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Column: Saks Night Out to preview Trinity’s Spotlight on Art
by Sally F. White
Neighbor Newspapers Columnist
January 08, 2014 11:10 AM | 2973 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Sally White, Northside Neighbor Columnist
Trinity School in Buckhead is putting a spotlight on the preview exhibit/sale of the school’s 2014 Art Market at Saks Fifth Avenue at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead with a Saks Night Out preview and meet-the-artist reception Friday in Saks’ first-floor gallery.

The Saks Gallery is open daily to the public and all items are available for immediate sale. The special, free informal evening will present new fill-in pieces for sale and introduce some of the artists and their works before the satellite showing closes Jan. 28 to be amalgamated into the major Spotlight on Art Market Feb. 3 through 8 at the school.

The 2014 market is led by Chairwoman Kimberly Lusink, and the co-chairs are Melissa Favero, Courtenay Gabriel and Sarah Stollmack.

Located on Northside Parkway, Trinity is an independent, co-educational elementary school, serving students ages 3 through sixth grade. It accepts children of diverse backgrounds and focuses on providing extraordinary educational experiences for each young learner.

Proceeds from the Saks preview and the annual art market go toward scholarship funds and continuing teacher education.

Information: (404) 231-8119 or

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The 2014 speaker series for the monthly Atlanta World War II Round Table lunch meetings will kick off Jan. 16 at Petite Auberge restaurant on North Druid Hills Road in DeKalb County. Speakers representing historians from the Currahee Museum and Camp Toccoa military sites will explore the restoration and enhancement plans for the north Georgia military camp.

Architect Garland Reynolds, who will speak at the event, has been commissioned to design and lead the building committee for a new Currahee Museum and Visitors Center.

Originally known as Camp Toombs, named after Confederate Civil War Gen. Robert Toombs, the north Georgia area was redeveloped in the 1930s under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Works Projects Administration to serve as a National Guard training ground.

In the summer of 1942, 5,000 men arrived at the remote area five miles outside of Toccoa at Currahee Mountain for training as a new type of soldier — a paratrooper. During World War II 17,000 soldiers from the 501st, 506th, 511th, and 517th Parachute Infantry Division trained at the site in preparation to defend the free world from the German offensive. Today it is a scenic reminder of military heroism.

The nonprofit round table meets for lunch 10 times a year for a social half-hour plus speaker-oriented programs focused on the U.S. military and patriotic elements. The luncheons are open to members, their families, non-members and those interested in preserving patriotic history for a nominal $15 tab.

Organized in 1986, the diverse membership 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. The 2014 commander is Lee Weinstein.

Information: (404) 843-0779 or or

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This month will mark the 14th year for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival to host the showing of new, exceptional cutting-edge films across the metro area. This year’s 23-day cinematic extravaganza runs Jan. 29 through Feb. 20.

As Atlanta’s largest exhibitor of foreign and independent cinema, the festival continues to bring influential, touching and often controversial films to a region that might otherwise never get a chance to see them. Having drawn nearly 32,000 attendees in 2013, this year’s festival will score as the second largest Jewish film festival in the U.S., behind only San Francisco.

The 2014 festival is taking place in eight different movie venues throughout metro Atlanta and will celebrate iconic Jewish filmmakers at a venue new to the event. The festivities kick off with an opening night gala at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre near Vinings Jan. 29 featuring a screening of the Polish drama “Run Boy Run” and a closing night celebration Feb. 20 with “Next Year Jerusalem” at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Theatre in Midtown. Tickets for all events are now on sale.

Moviegoers will have exceptional opportunities to see the most sought-after global films of the year as they explore Jewish life, culture and history through the power of film to both entertain and educate.

The festival is also targeting new audiences with unique programming and events. Partnering with the Creative Loafing publication, the event will host a unique party Feb. 8 at the Westside Cultural Arts Center to celebrate iconic Jewish filmmakers: Steven Spielberg, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Ethan and Joel Cohen. A panel discussion Feb. 16 at Atlantic Station will explore the different sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict of “Bethlehem and Omar.” Showings will be supplemented by guest appearances with filmmakers, actors, authors, academics and other authorities.

Festival attendees will cast ballots for the Best Narrative and Best Documentary features. Winners receive the event’s Audience Award and are honored with encore screenings and statuettes.

“Every year we strive to make the festival better for our audience,” festival Executive Director Kenny Blank said. “The 2014 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival represents a huge leap forward in meeting the overwhelming demand and improving the quality of the festival. Our programming focuses on the ways Jewish life intersects with the broader world, appealing to non-Jews, as well as both the affiliated and unaffiliated Jewish community and teaches us things not just about ourselves, but about each other as well.”

Producing the Atlanta festival is the nonprofit American Jewish Committee. Building bridges of understanding with local, national and international leadership, the Atlanta chapter of more than 1,800 member families has been a pioneering human relations agency taking a major role in interfaith, interethnic, international and intra-Jewish affairs.

More than just “a night at the movies,” the festival is contemporary storytelling with the ability to impact the way audiences feel, think and behave after leaving the theater.

Tickets and information: (404) 806-9913 or

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The Salute to Greatness Award, one of the King Center’s highest honors, will be presented during the 2014 annual Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner Jan. 18 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta.

Individuals and progressive organizations will be recognized for outstanding efforts toward building Martin Luther King Jr.’s “beloved community.” The awards program will honor national and international individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership and have demonstrated a commitment to the principles and philosophy of King. This year’s honorees are Muhammad Ali and the Xerox Corp.

The Salute to Greatness Award was established and awarded for the first time in 1983 by Coretta Scott King. In 2013 the Coretta Scott King ANGEL Award (Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership) was added to the annual presentation in honor of keeping with the spirit of Coretta Scott King to recognize a youth or young adult, ages 12 to 25, and youth organizations exemplifying exceptional leadership in the areas of peace, social justice and nonviolent social change. This year’s honorees are Khalida Brohi and One Billion Rising, with Eve Ensler accepting on its behalf.

The three-tier ceremonial evening is themed to honor “Mandela: A Better Man, Not a Bitter Man” and will start with an introductory reception, proceed to a formal seated dinner and awards presentation, followed by an “afterglow” reception at 10 p.m.

Both a traditional memorial and programmatic nonprofit located in downtown Atlanta on Auburn Avenue, the King Center archives and library serve as a repository of primary source materials on Martin Luther King Jr. and the American civil rights movement. The collection consists of his papers, those of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference he co-founded and others. The center is also the premier resource dedicated to educating a global network of allied individuals and organizations using the philosophy and methods of nonviolence to create the “beloved community” that Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned.

Information and tickets: (404) 526-8900, (404) 526-8978 or

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