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Johns Creek’s Angelica Hale in ‘AGT’ finals: ‘she’s almost freakishly talented’

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT — “Live Results 5” Episode 1222 — Pictured: Angelica Hale — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC) This was posted on Sunday, September 17, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Angelica Hale of Johns Creek is a pixie sweet 10-year-old girl who is super excited about her new baby sister Abigail, who is all of three...
Irma’s Carribean rage blew fear into Union City woman’s heart

Irma’s Carribean rage blew fear into Union City woman’s heart

Candida Gibson listened in disbelief as meteorologists warned that Hurricane Irma had zeroed in on her native Barbuda, packing 185 mph winds. She tracked the monster storm’s path on television and an Antiguan news outlet on the internet. Tears welled up in her eyes as she thought about her parents, other relatives and friends who still lived in the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. She...

TV stops to bask in its own glory and note some of its progress

This is us, up to our eyeballs in great television, and grateful for the distraction. Host Stephen Colbert stuck to this theme in his jaunty opening musical number at Sunday’s exuberant 69th Primetime Emmy Awards show on CBS. “My HBO Go password is SEXBOT1-2-3,” he sang. “The world’s a little better on TV.” He was joined in cameo appearances from the likes of Julia...
Theater review: Georgia Ensemble explores ‘Once on This Island’

Theater review: Georgia Ensemble explores ‘Once on This Island’

Imaginatively directed and choreographed by Ricardo Aponte, and joyously performed by a vibrant 11-member cast — under the musical direction of the peerless S. Renee Clark, leading an invigorating five-piece band on piano — Georgia Ensemble Theatre opens its 25th-anniversary season with a bang to make the outgoing Robert Farley proud. (Farley, who co-founded the Roswell company, is stepping...
Grits dinner hosted by a James Beard Award-winning chef, Cobb Restaurant Week and more in metro Atlanta this week

Grits dinner hosted by a James Beard Award-winning chef, Cobb Restaurant Week and more in metro Atlanta this week

James Beard Award-winning chef Virginia Willis to host a four-course grits dinner at Food 101. Photo credit: 101 Concepts. Three-course prix fixe dinners during Cobb Restaurant Week. Grits dinner hosted by a James Beard Award-wining chef. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared...
The Giving Kitchen starts fund to assist Hurricane Irma victims in Georgia

The Giving Kitchen starts fund to assist Hurricane Irma victims in Georgia

Sam Wohlfeil removes sandbags from the front of the Fannies Your Aunt store on River Street in Savannah on Sept. 12. / Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com Hurricane Irma has come and gone, causing serious damage to much of Florida and many parts of Georgia. Atlanta-based non-profit The Giving Kitchen — the charitable arm of much-lauded Edgewood...
Kids eat free at this chain restaurant all week

Kids eat free at this chain restaurant all week

Kids eat free at Zoës Kitchen this week. Photo credit: Zoës Kitchen. Weeknight dinners are easier with when you have a little help. Zoës Kitchen is offering a free kids meal with the purchase of a regular entrée after 3 p.m. now through Sept. 22. Kids menu meals include shrimp kabab, grilled chicken fingers and pizza piadina. To cash in on this offer...
This Life with Gracie: Are white churches doing Christianity right?

This Life with Gracie: Are white churches doing Christianity right?

As Hurricane Irma barreled toward us last week, I was hunkered down at home putting the finishing touches on a less threatening story and half-listening to the television. Then at precisely the moment my husband switched the channel from the weather forecast to ABC’s “The View,” I was forced to lean in. Robert E. Lee IV was speaking, and the mixed-race audience was going wild with...
Ludacris performs for PGA Tour Championship kickoff event in downtown Atlanta

Ludacris performs for PGA Tour Championship kickoff event in downtown Atlanta

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene It was fitting that Ludacris bounded onstage, in his dark shades and “Mastermind” shirt, to the engaging thumps of “Welcome to Atlanta.” The hometown rapper was playing to a crowd that likely included many visitors in town to celebrate the 2017 PGA Tour Championship event for the third consecutive year. Before Luda...
Miranda Coleman, 31, of Lithonia lost 59 pounds

Miranda Coleman, 31, of Lithonia lost 59 pounds

Former weight: 207 pounds Current weight: 148 pounds Pounds lost: 59 pounds Height: 5 feet 8.5 inches Age: 31 years How long she’s kept it off: She started with a new year’s resolution in January and reached her current weight in September. Personal life: “I have a 4-year-old daughter named Madisyn, a 1-year-old son, Cooper, and my husband, Daniel. … My husband is beyond amazing...
Style South brings shopping events, fashion show to the Shops Buckhead Atlanta

Style South brings shopping events, fashion show to the Shops Buckhead Atlanta

Hundreds of locals hit the Shops Buckhead Atlanta this weekend for the second annual Style South. The event, a day-long series of special shopping events culminating in an outdoor fashion show, began on Thursday with a kick-off party at Buckhead Art & Company. By Saturday evening, more than 300 people made their way to the plaza for a runway presentation featuring a range of retailers...
First Look: Bar Mercado debuts Spanish tapas at Krog Street Market

First Look: Bar Mercado debuts Spanish tapas at Krog Street Market

Bar Mercado crispy chicken legs with romesco and blanched almonds, and Churros with spiced sugar and hot chocolate. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Last week, Castellucci Hospitality Group — Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, Iberian Pig, Sugo — officially opened Bar Mercado. The Spanish tapas restaurant took over the Krog Street Market ...
Six great spots to see fall foliage close to Atlanta

Six great spots to see fall foliage close to Atlanta

Every year, Georgia’s leaves turn dramatic shades of yellow, burnt orange, deep magenta, even crimson. It’s that time of year. “When will the leaves change?” is the question park rangers hear most often once cooler temperatures arrive. Typically, Georgia’s mountain parks peak in hues in late October; however, color can be seen as early as September and throughout much...
Barbecue chain opens its first metro Atlanta location, has plans for a second

Barbecue chain opens its first metro Atlanta location, has plans for a second

The City Barbecue menu includes a variety of barbecue staples. / Photo from the City Barbecue Facebook page Decatur has a new spot for barbecue. Ohio-based City Barbecue opened its first metro Atlanta location today in the Decatur Crossing development at 2511 Blackmon Drive in Decatur. The fast-casual restaurant offers up barbecue staples including ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken...
New pizza restaurant slated for south Buckhead

New pizza restaurant slated for south Buckhead

Pizza from Atwood’s. / Photo Credit: Tomas Espinoza The team behind established pizza spots Atwoods Pizza in Midtown, Hearth Pizza Tavern in Sandy Springs and Camps Kitchen & Bar in Marietta has a new pizza spot in the works. Howell’s is slated to open in November...
VOTE: What is the best fall festival in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best fall festival in Atlanta?

With the first day of fall coming Friday, Sept. 22, it’s the official start to fall festival season −marked by colorful leaves, cooler temps and the promise of the holidays. This week's Best of Atlanta poll wants to know which fall festival is your favorite to revel in the fall colors and cooler weather. When fall arrives in Atlanta, we head for the hills. Here are five family-friendly...
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Kate Walsh faced real-life medical battle with brain tumor

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Kate Walsh faced real-life medical battle with brain tumor

“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” star Kate Walsh is very familiar with playing a doctor on TV, but nothing could have prepared her for the moment she learned she had a brain tumor. Walsh opened up about the diagnosis in a new interview with Cosmopolitan, explaining that she was diagnosed with a benign meningioma the size of a lemon in 2015. She had the...
Atlanta-area mom of 5 turns hobby into health and wellness empire

Atlanta-area mom of 5 turns hobby into health and wellness empire

As a mother of five and business owner, Janell Stephens has always led a busy life. When she did have free time, she often spent it in the kitchen. Natural ingredients were an important part of the vegan meals she whipped up and they were also the basis for the skin care products she created to address the diaper rash and eczema that her children were experiencing. &ldquo...
Buy This: 3 grape products you need in your life

Buy This: 3 grape products you need in your life

Fall brings the grape harvest and for the Southeast, that means muscadines. We’re huge fans, loving the flavor. But the seeds and tough skins put a lot of people off. These folks have taken the work out of eating muscadines. Butterfields Muscadine Grape Buds Sometimes you just want a tiny taste of something sweet. And when that something sweet tastes like muscadines, all the better...
Free meal for metro Atlanta first responders now today and tomorrow

Free meal for metro Atlanta first responders now today and tomorrow

Free meal for metro Atlanta first responders now today and tomorrow at Macaroni Grill. Photo credit: Fitzgerald Petersen Communications. As a thank you to first responders during Hurricane Irma, metro Atlanta police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics will receive a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti entrée now through Sept. 19 at all three metro Atlanta...
Music Midtown Day 2 concert reviews and photos: Future, Mumford & Sons, HAIM and more

Music Midtown Day 2 concert reviews and photos: Future, Mumford & Sons, HAIM and more

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI and RODNEY HO/AJC Music Scene (This story was originally posted at 1:50 a.m. Sept. 18, 2017.) Early Sunday afternoon at Piedmont Park, Peter Conlon was sporting a smile. “Of all the weekend events (in Atlanta), we beat ’em all,” he said. Conlon, the president of Live Nation Atlanta, which produces the annual two-day Music Midtown festival at the park, had reason...
Music Midtown 2017 Day 1 concert reviews and photos: Bruno Mars, Blink-182 and more

Music Midtown 2017 Day 1 concert reviews and photos: Bruno Mars, Blink-182 and more

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI, HELENA OLIVIERO and YVONNE ZUSEL/AJC Music Scene There was plenty of humidity, more than a few large patches of mud, but not a drop of rain as Music Midtown 2017 rolled through the first of its two days on Saturday. More than 70,000 music fans were expected to pack Piedmont Park for almost 10 hours of music that included notable sets from Vintage...
Comedy Central extends Trevor Noah through 2022

Comedy Central extends Trevor Noah through 2022

Comedy Central is staying in the Trevor Noah business. The network announced Thursday that it had agreed to a contract extension to keep Noah in place as host of “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” through 2022. The deal comes as Noah, who replaced a departing Jon Stewart, approaches his second anniversary at “The Daily Show” on Sept. 28. “I’m thrilled to be continuing...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Dead & Company, Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Dead & Company, Trans-Siberian Orchestra

John Mayer will join Dead & Company again when they return in November. Photo: Robb D. Cohen /RobbsPhotos.com 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  ...
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Atlanta Concerts this week: UB40, Arcade Fire

Atlanta Concerts this week: UB40, Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire comes to town on Sept. 21. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY The B-52s To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the band that will be forever tied to Athens is taking a novel approach and performing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. In a recent interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, singer Fred Schneider said, “We’ll do our set and the...
Shove over, Halloween. Hallmark’s 67-dayChristmas movie marathon starts on Oct. 27

Shove over, Halloween. Hallmark’s 67-dayChristmas movie marathon starts on Oct. 27

Ho, ho, ho, Halloween, the joke’s really on you this year. Cable TV powerhouse Hallmark says that the 2017 version of its insanely popular -- and  nonstop, as in airing 24/7 -- holiday movie season will kick off on Oct. 27. That’s four days before trick-or-treating happens. And one day earlier than 2016’s mistletoe-y marathon began airing around the clock on Hallmark Channel...
Barbecue and beer venue to be part of new Marietta Whole Foods and other top Atlanta dining news from the week

Barbecue and beer venue to be part of new Marietta Whole Foods and other top Atlanta dining news from the week

Whole Foods will open in Kennesaw next month. / (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) Whole Foods Market is set to open a new store on Friday, Oct. 6 in Kennesaw at 1300 Ernest Barrett Parkway. A relocation of Whole Foods Market’s Harry’s Farmers Market store in Marietta, which will close October 5, the new store will feature offer opening day product demonstrations and...
MAP: 5 restaurants that deserve your attention in College Park

MAP: 5 restaurants that deserve your attention in College Park

Ronaldo’s Resto Bar offers a weekday, lunch-only menu of tacos, tostadas and quesadilla / Photo by Ligaya Figueras Eating in College Park is an all-chill, no-frills experience. Nothing about this place is contrived. Rather, it’s a refreshing pocket of Atlanta, one filled with people who couldn’t care less about the tragically hip — and overpriced — Inman Quarter...
Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with these deals, specials and recipes

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with these deals, specials and recipes

Reformation Brewing and Freight Kitchen are pairing up for National Cheeseburger Day. / Contributed photo When it comes to culinary pairings, you can’t get much tastier than a cheeseburger. A juicy patty topped with a slice of cheese — is there anything better? So imagine our delight to find out that Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day.  A whole day set aside...
PBS Vietnam War documentary aims to start national conversation

PBS Vietnam War documentary aims to start national conversation

The Vietnam War is considered by some to be the most divisive war in America since the Civil War. It took ten years for filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick to document the Vietnam War, which Novick said remains unfinished business in American history. It is the war, she said, that Americans have still found it hard to discuss. On Sunday, the 18-hour, 10-part series will premiere on PBS...
Spanish conquers the world with mega-hit “Despacito”

Spanish conquers the world with mega-hit “Despacito”

“Despacito… Quiero respirar tu cuello despacito, deja que te diga cosas al oído, para que te acuerdes si no estás conmigo…” Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few months, you’ve probably heard these lyrics on the radio, thanks to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s infectious reggaetón smash, “Despacito.” It is the...
Christopher Kimball redefines dinner with new ‘Milk Street’ cookbook

Christopher Kimball redefines dinner with new ‘Milk Street’ cookbook

“Ethnic cooking is dead. We are all simply making dinner.” Thus writes Christopher Kimball in the introduction to his new cookbook, “Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street: The New Home Cooking,” published by Little, Brown and Company. If you are among those who, over the years, flipped through the pages of Cook’s Illustrated or tuned in to “America’s Test...
Husker Du’s co-founder and drummer dies at 56

Husker Du’s co-founder and drummer dies at 56

Grant Hart, a drummer, vocalist and songwriter for the influential Minnesota rock band Hüsker Dü, died Wednesday at his home in St. Paul. He was 56. The band’s publicist, Ken Weinstein, said the cause was cancer. Hüsker Dü was formed by Hart, guitarist and singer Bob Mould and bassist Greg Norton in the late 1970s in St. Paul, and soon became known for high-volume blasts...
This Emory Point restaurant’s sandwich is everything it’s cracked up to be

This Emory Point restaurant’s sandwich is everything it’s cracked up to be

Pastrami and egg sandwich at The General Muir. / Photo by Ben Johnson DISH OF THE WEEK: Pastrami and Egg Sandwich at The General Muir By Amanda Coyne Growing up in New York, I attended the private school where my mother taught math. At lunch, students and faculty sat together, eating family style from a platter that was passed around the table. Pastrami day, though infrequent, was the...
“Hookup” over food in Midtown every Friday

“Hookup” over food in Midtown every Friday

“Hookup” over food in Midtown every Friday during a special dinner for two. Photo credit: Caren West PR. Friday nights just got better for you, your bestie, beau or boo. Whether you’re in the mood for a girls/guys night out or a good date, consider The  Friday Hookup at ONE. midtown kitchen , a wallet-friendly dinner...
Learn more about Medicare before open enrollment begins

Learn more about Medicare before open enrollment begins

Every day, 11,000 baby boomers age into Medicare, joining more than 58 million other beneficiaries of the federal health insurance program. Understanding how to enroll and what kind of coverage you’ll need can be a daunting process. “Medicare is not one-size-fits all. It’s complex and can be confusing,” said Gregg Kunemund, CEO of Medicare & Retirement for UnitedHealthcare...
Concert review: The B-52s celebrate 40 years in style with Atlanta Symphony

Concert review: The B-52s celebrate 40 years in style with Atlanta Symphony

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene If you’re wondering how “Roam” sounds with brass, cellos and violas, the answer is – pretty awesome. At the first of a two-night stand at Atlanta Symphony Hall on Thursday, Athens’ beloved quirk-rockers, The B-52s, joined with the Atlanta Symphony for a pair of 45-minute sets that paid tribute...
Music Midtown 2017: Bands Not To Miss – headliners Bruno Mars, Blink-182, Future and Mumford & Sons

Music Midtown 2017: Bands Not To Miss – headliners Bruno Mars, Blink-182, Future and Mumford & Sons

Future will take a headlining stage Sunday night. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Eye of Ramsess Media) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In this week leading up to Music Midtown, we’ll spotlight a handful of artists worth catching at the festival on Sept. 16-17 at Piedmont Park. With the big weekend only a day away, it seems an apt time to spotlight the festival’s four headliners...
Dr. Charles F. Stanley leads life of unwavering faith

Dr. Charles F. Stanley leads life of unwavering faith

I sat on the front row of the audience at the InTouch Ministries broadcast studio, where I was invited to watch the taping of an exclusive interview between two of the most acclaimed pastors of our time. For 45 uninterrupted minutes, Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church, interviewed his dad, Dr. Charles F. Stanley, senior pastor of First Baptist Atlanta since 1971, and president of...
Parents who yell tolerate bad behavior

Parents who yell tolerate bad behavior

Q: I get very frustrated with my children when they don’t obey me, even down to the simplest of instructions, and end up yelling. How does a parent stop yelling at her kids? A: Thank you, thank you, thank you for asking this very pertinent and timely question. Yelling is commonplace among today’s parents (as opposed to 60-plus years ago); therefore, almost everyone reading this column...
Seven-Day Menu Planner

Seven-Day Menu Planner

9/ 24 Family Sunday Enjoy Crispy Roast Chicken With Orange and Thyme for family day. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place a 5- to 7-pound roasting chicken, breast side up, in a shallow roasting pan. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves and coarse salt and pepper all over the skin. Cut 1 large navel orange into thin slices (remove ends) and stuff into cavity...
Not going to Music Midtown 2017? Here’s how you can still use Piedmont Park

Not going to Music Midtown 2017? Here’s how you can still use Piedmont Park

  BY JILL VEJNOSKA/AJC Staff Reporter You and Bruno Mars have something in common this weekend: You can both do your thing in Piedmont Park. If some folks without Music Midtown tickets mistakenly think the whole park is off limits to them this Saturday and Sunday, that’s somewhat understandable. After all, the two-day festival that this year features...
Georgia Archives hosting all-day genealogy session in October

Georgia Archives hosting all-day genealogy session in October

The Georgia Archives is hosting its fifth annual “Archives and Genealogy Day” on October 7 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The free event includes two tracks. Track One, Beginning Basics of Genealogy,” will be an all-day session taught by Laura Carter, former head of the Athens Public Library Genealogy Room. It will cover introductory basics, census records, source citations, analyzing...
Your complete AJC Sepia guide to blue-eyed soul

Your complete AJC Sepia guide to blue-eyed soul

Let’s be real. This could easily be a Hall & Oates playlist. After celebrating African-American Music Appreciation Month, then showing you how to get down at a Family Reunion, and to mark Amy Winehouse’s birthday (Sept. 14), AJC Sepia is back with its latest Spotify Playlist: Blue-eyed Soul.  »Related: AJC Sepia African-American Music Appreciation Month Playlist ...
Why Larry King is talking about his secret lung cancer surgery 

Why Larry King is talking about his secret lung cancer surgery 

Larry King secretly underwent surgery after he was diagnosed with stage 1 lung cancer following his annual physical exam. “I didn’t have any pain, but when they took a chest x-ray the doctor said, ‘There’s a little cloud here…,’” King told People. The 83-year-old was first diagnosed in July after a CAT scan and PET scan. “They said I was lucky...
8 of Atlanta's most underrated food spots worth exploring

8 of Atlanta's most underrated food spots worth exploring

With so much competition for our attention at home and work, it’s easy to overlook the things that don’t make spectacles of themselves — like new restaurants or little shops that fly under the radar. Our Under the Radar guide aims to single out a few of Atlanta’s most underrated places. Some are lesser known but close at hand, some take you off the beaten path, and some...
Brookhaven gets a taste of Bangladesh with new restaurant

Brookhaven gets a taste of Bangladesh with new restaurant

Ruchi Bangladeshi Cuisine is now open in Brookhaven. / Photo from the Ruchi Facebook page There’s a new spot for Bangladeshi food in Atlanta. Surprise! It’s not on Buford Highway. Ruchi Bangladeshi Cuisine, which opened its doors last week at 4847 Peachtree Road in Brookhaven, features an expansive menu of Bengladeshi and Indian staples including butter chicken, vindaloo and...
Music Midtown 2017: Peter Conlon talks about the annual Atlanta music festival

Music Midtown 2017: Peter Conlon talks about the annual Atlanta music festival

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The early-week appearance of Tropical Storm Irma brought a brief halt to the setup of Music Midtown stages at Piedmont Park. But on Wednesday afternoon, under a pulsing sun, crews were busily continuing with the erection of the four stages that this weekend will welcome more than three dozen bands. RELATED>> Your guide to Music Midtown 2017 We...
‘Fallout’ a new play by local playwright hits close to home

‘Fallout’ a new play by local playwright hits close to home

A new play by local playwright Laura King is hitting close to home for many Atlantans. With the metro area still emerging from the impact of its first tropical storm in history, many locals found themselves hunkering down in their homes without basic utilities or decamping for safer locations. “Fallout” tells the story of David and Anna, two acquaintances trapped together in...
Documentary juxtaposes music, politics

Documentary juxtaposes music, politics

“Two Trains Runnin’,” Sam Pollard’s compact, resonant documentary — part essay film, part road picture, part musical anthology — is built around an astonishing historical coincidence. On June 21, 1964, two lost giants of the Delta blues, Skip James and Son House, were found by separate crews of obsessed music fans after weeks of amateur sleuthing along the back...
Why J.J. Abrams is far more than a ‘safe’ pick

Why J.J. Abrams is far more than a ‘safe’ pick

J.J. Abrams has just accepted an assignment that’s a far Wookiee cry from what he delivered just two years ago. Now that Abrams has been announced as the new director of “Star Wars: Episode IX,” fans of the franchise are weighing in, as their opinions of his 2015 film, “The Force Awakens,” color their expectations of his 2019 Star Wars project. Yet making too many comparisons...
This Life with Gracie: Teddy the Spaz Man more than a hound dog

This Life with Gracie: Teddy the Spaz Man more than a hound dog

Teddy the Spaz Man is a 3 1/2-year-old hound mix who lives with a man, a woman, two dogs and a cat, last name Warren at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. The Warrens, Diane and Aaron, first met Teddy at a shelter in October 2014 and brought him home here to Canton, where he has lived happily ever since. You might have heard of him. He’s goofy. He’s funny. He’s every man’s dog...
Review: At Upbeet, tempo is fresh; future looks bright and healthy

Review: At Upbeet, tempo is fresh; future looks bright and healthy

I’ve been stuffing myself with fast food, and for once in my life, I feel good about it. Perhaps that’s because this orgy of eating has not included a single french fry, hamburger or milkshake. No, ma’am. Look for me among the worshipful throngs at Upbeet, Atlanta’s new high altar of fast, clean eating. It’s the latest concept from Young + Hungry Hospitality, the company...
Food Tour: College Park

Food Tour: College Park

Eating in College Park is an all-chill, no-frills experience. Nothing about this place is contrived. Rather, it’s a refreshing pocket of Atlanta, one filled with people who couldn’t care less about the tragically hip — and overpriced — Inman Quarter, or the glitz and glamour of Buckhead. Here, it is locals, and perhaps airport workers, just looking to fill up. And you can fill...
Jennifer Lawrence pushed to the limit in ‘mother!’

Jennifer Lawrence pushed to the limit in ‘mother!’

It’s the houseguests from hell in writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, the bonkers “Mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a couple living in an isolated, rambling country house, who have to contend with some rambunctious invaders. Based off the trailer and poster, many have surmised that this is Aronofsky’s tribute to “Rosemary&rsquo...
‘American Assassin’ is just more gruesome violence

‘American Assassin’ is just more gruesome violence

What role does emotion play in violence? This is the rather high-minded philosophical question at the core of the rather schlocky spy picture “American Assassin,” though the film itself doesn’t offer any clear answers on that. It’s difficult to puzzle out any morals about what motivates violence and how trauma manifests when the film just leans into more and more numbingly...
‘Rebel in the Rye’ all-too-conventional portrait of J.D. Salinger

‘Rebel in the Rye’ all-too-conventional portrait of J.D. Salinger

It is ironic that films about trailblazing artists are so often filled with cliches. Reclusive author J.D. Salinger (1919-2010) famously forbade anyone from adapting his 1951 novel “The Catcher in the Rye” for the big screen. Shane Salerno’s ridiculous 2013 documentary “Salinger” — based on Salerno’s even worse book — proved that Salinger was right to...
Music Midtown 2017: Transportation information, tickets, schedule guide and more

Music Midtown 2017: Transportation information, tickets, schedule guide and more

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Two things we know about this year’s Music Midtown: no hurricanes this weekend, and additional bathrooms on the site at Piedmont Park. The seventh installment of the two-day music festival boasts a quartet of genre-spanning headliners — Bruno Mars, Future, Blink-182 and Mumford & Sons — as well as an undercard...
What’s in a name? A lot for those who change theirs

What’s in a name? A lot for those who change theirs

Before Christopher Frank of Niagara Falls, New York, researched his family tree, he knew his ancestors did not immigrate here by choice. “They were slaves who were shipped here from Africa,” he said, “and recorded as cargo, along with livestock and barrels of rum.” Sure enough, Frank learned the DNA on his mom’s side matches the DNA of members of the Tikar Tribe in Cameroon...
Stephen Colbert rolls out red carpet for Emmys

Stephen Colbert rolls out red carpet for Emmys

LOS ANGELES — Stephen Colbert may be new to the award show-hosting game, but he rolled out the red carpet like a professional on Tuesday morning as part of the run-up to the 69th Emmy Awards, which he will emcee on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. “It’s an honor to be hosting the Emmys, and it’s even more of an honor installing the carpet,” Colbert told the assembled crowd...
Southern-made styles for the home

Southern-made styles for the home

North Carolina-based Terrane Glass Designs handcrafts simple yet elegant glassware for your bar and home. The artist: Colin O’Reilly grew up in Kennesaw, Ga. On a spring break visit in Santa Fe, NM, he got hooked on glass after a visit to a small glass studio. After several apprenticeships, O’Reilly graduated in 2011 from the California College of the Arts with a degree in glass. In Washington...
Author Events Sept. 17-23

Author Events Sept. 17-23

James Forman Jr., “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.” In his insightful history of the rise of mass incarceration, Forman tells the story of how blacks in law enforcement made the war on drugs their own. 7 p.m. Sept. 18. Talk, signing. Free. First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairmont Ave., Decatur, 404-373-1653, georgiacenterforthebook.org Susanne Fincher...
Start fermenting at home

Start fermenting at home

Fermentation has an impact on many of the foods we eat and enjoy. Think pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi and soy sauce. Or miso, yogurt, cheese and sourdough bread. And, of course, the wine and beer we drink had its beginnings in bubbling vessels inoculated by wild microorganisms. Nowadays, fermentation has become a thing. On one hand, the growing interest has been fueled by the quest for a healthier diet...
Crinum bulbs are easy to share

Crinum bulbs are easy to share

Q: I have fifteen crinum plants with beautiful foliage but few blooms because they get little sunshine. I really don’t have much sun at all. When and how do I dig them to donate to a Habitat house? Jo McIver A: I love the idea of donating the flowers to a Habitat for Humanity household. The residents will have a beautiful landscape as well as a nice house. You can leave the bulbs...
Music Midtown 2017: Free tickets giveaway!

Music Midtown 2017: Free tickets giveaway!

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene (Congrats to randomly selected winner Lauren J. and thanks to ALL of you who participated. For the record, the Atlanta artists other than Future performing at Music Midtown are Collective Soul, Daye Jack and Midnight Larks.) Well my friends, the time has come – my annual free tickets giveaway to Music Midtown. Thanks to the folks at the festival...
Lady Gaga talks heartbreak amid soaring success, ending Taylor Kinney engagement 

Lady Gaga talks heartbreak amid soaring success, ending Taylor Kinney engagement 

Singer Lady Gaga is opening up about ending her engagement with boyfriend Taylor Kinney. In a new documentary, the singer revealed that at the time of the split in July 2016, she and Kinney were not in a great place, according to People. “Me and Taylor are fighting, so that sucks. My threshold for bullshit with men is just — I don’t have one anymore. In relationships, you have to...
Take a look at the menu for Bar Mercado, opening this week at Krog Street Market

Take a look at the menu for Bar Mercado, opening this week at Krog Street Market

Pescaito Frito is on the menu at Bar Mercado. / Photo by Heidi Geldhauser The long-awaited tapas concept from the team behind several popular Atlanta restaurants including Cooks & Soldiers is set to open at Krog Street Market this week. Bar Mercado will open its doors for dinner in the former Cockentrice space this Thursday, Sept. 14. Lunch...
Get a free BBQ meal at Shane’s Rib Shack locations this this week

Get a free BBQ meal at Shane’s Rib Shack locations this this week

  Law enforcement officers can get a free meal at Shane’s Rib Shack this week. Photo credit: Shane’s Rib Shack. Shane’s Rib Shack is hosting a police appreciation week. All active law enforcement officers will receive a free meal certificate for a barbecue sandwich, side and a drink now through Sept. 17. Options may include the signature slow-smoked...
$10 cocktail class, oysters and wine event in Alpharetta and more in metro Atlanta this week

$10 cocktail class, oysters and wine event in Alpharetta and more in metro Atlanta this week

Bowl, eat and drink during a fundraiser for pets at Comet Pub and Lanes. Photo credit: Tori Allen PR. $10 cocktail class. Bowling fundraiser for pets. There are several fun, food events happening in Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Thursday, Sept. 14: Here are 10 reasons to visit ...
First Look: Blaze Pizza opens first metro location in Decatur

First Look: Blaze Pizza opens first metro location in Decatur

Blaze Pizza Veg Out signature pizza with zucchini, mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and red sauce dallops. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. The first Blaze Pizza opened in 2012, in Irvine, Calif., and has since spread across the U.S., billed as the “fastest growing fast casual restaurant brand,” with over 200 locations in five years. The first metro Atlanta...
Free burritos at Willy’s Mexicana Grill today

Free burritos at Willy’s Mexicana Grill today

Tucker residents can get free burritos at Willy’s Mexicana Grill today. Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates. Today is your day to get a free burrito. Willy’s Mexicana Grill  will open its newest location in Tucker and to celebrate, the restaurant will give away a free burrito and drink today. Willy’s signature stuffed burritos are made to order...
Healthy Cooking: Okra can be slime-free and fry-free

Healthy Cooking: Okra can be slime-free and fry-free

Cooked okra has a bad reputation for feeling slimy. That would be because, in fact, it can feel slimy. However, I beg you to overlook its lesser quality for one moment, and consider that okra is a veritable treasure-trove of plant-based protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B6, C and K, calcium and potassium. And if the thought of eating your vitamins doesn’t make...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: My parents are leaving for a fairly long road trip in their RV, and there’s not a lot of space. Both of them like Sugar In The Raw for their coffee and tea. I want to get them a box of the small packets, I think there’s about 200. I don’t want to have to order it, and I haven’t found it in stores. Is there anywhere you might suggest? Thanks. Cathy Smith, Atlanta A: Cathy...
Elizabeth A. Miller, 62, of Atlanta lost 135 pounds

Elizabeth A. Miller, 62, of Atlanta lost 135 pounds

SUCCESS STORY /Elizabeth A. Miller, 62: From 310 pounds to 175 pounds Former weight: 310 pounds Current weight: 175 pounds Pounds lost: 135 pounds Height: 5 feet, 4 inches Age: 62 years How long she’s kept it off: “I started on my weight-loss journey with Weight Watchers on Sept. 12, 2014, and reached my current goal weight on May 26, 2017. … I have maintained my goal weight and...
Writers from their 40s to over 100 reflect on growing old

Writers from their 40s to over 100 reflect on growing old

When Nan Narboe reached her 60s, the ground beneath her shifted unsettlingly. She had never lied about her age, but now, when people asked how old she was, she would experience a disconnect. “I had a sense of not knowing what I was talking about when I named my own age,” she said. “I’d never had that experience before and I didn’t much like it.” The feeling, echoed...
Hugh Acheson’s coffee shop opens a second Atlanta location

Hugh Acheson’s coffee shop opens a second Atlanta location

Spiller Park is now open in Toco Hills. / Photo from the Spiller Park Facebook page There’s a new spot to get your caffeine fix in Toco Hills. Spiller Park Coffee, which has a location in Ponce City Market, opened over the weekend in the Toco Hills Shopping Center at 2929 North Druid Hills Road NE, in a space that was formerly home to a shoe...
Remembering Mark Wahlberg’s controversial 9/11 comments on cheating death 

Remembering Mark Wahlberg’s controversial 9/11 comments on cheating death 

Actor Mark Wahlberg caused outrage following the attacks on Sept. 11 when he made comments years later about one of the doomed flights. Wahlberg was supposed to be on board American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, but, at the last minute, he changed his flight to attend a film festival with friends in Toronto. Years later, Wahlberg made headlines after...
VOTE: What is the best sports bar in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best sports bar in Atlanta?

Football is back, and fans are congregating at their favorite sports bars to cheer for their beloved teams. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is focused on finding the best sports bars to show your support while eating delicious bites and drinking frothy beverages. Bring the whole family to these kid-friendly Atlanta breweries where the game is sure to be playing.  Want to celebrate a win...
Here are some meals you can make if you lose power during Hurricane Irma

Here are some meals you can make if you lose power during Hurricane Irma

Make Summer Corn and Buttermilk Soup, Cantaloupe with Feta, Honey and Herbs and Pan Bagnat. / Photo by Chris Hunt Hurricane Irma is on its way to metro Atlanta, and while there’s no telling for sure what the impact will be, all signs point to the area losing power. While we hope the electricity stays on, here are some recipes that don’t require a stove or oven...
Hurricane Irma: Helping kids stay calm and entertained during the storm

Hurricane Irma: Helping kids stay calm and entertained during the storm

School has been cancelled. The kids are home. And depending on how hard Hurricane Irma hits the metro-area, you may or may not have power ( At least 170,000 residents in South Georgia lost power as early Monday morning. ) Read more: Hurricane Irma: All public schools in metro Atlanta closed on Monday It may be tempting to keep the television...
The Freakin Incan to open in Tucker and other top Atlanta dining news from the week

The Freakin Incan to open in Tucker and other top Atlanta dining news from the week

Cheviche de Camarone at The Freakin’ Incan. / AJC file photo Less than a month after M572 announced it would be closing its doors , an established Peruvian restaurant is set to set up shop in the space. The Freakin Incan, the food truck turned brick-and-mortar in Roswell , will open a second location at 2316 Main St. in Tucker at the beginning of October, according to...
Wes Moss: Why stock market valuations matter

Wes Moss: Why stock market valuations matter

As the stock market has risen to near record highs in recent months, some investors have been asking whether it’s still a good time to get into stocks. The answer lies in the concept of investor participation vs. investor perfection. History shows that even investors who had bad timing when buying into stocks, but who stayed in the market for five or more years, ended up making...
New barbecue spot coming to Johns Creek

New barbecue spot coming to Johns Creek

Ribs are on the menu at Rise & Swine / Photo from the Swine & Shine Facebook page The owners of a popular Johns Creek Mexican restaurant are planning to open a barbecue restaurant next door. Mark Ferrara and Ben Lee, who own The Original Brooklyn Cantina at 9945 Jones Bridge Road, are planning to open Swine and Shine, according to Scoop OTP. Lee said the restaurant...
HBO’s ‘Veep’ to end in 2018

HBO’s ‘Veep’ to end in 2018

Could it be that American politics has finally gotten too weird for HBO’s “Veep” to satirize? That’s the feeling after Wednesday’s news that the two-time Emmy-winning comedy series will be concluding its run with Season 7 in 2018. “It became clear that this season should be the last season,” Louis-Dreyfus told The Hollywood Reporter. “We don’t...
Millennials are filling their homes (and the void in their hearts) with plants

Millennials are filling their homes (and the void in their hearts) with plants

On Sunday mornings, Hilton Carter's girlfriend makes herself scarce from their one-bedroom apartment in an old Baltimore mill. Carter, who is 6-5, bearded and the sort of man who wears a denim shirt and a ball cap with his peach shorts, begins a four-hour grooming ritual. Not his own, of course. That would be insane. The hours when others are sipping bottomless mimosas, that's when Carter, a 37-year-old...
Pizza chain will give away free pizza all day today in Decatur

Pizza chain will give away free pizza all day today in Decatur

Blaze Pizza is hosting a free pizza day event from today and everyone gets a free pizza. Photo credit: Paperboy Public Relations. Today’s food holiday is National Cheese Pizza Day, and to celebrate, you get a free pizza! You get a free pizza! Everyone gets a free pizza! (Points Oprah Winfrey-esque at everyone reading this post.) Back to the pizza. As the newest restaurant in Decatur...
One of America’s best pizza makers spills his secrets for superb pies, pastas, sweets and more

One of America’s best pizza makers spills his secrets for superb pies, pastas, sweets and more

  Read this cookbook: “Bianco: Pizza, Pasta, and Other Food I Like” by Chris Bianco (Ecco Books,  $34.99)   By Wendell Brock   America’s artisan-pizza movement might not have happened if it weren’t for Chris Bianco. In the beginning, he was just a kid from an Italian-American family in New York. He started crafting his thin-crust wonders in...
This Life with Gracie: Pizza and the 9/11 terrorist attack

This Life with Gracie: Pizza and the 9/11 terrorist attack

Every year around this time Robert Eisenhardt gets an uncontrollable urge to go outside and be alone. He knows instinctively the moment when a plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center and that he will fall part because, well, that’s what he’s always done. With the 16th anniversary of the terror attack falling on Monday, he will likely spend the day working at Fiserv financial...
Behind the making of Gregg Allman’s final album, ‘Southern Blood’

Behind the making of Gregg Allman’s final album, ‘Southern Blood’

Before his January 2014 tribute concert at the Fox Theatre , Gregg Allman was diagnosed with liver cancer. He was expected to live 12-18 months, but the hearty Allman stretched that prognosis an additional two years, succumbing to the disease May 27 this year. In the interim, he remained musically vital and productive, performing...
Heroes give us glimpse of God’s presence in our world

Heroes give us glimpse of God’s presence in our world

I recently spotted a bug clinging to the ceiling above my bed — and was tempted to run screaming from the house. You see, growing up in Miami, I regarded palmetto bugs as the personification of evil. When my sister and I spotted one scuttling up a wall, we ran to my father, who bravely battled the beast with his trusty broom. After I married, my husband became the heroic slayer of creepy-crawlies...
‘Viceroy’s House’ is melodramatic refresher on partition of India

‘Viceroy’s House’ is melodramatic refresher on partition of India

“Viceroy’s House” is a bit like “Downton Abbey,” only set in Delhi, against the backdrop of India’s independence from English colonial rule. The most obvious similarity is that Hugh Bonneville (“Downton’s” Earl of Grantham) plays the aristocratic lead here: Lord Louis Mountbatten (1900-1979), the last viceroy of India. Mountbatten’s mission...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

9/ 17 Family Sunday Forget the same ol’, same ol’ for family day and enjoy Pork Chops With Sauerkraut and Apples. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium. Brown 4 well-trimmed pork loin chops (about 1 pound total) on both sides for 4 or 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 cups refrigerated sauerkraut (rinsed and drained), 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion, 2 teaspoons...
Fall bird migration ramps up in September

Fall bird migration ramps up in September

With the autumnal equinox (Sept. 22) less than two weeks away, fall bird migration is ramping up, heading to its traditional peak in late September through early October. Hailed as one of nature’s greatest spectacles, “it is a movement of birds almost beyond imagination in sweep and scope,” says famed birder Kenn Kaufman. At peak time, countless numbers of neo-tropical songbirds...
Childhood video-game obsession can lead to adult addiction

Childhood video-game obsession can lead to adult addiction

Responding to my recent columns on video games and smartphones, a reader asks what the problem is, thus proving that these devices can and do cause serious harm to one’s cognitive hardware. He, the father of two boys and a gamer himself, in effect claims that parents are imagining things and researchers are not finding what they are finding. He proposes that video games and smart phones do not...
Magazine offers suggestions for increasing kids’ interest in genealogy

Magazine offers suggestions for increasing kids’ interest in genealogy

Genealogists often bemoan the fact that their children or other younger relatives are not interested in family history. An article in the September issue of Family Tree Magazine, “Think of the Children” by Sunny Jane Morton, highlights seven methods to spark interest in youths. One is using props to tell a story, showing family artifacts or heirlooms as you talk about a relative. Taking...
Atlanta Concerts this week: TLC, One MusicFest

Atlanta Concerts this week: TLC, One MusicFest

TLC headlines the “I Love the ’90s – The Party Continues” tour at Infinite Energy Arena this weekend. Photo: Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Lady Antebellum With a fifth No. 1 album (“Heart Break”), a slinky country-soul single (“You Look Good”) and a tour that will wrap its North ...
Who is Arie Luyendyk Jr., ABC’s surprise choice for the next star of “The Bachelor?”

Who is Arie Luyendyk Jr., ABC’s surprise choice for the next star of “The Bachelor?”

They teased it for days, and when they finally made the announcement Thursday morning, ABC made good on the surprise factor. The next star of “The Bachelor” will be Arie Luyendyk Jr. Who? If you have to ask that, you’re not a dedicated resident of “Bachelor”-land. If you were, you’d know that Luyendyk Jr. was runnerup on Season 8 of “The Bachelorette...
Clarkston’s Proskuneo School of the Arts brings music to all

Clarkston’s Proskuneo School of the Arts brings music to all

While most kids are watching Saturday morning cartoons, dozens of children in Clarkston are taking music classes. Some may still be groggy as they climb to the third floor of the Clarkston International Bible Church, but they are soon awakened by melodies that provide a new, universal language of love. Clarkston is a city known for many different languages and for providing a chance at a new life...
5 reasons to check out Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

5 reasons to check out Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails

Try the jumbo lump crab cakes—accompanied by meyer-lemon goat cheese grits, grilled asparagus and cracked mustard butter sauce–at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails./ Photo by Heidi Geldhauser Many restaurants tout menus with locally sourced ingredients—but how many of them actually grow their own fare? Garden-to-table dining is what you’ll encounter...
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