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:


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


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.

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


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


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.


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:

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.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/21/19

New Exhibition Explores the Design of Espresso Machines & Examines the Social, Political & Cultural Movements Fueled by Coffee

On Display Sunday, February 24 through Sunday, June 9

ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) welcomes Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso, a new exhibition that will explore espresso machine design and technology, while examining the social, political and cultural movements fueled by coffee and cafés throughout history. Previously on display at Kerkrade in the Netherlands, Passione Italiana is developed by Cube Design Museum in collaboration with IMF Foundation and is curated by Elisabetta Pisu.

The Exhibition
On view Sunday, February 24 through Sunday, June 9, Passione Italiana will chronicle the evolution of the espresso machine and document its technology and industrial design developments. The exhibit will showcase espresso makers used in Italy during the mid-twentieth century—alongside inventive coffee sets and unique crockery—and traverse through the decades, highlighting the influence designers such as Aldo Rossi, Toyo Ito, Richard Sapper and Massimiliano Fuksas have had on classic and contemporary models. Italian coffee company, illycaffè, will provide freshly brewed espresso beverages for guests to enjoy before or after visiting the exhibition.

Appealing to both design lovers and coffee enthusiasts alike, the forthcoming exhibition will also survey the social and historical impact coffee and coffeehouses have had around the world, including the role of cafés as incubators in social justice movements and how they have helped fuel everything from literary and musical achievements to political revolutions.

“Many of us use coffee and coffeehouses to think deeply, make connections with others and jumpstart our imaginations,” says Laura Flusche, Executive Director at MODA. “Our vision in presenting this stunning exhibition is not only to trace the influence designers have had on espresso makers in cafe settings, as well as those used in the home, but also to spark the conversation surrounding coffee’s ability to connect. The show celebrates the ways in which cafes have harbored creative thinkers, revolutionary actions and social justice throughout history.”

Featured designers, manufacturers and coffee companies will include:

Aldo Cibic
Aldo Rossi
Alessandro Mendini
Alessandro Zambelli
Andreas Seegatz – Stars Milano
Andrew Smith, Per Selvaag
Bilge Nur Saltik
Bruno Munari & Enzo Mari
Carlo Colombo
Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri
Dominique Perrault
Giordano Robbiati
Giulio Iacchetti
Jean Nouvel
Julian Lechner
Kees van der Westen
La Pavoni
Lara Caffi
Luca Trazzi
Marcello Morandini
Marco Zanuso
Mario Trimarchi
Massimiliano Fuksas Doriana Mandrelli
Matteo Thun – Sarri
Michele de Lucchi
Officina Rancilio
Paola C
Patricia Urquiola
Patrick Hunt
Piero Lissoni
Rami Tareef
Riccardo Dalisi
Richard Sapper
Toyo Ito
Ugo La Pietra
Victoria Arduino

The Experience
In honor of Passione Italiana’s debut, MODA is hosting a special pre-opening event on Saturday, February 23 from 4-7 p.m. During the celebration, MODA members and guests are invited to experience the new exhibition and enjoy an Italian wine tasting from Sherlock’s Wine Shop, beer from Second Self Beer Company, Italian aperitivi from the Campari Group, light bites from Bellina Alimentari, gelato from Ciao Bella and a live performance by Atlanta cellist-composer OkCello, who will perform a score inspired by the exhibit. Registration is free with a donation of $25 or more to MODA.

The opening of Passione Italiana will also mark the launch of the Co.Lab, an experiential space within the gallery that’s inspired by the spirit of creativity fueled by coffee. The immersive environment is developed by MODA with some of Atlanta’s most creative entities to offer a center for making, thinking, talking and learning, and will feature expansive communal tables within an inviting shared space.

Beginning Saturday, February 23, the Co.Lab will present What is Your Story, a crowd-sourced storytelling installation organized by design firms Orange Sparkle Ball and nonprofit sister Spark Corps in collaboration with BooknBrunch, that provides a touching look at how untold stories, struggles and secrets can forge connections. The hands-on project will invite guests to anonymously inscribe their story in a used book on view at MODA and give visitors the opportunity to respond to these stories by sending a supportive message via postcard.

Visitors will be able to take part in programming on Thursday mornings (more details to come), presented by Constellations, a civic and socially based workspace aiming to make a positive difference in the world. Constellations Founder Gene Kansas says, “We’re happy and proud to partner with MODA on this exhibit. Their experiential approach to design and thoughtful programming are true benefits to members and guests and to our city. Then, of course, there’s coffee, we simply could not pass up the opportunity to drink up all that Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso has to offer.”

Passione Italiana: The Art of Espresso was developed by the Netherlands’ Cube Design Museum in cooperation with IMF Foundation and is curated by Elisabetta Pisu. The exhibition features objects on loan from the the Alessi Museum and the private collections of Enrico Maltoni, Franco Balzarotti, Kent Bakke and Sarri. Additional content has been added by MODA with generous loans from Espresso Southeast. The exhibition design for MODA is by Susan Sanders. Passione Italiana is presented thanks to the generosity of the Fulton County Arts Council, City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Power2Give, Creative Approach, John Portman & Associates, illycaffè, Bellina Alimentari, Interface, Orange Sparkle Ball, Spark Corps, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and Constellations.


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.


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


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

ONLINE GALLERY All artworks can be previewed on the Auction website at 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.



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.


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

Saturday, March 9
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

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




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: