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[ B E H I N D T H E C OV E R ] The Simply Buckhead team had the privilege of spending the afternoon with a talented local musician, actor and philanthropist who also happens to be a really nice guy. Between promoting a new album and a new movie, and recently getting married, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges took time out of his busy schedule to flash his million-dollar smile and bring out some of his signature swagger for our cameras. “Let’s plug up and get some energy in here,” “Luda” said to kick off the photo shoot. As he pressed “play” on his own personal playlist he asked, “Should we relax or rock out?” Puddle of Mudd’s “Blurry” played in the background as he cycled through three different outfits selected by Stylist Morgan Henzlik (and accessorized with many of Bridges’ own personal items, including a vintage Producers: Giannina Smith Bedford, Rolex) and worked the camera like the Joanne Hayes and Sara Hanna professional he is. During downtime Chief Photographer: Sara Hanna everyone enjoyed a fresh seafood lunch Photography Assistant: Tyler Welbron Stylist: Morgan Henzlik from Chops Lobster Bar. As a stellar Hair/Makeup: Nyssa Green, player in the local music scene, Bridges The Green Room Agency was a pleasure to work with. We hope Wardrobe: MG-Star sweater and sweatpants, G Star Raw, Lenox you enjoy seeing his famous face Square; Buscemi sneakers gracing our pages as much as we and hat (brought by Ludacris) enjoyed photographing him. Shot at Sara Hanna Photography Studios

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My English Bulldog, Riggins, has been in more magazines the last year than I have. lol @BertShowBert Great article on Wayne Gandy in the Men’s Issue. He and I were teammates at Auburn and I know him personally. Very nice guy. I just wanted to say I am enjoying your magazine and continued success to you and Simply Buckhead. – Kelsey L. Crook, Professional Fitness Instructor I just read and saw the article on Compassionate Companions. It’s so well done. Thank you very much for including us in this great issue of Simply Buckhead! – Kelcy Smith Rainer, Chastain Horse Park Having moved to Atlanta in 2013 (I’m from Chattanooga, but had been in Boston for the last 10 years), Simply Buckhead has become my go-to source! - Darria Long Gillespie, Sharecare Inc. Great edition—I love the balance of stories and the angle on the kids and pets. Lots of feel-good pieces. – Scott Zucker I think your magazine is gorgeous. – Bill Lowe

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Whether or not you mean for music to affect you, it enters your ears and changes your mood, and thank goodness it does. I can’t carry a tune and have been told on more than one occasion by someone I love, “Dance, don’t sing,” but music is one of my favorite stress relievers. I put it on when I need to unwind and it never fails to keep me company when I’m lonely. Music inspires us and, as a result, we become huge fans of those who create it. While not all musicians are role model-worthy, there are many rock stars and songwriters who use their fame and fortune to shine lights on worthy causes. We are so proud to say that many of these talented artists call Atlanta home. In this issue, we explore the musical side of our town—from its live-music venues to the entertainers who make their homes here—and tip our hats to those famous names that give back to our community. Whether it’s putting on a concert in the name of charity or launching foundations for causes close to their hearts, these hometown artists are making a difference with more than just their melodies. Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (our cover model) is a perfect example. Along with his roles in movies and music (and as the father of two), the Buckhead resident runs the Ludacris Foundation, which aims to inspire local youth to lead healthy lives. And he isn’t the only one. From the Indigo Girls and Ed Roland to Kristian Bush, Atlanta musicians perform good works on and off the stage. So the next time you’re driving in your car, singing at the top of your lungs to the Indigo Girls’ “Galileo” or Luda’s “Southern Hospitality,” you can delight in the fact that you’re jamming to good music created by good people. Me? I’ll be singing and dancing.

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t’s that song that lifts your spirits on a dreary day or the tune that takes you back to your high school days.



Publisher Joanne Hayes, Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project and Tom and Chris Glavine at Simply Buckhead’s 5-year anniversary party. Photo: Lynn Crow Photography



he debut of our newest issue is always a time of personal celebration for me, and this time is certainly no different. In addition to our rockin’ “Music Issue” we’re celebrating our 5-year anniversary, and did so in great style with a celebration on Feb. 3 that was also a fundraiser for CURE Childhood Cancer. You can enjoy the photos in this issue’s Simply Charitable section and the gallery on our website at This celebration featured some of our favorite Buckhead restaurants and vendors, Atlanta Hawks announcer Bob Rathbun as our emcee, gorgeous Jim Ellis Automotive vehicles on display (a Maserati, Audi and Porsche) and a special guest performance by Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project. I’ve been a huge fan of Ed and Collective Soul since the ‘90s, so this was a special treat for me. Simply Buckhead continues to flourish, our team continues to grow, and our magazine is seeing 25,000 to 35,000 website hits monthly—astonishing for a regional publication. We’re grateful to every reader for your continued support and your letters and tweets, many of which make it into our magazine the next issue. We also launched our very own radio show last fall, Simply Buckhead Radio, airing weekly on Tuesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. at But my cause for celebration at this moment is personal on another level. As most of you know, we are Hawks fans, tried and true. We very rarely


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miss a home game and the opportunity to see our beloved team battle on our home court. Even when we are not there, we are there, watching every away game from the comfort of our living room, clapping and shouting at the TV, listening intently as Hawks Announcers Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins call the game. The day this issue began distribution, our friend Dominique Wilkins was also being honored with the unveiling of a 13.5-foot-tall, 18,500-pound, largerthan-life granite statue at Philips Arena, featuring him in one of his signature explosive poses. The statue was created by Brian Hanlon, the official sculptor for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and we were there to witness the unveiling. And while Nique, as we know him, is the most passionate basketball fan and NBA veteran I know, he is also a wonderful family man, and we’ve been blessed to get to know that side of him as well. I couldn’t be happier for, or more proud of, our friends Dominique and Sunny Wilkins and their family. I encourage every one of you to support your Atlanta Hawks and see a game (or two) this season, and be sure to see this permanent tribute to Dominique Wilkins on your way into the arena. Go Hawks!

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Right: Fadó’s annual celebration has been Atlanta’s largest outdoor St. Patrick’s Day party since it started in 1996.



f one thing can cause observers of Lent to stray from the season’s restrictions on indulgence, it’s the feast day of a saint. (That, and the promise of a few cold beers.) Designated in the seventh century, Saint Patrick’s Day honors the man who introduced Christianity to Ireland. The holiday has evolved into more of a celebration of Irishness, with traditions like wearing green, accessorizing with shamrocks and drinking Irish beer and whiskey. That said, Fadó’s annual Saint Patrick’s Day Party, now in its 19th year, offers what is arguably one of Buckhead’s most raucous festivities. Happening Saturday, March 14, the block party-style bash features bagpipers and Irish dancers from the Drake School of Irish Dance;

Below: Inside the pub, a full menu of Irish fare, including corned beef and cabbage, awaits.

a full bar and traditional fare, such as corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie made with grass-fed beef. A lineup of live music starts at 1 p.m., including performances by local pop singer Kylie, countryrock group Josh Brannon THE 19TH ANNUAL Band, pop-rock artist ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Justin, and a DJ inside March 14; 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. the pub after 9:30 p.m. Fadó Irish Pub Tickets are $20 and may 273 Buckhead Avenue be purchased in advance Atlanta 30305 online or at the door 404.841.0066 for the same price.

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Admission to the museum’s “Time Is an Illusion” exhibit will be free on Einstein’s birthday, March 14.

OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART HOSTS   A GRATIS ASTRONOMY NIGHT HONORING EINSTEIN University professor. Now it’s on display at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art through April 30, the star of “Time is an Illusion: Revisiting Einstein’s Theories of Relativity,” an exhibit commemorating the centennial of Einstein’s famous theory. The museum will host several gratis events during the exhibit’s timeframe, including film screenings, complimentary

Albert Einstein’s original manuscripts are hard to come by. The theoretical physicist willed the bulk of his writings to Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Yet one handwritten manuscript, “The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity,” written circa 1920, remained with a colleague, and eventually made its way into the hands of an Oglethorpe



admission on Einstein’s birthday, March 14, and a free astronomy observation night. Hosted by Fernbank Science Center astronomer April Whitt, “Cosmic Dust: Dreaming with Einstein,” April 15, kicks off at 7 p.m. with a brief talk in the museum’s Skylight Gallery. Then it will continue on the campus quad with a telescopic observation of constellations. – Maria Carter

With kids activities and many types of art on display, Artsapalooza is ideal for a multigenerational day of fun.

OUTDOOR SHINDIG OFFERS INSPIRATION FOR CREATIVELY INCLINED KIDDOS What does a festival organized by artists for artists look like? You might envision a cross between a block party and an outdoor gallery—in other words, Sandy Springs Artsapalooza. Now in its fourth year, the two-day fete is a hotbed of homegrown talent, bursting with the works of nearly 150 creative minds specializing in ceramics, glassblowing, mixed media, painting, woodwork and more. Interactive art stations entice older kids, while the littlest ones will likely make a beeline


for the play area decked out with bungee-jump trampolines, inflatable bounce houses, slides and more. If the family gets a hankering for grub, food trucks aren’t far away: on-site options include sushi and noodle bowls at Genki To-Go, sandwiches from Roly Poly and Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q, plus beer and wine vendors for thirsty adults. Feel free to bring Fido out for the day of fun, too—dogs (on leashes!) are welcome. Admission and parking are free. – Maria Carter

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Committed conservationist, Tricia Allen, works tirelessly for the Nature Conservancy, a national organization that has protected more than 350,000 acres in Georgia.

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Protecting Nature, Preserving Life Tricia Allen receives global conservation volunteer award

A champion of conservation, Buckhead resident Tricia Allen recently received the Oak Leaf Award, The Nature Conservancy’s top honor for volunteers. It highlights her 20 years of service to the organization, including many terms as a trustee. The conservancy tackles the world’s most pressing conservation challenges, such as protecting endangered species and keeping pesticides out of rivers and streams. They also work with shippers and shrimpers to protect ocean lanes used by migrating whales. “I became involved when I visited a wood stork rookery in Augusta decades ago,” Allen says. “We wore chest waders and literally walked over the backs of alligators. I fell in love with the group’s mission and the way it worked to protect land the old-fashioned way—by buying it.” Deron Davis, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Georgia, calls Allen a master at sharing her passion for conservation. “She was

honorary chair of our 25-milliondollar campaign and has put her heart and soul into the organization.” Buckhead resident and Georgia Board of Trustees Chair Tom Harbin praises Allen’s decades of service: “Tricia has served multiple terms on the Board and identified many others with a strong commitment to conservation.” In Georgia, The Nature Conservancy is making a lasting impact by protecting and acquiring land, from the pristine national forests of North Georgia to the iconic Barrier Islands. It’s also improving the health of vital waterways, essential to the wellbeing of both humans and nature. “We invest in innovative strategies around the world that balance the needs of communities with the environment,” Davis says. “We rely on volunteer leaders like Tricia Allen to make a difference.” l For more information, visit

Keeping Mosquitos in Check

Jason Smith, Ryan Claterbaugh and Matt Brill of Mr. Mister Mosquito Control donate free misting to parks and schools to keep humans and animals safe from the disease-carrying pests.

Pro bono pest prevention When Sandy Springs resident Jason Smith and his partners Matt Brill and Ryan Claterbaugh founded Mr. Mister Mosquito Control, they made giving back part of the company DNA. With each new customer, they donate a mosquito net to Nothing But Nets, a nonprofit combatting the epidemic of mosquito-borne illnesses that kill 725,000 people annually around the globe. “Our community involvement began organically,” Smith says. “When asked to bid on misting Little Nancy Creek Park in North Buckhead, we offered services pro bono.” Ditto at Brook Run Dog Park (mosquitoes also transmit heartworms in dogs) and multiple schools. “Little Nancy Creek Park is in a floodplain dissected by the creek,” says park board member

Abigail Landt, who lives in the Buckhead neighborhood. “If not for Mr. Mister, it would be a haven for mosquitoes.” Brook Run Dog Park Association President Laine Sweezey echoes Landt. “We’re extremely grateful for Mr. Mister’s generous community spirit,” she says. “In addition to mosquitoes, the spray controls fleas, ticks and gnats—great for people and animals.” The company offers two options, ClearZone Misting and Automated Misting Systems. “We use either a synthetic FDA-approved insecticide or a completely organic spray,” Smith says. “Both solutions are 100-percent biodegradable.” l For more information, visit

Coyotes and Beavers in Buckhead Blue Heron Nature Preserve provides oasis for flora and fauna “Fourteen years ago if you had told me that one day I would become executive director of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, I would have been very surprised,” says Buckhead resident and preserve founder Nancy Jones. “My commitment began when a local green space in our North Buckhead community was bought by developers. The community banded together to save seven acres and those seven acres started the preserve.” Over the years, the preserve, located on Roswell Road and bor-

dered by Sarah Smith Elementary School and Rickenbacker Drive, has grown to 30 acres and is a City of Atlanta park. A recent acquisition added a four-acre corridor that helps create a contiguous green space in Buckhead’s busy business district. It is home to a variety of wildlife, including red foxes, coyotes, opossums, raccoons, birds and snakes; native plants and trees; and three creeks. The community garden with 32 plots (and a waiting list) is part of Park Pride’s network of community gardens.

A blue heron totem pole and monthly temporary art “surprises,” created by Artist in Residence Sally Eppstein, add to the ambience. She also painted the hawk feather that graces the front door of the learning center and gallery. “Board members are committed to doing things right,” says long-time volunteer Lisa Frank. “No harmful chemicals are used and the emphasis is on keeping the area natural for wildlife.” l For more information, visit

A blue heron and a turtle enjoy a sunny day at Blue Heron Nature Preserve in the heart of Buckhead.

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Above: The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens pays homage to the natural wonders of the Appalachian foothills with rich earth tones and architectural elements such as aged wood and fieldstone accents.

Connecting man and nature

Above: The John A. Sibley Horticultural Center encompasses 5 acres of native and exotic plants and seasonal displays. Right: Hundreds of butterflies flutter freely in the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, one of North America’s largest tropical butterfly conservatories. Below: The colorful stained-glass windows of the Ida Cason Callaway Chapel. Below Right: Hawks, falcons and owls soar over the audience at the daily Birds of Prey shows at Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center.

Callaway Gardens rejuvenates the city dweller’s spirit STORY:

Joanne Hayes


ust an hour and 15 minutes south of Buckhead awaits a 6,000-acre paradise of lush, vibrant flora and wildlife, where man and nature connect, temporarily transporting you away from hectic city life. The concept for Callaway Gardens began in 1928 at a picnic beside a Harris County pond for textile magnate Cason Callaway and his wife, Virginia Hand Callaway. This led to the acquisition of 2,500 acres of land where the couple settled, and blossomed into a treasure to share with family and friends. In 1952, Callaway Gardens opened to the public; millions have since found respite and recreation here. A visit to LEED-certified The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens provided an opportunity to refresh, and we were excited to soak in as much as possible in our short time. This butterfly enthusiast’s first stop was the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, where hundreds of butterflies flutter freely in the living, dynamic environment where they feed on tropical plants. Next stop: Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel, which is an inspirational tribute to Cason Callaway’s mother. This 16th-centuryinspired fieldstone chapel features stained-glass windows depicting the hardwood and pine


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forests’ seasons. Majestic chords resonate from the Chapel’s custom-built Möller pipe organ. After exploring the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center, an indoor-outdoor display of native and exotic plants, tropical flora, Mediterranean conservatories, sculpture garden and fern grotto, we paused on the outdoor swings, watching families play Frisbee and catch on the expansive garden lawn. At Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center we got up close and personal with magnificent raptors at the Birds of Prey Show; our heads were brushed by swooping wings each time they took flight. After our bird experience, it was back to the lodge for relaxation. At Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens, I enjoyed the Alpine Arnica Muscle Repair, a deep-tissue therapy for relieving chronic stress. That evening at Piedmont Grille, we experienced an eclectic Southern meal, highlighting wild and organic ingredients, part of Chef Henry Hamor’s mission to source local ingredients that support local farmers. The breakfast buffet was outstanding, too, including “Autograph” omelets, fresh fruit, hunks of imported and domestic cheeses, steel-cut oatmeal, housemade pecan crunch granola, applewood smoked bacon and more.

Another option for a dining experience: the Picnic-To-Go. Your picnic is delivered to you just before heading out for the day, and a bottle of Champagne can be included. Take it to the Overlook Azalea Garden, one of the most beautiful places in the springtime, with thousands of azaleas, including the native Prunifolia, bearing vibrant blooms. With so much to see and only a weekend visit, we didn’t have the chance to experience Callaway Gardens’ 36 holes of golf, Robin Lake Beach, TreeTop Adventure zipline course, tennis center, 10-mile Discovery Bicycle Trail, seven miles of nature trails, fly-fishing lessons, gardening school, and more, which provide recreationIF YOU GO: al activities year-round. The Lodge and Spa Our drive home was at Callaway Gardens quiet and peaceful as 706.489.3300 we reflected on the beauty we were leaving behind and we headed Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens back to the reality of our 706.489.3305 lives. “We’ll always have Callaway,” we remarked, Callaway Gardens knowing we’ll take the 800.225.5292 short drive for the azalea blooming soon. n

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Above: The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is Berlin’s national center for the presentation of international contemporary arts.


Right: Bradenburg Gate is a great spot for a historical selfie.

REVEALED United for 25 years, it’s a hub for creative energy and history STORY:

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here’s something special about Berlin, Germany—a charisma, a charm, a stunning aliveness. You can feel the creativity, history and heart in everything from Berlin’s hotels and gardens to spas and even the people. Berlin recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which makes this the hotspot of Europe to visit in the coming year to see the limited-time special exhibits. The Berlin Panorama, for example, is a painting from artist Yadegar Asisi who lived beside the wall during the Cold War and is on exhibit until the end of the year just steps from Checkpoint Charlie. For many, it is time to rediscover “Deutschland” or uncover the depth of this cultural mecca for the first time. The best way to travel to Germany is on the nation’s flagship airline, Airberlin (depart from any city with its U.S. partners American Airlines and US Airways), preferably in business class. First the flight attendant welcomes you with a flute of Champagne and helps you get acclimated to your pod-like seat. The amenities are topnotch, right down to a chair-massage option on its new lay-flat reclining chairs. For your stay in Berlin, choose the Westin Grand Berlin to take advantage of the special


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“Tear Down the Wall Package.” It’s a once-ina-lifetime opportunity to take a hammer and chisel to a piece of the actual Berlin Wall just as Berliners did 25 years ago. The almost 12-foottall piece was relocated to the hotel and now resides on a movable platform on the outdoor patio beside the entrance. As part of this package, which will be available until the last chip is hammered, the Westin will serve you a Berliner’s favorite, Currywurst, a Berlin-style curried sausage, along with a flute of Champagne—a hearty meal after all that hammering. And while you are there, choose a spa suite from the Westin’s 400 new rooms to embrace wellness during your stay. They’re beyond luxurious, all the way from soakingtub-level TV remote controls down to the custom Swarovski crystal lighting in the bathrooms. They were so bright and sparkly that I almost wanted to put my sunglasses back on while in the bath! For those who adore afternoon tea, one dining option not to miss is the delightful, authentic “Afternoon Tea” ceremony, called “Mariage Frères,” at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin. Hot herbal teas in dainty teacups are served with a side of finger sandwiches and a scone—a delicious way to relax after a long day of shopping near Potsdamer Platz.

Here, I found that tea could last for hours (as do all meals in this country). Coffee or tea is never to-go in Germany, but rather enjoyed in a proper cup along with a slice of cake, a pastry or at least a biscotti. After a day of sightseeing and dinner, I was invited to grab a nightcap at the hottest spot in town, Fragrances, located inside The Ritz-Carlton. It features cocktails developed by visionary master mixologist Arnd Heissen. His creations are part science project and part edible art—Fragrances is the first cocktail lounge to combine the world of perfumes and aromas. A very upscale club lounge with big comfy sofas, soft lights and spotlights exhibit the shadow-box displays showcasing the perfume bottles and essences, teas, flowers and herbs that make up the ingredients of the drinks. Many are familiar scents—like my favorite, from Guerlain—and tastes. You then select your drink based on your choice of scent and the ingredients that go into the liquid version of your nose’s desire. It arrives in a vessel as creative as the drink itself, such as a little house with smoke rising from the chimney (molecular gastronomy at its finest). Another sensory-appealing highlight of my trip was Berlin on Bike, which arranges fun group or private tours. Don’t miss the

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Above: The Ritz-Carlton Berlin offers a worldexclusive tea served by trained “Tea Masters.” Right: Fragrances is a bar for all of your senses. Below: Potsdamer Platz is the intersection between old and new Berlin.


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Above: Park 75 Lounge is an inviting, comfortable lounge for wind-down cocktails at the end of the workweek. Right: Enjoy the Midtown cityscape from your window when you stay at the 50-story Four Seasons Hotel.

Stately stay

Left: The spacious and luxurious rooms and suites at the Four Seasons feature a web/ interactive television to complement staycation lounging.

A seasoned Midtown Atlanta classic is here to serve STORY:

Karina Timmel Antenucci


ith major luxury-hotel street cred, the Four Seasons in Midtown is often the go-to resting spot for rock stars touring in The A. So when I walked through its front doors on a late Friday afternoon for a one-night staycation with my husband, Josh, it came as no surprise that there was a cluster of 20-something guys in full boy-band regalia (hipster beanies included) and instrument cases in the grand lobby. Whether you’re a rock star or not, the hotel’s centralized location on 14th Street is in the hub of the city, just a hop and a skip to some of the best restaurants, major ITP music venues and nightclubs. Our premier king room, one of 244 guest rooms and 18 suites in the 50-story hotel and residential tower, was a lovely corner spot with a great view of Midtown’s cityscape. Having stayed in many an old luxury hotel, I know sometimes they can feel somewhat run-down—that is certainly not the case here. The classic décor—such as gold floral curtains, gilded lamps and mirror, dark wood tables and marbled bath—has been impeccably cared for. As the sunshine streamed in, highlighting the room’s gilt accents and pristine white bedsheets, I noticed a personalized welcome message appear on the television screen. A nice touch. After a quick freshen-up with the L’Occitane products in the bathroom (with a soaking


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tub), I meandered to the third floor to check out the happy hour crowd while waiting for my hubby to arrive from the office. The Park 75 Lounge, a stately space with a wood-paneled bar and clusters of wide chairs and plush couches, was bursting at the seams, primarily with businessmen winding down after the workweek. I nestled into a cozy couch in the corner to people-watch and ordered a Park Mule, a refreshing libation of Stoli Elit topped with ginger beer and fresh lime. It is comfortable here. The service is spot-on and I’d return again just for the bar snacks—bowls of spicy nuts and sesame sticks and olives. When my date and I returned to the third floor a couple of hours later for dinner at Park 75, the bar crowd had died down significantly. The quiet restaurant, well suited for large groups or a private dinner for two, boasts an upscale American-fusion menu. We enjoyed the Tuscan kale salad with shaved vegetable ribbons and hearts of palm in a standout sweet soy ginger dressing, followed by beef tenderloin and whole branzino (a flaky white European sea bass) from the 800-degree pecan wood-fire grill. The seasonal sides—including sautéed forest mushrooms with sherry, handcut fries with truffle oil, and sautéed baby spinach with preserved Meyer lemon—were perfection. We thought we might have over-ordered, but the portions were quite reasonable (the

whole fish appeared more like a half). For dessert, we chose a bright, palate-pleasing sorbet trio with coconut, lemon and berry flavors. Our waiter, who provided impeccable service, mentioned that in the spring and summer, the chef’s creations incorporate produce and herbs from the fifth-floor terrace garden. On this winter evening, we sampled melt-in-your-mouth caramel petit fours made with honey from the terrace apiary. After an indulgent meal, the plan for the next morning was a workout in the 4,500-square-foot gym and laps in the indoor saline pool. But instead, delighting in my staycation status and the deliciously comfortable bed, I stayed in it until a glorious 11 a.m.! Before checking out, I did peek into the fitness studio and pool areas, which are complimentary for hotel guests, and they did not disappoint. The 62-foot lap pool features an adjoining sun terrace in a serene setting perfect for lounging with a book. Something for our summer staycation, perhaps. n FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ATLANTA 75 14th Street N.E., Atlanta 30309 404.881.9898 Rates from $259

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BUBBLE UP Sparkling cocktails are delicious mood-lifters STORY:

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selves or blended into a cocktail—that feels like a celebration. Whether you’re whetting your appetite for a meal ahead, finishing dinner on a sparkling high note or just having a drink, we invite you to embark on your own Buckhead-based exploration of these fizzy, mood-lifting libations, just for adults.

1. Lusca: Cotillion ($11) Created by beverage manager Stuart White, this tangy concoction incorporates Manzanilla Fina sherry, Leon Palais Blanc de Blancs and a vinegary, botanical tarragon honey shrub. The result is yeasty (in the best possible way), bright and aromatic, incorporating vegetal elements that are rare to see in sparkling cocktails. 1829 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30309 678.705.1486

2. Bistro Niko: Le Poire ($10) This bastion of French cuisine’s bar team blends Grey Goose pear vodka with St. Germain elderflower liqueur and lemon juice, tops it with Charles de Fere Blanc de Blancs and serves it in an old-fashioned Champagne coupe. The result is a boozy cocktail scented with floral notes. The pièce de résistance: a wild baby pear, skewered and suspended over the pale yellow-green drink (save this for a deliciously sweet ending). 3344 Peachtree Road Atlanta 30326 404.261.6456


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Ruby-hued, this cocktail is as beautiful as it is delicious. It starts with pineapple, charred on the grill to bring out its caramelized sweetness, which is then pureed with lime and strained (so there’s no trace of pulp). The pineapple is blended with Campari, the herbaceous, bitter Italian aperitivo, and finished with Poema Cava, gently poured down a spiral-handled spoon to preserve its sparkle. The generous orange-peel garnish lets you drink in the delicious citrus scent as you have your first sip. 3035 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.939.9840

4. F&B Atlanta: Flying Legends and Hidden Mayhem ($12) Served in a cool, vintage-style beaker, this creation of bar manager Randy Kuder is a riff on the classic combination of Champagne and St. Germain. The update comes with the addition of bitters and muddled pink grapefruit segments, which are beautifully suspended in the Champagne’s bubbles. The floral, slightly sweet St. Germain balances out the bitterness of the grapefruit, making this an easy sipper.

lemon juice, housemade mint syrup, Angostura Bitters, Villa Sandi prosecco and a generous bunch of verdant mint, the cocktail tastes fresh and balanced. It could be your new go-to drink for spring. 3315 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.946.9070

6. Aria: Grapes & Pearls ($13) Served in a tall, elegant coupe, this expertly crafted cocktail features Cocchi Americano, freshly squeezed and strained grapefruit juice, chamomile syrup and sparkling Blanc de Blancs (made with Chardonnay grapes). The syrup gives it a noteworthy herbal element; the acidity from the grapefruit means it’s ultra-fresh (but not too tart); and the bubbles keep it delightfully lively. It’s a terrific drink to bridge the gap between winter’s chill and spring’s warmer days. 490 East Paces Ferry Road N.E. Atlanta 30305 404.233.7673

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One sip of this drink and you might see the world through rose-colored glasses. Created in honor of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead’s 30th anniversary (in 2014), Cocchi Americano Rosa (an Italian sweet vermouth), a bit of lemon juice and simple syrup are mixed and topped with Borgoluce Lampo prosecco. Though it looks sweet, it’s actually quite dry and balanced, making it an ideal aperitif to whet your appetite for whatever celebrations await.

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welcome Al fresco spots to park it with your pooch STORY:

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nlike so many cities where folks are still huddling indoors with heaters at full blast, Atlanta in the springtime is heaven. Not too hot, not too cold, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors with your family and friends—including your fur-buddies. Here’s a roundup of six casual, Buckhead-area eateries and watering holes that welcome your four-legged sidekicks.

Brunch, anyone? Head to Treehouse Restaurant and Pub’s cozy patio in Peachtree Hills for eggs Benedict and Champagne mimosas at umbrella-covered tables. Bonus: They have misters on hot days. Want to keep the party going on your Sunday Funday? Then your next stop is just down the block at Whitehall Tavern in the Peachtree Battle shopping center. With a spacious patio and lengthy beer and cocktail list, the restaurant is dog-friendly from lunch to close, and offers water bowls and treats. Plus, your furry friend could make his social media debut on Whitehall’s Facebook page as the Patio Pet of the Month. If you’ve got a hankering for burgers, check out Lucky’s Burger & Brew in Brookhaven, named after the owner’s golden retriever. You’ll find a cabinet full of doggie goodies to keep Fido busy while you munch. Rogue spring chill in the air? They have a new temperature-controlled, circusesque tent over the patio. If you’re looking for more refined fare, Anis Bistro, the


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adorable French eatery off Pharr Road in Buckhead offers a pups-allowed covered patio and to-die-for Salade Niçoise at lunchtime. Spacing between tables is tight, though, so while your Chihuahua would be fine, you might want to rethink bringing your Saint Bernard. Atlanta Food Truck Park on Howell Mill is also a fun place to roam around for a variety of good eats—from The Fry Guy Belgian fries to Sweet Auburn Barbecue pulled pork—and treats for your dog. Several food trucks put out water dishes daily and some regular vendors make organic dog bites, such as Soul Puppy Bakery, and dog accessories, such as Blu Grasshopper Creations. Or, get your organic Mexican snack on and take a break with your pooch in between running errands at Red Pepper Taqueria’s patio on the corner of Piedmont and Peachtree. No matter where you are in the Buckhead area this spring, you’ll find diverse options for food and drink without having to leave your dog at home. n



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l Leave her leash on, please, even if she’s Mama’s perfect princess. Other diners may not want a visit or sweet licks. l It goes without saying … but we’ll say it anyway: If Lassie doesn’t like humans or other pups, please don’t torture Lassie (or the humans and pups). l Pack some baggies and curb your dog—off the patio, natch. l BYO… Bowl. Even if they admit furry friends, the establishment might not provide water bowls, so bring one. (And remember to look for a shady refuge for your dog on a warm day.)

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“I had a vision for how I wanted it to feel. I wanted it to look and feel like a man’s home, but not a bachelor pad.”

A built-in nook in the living room features three Joseph Guay paintings homeowner Jeff Dauler purchased from the Atlanta artist a decade ago and blocks with his favorite inspirational saying, “Keep Moving Forward”—a lesson he learned while training for his first triathlon. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

- Jeff Dauler

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DAULER’S DOMAIN Renaissance man Jeff Dauler retreats to a townhome filled with meaningful mementos STORY:


Jeff Dauler’s favorite thing about his home is its location within walking distance of the radio station where he celebrates 14 years in March as the co-host and executive producer of the wildly popular and nationally syndicated “The Bert Show.”


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eff Dauler’s Sandy Springs residence pays homage to his love of life and music. The co-host and executive producer of the nationally syndicated “The Bert Show,” which celebrates its 14th anniversary in March, is more than just a radio guy, however. He’s also a stand-up comic, social media expert and former restaurant owner who, in 2013, developed a campaign to share his inspirational slogan “Keep Moving Forward” through products such as jewelry and stickers. And the décor items in his brick townhome tell his story—from a Paul McCartney concert he attended with his parents to encounters with big-name artists. Dauler began renting his three-bedroom, two-anda half-bath residence 18 months ago, and while it may not be his forever home, it’s the perfect place for his current stage of life. “I had a vision for how I wanted it to feel. I wanted it to look and feel like a man’s home, but not a bachelor pad,” Dauler says.

As the hard-working guy that he is, it’s no surprise his place is a stone’s throw from his office (600 steps to be exact—he’s counted). Dauler walks to work every day, but when he isn’t on the airwaves, he’s often lounging, with his beagle mix Sadie, in his sunlit living room outfitted in Intaglia furnishings or working in the adjoining office space. Here, he’s surrounded by some of his favorite things, including a Paul McCartney signed guitar he won at a charity auction, three pieces of floral art from Atlanta artist Joseph Guay and a white-on-white peace symbol painting called “A Vague Showing of Peace” by Atlanta artist Mark Boomershine that Dauler purchased at a Captain Planet Foundation Benefit Gala. Another precious piece above the record player is a limited-edition Paul McCartney poster framed with a pair of tickets to his 2005 show at Philips Arena. “I took my parents to that show, and seeing my dad sing ‘Hey Jude’ at the top of his

Left: Half of the living room—outfitted in a gray loveseat and a manly brown leather chair from Intaglia—showcases an oversized IKEA canvas print. Above the Cost Plus World Market storage unit hangs a framed photograph Dauler took (through the plane window) of the Atlanta airport’s tarmac. Right: Dauler’s brightly lit living room is where he and pooch Sadie spend the majority of their time lounging on the black leather couch and (in the chilly months) cozying up to the fireplace. Below: Some of Dauler’s keepsakes: a photo of Jimmy Buffet he took in St. Barths; signed Braves baseballs from when he worked as the team’s in-stand host; a “lucky cat” piggy bank he picked up in San Francisco’s Chinatown filled with coins from his travels; and a bottle of 1800 Tequila he shared with Sean “Diddy” Combs, who autographed it for him after a night of partying.

“Everyone makes fun of me because I have a framed photo of my dog Sadie, but she’s so photogenic,” - Jeff Dauler Right: The townhome’s entryway, featuring an industrial 15-drawer unit, greets visitors with the Beatles lyrics “All you need is love.”

guitar and sing “Cheeseburger in Paradise” with the house band. Oddly enough, with all of these storied decorations, one of the pieces Dauler’s visitors notice most in his home is a large canvas photo print of a misty rope bridge called “Jungle Journey” he purchased from IKEA that hangs above the gray loveseat in the living room. Other standout pieces include a dining table from Savannah-based Southern Pine Company crafted from wood reclaimed from the Savannah River, and an industrial metaldrawer sideboard in the entryway from Intaglia. The home’s entrance also showcases two large, painted pieces of wood with the Beatles lyrics “All you need is love, love is all you need” that Dauler purchased from New York-based designer Diana Warner.


lungs is a favorite life memory,” Dauler says. “I had an identical poster and his tickets framed for him and my mom, and it’s hanging in their house.” Throughout the dark wood-floored, two-story home is also a display of Dauler’s own photography—prints of weathered boats at Tybee Island, the Eiffel Tower, the tarmac at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (taken on his iPhone from his plane seat) and a portrait of Sadie when she was about a year old. “Everyone makes fun of me because I have a framed photo of my dog Sadie, but she’s so photogenic,” Dauler says. One of Dauler’s favorite pics is a Kodak moment he captured at Baz Bar in St. Barths when he saw Jimmy Buffet grab a

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“I love walking past those every day,” says Dauler, who, like his dad, has always been an avid fan of the Beatles. Dauler also loves living in Sandy Springs and being in close proximity to “everywhere.” Of course, he can’t beat his on-foot commute to work and the location proved especially ideal when many of “The Bert Show” staff members nearly moved in to his place during the 2014 Snowpocalypse. “It was like ground zero for the radio station after the snowstorm,” he says. “People were walking over to take showers, to sleep on the couch and crash wherever because they couldn’t drive anywhere.” Dauler often opens his home to friends and family, including his parents, who visit regularly from his hometown of Syracuse, New York. He loves to cook and entertain, but when he needs some quiet time, he retreats to an incredibly spacious master bedroom furnished with a king bed and accents from Pier One, Buckhead’s Nadeau and Target. Dauler’s townhome has proved an ideal haven over the last year and a half and it will remain his home for at least another year or two, but he says he’d like to build his next Atlanta home, either in Sandy Springs or Brookhaven. His future place, he says, will be something “bright, with a huge porch and big yard and outdoor fireplace.” No doubt it will have lots of room for Sadie to play and friends and family to congregate and, of course, walls and shelves to showcase those one-of-a-kind items that make it the home of Jeff Dauler. n


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Above: The master bedroom’s king bed, flanked by lamps from Target, is adorned in accent pillows and artwork of a glimmering tree from Pier One. Below: Surrounded by chairs and stools from Cost Plus World Market, Dauler’s weathered dining table is crafted from barn wood that was rescued from the bottom of the Savannah River.

Above: Dauler purchased the white-on-white peace sign by Atlanta artist Mark Boomershine about 5 years ago at a Captain Planet Foundation Benefit Gala.

Left: A record player and Beatles vs. Stones book are at home next to some of Dauler’s most prized music memorabilia: a Paul McCartney-signed guitar and framed limited edition poster from the former Beatle’s 2005 tour.

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GOOD VIBRATIONS Sling on this casual, but on-trend look to hit your favorite spring music fest STORY:

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MODELS: Hannah Kearney and Anthony Walega, Salt Model & Talent STYLING: Lillian Charles and Olivia DeLong  HAIR & MAKEUP: Nyssa Green, The Green Room Agency


SHOP: Gap 3393 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.233.3229 H.Stockton 3393 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.233.1608 Scoop NYC 262 Buckhead Avenue  Atlanta 30305 404.891.9845 W.Port 3232 Roswell Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 404.565.1644 Zara 3393 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.948.1516

These Wool Chukka boots by Res Ispa feature Aztec designs. The red, tan and brown hues are reminiscent of a vintage find and the low-top, lace-up style is modern, meshing effortlessly with a casual concert look. The boots come in many styles and colors, so there’s an option for every outfit if you’re a shoe kind of guy. Available for $275 at H.Stockton.

GENIUS JEANS With a relaxed waist and tailored-leg style, these AG Adriano Goldschmied The Graduate 4 Years jeans in indigo dress up a casual boot and sweater ensemble. The style slims from the knee down for a tailored look that will never go out of style. Available for $215 at Scoop NYC.

BEYOND THE BASICS This lightweight sweater with a neutral brown hue (Camel Heather, to be exact) has just enough spunk to accompany the distinctively bold boots. The soft cotton in this Mixed Marled Sweater makes for easy moving when you’re among crowds of people in a warmer venue or outdoors. Available for $55 at Gap.

TIE DYE FOR Our love for this silk scarf is never-ending, just like its tie-dyed pattern. The blend of colors makes it versatile for any muted-color tee. Atlanta designer Maridadi Trading creates custom, handmade scarves in a variety of colors. The result: The wardrobe options are limitless. Available for $98 at W.Port.

TEE IT UP A basic V-neck tee should be a closet staple, but insert this sheer vintage version and you’re looking at an edgier twist on the classic wardrobe must-have. This Monrow Burnout Vintage Tee in blue gray is incredibly soft, making it super comfortable while you’re busting a move. Available for $76 at W.Port.

WAISTED AWAY A pair of dark jeans that fits well is a nobrainer when it comes to your staples, but take a walk on the wild side with a high-waisted pair for your festival look. These Mother High-Waisted Looker Skinny Jeans are dark, with a touch of fading that gives a certain “oomph.” Pair these tall boys with a tee, scarf, booties and simple jewelry, and you’ll be ready to jam. Available for $198 at Scoop NYC.

ZIP IT UP In springtime, black booties are always a safe bet. The silver zip-up style in front gives the kicks an extra edgy touch, and makes for an easy pull on and off. Fitting nicely over skinny jeans or below cropped legging jeans, these Zara zipper boots are dressy enough for a nighttime concert, but casual enough for daytime festival. Available for $140 at Zara.







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1. GLAM GOLD A gold-hued necklace by Whiting Davis, a brand known for its iconic mesh-metal fabric bags, is just the thing to accessorize your festival fabulousness. The necklace features the same flexible mesh-metal material as the designer’s bags. To add more hippy glam to this look, stack on some rings and earrings with raw gemstones, like these from Liz Larios. Available for $448 (ring), $130 (earrings) and $145 (necklace) at Nicole Miller.

2. TRICKED OUT TRILBY The paisley detail around this Liberty London Liberty Art Fabrics trilby will certainly turn heads as you rock out at your next festival concert (plus, it provides some muchneeded shade on a sunny day!). Paired with colorful chukka boots, denim and a neutral-brown top, the hat is the perfect final touch to balance the entire look. Available for $35 at Nordstrom.

3. FESTIVAL FRINGE Range Boutique is the place to go for that piece that combines laid-back Southern California cool and sophistication all in one. Case in point: This gorgeous genuine leather cross-body bag, the Indian Head Clutch by Old Clutch, is handmade just across the state border in Alabama and features on-of-a-kind details (check out the vintage pin). The convertible strap takes you from music festival wear to a night out at your favorite open mic venue! Available for $325 at Range Boutique.


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MUSICIAN’S CHOICE We’d really be doing our local guitarists a disservice if we didn’t share the ultimate accessory for all of you seven string strummers: Seventh String Guitar Straps. We had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Keiley, Atlanta native and leather artisan for nearly 40 years, to chat about his famed guitar straps. Keiley will be the first to tell you that there are no shortcuts taken in the quality or preparation of his products. He imports bridle leather tanned in Pennsylvania, buffs the lining of it to create a no-slip finish and adds custom details from stitching to etching to embroidery. Take a close look at this piece and you’ll notice that many of Atlanta’s favorite local jazz artists are sporting Keiley’s custom leather straps. Starting at $159 at Seventh String Straps.

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Three local celebrity beauty experts aim to please and pretty

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e seem to hear every detail about a celebrity’s life, but it’s not often we talk to the gurus behind their hair and makeup. They are the behind-the-scenes artists who make their clients shine. Meet three local makeup and hair stylists who excel in their industry and learn a little about what beauty means to them. Here, they share their fabulous beauty secrets, their go-to spots in Buckhead and what it’s like to work with the Hollywood of the South.

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Mequilla “Mikki” Farrar’s interest in the beauty industry was piqued when she worked with music video production group B Squared in Atlanta six years ago. “I became intrigued with the makeup artists on set, watching them use their tools, interacting with the clients,” says Farrar, who provides at-home makeovers and hair styling for many Buckhead-based clients. Farrar first pursued her career in makeup when she was a Counter Beauty Expert at Estee Lauder, and then later refined her craft at Van Michael Salon as a Master Makeup Artist. Since then, she has worked with celebrities, such as Cynthia Bailey, Melissa Gorga, Jeff Foxworthy and Jennifer Hudson. Plus, she’s currently working with Turner Broadcasting, where she grooms guys, such as Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Rick Fox, Kenny Smith and many others. Farrar is also the makeup artist for WSB-TV Channel 2 News with Jovita Moore, Linda Stouffer, Karen Minton and Erin Coleman.

Latasha Wright This beauty guru has worked with stars like Serena Williams; actress, TV personality and author Lala Anthony; and singer Kandi Burruss, and recently embarked on a dream endeavor— opening her own studio. The Buckhead workspace, The Wright Look, opened last spring, and is where Wright creates makeup magic. Classes like “Beauty Basics—The Wright Way” for the everyday woman to learn more about makeup application, in addition to her typical oneon-one client consultations, are all part of the services she provides. Another claim to fame: Wright styled Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for the 2013 Super Bowl reunion performance with Destiny’s Child. Rowland’s a big fan—she contracted Wright’s talents for the 2013 Grammy Awards, 2013 Oscars Red Carpet Live show (which Rowland co-hosted) and as the makeup artist for all of her X-Factor USA appearances.

Top Beauty Tip: “Remember: A natural look is always better. To me, the definition of natural is balance, so choose a focal point to highlight and let everything else remain more muted.” Go-to Beauty Spots in Buckhead: Woo Skincare and Van Michael Salon Buckhead Makeup by Mikki 404.414.0198


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In 2013, hair and makeup styling team Scoobie West & Company was born, the beauty love child of hair stylist and makeup artist Hubert “Scoobie” West, a Chamblee resident. A self-taught makeup and hair artist, West began his career at a friend’s wedding. From there, he branched out to bridal shows, fashion shows and photo shoots. He has styled for Badgley Mischka fashion shows, Essence Magazine photo shoots and a special wedding gown segment on WE Television Network. Most recently, West worked with classical violinist Lindsey Stirling and nutritionist and fitness expert to the stars J.J. Virgin, getting them both ready for live television. His signature style is clean and classic, and he especially enjoys providing women of all ages and ethnicities with the tools to feel beautiful.

Go-to Beauty Spots in Buckhead: The NARS, MAC and Laura Mercier counters at Bloomingdale’s Photo: Jnelly Photography

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Top Beauty Tip: “If you’re short on time, pull your hair into a high ponytail and put a little volume in the crown. Dab a little tinted moisturizer all over your face, a bit of bronzer, two coats of mascara and your favorite lip color!”

Top Beauty Tip: “For whiter and clearer nails, soak your fingernails in baking soda, hot water and hydrogen peroxide.” Go-to Beauty Spots in Buckhead: Sephora at Lenox Mall, MAC Makeup Counter in Nordstrom, Tom Ford at Neiman Marcus, The J Spot Hair Salon and Wax by Andreia

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“If you can believe it, the mind can achieve it.” – Ronnie Lott, former professional football player Andrew Fazackerley’s current trio: Ramon Pooser on bass and Emrah Kotan on drums.

Sports psychologist Daniel Kirschenbaum links performance in sports and music.

Mind over music A psychologist and a local musician share their tips for overcoming performance anxiety


ne can argue that the mind is one of the most powerful tools for performance. But often, it is sports performance—the will to win, the strength to push the extra mile—that is associated with mental toughness. What about musical performance? Millions of performers, both amateur and professional, struggle with stage fright, or performance anxiety, when it comes time to take the stage. Recently, sport psychologists have begun to bridge the gap between athletes and musicians, transferring the knowledge they’ve learned about human performance in sports to the musical realm. One such sport psychologist is Daniel Kirschenbaum, Ph.D., of Buckhead and Marietta’s Powers Ferry Psychological Associates, who says that musicians have similar challenges to athletes. “Musicians are also in a physically demanding field that involves long hours of practice and performance.”  Kirschenbaum says, “The biggest difference between musical and sports performance is … there are no readily measurable goals in music, other than to avoid major gaffes, and often, practice is done alone. This requires musicians to engage in self-regulated learning.” Atlanta local musician Andrew Fazackerley can relate, as he freelances


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with a variety of ensembles and groups around town, including performing professionally for more than 30 years at the Fox Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and on Broadway. Though he may be a seasoned musician, he can still encounter performance anxiety, specifically during high-profile shows. “I can usually focus the nervous energy into increased attention to the details of whatever I’m performing,” he says. “Luckily in those situations, I am generally surrounded by professionals who are on top of their game. These musicians are doing everything they can to support me, and that helps me to relax.” Kirschenbaum says one of the most common ways musicians manage their performance anxiety is a process called mental rehearsal. “This process involves envisioning your performance during a practice session. You should see it going well, smoothly and with the audience enjoying it to prepare your mind for the on-stage performance. Mental imagery like that works best when it’s vivid and controllable, so that you can get the outcome you want.”  Fazackerley often uses this technique before his high-profile performances. “More often I am imagining hearing the piece played and envision myself playing my part.”


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Making a nervous mistake during a performance is common but if you focus on it, the result can easily become a downward spiral. Fazackerley overcomes mistakes by using the adrenaline that comes at those times to propel his focus into being “in the moment” with the music. These techniques to alleviate performance anxiety translate to amateurs, too. Kirschenbaum advises that in addition to mental rehearsal, establishing a routine during practice helps for performance. Incorporate the same preparations that you would take before a performance into your practice, and then visualize the stage and the audience as you are practicing. In the end, developing these self-regulatory skills can help you believe in yourself. n

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From left to right: Jayme Pervis, Julie Martin, Brandon Lewis and Joy Pervis work together to discover models and talent across Atlanta and beyond.

TOP MODELS Go behind-the-scenes with four partners in the Atlanta talent industry STORY:

Olivia DeLong   PHOTO: Sara Hanna


e see Atlanta models gracing the covers of magazines, newspapers and websites, and local actors shining onscreen now more than ever before. Did you ever wonder, “How did they get there?” Step in: the power players who make it happen. Simply Buckhead chatted with the founder of Atlanta’s branch of CLICK Models, Brandon Lewis (a Buckhead resident), manager of CLICK Atlanta Julie Martin-Coppola, and mother-daughter duo Jayme and Joy Pervis, who run J Pervis Talent, about their roles in Atlanta’s burgeoning entertainment industry. The two businesses joined forces to offer more to their potential clients— CLICK works with the models, while the J Pervis team represents actors, singers and musicians.

Tell us about the opening of CLICK Models Atlanta. Brandon Lewis: The Atlanta office came about because my partners and I were trying to decide where we were going to put our next office. At that time, in 1995, we already had New York, Miami and Los Angeles offices, so the choices on the board were Atlanta, Boston, Montreal and Paris. We chose Atlanta first since the Olympics were coming to the city. Two years later, we moved forward with the opening of Paris, Montreal and Boston. Discovering Buckhead as the next model and talent frontier was the equivalent of finding the next Niki Taylor or Lucy Liu. (Both are still clients of ours today.) What’s a typical day like for you? Julie Martin-Coppola: Each day varies! Negotiating model rates, scheduling model castings and go-sees, booking models, editing model images and comp card selections, visiting models on set and reaching out to new clients are a few of our daily tasks. What inspired you to make this a career? Tell us about your journey to get here. Jayme Pervis: I have always been gifted in negotiations and public relations. I enjoy get-


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ting to know new people. That, added to the fact that I grew up in a family that was all about helping other people reach their full potential, has helped make this a natural fit for me. I began working for a small agency and realized that my strengths in these areas fit well in the entertainment industry. In 2007, I opened J Pervis Talent Agency and as they say, “the rest is history.” I am helping make dreams come true, so it’s the best career I could hope for. Tell us a little about how your role at J Pervis Talent Agency has evolved over the years. Jayme Pervis: When J Pervis Talent began, I did every job possible. From television and film to broadcast to voiceovers and print. I’m now the broadcast agent working mostly on commercials, industrials, hosting and live events. It is fast-paced and exciting at every turn.  Do you have any advice for someone starting out in this business? Joy Pervis: Most people who are not familiar with show business think it is all about glitz, glamour, money and fame. If you are fortunate enough to get your big break, those things will come. However, most people fail to realize that it takes a lot of time, work, determination and drive to get there. People who

you think were just discovered have spent years and years working on their craft and cultivating their career. As exciting as it is, there is one important word that so many forget—and it’s “business.” If you treat this like a business and are willing to take the journey and work hard, you can be successful. Have you worked with any celebrities we would know? Joy Pervis: I have actually been very blessed to discover, develop and help launch the careers of some amazing individuals who are working in Hollywood today. [They include] Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Raven-Symoné, Dan Byrd (“Cougar Town”), Nolan Gould (“Modern Family”), Kyle Massey (“That’s So Raven” and “Corey in the House”), Blake Michael (“Dog with a Blog”) and several others. Tell us about one of the moments when your career really felt rewarding. Brandon Lewis: When I provided Sara Blakely with her very first models for Spanx. Knowing that my firm and I had a small part in altering fashion history is the stuff that creates massive drive and legacy … The very definition of “beauty” has evolved from sheer image to encompass one’s drive, accomplishments, history and personal story. CLICK has kept pace with this and our client list reflects this new dynamic with a roster of incredible, beautiful and accomplished industry professionals. n

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“High tea” in a private garden? Divine. Simply divine.

April 24–26. The Sacred Heart Garden Festival? Absolutely. With a Southern high tea - along with a festival preview party, a speaker series, landscape masterpieces, and lavish tours, it promises to be the garden event of all garden events. For more about Jazz by Moonlight with Beer & Wine Tasting, and more, visit our website.

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I had just suggested a snack, when our butler appeared with afternoon savories, and I thought to myself: remember this. Remember that the exclusivity of a private restaurant, Luminae, is truly the perfect complement to the perfect meal. Watching art being crafted right before our very eyes. And, that letting someone else plan your adventures, leaves only the memory-making up to you. It’s funny; I don’t remember a single thing from our Celebrity cruise—I remember everything.

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new Bu c k h ead medical clinic and spa offers medical care with a twis t. Dr. Gater and team of clinicians at RYSE wellness approach medical care from a different angle. The primary focus is health, balance, and well-being. Dr. Gater shares, “In medicine, doctors are taught to focus on treating disease. But, I’ve always believed that medicine is about helping heal people. Healing rarely comes from pills or scalpels.True healing is facilitated by par tners hips with patients.

Of tentimes, af ter a chec k-up at the doctor, patients are given test results perhaps a prescription and a few generic health tips like “exercise more and eat less saturated fa t.” RY S E Wellness doesn’t just tell you to eat better and to exercise. Their exper ts work with you one on one to help you meet your goals by developing tailored mea l / exercise plans with individual heal th coaching”.

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If you can finish these song lyrics, then you’re going to love this exhibit. Come on over, and get on down... to the James Brown exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History, which features rare and personal artifacts of the rise of The Godfather of Soul.




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Peachtree Street without this iconic landmark? It almost happened 40 years ago. Photo: Michael West

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“If asked when I plan to retire, I say, ‘I’ll retire when I’m dead.’”

A side of Sal Buckhead Life Restaurant Group’s longtime guitarist plays with heart and soul


he perfect pairing with your meal at a Buckhead Life restaurant? Sal Gentile. If you’ve dined at Pricci on Thursday, Veni Vidi Vici on Friday or Sunday, or Bistro Niko during brunch, chances are you have heard Gentile. His guitar performances, ranging from jazz to swing to blues, have accompanied evenings and brunches at Buckhead Life restaurants for more than seven years. The managers and chefs see Gentile as a staple at their restaurants—not only filling the air with vibrant tunes but bringing humor and passion for his craft along with them. He amiably meanders around the dining room during his performance breaks, interacting with patrons and cracking jokes with the regulars. Gentile began playing the guitar when he was 10. His Italian family lived in New York, and he followed in his father’s footsteps. Music was present at gatherings as his


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father played guitar and mandolin. At 13 years old, Gentile began taking guitar lessons from famous jazz musician Joe Monk and began performing around the Big Apple in his teens. It was at one of his shows that he met his wife of 34 years, Roe. The couple moved from New York to New Orleans in 1973, where Gentile booked gigs six to seven days per week. He has called Atlanta his home since 1985, and is still professionally active today. When he is not performing at Buckhead Life restaurants, he is teaching guitar lessons or playing private gigs, such as weddings, anniversaries and birthday parties. Many heavyweight jazz musicians, such as local Atlantans Russell Gunn and Joe Gransden, choose Gentile as guitarist for their Atlanta shows. When he performs, his fingers pluck the strings with skill that can only come from decades of daily practice. “It takes a lifetime to learn to play the


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guitar. The only way you get better at your craft is to work on it every single day of your life,” he says. The guitarist still takes ear-training lessons, where he learns to identify pitches, melodies and other basic elements of music by sound, from Atlanta jazz musician, composer and teacher Kevin Bales. Gentile is inspired by the likes of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, incorporating their style of music into his. While jazz is his favorite, the musician’s repertoire expands to swing, American pop, blues, country and ethnic (world music). His guitar of choice is the Gibson Super 400 wide body jazz guitar. One of his favorite memories: James Brown joining him on the bandstand at the Hilton Atlanta for a rendition of “Georgia.” “I’m doing what I love, and making a living as an entertainer,” Gentile says. “If asked when I plan to retire, I say, ‘I’ll retire when I’m dead. n

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Saving the Fox How an “onerous burden” became a jewel in the city’s landscape STORY:

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ifelong Buckhead native Beauchamp Carr believes Atlanta has a distinctive philosophy that harks back to the legacy of the Coca-Cola Woodruffs and their dedication to giving back to the community. “There’s an ethic in Atlanta leadership to do good work and not look for credit that Mr. Woodruff inspired,” Carr says. “That spirit has animated a lot of good causes around the city.” Forty years ago, Carr and a group of preservation-minded friends put that ethic into action when they spearheaded the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from the bulldozer. Atlanta, a city with a penchant for tearing down the old and historic to make way for the just about anything else, was about to lose the Egyptian and Moorish-inspired movie palace to neighboring AT&T, then Southern Bell, who was eyeing the prime site on Peachtree Street for a new office building. Carr, now 70, had just left a job at Citizens & Southern Bank (now Bank of America). “I was available for something exciting, and this came along,” he recalls. “At the time, it seemed like an onerous burden, but it was also a marvelous opportunity. And I felt a connection: I grew up going to the Fox. When I was 10, I used to get on the old Atlanta transit system bus and ride down to Midtown to see the movies.” The theater’s owners had been losing money steadily for years and were open to selling. “They were talking to anybody who might buy it,” Carr says. “But when it came out that Southern Bell was going to tear it down, people rose up. They wrote ‘Save


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Above: Beauchamp Carr stands on the floor of the Fox Theatre auditorium that was saved from the wrecking ball 40 years ago. The Buckhead resident was part of the grassroots effort to save the historic building. Right: Carr presented then-governor Jimmy Carter with a “Save the Fox” shirt.

the Fox’ and ‘How can you do this?’ on their phone bills. What looked like a great deal was a public relations nightmare.” The clamor engendered a feasibility study that determined the Fox could have a future in the right hands. Carr and a group of fellow volunteers formed a nonprofit to oversee a fund drive and begin booking acts to bring in revenue. Through what Carr describes only as “a complicated real estate deal,” the newly formed Atlanta Landmarks team took over the space with a $1.8 million mortgage. “Everyone thought we’d fall flat on our faces, but public opinion was so strong on our side,” Carr says. “Still, if we missed one interest payment, the building would revert to the former owners, who could demolish it. We all had to sign an agreement that if we failed, we’d no longer protest the demolition.” Those who remember driving down Peachtree during the “Save the Fox” campaign may recall volunteers in the street collecting change for the cause. Others may have fond memories of dancing in the balcony to a raucous rock band. For his part, Carr was paying calls on every foundation, corporation and philanthropist in town, begging for money. “That was my role,” he says with a laugh. “When our first big interest payment—$100,000—was due, I got on my knees in front of people who had resources. It worked; our first major foundation grant came from the Woodward Fund. The Delta Zeta sorority held a gala to raise money. One day, Ben Massell Jr., (of the Massell Realty Company) walked

in and wrote a check for $5,000. A week later, I got a call from a lawyer whose client wanted to make a $400,000 gift conditional on our raising all the money. But we also had thousands of small gifts from ordinary people.” The gala celebration to mark the final mortgage payment was held on Easter Sunday in 1975. The Fox’s 4,400 seats were packed by ecstatic supporters who roared their delight when the Mighty Möller organ rose from the orchestra pit to the strains of “Easter Parade.” After the campaign, Carr put his fundraising skills to use for the Woodruff Arts Center, where he worked for 35 years. He raised four children, got involved with the work of the Atlanta Preservation Center and continues to sit on the Atlanta Landmarks board. “It was great fun—and it still is,” Carr says. “But it came from our little group just wanting to do something good for the community.” n

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Former model Jacqueline Clay Chester now lives in Buckhead, but during the Cold War of 1959, the New York native was an aspiring model who won the chance to see first-hand what life behind the Iron Curtain was like.

To Russia, with love A memoir fondly recalls a first visit overseas


s long as Jacqueline Clay Chester can recall, she’s always had one foot in Georgia and the other in Brooklyn. Though she called New York home, every summer she rode Amtrak to Atlanta, where relatives met the train and drove her 120 miles south to Ellaville, the small town her extended family called home. But in the summer of 1959, the then 21-year-old Chester ventured in the opposite direction of the Southeast and wound up in Moscow instead. Not only was the Russian capital an unusual choice for her inaugural overseas trip; it was also the city that launched her modeling career. “And it was during the Cold War!” exclaims Chester, now 76 and a Buckhead resident. “It was a special time for me and world history.” Acting on impulse, Chester had auditioned to model for the American Exhibition of the Fashion Industries in New York, which was heading to Moscow. Being selected gave her an introduction to modeling and the chance to spend seven weeks in Russia, touring cities beyond the capital as well. Despite being an American, and one of just three AfricanAmericans in the ensemble, Chester recalls having complete freedom to roam. “Nobody was following us or saying certain areas were prohibited,” she says.


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“In fact, I found the stories that Russians were very cold and austere not true at all. There were some very warm people there, and I made good friends.” For years, Chester thought of sharing her stories of those weeks as a way of dispelling the myths she uncovered. But life got in the way: Upon returning to New York, she signed with a modeling agency and built a strong portfolio of work that included being the first African-American model to appear in the Sunday magazine of the New York Times. Another highlight was gracing the cover of a jazz album by pianist Red Garland. (Though she only earned $25 for her likeness, Chester got a bigger thrill from finding the CD in a Barnes & Noble a few years ago and buying several copies to send to her family.) She eventually gave up that career to get married and raise three children, but in the 12 years since she relocated to Buckhead’s Ardmore Park neighborhood, she’s had more time to devote to writing. After attending a writers workshop in 2003, she was inspired to pen the play A Conversation between Malcolm X and President Obama that was performed at the 14th Street Playhouse in 2009. She also wrote Ina’s Loft that was produced at the Southwest Arts Center to sellout crowds.


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Finally last September, her memoir Black Girl in Moscow was published through AuthorHouse, marking her debut into a world she never imagined entering. “I used to write short stories for my kids, but I never thought about publishing,” she says. “There was a teacher in the Harlem junior high I attended who told me I could be a writer. I remember that moment, and it made me happy. I just didn’t know how to pursue it; I had no role models and didn’t know any other writers. It’s taken a while, but it was worth doing.” n Jacqueline Clay Chester leads a book discussion of her memoir, Black Girl in Moscow, at 2 p.m. on March 28 at the Buckhead Library, 269 Buckhead Avenue. Free admission. For more information: 404.814.3500,

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Thirteen Pies, the new gourmet pizza parlor in the Buckhead Atlanta development, is a study in brick and wood—and a deliciously appealing newcomer.

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At Thirteen Pies, you’ll find pizza as it should be: fresh ingredients, sensibly proportioned, prepared with panache.

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Above: Housemade ravioli is rich, buttery and stuffed with the chef’s choice of ingredients, such as artichoke.

Above: Thirteen Pies’ baby kale salad with Parmesan-buttermilk dressing is a keeper.



ur pizza arrives—like a topsy-turvy belle of the ball who’s gotten a little discombobulated getting into her hat and feathers. Fresh from the oven, the pie has a big charry air bubble on the crust, a scattering of crisped guanciale (cured pork jowl) sourced from Atlanta’s Spotted Trotter charcuterie, a garland of “Scarlett Frills” mustard scattered around the edges. But the thing we can’t stop looking at is that blob of bright yellow at the center. Especially when our server takes a spoon and mashes it until it oozes, then sheepishly spreads broken egg yolk all over the showstopper. This, ladies and gents, is what happens when you order pizza sunny-side up. The Spotted Trotter Guanciale & Farm Egg pie may not be my insta-fave of the three thin, wood-fired pizzas I’ve tried at Thirteen Pies, the beautifully designed new pizzeria in the posh Buckhead Atlanta development. (That would be The Iberian, which I’ll describe in just a few more bites.) Though it takes a moment for the rustic, bacon-and-egg, barnyard riff to settle into itself, once it cools a bit and the flavors coalesce, it’s a real keeper. Come to think


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Above: The Spotted Trotter Guanciale & Farm Egg pie is a riff on bacon and eggs, and topped with locally sourced charcuterie.

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of it, this may be an apt metaphor for this suddenly hot little joint, from Dallasbased Consilient, the restaurant group that launched both Thirteen Pies and American Food and Beverage concepts in Fort Worth before bringing them to Buckhead. After two visits, I’m happy to say that Thirteen Pies—helmed by executive chef Mark Daverio and designed by Los Angelesbased Pleskow Architects—is a welcome addition to this pie-struck town, though my experience has ranged from a memorable (though maddeningly slow) meal on a whiplash-busy Sunday night to a good (though not extraordinary) lunch on a placid weekday. An elegant “L”-shaped den of dark woods and tiles, Thirteen Pies is a modern gourmet pizza parlor. The name refers to the standard list of a dozen pies—from the simply adorned Straight (mozzarella, basil, pecorino) to the veggie lover’s Wild Mushrooms & Leeks to fatty fave Lardo Red. A lucky 13th pie, a special, appears every few weeks. Of two recent No. 13s, the Lobster Pie (with Gruyere and spinach) and the Speck & Pear (with Danish blue, roasted onion, smoked mozzarella and balsamic) both sounded divine.

But first, do put on your Warby Parker peepers (the wildly popular eyeglass boutique is right next door) and check out the specials board at one end of the space. We tried two of the off-menu items and liked them both. The fried calamari was tasty, if a bit oily and over-breaded. But the buttery artichoke-stuffed ravioli was impeccable—a good sign of what the kitchen can do with its handmade pastas. If you are in the mood for a cocktail, consider the Little Italy, an aromatic tonic of rye, Cynar (artichokes, again!) and sweet vermouth. Boy is it strong. Made me hold on to my barstool. It’s very much like a Manhattan (my dinner guest’s choice), only sweeter. As the weather warms up this spring, I might suggest a Bitters Sweet Prosecco (just what it sounds like, with a sugar cube tossed in) or the spritely sounding Grapefruit Rickey (which mixes ruby citrus with vodka, elderflower, lime and club soda). As you sip, proceed to one of the hearty small plates—perhaps the veal meatballs with fresh mozzarella and ragù or the housewhipped ricotta, two scoops with a bit of salty tapenade and some crostini for spreading.

Above: A starter of baked goat cheese is delicious smeared onto toast with a generous dab of tomato sauce and pesto. Above: Everybody we know is raving about Thirteen Pies’ Iberian pizza—a flavor bomb of cheese, cured meats, olives and yellow tomato.

Helmed by executive chef Mark Daverio, Thirteen Pies is a welcome addition to this pie-struck town. Personally, I’d go for the warm goat cheese, which is especially good when you smear it on toast with a bit of the pesto and Kalamata accompaniments. You might also consider a bowl of bucatini or Bolognese as a starter. (The aforementioned ravioli is an appetizer option, too, though fillings vary depending on what the chef’s got up his toque.) Only the salads were a bit disappointing. The three we tried were composed of lovely fresh ingredients; two of them just needed a bit more dressing to coax out the flavors. On the surface, the shaved veggie and apple wasn’t all that different from the Fancy House, which included tasty Manchego, roasted beets and marconas. A better option was the Baby Kale, with pickled radish, breadcrumbs and Parmesan-buttermilk dressing. Everything about it just worked. Now back to the pies: The so-called Good Pepperoni was certainly that, the sausage so thinly sliced that it bonded to the crust, which was dotted with basil leaves and drizzled with truffle oil. I know, I know: Most people are wild about all things truffle, but I could do without the funky scent. So next time, I might ask that my pepperoni come without the shroomy perfume. The one pizza that I found to be absolutely flawless was The Iberian. With fennel salami, smoked provolone, Manchego, slices of yellow tomatoes, Castelvetrano olives and soffritto, the Spanish homage sounds

like an overabundance, but you may be surprised. The style here is to go light on the toppings, then bake the pies at such high temperatures that the garnishes come out of the oven looking like ghostly imprints of their former selves. This technique concentrates and intensifies the flavors. If you are a hearty eater, you can probably finish a pie all by yourself, though it’s fun to get a couple and share. Perhaps it was the plodding pace of the meal. Or that super-woozy cocktail. But after our dinner, my friend and I almost felt like ordering a second pie—savory dessert, if you will. Sounds insane, right? Wisely, we came to our senses and moved on to something sweet. Smart call. Turned out to be one of the best desserts of the year: lemon-mascarpone semifreddo topped with slices of candied kumquat and pistachio-semolina crumbles. Thanks to the cool zing of lemon curd and kumquat, the rich glass of goodness seemed deceptively light and ethereal. So here’s the thing: Like many new endeavors, Thirteen Pies needs a little time to work out the kinks. But as far as pizza joints go, it already exhibits extraordinary promise. Buckhead Atlanta has an assortment of restaurants high and low—from upscale Parisian (Le Bilboquet) to fast-food walk-ups (Shake Shack). Thirteen Pies is happily in the middle. It is pizza as it should be: fresh ingredients, sensibly proportioned, prepared with panache. A baker’s dozen of deliciousness, it is simple and yet so good. n

Left: Cocktails—like the Bitters Sweet Prosecco (left) and the Little Italy—are refreshing and Mediterranean-inspired. Below: Lemon Mascarpone Semifreddo (with candied kumquats, lemon curd and clever semolina-pistachio crumble) is a wonderful sweet indulgence.

THIRTEEN PIES 250 Buckhead Avenue, Suite 317, Atlanta 30305 678.791.1313 Prices: Salads and small plates, $9-$12. Pastas, $15-$16. Pies, $13-$16. Recommended: The Little Italy cocktail. Baked goat cheese. Baby-kale salad. Ravioli. The Iberian pie, The Spotted Trotter Guanciale & Farm Egg pie. Lemon Mascarpone Semifreddo. Bottom line: Really good gourmet pizza.

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The wine enthusiast can visit Vino Venue for wine tastings, wine classes, cooking classes, food events, or to pick up a bottle of wine.

The open layout of the store encourages mingling and conversation among patrons.

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ine is really about sharing,” says Vino Venue Managing Partner and Atlanta Wine School Founder Michael Bryan. One look around Vino Venue, and that’s obvious. The emporium’s architect, Jeffrey Bruce Baker, took this concept and ran with it when designing Vino Venue’s 4,000-square-foot space back in 2012. Spacious communal tables crafted from 1850s barn wood center the store, with a handsome bar along one side, a professional kitchen at the back, Enomatic machines strategically placed throughout, and a largely shareable menu (the store serves lunch on Saturday and dinner Monday through Saturday) creating a neighborly ambiance. In a sense, Vino Venue isn’t just a store, or a restaurant, or a classroom; it’s a hybrid of all three. On the shelves, you’ll find more than 200 bottles handpicked from the top 10 wine producing regions as well as from more exotic locales (like Lebanon or Hungary). Of these, 32 are available for tasting via the nifty Enomatic machines (you fill a prepared card with cash and insert it into the machine for a pour, half-glass or glass of the wine you want to taste). Twenty-five wines are available by the glass at the bar. Bryan’s love for wine runs deep. You can sense it when he leads a wine class, or when he talks a


customer through the wines in his store’s Enomatic machines, or when he takes groups through wine regions like Oregon or Tuscany. For Bryan, wine education isn’t just a job; it’s his calling. “I really fell in love with wine and Lelia [his wife] at the same time,” Bryan says. While vacationing with Lelia 13 years ago in Napa Valley, the former staffing industry guru and budding wine enthusiast was struck by a revelation. “I thought this would be a fantastic way to make a living. Then I asked myself, ‘Is taking people through a wine tasting work?’ That was the approach that led me to wine, and I’m still as crazy about it today.” He returned to Atlanta, studied wine intensively, earned multiple wine certifications, founded the phenomenally successful Atlanta Wine School in 2003, and then, with the encouragement of customers and the town of Dunwoody, opened Vino Venue in 2012. Situated just a hair outside the Perimeter and a stone’s throw from Sandy Springs off I-285, Vino Venue serves as a point of destination for people throughout Atlanta—including Buckhead—for wine classes, wine certifications, cooking classes, wine events and wine purchasing. Since Atlanta Wine School makes its home base inside Vino Venue

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(previously, it had a Roswell address), you can sign up for wine or cooking classes, too, that range in difficulty from newbie to restaurant veteran. Atlanta Wine School’s Certified Specialist of Wine Training Program and Wine Spirit and Education Trust offerings, for instance, attracts industry people from across the Southeast to hone their craft and build upon their wine knowledge. Then there are the epicureandriven cooking courses, like the Global Cooking & Wine Pairing Series, which includes in-depth cooking instruction followed by a wine-paired dinner for a specific country (like Spain), recipes to take home, wine to sample while you cook and pairing advice. “One of the things we’re doing here is taking the culinary conversation and marrying that with the wine conversation,” Bryan says. “That was the real impetus for me of having that demonstration kitchen and classroom. Our approach is to be an education resource not only to consumers, but to industry people, too.” n

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Culinary News & Notes 


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eatless Monday, kale, vegetarian tasting menus … if you needed more proof that America is trying to eat less meat and more veggies, the aforementioned trends are just exhibit A in this plant-based phenomenon taking hold in our country. But if you’re like me, the idea of swapping juicy, delicious cheeseburgers for tofu patties can be a little more than depressing. So I called in two veggie experts, husband-and-wife team Edward and Lin Sun of Café Sunflower (an award-winning vegetarian restaurant with locations in Buckhead and Sandy Springs), to help wean me off my carnivorous ways.

Going without meat for even a day can be really hard. Do you have any savvy substitutions?

ping up a quick stir-fry. It’s simple to put together with only two to three main ingredients, like carrots, broccoli, tofu, mushrooms or edamame. Tofu scrambles are also quick and easy to cook at home by keeping a few staples on hand.

The old standby is tofu, but don’t be frightened by it. If prepared correctly, tofu can take on the flavors of the dish it’s served with. Tempeh and seitan also provide incredible amounts of protein and their textures satisfy the hearty chewiness people often crave. Also, don’t forget about mushrooms. One of our most popular dishes at our Buckhead location is the Pan Seared Mushroom Scallops, made out of trumpet mushrooms that taste like the real thing.

What about when I go out to eat? What are your go-to dishes at restaurants?

Without having to resort to salads, we’ve found that most restaurants have adapted to the demand for vegetarian and vegan options. More often than not, there will be a vegetable plate Cafe Sunflower on the menu. 2140 Peachtree Road N.W. One method Atlanta 30309 we’ve adopted 404.352.8859 over the years is to put together Sandy Springs a plate ourselves 5975 Roswell Road just by ordering Atlanta 30328 any of the meat404.256.1675 free sides.

What should I eat on those days when I’m craving something beefy?

It’s all about staying ahead of cravings, so think about the times of day you are normally hungry and have something handy to snack on. Great options are a small bag of raw almonds, carrots and hummus or cashew butter. For meals, we love whip-

BUCKHEAD’S BEST VEGETARIAN DISHES Kyma’s Vegan and Vegetarian Menu Mediterranean is a great option for vegetarian dishes to begin with, but chef Pano I. Karatassos even offers a separate vegetarian and vegan menu, complete with vegcentric spreads for flatbreads and an array of flavor-packed mezze, such as Kastorian bean stew and zucchini fritters with saffron yogurt, and entrees, such as roasted eggplant with tomato compote and ouzo.

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t Kyma’s vegetarian and vegan menu is chockfull of flavor, like this eggplant stew.


Fajitas get the vegetarian treatment with meaty mushrooms.


SOUPER JENNY IN BROOKHAVEN Atlanta native Jenny Levison (you’ve likely dined at one of her restaurants around the city, like Café Jonah or Juicy Jenny) launched a pop-up location of her legendary Souper Jenny concept in Brookhaven late last year. After much success and a convenient lease agreement, Levison is making the shop permanent. Here, we take a first look at the new space:

s Watershed’s veggie plate proves Southern food is as much about fresh produce as fried chicken. Veggie Plate at Watershed on Peachtree For both lunch and dinner, this contemporary Southern spot dishes up a “veg plate,” which offers five items on a rotating basis depending on what’s in season, alongside housemade cornbread. This season, expect peas and cream with sweet onions, and pickled ramps with sautéed greens.

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THE LOOK: The über-casual and intimate shop (there are only a handful of tables inside near the small counter) shares residence with health food store Nuts & Berries. Expect charming décor, like brightly colored murals, hand-written menu boards and family photos, alongside a small outdoor patio, perfect for sunny afternoon lunches. THE FOOD: Levison’s made-from-scratch soups (go for the turkey chili— they sell nearly 300 bowls a day—or a sweet and tangy tomato-artichoke soup), fresh salads and sandwiches can all be found in this outpost, in addition to a slew of housemade cold-pressed juices in the refrigerated section. THE VERDICT: Because the shop is only open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., lunch is the only way to go—though the lack of seating does make carryout a more appealing option for groups.

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Horseradish Grill’s elegant dining room.


ur new “My Buckhead” series here in Foodie Journal includes sit-downs with influential locals to talk about what this bustling neighborhood means to them. To kick things off, we’re chatting with restaurateur Steve Alterman and chef Dave Berry, the masterminds behind Horseradish Grill, a staple in Chastain Park for over 20 years. SB: Dave, you recently returned to the restaurant world after taking some time off. Why the comeback?

Dave Berry: I had been at home raising my kids for several years and now that they are older, I was looking to get back into cooking. [After consulting for a bit], I was able to come on full-time. It’s so exciting to be back at the restaurant that I helped launch 20 years ago, and [with the recent] anniversary, [it] really seemed like the perfect time to come back and brighten up the menu.

s Chef Dave Berry returns to Horseradish Grill.

SB: Yes, so what we can expect now that you’re back?

DB: Horseradish got away from the farm-to-table theme that we launched the restaurant with 20 years ago, so my focus is to get the restaurant back to its roots with a little more updated flare with new products, like house-cured bacon, and techniques, like sous-vide, to just enhance the Southern dining experience. I’m also going to get the garden out back spruced up. SB: Steve, why did you choose Buckhead for your restaurant so many moons ago?

Steve Alterman: When we were looking for a location for the restaurant, I fell in love with the Chastain neighborhood—it felt like a rustic haven in the middle of wonderful, cosmopolitan Buckhead, which was perfect for our farm-to-table concept. Even the property that Horseradish Grill is located on allowed us to plant an incredible garden behind the restaurant, which we still use for many of our dishes, when the vegetables and herbs are in season. It’s the perfect combination of people with sophisticated palates and beautiful natural surroundings.

s For a sweet finish, opt for the amped up crème brûlée made with sweet potatoes. t Wood-grilled tuna is bursting with fresh flavors and produce.

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KR Steakbar Chef de Cuisine Brian Goddard balances highprofile cooking with family time STORY:

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hough he spends most nights in the kitchen or the expo line at KR Steakbar in Peachtree Hills, Chef de Cuisine Brian Goddard gets most animated when talking about his family. “I have a one-year-old son, and my wife and I plan on having one or two more,” he explains. Goddard got his start in the restaurant industry at 15 as a busboy for Outback Steakhouse in Stone Mountain. He worked his way up, serving, bartending, cooking, and eventually becoming kitchen manager at the Buckhead location. He later attended culinary school at the Art Institute of Atlanta and worked at Ray’s on the River before joining KR Steakbar as opening sous chef. “Seeing how he builds a menu is pretty incredible. He has so much experience and knowledge not only of food but of the restaurant industry in general,” Goddard says of Kevin Rathbun, KR Steakbar owner and executive chef. In May 2014, opening Chef de Cuisine Chris McDade left the restaurant, and Goddard stepped up to the plate. He gives us a glimpse into what that’s been like below.

What’s your approach to cooking? I try to use very high-quality ingredients and let those shine. I want the food to be approachable to a broad range of people. Trying to have value on the menu is also important. I want people to have several options that they are trying to decide from. I don’t want them saying, “I’m going to have this because it’s the only thing I recognize on the menu.”


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How has the KR Steakbar menu changed since you took over as chef de cuisine? Most of the organ meat is gone. We added more fish. We always try to have at least one grilled and one sautéed, and we always have scallops. The 6-ounce filet is the No. 1 seller on the menu. There are the staple items that will not change, like the fried artichokes and cacio e pepe—it just has a few ingredients (black pepper, extra virgin olive oil and Pecorino Romano Fulvi), but it’s one of our most popular pastas. Where do you find inspiration? I learned a lot from Chris McDade— how he cooked and viewed food. It changed my perspective on how to cook. I read a lot of books, and look at local purveyors’ ingredients and try to create dishes with those items. Have you thought about opening your own restaurant? Years ago I did. But I was here to open this one. Having a family now changes my perspective on it. Opening a restaurant takes a lot of time away from family and there’s a big financial input. I’m happy where I am, but I think [opening a restaurant] is the ultimate goal.

How do you balance family time with all the time you put in at the restaurant? It can be tough. I’m up early. I handle the morning duties like feedings with my son, so my wife doesn’t have to do it morning and night. I try to get Sunday off as often as possible so we can have a family day and get some time together. It’s definitely not easy. What do you do in your spare time? Time off is family time. We try to go to the park. My son is walking now and I like to watch him run around. It’s really cute. My wife and I just bought a home in Cumming, so we’re moving to the suburbs. I also love to play golf. What are your favorite Buckhead restaurants? King + Duke is very good. Aria, too. We’ve spent many special occasions there. I’ve been to St. Cecilia a couple of times. The food is quite good. Any favorite family spots? We live in Vinings and usually go around there. Really, we eat at home more. I typically make braised short ribs or roasted chicken—pretty simple food. n


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FEATURED RESTAURANTS  A sampling of great eats in and around Buckhead BY: Wendell



Sara Hanna

10 DEGREES SOUTH After 15 years on the scene, this Roswell Road establishment is a highly original destination where food and wine from the tip of the Southern Hemisphere are celebrated with flair. Before we could pose the server with a query on the peri-peri, we got the hard sell on South African reds— particularly the Rupert & Rothschild 2009 “Classique.” The big, full-bodied R&R was the perfect match for the luscious, spicy food that followed. I may not be an expert on South African cuisine, but I’ll wager that nobody makes bobotie (the national dish) like 10 Degrees South. The dish consists of tantalizingly sweet curried ground beef topped with a custardy crust. It’s time to get your head out of the sand and indulge in the kind of stuff our parents enjoyed when “Continental” cuisine was in vogue. Appetizers: $10-$16 Entrées: $21-$38

BUCKHEAD DINER This indispensible, neon-splashed diner is a jewel in the crown of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, which includes the Greek temple-like Kyma next door and the Atlanta Fish Market down

the street. For 27 years, fans have flocked here for the housemade chips with Maytag blue, the “sweet heat” Thai-chili calamari, juicy burgers and the decadent white chocolate banana cream pie—all classics. Simply by virtue of the way it lights up Piedmont Road, this diner has always been, and will always be, a star. Appetizers: $6-$12 Sandwiches and burgers: $13-$16 Entrées: $17-$30 buckhead-diner

The bobotie—sweet ground-beef curry baked with a savory custard crust—is reason enough to visit 10 Degrees South.

CAFÉ SUNFLOWER In a town that’s burger-crazed and churrascaria-packed, chef-owners Lin and Edward Sun’s casual, mid-priced kitchen is an anomaly: a veggie haunt that samples freely from world cuisine with mainstream diners in mind. Here, patrons take delight in consistently delicious salads and soups; soy-based replicas of everyday grub like burgers and ravioli; and a stellar lineup of original dishes. The food is freshly prepared, beautifully presented and accessible to both hardcore vegans and omnivores. Lunch entrées: $9-$12 Dinner entrées: $12-$18

DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE With its handmade pasta, terrific steaks and foundation of classic Italian dishes, the Atlanta outpost of Massachusetts-based chef-preneur Steve DiFillippo sets a higher-thanusual standard for a mall restaurant. Fine-food lovers flock to Phipps Plaza for Davio’s delicious fried calamari, tagliatelle Bolognese, and warm spinach salad like ravenous shoppers on the hunt for Louis Vuitton bags, Tiffany silver and Dior gowns. And they can do no better than the buttery medallion of impeccably grilled top sirloin, slathered with Gorgonzola and paired with wilted spinach and sea-saltand-truffle-oil fries. No wonder the Davio’s menu is as tantalizing as the shoe department at Nordstrom. Appetizers and salads: $9-$16 Pastas, entrées and steaks: $18-$48


The brûléed pineapple with vanilla ice cream at Fogo de Chão is a lovely finish to a decadent meal.


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You don’t have to brave the pampas of South America or the wilds of Africa to witness the most primitive form of cooking—and eating—on the planet. Every day of the week, deep in the heart of Buckhead, hunks of meat sizzle over an open fire, and grown men smack their lips and engage in gluttony as a kind of participatory sport. At this

Brazilian churrascaria, you can sip caipirinhas and nibble cheese bread; graze from a beautiful, bottomless salad bar; then indulge in an endless parade of meats, carved straight onto your plate by servers in gaucho drag. It’s all quite delicious, though the place can get Vegas crazy at times, so just be prepared for a mob. The full experience: $51.50 (dinner); $32.50 (lunch) Salad bar only: $24.50 (dinner); $22.50 (lunch)

GEORGIA GRILLE Twenty-two years after its opening, Georgia Grille remains true to Atlantaborn owner Karen Hilliard’s original vision, which means she still splashes the bright flavors of Santa Fe onto the plates of her happy and devoted customers. The French-trained Hilliard dresses her creations in voluptuous cream sauces accented with smoky poblanos or tart tomatillos—and drizzles them with colorful squirtbottle squiggles of flavor. We dug her smoked-pollo enchiladas, which are stuffed with onion and sour cream, smothered with green-chile sauce and tomato salsa and served with a little salad in a taco-shell cup. The flat-iron steak, rubbed with salt and spices and cooked until its crust is charred, was

another solid choice. Atlanta has plenty of regional restaurants, but a good Southwestern place is hard to find. Hilliard, who lives in nearby Peachtree Hills, knows what her neighbors want, and she dares not let them down. Entrées: $15-$31

JALISCO After nearly three decades, Jalisco remains a giddy, guilty pleasure trip through a tunnel of cheese. This Tex-Mex institution at Peachtree Battle is better than an El Paso taco kit, but not exactly a showcase of the sophisticated techniques and ingredients of the Mexican larder. Without apology, Jalisco is what it is, a place with consistently good, standard-issue burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and even a “Hamburguesa Mexicana.” (It’s topped with nacho cheese.) This is not a place where the kitchen thrives on change and creativity. For the most

part, the menu is the same as it has been since Jalisco opened in 1978.

Smash Kitchen & Bar in Brookhaven offers solid burgers, including a straightforward ground brisket and chuck Steak Burger.

Lunch specials: $5-$9 Entrées: $9-$13 404.233.9244

PANAHAR BANGLADESHI CUISINE Anyone who has a passing familiarity with Indian food will feel right at home at this exotic-yet-homespun Buford Highway hole-in-the-wall. The $9.99 lunch buffet is a delicious way to sample the flavorful, aromatic cuisine of Bangladesh, which often uses less spice and more coconut milk than its sister region in Northern India. At dinner, you may take advantage of the BYOB policy, bringing wine or beer to wash down the highly appealing biryanis, kormas, tandooris and other delights of the Bengali table, including many here with beef. Appetizers: $4-$6 Entrées: $11-$15

PASTA VINO You can surely find trendier pizza parlors or posher places to eat Italian in Atlanta. But if you are looking for old-fashioned linguini with clam sauce or chicken Florentine in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere with a loyal following, this Buckhead favorite has got you covered. The restaurant is beloved by many for its home-style cooking, casual ambiance, reasonable prices and a staff of servers who have acquired faithful customers of their own. Owner Nancy Powell treasures her crew, most of whom have been on the job for more than 10 years. Given the refined state of Italian dining in America today, Pasta Vino is not likely to win any awards for innovation or inspiration. But it remains a perfectly fine, frequently delicious, middle-of-the-road trattoria. Starters and salads: $2-$10 Entrées: $10-$22


At Panahar, tandoori lovers can indulge in platters of chicken, lamb, kebabs, shrimp and chicken tikka. The meatloaf from Okay Café, shown here with macaroni and cheese and broccoli, is stellar.

When it came to Smash, Tom Catherall—the Atlanta chef behind the Here To Serve restaurant empire—had little to prove. The British native designed the place himself, hanging portraits of Lennon and McCartney around a room of earthy brick, vinyl booths and shiny red kitchen tile. The menu plays like the chef’s greatest hits: skillet-fried chicken, juicy steaks, shrimp and grits. Burgers are among the best in Buckhead. Try the one with pimento cheese and bacon or the simply dressed version with lettuce, tomato, pickles and American cheese.

With a glass of Terrapin Hopsecutioner, a Smash burger is a terrific excuse to spend an hour or so at the bar. Starters and salads: $4-$18 Entrées: $14-$34

WOODFIRE GRILL After a three-hour, four-course dinner with cocktails and wine, we can report without hesitation: The Woodfire team remains at the top of its game. We decided to investigate by checking in on a crucial Tuesday. Woodfire is closed on Mondays, so Tuesday night is the swing shift, when the week’s new dishes are being tweaked, wine pairings selected and the staff is on high alert to absorb it all and not go blank when customers ask what the orange mayonnaise-y stuff in the bouillabaisse is. (It’s the classic aioli-like French sauce called rouille.) While it could use a bit of a makeover on the design end, the food and service show no signs of wavering. First and second courses: $8-$18 Entrées: $20-$42 Five-course tasting menu: $70 Seven-course grand tasting menu: $90

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Over the past quarter-century, Atlanta has risen to become a major player in the international music scene, producing influential artists in genres ranging from folk, rock and country to hip-hop and R&B. This year, Simply Buckhead highlights seven of the city’s best and brightest talents who are known not only for their musical accomplishments but also for their philanthropic and charitable endeavors. Anyone can become a celebrity these days. But in giving back to the community, these artists have emerged as true heroes. STORY:

Bret Love   PHOTOS: Sara Hanna




Robin Meade: Jeremy Freeman/HLN | Indigo Girls: Jeremy Cowart


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THE TRIPLE-THREAT TALENT STYLIST: Morgan Henzlik  |  HAIR & MAKEUP: Nyssa Green, The Green Room Agency WARDROBE: BG-Star sweater, G Star Raw, Lenox Square; hat (brought by Ludacris)


ew hip-hop artists can match the skill diversity, street credibility, mainstream accessibility and career longevity that Chris “Ludacris” Bridges brings to the table. And with a new album due out March 31 and a new movie being released April 3, he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. He’s been in the game since the late ’90s, when he rose to local fame as DJ Chris Lova Lova on Atlanta’s Hot 97.5. As a rapper, his wild, comedic flow made him an instant star, with his 2000 major label debut, Back for the First Time, rising to No. 4 on the Billboard chart thanks to hit singles like “Southern Hospitality.” It ultimately became the first of his five successive Platinum albums. Along with Outkast and T.I., Ludacris was one of the MCs who helped put Atlanta on the hip-hop map, both through his own music and that of his Disturbing Tha Peace label talents (including Bobby Valentino, Chingy and Playaz Circle, which featured an unknown local known as 2 Chainz). By 2003, Bridges was also beginning to cross over into acting with his turn as Tej Parker in 2 Fast 2 Furious. But his most impressive role to date may actually be that of benevolent philanthropist— a part he’s been playing since launching the Ludacris Foundation back in 2001. With a focus on leadership and healthy lifestyles, the nonprofit works to inspire Atlanta’s youth through education, providing memorable experiences and helping young people to help themselves. We recently spoke with Ludacris, who owns a home in Buckhead, about his love for Atlanta, its hip-hop scene, his charitable initiatives and his 2015 projects, which include a new album called Ludaversal. You moved to Atlanta from Chicago at age nine. What was it about Atlanta that made you stay?

Atlanta is synonymous with the word “real,” especially when you talk about the people and integrity. This is where my roots are, and this is where I continue to be inspired to write music. I wouldn’t want to move anywhere else. I feel like I would lose myself if I left Atlanta permanently. Atlanta really exploded onto the hip-hop scene in the late ’90s and early aughts. What was it like being at the center of that scene? It felt great! I attribute a lot of my motivation and success to Outkast and Goodie Mob for paving the way, but it feels good to be part of that wave. I definitely do take some credit in terms of continuing to catapult what had already been set, but I have to tip my hat to [production team] Organized Noize and the entire Dungeon Family [of which Outkast and Goodie Mob were a part] for breaking the South wide open. What inspired the Ludacris Foundation? I used to work at Hot 97.5 (now Hot 107.9), and they required us to do a certain amount of community service. When I became commercially successful as a rapper, I wanted to continue with my philanthropic efforts. The Ludacris Foundation has been operating for over 10 years now: We have annual events and also help out whenever there’s a crisis. When Hurricane Katrina hit, we housed 30 different families in Atlanta, and we gave away coats and [other] items to people who lost their homes. We also have LudaChristmas, a Thanksgiving event and back-to-school events, and we visit hospitals. We’re all about helping kids help themselves and our underprivileged community. Why is it important for you personally to give back? Because with great power comes great responsibility! So many kids look up to me. I want them


to know that not only do I work hard in music and movies, but my No. 1 priority is to give back. Ludaversal is your first new album since 2010. Why did it take five years? Because I’ve been making movies, and I won’t allow only a two- or three-month leeway period for me to drop an album and promote it. Music is still my No. 1 priority, and I want the work to have integrity. I think when this album drops, people will 100 percent understand why it took so long and feel completely satisfied that they got their money’s worth. This is my most personal album to date in terms of me talking about the ups and downs of what’s going on in my life— the triumphs [including marrying longtime girlfriend Eudoxie Mbouguiengue on Christmas Day] and tribulations—and it’s going to be done in a very creative way. As an artist, what do you get out of balancing acting and music? When you’re doing movies, unless you’re the writer/director, you’re just one part of the creative process. But it does something different for each actor, because it’s almost therapeutic to put yourself in the character’s shoes. When it comes to music, it’s a blank canvas and I get to paint whatever I want. Music is still my first love, and it probably always will be. Ludaversal and Furious 7 are coming out within a week of each other. What are your future goals? I’m 100 percent focused on balancing music and movies so I don’t lose the integrity of either one. But right now it’s all about Ludaversal. I think it will be my best work to date, so I look forward to hearing what people have to say about it. n

LUDACRIS’ FAVORITE BUCKHEAD HANGOUTS Whole Foods Market “I try to eat organic and stay healthy to balance all of the partying, alcohol and wild lifestyle. Whole Foods is like my Disney World, because you can get anything there!” Prohibition “Prohibition is a members only private club. It’s a great place because I love to smoke cigars.”

Henri’s Bakery “I love the gingerbread cookies there!” Chops Lobster Bar and Bones Steakhouse “I appreciate a good steak and a cigar afterwards. Chops and Bones both have some of the best steaks, if not the best steaks in the city.”

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Photo: Frank Ockenfels




ocio-political activism has always been at the core of the Indigo Girls’ ethos. Over the past 30 years the Decatur-bred duo has used their musical success as a platform from which to support a cornucopia of causes, ranging from civil rights for women and the LGBT community to environmental protection and gun control. In the process, they also helped pave the way for a litany of female singer-songwriters who followed in their wake, from Lilith Fair staples like


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Sarah McLachlan and Jewel to modern-day heirs such as Brandi Carlile and Regina Spektor. Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, who live in Dahlonega and Decatur respectively, have always had their yin-yang differences, with Ray cast as the punk-influenced indie-rocker and Saliers as the more emotional, spiritual folkie. But Ray suggests that this balance is precisely what makes their sound so unique. “We made our weaknesses into strengths. I wasn’t great at writing harmonies early on,” she

“WE JUST GOT LUCKY, BECAUSE WE’RE SUCH A GOOD BLEND AND WE RESPECT ONE ANOTHER AND ARE FANS OF EACH OTHER.” recalls, “so I had to think of them as melodies, which created the way we weave our voices in and out. I couldn’t play all the guitar chords, so I’d use different ways of playing them that were simpler. We just got lucky, because we’re such a good blend and we respect one another and are fans of each other.” They’ve also been united by their beliefs, including their desire to support the human rights of America’s indigenous peoples through Honor the Earth, an indigenous environmental group they co-founded with activist Winona LaDuke. “We work throughout the year on fundraising and spreading the word about the groups that receive Honor the Earth grants,” says Ray of the nonprofit’s focus. “Along with that, we delve into activism as we discover worthy projects we want to get behind. Our most recent fundraising effort was really successful and fun. Through individual donors and an Indiegogo campaign, we raised over $68,000 for The Fugees Academy, a metro Atlanta school that serves refugee kids specifically. It’s an amazing place that started out as a soccer program and expanded to serve the unique educational and socialization needs of children fleeing unbelievable circumstances of war, starvation or persecution.” Additionally, Ray’s Daemon Records label works tirelessly to promote local bands such as Girlyman, Michelle Malone and Magnapop. And now, thanks to ongoing changes in the music industry, the Indigo Girls are back on their own independent label (IG Recordings), crafting their eagerly awaited follow-up to 2011’s Beauty Queen Sister. Ray, for her part, seems excited about the project. “We always keep it interesting, and are always playing with new people,” she says of keeping things fresh after nearly 30 years. “I love producer Jordan Brooke Hamlin’s approach to producing albums. We need someone like her to challenge us and get us to focus on harmony and playing our guitars. The more records you make, the more you move away from your thing. You need to be reminded occasionally that this is something you still need to be working on.” n


THE COUNTRY ICON STYLIST: Sara Bentley Pearson  HAIR & MAKEUP: Lisa Novak



ristian Bush is best known as one half of country-pop chart-topper Sugarland, in which he plays guitar alongside Jennifer Nettles. But the Tennessee native has a lengthy musical career dating back to Decatur’s folk scene of the late ’80s. Bush moved here in 1988 to pursue a creative writing degree at Emory. “I’d never seen anything like the Atlanta music scene at the time,” he recalls with the passion of an ardent fan. “I saw bands like the Indigo Girls, Mr. Crowe’s Garden (aka The Black Crowes), Michelle Malone and Drag the River, the Georgia Satellites … The scene was so fertile, and people were very sharing with their information. There was this idea that if one of us succeeds, then all of us succeed.” After opening for the Indigo Girls and touring with Michelle Malone, the Decatur resident made a name for himself playing alongside singer/songwriter Andrew Hyra under the name Billy Pilgrim. But the duo’s success was short-lived compared to that of Sugarland, which has amassed five No. 1 singles, sold more than 20 million albums and earned multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy Awards over the last decade. Sugarland is known for their dedication to charitable causes, having supported nonprofits such as Love Our Children USA, MusiCares, Save the Music Foundation and STOMP Out Bullying over the years. In December, Bush partnered with Goodwill Industries on the #GiveItAway campaign, which aims to raise awareness of Goodwill’s mission to transform lives through the power of creating jobs. The partnership was inspired by Bush’s hit single “Trailer Hitch,” which reminds us that we collect things we don’t need and we can’t take them with us when we die, so why not “give it away”? “When I learned more about Goodwill and what they do with the proceeds from donations—how those donations help create jobs—I was really excited to join the effort,” Bush says. He’s also giving back through his publishing company, Songs of the Architect. “I’ve always had this fantasy,” he explains, “that I could help out bands the way I was helped out. They may have a great song, and I can take that song and shop it in L.A. or Nashville, or help facilitate getting that song into a TV show or movie. I also have a Decatur studio, called the Projector Room, which the whole thing is based around. It’s the clubhouse for Songs of the Architect.” Asked about the future of Sugarland—which has been on hiatus for several years now as the duo pursued their solo projects—Bush (who will release a new solo album, Southern Gravity, on April 7) sees no reason his various projects can’t coexist peacefully. “My solo career and Sugarland can both happen at the same time,” he insists. “My voice and Jennifer’s voice can both be on the same radio stations [without it being a problem]. As for the publishing and the part where I get to be producer/songwriter/mentor, that’s a passion that can unfold at any time. It was a real eureka moment when I realized all that was possible!” n





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orn and raised in Philadelphia, folk/jazz musician Doria Roberts—who co-owns East Atlanta Village’s popular Urban Cannibals restaurant with her wife, chef Calavino Donati—knows about the importance of charity more than most musicians. Roberts, a 19-year veteran of the Atlanta music scene who has performed at Lilith Fair and the Montreux Jazz Festival, was trying to get pregnant in 2013. She and Donati thought they’d been successful, only to realize that the lump in the singer’s belly was actually a fast-growing fibroid tumor. Although such tumors are common in women (particularly African-Americans) and usually benign, the health scare proved to be a harrowing ordeal. “During surgery my doctor discovered that it was fusing to my nervous system, so I could have lost bodily function below my waist if we’d waited four more weeks to operate. Four weeks!” she repeats, incredulous. “That was sobering and frightening. So I had major surgery to remove this grapefruitsized tumor in February 2014, and just had another related minor surgery in December 2014.” Roberts, a member of the Atlanta chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, was financially assisted through her $40,000 medical crisis by MusiCares, the nonprofit arm of the Grammys. “MusiCares helps musicians manage basic healthcare and also helps when they’re in financial need during medical crises,” Roberts explains. “They consider coverage for your medical bills as well as your primary household expenses, like mortgage/rent, gas and electric … I am 100 percent debt-free after two surgeries (one of them major), and that is as close to a miracle as I can fathom in this day and age.” In celebration of her recovery, Roberts made her 12th annual birthday concert at the Variety Playhouse last August a benefit for The Giving Kitchen, the restaurant industry nonprofit inspired by the community support that surrounded late Atlanta chef Ryan Hidinger after he was diagnosed with late-stage cancer. “I love The Giving Kitchen. They basically do for restaurant industry workers what MusiCares does for musicians, providing emergency medical grants for folks in need. I wanted to find a way to pay my good fortune forward,” she recalls, “so we organized a silent auction with help from my friends Kristian and Brandon Bush of Sugarland, comedian Margaret Cho and others. It really liberated me and definitely contributed to my own healing process.” Now fully healed, Roberts’ plans for 2015 include re-recording her 2011 album, Blackeyed Susan, which she wasn’t happy with the first time; doing another birthday party show, which she hopes will benefit Trees Atlanta; and helping lead the charge on lobbying Congress for fair royalty rates for musicians. She’ll also be doing programming for the Center for Civil Human Rights’ music series, “Moving the Movement,” which will highlight past and present artists addressing sociopolitical topics through their art. But most importantly, she says, “I’m looking forward to not being in any operating rooms in 2015!” n


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t’s become a cliché to say that someone can “do it all,” but this description fits Robin Meade perfectly. Best known as the perky anchor of HLN’s morning show, “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” the Atlanta transplant has also established herself as an author (2009’s Morning Sunshine) and talented country singer-songwriter. In December she hit No. 16 on the holiday charts for her duet on “Sleigh Ride” with Australian pop group Human Nature, with whom she recently performed in Vegas. Meade, who moved to Atlanta from Chicago 15 years ago for a job with CNN Headline News, has since fallen in love with the city: “I love the vibe of Southern hospitality mixed with modern metro,” she says. “It’s a charming combination that makes you feel instantly at home, while offering the opportunities and hot spots you expect from a city on the move. I also love the weather. To quote my mother, ‘You can always take off clothes when it’s hot. But you can never put on enough layers when it’s cold.’ Amen, sister!” Meade, a diehard foodie who can often be spotted dining out at local farm-to-table restaurants such as True

Food Kitchen and Seasons 52, is also an avid supporter of K9s For Warriors, a Florida-based nonprofit focused on rescuing shelter dogs, training them and matching them with military veterans suffering with PTSD. “I loved that the dogs help these brave individuals transition back to civilian life and deal with emotional scars,” she says of her interest in the organization. “But it’s not cheap: K9s for Warriors estimates it takes $10,000 to house, feed and train one dog for work with their warrior companions as a service animal. That’s why I’m giving all the proceeds from my Bedhead Brew Coffee (available at to this group.” As for her future plans, Meade will continue to balance her TV, music and charity work, including hosting “Round Robin” acoustic shows at Eddie’s Attic. “I bring in various songwriter friends of mine, who generally have written tons of hits you hear on the radio. We go back and forth, performing and telling the stories behind the tunes. I love the enthusiasm Atlanta audiences show,” she concludes appreciatively, “not only for me, but for the musicians who haul in from other far-flung places to play for them.” n




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pologies in advance if this next sentence makes you feel old: Collective Soul reached its 20th anniversary in 2014. To celebrate, the band is releasing its ninth studio album, See What You Started By Continuing, in March. “I thought it was interesting after 20 years that we’re continuing where we started,” says frontman Ed Roland of the title’s meaning. “Making the same kind of music we always have, with a lot of loud guitars. We made a conscious effort to focus on rock riffs … The only thing that has changed over the 20 years is that we’ve gotten better.” Originally formed in Stockbridge, Georgia, to record a songwriter’s demo for Roland, Collective Soul was signed to Atlantic Records during the mid-’90s alt-rock boom and went on to record seven No. 1 hits (including breakthrough single “Shine”) and sell more than 10 million records. Despite going to Boston’s Berklee College of Music and touring the world, Roland (who also fronts a new band, the Sweet Tea Project) insists he’s never even considered living anywhere other than Atlanta. “I love Atlanta’s culture and diversity,” he says proudly. “My family and friends are here. My children are here now. I love having a place like Atlanta to raise a family. And if I need to go anywhere on this planet, I’m just one flight away with Delta. This is a very forward-thinking city, but with deep roots in Southern culture.” Another thing Roland loves about Atlanta is its sense of community, to which he frequently gives back because “that’s what you’re supposed to do as a neighbor.” In recent years he’s helped raise money for the T.J. Martell Foundation (which funds AIDS research) and Chastain Park Conservancy (he lives in the neighborhood). He also performs two charity shows a year at Eddie’s Attic, a tradition he started nine years ago. “[The band was] gone so much that I thought it would be good to see my friends and make them pay money to give back to the community,” Roland recalls with a laugh. “This year, for the first time, I did it [to raise money] for individuals. I did one for a cousin that was seriously injured and had doctors’ bills, and another for Sunshine Diaz after her husband, Paul (who owns Tree Sound Studios), had a brain hemorrhage. I love that if you ask for something from your community they really do it from the heart.” n




hris Cauley’s not a household name yet. But the Cumming native has racked up an impressive resume that includes his breakthrough as a member of Adam Levine’s team on “The Voice,” starring in the touring production of Tyler Perry’s Laugh to Keep from Crying, and singing the national anthem for Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” rally at Alpharetta’s North Point Community Church. “I’ve never been so nervous in my life,” he admits with a laugh when asked about what he describes as his career highlight. “It will be great to tell my grandkids that I sang for such a historic First Lady of the United States.” Cauley grew up singing along to Boyz II Men in his bedroom and listening to classic soul records. His dad was a big fan of James Brown, while his mom was always playing Stevie Wonder and

Earth, Wind & Fire records. Although he’s passionate about his latest Michael Jacksoninfluenced EP, “My Turn,” Cauley confesses to being an even bigger fan of sports than music. “When I’m not on the road,” he says, “you can usually find me at TopGolf in Alpharetta, a fantastic place to play, eat and watch a game. I also love cheering the Hawks on at Philips Arena, getting my tomahawk chop on at Turner Field and singing at Buckhead Church on Sundays. While commuting, I’m always listening to 680 The Fan. Fun fact: I wrote and sang the theme song for the Chuck & Chernoff show!” Cauley, whose wife, Sandra, was Mrs. Georgia 2013, is equally passionate about using his talent to give back to charitable causes, particularly CURE Childhood Cancer. “I absolutely love CURE! I’ve had the opportunity,





alongside my beautiful wife, to perform at their annual Believe Ball, their biggest cancer research event of the year. Childhood cancer is the No. 1 disease killer of American children, and only 3 percent of federal funding for cancer research is focused on childhood cancers. This year’s Believe Ball will be held May 16 at the St. Regis in Buckhead, and you’d better believe I’ll be there supporting!” n

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From rappers to rockers, musicians of all genres come home to Atlanta. From left to right: Lecrae, Jamie Grace, Waka Flocka Flame, Zac Brown Band. Right: Chubb Rock.

THE MUSICIAN NEXT DOOR Atlanta address desirable for music stars and execs


orld-class concert venues. A-list parties. Recording studios catering to big-name talent. For a growing number of music moguls, Atlanta is a hot address. Entertainers and music execs are moving here to work, live—and play—without sacrificing quality of life. The music industry pumps more than $3.7 billion dollars annually into the state economy, according to an impact study commissioned by the advocacy group Georgia Music Partners. Atlanta is so influential in the music industry that it has its own sound—and a reality TV show about living and making music here, “Love & Hip-Hop, Atlanta.” The Atlanta sound is that twang and laid-back groove found in hip-hop hits like “Hey Ya” by André 3000. It’s the pounding heartbeat of crunk music. It’s country cool. Atlanta is the home base of some of the nation’s hottest hip-hop art-


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You already have your go-to list of prominent Buckhead-area music venues, but what about those one-off nights when you want to catch live music while you’re out? Thanks to a slew of area bars and restaurants catering to live, local acts, you can discover your new favorite band with minimal planning. Here, a few area spots from Buckhead to Sandy Springs.


ists, from music giant Usher to the Grammy-nominated Waka Flocka Flame (“No Hands” and “Get Low”). It’s also where music legend Elton John rests and rejuvenates, and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush perfects his brand of roots rock. “The city is widely recognized as a rap, hip-hop and R&B mecca with artists including Ludacris, OutKast, Usher, Ciara, T.I., Lil Jon and Killer Mike headquartered here,” says Lisa Love of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Atlanta is also a Christian and gospel music hub with artists like Casting Crowns, Third Day, Chris Tomlin, Tasha Cobbs and Jamie Grace generating hits and selling music to fans all over the world.” Jamie Grace, who grew up singing in her dad’s suburban Kingdom City Church, bought the home next door to her parents in Stone Mountain when she made it in the music industry. She travels

PARK BENCH Originally opened in 1994 on East Paces Ferry, the longtime night spot Park Bench unveiled a brandnew location in 2011 on Irby Avenue, with an expanded square footage to boot. The crowd leans young and thirsty, and the vibe is energetic and fun. Aside from the outdoor patio and multiple bars, the spot also boasts a dance floor and stage. Live music starts around 10 p.m. on Thursdays and 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and tends

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to Nashville to record music, but calls Atlanta home. “I am obsessed with the restaurants here,” Grace says. “I love Chick-fil-A. It’s just better in Atlanta. I also love Chow Baby and Marlow’s Tavern. My sister got me hooked on Café Intermezzo. I don’t even like coffee, but I go for the ambiance and the cake. In Atlanta, I can ride horses, then drive 20 minutes and be downtown.” Grammy-winning Christian rap artist Lecrae, who launched an international following and a new label, Reach Records, in Atlanta, also enjoys the city’s cuisine. His favorite restaurant is Buckhead’s Holeman & Finch, and he loves taking his kids to Legoland at Phipps Plaza, a Schure Media spokesman says. With an Atlanta address, recording artists are in good company. Some of the city’s most exclusive high-rises and gated communities—including many in Buck-

head—house the rich and famous, including actors, athletes and TV producers. Atlanta has practically everything an entertainer could want—a growing movie industry, designer boutiques and a backdrop for music videos that can go from urban to rural in a short drive. Atlanta is a place where new acts are born, rising stars are nurtured and seasoned entertainers stay relevant. Mark “L.A. Reid” Rooney and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds started the label LaFace Records in Atlanta in 1989. They launched the Grammy-winning girl group TLC, and made Toni Braxton and Ciara multi-platinum-selling artists, too. Old school rapper Chubb Rock keeps his career thriving as a radio personality on Atlanta’s Majic 107.5 FM. And hip-hop’s hit maker Montell “This Is How We Do It” Jordan makes new music as worship leader of Victory World Christian Church in Norcross.

to hover between singersongwriter and rockabilly, though the most popular event is the dueling piano show on Thursdays and Saturdays (it’s the only one in Buckhead!). No cover.

starts around 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday so you have time to grab a table, down a burger and explore the restaurant’s various moonshine cocktails before the show starts. No cover.

34 Irby Avenue, Atlanta 30305. 404.262.3624.

56 East Andrews Drive, Atlanta 30305. 678.244.3601.

STILLHOUSE True, East Andrews has long been the place to hang out late-night, but gourmet burger joint Stillhouse offers a quieter oasis for catching acoustic tunes. Music

STEVE’S LIVE MUSIC Steve’s Live Music is a venue first, but it’s also a restaurant and bar serving pub food, beer, wine and cocktails. Located in Sandy Springs, the spot attracts an eclectic

range of local and regional acts playing everything from folk and bluegrass to Celtic tunes. Mondays are Celtic night, Tuesdays feature bluegrass and Thursdays are tailored to blues. Tickets range anywhere from free to $30, depending on the event, and doors open every night at 6:30 p.m. You save if you purchase tickets ahead, but can buy them at the door, too. 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs 30328. 404.418.6777.



Atlanta’s thriving music industry owes much credit to its behindthe-scenes contributors, Love says. “Local producers, engineers, recording studios and clubs are a vital part of that ecosystem.” Stephen Carrington, scheduling manager at Doppler Studios in Midtown, says music’s A-list often stops in. “We have worked with André Benjamin of OutKast, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and Usher. Alicia Keys and Waka Flocka have been here. Recording artists come to Atlanta because there is a lot of music history here.” These artists are among those who also call Atlanta home: Big Boi, Grammy-winning hip-hop artist and producer. CeeLo Green, Grammy-winning R&B artist. Chris Tomlin, a contemporary Christian singer and songwriter. Dottie Peoples, award-winning gospel star. Drumma Boy, Grammy-nominated rapper, hip-hop artist and producer. Jermaine Dupri, Grammy-winning music producer and songwriter. John Driskell Hopkins, singer/ songwriter and founding member of Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band. Ne-Yo, R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor. Tamela Mann, award-winning gospel singer. Tim Smith, guitarist for Sheryl Crow. Young Jeezy, Grammy-winning rapper and hip-hop artist. 2 Chainz, Grammy-nominated rapper and hip-hop artist. n



Above: Otis Redding’s Macon legacy lives on through his family foundation and his statue. Left: Rock and roll fans young and old appreciate the memorabilia at The Big House, the gathering place of The Allman Brothers in the 1970s.


hile Atlanta might get all the mainstream glory, two cities just down the road make headlines of their own. Augusta, home to James Brown, houses an exhibition at the Augusta Museum of History, featuring rare memorabilia and personal artifacts that vividly tell the story of Brown’s rise to worldwide fame. Costumes and accessories from the 1960s on, a King of Soul crown from the 1950s, and candid family photos of Brown and his children are just a few of the highlights, along with programs, concert performance footage, highlighted tracks and studio recordings, and excerpts from interviews with individuals who were influenced by Brown. The biographical film of Brown’s life, Get On Up, released in August 2014, brought attention to the city and a host of fan photos next to the James Brown statue on Broad Street. The Jessye Norman Amphitheater and Jessye Norman School of the Arts, honoring the American Grammy awardwinning opera singer and recitalist from Augusta, are both located in downtown Augusta. The Major Rager concert, which occurs during Masters Week and sold out last year in its inaugural year, is performed at the Amphitheater. Another music connection in Augusta right now is an art exhibit. American Dreams: Paintings by John Mellencamp (the American rock singer-songwriter, musician, painter and actor)— fifty oil and mixed-media paintings, including several never before seen

by the public, are at the Morris Museum of Art through April 12, 2015. In Macon, the Otis Redding Foundation, established in 2007, creates educational awareness programs in the arts and humanities. The Mini Museum offers a small peek into the life, accomplishments and awards of Otis Redding, the singer-songwriter who called Macon home from the age of 5. Little Richard, recording artist, songwriter and musician who calls Macon home, has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for over six decades. Also in Macon is The Big House, the gathering place where band members of The Allman Brothers Band, their roadies, friends and families lived from 1970 to 1973. Instruments, posters, photos and memorabilia of all sorts fill every room of this house— worth a visit if you’re a true 70s rock-and-roll fan (like me). Rock on, Macon and Augusta. n

John Mellencamp showcasing one of his paintings on display at Augusta’s Morris Museum of Art.

MORE INFORMATION Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau,

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Local radio superstar’s foundation prepares the youth of today to succeed tomorrow STORY:

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s a radio fixture, Ryan Cameron needs no introduction. The V-103 on-air personality, twice an Emmy Award winner, not only is a beloved public figure but also heads his own charitable foundation. The Ryan Cameron Foundation has been serving Atlanta since 2002, encouraging area youth as they transition to adulthood. With programs, such as a Leadership Academy and an Anti-Violence Forum, and a thick list of beneficiaries, the foundation continues to grow. We caught up with Cameron— who was born in Atlanta and has lived in Buckhead since the late ’90s—to find out more about the work the foundation does.

How did the foundation begin, and what is its mission? We have been doing a celebrity bowling event since 1991, when I was a part-timer at V-103. What I was doing was guaranteeing a $5,000 donation to a charity each year. Around 2001, there was a lot of bad publicity about nonprofit organizations using money to do other things besides supporting charities. That is when we decided to form a foundation—I wanted to make sure all the money raised went exactly where it was supposed to go. Our mission is to provide support for Atlanta youth and get them ready for the real world. We work with kids mostly from the ninth grade to the time they are ready for college, but with our anti-violence/anti bullying summit we start as early as fifth grade.


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What are some of the issues you’re trying to address? One of the things we are trying to get the kids to do is have a relationship with a healthcare professional. The youth health fair targets kids of all ages. A lot of times, the only time they see a doctor, other than a pediatrician, is when they have to go to an emergency room. We are trying to get them comfortable with having a healthcare provider. It’s important to do that for those times when things are going well and when things are not. Tell us about the Leadership Academy. This is the ninth year. We start taking students in the ninth grade. They have to write a letter about why they should be in and someone has to recommend them. We work with them through college. We provide everything from a book stipend to a business suit to a laptop. We teach skills, such as financial management, etiquette and life skills, and [about] the pitfalls of going from high school to college and how that can be overwhelming. We want to make sure they are prepared. When they walk across the stage and get their diploma, we think they are ready for the next level.

Have any students blossomed from the experience? One of our students, Romie Williams, was a Gates Millennium scholar (a scholarship offered to young people by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) we began working with in the ninth grade. She is doing very well in her chosen field—she’s at NYU majoring in broadcasting with a minor in theater. Romie was shy and introverted. It’s like a butterfly and a cocoon. She became a butterfly. We encouraged her, gave her opportunities to interact. She became active in school. You have to be around other like-minded individuals to boost your confidence. Why is the foundation important? My grandmother would take me to visit people down on their luck at the church mission, as early as age seven or eight, and we’d give out sandwiches and soup. It instilled the positivity of giving back to the community. This organization lets young people know early that they have to give back. I am trying to pass [this philosophy] along and give them the incentive to do well in their community. n RYAN CAMERON FOUNDATION

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March 20 Cook Hall 3377 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta 30326 404.523.3600

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Cook Hall’s Friday night concert series brings together local artists to perform on one Friday each month. On March 20, Wayward Souls brings their dark Americana style to the stage. The band evokes a Southern Gothic swing and amplified bluegrass sound, as ethereal tales are rooted in vocal harmonies and jangled guitar tunes. While you listen to music, sit on the patio, situated on the curve of Buckhead bend, where you can watch the cars and Lenox Mall-goers buzz by on Peachtree Street. Sip the restaurant’s craft cocktails and nosh on nibbles, such as charred chicken wings, flatbread and popcorn shrimp. The concert begins at 9 p.m. Cook Hall is located in the W Hotel, which offers three-hour complimentary parking. Concerts are free.

Don’t let the white hair fool you. This duo promises to deliver a compelling acoustic performance. “Del and Dawg” is the musical duo of Del McCoury and composer David Grisman. At 70, McCoury is still guitar-picking his bluegrass melodies with his band, the Del McCoury Band. Grisman is known for his bluegrass-new grass melodies. He has described his musical style as a mix of bluegrass folk and Reinhardt-era jazz. Del and Dawg bring acoustic strings to life as they strum mandolins, guitars and banjos. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets available at for $50.35.

Celebrate one of the first outdoor concerts of the season at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Alt-J, a popular British indie rocker band, makes a stop in Atlanta on their North American concert tour. Expect to hear hits from their debut album, An Awesome Wave, which won the British Mercury Prize in 2012, and from their 2014 album, This is All Yours. This is a non-table concert, so no carry-in beverages or food will be allowed. The band takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets vary based on seating location, and begin at $76 per person. Purchase tickets through Ticketmaster, Live Nation or altj.bandcom/live. – Alexa Lampasona

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Events, exhibits, galas and more 


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Necklace from artist Melissa Schmidt on display at the American Craft Council Show.

Celebrate Southern wine traditions at the High Museum wine auction.

The dessert spread at 103 West’s Easter brunch.

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AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL SHOW March 13-15 2 Cobb Galleria Parkway S.E. Atlanta 30339 612.206.3100 More than 225 artisans gather at the Cobb Galleria for a three-day event showcasing fine handmade jewelry, home décor, clothing and furniture. The American Craft Council sponsors this show, touted as the largest juried craft show in the Southeast. Local Buckhead artisans include textile designer Anne Vincent, who creates scarves, coats, jackets and wearable art; and Alan Vaughn, who showcases his handcrafted floorcloths. This year’s home décor theme is “The 4 Elements,” which includes vignettes of rooms designed around earth, wind, water and fire. The show runs on Friday (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Advance tickets are available online until March 15. A day pass is $12, or become a member of the American Craft Council and receive admission to all three show days for $29. Tickets are $13 at the door. Children 12 and under, as well as American Craft Council members, are free.

HIGH MUSEUM ATLANTA WINE AUCTION March 25-28 High Museum 1280 Peachtree Street N.E. Atlanta 30309 404.733.4400


“Uncork a Southern Tradition” at this year’s High Museum Wine Auction. Featured wineries include D.R. Stephens Estate, R. Stuart & Co. and Reynolds Family Winery, stellar producers of both Napa Valley and Oregon wines. Explore new wines, paired with expert small plates from special guest chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union, along with Buckhead gems, such as Canoe, Local Three and Restaurant Eugene. Winemakers’ dinners and tasting seminars occur from March 25 to 27, and the big wine auction takes place at 11 a.m. on March 28, at Atlantic Station. Tickets to the auction (Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction) come in four different benefactor packages, ranging from $2,500 to $23,000. A limited number of individual tickets ($500 per person) may be available; call Carole Ashworth at 404.733.4543 for information.

EASTER BRUNCH AT 103 WEST April 5 103 West 103 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta 30305 404.233.5993 The private events venue by Buckhead Life’s Pano Karatassos goes public only three times a year, and Easter brunch is one of these special occasions. More than 30 different entrées appear on the buffet, fusing the restaurant group’s different menus (think KYMA, Pricci, and Bistro Niko) such as roasted duck breast, lemon braised arti-

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chokes, whole poached salmon and ricotta gnocchi. For the children, there will be plenty of kidfriendly fare and face painting, and the Easter Bunny will hop by for photos. Be sure to indulge in Pastry Chef Joseph Geonczy’s hand-decorated chocolate eggs and marzipan chicks and bunnies. Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For reservations, call 404.233.5993 or reserve online. Children 6 and under are free; $24.50 per child ages 7 to 12; $62 per adult.

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ASSOCIATES’ DECORATORS’ SHOW HOUSE & GARDENS April 18-May 10 4701 Northside Drive Atlanta 30327 404.733.4921 The 2015 Atlanta Symphony Show House & Gardens marks the 45th year for the event. One of Buckhead’s most beautiful properties, the grand “Château Soleil,” pays homage to European elegance with its French limestone, slate roof and zinc dormers. Inside the 14,000-square-foot home, you’ll find a domed marble entrance; outdoors the formal terraced garden surrounds a saline swimming pool. Celebrity designer and television host Vern Yip will serve as honorary chair and will also design a room. The show house is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $30, available at

Adopt a Golden Gala. Photo: Kristen Alexander Photography

FIREFLY FETE April 24 The Barnette Home 3936 Club Drive Atlanta 30319 404.785.GIVE As one of the largest Friends of Children’s fundraisers sponsored by the Friends groups in North Buckhead and Brookhaven, the Firefly Fete supports initiatives including patient family services and support services, specialized equipment, and research. Mingle with other Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta supporters as you enjoy specialty cocktails and upscale backyard fare. Bid on prizes at a live and silent auction. Many sponsorship opportunities are available, from the Platinum sponsor option that includes eight tickets and premium recognition during the event for $5,500, to the Family Friend sponsor for $500, which includes two event tickets. Purchase tickets online at giving.

ADOPT A GOLDEN GALA April 25 Atlanta History Center 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W. Atlanta 30305 770.643.1807 Adopt a Golden Atlanta is touted as the largest rescue organization on the East Coast dedicated solely to this dog breed. This year’s Adopt a Golden Gala features live piano from Danny Staggs, Lori Geary of WSB-TV as the emcee, four food stations from Legendary Events catering and and signature “Goldentini”

cocktails. Guests will also have the opportunity to mingle with a few of the rescued goldens. A live and silent auction also contributes funds to the organization, and guests can bid on prizes, such as jewelry from Cartier; a week’s stay at luxury vacation homes in Hilton Head, Italy and Antigua; and golden retriever art and collectibles. The event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person through the website for advance purchase only.

LAUREN’S RUN AND CURE ANNUAL PICNIC April 26 Concourse Office Park 5 Concourse Parkway N.E. Suite 1200 Atlanta 30328 770.986.0035 Two young girls named Lauren battled pediatric cancer and unfortunately lost the fight. In memory of both Laurens, every year Cure Childhood Cancer hosts Lauren’s Run to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. The 2015 run includes a 2K run/ walk, a 5K run and now a 10K run in a loop course that runs along Peachtree Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive. The 5K and 10K runs begin at 8 a.m., followed by the 2K run/walk at 9:45 a.m. Following Lauren’s Run, the 21st annual Cure Picnic—catered by the local Joey D’s Oak Room and Folks Southern Kitchen—allows pediatric cancer patients, survivors and their families and friends to spend time outdoors. The event, from 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., is free to all Lauren’s Run participants and Cure families.

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ore than 400 partygoers gathered at the Jet Linx/ Signature Flight Support hangar at DeKalb Peachtree Airport to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of Simply Buckhead and raise funds for CURE Childhood Cancer. Sharon Fisher Events and Legendary Events transformed the hangar into a sophisticated black-and-white party atmosphere with furnished lounge areas and tables adorned with orchids and anemones. Attendees sampled food from signature Buckhead restaurants, including hand-rolled potato gnocchi from Davio’s and ahi tuna tartare from Ocean Prime, and sipped drinks from Stoli, Great Signature Wines, Sinless Cocktails and Gordon Biersch Brewery. A gift pull offered prizes— from bottles of wine to pieces of art— valued from $20 to several thousand, helping generate more than $12,000 and a generous donation to CURE’s mission of conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research and supporting patients and their families. Atlanta Hawks announcer Bob Rathbun served as emcee for the festive evening and Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project rocked the house with live music.

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It touches all the senses with a powerful twinturbocharged V6 engine, available Q4 intelligent all-wheel drive and optional Bowers & Wilkins Premium Surround Sound. Test drive the 2015 Ghibli at Jim Ellis Maserati and discover a stunning fusion of style, performance, sports handling and luxury, with exclusivity that only comes from driving a Maserati.



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Simply Buckhead March/April 2015  

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

Simply Buckhead March/April 2015  

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