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The Luxe Weekend:

May 2, 2013

Luxe Weekend:  May 2013

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

By Nancy Staab

May brings loads of festivities: Kentucky Derby Day bashes, Cinco de Mayo fiestas, and lots of spring galas. It’s also the time to get outdoors and enjoy the spring beauty at Shakespeare in the Park, Atlanta Jazz Fest, Virginia Highland’s Summerfest, the ASO Decorator’s Show House & Gardens, free ASO concerts at Piedmont Park, and the enchanting Imaginary Worlds exhibit at Atlanta Botanical Garden. End the month on a culinary note with the third annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.



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

When Frida Kahlo married Diego Rivera in 1929, she was 22 and a novice painter. He was 20 years older and the most famous artist in Mexico. During their 25 years together, Diego painted vast murals celebrating Mexico's history and progress. Frida painted more intimate works, often self-portraits, which remained relatively unknown in her lifetime but that today enjoy cult status around the world. With more than 140 works, Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting represents the largest exhibition of the couple's art ever displayed together. The High Museum of Art is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition, which runs through May


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

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 through July 7. For more info and tickets visit:


ASO Decorators’ Show House

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s 2013 Decorator’s Show House and Garden will be on viewthrough May 12 and features the work of dozens of Atlanta’s top designers including Melanie Turner, Michael Habachy, Robert Brown, Boxwoods, Patricia McLean, Jimmy Stanton, Courtney Giles, Bill Musso, etc. The showhouse is open Tues-Sunday. For tickets and info:



“Extreme Mammals” Exhibit at Fernbank Museum

This spring and summer, 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. In conjunction with the exhibit, catch IMAX film “Titans of the Ice Age” documenting prehistoric creatures of the Ice Age such as wooly mammoth and saber-tooth cats (through Aug. 15). “Extreme Mammals” is on view through Aug. 18. For info and tickets: 404.929.6300 or


Eero Saarinen Exhibit at MODA

Museum of Design Atlanta welcomes a retrospective of the work of renowned Finnish architect Eero Saarinen. Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation through June 30Saarinen designed numerous famous buildings, including the Saint Louis Gateway Arch, the TWA Terminal at New York’s JFK Airport and Dulles Airport in Washington, DC. His buildings became instant icons of modernism, and he influenced product designs for living, introducing modern pieces like the tulip chair and the womb chair. For more info visit:



Atlanta Botanical Gardens “Imaginary Worlds” Exhibit

Atlanta Botanical Gardens hosts 19 large-than-life, green, living sculptures of unicorns, butterflies, cobras, a friendly ogre and an earth goddess throughout its manicured garden from May 6 through the  month of October. This enchanting exhibit will delight children and adults alike. Visit Thursday night, when the garden stays open late, and enjoy Cocktails in the Garden and a live DJ as you stroll the grounds, May-Sept. For more info:



Food Truck Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Enjoy a rotating list of Atlanta food trucks every Wed. at Stove Works in Inman Park from 11AM -2PM and at 12th and Midtown every Thursday from 11AM-2PM. On Friday’s head to Chastain Park for Atlanta food trucks from noon to 2PM and 4-7PM at 3905 Powers Ferry road.


Cocktails in the Garden, Thursdays, at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Consider it “Social Irrigation.” Atlanta Botanical Garden stays open late every Thursday night in May through September for cocktails at sunset, live music from a DJ, and cooking demos from 6-10PM. Drink in the fantasy of the “Imaginary Worlds”  living sculpture exhibit, while sipping a specialty cocktail, beer or wine. Admission is $18.95 or free to Garden members. For more info visit:


Atlanta Braves Home Games

Spring has officially sprung and that means the Atlanta Braves are back at Turner Field with home games May 1-5,17-22and 29-31and don't forget about fireworks shows for all Friday home games.  For info and tickets visit



Sundaze Sunday Pool Parties at W Buckhead

W Buckhead and Whiskey Blue are hosting a Sundaze pool party every Sunday starting May 5, from nonon to sunset with DJ’s, boozy popsicles, poolside bottle service and impromptu Champagne Toasts. $20 per person.


Sunday Unplugged in Piedmont Park at Park Tavern

Every Sunday night from May 5 to Sept. 13, Park Taven hosts free concerts of local or national musicians under its air conditioned tent overlooking the park. The event is 21 years and older. For more info and music schedule: 




Dina Mackney Designs Trunk Show and Soiree Book Signing with Danielle Rollins at Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus hosts jewelry designer Dina Mackney for a trunk show from 1-5PM at Lenox Square. Dina's jewelry features all-natural, semi-precious stones that are bezel-set in sterling silver, 18K gold vermeil or solid 18K gold. Her classic designs with modern, clean lines have been featured in countless magazines and worn by starlets like Kate Hudson. Each piece is handcrafted and signed by the artist. Meet the designer in person today at Neiman Marcus. Local author and entertaining expert Danielle Rollins will also be on hand to sign her lavish entertaining book, Soirée, by Rizzoli. 


Shakespeare in the Park: Much Ado About Nothing

Georgia Shakespeare Theatre kicks off its theater in the park series with romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, May 1-5 at 7:30PM. The event takes place at Piedmont Park and tickets range from $20 for reserved chair to $250 for a table of six in prime seating area. Feel free to pack your own picnic but no glass or alcoholic beverages allowed. Beer and wine will be sold on the premises and Happy Belly Food Truck will also provide bites for purchase. For more info: 404.504.1473 or



Collector's Preview Party for the High Museum's International Print Fair

Be the first to see and purchase major international art prints by the likes of Rembrandt and Durer or more contemporary works by Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith or Chuck Close tonight at the Print Fair: First Look Reception at the High Museum of Art from 6-9PM. See and buy original fine art from eighteen leading specialists, plus curators will be available in the galleries. Admission for the preview is $25 for non-members and includes complimentary food and beverages. The fair runs May 1- 5. For more info visit:





The Black Keys and Flaming Lips play Aaron’s Amphitheatre

It’s a double billing when these two dynamic bands rock out at Lakewood. For tickets and info:




March of Dimes Dine Out Event

More than 50 top Atlanta restaurants and chefs have partnered with the March of Dimes for the 29th Annual Dining Out, to be held on Friday, May 3. Each participating restaurant hosts one special table where guests are treated to a unique four-course VIP menu with wine pairings. Individuals and companies may purchase a table of ten for the event for $1,000 or $1,500, depending on the restaurant. Participating restaurants include: Bacchanalia,  Rathbun’s,  Café at the Ritz-Carlton,  Capital Grille, Cucina Asellina, Seven Lamps, F&B, STK, Anis, Aria, Watershed, One Eared Stag, Kyma and many more. Most of the restaurants already sold out!  For more info and reservations:


Art Print Fair at the High Museum

Join the High Museum of  Art for its second annual Art Print Fair, May 3-4, 10AM-5PM and May 5, noon to 5PM. The event is sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association with 18 expert dealers selling affordable art of international repute. The event provides a rare opportunity to acquire affordable, original prints from a wide-range or artists, from Old Masters including Rembrandt and Durer to American artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and contemporaries such as Kiki Smith and Chuck Close. This event is free and open to the public. For more info:


Special Concert with Mudville at Fine Arts Worshop at Kings Plow

NYC-based band Mudville will bring their unique trip-hop fused with improvisational jazz and soul to Fine Arts Workshop (FAW) for a special concert tonight at 9PM. This the band's first live performance since 2012 and will introduce songs from their forthcoming album, "Leaves, Sadness, Science." Critics have hailed lead singer Marilyn Carino as "a musical force" and "Nina Simone coming back from the dead." The multi-disciplinary night will also include refreshments and a special exhibition of FAWS Atelier artist's works. Doors open at 8PM. $20 per peron. For more info visit:




Shepherd Center's Junior Committee Derby Day

Derby Day has been called Atlanta's biggest Kentucky Derby-themed fundraising event. Join Shepherd Center Jr. Committee friends and supporters at the scenic meadows of the Georgia International Horse Park for a giant, outdoor tent party with a traditional Southern menu, open bar, live and silent auction, large screen viewings of the Kentucky Derby,  and live music by The Breakfast Club. Buses leave Buckhead beginning at 2PM and run continuously back and forth until 9PM, so you can sip that mint julep guilt-free. Tickets are $60 in advance and $70 at the gate and available at



Kentucky Derby Viewing Party at The Family Dog

It is Kentucky Derby time again, which means it is time to put on your big hats and come down to The Family Dog for $5 mint juleps from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, as well as a hat contest, horse betting games and a Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich special.  For more info:



Kentucky Derby Party at H. Harper Station

H. Harper Station hosts a grand Derby Party from 3PM to 7PM with indoor and outdoor live entertainment, giant TV screens for race-watching at 6PM, a full buffet of Kentucky treats like hot browns, and of course two drink tickets for bourbon laced cocktails like Woodford Reserve Mint Juleps or Old Fashioneds. The most dapper man and women will win a prize. $39 per person, must be 21 or older. Tickets via scoutmob:



Kentucky Derby Viewing Party at South City Kitchen Vinings

Join South City Kitchen, Vinings, for a Derby viewing party with flat-screen TVs in the bar, $6 bourbon cocktails and enough Southern-style hors d’ouevres to feed a horse. Think: hot brown fritters, oysters with bourbon glaze, pecan cheese staws, pimento cheese plate.  The best Derby duds: hats and seersucker suits, will get you 15% off of dinner. $20 per person.  For tickets:


CHOA's Derby Day at Country Club of the South

Enjoy an extensive silent auction, authentic Derby-style food and beverages and live entertainment while catching the most exciting two minutes in sports. Country Club of the South will host the event from 4:30-8:30PM to benefit Children's Hospital of Atlanta. Tickets are $75.


Cinco de Mayno Bash at Eclipse di Luna, Dunwoody

The Dunwoody location of Eclipse di Luna is celebrating Cinco de Mayo a day early, starting at 6PM with live international music by RUA 6, live DJs, and drink specials. No cover until 10PM.


Cinco de Mayo Street Party at Tin Lizzy’s Buckhead

Tin Lizzy’s Buckhead hosts a street party with live DJ’s all day and night long at 3639 Piedmont Rd. Location.


Cinco de Mayo Dance Party at P’cheen

P’cheen goes from Irish to Mexican for the day with a massive dance party with El DJ Mafioso, smash ‘em up pinatas, loco beer and tequila specials, May 4th starting at 9PM. The fiesta continues May 5 from 2PM- 8PM and a special edition of “Sidewalk Sunday.”


Atlanta Dog Jog at Piedmont Park

Georgia Veterinary Medical Association hosts a dog jog today at Piedmont Park to benefit GVMA Foundation and Canine Assistants. The 2013 Atlanta Dog Jog features a 1-mile and a 2-mile run/walk. All athletic levels are welcome, from competitive runners to casual walkers. Strollers and wagons are permitted. The 1 mile walk starts at 9AM and the 2 mile walk starts at 9:30AM. Meet at the Piedmont Park Pavilion Area. $25 in advance or $30 day of race. $15 for an additional dog. For info visit:


Shaky Knees Music Festival with The Joy Formidable, Lucero, Band of Horses, Lumineers, etc.

Masquerade, in historic Fourth Ward Park, hosts the Shaky Knees festival May 4-5, beginning at noon. The two-day event will showcase dozens of bands, including Band of Horses, Lucero, The Joy Formidable, Lumineers, Drive by Truckers, etc. $61 per person for one-day general admission. For more info and tickets visit:


Beastly Feast at Zoo Atlanta

The gala begin at sunset at 6:30PM with a stroll throughout the Zoo grounds enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from kiosks hosted by some of Atlanta's finest restaurants. A seated dinner and dancing to the music of a live band will follow as well as a luxury silent auction.  This year’s chairs are Bob and Judy Webb and the theme “Swing Fling” pays homage to Zoo Atlanta’s great apes. For tickets and info:



Wings of Mercy Ball for St. Joseph Hospital at St. Regis

The 24th annual Wings of Mercy Ball will be held on Saturday, May 4, at The St. Regis Atlanta. The gala is co-chaired by Mrs. Caroline Jeffords and Mrs. Teri Xerogeanes. The black tie evening will include a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and music, to benefit St. Joseph’s and its Mercy Care Services. For more info:


25th Annual Hearts with Hope Gala at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

Partners Against Domestic Violence (PADV) celebrates the 25th annivesary of their Hearts with Hope Gala with a grand, black-tie affair tonight at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. Enjoy a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, a live and silent auction and entertainment by US Beat for post-dinner dancing. For tickets and info:





Cinco de Mayo Round-Up

Noche Brookhaven, Twisted Taco, Tin Lizzy’s (Perimeter) EL Taco, No Mas!, Rosa Mexicano, The High Museum of Art (in conjunction with the “Frida and Diego” exhibit)  and Centennial Olympic Park (Fiesta Atlanta: 10AM-7PM, free admission) are all hosting day-long, tequila-fueled Cinco bashes.



May Day at Serenbe

Celebrate spring and May Day at Serenbe from 1-5PM with live music from The Farmland Band, shopping, artist’s exhibits, farmstand food and drinks. Good trucks, handmade art and jewelry, icecream, SweetWater brews, etc. For more info visit:



Canoe Wine Education Series

Join Matt Bradford, a certified wine connoisseur and Canoe’s Beverage Director, on May 7 for the final dinner in Canoe’s Wine Education Series. For $85 per person, this four-course meal with guided wine tastings will focus on Italian Reds. For reservations: 770.436.9292.


4th Annual Nexus Award at ACAC

Join the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (ACAC) as it honors Atlanta artist and legend Lucinda Bunnen, the 4th annual recipient of the Nexus Award. The evening begins at 6PM with a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres. The ceremony will begin at 7PM. DJ Kermit will provide the tunes. Business attire. Tickets are $50 per person or $40 for members. For info and tickets:


Spalding Nix Culture Club with the President of Jane Austen Society

 Spalding Nix Fine Art & Antiques presents the lecture “Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice” by Susannah Fullerton, President of Jane Austen Society of Australia. The talk focused on Austen’s beloved book of manners and morés is at 6:15PM with a reception and book –signing following at 7:15PM at Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s Presentation Room on floor 1. Registration is required at or 800.913.6565, ext. 201: Use code 13SCULT.  Admission is $25 for members and non-members.




Design Conversation at MODA with the Author of the Taschen book on Eero Saarinen

Pierluigi Serraino, AIA, a San Francisco Architect and author of the Taschen volume on Eero Saarinen, will delve into the mythology surrounding the towering achievements of Eero Saarinen. Using untapped primary sources, Serraino will reveal the unique make-up of the architect's extraordinary trajectory in the history of modern architecture. Doors open at 6PM.  The lecture will begin at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $10. For more info visit:



Robert Spano and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto at the ASO

Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles will lead the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto — the only concerto Beethoven wrote for more than one solo instrument — featuring Music Director Robert Spano on piano, Concertmaster David Coucheron, and Principal Cello Christopher Rex. The concerts will take place May 9–11, at 8PM, in Atlanta Symphony Hall at Woodruff Arts Center. The program will also include Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Walton’s Symphony No. 1. For tickets and more info visit:


Taste of Alpharetta festival

Here's one for the OTP folks (ITP can't have ALL the fun!)  Historic downtown Alpharetta hosts its annual street food festival with over 50 Alpharetta restaurants participating, a stage of live music and family fun on Main Street from 5-10PM. Admission is free. Restaurants will charge $1-$3 per food taste. For more info:




Atlanta Ballet “Love Stories” 

Atlanta Ballet concludes its season with the lyrical “Love Stories” on May 10-12 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. “Love Stories” features four pieces that explore the theme of love through classic and innovative choreography. The program include the Wedding Night Pas de Deux from Madame Butterfly;  the all-male White Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake by acclaimed British choreographer Matthew Bourne;  “Requiem for a Rose” by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa with music by Franz Shubert; and “Prayer of Touch” by Helen Pickett  Tickets start at $20. For tickets and info visit:



Smashing Pumpkins at Chastain

1990’s alt-band Smashing Pumpkins, lead by Billy Corgan, headline tonight at Chastain Amphitheatreat 8PM. For tickets and info visit:


Photo Exhibit Opening with Douglas Stratton at Astolfi Art

Astolfli Art gallery will host Douglas Stratton’s latest collections of works, entitled “Environment,” “Organix” and “Street Art.”  The photos range from stunning landscapes and close-ups of nature to graphic street graffiti in an urban environment. The opening reception is tonight from 6-10PM. For more info visit:




JDRF Hope for a Cure Gala

The Hope for a Cure Gala takes place tonight at InterContinental Hotel, Buckhead, with Chairs Meg and Jeff Arnold and Pam and Bobby Kaufmann.  This year’s honorees are Carter and John Hipp. The elegant black-tie evening features a fabulous cocktail party, seated dinner and spectacular live and silent auctions to support JDRF’s mission, to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. For tickets and info visit:


Wonderglo: The Race at W Atlanta Midtown

Atlanta’s most creative and immersive arts experience returns this year to W Atlanta , Midtown. Wonderglo: The Race, co-chaired by Todd Tautfest and Nancy Hooff, Wonderglo: The Race, celebrates Atlanta arts organizations, WonderRoot and gloATL. Tickets range from $10 for the After Party, $50 for the art migration + after party and $250 for the complete experience with a three-course seated dinner, auction, art migration + after party. During dinner, guests will experience sensory performances by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's emerging composer Michael Kurth, poetry artist Big Rube of the Dungeon Family, filmmaker Micah Stansell, Lauri Stallings of gloATL, The Object Group, artists of WonderRoot, and more. For tickets visit:


Garden for Connoisseurs Tour

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend or spring than the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual Garden for Connoisseurs Tour on May 11-12, 10AM to 5PM. The self-guided tour will feature 11 stunning gardens from grand estates to more intimate urban oases. Highlights include the estate garden of Danielle Rollins at her Philip Schutze-designed house, the romantic Decatur garden of Ryan Gainey, and the ASO Decorator’s Show House garden by Ed Castro. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the tour. For tickets and more info visit: or 404.585.2062.


Hogs & Hops at Sweetwater Brewery

Enjoy SweetWater beer and loads of barbecue from D.B.A., Bone Lick, Moe’s, and Fox Brothers, plus food trucks, frozen pints ice cream and live music by BedHead from 6-9PM  at SweetWater Brewery. $45 in advance, $55 day of event. For tickets:


Electric Run at Atlanta Motor Speedway

The speedway will be transformed into an electric wonderland for a glow-in-the-dark, 5K, nightime run from 8:50PM to midnight. Think LED-lit passageways, light art installations, and enough glow sticks to turn this creative run into a rave. There will also be electronic dance music for runners and non-runners alike. For more info:




Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody at Buckhead Theatre

Because last year’s best-selling bodice-ripper more than deserves to be parodied, check out this Fifty Shades of Gray musical parody May 14-19 at Buckhead Theatre. It’s sure to be sexy, sassy and silly. Tickets available via


Cooking Demo with Local Three Chef at Atlanta Botanical Garden

For tonight’s “Well Seasoned Chef” program the Gardens hosts Chef Chris Hall of Local Three from 6:30-8:30PM. Enjoy an intimate culinary experience with farm to table chef in the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen with recipes and wine pairings. Register early as space is limited. $115 per session. 404.876.5859  ext. 2559.



6-Course Wine Dinner at Aria with Huneeus Vintner's Estates

Aria welcomes Huneeus Vintners’ estates director Larry Stone for an evening of wines from Agustin Huneeus’ world-class portfolio, which represents the finest vineyard estates, appellations and wines from Chile and Napa Valley. A master sommelier and two-time recipient of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service, Stone has worked at the Four Seasons, Chicago’s Charlie Trotter and as a former partner at San Francisco’s Rubicon restaurant. Starting at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy a six-course menu prepared by Chef/Owner Gerry Klaskala paired with five wines from the Huneeus Vintners estates. Featured wines including Quintessa, Fautst and Illumination pairings. Dinner is $100 per person and excludes tax and gratuity. For reservations: 404-233-7673 or visit:


"Big Fish" Author Daniel Wallace Presents His Latest Novel at Ivy Hall

Southern literary master Daniel Wallace returns to the tradition of tall tales and folklore in his new novel, The Kings and Queens of Roam. The author, who crafed the bestselling Big Fish, brings readers a big-hearted story about family and the ties that bind. Wallace will discuss and sign copies of his book at SCAD Atlanta's Ivy Hall writing center, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave. at 6:30 PM. A Cappella Books will have copies of the book on hand for sale. The event is free and open to the public. 


Monthly Wine Tasting at Woodfire Grill with wine director Nicolas Quinones

In February 2013, Quinones visited six wineries in Rioja, Campo de Borja, Penedès, Getaria and Navarra, Spain. Join him for a tasting of the wineries that he visited and taste some very special wines that he imported directly to Woodfire Grill as a result of this inspiring journey along the Ebro River Valley, from 6-8PM. The cost is $20 per person with tastings limited to 30 guests each month. For reservations: 404.347.9055


Collective Spirits at The Bascom Center for Visual Arts, Highlands, NC

lucky oenophiles will be wined and dined on May 16–18 at The Bascom’s annual Collective Spirits fundraiser. The festivities include exclusive benefactor-only wine dinners featuring renowned chefs including Susan Spicer of Bayona, Sean Brock of Husk, Chris Hall of Local Three and more; wine tasting seminars; a VIP Wine Tasting of rare and collectible restaurant-only wine-list wines; and a Stock Your Cellar Wine Market. The festivities will culminate with a seated dinner on Saturday at Highlands Country Club with a live auction conducted by wine specialist Greg Quiroga of Reynolds-Buckley in California.The Bascom’s Collective Spirits 2013 vintners include special Guest of Honor winemaker Rick Sayre of the Rodney Strong Winery. and many more notable winemakers. For info and tickets visit or  828.787.2896


4 days of Xperimental Puppetry Theatre at Center for Puppetry Arts

Think of it as the X games for puppetry. CPA is hosting 4 days of  short, experimental puppetry performances by up and coming artists from 12 different teams, May 16-19. This adults-only showing is recommended for 18 years and up and there will even be a beer and wine bar prior to the shows and at intermissions. Among the programs : "Waiting for GA-DOT" a parody of "Waiting for Godot" featuring truckers on a GA highway; "Floating" a black light piece about astronauts and aliens and "Sunflowers and Starry Nights" about artist Van Gogh. There will be an artists talk following every performance. Tickets are $7 for members or $12 for non-members. For tickets and info: 404.873.3391 or visit:


Comedian Margaret Cho Performs with Jim Short at Laughing Skull Lounge

Laughing Skull Lounge, within The Vortex Midtown, hosts renowned comedian Margaret Cho with Jim Short, May 16-18. For show times and tickets visit:


Alive After Five in Roswell

Join downtown Historic Roswell for the monthly Alive After Five street fest, held every third Thursday in April-Oct, on Canton Street from 5-9PM. Enjoy live music by 5-6 artists, outdoor vendors, food from local restaurants, and more. For more info:">




Free ASO Concert at Piedmont Park

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Piedmont Park Conservancy present the “Performance on the Promenade” concert series at 7:30 PM. The concert will be led by ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles and will feature Concertmaster David Coucheron playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Admission is free and open to the general public, but tickets for general admission seating are required. Tickets for the May 17 performance will be available beginning on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 10AM at


 CHC International Horse Trials

The Chattahoochee Hills Country International Horse Trials (CHC International Horse Trials) has announced its inaugural event May 17 -19. It's a 3-day “equestrian triathlon” just 30 minutes  from Downtown Atlanta at Bouckaert Farms, a scenic 8,000-acre equestrian paradise along the Chattahoochee River and very close to Serenbe. Not only will event-goers get to watch amateur, professional, international athletes and Olympian competitors, but they can also enjoy a shopping bazaar, food trucks, tailgating, a beer garden, kid zone, bars, a huge bon fire, live music by Mike Snowden and more. Advance weekend, daily passes are available for $11 for adults and $3 for kids; and, $15 at the door. For tickets or more info visit:


Friday Jazz at the High Museum of Art

Tonight the High Museum stays open late from 5-10PM for its monthly Friday Jazz concert featuring The Will Goble Quartet and Gregory Tardy. Concert is free with museum admission or free to members. For more info:



Alliance Theatre’s A Tony Evening with Jane Krakowski

Alliance Theatre hosts its 5th annual A Tony Evening gala, tonight at Woodruff Arts Center, Chaired by Stephanie Blank.  A Tony Evening will honor Paul Bowers, President and CEO of Georgia Power, and Sesame Workshop for their support of arts in early childhood education. Jane Krakowski , best known for her role on NBC’s hit comedy 30 Rock, is the entertainer for the event.  She was also awarded the 2003 Tony Award for her role in the hit musical, Nine. Show Tickets for Jane Krakowski’s performance start at $60 and include a champagne and dessert reception post show. Gala Tickets include dinner at the High Museum of Art, a silent and live auction, the performance by Jane Krakowski and post show reception, and are $350 per person or $500 per couple. For tickets and more info:



A Taste of the Highlands

Join CHOA InTown Friends for the 11th annual A Taste of the Highlands at John Howell Park in Virginia Highland, from 2-5PM for bites and drinks from the neighborhood’s best restaurants. Some of the featured restaurants include Ecco, Alma Cocina, Lure, El Taco, Alon’s, Murphy’s, South City Kitchen, Barcelona, Cucina Asellina, DBA Barbecue, Genki, Frozen Pints, STK, Rosebud, and Woody’s. Ticket price includes all food and beverages as well as live entertainment.  Event typically sells out early. All proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. $50 per person. For tickets and more info:


Party in the Park with Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding & More

Centennial Olympic Park hosts a Party in the Park with performers like Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Grouplove and more, beginning at 3PM. General admission tickets are $35. For tickets and info:



Ryan Bingham at Center Stage

Alt-country singer Ryan Bingham plays tonight at Center Stage. Bingham is best know for his collaboration with T Bone Burnett on the 2009 Soundtrack for “Crazy Heart” and its award-winning song “The Weary Kind.” Hear the crooner in person tonight at 9PM. For tickets and info:


East Atlanta Beer Festival

The 10th annual East Atlanta Beer Festival will take place in the heart of EAV at Brownwood Park. The fest will feature hundreds of breweries, including Abita, Magic Hat, Sweetwater, Terrapin, Wild Heaven and more. Entertainment will be provided by Wasted Potential Brass Band, rockabilly band Cigar Store Indians, and the Dixieland Jazz of Blair Crimmins and The Hookers.  There will also be several food tents and food trucks. General admission is $40 in advance or $45 at the gate. For tickets and info:">


Louisiana Crawfish Boil at Serpas

Chef Scott’s famous annual Crawfish Boil is making its return to the Old Fourth Ward on Saturday, May 18, from noon to 3 p.m. Guests will enjoy Louisiana favorites, drinks and music for $45 per person.
Tickets include a crawfish boil with corn and potatoes; chicken and andouille jambalaya; Meme's potato salad; Ponchatoula strawberry cake and two drinks (choice of Tito's Handmade Vodka crescent city cooler or Abita draft beer). Nathan Nelson will be performing and all seating is community-style. To purchase tickets, visit Scoutmob here:


Pinot Noir Wine Class at The Shed at Glenwood

Hot off the heels of opening 3 Parks Wine just a few doors down, join The Shed at Glenwood’s resident wine aficionado Todd Martin today at 3 p.m. for the Bi-Monthly Wine Class: "All You Ever Wanted To Know About Pinot Noir But Were Afraid To Ask." Guests will enjoy a laid-back, but informative tasting of eight Pinot Noirs and variations thereof. Tickets for the tasting, including food pairings from chef Todd Richards, are $50 per person (tax and gratuity not included), seating is limited. For reservations, call 404-835-4363 or email


SCAD-Savannah Senior Fashion Show 2013 with Honoree Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein

Savannah College of Art and Design will present the collections of top graduation seniors at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Trustees Theater. This year’s André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award goes to designer Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein (past honorees have included Oscar de la Renta, Tom Ford, Miuccia Prada, Ralph Rucci, Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg ) Tickets will go on sale in early May. Tickets for the 4 PM show are $20 for general public. For the 8PM show tickets are $50 for the general public. Costa will also participate in a fashion conversation at SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah at 2:30PM today and the 8PM fashion show will be livestreamed at   For tickets to the fashion show and more info: 912.525.5050 or





Chef Zeb Stevenson’s “Last Supper” at Livingston

Chef Stevenson will be hosting his “Last Supper” on the rooftop of the Georgian Terrace, before departing Livingston restaurant. The12-course, family-style dinner, cooked tableside,  will feature “spit-roasted lamb, house-made cheeses, fermented goodies, and witty banter.” The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at Proof & Provision at 6 PM. with the seated dinner beginning at 7 PM. Tickets are $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity and will be limited to 24 guests. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, May 1 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at


Atlanta Streets Alive

Peachtree Street will be closed off to car traffic from Downtown to Midtown, from 2-6PM today, for the annual Atlanta Streets Alive event. Come join the city for a vibrant street experience. Bring your bicycle, rollerblades, skateboards and more, for 2.7 miles of fun. For more info visit:


Southern Chef Series with Hugh Acheson at Serenbe

Join some of the South’s most talented chefs in Marie Nygren’s kitchen. Work side-by-side to create some of their favorite dishes and hear stories of their culinary history and passion for good, Southern food.  This month’s guest chef is Chef Hugh Acheson of Empire State South, May 19-20. Hands on cooking, meals, wine and overnight accommodations at Inn at Serenbe are included. $650 per guest. For reservations: 770.463.2610


Lera Lynn at Eddie's Attic

Indie singer/songwriter Lera Lynn, best known for “Bobby,Baby” plays Eddie's Attic in Decatur tonight at 7PM. Says one critic: “Her sultry voice has a way of wrapping around melodies, enveloping the listener in her lyrics, rife with a plainspoken yet cutthroat honesty.” Tickets $8 in advance or $12 at the door:



Fashion Group International Atlanta Presents "Scent: The Making and Business of Fragrance" at Blo Bar

The Atlanta Chapter of Fashion Group International (FGI) presents a fashionable mixer tonight at Blo Beauty Bar, Brookhaven, about the luxe fragrance business, from 6-8PM. Susan Sexton, master parfumer of Blend, will be the keynote speaker, discussing the intricacies of making alluring parfumes and the business of fragrance. Cocktails and light bites will also be offered. This fashion networking event is $15 for FGI members and $25 for non-members. Blo Beauty Bar is located at 2565 Apple Valley Rd. NE. To RSVP:




SCAD Atlanta Seen Gala

This year’s SCAD Seen Gala will be chaired by Wendy and Neal Aronson and Jason Moattar and Nathan Lycan, with famed fashion designer Ralph Rucci as honorary chair.  Fay Gold will curate the event's fine-art auction and luxury women's wear designer and SCAD Style Lab mentor Mimi Plange is slated as one of the evening's special guests. Attendees will enjoy a lavish evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, art and fashion showcases, music and dancing while raising scholarship funds for SCAD students.  The preview party is at 6:30PM and the main event starts at 7:30PM. Gala Tickets are $150 per person, or $275 per person for gala and preview party.  For tickets and info visit:


Jonathan Shapero at Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center Members Guild hosts a tea and talk with Atlanta jeweler Jonathan Shapero today at 2PM. Shapero will be sharing stories of his life and his 25 years as a private jeweler to celebs, politicians and VIPs. For reservations: 404.814.4021


Monthly Wine Tasting at Watershed on Peachtree

Watershed's monthly winetasting focuses on dry white wines, rosés from Provence, sparkling wines and lighter style reds. Taste 20 different wines and enjoy light bites for $20 per person, from 5:30-7PM tonight. All wines will be available for purchase at Brookhaven Wine.  


Ralph Rucci Trunk Show at Saks Fifth Avenue

Join Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza May 22-23 for an exclusive trunk show of Ralph Rucci's Fall 2013 Collection.




La Belle Soiree with Atlanta Opera and Watershed

La Belle Soirée, an annual spring fundraiser to benefit the Atlanta Opera, will take place on May 23 at the house of Ms. Suzanne Mott Dansby in Buckhead.  During the evening, guests will be serenaded by members of The Atlanta Opera Chorus and will be treated to fine fare prepared by Chef Joe Truex of Watershed, as well as cocktails. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by contacting Allison DeNiro at


 American Cancer Society Hosts An Evening with Quincy Jones at Fox Theatre

The American Cancer Society will celebrate its 100th Birthday with “An evening with Quincy Jones & Friends.” The legendary music producer will be joined for an unforgettable evening by special guests, including James Ingram, Patti Austin, Siedah Garrett, Nikki Yanofsky and Alfredo Rodriguez. Tickets start at $55 and are available for purchase at  or 1.888.ATL.TIXX 



Free ASO Concert at Piedmont Park

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Piedmont Park Conservancy present the “Performance on the Promenade” concert series at 7:30 PM. The concert will be an all-American program led by Music Director Robert Spano. The program will include the Overture to Bernstein’s Candide, Christopher Theofanidis’s Rainbow Body, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, “Symphonic Dances” from Bernstein’s West Side Story, and the Suite from Star Wars by John Williams. Admission is free and open to the general public, but tickets for general admission seating are required. Tickets for the May 23 performance will be available on Friday, May 10 at 10AM. at


New Orleans Crawfish Boil at South City Kitchen Vinings

Join SCK Vining on the patio for an authentic crawfish boil with all the fixings including red potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, smoked sausage, crackers and hot sauce, and specials on Monday Night Brewing's Fu Manbrew Belgian-style wit beer. The cost is only $30 per person and seats will fill up fast, so call 770.435.0700 for reservations.


Screening of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" at Central Park, Atlantic Station

All summer long Atlantic Station will host movies in Central Park. Tonight's feature is the romantic comedy "My Big Fat Greek Weeking" which will screen at dusk. The movie is free and open to the public. For more info visit:



 Singer and Pianist Michael Feinstein Performs with the ASO

Grammy-nominated singer and pianist Michael Feinstein will join Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for an evening of favorites from the American Songbook May 24–25, at 8 PM. Mr. Feinstein is a multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer. For tickets and info:


Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics play Terminal West

Soul and R&B group Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics will bring their infectious music to Terminal West tonight in support of their new album "It's About Time."  Doors open and show starts at 9PM. Tickets are $10-$15 and the event is 18 years or older. For tickets and info:



Decatur Arts Festival

Heat to downtown Decatur's main courthouse square and street, May 25-26, for a two-day arts festival featuring an outdoor market of regional artists, food, drinks, and live performances  on a musical stage. The headline performer is Shawn Mullins from 3:30-5:30PM on Saturday. This event is free and open to the public. For more info: 


 Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park

Head to Piedmont Park for three sultry days of hot jazz, May 25-27. The Atlanta Jazz Festival takes places in various venues all month long but culminates with these three days/nights in the park. The event is free and open to the public. Visit  for more info and lineup of musicians.


Under the Sea at IMAX theater at Fernbank

Experience the sea and its marvelous marine life in the giant-screen film Under the Sea, returning to the IMAX Theatre at Fernbank Museum of Natural History from May 25-September 5. Under the Sea journeys to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including South Australia, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Coral Triangle islands of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Audiences experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea, including the Leafy Sea Dragon and the Flamboyant Cuttlefish. Jim Carrey narrates. $13 for adults, $11 for children. For tickets and info visit:



Brew at the Zoo

Zoo Atlanta stays open late tonight from 5:30-9:30PM for Brew at the Zoo. Stroll the animal exhibits while enjoying crafts beers and wine, live music, DJ’s and close-up encounters with animals. $35 for Zoo members or $43 for non-members. Ages 21 and up. For tickets:


Jubilee Family Festival at Oglethorpe University

Please join Oglethorpe University for a family-friendly, very British celebration, including 50 classic British motorcars, pipes and drums from the Atholl Highlanders, afternoon tea, an exhibition cricket match, food trucks, a licensed bar with a Pimms station, and a royal procession with the Queen for the Day. The event is from 11AM to 4:30PM. Admission is $8 for adults and kids under 14 are free. For tickets:


Opening of Atlanta History Center's new Veterans Park

Join AHC today from 11AM to 4PM for a family day with a military theme to celebrate the opening of the new Veterans Park. Meet veterans of various wars and hear their personal stories; view a display of WWII vehicles; enjoy kid-friendly crafts and activities; and more. The program is free to members and included in cost of general admission for nonmembers. A publi dedicationc ceremony will be held Monday May 27 at 5PM to offcially open the new Veterans Park, generously funded by a grant from The Home Depot Foundation, and dedicated all military men and women who have served the U.S. The memorial will feature panels inscribed with the oral stories of veterans and an audio tour is also available. The memorial park is located at West Paces Ferry Road and Slaton Drive.  For info and tickets: or 404.814.4000



Memorial Day BBQ at Grant Park with DJ's and Bone Lick BBQ

Head to Grant Park this Memorial Day for a bbq bash with eats courtesy of Bone Lick, P'Cheen, Vesuvius pizza, and old school beats with several DJ's, and live music by Owner of the Sun. For more info:



 Outdoor Screening of “Metropolis” with Sonic Generator at Woodruff Arts Center

Sonic Generator presents a free screening of Fritz Lang's 1927 science fiction masterpiece, Metropolis, with a live performance of a new musical score composed by Martin Matalon. Metropolis, a milestone of German expressionism and an inspiration for science fiction films such as Blade Runner and The Matrix, portrays a dystopian world in which the poor tend to futuristic machines and inevitably clash with the wealthy elite.  Performed on the piazza, with the film screened dramatically onto the High Museum of Art, Metropolis will showcase an iconic film and cutting-edge music in a unique space. Bring your own beach chairs and blankets. Food and drink will be available for sale. This event is free and open to the public




Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Expect top chefs, tasting tents, technique classes, tippling, sumptuous dinners and major food raves when the third annual AFWF comes to Midtown Atlanta, May 30-June 2. Sip small-batch bourbon with H&F’s Greg Best; learn about Mississippi Delta culture/food/music with Sean Brock; bone up on butchering, foraging, vintage Champagne and tons of southern foodways by the South’s top chefs. The one-day pass is $185. For complete lineup of chefs and events and to purchases tickets visit


One Eared Stag Hosts 5-Course Belle Meade Bourbon Dinner

Join One Eared Stag tonight for a 5-course dinner with cocktail pairings featuring Belle Meade Bourbon. Charlie Nelson of Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery will be on hand to tell diners the story of Belle Meade Bourbon which he and his brother, Andy, are resurrecting from the pre-Prohibition distillery that was founded by their great-great- great grandfather, Charles Nelson, in 1870. The dinner with pairings, tax and gratuity included, is $100 per person. The dinner will begin at 6PM with a cocktail reception. For tickets:


Big Lebowski Bash at DBA Barbecue

As part of a week-long celebration of its 4th anniversary, DBA Barbecue in Virginia Highland is hosting a Big Lebowski Bash tonight with $4 Whynatte White Russians (of course), good grub, and a showing of the cult movie at 9PM. Join DBA again tomorrow for the official anniversary party with band Mudcat at 9:30 PM and $4 American Spirit Whiskey cocktails. 



Tony Bennett Plays with the ASO at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Legendary crooner Tony Bennett Sings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and special guest Jackie Evancho tonight at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at 8PM. Tickets are $29 - $125 per person. For tickets and more info:


SkyLounge Party at the Glenn Hotel

The boutique, downtown Glenn Hotel kicks off their rooftop SkyLounge tonight with a patio party from 7-9PM, DJs, and bar featuring Patron Tequila and Ultimat Vodka cocktails. 



Summerfest in Virginia Highland

One of summer’s best fests, this Virginia-Highland event takes place June 1-2 and includes an artists market down Virginia Ave., road races, food and drink, and plenty of live music acts. The event is free and open to the public. For more info:


Modern Atlanta 2013

From June 1-9, MA (Modern Atlanta) and the esteemed Design is Human Week 2013 will celebrate a week of international design excellence and creative culture. This is the sixth year for MA to share bold ideas and showcase innovative design from established and emerging designers from the U.S., Europe and emerging markets in Asia and Africa.  Highlights of this year’s design week include a keynote address by John Edelman, CEO of Design Within Reach; a panel discussion with former editor of Metropolitan Home magazine Linda O’Keeffe; a screening of a film on Frank Gehry and his Bilbao Guggenheim Museum at Whitespace Gallery, and the Atlanta Home Tour on June 8-9. For more info and programming visit:



Cheers for Children at W Atlanta Midtown

Cheers for Children is the annual cocktail benefit presented by Friends Junior Committee at The W Hotel in Midtown, from 8p.m. to midnight. Guests will enjoy an open bar, delicious bites, and a silent auction. The evening will also feature live music from The Potentials.  Tickets are available for $40 per person until May; all proceeds benefit the patients and families for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. A special room rate is available at The W for all Cheers for Children guests. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:


“Fashion Independent” exhibit at GA Museum of Art, Athens

"Fashion Independent: The Original Style of Ann Bonfoey Taylor" will be on view June 1-September at Georgia Museum or Art, Athens. This is a major exhibition of a noted haute couture collection that includes among its 200 pieces, works by Fortuny, Charles James, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Madame Gres, and James Galanos, and was recently covered by WWD magazine. Taylor was an accomplished pilot, sportswoman and skiwear designer and was featured in such magazines as Harper’s BazaarTown and Country and Vogue from the 1930s to the 1970s. She began purchasing couture in the 1950s, traveling to New York and Paris to meet fashion designers, with whom she formed relationships and collaborated on her comfortable and stylish wardrobe. This is a must-see for fashion lovers. For more info visit or 706.542.4662