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CASK ALE FESTIVAL Jan. 21 706.254.2739 Sample beer in its most unprocessed form—fresh, not carbonated, unfiltered and unpasteurized—at the Cask Ale Festival at the Prado in Sandy Springs. This raw version, coined “living ale,” is full, flavorful and mature. You’ll taste cask ales from Georgia breweries such as Gate City and favorites from 5 Seasons Brewing Company, Three Taverns and more.

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Into the woods


EMBRACING THE GREAT OUTDOORS YEAR-ROUND AT A LOCAL NATURE CENTER In the winter months, we don’t always think about doing a lot outside, but just because it’s a little brisk doesn’t mean we should ignore Mother Nature. Take, for instance, the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. This scenic, 30-acre patch of wilderness, conveniently tucked away off Roswell Road, is ripe for exploring no matter the time of year. And you can do just that at two regularly scheduled monthly events. The first is the Second Saturday Safari,

an expert-led, hands-on experience centered around a particular topic. On Jan. 14, the focus will be on “Predators and Their Prey,” and on Feb. 11, the subject will be “Backyard Bird Count.” The second recurring event is the Full Moon Hike, a naturalist-guided walk through the preserve under the light of the moon and stars, taking place next on Jan. 13 and Feb. 10. A little “one with nature” never hurt anyone after the holiday season. – JB

Second Saturday Safari Jan. 14 and Feb. 11 10-11:30 a.m. adults $10, children $5, under 3 free Full Moon Hike Jan. 13 and Feb. 10 7-8 p.m. adults & children $7, under 3 free 4055 Roswell Road N.E. Atlanta 30342 404.345.1008

ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Jan. 24 to Feb. 15 678.701.6104 The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival returns this January for its 17th season, bringing nationally and internationally acclaimed films to venues across the city, including the LeFont Sandy Springs theatre, Woodruff Arts Center and SCADShow. Check the festival’s website for more details as the films for 2017 are released.

CATHEDRAL ANTIQUES SHOW Feb. 9 to Feb. 11 404.365.1107 Get ready to browse some beautiful things! The 46th annual Cathedral Antiques Show at the Cathedral of St. Philip will feature a mix of vendors selling jewelry, art, home decor accessories and period furniture. Don’t miss the contemporary art, young collectors’ booth and gardening boutique, all new to the show this year.

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Bar fight MIXOLOGISTS SHAKE THINGS UP AT A COCKTAIL COMPETITION If two of your least favorite words are “last call,” bring your thirst to the High Museum of Art on Feb. 18 for its inaugural Highball event. There, 16 area bartenders will compete head-to-head to create the most creative cocktail, and you get to sample them all and vote for your favorite. Competitors include Trip Sandifer of The Painted Pin,



Ben Yabrow of Himitsu, Brent Hesse of 1Kept Kitchen and Bar and Greta Buccellato of 5Church Atlanta, who’ll be using their mastery behind the bar to concoct original cocktail recipes sure to wet your whistle. The night’s festivities will be garnished with light bites from Sterling Spoon and hot tunes from DJ Teknology. We’ll drink to that! – JB

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HIGHBALL Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m. $100-$125 High Museum of Art 1280 Peachtree Street N.E. Atlanta 30309 404.733.4400

Feb. 11 Ready for a brisk 1-mile jog ... in your underwear? Raising money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, Cupid’s Undie Run starts and ends at Big Sky Buckhead Bar & Restaurant and encourages participants to strip down (within your comfort level of course!). After the run, Big Sky will host an after party with live music and awards. Early-bird tickets cost $25.

Simply Buckhead January/February 2017  

Simply Buckhead is the definitive resource for Atlanta's most dynamic intown neighborhood. With a commitment to journalistic excellence, the...

Simply Buckhead January/February 2017  

Simply Buckhead is the definitive resource for Atlanta's most dynamic intown neighborhood. With a commitment to journalistic excellence, the...