Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra plays John Williams at Chastain: Wednesday, August 8, 2012.

Here's what you do Wednesday, August 8, 2012.

The ASO pays tribute to John Williams and his magical music on Wednesday Night at Chastain.

Daaaa      dum,   Daaaa     dum,   Dadum,   Dadum, Dadum.  

Jaws.  Star Wars. E.T.. Indiana Jones. Jurassic Park.  Harry Potter.  They all have something in common.  Scores by John Williams.  Michael Krajewski is the principal pops conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  He'll lead the ASO through all these familiar scores at Chastain Amphitheater on Wednesday Night.  Get a seat on the terrace or lawn.  Take a picnic. Relive those movies through their music.  Doors open at 7.  Show starts at 8.  Tickets are $29 for terrace level and $19 for lawn.  They're up to $50 for box seating.  Fees are about $9 if you get tickets through ticketmaster

Michael Krajewski will lead the ASO through John Williams' most memorable scores.

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Here's what you do Wednesday:

First:  Start off with the smoked salmon at the Cafe at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead.  Tomato, Red Onion, Capers, Cream Cheese and Fresh Bagel.  Add to it a cup of their exquisite coffee.  ($20 per person).

Have breakfast at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead.

Second: It's Spa day.  Well, spa morning.  Whether you're a fella or a gal, everyone needs a little TLC from time to time.  Haute Living Magazine has a top five spas in Atlanta list here.  To keep on schedule, try out Spa Sydell in the Buckhead Plaza location.  Take the morning to try out a message and the signature facial.  ($180 for half day package).

Spa Morning at Spa Sydell.

Third:  Have lunch at Star Provisions in West Midtown.  After all that healthiness at the spa, it's time to be a little naughty.  Have the pot roast sandwich with red onion marmalade and horse radish mayo.  Top it off with a glass bottle coke.  Did you know they fly it in from *gasp* Mexico?!  ($12 per person).  Check out the cheese shop while you're there.  So, so good.

BTW, Star is actually a group a restaurants around Atlanta with the nexus in west midtown.  Check out their site some time.  It's pretty cool.  Particularly, the Feed page which has lots recipes.

Fourth:  Get your picnic on. No picnic is good without a pic-a-nic basket.  Macy's has good ones.  This one below is pretty nice, and is going for about $80 right now.

The Kabrio Basket from Macy's.

If you are really into the picnic thing, splurge on the basket.  It's worth it.  Check this one out from Amazon.  It's called the Windsor.  Makes a great Christmas Present.  ($234)

If you want to go all out, get the Windsor picnic basket from Amazon.  It's the only basket you'll ever need.

With basket in hand, head on over to Whole Foods in Buckhead, and pick up some cherries, grapes, sliced mango, some spinach and artichoke dip, a fresh baguette, some brie, some jalapeno jack cheese, and, of course, a nice bottle of red zinfandel.  You could also get prosecco if you're in an Italian, bubbly kinda mood.  Pack it all in, and head on over to the show.  ($ - $40 for food.  Picnic basket is an investment).

Fifth:  Nap.  Bring some energy to the show via the best way we know how.  A late afternoon nap.  Follow the perfect bed rules.

Finally:  Daaaa      dum,   Daaaa     dum,   Dadum,   Dadum, Dadum.     Go hear the movies.  ($29 per person for terrace seats, plus about $10 for parking).

Book Keeping:

For two people:

Breakfast: $40
Spa: $360 plus tips etc.
Lunch: $24
Picnic Dinner: $40
ASO: $70

Total: $534

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