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The Luxe Weekend:

September 2, 2012

Luxe Weekend: September 2012

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

By Nancy Staab

Music Midtown, Taste of Atlanta Festival, Art Stars Alex Prager and Todd Selby, and Jane and Ted (that would be Fonda and Turner) add spark to early fall

Wanye Thiebaud painting; Edible Selby, Foo Fighters, Marco Bicego ring, David Byrne &. St. Vincent, Alex Prager photo. Wanye Thiebaud painting; Edible Selby, Foo Fighters, Marco Bicego ring, David Byrne &. St. Vincent, Alex Prager photo.




Wed.-Sat. Cocktail Hour with Live Music at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Luxe hotel newcomer Mandarin Oriental is offering a chic cocktail alternative Wednesday  through Saturday 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


Thursday Night Jazz at Pricci

Enjoy award-winning authentic Italian cuisine with live jazz from local favorite Sal Gentile starting from 7-10 PM every Thursday night. Sip on Italy's best wines, with bottles of Italian wine available for half-price at the bar, while noshing on contemporary Italian small plates. Bar is first come, first serve. For dinner reservations: 404.237.2941 or


Thursday Night Cocktails 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. The September theme is “Orchids and Old Fashioneds.” The garden stays open late on Thursdays from 6-10PM. Admission is $18.95 for adults with one complimentary cocktail at the cash bar.



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


“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 Oct. 27. 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.


Stilettos & Scones Afternoon Fashion Tea at St. Regis

Presented by smartly clad St. Regis Butlers in tuxedos and white gloves, the Stilettos & Scones Afternoon Tea will include a timeless silk twill scarf by Ferragamo, a glass of champagne, and a selection of fine teas accompanied by fashion-themed savory and sweet bites, scones and pastries. The Stilettos & Scones tea will take place in Astor Court —the well-appointed upper lobby of The St. Regis Atlanta—and will be served daily from 2:30–4:30 p.m. through September.  $240 per person, ($44 per person without gift). For reservations call 404.563.7910



“Picturing New York/Picturing the South”at the High Museum

The High Museum of Art’s magnificent partnership with MoMA continues with the compelling photography exhibit “Picturing New York: Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art” Artists in the survey include Walker Evans, Harry Callahan, Berenice Abbott and Diane Arbus. Meanwhile, the High commissioned three photographers to capture their take on Southern life for “Picturing the South.” Brit lensman Martin Parr give his non-objective, slightly grotesque take on Atlanta as a casual outsider: from diners, pawn shops and state fairs to echelons of high society. Meanwhile, photographer Kael Alford documents a year of life in Louisiana marshlands in his “Bottom of ‘Da Boot” exhibit and Shane Lavalette explores the links between Southern landscape and regional music. Both photography shows are on exhibit through Sept.


Atlanta Braves August Home Games

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 (Philadelphia), Sept. 3-6 (vs. The Rockies), Sept. 14-14 (vs. The Nationals), Sept. 25-27 (vs. The Marlins) and Sept. 28-30 (vs. The Mets). For tickets: 800.326.4000 or





Midtown Restaurant Week

Atlanta’s best Midtown restaurants showcase high-value, 3-course menus for $25 today, through Sept. 9. For restaurants and menu details visit



Unplugged in the Park with the Delta Saints

Nashville-based band Delta Saints breaks out the swampy blues music, with harmonica, this Sunday night at Park Tavern at Piedmont Park. The concert is free and open to adults 21 and older. Music starts at 7PM



Foraging Dinner at Woodfire Grill with Tama Matsuoka Wong of Daniel NYC

Join Woodfire Grill tonight for a special foraging-themed dinner with special guest Tama Matsuoka Wong, resident forager at esteemed Daniel NYC restaurant  from Daniel Boulud's culinary empire. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 followed by a four-course dinner with wine pairings at 7PM. Dinner is $120 per person and a copy of Wong's book, Foraged Flavor is included in the dinner price. Reservations required: 404.347.9055


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Decades Owner Cameron Silver Makes a Personal Appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue hosts the ultimate authority on vintage fashion, Cameron Silver, today at 11AM on the upper level of their store at Phipps Plaza. Silver’s L.A. shop, Decades is the go-to for blue-chip labels and a favorite haunt of Rachel Zoe. Sip champagne as Silver reads an excerpt from his upcoming book Decades: A Century of Fashion out this October.




Grand Opening of Pearl Cleage’s “What I Learned in Paris” at Alliance Theatre

Alliance Theatre kicks off its 2012 season with the world premiere of Atlanta author Pearl Cleage’s romantic comedy set in 1970’s Paris and directed by Susan V. Booth. For tickets and more info:


Cameron Silver Trunk Show at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta

Cameron Silver, vintage expert and owner of Decades boutique in L.A., hosts a pop-up trunk show today.  Think: Balenciaga, YSL, Chanel, Givenchy, Versace, etc. at the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta from 10AM to 5PM, Suite 1114. Proceeds will benefit Dress for Success.



Chris Isaak Performs at Cobb Energy Centre

Enjoy the celebrated crooner behind “Wicked Games” for one night only at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre,


A dress by David Peck A dress by David Peck

Fashion Night Out Fall Fashion Show & Charity Benefit at Tootsies

For Fashion Night Out Atlanta, Tootsies is hosting its 3rd annual Teal To Heal Fall Fashion show to benefit GOCA ( Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance). The fabulous designers David Peck (a fave of style stars like Kate Bosworth) will be there to support this wonderful cause. The runway will feature Tootsies’ hottest fashion labels for Fall.  In addition there will be a live auction, cocktails and preview bites from the coming Shops Around Lenox restaurant, Seven Lamps, helmed by former ONE. Midtown Kitchen chef Drew Van Leuvan. Vikki Locke will serve as guest emcee. VIP cocktail hour starts at 6PM with general admission at 7PM and the fashion show at 8:15 PM. LuxeCrush will run full post-coverage of the event.  Gen Admission is $25. For tickets and info visit:


Cocktails in the Garden with The Atlanta Opera

Head to Atlanta Botanical Garden tonight from 6-10 for arias, apertifs and hors d'oeuvres from 6-10PM. Atlanta Opera singers will perform favorite oper arias as you stroll the gardens at sunset, cocktails in hand. $18.95 for adults and includes one complimentary cocktail plus a cash bar. Members admitted for free. For more info:



Dennis Miller and Bill O’Reily Tag-Team at Cobb Energy Centre

Conservative comedian Dennis Miller and Fox talk show host Bill O’Reily team up for “Bolder and Fresher,” a night of provocative political comedy and riffing on topics of the day.


“Bottle Wars” Wine Tasting Series Launches at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

Fleming’s hosts a series of four unique wine tastings on Friday evenings in September (7th, 14th, 21st and 28th). Guests will taste premium wines from rival regions and wineries around the world in a series of “Bottle Wars.” Up first: the Pinot Smackdown on Sept. 7 pitting California VS. Oregon pinots. Each event will offer 8-10 wine matches for $25. Fleming’s is located in Perimeter Place Village in Dunwoody, 770.698.8112 or


Opening of Meg Aubrey exhibit “Domiciled” at Whitespace

Atlanta artist Meg Aubrey’s new exhibit “Domiciled” opens tonight at Whitespace Gallery from 7-10PM. Aubrey trains a sharp eye on the supposedly idyllic suburbs to reveal that all is not Norman Rockwell perfect beneath the manicured surface. Aubrey reveals the loneliness, emptiness and psychological estrangement behind the material comforts, domestic routines and conformity of upper middle class suburbia.



Hugh Acheson Cooking Demo at Peachtree Road Farmer's Market

James Beard winning chef Hugh Acheson, of Empire State South, will do a cooking demo at this Saturday's Peachtree Road Farmer's Market at 10AM. He sill sign his new cookbook after the demo. The market takes place from 8:30 AM to noon every Saturday through September, and 9AM to noon Oct. to Dec. 15.  At Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd. NW, 


Kick-Off of Third Annual Art on the Atlanta Beltline

Atlanta’s largest temporary, public art exhibition, showcasing the work of established and emerging visual artists, performers, and musicians returns today through Sept 8 with various art happenings along the nine-mile beltline. The exhibition kicks off tonight with the Krewe of the Grateful Glutton’s Lantern parade at 7:30PM at the intersection of Lake Ave./Irwin Street and the Eastside Trail. The two-month long exhibition will feature free outdoor performances over seven weekends beginning Sat. Sept. 15 through Sunday Nov. 11. For more info and art performance schedule visit


LowRYEder Launch Party at Sweetwater Brewery, Buckhead

SweetWater Brewery is celebrating their new brew, LowRYEder, with a fiesta from 1-4:30. On the docket: a lowrider car show of dozens of tricked-out cruisers, Luche Libre wrestling, a mariachi band, food trucks, brewery tours, a pinata and, of course, cerveza. Admission is $10 and includes 6 drink tickets.  195 Ottley Drive, Buckhead. 



Taqueria del Sol Hatch Chile Festival in Westside

Westside heats up for a one-day festival featuring the fiery Hatch chile. Join Taqueria del Sol for  a block party with specialty foods, live music by John Henry and alcoholic beverages for purchase. On the menu: crispy chile rellenos, green chile cheese grits with smoked brisket, green chile cheeseburger sliders, chicken and green chile burritos adn chocolate-green chile gelato. Admission is $18.25 per guest from 5-9PM. For tickets and more info:


Bach Live! Free organ recital at Emory University

Enjoy a free organ recital of Bach compositions at 4PM at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. For more info:


Internationally recognized violist Jennifer Stumm plays Eddies' Attic

Recognized as a musical innovator, Jennifer Stumm, an Atlanta native,  will perform tonight at 8PM at Eddie's Attic in Decatur. Stumm has played in many acclaimed concert halls in the U.S. and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, and has won numerous awards, including first prize from the Concert Artists Guild in 2006. Tickets $25.



Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament

Enjoy a day on the links for the 12th Annual Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament. Proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels Atlanta, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support senior independence through meals, shelter, education and community. $4,000 per team of four. The tournament starts at noon at Capital City Club in Brookhaven.



Hot Glass Roadshow at High Museum through Sept. 16

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement, the High Museum is hosting an exciting Hot Glass Roadshow with the Corning Museum of Glass. This event, free to the public, will take place on the Museum’s Sifly Plaza for five days with master glassmakers narrating hot glass demos. Daily, “You Design It, We Make It” sessions allow children to submit drawings to be duplicated in glass on the spot. The event kicks off with a performance Thurs. Sept. 13 at 6:15PM, with further demos Friday Sept. 14 at 7PM and 8:30 PM and final Sunday Sept. 16 family day with demos at 1:15Pm and 3:30PM. Be sure to check out the glass exhibit in the Wieland Skyway through Oct. 7.




Todd Selby opening at Jackson Fine Art

Photographer Todd Selby, AKA “The Selby,” made his name photographing hipsters in their equally hip domiciles (Helena Christensen, Michael Stipe, Karl Lagerfeld) for his The Selby is in Your House book and blog. Now, in a collaboration with T Magazine, Selby has trained his lynx eye on the foodie/chef set. See his high/low capturing of the current, international food culture with the opening of his new exhibit  (through Nov. 17) and booksigning of Edible Selby tonight at Jackson Fine Art 6-8PM. Local food trucks will also be on hand, of course!


Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden lecture by Peter Hatch at Atlanta History Center

Peter Hatch, the director of the garden and grounds at Monticello, presents his new book “A Rich Spot on Earth: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello” at 7PM tonight  at the Cherokee Garden Library at Atlanta History Center. Hatch painstakingly restored Jefferson’s vegetable garden and sees it as a living expression of Jefferson’s genius and distinctly American attitudes. The lecture and book signing will include a reception with appetizers featuring delicious vegetables from Monticello seeds and wines from a Charlottesville, VA vineyard. The special evening is a fundraising event for the library endowment with individual, and patron-level tickets available. Reservations requires: 404.814.4046. For more info:


Fendi Baguette 15th Anniversary Event at Saks

Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Fendi Baguette at Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza, Sept 13-16. Shop a collection of these covetable, limited edition bags in the special Fendi pop-up store. Fore more info call 404.812.7440



Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics Host a Two-Day Album Release Concert at The Earl

Join The Earl Sept. 13-14 for a two-day celebration of our hometown, swing-out '60s soul singer Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics and her new album It's About Time. Tickets via


Atlanta Humane Society “Tapping Party” event at Gordon Biersch

Kitsy Rose, Marian Goldberg and Johanna Ellis will host a Tapping Party tonight to benefit the 1873 Club of young, professional Atlanta Humane Society members. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, live music and of course a cold one while helping out this great cause.


Opening of Atlanta Underground Film Festival at the Goat Farm

The Goat Farm Arts Center is hosting this independent film fest, including special categories for shorts, horror and documentaries, through Sept. 16. Visit for the film lineups and more details.


Dracula: The Rock Opera by 7 Stages

Atlanta’s L5) Rock Star Orchestra transports you to Transylvania with Dracula: The Rock Opera, Bram Stokers’ chilling tale of sex, blood, and rock n’ roll, through Oct. 14. Susan Booth is an executive director! For info and tickets:


Marco Bicego Trunk Show at Saks

Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza hosts a trunk show of Italian jewelry designer Marco Bicego’s latest colored gems, Sept. 13-15. For more info: 404. 812.7259




A Screening of Spellbound at Emory University

Emory’s Psychoanalytic Institute hosts a free screening of “Spellbound,” the 1945 flick starring Gregory Peck as the troubled director of a psychiatric ward and Ingrid Bergman as his colleague-turned-lover, at 7:30 PM.


 Summer Soundwaves Concert with Yacht Rock Schooner at Georgia Aquarium

Enjoy cocktail hour at the Georgia Aquarium with a live concert of your fave 70’s easy listening from Yacht Rock Schooner, wine from a cash bar, and light bites from Wolgang Puck Catering beginning at 7PM. The Aquarium will stay open late for your enjoyment. Tickets $25 for adults after 5:30PM.


Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival

The 4th Annual Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival, Atlanta’s largest BBQ 
Cook Off, returns to Atlantic Station, September 14th and 15th, with tons of ‘cue, live entertainment and activities. Whether you enjoy Georgia Chicken, Texas Brisket, Memphis Ribs or Carolina Pulled Pork, the 
Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival brings it. Friday: 4PM-10PM and Saturday Noon- 8PM. Ticket cost includes admission but not food.


Atlanta Celebrates Photograph LIve Auction & Gala

ACP celebrates its 7th Annual Photography Gala & Auction tonight at King's Plow Center. The night includes a world-class, live photography auction featuring  Sotheby's auctioneer Denise Bethel, VP and Director of the Photographs Department of Sotheyby's New York. Meanwhile, gallerist and arts advocate Mary Stanley has curated the silent auction selections, entitled "Ones2Watch." Enjoy drinks and food from some of Atlanta's best restaurants while viewing and bidding on amazing works of art. The evening begins at 6:30 with a cocktail reception and live music. For tickets and more info:">


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Opening of street artist Alex Brewer aka HENSE's work at Sandler Hudson Gallery

Street artists and Atlanta native Alex Brewer, aka HENSE, has his first solo show "Spry" at Sandler Hudson Gallery. The works in spray are inspired by Brewer's recent works for public spaces like the Atlanta Beltline. The mixed-media works on paper and wood are energetic and vivid. He also collaborated with well known artist Scott Ingram on two large drawings in the exhibition. Brewer's work has been exhibited world-wide from Tokyo to Barcelona. Also on view: a neon piece entitled "Another Nice One" on the gallery rooftop by Greely Myatt. Exhibit through Oct. 20.



Dayglow "Life in Color" Paint and House Music Party at Kennesaw State University Stadium

The world's largest paint party brings plenty of dayglow shades plus electronic house music, DJ's, soaring arial acts, stilt-walkers, contortion acts, fire show and more. Watch out for the famous cannon paint-blasts and wear something you don't mind getting splattered in paint in: white is reommended for maximum effect. The event is open to the public with Australian DJ Tommy Trash as the headliner. Cocktails will be sold in designated areas plus food trucks. The event starts at 6PM. For tickets:




6th Annual Arts Festival at Piedmont Park

Enjoy a juried show of 200 of the country’s finest artists, live music on several stages, food, beverages and interactive experiences, Sept. 15-16. The festival takes place from 10AM to 7:30 PM Saturday and 10AM to 6PM on Sunday. Admission is free. For more info:


Citizens of Humanity Denim Event at Tootsies

Citizens of Humanity will be hosting a "Be a Good Citizen" denim event at Toosies boutique in Buckhead today from 1-5PM. Trade in your old blue jeans and trade up with a new pair form Citizens. A Citizen rep. will be on hand to help find you the perfect, stylish fit. A local DJ will spin tunes and there will be catered bites, bubby and wine while you shop. With each purchase eceive a Citizens t-shirt, complimentary hemming and a gift card towards a future Tootsies purchase while supplies last. 


TopShop Grand Opening at Nordstrom's at Phipps Plaza

Nordstrom's celebrates the arrival of its permanent shop-within-a-shop partnership with cool British retailer Topshop today with an all-day celebration. Read more about Topshop here:


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Atlanta Opera Ball: A Night in Seville

Join the Atlanta Opera Ball for one of the signature social galas of the fall, "A Night in Seville," inspired by the season's opening production of "Carmen." The evening will feature a black tie dinner, luxury auction, sultry flamenco dancing, and unique opera entertainment. The Opera Ball is chaired by Heather Flint with Honorary Chair Jane WillsonLuxeCrush is the digital media sponsor for the gala and will give the event full post-coverage.

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"Afternoon Tea in Paris" at Park 75, Four Seasons

In celebration of The Alliance Theatre's premiere of the play "What I Learned in Paris" by Pearl Cleage, Four Seasons Atlanta will host a Parisian-themed afternoon tea Saturday Sept. 15, 22, and 29. Stop by for tea, sandwiches and desserts at noon and then catch the 2:30 matinee at the theater. $70 per person includes tea, free valet parking and a matinee ticket to the play. Purchase the tea and play package by calling Alliance Theatre Box Office at 404.733.5000 or use promo code TEA at

Can't make the tea? Join Park 75 for a 3-course dinner before the show for  $45/person from 6-7:30 PM plus complimentary valet parking. To book reservations go to or call 404.253.3840.


Season Opening Night Gala: Alliance Theatre

Join the Alliance Theatre at 5:30PM for dinner and cocktails at Table 1280 in celebration of its 2012/13 Season, followed by t Pearl Cleage’s world premiere, What I Learned in Paris at 8PM. The event is co-chaired by J. Veronica Biggins, Ingrid Saunders Jones, and Vicki R. Palmer.  For tickets and information contact Lindsey Hardegree at 404.733.4615 or


Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project

Ed Roland of Collective Soul and his other band group, The Sweet Tea Project, perform live at Steve's Live Music in Sandy Springs tonight at 8PM

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"Nashville" TV Show Preview Party at W Atlanta Midtown

Get a sneak peek at fall's dishiest, most glamorous new show "Nashville"--a sudsy drama about two vying country music stars played by Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere--tonight at W Atlanta Midtown 6-8PM. Head to the Living Room for seasonal cocktails and a country-inspired menu of bites. The show will begin at 7:30PM.


MON. SEP. 17

Pork Boucherie Dinner at BLT Steak Atlanta

This month's whole-animal boucherie dinner at BLT Steak focuses on pork. Menu highlights include rustic pork rillete with warm toast and red wine apple jam and broiled pork tenderloin, braised pork cheeks, fingerling potatoes, black trumpet mushrooms, apple brandy sauce. The four-course boucherie dinner will be offered Sept. 17-23, for $65 per person. Wine pairings are an additional $25. To make a reservation call 404.577.7601 or visit for reservations and full menu. Valet is complimentary.



Cocktails in the Garden with The Atlanta Ballet

Head to Atlanta Botanical Garden tonight from 6-10 for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and pop-up performances by Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi troupe from 6-10PM. $18.95 for adults and includes one complimentary cocktail plus a cash bar. Members admitted for free. For more info:


PGA Tour Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club

The annual Tour Championship returns to East Lake Golf Club Sept. 20-23. For more info and tickets:


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Artist Reception with Ann-Marie Manker at SCAD's Trois Gallery

Join SCAD-Atlanta for an artist talk and reception for Atlanta artist Ann-Marie Manker and her new exhibit, Candy Coated, at 5PM at SCAD's campus at 1600 Peachtree Street.



An Evening with Branford Marsalis at Emory

Renowned saxophonist and Tony-Award nominated composer Branford Marsalis performs his first U.S. concert since the release of his quartet’s CD “Four MF’s Playin’ Tunes” at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at 8PM. For tickets: 404.727.5050.


Pulitzer Prize author Junot Diaz at the Carter Center

Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Junot Diaz reads from his first new book in five years, a collection of short stories that focus on the treacherous twists and turns of modern love in This is How You Lose Her. It is described as by turns hilarious and devastating, raucous and tender. Diaz will discuss his new book at 7 PM at the Carter Center, hosted by A Cappella Books. The tickets are $29 per person and include a copy of the new book. For tickets:


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Foo Fighters, Garbage, Florence + The Machine & more play Music Midtown

Enjoy 15 artists over two days in Piedmont Park for just $100. Doors open Friday at 4PM (rain or shine). Friday headliners include the Foo Fighters at 9-11PM. On Saturday Sept. 22 doors open at noon with Garbage playing at 2:45, Neon Trees at 6:45 PM, Florence + The Machine at 6:45 and Pearl Jam from 9-11Pm.  Two day passes are $100. One-day passes are $55. For tickets and more info visit



Overture Gala at Cobb Energy Centre

The Overture Gala celebrates the 5th Anniversary of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre tonight at 6PM. This black-tie affair will feature dinner in the ballroom and a live concert, with all proceeds to support the initiatives of the Cobb Energy Centre Foundation. For tickets and more info:


A Foodie-Themed Folklife Fest Kick-Off at Atlanta History Center

Kick-off this year’s Fall Folklife Festival with an evening celebrating all things Southern from 7-10PM. Sample delicious food from local Atlanta restaurants and businesses committed to serving local and sustainable ingredients. Stop by one of three bars to enjoy a cocktail created by area mixologists.  Enjoy live music with Georgia’s own Little Country Giants. Learn about the evolution of Atlanta dining with a panel discussion featuring Steve and Marie Nygren, founders of Serenbe; Linton Hopkins ofRestaurant Eugene; and Duane Nutter, Chef and Owner of One Flew South and Rolling Bones.   Tickets are $60 for members; $75 for nonmembers and includes food and beverage. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 404.814.4150.


Friday Night Live Jazz at the High Museum

On the third Friday of every month 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. Tonight musician Gordon Vernick performs.


“Meet & Mingle” Fall Dress Event and Runway Show at Bloomingdale’s

Join Bloomingdales’ dress salon, level 3, from 6-8PM for a fall fashion runway show and dress event with tips from Bloomingdales style blogger Robert Ballew, pampering treats from Salon Skanda, Escobel Day Spa and Bloomingdale’s cosmetic partners. Call 678.705.1052 for reservations.


Rooftop Party at Whiskey Blue at W Buckhead

Voli Spirits plus a hot Dj equals a party on the rooftop at Whiskey Blue at the W Buckhead this Friday night at 11PM. It's the perfect cap to your Foo Fighters fix at Midtown Music Fest. 



March of Dimes Farmer and Chef Event at Ritz Buckhead

The March of Dimes, Georgia Chapter presents its inaugural event, The Farmer & The Chef, tonight at 6Pm at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Local farmers will be paired with local chefs for a night of unique fine dining. The event will feature an exciting live and silent auction and a fantastic four-course dinner prepared by the local chefs using ingredients from local farmers. For more information, call 404-350-9800 or visit 


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Fall Folklife Festival At Atlanta History Center

This festival has fun for the entire family, with a highlight on crafts, southern foodways and environmental sustainability. Enjoy activities throughout the museum, interact with local farm-to-table chefs (Dan Latham of Farm Burger will do a smokehouse demo), listen to live folk and bluegrass music, enjoy folk art exhibits and storytellers, check out the petting zoo, try candle-dipping, watch Southern Foodway Alliance short films like “Cured” about the famed Benton’s bacon source and “Cud” about Georgia’s own White Oak Pastures, sample local craft beers and treats from foodtrucks,  from 10:30AM to 4:30PM. Free for museum members or $14.50 adults and $9 for youths.


Brookhaven Chili Cook-Off Fest

Brookhaven hosts an inagural Chili Cook-Off Fest with professionals (chefs from Kaleidoscope, Serpa's, etc.) and amateurs, pluse three live bands, food trucks, College Football on TV screens and beer from Red Hare Brewing Co. The event is from noon to 3PM or while supplies last with over 50 chili teams. A $5 spoon gets you unlimited chili tastings. Location: 2740 Apple Valley Road. For more info:


"Hell, Yes I Drink Rosé & I'm Proud of It" Wine Class at The Shed

The Shed's next wine class, at 3PM today, explores the world of Rosé. For $40 guests will taste and discuss eight different Rose wines from around the world, both still and sparkling. Make a reservation at 404.835.4363 or email Todd Martin at For more info:


Fancy Nancy Afternoon Tea & Book Reading at St. Regis

Here's one for you and your mini-me. St Regis Atlanta is hosting a special Fancy Nancy Tea for Two today from 2-4PM. Guests, young and old, will be entertained by tales of Fancy Nancy while enjoying a tea tailored to grownups and tiny tots alike. $36 for children and $44 for adults with sparkling wine. Reservations required: 404.563.7910


Free Chamber Music Concert by Eroica Trio at Emory Univerty Including Opera Favorites

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of Atlanta's largest chamber music organization, the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta will offer a season of free concerts. They kick-off the seaon tonight at 8PM at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts with the internationally renowned Eroica Trio and the Vega Quartet. On the playlist Mozart's Magic Flute Overture, LIstz,  and Puccini's Nessun Dorma. Eroica Trio will perform Bernstein's Westside Story Suite. A cake and champagne reception will take place at intermission. 


Meet Ippolita of Her Eponymous Italian Jewelry LIne Ippolita at Saks Fifth Avenue

Italian artist/jewelry designer Ippolita will be in the fine jewelry department of Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza, today to present her latest collection of colored gems. 



“How ‘Bout Them Apples?” Festival at No. 246

No. 246 is hosting an apple festival today with Leon’s Full Service and Brick Store Pub with apple-related drinks and dishes from 2PM-7PM in the restaurant’s backyard. Chef Drew Belline will be roasting a whole pig and Leon’s Full Service will provide delicious sides, including grilled radicchio, apple slaw and roasted potatoes, plus apple hot dogs. For dessert: caramel apples, apple upside down cake, etc. Knock it back with cider punch and other apple-based cocktails. Bobbing for apples, face painting and balloon animals will occupy the tiny tots. $35 per person, $10 for children 12 and under. Advanced reservations recommended as space is limited: 678.399.8246.


Blair Crimmins at Unplugged in the Park

Gather at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park at 7PM for one of the last, free, Unplugged in the Park concerts of the year, featuring vintage jazz/ragtime/blues local band Blair Crimmins and The Hookers. The event is free for 18 years and older. For more info:


Rathbun's NFL BBQ Party to Benefit Atlanta Food Bank

Kevin Rathbun is hosting a fall football BBQ Bash today, 1-4PM at Rathbun's to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Join them for music, BBQ, dancing and drinks. Limited to first 500 people. $65 per person fee is all-inclusive. For tickets:


Double Zero Napoletana Hosts a Feast of San Gennaro Italian Festival

Head to Double Zero Napoletana in Sandy Springs this Sunday for an outdoor Italian festival including wine and cocktail tastings, pizza making classes, Italian food vendors hawking everything from sausage to cannoli, live music, and bocce ball, and fun for the whole family. From 11AM-4PM. $15 per person. Double Zero is located at 5825 Rosewell Road, 404. 991.3666



The Wallflowers Play Smith's Olde Bar

Join Jakob Dylan and his band The Wallflowers as they liven up a Monday night by playing at Smith's Olde Bar. Doors open at 8PM. $25 in advance. For more info:


Humane Society Jr. Board Evening at Spice Market

The 1873 Society Club of young professionals for Atlanta Humane Society invite you to dine at Spice Market at W Atlanta Midtown tonight and 15% of all proceeds will be donated to the Atlanta Humane Society. 


Inman Park Restaurant Week Starts Tonight

Great $15, $25 and $35 deals on 3-course, prix fixe menus await all week at local Inman Park hotspots like Fritti, Sauced, Wisteria, Barcelona Wine Bar, Sotto Sotto, Parish, Rathbun's, One-Eared Stag, Kevin Rathubun Steak and more! Inman Park Restaurant week takes place Monday Sept. 24-Sunday Sept. 30. Proceeds will benefit Atlanta Community Food Bank. For a list of all participating restaurants and their menus visit:



Southern Living Cookbook Party at Cook’s Warehouse

A Cook’s Warehouse is hosting a book party and cooking demo at their Midtown location for the release of chef/Southern Living editor Rebecca Lang’s cookbook Southern Living Around the Southern Table. The book includes over 150 quintessentially Southern recipes with tributes from beloved Southerners like Vern Yip, S. Truett Cathy and Ali Landry. Sample southern treats like pimento cheese sliders, sweet onion spread and pecan tassies  and then pick up the book chock full of comfort food recipes like real buttermilk fried chicken, heirloom tomato salad, puffy grits soufflé, and chocolate bourbon pecan pie.


Design Talk with Stylist Annette Joseph at Switch Modern

Switch Modern boutique on Howell Mill Road hosts stylist/producer Annette Joseph for its latest Spotlight on Design lecture series at 6PM. Annette has styled projects for many national magazines, including Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardend and is working on a book slated for release by Rizzoli in Fall 2013. Tonight she will discuss the inspiration of Italy, where she owns a second home.



Fall Collections Trends Presentation at Saks with Robert Verdi

Enjoy cocktails and a DJ while celebrity stylist Robert Verdi presents the latest fall collections and trends at Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza from 6-9PM, lower level. Verdi is a leading lifestyle expert and has styled such A-listers as Eva Longoria and Mariska Hargitay, and numerous TV credits including E! Entertainment News, Fashion Police, CNN, etc.  Space is very limited. Please RSVP at 404.812.7320 or


Virgin, Saints and Angels trunk show at Tootsies

Goth meets gorgeous with the unique jewelry (cuff, necklaces, rings, rosaries) of Virgin, Saints and Angels. Their trunk show comes to Tootsies boutique, Buckhead, for two days, Sept. 27-28.


Forward Arts Flea Market Preview Party

The 2012 Forward Arts Flea Market (Sept 27-29) kicks off tonight with a “Flea-esta!” preview party tonight from 6-9PM at Atlanta History Center, plus a luxury silent auction, catering by Soiree Catering and first dibs on the wares. Tickets for the cocktail preview party are limited and are $25 per person. Email Foundation@swancoachhouse.comto request an invitation. Then return Friday Sept. 28 from 10AM -4PM and Saturday Sept. 29 from 10AM to 2PM for great buys on clothing, books, art, housewares, children’s items and accessories. All proceeds benefit the Forward Arts Foundation.


Theater Emory Presents “Mistero Buffo” (Comic Mysteries)

Theater Emory opens its 2012-2013 season dedicated to “Provocative Tales: Eccentrics, Beasts & Misfits,” with Dario Fo’s lively, street-theater-style comedy “Mistero Buffo” (translation: Comic Mysteries). Music, physical theater and pantomime complement a text derived from Medieval and Renaissance sources. Performances are Sept. 27-29 at 7PM and Sept. 30 at 2PM at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory.


Counterpoint Three-Day Music and Arts Festival

Counter-Point Music and Arts Festival comes to Atlanta Sept. 27-29 with a three-day lineup of 50-plus performers including Big Boi, Ghostland Observatory, Lotus, Washed Out, Skrillez and many, many more. Street artist Greg Mike will organize a collaborative artists Live Art Wall. Food trucks, bites from top Atlanta restaurants and a craft brew village will provide plenty to eat and drink.  The multi-stage festival with camping options will be held at a 350-acre site fronting the Chattahoochee River, 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta with shuttle service to and from Atlanta and Athens. Single day tickets start at $59. For info, tickets and complete lineup:



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Andre Leon Talley’s “Little Black Dress” exhibit opens at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah

Little Black Dress, a major exhibit of this chic and classic wardrobe staple, designed by fashion’s top designers from 1920s to the present day, opens today at SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah and run through Dec. 16. Curated by Vogue Contributing Editor and SCAD Trustee Andre Leon Talley, the exhibition focuses on historic and contemporary examples of the fashion icon “the little black dress,” and reveals how it has been endlessly appropriated and translated. Featured garments include a Tom Ford's Fall/Winter 2011 frock, previously worn by Lady Gaga; a selection from Prabal Gurung's Fall 2011 collection, previously worn by Sarah Jessica Parker; and a Stella McCartney worn by Rihanna. Many other iconic pieces will be displayed, including those from Chanel, L'Wren Scott, Givenchy, Cushnie et Ochs, Yves Saint Laurent and more.


Open Studios: "Meet and Three" at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

Head over to the ACAC tonight for open-studio night and meet the center's 14 participating Atlanta artists, including Craig Drennen, Michi Meco, Dayna Thacker, Stewart Zipp and more. Check out the paintings, sculptures, photos, videos and mixed-media works. What's the "three" part of the equation? Food by Figs & Honey catering, a cash bar, and live music by femme fatale/Creative Loafing's "Best Local Vocalist" Bernadette Seacrest. $15 from 7-9PM for studios food and bar. $5 from 9-11PM for music and bar. For more info: ">



Tacos & Tequila Fest at Eclipse di Luna

Chow on tacos from Eclipse di Luna, Loca Luna, DBA Barbecue and more. Sip premium tequila drinks from Tequila Herradura, Corzo and El Jimador. And rock out to live bands starting at 2PM, inside and outside of Eclipse di Luna restaurant at Miami Circle. $15 gets you in the door, but bring cash for tacos, food, tequila and beverages. For tickets and more info:


LIttle Five Music Fest

The Little Five Fest returns for a second year at Little Five Points with tons of bands and11 stages. Among the performers: Ponderosa, Reptar, Noot d' Noot, Gringo Star, The Coathangers and more, plus DJ's from 1PM to Last Call. For more info and tickets:


Garden of Eden Ball at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta Botanical Garden kicks of its fall season with its annual black-tie gala The Garden of Eden Ball. The black tie event begins with cocktails in the Levy Parterre, followed by a gourmet 3-course dinner and dancing. For info and tickets:


Manhattan Short Film Festival Screening at CinéBistro

CinéBistro at Town Brookhaven has been selected as a venue to show the Manhattan Short Film Festival’s 10 finalist films. The screenings will take place Saturday, September 29, at 5 p.m., Sunday, September 30, at 2 p.m. and Thursday, October 4, at 7 p.m.After each show, audiences will vote on their favorite short film, and the winner will be announced on Sunday, October 7, in New York City. For more info:


Modern Skirts Play The Drunken Unicorn

Athens-based alternative band Modern Skirts plays The Drunken Unicorn in support of their latest album Gramahawk tonight  at 9PM. For tickets visit



Fields of Greens Festival at Whipoorwill Hollow Organic Farm

Georgia’s preeminent farmer and chef festival kicks off its seventh year at 11AM today with unlimited tastings at a chef’s tent featuring 30 of Atlanta and Athens’ best farm-to-table chefs, local music, a festival market with craft demos, a kid’s village and more. Chef Todd Mussman will do a pig roast at 4PM.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Children under 12 are free, no pets. While there, walk the farm trails, visit the animals and check out the fruit trees. The farm is located 45 minutes east of Atlanta. For info:


Last Unplugged in the Park with Cracker

Gather at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park at 7PM for the last, free, Unplugged in the Park concerts of the year, featuring alt. rock band Cracker. The event is free for 18 years and older. For more info:


"Octoberfest" at H. Harper Station

Yes, technically it's still Sept. but H. Harper Station is getting a jump on the new month with a Sunday Octoberfest from 3PM to 9PM. Think: Bavarian-style beer hall, tons of brews, German fare like fried wiener schnitzel and bratwurst, German music courtesy of Wasted Potential Brass Band and dancing. $35 gets you admission, full buffet and two drink tickets via



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Launch of the month-long Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival

ACP (Atlanta Celebrates Photography) kicks of with a month of over 150 photo-related exhibits and events. Highlights include Southern portraits by French photographer Pierre Gonnord at SCAD Atlanta, A Selection of Artists form the Oxford American’s Visual Arts Issue at Emily Amy Gallery, Portraits by Seydou Keita and August Sander at SCAD Atlanta, a lecture by Atlanta fashion photographer Lix Von Hoene (Oct. 24) and an ACP Lecture Series at the High Museum (Oct. 23) with renowned photographer Alex Prager, known for her cinematic/pulp fiction renderings. Prager’s lecture coincides with the Elton John AIDS Foundation Photography Portfolio II which will be on show at Jackson Fine Art in October. For more info:




Fiona Apple at Tabernacle

The angst-ridden singer may be all grown up now, but she’s still clinging to some of her angst. Hear her live at the Tabernacle tonight.


David Byrne & St. Vincent perform at Cobb Energy Centre

David Byrne (former Talking Heads lead and arty provocateur) has the culturati talking about his new pairing with the jazzy female performer St. Vincent for brass-heavy tunes. They perform tonight at Cobb Center.



THURS. Oct. 4

Chicago musical at Cobb Energy Center

The musical Chicago comes to Cobb Energy Centre Oct. 4-7. Get tickets via or 800.745.3000



Jane Fonda’s G-CAPP Empower Party, honoring Ted Turner

Jane Fonda has often called Ted Turner her “favorite ex-husband” and this fall the legendary actress is turning a spotlight on her former mate for a celebrity evening honoring the Georgia media mogul and philanthropist to benefit G-CAPP (Georgia Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention). Fonda calls Turner “the impetus and inspiration for starting G-CAPP. Expect some good natured ribbing when this powerhouse duo takes the stage.  The event, which takes place at Georgia Aquarium is co-chaired by Caroline and Jeff Tucker and Kate and Jim Denny and includes a cocktail reception and seated dinner. Patron reservations start at $1,500 per couple. For reservations: 404. 475.6046.


"Living a Beautiful Life" Panel with Bill Peace, Kevin Rathbun, The Ritz-Carlton Residences and Tiffany & Co. Reps at ADAC

Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) kick off it's new, permanent, open doors to the public policy with two weeks of designer events and lectures starting today. A panel featuring interior designer William Peace of Peace Design, chef/restaurateur Kevin Rathbun, marketing consultan for The Ritz-Carlton Residences Ansley Feta and Itay Shimony the Atlanta GM of Tiffany & Co. will discuss "living a beautiful life" at 10AM at ADAC. Open to the public.


"Gracious LIving and Stylish Entertaining"  Lecture with Soiree author Danielle Rollins at ADAC

Atlanta hostess, tastemaker and author, Danielle Rollins with introduce her new Rizzoli book "Soiree: Entertaining with Style," plus her party strategies from inventive invites and signature cocktails to creative linens and locally-sourced menus. A book signing will follow at Travis & Company.  2PM at ADAC. Open to the public.


FRI. Oct. 5

"Sucess in Failure: Secrets of a Self-Taught Designer" Lecture by HGTV star Brian Patrick Flynn at ADAC

HGTV design star, Atlanta resident and Decor Demon blogger Brian Patrick Flynn spills all his design secrets and tips, including breaking his share of  "design rules" in this 10AM lecture at ADAC. Open to the public.


"Design Top to Bottom" Panel with 6 Atlanta Design Stars at ADAC

Some of Atlanta's most influential designers, Courtney Giles Decker, John Oetgen, Marcia Weber, John Fernandez & Jennifer True and Susan Ferrier share their insights on five key elements of design in an all-day panel discussion from 11:30 AM to 5PM at ADAC. Open to the public.


Goyte at Chastain

Sorry, Carly Rae but the real, grownup song of summer was Goyte’s “Someone That I Used To Know.” See the Australian singer belt out this tune and more for the final, end-of-season act at 7:30 at Chastain Amphitheater.


The Big Grill: Taste of Atlanta Kick-Off 

Taste of Atlanta food festival in Midtown kicks off with a Big Grill Event tonight at 6:30, featuring top chefs Ford Fry, Jay Swift and Kevin Rathbun and more, showing off their grill techniques. You are the delicious benefactor. Music from Yacht Rock Schooner, cold beer, cocktails and great bites complete the picture. The event benefits Georgia Organics. VIP tickets $75 or $60 general admission, also includes Sunday admission to Taste of Atlanta festival.


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The Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913 - 2013 Gala at the High Museum

The Fast Forward Gala, in honor of the new MoMA “Modern Moments” exhibit at the High, includes a festive evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing amid some of the world's greatest works of modern art. The black-tie event begins at 6 p.m., and is hosted by co-chairs Sandra Baldwin and Tony Conway of Legendary Events.  Gala goers will be the first to see the exhibition and riveting works from de Kooning to Koons. Gala tickets begin at $2,500 per couple  For tickets and info:


Supermodel Emme Headlines Shop for Success Fundraiser

Supermodel Emme will headline this two-day "Shop for Success" designer sale/fundraiser to support Dress for Success Atlanta. Head to Atlantic Station Oct. 5-6 for a pop-up shop featuring Atlanta's best designers and fashion boutiques. The event kicks off Friday from 7-10:30PM with a VIP shopping party and exclusive deals of up to 90% off, a red carpet entrance, DJ, and Little black Dress Vodka cocktails and bites, with complimentary valet. Return Saturday 10AM to 6Pm with a host of national stylists to help you shape your wardrobe. The VIP event is $100 per person. The Saturday event is free and open to the public. All proceeds benefit Dress for Success Atlanta, which promotes economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attires, a network of support and career development tools. For more info and tickets:


SAT. Oct. 6

Taste Of Atlanta Festival

Taste of Atlanta offers a two-day eating frenzy (Sept. 6-7) in Midtown with over 80 participating restaurants and vendors like Noche, Park 75, The Optimist, D.B.A. Barbecue, Iberian Pig, Local Three and High Road Craft Ice Cream, plus chef demos by Ford Fry, Jay Swift, Ron Eyester and more.  VIP tickets include a cocktail, wine and beer experience. VIP Tickets are $75 /day in advance or $85 at the door. General Admission tickets are $25/day in advance or $35 at the door.


Fadó Hosts Octoberfest

Fadó Irish Pub in Buckhead holds it's 7th annual Octoberfest, an outdoor block party, tonight .  Their motto: Leave it to the Iris to throw one helluva German party! Doors open at 3Pm, tickets $5 in advance. $10 cover starts at 5PM Think: beer, brats, live music with Astral Freaks at 6PM and Desire at 8:30PM. 


“Genghis Khan: The Emperor’s Feast” Fernbank Museum Gala

Fernbank Museum of Natural History hosts its 20th Anniversary black-tie gala tonight , borrowing its theme from the current Ghengis Kahn exhibit. The Emperor’s Feast will include sunset cocktails, a seated dinner, live auction, dancing and a private viewing of the Genghis Kahn exhibit of rare 13th century Mongolian artifacts. This year’s honorary chairs are Eileen DuBose and Dean DuBose Smith. For tickets and info:



Victorian street festival at Historic Oakland Cemetery

Historic Oakland Cemetery hosts its 33rd annual Sunday in the Park festival from noon to 6PM today. Many come dressed in Victorian costume. Explore the historic grounds and monuments including those of Civil War soldiers and enjoy live music, artists, food and spirits throughout the park. A donation of $5 per person is suggested, children under three are free.