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n this issue, we focus on amazing people and events – past and future. The philanthropic community celebrates the success of a great many foundations which have raised substantial funds for heartfelt causes – often in one magical night! The importance of the ball, gala, or the carefully orchestrated event has proven to be the gold standard for these nonprofits who all strive to bring us together in the most festive way possible to convey their mission and garner the support of the most substantial donors in the community. I am delighted to announce the 20th anniversary of Tony Conway’s Legendary Events, which has created and provided the magic behind many of the most impressive celebrations in Atlanta. Tony’s reputation in our city has become evident for his creation of breathtaking events with spectacular decor, lavish cuisine and impeccable service for the past two decades. And, within the last few years, he has provided equally sensational venues with the restoration of The Estate and the creation of Flourish, both in the heart of Buckhead. But there’s much more to Conway’s commitment to this community than his artistry and venues, as he has personally supported and contributed over $15 million in funds, goods and services back to the philanthropic community which has relied on his Legendary vision over his 20 years of success. Tony is an A-list guest and

a powerful insider to the wonderful folks that have made Atlanta the most generous city in the world. Romance abounds in weddings of the season. Among recent nuptials, we include some of Atlanta’s prominent citizens as we showcase the marriages of former mayor Sam Massell to Sandra Gordy as well as Paul Hagedorn and Dr. Julie Levine. Dazzling design (both interior and the world of couture) is the focus in this issue as we introduce Daniel Olah, home designer extraordinaire, whose attention to detail combines classic architecture with modern livable spaces that his clientele covets! We present the elusive Israeli couturier Nurit Hen, who has taken our breath away with her 2017 bridal collection. The images show what words could never describe. Also within our Style section, we salute iconic Armani Privé for perfecting formal pant ensembles which may redefine the dress code for black tie. Featured international travel destinations offer contrasting options from a Silversea cruise to Vietnam resplendent with history and new-age culture to the other side of the world for an intimate and romantic getaway in the pristine private villas at Avaton on an historic coastline of Greece. Remember, we love to hear from you, our amazing readers, about what you think of each and every issue! Wishing you warm and wonderful holidays,

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Tower of Young performers dazzle at holiday benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Dec. 4 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Heralded as the hottest holiday ticket in town, Tower of Talent will showcase the most outstanding child performers in Atlanta in a world-class concert extravaganza on Dec. 4 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. From Beethoven to Broadway and beyond, there will be something for everyone at this 3rd annual benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Television personality Tom Sullivan and anchorwoman Brenda Wood emcee this standing ovation event, which features performances by children, including Angelica Hale, Eli Holyfield and Jasmine Handmaker.




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Heralded as the hottest holiday ticket in town, Tower of Talent will showcase the most outstanding child performers in Atlanta.

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“Tower of Talent is a thunderous, applausefilled fundraiser with standing ovation talent,” said Robyn Spizman Gerson, leading the charge as Ambassador of Smiles. “As these incredible kids raise their voices to share the joy and power of music, they are raising awareness for this important nonprofit hospital and helping other children live their dreams out loud.” The star-studded event, cohosted by Channel 11 TV anchorwoman Brenda Wood and radio/ TV personality Tom Sullivan, kicks off at 4:30 PM with a filmed welcome by celebrity Ryan Seacrest. WPBA’s Alicia Steele and Atlanta & Company’s Christine Pullara will also be making appearances. The young entertainers, ranging in age from 8 to 18, were selected from a citywide cast call; some were patients at Children’s. They will be joined on stage by the Roswell High School Orchestra, directed by Sara Payne; and the Atlanta Academy of Vocal Arts, directed by Maria McDaniel Willathgamuwa. The concert is magnificently directed by Lynn Stallings, executive director of The Atlanta Workshop Players. The classical music addition was inspired by musicologist and piano teacher Dr. Warren Woodruff and his popular book Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton. Tower of Talent is generously underwritten by Michael and Anne Greenbaum of Tower Beer, Wine and Spirits, with David Halliday heading up the team to secure sponsorships. Organizers are hoping to reach the $1 million milestone in the show’s third run. Proceeds will support CHOA’s music therapy program, which has proven to play a significant role in the healing process. This year’s co-chairs are Jan Collins, Marianne Daniels Garber (Ph.D.) and Stephen Garber (Ph.D.), Mali Hunter, Susie and Joey Moskowitz, Alicia Steele and Linda Suvalsky – backed by a fabulous committee of 75 wellknown Atlanta volunteers.



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Sustainable Travel

I was shocked when I found out the travel industry generates nearly 10% of the world’s GDP and is consecutively on the rise year after year. More people are travelling and travelling more. Tourism employs one out of every 11 people in the world. Along with the economic impact, travel presents opportunities for growth, learning and the exchange of ideas. Travel and tourism are critical in maintaining our economy and this is especially true in developing countries. On global and local levels, tourism is essential for sustainable development. As a result, the travel industry has become a sector where you can see shining examples of environmentally-conscious principles put into action that protect the environment and lift up the world’s peoples. What is sustainable tourism? As defined by the United Nations, sustainable tourism is that which takes full account of its current and future economic, social and photo by Dominic Chavez GRAPHIC © Inktear/ environmental impacts, addressing THE the needs of visitors, the industry, POWER the environment and host IS communities. YOURS Recently, the United Nations declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. According to the Secretary-General of the World Travel Organization, Taleb Rifai, this is “a unique opportunity to advance the contribution of the tourism sector to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental, while raising awareness of the true dimensions of a sector which is often undervalued.” Tourism is directly associated with three 24

of the 17 UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: • Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. We have to alleviate poverty and provide every single person with basic healthcare, food to eat, and fresh water. However, this becomes impossible if we continue to erode the natural systems that support all life, including biodiversity. This means nature travel and learning about cultural heritage are among the world’s fastest growing tourism sectors. In order to save the rhinos, elephants and tigers you have to help the people that live in those communities. Fortunately, adventure tourism, which is focused on nature, wildlife and cultural experiences, has grown 65% year over year since 2009

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and will soon surpass $300 billion in annual revenues, reports George Washington University in its annual Adventure Tourism Market Report. According to’s 2015 survey of over 32,000 global travelers in 16 countries, 52% of adult travelers said they are more likely to choose travel based on destinations that reduce environmental impact or ensure that tourism has a positive impact on the local community. And Americans (53%) are among the world’s top sustainable-minded travelers. With this sharply growing trend, hospitality and travel companies that do not keep up with sustainable travel will lose out. I have had the exciting opportunity to participate as a judge in National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards since 2014, which honors companies, organizations and destinations, ranging from airlines to hotels, from communities to countries driving the positive transformation of the tourism industry, showcasing leaders and visionaries in sustainable tourism best practices. Costas Christ is the chairman of the awards, and he is credited with globally defining the term ecotourism 30 years ago which has now been standardized by the UN. Market leaders are now waking up to the need to drive a sustainable strategy. It’s no longer just about doing the right thing for the planet but the bottom line as well. Land and biodiversity conservation has been one of my

family’s most beloved passions. My father launched Ted Turner Expeditions in 2015. The locations are based in one of two of North America’s biodiversity hotspots. Located primarily in New Mexico, my father has restored the American bison population and is now focused on several endangered species including the Mexican Gray Wolf, Bolson Tortoise and Prairie Dog. Visitors can stay on one of a number of properties, including some of my father’s formerly private residences, and immerse themselves in a pristine American landscape dubbed the American Serengeti. As visitors learn and enjoy the biodiversity and beauty of these natural landscapes, they are also helping in conserving the land and species for many generations to come ( As you begin to plan you or your family’s 2017 vacation, choose destinations and accommodations that employ green and sustainable best practices (and, yes, you can still travel in luxury!). And consider choosing destinations in developing countries, these have been some of the best and most once-ina-lifetime trips for me and my family, and you can not imagine how much good your visit can do for the local people and animals. Some of my favorite trips include visiting the Arctic Circle, the Amazon River Basin and sailing the Galapagos. On my bucket list are the Antarctic, Nebraska to see the Sandhills crane migration, and Mexico to see the home of the monarch butterflies. Southern Seasons Magazine




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nterior designer Nate Berkus will headline the keynote program at the 2017 Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville, taking place Feb. 3-5 at Music City Center. The annual charity event features over 150 fine antiques and horticultural dealers and four magnificent gardens, making it the largest show of its kind in the country. Proceeds benefit Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and the charities of the Economic Club of Nashville. Berkus will speak at 11 AM Feb. 3 and sign copies of his book, The Things That Matter, following his presentation. “Your home should tell the story of who you are. What you love most, collected and assembled in one place,” Nate Berkus says. “Whether it’s a family heirloom, or a piece you found on your travels. Everywhere your eye goes in your home, it should land on something that resonates.”

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very holiday season, thousands of spectators visit The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, for a sweet and spicy treat: the National Gingerbread House Competition. The annual contest – the largest of its kind in the country – attracts hundreds of contestants who travel from near and far hoping to win cash and prizes for their fantastic confections. From icing-capped cottages and sugar-glazed castles to candy-coated train depots, the intricatelydesigned structures take hours, if not days and weeks, to create. Each gingerbread house is judged on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme; and each must have been constructed entirely of edible materials, of which 75 percent must be gingerbread. Entries from this year’s 24th event were judged in November and will remain on display through the New Year.

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History in the Making Representatives of H.J. Russell & Company were among those celebrating the grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture this fall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Atlanta-based company played a significant role in its construction, serving as the construction management at-risk firm in the joint venture with Clark Construction and Smoot Construction. According to the Smithsonian, the museum was one of the most complex building projects in the country, largely because of the challenges of constructing 60 percent of the structure below ground. “It is an unbelievable honor for Russell to be a part of the construction team that helped build, from the ground up, a museum that further underscores the full history of the United States of America,” said Michael Russell, CEO of H.J. Russell & Company. “Not only was being on the construction team a great business opportunity for our firm, it will forever be a source of pride for our organization, one of the first African-American construction firms in the country, founded by our father, Herman J. Russell, more than 60 years ago, during the era of institutional racial segregation.”

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First Lady Sandra Deal, Dr. Jennifer Dickey and Dr. Catherine Lewis were presented with a Georgia Historical Society Presidential Citation for their book Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia's Governor's Mansion, published in 2015 by The University of Georgia Press. “It is my honor to recognize the work of three outstanding authors,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, GHS’s president/CEO. “By telling these stories about the Georgia Governor’s Mansion, they are helping to preserve our state’s history for future generations. And through this book, Mrs. Deal, a former classroom teacher, is still teaching, even as First Lady.”

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andra Gordy and Sam Massell took the city by surprise when they wed in a private ceremony Sept. 21, 2016, at 2600 Peachtree in Buckhead. So stealth was the union, their own families had no prior knowledge. Sandra, CEO of American-Superior and a former adjunct professor of music at Brenau University, has enjoyed a three-decade social friendship and business relationship with the Massell family. Sam, president of the Buckhead Coalition and a past mayor of Atlanta, has just completed a book on his life (“four careers and counting,” he quips), to be published by Mercer University Press next winter. It’s the second marriage for each. Sam, at 89, and Sandra, at 70, have celebrated many memorable milestones and, judging by their busy schedules, have much more in store. They took off only a half day for the afternoon elopement – jointly officiated by Rabbi Peter Berg of The Temple and Dean Sam Candler of The Cathedral of St. Philip, had dinner at Bones, and were back at work the next day. Their honeymoon, postponed until spring, will be a European river cruise – the 77th oceanic voyage for Sam, a self-proclaimed “cruise junkie.” In lieu of gifts for the newlyweds, who “have everything we could want, including each other,” contributions can be made to The Cathedral or The Temple.

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Clockwise from top left: Ronald Lockett, Once Something Has Lived It Can Never Really Die, 1996; wood, enamel, graphite, tin, and industrial sealing compound on wood. Ronald Lockett, Sarah Lockett’s Roses, 1997; tin and paint on wood. Ronald Lockett, A Place in Time, 1989; wood, cloth, net, tin, industrial sealing compound, oil, and enamel on wood. Collection of Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Photography by Stephen Pitken/Pitken Studio.

The art of Ronald Lockett (American, 1965–1998) is deeply connected to his life in the American South and the broader human experience. In visually arresting works assembled from found materials, Lockett used a symbolic cast of animal avatars to address themes of struggle, survival and injustice that are powerfully resonant today. “Fever Within” features more than 50 paintings, sculptures and assemblages that embody the stunning evolution of his art. Raised in Bessemer, Alabama, Lockett was heavily influenced by other self-taught African American artists in his close-knit community. The beauty and weight of his creations testify to the resilience of the human spirit in the wake of war, domestic terrorism, environmental degradation and other trauma.

“Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett” on view through Jan. 8 at the High Museum of Art


Sarah Lockett’s Roses pays tribute to Lockett’s beloved great aunt, who raised both him and his older cousin Thornton Dial Sr. Sarah instructed both men in faith and history, and showed them the creative wellspring accessible in everyday life, which she tapped into with her quilts, roses and cooking. Her death at the age of 105 devastated Lockett, who honored her memory through references to her quilts and garden in his artwork. After incorporating scraps of chain-link fence in abstract arrangements, Lockett introduced animals – particularly deer – into his compositions. The deer symbolize his perspective on the limited economic and social options for African Americans following the Civil Rights Movement. They also express his frustrations with a world he saw as being defined by aggression, exploitation and greed.

“Expanding Tradition” on view Jan. 28-May 7 at the Georgia Museum of Art Clockwise from top left: Amalia Amaki (American, b. 1959), Purple Delight, 2005; mixed media (buttons, beads, antique frame). Mildred Thompson (American, 1936-2003), Open Window Series V, 1977; serigraph. Hiram Malone (American, 19302011), The Stevedore, 1949; oil on board. Willie Cole (American, b. 1955), Untitled (Chicken), 1995; women’s shoes and galvanized wire. From the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection of African American Art.

Exploring art and culture through the lens of the African American experience, “Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection” will feature works from such 19th-century stars as Charles Ethan Porter and Edward Bannister to 20thand 21st-century artists like Elizabeth Catlett and Kara Walker. The exhibit borrows pieces from the private collection of Larry and Brenda Thompson, who are trying to make art history more inclusive by highlighting underrecognized artists, including Sam Gilliam, Freddie Styles, Howardena Pindell and Mildred Thompson. Active supporters of the University of Georgia’s academics and the arts, the Thompsons donated 100 works by African American artists to the Georgia Museum of Art in 2012 and endowed a curatorial position. Southern Seasons Magazine





“COILING CULTURE” On view through Aug. 26, 2018 Michael C. Carlos Museum

Alan avery art company

Through Dec. 17 Caio Fonseca. 656 Miami Circle NE, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/237-0370.


Large basket with checkerboard patterning: unknown artist (Native American, Ndeh [Apache]), ca. 1890. Anonymous gift.

32 Canton St., Roswell. Mon.-Sat. 770/993-4783.

ANNE IRWIN FINE ART 690 Miami Circle, #150, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/467-1200.

Art station ARTS CENTER 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain. Tues.-Sat. 770/469-1105.


Ongoing Unique temporary public art installations along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor.


Atlanta Biennial, features 33 artists from 10 Southeastern states. 535 Means Street NW, Atl. Tues.Sun.


ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER Through Dec. 31 “Atlanta in 50

Objects,” display of 50 objects that tell Atlanta’s story. Through Dec. 31, 2018 “Native Lands: Indians and Georgia.” Ongoing “Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta,” with artifacts, ephemera and interactive media. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. Open daily. 404/814-4000.


175 Peters St. SW, Atl. Thurs.-Sat. 404/5244781.


764 Miami Circle, Suite 120, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/352-8114.


Through Feb. 19 Merrill Mahaffey. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville. Tues.-Sun.

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Ongoing “Absence of Humanity,” presents history of the Holocaust through artifacts and stories. “Eighteen Artifacts: The Story of Jewish Atlanta.” “Where the Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures.” 1440 Spring St. NW, Atl. Sun.-Fri. 678/222-3700.


Jan. 12-Feb. 24 “Shuttered: The Art of Abandoned Spaces,” solo photo exhibit by Jeff Milsteen. Reception: 7-9 PM Jan. 12. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl. Mon.Sat. 404/8725338.

CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS Through Sept. 3, 2017 “Jim

Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City,” spellbinding exhibit of goblins, gowns and behind-thescenes artwork celebrating the film’s 30th anniversary. Tues.-Sun. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atl.



December “A Square Christmas,” featuring art in square format, with small works on the White Holiday trees. Reception: 6-8 PM Dec. 2. January “Dirk Walker: A Solo Show,” cityscapes and landscapes. Reception: 7-9 PM Jan. 14. February “Romance of the Nude & Figure,” Holly Irwin, Dean Kube and Kevin Chambers. Reception: 7-9 PM Feb. 11. 25 W. Park Square, Marietta. Tues.Sat. 770/427-5377.


Through Jan. 2 “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs.” Opening Feb. 4 “Wild Weather.”


Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection.” 90 Carlton St., Athens, East Campus of UGA, Arts Complex. Tues.-Sun.



767 Clifton Road, Atl. Open daily.

404/929-6300. fernbankmuseum. org. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., Ste. 3, Atl. Mon.-Sat.


Monthly Self-guided walking tour of the galleries of the Roswell Art District. 6-9 PM on the first Friday of the month. 770/594-9511.

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Through Dec. 11 “Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883–1950.” Through Dec. 31 “Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects,” exquisite objects from the Russian imperial family. Through Jan. 8 “Living Color: Gary Hudson in the 1970s.” Through April 2 “Driving Forces: Sculpture by Lin Emery.” Jan. 21-April 16 “To Spin a Yarn: Distaffs, Folk Art and Material Culture.” Jan. 28-May 7 “Expanding Tradition: Selections from the


Through Jan. 3 “Hot Combos: Works Under $1000.” Through Jan. 4 “Whitney Wood Bailey:​Cosmic Nostalgia.” Through Feb. 11 “John Folsom: Framework and View.” *Appointment only: Dec. 23-Jan. 3. 887 Howell Mill Road NW Suite 4, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 470/428-2061.


Ongoing “Sandy Springs: Land and People.” Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle. Open 11 AM-2 PM Wed.

HIGH MUSEUM OF ART Through Jan. 8 Eric Carle

retrospective of 80+ collages from 16 of his most popular books. “Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics,” featuring 30+ works by the German

DIRK WALKER January – dk Gallery “White Christmas in Paris,” Dirk Walker

photographer. “Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett.” “Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics.” Feb. 12-May 7 “Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915-1950.” Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun.


HUFF HARRINGTON FINE ART 4240 Rickenbacker Dr., Atl. Mon.-Sat.


JACKSON FINE ART Through Dec. 3 Trine

Søndergaard, Duane Michals, Tommy Nease. 3115 East Shadowlawn Ave., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/233-3739.


Monthly Miami Circle Art Stroll, 11 AM-4 PM, 3rd Saturday. 690 Miami Circle NE., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/261-



Galleries of Peachtree Hills, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Ste. 29B, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/261-6100.

MARCIA WOOD GALLERY 263 Walker St., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/827-0030.


Katz Family Mainstreet Gallery, MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678/812-4002.

MArietta/cobb museum of art Through Dec. 18 “Modern

Frescoes: Ali Cavanaugh.” “Down To Earth: Edward Kellogg.” ​30 Atlanta St., Marietta. Tues.-Sun. 770/528-1444.


415 Plasters Ave, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/879-1500.


Through Dec. 11 “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.” Through Aug. 26, 2018 “Coiling

Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America.” Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/727-



Through Dec. 3 “Edge to Edge,“ contemporary photography. Dec. 10-Feb. 11 WAP: Elizabeth Lide. Museum of Contemporary Art of Ga., TULA Art Center, 75 Bennett St. NW, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/367-



Through Jan. 8 “Beautiful Users,”

explores the evolution of usercentered design with 150+ objects. “On You: Wearing Technology.” Through Sept. 2017 “The Lemonade Project” series, monthly. Jan. 21-May 7 “Designing the Future of Food,” cutting-edge developments in food production. Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. Tues.-Sun. 404/979-



Dec. 2-4 Holiday Market Dec. 6-10,13-17 Artists’ Shoppe. 34 School St., Watkinsville. Tues.Sat. 706/769-4565.


Through Dec. 11 “Otto Neumann: Selections from the Rothschild Collection.” “The International Rescue Committee (IRC) Flight Portfolio.” 4484 Peachtree Road

NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/364-8555.


764 Miami Circle, Ste. 132, Atl. Mon.-Sat.

SPRUILL CENTER/GALLERY Through Dec. 23 Holiday Artists


r. alexander GALLERY

5650 Peachtree Pkwy., Peachtree Corners. Tues.-Sat. 770/609-



Georgia Tech campus, 500 10th St. NW, Atl. Mon.-Fri. 404/894-7840.

Market, unique artisan gifts and home décor by 100+ local artists. Family Day: Dec. 10. Handmade Gift Bazaar: Dec. 17. Holiday Sale: Dec. 23. Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Tues.Sat. 770/394-4019. Spruill Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 770/394-3447.



Through Dec. 30 “Little Things Mean a Lot,” hundreds of small, collectible works by a wide range of emerging and established artists. 3130 Slaton Dr., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/266-2636.

1000 Marietta St. NW, Ste. 116, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/817-3300.


Through Jan. 29 “Embellished: Adornment Through the Ages,” a chronicle of European and American fashion represented by hats, accessories and curios. Savannah College of Art and Design’s Museum of Fashion + Film, 1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atl. 404/253-3132.


FORECAST: Fashioning Contemporary Life.” 350 Spelman Lane, Atl. 404/270-5607.


Dec. 2-Jan. 30 Rimi Yang, Yasharel Manzy. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., No. 24, Atl. Mon.-Sat.



Monthly Miami Circle Art Stroll,

425 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Suite 30-A, Atl. Mon.-Fri. 404/841-7777.

11 AM-4 PM. 690 Miami Circle NE, #905, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/814-1811.




southern TALES

From the Heart


n A LOWCOUNTRY christmas, mary alice monroe (GALLERY BOOKS)

Nazi-occupied Paris serves as the backdrop for the second installment of Robin Wells’ compelling Wedding Tree series about the impact of World War II on the lives of a French woman, an American army doctor and his high school sweetheart. At her assisted living center in Wedding Tree, Louisiana, 93-year-old Amélie Michaud O’Connor receives an unexpected visitor – Kat Thompson, the exfiancée of her late husband, Jack. Kat and Jack had planned to marry when Jack returned from France after the war. But in a cruel twist of fate, their plans were irrevocably derailed when a desperate French girl overheard an American officer’s confession in a Parisian church. Now Kat wants to know the truth behind a story that has haunted her whole life: how Amélie stole Jack’s heart. As Amélie recalls the dark days of the Nazi occupation of Paris, it is revealed how history shaped the course of their lives.

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina, tying in the beauty and fragility of the land with the complex interpersonal relationships of life. Her fifth book in the Lowcountry Summer Series is an uplifting story about a wounded warrior and his family as they face the challenges of PTSD to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Set in the small shrimping village of McClellanville, S.C., Taylor has returned home from Afghanistan with his service dog, Thor. As far as his little brother Miller is concerned, it’s the worst Christmas ever, as the family’s financial woes add to the emotional stress. When the 10-year-old gets lost in the forest on Christmas Eve, on a quest to bring back a tree, Thor shows how one dog can change the lives of a Marine, his family and a whole community. “I’ve wanted to tell this story...ever since I volunteered with the Wounded Warrior Project,” Monroe noted.


FOR THE history buff:


President Franklin Delano Roosevelt considered his personal secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand, one of the most vital and loyal members of his inner circle. She worked with FDR for over 20 years, from his vice presidential campaign in 1920, through his time as governor of New York, and for almost a decade in the White House. Yet while hundreds of books have chronicled FDR’s four historic terms in office, as he steered the country through the Great Depression and World War II, Missy has been relegated to the footnotes of history. Now, journalist Kathryn Smith tells her story in The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency. Far more than a secretary, Missy fulfilled the crucial duties of Chief of Staff (long before the position was formally created), and she was a persuasive voice in policy decisions and appointment recommendations. She was also FDR’s close friend.


PETS are sure to sleep Sweet Dreams 5Pups soundly on the Casper Dog Mattress, constructed with pressure-relieving memory foam and durable support foam by the same engineering team behind the company’s people products. The bed’s loose fabric top enables digging and den-building behavior, while the foam bolsters provide a secure, comforting sleep space and head rest. Machine-washable cover; available in grey, blue and taupe. $125/small, $150/medium, $225/large. Coco Carrier and Pet-Trek On a Roll 3The combines a stylish, removable pet carrier with a four spinner wheel foldable trolley-cart to transport small pets just about anywhere. $185.

Plaid Tidings ’Tis the season for a classic fleece-lined coat for winter walks. Poly/spandex; machine washable. $44.

Kitty Quarters Inspired by classic mid-century design to seamlessly integrate into modern living spaces, CURIO is an innovative furnishing that can be used as a pet house or a cat litter box solution. The all-wood piece, handcrafted in Ohio, has a nesting lid that removes easily for interior access. It can be used with the CURIO Litter Liner or other litter pans. Available in maple, walnut or patterned walnut, $199-$299; liner, $39. Southern Seasons Magazine


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Huff Harrington offers a treasure trove of objets d’art From left: 19th century terracotta olive jar from Tornac in the traditional polished green, $2,800. Ornate stone garden frame from Paris with aged patina, $1,750 ($3,200/pair). Bamboo serving tray made of marble and iron with a gold finish by Cyan Design, $282.

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Kudos to local entrepreneurs Ann Huff and Meg Harrington, who in the past decade have founded two complementary businesses, launched a third related business at the height of the recession, focused on new services, and continued to thrive. This spring, the Atlanta residents celebrated the 10th anniversary of Huff Harrington Fine Art, an oasis of fine contemporary paintings, curated and displayed in a warm, welcoming ranch house near the Chastain Square shopping center on Roswell Road. This fall, they relocated their wildly successful home furnishings store, Huff Harrington Home, to the Buckhead Court shopping center at 3850 Roswell Road, near Powers Ferry Road. Marking the shop’s 5th anniversary, the new location offers more space to display a vast collection of furniture, lighting and home decor. And, for the sixth year, the dynamic duo continues to host their popular guided tours to Paris and Provence.

HOME &Design



Olah! Designer Daniel Olah creates exquisite classic English-inspired homes with modern twists, accents and elements.


oday’s homeowners desire the best of both worlds, enhancing the traditional architecture while incorporating new upscale components. Soaring ceilings, spacious bathrooms, open concept kitchens with islands, and other luxurious appointments – from authentic stone fireplaces to stunning surfaces throughout – give Olah’s dream homes the ultimate flow for today’s lifestyles. Exterior elements, including outdoor kitchens, fire pits and gorgeous hardscapes, are also highly coveted “new-age” inclusions. Can you accomplish all of these modern bells and whistles while maintaining centuries-old architectural integrity? “Absolutely,” says Olah, and the proof is in the pictures. Working closely with homeowners and an incredible team of collaborating design specialists, Olah creates each home with brushstrokes of details with the goal of a seamless environment coming to life.

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This may be our favorite kitchen ever with its bold and eclectic design that combines three contrasting wood elements. Crisp white walls contrast the dark cherry cabinetry with Carpathian elm inlays. The rustic ceiling of reclaimed barnwood adds texture and interest. A cream herringbone backsplash adorns the seven-burner range. The gorgeous space is finished with luxurious quartz countertops with a double ogee edge.


Daniel Olah, AIBD Olah Design Group began as a passion in the heart of a creative young professional. Now, with almost 30 years of experience, Dan Olah is principal designer of his own residential design firm in Marietta.

A double-sided fireplace is crowned with a stunning hand-carved limestone mantle. Southern Seasons Magazine


“The variety of materials used work so well together because of the planning that went into the scale of rooms and structure.�

Mahogany doors with pre-cast limestone casings are symmetrically placed across from the gentle arches opening to the back lawn allowing for maximum natural light and beauty. Dining alfresco under the cedar porch ceiling is the perfect setting for all seasons.

Beautiful bluestone floors contrast the white V-groove ceiling, adding dimension and texture against a wall of weathered brick in the outdoor kitchen.



This kitchen has so many things to love, from the gray crackle-glazed lantern tile backsplash to the contrasting white and gray kitchen cabinetry crowned by gorgeous marble countertops. Dark cedar beams visually separate the kitchen from the living room while maintaining an open flow.

THE BUTLER’S PANTRY “A place for everything and everything in its place.” This functional pantry sets the stage for beautiful party prep with dark quartz countertops, glossy glass backsplash, plentiful wine storage and diamond glasspaneled cabinets complete with inset lights. Southern Seasons Magazine


The central focus of the living room is the fireplace with a limestone mantle flanked by recessed custom painted built-ins. The diamond glass cabinet doors bring sophistication and modern elegance to this artfully appointed space.

Spa-like Serenity This luxurious guest bath features a frameless glass shower enclosure with a mosaic pebblestone floor. The floorto-soaring-ceiling faux marble porcelain tile makes this suite designed to dazzle. The round deco mirror evokes Hollywood glamour. INTERIOR DESIGNER: MELINDA HEIDT OF M DIMENSION

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Conversations spill outside in this art-inspired living room overlooking the back lawn. A peek inside showcases the elegance of this home.

Warm up on chilly nights next to this solid limestone fireplace in the master suite sitting room. Custom recessed bookshelves hold treasured collections while the tongue-andgroove ceiling adds architectural interest above.

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Nostalgia from Studio Italia Design marries its retro shape with LED technology to provide a rich pendant collection, which works beautifully in any number of configurations or clusters. The hand-blown glass pendants are offered in different sizes and shapes in four colors: crystal, chrome, gold and rose gold. top right : Origami by Troy Lighting turns the ancient art of folding paper into a three-dimensional, modern masterpiece lighting collection. The hand-worked iron exterior has a depth and perspective that is unexpected in a metal piece. Floating inside the unusual frame, the frosted globe glows with adjustable LED light. left : Hudson Valley Lighting’s spectacular Liberty gives the appearance of a star-burst shooting across the sky. The matte-black metal core is banded with a flashing contrast of brass or nickel. Coil bulbs in ballooning clear glass create the primary light source, with tubular exposed-filament bulbs alternating in larger models. Cut-crystal discs and handcrafted glass refract the dazzling light.



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Give tired decor a lift by replacing key design elements with ultra modern bling. Don’t think you can’t add contemporary lighting or chairs to the mix, even if your room is relatively traditional. You can lose your mind with the beauty of today’s spectacular lighting selections, as well as chairs, tables and sink basins and corresponding hardware available at Atlanta’s chic design showrooms, including Mark Williams on Miami Circle and J. Tribble Collection on Defoor Avenue.

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Impulse and Hideaway by Troy Lighting. THG’s Art Deco faucet. Hug armchair by Giorgetti. Sink basin from J. Tribble Collection.

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david yurman

Whether you gravitate to the warmth of Mediterranean blue, or the palest hues found at the center of glaciers – why limit your sartorial choices when there’s an entire spectrum to choose from? Instead, stay true to a woman’s prerogative to mix, match and be merry! david yurman

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ART DEC ivanka trump

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The slimming, elongating effects of tone-on-tone dressing is one of the oldest tricks of the fashion trade. But look for designers to break up the monotony this winter with the addition of marabou feathers, beading and luxe embroidery. Deco-inspired drop earrings, bejeweled clutches and sky-high stilettos complement the look – and will have you looking as statuesque as an ErtÊ muse.

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Armani Privé gives a nod to the trend of black & white dressing, without shying away from their signature style. From brocade to velvet, and houndstooth to graphic prints – it’s all about layering textures and patterns for maximum impact after dark.









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Nurit H 2017 Bridal Collection from Israeli Couturier


urit Hen was only 22 years old when she started designing bridal gowns in Israel nearly 40 years ago. After launching her flagship atelier, Nurit Hen Haute Couture, at the dawn of the new millennium, the couturier’s name quickly became synonymous with feminine detailing and modern styling. But it’s the element of je ne sais quoi that has brides from Tel Aviv to Toronto blushing over the designer’s trademark beading and hand-crafted construction today. “I believe every bride deserves to walk down the aisle feeling beautiful, confident and comfortable,” explains Hen. “I customize each gown not only to suit my client’s precise physical measurements, but also for her heart and soul.” Now that Nurit Hen Haute Couture has debuted at trunk shows and boutiques in the United States, American bridesto-be can either shop for their dream gown at Chicago’s Bella Bianca or Le Marriage Couture in Los Angeles, or order directly online ( and have it shipped. Of course, any bride planning to make her big debut in a plunging neckline or skin-baring silhouette will have to get comfortable with the idea of serving high-drama for an unforgettable walk down the aisle.

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Glamorous and regal, this gown’s simplicity, pristine dÊcolletage and lengthy train come together in perfection.

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The back story of Hen’s creations exemplifies 360 degrees of detail.

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Contemporary skirting presents itself in this sophisticated creation. Southern Seasons Magazine


With sheer poetstyle sleeves, this gown’s single bare shoulder gives it a unique Old World-New World glamour.



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Swartz ~ Thiriez

A storybook setting for a breathtaking wedding


manda Catherine Swartz and Alexandre Thiriez were united in marriage Oct. 1, 2016, at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, with 200 guests in attendance. The traditional ceremony – co-officiated by the bride’s uncle, the Rev. Craig Smalley, and the church’s senior minister, the Rev. Jarrod Longbons – included a solo of “Ave Maria” and scripture readings in three languages to honor the couple’s heritage.

“The ceremony was beautiful,” said Amanda, who was luminous in a Lazaro gown with a veil and sheer lace bolero by Rodica Lazarian. “Everyone was ‘present’ and you could feel the love that surrounded us.” Candle torches on the pews were elegantly trimmed with orchids and ribbon, and silver pedestal bowls at the altar overflowed with white orchids and champagne roses, arranged by Darryl Wiseman Flowers. The setting itself was magnificent. The sanctuary of the church, a Gothic Revival gem recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, is graced with highvaulted ceilings, ornate tile and woodwork, hanging chandeliers and spectacular stained glass windows. A grand reception followed at the Piedmont Driving Club with a seated dinner and dancing. The classic ballroom was dazzling, with lovely centerpieces and romantic candlelight. The wedding cake, designed by Natasha Capper, was a four-tier pound cake with toasted almond mousseline filling and buttercream icing, adorned with white orchids. The Mike Veal Band made it a party to remember, and the newlyweds departed with a celebratory sparkler send-off. “My dream came true,” Amanda said. “It was perfect.” The couple met four years ago in New York City before moving to Atlanta last year. Amanda, the daughter of James and Lyn Swartz, works in digital marketing at IBM. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida. Alex, the son of Francois and Adriana Thiriez, is the CEO and co-founder of Lendsum, a financial technology company. He attended INSEAD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Brown University. The newlyweds honeymooned in Hawaii. They love the outdoors, skiing and spending summers in the Mediterranean. In their free time, Amanda is a yoga instructor and Alex kiteboards at the beach. Picture This! Photography


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Levine ~ Hagedorn A passion for Paris ignites Atlanta wedding celebration


ince meeting the love of his life, Paul Hagedorn has put his heart and soul into his courtship with Dr. Julie Eden Levine. That includes designing a dazzling “movie star” engagement ring with Ivan Solomon, planning a two-week fairytale trip to Paris, and perfecting every last detail of their wedding celebration. “I set out to create the most romantic and thoughtful engagement and marriage possible in an epic way,” said Paul, a retired art director and fine arts photographer. “I wanted everything to be personal, authentic and meaningful to Julie and me.” And it was, right down to the wedding date of Sept. 22, 2016, when the two exchanged vows in an intimate, private ceremony at the Hagedorn residence in Atlanta. “This was the fall equinox, marked on the lunar calendar of ancient pagans and still recognized to this day as the official beginning of the fall harvest season – a time of plenty and rejoicing and thanks.” “It has all been a dream come true,” said Julie, who was a beautiful bride in a white eyelet dress by Oscar de la Renta. “It’s nice to finally be with your true forever love! I believe we have found it.” The Saturday following the wedding, a très chic reception was held at Tongue & Groove, which was transformed into a Parisian nightclub reminiscent of Matignon, where the couple had the time of their lives on their jet-setting jaunt to France. “That evening in Paris was everything we imagined as to what the coolest, most happening nightclub experience in the sexiest city in the world would be,” Paul said. “We wanted to recreate our own party here in town so we could celebrate with all of our family and friends.” Photography by Nancy Jo McDaniel


Sheri Levine, CeCe Scott, Julie Hagedorn, Kristine Hagedorn, Leonardo Hagedorn, Paul Hagedorn, Christopher Hagedorn, Maggie Fitzgerald, Susan Hagedorn and Adriano Hagedorn.

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Laura and Rutherford Seydel.

Sheri Levine, Joy Levine, Julie Hagedorn, Mathew Levine and Debbie Levine.

Paul and Leonardo Hagedorn.

Laurie Levine, Paul Hagedorn, Sylvia Wynn and Julie Hagedorn.


Band member Delitra, Felicia Glicksman, Sheri Levine, Meghann McManus and Emily Clements.

Sam Polk of Legendary Events and Donna Gelinas of Tongue & Groove worked their magic, bringing Paul’s vision to life. Vesna Bacic designed a lovely three-layer wedding cake. The band No Limits wowed the crowd with amazing music. “It could not have been more perfect,” said Julie, a physician and partner at ReSurgens Orthopaedics. “Paul captured the romantic memories from our engagement trip to Paris over the Christmas holidays, where we were pampered by the butlers and staff at La Reserve Hotel and given the royal VIP treatment everywhere we went.” Making up for the missed chance to add a lock of love to a Paris bridge (their inscribed heart locket was inadvertently lost), Paul created a “locks of love” theme for their wedding, including a locket and key design for the invitations. “Julie is a true romantic, and I knew how much this would mean to her.” The newlyweds honeymooned at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. They reside in Atlanta.

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Cause for a



Dec. 2 8-11:30 PM. Show off your festive attire and enjoy food, premium cocktails and music by a special guest DJ at this 12th annual fundraiser at The Foundry at Puritan Mill to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

tower of talent

in Atlanta through the programs of FAF. 404/261-9855.

Gupta, Cara Isdell Lee and Zak Lee, gala co-chairs. 404/522-4270.

captain planet foundation 25th anniversary benefit gala



local, national and international celebrities at the exciting green carpet arrival at the InterContinental Buckhead. Experience world-class entertainment and live and super silent auctions while enjoying premium new age cocktails and a locally-sourced dinner. Meg and Jeff Arnold, Rebecca and Sanjay

Dec. 5  11 AM. The Forward Arts Foundation, in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, will feature Fendi at its annual fundraiser at Flourish. All proceeds benefit the visual arts

Dec. 9 6-9:30 PM. Mingle with

Dec. 17 6:30 PM. One of Atlanta’s top events of the holiday season, the United Negro College Fund’s signature gala will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, with the Mayor’s VIP reception and silent auction followed by an elegant dinner, Parade of Stars and Dignitaries, dancing and live entertainment. 404/302-8623.

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Dec. 4 4:30-6 PM. Atlanta’s most talented kids ages 6 to 18 will

be showcased “with kids helping kids” in this inspirational concert as they perform, sing and entertain at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Hope & Will Ball Committee: Back row: Alison Jowers, Elizabeth Smith and Tracy Drake. Front row: Annabeth Tidwell, Courtney Kloberdanz, Susanne Cascone, Cameron Sherill and Jere Metcalf.


hope & will ball at The St. Regis Atlanta February 4

Ted Turner and Captain Planet.

captain planet foundation benefit Gala at the InterContinental Buckhead December 9





Jan. 20 8 PM-midnight. Southernthemed fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at the American Spirit Works Distillery features Southern cuisine, silent auction and live music by Goat Rodeo.


Jan. 21 6:30 PM. This festive Mardi Gras celebration at The St. Regis Atlanta features a formal dinner and silent auction and honors nsoro Foundation’s student of the year (the nsoro scholar with the highest overall GPA). Proceeds benefit nsoro’s high school graduation programs and student scholarship fund. “King” Bill Torres and “Queen” Louise Sams. For reservations, visit Contact Nina Cheney at ncheney@

AJFF Opening Night Gala

Jan. 24 Annual opening night gala for sponsors and patrons of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The entertaining evening will feature cuisine from an array of Atlanta’s finest restaurants. 404/806-9913.


Jan. 30  6-9 PM. Trinity School opening night celebration for the Spotlight on Art Artists Market on Jan. 30-Feb. 4.

Feb. 4 6 PM-midnight. The 14th annual fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will be held at The St. Regis Atlanta, with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, special guest speaker, live auction and dancing. hopeandwillball.

TORCH gala

Feb. 4 7 PM-midnight. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Georgia Chapter, will recognize an outstanding group of honorees at its annual fundraiser at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. ccfa. org/chapters/georgia/events/ torchgala2017.


Feb. 6 9:30 AM. Odyssey’s 8th annual fundraiser at The St. Regis Atlanta makes it possible for 300 students to attend the life-changing Odyssey program for free. Amy Kim and Lys Paulhus, co-chairs.


Feb. 8  6:30-9 PM. Kicking off the 2017 Cathedral Antiques Show (Feb. 5-12) at The Cathedral of St. Philip, this special evening features music, wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as the first choice of fine period furniture, art, jewelry and accessories. 404/365-1107.


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Benefits Winship Cancer Institute.

signature fundraiser will feature cocktails, seated dinner, live and silent auctions and entertainment. Benefits Trinity School’s teacher education and scholarship funds.


Feb. 11  6:30 PM. Trinity School’s

404/231-8119. spotlightonart. com. For inquiries regarding item donations, contact auction chair Betsy Meacham at bmeacham@


Feb. 11 6:30 PM. The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia presents its signature 13th annual fundraising gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead featuring gourmet dining, premium wine pairings, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and dancing.


Fashion a Cure

Feb. 14 Luncheon at the St. Regis Atlanta will feature fashions donated by local boutiques and modeled by cancer survivors and others whose lives have been affected by cancer. Diane Barber and daughter Greer Pope, and Janet Turman and daughter Lynne Rankin are co-chairs. Emcee Barbara Dooley. 404/778-1769. Feb. 18 37th annual fundraiser for the Atlanta Ballet will feature live music, live and silent auctions and performances by Atlanta Ballet company members and students from its Centre for Dance Education. ballet-ball/.


Feb. 18 7:30 PM. Local bartenders will compete in a head-to-head craft cocktail competition. Guests can sample original cocktail recipes by 12 of Atlanta’s top mixologists and vote for their favorites as they enjoy light bites and music in the beautiful setting of the High’s Margaretta Taylor Lobby. Benefactor preview hour begins at 6:30 PM.

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Feb. 18 7 PM. Georgia Historical Society Trustees annual premiere event and culmination of the

Georgia History Festival at the Hyatt Regency, Savannah. A.D. “Pete” Correll and F. Duane Ackerman named 2017 Georgia Trustees. For tickets, call Torain White at 912/651-2125, ext. 120.

The Jewels of Our Lives 2017 Gala Feb. 18 6-11:30 PM. Annual

fundraiser for Senior Services North Fulton at the Country Club of the South includes a champagne reception, seated wine dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions.

Winter Blues

Feb. 24 6:30-9:30 PM. Annual Manna Fund benefit at Monday Night Brewing complete with a BBQ contest, Elvis and a live blues band.


Feb. 25 6:30 PM. Celebrating the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association, this unforgettable evening of hope and entertainment at The St. Regis Atlanta features cocktails, a silent auction and a black-tie dinner.

Bubbles & Bling

Feb. 25 Komen Atlanta’s 4th annual fundraiser will be held at Mason Art Gallery. Guests can enjoy delicious foods, open bar, a silent auction and raffle. bubblesandbling/.

Taste of Dunwoody

Feb. 25 7-11 PM. 13th annual benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North will feature delicious fare from more than 25 Atlanta restaurants, a silent auction, a cash bar and live music by Band X. Presented by Arrow Exterminators.

Wings of Mercy Ball

Feb. 25 6:30 PM. Formal event hosted by volunteer ambassadors, WINGS, benefitting Mercy Care, at Flourish Atlanta. Themed “The Jazz Age,” the event will feature a silent auction, gourmet dinner, dancing to the big band sounds of Joe Gransden and his Orchestra, a live auction. 678/843-8676. mercy_ball.



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March 4  6 PM-midnight. 29th annual benefit for enAble of Georgia will be held at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly. The evening features cocktails, dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions.


Swan House Ball

H. Alston, Sr. family this year’s event will bring together Atlanta’s business, community and social leaders to experience an evening of elegance and fun at the History Center’s newly renovated museum. Barbarella Diaz and Bea Perez, co-chairs. Contact Katherine Hoogerwerf at KHoogerwerf@

March 11 7 PM. 16th annual gala at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter includes live and silent auctions, dinner and drinks. Benefits TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. Contact Kathy Smith at ksmith@ swanhouseball. 404/814-4102. 770/3609271.


April 29  7 PM. Signature

Legacy Circle Luncheon

fundraiser for the Michael C. Carlos Museum will feature a seated dinner, entertainment and auction. For more information, visit carlos.

March 16 11:30 AM-1:30 PM.

Legacy Circle Members and Legacy Advisors are invited to this annual luncheon at 103 West. 404/785-




March 18 7-10:30 PM. Popular


kick-off party for the 20th annual Junior League of Atlanta’s Tour of Kitchens (March 25-26). Location TBA.


March 18 Grady Health Foundation celebrates its annual fundraising campaign at the Georgia Aquarium with a black-tie dinner and awards ceremony honoring Atlanta’s healthcare heroes.

Swan House Ball chairs Barbarella Diaz and Bea Perez with Atlanta History Center president and CEO Sheffield Hale.

The Scrubs Party

March 24 7-11 PM. The 4th

April 22 Honoring the Philip

the pink affair

annual benefit at The Boiler Room, hosted by Emerging Leaders for Children’s (ELC), is known for its unique venues, lively cocktail scene, silent auction and great music. Benefits the Concussion Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

feature the “best of” Saks looks.


Women of Style and Substance Fashion Show

Children’s annual fundraiser at Mason Fine Art. Proceeds benefit the Center for Children and Young Adults.

show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue at the St. Regis Atlanta. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the event, the runway show will

March 25 The Circle For

March 27 11 AM- 2 PM. Fashion

May 6 6:30 PM. Zoo Atlanta transforms into a sultry soiree for its annual black-tie benefit, featuring a sunset stroll through the grounds with festive fare and cocktails, a seated dinner and dancing under a lavishly-appointed pavilion, designed by Tony Brewer & Company, and a spectacular silent auction. Contact Amy Walton at 404/624-5826 or visit zooatlanta. org/beastly_feast.

JUNE i have a voice

June 9 7 PM. GiGi’s Playhouse Atlanta’s annual gala takes place at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works. The evening includes dinner, music and entertainment.


Moon Over Kilimanjaro The 2017 Beastly Feast

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oo Atlanta and its furry, feathered and scaly residents will be at their finest on Saturday, May 6, when more than 800 guests will gather to celebrate the 2017 Beastly Feast, Moon Over Kilimanjaro. As the theme suggests, the evening will be replete with exotic elegance highlighting all of the wonders of the wildlife of Africa. The Ford Motor Company Fund will be the presenting sponsor, marking Ford Motor Company’s 32nd year of support for the black-tie gala. Carol Abreu and Tony Brewer will serve as event co-chairs. Other committee members include Patron Chairs Jennifer and David Higgins, Jade and Jack Slover, Melody and Joe Thomas, and Doug Weiss and Chris Casey; Auction Co-Chairs Sandra Edwards and Matthew Simon; Hospitality Co-Chairs Andrea Belfanti and Patrick Wallace; Theme Chair Judy Taylor; and local Ford Motor Company representative and Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors Vice-Chair Mark A. Street. As the sun sets, guests will meander throughout the zoo grounds enjoying delicious delicacies from popular restaurants while being entertained by the majestic, enchanting and playful animals of Zoo Atlanta. A catered dinner will follow at the Ford Pavilion, beautifully appointed by Tony Brewer & Company.

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promises a wildly entertaining night on May 6

Birds of a feather: Beastly Feast committee members: (standing) Ford Motor Company representative and Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors vice chair Mark A. Street, event co-chair Tony Brewer and auction co-chair Sandra Edwards; (seated) patron co-chair Jennifer Higgins, event co-chair Carol Abreu and auction co-chair Matthew Simon. Not pictured: David Higgins.

Getting ready for a wild ride: Beastly Feast committee members: (back row) hospitality co-chair Patrick Wallace and Zoo Atlanta president/ CEO Raymond B. King; (front row) theme chair Judy Taylor, patron chair Chris Casey, patron chairs Melody and Joe Thomas, event chair Tony Brewer, patron chair Doug Weiss and hospitality co-chair Andrea Belfanti. Not pictured: Jade and Jack Slover.

Rounding out the evening will be an auction featuring sports tickets and memorabilia, fine art, jewelry and vacation packages; and dancing to live music. All donations to the Beastly Feast support mission-critical conservation and education efforts contributing directly to Zoo Atlanta’s reputation as a national leader in animal care and preservation of endangered species. Tickets for the 2017 event will sell quickly, so pledge your support today! Host tables for 10 are ideal for groups at $5,000, and corporate donors may sponsor tables for 10 starting at $7,500. Individual tickets are available starting at $450. For more information or to buy tickets or tables, please visit beastly_feast or call 404/624-5836. Southern Seasons Magazine


Joanne McGill-Ackerman and Debbie Dermer.

Jay and Alison Womack Jowers, Alex and patron party chair Joanne Chesler Gross, and Marilyn and Howard Krone.

Patricia Davis and Toni Moceri.

Patron Party Kick-off

Fix Georgia Pets co-founder Rubye Reid and husband Wayne, platinum pet patrons.



Patron party hosts Dan and Sandra Baldwin, platinum pet patrons.

Best celebrity patrons Debbie and Clarke Brown and FGP board member Jenny Pruitt.

Southern Seasons Magazine presented the Fix Georgia Pets Patron Party this fall at the home of Sandra and Dan Baldwin. The event, chaired by Joanne Chesler Gross, honored major donors, including Anne Cox Chambers, Ruth Magness Rollins and Delta Air Lines. Party sponsors were Soiree Catering, Robert Long Flora Designs, Tito’s Vodka, Georgia Dermatology Center, Neiman Marcus and AAA Parking valet services. Fix Georgia Pets, founded by Ginny Millner and Rubye Reid, has a mission to end pet overpopulation and stop senseless euthanasia in Georgia by offering spay and neuter programs throughout the state. photography by kimberly evans

Best celebrity patron Suzanne Dansby, BNY Mellon Wealth Management – VIP Kitty Sponsor Chris Hohlstein and Emily Madore.

Tom Abrams and Fix Georgia Pets founder Ginny Millner.

Michelle Davis.

VIP Kitty sponsors Janet and Sam Kellett, and celebrity guest Carolyne Roehm.

Red Carpet Fête & Auction Fix Georgia Pet’s 5th annual Red Carpet Fête, held at The Estate in Buckhead, raised over $275,000 for the animal welfare organization. The fun evening, chaired by Marilyn Krone and Alison Womack Jowers, featured a red carpet meet-and-greet with celebrity guests Carolyne Roehm and therapy rescue dog Chole Hubal, signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music and a live and silent auction. photography by kimberly evans

Marsha Middleton.

Alison Womack Jowers and Cathy Iannotti with pet Sophie Jowers.

Project Beauty at Neiman’s

Chair Alison Womack Jowers, auction chair Kristen Gibbs, PR chair Cathy Iannotti, chair Marilyn Krone and celebrity dog Chloe Hubal.

Neiman Marcus Atlanta and Mastercard hosted a Project Beauty day this fall to benefit Fix Georgia Pets. The event featured a fabulous runway show of top trends by leading cosmetic vendors – from Bobbi Brown and Chanel to Tom Ford and Trish McEvoy – as well as a beauty chat led by Rebecca Brodnan Smith, Neiman’s PR manager, and blogger Emily Foley; and the opportunity to “beauty up” with the various makeup lines. “Neiman Marcus is proud to support Fix Georgia Pets,” said Tom Abrams, Neiman’s assistant GM. “It’s a wonderful organization that funds spay/neuter efforts which saves countless four-legged lives.” photography by BEN ROSE Southern Seasons Magazine


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Ginny Brewer and GCAPP founder Jane Fonda.

EmPower Party co-chair Sarah Tripodi and special guest Lily Tomlin.

EmPower Party co-chair Kim Klumok and her husband Alex Kaminsky. 82

tarstruck by the incomparable Jane Fonda and her Netflix “Grace and Frankie” co-star, friend and brilliant comedienne Lily Tomlin, the 540 guests at the EmPower Party provided overwhelming support, raising over $1 million for GCAPP (Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential). Co-chairs Kim Klumok and Sarah Tripodi and GCAPP president/CEO Kim Nolte orchestrated the spectacular evening at Flourish, the new venue of Tony Conway’s Legendary Events, with cocktails, a formal dinner, and silent and live auctions – the latter of which netted over $278,500 with auctioneer extraordinaire Dean Crownover. The highlight of the benefit was an onstage conversation between Fonda and Tomlin, with CNN interviewer Suzanne Malveaux. The two iconic stars candidly discussed friendship, sexuality, and their lives as very active seniors. Tomlin summed it up, for GCAPP teenagers and supporters alike, “You should never give up – no matter what age you are.” When Fonda founded GCAPP 21 years ago with a mission to prevent teen pregnancy, Georgia public schools didn’t offer classes in sexuality. Today, that’s changed. “Through GCAPP’s efforts, there are more and more classes bringing important information to teenagers,” Fonda said. “It’s smarter and more cost effective to invest in the prevention of problems than dealing with the more costly aftermaths. This is especially true when prevention of teen pregnancy can so positively impact the future of our most vulnerable young people.” The announcement of GCAPP’s success in reaching 35,000 teenagers this year and the reduction in the teen birth rate in Georgia by another 10% evoked rousing applause. “This significant drop continues the previous five-year decline of 64%, demonstrating the efficacy of GCAPP’s programs in communities across the state,” Nolte said. GCAPP has further expanded it scope by promoting positive physical activity and nutrition, and healthy relationships for Georgia’s young people. EmPower sponsors included Cox Enterprises, SPANX, Atlanta Charity Clays, Legendary Events, Georgia Crown Distributing Co., EveryWhere Social Media Marketing Agency, Untitled Entertainment, Ginny and Charles Brewer, Reedy and Phil Hickey, Edwina and Tom Johnson, Stacey and Don Leebern III and Joni Winston. For more information about GCAPP or the Power Society, contact Laine Olesen at Photography by Kim Link and Bill Rubin

y Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, friends and co-stars of the Netflix comedy “Grace and Frankie,” headlined GCAPP’s 2016 EmPower Party.

Auction co-chair Beth Park, patron party hostess Barbara Dye and Sona Chambers.

Jane Fonda with Melody Ojaboda, a sophomore at Perimeter College and health peer educator for GCAPP.

Jane Fonda with Stacey Leebern and GCAPP CEO/president Kim Nolte.

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Honorees Taylor & Shearon Glover, and chairs Stephanie & Austin Stephens.

Garden of Eden Ball Patron Party co-chair Brenda Smith, Arthritis Foundation Sr. Exec. Director/Southeast Jamie Johnson, Patron Party hosts Kerri & Shervin Oskouei, and Patron Party co-chair Juli Owens.

Crystal Ball Patron Party The Crystal Ball Patron Party for the Arthritis Foundation was hosted by Dr. Shervin and Kerri Oskouei to thank donors and corporate sponsors. This year’s ball, themed “Enchanted Forest,” honored Heidi and Matthew Mooney.

The 2016 Garden of Eden Ball celebrated its 35th anniversary this fall as the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s largest annual benefit. Chaired by Stephanie and Austin Stephens, the black-tie gala honored Shearon and Taylor Glover for their generous leadership and support of the garden. With the theme “Reflections & Radiance,” the evening featured cocktails among the magnificent sculptural installations by glass artist Dale Chihuly, a seated dinner by Legendary Events, and dancing in a tented ballroom decorated by Parties to Die For.

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Crystal Ball Patron co-chair Jade Slover, Host Committee member Linda Morris.

Patron Party co-chair Brenda Smith, Crystal Ball co-chair Mara Morrison and auction co-chair Kerry Tucker.

Crystal Ball co-chairs John & Kristen Novay. 84

Crystal Ball honorees Heidi Hoffman Mooney & Matthew Mooney.

Ty Smith and Julie Lux

Taylor & Shearon Glover with ABG president/CEO Mary Pat Matheson & Bri Matheson.

Ramon & Carol Tome

Andee Poulos and her father John Poulos.

An Evening of Hope co-chairs Janet Algers, Elaine Carlos, Kari Carlos and Lisa Kennedy.


Evening of Hope

“Oh What A Night” it was for Andee’s Army Youth Brain and Spinal Cord Foundation, which raised $1 million at its annual An Evening of Hope benefit, held at Legendary Event’s Flourish in Buckhead. The charity has helped over 150 patient families through grant programs for critical therapy at Shepherd Center and CHOA. Kim Link photography

Rebecca Smith, Tony Conway of Legendary Events, and Elizabeth Allen.

Auctioneer Dean Crownover, Board members Jack Sawyer and Dr. Bill Torres, and Marge Sawyer (seated).

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Seth Freedman, Mihoko Obunai, Todd Richards, Erica Council, Jerry Slater and Matthew Rayburn.

Back on the Farm chair Angie Mosier, Caroline Gilham and Mary Calhoun.

Atlanta History Center’s Back on the Farm benefit

Sheffield Hale and Ernest Greer.

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Suzanne Dansby and Sally Dorsey.

The weather was perfect for Back on the Farm, which kicked off with hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks served outdoors at Atlanta History Center’s Smith Family Farm, followed by a seated dinner and lively auction in the Grand Overlook Ballroom. The culinary offerings were a delicious collaboration between Legendary Events and a battalion of chefs and bartenders, headed by chef Todd Richards. The benefit, chaired by Angie Mosier with 200 guests in attendance, supports the animals of Smith Family Farm.

Mark & Lisa Jeanetta.

Travis Reed of Harry Norman, Realtors and Alex Page, Corporate Luxury marketing manager.

Champagne Reception at Buckhead Estate Travis Reed of Harry Norman, Realtors Buckhead office hosted a unique Champagne Reception at a magnificent new Paces Valley estate in Buckhead, where guests enjoyed contemporary art, jazz music and the latest model Bentley. The museum-quality art, including works by Thornton Dial, was curated by Lisa Jeanetta from the gallery of Bill Lowe. The Trey Daniels combo entertained with its signature retro-funk, R&B, jazz and pop sounds, while Epicurean Endeavors presented an organic buffet. Parked on the lush green grounds was a Bentley Bentayga, the company’s first SUV entry, on display courtesy of Bentley Atlanta. 86

Michael Kriethe of Travis Reed & Associates, daughter Lilly KrietheReed, and Katie Kinsella.


Duvall Fuqua with her daughter Isabel, and Betsy West, Forward Arts Foundation chair.

Kappy deButts, auction chair; Denise Griffin, Preview Party chair; Mary Hataway of Soiree Catering; Mary Portman, Preview Party chair; Julie Heiner, auction chair.

Forward Arts Foundation Flea Market Preview Party Guests had first dibs on fine art, designer clothes, porcelains, silver and other treasures at the preview party for the Forward Arts Foundation’s Flea Market at the Atlanta History Center. The annual event supports the visual arts in Atlanta, benefiting the history center, as well as the High Museum of Art and other art institutions. Sponsors included Sons Automotive, Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery, Lori Tippins Interiors and Travis Reed & Associates of Harry Norman, Realtors.

Gillian Van Loan and Kat de Guardiola.

Patron Party for Shepherd Center’s Legendary Party

Amanda Tucker, Flea Market chair; Bettye Maddox and Jean Astrop, honorary chairs; and Sissy Davis, Flea Market chair.

James Wall, Legendary Party chair Cynthia Widner Wall, honorary chair Fred Alias, Susan Brandon, 2017 chair-elect Jenny Pruitt and Bob Pruitt.

The elegant Buckhead home of Kat de Guardiola was the setting for the patron party of the Legendary Party, the principal fundraiser for the Shepherd Center. Guests enjoyed a Southern-themed cocktail buffet prepared by Avenue Catering. The honorary chair of this year’s gala was Fred V. Alias, an Atlanta business leader, Shepherd Center Board member and major contributor. With the theme “Gracious Goodness, A Celebration of Generations,” the Legendary Party was held at Flourish in Buckhead to benefit the center’s Recreational Therapy program.

Alana Shepherd with grandson Jamie Shepherd and his wife Sarah. Southern Seasons Magazine




Jenny Pruitt, founder/CEO of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, has set the bar with her professional endeavors and philanthropic support in Atlanta and beyond. Here’s where she was recently making the rounds: Leading agents Sandra Carey, Valerie Simmons and Sandy Edson.

Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty’s David Boehmig, founder/president; Nancy See Quarles, senior VP; Jenny Pruitt, founder/CEO; and Wes Vawter, founding partner.

Renowned speaker, wordsmith and creative guru Matthew Ferrara presented an insightful breakfast program at Cherokee Town Club for Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty agents, who learned just how much “Writing Matters” in the workplace. Jenny Pruitt praised Ferrara as a “true Renaissance man,” noting his 25-year track record of success around the globe.

Event chair Bill Rawlings, leukemia survivor Stephanie Lai and Kacey Danley, LLS Atlanta Area director.

Louis J. DeGennaro, CEO of LLS; Atlanta Fine Homes’ Bill Rawlings, Clay Henderson and Suzanne Close; and Piper Medcalf, executive director of LLS. 88

The 18th annual Light The Night Walk at Centennial Olympic Park raised more than $1,350,000 for the Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Over 12,000 walkers participated in the event, which was chaired by Bill Rawlings, senior VP of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, one of the corporate sponsors.


Jenny Pruitt, surrounded by the Tribute Committee, holds her prestigious Four Pillar Award.

Mary Norwood and David Boehmig.

Jenny Pruitt receives Four Pillar Tribute Award


onored for “Leading with a Servant’s Heart,” Jenny Pruitt was presented with the Four Pillar Award of the Council for Quality Growth at the 27th annual tribute ceremony held at the Georgia World Congress Center. Since its inception in 1990, this prestigious award has been the metro area’s most coveted honor given to an outstanding individual who has served his community, region and state. More than 1,000 local leaders joined together to salute Pruitt, a third-generation Atlantan, Realtor, philanthropist and author. Featured speakers Sen. Johnny Isakson, Rev. Andy Stanley, Sun Trust Bank Atlanta Division Chairman Alison Dukes and Diversified Search President Dale Jones Jenny Pruitt with Dan Britt and Courtney Collins, who performed a musical tribute.

delivered personal reflections on how Pruitt embodies the leadership “pillars” of quality, responsibility, vision and integrity, highlighting her dedication to Atlanta’s growth and betterment of life. Pruitt began her real estate career in 1968 before establishing Jenny Pruitt and Associates in 1988. In 2007, she and her business partner opened the highly-successful Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, and realized nearly $2 billion in sales in 2015. The award celebrates philanthropic efforts as well as significant contributions to economic development and the region’s quality of life. Past recipients include Arthur Blank, Steve Selig, John Portman, Mayor Sam Massell, Dan Cathy, John Wieland, Charles Loudermilk Sr., and Mayor Shirley Franklin.

Mayor Kasim Reed with Yetty & Dr. Charles Arp.

Jenny Pruitt with Shepherd Center founders Harold & Alana Shepherd.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

On the Homefront

VP of Business Development Teresa Palacios Smith, Mary Wargula of the North Fulton/Alpharetta office, Todd Tucker of the East Cobb office, Senior VP of Corporate Services Kathy Connelly, President/ CEO Dan Forsman, Linda Huff of the Coweta County office and Steve Quinn of the Peachtree City office.


Glenda Baker of the East Cobb office, speaker Debbie Holloway of the Tom Ferry Group, and Amy Herington, managing broker of the North Fulton office.

Nationally-renowned real estate coach Debbie Holloway led a fall breakfast program for over 300 BHHS agents at the Roswell Holiday Inn. Holloway, an active Realtor in Louisville, Ky., for 30 years, now travels the country sharing insights on how to build a successful sales business. She resides on a 225-acre horse farm with her husband and breeds quarter horses. Above ( left): Geri Taglia, Special Events director; Dan Forsman; and Toni McGowan, executive VP. Above ( right): Reggie McCrary of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, Dan Forsman and DeAnn Golden, managing broker of the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs office. Right: Kim Crumley, managing broker of the Northeast GA office, and Amy Gant, senior VP of the Fayetteville office.


an Forsman was honored for the third consecutive year as the “Most Admired CEO” in Residential Real Estate, as voted on by readers of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Graciously accepting his award at the Georgia Aquarium breakfast program for honorees, Forsman remarked that “growth, culture and innovation were keys to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ leading rank in sales, listings and growth in the Metro Atlanta market.” A celebratory reception and formal luncheon followed at Ansley Golf Club. Gino Blefari, CEO of HSF Affiliates LLC, the parent company of BHHS, offered his congratulations on a special video presentation.


Left: Scott Simpson, Cobb/Roswell office; Bill Murray, senior VP/managing broker, Buckhead office. Below: Debbie Holloway with Toni McGowan, executive VP of BHHS, and DeAnn Golden, senior VP/managing broker, Dunwoody/ Sandy Springs office.

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1. Mayor Kasim Reed, Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, Dr. Rogsbert Philips-Reed and host Scott Smith of Automotive Associates of Atlanta at a VIP reception at The St Regis Hotel in Buckhead for Sisters by Choice and its Mobile Breast Clinic. Smith is a passionate supporter of Sisters by Choice and Dr. Phillips-Reed. 2. Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse raised $3,000 for Bert’s Big Adventure at the restaurant’s 6th anniversary celebration. Jerry Katz, Martha Jo Katz and Raye Coplin were among the guests. 3. & 4. Enjoying Davio’s anniversary party are Tracy Guillaume with Claude Guillaume; and Joanne Hayes with Davio’s owner Steve DiFillippo. “Opening a restaurant in the Southeast was new territory for me,” DiFillippo remarked. “I couldn’t be more pleased with all of the success we have had at the Atlanta location.”


5. Jenna Shulman, co-chair Joanne Birnbrey and Sara Blakely joined a packed house of nearly 700 attendees for the JELF Benefit at Flourish, raising a quarter of a million dollars for the Jewish Educational Loan Fund. 6. Anderson Smith, Aneesah Hanan and Amy Rader at the Westside Cultural Arts Center Velare exhibit. Photo by Ben Rose 7. Dr. Karin Luise suits up for Halloween with her children Hoyte, Elise and West Smithson.

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1. Harry Norman, Realtors hosted a preview party for Christie’s Auction House, showcasing a collection of items from President Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan. Agents Carl Henry, Page Henry and Kelly Webb with Alex Page, Corporate Luxury marketing manager, attended the event, held at an estate on West Wesley Road, an exclusive listing of the residential real estate firm. 2. Harry Norman, Realtors Senior VP Rob Owen welcomed new associates Claudi Rochatka, Kaycee Carver, Melinda Hicks and Jeannie Sanders to the Buckhead North office.


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3. & 4. SCAD president/founder Paula Wallace (center) discussed her new book, “The Bee and the Acorn,” at a special program of the Ga. Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She’s pictured with committee chair Lisa Cannon Taylor and event hostess Malinda Krantz. Board members Mary Heisel and Mabel Kichline were also in attendance. Photos by Ross Henderson 5. & 6. Gearing up for the Legendary Party at an event highlighting the Shepherd Center’s recreation therapy program are honorary chair Fred Alias, Susan Brandon, Shepherd Center medical director Dr. Don Leslie and Betty Leslie; and co-founders Alana Shepherd, James Shepherd and Harold Shepherd on the basketball court at the center’s gym. Photos by Ross Henderson 7. Forward Arts Foundation members enjoyed an elegant luncheon at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens, as well as a private tour of the exhibit “Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects,” on view through Dec. 31 at the museum, located on the University of Georgia campus. Photo by the Georgia Museum of Art

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8. Pictured at the Inner Circle Experience for luxury wedding industry professionals at The St. Regis Atlanta are Sade Awe of The Bridal Circle and couture designer Suzie Turner. 9. & 10. Rallying support for the Atlanta History Center at a membership drive are Members Guild president Lisa Fuller with members Cindy Widner Wall, Barbara Joiner and Angie Garde; and Kay Quigley, Brenda Smith, treasurer Wendy Foulke and PR manager Suzanne E. Mott Dansby. Photos by Kim Link 11. Preparing for Hadassah Atlanta’s Centennial Gala Celebration are (front row) Renée Rosenheck, Virginia Saul, Lois Frank; and (back row) Phyllis M. Cohen, Lois Blonder, Larry Frank, Martha Jo Katz and Linda Hakerem. Chuck Robertson Photography 12. & 13. D’Anne Heckert, Suzanne Cagle, Danielle Rollins and hostesses Michelle “Buttercup” Davis and Michelle Crosland met for a ladies luncheon at Le Bilboquet, followed by a private event at the new Dior Boutique to benefit enAble of Georgia.


14. Francois Asselin (center) was honored by the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture, the French Heritage Society and the Atlanta Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce. He’s pictured with Wes & Terry Vawter, Melanie Turner and Alex Boutrolle at a Champagne reception and lecture held at the historic Pink Castle estate in Buckhead. Photo by Ross Henderson 15. Dr. David & Juli Owens, Ron & Kay Quigley, Cecilia Wright and host James Wall at a cocktail party honoring past Legendary Party chairs, including these three ladies. Photos by Kim Link

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Through Jan. 22 Avalon on Ice, ice skating rink, 2200 Avalon Blvd. Open daily. 770/765-2000. Dec. 3 Pictures with Santa, free, 10 AM-noon, Alpharetta Welcome Center. Dec. 3 Christmas tree lighting, 5-9 PM downtown, with music, Santa and elves, holiday market, food and tree lighting. 678/297-6048. Dec. 4 Alpharetta City Band Holiday Concert, 3 PM, Adult Activity Center. Dec. 7 Cookies with the Clauses, 12:30-2:30 PM, Alpharetta Community Center. 678/297-6140. Dec. 8 Alpharetta Y Christmas tree lighting, 6-7:30 PM. Dec. 10 Breakfast with Santa, 8:30-10:30 AM, Alpharetta Adult Activity Center. 678/297-6140. Dec. 10 Pet Photos with Santa, 12-2:30 PM, Waggy World Dog Park. 678/297-6130.


Dec. 2-3 36th annual juried show of original arts and crafts by over 100 of the Southeast’s finest artisans, plus live music, raffles, homemade soups and goodies by St. Ann’s Women’s Guild, at Catholic Church of St. Ann, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. 9 AM-7 PM Fri., 9 AM-2 PM Sat. $3 (free, 12 & under).

ASTOR HOLIDAY ICE RINK Through Jan. 1 Skate in the

beautiful outdoor 40,000-squarefoot Pool Piazza at St. Regis Atlanta. Open Thurs.-Sun. through Dec. 18; daily from Dec. 19-Jan. 1 (including 11 AM-5 PM Christmas Day). $18 kids, $30 adults, per hour.



eco-friendly goods, from art to clothing, at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, with free admission from 10 AM-5 PM. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770/992-2055.


Dec. 3 Twisted Tinsel, $5 entry. Dec. 17 & 19 Cookies with Mrs. Claus, 10 AM & Noon. $10. RSVP. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell.


Garden Lights, Holiday Nights Through Jan. 7 Atlanta Botanical Garden


Through Jan. 31 Decorated for Christmas

Dec. 1, 6, 8, 13 High Tea, 4 PM, two-course tea and home tour. Dec. 3 Twisted Tinsel, $5 entry. Dec. 8-11, 14-18 “A Christmas Carol” with Kudzu Playhouse Dec. 10 Christmas for Kids Dec. 22 Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt Sr.’s 1853 Wedding Reenactment 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell.



Dec. 9, 16 Experience Christmas past at the Atlanta History Center with a candlelit stroll through the grounds and three historic houses, plus an arts & crafts market, cash bar and food for purchase. 5:30-9:30 PM. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/814-4000.


Through Jan. 8 Stroll through a winter wonderland lit by thousands of lights in downtown Atlanta (free). Ice skating rink open daily (admission charge). Dec. 9-Jan. 15 Chinese Lantern Festival. 265 Park Ave. West, Atl. gwcca. org/park. 404/223-4412.


Dec. 3 Midtown Atlanta will be transformed into Santa Claus Lane at the largest holiday parade in the Southeast, with a merry processional of floats, giant balloons, marching bands and more down Peachtree Street, from 16th St. to 5th St. 10:30 AM-noon. View live coverage at WSB-TV Channel 2.


Through Dec. 13 Designer Show House. Tour the magnificent Gothic-Tudor mansion decked for the season by Atlanta’s top designers, plus live entertainment, shopping, family activities and artist market. $20; $35 combo ticket with light show. Dec. 2-29 Light Show. Experience the magic of the Candler historic estate at this new outdoor walking tour with illuminated holiday displays. $20. 6-10 PM daily (closed Dec. 24 & 25). Dec. 3-4, 10-11 LEGOLAND Breakfast with Santa. RSVP only. Dec. 4 & 11 Teddy Bear Tea. RSVP only. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl.



Dec. 10 Candlelit rooms decorated with fruit and live greens will transport visitors to Dec. 25, 1850, at the William Root House Museum and Garden, with cooking demonstrations, live music and more. 6 PM. $5. 145 Denmead St. NE, Marietta. 770/426-4982.


Through Jan. 7 Dazzling outdoor Christmas display with 8 million lights and a dozen custom scenes at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain.


Through Jan. 7 Botanical-inspired

city of Marietta

Shoppe Artisan Dec. 9-11 Cobb Galleria Centre

Marietta’s Santa on the Square Dec. 3-24 (select dates) – Glover Park Astor Holiday Ice Rink Through Jan. 1 – St. Regis Atlanta displays set the grounds ablaze with Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest and Tunnel of Light plus holiday model trains, s’mores and more at Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl. 5-10 PM. 404/876-



Dec. 1-30 Dazzling displays with 3 million+ lights, Santa’s Village and carnival rides at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Pl., Hampton.


MACY’S PINK PIG TRAIN Through Jan. 1 Ride Priscilla

the Pink Pig through a lifesized storybook beneath the 1950s-themed Pink Pig Tent on the upper-level parking deck at Lenox Square Mall near Macy’s. 3393 Peachtree Road, Atl. $3 per ride. Open daily. Benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.




Dec. 2-3 Specialty gifts, arts and crafts, gourmet foods, clothing, jewelry, kids’ corner, and Santa at Infinite Energy Center, Duluth.

Through Dec. 11 Designer

Showhouse & Marketplace with tours, workshops and seasonal activities at 2490 Woodward Way NW, Atl. 10 AM-4 PM Thurs.-Sat., 1-4 PM Sun. $30 (free for 10 &

Through Dec. 31 When the sun sets, millions of twinkling lights illuminate the night at Lake Lanier, with a drive through of animated displays and a live nativity, plus a Holiday Village with Santa visits,

carnival rides, shopping, food and sweets.


Dec. 3-4 Tour private residences lovingly restored and decorated for the season at this 30th annual event organized by The Marietta Visitors Bureau and Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society. Day tour, $30; candlelight tour, $25; combo ticket, $35. 770/429-



Through late Feb. Enjoy open-air ice skating in Glover Park, filled with twinkling lights and holiday music. Open daily, with extended

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Spotlight on Art Artists Market Jan. 30-Feb. 4 – Trinity School Above: “Lake George” oil painting by Chattanooga, Tenn. artist Carylon Killebrew. Right: “Geisha Gathered” oil painting by Buford, Ga. artist Mary Pratt.

holiday hours.

Dec. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 21-24 Santa on the Square, Glover Park.


Dec. 19 Free holiday event at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre harkens back to the 1929 grand opening with a musical performance on the Mighty Mo organ by Ken Double, Santa photos, and movie screening of “The Santa Clause.” Doors open at 6:30 PM. Reservations required.


Dec. 2-4 Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation’s juried market features works by 70 regional artists, plus homemade treats and Greek pastries. 5-9 PM Fri., 10 AM-5 PM Sat. & Sun. $3 (under 16, free). Through Dec. 17 Artists’ Shoppe. 10 AM-4 PM Tues.-Sat. 34 School St., Watkinsville. 706/769-4565.


Dec. 11 Meet live reindeer, plus crafts and campfire treats, noon-4 PM, Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770/992-



Dec. 3 Dress up your dog for


Dec. 10 Candy Cane Hunt, 6-7:30

fun or to win an award at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual competition, emceed by Victoria Stilwell and Holly Firfer; plus a Doggie Expo and photos with Botanical St. Nick.

PM, East Roswell Rec Center. Dec. 16 Pajama Party with Santa, 6:30-10:30 PM, East Roswell Rec Center.



Dec. 3-18 (weekends) The castle on Peachtree Street will be transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday entertainment, refreshments, music, art activities and personal appointments with Santa. Must RSVP. $40/family; benefits Ga. Trust for Historic Preservation. Dec. 8 Pet Night, 5-7 PM. $30. Must RSVP. 1516 Peachtree St. NW, Atl.



Dec. 3 Twisted Tinsel Holiday Spectacular, 10 AM-4 PM at Southern Trilogy historic homes. Dec. 3 Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 AM, Roswell Area Park. Dec. 3 Holiday Celebration on the Square, 5 PM, with carolers, lighting of the Square and Santa. Dec. 3-4 Santa’s Secret Gift Shop (12 & under), Roswell Rec Center, 6-8:30 PM Sat., 1-4 PM Sun. Dec. 10 Candy Cane Fun Run, 5 PM, East Roswell Park. 770/641-

3760. 770/641-3950. Dec. 9-11 Shop a curated collection of innovative handmade products, from home & garden to fashion accessories and office/ tech, at this artisan market at Cobb Galleria Centre, Atl. Noon-8 PM Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat. & Sun.

SMITH PLANTATION HOME Through Jan. 2 Christmas décor. Dec. 3 Twisted Tinsel, $5 entry. 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 678/639-7500.


Through Feb. 25 (select dates) A snow-packed mountainside of action-packed excitement, with single and family tubing, SnowZone play area and more. Ticketed event, plus park entry fee. 770/498-5690.

SPRUILL GALLERY Holiday Artists Market

Through Dec. 23 Shop for unique, locally crafted gifts and décor by

100+ artists, crafters and makers at this annual event at Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. The market is open daily, from 10 AM-7 PM Mon.-Sat., 12-5 PM Sun. Special events include: Family Day, 12-2 PM Dec. 10; Handmade Gift Bazaar, 11 AM-3 PM Dec. 17; and 20% off Sale, 10 AM-7 PM Dec. 23.


st. regis afternoon tea with santa Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 14-24 Enjoy

hand-selected teas and delectable holiday treats in Astor Court, plus live music, the hotel elf, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Seatings: 2-4 PM and 4:30-6:30 PM. $52 (ages 4-12), $75 adults.

STONE MTN. CHRISTMAS Through Jan. 4 (select dates)

Stone Mountain Park’s Crossroads is transformed into a winter wonderland with two million lights, a nightly Christmas parade, live shows, singalong train, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer® in 4D, Santa visits, character meet-andgreets with Rudolph, Clarice and Bumble, Snow Angel and fireworks finale, and the new Skylights Spectacular musical walk-through. Adventure pass, plus park entry fee.


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Above: Art Deco rock crystal “Tutti Frutti” bracelet. Right: 19th-century miniature mahogany chest of drawers. Left: Set of Arts and Crafts sterling silver candlesticks.

Cathedral Antiques Show Feb. 9-11 – Cathedral of St. Philip VININGS TREE LIGHTING

Dec. 1 Music, train rides, Santa pictures and family fun, 6-8 PM at Vinings Jubilee, 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Atl.

carnival games, ice sculpting and family festivities with a Children’s Ball Drop at 7 PM, and a Midnight Square Drop.

Virginia-HIGHLAND tour of homes


eight beautiful homes in this Atlanta neighborhood, with food tastings from local restaurants. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-4 PM Sun. $25.

followed by festivities at Robin Lake Beach with two bands, football games, countdown and fireworks. Gates open at 6 PM. Adv. tickets: $28 ($14 children). Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain.



Dec. 3-4 Annual tour features

Dec. 3-4 Cookies with Santa, with hot chocolate, cookies, crafts, costumed characters, animal encounters ad photo ops. RSVP. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atl. 404/6242809.

NEW YEAR’S DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve bash at

the Hyatt Regency Atlanta with open bar, food, live bands, DJs and comedians. 8:30 PM-2 AM. 265 Peachtree St., Atl. 800/422-7295.

MARIETTA SQUARE NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION Dec. 31 Live music on the Bandstand in Glover Park,

Dec. 31 Enjoy Fantasy In Lights,


Dec. 31 Southeast’s largest New Year’s Eve celebration features live music and family-friendly fun, with fireworks and a giant 800pound peach drop at midnight at Underground Atlanta. Gates open at 5:30 PM. Free.


Feb. 25 Off-road motorcycles race on dirt tracks with steep jumps, tight corners and obstacles at the Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Dr. NW, Atl. 404/223-9200.


Jan. 12-15 Georgia’s largest boating event features hundreds of boat models, accessories and gear, seminars, bass tank, sailing simulator and Kid Zone at the Ga. World Congress Center, Hall C, 280 Northside Dr. NW, Atl. 11 AM-9 PM Thurs.-Fri., 10 AM-9 PM Sat., 10 AM-6 PM Sun. $14 (free, 15 & under, with paid adult). 404/222-



Jan. 27-29 Meet RV dealers and manufacturers, and see the latest models of motor homes, fifth wheels, campers and travel trailers at Atlanta Exposition Center South, 3850 Jonesboro Road, Atl.


ATL. MODEL TRAIN SHOW Jan. 21 Large working model

train layouts, plus 300 vendors at Infinite Energy Center, Duluth.


Jan. 29 Browse themed wedding



Jan. 20-22 Indoor arts fest featuring works by painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more, plus artist demonstrations, live acoustic music and gourmet food trucks. 6-9 PM Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl. 404/872-5338.

Jan. 24-Feb. 15 Watch films from around the world that explore Jewish life, culture and history, with screenings at several area venues. 404/806-9913.

galleries, see a couture fashion show, sample appetizers and cake, meet the city’s best wedding experts and more at the Atlanta Convention Center, AmericasMart, Bldg. 2, 230 Ted Turner Dr NW. 12-5 PM. $20 ($15 adv). 678/439-


and most prestigious antiques show features authenticated period furniture, jewelry, art and accessories from the past four centuries, including midcentury modern; as well as nationally-renowned speakers (Alexa Hampton, Rebecca Vizard, Chuck Chewning, Laura Dowling, Margot Shaw, Cathy Kincaid and James Farmer), contemporary art and a gardening boutique, at

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Feb. 15-20 – Philips Arena Feb. 23-March 5 – Infinite Energy Center the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, Atl. 10 AM-6 PM Thurs.-Fri., 10 AM-4 PM Sat. Beneficiary: First Step Staffing. Feb. 12 Tour of Homes, selfguided tour of five beautifully designed private residences. 11 AM-5 PM. Special Events Feb. 5 Young Collectors’ Home Tour, 1-4 PM, tour of five charming houses of young professionals. Feb. 8 Patron Preview Party. Feb. 9-11 Flower Festival, features the best in floral design. 404/3651107.

cycles, parts and accessories at Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 9 AM-8 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $12 ($7, ages 6-14).

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Feb. 23-March 5 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus March 18 Harlem Globetrotters Forum Dec. 2-3 Home for the Holiday Dec. 6-8 Scholastic Book Fair Jan. 29 Georgia Bridal Show Feb. 3-4 The Fly Fishing Show Feb. 10-12 North Atl. Home Show 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.


Doorway to Magic,” a spectacle of spellbinding moments and grand illusions with Disney’s favorite characters. Staged at 2 &6 PM Sat. and 11 AM & 2 PM Sun. at Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. 800/745-3000. disneylive.


Dec. 17-18 “Mickey and Minnie’s


GEORGIA BRIDAL SHOW Jan. 8 & 29 Find everything

needed to create a dream wedding, view photographers’ pictures, taste cake and food samples from caterers, watch a fashion show, plan a honeymoon and more, from noon-5 PM Jan. 8 at Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy., Atl.; and Jan. 29 at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. $15.


Jan. 28-29 Georgia’s biggest indoor bike show features new 98

Dec. 2-4, Jan. 20-22, Feb. 17-19 North Atlanta’s premier market for antiques, collectibles, vintage furniture, re-claimed architectural, home & garden decor and more. 1321 Atlanta Hwy., Cumming. 9 AM-5 PM Fri. 9 AM-6 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $3. 770/889-3400.


Jan. 14, March 4 Monster truck series comes to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Gates open at 5 PM, show at 7 PM. Pit Party: 2:30-5:30 PM. $20 and up.


Feb. 24-27 The World’s Greatest Motocross Festival comes to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta with a historic doubleheader of stadium motorcycle racing: the Monster Energy AMA Supercross and

Disney Live! Dec. 17-18 – Cobb Galleria Centre AMSOIL Arenacross. arenacross.

show of amazing performers.




Feb. 10-12 Experts in landscaping and home remodeling industries showcase the latest services and products at Infinite Energy Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth. Noon-6 PM Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat., Noon-5 PM Sun. $8 (free: 65+, 12 & under).


Feb. 15-20 Philips Arena, Atlanta. Feb. 23-March 5 Infinite Energy Center, Duluth. The circus comes to town with its “Out of This World”

Dec. 8-11, Jan. 12-15, Feb. 9-12 World’s largest series of indoor antique shows with 3,500 exhibit booths at Atlanta Expo Centers, 3650 Jonesboro Road SE, I-285 Exit 55. 10:45 AM-6 PM Thurs., 9 AM-6 PM Fri.-Sat., 10 AM-4 PM Sun. $5. 404/361-2000.


Jan. 30-Feb. 4 One of the largest, most diverse art exhibitions and sales in the Southeast, hosted by

Atlanta Boat Show Jan. 12-15 – Georgia World Congress Center Highland and Virginia Highland. Stoveworks, 112 Krog St. NE, Atl.


Jan. 1 Dozens of guided treks are held at state parks as part of a nationwide initiative by America’s State Parks to get people outdoors. 770/389-



Jan. 19 Centennial Olympic Park. 265 Park Ave. West, Atl. gwcca. org/park.

JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK® Dec. 10 Get in the spirit at the Trinity School since 1982, with original works by 350 selected artists. 4301 Northside Pkwy., Atl. Free parking and admission. 6-9 PM Mon., 8 AM-4 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 AM-9 PM Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat. Special Events Jan. 30 Opening Night with participating artists, 6-9 PM. Feb 3 Cocktails & Canvases, with participating artists, 6-9 PM. Feb. 11 Spotlight on Art Gala and Auction. 404/2318119.


Through Dec. 31 “Atlanta in 50 Objects” and “Native Lands: Indians and Georgia.” Through Jan. 16 Boyd Lewis photography at Margaret Mitchell House. Ongoing “Gatheround: Stories of Atlanta,” with artifacts, ephemera and interactive media. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl.

hurricane, create a mini-tornado and dance up a storm in an upclose look at severe weather. IMAX® screenings

Through Jan. 1 “Dinosaurs Alive,” embark on a global adventure of science and discovery. Through Feb. 2 “The Search for Life in Space,” a new era of space exploration, from the ice moons of Jupiter and Saturn into the far reaches of space. Ongoing Martinis & IMAX® with cocktails, cuisine and music, 7-11 PM Fri. 404/929-6400. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.


Dec. 3 Part of the Atlanta BeltLine


Race Series, the run/walk winds through Inman Park, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey Highland and Virginia Highland. Starts at 10 AM at Stoveworks, 112 Krog St. NE, Atl.



Through Jan. 16 “The Magic Tree House®” traveling exhibit. Journey through American history with Jack and Annie from the best-selling children’s book series. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atl. 404/659-KIDS.


Through Jan. 2 “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs,” discover the staggering anatomy of some of the biggest creatures to ever live. Opening Feb. 4 “Wild Weather.” Fly through the eye of a

Home Games Dec. 4 Kansas City Chiefs Dec. 18 San Francisco 49ers Jan. 1 New Orleans Saints Games at Georgia Dome, Atl.

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Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run + WALK

Feb. 3-4 Florida Everblades Feb. 7 Orlando Solar Bears Feb. 17-18 Adirondack Thunder

Feb. 11 Family-friendly race on

the Marietta Square with a 5K (Peachtree qualifier and USATF certified), 1K, Tot Trot, music, costume contest, refreshments and more, to benefit Junior League of Cobb-Marietta. 8 AM.

Games at Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth.


Home Games Dec. 2 Detroit Pistons Dec. 5 Oklahoma City Thunder Dec. 7 Miami Heat Dec. 13 Orlando Magic Dec. 17 Charlotte Hornets Dec. 21 Minnesota Timberwolves Dec. 28 New York Knicks Dec. 30 Detroit Pistons Jan. 1 San Antonio Spurs Jan. 13 Boston Celtics Jan. 15 Milwaukee Bucks Jan. 20 Chicago Bulls Jan. 21 Philadelphia 76ers Jan. 23 LA Clippers Jan. 27 Washington Wizards Jan. 29 New York Knicks Feb. 4 Orlando Magic Feb. 6 Utah Jazz Feb. 8 Denver Nuggets Feb. 24 Miami Heat Philips Arena.


Jan. 16 Celebrating Martin Luther King Day with fellowship and fitness, this 5K walk/run takes place in Piedmont Park, with start/ finish at 10th near Park Tavern, with a 3.1-mile drumline all along the race course. 8 AM.


Feb. 25 Brave plungers take a dip in the icy waters of Acworth Beach for charity. Festivities begin at 11 AM with live music, food and fire pits.


Jan. 1 4 Miler, One Mile and 50m Dash, 10 AM, Brookhaven MARTA Station.

Atl. Santa Speedo Run

Dec. 10 Fun, community run hosted by Manuel’s Tavern to benefit CHRIS Kids.



Home Games Dec. 9-11 Orlando Solar Bears Dec. 23 Greenville Swamp Rabbits Dec. 27 South Carolina Stingrays Dec. 29-30 Florida Everblades Jan. 5-6 Tulsa Oilers Jan. 8 South Carolina Stingrays

Arthritis Foundation’s 5K run/ walk at Centennial Olympic Park. Holiday costumes encouraged.

14 Cincinnati Cyclones 16 Norfolk Admirals 21 South Carolina Stingrays 27-28 Greenville Swamp


5300 Winder Hwy., Braselton. 800/849-RACE.

Dec. 31 Two top-ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee play at the Georgia Dome.


Eastside 10K


Dec. 3 Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K, run/walk through Inman Park, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey

Dec. 3 5:30 PM, Pine Mountain.

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Through Dec. 4 Dazzling musical based on the classic movie about a boy’s quest for a Red Ryder® air rifle for Christmas. Staged at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl., at 7:30 PM Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun.


Dec. 1-4, 9-11, 16-18 “Miracle on 34th Street, the Musical,” heartwarming holiday classic. 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. 770/663-



Feb. 10-25 “And Then There Were None,” gripping Agatha Christie thriller follows 10 strangers marooned on an island. 6285-R Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs Plaza. 770/241-1905.


Dec. 10-18 Libby’s at the Express, Libby Whittemore’s holiday show: “Ho, Ho, Home for the Holidays” 100 

and “A Connie Sue Day Christmas.” Jan. 21-Feb. 19 “The Crucible,” all hell breaks loose in the tiny town of Salem as personal vendettas, lust and superstition fuel widespread hysteria in a new production of Arthur Miller’s riveting masterpiece. 887 W. Marietta St., Atl. 404/607-

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“ATLANTA BALLET’S NUTCRACKER” Dec. 9-24 – Fox Theatre live music and an Atlanta cast. Theatre for the Very Young Jan. 10-Feb. 19 “Play the Play with Cat the Cat.” Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/733-





edition of “Forever Plaid,” with fabulous four-part harmony. Jan. 13-15 “Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words,” Bill Oberst Jr.’s tribute to the Southern humorist. Feb. 16-22 “Somewhere Over The Rose,” sassy celebration of icons Judy Garland and Bette Midler. 384 Manor Dr., Historic Stone Mountain Village. 770/469-1105.

Alliance Stage Series Jan. 18-Feb. 12 “Troubadour,” world premiere romantic comedy about a country music revolution. Feb. 22-March 12 “The Temple Bombing,” brilliant retelling of a dramatic event that spurred the city of Atlanta to transform. Hertz Stage Series Dec. 2-24 “Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the Holidays,” delightful evening of holiday music, drinks, stories and laughter by Atlanta performer Courtenay Collins. Feb. 4-26 “Too Heavy for Your Pocket,” the personal cost and private struggles behind the Civil Rights Movement. Holiday Series Through Dec. 24 “A Christmas Carol,” beloved Dickens classic in a Broadway-scale production with

Dec. 8-23 “Plaid Tidings,” holiday


Dec. 2-3 A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Glenn Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Road. Dec. 10-11 Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale, Schwartz Center. Dec. 11 Santa’s Favorite Chamber Music, Michael C. Carlos Museum. Jan. 12 Bradley Howard, Lee David Thompson, Schwartz Center. Candler Concert Series

Jan. 20 Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Feb. 17 Renée Fleming, soprano Feb. 26 Katia and Marielle Labèque, piano duet, 4 PM. March 18 St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianist Pedja Muzijevic. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atl.



Dec. 9-24 “Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker,” young Marya takes an astonishing journey to a world of dazzling delights in this holiday hit. Staged at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. Feb. 3-11 David Bintley’s “Carmina Burana,” lush reimagining of the classic parable about three young seminarians. Ages 12+. Staged at Cobb Energy Centre at 8 PM Fri.-Sat., and 2 PM 2/4 and 2/5.



Dec. 9-10 “Peter Pan,” high-flying adventure with an unforgettable score, at Cobb Energy Centre Feb. 10-26 “Million Dollar Quartet,” thrilling musical inspired by the legendary jam-session of rock ‘n’

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roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins on Dec. 4, 1956, at Sun Records in Memphis. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, Marietta. 404/377-9948.


Feb. 2-4 “Maria de Buenos Aires,” a young prostitute falls in love with tango dancing in the heart of Buenos Aires. Presented at Le Maison Rouge at Paris on Ponce on the Atlanta BeltLine. 404/8818885.

ATLANTA SYMPHONY HALL Dec. 4 Dream Theater Dec. 11 Celtic Woman with ASO Jan. 31 Pat Metheny, Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh, Gwilym Simcock Feb. 3 Gad Elmaleh Feb. 12 Snap Judgment LIVE! Feb. 26 Arlo Guthrie March 7 The Chieftains, Paddy Moloney Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl.



Dec. 1, 3 Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky Dec. 9, 10 Christmas with ASO Dec. 15 Handel’s Messiah, Part I Jan. 5, 7 Haydn, Bartók Jan. 12, 14 Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich Jan. 19, 21 Bruckner’s Te Deum and Symphony No. 9 Feb. 2, 4 Strauss, Schumann, Tchaikovsky Feb. 9, 11 Mahler, Beethoven Feb. 23, 25 Copland, SaintSaëns, Vaughan Williams. POPS! Dec. 16, 17 A Very Merry Holiday POPS! Dec. 20, 21 Cirque de la Symphonie Jan. 27, 28 Watch “Raiders of the Lost Ark” while the ASO performs the soundtrack live. Feb. 17, 18 Music of Simon & Garfunkel. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Bldg., Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl.


ATLANTA WIND SYMPHONY Dec. 18 “Seasons Greetings,”

holiday music and more, 3 PM at Roswell Cultural Arts Center.


Through Dec. 23 Christmas Canteen, lively musical revue returns for 21st season of holiday glee. Jan. 12-Feb. 12 “The Mountaintop,”

“THE SNOW QUEEN” – Dec. 1-30 at Serenbe Playhouse civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King confronts his destiny and legacy. Children’s Playhouse: Puppets Dec. 3 “Santa’s Missing Mail” Dec. 10 “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” Dec. 17 “Trouble in Toyland” Shows at 10 & 11:30 AM. $7. 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville.

678/226-6222. auroratheatre. com.


Dec. 10-11 Christmas Shows with the Voice of Lee a cappella ensemble, 7:30 PM Sat. & 3 PM Sun. at the Marietta Performing Arts Center, Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Ave. 470/349-0550.


Through Dec. 18 Retells the story of the first Christmas with dance, spirituals, gospel music and a rousing finale at Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atl.


Dec. 30-31 JJ Grey & Mofro Jan. 7 Kathleen Madigan Jan. 20 Aaron Lewis 3110 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/8432825.


Dec. 4 Holiday POPS!, Christmas classics and holiday favorites, 3 PM, Decatur First UMC, 300 E. Ponce de Leon Ave. 404/872-



Dec. 18 Madrigal Singers, 4 PM, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atl. $10. Dec. 20-21 Boar’s Head Feast at Petite Auberge. Ongoing Dinner and a Diva series: Petite Auberge, Toco Hills ( 404/634-6268 ); Sugo, John’s Creek (770/817-8000), Zola, Milton (770/360-5777 ). 678/301-8013.


Through Dec. 31 “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” (4+)

Jan. 3-22 “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf.” The Adventures of Mighty Bug Jan. 24-March 12 “The Adventures of Mighty Bug.” New Directions Series Feb. 28-March 5 “Oliver Twist,” the adventures of literature’s most famous orphan comes to life. (12+) Exhibit Through Sept. 3, 2017 “Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City,” spellbinding exhibit of goblins, gowns and behind thescenes artwork. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atl.



Dec. 9-17 “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some),”

madcap romp through the holiday season. (PG13) Feb. 10-12, 16-18 “Coming Apart,” funny, refreshing and delightful romantic comedy. The Art Place-Mountainview, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta.

770/516-3330. centerstagenorth. org.


Dec. 1 Rhythmic Circus, Red and Green

Dec. 2 Dave Koz Christmas Tour Dec. 3 Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 13th Annual Christmas Rocks! Dec. 4 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Tower of Talent Dec. 9-10 “Peter Pan,” Atlanta Lyric Theatre Dec. 11 Will Downing Soulful Sounds of Christmas Dec. 17-18 Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic, 2 & 6 PM Sat., 11 AM & 2 PM Sun. Jan. 12-15 Shen Yun: Connecting Heaven & Earth, stunning visual and emotional experience brings the profound spirit of this lost civilization to life on stage with unrivaled artistic mastery. Jan. 25 The Beach Boys Jan. 27-28 Wild Kratts Live Feb. 3-11 Atlanta Ballet, David Bintley’s “Carmina Burana” Feb. 11-12 Atlanta Ballet, “Snow White” Feb. 18 Jay Leno Feb. 19 Sebastian Maniscalco 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 800/745-3000.

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MATISYAHU Jan. 7 – MJCCA Jan. 8 – City Winery at Ponce City Market Katie Travis as Christine and Chris Mann as the Phantom.


Through Dec. 4 Senior Follies Christmas, 8 PM Thurs., Fri. & Sat.; 3 PM Sun. Dec. 8 Sounds of Sawnee Holiday Concert, 8 PM. Dec. 9 Forsyth Philharmonic Christmas, 8 PM. Dec. 11 Christmas Classics, 3 PM. Dec. 16 Cumming Playhouse Singers Christmas, 8 PM. Dec. 17-18 North Ga. Barbershop Singers Christmas, 8 PM Sat. & 3 PM Sun. Dec. 31 The Return, Beatles tribute band, 3 & 8 PM. 101 School St. in the Historic Cumming Public School. 770/781-



Dec. 31 A sizzling new production of America’s favorite dance show, featuring Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev, Sharna Burgess, Val Chmerkovskiy and others, staged at the Fox Theatre, 7 PM.


Dec. 9 The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show Jan. 14 Alonzo King LINES Ballet Feb. 11 Natasha Tsakos Feb. 17 Vijay Iyer Trio 349 Ferst Dr. NW, Atl. at Ga. Tech.



Through Dec. 4 “A Christmas Story: The Musical”

Dec. 9-24 “Atlanta Ballet’s 102 

Nutcracker” Dec. 12 Keith and Kristyn Getty Irish Christmas Dec. 13 Adam Sandler with David Spade, Nick Swardson & Rob Schneider Dec. 19 11th Annual Mighty Mo & More Dec. 30 Anthony Hamilton and Friends Dec. 31 Dancing with the Stars: Live! - We Came to Dance Jan. 21 Lee Brice, Justin Moore Jan. 22 Don Henley with JD & The Straight Shot Jan. 27-29 The ELEAGUE Major Feb. 15-19 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater March 3 Alan Cumming March 21 The Price is Right Live™ 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atl.



Jan. 28 Honda Battle of the Bands One Georgia Dome Dr., Atl.


Dec. 12, Feb. 27 Joe Gransden Big Band Series, jazz concerts. Jan. 5-22 “Greetings Friend Your Kind Assistance is Required,” worldpremiere comedy about a retired teacher’s epic adventure. Feb. 16-March 5 “Having Our Say, the Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years,” comedy/drama celebrates women and men, African Americans, our country, and the human spirit. The Theatre for Young Audiences Jan. 14 S.T.E.A.M. Team, five neighborhood friends reunite to

solve a mystery and stop a bully. Feb. 19 “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank,” powerful multi-media performance. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770/641-


GEORGIA FESTIVAL CHORUS Dec. 1 Carols by Candlelight, 7:30

PM, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. Dec. 13 Carols by Candlelight, 7:30 PM, Lenbrook, 3747 Peachtree Road NE, Atl.

Feb. 19 GYSO Midseason Concerts, 3 & 7:30 PM, Bailey Performance Center, KSU. 770/4297016.

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Dec. 15 Christmas Show: Lisa Kelly, Danny Mitchell, Greater Atlanta Girls Choir, Infinite Energy Theater, Duluth. 770/626-2464. Jan. 12-14, Feb. 16-18 Roswell Historic Cottage, 972 Alpharetta St., Roswell.


Dec. 3-31 “Madeline’s Christmas,” musical play adapted from Ludwig Bemelmans’ delightful book. Ages 3+. 1083 Austin Ave., Little Five Points, Atl. 404/584-7450.


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Dec. 4 Star 94.1 Jingle Jam: Train, X Ambassadors, James Bay Dec. 10 Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, SIXX: A.M Dec. 14 Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Dec. 16 Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith, Ga. Symphony Orchestra, Jordan Smith Feb. 14 Andrea Bocelli with ASO Feb. 16 Eric Church March 8 The Lumineers March 9 TobyMac March 10 Green Day, Against Me! April 12 Panic! At the Disco, Theater Dec. 2-18 “The Nutcracker,” Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Dec. 15 Home By Dark: Lisa Kelly, Danny Mitchell, Atlanta Girls Choir Feb. 10 Gwinnett’s Got Talent March 10-12 “Swan Lake,” Northeast Atlanta Ballet 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.

Dec. 5 Rialto Youth Jazz

Orchestra Big Band Concert, 8 PM. Dec. 6 Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra Combo 1, 8 PM. Dec. 7 Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra Combo 2, 8 PM. Dec. 12 Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra Combo 3, 8 PM. Jan. 20 Bent Frequency, 8 PM. Kopleff Recital Hall. 404/413-5901.


Dec. 3 The Gift of the Holidays, fun holiday classics performed by GSO and GSO Chorus, 3 & 8 PM, Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. Dec. 16 Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith featuring GSO, 7:30 PM, Infinite Energy Arena. Feb. 18 “America, Vol. 1,” 8 PM, Marietta Performing Arts Center.


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Dec. 17 The Beach Boys Christmas. Feb. 4 A Temptations Revue, with Barrington “Bo” Henderson. 8 PM at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. 770/5946232.


Dec. 11 & 12 “Xanadu JR.,” MJCCA Youth Ensemble. Dec. 13 & 14 “Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.,” Junior Youth Ensemble. Jan. 7-8 Matisyahu, performing at MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre on Sat., and at City Winery, Ponce City Market on Sun. 8 PM. Feb. 5 “Broadway Kaleidoscope: A Musical Revue.” Feb. 12 LABA: “Birds Sing A Pretty Song,” music/dance/film. Feb. 19 Daniel Zamir, 7 PM, Morris & Rae Frank Theatre. MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678/812-4002.

Melvin Abston as Sebastian, Alison Woods as Ariel, and the cast of “The Little Mermaid.”

“THE LITTLE MERMAID” – Jan. 12-15 at Fox Theatre

MICHAEL O’NEAL SINGERS Dec. 4 Christmas Through the

Ages, 3 PM, Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd. Dec. 18 11th Annual Messiah Sing-Along, with professional soloists and chamber orchestra, 3 PM, Roswell UMC. Feb. 12 Romance in the Air, The Kaleidoscope Ensemble, 3 PM, Alpharetta Presbyterian Church.



Dec. 1 Cirque Musica Dec. 10 V-103 Winterfest: Jeezy, 2 Chainz, The Dream. Dec. 16 Power 96.1 Jingle Ball: Ariana Grande, Meghan Trainor, The Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, DNCE, Alessia Cara, Daya and Lukas Graham. Dec. 29 WWE Live Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Old School Hip Hop Festival: Scarface, Juvenile, Mystikal, 8 Ball & MJG, Trick Daddy, Pastor Troy, Doug E Fresh, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, Jalil & Ecstasy of Whodini. Feb. 10 Bon Jovi March 14 Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Tour: orchestra, choir & musical soloists April 12 Ariana Grande April 22 Tim McGraw & Faith Hill 1 Philips Dr., next to CNN Center.


PINCH ‘N’ OUCH THEATRE Dec. 1-18 Atlanta Independent Film Festival. 195 Arizona Ave., Suite L/W1, Atl. 678/231-1263.


Dec. 3-4 Gala Holiday Concert: GSU School of Music, 8 PM Sat.,

3 PM Sun.

Dec. 9-10 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, 7 PM Fri., 3 & 7 PM Sat. Jan. 21 Jazz Masters: Ramsey Lewis, Jimmy Cobb, Lou Donaldson & Richard Davis, 8 PM. Jan. 28 The Nile Project, melodic mix of music, from Sudanese harps to Egyptian flutes, 8 PM. Feb. 11 Malpaso Dance Company, Cuban contemporary dance, 8 PM. Feb. 18 Sweet Honey in the Rock®, uplifting a cappella music and message, 8 PM. Feb. 24 Balé Folclórico da Bahia, traditional Brazilian folk dance and music, 8 PM. 80 Forsyth Street NW. 404/413-



Dec. 1-30 “The Snow Queen,” enchanting adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of love’s sovereign power over evil, staged outdoors in the wintry woods, with a snowfall. Traveling performance without seating; chairs by request. Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills.



Dec. 8-10 “Krampus Xmas,” one part naughty list nightmare, one part Japanese horror flick. Feb. 2-12 “Sea of Common Catastrophe,” two people must find a new way of living after rising waters displace them from home. 1105 Euclid Ave., Atl. 404/523-



Dec. 10 Ed Gerhard’s Christmas Concert, 7:30 PM. Woodstock Community Church, 237 Rope Mill Road. 770/365-7738.



Dec. 2-18 “Let Nothing You Dismay,” holiday farce celebrates family and all that goes with it. Jan. 27-Feb. 19 “Death by Design” murder mystery set in an English country manor in 1932. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770/396-1726.


Dec. 9-21 “A Christmas Tradition,” song and dance holiday revue. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Sq., Marietta. 770/293-0080.

SYMPHONY ON THE SQUARE Dec. 8-9 Holiday Concert, 8

PM, Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 South Marietta Pkwy. SE, Marietta. $15. 770/874-8525.


Dec. 9-Jan. 1 “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” delightful family musical based on the classic 1938 children’s book. 3+. Feb. 3-26 “The One and Only Ivan,” enthralling adaptation of the true story of Ivan the silverback gorilla, who found a home at Zoo Atlanta from 1994 to 2012. 5+. Shows at 7 PM Fri., 1 & 4 PM Sat., 2 & 5 PM Sun. Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/4848636.

Jan. 12-15 In a magical kingdom fathoms below, Ariel longs to join the world above in Disney’s smash hit, staged at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl., at 7:30 PM Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 PM Sun.

“THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA” Feb. 22-March 5 Spectacular

new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved story and thrilling score, with a cast and orchestra of 52, staged at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. Shows at 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun., plus 1 PM 2/23.


Dec. 1-18 “Big Fish,” a traveling salesman lives life to the fullest in a humorous and heartfelt story. Feb. 9-26 “Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Seminar,” cheeky group leaders suggest alternatives to everyday behavior. Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atl. 678/528-1500.


Feb. 21-March 19 “Exit Strategy,” the impending shut-down of a high school causes rising tensions in the neighborhood. Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atl. 877/725-8849. 404/532-1901.


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Cuba: With Cuba now more accessible to Americans, the Caribbean country is seeing an influx of travelers. Walk and socialize in the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Old Havana and Trinidad. Snorkel the diverse marine and reef ecosystems of Cayo Largo and Jardines de la Reina. Romania: After touring Bulgaria, cross into Romania to explore the painted monasteries and medieval towns of Transylvania, including Sighisoara, the birthplace of Vlad Dracul. Visit the Palace of the Parliament and Curtea de Arges Monastery in Bucharest. Belize: Fly fish and spin fish for tarpon, snook, permit and bonefish on the rivers, channels and flats of Belize. Enjoy mountain biking, zip lining, cave tubing and snorkeling. Machu Picchu, Peru: Hike the last section of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, then higher to Huayna Picchu. Visit Cusco, the Imperial City of the Incas, and the fertile Sacred Valley. Iceland: With more than 100 salmon rivers, countless trout and char fishing opportunities, plus glaciers, geysers, hiking, biking, whales and birds, Iceland is full of adventure. Thailand: Explore the Grand Palace and floating markets of Bangkok, visit the oldest temple in Chiang Mai and help feed and bathe elephants at a nearby sanctuary, then swim and snorkel hidden lagoons and relax on the beaches of Phuket. Greece: Swim in the crystal blue waters off Kythira, explore the unique archaeological site of Delos and the volcanic caldera of Santorini. Enjoy Mykonos’ cosmopolitan life.

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ong Kong ... Saigon ... Singapore ... Talk about storied ports that mix multilayered cultural riches with historical drama and spectacles of exotic seascapes. Stir in a spoonful of sugar in the form of high-end hotels and sumptuous ship offerings, and it’s enough to make any avid traveler grab a passport and go for it. A currently hot Silversea Cruises itinerary serves up all of the above, setting sail during winter months when the weather is most appealing for Asian

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explorations and we’re delighted to abandon our own wind-chilled sidewalks. Most passengers add pre- and post-cruise adventures in the compelling cities that bookend their voyage, checking in at a star-quality Silversea partner hotel. Which on my most recent Hong Kong stop was the Hotel Intercontinental, the see-and-be-seen spot for visitors and locals when it comes to a clubby vibe, top-ranked restaurants, and steps-away shopping rewards of major proportions. Check in, as I did, just before midnight on a Friday and it’s rocking, music spilling from the lobby bar and a chic crowd kicking off the weekend.

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Set at the tip of Kowloon Peninsula, the Intercontinental’s stylish guest rooms and wall-to-wall windows make the most of eye-popping Victoria Harbour views of Hong Kong’s high-voltage skyscraper show and nonstop parade of ferries and barges, sailboats and the occasional junks. From the hotel, it’s a brief hop to board the all-suite ship for a sailing that features a beautifully-trained butler to grant every getaway wish, including balcony breakfasts and champagne and caviar at dusk. Silversea is noted not only for polished service but upscale entertainment, a blissful spa, and multiple dining options, the most impressive being Le Champagne. The only Relais & Chateaux restaurant at sea, Le Champagne shows off a handsome wine tower and a six-course dinner with wine pairings primarily based on the line’s Italian heritage. (Hint: shipwide, the pasta is heavenly.) 108

In these days of big-bigger-biggest contests in oceangoing vessels, not the least of the uber-luxury fleet’s attractions is modest passenger numbers that translate to a happy lack of lines and crowds. Breathing room abounds, thanks to one of the highest space-to-guest ratios out there. A tempting roster of shore excursions is on tap, group or private. Choices – there’s something for a range of interests and abilities – run the gamut from a taste of ancient Hue via a Perfume River boat outing, to a biking tour of Nha Trang. For most, it’s a must to explore Saigon and Hanoi. It’s still called Saigon by pretty much everyone – never mind that the official name is Ho Chi Minh City. With an urban buzz unlike anywhere else in the country, businessminded Saigon is a place of pulsating street life, rooftop bars, designer boutiques, and packed markets. The bustling markets riddle the city, but any souvenir you might possibly

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seek (lacquerware? conical hat? knockoff handbag?) is sure to be sold at the municipal marketplace of Ben Thanh. Be sure to check out the stately red-brick Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Central Post Office designed by Gustave Eiffel, both French-built in the 1800s. More recent history – the Vietnam War is known here as the American War – lives at the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace, former headquarters of the South Vietnamese government. Seemingly the entire population is at work and on the move – mainly on motorbikes. Massive, cacophonous waves of motorbikes command the streets; pedestrian crossings can require courage and commitment. You’ll also feel the French influence in Hanoi, the capital. Picture tree-lined boulevards that could almost be Parisian, set with faded but charming French colonial villas. Pretty lakes and parks with timeless pagodas, temples, and museums. In contrast: the solemn Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with its preserved body at monumental Ba Dinh Square. Plan to explore on the hoof the intriguing maze of the Old Quarter, a shopping stronghold for some 1,000 years; 36 of its narrow, jammed streets are christened after the wares once hawked on them. Art and antique galleries 110

blossom along the southern portion of Hoan Kiem Lake. It’s likely that your first, and possibly most stunning, look at Vietnam will be Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. From a vantage on the ship’s teak decks, it spreads before you like a mystical mirage, thousands of time-carved limestone formations emerging from foggy lagoons, reaching across the Gulf of Tonkin nearly to the Chinese border. As legend has it, the seascape dubbed Halong – “descent of the dragon” – was formed by a giant dragon that plunged from the mountains. The food scene? Both on board and on shore, opportunities are abundant for sampling the astonishing scope of Asian and French-influenced cuisine, including irresistible street offerings. Now comes Singapore, where the cruise ends, a city not only famously clean and orderly but a culinary capital of both elegant establishments and, most notably, forests of food stalls. At Silversea’s partner hotel, the exquisite Shangri La, you’ll find service and dining at its best, plus gracious staffers who will point you to other pleasures. Or just consult your cabbie. For foodies of all stripes, Singapore is the perfect place for a grand gastronomic finale to a bucket-list journey. Information:

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By Dr. Karin Luise

ways to live your life with P.U.R.P.O.S.E.

According to the Association for Psychological Science, living a life with a sense of purpose will not only make you happier, but it will ultimately help you live longer. So what is getting in our way? It seems that our mental, emotional and physical selves are regularly overwhelmed with tension, sending unhealthy doses of stress hormones through our systems, making us anxious and even ill. Research shows that the persistent activation of stress-response disrupts almost all of our body’s processes, leading to anxiety, illness and lowered levels of well-being. If we live life in fast-forward, taking little time to slow down for the moments that matter, we eventually see negative effects in our relationships, life satisfaction and health. But the saving grace is this: when we want to make a shift, it can happen the moment that we decide we are ready. How about now? Take a purposeful breath with me, inhaling deeply and slowly. Exhale with a beautiful, present focus on the air moving through and out of your body. Breathe deeply again. Let the excess stress that has piled on your shoulders slide down your body and onto the floor. As you continue breathing, picture it moving gently away from your body. You have just given your body notice that you are slowing down and becoming present. You have already started to reboot. Now that you’re here, let’s keep it going and explore 7 ways to live your life with P.U.R.P.O.S.E.: 116


ause Create short blocks of time during today to slow down, get still and just be. Allow yourself 5-10 minute periods of silence to reflect on the here and now, without letting in anything new. In pause, there is purpose. nplug Turn it all off. Leave the phone inside when you go outside and be present to nature and to each other. Be purposeful about turning away from the screens and tuning into what is around you. You will be able to connect more to what is real when you turn off what is electronic. outine Honor a routine for yourself of simple rituals that make you feel connected. By setting up a daily practice, you will gain a stronger locus of control over your own well-being. This could be walking, stretching, meditating, praying, creating … anything that creates a feeling of inspiration in you and is uniquely yours. You will find yourself coming into clearer alignment with who you really are.


rotect Say a prayer of protection over your body and soul each morning. Surround yourself with the white light of God and ask to be guarded. Protect your energy from those people or experiences that you know are bad for you. Give yourself permission to walk away from those situations with love, honoring your purpose and reserving your energy for things that expand you.


rganize Shape your day in a way that is healthy for YOU. Create boundaries with your time and energy and be selective about where you are spending yourself. Simplify. Clear the clutter from your work station so that you clear the clutter from your mind. Say a statement of gratitude for those things that are no longer serving you in a positive way and let them go.


pirituality Practice some form of spirituality daily. Connect to a Higher Power in any way that raises the vibration of your soul. You will know it because you will feel lighter, more at peace and inspired. Honor the part of you that exists in a higher place, and rise above the stress that is beneath you.


xercise Moving the body with purpose reduces stress, increases vibrancy and helps us live better lives. If possible, do some form of outdoor exercise each day to gain inspiration from the healing powers of engaging in the outdoors. This will help you experience the world from a more enlightened standpoint, refueling your mind, body and spirit. By practicing just one of these exercises each day, you are not only deepening your connection to yourself and the world, but you are enriching the planet as a whole. That, my friends, is a beautiful thing.


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T h e M a n y Fa c e s o f B e a u t y

by ronald E. goldstein, DDS


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elebrity musician Alicia Keys made a statement at the recent MTV Video Music Awards by performing her set “makeup free.” Keys said, “I hope to God it’s a revolution. ’Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.” Some may think “easy for her to say because she is beautiful with or without makeup.” No doubt her action and words may go one step further in the “no makeup-makeup” or natural makeup philosophy and products already in practice. The philosophy is to appear to have fresh and flawless makeup to look like you are not wearing any at all. On Twitter, the #NoMakeup hashtag has been incredibly popular and many women may now see it as a way to take back their own natural beauty. “Why is it,” wondered Linda Wells, founding editor of Allure magazine, “that fashion is considered self-expression and makeup is self-absorption?” (New York Times, Sept 2016). However, it is unlikely the billion-dollar beauty industry will see a major drop in their customers. The global cosmetic market was $460 billion in 2014 and is estimated to reach $675 billion by 2020, growing at a rate of 6.4% (Business Wire). On the subject of beauty, we expect to see yearly trends and changing concepts. When looking at who has participated in this trend, we see celebrities such as Kate Moss and Taylor Swift whose effortless beauty can abandon typical makeup quite easily. However, does this make it more unattainable for the average woman who was not born with “super star looks” to feel confident enough to participate in this trend? So, is it quite a stretch to think that we will see a huge percentage of southern women following in their 118

footsteps? This latest no makeup beauty trend has been profiled in magazines, social media and awards shows, highlighting faces seemingly without makeup.

Who Is Makeup Really For?

Journalist and former model Gail O’Neill believes that “young women and women who don’t rely upon makeup to correct any perceived flaws, whether real or imagined, in their physical appearances will be the most-likely to emulate Alicia Keys’ example, and perhaps her act will inspire every woman to reexamine why she wears makeup.” When asked about the role of makeup, O’Neill says, “There’s a thin line between using cosmetics to enhance beauty and using it as a mask to hide in plain sight. In the latter case, women who use makeup as a mask, or a suit of armor, should consider how they may have internalized Madison Avenue’s messaging about what constitutes beauty and rewrite the script for themselves. The alternative – allowing advertising executives to create fear so they can market a solution in the form of lotions, potions and age-defying elixirs – rarely ends well for women, but is great for the bottom line of the cosmetics industry.” She further adds, “When women start applying makeup as preteenagers, by adulthood that mindless habit can result in a mask we don’t even know we’re wearing until someone like Alicia decides to remove hers in public.” (New York Times, Sept. 2016). When asked her opinion on Southern women taking on the no makeup trend, O’Neill concludes, “If anyone could get by on the power and charm of personality alone, it is a Southern woman. But for those who choose to indulge in cosmetics, I would remind them that too much of a good thing tends to age the wearer, as opposed to enhancing her looks.”

History of Beauty

For thousands of years, facial enhancements have helped to transform women into having an improved self-image. “The Bible mentions the practice of applying makeup, and the first palettes used to grind colored powder date back ten thousand years; but it was not until 5,000 B.C. that we have the first records listing large troves of makeup instruments, jars and pots containing products that were found practically intact.” (Beauty: The Twentieth Century, Universe; 2000). In fact, in 5,000 B.C. eye paint had become very sophisticated. According to Lailan Young, author of The Naked Face, “Cosmetics were used liberally by men and women in ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian,

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Hindu, and Chinese eras to enhance the human face. Cleopatra painted her upper eyelids blue and the lower lids emerald green. Her eyebrows were traced in black kohl and her face and neck were whitened with white lead. In the medieval European courts, young women were putting rouge on their cheeks; some bathed and washed their faces in ‘magi’ liquids made from extraordinary blends of wolves’ blood and crocodile glands.” However, the desire for natural beauty was still encouraged, even in 4 B.C. Ovid advised, “Do not let your lover surprise you when your boxes are spread all over the table: art can only enhance the face when it is not obvious.” (Beauty: The Twentieth Century, Universe; 2000). Southern Seasons Magazine


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“I try to look my best as most women do. I do it mainly for myself, but I like it when someone tells me I look pretty. I think everyone likes to hear that compliment; pretty is a magical word.” Bobbi Brown According to The Naked Body by Desmond Morris, “After the fall of Rome, female eye makeup virtually disappeared in Europe and was not to re-surface for many centuries. It wasn’t until the beginning of the twentieth century, when a backlash against the primness of Victorian value began to gain momentum.” Each issue of women’s magazines shows makeup tips. Then there are YouTube stars sharing their makeup tutorials and many of them have hundreds of thousands of subscribers. The ability to change one’s face and transform it for an evening event, a Halloween party, or even just to learn how to apply basic cosmetics, has been a lifesaver for millions of individuals. The role of the media also influences many people who want to emulate certain beauty characteristics of celebrities. Nancy Etcoff, author of Survival of the Prettiest, quoted a cousin of mine, former Harvard professor and philosopher Stanley Cavell, who said, “face shapes that run through various 120

hair styles on a barber shop chart…the new actresses tend to be cosmetics.” All we need to do is look at celebrity tween Kylie Jenner as an example of how powerful her influence is in the media. At 19 years old she has a rising beauty empire and almost 75 million Instagram followers! Her celebrity status continues to rise among the younger generation and embraces her role as what Cavell would call “a cosmetic.” So why do women wear makeup? Basically, two reasons: first and foremost to look one’s best and improve one’s self-image, and, secondly, to look better because, as former Spelman College President Dr. Johnnetta Cole once said, “others have to look at me.” For many, makeup is used to modify blemishes caused by acne, scars or other problems such as rosacea. A large percentage of makeup is worn by these individuals who may feel self-conscious about their appearance. High definition makeup was originally worn by television

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personalities to create the look of flawless skin. Today, it is worn by everyday people who want what they feel is a perfectly beautiful skin look. Renowned makeup artist and cosmetics giant Bobbi Brown wrote in her book Bobbi Brown Beauty, “I try to look my best as most women do. I do it mainly for myself, but I like it when someone tells me I look pretty. I think everyone likes to hear that compliment; pretty is a magical word.” Brown believes that the role of fashion and beauty go hand in hand. “If you wear beautiful clothes but don’t wear beautiful makeup, the clothes are somehow less beautiful. The total look is something less sophisticated. Perhaps there are times when that is exactly what you want. Sometimes if I feel my makeup is getting too serious, I rub some of it off and put on my motorcycle

jacket. You have to balance the elements of your look. What you do on your face is related to the shoes you wear, your skirt length, and whether you’re wearing a tailored jacket or a nubby cardigan. Style is about beauty and fashion and is communicated by what appears above and below your neck.” (Bobbi Brown Beauty). Today, many women are standing up to statements like Ms. Brown’s and asserting that beauty is about how you feel and not how you look. I have always believed the most important thing for every patient I have treated over the past 50 years is to feel good about yourself, period. If that means no makeup, natural makeup, or high definition makeup, so be it. Alicia Keys has made her statement at the present time. I just wonder if she will feel the same 20 or 30 years from now.

With a lifelong interest in beauty, Dr. Ronald Goldstein conducts ongoing research on the physical attractiveness phenomenon and its role in the achievement of personal success. His dental practice was the first to move beyond the smile and focus on overall facial harmony. He writes extensively for both consumers and the dental profession on beauty, esthetic dentistry and related topics. Dr. Goldstein is the author of the 2-volume textbook, Esthetics In Dentistry and Change Your Smile (12 foreign translations), which now in its 4th edition is the top-selling consumer guide to cosmetic dentistry found in thousands of dentists’ reception rooms around the world. He is on the advisory board of New Beauty magazine and writes for it as well. He is the founder of Tomorrow’s Smiles, a national non-profit fund that helps deserving adolescents receive life-changing smiles through cosmetic dentistry. His multidisciplinary practice Goldstein, garber & salama is in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Chocolate Art


Coffee lovers are sure to flip for Topperfino’s edible art. Made from a premium Belgian dark chocolate, the decadent toppers are perfectly paired with a steaming cup of joe, a frothy latte or cappuccino, hot chocolate or even a bowl of oatmeal. As the beautifully-designed wafer melts, it sweetens each sip and releases an amazing aroma. The delicately-molded pieces are also available in French vanilla, caramel and hazelnut. Artistic offerings from the Alpharetta-based company range from “Musical Melody” notes and “Bubbly Bella” polka-dots to “Friendly Florence” flowers and, well suited for the holidays, “Snowflake Sam” (above). 10-count box; $13.99.

Liquid Gold

Infused with Makers Mark bourbon and premium maple sugar, these dark chocolate Maple Bourbon Caramels have just the right amount of kick. Small cube (18 pieces), $7.99.


A fantastic gift for the gourmet chef, MANNI Extra Virgin Olive Oil is internationally recognized as the best offering on the market. Rich in flavor, with up to 12 times the requisite phenols (antioxidants), the olive oil is produced in very limited quantities (3,000 liters per year) in southern Tuscany, under the direction of film director Armando Manni, who created the brand in 2001. The three unique offerings include Per Me (“For Me”), a strong oil for refined palates; Per Mio Figlio (“For My Child”), a softer oil for more delicate palates; and a luxurious White Truffle oil. The packaging is exceptional, rivaled only by the contents.

Sweet Treat


The Dessert Place is back with its famous Cream Cheese Brownies. For 17 years, Atlanta’s iconic staple served the best cakes, cookies, brownies and coffee in town – boasting lines out the door on nights and weekends. After the brick-and-mortar doors were closed, Marisa Meddin (daughter of co-founder Sheryl Meddin and goddaughter of co-founder Bennett Frisch) revived the brand online, providing its famous Cream Cheese Brownies for delivery nationwide. Baked fresh with high quality ingredients from the company’s Atlanta headquarters, the delicious “secret recipe” gourmet brownies feature a rich, chocolatey bottom covered by a layer of cream cheese topping. Available in both regular and gluten-free dozen or half-dozen packages, $24.99-$55.99. 122


Tomahawk Chop from 101 steak in vinings. photo by brandon morgan. Southern Seasons Magazine


by jennifer bradley franklin photography by Brandon Morgan AND Brandon Amato

Carnivore’s Primer

101 Steak offers a palate-expanding education


hese days, high-end steakhouses abound around our fair city, and we all seem to have pretty specific opinions about how we like our meat, feeling ever-so-superior about the cut (for me, filet mignon), temperature (medium-rare is perfect), accompaniments (bordelaise and chimichurri, please). We’re fortunate that Atlanta has myriad stellar places to worship at the altar of beef (Hal’s, Chops and Oak Steak are favorites), but the new 101 Steak in Vinings can stand tall amongst these giants, and perhaps even teach a thing or two about pushing the culinary envelope. Instead of boring basics, 101 Steak is more like a graduate-level course. Chef Joe Ahn builds on a firm foundation of exacting technique, expertly chosen cuts from trusted purveyors and staggeringly fresh ingredients. Then, he layers in his own creative touches with such finesse and aplomb that, rather than holding tight to preconceived notions about what I want a steakhouse to be, I was looking forward to the exciting ways his take on standard steakhouse fare might surprise me. The restaurant is tucked on the corner of a somewhat nondescript new development off of Paces Ferry Road, but 124

once inside, it’s easy to just enjoy the atmosphere – soaring ceilings, oversized tufted leather booths and exposed wooden tabletops, in a palette of neutrals, all bathed in warm light from the Edison bulb-lit chandeliers. It exudes the kind of coziness that put me instantly at ease. The menu is textbook-style massive, due in no small part to the extraordinary wine list. Hundreds of different bottles are available from the impressively curated floor-toceiling racks, but perhaps even more staggering are the 101 wines available by the glass. I can’t recall another Atlanta restaurant with a more extensive selection. As you might expect with such a vast list, there’s quite a range, both in price and varietal. For instance, a lovely Marsanne from Santa Barbara’s Qupe is offered at an affordable $10 per glass, while an $80 glass of Gaja Nebbiolo Barbaresco from Italy’s Piedmont region is more of a splurge. After getting some expert wine recommendations and ordering, our server returned bearing a basket of whiskedfrom-the-oven popovers, 101 Steak’s elevated version of standard bread service. They were everything you want a popover to be: eggy and rich, yet impossibly light, toasted and crisp on the outside, yet airy and hollow on the inside, with curls of steam escaping after the first bite.

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ruthfully, I could’ve made an appetizer just of this gorgeous treat, but our order was already on the way. I’m glad I didn’t miss it: roasted marrow bones came brûléed with parmesan, fresh sage, sweet-tart onion marmalade and grilled pain au levain, a tangy sourdough. It’s the kind of dish you surreptitiously photograph and send to foodie friends to make them jealous. Next came a riff on Oysters Rockefeller: the plump bivalves were broiled with a creamy mixture of chopped kale, roasted garlic, pancetta and tangy tomme cheese. The appetizers were memorable, but of course, the main event at 101 Steak is the beef (which is why, even after staffers sung the praises of various other house specialties – yellowtail tuna, wild-caught salmon and a Berkshire pork chop – our main course orders didn’t deviate from steak). My guest and I decided on a taste test of sorts: an 18-ounce bone-in Kansas City strip, dry aged for 40 days, and a classic 14-ounce bonein filet mignon. The aged strip steak had such a concentrated flavor and the filet was melt-in-your-mouth tender – and both were cooked to perfection, so it was impossible to pick a favorite. Though the steak needed no improving, I was determined to explore the menu as fully as my little stomach would allow, so we ordered chimichurri, bourbon au poivre and bearnaise on the side, along with brûléed creamed jalapeno corn with pancetta and pimento mac-n-cheese with smoked bacon (even the veggies have a carnivorous element!). One of my favorite things about the wine list here is that many of the most popular menu items are included in a helpful pairing guide in the near-encyclopedic wine menu. For things like the oysters, chimichurri, and tempura Maine lobster tail, it explains the finer points of pairing to accentuate the dish’s flavors, offering suggestions for “wow” wines and “solid seconds” in descending order of price. 126

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The restaurant’s extraordinary wine list offers hundreds of different bottles, with a diverse range in both price and varietal. Perhaps even more staggering are the 101 wines available by the glass. millionaire cocktail

It’s easy to go a little crazy here. The menu is robust and just different enough to tempt you into ordering something off the beaten path. I’ll wager that no matter how you felt about school, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll appreciate this level of higher education. Visit 101 Steak at 3621 Vinings Slope SW, Atlanta. 770/805-8855.

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Dining Guide AMERICAN

ANOTHER BROKEN EGG CAFE 2355 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., 404/254-0219. 4075 Old Milton Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770/837-3440. 4300 Paces Ferry Road, Vinings, 770/384-0012. 4745 Ashford Dunwoody Road, 770/408-0110. Southern regional cooking with an edge. } ARIA 490 E. Paces Ferry Road NE, Atl. 404/233-7673. Buckhead hot spot with creative “slow food” served in a sleek space. Signature dishes include Niman Ranch Slow Roasted Pork and Zinfandel Braised Beef Short Rib. p }}} ★★★ ATLAS 88 W. Paces Ferry Road NW @ St. Regis Atlanta, 404/600-6471. Farmfresh, seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. p }}} BACCHANALIA 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/365-0410. Great service and generous 128

portions with a heavenly menu of specialties served in a warehouse-chic setting. p h }}} ★★★★

BETTER HALF 349 14th St., Bldg. C, Atl., 404/695-4547. Seasonal menu reflects the best products the South has to offer in a casually refined spot. p }} BLUE RIDGE GRILL 1261 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/233-5030. Signature dishes, from grilled Georgia trout and slow-roasted grouper to iron skillet mussels and hickorygrilled rib eye, are served in the cozy comforts of a mountain lodge, with stone fireplace, log walls and red leather booths. p }}} ★★★ BUCKHEAD DINER 3073 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/262-3336. Atlanta icon offers inventive menu, from sweet and spicy Thai chili calamari to veal and wild mushroom meatloaf, in an upscale, retro atmosphere. Call-ahead priority accepted. } ★★★

CANOE 4199 Paces Ferry Dr., Vinings. 770/432-2663. Culinary expertise and natural aesthetics come together for a rich, flavorful experience, with a seasonal menu and inviting interior. p }} ★★★ CAPITAL GRILLE-ATLANTA 255 E. Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-1162. Classic steak house offerings, from chops to fresh seafood, in a relaxed atmosphere that features a sweeping view of Buckhead. p }}} ★★ EMPIRE STATE SOUTH 999 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/541-1105. A community restaurant that appeals to a broad range, a la celebrated Athens chef Hugh Acheson, with authentic Southern dishes served in a meat-and-three format. p }} 5CHURCH 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/400-3669. Eclectic dishes, from lamb burger and Frogmore stew to smoked Pekin duck, served in a neo-Victorian setting, with a

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200-bottle wine list and specialty cocktails. p }} FLIP BURGER BOUTIQUE 1587 Howell Mill Road, Atl., 404/352-3547. 3655 Roswell Road NE, Atl., 404/549-3298. Unique menu of burgers, sandwiches, sides and salads served in a contemporary, hip space. } GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY RESTAURANT 3242 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., 404/264-0253. 848 Peachtree St. NE, Atl., 404/870-0805. Hand crafted beer and madefrom-scratch food served in a fun atmosphere. p } GRACE 17.20 5155 Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. 320, Peachtree Corners. 678/421-1720. Creative, seasonal menu presented in a comfortable, stylish atmosphere with gracious service. p }} ★★ HAVEN RESTAURANT AND BAR 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atl. 404/969-0700. Casual neighborhood dining with a fresh seasonal menu and an impressive wine list. p }} ★★★ HOBNOB NEIGHBORHOOD TAVERN 1551 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl. 404/968-2288. Comfort pub cuisine and craft beers in a community-driven establishment in Ansley Park. p } HOLEMAN & FINCH PUBLIC HOUSE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/948-1175. Hailed as a British gastropub with a Southern accent, with savvy cocktails and a meaty menu. } HOUSTON’S 2166 Peachtree Road NW, Atl., 404/351-2442. 3321 Lenox Road, Atl., 404/237-7534. 3539 Northside Pkwy., Atl., 404/262-7130. Lavish portions of fresh American fare, from hickory-grilled burgers to tender, meaty ribs. } ★ JCT. KITCHEN & BAR 1198 Howell Mill Road, Ste. 18, Atl. 404/355-2252. A casual, yet upscale setting to enjoy such specialties as angry mussels, chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, truffle-parmesan fries and Georgia peach fried pies. p } JOEY D’S OAKROOM 1015 Crown Pointe Pkwy., Atl. 770/512-7063. Upscale steakhouse features choice-aged charbroiled steaks, signature sandwiches, salads, pastas, chicken and fish, plus over 400 brands of spirits. p }} ★★

Canoe JP ATLANTA 230 Peachtree St., Ste. 1150, Atl. 404/523-7600. The latest creation of John C. Portman Jr. combines refined cuisine and contemporary elegance, with innovative dishes made with fresh local ingredients. p h }}} LIVINGSTON RESTAURANT AND BAR 659 Peachtree St. @ Georgian Terrace Hotel. 404/897-5000. Fresh American cuisine in a classy setting. p }} LITTLE BACCH 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/365-0410. Intimate dining with ingredient-driven menu, abundant with fresh-grown produce and seasonal flavors, plus hand-crafted cocktails. Specialties include caviar service, oysters, cheese soufflé, whole roasted heritage chicken, dry-aged beef and chocolate soufflé and fruit tarts. p }} LOBBY BAR AND BISTRO 361 Seventeenth St., Atl. 404/961-7370. Seasonal menu with a comfort food edge in a casual atmosphere. p }

LOCAL THREE 3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atl. 404/968-2700. Farm-fresh seasonal fare, from Ga. Mountain Trout to Springer Mountain Farm Chicken Pot Pie, served in a comfy space. p } MILTON’S CUISINE & COCKTAILS 800 Mayfield Road, Milton. 770/817-0161. Feast on such Southern specialties as sweet potato and shrimp fritters, fried chicken, pork loin and chef ’s veggie plate in the charming setting of a restored 150-year-old farmhouse and 1930s cottage. p }} MURPHY’S 997 Virginia Ave., Atl. 404/8720904. A long-standing hub of neighborhood camaraderie with upscale comfort food, gracious service, a cozy setting and excellent value. p } QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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SOUTH CITY KITCHEN 1144 Crescent Ave. NE, Atl., 404/873-7358. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy. SE, Vinings, 770/435-0700. 3350 Peachtree Rd. NE, Atl., 404/815-6677. The Old South meets the big city, with contemporary Southern cuisine, from fried chicken to garlic-sautéed collards, dished out from the exhibition kitchen. p }} ★★★ SOUTHERN ART 3315 Peachtree Road NE @ InterContinental Buckhead. 404/946-9070. Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere, with an artisan ham bar, vintage pie table, and sophisticated bar and lounge. Dine on baked oysters with crispy pork belly, chicken & dumpling soup and Low Country seafood. p }} TAP 1180 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/347-2220. Gastropub with innovative comfort food, extensive draft beer and barrel wine selections, and convivial setting. p }

South City Kitchen ONE. MIDTOWN KITCHEN 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atl. 404/892-4111. Inventive atmosphere, food and wine served in a renovated urban warehouse space. p } ★★ PARK 75 75 14th St. NE @ Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. 404/253-3840. Seasonal and regional favorites, from crispy lobster with shittake sticky rice and Asian vegetables to barbecue “Kobe” short-rib with smoked Gouda grits, in an elegant setting. p }} ★★★ PUBLIK DRAFT HOUSE 654 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/885-7505. Great gastropub cuisine served in a fun place. p } RATHBUN’S 112 Krog St., Atl. 404/5248280. New American food served with Southern flair in a swanky space at the Stove Works in Inman Park. p }} ★★★★

SAGE WOODFIRE TAVERN 11405 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770/569-9199. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl., 770/8048880. City chic yet casual atmosphere featuring contemporary American cuisine with global influences. p }} SALT FACTORY 952 Canton St., Roswell, 770/998-4850. 102 S. Main St., Alpharetta, 770/752-1888. Neighborhood gastropub with exceptional food and drink served in a comfy setting, from soups, salads and appetizers to specialty burgers, pizza, pasta, fish and beef. } ★★★ SALTYARD 1820 Peachtree Road NW, Atl. 404/382-8088. Diverse selection of seasonal dishes offered in family-style small plates, plus signature cocktails and craft beer in spirited setting. p }

RESTAURANT EUGENE 2277 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/355-0321. Seasonal cuisine and boutique wine combined with gracious service in a sophisticated spot in the Aramore Building. p }}}

SEASONS 52 90 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, 770/671-0052. Two Buckhead Plaza, 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atl., 404/8461552. A seasonally changing menu of fresh food grilled over open wood fires and a bythe-glass wine list in a casually sophisticated setting with live piano music in the wine bar. p }}

REVIVAL 129 Church St., Decatur. 470/2266770. Kevin Gillespie’s family-style dining experience with traditional Southern-inspired dishes with farm-fresh ingredients. p }}

SHULA’S 347 GRILL 3405 Lenox Road NE @ Atlanta Marriott Buckhead. 404/848-7345. Signature meals from Hall of Fame football coach Don Shula in a casual chic setting. p }


TERRACE BISTRO 176 Peachtree St. NW @ The Ellis Hotel. 678/651-2770. Flavorful farm-to-table dishes served in a chic setting. p }} THE CAFE AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, BUCKHEAD 3434 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/240-7035. American cuisine splashed with the flavors of coastal Italy, France and Spain, plus unparalleled premium wine selections. Live piano music and seasonal patio seating. p }}} ★★ THE SOUTHERN GENTLEMAN 3035 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/939-9845. Gastropub offers a fresh, modern take on traditional dishes made with locally sourced ingredients in a gorgeous top floor space in the Buckhead Atlanta Shops development. p h }} THE SUN DIAL RESTAURANT 210 Peachtree St. NW @ The Westin Peachtree Plaza. 404/589-7506. Offers a 360-degree dining experience, 723 feet above the city, with contemporary cuisine and live jazz. p }}} THREE SHEETS 6017 Sandy Springs Cir., Atl. 404/303-8423. A refreshing escape with cocktails, music and small plates. } ★★★ QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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TWO URBAN LICKS 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atl. 404/522-4622. Fiery cooking with wood-roasted meats and fish, plus a touch of New Orleans and barbecue, in a chic warehouse, with live blues music. p }}


VILLAGE TAVERN 11555 Rainwater Dr., Alpharetta. 770/777-6490. Fresh fish, pastas, salads, chicken, steaks and chops in an upscale, casual setting. p }}

FOGO DE CHAO 3101 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/266-9988. Delectable cuts of fire-roasted meats, gourmet salads and fresh vegetables, and a variety of side dishes. p }}} ★★★

THE REAL MANDARIN HOUSE 6263 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/255-5707. Upscale Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine, with dishes ranging from Orange Beef and Sake Sea Bass to Peking Duck and Lettuce Wrap Chicken. } ★★



HONG KONG STAR 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Ste. 110, Marietta. 770/5092129. Exciting dishes with Asian flair, with great service and inviting setting. }


WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE 1820 Peachtree Road, NW, Atl. 404/809-3561. Southern-inspired menu in farmhouse-chic setting, from fried pimento cheese sandwich to bone-in ribeye with black truffle gravy. p }} YEAH! BURGER 1168 Howell Mill Road, Ste. E, 404/496-4393. 1017 N. Highland Ave., Va.-Highland, 404/437-7845. Organic, ecofriendly restaurant offers customizable burgers in a fast-casual format. } ZEAL 1255 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 678/401-7142. Chic, farm-to-table modern eatery with chef-inspired menu, plus craft beers, boutique wines and spirits in a relaxed atmosphere. p }}

FIRE OF BRAZIL 218 Peachtree St. NW, Atl. 404/525-5255. Marinated slow roasted choice cuts of meat prepared in Brazilian tradition. p }}}

CANTON HOUSE 4825 Buford Hwy., Chamblee. 770/936-9030. Cantonese cuisine, specializing in dim sum, served in a spacious dining room with friendly service. } ★★★★

P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO 7925 N. Point Pkwy., Alpharetta, 770/992-3070. 500 Ashwood Pkwy., Atl., 770/352-0500. 3333 Buford Dr., Buford, 678/546-9005. 1624

Cumberland Mall, Ste. LS108, Atl., 770/8035800. Enjoy diced chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves, orange-peel beef with chili peppers, and wok-fried scallops with lemon sauce in a stylish space. p }}

MCKINNON’S LOUISIANE RESTAURANT 3209 Maple Dr., Atl. 404/237-1313. Louisiana seafood dishes reflect the delicately refined cooking of New Orleans and the pungent, highly seasoned dishes of the Cajun Bayou. p }}

LAST WORD 701 Highland Ave., Ste. 5, Atl. 404/343-1274. Innovative cocktails and chef-driven fare in a communal, relaxed bar setting. Specialties: lamb belly shawarma and hand-rolled couscous with braised beef cheek. p }

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BISTRO NIKO 3344 Peachtree Road NW, Atl. 404/261-6456. Regional comfort French cuisine in a casual bistro setting. Specialties include white Gulf shrimp, sautéed short smoked mountain trout and Maine cod. p }} ★★★★ LA PETITE MAISON 6510 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/303-6600. Charming French bistro offers everything from filet mignon to grilled salmon. } ★★ LE BILBOQUET 3035 Peachtree Road, Ste. A180, Atl. 404/869-9944. Simple, classic French cooking brings a slice of Parisian café culture to the neighborhood. p }}} NIKOLAI’S ROOF 255 Courtland St., Atl. 404/221-6362. Superb cuisine, impeccable service and award-winning wine list, with skyline views from the 30th floor of the Hilton Atlanta. p }}} ★★★


AQUA BLUE 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, 132

Roswell. 770/643-8886. Global cuisine, from seafood and sushi to steaks and chops, plus signature drinks, in a welcoming environment. p }} ★★ 10 DEGREES SOUTH 4183 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/705-8870. South African restaurant offers a cultural fusion of cuisine, from calamari and lamb chops to sosaties and chicken curry, in lively setting. p }}


KYMA 3085 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/2620702. Dramatic décor and inventive cuisine, including wood-grilled octopus, oven-roasted lemon chicken, slow-braised lamb shank, and spinach and feta spanakopita. p h }} ★★★★


ANTICA POSTA 519 E. Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-7112. Tuscan cuisine served in a cozy bungalow with an extensive wine list. p }} BARAONDA RISTORANTE & BAR 710 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/879-9962. Authentic Italian, from homemade pastas and pizzas

to grilled dishes, served in a charming setting, with an expansive wine list. p }} CIBO E BEVE 4969 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/250-8988. Celebrates the vibrant food, wine and culture of Italy, with the best seasonal produce from local growers. p }} DAVIO’S NORTHERN ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 3500 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. 404/844-4810. Simple, regional Italian foods with a focus on the grill, from aged steaks to unique pasta creations and signature veal chop. p }} DØUBLE ZERØ NAPOLETANA 5825 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/991-3666. Southern Italian featuring the cuisine of the Campania region of Italy, as well as Neapolitan pizza. p }} FLOATAWAY CAFE 1123 Zonolite Road, Ste. 15, Atl. 404/892-1414. Fresh seasonal cuisine is created with country French, Mediterranean and Italian influences. p }} IL GIALLO OSTERIA & BAR 5920 Roswell

Road, Atl. 404/709-2148. Constantly evolving menu represents Italy’s Coastal regions, from fresh hand-made pastas to cured meats, cheeses and olive oils, served in an inviting atmosphere. p }} IL LOCALINO 467 N. Highland Ave., Atl. 404/222-0650. Italian favorites served up in a fun setting, with eclectic decor and warm hospitality. p }} ★★★★ LA GROTTA 2637 Peachtree Road NE, Atl, 404/231-1368. 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 770/395-9925. Enjoy a three-course dinner in an intimate place overlooking a beautiful garden. p h }} ★★★★ LA TAVOLA 992 Virginia Ave. NE, Atl. 404/873-5430. Cozy, authentic Italian trattoria serves classics like spaghetti and meatballs and more adventurous dishes. p }} MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 3368 Peachtree Road, Atl., 404/816-9650. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 770/8043313. Divine dining in a nostalgic setting reminiscent of pre-World War II Little Italy. p } MEDICI 2450 Galleria Pkwy. @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel. 770/953-4500. Mediterraneaninspired Tuscan grill with herb-rubbed prime steaks, hand-crafted pastas and market-fresh seafood. p }} NO. 246 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 678/399-8246. Savor ricotta agnolotti, Ramano pizza, charred octopus and other specialties in a 100-seat space with an open kitchen, backyard deck and welcoming neighborhood atmosphere. } PORTOFINO 3199 Paces Ferry Place, Atl. 404/231-1136. Neighborhood bistro offers simple pastas and innovative appetizers and entrees with an attentive staff. p }} PRICCI 500 Pharr Road, Atl. 404/2372941. Creative menu, dramatic interior and friendly service. Enjoy wood-fired pizza, tortelli pasta, beef short rib ravioli and roasted Mediterranean sea bass. p h }} ★★★★ QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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In The Kitchen n damn delicious: 100 super easy, super fast recipes, chungah rhee (oxmoor house)

The debut cookbook of popular blogger Chungah Rhee brings fun and excitement to everyday cooking. From five-ingredient Mini Deep Dish Pizzas to no-fuss Sheet Pan Steak & Veggies and 20-minute Spaghetti Carbonara, the recipes are geared to fast, healthy, homemade meals that taste great. Featured dishes include Overnight Blueberry Croissant Breakfast Bake, Faux Shrimp Pad Thai, Buttermilk Ranch Drumsticks, Tuna and Avocado Poké Bowls, Batter-Fried Cauliflower with Orange Sauce, and Mini Vanilla Bean Turtle Cheesecakes. n chicken: a savor the south® cookbook, cynthia graubart (the university of N.C. Press)

While fried chicken may be the iconic dish of the South, there’s more than one way to cook a bird, as Atlanta culinary whiz Cynthia Graubart amply demonstrates in her book about America’s most popular fowl. Ranging from traditional Southern styles to contemporary and international dishes, the 53 recipes include Perfect Roast Chicken, Virginia Coq au Vin, Bourbon Peach Chicken Thighs, and Greek Lemon Chicken Soup. Be assured that instructions are included for making the best fried chicken ever – seven fingerlicking-good ways. Along with shopping tips and prep tricks, she shares a few nuggets of history. For example, prior to the 1940s, chicken was sometimes more expensive than beef or pork. n OUR TABLE: TIME-TESTED RECIPES, MEMORABLE MEALS, Renee Muller (Artscroll)

Renee Muller shares her family’s favorite kosher dishes, deliciously crafted from common ingredients and presented with beautiful photography. Whether whipping up an easy weeknight meal or going all-out for a special holiday dinner, the cookbook includes everything from appetizers to desserts. Among the tasty offerings: Mushroom Barley Soup, Crunchy Asian Salad, Tangy London Broil, Pulled French Roast Sliders, Homemade Egg Kichel and Buttery Chocolate Scones. There’s even a selection of recipes with links to online video tutorials with Renee demonstrating some of her cooking techniques. Southern Seasons Magazine


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hibachi cooking at the table. The outdoor courtyard features meticulous Japanese gardens. } NAKATO 1776 Cheshire Bridge Road NE, Atl. 404/873-6582. Gracious servers dressed in kimonos pamper diners with delicious authentic Japanese cuisine in an aura of the grandeur of traditional Japan. p }} ★★★★ SUSHI-HUKU 6300 Powers Ferry Road NW, Atl. 770/956-9559. Fresh, authentic sushi that’s creatively presented and highly praised, with attentive service, intimate seating and relaxed atmosphere. } UMI 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atl. 404/841-0040. Modern Japanese flavors in a sophisticated, contemporary setting. Chef Fuyuhiko Ito’s menu showcases the freshest fish from the world’s finest markets; diverse beverages include exclusive craft sake, handmade cocktails and artisan roasted coffee. p }}


ECCO 40 7th St., Atl. 404/347-9555. A bold approach to seasonal European cuisine, from paninis, pastas and pizza to fig-glazed lamb loin, served in a warm, welcoming setting, with award-winning Old World and New World wine lists and hand-crafted cocktails. p }} ★★★


NUEVO LAREDO CANTINA 1495 Chattahoochee Ave., Atl. 404/352-9009. Fresh Mexican fare, including chicken mole, pork tender briskets, lobster tacos and enchiladas, served by an attentive staff in a fun, casual environment. p }

Parish SOTTO SOTTO 313 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atl. 404/523-6678. Italian dishes, from Carnaroli rice risotto to a whole roasted fish, served in a cozy setting in a revived brick storefront. p }} ST. CECILIA 3455 Peachtree Road NE @ Buckhead’s Pinnacle Building. 404 /554-9995. Dine on divine coastal European food in a sumptuous setting, with small plates, seasonal entrées like Maine sea scallops, and handmade pasta dishes. p }} SUGO 10305 Medlock Bridge Road, Duluth. 770/817-8000. An inspiring blend of unique 134

family style dishes, from Mediterranean mussels to Greek pizza, served with gracious hospitality. p } ★★★ VALENZA 1441 Dresden Dr., Ste. 160, Atl. 404/969-3233. Cozy, upscale Italian eatery in Brookhaven with a classic menu of antipasti, pasta, risotto and Italian entrees. p }}


MO MO YA 3861 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/261-3777. Sushi, sashimi and tempura served in a traditional dining room with


IMPERIAL FEZ MOROCCAN 2285 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/351-0870. An oasis of good food and entertainment with traditional cuisine including fresh legumes, meats and fish. p }}}


PARISH: FOODS & GOODS 240 North Highland Ave., Atl. 404/681-4434. New Orleans-inspired, bi-level restaurant and market in the beautifully restored 1890s Atlanta Pipe and Foundry Company terminal building. p }


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RUMI’S KITCHEN 6152 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/477-2100. Fresh Persian dishes, from kabobs and dolmeh to fresh-baked flat bread, served in an intimate dining room with attentive hospitality. }


ATLANTA FISH MARKET 265 Pharr Road, Atl. 404/262-3165. Southeast’s largest selection of fresh seafood offered in a neighborhood setting. Specialties include Hong Kong sea bass, cashew crusted swordfish and blackened mahi mahi. p h }} ★★★★ ATLANTIC SEAFOOD COMPANY 2345 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/640-0488. Contemporary atmosphere showcases modern American seafood flown in fresh daily. p }}} C&S SEAFOOD AND OYSTER BAR 3240 Cobb Pkwy., Atl. 770/272-0999. Fresh seafood, a well-stocked raw bar and classic prime steaks in an elegant setting, with classic cocktails. p }} LURE 1106 Crescent Ave. NE, Atl. 404/8811106. Contemporary fish house serving only the freshest ingredients delivered daily, from smoked seafood platter to fried oyster slider. p }} RAY’S IN THE CITY 240 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/524-9224. Enjoy a selection of the freshest seafood, made-to-order sushi and hand-cut steaks, in a casual yet elegant setting. p }} RAY’S ON THE RIVER 6700 Powers Ferry Road, Atl. 770/955-1187. A palatepleasing menu of fresh seafood and fine cut steaks, an award-winning wine list and a romantic view of the Chattahoochee assure a delightful dining experience. p h }} ★★★ THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM 1100 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/475-2277. Feast on fresh seafood, flown in daily, in a setting as sleek as a 1930s ocean liner. p }}} THE OPTIMIST 914 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/477-6260. Upscale seafood with playful flavor combinations served in a beautiful space, with an experienced staff, wellrounded wine list and upbeat vibe. p }}


CAPE DUTCH 1782 Cheshire Bridge NE, Atl. 404/343-0313. Globally-inspired dishes highlight braai (African barbecue) techniques, from wood-grilled steaks to seafood, in a sophisticated setting. p }}


ALMA COCINA 191 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/968-9662. Dine on green chorizo tostadas, bay scallop ceviche and braised goat huaraches in a spirited venue. p } RAY’S RIO BRAVO 6450 Powers Ferry Road, Atl. 770/612-2829. Fresh Tex-Mex cuisine, from Chili Con Queso to Grilled & Sizzling Fajitas, is served in a fun and festive setting. p }


COOKS & SOLDIERS 691 14th St. NW, Atl. 404/996-2623. Enjoy pintxos and wood-grilled meats and seafood inspired by the Basque region, as well as a wine, cider and cocktail program, in a vibrant, contemporary space. p }}


AG 181 Peachtree St. NE @ The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, 404/221-6550. Modern steakhouse experience inspired by Southern hospitality with updated menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, refreshed interiors and a new cocktail program. p }}}

BLT STEAK 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. @ W Atlanta-Downtown. 404/577-7601. Chef Laurent Tourondel’s Bistro Laurent Tourondel combines traditional elements of a cozy French bistro with an American steakhouse. p }}} BONE’S 3130 Piedmont Road, Atl. 404/2372663. Award-winning menu features prime steaks, Maine lobster, lamb chops and fresh seafood complemented by an extensive wine cellar and discerning service. p }}} ★★★★ CABERNET STEAKHOUSE 5575 Windward Pkwy., Alpharetta. 770/777-5955. Reminiscent of the classic steakhouses of New York, with a large open dining room, plush seating and exposed kitchen. p h }}} ★★★ CHOPS/LOBSTER BAR 70 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/262-2675. Prime steak and seafood, including filet mignon, batterfried lobster tail and lump crab cake, are served on the upper level Chops steakhouse and lower-level Lobster Bar. p h }}} ★★★★ HAL’S 30 Old Ivy Road, Atl. 404/261-0025. Award-winning steak prepared over an open flame grill, plus fresh seafood, pasta, veal, lamb QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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BRIEFS • The perfect place to celebrate, Davio’s Atlanta features three private dining rooms which can accommodate 10 to 300 guests for holiday parties or corporate events. Contact Kina Hollis or call 404/844-4810. • Working to end hunger in the metro area, Tin Lizzy’s Cantina delivered a $40,000 food donation to Second Helpings Atlanta this fall.

• 5Church’s partner and executive chef Jamie Lynch was selected as a contestant on “Top Chef Season 14,” filmed in Charleston earlier this year. The show is scheduled to debut on Dec. 1.

• American Cut recently opened at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta. The modern American steak house features a rooftop terrace bar, The Regent Cocktail Club, offering striking views of the Atlanta skyline.

• Congratulations to TWO urban licks (Chef Michael Bertozzi), named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Greatest Restaurants Around the Globe.” It was the only Atlanta restaurant named to the esteemed international list.

• Cheeky Chastain in Sandy Springs is now open for lunch, offering favorites from both sides of the border, pour-yourown brews and all the sports network connections needed to watch every game.

• The first location of Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads has opened at the 675 N. Highland mixed-use development in Poncey-Highland, serving a menu of chef-driven fare and bold, global flavors for lunch and dinner daily.

• Located at the Stove Works complex in Inman Park, Bell Street Burritos opened its third location at 112 Krog Street, featuring an outdoor covered patio and upstairs dining, as well as seating on the mezzanine level, perfect for BeltLine people-watching.

• Offering Alpharetta residents a contemporary spin on classic Southern cuisine, Secreto Southern Kitchen & Bar has become a local favorite, thanks to executive chef Boyd A. Rose and GM Paulo Junior.

and fish, served in an expansive bistro-style venue with charming white tablecloth setting. p }} ★★★

the classic steakhouse with inspired dishes served in a modern environment. p }}}

KEVIN RATHBUN STEAK 154 Krog St., Ste. 200, Atl. 404/524-5600. Enjoy USDA prime steaks, a mixture of Italian, Creole and Asian items, and fish, soups, salads and sashimi, as well as a list of 200 wines. p }} ★★★★

101 STEAK 3621 Vinings Slope SE, Atl. 770/805-8855. Innovative, chef-driven steakhouse features à la carte meat and seafood favorites to pair with a variety of creative side dishes, plus a raw bar and 100+ wines by the glass. p h }}} ★★★

MCKENDRICK’S STEAK HOUSE 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl. 770/512-8888. Feast on fabulous appetizers, enormous steaks, tender chops and succulent seafood in a clubby setting with oak walls and leather seats. p }} ★★★★

RAY’S ON THE CREEK 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/649-0064. North Fulton’s award-winning steakhouse delivers with prime steaks, fresh seafood and fine wines. p h }}}

MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 303 Peachtree Center Ave., Atl., 404/577-4366. Generous portions of USDA prime aged beef, as well as fresh fish, lobster and chicken entrees served in an upscale environment. p }}} NEW YORK PRIME 3424 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/846-0644. Dine on Midwestern USDA prime beef, live Maine lobsters or fresh fish, with classic sides ranging from creamed spinach to cheese mashed potatoes. p h }}} ★★★ OAK STEAKHOUSE 950 Third St., Alpharetta. 678/722-8333. A fresh take on 136

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE 11655 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770/777-1500. 267 Marietta St. @ Embassy Suites Centennial Park, 404/223-6500. 3285 Peachtree Road NE @ Embassy Suites Buckhead, 404/365-0660. Revered by steak connoisseurs for its USDA prime, aged Midwestern cornfed beef, Northwestern salmon and live Maine Lobster. p }} ★★ STONEY RIVER 10524 Alpharetta Hwy., Roswell, 678/461-7900. 5800 State Bridge Road, Duluth, 770/476-0102. 1640 Cumberland Mall, 678/305-9229. Enjoy premium steaks in an inviting mountain lodge setting. p }} ★★★

• Paces Properties has announced that Taqueria del Sol and Ramen Station will join its Larkin on Memorial project, set to open in the summer in Grant Park. • Hard Rock International is seeking to raise $10 million for global music charities by 2021 through its newly launched Hard Rock Heals Foundation. • Atlanta food truck Yumbii has opened its first brick-andmortar restaurant, Yumbii Taco Shop, in Buckhead with a global, street-food-inspired menu that fuses Asian and Mexican flavors. • Duck Donuts is expanding its franchise into Atlanta, with three to four projected store openings in suburban areas in the coming year.

THE PALM 3391 Peachtree Road @ Westin Buckhead Hotel. 404/814-1955. Prime cuts of beef and jumbo lobsters are served in a casual setting, with a caricature gallery of famous faces. p }}} ★★★


HUNAN GOURMET 6070 Sandy Springs Circle NE, Atl. 404/303-8888. Authentic cuisine in a relaxing setting. p } ★★ NAN THAI FINE DINING 1350 Spring St. NW, Atl. 404/870-9933. Rich, tasty Thai and Thai fusion dishes with an artistic flair, reminiscent of the grand style of the ’40s and ’50s. p h }}} ★★ RICE THAI CUISINE 1104 Canton St., Roswell. 770/640-0788. Authentic street-style Thai. p } TAMARIND SEED 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/873-4888. Authentic Thai, from roasted duck breast to braised lamb tenderloin, in an upscale setting. p }}} QUICK GUIDE p reservations h dress restrictions } entrees $10-20 }} entrees $20-30 }}} entrees $30+

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