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Taste Of Marietta

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley

April 29

It’s that time of year again… the food trucks will be out in full force every Thursday beginning Apr. 19 at Alpharetta’s Food Truck Alley. This event takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Old Roswell Street through the summer. Enjoy a variety of 6–8 rotating food trucks and music each week. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music, and kick off the weekend a little early! Please note there will be no Food Truck Alley on May 3, due to Taste of Alpharetta.

The 2018 Taste of Marietta takes place on Sunday Apr. 29, from 11 a.m. to 7p.m. The annual event takes place in the historic Marietta Square, and features restaurants and caterers showcasing their best food. Over 75 restaurants highlighted by local favorites Seed Kitchen & Bar, Taqueria Tsunami, WR Social House, and The Butcher The Baker, just to name a few. Tastes range in price from $1 to $5. In addition, there are five live music stages and a sunset concert on the main stage in Glover Park. The event also features games for the kids in the Kid’s Alley, a sports corner, more than ten food trucks, and a cooking stage with celebrity chefs doing cooking demonstrations. The Taste of Marietta takes place rain or shine, and admission is free.


Taste Of East Cobb

May 5 Just in case you didn’t get enough from the Taste of Marietta, the folks in East Cobb are not to be out done so the following weekend we have the Taste of East Cobb. This event is held at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church located at 955 Johnson Ferry Road. You’ll be able to enjoy some music and food from great local restaurants from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. While there, you can also enjoy great live entertainment, the Kid’s Zone with giant inflatable’s and hands-on activities, unique products from local vendors, and a silent auction. For more information, please call 770-518-6441 or visit TasteOfEastCobb.com


Taste of Alpharetta

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Taste of Alpharetta is an annual tradition featuring over 60 restaurants in one fun night. At the event, held on May 3 from 5 to 10pm, you can sample delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from the top chefs around. Enjoy culinary demonstrations, activities for all ages and entertainment to please every palate. Admission is free, but you must purchase food tickets on site for $.50 each. The music stage will have harmonic rock/folk/R&B bands. The Taste of Alpharetta is located in Historic Downtown across from Alpharetta City Hall at 2 Park Plaza in Alpharetta. Free parking and shuttle system available.


Sandy Springs Arts Festival

April 21–22 The Sandy Springs Artsapalooza will be held Apr. 21–22, in of all places… Sandy Springs. This festival is a two-day outdoor festival bringing art to the streets of the city. The event will include a children’s play area, local musicians, interactive art stations, plus up to 150 arts and crafts participants in every discipline. The festival location is in the heart of Sandy Springs at 6100 Lake Forrest Drive.


Record Store Day

April 21 Celebrating the culture of independently owned record stores and all things vinyl, Record Store Day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores around the world. Hundreds of records are pressed specifically for Record Store Day, and are only distributed to shops participating in the event. Roswell’s own Mojo Vinyl will be celebrating the 11th Anniversary of the event at their store just off of Canton Street at 26 Webb St, Ste 2 in Historic Roswell. For more info visit mojovinylrecords.com or call 678-534-5042.



Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 6.0

April 21 & 22 The Vintage Computer Festival will have over 35,000 sq. ft. of displays, exhibits, and interactive entertainment hosted in what was previously a CompUSA Super Store located in East Roswell near Holcomb Bridge Road and Old Alabama Road. Exhibitors will be attending from all over the region and country. Attendees can operate many of the computers and devices on display, but a few rare computer exhibits will not be accessible for public interactivity. However, exhibitors are often available for live demonstrations of all working devices. For more info visit www.computermuseumofamerica.com. >>IT’S ALIVE!

Alive In Roswell

Third Thursday Each Month Formerly known as Alive After 5, this free street festival is held on the third Thursday of the month from April through October and is a metro Atlanta favorite. The event is held along Canton Street and in the Historic Roswell Square. The festival features live bands, food trucks, kid’s games, face painting, balloons, etc. and enjoys participation from the many boutiques, small businesses, and restaurants surrounding the venues. >>GET YER BIKES OUT!

Roswell Cycling Festival

April 21–29 Each year the Roswell Cycling Festival gets bigger and bigger, and the 2018 version is no exception. The weeklong festival celebrates all things cycling in the first Georgia city to receive the prestigious League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly Community designation. Recreational rides, educational events, and thrilling races highlight many exciting and action packed events and activities for all ages and skill levels. For a complete list of the various races and events please visit www.bikeroswell.com.

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By Tripp Liles There is an area of Milton that the locals refer to as Crabapple. It’s a little enclave of a community and at the heart of it lies a small mixed-use concept that is home to Olde Blind Dog, which is a great authentic pub. Those guys along with Pinnacle Beverage will be hosting the Big South Beer Festival at the Milton City Hall plaza on April 14 in support of Children’s Charities. As I’m sure you’re aware, the craft beer movement is more than a passing fad and there are numerous beer festivals all around including the Roswell Beer Festival we highlighted last month. But the Big South event will be unique in that it will feature a competition style format featuring AHA/BJCP (American Homebrewers Association and Beer Judges Certification Program) certified judges. They will judge beers from fifteen categories with each brewery able to enter three beers, one per category. The breweries participating will be from throughout the Southeast with many local favorites like Gate City Brewing and Abbey of the Holy Goats. This event came about as a general effort of local leaders to increase the awareness of the growing vibrant area. “This all started with (Milton) Mayor Lockwood saying we need a festival and you guys are going to do one… I said uh, okay,” stated Chuck Squires of Pinnacle Beverage. “We also knew we had to make this beneficial to everyone and we have Children’s Charities. They do great work… it’s a great charity.” For those of us not judging, all we have to do is enjoy the great spring weather and world-class beer. At the

event they will feature beers from 50 breweries from throughout the Southeast where you can sample as much as you wish, responsibly of course, in a customized tasting glass. Of course you cannot have beer without food and the event will feature samples from some of the best restaurants in the area. And let’s also not forget the entertainment, as there will be live music from Jack’s River Band and Process of Elimination. Jack’s River Band plays Southern Rock favorites and music from their latest album Woodland Creatures. Process Of Elimination plays hits from the 80s and 90s. “Goats in the Another unique Garden Elderflower aspect to this event is Saison,” from the fact that you will Abbey of the Holy be able to purchase Goats Brewery is many of the beers just one of many available. All beers you can sample at that have an appointed the festival. distributor in the Atlanta market will be available for sale. Purchases are facilitated through their mobile website www.bigsouthfestival.com. Open the mobile friendly site on your smart phone and purchase your free samples favorites, which can then be picked up at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe located at 12280 Houze Rd. in Alpharetta. Tickets to the event are $40 for the first 1,000 and $50 for all else. For more information visit www.bigsouthbeercompetition.com and for more info on Children’s Charities see our article on page 16. ❍




analysis with both your head and your heart. FOR YOUR HEAD Appeal to your logical side with an apples-to-apples comparison by examining the advisor’s background and business structure. You can get this information from their website, but also take advantage of resources such as the advisor’s Form ADV Part 2, FINRA’s BrokerCheck system, and other legally required disclosure statements. Next, determine how your advisor is paid—commissions, fee-only, or feeMeaningful based. If your advisor is compensated Conversations about through commissions, that means Money they’re paid by a third-party product By Robert Fezza and sponsor and may be exposed to conSteve Siders flicting incentives when recommending products or transactions. TransTrying to select a financial advisor is parency is key. With fee-only or complicated. The sheer number of fee-based arrangements, you can often choices and titles are bewildering and see clearly what you’re paying for in excomplex, and the quality of the advice change for what you’re receiving. If you you receive can literally make or can clearly understand how you combreak your family’s fortune. Who can pensate your advisor, chances are you trust? Some argue it’s a science, you’re receiving the impartial, productothers an art, but we suggest an neutral advice you deserve.




Review how an advisor would manage your money. Ask about their investment philosophy. Is it a methodical, advice-centric approach that can consistently serve your needs and that of your total wealth, or is it picking products at various times attempting to outguess what the market results will do? Find out where your money will be held—directly at their firm with statements generated internally, or at a fully independent custodian firm? A custodian offers transparency and accountability, not to mention all your necessary account statements and tax documents. Determine other variables that are important to you such as how easy will it be to work with the advisor? Are they responsive and proactive? How long have they been in business, how experienced are they? What are their core values? Do they use a team to serve you and answer your questions? “Trust, but verify.” The fiduciary standard is a stringent requirement for financial professionals. Ask if the advi-

sor acts as your fiduciary when providing investment and/or financial advice. Do they put your interests first and disclose any potential conflicts of interests? FOR YOUR HEART Now it’s time for your gut check. How do they make you feel? Do they respectfully answer your questions, even your candid inquiries, no matter how delicate? Do you feel understood and are you satisfied with their responses? Are they helping you in ways that are better than you expected to help you achieve your financial goals? Remember, it’s not only what an advisor knows, but how comfortable you will be working with the individual and their team over the long haul. Life’s a journey—navigate it wisely! Robert Fezza, CFP® and Steve Siders, CFP® own Odyssey Personal Financial Advisors, 500 Sun Valley Drive, Suite A-6, Roswell, GA. Their firm specializes in working with people who are serious about making progress toward financial goals. Odyssey manages portfolios greater than $250,000. 770-992-4444, www.odysseypfa.com. Securities offered through Cetera Financial Specialists LLC, member FINRA/SIPC.




Roswell Blooms with Fun During the Fourth Annual Roswell Azalea Festival

The azaleas are in full bloom at Smith Plantation, home to several events during the month-long Roswell Azalea Festival. The Roswell Azalea Festival is a month-long event throughout April with a multitude of activities for everyone. Throughout Roswell you’ll find beautiful azaleas coloring the landscape. In honor of all this glorious color, a month of celebratory events and activities is planned. There is fun for everyone and most of the events are free of charge. “The festival is a great source of local pride,” were sentiments expressed by Dotty Etris, Executive Director, Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau. The opportunity to purchase native Azaleas will kick-off the event on April 6 and 7 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Spring Plant Sale. Stock up and help beautify your yard and Roswell’s landscape. The Azalea Festival Gala will be held April 7. The fun evening event is presented by The Cottage School and this year’s honoree is Roswell Historical Society. The Azalea Festival Invitational Art Exhibition will run all month but a special Meet the Artists Reception, open to the public free of charge, will be held April 12, hosted by Synovus Bank’s Roswell Branch and Roswell Arts Fund. ArtAround Roswell’s opening celebration on April 14 exhibits works from ArtAround Roswell sculptures past and present, including David Landis, Michael Dillon, Chris Rothermel, Fred Ajanogha, with other artists to include Ann Bailey and Joan Hilliard. (Art will be available for purchase.) Don’t miss the Azalea Pops Music Series on April 22 at Bulloch Hall and on the 29th at Smith Plantation. The Pops is a series of outdoor band concerts at the Southern Trilogy Historic House Museums. Bring a lawn chair and picnic to enjoy the music in a historical setting. On April 28 there is The Garden Faire also at Bulloch Hall that will feature plant and garden art vendors, vintage fleatique, bake sale, food vendors, and live music. There is so much more such as: Theatre, art stroll, brewery celebrations, bicycle rides and festivities, cooking classes, a Pop-up Shop to benefit Mimosa Hall, hikes, Run the River 5K, 10K and Fun Run, fishing derby, scavenger hunt, garden tours, farmers and artisans markets, the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 6.0, a pancake breakfast, Beyond My Stone, and A Taste for Art. This list could go on but you get the point. For more info and a full list of activities visit www.roswellazaleafestival.com. ❍

By Fred Mills

The farm-to-table movement has never been stronger and there is no better way to build a direct line from a local farm to your table than by visiting one of our great local farmers markets. There are a multitude of markets in our area and this month we will focus on the big three in our area with highlights from each. The Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. ’til noon at Roswell City Hall, located at 38 Hill St. From the start, the market was called the “Riverside Farmers Market,” so named because the first location was a dirt parking area in Roswell’s Riverside Park. Excitement always followed the ritual ringing of the cowbell signifying the start of the market. The market quickly outgrew the parking facilities and moved to a sunny parking  lot behind Roswell City Hall. They feature a wide array of fresh fruits, vegetables, and unique baked goods from a variety of local farmers and bakers. They average over 1,200 people each week and there is plenty of parking. For more info visit roswellfam.com. The Alpharetta Farmers Market, opening on Apr.14, is one of the finest places in the area to enjoy fresh, locally sourced farmers’ products, delectable treats, and experience the Alpharetta community. Each week, the market offers locally grown produce; natural meat; gardeners with fresh flowers and plants; hand-crafted gifts, jellies, sauces, and soaps; homemade bread,

desserts and baked goods; local raw honey; food vendors; and other Southern food producers. Downtown Alpharetta merchants, wanting a place where residents could conveniently purchase fresh local produce, created the market in 2006. The first market was held under the old oak tree in the city parking lot. Since then, the Alpharetta Farmers Market has literally blossomed into a Saturday morning destination not to be missed. Their hours are each Sat. 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from mid-April through mid-October. At the corner of Milton Avenue and Old Canton Street in Downtown Historic Alpharetta, it is open to the public and admission is free. For more info visit alpharettafarmersmarket.com The Marietta Square Farmers Market is open all year on Saturdays but in May they add Sunday to the mix giving you an extra day of freshness. They average 65 vendors and hundreds of customers each week with a wide variety to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, if ever, available from the grocery store. They also have lots of the staples such as potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, and beans, in addition to patty pan squash, heirloom salad mix, amazing cut flower arrangements, local honey, herbal soaps, whole grain breads, jelly, jam, and preserves. They are open Sat., 9 a.m. to noon year ’round and Sundays, noon to 3 p.m., May through October. For more info visit www.mariettasquarefarmersmarket.com.








Before I get to the business side of residential real estate, I have some rather historical news to share. Recently the City of Roswell purchased Mimosa Hall (built in 1840) to save it from development. This was the result of local residents and Friends of Mimosa Hall and Gardens, who see the property as an asset and wish that it remain that way. But there is more to the story in that the friends of Mimosa are proposing to make it the oldest “net zero” building in the U.S. That means it will become a sustainable building by installing solar panels integrated “…there are into the roof, which can then use and store the energy. To numerous examples help facilitate this they are having a spring fundraiser on of builders placing Apr. 22 that will feature azaleas, ferns, artwork, and more. For more info on the event and Friends of Mimosa homes between Hall and Gardens visit www.friendsofmimosa.org. existing homes to As I have been mentioning for some time now, prices of maximize space.” our homes are inching ever northwards and in the metro Atlanta area we are outpacing the nation. The pressure on the local market will only be increasing as new people move to Atlanta and millennials move to the suburbs. Year over year Atlanta has added nearly 90,000 new residents, which is the third highest gain in the country. This is leading to bidding wars throughout the area, especially on homes under the $500,000 mark but now stretching into homes up to $1mil. Across Atlanta nearly 34 percent of homes were subject to bidding wars according to FMLS and property records. This, of course, means values are rising as area real estate is outpacing the national average. The median home sales price in Atlanta is up 9.8 percent year-over-year compared to 8.1 percent nationally. Homes on the market spent an average of 55 days there in Atlanta while the national average was 62 days. I would also stress that this is the metro average. In our area the average is closer to 14 days for homes under 500K. Housing inventory is also frightfully low with area supply at just 2.2 months, with more inventory in the higher end. There is some relief with several new large residential projects on the way but none of those are in our area. Locally, the market seems to be about maximizing existing land. In the historic district of Roswell for instance, there are numerous examples of builders placing homes between existing homes to maximize space. Also, there are examples of developers purchasing larger half-acre lots that now have just one home with the idea of putting two or more homes on the same land. These types of initiatives are resourceful but represent a very small answer to a large problem. This is leading to expansive growth just north of us in Forsyth County and to the west in Cherokee County. There are numerous examples of large-scale developments in the works or planning stages. It will be interesting to see how this affects us locally as residents and how politicians will continue to wrestle with the balance of good development and quality of life. ❍ Kirsten Ricci is a Roswell resident and a Berkshire Hathaway Agent who specializes in residential real estate in the north metro Atlanta area. She can be reached at 678-472-3832, kirsten@roswellrealty.net.




autism and supported Camp Joyful Soles, a Miltonbased camp for children with special needs, just to name a few. This 100% volunteer group could use your help in the final stages of funding a new park. The ambitious goal of $500,000 is within reach. They are planning an all-inclusive play park to be located in The City of Milton. Milton and Alpharetta have many parks but this one is definitely different. Children’s Charities wants to bring something unique to the city. This all-inclusive park is specifically designed to create a safe environment for kids of all abilities and disabilities. Most parks that are all inclusive have a couple of play pieces that are handicapped accessible; this park has over 65% of its By Amanda White pieces as accessible. The ramping system in the main Children’s Charities, based in Milton, is a non-profit structure alone is one of the largest in the state with organization that supports and funds the greatest zero clearance so that wheelchairs can access its corrineeds of children in our local counties, which range dors.  from equipment to programs to services. Their There are several ways for you to get involved and present efforts are focused on children with special have a great time too. One of the upcoming events needs. hosted by the group is the 6th Denim & Diamonds Children’s Charities has done amazing things for its Benefit, located at Shannondales Farm on April community in the past. Two for Children’s Healthcare 28. Tickets are $125 for reserved seating and $100 for of Atlanta were helping fund an Eye Tracking Device general admission.  Megan Jamison, Denim & that can detect signs of Autism in children as young Diamond Chair says: “Come and enjoy live music as two months old, and helping fund an emergency with the Pioneer Chicken Stand Band, live and silent transport vehicle. auction, a chance to win a one carat diamond, and They have developed an equine camp for kids with this year—food truck wars!” All of this will be in the





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covered riding ring. Wear your best jeans and bling and of course boots! Tickets are available at www.ChildrensCharitiesGA.org. Additionally, on the 19th of May, Children’s Charities along with Pinnacle Beverage will be hosting the Summer Opener Wine and Beer Festival. Enjoy beer and wine from around the world at Bell Memorial Park in Milton. Tickets are available at www.miltonsummeropener.com. For more info on Children’s Charities visit their site at www.ChildrensCharitiesGA.org.

More importantly, it provides an outdoor centerpiece around which friends and family can gather together, away from daily stressors (and electronic devices) that limit interpersonal relationships. “We’re on a mission to destroy the term ‘manning the grill,’” Horne said. “If you’re going to spend the time and energy and money to bring people together that you care about, then your experience should probably be better than sitting over in the corner while everybody else is having a good time.” The Kudu’s simplicity and versatility means that even the most novice cook can start grilling right away. If you’re a little more seasoned in the kitchen, you’ll find a wealth of online recipes and tutorials to help you “What I wanted to create was a company that was bigger than the grill itself,” Horne said. “Something that take your culinary skills to the next level. Above all, if the Kudu brings a little sense of braai inspired me so much was Africa, and the African stateside, then Horne’s mission will be accomplished. lifestyle. “I’ve had customers call me and say, ‘Stebin, I’ve “I had a friend that was a plumber, and we started owned the Kudu for six months and, in just that short putting together kind of our first prototype. We’d sort period of time, I’ve had more incredible conversations of have people come over, and we wouldn’t say much to around this grill than all my other grills combined,’” them. We’d just start cooking with it, [and] they were Horne said. “You can just do so much with it, but what fascinated with it.” you get out of it is something totally different than Thanks to its ability to suspend a variety of cooking surfaces over the fire, a Kudu allows its users to prepare something I think a lot of Americans are accustomed to.” multiple dishes at the same time. The grill can handle Contact Renasant Bank to see how you can build anything from burgers, flank steak, and stir-fry to panyour business of any size. ❍ cakes and homemade breads.

ith the introduction of the Kudu, grilling enthusiast and entrepreneur Stebin Horne has established a singular goal of introducing American diners to the social and culinary joys of braai—the Afrikaans term for what Americans consider a barbecue. His true purpose, however, goes beyond a simple meal. Horne wants to highlight the social and cultural characteristics that help define the gathering as well.



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APRIL IS DONATE LIFE MONTH By Jon-Paul Croom, president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital

Do you recall if you checked the box to become an organ donor the last time you renewed your driver’s license? If you don’t, I encourage you to pull out your license and check. If you are an organ donor you will have the word “Donor” and a small red heart in the lower right corner. If you are not a donor, and wish to become one, I will share a web link at the end of this article. But first, let’s review a few facts about organ donation: ◗ Today, more than 116,000 Americans are on a waiting list for a transplant. ◗ Last year, over 33,000 received transplants, but about 8,000 died because they did not receive an organ in time. ◗ 80% of patients on the waiting list need a kidney. ◗ 12% of patients are waiting on a liver. ◗ A single tissue donor can help more than 75 people. ◗ More than 138 Million Americans are registered organ, tissue, and eye donors. ◗ Virtually everyone, regardless of past medical history, may qualify as a donor. ◗ There is no age limit to become a donor. ◗ Donors may be living (for kidney and liver donations) or deceased. Becoming a donor can help many of our fellow Americans on the waiting list return to productive, normal lives. So, if you don’t have that little red heart on the bottom right corner of you

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Community Calendar APRIL through JUNE SUPPORT GROUPS Ostomy Support Group Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. Classroom C. This group is open to anyone who has or will have an ostomy and any friends, family or supporters. Call John Dorso at 678-694-8726 to register or to obtain more information.

Please call Sarah Bentley, RN, Oncology Services Manager, at 770-751-2556 for location and to register.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group

Every Fourth Saturday, 10–11 a.m. Classroom C. Please join our monthly support group for Stroke Support Group caregivers and family members of Last Wednesday of each month from individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or related disorders. 6:30 -7:30 p.m. ACE Dayroom. The support group offers a place to Please join Stroke survivors, caregivers, and families to share and share information, support each other and learn about resources in support one another. The group is your community. Call Christine at facilitated by the Stoke Program 404-786-3433 for more Coordinator and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. information. RSVP to Keisha C. Brown at keishac@thriveworks.com, or call COMMUNITY 404-229-9639.


BLS for Healthcare Providers* license, you can easily register by going to this website: www.DonateLifeGeorgia.org/register. On April 11 at 11:30 a.m. we will raise the Donate Life flag in honor of those who have given the gift of life through organ donation. If you would like to know more about Donate Life Month or about Georgia’s organ recovery organization, LifeLink of Georgia, please go to www.lifelinkfoundation.org. I believe this year’s campaign slogan, borrowed from the great Maya Angelou, encapsulates the true message of all of us who give this gift of life: “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” ❍

Saturday 4/28, 9–3 p.m. $60 This course is designed for healthcare providers and professionals.

Diabetes SelfManagement Workshop Saturdays , 4/14, 5/12 and 6/9 The Diabetes Association of Atlanta (DAA) offers classes at WellStar North Fulton Hospital to teach diabetes self-management skills. Call Patricia at 404-527-7180 for more information and to register.

Maternity Tours Please join one of our Women’s Health nurses in the hospital atrium on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. for a guided tour of the Labor and Delivery suites, Mother/ Baby Unit and the Neonatal ICU.

Water Birth Thursdays, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, 5/31, 6/14, and 6/28 at 7 p.m. Registration required. For couples desiring to learn about the option of a water birth delivery. Completion of the class is required to be considered for water birth at WNFH. $30.00 per couple.

Epilepsy Support Group Heartsaver CPR/AED/ Third Wednesday of every month; First Aid* 7–9 p.m. Classrooms A/B. People

For more information on classes, to register, or to find a physician, call 770-956-STAR (7827) or visit Saturday 5 19, 9–3 p.m. with epilepsy as well as their family www.wellstar.org. This course is for the community and care-providers are invited to *AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart and will provide a card upon Association strongly promotes attend this support group. The completion. knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS meetings will provide time for and PALS and has developed instructional attendees to share helpful Friends and Family materials for this purpose. Use of these information and resources from materials in an educational course does CPR* their own experiences. Please not represent course sponsorship by the contact Tim for more information at Saturday 6/16, 10-12 p.m. $25 American Heart Association, and any 770-667-9363. CPR course fees charged for such a course do not for those who represent income to the Association.

Breast Cancer Support Group

First Thursday of every month, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cope and connect with others who are facing the same struggles.

do not need a course completion card.

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Patients in North Fulton to benefit from this outpatient surgery channel, minimizing the leaking caused by daily activities like coughing or sneezing,” explained Dr. Alphonse who recently completed his training to perform this procedure. The procedure takes around one hour and a half and patients are able to go home the same day. Results are It is estimated that out of the almost almost immediate and the success rate 25 million Americans who have urinary is more than 90 percent. “For those incontinence, 5 million are men. who are outside of this success rate “Men have difficulties talking about there are still other alternatives we can it,” said WellStar Medical Group urolo- try,” said Dr. Alphonse. gist Paul Alphonse, M.D. “The good A common problem news is that there are ways of treating Between 2 and 15 percent of men it.” ages 15 to 64, and 5 to 15 percent of Dr. Alphonse is now offering a proce- men over 60 who live at home (as dure to minimize leakage associated to opposed to a nursing home), have male incontinence at WellStar North incontinence, according to the National Fulton Hospital. Association for Continence (NAFC). This procedure consists of inserting The ideal candidate for this surgery a synthetic mesh or sling in the groin is a man who uses two or three pads area to compress the urethra under it. per day. It is offered to patients who have had prostate cancer removed or “The sling closes the urinary

It’s not men’s favorite subject, but male incontinence happens more often than what we think.

Dr. Paul Alphonse is now offering a procedure to minimize leakage associated to male incontinence at WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

who have gone through radiation treatment, among others. It is also a good alternative for patients who do not want, or do not have the manual dexterity, to use larger, more invasive devices. Patients who undergo this procedure are asked to refrain from heavy lifting and sexual activity for eight weeks, to allow the body to assimilate the mesh. “This is a great option for patients in the North Fulton area. We want to bring these innovative procedures to our community and continue to offer world-class care close to home,” said Dr. Alphonse. “From a men’s health standpoint, at WellStar we want to provide an array of treatments on everything and anything that men may need,” expressed Dr. Alphonse. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Alphonse, call WellStar Medical Group Urology at 470-956-4230. ❍

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ANSWER: I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but I spent most of my life in Atlanta. My family moved here during my high school years. Other than my medical training, I have called Atlanta home ever since.

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SPECIAL EVENTS Speaking about Wellness for Women & Healthy Aging 2018 Quarterly Seminars

Healthy Breasts for Life: beyond October and Pink Ribbons


Tuesday May 15 Join us for a discussion of breast health and breast changes across a lifetime. Know what’s normal and when to seek medical attention. What are the latest exam recommendations and advantages of 3D mammogram screenings? Laura Rivers Pearson, MD, FACS, WellStar Medical Group Breast Surgeon and Sarah Bentley RN, Oncology Services Manager/Breast Nurse Navigator


Maintaining Your Strength, Balance and Flexibility for Fall and Injury Prevention


ANSWER: When I was younger, my father’s job was transferred to Atlanta. I met my future bride when I was visiting Atlanta during the winter break of my first year of medical school. After residency training, we both wanted to move back to be close to our families. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UROLOGY AS YOUR SPECIALTY?

ANSWER: If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be “variety.” The field of urology includes the treatment of a tremendous variety of conditions in all age groups, whether it be with a medication, a minor procedure, a more intricate surgery, or merely some sound advice. Having all of these options available has allowed me to choose several areas of interest, robotic surgery being my primary focus.



Dr. Scott Miller has been a regular guest and host of the WSB Radio program, The Weekly Check-Up with Dr. Bruce Feinberg since its inception. Dr. Miller helps bring together guests from various healthcare fields, interviews with health and fitness experts, and provide tips to help listeners lead better, healthier lives.

ANSWER: Robotic surgery allows me to provide patients with a precise method to treat their surgical conditions, and at the same time minimize their recovery. Not only can robotic surgery be performed through incisions as small both uplifting and stress-relieving. Playing guitar as the width of a finger, the brightly lit and highly and writing music gives me a creative outlet that magnified view with telescopic surgery allows a enhances many other aspects of my life. level of precision and access to the anatomy that is WHERE DO YOU GET INSPIRATION FOR A unmatched by traditional large-incision surgery.





ANSWER: For me, lyrics tend to come from observations, whereas the music come from what I am feeling at the time. I find that the music is easier ANSWER: WellStar’s vision is to bring world-class to write than the lyrics. healthcare close to home. WellStar North Fulton AS A UROLOGIST WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE Hospital is committed to providing not only the FOR MEN AND WOMEN? latest medical technologies, but also the expertise from the most experienced physicians and health- ANSWER: A lot of patients ask me how they can keep their kidneys and bladder healthy. I always care teams. tell them to start with their heart. Whatever keeps WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? the heart healthy will keep the rest of the body ANSWER: When not taking care of patients, healthy. Exercise, a healthy diet, and a good night’s my favorite thing to do is spend time with my sleep will allow our incredible machine to run at family. I also enjoy exercising and playing guitar. high capacity for a long time. This three-prong approach is the key to a healthy immune system and WHAT ROLE DOES MUSIC PLAY IN YOUR LIFE? ANSWER: For me, music is therapeutic. It is a rich blood supply to all of our important parts. ❍


Tuesday April 24 Strength, balance and flexibility are important at any age, but we have to work harder as we age to maintain it. Join us as a Physical Therapist from WellStar North Fulton’s Rehabilitation Department will review exercises and activities to help you stay at your best. You will also learn some simple tips to make your home safer to aid in the prevention of falls. Presented by: A Physical Therapist from WellStar North Fulton Hospital Rehabilitation Doors open for dinner: 6 p.m. Program presentation: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per program Contact 770-956-STAR (7827) for more information on the series topics.

Medication Take Back Day Saturday April 28 from 10a.m.-2p.m. Roswell Recycling Center Drop off unused medications or Sharps for safe deposal

LifeSouth Blood Drive Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Give blood, and help save up to three lives with just one donation. Walk- ins welcomed

Men’s Health Thursday, June 21 Join Paul Alphonse, M.D., FACS, WellStar Medical Group Urologist in a discussion on issues men face. Doors open for dinner at 6 p.m. with presentation at 6:30 p.m. Event is free but registration is required.




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Matters of the heart: IS GENETIC TESTING RIGHT FOR YOU? By Amy Bradley, MMSc CGC, certified genetic counselor, WellStar Health System

Genetic testing has become more accessible but many people still have questions surrounding the topic. Should I have genetic testing? Do I really want to know if I’m at risk? What do I do if I have a gene mutation? Am I a candidate for genetic testing? There’s no definitive answer. Genetic testing isn’t for everybody. But it can be highly beneficial for some. Genetic counselors help people decide if testing is right for them and what to do with the results. Genetic testing can be helpful for expectant mothers as well as people who have a family history or a diagnosis of cancer Amy Bradley, MMSc CGC or heart problems. Celebrities like President Jimmy Carter and actress Angelina Jolie have brought awareness to genetic testing for cancer in recent years. For Jolie, she made headlines when doctors discovered a gene mutation and she took preventative measures to lower her risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Which cardiac conditions do these tests look for? I work with individuals who have a personal or family history of heart problems. That can include sudden cardiac arrest or death, aortic aneurysm, irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), disease of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy) and congenital (structural) heart disease. Many of these inherited cardiac conditions can cause sudden cardiac arrest and death. They can affect anyone of any age, including infants and children. If someone has a personal history of a cardiomyopathy and/or if there is a family history, testing can help determine if there is a genetic or hereditary reason for the condition. Knowing the exact genetic cause in a family can help other family members determine if they too could be at a high risk for developing the condition. This helps the family be prepared with information about appropriate screening and symptoms for faster treatment if necessary. Testing is not always the right choice for every family. In those cases, we discuss other options; one example is an occasional echocardiogram—an ultrasound of the heart. The ideal scenario is to start with the patient who has the diagnosis. If a patient with a known condition (like long QT syndrome) has a gene mutation, then first degree relatives (mother, father, siblings, children) have a 50 percent chance to have the same mutation.

How do I know if genetic testing is right for me? It can be hard to decipher what all of this means and who might benefit from genetic testing. Genetic counselors at WellStar work with individuals— both children and adults—and families to discuss family histories and find

patterns of heritable disease. If there’s a compelling reason to test, we discuss what that information could mean and what type of impact it will have on their lives. Genetic testing is a tool to help people and their families in their pursuit of living the best life possible. It is often covered by insurance. What is known evolves as we learn more over time. And when people have questions, it’s helpful to know that genetic counselors are available close to home. Amy Bradley is a genetic counselor for WellStar Health System, serving patients at locations across the Atlanta metro at the only adult cardiac genetic counseling program in Georgia. Bradley earned a bachelor’s of science degree in biology at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. and a master’s degree in human genetics and genetic counseling at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. She is board-certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and the American College of Cardiology. For more information about WellStar’s Genetics Program, contact 770-793-7472 or genetics@wellstar.org. ❍

By Spalding Negron

The Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 6.0 will be held on Apr. 21 and 22, featuring a comprehensive look at the early days of computing. Hosted by the Computer Museum of America and presented by the Atlanta Historical Computing Society, this unique computer festival features speakers, exhibits, vendors, hands-on activities, and computer consignment. The festival offers popular hands-on electronic projects, soldering, and fun Do-It-Yourself game kits for children and adults. Experience the digital evolution through collectibles and restored machines on display in vendor’s booths. Visit special demonstrations and exhibitors including the Duct-Ties and Zip-Tapes a FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge team, Kids 4 Coding a program inspiring youth through hands-on projects and challenges designed to propel kids to tech readiness, and the Southeastern Mechanical Keyboard Enthusiasts group. For two days only, be the first to preview the Computer Museum of America’s first exhibit during the development process, featuring iconic artifacts including a Cray 1A, Cray 1M, and a Connection Machine. During the festival, visitors will have an

opportunity to see plans of the future exhibits as well as architectural plans, a 3D model and drawings on display. This community event is open to the public, computer lovers, hobbyists, IT professionals, makers, future inventors, families and children interested in STEM/STEAM, and curious onlookers. A live auction will offer bidders a chance to start or expand their personal computer collections. VCFSE 6.0 takes place at Roswell Town Center, 5000 Commerce Parkway, in Roswell. The hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sat. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sun. Admission is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass for admission to the festival and museum. Children ages 17 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. College students are admitted free with student ID. www.computermuseumofamerica.com




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I’m sitting on the floor of my office with papers and documents strewn all around me. Tax day approaches and I’m still not done with taxes, thank you very much. Preparation is especially dreadful for someone who is into words and not into numbers. ¶ My life, and the lives of many of you, revolves around the accumulation of deductions. And therein lies the murder, the lunacy, the beating of heads against the wall, and the running around like a maniac, while the searching of folders, and the search for folders drives tax preparation. Deductions make the world go ‘round.



staff learned how to prepare some authentic recipes. As a result of Kanwal’s involvement, our culinary team has committed to an ongoing creative process that will lead to more vegetarian offerings on our menus. And we are pleased to offer a diversified cuisine that meets the needs of all of our residents. At St. George Village, we welcome suggestions about incorporating some and encourage input from our vegetarian dishes into the daily residents. Their ideas and suggestions menus. Immediately, the team went to help us create new opportunities that work on creating some recipes based benefit our entire community. Come on Kanwal’s suggestions. see how residents are part of the Next, Kanwal approached Culinary collaboration that’s at the heart of St. Services Director Daniel Shaffer about George Village! Call Stacy at the possibility of inviting two of his 678-987-0402 for more information. friends to come teach a cooking class Find more details about our St. George Village resident Kanwal Raheja on Indian cuisine to the culinary community, lifestyle and residents at (foreground) initiated a cooking class on Indian team. Agreeing that it was a fine idea, www.stgeorgevillage.org. Follow us on cuisine that resulted in fresh new vegetarian options Daniel scheduled the class, where the Facebook and Pinterest, too! on the community’s dining menus.


ommunity collaboration. Nothing is more representative of the spirit of St. George Village than those two words. And no one is more valuable to the collaborative process than our residents! For example, an interesting suggestion from resident Kanwal Raheja resulted in a partnership that ultimately brought some fresh new options to our dining menus. When Kanwal moved to St. George Village, he knew the community did not offer his native Indian cuisine. However, he also knew that, as a life plan retirement community, St. George Village embraces a personcentered approach that encourages residents to actively participate and contribute ideas that are part of the community’s continuing evolution. With that in mind, Kanwal approached our culinary staff with

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what I find while I’m supposed to be searching for one piece of paper. My office floor becomes a graveyard of dozens of pieces of material that need to be in one of two piles: “shred” or “toss.” I love purging files. After three hours of wasted time, though, I move on to the downer 1099 search once again. Then it happens. I have moved on to another file drawer, still coming up empty-handed, until I pick up a file called “Miss Kitty.” As you know, Miss Kitty is, well, our kitty. I keep a file for her veterinarian receipts and health insurance information. Miss Kitty’s only job is to eat, sleep and use her litter box. Why Miss Kitty needs a 1099 in her file is a mystery that only the universe can solve. But doggone it, there it was, one drawer and a “How in the world?” away. Such is my life during tax time. My dream is that our return will go out in March, instead of April, to reduce the attention it takes away from my daily tasks. I’d say January or February, but that hasn’t happened in 30 years. You’d think I’d know by now that April 14th or 15th will be our big day, when I breathe out after the carnage. Either that or I cry, based upon the size of the check that goes out the door. However, even while working with my bookkeeper and tax preparer, there is always something missing, and no, I can’t find it. I envy those of you who can decipher tax law and prepare their own returns. I use tax preparers because, ladies and gentlemen, I have no idea how any of you negotiate the labyrinth of forms. I could take comfort that the torture of the angst, stress, and overload I’m feeling over my tax preparation and return, and the funk of April 15th, are shared by everyone everywhere in the country. We all breathe a collective “amen” when it’s over. But first, I must plow through papers, and you must plow through papers. If you’re already done, my friends, may torture be upon you in an equally abysmal way. Perhaps by tackling the garage during springcleaning? ❍


Truth is, I am a woman who can’t find her rump with both hands, and, as I’ve mentioned many times before, my office usually looks like a bomb blast. Yet, I have the gruesome distinction of being the tax fall guy in our household. Not that I’m any good at it, mind you, but my husband wants nothing to do with the critical crazy-making tally of deductions. This means that all year long, I work at making sure that deductions are filed appropriately, with everything in its place. Right. I try to maintain order in collecting papers that belong here, there, and everywhere, deluding myself that this year will be different. How on earth do I think it will even be a possibility? “Oh, come on!” I think to myself as I dig through files to find a stray 1099 that, for some reason, didn’t make it into the appropriate place. Every year, I designate a file for my 1099s, and one for my husband’s unintelligible packet of paperwork. How did they come up with all of these squares of numbers that are crosschecked, added onto, and referenced like “if this, go there; if not, continue to elsewhere;” and “add line 5 to line 54, and if it’s greater than X, move it into outer space.” Good heavens there are permutational mazes of additional computations! And that’s just one form. Then, there are my expense receipts. Although they are manna from heaven for the self-employed, organizing them usually means putting them in a pile. Now, back to the stray 1099. How can a 1099 be missing? This brings on the nightmare experience of having to dig through all everyday files to find the missing document that must surely have been put in the wrong folder or, I admit, at the bottom of a stack. Digging into folder after folder, I rifle though pages and documents hoping to find it. I start with folders in close proximity to the proper 1099 folder. No luck. And then I do something really dumb. I decide that each folder clearly has too much old material and worthless junk in it. So, yes, I start to reorganize and toss the you-know-




Fragrance in the

GARDEN How many Northsiders consciously plant fragrant plants?

The intense aroma of Daphne draws you into the garden. Photo: Miya/Wikimedia Commons Green Scene by Geri Laufer

Typically, people are more used to thinking about the visual impact of gardens. Garden legend Louise Beebe Wilder wrote, “We plan deliberately for color harmony, but who plants deliberately for a succession of sweet scents locate fragrant plants for maximum throughout the year?” When visiting a garden, there are few events more appealing than walking into a backyard and smelling the fragrance of daphne and native azaleas in the spring, or turning your head to catch the sweetness of lilies on the summer air; the intense aroma of tea olives in the fall, or edgeworthia and winter sweet in winter. It’s easy to add fragrance to your landscape. Consider location in your landscape and make a fragrance plan Fragrance is often overlooked in planning a garden but it need not be. Here are ten suggestions for where to

impact ”Fragrant Magnet” concept Author James Adams in Landscaping with Herbs recommended planting flowers and herbs with similar fragrances for a combined effect that is more intense and long-lasting than any single aroma. Awhile back (1996!) I wrote an article in Herb Companion magazine about my lemon garden that included lemon verbena, balm, thyme, mint, eucalyptus, grass, and geranium! Transitional spaces Walkways, narrow side-yards, breezeways (called “breezeways”


Old fashioned roses like this moss rose retain their fragrance. Photo: Geri Laufer

because they influence air flow and air currents) are perfect areas to use airborne fragrance. Walled courtyard Sheltered enclosures that are screened from prevailing winds so the air is fairly still can increase the impact of plant scent and sweet flowers. Porches, patios and decks It’s good to link fragrance with seating where people gather or linger. This takes advantage of evening-blooming plants like moonflower vine, nightblooming cereus and tropical water lilies in an ornamental pond. Entrances Great places to plant fragrant plants are heavily-used areas with lots of traffic such as the front or back door. This causes you to brush against fragrant leaves to release the scent Gates, gateways, pass-throughs and entryways Here you slow down and the fragrance beckons you in. Paving, stepping stones, walkways, and paths Creepers and ground covers planted between pavers on flagstone or paver pathways are designed to be stepped on to release the fragrance. At the independent garden center choose the fragrant plants from a branded line called “Stepables.” Under benches Similarly, these low-growing herbs release fragrance when feet tread on those planted under a bench or garden seat.

Trellises, arches, pergolas, and arbors Planting fragrant vines overhead brings the blossoms up to nose level. Garden author Stephen Lacey recommends planting at “nose height.” This also occurs at the top of a flight of outdoor steps or on retaining walls. Window boxes and containers Just outside a window, hanging over the deck railing, a window box can scent both the outdoors and inside, as breezes enter an open window in the home.

Pineapple Mint lends a spot of color along with its sweet aroma. Photo: Geri Laufer

The many advantages of containers include their flexibility, movability and decorative aspects. This year, include a few fragrant plants when planting the flashy colorful ones. ❍ Geri Laufer lives in Atlanta, where she, graphic designer husband David, and English Coonhound Lily are working on designing and installing a new landscape for their new old house.




Roswell Has Great Food


Note the long shot. That’s ZuZZu across the street and it appears that the restaurant itself is hard enough to see. That’s a disaster. By Frank Mack

I’ve been your local food writer for eight years. With my eyes open and head up I have been driving from place to place. Often more than one place a night. You can’t be me and hold still on a stool anywhere for long. That equals thousands of miles and who knows how many hours that I have spent looking right at the restaurant business in Roswell, East Cobb, Alpharetta and all our surrounding communities. Every article takes me to the place and allows me to look all around. Couple that with the fact that I grew up in the business… that’s the research. So I can say without a doubt that I am now some self-proclaimed know-itall on both restaurants and the areas they are in. I have come to two conclusions. Number one is a good Italian red meat sauce is darn near impossible to find outside of the highest of the high end joints. I love Osteria Mattone and the others but that white linen thing can be off-putting when you just want a casual meal that doesn’t require a credit check.

We could argue for days about the hint of what herb makes a sauce hit your sweet spot. But what makes the top quality is unalterable. I’ll start with no water in my dish, that’s sloppy, distasteful, unforgivable and harder to achieve than you think. When I part the sauce at the bottom of my dish it should shimmer and sparkle. There should be nothing but the natural oils of the ingredients themselves and proof of the hours in reduction. And the pasta? Al dente my eye. Just cook it


At ZuZZu its’ tiny, it’s all fresh, handmade bread, deep oils, lovely vinegar, salads to die for, carpaccio is delightful, service at its own pace. right and drain it really well. Number two is that no restaurant, retail, or business can survive without proper access to it, which includes both streets up to it and free parking at or near it. All of this is leading to ZuZZu as a perfect example of both a great sauce but a lousy parking situation. The food pictures speak for themselves. Those are photos of my actual dinner. It was amazing and honest, you must go. They feature authentic Sicilian fare highlighted by pizza from a wood-burning oven and a ZuZZu, 42 Oak St Suite B, Roswell GA 30075 variety of handmade pastas and 404-441-2609 www.zuzzuroswell.com sauces that are superb and delightfully simple. ZuZZu is located at 42 Oak Street in Roswell. For more visit them online at zuzzuroswell.com. I know these little places inside and out. I know how they work. I’m fourth generation restaurant. And at the ripe old age of 60, I know a few things about development, infrastructure and what grows and what dies. In Roswell, ZuZZu is the example, while Canton Street is the larger problem. And I think Roswell’s last chance is here and now. Nearly a decade ago, several hard working innovative restaurateurs like Ryan Pernice of Table & Main and Hicham Azhari of Salt Factory changed the culture of Roswell. But the city has done little over the past few years to support them and now it’s time to invest in Roswell. Build parking, manage parking, and accept that it’s the proper function of your city to step in and take this over. Or watch it drain off and away. With whatever replaces it being less, for everyone. That’s my opinion anyway. How I see it. I love Roswell’s little hometown feel to death. It’s history, trees, creeks, and for the most part… all y’all. But this infrastructure talk has been analyzed to death and the restaurants in the area cannot sustain a long-term business model without a common solution to poor parking. This has been debated in Roswell politics for several years and over many elections with zero done about the problem. In the time Roswell has spent JUST contemplating the parking problem in the historic district, the city of Alpharetta held community meetings, voted on and built a parking deck. For those of you in search of a great little spot please check out ZuZZu. It’s a gem for us locals. I want to see it do well. And for those of you who live in Roswell please take a look at the parking problem. I know its kind of like politics… shiver. But it’s even more important than that. This is about dinner. And darn it all. That’s where I draw the line. ❍

RESTAURANT NOTES So I mentioned the two legends in the local culinary scene and I have some news from each of them. And as the theme of this article would suggest, these men have invested a lot of money in new places… other than Roswell. Little Alley, which opened in 2012 on Canton Street, is set to open a new spot on May 7 at 3500 Lenox Road in One Alliance Center. Little Alley Buckhead will serve lunch and dinner and feature a 2,500-square-foot patio with a full bar. Little Alley owners Hicham Azhari and Fikret Kovac started as restaurateurs in 2005 with the closed Little Alley Tapas in a little strip right near City Antiques. They’ve also opened Salt Factory Pub and The Real Fix Pizzeria. Chef Woolery at Table & Main And for our other local legend Ryan Pernice… and Beverage this spring. Located in he just keeps motoring along. His company RO Hospitality will be opening Coalition Food downtown Alpharetta, which has ample parking, Coalition Food and Beverage will be the third chefdriven restaurant by the team that launched Roswell’s Table & Main and Osteria Mattone. According to the press release: “Overall, Coalition Food and Beverage will offer a place for families and neighbors to gather for a common purpose: enjoying expressive, chef-driven American cuisine, carefully crafted drinks, warm hospitality, and the spirited companionship of your guests.” All you have to do is see what these guys have done for the local economy and know they deserve our government to invest in them. I know these new places will be successful without my well wishes but they get them anyway. ❍ Coalition pop-up ribs



public speaker, a strategic adviser and a multi-awardwinning veteran journalist and news executive. The theme for this year is “Pray for America… Unity” and that is a fitting sentiment for how the North Fulton Rotary Club came to sponsor this event. By Tripp Liles “The club (founded in 2000) sought a service projThe National Day of Prayer is an annual observance ect that would have an impact on the community and held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of that could be a recurring event, not just a one-time all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 project. Several club members had attended the by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, Atlanta Rotary Club’s prayer breakfast,” Murray and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. stated. “So the decision was made that we would hold Locally there are several observances, but one of the the North Fulton Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.” largest is held by the North Fulton Rotary Club at The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are available their annual North Fulton Interfaith Prayer Breakfast for businesses or individuals. If you want to attend or on May 3 at The Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta. get involved, visit www.NorthFultonRotary.org. This This is a non-denominational event that involves marks the sixteenth event and it gets bigger and betmany different faiths and is held with the idea of supter each year and memories are sure to be made. porting unity and stressing the power of prayer. The “Over the years, I have a number of memories,” North Fulton Interfaith Prayer Breakfast features said Mike Mudd, North Fulton Rotary Club musical performances and inspirational messages North Fulton Rotarians: Steve Siders, Scott Murray, and Mike Mudd. president. “The first prayer breakfast was held in from spiritual leaders of numerous faiths. 2002 with Habitat for Humanity founder Millard and impacting our leaders.  They create a desire for “The goal of  the North Fulton Interfaith Prayer Fuller as the keynote speaker. Three of the next six citizens to become involved and also to remind us of Breakfast  is to reach people, particularly in the years featured college football coaches Mark Richt, our country’s spiritual heritage.” business community, within the entire  North Past keynote speakers have included Ambassador Chan Gailey, and Bill Curry. Perhaps my favorite moFulton  area,” said Scott Murray of Rotary Club of Andrew Young, Kenneth Desimone, Bill Curry, Dr. ment was in May 2013 when Ambassador Andrew North Fulton. “These types of events have shown to Betty Siegel, Col. Michael Steele, and Alana Young delivered the keynote message to Pray for be highly effective at reaching into our community Shephard. This year’s keynote is by Parisa Khosravi, a America.” ❍


Plan Your Family Reunion in Awesome Alpharetta



amily is a big part of everyone’s life, and these days, there are numerous ways to keep in touch with them. Social media is, of course, a big part of this, but seeing someone in person is much more rewarding than looking at photos or major family milestones on your phone. So how about planning a family reunion and inviting your family into Alpharetta for the weekend? If the thought of organizing said reunion seems intimidating, then make plans to attend the Alpharetta Family Reunion Workshop, presented by the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. This is a free event on Saturday, April 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn off Windward Parkway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There, you will learn about all the wonderful things that Alpharetta has to offer for reunion groups including park pavilion facilities, area attractions, hotels and information on organization and planning your very own reunion. “The most common mistakes people make when planning a family reunion are not giving yourself enough time to plan, having too many people involved with planning, and not using a reunion specialist, like the Alpharetta CVB, to assist with planning,” said Darryl Singleton, a local family

expand even the most discriminating palate. Don’t 1. forget Alpharetta is easily 2. connected to metro Atlanta so transportation 3. for out of town guests is easily accessible via major 4. interstates and the international airport. With family living in distant 5. locations these days, planning for travel time is vitally important. reunion planner who will be at this year’s event. At the Alpharetta Family Reunion Workshop, Learning lessons from the pros, who do this there will be assistance for group hotel regularly, is a huge advantage in planning a reunion accommodations, guides to local parks and area to be successfully remembered by your family for years to come. Having a location that is desirable and attractions, welcome bags with visitors guides and maps, and suggestions for catering, as well as vendor fun will also get your family’s attention. And and transportation needs. Alpharetta certainly meets that criteria. To secure your workshop reservation, visit With a robust downtown and exciting destinations awesomealpharetta.com or contact Hala Shell at like Avalon, North Point Mall and The Big Creek Greenway, Alpharetta is a winner for reunion groups. hala@awesomealpharetta.com or 678-297-2811. Can’t make it to the workshop but still want to learn If your family is divided between craft beer vs. vino more about planning a reunion in Alpharetta? and burgers vs. health food, the 200+ local Contact Hala and she will be happy to help you! restaurants offer an abundance of opportunities to REUNION PLANNING INSIDER TIPS: Survey your family to find a date that works for the majority and book it. Involve all the generations in the planning process. Plan games to get everyone talking : ice breakers, bingo, etc. Incorporate some downtime for everyone. Not every second of the reunion weekend has to be actionpacked. Create a budget and stick to it. Treat the reunion like a business with its own checking account and such.

Alpharetta’s Family Reunion Workshop • Saturday, April 21, 2018 • Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North Alpharetta • 4025 Windward Plaza • 10am-1pm

By Mark Penstone


This month I start a new column that will shine a light on the many people who make amazing contributions to our community. I’m speaking about small business owners and our local business community as a whole. As the owner of a small business, I know firsthand what we go though and each month I meet some really great folks, so this will be my space to make the introductions each month. The Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance (pictured) broke ground on a new building and complex, named Centre Pointe, which is located at the intersection of Houze Road and Houze Way and will open in 2019. The new studio will feature six professional studios and fabulous amenities for the dancers, families, and guests. The retail spaces will offer clients and residents the best in location, consumer traffic, parking, and visibility. During the last 38 years, the school has trained thousands of young aspiring dancers from their very first steps to professional careers. Alumni are dancing worldwide today based on the exceptional training and foundation they received at Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance. Congrats to Nancy Tolvert Yilmaz and her whole crew. For more info on her school visit www.tysod.com. As I’m sure you’re well aware, the local real estate market is crazy as we try to squeeze more people into our desirable neighborhoods. One new, and in my opinion, fantastic addition to the landscape is Roswell Court, a newly completed project blending luxury

homes and commercial space. Located at the corner of Norcross and Forrest Streets, it is close to Canton Street and the Roswell City Hall complex. W Collection, John Wieland’s boutique brand, partnered with Schmit + Associates to create Roswell Court. “This neighborhood setting is unique, walkable, and right where you want to be, with detailed homes that sacrifice nothing in sophistication or style,” commented John Wieland. www.jwcatlanta.com. Canton Street in Roswell is getting a whole lot tastier with the addition of Deep Roots Wine Market & Tasting Room opening this spring in the Plum Tree Village. The new market will sell and serve hand-selected California wines that are normally not available in local grocery or liquor stores. Deep Roots Owner Dana Gurela cultivated her passion for wine while living for more than four years outside of Napa Valley, where she worked at two local wineries. They will also feature a daily wine flight poured by staff, a selection of craft beers on tap, and a menu of food options provided by Plum Café. For more information about Deep Roots Wine Market & Tasting Room, visit deeprootswine.com. Sage Dental, with multiple offices in the area, recently opened a new facility in Roswell at 10800 Alpharetta Hwy. Suite 180. These guys do everything from preventive care to complete dental reconstruction. They have been around for 20 years now and take most insurance. For more info visit www.mysagedental.com ❍


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Aug. 12 – Electromatics Sept. 9 – Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native Visit www.chattnaturecenter.org for tickets and more information.

Left, CNC lawn & audience. Sit at a table under the Ben Brady Pavilion (above) or go picnic-style on the lawn while you listen to great local music. Photos: Chattahoochee Nature Center

Nature in Full Bloom at the Chattahoochee Nature Center Events at CNC this April | www.chattnaturecenter.org for more events and registration info. Blair Crimmins and the Hookers open the Sundays on the River concert series at the Chattahoochee Nature Center May 13. Their unique ragtime music is sure to get you dancing. Photo credit: Blair Crimmins By Jon Copsey

What better way to wrap up the weekend than an evening under the stars listening to live music with friends and family? Come out to the Sundays on the River concert series at the Chattahoochee Nature Center to enjoy the best Atlanta’s music scene has to offer. Held each month during the summer at CNC, this series invites guests outside to enjoy great music in a natural setting. The season’s opening performer is Blair Crimmins and the Hookers on May 19. With their Ragtime and 1920s style Dixieland jazz, they have opened up for Mumford and Sons and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, just to name a few.  A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans style horn section consisting of trumpet, clarinet, and trombone. His debut 2010 release  The Musical Stylings Of  became a college radio sensation on WRAS Atlanta, making him  the most requested band on the air. In 2013, Crimmins was the critics pick for  Best Song Writer of 2013  in

Creative Loafing’s Best of ATL issue. His last album entitled Sing-alongs! went to  No. 21 on the EuroAmerican radio chart  and earned him a nomination at  The Georgia Music Awards  for  Best Jazz Artist. Blair Crimmins has now released his anticipated fourth studio album  You Gotta Sell Something.   Mark your calendar and stay tuned for information on 2018 performers and ticket sales for the Sundays on the River concert series at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Sundays on the River concerts will take place the second Sunday of each month from May to September. For more about Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, visit them online at blaircrimminsandthehookers.com. The Sundays on the River concert series is presented by Northside Hospital and continues throughout the summer on the second Sunday of each month at 7 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner and favorite lawn chair while you enjoy the cash bar. Tickets are on sale now. June 10 – River Whyless July 8 – Adron



Night Hike and Campfire Saturday, April 14, 8–10 p.m. Join our expert naturalists for a night hike through our forest and learn about bats, spot them swooping down to feed on insects, and listen for the calls of owls. Your evening at CNC includes an animal encounter and relaxing camp fire where you can roast marshmallows. All ages; $12 general public/$10 CNC members; Register by April 12 and save $2. Environmental Science Merit Badge Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Our Certified Merit Badge Counselor gives scouts a taste of what it is like to be an environmental scientist, making observations and carrying out experiments to investigate the natural world. Ages 13+; $45 per scout; Register by April 19.

Special Guest: Julie Zickefoose In partnership with Atlanta Audubon Society as part of Atlanta Bird Fest 2018 Saturday, April 14, 4–6 p.m Julie Zickefoose began to draw and paint wild nestlings day by day, bearing witness to their swift growth. Over the next 13 years, she would document the daily changes in 17 bird species, from hatching to edging. Her findings are in Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest. More than 500 life studies hop, crawl, and utter through its pages. In this talk, Julie will share her influences as well as her artistic process, a must-see for the aspiring natural history artist. Registration opens for Julie Zickefoose program on March 1 to members and on March 8 to the public. $20 general public/$15 CNC members or Atlanta Audubon Society members. Tickets may be purchased at www .atlantaaudubon.org/juliezickefoose.

Special Date Night River Canoe Trip with Campfire Saturday, April 14, 5–8:30 p.m. Relax on this adults-only evening paddle as canoe guides lead you on a two-and-a-half hour sunset trip. When you return to the nature center we’ll have a nice warm camp fire for roasting marshmallows. Ages 21+; $35 general public/ $30 CNC members (per person). The Nature Club: Mushrooms of the Georgia Piedmont and Southern Appalachians Saturday, April 26, 7–9 p.m. Authors Mary Woehrel and William Light speak about mushrooms and how to identify them, which ones to eat and which to admire. Bill and Mary will discuss solving taxonomy and identification problems, the subtle structures of fungi, and warnings about the dangers of some mushroom varieties. Ages 16+; $10 general public/ $5 CNC members.


Bike Roswell and the City of Roswell sponsor “open streets” on with the Roswell Moves event on Apr. 29. By Spalding Negron The Georgia Ensemble Theatre continues their 25th season in April with Buddy–The Buddy Holly Story. Dubbed as the most successful rock and roll musical of all time, it tells the true story of Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be The Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later. The show features over 20 of Holly’s greatest hits. The production runs from Apr. 12 through 29 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. For more info and tickets visit www.get.org. Do you have kids looking for summer work? Well then, the City of Roswell has summer jobs available. They are now accepting applications for more than 200 summer positions within its Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department. A summer job with the City of Roswell is the perfect way to not only obtain meaningful work experience and build your resume, it’s also a great way to make new friends and give back to your community. These summer jobs may even inspire a career path in Recreation and Parks—as has been the case with many of the City’s full-time employees who started out as summer workers as teenagers. For information, contact Kiran Fatania at 770-641-3705 or kfatania@roswellgov.com. If you are looking for a unique camp idea to keep your kids busy this

summer, the folks at Georgia Ensemble Theatre have just the ticket. Their camps provide summer performing arts opportunities for all ages and levels of experience. Class sizes are kept small so that every child receives individualized attention in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. GET offers a wide range of classes for classic acting, Broadway-style performance, playwriting, improvisation, and overall theater production. For more information visit their site at www.get.org. Cars and Q for the Cause is in its 9th year and the ever-growing event will feature 120 world-class cars on display as well as some tasty barbeque in supporting efforts to cure Cystic Fibrosis. The event, held on Apr. 21, takes place at 8200 Roberts Drive just down in Sandy Springs and also has live music and craft beer on tap. For tickets and more info visit www.carsnq.com. A day without cars. Sound nice? On Apr. 29 Bike Roswell and the City of Roswell will launch the first “open streets” program in the city on with the Roswell Moves event. Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while roads will close to motorized vehicles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a five-block section of Canton Street in historic downtown Roswell. This innovative experience encourages people to explore the community by walking, pedaling, rolling, and even playing. For more info visit www.bikeroswell.com. ❍




A Concert Season Full Of History and Nostalgia JOHN FOGERTY

By Tripp Liles

Cover Photo by Neil Fried

Music is an integral part of southern culture. It is ingrained into the soul of Atlanta with a storied history of being the birthplace to numerous bands across many genres. From rock to country to gospel to R&B to hip-hop, the region we live in embraces inclusiveness and creativity.


Many cities can boast a tradition of music but there are few, namely Los Angeles and New York, that can come close to Atlanta’s history of producing great acts across several generations. In other word,s we’re no one-hit wonder. It started 100 years ago with many Appalachian JOHN CARSON people such as the famous Fiddlin’ John Carson who brought their music to the city as they came to work in cotton mills. Over time that evolved into a scene that has given us great artists ranging from Gladys Knight to The Black Crowes. As we move into the concert season, that variety is on full display. Here is our rundown of some of the great music coming our way.

Music Is Best Outside


As the days get longer, our ability to enjoy music outside increases. We have a multitude of festivals and concert venues, sans roofing, that allow us to experience nature and art in collaboration. With the Verizon Amphitheatre right in our back yard, it makes seeing some big times acts a piece of cake. This year they have a rather retro feel to the acts but I’m not complaining. They kickoff the season with Jimmy Buffet and The Coral Reefer Band on April 17. Jimmy Buffet has been cranking out his own brand of music now for more than 40 years and he is more than a musician, he actually built a lifestyle around Key West. This was the cultural “melting pot” that was to inspire Jimmy to write “The Wino and I Know,” “My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink, and I Don’t Love Jesus,” “Tin Cup Chalice,” and “I Have Found Me A Home,” among others. As Bob Anderson says about Jimmy in a 1986 interview in High Times, “Every outlaw has a good story, and Buffett has an eye and ear for them.” On May 19, 70s legends Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers hit the stage for a night filled with throwback hits. Donald Fagen’s new Steely Dan lineup will share the stage this summer with the Doobie Brothers as part of a co-headlining jaunt both acts are calling “The Summer of Living Dangerously.” And on the following night, Willie Nelson and Family will be on stage with Alison Krauss. Perhaps you could just spend the night and catch both shows? In June, Verizon moves forward a couple of decades by offering Poison and Cheap Trick on June 5. While not my cup of tea, many of the guys I went to high school with listened to this and they now wear ties to work. So perhaps this will be your chance to remember what that mullet was like. On June 9 the retro theme continues with “I Love The 90s featuring Salt n Pepa.” For the rest of their summer shows, rock acts take center stage with Foreigner hitting the stage on July 7, Chicago and REO Speedwagon on July 14 and the Steve Miller Band on July 17. Moving past the retro acts they will have Keith Urban on July 29 and the free jam stylings of Phish for three nights on August 3 through 5.




Plant on June 8 followed by Harry nationally acclaimed artists and is free and open to the public. Explore the park Connick Jr. on the 9th. and visit vendors displaying some of the Continues on page 34 city’s finest arts and crafts, food and drinks, and merchandise. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is the perfect way to spend your Memorial Day weekend. Downtown Atlanta continues to deliver in May with the Shaky Knees Music Festival. Held on the weekend of May 4, this homegrown music foray has been a rock-lover’s fantasy show bringing together acts from around the world like Florence + the Machine, SHERYL CROW Third Eye Blind, Jane’s Addiction, and more. Held at Centennial Olympic Park, TICKET/VENUE INFORMATION The influence that jazz has played in the 2018 lineup includes more than 50 other genres of music is undeniable, and bands including Jack White, Queens Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park the nation’s largest free jazz festival, the of the Stone Age, The National, David 2200 Encore Pkwy, Alpharetta GA 30009 Atlanta Jazz Festival, is a testament to Byrne, The Talking Heads, Tenacious http://www.vzwamp.com that. Over its 40-year history, the D, Fleet Foxes, The War On Drugs Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood expansive festival has hosted jazz greats and more. 2002 Lakewood Way SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 like Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Another great outdoor facility is www.amphitheatrelakewood.com Nina Simone, and it continues to intro- Chastain Park down in Buckhead. Their SweetWater 420 Fest duce new faces and sounds to the genre season starts a little late this year as renCentennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA over a three-day Memorial Day ovations are completed that feature new http://www.sweetwater420fest.com/ weekend spectacular of soulful sounds box seats, upgraded concessions and at Piedmont Park. Cap it off with stellar restrooms and expanded plaza area. You Atlanta Jazz Festival food truck fare and fun crowd activities can see the changes first hand as John Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive Northeast and you’ve got an instant party. Atlanta, GA 30309 Forgerty and ZZ Top perform on June The weekend features numerous www.facebook.com/atlantajazzfestival 6. Their calendar also includes Robert Shaky Knees Music Festival Central Park Atlanta 400 Merritts Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 www.shakykneesfestival.com


Just south of Atlanta sits Lakewood Amphitheatre. It sits on 75 beautifully wooded acres and is worth the drive or you can even take MARTA to make it easy. This fall, they will host Lynyrd Skynyrd on their “Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour” on September 1. Now I’m skeptical of these “farewell” tours but you never know, perhaps this is your last change to see what remains of these legendary performers who keep the flame burning. Front man Johnny Van Zant remains an able front man and they still crank out the tunes. Other shows at Lakewood include some old 99x legends as the Dave Matthews Band performs on May 26 and The Pixies and Weezer hit the stage on July 27. For anyone who turned on a radio in the 90s—you know these guys. Beyond the venues for music we also have several festivals that offer you the opportunity to feel the heat and beats together. The festival season kicks off this year on April 20–22 with the Sweetwater 420 Festival at Centennial Olympic Park. Atlanta’s hometown craft brewery is rejoicing with a blend of music, art, culture, and of course, plenty of heady beer at the annual festival. What started as a sustainability effort and Earth Day celebration in 2004, has evolved into one of ATL’s most beloved music festivals bringing more than 60,000 thirsty revelers. The festival combines a 5K run, beer-tasting experience, comedy, dance party disco, and headlining musical acts from around the globe. The cross-genre extravaganza has delivered the likes of Snoop Dogg and Widespread Panic plus Bastille and Ludacris, making it a must-attend experience no matter your musical flavor. If it weren’t for jazz, we wouldn’t have a lot of the mainstream rock ’n’ roll, R&B, and hip-hop tunes we enjoy today.


Atlanta Botanical Garden 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309 http://atlantabg.org Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075 www.chattnaturecenter.org Infinite Energy Arena 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097 www.infiniteenergycenter.com

Perhaps you are not into sunscreen and music but you still want to see great acts. We do have several large venues such as Philips Arena and Infinite Energy Center that will provide great entertainment come rain or shine. Unfortunately, over the summer Philips Arena will have a slim schedule due to renovations. The Infinite Energy Center in Gwinnett is a great facility that offers a wide variety of acts throughout the year. This spring they kickoff their season with a show by the king of pop Justin Timberlake on May 11. Come on ladies you know you want to go. Also in May they welcome legend U2 to the stage on the 28th. The


Other Shows of Note

band will hit the road in honor of the 14th studio album Songs Of Experience, which is due out on December 1 in a variety of formats. Unlike this year’s tour, which focused on material from The Joshua Tree, fans can expect a mix of new and classic songs. I’ve seen these guys several times and their shows are worth the time and money. In June the venue hosts country acts Shania Twain on June 4 and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on June 23. On June 20 they feature Daryl Hall and John Oates with Train. My wife saw Hall and Oates last year and raved about the nostalgia and Daryl Hall’s inebriation. In July, they welcome Sam Smith on the 10th and The Smashing Pumpkins on the 22nd. Smith was among the most commercially successful artists to arrive during the early 2010s. He developed a passionate approach to singing exemplified by his favorite artists at that time: Aretha

Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Chaka Khan. And the Smashing Pumpkins will be familiar to the alt rock fans of the 90s as they continue to tour behind front man Billy Corgan. To be clear, the concerts I’ve highlighted are just the beginning. For a full list of shows see our listing of concert venues on page 31, it has contact info. Also visit our site and take a look at the calendar at www.thecurrenthub.com where we keep you up to date on all that is happening in our area. ❍


On July 11, Retro Futura, featuring 80s acts ABC, Modern English, and KajaGooGoo will perform all the hits you remember from MTV’s glory years. And keeping with the MTV feel, they feature Culture Club and the B52s on July 22. There is a hidden gem of a concert series that, in my opinion, flies under the radar and that is the Atlanta Botanical Garden concert series. In its 16th season this series will bring seven shows to the Great Lawn and the Midtown garden. Sheryl Crow kicks off the series on June 6 with Guster closing on Aug. 24. In between they will have Bruce Hornsby on July 13 and Michael McDonald on July 27. The Gainesville outpost of the series, at the Ivester Amphitheater, will spotlight two concerts so far, with Boz Scaggs on May 5 and Melissa Etheridge on Sept. 22. I would also like to mention our own Chattahoochee Nature Center and their Sundays on the River concert series that begins on May 13 with Blair Crimmins. For more info on that series see the article on page 30.



ast fall I introduced you to Roswell resident Andy Browne. Browne was part of a band called Nightporters back in the 80s and today he heads a group called the Andy Browne Troupe and they have been busy. During the 80s, Atlanta had an active punk rock scene that centered around 688 Club and the Metroplex and even famously hosted the Sex Pistols’ first U.S. show and in fact, Nightporters were the opening act for the The Clash. Today, the Atlanta musical landscape is as varied as its population and Browne is changing with the times as he has been busy in the studio working on new material and hooking up with old friends. One of those old friends was famed Rolling Stone magazine feature writer and rock critic/author Anthony DeCurtis. DeCurtis has a new book out called Lou Reed: A Life that focuses on the life of famed rock icon Lou Reed. Browne has been in the studio with his band The Andy Browne Troupe and with both having new material out, some cross promotion is on hand. Together they will team up for a special concert on May 12 performing the songs of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. They will do two sets with DeCurtis on lead vocals doing his best Lou Reed impersonation. While the stage is a natural place for Browne, for DeCurtis it will be new territory. “When I launched my book in New York last October, Suzanne Vega,


Richard Barone, and Jeff Ross (who played guitar with Lou in the Seventies) performed some Lou Reed songs with me, and it was a real thrill, said DeCurtis. “Just in the little bit I’ve done already, I’ve learned a lot about performance, a subject I’ve been writing about for close to forty years. I am nervous, because I want our shows to be genuinely good, not just a curiosity. But one of Lou Reed’s great virtues was fearlessness, and I’m acting in that spirit. There will be an immediacy and an intensity to our performances—I can guarantee that. Everyone will have fun; if I wasn’t enjoying this, what would be the point?” For Browne, these shows provide an opportunity to spread his wings and perform with a author who is an icon in the rock world.

“I’ve been reading Anthony’s interviews since I was ’bout 15 years old; personally I think he’s the greatest musical analyst in modern times, he understands the ‘artiste’ perspective better than anyone I’ve ever seen,” said Browne. “We will give Anthony a band even Lou Reed would be proud to have behind him... it’s the least we can do.” The two connected through social media as Browne was in the studio working on new material. Recently they released a new EP called Elephants and they plan to go back into the studio after the shows with DeCurtis in May. The new material has a much more mature feel than Browne’s earlier work as he expands his musical horizons and takes in the diverse musical culture that exists in Atlanta. It’s fitting, however, to be paying tribute to Reed as the punk rock roots run deep. “Just like David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, and The Clash, Lou Reed changed the course of Modern Music... love them all. Lou took chances, and did what he wanted to do. I push The Andy Browne Troupe to follow in those steps,” Browne stated. Together they will perform two shows in the area. On Saturday, May 12 they will be at the 529 Club in Atlanta and on Sunday, May 13 at Cine in Athens. In addition to the shows, DeCurtis will read and sign copies of his book Lou Reed: A Life on May 12 at A Cappella Books in Atlanta at 2 p.m. Tickets for Saturday’s show are $10 and available at 529 and online at www.freshtix.com/events/anthony-decurtis. The Andy Browne Troupe’s latest release Elephants is available through all major platforms. ❍

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