songwriter and worship artist Carisa Turner continues her coffee shop tour across the Northside on select Fridays at venues such as Inman Perk Coffee in Gainesville (Nov. 15) and Boulder Creek Coffee in Buford (Dec. 6). Various Northside venues, carisaturner.com

TU R K E Y E V E W ITH YAC HT R O C K R E V I E W [Nov. 27] Part ‘70s light rock tribute band, part comedy troupe, and part original act, the Yacht Rock Review is sure to be more fun to see than your relatives. Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org

PA R A M O R E [Nov. 27] The popular group stops by the Arena at Gwinnett Center as part of their self-titled tour promoting their new album, with special guests Metric and Hellogoodbye. The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, 888-9-AXS-TIX, gwinnettcenter.com

[Nov. 1] Northside Hospital is hosting this second annual event to raise financial assistance and support for families with newborns in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Last year’s event raised more than $40,000. This year’s festivities include live music, a silent auction, fine art by local artists, and a unique tasting event featuring decadent chocolates, artisan wines, scotch and delectable hors d-oeuvres. Villa Christina, Atlanta, 404-851-6285 or email patricia.daniel@northside.com

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H E M LO C K F E S T [Nov. 1 – 3] Gather in the mountains for this annual 3-day festival featuring live music, art and crafts, and informational sessions regarding the plight of the hemlock species. Proceeds are used to increase awareness of Eastern and Carolina Hemlock problems and provide financial support for area colleges in their efforts to save hemlocks. Dahlonega, hemlockfest.org

RIBBONS AND H O LLY H A N D C R A F TE D M A R K E T & B A K E S A LE [Nov. 2] Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church is hosting its 22nd annual market featuring finely crafted wares ranging from clothing and accessories to stationery, lighting, woodworking, seasonal decorations and more. Proceeds support Missions of the Friends & Faith PM Circle. Mt. Bethel UMC, Marietta, mtbethel.org

FA LL B A R G A I N ATA [Nov. 6 – 10] The Atlanta Section of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Fall Bargainata Sale features new and gently used designer clothing, shoes, purses, pointsnorthatlanta.com | November 2013 | Points North

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MT. Z I O N C R A F T S H OW [Nov. 8 – 9] This year’s show features 52 arts and crafts vendors, a silent auction, bake sale, Santa photos and door prize, with all proceeds benefitting women’s and children’s charities. Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Marietta, 770-971-1465, mtzionumw.org

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[Nov. 9] In celebration of the society’s 100th birthday and all of the saved lives and additional birthdays of cancer survivors, the ACS invites you to join them for this night of festivities including cocktails and silent auction, followed by dinner, entertainment and a live auction. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Buckhead, thebirthdaysballatl.org

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[Nov. 13] Architects, designers and engineers compete in a design-build competition to create giant works of sculptural art, made entirely out of canned and packaged foods. Celebrate the efforts at this gala, where proceeds benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. W Hotel – Midtown, Atlanta, sda-atlanta.org

B E TH A N Y C H R I S TI A N S E RV I C E S F E LLOW S H I P D I N N E R [Nov. 22] To celebrate National Adoption Month, Bethany Christian Services is holding its annual fundraiser to benefit special needs adoption, featuring a seated dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction, and special guest former Governor Sonny Perdue. Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, 770-455-7111, bethany.org/atlantadinner

G O B B LE J O G [Nov. 28] This annual charity walk/run event takes places on Marietta Square on Thanksgiving morning with proceeds from the event benefiting MUST Ministries. Guinness Book of World Records will be monitoring this event. East Park Square, Marietta, gobblejog.org

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[Nov. 7] Documentary filmmakers of “Cancer? Seriously?” and Muse Salon and Spa are teaming up to bring you this unique runway show and live auction featuring bras turned into works of art by professional artists and designers, homemakers and celebrities, organizations, survivors and supporters. The Metropolitan Club, Alpharetta, artbra.eventbrite.com

S W E E T WATE R ’ S “ B R E W YO U R C A S K O F F ” C A S K A LE F E S TI VA L [Nov. 9] SweetWater Brewery invites you to come out and sample cask ale at its finest with more than 90 special guest brewers from across the Southeast. The festival also includes live music, food trucks and tours of the brewery. Ticket price includes unlimited cask samples. SweetWater Brewing Company, Atlanta, brewyourcaskoff.com

S O UTH E A S TE R N I N D I A N S H E R ITAG E PROGRAM [Nov. 9] Discover Southeastern Native American heritage and culture through demonstrations, performances and discussions led by Native American artists and experts. Atlanta History Center, 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com/family

C H R I S TM A S I N R O S W E LL [Nov. 10 – Dec. 31] A variety of celebrations in numerous locations as the historic homes are dressed in seasonal splendor and open for tours, festivities in the historic


shopping districts, musical and dance performances, art, theater, a special 1850s Heirloom Holidays “Living History” Weekend, and more. Roswell, 770-640-3253, visitroswellga.com

M AG I C M O N DAYS : LE T ’ S B U I LD ! [Nov. 11] Toddlers and preschoolers can see how construction shaped Atlanta over time, learn about bulldozers and backhoes, and even construct their own buildings. Atlanta History Center, 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com

2 0 1 3 M ITC H E LL SPEAKERS SERIES: B R E N DA BY N U M [Nov. 14] Actress Brenda Bynum will perform a new piece based on the life of Georgia human rights advocate Lillian Smith, author of “Strange Fruit.” Covenant Presbyterian Church, Buckhead, covenantpresbyterian.us

A LE Y E A H ! B E E R TA S TI N G [Nov. 15] Local merchant Ale Yeah! is hosting a series of craft beer tastings with complementary finger foods and desserts at beautiful Barrington Hall in Roswell. Advance reservation is required. Barrington Hall, Roswell, 770-992-2246

H O M E F O R TH E H O LI DAYS D E S I G N E R S H OW H O U S E & M A R K E TP L AC E [Nov. 15 – Dec. 8] Dovetail Homes presents this newly constructed designer home open for tours, weekend workshops, seasonal activities and a gourmet café and specialty gift shop. 58 Blackland Road NW, Buckhead, atlantachristmashouse.com

E LE G A NT E LF M A R K E TP L AC E [Nov. 16 – 17] Carefully selected skilled artisans and vendors from around the world will be selling their unique and upscale gifts which include handmade jewelry, fine art, pottery, handbags, clothing,

gourmet delights and much more. Lake Forest Elementary School, Sandy Springs, sandyspringssociety.org

TH E S M ITH S O N I A N ’ S H I S TO RY O F A M E R I C A I N 1 0 1 O BJ E C T S [Nov. 20] Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian Institute, tells the story of the history of the United States through a collection of objects ranging from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to the digital age. Atlanta History Center, 404-814-4150, atlantahistorycenter.com/lectures

G LO B A L W I NTE R WO N D E R L A N D [Nov. 21 – Jan. 5] This spectacular lantern festival and multicultural theme park will make its Atlanta debut this holiday season, featuring Christmas-themed displays and massive recreations of architectural wonders, including the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The family event also includes carnival rides and games, international cuisine, live entertainment, and a celebration of holiday traditions from around the world. Turner Field, 770-723-3862, globalwonderland.com

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TH A N K S G I V I N G BRUNCH [Nov. 28] Celebrate with friends and family at the Ritz-Carlton’s abundant brunch brimming with more than 100 selections, from traditional breakfast favorites to seasonal specialties to an array of splendid desserts created by the hotel’s elite culinary team. Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 404-240-7035, opentable.com pointsnorthatlanta.com | November 2013 | Points North

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Sing Along. Head to Main Street in Alpharetta on Nov. 9 for the Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival. Local and nationally touring songwriters will take to the street to hum and strum original compositions, engaging listeners with the stories behind the songs in a series of small, intimate forums. At 7 p.m., the big stage opens for the Home by Dark Songwriters Show. Gourmet food, beer and wine will be available throughout the evening. 678-665-0040, awesomealpharetta.com Meet the Authors. What could be better than curling up with a good book on a brisk fall day? Heading down to the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody to meet the authors, of course! The 22nd annual Edition of the Book Festival runs from Nov. 2 – 17. Bring the little ones for the Family Reading Festival on Nov. 10, and enjoy programs by celebrated authors Pat Conroy, Scott Turow, Chris Matthews, Clark Howard and many more during this 15-day event. 678-812-4005, atlantajcc.org Get Festive. The holiday season is sneaking up fast, but no need to worry. The Sawnee Artists Association in Cumming has you covered with the 10th Annual Christmas in Central Park on Nov. 16 and 17. Shop for unique gifts from more than 90 original crafters, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, check out Santa’s workshop, or just enjoy the delicious homemade creations at the Sugar Plum Café and soak in the holiday entertainment. 678-936-6422, christmasincentralpark.com Savor and Save. Help save abandoned and abused animals while enjoying the savory flavors of Old World Gourmet’s Cracker Smack line of products. Throughout November, OWG will donate 10 percent of all Cracker Smack purchases to LifeLine Animal Project, which provides medical and behavioral rehabilitation for abandoned and abused animals with special needs. Use the Original or Coastal seasoning mixes to turn ordinary crackers into artisanal delights, perfect for pairing with your favorite fall stews, soups and chili. 770-445-8514, owgshoponline.com Take a Hike. Strap on your boots and join the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell to celebrate national Take a Hike Day on Nov. 17. Naturalists from the center will offer guided hikes along one of the six beautiful trails at 1 and 3 p.m., or adventure on your own for the Scavenger Hunt Challenge and earn prizes along the way. Families can also hunt for one or all of the 10 geocaches stashed inside the riverside park. 770-992-2055, chattnaturecenter.org


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