With the A3C Hip Hop Festival and last night’s annual Flux Night art party, Atlanta has been absolutely crazy this weekend, but I am in no way complaining. From rooftop parties sponsored by Heineken to music industry panels held in Speakeasy-style bars, I had the opportunity to check out a variety of events over the weekend, but I have to say that my favorite was the Heineken Mural Project VIP party. Held smack dab in the middle of Castleberry Hill during Flux Night, the party took place in a previously abandoned building and included a solar stage powered by Tree Sound Studios and 3 Little Digs.
We arrived at the party just in time to see DJ Maseo of De La Soul spin a few tunes before being treated to a performance from renowned deejay and producer, DJ Premier. And man, did he play some jams! Lot’s of soul and 90’s R&B. He came in with some Aaliyah, switched it up a little with Groove Theory’s “Tell Me,” and then took us back to the 70’s. Pair that with some complimentary ice-cold Heineken and a live art installation courtesy of Heineken Mural Project street artists Chor Boogie, Clogtwo, Inkten, Marka27, Angwy Woebots, and Atlanta’s own Paper Frank, and it was a great night.
I haven’t had the opportunity to check out the murals in person yet, but they did show video projections from each of the mural locations throughout the night and they all looked pretty impressive. For more information on the murals, as well as their locations, visit the Heineken Mural Project website.
Kudos to Mali Hunter and the Retnuh Agency for bringing such a unique experience to Atlanta.
Earlier in the month, I received an invite to attend the Netherworld Media & VIP Party, and you know I wasn’t going to pass on the opportunity to enjoy a Lushworthy libation or two before being scared to death, so I was all in. As Netherworld is one of the most celebrated haunted attractions in the Southeast it was nice to be able to bypass the crowds during their media event, which took place weeks prior to their opening on September 27th.
Before that whole “being scared to death” thing took place, myself and Talaia from WholeYum.com enjoyed a few sips of Black Box Wine and entirely too many delicious cupcakes while chillaxin’ in the media/VIP area. And then…it was on. We entered into Netherworld’s ginormous haunted house after receiving the A-Okay from the gypsy woman standing at the entrance and were almost immediately met with a few subtle, but impactful scares (think serial killer hiding in the corner).
I’m of course not going to breakdown my entire walk through Netherworld (spoilers aren’t just reserved for “Breaking Bad” finales, ya know?), but it’s definitely a fun and frightful experience. It’s a little more on the fun end for me, but for those with a fear of all thing’s that go bump in the night then it should be a chilling experience.
For more information on dates and to purchase a ticket, visit the Netherworld Website.
A number of celebrities were present at the uber-plush The Griffin in New York City last week as professional athlete Carmelo Anthony received the Hennessy Privilège Award. The New York Knicks player received the award thanks to his community service work with the Carmelo Anthony Foundation, an organization that seeks to “to positively impact the lives of those living in under-served communities through 3 key focus areas – education, recreation & community outreach.” Other notable attendee’s at the exclusive event included television personality Rocsi Diaz, director Spike Lee, and rapper Fabolous. Kudos to Carmelo on his award, and be sure to check out pics from the event below.
Over the weekend I found myself watching the last few minutes of Batman & Robin, wondering what actress Uma Thurman, who played Poison Ivy in the film, has been up to these days. Well, I just found out that the Kill Bill actress has landed quite the Lushworthy gig and will serve as the stunning muse in the annual Campari calendar.
“To be a part of such a globally-renowned project for an iconic worldwide brand like Campari is a true pleasure,” said Thurman. “I particularly admire the Campari Calendar theme this year as I am able to share a worldwide journey of discovery, passion and style with Campari lovers around the globe. Each month, the true essence of a ‘global celebration’ has been captured beautifully thanks to Koto Bolofo, a highly-acclaimed photographer with a keen eye for creating intriguing, stimulating and truly dynamic imagery.”
The 2014 calendar will be shot by South African photographer Koto Bolofo and the cool thing about the project is that each month in the calendar will focus on a festival from around the world, giving it a unique, global feel.
You’ll have to wait until fall of this year to view Campari’s full calendar, but I did manage to get my hands on a few behind the scenes pictures. You can find those below.
I’m almost ashamed to say it, but I’ve honestly never celebrated the Lushworthy holiday that is National Tequila Day. Crazy, right? Well, yesterday I finally had the opportunity to celebrate National Tequila Day during a media dinner Herradura Tequila hosted at Astor Court in the St. Regis Atlanta. Prior to dinner, those in attendance had the opportunity to sample the “Magmarita,” a sweet and spicy take on the margarita, which comes garnished with a candied pepper and was of course made using Herradura Tequila.
Prior to noshing on pecan-crusted Georgia trout, lobster mashed potatoes, and other edible delights, Herradura Tequila’s global ambassador and tequila aficionado Ruben Aceves filled us in on a number of interesting facts about the brand. Take for instance the “Herradura” name. For those of you who didn’t flunk out of your high school Spanish class, you probably already know that the word “herradura” translates to “horseshoe” in English. Well, legend has it that a horseshoe found on the hacienda grounds by Aurelio López Rosales (Herradura Tequila founder) was mistaken for gold after being seen from a distance and consequently became a symbol for good luck and the inspiration behind the Herradura Tequila name and logo.
On top of dinner and drinks, we also had the opportunity to sample various tequilas from Herradrua, including a Double Barrel Reposado and the ultra smooth Selección Suprema. Overall, it was an amazing dinner and I did manage to snag a few pictures. You can find those below.
English songstress Estelle and Chef Roble helped bring Rosa Regale’s R&B brunch series to Atlanta this weekend as they hosted an afternoon affair at Serpas Restaurant on June 8. Before being treated to a brunch buffet, guests nibbled on tuna tartar and salmon appetizers while sipping on specialty Rosa Regale cocktails created by Chef Roble. The three cocktails made available to guests were “The Rosagria,” “Rosatini,” and “Mango Rose.” My personal favorite was “The Rosagria,” a refreshing and potent combination of brandy, white rum, Rose Regale, blueberries, raspberries, and mint. I also had the opportunity to sample the “Mango Rose” (pictured above). I’m not a huge fan of mango, so the “Mango Rose” was a little too sweet for my taste, but many at the event were impressed with that particular cocktail. You can find a handful of pictures from Rosa Regale’s R&B Brunch below.