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 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


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


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


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

Saturday, March 2nd

From Inman Park to Piedmont Park, the East Side Trail on the Atlanta BeltLine connects some of the best restaurants and bars in town! Join us on Saturday, March 2nd to try them all! The pub crawl will begin at 12:00 PM and will end at 4:30 PM. Get your friends together and come crawl along the Atlanta BeltLine! Tickets include up to (5) complimentary beverages along the BeltLine along with awesome food and drink specials at each participating location. Get your crew together and join us for Pub Crawl on the BeltLine | Spring Edition! Tickets are $30.

Spring Partner Bars:
Apres Diem
Hampton + Hudson Community Bar and Restaurant
Mellow Mushroom
Guac Y Margy’s
Pure Taqueria Inman Park
… more bars to be announced!

Previous Partner Bars:
Apres Diem
Bread & Butterfly
Char Korean Bar & Grill
The Deep End
Guac y Margy’s
Olive Bistro Midtown
Tacos & Tequilas Ponce
Bell Street Burrito
Park Tavern

CHECK-IN LOCATIONS: (exact locations TBA)
INMAN PARK: Hampton + Hudson – 299 North Highland Ave NE, 30307
PONCE: The Deep End – 621 North Avenue NE, 30308

MIDTOWN: Apres Diem – 931 Monroe Dr NE, 30308


Tickets here: https://www.bigtickets.com/events/assc/pub-crawl-on-the-beltline-spring/


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/5/19

Saturday, February 23rd

Local Breweries and Restaurants to Pour Second Self-Inspired Beers

Second Self Beer Company, the craft brewery based in Atlanta, Georgia, will host an Alter Ego Party on Saturday, February 23 at their Westside taproom (1317 Logan Circle NW). Inspired by alter egos, super heroes, and “second selves,” the brewery is welcoming the public to join in the fun, and attendees can taste and enjoy a line-up of unique beers made in collaboration with local breweries and restaurants as variations on Second Self’s traditional lineup. Illegal Food will be serving a food menu, and a portion of proceeds for the day will go toward the GA Craft Brewers Guild.

At the event, attendees can sip one-off takes on Second Self beers from some of Second Self’s close friends in the industry, like Pontoon’s tequila barrel-aged version of Second Self’s Margarita In Gose. Participants include:

Southbound Brewing Company from Savannah, GA
Terrapin Brew Lab from Atlanta, GA
Dry County Brewing Company from Kennesaw, GA
Pontoon Brewing Company from Sandy Springs, GA
Pine Street Market from Avondale Estates, GA
Twain’s Brewpub from Decatur, GA
…and more to come.

Second Self will also be serving their own seasonals and year-round favorites, from flagship Thai Wheat (a spicy and exotic American wheat made with lemongrass and ginger) to newly released Strawberry Bleeding Heart (a red ale with strawberries, cocoa, and vanilla). In addition to ordering beers a la carte, guests will have the option to purchase a VIP experience for $55 with unlimited pours for the day, available in advance online here or at the door.



Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/4/19

Tuesday, March 5th

Copeland’s of New Orleans Atlanta

Mardi Gras 2019 falls on Tuesday, March 5, and nobody has mastered the art of celebrating like Copeland’s of New Orleans Atlanta-area restaurants.

Our guests and friends are invited to both Copeland’s locations (Kennesaw, 1142 Barrett Parkway West and Cumberland, 3101 Cobb Pkwy SE, Suite 220) for the most authentic Mardi Gras celebration in Atlanta. The celebration will begin at 5 P.M., and will fill up quickly, so don’t wait!

“It’s the only authentic New Orleans Mardi Gras event in Atlanta,” says Bill Goudey, President & CEO of the Atlanta-area Copeland’s stores. “We try to make it feel like you’re in New Orleans when you can’t be!”

For Bill and his Krewe, this is an annual blowout that has grown for 20 years. Year after year, the carnival atmosphere at Copeland’s includes the famous traditional Mardi Gras menu, with items like the crawfish sample platter (seasonal, based on availability)* prepared with three of our favorite items in one platter. It’s served with crawfish etouffée, boiled crawfish and popcorn crawfish to make this an authentic Louisiana taste. In fact, we even have live crawfish shipped in just for this event (if available)!

Our Mardi Gras menu also includes panéed alligator, boiled shrimp, étouffée … Plus the popular variety platters that give you several kinds of shrimp and or crawfish. And of course we’ll have Copeland’s King Cake Cheesecake, served every year as a special dessert.

But Mardi Gras isn’t just about Cajun food. We’ll have live bands playing carnival music in both stores from 6 – 9 P.M.! Guests can listen and dance along while enjoying Mardi Gras Punch and “Crash and Burns” in 16-oz souvenir cups for $6. And of course we’ll have that signature Big Easy drink, the Hurricane, available as well (also $6).

“We encourage people to come in early and hang out and listen to the music,” says Bill. “Staff and guests will join up for impromptu ‘second lines’ (parades), while the band plays renditions of ‘When the Saints go Marching In.’”

“We’ll have beads and giveaways for kids, the big Mardi Gras umbrella, plus we’ll do the same ‘throws’ you get along the parade route in New Orleans,” Bill says. “It’s definitely a festive atmosphere.”

Come to Copeland’s of Atlanta—it’s the closest you’ll get to Mardi Gras this year without leaving the Atlanta area!


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.


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.


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/21/18



Continuous Loop Party Buses Drop-Off and Pick-Up Beer Enthusiasts at Atlanta’s Hottest Breweries

Atlanta, Georgia – The Atlanta Beer Bus, a HOP-on/HOP-off shuttle service that transports beer enthusiasts between Atlanta’s finest breweries, has officially launched.  Offering wallet-friendly entertainment for just $15 per person, riders receive unlimited access to the Atlanta Beer Bus shuttles that travel along a continuous loop where they create their own brewery adventure – staying as long or as little as they like at any location every Friday through Sunday.

Offering safe and reliable transport to Atlanta’s best breweries, cideries and distilleries, each bus is equipped with comfortable, heated/air conditioned group seating, great music, and friendly and knowledgeable drivers.  Imbibers also have the opportunity to dive into the history of Atlanta’s breweries with the help of the Atlanta Beer Bus Beer Nerds, a group of beer-loving experts with deep homegrown roots and knowledge of all things Atlanta – from the city’s institutions to off-the-beaten path adventures.

With a love for craft beer and a wealth of experience in both the banking and hospitality industries, the Atlanta Beer Bus was founded by Travis Irions during a trip to Asheville, NC.

“I was inspired by how ingrained the breweries were in the local community and immediately wanted to recreate a similar experience in the Atlanta market,” says Irions.  “Atlanta’s craft beer community is devoted, passionate, and there’s an undeniable sense of comradery.  I could not be more excited to launch a no-fuss and affordable shuttle service that helps to showcase the tremendous talent and unique brewery destinations our city has to offer.”

Leading the festivities each weekend, Atlanta Beer Bus stops include:  Monday Night Brewing in West Midtown, Urban Tree Cidery, Second Self Beer Company, Scofflaw Brewing Co., Red Brick Brewing Company, ASW Distillery, SweetWater Brewing Company, Orpheus Brewing, Park Tavern, and the Midtown MARTA Station.  Routes vary depending on breweries opening and closing times.  For detailed information about the routes, visit atlantabeerbus.com.

Atlanta Beer Bus Route Schedule

*Times subject to change.

4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Monday Night Brewing West Midtown, Second Self Beer Company, Scofflaw Brewing Co., Red Brick Brewing, ASW Distillery, SweetWater Brewing Company, Orpheus Brewing, Park Tavern, Midtown MARTA Station, Monday Night Brewing West Midtown.


12 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Monday Night Brewing West Midtown, Urban Tree Cidery, Second Self Beer Company, Scofflaw Brewing Co., Red Brick Brewing, ASW Distillery, SweetWater Brewing Company, Orpheus Brewing, Park Tavern, Midtown MARTA Station, Monday Night Brewing West Midtown.

1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday Night Brewing West Midtown, Urban Tree Cidery, Second Self Beer Company, Scofflaw Brewing Co., Red Brick Brewing, SweetWater Brewing Company, Orpheus Brewing, Park Tavern, Midtown Marta Station, Monday Night Brewing West Midtown.

The Atlanta Beer Bus runs on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit atlantabeerbus.com.  Stay connected on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter at @atlbeerbus. #ATLBeerBus


Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/18/18

It’s worth your while to travel just a few minutes OTP to try a new gem in Roswell, From the Earth Brewing Company. With a brewery-style bar and full restaurant, we were blown away by the quality of both the beer and the food. Beyond that, when you think brewery, you would think the food might be lacking, but it was spot on, right up there with the best restaurants around our foodie-rich town. Making you hungry? Let’s dive-on in!

We tried three of the starters that included crisp Brussel sprouts, warm pork belly, and a tasty mushroom toast. Starting with the best starter, the pork belly with a maple, bourbon glaze that literally will melt in your mouth. Was this a dessert in disguise? Yes. Yes, it was. A must try if you make the trip. Also, the Brussel sprouts were perfectly crisped on the outside with light balsamic vinaigrette. It also had the right amount of crunch from the bacon tossed throughout. We’re not big mushroom people, but because they are brought in every few days from Loud Mouth Farms the mushroom toast was uber-fresh and delicious blend of toasted bread, goat cheese spread, and balsamic drenched mushrooms. We’re a definite fan and we’ve been converted!

Starting with some salmon and ending with wagyu flank steak, we were impressed with the entrée menu offerings for a brew pub. The salmon dish was cooked exactly how we liked with some black pepper and spices. Simple and delicious with a wild rice cake, asparagus, and local honey that was perfectly paired. Then, the wagyu steak was tender and cooked well with broccoli and a hearty gravy.  On the side was a to-die-for Gouda potatoes au gratin that was savory and rich. It’s something that you could eat every night and never get tired of it! So. Good. Finally, what did they put on their broccoli?  I’ve got to get my hands on it when we cook broccoli at home.

Finally, the beer. They have a little bit of everything from a saison, an IPA, to porters, stouts, Belgian tripel, and their golden ale. The stout wasn’t available and the porter was 2 weeks out from being ready, but we got a taste of it. It’s on the right track with a nutty, richly malted beer. Of the beers they offered that were available we thoroughly enjoyed the tripel and the golden ale. The tripel was a well-balanced and sweet with a hint of hop and yeast on the back. The golden ale was a drinkable, refreshing beer that you could drink and not get tired of all day!

Now that you’re starving, get on up to From the Earth Brewing Company. Tell, Tim, Hi for us!