It’s time to get your lowdown on all the must-know news pouring out of our region this week. With Ben Folds Five’s album, National Bourbon Heritage Month, a Southern Living yard sale, and festivals galore, we bet you’ll keep busy!
Southern still life. The 10th-annual SLOWExposures photograpy festival in Concord, Georgia, will show the South in all its photographic glory (September 21-30). Expect hauntingly beautiful landscapes (like the one pictured above) and portraits at the juried show, and get tips from expert shutterbugs. A panel discussion will delve into how they capture the unique sense of place and exactly just what about our region that makes it so iconic. The best part? The show supports efforts to preserve picturesque historic buildings and land in the area.
National Bourbon Heritage Month. The Bluegrass State sure knows how to celebrate a month dedicated to bourbon. Fred Noe, a seventh generation member of the Jim Beam family, kicks things off with his recent release, Beam, Straight Up. Fred stirs up boyhood memories of growing up along the bourbon trail and his rise to become master distiller. With restaurants and bars incorporating Kentucky’s signature spirit into their menus, you’ll want to try the short ribs braised with Basil Hayden’s bourbon at the Brown Hotel or order from the all-bourbon cocktail menu at Proof on Main. Still thirsty? Travel along the Urban Bourbon Trail and make stops to get sips.
Foodie Yard Sale. Here’s one tip from our Test Kitchen you won’t want to miss: We’re teaming up with our friends from Coastal Living, Cooking Light, MyRecipes.com, and Oxmoor House to put on the biggest prop sale Birmingham, Alabama, has ever seen. Now’s your chance to stock your kitchen and snag cover-worthy cake stands, plates, utensils, and more. All proceeds go to Greater Birmingham Ministries, an organization that provides food and essentials to residents in need. Get to Pepper Place early (the sale starts at 7 a.m.) on September 22 for some shopping you can feel good about!
National Book Festival. Prose meets politics on the National Mall as the Library of Congress serves as host to more than 100 authors, illustrations, and poets September 22-23. U.S. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia recalls the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement in his book Across That Bridge while other authors such as Patricia Cornwell, Lois Lowry, and R.L. Stine will sign books and talk about their newest reads. Make a stop inside the world’s biggest library to check out Books that Shaped America, an exhibit that includes such Southern tomes as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Sound and The Fury.
Ben Folds Five’s new album. Everybody’s favorite indie-rock trio is back with new material after a 13-year break. After jamming at festivals this summer including Bonnaroo, Ben Folds Five is finally giving us what we want: more piano-driven rock on their new album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind. And lucky for us, the Chapel Hill, North Carolina-born band is scheduled to make a few Southern stops on the road.
Bonus Buzz: Provisions, one of Houston’s most anticipated eateries, opens today. Anchored around a massive wood-burning oven, the urban-rustic restaurant will serve crispy pizzas, pastas, and roasted meats that all come out of the oven with a hint of smoke. We hear they even have an amazing smoked soft-serve that’s made sweet with toppings such as sorghum and cherries. Look for The Pass, an intimate dining experience similar to a chef’s table, to open next month inside Provisions.
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