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Column: Atlanta Music Club hosting free musicale
by Sally F. White
August 13, 2014 10:33 AM | 3219 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally F. White
Sally F. White
The Atlanta Music Club will introduce scholarship winner Megan Price Sunday at 2:45 p.m. at a free, open-to-the-public musicale at the Steinway Piano Galleries on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta.

The intimate concert, which will include coffee and refreshments, will showcase the talented lyric coloratura soprano who is graduating from Georgia State University in December.

In addition, the Asberry and Hardy Piano Duo will delight visitors with selections recently heard in a Duluth concert that are scheduled to be featured at the Georgia Music Teachers Association’s conference in November.

The club is a group of dedicated music advocates who reach out to invite the public to attend exceptional metro Atlanta music presentations. The nonprofit’s volunteers provide not only music for others to hear but have donated more than $11,000 this past year to talented students to further their music education.

Information: (404) 872-9670 or

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Share Our Strength, a Washington-based national nonprofit dedicated to feeding children in need through its No Kid Hungry campaign, will host the eighth annual Give Me Five benefit dinner Sunday at the Cherokee Town and Country Club on West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead.

The evening will featuring five of Georgia’s finest chefs who will prepare the exclusive and tantalizing five-course dinner with wines paired by five of the state’s best sommeliers.

The honorary chef is Michael Deihl of A Kitchen Kalamity in Atlanta. The chefs preparing the meal are Sean Woods of Cherokee, Jonathan Beatty of Ecco in Midtown, Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani in Decatur, Eli Kirshtein of The Luminary in Inman Park, Dave Snyder of Halyards and Tramici on St. Simons Island and Kathleen Miliotis of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Buckhead.

The sommeliers are chair Silvio Garcia of Cherokee, Harry Constantinescu of The Juice Box in Sandy Springs, Dorine Buche of BLT Steak in downtown Atlanta, Juan Cortes of Restaurant Eugene in Buckhead and Perrine Prieur of Perrine’s Wine Shop in west Midtown.

Each extraordinary course will be accompanied by commentary from the all-star chefs and sommeliers. A cocktail reception will start the formal affair, and dinner will include live entertainment and live and silent auctions. Megan Bradley, program manager at Share Our Strength, will be an honored speaker. Jenn Hobby of Kicks 101.5 will emcee.

Funds from the dinner and auctions will support the No Kid Hungry programs connecting kids to the network of private citizens, government officials, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in local communities.

The Share Our Strength leadership is working to end hunger for youngsters with effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals along with the Cooking Matters program educating families to stretch food budgets and cook delicious and affordable, nutritious meals at home.

“No child should have to grow up hungry,” Allison Palestrini said on behalf of Share Our Strength. “We want to bring attention to the fact that nationally one in five children struggles with hunger, so that we can continue to help ensure all children get the healthy food they need and deserve each day.”

Reservations are limited. Tickets are $275 each and $2,500 for a table of 10.

Tickets and information: (770) 436-5151 or

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The National Black Arts Festival is adding a new global regional performance to the calendar of 2014 Atlanta events Sunday at the Tabernacle on Luckie Street downtown.

An all-out celebration of a region of the African diaspora will spotlight reggae music and culture in a spectacular concert featuring Third World, a Jamaican band performing for about 40 years, including “96 Degrees in the Shade;” British-Jamaican megastar Maxi Priest and Atlanta’s own Julie Dexter. The performance will promote Priest’s new release, “Easy to Love.” Dance floor and VIP tickets are available.

Founded in Atlanta in 1987, the nonprofit festival is a cultural leader worldwide and for the past 26 years has showcased the best of black art and culture.

Its mission is to engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic expression across all disciplines — music, dance, theater, film and visual arts.

Tickets and information: (404) 730-7315 or

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The Atlanta Apartment Association, a multifamily housing trade association for the metro area, is hosting the annual Can Can Ball Aug. 22 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel on Courtland Street downtown.

Themed “The Great Gatsby,” the event will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Guests are invited to come dolled up in glitter and gold attire and be prepared to travel back to the Roaring ’20s at the black-tie optional gala.

Event co-chairs Karen Nelson of Pinnacle and Eric Coryer of Ready Fitness represent 100 selfless volunteers who support the community effort. The ball will include entertainment and live music to dance the night away, light fare from metro Atlanta restaurants, a cash bar and a silent auction.

For more than 26 years, members of the association, owners, managers and associates, have joined together to support the nonprofit food bank in an effort to help fight hunger in metro Atlanta. In 2013 the food bank’s participation and donations provided more than four million meals for hungry families, seniors and individuals in metro Atlanta and North Georgia.

Tickets and information: (678) 298-2254 or

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Grant Park, Atlanta’s oldest public park in central Atlanta at Boulevard and Cherokee Avenue, will celebrate its 12th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival Aug. 23 and 24, Fun activities will include the artist market, live music, a Saturday fun run, the Carla Smith Kids Zone with a puppet show, a Sunday farmers market and much more.

The two days of free weekend events will kick off Aug. 23 at 8 a.m. with the Adams Realtors 5K Run for the Park allowing runners and walkers to enjoy the surrounding historic neighborhood on foot. Registration is at 7 a.m. but one can register online by visiting the website below. The full park area festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will include food and beverage booths, the artist market and live music on two stages.

Sunday opens with a full-scale farmers market from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free festival booths open and headlining music is on stage from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Added this summer is a ticketed tasting event both days in the pavilion area of the park off Cherokee Avenue. The Grant Park Conservancy is partnering with the Georgia Restaurant Association to offer south-of-the-border Taquerias & Tequila food from several of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants and chefs. Ticketed guests will also enjoy tequila and beer samplings.

Festival proceeds support the work of the nonprofit conservancy to preserve, restore and maintain the historic urban park. Two member volunteers, Emily Dixon and Daniel Chandler, are co-chairing this year’s event.

The city of Atlanta’s oldest public park was initially established in 1883 by a gift of 100 acres from the estate of railroad magnate Lemuel Pratt Grant. Originally referred to as a resort area due to its natural flowing springs, carriage trails, shaded walking paths and beautiful trees, today’s park welcomes more than two million visitors a year and still offers a place of respite in the center of a busy metropolitan area.

General information and pavilion tickets: (404) 521-0938 or

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