HEAD TO WHITE OAK KITCHEN & COCKTAILS FOR A DRAGON CON PARADE PATIO PARTY FOLLOWED BY A BRUNCH BUFFET ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/17/19
Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 2019  
Science fiction fanatics, super hero junkies and avid comic book readers alike are invited to don their favorite cosplay attire Labor Day weekend during a special Dragon Con Parade Patio Party at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails on Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street, the patio party will feature a fantastic view of the high-energy parade along with mouthwatering passed appetizers and two alcoholic drink tickets for $50 per person and $30 for attendees ages 21 and under.  Revelers looking to continue celebrating the weekend of fandom can dive into a special Dragon Con Brunch Buffet on Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $55 a person.
To make reservations and purchase tickets to White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails Dragon Con Patio Party and/or Brunch Buffet, visit https://www.freshtix.com/events/dragoncon-patio-party–brunch-buffet. To make reservations for the Dragon Con Sunday Brunch Buffet, visit https://www.freshtix.com/events/dragoncon-patio-party–brunch-buffet-2.

GRANT PARK SUMMER SHADE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LIVE MUSIC LINEUP AND SCHEDULE FOR THE 17TH ANNUAL EVENT

 

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/15/19

Featuring Blair Crimmins, Stripped, Cicada Rhythm, Common Ground, Old Ceremony, Mafia do Samba, ASH, R.A.H and Many More


Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2019


The Grant Park Conservancy has revealed the live music lineup and schedule for the 17th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2019. Earning a reputation as a must-attend event to see some of the hottest up-and-coming bands, local talent and notable favorites, festival goers are invited to watch two days of nonstop high-energy performances. Featuring a diverse lineup for all tastes, 2019 artists include Blair Crimmins, Stripped, Cicada Rhythm, Common Ground, Old Ceremony, Mafia do Samba, ASH, R.A.H and many more.


Produced by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy, the 2019 Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is open to all ages and free to attend. In addition to the impressive music lineup, this year’s festival will also have an expansive artist market, a Kids Zone presented by Grant Park Parents Network, the annual Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K, a diverse selection of local food trucks, wine, frosty beers, craft cocktails and more. Additionally, tickets are now available for the exclusive VIP Lounge. Attendees are invited to relax in a private tent and enjoy complimentary food from a local caterer, premium wines, Monday Night Brewing craft beer, and the Signature Summer Shade Cocktail served in a souvenir cup. Guests are also invited to enjoy private, air-conditioned restrooms, misting stations, lounge seating.  Both single day and weekend VIP tickets are available for purchase at www.summershadefestival.org/vip


2019 Grant Park Summer Shade Music Performer Lineup:


Cherokee Stage:
Saturday, August 24th
10:30 a.m.         Yoga
12:00 p.m.         Pharr
1:00 p.m.           Yes Ma’am
1:55 p.m.           Jimmy Galloway
2:50 p.m.          COT Band
4:05 p.m.          R.A.H
5:00 p.m.          ASH
6:00 p.m.         Mafia do Samba
7:00 p.m.         Common Ground
8:30 p.m.         Stripped

 

Sunday, August 25th
12:00 p.m.         Brother Moon
1:15 p.m.           Captain Crimmins
2:25 p.m.           Old Ceremony
3:50 p.m.           Cicada Rhythm
5:10 p.m.           Blair Crimmins

For the most up to date information about the 17th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival and additional details, visit www.summershadefestival.org

DRAGON CON ANNOUNCES TOP GUESTS FOR 2019 CON

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/12/19

Thursday, August 29th to Monday, September 2nd

GEORGE TAKEI, DAVID TENNANT, AND ONCE UPON A TIME’S LANA PARRILLA LEAD ALL-STAR LIST OF CAPED CRUSADERS, SPACE EXPLORERS, AND DENIZENS OF THE SUPERNATURAL 

Guests from Star Trek, Star Wars, Gotham, Shazam!, The Orville, Doctor Who, and other top television shows and movies will meet their fans at Dragon Con

George Takei, Lana Parrilla, and David Tennant lead a long list of celebrity guests headed to Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, science fiction, and gaming convention, for Labor Day weekend.

Scottish actor David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor of Doctor Who fame, makes a career of bringing fans’ favorite characters to life. Other noted roles of his include Jessica Jones’s Kilgrave, the voice of DuckTales’ Scrooge McDuck, and most recently the demonically charming Crowley of Good Omens.

Known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek television series and its first six feature films, George Takei has had a varied career as an actor, writer, and community activist. Fans of ABC’s Once Upon a Time will recognize Lana Parrilla for her award-winning role as the Evil Queen and Mayor of Storybrooke from the show’s nine-year run.

Other top guests from television and movies including Zachary Levi from this summer’s superhero hit Shazam!, Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca from the last four Star Wars movies), Doctor Who’s Catherine Tate and Freema Agyeman, and David Ramsey from CW’s Legends of Tomorrow and other Arrowverse programs will be among the fan favorites on hand to lead discussions, talk with fans, and sign autographs during the five-day convention.

An estimated 85,000 fans will travel to Atlanta from all 50 states and several foreign countries to take part in Dragon Con 2019 – filling downtown Atlanta over Labor Day Weekend, August 29 to September 2 – with events and activities across AmericasMart Buildings #1 and #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta.

“We are delighted to have so many guests from so many of today’s most popular or, in the case of classic science fiction, best-loved shows and movies to join us this year,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said. “Overall, we will have some 400 guests – not just celebrities, but also actors, authors, artists, and other creators and experts – from across science, science fiction and fantasy worlds, comic books, gaming, and digital media.”

Known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek television series and its first six feature films, George Takei has had a varied career as an actor, writer, and community activist. Fans of ABC’s Once Upon a Time will recognize Lana Parrilla for her award-winning role as the Evil Queen and Mayor of Storybrooke from the show’s nine-year run.

Other top guests from television and movies including Zachary Levi from this summer’s superhero hit Shazam!, Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca from the last four Star Wars movies), Doctor Who’s Catherine Tate and Freema Agyeman, and David Ramsey from CW’s Legends of Tomorrow and other Arrowverse programs will be among the fan favorites on hand to lead discussions, talk with fans, and sign autographs during the five-day convention.

An estimated 85,000 fans will travel to Atlanta from all 50 states and several foreign countries to take part in Dragon Con 2019 –  filling downtown Atlanta over Labor Day Weekend, August 29 to September 2 – with events and activities across AmericasMart Buildings #1 and #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta.

“We are delighted to have so many guests from so many of today’s most popular or, in the case of classic science fiction, best-loved shows and movies to join us this year,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said. “Overall, we will have some 400 guests – not just celebrities, but also actors, authors, artists, and other creators and experts – from across science, science fiction and fantasy worlds, comic books, gaming, and digital media.”

Fans of Star Wars’ plucky soccer-ball droid BB-8 will have a chance to meet his puppeteers, Dave Chapman and Brian Herring. They will be joined by other puppetry guests this year at Dragon Con, including guests from Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

Dragon Con is set to celebrate Batman’s 80th Anniversary with four actors from Fox’s hit series, Gotham, including Sean Pertwee (Alfred), Robin Lord Taylor (Penguin), Maggie Geha (Ivy) and David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne).

Star Trek fans can debate the various merits of CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery versus Fox’s The Orville.  Anson Mount, Discovery’s Captain Pike, Shazad Latif, Emily Coutts, and Ethan Peck, as well as a crew of Orville cast members – Mark Jackson, Peter Macon, Chad Coleman, and J. Lee will be on hand to meet with fans, sign autographs, and lead panels about these space exploration fan favorites.

With no reason to wait for a reunion, Dragon Con will host seven cast members from CW’s Supernatural, which will end its incredible 15-year run in 2020. Mark Sheppard, Samantha Smith, Mark Pellegrino, Osric Chau, Ruth Connell, DJ Qualls, and Ty Olsson will all join Dragon Con fans for this year’s convention.

Farscape will celebrate its 20th Anniversary at Dragon Con, with Lani John Tupo, Anthony Simcoe, Rebecca Riggs, and fan favorite Gigi Edgley.

For fans of the MTV generation, Robert Englund, Freddy Kreuger from The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise will be joined by V castmates Jane Badler and Marc Singer, who also starred in 1982’s The Beastmaster.

This year’s convention will also feature main cast members from some of the most popular sci-fi, fantasy, and alternative historical fiction television shows including Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, iZombie, Legends of Tomorrow, Lucifer, The Man in the High Castle, the Stargate franchise, Warehouse 13, and Wynonna Earp, plus the pop duo Aly & AJ.

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day Weekend (August 29 -September 2, 2019) in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than 3,500 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming over five days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

ATLANTA CRAFT COCKTAIL FESTIVAL 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/9/19

City Winery

Saturday, September 7th at 6 pm

The Atlanta Craft Cocktail Fest will also be held on Saturday, September 7th from 6-10pm at City Winery. There will be a wide variety of specialty cocktails available to sample as well as a small selection of beer and wine. Live music will be upstairs and DJ Aetii will be downstairs playing your favorite dance music. Food will be available for purchase from a select menu from City Winery. More details about the event will be posted on the website as they are finalized. Tickets include entry, entertainment and all of your drinks; food will cost extra. The tickets will be $50 in advance, $55 after Aug. 29, $65 day of the event. https://atlantacraftcocktailfestival.com/

ATLANTA BOURBON FESTIVAL 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/9/19

City Winery

Saturday, September 7th @ Noon or 1 pm

The Atlanta Bourbon Fest will be held on Saturday, September 7th at City Winery from 1-4pm with VIP starting at noon. There will be over 50 bourbons and whiskeys to sample as well as a few beer and wine options. There will be live music upstairs and DJ Aetii downstairs. Food will be available for purchase from a select menu from City Winery. The list of bourbons and whiskeys will be posted on the website once they’re confirmed.

General Admission tickets include entry, entertainment, a souvenir etched tasting glass upon exit, and all of your drinks. They will run $60 in advance, $65 after Aug. 29, $75 day of the event. VIP tickets include early entry at 12pm, 15+ VIP-only bourbons, a souvenir etched tasting glass upon exit, and all of your drinks. These will be $110 in advance, $120 after Aug. 29, not available day of. https://atlantabourbonfestival.com/

ATLANTA MAGAZINE’S DINES: A TASTE OF THE CITY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/7/19

Mason Fine Art

Thursday, August 22nd

GET 15% OFF YOUR TICKET WITH PROMO CODE: DINESPARTNER

Atlanta magazine’s editorial team takes a fresh look at the metro area’s culinary scene. Which favorite restaurants are still at the top of their games? And which newcomers deserve recognition? Our critics assemble Atlanta’s most authoritative list of the top dining spots, from fine restaurants to food stalls.

Atlanta magazine brings that mouthwatering content to life by hosting the hottest all-inclusive ticket in town—DINES: A Taste of the City’s Best Restaurants, showcasing dozens of dining spots that were featured throughout the year. In addition to a vast food selection from the participating restaurants, guests will enjoy complimentary handcrafted cocktails, live music, and event activations throughout the evening! Sneak peek of restaurants include Tiny Lou, Atlas, The White Bull, Nina & Rafi, Das BBQ, Rising Son, Sublime Doughnuts. Benefits The Giving Kitchen.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.

IMAGINE RELEASES ITS FULL 2019 LINEUP AND WITH IT, A FOURTH DAY OF MUSIC

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/2/19

Thursday, September 19th to Sunday, September 22nd

Atlanta Motor Speedway

G Jones, Lane 8, Space Jesus, Blunts & Blondes, Boogie T, Squnto, Sullivan King, Kai Wachi, Kompany, and Over 50 Other Artists Join Lineup
 
TechYes / Guerrilla 360 Stage Added Featuring Full Tech House Lineup

Going to great depths to ensure that this is the most immersive Imagine Festival yet, Iris Presents has announced that Imagine will be expanding to four days, which will be accompanied by full music programming on the Disco Inferno stage, early arrival camping, and an extra day of fun. Taking place at Atlanta Motor Speedway this September 19-22, 2019, the added day will be free to everyone who purchases a 3-day ticket and available for a limited time until August 15th. Imagine has also unveiled the full lineup, in addition to several other big announcements, including a brand new stage- TechYes / Guerrilla 360 and a Saturday pool party.

The full lineup by stage, listing artists additions first includes:

OCEANIA STAGE:  Drinkurwater; Eddie Gold; Mantis and Midnite Panda.  Previously announced artists for Oceania include: Diplo; REZZ; Above & Beyond; Alison Wonderland; Zeds Dead; Marshmello; Alan Walker; KSHMR; Matoma; 1788-L; Ghastly; K?D; Leah Culver; Said the Sky and Svdden Death.

AMAZONIA STAGE:  G Jones; Jade Cicada; JuJu Beats; Scales and Zen Selekta.  Previously announced artists for Amazonia include:  Louis the Child; Tipper; Cherub; Detox Unit; Goldfish Phantoms and Thriftworks.

DISCO INFERNO STAGE:  Lane 8; Space Jesus; Blunts & Blondes; Sullivan King b2b Kai Wachi b2b Kompany; Boogie T; Squnto; Alex Lucas; Otica; Ployd; Throwdown; Vivid and White Rhino. Previously announced artists for Disco Inferno include:  laude Vonstroke & Dirtybird Players Stage Takeover; Anna Lunoe; Dr. Fresch; J.Philip; Justin Jay; Justin Martin; Nora En Pure; Rusko; Wax Motif; Grave Gang b4b set with Subtronics, HE$H, joined now by Boogie T and Squnto.

TECHYES 360:  Amine Edge & Dance; Anthony Attalla; Black v Neck; Charles Meyer; Ciszak; Clyde P; Doons; Dr Boom; Ernesto; Franklyn Watts; Galo; Greco; Hunter Reid; Lee K; Mark Starr; Ronnie Lopez; Techneekz; Tim Baresko and Treasure Fingers.

AERIA / SIX FEATHERS STAGE:  Eddie Gold b2b Midnite Panda; Big Mansions; DaddyDough; Ian Live & Friends; Julian Gray; Laser Assassins; MC Word; Nhexis; NOA|AON; Paraleven; Reliquary; Ricky Raw; Torch x Elevate Block; Previously announced artists for Aeria include:  BT; Darude; AK1200 and Reid Speed.

SILENT DISCO STAGE:  Bandikook; Chachuba; Comisar; D:RC; Deep Technicians; Deff Jeklyn; Dose Dromer; Exit 9; Fear & Lowe; JD; JStella; Kozmic; Krushendo; LaGoons; Leet; Magnesk; Mettapattern; Mike’s Revenge; Movin Keys; Octl; Riven; Shakes; Stranger Candy; Sylo; Tripnotic; White on Rice; Xenotype and Zubah. Stage takeovers by Ian Live & Native Groove.

IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL OFFICIAL 2019 LINEUP TRAILER

In addition to music pulsing throughout the festival grounds and into camping, Imagine has partnered with Beatbox Beverages to host a Vegas-style daytime pool party on Saturday. All festival-goers are invited to the party and can add the pool party to their ticket.  VIP campers will automatically have the pool party included as a part of their pass.  DJs for the pool party will be announced in the coming weeks.

Finally, for those Imaginers looking to get a head start on the week, Imagine is opening up the camping grounds for early arrival on Thursday, September 19th.  Early arrival camping passes can be purchased as a part of a 4-day combo pass or as an add-on for those who already purchased their camping passes for Friday through Sunday.

For a limited time, up until August 15th, 4-day General Admission passes are available starting at $269- the same price as a 3-day pass and $289 for a 4-day pass with Early Arrival GA camping. VIP passes with express entry into the festival, exclusive viewing areas, VIP bars, and lounges, and private air-conditioned VIP trailer restrooms start at $369 for a 4-day pass and $539 with a 4-day pass with camping. Payment plans are still available for a limited time. Tickets are available online at www.imaginefestival.com. Imagine Music Festival is an 18 and over event.

Imagine Music Festival is produced by Iris Presents. Visit www.imaginefestival.com for the most up-to-date information.

CITY WINERY ATLANTA’S AFTERNOON WITH BLACK BEVERAGE ARTISANS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/2/19

Tasting features exclusively black-owned wineries, breweries, and distilleries
 
Saturday, August 31st from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

City Winery celebrates black-owned wineries, breweries and distilleries on Saturday, August 31st during An Afternoon with Black Beverage Artisans.

Beverage Director, James Brim, has curated a tasting menu featuring some of the best African American-owned and produced beer, wine, and whiskey.

Attendees will wander the spacious patio, sampling from companies such as Brown Estate Wines, Mouton Noir Wine, McBride Sisters Wine, Uncle Nearest Whiskey, Khonso Brewing, and Atlanta’s own Down Home Brewing.

Sommeliers will be on hand to guide the experience. Guests will enjoy music courtesy of a DJ until 6 p.m., when Wine Down Weekends (free live music) begins on the patio.

Cheese and charcuterie are included.

Tickets are $40 available here.

THE VEGGIE CONNECTION EVENT ATLANTA 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/28/19

Smyrna Community Center

Saturday, August 31st at 10 am

Smyrna, GA – August, 31st  2019 – Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or veg-curious, The Veggie Connection Event is the place to be on August, 31st  from 10am-5pm. Georgians and visitors are expected to attend this veggie celebration of the best of everything plant based in and around the Atlanta, GA and surrounding cities.

This family-friendly event brings vendors from all over Georgia and surrounding cities with plant based specialty foods, eco-friendly products, cruelty-free fashion, newly published books, inspirational art pieces and more.

During this day-long celebration, vendors, partners, and sponsors will showcase a wide range of products, services and resources to help attendees discover why eating a plant-based diet and choosing vegetarian/vegan foods is one of the best ways to help protect our health, the planet, and animals.

The Veggie Connection a “Plant Based Network Event” takes place at the Smyrna Community Center in Smyrna, GA. Attendees will have the opportunity to:

Purchase delicious plant based food.
Learn from chefs hosting cooking demos.
Hear from a vast array of speakers.
Dance and see artist perform.

For more information on the event, please email us at theveggieconnection@outlook.com, or visit us at www.theveggieconnection.com

MELTY FEST ATLANTA 2019: A CELEBRATION OF PIMENTO CHEESE

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/22/19

Thursday, August 22nd @ 6 pm

Sweet Auburn BBQ

Sweet Auburn Barbecue, the Atlanta barbecue spot from dynamic brother-and-sister duo Howard and Anita Hsu, is teaming up with Tillamook, Oregon’s favorite dairy co-op, for Tillamook Presents: A Celebration of Pimento Cheese on Thursday, August 22! On a mission to share their award-winning products with food lovers from coast to coast, Tillamook embarked on the first-ever Melty Fest Tour featuring a series of curated regional events in cities across America earlier this year.

To celebrate Atlanta and the culinary greatness of the American Southeast, Tillamook and Sweet Auburn Barbecue have invited a roster of Atlanta’s most talented chefs to showcase and celebrate Southern staple pimento cheese in just about every way imaginable—from the Hsu family’s famed pimento cheese wonton that blends their Malaysian-Chinese roots with their southern upbringing, to the pimento cheese creations of Atlanta’s top chefs. Participants include:

Ford Fry (King & Duke)
Suzanne Vizethann (Buttermilk Kitchen)
Joey Ward & Spencer Gomez (Southern Belle)
Howard & Anita Hsu (Sweet Auburn Barbecue)
Ron Hsu (Lazy Betty)
Guest Bartender: Miles MacQuarrie (Kimball House and Watchman’s)

Tickets can be purchased here for $25 and include pimento cheese-inspired bites from all chefs; barbecue and sides from Sweet Auburn Barbecue; delicious Tillamook ice cream; three drink tickets for beer, wine and specialty cocktails from Miles; and a live performance by Ruby Velle & Trio. All proceeds will be donated to the Betty Hsu Cancer Fund and the Get Comfortable Fund from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.