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Marietta Square’s First Friday Art Walk

the gig:

The First Friday Art Walk on the historic Marietta Square is the perfect night out. How so?

1. It’s OTP.

So no fighting Atlanta traffic for something cool to do!

2. It’s something cool to do.

With local artists set up at almost every shop around the Square, demonstrating their craft and selling their original wares, it’s a culturalpalooza. Oh and there’s wine.

3. There’s wine.

Many of the shops have complimentary wine for passerby…and there are a host of seriously yum restaurants on the Square, too (Taqueria Tsunami, The Butcher The Baker, Sugarcakes Patisserie, House of Lu, Kiosco, etc, Gabriel’s and Chicken and the Egg nearby on Whitlock.)

There are only three Fridays left in the Art Walk season (August, September, October), so get yourself to downtown Marietta to stimule the ol’ right brain before it’s too late. The free self-guided tour meanders through shops and venues, highlighting some of our city’s most talented artists, rain or shine.

Check out local artists and take home some seriously cool new art for your home.
First Friday Art Walk 1
We always love the talent that exudes from the ladies at Red Door Studio and Gallery (upstairs, by Aussie bakery).
First Friday Art Walk 2

Art Walk Ambassadors (identified by their white Art Walk aprons) are on hand throughout the tour to provide extra info or guidance on event highlights.

FF Art Walk 3

Our advice: Begin at Tavern in the gARTen, a beer and wine garden that is worth the stop (and the sip).

Then, hit Red Door Studio and Gallery, 2 Rules Fine Art, Hidden Treasures, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marina Marina, DK Gallery, and the Historic Marietta Trolley. Certain locations (see event map) are also participating in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate, redeemable at many Square merchants.

the guide:

FF Art WalkDates: August 1, September 5, October 3

Hours: 5pm- 9pm


More info can also be found at the Marietta Welcome Center kiosk at the corner of Church Street and Mill Street. Stop there and pick up an Art Walk map.



Stars & Cigars 2014 ~ Wild Wild West!

Stars & Cigars 2014

benefitting Make A Wish 

Calling all gunslingers and outlaws
for a vintage saloon
poker & fashion event.

Cowgirls, don your boots
and bring yer fella
for a night of
gamblin’ and ramblin’,
moonshine & wine…
stars & cigars!

Stars and Cigars 2014

the fun:

Friday, August 22
7:00 – 11:00 p.m

Games: Professionally run poker tournament & blackjack

Grand gaming prize for top winner: Deluxe vacation package including airfare & accommodations to Beau Rivage Resort and Casino for 4 days, 3 nights

Silent auction: Home decor, jewelry, original artwork, sports memorabilia/tickets, vacation packages

Fashion show: High-style fashion show with styling by Dyer & Posta Salon

Cigars beneath the stars: VIP passes available (separate ticket) for Cigar & Scotch Lounge, including signature hostess and concierge service with two 2-ounce pours of single-malt scotch plus a handcut cigar in the upscale specially appointed, leather-furnished, luxury lounge area

Attire: Saloon Chic ~ Cowgirls: Think boots and a dress; bonus points for fringe or feathers!
Cowboys: Denim is fine; chaps are optional; dressing to impress is a must.

Stars and Cigars | Make A Wish Event

the fare:

Drinks (2 drink tickets/person plus cash bar)
Hors d’ouevres and small plates
Dessert bar

the fabulous venue:

The Brickyard
129 Church Street

Marietta Square 30060

Stars & Cigars 2013 | Marietta Square | The Brickyard

purchase tickets:

Drop down for ticket options, below. Regular event tickets include all festivities except the VIP enclosed scotch/cigar lounge. Tickets for the VIP lounge can be purchased along with regular tickets, below via the drop-down menu. VIP lounge tickets will also be available for purchase the night of the event.


Can’t come but want to help us grant a wish? Donate any amount below! Every dollar is appreciated and goes directly toward a child in Georgia who’s currently waiting for their wish to be granted. 


All proceeds grant the wish of a child waiting in Georgia’s Make A Wish chapter.

For sponsorship inquiries, email

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Ladies Night Out – get pampered for a good cause!

the gig:

Blessed BeautyWe are huge fans of Blessed Beauty, the nonprofit started organically by Kennesaw’s Shannon Silva Posta (of Dyer & Posta Salon) and Natalie Bouchard to pamper and support the caregivers of the critically ill. Their mission is to come alongside all the mamas, daddies, aunties, besties and grandies who are taking care of an ill family member…and then bless. their. socks. off.

You do NOT want to miss this Ladies Night Out to benefit Blessed Beauty!! On Thursday, June 19, join the Ladies Beauty Night at Dyer and Posta Salon, featuring food, drinks and a one-on-one session to learn how to blow dry like a pro! All proceeds go directly to Blessed Beauty’s Ronald McDonald House charity event for kids and their families in August.

the guide:

When: Thursday, June 19 from 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Dyer & Posta Salon in Kennesaw on Chastain Road

Cost: $50 donation to Blessed Beauty

What: Food, drinks and some beauty time!!! Come join the fun & learn how to blow dry like a pro – all for a good cause!

RSVP: Call 770-514-1620 to reserve a spot quickly, as spaces are limited!

Can’t go but still want to give to the Ronald McDonald House event? All donations welcome!! Bring monetary gifts or new warm socks, food or gas gift cards, or nonperishable food items by Dyer & Posta before August 1.

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*All About You* Wellness GNO at Ivy Lane Boutique

AW_smilingwomenthe gig:

Grab your gal pals and go get inspired to live your best life! Ivy Lane Boutique in East Cobb–one of the BEST boutiques we’ve ever stepped foot inside (like really)–is hosting All About You on June 3, a fun wellness and health event.

Well-known wellness coach Jacynta Harb will be there to provide her expertise, as will Leslie Brothers with Heathy & Beauty Boutique and Mary Beth O’Reilly, personal trainer extraordinaire. Oh, and there will be shopping. Because, really, you can’t have your “best life” without a little bit of that.

the guide:

Wellness Event | Ivy Lane Boutique

where: Ivy Lane Boutique

3605 Sandy Plains Road
Marietta, GA 30066

when: June 3, 6-8 p.m.

Arvid and Penley Father’s Day Tribute at dk Gallery

Thomas Arvid's sons Jimmy and Christopher

Thomas Arvid’s sons Jimmy and Christopher

the gig:

For world-renowned Georgia artists Thomas Arvid and Steve Penley, passing down the love of art to their children is a given.

So, what better way for them to celebrate Father’s Day than by having a special art show with their sons? This is exactly what they’ve decided to do – right here in good ol’ Marietta at dk Gallery! During the Like Father Like Son art show brothers Jimmy Arvid, age 13, and Christopher Arvid, age 11, team up with Lyall Penley, age 11, to share their paintings alongside their fathers’.

We know you might stress about taking your kiddos into an art gallery, but dk Gallery is making it easy for your kids to appreciate art through this fun event…with SNACKS. 

You’ve probably seen plenty of Thomas Arvid‘s intricately detailed images, often depicting a story of enjoyment and the good life.

Thomas Arvid

Thomas Arvid

Arvid is passionate about art and wine: a collector of both, he strives to capture the pleasure of a life well lived on each canvas.

Steve Penley is best known for his art depicting vivid realism and using images we all have ingrained in our minds…Coca-Cola bottles, the Statue of Liberty, presidents, the American Flag.

Steve Penley

Steve Penley

Penley takes these familiar images and manipulates them with color, brush strokes, and added details to give them a fresh spin.

So bring your kids to meet these talents–and their sons!

Steve Penley's son Lyall

Steve Penley’s son Lyall

the guide:

date: Saturday, June 14

time: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

address: 25 West Park Square in Marietta

for more info:

Solid Gold Summer Shows at The Strand!

the gig:

The Strand Summer ShowsAhhh, summer: sun, sand, surf…and Motown. Right?!?

Well, if you live near Marietta, that’s how it’s going down this summer during The Strand Theatre’s Solid Gold Summer Musical Revue series.

This revue features three shows with multiple showtimes, spanning the best music from all decades and featuring incredible vocal talent (and some pretty incredible dance moves, too, we’ve been told). Here’s a recap of each show, so you can pick your poison. Or collect ‘em all!

Men of Motown

The Strand Summer Show | Men of Motown

Soulful voices, warm tones, and cool tunes come back to Marietta for the fourth year of The Strand’s most famous and successful show to date. This year, Men of Motown will feature hits from The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, and many many more. You won’t be able to stay in your seat during this toe-tappin’, jive-inspiring performance.

Dates: Friday, June 6th @ 8PM; Saturday, June 14th @ 8PM; Sunday, June 22 @ 3PM; Sunday, June 29th @ 3PM; Friday, July 4th @ 7PM; Sunday, July 13th @ 3PM; Saturday, July 19th @ 8PM; and Friday, July 25th @ 8PM


The Strand Summer Show 1Talent. Poise. Perfection. The queens of soul, rock, pop and disco are all paid homage to in Diva!, a divine tribute to the most talented women in show business. Patrons will enjoy songs from musical titans so unforgettable that they only need one name: Tina, Aretha, Cher, Madonna, Gloria, and many more. Hear these women roar in Diva!

Dates: Saturday, June 7th @ 8PM; Sunday, June 15th @ 3PM; Friday, June 27th @ 8PM; Saturday, July 5th @ 8PM; Friday, July 11th @ 8PM; Sunday, July 20th @ 3PM; and Saturday, July 26th @ 8PM

Jukebox Giants

The Strand Summer Show Jutbox GiantsDo you miss the good ol’ days of music? Are you tired of dubstep, screamcore, and whatever a skrillex is? Then get ready to doo-wop and sha-bop to your heart’s content this summer at The Strand’s Jukebox Giants. You’ll be transported back to the golden age of pop music, featuring everyone’s favorite hits from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The Strand’s biggest show of the summer, Jukebox Giants will feature amazing singers and dancers performing the very best that music has to offer.

Dates: Sunday, June 8th @ 3PM; Friday, June 13th @ 8PM; Saturday, June 28th @ 8PM; Sunday, July 7th @ 3PM; Saturday, July 12th @ 8PM; Friday, July 18th @ 3PM; and Sunday, July 27th @ 3PM

the guide:  

Tickets are $20 ($15 for students, seniors, military, and groups of 10 or more)

To order: Call The Strand Box Office at 770.293.0080, or order online at, or in person at 117 North Park Square.

The historic Earl Smith Strand Theatre is a multi-use performing arts and events facility. The theatre is governed by the Friends of The Strand, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and depends on the financial support of private and corporate donors. It is The Strand’s mission to serve the community with cultural entertainment for a diverse audience and to promote economic health in the City of Marietta and Cobb County. For more information or tickets, visit or the Box Office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and two hours before the show.

2014 Taste of East Cobb Recap!

the gig:

A beautiful spring day, great live music, and fantastic food made for one fabulous afternoon at Taste of East Cobb on May 3. Thousands of eager tasters enjoyed samples from the finest restaurants in town and discovered products from a slew of local venders. Fun activities for the kids and a catchy band made this the perfect family outing.

If you don’t already love Taste of East Cobb, knowing the net proceeds were given to Walton High School’s award-winning band makes it that much sweeter. The event also joined forces with Must Ministries this year to host the Cans To Taste food drive. This annual tradition truly is “The Most Delicious Saturday of the Year.”

The 2014 award winners

Best Taste: Seed

Best Value: Zeal

Best Dessert: Gigi’s Cupcakes

Friendliest: Common Quarter

Most Likely to Visit: Seed

Best Sales: Georgia Rib Company




the guide:



Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson, in Atlanta May 10 & 11!

the gig:

What do you get when you electrify the immense creativity of Cirque du Soleil with a bolt of Michael Jackson’s unparalleled energy? The best show ever, that’s what.

And it’s coming to Atlanta THIS weekend, May 10 and 11, at the Gwinnett Center.

a preview:


what to expect: 

Cirque du Soleil | Michael Jackson | Gwinnett CenterBegun as a group of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has become an international presence famous for breathtaking shows that combine dance, street performance, acrobatics, live music and amazing costumes. Currently 19 unique shows are being presented around the world, with one of the most acclaimed – Michael Jackson – coming to Atlanta this weekend.

Come prepared for a riveting fusion of visuals, dance, and music from Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour--the #9 top-grossing tour of all time.

The electrifying rock-concert format combines the innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil’s unparalleled creativity. Translation: WOWZA. 

Written and directed by Jamie King, the international cast features 49 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and dancers. Four of the eleven musicians previously toured with Michael Jackson.

Cirque du Soleil | Michael Jacksonthe guide: 


Schedule: Saturday, May 10 @ 8:00pm

Sunday, May 11 @ 5:00pm

Tickets: Purchase at or by calling 1-888-9-AXS-TIX. Prices range from $50 to $150 each.


Slide into Summer with Language Lab and Owl Academy

the gig:

Language Lab and OWL Academy are kicking off summer in style…and they want you to join them! We introduced you to Language Lab and OWL Academy a few weeks ago and told you all about the awesome work they do to help kids with language disorders.

Well, their students have been working hard all year, and they are giving them a summer send-off of epic proportions. On May 22 they will LanguageLab_Slidehave a HUGE blow up water slide at Dallas Landing Beach, and it’s open to anyone and everyone in the community.

Your admission will get you unlimited sliding throughout the day, lunch provided by OWL Academy, and free parking. You do need to pre-register in order to get the free parking. Check out their website to learn more about them and then head on over on May 22 to party!

the guide:

date: Thursday, May 22, 2014

time: slide opens at 11am; lunch is 12-2pmLanguageLab_logo

admission: $10/personOWLAcademy_logo

place: Dallas Landing Beach in Acworth

for more info: Tricia Lowther at 678-361-2980 or


Taste of Marietta – THIS Sunday

the gig:

It’s not every day you can enjoy food from over 75 restaurants and food trucks, back-to-back live concerts, and activities to entertain the entire family. But, Sunday, April 27 is not every other day – it’s the day Taste of Marietta comes back to the Marietta Square!

With around 100,000 people expected to attend, this is the family event of the season in Marietta– and one of the most successful and well-attended taste events in the entire country (that’s right, we know how to eat around these parts).

Bring the family out for the afternoon and enjoy everything from sushi to chicken wings and {literally} everything in between, including plenty of options for dessert to polish off your eating exploration. Activities include the Kids Alley, Sports Corner, outdoor concerts, food awards, and much more.

Mark your calendar and be prepared for a day of fun and full tummies!

the schedule:

Main Glover Park Bandstand

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Goodbye Machine

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. Three Way Street

3:45 p.m. Announcement of Food Award Winners

4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Lauren St. James

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Yacht Rock Schooner – be sure to reserve your table today!

LGE Community Credit Union Church Street Stage

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Drake Vonkohn

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Hurricane Wilson

104.1 South Park Stage

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Iron Reign

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Hoosier Daddy

West Park Stage

1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Men in Blues

the guide:

date: Sunday, April 27, 2014

time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

location: The Historic Marietta Square

cost: free admission; food ranges in price from around $1 to $5 per taste; some kids activities are pay-to-play

for more info:

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