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September 8, 2011

Calendar: September Events

Coldplay, Flux, and a Picasso to Warhol Preview Party Add the Culture Quotient This Month

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

A view of Galapagos Island from the IMAX film at Fernbank Museum A view of Galapagos Island from the IMAX film at Fernbank Museum





















Spring Awakening, the Tony Award-winning musical, brings teenage angst and very adult theater, plus a score by Duncan Sheik, to Actor’s Express through Oct. 1 at King Plow Arts Center.  404.607.7469 or

Galapagos Islands: Check out blue iguanas, hammerhead sharks and even blue-footed boobies at the IMAX theater at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, daily, through Jan. 1.  The theater show coincides with the museum’s special exhibit on Charles Darwin. Pair the flick with martinis on Friday nights at the museum.  404.929.6400 or

Into The Woods brings grown up fairytales to the stage at Alliance Theatre in this enchanting musical with lyrics/music by Stephen Sondheim through Oct. 2. 404.733.5000 or

Thursdays through 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: “Skyline and Spirits.”

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.


By Date

Sept. 8-12  Fashion Night Out takes over Atlanta with fashion-themed fun scheduled at many of the top fashion purveyors and boutiques in town. Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square will showcase the fashion photography of Greg Lotus courtesy of Bill Lowe Gallery, Rachel Zoe’s new line, and an Armenta trunk show. And At Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza, the shoe salon will debut Brian Atwoods new B. Brian Atwood line plus couture, carved wooden handbags by Bowens Bergeron. Meanwhile, Atlantic Station features several stylish pop-up shops, including one stocked with fab fur and skin knitwear by New York designer Frank Tell and an exhibit by Paper-Cut Project.   Sept. 8, events start at 6PM and go until 8 or 9 PM.

Sept. 9-10  Maa, the New Creation of the Season takes over Symphony Hall with a multi-media spectacle featuring progressive dance troupe gloATL,  Georgia Tech’s avant-garde music group Sonic Generator, and grass-covered 360-degree theater at 8PM. 404.733.5000 or

Sept. 9-10 Meet jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald and her glittering geode-based gems at a trunk show at Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza

Egyptian art at MIchael C. Carlos Museum Egyptian art at MIchael C. Carlos Museum

Sept. 10  The Michael C Carlos Museum celebrates the opening of  latest exhibit Life and Death in the Pyramid Age  (Sept. 10- Dec. 11) and the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Western hemisphere with a Night on the Nile Gala, featuring cocktails, an Egyptian bazaar, food and music .To purchase tickets to the gala: 404. 727.2623 or For general museum information: 404.727.4282 or

Sept. 11 Taqueria del Sol celebrates the annual arrival of the hatch chile with the Hatch Chile Fest , Westside location, 5-9PM, $18

Sept. 11  Check out a free organ concert “Bach Live!” at Emory, 4PM, Emerson Concert Hall, 404.727.5050 or

Sept. 14-Oct. 9 Broadway hit musical and Wizard of Oz prequel, Wicked, blows in (on brooms) to the Fox Theatre. or 800.278.4447.  Also: don’t miss the Sept. 26 Our Wicked Wicked Ways cabaret performance for an 18+ crowd at 14th Street Playhouse featuring the cast from Wicked and with proceeds going to various charities.

Sept. 15 Escada’s design director Daniel Wingate presents the Escada Fall 2011 Collection in person at Neiman Marcus, reception 11AM and presentation at noon with interview of Wingate by LuxeCrush’s Nancy Staab.  RSVP required:  404.279.5860 or email

Sept 16-17  It’s cuff love at the Vedura Trunk Show at Neiman Marcus, Lenox Square, in the  precious jewels salon

Sept. 16 The Mansion at Peachtree presents Movies in the Garden with a showing of Hitchcock’s classic North by Northwest, plus cocktails. Call 404.955.7500 for advance reservations.

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Sept. 17  The Georgia Music Hall of Fame Gala honors Grammy award-winning singer Toni Braxton, acclaimed director Kenny Leon, music industry veteran Jan Smith and more at Cobb Energy Centre. The concert and awards show begins at 8PM. For tickets visits or call 800.745.3000

Sept. 17  The Atlanta Opera Ball hits the high notes at St. Regis Atlanta with Co- chairs Merry Carlos and Cathy Cooper. The black-tie event includes dinner, dancing and a special opera performance.  For tickets and information: 404.591.2928 or

Sept. 17-18 The Fifth Annual Atlanta Art Fest arrives at Piedmont Park with 200 artists from across the country; live music including The Whiskey Gentry, Zydeco T, and Sam Thacker; food and drinks and more. Admission is free.  See for a schedule of events.

Sept. 19  The 13th Annual Corps de Ballet Luncheon takes place at The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead with a fall “art of fashion” runway show by Neiman Marcus. For tickets visit

Sept. 20 Melt with ‘80s band Modern English at Smith’s Olde Bar.

Sept. 21-25 The Tour comes to East Lake Golf Course. For tickets visit

Sept. 22  The 29 Spa at The Mansion at Peachtree presents their annual 29 Spa Crush for Beauty event  6-8:30PM. Enjoy Spellbound wines from Mondavi vineyards, mini-massages and be the first to book the new Cabernet Crush treatments.  RSVP to

Sept. 22-24 The Annual Swan House Flea Market and Preview Party will take place Sept. 22, by invitation only, followed Sept. 23 (10AM-4PM) and Sept. 24 (10AM-2PM) by the famous flea market itself, featuring fine clothing, furniture, antiques, books, accessories, etc. The market will take place in the parking garages at the Atlanta History Center. For more information visit

Sept 22 The world premiere of the play All Blues, about a white journalist reporting on the black experience in the 1948 Jim Crow South, opens at 7 Stages thru Oct. 9.

Sept 22, 23 and 25 Beethoven’s 9th  and Wagner’s Ring raises the roof at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s opening nights.

Sept. 23 Meet the jewelry designer behind Ippolita at Saks Fifth Avenue, Phipps Plaza

Sept. 23  The Humane Event, the signature fundraiser event of  The Atlanta Humane Society’s Junior Board, takes place at The Summerour Studio with co-chairs Rebecca Bily and Sam Henderson, cocktails, food and Kingsized performing.

Sept. 23  Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) Photo Auction and Gala, featuring a "ones to watch" silent auction of rising talents and catered dinner by Bold American. To purchase tickets visit

Sept. 23  Atlanta Food Rave takes over East Andrews Entertainment Complex to benefit Atlanta Community Food Bank. Think food, cocktails and top chefs from TopFlr, P’cheen, Buckhead Bottle Bar, Nava, Straits and more.  www. or 404.856.0157

Sept. 24  The 30th Anniversary  Garden of Eden Ball takes place in the garden with  chair Dina Woodruff and 12 honorees. The black-tie event includes cocktails on the grounds of the garden, a gourmet dinner and dancing. 404.591.1537 or

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Sept. 24  Music Midtown bring a killer lineup of musical talents to two stages at Piedmont Park all day with headliner Coldplay as the culminating act. Other performers include The Black Keys, The Constellations, Manchester Orchestra, Cage the Elephant and Joy Formidable. For more information and tickets visit: www.  and

Sept. 29  The darkly comic The Lieutenant of Inishmore opens at Theater Emory thru Oct. 8. it's Irish black humor at its best. For more information visit

Sept. 30  The Giorgio Armani Trunk Show brings Italian minimal-luxe to Neiman Marcus, Lenox Square.

Sept. 30  Flux is one electric night of edgy and often interactive art in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood from 8PM to midnight. The free, open-to-the-public art fest brings 30-plus local art projects to the street, including theater, dance, music, iron pours, projections and multi-media installations, plus parades and iron fireworks at midnight. See for more info

Sept. 30-Oct. 2  Violinist impresario Joshua Bell headlines at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.

Oct. 1  My Playground, a riveting new documentary about the global trend parkour—the art of getting from point A to point B  in an urban environment as quickly as possible, while surmounting obstacles like buildings, trees, fences, etc.—shows for one night at The Plaza Theater  and sponsored by MA (Modern Atlanta). For more information visit:

Oct. 1 Party at Ponce City Market. Preview the new Ponce City Market project (formerly City Hall East) with a big street party hosted by Green Street Properties; featuring music by Indigo Girls, Francine Reed and Shawn Mullins; and food by many of Atlanta’s top chefs including Anne Quatrano, Linton Hopkins and Hugh Acheson. Proceeds benefit Atlanta Beltline and Georgia Organics. For more information visit:

Oct. 1 Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) returns with a month’s worth of over 150 photo-related exhibits, lectures and events, city-wide. We hear that one of Dorothy O’Connor’s installation pieces, “Tornado,” will be a centerpiece of the fest. For more info and calendar see

Oct. 1 Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry plays Chastain Park Amphitheater,

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Oct. 4  Jane Fonda hosts a red carpet movie premiere of her new film Peace, Love and Misunderstanding at Woodruff Art Center to benefit her charity G-CAPP. Expect some additional celebrity appearances. For tickets and more information visit 404.475.6046 or

Oct 4  SCAD-Atlanta Marina Abramovic exhibit, including three of Marina's videos and an iconic series of photos through Nov. 1. Reception Oct. 20 at 6:30PM. 

Oct. 6  Get a sneak peek at the MoMAPicasso to Warhol exhibit (opening Oct. 15)  at the High Museum’s fall gala with a sit-down gourmet dinner and/or check out the more casual POP after-party on the pizza with cocktails, DJ, exclusive media sponsor LuxeCrush and a creative contemporary crowd. Exhibit sneak preview included with either admission. 404.733.4419 or

Oct. 6 Tennessee William’s classic, Glass Menagerie, opens at Georgia Shakespeare and plays through Oct. 30. or 404.504.1473