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The Luxe Weekend:

June 1, 2012

Luxe Weekend: June 2012 & the 4th of July

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

By Nancy Staab

Modern Atlanta hypes contemporary design with a week of avant-garde events; Summerfest returns to Va-Hi; Coldplay rocks Philips Arena; Museum of Design Atlanta gets rad with “Skate It or Hang It;”  Soapbox cars take over Midtown, and a sneak peek at all the local fanfare for the Fourth of July!

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The Atlanta Botanical Garden lights up summer nights with cocktails in the garden, concerts, tastings & sculpture The Atlanta Botanical Garden lights up summer nights with cocktails in the garden, concerts, tastings & sculpture

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Wednesday-Saturday Cocktail Hour with Live Music at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Luxe hotel newcomer Mandarin Oriental is offering a chic cocktail alternative Wednesdays  through Saturdays in their Cafe & Bar, beginning at 6PM. Sip stylish cocktails, nosh on innovative bites and enjoy classical and contemporary music by rising star pianist (and Atlanta native) Cameron Carey. www.mandarinoriental.com/atlanta

 

Thursday Night Cocktail in the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Every Thursday, May-September, sip cocktails and admire the blooms at the most beautiful cocktail party in the city. Groove to a live DJ, catch a chef demo in the Edible Garden (7-9PM), and watch for surprise cultural performances. Lily Pulitzer (the shop coming to Phipps) is the sponsor for June so look for bars and bartenders clad in floral prints, floral inspired drinks and even Pulitzer jeep parked out front. The garden stays open late on Thursdays from 6-10PM. Admission is $18.95 for adults with one complimentary cocktail at the cash bar. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

 

Friday Night Live Jazz at the High Museum

On Friday nights from 5-10PM the High stays open late for evening admission to the museum and hosts a weekly live performance of jazz, plus open sketching, bites, and a cash bar. www.high.org

 

Sculpture in the Garden at The Atlanta Botanical Garden

19 contemporary works of sculpture by 9 artists will be exhibited throughout The Atlanta Botanical Garden through October in collaboration with Marlborough Gallery New York. Some of the noted artists on exhibit include Beverly Pepper, Red Grooms and Michele Oka Doner. The diverse pieces are showcased in stunning and creative ways on the Garden’s manicured property. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

 

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FRIDAY JUNE 1

Jersey Boys Musical at Fox Theatre

Catch the hit musical Jersey Boys, chronicling Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and the golden age of pop, at The Fox Theatre through June 10. www.foxtheatre.org

 

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Modern Atlanta “Design Is Human”

The modern design symposium returns to Atlanta for the fifth year, June 1-10, with a slew of cool design happenings on the agenda. Highlights include a pop-up Negroni bar, Bar Alto, featuring new BAr Alto glassware, June 7-10 at Sound Table's Space2; a self-guided modern homes tour June 9-10, architect studio crawl, and a special showing of Eames furniture at Sound Table June 9 at 9:30PM with models dressed in the latest Marni fashions courtesy of Jeffrey boutique and local artist/photographer Jason Travis snapping the photos, plus film screenings and lectures curated by Robert A. M. Stern (don’t miss the Gage/Clemenceau Architects lecture on “Design Liquidity” at the High Museum, June 9, and perhaps they will drop juicy tidbits of working with Lady Gaga).  All events are free (with the exception of the homes tour which costs $35) and open to the public. For tickets, full schedule and more info: Modern-atlanta.org

 

Friday Night “Iron Chef” Competition at Peachtree Farmer’s Market

For one night, June 1, the Peachtree Farmer’s Market will be open on a Friday night instead of the traditional Saturday morning, in the parking lot at Cathedral of St. Philip, Buckhead. Stop by for tons of fresh produce and homemade goodies, live bluegrass music and foodtrucks. Stay for the “iron chef” competition at 4PM in which local chefs will have $45 and two hours to shop for local ingredients and prepare market-inspired plates to 100 lucky patrons. The market will be open from 4-8PM. Tickets are $5 per person.

 

KD Lang Plays Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden kicks off its summer outdoor concert series with KD Lang tonight. Tickets available through Ticket Alternative or at Garden Admissions. But we hear this event is already sold out. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

 

Alice in Wonderland at Serenbe Playhouse

Serenbe Playhouse kicks off its summer season with an enchanting adaptation of Alice in Wonderland under the stars through June 28. http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com

 

Spoleto Fest, Charleston, S.C

Head to Charleston, through June 10 for a vibrant lineup of music, theater, art, dance, etc--from the classical to avant-garde. Check out the razor-sharp play "The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" June 2,3, 5; The cabaret-circus act Traces (think: urban circus for grownups fusing heart-stopping acrobatics and dance June 6-10; "The Radio Show" by up-and-coming choreographer Kyle Abraham, a dance performance inspired by urban radio staitons June 1-4; The Spoleto Orchestra Uncaged--performing works by John Cake and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood June 3; choral masterworks June5;  New Orleans' Rebirth Brass Band performs June 8-9; and Cedric Watson and the Bijou Creole for the festival finale on June 10. See complete list of art shows and performances at spoletousa.org

 

 

SATURDAY JUNE 2 AND SUNDAY JUNE 3

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Summerfest, Virginia-Highland

One of summer’s best fests, this Virginia-Highland event includes an artists market down Virginia Ave., road races, food and drink, and plenty of live music acts, including New Orleans soul singer Marc Broussard at 6:30PM June 2 and 80’s band The Fixx June 3 at 4:30-6PM. The event is free and open to the public. For more info: vahi.org/summerfest/

 

 

SUNDAY JUNE 3

Free Community Day at Woodruff Art Center/ The High Museum

In memory of the 50th Anniversary of the Orly air crash that claimed the lives of 100 Atlanta arts patrons, the Woodruff Arts Center will offer free admission to the High Museum of Art and various free activities for the family such as art workshops,  an instrument “petting zoo,” poetry readings (including a poem written by Pearl Cleage for the occasion), music and story telling. www.woodruffcenter.org

 

Salsa Fest at Atlantic Station

Sample sexy Latin salsa dancing (professionals and amateurs encouraged to hit the outdoor dance floor), live Salsa music, muy caliente Latin/Carribbean bites, plus members of the Atlanta Braves and Hawks on site for this free festival at Atlantic Station from noon to 6PM.

 

MONDAY JUNE 4

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Linton Hopkins Cooking Demo at The Cook’s Warehouse, Brookhaven

Linton Hopkins plays guest chef at The Cook’s Warehouse in Brookhaven tonight. Learn to prepare a 3-course meal with ingredients straight from the farm. The event benefits Atlanta Community Food Bank. www.acfb.org

 

WEDNESDAY JUNE 6

Neil Diamond Plays Philips Arena

Admit it, you secretly belt out Sweet Caroline and Cracklin’ Rosie in the shower. Now join your fellow diamond lovers at Philips Arena tonight for what’s sure to be a major sing-along. www.philipsarena.com

 

Bunny Williams Lunch and Lecture at ADAC

Ainsworth-Noah showroom hosts interior designer Bunny Williams for a keynote presentation and luncheon. Must be ADAC member to attend and pre-resistration requiresd. www.adacatlanta.com

 

THURSDAY JUNE 7

MA Designer Lectures by Michael Habachy and Brian Patrick Flynn

Don’t miss two of Atlanta’s most talented designer talents dish about their aesthetics and tricks of the trade. Michael Habachy will talk at Room & Board showroom in Westside, 6-8PM, and Brian Patrick Flynn will talk at Flor in Westside, 8-10 PM. Event is free but advance reservations recommended. Modern-Atlanta.org

 

Foster the People at Verizon Amphitheatre 

All the cool kids with the pumped up kicks… will be at this concert tonight. The opening act is U.K.’s the Kooks. http://www.vzwamp.com

 

Sting Sting

Sting at Chastain Amphitheatre

Ok the slightly older cool kids will be checking out Sting tonight at 8PM. Last year’s concert with Sting at Chastain was electric, including solo ballads and a few Police crowd-pleasers. Chastainseries.com

 

 

SATURDAY JUNE 9

Chattahoochee River Race & Festival

Grab your favorite water vessel or floating device and take part in the 10th Annual Back to the Chatahoochee River Race & Festival, complete with music and water activities for the entire family. www.chattahoochee.org

 

Cheers for Children

Drink for the kids! Cheers for Children hosts its annual cocktail benefit for young and upcoming professionals at W Hotel Buckhead tonight with live music from Bill F and the Grand Reckless, an open bar, catered dinner and a silent auction. Tickets are $45/person and all proceeds benefit the patients and families of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. A discounted room rate at The W is also available this night for dedicated revelers ( I mean charity patrons). www.cheers4children.com

 

Picturing  New York/Picturing the South at the High Museum

The High Museum of Art’s magnificent partnership with MoMA continues with two  compelling photography exhibits “Picturing New York: Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art” and “Picturing the South" through Sept. 9. Artists in the survey include Walker Evans, Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott and Diane Arbus. www.high.org

 

Ray’s on the River Jazz Concert

At 2PM Ray’s on the River will host a live jazz and blues concert with performances by Jon Liebman, Scott Glazer, Joe Alterman and Darren Stanley. Tickets are $35 with proceeds benefitting the Fragile Kids Foundation. Tickets can be purchased via Event Brite. www.raysrestaurants.com

 

Brookhaven Beer Fest

Head to Brookhaven from 3-8PM  for a bevy of beers (150 to be exact) and wine, 2 rock bancs, and a DJ as the fest commandeers the road behind the Marta Station from Apple Valley Road to Dresden Drive. Beer providers include: Sweet Water, Samuel Adams, Shiner, Terrapin, Gordon Biersch and many more. Tickets $40 in advance and $50 at the door. http://www.brookhavenbeerfest.com

 

MA Event with Jeffrey Boutique and Eames Furniture at Sound Table

Modern Atlanta presents an unusual fusion of fashion, design and photography at SoundTable’s next-door gallery venue, Space2. Famed local art photographer Jason Travis will be on hand to capture live models in Marni fashions, and be warned, audience participation is highly encouraged.  Modern-atlanta.org

 

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Red Bull Soapbox Race at Piedmont Park

41 teams from Atlanta and beyond, including The Sci-Fi Janitors and The Naked Cowboy from NashVegas, will compete in this year’s soapbox car race on the streets of Midtown at 10th Street and Piedmont Park. Pits open at 10AM and the first race is at noon. No pets or glass allowed but food trucks will be on site with food and beverages. Event is free and open to the public. www.redbullsoapboxusa.com

 

Lost Oasis Gala at Fernbank Natural History Museum

The Roaring 20’s is the inspiration for this year’s 20th anniversary gala, “Years of Roar.” Enjoy speakeasy cocktails, dancing, flappers, culinary delights and a silent auction. www.fernbankmuseum.org

 

SUNDAY JUNE 10

Wynatte Block Party with Cypress Street Pint and Plate

Whynatte is throwing a block party at Cypress Street, beginning at noon, and you are invited. The “patio” will extend all the way to 6th Street, with tasty gilled and smoked treats (wings, bbq, burgers), King of Pops on the premise, and sips from Whynatte and local brewery Jailhouse, plus two live sets by local band faves Young Orchids and Ocha la Rocha. The event is free and open to the public, but bring cash for food and drinks.

 

Spring Wine Dinner at The Farmhouse at Serenbe

Farmhouse proprietress Marie Nygren has created a tantalizing spring menu featuring wines from Quivira Vineyards and locally sourced lamb from Many Fold Farm, with represntatives on site to discuss the wines and lamb. Menu highlights include farmhouse hushpuppies with country ham and Manyfold Farm cheese; fried green tomatoes with fried soft shell crab with pickled pepper and beurre blanc; Manyfold Farm roasted leg of lamb with Serenbe Farm vegetables; profiteroles with Serenbe honey lemon thyme ice cream and Boe's blueberries. $125/person. For reservations: 770.463.2622.

 

MONDAY JUNE 11-WED. JUNE 13

Atlanta Braves vs. NY Yankees

What says summer more than baseball? Go root our home team against those damn Yankees for three-days of games. Atlanta.braves.mlb.com

 

WEDNESDAY JUNE 13

 

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Lera Lynn Plays Variety Playhouse with Todd Snider

Austin singer Todd Snider may be the headliner here, but it’s a double-treat with Athens singer/songwriter Lera Lynn in the house polishing off her sultry torch songs, 8PM. www.variety-playhouse.com

 

Roger Waters: The Wall Tour at Philips Arena

Pink Floyd singer/songwriter Roger Waters will perform the entire, ground-breaking album The Wall with elaborate staging/production values. Philipsarena.com

 

Ben Denigan Performs at Canoe for Song of the South

Atlanta singer Ben Denigan performs at the River Bar at Canoe restaurant tonight as part of the Song of the South Music Series. Sip a cool beverage, take in the river views and enjoy the tunes form 7-10PM

 

THURSDAY JUNE 14

 

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Casablanca at Fox Theatre

The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival kicks off tonight with a screening of the movie classic Casablanca at the fabulous Fox Theatre at 7:30 PM. www.foxtheatre.org

 
 

StarChefs Rising Stars Gala

Atlanta’s Best and Brightest Rising Star Chefs will be in the house and cooking up amazing cocktails, drinks and bites to sample at this awards ceremony/food fete, 6:30-9:30PM at The Goat Farm. Among the honorees: Shane Devereux of The Lawrence, Ryan Smith of Empire State South, Adam Evans of  JCT. and The Optimist, David Carson of Bacchanalia, Tyler Williams of Abattoir, Robert Phalen of One Eared Stag and Guy Wong of Miso Izakaya, plus many more. $85 per person.http://www.StarChefs.com "> www.starchefs.com

 

 

FRIDAY JUNE 15

The Godfather at Fox Theatre

Return for Oscar-winning The Godfather at Fox Theatre 7:30 PM, part of The Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. www.foxtheatre.org

 

Red Stripe Midsummer Music & Food Festival at Candler Park

Enjoy a food truck happy hour from 4-11PM and tons of live music, including G LOve and Special Sauce, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Futurebirds on Friday June 15. Then return Saturday June 16, noon to  11PM for yet more food trucks and music at Candler Park. Free entry but $5 wristband required for alcohol purchase. The band is $10 after 5PM. www.midsummermusicfestival.com

 

SATURDAY JUNE 16

Arial “Portrait of My Father” by Artist Brad Downey

Attention all ITP residents: Be sure to look skywards today from 10AM to 2PM and you might catch a surprising glimpse of a new art project by local artist Brad Downey, who is taking the sky as his canvas. A plane will fly a trompe-l’oeil banner featuring an enlarged cloud photo that Downey’s father took while piloting an airplane. Is it a cloud or art? Then meet the artist for a Q&A from 2-3PM at Room & Board in Westside. www.fluxprojects.org/portrait

 

Skate It or Hang It Skate It or Hang It

The Opening of “Skate It or Hang It” at the Museum of Design Atlanta

In what has to be the rad-est art exhibit of the summer, MODA devotes its walls and even outside piazza space to a celebration of skateboard chic and skateboard culture through Sept. 16. The exhibit will include skateboard graphics from the 1970s to present day; original installations by Atlanta-based artists influenced by skateboard art such as Alex Brewer AKA graf artist Hense, and a 9-foot interactive skateboard sticker wall.

Check out the opening tonight at MoDA and then head over to W Atlanta Midtown for the after party, Sat. June 16, 6PM-3AM. The front driveway of W Atlanta-Midtown will be tranformed into a pop-up skate park with professional, freestyle demos. while a DJ spins tunes. Enjoy the show with cocktails from the Living Room terrace. At 9PM the party moves upstairs to Whiskey Park for more cocktails and dance beats, projected skate documentaries on the wall, and an outdoor terrace featuring skate-centric art. 

On June 21 MODA will host a National Go Skateboarding Day celebration from noon to 5PM at Brook Run Skate Board Park in Dunwoody. www.museumofdesign.org

 

MONDAY JUNE 18

Sidewalk Art Project with SCAD and Sidewalk Radio

In a unique collaboration between AM 1690's Sidewalk Radio program by Gene Kansas and SCAD Atlanta's School of Fine Arts, SCAD art students in printmaking, photography, painting, sculture and foundation studies will create original works of art inspired by Sidewalk Radio's programing on Atlanta art, architecture, design and city planning. Sidewalk Radio will produce a show about the SCAD artists, their works and inpsirations on Monday June 18 and then the top 34 art works will be exhibited in a gallery at Atlanta Preservation Center with an opening Thursday, June 21. The groundbreaking project turns the city into a virtual classroom and the resulting works are sure to be eye-opening by our city's finest emerging artists. sidewalkradio.com

 

A week of anniversary events at Genki Noodles and Sushi in Virginia Highland

Genki is celebrating its one year anniversary in Va-Hi with a week of events starting with a sushi rolling class tonight at 7PM with Genki's master sushi chef, plus appetizers, sake and beer for $35 per person. On Wed. June 20th enjoy a special sake pairing event from 7-9PM. Five sakes will be paire diwth five specialty items from the Genki menu for $35 per person in advance or $40 day of. On Sundays, Genki will offer Sunday Supper, a family-style menu for parties of six and more and also Sake Sunday deals. For reservations or more info: 689.988.3377 or www.genkiatl.com

 

WED. JUNE 20

AthFest Music & Arts Festival

Take a road trip to Athens for this major street party/music and art fest featuring over 150 bands in over 15 venues, three free outdoor stage, an artist’s market, film screenings and more. Outdoor stage headliners include Atlas Sound, Reptar and Yacht Rock Revue. The fest launches Wed, June 20- Sun. June 24.  Athfest.com

 

Lambrusco Party at No. 246

Decatur Italian restaurant No. 246 will celebrate national Lambrusco day with tastings of this dry, sparkling red wine from 5-7PM with Master Sommelier Michael McNeill of Quality WIne & Spirits; bites from the Emilia-Romagna regions where Lambrusco is produced by Chef Drew Belline; and Lambrusco special cocktails created by Lara Creasy and Alan Gary of No. 246, Greg Best of Holeman & Finch, Lindy Colburn of Quality Wine & Spirits, and Paul Calvert of Pura Vida. From 7-9PM the party will move to the courtyard with live bluegrass music by Christ, Lord. $15 per person and guests who stay for dinner receive a $15 credit with purchase of any bottle of Lambrusco. www.no246.com

 

THURSDAY JUNE 21

 

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Duchess of Windsor Book Lecture at ADAC

Atlanta author René Silvin, a long time friend of Wallis Simpson (aka The Duchess of Windsor), will give a lunchtime lecture about the iconic duchess and discuss his book, Noblesse Oblige: The Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her. Must be an ADAC member to attend.  www.adacatlanta.com

 

Much Ado About Nothing at Georgia Shakespeare

Georgia Shakespeare performs one of Shakespeare’s most charming romantic comedies through Aug. 4. www.gashakespeare.org

 

Robert Earl Keen Plays Variety Playhouse

This indie Texas singer/songwriter is the real deal. Check him out live at 8PM. www.variety-playhouse.com

 

Atlanta Ballet Performs at The Atlanta Botanical Garden's "Cocktails in the Garden"

Head to The Atlanta Botanical Garden tonight from 6-10PM for cocktails, blooms and an evening of world premieres from Atlanta Ballet dancers-turned-choreographers. Known as Wabi Sabi, the dance troupe will stage performances throughout the evening in different areas of the garden. The performance is free with purchase of entry ticket to the Garden and included one complimentary cocktail. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org 

 

 

FRIDAY JUNE 22

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Lady Antebellum Performs at Gwinnett Center

They may be based in Nashville, but this Grammy-Award winning trio has roots in Atlanta and they are returning here June 22 for their Bring on the Night World Tour. www.gwinnettcenter.com  or www.livenation.com

 

Vince Gill at Atlanta Botanical Garden

The country crooner plays on the great lawn at the Garden at 8PM. Tickets are $49.50 and available through Ticket Alternative or at Garden Admissions. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

 

SATURDAY JUNE 23 

Buckhead Chili Pepper Fest at Eclipse di Luna

Spicy food and drinks, rock bands, hot weather and a hot crowd make for a caliente evening this Saturday at Eclipse di Luna in Miami Circle from 4PM to 11PM. Think: Weezer tribute band El Scorcho and Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band Behind the Sun; bites provided by DBA Barbecue, Eclipse di Luna and Zoca Luna with King of Pops to cool your tongue; 3 kinds of Corzo infused with jalapeno; blueberry jalapeno margaritas, and more. Tickets $10 at www.buckheadchilipepperfest.com

 

Norah Jones Plays The Fox Theatre

Sultry singer Norah Jones plays the fabulous Fox Theatre tonight in support of her latest album. www.foxtheatre.org

 

The Sixth Annual Ice Cream Social at Cathedral of St. Philip

The 6th annual ice cream social, on the grounds of the Peachtree Farmer’s Market, pits top chefs against each other to see who churns out the best frozen treats. Be sure to bring your own spoon for lots of licks. The event benefits the Atlanta chapter of Slow Food International and the Peachtree Road Farmers. www.slowfoodatlanta.org

 

Big Bang Ball at The Goat Farm

Bang! Arts is hosting this creative event to honor the various artists and companies it has worked with. The one-day festival will take the theme of a modern dustbowl carnival and will include carnival games, fortune telling, art curated by Burnaway and tons of live music by the likes of Blair Crimmins and The Hookers, Lera Lynn, Sadie Hawkins, Flight of swallows and more. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. www.ticketalternative.com/Events/18606.aspx

 

Artist Hense Lectures at MODA

Atlanta artist Alex Brewer (aka HENSE) will discuss his work as a visual artist over the past two decades. His free-form paintings and public mural installations use a combination of abstract lines, shapes and organic forms. His work is also part of the current Skate It Or Hang it exhibit about skateboard art and culture. Lecture is at 2PM at Museum of Design Atlanta, www.museumofdesign.org

 

SUNDAY JUNE 24

Griffin House plays Unplugged in the Park

Catch this alt, Nashville singer in a free concert at Park Tavern tonight from 7:30 to 11PM. www.parktavern.com

 

THURSDAY JUNE 28  

A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream at Serenbe Playhouse

Bucolic Serenbe is the perfects setting for this Shakespearean play of love, magic and mistaken identities through July 18. www.serenbeplayhouse.com

 

SATURDAY JUNE 29

Slow Food Hosts a 2-Day Peach Cook-Off with a BBQ After Party at H. Harper Station

Slow Food Atlanta celebrates Georgia's namesake fruit, the peach, with a peachapalooza cook-off at East Lake Farmer's Market  from 10AM to noon and a peach cobbler contest at Grant Park Farmer's Market Sunday July 1 from 11AM to 12:30PM. After Sunday's cobbler cook-off, head to H. Harper Station for the Slowfood after party. $30 gets you a BBQ plate from Whole Hog BBQ and dinrks. 

 

SUNDAY JULY 1

European 2012 Soccer Finals

No word yet who will be in the Euro 2012 soccer finals today, but pick your pub accordingly. If it's England you might head to Fadó or if it's Italy, Barcelona would be a good HQ for team Spain, and  Fritti/Sotto Sotto is the Italian expat headquarters for cheering on the team. Game starts at 2:45 PM

 

MONDAY JULY 2

 

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Coldplay at Philips Arena

If you were living under a rock and missed Coldplay at Music Midtown last year, here’s your chance to make up for it in spades when the band plays Philips Arena tonight. Viva La Vida is the motto! Start your Fourth holiday early! www.philipsarena.com

 

TUESDAY JULY 3 

Sarah McLachlan At Chastain

She of the ethereal voice, Sarah McLachlan, plays Chastain tonight with orchestra backing. We are pretty sure her classic “I Will Remember You” will be on the list. Chastainseries.com

 

BBQ and Beer Celebration at Woodfire Grill

Wind up for 4th of July with a pre-day/night bbq and beer fest at Woodfire Grill from 5:30 to 11PM. Chef Kevin Gillespie is preparing a 3-course, all-American feast, including appetizers, a BBQ plate, Brunswick stew, cornbread, traditional sides, and banana pudding. The bar will be serving SweetWater 420 on draft with proceeds going towards the "Save the Hooch" campaign. The dinner is $38 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and reservations are required: 404.347.9055

 

Pig Picking and Oyster Roast with Muss & Turner's

Muss & Turner's is celebrating the fourth early with a festive pig pickin' and oyster roast July 3 with 3 dinner seatins at 5:30, 7 or 9PM. On the menu: heirloom tomato salad with Tasso ham, cucumber, red onion, arugula, cilantro, Avocado vinaigrette; grilled apalachicola oysters with pork belly; Brunswick stew, roasted Gum Creek Farms pork with coffee and molasses smoked beef brisket, mac n cheese, collards; peach cobbler with goat cheese ice cream, balsamic syrup and bacon sprinkles. $40 per person, kids under 10 are $8: reservations at 770.434.1114

 

WEDNESDAY JULY 4

Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks at Lenox Mall

Every year Lenox Mall puts on a doozy of a show with food, drinks, activities for the kids, live musical entertainment and the largest fireworks display in the Southeast. More details to come. www.simon.com

 

Private Moet Chandon Fireworks Celebration at W Atlanta Downtown

Check into one of W Atlanta Downtown's fab rooms for 4th of July Weekend and in additiion to amentities like a Bliss Spa, Drinkshop craft cocktail bar, BLT Steak and an infinity pool with city views, enjoy a Moet Chandon private fireworks celebration on the 4th. www.watlantadowntown.com

 

Atlanta Braves Game and 4th of July Fireworks

Cheer the Braves on against the Chicago Cubs and stay for the All American Fireworks Spectacular. Atlanta.braves.mlb.com

 

Fourth of July Skateboard/Art Jam at Shops Around Lenox

This shopping mall parking lot converts into a skate park today from 3PM until dark with skateboard demos, food truck court, an artist’s alley with works by 12 Atlanta artists, a live tagging demo by graf artist Hense and painting demo by Chris Hamer. Admission is free.

 

Red, White and Whiskey Blue at W Buckhead

W Buckhead is rolling out all the stops this 4th of july with DJ Chris Rimby, King of Pops, the Happy Belly food truck and specialty cocktails. Start at the Market restaurant from 5:30AM to 1PM for a festive 4th brunch, Dj, bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys and prime views of the Peachtree Road Race. In fact, the party starts July 3 with music all night from 6-11PM. Tickets are $20 for July 3 and $30 for July 4 with proceeds going towards a patriotic cause:  Operation Homefront Georgia. For tickets: www.watlantabuckhead.com/july-fourth-fireworks

Then head up to the rooftop of Whiskey Blue, which  will offer prime viewing of the Macy's fireworks show at Lenox Square at 9PM. Whiskey Blue opens at 4PM.  Advanced tickets start at $25 and may be purchases at www.ticketalternative.com/Events/18995.aspx  keyword WHISKEY. A limited number of tickets availabe at the door for $30. Table reservations availage at 678.500.31990. Or better yet, book the Fourth of July All Access Package and stay the night with a Wonderful Room, complimentary valet and two tickets to Whisky Blue rooftop. Book package at www.watlantabuckhead.com/july-fourth-fireworks.

 

ASO Plays 4th Of July Concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

The ASO will celebrate the 4th with an All-American Celebration of patriotic songs with Tony Award winner and Broadway vocalist Debbie Gravitte and the U.S. Army Chorus. Stay for the post-concert fireworks finale.  Vzwamp.com

 

Atlanta Braves Game and Fireworks Spectacular

Cheer on the Atlanta Braves in a home game against the Chicago Cubs and stay for the Fourth of July All American Fireworks Spectacular. www.atlanta.braves.mlb.com

 

Red White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium

Join the Georgia Aquarium from 6PM-10:30PM for a large variety of beer tastings from local and national breweries, BBQ, and live music from Yacht Rock Schooner in the Ocean’s Ballroom and on the aquarium’s massive parking deck. Stay for rooftop views of the Centennial Olympic Park fireworks show. Buy aquarium tickets and make a whole day of it. www.georgiaaquarium.org

 

 

THURSDAY JULY 5

The Artist The Artist

A Screening of The Artist at Chastain Park

The Chastain Summer movie series kicks off July 5 at 5:30PM with a screening of 2011 Oscar Best Picture The Artist: an effervescent film celebrating moviemaking.

 

The Importance of Being Earnest at Georgia Shakespeare

Oscar Wilde’s clever, play-on-words play will be reprised by Georgia Shakespeare through Aug. 3. Pack a picnic and enjoy on the lawn before the show. www.gashakespeare.org

 

 

FRIDAY JULY 6

Ringo Starr at The Fox

We will take any of the Fab Five we can get, and these days, the options are dwindling . Be sure to catch this legend and his All Starr Band at The Fox Theatre tonight for new tunes and nostalgic old ones. www.foxtheatre.org

 

SATURDAY JULY 7 

Collective Soul at The Tabernacle

Rock out to hometown musicians Collective Soul tonight at 8PM. Classic hits like Dosage will be on the list. Tabernacleatl.com

 

Sneak Preview of Cannes award-winning "Beast of the Southern Wild" at the High Museum of Art

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Fresh off its Camera d'Or win at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Beasts of the Southern Wild comes to High Museum of Art ahead of its national movie theater release. This enchanting film about a six-year-old trying to hang on to her father, home and community in the face of natural destruction won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. With shades of post-Katrina New Orleans, where the movie is set, and magical realism, this film represents a lyrical tale of resilience. The film screens at 8PM at Rich Theater. Tickets available thorugh Woodruff Arts Center Box Office, 404.733.5000. Tickets are limited to two per person. 

 

Aso Free Performance, Including Stravinsky's TheFirebird

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs the first of two free summer concerts made possible through the generous support of  the Charles Loridans Foundation, Inc. The performance will take place at 8PM at Atlanta Symphony Hall at Woodruff Arts Center. The program will include Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite, Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, Barber's Adagio for Strings, and the Overture to Wagner's Die Meistersinger and Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin.  Complimentary tickets are available online at www.atlantasymphony.org or 404.733.5000