Month: February 2015

a different Belgian THIRSTday – 3/5/2015

Since Ormsby’s was a good fit despite the noisy conversations, we will make a Belgian Entrance at The Painted Pin … An upscale boutique bar – with Chesterfield sofas if you are lucky – bowling, indoor bocce ball, table shuffleboard, ping pong, skee-ball, darts, southern skittles and oversized basketball pop a shots!  That all nestled in an industrial warehouse space in the heart of Buckhead’s Miami Circle.

Like Ormsby, it’s a first come first serve for everything … and they reserve the right to set to a max of 2 hours at any time.

The distinct beverage program offers signature and classic cocktails, craft and local beer and artisanal wines by the glass.  And the pizzas are goood!

Please RSVP.


  • Where:  The Painted Pin |737 Miami Circle Ne, Atlanta, GA 30324
  • When: Thursday March 5th, 2015 from 7 pm.
  • Parking:  valet parking is available during all hours of operation @ $2.  Do not park in the lots surrounding their building as they have very clearly posted no parking signs and penalties.
  • Good to know:
    • must be 21 or over … bring your ID!
    • no hats, headbands or sunglasses are allowed, at any time.
    • and stop by the Gents & Ladies… I am not going to say more.

Painted Pin


Vesalius is 500 – 3/5/2015

Please join the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library and the Atlanta Belgian Consulate in celebrating the 500th birthday of anatomist and physician Andreas Vesalius.  This event will be held in the Emory University School of Medicine’s Williams Medical Education Building, Lecture Auditorium Room 120, from 12-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

The program will begin with lunch at noon across from the lecture room, followed at 12:30 p.m. by opening remarks from Emory faculty member Dr. Robert Gaynes and two lectures by special guests:  Theo Dirix, author of “In Search of Andreas Vesalius: The Quest for the Lost Grave” and Pascale Pollier, biomedical artist sculpting life-size reconstruction of Vesalius which will be cast in bronze and placed on display on Zakynthos Island in Greece, where the famed anatomist died.

On display at the event will be Emory’s 1543 copy of “De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem” by Vesalius, one of history’s most influential books on human anatomy, as well as the two-volume annotated translation of that work, “The Fabric of the Human Body,” produced by Karger Publishers in 2014.

The program is in conjunction with the Fabrica Vitae touring exhibition that supports the new book, which is taking place primarily in Europe but also includes a stop at Saint Louis University.

Click here for details.

De humani corporis fabrica


our own Soprano in concert – 3/1/2015

Those who came to our last Belgian THIRSTday at the Withehall Tavern will remember meeting beATL Francisca Vanherle Maxwell.

Francisca Vanherle Maxwell was born in Argentina but grew up in Belgium where she started her musical education at the age of 5. She attended the Royal Conservatorium in Brussels and obtained a Bachelors and a Master’s degree in Vocal Arts and a degree in Vocal Pedagogy. In 1997, she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her education at the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance in 2002. Currently living in Atlanta, she teaches voice, opera and vocal ensemble to people of all ages in her private studio and at Agnes Scott College. 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.

Francisca also works as a freelance soloist in a versatile repertoire comprising all ages. She has been staged in lead roles of many operas and operettas, among which L’Incorronazione di Poppea, Rinaldo, Alcina, Die Fledermaus and Paganini. She equally portrays herself in oratorio and as a chamber music vocalist. She is a member of the Atlanta based early music group Harmonie Universelle and has been featured several times on public radio in the program “The Atlanta Music Scene”. Her concert life has taken her all over Europe, Russia and the United States.

beATL is pleased to announced that our Soprano will perform a few times in March.  Mark your calendars!

  • Sun 1 March @ 3pm, Ferst Center for the Arts – The Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra and Choirs present Mendelssohn’s “Symphony-Cantata,” Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise), joined by sopranos Francisca Vanherle Maxwell, Elizabeth Wilson, and tenor Timothy Miller. Under the direction of Dr. Timothy Hsu. The concert is free and open to the public.
  • Thu 12 March @ 7:30pm, Gaines Chapel, Agnes Scott College – Collaborative concert with Agnes Scott Music Faculty and visiting composer Augusta Read Thomas.  Details.
  • Tue 31 March @ 7pm, Druid Hills Presbyterian Church – J.S. Bach, St John’s Passion with baroque orchestra Harmonie Universelle and the GA Tech Chamber choir.  Details.

fellow Belgians in the news in 2014

With a growing Belgian community in and around Atlanta, there is no surprise that some of our compatriots ‘make the news”.  In this blog article beATL proudly presents four Georgia-based Belgians, all from very different fields, who got some paparazzi attention during the course of 2014 (apologies if someone is missing … send me the info and he/she will be added).  Please meet Rudolf, Guy, Lode and Marie.

Prof. Rudolf Lucas – a Belgian researcher, at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, made an important breakthrough towards a better treatment of pneumonia.  To fully capture this, let’s start with a quick lesson: the millions of lung sacs in our lungs are vital for life, since they are responsible for the transfer of oxygen to our blood. In case of pulmonary edema, as can occur during severe pneumonia, these sacs become filled with liquid and breathing is impaired. Prof. Lucas and his team have developed a small protein (called a peptide), which, upon inhalation, activates the clearance of liquid from the lung sacs in pneumonia patients, by means of a unique and novel mechanism. He is now evaluating whether this peptide can improve treatment of lung edema, a condition for which no standard treatment exists.

Source: Tom Corwin, Health Reporter – The Augusta Chronicle

Guy Wollaert – After over five years of intense research, our Gentenaar has proudly presented his new baby: the green Coca-Cola aka Coca-Cola Life, easily recognizable on the shelves.  It only hit the American market mid last year and should be available in Belgium as we speak.  After the introduction of Coca-Cola Zero (2006), it was time to satisfy the large target audience seeking a soda that meets a healthier lifestyle.  The drink is sweetened with cane sugar and stevia leaf extract.  A Life-tin of 330 ml contains 89 calories, compared to 139 for a classic Coca-Cola.

Source – De Standaard

Lode Van Laere, another Gantois, grabbed the attention of luxury magazine Jezebel in its October publication. Intimacy {bra fit stylists} is the US retail arm of the Belgian lingerie producer Van de Velde.  It’s almost Valentine’ Day, so stop by their location in Phipps Plaza.  Scrutinize the picture to see more Belgian faces! For the online version go to the archives.

Source: Jezebel Oct 2014

Source: Jezebel Oct 2014

Marie Scott, formally Marie Jeanne Goethals born in Leuven, has been named by the American Association of Teachers of French – Georgia Chapter – the 2014 French Teacher of the Year!  Marie is a French teacher at Starr’s Mill High in Peachtree City since 2000.

Source: Fayette County Board of Education

Belgian thirstday tomorrow – 2/5/2015

Bang … another event … Our tradtional and monthly Belgian THIRSTday is tomorrow at the Whitehall Tavern within the Peachtree Battle Promenade shopping center (Buckhead) from 7 pm.  Since the Tavern will be busy with other parties, join us at the back (not where the large bar is). Please RSVP since Dallas (yep that is his first name) would like to have a head count.

And don’t forget our second movie night of the month on Monday 2/9 … The Loft.  Details to follow in a future blog post!


  • When: Thursday February 5th, 2015
  • Where: Whithehall Tavern | 2391 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, AG 30305 – enter the shopping center at the traffic lights.  You can either park on the left (the Tavern is in the corner, take the steps down) or at the 4-Stop, turn left; the Tavern will be on your left handside behind the Italian restaurant Pasta Vino.
  • Parking: ample free parking