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Six culinary summer camps for kids

School is out. Kids are home for the summer. And parents are scrambling to find ways to keep them busy. Metro Atlanta has a host of activities that can entertain kids no matter their interests, including various hands-on camps and classes that get kids engaged in the kitchen. Tired of hearing, “Mom, I’m bored?” Sign him up. By the end of the summer, you just might have a mini-chef...
Life with Gracie: Why Steve Harvey’s camp for boys struck chord with Atlanta businessman

Life with Gracie: Why Steve Harvey’s camp for boys struck chord with Atlanta businessman

In the beginning, Benjamin Raymond was happy just to be able to help sponsor this camp for boys because, well, he’d walked in their shoes. He was a grown man but remembered only a five-minute conversation with his father once when he was 7, and after that, he simply vanished from his life. He found him on the internet 20 years later, but he was soon gone again, locked away in prison for 25 years...
Can you fix a toilet in 12 seconds?

Can you fix a toilet in 12 seconds?

This maintenance man, Chris Haney, works fast. He changes out a hot water heater — flips breakers, bleeds the lines, threads fittings and disposes of the old water heater — in 8.1 seconds. Need the control valve on your kitchen faucet installed? Haney can do that in 11 seconds, plus install a towel rack with the other hand. He can change out a flapper and the fill-valve in a commode before...
On 50th anniversary, Chicago still touring, rocking

On 50th anniversary, Chicago still touring, rocking

In February, the members of Chicago had a celebratory dinner to mark their 50th anniversary as an active touring band. Trombonist James Pankow, one of the three remaining original band members who still tour and record with the band, has clearly taken time to absorb how rare that kind of longevity and success is. “We wined and dined and made the toast to 50 years,” Pankow related...
Winner: Best seafood in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best seafood in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta

Atlanta may be landlocked, but we sure do know our stuff when it comes to seafood. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is serving up the best bites from the sea.  Drift Seafood and Oyster House comes in first place with over 1,700 votes. The East Cobb spot offers up a seasonal menu of simply prepared coastal American fresh seafood, employing both modern and age old live wood fire cooking techniques...
Follow these food safety tips for July 4th cookouts, other summer fun

Follow these food safety tips for July 4th cookouts, other summer fun

No summer is complete without backyard barbecues, cookouts and picnics. However, there are certain risks to keep in mind when preparing and eating food outside, especially in Georgia’s hot weather. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 48 million people contract foodborne illnesses each year, resulting in approximately 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000...
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Janet Jackson loving motherhood as she gets back into her music, producer says

Janet Jackson loving motherhood as she gets back into her music, producer says

Janet Jackson welcomed her very first child, son Eissa, in January and is having a great time being a mom! “She’s so happy,” her longtime producer, Jimmy Jam, told Entertainment Tonight. “I get FaceTime [calls] at like two in the morning, usually when I’m wrapping up in the studio. It’s always just Isa [on FaceTime], she’s in the background somewhere. He&rsquo...
U.S. suspends Brazilian beef imports over safety concerns

U.S. suspends Brazilian beef imports over safety concerns

All imports of fresh beef from Brazil have been halted because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Thursday. The suspension of shipments will remain in place until the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture takes corrective action which the USDA finds satisfactory. The action comes three months after...
7 awesome family-friendly ways to celebrate July 4th in Atlanta area

7 awesome family-friendly ways to celebrate July 4th in Atlanta area

Metro Atlanta offers many fun family-friendly ways to celebrate Independence Day. From parades and fireworks to pool parties, sporting events, and of course, The AJC Peachtree Road Race, the 4th of July is a day filled with special events. Here’s a look at seven fabulous ways families can enjoy the day. On July 4, the Atlanta Braves will host the Houston Astros in a home game at SunTrust...
It’s “Pott”-y time! Harry Potter’s magical hold on readers turns 20

It’s “Pott”-y time! Harry Potter’s magical hold on readers turns 20

It’s enough to make a Muggle feel downright ancient. (Or maybe just young all over again?) On Monday, Harry Potter turns — gulp — 20. It was two decades ago — June 26, 1997 — when first-time novelist J.K. Rowling’s little book about the orphaned boy who’d grow up to become the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) wizard was published in England. That’s when a...
‘Comfort Women’ statue to be unveiled in Brookhaven on June 30

‘Comfort Women’ statue to be unveiled in Brookhaven on June 30

The bronze figure is calm, but defiant. She is just out of girlhood. Her feet are bare. A bronze bird is perched on her left shoulder. Her hands are gathered in loose fists. Her resolve is apparent. Her face sends out the message, “I will endure.” Officially called “The Young Girl Statue for Peace,” the 1-ton bronze statue tells the story of the so-called “Comfort...
Actions after storm determine course of future

Actions after storm determine course of future

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” It was by quoting this verse from Psalm 27 that New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries Lysa Terkeurst ended her heart-wrenching blog post on June 13. The article came as a surprise to many who follow Terkeurst’s popular ministry...
Creating a stylish world for children with autism

Creating a stylish world for children with autism

The idea for Wolf & Friends started with a feeling familiar to all mothers: Uh-oh. In 2014, Carissa Tozzi had been told her son, Wolf, who was 4 at the time, might have “sensory issues,” a catchall term that could mean anything from not liking the feeling of clothing tags to being capable of a full-on freakout when the lights are too bright. Tozzi, a brand consultant and Pinterest enthusiast...
Who could be in the APS scandal film

Who could be in the APS scandal film

The Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal will be the subject of a new film called "Wrong Answer," now in development. The film, first announced in 2015, will be directed by Ryan Coogler and will star Michael B. Jordan as former Parks Middle School teacher Damany Lewis. National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the script, which is based on a 2014 New Yorker article...
AJC Sepia African-American Music Appreciation Month Playlist

AJC Sepia African-American Music Appreciation Month Playlist

Just in time for summer, right on time for the re-release of “Purple Rain,” and before the dusk of African-American Music Appreciation Month, AJC Sepia is dropping its first Spotify Playlist. The AJC Sepia 60, is a diverse and eclectic mix of sounds spanning from Nat King Cole’s “Sweet Lorraine to J. Cole’s “Love Yourz.”    The Playlist was curated...
Obedient children are happy children

Obedient children are happy children

I was honored to be a guest on my good friend Dennis Prager’s syndicated radio program the other day. As anyone who is familiar with my point of view on parenting matters will appreciate, much of the conversation centered on the need for children to obey. Children should obey, I maintain, because — and solid research confirms common sense on this point — obedient children are happy...
Smithsonian project tracks metro Atlanta songbirds

Smithsonian project tracks metro Atlanta songbirds

Shortly after dawn one day last week, Smithsonian scientist Clay Graham gingerly removed a bright red male cardinal from a nylon “mist net” he had just set up in the backyard of a home near Fairburn. He carefully placed the bird in a cotton bag and carried it to the front porch where he quickly weighed it, checked its feathers and did other exams. He also drew a drop of blood for later...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

7/ 2 Family Sunday For a special family day, prepare Grilled Pork Tenderloin. Season a 1-pound pork tenderloin with coarse salt and pepper. Mix together 1/4 cup mustard and 3 tablespoons apricot preserves. Grill pork on medium for about 15 minutes, turning several times, or until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees; brush with mustard mixture the last few minutes. Remove from grill...
‘Baby Driver’ cast talks heart-pounding, toe-tapping summer action flick

‘Baby Driver’ cast talks heart-pounding, toe-tapping summer action flick

Actor Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx star in the summer’s most anticipated action movie, and it’s equal parts heart-pounding thrills and toe-tapping musical. Car crashes, romance and a musical backdrop make “Baby Driver” a genre-bending adrenaline kick from writer/director Edgar Wright. “We had a very good blueprint to work with from Edgar,” Jon Hamm told...
How to make a Shake Shack burger at home

How to make a Shake Shack burger at home

Fast food history is filled with secret formulas: Mrs. Field’s cookies, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Coca-Cola or the special sauce on McDonald’s Big Macs. Fans are always looking for ways to crack the code and make their own versions at home. Watch Nedra Rhone and Jewel Wicker make a Shake Shack Shack Burger: Rather than keep consumers guessing, the founders of the fine casual burger joint...
Dikembe Mutombo: The long view

Dikembe Mutombo: The long view

At the clang of the bell marking the end of the school day, third-grader Dikembe Mutombo grabbed his schoolbooks and loped across the wide street in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to the American Embassy, his movements as graceful as a gazelle. His friends, always three strides behind, were in hot pursuit, all eager to see the latest American movie shown free daily. But...
Kempner: Atlanta gourmet grocer aims to avoid an Amazon whooping

Kempner: Atlanta gourmet grocer aims to avoid an Amazon whooping

Paul Nair thought his four tiny gourmet and organic groceries in metro Atlanta competed directly with a really big rival: Whole Foods, which snagged nearly $16 billion in sales last year. But he had an odd reaction after learning his little Savi Provisions shops in Brookhaven, Midtown, Inman Park and Buckhead will soon face a far bigger competitor, one that has already shredded lots of retail...
Mad About Metals

Mad About Metals

In her elegant and edgy jewelry, Atlanta artist Kristi Hyde takes style cues from patterns and textures in nature. The artist: Grew up in Decatur, Ala., influenced by the fields, woods and Tennessee River around her.  Hyde graduated in 1998 with a degree in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Savannah campus and studied clay at the Penland School of Crafts (North...
Life with Gracie: There are millions and millions of Facebook groups; why this local one stood out 

Life with Gracie: There are millions and millions of Facebook groups; why this local one stood out 

A full year after her son Nelson graduated from The Citadel, Dorie Griggs was still getting telephone calls and email from parents of incoming Knobs. Griggs had spent years blogging about her experiences as a Citadel mom and had become a trusted adviser about all things Citadel. What items should cadets bring with them? What’s the difference between men’s briefs and jockeys? How to empower...
Photographer captures 6 families' fights with childhood cancer in heartbreaking project

Photographer captures 6 families' fights with childhood cancer in heartbreaking project

The “More Than 4” photo project by Sherina Welch of Houston, Texas-based FreeSpiritFoto aims to educate the public on what cancer really looks like by documenting six families’ fights with childhood cancer, as well as spread awareness about the fact that only 4 percent of funds for cancer research go to children. On Saturday, Welch posted an emotional photo series...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Pitbull with Enrique Iglesias, John Mellencamp

Atlanta Concerts this week: Pitbull with Enrique Iglesias, John Mellencamp

Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias will visit Infinite Energy Arena on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Chicago and the Doobie Brothers Chicago trombonist James Pankow said the band recently enjoyed a celebratory dinner to commemorate its 50th anniversary and, like many veteran acts, acknowledged that he never knows when a tour might be the final one.
Food Tour: Hapeville

Food Tour: Hapeville

Wedged between I-75 and I-85, and a stone’s throw from Hartsfield-Jackson airport sits the tiny town of Hapeville. You might not expect restaurants in this city of only 6,600 residents to do such brisk business, especially for weekday lunch, but it starts to make sense when you see Delta and Porsche lanyards draping around everyone’s neck. Hapeville feeds many an employee of these companies...
ASO music director releases recording of his own music

ASO music director releases recording of his own music

Some musicians love to compose new music. For better or worse, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano says he’s not that sort of musician. “I always find it really daunting and challenging and nauseating,” he says of the composing process. ”I think it’s because, as a performer, every moment you look to the next thing. You just have to keep putting...
Review: Muss & Turner’s East Cobb sparks love affair with sandwich

Review: Muss & Turner’s East Cobb sparks love affair with sandwich

Never thought it would come to this. Never thought I’d utter these words: I’m embroiled in a long-distance relationship with a sandwich. Neither a conventional looker nor a singular slab of beef, the one I lust for does boast a rather coquettish name and a pedigree akin to royalty in the Atlanta delicatessen world. My princess calls herself Pastrami on Wry, and she’s just that: a...
‘Beatriz at Dinner’ will make you laugh, squirm

‘Beatriz at Dinner’ will make you laugh, squirm

A subtle comedy with considerable pathos, “Beatriz at Dinner” made me laugh a bit and squirm a lot. That’s its aim as it focuses on a clash between the 1-percenters among Los Angeles’ Anglo society and the Mexican immigrant working class. At one point, John Lithgow, playing a real estate billionaire, shows Salma Hayek, an idealistic Latina health practitioner, a photo on his...
‘The Exception’ an engrossing piece of alternative history

‘The Exception’ an engrossing piece of alternative history

“The Exception” is a handsomely mounted World War II-era romantic thriller, enlivened by vibrant performances and vivid sexual encounters and inspired by a little-known footnote to history, the story of a ruler who left but never went away. That would be Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II, engagingly played by the veteran Christopher Plummer. Though the kaiser exited history’s stage...
New rating for TV, movies tries to combat gender stereotypes

New rating for TV, movies tries to combat gender stereotypes

Thirty-two years ago, cartoonist Alison Bechdel proposed a test to determine whether a movie portrayed girls and women as fully formed characters: Does it have two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man? A yes meant pass. Now the nonprofit media watchdog group Common Sense Media is applying a new test to its ratings of movies and television shows: Do they combat...
Playing Tupac’s mom in ‘Eyez’ expanded love for rapper’s story

Playing Tupac’s mom in ‘Eyez’ expanded love for rapper’s story

Afeni Shakur was more than just the mother of one of the world’s biggest and, arguably, best, rappers of all time. A leader of the New York chapter of the Black Panthers, she was powerful and influential in her own right. How else does one, while pregnant, successfully defend herself in a 1971 court case, facing a 300-year sentence for allegedly conspiring to bomb department stores and police...
Latest ‘Transformers’ is more, more, more

Latest ‘Transformers’ is more, more, more

Michael Bay is the kind of filmmaker who has always understood machines better than people. In his films, chrome hurtles through space with a sensual weightiness; the clangs and thuds of metal against metal send a frisson down the spine. “Transformers: The Last Knight” does not stray from this formula, except that it is more; it is the most. It’s shinier, louder, crazier; it&rsquo...
As the Han Solo spinoff fires directors, can this thing still fly?

As the Han Solo spinoff fires directors, can this thing still fly?

Now that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have been fired in dramatic fashion from the young Han Solo spinoff film, the state of the “Star Wars” movie will be reflected in the answer to one question: “Who shot second?” Whomever Lucasfilm selects as the replacement director will be charged with bringing into port a movie that began shooting way back in late January...
Sam Elliott takes deserved spotlight in ‘The Hero’

Sam Elliott takes deserved spotlight in ‘The Hero’

With his shock of white hair, crosshatched tan skin and deep, sonorous voice, 72-year-old Sam Elliott seems less human than something forged out of silver, leather and smoke. He’s long been a valuable supporting player, whether on-screen (“Grandma,” “I’ll See You In My Dreams”) or mostly off (“The Big Lebowski”). In “The Hero,” Elliott finally...
How Atlantans can identify venomous snakes this summer

How Atlantans can identify venomous snakes this summer

As the weather gets warmer, Georgia’s serpentine wildlife becomes more active. The state is home to over 40 snake species, including six venomous species. Whatever your feelings toward the slithery creatures, it’s important to be able to recognize which species pose a threat. In fact, the Georgia Poison Center reports that in 2016, the state experienced its highest number of snakebite...
Can Charles Barkley lose weight without eating salads?

Can Charles Barkley lose weight without eating salads?

Early this month, former NBA star Charles Barkley said he was heading to a “fat farm” in San Antonio, Texas to lose weight. The star of Atlanta-based TNT’s Inside the NBA, said he has gotten lazy since his days on the court. “Listen, I am embarrassed about how fat I have become,” said Barkley on television during the NBA Finals. “I’ve become lazy. Number one...
New Georgia guide could aid in genealogy research

New Georgia guide could aid in genealogy research

Michael A. Ports has written “Georgia Genealogy Research,” the latest in the Genealogy at a Glance series. The four-page, laminated work from the Genealogical Publishing Company is a concise look at the records broken down into various categories. Record Sources cover marriages, births and deaths, probate, and our unique land lottery system. Supplemental Sources includes brief overviews...
Pink hydrangeas associated with low aluminum in soil

Pink hydrangeas associated with low aluminum in soil

A: I could suggest theories, but I’m not sure they hold water. Hydrangea flower color is determined by the amount of aluminum present in the flower petals. More aluminum in the soil equals a blue-er bloom. Perhaps last year’s drought damaged the shrub roots so not as much aluminum was absorbed this spring. Perhaps the March freeze damaged the top flower buds and the secondary flower buds...
How Mobb Deep's Prodigy changed rap music with 8 words

How Mobb Deep's Prodigy changed rap music with 8 words

It's just eight words - "I'm only 19, but my mind is old" - but it might be the most paralyzing rap lyric ever written, the kind of declaration that makes your pulse quicken while your blood cools in your capillaries, the kind of blunt-force poetry that activates an impossible swirl of excitement, dread, sorrow and sympathy.  It arrived in 1995 on the lips of Prodigy, co-founder of...
Make cheese? Yes, please

Make cheese? Yes, please

We gathered at 8 a.m., four professional cheese-makers and me. By rights, I should have used the door labeled, “Cheese Connoisseur Entry.” Instead, I came in the door marked, “Cheese Makers Only.” I was in Sandy Springs at CalyRoad Creamery to watch CalyRoad founder Robin Schick, head cheese-maker David Rospond, Margout Abatto and Bill Hayes turn gallons and gallons of milk...
Be a braai master with the new Kudu grill

Be a braai master with the new Kudu grill

South African-inspired, and designed and built in Macon, Ga., the Kudu Safari Braai may well be the next big thing in backyard grilling. Touted as a multifunction grill, griddle, and fire pit, the portable, multi-level system brings a degree of precision to handling live fire, offering creative ways to cook over charcoal, wood or a combination of the two. Kudu founder Stebin Horne got the idea for...
Parsley helps balance out duck egg recipe that’s great for summer

Parsley helps balance out duck egg recipe that’s great for summer

The Lilburn Farmers Market opened for its eighth season on June 2 with vendors offering “a little bit of everything,” says market manager Mandy McManus. “We’ll have eight to 10 farmers every week, and that means a third of our vendors are bringing produce. We also have meat, honey, eggs, coffee, jelly, salsa, bread and more.” McManus is not only the manager, she&rsquo...
Eyecatchers

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MOISTURE MATTERS Keep track of skin moisture levels with a new meter from H2O Plus Beauty. The Mili measures skin moisture on face, hands, eyes and neck and displays results through an app. It is available as part of a promotion packaged with H2O Plus Beauty Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream ($42) or Hydrating Treatment ($38). The Hydrating Treatment features a blend of humectants and emollients to hydrate...
Twenty One Pilots rant means they won’t be headlining Coachella anytime soon

Twenty One Pilots rant means they won’t be headlining Coachella anytime soon

Twenty One Pilots took time out of their headlining set at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware Friday night to slam California’s popular music fest, Coachella, in what is now a viral moment. It’s probably safe to say that they won’t be getting a call to headline Coachella, let alone perform there, anytime soon.  Band front man Tyler Joseph told the crowd...
9 places to melt over sno-cones around Atlanta

9 places to melt over sno-cones around Atlanta

Sno-cone season is here and Atlanta has plenty of shaved ice and snoballs to melt over! While there's not exactly an avalanche of sno-cone spots in the Atlanta area, there is a flurry of businesses serving up these icy concoctions in every tasty flavor under the sun. Whether you favor the traditional, Hawaiian, or the sweetness called "shaved snow," these food trucks, storefronts and small...
Bust relief of Hitler among hidden trove of suspected Nazi artifacts found in Argentina

Bust relief of Hitler among hidden trove of suspected Nazi artifacts found in Argentina

In a hidden room in a house near Argentina's capital, police believe they have found the biggest collection of Nazi artifacts in the country's history, including a bust relief of Adolf Hitler, magnifying glasses inside elegant boxes with swastikas and even a macabre medical device used to measure head size. Some 75 objects were found in a collector's home in Beccar, a suburb north of Buenos Aires...
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will launch on CBS in September

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will launch on CBS in September

“Star Trek” is still living long and prospering with its newest fleet landing on CBS’ streaming service in September. “Star Trek: Discovery,” a 15-episode prequel to the iconic adventures of Capt. Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, will launch on CBS on Sept. 24. The first and second episode will be available for streaming that same night immediately following the broadcast...
Pretty girls like trap yoga too

Pretty girls like trap yoga too

Depending on who you consult, Atlanta is considered the trap capital. The music genre popularized by Southern artists like Young Jeezy and T.I. was initially focused on drug dealing and the struggles of poverty. Trap music has been around from more than two decades, but in recent years, the style has spread to artists outside of rap culture. It was just a matter of time before it spread to other industries...
Guns kill nearly 1,300 children a year in U.S., study finds

Guns kill nearly 1,300 children a year in U.S., study finds

On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study that will be in the July issue of “Pediatrics” and its recommendations in response to the study. “Childhood Firearm Injuries in the United States” is the largest study to look at the number of gun-related injuries and death in children and adolescents. It looked at numbers from National Vital Statistics System...
Healthy Cooking: Cutting the pork from collard greens

Healthy Cooking: Cutting the pork from collard greens

I am a kale woman married to a meat-and-potatoes man. Our relationship works because I cook him beef, and he holds our hound dog while I dress her in costumes. So when I want a restaurant meal that’s vegetable-forward, I buy myself lunch at a lovely little Ethiopian place. I’m obsessed with its gomen wat: tender collard greens, spicy ginger and some sort of magic that makes me crave it...
Lisa DeMoss, 46, of Marietta, Ga., lost 31 pounds

Lisa DeMoss, 46, of Marietta, Ga., lost 31 pounds

Former weight: 190 pounds Current weight: 159 pounds Pounds lost: 31 pounds Height: 5 feet 5 inches Age: 46 years How long she’s kept it off: “I started August 1, 2016, and reached my current weight on May 15, 2017,” DeMoss says. Personal life: “I live in the east Cobb area of Marietta, where I work as an administrative director for a local Chick-fil-A franchisee. I have been...
Which fabrics are best for planet?

Which fabrics are best for planet?

In the Garden of Eden, figuring out what to wear was easy and the fig leaves were environmentally friendly. Today, it’s much harder to find clothes that don’t have some kind of negative impact on the planet. Textile manufacturers use complicated chemical and industrial processes to make clothing materials, from cotton to synthetic fibers. And while the environmental consequences aren&rsquo...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

A: Stonewall Kitchen makes your maple-bacon balsamic dressing. And while it works on salads, this sweet and savory dressing also pairs well with roasted vegetables and grilled meats. The dressing includes maple syrup, canola oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and bacon bits. You can get 11-ounce bottles of the dressing for $5.39 at DeKalb Farmers Market, 3000 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, 404-377-6400...
‘Dear Evan Hansen’ soundtrack to be released on vinyl

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ soundtrack to be released on vinyl

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The soundtrack to “Dear Evan Hansen” landed in the Billboard 200 with a smash upon its release in February. Now the Tony-decorated musical will have its songs unveiled on vinyl this summer, when “Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording)” arrives July 21. Pre-orders are available here. The soundtrack for the Ben Platt-fronted show...
KISS guitarist Gene Simmons says famous rocker hand symbol belongs to him, files for trademark

KISS guitarist Gene Simmons says famous rocker hand symbol belongs to him, files for trademark

Rocker Gene Simmons is trying to trademark a hand gesture he and other rock ‘n’ rollers are known for called the “devil’s horns” or “metal horns,” but the gesture as used by Simmons also means “I love you” in sign language.  The KISS guitarist filed an application last week that included a drawing of the gesture with the index and pinky...
VOTE: What is the best seafood restaurant in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best seafood restaurant in Atlanta?

Atlanta may be landlocked, but we sure do know our stuff when it comes to seafood. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is all about who serves up the best bites from the sea.  Perhaps you need to do a little sampling before casting your vote. Awaken your seafood taste buds at these Atlanta restaurants.  There are few things better than Cajun seafood done right. Hit up these joints...
Squash casserole is a classic at S&S Cafeteria

Squash casserole is a classic at S&S Cafeteria

From the menu of … S & S Cafeteria, 2002 Campbellton Road SW, Atlanta; 404-755-2005; sscafeterias.com The folks at S & S Cafeteria were happy to share their recipe. They make it with 5 pounds, 25 pounds and even 35 pounds of squash at a time. We’ve scaled it back for home cook use to half the smallest size recipe. One secret to the recipe is that they steam the squash and then save...
Wes Moss: Does the stock market high spell danger?

Wes Moss: Does the stock market high spell danger?

Despite the fierce political environment in Washington, Wall Street (and Main Street) have had a solid 2017 so far. In recent weeks, all three major stock indexes have scored record closes. Although we’re in the midst of a bull market, some investors are leery. The question on their minds: Does the market at all-time highs signal danger? Why the hand-wringing? We are, after all, still living...
Mushrooms reach pinnacle browned in butter, cradled in crust

Mushrooms reach pinnacle browned in butter, cradled in crust

Raw is a brilliant state for lettuce, for talent, for truth. Not so much for mushroom. Uncooked, the mushroom is edible, but barely. It offers a spongy bite of bland. How the naked mushroom sneaked onto the salad plate — and why — remains a mystery. Hunched and humble, the mushroom needs coaxing. Browned in butter, spiked with sherry and cradled in a crisp crust, it reveals its tangle...
I made cloud eggs (thanks, Instagram) and it was not worth the fluff

I made cloud eggs (thanks, Instagram) and it was not worth the fluff

Move over cronuts (391,000 posts), avocado toast (101,900) and gravity cakes (675): #cloudeggs (5,000 and another 1,000-plus when you drop the “s”) are having a moment on Instagram. What are cloud eggs? They’re a picture-perfect whipped egg white nest that is lightly browned in the oven then finished with a sunny egg yolk in the middle. Somebody has already trademarked CloudEggs...
Rioja grapples with how to define its best wines

Rioja grapples with how to define its best wines

The wine was an extraordinary pleasure, a mellow red with a texture somewhere between silk and velvet that didn’t so much invite as demand a next sip. The flavors were both sweet and tart, more cranberry than raspberry and fresh. The wine extended well into the complex territory of tobacco, smoke and leather, with a touch of vanilla from its long rest in old American oak vats. There was polish...
For slaws with staying power, go cabbage-free

For slaws with staying power, go cabbage-free

When it comes to picnic and potluck contributions, almost everyone welcomes coleslaw. So, why is it that what lands on the table is often store-bought? I contend the fault lies entirely with the cabbage. Unless you are serving the entire elementary school population, one square mile of a neighborhood or the largest-ever family reunion, an entire head of cabbage makes a heckuva lot of slaw. Let&rsquo...
Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kenya Moore reveals photos from her secret wedding

Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kenya Moore reveals photos from her secret wedding

Is she is or is she ain’t…married? Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore seems to have married her businessman beau last week at a private ceremony in St. Lucia. While she has said she is keeping his identity a secret, Moore did post a seaside snap of the happy moment on IG this past weekend: And then came another post on Father’s Day: In an exclusive interview with People...
7 most romantic spots to celebrate your anniversary around Atlanta

7 most romantic spots to celebrate your anniversary around Atlanta

If you're celebrating your anniversary in Atlanta, you have many romantic spots to make the occasion that much more special. The ideal location to celebrate your lives together and plans for the future depends on the individual couple, of course, but the following are seven of the most romantic spots to celebrate your anniversary around Atlanta: Nikolai's Roof, on the top floor of the Hilton Atlanta...
Beyonce’s dad confirms birth, ‘Happy Birthday to the twins!, love Granddad’

Beyonce’s dad confirms birth, ‘Happy Birthday to the twins!, love Granddad’

Beyonce’s father Matthew Knowles has confirmed the singer and her husband, hip hop mogul Jay Z, are the proud parents of  twins. “Happy Birthday to the twins! Love Granddad,” Knowles said on Twitter Sunday.  It’s the first public confirmation that, in fact, Beyonce has delivered the twins. Rampant speculation and anonymous sources last week claimed the singer had...
Online design service can help refresh space

Online design service can help refresh space

Need help styling your foyer? Art for a blank wall? New throw pillows for a blah couch? Atlanta-based SwatchPop!, an online interior design service, can help refresh your space. Owners: Jessica McRae and Kristen Yonson grew up in Alpharetta and were classmates at Chattahoochee High School (class of 2000). Jessica attended the University of Georgia, where she studied public relations and Kristen went...
Grants from NEA help Georgia arts organizations

Grants from NEA help Georgia arts organizations

Once threatened with extinction, the National Endowment for the Arts, with encouragement from Congress, is moving ahead, and recently announced its spring grants. Those grants include $2.7 million to 16 different Georgia organization, most of them in Atlanta. These grants are among the $82 million that the federal agency will distribute to support the arts in every state, plus the District of Columbia...
Let’s take a short vacation from noise each day

Let’s take a short vacation from noise each day

I was in the toy department, looking for a birthday gift, when I accidentally brushed against a shelf — and the robotic voices of action figures began yapping at me. On the drive home, I selected a country music station, but turned it off when advertisers yammered about pain relief and weight loss. Back at home, I brewed a cup of tea, opened the front door — and drank in the delicious...
Yoko Ono set to receive credit as co-songwriter of ‘Imagine’

Yoko Ono set to receive credit as co-songwriter of ‘Imagine’

John Lennon’s 1971 song “Imagine” is considered one of his masterpieces. Rolling Stone once called it his “greatest musical gift to the world.” It was also undeniably inspired by Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono. Indeed, Lennon drew portions of the lyrics in “Imagine” from Ono’s 1964 poetry book, “Grapefruit.” And in a 1980 video interview,...
Greyhound races are practically a thing of the past, except in Florida

Greyhound races are practically a thing of the past, except in Florida

PALM BEACH, Fla. — During the third race on a recent sweltering Sunday at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, a sleek black greyhound named Atascocita Laden broke from the pack early in the 545-yard course and sprinted to a decisive victory. There was nothing overly surprising about the result: Atascocita Laden was a favorite, and the tip sheets had him picked to finish in the money. For some Americans...
Talk show host Wendy Williams gives fans extra access with new app

Talk show host Wendy Williams gives fans extra access with new app

From the time she first sat in the chair and came into our homes via her talk show, Wendy Williams has been unstoppable. Even the uninitiated have adopted the daytime diva’s lexicon. Don’t believe me? Ask the handful of those who have never seen the show, and surely they can immediately spit back Williams’ well-known catchphrase: “How you doin’?” in her distinct...
Life with Gracie: Who steps in when parents’ drug use unravels children’s lives?

Life with Gracie: Who steps in when parents’ drug use unravels children’s lives?

The men on Breckenridge Court in north Fulton adopted Aaron, then Katherine and Will because their mother preferred being high on cocaine to caring for them. Aaron is 10 now, Katherine is 8 and Will is 7, the sons and daughter of Jim Bass and Ken Adcox of Alpharetta. They are also Jim Bass’ niece and nephews, children of an ever-increasing number of families unraveling because their parents...
Brown thrasher is a role model for Father’s Day

Brown thrasher is a role model for Father’s Day

Like numerous other bird lovers in spring and summer, I delight in watching our songbirds — cardinals, bluebirds, blue jays, brown thrashers — as they go about building nests, incubating eggs, feeding babies, defending territories and, finally, producing fledglings. In all of this, the males seem as devoted as the females in feeding and caring for their offspring. So, on this Father&rsquo...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

6/ 25 Family Sunday Prepare Oven-Roasted Lemon Herb Spatchcock Chicken (see recipe). Accompany the juicy chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and brussels sprouts garnished with crumbled bacon. Add dinner rolls. For dessert, coconut macaroons and orange sherbet are a perfect combination. Plan ahead: Save enough...
Dealing with an upside-down, inside-out, and backwards parent-view

Dealing with an upside-down, inside-out, and backwards parent-view

Many of today’s parents suffer (and suffer they do, albeit a good number seem to feel their suffering is a sign of conscientious parenting) from what I call “upside-down, inside-out, and backwards parent-view disorder.” First, an explanation of the term “parent-view.” Just as one’s worldview consists of beliefs concerning the meaning and purpose of human existence...
Dancer trades corporate gig for fitness passion

Dancer trades corporate gig for fitness passion

Dwight Holt was nearing the end of his workout one summer day in 2014 when he noticed someone mimicking his rhythmic fitness moves. When he shuffled to the left, she shuffled to the left. When he hopped two steps backward, she hopped two steps backward. “I caught her peeping at me. I didn’t have to turn around to look, because I saw her in the mirror. Everything that I did, she would do...
Teen cancer survivor with partial amputation ‘unstoppable’ as athlete

Teen cancer survivor with partial amputation ‘unstoppable’ as athlete

A cancer diagnosis can be crushing for a person of any age, but Matthew McMahon, an avid athlete, learned he had the disease when he was only 11 years old. In the moments after the doctor delivered the news, McMahon remembers almost blacking out. He felt weak all over and started seeing spots as his mind tried to make sense of this new, jarring reality. But, regaining control, the boy vowed to not...
‘All Eyez on Me’ not quite worthy of its subject

‘All Eyez on Me’ not quite worthy of its subject

Rapper Tupac Shakur was a revolutionary, a controversial, brilliant artist cut down in his prime, who only became more iconic after his death. The son of a Black Panther, a high school chum of Jada Pinkett Smith, and a vanguard of West Coast gangsta rap, Shakur endured, and produced, far more in his 25 years than most ever do, and his life story has been overdue for the biopic treatment, especially...
Larry the Cable Guy takes pride in being part of ‘Cars’ franchise

Larry the Cable Guy takes pride in being part of ‘Cars’ franchise

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Larry the Cable Guy (whose real name is Daniel Whitney) feels blessed to have been cast to provide the voice for the lovable pickup truck, Mater, in the “Cars” movies. He went back behind the microphone for more recording sessions to speak for Mater in “Cars 3,” which races into theaters today. Larry’s voicing of the tow truck has been heard in...
Brendan Fraser still has loyal fans

Brendan Fraser still has loyal fans

The new “Mummy” reboot is getting pilloried by critics — and that’s delightful news for one group of movie fans. “Tom Cruise’s Mummy is a flop,” reads the top post on the Brendan Fraser-devoted subreddit. (Yes, such a thing exists.) “Join me in boycotting this. Send a message to the studios! #BetterWithBrendan.” Fraser’s fans are reveling...
Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

“At home, I see him as Dad. When people call him ‘Chef’ it’s so strange to see him as Chef Linton Hopkins.” Linton Hopkins Jr. is sitting in the corner booth at Restaurant Eugene, discussing what it’s like to be the son of one of Atlanta’s preeminent chefs and restaurateurs. The 18-year-old has grown up watching his father and mother, Gina, build a restaurant...
Life with Gracie: How an interior designer built a Rainbow Village for homeless

Life with Gracie: How an interior designer built a Rainbow Village for homeless

The year Nancy Yancey arrived at this place now known as Rainbow Village, the nonprofit was doing its best to help change the lives of homeless families in a single-story wood-frame house in Norcross. Rainbow House opened its doors in 1991 thanks to a $25,000 gift to Christ Episcopal Church as an outreach mission that amounted to about four months of respite care for some of Gwinnett County&rsquo...
20 years ago, Brick Store Pub began climb as beer bar, Decatur fixture

20 years ago, Brick Store Pub began climb as beer bar, Decatur fixture

One late afternoon, three old friends are huddled together, reminiscing and joking while having a round at a table in the Belgian Bar, the cozy, dimly lit upstairs annex of the Brick Store Pub in Decatur. It’s a reunion of sorts for Dave Blanchard, Tom Moore and Mike Gallagher, who partnered to open the Brick Store on June 27, 1997, not knowing that it would become both a beloved neighborhood...
Review: New burger spot in Forest Park deserves spot on ‘best of’ list

Review: New burger spot in Forest Park deserves spot on ‘best of’ list

When it comes to food, listicles abound. Who’s got the best barbecue? The best brunch? The best fried chicken? Such rankings can turn into quite the food fight for those impassioned by all things culinary. Like me with baguettes. (You should see the ridiculous spreadsheet I kept that time I wrote a piece on top baguettes. Did some bat-shaped bread really require that many columns...
Review: Eat your vegetables at Mediterranea

Review: Eat your vegetables at Mediterranea

Like most people I know, I often aspire to eat a little better than I do. More vegetables, smaller portions, local ingredients, that sort of thing. But, of course, life tends to get in the way. It ends up being easier to grab a cheeseburger from a neighborhood joint than finding and preparing a meal from, say, locally grown eggplants. This apparent gap between my aspirations and actual life leaves...
‘The Book of Henry’ is irresistible because it’s so confounding

‘The Book of Henry’ is irresistible because it’s so confounding

The best films are the ones that require some active, alert viewing. They depend upon a degree of audience interpretation and provide a minimum of predigested pablum. They are films that cannot be reviewed, let alone discussed, in the traditional way. They are dense, vibrant and they keep us off balance until the final fade out. Ideally even longer. I don’t want to oversell the virtues of that...
‘Cars 3’ is merely sketch of a movie

‘Cars 3’ is merely sketch of a movie

The wheel on that screen keeps on turning, as a third installment of the “Cars” franchise rolls into theaters, in an obvious attempt to churn out more grist for the merchandising mill. It’s ironic then, that one of the plot points in the film involves the distasteful option that Lightning McQueen might have to sell out, slapping his number and likeness on everything from mud flaps...
‘47 Meters Down’ is thrilling summer fun

‘47 Meters Down’ is thrilling summer fun

We’re going to need a bigger cage. The “Jaws” jokes write themselves with “47 Meters Down,” a surprisingly effective shark-in-the-dark thriller that makes for frighteningly fun summer escapism. Horror director Johannes Roberts (“The Other Side of the Door”) knows what the audience wants in a film like this — two sisters trapped in a dive cage surrounded...
Major work by contemporary artist Kara Walker acquired by High Museum

Major work by contemporary artist Kara Walker acquired by High Museum

Contemporary artist Kara Walker grew up in the shadow of Stone Mountain, one of the largest memorials celebrating the heroes of the Confederacy, and she recently discussed how that monument has affected her own cut-paper art. “I make work that’s historical, that’s profiled, that’s cut out,” she told Vulture.com. “There was a moment, looking up at it, where...
Nintendo: Super NES Classic Edition with 21 games will hit stores in September

Nintendo: Super NES Classic Edition with 21 games will hit stores in September

More than 25 years after the Super Nintendo Entertainment System hit store shelves and two months after Nintendo stopped production on its revamped NES Classic Edition, the company announced Monday that the Super NES will be back in a mini version slated for a September release. The Super NES Classic Edition will come with 21 classic games installed, including Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy III...

Tension flared between Atlanta rappers Migos and Joe Budden at BET Awards

Members of the Atlanta rap group Migos didn’t take kindly to an abrupt mic-drop end to an interview at Sunday’s BET Awards. MORE: Migos rep refutes claim they wouldn’t perform with drag queens Migoz’ new “Deadz” video was filmed at this Atlanta landmark Actually things weren’t going that great even before Joe Budden up and bolted. He, DJ Akademiks and ...
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