ATLANTA GUYS DINNER GROUP SUPPORTS HOPE THRU SOAP WITH EVENT

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.

PONCE CITY FARMERS MARKET OPENING DAY 2019

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
Formaggio
Franklin Farms
Happy Camper
Herb’N Eden
Honey Next Door
Levity Farms
Mercier Orchards
OMM YEAH!
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.

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL’S ANNUAL FOOD ON FILM PRESENTATION 2019

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

Sunday, April 7th at Noon

The Plaza Theatre and Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL’S FOOD ON FILM EVENT PAIRS MARQUEE FILM THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM WITH
FARM BURGER

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/

YACHT ROCK SCHOONER RETURNS TO PARK TAVERN IN PIEDMONT PARK FOR SUMMER SUNSETS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/24/19

Set Sail into Summer Sunsets with Seasonal Cocktails, Fresh Sushi, Live Music and More!
 
Friday, March 29, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
 
Atlanta, Georgia – On Friday, March 29, 2019, revelers are invited to sail down memory lane and dance the night away to the sweet sounds of Yacht Rock Schooner at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park’s Summer Sunsets. Known for the smoothest dance parties on the high seas, Yacht Rock Schooner will be performing classic hits from favorites like Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald and more. Diners and imbibers can nosh on classic Park Tavern favorites such as burgers, tacos, fresh sushi rolls, seasonal cocktails, frosty beers, a variety of wines and much more. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music will begin at 8 p.m. and continue through 11 p.m. For ages 21 and up, General Admission tickets are available starting at $15 at https://www.bigtickets.com/events/yachtrock and will increase to $20 at the door. For a guaranteed VIP table with a server, VIP tickets are available starting at $150 for a 6 person VIP table and $200 for an 8 person VIP table. For more information, please visit www.parktavern.com.

DAD’S GARAGE BIG STUPID PARKING LOT CARNIVAL 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/16/19

DAD’S GARAGE REVAMPS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER: GOODBYE “BACONFEST,” HELLO “THE BIG STUPID PARKING LOT CARNIVAL”
 
New Festival Held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in the Old Fourth Ward
 
Proceeds Benefiting Dad’s Garage Theatre Company

Tickets here: http://dadsgaragecarnival.com/

Atlanta, Georgia – We are shaking things up this year at Dad’s Garage and rolling out a brand-new concept for our annual fundraiser: The Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival! After 15 years of “BaconFest,” we’ve decided to move towards an event that is more environmentally sustainable, more affordable for our patrons, and that lets us focus on doing what we do best: providing a one-of-a-kind festival experience where patrons interact directly with improvisers in booths and games.

Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival is one part festival, one part theatrical weirdness you’ll only find at Dad’s Garage. In addition to plenty of beer, rides, and delicious food, our improvisers will be manning booths like “Hobo Wine Tasting,” “Wheelchair Obstacle Course,” “Bad Caricatures,” and the always-popular “Flip Cup Tournament.”

This event is a fundraiser for Dad’s Garage Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We produce over 300 scripted and improv comedy shows every year, and our annual fundraiser helps support our bottom line so we can keep the lights on and the laughter flowing. The fun and magic of improv comedy steps off the stage and into our festival, and guests of the Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival will get the chance to experience our brand of comedy in a completely new way.

Why are we changing our festival theme? 

-We want to focus on what we do best: transforming people through laughter. BaconFest was never about the bacon—it was about the experiences we created for our guests. Our improviser-led booths (like Wheelchair Obstacle Course, Karen’s Kompliments, and Dr. Boobies MD) have always been the centerpiece of the event — the bacon was just a snack in between the experiences. By moving away from bacon, we can focus more on the artist booths and other fun attractions like the petting zoo and rides.

-We want to be more sustainable. The bacon we served was not the best… to put it nicely. We looked into upgrading our bacon to a more sustainable, organic option; however, we couldn’t do that without raising the ticket price for the event substantially. By stepping away from the bacon, we are making a more eco-conscious festival.

-We want a lower ticket price for the event, so more people can attend. Procuring and cooking a (literal) ton of bacon was a massive expense, and we always saw a huge amount of food waste comprised of uneaten bacon at the end of the day. By removing the bacon expense, we will be able to offer tickets at a lower price for our guests. BaconFest tickets started at $45; our Carnival tickets start at $10.

-We want more food options for our guests. So many people told us that they don’t eat bacon, and that was a reason they would not come to the festival. We will be bringing in more food vendors this year, so folks can choose exactly what they want to eat.

What can I expect at Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival?

-Beer beer beer, frozen margaritas and frosé — plus a few surprise treats from local makers.
-More food vendors selling a wide variety of treats for everyone, no matter your taste or dietary restrictions.
-All of your favorite improviser-led booths, plus more carnivalesque things like rides.
-More surprises for your enjoyment, created by our artistic ensemble.

All attendees must be 21+ and IDs will be checked at the gate.
Tickets start at $10.

INDIE CRAFT EXPERIENCE SPRING CRAFT AND VINTAGE MARKET 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/15/19

Yaarab Temple

Sunday, March 31st

11 to 6 pm

It’s our 15th Year! Join us for our first market of 2019 on March 31st. This one-day event features 60+ craft & vintage vendors, a great selection of local food vendors, swag bags for the first 100 attendees designed by local artist Jeffree Lerner, and DJ Zano! Free parking at the Yaarab Temple. Cost is $5 at the door, kids are free. Link to website and more information here: http://www.ice-atlanta.com/about-spring-market

PONCE CITY MARKET HOSTS SPALDING NIX FINE ART POP-UP

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/8/19

THROUGH MARCH 31ST AT PONCE CITY MARKET

FEATURING WORKS BY LANDON NORDEMAN, JERRY SIEGEL & SPENCER SLOAN
Located Between Ponce Denim Company & COCO + MISCHA

Ponce City Market, the mixed-use community hub in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, has teamed up with Spalding Nix Fine Art to host a photography pop-up gallery this month featuring works from renowned artists Landon Nordeman, Spencer Sloan and Jerry Siegel. Curated by local art expert and gallerist Spalding Nix of Spalding Nix Fine Art, the pop-up will be open through the end of March, and is located between Ponce Denim Company and COCO + MISCHA.
Looking for the eternal in the ephemeral, NYC-based Landon Nordeman is one of the world’s most sought-after fashion photographers. He has photographed events from the Oscars to the Met Gala, and his images have been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic and many more. Though his photographs often appear staged, Nordeman pulls back the curtains to give viewers a look into backstage scenes where his subjects are shown in candid moments that are surreal and even surprising. His first monograph, “Out of Fashion,” was published by Damiani in 2016 and was named one of the best photo books of 2016 by TIME.

Jerry Siegel’s most recent body of work is titled “REVEAL” and celebrates Atlanta’s community of drag artists. He is a portrait and documentary photographer whose monograph “Black Belt Color,” features images from decades documenting his hometown of Selma, Alabama, and the surrounding area. These images set forth the unique cultural landscape of that area, known as the Black Belt. His photographs are in many private and corporate collections, including those of the Ogden Museum of Art, the Birmingham Museum of Art as well as eleven other Southeastern museums. Works from both “REVEAL” and “Black Belt Color” are on display at Ponce City Market.

Spencer Sloan is an Atlanta native whose background as a pop-culture blogger led to the creation of his most recent abstract work. For this show, Sloan has digitally manipulated paparazzi photographs into abstraction using a series of image-corrupting applications. Creating works that are large in scale and made with digital bursts of color, patterns and noise-induced shapes, Sloan’s experimentation results in distinctive photographs which reflect on the chaos that is pop culture. Most recently, Sloan completed a large-scale “digital noise” commission for Dolby’s headquarters in San Francisco.

“There is a thread that ties all three artists together – our obsession with celebrity culture,” says Nix. “Landon shows us new perspectives in the world of celebrities – often mysteriously hiding them in plain sight. The drag artists create the illusion of celebrity in intimate behind-the-scenes photographs by Jerry Siegel, and Spencer Sloan destroys paparazzi photos of celebrities to create something new, abstract and beautiful from annihilated celebrity candids. These artists don’t attack our obsession with celebrity culture, but encourage us to examine it in new ways.”

All works in the gallery are available for purchase.

Hours:
Tues. – Thurs., 11-6pm
Fri. – Sun., 11-7pm
Closed Monday

A SOCIAL MESS PRESENTS THE IRISH LIGHTS FESTIVAL AT PARK TAVERN

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/7/19

Park Tavern at Piedmont Park

Saturday, March 16th 2 pm

Partygoers looking for a little luck of the Irish can make their way to Park Tavern in Piedmont Park for the Irish Lights Festival with Lost Kings presented by A Social Mess on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Taking St. Patrick’s Day to the next level, Park Tavern and a A Social Mess will be illuminating the city and with national headliner Lost Kings along with a host of DJ’s spinning EDM all night long.

Beginning at 2 p.m., patrons can gather in the heart of Midtown to light Atlanta green during an unforgettable, all-day party in celebration of all things Irish. For ages 21 and up, General Admission tickets are available beginning at $23 and include entry to the event and entertainment for the day. VIP tickets are available beginning at $100 and include standing room access to stage front viewing, indoor bathrooms, private bartenders, outdoor spring garden seating, and early admission to a hosted VIP party in the VIP lounge from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. For updates on ticketing information, please visit www.bigtickets.com/events/asocialmess/irish-lights-festival-st-patricks-day-mar-16-2019

MODA HOSTING A SERIES OF COFFEE-INSPIRED CLASSES AND EVENTS DURING IT’S PASSIONE ITALIANA: THE ART OF EXPRESSO EXHIBIT

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/6/19

Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) recently debuted Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso, a new exhibition on display through June 9 that explores espresso machine design and technology, while examining the social, political and cultural movements fueled by coffee and cafés throughout history.

As part of the exhibition, the museum is hosting a series of coffee-inspired classes and events, as well as featured workshops and design talks.

Constellations + MODA: Periodical
Thursday, March 7 – 11:30am

Join MODA and Constellations for a series of events in the Co.Lab—an experiential and immersive space within the gallery—during Passione Italiana. On March 7, Constellations will bring Periodical, their monthly discussion of smart articles, and cover the invention of the home coffee maker and its impact on the status of women. Free and open to the public, guests can register for the event here.

3D Printing: Custom Coffee Sleeves
Thursday, March 7 – 6:00pm
Thursday, April 18 – 6:00pm

Looking to add some design to your daily cup of joe or tea? Join MODA for their special Introduction to 3D Printing Workshop, covering the ropes of 3D modeling and giving participants the chance to make custom beverage sleeves. By the end of the class, attendees’ creations will be ready to go to print, and in just two weeks be available for pick up at MODA. The class is $40 for non-members or $35 for MODA members. Participants can register here for March 7 and here for April 18.

Coffee Cupping with Docent Coffee
Saturday, March 9 – 10:00am

On March 9, the team at Docent Coffee is giving guests the chance to experience a coffee cupping, where they’ll tune up palates while attendees taste a variety of coffees—and get tips about what to look for in a really good cup. Participation is $20 or $15 for MODA members. Register here.

Espresso Pasta Making Class
Saturday, March 16 – 2:00pm

MODA is heading to Bellina Alimentari at Ponce City Market for a special espresso pasta-making class! In this two-hour class, you’ll discover the art of making fresh pasta with one of Bellina Alimentari’s seasoned chefs. Participants in the hands-on cooking class will learn the steps to create delicious pasta at home—and see what happens when pasta is amped up by adding espresso. Following the class, attendees will enjoy a tasting of the pasta they made. Participation is $55 per person or $50 for MODA members. Sign up here.

Home Brewing with Docent Coffee
Thursday, March 28 – 6:30pm

On March 28, Docent Coffee is leading a demo to show a variety of ways to make amazing coffee at home. During the event, guests will be able to enjoy tastings of their brews. The event is $25 per person or $20 for MODA members. Register here.

Design all’Italiana at Design Within Reach
Thursday, March 28 – 6:30pm

MODA is heading over to Design Within Reach’s Atlanta Studio for an evening that celebrates great Italian design! Guests will sip prosecco, mingle amidst the gorgeous furniture in the Design Within Reach showroom, nibble on light bites, enjoy Italian music and get the chance to win amazing prizes and enjoy an Instagram scavenger hunt. A donation of $25 or more to MODA is suggested to attend. Donate here.

Design Conversation: Stefan Sagmeister on Beauty
Thursday, April 4 – 7:00pm

On April 4, acclaimed designer Stefan Sagmeister will explore the essence of beauty and the transformative power of beautiful design while talking about the just-released book he co-authored with Jessica Walsh titled Sagmeister & Walsh: Beauty. Please see here for tickets and more details.

Aperitivo & Espresso Cocktail Tasting by Bellina Alimentari
Thursday, April 11 – 7:00pm

Bellina Alimentari and MODA are hosting a tasting of Italian aperitivi and espresso drinks while enjoying Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso. In Italy, an aperitivo is a pre-meal drink specifically meant to whet one’s appetite. The liqueurs served as aperitivi tend to be bittersweet, often with significant herbal flavors alongside notes of orange and wood. Come learn about and taste these delicious bitters, as well as cocktails created with espresso, and then head off to your favorite Italian restaurant for a late evening dinner, just as the Italians do! Registration (here) is $35 per person or $30 for MODA members.

Feminist Icon Cross Stitch Workshop
Saturday, April 13 – 2:30pm
Saturday, May 18 – 1:00pm

Grab a needle and thread and fabric and join MODA in this special edition cross-stitch class while learning a new way to celebrate feminist icons! Cross-stitch is a type of embroidery in which the needlework creates images that look pixelated. Traditionally a way for society to measure a woman’s marriageability, cross-stitch has recently become a vehicle for craftivism (craft activism) and is used to assert diverse identities and demand social change. Registration (here for April and here for May) is $35 for non-members and $30 for MODA members, or bring along a friend and pay $50 for a Buddy Pack for two adults.

Design Discourse: Designing Prohibition
Saturday, April 20 – 1:00pm

How do you design for things meant to be hidden from the public eye, and how does design change when banned substances are made legal and designers are charged with increasing desirability and demand? In this Design Discourse, MODA’s Assistant Director Lisa Babb will cover design for banned substances and lead a discussion about how design drives desire. This event is free with regular museum admission ($10 / $8 seniors & military / $5 students / Free for MODA members). Seating is limited so please please register (here) in advance.

Design Conversation: Diti Katona of Concrete
Thursday, April 25 – 7:00pm

Join MODA on Thursday, April 25 at 7pm for a Design Conversation presented by Diti Katona, Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer of the Toronto-based firm, Concrete. Co-hosted by MODA and Miami Ad School at Portfolio Center, Katona will talk about her experience producing elegant and evocative work for the firm’s clients in fashion, retail and luxury goods. Please see here for tickets and more information.

Design Conversation: The Original Champions of Design
Thursday, May 2 – 7:00pm

Join MODA and Miami Ad School at Portfolio Center for a special Design Conversation with Bobby C. Martin, Founding Partner of Original Champions of Design, and Jennifer Kinon, who leads OCD’s business, design and strategy. Please click here to register and see more details.

GREEN VS WHITE ST PADDY’S DAY SILENT DISCO 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/3/19

Big Sky Buckhead

Friday, March 15th at 9 pm

Imagine 2 DJ’s going head to head on Green and White LED Sound Off headsets St. Paddy’s weekend! Featuring Captain Malik vs 8NINE battling EDM, hip-hop and top 40. Heard of silent party or silent disco this is it but with St. Patrick’s Day weekend twist. We have Green and White party favors and Paddy’s weekend drinks at Big Sky. Speaking of Big Sky they were named Best Sports Bar in the country for 2019! Party starts at 9 pm and ends at 1 am.

Headsets are Powered by friends at Sound Off! This is the next wave of headset parties with multiple DJs, playing multiple genres of music at the same time. There are only 300 SO headsets available for this event, so please reserve yours before they sell out. Party people the first 50 tickets are discounted grab them before they are gone. Tickets will increase as event approaches. Tickets range from $13 in advance to $25 at the door. Purchase here: https://www.bigtickets.com/e/atlanta/green-vs-white/

Fine print: Bring your ID and credit or debit card to check out headsets. 21+ and this event will sell out! Dress code enforced at Big Sky and rock Green and White for the party. All sales are final; no refunds or exchanges. Prices are subject to change while supplies last.