Luminaries from Atlanta's civic, cultural, corporate and community circles gathered at a couple of events this week to celebrate our city. On Wednesday night, a crowd packed Mason Murer Fine Art for a party celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Path Foundation. Spearheaded by Cindy and Bill Fowler and Sarah and Jim Kennedy (chairman of Cox Enterprises, which owns the AJC), the event featured a video illustrating the foundation's many miles of trails in and around Atlanta for walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters, and remarks from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.
"We believe we're moving forward with a vision for our community that's special," Reed said, referring to the Atlanta Beltline project. "Every single time the city of Atlanta really stretches for bigger vision of itself, every time we decide to do more, our city improves." Bill Fowler led the group in a toast "to all the trails we have built and all the trails yet to come."
On Thursday night, the historic Georgian Terrace hotel, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, hosted a gala saluting the group of 100 Influential Atlantans. That august group of honorees included songbird Jennifer Holliday, who performed what can only be described as an aerobic version of "At Last"; Attorney General Sam Olens, Gov. Nathan Deal and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle; Atlanta City Council president Ceasar Mitchell, member Kwanza Hall and Mayor Reed; educator Ron Clark, philanthropist Sally Dorsey, producer Dallas Austin, chef Richard Blais, Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy; WABE's Lois Reitzes, CNN founder Ted Turner, Martin Luther King III and AJC editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich.
Actor Val Kilmer was spotted Thursday evening heading into the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change...Actors Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill and director Akiva Schaffer, who are here working on "Neighborhood Watch," dined at the Virginia-Highland Atkins Park very late Wednesday night (actually, very early Thursday morning) with several members of the production crew.
The large crowd went through three bottles of Herradura Tequila along with a spread of pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes and fries. That project was setting up for an overnight shoot on the Marietta Square Friday night, but they were planning to clear out by about 6 a.m. today...Marisa Tomei has taken a shine to Parish since she'd been in town filming a movie called "Parental Guidance." She's been spotted there twice in recent days. The movie, formerly known as "Us and Them," also stars Bette Midler and Billy Crystal and was filming a scene Friday at Perimeter Mall, which is right across the street from the AJC. That's right, "Parental Guidance," was filming a rock's throw from a bunch of reporters. Insert joke here.