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SPRING IS IN THE AIR AT ATLANTIC STATION WITH VIBRANT EVENTS THIS MARCH

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/2/24

The 30363 To Host High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, Barbie Truck, Atlanta Brunch Festival and More!


 Welcome spring in style with a visit to Atlantic Station, where a refreshing lineup of events, tasty festivals and inspiring movies are something to look forward to this March. From living the dream with the Barbie Dreamhouse Living Tour and partying with a purpose during the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction to indulging in brunch bites from some of the city’s best restaurants during the Atlanta Brunch Festival and celebrating Women’s History Month with Screen on the Green, Atlantic Station boasts a blooming lineup of activities for visitors of all ages and interests throughout March.

Atlantic Station’s March Calendar of Events includes:

Every Weekend: CREATOR’S MARKET
Located Around Atlantic Green | Every Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Every Sunday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Friday, March 1, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Atlantic Station Creator’s Market returns with unstoppable creativity by kicking off with a special Friday Night Market on Friday, March 1, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Shop locally and celebrate Atlanta’s artisans every Saturday (11 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m. to 7 p.m.) in March with festive art, jewelry, couture and more, all while supporting the makers of the South. Visit here to learn more.

Saturday, March 2: BARBIE DREAMHOUSE LIVING TOUR
Located at West District Ave | 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Barbie is living the dream and cruising to Atlantic Station in style! Shop exclusive merch, including hoodies and hats, water bottles and tote bags, accessories and more, only available on the Barbie Truck Tour. Visit here to learn more.

Saturday, March 2 and Saturday, March 9: ATLANTA BRUNCH FESTIVAL
Located at Pinnacle Lot | 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Atlanta Brunch Festival returns to Atlantic Station for two days in March, serving up an assortment of delicious brunch bites from the city’s best restaurants. Enjoy sweet and savory food samples, plus signature brunch beverages, including mimosas, Bloody Marys, brunch punch, beer and wine. Live music from Davis and the Love and DJ Qtip will create a spirited scene for those looking for the perfect spring outing. Visit here to learn more and purchase tickets.

Saturday, March 9: ATLANTA UNITED HOME OPENER VIEWING PARTY
Located at Atlantic Green | 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Join Atlantic Station on the Atlantic Green to watch the highly anticipated Atlanta United Home Opener Match against New England on the jumbotron. With passionate fans and an electrifying atmosphere, it promises to be an unforgettable occasion. Don’t come alone—bring friends, dress out in team colors and UNITE to cheer on Atlanta United in style! Visit here to learn more.

Thursday, March 7 and Thursday, March 28: WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH SCREEN ON THE GREEN
Located at Atlantic Green | 7 p.m.
Join Atlantic Station for two free movie screenings on the Atlantic Green and witness a cinematic celebration of incredible women and their inspiring stories in honor of Women’s History Month. “A League of Their Own” (1992) highlights the strength, determination and pioneering spirit of women who paved the way in sports history, based on a true story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. “Legally Blonde” (2001) follows the journey of Elle Woods as she defies stereotypes and writes her own story as a lawyer who is both fierce and fabulous. Grab your friends and family, blankets and chairs, and settle down on the Atlantic Green for a night of laughter, inspiration and female empowerment.
Thursday, March 7: A League of Their Own (1992)
Thursday, March 28: Legally Blonde (2001)

Friday, March 22 through Saturday, March 23: HIGH MUSEUM ATLANTA WINE AUCTION
Located at Pinnacle Lot | Friday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Saturday, March 23, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For over thirty years, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction has brought the best wineries to Atlanta and invited guests to “party with a purpose” by raising funds to support the High Museum of Art. Get ready for an exciting evening under the tents at Atlantic Station with Friday Uncorked on Friday, March 22 – the ultimate evening experience for mingling while tasting an array of wines paired with savory and sweet treats. Plus, end the night by taking a spin on the dance floor! At Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction on Saturday, March 23, begin the day tasting exceptional wines and sampling flavorful foods from Atlanta’s best eateries. Then, prepare your paddles for a lively auction and place bids on one-of-a-kind experiences, specialty wines and amazing lots at the Silent Auction. Visit here to learn more about Friday Uncorked and here to learn more about the Vinters’ Reception and Live Auction.
Friday, March 22: Friday Uncorked
Saturday, March 23: Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction

WING AND ROCK FEST 2024 IN CANTON

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/1/24

“Stay & Play in Canton, Georgia”

Calling all festival-goers! Exciting news: Krause Family Ford Of Woodstock proudly presents the Wing and Rock Festival on March 23rd & 24th! Get ready for a mind-blowing weekend filled with lip-smacking wings, electrifying rock music, and unbeatable vibes!  Picture yourself enjoying the juiciest, most finger-licking chicken wings you’ve ever sunk your teeth into. Imagine the heavenly aroma wafting through the air as local pitmasters compete for wing-sizzling supremacy. Are you drooling yet?  But hold on tight – it doesn’t end there!

This two-day extravaganza will have your heart pounding to the rhythm of live rock performances from amazing bands that will blow your mind. Feel the energy surge through your veins as guitars wail and drums thunder – an experience like no other!  

Oh, did we mention that admission is completely FREE? Yup, zero dollars to enjoy mouthwatering wings paired with killer tunes. Plus, there’ll be plenty of vendors offering tempting treats to satisfy all appetites (yes vegetarians too!). Prepare to indulge in delectable dishes that’ll make your taste buds sing with joy!  Still not convinced? How about adding family-friendly activities like face painting for kids or exploring the hottest cars on display by Krause Family Ford themselves? Entertainment galore awaits at every corner!

So mark those calendars because March 23rd & 24th are about to become legendary days overflowing with flavor-packed wings and eardrum-smashing rock. Gather your squad and join us at the Wing and Rock Festival – the ultimate fusion of food, music, and unforgettable memories. For details visit www.wingandrockfest.com.

Date: March 23rd & 24th, 2024
Time: Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. & Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Etowah River Park – 600 Brown Industrial Pkwy, Canton, GA 30114 

GWINNETT BURGER WEEK, MARCH 18-24

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/1/24

Diners Can Earn Points to Win Prizes for Visits During Ninth Annual Celebration Featuring Limited-Time, Chef-Created Burgers at 21 of the Destination’s Locally Owned Restaurants

Explore Gwinnett, the official tourism organization of Gwinnett County, today announced the return of its much-anticipated ninth annual Gwinnett Burger Week. Taking place March 18-24, 2024, the weeklong celebration will feature limited-time, exclusive burger creations for just $10 each at restaurants across the county. New this year, the Gwinnett Burger Week Pass will allow diners to check-in at participating restaurants and gather points to redeem for prizes. Each restaurant check-in garners points, which then can be spent on exclusive Burger Week merchandise from Explore Gwinnett, including t-shirts, totes, sticker packs and more. Diners can also vote for their favorite burger by uploading an image of their receipt to the Burger Week website.

“Each year with Gwinnett Burger Week, we look forward to tasting the incredible new recipes our chefs come up with, while finding unique ways to level-up the event, supporting our locally owned eateries and creating new experiences for the community,” said Lisa Anders, executive director of Explore Gwinnett. “This year’s highly anticipated Gwinnett Burger Week – featuring our new mobile pass – is an excellent opportunity for locals and visitors to earn prizes and experience delectable chef-crafted burgers from some of the best restaurants in the area, at an affordable price.”

This year, 21 restaurants are participating in Gwinnett Burger Week, each featuring an exclusive off-menu burger. A sampling of this year’s offerings include:

·       “Georgia Summer” at Over The Top Burger Bar, two all-beef smash patties with peach-jalapeño chutney, house-made pimento cheese, candied maple bacon, grilled onions, diced raw onion, pickles and mouthwatering signature sauce.

·       “BBQ Smash Burger” at Tannery Row Ale House, a double smash burger with coleslaw, pickled jalapeños, provolone cheese, barbecue sauce and fried pickles on top.

·       “UJ Philly Style Cheesesteak Smash Burger” at Universal Joint, a 4-ounce beef patty seasoned with a special blend of spices covered with a mix of grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms and topped with American cheese, all served on a toasted brioche bun.

Powered by technology company Bandwango, the new Gwinnett Burger Week Digital Pass is free, requires a quick sign-up, no app to download, and will auto-check diners in when they arrive at a participating restaurant. Participants who track their dining experience at 10 or more restaurants throughout the week will be inducted in the Gwinnett Burger Week Wall of Fame, with their photos displayed on Explore Gwinnett’s website.

Diners can sign up for the Gwinnett Burger Week Pass at Pass.ExploreGwinnett.org. by providing their name, e-mail address and mobile phone number. A link is then sent to their mobile phone, which opens the passport and directs the user to add the passport icon to their home screen, where they can access it any time.

For a full list of participating restaurants and limited-time burger offerings, visit www.ExploreGwinnett.org/Gwinnett-Burger-Week. For more information about Gwinnett Burger Week, visit ExploreGwinnett.org/the-latest/Gwinnett-Burger-Week-Know-Before-You-Go. Stay up-to-date on the latest Explore

BARNSLEY RESORT, ESCAPE TOGETHER

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/28/24

Barnsley Resort, where John and I can Escape Together! ️ Just a little over an hour North of our Atlanta home, John and I spent Valentine’s weekend enjoying Barnsley Resort and each other. You feel so far away here from the city but are so close! Everything from the stunning Manor House Ruins and garden, tree-covered walkways, cute and cozy cottages, immersive historical tours, lovely dining options, golf, activities, and so much more, Barnsley Resort has something for everyone.  

Driving in, you’re greeted with a smile by the security guard at the gate! One-part welcome party, he sends you to the Inn at Barnsley to check in. The Inn has become the heart of the property since being completed in 2018. With gathering areas, warm wood, and beautiful English architecture, the Inn boasts 55 rooms. Downstairs in the lobby, join in on the 5pm whiskey tradition, or hang out near the fire pits. Also, don’t miss lounging in the lobby seating area by the fire or the fun key wall behind check-in.  

Our Room, Cottage 

On our weekend, we got to stay in one of the many cottages that dot the landscape around the town square. Walking through them is straight out of a Hallmark movie! Inside, you’re welcomed with a large living space, wood burning fireplace, and sweeping hardwood floors. The bedroom is tucked away behind a pair of French doors with a large comfy king bed, large oval window, and entrance to your own private porch. Then, attached to the bedroom is the luxurious bathroom with pedestal sink, ornate claw foot tub, standing shower and overlooking the tub is a large oval window. We stayed in a smaller cottage, but they have them in all sizes for any family large or small. 

Experiences and the property 

The first thing we did after we got settled in our room was the Wine, Cheese, and Love Stories historical tour where we explored the Barnsley Resort property. Here we literally learn everything there is to know about the property, all while enjoying Barnsley’s very own Santa Clara Valley Estate wine paired with a local farm’s cheeses! 

 We started back at the Inn at Barnsley Resort with Pimento Cheese and Santa Clara Valley Cab. We had a meet and greet with our tour guides and learned about the history of Barnsley, the new Inn building, and more. We find out that Prince Fugger bought the property in 1988 after many years of disrepair and turned it into what it is today, a resort destination, in the Southeast!  

 Our second stop is at the Rice House, which was moved from Savannah and brought to the property in 3 pieces. There we saw our guide Sabre off the top of Barnsley’s grand Cuvée Brut sparkling wine and got paired with a warm brie fondue and dark chocolate fondue. This is the best pairing! 

 Our third stop was the breathtaking Manor House Ruins! It is a must-see garden and ruins right in the middle of the property! Godfrey Barnsley brought his wife and children to the property in 1840s and started work on their lavish mansion. Julia, his wife, passed before it was completed. Work stopped. But he had a dream of her in the garden telling him to finish it for her. So, he did, it is his love letter to her. Then, in 1906 a tornado took off the roof and back wall and the family moved into the kitchen house, and it was never repaired. There we sampled the Monterey Chardonnay and had Tomme cheese, nuts, and fruit. 

 Our final spot was in the kitchen house where we saw the Barnsley decedents washer, wood stove, and where we heard the tale of Preston Saylor (KO Dugan), a prize fighter who later shot his brother and killed him. They have memorialized and enclosed the spot where the blood stain is to this day. There we enjoyed the Santa Clara Valley Meritage merlot and hard cheese spread with fruit! 

Other places you can explore and enjoy activities are the central beer garden where the staff says “the eternal flame” of the property is, the firepit! They are looking to expand and renovate it in the coming years. Attached to the Rice house is a wedding, concert, and large venue for any occassion. If you’re a golfer, they have a large 18 round golf course with a lake! Like out of the box adventures? They have everything from archery to horseback riding to skeet shooting. There is really something fun to do around every corner.  

Dining Experiences at Barnsley Resort 

We attended the Rice House’s incredible 5-course Valentine’s meal Friday evening paired with either carefully curated wine or crafted cocktails! We cannot say enough good things about how wonderful the food and drinks turned out and the impeccable staff! They really made you feel special. Here’s the full food review from our experience. 

We started with the delicious Amuse Bouche with Nicolas Feuillate Champagne, France. This is a meaty and divine meat pate that comes off smoky and creamy to the palate. This is paired with a tangy sauerkraut and a honey drizzle for a hint of sweet. The amuse bouche is served with bread. The perfect flavors of the light creamy meat with the bubbly champagne. 

Our first course started with the Truffle & Foie Gras Stuffed Quail with North Star Merlot, Washington. The Quail is savory, salty, rich, crunchy, earthy truffle, meaty foie gras stuffed and paired with a tangy dried fruit vinaigrette and creamy polenta. Divine! This was served with a light red wine to go with the earthy truffle and hearty meat. The other first course item we got was the Seasonal Beet Tart paired with the Attems Pinot Grigio from Italy. This dish is a crunchy, flaky, buttery tart filled with creamy and earthy beet and goat cheese then adorned with popping passion fruit pearls for a sweet, fruity burst, plus a bright salad on the side. 

You can’t go wrong with the second course, the homemade Mushroom Truffle Tagliatelle with Erath Pinot Noir, Oregon. This might just be the best pasta dish ever starting with the herbaceous and earthy, rich marinated locally foraged mushroom. Tender pasta stuffed with a delectable creamy, herbaceous sauce and topped with shaved truffle. Just wow! The light bodied Pinot Noir really brings out the rich flavors of the pasta.  

Of the entrees, John got the Seared Wagyu Tenderloin with Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, California. This amazing steak is perfectly cooked and flavorful with a rich and deep demi glaze served with a creamy dreamy potato cake. This went so well with the Cabernet Sauvignon’s deep flavor paired with the meat and demi glaze. I opted for the Pan-Seared Sea Bass with Scattered Peaks Fume Blanc California. This super light and buttery fish is crisped on the outside for a crunchy bite. The balance between the melt-in-your mouth fish and the champagne cream gives it a nice creaminess that’s bright yet light. The light bodied white pairs with the cream so well, and the lightness of the fish.  

As for the dessert, they brought out the Chocolate Espresso Mousse with the Decadent Cocktail. This rich chocolate mousse is super rich and decadent in an arrangement of different flavors from creamy to bold. The Decadent cocktail is their take on an espresso martini, and they were able to make this one decaf for me! Creamy, bold, rich, and literally melts into the flavors of the chocolaty mousse. Yum. 

Whiskey Tradition in the lobby 5pm daily 

When we arrived, the front desk invited us to a special tasting, Whiskey Tradition. It is a tradition that is open to all guests at 5pm each day to try their smoked pecan infused Woodford Reserve whiskey! They take the Woodford and infuse it through smoked pecans right there in the lobby! The smoked pecans are smoked on property and when they change them out, the pecans go on their desserts! 

Woodlands Grill 

If you’re looking for something casual, we’d recommend the Woodlands Grill! A beautiful homey building right on the golf course with sweeping golf course and lake views! The morning we went, we enjoyed an intimate brunch featuring a sensational eggs Benedict with smoked salmon. These were paired with potatoes. John got the regular breakfast with eggs, bacon, and more. They also serve lunch, dinner, and drinks in Dugan’s bar. 

YEPPA&co CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR MILESTONE WITH WEEKEND-LONG EVENTS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/27/24

Highlights include Exclusive First Pasta Party Menu, Raffles, DJ Tunes and a Chance to Win a Trip to Italy Trip for Two

Thursday, 2/29-Sunday 3/3

YEPPA&co, a bar-centric, hospitality-driven Italian restaurant focused on interpersonal connection, food, wine and cocktails, many from Rimini in the Emilia-Romagna region is celebrating its first anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, owners Pietro Gianni and Stephen Peterson invite guests to join in the festivities with an array of events and exclusive offerings.

A highly anticipated First Pasta Party kicks off the festivities on Thursday, Feb. 29, featuring an exclusive menu with wine pairings. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to win a trip for two to Villa YEPPA in Italy.

Throughout the weekend, guests can indulge in numerous activities including the chance to meet the esteemed winemakers from Enio Ottaviani Winery and purchasing raffle tickets to win prizes such as a pasta class for eight, a swag bag and more. For those with a passion for speed and adrenaline, YEPPA&co will be screening the first race of the F1 season on Saturday, March 2 accompanied by an early brunch to complement the viewing experience.

Adding rhythm to the revelry, DJ Grace Lamour will be spinning tunes on Feb. 29 and March 2, ensuring that the celebrations are infused with energy and excitement. Raffle tickets are $10 will be available for purchase from Thursday to Sunday with all proceeds going to support Open Hand Atlanta and the nonprofit’s mission to meet the ever-growing need to support at-risk Georgians with the health and nutrition they need.

*Please note that airfare and travel expenses are not included in the Villa YEPPA trip prize. Additionally, guests who purchase raffle tickets from Thursday to Saturday do not need to be present at the restaurant on Sunday for the drawing.

LEAP INTO THE INTERLOCK’S LEAP DAY LUNCH CELEBRATION

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/26/24

The community is invited to enjoy a spectacular Leap Day party filled with music, games, prizes and more

February 29th 11 am to 2 pm

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Leap Day comes once every four years and to celebrate, The Interlock is throwing a party! The West Midtown premier mixed-use destination invites the community to its Highline Park to enjoy exciting activities and win exclusive prizes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 29.

Guests can capture memories with photo opportunities featuring an incredible balloon installation by Balloons Over Atlanta and enjoy the beats of DJ Steve as he spins lively tunes to keep the celebration going. Participants in Leap Day challenges such as Double Dutch length jump ropes, hopscotch, sack racing and leapfrog can win exclusive prizes from participating The Interlock tenants. Those with a February 29 birthday will also be eligible for special giveaways. 

Prizes include free treatments at Vida Flo, a $25 giftcard to Puttshack, Knuckie’s giftcards, Yeti’s and more. Plus, parking at The Interlock is completely free during lunchtime from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For the latest information on The Interlock, upcoming events and a roster of retailers and restaurants, visit theinterlockatl.com or follow @TheInterlockAtl on Instagram and Facebook

STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT AT ENZO’S OSCARS VIEWING PARTY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/26/24

Join the Town at Trilith Steakhouse & Bar for an Evening of Hollywood Glamour, Exquisite Bites, and More General Admission and VIP Tickets Now Available

Sunday, 3/10

Enzo Italian

Lights, camera, ENZO! The stylish Northern Italian steakhouse & bar is rolling out the red carpet for their debut Oscars Viewing Party on Sunday, March 10, 2024. Celebrating the glitz and glam of Hollywood’s biggest night in the heart of the Town at Trilith, revelers can make a grand entrance on the red carpet with a professional photographer capturing every timeless moment. Beginning at 5 p.m., sip on complimentary bubbly and mingle with fellow fashion and cinema enthusiasts before the 96th Academy Awards. As the clock strikes 7 p.m., all eyes turn to the charismatic late night host Jimmy Kimmel, set to return as the host of the glittering affair. Benefiting Two Sparrows Village, the inaugural Oscars Viewing Party will feature a hearty array of Montobbio’s favorite offerings, movie-inspired cocktails, and more. Master of ceremonies and movie aficionado, Stephen Brown will host competitive giveaways, featuring ENZO gift cards and coveted movie memorabilia as prizes. General admission tickets are $75 per person and include complimentary glass of Prosecco, two drink tickets and food.  A limited amount of VIP tickets are available for $100 per person and include reserved seating in the dining room during the ceremony, complimentary Prosecco, three drink tickets and food. For more information or to make a reservation, visit enzo-itl.com or call (770) 756-9188. Located in the Town at Trilith at 300 Trilith Pkwy, Suite 230, Fayetteville, GA 30214, stay connected on Facebook and Instagram at @enzoitl.  

ATLANTA BRUNCH FESTIVAL 2024

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/26/24

Saturday, 3/2 and 3/9

Atlantic Station

Information here.

On Saturday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 9th at Atlantic Station. Atlanta loves brunch, so we are putting together a festival to celebrate some of the best restaurants in the brunch game serving up tasting size portions of the brunch items they do best.  We will also feature the brunch beverages we all love – Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Brunch Punch, beer, wine and seltzer.  A full list of participating restaurants will be announced soon.  We will also have live music with Davis and the Love and DJ  Qtip. Brunch samples will be $4 each paid directly to each restaurant.  

Bottomless Drinks Tickets
  • Include Entry, Entertainment, and all drinks 12pm-3:45pm
  • Food will cost extra

$55 after Feb. 22, $65 day of event.

Early Entry Tickets include:
  • Early entry at 11am
  • All drinks 11am-3:45pm
  • 3 Food tickets for any restaurant (must be used between 11am and 1pm)

$80 after Feb. 23, $90 day of event (unless sold out)

This is a 21 and up event, no exceptions, no kids, no babies, no pets.  Rain or Shine, no refunds.  We will not have Designated Driver tickets. Early Entry food tickets must be used between 11am and 1pm. Alcohol will cut off at 3:45pm

ALL-NEW SHREK THE MUSICAL COMING TO ATLANTA APRIL 6 – 7

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/20/24

ALL-NEW SHREK THE MUSICAL
COMING TO ATLANTA APRIL 6 – 7
AS PART OF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR


Tony Award® winners Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire revisit score and book
ahead of anticipated tour that includes a stop at the Fox Theatre!

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, DEC. 15

Fifth Estate Entertainment and Round Room Live are thrilled to announce that an all-new version of SHREK THE MUSICAL will stop in Atlanta for three performances only April 6 – 7 as part of the Regions Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2023/2024 Season. Audiences can expect a SHREK that feels both familiar and refreshingly new, inviting everyone to “fall in love all ogre again.” Tickets will go on sale on Friday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. with prices starting at $30.

Tickets will be available at the Fox Theatre box office at 660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308, by visiting foxtheatre.org/shrek or by calling (855)-285-8499. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling the Fox Theatre at (855)-285-8499.

SHREK THE MUSICAL will play for a limited engagement in Atlanta April 6 -7. The performance schedule is as follows:

Saturday                                                      7 p.m.
Sunday                                                  1 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
 
Kimberly Akimbo Tony Award-winning duo Jeanine Tesori (music) and David Lindsay-Abaire (book) have re-visited their first collaboration to deliver a more intimate and engaging experience. With all-new original direction and choreography by Danny Mefford (Choreographer, Dear Evan Hansen), this reimagined production of SHREK THE MUSICAL brings the show back to its roots – giving it a new kind of love emphasizing the importance of loving ourselves and one another.

David Lindsay-Abaire says “It’s been such a gift to get to revisit the show after all these years and rethink some of the choices and reimagine the piece as a whole. This all-new production is leaner and more focused. It’s joyful and funny and feels beautifully hand-crafted in a way that really brings out the things we first fell in love with – the heart and wonder and humor of the story.” 

Jeanine Tesori adds, “We wanted to make a show that families could come to, to laugh and be moved. Something that would create a memory, because everybody has felt like an ogre now and then.”

See the creative duo discuss the all-new SHREK more on YouTube. LINK 

Based on the hit DreamWorks animated film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is a hilarious fairy tale adventure with a cast of vibrant characters and a ‘shrek-tacular’ score that’s perfect for the young and the young-at-heart! Our unlikely hero finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and the feisty Princess Fiona who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek. It’s not easy being green, but this irreverently fun musical proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre!

The tour cast features Nicholas Hambruch (Shrek), Cecily Dionne Davis (Fiona), Naphtali Yaakov Curry (Donkey), Timmy Lewis (Lord Farquaad), Jamir Brown (Pinocchio), Tori Kocher (Dragon), Kelly Prendergast (Gingy/US Fiona), Hope Schafer (Mama Ogre/Wicked Witch/Blue Bird), Riley Johnston (Pig/Knight/2nd Shrek US), Katherine Paladichuk (Teen Fiona/Peter Pan), Sage Jepson (Wolf/Shrek US), Cynthia Ana Rivera (Mama Bear/ Dragon US), Carson Zoch (Pig/Pinocchio Cover), Demetrio Alomar (Papa Ogre/Papa Bear), Ally Choe (Young Fiona/Ugly Duckling/Gingy US), Leon Ray (Pig), Casey Lamont (Female Swing), and John Cardenas (Male Swing). Harrison Roth is music director.

SHREK THE MUSICAL features scenic design by Steven Kemp, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Herrick Goldman, sound design by Ben Selke, Puppet Design by Camille LaBarre, and Props by Cam Upton, orchestrations by John Clancy, tour music supervision by Chris Fenwick, and casting by Wojcik Casting Team. The executive producer for the tour is Dani Davis.
 
The original SHREK THE MUSICAL opened on Broadway on December 14, 2008, running for 441 performances and 37 previews. The musical received eight Tony Award nominations, winning one.
 
Additional information about the show is available at www.shrekthemusicaltour.com.

BALLOON MUSEUM SELECTS ATLANTA AS SECOND NORTH AMERICA STOP – OPENS SATURDAY, 2/17

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/16/24

Global Phenomenon and Immersive Contemporary Art Exhibition “Let’s Fly” Arrives at Pullman Yards
Tickets On-Sale Now at balloonmuseum.world

Atlantans are invited to let their imagination take flight as the first-of-its- kind Balloon Museum makes its highly-anticipated arrival to Pullman Yards on Feb. 17 with its ‘Let’s Fly’ Exhibition. Featuring mind-blowing inflatable installations created by 17 diverse international artists, the large-scale Museum transports visitors into a beautiful world of contemporary art that is meant to be touched, moved and felt.


Over 4 million visitors across the globe have already experienced the Balloon Museum’s mesmerizing exhibition during its limited-time runs in Rome, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Naples, London and New York City. The Museum won the prestigious BEA Best Proprietary Format award in 2022, and notably was highlighted as a can’t-miss backdrop in the Emmy-nominated Netflix favorite Emily in Paris.


This limited-time run of the Balloon Museum ‘Let’s Fly’ will take over Pullman Yards, showcasing diverse artwork that explores the lightness and flight of air. Audiences will be able to soar and travel to far-off destinations, uniquely contrasted with heaviness, darkness and gravity. The Balloon Museum will present installations by Camila Falsini, Cyril Lancelin, ENESS, Filthy Luker, Hyperstudio, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, Kim Myongbeom, Max Streicher, Michael Shaw, OUCHHH, Quiet Ensemble, Roman Hill, Rub Kandy, Sasha Frolova, Sila Sveta, SpY, and Tadao Cern.

The Atlanta exhibit will also introduce a new addition to the collection: a debut by Motorefisico entitled “Swing.”

Tickets to the Balloon Museum in Atlanta start at $29 for children and $39 for adults and are available to purchase starting today at balloonmuseum.world.


Installations Include:


● A Quiet Storm by Quiet Ensemble: Quiet Ensemble, founded by Fabio di Salvo and Bernardo Vercelli, present an installation in which the audience passes through an environment that awakens childlike wonder, the magic of small things, and is a commentary on the fragility of everything.

● AI DATA PORTAL of ATLANTA by OUCHHH: This immersive installation presents a collection of environmental data about the air in Atlanta through abstract images. A work that, by its nature, transports the viewer into another world is simultaneously site-specific. Ouchhh is a global creative new media studio and a cutting-edge innovator in the art science technology space.


● ADA by Karina Smigla-Bobinski: ADA, created by German artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski in 2017 offers a real interactive experience based on gestures and happenstance. The work was conceived in memory of Ada Lovelace, a pioneer in computer science, who, in collaboration with Charles Babbage, created the first computer program in 1842.


● AIRSCAPE by Silva Sveta: The artwork presented by the multimedia production studio is a journey through different inflatable worlds where all the elements are in constant motion. The spectator is put at the center of the adventure. Beginning at the exhibition site itself, visitors will be catapulted into new worlds and immerse themselves in the space.


● BB by Tadao Cern: Cern weaves an introspective experience that invites the audience into a realm of endless reflection and infinite possibility. The project positions mirrored balloons in a mirrored room, engendering a labyrinthine maze of reflections that blur the boundaries between object and environment, subject and space.


● D.R.E.A.M.S. (Dove Raggiungere E Ammirare Mondi Straordinari) by Camila Falsini: An artist and illustrator from Rome, Camila Falsini’s work is characterized by clear lines, stylized and minimal shapes and strong colors. The inflatable structures and sculptures that populate in this installation will represent the characteristic elements of an imaginary city, immersing visitors in this fantasy world.


● Eye Scream by Filthy Luker: In recent years, Filthy Luker has created pop-art monsters to sit on top of big buildings, breaking the skyline and pulling faces at the world below – it might not be high art, but it is high UP art! Each of the monsters has its own funny character and expression. For Balloon Museum, the artwork is titled Eye Scream and seems to be hysterically laughing and crying simultaneously, much like anyone in their right mind should be.


● Flying Maze by Cyril Lancelin: French artist Cyril Lancelin presents an inflatable version of a labyrinth inspired by Italian gardens of the 1500s. Flying Maze will send visitors into an imaginary habitat with geometric shapes assembled in a way that causes the audience to lose their bearings. The work is an invitation to explore in a space of rehearsals and illusions.


● Fountain of Eternity & Kaleidoscope by Sasha Frolova: Artist and performer Sasha Frolova presents a mirrored and transparent installation, along with a video art installation, Kaleidoscope. Both speak to an interdimensional view and incorporate the latex costumes for which the artist is famous.


● Floating Giants by Max Streicher: Max Streicher presents Floating Giants for the Let’s Fly exhibition in Atlanta. The giant’s bodies are held in a state of perpetual flight, transcending from the earth to reach a state of serenity in their assumption.


● Hyperstellar by Hyperstudio: Hyperstellar is a sensory journey that challenges the perception of our place in the universe, leading the audience to experience the infinite size and complexity of the cosmos. For the exhibition Let’s Fly, the installation is in collaboration with the Quiet Ensemble. The installation is conceived as a total immersion in a mysterious universe, represented by a pool of black balls and a ceiling composed of a sky of balloons of the same color. This environment creates a perfect contrast for the cosmic wonders that will be revealed on the circular LED screen placed at 360 degrees. Here, the magic begins to unfold. The hypnotic abstract shapes before our eyes, made by French artist Romain Hill, are actually high-resolution shots of exploding water droplets and air bubbles.


● Spiritus Sonata by Studio ENESS: ENESS is a multi-award-winning art and technology studio that explores the intersection between the virtual and the physical worlds. Spiritus Sonata is an artistic representation of animism. Spiritus means “breath” or “sense of spirit,” and through this element, the artists invest their characters in digital souls.


● Swing by Motorefisico: Swing, by the Roman duo Mortorefisico, is composed of a series of spheres suspended from the ceiling which come to life through engaging interaction with the audience. As audiences move freely in the space, the spheres will oscillate and spin, creating an interconnectedness between the art and the individual designed to capture the essence of the human experience.


● THE GINJOS by Rub Kandy: Italian artist Rub Kandy continues the story of THE GINJOS in Atlanta with a new setting and soundtrack. The GINJOS are these bizarre creatures in the image of roly-poly toys. They have no noses or ears, only large eyes that allow them to communicate with each other. Squeezed together, they can all be hugged, pushed and played with.


● ZEROS by SpY: The work Zeros is a large kinetic installation by Spanish artist SpY. The slowmovement of the inflatable elements combined with a specially designed soundtrack create a unique, highly emotional interaction where the viewer can feel consumed by the environment.

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About Balloon Museum
Balloon Museum produces contemporary art exhibition experiences that include the best international representatives of inflatable and balloon art. Featuring renowned artists with specific works in which ‘air’ is a distinctive element. Each individual exhibition offers unique and immersive journeys worldwide. The out-of-scale installations are meant to be touched, lived with and shared, putting the interaction with the visitor at the center of the experience.

Monday: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.