The Luxe Weekend:
April 1, 2012
Luxe Weekend: April & May 2012
Your in-the-know guide to where to go this weekend (and week)
By Nancy Staab
April showers bring May flowers, so this month we’ve got Bubbly at the Botanical Garden & tons of cool cultural events, including the Ting Tings, Atlanta’s Food & Wine Festival, Shakespeare in the Park, Tiesto at Opera NIghtclub and Atlanta Opera’s performance of Don Giovanni, a final POP Party for Picasso to Warhol, Steeplechase and the Dogwood Festival
SUN. APRIL 1
New Orleans Crawfish Boil at One-Eared Stag
Inman Park eatery One-Eared Stag is hosting an April Fool’s Crawfish Boil with New Orleans native chefs Joel Truex of Watershed, Nick Melvin (formerly of Parish), and Lance Gummere of The Shed at Glenwood.
For reservations call 404.525.4479
Pink Martini at ASO
This twelve-piece little orchestra with singers from Portland, Oregon, has gained international acclaim by channeling early 1960s lounge music, classical Jazz and romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s or 1950s. Their first single Sympathique (sung in French) was an overnight sensation and featured on the Best of Hotel Costes compilation. Put on your sheath dress and pearls and enjoy the cocktail music pre or post martini. Show starts at 7PM at Atlanta Symphony Hall and tickets range from $32-$72.
For tickets and info visit: www.atlantasymphony.org
MON. APRIL 2
Snow Patrol at the Tabernacle
The Northern Ireland alt-rock band Snow Patrol plays the Tabernacle tonight at 7:30PM and will no doubt reprise their platinum hit song “Chasing Cars.”
For tickets: www.livenation.com
TUES. APRIL 3
Donna Karan Spring Trunk Show at Saks
View the Donna Karan and Gurhan Spring 2012 Collections at Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza.
Atlanta Humane Society's Jr. Board Rocks out with Yacht Rock at SweetWater Brewery
Atlanta Humane Society's Jr. Board, the 1873 Society Club, hosts a beer and 70's tunes bash all in the name of animal love. A mobile pet adoption unit will also be on hand and bites from local restaurants. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
For tickets and more info: www.atlantahumane.org/who/1873_society_club.php
WED. April 4
Carolina Herrera Fall Trunk Show at Saks
View the designer’s fall 2012 collection at Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza, April 4-5
Rubin Singer Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus
View the latest collection in the Couture Salon, level two, April 4-5, 10AM to 6PM
STK and Stilletos with Jeffrey Boutique at STK Atlanta
Add some sizzle to your steak when STK Atlanta, Midtown, hosts a fashionable night with a Jeffrey boutique trunk show of the latest designer shoe collections from 7-10PM. Enjoy STK signature Cucumber Stilleto Cocktails and earn a chance with every drink to win a $500 gift card to Jeffrey. (Must be present to win!).
Mutts and Martinis at W Midtown
W Atlanta Midtown hosts a monthly “yappy hour” for people and their pups on the first Wednesday of every month through September, beginning April 4 at 6PM. Enjoy Salty Dog Martinis on the Living Room’s patio, while your dogs chomp on poochsicles and bark bites..
For more info: www.watlantamidtown.com
THURS. April 5
Blooms and Bubbly at Atlanta Botanical Garden
The first alfresco cocktail hour of spring takes place tonight from 5-8PM at the garden. Enjoy champagne and thousands of blooming tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. Italian winemaker Caterina Candoni De Zan of Candoni Family Winery will be on hand with tastings from her vineyard plus a cash bar. $18.95 for non-members.
For more info visit:www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/events-classes/events/blooms-bubbly
“The Night of the Iguana” at Emory
Theater Emory celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tennessee Williams with his hit play about a dissolute minister and a seedy Mexican hotel full of misfits. Performances from April 5-15.
$20/person. For tickets: 404.727.5050 or arts.emory.edu
GloATL free performance at ACAC
Progressive dance troupe GloATL will perform, or rather, take over the gallery space of Atlanta Contemporary Art Center at 7PM for a free show.
For more info: www.thecontemporary.org
FRI. April 6
Noel Gallagher at Tabernacle
One half of the phenomenal band Oasis (remember Wonder Wall from the 90s?), Noel Gallagher, returns to Atlanta with his new English rock band High Flying Birds, 8PM at The Tabernacle.
For tickets: www.livenation.com
Soprano Dawn Upshaw Performs at Emory
Grammy Award-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw performs works by Brahms Schumann, Debussy and more at Emory’s Schwartz Center at 8PM.
For more info: arts.emory.edu
TUES. April 10
St Regis Anniversary Party: “100 Years, 100 Bottles”
The St. Regis Atlanta property celebrates its 3rd anniversary in conjunction with the centennial of the Titanic. The result: a titanic bash with Gilded Age grandeur. 100 bottles of fine champagne will be sabered, fancy hors d’oeuvres will reflect those served on the sinking ship and you, the general public, are invited, but dress the part as this is a grand affair. It starts at 6PM but celebratory specials as the hotel last all month.
Eco Spring Fashion Trunk Show
Laura Turner Seydel and Kevin Knaus host a one-day trunk show of over 20 of Atlanta’s top eco fashion, jewelry, handbag, beauty and home décor designers. Don’t miss the upcycled products of Hot to Trot which transforms vintage buttons from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermés, etc. into fashionable jewelry. Wine and treats will also be on hand at 56 East Andrews Gallery, 1:30PM -8:30PM. Admission is free.
WED. April 11
World Premiere of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Alliance Theatre hosts the world premiere of the musical it helped foster, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County through May 13. It’s a dark, Southern-Gothic musical of blood and blood brothers set in the deep South and created by John Mellencamp, author Stephen King and legendary music producer T Bone Burnett.
For tickets and more info: alliancetheatre.org or www.luxecrush.com/culture/article/southern-gothic-trifecta-this-spring-at-the-alliance-theatre
Ippolita Trunk Show at Nieman Marcus
View Ippolita’s latest jewelry collection in Designer Jewelry, level one, 10AM -6PM
Fendi Made-to-Order Event at Saks
Join Saks Fifth Avenue for a special made to order Fendi handbag event April 11-12.
THURS. April 12
Georgia Organics Party at Sweetwater Brewery
Georgia Organics host a food-filled bash curated by Miller Union Chef Steven Satterfield at Sweetwater Brewing from 7-10PM. Enjoy local food, brew and live music, to benefit Georgia Organics. Featured chefs include Angus Brown of Octopus, Julia LeRoy of upcoming Pinewood Tippling House, David Sweeney of The Bakery at Cakes & Ale, Ryan Hidinger of Staplehouse, etc. $35 for Georgia Organics members and $45 for non-members.
10 Atlanta Tastemakers Celebrate Roche Bobois' 10th Anniversary Party
Pop by sleek European furniture and art showroom Roche Bobois at Shops Around Lenox in Buckhead tonight from 7-9PM to celebrate the shop's 10th anniversary. To join in the festivites, 10 Atlanta tastemakers will be on hand, including Michele Caplinger of Georgia GRAMMYS, Tamara Bowens the couture handbag designer behind Bowens-Bergeron, Mogul PR founder Ryan Hattaway, real estate and art mogul Uri Vaknin, 10 Degrees South restauranteur/owner Justin Anthony and more.
FRI. APRIL 13
Opening Night Game for the Atlanta Braves
Summer is just around the corner, now that the Atlanta Braves have officially kicked off their season with a home game tonight versus The Brewers at 7:30PM. Let's hope it's a lucky Fridya the 13th! Post-game, stick around for the traditional Friday Nigh Fireworks show.
For more info and tickets: atlanta.braves.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=atl&sv=1
SAT. April 14
First Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market of the Season
Spring has officially arrived with the first farmer’s market of the season on Peachtree Road at Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead, 8:30AM to noon. And chef out the chef demo by Chris Hall of Local Three
For more info: www.peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com
The Bus Bash for Jennifer Schwartz Galley at WonderRoot
WonderRoot hosts a unique “Bus Bash” for gallerist Jennifer Schwartz of Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in their community garden. What’s a bus bash? It’s an afternoon of friends, food, music and drinks—all in the name of art. The party is a fundraiser for Jennifer’s mobile art plan. She’s bought a ’77 Volkswagen bus and she’s taking it on the road in 2013 for a mobile art show with some of the country’s most talented, emerging photographers.
For more info visit jenniferschwartzgallery.com and www.wonderroot.org
Atlanta’s largest lawn party takes place today at Kingston Downs with all-day picnics, parties, tailgating, Kentucky Derby-sponsored horse races and other diversions like skydiving.
For more info and details visit: atlantasteeplechase.org or www.luxecrush.com/buzz/article/atlanta-steeplechase-april-14-georgias-largest-lawn-party
The Alliance Theatre’s A Tony Evening
The annual gala benefitting Atlanta’s Tony Award-winning theatre takes place April 14 at Loews Hotel with chairs Lila Hertz and Amy Agami and honoree Ingrid Saunders Jones. American Idol vet and current Ghost Brothers of Darkland County star, Justin Guarini, will perform at this black tie event.
For more details visit: alliancetheatre.org/en/A-Tony-Evening/A-Tony-Evening_FY12/About.aspx
Tiesto at Opera
Superstar DJ Tiesto will be whipping crowds into a frenzy, just as he does in Rio de Janiero, Ibiza and L.A., this Saturday, 10PM at Opera club in Midtown. Tiesto has worked with Goldfrapp, the Yeah Yeah Yahs, Nelly Furtado and more.
For tickets: liquefied.wantickets.com
SUN. April 15
Coffee Pops Launch Party with Scoutmob and Trances Arc
Atlanta's sweet chocolate boutique, Cacao, has teamed up with Batdorf & Bronson coffee and the King of Pops for a frozen treat trifecta. Celebrate the delicious new coffee pops, the product of all three gourmet vendors, with a Sunday throwdown sponsored by Scoutmob at Batdorf & Bronson's Westside locale at 1530 Carroll Drive NW at 7PM. Limited tickets are available for $20 via scoutmob. Your ticket gets you two pops, a limited edition coffee pops t-shirt, complimentary beer from Monday Night Brewing, food for purchase from Yumbii food truck and a live rock show by Trances Arc.
For tickets: https://secure.scoutmob.com/atlanta/hand-picked
MON. April 16
SCAD Style Week
SCAD Style 2012 kicks off April 16-20, in Atlanta with several cultural events, including a screening of the film “The Tents” about the evolution of New York Fashion Week; a book signing by Amy Flurry from her “Recipe for Press” guide to being your own publicist; and various guest lecturers such as HGTV star John Gidding and Surface magazine director Gregory Wein.
For times and more info visit scadstyle.com
The Ting Tings Perform at Variety Playhouse
Infectious Brit. pop duo The Ting Tings will perform hits like “Shut Up and Let Me Go” and “That’s Not My Name” and songs from new release “Sounds from Nowhere” at Variety Playhouse April 16 at 8PM.
For tickets and info: www.variety-playhouse.com
TUES. April 17
Akris Fall Trunk Show at Saks
See the Akris Fall 2012 collection at Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza, April 17-18
Domaine Drouhin Winemaker Dinner at Restaurant Eugene
Restaurant Eugene hosts winemaker Arron Bell of Domaine Drouhin winery for a 4-course dinner crafted by Chef Hopkins. Domain Drouhin’s Pinot Noirs are frequently awarded “outstanding” scores from the Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate and their Chardonnay was recently named “Best New World White Wine” by Decanter magazine. 6:30PM, $175/person.
For reservations and info: 404.355.0321 and www.restauranteugene.com
WED. April 18
First “Song of the South” live music series at Canoe
Canoe restaurant kicks off its spring live music series tonight with a performance by Lauren Staley Morrow and Jason Morrow of Whiskey Gentry. The series takes place every Wed. from 7PM-10PM at the outdoor river bar on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.
For more info: 770.432.2663 or www.canoeatl.com
Davio’s Mazzei Wine Dinner
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse will host a special wine dinner with fourth generation, Italian guest wine maker Francesco Mazzei of Mazzei wine. The four-course dinner with wine pairings is $75/person.
For reservations: 404.844.4810 and for menu: www.davios.com/atl
THURS. APRIL 19
Three Sheets 2nd Anniversary Party
Sandy Springs lounge Three Sheets is celebrating it's 2nd birthday with a Luau-themed bash. Think: hula dancers , tropical drinks, Hawaiian bites like pineapple chicken, fire dancers, and other entertainment on the newly-renovated rooftop patio. Complimentary admission for 21 and older from 8PM to Midnight.
For more info: www.threesheetsatlanta.com
Rachel Zoe Spring 2012 Trunk Show at Sandpiper
Check out Sandpiper boutique at Vinings Jubilee today from 10AM to 8PM for a special trunk showfrom Rachel Zoe's spring 2012 Collection. These pieces are "gorge"!
For more info: shopsandpiper.com
FRI. April 20
Spring Fashion Tea with Neiman Marcus at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
The Ritz Buckhead presents a spring-themed "Butterflies and Blossoms Afternoon Tea," plus informal modeling of spring's prettiest trends courtesy of Neiman Marcus. Seatings at 2:30 and 3PM. $34 per adult, $21 per child.
For reservations: 404.240.7035
Opening Night of the ASO Show House
The Atlanta Symphony Associate’s Decorator’s Show House and Gardens opens April 21 with a gala evening event chaired by Amy Musarra. This year’s show house is at the Knollwood Estate by famed architect Philip Tramel Schutze and will feature decors by many of Atlanta’s top designers. The show house is open through May 13, Tuesdays through Sundays. Park at the St. Regis in Buckhead and enjoy complimentary shuttle service to and from the show house.
Tickets are $20/person in advance or $25 at the door. For more info visit: DecoratorsShowHouse.org
Dogwood Fest, that rite of spring, kicks off April 20-22, with a juried artist’s market, loads of music on several stages, including a free concert by Roberta Flack Saturday evening, food, carnival rides and lots of fun activities for all.
Jazz at High Museum with Joe Gransden & Kenneth Whalum
This special Friday Jazz performance features two legendary performers, saxophonist Kenneth Wahlum and trumpeter Joe Gransden from 5PM-midnight. Plus stroll the museum collections and exhibitions with extended evening hours.
Friday Jazz is free with museum admission and free for members. For more info: www.high.org
SUN. April 22
Rathbun’s BBQ & Blues Party
Chef Kevin Rathbun’s annual BBQ and Blues Bash takes place today from 2PM-6PM on Krog Street but better try sweetening up the chef because we hear this event is already sold out.
Whole Animal Boucherie Dinner at BLT Steak
Chef Cyrille Holota will cook up a four-course dinner featuring whole-animal cookery techniques for dinner April 22-28 at 7:30 PM in BLT’s private dining room. This month’s protein is beef. Menu items include: Wagyu Coulotte steaks with roasted artichokes, potatoes truffade, Bordelaise sauce and braised beef cheeks with sauteed bacon collard greens, red wine sauce. Each dinner is $65/person with wine pairings for an additional $30.
For reservations call 404.577.760
Earth Day Dinner at Park 75 at Four Seasons
In honor of Earth Day, Park 75 has created a special 3-course "100-Mile Dinner," in which every ingredient was found within 100 miles of the hotel. In keeping with the Earth Day theme, the only lighting for the dinner will be via romantic candlelight and entertainment will be provided by a local musician. The Earth Day Dinner is $100 per person and should you stay the night, diners can secure a room that evening for a mere $100 per couple. Don't miss Earth Day themed cocktails in the bar prior to dinner. The 100 Mile Cocktail combines Wild Heaven Invocation brew with roasted Georgia strawberries, and a splash of Wolf Mountain Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine.
For reservations: 404.881.9898
TUES. APRIL 24
Les Misérables at The Fox Theatre
The Fabulous Fox hosts a brand new production of Les Misérables in honor of the show's 25th anniversary. The New York Times calls this LES MISÉRABLES “an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” The London Times hails the new show “a five star hit, astonishingly powerful.” The musical will be staged April 24-29 at the fabulous Fox.
For tickets: foxtheatre.org
St George Gins and St. George Absinthe Dinner at Empire State South
Empire State South is cooking up a special 5-course menu to accompany St George Gin and Absinthe sips by master distiller Lance Winters (Of Hangar 1 Vodka fame). Dishes will include Sapelo island clams, chili, cornbread, country ham crackers, fennel; duck bologna galantine with Carolina gold rice; and beef belly with bruleed smoked marrow, ramp kimchi, burnt sorghum, fermented turnips. $100/person (tax and grautity not included). Dinner seating at 7PM
For reservations: 404.541.1105
Girl Scout Cookie and Rogue Ale beer pairing at Cypress Street Pint & Plate
We are not sure who came up with this naughty/nice paring but we like it! For Cypress Street's April 24 "Beer Geek Tuedays," Rogue Double Chocolate Stout, Rogue Dead Guy and Rogue Mom Hefeweizen will be paired with some of the Girl Scout's top cookie selections at 6PM to Midnight, no charge.
For more info: www.cypressbar.com
WED. April 25
The Fray Rocks The Tabernacle
American alt-rockers The Fray will perform tonight at the Tabernacle. We are pretty sure they will play their smash hit “How to Save a Life,” made famous by the TV show Grey’s Anatomy.
For tickets: www.livenation.com
Screening of Soderbergh’s “Out of Sight” at Emory
The ultra smart, sexy, sharply edited caper movie Out of Sight will screen at White Hall at Emory at 7:30PM as part of the Cinematheque series. George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez steam up the screen (literally) as mismatched criminal and law enforcement lovers, plus great supporting cast: Don Cheadle, Catherine Keener, Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn.
Admission is free. For info: 404.727.6761
Dining Out for Life to Benefit Open Hand
The 20th Annual Dining out for Life event takes place this Wed. April 25. Dine at select Atlanta restaurants in the metro area on this night and 20% or more of the bill will benefity the community nutrition programs for those battling chronic disease and disability at Open Hand. Participating restaurants include: Miller Union, South City Kitchen, Apres Diem, Alma Cucina, Eclipse di Luna, The Vortex, Ecco, Murphy's, and more.
For more info and complete list of restaurants: http://www.diningoutforoh.org/home.html
THURS. April 26
The Pierre Jouët Experience at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Have champagne taste? Then don't miss an exclusive tasting of three champagnes by Perrier-Jouët Cellar Master Hervé Deschamps, plus small bites from Park 75 from 6-7:30 PM at Savannah Hall at Four Seasons. $50 per person plus tax and gratuity.
For more info and reservations: 404.253.3840
Free Dance Performance on Sifly Piazza at the High Museum
Atlanta’s own CORE Performance Company will present their riveting new dance piece Art/Movement at 6PM and 8PM. Event is free and open to the public.
Grand Opening of Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market
Celebrate the opening of Atlanta's first, seven-day-a-week, lunch and dinner, food truck park tonight, begining at 5PM. In addition to a bevy of food trucks (The Fry Guy, Yumbii, Tex's Tacos, King of Pops, Sweet Auburn BBQ, Honeysuckle Gelato), there will be live music, bocce ball, a kid's fun zone and picnic area. The food truck park is located at 1850 Howell Mill Road. The food park is also host of the weekend Howell Mill Farmer's Market
For more info: www.atlantafoodtruckpark.com
FRI. April 27
The Big Lebowski Fest
Hey man, break out, like, your bathrobes, bowling duds, Viking hats and White Russians because the Lebowski Fest is hitting Altanta this Friday and Saturday with a movie screening and party (with special guests TBA) at Masquerade Friday April 27 at 8PM, $15-$18, and a bowling party with costumes Sat. April 28 at 7PM at 300 Atlanta, $25-$28.The Dude Abides: you don't want to miss this.
For tickets and more info: www.facebook.com/events/315296111853745/
Inman Park Festival
This neighborhood fest kicks off April 27- 29 with lots of music and food, and arts market, a quirky butterfly parade Sat. at 2PM, historic home tour and more.
For more info: inmanparkfestival.org
Stephanie Anne debuts her Kaleidoscope jewelry line at Neiman Marcus
Dallas native and emerging designer Stephanie Anne debuts her jewelry line, Kaleidoscope, at Neiman Marcus, Buchead, from 10AM to 5PM. Stephanie Anne described her designs as "mini sculptures made of bronze, hand-dipped in 24 kt gold and adorned with semi-precious stones."
SAT. April 28
Don Giovanni by Atlanta Opera
Atlanta Opera caps off its season with performances of Mozart’s classic Don Giovanni on April 28-May 6 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Based on historical figure and legendary lover Don Juan, this opera has everything: sex, scandal, comedy, tragedy and gorgeous music by Mozart.
For more info and tickets: www.atlantaopera.org
“Go Out With A Pop!” Party at the High Museum
Send the “Picasso to Warhol” exhibit off in style with a Pop Party on the Sifly Piazza featuring live music, cash bar, a DIY silkscreen studio, Andy Warhol style screen tests, curator POP talks and a reading from local poet Meghan Volpert’s new book, Sonics in Warholia (a collection of love letters and hate mail to Andy Warhol). 8PM-2AM. Tickets $20 or $10 for members.
For more info: www.high.org
Gomez Plays Variety Playhouse
English indie band Gomez, known for hits like “How We Operate” will play Variety Playhouse, 8:30PM
Holeman & Finch Cocktail Academy: Whiskey
Explore the nuanced world of whiskey tasting, mixing and pairing with the ace mixologists of Holeman & Finch, plus enjoy lunch at Restaurant Eugene with your cocktail tutorial. Tickets are $100 including lunch.
BLT Steak Cooking Class with Chef Holota
Noted Chef Cyrille Holota of BLT Steak Atlanta will teach guests how to prepare braised short rigs and leek potato hash browns at 2PM.
$65 per person. For reservations: 404.577.7601
Swan House Ball
Always a signature event of spring, this year’s ball, held on the grounds of the gorgeous Swan House, will evoke the theme of the Roaring 20’s. The ball will honor the family of William A. Parker Sr. and will be chaired by Georgia Schley Ritchie, Dot Stoller and Rebecca Bily. Proceeds benefit the Atlanta History Center. The black tie evening will include a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner and dancing.
For information and tickets: www.atlantahistorycenter.com/cms/Fundraising+Events/128.html
Cibo e Beve Pasta-Making Class with Chef Linda Harrell
Create the perfect potato gnocchi, egg pappardelle, and Tuscan pici (the latter similar to spaghetti) in a 3-hour class with accompanying sauces and wines, from 1-4PM at Cibo e Beve in Sandy Springs. $50 per person. These classes regularly sell out so call in advance.
For reservations: 404.250.8988
SUN. April 29
Free Ice Cream for Morelli's 4th BIrthday at Moreland Ave. Location
Atlanta's best ice cream parlor is celebrating it's 4th birthday today and you are the beneficiary. Stop in their original Moreland Ave. location and get a free scopp from noon until 3PM. Now all you have to do is decide between the luscious salted caramel or one of their many other fab flavors like balsamic strawberry, amarena cherry or Bailey's chocolate. Get the scoop at Moreland location only, not their Edgewood shop.
For more info: www.morellisicecream.com
Spring Fling Brunch Party at Market at W Buckhead
Market restaurant hosts a spring brunch party on the patio from 12:30 – 4PM with $14 bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas, plus a full brunch menu, live DJ music and complimentary 3-hour valet.
Reservations recommended: 404.523.3600 or www.marketbuckhead.com
Holeman & Finch's 4th Birthday Party
Stay tuned for more details of this sure-to-be memorable bash. Word has it that they will be serving up their favorite food and beers from the last four years, plus cake, and Christ will be in the house...as in Christ, Lord! H&F's favorite band.
MON. APRIL 30
Concerts in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden Go on Sale Today
Enjoy intimate, Friday night, outdoor concerts amid rooms of blooms. The Atlanta Botanical Garden's summer "Concert in the Garden" series goes on sale today to the general public. (Advanced sales to garden members begins April 23). On the lineup: K.D. Lang on June 1, Vince Gill June 22, Neko Case July 20, Merle Haggard Aug. 10, Aaron Neville with Keb Mo Aug. 11, Mary Chapin Carpetner Aug. 24, Chris Isaak Sept. 7, and Indigo Girls on Sept. 14. Tickets range from $34-50 to $47.50.
For more info visit: www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org/events-classes/concerts-garden-know-you-go
Tickets available via www.ticketalternative.com
TUES. May 1
Contemporary Sculpture Exhibit Opens at The Atlanta Botanical Garden
In the tradition of the Henry Moore, Dale Chihuly and Niki de Saint Phalle shows, an exhibition of works by nine noted international sculptors opens today, May Day, at The Atlanta Botanical Garden. "Independent Visions: Sculptures in the Garden" features 19 works, interspersed throughout the garden, by artists Magdalena Abakanowicz, Chakaia Booker, Red Grooms, Clement Meadmore, Michele Oka Doner, Bevery Pepper, George Rickey, Kenneth Snelson and Manolo Valdés. As the Garden's executive director Mary Pat Matheson states, "The Garden has become the Atlanta venue to see the best in contemporary art outdoors." Check out the monumental works through October or catch evening shows on Thursdays during Cocktails in the Garden.
For more info: www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org
The Eagles at Verizon Amphitheatre
Nostalgic 70s band The Eagles will play at Verizon Amphitheatre May 1 and 2.
For info and tickets: www.vzwamp.com
Strawberry Fields Forever theme dinner at Rosebud
Rosebud chef/owner Ron Eyester stages another of his magical mystery dinners blending music and food. This time the inspiration is the Beatles and seasonal strawberries. Enjoy three nights of a la carte special offerings from May 1-May 3. Menu items include marinated stawberries and local beets with micro basil and pistachio creme fraiche; blackened Mahi with peekytoe crab grits, soy strawberry relis and strawberry duck sauce; and cheescake with sea salt cookie crust and strawberry sauce.
For more info: www.rosebudatlanta.com
Director of SITE Santa Fe Irene Hofmann Lectures at High Museum
The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in collaboration with the HIgh Museum of Art presents "Contemporary Talks: Irene Hofmann" tonight at 7PM. Hofmann is director of SITE Santa Fe, a dynamic program of international contemporary art. She will be discussing her curatorial projects, including Cell Phone, the first survey of artworks created using cell phone techonologies, and Broadcast, a large-scale exhibition that explored artistic interventions into broadcast radio and television. The lecture is free and open to the public at the Hill Auditorium at the High Museum.
WED. May 2
Charlotte Moss, Suzanne Kasler and more at ADAC
Atlanta Decorative Arts Center kicks off a month of “Design Defined” lectures and lifestyle events starting with a lecture by designer Charlotte Moss 10AM and Suzanne Kasler at 1PM. Return May 3, 10AM for a Veranda magazine panel on “gracious living” featuring the Veranda editor and local style expert Danielle Rollins. Also check out our own Peak of Chic’s Jennifer Boles’ lecture on must-have designer books May 8 at 10AM. Must be member of the trade/ADAC member to attend.
For more info: www.adacatlanta.com/events
FRI. May 4
Georgia Shakespeare Gala at the Goat Farm
It will be a Wilde Night when Georgia Shakespeare channels ultimate dandy/author/stylist Oscar Wilde for their annual Bard’s Bash fundraiser at the Goat Farm with an 8PM dinner curated by Dinner Party Atlanta (the foldks also behind The Lawrence). The event begins at 6:30 PM but is sure to go late night with after party revelry starting at 10PM. The after party, hosted by Sid and Ann Mashburn and Scoutmob will feature entertainment by burlesque troupe Dames Aflame and music by Blair Crimmins & the Hookers, plus circus stunts by Imperial Opa and DJ Mike Zarin. Extra points if you come attired in decadent Victorian wear. Individual tickets including main gala, dinner and after party are $250 per person. Scoutmob is offering a deal on the after party for $35 per person.
For tickets and info: www.gashakespeare.org/bard_s_bash
ASO Performs Music of Motown
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform the Music of Motown, featuring the Motown quartet Spectrum, as part of its SuperPops! Series, May 4-5, 8PM. Among the music on the program: tunes by The Temptations, Four Tops and the Supremes.
Tickets $20-$59 per person. Atlantasymphony.org or 404.733.5000
Upper Chattahoockee River Revival Bash at Park Tavern
Enjoy food, beer and wine from Park Tavern plus brews from Sweetwater Brewery and four musical acts, including Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics, Ben Sollee, Julia Haltigan and Burnt Bacon, while supporting the Upper Chattahoochee River from 6:30-11 PM. The event will also honor three River Rock Stars: Train and Black Crowes musician Johnny Colt, Ben Sollee and Gareth Asher. $45 general admission includes a one-year membership to Upper Chattahoochee River. A $65 VIP ticket also includes private bar and meet and greet with musicians and honorees
For info and tickets: www.chattahoochee.org/river-revival.php
SAT. May 5
Cinco de Mayo at Tap
Skip those other cheesy bar scenes and celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Tap gastropub in Midtown. Bring out your inner fiesta on Midtown's best pation with live music, ice cold Dos XX and handcrafted Sangria. Feast on crisy fish, Yucatan BBQ prok, buttermilk fried chicken or shrimp a la diabla tacos.
For more info: tapat1180.com
Cinco de Mayo at Noche Brookhaven
Noche Brookhaven and Spiral Entertainment are hosting a grande Cinco de Mayo outdoor fest beginning at 2PM with live music, DJ, mariachi bands, drink specials and a special menu.
For tickets: www.spiralentertainment.com
Cinco de Mayo at Nava
it's first come, first serve on the patio of Nava for Cinco de Mayo. Enjoy $5 prickly pear and mango-pineapple margaritas and bites like green chile lobster tacos and tortilla crusted chicken, plus live music.
For more info: www.buckheadrestaurants.com/nava/
Kentucky Derby Viewing Party at Food 101
Horses more your thing than mariachis? Food 101 in Sandy Springs hosts a Kentucky Derby Viewing Party begining at 4:30 PM so break out the big hats and the bourbon! Enjoy an array of derby inspired cocktails, including a mint Julep fashioned with Woodruff Reserve, and food specials, as you watch the race for the roses.
For more info: www.food101.com or 404.497.9700
Derby Day at H. Harper Station
Scoutmob is hosting a special derby day at H.Harper Station from 3-7PM. $35 admission gets you two bourbon or other derby drinks of choice, a Kentucky buffet, photo booths, outdoor games, and live bluegrass music plus Kentucky Derby viewing at 6PM. Owner/ Mixologist Jerry Slater used to work at one of Louisville's most lauded hotel dining spots so he knows his bourbon and his hot browns!
For more info and tickets:
WonderRoot’s Independent Filmaker’s Series
WonderRoot presents an evening of mostly local, independent and experimental short films, animations, music videos and art films at 8PM at Hill Auditorium at the High Museum.
Admission is free but tickets are required and available through Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404.733.5000. Tickets are limited to two per person.
Driskell Prize Dinner at the High Museum
The 8th Annual Driskell Prize Dinner takes place at 6:30PM at the High Museum. The prize will be presented to an artist whose work contributes to the definition of the African American experience in the visual arts.
For tickets and more information visit www.high.org
SUN. May 6
May Day Celebration at Serenbe
Serenbe ushers in the month of May with an afternoon of live music from The Farmland Band; fantastic shopping; artists and exhibits; handmade jewelry; the opening of Serenbe Stables Antiques & Crafts Market (weekends through summer); and farmstand food and drinks, including Low Country BBQ, SweetWater Brewery, icecream, food trucks, and bites from the Serenbe restaurants. May Day takes place from noon to 4PM, $5 per person. Proceeds benefit Chattahoochee Hills Educational Program.
For more info: www.serenbe.com
Unplugged in the Park with Whiskey Gentry
The popular Unplugged in the Park music series kicks of with Whisky Gentry performing at Park Tavern at 6PM. The free, 21 and over, music series continues every Sunday through September 30. Future performers will include Griffin House (June 24) and Blair Crimmins and the Hookers (Sept. 23).
For more info and full schedule: www.99X.com/Unplugged
Spring Thyme Farm Dinner for Georgia Organics
Join Georgia Organics for a family-style, farm supper at Planted Rock Farm, with farm cocktails and farm-style music featuring Doria Roberts and The Blackeyed Susans. Participating chefs include Shaun Doty of Bantam and Biddy, Lance Gummere of The Shed, Robert Phalen of One-Eared Stag, Craig Richards of Ecco, Todd Richards of Cafe at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, David Roberts of Community Q, Drew Van Leuvan of 7 Lamps (formerly of One. Midtown Kitchen) and many more. The chefs will be joined by a handful of star mixologists, including Jerry Slater of H. Harper Station. The festivities begin at 3PM. Tickets are $200/person or $185 for Georgia Organics members. Planted Rock Farm is located at 8255 Hwy, 701 Campbelton-Redwine Road, Chattahoochee Hills, GA, 30268.
For more info and tickets: http://www.georgiaorganics.org/EventDetail/12-04-16/Spring_Thyme_at_Planted_Rock_Farm_May_6_2012.aspx
MON. May 7
Women of Style and Substance Lunch for CHOA
The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta reprises their Women of Style and Substance benefit with many new honorees this year, a luncheon at St. Regis and an Etro fashion show courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue. This year’s chairs: Ginny Brewer, Elizabeth Klump, Harrison Rohr and Danielle Rollins.
For tickets and info: www.choa.org/Support-Childrens/Events/Spring-Friends-Fashion-Show
Local Chef Eats and Beats Bash at Buckhead Theatre
25 Local chefs from JCT, Kaleidoscope, Local Three, Muss and Turners, No. 246, Food 101, Cibo e Bevi and more will provide delicious bites, and then watch several of the chefs take the stage with their bands so you can watch favorite chefs like Watershed’s Joe Truex and JCT’s Ford Fry rock out. Plenty of drinks and alcohol will also be on hand, Mixologist Greg Best of Holeman & Finch will serve as emcee. 7-9:30PM. The event benefits Children of Conservation
$60 per person for food, alcohol and concert. VIP admission at 6PM. For tickets visit: www.xorbia.com/e/coc/eatsandbeatsatlanta
TUES. MAY 8
Etro Fall Trunk Show at Saks
The Etro fall trunk show comes to Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza for one day. For more info: www.saksfifthavenue.com
WED. May 9
Shakespeare in the Park: “The Tempest”
Georgia Shakespeare reprises their free performances in Piedmont Park May 9- 13 with Shakespeare’s magical late play The Tempest. Doors open at 6PM and show starts at 7:30 at Piedmont Park’s Legacy Fountain. Some free seating is till available day of show but advance tickets are highly recommended and can be purchased for general admission for $10, reserved seating for $20, picnic lawn seating for two for $40, and VIP table for 6 for $500. Tickets go on sale April 2
For tickets and info: www.gashakespeare.org/shakespeare_in_the_park__the_tempest
Manolo Blahnik Fall Preview at Saks
Preview Manolo's footwear for fall and place your custom order May 9-May 13 at Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza, www.saksfifthavenue.com
THURS. May 10
Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Atlanta’s premier food fest with an emphasis on the best regional chefs and mixologists from the South, culinary classes and demos, several delicious tasting tents, guest chef dinners around town and foodie throw-downs returns for the second year in Midtown, May 10-13.
For tickets and many more details on events and celeb chefs: www.atlfoodandwinefestival.com or
Mrs. LL Cool J, A.K.A. Simone I. Smith Brings her Jewelry LIne to Neiman Marcus
Simone I. Smith, wife of LLCool J, brings her signature jewelry line in person to Neiman Marcus from 4-8PM, including statement earrings and hoops, architectural cuffs and adorable lollipop gemstone charms--the latter created by cancer survivor Ms. Smith as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
David Wondrich Book-Signing at H&F Bottle Shop
Celebrated spirits writer and Esquire magazine contributor David Wondrick will be signing his latest libations history book, Punch, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM tonight at H&F Bottle Shop.
For more info: hfbottleshop.com
Foodies & Fashionista Cocktail at Market at the W Buckhead
Market restaurant at W Buckhead hotel has teamed up with some of Atlanta's hottest boutiques for a tastemaker night of food, fashion and cocktails. Sip on specialty drinks and enjoy light bites while perusing spring/summer top trends via fashions from Mitzi & Romano, Stella & Dot, Meringue, Mel Boteri and more. The event is 6:30 to 8PM. Must RSVP to Amanda@thereynoldsgroupinc.com by May 8.
FRI. MAY 11
gloATL and Micah Stansell Perform at the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park
Laure Stalling's progressive dance troupe gloATL, Atlanta artist/filmaker Micah Stansell and local skateboarders will collaborate on a free, public performance art piece May 11-13 at Old Fourth Ward Skate Park. The hour-long program, entitled "The Search for the Exceptional" explores the role of recreational centers in communities and it starts at 8:30PM each night. The skate park is located at 830 Willoughby Way, Atlanta, GA, 30312.
Collector's Preview Party for the High Museum's International Print Fair
Be the first to see and purchase major international art prints by the likes of Rembrandt and Durer or more contemporary works by Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith or Chuck Close tonight at the Print Fair: First Look Reception at the High Museum of Art at 6:30 PM. See and buy original fine art from eighteen leading specialists, plus curators will be available in the galleries. Admission for the preview is $25 for HIgh Museum Members and includes complimentary food and beverages. The fair runs through May 13.
SAT. May 12
Augusten Burroughs at SCAD
Sensationalistic, over-sharing memoirist Augusten Burroughs closes out SCAD Atlanta’s spring writer’s series with his hilariously titled, new satire (to be released May, 2012) on self-help books: This Is How, Help for the Self: Proven Aid to Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterdom, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude and More. For Young and Old Alike on May 12, 6:30PM at SCAD Atlanta. Lecture is $10.
For more info: www.sca.edu/ivyhall
JDRF Hope for a Cure Gala
The annual Hope for a Cure Gala to benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will take place May 12 at InterContinental Hotel, Buckhead. The black tie event will include a cocktail party, seated dinner, spectacular live and silent auctions and entertainment. This year’s chairs are Andrew and Donna Cash and William and Abigail Propst and will honor Dr. Bruce Bode.
For more information and tickets: 770.395.5987 or www.jdrfgeorgia.org
Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour
Atlanta Botanical Garden hosts its annual Mother’s Day, weekend garden tour May 12-13, allowing visitor’s exclusive peeks at 11 of the most stunning gardens in the city via your own self-guided tour. Ranging in scale from intimate to grand, the green spaces include a garden with more than 300 types of Japanese maples, one adorned with family heirlooms and sculpture, and one featuring formal parterres fashioned after a famed French estate. Advance tickets are $25 or $30 at the door and benefit Atlanta Botanical Garden.
For more info: 404.591.1597 or www.atlantabotanicalgarden .org
Art Print Fair at the High Museum
Join the High Museum of Art for its second annual Art Print Fair, May 12, 10AM-5PM and May 13, noon to 5PM. The event is sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association with 18 expert dealers selling affordable art of international repute. The event provides a rare opportunity to acquire affordable, original prints from a wide-range or artists, from Old Masters including Rembrandt and Durer to American artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and contemporaries such as Kiki Smith and Chuck Close. This event is free and open to the public
The Black Lips Play at Terminal West Atlanta
The "hell-raising" Atlanta quartet The Black Lips play the spanking new & cool venue Terminal West tonight in support of their sixth album Arabia Mountain by mega-producer Mark Ronson, Catch their garage-punk meets pop act at this new Westside venue at King Plow at 9PM . Tickets $20
For more info and tickets: http://ht.ly/awblQ
SUN. MAY 13
Mother's Day Brunch and Mad Hatter Tea at St. Regis
Treat your mom to a lavish brunch buffet of breakfast, lunch and seafood stations at St. Regis from 10AM to 4PM. Seating available in Paces 88, The Wine Room and the outdoor patio. $95 per guest, $40 per child. Reservations recommended. Or spring for a fanciful Mad Hatter's Tea, inspired by Alice in Wonderland and offered in the Astor Court on this day and through the month of May, 2:30-4:30 PM. Menu items include Tweedle Dee cookies and White Rabbit's Coconut Mousse Tea Cup among other delights.$40 for adults or $44 wtih a glass of sparkling wine and $22 for children under twelve.
For more info: www.stregisatlanta.com
TUES. MAY 15
Oscar de la Renta Fall Trunk Show at Saks Fifth Avenue
See Oscar's sumptuous fall designs May 15-16 at Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza, www.saksfifthavenue.com
THURS. MAY 17
Collective Spirits Wine & Food Fest for Bascom Visual Arts Center, Co-Chaired by Jack Sawyer and Bill Torres
Atlanta's own Jack Sawyer and Bill Torres will serve as co-chairs of this epicurean festival May 17-19 in Highlands, NC, the mountain retreat of many locals. The 3-day festival includes gourmet in-home winemaker's dinners, a grand tasting, special restaurant wine dinners, and a gala dinner/live auction with more than 600 attendees. Proceeds from the fest benefit the unique exhibition and education programs at The Bascom. Special guests include Dick Grace of Grace Family Vineyards, Mike Lata of Fig (Charleston), Gerry Klaskala of Aria, Aaron Burgau of Patois (New Orleans), Josh Hopkins of STG Trattoria, Ramey Wine Cellars, Schug Carneros Estate, and many more.
For info and tickets: 828.787.2896 or TheBascom.org/collectivespirits
Nellie Partow Fall Trunk Show at Saks Fifth Avenue
Sleek, elegant and modern are three words to describe womenswear designer Nelllie Partow's fashions. She is a gradaute of New York's Parsons School of Design and her minimialism-meets-sensuality take on clothes derives from her work with both Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. See her fall collection of pared down sheath dresses, sexy fur vests, leather pants, capes and more at Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza May 17-18, 10 AM to 5PM
Fri. May 18
Atlanta Ballet Season Finale: New Choregraphic Voices
The Atlanta Ballet presents a thrilling night of works by emerging choreograpers May 18-20. Among the offerings: Prayer of Touch by Helen Pickett with music by Felic Mendelssohn; Pavo choreographed by in-residence Atlanta Ballet dancer Tara Lee; and Rush, "a neo-classical homag to the traditional pas de deux" by one of today's most innovative ballet choreographers Christopher Wheeldon. The mixed-repertory program taked place on the Alliance Stage at The Woodruff Arts Center.
For more info and tickets: www.atlantaballet.com
SAT. MAY 19
Party in the Park: The Flaming Lips, Young The Giant and More at Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Park hosts a one-day music fest beginning at 3PM with a live concert by The Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, Awolnation, Dawes, and Atlanta-based band Ponderosa. All ages welcome. $25 advance tickets at ticketalternative.com
Washed Out Plays Terminal West
Online sensation Ernest Greene, AKA Washed Out, brings his dreamy 80's-style synth pop to the new Terminal West venue at King Plow tonight at 9PM. Tickets $15.
For more info and tickets: http://ht.ly/awblQ
SCAD Savannah's Annual Senior Fashion Show Honoring Designer Ralph Rucci
Take a road trip to Savannah and take in the runway show of SCAD's top fashion Seniors and watch Andre Leon Tally of Vogue bestow his namesake LIfetime Achievement Award to fashion designer Ralph Rucci at the 8PM show. Tickets go on sale 10AM on May 1 and are $50 for the general public. SCAD will also host a fashion conversation with Vogue's Talley, Rucci and Pulitzer-Prize-winning fashion journalist Robin Givhan today at 2:30PM at the SCAD Museum of Art.
For tickets: 912.525.5050 or savannahboxoffice.com
Michael C. Carlos Museum's Spring Gala: Veneralia
The museum's black-tie spring gala takes place tonight on the campus of Emory University, chaired by Beth Ault and Robert Long. Enjoy cocktails in the galleries and a gourmet dinner. This year's theme is "Night of the Black Jaguar," inspired by a new exhibit on the Shamanic visionary experience in ancient American art.
For info and tickets: carlos.emory.edu/Veneralia
A Taste of the Highlands Food Festival
The 10th Annual Taste of the Highlands food fest takes place today from 2-5PM. Sample delicious food from the Virginia-Highland neighborhood's best restaurants, enjoy cold beer and live music. Participating restaurants include 4th and Swift, Alma Cocina, Alon's, DBA Barbecue, Ecco, The Family Dog, The Original El Taco, Rosebud, South City Kitchen and many more. Tickets are $40 in advance and this event frequently sells out. All proceeds benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
For tickets and more info: www.tasteofthehighlands.com
WED. MAY 23
SCAD-Atlanta's Annual SEEN Gala with isabel and Ruben Toledo as Honorary Chairs
Always one of the most fashionable events of the year, this creative cocktail features fashions by top SCAD fashion students in a cool, interactive environment, plus unique showcases of other SCAD artists, music, food and live entertainment. This year's chairs are Charles and Ginny Brewer and John Lineweaver and John Oetgen with celebrated fashion/arts couple Isabel and Ruben Toledo as honorary chairs and special guests. There will also be a fine art auction curated by Fay Gold and SCAD Style Lab mentor Raul Melgoza, the designer of Luca Luca fashion label, will be present as a special guest. Cocktail tickets are $150 for the main cocktail at 7:30 PM or $275 for the VIP cocktail starting at 6:30PM and first buy-in options for the art auction.
For tickets and info: www.scadfashionseen.com