ATLA — January 2013
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Courtney Bowers

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Night At the Museum

1 Just because election season is over doesn’t mean there’s no significant voting happening. On Jan. 11, the curators of the High Museum of Art will each make hilarious and heartfelt pitches to a crowd of nearly 300 dinner guests at The Foundry at Puritan Mill making their case for what pieces should be added to the permanent collection in 2013. This annual Collectors Evening includes dinner, music, cocktails and high-spirited voting.

916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., 404.733.4557, high.org

Nsor-ing High

2 For years the nsoro foundation has made an effort to give foster kids the gift of obtaining a higher education. The annual Starfish Ball is one of the organization’s marquee events, where a Student of the Year is selected. Proceeds from the event go directly toward scholarships for foster students who have aged out of the program. This year’s blacktie ball takes place on Jan. 5 in the ballroom of The St. Regis Atlanta. 88 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404.574.6793, thenf.org

Pitch In

3 Retired Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine’s Spring Training gala celebrates its 21st anniversary on Jan. 19 at the Delta Air Transport Heritage Museum. The evening’s proceeds will benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation and the more than 15,000 Georgians waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. There will be live and silent auctions. Past VIP guests have included Chipper Jones, John Smoltz and Brian McCann. 1060 Delta Blvd., 770. 457.3796, gatransplant.org

Georgia on His Mind

4 Make sure your calendar is clear, as Willie Nelson, the legend himself, will be in town for one night only. The redheaded stranger will light up the Tabernacle on Jan. 20. 152 Luckie St., 404. 659.9022, tabernacleatl.com

Bayou Bash

5 Don your white-tie best and join the Women’s Auxiliary of Piedmont Hospital on Jan. 26, as they put on A Night in Old new Orleans, for the 56th annual Piedmont Ball at the Piedmont Driving Club. Come dance the night away as Atlanta’s own Big Swing and the Ballroom Blasters take the stage. This event will benefit the Piedmont Heart Institute’s Center for Aortic Disease. 1215 Piedmont Ave. NE, 404. 605.3273, piedmonthospital.org

Unique Antiques

6 Seeing Miles Redd speak isn’t the only reason to attend the Cathedral Antiques Show. Refugee Family Services is the beneficiary of this year’s event, which takes place Jan. 31 and Feb. 1-2. RFS brings education and economic advancement opportunities to the 2,000-plus women and children supported by the program. 2744 Peachtree Road NW, 404.467.0321, cathedralantiques.org

Heart of Gold

7 The 32nd annual Atlanta Heart Ball is a night where we all thank the hard working and dedicated staff of the American Heart Association and celebrate all of the lives they have saved. The heartfelt event takes place Feb. 2 at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. 3434 Peachtree Road NE, 678.224.2065, heart.org

Royal Celebration

8 Come one, come all, to The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s Amuse’um 2013: Crowns & Cupcakes - A Birthday Jubilee fundraiser on Feb. 23. This royal event features games, auctions and delectable cuisine. Proceeds will support early-childhood educational programming and community outreach. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, 404.6595437, childrensmuseumatlanta.org

Twinkle Toes

9 The Atlanta Ballet’s biggest and most lavish fundraising event, Ballet Ball, returns on Feb. 23 to The St. Regis Atlanta. The evening includes dancing, dining, live and silent auctions, and a special performance by ballet company members. 88 W. Paces Ferry Road, 404.892.3303, atlantaballet.com

Fashion-ing A Cure

10 The Friends of Winship organization will hold a fashion show and luncheon event on Feb. 27 at the Piedmont Driving Club. The Friends are the official volunteer club of Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute and work to fund cancer research and treatment. 1215 Piedmont Ave. NE, 404.778.1769, winshipcancer.emory.edu

Reel It In!

Film buffs flock to the annual 22-day Atlanta Jewish Film Festival that runs from Jan. 30 to Feb. 20 and showcases an international collection of narrative and documentary films exploring Jewish life, history and culture. The fest draws more than 30,000 moviegoers each year, and is the largest film festival in Atlanta, as well as the second largest Jewish film festival in the nation. Opening night features Hava Nagila (The Movie) and will be hosted at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The festival closes with No Place on Earth.

Various locations, 866.214.2072, ajff.org

Up All Night

Dedicated opera fans will love The 24-Hour Opera Project, which is looking to repeat last year’s success on Jan. 26. The project pairs random composers and lyricists, and gives them 12 hours to produce a seven- to 10-minute opera piece. A stage director then chooses singers and gives the lot eight hours to rehearse, before they have to perform in front of a panel of judges, a live audience and Internet streamers. Pairing and practice starts on Friday, while the results are revealed to the public for free on Saturday at The Atlanta Opera Center. 1575 Northside Drive NW, 404. 881.8801, atlantaopera.org

Shatner’s Story Time

We all know Captain Kirk is out of this world. But the man behind the persona remains somewhat of a mystery compared to the legend he brought to life on screen. Not anymore. In Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It, the actor shares anecdotes about his life and career in a two-hour show. Shatner lands at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 13. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, 770. 916.2800, cobbenergycentre.com

Performance Preview

Kill time while waiting for a show or dinner to commence. Thursday evenings from 7 to 7:30pm on Jan. 24 and 31 are reserved for free classical music concert previews at Atlanta Symphony Hall. Get a sneak peek as performers and ASO program annotators discuss pieces in between takes. It’s quick, free and fascinating! 1280 Peachtree St. NE, 404. 733.4900, atlantasymphony.org

Fun at The Fox

A new year means a new series of productions at The Fabulous Fox. And it’s never easy to pick just one show, either. Experience the Broadway classic The Producers Jan. 25-31. The winner of 12 Tony Awards, this “equal opportunity offender” show ends an eight-year hiatus from Atlanta’s performing-arts scene. Just a few days later, The Fox features Flashdance, the ’80s-centered story of chasing dreams. Hear the Academy Award-winning title track, “I Got a Feeling!” as well as 16 other original songs Feb. 5-10. 660 Peachtree St. NE, 404. 881.2100, foxtheatre.org

Care to Dance?

Superhuman dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater are back in Atlanta with new work, as well as the classic Revelations. With a revitalized vision via Artistic Director Robert Battle, American Dance Theater arrives at The Fox Theatre Feb. 14-17 to give Atlantans what we’ve all been eagerly awaiting.

660 Peachtree St. NE, 404.881.2100, foxtheatre.org

Nautical Know-How

Can’t wait to get back in the water? The Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show celebrates its 50th anniversary Jan. 10-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center and offers guests exclusive deals on this season’s best boats, gear and accessories. Whether you have certified sea legs or you’re a nautical novice, this event provides attractions for all levels of expertise and ages. Bob and Phil Soven, stars of the MTV show WakeBrothers, will also be on-site. 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, 954. 441.3227, atlantaboatshow.com

Pet Fetes

Honor man’s best friend with the Atlanta Humane Society’s A Celebration of Dogs art show auction. The actual auction will be held in New York City, but guests will receive an exclusive preview for one night only on Jan. 31. Bid on dog-centric art pieces, and nibble on apps, cocktails and dessert. And don’t miss the Haute Hounds and Couture Cats fashion show and luncheon on Feb. 11 at Saks Fifth Avenue, also hosted by the Humane Society. Adoptable pooches and feline friends will take over the runway, strut their stuff and showcase some of the hottest styles for spring 2013. 404. 974.2828, 3440 Peachtree Road NE, atlantahumane.org

Gala for GiGi

Enjoy cocktails, dinner bites and an evening of goodwill at the i have a voice Gala on Feb. 2 at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. The black-tie event helps fund GiGi’s Playhouse, a national organization empowering those born with Down syndrome through free tutoring, family support and therapies. Mayor Kasim Reed will be hosting with VIP guests, including The Coca-Cola Company’s Muhtar Kent. 181 Peachtree St. NE, 630.373.1333, gigisplayhouse.org

Art Bazaar

The main event of the Trinity School’s Spotlight on Art program, the Artist’s Market, takes place Feb. 4-9. The six-day market is free and features works from more than 350 artists, spanning all styles (contemporary, realism, impressionism, folk, whimsical, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, and home and garden), all price points and a constantly rotating inventory. Don’t miss opportunities to meet and greet the artists, as well. Trinity School Campus, 4301 Northside Parkway, 678. 641.4756, spotlightonart.com

Fortune-Filled Fete

Ring in the Chinese New Year (the Year of the Snake) at Buckhead’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Atlanta Feb. 6-8. Score a luxury hotel package from $349 a night that includes a room adorned in traditional Chinese decor with ribbons, tangerine plants and narcissus. Then catch a traditional lion dance performance, breakfast for two, a pair of tickets to the Chinese New Year gala on Feb. 7 and a bag full of good-fortune goodies. 3376 Peachtree Road NE, 404.995.7500, mandarinoriental.com/atlanta

State of the Art

Feast your eyes at Mason Murer as the ART PAPERS of Atlanta put on their 14th annual Art Auction on Feb. 9. Mingle with other art-lovers enjoying appetizing eats and entertainment, as you admire a showcase of artists from around the world. 199 Armour Drive NE, 404.588.1837, artpapers.org

Get Cooking

While New Year’s fitness resolutions are in full swing, head to Olmsted’s new monthly chef series, where Executive Chef Bernie McDonough vows to reinforce those recent healthyeating habits with a three-part cooking class dubbed Eating Healthy in the New Year. This month’s takes place on Feb. 18 and focuses on a live cooking demonstration that will help you make the most out of winter’s vegetables. Afterward, enjoy the three-course meal and a complimentary glass of wine. 1180 Peachtree St., 404. 443.8431, olmstedatl.com

British Invasion

You don’t have to jump the pond, old chap, to see British cars of all shapes and sizes. The Great British Car Fayre hits Alpharetta on Feb. 23. Catch a glimpse of the original white Lotus Esprit that was driven by James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me, the second-oldest E-Type Jaguar in existence and more. Then stick around for The Beatles tribute band, Abbey Road LIVE!, playing after the exhibit. Downtown Alpharetta, awesomealpharetta.com

Puppy Love

The Atlanta Humane Society debuts its first Society Soiree on Feb. 23 to benefit their new Mansell campus. AHS works to wipe out animal neglect and abuse while placing abandoned animals in new homes. Held at the Whitehall Estate, the night will include entertainment, eats, an auction and, of course, a few adorable animals. 10975 Stroup Road, Roswell, 404.974.2840, atlantahumane.org

Know When to Hold ’Em

You’ve been challenged to participate in Kevin Rathbun’s inaugural high “steaks” poker tournament at his restaurant. Play against local celebrities; choose items from a menu crafted by Rathbun himself; and have access to an open bar and car service. The cards get dealt out on Feb. 24. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 154 Krog St., 404.785.7303, choa.org
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