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Maker Faire Atlanta puts creative innovation in spotlight

Picture a science fair, arts festival and county fair wrapped into one, and you’ll start to get an idea of what’s in store at this weekend’s Maker Faire Atlanta. On Sunday, the best inventions in Atlanta, such as hoverboards, Rube Goldberg-like contraptions, DIY furniture and robots, will be on display at the free annual event. Most of the making takes place behind the scenes...
This Life with Gracie: Can a fat girl be fit, too?

This Life with Gracie: Can a fat girl be fit, too?

Sometime around 4:30 this morning, Mirna Valerio slid out of bed, did a few squats to warm up her back and legs and headed to kitchen for a strong cup of black joe. An hour later, she donned her headlamp and headed to a nearby track, where each day she runs, oh, 2 to 3 miles before returning home for a quick breakfast and work at the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School, about 117 miles northeast of Atlanta...
Tom Joyner retiring from radio in 2019

Tom Joyner retiring from radio in 2019

Tom Joyner has been on Kiss 104.1 for more than 20 years. CREDIT: Getty Images Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Tom Joyner, the first successful syndicated urban radio morning host, announced this morning he’s going to retire in two years. Joyner, who works out of Dallas and is heard locally on Atlanta’s Kiss 104.1, has been...
One of metro Atlanta’s first game bars is closing next month

One of metro Atlanta’s first game bars is closing next month

The Fetty Guac burger is new on the menu at Battle & Brew. / Photo from the Battle & Brew Facebook page It’s game over for a popular Atlanta bar and restaurant. Battle and Brew, one of Atlanta’s first gaming bars , announced on its Facebook page that it will be closing Nov. 5: The spot, which opened at 5920 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs in 2005, offered a variety of...
2-story ‘Star Wars’ replica in yard for Halloween is big hit

2-story ‘Star Wars’ replica in yard for Halloween is big hit

PARMA, Ohio — A two-story, “Star Wars”-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio is enticing kids to get toy lightsabers and attracting hundreds of visitors from across the state. Elevator mechanic Nick Meyer, 39, spent about $1,500 and 10 hours a weekend for half a year to build a replica of the four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker. He built it with his carpenter...
Megyn Kelly tries dancing for ratings

Megyn Kelly tries dancing for ratings

Megyn Kelly’s slot of the “Today” show desperately needs a ratings boost after less than a month on the air. On Thursday, Hoda Kotb, the ever-upbeat popular “Today” host from another hour, appeared as a guest. They chatted. They danced. They tried to get the audience on its feet dancing, too. Critics hated the moment. “I’ve never been so embarrassed,&rdquo...
Kimball House owners to open seafood concept at Krog Street Market

Kimball House owners to open seafood concept at Krog Street Market

  The Luminary will turn into a new project from the team behind Kimball House. / AJC file photo The team behind Kimball House is joining the tenant list at Krog Street Market. Business partners Matt Christison,  Miles Macquarrie, Bryan Rackley and Jesse Smith have signed a lease to assume the space formerly occupied by Eli Kirshtein&rsquo...
Want to raise an empowered girl?

Want to raise an empowered girl?

Laurie Menser was a 7- or 8-year-old in Rockville, Maryland, when she wandered over to a neighbor’s house one day, slipped a glass eye in her mouth and got the attention of the grown-ups in the room. Then she smacked the back of her head and stuck out her tongue - waiting for laughs. “They were appalled,” she remembers. “They were like, ‘You need to go home right now...
Wes Moss: Why bitcoin is a big deal, and why you should be careful

Wes Moss: Why bitcoin is a big deal, and why you should be careful

Bitcoin. It’s everywhere. Thanks to its skyrocketing value, it’s been a regular topic on the front page of every financial website. One bitcoin is currently worth $5,500, up from $1,000 in December. I hear what you’re thinking. Wow. So, what’s bitcoin? And am I missing out on something? Bitcoin, simply put, is a currency, similar to the dollar, euro or peso. Unlike traditional...
In ‘Lucky,’ Harry Dean Stanton plays his final role

In ‘Lucky,’ Harry Dean Stanton plays his final role

Last month Harry Dean Stanton died at 91, after a lifetime of cigarettes, high living and supporting roles he managed to turn into leads while no one was looking. He played a mere two actual leads on film: first in director Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” and now, in his swan song, director John Carroll Lynch’s fond showcase, “Lucky.” The man with the narrow, gently...
Let’s turn everyday worrying into prayer

Let’s turn everyday worrying into prayer

When it comes to worrying, my mother wrote the book — and my aunt, her youngest sister, deserves an honorary doctorate in the subject. The other day, my aunt and I were talking on the phone about her son coming to visit her. “I’m worried about him driving alone,” my aunt said. “Oh, he’ll be fine,” I replied. But that didn’t stop her from positing a list...
This Life with Gracie: Couple turns spotlight on childhood brain tumors

This Life with Gracie: Couple turns spotlight on childhood brain tumors

Nearly 13 children in the United States are diagnosed with a brain tumor every day. It’s estimated 30,000 children are living with brain tumors, according to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Of those, nearly 1,500 will die. And yet, only about 4 percent of government funding for research is earmarked for pediatric cancers, with less than 1 percent going toward pediatric brain tumor research...
‘Mark Felt’ is no ‘All the President’s Men’

‘Mark Felt’ is no ‘All the President’s Men’

In “Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House,” we have a film that is culturally significant but at best decently made. It’s an account of crime and stonewalling denials from the Nixon presidency during the Watergate investigation and the secretive whistle-blowing by Felt, an assistant director at the FBI handling the federal investigation. (Some viewers might say it echoes...
Shift in paradigm derailed child-rearing

Shift in paradigm derailed child-rearing

I am sometimes asked if I think the “parenting pendulum” is swinging back, however slowly, toward where it was 60-plus years ago or at least toward a tolerable middle point. Before I answer the question, the reader should understand that prior to the psychological parenting revolution of the late 1960s and 1970s, there was no periodic swing in child rearing in America or any other culture...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

10/ 29 Family Sunday Make the day special for the family with Grilled Sirloin Steaks for dinner. Pair the steaks with colorful Herbed Corn and Edamame Succotash (see recipe). Alongside, add mixed greens and dinner rolls. Enjoy lemon sherbet for dessert. Plan ahead: Grill 1 pound extra steak and save some edamame succotash for Monday...
Fall leaf color process begins in early summer

Fall leaf color process begins in early summer

Peak time for North Georgia’s greatest natural spectacle, the annual fall leaf color bonanza, is nearly here. Some species — sassafras, sourwood, sumac, yellow birch, dogwood, serviceberry — began sporting their vibrant hues a few weeks ago, a great warm-up for the main event. The premier show, featuring big hardwoods decked out in stunning shades of red, orange, yellow and magenta...
In seedy shadows of Disney, a child tries to make magic kingdom

In seedy shadows of Disney, a child tries to make magic kingdom

“The Florida Project,” Sean Baker’s exuberant, ungovernable ode to the innocence and resilience of childhood, takes place in a ramshackle lavender-painted hotel called the Magic Castle, nearby to Orlando’s Disney World. Along with its neighboring oxymoronically named fleabags, the Magic Castle evokes the American Dream, while denying it at every downbeat, threadbare turn. It&rsquo...
‘Sesame Street Live’ brings the party to Infinite Energy Arena

‘Sesame Street Live’ brings the party to Infinite Energy Arena

Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and others will take the stage in Atlanta next month in a new live, sensory adventure. “Sesame Street Live: Let’s Party,” the inaugural production under Feld Entertainment’s new partnership with the nonprofit educational organization, will perform at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth from Nov. 10-12.  The theme is...
Halloween 2017: For scary makeup, here’s the fright stuff

Halloween 2017: For scary makeup, here’s the fright stuff

Cue “Tubular Bells” (the “Exorcist” theme music.) Halloween is just around the corner and we wanted to get a spookalicious look. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution turned to Christine Daily, a makeup artist at Atlanta’s Costumes Etc. for her style tips, especially for those crafty DIYers. First she did a skin test to make sure I wasn’t allergic to latex. An allergic...
Check yourself out in the interactive selfie mirrors at this new Midtown restaurant

Check yourself out in the interactive selfie mirrors at this new Midtown restaurant

Bytes’ main dining room. / Contributed photo A restaurant housed in a tech-focused space is open for business in Midtown. Bytes, a “digitally-infused” space at 848 Spring St., according to a press release, features three large LED screens in the main dining room, a 360 video-mapped private dining room and e-boardrooms, an outdoor patio area with LED-lit furniture, iPad...
Free gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch for 1,000 people today in Atlanta. Just show up.

Free gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch for 1,000 people today in Atlanta. Just show up.

Free gourmet all-you-can-eat lunch for 1,000 people at Sage Woodfire Tavern. Photo credit: JBR Marketing. Go hungry for a grand opening. To celebrate the opening of its third location, Sage Woodfire Tavern will host a ribbon cutting followed by a free all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet lunch with prime roast beef and turkey carving stations; chilled...
Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

A California woman is recovering after she got a bad bacterial infection when she was bitten by a tick during a trip to a pumpkin patch. Jennifer Velasquez said she was wearing flip-flops and shorts to a pumpkin patch when she was bitten by a tick two years ago, The Sacramento Bee reported. The tick was infected by Rocky Mountain spotted fever. >> Read more trending news  She posted...
Pain of son’s suicide became strength to help others

Pain of son’s suicide became strength to help others

Iris Bolton knows a lot about grief, and so she has come here to deliver a message. You really can survive brokenness and trauma. That’s true even if you’ve had to face the suicide of a child. That isn’t something someone told Bolton. She has lived with that reality now for more than 40 years. But unlike the vast majority of people who experience the loss of a loved one to suicide...
Biopic remains superficial tearjerker

Biopic remains superficial tearjerker

“Breathe” is meant, no doubt, as a sincere homage to the late disability advocate Robin Cavendish, who died, after living with polio for 36 years, in 1994. Commissioned by his son, producer Jonathan Cavendish — who plays a minor role in the film — and directed by Jonathan Cavendish’s business partner, actor Andy Serkis, the movie has the tone of a eulogy delivered by...
‘Take Every Wave’ looks at life, work ethic of surfing star

‘Take Every Wave’ looks at life, work ethic of surfing star

It takes a lot of work to be a surf bum. “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” the latest documentary from Rory Kennedy (“Last Days in Vietnam”), is partly the life story of Hamilton, widely considered the world’s best big-wave surfer, and partly a study in obsession. Kennedy bounces back and forth between times in Hamilton’s life: his unconventional upbringing...
Review: On Beltline’s Westside Trail, a nice spot for beer and bites

Review: On Beltline’s Westside Trail, a nice spot for beer and bites

The Fitbit is irrelevant. The most essential information for every serious Atlanta Beltline pedestrian is knowing where to stop for a beer. When the Beltline’s Eastside Trail opened a few years ago, Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall was the place for a refill: a Creature Comforts Tropicalia for you, a bowl of water for your pooch. It will come as no surprise, then, that before the ribbon could...
‘Only the Brave’ is gripping story of firefighting heroes

‘Only the Brave’ is gripping story of firefighting heroes

Wildland firefighting is a mysterious art: a delicate dance with a raging, unpredictable force. It’s bested only with a unique mastery of weather, fuel and wind to extinguish fire with fire itself. If our image of firefighting is a big red truck and a hose, “Only the Brave,” directed by Joseph Kosinski, tweaks that image, introducing audiences to a crew of yellow-shirted mountain...
Canada heartbroken: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer 

Canada heartbroken: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer 

The lead singer of the Canadian alt-rock band the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, died Wednesday night after a battle with terminal brain cancer. Downie, 53, passed away surrounded by his children and family, according to a family statement on Twitter. "Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing...
Award-winning brewery set to open a brewpub in Forsyth County

Award-winning brewery set to open a brewpub in Forsyth County

A flight of beer at Cherry Street Taproom. The Cumming brewery that won the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship is opening a second space in Forsyth County. Cherry Street Brewing will open a nearly 8,000-square-foot brewpub and beer garden in mixed-use development Halcyon. The spot will serve a menu of seasonal, upscale pub food. The beer selection will include 16 existing Cherry Street...
Boston chef’s new book celebrates his New England home; see him in Atlanta Thursday

Boston chef’s new book celebrates his New England home; see him in Atlanta Thursday

  Read this cookbook: “Home Grown: Cooking From My New England Roots” by Matt Jennings (Artisan, $35)   By Wendell Brock In his first cookbook, Matt Jennings takes his stand as a New Englander, writing with raw vitality of how he became a chef, and how he finds beauty and meaning in a landscape by turns barren and verdant: a place of legendary berries, maple syrup...
A former slave’s Jack Daniel’s legacy spreads its roots

A former slave’s Jack Daniel’s legacy spreads its roots

Not too long ago, we had our backyard landscaped after years of do-it-yourself attempts to improve its patchwork of mismatched pavers, sparse grass and bald dirt. Our lot is tiny and our budget for the project modest. At the time, the backyard was a sliver of hard-packed dirt and clay. But the light is good and we wanted to incorporate a garden. My mother and grandmothers had kitchen or flower gardens...
Atlanta chef shows how all kinds of crumbs can enhance lots of recipes

Atlanta chef shows how all kinds of crumbs can enhance lots of recipes

In the opening of the “Crumbs” chapter of “Bread Toast Crumbs” (Clarkson Potter, $30), author Alexandra Stafford describes the transformative moment when she first fried eggs over a few tablespoons of fresh bread crumbs saturated in olive oil. “It’s hard now today to look at a listless, crumbling slice of bread and not consider its future: crisped up and showered...
What to expect as Taste of Atlanta debuts its new O4W Park location

What to expect as Taste of Atlanta debuts its new O4W Park location

In its 16th year, Taste of Atlanta has moved from Tech Square to Historic Fourth Ward Park, and added a few new wrinkles along the way. But the food that more than 100 participating restaurants will serve over the weekend, Oct. 20-22 this year, remains the big draw for the crowds that gather to enjoy this perennial outdoor fall event. “We want to be in a cool, hip neighborhood, and we really...
Pinch zinnias for more flowers

Pinch zinnias for more flowers

Q: I put zinnias around my mailbox. They grew five feet high! Is there a way to cut them back so they won’ t get too tall? Joyce Thomas, email A: On a garden tour in England, I learned the phrase “the Chelsea chop.” British gardeners have learned that they should cut back perennials and tall-growing annuals around the time of the annual Chelsea Flower Show in late May...
Tom Petty buried at famous cemetery in private funeral service

Tom Petty buried at famous cemetery in private funeral service

  Family and friends gathered Monday at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California to bid a final farewell to legendary rocker Tom Petty, People magazine reported. Petty died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 2 at the age of 66. The grounds of the shrine are just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean on Sunset Boulevard, and includes a temple, windmill...
Beer Town: Taste Jing-A Chinese craft beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst

Beer Town: Taste Jing-A Chinese craft beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst

Honey Walnut Shrimp and Wok Fried Long Beans paired with Jing-A Brewing beer at Double Dragon in Oakhurst. Photo credit: Fred Crudder. One of the side benefits of The Festival — the expansive international beer tasting presented in Atlanta in August by Shelton Brothers Importers — is the number of rarities that made it to the city...
Hungry? Another food hall is opening in Atlanta this year

Hungry? Another food hall is opening in Atlanta this year

Harry Pagancoss / Contributed photo Ponce City Market and Krog Street Market won’t be the only food hall games in town for long. Caravaca Market, a gourmet food hall from chef Harry Pagancoss, is set to open in late fall in Midtown. The 6,000 square-foot space at 782 Peachtree St. will feature a season “taste bar,” wine bar that will also sell charcuterie and cheeses...
‘AHS’ cast mates tackle haunted house

‘AHS’ cast mates tackle haunted house

LOS ANGELES — “This seems like an odd choice, to spend Rosh Hashanah here,” a smirking Billy Eichner said to his “American Horror Story: Cult” costar Leslie Grossman just outside a large, darkened tent as the sun set over Universal Studios recently. The two of them, along with Billie Lourd, Colton Haynes and a number of other cast mates, were just beginning to settle...
Music film fest includes ‘Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ scored by DJ Spooky

Music film fest includes ‘Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ scored by DJ Spooky

Before “Psycho,” before “Dracula,” before all of the film murders, monsters and mayhem to come, there was German director Robert Wiene’s “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” Considered the first true horror film, this 1920 German expressionist silent centers on a traveling carnival hypnotist, Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss), who comes to a small German town with his...
Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler is recovering from injuries he received in a recent motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. Butler, 47, crashed his bike after he was run off the road by a car, he told Entertainment Tonight Monday. “I was going along the road doing my thing and this lady decided to go from parked on the other side of the road to an illegal U-Turn and went right in front of me,&rdquo...
Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Apparently, Carrie Fisher wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands when it came to getting even. Heather Ross, a longtime friend of the late “Star Wars” actress, opened up to a Tucson, Ariz., radio station about her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood following allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Ross told the station...
Christianity’s splintering 500 years ago altered family trajectories

Christianity’s splintering 500 years ago altered family trajectories

The Protestant Reformation — the 16th century splintering of Christianity — began 500 years ago this week with the protest by Martin Luther in Wittenberg, Germany. Before his protest against the Catholic Church, Luther was unknown outside his immediate circles. Now, some argued that, other than Jesus, he’s the most written about person ever. The Reformation took many years to take...
7 things to post when your feed gets you down

7 things to post when your feed gets you down

Remember when the biggest Facebook-related drama involved Mark Zuckerberg sporadically deciding it was time for a new timeline design (gasp)? RIP, simpler times. Now, depending on the day, social media can be an endless scroll of tragic headlines and heated comment sections. Since the 2016 election — and more recently, the National Anthem kneel controversy — it seems you’re forced...
From anime to M&A, how Netflix plans to spend $8 billion

From anime to M&A, how Netflix plans to spend $8 billion

While competitors race to catch up with Netflix, the largest online TV service in the world is adhering to a simple strategy to maintain its lead: You have to spend money to make money. The streaming pioneer will deploy as much as $8 billion on programming next year, as much as a third more than in 2017. The increase alone is almost as much as HBO spends annually. Netflix, based in Los Gatos, California...
The new Atlanta Porsche hotel will have bars, restaurants to rev your engine over

The new Atlanta Porsche hotel will have bars, restaurants to rev your engine over

The Porsche Experience includes rides on their test track. / BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM There’ll soon be two new spots to fill up your tank near the airport. Solis Two Porsche Drive, the forthcoming Porsche hotel set to open next month , will feature dining and beverage concepts in addition to 24-hour in-room dining service. Located on the lobby level, Apron, a full-service restaurant...
Carrie Fisher's gross but supremely satisfying warning to a Hollywood sexual harasser

Carrie Fisher's gross but supremely satisfying warning to a Hollywood sexual harasser

In the wake of Hollywood's Harvey Weinstein scandal, countless women across the world have stepped forward to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment. Heather Ross, also known as Heather Robinson, is a television and movie industry vet who recently told a morning radio show in Tucson, Arizona, about an ugly run-in she had with an overly aggressive unnamed Oscar winner. Her story, however...
Simple pleasures are found in this restaurant’s sandwich near Georgia Tech

Simple pleasures are found in this restaurant’s sandwich near Georgia Tech

The Jessica Sandwich at Rocky Mountain Pizza Co. / Photo by Henri Hollis DISH OF THE WEEK: Simple Pleasure Found in Sandwich Near Georgia Tech By Henri Hollis In a world saturated with Buffalo chicken, the Jessica sandwich at Rocky Mountain Pizza Company stands out. Why? Mostly, because it doesn’t try too hard. The Jessica sandwich features diced chicken tossed in your choice of...
Oysterfest in Buckhead, Avalon Restaurant Week and more this week in metro Atlanta

Oysterfest in Buckhead, Avalon Restaurant Week and more this week in metro Atlanta

Oak Steakhouse will participate in Avalon Restaurant Week, a week of prix fixe lunch or dinner options for $15, $25 or $35. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. Schuck it up at Oysterfest. Enjoy prix fixe lunch at dinner in Alpharetta during Avalon Restaurant Week. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all three of the following activities to...
Free slice of pizza for everyone from this Italian chain restaurant today

Free slice of pizza for everyone from this Italian chain restaurant today

Everyone will get a free slice of pizza today from Villa Italian Kitchen. Photo credit: BML Public Relations. Look up. At the pizza picture, of course. Look how yummy it is. And it’s free. For its eighth annual Have a Slice Day, Villa Italian Kitchen  will give patrons a free slice of cheese pizza. To cash in on the offer, visit freesliceday...
Three Dog Night singer Danny Hutton talks playing Rock Chastain benefit concert

Three Dog Night singer Danny Hutton talks playing Rock Chastain benefit concert

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene (I’m taking some time off for vacation – my colleague Rodney Ho (rho@ajc.com) is kind enough to fill in with any important music news in my absence.) The songs of Three Dog Night are inescapable. Between 1969 and 1975, the Los Angeles band claimed 21 hits on the Billboard Top 40, including the numbers ones “Joy to the ...
A child’s death brings ‘trauma that doesn’t go away’

A child’s death brings ‘trauma that doesn’t go away’

Anne McBrearty Giotta doesn’t remember much of what happened on that August morning in 2013. One moment she was cursing her older son, Michael, who was supposed to have picked her up for a long-planned beach weekend, but was late and not answering his phone. The next moment, police were at her door in River Vale, New Jersey, saying that Michael, 51, had been found dead in his home, apparently...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: My husband and I love the hard-cooked red beet eggs by Sauder’s that my mother serves every time we visit Pennsylvania. Can you help us find this brand or any similar item in Atlanta? Thanks! Amy Roth, Alpharetta A: Amy, I spoke to someone at Sauder’s and was told that the Pennsylvania Dutch specialty isn’t sold this far south. However, I’m going to send you on a scenic...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

GET HYGGE WITH IT Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is the Danish term used to describe enjoying the simple pleasures and creating coziness in life. Ole Henriksen has released two new additions to the Nurture franchise that will help you get your Hygge on. Wonderfeel Double Cleanser ($32) removes makeup and cleanses skin in just one step. It dissolves long-wearing and waterproof makeup while deep cleaning...
Dana R. Melnyk, 43, of Marietta lost 44 pounds

Dana R. Melnyk, 43, of Marietta lost 44 pounds

Former weight: 196 pounds Current weight: 152 pounds Pounds lost: 44 pounds Height: 5 feet 10 inches Age: 43 years How long she’s kept it off: She started in December and reached her goal in August. Personal life: “I live in Marietta with my husband and two children,” Melnyk said. “My daughter, Madeline, is 14, and my son, Charlie, is 13.” She is a homemaker and home-schooling...
‘Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet says there’s one character she’d play again

‘Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet says there’s one character she’d play again

Actress Kate Winslet has played many impressive roles through her long career, but there is one character that she would love to go back and play again. The actress told Entertainment Weekly that if were up to her, she would go back and play Clementine from her 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” in which she starred alongside Jim Carrey. Winslet said: “Actually...
Multitalented director John Waters talks art in ‘Low Definition’

Multitalented director John Waters talks art in ‘Low Definition’

He’s made some of the most shocking underground movies in American film history, micro-budgeted thumbed noses to straight, boring, respectable society. Variety called his 1972 lowbrow opus “Pink Flamingos,” in which fires are set, chickens are murdered and unspeakable things are eaten, “one of the most vile, stupid and repulsive films ever made.” Often shot in brutal...
First Look: Miami’s Bulla Gastrobar brings tapas to Midtown

First Look: Miami’s Bulla Gastrobar brings tapas to Midtown

Bulla Paella with Valencia style rice, seafood, red sofrito, and saffron. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Bulla Gastrobar opened its first Atlanta location in late September in the 12th & Midtown mixed-use development in Midtown, serving dinner nightly and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Touting a “fun communal atmosphere, imaginative cocktail program and contemporary...
Have a scary good time at these metro Atlanta Halloween parties

Have a scary good time at these metro Atlanta Halloween parties

Drink up at these Atlanta Halloween parties. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post) Looking to scare up some fun this year? Check out the Halloween festivities going down at your favorite metro Atlanta bars and restaurants. Oct. 20 Abbey of the Holy Goats Brewery : The brewery’s party will feature beer Jell-o shots, special Halloween beers, a photo booth, costume contest...
Just beginning your genealogy research? Start at home

Just beginning your genealogy research? Start at home

Researching your genealogy begins at home, with whatever family documents and other items you have there. Many personal records can yield valuable clues. Useful information can be found in baby books, which sometimes have genealogy charts, and in guest registers at weddings or funerals where relatives identified themselves. Scrapbooks should be examined, as well as photographs, making special note...
Winner: Best pasta in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best pasta in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

As the temperature starts to drop, many Atlantans will begin loading up on their favorite carbs. Pasta happens to be at the top of the list for most of us. This week's Best of Atlanta poll found out where you spin your fork for the perfect saucy bite.  Coming in first place is Double Zero, who aims to update the concept of the Italian-American restaurant. The sourcing of their ingredients...
Atlanta mom, blogger stars in web series created by actress Roma Downey

Atlanta mom, blogger stars in web series created by actress Roma Downey

Actress Roma Downey (“Touched By An Angel”) and her husband, Mark Burnett, producer of reality shows including “The Voice,” “Shark Tank” and “Survivor” have launched a new online destination featuring inspirational content. LightWorkers.com offers uplifting stories designed to...
Aaron Carter back in rehab, just a week after leaving

Aaron Carter back in rehab, just a week after leaving

Aaron Carter has checked back into rehab one week after he left his treatment facility. Carter’s rep confirmed that the singer left the treatment earlier this month to attend to “legal and personal matters” that “required his immediate and in-person attention,” the People. “Aaron has taken care of the legal and financial matters that required his attention...
Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges 

Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges 

A former member of the popular girl group and dance ensemble   Pussycat Dolls, Kaya Jones, is claiming that members of the pop music hit-makers were a part of a “prostitution ring.” “My truth. I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring,” Jones said in a post on Twitter. “Oh and we happened to sing and be famous. While everyone who...
George Clooney denies anything to do with ‘ER” sexual harassment cover-up

George Clooney denies anything to do with ‘ER” sexual harassment cover-up

George Clooney is categorically denying reports that he played a role in the blacklisting his former “ER” costar Vanessa Marquez for speaking out about harassment, according to US Weekly. “I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted,” Clooney said. “I take her at her word. I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting...
Air show debuts this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Air show debuts this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway

An air show debuts this weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, with military and civilian pilots performing for crowds. Organizers say the air show Oct. 14-15 is the first aerial acrobatic show to be hosted at a speedway. Pilots will fly out of Henry County Airport next to the speedway. One key benefit of the setup: While air shows typically held at airfields or beaches often have temporary...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Willie Nelson, Halsey

Atlanta Concerts this week: Willie Nelson, Halsey

Willie Nelson comes to Chastain on Saturday. Photo Credit: Scott Moore/for American-Statesman BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Chris Isaak The sultry voice behind “Wicked Game” released his 12th studio album, “First Comes the Night,” in 2015, which he recorded in Nashville. But he’s hardly been idle. That same year he landed a judging spot on &ldquo...
Atlanta Concerts on sale this week: Sam Smith, Miranda Lambert, Pink

Atlanta Concerts on sale this week: Sam Smith, Miranda Lambert, Pink

Pink will return to Atlanta in 2018. 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  Twitter. ON SALE NOW A Conversation with Tyler Perry. 3 p.m. Nov. 12....
Afropunk Fest 2017: 3 things to know about the Atlanta event

Afropunk Fest 2017: 3 things to know about the Atlanta event

Solange will headline this year’s Afropunk Fest. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Last year’s Afropunk festival – the first in the city since the scheduled 2015 debut was rained out before it began – drew 4,000 people to 787 Windsor. The festival returns to the site in Mechanicsville on Saturday and Sunday with an expected crowd of 7,000, larger than was ...
Garth Brooks fans ‘sad’ and ‘disappointed’ about sound issues at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Garth Brooks fans ‘sad’ and ‘disappointed’ about sound issues at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Hours before show time Thursday, Garth Brooks said backstage, “This is a once in a lifetime show for us.” When he — and later, wife Trisha Yearwood — hit the massive stage at Mercedes-Benz Stadium just before 9 p.m., it was a performance that immediately conjured an intensity and joy not often seen in artists who have ...
Church denies first Communion to fashion-loving girl who wanted to wear suit

Church denies first Communion to fashion-loving girl who wanted to wear suit

Cady Mansell has always had a strong sense of fashion. At 9 years old, she likes trying on makeup and painting her nails. She likes shopping trips to Chicago with her fashion-conscious mother. And since she asked for her first bow tie during one of those trips to the mall when she was just 4 years old, Cady has had a thing for snazzy suits. When it came time for her First Communion, a major event...
Tyler Perry unleashes Madea again for ‘Boo’ sequel

Tyler Perry unleashes Madea again for ‘Boo’ sequel

Growing up, Tyler Perry skipped horror movies. “Never watched them,” he quipped during an intimate press day held at the Four Seasons. So a Halloween film of any kind was not on his radar. When his longtime distributor Lionsgate suggested he do one, Perry initially hesitated but eventually responded with last year’s multigenerational romp “Boo! A Madea Halloween.&rdquo...
Spelman’s Beverly Tatum on racism: What’s changed in 20 years?

Spelman’s Beverly Tatum on racism: What’s changed in 20 years?

Beverly Daniel Tatum wants to break the silence about race — again. Twenty years ago, Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, published her critically acclaimed book, “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race.” Today, she’s often asked, what has changed? Why are the black kids still sitting together in the...
7 day menu planner

7 day menu planner

10/ 22 Family Sunday For family day, prepare Pork Loin Roast With Herbed Pepper Rub. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pat dry a 3-pound boneless pork loin with paper towels. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cracked black pepper, 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoons dried basil, 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, 2 teaspoons dried thyme, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon...
Review: ASO confronts Lazic piano concerto, new Gandolfi work

Review: ASO confronts Lazic piano concerto, new Gandolfi work

Pianist Dejan Lazic, dressed completely in black, bent his slim frame toward the piano Thursday night, splaying out his fingers on the keyboard, and hammered away. During this a cappella break in his 2014 composition, “Concerto in Istrian Style,” performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, Lazic summed up every bit of music in the piece — thorny, disjunct...
Creepy-crawly lice could be lurking in Halloween costume

Creepy-crawly lice could be lurking in Halloween costume

WICHITA, Kan. — In the midst of Halloween’s spiders and bats may be other creepy crawlers. Health experts are warning that the real spooky situation this Halloween is the lice lurking in Halloween costumes, including wigs and masks. “It’s really not a health hazard. It’s not a sign of poor hygiene,” said pediatric nurse practitioner Cherie Sexton. And it’s...
Get a sneak peek of Avalon Restaurant Week

Get a sneak peek of Avalon Restaurant Week

The Big Braut Burger is one of the offerings at Barleygarden Kitchen & Craft Bar during Avalon Restaurant Week (Oct. 14-21), which features special prix fixe menus from several restaurants. In the days ahead, food lovers can sample a plethora of discounted fare in Alpharetta. Avalon Restaurant Week kicks off this Saturday and runs through Oct. 21. Ten Avalon eateries will be...
Fear and anxiety – the evil of the century

Fear and anxiety – the evil of the century

Fear and anxiety. A deadly combination that sweeps our modern world these days. My teenage daughter shared her heart in a recent conversation, where she talked about some of the fears that often cross her mind. Some of them invade her thoughts in the middle of the night, keeping her awake for hours on end. I remember having the same crippling, often irrational fears for many years: fear of dying....
Local group joins international fitness movement, November Project

Local group joins international fitness movement, November Project

Fitlanta Movement, a local free fitness group, has officially earned status as November Project Atlanta. For 29 weeks, Fitlanta leaders rallied more than 70 locals to rise each Wednesday and Friday at 6:27 a.m. for a morning workout. Members meet up in the parking lot of Ponce City Market near Lululemon on Wednesdays and at a rotating location announced via Facebook on Fridays...
Atlanta native wins honors as a ‘profile of positive aging’

Atlanta native wins honors as a ‘profile of positive aging’

For Melvin “Mel” Pender Jr., there’s no time to sit and retire when you can actively inspire. The Atlanta native, who will turn 80 this month, has a lifetime of achievements to draw upon when he speaks to younger generations across the globe. The Olympic gold medalist, decorated military veteran, entrepreneur and community leader could speak along any of these avenues about how success...
Concert review: Garth Brooks’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium opener had passionate hits, sound complaints and Jimmy Carter

Concert review: Garth Brooks’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium opener had passionate hits, sound complaints and Jimmy Carter

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene “This is a once in a lifetime show for us,” Garth Brooks said Thursday afternoon, standing backstage in shorts and a baseball cap with wife Trisha Yearwood. Brooks – and during her mid-show set, Yearwood – played with the kind of intensity and joy not often seen in performers who have been hitting stages for four decades...
Faith Calendar

Faith Calendar

Gospel concert: As part of its 137th homecoming celebration, Morris Brown College will host the Rev. J.C. Reynolds scholarship concert. Free and open to all. 4 p.m. Oct. 15. Turner Monumental African Methodist Episcopal Church, 66 Howard St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-378-5970. Plant sale: During a seedtime and harvest plant sale, visitors can purchase fall vegetables, perennials, indoor plants and more....
Chemotherapy and kids’ brains

Chemotherapy and kids’ brains

Q: After two years of chemotherapy for acute lymphocytic leukemia, our 6-year-old daughter is now in remission. We’ve recently noticed she has difficulty focusing and staying on task. Otherwise, she is bright, happy and well-behaved. Her physician told us that chemotherapy involves neurotoxins that can cause focusing issues in children. He referred us to a neuropsychiatrist who administered...
Yellow-bellied sapsuckers arriving to spend winter in Georgia

Yellow-bellied sapsuckers arriving to spend winter in Georgia

While sitting in my home office in Decatur the other morning, I saw a flash of red on a tulip poplar outside my window. A red-bellied woodpecker, I thought. Then I got a better look. It was a another kind of woodpecker — a yellow-bellied sapsucker, probably recently arrived from up north to spend the winter here. The species is, in fact, eastern North America’s only migratory woodpecker...
Why The Little Couple’ struggled to bond with their adopted kids

Why The Little Couple’ struggled to bond with their adopted kids

“The Little Couple’s” children, Will and Zoey, are finally one big happy family with their adoptive parents Dr. Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein. The reality TV family opened up about their struggles with the children in this week’s issue of People magazine. “After everything we’ve been through, it’s a very exciting time,” Klein said. The family...
This Life with Gracie: Church families open homes to children caught in opioid crisis

This Life with Gracie: Church families open homes to children caught in opioid crisis

Cheryl Smith and her husband, Jeremy, had already gone through private adoption to build their family, but the thought of fostering a child scared them. The thought of having to say goodbye to a child they had cared for and loved seemed like the hardest thing in the world. But in 2012, the Smiths found themselves at a church meeting in which a representative for the nonprofit FaithBridge Foster Care...
Concert review: Gorillaz produce unique, colorful show in Duluth

Concert review: Gorillaz produce unique, colorful show in Duluth

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The concept of Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz was a truly novel thing when constructed in the late-‘90s with artist Jamie Hewlett. The glory of MTV – as a visual medium – was rapidly diminishing, so the arrival of a cartoon band (Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, Russel Hobbs and 2-D) was both amusing and creative. Their first two albums, &ldquo...
Gregg Allman guitarist Scott Sharrard prepares to pay tribute at Laid Back Festival

Gregg Allman guitarist Scott Sharrard prepares to pay tribute at Laid Back Festival

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Scott Sharrard was one of the few people who knew of Gregg Allman’s grim diagnosis a couple of years before the singer’s death. As the guitarist in the Gregg Allman Band for nearly a decade, Sharrard was a trusted friend as well as a musician that the Allman Brothers Band legend could easily lock into a groove with — which made the...
Review: Todd English Tavern offers faux-Southern at SunTrust

Review: Todd English Tavern offers faux-Southern at SunTrust

The Atlanta Braves had a bad season this year. That’s not news to anyone. The Braves have limped along for the past couple of years, and this season wasn’t much different aside from the opening of SunTrust Park, their new home in Cobb County. On the other hand, I hadn’t realized the situation was so bad until I dropped in to Todd English Tavern, expecting to catch the last game...
‘Professor Marston’ is wonder of a movie

‘Professor Marston’ is wonder of a movie

2017 was the year we collectively fell for Wonder Woman on the big screen. Propelled by cultural tides, embodied by Gal Gadot, she was the hero we so badly needed. On the heels of Patty Jenkins’ blockbuster, be prepared to fall in love with Wonder Woman all over again, thanks to the wonderfully sensitive and insightful superheroine origin story “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,&rdquo...
Film gives minute-by-minute account of Norway’s entry into World War II

Film gives minute-by-minute account of Norway’s entry into World War II

Norway was pulled into World War II when Germany invaded the previously neutral country on April 9, 1940. But conventional warfare there lasted only two months, until Norway surrendered to the Nazis on June 10. “The King’s Choice” looks, with a microscope, at those first couple of days of occupation, skirmishing and confusion. No one in this slow-moving Norwegian drama, which has...
‘Meyerowitz Stories’ are more snack than meal

‘Meyerowitz Stories’ are more snack than meal

The latest film by Noah Baumbach, which is being released simultaneously on Netflix streaming and in select theaters, feels like a finely textured but unfinished suit. With a title evoking a collection of literary vignettes, “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” tells a tale that, like the writer-director’s best work (“The Squid and the Whale,” “Frances Ha&rdquo...
‘Marshall’ is engaging portrait of Supreme Court justice

‘Marshall’ is engaging portrait of Supreme Court justice

In the fact-based drama “Marshall” — a throwback to such courtroom-focused procedurals as “Witness for the Prosecution” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” — Thurgood Marshall is seen as something of a legal superhero. The late Supreme Court justice cuts a striking figure as he prepares to don his judicial robes before the film flashes back to the early 1940s...
How Hollywood’s decades-later sequels stack up

How Hollywood’s decades-later sequels stack up

Harrison Ford appears destined to reappear as much-aged versions of the characters that made him a star: Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and now Blade Runner’s Rick Deckard. These decades-later followups rarely match the box office power of the original when inflation is taken into account. That pattern was evident with both Star Wars (38 years between “A New Hope” and “The Force...
Jackie Chan gets his ‘Taken’ moment with ‘The Foreigner’

Jackie Chan gets his ‘Taken’ moment with ‘The Foreigner’

Legendary action star and martial arts maestro Jackie Chan gets his “Taken” moment with the terrorism thriller “The Foreigner,” written by David Marconi, directed by frequent Bond director Martin Campbell. Chan co-stars as a man seeking vengeance for the death of his daughter in a bloody London bombing. His counterpart is a grizzled former 007 himself, Pierce Brosnan, growling...
‘Happy Death Day’ a smart take on horror genre

‘Happy Death Day’ a smart take on horror genre

“Happy Death Day,” the story of a woman who’s caught in an endless loop of her own death, follows in the footsteps of “Get Out” by taking familiar elements from the horror genre but delivering the scares with more wit, wisdom and wonder. It starts with Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe), a sorority sister in desperate need of some sensitivity training, waking up in a strange...
The Masquerade staying put at Underground Atlanta long term

The Masquerade staying put at Underground Atlanta long term

The new Masquerade. Photo: Elena de Soto Posted Friday, October 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on Melissa Ruggieri’s AJC Music Scene blog Melissa is on vacation so I’m helping her out with breaking news: The Masquerade, the long-time gritty concert venue, has decided to stay put at Underground Atlanta. Management has signed a long-term lease that will last at least ten years, said ...
Selena to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on Nov. 3

Selena to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on Nov. 3

On the heels of a popular Google Doodle this week honoring Selena Quintanilla Pérez, the pop culture icon will now posthumously receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 3. “Before there was JLo, Shakira or Beyoncé, there was a transformative female artist called Selena,” said Otto Padron, president of Meruelo Media and sponsor of the tribute, in a statement...
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