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. Louisville’s Brown Hotel celebrates 90 years. Born in the Roaring Twenties, the historic hotel celebrates its illustrious past (Elizabeth Taylor, Muhamed Ali, and several presidents have slept here) starting with a throwback cocktail menu. Try a Victorian Punch, a fruity sipper from the original bar menu, or a Kentucky Derby (a Brown Derby cocktail with sorghum). All this week, the kitchen will recreate the vintage lunch buffet featuring popular dishes from the era–look for fried ham sandwiches and apricot pudding. Dress the part on Friday with a Gatsby-esque bash with live jazz music and a lavish five-course meal.
2. KEEN Digital Summit in Nashville. The inaugural tech fest kicks off Thursday in Nashville. Drawing digital leaders from around the country, the three-day event also features a heavy dose of Southern style. Held at the new Omni Nashville, the event will include speakers like Nashvillian Daniel Bear Hunley, named one of Time Magazine’s 30 Style Pinners, and Sarah Gavigan, the founder of Nashville’s Otaku South. (Plus our own Erin Shaw Street will be speaking!) Tickets are still available.
3. Inaugural Edisto Island Bluegrass Festival. With a phenomenal lineup that features Lonesome River Band, Shovels & Rope, and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, you don’t really need another reason to get to this music festival held at Point of Pines Plantation. But just in case, come for the barbecue and sliders from local restaurants like Po Pigs Bo-B-Q and McConkey’s Jungle Shack.
4. Austin Film Festival. Celebrate two decades of cinematic greatness as the 20th annual festival kicks off Thursday. Now’s your chance to see buzzy films before they open including Oklahoma-set August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep and Inside Llewyn Davis with Miami-raised Oscar Isaac as the lead. Our pick: Hot off the series finale of Breaking Bad, director and producer (not to mention Virginia native) Vince Gilligan brings together actors like Will Ferrell for a staged script reading of his project 2 FACE.
5. Atlanta’s Sunday Supper South. This Sunday, all-star chefs like Sean Brock, Ashley Christensen, and Vivian Howard come together to prepare a family-style dinner, all in the name of Mr. James Beard. The $250 price tag might seem steep, but it’s a bargain when you consider how much you’d spend traveling to each chef’s hometown to sample their culinary prowess–they hail from Memphis to Orlando, Charleston to Oxford.
5 1/2. John Grisham’s new book. Nearly 25 years after the king of crime fiction penned his first thriller, A Time to Kill, John Grisham returns to the fictional town of Clanton, Mississippi. In his newest release, Sycamore Row, he brings back Jake Brigance (memorably played by Matthew McConaughey in the film version of ATtK) for a case involving a mysterious will, a suicide, and racial tension.