SHOWSTOPPERS

A peek at the incredible lineup at the new Performing Arts Center at City Springs

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Arts and culture lovers looking for music, dance, outdoor movies, author lectures and other ways to be entertained need travel no farther than the new gem of Sandy Springs. The Performing Arts Center at City Springs opened in August, yet in the few months since then, it’s already established itself […]

BLOW, JOE, BLOW

WHY JAZZ BAND LEADER JOE GRANSDEN IS WILLING TO RISK EVEN BASIC LIP FUNCTION TO KEEP THE GENRE ALIVE

STORY: Neal Howard
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Roughly 10 years ago, when Joe Gransden met Kenny G at a party hosted by Clint Eastwood, there was instant chemistry. “We hit it off pretty good,” Gransden says of befriending the international sax superstar, who recently lent a tenor solo to the title […]

CHEEZBURGER FOR PRESIDENT

WHY IS EDIE CHEEZBURGER THE BADDEST BROAD IN ALL OF ATLANTA’S THRIVING DRAG SCENE? BECAUSE IT’S NOT ABOUT HER.

STORY: Neal Howard
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

In a time when America is hungrier than ever for a new breed of hero, look no further than Edie Cheezburger.

First Amendment warrior: check. Dedicated philanthropist: check. Tireless voice for the marginalized and underserved: check.

“Something that’s very important to me is to give back […]

THE BEAT GOES ON

HOW ATLANTA’S “CRATE-DIGGING” MATRIARCH DJ, YVONNE MONET, MANAGES TO STAY ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE GAME

STORY: Neal Howard PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

You’d be hard-pressed to find a person beaming with more infectious, positive energy than DJ Yvonne Monet. Leaning over her Monday latte with a smile bright enough to blot out the sun, it’s abundantly clear that this five-foot-nothing former radio host and Detroit native hasn’t lost […]

TAKING CENTER STAGE

SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT ON SIX PERFORMERS KEEPING ATLANTA AUDIENCES ENTERTAINED

STORY: Neal Howard
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

What drives a performer to take the stage and entertain us? In a culture where accumulating fame and mining new “followers” is often coveted above more virtuous pursuits such as community service, it’s easy to misappropriate the intentions of those who would seek to make us laugh, dance or swoon. But as you’ll […]

BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE

LONGTIME ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA VIOLINIST RONDA RESPESS PAYS IT FORWARD WITH FOUR STRINGS AND A FULL HEART

STORY: Neal Howard
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

For veteran Atlanta Symphony Orchestra violinist Ronda Respess, classical music isn’t just a profession. It’s in the blood. “I started taking lessons at age 4,” says Respess. “My mother was a wonderful pianist who started concertizing during World War II, and she played a lot of […]

PIANO MAN

IF YOU’RE GOING TO HURL A LATE-SHOW SONG REQUEST AT IVORIES TICKLER DANIEL DEAL, KEEP IT FUNKY

STORY: Neal Howard
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Whether you’re in the market for a well-priced home or a raucous night of drinks and live music by request, Daniel Deal has you covered. Since arriving in Atlanta with his wife and young daughter 18 months ago, the masterful piano player and Smyrna-area real estate […]

THE SHARP-DRESSED MAN

A STYLISH ENSEMBLE FOR WEEKDAY AND WEEKEND

WEEKDAY

The days of the go-to navy suit are long in the past. This exceptional suit will get you noticed both in and out of the office. The pink spread-collar pique dress shirt fits comfortably underneath the jacket and works with or without a tie. Add an extra pop of color with the silk pocket square and funky but still understated […]

CHANGING DIRECTION

A tragic accident pivoted Talbot Kennedy from cheerleader to wheelchair rugby champion

“WHETHER YOU’RE IN A WHEELCHAIR OR FULLY ABLED, YOU HAVE TO DECIDE IF YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LIFE’S OPPORTUNITIES.”

“WHETHER YOU’RE IN A WHEELCHAIR OR FULLY ABLED, YOU HAVE TO DECIDE IF YOU’RE GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LIFE’S OPPORTUNITIES.”

STORY: Ann Hardie
PHOTOS: Sara Hanna

Talbot Kennedy doesn’t want you to feel sorry […]