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Atlanta-based Girl Talk fosters self-esteem, desire to give back

More often than not, Haley Kilpatrick came home from middle school with tears in her eyes. After she endured middle school — three years of not getting invited to birthday parties, sleepovers or even feeling welcome at a table in the cafeteria — it seemed history was doomed to repeat itself. That was, until she came to a realization: Kilpatrick was not alone. It was not only the biggest...
Life with Gracie: Why two Atlanta women will join their first protest march

Life with Gracie: Why two Atlanta women will join their first protest march

At exactly 10 p.m. Friday, Beverly Molander, Pat Harris and 18 of their girlfriends will board a charter bus headed north to our nation’s capital. It promises to be a heady moment for the women, who will make the journey far beyond their comfort zone. This will be their first protest march, but they have been looking forward to it since early December when Molander spotted news of the planned...
Tickets going fast for last Ringling Bros. shows in Atlanta 

Tickets going fast for last Ringling Bros. shows in Atlanta 

Atlantans will have one last chance to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus before the iconic circus closes forever this year after 146 years. The circus plans to finish its current tour which ends in May in Providence, R.I. In metro Atlanta, the circus is scheduled at Philips Arena from Feb. 15-20, 2017,and Duluth’s Infinite Energy Arena from Feb. 23-March 5. (See details...
GPB airing John Lewis documentary Feb. 10

GPB airing John Lewis documentary Feb. 10

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 19: Congressman/Civil Rights Icon John Lewis views for the first time images and his arrest record for leading a nonviolent sit-in at Nashville’s segreated lunch counters, March 5, 1963.
Plant oil controls spider mites

Plant oil controls spider mites

Listen to Walter Reeves Saturday mornings on News 95.5 FM and AM750 WSB. Visit his website, www.walterreeves.com, follow him on Twitter @walterreeves, on Pinterest, or join his Facebook Fan Page at bit.ly/georgiagardener for more garden tips. Q: On your radio show you mentioned a product that you use to get rid of spider mites on your lemon tree. What is it? Bruce Alberts, Covington A...
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport featured in upcoming PBS aviation series

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport featured in upcoming PBS aviation series

On any given day, more than 100,000 planes shuttle more than one million people through the sky to destinations around the world. A lot of that daily traffic passes right here through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. The FDA predicts that withing 10 years, the Thanksgiving Day crush that hits Hartsfield-Jackson each year will be an...
A force behind diversity in Hollywood has roots in DeKalb

A force behind diversity in Hollywood has roots in DeKalb

Charles D. King knows the power of diverse images. Without them, it’s doubtful he’d be starring in his own Hollywood tycoon story, which includes helping bring “Fences” to the big screen. Google his name and the January 2015 Variety headline “Charles King Leaves WME to Launch Content Company Macro” still pops up. “Charles King is leaving WME to launch a company...
ASO review: Runnicles leads masterful mix of Bruckner’s works

ASO review: Runnicles leads masterful mix of Bruckner’s works

When the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra played a richly blended triple-forte Thursday night, led by a brass section anchored by an authoritative tuba, it sounded otherworldly: It was as if an organist had pulled out all the stops and was raining down on the keys with demonstrable force. During the concert — which programmed Anton Bruckner’s expansive, hourlong...
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern to open second location

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern to open second location

The Mother Nature Salad is on the menu at HOBNOB. An Atlanta tavern is set to open a second location in Town Brookhaven this May.
Kempner:  Big metro Atlanta ‘Sad Mall’ has new plan to get its smile back

Kempner:  Big metro Atlanta ‘Sad Mall’ has new plan to get its smile back

“Sad Mall” is what my wife calls the place that used to be one of metro Atlanta’s go-to places to spend money. Now, there’s a newly revised plan to turn that frown upside down. It’s just hard to see how the company that owns struggling Gwinnett Place mall is going to pull it off any time soon. But wish them luck. Because they aren’t alone. Other aging shopping centers...
Kristian Bush assures authenticity in new Alliance Theatre musical ‘Troubadour’

Kristian Bush assures authenticity in new Alliance Theatre musical ‘Troubadour’

It’s a week from the first preview of “Troubadour” and a wad of creative energy is ricocheting inside the Alliance Theatre.
Atlanta Concerts this week: Lee Brice, Don Henley

Atlanta Concerts this week: Lee Brice, Don Henley

Lee Brice will visit the Fox. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene SATURDAY Run the Jewels Now that Killer Mike isn’t spending as much time immersed in politics, he and partner El-P can concentrate on music for a bit.
Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Radiohead, Chris Botti

Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Radiohead, Chris Botti

Chris Botti will head to Atlanta Symphony Hall. BY SARIA CANADAY, AJC Music Scene blog If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know.
Carolina chickadee brings good cheer in winter

Carolina chickadee brings good cheer in winter

Among the customers at our bird feeder this time of year, one we can count on for daily visits is the Carolina chickadee. And that’s just fine with me. I never tire of watching the lively, inquisitive little bird with such a cheerful disposition. With its spiffy black cap, black bib, white cheeks and white belly, it appears as if always dressed for a formal dance. Weighing only as much as three...
Stay calm while approaching issue of vaping

Stay calm while approaching issue of vaping

Visit family psychologist John Rosemond’s website at www.johnrosemond.com; readers may send him email at questions@rosemond.com; due to the volume of mail, not every question will be answered. Living with Children: Vaping and peer pressure By John Rosemond, Tribune News Service (TNS) Q: I found a vaping pen hidden in my 13-year-old son’s room and am at a loss as to how to deal with it...
End result of fight should be unification

End result of fight should be unification

Patricia Holbrook is a Christian author, blogger and international speaker. Her book, “Twelve Inches,” is on sale at Barnes & Nobles, Amazon and retailers worldwide. Visit her website www.soaringwithHim.com. For speaking engagements and comments, email pholbrook@soaringwithHim.com. This week marked the 88th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was reminded during the weekend of celebrations...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

1/ 29 Family Sunday Make family day extra-special with Roasted Lamb on the menu. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Crush or finely chop 1 tablespoon fennel seeds. Combine seeds with 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 2 teaspoons finely chopped lemon zest (yellow part only), 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; mix well. Rub mixture on 1 (4- to 5-pound) boneless leg of lamb. Place on rack in roasting pan...
Janelle Monae to perform at Women’s March on Washington, Chrisette Michele will sing at inauguration

Janelle Monae to perform at Women’s March on Washington, Chrisette Michele will sing at inauguration

Janelle Monae will perform at the Saturday Women’s March in Washington. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Marie Claire) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The Indigo Girls and Janelle Monae will represent Atlanta at the Women’s March on Washington, D.
Latin American celebrity chooses Atlanta to launch film career

Latin American celebrity chooses Atlanta to launch film career

Atlanta is a long way from Canada and even farther from Chile, but for Canadian-Chilean celebrity Vesta Lugg, the metro-area is the place to be.
These are the metro Atlanta breweries and brewpubs to look out for in 2017

These are the metro Atlanta breweries and brewpubs to look out for in 2017

2016 was a big year for beer in Georgia. Among other things, MillerCoors took a majority stake in Athens-based Terrapin and Brick Store Pub joined the Knighthood of the Brewers’ Paddle. 2017 is shaping up to be just as — if not more — exciting, with several new projects set to make their debuts. Check out what to watch for in the year to come: Athens-based Creature Comforts...
Atlanta faith calendar

Atlanta faith calendar

Anniversary concert: An organ anniversary concert featuring Eric Plutz, university organist at Princeton University, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. Free and open to all. Information: 731 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-874-8664, www.redeemer.org. School admissions: Parents will be invited to bring their 3- to 7-year-old children to participate in various...
Alliance opens homegrown ‘Troubadour’

Alliance opens homegrown ‘Troubadour’

At a recent showcase for the new Alliance Theatre production, “Troubadour,” which opened this week, the talent on display was like a feast of the locally-grown. On stage at the Rich Auditorium in the Woodruff Arts Center to talk about the musical was the author, Atlanta playwright Janece Shaffer, creator of a string of plays for the Alliance including “The Geller Girls.” Next...
Review: Angry Chef has mellowed at Southern Bistro in Sandy Springs

Review: Angry Chef has mellowed at Southern Bistro in Sandy Springs

On occasion, I have heard some critics claim that chefs do not cook enough Southern food in Atlanta. I’m not sure this is true. Take, for example, the menu at Southern Bistro, which is full of dishes that any Southerner would recognize as familiar, comforting food. The drop biscuits that arrived first was seasoned with a mince of mild herbs. The boat of mac and cheese was rich...
Here’s how to assemble a stinky cheese plate for the Atlanta Falcons-Green Bay Packers game

Here’s how to assemble a stinky cheese plate for the Atlanta Falcons-Green Bay Packers game

Epoisses (center) will make your cheese plate nice and pungent. / AJC file photo Wisconsin is best known for three things — its frigid winters, the Green Bay Packers and cheese.
Poll: Which Georgia foods should Gov. Deal wager for Atlanta Falcons-Green Bay Packers game?

Poll: Which Georgia foods should Gov. Deal wager for Atlanta Falcons-Green Bay Packers game?

Chili dogs sit ready to be served at The Varsity in downtown Atlanta/ BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL Do Coca-Cola and peanuts cut it?
McAvoy shines in M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’

McAvoy shines in M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’

Through the ups and downs of his career, the name M. Night Shyamalan has always been synonymous with one thing: twist. While watching his films, it’s easy to spend more time wondering if he will, won’t, and how he’ll twist, and it can take away the power of what’s actually on screen. Which is a shame when the filmmaking and performances are particularly exceptional. In the...
Michael Keaton fascinating as Kroc in ‘The Founder’

Michael Keaton fascinating as Kroc in ‘The Founder’

The title “The Founder” is in some ways a perplexing descriptor for a biopic of Ray Kroc, the man who took the McDonald’s burger restaurant from a local favorite to a global behemoth. Truth be told, he’s not the founder of McDonald’s. But the title fits Kroc’s specific approach to success, a version of the American Dream that states, if you want something, go out...
Strong characters at heart of ‘20th Century Women’

Strong characters at heart of ‘20th Century Women’

“Whatever you imagine your life is going to be like, know your life is not going to be anything like that,” one character tells another in the picaresque comic drama “20th Century Women.” The voice of wisdom is Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a lodger in a shabby Southern California rooming house in the summer of 1979. Her young protege is 14-year-old Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), who lives...
Mike Love steers the Beach Boys back to Atlanta

Mike Love steers the Beach Boys back to Atlanta

Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love has released an autobiography that covers the long and at times tumultuous history of the group, not to mention more than a few parts of his personal life. But when asked what he hopes readers will take away from the book, titled “Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy,” Love points to something that might surprise some — his lifestyle. “I&rsquo...
Will a film that had a Sundance premiere win the top Oscar this year?

Will a film that had a Sundance premiere win the top Oscar this year?

I thought it would happen with “Boyhood.” And, who knows, maybe it still will this year with “Manchester by the Sea.” But no movie that has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival has ever gone on to win the Oscar for best picture. Sure, the Park City, Utah, festival, which began Thursday, has boasted its share of Oscar winners over the decades — Cher (“Moonstruck...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

ANTI-AGING SKINCARE Atlanta-based brand HiQ Cosmetics has created a new anti-aging HiQ Facial Serum designed as an all-in-one skincare solution or as an additional product in your existing skincare regimen. Patrick Pickens and Dr. Holly Carpenter founded the brand, which features a blend of organic ingredients backed by science. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) helps combats signs of aging while leaving skin...
Rapper Waka Flocka Flame desecrates Trump shirt at Georgia concert

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame desecrates Trump shirt at Georgia concert

Waka Flocka Flame probably isn’t looking for an invite to the White House. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Well, we know how Waka Flocka Flame feels about the incoming president.
How to follow the inauguration on TV, internet

How to follow the inauguration on TV, internet

Some aspects of Friday’s inauguration are about as old as the country itself: The dignified, pre-ceremony meeting at the White House between the outgoing and incoming president. The oath of office administered by the chief justice of the Supreme Court. The post-ceremony parade and blur of fancy dress balls. And some are about as recently minted as yesterday’s social media post: Streaming...
Try these 8 new metro Atlanta spots to eat brunch and lunch

Try these 8 new metro Atlanta spots to eat brunch and lunch

Brunch cocktails from Drift Fish House. / Photo courtesy of Drift Fish House It’s a new year, and with the turn of a calendar page comes a bunch of new metro Atlanta restaurants serving brunch and lunch.
Atlanta restaurants offering ‘Bad Hombre’ menu items for Inauguration Day

Atlanta restaurants offering ‘Bad Hombre’ menu items for Inauguration Day

The scene at Fred’s Meat & Bread at Krog Street Market. / AJC file photo It was barely three months ago when then presidential candidate (now president-elect) Donald Trump made headlines by referring to “bad hombres” during a presidential debate.
Use in-season Brussels sprouts to make an Indian dish with a twist

Use in-season Brussels sprouts to make an Indian dish with a twist

Some farmers do it because it’s been a family business for generations. Some farm because they wanted a change from corporate and/or city life. And some farmers, such as Brad Nersesian of Sacred Ground Farms in Bowdon, are in it because they have a mission. Nersesian went to college for a horticulture degree, but his college coursework in permaculture shifted his focus from landscaping to farming...
Chicken combo meals are $2.99 at this popular chain restaurant

Chicken combo meals are $2.99 at this popular chain restaurant

Honey-butter biscuit battered chicken tenders are available for a limited time at Church’s Chicken.
Go to Florida for the sun, stay for the music at these 5 places

Go to Florida for the sun, stay for the music at these 5 places

For music lovers, one of the best things about a Florida getaway is checking out the dynamic local nightlife. Whether your style is kicking back at a beach bar while a local band croons Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville,” showing off your best salsa moves at a Latin club or listening to some cool cats jam at a little-known jazz spot, you’ll find your niche in this musically diverse...
Can you eat your way across Florida? Try these 5 restaurants

Can you eat your way across Florida? Try these 5 restaurants

MIAMI BEACH Atlantikos This upscale Greek restaurant with Santorini-inspired blue and white decor serves the best from the land and sea. The Aegean wild sea bream cooked in parchment is a must-try. Located at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Fla. 305-993-3333, stregisbalharbour.com/atlantikos. NAPLES 1500 South Celebrity chef Art Smith opened...
Learn how to make Petite Violette’s onion soup

Learn how to make Petite Violette’s onion soup

Petite Auberge is starting 2017 in a new home, its first move since the restaurant’s founding in 1974. Leaving its longtime location in the Toco Hills Shopping Center, Petite Auberge is now Petite Violette on Clairmont Road near the I-85 intersection. Anthony Gropp, head chef and co-owner of Petite Auberge (now Petite Violette), was glad to share the recipe for this classic French soup that...
Tallying up favorites before Oscar noms

Tallying up favorites before Oscar noms

The film academy gave its members a reprieve this year, pushing back the beginning of Oscar voting so everyone had more time to go to screenings, sift through their DVDs and deeply consider what movies and performances to nominate. Balloting ended the same week that the directors and producers guilds announced their slates and Meryl Streep delivered an awards show speech for the ages about He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named...
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds pair for tour that will play Alpharetta

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds pair for tour that will play Alpharetta

Guitarist Tim Reynolds and Dave Matthews performed the opening song, “Recently,” during DMB’s 2014 tour stop at Lakewood.
Punch Bowl Social expanding to The Battery at SunTrust Park under Hugh Acheson’s guidance

Punch Bowl Social expanding to The Battery at SunTrust Park under Hugh Acheson’s guidance

The interior of Punch Bowl Social Less than a year after announcing he was joining the Punch Bowl Social restaurant group as a “culinary advisor,” the Empire State South owner and “Top Chef” star has announced he’ll help open the first metro Atlanta location this year.
ChowBaby Alpharetta closes after less than a year

ChowBaby Alpharetta closes after less than a year

Stir fry veggies and shrimp over rice at Real Chow Baby. / AJC file photo A popular stir-fry restaurant that closed its Midtown location to make the move to North Fulton County has closed that location, too.
Healthy Cooking: Slow Cooker Breakfast Millet

Healthy Cooking: Slow Cooker Breakfast Millet

Sure, I had heard the tales from others who had been there before me. But like the vastness of the ocean, and the stars in a Montana night sky, I couldn’t truly appreciate the depths of a teenage boy’s appetite until I saw it with my own eyes. Last semester, my high school freshman had THE growth spurt — the one where the length of his jeans increased twice, but his waist size stayed...
The man behind mic stands used by Prince, other artists

The man behind mic stands used by Prince, other artists

Jay Dozer followed his older brother into metal work, but while his big bro went on to make top dollar for Toyota, Jay made custom microphone stands for Prince. His shop, Metaldozer, sits unobtrusively at the back part of a business complex in Duluth, bordered by a parking lot for buses on one side and Buford Highway on the other. A garage door opens to an industrial space, where an American flag...
Midtown condo's artwork rivaled only by its view of the city

Midtown condo's artwork rivaled only by its view of the city

Stephen Wells’ collection of contemporary artwork seems like it was selected just for his modern condo in Midtown. He actually began acquiring the photography and paintings well before he moved into the former model unit in 1065 Midtown earlier this year. He live in a house in north Buckhead for nearly 20 years, but bought the condo for a more urban, walkable lifestyle and less home and yard...
Baked now closed in Old Fourth Ward

Baked now closed in Old Fourth Ward

Baked, a comfort food spot that offered up take out options and brunch, has closed its doors in Old Fourth Ward. The restaurant, situated next to Condesa Coffee at the bottom of Tribute Lofts at 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE, posted a statement on its website confirming the closure: “Baked has closed its doors permanently in Atlanta. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for allowing us...
New work by Atlanta composer highlights Orpheus concert

New work by Atlanta composer highlights Orpheus concert

Crumbling buildings with windows long since blown out by bombs and gunfire line the solitary street. A young man walks down the road past a charred car. Debris and rubble are everywhere. This is just one image of many images published recently by the BBC of the war in Syria. As Atlanta-based composer Richard Prior saw these pictures — as well as photos of conflict...
Michelle Nichols lost 82 pounds

Michelle Nichols lost 82 pounds

Success story Michelle Nichols, 44: From 369 pounds to 287 pounds Former weight: 369 pounds Current weight: 287 pounds Pounds lost: 82 pounds Height: 5 feet 11 inches Age: 44 years How long she’s kept it off: “I actually started really making an effort … in September of 2015,” says Nichols, who reached her current weight in December. Personal life: Nichols lives in Douglasville...
VCU instructor stumbles onto the radio gig of a lifetime

VCU instructor stumbles onto the radio gig of a lifetime

RICHMOND — If you’re a public radio listener, you’ve been hearing an unlikely Cinderella story lately and probably didn’t realize it. A new voice popped up after Thanksgiving on the underwriter spots - those promos for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or Pajamagrams. It’s a man’s voice, joining Jessica Hansen, who’s had the solo gig for about two years...
‘Troubadour’ aims to bring country authenticity to Alliance stage

‘Troubadour’ aims to bring country authenticity to Alliance stage

It’s a week before the first preview of “Troubadour” and the creative energy is ricocheting inside the Alliance Theatre. In one room, Radney Foster and Zach Seabaugh look over two pages of script changes with director Susan V. Booth. Down the hall, Kristian Bush – he of Sugarland fame and the composer for the country-themed musical – sits...
Comic book crew gets personality update

Comic book crew gets personality update

On paper, the concept sounds a bit mad: What if the freckled-faced teens of the wholesome “Archie” comics were wrapped up in a seedy murder mystery? And yet the CW’s “Riverdale,” which premieres Jan. 26, is arguably one of the most anticipated new series of 2017. Ever since “Riverdale’s” pilot debut at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, fans have been...
$5 burgers and drinks at The Pinewood and other top food events happening in Atlanta

$5 burgers and drinks at The Pinewood and other top food events happening in Atlanta

Cooks & Soldiers will host a lively fete in honor of Spain’s La Tamborrada party. Photo credit: Phase:3 Marketing & Communications.
Free cookie at Great American Cookies today

Free cookie at Great American Cookies today

Get a free cookie at Great American cookies today. Photo credit: Global Franchise Group. Today is a fun, yummy food holiday; it’s National Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day.
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz says he won’t perform at Trump inauguration

Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz says he won’t perform at Trump inauguration

Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz is the latest musician to report that he won’t be performing at the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump on Friday, Jan. 20. According to a video posted on Instagram, Chainz said he always wanted to go to the White House during President Obama’s term but was never invited. He then said that his management received a phone call from Trump&rsquo...
Life with Gracie: Is our opinion of Bishop Eddie Long that important?

Life with Gracie: Is our opinion of Bishop Eddie Long that important?

Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia died early Sunday morning, and the rest of us are left arguing about all that made him good, and for some, all that made him bad. He was great. No, he wasn’t. He was fake. I am reminded of Scripture where Jesus declared, he who is without sin cast the first stone. And I was warmed by this from NaShelle Green: “I&rsquo...
New focus on necks

New focus on necks

After nights spent sleeping on her side, Gigi Howard, a former public relations executive, would wake up with lines etched into her décolletage. By day she wore scarves to hide the wrinkles. At night, she searched for a solution. “I’d sleep with stuffed animals between my breasts,” Howard said. “I tried masking tape, but it wouldn’t stay on. I needed an adhesive...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: There is a hair product that I have enjoyed using, and cannot locate. Hopefully, you will be able to assist me. It is made by Schwarzkopf and called Got 2b Fat-tastic Instant Collagen Infusion Thickening Plumping Mousse. It comes in an 8.5-ounce yellow-and-silver can. Thank you for your assistance. Claire Simpson, Cumming A: Claire, I found your mousse for $3.99 through ulta.com (and $15 on Amazon...