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After near-death experience, Atlanta teen pursues songwriting dreams

It’s April 18, 2014, at a youth basketball game in Cumming. Ella Collier, 14, trips and falls. Dr. Dawn Mandeville Brown, who is on the sidelines, sees Ella hit the ground. The teenager stays down, unmoving, for longer than she should. It becomes apparent that something is terribly wrong. The teenager’s mother, Linda Collier, makes her way from the bleachers and watches Brown begin chest...
Wes Moss: Do bonds still belong in your portfolio?

Wes Moss: Do bonds still belong in your portfolio?

Pity the poor bond, always runner-up to stocks. We refer to “stocks and bonds,” never “bonds and stocks.” Nobody brags at the watercooler about their smart bonds picks. And, now, bonds are starting to face an even bigger PR problem. And like a lot of PR problems, the bad headlines may be unfair. The current upward movement of interest rates has some investors reconsidering...
New flower show coming to Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2018

New flower show coming to Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2018

Historically, Atlantans have looked forward to a yearly flower show during the gray days of February to enliven the drizzly, post-groundhog winter and to whet the appetite for spring planting yet to come. With roots in the 1930s, the Atlanta Flower Show grew to become the Southeastern Flower Show, a mammoth undertaking that drew tens of thousands of visitors and was staged at convention centers such...
Theater review: ‘Phantom’ a titillating spectacle undimmed by time

Theater review: ‘Phantom’ a titillating spectacle undimmed by time

He lurks in the catacombs of Paris’ Palais Garnier, gliding across the opera house’s subterranean lake in a gondola and coming out to terrorize performers and audiences with flashes of fire and a crashing chandelier. A man who conceals his grotesque face behind a mask and wears his heart on his lacy sleeve, he is of course the tortured antagonist at the center of Andrew Lloyd Webber&rsquo...
Simone Biles: Gold medal Olympic gymnast soars to new heights

Simone Biles: Gold medal Olympic gymnast soars to new heights

She’s likely the smallest person ever to carry the American flag during an Olympics Closing Ceremony. But there’s no disputing that gymnast Simone Biles rose head and shoulders above much of the world at last summer’s Rio Games. Nicknamed “$imoney” for her unfailing ability to nail routines, Biles, 19, triple-flipped, double-twisted and split-leapt her way to the 2016...
Healthy Cooking: Treat yourself to heart-healthy avocado tostadas

Healthy Cooking: Treat yourself to heart-healthy avocado tostadas

I have never met a saturated fat I didn’t love. European butter, buttercream frosting, cream in my coffee — I revel in rich foods that taste as comforting as a hug. But unless you’re living under a rock with your triple cream Brie (no judgment, I’ve been there), you know that the American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fats to keep our tickers happy and healthy...
Marc Jacobs Beauty debuts liquid lip creme

Marc Jacobs Beauty debuts liquid lip creme

The Marc Jacobs Beauty spring collection features the new liquid form of Jacob’s iconic creme lipstick. Inspired by the bold colors of the Marc Jacobs resort collection, Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme is ultra creamy and contains collagen and Brazilian Cupuacu butter to moisturize lips. It offers full nude coverage with a satiny finish that last for eight hours. The hydrating formula never looks dry...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: Where can I get Mean Green Orange Champ cleaner in Atlanta? I ran out a while back and don’t remember where I purchased it. It’s been a while. It comes in a spray and it’s great for cleaning patio furniture that’s been out all winter. Thanks. Gary Jones, email A: This multi-surface cleaner with the fresh citrus fragrance works to get rid of stains, grease and general grime...
First Look: Find gluten-free Mediterranean at Mediterranea in Grant Park

First Look: Find gluten-free Mediterranean at Mediterranea in Grant Park

Mediterranea Pan-roasted Branzino with Mediterranean orzo. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Reading over the menu for the first time at Mediterranea in Grant Park, you wouldn’t guess that it’s strictly gluten-free.
When Sammy Davis Jr. messed up his Oscars announcement, he did it in style

When Sammy Davis Jr. messed up his Oscars announcement, he did it in style

Jordan Horowitz handled Sunday night's Oscar flub with grace. Five decades ago, Sammy Davis Jr. handled his wrong-envelope incident with humor. On Sunday night, Horowitz, one of the producers of "La La Land," tried to explain to Hollywood and the rest of the world that his film did not, in fact, win the Oscar for best picture. The image of him holding up the envelope that declared "...
Learn to make beignets with Venkman’s chef Nick Melvin

Learn to make beignets with Venkman’s chef Nick Melvin

Chef Nick Melvin It’s time to laissez les bon temps roulez, and nothing says “Let the good times roll” like some freshly-made beignets.
Find Cajun food at these metro Atlanta restaurants

Find Cajun food at these metro Atlanta restaurants

Smoked snow crab legs with crawfish smoked gouda mac and cheese and lo lat rolls on the side at Bon Ton.
State campus data on stun guns, Tasers show zero use for self defense

State campus data on stun guns, Tasers show zero use for self defense

Are Georgia campuses so unsafe that students need to be armed? That is the contention of Georgia lawmakers, who are making another attempt at changing state law to allow students to carry firearms. Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a similar bill last year, saying it would not make college campuses safer. Writing today in the AJC Get Schooled blog, Matthew Boedy, an assistant professor at the University of...
Where to find 2017 farmers markets around metro Atlanta

Where to find 2017 farmers markets around metro Atlanta

Early Saturday morning, March 18, Reynoldstown resident Erin Thoresen will be hard at work, setting up tents and tables, getting everything ready for the season opening of the Green Market at Piedmont Park. It’s Thoresen’s third year of volunteering there. “When I moved to Atlanta, I wanted to get involved in groups that provide access to healthy food. I found out about the Green...
Go Georgia: Where to enjoy unique, delicious food in Georgia

Go Georgia: Where to enjoy unique, delicious food in Georgia

Jazz’d Tapas Bar, Savannah At Jazz’d Tapas Bar in Savannah, an old Spanish culinary tradition is served with a modern American twist. This chic little spot is in the historic district, but it’s the epitome of 21st-century elegance. The beauty of tapas is the opportunity to sample the unfamiliar without being fully being committed to any one dish. Numerous small plates are meant to...
Go Georgia: Places to enjoy music across Georgia

Go Georgia: Places to enjoy music across Georgia

Pack a picnic, grab a lawn chair and head to Matilda’s Under the Pines for an evening of live music. The outdoor music venue hosts Music Under the Tent, a spring and summer concert series that features artists from all over the Southeast, including many from Georgia. Everything — from southern rock, delta blues, funk and folk — is played here.  The hills are alive with the sound...
Jeezy sued for skipping concert, keeping deposit

Jeezy sued for skipping concert, keeping deposit

A Houston music promoter said in a lawsuit that he agreed to pay Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy $1,000 a minute for an hour-long concert in Texas last December, but the musician skipped the concert for a party and kept his $30,000 deposit. Now Jay Jenkins, the 39-year-old rapper who goes by Jeezy or Young Jeezy, faces a civil lawsuit filed Feb. 8 in the U.S. District Court in Houston that accuses him...
Smoke & Duck Sauce now open in Decatur and other Atlanta food news from the week

Smoke & Duck Sauce now open in Decatur and other Atlanta food news from the week

Here’s what to eat, drink, buy, cook and more from the past week in metro Atlanta. Smoke & Duck Sauce has opened a new location.
Legislature considers kinder, gentler Opportunity School District plan

Legislature considers kinder, gentler Opportunity School District plan

After the stinging defeat of the Opportunity School District in November, Georgia lawmakers are now attempting to achieve with legislation what voters would not allow through the ballot. House Bill 338 could be described as a kinder, gentler OSD, where the state does not big-foot its way into seizing control of struggling schools but rather dances a delicate waltz with willing districts. Yes, the...
Want to know where the bartenders drink in Atlanta? This book can help

Want to know where the bartenders drink in Atlanta? This book can help

There are tons of places to enjoy a drink in Atlanta, but when you want to narrow it down to the best of the best, who’re you going to ask?
The dessert at this new Buford Highway tea shop will make you do a double take

The dessert at this new Buford Highway tea shop will make you do a double take

Milk tea from Boba Bee on Buford Highway. / Photo from the Boba Bee Facebook page Question: When is milk bubble tea not just milk bubble tea?
Atlanta Concerts this week: Martina McBride, Sting

Atlanta Concerts this week: Martina McBride, Sting

Martina McBride has Lauren Alaina along for the ride. Photo: Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Special to the AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Martina McBride For the second leg of her “Love Unleashed” tour, the country songbird paired with CMT’s Next Women of Country and teamed with “American Idol” runner-up (and Rossville native) Lauren Alaina.
Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Styx, J. Cole

Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Styx, J. Cole

  Styx’s James “JY” Young and Tommy Shaw rocked Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta in May 2016 and will return this year.
State DNR wants to kill coyotes despite benefits it cites

State DNR wants to kill coyotes despite benefits it cites

An announcement from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) last week left many folks a little surprised and confused — and some angry. The DNR said that its Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) is starting a campaign “to encourage” hunters and trappers to kill as many coyotes as possible between now and August. According to the DNR, coyotes, which are now in every Georgia...
Adopted son wants to live with biological mother

Adopted son wants to live with biological mother

Q: Our 14-year-old son, who was adopted by open adoption, now wants to go live with his biological mother. She was completely out of the picture until a couple of years ago when she suddenly showed up, telling us that she’d completely changed her life and wanted to re-establish contact with “her” son. At first, it was just phone calls. Then she asked for daytime visits, then overnights...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

3/ 5 Family Sunday Prepare a 2- to 3-pound fully cooked Baked Ham for family day. Place ham in a shallow dish and heat at 350 degrees, uncovered, 15 to 18 minutes per pound or until the internal temperature is 140 degrees. Serve it with mashed sweet potatoes (refrigerated), peas and carrots (frozen), a romaine salad and cornbread muffins (from a mix). Make a pineapple upside-down cake (from a mix)...
Alan Cumming talks ‘sappy’ songs, politics and Eli Gold

Alan Cumming talks ‘sappy’ songs, politics and Eli Gold

Alan Cumming at Carnegie Hall. He’ll bring his cabaret show to Atlanta on March 3. Photo: Tré.
Atlanta Concerts this week: Martina McBride, Sting

Atlanta Concerts this week: Martina McBride, Sting

Martina McBride has Lauren Alaina along for the ride. Photo: Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Special to the AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Martina McBride For the second leg of her “Love Unleashed” tour, the country songbird paired with CMT’s Next Women of Country and teamed with “American Idol” runner-up (and Rossville native) Lauren Alaina.
Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy to receive 2017 AAFCA Film Advocate Award

Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy to receive 2017 AAFCA Film Advocate Award

Businessman Dan T. Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A will receive the 2017 Film Critic Advocate Award from the African American Film Critics Association . The award is given annually to a corporations or an individual who promotes the growth and well-being of the cinematic arts. Cathy was recognized for the work that he and his family nonprofit, ...
Kempner: Atlantan not a movie guy, but now has Oscar connection

Kempner: Atlantan not a movie guy, but now has Oscar connection

Nelson Burke is more surprised than anybody that an Atlanta guy like him is in the movie business and has ties to a production up for an Oscar on Sunday. It’s become kind of routine. But he tells me he often gets a worrisome twinge. It’s not his back; it’s Georgia legislators. What if the folks at the Capitol get some kind of goofy idea to kill the tax credits that have made...
Q&A: TobyMac brings his diverse band and sound to Duluth

Q&A: TobyMac brings his diverse band and sound to Duluth

Toby’s back. The Grammy-winning Christian artist is returning to Georgia with his “Hits Deep Tour” on March 9 at the Infinite Energy Center. Toby McKeehan, known as TobyMac, is coming off the release of his “Hits Deep Live” album in November 2016, and he’s touring with an entourage of diverse opening acts and musicians, including Mandisa, Matt Maher, Mac...
Beyonce pulls out of Coachella performance because of pregnancy

Beyonce pulls out of Coachella performance because of pregnancy

Beyonce unveiled her voluptuous form at the Grammys. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Beyonce would have been the first female artist to headline Coachella since Bjork in 2007, but her impending pregnancy has nixed those plans.
This Athens spot was named one of the best college bars in the U.S.

This Athens spot was named one of the best college bars in the U.S.

People stroll along Lumpkin Street in front of The Globe. / AJC file photo College is for learning, of course, but that also includes learning to have fun, right?
Atlanta chef hopes to breathe new life into site of Ludacris’ old restaurant with Simon’s

Atlanta chef hopes to breathe new life into site of Ludacris’ old restaurant with Simon’s

Marvin Woods / AJC file photo A well-known Atlanta restaurant space with a hip-hop pedigree is getting a makeover with a new concept, look and menu.
Rihanna Harvard Humanitarian of the Year? Absolutely, here’s why

Rihanna Harvard Humanitarian of the Year? Absolutely, here’s why

It’s no Grammy, but Rihanna is winning an Ivy League honor that none of her peers can brag about. Harvard University has named the popular Caribbean-born singer its 2017 Humanitarian of the Year for her charitable works.  In addition to selling 200 million albums worldwide, which is quite an achievement, the Barbados-born and raised Rihanna is quite the philanthropist. Harvard Foundation...
Is this Atlanta brewery one of the best new breweries in the U.S.?

Is this Atlanta brewery one of the best new breweries in the U.S.?

Scofflaw Brewing Co. selections. / Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser. There are tons of great breweries in metro Atlanta — and plenty more to come — but only one is in the running for Best New Brewery in the U.
Rapper’s money saving advice goes viral (because it’s awesome)

Rapper’s money saving advice goes viral (because it’s awesome)

Dee-1, a New Orleans-based rapper, is making a name for himself by producing music about personal finance, a topic many artists would never even dare to explore. In a business where people spend a lot of money to fit in, Dee-1 deliberately chooses not to. When Clark Howard heard about Dee-1, he couldn’t wait to have the rapper on his radio show to hear more about the positive message he shares...
Sting primed to deliver a loose, fun concert at the Tabernacle

Sting primed to deliver a loose, fun concert at the Tabernacle

ST. LOUIS – Don’t arrive late. The 8 p.m. ticket time matters to Sting, because a few minutes past the top of the hour, he’ll stride on stage in his Sting uniform of black – snug pants, T-shirt, work boots – chat for a moment or two and share what he calls, “The story of my life around 1975,” revealed as the acoustic ballad “Heading South on the Great...
Atlanta faith calendar

Atlanta faith calendar

Black History Month celebration: The 132 Atlanta Public School choral students will perform all three verses of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which was written and set to music by brothers James Weldon and John Rosamond Johnson, beginning 12:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at First Congregational Church. The guest conductor for this concert will be Steven Darsey, president of the Meridian Herald and co-director...
4 places to party for Mardi Gras in metro Atlanta

4 places to party for Mardi Gras in metro Atlanta

Get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras with a masquerade party at Cypress Pint & Plate. HANDOUT / Caren West PR.
More poké is coming to Atlanta, this time in West Midtown

More poké is coming to Atlanta, this time in West Midtown

Poke bowls from Poke Perfect, which is entering the Atlanta market. / Photo from the Poke Perfect Facebook page Less than a month after releasing news that it was opening a store in Decatur, a poké restaurant has announced its second Atlanta location.
How your martini turns out says a lot about night at the Colonnade

How your martini turns out says a lot about night at the Colonnade

I hadn’t been to the Colonnade in four years.  Hoping to right this wrong, I emailed two friends and asked them to go with me for martinis and fried chicken on a Wednesday night. My last visit to the iconic Atlanta restaurant located on Cheshire Bridge Road was a year before they rocked the city with big news — the Colonnade would begin accepting credit cards.  An ATM had held...
Life with Gracie: Former pro ball player creates Mixed Nation to promote racial harmony

Life with Gracie: Former pro ball player creates Mixed Nation to promote racial harmony

I think often of a little boy from my hometown named Danny, wondering whatever became of him. He was of mixed heritage — half white, half black — cute as could be and just as sad. Not only did white children reject him, so did black ones. It was the saddest thing I’d ever seen and one in which I felt helpless to fix. I was reminded again of Danny early this week while talking with...
5 soups to cure what ails you

5 soups to cure what ails you

There are many reasons why soup so often hits the spot. Certainly, it’s got salubrious effects — with chicken soup topping the cure-all list. And on days when nothing is going your way or dreary weather’s got you down, a simple bowl of hot fill-in-the-blank soup feels like a conciliatory hug. Then there’s the routine side of things, like the requisite coupling of tomato soup...
Review: A spin on Szechuan at Jia at Ponce City Market

Review: A spin on Szechuan at Jia at Ponce City Market

We were a party of six, so we were seated at the largest table in Jia — a round one made of warm, golden wood. In the table’s center was a circular insert. A Lazy Susan! Looking forward to spinning hot pots and rice bowls and pepper-laden platters this way and that, I put my fingertips on the disc and gave it a gleeful push. (Has anybody in the history of Chinese restaurants ever failed...
Man lost at sea finds love in ‘The Red Turtle’

Man lost at sea finds love in ‘The Red Turtle’

Not a single intelligible word is spoken in Michael Dudok de Wit’s poignant animated drama “The Red Turtle,” and after a while that silence becomes companionable; you find, in this film, a restful space. In its artfully drawn frames, a simple and universal story unfolds. A man, shipwrecked, emerges from a stormy sea onto the beach of a remote, deserted island. Unable to escape, he...
Janelle Monae shines as both her films get Oscar nods

Janelle Monae shines as both her films get Oscar nods

NEW YORK — The journey from pop star to serious thespian is littered with casualties. For every Justin Timberlake, there are big-name hitmakers whose movie careers have stalled with dubious and disappointing results. Which is just one reason why Janelle Monae’s magical movie ride is so noteworthy. The Grammy-nominated performer made her acting debut last year with two films — and...
3 fun things: Feb. 24-26

3 fun things: Feb. 24-26

BUFORD Casino Night The Lanier Education Foundation invites you to “ante up for education” at its annual fundraising event to benefit Lanier cluster schools: Sugar Hill Elementary, Sycamore Elementary, White Oak Elementary, Lanier Middle School and Lanier High School. Whether it’s blackjack, hold ’em, roulette, craps or bunco for you Bond types, the evening will be full of...
‘Rock Dog’ won’t have you howling for more

‘Rock Dog’ won’t have you howling for more

The second Chinese-American co-production to hit U.S. theaters in as many weeks, animated feature “Rock Dog” arrives one week after the release of another prominent co-production, the fantasy adventure “The Great Wall.” Director Ash Brannon brings Pixar and Sony bona fides (he co-directed “Toy Story 2” and directed “Surf’s Up”) to this adaptation...
‘Bitter Harvest’ tells little-known story of Soviet atrocity

‘Bitter Harvest’ tells little-known story of Soviet atrocity

Not many people are familiar with the word “Holodomor.” Not in the same way that we’re familiar with the word “Holocaust.” But a genocide is a genocide, even when kept secret. The truth is that up to 10 million Ukrainians died in a man-made famine in 1932-1933 under Josef Stalin’s singular brand of Communist fascism: He crushed Ukrainian resistance and attempts...
Provocative, funny ‘Get Out’ is horror film with message about race

Provocative, funny ‘Get Out’ is horror film with message about race

Genre films — horror, comedy, fantasy, Westerns — have always been great vessels for social commentary. The pleasures of genre conventions allow such messaging to go down easy; the spoonful of cinematic sugar that helps the medicine go down. Actor/comedian Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” is an expert example of the way this works, though it’s far more...
Bon Ton opening for dinner tonight in Midtown

Bon Ton opening for dinner tonight in Midtown

Sweet and Spicy Cold Noodles, Lo Lat Rolls, and Crawfish Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese. Credit: Mia Yakel.
A new Alpharetta juicery is celebrating its grand opening next week

A new Alpharetta juicery is celebrating its grand opening next week

3:8 Juice & Eatery is now open in Alpharetta. / Photo from the 3:8 Facebook page A new Alpharetta juicery is celebrating a month of business with a grand opening and ribbon cutting next week.
Madam C.J. Walker: Beauty industry pioneer and philanthropist

Madam C.J. Walker: Beauty industry pioneer and philanthropist

A black woman in the 19th century had limited career choices. They were maids, sharecroppers, or performed other unskilled labor. However, Sarah Breedlove, a laundress later known as Madam C.J. Walker, amassed a personal fortune as a beauty industry entrepreneur. She gave black women across the world a new career path. Walker was born in 1867 on a plantation in Delta, Louisiana, two years after the...
Time to protect roses against sawfly larvae

Time to protect roses against sawfly larvae

Q: How do I treat Knockout roses before the leaves are attacked by sawflies this spring? Barbara Glenn, Newton County A: You’ve reminded me that now’s the time to treat my own roses as a defense against the sawfly larvae that chew holes in the leaves. I’ll treat my hibiscus to protect against the same pest, as well. I suppose organic control could be achieved by regular...
Let’s not turn good health into an obsession

Let’s not turn good health into an obsession

Every morning, I take vitamins with an enticing label that promises to boost longevity. My late husband, a frugal guy, purchased multiple jars during a sale — and then stashed them in the basement. The irony certainly isn’t lost on me — because he downed these pills faithfully and exercised daily — and still succumbed to a fatal heart attack at 55. We bought organically grown...
Grace Slick donates money from Chick-fil-A ad to LGBTQ rights organization

Grace Slick donates money from Chick-fil-A ad to LGBTQ rights organization

Grace Slick is fighting for LQBTQ rights. Photo: Getty Images. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Most artists are accused of “selling out” if they license their music to a cause that is in opposition to their ideals.
Watch Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys honor their wives in new video

Watch Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys honor their wives in new video

“Everybody”… BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Florida Georgia Line already announced that their summer “Smooth Tour” will feature early ‘00s hitmaker and Band Aid-sporter Nelly (also, newcomer Chris Lane).
Transgender doll inspired by teen sparks conversation, debate

Transgender doll inspired by teen sparks conversation, debate

This week, Tonner Doll Company unveiled its much talked about play doll inspired by Jazz Jennings, the transgender star of TLC’s docuseries “I am Jazz.
6 places to celebrate National Margarita Day in metro Atlanta

6 places to celebrate National Margarita Day in metro Atlanta

This eponymous double barrel margarita will be $10.99 at all PURE locations. HANDOUT / Birds of a Feather Creative.
Concert review: Tony Bennett demonstrates eternal elegance in Atlanta

Concert review: Tony Bennett demonstrates eternal elegance in Atlanta

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The recorded voice of Frank Sinatra told the fans who packed Atlanta Symphony Hall that they were about to witness “the greatest singer in the world,” and out strolled spry, 90-year-old Tony Bennett.
Treats that keep Mardi Gras sweet

Treats that keep Mardi Gras sweet

You can celebrate Mardi Gras in a lot of places, including right here in the ATL, but for many of us, when we think “Mardi Gras” we think “New Orleans.” (Sorry, Mobile, home of the first North American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703.) And since Mardi Gras offers us the the last night to indulge before the fasting of Lent, when we think “Mardi Gras,” we think &ldquo...
Simply Vera Vera Wang spring collection hits Kohl’s

Simply Vera Vera Wang spring collection hits Kohl’s

Say yes to clear skin with products from Yes To. New additions to the best selling Yes To Tomatoes line include the Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Warming Facial Scrub ($10), Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal DIY Powder-to-Clay Mask ($16) and Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Peel-Off Mask ($16). Each includes more than 95 percent natural ingredients including charcoal to help detoxify...
Where can I find: Pickle Juice, Ovaltine, Tussy

Where can I find: Pickle Juice, Ovaltine, Tussy

A: You didn’t say whether you used the Tussy roll-on anti-perspirant deodorant or the cream original fresh spice version, so I found a store that stocks both. You find them at Tuxedo Pharmacy, 164 W. Wieuca Road, Atlanta, 404-255-3022. The 1.70-ounce roll-on costs $3.99 and the 1.7-ounce cream is priced at $4.79. A: Bill, I have to admit that after reading your email, I was a bit confused. At...
Creations roasts cauliflower for satisfying couscous substitute

Creations roasts cauliflower for satisfying couscous substitute

Cauliflower is truly having its day as people look for carb-free substitutes for some of their favorite dishes. Chef John Oechsner shared the recipe for this dish where the cauliflower is roasted and then finely chopped to resemble couscous. You’ll find it’s quick to prepare and very satisfying. To make quick work of mincing the carrots, he suggests you can cut a carrot coarsely and then...
Life on a hobby farm

Life on a hobby farm

Suzie Conn, a longtime advertising executive from Nashville, had never even seen an alpaca until moving to the country and showing up at a county fair. “I didn’t even know how to spell the name,” she said. But she was instantly smitten, and now these gentle, fuzzy relatives of the llama are an important part of retirement life for Conn and her husband, Gary, who had a long career...
Atlanta honors women of civil rights movement with art dedication

Atlanta honors women of civil rights movement with art dedication

Aside from Rosa Parks, most of the commonly remembered civil rights leaders and figures tend to be male — the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis and Ralph David Abernathy, just to name a few. The City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs has decided that it’s time women of the civil rights movement received more attention. To accomplish this, a public art dedication...
Every Day Is Sunday: As atheism rises, nonbelievers find one another

Every Day Is Sunday: As atheism rises, nonbelievers find one another

Jeff Newport can cite the Bible chapter and verse. He went to Christian schools, attended church every Sunday and delivered his first sermon at 13. In 1996, he was called to pastor a small Baptist church in Jesup with a congregation of about 30 for Sunday morning services. “Everything revolved around church,” Newport said. “We would not have even thought of missing a service unless...
J. Cole arena tour includes concert in Duluth

J. Cole arena tour includes concert in Duluth

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In summer 2015, J. Cole joined with pals Big Sean and YG for a show at Lakewood Amphitheatre. Now the hip-hop star/producer is headlining a 57-city worldwide jaunt in support of his fourth album, “4 Your Eyez Only.” Cole will perform at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth on Aug. 11. Tickets are $29.50-$99.50 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at www...
Chris Stapleton announces new album, Atlanta concert date

Chris Stapleton announces new album, Atlanta concert date

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Chris Stapleton has new music on the way and a spring tour date set for Atlanta. On May 5, Stapleton will release the follow-up to his acclaimed “Traveller” album- and it’s also the same day he’ll perform at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta (show time is 7 p.m.). Joining the hirsute country-rock-soul breakout star on his “All American...
4 fun ways to celebrate 2017 Oscar season

4 fun ways to celebrate 2017 Oscar season

There is a lot of buzz surrounding the 89th Academy Awards and for good reason — this year’s broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 26, offers a few departures from the past. According to WalletHub’s Oscars by the Numbers, this year will be the first time: Jimmy Kimmel serves as host Black actors are nominated in every acting category 683 new Academy members will vote,  46% of whom...
Life with Gracie: Reading 1,000 books is just a start for this 5-year-old Georgia girl

Life with Gracie: Reading 1,000 books is just a start for this 5-year-old Georgia girl

You’ve heard of Daliyah Arana. Last week, I got the chance to meet her, her mom and dad and two siblings at the Southeast Atlanta Library. And if you’ve heard of the 5-year-old, that last bit of information will come as little surprise. Libraries are Daliyah’s favorite place to be in the world. The kid loves books and, most especially, reading them. It was a love affair born, according...
Steve Cathell lost 44 pounds

Steve Cathell lost 44 pounds

Success story Former weight: 269 pounds Current weight: 225 pounds Pounds lost: 44 pounds Height: 5 feet 11 inches Age: 69 years How long he’s kept it off: He started in August 2015 and reached his current weight in January. Personal life: “I still work full time,” says Cathell. “I am in the wholesale furniture business. … I’ve been married for 38 years to my wife...
Free tickets and movie soundtrack to ‘La La Land’

Free tickets and movie soundtrack to ‘La La Land’

[Congrats to randomly selected winners Lee D., Julie M., Felipe B., Tammy M. and Mark S. and thanks to all who participated!] BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Maybe you’re a “La La Land” fanatic. Or maybe you’re one of those people who has had every intention of getting to the theater to see it, but then life got in the way. The movie, as you might have heard, is up for...
Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Bruce Springsteen gives Australian teen the thrill of a lifetime -- twice

Rocker Bruce Springsteen gave an Australian teenager the thrill of a lifetime when the Boss invited him onstage to perform a song with the band, and he stole the show Thursday night at a concert in Brisbane.
4 things to know about a Georgia farm bringing Iberian pork back to America

4 things to know about a Georgia farm bringing Iberian pork back to America

White Oak Pastures is now selling Iberian pork. / Photo by Backlight Photography The 500-year wait is over.
Atlanta hairstylist battles hair loss one head at a time

Atlanta hairstylist battles hair loss one head at a time

Jasmine Collins has been a hairstylist for more than 20 years. Specializing in detail haircuts and color, she has styled some of Atlanta’s biggest celebrities.
A new art project charts HIV growth in metro Atlanta

A new art project charts HIV growth in metro Atlanta

A new piece of public art in downtown Atlanta is a sign with simple text standing over 7 feet. Its pyramid shape allows cars and pedestrians from every direction to see the same staggering statistic: The sculpture features marquee-style digits that will be updated weekly to reflect the ever-growing number of HIV-positive people living in metro Atlanta. It is estimated that more 30,000 people in metro...
Co-creator says ‘American Horror Story’ will pull from 2016 election

Co-creator says ‘American Horror Story’ will pull from 2016 election

It’s the news that some might think makes perfect sense: “American Horror Story” will tackle the 2016 presidential election. During an appearance on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live!” last week, “AHS” co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed that the next season of the popular FX horror anthology series would draw inspiration from the recent election that saw...
‘The Good Fight’ is worth adding another streaming subscription

‘The Good Fight’ is worth adding another streaming subscription

One needn’t always perk up at the words “But wait, there’s more!” which is why it might have seemed, only nine months ago, as if we’d had our fill of the fictional Chicago law firms, courtrooms and political squabbles seen in seven seasons of Robert and Michelle King’s hit CBS drama “The Good Wife.” Even the most faithful watchers were ready to move...
Meet Dylan, the Atlanta child whose ear went viral

Meet Dylan, the Atlanta child whose ear went viral

At his home in Stone Mountain, 9-year-old Dylan Beato sat in a chair facing away from the grand piano where his father, Rick Beato, sat. Dylan sat there patiently and quietly, even though all he really wanted to do was return to playing games on his iPad. Within moments Rick began playing, the notes and chords growing more complex and dissonant. Rick intentionally plays music that sounds like...
Make Marcus Samuelsson’s Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp

Make Marcus Samuelsson’s Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp

Ever wish a world-class chef would teach you how to cook? You can get at least one dish under your belt from Chef Marcus Samuelsson, who taught us how to make Double-Dragon Rice with Grilled Shrimp, a recipe from his new “Red Rooster Cookbook,” live during an appearance in Atlanta last week. Check out the demo here, and keep scrolling down for the complete recipe. [facebook url="...
Deal rolls out new school takeover plan. Will it help or hurt kids?

Deal rolls out new school takeover plan. Will it help or hurt kids?

Left empty-handed after voters rejected his plan for state takeover of failing schools, Gov. Nathan Deal is back with his promised Plan B. Deal is trying to do with legislation what voters would not allow him to do through a constitutional amendment — put the control of low-performing schools under the control of someone new. House Bill 338 would allow the state to step into the lowest performing...
Healthy Aging: Serving seniors is a family affair

Healthy Aging: Serving seniors is a family affair

The older adults who answer their door to Lincoln Wilson on a given Friday midmorning are more than happy to do so, and it’s only partly because the teenager is carrying a tray with their lunch balanced on top. It’s also because the 17-year-old is so nice and polite and helpful. They may ask him to help solve a computer problem, which he will; or maybe take the trash to the curb, which...
Designer mixes old, new in unexpected ways

Designer mixes old, new in unexpected ways

Designer Jimmy Stanton is also the owner of Stanton Home Furnishings on Atlanta’s west side. The store mixes old and new in a modern and unexpected way that just feels right. Owner & designer: Stanton grew up in Marietta and graduated from the American College of the Applied arts (London and Atlanta) while working for John Craft Interiors. He then worked for interior design firms Design Continuum...
Southern Made: Ramp up your look

Southern Made: Ramp up your look

Fashion mixes with flora and fauna in Susan Carson’s colorful collection of scarves, figure-flattering clothing and decorative fabrics for your home. The designer & founder: Carson grew up in Ohio and graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta. After college, she worked with David A. Saunders Interiors for 10 years in Perrysburg, Ohio, before opening her design firm in Charlotte, N.C. In the...
Sweet Hut coming to Buckhead, Marietta and more top Atlanta dining news from the week

Sweet Hut coming to Buckhead, Marietta and more top Atlanta dining news from the week

Here’s what to eat, drink, buy, cook and more from the past week in metro Atlanta. Red bean moon cake from Sweet Hut.
See the first three episodes of Chai Pani’s ‘culinary documentary’

See the first three episodes of Chai Pani’s ‘culinary documentary’

Meherwan Irani, chef-owner of Botiwalla and Chai Pani. Credit: Courtesy of Chai Pani. Looking to get a taste of India without leaving your couch?
Find out what we thought of Amara’s Inman Park Indian fusion

Find out what we thought of Amara’s Inman Park Indian fusion

Saag with paneer, 24 hour lentils, and Naan at Amara. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel. When I think of Indian cuisine, a particular dish is not what comes to mind.
Kempner: Georgia Realtor loses suit over Ellen DeGeneres’ joke

Kempner: Georgia Realtor loses suit over Ellen DeGeneres’ joke

A federal judge has dismissed a Georgia Realtor’s defamation lawsuit against the producer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” because, well, the TV comedian was telling a joke. Warner Robins real estate agent Titi Pierce sued Warner Bros Entertainment — but not DeGeneres — over a nationally televised bit last year in which DeGeneres showed a photo of one of Pierce’s roadside...
Your favorite Atlanta chefs are cooking hot dogs on the Beltline for a good cause

Your favorite Atlanta chefs are cooking hot dogs on the Beltline for a good cause

Joshua Hopkins of Empire State South shows off his hot dog from last year’s Helpful Hotdog initiative.
Concert review: Eric Church plays epic country-rock show in Duluth

Concert review: Eric Church plays epic country-rock show in Duluth

Eric Church, shown at his Jan. 27 show in Brooklyn, played an epic, 39-song set in Atlanta. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene No one can ever accuse Eric Church of a shoddy work ethic.
Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Metallica, Lady Gaga

Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Metallica, Lady Gaga

Metallica and Lady Gaga lit up the Grammy Awards – and both have concerts going on sale this week!
Atlanta Concerts this week: Tony Bennett, Juicy J

Atlanta Concerts this week: Tony Bennett, Juicy J

Tony Bennett is still getting it done at 90. Photo: Amy Lombard/The New York Times BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene TUESDAY Tony Bennett The iconic singer, now 90 years young, recently released a new memoir, “Just Getting Started.
Trout lily blooms herald the coming of spring

Trout lily blooms herald the coming of spring

Even though it’s still late winter, I mark the start of spring wildflower season when the trout lilies bloom, which is right about now. The Georgia Botanical Society, in fact, has field trips scheduled Sunday (Feb. 19) and next weekend expressly to see two of the state’s biggest wild trout lily populations. Seeing a large patch of yellow-flowered trout lilies in full bloom can leave one...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

2/ 26 Family Sunday Lemon Chicken With Rice and Artichokes (see recipe) is perfect for family day. Serve the one-dish meal with a Boston lettuce salad and dinner rolls. Apple turnovers (frozen) and vanilla ice cream are a family kind of dessert. Plan ahead: Save enough ice cream for Saturday. 2/ 27 Budget Monday Beef Stir-Fry With Spinach (see recipe) is easy on the food budget. Serve it over ...
Hap and Leonard ‘redneck noir’ is one dirty puppy

Hap and Leonard ‘redneck noir’ is one dirty puppy

Joe R. Lansdale has a wicked way with words. Of the many memorable passages in “Rusty Puppy,” his new Hap and Leonard novel, not one of them can be reprinted in a family newspaper. Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, small-town East Texas private detectives, say the filthiest things. Some of it is good-natured banter between buddies; the rest is don’t-mess-with-me trash talk. And they...
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