Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. A Photo Show for Dog Lovers. The team behind the acclaimed SlowExposures, a juried exhibit of rural South photography that happens every September in Concord, Georgia, pays tribute to our affection for dogs with Puppy Love. The aww-inducing collection of images of dogs in the South is going on now through the end of the month at A Novel Experience bookshop in Zebulon, Georgia, one hour south of Atlanta. Sounds like the perfect excuse for a weekend day trip.
2. Birmingham Fashion Week. In only three years Birmingham Fashion Week grew from a one-night event in the lawn of a historic home to a week-long lineup of runway shows, design competitions, and parties in Birmingham’s Pepper Place. This year’s shows, February 23 through March 2, bring coveted labels such as Tibi and Project Runway: All-Stars winner Anthony Ryan Auld, to the runways.
3. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Running February 21-24, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival draws some of our favorite Southern food personalities—including Hugh Acheson, John Besh, and Linton Hopkin—for four days of culinary merriment and education. Splurge for tickets to the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village ($225), in which more than 100 food vendors and wineries offer tastings, and celebrated chefs (Trisha Yearwood, Jose Andres, Andrew Zimmern) host demos and book signings right on the beach.
4. Nashville Print Revival’s DIY Workshop. What’s cooler than a unique, screen-printed shirt? A unique, screen-printed T you made yourself. Learn the process from print maker Mike Martino as Nashville Print Revival and Plaza Artist Materials host this free workshop on Saturday from 10 to noon. Space is limited, so get there early.
5. Oklahoma’s Next Great Artist. Nobody saw it coming when 24-year-old John Fullbright was nominated for a Grammy this year for his debut studio album, From the Ground Up. And although he didn’t take home the golden gramophone, we have a feeling we’ll all be hearing a lot more from this soulful Okie rocker. His honest lyrics and varied sound that ranges from Tom Waits-like ballads to rockabilly has us playing his stuff on repeat.