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Column: Final Stars of Tomorrow competition set for Sunday
by Sally F. White
Northside Neighbor Columnist
March 13, 2013 03:34 PM | 2503 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Finals for the second Stars of Tomorrow Variety of Georgia teenage singing competition will be Sunday at the Fox Theatre in Midtown.

Stars of Tomorrow is a statewide singing competition for children between 13 and 19. The intent is to gain experience, exposure and the opportunity to pursue a singing career. All funds from the events support Variety of Georgia, “the children’s charity.”

Eligible youth across Georgia submitted videos of their best vocal performances for two rounds of preliminary video and in-person judging by musical industry veterans. The Fox event will raise the curtain to put the top 10 finalists on stage for this open-to-the-public finale

The winner will receive a check for $2,500 along with a professional photo session, a custom-made demo CD, a Frabel trophy plus tickets to an upcoming performance at the Fox. First and second runners-up will also receive a profession photo shoot, a demo CD and a Frabel trophy plus tickets to the Fox.

Judges for the competitions are some of the most powerful executives in the music business: Amanda Moore, regional director of A&G Live/The Messina Group; Janet Wade, currently with Turner Broadcasting System with 30 years in the music and entertainment industry; and Steve Clements, an award-winning producer, writer and director in the broadcast and business industries.

The Stars of Tomorrow performances benefit Variety of Georgia initiatives across the state and aim to shine a light on Georgia’s promising young talent. Echoing the first Variety fundraising event, a circus-themed affair held under a big-top, the clubs call their chapters “tents” and members “barkers.”

Members of Tent 21 follow the tradition of the founders and hail mostly from the motion picture and theater industry, though membership is open to all who care about children.

Event co-chairs Carolyn Lee Wills and former Chief Barker Mike Dangerfield help further the organization’s commitment to enhance the lives of talented area youth. The competitions showcase young, inexperienced vocalists and help develop professional skills they will use for yeas to come. Variety of Georgia, Tent 21, was established in Atlanta in 1939 as the 21st chapter of Variety International — commonly known as the “World’s Greatest Children’s Charity.”

The nonprofit’s mission is to aid and enhance the lives of children in need who may be challenged by physical and/or mental disabilities, poverty, abuse or neglect.

Tickets and information: (678) 994-4210 or visit

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Noted architect Michael Graves will be honored for his contribution to Emory University in DeKalb County Saturday at the 22nd anniversary Veneralia benefit for the college’s Michael C. Carlos Museum.

The top floor of the museum’s Graves-designed building on the Emory campus will be transformed into a multi-sensory experience following the signature Veneralia format named for the ancient Egyptian Festival of Venus and themed “Experiencing Art in Architecture” for 2013.

Inspired by the museum’s collection, a group of Atlanta’s premiere interior designers and architects will convert the galleries into uniquely designed interior spaces reflecting environments of Asian, sub-Saharan Africa, Greek and Roman, Egyptian, works on paper, where guests will enjoy specialty cocktails and global cuisine.

Sara Shlesinger and Dennis Dean are serving as co-chairs for the benefit. When Graves came to Emory in the early 1980s to renovate historic campus buildings, he was one of the rising superstars of the famed “New York Five” architects.

He is founding principal of the firm Michael Graves and Associates and the Robert Schirmer professor of architecture, emeritus at Princeton University. Over the years he has been honored with many prestigious awards including the 2001 Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects.

The long and fruitful relationship between Graves and the museum led to a 40,000-square-foot expansion in 1993 that won a National American Institute of Architects Award. His Emory campus projects also involved historic preservation and adaptive re-use of the landmark law school building, classrooms for the departments of art history and anthropology as well as the galleries for the newly formed museum located on Emory’s main quadrangle.

Funds from the affair will enhance the museum’s role in the community. Emory’s collections date back to 1876, when a museum was established on the original Emory campus in Oxford. The growth of the museum since that time has matched the growth of the university as a teaching and research institution.

Today it is the Southeast’s premiere ancient art museum with collections of art objects from Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.

The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret art and artifacts from antiquity to the present, and to provide unique opportunities to educate and enrich the larger community.

Tickets and information: (404) 727-2115 or visit

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The High Museum of Art’s annual Wine Auction will come of age, turning 21 with a weekend series of 30 happenings starting March 20 through 23.

Themed “A New Vintage,” the lively events will pull the cork on fun, fine wines and cuisine. After 21 years of fundraising success, the time is ripe for celebrating with friends and connecting with world renowned winemakers and legendary chefs from across the country.

Hosted by and benefiting the High, the varied events will take place at numerous locations and restaurants, with the weekend auction activities culminating at big tents in Atlantic Station.

Starting with eight fine restaurant locations for Dine Around Dinners March 20, then progressing to invitation-only Winemaker Dinners for premier benefactor-level participants the following day, the auction activities will move March 22 to area restaurants for public tasting seminars and to big-top tents at Atlantic Station for Vine-to-Table dinners as a new spin on the wine auction, when participants can mingle with winemakers as they bid and enjoy dancing and entertainment.

The March 23 Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction is the grand finale, offering tastings from many of the world’s top wineries and sampling from dozens of Atlanta’s best restaurants with the opportunity to bid on wine, travel and food experiences. Rated the fifth largest charity wine auction in the U.S., the museum’s series is the nation’s No. 1 charity auction benefiting the arts.

Christie Baty Hudgins and Alyson Rogers are serving as co-chairs. Guests of honor are Andrew Beckstoffer of Beckstoffer Vineyards and Claude Giraud of Champagne Henri Giraud. The nonprofit, world-class High has grown from its modest 1928 origins in a stately home on Peachtree Street to become the leading art museum in the Southeast.

Information: (404) 733-5335 or (404) 733-4543 or visit

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A Fine Art + Fashion evening at Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square in Buckhead March 21 will spotlight and support the visual arts to benefit the National Black Arts Festival programs.

Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director of Neiman Marcus, is producing the special runway presentation and will be an honored guest at the event. The evening is being hosted by nationwide supporters and style setters including dedicated philanthropists Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe, who is currently starring in BET’s “Hollywood Husbands.”

The three-part benefit will feature a pre-show reception, the runway presentation and awards announcements plus a post-show mix-and-mingle party with honorees and guests. The highlight of the affair will be the presentation of the M. Jack Anderson Emerging Talent Awards, founded by the late Sandra Anderson Baccus in honor of her late philanthropist brother and lifetime collector of African American art.

The honors recognize individuals enrolled in accredited colleges or universities who have distinguished themselves as cutting-edge, creative and innovative fashion designers, and who have excelled academically, mastered their particular fields of study and are recognized as a dynamic emerging talent who possess leadership qualities in their personal life and professional aspirations.

Honorary co-chairs for the seventh annual event are Vicki and John Palmer. The overall event chair is Millie Smith. Among the event committee members from the Northside are: Sandra Baldwin, Brannigan Thompson, Mary Brock, Tony Conway, Charlene Crusoe-Ingram and Earnest Ingram, Mark Fillion, Jack Sawyer and Laura Turner Seydel.

The evening will benefit and showcase the foundation, a 25-year-old nonprofit. The international organization celebrates the art, music and culture of people of African descent with the mission to engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression.

Evern Cooper Epps is the organization’s board chair.

Tickets and information: (404) 730-6369 or visit

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Since “The South’s Next Wave: Design Challenge” exhibition opened last fall at the Museum of Design Atlanta on Peachtree Street in Midtown, viewers have been casting votes for their favorite designer areas.

Participating designers and artists were paired to create 17 unique vignette-style areas as showcases for their cutting-edge interior and object designs. Technology has enabled viewers to access facts and videos about the designers and the vignette installation process.

Starting Nov. 11, the museum has been collecting votes for the competition, which will culminate with the Spring Fling best-of-show party March 21. The exhibition will close March 31. Spring Fling will give viewers a last chance to vote from 7 to 8 p.m., and the winner will be announced at 8:30 p.m.

While perusing the visually stunning exhibition, guests can also enjoy complimentary cocktails.

The making of each vignette came about when exhibition co-curators David Goodrowe and Tim Hobby, co-founders of Aesthetic Identity Design, paired emerging object designers and artists. Asking them to collaborate on designing and creating vignette housing for one or more extraordinary objects, the challenge was to find a way to bring disparate disciplines together to produce astonishing displays and captivate the imagination of viewers.

The museum opened in its new home in Midtown in 2011 and is the only one in the Southeast devoted exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design and how design affects daily lives. Regular exhibitions include architecture, industrial and product design, interiors and furniture, graphics, fashion and more.

The museum also sponsors educational programming to reach both children and adults.

Tickets and information: (404) 979-6455 or visit

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Retired Lt. Col. Vincent W. Masters, the speaker for the Atlanta World War II Round Table luncheon March 21 at 11 a.m. at Petite Auberge restaurant on North Druid Hills Road in DeKalb County, will relate a wealth of information from his service with the 8th Air Force in 1942 and ’43 and his journey through several careers afterwards.

As a lead pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress Squadron, he completed 28 combat missions and stayed on after 1944 to serve in the European Theater of Operations with the 3rd Secret Scouting Force. After the war, Masters was on special assignment for congressmen, and then became a pilot for Trans World and Western Airlines before he attended Stanford University Medical School to earn his medical degree in 1953.

The nonprofit round table meets for lunch 10 times a year, September through June for a social half-hour, then a speaker-oriented program open to members, their families, non-members and those interested in preserving history.

Organized in 1986, the group has a diverse membership that includes men and women, retired officers and enlisted personnel from all branches of the military, along with family and friends who gather to share and remember.

As key elements of the members’ patriotic undertaking, more than 200 experiences narrated by active participants during World War II are preserved on DVDs and kept available in the Atlanta History Center’s library for future generations of Americans.

The commander of the group is Randolph Goulding.

Information: (770) 436-4254 or visit

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It may seem that winter may have lingered a bit too long in the metro area, but the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Piedmont Avenue in Midtown is scheduled to explode in a kaleidoscope of extravagant blooms when hundreds of thousands of tulips and other bulbs burst forth during March and April for the “Atlanta Blooms!” display.

“This will be the most dazzling spectacle that Atlanta has ever seen and we are excited to share it!” said Mary Pat Matheson, the garden’s president and CEO. “By selecting bulbs based on when the variety blooms — early, mid- or late spring— the garden is able to stagger their performances for a show spanning the entire season.”

More than a quarter-million bulbs — including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and many others — will burst forth for the third annual bloom fest at the garden. Tours will begin with pots along Promenade and Crape Myrtle Allee with fragrant, peony-like tulips making their debut and, for the first time, islands of tulips will float in containers in the Fuqua Conservatory reflecting pool.

In addition to the bulbs, existing perennials such as pansies, phlox, daphne, spring wildflowers, native azaleas and deciduous magnolias will blanket the garden in a Technicolor rainbow to welcome spring. There will be two special evening happenings along with the daily ticketed tours of the gardens.

Visitors can enjoy a soft-light social evening of Blooms & Bubbly March 28, and a free March 21 evening tour for garden members will include light refreshments and visits with garden experts along with discounts in the garden gift shop.

The garden was founded in 1976 as a nonprofit, 30-acre public garden adjacent to Piedmont Park. Its mission is to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.

Tickets and information: (404) 876-5859 or visit

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