October Hot List: Southern artists, Tibi fashion show, and chefs raising money for Multiple Sclerosis
Each month we bring you the SL Hot List, a round-up of the latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your monthly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. Designer Amy Smilovic returns to her alma matter. Tibi and Heery’s Clothes Closet team up in Athens, Georgia for a runway presentation complete with cocktails and personal styling with Tibi designer and University of Georgia alumna Amy Smilovic. General admission starts at $45 and $15 for students. You can purchase tickets here.
2. Savannah College of Art & Design to open Museum of Fashion. Immerse yourself in the world of couture at the opening of SCAD FASH, its new museum of fashion, October 3 from 12 to 5pm. The newest space in Atlanta, Georgia, will host international fashion exhibitions, films, and lectures for students and the public, as well as host works from designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, and Givenchy.
3. See your favorites at Austin City Limits. Head to the Lone Star State for Austin’s biggest music festival on October 2 to 4 and 9 to 11. You can see Southern artists like Gary Clark Jr., Houndmouth, and the Alabama Shakes. Get a three day pass for $225, and a one day pass for $100.
4. Chefs help in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. When chef Chris Shepherd learned his good friend and former sommelier Antonio Gianola had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, he decided to throw a benefit. On October 11 in Houston, Texas, chefs Aaron Franklin, Sean Brock, and Rodney Scott join Shepherd for Southern Smoke. This charity event is from 4 to 8 p.m. General admission is $200. You can purchase tickets here.
5. Nicolas Sparks brings emotion and suspense in See Me. North Carolina dweller and romance novelist Nicholas Sparks releases his eighteenth novel, See Me, October 13. This suspenseful and romantic novel follows the lives of recovered bad boy Colin Hancock and hardworking Maria Sanchez, and a chance encounter that changes their lives forever.
6. Meet your makers at Heirloom. Heirloom Restaurant and its executive chef Clark Barlowe host an artisan dinner on October 21. Serving only locally sourced food, Heirloom wants you to meet the hands behind what goes on your plate. Meet the farmers, growers, and artisans who keep this Charlotte based farm-to-table eatery alive. The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes five courses for $75. Reservations required.
7. Gathering for the “Food Curious”. Eat, drink, and be merry at the Fire, Flour & Fork event in Richmond, Virginia. From October 28 to November 1, you can experience 21 guest chef-paired dinners and tasting tents throughout the long weekend. Expect meals from chefs like John Fleer of Rhubarb, Travis Grimes of Husk, and Adam Hall of Saison. Tickets for each event can range anywhere from $125 to free. You can buy tickets to individual events or a package here.
8. Album releases from some of your favorite Southerners. October’s a good month for Southern music lovers. On October 9, Texan pop sensation Selena Gomez releases Revival and Toby Keith releases his eighteenth studio album 35 MPH Town. On October 16, electronic indie artists Neon Indian from Denton, Texas, releases VEGA INTL. Night School. Finally, country sensation and Oklahoma sweetheart Carrie Underwood releases Storyteller on October 23.