The Luxe Weekend:
February 13, 2012
Luxe Weekend: Feb.14-22
Your in-the-know guide of where to go
By Nancy Staab
A Chanel trunk show, a burlesque violinist babe, Pop artist KAWS, and Fat Tuesday celebrations put the fest into mid-February
Chanel Spring Trunk show at Saks
Chanel brings its serene “Under the Sea” inspired spring 2012 trunk show to Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza on Valentines Day. Revel in icy pastel suits and sweetly embellished dresses.
Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd. NE
The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls at Alliance Theatre
Sure you can catch the winner of this year’s national Kendeda playwriting completion, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, through Feb. 26. But why not take in this mysterious, modern-day fairytale, set in Russia, on Valentine’s Day and combine it with a complimentary sangria from Table 1280 for just $30. Here’s a description of the play: “Set amongst the swirling domes of the church in Red Square, Moscow seems like a fairytale to twenty year old Annie, an American in search of her roots. But when the lines between Russian fairytales and Annie’s reality start to blur - and then vanish – things get seriously dicey.
For tickets: 404.733.500, promo code Valentines or alliancetheatre.org
Twyla Tharp’s The Princess and the Goblin by Atlanta Ballet
Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with an utterly enchanting, world premiere performance of The Prince & The Goblin by the Atlanta Ballet at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre through Feb.19. The show, choreographed by famed dance legend Twyla Tharp (she’s choreographed for no less than Mikhail Baryshnikov and has won a Tony and Emmy Award) is based on a children’s fairytale. The earthy movements of the Goblins as parody of classical ballet is priceless, as is the addition of children to the show. In addition, the performance is accompanied by the Atlanta Ballet orchestra playing the music of Franz Schubert.
For tickets: visit www.atlantaballet.com
Violin Prodigy Emilie Autumn at The Loft
Part Lolita, part Harjuki girl, part burlesque babe, violin prodigy Emilie Autumn brings her theatrical show, metal-shredding performance and dark lyrics to The Loft .
The Loft, 1374 West Peachtree St., $15-$18, www.centerstage-atlanta.com
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
The juggernaut AJFF returns to Atlanta for the 12th year through Feb. 29. See the website for the entire listing of movies, theaters and show times but highlights include old favorites like Sophie’s Choice; the German boxer biopic Max Schmeling; a documentary on Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Philip Roth, Roth on Roth; The Last Flight of Petr Ginz, and Sonny Boy, this year’s Dutch entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
For tickets and info visit www.ajff.org
Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe at The Fox
The legendary dance troupe returns to the fabulous Fox Feb. 16-19 with new artistic director Robert Battle.
Culture Shock with KAWS at High Museum
The KAWS lecture may be sold-out but you can still hang out with the international street-turned-pop artist Thursday night Feb. 16, 8-11PM at the Culture Shock opening party for the KAWS exhibit at the High. Get a first glimpse of his color-saturated, cartoon splashed canvases , enjoy the beats of DJ Hurricane (former DJ of the Beastie Boys) and a cash bar.
Tickets $15 or $10 for members, www.high.org or 404.733.5000.
Ippolita Personal Appearance at Neiman Marcus
Designer Ippolita Rostagno of Ippolita jewelry line, makes a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square, 10AM-6PM to present her colored gems, bangles and more.
Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE, 404.266.8200
Project 7 Dance Showcase at 7 Stage Theatre
A young group of emerging local dancers from hip-hop crews to finalists on So You Think You Can Dance present “Fearidescence”—a dance showcase, Feb. 17 -18 at 7:30PM, based on overcoming fear and vulnerability. Music includes Adele, Bjork, Sarah McLachlan, Santigold, Apparat and more. Last year’s event was a sold-out affair at 7 Stages Theatre.
7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave., www.7stages.org or 404.523. 7647. Tickets $18.
D.J. Hardwell at Opera
He’s only 23 but already an award-winning DJ, producer and label-manager who’s spun tunes from Sydney to London and Ibiza. Check out his aural stylings tonight at Opera.
KAWS Show Opens at High Museum
The official opening of the KAWS show is today. Take in the color saturated, cartoon-splashed pop art and the gigantic sculpture in the pizza.
Mardi Gras All-Day Party at Parish
Parish restaurant adopts the “Laissez les bon temps rouler” theme from 11AM -4PM for an all-day Mardis Gras celebration with live music, authentic N’walins eats like all-you-can-eat crawfish and oysters, homemade king cake, and all-you-can-drinkAbita beer. A cash bar will also be on hand for bloody Marys, Mardis Gra “lemonade,” etc.
$40 per person, Parish, 240 N. Highland Ave., 404.681.4434 or www.parishatl.com
Atlanta Ballet Performs Snow White
Bring your family for this magical, one-day performance of Snow White by Atlanta Ballet at 2PM at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Ecco’s Sunday Supper: Sevilla & Citrus
Seville, Spain and citrus are the twin inspirations for Ecco’s monthly Sunday supper, 6:30-9 PM. Menu highlights: croquetas with Serrano ham; Sapelo Island clams cooked in sherry; Andalusian stew with oxtail, chickpeas and chorizo; tangerine sorbet with dark chocolate shavings.
Boucherie Whole-Animal Dinner at BLT Steak
Chef Cyrille Holota expands his special whole-animal themed, four-course dinners from a day to a week, each month. The Feb. 19-25 wild game dinner features venison. Menu highlights include: venison terrine with pistachios and dried cherries, red wine apple jam, toasted country bread; venison and truffle torte; and roasted venison tenderloin with poached red wine pear, sautéed black trumpet mushroom and grand veneur sauce.
$65/person. An additional $30 with wine pairings. To make reservation call 404.577.7601 or www.bltsteak.com/atlanta
Mardi Gras Serpas Style
Serpas celebrates it’s 3-year anniversary and Mardi Gras in one huge bash from 5:30-10 PM. Special N’awlins menu items will include: seafood gumbo, muffaletta, crawfish pie, red beans and rice; chicken and sausage jamabalya in addition to the regular menu. End the nite with a slice of King Cake or Abita Amber beer. Masks, beads and live music by Second Line complete the revelry.
404.688.0040 for reservations or http://www.serpasrestaurant.com ">www.serpasrestaurant.com
Mardi Gras at Food 101
A dozen New Orleans dishes, signature Big Easy cocktails like the Sazerac and Hurricane, beads, masks and live music turn up the volume tonight at Food 101 for lunch and dinner. Menu items include: oysters on half shell, steamed Louisiana crawfish with drawn butter, chicken and adouille sausage gumbo, fried oyster po-boys, jambalaya and homemade beignets.
www.food101.com or 404.497.9700
Carnaval at Three Sheets
Three Sheets goes sultry with a Brazilian caraval theme. Enjoy Brazilian small plates and caipirinhas, a samba show with costumes by local designer Jarbas Pereira, and rhythms by the Samba Mix Band.
www.threesheetsatl.com, 404.303. 8423
All-Day Mardi Gras at Atkins Park Tavern, Virginia-Highland
The Va-Hi location of Atkins Park Tavern is celebrating Mardi Gras with beads, beer, hurricanes, oysters, gumbo, king cake and po' boys all day and live music from Homefront at 10PM
Artist Fred Wilson and Guggenheim Curator Nancy Spector at SCAD-Atlanta for deFINE Art
SCAD is celebrating it’s annual deFINE Art week with notable exhibits and events on all four of its campuses: Savanah, Atlanta, Hong Kong and Lacoste, France. However in Atlanta, highlight events include a lecture on this evening by Solomon Guggenheim Museum deputy director and chief curator Nancy Spector at 5 PM, who will be speaking about the recent bravura exhibit at Guggenheim by Maruizio Cattelan. The cheeky artist even suspended a cyclone of his past art projects from the spiral stair atrium! Stay for honoree artist Fred Wilson’s keynote address at 7PM.
Both lectures are free and will take place on the fourth floor of building C of SCAD-Atlanta, www.scad.edu/defineart