HEREAFTER, AN IMMERSIVE THEATRE EXPERIENCE POPS BACK UP IN SOUTH DOWNTOWN

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 9/3/20

A Drive-in Performance. A Grief Circle. A Healing Cypher Atop an Empty Parking Garage.
HEREafter, Episode 2 Launches in September + Tickets Are on Sale Now!
WHAT:       HEREafter Episode 2: An Immersive, Live, Socially Distant Theatre Experience
WHEN:       Thursday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 13 | 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
WHERE:     76 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30312
TICKETS:   On Sale Now: https//www.freshtix.com/organizations/here
$20+ (Please note, parking fees are not included in the ticket price.)
This event is rain or shine.
Also note, Episode 1 is not a necessary prerequisite to enjoy Episode 2.

Prepare to be swept into a powerful multi-sensory experience when HEREafter, an immersive theatre production, returns for Episode 2, after premiering Episode 1 to sold out audiences in fall of 2019. This one-of-a-kind production engulfs the audience in the story of a family thrown into chaos after the death of their matriarch.

HEREafter Episode 2 is our creative team’s answer to the question: how do we navigate togetherness safely and offer an intimate experience during a global pandemic? We wanted to create a space where the physical restrictions we are all experiencing right now feel less hindering,” said Co-Director Kelly Bartnik. “HEREafter tells the story of dealing with grief, so its themes translate to this time where we are all grieving in our own ways. We hope that through this production, we can create some sense of togetherness.”

The HEREafter team’s goal is to put the safety and health of the audience and the cast members first and foremost throughout this experience. In order to ensure this, each performance will take place first from the convenience of the audience members’ cars and then move guests into an outdoor, open-air environment where social distancing will be enforced – all while maintaining the feeling of being completely entrenched in the show’s narrative. Audience capacity is also extremely limited to ensure appropriate physical distancing.

Touchless check-in and enhanced sanitizing practices, including cleaning and sanitizing the chairs between each show, are being implemented. All audience members will be six feet apart and required to wear masks upon exiting their cars and all cast members will have their faces covered during the performance.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.freshtix.com/organizations/here. Please note due to the nature of the performance, late entry will not be permitted. In addition, a smartphone with data capabilities is necessary to enjoy the full experience.

About HEREafter, Episode 2:  Co-founded by Kelly Bartnik and Kathleen Wessel, HEREafter is an integrative pop-up theater experience from talent involved in NYC’s smash hit, “Sleep No More.” This unique Atlanta-based performance, HEREafter, popped up in the fall of 2019 and is returning again for part 2 of the whirlwind story. The five Atlanta-based cast members of HEREafter wrote and pre-recorded monologues, which were mixed and scored by New York-based sound designer John Glover, minimizing the need for spoken text. Coupled with choreography and staging by co-directors Kelly Bartnik (New York City) and Kathleen Wessel (Atlanta) in collaboration with the performers, the soundscore reveals inner and outer monologues, moving through grief and towards healing.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY PRESENTS HOPE BALL @ HOME THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2020  

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/26/20

Annual Gala Benefiting Childhood Cancer Research Goes Virtual; Honors Arthur Blank  

This year, Atlanta’s social and corporate communities will gather virtually for American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, the Hope Ball gala.  Presented by Delta Air Lines  on Saturday, August 29, at 7 p.m., the Hope Ball @ Home will stream live on the American Cancer Society’s YouTube channel at  www.youtube.com/AmerCancerSociety.   Mike Moore, senior vice president, Maintenance Operations at Delta TechOps, returns as 2020 Hope Ball chair and Latanza Adjei, sales vice president at Georgia Power Company and Ken McCue, vice president, Delta Air Lines, and president, Delta Material Services, will co-chair the event. The hour-long live stream will feature stories of hope, special guests, entertainment, and live and silent auctions. 
“Like many nonprofits, the American Cancer Society has had to cancel all its face-to-face fundraising events, putting millions of research and patient program dollars at risk,” says Brant Woodward, executive vice president for the American Cancer Society Southeast Region.  “Postponed events, coupled with a dramatic dip in charitable donations, have led to a revenue shortfall no one could have predicted.  Despite the daunting circumstances, the mission of the American Cancer Society must continue.”
Among the event’s highlights: 
• Fred Blankenship & Linda Stouffer, WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News morning anchors, will emcee.

• Best known as co-founder of The Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta UnitedFC, Arthur Blank will be presented with the 2020 Hope Award. Blank, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015, is an advocate for men’s health and early detection of the disease.

• NFL Player’s Choir performs “This Little Light of Mine”

• Mission Moment will feature Jenn Hobby,  who shares the cancer journey of her young daughter Reese, along with pediatric cancer researcher Dr. Ryan Summers, who works in the laboratory of ACS grant-funded researcher Dr. Douglas Graham at Emory Winship Cancer Institute.

• Mixology break with Mercedes O’Brien, former cocktail director at Atlanta’s Gunshow restaurant and founder of Sippn’ at Home, a cocktail kit service. Mercedes will demonstrate how to make “Helen’s Hope” in honor of her grandmother who passed away from breast cancer.
• Experience a gala dinner from the comfort of home as Southern Belle’s Chef Joey Ward serves up a delicious to-go feast. Order for Friday or Saturday pick-up. A portion of proceeds benefits ACS.

• Auctioneer Magen McRoberts will conduct an actual live auction. Five live auction items include East Lake Golf Club & PGA Superstore experience, Delta Air Lines getaway, Blalock Farms Hunting & Sporting escape, Silversea luxury cruise, and a dinner at the St. Regis for 12.

• PK in the Morning show featuring PK, Denise, Duryan, and DJ Babey Drew from Power 96.1 will host the Hope Ball at Home after party.
Up to and on event night, funds raised during the Hope Ball Mission Moment will support childhood cancer research in partnership with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. After accidents, childhood cancer is the second leading cause of death in children, and the leading disease-related cause of death for children ages 1 to 19. 
“We are pleased to be a part of the 2020 Hope Ball @ Home honoring Arthur Blank and supporting the American Cancer Society and St. Baldrick’s Foundation,” says Mike Moore.  “During this difficult time, our gifts are more important than ever.  We hope to have record numbers of people join us and virtually raise their hands to donate to the fight against childhood cancer.”
The generosity and ongoing support of Delta Air Lines through the coronavirus pandemic speaks to their commitment to our mission of saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer,”  Woodward says. “Never before in ACS’s 107-year history has the mission been more at risk than it is now however, with the support of Delta and all our wonderful partners, we have been able to pivot and devise a plan for how we engage and serve communities with a greater focus on digital connections like we’re doing with Hope Ball @ Home.  With courage, determination, and some innovation, the mission will not stop on our watch.”

A live and silent auction featuring travel packages, jewelry, sports collector’s items, and spa packages is now open for bidding at https://atlhopeball2020.ggo.bid/bidding/package-browse.  For more information, visit www.hopeball.org.  

BUCKHEAD VILLAGE TO HOST SUMMER SIDEWALK SHOP & STROLL WEEKEND OF AUGUST 28-30

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/19/20

Friday Evening Kickoff with Gather/Chill: A Founder Series with Local Fashion Designer Abbey Glass

 

Saturday & Sunday to Feature Outdoor, Open-Air Shopping, Live Music, Complimentary Beverages & HERMARKET®️ Pop-Up Showcasing Woman-Owned Indie Brands

 

Buckhead Village, the dynamic community destination that blends diverse shopping and culinary experiences with welcoming communal spaces, bold design and interactive art installations, will host a series of outdoor happenings the weekend of August 28-30, including:

 

  • Gather/Chill: A Founder Series with Abbey Glass – Kicking off the weekend on Friday, August 28, Buckhead Village will host the first Gather/Chill: A Founders Series with local fashion designer and Atlanta native Abbey Glass. Beginning at 6pm, guests can gather at The Veranda for an evening of fashion discussion and shopping with Abbey Glass, the founder behind the eponymous Atlanta-based womenswear brand offering classic, refined clothing designed to stand the test of time and trend. The brand has a flagship boutique located at Buckhead Village and collections available in 70 other specialty retailers across the country. During the discussion moderated by lifestyle blogger and marketing strategist Safiyyah O’Quinn, Abbey will cover her journey as a founder and fashion designer based in Atlanta. Attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP here in advance of the event, and to provide a safe environment, masks will be required and social distancing measures will be in place.

 
  • Summer Sidewalk Shop & Stroll – On Saturday, August 29 from 11am-6pm and Sunday, August 30 from noon-6pm, the Summer Sidewalk Shop & Stroll will welcome guests to enjoy open-air shopping & dining. Participating retailers include Amorino Gelato, Abbey Glass, alice + olivia, Bella Cucina, Billy Reid, Bonobos, Intermix, Kimberly McDonald, Shake Shack, Theory, TOD’s and more, and visitors can also enjoy complimentary coffee and live music at The Veranda, a newly debuted 1960-square-foot covered space bringing the outdoors in with lush greenery, soaring ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling screens. Also on Saturday and Sunday, HERMARKET®️, a community and marketplace for woman-owned indie brands and the women who love them, will be popping up on Buckhead Avenue and feature products for purchase. Founded by Jazlin Pitts and Kia Perry, HERMARKET also organizes virtual experiences and brand partnerships to provide a platform where women can discover and support these brands while connecting with each other.

PARK TAVERN PRESENTS THE ROUND TWO SELTZER FEST

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/17/20

Featuring Countless Hard Seltzers, Delicious Food, Live Music and More!

Saturday, August 29, 2020 From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Celebrating the most sought after bubbly drinks at the first Seltzer Fest was so much fun, Park Tavern is ending the summer with one more Saturday of Sippling Spiked Seltzers at the Seltzer Fest Round Two on August 29, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Imbibers are invited to sip their way through samples of countless icy seltzers while overlooking Piedmont Park and swaying to the music of Davis & The Love. Festival goers can pair their fizzy refreshments with Park Tavern’s full Patio Menu including a wide range of dips, wings, sandwiches, tacos, baskets and burgers.

Early Bird pricing for General Admission entrance is $15.00 for the first 50 ticket buyers and will increase to $30. General Admission includes all-you-can-taste samples. Early Bird pricing for VIP Admission for the first 50 ticket buyers is $30 and will increase to $50. The VIP experience grants early access to attendees at 12 p.m. to an exclusive VIP area, all-you-can-taste samples, upscale seating and a lounge area, access to premium indoor restrooms, private bars, and entertainment. Rain or shine, Park Tavern’s Round 2 Seltzer Fest is for ages 21 and up. Park Tavern’s top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is to keep guests and staff healthy and will be following the CDC-issued guidelines related to food service as well as implemented precautions to keep the venue as safe as possible. For more information on COVID-19 Safety Protocol or to purchase tickets visit, www.parktavern.com.

THE BATTERY ATLANTA STEPS UP TO THE PLATE WITH ACTION-PACKED AUGUST EVENTS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/8/20

Cobb County destination brings back favorite and free events for metro-Atlanta area families!

Metro-Atlantans can swing into August with things to do at The Battery Atlanta, rain or shine! Guests can cool off with a drink on the patios, listen to live entertainment or score local goods at the Sunday Farmers Market, all while enjoying the best outdoor activities and delicious menu deals at the lifestyle destination all month long. Sports fans can gear up for the return of Atlanta Braves baseball with viewing on the big screens at Yard House, Live! at The Battery, Terrapin Taproom, Antico Pizza Napoletana, El Super Pan, Wahlburgers or PH’EAST.

With one more month of summer, The Battery Atlanta has everything to help guests make the most of the end of the season! Visitors can find an up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change.

Outdoor Activities:


Wellness Series: Yoga by Kaiser Permanente
Every Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Start the week off stress-free with an outdoor yoga class presented by Kaiser Permanente on non-event days at the Plaza Green. This free class is limited to 75 people. Registration and the event participant waiver are available online. A live stream on Facebook and recorded sessions on YouTube are also available to fitness fans on event days for a free virtual class.

The Battery Atlanta Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare
A brisk walk can curb cravings! Get out and get active on the 1.5-mile loop circling the campus.

Cornhole ATL Fall League
Every Tuesday at 6:45-9 p.m.
A tailgate favorite is now a league of its own! The 7-week outdoor Fall Cornhole League begins Sept. 1. Interested participants can create a team and register no later than Aug. 24. Spectators are encouraged to watch the action and cheer on league participants as they play games leading up to the season’s final tournament on Oct. 20. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes. Learn more and register here.

Farmers Market presented by United Healthcare
Every Sunday on non-event days from 1-4 p.m.
Families and friends are invited to stroll and shop a variety of handcrafted and homegrown products on the Plaza Green. Locals can also preorder items from select sellers, including David’s Garden Super Bee, Pearson Farm, The Cheese Straw House and The Cocktail House Shop.

Select Retail and Restaurant Promotions:

Mule Mondays at Terrapin Taproom
Every Monday
Guests can try a specialty Moscow Mule for only $6 at this fan-favorite taproom that offers more than beer and BBQ.

Tiki Tuesday at Taps at PH’EAST
Every Tuesday
Diners at the Asian food hall can also sip on a $7 Plantation Rum drink special while listening to musicians perform from 6-9 p.m. each night on the patio.

Wine Wednesday at BURN by Rocky Patel
Every Wednesday
Patrons can wine down with $5 off select glasses paired with a hand-rolled, premium cigar from world-class collections.

Champagne Thursdays at CRU Food & Wine Bar
Every Thursday
Guests can treat themselves to 50% off a bottle of champagne and are invited to eat their fill of fresh artisan cuisine – a perfect date night starting at 3 p.m.!

Flight Fridays at Terrapin Taproom
Every Friday
Beer lovers can celebrate the start of the weekend with $2 off flights of local brews from open to close!

PARK TAVERN PRESENTS THE INAUGURAL SELTZER FEST

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/30/20

Featuring Countless Hard Seltzers, Tasty Food, Live Music and More!

Saturday, August 1, 2020 From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Spiked seltzer lovers are invited to celebrate the most sought after fizzy drinks at Park Tavern’s Seltzer Fest on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Festival goers will have the opportunity to sample countless frosty seltzers while overlooking Piedmont Park. Park Tavern’s full Patio Menu featuring an array of dips, appetizers, wings, tacos, burgers, and baskets will also be available to compliment the popular bubbly beverage experience. Singer and songwriter Bradley Cole Smith, a fixture in the Atlanta music scene who has shared the stage with numerous artists including Sheryl Crow, Blues Traveler, Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, Taj Mahal, Dwight Yoakum and Jerry Jeff Walker, will be on hand to provide live entertainment throughout the inaugural Seltzer Festival.

Early Bird pricing for General Admission entrance is $15.00 for the first 50 ticket buyers and will increase to $30. General Admission includes all-you-can-taste samples.  Early Bird pricing for VIP Admission for the first $50 ticket buyers is $30 and will increase to $50. The VIP experience grants early access to attendees at 12 p.m. to an exclusive VIP area, all-you-can-taste samples, upscale seating and a lounge area, access to premium indoor restrooms, private bars, and entertainment. Park Tavern’s Seltzer Fest is for ages 21 and up, dogs are welcome, and the event is rain or shine. Park Tavern’s top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic is to keep guests and staff healthy and will be following the CDC-issued guidelines related to food service as well as implemented precautions to keep the venue as safe as possible. For more information on COVID-19 Safety Protocol or to purchase tickets visit, www.parktavern.com.

OUTRUN BREWING COMPANY HOSTS SPAM FEST

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/27/20

Friday, July 31 5pm – 9pm

Outrun Brewing Company

July 31st is National SPAM® Day! From musubi to fries, SPAM® has been a delicious influence in cuisine all over the world.

Celebrate with our hosts, Outrun Brewing Company and local chefs Seoul Chikin, adobo_atl, Foodcation Forever, KETTLE BLACK, Chef Lino Yi, Mighty Hans + more as we each cook up a dish featuring SPAM® with a special raffle held by Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS)!

This event will be held outdoors with social distancing in place. All staff will be wearing masks & gloves, and vendors will only be doing contactless payments and take-out. More details to come!

*Hormel Foods has granted us (Outrun Brewery and Spam Fest participants) special permission to use the SPAM® logo & trademark.

AJFF IN CONVERSATION: VIRTUAL DISCUSSION OF FLAWLESS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/19/20

In this month’s iteration of AJFF In Conversation: The Webinar, AJFF is thrilled to showcase an interactive conversation around the film Flawless. Nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards and an audience favorite of the 2020 festival, the film is the coming-of-age dramedy about a trio of teenage girls who seek to remake themselves before their high school prom. Hiding that she’s transgender, mysterious new student Eden (played by transgender actress Stav Strashko) enters a cliquish Jerusalem school, where she befriends two other girls who harbor their own unrealized dreams. Envious of their picture-perfect classmates, the teens band together on an impulsive adventure to Ukraine, going to queasy extremes to bankroll cosmetic surgery.

This beguiling, cautionary tale of identity, self-discovery and prejudice tackles issues facing LGBTQ+ teens worldwide, and features a standout performance by Strashko, the first transgender woman nominated for Israel’s top acting prize. AJFF is thrilled to welcome her for a live webinar and Q&A to discuss the film.

Ahead of the webinar, the incredible film can be streamed in its entirety here. It is available exclusively via Vimeo for a special promotional rate of $3.99 to AJFF subscribers. Use a free Vimeo account to complete payment and rent the film for a 48-hour streaming window.

Who: Flawless actress Stav Strashko. More details on additional guests to come.
What: The webinar will offer viewers a chance to ask Strashko pre-submitted questions about her experience with the film.
When: Sunday, July 26 at 12 PM
Registration: The live Q&A will be held via Zoom. The film, free registration, and submission for questions can be found here.
Interviews: For media interested in interviewing Stav Strashko or AJFF’s Executive Director Kenny Blank, please email Lindsay Gordon at lindsay@360media.net.

For more information on all of AJFF’s virtual programming, head here.

GUSTO! TEAMS WITH THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY TO FIGHT FOR A CURE

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/9/20

Chastain Shop to Match Guest Donations During July 11 Fundraiser

WHAT:

Nate Hybl, creator of gusto!, is thrilled to partner with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) for an impactful fundraising event at its newest shop near Chastain Park on Saturday, July 11.

Supporters who visit gusto! Chastain on Saturday, July 11 will have the opportunity to add a donation at checkout, and gusto! has pledged to match every donation dollar raised with all funds benefitting LLS. These funds will impact the lives of the 1.3 million patients living with or in remission from a blood cancer, who are patiently waiting for better treatments and ultimately for a cure.

“We are very grateful for generous partners like gusto!,” says Kristen Ryan, campaign manager for LLS Man and Woman of the Year. “This year is especially important since COVID-19 has impacted so many patients. These patients have seen delays in treatment, transplants and research due to the global impact of the virus. Now, more than ever, we need support to ensure their lives are not put on hold.”

WHEN:

Saturday, July 11, 2020
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

WHERE:

gusto! Chastain
4365 Roswell Road
Suite 4371
Atlanta, GA 30342
404-549-2584
www.whatsyourgusto.com

JULY 2020 PONCE CITY MARKET EVENTS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/24/20

Every Tuesday, 4-6pm – Ponce City Farmers Market
Located at The Yard in front of Mountain High Outfitters, Ponce City Farmers Market is now open as an in-person mini-market and pick-up location for ShopCFMATL.org orders, with local fruit and produce available to purchase on-site. For a contactless option, ShopCFM offers CSA-style veggie boxes in addition to their usual offerings.

Fri., July 17 & Fri., July 31, 5:30-7:30pm – Cocktail Classes at 12 Cocktail Bar

12 Cocktail Bar on The Roof at Ponce City Market is hosting cocktail classes taught by their award-winning barmen and Beverage Director Randy Hayden. Guests can enjoy an exclusive and intimate class setting and receive hands-on experience creating four hand-crafted cocktails. Tickets ($75) are available here and include complimentary cocktails, one-on-one demonstrations, four cocktail recipe cards to take home and a 12 Cocktail Class Certificate of Completion.

Every Wednesday, 9:30pm – Movies on The Roof

Guests can catch their favorite flicks from new heights at Movies on The Roof! Classic and new favorites will be played every Wednesday evening at 8:30pm. All guests with 9 Mile Station reservations OR unlimited gameplay wristbands for Skyline Park have access to the movie. The huge Rooftop Terrace has open air and plenty of space for a comfortable experience for all guests, and seating is first come, first served. Tickets available here!

Thursday through Sunday – Velvet Residence Presents “Live at Ponce”

Ponce City Market has teamed up with Velvet Residence, an Atlanta-based platform for artists around the world to be seen and heard, to bring free live music to the community destination every Thursday from 5-8pm and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am-2pm and 5-8pm. Performers will be positioned on the Central Food Hall’s Second Floor between Elk Head Clothing and Cobbler Union, and this week’s acts include Symone Royale, Anna Field, Rex Evans, Jaylon Ashaun, Mona and Lee Vasi.

Every Sunday, 11am-3pm & 6-10pm – Summer Sundays at Skyline Park

Each Sunday, guests can enjoy family activities at Skyline Park with friendly competition, balloon artists, and craft stations. From 6-10pm, 9 Mile Station will have live music by local artists and bands. Interested guests can book a reservation for 9 Mile Station here.