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April 12, 2011

Calendar: July Events

Amazing waves, killer tomatoes, and Kings of Leon hit the ATL this month

<p>Florence and The Machine play the Fox Theatre July 1.</p>

Florence and The Machine play the Fox Theatre July 1.

By Nancy Staab

The definitive calendar of where to be and what to see each month—-from avant-garde arts openings and foodie fêtes to Atlanta’s soigné benefits

On Going:

Passion and politics collide in Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra as performed by Georgia Shakespeare on the Conant Stage, Oglethorpe University. This play will rotate with Shakespeare’s colonialist fantasy The Tempest, featuring Carolyn Cook as a female Prospero and Chris Kayser as Ariel, through July 22. 404.264.0020 or

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The Ultimate Wave Tahiti: Catch a wave with this fascinating surf narrative by pro-surfer Kelly Slater. It’s full immersion with perfect walls of waves projected onto the five-story screens of the IMAX theater at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, daily, through Aug. 11.  The flick combines extreme surfing with fascinating ocean science. Pair the surf flick with martinis on Friday nights at the museum.  404.929.6400 or

Atlanta's Book: The Lost Gone With the Wind Manuscript is on display at the Atlanta History Center through Sept. 5. The exhibit features the last four chapters of the beloved novel, on loan from the Pequot Library in Connecticut, as part of the 75th Anniversary celebration of the book.

Water Dream: The Art of Bathroom Design demonstrates how design elements by international stars like Philippe Starck and Patricia Urquiola can elevate your bath from banal to high hedonism. You will never look at your faucet taps in the same way. Check the exhibit out at MoDA’s stunning new Perkins + Will designed space across from the High Museum.Through Sept. 24,

Radcliffe Bailey’s, Memory As Medicine  solo exhibition at the High Museum features an array of sculpture, paintings, found objects and installation pieces by the artist, often assembled into a single work. Bailey references African American experience in the form of slavery, ancestry and music in the “Water,” “Blood” and “Blues” sections, on show through Sept. 11. 404. 733.5000 or

Modern by Design, features iconic 20th-century works from the machine age, mid-century modernism, and groovy Italian design of the ‘60s and ’70s from MoMA’s  design collection--plus a robotic installation by contemporary Dutch artist Joris Laarman and pieces from the High’s permanent collection through Aug. 21 at the High Museum of Art.

Thursdays from May-September: Enjoy Cocktails in the Garden at Atlanta Botanical Gardens as well as light bites, a live DJ, and occasional art or theater performance, 6-10PM, cash bar, 21 and older. This month’s theme: Moonflowers and Moonshine.

Saturdays and Sunday from May to October:  Join the Garden Chefs at Atlanta Botanical Gardens as they up recipes on site using ingredients from the on-site Edible Garden, noon, 1PM and 2PM.

Third Friday of every month: Enjoy live jazz at the High Museum with extended museum hours, full gallery access 5-10PM, performance on outdoor Piazza, weather permitting. Friday July 15 features jazz vocalist Julie Dexter. $9 per person museum admission fee.

AT&T Dolphin Tales at Georgia Aquarium:  Check out the latest star attraction added to the Georgia Aquarium—an interactive show featuring live dolphins, costumes, actors, music and special effects in a state-of-the-art theater, plus an adjoining dolphin viewing gallery, daily at Georgia Aquarium. Visit for advance tickets and show times.

By Date:

July 1  Arthouse British band Florence & the Machine bring their soul-tinged rock from their chart-topping debut album Lungs to the fabulous Fox Theatre.

July 4  Lenox Square Mall’s Legendary 4th of July combines all-day carnival games for the children,  live music beginning at 6PM and festive fireworks at 9:40PM. The largest fireworks event in the southeast is free and open to the public.  Marta is recommended for transportation and no pets are allowed. 404.233.6767

July 4  The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s All-American Celebration will include an evening’s worth of patriotic songs plus spectacular fireworks at Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park, beginning at 7PM. For tickets visit: www.vzwampcom

July 7-8  Valentino fall trunk show at Neiman Marcus, Lenox Square.

July 8  Calling all Dancing Queens, The Music of ABBA comes to Chastain Park Amphitheatre via Swedish group Arrival and the ASO.

July 9  Giorgio Armani Cosmetics National Face Designer Francisco Zacarias at Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza in the beauty department, 10AM-4PM

July 9  Culture Shock at the High Museum: an outdoor party in the piazza to celebrate the opening of Radcliffe Bailey’s Memory as Medicine exhibit with DJs Karl Inex, Kai Alce, DJ Kermit and DJ De La Soul. 8PM-Midnight, $15,

July 9  Noot d’ Noot release party for their R&B-meets-psychedelic Cash for Gold at The Earl.

July 12  Rhianna and Cee-Lo Greene rock Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

July 12 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, screens as part of Coca-Cola’s Summer Film Fest and Wine-Tasting at the Fox Theatre. Wine tasting at 5:30 PM, film at 7:30 PM, or

July 12-13 Sade performs with John Legend at Philips Arena,

July 13 Celebrity makeup artist Ashunta with Dior Beauty at Neiman Marcus, Lenox Square.

July 13  Flicks on 5th Street free outdoor movie, Battle: Los Angeles starring Aaron Eckhart and Bridge Moynihan, 9PM

July 15  Casablanca screening with live music by the ASO orchestra at Verizon Amphitheatre.

July 16  The National BlackArts Festival caps off their fest with the NBAF Gala at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. A Salute to the Silver Screen is the theme of this year’s event, which includes cocktails, dinner and a live auction. Co-chairs: Sonya and Daniel Halpern, Stephanie and H. Jerome Russell, and Cecilia and Leigh Torrance, 7PM, dress code: black and white tie.  For tickets:  email or 404.730.6369

July 16  Grow! a local film about young organic farmers in Georgia, produced by Anthony-Masterson, screens at Serenbe Farms.

July 17  The Third Annual Attack of the Killer Tomato takes place  at JCT. Kitchen with tomato-based eats and drinks by top local and regional chefs and mixologists. 1-5PM. The event benefits Georgia Organics. For tickets and info:

July 17  Britney Spears struts her stuff with Nicki Minaj at Philips Arena,

July 22-23  Laura Mercier national makeup artist at Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza, in the beauty department, 10AM-6PM

July 22-23  Powerhouse front woman Lauren Staley brings her punk/country/bluegrass band, The Whiskey Gentry, to Smith’s Olde Bar for a two-night CD release party, or

July 23 Brit singer Ellie Goulding performs at Center Stage,

July 24 Blair Crimmins and the Hookers play a free concert in Piedmont Park 6-10PM

July 25  Indie rock band Archers of Loaf play the Earl,

July 27  Kings of Leon is going Back Down South at Aaron’s Amphitheatre,

July 27  The Temptation and Four Tops bring their Motown to Chastain Park Amphitheatre with the ASO at 8PM.

July 27 Flicks on 5th Street screens the free outdoor movie, Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhal, 9PM

July 28  Bob Dylan and Leon Russell perform at Chastain Park Amphitheatre,

July 28 and 29  The Rebirth Brass Band brings “les bon temps” to Smith’s Olde Bar, New Orleans style. or

July 30 Cirque de la Symphonie combine aerobatics, spectacle, costumes and the ASO at Verizon Amphitheatre.

Aug. 2-7  Twyla Tharp’s tribute to Sinatra, Come Fly With Me, return to Atlanta at the Fox Theatre, or

Aug. 7  This year’s StarFest features headliner Goo Goo Dolls as well as Michelle Branch and Parachute at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.