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The Luxe Weekend:

February 29, 2012

Luxe Weekend: Feb. 29-March 8

Your in-the-know guide to where to go

A Barbecue & Bourbon fest, a Willy Wonka opera, a Prohibition Party, Wynton Marsalis and Radiohead blaze through town this week

Sample wines from around the world and exhibits Thurs. night, March 8, at the High Museum. Sample wines from around the world and exhibits Thurs. night, March 8, at the High Museum.



Buckhead Restaurant Week

Feast on $25 or $35, 3-course prix-fixe dinners from Buckhead’s finest restaurants through Sunday March 4. Participating restaurants include: Anis, Aria, Davio’s, Kyma, La Fourchette, Paces 88, Portofino, Pricci, The Café at Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, and The Capital Grille.

For the complete list of restaurants and special menus visit:


Leap Year Chef’s Dinner at One Eared Stag

Innovative chef Robert Phalen of One-Eared Stag will host a playful, Leap Year feast with five guest chefs tonight for $100 per person, including wine pairings. Guest chefs included Ryan Smith of Empire State South, Drew Belline of No. 246, Josh Hopkins (formerly of Ababttoir and upcoming STG Trattoria), Guy Wong of Miso Izakaya and Stuart Baesel of Community Q. Phalen will also create five dishes to pair with the guest chef entries.

For reservations: 404.525.4479


Prohibition Dinner at Atkins Park Tavern, Virgnina-Highland

Atkins Park (Virginia Highland location) is throwing a Prohibition Dinner in honor of it’s 90-year anniversary beginning at 6PM tonight. On chef Andrew Smith’s special menu: old timey favorites like clams casino, speakeasy snacks like devils on horseback, medallions of lamb, and chocolate charlotte to be paired with classic cocktails (Prohibition be damned) like Old Fashioneds and Mint Juleps. The four-course dinner with paired cocktails is $40 per person.

For reservations: 404.876.7249


MKT Supper to Benefit Farmers at Farm Burger Buckhead

Farm Burger will host a special MKT Supper tonight at 8PM to benefit the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market farmers. The dinner will be held at Farm Burger’s newest outpost in Buckhead and prior to the feast, a mini market of produce will be created in front of the restaurant from 6-8PM. The supper itself will be sourced from Farm Burger’s own Athens Full Moon Farms and Moonshine Meats.  $39 per person for four courses plus more (beverages, tax, gratuities not included)

For reservations:  404.816.0603




Radiohead Radiohead

Radiohead plays Philips Arena

Thom Yorke and his band bring their dreamy electronic music to the US for the first time in four years to support their latest 2011 album The King of Limbs. Miss this, and you might have to wait another four years to catch this mercurial Brit singer in the act.

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La Luna Azul World Premiere at the ASO

Music director Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony in the world premiere of La Luna Azul (the blue moon) by Adam Schoenberg. Schoenberg is the newest member of the Atlanta School of Composers and represents Spano’s continuing commitment to commissioning and recording contemporary music with a new generation of American composers. Schoenberg calls La Luna Azul a “work about love, lightness, curiosity, innocence and a glimpse into the beautiful unknown.” The work will be performed March 1 and 2 at 8PM and March 4 at 3PM.

For tickets: or 404.733.5000





Pop Pianist Christopher O’Riley Plays at Emory

His repertoire ranges from Chopin to Nirvana. Hear pianist and NPR host of “From the Top,” Christopher O’Riley, live at Emory’s The Schwartz Center tonight at 8PM. He’s known for his eclectic arrangements of classical and popular music. His latest release, Out of My Hands, includes the music of Portishead, R.E.M., Pink Floyd, The Smiths, and Radiohead.

For tickets: visit or 404.727.5050


Lera Lynn Lera Lynn

Lera Lynn Plays at Georgia Theatre

Rising alt-country singer/songwriter Lera Lynn plays her hometown of Athens at the newly restored Georgia Theater, 8PM. The event celebrates the release of her new 7” vinyl/EP release Have You Met Lera Lynn? See her now before she really hits the big time. Her whiskey-soaked torch song to her troubled father, “Bobby Baby” is sure to be a classic.

For tickets: visit




Atlanta Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Fest

Atlantic Station will be the site of the first annual Beer, Bourbon and Barbecue Fest. What’s on tap? 60 brews, 40 bourbons, loads of barbecue (ribs, chicken, sausage and brisket) in the tasting theater. Live entertainment and barbecue seminars complete the experience. A souvenir glass gets you unlimited tastings. 2-6PM, $35 per person or $75 per person for the VIP experience starting at noon.

For tickets:


The Golden Ticket The Golden Ticket

Atlanta Opera Performs The Golden Ticket

This comic opera based on Ronald Dahl’s beloved book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, comes to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre March 3-11 (see website for exact dates and times). Expect chocolate rivers, magic elevators, inflating blueberries, gorgeous arias and outrageous scenery and costumes.

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Wynton Marsalis Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Play at Atlanta Symphony Hall

Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and his famed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra return to Atlanta tonight for a performance of popular works from Thelonious Monk to Herbie Hancock in honor of Marsalis’ 50th birthday. You don’t want to miss this to-beat-the-band birthday performance!

For tickets: or 404.733.5000





Micah Willix Cooking Class at Cook’s Warehouse

Former Ecco chef and current Latitude chef, Micah Willix brings his culinary skills and recipes to the Brookhaven location of The Cook’s Warehouse for a demo and tasting, 7-9PM.  On the spring menu: sweet pea salad with pea shoots, soft boiled egg and bacon; clams with peas, fave beans and cava; and roast spring lamb with smashed peas, mint and lemon aioli. Wine tastings sponsored by Sherlock’s Wine Merchant. $55 per person. Proceeds from this class benefit Atlnata Community Food Bank.

For tickets: or 404.892.3333 ext. 14444



Akris Akris

Chanel at Nieman Marcus and Akris at Saks

View Chanel’s Spring collection at a trunk show on the couture level of Neiman Marcus today, 10AM-6PM. Meanwhile, the spring trunk show from Akris makes an appearance at Saks Fifth Avennue, Phipps Plaza, today.






Author Alexandra Styron at Ivy Hall

Daughter of famed writer William Styron, Alexandra is an established author in her own right. Alexandra is the author of “Reading my Father,” and “All the Finest Girls,” as well as a contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal and other prestigious publications. This poignant memoir writer will deliver a lecture tonight at 6:30PM at Ivy Hall. $15 per person.

Here's a description of Alexandra's memoirs courtesy of A Cappella Books: 

"A drinker, a carouser, and above all "a high priest at the altar of fiction," William Styron helped define the concept of The Big Male Writer that gave so much of twentieth-century American fiction a muscular, glamorous aura. In constant pursuit of The Great Novel, he and his work were the dominant force in his family's life, his turbulent moods the weather in their ecosystem.


From Styron's Tidewater, Virginia, youth and precocious literary debut to the triumphs of his best-known books and on through his spiral into depression, Reading My Father portrays the epic sweep of an American artist's life, offering a ringside seat on a great literary generation's friendships and their dramas. It is also a tale of filial love, beautifully written, with humor, compassion, and grace."


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Wine Tasting and Evening Exhibit Viewing at High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art stays open late tonight from 6-9PM for a special wine tasting of blended wines from various countries, light appetizers and free admission, with wine tasting ticket, to the High’s permanent collections and special exhibitions such as Picasso to Warhol, The Art of Golf and KAWS:Dow Time. Consider this a great date night. Tickets are $25 per person or $15 for members.

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Blair Crimmins & The Hookers Blair Crimmins & The Hookers

Prohibition Party at Atkins Park, Virginia-Highland

Atlanta’s oldest continuously licensed tavern celebrates it’s 90th birthday with a huge 1920’s themed bash, beginning at 6PM tonight. A special prohibition menu of dishes like oysters Rockefeller and stuffed broiled lobster will be offered on the dinner menu. Stay for live jazz and ragtime music by Blair Crimmins & The Hookers from 9PM-12:30AM. Dress flapper fab for a roaring 20’s costume contest and old 1920’s movies and episodes of Boardwalk Empire will be screened throughout the restaurant and bar. Document your night with a photo booth with 1920’s props. Prohibition was never this much fun.

For reservations: 404.876.7249 or