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The ‘Magic Negro’ and comedian Mark Kendall’s quest to kill him

The idea of the “Magic Negro” or the “Magical Negro” has been among the most enduring and offensive tropes in cinema for decades. You know, the black character who comes in to provide sage advice or life-affirming support to a white protagonist in danger or need. Think Whoopi Goldberg’s character in “Ghost,” Michael Clarke Duncan’s character in &ldquo...
 This live video of penguins at the Georgia Aquarium will make your day

 This live video of penguins at the Georgia Aquarium will make your day

New webcams at the Georgia Aquarium allow marine life enthusiasts to see live footage of beluga whales, African penguins as well as go inside the massive Ocean Voyager, home to thousands of sea animals including a green sea turtle.  The African penguin webcam and Asian small clawed otter webcam are the two newest ones with the penguin webcam launching earlier this year for &ldquo...
Life with Gracie: Oprah network actress is star teacher at Georgia academy

Life with Gracie: Oprah network actress is star teacher at Georgia academy

Fans of the Oprah Winfrey television series “Greenleaf” know her as Janice Turner, the mother of one of Mac’s alleged sexual abuse victims. At Clayton County’s Utopian Academy for the Arts, she’s Ms. Jackson, actress, artist in residence and drama teacher. That’s one interesting tidbit you may not have known about the “Greenleaf” co-star, but Tonia Jackson&rsquo...
Fernbank Museum replaces Martinis & Imax with new, interactive events

Fernbank Museum replaces Martinis & Imax with new, interactive events

Coined, “Fernbank After Dark” launched earlier this year and will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the second Friday of each month. The next one is April 14. “Fernbank After Dark” will feature different science experiments every month such as making Alka-Seltzer rockets or producing dry ice bubbles. The new evening series will also feature live music and films on the new giant...
Former minor leaguer’s art has major league home at SunTrust Park

Former minor leaguer’s art has major league home at SunTrust Park

Richard Sullivan was one of those rare children growing up who took an interest and excelled in both athletics and the arts. Now, after going pro in both disciplines, he’s landed a permanent place in the new Atlanta Braves stadium. Sixteen of Sullivan’s paintings feature inSunTrust Park as part of a 300-piece installation on display throughout the stadium. The watercolor paintings depict...
Atlanta faith calendar

Atlanta faith calendar

Fish fry: To celebrate the Lenten season, a fish fry featuring fried and baked fish, fried shrimp, grilled salmon, crabcakes plus a variety of sides will be available from 5:30-8 p.m. March 31 and April 7 at the auditorium of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. The meal will be $8-$11 for adults and $4-$6 for children 5-12 years old. Seniors will receive a discount. Takeout will also be available. Open...
Life with Gracie: What’s it like being a #blackwomanatwork?

Life with Gracie: What’s it like being a #blackwomanatwork?

Oh, the stories I could tell. There are so many I hardly know where to start, but any old place would do. Mississippi where I grew up, Texas where I first fell in love with column writing or here in Georgia where I’d longed to be since graduating from college. I suppose it doesn’t really matter. Each have borne in me both goodness and pain, but I found myself reliving one bad incident...
Sci-fi book about dogs launches Cobb 13-year-old’s career as author

Sci-fi book about dogs launches Cobb 13-year-old’s career as author

In a way, Emily Rose Ross blames McDonald’s. Or maybe she has McDonald’s to thank for the fact that at age 13, she’s a professional author. Her 218-page sci-fi fantasy book, “Blue’s Prophecy,” will officially be released on May 15 by TitleTown Publishing, based in Green Bay, Wis. Back in fourth grade, Emily was “regularly dragged” to McDonald&rsquo...
The early verdict on ‘Ghost in the Shell’

The early verdict on ‘Ghost in the Shell’

Can you adapt a two-decade-old animated masterpiece into a modern digital film and still retain its elusive soul? That question seems to sit at the crux of the first wave of criticism for the strongly anticipated “Ghost in the Shell,” which officially opens Friday. Because the film was not made available for preview to most media outlets, early word from the trades and a few cinema sites...
Why is Georgia one of the worst states for retirees?

Why is Georgia one of the worst states for retirees?

Georgia is still one of the worst states for retirees according to a new survey from Bankrate.com. The state ranked as the 16th worst state to retire. According to retirees, cost of living, health care quality and crime were the most important factors when deciding where to retire. While the weather and cost of living are favorable in Georgia, the state loses points for the overall lack of seniors...
Healthy Aging: Fitness programs help cancer survivors in recovery

Healthy Aging: Fitness programs help cancer survivors in recovery

Fitness has always had a high priority for Judith Haase, 76, of Sandy Springs. And swimming has always been her go-to exercise. She loves the solitude and the good feeling she has after an hour in the pool. So when the retired nurse was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer in 2013, her fitness routine helped get her through the physical and mental challenges of treatment and recovery. “I swam...
Life with Gracie: Recent anti-Semitic attacks drive Dunwoody mom to become an activist 

Life with Gracie: Recent anti-Semitic attacks drive Dunwoody mom to become an activist 

Except when men are working next door, Lauren Menis lives on a quiet tree-lined street in Dunwoody. At 46, the mother of two has spent the past decade caring for her two children, doing loads of laundry, grocery shopping, making meals, washing dishes, all the things mothers do. “I was a stay-at-home mom four weeks ago,” Menis said. “Today I am an activist.” She says she was...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Radiohead, Il Volo

Atlanta Concerts this week: Radiohead, Il Volo

Radiohead returns to Atlanta on April 1. Photo: Dave Creaney/AMERICAN-STATESMAN BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Yacht Rock Revue Tune the six-string and turn the amps to 11 — Atlanta’s ace mimics of ‘70s and ‘80s classics are holding a musical battle between the songs of Led Zeppelin and the Who.
Review: Royal Myanmar Cuisine brings Burma to Clarkston

Review: Royal Myanmar Cuisine brings Burma to Clarkston

Over the past several years, a friend who moved to Atlanta from San Francisco has often repeated a lament to me. “I just can’t find any Burmese food here,” she would say. I found it to be a surprising problem. One of Atlanta’s great assets, I tend to tell people thinking about moving here, is the deep, rich diversity of food available in our restaurants. Just drive down Buford...
Writer reveals story of zookeeper who saved lives

Writer reveals story of zookeeper who saved lives

BC-MOVIE-ZOOKEEPERSWIFE-AUTHOR:LA _ entertainment, books (950 words) Q&A with ‘Zookeeper’s Wife’ author Diane Ackerman By Josh Getlin Los Angeles Times (TNS) NEW YORK — As German bombers savagely attacked Warsaw in late September 1939, a surreal scene began unfolding in the streets. The city’s zoo was hit hard, and panicked animals were racing through the city’s...
Jessica Chastain gives show-stopping performance

Jessica Chastain gives show-stopping performance

The Holocaust film has become a genre unto itself, and sadly, there are more than enough stories from that era to continue the trend. Against ever-shifting, polarized political landscapes, the lessons gleaned from the horrors of this very recent past are never not relevant. But too often, many of these biopics fall prey to well-trod norms and conventions. In Niki Caro’s “The Zookeeper&rsquo...
‘Boss Baby’ fun for grown-ups

‘Boss Baby’ fun for grown-ups

“The Boss Baby” derives its premise from the notion that when new babies show up in the household, they render parents into slavishly devoted employees with their demands and fits. Babies are like bosses, but more satirically, bosses are like babies, right? That metaphor is explored in Marla Frazee’s children’s book, with a boss baby outfitted in a suit, complete with buttoned...
‘Frantz’ an inspired reimagining of a classic

‘Frantz’ an inspired reimagining of a classic

In 1932, the great comic director Ernst Lubitsch switched gears to make an agonizing, anti-war drama, “Broken Lullaby,” that did not impress audiences or critics and remains under-appreciated to this day. “Frantz” is a new film by Francois Ozon that takes the “Broken Lullaby” story and tells it from a different angle. This new film is exceptional and one of Ozon&rsquo...
Take a food tour of Clarkston: Best places to eat, drink and shop

Take a food tour of Clarkston: Best places to eat, drink and shop

There’s a sign entering the small town of Clarkston that reads “Little Town … Big Heart.” Some form of that sign has been standing off the East Ponce de Leon corridor for as long as I can remember. I grew up in Clarkston; my father was born in 1925 in a small house that still stands behind the Methodist church. He and my mother still live there, and it’s their home I&rsquo...
Usher and The Roots will perform on Facebook Live telethon for the ACLU

Usher and The Roots will perform on Facebook Live telethon for the ACLU

Usher will perform with The Roots on the Friday Facebook Live event. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Usher and The Roots have signed on to perform during the “Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU” Facebook Live “telethon.
Check for circling roots before planting Japanese maples

Check for circling roots before planting Japanese maples

Q: One of our young Japanese maple trees did not survive the heat and dry weather last year. Can I replace it now or would it be best to wait until this fall? Debra Payne, Bartow County A: If you’re attentive to watering in dry weather, it would be fine now to plant a Japanese maple grown in a container. Be sure to pull the tree out and examine the major roots before planting. You...
Pitch Perfect 3: wild time at Zoo Atlanta

Pitch Perfect 3: wild time at Zoo Atlanta

The cast of “Pitch Perfect 3,” being filmed in Georgia, serenaded some animals at Zoo Atlanta Tuesday as they celebrated Chrissie Fit’s birthday with cake and wild beasts. The stars of the film along with about 50 friends and other cast members, gathered Tuesday afternoon for the party, which included a “wild encounter” for Fit with Walnut, the chinchilla, Savannah the...
Rape survivors hopeful campus rape bill will still die

Rape survivors hopeful campus rape bill will still die

Lisa Anderson was raped late one evening in the fall of 2003, while attending graduate school at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Her hair had barely grown back after surgery to remove a brain tumor, but for the first time in a long while she was feeling hopeful. She was at a reception for graduate students that night when she met her dissertation advisor and he invited her to dinner to...
Theater review: ‘Bodyguard’ more for Whitney fans than musical purists

Theater review: ‘Bodyguard’ more for Whitney fans than musical purists

Whatever happened to musical comedies about cowboys and beautiful Oklahoma mornings? Or pushy stage mothers like Mama Rose? With apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne, and musical-theater traditionalists everywhere, we present “The Bodyguard: The Musical.” Based on the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston as a pop diva pursued by a stalker, and Kevin Costner...
Love your Instant Pot? Find out how to win the ultimate cookbook

Love your Instant Pot? Find out how to win the ultimate cookbook

Tucker Berta Sarkisian’s “Melt-off the Bone Juicy Whole Chicken” prepared in the Instant Pot.
Advocates worry about guns in preschools on college campuses

Advocates worry about guns in preschools on college campuses

With the Senate passage of the campus carry bill Tuesday, guns may become a reality at Georgia’s public colleges and universities. Will they also become a reality in some childcare centers on those campuses? This year’s version of the bill cites a few places on campus where guns still would be banned, including preschools, which was a concern last year of Gov. Nathan Deal. Deal vetoed...
Checking in with the cult of the Instant Pot

Checking in with the cult of the Instant Pot

Not since the advent of the slow cooker has a small kitchen appliance captured the imaginations of so many home cooks so quickly, it seems. But I must admit, my curiosity about the Instant Pot wasn’t piqued until some busy friends and colleagues in my food and drink orbit starting talking up the time-saving advantages of the multifunction electric pressure cooker. The fact that they were in...
Learn to make Buckhead Diner’s crab cakes

Learn to make Buckhead Diner’s crab cakes

These crab cakes have been on the menu at the Buckhead Diner for at least the past 10 years, and they’re a collaborative creation of many. Chef Charlie Schwab suggests you use a Chardonnay when you’re preparing the mustard sauce. He also suggests that if you’d like a gluten-free version, you reduce the amount of the lemon juice/spice mixture and eliminate the bread crumbs or panko...
Fan complaints prompt Braves to reverse new policy on outside food

Fan complaints prompt Braves to reverse new policy on outside food

After public backlash, the Atlanta Braves decided to permit fans to bring in outside food to SunTrust Park this season after all. A team spokesperson said last week that fans would not be allowed to bring outside food into the stadium, with exceptions that included food for infants and those with dietary restrictions.This would have been a change to the Braves policy in recent years. The spokesperson...
Team behind Taiyo Ramen bringing new Chinese restaurant to Oakhurst

Team behind Taiyo Ramen bringing new Chinese restaurant to Oakhurst

Oakhurst center is getting a new spot for Chinese food, courtesy of the team behind Decatur’s Taiyo Ramen and Suzy Siu’s Baos at Krog Street Market. Michael Lo and George Yu plan to open Double Dragon at 350 Mead Road — the former home of Italian restaurant Saba — this May. The restaurant’s name is a play on historically uninspired Chinese restaurant names while also...
10 things Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones reveals in his new book

10 things Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones reveals in his new book

During his 19-year major league baseball career, Chipper Jones was one of the all-time greats at hitting from both sides of the plate. Turns out he’s pretty good at that as a writer, too. Star athletes’ autobiographies often are heavy on stats and scores and rehashed game accounts. But when it comes to telling it like it really was -- on and off the field -- they frequently refuse...
Check out video from Atlanta’s first cat cafe

Check out video from Atlanta’s first cat cafe

A customer gives a cat some love at Java Cats Cafe. Java Cats Cafe — the first cat cafe in Atlanta (though not the first in Georgia — La Maison du Chat serves up coffee with a side of cat playtime in Buford — is officially open for business at 415 Memorial Dr.
Check out video from Atlanta’s first cat cafe

Check out video from Atlanta’s first cat cafe

A customer gives a cat some love at Java Cats Cafe. Java Cats Cafe — the first cat cafe in Atlanta (though not the first in Georgia — La Maison du Chat serves up coffee with a side of cat playtime in Buford — is officially open for business at 415 Memorial Dr.
‘Hedwig’ brings transgender rocker’s story to Fox Theatre

‘Hedwig’ brings transgender rocker’s story to Fox Theatre

What’s an “internationally ignored song stylist” to do once she becomes an internationally renowned touring Broadway star? Keeping the offbeat edge and downtown grit in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” has been part of the challenge for creators and performers of the recent Broadway production of the show, which makes a brief stop at the Fox Theatre April 4-5 as part of a...
Bellwoods Social House closes in West Midtown

Bellwoods Social House closes in West Midtown

Gangsta fries at Bellwoods Social House A bar and restaurant from the team behind Bite Bistro & Bar in Alpharetta has closed its doors after less than three years in business.
Smoked pork cook-off this Sunday, clam celebration in Roswell and more in metro Atlanta this week

Smoked pork cook-off this Sunday, clam celebration in Roswell and more in metro Atlanta this week

Make it a movie night at The Pinewood, which will screen “The Goonies” this Sunday. HANDOUT / Green Olive Media.
A better way to do high school prom? Picking dates out of a hat?

A better way to do high school prom? Picking dates out of a hat?

You could hardly go anywhere in Atlanta this weekend without running into glamorous teenagers. Prom season is underway. And what used to be a teenage dance has escalated into a mega industry with $1,200 gowns, rented limos, pre-prom photo shoots and expensive Buckhead dinners. Another new twist on prom: The “promposal” where kids go to elaborate lengths to ask someone to the big night...
Sexual assault survivor to lawmakers: Stop dismissing us

Sexual assault survivor to lawmakers: Stop dismissing us

It remains unknown whether House Bill 51 will revive this week in the final two days of the 2017 Legislature. Stalled by a wary Senate committee last week, the campus rape bill, as it has been dubbed, limits the ability of public universities in Georgia to investigate student sexual assault cases. Counselors and victims warned that tying the hands of universities and turning investigations over to...
Today: Half-off all steaks at this Sandy Springs restaurant

Today: Half-off all steaks at this Sandy Springs restaurant

All steaks are half-off on Tuesdays at MAYA Steaks and Seafood. HANDOUT / Red Clay Public Relations.
Review: Theatrical Outfit’s ‘Simply Simone’ is simply superb

Review: Theatrical Outfit’s ‘Simply Simone’ is simply superb

In the interest of getting it out of the way, before moving on to substantially bigger and better praises to be sung, let’s first dispense with the inherent flaw in “Simply Simone.” Like the vast majority of “jukebox” revues that chart the life and career of a famous musician — in this case, Nina Simone — Theatrical Outfit’s new show can be...
Healthy Cooking: Finding balance with cauliflower rice

Healthy Cooking: Finding balance with cauliflower rice

I have plucked a Goldfish cracker from my child’s car seat and popped it straight into my mouth. I have served two kinds of potatoes and wished for a third. I think eating white bread is as natural as breathing air, only better because you can’t butter air. So given my starch-loving bona fides, you should believe me when I tell you that I have made cauliflower rice and you should too....
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: I was delighted to discover Jack Nicklaus ice cream at Kroger just before our Masters party last year. It was the perfect dessert to serve for our “back 9” party on the last day of the tournament. However, I have not been able to find it recently. Could you help me locate a grocery that sells his ice cream? Thank you in advance for your assistance. JoAnn Leahy-Lagi, Sandy Springs A...
T.I. will play hometown show at new Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre

T.I. will play hometown show at new Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre

T.I. will visit the new Roxy in June. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene T.I. is crisscrossing the country for much of May and June and the Atlanta rapper has added a hometown show to his itinerary.
Molly Talbert lost 80 pounds

Molly Talbert lost 80 pounds

Success story Former weight: 260 pounds Current weight: 180 pounds Pounds lost: 80 pounds Height: 5 feet 7 inches Age: 32 years How long she’s kept it off: Started in 2014 and reached her current weight this month. Personal life: “I live in Duluth; I am a special education teacher for high school,” says Talbert. “I had a really hard time when I was in high school, just the...
Premature ‘Baby Bun’ is thriving, marks milestone with parents

Premature ‘Baby Bun’ is thriving, marks milestone with parents

  It may be something that every child accomplishes, but it means even more to the parents of Kaleb Graves, also known as Baby Bun. Arkell and Dana Graves of Virginia posted video of Kaleb sitting up on his own for 1 minute and 48 seconds on Facebook. Kaleb was an internet sensation even before he was born when his father’s reaction to his mother’s pregnancy news drew millions of...
Lost Southern Voices festival puts focus on lesser-known writers

Lost Southern Voices festival puts focus on lesser-known writers

From William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams to Flannery O’Connor and Harper Lee, the South is known the world over for its great writers, but the monumental fame of the giants can easily overshadow the work of other, lesser-known writers from the region. Bringing the work of forgotten Southern writers to light is the aim of a new Atlanta literary festival taking place on Georgia State...
Aaron Sorkin, reportedly unaware of Hollywood's diversity problem, had many chances to become aware

Aaron Sorkin, reportedly unaware of Hollywood's diversity problem, had many chances to become aware

Aaron Sorkin apparently couldn't quite believe it. The Oscar-winning writer and executive producer expressed shock when the topic of diversity and gender equity came up during the Writers Guild Festival in Hollywood over the weekend, according to Variety. "Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men and you're also saying that get...
New neighborhood bistro officially open in Cabbagetown

New neighborhood bistro officially open in Cabbagetown

The lemony chicken sandwich at Petit Chou. / Photo contributed by Petit Chou An “industrial chic” neighborhood bistro has opened its doors in Cabbagetown after being in soft open mode last week.
At 50, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band proud to be elder statesmen of Americana

At 50, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band proud to be elder statesmen of Americana

John McEuen, multi-instrumentalist and a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, keeps a scathing, late-1960s Billboard magazine review in a special place. The article doubted the roots-laden California outfit would ever score a record deal. “It (hangs) in a frame with our first platinum album,” said a chuckling McEuen over the phone. The band, which twanged Americana decades...
Theater review: Serenbe Playhouse nails the timeless appeal of ‘Grease’

Theater review: Serenbe Playhouse nails the timeless appeal of ‘Grease’

It started out as a 1950s rock musical about a high-school hotshot who is simultaneously in love with a car and a girl he meets on summer vacation. This was 1971. By 1978, the Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey musical “Grease” had been turned into a film starring John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy. (For the movie, Barry Gibb wrote a new title song, performed by Frankie Valli...
Review: Atlanta Opera’s ‘Don Pasquale’ is fresh, fun and lively

Review: Atlanta Opera’s ‘Don Pasquale’ is fresh, fun and lively

“Bravo!” is what opera fans typically cry out when a performance hits the mark, but the Atlanta Opera’s current production of Gaetano Donizetti’s classic bel canto comedy “Don Pasquale” is just as likely to elicit cries of “Hooray for Hollywood!” The production updates the action of the work to the Golden Age of Hollywood, and the result is a fresh...
Chicken chain expanding to Georgia with locations in Gwinnett, Cobb counties

Chicken chain expanding to Georgia with locations in Gwinnett, Cobb counties

Van Jakes is bringing Cowboy Chicken to Atlanta. / Contributed photo A Dallas-based fast-casual chicken chain is bringing its birds to Georgia this year.
Comedian Gabriel Iglesias in life-threatening battle with his weight

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias in life-threatening battle with his weight

Comedian Gabriel Iglesias has always been on the heavy side–in fact that’s what he’s known for. His punchline is a dig at his own weight problem, “I’m not fat…I’m fluffy.” But now the comedian’s obesity has caught up with him.  A few weeks ago, he announced on Instagram that he was canceling upcoming shows; saying, “I’m dealing...
Buy This: 3 snacks you’ll want to keep on hand

Buy This: 3 snacks you’ll want to keep on hand

This week we’re thinking about fuel for your walks in these beautiful spring days, snacks for the kids as they go from school to practice to home and something to munch on as you sit at your desk. Nuts, Chocolate and Fruit Atlanta-based small batch chocolate maker Xocolatl produces lovely single-origin chocolate bars with beans sourced from around the world. But they also make trail mix in two...
Snoop Dogg will induct Tupac Shakur into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Snoop Dogg will induct Tupac Shakur into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Tupac will be honored by Snoop Dogg. (AP Photo/Frank Wiese, File) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur first met at a wrap party for “Poetic Justice,” the 1993 movie starring Pac and Janet Jackson.
Concert review and photos: V-103 ‘Pop Up Live’ brought Rick Ross, T.I., surprised with DJ Khaled

Concert review and photos: V-103 ‘Pop Up Live’ brought Rick Ross, T.I., surprised with DJ Khaled

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene It wasn’t a “pop up” concert in the most accurate sense considering it was announced almost exactly a month ago.
Wes Moss: When will the next recession hit?

Wes Moss: When will the next recession hit?

OK, so I’m going to talk about the dreaded R-word — recession. Is one lurking around the corner for our nation’s economy? Should hardworking Americans be concerned about their livelihood? Their investments? The short answer is, probably not right now. But the question does merit a look at the numbers. Right now, inflation is in check. But folks are concerned. Based on the Federal...
Allman Brothers Band to release ‘Fox Box’ collection of Atlanta concerts

Allman Brothers Band to release ‘Fox Box’ collection of Atlanta concerts

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In 2004, the Allman Brothers Band rocked the Fox Theatre for three sold-out shows, and the reception spurred them to record what would become their final studio album, “Hittin’ the Note.” Those three concerts, which the band always regarded as some of their best, were released at the time via the “Instant Live” program – either...
It’s Spring: Happy New Year

It’s Spring: Happy New Year

On the first day of spring — or the vernal equinox — this week, a perky Carolina wren landed on a tulip poplar branch outside my home office window and began singing his heart out. I assume he was trying to attract a mate or establish territory for the upcoming nesting season. I like to think, though, that he also was proclaiming, “Happy New Year.” We celebrate our New Year&rsquo...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

4/ 2 Family Sunday Serve the family your own Roast Chicken with brown rice and gravy today. Alongside, try delicious Zucchini Casserole Au Gratin (see recipe), fresh broccoli spears and dinner rolls. For dessert, buy a blueberry crisp (frozen). Plan ahead: Save enough chicken, rice, gravy, zucchini casserole and crisp for Monday. 4/ 3 Heat-and-Eat Monday Make Open-Face Chicken Sandwiches for a quick...
Differing parenting styles are point of contention

Differing parenting styles are point of contention

Once again, a reader proves that parenting must be added to religion and politics as verboten subjects for polite conversation. A column I published back in December of 2016 went viral recently — yes, three months later (such things are mysteries to me). In it, I proposed that parents, not children, are the most important people in a family and that the husband-wife relationship, not the parent-child...
Lawmaker: Legislature may pass 3 bills that will hurt higher education

Lawmaker: Legislature may pass 3 bills that will hurt higher education

An Atlanta legislator says three pending bills — campus carry, campus rape and no sanctuary campuses — are misguided and damage the universities, students and reputation of higher education in Georgia. Writing in the AJC Get Schooled blog, state Rep. David Dreyer, D-Atlanta, saysthe bills severely undermine higher education. “Instead of harming our colleges, we should focus on supporting...
Atlanta faith calendar

Atlanta faith calendar

Community conversation: Emory University’s Year of Shakespeare will host a community discussion about the intersection of artistic creativity, spirituality and social justice beginning at 7:30 p.m. March 25 in the Ackerman Hall at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The discussion will be led by the Rev. Dwight Andrews, Ph.D., senior pastor of First Congregational Church in Atlanta and an associate...
Vans Warped Tour 2017 lineup includes GWAR, Sick Of It All, CKY

Vans Warped Tour 2017 lineup includes GWAR, Sick Of It All, CKY

GWAR is part of the 2017 Vans Warped Tour. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The 23rd installment of the Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys is raucous mashup of legacy acts and up and comers.
From kids’ book character to star of puppet show: Meet Pete the Cat

From kids’ book character to star of puppet show: Meet Pete the Cat

In classrooms around the country, there’s a blue cat that’s getting lots of attention. He’s named Pete — Pete the Cat, and he’s the titular star of the popular children’s picture books. “Pete the Cat” has risen to become one of the biggest children’s book series to come from a Georgia author. That author, James Dean, didn’t even intend...
‘Power Rangers’ morphs from melodrama to doughnut commercial

‘Power Rangers’ morphs from melodrama to doughnut commercial

If you grew up watching Saban’s “Power Rangers” franchise, what elements from the Saturday morning show would you hope to see in Lionsgate’s 2017 cinematic reboot? If you demand mechas and the phrase “it’s morphin’ time,” you’re in luck. If you crave Elizabeth Banks menacingly whispering “Krispy Kreme” as she wreaks havoc on a soundstage...
Fulton Science student featured in latest X-Men movie

Fulton Science student featured in latest X-Men movie

When Hannah Westerfield arrived home from school one day, her father had some good news for her. He had just gotten a call from 20th Century Fox. She had landed a role in the latest Marvel Comics’ movie, “Logan.” “I was super excited,” said Westerfield, a sixth grader at the Fulton Science Academy. “I loved the X-Men series and my favorite character was Mystique...
Raunchy ‘CHIPS’ will have you chuckling in spite of yourself

Raunchy ‘CHIPS’ will have you chuckling in spite of yourself

The randy action-comedy “CHiPs” is pitched right to that 18-24 demographic, but that audience is probably wondering what this whole California Highway Patrol movie is about. Two words, teens: Erik Estrada. He was the ultimate late ’70s small-screen sex symbol and people were really into his hair — at least according to what we’ve been able to glean from the “CHiPs&rdquo...
All you need to know for 2017 Inman Park Restaurant Week

All you need to know for 2017 Inman Park Restaurant Week

Risotto di frutti de mare at Sotto Sotto. / Photo credit Reynolds Group. If you find yourself eating dinner in Inman Park more often than not — and who would blame you?
If ‘Life’ seems familiar, that’s because it is

If ‘Life’ seems familiar, that’s because it is

Hey, “Life.” 1979 called. It wants its alien-invasion movie back. “Life” so echoes Ridley Scott’s 38-year-old claustrophobic science-fiction classic “Alien,” in which a group of space travelers is under attack from a merciless invasive being, that it can only pale by comparison. But, taken on its own creature-feature terms, “Life” has enough taut...
Life with Gracie: From mother to daughter: Wishing you a love that lasts

Life with Gracie: From mother to daughter: Wishing you a love that lasts

Last Saturday, my daughter Asha married her best friend at Agnes Scott College’s Julia Thompson Smith Chapel, a stunning, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired sanctuary. We’d been planning this moment since December 2015 when Herman Hall Jr. asked Jimmy for her hand in marriage, but I was totally unprepared. I was ready when she headed off to kindergarten, to foreign places like Spain and Japan...
Mind the waste: Rethinking leftovers and restaurant food waste

Mind the waste: Rethinking leftovers and restaurant food waste

It’s always a pleasure to be in the company of fellow AJC dining critic Wyatt Williams. He’s always juggling a plateful of interesting projects, which makes for great conversation. Plus, he’s an all-around affable fellow, and he has a way of keeping you comfortable when you show your true colors, particularly when those colors are not the ones that the popular kids are wearing. &ldquo...
‘T2 Trainspotting’ brings director Danny Boyle full circle

‘T2 Trainspotting’ brings director Danny Boyle full circle

There’s no question that British director Danny Boyle has come a long way since his breakthrough 1996 cult hit “Trainspotting.” But in another sense, he’s right back where he started. In the sequel, “T2 Trainspotting,” Boyle reteams with original co-stars Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner as a gang of Scottish...
Review: Try street food indoors at Atlanta’s Halal Guys, Yumbii

Review: Try street food indoors at Atlanta’s Halal Guys, Yumbii

Selling food on a street corner has long been one of the quickest ways to start a business, though it is hard work. The overhead is low, but that means one must brave the elements and stake claim to turf. Few last long in the business. Every once in a while, though, a street food vendor becomes so successful that they leave the street to sell food indoors, just like everybody else. In Atlanta, two...
Review: Kicky fun (if not spicy kick) at CT Cocina & Taqueria

Review: Kicky fun (if not spicy kick) at CT Cocina & Taqueria

When I’m going to a cube-shaped cafe (or to be precise, cocina/taqueria) in a suburban shopping center, I don’t expect to be swept off my feet. I brace myself for a functional, fluorescent-lit box, for dropped ceiling tiles and a single wall of windows. I know I’ll easily overlook this unavoidable tableau if the food is fabulous and the staffers are lovely. So I was truly shocked...
Ghostly shadows drape Kristen Stewart drama ‘Personal Shopper’

Ghostly shadows drape Kristen Stewart drama ‘Personal Shopper’

It’s hard to be sure exactly what’s happening in Olivier Assayas’ elusive, shadowy drama “Personal Shopper” — and that is, of course, the point. Kristen Stewart (so good in Assayas’ previous film, “Clouds of Sils Maria”) plays Maureen, a young American in Paris whose habitual quiet masks a terrible loss — the recent death of her twin brother...
‘T2 Trainspotting’ overdoses on nostalgia

‘T2 Trainspotting’ overdoses on nostalgia

If you’re of a certain age, Danny Boyle’s 1996 film “Trainspotting” was an earth-shattering, mind-expanding event. There was a Before “Trainspotting” and an After “Trainspotting,” which was accompanied by a sudden affinity for ambient electronica, Scottish accents and buzz cuts. There has never been anything more heroin chic than “Trainspotting...
‘Power Rangers’ is more goofy than gritty

‘Power Rangers’ is more goofy than gritty

Back in the ’90s, you probably knew them as “Mighty Morphin,” and these days they take the pre-fix “Saban’s,” but we all know them best as simply the “Power Rangers.” Executive producer Haim Saban discovered the “Super Sentai” series on Japanese television in the ’80s, and brought the concept of teens in colorful costumes fighting monsters...
Woody Harrelson doesn’t do justice to Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel

Woody Harrelson doesn’t do justice to Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel

Daniel Clowes is one of the great graphic novelists and jaundiced wits of our time, creator of fantastically bitter characters whose litanies of complaint and twisted avenues of philosophical inquiry would be tragic, or merely pathetic, if they weren’t also really funny. Clowes is like Anton Chekhov’s wiseacre American cousin. And, near-miraculously, director Terry Zwigoff’s film...
Some questions go unanswered in this life

Some questions go unanswered in this life

It is every parent’s worst nightmare. While on a camping trip with his three children, a man rushes to rescue his son, who was boating on the lake — and when he returns to the campsite, his youngest daughter, Missy, has vanished. This is the premise of “The Shack,” a film based on the best-selling book — which interested me because my ever-growing prayer...
Buyers, sellers of online goods have safe spot to meet in Henry County

Buyers, sellers of online goods have safe spot to meet in Henry County

Thanks to advances in technology, purchasing almost anything online is only a quick mouse click away. It’s also possible to get good deals on used items on websites like Craigslist or Facebook, such as used cars, phones or collectibles. However, that doesn’t mean those used items just show up on your doorstep. Most of the time, transactions have to take place in person, which can...
‘Slamma Jamma’ director puts message of redemption in basketball film

‘Slamma Jamma’ director puts message of redemption in basketball film

When moviegoers think of basketball films, 1992’s “White Men Can’t Jump” immediately comes to mind. Several films have tried to match it in the 25 years since, but few have stuck in memory the same way. “Slamma Jamma,” which opens nationwide on Friday, is the latest to attempt the feat. “’Slamma Jamma’ is a story about how you can redeem yourself...
A beer garden is coming to the Beltline

A beer garden is coming to the Beltline

Irwin Street Market in Old Fourth Ward. / AJC file photo More beer is coming to the Beltline. What’s Now Atlanta reports that plans have been filed for Lingering Shade Lounge, a beer garden to be located at Irwin Street Market at the entrance to the Eastside Trail.
Atlanta restaurant tops list of expensive steakhouses worth the price

Atlanta restaurant tops list of expensive steakhouses worth the price

Bone-in Ribeye for two at Bones. / AJC file photo Steak ain’t cheap — which is why when you plunk down cash on a hunk of meat, you want to make sure it’s really going to be worth it.
Carver Neighborhood Market aids in intown area’s revitalization

Carver Neighborhood Market aids in intown area’s revitalization

Jeff Delp views the Carver Neighborhood Market in Historic South Atlanta as one way to “bring a neighborhood back to life.” The market, which opened in 2015 on McDonough Boulevard, is doing so by providing healthy food options and jobs. It goes beyond food, though. “It give neighbors a place where they can gather and meet,” said Delp, director of economic development for the...
Which events in Atlanta should top your calendar this spring?

Which events in Atlanta should top your calendar this spring?

Now that spring has finally sprung, a bevy of fresh new productions, exhibitions and concerts are popping up to brighten venues around town this season. From humorous observations about race and divorce from Chris Rock to a Tennessee Williams literary classic set to ballet, the offerings are diverse, thought-provoking and aimed to entertain. The Atlanta Opera’s modern take on Gaetano Donizetti&rsquo...
Two metro area single moms awarded gifts from Georgia-Pacific for Single Parent’s Day

Two metro area single moms awarded gifts from Georgia-Pacific for Single Parent’s Day

Two single moms in the metro area were the recipients of helpful gifts in honor of Single Parent’s Day on March 21. Liz Santa Cruz of Flowery Branch and Kylia Whitehead of Lawrenceville were awarded gifts from Atlanta-based Georgia Pacific during the company’s Angel Soft Single Parent’s Day Campaign. In a video shared on Facebook that has raked in more than 2 million views, the women...
Meet your matcha in metro Atlanta

Meet your matcha in metro Atlanta

What is it about matcha? Is it the gorgeous green color? The grassy fresh taste? The buzz about something that provides an energy boost, calm alertness, antioxidants and a slow-acting caffeine lift with no jitters? “Matcha: A Lifestyle Guide” (Dovetail, $25) just published this month. Jessica Flint and Anna Kavaliunas wrote the book after enjoying a year of weekly matcha-fueled conversations...
Florist azaleas not meant for indoor life

Florist azaleas not meant for indoor life

Q: I received an azalea after the death of my father. The label says “Place in a cool location, avoiding excessively hot and cold areas.” Does this mean I can’t plant it outside? Mary Johnston, email A: In my experience florist azaleas are not as winter hardy as the regular Asian azaleas we see so commonly in spring. These gift plants have been bred for eye-catching flowers...
From helping Atlanta film industry grow to directing her first feature

From helping Atlanta film industry grow to directing her first feature

Atlanta filmmaker Fran Burst-Terranella can tell you: Sometimes it takes a while to get to where you’re going. Though Burst-Terranella has created hundreds of film projects of various kinds over the past four decades and has even been an important part of the growth of the film industry in Atlanta over the years, the current Atlanta Film Festival will see the world premiere of her very...
Re: Race, a community conversation around Jordan Peele’s movie ‘Get Out’ 

Re: Race, a community conversation around Jordan Peele’s movie ‘Get Out’ 

“Get Out” is a horror movie, a comedy and a morality play that none too gently explores race in contemporary America. The AJC last week invited a small group of staff members and members of the community to view the film. The group then reconvened at the AJC for pizza and conversation about the film and what it means.  SPOILER ALERT: The edited video of that conversation includes...
New pizza concept coming to DeKalb, North Fulton, Intown Atlanta

New pizza concept coming to DeKalb, North Fulton, Intown Atlanta

A new pizza concept is making its debut in metro Atlanta with three locations. The Local Pizzaiolo has already signed three leases, according to Tomorrow’s News Today. One shop will be located in Toco Hills in place of the now-shuttered Toco Hills Coin Laundry at Toco Hill Promenade at 2947 N Druid Hills Road NE — the space will be renovated and expanded to accommodate more customers...
New pizza concept coming to DeKalb, North Fulton, Intown Atlanta