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The Luxe Weekend:

February 3, 2013

Luxe Weekend:  February 2013

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

By Nancy Staab

It’s a star-studded month with Steve Martin, Salman Rushdie, Jerry Seinfeld, Wynton Marsalis, DJ Paul van Dyk and more hitting A-town. Culture comes in droves with Atlanta Ballet’s “Dracula,” the opening of the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the High Museum and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre performing at the Fox. And revelers have much to celebrate with the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, Cochon 55,  several oyster and beer fests, and of course the romance racket that is Valentine’s Day!

Clockwise from top: Wynton Marsalis, Ecco event, Jerry Seinfeld, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Clockwise from top: Wynton Marsalis, Ecco event, Jerry Seinfeld, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.



"Good People" at Alliance Theatre

The Broadway hit and Tony Award nominee (2011) "Good People" begins its run today at Alliance Theatre. The play chronicles an encounter between to Irish-Amercians from the Southie neighborhood in Boston. Margie Walsh is a struggling mom facing eviction, who approached her high school boyfriend-turned-medical practitioner who has made it out of the neighborhood. The play chronicles a "clash of class and values, American dreams, and 'doing the right thing' in this funny but fierce drama." The play runs through Feb.10. For tickets and more info visit:



"Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson"

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at Actor’s Express

This off-Broadway firestarter comes to Actor’s Express theatre through Feb. 17 with our 7th President, Old Hickory, reimagined as a take-no-prisoners rock star. The New York Times said that no show “ more astutely reflects the state of the nation than Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” Stay for the afterparty with onstage bar! For tickets and more info:



Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

The 13th annual festival will take place through Feb. 20 at various locations. For complete schedule of film and events visit:


MODA’s “The South’s Next Wave” Design 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. For more info visit:


Flight of the Butterflies at Fernbank Museum

This epic IMAX film spans thousands of miles and several generations – tracking real monarch butterflies to their mysterious Mexican winter haven, where audiences will discover a truly spectacular sight:  hundreds of millions of live butterflies in one of the most amazing places on Earth. The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a place it has never been. Flight of the Butterflies will show daily in the IMAX® Theatre at Fernbank Museum of Natural History from January 4 through May 9Alaska: Spirit of the Wild will also show daily. For tickets and info visit


"Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down" Exhibit at Atlanta History Center

Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson

Atlanta History Center hosts the groundbreaking traveling exhibition "Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: How the Word is Passed Down." The exhibition explores the lives of enslaved families on Jefferson’s well-known plantation, as well as the powerful stories of their descendants, brought to light through documentary study, oral history, and genealogy. The exhibition was organized by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and features objects from Monticello’s collection as well as artifacts from archaeological excavations at Jefferson’s Virginia plantation. This exhibit is on display Feb. 1-July 7. For more info and tickets visit:






Gabriel & Dresden at Opera Nightclub

Opera Nightclub presents "Illuminate" with  superstar DJs / music producers Gabriel & Dreseden beginning at 10PM. Here's hoping they play their Motorcycle hit "As the Rush Comes."



The XX Play The Tabernacle

English, indie pop band, The XX, play the Tabernacle tonight. Their debut album, XX, ranked high on the Rolling Stone’s “Best of the Year” list in 2009 and they have earned musical praise ever since. The band will play their hit tunes like “Crystalised” tonight at 9PM. For tickets and info:


Louis CK Comes to Fox Theatre

Emmy Award-winning stand-up comic and creator/star of FX comedy Louis comes to the Fox with his signature brand of humor tonight at  8PM. For tickets and info:


Ippolita Ippolita

Ippolita Personal Appearance at Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square will host jeweler Ippolita and her latest trunk show in the designer jewelry salon, from 10AM t0 4PM today. 




Atlanta Heart Ball 
This year’s Heart Ball at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead promises to be an engaging evening featuring a gourmet dinner, luxury auction and dancing. The event benefits the Georgia chapter of the American Heart Association. For tickets and info contact Sarah MacPhail at or 678.224.2065.



Ecco's "Roasted and Toasted" Event

Ok it may still be relatively balmy in Atlanta, but Ecco is getting into the Winter's spirit with a "Roasted and Toasted" cocktail event from 7:30 to 9:30Pm, featuring fireside-inspired libations and foods on the patio---so bundle up. Think: warm mulled wine, brandied hot cider, spiked hot cocoa, house-made s'mores and a cozy fire. The cost is $25 per person and you'll get 15% off dinner after the event. For reservations call 404.347.9555. NOW SOLD OUT. 


Wine Down at Watershed

Join Watershed tonight from 5:30-7PM for light bites and a tasting of 20 fine French wines from the Rhone Valley to Corsica, Champagne to Burgundy. Wine expert Jean-Philippe Bourgeois will be on hand to discuss the featured wines. Each wine will also be available for purchase at H&F Bottle Shop. Admission is $20 per person, rsvp to:



Leon Redbone Performs at Eddie’s Attic

Leon Redbone Leon Redbone

Legendary singer/guitarist/jazz and bluesman Leon Redbone performs at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur tonight at 8PM with his trademark Panama hat, sunglasses and bow-tie in tow. The cultural icon, first recognized by Bob Dylan in the 70s, remains culturally relevant today. More recently, he did a duet with Zooey Deschanel, singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” for the movie “Elf.” See the icon live tonight. For tickets and info visit




Atlanta History Center's Members Guild Cocktail with Atlanta Author Danielle Rollins

Atlanta History Center's Members Guild hosts a cocktail party this evening, 6:30-9PM, celebrating Atlanta author/tastemaker Danielle Rollins and her new book Soiree: Entertaining with Style from Rizzoli. The event takes place in the Members Room and you must a member of the guild to attend. Rsvp to or 404.814.4102. Books will be available for pre-order and personalization.


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Edgewood Speakeasy Hosts the film "Layer Cake"

What better to do on a random Wednesday night than enjoy cool drinks, free popcorn, and the first in Edgewood Speakeasy's "British Gangster Film Series." The Guy Ritchie film "Snatch," starring Daniel Craig and Sienna Miler, will play at 9PM. The plot: a successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement. No cover. Enter the speakeasy through a secret bookcase door in the LP5's Vesusius Pizzeria.




Author of “The Aviator’s Wife” Speaks at Margaret Mitchell House

Melanie Benjamin, author of the critically-acclaimed bestseller, The Aviator’s Wife, will speak at Margaret Mitchell House tonight at 7PM. Benjamin gave a riveting fictional account of historical figure Anne Spencer Morrow, Charles Lindbergh’s wife, an early feminist writer, an ambassador’s daughter in her most recent novel.  Other novels focused on the real-life inspiration for Alice in Wonderland and the performer Mrs. Tom Thumb.



Chinese New Year Celebration at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta

Tonight, Mandarin Oriental ushers in the Year of the Snake (representing intelligence and grace) with an exotic Chinese New Year Celebration from 6:30-9:30 PM. Enjoy a festive and elegant reception with lion dance performances and Asian ribbon dancers, as well as live snake demonstrations courtesy of Zoo Atlanta in the hotel's Oriental Ballroom, adorned with red and gold lanterns, candles and other traditional Chinese decorations. Feast on Asian specialties like whole Peking duck carved to order with scallion pancakes, sesame prawn toast, Chinese dumplings, and ginger crusted red snapper. Admission is $50 per person plus tax and gratuities and includes complimentary valet parking. For reservations: 404.995.7500 or


Pulitzer Prize Novelist Richard Ford Lectures at SCAD-Atlanta

“Dirty Realism” novelist and short story writer Richard Ford will lecture at 6:30PM at SCAD’s Ivy Hall. Ford won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner award for his 1995 novel Independence Day, chronicling his sportswriter protagonist Frank Bascombe in a semi-autobiographical manner (Ford was also a sportswriter). His latest novel Canada was published in May 2012. Ford’s style has been likened to that of Updike, Faulkner and Hemingway. The lecture is free and open to the public, with a book sale and signing following the lecture. For more info: or 404.253.3206



Dracula Dracula

Premiere of Atlanta Ballet’s “Dracula”

Back by popular demand, and just in time for Valentine's Day, is Atlanta Ballet's take on this Gothic tale of seduction and surrender, DraculaFeb. 8-16.  From the gripping score, complete with haunting heartbeat, to the thrilling sets and sensuous costumes -- Dracula is a cinematic work with the masterful Count at its rich and bloody heart. The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra will perform live for all shows at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Tickets start at $20. For tickets and info visit:



Emory Annual Jazz Fest: Big Band Night

Saxophonist Victor Goines brings his New Orleans style to the Emory Jazz Fest, Feb. 8-9. Goines and the Gary Motley Trio perform Feb. 8 in a ticketed concert. On Feb. 9, Goines plays with the Emory Big Band and the Emory University Symphony Orchestra in a free concert. In honor of the anniversary, they will premiere an original work by Gary Motley. For tickets and info visit or 404.727.5050


Paul Van Dyk at Opera Nightclub

Opera Nightclub presents "Illuminate" with the global, Grammy-nominated DJ Paul van Dyk, beginning at 10PM. Expect wall-to-wall electronic dance music.


Art Papers Collectors’ Preview Party and Auction

Preview and bid on exclusive art works by international and local artists at the Collector’s Preview Party tonight, Feb. 8. from 7-9PM and enjoy hors d'oeuvrs , open bar, and live jazz. Then return to Mason Murer Fine Art the next day, Feb. 9, for more big auction fun, live DJ, bites from top ATL restaurants and cash bar. Proceeds benefit Art Papers, the Atlanta-based international journal on contemporary art. More event details to come. For further info visit:



 The Whiskey Gentry Play The Earl

Whiskey Gentry Whiskey Gentry

Atlanta country/Americana band The Whiskey Gentry play The Earl, Feb. 8-9, with secret special guests. Paste Magazine called The Whiskey Gentry a “toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass, feet stomping in line with a punk-inspired kick drum.” For tickets and info:



Lorraine Christie Opening at Huff Harrington Fine Art

Huff Harrington Fine Art presents Lorraine Christie’s solo exhibit, “The Heart Inhabited,”  at the gallery, Feb. 8- 23. Relationships play a prominent theme in Christie’s paintings, whether a tender moment between lovers, people caught in the rain or silhouettes dancing in a wet glow. Classically trained in Belfast, Ireland, Christie’s work has been around the world. In the spirit of the Valentine’s season, “The Heart Inhabited” will feature a range of Christie’s romantic-themed work. For more info: 404.257.0511 or at



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Champagne and Live Streaming of Fall 2013 Fashion Show at Rebecca Taylor Boutique

Join the fashion front row at  Rebecca Taylor boutique at Phipps Plaza today, starting at 1PM, for live-streaming of Rebecca Taylor's Fall 2013 Fashion Show. Watch the show, sip Champagne and enjoy Phillip Ashley Chocolates, and after the show-- shop the femme Spring 2013 Collection. Rebecca Taylor's Spring 2013 front row included such stylish starlets as Aisha Taylor, Carmen Electra, Sophia Bush and Beth Otrosky. 



Mardi Gras Celebration at Parish

Parish Food & Goods celebrates it’s 5th Annual Mardi Gras with all-day festivities from 11AM to 4PM. Enjoy live music courtesy of the Mar-tans, authentic New Orleans staples  (New Orleans sandwiches, red beans and rice, pulled pork, all-you-can-eat crawfish, and house made King Cake), all you can drink Sweetwater Beer, Tickets are $40. Event also includes cash bar. For tickets: 404.681.4434 or


Oysterfest at Park Tavern

Join Park Tavern today beginning at 1Pm for an all-day fest celebrating oysters (raw, steamed, fried), plus cold beer and other beverages and DJ's and live music from local bands, including Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics.


Hope and Will Ball
The tenth annual fundraiser for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will be held at 200 Peachtree, downtown. The glittering, black-tie evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, live auction and dancing. For tickets and info visit



Orchid Daze Orchid Daze

Opening of Orchid Daze at Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Garden is lush with blooms, even in the midst of winter with its latest exhibit, “Orchid Daze: Surreal Beauty.” The exhibition highlights thousands of blooms from the Garden’s nationally renowned collection of species orchids on display Feb. 9-April 14. This year’s theme features surprising juxtapositions of flowers and objects intended to stimulate the subconscious and alter perspectives on reality. For tickets and info visit:



Winter Beer Carnival at Atlantic Station

The 4th Annual Winter Beer Carnival returns today to Atlantic Station from 3-7PM with an array of premium and craft brews from around the world, cider, good eats, carnival games, a DJ, and more. Must be 21 and up. Advance general admission tickets are $40 or $50 at the door.  Tickets available at and 877.725.8849



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 Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at LIncoln Center Orchestra Play at the ASO

In the tradition of Duke Ellington, acclaimed jazz musician and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis brings his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to the ASO tonight for a special concert at 8PM that's sure to swing! For tickets and info:





Butterfly Bash at Fernbank Museum

In celebration of the new IMAX® film Flight of the Butterflies, Fernbank Museum of Natural History will host a butterfly-inspired adventure day this Sat.  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Butterfly Bash will feature a walk-in live butterflies experience, crafts, storytelling, and other activities. "Flight of the Butterflies" will show at 10AM, noon, 2Pm and 4PM today. For tickets and info:



Flogging Molly plays The Tabernacle

L.A.-based Celtic-Punk band, Flogging Molly, plays The Tabernacle tonight at 8PM. For info and tickets:


Dine Out for Team Hidi

Eat dinner at JCT. Kitchen, No. 246 or The Optimist tonight and proceeds from your dinner will benefit chef Ryan Hidinger’s medical fund. Hidinger is a local chef battling stage four cancer.



SUN. FEB. 10

Walking Dead Walking Dead

Walking Dead Preview Party at Diesel

Diesel restaurant in the Highlands is hosting a Walking Dead mid-season premiere party tonight with special guest cast members from Atlanta Ballet’s “Dracula,” perhaps in costume! Bring five canned food items and be eligible for great prizes and arrive early (at the last Walking Dead party Diesel was at full capacity by 6PM, three hours before the show started). This is a 21 and over event.



MON. FEB. 11

Haute Hounds/Couture Cats at Saks

Saks Fifth Avenue hosts a champagne reception, a fashion show of the best spring 2013 looks, and luncheon at 11:30 AM to benefit Atlanta Humane Society. For tickets: 404.974.2828




Serpas’ Fat Tuesday Celebration

Mardis Gras Mardis Gras

Serpa’s will bring Louisiana back to Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward with its annual Mardi Gras party From 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Serpas will serve an abbreviated version of their regular menu alongside New Orleans dishes, including seafood gumbo; muffaletta; crawfish pie; red beans & rice; chicken & sausage jambalaya; and King Cake. Wash it back with Louisiana beers and Hurricanes. Live jazz music will play throughout the evening. $10 cover charge per person that will include one hurricane, beer, wine or non-alcoholic beverage. 404.688.0040,


Fat Tuesday at DBA Barbecue with Ruby Velle Trio

DBA Barbecue's week-long Mardi Gras celebration culminates tonight from 8-11Pm with live music by Ruby Velle Trio, gumbo, oysters, po' boys, and of course barbecue, and hurricanes and Abita beer to drink.



Angels on Earth Luncheon at Ansley Golf Club

Ansley Golf Club hosts the 2013 Angels on Earth luncheon at 11AM to benefit The Cancer Wellness Center at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. For tickets: 404.605.3419


Wild Heaven Beer Dinner at Tap

Join Tap gastropub for a special Wild Heaven Beer Dinner at 7:30 PM. Highlights of the 5-course dinner include roasted Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms with parmesan-peppercorn grits, poached egg, hot bacon vinaigrette; pork belly wih baby beets, molasses glazed turnips, sauerkraut, bourbon mustard; roasted Colorado lamb loin; Carr Valley aged cheddar with slow cooked apples, raisin walnut toast and spiced honey. The dinner is $55 per person and all-inclusive. For tickets visit


WED. FEB. 13

Edgewood Speakeasy (Within Vesuvius Pizzeria) Hosts the film "RocknRolla"

What better to do on a random Wednesday night than enjoy cool drinks, free popcorn, and the final installment in Edgewood Speakeasy's "British Gangster Film Series." The Guy Ritchie film "RocknRolla," starring Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Ludacris and more, will play at 9PM. The plot: In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. No cover. Enter the speakeasy through a secret bookcase door in the LP5's Vesusius Pizzeria.


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Etro Trunk Show at Saks

Etro will bring it’s Spring 2013 Trunk Show to Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza, Feb. 13-14.






Couple's Cocktail Session at STK

On Wed. Feb. 13 and Wed. March 13 STK will host a monthly couple's cocktail session with STK's resident mixologist delivering hands-on cocktail demos and delicious bites by Chef Jeremy Miller. The cocktail class is $30 per person or $50 per couple, with the session starting at 6:30PM. Advance reservations required: 404.793.0144






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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at The Fox

The legendary Alvin Ailey dance troupe performs at Fabulous Fox, Feb. 14-17, just in time for Valentine’s weekend.




“An Evening of Romance” at the ASO

On Valentine’s evening enjoy Grammy-nominated pianist Jim Brickman for “An Evening of Romance” at 8PM on Feb. 14. Brickman and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform chart-toppers like “Valentine” and “Simple Things.” For tickets and info:


SCAD-Atlanta Television Festival

SCAD-Atlanta will shine a spotlight on the television industry with  TVfest: Big Festival, Small Screen—a three-day festival celebrating the industry’s best shows, talents, and leaders on Feb. 14-16. Students and professionals from all generes of content production, including network, cable and Web are encouraged to attend. Nightly premieres will be followed by receptions with networking opportunities. Actress Phylicia Rashad (of The Cosby Show) will be honored on Feb. 16. For passes and full schedule of TVfest events, panels, workshops and lectures visit: or 404.253.2740



Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting opens at High Museum of Art

Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo

Enjoy an artful Valentine’s evening by celebrating the opening of the “Frida and Diego” exhibit, based on the celebrated arts couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, at the High Museum of Art, Feb. 14, 6-10PM. There will also be live Mexican music, salsa dancing, a couple’s photo booth, Frida impersonators and a free glass of Champagne to spice things up. Mexican food and desserts will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple, just $10 for members. The exhibit “Frida & Diego” runs through May



National Makeup Artist from Giorgio Armani at Saks

Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza hosts national makeup artist Antonio Costa from Giorgio Armani today from 11AM to 6PM


Center for Puppetry Arts: “Tales of Edgar Allan Poe”

Valentine’s Day looking dreary? Bittersweet break-up? Is your love life “nevermore?” Or just looking for a different way to observe the holiday? Celebrate an unconventional Valentine’s Day at the Center for Puppetry Arts during their “Oh, Poe is Me!” Valentine’s Weekend, Feb. 14–17. Gothic designs, haunting music, and shadowy figures breathe life into Poe’s classic tales of terror like The RavenThe Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of AmontilladoTales of Edgar Allan Poe runs February 12 – March 3. Tickets are $25. For reservations: 404.873.3391 or


FRI. FEB. 15


Fun & Janelle Monae Fun & Janelle Monae

Fun Plays at Atlanta Tabernacle

NYC pop band Fun, famous for their hit song “We Are Young” with Atlanta songstress Janelle Monae, play Tabernacle tonight at 8PM. SOLD OUT.



Friday Jazz at High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art stays open late tonight, with legendary jazz organist Ike Stubblefield, 6-9PM.


“Viva Italia” SuperPOPS! at the ASO

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra hosts “Viva Italia” from the SuperPOPS! Series Feb. 15-16 at 8PM. The vocal trio Poperazzi will perform great romantic songs of Italy, ranging from opera arias to “The Godfather” and Frank Sinatra. For tickets and info:


SAT. FEB. 16

Trinity School Spotlight on Art Gala
The annual signature fundraiser for Trinity School takes place tonight at the InterContinental Hotel, featuring a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Trinity’s teacher education and scholarship funds. For more information, visit or 404.231.8119.



Atlanta Ballet Performs Cinderella at Cobb Energy Performing Art Centre

Cinderella Cinderella

Atlanta Ballet is delighted to present the classic rags-to-riches tale of Cinderella at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for two matinee performances, Feb. 16 and 17 at 2PM. Featuring fellowship dancers from Atlanta Ballet’s Centre for Dance Education, this timeless masterpiece geared towards young audiences and just an hour long, is sure to be a family treat. Recommended age: 12 and under. For more info and tickets:



Southern Food Tour

The Southern Food Tour, a series that’s part food, part drink and part education, launches tonight at the Goat Farm, 6-10PM, with a whole hog, Chef Ford Fry, Chef Kevin Gillespie, American Spirit Whiskey, Monday Night Brewing, Blair Crimmins and the Hookers & More! Enjoy gumbo from The Optimist, chicken biscuit sliders from Buttermilk Kitchen, tamales from JCT. Kitchen and a whole hog prepared by Fry and Gillespie. $45 per person.  904.629.5243.


SUN. FEB. 17


“Vanilla Sunday” at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Surround yourself with the aromas and flavors of vanilla during a celebration of this amazing orchid from 1-4PM at the Garden. Enjoy an afternoon of cooking demonstrations (including vanilla risotto with crab at 2PM and vanilla anise biscotti at 3PM), sensory experiences, and vanilla sundaes. Free with admission.



Cochon 555 at Sheraton Atlanta Downtown

Cochon 555 Cochon 555

It’s a porkpalooza when 5 top local chefs/swine-masters; five whole pigs and five top winemakers come together to compete for a spot at the Grand Cochon event at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. The tops chefs are from Leon’s Full Service, Miso Izakaya, Ford Fry’s upcoming King +Duke, Empire State South, Farm 225, and Pine Street Market. Each chef will prepare dishes using the entirety of a heritage pig, while top mixologists will compete to make the best Breckenridge Bourbon libation. Enjoy butcher demos, oysters, creative pork dishes, a cheese bar, drinks and brew, coffee and dessert. General admission tickets are $125 for 5PM entrance. . VIP tickets start at $200 for 4PM entrance. For more info and tickets:


MON. FEB. 18

High West Whiskey Campfire at Local Three

What better way to add zip to a Monday night than enjoy a pop-up whiskey "campfire" with food pairings at Local Three restaurant? Utal-based High West Distillery has been crafting high-quality whiskeys since the 1870's and six of their blends will be on hand for tasting from 7-9PM. This event is limited to 16 guests so act fast. Tickets for whiskey and food pairings are $59.93 per person. For tickets:




An Evening with Bobby Deen at Atlanta History Center

Bobby Deen, son of Paula Deen,  author of the Not My Mama’s Meals cookbook, and host of a TV show of the same name will speak at 7PM at Atlanta History Center. His latest cookbook is From Mamma’s Table to Mine and is focused on re-inventing Southern comfort food with great flavor but fewer calories. Lecture is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Reservations required: 404.814.4150 or


WED. FEB. 20


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Spalding Nix's Culture Club: National Geographic Greatest Photos of the American West

Gallerist/Appraiser Spalding Nix hosts the monthly Culture Clut at ADAC (Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) tonight at 6:30PM. Guest lecturer Seth Hopkins, Executive Director of Booth Western Art Museum will discuss and present stunning, archival photos for the American West by National Geographic magazine. The presentation takes place on the 1st floor atrium of ADAC and the event is free and open to the public.



Design Conversation with Square Feet Studio at MODA

The South's Next Wave designers John and Vivian Bencich of Square Feet Studio talk about the design of the upcoming Kimball House restaurant in Decatur - the newest venture by the owners of Leon's Full Service and Brick Store Pub—and their other design projects, including Barcelona Wine Bar, Abattoir and The General Muir.The talk is at 6:30 PM with doors open at 6PM at Museum of Design Atlanta. Admission is $10. Members are free and drinks are complimentary. or 404.979.6455




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Paule Ka Trunk Show at Tootsies

Tootsies at Shops Around Lenox hosts the spring trunk show of Paule Ka, a very femme, French, read-to-wear brand inspired by Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, Feb. 21-22.




H Stern Trunk Show at Saks

Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza, hosts an H. Stern Trunk Show of Spring 2013 jewels in the jewelry salon, Feb. 21-22.


SCAD-Savannah Museum Director’s Panel

It’s a major art trifecta when Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Michael Govan, Studio Museum Harlem’s Thelma Golden, and Dfne Ayas, director of Witte de With Rotterdam, headline a museum director’s panel tonight at 6PM, at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, orchestrated by SCAD’s chief curator Isolde Brielmaier. The panel and lecture are part of SCAD’s week-long DeFINE Art Festival in Savannah and Atlanta. The event is free and open to the public For more info:


Shirin Neshat Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat Lecture at SCAD-Atlanta

International art store Shirin Neshat, of Iranian origin, will deliver the keynote address for SCAD’s DeFINE Art Festival tonight, Feb. 21 at SCAD-Atlanta at 6PM. She will also deliver a lecture at SCAD-Savannah on Feb. 22 at 6PM. Renowned for her provocative work in film, video and photography, Neshat has continually engaged and challenged complex social, religious and political realities that shape her identity and the identities of Muslim women worldwide. For more info:


Chinese New Year Celebration at Spice Market at W Atlanta- Midtown

Celebrate the Year of the Snake at Spice Market tonight at 7PM with DJ Swivel, a Chinese Dragon and Geisha Girls Burlesque as entertainment. Feast on a special $25 four-course tasting menu available with sake pairings. End with hand-made fortune cookes and incredible prizes including overnigh accommodations at W Midtown. For reservations: 404.724.2550




Oyster Roast at Rosebud and Family Dog with American Spirit Whiskey

Chef, Ron Eyester of Rosebud and The Family Dog, is partnering up with American Spirit Whiskey and inviting you to an Oyster Roast from 6:30 -10:30 PM. Admission of  $45 per person gets you all-you-can-eat oysters, oyster stew, and two drink tickets for cocktails. Live music and unlimited beer will also be available.  The Oyster Roast will take place outside under the Rosebud patio and a portion of the parking lot, so bring your friends and come celebrate the weekend!  POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER UNTIL FRIDAY MARCH 16


Opening Reception with Artist George Georgiou and Andrew Moore's "New Works from Cuba" at Jackson Fine Art

Jackson Fine Art in Buckhead will host photographer George Georgiou for the opening of his exhibit "Fault Lines/ Turkey/East/ West" from Feb. 22-April 13. Georgiou has photographed extensively in the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Turky for the last decade. His photos focus on transition and identity and how people negotiate the space they find themselves in. Georgiou has received many top photography prizes, including that of World Press Photo, and his work has been shown at MOMA. Also on exhibit: photographer Andrew Moore's "New Works from Cuba" featuring grand, often derelict Cuban structures and interiors. Moore's work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Library of Congress, the HIgh Museum, and more. For more info:


YSL National Makeup Artist at Saks

Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza, hosts national makeup artist Sean Guerra of Yves Saint Laurent today from 10AM to 5PM


Georgia Organics Conference

The 16th Annual Georgia Organics Conference & Expo takes place at the Georgia International Convention Center Feb. 22- 23, featuring keynote speaker CNN Chief Medical CorrespondentDr. Sanjay Gupta. The conference will focus on how farm-fresh food can transform our health. The conference also includes 8 farm tours, 8 in-depth workshops, 32 educational sessions, over 100 exhibitors and one legendary  Farmers’ Feast on Sat. night that will be coordinated by chef Steven Satterfield along with chef Cathy Conway of Avalon Catering. Register at  SOLD OUT


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Big Mike Geier’s “Elvis Royale” at Variety Playhouse

Big Mike Geier’s Elvis Royale is a Vegas- style multimedia extravaganza celebrating the music and culture of Elvis Presley.  Big Mike is the high-energy bandleader who fronts the Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra as they cover tunes from many points in Elvis’ career.  The spectacle grows as the Dames Aflame Showgirls flank Big Mike in lavish costumes and audience members dressed as Elvis parade the stage during for a moment Geier calls “The Cavalcade of Elvis.” Sure to sell-out, the show starts at 8:30PM. For tickets and info:



Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) Performs at Emory
Innovative composer, violinist, and Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) performs tonight at 8PM at Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. DBR sets works from the classical cannon—Bach, Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Brahms—alongside his own vibrant compositions in an effort to show their shared creative impulses. DBR will perform with members of the Sphinx Orchestra, the unique all-African American and Latino orchestra comprised of top professionals from around the country. For tickets and info: or 404.727.5050


SAT. FEB. 23

Steamhouse Lounge Oysterfest

Midtown hotspot, Steamhouse Lounge, hosts its 26th Annual Oysterfest onFeb. 23-24. The first party of spring, Oysterfest, offers record amounts of fresh roasted oysters, ice cold beers and live music. The Sat. event is from 10AM to 7PM.  The Sunday event is from noon to 6PM or buy an advance two-day ticket for $20.


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British Car Fayre and Beatles Tribute: Downtown Alpharetta

Alpharetta hosts the British Car Fayre from 10AM to 4:30 PM at 2 South Main Street, including a gathering of British car and motorcycle enthusiasts, plus fun, food trucks and Abbey Road Live (Beatles Tribute Band) performance 2:30-4:30. Admire Rolls Royces, Aston Martins, Jaguars and more. Admission is free. For more info:



Atlanta Ballet Ball
The 2013 Atlanta Ballet Ball promises to be an enchanting evening at The St. Regis Atlanta, with dining, dancing, live and silent auctions, and a featured dance performance from Atlanta Ballet company members. This year’s ball is chaired by Ginny Brewer and Patrice Greer. Proceeds benefit the Ballet and Centre for Dance Education. For info:  SOLD OUT.


Table Now Supper Series Hosts a "Comida La Revolucion" at Sound Table in honor of the HIgh's Frida Kahlo Exhibit

ATL's latest mobile, pop-up supper club, Table Now, hosts a "Comida La Revolucion" at Sound Table in partnership with the High Museum. Chef Joey Zelinka has created a modern tasting menu inspired by Mexican ingredients and the Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera exhibit at the High Museum. The meal will be paired with a set of small-batch Mexican tequilas, while DJ Karl Injex curates music from Mexico and South America. The dinner with pairings is $45. You must become a member of Table Now to reserve a seat.


Schutze Awards Ceremony at Piedmont Driving Club

The Southeast Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art will host an awards ceremony tonight at Piedmont Driving Club at 6PM. The evening includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner and awards ceremony, including the presentation of the prestigious 2013 Schutze Award Winners. For tickets and info:


Amuse’um “Crowns & Cupcakes” at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta celebrates its tenth birthday with “Amuse’um 2013: Crowns & Cupcakes” fundraiser from 7-11PM. The Museum will be transformed into a whimsical, adult-only royal court filled with kings and queens, Crown Jewel cocktails and delicious cupcakes, of course. Guests will enjoy a magical evening of games, auctions, cuisine, and the tunes of Yacht Rock Revue. All proceeds support the Museum’s early childhood educational programming and community outreach. For tickets and Info:


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Alliance Theatre presents “Charlotte’s Web”

The beloved classic Charlotte’s Web comes to The Alliance with circus stunts and acrobatic twists, Feb. 23–March 10. While remaining true to the story, this entertaining version willincorporate circus stunts anda trained aerialist, who will glide above the stage on fabric curtains.  Other skilled performance elements included are juggling, unicycle riding, tumbling, contortion, clowning – and more! Adult tickets are $35 and Child tickets are $20. For tickets: 404.733.5000 or



SUN. FEB. 24

Kevin Rathbun’s  Men’s Night Celebrity Poker Tournament for CHOA
Do you feel lucky? Test your skills at Kevin Rathbun’s Celebrity Poker Tournament on February 24, 5-9PM, at Kevin Rathbun’s Steak.  The “steaks” are high at this men's event.  Be crowned the “Children’s Champion” while raising money for Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. The evening includes food by Kevin Rathbun, cigars and open bar, celebrities, unique auction items. For tickets and info:  visit 


Cocktails and the Oscars at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta

Enjoy watching The Oscars Ceremony at the bar at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, while sipping glamorous cocktails inspired by this year's nominees. The event starts at 7PM. For reservations: 404.995.7500


Southern Chef Series at Serenbe with Anne Quatrano

Join one of the South’s most talented chefs in Marie Nygren’s kitchen on Feb. 24-25. Work side-by-side to create Quatrano’s favorite dishes and hear stories of her culinary history and passion for good Southern food. $650 per person. Ticket includes hands-on cooking, meals, wine and overnight accommodation at the Inn at Serenbe. Proceeds benefit Wholesome Wave. For reservations: 770.463.2610


Family Fin Fest at Georgia Aquarium
The third annual Family Fin Fest takes place at the Georgia Aquarium on Feb. 24. This family friendly event gives guests the opportunity to have a private experience at the Georgia Aquarium with their families with activities that include full access to the aquarium exhibits, live entertainment, a Wolfgang Puck catered picnic dinner, along with several other fun activities for kids and adults alike. The event benefits the Marcus Autism Institute. For tickets and info:


MON. FEB. 25

Slow Food International Exec. Director Paolo di Croce at Emory

Emory University's new Food E U program and Slow Food Atlanta host an evening with Paolo di Croce, Executive Director of Slow Food International. The Emory coummunity will be able to learn about Slow Food's defense of the biodiverstiy of food and protection of gastronomic traditions throughout the word, including its ambitious "A Thousand Gardens in Africa" project. RSVP to



"Charlotte's Web" Tribute & Benefit with Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q at SweetWater Brewery

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q will host 16 of the South’s top chefs from 6-10PM at SweetWater Brewery to pay tribute to fellow chef and friend, Charlotte Nelson. Charlotte passed away from stage four cancer earlier this month. The event, Charlotte’s Web…Cancer Touches Us All, will raise funds for The Breast Cancer Research Fund and will include samples from all 16 chefs, passed hors d'oeuvres, live music by Moontower and signature cocktails by some of ATL's top mixologists. Participants include Dave Roberts of Community Q BBQ; Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria del Sol; Kevin Rathbun of Kevin Rathbun Steak; Guy Wong of Miso Izakaya, Ford Fry (JCT, The Optimist); Local 3, Muss and Turner's, Ryan Smith of Empire State South, Todd Richards of The Shed at Glenwood, Zeb Stevenson at Livingston and Proof & Provision and more.   
Tickets are $100 per person. 92% of proceeds from the event will go directly to The Breast Cancer Research Fund. For tickets:
Woodfire Grill Winemaker Dinner with Paolo Demarie
Woodfire Gril host a DeMarie wine dinner with special guest Paolo Demarie from Roero in Piedmont, Italy. Guests will have the opportunity to speak to the fourth generation winemaker about his family’s traditional winemaking heritage. The evening will begin with a reception at 7 p.m. that will include sparkling Arneis, followed by a five-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Tyler Williams. Wines include: Barbera d'Albas, Barbarescos, and Barolos. The dinner is $105 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Guests can call 404-347-9055 
Tennessee Truffle Dinner at Watershed on Peachtree
Chef Joel Truel is creating an exclusive, 4-course dinner centered around Tennesse Truffles, with an hors d'oeuvre reception and wine pairings with each course. $120 per person plus tax and tip. For reservations: 404.688.1466


WED. FEB. 27


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Author Salman Rushdie Presents the film premiere of his 1981 book “Midnight’s Children” at Landmark Midtown Theatre

Acclaimed author Salman Rushdie presents the Atlanta premiere of Midnight’s Childern tonight at 7PM at Landmark Midtown Cinema as part of Emory University’s spring arts programming.  The film was adapted by Oscar nominee Deepa Mehta from Sir Salman's Rushdie's 1981 highly acclaimed novel. Midnight’s Children was the winner of the Booker Prize. The plot centers on two babies, who are "handcuffed to history" when they are switched at birth on August 15, 1947 as India declares its independence from Great Britain. Please register for this event by sending an email to Seating is first come, first served, and your RSVP does not guarantee a seat. The event is free and open to the public.



Cherokee Garden Library Lecture with Ryan Gainey, Author of The Gathered Garden

Join the Atlanta History Center's Cherokee Garden Library for a lecture with internationally known landscape designer, plantsman, and Atlanta artist J. Ryan Gainey. His latest volume, The Gathered Garden, showcases exquisite botanical illustrations depicting a palette of plants, arranged seasonally, that thrive in our Atlanta gardens. The lecture is followed by a botanical art exhibit, a book signing, and a reception. This lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations required: 404.814.4046 or email  SOLD OUT


Friends of Winship Lunch and Fashion Show

Friends of Winship is hosting a luncheon and fashion show fundraiser at Piedmont Driving Club today to benefit the treatment and research of women’s cancers at Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University The event will feature fashions from top local boutiques such as Tootsies, with cancer survivors as the models. For tickets and information: 404.778.1769 or


Serenbe Founder Steve Nygren Speaks at "Spotlight on Design" at Switch Modern

Steve Nygren, founder of Serenbe, takes the stage at Switch Modern tonight at 6PM to talk about his sustainable community-- a national model for the future of balanced development. Serenbe's values include land preservation through high-density building, agriculture, energy efficiency, green building, walkability, water conservation, education, health, arts and culture and community living for multiple generations.



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“Drink in Design” Event with Michael Habachy at MoDA (Museum of Design Atlanta)

Michael Habachy of Habachy Designs has designed some of the chicest nightclubs in Atlanta. His edgy, yet sophisticated designs can be seen at places like Vanquish, Reign, Aurum, and Compound, just to name a few. Join Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) for “Drink in Design,” from 6-8PM, as MODA is transformed into a full-blown nightclub. There will be drinks, music, and a chance to learn directly from Michael about what goes into designing a successful club. Admission is $10, members are free and drinks are complimentary. or 404.979.6455



Spano Conducts Bach’s Mass in B Minor at the ASO

Richard Spano conducts Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and various sopranos, a tenor and baritone Feb. 28 and March 1 at 8PM at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Tickets are $24-$75. For tickets and info:



Panel Discussion of “Midnight’s Children” with Salman Rushdie at Emory

Emory Univeristy hosts a panel discussion of “Midnight’s Children,” both the book and the film, with author Sir Salman Rushdie, director Deepa Mehta, producer David Hamilton and Emory faculty. The panel takes place from 4-5:30 PM at the Jones Room at Woodruff Library. The event is free and open to the public. For more info:




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ASO Gala and Concert with Steve Martin

Actor/Musician/Comedian Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers will headline this year’s black-tie Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Gala. The concert with Steve Martin takes place at 7:30PM. Concert tickets begin at $45. Gala tickets, which include a cocktail pre-reception, the concert, a seated dinner and silent auction at the High Museum, dancing and dessert, begin at $1,000. For more info and tickets:


ShamRock with Yacht Rock Revue at Park Tavern

Celebrate St Patrick's day early with Yacht Rock Revue today at Park Tavern.


Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Fest at Atlantic Station

Enjoy 60 beers, 40 bourbons, a whole lot of BBQ, and live music at this year's fest, under the Big Top at Atlantic Station. The VIP session starts at noon and general admission is from 2-6PM. Last year's event sold-out, so advance tickets advised. VIP tickets are $75 and general admission tickets are $25 in advance, $40 on site.


Opening of Atlanta Opera’s La Traviata

Guiseppe Verde’s classic “La Traviata” will be presented by Atlanta Opera March 2,5, 8, 10 at the Cobb Energy Centre.La Traviata tells the story of Violetta, a fallen woman, who is forced to give up the love of her life in this romantic tale of revelry, strife and selfless sacrifice. For tickets and info:


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Opening of “Extreme Mammals” Exhibit at Fernbank Museum

Beginning March 2, visitors to Fernbank Museum of Natural History will stand in the shadow of the largest land mammal that ever lived—the 16-foot-tall Indricotherium. They’ll peek at a Bumblebee bat so tiny, it weighs about as much as a dime. They’ll gasp at animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts and horns. A thrilling adventure, the new special exhibition “Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time” places Fernbank Museum visitors face-to-face with a wondrous array of extraordinary creatures—both extinct and living. “Extreme Mammals” is on view from March 2–Aug. 18. For info and tickets: 404.929.6300 or



“Familes Centerstage” at Woodruff Arts Center

Today the Woodruff Arts Center Galleria will transform for FAMILIES Centerstage – a family fun-fair with live performances, arts, crafts and music for the whole family to enjoy.  Confirmed participants include the Center for Puppetry Arts, Zoo Atlanta, The Cartoon Network and Milton High School’s Cirque Program.  Tickets for FAMILIES Centerstage include admission to either the 1:00 pm or 4:00 pm performance of Charlotte’s Web, with the festival happening in between from 2-4PM. The event supports the education program at the Alliance Theatre. For tickets and info: 




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Dropkick Murphys play The Tabernacle

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with the Celtic-Punk Rock band The Dropkick Murphys, who play The Tabernacle tonight at 7:30PM. For tickets and info:




“Rock Iconic” Exhibit opens at W Atlanta Downtown

Internationally acclaimed photographer Martin Frias will debut his new exhibit, “Rock Iconic” exclusively at W Atlanta – Downtown tonight.  Frias’ work will allow you to step into the front row and experience four decades of rock n’ roll.  Rock icons, including Freddie Mercury, Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, Marilyn Manson, Chris Robinson, Iggy Pop and Ozzy Osbourne, are just a few of the notable names in his photographs.  The exhibit at the W is in collaboration with Denise Jackson, owner of Atlanta’s Emerging Art Scene gallery. The exhibit will be free open to the public from March 8-April 11


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Jerry Seinfeld at Fox Theatre

Quintessential NYC comic and Seinfeld star, Jerry Seinfeld, comes to Fox Theatre for one exclusive night of comedy. For tickets and info: