April 2018 Around Town 4

20th Annual Wesleyan Art Market

The Wesleyan Arts Alliance is proud to announce the return of its much anticipated invitation-only juried art show–the 20th Annual Wesleyan Artist Market, April 26-28. Wesleyan will feature the works of more than 90 professional artists selling acrylic and oil paintings, folk art, ceramics, mixed media, photography, textiles, pottery, glass, jewelry, wood, and much more.  Selected Wesleyan student artists will also exhibit their works for sale.  The Opening Night Celebration will begin on April 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. following the VIP Sponsor event that begins at 6 p.m.  On the piano will be Wesleyan faculty and professional musician Brad Williams.  Complimentary desserts will be provided while visitors enjoy the music and view the selection of artwork from artists throughout the region.  The Market will continue Friday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to  6 p.m., and Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission to the Market is free, and everyone is welcome.  Wesleyan hopes to bring neighbors together for this event every year.  From avid art collectors to casual shoppers, there is something for almost everyone at the Market. WesleyanArtistMarket.org

Dance for Good

Atlanta based non-profit, EDIN, the Eating Disorders Information Network, presents the 8th Annual Celebrity Dance Challenge, the beloved event where local celebrities are paired with professional dancers to compete in all types of dance and raise funds for EDIN, Thursday, April 19 at The Stave Room, American Spirit Works at 7 p.m. The Celebrity Dance Challenge is EDIN’s largest event created to raise awareness about eating disorders and the importance of positive self-esteem. Proceeds from the event go directly into our community through programs and projects to prevent eating disorders through awareness, education, and outreach.  Presently, eating disorders represent the highest mortality rates of all mental illness.   Event Chair Nancy Flaherty and new EDIN Executive Director Marci Soran have a treat in store for the lucky audience members to amaze and astonish.  The Celebrity Dance Challenge is again under the artistic direction of celebrity dancer/choreographer Bubba Carr and event specialist Sean O’Keefe. Dance couples compete by dancing for votes. The number of fan votes received will determine the winner. Anyone can vote for his or her favorite celebrity for as little as $1 per vote at MyEDIN.org/cdc.   This year’s event promises to be the best yet.  We are honored to be joined by our wonderful celebrity dancers: Allyson Williams, Coca-Cola North America; Brandon Tutman. Architect; Denna Babul, Voice of Fatherless Daughters, TV Personality and writer; Jenna Muller, Associate Publisher of Modern Luxury Interiors; Julia McDermott, author; Kim Schaper, Fitness Coach; Lance White, Producer 11Alive’s Atlanta & Company; Rob Brinson, Photographer. For more information about tickets, sponsorships: 

Children’s at Chamblee-
Brookhaven Opens

You’ll soon have convenient access to pediatric urgent care in the Chamblee-Brookhaven neighborhood. When your child’s doctor is unavailable, theirs will be standing by, including evenings and holidays. Children’s Urgent Care Centers are open seven days a week until 9 p.m. Walk-in hours may be affected by unanticipated circumstances. Visit their website for real-time updates. If you think your child is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. The pediatric-trained team has lab and X-ray services on-site to quickly treat your child or teen’s minor injuries and illnesses. Children’s at Chamblee-Brookhaven accepts walk-ins and also offer online scheduling to save your spot in line. CHOA.org/urgentcare to learn more. In the Parkview on Peachtree shopping center. 5080 Peachtree Blvd, Suite 100. 404.785.KIDS (5437)

History Guru?

In May 1918, U.S. troops, commonly known as the Doughboys, fought in their first major battle in Europe during World War I. The war was a turning point in U.S. history, establishing the nation’s influence and prosperity in the 20th century. By the end of combat in November 1918, more than 4 million Americans served. Now, 100 years later, “Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys, 1917-1918,” an outdoor photography exhibition opening March 16, 2018, in the Atlanta’s History Center’s Goizueta Gardens, honors the sacrifice of those men and women who served in the conflict that shaped the world in which we live today. Featuring the work of British photojournalist Michael St Maur Sheil, “Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace” tells of the healed scars of World War I through our only remaining living witness: the land on which our heroes fought. The exhibition, in its only Southern appearance, remains on view through July 5, 2018. The exhibition features historical content as well as archival images to support the beautiful contemporary landscape photography of Michael St Maur Sheil. AtlantaHistoryCenter.com

Gymnast Makes us Proud

Woodward Academy third-grader Ryan French recently competed in the Presidential Classic Gymnastics Meet at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena at Disney. Ryan’s gymnastics team competed against athletes from around the world, earning a 2nd place overall finish. Ryan received 1st place on vault, 1st place on bars, and 2nd place all-around. At Woodward Academy, one size doesn’t fit even two. From pre-K through 12th grade, Woodward is a place where your child can study Gauguin and golf, Copernicus and coding, rhetoric and robotics–all in one day. Every child’s education is a unique expedition, a decades-long journey of growth and enlightenment that twists and turns through paths both charted and uncharted.

Whitley’s Resto Open

Led by Executive Chef Mark Suennemann, Trade Root opens at The Whitley with global cuisine with a Mediterranean flair, to be enjoyed alongside the restaurant’s welcoming, high-energy atmosphere and unmatched anticipatory service. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to deliver a luxurious and worldly flavor profile, Trade Root’s menu pays homage to several Buckhead icons: John Whitley, Buckhead founder and The Whitley namesake, the neighborhood’s esteemed history as a multicultural hub and the hotel’s homegrown Georgia roots. In the spirit of The Whitley’s charm and energy, the hotel hosts weekend festivities for guests. Upside-Down Tea is held on Saturday afternoons from 2 – 6 p.m., Jazz Brunch with Atlanta’s own Empire Jazz Band will take place every Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will feature a build-your-own bar with guests’ choice of Mimosas, Bellinis and Rosé. “Reverse Happy Hour” will take place on both Saturdays and Sundays from 3 until 7 p.m. and offers special priced small plates curated by Executive Chef Suennemann. The Whitley is on Peachtree and Lenox Roads.

Coffee and History

As part of its ongoing initiative to connect Atlantans on a daily basis and to serve as a community crossroads, the Atlanta History Center has opened an expanded museum shop and bookstore, in conjunction with the opening of BRASH Coffee’s newest location. The second location of Atlanta-based BRASH Coffee shares a sunny spot with Souper Jenny in the History Center’s dedicated café space. Pairing this new guest amenity with the Buckhead flagship location of Souper Jenny provides visitors the convenience to sip, snack or dine in one place. Add shopping to that new equation, as the Atlanta History Center museum shop and bookstore connects seamlessly with the coffee shop and Souper Jenny via a hallway outfitted with a welcoming communal table and high-top counters that invite guests to slide onto a tall stool to relax and refuel.  The new museum shop and bookstore is taking up residence in a dedicated 2,500-square-foot space in the Fentener van Vlissingen Family Wing, conveniently located along the path guests will follow to view the historic Texas locomotive and the Battle of Atlanta cyclorama painting, both opening to the public this winter. Designed by Atlanta-based Corbin Design Group, the new gift shop and bookstore welcomes customers with a sleek industrial modern style, balanced with history-evoking accents.

Cool Art and Cool Bikes

ElectroBike Georgia will join artists and arts enthusiasts on Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, at the Ninth Annual Chastain Park Arts Festival.  Located along Park Drive within Buckhead’s Chastain Park, the two-day event is presented by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and will include 185+ artists and artisans, along with vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities and food and drinks for purchase.  Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.  The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces produces arts and crafts festivals throughout the metro area to support local artists and expand the marketplace for their works. 
ChastainParksArtsFestival.com ElectroBikeGA.com

New Hotel Sensitive to The Homeless

In July of 2016, Paces Properties acquired a 3.5-acre parcel in Piedmont Heights which houses an Intown Suites, for a new hotel, Bunkhouse. “We could not be more thrilled to not only partner with the highly-respected Liz Lambert and her incredible Bunkhouse team, but even more so to bring a true lifestyle hotel to the Atlanta market. We have envisioned filling this gap for some time and look forward to working with Bunkhouse, as they continue to expand to other markets outside of Texas,” says David Cochran, CEO and President, Paces Properties.The 1960s mid-century modern hotel will feature 162 keys operated by Austin-based Bunkhouse and 48 commercial studios operated by Paces Properties in conjunction with Bunkhouse. The studios will satisfy the demand for intimate, flexible commercial spaces with a distinct set of amenities and services that Bunkhouse is renowned for. Merritt Lancaster, Principal Paces Properties, adds, “By partnering with Action Ministries, our goal is to ensure that our project will result in no additions to the number of homeless men, women and children in Atlanta. With the help of Action Ministries we hope to demonstrate that redevelopment can be executed thoughtfully from the standpoint of both current and future users.” The soon to be named hotel will begin construction in the second quarter of 2018 with a 
projected opening in 2019.

Chido + Padre’s

Southern Proper Hospitality CEO Tory Bartlett announces that the company’s newest concept, Chido + Padre’s, will bring authentic Baja-style Mexican food, tequila and fun to Buckhead in early March. The restaurant will be located in the Smokebelly BBQ space at 128 East Andrews Drive and will pay homage to the bold flavors, traditions and spirit of the Baja Peninsula’s vivacious culture. Chido and Padre are the personification of the notion that opposites attract. Chido is the mischievous risk taker, while Padre is the do-gooder voice of reason. Together, they are the perfect pair; a unique blend that just works. As a result, foodies and families will appreciate the fresh, elevated Baja-Mex fare, festive atmosphere and convenient parking while the after-work and party crowd will enjoy the strong drinks, modern food and high-energy vibe.

Tootsies’ New Digs

Tootsies, a staple in Atlanta luxury fashion for 25 years, is thrilled to announce its new location at The Buckhead Exchange. The new 7,000 square-foot space will offer an open floor plan allowing for new designers, trunk shows and enhanced event programming throughout the year. ‘’We are thrilled to be moving into a fresh new space with endless opportunities,’’ said Sara Mixon, Tootsies Events Coordinator and Personal Stylist. Atlanta will continue to enjoy signature events like ‘’Teal to Heal’’ and ‘’Couture for Kids’’ and be able to support additional community events throughout the year.