Ditch the movies this month and opt for the magic of live theater, whether it’s a song-filled musical, a dramatic play, a night of improvised scenes or classic stand-up. If you’re already a fan of The Fox Theatre – as you should be, thanks to their regular seasons of national stars and Broadway tours – you’ll be pleased to know that your live theater options don’t stop there. Atlanta’s live theater scene is rich and varied, so this sampling is just the tip of the iceberg. Ticket prices vary by show time and location, but rest assured that you won’t go wrong with shows on any of these local stages.

Act3 Playhouse

This theater is showing the play “The Elephant Man” from January 30 through February 13, which tells the story of Joseph Merrick, a disfigured man living in 19th century London. Director Russ Ivey and lead actor Jack Allison help bring this character – and his true story – back to life. act3productions.org

Alliance Theatre 

This company, which has been staging productions since 1968, is showing a musical adaptation of the young adult back “Tuck Everlasting.” Shows run through February 22 at the Woodruff Arts Center. www.alliancetheatre.org   LesMiserablesAurora 298 (1)

Aurora Theatre 

This theater – the only professional theater in Gwinnett – is showing the dramatic hit “Les Miserables” through March 1. auroratheatre.com

Dad’s Garage Theater Company

Dad’s Garage performs a mix of original plays, creative musicals and improv shows at the 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points. Don’t miss their sci-fi adventure show Battle Space Wars, starting February 5, or enjoy an alternative Valentine’s Day at their February 14 improv shows. dadsgarage.com

Horizon Theatre Company 

Horizon Theatre Company_cred Greg MooneyBased on the huge – and hilarious – range of events that happen at real-life Waffle Houses, “The Waffle Palace” plays at Horizon in Little Five Points through March 8. horizontheatre.com

The Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theater George Wallace at Improv_cred The Improv Atlanta

This classic stage on East Andrews Drive hosts touring comedy celebs, such as Carlos Mencia in February, and Gilbert Gottfried in March, and weekly open mic nights for stand-up comics just starting out. theimprovatlanta.com

OnStage Atlanta 

Who doesn’t love a story about a man-eating plant? If you haven’t seen the classic “Little Shop of Horrors,” catch it at this Decatur theater from February 20 to March 28. onstageatlanta.com

The Punchline Comedy Club 

Another staple of Atlanta’s stand-up scene. The Punchline Comedy Club celebrates its 33rd anniversary this month. The Punchline will move to a new location in April of this year, so before the move, grab a seat in their classic theater to enjoy sets by Caroline Rhea, Tommy Blaze, “Last Comic Standing” winners and more. punchline.com

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This nonprofit company celebrated its 20th anniversary this past October, so you know their improv skill is tried and true. Attend their shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays each month. wholeworldtheatre.com

 

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SherriCan you believe it? The nomination process for our annual Over 40 & Fabulous! contest is officially underway. For the fifth year in a row, we want to support our city’s dynamic men and women who not only believe that age is just a number, but take care of themselves physically, mentally and emotionally.

We have been busy behind the scenes planning the annual party where our cover winner will be announced, and we’ve been working with this year’s Advisory Board to bring you insight and their professional perspective on how make the years over the age of 40 some of your best. To hear the messages of health they’re spreading through their every day work, read page 18 of our March issue.

If you or someone you know is over 40 and exemplifies feeling good, looking good and doing good for others, send in a nomination for our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest. Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. on March 1.

The top 10 winners, determined by number of votes they receive, will be featured in our June issue, and one will be chosen by an independent panel of judges as the overall contest winner. The top 10 winners will receive prize packages valued at $500 each, and the overall winner will appear on the cover and win a $1,000 Best Self prize package.

For further contest details and to nominate a candidate today, visit Facebook for contest updates.

Sherri Adair, Publisher
sadair@bestselfatlanta.com

Meet Your 2015 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board

We, along with our panel of experts, will be bringing you great advice and information about how to look and feel your best at every age. Follow along with us on Facebook, our blog and the next several issues for contest updates, announcements and to hear more from our Advisory Board.

Dr. Dina GieslerAtlanta Smiles and Wellness – Dental 38197.14.06.001Health/Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Giesler shares the secrets of how a beautiful smile can make you look years younger.

Amanda HairBob Steele Salon – Hair Keep your hair healthy and up-to-date with tips from the CEO of Bob Steele Salon.

Diana Hofsommer, Camp Horizon – Volunteerism Last year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! winner shares tips for giving back.

Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker, Livi 46.bsacover_june13Rae Lingerie – Breast Health/Self-Esteem  The Double Divas discuss how the right bra can improve your breast health and overall self-image at any age.

Dr. Brian Maloney, Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery – Cosmetic Surgery As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and founder of Atlanta’s Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Maloney will share the benefits of facial rejuvenation both surgical and non-surgical. 35.bsacover_june12

Dr. Tara Frix, Total HealthCare – Non-Surgical Joint and Spine Care Work through the aches and pains of physical activity and aging with advice from Dr. Frix, who focuses on non-surgical solutions.

Madison James, B 98.5 – Fitness/Weight Loss When it comes to getting healthy, this Atlanta BeltLine Ambassador, radio personality and healthy lifestyle enthusiast offers suggestions on how to incorporate physical activity into your everyday lifestyle. 23.bsacover_june11

 

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The best fitness advice around town 

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Kristin Gilbert, exhale Spa

Q: What are the best classes to build core strength and definition but also get a cardio workout? 

A: I would suggest mind and body classes such as barre, Pilates or yoga. These classes help clear the mind, improve overall focus, build core strength, improve cardiovascular endurance and help old injuries. Two to three barre classes per week will help you tone and feel better from the inside out.

James Hancock, III, Orangetheory Fitness

James Hancock, III, Orangetheory Fitness

Q: What should my heart rate be during a workout? 

A: To find your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220 beats per minute (bpm). With that formula, a 40-year-old has an estimated heart rate maximum of 180 bpm. To get the most from a shorter interval workout, spend at least one minute at a heart rate of 85 to 90 percent of your max and a recovery minute at about 70 to 80 percent of your max. Repeat these intervals throughout your workout. To encourage fat burn during a longer workout, you can spend more time in the range of 70 to 85 percent of your max.

Katie Sanders, The Exercise Coach

Katie Sanders, The Exercise Coach

Q: I’m new to strength training. How can I make sure I’m getting a good workout? 

A: Track your workouts by paper, an app, or hire a personal trainer to do this for you. This helps gauge your progress and show strength improvement from workout to workout over weeks or months. Begin with a small amount of weight – you can always do more reps at a slower pace to achieve muscle fatigue. Keep track of your heart rate and listen to your body; push yourself, but don’t overdo it.

Gail Philip

Gail Philip, Curves Roswell

Q: How can I find time to work out when I have so many other things to keep up with? 

A: Consider what you can eliminate for exercise time. Think of it this way: if you eliminate watching 30 minutes of TV a few time a week and swap that with a workout, you can easily enjoy the benefits of giving your health a boost. It’s about committing to regular exercise, even just for 30 minutes. And it’s OK if you need a little bit of motivation and coaching to reach your goals – that’s what we’re here for!

 

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Erlese Caruth from A Place For Me Counseling is here to share her best advice on strengthening your relationship with your children.

Caruth, Erlese_cred practice nameWhat is the most common problem your clients have with their children? 

Trust. It shows up initially as a communication problem – I hear statements like, “I can’t get my child to communicate with me.”

What is the first step to solving that particular problem? 

Ensure that your child has a safe place to be his or her true self and speak without judgment, no matter how difficult the issues are.

Tell us a memorable healing moment you’ve seen in your practice. 

I had a 13-year-old girl who would always say, “I just can’t talk to my mom.” We discovered that she overheard her mom talking about not wanting to have children. We created a safe place for them to share honestly and grow.

What have you learned form parenting? 

My relationship with my daughters has taught me that, through parenting, we gradually emerge stronger, more confident and able to face challenges that arise.

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Wahoo! Wine & ProvisionsThe owners of Decatur bistro Wahoo! Grill have taken their love of wine to a new level. Husband and wife team Ski Peterson and Pamela Ledbetter recently opened Wahoo! Wine & Provisions to provide shoppers with a variety of specialty wine, meat, cheese and more. Their 200-bottle inventory will include everything from everyday drinking wines to rare bottles, any of which you can enjoy at their special events and tastings.

Details: 1036 W. College Ave., Decatur, GA, (404) 687-9463

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JJ_Coffee_01_terryallenUGA grads, rejoice! Your favorite Athens coffee shop is now open in Downtown Atlanta. Jittery Joe’s, which has nine locations in Athens, GA, opened its first Atlanta café last month in the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton. In addition to its variety of coffee brews, this Jittery Joe’s location will offer a signature blend called the Eighty-Four Pour and a signature drink called The Spicy Maple.

Details: 181 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA, jitteryjoes.com

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The scoop on what’s new around town 

ChasseChic shoe and accessoriesGone are the days of being stuck with your basic black pumps. With the recent launch of ChasseChic, you can now customize your shoes with a variety of detachable designs, quickly tailoring one pair of shoes for a night out, a different outfit or simply a change of pace. Choose from four “ChicCessories,” as local owner Amanda Chasse Flower calls them, and watch for four new designs and a ballet flat to be launched later this year.

Details: ChasseChic pumps are $89.99, each accessory is $12.99, chassechic.com

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James, Madison 2_cred Ben Robi PhotographyBalancing work, kids and time for yourself can be hard. Even an active person like myself finds it hard at times to fit a workout into my hectic life. So I have a rule called the “Plus One” rule to tackle this challenge when it occurs. Instead of another item on your to-do list, think of your workout as a party and invite your plus one! I usually start by sending a text out to my friends, inviting them to try something new. This week’s plus one party was a great Power Beats Hot Yoga class at Thunderbolt Power Yoga in Buckhead. We had a blast, and now my friends and I plan to meet for yoga at least twice a week. I highly recommend you give Thunderbolt Power Yoga a try – a drop-in class will run about $18. Don’t forget to invite your plus one!

Details: thunderboltpoweryoga.com

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seasonal spotlight beetsThese cold-season root vegetables are nutritional powerhouses containing folate, manganese, dietary nitrate and more. If you’ve only ever eaten pickled beets, you’re in for a treat when you try simply roasting them.

Basic prep: Rinse, peel and dice the beets. Wrap them in tinfoil and place them in a baking dish. Roast the beets at 400 degrees F for 45 to 60 minutes. They will come out fork tender and sweet, ready to be served with your favorite soft cheese or added to a green salad.

Step it up: If the beets are fresh enough, you can sauté the leafy green tops with garlic for a whole new side dish.

Find It: Decatur Farmers Market is open all year, so it’s the perfect time to pick up fresh, local beets and other cold-season vegetables. Shop on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 498 N. McDonough St., Decatur, GA. decaturfarmersmarket.com

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