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CHAMPAGNE AND OYSTERS PATIO PARTY AT TWO URBAN LICKS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/22/24

Featuring a Raw Bar, Seafood Specials from the Grill, Champagne & Sparkling Wines 

Saturday, April 27th From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

TWO urban licks is inviting seafood fanatics to a high-energy Champagne and Oysters Patio Party on Saturday, April 27th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Located on the BetlLine in the Old Fourth Ward, guests are invited to listen to live music, sip on a selection of champagne and sparkling wines from their acclaimed wine program and include fresh, raw oysters on the half shell, grilled oysters, seafood specials and much more. TWO’s Champagne and Oysters Patio Party is for ages 21 and up and includes two hours of food and champagne. Tickets are $50 per person; tax and gratuity are not included and available for purchase here. Reservations are required. TWO urban licks is located at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA, 30306. For more information, www.twourbanlicks.com or call 404-522-4622. Stay connected on Instagram at @TwoUrbanLicks and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TwoUrbanLicks

BUCKHEAD VILLAGE NEIGHBORHOOD ANNOUNCES THIRD ANNUAL BODACIOUS BLOOMS FLOWER FESTIVAL, MAY 2-4, 2024

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/19/24

Headlined by Acclaimed London-Based Paper Floral Designer & Artist Zoe Bradley & Renowned Atlanta-Based Florist Canaan Marshall of HBO Max’s “Full Bloom”

Featuring Panel Conversations with International Designers, Vibrant Installations, Botanical Markets, Colorful Floral Workshops, Photo Moments & More

Buckhead’s flower fête of the season is back in Buckhead Village with the third annual Bodacious Blooms Flower Festival, slated to make its lively return Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4. Stacked with design heavy hitters including nationally acclaimed London-based paper floral designer Zoe Bradley and Canaan Marshall, renowned Atlanta-based florist of HBO Max’s “Full Bloom” who is returning for his third consecutive year, the community-wide spectacle invites visitors and floral enthusiasts for a weekend of floral installations, hands-on floral workshops from expert floral designers, in-store events, and photo-ready moments.

Alongside Bodacious Blooms veteran florist Canaan Marshall, decorated paper floral designer Zoe Bradley will be joining the ranks this year from London as an acclaimed headliner to show her world-renowned paper sculptures and transform Buckhead Village with magical 3D masterpieces. Having journeyed along an uncommon path, Bradley is a fashion-trained artist who apprenticed with the late icon Alexander McQueen (where she helped create some of his key show pieces) before discovering her love of paper while making experimental, hand-pleated showpieces for Japanese fashion designer Michiko Koshino. With luxury clients ranging from Louis Vuitton, Dior and Estee Lauder to Tiffany & Co., Graff, and Christian Louboutin, Bradley’s work has been featured in publications around the world, including British VogueBritish Harper’s BazaarWallpaper, and Italian Casa Vogue, as well as inclusion in several published books and exhibits in London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Sydney.

Recognized worldwide as a magician for turning a sheet of 2D paper into a monumental 3D stunners, Bradley will bring her talents to The Veranda, Buckhead Village’s outdoor public gathering space, where she will soon unveil a sensational art installation in celebration of this year’s Bodacious Blooms festival. 

Best known for his electric energy and knack for turning the everyday into elegant, decorated Southern designer Canaan Marshall will return for another weekend of show-stopping blooms, floral design workshops and meaningful conversations around the art of floral design, and is set to splash The Veranda’s interior space with a vibrant, live floral install.

From Macon to Atlanta and beyond, Marshall is known for his gorgeous tablescapes, over-the-top mantels, and breathtaking bridal bouquets. In addition to his appearance as a contestant on Season 2 of HBO Max’s Full Bloom, his work can be found in the pages of Southern LivingModern LuxuryFlower MagazineTraditional Home, and Macon Magazine.

For the third year, Jamestown’s Buckhead Village will be partnering with neighboring destinations including Shops Around Lenox, Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta Financial CenterHyatt PlaceThe IntercontinentalThe Kimpton Sylvan HotelResurgens PlazaPATH MuseumBuckhead Tower, and Buckhead Blooms for a walkable weekend with a budding line-up of ticketed events, flower brunches, still life workshops, and over-the-top installations across all properties. Meanwhile on property, Buckhead Village will host an array of live music, themed events, beverages and treats, and in-store happenings from restaurants and retailers including Alice + Olivia, Bella Cucina, Billy Reid, B.M. Franklin, Brown & Co., Buckhead Art & Company, Carousel Fine Art, Fetch Park, Frances Valentine, Gypsy Kitchen, Italian Luxury Interiors, Jenni Kayne, Jerrimiah James, PLANTA Queen, rag & bone, The Daily Pilates, Todd Snyder, Wolford, and Yeppa & Co., and of course, various complementary floral stops along the way.

See below for can’t-miss signature weekend events at Buckhead Village. For more details on additional festive in-store specials, workshops, and events taking place across the property, stay up to date on the latest news HERE

Thursday, May 2, 5:30-7pm at Carousel Fine Art (Buckhead Village)

Meet three creatives known for curating florals throughout their designs and work: London-based paper artist Zoe Bradley; Atlanta-based floral designer Canaan Marshall; and interior designer Whitney Durham. Moderated by Ann Howe, Managing Director of Schumacher, the conversation will be centered around incorporating florals into the every day – both personally and professionally – and how florals inspire their respective crafts. 

Tickets are $75 and include wine provided by Wölffer Estate, light bites prepared by Brush Sushi, an exclusive gift bag, and access to Carousel Fine Arts’ evening event – Spring Reverie: A Contemporary Exploration of Eric Alfaro’s Transient Blossoms –  following the panel.

Friday, May 3, 11:30am-1:30pm at The Veranda at Buckhead Village

Canaan Marshall is returning to Buckhead Village to host a hands-on floral arrangement class in which participants will be guided in designing a breathtaking floral arrangement with Canaan’s signature effortless style. 

This floral experience will be an introductory class perfect for anyone who would like to learn to use everyday floral elements to enhance their next tablescape. Hosted by Buckhead Village, the workshop will take place in the beautiful, weather-protected, open-air pavilion called The Veranda – located at the corner of Bolling Way and Buckhead Avenue, across from Le Bilboquet. Attendees will be provided with florals, a vessel, and all necessary supplies to design a beautiful centerpiece to bring home. 

Tickets are $225 and include a centerpiece floral arrangement ($200 value), an apron & floral shears to use during the workshop, unlimited wine, rosé and non-alcoholic refreshments from Wölffer Estate, a delectable boxed lunch from Bella Cucina, and a three-hour parking validation (*applicable for Buckhead Village parking decks only, not valet).

Saturday, May 4, 8-10am (7am check-in)

buckheadRUN! – Livable Buckhead’s sixth annual 5K – returns! Livable Buckhead is encouraging runners of all ages and abilities to join the fun (and to bring their four-legged friends)! Runners can celebrate spring by dressing in flower-themed costumes and garb. Livable Buckhead will award prizes for the best flower costumes.

This year’s field of runners will follow a new USA Track and Field-certified course that begins at Lenox Square, follows PATH400 to Miami Circle then takes Piedmont Road and East Paces Ferry Road to Buckhead Village. buckheadRUN! is a 2025 Peachtree Road Race qualifier. 

In addition to awards for the fastest runners in various age groups, buckheadRUN! includes a “Fastest Fido” category, bandana giveaways for dogs, a pre-race hype event, and a post-race celebration. Register here.

Saturday, May 4, 10am-4pm

Buckhead Village invites visitors for a day of chic floral installations, live music, sweet treats and in-store promotions! ATL Girl Gang will curate an outdoor, botanical-themed vendor market uplifting women-owned businesses, alongside a blooming floral truck, a vintage photo booth, flower-crown making stations, and yard games. Entry is complimentary and the first 100 guests will receive a special gift.

MOTHER’S DAY 2024

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/19/24

Everything Mother’s Day in Atlanta

Across the city, our renowned local restaurants are rolling out the red carpet with exclusive dining specials designed just for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12.

From bountiful buffets and family-style meals to unique brunch offerings, there’s a perfect spot for every taste and budget. Note that prices listed below do not include tax and gratuity unless otherwise specified, and reservations are encouraged.

  • Aria’s Special Mother’s Day and Graduation Schedule
  • For those looking to celebrate in style, Aria, normally closed on Sunday and Monday, is opening especially for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, from 4:30-8 p.m. and will continue the celebration into May 13 with a special opening at 5:30 p.m. for those honoring Emory University graduates. Please note that Aria will be closed on May 14 and 15, resuming regular business hours on May 16. This special schedule allows families celebrating Mother’s Day and graduation to enjoy Aria’s acclaimed offerings.
  • HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern: A Brunch to Remember
  • All HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern locations invite guests to start Mother’s Day with a cheerful brunch. Opening at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, each tavern will feature mimosa specials to toast to motherhood, accompanied by a selection of brunch favorites, including shrimp and grits, Nutella French toast, and steak and eggs served with breakfast potato hash. This is an ideal setting for those looking to begin their celebrations early in the day with a relaxed yet festive atmosphere.
  • Marlow’s Tavern Rolls Out Mother’s Day Specials
  • Marlow’s Tavern is the perfect destination for those seeking a variety of Mother’s Day specials. Each location will feature a unique take on classic American tavern fare with an upscale twist. Guests are encouraged to visit marlowstavern.com for specific details on the specials available near them, ensuring a personalized and satisfying dining experience for both lunch and dinner.
  • Ray’s Restaurants Offer Decadent Dining Options
  • Ray’s on the River invites guests to indulge in a lavish buffet priced at $85 per person. Highlights include Ray’s classic mini crab cakes, Big Green Egg brisket and potato hash, holiday Nueske’s ham, Faroe Island salmon, apple cider-glazed Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, and Key lime pie mousse.
  • Similarly, Ray’s at Killer Creek will host a buffet for $75 per person. Among the offerings are house-smoked salmon, slow-roasted prime rib, popcorn shrimp and grits, garlic rosemary whipped potatoes, and Oreo bread pudding.
  • For those preferring a more intimate setting, Ray’s in the City will be offering a family-style meal for $80 per person with dishes such as warm Maryland crab dip, herb-crusted New York strip, signature crab cakes, Southern-style baked mac and cheese and strawberry shortcake.
  • All Ray’s locations will be open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Mother’s Day.
  • Your 3rd Spot: A Celebration of Atlanta’s “Top Spot for Family Fun”
  • Your 3rd Spot is pulling out all the stops to ensure mothers and their families experience an unforgettable day of joy, games, and culinary delights from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (21+ only after 8 p.m.). Highlights include unlimited access to activities for up to three hours, where families can dive into everything from nostalgic arcade games to cutting-edge interactive experiences. In a toast to the incredible moms, a “Mom”osa Bar will feature an exquisite selection of sparkling wines paired with a spectrum of fresh juices, allowing guests to craft the perfect celebratory drink. The culinary journey continues with a special brunch menu and a chef’s seven-course tasting menu for those looking to indulge. There will also be a card-making station for kids to create heartfelt mementos for their mom and a family photo booth. Admission is $25 per person, which includes an Experiences Pass to unlock the three hours of gaming. Entrance is complimentary for pint-sized patrons (under 3) and esteemed elders (over 65).

Sun., May 12, 11am-3pm (brunch) & 3:30-8pm (dinner) – Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet & Dinner Buffet at Serena Pastificio

Celebrate Mom at Serena Pastificio with a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet! From 11am to 3pm, enjoy the best of Italy with a line-up of coastal seafood, housemade pastas, assorted antipasto and more, alongside a Mimosa Special ($40) that includes one bottle of prosecco plus orange, blood orange and grapefruit juices. $60 per adult and $25 per child (under 12) – reservations can be made via OpenTable here

Menu standouts include:

  • Chef’s selection of sweet & savory pastries
  • Fondutelli al Tartufo | fontina and taleggio filling, braised leek, black truffle cream & parmesan
  • Biscotti e Sugo | black pepper biscuits & Italian sausage gravy
  • Pollo Cacciatore | chicken breast, cacciatore ragù & basil
  • Frittata | asparagus, peas, truffle cream
  • Benedette al Salmone | poached egg, grilled salmon, artichoke spread, cucumber & lemon-basil hollandaise served on an English muffin
  • Costolette di Manzo | prime rib, fennel jus & mustard crema
  • Tiramisu | mascarpone, lady finger, brandy, marsala & cocoa powder

The restaurant will also offer a special Dinner Buffet from 3:30-8pm. $60 per adult and $25 per child (under 12) – reservations can be made via OpenTable here

Menu highlights include:

  • Rigatoni Bolognese | beef, pork and pancetta Bolognese sauce & parmesan
  • Fondutelli al Tartufo | Fontina and Taleggio filling, braised leek, black truffle cream & parmesan
  • Insalata Italiana | lettuce mix, fresh herbs, tomato, sun-dried tomato, artichoke, Cerignola olive, pepperoncini, sunflower seed, ricotta salata & sherry vinaigrette
  • Costolette di Manzo | prime rib, fennel jus & mustard crema
  • Morso di Torta al Cioccolato | chocolate cake, chocolate mousse & whipped cream

Sun., May 12, 11am-2pm – Live! at The Battery’s Mother’s Day Divas Drag BrunchGuests can treat their moms this Mother’s Day with a mouth-watering brunch and performance from Atlanta’s queens of drag. Enjoy the show along with specialty cocktails and the option to add on a brunch buffet. This is a 21+ event, and tickets are available here. Doors open at 11am.

Sun., May 12, Beginning at 9am – Mother’s Day Brunch at Le Bon NoshBeginning at 9am, guests at Le Bon Nosh can order from Chef-Founder Forough Vakili’s brunch menu and enjoy the likes of Smoked Salmon – tzatziki, soft-boiled eggs, pickled red onion, herb salad & housemade seed bread, Savory Power Bowl – bone broth, oats, sautéed greens, bacon, avocado, soft-boiled egg, radish & fermented peppers, Shakshouka – oven-baked tomatoes, farm fresh eggs, feta, cilantro & baguette, and more. Reservations are available here.

Now Available for Pre-order – Mother’s Day Gift Bags

Le Bon Nosh is now accepting pre-orders for “Breakfast in Bed” gift bags to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12. Each Le Bon Nosh-branded jute tote will include all of Chef-Founder Forough Vakili’s curated favorites: freshly baked layered biscuits (8), a 5-oz jar of whipped European butter, a 12-oz jar of strawberry jam, a dozen Lemon Shortbread cookies, Biscotti (6), housemade Granola, local coffee & tea by Methodical Coffee roasters & a bottle of champagne. Orders can be placed here now through Friday, May 10, and pick-up can be scheduled after noon on Saturday, May 11 or Sunday, May 12.

Sun., May 12, beginning at 11am – Mother’s Day Brunch Party at Atrium

The Ponce City Market restaurant is throwing a brunch party to celebrate Mother’s Day! From 11am-4pm, guests can enjoy brunch, a complimentary flower and glass of punch for moms, music from a DJ, pink Polaroid photo takeaways and more. A fun wacky waffle special will be available for kids, and reservations (here) are highly suggested.

Sun., May 12, 11am-3pm – Mother’s Day Brunch at Carmel

Carmel is treating moms to a coastal getaway this Mother’s Day complete with brunch and a complimentary glass of bubbly. Highlights include Lobster Scramble with garlic aioli & sourdough, Shrimp & Grits with soft egg, tomato, green onion & sourdough, and Mushroom Toast with sourdough, ricotta, braised mushrooms & greens. Reservations are available here.

Sun., May 12, 11am-3pm – Mother’s Day Brunch at The AmericanoGuests are invited to The Americano to indulge in a prix-fixe menu crafted by celebrity chef Scott Conant, accompanied by live jazz. Savor tableside service for the first course, followed by stations offering made-to-order omelets, carved roasted New York steak, pasta with three house made signature sauces, a variety of sides and delectable desserts. Moms will receive pink roses upon arrival, there will be a pressed flower station where kids can make a gift, and guests will leave brunch with a special Chocolate Truffle Box. Every reservation includes entry into a raffle for a Two Night Spa Retreat Staycation at InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta. Tickets are available here for $115 per adult, $60 for ages 12 and under and complimentary for children 3 and under.

Sun., May 12, 11:30am – Mother’s Day Brunch at Le Bilboquet

This Mother’s Day, treat maman to a Parisian brunch experience at Le Bilboquet at Buckhead Village. Executive chef Cyrille Holota has crafted a three-course prix fixe menu. Highlights include:

  • La Soupe D’Asperge Verte – a green asparagus soup complete with smoked salmon, lemon zest & chives
  • Terrine de Foie Gras homemade foie gras terrine, toasted brioche and mango chutney; and more. 
  • Le Poulet Cajun – signature Cajun chicken served with beurre blanc sauce, French fries and mixed greens
  • Les Moules Marinière – PEI mussel marinière served with French fries
  • Les Oeufs Bénédict – eggs benedict topped with hollandaise sauce, served alongside mixed greens & French fries
  • Le Pain Perdu – French toast served with maple syrup, strawberries & vanilla ice cream.

Reservations are available here for $95 per person. 

Sun., May 12, 11am – Mothers Day Jazz Brunch Featuring The PR Experience at City Winery

Guests are invited to enjoy City Winery’s brunch buffet alongside a performance by The PR Experience, a jazz duo comprised of Trumpeter Nelson Render and Trombonist Marvin Pryor. Based out of Atlanta, these two musicians represent over 50 years of performance experience including tours, performances and recordings with groups such as The OHIO Players, Cameo, Ray Charles, Mike Phillips, Christopher Williams, Claudia Hayden, ConFunkShun, Alex Bugnon, Najee, Eric Roberson, Mike Phillips, Chi-Lites, The Dells, Third World and many others. These vast experiences in music and performance inspired them to create their own band, uniquely featuring a horn front ensemble with a blended style of jazz, funk and neo-soul. Tickets are available here for $25-35.

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Capolinea is a fine-dining, signature restaurant that serves traditional Italian cuisine and handmade pastas, prime-cut steaks, and offers tableside martini service. Capolinea’s Mother’s Day special will feature a 3-course brunch menu at $75 per person, with an option for sparkling wine pairings at $30 per person, served with each course.

ENTRE MUNDOS – BETWEEN WORLDS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/19/24

 Flamenco Dance Meets Spanish Classical Piano

Sunday, May 19 5pm at Emory Performing Arts Studio

For the first time in Atlanta, witness the extraordinary fusion of flamenco dance and Spanish classical piano music! Learn how Spanish classical composers captured the essence of flamenco, including traditional flamenco guitar, and transformed it into mesmerizing piano compositions.

Entre Mundos – Between Worlds, is a show that explores the unexpected connection between two seemingly distinct musical realms: Spanish classical music and flamenco dance.

Piano: Dr. Marina Bengoa – Roldán
Dance: Ania “La Candela”

This show will unravel the hidden threads that bind Spanish classical music and flamenco dance, revealing how they have inspired one another throughout history. It’s an educational journey that will enrich the audience’s appreciation of these rich and respected musical traditions.

The show features Dr. Marina Bengoa, a gifted pianist whose virtuosity on the piano will breathe life into beloved Spanish classical pieces that resonate with audiences around the world, proving that classical music can be exhilarating and enjoyable for all.

Tickets: $30-75

More info & tickets:https://www.lacande.la/shows/entre-mundos/

THE INTERLOCK CELEBRATES POETRY MONTH WITH FREE “TO BE OR NOT TO BE AT THE INTERLOCK” EVENT

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/19/24

Saturday, 4/27 6:30pm

From William Shakespeare to Taylor Swift, the community is invited to celebrate poetry from all generations at the mixed-use destination

Just in time for William Shakespeare’s birthday, Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department album release and National Poetry Month, The Interlock is hosting “To Be or Not to Be at The Interlock,” an evening full of poetry and performance. The event kicks off on Saturday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. with a Taylor Swift pre-party featuring music from her new album releasing on April 19. Guests who guess if lines are Swift lyrics or Shakespearean poetry correctly will receive prizes, including The Interlock’s new loyalty card – The Trendsetter – with exclusive deals and discounts. 

At 7:30 p.m., Atlanta Shakespeare Company will present Midsummer 60, a take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream with all of the silliness, romance, comedy and fairy drama of the full production, condensed into a 60-minute show. To Be or Not to Be at The Interlock is a free event at Highline Park, the greenspace located on Beeline Boulevard.

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

SPRING HAS SPRUNG AT THE OLD FOURTH WARD ARTS FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/15/24

Two-Day Arts Festival Featuring Local Art, Delicious Bites, DJs and More

Free to Attend and Open to All Ages on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, 2024

Join the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces as they celebrate the return of the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 21, 2024, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The two-day festival will once again be held in Historic Fourth Ward Park which is conveniently located along the bustling Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. Festival goers are invited to explore painting, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry, woodwork and handcrafted items. The festival also features live DJs courtesy of Captains of Revelry, food vendors, drinks, a children’s area, art demonstrations, games, and more. The event is free to attend, open to all ages, and dogs are welcome. For more information, visit www.oldfourthwardparkartsfestival.com or www.affps.com. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OldFourthWardParkArtsFestival

JOHNNY’S HIDEAWAY CELEBRATES 45 YEARS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/11/24

This April, Johnny’s Hideaway celebrates 45 years of “dancing, dining, and cocktails,” as the equally iconic marquee promises at its entrance. This formula is tried and true for one of the Southeast’s most cherished nightclubs and has proven to stand the test of time.

The anniversary will be celebrated on Thursday, April 25, starting at 11 am, with specials on the menu, including $10 cocktails and $4.50 beer and wine offerings all day.

When the club opened its doors during the Carter administration, the hit songs playing on the dance floor were from 45 RPM vinyl records. Now, the music is played digitally, and the number 45 is for the candles needed to mark the years the beloved Atlanta institution has been drawing faithful patrons seeking a stiff drink and lively dance floor. For many bars and restaurants, the name of the game is changing and updating as demographics shift and tastes change. For Johnny’s, the secret is keeping everything as familiar and recognizable as possible.

From the decor to the music to the menu, all the way down to the glassware, it is a labor of love for owner Chris D’Auria to keep things the way they’ve always been. “We go to great lengths to make sure everything looks the same. Some people think we don’t change one light fixture or make any updates. We do, but we make sure it is just like what was there before. We replace the carpet every two to three years, but it’s always the same kind. It’s hard to find the chairs we use and the upholstery for the bar tops. We order in bulk and keep inventory in storage so we can swap out when it’s time.”

Johnny’s caters to the over-40 crowd and late-night revelers in their 20s and 30s, and it boasts a disco ball and an energetic dance floor that never disappoints. Whether guests have been coming for decades or are visiting for the first time, they can expect to hear familiar tunes. D’Auria says, “When guests come in, whether 21 or 91, they know they will hear the Temptations, Michael Jackson, and the Beach Boys. And they might occasionally hear a Taylor Swift or Bruno Mars song, but they know they will hear their favorites with music from all genres.”

Speaking of Johnny’s music, check out one of their Spotify playlist here. It’s sure to get the

party started no matter where you are!

D’Auria says their “meat and potatoes” playlist is not incidental. “We painstakingly comb through the music and ensure it stays the same. We may skew younger with some of our guests now, but the song list doesn’t change. We only sprinkle in a new song a few times a year.”

Not only do guests know the songs and the furnishings, but they also know the friendly staff, who are like family to D’Auria. “I am what I am because of my staff. I have six that have been with me for more than 20 years. Without the fantastic staff and the great customers, the Hideaway wouldn’t still be here.”

Johnny’s is open late seven nights a week, closing at 3 a.m. every night except for Sunday, when the music stops at midnight. Yet another tradition is the closing song that plays just before the lights come on. D’Auria says most staff members would be reluctant to name a preferred song from Johnny’s catalog, but they all smile when they hear the first notes of “My Way” by Frank Sinatra because they know they are wrapping up another great night of providing good food, good drinks, and good times for their guests. It is a fitting finale at a venue that has been doing it “their way” for 45 years and is still going strong.

TASTE OF TRUIST PARK & THE BATTERY ATLANTA FOOD TOUR

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/12/24

The first tour will take place on April 18 and guide fans through a tasting of Truist Park and various restaurants in The Battery Atlanta

Today, the Atlanta Braves unveiled the Taste of Truist Park & The Battery Atlanta food tours, a guided ballpark and culinary tour for baseball enthusiasts and food lovers. The tour will lead off with a Terrapin beer and a soft pretzel in the Truist Park Press Box. This will be followed by a trip to the Braves dugout to sample Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q. Continuing into The Battery Atlanta, the tour will feature stops at ASW Distillery, Mac McGee’s Irish Pub, and El Super Pan, ending with a
classic Southern treat at River Street Sweets.


Throughout the tour, guests will have the opportunity to learn intriguing food facts about the Braves, Truist Park, and The Battery Atlanta. Each venue’s restaurant team will provide insights into the tour’s menu items, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the unique offerings. Taste of Truist Park & The Battery Atlanta tours will be offered on Thursdays when the Atlanta Braves are on the road, beginning April 18 at 12:30 p.m. Each tour will last approximately two hours.


Tasting Menu Includes:
Truist Park –
 Los Bravos Mexican-Style Lager
 Soft Pretzel with Terrapin Taproom Beer Cheese
 Fox Bros. Pulled Pork Bar-B-Q
ASW –
 Pineapple Express
 Old Fashioned Fiddler
Mac McGee –
 Fish & Chips
 Super Mac Sliders
 Bangers and Mash
 Wings
El Super Pan –

 Mofongo Sampler
River Street Sweets –
 World Famous Pralines


To purchase tickets and for the full tour schedule, please visit www.braves.com/foodtour.

LATINO FAMILY FESTIVAL AND LIGHT SHOW RETURNS TO STONE MOUNTAIN PARK THIS MAY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/10/24

Featuring Live International Talent and Drone and Light Show

The second annual Latino Family Festival celebrating Latino culture and heritage, is set to take place the first three weekends in May at Stone Mountain Park, Georgia’s No. 1 most visited attraction. The festival is a vibrant and lively celebration of Latino music, dance, and culture, featuring a wide variety of live international talent including dancers, musicians, a marching band, all-new festive parade, and a massive drone and light show.

The festival will feature live music including headliners:

Los Cadetes de Linares – May 5

La Sonora Dinamita – May 12

Triny, La Leyend – May 19

Guests will have the opportunity to see traditional dances and entertainment from different regions of Latin America including Aztec dancers, Colombian ballet, Mexican ballet, Flamenco dancers, Mariachi band, Pleneros, Mexican band, Charro, stilt walkers, and a Panamanian marching band. The festival will also include interactive storytelling sessions where guests can learn the significance of Latino traditions and folklore.

One of the highlights of the festival will be the drone and light show. End each evening with a festive drone show featuring over 250 color-changing drones creating spectacular aerial formations in the sky while synced to music. Then watch the specially programmed massive Latino Festival Light Show projecting on the largest screen in the world, Stone Mountain, along with immersive lighting, overhead lasers, and special effects, followed by a fireworks finale.

The Latino Family Festival and Light Show will occur on Saturdays and Sundays May 4 – 19. Additional festival information and tickets are available here

MYSTIC DISTRICT MARKETPLACE ANNOUNCES THE DARK FOREST EDITION – A SPECTACLE OF MUSIC, ART, AND MAGIC!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/10/24

Westside Motor Lounge

April 20 6pm – 12 am

In its fourth year, Mystic District Marketplace commemorates a legacy of live performances, interactive art, eclectic vendors, and vibrant feminist energy.

Embark on an enchanted journey during this year’s Mystic District Marketplace: The Dark Forest Edition. Hosted at Westside Motor Lounge on April 20th, from 6 pm to 12 am, Mystic District Marketplace invites attendees to lose themselves in a world of wonder and whimsy.


Experience an eclectic lineup of live performances by Chelsea Shag, Dara Carter, Naoma, and Coruja. Prepare to be dazzled by a one-hour drag and burlesque show hosted by the fabulous Royal Tee, DJ set by Geexella, and stunning circus performances by Bailey Entertainment.

“We’ve meticulously curated this event over the past four years to showcase a diverse array oftalented local Atlanta artists, spanning performance, visual, and DIY art. At Mystic District Marketplace, we’ve created a welcoming haven, inviting feminist, queer, and witchy art enthusiasts to revel in self-celebration within a soft and inclusive environment. Partnering with Westside Motor Lounge is a thrilling opportunity to elevate their already exceptional venue into a realm of enchantment and magic.” – Liz Peña, Producer of Mystic District Marketplace.


Mystic District Marketplace offers more than just entertainment – it’s a haven for exploration and discovery. Attendees will be met with diverse offerings from 40 hand-selected curio vendors showcasing metaphysical treasures, taxidermy, vintage clothing and beyond. Immerse yourself in healing and spiritual experiences including chakra healing, tarot readings, and massage. Plus, get pampered by Wayward Parlor, offering hair tinsel and funky braids.

Get lost in interactive art installations created by CFCM Design, Darla Schumacher, and Ramouz; engage with enchanting characters curated by Victoria Rose; and participate in creative workshops where you can construct your own mushroom fairy garden with Growin Womxn or delve into the art of collaging with Chrysta Avers of The Bakery Atlanta.


Take away actionable tips from live panels discussing environmental justice and the empowerment of mystical women in business, featuring esteemed guests such as Atlanta City Council Member Liliana Bakhtiari, Reverend Keyanna Jones, Unearthing Farm & Market, Meagan Andrews, Audacity Magazine & Events, Arcana Tarot, Living Alchemy, and Luna
Mindful Infusions.

The first 50 attendees will receive a custom-designed Mystic District shirt by Easy Did It, while all guests have the chance to win over $2000 in raffle prizes benefiting Sol Underground. Dark forest themed cosplay is encouraged and delicious food and drinks will be provided by Westside Motor Lounge.