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The Luxe Weekend:

March 11, 2012

Luxe Weekend:  March 13-April 6

Your in-the-know guide of where to go this weekend

By Nancy Staab

St. Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday so there’s plenty of green scenes throughout the city, plus Atlanta Ballet takes on the Man in Black; the Atlanta Botanical Garden gets bubbly; DayGlow brings a paint rave to Duluth; Paul Oakenfeld rocks Opera and Rosebud launches a fried chicken and bourbon fest.

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Justin Guarini and Friends Perform at Eddie’s Attic

The Alliance Theatre and beloved, Decatur live music venue Eddie’s Attaic have paired up for the month of March for a series of Tuesday-night performances featuring actors/musicians from the upcoming world premier of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. Ghost Brothers is a Gothic musical crafted by Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett and opening April 4 at The Alliance Theatre. Up this Tuesday, Ghost Brother’s star and American Idol alum Justin Guarini and Kate Ferber with Peter Albrink and Lucas Kavner at 8PM. 

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Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt Perform at the ASO

Two iconic American singer/songwriters play their country, rock and blues hits tonight at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Tickets $29-$79, for more info visit


Fried and Gone to Heaven Wine Tasting at Ecco

Classic pommes frites topped with crème fraiche and caviar will be paired with five, extraordinary wines from around the world at 6:30 PM tonight at Ecco, for $30 per person, plus 15% of your dinner that night at Ecco.

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Louboutin Event at Saks Fifth Avenue

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Christian Loboutin today in Saks Fifth Avenue’s famous shoe salon at Phipps Plaza.



Zac Posen headlines NBAF Fine Art + Fashion

Noted New York designer Zac Posen headlines NBAF’s annual Fine Art + Fashion fundraiser tonight at Neiman Marcus, complete with full fashion show and cocktails

For more details about the event visit:

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Tootsies Fashion show to benefit Murphy-Harpst

“An Evening in Paris” is the elegant theme of this chic runway show at Tootsies with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and local VIP models in Rachel Zoe, Michael Kors, Elizabeth and James, Missoni and more. Plus live appearance by designer David Peck and jewelry designer Jill Reno and a live auction including six-night stay in Lacoste France! Carey Carter of Carter Barnes Hair Artisans plays host for this spring event to benefit the Murphy-Harpst house, which offers therapeutic programs for foster children.

General admission tickets $100 per person, and $200 for VIP seating and gift bag. For reservations email:


High Rise Designer Home Tour at W Atlanta Downtown

“High Style” is the theme of this designer show house which pairs top local designers and home décor showrooms with sleek condos at the W Atlanta Downtown. Featured designers include Kerry Howard for Redefined Home, Barbara Westbrook for Room & Board, William Peace for Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Susan Ferrier for R Hughes Showroom, Amy Morris for The Mercantile and Michel Boyd for Bradley-Hughes.  The tour is available Thursdays and Fridays from noon until 5PM, Saturdays 11 AM to 5PM and Sundays 1Pm to 5PM until April 1. Ticket sales benefit the High Museum of Art.

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Latitude Hosts a Pop-Up Patio Party

The weend begins early at Latitude restauranta at Phipps Plaza--as in Thursday at 4PM with a  Pop-Up Patio Party featuring American Spirit Whiskey drinks infused with strawberry, basil and homemade lemonade. One free drink per person as supplies last. 

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Noche Brookhaven Throws a One-Year Anniversary Bash

Join Noche Brookhaven for a caliente night of celebration incluidng drink specials and March Madness.

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Bond and Beyond at the ASO

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, lead by Michael Krajewski, plays famous 007 tunes from James Bond Flicks tonight at Sat. March 17 at 8PM as part of its SuperPOPS! Series. On the playlist: You Only Live Twice and Quantum of Solace as well as popular themes from other classic flicks like The Pink Panther and Austin Powers. $25-$64.

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Singer/Songwriter Chris Trapper plays Smith’s Olde Bar

Boston-based troubadour and talented lead singer of the former band The Push Stars, Chris Trapper, plays Smith’s Olde Bar tonight beginning at 9PM. The tour is in support of his latest CD release The Few & the Far Between, but it’s a reunion of sort since the other bandmates play on some of the songs, as well as Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty. Tickets $15.

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Mark Boomershine Solo Exhibit Preview at Matre Gallery

Preview select works from noted Atlanta painter Mark Boomershine’s upcoming solo show “Smokin’ Hot and Cool” tonight at Matre Gallery, Miami Circle,  7-9PM.

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Dolvette Quince Hosts Chocolate Buffet at Park 75 Lounge at Four Seasons

Yes that's right, the The Biggest Loser TV trainer is not opposed to a little bit of chocolate and it's healthy anti-oxidants so he's hosting the chocolate buffet this week at Four Seasons from 9PM to midnight. Load up on a full buffet of chocolate decadence for $30 per person.




Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Get your green on at noon at the start of the annual St. Pat’s parade downtown, featuring floats, bands, bagpipes, Irish dancers, Budweiser Clydesdales and Grand Marshal Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The parade begins at Ralph McGill and proceeds down Peachtree toward Woodruff Park.

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Meehan’s Hosts Shamrock the Station at Atlantic Station

Meehan’s Public House hosts it’s own St. Paddy’s bash in Midtown in the Central Park of Atlantic Station with lots of family activities starting at noon including Irish dancing, balloon art, bag pipers. And for adults starting at noon there will be craft beer stations with live music beginning at 5PM and culminating in a fireworks display. Alt-rock band Better Than Ezra will take the stage at 8:30 PM, Meehan’s, which will open an outpost later this year at Atlantic Station, will serve beer and Irish eats from food trucks. Tickets $10 per adult in advance or $15 at door.

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Get Bangered and Mashed at Whiskey Blue at W Buckhead

Whisk up to the rooftop of Whiskey Blue for the 3rd annual St. Patrick’s Day bash beginning at 9PM with Irish Car Bomb drink specials, green draft beer, and St. Patrick’s-inspired bites. Having too much fun? Book the St Pat’s weekend package at the hotel for only $189/night. $10 admission at the door for Whiskey Blue.

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Fado Irish Pub St. Pat’s Party

What better way to celebrate the day than at an authentic Irish pub whose décor was shipped wholesale from Ireland to Atlanta? Festivities begin at 7AM with breakfast and live action Ireland vs. England final National Rugby Tournament match. At noon the official party begins with a street fest, beer tents, bagpipers, Irish dancers and live music from Irish tribute bands for U2, Van Morrison, etc.  Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at door.

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Get Lucky at Limerick Junction Pub

Atlanta’s oldest Irish Pub hosts an outdoor fest with live music beginning at 2PM into the wee hours with traditional Irish food and beers at this Virginia-Highland classic.

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Irish Musician Liam O’Connor Plays Buckhead Theatre

Virtuoso Irish accordion player Liam O’Conno mixes traditional Irish music with blues, reggae, Cajun, Latin and classic reels. Check out his unique sound at 7PM.

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Wes Gordon appearance at Bloomingdale's, Lenox Square

We don't know if Wes is Irish, but we do know he is fantastically talented, fashion's newest darling, and he's a hometown boy. Wes visits Atlanta today at Bloomie's to show off his very polished capsule collection for Jones New York at 2PM.




Bruce Springsteen Plays Philips Arena

The Boss just keeps honing his musical legacy. Catch him live at Philips Arena tonight at 7:30PM. Tickets $69-$99.

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Boucherie Dinner at BLT Steak

Chef Cyrille Holota will cook up a five-course dinner featuring whole-animal cookery techniques for dinner March 18-24 at 7:30 PM in BLT’s private dining room. This month’s protein is veal. Each dinner is $65/person with wine pairings for an additional $30.

For reservations call 404.577.760


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Spring Horseback Rides at Serenbe

With the advent of spring the community of Serenbe is offering hour-long, daily trail rides in the countryside for $75 per person. Enjoy a two-for-one special in the months of March and April. Trails are open seven days a week.

For reservations call the Inn at Serenbe: 770.463.2610





Neon Indian at Masquerade

Chillwave performer Alan Palomo brings his dreamy synth music to Masquerade tonight at 8PM.

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Poet Kevin Young Gives a Reading at Highland Inn Ballroom

Celebrated Atlanta poet, Guggenhiem Fellow and  Emory professor, Kevin Young, reads from his first non-fiction work The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness at The Highland Inn Ballroom tonight at 7PM. The free book party is sponsored by A Cappella Books.

Here is the description of the book courtesy of A Cappella Books:

Taking its title from Danger Mouse's pioneering mashup of Jay-Z's "The Black Album" and the Beatles' "The White Album," Young's encyclopedic book combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical choruses to illustrate the African American tradition of lying-storytelling, telling tales, fibbing, improvising, "jazzing." What emerges is a persuasive argument for the many ways that African American culture is American culture, and for the centrality of art-and artfulness-to our daily life. Moving from gospel to soul, funk to freestyle, Young sifts through the shadows, the bootleg, the remix, the grey areas of our history, literature, and music


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Jada Loveless Luncheon at Atlanta History Center

“Beguiled and Bejeweled” is the theme of Atlanta History Center’s Member’s Guild Luncheon chaired by Barbara Joiner and honoring local couture bag designer Jada Loveless. Informal Modeling will be provided by Neiman Marcus. Proceeds of the luncheon benefit the Atlanta History Center.

For tickets call 404.814.4102




The Book of Salt Author Speaks at Emory University

Vietnamese-American writer Monique Truong, author of national best-selling novel The Book of Salt, gives a reading today at 2:30 PM at the Calloway Center at Emory University. She will be reading from her second novel Bitter in the Mouth. The event is free and open to the public.


Lafayette 148  and Jada Loveless at Neiman Marcus

Pop by Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square luxury wing today for designer PA’s from Lafayette 148 and Jada Loveless. Loveless will also be on hand Friday March 23 to showcase her covetable clutches and bejeweled bags.




Atlanta Film Festival Opening Night

The Atlanta Film Fest opens tonight with a screening of the indie comedy Life Happens, followed by an opening night bash at Paris on Ponce with live performance by Blair Crimmins and the Hookers. The fest continues through April 1 with a raft of feature length flicks as well as indie documentaries and shorts.

For full lineup and info about tickets and showings visit


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Man In Black Opens at Atlanta Ballet

What do you get when you dare to combine country icon Johnny Cash and some of his edgy, late-life singles like a Nine Inch Nails cover, and the Atlanta Ballet? A genre-expanding performance by choreographer James Kudelka that combines balletic choreography with a few elements of country kick. Kudelka says it's about timeless themes like "love, sex and death."  Also on the program: the modern and athletic 1st Flash and the premiere of Moments of Dis. Black dress code optional. The Man in Black will be performed March 23-25 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

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WonderGlo Gala at W. Midtown

Progressive dance troupe GloATL and indie arts org WondeRoot are joining forces for the first annual WonderGlo Gala at The W Atlanta Midtown. Sure to be one of the more creative, fun and out-of -the box galas of the year, the event includes cocktails, a seated dinner and late-night dance party and performance at 10PM. Artist collaborators for the event include the Atlanta Opera, Todd Murphy who will be making a painting on site, DJ Vicki Powell and much more and the event is chaired by Nancy Hooff and Todd Tautfest.  The gala is commandering the W Midtown for the night and expect sexy/cool art performances, center piece dancers on the table and some guy on the rooftop of the buiding opposite! Tickets are $250 for dinner and $50 for the SecondWave/Performance only.

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Jr. League Tour of Kitchens

Check out 14 of Atlanta’s most loaded and well-designed private kitchens, paired with some of Atlanta’s top chefs and their bites today from 10AM to 4PM and Sunday from 11AM to 5PM. The self-guided tour will lead you through some of the most distinctive homes and neighborhoods in Atlanta and ticket sales benefit the Jr. League of Atlanta. Kick things off with a Toast of the Tour party Friday March 23 at Guy T Gunter showroom featuring beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, an appearance by chef Linton Hopkins and entertainment by Yacht Rock

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Paul Oakenfeld Plays Opera

Legendary DJ Paul Oakenfeld plays Opera tonight at 10 PM. Oakenfeld has produced for U2 and Madonaa and remixed for everyone from Justin Timberlake to The Rolling Stones. Up next: his album “Pop Killer” featuring The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gnarls Barkley.

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Joy Formidable at Masquerade

The Welsh rock trio visit Masquerade tonight at 7:30PM  in support of their latest album The Big Roar. Tickets $16 in advance.

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MODA Birthday Party with Inperial OPA Circus

The Museum of Design Atlanta celebrates it's one-year anniversary in its sleek new Midtown space today with a circus party from 1-4PM. Enjoy cake and entertainment by the Imperial OPA Circus as well as a tour of the current exhibit "Stories in Form: Chair Design by the Portfolio Center.

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Offal Dinner at Octopus

Chef Justin Burdett of Miller Union is hosting an “Offal Good Time” offal-centric dinner at underground East Atlanta eatery Octopus tonight at 9PM. Also in the kitchen cooking up dishes: chefs Nhan Le, Angus Brown of Octopus, Josh Hopkins (formerly  of Abattoir) and Ryan Smith of Empire State South. Pre-dinner reception includes cheerwine, moonshine cocktail and redneck bar snack. Wine Pairings included for $83 per person, gratuity excluded.

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Inman Park Restaurant Week

This neighborhood restaurant week kicks off tonight through April 1 with great value 3-course dinners ($15-$35) at 14 area restaurants. Participants include Kevin Rathbun Steak, Wisteria, One-Eared Stag, Sotto Sotto, Parish and many more.

For info, menu and reservations visit:




Doppelganger Dinner at Local Three

Chef Chris Hall of Local Three pairs up with winemaker Chris Hall of Long Meadow Ranch for a clever wine dinner at 6:30 PM in Local Three’s private dining room. Chilled lobster salad and braised beef short rib are two of the items on the menu. Tickets are $100 including wines, taxes and gratuity and seating is limited to 36 guests.

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High Wine Auction

The 20th Anniversary High Wine Auction kicks off today with an artist dinner at wine painter Thomas Arivd’s studio/cabin and dine around dinners at favorite local restaurants with guest wine makers doing the pairings. The week continues with lush wine dinners at private local estates, a big Friday Fete and of course, connoisseur tasting seminars and the main event auction on Saturday.

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Ralph Lauren Collection Spring Event at Saks

Ralph Lauren is celebrated at Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza today. More details of this event to come. We love his spring collection with its glamorous 1920's influences. 




Simon Fashion Now at Lenox Square

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Simon Malls hosts a free, spring runway event featuring the season’s latest styles and trends today and Sat. March 31 with various runway shows; mini makeovers from Aveda, Sephora and L’Occitane; style tutorials and prizes. Since all featured looks are immediately available in participating stores, Simon Fashion Now offers unique accessibility -- bringing the drama of the runway right into Atlantans’ closets,” said Jacque Ellis, Assistant Vice President of Corporate Special Events. The event kicks off tonight at 6PM with Trends and Friends Night including runway shows and a pet-featured catwalk at 7PM with pets clad in designs from Bauder College fashion students. The runway shows continue Sat. at 2PM. Featured looks from Lenox and Phipps Mall vendors include: LK Bennett, Michael Stars, Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s, Bebe, Macy’s, Karen Millen, Ann Taylor, Nicole Miller and many more.

Here's what resident Simon Mall fashion expert Jacque Elis recommends for spring:

"Color will flourish on the catwalk this season – from color blocking vibrant hues from the same family like reds and pinks, to verdurous emeralds and teals, to choosing a single bold statement piece. Vivid oranges and tangerines will also catch the eye this season. (An insider tip:  If you aren’t feeling up to the challenge, try a swipe of tangerine lip color or coral pump! Handbags and shoes are a fantastic way to incorporate the season’s bright colors in subtle ways). Pastels will also join the neon fascination that is proving to be a prominent trend this year. In addition to color, I am advocating that everyone at least try the tribal and art deco graphic textiles that are so popular this season."

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Atlanta Hotel Restaurant Week 

Hotel dining is not just for special occasions as the second annual Atlanta Hotel Restaurant Week (through April 7) sets out to prove with prix fixe dinners that won’t break the banks. Participating restaurants this year include Park 75, BLT Steak, Livingston, Southern Art and Bourbon Bar, Spice Market, Lobby Bar, Paces 88 and more. Stay tuned for more details as they develop and future website for menu listings and reservations.


DayGlow at Wild Bill’s

Liquified presents the return of DayGlow “Life in Color,” an electronic music fest combined with a massive paint party tonight at Wild Bills in Duluth. The event features rising Dutch DJ R3hab, a brand new laser show, an acrobat show, and dayglow paint cannons that shoot over 100 feet into the crowd. Doors open at 10PM. Tickets $45-$68.

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Culture Shock Presents: “13 Most Beautiful … Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” at the High Museum

Alt rock couple Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (formerly of the group Luna) present the Atlanta debut of “13 Songs…”  with guitar and keyboard against the backdrop of Warhol’s black-and-white screen tests. Among the subjects a baby faced Dennis Hopper, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick and more. Save your ticket stub post performance for alte night entrance to Picasso to Warhol exhibit, a live DJ in the piazza (weather permitting) and cocktails, 8PM to midnight. Tickets $15.

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Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Fest at Rosebud

Rosebud owner/chef Ron Eyester lauches a local competition for best fried chicken at a tented lot next to Rosebud from 2-6PM with lots of tasty Springer Mountain birds, bourbon, Sweetwater Brewer beer and live music. Among those vying for best fry daddy (or momma) Todd Richards of Ritz-Carlton Buckhead  and Asha Gomez of Cardamon Hill. Tickets $35 per person include fried chicken tastings and two drinks .

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Oyster & Crawfish Fest at Park Tavern with Cowboy Mouth

Consume bivalves and beverages at this Piedmont Park tavern and enjoy live music by Cowboy Mouth, soul sister and local fave Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Heavy Mojo, The Squirrelheads and more. 21+event, $20/person. The fun starts at 2PM. Last year's event sold out.

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Back to the Bayou Zydeco and Cajun Concert with Cedric Watson at Georgia State University

It's Mardi Gras all over again with Grammy-nominated musician Cedric Watson and his Bijou Creole band come to The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University  at 8PM as part of The Francophonie Festival celebrating all things French. Feufollet will also play their Cajun music. 

For tickets: 404.413.9849 and mention "Francophonie" for 15% off tickets


Annual Baconfest by Dad's Garage

Improv theater group Dad's Garage host an appropriately fun and off-the-wall fest featuring loads of bacon eats including smoked whole hogs from P'cheen and other pork snacks, troughs of cold beer, canival games, improv entertainment like a drunken spelling bee, and live music this Sat. March 31 from 1-6PM at Dad's Garage Main Stage. General tickets $25/person and up to $45 and $85 for more VIP options.

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New Orleans Crawfish Boil at One-Eared Stag

Inman Park eatery One-Eared Stag is hosting an April Fool’s Crawfish Boil with New Orleans native chefs Joel Truex of Watershed, Nick Melvin (formerly of Parish), and Lance Gummere of The Shed at Glenwood.

For reservations call 404.525.4479


Pink Martini at ASO

This twelve-piece little orchestra with singers from Portland, Oregon, has gained international acclaim by channeling early 1960s lounge music, classical Jazz and romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940s or 1950s. Their first single Sympathique (sung in French) was an overnight sensation and featured on the Best of Hotel Costes compilation. Put on your sheath dress and pearls and enjoy the cocktail music pre or post martini. Show starts at 7PM at Atlanta Symphony Hall and tickets range from $32-$72.

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Snow Patrol at the Tabernacle

The Northern Ireland alt-rock band Snow Patrol plays the Tabernacle tonight at 7:30PM and will no doubt reprise their platinum hit song “Chasing Cars.”

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Atlanta Humane Society's Jr. Board Rocks out with Yacht Rock at SweetWater Brewery

Atlanta Humane Society's Jr. Board, the 1873 Society Club, hosts a beer and 70's tunes bash all in the name of animal love. A mobile pet adoption unit will also be on hand and bites from local restaurants. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.

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Blooms and Bubbly at Atlanta Botanical Garden

The first alfresco cocktail hour of spring takes place tonight from 5-8PM at the garden. Enjoy champagne and thousands of blooming tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. Italian winemaker Caterina Candoni De Zan of Candoni Family Winery will be on hand with tastings from her vineyard plus a cash bar. $18.95 for non-members.

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Noel Gallagher at Tabernacle

One half of the phenomenal band Oasis (remember Wonder Wall from the 90s?), Noel Gallagher, returns to Atlanta with his new English rock band High Flying Birds, 8PM at The Tabernacle.

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