Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/9/22

Atlanta’s favorite open-air destination offers events to usher in the changing seasons

The Battery Atlanta has spirited festivities for friends and families this October. Guests can anticipate a jam-packed lineup of live performances at the Coca-Cola Roxy and other seasonally themed events like A Stranger Halloween at Live! at The Battery Atlanta, Game Day watch parties and more. The Battery Atlanta is the place to be to experience all the fantastic fall activities!

Outdoor Activities:

Wellness Series: Yoga by Kaiser Permanente
Mondays, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the Plaza Green
Calm the mind, body and spirit at the outdoor yoga classes presented by Kaiser Permanente. The Wellness Series at The Battery Atlanta continues this free event into the fall, open to all ages to feel refreshed as the seasons’ change. Guests are required to bring their own mat and can register here.

Xfinity Movie Series
Fridays, on the Plaza Green
Grab a snack and cozy up for movie night with family and friends on the Plaza Green every weekend this season. Guests are encouraged to bring their own seating for the free movie showings, presented by Xfinity. More information can be found here.

  • “Snow White and the Huntsman” Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Hoots n’ Howls
Sunday, Oct. 30 from 1-5 p.m.
Need an excuse to dress up your pet? Rock for Rescues is bringing the Halloween fun of Hoots n’ Howls to the Plaza Green. Guests and their furry friends can enjoy live music, various vendors and a chance to win this year’s Halloween Dog Costume Contest. A $5 entry fee is required to participate in the costume contest and all proceeds will benefit animal rescue organizations.

Select Restaurant Promotions:

Live! at The Battery Atlanta

Game Day
Saturday, Oct. 8 from Noon-9 p.m.
Guests can kick off college football season at Live! at The Battery by celebrating with a day of tailgate snacks, specialty themed cocktails and watch parties, centering around the Auburn versus Georgia football game. Fans won’t miss a moment of action with 40+ televisions and a 32-foot LED screen playing the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry in college football! Patrons are encouraged to reserve tickets here.

Drag Brunch at Live!
Saturday, Oct. 22 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Let’s do brunch! Drag Brunch at The Battery Atlanta has never been fiercer, and this Halloween-themed event will showcase the most festive queens. This 21+ ticketed event offers packages that include seating, mimosas and specialty brunch options. Attendees are encouraged to reserve tickets here.

A Stranger Halloween
Friday, Oct. 28 from 8-11 p.m.
Things are getting turned upside down with A Stranger Halloween at The Battery Atlanta this October with giveaways, games and a costume contest with $6,000 in cash and prizes. Patrons will start off in the Tavern and are encouraged to reserve tickets here.

ALCP: Georgia Vs. Florida Watch Party at Live!
Saturday, Oct. 29 from Noon-9 p.m.
Time to break out the face paint and cheer along as one of the biggest rivalries in college football comes to The Battery Atlanta with Atlanta’s Largest Cocktail Party: a Georgia versus Florida tailgate and watch party. Fans can expect an array of tailgate snacks, themed cocktails, games and giveaways while their favorite teams battle on the 32-foot big screen. Tickets can be purchased here.

Coca-Cola Roxy Events:
This month, The Battery Atlanta’s iconic concert venue is loaded with a lineup of performances for everyone! All Venue safety guidelines and information can be viewed here.

  • Judah & the Lion Happy Again Tour
    Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.
  • Junior H – Sad Boyz 4 Life Tour
    Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Pusha T – It’s Almost Dry Tour
    Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.
  • The Flaming Lips
    Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.
  • Rosalía Motomami World Tour
    Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Mt. Joy Orange Blood Tour
    Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
  • Joji with DHRUV and Savagerealm
    Thursday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m.
  • Ap Dhillon – Out of this World Tour
    Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.
  • Demi Lovato
    Sunday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.

Park Bench Events:

The music venue and dueling piano bar has announced this month’s live shows and events. Visit for more information.

  • Rockin’ Vegas Style Piano Show
    Friday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m.
  • 90 Proof
    Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m.
  • Odd Man Out
    Friday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m.
  • Battery-O-Ween
    Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/9/22

Exhibition Shows the Work of 34 Pioneers – Students, Academics & Practitioners—at the Center of the Emerging Architectural Revolution

On View Through Sunday, January 29, 2023 

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) – the only museum in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design – announces Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture will open Saturday, October 15 and be on view through Sunday, January 29, 2023 at the Midtown museum. An opening celebration with drinks, light bites, beats from DJ Jazzy T and a performance by Soul Food Cypher will take place on Friday, October 14 from 7-9pm and is open to the public. Registration for the opening party is here, and tickets to view the exhibition beginning October 15 will be available for purchase at the museum and in advance here.

Hip-Hop, the dominant cultural movement of our time, was established by the Black and Latino youth of New York’s South Bronx neighborhood in the early 1970s. Over the last five decades, hip-hop’s primary means of expression—deejaying, emceeing, b-boying and graffiti—have become globally recognized creative practices in their own right, and each has significantly impacted the urban built environment.

Hip-Hop Architecture is a design movement that embodies the collective creative energies native to young denizens of urban neighborhoods. Its designers produce spaces, buildings and environments that translate hip-hop’s energy and spirit into built form. Now three decades in the making, Hip-Hop Architecture is finally receiving widespread attention within the discipline of architecture thanks to years of dedication to its principles by practitioners such as Sara Zewde, Ujijji Davis, James Garrett Jr., Craig L. Wilkins and this show’s curator, Sekou Cooke. During this period of emergence, the movement’s ideals have primarily been tested by a small group of pioneering individuals, each using hip-hop as a lens through which to provoke and evoke architectural form. Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture exhibits the work of these pioneers—students, academics and practitioners—at the center of this emerging architectural revolution. 

The exhibition includes work by 34 participants representing seven countries, with projects ranging across a variety of media and forms of expression: from experimental visualization formats and installation strategies, to façade studies, building designs and urban development proposals. In aggregate, these projects reveal a collective vision for alternative forms of expression and practice, and serve to formalize work created over the past 30 years into an emerging canon of Hip-Hop Architecture.

The work exhibited is identified using three primary characteristics: hip-hop identity, hip-hop process and hip-hop image. The first includes authors who self-identify with the hip-hop community; the second invokes a method of production using specific hip-hop techniques or values; and the third creates products recognizable as part of an established hip-hop aesthetic. A new element of the exhibition added for the Museum of Design Atlanta, 3D Turntables, is an interactive exploration of the relationship between hip-hop technology and architectural fabrication.

Projects featured in the exhibition include:

  • Work from There Are No Blank Sheets of Paper by Amanda Williams, in which she questions how violence informs the use, appropriation and design of urban spaces
  • Shanty Megastructures, a 2015 speculative and Afrofuturist architectural intervention imagined for Lagos, Nigeria by Olalekan Jeyifous
  • Lauren Halsey’s 2018 Crenshaw District Hieroglyphic Project, a monument to South Central Los Angeles’s communities

“I’m very excited to bring this show to Atlanta after its three previous stops in New York, Saint Paul and Charlotte,” says Curator Sekou Cooke. “This city is the home of iconic Modernist and contemporary works of architecture as well as the home of ‘Dirty South’ artists like Outkast and Goodie Mob. I’m also thrilled to once again be working with a local graffiti artist, POEST, on this occasion and have involvement from local performing artists during other museum-hosted programming.”


Alongside the exhibition, MODA will host virtual and in-person events related to Hip-Hop Architecture. Additional programs will be announced on MODA’s event calendar here throughout the exhibition.

Exhibition Opening

Fri., Oct. 14, 7-9pm

1315 Peachtree Street Atlanta, Georgia 30309

An opening celebration with drinks, light bites, beats from DJ Jazzy T and a performance by Soul Food Cypher will take place on Friday, October 14 from 7-9pm and is open to the public. Registration for the opening party is here.

Hip-Hop Culture in Ghana: A Conversation with Essé Dabla-Attikpo 

Wed., Nov. 2, 6-8pm

1315 Peachtree Street Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Join MODA, Atlanta Sustainable Fashion Week and Villa Albertine ATL at the museum for a conversation with Essé Dabla-Attikpo about hip-hop culture in Ghana. A current resident at Villa Albertine ATL and an independent curator and art consultant based in Ghana, Esse is studying the intersection between hip-hop and contemporary art and researching representations of Blackness in hip-hop culture by Black visual artists. Tickets can be purchased here.

Hip-Hop Bricks & Brew with Most Incredible 

Sat., Oct. 15, 7-9pm

1315 Peachtree Street Atlanta, Georgia 30309

MODA and Most Incredible are teaming up to host a fun evening to celebrate the museum’s new exhibition. Attendees will be able to socialize while building hip-hop-inspired creations with LEGO and sipping local beer from Second Self Beer Co.


The exhibition at MODA is made possible thanks to sponsors including the National Endowment for the Arts, AEC Trust, Spacecraft International, the Graham Foundation, EYP: A Page Company, Interface | Flor, National Organization of Minority Architects and Primal Screen. This exhibition is supported in part by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affair and the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.


Curator: Sekou Cooke

Exhibition Design: Sekou Cooke with graffiti by POEST

Design Assistant: Joseph Appiah

Curatorial Assistant: Mirra Goldfrad


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/9/22

Celebrating the Day of the Dead With Live Entertainment, Mexican Cuisine, a Tequila and Margarita Tasting, Costume Contest and More

Saturday, October 29, 2022 From 2 p.m to 8 p.m.

For the third year, Día de Muertos Festival will return to the grounds of Roswell City Hall for a lively afternoon and evening filled with fun, community spirit, remembrance, food, beverages, live entertainment and much more. Welcoming all ages and free to attend, the event will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is presented by the City of Roswell in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico. 

Celebrating the vibrant and beloved Mexican tradition, festivalgoers are invited to enjoy Aztec dancers, an Oaxaca group, and a mariachi band along with free candy sugar skull face painting and an array of Mexican cuisine from authentic tamales to savory empanadas.  For those ages 21 and up, a tequila and margarita tasting experience showcasing the unique flavors Mexico will be available for $35. Tequila lovers will receive eight tokens that can be used to taste any combination of six types of specialty margaritas and four types of tequila.  At 5 p.m., attendees wearing their best Day of the Dead costumes can compete in the Catrina and Catrin costume contest for their chance to win cash prizes. The festival will also have an ofrenda, a traditional altar honoring friends and family that have passed, for guests that would like to bring a small memento or photo of a loved one.

For more information about the third annual Día de Muertos Festival, to register for the costume contents, and to purchase tickets to the tequila and margarita tasting, visit      

Rooftop LOA Brunch

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/4/22

The grove with firepits, lush seating, and beautiful trees sprawls out in front of you and on your right is the covered lounge space with firepit and view of the downtown Atlanta Skyline. To your right is a large bar serving the grove and just beyond that the wooden door to the large pool. It’s dotted with lounge chairs, umbrellas, upscale cabanas, and an indoor, outdoor bar that has retro 80’s vibes. Next to this is the beautiful restaurant with large bar and retro seating, it is reminiscent of the Golden Girls! This is Rooftop L.O.A! The views are stunning and now you can enjoy them for brunch too! Everything from delicious benedicts, burgers, egg dishes, Bostock, and even bottomless mimosas!

Up first, we selected to try the bottomless mimosas with three different flavors: orange, turmeric Passionfruit, and Watermelon Basil. You can try all three, stick with one, or mix it up. My favorite was the turmeric passion fruit that was sweet and herbaceous. To pair with our mimosas we started with the Eggs Diablo, a moat of earthy and tangy tomato with savory eggs on top that you mix in for savory. It is paired with buttery bread to dip. Plus, the off-menu traditional eggs benedict with salty ham, savory over-easy egg, and a fantastic cheese-filled bun. We asked for the caviar hollandaise that was both salty and savory, it was the perfect accoutrement.

For our main dishes, the Brunch Burger hit the spot. One part seasoned, perfectly cooked beef topped with cheese, a savory, runny egg, thick-cut bacon, and a fantastic truffle aioli. On the side, the fries were perfectly crispy and warm. With our savory burger, we opted for Bostock. They’re take on a French toast with THICK saturated bread, warm, and sweet topped with tangy grapefruit, crunchy almonds, and ginger. The juxtaposition of the ginger and the sweet bread was divine, not to mention the ginger syrup that is literally icing on the cake. Both of these were amazing.

On our way out we stopped by the pool for a cocktail, the Sherry Colada was amazing with sweetness, cinnamon, and tiki vibes. We could stay here ALL DAY. Make sure you budget a half a day to check out all the spaces and enjoy a leisurely long brunch, a walk in the grove, and a sip by the pool.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/3/22

Atlanta’s esteemed Atlas restaurant invites Atlantans to experience its next installment of the Four Hands Collaboration Dinners, beginning this Wednesday, Oct. 5 and happening each night through Saturday, Oct. 8, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

This installment of the series features Two Michelin Star Chef Kirk Westaway from JAAN in Singapore. Chef Kirk is a multi-award-winning and
internationally renowned chef, known as one of the most dynamic, creative and celebrated maestros on the Michelin star dining scene and arrives to the Atlas kitchen this week. For availability, and for guests to reserve their experience, scan the QR code.

Located on Level Four | St. Regis – Seating begins at 5:00 p.m.

Imagine Music Festival: Show Me What You Got

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/1/22

There is something magical about Imagine Festival. Maybe it’s the perpetual thumping bass that beacons, like a pied piper drawing them in. Maybe it’s the lush pool to float and keep cool in. Maybe it’s the crowds of people all swaying I unison as the lights and lasers dance overhead. One thing is for sure, once you catch the feeling, you’re hooked.

This year, moved to Kingston Down, Imagine Fest was a sprawling display of light and sound. The stage decor was better than ever with octopus’ arms and tree forts. The pool area was reminiscent of a Miami South Beach Hotel with swanky cabanas and palm trees. The music was just as mesmerizing with tunes from Kaskade, Evaluation, Leah Culver, and more! They even had a lazy River to drift down in a tube if you so desire. So much to do and see and experience, while watching the crowds in their festival best. Let’s take a pictorial journey of our time there.