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The Luxe Weekend:

December 1, 2012

Luxe Weekend: December 2012

You in-the-know guide to where to go this weekend (and week)

By Nancy Staab

For those with jingle bell burnout, check out Thomas Keller at Aria; the trifecta of Ted Turner, Richard Branson and Jimmy Carter at Captain Planet Gala; Oscar de la Renta fashions at The Forward Arts Luncheon; performance by Bush, Marc Broussard and Marina and the Diamonds; and killer vignettes by Atlanta’s next-wave designers on exhibit at MODA. Need a bit of holiday glitz? Don’t miss the “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” winter wonderland at Atlanta Botanical Garden and for more festive fare, see our special holiday round-up feature and New Year’s Eve feature in the Buzz section.

Clockwise: Atlanta Botanical Garden; Bush; Marina and  the Diamonds; My Week With Marilyn Clockwise: Atlanta Botanical Garden; Bush; Marina and the Diamonds; My Week With Marilyn





 Atlanta Christmas House to Benefit Alliance Theatre

Atlanta Christmas House will be open to tour through Dec. 9 and features top Atlanta designers such as Beth Webb, Jim Howard, Laura Walker, Barbara Heath, Amy D. Morris and many more. There will also be special Saturday seminars. Danielle Rollins will be signing her new book “Soiree: The Art of Entertaining” on Dec. 8. Complimentary parking and shuttle at Chastain Horse Park. The show house is open Thursdays-Sundays with exception of Thanksgiving day.  The champagne and candelight tour is $125 per person. General admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the door. For more info, schedule and tickets visit:


André Leon Talley’s “Little Black Dress” exhibit at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah

SCAD Little Black Dress exhibit SCAD Little Black Dress exhibit

Little Black Dress, a major exhibit of this chic and classic wardrobe staple, designed by fashion’s top designers from 1920s to the present day, is on display at SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah through Dec. 16. Curated by Vogue Contributing Editor and SCAD Trustee Andre Leon Talley, the exhibition focuses on historic and contemporary examples of the fashion icon “the little black dress,” and reveals how it has been endlessly appropriated and translated. Featured garments include a Tom Ford's Fall/Winter 2011 frock, previously worn by Lady Gaga; a selection from Prabal Gurung's Fall 2011 collection, previously worn by Sarah Jessica Parker; and a Stella McCartney worn by Rihanna. Many other iconic pieces will be displayed, including those from Chanel, L'Wren Scott, Givenchy, Cushnie et Ochs, Yves Saint Laurent and more.



“Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Holiday Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden Holiday Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta’s newest, favorite holiday tradition returns for the second year through Jan.5. More than 1.5 million lights (more than 98% of the bulbs energy-saving) will transform the 30-acre Garden into a magical winter wonderland. Perfect for families and dates, you can stroll this event by foot while sipping hot chocolate or hot toddies and make build-your-own-s’mores over open bonfires. For tickets and info visit: 



“Ghengis Khan” exhibit at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

The special exhibition Genghis Khan invades Atlanta through January 21, taking visitors on an unforgettable journey into Khan's legendary empire. This major exhibition includes the largest touring collection of 13th-century Mongolian artifacts ever assembled: more than 200 rare, authentic relics from the conqueror's reign offer visitors a glimpse of historic gold jewelry, ceramics, coins, armor, weaponry, silk robes, costumes, religious relics, a "murdered" mummy, and more. Tickets are $17.50 for adults. For info and tickets: or 404.929.6300


MoMA’s “Modern Moments” exhibit at The High Museum

Work by Wayne Thiebaud at High Museum Work by Wayne Thiebaud at High Museum

Experience 100 years of radical artistic developments reflected by artworks drawn from the extraordinary collections of MoMA. The exhibition includes more than 130 works of painting, sculpture, graphic design, film and video and installation art by such luminaries as Matisse, Dali, O’Keeffe, and Koons.  Fast Forward also presents work by three contemporary artists – Sarah Sze, Aaron Curry and Katharina Grosse. Modern Moments will be on exhibit through Jan. 20. For tickets and info:


Yinka Shonibare Exhibit at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah

SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, presents "Addio del Passato," an exhibition of new works by artist Yinka Shonibare. The exhibition features photographs from Shonibare’s allegorical "Fake Death Pictures" series, sculptures, and the film "Addio Del Passato" (“So Closes My Sad Story”) that collectively explore themes of desire, love, repression and power. These works weave together conceptual impressions of colonialism using a theatrical vocabulary and visual imagery that speak to history through the lens of the present. Through Jan. 27. For info visit:


MODA’s “The South’s Next Wave” Design Exhibit

MoDA's Next Wave exhibit MoDA's Next Wave exhibit

Part exhibition, part competition; this show pairs top Atlanta interior designers with the top object designers to create, stunning artistic vignettes throughout the museum. Participants represent a who’s who of Atlanta’s design community in the fields of fashion, art, interior design, etc. The event is curated by David Goodrowe and Tim Hobby, co-founders of Aesthetic Identity Design firm Goodrowe | Hobby. The South’s Next Wave: Design Challenge will run through March 31, 2013. For more info visit:







Chef Gillespie Signs his Cookbook at Star Provisions

Join Chef Kevin Gillespie at Star Provisions Saturday at noon for a signing of his new cookbook "Fire in My Belly." 


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Launch of Target Holiday Fashion Collaboration with Neiman Marcus

Mark your calendars because today is the launch of the major holiday collaboration between Target and Neiman Marcus, featuring dozens of tops designers and tons of chic but affordable gift-ables.




“So You Think You Can Dance” Tour at Cobb Energy Centre

The A-team from popular TV show “So You Think You Can Dance,” including most recent winners Eliana and Chehon, will bring their fleet feet and graceful moves to Cobb Energy Centre tonight for a night of sexy dancing. For tickets and info visit


Belle Meade Bourbon signing at H&F Bottle Shop and Bourbon Dinner at STK

The fellows behind third-generation, small batch Belle Mead Bourbon (Nashville ) are coming to Atlanta for a day. They will be signing bottles of their prize bourbon and other goodies from their Nelson's Green Brier Distillery at H&F Bottle Shop from 2-4PM. Then join them for a special Belle Meade Bourbon Dinner at STK at 7PM with dishes such as potato waffle, roasted corn blinis, and confit duck on the menu, plus Belle Meade Bourbon paired cocktails. End the evening with apple pie for dessert and a build your own Old Fashioned workshop. $75 per person. For reservations: 404.793.0144


Winter Wonder Jam with Justin Townes Earle at Atlantic Station

Singer Justin Townes Earle headlines tonight's outdoor Winter Wonder Jam at Atlantic Station at 6:30PM. Special guest John McCauley of Deer Tick will also perform. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.



Sunday Supper at Cakes & Ale To Benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Join Cakes & Ale restaurant for a Latin-themed Sunday Supper featuring shrimp escabeche, chile braised brisket with tortillas, lime roasted carrots, farro verde and beans, braised greens, desserts and more and 15% of proceeds will benefit CHOA. The dinner is $45 per person. For reservations go to or 404.377.7994



Forward Arts Luncheon & Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show featuring Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013

St. Regis Atlanta will play host to the annual Forward Arts luncheon and fashion show at 11AM, chaired by Nina Cheney and Gretchen Taylor, with Camille Yow as Honorary Chair. This year’s runway show, courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue will feature the Spring 2013 designs of Oscar de la Renta as well as a trunk show of luxe, exotic handbags by Nancy Gonzalez. This annual event benefits the Forward Arts Foundation and its 45 year-long support of the visual arts in Atlanta, including support of the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta History Center, The Michael C. Carlos Museum, SCAD Atlanta and MOCA Ga. among other institutions. For more info:



Aria Hosts Thomas Keller for a "Bouchon Bakery" Book Signing

Bouchon Bakery cookbook Bouchon Bakery cookbook

Join Aria today for a book signing with famed  chef Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Per Se, Bouchon, Ad Hoc). He and his pastry chef Sebastien Rouxel will sign their new cookbook Bouchon Bakery. Guest will enjoy coffee, mimosas and sweet treats from the book prepared by  Aria's pastry chef Kathryn King, while mingling with the visiting chefs from 11AM to 1PM. The cost of the event is $35. Copies of the book are available for $50. For tickets: 




Reservoir Dogs Special 20th Anniversary Screening at Phipps Plaza

Hard to believe that Quentin Tarantino's fast-talking, crime heist-gone-wrong flick is turning 20. But the 1992 flick is celebrating with a one-night special screening at AMC Phipps Plaza 14 at 7PM. For tickets:!tarantino-xx  or


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Bush Plays the Tabernacle with local stars Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics

Gavin Rossdale (aka Mr. Gwen Stefani) and his 90s alt-rock band Bush headline a concert  at The Tabernacle tonight with local act Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics. Tickets available at




Food 101 Hosts a Special Fundraising Dinner to Benefit Victims of Hurricane Sandy

In conjunction with the renovation and grand reopening of Food 101, the restaurant will hosts a "Southern Comfort Relief Dinner For Sandy Victims" tonight beginning at 6:30 PM with cocktails and appetizers in the new Barrel Bar. All of Food 1010 Concepts restaurant chefs will be on hand to create the feast, including the chefs from Food 101, Meehan's, and Cibo e Beve. The menu includes pork belly tostada with bacon marmelade; shrimp and grit cake with mushroom thyme aioli; Southern oysters Rockefeller with collard greens and Benton's smoked bacon; scallops with foie gras and black truffle risotto; braised beef cheeks with roasted parsnip puree; and for dessert a hummingbird cake with maraschino Luxardo and cream cheese frosting. The dinner includes wine pairings for each course and is $125 per person, including tax and gratuity. For reservations:  404.497.9700.



Tadashi Shoji Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus

The Tadashi Shoji label is famed for it’s pretty party dresses and the latest designs will be on show at Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square today from 10AM to 6PM



Oscar de la Renta Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus

Join Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square for an exclusive Oscar de la Renta trunk show Dec. 6-7. And personal appearance by the designers of Jude Frances jewelry line on Dec. 6


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Special Screening of Pulp Fiction for Quentin Tarantino's 20th Anniversary

In honor of filmmaker Quentin Trantino's 20th anniversary in the biz, AMC Phipps Plaza is showing a special screening of the iconic move Pulp Ficton tonight at 7PM. Who can forget Travolta and Thurman doing the Twist? For tickets and info:!tarantino-xx/more-info/tarantino-xx  or



"Southern Chefs Cook Southern Italian" at Farm Burger Restaurant in Decatur

Farm Burger's Decatur resto hosts a special Farm Supper tonight  at 8:30PM with a Southern Italian theme. The menu is still being composed but expect 4-6 courses. Think: cured meats, crispy artichokes, seared baby octopus, bucatini all' amatriciani with pork cheeks, gnocchi with nutmeg and butter, maybe slow-cooked oxtail and for dessert a ricotta sweet and a sip of Amaro. $39 per person, not including beverage, tax and gratuity. Reservations required: 404.378.5077


 Adult Skate Night at St. Regis

The Astor Holiday Rink, is back for its fourth consecutive year at St Regis. While it is often overrun by children, tonight the rink is hosting an adult’s only skate. And pre or post-skating, enjoy hot cocoa, s’mores and grown up cocktails, while sitting next to the Piazza’s cozy outdoor fireplace overlooking the rink. $30 per hour, including skate rentals. For info and reservations consult the St. Regis Holiday Butlers and Holiday Desk at 404.563.7797 or For website visit:



Ippolita Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus

The candy-colored gems of Ippolita jewelry line will be on show today at Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square mall.


Holiday Party at Billy Reid

Billy Reid boutique at Westside Provisions is hosting a shop-and-sip night of festive food, drinks and entertainment tonight from 5-8PM. Enjoy bites from Livingston and Proof and Provision; drinks by Cathead Vodka; and Nashville singer/songwriter Andrew Combs, Sam Doores of Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Atlanta's own Jeff Moore of Flint HIll Specials and National Grain, while browsing the stylish store. 


Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Fabulous Fox Theatre

Atlanta Ballet's The Nutcracker Atlanta Ballet's The Nutcracker

Atlanta Ballet will give new meaning to “the magic of the holidays” this season as Artistic Director John McFall ups the ante by adding master illusionist Drew Thomas into the mix for the Company’s 53rd production of Atlanta Ballet’s NutcrackerDec. 7- 26, at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. McFall has updated the production every year to keep it vibrant and fresh. This year he has completely reimagined Act 1, including the famous “party scene,” with new choreography, new characters and, of course, more magic, such as 20 pounds of snow and a 38-foot-tall Christmas tree. McFall has also invited the students from the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company back after a three-year hiatus to perform the “Chinese variation” in Act 2. Tickets start at $20. For tickets and info visit or 855.ATL.TIXX.


Captain Planet Foundation Gala with Ted Turner, Richard Branson, Jimmy Carter

Join Ted Turner, former president Jimmy Carter and Sir Richard Branson at Atlanta’s most spectacular eco benefit at the Georgia Aquarium. Enjoy world-class entertainment, live and silent auctions and dinner. In an encore performance from last year, 27-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Alison Krauss will perform a live concert. Gala Co-Chairs Laura Turner Seydel and Elizabeth DuPree Lynch will also be joined by Premier Sponsor Fisker Automotive founder, Henrik Fisker. For tickets and more info visit:



Winter Wonder Jam at Atlantic Station with Marc Broussard

Bluesy, New Orleans crooner Marc Broussard headlines the outdoor, Winter Wonder Jam at Atlantic Station tonight at 6:30PM with special guests David Ryan Harris and Ben Deignan. Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  For tickets:


Whole Hog Class with Gum Creek Farms at Pine Street Market

The folks from Gum Creek Farms will demonstrate how to break down a whole pig in this interactive class about butchery and cuts of meats. Participants will slice their own pork chop and create two pounds of signature bacon to take home. The class is from 10AM to 1PM at Pine Street Market and includes a lunch of slow roasted pork shoulder, braised vegetables and beverages. $100 per person. For info and tickets:



Dave Mathews Band Plays Gwinnett Arena

This band is still going strong and will play Gwinnett Arena tonight at 7PM. For tickets and info:


WED. DEC. 12

Marina and the Diamonds Marina and the Diamonds

Marina and the Diamonds Play Center Stage

Welsh-born singer Marina plays her electronica/pop tunes in support of her latest album ”Electra Pop,” tonight at Center Stage at 8PM. Her vocals have been described as “magnetic” and “glacial” and she’s also opened for major acts like Coldplay. For tickets and info:


Stephen Webster Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus

Edgy jeweler Stephen Webster’s creations will be on display today in the fine jewelry salon at Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square.



Adult Skate Night at St. Regis

The Astor Holiday Rink is back for its fourth consecutive year at St Regis. While it is often overrun by children, tonight the rink is hosting an adult’s-only skate. And pre or post-skating, enjoy hot cocoa, s’mores and grown up cocktails next to the rink-side fireplace. $30 per hour, including skate rentals. For info and reservations consult the St. Regis Holiday Butlers and Holiday Desk at 404.563.7797 or For website visit:


West Side Story at Cobb Energy Centre

Broadway’s classic musical, Westside Story, comes to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Dec.13-16. For tickets and info:


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Opening of Dior Beauty Boutique at Saks

Also: Join Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza, today for the grand opening of the new Dior makeup boutique showcasing bestsellers like Diorshow Mascara, Dior Addict Lip Polish and Lip Maximizer and Dior nail lacquers.


Nancy Gonazalez Trunk Show at Saks

See the latest luxe handbags by designer Nancy Gonzalez today at Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza.



FRI. DEC. 14

My Week with Marilyn My Week with Marilyn

Screening of “My Week with Marilyn” at Emory University

Charming, critically-acclaimed 2011 film “My Week with Marilyn” recounting the true story of a young movie assistants brush with Marilyn Monroe on movie set, plays at #207 White Hall, Emory University, 7:30PM. The event is free and open to the public. For more info: 404.727.6761 or


3rd Annual Not so Nice Holiday Party at East Andrews

East Andrews will be celebrating with the naughty, more than the nice tonight with Karma Tequila bar, DJ Kidd Star and live music. Holiday costumes encouraged: sexy santas, ugly holiday sweaters, etc. RSVP here


SAT. DEC. 15

Mayor’s Masked Ball

The United Negro College Fund’s signature gala, hosted by Mayor Kasim Reed, will be held tonight at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The party begins with the Mayor’s VIP reception and silent auction, followed by an elegant dinner, Parade of Stars and Dignitaries, dancing and live entertainment. $550 per person. For tickets and info:  or 404.302.8623.


Holiday Cooking Class with Chef Holota at BLT Steak

Chef Cyrille Holota of BLT Steak at W Atlanta Downtown will host an interactive cooking class today. The chef will share his recipes for popovers, chestnut soup, braised short ribs and manicotti and wild mushrooms, among other dishes. The class is from 2-4PM and is $60 per person. For more details and reservations call 404.577.7601


Gold Room's Three-Year Anniversary Bash

Fire off the confetti cannons because Gold Room club is turning three. To commemorate the big day, they've commissioned DJ Cobra from L.A, body-painted women, aerialists and more. $20 admission. Doors open at 10 PM. Open bar from 10-11PM.


MON. DEC. 17

Sandy Benefit at Sweetwater Brewery

Step up your Monday night with a bash at Sweetwater Brewery from 6-9PM to benefit The Robin Hood Foundation and Hurricane Sandy relief. $20 earns you admission. There will be Sweetwater brews on tap, American Spirit Whiskey tastings, bites provided by W Atlanta Midtown, a VIP tour of the brewery, and access to the rooftop, plus two tickets to Music Midtown 2013 will be raffled off.


WED. DEC. 19

Concrete Blonde Play Variety Playhouse

Concrete Blonde comes to Variety Playhouse tonight at 8PM. For tickets and info visit



Rosebud / Family Dog "Ugly Holiday Sweater" Mini Pub Crawl

It’s time to dig through the closet and pull out that terrible Christmas sweater you’ve been hiding! Rosebud and The Family Dog are hosting a mini Morningside pub crawl for the holidays. For just showing up in your ugly holiday sweater, you will receive 2 drink tickets good for holiday inspired cocktails at Rosebud from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and another one at The Family from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. On top of that the Dave Ellington Trio will be performing Charlie Brown Christmas hits into the night providing what is sure to be a great time! For more info: or


FRI. DEC. 21 (The End of the World as we know it... according to the Mayan Calendar)

Bone Lick BBQ End of the World Party

What better way to go out in style than eat BBQ, enjoy live DJ's. go-go dancers, drink specials, and free beer starting at 10PM for the countdown. Stay for a complimentary breakfast buffet "for the survivors" at 1AM. 


East Andrews End of the World Party

Join Buckhead hotspot East Andrews for an End of the World Party with the courtyard transformed into a Mayan Temple with "sexy preistess," DJ Kidd Star, Ryan Hickey and the Saints performing live, $3 shots and beers. $5 in advande. Tickets at



Adult Skate Night at St. Regis

The Astor Holiday Rink is back for its fourth consecutive year at St Regis. While it is often overrun by children, tonight the rink is hosting an adult’s-only skate. And pre or post-skating, enjoy hot cocoa, s’mores and grown up cocktails next to the rink-side fireplace. $30 per hour, including skate rentals. For info and reservations consult the St. Regis Holiday Butlers and Holiday Desk at 404.563.7797 or For website visit:


MON. DEC. 31

New Year's Eve Beauty Bash at Atlantic Station

Pop over to Atlantic Station today from 1-6PM for a pop-up makeup boutique. For a $35 ticket you will get a professional makeup application just in time for your big NYE plans and enjoy an open bar, complimentary Skinny Girl cocktails, shopping opportunities and a take-away Beauty Bash goodie bag. RSVP online at