2ND ANNUAL ATLANTA UNITED BLOCK PARTY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/13/19

Saturday, March 9th 

Edgewood Avenue

KITS ON. FLAGS OUT. SCARVES UP! Join us on Saturday, March 9th on Edgewood Avenue for the second annual Atlanta United Block Party presented by Bulleit. We’re taking over the fourth ward with ATL’s biggest open-streets celebration of all things #ATLUTD.

We’re closing down Edgewood Ave., and celebrating with giveaways, live entertainment and raffle prizes on the block as we prep for the first home match of the season! Plus – we’re partnering with the local pubs to offer exclusive drink specials for Atlanta United fans during the event. Tickets are $15 and include 1 complimentary beer, entertainment and live music, exclusive drink specials at partner bars, and special promotions and giveaways through the event.

TICKETS HERE

**Businesses and Restaurants along Edgewood Avenue between Boulevard and Jackson will be open.**

20TH ANNUAL ART PAPERS ART AUCTION

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/13/19

Saturday, March 2, 2019
VIP Preview 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Art Auction + Party 7:30 – 11 p.m.

Atlanta – Art Papers announces its 20th Annual ART PAPERS Art Auction will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 in The Davison Ballroom of the Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree Street, a beautifully transformed event space located in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

The evening features works by 235+ leading and emerging artists from around the world, offering art lovers, both seasoned and novice, the opportunity to build their collections while enjoying a great party. All proceeds benefit the award winning educational programs of Art Papers.

The evening kicks off with the VIP Preview, which includes catered hors d’oeuvres, open bar cocktails and live music. VIP Preview attendees also have the opportunity to “Buy it Now” and secure their favorite works for a percentage above retail before they go live for the Auction.

For the Art Auction + Party Jaye Lish and Edie Cheezburger of The Other Show return as the evening’s incomparable emcees. The bar will feature signature cocktails by Joshua Fryer of 8ARM. DJ Tim DeGroot and Kissing Electric provide the soundtrack for the evening and some of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants will provide light bites.

New this year, and in honor of our 20th Anniversary, Art Papers has produced a print by Birmingham, Alabama-based artist and recent winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Amy Pleasant. The limited edition screenprint was produced in partnership with the Lamar Dodd School of Art’s Printmaking and Book Arts Program. The prints are a benefit of the Patron Host ticket level and will be available for purchase by VIPs during the VIP Preview ahead of the general public.

The 2018 Art Auction welcomed almost 1,000 attendees and raised more than $275,000 to support the educational mission of Art Papers. In addition, Art Papers gave back more than $45,000 in artist commissions through the sale of auctioned artworks.

TICKETS Art Auction + Party tickets are $50 advance / $75 at door. VIP host committee tickets are $250/ticket. Patron Host tickets are $1250/4 tickets + limited edition print by Amy Pleasant www.501auctions.com/artpapers

ONLINE GALLERY All artworks can be previewed on the Auction website at https://501auctions.com/artpapers/category/all/1. Pre-bidding opens Saturday, February 23, 2019. Buy it Now (retail + 20%) is a benefit for VIP ticket holders and Sponsors and is available only during the VIP Preview. Online bidding is available to anyone who registers on the Auction website. You do not have to be present to win.

MORE INFORMATION: www.artpapers.org

ATLANTA JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/11/19

March 7th to 17th 

March fest highlights Grammy winning artists and acclaimed producers

(Atlanta, GA) Now in its tenth season and under new leadership, the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival (AJMF) is excited to announce its new theme “Jewish Contributions to Music” as the fest decidedly takes on a new direction. This year’s fest will specifically nod to Jewish contributions to American music with a specially curated lineup featuring Grammy winning artists, up and coming bands, historian presentations and a salute to both Leonard Bernstein and the Academy Awards. AJMF will take place March 7 – 17, 2019 at various venues around metro Atlanta.

“This year’s festival will excite and engage the entire Atlanta community (both Jewish and at-large),” said AJMF Director Joe Alterman. “In a departure from the past, we ‘re choosing to feature a single theme throughout the fest – ‘Jewish Contributions to Music.’ We’re excited to showcase artists who best reflect the rich cultural heritage and contributions Jewish people (both by themselves and in collaboration with others) have made to the world of music, as well as the stories behind the songs,” Alterman added.

AJMF10 “High Notes” include:

The perfect date night for jazz, classical and broadway lovers:

AJMF brings the Grammy winning Bill Charlap Trio to Atlanta (March 7, Atlanta History Center) for a fantastic opening night performance featuring their Grammy nominated album Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein. This performance is perfect for jazz, classical and musical theatre aficionados alike. The Bill Charlap Trio featuring bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, is recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.”

Funky soul pop pushes audiences to re-define Jewish music:

Brother/sister musical phenomenon Clyde and Gracie Lawrence are the leads of eight-piece soul-pop band Lawrence. The band’s sophomore album Living Room, was released in September 2018 and promptly reached #2 on the iTunes R&B/Soul chart, earned a featured placement on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist, and led the band to its late-night television debut on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly. This cool show is perfect for fans of funk and jam bands.

An intellectual journey entertains and educates:

This year’s festival aims to not only entertain, but educate audiences as well. Well known musician and historian Ben Sidran presents his comprehensive social history of Jewish contributions to American popular music in the twentieth century There Was A Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream. Ben Sidran is widely recognized as the host of National Public Radio’s landmark jazz series “Jazz Alive”, which received a Peabody Award, and as the host of VH-1 television’s “New Visions” series, which received the Ace Award for best music series. A pianist, producer, singer and composer, he has recorded more than thirty solo albums, including the Grammy nominated Concert for Garcia Lorca. Sidran uses his first person experience to frame the story behind the story of Jews in American popular music.

THE OFFICIAL AJMF10 LINEUP OF PUBLIC PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS:

Thursday, March 7
Opening Night featuring Bill Charlap Trio
Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein
Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
6:30 PM doors, 7:30 PM music
$40 General Admission/$65 VIP, ALL AGES, VIP AND PREMIER SEATING AVAILABLE

Saturday, March 9
Lawrence
Vinyl at Center Stage, 1374 West Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30309
8:00 PM Door, 0:00 PM Show
$25 advance/$30 day of

Sunday, March 10
Bob Spiotto presents Salute To Hollywood: Jewish Contributions to Academy Awards® Best Original Songs
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
$36

Thursday, March 14
Ben Sidran – There Was A Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream
Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
7:30 PM
$20 General Admission

Friday, March 15
The Power of Music To Inspire w/Rolling Stone rock critic Alan Light
Shabbat Service
Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Dr NW 30327
Service 6:30 PM, Conversation 8:15 PM, FREE AND ALL AGES

Saturday, March 16
ATL Collective Performs The Music of Chess Records
Venkman’s, 740 Ralph McGill Blvd NE 30312
Sets at 6PM and 9:30PM
$25-$40

 

ALL INFORMATION/TICKETS HEREhttps://www.atlantajmf.org/

AN EVENING OF SILLY LOVE SONGS WITH YACHT ROCK SCHOONER AT PARK TAVERN 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/27/19

Park Tavern at Piedmont Park

Friday, February 15th

Music lovers can celebration Valentine’s Day all weekend long with Yacht Rock Schooner and an evening of silly love songs at Park Tavern in The Piedmont Room on Friday, February 15, 2019. Performing a selection of their favorite love songs from the 70s and 80s, lovebirds and singletons alike are invited to enjoy a fun-filled night featuring cocktails and great tunes overlooking the Midtown skyline and Piedmont Park. Of course, Park Tavern will also be open for dinner, cold brews, libations and more prior to the concert. This annual show always sells out. Doors open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are for ages 21 and up only, and $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $125 for a VIP Table for 6. More information and tickets here: https://www.bigtickets.com/events/yachtrock/sillylovesongs2019

THE BIG GAME KICK-OFF PUB CRAWL IN CASTLEBERRY HILL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/14/19

Saturday, January 26th 3 pm

Are you heading to ATL for the Big Game? Want to get a jump start on the in-town festivities while having good food and drinks, meeting new people and experiencing what it’s like to live in downtown Atlanta? Then join us for The Big Game Kick Off Pub Crawl in Castleberry Hill!

Castleberry Hill is recognized by the NFL as the, “Host Community” and is located right next door to the Mercedes Benz Stadium. While you are crawling through the streets of the Historic + Arts neighborhood, be sure to checkout the newest murals commissioned for the Off the Wall initiative brought to you by WonderRoot and the NFL.

Your $20.00 ticket Includes:

A Castleberry Hill neighborhood t-shirt for the first 50 people to check in
Pub Crawl reusable cup
Free shots at participating bars and restaurants
Discounted drink and food specials during the crawl
Professional photographer taking photos of you, your friends and all the fun you are having!

Be sure to get your tickets sooner rather than later, because the price will increase the week of the event.

https://www.freshtix.com/events/the-big-game-kick-off-pub-crawl-in-castleberry-hill

TRAP CHAPEL ART EXHIBIT 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/14/19

BLUE MARK STUDIOS

Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd

TRAP CHAPEL, a solo exhibition by Atlanta native, FREEKYBEAR, aka Adam Crawford will be held 2 days – Friday, February 1 & Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 6pm-11pm at Blue Mark Studios, 892 Jefferson St, Atlanta, GA 30318.

The show features 20+ new paintings depicting Atlanta trap artists as iconic Renaissance masterpieces. RSVP at theartofadamcrawford.com for complimentary beverages provided by Wicked Weed for those 21+ years of age. Crawford’s art has been featured at T.I.’s Trap Music Museum, ChooseATL, Art Basel Miami, Cam Kirk Studios & Zucot Gallery.

There is no cover charge or entry fee. Wicked Weed Brewing is the sponsor. Deejay TO-VS will be flying in from Los Angeles, to provide the sounds.

DANCE WITH ME STUDIOS TO OPEN IN PHIPPS PLAZA ATLANTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 1/10/19

Phipps Plaza, Buckhead

Dance With Me is one of the nation’s leading chain of dance studios. Founded by champion and celebrity dancers, Dance With Me dance studios offer the ultimate dance experience blending fun, ease, and comfort with quality instruction in the most beautiful dance studios. The first-rate services include private dance lessons, group dance classes, social practice parties and memorable events guaranteed to intrigue beginners and inspire over-achievers.

Whether you are a looking for a new hobby or take your skills to the next level, Dance With Me’s unique approach to personalized dance instruction ensures that your needs and desires are met every step of the way. It’s not just about learning to dance, it’s about feeling healthier and happier, while expressing yourself in an incredible community of like-minded people.

Dance With Me hosts showcases, competitions, provides event entertainment, corporate and team building services, and does local and national charitable work. The studio offers an array of services, including private dance lessons, group classes, dance showcases and competitions, social dance parties, corporate events and entertainment and employee wellness and team building. Dance With Me covers various dance styles, including ballroom/smooth, Latin/rhythm, hip hop, contemporary, functional and correctional movement and dance aerobics.

Now numbering 14 locations, the Dance With Me chain was launched by founding partners Sasha Chmerkovskiy, Jhanna Volynets, and Maks Chmerkovskiy in 2005. They have been joined by Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Eugene Livshits; Alex Samusevich is the Director of Marketing.

19TH ANNUAL ATLANTA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS WITH NEW DATES AND ANCHOR VENUE

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/9/18; updated 1/30/19

Atlanta’s Largest Film Festival Shifts to February 6 through February 26, With Screenings
at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs

Full line-up below!

ATLANTA: The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) is set to return with its 19th annual edition, from Wednesday, February 6 through Tuesday, February 26, 2019. Featuring a diverse collection of accomplished international and independent cinema, next year’s festival takes place across 21 days at six metro Atlanta locations, including a new anchor venue at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs. The full film lineup and official schedule will be announced on Thursday, January 10, 2019 and tickets will go on sale via AJFF.org beginning Monday, January 28, 2019.

Returning to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for Opening Night, the 2019 AJFF continues with screenings at Regal Atlantic Station, Regal Perimeter Pointe, UA Tara Cinemas, and Woodruff Arts Center. Closing Night festivities will be held at the 1,000+ seat Byers Theatre at City Springs.

The 2019 AJFF schedule represents a shift in timeframe, avoiding overlap when Atlanta hosts the Super Bowl LIII on February 3, while also affording audiences additional time to review the festival lineup and make their film selections. In addition, the vast seating capacity of the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center allows the festival to consolidate from 23 days to three weeks, creating a more compact festival without a reduction in program offerings.

The 14-acre, $229 million City Springs development provides a hub for an enhanced film festival experience, including an abundance of dining options, ample parking, and other amenities, as well as the luxuriously-appointed, state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center.

“AJFF always strives to exceed audience expectations, both in terms of our artistic programming and the patron experience,” says Kenny Blank, executive director of Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. “Our new February dates and the addition of a spectacular anchor venue in Sandy Springs continues our efforts to offer festivalgoers greater access and convenience.”

For more information about the annual festival and other AJFF year-round programs, visit AJFF.org.

NEW YEAR’S EVE BATTLE OF THE BARS 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/9/18

Foxtrot Liquor Bar and Lava Lounge present “Battle of the Bars. Battle of the Ages” NYE 2019! Two locations – two themed parties creating a New Year’s celebration you won’t forget.

This year we are going out in style. Lava Lounge and Foxtrot have decided to do a Battle of the Bars. Battle of the Ages! We will transform Lava Lounge into a 1940’s Tiki Bar Lounge with exotic-cocktails while Foxtrot Liquor Bar will transform into a 1920’s themed speakeasy for an all-around celebration of the years gone by & the good times ahead!

5 Unique Environments
4 DJs
Open Bar from 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Professional Photographer
Kitchen Open Late
21+
Midnight Balloon Drop
Champagne Fountain at 11:30pm & Complimentary Midnight Toast
A Limited Number of VIP “All-Inclusive” Tickets Available

We will be opening our doors at 8pm and the party continues all the way to 3am. We encourage everyone to come dressed the part and make this a night to remember.

There will be an open bar from 8:30 – 9:30 and everywhere you walk throughout the night will have a different feel and a different vibe.

We can’t wait to see everyone for this very special event and hope each and every one of you has the greatest night of your life. Let’s bring in the new year with style!!

Early Bird General Admission Tickets: $25
General Admission $35 (And, will increase!)

Early Bird VIP “All-Inclusive” Tickets: $85
VIP Tickets: $100

https://www.bigtickets.com/e/cosmolava/new-years-eve-2019/

 

SANTA FANTASTICAL ATLANTA 2018

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/4/18

Immersive Worlds Pop-Up Experience Merges Nostalgia with Art and Technology This Holiday Season

 

ATLANTA – The holidays are here, and this brand new, first-of-its-kind experience in Atlanta will definitely get guests in the holiday spirit. The exhibit features an indoor pop-up experience offering a family-friendly interactive wonderland, merging timeless traditions with innovative technology. Producing unique visuals, larger than-life art installations, and fun photographic moments.

 

Husband and wife team Walt Geer and Sarah Blackman, both native Atlantans, are the visionaries behind Santa’s Fantastical. Geer is the CEO of PictureU; America’s largest independent seasonal imaging company. PictureU’s Santa and Easter themed operations span over 200 USA and Canada locations and are visited by six million guests annually and served by over 2,000 seasonal associates.

 

“This is so much more than visual effects, lights, sound, or even a visit with Santa,” says Santa’s Fantastical CEO Walt Geer. “Our creative teams are from the worlds of Hollywood movies, animated features, global concert productions, and music festivals, and they have imagineered some truly ground-breaking visuals.”

 

Doors are officially open and the exhibit will stay open through December 24th, highlighting 12 Whimsical Worlds which each feature their own unique theme. Guests will start with a stroll down Main Street, and veer off to visit a variety of immersive worlds which are the perfect backdrop for capturing festive photos in; including the Peppermint Palace, Unicorn Dreams, Retro Christmas and Future Christmas. Activities with ticket purchase include complimentary meet and greets with Santa in Santa’s Chateau, an interactive animated virtual toy shop in the world of Sketch-Tastic, and an ‘icy’ slide in the world of Ice Alive, perfect for kids and adults to enjoy! The experience also features dance performances and dazzling synchronized light shows.

 

“We are so excited to be rolling out this amazing new holiday exhibition in the city of Atlanta,” says Santa’s Fantastical co-founder Sarah Blackman. “Collaborating with local vendors and businesses is a big part of why we decided to kick off this interactive holiday experience in Atlanta.”

 

Guests can enjoy seasonal treats from local favorites including DaVinci’s Donuts, Galla’s Pizza, King of Pops, Phoenix Roasters, MyBitterSweets and much more in Santa’s Snack Shop and can also view special seasonal collaborations with local artists including a Tiny Christmas Tree Lot from Atlanta’s own Tiny Doors from November 30th through December 2nd.

 

Santa’s Fantastical is located at 1155 Mount Vernon Hwy. #300, Atlanta, GA 30338 at Perimeter Pointe. Tickets are exclusively sold online and include entry into the exhibit, as well as a special reservation with Santa. General admission tickets are adults, $36; ages 3-12, $32; ages 2 and younger, free. A limited number of seasonal passes are available for $68. For more information on Santa’s Fantastical and to purchase tickets, SantasFantastical.com.