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Southern SEASONS M A G A Z I N E



In Every Issue

14 Letter from the Editor 16 Letters to the Editor

70 Gillian & Steve Marto’s Anniversary 72 Ellen Macadam & Matt Sleeman 76 Kate Carruth & Stuart Dalton

people & places

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Zoo Atlanta’s Wildlife Experience Exec. Chef Pano Karatassos of Kyma Leslie McLeod’s Ballroom Magic Legendary Event’s 20th Anniversary Captain Planet Celebrates 25th Year Gallery Views: American Craft Show Exhibitions Calendar David Monn’s Extraordinary Events Around the South: In Full Bloom Southern Tales: New Books Dr. Karin: Coping with Projection



54 Design Finds: Perfectly Petite 56 Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat


60 Sparkling Accents 62 Sheer Illusions 64 Bold & Beautiful 66 Splashy Blue Hue 68 High Noon Couture


80 Parties for a Cause 85 On the Horizon 86 Zoo Atlanta Beastly Feast 89 nsoro Foundation’s Starfish Ball 91 Shepherd Center’s Legendary Party 92 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 94 Around Town with Jenny Pruitt 98 Etcetera


100 Fun Around Town 106 Performing Arts


110 Global Treasures 112 Glamour & Golf in Naples, Florida


118 From the Garden to the Party 120 Dining Guide: Best Bites in Town 125 In the Kitchen: Cook Books


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SPRING COVER: ZOO ATLANTA. PHOTOGRAPHY, hair & makeup BY MARY JANE STARKE. Tony Brewer’s wardrobe: Guffeys - Buckhead. Carol Abreu’s dress: Susan Lee. EARLY SPRING cover: PANO KARATASSOS. SARA HANNA PHOTOGRAPHY. LATE SPRING cover: LESLIE MCLEOD. PHOTOGRAPHY by alex rowan.




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ANIMAL ATTRACTION A premiere destination for wildlife in the Southeast, Zoo Atlanta makes big strides in conservation.


UNIQUELY GREEK Chef Pano Karatassos of Kyma puts his own spin on the culinary traditions of the Mediterranean.


FANCY FOOTWORK Atlanta philanthropist Leslie McLeod is putting her best foot forward with ballroom dancing.


VISION OF BEAUTY Epic event designer David Monn showcases his amazing work in “The Art of Celebrating” book.

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Magnetism Human beings are attracted to the finer things in life. If you find fascinating people, exotic animals, delicious food, gorgeous places and sensational events to be attractive, this issue is for you!


or anyone who loves animals and hasn’t been to Zoo Atlanta in 20 or more years, you owe it to yourself to plan a visit. This is not your grandparents’ zoo any more! The dedicated staff and donations from people from every walk of life have created a biological preserve and environment to be proud of. Each animal’s individual needs to live a happy, healthy life have been considered in the development of each habitat. It is not wild animals in cages, but a sanctuary for the protection, survival and thriving lives of so many rare and endangered species. This spring’s Beastly Feast, co-hosted by Tony Brewer and Carol Abreu, is going to be a fun-filled lavish affair to raise funds for the continued growth of the city’s most delightful and awe-inspiring attraction. A completely different kind of animal magnetism is offered by renowned Atlanta chef Pano Karatassos of Kyma. Very few people in my neighborhood ever throw an octopus on the barbecue. This succulent culinary delicacy is not readily available at most stores, and no one I know would have a clue how to prepare it. And yet, it has become one of the most popular dishes in the city. Anyone who has ever had the grilled octopus at Kyma has become addicted to this eight-legged entree as prepared by

Buckhead’s Greek inspired master chef! Leslie McLeod is one of those stunning women of natural poise and grace, generosity, charm, wit and determination. Her happiness has always been her family. When her late husband Dr. Hugh McLeod died from cancer, Leslie, like all of us who have survived the loss of a loved one, had to reinvent her life. She has danced her way to a remarkably successful second act and her story will inspire you. Gail O’Neill is perhaps the most prolific wordsmith I have ever had the pleasure to publish. She uses her superb intellect and exceptional vocabulary to bring us stories from her global travels about everything from the world of couture to the greatest creative talents of our time. She has a keen eye for quality and attraction to rare, talented and unique people, places and things. In this issue Gail introduces us to her friend David Monn, whose new book is a visually stunning page-turner. The stellar success of Tony Conway, founder of Legendary Events, The Estate and Flourish in Buckhead, celebrates his 20th anniversary this season. He is the most award-winning icon of events in the South and a remarkable philanthropist who we are delighted to salute. Happy anniversary, Tony!

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letterS to the editor

How does the Tower of Talent begin to thank you? A simple thank you seems so small when your beautiful magazine’s cover and feature story about our event and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are both so huge. Our entire group flipped over the gorgeous cover shot by talented photographer Ben Rose. Your media coverage has propelled ticket sales and visibility, helping us to break a remarkable and amazing million dollars in pure donations (as every dollar goes to Children’s!). On behalf of Anne and Michael Greenbaum, who have generously underwritten this event, we thank you for your heartfelt support. Our event on Dec. 4 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre has been blessed with enormous teamwork, and we just wanted you to know that your personal concern for sharing our show has meant the world to us. Your stunning magazine is a fantastic part of what makes Atlanta a great city in which to live and volunteer and work. Our goal is to continue to put smiles on kids’ faces with the greatly needed music therapy program at CHOA that these important funds will support.

Thanks for putting Tower of Talent on the cover. The kids in the show are adorable. I see the magazine is going strong as ever. Congrats! BRENDA WOOD, VETERAN TV NEWS ANCHOR

We LOVE the magazine and want to thank you all for doing an amazing job! We have a memory that will last a lifetime. Thank you for featuring us on the cover. We are truly honored! JULIE & PAUL HAGEDORN

Thank you to Southern Seasons Magazine for the coverage of the Bentley event we hosted at the amazing Harry Norman, REALTORS® listing at Paces Valley in Buckhead.

Your magazine is a fantastic part of what makes Atlanta a great city in which to live and volunteer and work.” Thank you, Southern Seasons Magazine, for the fantastic coverage on Olah Design Group. It was simply stunning! DAN OLAH, OLAH DESIGN GROUP


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On behalf of The Sandy Springs Society, I would like to thank you so much for including The Elegant Elf Marketplace in Fun Around Town and Evening With the Elves in Parties for a Cause. We enjoyed a fabulous event and we appreciate your support so much!

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Zoo Atlanta President and CEO Raymond King with beastly feast cochairs carol abreu and tony brewer.

Today & Tomorrow at

Zoo Atlanta A premiere destination for wildlife in the Southeast and the oldest cultural destination in Atlanta, Zoo Atlanta experienced record attendance in 2016, with nearly a million visitors. That achievement has been surpassed on only one other occasion in the zoo’s 127-year history, in 2000, when giant pandas Lun Lun and Yang Yang made their debut.


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Among Zoo Atlanta’s most majestic residents, Sumatran tiger Chelsea (who was born at another zoo) is a critically endangered species native to Indonesia, with only about 400 alive in the world today. Tigers are solitary animals in the wild, so it is a natural behavior for Chelsea to live alone.

Special thanks to Rachel Davis, Director of Communications, for her fascinating insights into the Zoo Atlanta residents.


ocated in historic Grant Park, just minutes from the heart of the city, Zoo Atlanta has a mission to inspire value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family experiences. From well-known native animals to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 1,000 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates from around the world.

Conservation Zoo Atlanta is much more than a destination where individuals and families can make personal connections with the planet’s wildlife and wild places; the zoo has a mission and a responsibility to protect endangered species and their habitats in places many people will never have an opportunity to visit. Zoo Atlanta and its partners are active in field conservation programs for wild

animals in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and at home in Georgia. Projects include work for critically endangered reptiles in Guatemala, and native eastern indigo snakes, diamondback terrapins and gopher frogs in the Southeast United States. Zoo Atlanta is also a proud partner of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s 96 Elephants campaign to stop the killing of elephants for ivory.

Events In addition to the Southeast’s most anticipated black-tie gala, The Beastly Feast presented by Ford Motor Company Fund, Zoo Atlanta hosts signature special events throughout the year. Highlights include Brew at the Zoo and Sippin’ Safari for adults 21 and older, and for the entire family, Boo at the Zoo, Art Gone Wild, Endangered Species Day, Cookies with Santa and many more. Southern Seasons Magazine

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Idgie is a rare red panda whose natural habitat has been encroached on by human development. Hailing from the colder climates of Northern Asia, this energetic animal enjoys a wonderful habitat with plenty of trees to climb, bamboo to eat, and an air-conditioned tree house to weather Atlanta’s hot summers.

Living well over 100 years, the Aldabra giant tortoise is one of the largest tortoises in the world, native to islands off coastal Africa. Zoo Atlanta has two females and one male in residence.

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Experiences Zoo Atlanta offers many opportunities for guests to get closer to some of their favorite animals. Stand eye-toeye with the tallest living land mammals during specially scheduled giraffe feedings. Meet African elephants, giant pandas, Aldabra giant tortoises, warthogs, and other zoo residents with important conservation messages at behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters. Numerous play adventures await for the young at heart, including the KIDZone playground, train, endangered species carousel, Canopy Climber and rock-climbing wall, and the seasonal Splash Fountain (open AprilOctober) presented by Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority. The KIDZone destinations form the gateway to the Orkin Children’s Zoo, home to Australian wildlife and the sheep, goats and pigs of the Outback Station petting zoo.

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Nothing speaks to the connection between man and beast than this magical moment captured by photographer Peter Belvin.

Scaly Slimy Spectacular In 2015, Zoo Atlanta opened the world’s first LEED Gold-certified reptile and amphibian exhibit, The Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience. The complex houses around 100 animals and features over 60,000 gallons of water and 9,700 square feet of hand-crafted rockwork designed to simulate some of Earth’s most iconic wild places. Highlights include eyelevel views of four American alligators under a 30-foot naturalistic waterfall.

Zazu shares her aviary with fellow Southern ground hornbill Gumby. While these birds can fly, they chose to spend most of their time on the ground – eagerly hopping up to the glass to socialize with visitors. Their diet consists of small rodents, frogs and snakes. Southern Seasons Magazine

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Tony Brewer’s inspiration to help Zoo Atlanta: After moving to Atlanta from my birthplace of Columbus, Miss., in 1979, I purchased my wonderful century-old home in the beautiful Historic Grant Park district in 1982. Shortly after, I made my first visit to Zoo Atlanta, which both saddened me and motivated me to seek a way to help. I witnessed Willie B. sitting in his cage with his back to a blue ceramic tile wall, staring aimlessly with other gorillas staring back at him – all from behind bars. It was very sad and I think humiliating for that great gorilla. I became involved with the zoo’s annual fundraiser, The Beastly Feast, and 25 years hence, I am now honored to be co-chairing the event. Within several years of my first visit to Zoo Atlanta, it was wonderful to see Willie B. walk into the new Ford African Rain Forest. This time he was in an open and spacious natural habitat, looking out to the guests, including me. We were now the ones in the safe (glass-enclosed) “cages.” Willie B. seemed to come back to life and became happy and sired many young gorillas and the rest is history. I love Zoo Atlanta. It is with love and gratitude that I ask all of Atlanta for their continued support. Tony 24

Adorable panda cubs Ya Lun and Xi Lun are the second set of twins born at Zoo Atlanta. The highly skilled staff provided 24 hour a day care for them as newborns until they were strong enough to be with Momma full time.

Three-yearold Andi is the granddaughter of Zoo Atlanta’s beloved Willie B. The zoo has the largest colony of Gorillas in North America, with 21 in residence.

Madu is the most amazing Sumatran orangutan in the country because of her willingness to raise youngsters who were not born to her. She is pictured with Keju, the fourth foster child she has lovingly adopted. The large and diverse orangutan habitat includes a gaming computer for this remarkably intelligent species.

Giant pandas Zoo Atlanta is one of only four zoos in the United States housing giant pandas. The species represents the zoo’s most significant long-term investment in wildlife conservation, with more than $10 million contributed in direct support of wild giant pandas in China. Seven cubs have been born to adult pair Lun Lun and Yang Yang. The youngest of these, twins Ya Lun and Xi Lun, were born in September of 2016 and began exploring their habitat with their mother earlier this year.

Great apes With an international reputation for leadership in the care and study of great apes, Zoo Atlanta is home to North America’s largest great ape population, including 21 gorillas and 12 orangutans. Twenty-three gorillas have been born at the zoo since the opening of the landmark Ford African Rain Forest in 1988. An infant born to Kudzoo this past fall is a grandchild of the legendary late Willie B., known and beloved by generations of Atlantans. The zoo serves as headquarters for the Great Ape Heart Project, the world’s first coordinated effort to understand, diagnose and treat cardiac disease in gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos living in zoos. It is also home to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, which protects and supports gorillas and

their habitats in Africa, and is the zoo’s primary partner in gorilla conservation.

Coming this Spring Wildlife enthusiasts who have ever admired the skills of treedwelling animals will have a chance to test their own skills at the new Treetop Trail aerial playground, presented by Kaiser Permanente. The sky trail, made possible with generous support from the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, will allow adventurers to traverse a two-level challenge in the KIDZone.

Looking ahead … The future is bright for Zoo Atlanta. In 2016, ahead of schedule and expectations, the zoo announced a triumphant finish for its Grand New View capital campaign, which raised $42.5 million, surpassing its original goal of $38.1 million. Set for completion in early 2019, the project will revitalize the historic Cyclorama building and its adjacent property, creating a one-of-a-kind event destination overlooking a new African savanna for elephants. Stay tuned for exciting project updates, and experience the animals, programs, people and possibilities of Zoo Atlanta today. Visit for information on tickets, membership and ways to support the zoo. Southern Seasons Magazine

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Heart from the

Chef Pano’s authentic culinary storytelling by jennifer bradley franklin • Sara Hanna photoGRAPHY

“Write what you know” is sage advice often attributed to Mark Twain or William Faulkner, both literary greats. The same is regularly said to chefs, who are encouraged to cook dishes close to their hearts and histories. While beautiful dishes can happen with a walk on the wild side, often the most heartfelt – and delicious – things happen with a deep knowledge of a culture’s history and traditions. Perhaps you have to intimately know the rules to be able to break them gently and with respect. Chef Pano Karatassos of Kyma is just the person to proceed this way, since he has both deep Greek roots and cutting-edge training and international interests.

Slowly grilled over a wood burning fire for incredible tenderness and flavor, Kyma’s classic octopus dish is topped with pickled red onions, capers, olives and herbs.


Renowned for his modern Greek cuisine, Kyma Executive Chef Pano I. Karatassos is part of the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group dynasty, founded by his father. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., he has been cooking professionally since the age of 16. He resides in Atlanta with his three children and is working on his debut cookbook with famed food photograper Franceso Tonelli.

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Inspired by the shape of the traditional Greek pasta “Hilopites,” this calamari dish with thinly-sliced zucchini, Kalamata olives and capers is served with a saffron yogurt.


or this piece, I got to rediscover Kyma, part of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, after a nearly six year hiatus. It’s even better than I remember. The dining room is much the same, elegant stark white tablecloths and blue banquettes, warmed up by candles flickering against Cycladic white walls. Some chefs might start off with a miniscule bite on toast or a thimble-sized shot of soup to awaken the palate, but Chef Pano isn’t most chefs. My first bite was a perfectly salty oyster, lightly roasted, its bivalve cup filled to the brim with foamed Champagne “avgolemono,” topped with pearls of delicate osetra caviar. That one bite told me everything I needed to know: This meal would be consistently delicious, but also a bit of an adventure. Next, meze (Greek for small, sharable plates, like their better known Spanish counterparts, tapas) came in a rush. Kyma’s was the first octopus I ever loved, and having it again was like rediscovering an old friendship. I’m not sure what kind of culinary sorcery Chef Karatassos uses, but the meaty slices of grilled octopus are tender in the middle and almost lacquered on the outside. Paired with tart pickled red onions, olives and a lemony vinaigrette, it’s not surprising this is one of the restaurant’s signatures. While the wood-fired octopus might be considered traditional fare, perhaps something Pano learned from his yia28

yia (grandmother) during summer visits to Greece, the other meze pushed farther outside the expected. Ahi tuna tartare, with pickled ramps and a medley of wild mushrooms “a la greque” and calamari “pasta” shredded into ribbons, sauteed with capers and other Mediterranean vegetables both worked in the menu, but felt innovative. A delightful salad followed, crafted of roasted baby tri-color beets, topped with warm sheep’s milk manouri cheese and buttered walnuts. The earthiness of the cheese complemented the surprise ingredient: icy, bright ruby beet sorbet. It’s impossible not to notice the seafood display of Olympic proportions in Kyma’s entryway. Full of crushed ice, the massive chest is piled high with Lithrini (yellow snapper), Lavraki (striped bass), arctic char, Mourmoura (striped bream), octopus, Dover sole, Maine lobster and more. So of course, seafood is a major focus. Rather than opt for a grilled whole fish, dressed simply in Greek extra virgin olive oil and lemon, we tasted miniature portions of two of Chef Pano’s fully-composed seafood dishes. First, a delicate olive oil-poached halibut filet, perched on top of toothsome clams, swimming in a foamed clam and leek stock, topped with coriander and Santorini truffles, shaved tableside. It was elegance personified. Next, a skate over beluga lentils, artfully cooked al dente with sherry vinegar, brown butter and chives. It was an alluring combination of tart and buttery, the fish having

Bathed in Mediterranean blue, Kyma welcomes guests to an authentic Greek dining experience. Slowly braised lamb shank, garnished with tomato, fresh herbs and mizithra cheese, served over trahana pasta.

Halibut poached in Greek olive oil, with emulsified clam broth.

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A playful take on classic “kataifi,” this dessert involves rolling a banana in shredded phyllo, baking it, and drizzling it with Greek honey. The banana is served with a flourless chocolate cake and topped with house-made yogurt sorbet.

an almost candy-like crust. I found out later what gave it its illusive richness: a bit of foie gras blended into the sauce was genius and unexpected. So much food was a herculean effort, but tasting through Kyma’s menu is a pleasure. Chef Pano shines in his preparations from the sea, but he’s equally adept at meatier dishes. Case in point: forktender roasted lamb shank, served over tart trahana (sour pasta pearls) and juicy tomato compote, topped with grated mizithra cheese and a dish of tender veal sweetbreads, sauteed in chicken stock, and served over truffled butternut squash. Rather than choose wine from the all-Greek list, I left myself in the capable hands of general manager Nicholas Sousounis, who himself was born in Athens and has been at Kyma since the opening in 2001. From the fresh Roditis-Viognier blend by Domaine Mercouri Foloi to the minerality of Sigalas Santorini, Assyrtiko to the elegance and complexity of Skouras Megas Oenos’ AgiorgitikoCabernet combination, it’s clear that the Greeks are masters of their centuries-old winemaking craft. Every sip, without fail, was tasty on its own, but blossomed into something more when paired with the dishes selected specially for it. With few exceptions, Chef Pano is writing a beautiful story with each plate – a history he knows well, yes, but also his dreams for what envelope-pushing Greek fare can be. For guests at Kyma, it’s a choose-your-own-adventure style of dining that’s sure to have a deliciously happy ending. Visit Kyma at 3085 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404/262-0702. 30

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Ballroom Magic

Atlanta philanthropist Leslie McLeod’s life-changing second act


By Jennifer Bradley Franklin • photography by alex rowan

inning your category in the Ohio Star Ball and the United States Dance Championship is a little like winning the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing – difficult, competitive and a feat few accomplish. Amateur ballroom dancer and Atlanta philanthropist Leslie McLeod is one of the elite few, but rather than basking in the accomplishment, she’s using it to motivate even bigger wins. McLeod didn’t start out dancing, though. In fact, she laughs, “My father was from New York City, and he taught me to jitterbug, but I never took dancing, so I’m not formally trained at all.” When she moved to Atlanta, she met her husband, Dr. Hugh McLeod, and began raising funds for organizations like the Arthritis Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association, Shepherd Center, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Atlanta History Center and others. Often, she would twirl around the floor with him. “Hugh was a fabulous dancer,” she recalls, “Women would stand in line to dance with him at charity events.” Tragically, Hugh was diagnosed with leukemia. While he was going through his treatment and transplant, Leslie’s friends Joanne Chesler Gross and Sona Chambers asked if she would be a part of a Dancing with the Stars-style charity event. “I said ‘no,’ since Hugh was so sick,” Leslie remembers. But they gently persisted and Leslie was paired up with independent dance pro Melbin De La Cruz, who also partnered Mayor Shirley Franklin and DeAnne Cagle-Heckert to raise nonprofit funds. “We did tango, and for 45 minutes, two times a week, I got a little mental escape,” she says. When her beloved husband of 31 years passed away in 2011, Leslie was understandably inconsolable. When a grief counselor suggested she dance through her pain, she accepted the advice and began taking weekly lessons with her former dance partner, Melbin. 32

Leslie McLeod with dance partner Melbin De La Cruz.

“This is the first time I’ve done anything that was truly for myself," Leslie McLeod said. “Hugh was my life. But now that I’m through the worst part of my grief, I’m able to really dance for me.”

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Ball chair Sally Dorsey, Mercy Care CEO Tom Andrews, and honoree Leslie McLeod.

Wings of Mercy


Two great ladies shared the stage on Feb. 25 as Sally Dorsey chaired the Wings of Mercy Ball, which honored Leslie McLeod. With a dazzling “Jazz Age” theme, the elegant black-tie event was held at Flourish in Buckhead, where guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, a gourmet dinner, and dancing to the big band sounds of Joe Gransden and his Orchestra. The evening was a benefit for Mercy Care in Atlanta, supporting vital health care, dental, vision, behavioral health care, education and social services. Since 1989, Wings for Mercy Care and Mercy Care Foundation have raised over $8 million for Mercy Care. For more information, visit 34

That fall, she began dancing with Melbin a few days a week. He encouraged her to dedicate herself to the budding interest, and the pair started working on the energetic cha-cha, swing, rumba, bolero and mambo, the dances in the DanceSport Rhythm dances (as opposed to Smooth, which includes waltz, tango, Viennese waltz and foxtrot). They competed in their first Pro-Am (a professional paired with an amateur partner) in 2012, and Leslie was sufficiently hooked. They began competing around the country (Las Vegas, New Jersey, Miami) and internationally (Havana and London), and she connected with former-competitive-dancer-turned-costume-maker Olga Kormanovskaya, who hand-stitches thousands of Swarovski crystals and kicky head-to-toe fringe on Leslie’s custom costumes. The pair dances six days a week, for two hours each session, and the work is paying off. In 2014 they won the Ohio Star Ball’s bronze rhythm in their division, and the next year they took the number one spot in the United States Dance Championship. “Once you win both of those two, you have to move up.” Now, they are dancing the silver syllabus (more difficult required moves) and working on a full schedule of competitions, competing in as many as 15 a year. All of that activity has been quite a change for Leslie, who jokes, “Before, my idea of exercise was going from Neiman Marcus to Bloomingdale’s! I’ve lost 15 pounds and my body shape has completely changed.” But the best benefits are the ones you can’t readily see. “Hugh was my life. But now that I’m through the worst part of my grief, I’m able to really dance for me,” she adds. “This is the first time I’ve done anything that was truly for myself. I will be indebted to Melbin forever. If I’d been paired with someone else, I probably wouldn’t still be dancing. It’s been such a gift.”

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Celebrating a

Legend Rock star event planner Tony Conway marks 20th year of Legendary Events


nown for being the mastermind behind many of Atlanta’s most prestigious and glamorous events, Tony Conway has been a force to be reckoned with in the events industry for over three decades. In 1997, after 20 years in the luxury hotel industry, he formed Legendary Events, an award-winning full-service special events company. Legendary’s expertise in event planning, catering, floral decor and design has earned the team a stellar reputation and ensured the company is a trusted choice for internationally-renowned names such as Tyler Perry, Sir Elton John and Oprah Winfrey, as well as for high-profile events like those honoring Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. “I share all of the success with my most incredible staff in the special events industry that I get to work with daily,” Tony said. “I’m also privileged to have amazing clients and friends.” Tony was recently featured as the event planning expert on two popular TV shows. On “The Steve Harvey Show,” he discussed the design of Steve’s daughter Karli’s luxurious wedding. On the OWN network’s “Too Darn Hot” special, viewers got a behindthe-scenes look at how Tony and his team planned the annual star-studded Hollywood party thrown by Tyler Perry to celebrate 36

his TV production collaboration with Oprah. In 2013 Tony opened the first of two special event venues in Buckhead: The Estate, a stunning southern mansion with original features dating back to 1797. By contrast, Flourish, which opened in 2015, is a stylish and splendid modern gem. In support of the local community, Legendary Events has contributed $15 million to nonprofit organizations, and Conway has served on the boards of The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Alliance Theatre, Leadership Atlanta, Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Senior Citizens Services and SEARCH. For his continual efforts, Tony has been inducted into the Event Solutions Hall of Fame, named one of Biz Bash Media’s Most Innovative People in Events & Meetings (2016), and honored with The Special Event Lifetime Achievement Award, a coveted 11Alive Community Service Award, a Georgia Entertainment Gala Highlight Award, and the Buckhead Business Association Bullish on Buckhead Award. These hard-earned accolades underscore Tony’s indelible imprint on the industry. “Commitment to excellence, attention to detail and personal service is only a part of business,” he said. “It is how you go about giving back to the community and making a difference that matters most.”

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Tony with Tyler Perry in L.A.

Tony with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin

Tony with Oprah Winfrey and Rueben Cannon

Passionate about giving back to the community, Tony has chaired events for the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, UNICEF, Pets are Loving Support, Meals on Wheels and Atlanta Humane Society. He also supports the nsoro Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Medically Fragile Children. He was recently honored with the Special Seasons Magazine | 37 Events Magazine Richard Southern Carbotti Award.

by laura turner seydel

Captain Planet

celebrates 25 years of



Since 2001, I have served as Board Chair of the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF). Along with Barbara Pyle, my father, Ted Turner, created the Captain Planet edutainment cartoon in 1989, and CPF in 1991. Over 25 years, CPF has worked tirelessly to empower youth to become responsible stewards of the environment. We’ve directly funded nearly 2,000 projects and over 1 million children, with a direct impact on over 10 million youth. This past December, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary Gala in Atlanta with the help of our premiere sponsors Delta and the Isdell Family Foundation.

Each year we award members of our global community who are changing the world with their work. Our highest honor, one of two Exemplar Awards, was awarded to HRH Prince Charles for his dedication to global sustainability. For four decades, the photo by Dominic Chavez GRAPHIC © Inktear/ Prince has used his position to work with and promote organizations and THE initiatives that further a sustainable POWER future in regards to climate change, IS deforestation, and ocean pollution. YOURS The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community tackles the growing threat of population growth and urbanization by focusing on developing and designing sustainably planned, built and maintained communities. In 2016, he opened the COP 21 UN Climate Summit in Paris by urging world leaders to act now as climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity. Accepting via video, the Prince gave a stirring and sobering speech covering the progress we’ve made as a global community but also the challenges we face right around the corner. Tony Juniper, Special Advisor to the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, accepted the award on behalf of the Prince. Our second Exemplar Award was accepted by the incredible E.O. Wilson, who is generally recognized as one of several leading biologists in the world. He is acknowledged as the creator of two scientific disciplines – island biogeography and sociobiology – and 38

three unifying concepts for science and the humanities jointly – biophilia, biodiversity studies and consilience. He is also considered the father of the Encyclopedia of Life, a major technological advance in the study of global biodiversity. Originally from Mobile, Wilson attended the University of Alabama for his undergraduate studies, followed by Harvard for his doctorate. At 87 years old, Wilson has been a prolific author having published 32 books, his most recent is Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life. In it he lays out his plan to protect global diversity by devoting half the surface of the Earth to nature. He explains this ambitious endeavor by detailing why the biosphere is so important, and how the mass extinctions we are experiencing now could set us on an irreversible path. The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation supports biodiversity research and education initiatives that promote and inform worldwide preservation of our biological heritage. Protecting biodiversity is key to the survival of humankind, and our quality of life, it is the reason we breathe clean air and develop new medicines. The talented Ian Somerhalder, actor, humanitarian, environmentalist and Planeteer, accepted our Superhero for Earth Award. In 2010, he founded the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) whose purpose is to advance science; promote the conservation of natural resources for the benefit of the entire community; provide relief to the poor, distressed and underprivileged; and support organizational and grassroots efforts that protect and restore our planet. He has been a correspondent on National Geographic Explorer’s Years of Living Dangerously for both seasons. He has also been named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the organization’s Environment Program, and is a passionate messenger

Above: Jane Fonda and Ted Turner with civil rights leader Andrew Young. Top right: Ian Somerhalder and wife Nikki Reed accepting the Superhero for Earth Award. Right: Laura Seydel with event co-chairs Rebecca & Sanjay Gupta, Captain Planet, Meg & Jeff Arnold, Cara Isdell Lee & Zak Lee with son Rory. Left: Ceelo Green and Zac Brown. Opposite Page: Laura Seydel, Rebecca & Sanjay Gupta and Ted Turner with award recipients E.O. Wilson, Hannah Testa and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.

for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Along with his beautiful and talented wife, Nikki Reed, they use their celebrity to engage, inspire and inform current and future generations. It has always been important to CPF to acknowledge and support youth making a difference. Because who can better speak to and for the younger generations than themselves? This year we awarded our Young Superhero for Earth Awards to Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Hannah Testa. Xiuhtezcatl is a 16-year-old indigenous climate activist and hip-hop artist on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement, who opened our ceremonies performing an original activist rap piece with his sister, Esa. At the age of six, Xiuhtezcatl began speaking to crowds at major events from the Rio+20 UN Summit to addressing the General Assembly at the UN New York. He and his brother cofounded Earth Guardians, where he currently serves as youth director. He has teamed up with world-renowned climate scientist James Hansen’s granddaughter to sue the federal government on behalf of 21 youth plaintiffs charging that climate change threatens the plaintiffs’ fundamental constitutional right to life and liberty. They are arguing that the government has known for decades the harmful effects of fossil fuels and has knowingly put the lives of future generations in danger.

They won a major victory in an Oregon federal court when the judge rejected all the federal government’s arguments to dismiss, allowing the suit to move forward. This will prove to be a landmark court decision for climate change. Hannah is a beautiful and warm 14-year-old from Forsyth, Ga., who is passionate about animals and environmental issues that have an impact on wildlife. In 2016, Hannah partnered with Georgia State Sen. Michael Williams (R) to proclaim Feb. 15, 2017, as Plastic Pollution Awareness Day throughout the state. Hannah’s call to action is for Georgians to avoid consumption of single-use plastic products such as plastic bottles, straws and bags on at least one day out of the year. Hannah has gotten dozens of environmental leaders across the nation to support her efforts at the State Capitol. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the President’s Volunteer Service Award. As the daughter of Captain Planet himself, my heart is full as I look back on the past 25 years. I am so proud of the many people who have given of their talents, time and treasure to realize our accomplishments. I now look to the next 25 years with a renewed sense of purpose, excitement and dedication. The Power is Yours! Southern Seasons Magazine

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gallery VIEWS

American Craft Show March 17-19 Cobb Galleria Centre Featuring unique creations in art, furniture, jewelry, clothing, home décor and more, the American Craft Show returns to the Cobb Galleria Centre on March 17-19, spotlighting over 225 top contemporary craft artists in the largest indoor juried show in the country. Added attractions at this year’s show, which marks the 75th anniversary of the American Craft Council, include room vignettes by area designers, fashion styling of wearable art, an emerging artists showcase, and interactive “Inspiration Stations” that demonstrate the process of creating a piece of artwork. 10 AM-8 PM Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. Two Galleria Pkwy., Atl.. $13 (free for 12 & under); $5 after 5 PM Fri. only.

Clockwise from top left: Jewelry by Theresa Kwong of San Mateo, Calif.; Mixed media by Christine Kosiba of Brevard, N.C.; Wrap by Susan Bradley of Wayzata, Minn.; Jewelry by Agnieszka Winograd of Forestburgh, N.Y.; Leatherwork by Pong Gaddi of Buffalo, N.Y.; Ceramics by Adrina Richard of Atlanta.


“Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan” April 1-Jan. 21, 2018 High Museum of Art


Works by Ashley Bryan ( from top): The birds’ colors were mirrored in the waters, ca. 2002, from Beautiful Blackbird (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003), mixed media collage on paper. Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile, 1998, from Why Leopard Has Spots (Fulcrum Publishing, 1998, p. 6), linoleum cut. The Adventures of Aku, 1976, title page from The Adventures of Aku (Atheneum, 1976), tempera and gouache on board. All courtesy of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Mass., gift of the artist.

High Museum of Art

retrospective of acclaimed children’s book author and artist Ashley Bryan opens April 1 at the High Museum of Art. From colorful cut-paper collages to dynamic ink drawings, the exhibition features more than 70 original artworks from 20 of his books, including paintings from his newest title, Freedom Over Me (Simon & Schuster, 2016), illuminating a group of enslaved people sold at auction in the 19th century through powerful art and poetry. “Bryan’s deeply moving works captivate audiences of all ages and demonstrate his ability to translate compelling and timeless stories through an impressive range of artistic media,” said Ginia Sweeney, the High’s co-managing curator of the exhibit, organized with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Born in 1923 in the Bronx, N.Y., Bryan has forged an amazing career, illustrating his first book, a selection of poems by the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, at the age of 44. He has published more than 50 books to date, reflecting an array of styles and influences, from African folktales to jazz and poetry. The “Painter and Poet” exhibit explores the artist’s fascinating biography and the important role that family heritage plays in his work. It will also spotlight eight of Bryan’s puppets, composed of objects scavenged from Maine’s Cranberry Isles, where the 93-year-old lives and works today. In a unique venture with the High, the Alliance Theatre will bring Bryan’s vibrant work to the stage, presenting the world premiere play “The Dancing Granny” this summer, followed by a family production based on “Beautiful Blackbird” this fall.

Ashley Bryan in his studio, 2016.

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Alan avery art company

March 17-April 15 “Master Prints.” April 28-May 27 “Daniel Biddy.”

DIRK WALKER March 11-April 7 dk Gallery

656 Miami Circle NE, Atl. Tues.-Sat.

“Splashing Around Piedmont Park”

404/237-0370. alanaveryartcompany. com.


32 Canton St., Roswell. Mon.-Sat.

770/993-4783. annjacksongallery. com.


March 17 Erin Gregory’s solo show opening, 6-8:30 PM.

April 21 Dixie Purvis’ solo show opening, 6-8:30 PM. 690 Miami Circle, #150, Atl. Mon.-Sat.



March 18, April 15, May 20 Miami Circle Art Stroll, 11 AM-4 PM, third Saturday of the month. Explore art from five centuries, ranging from paintings, drawings, and prints to sculpture and photography, by artists from around the world, at nearly a dozen participating venues.

Art station ARTS CENTER

Through March 4 Lee Laney’s “Uncle Lee Art Exhibit.” Juried Members’ Exhibit. 5384 Manor Dr., Stone Mountain. Tues.-Sat. 770/469-1105.

of Battle – Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 1918-1918.” April 6-Sept. 30 “Anne Morgan’s War: American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924.” May 20-March 2018 “Uncle Sam Wants You! – World War I and the Poster.” 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. Open daily. 404/814-4000.


175 Peters St. SW, Atl. Thurs.-Sat. 404/524-4781.


764 Miami Circle, #210, Atl. Tues.-Sat.



Through March 26 “Howard Terpning: 70 Years of Art.” March 9-June 11 “Embrace the Struggle,” bronze art of Chris Navarro. April 15-Aug. 28 “Creating Camelot,” Kennedy photos of Jacques Lowe. 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville. Tues.Sun. 770/387-


Artists Atelier Gallery & Studios

breman museum

March 12-June 11 “Atlanta Collects,”

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

20th anniversary celebration highlights diverse pieces from Jewish collectors in and around Atlanta. Ongoing “Absence of Humanity,” presents history of the Holocaust through artifacts and stories. 1440 Spring St. NW, Atl. Sun.-Fri.



800 Miami Circle, #200, Atl. Tues.-Sat.



Through April 2 Lonnie Holley: “I Snuck Off the Slave Ship,” sculptures, drawings and site specific installations. 535 Means Street NW, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/6881970.

ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER Through Dec. 31, 2018 “Native

Lands: Indians and Georgia.” March 6-April 30 “The Great War in Broad Outlines.” March 16-July 5, 2018 “Fields 42

678/222-3700. March 2-April 7 “Outliers: On The Road to Terminus,” group printmaking exhibit by faculty from 12 Georgia colleges and universities. Reception: 7-9 PM 3/16. April 13-June 23 Juried 2D Group Exhibit. Reception: 7-9 PM 4/13. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/872-5338.


spellbinding exhibit of goblins, gowns and behind-the-scenes artwork celebrating the film’s 30th anniversary. Tues.-Sun. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atl. 404/873-3391.


Through March 4 “Nude & Figure.” March 11-April 7 “Dirk Walker, Interpretations: The Journey Continues,” cityscapes, landscapes, destinations. Reception: 6-8 PM 3/11. 25 W. Park Square, Marietta. Tues.Sat. 770/427-5377.


Through May 7 “Wild Weather,” examine severe weather through multimedia experiences. 767 Clifton Road, Atl. Open daily. 404/929-6300.


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


georgia museum of art

Through April 2 “Driving Forces: Sculpture by Lin Emery.”

Through Sept. 3 “Jim Henson’s

Through April 16 “To Spin a Yarn:

Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City,”

Distaffs, Folk Art and Material Culture.”

Through May 7 “Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection.” Through May 14 “Michael Ellison: Urban Impressions.” 90 Carlton St., Athens, East Campus of UGA, Arts Complex. Tues.-Sun. 706/542-4662.


Through March 11 “Visions of a Century: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Arnold Mesches.” March 11-April 15 Maxine Hess, mixed media. Reception: 6-9 PM 3/11. March 18-May 6 Fran O’Neill solo exhibit. Reception: 6-9 PM 3/18. 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.


Through March 12 “Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Through April 23 “A Conspiracy of Icons: The Art of Donald Locke.” Through May 7 “Cross Country: The

Power of Place in American Art, 19151950.” March 4-May 21 “Daniel Arsham: Hourglass,” large-scale installations.

March 4-June 11 “The Spirit of the Place: Photographs by Jack Leigh.” April 1-Jan. 21 “Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan.” Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/733-HIGH.

HUFF HARRINGTON FINE ART 4240 Rickenbacker Dr., Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/257-0511.


Through April 15 “Bullets,” Lalla Essaydi. “Aerial,” Sally Gall. “Domes & Vaults,” David Stephenson. 3115 East Shadowlawn Ave., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/233-3739.


690 Miami Circle NE., Atl. Tues.-Sat.



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

MARCIA WOOD GALLERY 263 Walker St., Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/8270030.

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

MArietta/cobb museum of art ​30 Atlanta St., Marietta. Tues.-Sun.



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


690 Miami Circle, #902, Atl. 404/458-



Through April 9 “In Search of Noble Marbles: The Earliest Travelers to Greece.” Through Aug. 26, 2018 “Coiling Culture: Basketry Art of Native North America.” Emory University, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/727-4282.


Through April 29 “Mario Petrirena: The Distance Between.”

Through July 29 Permanent Collection Exhibition. Museum of Contemporary Art of Ga., TULA Art Center, 75 Bennett St. NW, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/367-8700.


Through May 7 “Food by Design: Sustaining the Future,” innovative developments in food production. May 21-Sept. 3 “Designing a Playful City.” Museum of Design Atlanta, 1315 Peachtree St. Tues.-Sun. 404/979-


Through June 11 “Hattie Saussy: Rediscovery of an Artist,” works by the American painter. “Moulthrop Vessels: A Selection from the Firestone Collection,” wood-turned bowls representing three generations of Moulthrop artists. 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/364-



764 Miami Circle, #132, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/352-8775.

“THREADS OF HISTORY” Through March 19 SCAD FASH Nordeman, Spencer Sloan and Lisa Tuttle. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, #30-A, Atl. Mon.-Fri. 404/841-7777.



r. alexander GALLERY


Through May 20 “Mickalene Thomas: Mentors, Muses, and Celebrities,” a richly textured and moving portrait of the multiplicities of womanhood. 350 Spelman Lane, Atl. Tues.-Sat.


404/270-5607. museum.spelman. edu.



Through March 23 Oconee County Youth Art Month Exhibition at OCAF Main Gallery. Reception: 4-6 PM 3/3. 34 School St., Watkinsville. Tues.-Sat. 706/769-4565.


5650 Peachtree Pkwy., Peachtree Corners. Tues.-Sat. 770/609-8662.

789 Miami Circle, Atl. Tues.-Sat.


April 13-Aug. 11 “Hanji Pilgrimage from Korea to Ohio: Dard Hunter to Aimee Lee, 1933-2014.” Georgia Tech campus, 500 10th St. NW, Atl. Mon.Fri. 404/894-7840. amp.


Through March 18 “Medford Johnston: 1983.” 1000 Marietta St. NW, #116, Atl. Tues.-Sat. 404/8173300.


Through March 19 “Threads of History: Two Hundred Years of Fashion,” rare European and American garments from the 18th through 20th centuries. Savannah College of Art and Design’s Museum of Fashion + Film, 1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atl. Tues.-Sun. 404/253-3132.


Through April 15 “On The Edge,” cutting-edge photography by Landon

Through March 25 “Hwahyun Kim: Dream State,” mixed media works blur the line between reality and the subconscious. 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Tues.-Sat. 770/394-


SWAN COACH HOUSE GALLERY 3130 Slaton Dr., Atl. Tues.-Sat.

404/266-2636. swancoachhouse. com.


March 24-April 21 Olena Zvyagintseva, Jean Glenn. 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., #24, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/869-0511.

THOMAS DEANS FINE ART 690 Miami Circle NE, #905, Atl. Mon.-Sat. 404/814-1811.


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by gail o’neiLl

the Natural



hen David Monn and I first crossed paths at Cliveden House, a country estate just outside London, for a mutual friend’s birthday celebration, I had no idea who he was. But everything about him – from his regal bearing, to his courtly manners, to the crisp tailoring of his dinner jacket – suggested that he was to the manor born. I was right and wrong. Though Monn was not born into nobility, he is a natural aristocrat. The Fayetteville, Pennsylvania-native grew up dreaming of a life in New York City, and made it happen when he turned 17. College was out of the question back then, given his family’s limited means, but following career stints in the fashion industry, interior design and diamond business, he found his true calling as an event designer. “It took me many years to be able to say that I couldn’t afford to go to college,” he says in a phone interview from his office in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. “But I think I learned as much on the street, and as much out of a desire to make an impact, as I would have ever learned, probably, going to school.” Monn’s global clientele, which includes socialites, CEO’s and First Ladies, would agree. As would the New York Times, which dubbed him “the Architect of Style” for his use of scent, sound, sight, touch and taste to orchestrate experiences that are shared, lived and felt by everyone in attendance. Now readers everywhere can experience the kind of visual feast 44

that has become Monn’s calling card with the publication of his coffee table book titled “The Art of Celebrating.” Drawing from a personal archive of 200,000 event photographs, the unapologetic aesthete winnowed his collection down to 200 snapshots which chronicle 36 highlights from a 10-year career. Standouts include a State Dinner at the White House, a wedding at the Plaza Hotel and a surprise birthday party at a palazzo in Venice, Italy. From an intimate holiday gathering for 30, to a lavish party for upwards of 800 guests – both of which, according to Monn, require the same amount of effort – three elements inform all of his expression: authenticity, scale and detail. And he never tires of reminding clients not to think of a birthday as a party, but rather “a milestone of accomplishment and growth.” “The Art of Celebrating” opens with a quote from one of Monn’s heroes, the late architect Louis Kahn, who said, “We are born of light. The Seasons are felt through light. We only know the world as it is evoked by light.” The late Bill Cunningham, who photographed high society events and street style for the Times, was another major influence. He lived by the motto, He who seeks beauty shall find it, and that core belief infuses all of Monn’s work. “When I set out to write this book,” he says, “my desire was to inspire readers to become more curious and open to finding the beauty in all things. It’s always there… you just have to look a little harder to see it.”

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Monn seemed ‘to the manor born.’

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The New York Times dubbed Monn the ‘Architect of Style.’


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full bloom

Matthew Smith





Atlanta’s favorite garden is a pictureperfect panorama of 300,000+ bulbs, from tulips and daffodils to crocuses and hyacinths. Step into the fragrant tropical oasis of the Fuqua Orchid Center to see the dazzling “Orchid Daze” exhibit, on display through April 9.

Biltmore’s glorious gardens – designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and lovingly nurtured by the estate’s horticulture team – are blanketed in blooms, including 57,000 tulips and 14,000 daffodils. The eyepopping spectacle also boasts azaleas, rhododendrons, roses, magnolias, lilacs and countless other flowers. Special exhibits and events at Biltmore House, Biltmore Winery and the Farm Village add to the attraction.


Epcot’s flower-powered wonderland features dozens of Disney character topiaries, whimsical floral displays, gardening seminars and an outdoor concert series. Hundreds of butterflies flutter about in the Butterflies on the Go garden, and 220 mini-gardens float on the Future World lakes. The interactive play gardens, with magical night lights, are reimagined to mark the June release of “Cars 3.” n 70th festival of Houses and Gardens, March 16-April 22, Charleston, S.C.

Marvel at the lovely architecture and lush gardens of Charleston’s storied neighborhoods, while enjoying the rare opportunity to tour some of America’s most beautiful historic residences in this unique port city, which traces its origins to 1670. Benefits Historic Charleston Foundation. 50



Each March, Macon celebrates on a global scale as over 350,000 Yoshino cherry trees unfurl their fragrant, pale pink petals into a fluffy canopy of fairy-tale magic, setting the stage for 10 days of festival fun with arts & crafts, concerts, entertainment and food in the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. Follow the city’s Cherry Blossom Trail to take in the scenery, as well as the historic treasures. n 70th NORTH CAROLINA AZALEA FESTIVAL, APRIL 5-9, WILMINGTON, N.C.

Coastal Carolina flaunts its natural beauty and Southern charm at this colorful community celebration that was founded in 1948 and has since blossomed into one of the top flower events in the country.

The arrival of “Queen Azalea” kicks off the spring fling, which features arts shows, garden tours, galas, concerts, street fair, parade and more. n SACRED HEART GARDEN FESTIVAL, APRIL 21-23, AUGUSTA, GA.

Explore a world of unique plants, home accessories and garden accents at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center, along with flower shows and tours of private gardens. n 96th ROSE SHOW & FESTIVAL, APRIL 27-29, THOMASVILLE, GA.

Held in historic downtown, this seasonal showcase has been a Southwest Georgia tradition since the 1920s. In addition to the prized exhibit of roses, there are several other flower shows, plus parades, music, arts & crafts, street dance, fantastic food and an elegant plantation ball. n 90th SHENANDOAH APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, APRIL 28-MAY 7, WINCHESTER, VA.

The Northern Shenandoah Valley is the breathtaking backdrop for this extravaganza that dates back to 1924 with the crowning of “Queen Shenandoah” to welcome the arrival of spring and the pink-and-white apple blossoms. This year’s line-up of 40-plus events includes the coronation, a carnival, wine fest, music, dances and dinners.

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Clockwise from top left: Biltmore’s stately grounds turn into a kaleidoscope of color each spring. Epcot’s epic flower fest features a Butterflies on the Go garden. Atlanta Botanical Garden is blanketed with beautiful bulbs at Atlanta Blooms. Charleston opens its charming gates for an annual tour of houses and gardens. Opposite page: Thousands of blooming Yoshino cherry trees are the hallmark of Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival. Southern Seasons Magazine

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inspirational stories


Living a life of lonely indifference, Meredith Harper shuttles between her Savannah bookstore and her empty house, pining after a dream of being an author that now seems out of reach. Publishers have resoundingly passed on her only novel, Red Ribbon. Everything changes when her favorite writer Michael Black, long presumed dead, mysteriously approaches her with a completely rewritten manuscript of her book – and a most unusual offer. When her novel becomes a best seller, she finds that making a deal with the devil comes at a heavy price. n the guests on south battery, KAREN WHITE (BERKLEY)

In the newest Tradd Street Mystery, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to go back to work after an extended maternity leave, especially when she’s awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end and the uneasy feeling that ghostly apparitions of the past are about to invade her life once more. But her return to the realty office goes better than she could have hoped, with a new client eager to sell the home she recently inherited on South Battery. Most would treasure living in one of the grandest old homes in the famous historic district of Charleston, but Jayne Smith would rather sell hers as soon as possible, guaranteeing Melanie a quick commission. Despite her stroke of luck, Melanie can’t deny that spirits both malevolent and benign have started to show themselves to her again. One is shrouded from sight, but appears whenever Jayne is near. Another arrives when an old cistern is discovered in Melanie’s backyard on Tradd Street. Melanie knows nothing good can come from unearthing the past, but some secrets refuse to stay buried. 52

n i am jim henson, brad meltzer (dial)

Best-selling author, History Channel host and father of three, Brad Meltzer continues his pint-sized biography series for kids with his own childhood hero: puppeteer extraordinaire Jim Henson, creator of TV’s beloved “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show.” Like the other titles in his Ordinary People Change the World series about inspirational real world heroes, I am Jim Henson colorfully profiles a man remembered for his imagination, laughter and kindness who expressed his belief in the goodness of people through his fantastic fabrications. Illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos brings the story to life with artistic flair. Up next in Meltzer’s series: I am Gandhi and I am Sacagawea, set for release in October.

upcoming author events n The MJCCA presents three author talk/signing events

as part of A Page from the Book Festival: March 9 Ruthie Ellenson and JFGA’s CEO Eric Robbins discuss Edgar M. Bronfman’s Why Be Jewish? A Testament, 7:30 PM at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta (1440 Spring St. NW). March 30 Bruce Feiler, The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us, 7:30 PM at MJCCA (5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody). April 23 Tilar J. Mazzeo, Irena’s Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto, 7:30 PM at MJCCA. n Two New York Times bestselling authors return to Margaret Mitchell House (979 Crescent Ave. NE, Atl.) as part of Atlanta History Center’s author programs: March 7 Chris Cleave, Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, 7 PM. March 28 Peter Heller, Celine, 7 PM.

Harrison Design commemorates 25th anniversary with new book Harrison Design is marking its silver anniversary in a novel way – the publication of a beautiful commemorative book. Harrison Design 25 celebrates the firm’s 25th anniversary with a retrospective portfolio that tells the story of the firm’s development, range and consideration for the future, along with personal histories of those in leadership today. Illustrated with over 400 color photographs, the book showcases the firm’s finest work, built in a remarkably versatile repertoire of styles, and honors the personality and vision of founder William H. Harrison. It also highlights the clients and patrons who have commissioned thousands of projects, the allied services and craftspeople, and the roster of talented staff along the way. Harrison Design is an internationally-acclaimed architecture firm known for its comprehensive architectural design services, close-knit office culture and a tradition of mentorship and service. Founded in Atlanta in 1991, the firm has thriving offices in Los Angeles, New York, Santa Barbara, St. Simons Island and Washington, DC, and deep Southern roots that reach national and an increasing international clientele. Both an intimate portrait of one of the country’s leading architecture firms and a source of inspiration for the enthusiasts of timeless design, Harrison Design 25 is a book about people and the relationships, trust and patience that allow for the interpretation of dreams.

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Perfectly Petite

Small in stature, big on design, these sleek furnishings make a stylish statement in tight spaces. Above : Crisp and chic, Ronbow’s Cami vanity features multiple top and vessel options to accommodate any design. Softclose doors in wood or frosted glass and lavish finished wood throughout the interior make it modern and functional. Above left : Stone Forest reimagines classicism with the Petite Renaissance console, carved from Carrara marble. The traditional style entry can stand on brass console legs or float on a wall bracket with towel bar. Left : Hastings’ Chelsea solidsurface tub packs a mighty punch in a limited space, with an elegantly curved design that’s equally attractive in a soft matte or sleek glossy finish.



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Retreat Blue Ridge Mountain


o fuss - no muss’ was the requirement of Harrison Design’s clients, who wanted their getaway in the mountains of north Georgia to stand ready for impromptu weekend escapes. The exterior elevation blends organically within the verdant terrain, but in contrast the home’s interiors will surprise and delight those who enter with the decidedly modern design: soaring ceilings and open flow. High on function and livability while stringently edited on decorative furnishings, the interior design is defined by the textured surfaces and architectural elements. A combination of reclaimed wood, 56

light hardwoods and custom brushed steel stair railings create a warm yet uncluttered environment. As if taking a cue from Einstein that “…things should be as simple as possible, but not simpler,” Atlanta interior designer Barbara Howard of Marshall Howard selected only those furnishings needed for comfort and function, and each of superb quality and reliability. The textures and palette were informed by the landscape and produced an ideal modern mountain home. Open concept interiors create a near-seamless blend of inside and out via plentiful custom windows. Breathtaking views naturally provide this retreat serenity and connectivity.

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“Vacation homes are most welcoming when they accomplish several criteria, one being to not create extra stress, from which we ultimately seek refuge.� Alera Quinn

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accents david yurman

Spring style takes a cue from the magic of winter. Highlights include accessories and jewelry inspired by crystalline patterns, glacial blues, sheets of ice and the glint of sunlight refracted off snow.

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Apparently, barely-there dressing was no passing fancy. But with the addition of ladylike coverage underneath, it’s a lot easier for real women to embrace this red carpet trend without losing a stitch of star-power in the process.





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Add some pizzazz to your black & white wardrobe by introducing a bold stripe here, a graphic line there and enough sparkle to make a Vegas showgirl ask, “Isn’t that a bit over the top?” Zuhair Murad


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A NEW HU Lighten your winter blacks by adding a fresh splash of blue. Subtle and sassy, this spring’s blues are mid-tone, dusty and timeless. Ashley Pittman

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meet me nancy gonzalez

Why conform to a sartorial norm by day, when you can go your own way instead? Look for ladies who lunch to break the mold with studded dresses, laser cut blouses and peplumed circle skirts paired with chunky, tribal jewelry. High noon never looked so fetching.

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The idyllic surroundings of the village of Oia in Santorini have a complex of white washed blue domed churches and charming, traditional Cycladic houses and cave houses that are carved into the rock face on top of the cliff. photos by



Gillian and Steven Marto of Roswell celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony in one of the most romantic places in the world – Santorini, Greece. The heavenly destination, uniquely perched on a volcanic crater in the Aegean Sea, boasts spectacular views with stunning sunsets. “The experience was magical,” Gillian raved. “Santorini Island is beautiful, mysterious and dramatic – no other place on the globe exudes such a dreamlike atmosphere.” The fact that Gillian is a wedding planner certainly played a role in the exotic locale; she reached out to photographer Evgenia Volokitina to secure a talented team of vendors. “So many tears were shed as we shared the same vows from our wedding day on June 8, 1996,” she said. “I feel more grateful than ever that we have 20 years worth of beautiful memories and two amazing children.” 70


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macadam ~ sleeman


llen Perry Macadam and Matthew James Sleeman were united in marriage Aug. 20, 2016, with a beautiful ceremony at Northside Methodist Church in Atlanta. The bride dazzled in a lace sheath gown by Robert Bullock, with a cathedral-length veil. A reception followed at the elegantly rustic Summerour Studio with dinner and dancing for the 175 guests in attendance. A trio of Southern-themed food stations included everything from fried chicken and mac’n’cheese to steak and asparagus and shrimp and grits. The threetiered wedding cake by Frosted Pumpkin, offering a choice of carrot cake or caramel chocolate, was accompanied by

petite desserts: red velvet cupcakes, key lime tartlets and cannoli – “for our Boston roots,” Ellen said. The 10-piece Atlanta Party Band kept the celebration going into the night before the newlyweds made their getaway. They honeymooned in the South of France. A graduate of Harvard University, Ellen is a second year business school student at the Kellogg School of Management. She is the daughter of Marie and Steve Macadam of Atlanta. Matt, the son of Mike and Kathy Sleeman, is an actuary who earned his degree from the University of Vermont. The couple met after college, when they were both working in Boston. They now reside in Chicago.

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aura “Kate” Carruth and Stuart Buchanan Dalton were united in marriage Nov. 5, 2016, at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. The traditional black-tie ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Bill Britt, with 300 guests in attendance. “Our wedding ceremony was everything we hoped it would be,” said Kate, who walked down the aisle in a custom bridal gown by Modern Trousseau from The White Magnolia and a veil by Sara Gabriel. “Stuart and I were blessed to have so many friends and family in attendance on our special day. Their love and support helped make our wedding a joyous celebration!” An elegant reception followed at Cherokee Town and Country Club, with cocktails, buffet dinner and dancing to Atlanta Rhythm & Groove. The four-tiered buttermilk pound cake (with

coffee Kahlua buttercream filling) was trimmed with fresh flowers. After late night bites of cheeseburger sliders and fries, the couple departed beneath a canopy of sparklers. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Kate is employed by Homrich Berg wealth management. She’s the daughter of Bill and Laura Carruth. Stuart, the son of Scott and Chris Dalton, is a client executive at Ironwood Insurance Services. He graduated from Auburn University. The two met at The Walker School in Marietta, when she was a freshman and he was a senior. They reconnected after college and went on their first date at the Georgia Grill. “We’ve been together ever since,” Kate said. “And Georgia Grill is still a favorite.” The newlyweds honeymooned in St. Lucia. They reside in Atlanta.

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Cause Parties for a



March 4 6:30 PM. Join Ahimsa House to celebrate 13 years of helping people and pets who are victims of domestic violence. Themed “Joining Hands & Paws,” the evening features silent and live auctions, a raffle, music and dinner at The Venetian Room at 50 Hurt Plaza.


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.

“sandy’s” award gala

March 4 6-10 PM. The 5th annual gala is a ‘50s “sock hop” themed event. The evening consists of a cocktail hour followed by a gourmet dinner and awards program. Awards (Sandy’s) for Small Business of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, and Community Volunteer of the year will be presented.

Benefits the Donna Adams Mahaffey Scholarship Fund. 678/443-2990.

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Shaken, Not Stirred Gala March 11 The Georgia Ovarian

Cancer Alliance is set to host another spectacular soiree at the Delta Flight Museum with its 7th annual gala. The event features a dazzling night of intrigue with specialty cocktails, dinner created by Les Dames d’Escoffier International - Atlanta Chapter Chefs, dancing, casino games, tributes and

auctions. Proceeds support statewide education and awareness efforts and community outreach programs of the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. 404/255-1337.

the pink affair

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 770/360-9271.


Standing: Anton Harris (Platinum Band Atlanta), Elaine LaMontagne (Gala Chair), Shirley Jones (Circle VP) and Jerry Farber (Comedian/Emcee); Seated: Danielle Houret-Lam (Finance Chair) and Donna Shafer (Auction Chair). 80


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Mercy Moves Through Me Award Luncheon

March 15 Mercy Care award luncheon at the Commerce Club recognizes individual and community volunteers who inspire by their commitment to those who are most in need. Barbara Cleveland and Evonne Yancey are the 2017 award recipients. 678/843-8676.


March 16 6-9 PM. This 11th annual celebration features a cocktail reception, awards and fashion presentation and post-show, in partnership with Neiman Marcus. Funds raised support NBAF’s operations, art, education and public programs.

Legacy Circle Luncheon

March 16 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. Legacy Circle Members and Legacy Advisors are invited to this annual luncheon at 103 West. 404/785-7417.


March 16 6-9 PM. The Sandy Springs Society kicks off the 26th annual “Tossed Out Treasures” ultimate flea market with an exclusive preview party. Guests can be the first to browse and buy gently used upscale items while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and

a silent auction. The flea market takes place March 17-18 in the City Center Crossing Shopping Center. Tickets $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Raising of the Green

March 17 6-10 PM. ART Station,

Mon.-Sat. 10 AM-6 PM

Spruill Center for the Arts at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Guests can enjoy a memorable evening of dining, dancing and entertainment and a live and silent auction with fabulous items donated by Spruill Center instructors and community supporters.

in Historic Stone Mountain Village, will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring silent and live auctions, music and complimentary green beer. Tickets $25 at the door, $20 in advance. For tickets, call 770/4691105 or

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kick-off party for the Junior League of Atlanta’s Tour of Kitchens (March 25-26) will take place at the whimsical two-story showroom of Roche Bobois. Live music, creative vignettes and a very impressive silent auction are the perfect way to celebrate 20 years of JLA’s Tour of Kitchens.

March 17 6:30 PM. Celebrating UNICEF’s lifesaving work, this annual benefit features a seated dinner, live auction and presentation on UNICEF’s programs that put children first. Laurence Fishburne will be honored with the Global Philanthropist Award. Lisa and Dan Brutto, Rose and Dikembe Mutombo and Ted Turner, honorary chairs. Sara Shlesinger and Allyson Wandtke, chairs. unicefusa.


an artistic affair to remember

March 18 The SCA Guild presents this 31st annual fundraiser for the

March 18 7-11 PM. Annual

scholarship fundraiser for the Cottage School themed Casino Royale.


March 18 7-10:30 PM. Signature


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.


(Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates) will honor Marie Hannon. The annual event features a seated luncheon, raffle and fashion show with women’s fashions from Tootsies and men’s fashions from Guffey’s.



March 22-25 Wine enthusiasts from around the world are invited to celebrate “The Big One,” the 25th year of the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction. The auction is the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art.

The Scrubs Party

March 24 7-11 PM. The 4th 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.


March 25 7-11 PM. Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s largest fundraiser of the year allows adults to celebrate the power of play in the museum’s own unique way. Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Sarah-Elizabeth Reed, co-chairs.

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parties for a cause Lovette Russell, honoree. Proceeds support the museum’s outreach programs. 404/659-KIDS [5437].


March 25 The Circle For Children’s annual fundraiser at Mason Fine Art. The festive cocktail party and silent auction will precede a seated dinner with artistic touches and fabulous entertainment, including the iconic comedian Jerry Farber and energizing Platinum Band Atlanta. Proceeds benefit the Center for Children and Young Adults.


March 25 7 PM-midnight. Annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with live music, food and drinks, live and silent auctions at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.

Women of Style and Substance Fashion Show

March 27 11 AM- 2 PM. Fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue at the St. Regis Atlanta. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the event, the runway show will feature the “best of” Saks looks.

Enduring Hearts Bourbon Gala & Auction


leaders in the community. 404/253-

is hosting the exclusive fundraiser with dinner, drinks, private barrel tastings, and the opportunity to bid on the finest and rarest bourbon whiskies in the world at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works. Proceeds fund research to increase the longevity of pediatric heart transplants.

Disorders Information Network, presents its annual benefit at Buckhead Theatre, with a cocktail reception and enthralling dance competition. Meg Reggie, Cynthia Good and Sean O’Keefe, co-chairs.


March 30 7-11 PM. Enduring Hearts

APRIL Preservation Gala: Georgia in my Mind

April 1 7 PM. Celebrate the diverse regions of Georgia while honoring preservation supporters from across the state at the beautiful Buckhead compound of the DuBose/Smith families. Take in the splendor of this historic estate located along the scenic banks of the Chattahoochee River and enjoy tastings of classic Southern dishes prepared with Georgia-grown products while sounds from our state’s musical talents fill the air. Teri and Mose Bond, chairs. Proceeds benefit the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. 404/885-7812.

April 20 6:30 PM. EDIN, the Eating


April 22 52nd annual top competitive race in the country will be held at Kingston Downs near Rome. The beneficiary is Bert’s Big Adventure. Gates open at 9 AM. 404/237-7436.

TASTE OF THE NATION for no kid hungry


April 20 6:30-10 PM. Prepare your taste buds for the return of the city’s most anticipated culinary event of the year. Celebrating its 29th anniversary, the event will take place at the Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree, featuring more restaurants, more chefs and more surprises, including an intimate VIP dinner experience.

The Nature Conservancy Earth Day Fundraiser

April 22 5:30 PM. The Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta will host its 34th annual gala at the Atlanta Athletic Club benefiting Atlanta-based CURE Childhood Cancer. Enjoy a seated dinner with piano accompaniment, live and silent auctions, and an inspiring speaker from CURE. This all-volunteer Tri Delta Alumnae Chapter is CURE’s second largest benefactor.

Swan House Ball

April 21 7-11 PM. This year’s event,

April 22 The Atlanta History Center’s

held at The Promenade at Piedmont Park, will feature live music from the Bradley Cole Smith Band, gourmet cuisine by Dennis Dean, the opportunity to learn more about our conservation work from Nature Conservancy scientists, and an exclusive opportunity to meet and engage with environmental

32nd annual benefit will honor the Philip H. Alston Sr. family. The evening begins with cocktails at the Swan House followed by dinner and dancing in the museum. Barbarella Diaz and Bea Perez, chairs. Presented by The Coca-Cola Company. For information, contact Katherine

Preservation gala: Georgia on my mind – April 1

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Georgia Trust President and CEO Mark C. McDonald, honorary chairs Ira and Libby Levy of Rome, Ga., Howard and Mary Morrison of Savannah, Susan and Mike Starr of Atlanta, Frances and Nat Hansford of Lexington, Ga., and event chairs Teri and Mose Bond of Not pictured: Tom Wight of Macon. 82 Atlanta.

care affair for cure childhood cancer – April 22

Care Affair committee members Marty Webb, Dominique DiDio, April Voris, Lenora Oeters, Nancy Adams, Ashley Koetje.

Hoogerwerf at KHoogerwerf@ or 404/814-

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April 23 12:30-3 PM. This elegant fundraiser for the Atlanta Humane Society to honor those who work on behalf of animal welfare in the community and to raise funds to end animal homelessness will be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. For information, contact Joy Schweiger at 404/974-



April 23 2 PM. Mother-daughter event at Neiman Marcus includes a seated tea, children’s fashion show by Neiman Marcus and special prizes. Little girls will be treated like a celebrity with hairstylists, makeup artists and more. Benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Another CHaRM’ing Evening

April 27 The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, CHaRM, presents its annual fundraiser at Venkman’s. The evening includes entertainment, fare from a top Atlanta restaurant and cocktails.


April 28 7 PM. 13th annual dinner

at the High Museum of Art in honor of David C. Driskell. The prize will be presented to a scholar whose work contributes to the definition of the African American experience in the visual arts. Proceeds support the David C. Driskell African-American Art Acquisition and Endowment Funds. Spring Asher and Brenda Thompson, co-chairs. Curley Dossman, honorary chair. 404/733-3303.

Kristen Wright Novay and John Novay, honorary chairs. 404/364-5377.



April 28-30 Tour Georgia’s gateway to the mountains: Gainesville, Toccoa and Clarkesville.

Cars & ‘Q for the Cause April 29 4-7 PM. Join Choate

Construction for the 8th annual Cars and ‘Q for the Cause, the highly anticipated event featuring 100-plus stellar cars, tasty BBQ, continuous pours of your favorite brews, silent auction, and live music, all to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation. Visit or email

Golden Gala

April 29 7-10 PM. Annual Adopt a Golden Atlanta (AGA) fundraiser at Flourish features an evening of exquisite food from Tony Conway’s Legendary Events, AGA’s signature Goldentinis, and a live and silent auction. Cecilia and Allen Wright, and


April 29 Annual benefit for SafePath Children’s Advocacy will be held at Cobb Galleria Centre with the theme, “Hats off to a Safe Path for Children.” Barbara and Lance LoRusso, co-chairs.

April 29 Members of the Georgia Diplomatic Corps will be honored at an elegant black-tie dinner dance at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. The ball will be hosted by the Georgia Council for International Visitors. 404/832-5560.


April 29 Tanner Medical Foundation presents the 27th annual Magnolia Ball, “The Grand Gala of Venice,” transporting guests to the epic grandeur and mysterious allure of the consummate Italian city. West Georgia’s most highly anticipated event will be held at the Richards Family Estate in Carrollton and will feature dining, dancing and an auction. Proceeds support Orthopedic and Spine services at Tanner Health System. 770/812-4438.


April 29 7 PM. Signature fundraiser for the Michael C. Carlos Museum will feature cocktails, followed by a seated dinner catered by Dennis Dean. The gala’s elegant theme will inspire an evening that rivals that of Truman Capote’s “Party of the Century.” This year’s event will honor psychiatrist Dr. Elaine Levin. Liz Lapidus, Jeff Levy and Todd Tautfest are co-chairs; patron chairs are Laura Heery Prozes and Andrew Prozes. For more information, visit


April 29 6:30 PM. This elegant evening at the Atlanta Athletic Club begins with a champagne reception, followed by a seated dinner with wine pairings, an incredible live and silent auction, and fun entertainment with live music and dancing until midnight. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Michael and Allison DeKoning, co-chairs.



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parties for a cause Buckhead location. The evening promises a unique experience with a seated dinner, dancing, entertainment and exciting live and silent auctions.

then compete in a one-night gala dance competition. 404/841-3869.



Junior Committee’s big bash features a live broadcast of the running of the Kentucky Derby on big screen TVs, as well as music, food and silent and live auctions at Chastain Horse Park. Proceeds benefit the center’s Therapeutic Recreation Program.

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 lavishlyappointed pavilion, designed by Tony Brewer & Company, and a spectacular silent auction. Contact Amy Walton at 404/624-5826 or visit


DANCING STARS OF ATLANTA May 6 6 PM. 8th annual benefit for

the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter, at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Local celebrity dancers are paired with professional dancers, all raising funds by gaining votes. The dancers


May 6 2-8 PM. The Shepherd Center



May 6 Celebrate the Kentucky Derby at Iron Horse Farm in Milton, with a live viewing of the Kentucky Derby, a wine pull, games, dancing, food and beverages. Live and silent auctions offer everything from wine and restaurant gifts to exotic vacations. Benefits the Child Development Association.

Food That Rocks

May 6 6:30-11 PM. A celebration of Sandy Springs in Hammond Park with gourmet bites from Sandy Springs’ best restaurants, wine/beer/cocktail tastes and local bands. Benefits Second Helpings, Ian’s Friends Foundation and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. For tickets, visit or call 404/875-4434.

fundraiser for Atlanta’s own Tony® Award-winning Alliance Theatre at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta features a fabulous auction, dinner and cocktails and great entertainment. Caroline and Phil Moïse, chairs. Kathy and Ken Bernhardt, honorees. For more information, contact atonyevening@ or 404/733-5186.


race for the cure

the Georgia Chapter of JDRF features a cocktail party and extensive silent auction, seated dinner and live auction at the InterContinental Buckhead. Cathy Wood and Dr. Bruce Bode, and Carolina and Tom Branch, MD, co-chairs. Donna and Andy Cash, recipients of the Barbara & Duke Roos Living & Giving Award. 404/420-5996.

Komen Greater Atlanta Race for the Cure is a 5K run/walk and 1 mile walk down Peachtree Street. 404/814-0052.

May 6 6 PM. The 20th annual gala of


May 13 6:30 PM. Annual star-studded

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May 13 8 AM. 27th annual Susan G.


May 13 Enjoy an evening on the beautifully lit grounds of the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The evening features an exclusive VIP reception in the Discovery Center with music, food and drinks; a gourmet dinner in Kingfisher Hall with a live auction and short program; and dessert and dance music at the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion. 770/9922055.


May 20 The Atlanta Police Foundation’s signature event spotlights the tremendous work of the men and women of the Atlanta Police Department. Guests can enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing, live music and world-class auctions at The St. Regis Atlanta.


May 20 6:30 PM. Annual premier gala fundraiser for PADV (Partnership Against Domestic Violence) at The RitzCarlton, Buckhead will pay tribute to the mothers who are so often victims and victors of this crime. The evening includes an exciting auction, delectable cuisine, poignant speakers and lively entertainment. Paul J. Loftus and Karla Worley, co-chair.


May 21 6 PM-Midnight. Premier annual event at Loews Atlanta Hotel features a cocktail reception, silent and live auction, dinner, live entertainment and an even livelier dance floor. This year’s theme “The Story of Us” invites guests to become a part of Kate’s Club through the healing power of storytelling. ALL TIMES AND DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CONTACT INDIVIDUAL VENUE FOR CONFIRMATION.

Tanner Medical Foundation’s 27th Annual Magnolia Ball Executive Committee: (back) auction vice-chairs Susan Hamrick and Julie Weber; decorations vice-chairs Katie Gambrell and Lori Blackmon; (seated) co-chairs Colleen McKinney and Corbett Lane.


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Cotten Alston, Elkin Goddard Alston, cochair Bea Perez, Alston Glenn, co-chair Barbarella Diaz, Amanda Alston Gregory, Jimmy Alston and Stuart Alston. Not pictured – Jack Glenn and Lewis Glenn.

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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 lively entertainment by The Ruby Reds band and Unforgettable Fire, U2 tribute band.


June 10 8 PM-midnight. Join the Artemis Guild at Fernbank Museum for this annual event. The spectacular night to benefit children’s education features live music, hors d’oeuvres, an auction, prize drawing and the Lost Oasis Wine Wall.



June 10 7-11 PM. Annual cocktail party and silent auction to benefit homeless youth served by CHRIS 180 at Mason Fine Art. 404/486-9034.

drake house fashion show June 13 5:30-9:30 PM. Fashion show

fundraiser for The Drake House at UPS Headquarters.

the Atlanta Father’s Day Council at this annual dinner at the the College Football Hall of Fame. Proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association. Contact Denise Serkedakis

Beer Garden Silent Auction or 770/630-0506.

outdoors at Oakhurst Garden with local brews, food and music at this popular fundraiser for the Wylde Center, an environmental education organization.


June 24 Enjoy a casual evening

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Carlton, Buckhead honors Atlanta community leaders and organizations who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of children. Guests can enjoy dinner and live and silent auctions. Benefits CHRIS 180’s programs and services. 404/564-3411.

June 24 Presented by Winning The Battles in your Mind, this annual black-tie benefit at the Cobb Galleria Centre supports families with children stricken with sickle cell anemia. The event features a full-course dinner, fashion show, entertainment and silent auction. 770/309-3655.


June 29 6:30 PM. Five prominent business leaders will be honored by

Aug. 19 Annual gala at The Ritz-

SEPTEMBER hope flies: catch the cure

night of dinner, cocktails and dancing. Unique raffle, live auction and surprises will all be part of a fun evening to benefit the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine at the Stave Room at American Spirit Works. catchthecure/.

Kaleidoscope - A Global Celebration

Sept. 23 7 PM. MedShare, an Atlantabased humanitarian aid organization, will transport guests to Africa, Asia and Latin America during its inaugural fundraising gala at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. The event will feature live entertainment, international cuisine and inspiring speakers while raising funds to support MedShare’s work. ALL TIMES AND DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CONTACT INDIVIDUAL VENUE FOR CONFIRMATION.

Sept. 22 7 PM. Enjoy a fabulous

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Elegance, exotic beauty and the power of community support combine at Zoo Atlanta’s most spectacular evening of the year on May 6


ne of Atlanta’s most anticipated black-tie galas returns on Saturday, May 6, at The Beastly Feast to benefit Zoo Atlanta. Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, serves as the event’s Presenting Sponsor, marking 32 years of consecutive support from the company. The Beastly Feast, which has raised millions in operating funds for Zoo Atlanta’s conservation and education programs, is the

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zoo’s most significant fundraiser of the year. This year’s theme is Moon Over Kilimanjaro, celebrating the majesty of all the animals of Africa. “The proceeds and awareness raised on this single evening have the potential to ensure the zoo’s place in a new category of leadership, stewardship and excellence in animal care, conservation and education,” said Raymond B. King, president/ CEO of Zoo Atlanta. “We’re very grateful to our friends at Ford Motor Company for their astounding record of longtime support


2017 Beastly Feast Committee: (l-r) local Ford Motor Company representative and Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors Vice Chair Mark A. Street, Patron Co-Chair Jade Slover, Hospitality Co-Chairs Patrick Wallace and Andrea Belfanti, Patron Co-Chairs Joe and Melody Thomas, Beastly Feast Co-Chair Tony Brewer, Patron Co-Chair Jennifer Higgins, Patron Co-Chair Doug Weiss, Theme and Print Chair Judy Taylor, Auction Co-Chairs Sandra Edwards and Matthew Simon. Not pictured: Beastly Feast Co-Chair: Carol Abreu, Patron Co-Chair: Chris Casey, David Higgins and Barbara and Eric Joiner.

for this event.” Carol Abreu and Tony Brewer are co-chairing the Beastly Feast. Executive Committee members include Sandra Edwards and Matthew Simon (auction co-chairs), Andrea Belfanti and Patrick Wallace (hospitality co-chairs), Judy A. Taylor (theme and print chair); as well as patron chairs Chris Casey and Doug Weiss, Jennifer and David Higgins, Barbara and Eric Joiner, Jade and Jack Slover, Melody and Joe Thomas, and Sandra Edwards; and local Ford Motor Company representative and Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors Vice-Chair Mark A. Street. “The long-term partnership between Ford Motor Company and Zoo Atlanta has not only brought the people of Atlanta wildlife discovery destinations such as the Zoo’s Ford African Rain Forest and Living Treehouse, but it has supported sponsored admissions for thousands of underserved children,” said Mark A.

Street. “I encourage our city’s corporate and community leaders to lend their support to an event that creates possibilities, not just for Zoo Atlanta but for the people of Atlanta and Georgia.” The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants, and a stroll of the zoo, followed by a seated dinner and dancing in the Ford Pavilion, which will be themed by the creative talents of Tony Brewer & Company. The silent auction, a highlight of the evening, features art, jewelry, antiques, home décor, travel opportunities, boxes at sporting and cultural events, exclusive zoo experiences and much more. Advance reservations are required. Individual tickets begin at $450; tables for 10 at $5,000. To inquire about the benefits of various tickets and tables, call 678/296-0282. To learn more, visit

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Left: Co-­chairs Jack Sawyer of Wilmington Trust, Dr. William Torres, Lovette and Michael Russell. Right: Todd Tautfest of Wilmington Trust and patron Ginger Smith. Below: WSB-TV reporters Sally Sears and Karyn Greer, Dr. Candy Tate and Dr. Thepia Tate.

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Celebrating diversity and unity through the arts, over 1,000 Atlantans congregated at Glenn Memorial Auditorium for the Atlanta Music Festival’s Gala Concert. Opera legend Jessye Norman of Augusta, recipient of the country’s highest award in the performing arts, The Kennedy Center Honor, headlined the event. The fall festival featured a week of community programs and musical performances, including a chorus of 500 Atlanta school children who sang at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

party of the century The Junior League of Atlanta celebrated 100 years of community service with a Centennial Gala at the Atlanta History Center. Founded in 1916 by a group of 45 women who wanted to tackle important social issues, the organization is nearly 3,500 women strong today and just as committed to helping improve lives.

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Susannah Balish, Jaime Adcock, Stephanie Fields and Lisa Dwyer.

Jessica Hike, Macie Thompson and Kelley Ibuki.

Tara and Darrel Mays and Valery Voyles of patron Ed Voyles Automotive Group.

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King and Queen of the Starfish Ball, Dr. Bill Torres of Emory Healthcare and Louise Sams of sponsor Turner Broadcasting System, and Darrel Mays founder of the nsoro Foundation.

vent planner extraordinaire Tony Conway reported that nsoro Foundation’s annual benefit at Atlanta’s St. Regis was not only a gorgeous event (lavishly created by his own Legendary Events) but also a magnificent success! According to Conway, one of the highlights of the evening occurred during the live auction when Valery Voyles (CEO of Ed Voyles Automotive) stood up during the live auction, not to bid on an item but to announce a donation from the Voyles family of $50,000 to the nsoro Foundation. The amazing generosity and spectrum of philanthropic causes that have inspired this close-knit iconic Atlanta family is impressive and heartfelt. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIMBERLY EVANS

Tony Conway of Legendary Events, patron Elizabeth Allen, Board member Jack Sawyer of Wilmington Trust, supporters Paul and Julie Hagedorn.

Board member Bill Voyles and Cindy Voyles and Joanne and Alex Gross.

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mayor’s MASKED BALL The 33rd annual UNCF Atlanta Mayor’s Masked Ball raised more than $1.3 million for HBCU students, surpassing all other years since its founding in 1983. The sold-out formal affair, held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis with over 1,300 in attendance, is UNCF’s signature fundraising gala.

UNCF President/CEO Dr. Michael Lomax, Atlanta Marriott Marquis GM Erica Qualls Battey, TWD President Thomas Dortch, Mayor Kasim Reed, Wilmington Trust President Southeastern Region Jack Sawyer, UNCF VP Development Southern and Western Division Therese Badon, UNCF Regional Development Director Justine Boyd and UNCF National VP Development Maurice Jenkins.

The Art of Nature Gala

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Caring For Others, an international human services organization, welcomed supporters to celebrate at the “Sweet 16” Art of Nature Gala at the Georgia Aquarium Oceans Ballroom. Humanitarian of Hope Awards were presented to Robert LoCascio, CEO of LivePerson, and Dwight Pullen, director of Skanska USA’s Aviation Center of Excellence, for their commitment to public service and contributions to the community, which exemplify compassion and humanitarianism. Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin was honored with the Global Humanitarian Award.

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Caring For Others Board Chair Joseph Northington and honoree Shirley Franklin.

Humanitarian of Hope honoree Dwight Pullen.

Cyndae Arrendale and Cole Harrison.

Susan Brandon with honorary chair and presenting sponsor Fred Alias.

Alana and Harold Shepherd with Legendary Party chair Cindy Widner Wall.

Legendary Party With the theme “Gracious Goodness, A Celebration of Generations,” the 2016 Legendary Party raised a record $1.5 million for Shepherd Center’s Recreation Therapy Program. The elegant evening, held at Flourish, featured cocktails and a sumptuous Southern dinner (collard green salad with fried chicken to shrimp & grits, braised beef and apple cobbler), followed by music and dancing with Rupert’s Orchestra. The venue was beautifully decorated by Tony Conway: the entrance hall transformed into a Savannah square with magnolias, benches and a fountain; the ballroom encircled with peach curtains and a canopy of oak and live moss. Photos by Ross Henderson, Kim Link and Ben Rose

Platinum sponsors Tony Conway (owner of Flourish and of Legendary Events) and John and Elaine Carlos.

Timothy and Luyana Miller.

Shepherd Center Medical Director Dr. Don Leslie and Betty Leslie.

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5DeAnn Golden (center), VP of BhhS and managing broker of the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs office, was presented the prestigious e.a. isakson award from Ennis Antoine, past atlanta realtors association president, and Lane McCormack, current ara president. 6Deann recently worked with agent John Scott (below) to initiate Project Care, to assist with home ownership. they helped provide a better home for single mother Sarah Harris, pictured with her children Daniel and Nathan at their new condo in Sandy Springs.


the highest-priced condominium sold by BhhS georgia Properties in 2016 was a $3,888,000 residence at Mandarin oriental atlanta. karen rodriguez was the listing agent, continuing her stellar career as the #1 leader in luxury condominium sales. “We’re tremendously proud of karen’s real estate acumen,” said Dan Forsman, president/Ceo. 3Ferguson Bath, kitchen and Lighting gallery in the Shops of Buckhead hosted a private tour and gourmet breakfast for BhhS leading agents and management team, including Bill Murray, Alexandra French, Jodi Halpert and Chuck MacPhee. Photo by Bill Rubin


over $78,000 was raised for the Sunshine kids Foundation at a festive dinner party hosted by BhhS at roswell river Landing. auction chair Mary Wargula, VP and managing broker of the BhhS alpharetta/north Fulton office, welcomed guests Shannon Malone and G. W. Bailey of the Sunshine kids Foundation, along with BhhS executive VP Toni McGowan. Sunshine kids supports young cancer patients and their families. Photo by Ross Henderson 92 92

Marietta native Ellen Hill was one of 15 top-producing agents chosen to serve on the national rethink Council. Members are selected for their professional achievements and contributions to their communities and offices, exemplifying outstanding innovation, participation and leadership. a Luxury Collection Specialist who joined BhhS in 2013, ellen serves the Metro atlanta market.


to heal Atlanta fashionistas came together for a great cause at “Teal to Heal,” the annual runway fashion show hosted by Tootsies in Buckhead to benefit the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance and the Ovarian Cancer Institute. With 180 attendees, including 12 survivors walking the runway alongside professional models, the event featured personal appearances by designer Laurel Berman of Black Halo and jewelry designer Jill Fairchild of Fairchild Baldwin. Left: Ashley Reardon, Vickie Kirbo. right: Arlyn Lawrence, Sharon Sigler, Doug Barron and Christine Pullara. PhotograPhY BY toMaS eSPinoza

the forward arts foundation-saks fifth avenue 24th annual fashion show The Forward Arts Foundation, in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, featured a specially curated collection from Fendi at its annual fashion show. Held at Flourish, the show included haute couture pieces from Fendi’s “Legends & Fairy Tales” summer show at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, as well as its fall Milan show. Proceeds benefitted the visual arts in Atlanta.

Co-chair Margie Hutchison, Forward arts Foundation Chair Betsy West, and co-chairs Roya Irvani and Elizabeth Hale.

Mary Katherine Greene and Clayton Howell.

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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:

As chair of the 2017 Legendary Party for Shepherd Center, Jenny Pruitt hosted a luncheon for past chairs at Cherokee Town Club to discuss ideas for the fall benefit. Joining Jenny were Karen Spiegel, Shepherd Center cofounder Alana Shepherd and Cindy Fowler. Photo by Ross Henderson

Jenny Pruitt, Buddy Weston, Sandra Carey. A festive holiday party for Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty was held at the Cherokee Town Club with 450 guests in attendance. The party benefited Covenant House of Georgia, Connections Homes and the Action Cycling Atlanta’s AIDS Vaccine 200 Bike Ride, with a $10,000 contribution made to each charity. Photos by Kim Link

Nancy See Quarles, Wendy Corry-Zoller, Betsy Meagher. Stephanie & David Boehmig, Trudy Provo, Bob Ligon.

Bill Rawlings, VP of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, was elected the 2017 president of the Atlanta Realtors Association at the annual meeting and installation ceremony at The St. Regis. “It’s a great honor to serve this outstanding association of my real estate colleagues,” he said. The 7,000-member organization is the largest residential real estate association in Georgia. Above : Bill Rawlings with son Carter, wife Audra, daughter Leighton and parents Judy & Bill Rawlings Sr. Left: Bill Rawlings and Jenny Pruitt. Photos by Kim Link


Left: President and CEO of Harry Norman, Realtors Jenni Bonura, collector Judith Taylor and Lisa Cannon Taylor, chair of the Georgia Committee of NMWA. Painting by Katharina Grosse. Right: Harry Norman, Realtors Senior VP and Buckhead North broker Rob Owen, Lisa Cannon Taylor and Travis Reed, a leading agent of the Buckhead office. Painting by Helen Frankenthaler. Photography by Ross Henderson

Collectors, Conversations + Cocktails “Collectors, Conversations + Cocktails” kicked off the Ga. Committee of National Museum of Women in the Arts’ new year of programs with a reception and viewing of the extraordinary contemporary art collection of Judith and Mark Taylor at their Buckhead home. The evening funded the “Women to Watch” project, which features emerging women artists from the Ga. Committee and other states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. NMWA is the only museum in the world focusing solely on the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities.

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above left: Jon Huff, Randy Brazee, Stephen Wells and Wil Hackman. above right: Christa Huffstickler, Bill Lowe and Alicia Mooney-Macchia. Left: Krista Keeney, Linda Murphy and Staci Armistead.

art + Design mix and mingle 1065 Midtown hosted an Art + Design Mix and Mingle event featuring works from artists at Bill Lowe Gallery in a home designed by Alicia Mooney Interiors. Guests enjoyed light bites from Christophe’s Catering and bubbly on the penthouse level of these private residences above Loews Atlanta Midtown.

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The 3rd annual Harvest for a Cure, held at Mason Fine Art, raised $350,000 to benefit the Ga. Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The evening featured gourmet food, vintage wines and a luxury rafe.

Joanne Quan, Elaine Pulk, Cayce Carter, Yvonne Nelli, Roy Rangel, Kim Bondurant, Laura Reak, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Diane Wilson.


Picture Perfect 1. Former models Martha Jo Katz, Tammy Brown, Doris Hayes Dunbar and Nancy Wright congregated at Davio’s Phipps Plaza for the annual Luncheonata for fashion industry pros. 2. Dorothy Christians, Jen Bennecke and Greer Taylor co-chaired the 2016 Language & Literacy gala for the atlanta Speech School guild. the 43rd annual benefit was held at the Capital City Club.

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3. & 4. Shutze award winners Alec Michaelides of Land Plus associates, Jon Bernsden of Bernsden Custom homes, Jim Strickland of historical Concepts and Jackye Lanham of Jacquelynne P. Lanham Designs were honored by the Se Chapter of the institute of Classical architecture & art. Photos by Ross Henderson 5. the Buckhead Chastain office of harry norman, realtors collected gifts for “toys for tots.” Pictured with Marine Sgt. Adam Ferguson are agents Kelly Orange, Lori Fiata, Michelle Robinson, Kristen Engle and Elsie Thompson. 6. Suzanne E. Mott Dansby at the reopening of atlanta history Center’s bookstore and Souper Jenny cafe. Photo by Kim Link


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1. atlanta musician Ludacris, pictured with executive chef Andrew Tabb, at the ribbon cutting for his new restaurant Chicken+Beer at hartsfield-Jackson International airport. Photo by Mia Yakel 2. Celebrating the re-opening of harry norman, realtors atlanta Perimeter office are Ceo/President Dan Parmer, Dunwoody City Councilman Doug Thompson and Todd Emerson, senior VP and managing broker of the office. Photo by Ross Henderson 3. & 4. atlanta hawks player Thabo Sefolosha, his wife Bertille Sefolosha and Keri Hilson celebrated the grand opening of the attoM shop, a luxury clothing store in atlanta’s shops of Buckhead. 5. Pedro Cherry, Tad Leithead, John Williams, Gov. Roy Barnes and Michael Paris were among more than 200 business leaders and elected officials at the 7th annual CID reception for the Council for Quality Growth and regional Community Improvement Districts. Gov. Barnes and senator Johnny Isakson were honored with the Johnny williams CID Leadership award for their contribution to the development of CIDs throughout the state and region. the reception was held at the atlanta Botanical Gardens. 6. Portlynn Tyran and Leslie Hardeman put their best foot forward for the annual “teal trot” 5K at Piedmont Park. Proceeds from the event support the statewide education and awareness programs of the Georgia ovarian Cancer alliance. Highly Favored Photography

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7. Jacquelynne Lanham and Stan Dixon co-hosted a cocktail buffet for renowned designer Barbara Sallick to celebrate the publication of her book, The Perfect Bath (rizzoli, new York). Photo by Kim Link 8. & 9. Stephanie and Jerome Russell, and Major Rick Galeano and his wife Katrin were among the guests at the atlanta rotary Club’s festive holiday party at Cherokee town Club. Photos by Kim Link 10. an exclusive, star-studded screening of “Moonlight” was held for the african american Film Critics association, following a ViP reception at regal atlantic Station. on hand for the advanced screening were the film’s director Barry Jenkins and cast members Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes and Janelle Monáe. Photo by Marcus Ingram 11. in partnership with Cobb Chamber’s give our Schools a hand (goSh), ed Voyles automotive group presents the District teacher of the Year for Marietta City Schools and the top teachers of the Year for the Cobb County School District a one-year lease on a new car of their choice from their family of dealerships. Pictured with teacher Elizabeth Dunlap (second from left) of Fair oaks elementary School are John Schibi, Bill Brantley and Valery Voyles of ed Voyles. 12. harry norman, realtors raised $57,000 for Cure Childhood Cancer and the Bowen Story Fund at its 11th annual Bowl-a-thon. Pictured are Meredith Mansfield of the Buckhead Chastain office with agents Travis Reed and Cathy Boston. Photo by Bill Rubin


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fun around town

Matt Alexandre

Atlanta Science Festival Expo – March 25

Suwanee Beer Fest – March 18

festivals & foodie fun ACWORTH ART FEST

April 8-9 Enjoy 100 artisan booths, Kidz Zone, food and fun downtown at 4415 Senator Russell Ave. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. acworthartfest.

ALPHARETTA ART IN PARK Monthly Outdoor artists market

features handcrafted work, from pottery to jewelry, at Main Street & Milton Avenue. 9 AM-4 PM, one Saturday each month, May-Sept.


May 27-29 Outdoor showcase of artisan works, live music, kids activities, performances and cuisine in the Alpharetta Historic District. 10 AM-6 PM Sat.-Sun., 10 AM-5 PM Mon.



March 17-19 Annual juried show of 225+ contemporary craft artists, 100

with works ranging from jewelry and clothing to furniture and home décor, at Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 10 AM-8 PM Fri., 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. $13 (free, 12 & under).


April 15 Festive fun on the banks of the Chattahoochee River with live entertainment, artists, food trucks, kid’s zone and more at Jones Bridge Park, 4901 E. Jones Bridge Road, Peachtree Corners. 10 AM-5 PM. 678/277-0920.


April 7-9 Third largest fine arts festival in the country celebrates its 81st year at Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta with a sprawling juried Artist Market, live music, cultural performances, gourmet & festival fare, Kid’s Zone with midway rides & games, disc dog competition, 5K run (Sat.), Eco-Village and more. Free admission. Ticketed events: VIP food & drink experience on Sat.; Sunday Brunch. 404/817-6642.


March 24-April 2 41st annual event

Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Fest – March 25-26 of the Atlanta Film Society celebrates the city’s vibrant arts community through screenings, educational events and parties that combine film with food, music and art. Multiple venues. Tickets: $10-$750. atlantafilmfestival.


ATLANTA FOOD & WINE FEST June 1-4 A celebration of Southern

food and beverage traditions with award-winning chefs, sommeliers and mixologists. Midtown Atlanta, 10th St. NE and Peachtree Walk. 877/725-



May 26-28 One of the country’s largest free jazz festivals culminates with a musical showcase at Piedmont Park on Memorial Day weekend. 11 AM-11 PM. 404/853-4234.


March 15-25 Local showcase of science and technology for all ages with 100 engaging events, including hands-on activities, presentations and performances around town. March 25 Exploration Expo, a free, family-friendly interactive science day from 11 AM-5 PM at Centennial Olympic Park with hands-on experiments, exhibits and performances. 770/322-4992.


May 13-14 Juried fine arts market, live music and performances, children’s art, wine tastings and beer garden in Buford Town Park at the Buford Community Center & Theatre. 10 AM-6 PM Sat, 10 AM-5 PM Sun. 678/677-


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April 22-23 Set in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, Dahlonega’s celebration of Southern Appalachian culture features live bluegrass and old-time music, a juried artists market of traditional mountain crafts, storytelling, dance, food and more in the town’s historic square. Performers include April Verch Band, The Howlin’ Brothers, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and BlueBilly Grit. Free. Pre-festival events on April 21 include jamming on the square and a live and silent auction and dinner.


March 25-26 3rd annual fest in Blackburn Park features an arts & crafts market, musical performances, classic car show, children’s village, 5K run & 1K walk (7 AM Sat.), pet world, stunt dog show, pet parade & costume contest (2 PM Sun.) and food trucks with a beautiful backdrop of blooming cherry trees. 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road. 10 AM-6 PM. Free.


April 29 Choate Construction’s 8th annual benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation features 100+ classic, muscle and exotic cars and bikes, plus BBQ, brews, live music, silent auction and road rally. 8200 Roberts Dr., Atl. 4-7 PM. $20-$40. 404/325-6973.

chastain park ARTS FEST

May 6-7 Outdoor showcase of original works by 185 artists and artisans at Atlanta’s Chastain Park, with live entertainment and music, gourmet food trucks and children’s area. Hosted by AFFPS. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. Free.

Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn – April 15-June 4 (weekends) CONYERS CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL March 25-26 “Spring into Pink”

at this 36th annual event featuring arts & crafts, live music and dance, food vendors and children’s area at the Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy. 10 AM-5 PM. $5 parking.


May 13-14 Whimsical artist market in Dunwoody Village with live music, Kidz Zone and food. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. dunwoodyartfestival.


May 6 Enjoy unlimited sampling of 150+ craft beers, plus live music and great food at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves, 2500 Buford Dr. NE, Lawrenceville. 1-5 PM, VIP tasting starts at noon. $40-$50 ($110 VIP).


April 22-23 Annual fest features 250

arts & crafts booths, kids zone, live entertainment and more on both sides of Main Street (Hwy. 293) downtown, 2829 Cherokee St. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., noon-5 PM Sun. Free. 770/423-1330.



March 22-25 Celebrate 25 years of wine, food and art at “The Big One” benefit for the High Museum of Art, with special dinners and tasting seminars around town, and a Friday Fête and live auction Saturday in tents in the Green Lot at Turner Field.

March 11 St. Patrick’s Day party presented by A Social Mess at Park Tavern with contests, DJs, live bands and special guests. 2 PM-2:30 AM. 500 10th St. NE, Atl. Ages 21+ only.



MacFestivus and 1/2K

with children’s area, live music, and food/drink concessions at Olmsted Linear Park, 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atl. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun.


live music, bag pipes, Irish dancers, face painting, balloon artists, beer and food from noon to 6 PM at MacMcGees, 936 Canton St., Roswell.

April 1-2 Juried arts & crafts festival


April 15-June 4 (weekends) Eat, drink and be merry at this 16th century European country faire featuring a multi-acre kingdom with jousting knights and strolling thespians, music & comedy shows, games & rides, artists market, birds of prey, royal petting zoo, and a smorgasbord of food and drink. 10:30 AM-6 PM Sat. & Sun. and Memorial Day. I-85 to exit 61-Peachtree City/Fairburn. 770/964-


April 29-30 46th annual festival

features arts & crafts, street market, parade (Sat.), live music, kids’ activities and food vendors from 11 AM-6 PM. Tour of Homes: noon4 PM Fri., noon-6 PM Sat. & Sun.


March 24-April 2 Macon’s annual celebration features arts & crafts, concerts, entertainment, air shows, rides, food trucks, fireworks and more, set against a pink backdrop of 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom.

March 11 Family-friendly fun with

Marietta Greek Festival

May 19-21 Celebrate Greek traditions, culture and food at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road, Marietta. 3-11 PM Fri., 10 AM-11 PM Sat., 11 AM-7 PM Sun. 770/924-8080.


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Cars & ‘Q For The Cause – April 29 on Mill Street by Glover Park. 9 AM-2 PM, 2nd & 4th Sat., April-Nov.


May 6-7 41st annual arts & crafts festival with children’s activities and free entertainment in Glover Park in the Marietta Square. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun.


April 1-30 A month of special events at multiple venues, with plant sales, farmers & artisans market, art exhibit, musical performances, high tea, sculpture tour, art galleries, pottery, golf classic, dinner and historic homes.


March 25 Over 250 beers, food and live music at Roswell Town Square, 610 S. Atlanta St. 2-6 PM. 21+ only. Benefits STAR House Foundation. $50-$100.


April 15-16 Outdoor festival features 150 arts & crafts participants, plus children’s play area, local musicians, interactive art stations and more. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. 6100 Lake Forrest Dr. NE, Sandy Springs. 404/873-1222.


April 29-30 Held on the Village Green in downtown Smyrna, the fest features 175 arts & crafts booths, food, live music and entertainment (comedy circus and alligator show to puppets and racing pigs), children’s activities, 102

book sale, 5K Run/Walk (8 AM Sat.), and Crawfish Boil. 200 Village Green Cir. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., noon-5 PM Sun. 770/423-1330.

entrees and desserts from 50+ restaurants, plus chef competitions, cooking demos, live music and entertainment from 5-10 PM downtown. Food samples: $1-3 each.



festival at Briscoe Park with 200+ vendors, live entertainment, food, and a kid’s field of fun activities. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., noon-5 PM Sun. 2500 Sawyer Pkwy. Shuttle at Snellville First Baptist.


May 6-7 44th annual arts & crafts


March 18 7th annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest features unlimited tastings of 350+ craft beers, live music, games and local food vendors at Town Center Park. 1-5 PM, with VIP tasting starting at noon.

SWEET AUBURN SPRINGFEST May 12-14 Food, fun and family

entertainment at this outdoor bash in the Historic Auburn Avenue District in downtown Atlanta, 230 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. Activities include a 150foot zip wire and a walking tour. 5-9 PM Fri., 11 AM-9 PM Sat., 2-8 PM Sun.


April 21-23 Southeast’s popular environmental, music and craft beer event returns to Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, featuring four stages of music and over 40 bands, comedy tent, Artists Market, 5K, food trucks and more. Headliners include Widespread Panic and Trey Anastasio Band. $138, 3-day pass.


May 4 Sample delicious appetizers,

Jeff Devlin of HGTV.

April 30 Annual food fest from 11 AM-7 PM in the Historic Marietta Square features 75+ restaurants and caterers, five live music stages, Kid’s Alley, sports corner, cooking stage, food trucks and sunset concert. Free. Tastes: $1-$5. North Park Square.


Virginia-Highland Summerfest

June 3-4 34th annual fest in one of Atlanta’s most charming historic neighborhoods features a juried artist market of 250+ fine artists, live music on stage, local market of hand-made products from soaps and candles to baked goods and dog treats, KidsFest with games, crafts and entertainment (10 AM-3 PM daily), Acoustic Street Party at Virginia/Highland Island (8-11 PM Fri., 9-11 PM Sat.), 5K Road Race and Tot Trot (Sat.), food and beverages. 10 AM-11 PM Sat., 10 AM-6 PM Sun. Virginia Avenue between N. Highland Avenue and Park Drive.

WESLEYAN ARTIST MARKET April 27-29 19th annual indoor art

show features a diverse selection of art, crafts and jewelry by 90+ Southeastern artists, plus food, live entertainment and a Children’s Market. Wesleyan School, 5405 Spalding Dr., Norcross. Free admission and parking. 7-9 PM Thurs., 9 AM-6 PM Fri., 10 AM-4 PM Sat. 770/448-7640 x 4441.

Atlanta Home Show March 24-26 WING & ROCK FEST

June 3-4 Family-friendly food and music event features chicken wing restaurants, bands, Kid Zone with inflatables, face painting and more. Etowah River Park, 600 Brown Industrial Pkwy., Canton. Noon-9 PM Sat., noon-6 PM Sun. Free (food/drink tix available for purchase). 404/6404393.


May 6-7 Pet party in the park with live music, dog contests, kid’s area with inflatables, pet adoptions, vendors, arts & crafts and food trucks at Suwanee Town Center Park, 330 Town Center Ave. Free.


May 6 Spring Into Spring, 11 AM-3 PM, special activities, house tours ($5), kids games & crafts and food for purchase. 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell. 770/641-3978.

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN Through April 9 “Orchid Daze,” an

exotic showcase of blooms inside the Fuqua Orchid Center. Orchid Market Weekends: March 18-19 & April 8-9. March-April Atlanta Blooms, showcase of tulips, daffodils and more. May 6-Oct. 29 The Curious Garden. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atl. 404/876-


Gainesville location: May 6 Woodland Ramble, arts & crafts market, 9 AM-3 PM. 1911 Sweetbay Dr., Gainesville. 404/888-4760.


March 24-26 Held annually at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Georgia’s largest home show features hundreds of exhibitors from the home improvement industry with the latest products and services, plus cooking demos and expert speakers, including Jeff Devlin of HGTV. 10 AM-6 PM Fri., 10 AM-7 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. Two Galleria Pkwy. $10 (free for 12 & under, and 65 & older). 770/798-1997.


April 15 Tea with Beatrix Potter, 1-3 PM. $10. RSVP only. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell. 770/640-



March 10-19 35th Great American Cover-Up Quilt Show, with 200 quilts

Callaway Garden’s Celebrate Spring! – March-April by Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild. M ​ eet & Greet with Elizabeth Barton: 2-4 PM March 19. April 29 A Garden Faire, one-stop shop for unique plants, garden art, pottery and more, plus bake sale and entertainment. 9 AM-4 PM. Free. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. 770/992-



March-April Celebrate Spring! during themed weekends, with a dazzling display of azaleas, dogwoods, daffodils and more. March 23-26 Plant Fair & Sale at Robin Lake Beach Dome. Pine Mountain. 1-800-CALLAWAY.

DRUID HILLS TOUR OF HOMES AND GARDENS April 21-23 Visit lovely homes and

gardens in one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods in this benefit tour to preserve the area’s historical integrity. 1-5 PM Fri., 10 AM-5 PM Sat. & Sun. $25.


April 21-22 Shop hundreds of plants, plus yard art & sculptures, birdhouses, botanical apparel, jewelry and more, under the roof of the Equestrian Center at Jim Miller Park, Marietta. Free.

GARDENS FOR CONNOISSEURS TOUR May 13-14 Benefit for the Atlanta

Botanical Garden features private gardens throughout metro Atlanta, from tranquil woodland settings to intimate urban oases. 10 AM-5 PM. $35. 404/591-1597.

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.



March 4 Explore Georgia’s Emerald


April 20-May 14 Inaugural spring showcase of the region’s leading design-industry talents at 3740 Paces Valley, Atl., with tours Thurs.-Sun., plus special events and speakers.



City on a self-guided tour of historic homes and buildings. Benefits the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

March 25-26 20th annual event

features 14 stunning designer kitchens (7 daily) in Atlanta’s most esteemed neighborhoods, plus chef demonstrations. Self-guided tours: 10 AM-4 PM Sat., 11 AM-5 PM Sun. $40 ($35 adv.).


March 17-19, April 14-16, May 19-21 North Atlanta’s premier market for antiques, collectibles, vintage furniture, re-claimed architectural and home & garden decor. 1321 Atlanta Hwy., Cumming. 9 AM-5 PM Fri., 9 AM-6 PM Sat., 10 AM-5 PM Sun. $3. 770/889-



March 9-12, April 6-9, May 11-14 World’s largest series of indoor antique shows with 3,500 exhibit booths at May 13 Tour private “teaching” gardens in Cobb County. 10 AM-5 PM. $25 ($20 adv.), includes admission to Smith Gilbert Gardens.


March 17-18 Shop for great bargains on home décor, jewelry, silver, crystal, art, furniture, sports equipment, clothing and more at the Sandy Springs Society’s 26th annual upscale resale in the City Center Crossing Shopping Center, 6337 Roswell Road. 10 AM-5 PM. Preview Party: 6-9 PM 3/16 ($35).

Walter Reeves TALK

April 29 The Georgia Gardener presents “Landscaping for Spring Color,” followed by a Q&A, at 11 AM at the Roswell Visitors Center, 617 Atlanta St. Free. 770/640-3253. Southern Seasons Magazine

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AM-4:30 PM, with sheep shearing, spinning, weaving, open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, candle making and live music at Smith Family Farm. April 10 Egg Hunt, 10 AM-1 PM. May 12 National Public Gardens Day, 10 AM-4 PM. Exhibitions March 6-April 30 “The Great War in Broad Outlines.” March 16-July 5 “Fields of Battle – Lands of Peace.” April 6-Sept. 30 “Anne Morgan’s War.” May 20-March 2018 “Uncle Sam Wants You!” 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atl. 404/8144000.


Disney on Ice “Worlds of Enchantment” – April 20-23

April 15 “Eggstravaganza” Easter Egg Hunt for ages 12 & under, with baked goods, cake walk, games, arts & crafts. Adv. tix recommended. April 20-23 Spring Pottery Sale. 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atl. 404/8725338.


March 22-26 35th annual showcase of 500+ new cars at the Georgia World Congress Center, Bldg. C, 235 Northside Dr., Atl. The event is produced by the Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association. $12 ($6, ages 6-12). 770/916-1741.

ATLANTA MOTORAMA April 22-23 National award

winning show vehicles, car crushing by monster trucks, autocross competitions, colossal vendor midway, live music, kids’ zone and more at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place, Hampton. 9 AM-5 PM Sat., 9 AM-4 PM Sun. $12 ($5 ages 6-11).



May 6 Live viewing of the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, plus games, cornhole tournament, dancing, food and beverages at Iron Horse Farm, 16470 Westbrook Road, Milton. Benefits CDA Kids.



March 11 & 18 91st anniversary tour of world-famous basketball team with a star-studded roster showing off ball handling wizardry at 2 & 7 PM 3/11 at Philips Arena, Atl.; and 2 & 7 PM 3/18 at Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth.

May 30 Largest Memorial Day ceremony in Georgia, held at the Memorial Garden at Roswell City Hall. 617 Atlanta St. 770/640-3253.

Infinite Energy Center



March 3-5 Ringling Bros. and Barnum





March 3-5 Experience The Greatest Show On Earth™ one last time at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth to see the most extraordinary performers and exotic animals in the ultimate circus spectacle before it permanently closes in May. Circus XTREME shows at 7:30 P.M. Fri., 1 & 5 PM Sat. & Sun.

& Bailey Circus March 18 Harlem Globetrotters April 20-23 Disney on Ice Forum March 9-11 Sewing & Quilt Expo 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.

dazzles with high-speed “Cars” stunts, undersea adventures with “The Little Mermaid,” daring fun with the “Toy Story” gang, and a “Frozen” wonderland, plus Mickey’s DanceAlong pre-show. Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth. Shows at 7:30 PM Thurs., 10:40 AM Fri., 1 & 5 PM Sat. & Sun. 770/626-2464.


experience features cast members from Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl and 90210 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center. $50-$695.

March 17-19 Inaugural convention

March 11 135th annual parade features floats, dancers, musicians, giant balloons, marching bands and more in Midtown Atlanta, going down Peachtree St., from Ivan Allen Blvd. to Marietta St. Noon-1:30 PM. April 20-23 “Worlds of Enchantment”

designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Gates open at 5 PM, show at 7 PM. Pit Party: 2:30-5:30 PM. $20 and up. March 18-19 Southeast’s premier train show with six operating model railroads and hundreds of vendors at Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 10 AM-5 PM Sat., 10 AM-4 PM Sun. $10 (free, 12 & under).


March 4-5 Mega monster trucks will race, roar and rip up a custom-

Opens May 19 The circus is coming to town at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta with clowns, acrobats, show animals and daredevil acts, plus a carnival midway with rides and food, and a flea market. 2245 Callaway Road. Midway opens at 5 PM Mon.-Fri., 10 AM Sat., noon Sun. 404/872-5818.


Ongoing Trail Hikes, River Canoes, Animal Encounters, Creature Features. March 18 Forest Fairy House Trail. April 2 Back to Your Roots Farm Fair, with farm animals, native plant sale, outdoor games and more. Noon-4 PM. May 13 Rockin on the River. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell. 770/9922055.


Through May 29 “From Here to There,” explore all things transportation – how cars drive, planes fly and boats float. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW, Atl. 404/659KIDS.


Through May 7 “Wild Weather.” Fly through the eye of a hurricane, create a mini-tornado and dance up a storm in severe weather. Giant Screen Theater Through May 18 “Extreme Weather,” a dramatic view of massive wildfires, deadly tornadoes and calving glacier. Ongoing Fernbank After Dark, handson science and activities for ages 21+ on 2nd Friday of each month. 767 Clifton Road. 404/929-6300.




AM-3 PM, Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, Cartersville. $2-6.

Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites. March 12 Poetry Out Loud State Final Competition, 1-4 PM. April 5 Olmsted Plein Air Invitational Day, 10 AM-5 PM. April 8 Sheep to Shawl festival, 10:30

770/387-3747. April 14 Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk, 8:30-10:30 AM, Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge. RSVP. $5 parking. 770/389-7801. April 29 Hooch Hike and Paddle, 8:15 AM- 2:30 PM, Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Newnan. Ages

March 7, 11, 13, 14 The Phoenix

March 11 Etowah Heritage Day, 10

10+. RSVP. $12-$30; $5 parking. 770/254-7271. For more events: georgiastateparks. org/events. 800/864-7275.


Ongoing Discover the history, the

keeper talks, training demonstrations, wildlife shows and animal encounters. April 22 Zoos Go Blue May 13 Endangered Species Day May 27 Brew at the Zoo with beer and wine tastings, food, live music and animal encounters. 21+. 800 Cherokee Ave., Atl. 404/624-

period gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character on weekend guided tours. $12 ($6 students & seniors).




April 1-9 Spring FUN Break at

Crossroads, plus Sky Hike adventure ropes course, 4D Theater, Geyser Falls and Lasershow Spectacular. April 1-Oct. 21 Lasershow Drone Wars: The Mountain Awakens. April 16 Easter Sunrise Service, 7 AM at top of mountain and Memorial Lawn. Park gates/skyride open at 4 AM. May 6 Mustangs At The Mountain, featuring 400+ Mustangs. May 26-29 Memorial Day Weekend – Salute The Troops, Memorial Lawn. Lasershow and extended fireworks. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 770/498-5690.


Spring Enjoy more than 1,000 of the world’s most amazing animals, plus

SPORTS & FITNESS April 22-23 Showcase of products and services that promote a green, clean and healthy lifestyle, plus lectures, workshops and more at Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy., Atl. 10 AM-6 PM Sat., 11 AM-6 PM Sun.


Home Games April 14-17 San Diego Padres April 18-20 Washington Nationals May 1-4 New York Mets May 5-7 St. Louis Cardinals May 17-18 Toronto Blue Jays May 19-21 Washington Nationals May 22-25 Pittsburgh Pirates June 5-8 Philadelphia Phillies June 9-11 New York Mets Games at Turner Field. 800/326-4000.


April 8 5k run through historic Midtown with champagne and OJ celebration in Piedmont Park. 404/817-6642.


Home Games March 11-12 Greenville Swamp Rabbits March 14 Florida Everblades March 22 South Carolina Stingrays April 5 South Carolina Stingrays April 8 Greenville Swamp Rabbits Games at Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth.


Home Games March 1 Dallas Mavericks March 3 Cleveland Cavaliers March 5 Indiana Pacers March 6 Golden State Warriors March 8 Brooklyn Nets March 10 Toronto Raptors March 16 Memphis Grizzlies March 18 Portland Trail Blazers March 26 Brooklyn Nets March 28 Phoenix Suns April 6 Boston Celtics April 9 Cleveland Cavaliers April 11 Charlotte Hornets Philips Arena.


May 20 National Kidney Foundation’s community pledge walk at Atlantic Station. 770/452-1539.


March 11 Come in costume for this run and walk through Midtown, capped with awards, beads, music and parade. Peachtree qualifier.


April 22 Watch the most exciting horse racing in Georgia at Kingston Downs, between Rome and Cartersville, plus shopping, Jack Russell Terrier races, skydivers, hat contest, pony rides, hay rides and parade. Gates open at 9 AM, first race at 1:30 PM.



March 5 Atlanta Community Food Bank benefit at 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atl., with 5k walk/run, games, refreshments and entertainment.


April 22-23 Indoor cycling ride to benefit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 1-5 PM at CycleBar Dunwoody on 4/22 and CycleBar East Cobb/Marietta on 4/23.


March 9-12 SCCA March 18-19 NASA March April 20-23 Classic Motorsports Mitty April 28-30 MotoAmerica Suzuki Championship May 12-13 Drift Atlanta 5300 Winder Hwy., Braselton. 800/849-RACE.


April 30 Recreational ride in Roswell with 6 to 62-mile options. Start/ finish at Roswell Area Park, 10495 Woodstock Road.


April 8 Grant Park’s 5K race at 9:30 AM, followed by Pub Crawl at 11 AM.


March 12 Jr. League of Atlanta’s Irishthemed, family-friendly race at Atlantic Station with a 5K, 10K and 1K Kids Run. Peachtree qualifier.


April 29 Trail ultramarathon at Sweetwater Creek State Park, 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs.


May 12-14 Jekyll Island celebrates the sea turtle nesting season with Sprint & International triathlons (5/13) and 5K/10K races (5/14) along the shoreline, plus Turtle Crawl Festival in Beach Village (5/13). 912/635-3636.



Wakeboard Tournament, Robin Lake Beach. Pine Mountain.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival – April 7-9

May 21 Pledge walk for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation at Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. Plus live music, food and kids’ activities. 404/982-0616. May 13 Fitness Series: Duathlon May 26-29 58th Masters Water Ski &

Disc Dog Southern Nationals

Start/finish at Centennial Olympic Park, Atl. Presented by Publix.


March 17-18 Health & Fitness Expo at Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Atl. 11 AM-6 PM Fri., 9 AM-6 PM Sat. March 19 Marathon, Half Marathon, One Mile, 50m Dash.

March 18 5K RunWalk & Kid’s Fun Run/Walk on a flat course along the river banks at Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell. Peachtree qualifier. Family Water Festival follows the race with games, giveaways, face painting and more.


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Fox Theatre, as part of the Broadway in Atlanta season. 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun.


annie. 855/285-8499.

drama about a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together in a Louisiana beauty parlor. 8 PM Fri. & Sat., 2 PM Sun. 180 Academy St., Alpharetta. 770/663-8989.


March 3-19 “Steel Magnolias,”


April 14-29 “Urinetown,” satirical musical comedy about a droughtfueled ban on private toilets. 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. 6285-R Roswell Road NE, Sandy Springs Plaza.



March 18-April 16 “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” comedy about an Elvis impersonator turned drag queen. May 13-June 11 “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” epic journey of a slave who fights in the Civil War for his freedom. 887 W. Marietta St., Atl. 404/607-



Alliance Stage Series Through March 12 “The Temple Bombing,” brilliant retelling of a dramatic event that spurred the city of Atlanta to transform. Hertz Stage Series March 24-April 15 “The Magic Negro and other Blackity Blackness, as told by an African-American Man who also happens to be Black,” sketch comedy show from Mark Kendall. Family Series March 19-April 9 “Cinderella and Fella,” contemporary and timely musical spin on the Cinderella fairytale. Theatre for the Very Young March 14-April 9 “Dinosaur!,” the wonders of the pre-historic world. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/733-4650.


March 17-19 Broadway blockbuster about a spunky orphan with a beloved score including “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” staged at the


Heidi Gray as Annie and Macy as Sandy.

April 13-30 “Pie In The Sky,” comedy about an elderly mother and daughter who live in a mobile home in Texas. 384 Manor Dr., Historic Stone Mountain Village. 770/469-1105.


March 16 Luther Enloe, guitar March 18 St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianist Pedja Muzijevic.

March 19 Bach Birthday Recital March 28 Emory Jazz Combos March 30 Barenaked Voices: 14th Emory Student A Cappella Celebration March 30-April 9 “Ravished,” the incredible and devastating repercussions of love. Mary Gray Munroe Theater, Dobbs University Center, 605 Asbury Circle NE, Atl. April 6 & 20 Jazz On The Green, Patterson Green, 1700 N. Decatur Rd. April 7 Derrick Montgomery, trumpet April 9 Emory Chamber Ensembles April 13-15 Emory Dance Company: Spring Concert April 14-15 Emory University Chorus & Symphony Orchestra April 18 Spring Jazz Concert April 21 Emory Wind Ensemble April 23 Emory Concert Choir April 30 Vega String Quartet May 3 Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra May 20-21 Atlanta Master Chorale: Ein Deutsches Requiem: Brahms Unless noted, performances at Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atl. 404/727-



March 17-19 “Gennadi’s Choice,” curated by artistic director Gennadi Nedvigin, celebrates the timeless beauty and power of ballet. April 14-16 “Firebird,” pays homage to three inventive choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, with live music by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. May 12-14 “Camino Real,” a rousing tale of survival that fuses dance, theater and live music, based on

Tennessee Williams’ work. Performances at Cobb Energy Centre at 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 2 PM Sun. 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atl.



March 18-19 The Concert Spirituel with the Cathedral of St. Philip Schola, 7:30 PM Sat. at The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atl., and 4 PM Sun. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Roswell.



April 7-23 “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s epochal rock opera illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit. June 9-25 “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” the classic love story of Belle and the Beast, a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, Cobb Civic Center, Marietta. 404/377-9948.


March 25, 28, 31, April 2 Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale.” Set in the golden era of Hollywood, an aging silent film star gets hitched to a devious gold digger conspiring with his nephew. April 29, May 2, 5, 7 “Turandot,” Puccini’s epic tale about a ruthless princess and a lovestruck suitor who heroically wins her game of riddles. 8 PM Sat., 7:30 PM Tues., 8 PM Fri., 3 PM Sun. at Cobb Energy Centre.


ATLANTA SYMPHONY HALL March 3 Alan Cumming March 7 The Chieftains, Paddy Moloney

March 31 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band April 3 Il Volo with ASO

April 20 Rocktopia Live: A Classical (R)evolution with ASO

April 24 Ben Folds with ASO June 23 Chris Botti with ASO Sept. 15 The B-52s with ASO Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Building, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 800/745-3000.


March 2, 4 Christopher Theofanidis, Sibelius, John Adams

March 9, 11 Shostakovich, Medtner, Tchaikovsky

March 10 Casual Friday: Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky

March 23, 25 Theofanidis’ “Creation/ Creator” with all-star cast and ASO Chorus April 6, 7 Rachmaninov program April 19 Temple Anniversary Concert: Prokofiev, Bloch, Bernstein April 27, 29 R. Strauss, Mendelssohn, Dvorák May 4, 6 Mozart, Rameau, Haydn May 5 Casual Friday: Mozart, Couperin, Haydn May 11, 13 Gluck’s “Orfeo” with opera star David Daniels May 25, 27 Debussy, Jolivet, Fauré June 1, 3 Mark Buller, Britten, Wagner POPS! March 17, 18 Cherish the Ladies, Celtic April 21, 22 Tony Award-winning Georgia native Sutton Foster brings Broadway to Atlanta May 19, 20 Music of the King: Elvis Presley Songbook June 9, 10 “Singin’ in the Rain” film screening with live score. Family March 12 “Peter & the Wolf” and Friends. June 11 Plundering Pirates of

Joan Marcus


“ANNIE” March 17-19 Fox Theatre


March 11 “Parody,” 7:30 PM, Lassiter High School Concert Hall, 2601 Shallowford Road NE, Marietta. May 7 “Marching to Our Own Beat,” 3 PM, Roswell Cultural Arts Center. May 29 “Roswell Remembers,” 10:15 AM, Roswell City Hall.

Aurora Theatre

March 9-April 16 “The Bridges of Madison County,” an Iowa housewife has a life-changing romance with a traveling photographer. Mature content. May 4-28 “Split in Three,” comic drama about the bonds of sisterhood, set in rural Mississippi during the mandated desegregation of schools. 8 PM Tues.-Sat., 2:30 PM Sat. & Sun. Harvel Lab Series Through March 5 “Sweep.” April 7-30 “Bicycle Country,” three refugees embark on a harrowing journey from Havana to Miami. Children’s Playhouse: Puppets March 18 “The Giant, The Beanstalk and Jack.” April 15 “Nutty Songs & Stories.” May 13 “Cinderella.” May 20 “The New Adventures of Brer Rabbit.” 128 East Pike St., Lawrenceville.



March 5 3 PM, First Presbyterian Church in Douglasville. April 23 Spring Show with guest quartet Storm Front, 3 PM, Marietta Performing Arts Center. 470/3490550.


April 28 First live concert at the

Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 404/872-

June 11 Paul Shaffer and the World’s


Most Dangerous Band June 14 Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy., Atl.

March 24-26 “Man of La Mancha,” award-winning musical based on Cervantes’ epic 17th-century novel, Don Quixote. Staged at 8 PM Fri. & Sat., 3 PM Sun. at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center, 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. March 25 “The Billy Goats Gruff,” children’s performance, Conant. April 7 Wine, Dine and Win fundraiser at Petite Violette. Ongoing Dinner and a Diva series: Petite Violette, 2948 Clairmont Road ( 404/634-6268 ); Sugo, John’s Creek (770/817-8000), Zola, Milton (770/360-5777 ). 678/301-8013.


Through March 12 “The Adventures of Mighty Bug.”

March 14-April 2 “The Dragon King.” April 4-May 21 “Pete the Cat.” New Directions Series Through March 5 “Oliver Twist.” 12+ May 11-14 XPT: Xperimental Puppetry Theater. 18+ Special Exhibit Through Sept. 3 “Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to Goblin City,” spellbinding exhibit of goblins, gowns and behind the-scenes artwork. 1404 Spring St. NW at 18th, Atl.


March 26 Spring Concert, 3 PM, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980

with Glass Animals

April 22 Corey Smith May 10 Bush, The Kickback 800 Battery Ave, SE, Atl. livenation. com.


March 4 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Chloe Agnew & Dermot Kiernan, Celtic music, 3 & 8 PM. March 10-11 “Me & 4 Others,” ’50s and ’60s rock music, 8 PM. March 18-19 “Deep River,” Cumming Playhouse Singers, 8 PM Sat., 3 PM Sun. March 24-April 2 Patriotic Salute, 8 PM Fri., 3 & 8 PM Sat., 3 PM Sun. May 7 Chuck Wagon Gang, grassroots gospel music, 3 & 7 PM. May 19-21 The Mood Swingers, 8 PM

March 7 Tim O’Brien March 10 Jimmy Webb March 19 Lowland Hum March 22 Caroline Spence March 24-25 Loudon Wainwright III April 1 Michelle Malone 515-B North McDonough St., Decatur.



April 14-15, 20-22 “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical,” from a Rodgers and Hammerstein dream ballet to an Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera to a Kander and Ebb 1930s cabaret act. DramaTech Theatre, 349 Ferst Dr. NW, Atl. at Ga. Tech.



May 16-21 The magic of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale about Peter Pan springs to life in a heartwarming theatrical event inspired by the enchanting

“THE DRAGON KING” March 14-April 2 Center for Puppetry Arts


April 8 Duran Duran 4469 Stella Dr. at Powers Ferry Road, Atl. 404/733-5012.


March 3-5 Je’Caryous Johnson’s “Married But Single Too”

March 11 Jim Jefferies March 12 Celtic Woman: Voices of


April 8 Radio 105.7’S Birthday Show





May 5-7, 11-13 “Motherhood Out Loud,” joyous, moving and hilarious theatrical event that shatters traditional notions about parenthood. The Art Place-Mountainview, 3330 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 770/516-3330.

March 9 Garrison Keillor March 10 MJ Live: Michael Jackson

Wilderness 3110 Roswell Road, Atl. 404/843- 800/7453000.

Fri. & Sat., 3 PM Sun. 101 School St. in the Historic Cumming Public School. 770/781-9178.


Atlanta Braves’ new stadium, SunTrust Park.

March 5 Wynonna and the Big Noise March 10-11 “The Naked Magicians” March 27 William Singe & Alex Aiono April 8 JoJo April 9 Passenger, The Paper Kites April 19 Andrew McMahon in the



Anne Schaefer

Symphony Hall Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra March 19 Crescendo Concert March 29 Side-by-Side Concert May 14 Finale Concert ASO Across Georgia March 3, April 9 UGA March 25, April 28 KSU Atlanta Symphony Hall, Memorial Arts Bldg., Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/733-5000.

tribute show

Angels, 3 PM

March 17-19 Atlanta Ballet: “Gennadi’s Choice”

March 25, 28, 31, April 2 The Atlanta Opera: Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale.” April 8 Ron White, 7 & 10 PM April 9 Olivia Newton-John April 14-16 Atlanta Ballet: “Firebird” April 20 Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards April 29, May 2, 5, 7 The Atlanta Opera: Puccini’s “Turandot” May 12-14 Atlanta Ballet: “Camino

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March 9 TobyMac March 10 Green Day, Against Me! March 18 Harlem Globetrotters April 12 Panic! At the Disco April 20-23 Disney on Ice July 14 New Kids On The Block, Paula Abdul, Boyz II Men

July 16 Roger Waters July 29 Shawn Mendes Theater

March 3-5 “Aurora + Maleficent,” Southern Ballet Theatre March 10-12 “Swan Lake,” Northeast Atlanta Ballet April 1-2 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair,” Agape Players May 19 “Aladdin,” Northeast Atlanta Ballet 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Duluth.

laKEWOOD amphitheatre

“THE BODYGUARD” – March 28-April 2 – Fox Theatre make-believe adventures of four young brothers. Staged at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl., at 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun.



March 9 “Elvis Lives: The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Event” March 10 Nu Soul Revival Tour March 11 Norah Jones March 12 Maluma March 17-19 “Annie” March 21 The Price is Right Live™ March 28-April 2 “The Bodyguard” April 4-5 “Hedwig & The Angry Inch” April 7 Jerry Seinfeld, 7 & 10 PM. April 18-23 “Matilda the Musical” April 27 Billy Crystal April 29 Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy, 5 & 8 PM. May 11 Julianne & Derek Hough: Move-Beyond-Live on Tour May 12 Carlos Vives May 20 Bastille May 23 Sigur Rós, Icelandic experimental rock band May 26 Chris Rock June 8-10 The Avett Brothers July 22 Idina Menzel 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atl. 404/881-



Through March 5 “Having Our Say, the Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years,” comedy/drama. April 6-23 “Million Dollar Quartet,” musical based on the legendary jam session of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Records in Memphis in 1956. Coproduced with Atlanta Lyric Theatre. April 10 The Joe Gransden Big Band Series, jazz concert. FamilyStage: Adventure Series March 4 Diggery Digger’s Dino Show April 8 Acting Out Improv 108

April 22 “James and the Giant Peach,” a boy’s amazing adventure. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770/641-1260.


March 12 Kennesaw United Methodist Church, 6 PM. March 19 Roswell First Baptist Church, 4 PM. March 26 Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 6 PM. April 2 Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6 PM. April 23 Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 3:30 PM. April 30 Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 6:30 PM.


GA. HIGH SCHOOL Musical Theatre Awards April 20 Shuler Hensley Awards

celebrates excellence in high school musical theatre at Cobb Energy Centre.


March 24-26 “The Wolf, the Swan, and the Princess,” tales of bravery, fate, mystery and eternal love intertwine in a spellbinding story. Shows at 7:30 PM Fri.-Sat. & 2 PM Sat.-Sun. at The Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center, Marietta. 678/287-9020.


March 6 Symphonic Wind Ensemble with MAYWE March 21 Jazz Combos March 23 Three Choirs Festival: GSU Singers, UGA Hodgson Singers, and the Emory Concert Choir, 7 PM, Peachtree Road UMC, 3180 Peachtree Road NE, Atl. March 30 University Singers, 7 PM,

First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. April 1 Spring Choral Concert – Master Singers & Choral Union April 3 neoPhonia New Music Ensemble: SoundNOW Music Festival April 5 Spring Euphoria April 6 GSU Jazz Band April 8 Chamber Music by John Luther Adams April 12 Brassapalooza Unless noted, events at Kopleff Recital Hall, 10 Peachtree Center Ave. SE, Atl.



March 4 Sensory Friendly Concert, Marietta Performing Arts Center, 1171 Whitlock Ave. March 18 GSO Jazz Big Band, Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. April 22 Just the Beginning, Marietta Performing Arts Center. May 21 GYSO Season Finale, Bailey Performance Center, KSU. 770/4297016.

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March 23-25 Jesse Terry, Beth Wood April 21-22 Tony Arata, Billy Montana Roswell Historic Cottage, 972 Alpharetta St.


March 17-April 30 “Nobody Loves You,” self-obsessed contestants compete for love and fans on a reality dating show in a hilarious musical comedy. 1083 Austin Ave., Little Five Points, Atl. 404/584-7450.

Infinite Energy Center Arena

Through March 5 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus XTREME® March 8 The Lumineers

May 3 Def Leppard May 11 Kings of Leon June 2 Train: Play That Song Tour June 13 Dead & Company 2002 Lakewood Ave., Atl. 404/4435000. ticketmaster. com.


June 10 Katie Deal performs “Today, Tomorrow, and Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline,” 8 PM at Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St. 770/5946232.


June 13-18 A celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found, inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs, from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me.” Staged at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl., at 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun. atlanta.


Jerry’s Habima Theatre March 9-19 “The Wizard of Oz.” Shows at 7:30 PM Thurs. & Sat., 1 PM Sun. (plus 5 PM on 3/12). Family Theatre April 2 “Dinosaur,” introduction to the wonders of the pre-historic world, presented by Alliance Theater and Fernbank Museum at 10:30 AM, 12 & 4 PM. Ages: 6 months-5 years. April 16 “A Brown Bear, A Caterpillar, And A Moon: Treasured Stories By Eric Carle,” presented by Mermaid Theater at 11 AM & 2 PM. Ages: 3-6 years. Both staged at MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre. MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody.



April 18-23 The heartwarming story of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Staged at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, at 7:30 PM Tues.Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun.

Brian Bowen Smith


March 25 “Beyond Impressionism: Debussy and Vaughan Williams,” MOS chorus with Ga. Philharmonic, 7:30 PM, Lassiter Concert Hall. May 12 “With a Song in My Heart,” music from the golden age of popular American song, MOS chorus with the Tyrone Jackson jazz trio, 8 PM, Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd. 770/594-7974.


May 11 Siblings Julianne Hough and Derek Hough headline a dazzling new dance production at the Fox Theatre featuring ballroom, tap, salsa, hip-hop and everything in between.


April 27-May 14 “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.” 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 3 PM Sun. 999 Brady Ave. NW, Atl. 404/448-2755.


March 4 Charlie Wilson March 11 The Original Harlem Globetrotters World Tour, 2 & 7 PM. March 14 Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Tour: orchestra, choir & musical soloists April 1 Radiohead April 7 Festival of Laughs: Mike Epps, Sommore, Bruce Bruce and Arnez J April 12 Ariana Grande April 14 Red Hot Chili Peppers April 22 Tim McGraw & Faith Hill April 27 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Joe Walsh April 30 Neil Diamond May 13 The Weeknd May 24 Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey 1 Philips Dr., next to CNN Center.



March 4 Dianne Reeves March 25 Shaolin Warriors – The Legend Continues, unbelievable feats of martial arts prowess. April 1 Eddie Palmieri, Grammywinning salsa and Latin jazz legend. April 6 Randy Brecker, Grammywinning trumpeter, & GSU Jazz Band. April 8 Che Malambo, thrilling dance and music spectacle from Argentina. April 9 Bent Frequency performs the music of John Luther Adams. April 21, 23 Mozart’s classic opera “Don Giovanni” presented by GSU Opera Theatre & Symphony Orchestra. 80 Forsyth Street NW. 404/413-9TIX.


May 5-7 The 20th Anniversary World Tour of the international Irish dance phenomenon dazzles with an innovative blend of dance, music and song. Staged at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl., at 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun. atlanta.

Julianne & Derek Hough: MOVE-BEYOND-LIVE ON TOUR May 11 – Fox Theatre SERENBE PLAYHOUSE


rollicking musical salutes the rock ‘n’ roll era. Ages 14+. June 2-Aug. 13 “Robin Hood.” Sir Robin and his band of Merry Men rob from the rich and give to the poor. Selborne Lane, Chattahoochee Hills.

Gibraltar,” world premiere by Andrea Lepcio. A Jewish woman and Muslim man fall in love in a romantic comedy turned terrorism thriller about truth, prejudice and civil rights. June 2-25 “Eclipsed,” regional premiere by Danai Gurira. Caught in the grips of civil war, five Liberian women struggle to negotiate power, protection and peace in a stunning tale of hope and resilience. Shows at 8 PM Wed.-Sat., 5 PM Sun. Peachtree Pointe, 1545 Peachtree St., Atl. 404/484-

March 23-April 16 “Grease,” 770/4631110.


March 17-April 2 “White Woman in Progress.” Inspired by Tara Ochs’ role as a civil rights activist in “Selma,” this one woman show champions individual power and explores social justice. 8 PM Thurs.-Sat.; 5 PM Sun. 3/26 & 4/2. May 4-14 Curious Queer Encounters festival. 8 PM Thurs.-Sat., 5 PM Sun. 1105 Euclid Ave., Atl. 404/523-7647.


March 17-April 9 “The Cemetery Club.” The friendship of three Jewish widows is put to the test by a widower. May 19-June 11 “Boeing, Boeing,” swinging ’60s French farce about a Parisian lothario with three fiancées. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. 770/396-1726.


March 11 West Coast Swamp: Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival & Three Dog Night May 20 Soul Revolution: Tribute to Janis Joplin and Sly & the Family Stone Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Sq., Marietta. 770/293-0080.

March 31-April 23 “Strait of



March 28-April 2 Deborah Cox stars in this award-winning romantic musical based on the smash hit film about a Secret Service agent turned bodyguard hired to protect a superstar from an unknown stalker. Staged at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atl., at 7:30 PM Tues.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun. atlanta.


Through 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 Wed.-Thurs., 8 PM Fri., 2 & 8 PM Sat., 1 & 6:30 PM Sun.


March 23-April 15 “Simply Simone: The Music of Nina Simone,” soulful

musical revue of an American icon.

June 1-18 “The Dancing Handkerchief.” Part magic act, musical and puppet show, this hybrid theatrical extravaganza tells the story of a magician and his curious child. Shows Wed.-Sun. Balzer Theater at Herren’s, 84 Luckie St. NW, Atl.



Through March 19 “Exit Strategy,” the impending shut-down of a high school causes rising tensions as teachers scramble to save it. 8 PM Wed.-Sat., 2:30 PM Sat. & Sun. July 11-Aug. 6 “Between Riverside and Crazy.” Southwest Arts Center Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atl. 877/725-8849. 404/532-1901.


March 25 ShamRockin’ for a Cure May 2 A Perfect Circle, Prayers May 12-13 Zac Brown Band May 31 Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds June 16-17 Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge June 23 Chicago, Doobie Brothers July 13 Sam Hunt with Maren Morris, Chris Janson, Ryan Follese July 16 Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton Sept. 16 ASO: Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta.


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Treasures The world’s warming climate, rising sea levels, booming development and changing political landscape have the potential to impact travel in the not-too-distant future. Here are seven trips highlighting natural wonders, wildlife and cultures to see while you still can.

Gondwana Ecotours

Greenland’s frozen beauty

Solomon Islands’ coral reefs


Adventure Life

Rwanda’s mountain gorillas

n Antarctica Major ice shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula have broken apart, retreated or lost volume in recent decades, and the trend continues today with a crack in the Larsen C shelf growing this year. Explore the peninsula on kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, mountaineering, camping and Zodiac excursions. n Greenland Greenland’s ice sheet is one of the largest contributors to sea level rise around the globe, and the country experienced its highest average summer temperature on record and an early melt last year. See calving glaciers, giant icebergs and Arctic landscapes. n Cuba Travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba have eased recently with the first regularly scheduled flights between the countries, but the 2016 election brought several tourism-related questions. See the historic architecture of Old Havana and the island’s natural wonders. n Alaska Several Canadian copper and gold mines are in operation, being explored or under review for approval, and their tailings pose a hazard in the headwaters of Alaska’s major salmon rivers. Venture to an Alaskan fishing lodge and cast for Pacific salmon, plus trout, grayling, char and more. n Rwanda A study released this year shows that 75% of primate species have shrinking populations and 60% are threatened with extinction, with their decline being attributed to hunting, farming, ranching, logging, mining and oil drilling. Encounter some of the last remaining mountain gorillas, as well as chimpanzees and golden monkeys, on a trek in the forests of Rwanda. n Russia Russia’s Lake Baikal holds about 20% of the world’s unfrozen freshwater – making it the largest freshwater lake by volume – but it faces threats from pollution and hydroelectric projects. Travelers can see the lake by train and boat, and also visit the Gobi Desert to the south in Mongolia. n Solomon Islands Research published last year showed that rising sea levels resulted in the disappearance of five of the Solomon Islands, while erosion on others has forced the relocation of villages. Visit secluded bays and remote beaches, snorkel coral reefs and meet villagers in the Solomons and other nearby archipelagos.



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Beach by Vivian Holley

Beauty & the

Glamour Plus Golf in the Sunshine State


ot unlike Atlanta, Naples is twice blessed when it comes to luxe Ritz-Carlton properties. But there’s a noticeable difference. What gives the Southwest Florida resorts bragging rights over the considerable assets of its bigcity sisters in Georgia: three resplendent miles of Gulf Coast beaches, and two l8-hole Greg Norman golf courses. Cypress and mangrove and lofty palms. Pelicans and egrets and sea turtles. You get the picture. The snowy Gulf of Mexico sands stretch beside The RitzCarlton, Naples – an elegant yet easy-breezy resort destination with top-ranked service and amenities. Three miles away, it’s golf galore at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples – the


Mediterranean-style home of Tiburon, a championship 36-hole course, plus an array of high-tech game-improving facilities. Offerings at the two venues – beach activities at one and golf at the other – are handily linked by a complimentary shuttle. Spa pampering your passion? The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, is the place to be. A tri-level, therapeutic wonderland in its own sumptuous building, the spa encompasses 35 treatment rooms and suites and an accommodating staff ready to customize an experience that will serve up your fondest dreams. Couples’ massage services are on tap to enhance romantic getaways. Both resorts feature Club Level rooms and suites that include a concierge devoted to visitors’ wishes and a private lounge with inviting food and beverage presentations. My favorite discovery

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.


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The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples

It’s golf galore at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, the Mediterranean-style home of Tiburon, a championship 36-hole course.


DUSK features an artfully crafted sushi menu in a disco-vibe setting.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

It’s a must to sip a tropical drink and feast on stone crabs while soaking up the sunset at Gumbo Limbo, on the beachside boardwalk of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

Naples’ blossoming parks and courtyards beckon strollers.

is the cozy library adjacent to the larger resort’s Club Lounge – a tranquil retreat for a morning latte or afternoon tea or evening cordial alongside the bookshelves, or on its own little balcony overlooking sun-sparkled waves. The properties’ several restaurants similarly sport different styles. At the golf resort, you can enjoy classic pub fare at Bella Vista, an airy lobby eatery looking out on the emerald expanse of the 18th hole. Up the road at the other resort’s beachside boardwalk, it’s a must to sip a tropical drink and feast on stone crabs while soaking up the sunset at Gumbo Limbo, and to top it off with the artfully crafted sushi menu in the disco-vibe setting aptly dubbed DUSK. Both Ritz-Carlton beauties are a skip from Third Street South – the birthplace and throbbing heart of Naples. Once a modest fishing village accessible only by water – the Naples Pier was erected in 1889 – Naples was something of a secret until 1918, when a new shell road linked it to Fort Myers. In the 1920s the town spread its wings a bit more when the Tamiami Trail was completed, connecting it to Miami and Tampa. The charms of Third Street South began to evolve in later years, resulting in today’s collection of enticing boutiques, antique shops and art galleries, sidewalk 116

cafes and fun nightlife – all aglitter in the evening when Florida’s signature palm trees are strung with festive white lights. There’s even a Historic District. You can join a walking tour (grab info and a map at the Third Street South concierge kiosk; trolley and segway tours are also scheduled) that will introduce you to not-so-old Old Naples, complete with banyan trees, cascading bougainvillea, and flowering courtyards. The aforementioned Naples Pier, where adventurous visitors once disembarked, remains beloved for strolling, fishing, and prime people-watching. No surprise, thanks to its stunning Gulf setting, the place is still all about water. Beach action and water sports abound – kayaking, parasailing, paddleboarding. For an unbeatable overview of the Neopolitan (Southwest Florida version) dolce vida, treat yourself to a sunset cruise aboard Naples Princess, a spacious sightseeing vessel. You’ll want to stake out a top-deck spot for taking in the parade of dreamy mansions spread waterside, and the effortless leaps and dance of graceful dolphins that appear to be performing strictly for the pleasure of cruisers and their cameras. Gene Kelly, eat your heart out. Information:; (239) 598-3300; (239) 593-2000

The spa at The RitzCarlton, Naples.

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By Melinda Myers

Add a bit of color and interest to salads with edible flowers like nasturtium.

from the garden to the party Make every meal a special event by bringing the garden to the table. Serve your favorite dishes made from homegrown ingredients, then allow guests to add their own herbal seasonings right from the garden or container. When you start growing ingredients for recipes and beverages, consider those, like tomatoes, that taste best fresh from the garden. Or create a salad bar by filling window boxes and raised beds with greens, hot peppers, green onions and more. Just hand your guests a plate and let them create their own fresh salad. Dress up the table or balcony with a few containers of herbs on your patio or deck. Use small herb containers as edible centerpieces. Provide garden scissors so guests can season the meal to their taste. Add a bit of color with edible flowers. Try nasturtium and daylily blossoms stuffed with cream cheese, calendula petals sprinkled on a salad, and mint leaves atop a slice of chocolate cake. Include a few herbs and vegetables that can be blended, muddled or added to a beverage. Use the hollow stems of lovage as a straw for your tomato juice or bloody Mary. You’ll enjoy the celery flavor this edible straw provides. Or pluck a few mint or rosemary leaves to flavor iced tea and lemonade. Be sure the vegetables and flowers you select are free of pesticides, and remove the bitter tasting pollen from edible flowers. Once you compile your list of favorites, prepare your garden and

containers for a productive growing and entertaining season. In the garden, add several inches of organic matter such as compost to the top 8-12 inches of soil. Incorporate an organic nitrogen fertilizer to provide needed nutrients for six to eight weeks. Add a mid-season boost to keep the garden healthy and productive. For container plantings, select a pot with drainage holes and fill it with a quality potting mix. Add an organic nitrogen fertilizer to eliminate the need for weekly feedings. Give containers a second application mid-season. Mulch the soil with shredded leaves, evergreen needles or other organic matter to suppress weeds and conserve moisture. As the mulch breaks down it improves the soil for future plantings. Harvest regularly to keep plants looking good and producing. Cut the outer leaves of leaf lettuce when four to six inches tall and it will keep growing new leaves. Pick peppers and tomatoes when fully ripe, so the plant continues flowering and forming new fruit. Dress up the table with a bouquet of garden flowers. Pick a few extras to send home with guests and they’ll surely remember your special gathering filled with homegrown flavor and beauty.

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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. 404/2337673. 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. Farm-fresh, seasonal American cuisine combined with European influences. p }}} BACCHANALIA 1198 Howell Mill Road, Atl. 404/365-0410. Great service and generous portions with a heavenly menu of specialties served in a warehouse-chic setting. p h }}} ★★★★ 120

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 hickory-grilled rib eye, are served in the cozy comforts of a mountain lodge, with stone fireplace, log walls and red leather booths. 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 }} empirestatesouth. com.

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. } ★★★

5CHURCH 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atl. 404/4003669. Eclectic dishes, from lamb burger and Frogmore stew to smoked Pekin duck, served in a neo-Victorian setting, with a 200-bottle wine list and specialty cocktails. p }} 5churchatlanta. com.

CANOE 4199 Paces Ferry Dr., Vinings. 770/4322663. Culinary expertise and natural aesthetics come together for a rich, flavorful experience, with a seasonal menu and inviting interior. 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. } flipburgerboutique. com.

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GORDON BIERSCH BREWERY RESTAURANT 3242 Peachtree Road NE, Atl., 404/264-0253. 848 Peachtree St. NE, Atl., 404/870-0805. Hand crafted beer and made-fromscratch 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 communitydriven 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., 404/2377534. 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, truffleparmesan 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 }} ★★ 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. 404/8975000. Fresh American cuisine in a classy setting. p }}

Empire State South 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 } 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. 404/524-8280. New American food served with Southern flair in a swanky space at the Stove Works in Inman Park. 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 }}} REVIVAL 129 Church St., Decatur. 470/226-6770. Kevin Gillespie’s family-style dining experience with traditional Southern-inspired dishes with farm-fresh ingredients. p }} revivaldecatur. com. SAGE WOODFIRE TAVERN 11405 Haynes Bridge Road, Alpharetta, 770/569-9199. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atl., 770/804-8880. City chic yet casual atmosphere featuring contemporary

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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. 404/5897506. 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. } ★★★ TWO URBAN LICKS 820 Ralph McGill Blvd., Atl. 404/522-4622. Fiery cooking with woodroasted meats and fish, plus a touch of New Orleans and barbecue, in a chic warehouse, with live blues music. p }}

Fogo de Chão 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 } SEASONS 52 90 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, 770/671-0052. Two Buckhead Plaza, 3050 Peachtree Road NW, Atl., 404/846-1552. A seasonally changing menu of fresh food grilled over open wood fires and a by-the-glass wine list in a casually sophisticated setting with live piano music in the wine bar. 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 } SOUTH CITY KITCHEN 1144 Crescent Ave. NE, Atl., 404/873-7358. 1675 Cumberland Pkwy. 122

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 }} fifthgroup. com. ★★★ 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 } TERRACE BISTRO 176 Peachtree St. NW @ The Ellis Hotel. 678/651-2770. Flavorful farmto-table dishes served in a chic setting. p }} THE CAFE AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, BUCKHEAD 3434 Peachtree Road, Atl. 404/2407035. 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 }}} ★★

VILLAGE TAVERN 11555 Rainwater Dr., Alpharetta. 770/777-6490. Fresh fish, pastas, salads, chicken, steaks and chops in an upscale, casual setting. p }} WATERSHED ON PEACHTREE 1820 Peachtree Road, NW, Atl. 404/809-3561. Southerninspired menu – from fried pimento cheese sandwich to bone-in ribeye with black truffle gravy – in farmhouse-chic setting. p }} YEAH! BURGER 1168 Howell Mill Road, Ste. E, 404/496-4393. 1017 N. Highland Ave., Va.Highland, 404/437-7845. Organic, eco-friendly restaurant offers customizable burgers in a fastcasual 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 }}}

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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 }}} ★★★


CANTON HOUSE 4825 Buford Hwy., Chamblee. 770/936-9030. Cantonese cuisine, specializing in dim sum, served in a spacious dining room with friendly service. } ★★★★ HONG KONG STAR 4719 Lower Roswell Road, Ste. 110, Marietta. 770/509-2129. Exciting dishes with Asian flair, with great service and inviting setting. } 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., 770/803-5800. 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 }} 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. } ★★

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 }}} ★★★


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 }} mckinnons. com.



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 }} buckheadrestaurants. com. ★★★★ LA PETITE MAISON 6510 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 404/303-6600. Charming French bistro offers everything from filet mignon to grilled salmon in a charming setting. } ★★ LE BILBOQUET 3035 Peachtree Road, Ste. A180, Atl. 404/869-9944. Simple, classic French

AQUA BLUE 1564 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770/643-8886. Global cuisine, from seafood and sushi to steaks and chops, plus signature drinks, in a welcoming environment. p }} aquablueatl. com. ★★ 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. 404/262-0702. Dramatic décor and inventive cuisine, including wood-grilled octopus, oven-roasted lemon chicken, slow-braised lamb shank, and spinach and feta spanakopita. p h }} buckheadrestaurants. com. ★★★★

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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. 404/2508988. 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 }}

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. 404/8735430. Cozy, authentic Italian trattoria serves classics like spaghetti and meatballs and more adventurous dishes. 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 }}

MAGGIANO’S LITTLE ITALY 3368 Peachtree Road, Atl., 404/816-9650. 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 770/804-3313. Divine dining in a nostalgic setting reminiscent of pre-World War II Little Italy. p }

FLOATAWAY CAFE 1123 Zonolite Road, Ste. 15, Atl. 404/892-1414. Fresh seasonal cuisine is created with country French, Mediterranean and Italian

MEDICI 2450 Galleria Pkwy. @ Renaissance Waverly Hotel. 770/953-4500. Mediterraneaninspired Tuscan grill with herb-rubbed prime


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 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. 404/2613777. Sushi, sashimi and tempura served in a traditional dining room with 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. 404/8410040. 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 awardwinning 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 }


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 Orleansinspired, bi-level restaurant and market in the beautifully restored 1890s Atlanta Pipe and Foundry Company terminal building. p }


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. }

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The debut cookbook of Georgia culinary blogger Robyn Stone offers a modern spin on Southern favorites, with 100 recipes for hearty skillet suppers, scrumptious casseroles and farm-fresh veggies. Think fried chicken, honeyglazed ham, mashed potatoes and collard greens. Each dish, from appetizer to dessert, is tailored to fit busier schedules and healthier diets, with simple “swaps” to reduce sugar and limit heavy cream and butter. Celebrating the bounty of the garden, novel offerings include grilled watermelon and peach salad with basil and feta, black-eyed pea hummus, and heirloom tomato salad with charred corn and okra. Handy icons mark recipes with fewer ingredients, quick prep time, and freezer-friendly options. n The S.N.O.B. Experience: Slightly North Of Broad, FRANK LEE (Advantage Media Group)

With a flair for French technique and a passion for Southern ingredients, chef Frank Lee helped open an eclectic Lowcountry bistro in Charleston, S.C., in 1993. Today, the Slightly North of Broad restaurant – “S.N.O.B.” for short – is a city treasure, where Lee served as executive chef until 2016. His new cookbook is a compilation of S.N.O.B. classics, longrunning seasonal plates and popular side dishes and sauces. Among the recipes proudly shared: beef carpaccio, roast leg of lamb with mint vinegar, and softshell crab. Beautifully photographed by fellow chef Bob Waggoner, the book also shares insight into Lee’s role as a pioneer who led the initiative to forge personal relationships with local farmers, making him a trailblazer in Charleston’s culinary community. Interesting narratives tell the restaurant’s story. n Flavors of The Southern Coast: Cooking with Tommy Bahama, Rick Rodgers (Chronicle Books)

Brimming with delicious dishes and photos, this second volume on regional cuisine explores the rich heritage of the Gulf Coast, from Galveston, Texas, to the Florida Keys. The curated collection of 100-plus recipes, honoring both land and sea, incorporates dynamic ingredients of the South: spicy chilies and fragrant citrus fruits to succulent shrimp and market greens. Savor baby back ribs with blackberry brandy sauce, quinoa succotash and Key lime pie. Chef author Rick Rodgers shares his own smoked and baked Texas brisket, BBQ shrimp with spicy beer sauce and smothered green beans. Unique cocktails capture the charm of the coast. Southern Seasons Magazine

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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 }}}

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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 }}} bonesrestaurant. com. ★★★★

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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. 404/817-3650. Contemporary fish house with a sophisticated casual vibe serves fresh seafood delivered daily, from salty fried calamari and flaky fish and chips to steamed mussels, plus hand-crafted cocktails. 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 palate-pleasing 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 }} ★★★ 126

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, with exceptional service. 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, well-rounded 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 woodgrilled steaks to seafood, in a sophisticated setting. 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, batter-fried 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 and fish, served in an expansive bistro-style venue with charming white tablecloth setting. p }} hals. net. ★★★ 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 }} ★★★★


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 RIO BRAVO 6450 Powers Ferry Road, Atl. 770/612-2829. Fresh Tex-Mex cuisine, from chili con queso to grilled and sizzling fajitas, is served in a fun and festive setting. p }

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 with tuxedo-clad waiters. 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 }


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 }}

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 }}} newyorkprime. com. ★★★

OAK STEAKHOUSE 950 Third St., Alpharetta. 678/722-8333. A fresh take on the classic steakhouse with inspired dishes served in a modern environment. p }}} 101 STEAK 3621 Vinings Slope SE, Atl. 770/8058855. 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 }}} ★★★

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RAY’S ON THE CREEK 1700 Mansell Road, Alpharetta. 770/649-0064. Award-winning steakhouse delivers with prime steaks, fresh seafood and fine wines. p h }}} 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 corn-fed 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 }} ★★★ 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 }}} ★★★



• Fast-casual sushi has arrived at Krog Street Market with the opening of Makimono, led by Executive Chef Jey Oh. The lunch and dinner menu features sushi rolls, bowls and a full-service bar. • Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill opened a new location in the Emory Point mixed-use development, serving lunch and dinner daily in the Druid Hills neighborhood.

concept in The Battery Atlanta this September, with a Southern menu by Chef Hugh Acheson. • Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar at The Avenue East Cobb in Marietta now offers Sunday brunch in a casual setting with starters, entrées and raw bar selections.

• Celebrating its first month in PonceyHighland, Rize Artisan Pizza + Salads raised $1,000 for Create Your Dreams Foundation at a Dine to Donate event.

• Napoleon Bonaparte famously opened champagne with his saber, savoring it in victory and defeat. The art of sabrage is a longstanding tradition at The St. Regis Atlanta, which offers classes as well as a ritual sabering for the curious champagne drinker.

RICE THAI CUISINE 1104 Canton St., Roswell. 770/640-0788. Authentic street-style Thai. p }

• Southern Proper Hospitality restaurants raised a total of 917 pounds at a Food & Fund Drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. That total equals 765 meals!

• The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North has welcomed new banquet chef “Dinesh” Chokkalingam, who will oversee events, develop menus and assist with operations at SAVOR bar + kitchen.

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 }}}

• Lasheeda Perry is the new pastry chef at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. Her Biscoff Pie, a unique twist on banana cream pie, is now available on the Bar Margot menu.

• 5Church in Midtown is offering a Rush Hour Remedy menu for sips and shareable snacks after work, available from 4:30-6:60 PM Mon.-Thurs. at the bar and hightops.

• The Halal Guys, New York’s popular “chicken-and-rice” cart, has opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Chamblee.

• Since opening in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, Chef Mihoko Obunai’s Japanesecentric eatery NEXTO has received widespread acclaim, including being named one of the “Hottest restaurants in 15 American Cities” by ZAGAT. It’s located at 828 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE.

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 }}} ★★

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By Dr. Karin Luise

What Should I Do When They Treat Me Like That? It is said that the way people treat you is a statement about them, not about you. I think it goes deeper than that. I believe that the way people treat others – entangled in words, actions, behaviors and beliefs – is a direct mirror of how they truly feel about themselves.


n psychology, we call this behavior “projection.” That is, when a person unconsciously places unwanted feelings, motives or beliefs about the self onto another person. By doing this, the person is using a coping mechanism that deflects dealing with hidden emotions, instead putting the shame of them onto someone else. An example of this can come from a person who knows they are often deceitful with others. When threatened in a relationship – even mildly – this person might immediately assume that the other person is lying and then project accusations of deceit. This, of course, prevents the projector from seizing the opportunity to recognize what is truly happening in their own psyche and grow from increased reflection and awareness. This can be very painful for the innocent party on many levels, and I want to explain why. So, there you are in the middle of a healthy disagreement, when you feel a shift in the energy. You realize you are being accused of being someone you are not. In fact, it is the trait that you clearly see in the person pointing a finger at you. If they are really masters at this tactic, they become mental magicians at trying to convince you that you are the unstable one. You know the truth is being twisted, but attempts to defend yourself are unsuccessful and even used against you. The stress hormone cortisol starts coursing through your veins. You feel adrenaline rise out of your gut, into your chest and onto your shoulders. This is your body’s chemical reaction to stress. Your sympathetic nervous system sends signals of danger throughout your body, commanding a release of substances to protect itself. These physical sensations create a mental reaction that makes you want to defend yourself, cueing an emotional reaction of internal disharmony.

On a deeper level, these internal signs are lining up with the soul part of you that is called to honor your truth. Your systems are reacting with fervor because your reality is being turned upside-down. You are being dishonored. Your spirit – through all of your body’s sensations – is trying to tell you that what is happening is completely out of alignment with who you truly are. The Human Self wants to defend your truth, the Higher Self wants to dismiss you from the experience, while the Emotional Self wants to find a way to feel better. I say, be purposeful and revere all parts of you. To honor your whole being, you can create a space where you speak your truth, remove yourself from the negative experience and restore harmony in your body. You are not there to change the other person – because you cannot. You are not there to take on the negative beliefs of the other person – because they are not yours. You are there to remain a self-preserving, valuable human being, standing in your own truth and self-worth. Try not to return the pain by flipping the projection around, further engaging in the insanity. Instead, speak your truth with an insult-free “I statement,” (e.g., “I am an honest person. I know who I am, and what you are saying about me is incorrect.”). Calmly and respectfully remove yourself from the situation. By refusing to engage in the battle, you are not only diffusing emotion and taking the high road, but you are honoring yourself by not allowing the negativity to inform your self-worth. It is now up to them what they will do with themselves – not you. Take deep breaths, inhaling in positive reminders of your true worth. Stay grounded in the foundation of your truth. Never, ever, let the negative words of another person define you. It is the positive light that is within you that is supposed to be in charge of that.

Dr. Karin Luise is the Award-winning co-author of “The Fatherless Daughter Project: Understanding Our Losses & Reclaiming Our Lives.” She is an integrative therapist and inspirationalist. visit her website connect with her on facebook @Dr.Karin, on Twitter/Instagram at DoctorKarin, or email her at 128

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