From the ‘30s prep line of Benjamin Bixby in 2008 to the 47 jumpsuits—each with a different message—that he donned during the Outkast reunion tour in 2014, André “3000” Benjamin is no stranger to the fashion world. And as if high-waisted trousers and utility black jumpsuits weren’t enough, the style icon is now joining Swedish footwear company Tretorn in debuting a shoe line.
Part of Tretorn’s Spring 2018 collection, the brand will offer 15 designs that are a collaboration of Benjamin’s playful and bold aesthetic while remaining classic and true to the Tretorn style.
The 42-year-old half of Outkast is a long-time fan of the brand, reminiscing of the days he wore Tretorns in the halls of Tri-Cities High School.
“Growing up, we’d all put our personal stamp onto the blank canvas of the Nylite, and I’d sketch out my own designs,” Benjamin says. “This collaboration felt like fun because it brought me back to that place of personalizing these original designs.”
Where to find them: Even though the November 13 debut takes place only in California, Atlantans can expect the kicks to show up in town in late November—but only at Wish in Little Five Points or online at tretorn.com. The full collection will be sold widespread in specialty and department stores in February.
What to expect: Only six styles will be available in November, but there’s certainly a variety for every early shopper’s tastes: rugby-inspired yellow or red and blue-striped kicks, purple or blue terrycloth high tops, and quilted blue or black sneakers. Retail prices vary from $85 to $250.
Something extra: Along with being a musician, actor, and style icon, Andre also dabbles in sketches and painting. Buy a pair of shoes, and you’ll get to see his sketches for yourself—from Andre’s ant logo on the shoe box to sketches on the tissue paper.
If you’re shopping on a budget in Atlanta, where do you go? Goodwill. I always go on Tumblr [beforehand] and look at pieces that I love and try to find pieces that are similar. If you go with an item in mind, you can always find something. My favorite part about thrifting is that it guarantees that no one else will be wearing the same exact shirt.
It’s Saturday night, and you’re going to dinner with friends. Where are you going, what do you order, and what are you wearing? My favorite place to eat is Taqueria Del Sol. I get either one chicken taco and two sides of rice or a cheese enchilada. I would probably wear something simple: white-wide leg trousers, a white graphic tee, a few of my favorite gold necklaces and rings, my vintage little green bag, and maybe some Vans.
Who do you follow that has inspired your style? Courtney Trop from @alwaysjudging. I love the way she styles unique pieces that at first glance you might not think go together. She has an amazing eye for photographing the clothes she wears, and she also mixes in masculine and feminine clothes, which I really love.
What neighborhood do you hit for clothes and accessories? Virginia-Highland. I always go to Highland Row Antiques—it always inspires me when I walk through it. Also Antique Factory in Chamblee is so good! I found my favorite purse there, and they also have the coolest furniture.
What are your favorite places to shoot in Atlanta? I mostly shoot in Decatur because it is close to my house, but the buildings I shoot at are super random. Sometimes it’s the emissions booth garage door at a gas station. When I am in the car, I am constantly scanning for new places to shoot. I like to make sure the place I am shooting gets good light. I also love to look for buildings with interesting lines and textures because that makes a photo just that more interesting. Blog photos can get repetitive, so I try to add in greenery and different colored walls. It really just depends on the day.
Sporty spots Atlanta Open 8/1–7
Sure, the Atlanta Open tennis tournament is an annual event at Atlantic Station, but this year is special, thanks to the 20th anniversary of the Atlanta Summer Olympics. To celebrate, the Open will host an exhibit match between tennis great and bad boy John McEnroe and Sergi Bruguera.
Cool Dads Rock Soap Box Derby Festival 8/13
Anyone, even kids as young as four, can help build a derby car and even participate in the 4th annual race. There will be food trucks and live music in addition for spectators.
Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race 8/20
This is a mud run is also a pie-eating contest, a water slide, and a beach volleyball game. You’ll be exhausted by the end of the day, but taking a ride on a mechanical bull after you run sure beats just jogging alone.
Adult alternatives Pub Crawl on the BeltLine 8/6
For four hours, explore the Atlanta BeltLine while making pub pit stops along the way. $30 will get you a ticket and four complimentary beverages—that’s one drink per hour—at participating bars like Park Tavern and the Luminary.
Sips Under the Sea 8/12
This Georgia Aquarium event for adults is back with the usual (live music, cocktails, tapas), but it’s also bringing in some youthful activities: Jenga, chess, and other classic games from childhood.
German Bierfest 8/20
More than 40 German beers will be featured at this event, from the more popular Beck’s and St. Paul Girl to lesser known names like Erdlinger and Spaten.
Atlanta Wine Party 8/27
Taste over 50 different wines, enjoy small plate options, and dance along to the DJ at Opera. When the wine is cut off, don’t fret—the venue will turn into a cash bar at 9:45 p.m., so you can continue to drink and dance the night away.
Cool to be cultured Flashback Festival 8/6
Parliament Funkadelic and A Taste of Honey take it back to the 1970s at Aaron’s Amphitheatre, when soul and funk were king. Don’t forget to grab those old bell-bottoms from the back of your closet—you’ll need them for this lineup.
Piedmont Park Arts Festival 8/13–14
Featuring 250 artists (painters, photographers, jewelry designers, and more), the event will also have food, live acoustic music, and a children’s play area.
Atlanta Underground Film Festival 8/19–20
This film festival prides itself on going against the mainstream in the work they showcase—from drama features to foreign shorts to music videos—as well as making the environment of the festival feel like a party.
Atlanta LGBT Film and Music Festival 8/25–27
This festival’s opening night kicks off with panel discussions and mixers, followed by a day of independent film watching and a day of musical acts like Hunter Valentine and MikeQ. And it’s all in the name of love.
BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta 8/25–28
With a focus on minorities in the Atlanta film industry, this festival serves to promote shorts, documentaries, and features that have minorities working within the cast and crew. There will also be panel discussions and luncheons throughout the week.
Family & foodie fun Old Soldiers Day Parade 8/6
Alpharetta celebrates veterans in a day jam-packed with events, from an 8K race, to live music and Varsity hotdogs, to a parade hosted by American Legion Post 201.
Water Day 8/7
Beat that Georgia heat with a family day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center filled with water games, sprinklers, and water crafts that will help you forget about the 90-but feels-like-110-degree weather.
Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival 8/12–13
If trying bites from 10 barbecue restaurants isn’t enough, there will be a cook-off with over 30 teams competing. Warning: This could get saucy.
Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival 8/13
This festival is about as Southern as they come, from the smoky barbecue to the live Southern-rooted music. There will also be plenty of beer at this seven-hour family-friendly party.
The niche nook Atlanta Tattoo Expo 8/19–21
An art festival in its own right, this expo brings together artists and proud tattoo bearers. For those looking to be inked, this event gives you the opportunity to get tattooed by the best artists in the area. For tattoo artists looking to meet and learn from other artists, there are seminars for that.
Atlanta Trumpet Festival 8/27–28
This is like a rock band jam session, but with trumpets. Metro Atlanta trumpet players of three ensemble levels (middle school, high school, and adult) get together at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, where they’ll play and prepare for a concert performance on the last day. No auditions required.
When Decatur native Omari Hardwick landed the role of Ghost on Starz’s Power, whose third season premieres on July 17, he realized that it was a rare acting opportunity. Hardwick describes his character, an ostensibly straight-laced businessman named James St. Patrick, as “a three-headed monster.” That’s because James is also known as “Ghost,” a drug kingpin, and “Jamie,” the lover of an assistant U.S. attorney.
We recently spoke with Hardwick about the role, what viewers can expect in season three, and how the former athlete made the journey from Atlanta to Sanford Stadium to Hollywood.
You play James, a successful nightclub owner who leads a criminal double life as “Ghost.” What drew you to the character?
When I read [the script], the character leapt off the page. [Series creator] Courtney Kemp had written [Ghost] to think 10 steps ahead. He could speak the language of kings all the way to the kids in the projects that he grew up in. [And] to know a woman was at the helm of this seemingly very male-dominated type of show was very interesting to me.
Which of the character’s three sides—James, Jamie, or Ghost—do you identify with most?
It would be the obvious answer to say there’s a little bit of all of them in me, but I would say that Jamie is probably the furthest from me. A lot of people really like Jamie. They say he’s sweet, and there’s definitely the poet side of me that is like Jamie. But I would say he’s the furthest from me in the sense that he’s kind of just about him. As the show continues, we wonder if he’s really that in love with [attorney Angela]. In a way I relate to Ghost. Obviously I’ve never murdered somebody, and I’m not a distributor of illegal narcotics. But the character’s complexities are, at the end of the day, the reason I thought I could play the guy.
What can fans expect in season three?
They can expect to watch this see-saw internal battle. [James] has claimed to rid himself of what the world would say is the ugliest part of the three-headed monster—Ghost. But it’s a struggle. [Because] you know Ghost is a ticking time bomb, but he also has this calm resolve, [like he] has it all figured out. That’s why a lot of people really like him.
[Meanwhile] James has made too many bad bargains, not only with Angela but also with Tommy, his wife and his three kids, and he’s thinking that can all work out. His level of hubris was already paramount, but at this point, it’s on a steroid level, and I think the fans will see that.
We do see what happens to Kanan, played by 50 Cent, and whether or not he survived. There’s more murder and betrayal. Season three is very much an Angela Lansbury whodunnit.
You grew up in Decatur but went to high school at Marist in North Atlanta. What was that like?
Atlanta is a very healthy place for black families to be, in terms of economic and social mobility. My father was a young lawyer, and he was doing decent relative to Atlanta. He had us in an area where you see white flight happen. So black families would move into neighborhoods, and then the white families would leave. [Living in] Decatur at that time taught me that there was still a lot that needed to be fixed. It’s 2016, and it’s still not that differed at times. But [Decatur] also taught me a level of pride that black people could keep a community together.
Then I would go 30 minutes away to Marist, which was white. There [were] seven other black people in my graduating class. And that was Triple-A ball, so it was a big enough school for that to be a very small percentage of people that look like me, when I then went home to a neighborhood where everybody looked like me.
My grandfathers and pops and uncles, and every other [male] in my family, were big on letting me know that I can get anything that anybody else can get. And then I went to a school where people didn’t look like me, and they were right—I was able to get certain things that maybe people like me think that only white men can get. I’m on an interview now with you because that confidence was instilled in me starting in Decatur.
You later attended UGA and played football there. Was it tough transitioning from athlete to actor?
I always had an interest in acting in high school, but I was playing sports, so the only acting I was doing was within my own thoughts. But my senior year I started to do plays at [University of] Georgia. I was 200 pounds, and I was doing Lisistrata and taking piano lessons and working my language out in Shakespeare. I read everything from Macbeth to Othello. I was in a troupe called Black Theatrical Ensemble, and we would perform at the Georgia Theatre in downtown Athens. You got laughs sometimes [from teammates], but to this day, a lot of them, such as Champ Bailey and Hines Ward, are all very supportive.
Do you still follow UGA football?
I still root for everybody. I root for the Hawks. I’m still a diehard Braves fan, for sure. And I still root for the Falcons and the University of Georgia. I root for Georgia Tech basketball. I’m a real Georgia boy. I’m going to try and see if I can get off on the Friday prior to [UGA] homecoming this year, although I shoot 16 to 18 hours at times. But I’m making a note to go back this year because I haven’t been back in six years. As you know, Kirby Smart is the coach this year, [and he] was also a strong safety on my team. So it’s kind of a reunion this year for me.
You’ve talked about how in your early days as an actor, you had trouble making ends meet and even lived out of your car. What made you stick with it?
I’m just not a quitter, even if it was idiotic at times to not quit. The love and support of folks helped. In L.A. you need a car more than an apartment. I was young, so I thought “I need a car to get to auditions, and I could always shower at the YMCA.” So that’s what I did. I just kept seeing the finish line and knew I would get there. And I was poetic enough to think I could end up using this stuff that I was going through. I could use it to throw into characters on-screen whenever I get there. I thought that would outweigh acting class.
What are your go-to spots in Atlanta?
It’s changed so much. I used to like the original Intermezzo. I used to go in there and hide out. It’s funny—I was always sort of in that ghost way. I was never into where everyone else was going.
One of our favorite Atlanta companies, Little Barn Apothecary creates exfoliants, mists, scrubs, and other skincare goods from locally sourced and often certified organic ingredients (jasmine, charcoal, coffee). Launched just last year, it has grown to be carried in more than 200 spas and salons across the globe. This will be its first—and flagship—retail space, and will open in August. At Little Barn Apothecary + Co., fittingly nestled across from Dtox Organic Juice, customers can try out different remedies at the “exploration bar.” Just like the products, expect the space to have eco-friendly design and a minimal aesthetic (hint: we love their Instagram account).
“We are incredibly grateful for the global acclaim Little Barn Apothecary has garnered since the brand launched last year,” cofounders Joshua Morgan and Brad Scoggins said in a statement. “We are proud to be an Atlanta-made company and cannot wait to debut LBA + Co. in our hometown, for residents of and visitors to the vibrant Westside community.”
Charleston-based Fabulous Frocks is opening its second franchise location in metro Atlanta (closing its first in Tyrone), with a curated selection of relatively affordable options for brides. The store (like most bridal shops) is appointment-only, but Fabulous Frocks touts an intimate, personal environment, promising the “shopping with a mimosa in hand instead of shuffling through a sample sale” experience.
The shop will open in September between Marcel and Brick + Mortar. Expect an industrial vibe (complete with concrete floors and pipes used as racks), with feminine flourishes like gold and blush accents. Among other lines, Fabulous Frocks will bring its exclusive bridal separates line, Garnish and Frill. We’ll toast to that.
Fantastic Fourth Celebration 7/1–4
Stone Mountain’s combo of lasers, 100-foot tall flames, and fireworks draws a crowd from all over metro Atlanta and Georgia. Parking is $15, but you can bring your own picnic.
July 4th Star Spangled Beach Party 7/2–4
Make the drive to Callaway Gardens for fireworks, and you’ll also find waterslides, a performance by the FSU Flying High Circus, and (of course) the beach.
Red, White & Boom! 7/3
This Norcross event happens one day early for families who want to celebrate twice. Expect food vendors, bouncy inflatables, a DJ, and fireworks.
Duluth Celebrates America 7/3
Duluth also lights up the sky on the 3rd with fireworks, live music, food trucks, and prize giveaways.
Mall of Georgia Star Spangled Fourth 7/4
With inflatables and a screening of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two, there’s plenty of entertainment for kids. Parents can relax with live music by the Woody’s and fireworks to end the night.
Marietta’s Fourth in the Park 7/4
This all-day festival transforms downtown Marietta into a patriotic display of red, white, and blue. The celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade and ends with a fireworks show after dark.
Sparkle in the Park 7/4
Come to Lilburn City Park for balloon animals, a bounce house, and a free family photos. Then catch live music by GLOW, followed by fireworks.
Friday Night Fireworks 7/1
It’s the last time you’ll ever enjoy an Independence Day firework show in Turner Field. So grab a hotdog and a beer, watch fireworks, and reminisce about the Braves better days. (Bonus: It’s also Star Wars night.)
Coca-Cola July 4th Fest 7/2–4
Six Flags will feature their firework show all three nights of the holiday weekend. A Coke can gets you into the park an hour early.
Kiehl’s, which reopened in a new-and-improved space at Lenox Square this spring, brings back old favorites and experiments with new ingredients this season. The biggest trend we noticed? So-called superfoods that aren’t for eating, but rather for dabbing on your face. Here are three (salad-worthy) products you’ll find in the new store this summer—plus a fourth new release to mark on your calendar.
Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque Kiehl’s has been developing masque products since the 1970s—but the newest contains (you guessed it) turmeric and cranberry seeds, which exfoliate the skin and give it a refreshed look with a rosy hue. Apply to a clean face, leave on for five to ten minutes, and rinse. Use up to three times a week. $32/2.5 oz.
Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant-Defending Masque Another masque—but this one’s for leaving on overnight. The thin layer left on while you sleep is intended to protect the skin from pollutants.$32/2.5 oz.
Dermatologist Solutions Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate It’s been called trendy to eat quinoa, but now it’s apparently just as cool to apply to your face. For the first time ever, Kiehl’s has experimented with this super food, using discarded husks as exfoliants. It’s gentle enough for nightly use, even on sensitive skin. $54/1 oz.
What’s Next? This September, Kiehl’s is taking it back to the origin of the brand (which, as it will proudly tell you on its packaging, is 1851), with the in-store Kiehl’s Apothecary Preparations. The Lenox Square location will be one of select stores where customers can get a personalized consultation for individualized remedies for skin and products. $95
Reminiscent of AMC hit series Mad Men, Atlanta was a powerhouse for advertising during the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. The Atlanta Ad Club is celebrating the creativity of that era with the “Mad Men Art Show.” The opening will be at MODA from June 18–19, and then the show will move to the Wild Hope Art Gallery in Alpharetta from June 24–29.
Local ad pros Bob Cargill, Tom Wood, and Rick Anwyl realized that many of their retired colleagues were creating various types of art—painting, sculpture, literature, even video—and decided to organize a show celebrating their work. Sponsored by Buckhead Investment Partners, the event will feature fine art by more than 40 men and women—along with iconic ads, including early promotions for Longhorn Steakhouse and C&S National Bank. Blown up, these images will hang 6 feet wide by 9 feet tall, and guests are encouraged to sign the walls around the artwork. Thirty per cent of sales will go to the Atlanta Ad Club Scholarship Fund.
The show will include eight vintage ads from Atlanta magazine, mostly from the 70s. “We felt like [the Atlanta ads] were good examples of creative work,” says Diane Buffington, Wild Hope Art Gallery owner. “It was representative of the golden age of advertising.”
Industry veteran and event co-chair Guy Tucker remembers advertisements from Atlanta magazine in the 70s and 80s. He recalls ad artists stepping up their game when they were told their work would appear in Atlanta. “There were fewer opportunities to get an audience,” says Tucker. “To get it out there, Atlanta magazine was an excellent way to do it. The quality of the publication added some allure.”
Ring in the first month of the summer with cemetery concerts, food trucks, and even a hypnosis show.
Edible Entertainment Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 6/2–5
Have you ever wanted to learn how to make (or maybe just taste) the food and cocktail staples of the South? You can at this Midtown festival with award-winning chefs and mixologists. Details
Alpharetta Brew Moon Countryfest 6/4
Rain or shine, there’s a party in the Alpharetta streets. Pick your poison, from Terrapin RecreationAle to a house red wine; enjoy some live music; and feast on a variety of local catered food, like Seven Seas Mediterranean Cafe. Details
Atlanta Street Food Festival 6/11–12
Bento Bus and Shove Your Pie Hole are just some of the many food-on-wheels options to devour while listening to live music or exploring Stone Mountain. Details
Atlanta Summer Beer Fest 6/18
This year’s location switches from Masquerade Music Park to Historic Fourth Ward Park, and features more than 200 local and national beers. Details
Bud-n-Burgers Festival 6/25
Do you enjoy a great burger? Do you also enjoy a frosty beer with that great burger? Then this is the festival for you, where Decatur’s the Square Pub, McDonough’s Kirby G’s Diner & Pub, and around 20 other burger restaurants compete for cash prizes. Details
The Creative Crowd The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival 6/3–4
Now in its 22nd year, the MAD Festival continues to celebrate the diversity of dance, with a movement narrative by Atlanta’s Bella Dorado and a featured performance by the KSU Dance Company. Details
Harlem Fine Arts Show 6/15–18
The traveling art show returns to Atlanta with exhibitions at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The show includes local artists such as Ashley Reid, daughter of music icon L.A. Reid. Details
The Atlanta Improv Festival 6/16–18
Get ready for the most intense improv competition you’ve (probably) ever seen, where eight teams battle it out thespian-style for a grand prize of $500. Details
Old Fourth Ward Park Arts Festival 6/25–26
This fest, created by Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, features work from artists in a variety of mediums, a kids zone, and live performances. Proceeds will go toward creating a scholarship for local artists. Details
Heritage and History Festival of Chariots 6/3–5
This Indian festival brings a 2,000-year-old tradition to Atlanta, with a parade, live music, and mantra meditation. Details
Georgia Renaissance Festival 6/4–5
Don’t miss the final weekend of the annual medieval shindig, where you can watch jousting, acrobatics, even a hypnosis show. Details
Juneteenth Atlanta Black History Parade 6/17–19
This event celebrates African American history with a parade, fashion show, live music by Reesa Renee and several other performers, and even a Father’s Day celebration. Details
Good Ol’ Family Fun Flying Colors Butterfly Festival 6/4–5
If being surrounded by hundreds of butterflies all afternoon doesn’t sound cool enough, at least come for the food trucks and King of Pops. Details
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo 6/10–12
Arcades may be a thing of the past, but this expo will take adults down memory lane while showing their youngsters what kids did before smartphone apps. There will be 250 arcade games, console systems, and tournaments. Details
Balloons Over Fayette 6/11
Fayette County may seem like a far trek for some intowners, but with the opportunity to ride glowing hot air balloons, spending the extra gas money might just be worth it. Details
Decatur Beach Party 6/17
Atlanta may be hours away from the nearest beach, but when life hands you (60 tons of) sand, you can make your own. That’s what Decatur is doing, with live music by Electric Avenue, fruity drinks, and a boardwalk included. Details
Sandy Springs Lantern Parade 6/18
Sit along the Chattahoochee River for the first ever “Take It To The River” lantern parade, which features to Alice, a 25-foot albino alligator lantern. There will also be live music and performances. Details
Hilarity and Harmony Laughing Skull Comedy Festival 6/7–12
Considered one of the best festivals to see rising comedians, Laughing Skull features 101 comedians—including Atlanta’s own Ben Palmer and Lace Larrabee—across 15 venues and 60 shows throughout the Atlanta area. Judges include comedy writers and comedians from The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Comedy Central. Details
Rock the Cash Bar: LawJam 2016 6/10
When they’re not arguing in a courtroom, these lawyers are rocking out in bands, such as Bell Breakers and the Physics. Watch as they compete in a battle of the bands-styled competition. Here’s to hoping the judges use gavels. Details
Tunes from the Tombs 6/18
It’s not wrong to jam out to live music in a cemetery—as long as the proceeds benefit said cemetery. Arrested Development headlines the lineup of local artists, and, of course, there will be an abundance of food trucks. Details
If you’re planning a trip to Athens soon, this is the weekend to go. Arrested Development, the Black Lips, and other musical acts take over the streets of downtown, along with an artist market and a kids festival. Details
Day for the Dads Father’s Day Car Show 6/19
For the car fanatic father in your life, show him you care on his special day by talking a walk among 1950s Mustangs and Camaros—you can thank us later. Details
Let’s Get Physical Virginia-Highland Summerfest 6/4–5
In its 33rd year, the Virginia-Highland Summerfest brings food, art, and activities for the whole family. Early birds can even cheer on runners during the festival’s 5k race. Details
Atlanta Cycling Festival 6/11–18
Calling all bike aficionados, expert or new. This week-long event features a whole variety of rides, bike repair classes, even a Tupac-themed scavanger hunt. Details
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