Every Monday we bring you the Southern Living Hot List, a roundup 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. Be a foodie friend. La Petite Grocery in New Orleans will host a Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner on Monday, August 4. The dinner, a regionally and seasonally inspired 5-course meal, will be prepared by Chef Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, Adam Evans of The Optimist in Atlanta, JBF Award Winner Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston, as well as local New Orleans chefs Aaron Burgau of Patois and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette. The dinner will be $150 for members, $175 for the general public. Call 504/891-3377 to reserve. Price includes wine pairings.
2. Listen to A Life Worth Living. Singer-songwriter Marc Broussard from Carencro, Louisiana releases his latest album A Life Worth Living on July 29. Broussard’s sounds mixes his Southern roots with what has been called “bayou soul” and incorporates funk, pop, blues, rock, and R&B. The album can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon.com, or his website.
3. Celebrate history. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Country Music Hall of Fame “Night Train to Nashville” exhibit, which examined the evolution of Nashville as the Music City. Now, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Music City Roots will celebrate with a special concert collaboration on Wednesday, July 30, at 7:00 p.m. at The Factory at Franklin. The show will be broadcast live on Hippie Radio (94.5 FM). Tickets are $15 and available at Grimey’s New & Pre-Loved Music or musiccityroots.com
4. Sing along with Satchmo. Head down to New Orleans this weekend for food, music, movies, and speakers, all celebrating the Crescent City’s own Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. The four-day festival held July 31 to Aug. 3, takes place on the grounds of the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. The festival is free, but attendees can purchase tickets to the opening reception and keynote conversation at the Hotel Monteleone on July 31.
5. See the international side of the silver screen. The Gwinnett Center will host its 2nd Annual International Film Festival Aug. 1 to 3, bringing films such as Blackbird, Coffee, Kill Boss, A Horse for Summer, and The Morningside Monster to the Atlanta area. The festival also includes workshops, networking opportunities, children’s events, and two new film categories: family films and music videos. Tickets can be purchased online.