Monthly Social Calendar: May, part 1

Cinco de Mayo at The El Felix // Voyages exhibit at Huff Harrington // Gary Bodner solo show at Anne Irwin Fine Art

May 1 Showcasing the neighborhood’s vibrant culture and celebrated heritage, the Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens returns for another year. This year’s event, themed “History Happens Here,” features a Tour of Homes, an Artist Market, regional architecture and interior design, a lecture and guided tour, live music, a plant sale and a 5K run/walk. Proceeds benefit the Druid Hills Civic Association. Through 5/3.

May 1 Anne Irwin Fine Art presents local artist Gary Bodner’s second solo show since he began delving into art as a full-time venture. Though formerly a practicing women’s health doctor, Bodner has always been active in the art world, creating bright, expressionistic works on canvas. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Through 5/23.

May 5 Head out to Avalon for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at The El Felix. In honor of the special day, the Tex-Mex favorite will be setting up a portable bar and frozen margarita machine on the patio. A live mariachi band will serve as the evening’s entertainment, and Avalon’s open container law will allow guests to sip on a cocktail while perusing the newest shops in the live-work-play development. Call (678) 248-5239 to make a reservation.

May 7 Georgia Aquarium hosts the 27th annual Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry. The premier culinary event supports Share our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger in the United States, and guests will enjoy live music, a silent and live auction, dishes from more than 50 local restaurants, award-winning wines and the chance to mingle with culinary authorities including Kevin Gillespie, Anne Quatrano and Kevin Rathbun.

May 7 Internationally acclaimed abstract artists Elena Zolotnitsky and Steven Seinberg will debut their newest works in a monthlong exhibition at Pryor Fine Art. Known for their subtle yet powerful works, the artists have been featured in public and private collections worldwide. The show kicks off on May 7, and Zolotnitsky and Seinberg will be present for the opening reception. Through 6/7.

May 8 Huff Harrington Fine Art welcomes French artist Pascal Bouterin for Voyages, a solo exhibition showcasing the artist’s lyrical and lightly abstract watercolor and oil works. Deeply inspired by music and travel, Bouterin’s paintings are bright, ethereal and delicately composed. Bouterin will perform with his jazz band, Akpé Motion, on opening night. Through 5/23.

May 9 Southern author, gardener and designer James Farmer co-hosts R. Alexander Fine Art’s first Art & Cocktails in the Garden event. Guests are invited to mingle with Farmer, tour the sculpture garden and browse the garden-inspired exhibit on display in the gallery. Farmer will be signing books at the event, and several titles, including his new Dinner on the Grounds, will be available for purchase. Tickets are $25, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Southeastern Horticultural Society.

May 9 Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour. Featuring 12 private gardens of varying styles, the self-guided tour has something for every type of garden enthusiast, from urban oases to woodland retreats. Acclaimed Atlanta architect Norman Askins will also be on-site to sign copies of his latest book, Inspired by Tradition, which includes one of the tour homes. Through 5/10.

May 15 ADAC presents its 32nd annual sample sale. A highly anticipated local event, the ADAC Sample Sale gives designers and the general public the chance to purchase high-end furnishings, lighting, rugs, outdoor furniture and accessories at a discounted price. The three-day event kicks off on Friday, May 15 at 9 a.m., with a complimentary cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. The event benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Through 5/17.