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Atlanta duo goes viral with photos of black girls with natural hair

The kinks. The waves. The twists. The blooming afro. Atlanta photography duo Kahran and Regis Bethencourt want to celebrate the versatility and beauty of natural hair. A year ago, the owners of CreativeSoul Photography launched the “AfroArt” series, which features African-American girls in all their natural hair glory. Although the series was shot a year ago, it recently went viral, thanks...
This Life: Is sexual harassment only about men behaving badly?

This Life: Is sexual harassment only about men behaving badly?

Every time you think the last man has fallen, there’s one more to add to the ever-growing list of sexual harassment claims. Let’s see. Last week’s tally yielded journalist Matt Lauer, creator and former host of “A Prairie Home Companion” Garrison Keillor, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, and Reps. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas). Of course, those are...
Six Flags gives a peek at new Twisted Cyclone ride

Six Flags gives a peek at new Twisted Cyclone ride

Here’s a bit of advice before you hop on the new Twisted Cyclone ride at Six Flags Over Georgia. Skip lunch. The Austell amusement park’s newest attraction is rising amid the wooden, weathered skeleton of what was once the Georgia Cyclone, which opened in 1990. The media got an early look Thursday at construction of the Twisted Cyclone, which will be made of wood and steel and is expected...
School's out: 7 winter break camps for the active Atlanta kid

School's out: 7 winter break camps for the active Atlanta kid

It's almost time for school to let out for winter break, but you don't want your kids climbing the walls or playing video games all day. Well, there's good news, parents: you'll find a wide variety of seasonal camps throughout metro Atlanta, offering exciting, creative and educational options for your child's time off from school.  Dates: Dec. 27-29, Jan. 2-3 or Jan. 2-5  Time: 9 a.m. to...
WatchBlossom a new digital platform for women of color

WatchBlossom a new digital platform for women of color

When Diamonde Williamson graduated from the University of West Georgia in 2013 she had her eyes set on Hollywood. The Atlanta native had dreamed of having her own talk show like daytime pioneer Oprah Winfrey. Williamson started working in Atlanta’s booming television industry, first as a field assistant on the reality show “Chrisley Knows Best.” She bounced around a few other reality...
Why give ‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’ a whirl? Read on.

Why give ‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’ a whirl? Read on.

KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD – “Dave” – Yvette has her reservations when Dave, another celestial being, pops up looking to join her and Kevin on their latest mission: Reconciling Kristin and her mother under the most challenging of circumstances. Elsewhere, Nate tries to work up the nerve to ask Amy out, completely unaware of her budding chemistry...
Holiday Heroes: Former Army pilot goes back to his roots to save lives in Puerto Rico

Holiday Heroes: Former Army pilot goes back to his roots to save lives in Puerto Rico

Russell Rawcliffe picked up only a little bit of Spanish his first time in Puerto Rico, but the place left an impression on his mind decades later when he heard about a powerful hurricane ravaging the island. He lived there for three years as the child of a military family stationed at Fort Buchanan, and later achieved fluency in Spanish while serving a two-year Mormon mission in Argentina. Rawcliffe...
Tom Hanks jokes about ‘The Post’ co-star Meryl Streep calling her ‘high maintenance’

Tom Hanks jokes about ‘The Post’ co-star Meryl Streep calling her ‘high maintenance’

When Hollywood legend Tom Hanks appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to promote his new movie “The Post,” he managed to find time to take a few playful jabs at his co-star and fellow Hollywood legend Meryl Streep. Colbert and Hanks were having a friendly chat when Colbert mentioned the veteran actress. Hanks rolled his eyes and said, “You mean, can I just...
From Weinstein to Lauer: A timeline of 2017's sexual harassment scandals

From Weinstein to Lauer: A timeline of 2017's sexual harassment scandals

In October, the New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. And since then, multiple high-profile men in media, politics and other industries have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to rape. Some — but not all — have been ousted from their companies...
Actress Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed, threatened to kill me

Actress Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed, threatened to kill me

In one of the most vivid accounts yet of Harvey Weinstein's alleged abuse and harassment, Salma Hayek says the disgraced movie mogul turned the making of her 2002 passion project, the Frida Kahlo biopic "Frida," into a nightmare after the actress refused Weinstein's relentless advances. "For years, he was my monster," Hayek wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday by the New York...
For these Atlanta businesses, ‘Star Wars’ day is a holiday

For these Atlanta businesses, ‘Star Wars’ day is a holiday

It’s that time of year again, when fanboys and girls go to sleep with visions of X-wing starfighters dancing in their heads. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuts in Atlanta on Thursday night. It’s the second-to-last movie in the triple trilogy of space operas that began 40 years ago with “Episode IV: A New Hope.” Though pent-up demand is not as high as it was for &ldquo...
20 great holiday gift card deals in metro Atlanta

20 great holiday gift card deals in metro Atlanta

For each $100 gift card purchased, guests will receive an extra $20 at One Sushi + as well as other restaurants this holiday season. Photo credit: Tori Allen PR. Did you make your list and check it twice? For last minute gifts, consider gift cards from the following 20 metro Atlanta restaurants. With slew of bonus dollar deals, each will be a gift of something good to eat...
Concert review: Katy Perry showcases the razzle and dazzle in Atlanta

Concert review: Katy Perry showcases the razzle and dazzle in Atlanta

Imagine if the surroundings in “The Wizard of Oz”’s Munchkin Land fused with the backdrop of “Alice in Wonderland” and you might have the Katy Perry “Witness” tour. It’s a delightful spectacle to behold – from the five-piece band dressed in cupcake-frosting pink to the see-sawing lighted cubes to the massive eye-shaped...
These dessert recipes will add sweet sparkle to your holiday table

These dessert recipes will add sweet sparkle to your holiday table

The holidays bring out the baking gene in most of us, no matter how latent it may be during the rest of the year. We get out cartons of eggs, sticks of butter, boxes of sugar from light brown to dark and roll up our sleeves to start baking. Now imagine spending all day, every day, surrounded by sugar, flour, butter, chocolate and dozens of jars of edible glitter. That’s the life of Joy Jessup...
Wildflowers are beautiful but long-term maintenance is difficult

Wildflowers are beautiful but long-term maintenance is difficult

Q: I am on the beautification committee of our subdivision. We want to beautify the front entrance by planting wildflowers. What should we plant? Tim Keith, Sugar Hill A: A wildflower planting can be beautiful during some parts of the year but ugly as sin during others. I haven’t yet found a mixture of seed that gives year-round beauty. Planting seed is easy but maintaining a wildflower...
Why your favorite holiday movies aren’t streaming

Why your favorite holiday movies aren’t streaming

Though it’s a relatively wonderful life for TV cord-cutters, George Bailey, Clark Griswold and Will Ferrell’s “Elf” is still available only on a pay-per-view basis this month. Festive streamers will have to settle for Santa Paws 2, which has yet to claw its way into the Christmas canon. Most classic holiday films remain cordoned off as one-time rentals or purchases on digital...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

WINTER’S ROSE Florals take a dark turn with four fragrances that make up the Tom Ford Private Blend Winter Floral Collection. The fragrances from Ford’s existing Private Blend collection, are the perfect florals to wear this winter with their long-lasting, spiced-up scents. The unisex fragrances include Jasmin Rouge which features Jasmin Sambac and Clary Sage Oil, Cafe Rose which stars...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: I understand that Sunshine does not make pickled peaches any longer, do you know of any place else that sells them? Katherine S. Brown, Atlanta A: Katherine, I checked with several produce markets and food gift shops, and none currently had pickled peaches in stock. And, yes, Margaret Holmes, under the McCall Farms umbrella, stopped pickling Sunshine peaches a while back. However, there’s...
Remnants of Vietnam War

Remnants of Vietnam War

In the light Lowcountry rain and high heat of late-summer South Carolina, bamboo was growing just outside the fenced perimeter of a three-acre addition to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum near Charleston. Above a mix of military equipment and drab-painted plywood buildings surrounding the compound, mounted speakers punched out the screeches of jungle birds and the droning chirps of crickets...
Don’t throw your family history out with the trash

Don’t throw your family history out with the trash

Recently, I have overheard a number of people contemplating what is to become of their family possessions. Many of them were talking about silver, china and furniture, which they said the younger generations just don’t want or need. Others were talking about family photographs, Bibles, letters and diaries. Before you decide no one in your family wants or would care for these items, at least...
Furious Rose McGowan blasts old friend Alyssa Milano on Twitter over Weinstein’s wife

Furious Rose McGowan blasts old friend Alyssa Milano on Twitter over Weinstein’s wife

Rose McGowan took to Twitter to attack her former “Charmed” co-star Alyssa Milano, after the latter appeared on television and voiced her supporter of Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein’s now estranged wife. Milano appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” last week and chatted with the host about her friend Chapman — with whom she worked on “Project Runway: All Stars...
St. Louis Pork Ribs at this new Brookhaven restaurant merit a mention

St. Louis Pork Ribs at this new Brookhaven restaurant merit a mention

St. Louis Pork Ribs at Dixie Q / Photo credit: Via Failla Dish of the week: St. Louis Pork Ribs at Dixie Q In the last year or so, smoke signals have been rising from points all over Atlanta as more contenders enter the barbecue scene. There are indie newcomers like B’s Cracklin BBQ in Riverside  , Hattie...
Happy 94th birthday, Bob Barker. Here’s why you rock!

Happy 94th birthday, Bob Barker. Here’s why you rock!

Come on down, Bob Barker, and accept a hearty Happy Birthday wish on behalf of a grateful nation! You turn 94 years young on December 12 and if all you ever accomplished in that time was to beat up Adam Sandler, that would be more than enough (sadly, it was a fictitious fight, in a movie). But no, you hosted “The Price Is Right” right into TV’s all-time record books, went vegetarian...
An Atlanta drinker’s guide to the holidays: Where and what to drink

An Atlanta drinker’s guide to the holidays: Where and what to drink

It’s cold out there, but there are plenty of ways to warm up with a drink this season. The hot milk punch Bad Santa at the Miracle pop-up mixes with overproof rum with Batavia Arrack. Photo: Rachel Harrison Meet legendary bartender Jim Meehan and try drinks from his new book Celebrate the season at two Christmas-themed Miracle bars Curl...
Meet a local cardiologist who changed how we think about heart disease

Meet a local cardiologist who changed how we think about heart disease

In 1958, when a young Dr. Nanette Wenger became the chief of cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital, patients were separated by race. Over the PA system, white patients and white nurses were addressed as “Mr. or Mrs” with their last names. while black patients were called by their first names only. Black nurses were simply called, “nurse.” Patient charts had a ‘C&rsquo...
New and veteran talent define Atlanta critic group’s Top 10 films

New and veteran talent define Atlanta critic group’s Top 10 films

In the heart-pounding horror film “Get Out,” big city African-American photographer Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) finds a visit to his white girlfriend’s parents’ secluded country home complicated by the gnawing sense that he may not be welcome. As in very, very not welcome. Written and helmed by comedian-turned-director Jordan Peele, “Get Out” has been praised...
How two men turned a Google search and $100 into hit podcast, TV deal

How two men turned a Google search and $100 into hit podcast, TV deal

Payne Lindsey bought a microphone and some audio equipment in early 2016 after being inspired by the 2014 smash-hit podcast “Serial.” Armed with his $100 recording setup and the result of his Google search for cold cases in his home state of Georgia, the independent filmmaker jumped into a new form of storytelling. “I didn’t know what a podcast was,” Lindsey said. But...
Beer Town: A winter and holiday beer sampler

Beer Town: A winter and holiday beer sampler

By Bob Townsend December and January mark a joyous time for beer lovers, with an abundance of winter seasonals and special holiday offerings available at package stores, growler shops and beer bars. Here’s a sampling of classic craft, international and local beers to brighten your celebrations. Classic craft Anchor Christmas Ale — Brewed every year since 1975, this is the...
You’ll be able to check out Sandy Springs’ newest brewery this week

You’ll be able to check out Sandy Springs’ newest brewery this week

Pontoon Brewing partners Chris Irby, Marcus Powers, Sean O’Keefe, Wesley Budd. Credit: Pontoon Brewing Co. Pontoon Brewing, which has been producing beer for awhile , now has a facility to call its own, and starting this week it’ll be open to the public. Located at 8601 Dunwoody Place in Sandy Springs, the 11,000-square-foot space provides a place for Pontoon...
Bingo, Santa and games at Krog Street Market, beer and pie party and more in metro Atlanta this week

Bingo, Santa and games at Krog Street Market, beer and pie party and more in metro Atlanta this week

Since food and fitness go well together, Life Time Fitness will host a special breakfast with Santa featuring healthy options. Photo credit: M Squared PR. Bingo, Santa, games and more at Krog Street Market. Four-course beer dinner. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared...
New brewpub restaurants coming to Sandy Springs, Dunwoody

New brewpub restaurants coming to Sandy Springs, Dunwoody

Metro Atlanta beer lovers will soon have a couple of new spots to quench their thirst (and curb their hunger). Allen Porter — a real estate entrepreneur whose father, Winston, is an owner of STATS Brewpub in downtown Atlanta — is set to open Porter Pizza & Brewery in Sandy Springs next month and PorterQ & Brewery in March, What Now Atlanta reports. Porter...
Moms get 25 percent off meals every Tuesday in Decatur

Moms get 25 percent off meals every Tuesday in Decatur

Moms receive 25 percent off food when they visit Big Tex in Decatur. Photo credit: Tori Allen PR. This dining deal is just for your momma. Moms receive 25 percent off food when they visit Big Tex , a Decatur-based restaurant that offers a mix of Texas-style and southern comfort food like smoked wings with Texas sauce, fried chicken steak, catfish...
Holiday Heroes: Young ‘Wish Warriors’ pay it forward after receiving Braves visit

Holiday Heroes: Young ‘Wish Warriors’ pay it forward after receiving Braves visit

When the Atlanta Braves descended on Connor Meadows’ school field day in May 2016, it was easily one of the most touching moments of his life. At 8 years old, Meadows had been diagnosed with Wilms tumor, a form of kidney cancer that primarily affects children. The Braves visited as part of a gift from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, surprising everyone at Pickett’s Mill Elementary in Acworth...
Nonprofit provides low-cost toys, but the dignity will cost parents nothing

Nonprofit provides low-cost toys, but the dignity will cost parents nothing

A week or so ago, this place had all the trappings of a little library, dark bookcases filled with all manner of books, tables and chairs sandwiched between a coffee shop and a neighborhood market. But since my visit to the Carver Neighborhood Market, it has been transformed into a winter wonderland, and right about now, I imagine it bustling with hundreds of parents shopping for the perfect toy for...
Tcee Donely, 41, of Fairburn lost 67 pounds

Tcee Donely, 41, of Fairburn lost 67 pounds

Former weight: 256 pounds Current weight: 189 pounds Pounds lost: 67 pounds Height: 5 feet 6 inches Age: 41 years How long she’s kept it off: Started on May 3 and reached her current weight this month. Personal life: “I work at AT&T, but I own my own business: Tcee Designs (www.instagram.com/tceedesigns). I have a passion for design. I’m also a tutor,” Donely said. “I...
First Look: Good Word Brewing & Public House debuts in Duluth

First Look: Good Word Brewing & Public House debuts in Duluth

Good Word Brewing Americano Hamburgesa with two beef patties, mustard, American cheese, sauteed onions, LTP, burger sauce, with fries. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Since opening in 1997, beloved Decatur Square beer mecca Brick Store Pub has spawned two successful sister destinations in the immediate neighborhood, Leon’s Full Service and Kimball House. But the new venture...
Kesha and Macklemore team for tour that hits Atlanta this summer

Kesha and Macklemore team for tour that hits Atlanta this summer

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Kesha and Macklemore have teamed for a tour that will play the newly renamed Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood on Aug. 2. Tickets for the show will go on sale at noon Dec. 15 via www.livenation.com. A Citi card presale will run from noon Dec. 13 to 10 p.m. Dec. 14 through Citi’s Private Pass program ( www.citiprivatepass.com). The...
8 new picture books that make great gifts for kids

8 new picture books that make great gifts for kids

Jimmy Fallon has a hit with “Everything Is Mama,” a happy little “teach a few words” book for tots and tykes. “Where’s Waldo? Destination: Everywhere!” celebrates the striped guy’s 30th anniversary with extra-hard hunt-and-find scenes by Martin Handford. And a certain green crawly critter finds holiday joy in Eric Carle’s “Merry Christmas...
Legendary bartender’s drink tips, cocktail recipes help holiday hosts

Legendary bartender’s drink tips, cocktail recipes help holiday hosts

Jim Meehan knows a thing or two about drinks. A beverage professional for nearly 20 years, he’s an acclaimed bartender, journalist and the author of “The PDT Cocktail Book” and 2017 guide “Meehan’s Bartender Manual” (Ten Speed Press, $40). Meehan visits Atlanta Dec. 18 for a dinner at Linton Hopkins’ new steakhouse C. Ellet’s that will see the drink...
Buy This: 3 gifts for the kids on your list (and maybe you)

Buy This: 3 gifts for the kids on your list (and maybe you)

Simply Gum A cookbook? Something that looks like a book but isn’t? Or something else to chew on? MasterChef Junior Cookbook Are your kids crazy about the food shows on TV? Do they dream of competing on MasterChef Junior? This cookbook is a compilation of 100 recipes inspired by the dishes made during the first five seasons of the show. Each recipe names the young chef who ...
Concert review and photos: Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings comfort and joy to Duluth

Concert review and photos: Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings comfort and joy to Duluth

It hasn’t been an easy year for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra family. In July, longtime bassist David “Z” Zablidowsky was killed in a car accident while touring with his other band, Adrenaline Mob. Three months earlier, TSO endured serious heartache when founder Paul O’Neill, 61, died from an unexpected reaction to prescription medication. But the organization...
Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Mary J. Blige, Gabriel Iglesias, Royal Blood

Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Mary J. Blige, Gabriel Iglesias, Royal Blood

Mary J. Blige performed a sold-out show at Wolf Creek Amphitheater on Aug. 8. 2017. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC BY SARIA CANADAY, AJC Music Scene blog  If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Saria Canady at  scanady@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to call the venue before driving a long distance. Follow us on  ...
Beer Pick: Red Brick Sea Otter Stout

Beer Pick: Red Brick Sea Otter Stout

Sea Otter Stout. Red Brick Brewing Co. Atlanta’s Red Brick Brick Brewing Co. has been partnering with the Georgia Aquarium to create limited edition offerings with the goal of bringing attention to the Aquarium and its mission. The the third in the series is Sea Otter Stout, a roasty American stout brewed to celebrate one of the Aquarium’s most beloved animals,...
New video released to commemorate Gregg Allman’s 70th birthday

New video released to commemorate Gregg Allman’s 70th birthday

Allman at his tribute concert at the Fox Theatre in 2014. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In celebration of what would have been Gregg Allman’s 70 th birthday Dec. 8 comes the release of a striking video for “Song for Adam,” from Allman’s final album, “Southern Blood.” The song, a cover of the 1972 Jackson...
Atlanta weather: Which metro Atlanta restaurants are open or closed?

Atlanta weather: Which metro Atlanta restaurants are open or closed?

The dusting of snow — more in some places — is making it beautiful out there. Road conditions, though — that’s a different story. Find out which Atlanta restaurants are closing early because of the weather, and keep checking back for more updates. Get the latest on weather conditions at ajc.com. We are closing at 2pm today, Fri, Dec 8. Go play in the snow! ...
The guide to buying the perfect gift for every food (and drink) lover in your life

The guide to buying the perfect gift for every food (and drink) lover in your life

Everyone needs to eat (and drink), right? Which means that no matter who you’re buying presents for this holiday season, there’s bound to be a foodie gift that’ll be perfect for them. Keep reading to find out what to get everyone on your “nice” list (and some gifts for the “naughty” ones, too). Salud! Cooking School is offered inside...
Partnership between Scofflaw Brewing and BrewDog USA announced

Partnership between Scofflaw Brewing and BrewDog USA announced

Scofflaw Brewing Co. beer. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. Atlanta’s rapidly expanding Scofflaw Brewing Co. has announced a new partnership agreement with BrewDog, the international brewery and pub chain based in Scotland. The agreement will give Scofflaw access to the brewing and canning operation at BrewDog USA’s new state-of-the-art U.S. headquarters near Columbus...
Cultivating contentment this holiday season

Cultivating contentment this holiday season

Russell Conwell was a 19th-century attorney, philanthropist and writer, who later became a Baptist minister and founder of Temple University in Philadelphia. Conwell was known for his eloquent sermons, and the stories he often told to illustrate spiritual and life principles. One of his most acclaimed essays is titled “Acres of Diamonds.” It was written before Conwell became a pastor,...
Find out how to win one year of sandwiches from this chain restaurant today

Find out how to win one year of sandwiches from this chain restaurant today

A Cinnabon six-pack could get you free sandwiches for a year. Photo credit: Allison + Partners. Today is a great day for a six-pack. Schlotzsky’s , a chain restaurant that offers sandwiches, Cinnabons, pizzas and more, is celebrating guest appreciation day by offering one free small Original Sandwich each week for a year to the first 100 people who purchase a Cinnabon...
At 79, Smyrna resident travels from California to Georgia — by bicycle

At 79, Smyrna resident travels from California to Georgia — by bicycle

Irv Hoffman really enjoys riding his bike. He likes it so much, in fact, that he rides more miles in any given year than many people drive in their car. Hoffman is a 79-year-old retired engineer, and this fall he completed an epic 2,000-plus-mile trip from Northern California to Atlanta. Almost entirely on a bicycle. “It was just a personal quest to see if I could do it,” Hoffman said...
‘Darkest Hour’ is soaring portrayal of Winston Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ is soaring portrayal of Winston Churchill

Until this year, perhaps the greatest piece of moviemaking about Dunkirk was only part of a movie: It was a breathtaking sequence of the massive World War II evacuation, filmed in one astonishing five-minute take that dramatically punctuated the movie “Atonement,” directed by Joe Wright. Now Wright returns with a fully fledged Dunkirk film: “Darkest Hour” is already receiving...
Georgia’s coast is of worldwide importance for shorebirds

Georgia’s coast is of worldwide importance for shorebirds

Georgia’s beautiful coast is only 100 miles long, but its patchwork of barrier islands, wide sandy beaches, salt marshes, mudflats, tidal creeks, maritime forests, inlets and estuaries are of worldwide ecological importance. The latest confirmation came last month when the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) designated Georgia’s barrier islands — from Tybee to Cumberland...
‘The Disaster Artist’ shows finesse behind supposed failure

‘The Disaster Artist’ shows finesse behind supposed failure

In 2003, a mysterious billboard popped up in Los Angeles, with a sinister headshot and a phone number, advertising a movie called “The Room.” Playing in one theater, the romantic melodrama written, directed, produced by and starring the inimitable Tommy Wiseau was a flop, until cult movie fans discovered possibly the best worst movie ever and made it a hit. Now the story of the making...
‘Tom of Finland’ a solid film about iconic gay artist

‘Tom of Finland’ a solid film about iconic gay artist

One can imagine that when Touko Laaksonen finally arrives in Los Angeles and realizes the full impact his work hath wrought, it went down much the way it did in Dome Karukoski’s living biopic “Tom of Finland.” Operating in near secrecy in Finland during the 1950s and ’60s, working on nights and weekends around his gig in a Helsinki advertising firm, Laaksonen’s drawings...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

12/ 17 Family Sunday The family will enjoy the wonderful aroma and delicious taste of Roasted Pork Loin With Apples and Cinnamon (see recipe). On the side, enjoy baked sweet potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts, mixed greens and dinner rolls. For dessert, enjoy a small amount of strawberry ice cream. Plan ahead: Save enough...
Why do some abused children fare well as adults, even as parents?

Why do some abused children fare well as adults, even as parents?

In a letter to the editor of the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Tribune, psychologist Afton Koball and two colleagues raise objections to a recent column in which I asserted that one can be parented badly and still parent well. It comes down to one’s perspective, and is, therefore, a matter of choice. Said another way, parenting is influential but not deterministic. Koball contends that I am ignoring...
New Year’s Eve 2017 Atlanta concerts: Xscape, Widespread Panic and more

New Year’s Eve 2017 Atlanta concerts: Xscape, Widespread Panic and more

Xscape will bring their reunion tour back home on New Year’s Eve. Photo: Getty Images As posited by artists ranging from Nancy Wilson to Ella Fitzgerald to Harry Connick Jr. — what are you doing New Year’s Eve? You still have a few weeks to answer that. But plenty of Atlanta venues will be bopping as the clock ticks toward midnight. Here are some possible places to rock out in the...
Christmas albums 2017: Hanson, Gwen Stefani, Cheap Trick top new offerings

Christmas albums 2017: Hanson, Gwen Stefani, Cheap Trick top new offerings

If ever there was a year when soul-soothing holiday music was needed, this is it. Although there still isn’t a worthy successor to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” there are some memorable aural moments from some unlikely sources – such as Sia and Cheap Trick. Here are some new possibilities to add to your Christmas playlists...
These 3 Atlanta restaurants were named to OpenTable’s 2017 list of best restaurants in America

These 3 Atlanta restaurants were named to OpenTable’s 2017 list of best restaurants in America

Sushi at Umi in Buckhead. / AJC file photo Whittling down the list of best restaurants in the country is no small task, but reservation site OpenTable thinks its users are up to the challenge. Its list of best restaurants in the country — generated by diner reviews collected from Nov. 1 2016-Oct. 31, 2017 — includes three Atlanta entries, which all happen to be...
College national championship game in Atlanta — fun ideas for kids

College national championship game in Atlanta — fun ideas for kids

College football’s national championship game will be here before we know it. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We don’t know which two teams will be playing yet, but we do know the four schools who have made it into the playoffs on New Year’s Day: Georgia will take on Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, and Clemson will go up against Alabama in...
10 boozy gifts for the holidays

10 boozy gifts for the holidays

From cocktail classes to whiskey-filled ornaments to Charleston-made candles that smell like pinot noir, here are 10 boozy gifts that make for a spirited holiday season. Gunshow cocktail classes This is the gift for that person who fancies themselves a bartender or at least hopes to...
Six-year-old Hiram boy dies before Christmas arrives

Six-year-old Hiram boy dies before Christmas arrives

Brantley Dobbs, the 6-year-old brain cancer patient who wanted to see Christmas one last time, has died. His family published a statement that Brantley died Wednesday night. Speaking for the Hiram family, Brantley’s care-givers at Hospice Atlanta, offered the following statement: “Brantley’s family sends their heartfelt gratitude for all of the love and support sent their way. The...
Warm up with these 12 Atlanta comfort food dishes and drinks

Warm up with these 12 Atlanta comfort food dishes and drinks

When you're looking to warm up, these cold-weather comfort food dishes and drinks around Atlanta will keep away the chill. Ration & Dram's Chicken & Dumplings is made from scratch using Darby Farms chicken, Southern Swiss Dairy milk made into cream and fluffy biscuit dumplings. The restaurant promises the dish "will make you feel like you're at your grandmother's house." 130 Arizona...
5 places to buy Christmas ham in Atlanta

5 places to buy Christmas ham in Atlanta

  Photo courtesy of The Fresh Market Between gift shopping and holiday parties, it can be difficult to find time to cook the perfect Christmas dinner. Let the professionals take something off your plate — or, more accurately, put something on your plate — and handle the main course. Here are five places to buy Christmas ham in Atlanta this holiday season. The...
STATS Brewpub launches house-brewed beers and new menu

STATS Brewpub launches house-brewed beers and new menu

STATS Brewpub brewer Austin Edwards. Credit: Tori Allen. STATS Brewpub is now officially serving its own beers, created by brewmaster Austin Edwards. The restaurant was converted to a brewpub earlier this summer by adding a full-scale brewery on the lower level, and revamping its menu to pair with the new beers. Guests can now sample six house-brewed beers for $6 each in addition to other...
8 magical winter date ideas in Atlanta

8 magical winter date ideas in Atlanta

The weather and time change have brought the holiday season closer into the horizon. While the holidays are a great way to spend time with family and friends, it's easy to forget about spending time with that special someone. There are tons of ways to warm up to your sweetie all winter long. Here are eight magical winter date ideas for those looking for a little romance and fun: If you're willing...
Coroner reveals comic Ralphie May’s official cause of death 

Coroner reveals comic Ralphie May’s official cause of death 

Medical examiners in Las Vegas have determined that comic Ralphie May's death was from high blood pressure and heart disease. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg (FYOU'-den-berg) told The Associated Press on Wednesday the round-faced comedian whose body was found Oct. 6 at a home in Las Vegas died of heart failure due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease. The death was ruled natural. May was 45...
‘The Shape of Water’ is monster movie that’s beautiful, pure of heart

‘The Shape of Water’ is monster movie that’s beautiful, pure of heart

Guillermo del Toro’s creature feature “The Shape of Water,” a grotesquely gorgeous fairy tale, just might be the most epically romantic monster movie ever. Del Toro makes films that straddle the line between horror and beauty, fascinated by attraction to the unexpected and the weird. The film, co-written with Vanessa Taylor, is a delightfully subversive and heartrending love story...
Gary Oldman and Joe Wright on Winston Churchill

Gary Oldman and Joe Wright on Winston Churchill

Words, in the new movie “Darkest Hour,” are weapons. Set roughly during the same time period as “Dunkirk,” between May and June 1940, the World War II drama takes place not on the beaches of northern France, where hundreds of Allied soldiers were cornered by German troops, but in the backrooms of England’s war cabinet. It is there that the newly installed prime minister...
Southern-made gifts for an anytime celebration

Southern-made gifts for an anytime celebration

Jim Bridgeman, a former air traffic controller, found a new calling as a ceramic artist. The artist: Bridgeman grew up in Maryland and graduated from Virginia Tech. For most of his career, he worked as an air traffic controller and instructor in Georgia before retiring for health issues. In 2007, unsure of what to do with himself, Bridgeman took a pottery wheel class in Fayette County. In 2012...
Angelina Jolie talks Brad Pitt, says last film together may have mirrored relationship

Angelina Jolie talks Brad Pitt, says last film together may have mirrored relationship

Fans were shocked when super couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt broke up, but it seems their final film together paralleled their own relationship issues. The actors starred in 2015’s “By The Sea,” a film about a couple attempting to repair their broken relationship, including communication and intimacy issues — problems the couple were reportedly dealing with in...
Trans-Siberian Orchestra carries on after death of founder

Trans-Siberian Orchestra carries on after death of founder

On April 5 of this year, Trans-Siberian Orchestra as fans have known it changed forever. That was the day Paul O’Neill, the founder of the combination progressive rock band and orchestra, passed away from an accidental reaction to prescribed medications he’d been taking. As the main songwriter and the man who developed the stories and concepts behind each album from TSO, the group&rsquo...
The best cocktail books of 2017

The best cocktail books of 2017

This year gave cocktail enthusiasts booze books that delved deep into everything from creating cocktails while traveling to in-depth bar manuals to an ode to spirited felines. Here are the top cocktail and spirits books of 2017. Road Soda Recipe books ...
“Darkest Hour” shows Winston Churchill in his finest one

“Darkest Hour” shows Winston Churchill in his finest one

“Darkest Hour” begins with Winston Churchill seemingly living his best life. He spends the morning lounging in bed with his first cigar of the day, a bolt of whiskey and a champagne chaser on the breakfast tray his servant delivers. Neville Chamberlain is taking a thrashing over at Parliament, his stint as prime minister...
Free boneless wings all day in Midtown today

Free boneless wings all day in Midtown today

Free boneless wings all day at Wing Zone in Atlanta. Photo credit: No Limit Agency. Wing Zone is giving away five free boneless wings at all U.S. locations including the restaurant on the campus of Georgia Tech today. The company is highlighting their new Korean Q flavor, but also raising money for the  Ben Abercrombie Fund hosted by the family&rsquo...
2017 food writing worth a read

2017 food writing worth a read

Are you too busy to read? I often feel that my job — and the busyness of life in general — gets in between me and the primary reason I got so deeply into the kitchen in the first place: books. There is so much food writing to consume these days. And it feels like Christmas every day as new titles are shoved into my mail cubby at the office. Oh, it’s fun to rip open two, three and...
We tried the ‘veggie burger that bleeds’ – find out what we thought

We tried the ‘veggie burger that bleeds’ – find out what we thought

The Imossible Burger and salad from The Counter in Roswell. / Photo by Erica Hernandez The Impossible Burger — known as ‘the veggie burger that bleeds — became available in Atlanta for the first time earlier this month , good news for those who love beef but are trying to eat less of it and vegetarians who miss a big, juicy burger. But does...
Collect blackberry lily seeds to plant in spring

Collect blackberry lily seeds to plant in spring

Q: Someone gave us a basket full of blackberry lily seeds and pods. When and how is the best time to plant them? Michael Hoffer, Dahlonega A: I planted a couple dozen seeds last spring and about half of them came up, which was to be expected. I simply dug an inch-deep hole for each shiny black seed and dropped them in. The ones that came up were six inches high this fall: healthy but too...
Where to go in Atlanta to eat out on Christmas

Where to go in Atlanta to eat out on Christmas

This year, start a new tradition: no cooking on Christmas. Perhaps you shopped until you dropped, decked    your house with holiday ornaments, wrapped lots of presents and cooked for the annual office potluck party. If that’s you, you’ve got options. The following nine restaurants will be open for brunch and/or dinner Dec. 25, so you and your family and friends can eat,...
9 events for dining with Santa and other holiday food fun

9 events for dining with Santa and other holiday food fun

For a good time, dine with Santa, sign up for a culinary class or build an edible home in a gingerbread-making workshop. Sure, your kids may want to leave a plate of cookies and glass of milk on the kitchen counter for Santa, but the milk may spoil and you may be tempted to eat the cookies. Instead, try one of the many breakfast with Santa options. Burgeoning little chefs will enjoy an international...
These are the top dining picks in Atlanta for 2017, according to Eater

These are the top dining picks in Atlanta for 2017, according to Eater

It’s December, which means it’s time for everyone’s best-of lists and awards. Food website Eater announced its Eater Award winners today, recognizing restaurants, chefs, and other hospitality experts in 24 cities around the world. The awards also include national categories including #Brand of the Year (KFC) and Media Personality of the Year (Chrissy Teigen). In Atlanta...
‘The Voice’ launched Danielle Bradbery’s music career

‘The Voice’ launched Danielle Bradbery’s music career

In the country music world, it can take a decade for aspiring singers to get a song on the radio. For Danielle Bradbery, it took about a month. In June 2013, she was crowned the fourth season winner of NBC’s “The Voice” (as a contestant on Blake Shelton’s team) and landed a record deal. Shortly after, she found herself in a recording studio in Nashville, and released her debut...
Where to eat on Christmas Eve in metro Atlanta

Where to eat on Christmas Eve in metro Atlanta

Opt for the special three-course dinner or a menu fave like this braised cod at il Giallo Osteria & Bar. Photo credit: The Rosen Group. Have yourself a merry little Christmas Eve dinner with family and friends at the following four restaurants. Menus items will be available on Sunday, Dec. 24. Ellet’s Steakhouse: Start a new Christmas Eve...
Bacon giveaway in Atlanta and Alpharetta, holiday events for kids and more in metro Atlanta this week

Bacon giveaway in Atlanta and Alpharetta, holiday events for kids and more in metro Atlanta this week

Wahoo! Grill will host its annual breakfast with Santa on Dec. 9. Photo credit: Phase 3: Marketing and Communications. Free bacon today and tomorrow. Breakfast with Santa events. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Dec. 5 – 6: Spread cheer...
Justice for the Rev. Otis Byrd Sr.; a new beginning for his namesake

Justice for the Rev. Otis Byrd Sr.; a new beginning for his namesake

On a recent Wednesday evening, a half-dozen members of the gospel group Adoration gathered at the home of its founder Otis Byrd Jr. For nearly two hours, they oohhed and aahhed through vocal exercises before launching into “Hosanna,” “I Need You” and “Glory and Honor” and then spilling out into the night. In less than 24 hours, the 33-year-old was at it again. This...
Healthy Cooking: A pot of couscous is 5 minutes away from festive

Healthy Cooking: A pot of couscous is 5 minutes away from festive

As someone who is stridently pro-vegetable, I find it relatively easy to eat healthfully 11 months of the year. But December, ah, December is 31 days of my own epicurean Rumspringa. Toothpicks pass as cutlery. Homemade ricotta gives way to Ro-Tel dip. Saturated fat bombs? Yes, please — and I’ll take some extra for the road, thanks. So what protects my arteries, and my waistline, from sustaining...
Grand Canyon in winter

Grand Canyon in winter

Our companion on long stretches of the South Rim Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, a typically crowded walk, was often just the whistling wind. We stretched our legs over six and more spectacular miles during each of two days while walking the edge of the canyon, bumping into other couples or small groups only occasionally. We sometimes had to ourselves viewpoints that typically draw crowds from...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

LIP INTENSITY All it takes is one stroke of Stunna Lip Paint by Fenty Beauty to give lips a classic red appeal. The long-wearing color promises to last 12 hours with full-on, high-impact color. Stunna Lip Paint is the perfect shade of red, hand-picked by singer Rihanna to suit all skin tones. The matte color is weightless and dries without feathering, yet it stays smooth all day. Shake it before using...
Should reptiles should be pets?

Should reptiles should be pets?

Reclining with a laptop on my couch in Brooklyn, I searched “buy lizard online” and clicked the first link. I filled my cart with a flying dragon, a couple of caimans, a red-eared slider turtle, a poison dart frog and an albino garter snake. I agreed to the terms and conditions, certifying that I knew the laws governing reptile ownership (it is illegal for me to own some of these animals...
Shelly Hutchinson, 45, of Snellville lost 81 pounds

Shelly Hutchinson, 45, of Snellville lost 81 pounds

Former weight: 236 pounds Current weight: 155 pounds Pounds lost: 81 pounds Height: 5 feet 7 inches Age: 45 years How long she’s kept it off: Hutchinson started November 2005 and reached her current weight in July 2013. Personal life: “I am a wife and mom to both human and four-legged children. … My children are 14 and 17,” Hutchinson said. “I have been married to my...
DNA testing can help adoptees find family members

DNA testing can help adoptees find family members

DNA testing has increasingly become a useful tool for adoptees seeking information about their birth families. Many people take one or more DNA tests in the hopes of finding matches, but then don’t know how to respond if they do. The match goes both ways. Some biological relatives may not even know that a child was born, and thus don’t know how to deal with the person. The adoptee may...
Revelator Coffee concept now open in Buckhead

Revelator Coffee concept now open in Buckhead

Interior of Mourning Dove Cafe. / Photo courtesy of The Shops Buckhead Atlanta A new coffee shop has taken up residence at Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Mourning Dove Coffee, from Birmingham, Ala.-based Revelator Coffee, opened over the weekend in the upscale shopping complex at 3065 Peachtree Road NE. It replaces Corso Coffee, which closed in August. The shop will...
First Look: Tacos and fun times at Deep End in Old Fourth Ward

First Look: Tacos and fun times at Deep End in Old Fourth Ward

Deep End tacos (left to right) Ground Beef Gringo, Carnitas, and Chicken Tinga. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Brooks Cloud, Julian Goglia and Mike Blydenstein, the partners behind Ten Apart restaurant group, have been superbusy, lately. Building on the success of the Pinewood in Decatur and the Mercury at Ponce City Market , they just...
Longtime Roswell restaurant to close next week

Longtime Roswell restaurant to close next week

Pancakes are on the menu at Public House in Roswell. / Photo from the Public House Facebook page A Roswell Square restaurant that has been open in some iteration since the 1970s is shutting its doors next week. Public House, located at 605 Atlanta St., announced the closure on its Facebook page over the weekend: General manager David Wood said the building’s landlord had a “different vision&rdquo...
Marietta musician featured in Jennifer Hudson ad

Marietta musician featured in Jennifer Hudson ad

There’s a reason you know that Geico gecko or Flo from Progressive. Insurance companies have a lot of money to spend on advertising. And thanks to ubiquitous American Family Insurance ads, Marietta singer Alex Guthrie has been seen by practically every American who has a TV over the past seven months. He was the street musician at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta who was shocked when Jennifer...
Collective Soul talks new live album, Ed Roland’s charity Christmas concert

Collective Soul talks new live album, Ed Roland’s charity Christmas concert

The world that Ed Roland knows is always a busy one. Along with Collective Soul, the frontman recently wrapped a fall tour — which included a spirited performance at Music Midtown — and is already thinking ahead to a 2018 run with the band in South Africa and another summer U.S. outing. But first, there is the inaugural Collective Soul live album to celebrate — it arrived...
Kris Jenner buys home across from Kim Kardashian, Kanye West

Kris Jenner buys home across from Kim Kardashian, Kanye West

Kris Jenner is now the proud owner of a mansion that has six bedrooms, eight baths, a movie theater and a workout room, according to People, and her new property is close to where one of her daughters lives. Across the street is the home owned by her daughter Kim Kardashian West and son-in-law Kanye West. The housing arrangement is not new for the stars. The couple  lived with...
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