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. The Triangle’s newest creative hangout. Gather, a design hub in Cary, North Carolina, houses the offices of makers like owner Michelle Smith. Gather also has a pop-up coffee shop, hosts weekly DIY classes from photography to canning, and be still our hearts–stocks a chic retail section featuring paintings and home goods from local artisans. Later this month, learn the basics of hand-drawn from typography from North Carolina-based designers This Paper Ship with a mug of coffee made from Raleigh Coffee Company beans.
2. Beard on the Beach dinner. Summer’s going out with a bang at One Ocean Resort & Spa near Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday. Using the last of the season’s bounty like tomatoes and field peas, five chefs from local resorts will cook up a five-course feast at the third annual Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner.
3. Birmingham’s Empowerment Week. It’s been 50 years since the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, and Birmingham is reflecting on the anniversary with all kinds of events including a book reading, a volunteer day, and a Civil Rights panel. This week will bring in guests such as Spike Lee, Condoleeza Rice, and Bill Cosby, and on Saturday, Jamie Foxx hosts a concert at BJCC featuring Jill Scott and Charlie Wilson. To see the full schedule, check out 50 Years Forward.
3. Marfa’s music festival. Once you’ve set up camp (or rented a deluxe tent with a cozy bed) at El Cosmico, an 18-acre campground in Marfa, you’ll never want to leave the desert town. At the Trans-Pecos Festival running Thursday through Sunday, you can learn about guerilla knitting, take a leatherworking class, or relax in the hammock grove. Of course, the main draw to the 8th annual event is all of the cool country, bluegrass, and folk performances from acts like Robert Ellis, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, and Tift Merritt.
5. Dallas’ ever-changing restaurant. Bummed that you missed out on another one-night-only pop-up dinner? You’ll have four months to catch a meal at Dallas’ first semipermanent pop-up restaurant Kitchen LTO (Limited Time Only) starting Wednesday. Chef Norman Grimm’s modern French-American cuisine such as gnocchi and braised short ribs will be on tables through December and then another chef takes over the kitchen for four months.