CANSTRUCTION ATLANTA PUBLIC ART COMPETITION COMES TO PONCE CITY MARKET IN APRIL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/8/20

Canstruction Atlanta Kicks Off 21st Annual Public Art Competition Benefitting Atlanta Community Food Bank & Raising Awareness of Atlanta-Area Hunger Insecurity

Renowned Metro Atlanta Design Teams to Build Giant Canned Food Structures for Public Display at Ponce City Market from April 21 – May 5, 2020

In Association with the Atlanta Chapters of the American Institute of Architects & Society for Design Administration

 

Canstruction® Atlanta, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization benefitting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, announces the launch of its 21st annual art exhibition program and philanthropic event in association with the American Institute of Architects (AIA, Atlanta Chapter) and Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Design Administration (SDA). The announcement kicks off months of advanced planning and participation on the parts of Canstruction Atlanta committee members, a variety of sponsors and numerous design teams, resulting in massive art structures made of canned food goods. Free and open to the public, the structures will be on public display throughout the first and second floor of the Central Food Hall at Ponce City Market from April 21 – May 5, 2020.

 

The Canstruction Atlanta organization, which comprises Architectural, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) industry members and a wide range of related community members, inspires and facilitates metro-area participants to create and build food can art displays. The program raises awareness of Atlanta-area hunger insecurity and generates food and funds for the Food Bank, while shedding a spotlight on the local design industry. Since its inception in 1998, Canstruction Atlanta has donated approximately 1.2 million meals to the local food bank.

 

The art structures will feature design expertise from some of Georgia’s most talented architects, engineers, construction professionals and designers. Each canned food art display will showcase a design concept as a standalone part of the exhibition’s entire series and draw inspiration from futuristic cars and airplanes; popular cartoon characters; items related to Atlanta’s burgeoning film industry; iconic area landmarks; and more. Participants will be able to use canned goods of all sizes, wood, tape, rubber bands, wire and Velcro to create self-supporting structures.

 

The can structures art exhibition will commence with an initial build-out day on April 20, during which up to 20 design teams will have 10 hours to assemble their individual can structures at Ponce City Market. 

Culminating during an awards gala at The Plaza at Ponce City Market on Friday, April 24 from 7-10pm, a jury will select one winner in each of six Canstruction International categories, including “Best Meal,” “Most Cans,” “People’s Choice,” “Best Use of Labels,” “Structural Ingenuity” and a new award this year: “Best Original Design.” A seventh award, selected by the Canstruction Atlanta committee, known as the “Can-ambassador Award” is presented to the team that goes above and beyond the original scope of the Canstruction event. Tickets ($25) to the gala can be purchased at www.canstructionatl.com in advance or at the door.

 

The annual program and event activities will end with a special Disassembly and Donation Day on Wednesday, May 6, when all structures will be dismantled and bestowed to the Food Bank for distribution to hundreds of interrelated, nonprofit organizations with hunger-relief programs benefitting Metro Atlanta and North Georgia citizens.

 

Canstruction Atlanta is seeking individual and corporate sponsors to provide participatory support. Seven sponsorship packages are available in exchange for applicable benefits. Sponsorship levels include “Elite,” “Corporate,” “Platinum,” “Diamond,” “Gold,” “Silver” and “Bronze.” Sponsorships and donations are tax deductible and can be attained through www.canstructionatl.com/sponsors.

“The annual Canstruction Atlanta program and canned food exhibition help enrich the Atlanta-area community and bring together people from different design-oriented industries,” says 2020 Co-Chair James Byers. “Most of all, the program provides a sense of unity which lends to the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s goal of conquering area hunger.”

 

About Canstruction® Atlanta: Canstruction Atlanta is a unique charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations go on display free of charge for the public as a giant art exhibition. At the conclusion of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations. Recognized for commitment to innovation, hunger relief and collaboration, the organization has helped raise more than 25 million pounds of food since 1992. Learn more at www.canstructionatl.com.

CITY WINERY ATLANTA MARCH EVENTS 2020 – CLOSED UFN

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/6/20

Shamrockin’ Patio Party, Women in Wine, Books & Booze, City Wine Explorer, and More

City Winery, the restaurant, urban winery, private event space, and intimate music venue, has released its March lineup of culinary and beverage events at the popular Atlanta location in Ponce City Market. Atlantans and visitors alike can take advantage of an array of mouthwatering opportunities including plenty of wine sampling opportunities to enjoy on the beginning days of spring.
On Sunday, March 8th, Atlanta can visit City Winery for Atlanta Science Festival’s Science of Wine. Winemaker James Brim will lead a private, seated wine class. After a brief introduction to wine tasting, guests will learn learn about vineyard biology and the science behind the winemaking process. The class will finish with a dessert wine followed by an interactive Q&A session.

Starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are sold out. 
City Winery Celebrates Women in Wine on Sunday, March 8th for International Women’s Day with a party on the patio featuring women-owned wineries and winemakers, as well as women working in the business of wine. There will be over fifteen wines to sample, as well as signature cocktails. Women in Wine will be hosted by Bianca Anderson, Wine Captain at City Winery and one of the founders of The Urban Wine Collective.

Starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 plus applicable fees.
American Airlines First Class International Pairing Series takes place at City Winery on Wednesday, March 11th. American offers nonstop daily service to Milan, Venice, and Rome, all of which brings guests closer to the great wines and foods of Italy. There are a plethora of Italian varietals and styles that have rich histories to navigate. Chef Vawanda Richardson will create a four-course menu with wines from the throughout the region.

Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $65 plus applicable fees. 

On Thursday, March 12th, City Winery hosts City Winery Explorer, Tuscany & Central Italy. Several wines and regions will be explored, including villages along the Tuscan Coast, Montepulciano, and Umbria. Guests will enjoy over twelve wines from various regions. Chef Vawanda Richardson will prepared light fare served buffet-style as well as a regional selection of meats and cheeses.

Starts 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 plus applicable fees.

On Tuesday, March 17th, Ponce City Market’s Posman Books and City Winery team up to host Books & Booze. This month’s book discussion is about The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh.
Starts at 7 p.m. RSVP $10 plus applicable fees. 

Credited with beginning the Farm to Table Movement and as one of the initial proponents of the Slow Food Movement, Alice Waters has had an undeniable influence on the American culinary scene. On Saturday, March 21st, City Winery presents their tribute, A Celebration of Culinary Artisans featuring Alice Waters’ “Recipes from Chef Panisse”.
Starts 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 plus applicable fees.

City Winery Scout Cookies & Wine Pairing, a fun and whimsical pairing of wine and cookies, takes place on Thursday, March 26th.

Starts 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 plus applicable fees.

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IRISH LIGHTS FESTIVAL RETURNS TO PARK TAVERN FOR ITS 11TH ANNIVERSARY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/4/20

Lineup Including: Keys N Krates, Masked Beatz, Karma, Ty Abbott & Late Night Luke, Amateur Hour, and More
Saturday, March 7, 2020 Beginning at 3 p.m.

A Social Mess is returning to Park Tavern in Piedmont Park for the 11th annual Irish Lights Festival. Acting as a preliminary St. Patrick’s Day celebration, revelers can dress adorned in green on March 7, 2020. Since its initial launch, the Park Tavern festivity has struck gold with artists such as Lost Kings. This year, the lineup is bigger and better than ever with Keys N Krates as the headliner. In addition to Keys N Krates, festival-goers can anticipate a variety of DJ’s crossing over a multitude of styles from tropical house, EDM, deep house, and pop n rock. Patrons can also indulge in Park Tavern’s full menu including, but not limited to burgers, bowls, tacos, salads, sandwiches, fresh sushi, and more.
Doors for Irish Festival open at 3 p.m. and close at 2 a.m. General Admission tickets are on sale for $20 and VIP tickets are selling at $50 plus fees. Tables are also available, but are limited. Attendees can find Park Tavern at 500 10th St NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. For tickets and more information, visit www.parktavern.com/event/Irish-Lights.

THE BATTERY ATLANTA SERVES UP MARCH EVENTS 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/1/20

Atlantans will feel particularly lucky at The Battery Atlanta this spring! The destination’s chef-driven restaurants are serving up can’t-miss specials this March – from nights that kids eat free to daily deals on adult beverages to late night bites, the one-stop destination offers a diverse table of tastes. Throughout the month, restaurants and retailers are preparing for the arrival of spring with floral fun and shamrock shenanigans. Visitors can mark their calendars for events at Live! at the Battery, Sugarboo & Co. and more. Plus, March Madness fans can plan ahead to visit Punch Bowl Social, Yard House and Live! at the Battery for access to the big screens.

The Battery Atlanta Cornhole Spring League
Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.
A tailgate favorite is now a league of its own! Spectators are encouraged to watch the action and cheer on league participants as they play games leading up to the season’s final tournament. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes.

Wellness Series: Yoga
Every Monday, from 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Start the week off stress-free at an outdoor yoga class presented by Kaiser Permanente. As part of the Wellness Series at The Battery Atlanta, this free event is open to all ages to relax and unwind on the Plaza Green. Participants are required to bring a mat and encouraged to bring water.

Select Retail/Restaurant Promotions:

Singo Night at PH’EAST
Every Monday at 8 p.m.
Visitors can enjoy a weekly music party at the newly opened Asian food hall and indulge in flavors of the far east. Music lovers can test their knowledge in this version of bingo that is played with song titles and compete to win for $5 off their tab.

Wine Down Monday at Garden & Gun Club
Every Monday
Wine lovers will banish the Monday blues with half-off bottles of wine at this intimate spot offering genuine Southern hospitality.

Kids Eat Free Tuesdays at Goldberg’s Deli
Every Tuesday
Bring the kids for an after-school treat! Families can take advantage of a free kids’ menu item with the purchase of one adult entrée at the New York style deli and restaurant.

Family Dinner at Gio’s Chicken Siciliana
Every Wednesday
Kids can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée and enjoy a classic Italian atmosphere – quaint, relaxing and kid-friendly.

Champagne Thursdays at Cru Food & Wine Bar
Every Thursday 3 p.m. – midnight
Patrons enjoy 50% off bubbly when they purchase by the bottle. Guests are also invited to eat their fill of fresh artisan cuisine from the extensive lunch and dinner menu.

Noche Tropical at El Super Pan
Every Friday, from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. 
Bienvenidos! Guests can welcome the weekend with a flavor-filled bash of dancing that features Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Reggaeton curated by DJ Cesar. Guests can sip on tropical drinks and indulge in a menu of Cuban sandwiches, seafood cocktails, signature skewers and more!

Freedom Fridays at PBR Atlanta
Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m.
Firefighters, military and members of public service are eligible to enjoy a free VIP table and drink specials at PBR Atlanta – the dance and night club that offers a bar atmosphere, plus a mechanical bull.

St. Patrick’s Day Takeover at Live! at the Battery Atlanta – CANCELLED
Saturday, March 14 from 5 – 11 p.m.
Party like the Irish at this St. Patty’s Day celebration! The afternoon will feature shamrockin’ bands, games and Irish cuisine and cocktails. Tickets available at eventbrite.com.

Charcuterie Class at Sugarboo & Co.
Thursday, March 19 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Participants will learn how to make a classic appetizer board, a spring-themed board and a dessert board that complement wine pairings for easy and elegant entertaining. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com.

Retro Basketball Theme Party at Sport & Social – CANCELLED
Friday, March 20 from 8:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Guests will rewind to an era of short shorts and slam dunks just in time for March Madness. Party-goers are encouraged to dress in their best costumes or rep their sports team apparel while enjoying specialty drinks, costume contests, giveaways and more.

Prima Vera Floral Workshop at Sugarboo & Co.
Thursday, March 26 from 7:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Ladies are encouraged to register for a fun-filled night of modern, whimsical floristry with Prima Vera. Lights bites and bubbly are included, as well as shopping the collection at VIP discounts. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com.

FADO IRISH PUB BUCKHEAD ST. PATRICK’S DAY BLOCK PARTY AND ST. PATRICK’S DAY 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/26/20

UPDATE 3/13: OUTDOOR EVENTS AT BOTH LOCATIONS POSTPONED.

Block Party: Saturday, March 14th

St. Patrick’s Day: Tuesday, March 17th

Sat., Mar. 14, 7am – Close – Tickets/Info: St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at Fadó Irish Pub

Fadó Irish Pub has thrown their St. Patrick’s Day Outdoor Block Party since 1996, and this year is no exception. The event will feature outdoor beer and cocktail stations as well as food trucks, performances from Irish Dancers, soccer, Six Nations Rugby, live music and a DJ playing all afternoon and night. Pre-sale tickets ($20) are now available here and will be available for purchase at the door. Festivities will begin at 7am with English Premier League soccer and Six Nations Rugby matches on televisions, and Atlanta United will be on starting at 7:30pm.

Tues., Mar. 17, 7am – Close –Tickets/Info: St. Patricks Day at Fadó Irish Pub

Fadó Irish Pub will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with “Kegs and Eggs” at 7am and live music and Irish dance performances throughout the day. Starting at 4pm, the celebration will be 21+ with a $10 cover at the door. Live music by Desire will begin at 8pm, and a DJ will perform from 10:30pm to close.

THE 2020 ATLANTA FAIR

Liz and John Attaway, 2/23/20

Atlanta’s favorite fair returns with merriment to go around!

Come one, come all!  The Atlanta Fair opens its gates on Friday, March 6 – Sunday, April 12 for fun-seekers of all ages! Atlanta residents and visitors in search of thrilling adventure, lively entertainment and mouthwatering fair food are encouraged to join the festivities with family and friends at one of the city’s most anticipated spring events.

The 2020 Atlanta Fair boasts a number of exhilarating rides and interactive games. Alien Abduction is back for an out-of-this-world experience, along with classic fair favorites such as the Towering Ferris Wheel and a variety of children’s rides and games. Fair food lovers are invited to indulge in all-time fair classics, like fluffy cotton candy, candy apples, funnel cakes and more!

WHAT:
2020 Atlanta Fair

WHEN:
Friday, March 6 – Sunday, April 12

Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 11 pm
Friday – 5pm – Midnight
Saturday Matinee: 1-5 pm
Saturday Evening: 5pm -Midnight
Sunday: 1-11pm

WHERE:
Turner Field – Grey Lot
655 Central Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30315
404.913.FAIR (3247)

HOW:
Guests may purchase tickets online or at the gate. For online admission, visit
theatlantafair.com.

Fair Entrance Fees:
Opening Night Special: $1 admission for all
Every day (except opening night): $2 for guests under 42”
Monday & Thursday: $3 for guests 42” and taller                                                                                                                  
Tuesday ($2 Tuesdays): $2 admission for all
Wednesday (Whacky Wednesdays): Free admission for all
Saturday Matinee (1-5 p.m.) and Sunday: $5 for guests 42” and taller
Saturday Evening (5pm-Close): $8 for guests 42” and taller
Sunday: (1pm-Close) Admission $2 for guests under 42” and $5 42” & taller

Midway Ride Tickets:
Individual tickets: $1.25 each
Bundle tickets: 25 tickets for $25

‘Unlimited Ride Armband’ Fees are as follows:
Monday, Thursday, Friday: $25
Tuesday $2 Tuesdays (ride any ride $2 ea): NO ARMBANDS on Tuesday
Wednesday (Whacky Wednesdays): $25 Buy One Get One Free
Saturday and Sunday Daytime: $28.95
Saturday After 8 p.m. and Sunday After 7 p.m. (Twilight Special): $25
*Unlimited Ride Armbands are only valid on the day they are purchased.

Parental Escort Policy in Effect
Children under the age of 16-years-old must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on Friday and Saturday evenings. One adult may escort up to four youth. All guests must be able to present a valid Georgia or government issued photo ID.

THE TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW IS COMING TO ATLANTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/16/20
Discover Hundreds of Vacation Destinations from Around the World and Meet With Travel Experts and More 
The nationally acclaimed Travel & Adventure Show is descending upon Atlanta this March for its first time ever at Cobb Galleria Centre on Saturday, February 29 and March 1, 2020.  Attendees will have an opportunity to explore endless vacation options, plan trips with travel experts, attend dozens of educational seminars with renowned experts, dive into faraway cultures at the Global Beats Stage, win trips and more.
Guests will also have the opportunity to meet travel celebrities including Samantha Brown, host of PBS’s “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love”, Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter, Producer, Josh Gates, host of Discover Channel’s “Expedition Unknown”, and many more.  Advanced pricing: $9 for a one-day adult ticket / $16 for a two-day adult ticket (promotion ends February 28, 2020 at 11:59pm ET) Tickets are available starting at $12 for a one-day pass and $20 for a two-day pass on site. Active men and women in the U.S. armed forces are invited to present a military identification prior to the event or at Will Call for free admission for up to four members of their family.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit travelshows.com/shows/atlanta/.

FIRST ANNUAL MARDI GRAS BAR CRAWL ALPHARETTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/14/20

HOLMES – CITIZEN SOUL – JEKYLL – SOUTH MAIN KITCHEN – LAPEER

Saturday, February 22nd at 3 pm

Six Alpharetta City Center restaurants, including Holmes, Lapeer and South Main Kitchen, are teaming up to host a Mardi Gras Bar Crawl on February 22nd! Festivities will include Nola-inspired cocktails and bites at each restaurant, in addition to Mardi Gras beads, dancing, live music in the South Main Kitchen alley, and more. Tickets ($50) are available here.

THE 17TH ANNUAL OYSTER CRAWFISH FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/11/20

Featuring a Full Day of Delicious Fun Including Live Music From The Dirty Guv’Nahs, Stop Light Observations and Little Stranger, Thousands of Pounds of Crawfish, Fresh Oysters, Cocktails and More!

Saturday, February 29, 2020 Beginning at 2 p.m.

For the past 17 years, thousands of music and food loving festival goers gather annually at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park to celebrate the Oyster Crawfish Festival. Offering a day of Mardi Gras inspired fun on Saturday, February 29, 2020, Park Tavern will once again serve up approximately ten thousand pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish that are flown in the night before along with live music from the fiercely soulful band, The Dirty Guv’Nahs, an acclaimed six-piece brotherhood from Knoxville, TN known for their electrifying rock and roll performances.  Athens, GA-based Stop Light Observations and the quirky, indie hip-hop group, Little Stranger, will get the party started and warm up the stage as guests sip on signature cocktails and cold brews from a souvenir cup and dive into platters boasting 1.5 pounds of piping hot and perfectly spiced boiled crawfish served with new potatoes, corn and sausage.  Additional festival food offerings include Bluepoint and Gulf freshly shucked oysters on the half shell, buckets of steamed oysters with drawn butter, and a fried station with fried oysters, shrimp, and chicken baskets.

The Oyster Crawfish Festival begins at 2 p.m.  While the event is an ages 21 and up event, children ages 20 and under may be accompanied by a parent.  Children 12 and under do not need to purchase a ticket while young adults ages 12 and over can purchase an admission ticket for $10.  General Admission tickets are available beginning at $30 and include entry to the event and all day entertainment.  VIP tickets are available for $60 and grants access to entertainment, private bars, upscale seating, a lounge area with fireplaces, and access to premium indoor restrooms.  The event is rain or shine.  To purchase tickets visit www.parktavern.com.

SET SAIL THIS VALENTINE’S DAY WITH YACHT ROCK SILLY LOVE SONGS AT PARK TAVERN

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/11/20

Friday, February 14th 

Park Tavern at Piedmont Park

Spend a smooth-sailing evening this Valentine’s Day at Park Tavern’s Silly Love Songs Yacht Rock Show with VJ Captain Luv on Friday, February 14, 2020. Mellow-music lovers, in relationships or riding solo, will enjoy a nautical night filled with dancing, and the best Yacht Rock songs and videos from the ‘70s & ‘80s.  Guests can overlook the stunning Midtown skyline and Piedmont Park, and take advantage of Park Tavern’s full menu featuring sushi, salads, burgers, in addition to Valentine’s Day-themed libations that will be flowing all night long. Tickets for the evening are $5. Dinner reservations begin at 4:30 pm with the last seating at 10 pm. For more information, to make a reservation or to purchase tickets, visit www.parktavern.com/event/silly-love-songs-yacht-rock-show-with-vj-captain-love or call (404) 249-0001.