Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/21/19


From June 1-9, Community Destinations to Host Design Discussions, Workshops, a Live Podcast Taping & More

Ponce City Market and Westside Provisions District – both from Atlanta-based real estate investment and management company Jamestown – are partnering with Atlanta Design Festival (presented by MA! Design is Human) to serve as featured Design Districts during the 13th annual city-wide festival held from June 1-9, 2019. Furthering Jamestown’s design-forward approach to innovative development and mission to promote community involvement, the two community destinations will host design-related events, including book signings, design gatherings and classes, speaker sessions and more, throughout the nine-day festival.

Ponce City Market:

Design Week Book Fair at Posman Books (June 1-9, Normal Hours) – During the duration of Atlanta Design Festival, the family-owned, independent bookstore will be highlighting books that focus on all aspects of design. Looking for something specific? Come by to find a new source of inspiration.

‘Time to Dine: The Art of Restaurant Design’ Discussion with MODA (June 1, 2-4pm) – As part of the Food by Design series, Ponce City Market and Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) are bringing together some of the city’s top restaurant designers for a rapid-fire discussion, in conjunction with Atlanta Design Festival. Moderated by Doug Henderson, Co-owner of Switch Modern, the free event will take place at The Plaza at Ponce City Market and feature panelists from some of Atlanta’s leading restaurant design firms, who will talk about the role of design in creating an environment that enables and enhances the dining experience. Panelists will include John Bencich of Square Feet Studio, Smith Hanes of Smith Hanes Studio, Dan Maas of ai3, Skylar Morgan of Skylar Morgan Furniture + Design and Tim Nichols of NO Architecture. After the discussion, attendees will be invited to visit restaurants designed by panelists and housed within Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall. Please see here to register and learn more.

‘Sew Happy Color with Katie Kortman’ Class at Topstitch (June 1, 10am-4pm) – Topstitch – Atlanta’s premiere sewing destination for the aspiring garment sewer – is hosting Katie Kortman, an accomplished artist, sewist, teacher and textile designer, to lead a wardrobe color theory lecture as well as a full-day workshop to design and paint fabric, which will then be used to sew the Topstitch Essential Top or Dress. Participation is $225 for the lecture and workshop, or $45 for the lecture only. Tickets can be purchased here.

Anthropologie Summer Entertaining Soiree (June 2, 11am-1pm) – Join Anthropologie’s Home Stylist Naila Long for an insider’s tour of Anthropologie’s rapidly growing home assortment and Design Center while enjoying sips and snacks. Guests will learn and experience how Anthropologie is a true destination for creating an inspirational space through expansive collections featuring custom furniture, artisanal styles and artist collaborations. Free and open to the public, the event encourages guest to reserve tickets in advance here.

‘Sew Happy Color with Katie Kortman’ – Paint Your Clutch (June 2, 10am-2pm) – Katie Kortman is coming to Topstitch to show us all how to infuse color and happiness into our me-made wardrobe. An accomplished artist, sewist, teacher and textile designer, Katie is going to demonstrate designing and painting on a plain fabric ground. This is a two-part workshop whereby attendees will design and paint fabric and then use it to sew the Topstitch Essential Clutch. Participants will receive free admission to Katie’s Friday Night “Wardrobe Color Theory” event on May 31 before painting and sewing on Sunday, June 2. Please see here for more info and to reserve a spot in the class ($160 per person).

‘How Designing a Podcast Works’ Discussion with Stuff Media (June 3, 6-8pm) – Building a story is a lot like building a house. Join podcast hosts and producers of iHeartMedia and HowStuffWorks as they explore the process of turning an idea into an award-winning show. The event will be held at The Plaza at Ponce City Market.

Gensler Experience Pop-Up (June 4-8) – Join Gensler – an integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm with global clients – at The Plaza at Ponce City Market for an immersive experience exploring the minds of designers and the inspiration behind the places where we live, work and play. From galleries and pop-ups to panel discussions and podcasts, learn how Gensler is shaping the future of cities, in Atlanta and beyond. The community will be able to share ideas and think differently about design throughout the experience open all week long during Atlanta Design Festival. For more on specific events hosted by Gensler, please see here.

‘Plating 101: The Principles of Perfect Culinary Plate’ Presentation at Williams Sonoma (June 4, 6-8pm) – The perfect plating presentation is the foundation of culinary decadence. Williams Sonoma at Ponce City Market is hosting a plating technique class with local Atlanta Chef Alexander Blackman, aka “The Bearded Chef,” to teach attendees the 101s of plating. Tickets ($10 General Admission; $35 VIP) can be purchased here. VIP guests will be gifted a de Buyers Round Mold set, and all participants will receive 10 percent off purchases the night of the class.

Design Talks: Pauline Wiersema (June 4, 6-8pm) – Held at General Assembly, the Design Talk features Pauline Wiersema and is free and open to the public. Pauline, founder of Wiersema! and cum laude graduate from the Design Academy Eindhoven (2018), is an interdisciplinary designer, specialized in making campaigns in combination with interactive installations and experiences. With A Fool Around she gives lectures and acts as a creative tutor to help companies and institutions ‘fool up’ their game. She does illustrative work for newspapers, magazines and digital platforms aimed at informing their audience. Attendees can register for the event here.

‘Understanding The New Rules of Luxury: A Living Room Discussion’ at Cobbler Union (June 5, 2:30-3:30pm) – Cobbler Union Founder Daniel Porcelli and Director of Marketing Sara Kuykendall will discuss the seismic shifts currently underway in the luxury retail space forcing brands to adapt to rapidly-changing consumer behavior and market dynamics. Located at the bespoke shoemaking company’s flagship store at Ponce City Market, the discussion is free and open to the public, and attendees can RSVP here.

UX Design & Data Science Talent Showcase (June 5, 5-7pm) – Interested in hiring or mentoring tech talent? Curious to learn how General Assembly is supporting tech sector growth in Atlanta and view GA’s graduate portfolios and capstone projects? Come enjoy some refreshments and mingle while you discover your next potential team member at this exclusive event. General Assembly welcomes hiring managers, recruiters and anyone hiring Data Scientists or User Experience (UX) Designers to meet expert-trained, job-ready candidates. Think of this as a reverse career fair, where you can see students’ final projects and talk individually with them. This is open house style, so come whenever you can and stay as long as you’d like – drinks are on General Assembly! RSVP here.

Plant(care) 101 Workshop at The Victorian at Citizen Supply (June 5, 7-9pm) – Those looking to spruce up their space with a houseplant can dive into the basics of plant care at The Victorian’s workshop covering tips on repotting, soil types, light levels, watering, propagation and more. Attendees can attend the workshop for $15, and the Victorian’s team will walk everyone through how to properly repot a plant using one of their handmade soil mixes. For those who want a hands-on experience, they can purchase a plant and a planter to repot in the class before taking it home. Tickets can be purchased here (password: plantcare).

Design Talks: Ingrid Van der Wacht, MALL, Gehl Architects and Dashel Helmets (June 6, 6-9pm) – Join General Assembly for a Design Talk featuring Ingrid Van der Wacht, Jennifer Bonner of MALL, Matthew Lister of Gehl Architects and Catherine Bedford Dashel Helmets. For more on each speaker and to RSVP, please click here.

‘The Design of the Summer Cocktail’ Workshop at Citizen Supply’s Likewise (June 7, 6-9pm) – Likewise’s Bar Director Ben Richardson (of Cocktail Commons and Staplehouse) will walk attendees through the design, pours and shakes behind a few favorite, refreshing summer drinks. Participants will learn the ins and outs, whys and hows of crafting top-notch cocktails while sipping creations and make a few new friends. Tickets ($18) are available here.

‘Sourdough 101’ Class at Root Baking Co. (June 7, 6-9pm) – Root Baking Co’s hands-on lesson is designed to teach beginners how to bake at home with a sourdough starter, covering how to train up a lively starter from scratch, how to mix, ferment, shape and bake a loaf, and how to best utilize home ovens to produce crusty results. Root will provide drinks and snacks from their kitchen, and guests will take home a fresh sourdough loaf, active starter, freshly-milled whole wheat flour, an info packet and a replicable formula. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online here.

‘Charcuterie 101: The Perfect Party Platter’ Class at Williams Sonoma (June 7, 6-8pm) – Williams Sonoma at Ponce City Market is hosting a charcuterie 101 class to teach participants how to design the perfect party platter. Learn how to select the proper size board, what items to include and how to assemble a masterpiece charcuterie board. General Admission tickets are $25 and include a Williams Sonoma Open Kitchen Acacia Board; VIP tickets are $50 and include a Premium Olivewood Board. Plus, attendees will receive 10 percent off their purchase the night of the class. Tickets can be purchased here.

‘The Shape of the A: Designing Tomorrow’s Atlanta Today’ Discussion (June 8, 5-7:30pm) – Quick Quick invites Atlanta’s creatives and entrepreneurs to attend conversation among leaders imagining and crafting the city’s future. Free and open to the public, the panel will feature voices from the worlds of fashion, advertising and branding, retail, architecture and of course, print. Snacks and drinks will be available. As always, guests to Ponce City Market can find the latest periodicals and magazines highlighting design in fashion, interiors, architecture, culture, tech, music, food and drink at Quick Quick.

‘Ridiculous History’ Live Podcast Recording with Stuff Media (June 8, 3-5pm) – History is beautiful, brutal and often, ridiculous. Ridiculous History hosts Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown dive deep into some of the most bizarre stories of people, places and events throughout the span of human civilization, and they’re joining up with Atlanta Design Festival to create a special live episode of the podcast. The public is invited to join the guys at General Assembly as they explore the strange story of Ponce City Market’s first life as a Sears headquarters during this special episode. Ridiculous History is from Stuff Media – the world’s leading for-profit publisher of podcasts – whose headquarters are located at Ponce City Market.

Westside Provisions District:

Lee Ledbetter Book Signing at Hudson Grace (June 3, 5-7pm) – The preeminent purveyor of timeless décor, Hudson Grace, is hosting a book signing in their Westside Provisions District space on Monday, June 3 from 5pm to 7pm with New Orleans architect and designer Lee Ledbetter. Lee will be in the space to mingle amongst cocktails and sign copies of his new book, The Art of Place: Architecture and Interiors. The event is free and open to the public; attendance can be reserved by emailing atlanta@hudsongracesf.com.

Room & Board Presents Developing Atlanta: Thoughtful Development for a Sustainable Future (June 4, 5:30-7pm) – Join Room & Board for a panel discussion presented by CityLab where they will discuss Atlanta’s development, the economic impact of thoughtful design on communities and sustainability and what Atlanta is doing right and wrong. Moderated by Mark Byrnes, Senior Associate Editor at CityLab, the panel will feature Tim Keane, Commissioner, Planning and Community Development, City of Atlanta, Georgia; Kristi Rooks, Founder, Thoughtwell; and Nathan Hedges, Director of Development for Atlanta, The Allen Morris Co. The event is free and open to the public.

Peg Risom Presents The Block Island Collection at Design Within Reach (June 5, 10am-12pm) – Design Within Reach is celebrating an exciting new design from midcentury Danish master Jens Risom: The Block Island Outdoor Collection. In 1967, Risom built his family’s vacation home on Block Island, Rhode Island. For a secluded walking trail that ran adjacent to the property, he drew plans for outdoor furniture meant to provide a place for passersby to rest and enjoy their surroundings, a labor of love for his neighbors, which fell by the wayside until Risom died at age 100 in 2016. Design Within Reach is honored to bring the Block Island Collection to life as an homage to Risom and the setting that inspired him. Join DWR – along with Jens’ daughter Peg Risom – to celebrate the Block Island Collection and Risom’s legacy as a pioneer in introducing Danish modern furniture to the United States. The event is tailored towards trade and DWR contact clients; attendance can be reserved by emailing John Waymire at jwaymire@dwr.com.

CEU at Design Within Reach: Technology and Design in Natural Stone (June 6, 12-1:30pm) – Design Within Reach is hosting continuing education seminar “Technology and Design in Natural Stone,” led by Alison Mullins, Brand Ambassador with decorative natural stone company Antolini Italy. This intermediate-level CEU course will update architects and designers on the latest developments in the natural stone industry, with an eye toward meeting design goals – including new finishes, advances in stone fabrication, best practices in sustainability and a review of award-winning projects using natural stone. Snacks and beverages will be served. Attendance can be reserved by May 31 by emailing John Waymire at jwaymire@dwr.com.

Founded by MA! Architecture in 2007, the festival provides a valuable world-class showcase for leading international designers, brands and companies. Over nine days, visitors will be able to explore the rich variety of talents being produced today through a range of showroom events, exhibitions, talks, workshops, installations and tours. For tickets and further information, visit www.atlantadesignfestival.net.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/13/19

Celebrating 12 Fashionable Years of Pairing Canines and Couture Benefiting Canine Assistants

Saturday, June 1, 2019 Beginning at 7 p.m.

Greenberg Traurig, Terminus 200

Doggies on the Catwalk returns this year for its biggest fashion event to date. Celebrating 12 years of philanthropic success, The Doggies on the Catwalk Foundation founder and notable Atlanta personality, E. Vincent Martinez, is thrilled to take this year’s event to the next level. Taking place at Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta penthouse office suite at Terminus 200 in the heart of Buckhead for the second year in a row, attendees are invited to experience a crowd-pleasing runway lineup that includes adorable pups, local personalities and coveted luxury brands. An unforgettable evening of fashion, fun and philanthropy, Doggies on the Catwalk fashion event will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7 p.m. and benefits several organizations including Canine Assistants, a non-profit which educates and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs.

Emceed by Tad Lemire and Kara Wilson of “Tad & Drex Mornings” on B98.5 FM, Doggies on the Catwalk will feature a cocktail reception and a high-energy runway show showcasing the season’s most sought after looks from top designers and brands found at SAKS Fifth Avenue including Gucci, Prada, Givenchy, Saint Laurent and much more.  Guests will also have the opportunity to receive makeup touch ups and sample a variety of fragrances from Dior before the event. Tickets are on sale now between $95 to $250 and can be purchased at https://doggiesonthecatwalk.org.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/8/19

Daylong Outdoor Event at Waterworks Greenspace Features Food Trucks,
Pop-Up Beer Garden, Live Music, Games and More

Enjoy great food, outdoor games and a pop-up beer garden while supporting public greenspaces at Your Land on Tap. The free public event, which takes place on Saturday, May 18 at the new Waterworks Greenspace in West Midtown, benefits The Trust for Public Land and its #10MinWalk vision to ensure every American has access to a great park within a 10-minute walk.

“More than 135,000 people in Atlanta don’t enjoy access to a park within a 10-minute walk of their homes,” says The Trust for Public Land’s State Director George Dusenbury. “At Your Land on Tap, guests will experience the benefits of public greenspaces firsthand and get involved with our efforts to bring more parks to more people in Atlanta.”

Highlights of this daylong event include:

Food trucks by Redbird Events
A pop-up beer garden serving beer and wine from Ormsby’s
Lawn games
Frozen treats from King of Pops
Live music

$1 from each refreshment sold benefits The Trust for Public Land.  Your Land on Tap takes place from 12-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Waterworks Greenspace, adjacent to the City of Atlanta Waterworks at 300 Reservoir Drive NW.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/6/19

Live music, kids crawfish races, cornhole, and more!

Saturday, May 18th at Dixie Q Brookhaven

On Saturday, May 18th, from 11 am to 4 pm, come join us outside for some good eats at our first-ever BBQ & Boil Louisana-style after the popular Brookhaven Bolt.

All tickets $35 and include the following:

Chef Scott’s Louisiana-style Crawfish Boil with Corn and Potatoes
(Good helping provided, more available to purchase during the event)
BBQ Pork sliders
Smoked Wings
Sides of Coleslaw or Potato Salad
One complimentary hot dog and house-made chips
for children under 10 with one adult ticket
Choice of one *beverage–
Dixie Q Morning Mimosa
New Orleans-style Hurricane
Abita Beer

*Want another round?
Additional beverages only $4.00 each!
Limited menu offered inside during event hours with full bar available.
Regular dinner service with full menu starts at 5:00pm.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/18/19

To Host Unique Onsite Collaboration With Metallica’s
Blackened Whiskey And Enter Night Pilsner
Band Performance Times Announced For
May 10, 11 & 12
At Rockingham Festival Grounds In Rockingham, NC
Inaugural 3-Day Destination Music Experience
Will Feature Performances From
Foo Fighters, Tool & Korn
Along With Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon
& Dozens More

The music performance times and Campers’ Pre-Party details are now available for the debut of Epicenter, May 10, 11 and 12 at the newly created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, NC. The new 3-day destination music experience will feature a massive lineup of top rock acts performing on five stages, including Foo Fighters, Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, The Cult, 311, Evanescence, Bush, +LIVE+ and dozens more.

Festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents is proud to announce a collaboration with Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey and Enter Night Pilsner. Blackened, a super-premium American whiskey blend, crafted by the late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and finished in the earth shattering music of Metallica, and Enter Night Pilsner, a collaboration with the rockstars of craft brewing Stone Brewing Company, will come together under one roof to offer guests a one-of-kind musical festival experience. The massive Boilermaker pop-up will feature a Blackened & Enter Night Boilermaker, as well as craft cocktails and ice-cold Enter Night Pilsner. This exciting collaboration marks the latest in a long line of amplified guest experiences only available through Danny Wimmer Presents music festivals. More info to come…

Epicenter will feature afterhours programming and enhanced onsite experiences, along with a wide variety of food and beverage offerings, and various camping options and amenities. General Admission, VIP tickets, and camping packages for Epicenter are on sale now at https://EpicenterFestival.com.

Thursday, May 9 (Campers’ Pre-Party)
Rockingham Village Stage
11:00 PM
Nightrain (Guns N’ Roses tribute)
9:30 PM
Thunderstruck (AC/DC tribute)
7:30 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
6:30 PM
Friday, May 10
Monster Energy Stage
Quarry Stage
11:00 PM
9:55 PM
Rob Zombie
8:50 PM
Machine Gun Kelly
7:55 PM
7:05 PM
The Crystal Method
6:15 PM
5:35 PM
5:00 PM
4:25 PM
Zeal & Ardor
3:55 PM
Hyro The Hero
3:25 PM
Amigo The Devil
SiriusXM Octane Stage
Pine Stage
7:00 PM
7:50 PM
Mark Lanegan Band
5:40 PM
Knocked Loose
6:15 PM
Black Pistol Fire
4:30 PM
5:05 PM
3:20 PM
3:55 PM
Hands Like Houses
2:10 PM
2:45 PM
Arrested Youth
1:35 PM
Black Coffee
Rockingham Village Stage
1:35 AM
12:45 AM
Hyro The Hero
11:55 PM
Arrested Youth
8:55 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
5:45 PM
That Metal Show reunion
12:00 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
Saturday, May 11
Monster Energy Stage
Quarry Stage
10:15 PM
8:55 PM
Judas Priest
7:50 PM
The Cult
6:45 PM
5:55 PM
5:15 PM
Black Label Society
4:35 PM
Motionless In White
3:55 PM
The Damned Things
3:15 PM
2:45 PM
1:35 PM
SiriusXM Octane Stage
Pine Stage
7:45 PM
Circa Survive
6:45 PM
Memphis May Fire
6:00 PM
5:15 PM
Light The Torch
4:35 PM
3:55 PM
Wage War
3:20 PM
Evan Konrad
2:45 PM
Dirty Honey
2:10 PM
Dead Girls Academy
1:35 PM
1:00 PM
12:25 PM
Alien Weaponry
Rockingham Village Stage
1:35 AM
12:45 AM
Amigo The Devil
11:55 PM
8:55 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
5:45 PM
That Metal Show reunion
12:00 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
Sunday, May 12
Monster Energy Stage
Quarry Stage
9:40 PM
Foo Fighters
8:35 PM
7:35 PM
Bring Me The Horizon
6:40 PM
5:50 PM
5:10 PM
The Interrupters
4:30 PM
Fever 333
3:55 PM
3:15 PM
2:45 PM
The Glorious Sons
2:10 PM
The Dirty Nil
1:35 PM
Teenage Wrist
SiriusXM Octane Stage
Pine Stage
5:50 PM
Killswitch Engage
6:40 PM
Tom Morello
4:30 PM
5:15 PM
3:20 PM
3:55 PM
2:10 PM
2:45 PM
1:00 PM
While She Sleeps
1:35 PM
Boston Manor
12:25 PM
Demob Happy
Rockingham Village Stage
8:55 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
12:00 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow

Festival doors open at 11:00 AM daily.

The expansive Rockingham Festival Grounds promise nonstop entertainment, extensive camping options, and no curfew, so the entertainment will continue after the night’s headliners have played their last song on Friday and Saturday. The Rockingham Village Stage will be the premier spot for afterhours entertainment throughout the weekend, including an exclusive Campers’ Pre-Party on Thursday, May 9 featuring AC/DC tribute act Thunderstruck, Guns N’ Roses tribute Nightrain and local Charlotte hard rockers Killakoi.

The Rockingham Village Stage will also include the anticipated reunion of Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine from That Metal Show for two sets, Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, as well as the Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow appearing the entire weekend and also at the Campers’ Pre-Party.

In addition to performances from top music artists, and various onsite attractions, attendees will enjoy a variety of local and regional food and beverage offerings provided by DWP’s affiliate concessionaire, Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC. Fans 21+ can enjoy multiple specialty curated beverage experiences. Varietals from Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards (owned by Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer) will be available at the Caduceus Wine Garden. Experience abounds at the Heavy Tiki Bar (a tropical oasis filled with killer cocktails and shade). Fans can also enjoy a large variety of local and regional brews at the Epicenter Craft Beer Garden.

Additional Epicenter onsite experiences include: Monster Energy Experience, f.y.e. Fan Experience, The Music Experience, USMC (United States Marine Corps), Zippo Experience, Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program, Take Me Home, and Jack Daniel’s Experience.

Camping at Epicenter will let patrons keep the rock n’ roll party going all through the weekend and will set this festival apart from other U.S. rock shows. Camping spots are connected to the festival grounds and include amenities like access to showers, portable restrooms, food and drink vendors, charging stations, information and medical services, and the Campers’ Pre-Party.

The official Epicenter mobile app is now available for download. Attendees can build their own schedules, learn more about the artists and personalities appearing at the festival and get the latest must-know information through push notifications. Download it through the Google Play and Apple stores.

Rockingham Festival Grounds are located at 2153 North U.S. Highway 1, Rockingham, NC, less than two hours from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/18/19

Festival features top comedy talent from across the country, including legendary improv group Beer Shark Mice

Atlanta, GA – Today, Atlanta’s The Village Theatre announced the lineup for the 5th Annual Atlanta Improv Festival, presented by Kaiser Permanente. The comedy festival takes place April 25-27, and will include over 20 shows from top improv groups from across the country and around Atlanta.  The full schedule and ticket information can be found at www.AtlantaImprovFestival.com. Both nightly passes and tickets for individual shows are available.

The festival’s featured headliners include:
Beer Shark Mice – this legendary long form improv team has been around for over 20 years and includes some of the top improvisers from Chicago and Los Angeles
Michael Coleman (How High, American Wedding, Arrested Development, Drunk History on Comedy Central)
Peter Hulne (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Battle of the Sexes, Elf)
Pat Finn (The Middle, It’s Complicated, I Am Chris Farley)
Paul Vaillancourt (Adventures in Hollyhood, The Blame Game, The T.O. Show)
David Pasquesi (Veep, Groundhog Day, Angels & Demons)
Christina Gausas (Difficult People, 30 Rock, Late Night with Conan O’Brien)
Kevin Dorff (Review, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, We’re the Millers)
Matt Jones (Breaking Bad, Mom, Home)
Dave Hill (The Night Is Young, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Hitman)

The festival will also feature a series of workshops for both experienced and novice performers, all taught by top improv instructors from Los Angeles, Chicago, Charleston and Atlanta. Workshop topics include Becoming an Improv Super Hero, Getting out of Your Head with Improvised Movement, An Alternative Approach to Scene Work, and Group Games. Find more information on available workshops at www.AtlantaImprovFestival.com.

The festival will also feature a series of workshops for both experienced and novice performers, all taught by top improv instructors from Los Angeles, Chicago, Charleston and Atlanta. Workshop topics include Becoming an Improv Super Hero, Getting out of Your Head with Improvised Movement, An Alternative Approach to Scene Work, and Group Games. Find more information on available workshops at www.AtlantaImprovFestival.com.

Additionally, the weekend event will showcase the final rounds of the Atlanta Improv Festival Battle, which includes 36 local improv teams battling to win $1,000 and a run of shows at The Village Theatre. Battle rounds will take place Thursday through Saturday throughout April leading up to the 5th Annual Atlanta Improv Festival.  Information regarding tickets and participating teams can be found at www.AtlantaImprovFestival.com/Battle.

Purchase tickets for the 5th Annual Atlanta Improv Festival by visiting www.AtlantaImprovFestival.com. Tickets range from $40 to $100. You can also follow the festival on social media using the hashtag #ATLIF2019.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/7/19

Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st

Candler Park

Dispatch, Greensky Bluegrass, and Dr. Dog to headline the 11th year of the popular festival

Festival information and tickets HERE.

UPDATE 5/13/19:

Rival Entertainment announced today the daily lineups for the 2019 Candler Park Music & Food Festival. Returning to Candler Park for the 11th year on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, one main stage will feature a stacked lineup of 10 artists, including Dispatch, Greensky Bluegrass, Dr. Dog, Trampled by Turtles, Stephen Marley, Larkin Poe, Funk You, Aqueous, Webster and Priscilla Block. Sponsored by Athens-based Terrapin Beer Co., the family-friendly festival will feature local food vendors, creators and artisans from throughout Georgia.

On Friday, May 31st, the festival will kick off with Terrapin Battle of the Bands winner Priscilla Block, Funk You, Stephen Marley, and Greensky Bluegrass. The second day of the festival will feature a stacked lineup of Webster, Aqueous, Larkin Poe, Trampled by Turtles, Dr. Dog, and close out with Dispatch. Full schedule to follow.

In addition to daily lineups, the festival launches single day ticket sales, for both their general admission and VIP ticket options. Single-day passes are available for $30 each, and VIP single-day are available for $90. VIP includes all of the benefits of a general admission ticket, plus complimentary Terrapin Beer, wine, Fontis Water, and soda at the VIP Bar, VIP security check and entry gate with unlimited in/out privileges, exclusive VIP area in front of the concert stages, access to the 30’ high Rival Skydeck, and expanded VIP restroom trailer area. VIP is 21+ and limited availability.

Also, for the first time ever, the festival will be host after parties beginning at 11 pm on both Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. The after parties, held at Aisle 5, will feature four different bands Jive Mother Mary, The Vinyl Suns, Cycles and LaGoons to keep attendees jamming all night long. Tickets for Candler Park Music & Food Festival’s official after parties are on sale now, beginning at $12, until the day of when they will go up to $15.

ATLANTA – Rival Entertainment announced today another all-star lineup for the 2019 Candler Park Music + Food Festival. Returning to Candler Park for the 11th year on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, one main stage will feature a stacked lineup of 10 artists, including Dispatch, Greensky Bluegrass, Dr. Dog, Trampled by Turtles, Stephen Marley, Larkin Poe, Funk You, Aqueous, & Webster. Sponsored by Athens-based Terrapin Beer Co., the family-friendly festival will feature local food vendors, brands and artisans from throughout Georgia.

Before the festival can begin, The Terrapin Beer Co. will host the annual Battle of the Bands on Saturday, April 20, where fans can catch a preview of what’s to come and bands compete for the festival’s opening slot on Friday, May 31. Visit terrapinbeer.com for more details.

“Year after year, our music bookings elevate the festival to new heights,” says Festival Producer and Rival Entertainment Partner Josh Antenucci.  “A far cry from your usual neighborhood park event, Candler Park Music & Food Festival curates a perfect two-day musical experience that blends local talent with trendsetting chart climbers and national headliners, all while maintaining that cherished community park vibe that got us started a decade ago.”

While the music is the focus, there will be no shortage of tasty bites and local art to enjoy. This year’s expected 20,000 attendees will also have the opportunity to visit a food village filled with local restaurant vendors and food trucks, an artist market, adult field games, and the Terrapin Brew Lounge complete with an expanded selection of rare Terrapin craft brews. In addition to Terrapin Beer Co., sponsors include Fontis Water, El Jimador Tequila, Finlandia Vodka, Old Forester, and Cape Line Sparkling Cocktails who will be providing tasty libations for attendees.

Gates open at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 31 and at 12:00 pm on Saturday, June 1. Weekend ticket prices are $40 + taxes/fees for General Admission and $150 + taxes/fees for VIP, which includes all of the benefits of a general admission ticket, plus complimentary Terrapin Beer, wine, Fontis Water, and soda at the VIP Bar, VIP security check and entry gate with unlimited in/out privileges, exclusive VIP area in front of the concert stages, access to the 30’ high Rival Skydeck, and expanded VIP restroom trailer area. VIP is 21+ and limited availability. Advance purchase is highly recommended at candlerparkmusicfestival.com. This festival is an all-ages event. Children under 12, accompanied by an adult ticket holder, do not require tickets. A portion of festival proceeds will support the festival’s philanthropic beneficiaries to be identified while working alongside members of the community during the planning of the festival and announced at a later date. Candler Park Music & Food Festival is a rain or shine event.

About Festival Performers
One of the biggest independent bands in history, Dispatch is an upbeat rock band that has made a name for themselves by selling out three shows at Madison Square Garden, going on world tours, and creating a non-profit, Calling All Crows. The band released their latest album, Location 13, last year and joined the list of six other studio albums produced during their career.

No stranger to the music industry, Greensky Bluegrass has been together for 18 years. Their impressive track record includes six studio albums, around 175 shows per year, and sold out concerts. Their high-energy bluegrass draws fans near and far, and the band is known for their unpredictable performances.

Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog is comprised of five musical talents who have created Indie music together for 15 years and have had multiple Top 50 albums. After taking some time apart, they are stronger than ever and have recently released their new album, Critical Equation.

Trampled by Turtles has traveled across the nation playing their American bluegrass/folk-rock music. Along the way, they have released eight albums, had three reach number one spots on the U.S. Billboard chart, and gained a huge fan base.

Born in Delaware but raised in Jamaica, Stephen Marley has been a musician his entire life. Performing with family while younger, he quickly realized his love of music and has since won five Grammy Awards, all for Best Reggae Album.
Larkin Poe is a roots rock ‘n roll sister duo comprised of Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell, descendants of tortured artist and creative genius, Edgar Allen Poe. After experimenting with an array of musical styles, they found a way to blend together a sound that channels their distinct voice.

Natives of Augusta, GA, Funk You tests the limits of music by combining multiple styles that lean towards dance-driven tunes complimented by strong vocals. They have played at multiple music festivals and toured across the nation.

Originating in Buffalo, Aqueous has performed at music festivals such as The Peach Music Festival, Jam Cruise, and Summer Camp along with selling-out shows across the U.S since 2006. Their music style is best described as “groove rock” and their shows leave fans wanting more.

Atlanta-based Webster has performed at numerous venues throughout Atlanta from small to large events, and their ever-evolving song list includes covers of Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Phish, REM, Ryan Adams, Dire Straits, Johnny Cash, and Railroad Earth among others.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/5/19

Monday, April 15th 7:30 pm

Einstein’s on Juniper

Join Atlanta Guys Dinner Group at Einstein’s on Monday, April 15th for their 2nd Open Invite supporting “Hope Thru Soap,” a mobile shower unit for our city’s homeless population. They get a fresh shower, shave/haircut, toiletries, food, clothes and clean underwear and socks. Reps will be on hand to collect cash donations, as well as razors, deodorant, travel-size sanitizer, shaving cream, new underwear, socks, t-shirt, and feminine hygiene products. EVERYONE is invited and is free/open to the public. RSVP here.

Atlanta Guys Dinner Group is run by Sean Palani of The White Bull. This group gathers once a month to socialize, break bread, and give back to the community. Each month, they select a new restaurant to meet at, as well as select a new or different local charity. Their goal is to support the amazing charities and organizations all over our city, while the sole pourpose of the group is to help others through monthly give-back initiatives. To date, they’ve supported over twenty charities that include donated shoes, clothes, blankets, toiletries, school supplies, toys, over two thousand pounds of food, and thousands in monetary donations.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/5/19

Opening Day: Tuesday, April 9th

Ponce City Farmers Market runs Tuesday, April 9th through October 29th

Ponce City Farmers Market (PCFM), the weekly producer-only market held at Ponce City Market, is excited to share opening day activations, season offerings, community partners and more to kick off the 2019 season! Featuring fresh produce and goods from farmers and food makers, the market offers an outdoor shopping experience and hangout with good vibes.

Located at the Shed by the entrance to the Atlanta BeltLine, PCFM will be open each Tuesday from April 9 through October 29. Hosted from 4-8pm, it will feature live music and educational chef demonstrations, alongside offerings from local farmers and food artisans.

On opening day (Tuesday, April 9), there will be a pasta ribbon cutting at 4:30pm; pasta-making demos from Bellina Alimentari and So Good Pasta; a Kind Bar pop-up; a TurnTable Yoga class with a live DJ, hosted by fitness app Activvley and CorePower Yoga; SNAP/EBT sign-up with Wholesome Wave Georgia; and reusable snack bag sewing from 5:30-7:30pm with sewing studio and shop Topstitch.

Subsequent markets throughout the season will feature tarot readings from Modern Mystic, weekly “Locally Sewn” craft classes from Topstitch, TurnTable Yoga on the first Tuesday of the month and pop-ups from restaurants at Ponce City Market. The Ponce de Leon Public Library serves as a weekly community partner, hosting fun kids activities, library card sign-ups and books available for check-out.

This season’s vendors include the following:
Cosmos Organic Farm
Cultured South
Dana Burmeister
David’s Seedy Bars
Dickey Farms
Franklin Farms
Happy Camper
Herb’N Eden
Honey Next Door
Levity Farms
Mercier Orchards
Pearson Farm
Proof Bakeshop
Raw Head Bread
Rosanna’s Dairy-Free
So Good Pasta
Val’s Kale Chips
Vanilla Crepes LLC
Watsonia Farms

Each vendor accepts cash and credit, and SNAP/EBT dollars are accepted at qualifying vendors. The Ponce City Farmers Market will also double the dollar amount of any SNAP swiped. Guests may access the market via the Atlanta BeltLine or Ponce City Market, and complimentary parking for guests of PCFM is available through ParkMobile, as users can enter code “FARMERS2019” for one free hour of parking in Zone 22200.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/1/19

Sunday, April 7th at Noon

The Plaza Theatre and Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge


ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta Film Festival’s annual foodie-favorite event, Food On Film, returns in 2019 with a marquee screening of the documentary feature THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, followed by an after party catered by grassfed burger restaurant Farm Burger, paying homage to the sustainable practices demonstrated in the film.

The festival’s tastiest event by far, Food On Film will merge the food-themed movie with a delicious after party on Sunday, April 7, 2019, kicking off with a screening of THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM at 12:00 PM at the Plaza Theatre. The family-friendly documentary from NEON follows a determined couple attempting to transform a depleted plot of land into a diverse, utopian farm outside of Los Angeles.

Directly after the screening, ATLFF is proud to highlight Farm Burger’s commitment to sourcing ingredients from local farmers at the after party at the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. Attendees are invited to indulge in an array of farm-to-table menu items served up by the restaurant, all prepared utilizing sustainable, local and humane practices.

Tickets here: https://atlantafilmfestival2019.eventive.org/schedule/5c8fe5647138410023284f30

Atlanta Film Festival website: https://www.atlantafilmfestival.com/