Month: October 2014

Belgian Thirstday – 11/6

World of Beer just opened its doors and that’s the place we are going to crash (not trash) on Thursday 11/6 from 7 pm!  Bryan Wilson, the owner and happy New Zealander, is thrilled to see us invade his bar. He proudly stocks about a hundred different kinds of Belgian delight!  And there is an app for that: check World of Beer available on Apple and Droid to get the full list. You will have to show some patience but WOB will have a special for our Independence Day …!  Now, if I would actually drink, I would definitely try their Rince Cochon, a Belgian Blonde by Brouwerij Roman N.V. … just for the name!  See you next week!


  • When: Thursday November 6th, 2014
  • Time: from 7 pm
  • Address: 855 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 5, Atlanta, GA 30308 | (404) 815-9221 – opposite the CVS Pharmacy and Gordon Biersch Brewery
  • Parking: about 8 spots on 6th Street NE or ample parking at 811 Peachtree Street NE, at the corner of 6th Street NE ($5 for 3 hours).  Pay your parking upfront or you will be fined!
  • a RSVP (acceptance & regrets) would be appreciated … Check your inbox/spam for an email from Whoozin … If you are not on the beATL emailing list, give Queen Patricia a shout!

World of Beer


Belgian Ladies Luncheon – 11/12

The next Belgian Ladies Luncheon is scheduled at Rays on the River on November 12th at 11.30 am.  Please email beATL if you would like to grab a bite at this romantic location on the Chattahoochee River (no panic, it’s not a pic-nic!).  Seating is limited and RSVP is a must to guarantee you a chair at the big table with the group!


belgian director at work – 10/28

If you are interested in friendships between women, the way in which they deify doctors and medicine, have questions about where sanity and calm might lie in your own lives and want a good laugh……this is for you!  Théâtre du Rêve invites you to its Open Rehearsal of its new play Celles d’en Haut/The Women from on High directed by Olivier Coyette, Artistic Director of Théâtre de Poche (Brussels) on Tuesday October 28th at 7 pm.

Inspired by Dante’s Inferno, Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain and film stills by Cindy Sherman, it is a hilarious and colorful play set in an “establishment” on an isolated mountaintop. Using shrewd humor, the play questions human choices and explores numerous themes: sickness, the power of medication (and our quickness to succumb blindly to that power), and the deification of doctors.  It also investigates how institutions might become beneficial and restorative islands, set apart from the deafening din of the world. Complete with videography by award-winning projection designer Mike Tutaj.

You will be able to explore behind the scenes, mingle and dialogue with the artists – and our compatriot Olivier – during a wine reception after the performance.


  • When: Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm (“performance” lasts 1 hour)
  • Where: 7 Stages Theater in Little 5 Points | 1105 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
  • Parking: Located in a secure, well-lit, privately run lot behind 7 Stages. The entrance to the lot is located between Ardens Garden Juice Shop and Outback Bicycles. Park-It charges a flat fee of $2 – $7 for a full day of parking, depending on the day. Also metered street parking and free street parking.
  • Entry: $10 suggested donation includes performance, wine, beer, nibbles and chat with the artist
  • Reservation is encouraged but not mandatoryEmail or call (404) 875-3829.
  • Kids ages 12 and up welcome
  • Language: English with French scattered throughout

Olivier Frederic Coyette (Director) was born in Brussels on February 9, 1975.   He was recently named Artistic Director of Théâtre de Pôche in Brussels, Belgium.  After two Masters degrees in Anthropology and Literature in Belgium, he received a third in Theater Studies at the University of Paris III- Sorbonne Nouvelle. He also received a diploma in “Arts de la Parole” from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and is currently “agrégé de l’enseignement secondaire supérieur”. Actor, director, playwright and teacher, he works in Belgium, France, Africa and America. He is currently directing Désordre public, by Evelyne de la Chenelière, at Le Public Theater in Brussels and will direct his own play Histoire de l’homme qui était rentré en Porsche dans le magasin de photocopies. He is also slated to direct at the Atelier 210 of Brussels, Invasion!, by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, at the Theatre de Poche of Brussels, Les limites du trac by Olivier Coyette, at Le Méridien Theater of Brussels. As an actor, he will appear in Les guêpes du Panama by Zygmunt Bauman, directed Thierry Bédard, at L’Echangeur, Theater of Bagnolet (Paris). He teaches drama studies at University of Ouagadougou. An anthology of his plays “Theater 1999-2011” is to be published at Le Cri Editions (Brussels). Celles d’en haut is his fourth work in collaboration with TdR, after The Vanished/L’Evanouie, Voir un ami pleurer, and also the staged-reading of Stay with me/Reste avec moi.

PHASE 1 of the Celles d'en Haut process in Atlanta with from left to right  Olivier Coyette (Bruxelles), Park Krausen (Atlanta), Andree Tremblay (Quebec Delegation), Olivier Kemeid (Montreal), Benoit Standaerdt (Formal Consul General of Belgium)

PHASE 1 of the Celles d’en Haut process in Atlanta with from left to right Olivier Coyette (Bruxelles), Park Krausen (Atlanta), A. Tremblay (Quebec Delegation), O. Kemeid (Montreal), Benoit Standaerdt (Former Consul General of Belgium in Atlanta)

a soprano of our own in atlanta – 10/26

A unique Recital by our very own and wonderful soprano Francisca Vanherle on Sunday October 26th at 4 pm.

The soprano Francisca Vanherle was born in Argentina but grew up in Belgium. She studied at the Royal Conservatoroire in Brussels, where she obtained both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Vocal Arts and a teacher’s certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. In 1997, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship by the Commission for Educational Exchange between the USA and Belgium and Luxembourg. With this scholarship, she continued her education at the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated as a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice Performance in 2002.

In Europe, she worked as an ensemble singer with groups such as the Huelgas Ensemble, Il Fondamento, La Petite Bande, the Brussels Cathedral Choir and the VRT Radio Choir. Later, she has worked as a freelance soloist in a vast repertoire comprising many genres. With the Texas Early Music Project, she sang a number of leading roles in Haendel operas (a.o. Armida, Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo) and in two of Purcell’s operas  (King Arthur and The Fairy Queen). She has performed in many famous oratorios and often sings as a concert soloist and in song recitals. In 2004, she became a regular lead for the Belgian light opera and musical theatre group TOP, with whom she sang most notably in Die Fledermaus, Paganini and Eine Nacht in Venedig. Her performances have taken her all over Europe, Russia and the United States.

Francisca has been teaching voice, opera and vocal ensemble for over a decade to people of all ages. Her versatility as a musician allows her to approach different styles of music as well as to work with students in light of their individual goals.


BIG ARTISTS. Small paintings.

Until the 4th of January 2015, the North-Carolina Museum of Art hosts a unique collection of 66 Flemish and Dutch masters called “Small Treasures”. The collection shows a variety of portrait formats painted by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Steen, van Dyck, Brouwer, Teniers, Hals and many others.  This is an extraordinary occasion to see these masterpieces who are normally not accessible to the public. Further information about this exhibition, click here.

Adriaen Brouwer, Youth Making a Face

tickets on sale

It has already been announced in our ‘upcoming events‘ article … on Sunday December 14th (entry at 5.15 pm sharp – details to follow closer to the date), beATL is taking you for a magical tour at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  This year’s electrified extravaganza promises to be hot, hot, hot with all new color schemes, special guest appearances by the Butterflies, Frogs, Unicorn, and Shaggy Dog of Imaginary Worlds.   Favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.

Tickets for this very popular annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights went on sale earlier today.  We are not sure how fast they will go but we don’t want you to miss the chance to be with us. Tickets available online (Facility Fees: $3.55/ticket), at Garden Admissions (cheapest way) or at 1-855-454-6849 (it cost you more than online – Facility + Phone Fees!).

Know before you glow:

• Advance tickets are encouraged to speed entry.
• Everyone needs a ticket, including Garden members and all children.
• Guest passes are not accepted for this special event.
• Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to other dates. • Rain or shine. No rain checks.
• Dress appropriately for this outdoor walking experience.
• Limited $10 event parking is available on-site. $5 for cars with more than 3 people.
• Multi-Visit Parking Passes are accepted.
• Outside food and beverages not permitted.

Picture by JP Kalmeijer


tea ‘n’ lunch – 10/22

Tea is so much more than just having a cuppa … Join Carine Bourgeois, owner and chef at the Roswell Tea House, located in Historic Roswell, for a Tea ‘n’ Lunch.  And if this is not your cup of tea, stop by for a healthy lunch and why not, a vol-au-vent!  Check her delicious menu here.

Wednesday October 22 

10:30am – 12:30pm


class and lunch inclusive

reservation only 770/643 5813

(10 person limit)



A healthy LUNCH and

introduction class to TEA

bowling with bca – postponed

*** bowling postponed – new date will be published soon ***

Get an ultimate bowling experience with the Belgian Club Atlanta (BCA) and strike on Saturday October 11th at 8 pm.   An event for the whole family.



upcoming events

Seeing so many beetles yesterday at 5 Seasons Brewing was simply wonderful!  And as mentioned during the buzz, a few events are brewing. Here are a few items to add to your to-do list:

  • 10/11 – Bowling with BCA
  • 10/22 – Tea ‘n’ Lunch at Roswell Tea House with our Belgian Owner and Chef Carine Bourgois
  • 10/28 – Celles d’en Haut/The Women from on High by the Théâtre du Rêve and from Belgian Director, Writer Actor – Olivier Coyette of Théâtre de Poche (Brussels)
  • 11/6 – Belgian Thirstdays
  • 11/15 – ‘Adolphe Sax’ concert
  • 11/22 – Mussels from Brussels (and alternative for anti-musselers) @ F&B in Buckhead.  Seating is limited to 40 guests.  Make sure to RSVP when registration opens.
  • 12/4 – Belgian Thirstdays
  • 12/14 – Christmas Lights at Atlanta Botanical Gardens
  • and a Belgian Potluck in January

Other events might be added … please inform beATL if you hear about anything Belgian-related happening in our surroundings: concert, movie, exhibit, … Or if you want to host a gathering or organize a walk …   Your suggestions are welcome so please don’t hesitate to contact beATL Queen Patricia!  She doesn’t sting!

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