— Speed Rack, a national charity bartending competition, is coming to Atlanta this Sunday. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Southern Exchange (200 Peachtree St. NW), 23 of the Southeast’s best drink-slingers will do battle to determine who can mix up the best cocktails in the shortest amount of time. The winner will be crowned Miss Speed Rack Southeast, and among the competitors are 10 Atlanta representatives:
- Sarah Baker, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
- Taylor Blackgrave, The Lawrence
- Jessie Harmon, Gunshow
- Paige Lane, Saltyard
- Emily Earp Mitchell, Bar Margot
- Keyatta Mincey, The Sound Table and The Southern Gentleman
- Britiney Murphy, Tupelo Honey Cafe
- Tokiwa Sears, JP Atlanta
- Stephanie Saputo, Serpas
- Kellie Thorn, Empire State South
Entry to the event is $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and all proceeds benefit breast cancer research and education. Tickets are available online.
— Fans of late New York City rapper Biggie Smalls should mark their calendars for Thursday, March 9. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Sound Table, chef Joey Zelinka will prepare a “gastronomic tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.” This event follows a Biggie-themed dinner Zelinka whipped up last year, and the menu will feature one new dish and four “remixes” of previous offerings. The Sound Table bartender Navarro Carr will be pouring cocktails, and owner Karl Injex will serve as host. Tickets are $75 to $85 and available online.
— On Thursday, February 16, Old Fourth Ward’s Condesa Coffee will host an "Unsung Atlanta” photography exhibit. Beginning at 7 p.m. the free event will include coffee, tea, cocktails, wines, and local craft beers while photographer Aaron Childree showcases his work. Childree is “inspired by the city and seeks to use his art and music as a channel bringing attention to the positive and beautiful,” according to an announcement.
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